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: Indigo Awakening (The Hunted#1) by Jordan Dane

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Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: December 18, 2012

Pages: 304 (Paperback)

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Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

opinionThe summary for this sounds a lot creepier than the book actually is. You would think that when some crazy church cult is involved in kidnapping kids, shit is about to get good, right? Well not in Indigo Awakening since it’s just a huge pile of boredom and unoriginality. After the initial excitement that I had upon reading the summary, I quickly started to skim the pages because everything is boring. Luke would have been an interesting character if it weren’t for the fact that nothing other than his odd, vivid look on the world

Jordan Dane tries too hard. She tries and tries to fit in with teenagers today by making her character, Rayne say, ‘LMAO’ out loud (Who says that out loud?) and ‘jacked up’ among other annoying things with the humour being every bit cheesy and forced. What makes the novel worse is the relationship between Gabriel and Rayne because it is every bit complete insta-love. Gabe has been running for so very long but when his eyes stare into Rayne’s, *sighs dramatically* he suddenly wants her and wants to risk everything for her. Because this is what happens in zoos when mysterious boys who call freaky animals out save your life.

I think the only reason I finished this is because I accidentally requested the second novel and I feel the need to give the second one a go before I call it quits.

Indigo Awakening actually could have been pretty decent if there wasn’t so much insta-love and unoriginality in it. I mean, crazy cult people are in it! That should be cool and exciting! Children with freaky powers who see the world in vivid colours in emotions! Crap, that sounds so cool. Unfortunately, I fell asleep multiple times so I don’t recommend this to anyone.

1 Lonely Cloud
1 Lonely Cloud

Book Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion#1) by Aimee Carter

17679542Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion#1) by Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: November 26, 2013

Pages: 296 (Hardcover)

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YOU CAN BE A VII IF YOU GIVE EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked – surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed, and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

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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After reading as many reviews as I have on this story and how awesome it is and creative for a novel in this genre, I must say that I’m really…tired. I’m so unbelievably tired of getting my hopes up especially with dystopian novels. Pawn started off very promising and even though it’s not the best beginning ever, it had my attention and I was definitely excited but then it starts to falter and become boring once the story reaches the Hart family. After this, I knew the outcome, I knew the twists and I was tired. A once exciting read left me feeling bored and more than not, apathetic.

Pawn is pretty predictable. After reading as many books as I have that are either dystopias or involve some sort of ‘replacement’ the things that would have helped this novel stick out more actually made me roll me eyes with boredom. For most of the crazy surprises that fellow reviewers found interesting and creative I found lacking especially when they involve the Hart family (mostly Lila, Celia, and Augusta). Another thing that I found lack is the ranking system, not only because it’s been done before, but also because it’s sloppily executed. Upon finishing the book, I still didn’t know what half of the rankings (2’s, 4’s, and 5’s) exactly do for a living or help society. The romance between Kitty and Benji is a hard one to swallow too since it began before the book actually started. It’s evident that they really care for each other but it was hard to actually care for them as a couple or even for Benji as an individual because of how short the journey with him is.

Aimee Carter has some nice ideas, I’ll give her that though. Many scenes are done beautifully like the Elsewhere scene. I was expecting something awful but not with such vivid execution. Her writing made a lot more of the story realistic and exciting, always giving off an intense tone even when I was feeling bored. The characters for the most part are quite likeable and I enjoyed Knox and how sketchy he is. His relationship with Kitty is well done and complex and confusing. It had me guessing quite a bit.

Overall, not a bad book. It does have its moments both good and bad and I think that if I hadn’t read as many books with the same overall plot, I really do think that I would have enjoyed it more. Kitty is a likeable enough character with just enough spunk and energy to help the story along without seeming whiny. I recommend this to anyone who loves reading novels with replacements and dystopian novels through and through because this one is pretty good and I’m looking forward to what will happen in the next installment.

3 Clouds
3 Clouds

Book Review: The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten#2) by Julie Kagawa

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The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten#2) by Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: October 29, 2013

Pages: 342 (Paperback)

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In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as normal as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for; his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, normal simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.

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’m so confused. I usually love faery novels! They’re exciting and fun even though they’re all pretty much the same. But with this series, I just…can’t. I can’t do it. Everything about it, especially the characters are so stiff and forced. Kagawa’s vampire series is much better than this one.

Don’t you just hate it when starting a second book in a series, it just jumps right into a summary of the last book instead of weaving it in a different, appropriate times? Because The Iron Traitor just jumps right into a huge pile of information. On top of that, it seems that Kagawa isn’t done reminding us that Ethan Chase is not a ‘normal’ teenager who does ‘normal’ things and that his life will forever suck ass. I get it, Ethan. Your life sucks and you’re not normal. Stop reminding me or else I might have to kill you.

Moving on, most of the characters, especially (you guessed it) Ethan still feel boring and uncreative. The whole bad boy who isn’t actually who also hates faeries but will help them act is getting boring now. And Kenzie is just… she’s so annoying and stupid and just…

The things that I actually liked about this book are a quite limited to just about the action scenes. They’re beautifully done with great description and tons of suspense that I actually read the pages rather than skimmed them. Keirran’s devotion and love towards Annwyl is admirable at best but it’s a bit sloppy and unrealistic at some times. Believe it or not, the only character who didn’t annoy me at all isn’t even a Kagawa original but a facsimile of Shakespeare and that’s Puck A.K.A Robin Goodfellow because he’s just so funny. It doesn’t matter the story, he is the centre of attention and entertaining to read about.

Overall, this series is a let-down. I was expecting more, especially from this and although I liked it more than the first because of the nicely done ending, I didn’t like it by much. To readers who want to venture into the world of faery maybe reading this one first would be better than reading it after so many since there are a few twists and surprises. I’m hoping that the last one is better than this one but I highly doubt it will be.

