Review of This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)  by Victoria Schwab

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Review: I was excited for this book, just because I have started to fall in love with how Victoria Schwab writes. In all of her books that I have read so far, have I ever been board. You will not see any common tropes or plotlines in anything she writes. That I can  guarantee.

The characters and plot were different then most Young Adult I have read before. But in a good way. Schwab mostly focus’s on the development of the plot and then slowly letting you the reader find out who/ what the characters are.

Which in this case was a great idea. Kate and August are complex and at times can be misunderstood. I know I got lost a bit, but just kept reading to find my way through who they were. But I did go back and reread some parts because later on in the book, many more of the pieces to this puzzle fell together.

A great part of this book was that there was no romance at all. Like for real. Which was quite refreshing to see in young adult. Also it does prove that you don’t need romance or even a hint at it to be or sell a Young Adult book.

The music described and the rhyme on the back of the book, that shows up often. Was well thought up and well used through the book. It also leave s me felling like there is a lot more going on that I can look forward to in the second installment to the series.

Favorite quote:

” What’s a Sunai’s favorite food?”

“What?”

“Soul Food”.

Would I? Buy this book for a friend? Tell everyone I know to read it? Talk about it all the time? MAYBE.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

464 pages. Hardback book.

Young Adult. Fantasy. Paranormal.

Published July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books.

Summary: There’s no such thing as safe.

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.

August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided.

Their city is crumbling.

Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

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Review of The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Review: It seems that Patrick Ness knows what its like inside of a teens mind. While reading this book I felt as if Ness  broke into my mind and wrote one of the best books that teens have ever wanted.

Each character and storyline, will drive you nuts with the humor behind them and the thoughtfulness.

I’m still having a hard time  describing this book and all that has come with it.

Just the different problems that the characters faced together and on their own really leave something with you. It also helps in connecting with the plot as a whole and caring for the characters themselves.

4 out of 5 stars.

336 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Paranormal. Fantasy. Contemporary. GLBT. Romance. Fiction.

Published by HarperTeen.

Summary: What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Review: I was very excited to finally have my hands on this book, mostly because I love anything that has to do with the LUX series.

It was a little hard to remember where this book was taking place in the Lux time line and who all the side characters were again since it has been a few years.

But overall the story was okay and enjoyable.

I couldn’t really connect with the plot or characters that this novel surrounded, just because they didn’t have much to them and the story was fast and a bit rushed.  Hunter seemed t like the other  male characters Armentrout has written about many times before. So most of the time I was like ” Oh that’s just like, or that’s what he would have said too”….

The book was nice to read though, just to get back in that world after while of missing it.

3 out of 5 stars.

326 pages. Paperback.

New Adult. Romance. Paranormal. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Mature Themes. Mature Content.

Published by Entangled Embrace.

Summary: He’s to die for…

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something…unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life…or is it Hunter?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

 

Review of Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1)  by Zoraida Córdova

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Review: I didn’t really know what to except going into this book when I started it. But after reading only a couple of pages I knew it was going to be a hard book to put down. Overall I think it only took me about four hours to read this book.

Some of the greatest things that I loved about this book was how well the author explained everything. Such things as the culture, backstory, and different traditions that Alex’s family held on to.
Normally I like to know everything that is talked about in the book by the characters, that way I could understand what was going on. But usually authors drag the story and anything good about it, down when talking about to many details. Although I felt that author Cordova did an amazing job balancing everything out to make her story work. She was even able to pull me into the character Alex’s mind set, during the most climatic moments.
There were some things I didn’t  really like about the story. Most of it was the romance for Alex. It was confusing, felt forced and seemed like “oh both of you love me, but one of you aren’t really what you are. So I guess I’ll be with the other person who loves me.” It just felt like Alex might not really love any of the people who were in love with her but felt like she had to be with one of them because they loved her. To me that was the only thing really distracting away from the characters and plot.
By the time I got o the end of the book I was breathless and looking for more. Now I just have to holdout long enough for the next book in the series.

Advanced Reading Copy. In return for this ARC, I gave my honest review.

4 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Paranormal.

Published by Sourcebooks Fire.

Summary: Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Deep, Dark & Dangerous (Vikings Underground #4) by Jaid Black

Deep, Dark & Dangerous (Vikings Underground #4)  by Jaid Black

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Review: Ok I was so disappointed by this book and another short story of the series that I have read so far. The first short story I read about this series was so good and sucked me in with the intrigue that it created. And so far this is the first actual book from the series that I have been able to find anywhere.

The overall plot idea for this series, I think is great. But so far I feel as if the author is not pushing it as far as she could and just bein overly simple and bland with it.

If she re-amped up the series going bigger and darker with it. It would be the greatest in the world, or just super good.

The characters and the slow boring plot were draining to read to me. I was just hoping the book would end soon or maybe get better. But sadly no, that was not the case. Although I do think if I can find the other books in this series I would get them and read them to see if they are all the same or if some do have that beautiful book goodness to them.

2 out of 5 stars.

265 pages. Paperback.

Adult Romance. Fiction. Fantasy. Paranormal. Contemporary. Mature Themes. Mature Content.

Published by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group.

Summary: A star in a world of wealth and privilege….

Fed up with Hollywood backstabbing, famous movie actress Madalyn Simon decided to escape the spotlight. Her new back-to-basics existence in an Alaskan cabin did take getting used to, but at least she was in control of her own destiny — or so she thought. While snowmobiling on the frigid coast with her sister, the pair is taken hostage by a band of rough men who want them — for reasons beyond imagining.

A captive in a world of inescapable seductions….

