Thursday, January 31, 2013

Everbound (Everneath #2) by: Brodi Ashton

Five Stars

Goodreads Summary:

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

Oh my God. How does she do that? Spin me along for an amazing ride and leave me hanging, why don't you?

Whoever has never read this series, go and buy the first book now.

Nikki is still really sad over Jack, which is understandable. There's some complaining, but it's just enough that it feels real. 

I'm not sure if I want to kill Cole, right now. At the ending, what he did shocked me. We did get some of his history, though.

Jack isn't in this book a lot, but he's really important. Like, the entire book is written to find him. Nikki uses memories as a thread to find him, and I really enjoyed reading those. 

The Everneath was designed perfectly. There was even a map in the beginning of the book. I like how it was made into circles, since I have never read anything with the world made out of circles.

There are some twists in this book, and some of them make you wonder how you didn't see what would happen before.

The pacing was very good. We got some more action in this book.

The ending was amazing. The cliffhanger was really well done, but I can't wait for the next book now. I'll probably hound the publisher for the next book. How many emails is considered stalking, again?

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Towering

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.
Waiting for: Towering
Author: Alex Flinn
Expected publication: May 14, 2013
Published By: Harper Teen

At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her. 

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Ooh... Rapunzel. I loved that fairy tale.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don't Die #2) by Katie Alender

Five Stars

Goodreads Summary: 

Alexis is the last girl you'd expect to sell her soul. She already has everything she needs--an adorable boyfriend, the perfect best friend, and a little sister who's finally recovering after being possessed by an evil spirit, then institutionalized. 
Alexis is thrilled when her sister joins a club; new friends are just what Kasey needs. It's strange, though, to see how fast the girls in The Sunshine Club go from dorky and antisocial to gorgeous and popular. Soon Alexis learns that the girls have pledged an oath to a seemingly benevolent spirit named Aralt. Worried that Kasey's in over her head again, Alexis and her best friend Megan decide to investigate by joining the club themselves. At first, their connection with Aralt seems harmless. Alexis trades in her pink hair and punky clothes for a mainstream look, and quickly finds herself reveling in her newfound elegance and success. 
Instead of fighting off the supernatural, Alexis can hardly remember why she joined in the first place. Surely it wasn't to destroy Aralt...why would she hurt someone who has given her so much, and asked for so little in return?

Apparently, this series doesn't focus on both evil dolls and ghosts. It just focuses on bad ghosts. I feel kind of stupid for not realizing that. But I wouldn't change it, at all.

Alexis isn't one of the people that are immune to everything bad. For example, if this was another book, Alexis would be the only person not influenced by Aralt. However, she is a one of a kind, too. She fights back, eventually.

We also get to learn a little more about Alexis's hobby, photography.

There's also some more bonding with Kasey, her sister. In the first book, there wasn't, since she was possessed and all.

Aralt is sort of like a voice in her mind. He tells her all the right things to say.

Carter stalks Alexis, now. It's not that he wants to. With Aralt telling her the things to say, she turned him into some sort of loving stalker. There might be another love interests. I'm not sure, though.

The writing flowed really well. The development of Alexis was very subtle. Also, the plot was perfectly paced.

The ending left enough so there had to be another book. I'm going to give my librarian one week to get it, and if she doesn't, I'm going to buy it myself.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die #1) By: Katie Alender

Five Stars

Goodreads Summary:

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in. 
Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?

Am I the only person that thinks the title is stupid? But the cover was sort of pretty. I wasn't going to read this until my friend shoved it into my face and threatened me to read it. 

Alexis is a great main character. She's really spunky, and I like her. The way the author wrote her voice really made me relate to her. 

Kasey being posessed was really interesting to read about. This girl made me realize  I wasn't crazy for hating dolls. 

The love interest, Carter, was awesome. He didn't take up Alexis's entire thoughts. A great thing this story does is that romance doesn't take up the entire plot. It's only a little important.

The way the back story was fed in was awesome. It wasn't just dumped; we found out about it a little at a time.

Megan Wiley, the cheerleader, isn't the typical annoying blonde. She's really important in this story.

The plot moved along at a satisfactory pace.

I'm definitely buying the next two books. I want to know what happens next to Alexis.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Everneath by: Brodi Ashton

Five Stars

Goodreads Summary: 

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she's returned--to her old life, her family, her boyfriend--before she's banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance--and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's queen.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

Yay! It's a pretty cover without terrible things inside!

