Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing. (Goodreads)

 

My rating: A billion times yes. 1 million/10. Need I say more?

** I tried hard to not say any spoilers so if this seems vague, I do apologize. **

Review:

Throughout this entire year I was never once sad about graduating high school. Bring on college! While everyone was crying dramatically and reminiscing over the “good times”, I was very much waiting impatiently for The Best Day Ever: graduation. But then IT started happening. The thing readers dread most: the end to a series. At first I didn’t realize it, oh but then I did. Almost every single series I started reading my freshmen year of high school (or earlier) were ending. All of them. So while everyone else realized we were getting older because it was our senior year, I realized through the books that were ending.

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As more and more books ended, I would cry. A lot. I’m on the verge of crying right now just thinking about all the books that have been with me since I was 14.

Then there’s The Lux series. I was 16. Raised on The X-Files and, because of this, developed a love for aliens. Obsidian was the freaking Holy Grail of books for me. It had aliens. Then I read it and found Daemon. It had a hot alien.  I recently realized something though. Opposition is not only the last book in the Lux series, but it’s the last book series from my early teen years to come out. It basically signals the end of my childhood. The end of being a teen. tumblr_mb4ph0l93x1rziwwco1_500

God, Katy was the reason why I even wanted to start blogging. These books have gotten me through a lot. Helped me escape from this boring world into one full of aliens and the best freaking holy-hell-it’s-getting-hot-in-here romance. Thank you 16-year old me for picking up Obsidian. I don’t what I would have done without these books.

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Opposition started about two days after the ending of Origin. We have an angst filled Kat and, because it wouldn’t be a J. Lynn novel without them, a bit of sarcasm and humor brought to you by Archer.

You’re broadcasting your thoughts so damn loudly I feel like I need to go sit in the corner and start rocking, whispering Daemon’s name over and over again.

And that wasn’t the only time someone said a snarky comment. No, you can count on Jennifer L. Armentrout to include those things on almost every single page. Yet she also knew how, and when, to add the serious things in. Of course Daemon was there with his usual sarcastic self to make moderate light of the situation. Daemon, Daemon, Daemon. Do I really have to explain why I love this boy? He showed up in this book and totally rocked the sarcastic teen boy like there’s no tomorrow.

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Kat was all sorts of badass in this book. She didn’t back down from anything. No, she freaking fought like the kick-ass that she is. J. Lynn did a great job at showing the growth of Kat. She went from being a sarcastic book blogger to a kick-ass and even more sarcastic character. I think Daemon really helped her with that. The badassness that is, not the sarcasm (although that too). Even though Daemon often feared for Kat’s life in Opposition and always wanted to keep her safe, he knew he couldn’t stop her. And Kat really held her own throughout the entire book.

Even the supporting characters were awesome. Archer. Dawson. Luc. I just love them all. As I read Opposition, Archer slowly became one of my favorite supporting characters. I have a thing for sarcasm I’ve realized.I mean, Daemon should have been the first clue. It was awesome that we saw more of Archer, saw behind the man that Daedalus made.

Opposition had me on the verge of tears. A lot. It was an amazing conclusion for one of my favorite series. Not once was I bored, and when it ended, I wasn’t disappointed nor did curl into a ball (I’m looking at you Allegiant). I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do because I’m so used to expecting another one to be out. In the words of the amazing Jennifer L. Armentrout, “The good thing about books though is that they’re never really over. They are always there for you to re-read at any time. Their stories never truly end. Ever. So you’re not really saying goodbye to them. You’re saying I’ll see you again soon to them.” 

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 I’ll try not to cry, because like she said, the Lux series will always be there. Like right on shelf in my dorm. How am I supposed to function without Daemon?  He needs to be in easy reach in case I ever need a little dose of his sarcasm. So, here’s to you Jennifer L. Armentrout. supernatural-awesome.jpg

 

 

~ Lauren

Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

18629799Opposites attract—and then complicate—in this romantic, relatable novel from the author of Two-Way Street and Sometimes It Happens.

It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And okay, smolderingly sexy.

Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything.

Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings.

Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride… (Goodreads)

My rating: 2 stars –

Review:

I first read Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt when I was in 8th or 9th grade. Last year I picked up One Night That Changes  Everything and enjoyed it.  So, when I came across Through to You I didn’t second guess myself. If I’ve liked two books already who says I wouldn’t like another one? And plus I also have a soft spot with books about opposites attract (which can be seen by my obsession with Perfect Chemistry by Simon Elkeles). What I was hoping to be a good book full of little romantic moments really turned out to be more of a bore-a-thin and writing that seriously made me want to scream.

If any of you are in high school then you have most likely read Catcher in the Rye. Personally, I hated that book. Holden was the worst character I have ever read and I despised Salinger’s writing. And as I started reading through to you I saw a connection to dear ol’ Salinger and Miss Barnholdt. See, it wasn’t Harper and Penn per se, I was okay with them, it was the writing. Often their passages were full of thoughts taking different directions. It’s like they could be talking about a goddamn cat and the next thing I know they would be talking about some cat their neighbor had and that it was a very nice cat or something like that. But all I kept thinking was Oh dear god I’m reading Cather in the Rye only a lot less depressing and more teen angst. It confuses me really that Barnholdt would be writing like this when her other books never sounded like this. A drastic change if you ask me and not one I enjoyed.

It wasn’t just the writing that made me so angry, it was also some of the things that happened. Here’s my list:

1) Penn’s constant “I didn’t mean anything but giving her that note but yet I sort-of did but yet I didn’t” train of thought.

I wanted to grab Penn by his ear and yell at him to just MAKE UP HIS MIND. Because even if you didn’t mean anything it’s messed up to constantly follower Harper.

2) Harper so easily following Penn.

Look, we’ve all liked jerks here. It happens to the best of us. Hell, it happened to me two times this year. Yes, two flipping times. Sometimes we just really don’t think. So who am I to judge Harper? I can’t. But I can judge her on doing something stupid like, you know, ditching school with the guy who JUST GAVE YOU A NOTE. When the guy I liked kept pressuring me to drink I didn’t just do it because he may have liked me. I was uncomfortable to I said eff off. But Harper didn’t and that really made me angry. You barely know the guy but hey, at least he’s hot.

3) Penn.

So technically this isn’t something that happened, but Penn was the cause for half the things I hated. I didn’t like his indecisiveness. As I stated in the beginning of this list, all Penn did was question whether or not he truly meant anything by his note. It was getting to be annoying after a while.

 

I decided to only give you guys the three main things that really annoyed me with this book. If I didn’t then this list would be very long. Now, the one thing I do want to say is that maybe I’m a little biased because I hated the writing mainly because it reminded me of Salinger. So if you didn’t read Catcher in the Rye (which you are lucky if you haven’t) you could still like Through to You.  That being said, I also hated half the things that the characters did so that really isn’t biased. Which leads be to saying don’t bother with this book. Maybe if you you’re to barrow the book then read it. But your money isn’t worth spending.

 

~ Lauren

The Dark World (Dark World, #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz


18513759  Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home. (Goodreads)

 

Rating: Don’t even hesitate to buy this book.

Review:

If I was to ever meet Cara Lynn Shultz, there would be two words I’d have to tell her:

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It’s true. Cara Lynn Shultz is seriously an amazing author. I’ve loved the Spellbound series ever since my sophomore year of high school. I’m also still holding a little hope for a third book. I know what you’re thinking. “Lauren, you need to get over it.” I won’t. I’m stubborn that way. For two years people, (Two. Freaking. Years.) I thought she wouldn’t be making anymore books and all I did was this:

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I didn’t know what to do. I needed more. Then I read about The Dark World and I felt like a kid on Christmas Day.

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       Guys, this book is amazing. I was hooked from the start and didn’t put it down until 2 AM. And that was because I finished it. Books have become this hunting game recently. Either you pick up a gem. That diamond in the rough and you hold that book close and love it. Or you pick up serious garbage (see pervious post) and want to destroy it. Maybe even erase it from your memory.The Dark World was that beautiful diamond. That mind eraser to forget bad books.

