Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Title: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Format: Ebook (HarperCollins| Owned)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Blurb (Goodreads):

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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick up this book?

I read the first book, Shatter Me earlier in April this year and it was the Book of The Month for one of the Goodreads groups which I was in. And I really enjoyed it. Check out my review of Shatter Me here. Since Unravel Me is on my iPhone, i decided to read it and Tahereh Mafi did not disappoint me.

The Plot:

Shatter Me left us with Adam and Juliette in Omega Point where we learn that the people there are like Juliette with powers. So, Juliette is trying to adjust in the new environment but she’s not doing as well as Adam. Juliette took Kenji’s jokes pretty seriously and I kind of felt Juliette was kind of short-tempered back then. So when Juliette was out on her mission to steal supplies, she had an short encounter with Warner and she just stunned there not knowing that she is exposed. And then Kenji realized what was going on and brought Juliette into hiding. I’m not going to spoil you guys so that’s what happen in the first part of the book. The second part gets even better with plot twists and I just cant seem to put the book down then. Its like every minute is crucial and I have this urging need to know what will happen next and after reading this installment, I’m officially Team Warner.

The Characters:

I love how well the characters played their roles in this book. I really feel connected to everyone of them and it was as if I was looking from their POV. I really like how Kenji woke Juliette from her delusions and I felt what he did was really brave of him. And Juliette did not deny what Kenji said cause deep inside she knows that Kenji was spot on. Juliette and Adam’s relationship was really under pressure and I suddenly they don’t seem as compatible with each other as in the first book. Now it seems that Warner is really the one meant for Juliette.

The writing:

Tahereh Mafi’s writing is just beautiful. I love the words used in Juliette’s diary. Its just too beautiful and soo relateable. How I wish I have one book just containing what Juliette wrote in her diary. Its like the writing is flawless and it did not seem too abrupt and it fir perfectly well with the plot.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Review of previous book(s):

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

 

 

Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Format: Paperback (Simon & Schuster UK | Owned)

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Blurb (Goodreads):

Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability…before anyone else ends up dead!

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick up this book?

I read the first book not too far back last year somewhere in September and it was the one of my favorites for that year and I though I could not wait to get into its sequel, I still did not manage to read it until recently. And yeap, as expected the second was much more better than the first and I cant wait to discuss it with you all.

The Plot:

So it continues from where book 1 left us and Mara was now in  the hospital, sedated, and her dad was still recuperating from the accident. So due to the bizarre police report that Mara Dyer made, Dr. Kells came in and suggested that Mara goes to Horizons and see if she improves. Of course Mara would not want to do that as that would mean not seeing Noah and she also dont want to stay in Horizons for who knows how long and away from her parents. So, after some discussion, Mara will go to Horizons in the day and home in the evening. And stuff gets intense when she meets Phoebe another patient at Horizons. OMG Phoebe just creeps me put. She puts on a facade of an innocent girl but inside, she’s outright creepy. I really liked how the story went and progressed. It picked up speed and though I was dying to know what was happening, sadly exams and submission deadlines came in and I dont really have time to find out what happens. I really like the pacing and the conclusion was a huge bang. It was not a cliffhanger but at the end of this book questions were answered and I can’t wait to see Mara in action again.

The Characters:

We were introduced to people who are like Mara and they seem pretty sane to me. Except for Phoebe. I really loved how Michelle Hodkin had a personality for each character and I really feel so much more and I was really into the book. The great characters were what made the plot stand out even more. I could not ask for better characters even Jude is a total criminal with no essence of humanity in him at all. And Phoebe, the attention seeking girlwho is being used by the real villain, I’m just blown by how creepy and crazy she was. And Mara, she’s still hanging it there despite what’s she gone through and though she breaks down, she doesn’t give up. And of course with Noah beside her, she’s even stronger.

