Category: Romance


Review: 4 stars to Love Song by Sophia Bennett #YA #BoyBands #Funny

Posted 25 September, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

 

A million girls would kill for the chance to meet The Point, but Nina’s not one of them.
She’s the new assistant to the lead singer’s diva fiancée, and she knows it’s going to suck. She quickly learns that being with the hottest band on the planet isn’t as easy as it looks: behind the scenes, the boys are on the verge of splitting up.
Tasked with keeping an eye on four gorgeous but spoiled rock stars, Nina’s determined to stick it out – and not fall for any of them …
Review:
I have been in a real contemporary stage lately, and have basically read all the contemps I have available. It’s annoying. 
Love Song was a gem. I loved every second, and laughed at the most ridiculous things that happened. I mean, this is VERY British, and it was lovely. The band, The Point, reminded me a bit of Mcfly, but more in the sense that they’re a British band and well…yeah okay so the similarities end there. haha. 
Nina is only 17 but she’s like Mary Poppins with all her skills. It’s unnerving. Her parents say she’s too responsible and needs to get out there and live. So after a disastrous meet and greet with The Point, her younger sister – Ariel’s-  favourite band ever, Nina didn’t expect to ever see them again. Which is why it’s a shock when the band’s manager visits to offer her a job. To be the lead singer’s fiancée’s assistant. It seemed simple enough, but it turned out that Sigrid is a complete bitch. 
It’s a hilarious and somewhat awful time and when it’s over, it’s over, except it’s not…
She’s then asked to help the boys on their secluded trip away. Which is where it gets tricky because Nina thinks she’s going somewhere exotic. HAHAHAHAHA no.
I won’t spoil but I tell ya, it’s utterly ridonkulous! I loved every second, even if Nina was being a bit stupid in her thinking sometimes. The boys were fun, sexy, talented, and I so badly wish they were real now. Sigh. There’s a definite romance which feels a lot like a typical Rom-Com movie where things go wrong and then at the last minute they realise their mistake. Still, it’s brilliant, and – though I must admit, a little long-winded – so sweet. 
What confused me a bit was how Nina’s A-Levels were mentioned twice, but you never actually read about her taking them…or studying…so I was like “Wait…did they disappear or something?”
Ariel is adorable but annoying at times, but then..she is 13. So yeah. The rest of the family are included, which is great, and a change. I loved how the dad didn’t want her going anywhere, but the mum was like *dreamy face* >_< There were the usual bitchy girls, and the best friends, and the song lyrics. 
I wanted to rate this 5 stars, but despite me having read it in 2 days – which, to be honest is like light speed for me – it wasn’t one that hit the target completely, but very very nearly. I had an enormous grin on my face most of the time though, so there’s that.
-Kat

 

 

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Review: 5 stars to Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Posted 24 September, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mental Health, Reviews, Romance, YA / 1 Comment

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.
Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.
Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.
Review:
I was recommended this book via booktube, and I have to say, I was not disappointed. I went into this knowing it was about a girl with schizophrenia paranoia but to what end, that was not known.
Alex is a ‘one of a kind’ kind of character, who made me laugh, cry, and generally love so much. She has so much going on, and doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not. It’s almost heartbreaking at points because you, the reader, have been taken through this journey, only for the rug to be pulled out from under you. I was right there with Alex, horrified, scared, confused. It was a mish-mash of feelings that utterly made me love this book so much.
Miles was my second favourite, and the one that intrigued me just as much as Alex. I had, to be honest, wondered if he was real, just like with a lot of the characters, I was waiting for the catch. You’re left hanging, waiting in the balance for the penny to drop. Sometimes it dropped, sometimes it didn’t.
I loved the whole gang of friends Alex ended up having, and the mystery behind the Headmaster and what he was up to. Her parents were a bit hot and cold, but then it’s surprising they even appeared as a lot of YA has non-existing parents, you know? Actually it was more the mother that annoyed me. She seemed so quick to want to send her child away.
I know it’s weird, but I have this fascination with books about characters with mental health and where hospitals are involved. It might say a lot about me. They really interest me; even if it is brushed up to be less accurate, it’s STILL made aware. I don’t understand the people that get mad because it’s not 100% how it is. Sometimes you have to embellish to make a story, and still remain loyal, and I felt like this one matched that. I got the pain of someone who was suffering, and still I got the love story, and the trauma of things going wrong. It was all there.
I wanted more when it ended, I wanted to know what happened next, but it was still a relatively happy ending, even with flaws. It almost made me want it to be a series. LOL I know. Anyway, I think you’d like this, even if the subject isn’t necessarily something you’re happy with, there’s a whole different story within it. 
A definite 5 star read for me!
-Kat
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Review: 3.5 stars to The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury #BookBloggers #TheGirlGang

