Review of The White Rose (The Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing

The White Rose (The Lone City #2)  by Amy Ewing

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Review: I have to start off by saying how much I love this cover! There is so much detail that you don’t even see at first and have to keep looking at it to see the rest.

Ok, now that is out of the way….

I really liked how the romance was not the main point of this book, I know it wasn’t in the first one… But it did kind of come out of nowhere. But the author did a great job having it in the background, while focusing the main story plot on more important things. Things like rebelling back.

Even though this book didn’t have a lot to it, meaning it really felt like a filler ( or set up for the next book). So it was still a good read even though it was just laying out the plan for the next in the series.

4 out of 5 stars.

308 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Dystopia.

Published by HarperTeen.

Summary: Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

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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 The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2)  by Rick Yancey

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Review: I don’t think I have ever been so let down by a book so much in my life.

I had waited years for the second book of this series to come out, but once it did and I had it. I put off reading it till the third and last book in the series came out. Mostly because I did not want to have to wait so long again and because I was nervous. The first book was so incredibly good and the ending was insane. That I was really worried how the second book would compare. And it seems that the second book not only brought my doubts to real life but made them worse.

I don’t think I have ever read such a bad second book before. It felt as if someone else wrote it. Also it barely had anything to it, like the depth from the first book was nonexistent. It made me feel like the first book might have just been a dream or that I imagined the whole thing.

I really don’t know if I will or ever could read the last book of this series.

300 pages. Hardback.

1 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Science Fiction. Fantasy.  Dystopia. Adventure.

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

Summary: How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Everland by Wendy Spinale

Everland by Wendy Spinale

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Review: I think this is one of the first books to really surprise me in my OwlCrate box. Normally I have a pretty good guess about what will be coming in the mail each month, but this book, nope. I had not really heard about this new series, and was not all that much paying attention to the book world, due to finals.

but once the box had come in, I could not stop myself from dropping all of my other reads and start this one. And I have to say this before going on. I love retellings, more then anything really, but I have only read two other books about Peter Pan then this one. And they are both amazing. So I had some high standards.

I completely l in love with the steampunk aspect of the story, I with there was more in it! I thought the plot was just okay. Not something worthwhile, like I was hoping. It felt like the author was based the retelling off the Disney movie Peter Pan and not much else.

The character were another thing that were just okay, I am hoping that they are more developed ( or show growth/ depth) in the next book of the series.

312 pages.

3 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Retelling. Science Fiction. Steampunk. Fantasy.

Published by Scholastic Press.

Summary: London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World (Starbound #2)  by Amie Kaufman , Meagan Spooner

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Review: Although I have had this whole series since October, it has taken me a while to read the books. And whenever I happen to post a picture of books, asking what should I read next. My book blogger friend, who is always suggesting books for me. Tells me that I must read This Shattered World then the last book of the series.

So last week I finished the second book and am waiting to read the third and final one, once I get a couple of other books done.

But I have to say this second book was very fast paced and action packed. I also really liked the characters and seeing them develop through the whole of the book. I also really liked seeing the characters and plot carry over from the first book, “These Broken Stars”. Now I am trying to remind myself I have a very big stack of books next to my bed that need to be read before anything else in my house.

I think the only thing that I did not like about this book, was that sometimes I had no clue where the characters were at. Or that some scenes rushed from one point to the next, and I was left confused.

390 pages. Hardback.

4 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Science Fiction. Romance. Fantasy. Adventure.

Published by Disney-Hyperion.

Summary: The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war. 

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

Review of Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride #9) by James Patterson

Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride #9)  by James Patterson

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Review: The only thing I thought of when I saw this book was, ” I wonder how much Patterson messed up my favorite characters again.”

Man was I wrong. It seems that James Patterson finally came back to who and what these characters really are. Along with the plot for the series.

I have never been so surprised by how good a book really, and how much I loved it. Since I  read the first Maximum Ride book all those years ago. Because reading this book after the awfulness that was the eighth book in the series. Reading this felt like coming home.

I have never loved a character or looked up to one as much as I do Max. Ever since I was a young girl in middle school reading all of the flocks adventures. That is why this book has made me so happy to see them as they should be, and not that crap they were in the eighth book.

Anyway back to the book… The flock, Max and Fang. All were perfect and even though they face some pretty bad stuff in this book and are able to overcome it all. they were able to save some of the world, along with make some people for the world tooo. I’ll let you sit on that and think about it.

400 pages. Hardback.

5 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Adventure. Fiction. Science fiction. Dystopia.

Published by jimmy Patterson.

