Book Review: Sweet Reckoning (Sweet#3) by Wendy Higgins

16007855Sweet Reckoning (Sweet#3) by Wendy Higgins

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: April 29, 2014

Pages: 379 (Paperback)

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It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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All Anna does is cry.

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Sweet Reckoning is so boring and I couldn’t help but be upset by it. Kaidan, the boy that I swooned over for some time turns into a complete lovesick loser in this book and I understand that he’s in love but come on! Keep it interesting! This is the last book in this trilogy and I couldn’t help but feel disappointed by it.

I also had a problem with the length of the book. I’m being honest when I say that it could have been cut down by AT LEAST 200 pages. Because those first two hundred pages are completely pointless. What makes me even more angry though is how it all went down in the end. I mean, seriously? It’s boring and predictable. Ugh.

Nonetheless, I liked the writing and for the most part, most of the characters. I think that’s it though.

Disappointed is an understatement for what I felt for this book. Sweet Reckoning was supposed to be the big finale, with a shit ton and stuff happening left and right. However, it’s all just sitting around being all cute and whatever. This is still a good series, just lower your expectations when you get to this book.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds

2.5 Mess Up Clouds

Book Review: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements#1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

17455585White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements#1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: February 25, 2014

Pages: 400 (Paperback)

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One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I know that I can be mean in my reviews. I tend to get angry, especially with characters and settings and believe me, sometimes I actually do feel a bit bad about it. There’s so much hype revolving a story that so may bloggers have already read and loved that I start to fall in love with the idea that I’ll fall in love with it also.

White Hot Kiss is the first book I’ve read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Maybe it was the hype, my fellow bookworm consistently telling me that all her (or most) books are golden and that I would for sure love her too. And I was starting to like her too, I really was but starting the boos and the more I read the more I realized something–Layla’s doesn’t get any better. All she does throughout the story is whine and complain about Zayne and how he’s getting on with his life. I had a hard time giving a damn about her misfortunes and disliked her even more for her petty attempts to get away from Roth upon first meeting him. Honey, you better be using those skills Zayne taught you on a demon no matter how hot he is.

Despite the forced humour, the writing isn’t that bad. It’s light, and really smooth and made the characters  a little more bearable. There’s a lot of action that unfortunately doesn’t start until about halfway through the book however it’s enticing and I was flipping through the pages to know what was going to happen next. Roth and Zayne aren’t horrible characters, they were pretty fun to read about and I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes too much whenever they do something. Also, that ending! It’s intense and I wasn’t really expecting it, I was told that Armentrout knows how to end a book but I wasn’t expecting that.

Jennifer L. Armentrout is a very hyped-up author which she should be. I could see why so many people love her stories, they’re enchanting and light. And even though I didn’t like it as much as I was expecting it, I think that a lot of people will, especially those who have read and loved her other series. I’m just hoping that once I start reading her other series that I’ll get used to her style and like it more and that Stone Cold Touch resides a lot better with me.

3 Clouds

3 Clouds

Book Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

18728172Bitter Sweet Love by  Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and New Adult

Release Date: December 1, 2013

Pages: 115 (Ebook)

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Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny–fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart–or shatter it all over again…

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Don’t hate me, but this is the first ever thing by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I have to say that I have no clue why I’ve waited so damn long! Even though this novella isn’t the greatest, I could understand and enjoy her characters because they come alive and are exciting. The relationship between Des and Jasmine is lacking a bit but the foundation and romance are still there. Now, I have to read Obsidian as well as White Hot Kiss. 

Bitter Sweet Love has such an awkward writing style. For the life of me I could barely stand how formal it is and how informal the dialogue is without any middle ground. I also had a hard time connecting with Jas since she constantly acts immaturely about things especially things involving boys. She’s just so childish and blushes. Over everything.

I’ve been told constantly that JLA’s books are really steamy and holy CRAP! They really are! Des takes Jas on a road trip and his respect and love for her are so freaking intense. I enjoyed Dez’s character despite his holes when it comes to his story for leaving Jas and was totally swooning over him by the end of this.