The writing:

I felt that the writing style here is much more intense because of the nature of the plot and I really love how the language flows. It is very coherent and it was so easy and fun to read and understand the message the author is trying to bring across. I guess this is another element that makes this book sooo sooo enjoyable and I’m just surprised at how it was better than the first.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Review of previous book(s):

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

 

 

 

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1)

Author: Laini Taylor

Format: Hardback (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Borrowed)

Blurb (Goodreads):

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hairactually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

 

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick up this book?

I have heard mostly good stuff about the series and I just could not take the fact that I have not put in any effort to get the book using whichever means. I saw it available at the library and I told myself Get the book already and stop contemplating.

The Plot:

This book is insane. There’s reincarnation with chimera and angels and the whole teeth thing. I loved it how Laini Taylor gel them all together (though it was confusing at times but I still want to know what will happen) and I would not mind if the book had a few more pages so that all this new info sink in. It is not based on any mythology that existed but a whole new world Laini Taylor created. So I’ll try to summarise this whole concept behind the book without much confusion but warning its gonna spoil you.

So our MC Karou she is an art student in Prague and she carries a sketchbook with her all the time. In her sketchbook, there are drawings of mythical creatures which she claims she has seen before. She has no idea where her origins were and she is raised by four chimera. She runs errands for the Brimstone (the head of the 4) like going to black market auctions and getting teeth from trader. So we have no idea what these teeth are for until the very last 10 -15% of the book. SO what’s in the middle. Basically interaction with our next MC. He’s an angel looking for Karou (his reasons were not explicitly explained). So Akiva once loved a chimera Madirgal and they had an illicit love affair. He felt  remorse because Madirgal died because of him as later explained in the book, he was the one who approached her knowing the dangers of doing so.

And Karou was getting to know him and Akiva’s siblings to get away from Karou or history would repeat itself. And their commotion got the cops involved and the angels didn’t care and took off the glamour on their wings which shocked on lookers. Akiva’s siblings want to hurt Karou but she got away and Akiva managed to catch up with her.

When Akiva saw Karou’s wishbone, it then occurred to him that Karou was not human and he told the story of him and Madrigal.

SO the angels and chimera were always at war and Brimstone, decided to let the warriors who died in the battles to reincarnate and for that period the chimera always won. And he mentioned before, in order for him to use magic he has to pay a price which is pain. And the pain comes from people who have their teeth extracted. And also the teeth are used with other gemstones to complete create a body for the souls to go into and their memories still intact.

In Karou’s case she does not have the Hamas on her hand and she cannot reincarnate. That’s what the other Chimera believed. But Brimstone knows that it has nothing to do with that and its got to do with the will of the souls. During her execution, Brimestone managed to collect her soul and put her in Karou’s body and also erased her memories. And the book end when Karou made that connection.

Overall: The plot is just so crazy that I can’t imagine how deep this book went. The pacing was great and I can’t wait to know what happens next since Karou and Akiva wants to end the war but Brimestone is now dead.

The Characters:

I don’t really know them yet as you can see from my thoughts of the plot, the book has more of plot than characters. But I have a feeling that I will love them and feel attached to them in the sequels. Karou and Akiva’s may become lovers because Karou may recollect back her memories and the relationship may rekindle as Akiva still had feelings for Madrigal/ Karou. There is a lot of mystery revolving around the war between Chimera and Angel. I love Brimstone, he brings Karou up like his daughter and tried to protect her from her past life. But sadly he’s dead no so are the other Chimera. Though Karou is not really their child they still took care of her and even let her live a normal human life which I felt was really nice of them.

The writing:

So the book is written in third person perspective and alternates between characters and time. It was kind of confusing as the author did not state which character is it written from and it took a while to digest and get used to. There was a portion when Akiva told Karou his past, we sort of time travelled back to then and it was written mostly in the third person perspective of Madrigal. I think that’s very cool instead of Akiva said/told.  That part felt really alive and real it was as if it was happening at the moment an very realistic and more flashback-ish feeling. I really look forward to the sequels to more of such writing. Its intricate and almost flawless at the same time.

What do I look for in the sequel?

