Monday, March 28, 2016

The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Publication Date: April 15, 2015
Publisher: Self published
Format: Free Platform / Wattpad
Page Count: 372 pages


Synopsis:


It's Ella's senior year of high school and she and her best friend Linds plan to make it the best year ever. At Brock Cochran's end of summer pool party, the girls vow to have as much fun as possible before they head off to different colleges next fall. But when Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from the party, everything changes. Ella's carefree senior year plans disintegrate as she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation.

Ella tries to move on, but her attacker isn't done yet. He shows himself in the form of horrifying signs and symbols: a clown mask strewn on her bed, a dead bird in her backpack, a shadow moving past her window in the night. And as the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn't the only one being tormented.

With the help of an old flame, Jensen Carver, and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy, but she can't seem to shake the feeling that there's a dark pattern hidden in the killer's every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious. In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder who she can trust.

                                                               Review:

I went in this book pretty blindly. I did not read any synopses or summaries of this book because I couldn’t find any (until as of right now because of this review). I didn’t have anything to base this story on except that I heard it was a suspense, thriller, romance story like her book 'Don't Look Back'.

Not only it's similar genre-wise with her other book but it's also like, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” mixed with “Scream” mixed with a lot more romance. In a way I guess I could see it but for you fanatics of those movies and thriller books, remember this is YA and there's more romance going on. There are a few scenes where it might give you the creeps but it's totally not going to freak you out.

The Dead List follows a teenage girl named Ella and well, Ella is not having the best of times since a killer is on the loose and is hunting her down. After a failed attempt to kill Ella, it's advised for her to be cautious and get defense lessons. Here’s where the fangirling comes in. Jensen Carver starts helping her and their relationship grows more and more from there. While Ella is trying to bring her life back to normal, Ella can’t help but feel the killer is close to her.

Like I said, there’s definitely creepy chapters but nothing over the top. What this story did do that I liked was it kept me guessing at who the killer was and I will say I was pretty close.

This is a fast paced story in my opinion and I flew by it in a few hours. Even though it’s on something that most people are not used to, it hardly affected the reading experience. For me personally, I’m glad it’s on Wattpad because it is very accessible and I use Wattpad a lot so it was easy access.

I fairly enjoyed this story and how everything turned out. You should all give it a chance since it is free on Wattpad and it’s really fast paced. I'll leave a link down below so you can check it out. 


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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes Review

Publication Date: December 1, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 412 pages
Series: Falling Kingdoms #1


Synopsis:

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.


Review:

I was pretty hesitant to pick up this book after four years. The main reason for it is because of the multiple point of views in this book. I was worried about how can all the character from different backgrounds come together. However, it’s great that all the characters connect very soon in the book so it’s not an issue at all.

So there’s four main characters: Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and Lucia. Cleo is the youngest princess of the southern kingdom, Auranos, and lived a privileged life with her older sister and father. Jonas is from the middle kingdom, Paelsia, and his life is the opposite of Cleo’s. He is the youngest son of a wine seller. Magnus is the prince of the northern kingdom, Limeros with his sister Lucia.

I won’t be talking about the plot that much because of how soon it played out in the book. Give it at least three or four chapters and the plot will hit the ground running. What I will say is that there’s a war fueling between these three kingdoms.

This is a great book for people who want to start reading fantasy. It has four perspectives coming from different backgrounds and kingdoms. There’s a map and a whole character list in the first few pages of the book to make the reading experience easier. It’s very political but nothing over the top where it gets confusing. It’s really easy to understand, easy to follow, and overall a great read.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare Review

Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 720 pages
Series: The Dark Artifices #1


Synopsis:

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?


Review (Non Spoiler & Spoilers):

THIS BOOK GAVE ME CLOSURE WITH EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED, BUT THEN IT TORE ME APART.

For those who haven’t read or is caught up with every Cassandra Clare book like the Infernal Devices and the Mortal Instruments, STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK!!! THERE ARE SPOILERS FROM THE PAST BOOKS EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A NEW SERIES! AND BY SPOILERS, I MEAN IT’S HELLA SPOILERY!

This sequel to TMI takes place 5 years after CoHF with a whole new set of characters and setting. Instead of New York, it takes place in Los Angeles. Even though we got a gist of the Shadowhunting world from previous series, this goes more in depth about it with talking about the laws and whatnot. What was great for me in this was how the new protagonist, Emma, grew up as a Shadowhunter so we were basically thrown in with all the action and thriller of it and we get to see it from a new perspective. 

The beginning for me was a bit slow because I already used to the whole Shadowhunting world and knew what happened in the Mortal Instruments. So I felt the couple of hundred pages was an introduction of things for new readers and a recap for returners. But I will say it’s not all about recapping what happened in the end of CoHF. It sets the tone of all the things that will go down in this series. 

Another great thing about this book was that Cassie incorporated characters from previous books. The way Cassie wrote the references were so subtle like it wasn’t a big thing and it didn’t really affect the plot at all. It was small statements, mentioning names, or remembrance from the past to big ones like seeing the characters again. Looking back now, it wasn’t really a big deal but THE MERE MENTION OF THE NAMES BROUGHT BACK SO MANY TID/TMI FEELS AND EMOTIONS. 

Comparing this to the others, of course there’s the overarching similarity that it’s about the Shadowhunting world, but it can’t compare because of how different it is with an amazing new storyline, new characters, and a completely different romance. 

Not much to say without spoilers so go read this series. However I will end on this: THIS BOOK IS HELLA SPOILERY IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ALL OF CASSANDRA CLARE’S SHADOWHUNTER BOOKS!! YOU WILL BE SPOILED AF!! I WARNED YOU.




Spoiler filled discussion on what I thought (WARNING SPOILER SECTION):

Throughout the book, I’m just thinking, “Okay. How the hell is Emma and Julian gonna go down with this parabatai law and forbidden shit.” The angsty romance they had just killed me. Then there was the scene where Emma and Julian were making out, and the next there having sex, and then it’s the morning after. Then in the end, Emma pulls the “protecting you” card by pushing Julian away and it’s just UGH. I know they had their reasons but in the back of my mind, I’m just saying, being parabatais was one of the worst things you guys have ever done. I mean, it does have it perks but falling in love is a huge no no.

And can I say, the feels for the characters from past books!! Now this ran me over. I got so much closure, yet wanting a bit more. Jace and Clary is running the institute and one of the most famous Shadowhunters yet. SIZZY IS ENGAGED HOLY SHIT. I DIED. When Mangus revealed that he and Alec adopted a warlock son, I COULD NOT BREATHE. Jem and Tessa were back and just EVERYTHING HAPPENED. THIS PAGE WOULD BE FILLED WITH CRYING EMOJIS IF IT WERE ALLOWED.

Basically that’s my emotions right now but my theories for the next book is: Malcom is not dead, Julian will probably be an ass to Emma now, Kit will play a bigger role, and there’s probably gonna be a rebellion against the Clave or something.

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