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)

 

 

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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)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

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: 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: 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

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Opal (Lux, #3)Title: Opal (Lux #3)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Format: Paperback (Entangled Teen | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

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

Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Onyx (Lux, #2)Title: Onyx (Lux #2)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Format: Paperback (Entangled Teen | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

My Thoughts:

The Plot:

There is a great improvement in the plot from the first book to the second and this time it is much more richer and more exciting.  When Daemon healed Kat in the previous book, it kind of had an effect on Kat and she was mutated. So she’s now half alien half human and since neither does the Luxen know much about mutated humans, there were as clueless as Kat herself. Then Blake comes in and answers most of their questions. He also starts training Kat to control her powers and keep them in check. The parts I laughed at were the ones where Daemon was sarcastic to Blake and he Daemon either seems not to remember Blake’s name and call him others as long as it starts with a “B” and it’s a guy’s name. So the first part of the book was rather lively and we were at the joking stage. Then as things starts to get complicated with Blake hiding truths or going around telling lies to Kat and Daemon, things starts to get intense and we saw Blake’s true colours. Things started unveiling and these new information did not come in a huge chunk but bit by bit so it was not overwhelming and digestible.  Nearing to the end of the book where I thought that things are going to cool down but in came a plot twist and things started to escalate. So yup I really have high hopes for Opal and I’m going to read it like after I’m finished with this review.

The Characters:

I guess Kat and Daemon grew more in terms of character in this book. When Blake came into the picture I was not too happy about it. He’s actions were very forthcoming and kind of direct when he showed signs that he like Kat. So I had a suspicion that Blake is a hiding something and he needs to get close to Kat or the Blacks. Right from the start I had a bad impression of him. Then we have Kat’s mom’s “boyfriend”, Will. He’s actions were also like Blake. Forthcoming and direct. But I did not see the connection between these two until when Will shot Kat a look that kind of says “You better watch out.” After the plot twist, my perception of Will becomes Sick Middle Aged Man. Yup at first he seems like Kat’s prospective stepdad, then he became the Wolf who had sheep skin on. It’s like he got so many layers of evilness in him and under the Sick Middle Aged Man what evilness lurk beneath.

The Writing:

I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing. I kind of like how the plot generally progress. The starting is light and funny. Then it progresses to intense and exciting. However in most books, the light and funny part is generally much smaller compared to the intense and exciting part. Her’s seem to have a balance between the two and I find that it’s good.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Review: A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

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A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)Title: A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2)

Author: Susan Dennard

Format: Hardback (HarperTeen | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.

My thoughts:

The Plot:

OMG I don’t know what to say but the plot is soooo rich like butter. It is way better than the first and in this book we get to know more about necromancy and it was so intriguing I could not stop reading. There was a portion that creped the hell out of me. That part really matched the title so well. While reading there were parts where I was not happy with Eleanor’s decisions and I was like screaming in my mind why doesn’t she see/ realize it.

The Characters:

We have new characters we have a new enemy and a new friend — Oliver who is the demon that served Eleanor’s brother. It’s like Eleanor is always stuck in a situation where she finds it very difficult to choose side between the Spirit Hunters and Oliver. As we know the Spirit Hunters are very against the idea of dark magic and since Oliver is dark magic they don’t seem to trust Eleanor thinking that she has already given herself to black magic which is not the case and all these arises because Eleanor chose not to tell the full truth when she first met them in France until things went out of control. It pains me when Jie refuses to listen to her. Or even Daniel who thinks that she’s changed or she’s become someone like her brother. This is one of the few books which made me feel for each every one of them.

The Writing:

There’s something about the way she writes which draws me to her books. It somehow gels with the plot and the characters and everything seems interconnected to each other. I guess it was her writing that evoked such strong emotions while reading it.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

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Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

Title: Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2)

Author: Veronica Rossi

Format: Hardback  ( HarperCollins | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

It’s been months since Aria learned of her mother’s death. 

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It’s a moment they’ve been longing for with countless expectations. And it’s a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first. 

Then it slips away. The Tides don’t take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry’s control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night? 

