Quick Reviews: Second Book Syndrome?

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

- Cover - Review Title: Unbreakable
Series: Unraveling
Book two
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

Review

After reading Unraveling and not enjoying it like I thought I would, I went in with low expectations with Unbreakable. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I quite enjoyed Unbreakable, it had more of an original storyline which was a huge disappointment for me in the first book and I had a lot of fun reading it.

Unbreakable was entertaining, different to the first book and ended up being really intense. My favourite character was Barclay which was surprising. I found myself enjoying this story including the end which broke my heart just a bit.

Second book syndrome? Definitely not! I loved this book a lot better than the first book!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarach J. Maas - Cover - Review

Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass
Book two
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie…and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review

When I read Crown of Midnight I wasn’t sure what I was going to expect. I didn’t like Throne of Glass as much as I had wanted to so I was hesitant about this book. I ended up enjoying this book a whole lot more than I had expected to which was nice.

Celaena wasn’t as infuriating in this book, she wasn’t as arrogant or selfish. There were a few things that still annoyed me, like the romance that was obvious from the beginning of Throne of Glass, but overall I enjoyed this a whole lot more. The plot had potential and it ran with it. I even had a moment of “Oh my god, no!” and was instantly heartbroken.

The only thing is that for me, the huge reveal that had everyone gasping when they found out; wasn’t a reveal for me at all. In fact I had thought it was quite obvious from the beginning. I had figured out the reveal from the beginning of Throne of Glass which was disappointing for me.

I’m not really sure where book three will lead but I’m excited to find out!

Second book syndrome? No, I thought this book was way better than its predecessor.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter - Cover - Review Title: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Series: Gallagher Girls
Book two
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Chick Lit
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Cammie Morgan is back, and it’s clear that her life hasn’t calmed down since the events of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie’s elite spy school, is hosting a visit from a covert training center for boys. Soon after the boys’ arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy. Worse yet, teenage agent-in-training Cammie is being blamed for the penetration. With the school’s top-secret status at risk, the Gallagher Girls have to work quickly to save their beloved school

Review

I really enjoyed the first book I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You so I thought I would love Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy too. Unfortunately this was not the case.

For some reason Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy was only an average read for me. The whole first half of the book was very slow and not a lot happened, I was bored. Then the second half picked up but I was starting to get afraid that there will be a love triangle in this book. Josh was back in the picture but I really wanted him to be gone for good, he annoyed me more than anything else. I found that Cammie was making a lot of mistakes that a spy just wouldn’t do, especially compared to how she was in book one.

Overall this was a light, quick read and wasn’t as good of a read as its predecessor for me but I will still definitely be carrying on with this series!

Second Book Syndrome? Yes, I don’t think the book knew where to go with this one. I can see it was setting up a love triangle, I think this book has pretty much set up the rest of the series after the first book which introduced the series.

Miss J

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[Review #112] Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand Cover - Review - Book two of the Unearthly Series Title: Hallowed
Series: Unearthly
Book two
Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Review

When I read Unearthly I claimed it to be my favourite book of the year and the best read I had ever read, which was surprising since I don’t often like ‘angel’ themed stories. Now this was back in 2012 when I had just started this blog and I hadn’t been reading a lot but what I had been reading had been books that didn’t interest me. So when Unearthly came along it blew me out of the water. It took me quite a long time to start Hallowed and I’m not sure why.

When I picked up Hallowed I expected to love it and rave about it for months on end like I did with Unearthly. But for some reason, I just can’t rave about this. I just did not love this as much as I seem to have loved Unearthly, I was actually really disappointed about this. Hallowed just did not pull me in like Unearthly did, for me it suffered ‘second book syndrome’. I think a huge part of this is because of the love triangle and the lack of action I had expected.

In Unearthly I was team Tucker all the way. He was sexy and amazing and he accepted Clara for who and what she was. In Hallowed that all went to crap, I wanted Tucker to move out of the way and let Christian take over. I all of a sudden just wanted Clara to stop being stubborn, get over it and go with Christian. The way Hand wrote this book geared readers towards Christian and the way she wrote Unearthly geared readers towards Tucker. I didn’t like it because it was setting me and Clara up for heartbreak. So I didn’t like the love triangle because I loved both of the love interests but I didn’t like how it was all unfolding and I feel like it completely negated the entire first book. One of them has to lose, hell maybe in Boundless everyone will lose? I don’t know. All I know is I will be giving this series a little bit of a breather before I dive in to the last book.

