Book Review: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy#1) by Richelle Mead

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Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy#1) by Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: April 16, 2007

Pages: 332 (Ebook)

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy#1)

 

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

(My Opinion)

If you asked me what Vampire Academy is about, I’m not sure I could give you a straight answer. Most of the book is really rushed, and then BAM! We’re almost at the end of it when everything slows down and gets good. But those 300 pages before it? Not a clue. This could  possibly be the reason why I’m giving the book such an average rating or maybe it’s because of the lack of information on Rose and her life. Either way, Vampire Academy is an average read.

Rose is our protagonist who does whatever the hell she wants to do. Which is awesome! But a little too mysterious for me. Countless times, it’s mentioned very vaguely things she’s done with boys, but not what made her stop, or what made her start, or what made her the way she is. Because of this, it made it hard for me to sympathize her as much as I wanted to when she’s called a “Blood whore”, or slut, etc. Also, to the ending of the book, Rose changes and sort of becomes this lovesick puppy who is a bit annoying.

What I did enjoy about this is that most of the characters are well-developed and the novel itself is just beautifully written in a fun, sarcastic-like way. I also like the fresh take on vampires with the good ones being called “Moroi” and the bad ones being called “Strigoi” and also the fact that the good vampires need guardians which are called, “Dhampir”. Vampires are always portrayed as these strong, dangerous, independent creatures who sometimes protect weaker creatures, not the ones who need the protecting! Overall, Vampire Academy, it’s a fun and a really fast read that anyone who loves vampires will like. I can’t wait to find out what will happen between Rose, Lissa, and Dimitri.

Three Clouds
Three Clouds

 

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Book Review: The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

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The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Publisher: Scholastic Point

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: January 1, 2013

Pages: 295 (Hard Cover)

The Dead And Buried

 

Jade loves the house she’s just moved into with her family. She doesn’t even mind being the new girl at the high school: It’s a fresh start, and there’s that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade’s little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade’s jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn’t.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who’s seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade’s school — until her untimely death last year. It’s up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

(My Opinion)

All my life, I’ve wanted to meet a ghost. Unfortunately, I have yet to meet one unlike Jade who actually gets to meet one in her new house! But, The Dead and Buried is not all fun and games. It’s told to be a mystery young adult novel with horror mixed into the bunch. But this isn’t the case with it. Throughout the whole book, nothing feels intense or creepy or even the slightest bit of horrific happens that are supposed to be there. Even with it lacking, it’s still a fun read (Which it shouldn’t be but oh well.)

Jade is forced to help the ghost finally pass over by piecing together the clues for her. Only, there aren’t very many clues. There’s only about 2 or 3 with the exception of Kayla’s diary which actually tells readers close to nothing (important anyway). The Dead and Buried seems to put everything mainstream about snobby rich kids into the story. There’s the journal with all of its deep, dark secrets, the new girl who is instantly the outcast, who is also attracted to the ‘forbidden’ boy, there’s the love triangle for the new girl, the mean girls who hate her…must I go on? This really let me down because I was looking fr something new and exciting with ghosts. But, this is just the same story only told with ghosts.

With that being said, I do like a few things about this novel. Most of the characters are well written and fun to read about, especially Donovan because he seems to actually be the odd one out. The pacing of the novel is great too, nothing felt rushed or too slow.This is a nice, fun read but I can’t say anything more about it. I recommend this to anyone who likes light reads with a ghost element in it.

Three Clouds
Three Clouds

 

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Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer#1) by Michelle Hodkin

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: September 27, 2011

Pages: 452 (Paperback)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

(My Opinion)

Oh, the potential this book had. Stating the obvious, there is a romance in this novel. And this romance caused this novel to tumble and fall to its knees. Even with an awesome plot, it still couldn’t help the book as much as I had hoped. Throughout the novel, there is close to no character building and most of the characters feel like ink on paper.