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

My thoughts:

The Plot:

OMG the plot is soooo much more exhilarating and exciting than the first book. This series can’t get any better can it. So far it think this book will top as one of the few Dystopia series that gets better and better. I hope the last book don’t disappoint me as Veronica Rossi has ended this book with such a big bang. And like the first it was a total page turner. Though the plot was at times predictable, I kept wanting to know what will happen to them and even though I predicted it, it was just so much fun wanting to know what will happen next. Also we got to see Liv and the Blood Lord of the Horn tribe — Sabel. We also got to know a little more about Cinder’s powers. In this installment, we got to see Perry as a Blood Lord and it was mainly because of this position, he really grew a lot.

The Characters:

Once again Veronica Rossi did not fail to make me love each and everyone of them and feel for them despite them being the protagonist or antagonist. I’m not sure why but I saw a reason for their actions and I myself might also react the same way if I’m in the same situation as them. Its been a while since I has such strong connections to the characters of the series. I really have high hopes for the third and final book.

The Writing:

It was just right for me. There was this quote from the book and its still etched in my mind.

“Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame.” – Aria

It was just so beautiful yet meaningful at the same time.

What I did not like:

I felt that the ending was a little rushed but it was still a good one that wants me to read the third soon. I felt that she could have extended it a little and make it much fuller and achieve its full potential.

Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Review: Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Review

Asunder (Newsoul, #2)Title: Asunder (Newsoul #2)

Author: Jodi Meadows

Format: E-Book  ( Katherine Tegen Books | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads):

DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Newsoul trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

My Thoughts:

The Plot:

It took me four to five days to finish reading this book. One of the reasons I picked this book was because firstly there’s a lot of buzz about this series in the book community and the third and final book is released this year. As I have an overflowing pile of TBR, I can’t seem to decide when to read it and I chanced upon two bloggers who are hosting a read-a-thon of this series and I signed up for it. I got to read the books but was way behind the read-a-thon due to my school life being rather hectic. But anyways, I still get to finish reading the book. It continues immediately from where Incarnate left off and we found out how Ana came was born into the world and who was responsible for it. We also got to know who Janan is. The plot is good but I wished there were more action in it. And yes there was action but it was rather mild. It’s not like the Divergent series where we have people holding weapons and practically killing each other off. The real rebellion here is Ana versus Janan. And Janan is responsible for the reincarnation of the people of Heart. When Ana got snuck into the temple for the second time this time cause she has the key, she found out what Janan did to the Newsouls and it was rather inhumane of him. He was feeding them off whenever a Oldsoul died. So that’s why the Oldsouls could reincarnate and the Newsouls never got to see the world. Which was rather sad and he was doing this because he wanted immortality. And the people of Heart not knowing this side of Janan were selfish and small-minded. I would say Jodi Meadows did a good job in making me hate this small minded people to the core. And yes I assumed that people who reincarnated are much more wiser and have a bigger heart and sad to say this was also Janan’s doing. He purposely erased certain memorises of Oldsouls when they died and before they were born into the world. So this lead me to thinking that there was opposition against Janan before and these people knew what he really was however, due to their souls being chained to Janan, Janan was able to manipulate their memories and when they are born into the world, they are once again brainwashed and a loyal follower of Janan. I really loved how intricate this part was as it was complicated yet not too overwhelming at the same time.

The Writing:

It was beautiful. I loved how she phrased the character’s thoughts with such depth and it gave me so much feels. Here are some of them:

“It seems love is the most important thing. Someone who doesn’t love us and uses us to hurt others was never worth our devotion.”

“but I was afraid that – no matter what actually happened – people would find a way to twist the truth. You were kidnapped because everyone hates you, or you ran away to live with the sylph. I don’t know. Scared people are creative people. They would come up with something, so if I only said you were sick and no one knew the truth – that you were missing – I could control what people said”

The Charcters:

Throughout this book not only Ana grew but Sam and the others too. As she was a Newsoul and her meomory was not manipulated, she showed the Oldsouls, what the world really is and she also proved to them that in terms of mental age, she was no different from them. I guess that without Ana, the people of Heart will be stuck in the vicious cycle of being used by Janan and eventually discarded once he gains immortality. I really curious about what would happen to the  people of Heart in the final book. Would they stand on Ana and the Newsouls’ side or would they continue to live in a world full of lies.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars