Category: Reviews


#Video: Ruby Red/These Broken Stars review + update

Posted 1 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Espionage, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

 

So I’m testing out a little thing. I sometimes can’t always be bothered to write a review (yes yes we all know I’m lazy!) and depending on my mood, and depending on how well the videos are received, I’ll do video reviews.
So…it’s all up to you. If no one wants to see my mug on screen (which I can’t blame you for, really) then I’ll not do anymore.

😀

Also, I’m REALLY new at this, so I’m still learning what to say and stuff. As you’ll be able to tell, I’m not anywhere near as articulate on video as I am in writing. LOL.

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Mini Reviews: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson // The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead #contemporary #romance #supernatural #YA

Posted 20 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

5 stars!

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’d tried reading it last year, but something about my mood wasn’t letting me like it. I know. Weird, right? In any case, I finally decided to get this from the library instead, y’know, just in case it didn’t work out. I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve read books involving road trips before, and have always liked them, but that doesn’t always mean I like everything about them. But this…Amy’s journey, mentally (and physically) is both heartwarming and fascinating. Maybe a part of me could relate in terms of what she’s had to go through (though I didn’t have to move across the country because of it), in that she lost her father. Something about it stuck with me, about how you need to move on, etc etc. I liked that this wasn’t instant love at first sight, and it built over time, which I prefer. Always. Roger was sweet, and completely hooked on her ex-girlfriend and he only has one goal, initially, and that’s to find her and figure out why she dumped him.

What he doesn’t plan on is how the road trip (that was meant to be simple, a to b, instead turned out to be a wild discovery of awesomeness) would cause him to realise that plans change. Him and Amy’s situation, going from barely knowing each other, to a full out…well, love story, is so utterly romantic I wanna cry. And boy, do I want to go on a road trip now. SO BADLY. Anyway, if you couldn’t tell, I loved this! I wish I’d bought the book now. I might do that, so I can reread it. Also, the doodles and pictures in this were adorable, and it actually informed me on stuff I hadn’t a clue about. Okay, enough rambles. A solid 5 stars from me!

 

4 stars!

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

It took me quite some times to really get into this, I think because the pacing felt a bit off. There were slow moments, and then BAM things were off like a race. It definitely took longer to read compared to Silver Shadows; that kept me on my toes and I wanted to know what happened next. Where as with this…I still enjoyed it, but I kept on putting the book down. And I don’t do that with books I love.

There were real moments of potential, where it could have been…tighter, I guess. I liked the magical aspect, as usual, and also how they were trying to find out where Jill was* but a lot of the clues were pretty basic. They could have been so much better, more complicated maybe. There’s not much else I can say without spoiling too much. But I did like Ruby Circle, I just wish I could say I loved it. Maybe 4 stars is high, but I can’t rate it lower, given that this is one of my favourite series. ♥

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Review: 4.5 stars to The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Posted 12 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Mystery, Paranormal, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Grieving, shaken, and feeling very much alone, Rory’s life as a member of the Shades of London has changed irrevocably. It’s only been a matter of hours since Stephen was taken from her, possibly for ever. Her classmate Charlotte is still missing, kidnapped by the same people who tried to take Rory. Rory is no longer a schoolgirl haplessly involved in the dealings of a secret government unit. She is their weapon in a matter of life and death.

With hardly a moment to think for herself, Rory is back to work. Charlotte must be found — as must Stephen, if he is even out there. Lines must be drawn and forces rallied. Something is brewing under London, something bigger and much more dangerous than what has come before. The Shadow Cabinet holds the key to everything, and it is up to Rory to unravel its mysteries before time runs out…

 

Review:

Damn, the ending to The Madness Underneath…how awful. If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Stephen!!!

My baby!

Okay, that’s enough. I had to know what happened next. It was a need, a need I’ve felt I’d waited decades for. But when I got The Shadow Cabinet, I devoured it. I loved it. I…couldn’t get enough. Maureen Johnson has such a fun way of telling a story, and there’s witty humour in there, even with a sad or serious premise. I found myself laughing while wiping tears away in parts.

I need to say how much the new mysterious characters – Sid and Sadie and Jane (who briefly appeared in book 2) – annoyed me. SO. MUCH. They were just….*throttles the air*

And I know, I KNOW, they  were a major part of the book this time, but god, how I was glad when things came to a…DAMN I can’t spoil. Okay, well, I’ll try not to.

Rory, Boo, Callum…I love these people. Though we see less of Boo and Callum because Rory is being held under protection by Thorpe who is ‘sort of Police’ and after the demise of Stephen, he’s taking charge. He gets on my nerves sometimes, but I understand why he’s being that way. He’s upset as well, but he has to be responsible. Rory just wants to forget, but she can’t, and she’s got so many reminders.