In every chapter, something happens, whether it’s a secret being reveled, and interesting battle between a warden and a demon, or an extremely steamy love scene, I never felt bored. If this story was an actual novel, I would love to read it and see what other crazy adventures these two get into. Unfortunately it’s not but I still recommend this to anyone who has read something by JLA or are just looking for a fantasy story that’s a bit different.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds

3.5 Dreamy Clouds

Book Review: Sweet Peril (Sweet#2) by Wendy Higgins

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Sweet Peril (Sweet#2) by Wendy Higgins

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Pages: 371 (Paperback)

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Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

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This series has just about everything that annoys me in it– a whiny main character, an overrated love triangle, ‘the chosen one’ who isn’t very special, etc. But the thing is, I love it. I actually enjoy this series! There’s only a few things that actually pisses me off about this series and I like to call it one of my guilty pleasures.

In Sweet Peril, Anna is more annoying than she was in the first one, constantly thinking about Kaidan and not enough on the tasks at hand. I felt just about ready to smack her a few times. the romance between Kope and Zania is also another issue for me because it’s not realistic how a woman who despises men would do something against that after only a few weeks of kindness from one. But that’s not why I’m giving it such an average rating. It has to do with the ending and how melodramatic it is. There’s a great penultimate chapter and then just a ‘meh’ ending which drove me insane.

But, I did like the characters a little more this time around even though Jay isn’t around most of the novel. I loved how dark this one is compared to Sweet Evil because it’s a bit scary and a hell of a lot more fun to read about all of the dangerous things that Anna has to do. Speaking of dark parts, the romance is steamy and so very hot. Higgins doesn’t hold back at all when Anna and Kaidan are in the same room and I absolutely love it! 

With only the finally book in this series left, I’m really hoping for a killer ending that will leave me satisfied. I really loved the characters and the different settings that take place in this one but I didn’t enjoy Anna for most of the novel and he obsession over Kaidan. Still, I recommend this novel to anyone who has read the first one and readers who enjoy stories about angels and demons and half angels and all of their sexiness.

3 Clouds

3 Clouds

 

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Book Review: School Spirits (School Spirits#1) by Rachel Hawkins

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School Spirits (School Spirits#1) by Rachel Hawkins 

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: May 14, 2013

Pages: 304 (Ebook)
School Spirits (School Spirits #1)

Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy’s mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who’s always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Disney-Hyperion  for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

(My Opinion)

I’ll be honest, I haven’t read the Hex Hall series (but I so want to) so I went into this book without much of a back story. With that being said, School Spirits is a good novel. It’s not the greatest nor is it the worst with the story mostly concentrating on Isolde “Izzy” Brannick and how she deals with a ghost case somewhere in Mississippi. From the beginning, the ending is pretty predictable, even the ‘bad guy’ is easy to spot the second they are introduced in the story. Rachel Hawkins could have done a much better job making it less predictable. But I do like most of the characters, especially Dexter, he’s so goofy.

Out of all the demon slayer type of books that I’ve read (which is a lot) School Spirits has to be one of my least favourites. There is just so much wrong with it other than its predictability. Finley is supposed to play quite a huge part in the novel but she doesn’t. Instead of finding clues and other things related to Finley’s disappearance, there’s only about ten pages devoted to her. The rest of the book is mostly just them missing her. I also don’t like how unrealistic the friendships are in the book. Izzy has been taught for fifteen years not to trust mortals yet, she throws all of those lessons out the window for people she’s only known for roughly two months? That’s insane and unbelievable. What’s even worse is that she tells them what/who she is and what she does because she thinks it’s a good idea. If her friends were supposed to know what she is, she would have told them in the beginning and not  near the end. Telling her friends that these monsters are real kind of defeats the purpose of keeping them safe and out-of-the-way. And the mother just kind of goes with it saying (and I’m paraphrasing this) “Okay! You can tell them all about what we do! They can come with us! Who cares what the council might think about humans knowing that monsters exist.” What kind of monster slayer says something like that?!

For me, I think that the romance moves pretty fast as well. It feels like Rachel Hawkins rushed the ending and stuffed as much lovey-dovey romance stuff in it as she could to make up for the quite disappointing ending. There isn’t much demon-slaying going on throughout the novel either. I wish there was to level out with the amount of unrealistic predictable things.

What I like about this book are some of the characters, like Dexter. There’s just something about a guy named Dexter that you have to love. Whether it’s his psychotic tendencies, his arrogance, or his goofy, hilarious jokes at the worst times imaginable, everyone loves a guy named Dexter.  He’s so funny, saying the worst things during intense moments that I can’t help but laugh. I also like the writing style because it’s quite fun and entertaining, helping the book create a chill, laid back feel. The relationship between the mom and Izzy for the most part is relatable. Their struggles not only with each other but with themselves shows just how broken people can be when a loved one is suddenly taken away from them.

