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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?

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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

four-stars

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

 

 

four-stars
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Review: 5 stars to The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin #YA @MichelleHodkin

Posted 4 November, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

five-stars

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

 

 

 

 

Review:

I wish I could rate this 10 stars! Maybe even 50 stars. How about 100?

You have NO idea how long I’ve waited for this book. Okay, so maybe you do. It’s been…a long wait and now it’s over. Now I’ve read it in…well…a DAY! HOW. IN. THE. WORLD?!

I practically INHALED this book. The words, the sentences, the paragraphs, the pages…the chapters were PERFECT! Now, I am not a person to claim anything is perfect. God knows I’m always rolling my eyes at reviews that say “omg this was perfect!” but seriously…this was.

After the horrendous cliff hanger of The Evolution of Mara Dyer that we had to live with for 2 WHOLE YEARS I couldn’t wait to find out answers to so many questions:

Was Noah alive?

What the HELL was going on with the Doctor Kells (or Doctor Hell as I like to call her)?

WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?

Thankfully, we got our answers, but if you haven’t read this yet…well I’m not going to tell you twice. GO!

We’re thrown right back into Mara’s hellish experience of a life and let me tell you…it’s pretty disturbing shit. There were even a few moments where I felt physically sick (I wasn’t ACTUALLY…yeah). It takes a lot to gross me out.

I’m glad Jamie got a much bigger role this time and we also see a lot more of Stella. After the collapse of Horizons, Mara, Jamie and Stella wake up in a different hospital on an Island just off No Name Key. Mara, specifically has been drugged up to high heavens. Jude does a massive disappearing act.

The book starts out as intense and mysterious as ever, and there are also more flashback memory chapters. They take up as much of the book as before, and it finally….gradually….begins to make sense. Sort of.

The character development is CRAZY and I spent most of the time holding my breath (not all at once though…duh!) because I felt like I was on one huge roller coaster. I wanted to find out who had funded Horizons as much as Mara and Co. We see less of her family than I liked. (Joseph….I miss you!) but Daniel is in quite a bit. Noah…Well that’s something you’ll have to discover for yourself. I can’t really say without spoiling…

If you want a book full of sexy, intensity, thrills and chills, this is the book for you (preferably after you’ve read books 1 and 2, though) and I can’t thank Michelle Hodkin enough for creating this world and these amazing characters and the SHIP OF A LIFETIME! (I am going down with this ship, I tell ya!) and for never letting us down, even if it took you forever to write it. I am going to sorely miss these darlings and I look forward to your next adventure to be published. 😀

-Kat

five-stars
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Review: 3 stars to Crave by Melissa Darnell #YA #Witches #Vampires #Romance

Posted 29 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

three-stars

Bloodlust. Magic. Forbidden secrets.

When Savannah Colbert returns to school after a mystery illness, the fact that she has changed is clear to everyone. None more so than every school girls golden boy Tristan Coleman. Ever since their first kiss in fourth grade, Savannah and Tristan have been cruelly and inexplicably banned from associating with each other. Now, as the pair navigate the tricky social life of high school, the truth is about to be revealed.

As Savannah learns of their paranormal ancestry and Tristan deals with the repercussions of her new powers, the relationship they have been denied for so long becomes utterly irresistible and all consuming. Like Romeo and Juliet centuries before them, Savannah and Tristan’s love is destined to fail; and Tristan’s powerful magical family, the Clann, are watching.

Review:

Well, I seem to be on a theme here. Witches. Crave was something different and at the same time kinda same-y, if that makes sense? Girl has powers, boy has powers, but they’re forbidden to be together.

But actually, I was pretty hooked for most of it, I’ll admit, I got a bit fed up near the end, so I did kind of skim…

Tristan is a witch (warlock? Not sure what you call a male witch lol) but he’s also part of the Clann, a large community of witches with immense power. Savannah is human, until she finds out she isn’t. She’s something different, and different doesn’t bode well. She’s been told for ten years to stay away from the Clann, especially Tristan. And the Clann kids have been told to stay clear of Savannah, but no one knows why. They call her a freak, and in the end, she begins to believe it.