Some things happen and they are quite…sad. I mean, within the bounds of not spoiling, I found myself heartbroken at times.

Jerome is back, and kind of…weird. He’s one of those people who hover and don’t really contribute much, always asking questions and just…in the way. But I guess he did step up near the end. If I say anything more about Stephen, it’ll ruin it, but let’s just say…it’s not the end. There. Take that how you want to. Lots of ghostly shit goes on, and man, do I love a ghostly story. hehe.

There are a few trippy moments, where I was just as confused as the characters.

Mostly, I just felt so bad for Rory. Not that I could ‘relate’ as such, but she made me feel. And that’s enough.

I’m so SO glad there’s a fourth book, especially with that ending. Not quite a cliff hanger, but it was weird enough to want more. I need more. I need it NOW!

Kat

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#ARC #Review: 3.5 stars to Mind Games by Teri Terry #SCIFI #UKYA

Posted 10 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 1 Comment

Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late?

Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can’t hide any longer.

The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing…

Released March 5th 2015 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So, well, okay where to start? First off, I just want to say how pleased I was to be accepted when I requested this. I loved the Slated series and so was really anticipating new stuff from Teri Terry!

I’ve been torn, severely, about what to rate this, however, so excuse me while I get my thoughts in order.

The premise sounded great, and I can really see that technology may well get to the point where we’re given implants and live mostly in a virtual world. It’s scary. I found myself so captivated by the prospect, and the world, and how it all escalated so quickly.

I’m still not sure if I liked Luna. I guess I did, but then certain things she did, or that happened to her, made me want to throw the book across the room in frustration.  She never stayed consistent with her moods.

I didn’t like Gecko at first. I expected he would be some kind of love interest to Luna and it instantly put me off. I thought Luna was strong enough to deal on her own, and she was. But actually, Gecko turned out to be a decent guy. I ended up feeling sorry for him in the end. He definitely came off worse, in my opinion.

Hex. I liked him at first. He was fairly minor, not really in nor out of the story. After a while, though, I just didn’t trust him.

Luna’s family I felt were a bit of a nonevent. I found I didn’t care about them. Some parents in books I instantly GET, and like, but these people were just…there. The same with Luna’s grandmother who, I thought, was going to be some kind of major part of the book.

Tempo was a tricky character. I thought she was a bit too…evil-doer, and not a lot else to her. Not much back story there. There were many other minor characters who were good, who I would have loved to hear more of, but they just…disappeared. The sad part is, I can’t even remember their names now, but I know at the time I liked them. 

The whole book was like a roller-coaster that never seemed to stop. It was up one minute, down the next, and I’d go from hooked, to really annoyed to really hooked again. A lot of people have said the ending was bad, and though I agree it was wrapped up quick, I thought it was decent enough. At first, I forgot this was a standalone. In which case, yeah maybe it could have used more…detail.  In some ways, the ending seemed more like a lead up to a sequel, but that’s okay if it’s not. I don’t like harsh ending’s anyway. And funny, because I’ve never been a fan of epilogues, and this time we get one with limited detail and here I am like “GIMME MORE!” 

I wish I could have rated this higher, but there were just too many “Argh!” moments for that to happen. It’s okay, though, because I stuck with it. I wouldn’t have given up. I think Teri has such a refreshing way of telling stories, that I knew it would get better. And it did. Just not consistently enough for me. :/

-Kat

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#Review: 4.5 stars to All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter #YA

Posted 4 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Espionage, Fun, Funny, Mystery, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay – in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I was given a copy off Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Also…I explain at the end about what happened. 😛 Also, there may be the odd spoiler. It’s hard to tell what’s classed as a spoiler or not. Sorry in advance. If anyone spots one in time, tell me and I’ll cut it. Also, sorry it’s long. I may have gone over board on the padding thing. >_<

Forgive me, it’s been a while since I’ve written a review, so I may be a bit rusty with words. All Fall Down has been the first book I’ve managed to finish in 2015, and that’s both great and sad, because I’ve been reading about 5 books… I wish I was one of those monsters that has lots of eyes. Maybe an octopus? Yeah. Then I could hold lots of books as well. *sigh*

Without sounding too basic: I really liked this book.

Now, I guess I need to…what is it you people say? ‘pad it out’? Well, alrighty then.

I’ve been a fan of Ally Carter since I first picked up I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You. Which, now that I think about it, was maybe about 5 years ago? Wow, how time flies. I fell in love with the Gallagher Girls series and its characters and the basis that a girl can be a terrific spy without a dudes help!