I liked how it was like two Greek mythology retelling rolled up into one: Persephone&Hades and Orpheus.

You know how in Evermore, Ever complains over nothing? Here, Nikki has a very good reason to complain, but she doesn't. Yep. You heard that right: the usual complaining found in YA stories was not in here!

 Every character in this book seemed to have real issues. They were also well developed, unlike in so many other stories.

 Nikki came back damaged, but slowly regained her emotions again. I really liked how Nikki wasn't blaming anyone for her troubles. She could have just blamed Jack for everything and let herself wallow in self pity, but she didn't. Neither was she sitting around waiting for a guy to help her. She tried to deal with them. 

Cole was confusing. I didn't know if he really liked Nikki, or he was just trying to rule the Everneath. He's one of those bad boy heroes, but Ashton makes us sympathetic to him. He sort of evil. Sometimes, though, we see a glimpse of another side of him.

Jack is a really sweet person. He's perfect for Nikki. He didn't give up on Nikki at all, which was great. 

The love triangle looks like I'm going to like it. I usually hate them, apart from Jennifer Armentrout's, but this one looks awesome.

Nikki tries to get redemption. That's the plot. It sounds really simple, but Ashton makes it awesome. One of my favorite things in this plot is that it comes first, not the romance. There were also a lot of surprises that I felt like I should have guessed.

The pacing is really smooth. Everything falls into place. The switching from the past to the present should have confused me, but I really like it.

The ending is great in the sense that everything is tied up with just enough to make a next book. However, its a sad ending.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Apollyon (Covenant #4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.
Waiting for: Apollyon
Series: Covenant
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected publication: April 9th 2013
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

I love the Covenant series. April can't come fast enough!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

{Mini Review} An Infidel in Paradise by: S.J. Laidlaw

Three Stars

Goodreads Summary:

Set in Pakistan, this is the story of a teen girl living with her mother and siblings in a diplomatic compound. As if getting used to another new country and set of customs and friends isn't enough, she must cope with an increasingly tense political situation that becomes dangerous with alarming speed. Her life and those of her sister and brother depend on her resourcefulness and the unexpected help of an enigmatic Muslim classmate.

I got this from Netgalley a week or so ago. I have never heard anything about it, but it looked very interesting.

Emma, the main character is pretty likable. A couple times, I thought she whined too much. Also, she made some bad decisions. However, she developed throughout the story, which was good. She had a backbone, and she didn't just stand there while people yelled at her. 

Mustapha was a pretty good love interest. It seemed like it sped up a bit too much, at the end. Overall, though, he was cool. He didn't react like a typical YA love interest and just forgive everything Emma did.

The plot was a basic plot. There was no major surprises.

An Infidel in Paradise was a simple book to understand. I loved the setting in the Middle East. 

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Marked (House of Night) By: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

One Star

Goodreads Summary:

The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of hat Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire -- that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

Do I have a curse of picking up bad books or something? Because this is the third book in a row that is terrible. Are all these books just creeping up on me? Do they have a group meeting and all whisper," Let's make Alisa read this." And then cackle like that creepy witch from Snow White? Maybe its my friends. They're probably pulling a prank on me or something. Fallen, and now Marked

This is one of the worst books I've read. Actually, I think this is worst book I have read. It's worse than even Twilight

Marked has not one, but two authors. How did they screw up this much?

Zoey is the most annoying, stupid, idiotic, bitchy, ridiculous, Mary-Sue character I have ever read. Ever. In my life. It was torture just to read in her point of view for more than two pages. Literally, every other chapter, I had to take a break. She was a hypocrite. One second she was berating a person for age-gaps. The other, she was kissing a teacher.

And don't forget the eating disorders. If you have one, you shouldn't get sympathy. Oh, no. You are a freak of nature. Zoey cusses out the people with eating disorders.

How am I supposed to cheer Zoey on? I hate her. I want to see her all alone on an island with no food, clean water, boys, blood, or anything else she needs to survive. I can just picture it. There's a teeny island in the middle of the ocean filled with sand. The sun beats down mercilessly on anything living on it. All plants shrivel up and die. Animals starve to death.

There were so many pop culture references. Don't they know readers don't care? One or two references are fine. Not the entire book.