Posted 2 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girls she truly is.
Yet in a court as dangerous as the queen’s, some truths should not be told…
Review: 
So this book, man…this book. I started it months ago, and I didn’t think much of it. I mean, it was okay, but nothing hooked me. 
Then on my second try, actually things weren’t so bad. Twylla began to grow on me, and not in a bad way. I felt sorry for her, mostly. But then came along Lief. Oh. Lief. How I CANNOT STAND YOU! 
This is one of those things where I’m siding with the prince, Merek. Sure, we don’t see a lot of him, but if there’s ever a prince in a ‘love triangle’ I’m instantly siding with the prince. I know. Weird right? I don’t know why that is. In any case, Lief was annoying and man, my instincts were ON POINT. When the shit show began three quarters through, I was like ‘oh just kill him already!” So yeah, we find out major things to do with Twylla, but he couldn’t have just let her decide on her own? But of course. OF COURSE. How cryptic am I being right now? 100%? LOL. Merek really made me feel bad for him, too, because of how dismissive Twylla was being.
Anyway, the story itself was good, and I might read the next one, though the epilogue of this didn’t give me much hope… Ugh. Lief just never goes away. He’s like a leech. Not to mention the Queen! OMG. She reminded me of Levana in the Lunar Chronicles. Obsessed with power and unable to see beyond her own nose…if you know what I mean. 
The book was really well written and I was flying through the pages, despite my irritation with the characters. So that’s something. 
So yeah, that’s it. Here’s my Goodreads final review to give you a wrap up:
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-Kat
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#Review: 4 stars to The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski #BookBloggers #YA #Fantasy

Posted 24 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

four-stars
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.
Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
Review:
Wow it took me a year to get around to this book. Thanks TBR dip…thanks. Thanks for picking this. I will admit, I tried it months ago but it wasn’t…clicking? You know? Anyway, so can I just say the back of this book is hella misleading!
I’m not even kidding. “Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love.” HUH? So they’re meant to hate each other but they don’t? It’s not an insta-love thing, right? I don’t understand. So I’m reading this and I’m waiting, I’m waiting for the moment where they declare their undying love for each other.
I’m waiting.
Are they even supposed to love each other, and if so, when? Because right now…nothing! And this is half way through.
Then it’s like, oh okay, so the guy likes Kestrel. And she’s sort of liking him. There’s some kissing, okay. But then we’re back to square one.
I mean, Arin wasn’t about to get on Kestrel’s good side with all the shit he did to her. I was so frustrated. I liked the over all premise, but the story in the background with the war and stuff going on was more interesting than their supposed love story. I was super pissed off with how Arin betrayed her and she had every right to be angry at him. The last few chapters were kick ass, and I was throwing my fist in the air and screaming HELL YES!
It was like a “ha. you think you’re so clever? Well take this, bitch!” to Arin and Oh my god, I wanna read book 2. Arin was so smug, he thought he had it planned out so well and then Kestrel throws it on its head like whoops, my bad. 
Anyway, as you can see my views are all mixed but despite all this, I rated this 4stars because the plot in general was really captivating. Even if the romance side of things was ridiculous. I was actually glad it wasn’t what I thought because I would have been rolling my eyes so hard otherwise. LOL. To have more conflict, and have it not be so simple, now that’s worth reading! Some obstacles, people!
I realise I’m late to the party, but I’m here now, and I plan on devouring the whole series so long as Arin continues to get his ass kicked. Because I don’t like him much.
-Kat
four-stars
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#Review: 4 stars to In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken #BookBloggers #YA