I then followed Ally with The Heist Society, and there’s just 3 books, but I don’t care. ( I’m really hoping there’ll be more!) Because we all know Ally has something else up her sleeve. 

Yeah, like Embassy Row. Jeez, it feels like forever ago since she was talking about writing it, and now it’s HERE, and I’ve READ IT, and it’s EVERY BIT AS AMAZING AND COOL AS I EXPECTED IT TO BE!

*breathes* How’s THAT for padding out? Oh, you want more?

Grace is the main character in this fabulous tale of politics, mystery, murders and teenage rebellion. Oh and spying. There has to be spying and espionage. (Wait, isn’t that the same thing?) 

There’s even a line in the book that made me squeal, where Grace thinks “If only I knew a spy.” I just instantly thought “CAMMIE!” but that’s me going off on a tangent. ha.

The secondary characters are just as awesome. You’re first introduced to the ever elusive Alexei Volkov (I instantly thought of the evil guy from Chuck, but again…tangent) and he’s Russian (duh!) and he’s cute. I think. I can’t always trust my imagination. He’s also sworn to keep Grace out of trouble because he’s her brother, Jamie,  best friend. Confused yet? No? Good.

Then you have Noah, who runs into Grace’s (and our) life like a gust of wind, and he never fails to keep us on our toes. He’s been assigned as Grace’s best friend by Ms Chancellor (who we’ll get to in a bit.) and he’s every bit the friend. He’s trusting, caring, eager to lead Grace into trouble (or is that the other way around?). I wasn’t sure about him at first, to be honest. I much preferred to see more of Alexei. Noah seemed too..one sided. Not much to him besides acting like puppy. I don’t know.

There’s Megan and Rosie, who are pretty cool, though we don’t know much about them besides they are good at stalking and hacking into things (computers, mostly). 

Now, where was I? Grace witnessed her mothers death when she was 13, and since then she’s been haunted by  the image of what she saw there, a man with a scar on his face. She’s accused of making it up, and everyone says it was “an accident” but Grace doesn’t believe that, so when she has to move back with her Grandfather on Embassy Row, she sees the scarred man and plots to take him down, so to speak. Little does she know…literally. There’s so much plot twisting in this it almost gave me whiplash. The hidden tunnel system under the ground was genius, I must say, and made me want to know more. 

Grace and Friends go on a quest to find out what the Scarred Man is up to, after hearing some things, and finds herself caught in a web of lies and…maybe a bit of brainwashing. I’m still trying to figure it out. 

I didn’t think much to her grandfather, and I had liked Ms Chancellor up until the point where I didn’t…and then I did…see what I mean by the ‘whiplash’? It’s like “woah there slow down!” lol But yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed getting jolted here there and everywhere. I heard there was a cliffhanger, but in my opinion, I’ve read much worse. It was an ending that certainly makes you want to know what the hell is happening! But it’s not one that’s left me screaming off the rooftops. If that makes sense?

I take half a star off because, mostly, I had started reading this off an ARC I recieved off Netgalley, and if you know me, it takes a long time to read ebooks, until I got the paperback and read it much swifter. There were the odd moment where the pacing could have been better, but 98% of the time, I had no trouble. 🙂 

Can’t wait for book 2. I hear it’s set in the Med? Oooh…sweet. Anyway, that’s it from me. Go add this to your goodreads, if you haven’t already.

😀

-Kat

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Review: 4.5 stars to Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3) by Holly Smale #Funny #UKYA

Posted 10 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Middle Grade, Reviews, YA / 3 Comments

by Holly, Smale
four-half-stars

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I’ll always be a geek.”

It’s the hilarious third book in the No.1 bestselling, award winning GEEK GIRL series!

Harriet Manners knows more facts that most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is “Ever Upward”. She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to “become a brand”, as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming from your boyfriend…

Does geek girl go too far this time?

 

 

 

Review:

Wow. The Geek Girl series has to be, as of now, one of my favourite series. Granted, it’s a completely different kind of genre than I usually read, and is aimed at a much younger age group, but it does the job just as well. It makes me laugh, it makes me almost want to cry (true story!) and it makes me wish I could jump into the story and give Harriet Manners a really big hug.

If you’ve read the previous two books, you’ll know that Harriet is a Geek (actually I think she’s more a nerd…but oh well) and she’s got one best friend and a stalker. She’s also too smart for her own good. But there are situations she doesn’t know anything about, and naturally those are the things she’s thrown into.

Harriet is so sweet. She writes these lists and plans what to do, and then it’s almost sad when they fall through. Here she’s preparing for Sixth Form and then her dad announces they’re moving to New York.

Have you ever read a book full of just…so much…but you just don’t know how to sum it up?

There are funny, laugh out loud, moments, but if I’m honest, this part of Harriet’s story had a lot more depth. Among the humour there was so much heart. She tries so hard to fit in, and lets people lead her into situations she has no control over, and it’s so sad. And like with many coming of age stories, she soon learns her lesson and I’ll admit, I almost cried in one particular scene when she realises her mistakes. I could feel how much she regretted what she’d done.

She’s all for wanting to be grown up, but come on, at 16 years old you rarely know for certain who you are or what you’ll become. You also never really realise the consequences of your actions until it’s far too late. I think that’s why I felt so sorry for Harriet, but also kind of admired her for trying to break out and try. I wish I’d had those guts at 16. Hell, I’d take them guts now. o.O

So over all, I feel like I’m watching one long movie and seeing this wonderful character grow before my eyes, from a girl to a young lady and it’s rather heartwarming. I give full marks to Holly for writing such a  joy to read. I can’t wait for All That Glitters. 🙂

-Kat

four-half-stars
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Review: 4 stars to Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Posted 2 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Faded Gatsby glamour and thrilling gothic horror meet in this gorgeously told, terrifying and dreamy YA romance.

‘You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…’

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who likes coffee and who kisses you in a cemetery… Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

 

This was one of those books where I dived in head first, not knowing what to expect. And honestly? I came out the other side pleasantly surprised. Confused, disturbed, but surprised none the less. In a good way. Can you be disturbed in a good way?

I’m unsure of somethings, mostly the point. I believe this is a series, but I’m not sure if the sequel will be from a different point of view. Probably. The ending felt pretty solid in terms of whether a continuation would be needed. The writing was intense, hooking me with no shame. I found I both loved River…and hated him. He was troubled. A seriously troubled boy with no qualms about what he was doing, and whether it was wrong or not.

I was concerned for how fast Violet fell for him. It was what you’d call ‘insta-love’ which is all very well and good but it’s still a little…WTF?! You know?

When River’s brother, Neely, arrived, I actually liked him more because he wasn’t trying anything with Violet. He was far more relaxed, normal, and still sweet and caring. At one point I was hoping Vi would come to her senses and go with him. And then you have…the ending. I don’t want to spoil too much because the whole point of the story is the mystery, but there’s quite a lot of mind-fuckery and that is something I both love and hate. I was creeped out by certain bits, but actually not as much as I thought I’d be. If that makes sense? The creepery started in the last few chapters.

The side characters: Sunshine (Vi’s neighbour) and Luke (Vi’s brother) were…in my opinion, annoying. Then you have Jack, a boy who has a drunk for a father (uncle?) and after an incident leaves him homeless, Vi and Luke take Jack in.

There’s tons of mystery and that kept me on my toes. The romance is good. Sexy with a tinge of “okay wtf?!” going on.

I’ll admit, I thought the book had the actual devil in it…and perhaps that was me being optimistic. I have this weird fascination with hell. >_< Anyway, if you want to be led on a journey of danger and fantasy, go for this. It’ll mess with your head and then-some, but leave you wanting more!

-Kat

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Review: 4.5 stars to Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater #YA #TheRavenCycle #LOOOOOVEIT!

Posted 27 November, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

four-half-stars

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel

Review:

There’s just something gripping and…wild about this series. I went into The Raven Boys with wariness, but an open mind. I was hooked by The Dream Thieves. And 100% engrossed and in love with each and every character by Blue Lily, Lily Blue. What an interesting title, though, right? It makes sense once you read it, but it still makes you want to know the meaning behind it.

We were introduced to a new character this time around, but whom we’d heard of. Greenmantle. Does that ring a bell? Well it should. I spent a good few chapters trying to figure out where I’d heard the name before, until I asked a friend and they clued me in. AHAH! Nailed it! 😛

This time, he’s come to town to find his Greywaren,  and with some interesting twists along the way. But Ronan and Adam won’t let him have it so easily.

The third instalment to an incredible series just gets better. There’s more mystery, now that Blue’s mother has disappeared. There’s still a spark between Blue and Gansey, which is just so heartbreakingly beautiful that I found myself gripping my chest and rocking back and forth. Seriously. It was just…so….

Something in the Ley Line is afoot, and it’s the gang’s job to fix it, but not without drama. Without giving too much away, this is one of those books that will keep you guessing and even at the end, with that bastard of a cliff hanger, you’ll be questioning what happened. I’d thought this was the last book when I went into it, but soon found out it wasn’t. I suppose I’m not the best at keeping track of when series end.