I doubt Brimstone and the rest are really dead as they played quite a portion in this book. I’m looking forward to them finding out the cause of the war and the route to finding peace for both sides. I’m looking forward to knowing Karou and Akiva better and Karou getting back her memories and another realisation/ theory strikes her. I really can’t wait to read the sequels. Now the third one is already out, I guess I’m going to marathon through the two.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Title: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) Author: Danielle Paige Format: ebook( HarperCollins| Owned) Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository Blurb (Goodreads): I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.But when your whole life gets swept … Continue reading

Review: Infinite by Jodi Meadows

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Infinite (Newsoul, #3)Title: Infinite (Newsoul #3)

Author: Jodi Meadows

Format: Hardcover ( Katherine Tegen Books| Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Blurb (Goodreads):

DESTRUCTION
The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

FLIGHT
Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

CHOICE
The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick this book:

I read the first and second book in January this year and I want to finish the series. As I am participating in the 2014 Series Challenge, I want to clear as many unfinished series as possible. I reserved this book from the library as I wanted to read it ASAP as I did not have any reading plans then.

The Plot:

It was the best of all three books as there’s full of action and there were disputes between characters. And most of the time when I was reading I was like this:

 


 

 

 

 

 

I could not wait to see what happens next to the extend that I skipped several lines to find out what happen.

It was very well paced and it was a total roller coaster. Like in the previous book, Ana and Sam fought and they did too in this book and it was much worse which makes the whole atmosphere really tense. I like how Jodi Meadows added the voices of the Sylph and the Dragons into the plot. It was like Ana was the only one who could communicate with them. And that leads me to my first question which went unanswered. Is it because Ana’s a newsoul or is she really the only one who could do so? When it comes to the final book, I’m mostly looking out for closure. Yes it ended well and Janan is no longer in the picture and so is reincarnation. However, we did not go into detail about the year. In the three books there is the Year of Souls and a few others which were mentioned. There was also Soul Night which was not explained. I kind of felt frustrated as I’m pretty sure the different Years had a meaning behind them something like the Chinese zodiac. As this series revolves around Souls, I think Soul Night is a festival that the people of the Heart celebrates and I was hoping for an explanation in the final book. I was kind of disappointed as this played a role in the world building.

The Characters:

I loved the interaction between the characters particularly in this book. I felt that they were more three dimensional in this book especially the non-main ones like Stef and the others. Their involvement in this book was much more instead of the two protagonist. I usually have hate towards antagonists but this time round its extreme. I really hated Janan to the core as he’s someone whose got power all over in his head. There’s not a single bit of humanity or moral in him at all.

The Writing:

I hardly had difficulty reading the book and it was such a breeze. There weren’t too many flowery words used and neither do I come across parts that beat around the bush. I prefer books which cut straight to the point as the suspense is already killing me. By beating about the bush, I would say its torture.

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

Review: Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1) Title: Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea (Between #1)

Author: April Genevieve Tucholke

Format: Hardback (Dial| Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

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

 Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes  along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to  happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

 Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something  more?

 Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-  haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you  want to kiss back. 

 Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

 Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a  dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick this book:

First of all, I was attracted by its cover which I saw on Goodreads and when I read the blurb, it seems like the kind of book I like to read. Yes I love gothic stuff. I also read the reviews and it seems like a book that I would enjoy and has been pinning to read it until I saw it in the library and I decided to pick it up.

 

The Plot:

Well I must say, it was spooky and gothic and dark. I like it. However, I did not like how things turn out when Brodie (River and Neely’s half brother) came into the picture and the situation was worse than the current one. I felt that the events could be spaced out to allow character to have the opportunity to react to it. Since its going to be a series, I don’t see why is there a need to introduce Brodie to us. I felt that I have yet to know Neely and in came a new character. I felt that it was rather rushed and not properly spaced out. That’s so far the only flaw. The whole paranormal thing really spooked me out. I also like how Violet’s life is somehow linked with her grandmother’s past. With the events happening in town, Violet went to search for her Grandmother’s letters if she left any for Violet to find and she found out that her Grandmother had relations with Jack’s grandfather and also River’s grandfather (if I’m not wrong). I find that whole part really cool and I’m looking forward to more of such stuff in the sequels.

 

The Characters:

The book could have been better if we had stronger characters and I mean Violet and River. No wonder they are perfect match. They simply loose their strength when the other is present. I could not stand it and that is a big no-no. I got tired of them and that hindered my reading. Fine I accept that in the beginning the characters have not grown and the events will help them grow. But no, there isn’t any character development for either of them. Except that they found each other. I guess they did not even have love in their relationship. I guess its infatuation. For both of them. One example is despite River telling lies, she still forgives him. I mean he lied so many times, he’s got a motive up there. She’s just clouded by her own perception of him.

If that’s what you call character development. Then there’s Sunshine. She’s a flashy girl. She practically throws herself at almost any guy she sees.  There’s Luke, Violet’s twin brother. He’s a loose guy, he’s horny and his thoughts were most of the time voiced out. It’s quite sad, they only thing I knew about them at the end (which was obviously stated) that their interest in each other is for real and not to make Violet jealous.  Ughh the characters just fit too perfectly for each other. So we have the weaklings and the loose people. I feel so bad shamming them, but that’s all I read.

 

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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descriptionTitle: Shatter Me(Shatter Me #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Format: E-book (HarperCollins| Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

“You can’t touch me,” I whisper.

I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him.

He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans on her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

 

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick this book:

It was mentioned, raved and hyped and I want to see what caused the rave and hype. And since I’m always procrastinating my books and one of the Goodreads groups that I’m in is doing a group read for this book and I signed myself up for it. Overall I’m quite satisfied with the book and I’m so glad I do not have to classify it under “over-rated hyped books” .  So let’s get on with the discussion and my thoughts of the book itself.

The Plot:

Let’s talk about the good stuff. It was action-packed. However, we knew little of the world outside. What was happening with the Reestablishment in control. Since our heroine is locked up in a mental institution, news of the world outside don’t really get to her. Her parents regard her as an abomination. However, she does not seem that bored inside her cell as she has a notebook with her and she pens down her thoughts. And then Adam came in as her cell mate. She avoided him at first but starts explaining how things goes in the mental institution. As days past, she slowly starts to open up as Adam told him more about himself though Juliette was not that interested. One day, guards came in a she was brought out of her cell and she met Warner. Warner explained his intentions to her and said that her powers were a gift and would be of great help for him. During her days there, Warner used all kinds of methods to get Juliette to surrender and join hands with him. Meanwhile, Adam as one of the guards under Warner came into Juliette’s room and talked to her in the bathroom as there were no cameras. At the point on time I was confused whose side should I root for Adam whose nice to Juliette or the power-hungry Warner who turns out not to be a villain somehow. However, one of the problems I had were the intimacy between Juliette and Adam. Yes, it’s okay if you have a few but the amount of such scenes in the book turned out to be unnecessary in my opinion. Their intimacy was like lovers who were separated for a very long time and finally they were together again and they were afraid to loose each other again.

 

The Characters:

Juliette. Juliette. Juliette. I don’t know how to describe her. Her character has two extremes like hot and cold. One moment she’s on one side of the spectrum the next she’s one the other side. I must say her mood swings are major. She was also impulsive in terms of her actions and such actions were self-destructive as well. For example she kissed Warner so that she can take his gun from his pocket and shoot him so that she can save Adam. Though she hates him to the core, she was still willing to kiss him. And I was like this:

 

Then we have Kenji (sounds Japanese or really a Japanese name) he’s a guy who likes to speaks his mind and hence he’s blunt with his words and most of the time it contains “shit”. I find him an interesting character and I like him more than Adam. There’s also James he reminds me of Russell from Up.  Which I have no idea but that’s my image of him in my mind.

 

And there’s Warner the villain for now. He seems to have problems with his father and it looks like he wants to prove something to his father and for that he needs Juliette. What if all this hunt for Juliette was just some father-son who has too much ego in them  to give in.

The Writing: 

The writing was beautiful however, I find it rather exaggerating as such description was not necessary then. One example when Tahereh Mafi described Juliette’s inability to talk at that moment and expressed in a way saying it felt as if there were cotton balls stuck in my throat. There are times I must say the writing was beautiful and appropriate. Like these two instances:

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Yep and the striking out of words/ sentences. It was  very unique and that’s what made me like this book.

 

Rating: 4/5 stars

Would I continue with the series:

Yes, there are so many unanswered questions and one of them is the Reestablishment. Then there is the Omega Point. Is the Omega Point an uprising against the Reestablishment. How did Juliette’s superpowers came about and her immunity to nuclear. And what about the other’s who posses powers like Juliette?

 

 

 

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)Title: Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days #1)

Author: Susan Ee

Format: Paperback (Amazon Childrens Publishing | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

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.

 

 

My Thoughts:

The Plot:

It was amazing and its my first time reading an Angel Apocalyptic book and there were parts where it was really gory or creepy. Especially the part where Susan Ee mentioned about Scorpion Angels and the cannibal children. It was gory and creepy yet haunting at the same time. And this thought came to me. What if this book were to become a movie I’m pretty sure the above creatures will scare the hell outta me. Other than that, the book was fast paced and I finished it in a few sittings and I did not even notice how much time passed when I read this book. The whole situation is very hazy and it was puzzling that the Angels themselves do not know why they raged war on humans. That’s the big question and I doubt it would be revealed in full to us in the next book as there are 5 books (if I’m not wrong) in this series.

The Characters:

The characters here are so amazing. There’s Obi who I assumed would behave like any gangster boss would like beat their prisoners inhumanly. What surprised me was that yes he questioned them but he did not use any means of torture to get answers from them and he also serves Penryn and Raffe stew. I can’t believe it and I doubt he was that nice but he really is. I guess he’s doing so, because he still need people for his upcoming resistance. There’s Penryn’s mom. I can’t put a word to her. Most of the time she’s speaking in a language only she knows and she’s speaking to God or her actions just show us that she’s not mentally sound. The only time she was sound to me was when she spoke to Penryn before she goes to the basement hoping to find Paige. I really admire the sisterly love Penryn have for Paige. Penryn would do anything to save her and she almost did things rashly until Raffe brought her back to reality. Although Raffe can be a jerk at times but I guess he really cares for her and he’s not as inhumane as the other Angels who goes around destroying Earth. There’s Dee and Dum the twins and their names might suggest that they are really innocent or just pure dumb I don’t know which. Their actions also back at the camp. I guess they play really good spies. I guess people will just laugh at their names and not take them seriously. They were acting as servants at the aerie. Its a hotel where Angels occupy and make it their own. Dee and Dum were trying to get information from the Angels one way or another so that Obi knows what to plan for the day of the resistance.

The Writing:

I’m not used to Susan Ee’s writing style and that placed me at the disadvantage as there were parts I was just skimming through and very little information was registered in me. I had to go back and read again which is kind of painful as I want to know what will happen next. Luckily these parts are the not so important parts. I really tried to read the book without any difficulty and trying to adapt her writing style but its going to take time.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Origin (Lux, #4)Title: Origin (Lux #4)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Format: Paperback (Entangled Teen | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

My Thoughts:

The Plot:

It was amazing, the plot did not disappoint me and Jeniffer L. Armentrout did not fail to surprise me with unexpected plot twists. So Origin, starts off from where Opal left us and just to give a little recap on what happened. Blake betrayed Kat and was working for the Daedalus and though they managed to bail Beth and Chris out of their cells, Kat was captured by the Daedalus and the rest left unharmed. Kat realizes that she was surrounded by Arum and she made a connection between Arum and Daedalus. As the Daedalus do not want Daemon to come looking for Kat, they relocated her to Area 51 which is Nevada and there were the main building of Daedalus is. During the first few days of her stay, she was fed with information on what Daedalus is all about and she was dilemma as there were so many sides to look at and Kat does not know which is Daedalus’ true form. So the middle of the book was mainly lots of new information coming in mostly scientific. I admire how Jennifer L. Armentrout, string these new information such that its not to overwhelming but sufficient at the same time. It was like riding a roller coaster and it does not seem to cease since the second book where things started to escalate and the sequels begin where the last one left us.

The Characters:

As this book was written in alternating POVs, it was very refreshing to see what Daemon was thinking and in terms of character development, he’s was more prominent. Like how he saw he was no different from Dawson or Matthew when it comes to Kat. I guess Kat also grew in terms of her trust towards Daemon. It could possibly be caused by what she experienced in Nevada. I kind of felt bad for Blake as he has to die in Kat’s hands. He could be part of their team but with the Daedalus having the upper hand meaning they can kill Chris, he has no choice but to betray them. I would be able to forgive him if he showed remorse or tried to reason with Kat but he was arrogant and he was harsh towards Kat. We met new characters like Archer who is an Origin and I really like him as he’s genuinely nice towards Kat like he told those guards who were very harsh towards Kat and there was once he told Blake off. And Luc who worked behind the scenes in the previous book came to join hands with them, though the first half he was still working behind the scenes. I really loved how well they complimented one another. I really liked how Daemon liven up the mood by saying something ridiculous. Probably a by-product of his ego.

The Writing:

I really loved how the new information gelled in nicely with the overall plot. Like I said earlier, the was information was given to us was written in a manner whereby, its not too overwhelming or confusing. It was also sufficent to keep me turning the pages wanting to know more. I really can’t wait for the last book Opposition and I hope they do not push back the publication date.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review

Opal (Lux, #3)Title: Opal (Lux #3)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Format: Paperback (Entangled Teen | Borrowed)

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Summary (Goodreads):

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

 

My thoughts:

The Plot:

So it begins immediately from where Onyx left us and that’s after the death of Adam, Dee’s and Kat’s friendship starting to turn sour and Will wanting to be mutated but whether Daemon successfully mutated him or not is a big question left behind and it’s answered in this book. So with Dawson back in their lives, he’s just simply bonkers and he’s every time running off to someplace to find Beth. I kind of felt sad that he did not realise how crazy he’s actions were and in his mind he only thinks of Beth.  When Dawson ran off again and Daemon got a call from Dee in the middle of his date with Kat and he has to go and find Dawson.  Despite Daemon telling Kat to head straight home she went to look for them and she somehow struck a deal with Dawson saying that she will help him find Beth and he needs to maintain himself and stop running off. I think that was very quick witted of her and although Daemon said her idea won’t work. A few days later Blake appear before them and he also has something to offer which is he knows where are Chris’ and Beth’s whereabouts and he’s willing to help them since he wants to get Chris out. His behaviour is somewhat like Dawson’s but not as destructive as Dawson’s as he still plans. At first I thought that this whole plan is going to work but it failed as the compound has Onyx injected into the air in there. So to Luxen and hybrids, Onyx is their weak point and that prevented their success. Overall I really enjoyed the book and it was such a rollercoaster as you can see from what I wrote earlier. And the rest of the book was somewhere along that line. And we were left with a freaking cliff-hanger. Luckily I got the next book Origin with me and I can read.

The Characters:

When Dee was ignoring Kat, I kind of felt that Dee was going a little too harsh on Kat. It was not Kat’s intention to not trust Dee and keep things for her. Kat was also in a situation where she felt that she should not hurt Dee or get her involved. I was glad that they made up with each other and things weren’t as tensed as before. Daemon’s and Kat’s relationship took a step further in this book and I felt happy for them. Finally these two are getting together but that was short-lived and that was really really heart-breaking.  As for Blake, I guess he knows that he’s annoying and stuff but he really should know he’s boundaries and not stepping over it. Due to his actions he’s more of Kat’s stalker than admirer. Ughh. I can’t imagine he came into Kat’s room and slept beside her.

The writing:

Ahhh this book made me laugh and it also made me feel sad. I really love Jennifer L.Armentrout’s writing. Once in a while she will breathe in some humour into the book and I really like that fact. Though everyone is stressed when things were not going well, somehow someone will bring in humour and I guess my spirits were uplifted a little.

Rating: 5/5 stars