Posted 24 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Dystopian, Mature, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

four-stars
Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.
When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.
But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.
Review:
Alrighty. I started this book in April? I finished it in June. Well, alright then. No biggy. I’ll explain.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like the story, but I felt that…535 pages could have been narrowed down to 400. When I felt I’d read several  hundred pages, it turned out to be just 120 (that was when I went back to reading it 2 months later). It took a good chunk of time before I felt anything was really happening and then when it did…boy did it HAPPEN!
I think shit started hitting the fan around the 350 mark, and then the hits just kept on coming. It was unreal. With this being the final in the series, I wanted things to wrap up, but I didn’t expect certain things to happen. I don’t wanna spoil but…OH MY GOD. 
And then Ruby with all her secrets and determination to FUCK UP HER OWN RELATIONSHIPS?! WHY? What is her problem? If she was only HONEST with them, maybe things wouldn’t turn out so badly. Anyway, good things did happen, like ZU! Also, Ruby’s on/off/on/off/on again/sort of off phases with Liam. I was seriously dizzy. Also, confused because it looked like Cole really fancied her, and then she’d make and break and make up again with Liam. and Then CLANCY! I honestly thought him and Ruby had a connection…ya know? Despite him being a stone cold bastard. Karma bites, don’t it? 
The massive shit show that was Ruby doing her whole heroic thing was terrifying and the whole time I thought for sure she wouldn’t survive. I mean, I knew evidently she would, but you never know? It wouldn’t be the first time a main character had been killed off in YA. (Ehem) Anyway. PHEW!
By the time everything calmed down and I wasn’t biting my nails down to the core any more, I actually didn’t want the series to end. I know, it’s annoying when that happens. Basically, the pacing in this book wasn’t brilliant and I would have probably rated it lower if it weren’t for the last quarter that just made up for it all. Especially considering how I wasn’t the biggest fan of Never Fade. But hey ho, no worries. I’m now considering buying the collection of novellas ( called Through The Dark) but it’s expencive and I’m on a restricted book buying diet. Sigh.
SO there you have it. I tell you what, when I moved on to my next book, I couldn’t stop thinking about this series and being all book hangover-y and wishing I could rewind the clock to read it fresh again. UGH. I need a time turner!
If you haven’t already picked up this series, you really need to! it’s beyond brilliant (yeah yeah I know, but my thoughts don’t mean it isn’t so) and Alexandra Bracken is a goddess.
🙂
-Kat

 

four-stars
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Review: 4 stars to Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine #bookbloggers #Morganville

Posted 15 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Funny, Mature, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 1 Comment

MIDNIGHT BITES, the new Morganville Vampires short story anthology! It will bring together almost everything that I’ve written in short form about Morganville … though I did leave out some of the original “diary” entries that appeared on an earlier version of the Morganville website, simply because they were just scenes and not stories, and were generally really short snippets. This is all short fiction, and it’s been carefully organized into the timeline, so you can read from the earliest adventures (some of which belong to vampires) all the way through some post-Daylighters goodies.

MIDNIGHT BITES includes a total of more than 50,000 words of brand new content, which makes me very happy indeed (and I hope will also make you happy, too). From stories featuring our favorite bunny-slipper-wearing mad scientist to a mystery solved by police chief Hannah Moses, I think you’ll find this is a diverse group of stories that will shine a little more light in the murkiest corners of Morganville.