A lot of creepy things happen to Mara once she moves to Miami. Things happen to the people around Mara as well. These odd happenings should have been a lot more dominant in the story but aren’t because they are far and few between. Which makes them seem quite random instead of building up to something more.  I wish Michelle Hodkin put more of these odd things into the book to help it be consistent. Now, onto the romance. But, don’t get me wrong, I liked it, the actual romance is funny and sweet but there is just too much of it. Once these two characters are apart it seems that it is short lived because the other character pops up out of nowhere so that they can be together for another fifteen chapters. It’s ridiculous and readers will get irritated and annoyed very quickly no matter how cute Noah’s accent may or may not be.

A big thing for me and books is the writing. I either like it or I don’t and fortunately for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I really, really, really, liked the writing. It’s like butter, so rich and smooth and dreamy. Everything flowed very nicely that, this almost 500 paged book felt like a 200 or 300 paged book. I also loved the ending even with how predictable it is. It’s very intense and scary, a crazy cliffhanger that forces you to need to read the second book.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is no doubt a book that many readers will love. But it’s also a book that a lot of readers will dislike because of the romance. But I did enjoy this and recommend it to anyone who loves books where the romance takes over and killer cliffhangers. Fingers crossed the second book has a lot less romance in it!

Three Clouds
Three Clouds

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Book Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me#1) by Tahereh Mafi

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Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Dystopia and young adult

Release Date: November 15, 2011

Pages: 338 (Paperback)
Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

(My Opinion)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi seems to be a hit or miss novel for most people. And I can understand why with the overuse of similes and metaphors that makes this novel quite different from other dystopian novels (in both a good and bad way). Another thing about the novel is there’s a lot of strike out text. I’ve never read a book with strike out text before and I think that’s why I had such a hard time trying to get comfortable with it. But, during the second half of the book, the strike out text is a lot less prominent than it is in the first part which helps make the novel a lot more bearable. Although this book does have some problems (that can sometimes be overlooked) I really liked this. Tahereh Mafi took a very mainstream, very overused idea and added a very cool twist to it.

The beginning is odd, there’s too much use of similes and metaphors. Even simple sentences have been changed into more complex and ‘poetic’ sentences. It reminds me of that episode on friends where Joey finds out how to use a thesaurus. (Season ten episode five: The One Where Rachel’s Sister Baby-Sits.) Because of this, the writing is really clipped and straight to the point instead of smooth and kind of casual (for the lack of a better word). I also don’t like the romance much because the book focuses almost always on the romance instead of the actual plot.

With all that being said, I still liked most if not all of the characters. They’re all different and pretty well-developed with strong personalities especially James who is a very realistic ten-year old. I love how Juliette is explained to us, although she’s had her powers for a long time now, she’s still learning about them and how to control them. We’re showed this with a few examples of just how killer her touch is with not only children, but against adults as well. It’s pretty amazing.

The idea to bring in superpowers into a dystopian series is pretty creative. It helps make the story stand out in a genre that is all the same (for the most part). Shatter Me is a thrilling read that is both intense and exciting. I recommend this to anyone who likes dystopian novels as well as people who like a lot of romance and a kick ass protagonist.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

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Book Review: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions#2) by Louise Rozett

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Publisher: Harlequin

Genre: Contemporary and young adult

Release Date: June 18, 2013

Pages: 288 (Paperback)
Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions#2)

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around…

…but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all…the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Harlequin  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)

It’s usually a hard thing for a sequel to beat the début. But, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend is definitely better than Confessions of an Angry Girl on just about every level. In the first book we met Rose and figured out the problems that have changed her but haven’t changed her to be necessarily angry like the title has promised us.But in the sequel as I first began reading, I was expecting some of the same stuff. I was expecting Rose to whine a lot and for her to say things that the characters thought were really mean and bad but actually aren’t. But don’t get me wrong, all of this is still in Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend but there’s also more. There’s more anger, more fights, more pain, more heartache. I was really shocked upon finishing this to realize that I liked this. A freaking lot.