What was great about TDW would be Paige’s voice. The one thing that I love about Cara Lynn Shultz is that she’s amazing at capturing the voice of a teenager. There would be these small things that Paige would say and I would think, “Yes, very teenagery.” If there’s such a word. A quote that sticks out would be right from the beginning:

I’d started picking at the chipping paint in September… with the intention of peeling it away and returning it to its original cheery color. Instead, I’d just made a mess. 

    Story of my life.

I’m pretty sure almost every teenager has thought something along those lines. Basically any mess as a teen, whether something as simple as a messy folder to something big like dropping food, somehow correlates to your life being a disaster. Of course Paige’s problems are much different from mine or yours. Speaking to ghosts being one of them.  Paige is also a badass character. When faced with the challenge of, you know, demons, she didn’t just back down. Yes, she freaked. I’m pretty sure anyone in her shoes would, but Paige wanted to learn to defend herself. She didn’t want to just rely on Logan and let him do all the work.

No- I mean, teach me. Teach me how to defend myself against them. Please.

She wanted to do something for herself. To make herself strong and not defenseless when she faced these demons. That’s something you see more and more in YA books today and it’s great. It teaches teens that you don’t need to be defenseless.

Of course there’s also the lovely Logan. The Logan that makes me forget about every other fictional guy out there. Logan cares for Paige. He would do anything for her. When she asked for someone to teach her how to defend herself, Logan didn’t sit in the corner brooding or fight against Paige, he looked right at her and basically said, “How about Saturday?” He saw the strength in her and didn’t ignore it. Logan helped Paige embrace who she is, and she even did the same to me. I mean, he also happened to say the perfect quote to describe every New Yorker.

Have you ever met a New Yorker who doesn’t think the world begins and ends with this city?

This really is true. We can’t help it. The amount of times someone will be talking about America and I’d have to remind myself that there are other states besides mine.

TDW is a definite step away from Spellbound. Cara Lynn Shultz grew as an author. There’s a lot more darkness to this series, the demons definitely added to it. Spellbound wasn’t dark. It had elements to it that made it creepy sometimes, but it was nothing like TDW. And I love that there is such a distinction between the two works. It’s the world building in TDW that amazes me. I loved the idea of another world, this parallel word really, called the Dark World. A creepy universe filled with monsters and mayhem. It’s brilliant.

Apart from characters and the world, TDW has a good amount of holy-crap-did-that-just-happen moments. Things that even I didn’t see coming. I don’t want to spoil more about this book with its very dark and twisted world, so you’ll have to read it to find out more.

Now it’s just a waiting game for the sequel. And I’ll be waiting rather impatiently I might add. Because, as I stated before, THAT ENDING. I need more.

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I want to wrap up this post with my favorite quote from this book (I know I included a lot), but this one stands out:

They don’t know you. their small opinions don’t define you. Being different doesn’t make worthy of scorn.

– Logan, pg. 156

~ Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Three Books You Shouldn’t Read

Yes, I actually read books. Well if you count screaming and getting so fed up with a book you throw it as reading. And not even in a good way. See, many of you may know I have an obsession with romance. I’m a hopeless romantic. Dream of the day when I meet the guy who makes me feel… whole. So in the mean time I read those books instead to fill that empty hole inside of me. But somewhere in my four years of high school these romance books that I cradled in my arms, that I loved with every fiber of my being, have turned to complete Sugar Honey Ice Tea. And I have given up. Yes, me, Lauren of YA Book Spot, has given up on all cute romance novels. Here are the three books that prove why said romance novels have gone down the sinkhole to hell:

1) Royally Lost by 18530135Angie Stanton

 Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he’s crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn’t have…is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca’s family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?

I was desperate. So very desperate for a romance novel that I picked this book up just hoping that it would turn out to be this great book full of laughs and true love. But no, it turned for the worst when the protagonist Becca started speaking. Now, the thing is I love history. I’ve had a 100 average my whole career as a student. I could name Generals from the American Revolution all the way to World War II. I just really love history. Now imagine reading a book with a main protagonist who constantly bashes history. Well, you get Royally Lost.

Instead of Royally Lost, I think the book should be changed to Royal Shit (excuse my language. I just have a lot of anger feels). Becca was nagging, no good, ANNOYING girl who just constantly complained about history. She saw it as useless. “Why live in the past?” She said at one point. BECAUSE WE LEARN FROM OUR PAST MISTAKES. You are in Europe, taking these amazing tours to these historical sites and you couldn’t care less? No, I’m sorry. Excuse me while I go push her off the Pont Du Gard.

One more thing that made me angry would be how easily she just went with Nikolai. “Oh look, a hot European guy who’s speaking to me. Let me totally take him on his offer to explore these random parts of Europe where I have never been! Screw stranger danger!” So maybe Becca didn’t say exactly this, but she sure as hell was acting this way. The  number one rule of Europe is you stay with your group. Even if you hate them and would much rather throw yourself into a bullfight (I may or may not have thought this when I was in Europe), YOU STAY PUT. Yes, Nikolai was a prince, but I could rewrite this entire book as sequel to Taken.

Do not read this book. Becca is naive, dull, and so stupid I swear my freaking lamp knows more than her.

 

182489332)Pulled Under by Michelle Dalton

A shy teen befriends an attractive beach town tourist in this refreshing summertime romance, in the tradition of Sixteenth Summer andSeventeenth Summer.

In the small town of Pearl Beach, Florida, Izzy Lucas needs only her surfboard and the water to be completely happy. She wants nothing to do with parties, popularity contests, or showing her face around the clichéd touristy hangouts. Izzy’s tight group of coworkers at the local surf shop have tried relentlessly to break shy Izzy out of her (sea)shell. But Izzy isn’t interested…until the day Ben Barker walks into the store.

Ben’s from the city. He’s cute, charming, and wants her help adjusting to beach town culture. As the weeks of surfing lessons and pizza shack visits fly by, Izzy and Ben realize their attraction goes beyond mere friendship. But Ben is only in town for three months, and Izzy wonders if this amazing guy is worth stepping out of her comfort zone for what might be the perfect summer romance—or her first heartbreak

My quest for a romance continued and led me to this book. This very boring book. I live by the beach. the smell of the ocean is the best smell in the world. I was intrigued by this book because the beach was in it. But that was the only good thing. The main character Izzy barely grew as a character and I found myself wanting to know more about her friend Sophie than Izzy herself.  Izzy’s relationship with Ben was also anther strike against Pulled Under. They just did nothing for me. Once again there was no growth between the two. Nothing that made their relationship feel real.

I barely made it through the book. And I usually finish a book like this within three hours. I skimmed through Pulled Under and found myself bored even doing that. And that ending? I still don’t understand it.

Yet again I found myself disappointed by another book. I wish there were more cute YA romance books out there. Or at least good ones. I mean, at least it got two stars.

 

Lastly, number 3:

 

18635079How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark

Find out what happens when you fall for your best friend’s worst enemy in this timeless and hilarious story of a forbidden first love and forever friendship.

Lucy can’t wait to spend the summer at the lake with her best friend, Mikayla. But when Jackson, the boy she’s been avoiding ever since he rejected her, reappears in her life, Lucy wonders if this summer to remember is one she’d rather forget.

Mikayla’s never had much luck talking to boys, but when she (literally) runs into the cutest guy she’s ever seen, and sparks fly, she thinks things might be looking up…until she realizes the adorable stranger is the same boy who broke her best friend’s heart.

As things begin to heat up between Mikayla and the one guy she should avoid, will Lucy be able to keep her cool or will the girls’ perfect summer turn into one hot mess?

Catherine Clark, the author of beach-read favorites Maine Squeeze and Love and Other Things I’m Bad At, has once again crafted a hilarious and spot-on portrayal of what it’s really like to be a teenager. Readers will love this irreverent coming-of-age story…and will be breathlessly turning the pages to find out what happens next.

I give up. I’m waving the white flag because I am done. I never knew it was so hard to write a cute romance novel. I find it sad when I read better stories on Wattpad. I picked up How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark because (as you can tell) I am desperate for a cute, care-free romance book.

And now I wish I hadn’t.

I always feel this connection with characters who have never had a kiss, or even a date, because I myself (even at 18) never did any of those things either. I was into the book in the beginning because both main characters were like me. Dateless and guyless. Then by page 137 I just gave up. I couldn’t stand Lucy. It was an actual hatred. I found her rude, annoying, and selfish. I skipped her POVs half the time. I think the book would have been better without Lucy’s POV.

Mikayla wasn’t as bad. But dear god YOU ARE 17! STOP ACTING LIKE YOU’RE STILL IN 8TH GRADE. The writing was also terrible. I don’t know if it was me, but half the time I felt as if half the words were spelled wrong. Not only that, but the maturity of the writing was extremely low.

I am so angry that cute books aren’t being written as good anymore. I think authors need to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because she did it right. Take notes too. Cath was that perfect mixture of nerdy/experienced/socially awkward girl. I would not recommend How to Meet Boys to anyone. I couldn’t sit still long enough to read it. I don’t care about insta-love (it really does not bother me), but what I do care is that it’s done right. And sadly, it seems that no one knows how to do it anymore.

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I am telling you right now to not read these books. They are boring, filled with naive characters, and writing that is more 4th grade than high school. If anyone knows a good romance please let me know. I’m getting desperate. Just tell me in the comments. I promise an actual nice review full of fangirling and squealing tomorrow for The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz (one of the BEST authors out there).

 

~ Lauren

Allegiant: Why I Disliked it

I’ve tried to do this review a million times. I sat down and recorded it… which ended with me crying. I’ve always been better with words, better at expressing my emotions through sentences. Instead of making a review I’m simply going to write about something that happened in this book. If you have not read these books, or Allegiant, then DO NOT READ ON. I mean it. Because you know

We have read Allegiant and know what happens at the end. That very, very, very depressing holy-mother-this-is-not-real-but-it-is ending. Tris, the main character and the voice of this series, dies. Why? I have no idea. This- this plot twist angered me. Tris is was a character that had a tremendous impact on my life. When I first read Divergent I had a lot of things going on in my life. Divergent allowed me to escape from it all. For a good month that was all read, spoke, and breathed about. I was actually banned from ever mentioning it because people got annoyed. Like that would even stop me.

                            Divergent, Tris really, became this hero to me. Often I found myself saying, “What Would Tris Do?” She had this strength that I wanted. I found myself trying to be tough and strong and just to have courage. I took a piece of Tris into myself, which readers often do with characters they are fond of. When she died a piece of myself died with her. I was hysterically crying and really, it wasn’t a pretty sight. 

          My sister told me something when I finished Allegiant, “There won’t always be a happy ending.” But I like happy endings. We live in a shitty world full of war, heartbreak, and death. It could books or a movie, maybe even a game, that helps you escape from it all. Books, for me at least, give me this hope that good things do happen. Which is why what my sister said angered me. I don’t want to face reality sometimes. I needed a happy ending in Divergent damn it. I needed Tris to live, to marry Four and live. I thought, “If Tris can survive every shitty thing that happens to her then so can I.” Reading her death was like watching all of those hopes and dreams vanish. I know how dramatic this all sounds, but we all have a series or a book that saved us. Allegiant felt like one giant slap in the face.

         Yeah, Tris died a noble death, she sacrificed herself for the greater good and blah blah blah. I get that VR wanted to kill her from the start. She had it planned out, but I felt like she was so stuck on this one ending that she did everything in her damn power to make it happen. Four, at least the one I loved, never would have left her. He was have stayed with her. All of that Evelyn bullshit and the whole, “Choose me or not,” annoyed the crap out of me. Not only that, but she lets MARCUS THE ABUSIVE ASSHAT LIVE. Oh, and of course Peter the LET ME KILL ALL THE PEOPLE is allowed to forget how much of an asshole he is. He can forget that he sexually assaulted Tris, almost killed her, stabbed Edward in the eye, worked with Erudite, and again WILLING TO KILL ANYONE. Isn’t that just all nice and cosy. So Tris dies and the two people who deserved to die the most live. Sure, seems fitting.

        Divergent… Divergent was my world. Tris was the character that saved me. It hurts that I will never be able to read these book again, won’t be able to watch the movie without thinking about this book. I give VR credit because she really didn’t care what people will think. It was her book and she won’t change a thing. But at the same time I hate it. She gave us two whole books with Tris’ POV. VR gave us all of Tris’ thoughts and feelings, everything she wanted… She gave us 6. It hurts because the book that brought me hope, the character that gave me strength, are both dead. I just have to hope authors don’t start rolling VR’s lead and start killing their main characters.

         What are your thoughts?

~ Lauren

 

In Which I Fail (and a review)

Image           Sooooo… It’s been awhile. I feel like I’m speaking to a friend I haven’t seen for a really long time and last time we spoke wasn’t such a good conversation. Which has recently happened to me. Yay awkwardness. School started and I became lazy. All my homework is now done on the computer and it drives me insane. I gave myself reasons to not update, but no more! I apologize for my laziness and just overall suckyness (which doesn’t look like a word, but now it is).  And I have a review

**SOME SPOILERS**

 

     

The sequel to Rift and the prequel to the New York Times    bestselling novel Nightshade.
Everything Conatus stands for is at risk. Hoping to gather enough resistance to save their order, Ember and Barrow attempt a desperate escape. But fate offers little mercy. When their mission is exposed, the  couple face relentless pursuit by the supernatural horrors that act on the commands of Eira’s ally: the mysterious Bosque Mar. A shocking revelation forces Ember out of hiding, sending her back into the heart of dark magic at Tearmunn keep, where she must convince her old friend Alistair of her love or face dire consequences. Ember’s deception offers the only chance for the resistance to succeed, but what she discovers in the shadows beneath the keep will shatter her world and bring about the Witches’ War.

Richly sensual and full of magic, action and danger, Andrea Cremer’s fifth book set in the Nightshade world is an edge-of-your-seat page turner. (GoodReads)

 Rating: DNF

  Thoughts While Reading: I don’t even know…

       Review: Rise starts off where Rift left. Ember and Barrow (along with their friends) left Conatus in search of safety. That’s all I got because I just couldn’t finish this book. I made it to page 150 or so and had to put it down. The plot was flat, I wanted to yell at half the characters as I slap them, and just extremely disappointed over all. I enjoyed the first book Rift. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. Now when it comes to Rise… it was officially bad. Here are things that annoyed me:

1) Ember and Barrow’s relationship: I hate it. I feel like every time these two were on the same page they became horny rabbits. I get it, you may die and you love each other, but please dear god PEOPLE ARE DYING! I feel like Andrea Cremer was trying to make a Will and Tessa relationship from The Infernal Devices. It didn’t work. The love didn’t feel real in Rise. It was a plot line that was used to get people to read the book.

2) Eira: It wasn’t her character that annoyed me, but the fact that basically the whole book is her POV. Split POV’s are awesome. I love them, as do many others. But when one of the villains get more showtime (or is it page time?) than the hero, something is wrong. It was the Eria Show and Then Some Stuff Happens. There were no major plot points because EVERYTHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN A MAJOR PLOT POINT WAS THROWN IN MY EIRA AND HER CREW. That makes no sense but if you read Rise you’ll understand.

3) The Lack Of Plot: Just that. Plot? Who needs the one thing that holds a book together, let’s make some theoretical Sugar Honey Iced Tea go down and hope for the best! My god, stories on WattPad have better plots.

         Needless to say, I disliked this book greatly. I ended up giving up and skimming the pages. So. Much. Eria. I wished this book was better and that I was able to finish it, but I just couldn’t. It actually made me want to read Macbeth more. That says a lot. Also,I skipped to the end and it sucked. I don’t know, maybe it was just me, maybe I needed to read Nightshade. All I know is that I aggravated to no end with this book. I say just don’t read any of these books. I’ve been trying to get into Andrea Cremer’s books for so long. So many people like them. I will probably end up buying her next book The Inventors Secret. Hopefully it’s good and not ohmygod-please-no-just-stop. What’s your opinion on these books? Did you like them?

~Lauren

PS- Review up tomorrow!

Ink by Amanda Sun

Summary: On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive. Goodreads

My Rating: 3.5/5

My Thoughts: I promised this review awhile ago, but I really had no idea what to write. Half the time I was like this:

                                                      

I had no idea what to say about this book. And not in the way where I start fangirling and stop speaking English. The other half of my time was packing for Disney.  