Overall, School Spirits is an okay read, definitely for people who like a bit of supernatural things in their stories, but I don’t recommend it for people into demon-slaying books because there just isn’t enough of that going on in here. And although this is a fun, entertaining read, it isn’t very realistic or intense.

Three Clouds

Three Clouds

Book Review: Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

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Publisher: Harlequin

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: September 1, 2009

Pages: 440 (Ebook)

Intertwined (Intertwined #1)

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.

Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger… but not everyone will come out alive.

(My Opinion)

Although the beginning is all over the place, the characters are stiff, and there isn’t anything intense about it, as I kept reading, I started to really enjoy it, I love the relationship between Aden and the souls, the way everyone reluctantly gets along. And it’s really funny.  The story is told in third person with alternating perspectives between Aden and Anne-Marie and their lives surrounding each other.

At the beginning of the story, everything is everywhere. Nothing seems to be organized and the characters are very stiffed with forced connections. With this being said, it’s obvious that some of the characters are very boring, not only in the beginning of the story, but throughout the book as well. I found Victoria and her life extremely boring and uncreative. Everything about her is very…mediocre in the sense of vampires and how the react to humans in YA books nowadays. I also don’t like the relationships at first. The way Anne-Marie and Riley react to each other is odd, their relationship moves too slow for me to really connect to them (at first) and the relationship between Aden and Victoria moves far too fast, going from dreaming about each other to falling in love. Also known as ‘Insta-love’.

The second half of the book is a lot better than the first, I have to say.  Most of the problems with the disorganized things sort themselves out and the relationship between Anne-Marie and Riley finally speeds up. During this half, it was hard for me to not fall in love with Riley and his snappy ways. Although there are many problems with the book, the writing really drew me in and kept me interested even though it is told in third person. Aden’s abilities to help others cross-over and leave Earth is so touching, it brings out a more exciting and sensitive side of Aden and helped me like him even more as a character. Especially the situation between John and Chloe and how sad they are to be apart *cries* so touching. Riley is my favourite character though. He’s such a bad-ass with his intense stares and feels the need to punch anyone who hurts his friends. Plus, he takes off his clothes to turn into a werewolf *swoons* (call me shallow, but I just couldn’t help but enjoy reading about him.)

Intertwined does take some patience. If you’re one of those readers who are looking for well-organized books with strong characters who take charge of everything within a few chapters, you won’t find it here. BUT If you are patient, I’m sure you will love their wacky, out of control personalities and enjoy this book as much as I do. I recommend this for anyone who likes demon-killers and everything in that genre (including Necromancers) with a bit of vampire and werewolves dashed in, here and there.

Four Dreamy Clouds

Four Dreamy Clouds

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Identical By Ellen Hopkins

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Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: Poetry and Realistic Fiction

Release Date: August 26th 2008

Pages:565 (Hard cover)

Identical

 

Do twins begin in the womb?
Or in a better place?

 

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family — on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that’s where their differences begin.
For Kaeleigh, she’s the misplaced focus of Daddy’s love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites — and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept — from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it’s obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is — who?

 

  (My Opinion)

It’s pretty hard to get into a story that is poem based when all you’ve ever read are paragraph based. Ellen Hopkins does a great job telling a story about dealing with your inner demons while trying to find love in a cruel world. Even though it’s pretty hard to get into, the plot is good and the characters stand out. The writing style is a bit weird at first but the main characters are so interesting that it doesn’t bother me after a while.

The beginning is boring. I feel like Ellen Hopkins is trying to make the relationship between the sisters sound and seem very mysterious which it isn’t. Also, the fact that they are complete opposites seems to happen a lot in books. I wish they had more in common for the characters to stand out more than they did.

The shocking secret that comes out of nowhere is my favourite part of this book. It will take you by surprise and leave you shell-shocked. I also like the tense parts between Kaeleigh and her dad because it’s so controlled and perfect. It’s easy to know what will happen while still leaving the reads to let their imagination run wild. The ending to this is really good too since things look brighter and clearer, I’m not left with any unanswered questions. Even though the ending is kind of typical, I’m not disappointed because there is just so much happening in the book that the ending couldn’t ruin this for me. Recommended for everyone, especially if you enjoy realistic fiction with human-like demons.

four ah 4.5 Dreamy Clouds