It’s quite a different set of abilities Savannah has. Half vampire, half witch. It gets quite weird at times, too, but somehow Tristan is immune. As you do. Anyway, they used to be friends, but then she thought he avoided her for some reason she didn’t know.

Her feelings for him never changed, and vice versa. Over all this is a love story with MANY obstacles. The romance was intense and sweet, but the sneaking around was going to go south fast, it was obvious. The vampires weren’t really that interesting, because they just seemed to be THERE but not doing much. Just acting threatening. There were up and down moments where I just couldn’t concentrate anymore. As stories go, it wasn’t bad. But it didn’t need to quite as long as it was. It just seemed to drag out so long. So I did lose interest near the end, but I still got the idea. I wish I could rate this higher, because it had true potential.

-Kat

three-stars
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Review: 4 stars to A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey #Witches #YA #London

Posted 29 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

four-stars

Emma Day and her two cousins, Gretchen and Penelope, are uninterested in their debutante lives. All the boring balls, tiresome curtsying and polite conversation leave much to be desired.

Then a girl is found dead, frost clinging to her lifeless body, and the murder is traced to Emma. As their world is turned upside down, Emma discovers more about herself and her cousins, from her connection to the murders to the secrets of her family legacy.

Now the girls must embrace their true Lovegrove inheritance in order to stop the chaos, even if that means risking their lives.

Dangerously handsome Cormac Fairfax wants to help Emma – but, with secrets of his own to hide, can she trust him?

Review:

I’ve had this book on my shelf for quite some time, but I’m glad I read it. Having been a fan of Alyxandra Harvey for a good few years, there was no doubt that I’d be sucked into yet another of her worlds. Although I suppose sometimes you can’t always be sure.

I needn’t have worried, though. Set in Regency London era, we’re immediately introduced to a character that has a part to play through out, although in retrospect, it would have made more sense to show Emma first, as she is the main character and what the story is set around. Moira is a madcap, a sort of homeless person but who practically lives on rooftops. She steals from the rich and, well, anyone who has anything worthwhile to steal.

Then it goes straight into Emma Day story. She’s a witch, but she doesn’t know it at first, and it’s such a natural journey as her and her cousins, Penelope and Gretchen discover their true heritage. And then there’s Cormac, a Keeper – someone who works to keep the nature of witches a secret from regular humans, and acts as a sort of protector to Emma.  He’s also a really charming love interest who made me swoon quite a lot, also made me want to smack Emma because of how stupid she was. I mean, it was so obvious WHY he was acting aloof about his feelings towards her, because if the Order (kind of like the Witch police) they’d see him compromised. But then Emma would think he hated her, even when it was clear he didn’t. I wanted to slap her and tell her to get real!

There are plenty of amusing moments, mostly coming from Gretchen. Also Cormac’s sisters who make appearances occasionally. The girls are feisty and rare, never bowing down to authority and it’s so refreshing. I couldn’t describe any of them as weak or pathetic.

As far as keeping true to the settings go, I was a little put off at first because there were certain words the British wouldn’t use – like ‘blocks’ to describe an area. We don’t do blocks here. And the spelling of words in the American way…In fact there were quite a few Americanisms that bugged me, otherwise I’d have rated this five stars. I guess that if you’re an author and you have a lot of American readers, you’d be inclined to make it easy for them to understand, but it just doesn’t suit the story to do that.

The pacing and writing style were good, although on the odd occasion I found myself wanting to fast forward because certain chapters involved memories. And the change of font doesn’t help either. I hear there’s a second book to this so I look forward to getting my hands on that soon. Definitely worth a read.

-Kat

four-stars
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Review: 5 Stars to Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher #YA #mystery #contemporary #fabread

Posted 12 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

five-stars

Secrets, romance, murder and lies: Zoe shares a terrible secret in a letter to a stranger on death row in this second novel from the author of the bestselling debut, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret—a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.

Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can—in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

 

 

 

Review:

Wow. I had wondered about Ketchup Clouds for a long time. I’ll be honest, the cover put me off. I have a tendency to judge by a cover. I know, I know. *slaps wrist* But after spotting it in the library, I just had to try. A few people on twitter even said how good it was, so I went into it with an open mind and eagerness.

Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. I was first a bit put off by the whole writing-in-letters format, but actually that’s what turned out to be most fun, because it was a lot more personal, and basically, easier to read. She sends them to a man in prison somewhere in Texas, which I did wonder if he ever received them. Asides from that, there wasn’t the usual clogged up descriptions on things and I was hooked on the story. I wanted to find out what Zoe – which wasn’t her real name – had actually done. Because she had me intrigued. Also the fact she was in England and therefore used terms I understood, didn’t hurt either. 🙂

I really liked the boys, Aaron and Max, too. Okay, maybe not so much Max. To be honest, he got on my nerves. But the romance between either boy wasn’t heavy and I think if it had been it would have taken something away from the story. Aaron was definitely mysterious, and sweet. I really felt their connection and wanted to swipe Max out of the picture.

Zoe’s family were real. I mean, they weren’t just on the sidelines, looking into Zoe whenever the mood suited them. They were a fundamental part of her story and I found I quite grew used to them. Sure, her mum was a bit neurotic, but who isn’t these days? >_< Joking. No, but she did at least care. Which a lot of parents in YA these days don’t seem to do.

The narrator continues to keep us guessing on her so called murder, and when it’s revealed, I was like…o_o But it’s easily the best lead up because I was not in the least bit able to predict it. And that’s a success in my opinion.

The way the book ends is a little sad, however, but that’s mostly because of my ability to attach myself to a character(s) and forever want them to be together. Sigh. But alas, I really enjoyed this novel and for that I am rating this my first 5 star in a few months. *claps* Yay!

That’s all from me.

Kat

five-stars
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Review: 3.5 stars to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han #YA #Contemporary

Posted 10 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

three-half-stars

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved.

When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.

Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control…

 

 

 

 

 

May contain spoilers

Review:

So many people have read this and said how good it was. So I thought, why not give it a try. After all, I was on a contemporary reading streak so this fit right in.

The book started off well… We’re introduced to Lara’s family and we’re acclimatised to how they feel about each other and Josh, and his relationship with Margot, Lara’s older sister, who is going to college in Scotland.

However, we discover that Lara has always loved Josh… and she’s even written a letter she has intention of sending him, but this way she can get her feelings off her chest and try to get over him, knowing he’ll never be hers.

Then suddenly Peter and Josh come up to her, and questions her about the letters. It’s then that the trouble starts. She realises they were sent and she has to fix it. But it’s hilarious because she can’t, and I found myself laughing my head off at some of the nets she caught herself in. I mean, the most important person she didn’t want to know how she felt, finds out and it’s like OH MY GOD WHAT DO I DO? So what does she do?

She does stupid stuff. I’m not even kidding. Hence my lowish score. The over all premise was great, but it got irritating with how stupid she got. Not to mention her sister, Margot, was a complete bitch and in some ways, reminded me of my brothers. They only know what they’ve seen and can’t accept things have changed since they’ve left. Margot was the same, she expected Lara and Kitty (Lara’s younger sister) to struggle without her help, but the truth was, they were doing fine. Margot disapproved of nearly everything that happened while she was at college, and when she’s back for Christmas, she acts…well , bitchy. And it just made me want to smack her upside the head.

Lara’s trick to fake date Peter in order to put Josh off was a fail, and I knew it was going to end badly. As it happens, there were some bits that I saw coming. It was kinda cute, but I was still rooting for Josh.

My favourite character was definitely Josh, though. He was always there for her and though she pushed him away, he came back. He wanted to protect Lara, and it was SO DAMNED OBVIOUS he loved her back but she was being such an idiot and not letting anything happen.

And then the ending…we find out who sent the letters out and it’s like….WTF? That’s it? Because for some reason I heard that we don’t find out who did it, but then I read who did and I just face-palmed myself.

Over all, I did enjoy this book, but it wasn’t worth all the hype. But isn’t that usually the way? If this is part of a series, I may read the next. I don’t know. It was a run read anyway, and kept me entertained.