        Ink was a book i was really looking forward to. It sounded different from half the books out there. What I love is the fact that Amanda Sun chose for Katie to move to Japan. There are so many books where the girl either moves to a different state, or England. It is always those two. I also loved the fact that this wasn’t about a witch, werwolf, angel, or any other mythical creature. Amanda Sun chose outside of the box and even made the readers learn something new about Japan. Another part of the book that I loved was the art. There are some drawing thrown in there and it really makes the book that more interesting. 

        That’s about where the love for this book ends. I didn’t hate Ink, and I didn’t love it. Katie really just got on my nerves. Throughout half the book she’s thinking, or wondering, about something. Also stalking Tomohiro (who actually called her out on that one). Katie also didn’t listen. I’m sorry but I wouldn’t just tell some random kid I barely know that I’m following this other kid because I see his pictures move. Really? Japan may be difficult to live in because of the language barrier but it’s a lot better than some psych ward. A thousand times better. 

       What to say about Tomohiro… I know, he’s the epitome of the guy who hurts people to save them. One minute he’s confessing his love to Katie, the next he’s being a huge jerk and insulting her.

I don’t get the need to do this. Why can’t the guy just be nice. It’s like a rule with girls in books or something, we never choose the nice guy. If you’re nice, we won’t pay attention. I know if Tomo was nice to Katie she probably would have just left him alone. Okay, that’s a lie. She’s the only character who would do still stalk the guy. And she is on stalker level. 

       The part of this book that really got me annoyed was that fact that the romance was not there one minute and all of a sudden you have Katie and Tomo making out. It didn’t feel genuine to me at all. I think it should have just grown and not just happen. I couldn’t even tell if Katie and Tomo were dating. It was towards the end of the book that I got they were dating. 

       As it goes with all YA books: there is a love triangle. It wasn’t in the first book, but it is really easy to see a love triangle will happen. How was it so easy to tell? Given the fact that Katie kept asking herself why every time Jun (the other guy) looked at her her heart would flutter or she’d get butterflies when he would touch her. He’s touching her arm? She’s basically turned on. “No,” Katie would say,”you like Tomo. You like Tomo.” Jun, to me, is much better than Tomo. I already know I’m on the wrong side of this whole thing. 

       I really think Katie was my problem with this whole book. She wasn’t bad, but she wasn’t interesting. Ink was still a good book and the plot and art really is what saved it. I know I will most likely read the sequel hoping that maybe it’s better. This was Amanda Sun’s first book. For all I know I’ll end up loving the sequel. I think Ink is an interesting book to read, but I was let down because I expected so much more. Still, go buy this book because the setting is amazing, as was the idea behind this book. 

~Lauren

Immortal City by Scott Speer

Jackson Godspeed is the hottest Immortal City (Immortal City, #1)young Angel in a city filled with them.

He’s days away from becoming a full Guardian, and people around the world are already competing for the chance to be watched over by him. Everyone’s obsessed with the Angels and the lucky people they protect – everyone except for Madison Montgomery.

Maddy’s the one girl in Angel City who doesn’t breathlessly follow the Angels on TV and gossip blogs. When she meets Jackson, she doesn’t recognize him. But Jackson is instantly captivated by her, and against all odds the two fall in love.

Maddy is swiftly caught up in Jackson’s scene, a world of glamour, paparazzi – and murder. A serial killer is on the loose, leaving dead Angels’ wings for the police to find on the Walk of Fame. Even the Guardians are powerless to protect themselves in the face of this threat and this time it’s up to Maddy to save Jackson. Goodreads

Stars: 3.5/5

My thoughts: Immortal CIty is interesting. LA is Immortal CIty and angels are our stars. Instead of Starstruck a person was Angelstruck. I loved how Scott Speer showed how society is through this story. I think that was my favorite part of the whole book. It showed how we, as people, have this need to just know what is happening with these famous people.