411 on this book:
Plot: There's one?
Setting: Stupid
Characters: Don't get me started
Writing: Terrible
Editor: Like the Fallen editor: smart or stupid

If I go on, this review will turn into a rant, and it will never stop. So, do yourself a favor, and don't read the book.
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fallen By: Lauren Kate

One Star

Goodreads Summary:

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

I'm going to kill my "friend." She usually has pretty good taste in books. So when she recommended this to me, I immediately started reading it. I mean, the cover was absolutely fantastic. And when I see covers like this, I always forget that there is something terrible inside. I just didn't expect it to be that bad.

The prologue pretty much spoiled the entire book. Except for the one part that most of the people are (minor spoiler) fallen angels. Hints are supposed to be tiny little nudges in the right direction. They also should have some red herrings. Hints are not supposed to be just standing there in plain view. If this book had one tug in the other direction, I might have given it two stars. On the other hand... probably not. The editing, plot, and characters were terrible.

The editor is either a complete genius or a complete idiot. Maybe she knew how terrible the book was and decided to not do anything with it because she knew that the pretty cover would lure everyone in. Or, she was really stupid and decided that bad word choices and terrible sentences would sell well. A third option is that when she read it, her brain completely exploded and she skipped the entire novel because it was so bad. The world will never know.

A book needs a plot, Lauren Kate. Over 350 pages of stalking is not considered a plot. 

The worst part of the book were the characters. These are some of the stupidest, annoying(est), and want-to-kill(est) people I have ever had the misfortune of reading. If I saw any of these characters in real life, I would probably slap them. 

Luce is completely stupid. She's completely pathetic and is as bad as Bella Swan. The first time she saw Daniel, he flipped her off. Instead of taking the hint or flipping him off right back, she obsesses over him. Then, she starts stalking him. She goes through his files like Nora, and thinks of him as much as Ever does to her "love." There is this huge question I keep asking myself: Why does Daniel even like Luce? Heck, how does he stand her? Maybe it's because he can treat her like crap, and she doesn't do anything about it. Except for that one time she stands up for herself. The guy doesn't even acknowledge her "demand." He just freaking kisses her to shut her up. And then he goes back to treating her badly.

The funny thing is, when Daniel finally tells Luce the truth, she runs away. Yep, that's right. Over a hundred pages of trying to figure it out, and somebody finally tells her, she flees. 

Another question to Daniel: Why does he kiss her if she's going to die? Not that I would mind if she actually died, but Daniel "loves" her. So, why would he want her to die?

All the characters are these inconsequential cardboard cutouts. The one person I sort of like died. 

The author should have done some research. Anything. Lauren Kate seems to not know anything about angels. Or fallen angels, whatever. 

The reform school, which is the setting, is so stupid. The "security" there is terrible. Again, LK, do some research on what you are writing about.

One last thing: hotness and stalking do not a true love make.


Now, if you excuse me, I have to go bleach my brain of this terrible book and read a better book about angels, like Angelfall

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

{Mini Review} Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by: Kendare Blake

Sorry for not updating for a week. I'm really busy with studying for the SAT. I don't have enough time to write full reviews, so I won't be updating as often as I'd like or as long as I'd like to.

Five Stars

Goodreads Summary:

It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on. 

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

This review will have spoilers. I'm not sure how I can write a review of this book without some.

Well, all good things must end, right? Including this series. It was completely epic. But I hated that Anna and Cass broke up.

We all know a relationship between necrophilia and a ghost hunter is pretty impossible. But why did Blake had to write it like that? It was so sad. Tears were streaming down my face, and I never cry.

Anna was being tortured by the Obeahman over and over. So, naturally, Cass goes to try and save her. 

The characters were well written; they were even better than the last book. They were not cardboard cutouts at all.

There were some gruesome scenes in this book, and Blake pulled them off well.

This book is awesome. Go read it. Now. Or I will put you in the Suicide Forest with no escape...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

{Mini Review} Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by: Julie Kagawa

Four Stars

"In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity."Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of "them." The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked--and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend--a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what--and who--is worth dying for.

Yes! Finally, a good vampire novel! I thought that vampires had everything that could possibly happen squeezed out of them. But then, I read this book! 

The first thing I liked about this book was that Allie was a tough person. She was very admirable and a quick-ish learner of her weapon. She also didn't completely change her mind about hating vampires the second she met one. Speaking of which:

I like how Kagawa changed the mythology without completely screwing it up. They don't burst into flames the second they step in the sunlight, but they can die from it.