They are neo-Vikings from a hidden underworld, in search of women Outsiders to breed for the New Sweden clan. Their sexy leader, Otar, wants only one woman: Madalyn. Overpowered by his masculine strength and unmasked desire, Madalyn must become Otar’s wife or face the marriage auction block. Now, in a world beyond dreams and as real as the hot flesh of her enticing warrior-husband, Madalyn discovers the power of an all-consuming passion — as the fires of revolution threaten all she has come to love….

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Power (Titan #2)  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Review: I am so happy that I was finally able to have the time to just read this book all the way through! I love Seth and Josie more then anything and have been waiting all read to read more able them.

Seth and Josie’s character development along with their development in their relationship together was through the roof! I just wanted to scream and jump around because they made me happy! But the times that Seth was being a dick, I knew it was going to happen but I was still not ready. So Seth had me very angry and upset with him, while at the same time loving the crap out of him too. And the beautiful intense moments that they shared brought actual tears to my eyes!!!!

And this plot, dang it! It keeps getting more in-depth with new challenges for the characters to face alone and together are getting so good. I was just screaming my head off at the end of this book because we will have to wait another year to find out what the heck happens next! And I really need my Seth and Josie moments people!

5 out of 5 stars.

344 pages. Paperback.

New Adult. Romance. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Fantasy. Mythology. Paranormal.

Published by Spencer Hill Press.

Summary: With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.

Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve.  Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.

But the gods are sensing a greater threat. 

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

 And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Infamous: Chronicles of Nick (Chronicles of Nick #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Review: I felt that this volume in the Nick saga was just an informational book. Not that it was not a good book, because it was.

But the overall plot of the series just got deeper and more in depth then the previous two books led us to believe.

The humor in this book was still great though, Nick is one of the top characters in the Dark Hunter series and proves it in his own series.

Its also nice to see the same characters I have already read about, ( because it was their book) in this series and see their old view points on things. Such as Ash’s view on love and so on….

4 out of 5 stars.

480 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Fantasy. Paranormal. Romance. Mythology.

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin.

Summary: The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters.

Now Nick’s saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume…

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so dang hard? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.

Or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about.

Even himself.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) by Susan Dennard

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2)  by Susan Dennard

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Review: I was doing a small read-a- thon, all by myself because I really wanted to clean up my TBR shelves in my room. So I finally got around to reading this book.

It did start off a little slow, and still had more then I would have liked slow moments throughout the book. But overall I am very interested into finding out what the heck’s going on! Because after reading this second book I feel that everything is just building up for the last book. That nothing will be done or sorted till then.

Although I think my favorite part of this series is the beautiful covers showing where the characters are in the book. It’s just super cool to read about all the different places. Especially when the characters describe the different landmarks they are looking at.

And I have so many questions about the characters and the small plots going on, all at the same time. So I am very much looking forward to the final book in this series, mostly so that I can finally get some answers!

3 out of 5 stars.

432 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Paranormal. Horror. Science Fiction. Steampunk. Fantasy.

Published by HarperTeen.

Summary: Perfect for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners and Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices series, this spellbinding sequel to Something Strange and Deadly delivers a mix of supernatural forces and intense romance, set against the enchanting backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris.

With her brother dead and her mother insane, Eleanor Fitt is alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor hears the vicious barking of hounds and sees haunting yellow eyes, she fears that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are after her.

To escape, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. But Oliver harbors a dangerous secret involving necromancy and black magic that entices Eleanor beyond words. If she can resist him, she’ll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over, and there’s a whole new evil lurking. And she is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

In Paris, there’s a price for this darkness strange and lovely, and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

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Review: This book was crazy. Right off the bat, you are thrown into this new strange world running. This book will leave you breathless by the time you get to the last page. Because there is no way you can just stop after reading a couple of words.

For me I’m not the biggest fan of Susan Dennard, but the writing in this book puts all the rest of her previous works to shame. The fantasy world within this first book of a whole new series was insane! I have not read such great fantasy since Sarah J. Maas came into the picture ( book world).

One of the best parts of this book were the smooth transitions from person to person, ( from one persons point of view to the next). You could always tell who was talking and what the heck was going on.

The best thing about this book other than the super cool ( badass) female lead characters, was the plot itself. I loved that once you get a hang of the plotline, it throws you for a curve ball. It was great not really knowing what was going to happen next or how everything was going to work out.

I also really loved how the romance between some unlikely characters was really slow and subtle. There is much shipping to be had here!

I don’t think I have the strength to wait for the next book, it will be forever till it’s out!

5 out of 5 stars.

412 pages. ARC. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Magic. Fantasy. Paranormal.

Published by Tor Teen.

Summary: On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Oblivion (Lux #1.5)  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Review: I could not get my hands on this book fast enough! I mean can you blame me? Its more of the Lux series ( which I love) and more importantly it’s more from Daemon Black!!!!!

I just love him, and could not wait to read the first book from his point of view. The main reason why I have wanted to read this is because during the first book of the Lux series, it’s really hard to figure out what Daemon is thinking. Or how he thinks of Katy, or even why he does some of what he did in the first book.

So this book was great for those small moments that were driving me crazy for years about how he acted in the first book of the series. Other than that though the book was a bit boring. Not that I don’t love Daemon, the Lux series, or Jennifer L. Armentrout. But a lot of what was in the book was everything I have already read. If the book were just some of the key moments throughout the series from Daemon’s point of view, with a little something, something thrown in at the end from his point of view of how their lives are now after the series is over. Then the book was have been crazy great!!!

The real reason I gave this book four stars was because of the great moments from Daemon’s point of view at the end. Which was really great because that’s the stuff that ha been bugging me these years.

4 out of 5 stars.

350 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Paranormal.

Published by Entangled Teen.

Summary: Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

-Summary from GoodReads.com