Kat

three-half-stars
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Review: True Colors by Melissa Pearl #DNF

Posted 5 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, DNF, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

two-half-stars

Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends suddenly appears terrified, but masks her fear with a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story…

 

 

 

Review:

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. I made it to 64% so I think I have enough to base a review on. (By the way, the spelling of ‘colors’ makes me want to claw a chalkboard. I wanted to put ‘colours’ on principle but thought better not confuse people)

Unfortunately, I really couldn’t finish this. At the start, it seemed like a good premise. Interesting characters and a decent over all story. But the further in I got, the more I realised Caitlyn behaved more like a 12 year old than a near 18yr old. Not that you have to act really mature at 18, but it just…her attitude and general behaviour was really childish.

She was so nosy, prying into people’s business and I know she wanted to help these people, because she could see their real intentions, it got to the point where I was wanting to scream at her to JUST. STOP! The whole “seeing past their masks” thing was cool at first, but then it became ridiculous. It was also cheesy the way she got the ‘powers’ but that’s …meh.

Sure, you can maybe get emotions shown in an expression, but not descriptive feelings. I mean, there are only so many expressions a person can make on their face. Y’know?

I had liked her best friend Stella, but then she also became irritating. Selfish and bratty, but then Caity did realise this and essentially dumped her. Or was it the other way around?

The bad guys were more pantomime bad guys, and I didn’t really believe it. It just seemed pathetic and stupid. Eric Shore was a character I thought would be good for Caity but actually it was weird. He was something like 20 years old and the way he spoke was more like a 30yr old. I got confused, wondering exactly who he was.

Writing style wise, I thought it was well put together, and I didn’t see anything wrong (asides from a few minor errors but nothing worth pointing out). I suppose it was just believability and although this was more a paranormal-ish story, or something like that – it wasn’t plain contemporary – I’d still like some characters I can feel a connection with.

I always feel bad about writing these kind of reviews, but there you go.

Kat

two-half-stars
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Review: 4 stars to The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan

Posted 1 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Middle Grade, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

four-stars

This terrific YA series by mystery writer Rick Riordan revamps Greek mythology in a fun, fresh way kids find absolutely enthralling.

Percy Jackson is a trouble-prone teenager with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. He’s also the half-blood son of Poseidon (yes, ithat/i Poseidon!), one of 12 Olympian gods making mischief right here in 21st-century America.

Riordan ratchets up the action in this third rip-roaring installment, as Percy and his demigod pals set out to find the vanished goddess Artemis — and to foil a treacherous plot cooked up by the titan lord Kronos.

 

 

 

Review

It’s been a year or more since I read Sea of Monsters, so jumping into book 3 was different. I haven’t read much fantasy in a while either, but every time I go back to it, it fascinates me all over again. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get into real children’s books but it turns out they’re for everyone. Huh, who knew? 😛

The chapters flow into one another with ease and I found it a real page turner. The Greek Mythology is a topic I really enjoy, also.

It’s funny how Percy always manages to find himself in trouble. All he ever wants to do is live a normal life, but hey, dude, that’s never gonna happen. When Annabeth goes missing, that’s when we see how much Percy cares about his friends. His loyalties lie in them and he doesn’t seem to care who tries to stop him. He’ll fight down armies if he has to.

Is it strange that I like Luke? I’m thinking it has something to do with the actor (Jake Abel) who plays him in the movies. I’m sad there won’t be a third movie. But that’s another topic…

Still, character wise, he’s one that I’ve been interested in. He has his issues, as bad guys go, and yet he never seems to get a chance to redeem himself. If he even wants to…I don’t know.

I wasn’t sure what I thought about Thalia at first. She seemed rude and balshy, but then I guess if you’ve been part of a tree for 7 years, you might not be the nicest of people. I feel like she hasn’t shown much of herself yet and I look forward to finding out her backstory.

One of my favourite characters has to be Blackjack – the Pegasus. Every time he popped up I had a grin on my face. And there’s a scene when Percy, Thalia and Zoe are trying to escape a new enemy, where some statues help them, flying them to San Fran. I mean, that was probably my favourite scene in the whole book. Bloody funny!

I’m slowly making my way through the series and I look forward to being able to say I’ve read them all!

Kat

 

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