After the end of Unearthly I had expected Hallowed to dive right in with action and black wings all over the place, except I got nothing of the sort. For me the beginning was slow and un-memorable and then the unfolding of events was slow and there wasn’t really a lot of action at all. It was just heartbreaking for me simply because of the love triangle. But then the reveal and the end was heart wrenching and quite frankly pissed me off. Seriously. Just pissed me off. It took me by complete surprise in the bad way, I just wasn’t happy.

Overall, this book was okay but it brought all sorts of anger and annoyance. It left me feeling sour rather than excited for the last book in the series. I have no idea where this story is going now, not even a hint. So I don’t know how I feel about this series as a whole. However, this book is a must read if you have already started this series.

In Summary:
– Hallowed was nothing that I expected in terms of story wise. I was completely surprised at the direction that this book took this series, now I have no idea what’s going to happen in Boundless.
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I wasn’t a fan of the love triangle at all, I felt like it completely negated the first book and destroyed all the good feelings I felt in Unearthly yet I was rooting for the other guy the whole time.
 I didn’t love Hallowed like I loved Unearthly and that made me sad. This book just wasn’t as good as its predecessor.

Miss J

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[Review #110] Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead Cover - Review Title: Bloodlines
Series: Bloodlines
Book one
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Blood doesn’t lie…

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…

Review

I loved Vampire Academy (Shall be known as ‘VA‘ from here on out), and since this is a spin off I thought I would love Bloodlines just as much. Well I did enjoy this book but I didn’t quite love it. There were multiple reasons for this.

I liked to see that Sydney was very different from Rose, she was a different narrative and very different character. Rose even seemed different through her eyes than I had imagined her when I read VA. Sydney’s character has her own voice and I loved that, she was very different and particular. As she wasn’t brought up around normal people so the way she acts socially is amusing. She is very blunt in nature and is completely unaware of certain things, for example; when a guy is trying to flirt with her or ask her out she is completely oblivious and the poor guy gets no where, she takes everything everyone says literally and sometimes the metaphors fly right over her head just because she’s never had to deal with it before so is not used to it. This quirk is what sold me on loving Sydney as a character. In Bloodlines we saw some of the same characters we had already met in VA; Adrian, Jill, Eddie and of course Sydney. But then there were also new characters which was nice, as this is a new series I had hoped for some new characters so I was glad to get a few.

One of the main reasons I did not absolutely love Bloodlines like I expected to was because I had nearly all of the twists figured out before I had read half of the book. Some of them I thought were obvious to readers that had read VA first, so I was a little saddened to see those were meant to be reveals. I knew Sydney was unaware of a lot of things to do with the Moroi for the obvious reason that she is not a Moroi and has never been integrated into their society, but even so I felt like I knew all the secrets she didn’t and we hadn’t been told what had happened yet. I had figured it out way before Sydney.

I felt there were a few other reveals that were obvious and weren’t reveals to me at all. Everything was too obvious to the VA reader, subtle hints weren’t subtle at all. This made me sad as I didn’t get to be amazed like I wanted to be. Anyone who hasn’t read VA first would definitely not have picked up on the hints though, just because of lack of knowledge about the world these series’ are set in. I guess this is the way it had to go though. And even though I was saddened by this, it only knocked one club off of my rating; making it four clubs and not five.

Besides all of that I was able to enjoy Bloodlines purely because Sydney was a fun character to read. I loved her interactions with Adrian, I loved the way she worked things out, and her struggles with keeping to the Alchemist ways of life without defying their rules. This made the struggles Sydney had to endure interesting, yeah I kind of did get annoyed at they way she thought about the Moroi sometimes but it makes complete sense as to why she thinks like that. It was the way she was brought up. Her background was very interesting. The only thing that I’m confused about is why the Alchemists aren’t trained in fighting; if they’re trying to keep the vampire society and human society separated and the humans safe, then they’re bound to come across a situation where they will need to protect themselves, or protect other people. So surely it makes sense to have been trained in some sort of defense. But no, Alchemists do not have any knowledge on fighting, they are just all incredibly smart in academics.