Zeke was a great guy and there wasn't a lot of insta-love.

The plot was great, as was the writing. I will definitely keep reading this series!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by: Rachel Hawkins

Four stars

Goodreads Summary:

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
My librarian told me to read this. At first, I was, like,"Okay.. Sure," and forgot about it. Then my friend borrowed it from me and she told me how awesome and amazing it was. Now, my friend usually has good judgement, so I decided to start reading it. I'm so glad I did.
Sophie Mercer was a hilarious main character. Not the way where I'm laughing at her stupidity, but in the way that I laugh from her jokes. She is really easy to like. Her friendship with Jenna, her room mate, seems natural. Her personality is great. Sophie doesn't just pretend not to notice when something bad happens. She also doesn't blame everything on herself with no evidence.
I really like Archer, even after what happened. He seems like a likable guy and I want to know what happens to him. He's funny and witty.
The plot wasn't very serious. It was easy to guess who the villain was, but there were a few surprises, too. The entire story was light-hearted and a quick read.
Hex Hall is very simple and easy to understand.
This is one of the actually good paranormal academy books. I'll definitely read the next ones in the series.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Goddess Test by: Aimee Carter

Two Stars

Goodreads Summary:



It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.


So, I first read this book when it first came out. I wasn't reading Young Adult novels, then. I thought it was pretty good. Rereading it, I discovered how idiotic I was two or three years ago.

The funny thing about this is that it doesn't really have anything to do with Greek Mythology. There were gods, yeah, but they didn't really do anything they were supposed to do.

For example, Hades is an alright god who kidnapped Persephone and pretty much sort of breaks rules. In the Goddess Test, however, he just stuck right to the rules and was suicidal. Most of the book was like this.

That took pretty much a star out from the entire rating. If the entire thing was so amazing that it totally made me forget about the actual story of the Greek Gods, then it wouldn't have had a star taken out. Take, for example, Percy Jackson or Xena. But it wasn't anything as good as those stories. This just turned the entire thing into bad romance.

I never really understood why all Kate had to do was stand around in awesome dresses. That was pretty much her entire tests. She didn't have to fight anything, talk anyone out of doing something stupid, or anything like that. And she pretty much complains the entire time.

The writing was pretty much expected of YA. It wasn't completely perfect, but it wasn't horrible.

I could figure out who was the antagonist pretty quickly. I don't know if that was just because I spent way too much time watching murder shows, or the clues were really easy to see.

Will I be reading the next book? Probably. There's potential that it will get better. But probably not.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #8: The Rules

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.

Waiting for: The Rules
Series: Project Paper Doll
Author: Stacey Kade
Expected publication: April 23rd 2013
Published by: Disney-Hyperion

1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

Sounds interesting. I like how the eyes are different colors.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Angelfall by: Susan Ee

Five Stars

Goodreads Summary:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Most of the angel books I've read are pretty bad. So when I saw this one, I didn't immediately jump for it. Actually, I was going to pass on it. I'm so glad I didn't. I found my favorite book I read in 2012. 

The beginning was a great hook, and pulled me right in. The main plot actually started in the beginning, instead of starting near the end, like so many other books. Susan Ee has written an amazing debut novel.

The characters were amazing. They seemed real and not a cardboard cutout.

 Penryn is a great heroine that can fight and usually thinks before she acts. She doesn't stop trying to find her sister throughout the entire book, which is an admiring trait of her's. 

Penryn's mother is supposed to be crazy, and she definitely seemed like it. I like how her schizophrenia waxes and wanes unexpectedly.

 Raffe can hide secrets very well, and it makes him all the more interesting. And he's agnostic. How did she think of that?

 I loved the banter between Raffe and Penryn. Their relationship wasn't instant. It grew over the time they spent together and seemed natural.

There are a few gruesome scenes. I kinda like that stuff. Does that make me insane? Probably not. There are other people that like horror movies too, right? Anyways, back to the part where I'm not a serial killer and there are some pretty weird scenes. Susan Ee wrote in lots of detail so I could picture what she was writing about in my head.

The fight scenes were great. An author finally did her research! 

Not only that, the Nephilims are actually bad, like they're supposed to be.

The ending is completely epic and is making me stalk the author's website for the release date.

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