Review:
As a fan of Morganville Vampires from the beginning, I was so so happy when this collection of short stories was announced. I can’t say I read short stories often, mostly because they’re usually in ebook form. SO this was lovely!
I’ll admit, I didn’t read every single story in this, but I only missed about 3, maybe 4, and that was because they were from character’s pov’s I’m not too keen on. The rest, however, I scoffed up and indulged. I love Myrnin and Shane. I’d missed them so much, and to have them back in my life again, even for such a short amount of time was pure bliss. 
I won’t spoil what these are about, but there also one story about Michael where he gets…what one can only describe as one hell of a buzz from canned blood. It made me cackle so hard! 
The stories from Eve’s POV were fun, as she was a great character we didn’t see quite as much of in the novels. 
Now, if I had one complaint about this book, it’s minimal, but it’s this: I realise this was edited for the UK audience, BUT, It is weird to have words like ‘mom’ changed to ‘mum’. It’s fair enough changing words to have a ‘u’ in them, like ‘favourite’, because that often happens, but in my opinion, if the character is American, have them use American words. I mean, there were words like ‘petrol station’ which I KNOW would never be used in the novels. I don’t know what happened in editing, but this just kinda bugged me. 
Anyway, besides that, I loved how many stories were included, as it was far more than I expected. Having them so short was helpful in me finishing it faster, too, so yay! I will always love Morganville, and I hope, maybe someday, that Rachel goes back to it for something else. Perhaps a Myrnin spin off? Who knows. 
Thank you for giving us this treat, anyway! 🙂
-Kat
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ARC Review: 5 stars to Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

Posted 26 May, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Seventeen-year-old River doesn’t know what to do with himself when Penny, the girl he adores, breaks up with him. He lives in LA, where nobody walks anywhere, and Penny was his ride; he never bothered getting a license. He’s stuck. He’s desperate. Okay . . . he’s got to learn to drive.

But first, he does the unthinkable—he starts walking. He stumbles upon a support group for teens with various addictions. He fakes his way into the meetings, and begins to connect with the other kids, especially an amazing girl. River wants to tell the truth, but he can’t stop lying, and his tangle of deception may unravel before he learns how to handle the most potent drug of all: true love.

Review:

 

So. I received this as an ARC from Rock The Boat, but this does not sway my vote. I thoroughly enjoyed this incredibly short book. Only something like 200 pages? Honestly, I could have read another 200 pages. It was so good.

The basis of this story is that River has just been dumbed by his girlfriend – the completely and utter bitch that is Penny – and he doesn’t know what to do with himself anymore. He walks home – all 10 miles of it – and discovers a sign promising a new chance at life. Second Chances. He goes in there, completely heartbroken, lost, and confused. Only, the circle of people he comes across all have far deeper, far more serious problems than River.

When River is asked what he’s there for, he doesn’t know what to say. He can’t exactly just say it’s because of a girl. So instead he says he’s addicted to weed. I mean…why? WHY WEED, IDIOT?! I’m laughing and cringing so hard by this point, I can barely see the page. It’s unreal how deep he virtually digs his own grave with his lies. It never gets any better, and soon he’s making friends with his group and falls for girls way out of his league.

Penny dumps him for not thinking things through enough (among other reasons) and by golly does he end up thinking about everything afterwards.

Daphne is one of a kind and she grew on me the more I read of her. Whereas Penny was just annoying and so ungrateful. All the characters in this were unbelievable in the sense of brilliance and no one was left out, no one was useless. Natalie, River’s sister, was cute and fabulous. Even his parents were funny and involved in his life, unlike some parents in books.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

There’s humour to tickle your funny bone, heartbreak to make you cry at night, enough angst and seriousness to have you thinking and the romance is cute and adorable at every angle, that you won’t go away empty handed.

I rated this 5 stars, and I do not regret it. It’s been one of the best reads of 2016 (so far. I mean, we’re only in April.)

Guys, this is a winner! 😀

 

-Kat

 

(p.s. I was going to do a video review and then got half way and realised I suck at them so yeah…here we are. )

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Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Posted 22 April, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

 