I think this is something I missed in this book, the constant fighting and bad-ass-ness of it. While I did enjoy Bloodlines a lot I also felt like it wasn’t as exciting as reading Rose’s story, mainly because we don’t get to see more vampire action. I liked the constant threat of the Strigoi in VA, and so far in this book the threat isn’t the Strigoi. I missed the fighting, the constant life threatening situations, and action. In saying that, Bloodlines is in no way boring. It’s just different. Which is to be expected since it is a completely different character and life we are reading. So in that respect this book is very well done, it is separate to Rose’s story and you cannot compare Sydney to Rose at all, and I quite liked that.

I do feel like Bloodlines has set up the series more than anything else which makes me excited to read the next books in the series because I know that it can only get even better from here on out. Sydney now knows as much as VA readers know so I know that book two won’t have disappointing reveals. The only thing is I hate waiting for books to be published. That is why it took me three years to read this book; I knew I would want to read all of the books in close proximity. For now I will have to try and hold off a bit as I’ve heard book three ends in such a way that you will want to invent a time machine just to get your hands on book four sooner.

Overall I still highly enjoyed Bloodlines and had a lot of fun reading it. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to love it as much and wasn’t surprised throughout the book but I’m optimistic The Golden Lily will be even more amazing than this book.

In Summary:
– I love that Sydney is a very different main character to Rose. There is no comparing them in any sense so there is no way to get confused. Sydney is very amusing to read and her small quirks are what sold me on her.
– Bloodlines is a very different story to Vampire Academy and that’s what makes it so great. It’s set in the same world, with familiar characters yet the story is completely different. I loved it.
– Some of the reveals are obvious to the VA reader, Sydney isn’t aware of them because she wasn’t brought up in the Moroi society and doesn’t know Rose’s story in detail so she misses all of the clues. This was the only reason I didn’t rate it five clubs; because I knew what was happening even though Sydney didn’t, I don’t think this ruins the story for a VA reader though.
–  To me Bloodlines felt more like the book that is setting up the rest of the series, it’s catching Sydney up to speed on what VA readers already know but it’s also forming character relationships and setting a base down. It’s still a good read despite this and I can’t recommend this enough!

Miss J

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[Review #102] Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer Cover - Review Title: Spark
Series: Elementals
Book two
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it. And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtle-necks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Because Layne has a few secrets of her own…

Review

Spark is book two in the Elemental series. I loved Storm and couldn’t get enough of it.

Spark is Gabriel Merrick’s story told in his and Layne’s point of view. This story is a little different, in Storm the story was in Becca’s and Chris’ point of view but I felt like Becca was the main character while Chris was the secondary main character. In Spark Gabriel is the main character, but it makes sense because we never met Layne in book one so why would she be the main character when we don’t even know her yet. I guess I found that it threw me a little but I got used to it pretty fast.

Gabriel feels like a failure, he couldn’t protect his twin brother Nick when he needed him the most. So he shuts Nick out and then through events he shuts everyone else out as well leaving him alone where nobody understands. When he’s discovered as cheating in math, by switching with his twin every test so he would pass, he is given a week and a half to prove he can stay in the class and join the basket ball team. He needs to pass math otherwise he won’t be able to join basketball again which is his lifeline. The girl sitting next to him offers to tutor him although he’s not sure why. After a string of fires across the city, Gabriel is accused of starting them, no one believes its not him; including the people he thought knew him the most.

Layne is the quiet one, she gets good grades, studies hard and tries to make her father proud. When her mother left she blamed herself, she thought it was because of an event that happened when she was younger that left her scarred for life, she could no long play the perfect daughter her mother wanted her to be. So when her mother left Layne knews she needed to look after her younger brother Simon, who is deaf, and to keep their father happy. But when she invites Gabriel Merrick over for math tutoring, things don’t go too well and she realises she has no idea what she was thinking because he just made everything worse.