Summary: THE NINTH AND ULTIMATE MAXIMUM RIDE STORY IS HERE! Legions of Max fans won’t be disappointed by this encore episode in the beloved series about the incredible adventures of a teenage girl who can fly. As Maximum Ride boldly navigates a post-apocalyptic world, she and her broken flock are roaming the earth, searching for answers to what happened. All will be revealed in this last spectacular “ride”- a brand-new grand finale featuring all of the nonstop action, twists and turns that readers can rely on in a blockbuster Patterson page turner!

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart (Reckoners #1)  by Brandon Sanderson

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Review: So this is another book that one of my book friends just about through at me to read. She is very much the Sanderson fan.

So I finally picked up one of his many books…… And was hooked from page one.

Wow, what a way to start off a book. I am still just blown away thinking about it. There were also so many little details that he slip into the plot and characters. That I was writing stuff down to remember it all.

I also had a lot of fun reading from David’s  point of view, because I normally don’t read that much of a guys point of view for books. But it was really eye opening and a great new experience. And that ending to this book!!!! I can’t wait to read the next two to find out what the heck will happen next.

384 pages. Paperback.

4 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Science Fiction. Fantasy. Romance.

Published by Ember.

Summary: Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy, presents Steelheart, the first book in the Reckoners series, an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers breathless.
How far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father?
If someone destroyed your city?
If everything you ever loved was taken from you?
David Charleston will go to any lengths to stop Steelheart. But to exact revenge in Steelheart’s world, David will need the Reckoners—a shadowy group of rebels bent on maintaining justice.
And it turns out that the Reckoners might just need David too.
Look for book two in the Reckoners series, Firefight, available now.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)  by Marie Rutkoski

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Review: I finally started going through my big pile of second books in a series, and this just happened to be what I read first. I was a little bit disappointed with how this book turned out once I finished it. Because the first book had all of this different elements to the plot and characters that I just loved. But after reading this sequel, I just felt let down. But don’t get me wrong I am still and with baited breath waiting to get my hands on the third and final book in the series.

The overall thing that put me off from really loving this book was the characters, I did not for one second liked how they were developing. They just seemed to be going in a completely different direction then they had in the first book. I’m really hoping they are able to get back on track in the last book with a big blow out of an ending.

3 out of 5 stars.

402 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction.

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR).

Summary: Following your heart can be a crime

A royal wedding means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself?

Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. she’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless world…and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret.

This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #5) by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #5)  by Marissa Meyer

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Review: I could care less about any of the small stories in this collection. But I did and still do care a whole lot about the story Something old, Something new. I was so happy the whole time I was reading it, I could not get my smile to stop. Even after I had finished it, I smiled for like two weeks on end because of how it ended.

The only real thing I did and still do wish for is a real ending or more of one for Thorn and Cress. Because they are my OTP ( one true pairing)  in this series and I just LOVE them together!!!! Don’t get me wrong I love all of the other pairings and characters, but Cress and Thorn are just it for me.

Anyway back to the book….

The whole book full of different stories is nice, because its mostly that of the characters from the Lunar Chronicles before they all meet up. But most of it was stuff I didn’t really care to know about, except for the last story. Which is the best end for the series.

4 out of 5 stars.

369 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Re-telling. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Dystopia. 

Published by Feiwel & Friends.

Summary: The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)  by Marie Lu

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Review: Man Marie Lu knows what she is doing. This second book to the Young Elites blew my mind. I just love the new characters and how some of the old ones are interacting with one another. But I do have to admit that it took me a lot longer to get into this book, then it did for the first one. It also took me longer then I thought to get through it. But I’m just going to blame myself for being tired from convention season.

Anyway, I need to gush about this book more…

I think Marie Lu pulls me in with the dark characters or mostly with Adelina’s darkness. I really like her because she wants to do good but at the same time will be cutthroat to get there. And I just love her new group of people she is gathering in this book. I’m really hoping that in the next one everything will work out and she will be ok. Or as ok as someone with her power and darkness can be. But I do have to about how much I am loving her and Magiano. Because in the first book with her and the prince I just felt that the romance was a bit forced and rushed. And I am not one for insta-love. No thank you. But her and Magiano! Ahh I just attacked that ship and set sail with it. I also felt that they worked way better together then her and that prince did anyway. They were just able to complement each others characters so well, and brought out a lot in each other that you would not normally see.

So it was mostly the characters getting more in depth with themselves and how dark the plot was getting in this story that made really love it. There were also a lot of punches that I did not see coming that Marie Lu throws at you throughout the book, which was very surprising in a good way.

5 out of 5 stars.

395 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction.

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

Summary: Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

-Summary from GoodReads.com