Not gonna lie, I didn’t think I was going to finish this. I’d initially sort of given up at around the 75% stage. I set it aside, read something else, and then y’know what? I wanted to finish it. 
It had nothing to do with the story that I put it aside, no. It was more..the writing style? To me it felt quite stiff and fancy, like it wouldn’t flow well enough for me to imagine. I had trouble imagining the scenes sometimes, so I’d have to read it aloud and that got a bit tedious after a while (mostly because I ended up losing my voice! lol) But I pushed through.
The story was great, I loved the idea of a girl named Alice being the inspiration for the original Alice in Wonderland and that after her initial visit, things changed, warped to become something gruesome. Like the flowers looking like zombies and the White Rabbit being all skeleton and “rabid.” And that things aren’t as simple as you think they are. Generations down the line and the secrets get deeper.
The Caterpillar was human-ish and was charming and clever. Complete contrast to the original, which is probably a good thing. Haha. I kind of felt he was a mix of caterpillar and the mad hatter. I know the Hatter was someone different but he wasn’t in it as much so…Yeah.
Now despite all the likes, I have some dislikes. Which is mostly why I only rated it 3/3.5 stars. Jeb. Ew! Jeb! What an arsehole! He might be all “You’re my everything” toward Alyssa but seriously? He was obnoxious, controlling, patronising, and just over all ugh. I’ll admit, I liked him at the beginning. I thought he’d be a decent love interest, but no. His true colours shone bright and skewed to become something hideous. Now, Morpheus. Let’s just say he won me over in the end, but I did have my doubts. Yes he’s manipulative and sly, deceiving and deceptive, but man was he charming. I think he could have charmed the pants of a grasshopper. Maybe he even has. (inside joke.)
In any case, it was a real war between controlling and deception. Which one would win? I don’t know, I kinda wanna read the sequel just because I did like Morpheus. Alyssa wasn’t as much of a flake as she could have been, but she wasn’t exactly warrior princess, either. She stood her ground but she also let Jeb walk all over her and treat her like she was a child, and with zero respect, yet she was all “oh i love him” like seriously girl, where’s your reality check? Anyway, I guess she’s one character I don’t dislike, but I’m not exactly loving her. The banter between Morpheus and Jeb was golden, though.
I liked the whole madness aspect to her mother and how it was all in the ‘genes’. I know people claim it was portrayed wrong, but sometimes fiction is fiction and there’s a certain element of interpretation involved, so y’know…suck it. Never the less, it intrigued me, and it’s just a shame all that didn’t last. 
The truths come out in a flurry of angst and flirting and it’s so…fun. I just, have I said how much I love Morpheus? No? Well I do. I mean, yes he was everything I said above but at least he was INTERESTING! The secondary characters were fun but didn’t really stick with me, though Gossamer nearly came close, she wasn’t what we expected. 
I wish I could have rated this higher, and maybe I would have if the writing hadn’t kept me from getting sucked in as much as I’d liked. Maybe the sequel will be better? Who knows.
-Kat
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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Posted 29 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blogging Challenges, Contemporary, Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Top Ten Tuesday, Updates, YA / 2 Comments

 

 

Good day, all. Here’s another TTT going and this one is about 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads). This challenge is set by the wonderful people at The Broke and the Bookish 
I’ll do this in order or how I read them. From most recent to furthest…if that makes sense? Sigh.
1: Angels Twice Descending(Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #10) by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman – I mentioned this in my last post. I forgot to put the rating, though. I suck at this sometimes. Ha! I loved this final installment in the novellas. It was a wonderful ending to Simon’s time at Shadowhunter Academy. 

2: Pale Kings and Princes (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #6) by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman – Again, this one was one of my faves from the novellas. Brilliant. I miss them already. Sigh.

 

 


 

3: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure – I adored this book. I didn’t even think I would when I first got it from NG and then later got it from the library. I read it so quick and it was so sweet and sad and everything. I love when books surprise me like that.

4: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith – I guess I was on a contemporary streak at the time and I read this and loved it. Such a simple premise but so heartfelt and sad and happy and romantic…I love Jennifer’s books. Well, most of them. I’ve read 3 of them and they’ve been great.

 

 


5: Girl of Nightmares(Anna, #2) by Kendare Blake – I read the first of this duo a couple years ago, and I couldn’t believe it took me so long to get to this,but it was a joy to read and so pleasantly creepy. 

 

6: All Wrapped Up(Geek Girl, #1.5) by Holly Smale – Such a short novella but so so enjoyable. I wanted more. I can’t wait for Head Over Heels to come out in PB.

 

 

7: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman – What can I say about this that hasn’t been said by many people already? I LOVED this book and I am eagerly awaiting book 2, Gemina. It will surely be as mindblowing as Illuminae was. I might reread it soon, too.