3 Clouds
3 Clouds

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Book Review: The Lost Prince (Call of the Forgotten#1) by Julie Kagawa

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The Lost Prince (Call of the Forgotten#1) by Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: October 23, 2012

Pages: 377 (Paperback)

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Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

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I’ve read my share of faery novels and I must say that this one has to be my least favourite. I’ve started Julia Kagawa’s first series, The Iron Fey and it’s an okay novel so far. The Lost Prince just isn’t that special for me and this could be because of my recent reading slump or because Faery stories are always the same. Save some people and get your life completely ruined by faeries who hate you.

Ethan Chase’s life sucks. A lot. It seems that at least ten times each chapter, I’m reminded of the fact that he is not ‘normal’, his family is barely functional, and his. Life. Freaking. Sucks. I get it, stop telling me this. All of the characters are cardboard cut outs that are unbelievably hard for me to relate to. Especially Kenzie who is one of the most annoying characters I have ever read about. She’s so insistent, never taking no for an answer and constantly putting herself in danger for no reason especially when Ethan says to go away. That’s not cute, that’s annoying.

The writing style is very descriptive with the world building executed nicely. I loved the secondary characters that are Puck, the Exile Queen and even the Cat. They’re all really funny and exciting with their interactions with humans. And besides, who doesn’t love Robin Goodfellow/Puck? Kagawa weaves other stories like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Puck, Oberon, and Titania and their lives that are so fickle yet funny.

The Lost Prince isn’t a novel that I was expecting to be disappointed by. I loved her other series about vampires because it’s interesting and well done. But this one sounds a bit too over done and typical for my taste and I just cannot take or understand why Ethan would ever want to hang out with Kenzie but….Whatever. I recommend this to anyone who really enjoys faery stories and a main character that is a brooding bad boy with a good heart.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds
2.5 Mess Up Clouds

 

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Book Review: Countdown by Michelle Rowen

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Countdown by Michelle Rowen

Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: October 1, 2013

Pages: 336 (Paperback)

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3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.

2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game.

Kira Jordan survived her family’s murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.

1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it.

Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira’s psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan’s secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira’s only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can’t escape.

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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After the whole Night Watchers series, I’ve been skeptical about this novel. I had very little faith that I could enjoy this protagonist as well as the story because the last time I enjoyed a novel by Michelle Rowen was about three years ago. So with that being said, Countdown is everything I thought it would be, it has that annoying main character who is far too naive to even realize it, the love interest who is every type of bad boy, *yawns*, oh and the boring plot. Even at the better parts of this book (there are a few), I couldn’t bring myself to care about them because this novel, as a whole, is just boring and uncreative. And I’m not sure whether or not I should give Rowen any more chances.

Starting with the plot, it’s just so typical and overdone. After reading the first chapter, I knew the end of this novel and who’s behind the whole game. Seriously, it’s so obvious that I can’t even. Kira is not a likeable character because she’s naive, trusting everyone that she comes in contact with. She’s been living on the streets for at least two years so I would have thought that she had gained some street smarts or even common knowledge like “don’t trusts strangers”. But no, from the beginning, she trusts people who she shouldn’t because they look sincere. I can’t stress enough about just how angry she made me with all of her decisions and barely had to pay for them. I also didn’t appreciate the romance, it’s so mainstream and sort of insta-love like after only knowing him for no more than a week. Give me a fucking break, Kira.

The only thing that didn’t annoy me about this novel would have to be Rogan’s sense of humour, especially during the beginning of the story because he just bashed Kira and made me laugh. That’s it. Everything else sucked.

Overall, Countdown is a huge let-down for me and it bothered me that this could have been a fairly mediocre novel if only its execution was done properly. I don’t recommend this novel to anyone because I couldn’t even enjoy more than the sarcastic remarks.

1.5 Odd Clouds
1.5 Odd Clouds

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Book Review: Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter

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Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Pages: 480 (Hardcover)

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After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

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’ve always been skeptical of sequels because they rarely ever beat the original but, with this novel, I can tell that Gena Showalter put a lot of time making these characters realistic and trustworthy in a way that every single person, not only teenagers want in their lives. This time around, everything seems to matter far more than they did in the first one and I loved how complex yet simple the writing is. Everything has a second meaning and I was excited to return to the world of ghost zombies and the young slayers that kill them.

Many authors have trouble balancing out a creative plot with a nicely executed romance and while I do love Cole and Ali’s relationship because it’s so up and down and bitter-sweet, I found it to be a bit too much at times. Instead of focusing on her painful past and/or the zombies, most pages are full of her romance with Cole and how much he cares for her and is trying not to. I also don’t like the ending solely because it’s a little too nicely done and gives off the impression that everyone will turn out happy no matter what. I was hoping for one sad thing to happen to the slayers rather than what I received.

Ali Bell is quickly becoming a fun protagonist that I don’t think I will ever mind reading about. She’s tough, determined, and quite the caring person. I especially love the new twist that’s added here and how she has to literally face her inner demon and fight for everyone she loves. There’s so much action that I never felt bored, especially with the rest of the characters, they held my attention with their quirky remarks and realism that can only come from teens living a rough life.

What a fun ride it has been with Ali and her friends! It’s so intense and heart-warming with many parts full of some serious zombie slaying as well as lovely chapter titles that give a zombie feel to classic sayings! Through the Zombie Glass is a novel that I recommend to readers who either love zombie books or love tons of action, a steamy romance, and some badass attitude from the protagonist! Now, I’m just dying to find out what the title for the third book will be!

4 Dreamy Clouds
4 Dreamy Clouds

 

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