I can’t believe we have to wait so long for book 4, but I suppose I’ll have to. -Sigh-. I need to know what the hell is going on!

Once again, the writing was phenomenal and intense, descriptive and enticing. Funny, scary, and just a hint of swoon, this is definitely my favourite.

My half star knocked off because it took me longer to read and I found the odd bit a little slow going, but that’s just me.

Kat

four-half-stars
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MiniReviews: 5 stars to Angelfall and 4 stars to World After by Susan Ee #YA #Angels

Posted 18 November, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Mature, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

five-stars

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.

 

 

 

 

Review:

 

It’s taken me a while to know what to say. I had given up all hope of ever liking this book. This damned book. I tried it 3 times. Now, you’d think by the 3rd time it’d be a write off, but I actually LOVED IT! I must have not been in the right frame of mind before that. I was hooked.

Sometimes as well when the book first comes out and it gets lots of hype, that can put me off. I think that must have been the case. Now, I just wish I hadn’t brushed it off. Penryn is one of those honest characters that I love. She’s just so…there. Not pretentious, or arrogant. She’s in the moment and true and funny and strong. A true heroine, of a sorts. She’s fiesty, too.

She doesn’t fall head over heels with Raffe when she first meets him. In fact, she hates him. He represents all that has ruined the world. But her younger sister has been taken by the enemy and she needs Raffe to find her. Not that he’s willing to give any help.

Now, I know most writers make angels all buff, but he’s not overly obnoxious with it so that’s why I liked Raffe. He’s like…a typical male. In that, he’s grumpy, rude at times, but soft at the right moments, too. Okay, so not that typical. ha

The story was exciting, shocking, and left me wanting to know more. I was just as surprised to enjoy this as the book was. 🙂 But hey, that’s good. I look forward to reviewing book 2. Which I’ve already read. (Yeah, I’m that slow at reviewing.)

Bye!

-Kat

 


 

 

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

 

 

 

 

Review:

It took me longer to get through this sequel of Angelfall. I think part of it is because there were patches that dragged, and lots of travelling and not so much action.

The lack of interaction between Raffe and Penryn didn’t help, either. But once they got together, it was spectacular. I love Raffe. I think I mentioned that in my previous review, didn’t I? I do. I love him. He’s so unlike his other brothers (angels, that is) and it’s so sad with his situation.

I was a bit put off by Penryn’s sister, and what happened to her, but I warmed to her. It took some time, though. Penryn’s mother on the other hand…wow, is she batshit crazy, or what?

There were loads of new characters in this book and it was so…jam packed full of information, I thought my head might explode.

The writing was great, as always, and I was surely sucked into that world. I go through phases, and I hadn’t really been into angel stories lately, but these books captured me. I can’t wait for book 3. I’m sorry my reviews aren’t very…articulate, but it’s hard. REVIEWS ARE HARD! *sobs* No, really. When a book is so high on my scale, it’s worse. I want to just put a row of hearts. Can I do that?

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Not exactly a row. But oh. Yay!

That’s all from me. MWAH!

KAT!

five-stars
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Review: 4 stars to Across The Universe by Beth Revis #YA #Scifi

Posted 5 November, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

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A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

 

 

Review:

I enjoyed Across The Universe with much surprise. I’d been a bit behind on book reading and thought I’d give this ago, and yeah. The premise is certainly different  to other sci-fi books I’ve read and the characters are strong, determined souls.

Stuck on a shit going to New Earth, everyone has a part to do and they all look the same. They have a season to reproduce and they have pretend stars. They’re told they are close to arriving, but actually…

Yeah that’s where things get interesting. Lies are told and we find out people we thought were good, aren’t. I liked the dynamics between them and the plot twist was seriously twisty. I couldn’t stand Elder. I liked Eldest, but I had a feeling he was hiding something, and gradually we find out what it is.

The fact that we are made to wait until near the end to get answers, is a good thing. Sometimes if the story is slow to begin with then maybe that isn’t so good, but this was full of twists and turns that had me glued to the pages. Pacing was well done, and points of views weren’t too confusing.

The romance was there between Amy and Eldest. I could sense it, but it wasn’t the over all point of the story. I have book two to read and I want to see what happens next, which I always think is how books should make you feel. Amy’s a strong character, sensible and logical, and it made me want to hug her so much. How she coped without her parents, I do not know, and I would have been begging for them to be let out. I rate it 4 stars, however, because Eldest pissed me off. And okay, so maybe there the odd moments where it got a bit slow.

There’s not much else I can really say…It was a good book and that’s what counts. I wasn’t bored or let down. Thumbs up from me. 🙂

Kat

 

 

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