Teenage girls are fixated on attractive these angels, but Maddy isn’t. She doesn’t care about angels… until Jacks walks into her Uncles diner. Soon she’s thrust into his world, whether she wants to be or not. And she wants to. Maddy was an okay character. I think what got to me was every time she went through her whole,”He loves me, he loves me not,” phase. When a guy calls you beautiful, tells you all the time you mean so much to me, I don’t care about fame or what people think, he means it. I understand why she felt that way, I just wish she didn’t repeat it all the time. Jacks was everything Maddy didn’t care about. I actually like his character more and would have preferred if it was his POV altogether. He wasn’t stuck-up and actually cared about important things. Maddy just woke him up even more.

I didn’t want to read the book. It was on a whim. And it promised action. A serial killer. And that was in it only when a new killing came up. I thought this book was going to be about Maddy and Jacks on the run. Again, this happened at the end of the book. I know my problem: more action. I understand building a plot, it’s important, but Maddy doesn’t have an Nancy Drew moments. They both didn’t know what was going on.  Also, it felt like insta-love. I doubt a girl who has never looked twice at angels, would fall in love so fast with one. Jacks too just saw Maddy and started quoting Shakespeare.

I don’t know. I really think the fact that everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, happened at the end of the book caused it to feel so slow. It was literally just Jacks and Maddy running around Immortal City and Maddy denying Jacks may actually like her. Also, this plot was really predictable. I called everything by the hundredth page. There was maybe TWO things that surprised me. I still enjoyed it. The last maybe 50 pages or so were the best of the book. That’s why this book got 3.5 stars instead 2. The action picked up and I found my self on the edge of the seat.

I was going to read the sequel, but there’s a love triangle *facepalm*. I hate love triangles. Jacks and Maddy were a cute couple, but instead of using an actual plot to makes them struggle through their relationship, Scott Speer chooses the Love Triangle. Yay. If you like a good romance and don’t mind a predictable plot Immortal City is your kind of book. I’m upset because I did enjoy IC, but I despise love triangles, a main plot point that turns me away from a book. Between this and not getting to see the Divergent trailer my emotions are left feeling angry. I think it’s up to you if you want to read this book.

~Lauren

The Midnight Heir by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

In Edwardian London, Magnus Bane discovers old friends and new enemies—including the son of his former comrade Will Herondale. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man . . . the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.

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I normally don’t read the Bane Chronicles. Me and friend agreed why we don’t really like them: they drag on. A simple description basically becomes a three page love note. Really not worth $4 to me. My friend reads them though just to have something to read.
So I get a text from her, full on caps yelling at me to read it. I did. Mainly because of Wessa. My OTP of all time. Now, Midnight Heir wasn’t fully bad. It had it moments. At one point I almost fell off my couch from laughing so hard. This is the scene:

James’ proclamation as Duck King offends Will greatly…

Magnus: I caught up with him, he had wandered into Hyde Park, waded into the Serpentine, spread his arms wide, and was shouting, “Ducks, embrace me as your king!”

Will: Dear God, He must have been vilely drunk. Tessa, I can bear it no longer. He is taking awful risks with his life and rejecting all the principles I hold most dear.

Readers of Cassie Clare understand why this is hysterical yet so tragic for Will. Poor Will…
This scene was funny, but the story still had the three pages of explaining. I found myself skipping around getting bored. I think the main problem is that these stories are not written by Cassandra Clare. She can capture Magnus’ voice. She wrote him. And I’m not saying she should drop everything, she still has the last TMI book and TDA. And another book after TDA. Those are more important than these short stories. But it just feels more like FanFiction to me. Things were left unanswered. Like what happens to James? Or Tatiana for that matter? And what is it about a certain person whose name starts with a G? It just ended.
The Midnight Heir wasn’t terrible. It had its moments. Very emotional moments that just reopened TID scares that healed…
*feels a thousand eyes glaring*
Okay not full on healed. Cassie doesn’t allow her fans to heal. As I said, it wasn’t amazing and it wasn’t terrible it was good. A solid 3 stars.
If you want a good story after TID (which we know broke everyone) then this is a good story. We see old characters and meet some new ones. The Midnight Heir was good, once you get past the dragged on scenes. I recommend it to TID fans.
Now if only the story on Malec’s first date can come faster….

~lauren