8: You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day – I actually got the audiobook of this and it was so much, so so much fun. She has a very quirky, interesting way of talking and brought this book to life in a way I wasn’t expecting. It took me a few days to get through it, but I found myself so saddened and inspired by what went on in her life so far. She’s brilliant!

 

 

 

 

9: Sapphire Blue(Precious Stone Trilogy, #2) by Kierstin Gier – The sequel to Ruby Red was just as great as I’d hoped. I love time travel stories and this didn’t disappoint, though there were characters that bugged me, but not in any unnatural way. Mostly I guessed they were meant to be annoying.

 

 

10: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir – I was pleasantly surprised by this. Sure, there were moments that made me wonder why I’d rated it so high, but the overall story got me like WOAH. WOAH. WOAH. You should all go and read this. 

And so that’s it. I mean, I have loads more where that came from, because I seem to rate many books 5 stars. That’s just because if I have read it in a day or 2, or it left an imprint on my heart, then I loved it and it deserves a great score! 😀 
Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you rated them! I’d love to know. 
-Kat
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4 stars to The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Posted 20 February, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

 

DISCLAIMER: THERE MAY BE MINOR SPOILERS. BE WARNED.

Review:

I enjoyed this book,  but it took me some time to get to that stage.  The story had a lot of potential, it was clear. But despite Adelina’s character being  dark and gritty, and a part of me wanted to know more about her, there was still something about her that wasn’t gelling with me.  She’s a malfetto yet she behaved so… Weirdly. You’d think, even at 16, she’d have more common sense but apparently not. I found myself practically screaming at her idiocy in this book and it was only the last few chapters where I could catch my breath and relax. But man, she was not an easy person to deal with.

The basis of this story is that a virus caused a lot of kids to get special powers. But because they get certain markings, they’re shunned by regular folk for not being normal and/or pretty. Adelina is one of those, since she has a nasty scar on her face. She’s nearly killed by the Inquisitors, but saved by the Daggers and from there learns to harness her powers and soon realises just how dangerous she really is. It’s quite… frightening, really. No, disturbing, is the better word. She has the ability to cast illusions on people, make them see things. She can disguise people and make them invisible if needed. It’s impressive. But before long things turn ugly and she’s losing control. 
Enzo is the Prince who became a Malfetto and therefore shunned by his family. His sister became Queen. I quite liked Enzo, even from the beginning. He had a typical mystery about him,  dark and brooding but not in an irritating way. In some ways he reminded me of the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. Same sort of personality and I mean… He’s a prince. Not that that’s the reason. Certain things happen that really broke my heart, and I’m seriously hoping book 2 corrects these issues because…I just…NO! 

The romance between Enzo and Adelina was purrrrrfectly sweet and sort of sexy, in a deadly weapon kind of way. It helped balance out the crazy, for sure, and gave me hope.
All the while through this book I was just like ‘Adelina needs to stop being stupid. Before I throw this book.’ and believe me, I came close a few times.
There are a few moments where she’s threatened by the lead Inquisitor, Teren. Who, ugh, I despise! I mean, there are some bad guys that I can tolerate, but he was just irritating to the max. Such a hypocrite, too.

 I can understand if you’re threatened, you’d be scared and not know who to turn to,  but Adelina had new friends now. She had the Daggers. And all the whole she acted like she couldn’t tell anyone.  I was fuming. If she told them, they could help her.  She kept on complaining if they found out, they’d kill her. But I was like ‘yeah but lying to them and then them finding out, they really will kill you.’ and I figured if she went to them for help, they’d help her through it. But ugh. This girl drove me nuts.

I’m glad things sort of seemed to even out at the end, even though the events that brought her to that stage were devastating. The epilogue brings hope, and wonder, and dammit…I told myself I wasn’t going to read the Rose Society because Adelina irritated me too much, but maybe I will just to see how things pan out. ugh. Decisions. 

This is one of those books where despite what I’ve said in this review, I still rate it pretty high. The fact that I didn’t put it down half way and stuck it out and then was more intrigued and it broke my heart and set it on fire and let the ashes fall through the stupid fingers of revenge…yeah anyway, I recommend this to anyone that has a steel heart and has patience to battle through because it gets SO good and…I should go now before I start crying.

-Kat

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