At first I found it hard to really connect with Gabriel because of his flighty, impulsive and aggressive attitude towards everything but he controls fire so it makes sense, him and fire go hand in hand. I found like he exploded a lot instead of thinking logically and sensibly, he could be aggressive and didn’t know how to take out his anger, yet at the same time he was a pretty cool guy when he was calm and nice. I really liked how his personality fit with his element though, it made a lot of sense.

At first I found Layne to be sweet and nice but then the way she couldn’t stand up for herself and how she thought her father knew best started to annoy me. That changed as the story progressed though and I really liked who she came to be. I really liked her little brother Simon, he also grew throughout the book and it was cool getting to see him grow more confident.

I liked Spark a lot, it was very character driven, a lot more than Storm, but it was done really well. The only reason I haven’t rated this as high as Storm (Which I gave 5 clubs) is because even though I liked it I just didn’t love it as much as I loved Storm. Things progressed a little slowly at times, Gabriel’s attitude was getting really annoying and I hated how huge he made things, I really wanted him to open up to his family but he believed all of them were against him. And then to be honest I wasn’t sure I liked how it ended. Then again this series is written so we see these events unravel from each brother/elemental’s point of view, and the next book Spirit looks like it carries on this storyline.

In Summary:
-I really enjoyed reading this book. Even though the character changes threw me off a little I got used to it and read this within a night without even realising.
-I really disliked how Gabriel threw everything out of proportion and made things a lot worse by just not letting people in, he was very good at shutting everyone out and thinking no one cared. He was blind to everyone else’s feelings, he just couldn’t understand them. And that was something I couldn’t connect with.
-This book is very character driven and I loved getting to see how each character grew, including Layne’s younger brother Simon. I liked getting to see him grow more confident of himself.
-I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to seeing where this story goes in Spirit, told from Hunter’s point of view.

Miss J

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[Review #100] The Ghost and the Goth Series by Stacey Kade

Series: The Ghost and the Goth
Book 1 – 3
Author:
Stacey Kade

Genre: YA Chick Lit/Paranormal Romance, Contemporary
Young Adult

Series Rating: 2.67 / 5


I decided to post one review for this series because every time I tried to write a longer review per book it just never happened. I just don’t have much to say about each book.

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade Cover - Review

The Ghost and the Goth

Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?

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3.5 Clubs

Review

Hmm what can I say about The Ghost and the Goth? It’s fun, light hearted with a paranormal twist.

I had fun reading this, it was a short, fun read that kept me entertained. It wasn’t a fast paced page turner but rather more mellow and interesting read that had me interested from page one. I enjoyed this book and although I found the beginning to be cheesy I quite liked the way everything turned out.

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade Cover - Review

Queen of the Dead

After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare – former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead – finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this – ugh – “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.

Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.

Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is – ahem – willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.

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2 Clubs

Review

Queen of the Dead wasn’t anything that I expected. In fact it felt different to book one, the flow of the story felt wrong and to me it just felt forced. I was able to enjoy as much of it as I could but it just wasn’t as good as the first book. I kept asking questions like: Why did this character feel so important at the beginning but now she doesn’t matter to the story at all? The Council kind of just disappeared from the story after Will tried so hard to discover them, and then this book just wasn’t as light or as funny as the first. It lost a lot of the charming, light humour book one had.

Queen of the Dead felt like it was lacking when compared to book one in this series. It was underwhelming for me.

Body & Soul by Stacey Kade Cover - Review

Body & Soul

The Ghost
I’ve been trapped in the body of Lily “Ally” Turner for a month now. Talk about a fashion crisis on an epic scale. What worries me more, though, is sometimes I catch Will looking at me like he thinks I’m Lily…or that he wishes I were. Without the good looks of my former self, I don’t know who I am, or if who that is is good enough. I need out of this mess. Now.

Will and I have been looking for a solution, one that would separate me from Lily without killing her. But it’s not going well. Then, when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, we run into Misty, my former best friend and boyfriend-stealer extraordinaire, who claims she’s being haunted…by me. Seriously?

I’m determined to get to the bottom of who’s pretending to be the spirit of Alona Dare (while I’m pretending to be someone else) and then get the heck out of this body. Or die trying…

The Goth
I’ll admit it. It’s really weird to look at Alona but see Lily. I do know the difference, though, contrary to what Alona might be saying. And Alona is more than a pretty face to me, not that she would believe that.

Our one lead for some help in this messed up situation might be a page torn from the yellow pages-—the “Psychics” section-—I found in my dad’s stuff. One of the “fakes” seems a bit more real-—and odd-—than the others. Before I can investigate further, though, Alona is off and chasing a ghost that’s probably nothing more than a figment of Misty’s guilty imagination. Now Lily’s family is freaking out because she didn’t come home, my mom is ordering me to stay out of it, and something is definitely wrong with the person formerly known as Lily “Ally” Turner…

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2.5

Review

Body & Soul was better that book two for me. It had a stronger and clearer storyline, it felt like it was overall written better and it was interesting. But it still felt out of place from book two, it didn’t feel like it flowed too well. I mean the council completely disappeared in this book when you would think it would have had more of a role considering, and then the one new character introduced in book two was no where to be seen and felt completely obsolete to the story.

I liked this but I also had weird feelings about it.

In Summary

– This series as a whole just felt like it was all over the place. It didn’t feel like it flowed well together. To me it felt like book one was meant to be a stand alone but then book two and three were decided to be written and in doing so the story lines just didn’t quite feel like they bleonged together. I felt like I was reading three completely different stories instead of a series that melded together smoothly.
– I still had fun reading all of these books but book one was by far the best and I could have read that by its self and been happy.
– The characters slowly developed from book one to three, most namely Alona, which was nice
– This series was light and fun but did not leave a lasting impression on me. Hence the short reviews.

Miss J
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[Review #95] Winter Omens by Trisha Leigh

Winter Omens by Trisha Leigh Cover - Review Title: Winter Omens
Series: The Last Year
Book two
Author: Trisha Leigh
Genre: Paranormal, Science Fiction
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Althea and Lucas barely escaped the Others’ clutches in the autumn, and were separated in the process. Alone and on the run from the cruel alien race determined to exterminate her, Althea struggles to adapt and survive in a world she never imagined. 

When a boy named Pax appears out of nowhere, he quickly recognizes Althea for what she is – a human/Other hybrid just like him. Althea begs him to help her find Lucas, but Pax refuses, intent on following his own mysterious agenda. 

The Others’ presence continues to devour the planet’s resources, and if history is an indication, they won’t leave until Earth is destroyed beyond repair. Althea and Pax sense the only way to save themselves – and maybe their home – is to understand the powers simmering inside them. 

Together they push the limits of their capabilities in the quiet Wilds, but are soon confronted with a terrifying fact: no place is safe from the relentless pursuit of the Others.

Least of all their own minds.

Review

Winter Omens was even better than the first book in the series, Whispers in Autumn. I was captivated right from the start, I felt like this book was faster paced in the writing than Whispers in Autumn which was something that I remember slowed Whispers in Autumn down for me. At times I did feel like it was a little tough to get through, like chewing on a tough steak and it takes you a while to finish it, but that never deterred me from reading on.

In the beginning of Winter Omens Althea has woken up in her Winter home base in Iowa, since the pack she had ready and packed back in her Autumn home base was now useless as she had woken up in another season, she very quietly and quickly grabs food and blankets she would need in the wilds. She knows she needs to go there to escape out of the reach of the Others. She was upset and angry that she was now separated from Lucas, whom was winter, and they never travelled to their own seasons. But she was determined to survive, she’s just not sure what to do next. Even though there isn’t much action at first I felt excited and thrilled to read the beginning because of the writing style and the fact I really had no idea what was going to happen next.

This book had an Ashes‘ feel minus the flesh eating zombies, as Althea and Pax roam the ‘Wilds’ trying to get to Portland all the while looking out for the Others (An Alien entity that took over earth years before Althea was born) and trying not to get killed. Althea is determined to figure out a way to get to Lucas but knows that she must travel to Portland to help Pax first, otherwise Pax would never agree to help her and her crazy plan of trying to save earth and the humans from the Others. The way Trisha Leigh reminded us of the events in book one was nice and subtle, she didn’t list down what had happened but instead slipped it in with Althea’s train of thought. I liked the way this was done.

I thoroughly liked Pax. Simply because he was a refreshing character in contrast to Lucas. Although I remember I never really warmed to Lucas, Lucas felt too much like a cardboard cut-out. Whereas Pax was sexier, badass, exciting and had more of an attitude and personality. It was fun to read his and Althea’s interactions. And with all the tension flying around them I simply couldn’t help but fall for Pax. This is a love triangle done right. This is a triangle that I know may just put me through a lot of pain through the next two books!

Winter Omens had me reeling near the end, it made me emotional and I just can’t stop thinking about how it snuck up on me. It hurt. But then it was amazing. And now I just can’t stop thinking about this book!

I definitely recommend you give this series a go. I was a huge fan of book one and book two was a hell of a lot better!

Similar: Tundra 37, Ashes,

Miss J

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[Review #93] Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi Cover - Review Title: Through the Ever Night
Series: Under the Never Sky
Book two
Author: Veronica Rossi
Genre: Dystopian
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect.

The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

Review

*Spoiler Free Review – No spoilers for Under the Never Sky*

Oh. My. God.

Through the Ever Night was even better that Under the Never Sky! I loved this sequel. And the title is so poetic, I love that it was worked into the story. Even if the last line of the synopsis is super cheesy.

Veronica Rossi is one of those authors that is a master at writing in multiple POV’s. I never once felt like I was pulled out of the story when we switched POV’s, I was carried along both Aria’s and Perry’s stories and it was very exciting. Every chapter ended making me need to read the next chapter leaving me powering through this book. I loved getting to see Aria and Perry struggle through things that the other didn’t know, it kept me on the edge of my seat.

I fell more in love with the characters. Aria was stronger, Perry was wiser and caring, Roar was Roar; you can’t not love Roar. I felt like I was emotionally attached to each of these characters, there was one instance where I suddenly felt incredibly angry at one of the characters and then I realised I was getting incredible angry at a person that wasn’t real haha.

I felt like I was finally able to imagine the Aether, it it described a bit more in Through the Ever Night that I got a picture of what it’s meant to look like. Something so beautiful is so incredibly deadly. The Aether is getting worse than ever with even more unpredictable storms in a season that there shouldn’t be Aether storms. Perry has to act fast, and Aria has to find the answers to her quest even quicker.

Through the Ever Night took me along on an exciting adventure. I couldn’t put this book down, I didn’t want to. I was wrapped up in both Aria’s and Perry’s stories that now I feel a little lost at not being able to continue reading just yet.  I can’t wait to see what happens in book three

I am so in love with this series.

If you haven’t started reading this series yet then you need to. Right now. It’s just crazy that you haven’t even started!!

Along the same tone/Similar things in common/You may also like: 
The Baker’s Boy, Divergent, The Hunger Games, Enclave, The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Miss J

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[Review #92] Fearless by Brigid Kemmerer

Fearless by Brigid Kemmerer Cover - Review Title: Fearless
Series: Elemental
Book 1.5
eNovella
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
[Goodreads | Amazon]

Summary

Being a force of nature doesn’t keep you safe. Hunter Garrity is used to watching his back. The kids at school sense something different about him. And they are right.

Hunter has powers that have nothing to do with how hard he can throw a punch.

Maybe that s what Clare Kasten is picking up. She s shy, quiet, and intense, but she s sought him out. There s no telling what she wants from him.

But Hunter knows enough to sense a secret when it s close. And getting close to Clare is a danger he’s ready to face.

Review

When I first started  reading this I found myself incredibly confused. Mainly because Hunter kept talking about his father and uncle and he was saying things like “This is the longest I’ve ever held a conversation with a girl before”. If you’ve read Storm you will understand what I mean. But then I realised that I was an idiot. Fearless is set before Storm. Duh. Of course!

I really enjoyed reading this eNovella. I don’t usually read many eNovella’s but I loved the writing of Storm so much that I decided to buy this and try it out.

Fearless is about Hunter, this eNovella gives us a bit more information in to why Hunter acts the way he does in Storm. Why he thinks the way he does and the events that influence him in understanding how people work. I highly enjoyed it. It was a short, entertaining and informative eNovella! I still love Brigid Kemmerer’s writing and I can’t wait to read Spark!

Miss J

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