Unfortunately, most of the book revolves around Jamie Forta who is, one of my least favourite characters. Albeit he’s a caring character who puts the people he cares about before himself, I hate how the author has built him up as a ‘tragic hero’ with a huge flaw that is meant to be overlooked because all of the characters need him. I found this bit really annoying for me and I just could not bring myself to like him. Another thing I don’t like is how much Rose whines throughout the story. It’s one thing for her to start whining in her head for only us, the readers to know but she complains to Jamie about everything–him talking to Regina and what it was all about, how all of her friends are prettier than her, and how jealous she is of the Deladdo family. It’s just annoying.

As usual I love the writing. Louise Rozett has a lot of talent making even the simplest things seem complex and important. The second part of the novel is when everything starts to get good with everything coming at Rose all at once rather than one at a time. And she explodes! I especially love Christmas Eve because this is when her bitchy side comes out of nowhere. She reacts to everything on impulse rather than planing out what she wants to say which is the reason why I love it so much. Most of the characters are a lot more developed, we get to know bits and pieces of why Regina and the rest of the Deladdo family are so cruel towards Rose and other people which helps readers sympathize with them a lot more than I did in the first  book. And the ending. What an ending! Even though I had a sense that it was going to happen I was not expecting it to affect me as much as it did with the fighting and the heartbreak. This series is really moving their way up in my books!

All in all, I really liked this book. It’s funny, has a bunch of action, and it has suspense, something that a lot of YA books are missing nowadays. The first half of the book is quite annoying which forced me to bring the rating down but the second half is so unexpected and exciting, I couldn’t help but want Rose to pull on top and get what she wants. I recommend this to everyone who has read the first book and to anyone who’s looking for a new series to read. If you get through the first book, I promise hope that you’ll like the second one much better.

3.5 Cool Clouds
3.5 Cool Clouds

 

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Book Review: Insomnia (The Night Walkers#1) by J. R. Johansson

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Insomnia (The Night Walkers#1) by J. R. Johansson

Publisher: Flux

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: June 8, 2013

Pages: 360 (hard cover)
Insomnia (The Night Walkers#1)

It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.

Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.

Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Flux  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)

Insomnia is a creative story that most people wished were true. Hell, I wish I could be a Night Walker and know what some people dream about! That sounds pretty cool, right? Right? Anyway, the story follows Parker, who has been dealing with this gift/curse for four years now without sleeping a wink until he meets Mia who changes his life forever. The story starts out with a little too much information before most of the characters or past events are introduced. And speaking of the characters, only the main and strong secondary ones really stand out for me. The rest of them are very stiff and choppy, like unfinished thoughts. This makes if hard to give the book a better rating. Still, not a bad start to a series or a bad début either. Nice job, J. R. Johansson.

While reading this, a few things become apparent to readers. First, there are not very many clues to keep us reading. It’s as if the author is relying mostly only on the dark, crazy actions of what Parker does to keep the book interesting and mysterious. Second, the novel moves pretty quickly with the more important details and events being rushed or skimmed. I get irritated every time this happens because the important parts happen too quick while the less important fillers are played a lot more slowly. Third, it’s apparent that there are a lot of unanswered questions by the end of this. How did Parker become a Night Walker? How come his mom doesn’t know/isn’t one too? Can anyone become a Night Walker? Although we get some information regarding these questions, I think that there should have been more to keep readers a little more satisfied.

Parker is a crazy, sleep deprived character who I really enjoyed reading about. His creepy, stalker-like tactics to see Mia are wacky and very frightening. Especially when his inner demons take hold and show just how desperate he can be to get what he needs and wants. He’s a realistic and unpredictable, I felt like a stalker just reading this! The idea for this is refreshing and new, I love it!  Even though the ending is pretty transparent, I wasn’t exactly expecting that person to be that person. It’s a nice twist to a great book that I recommend to readers who are looking for books that involve dreams and stalker with funny, sarcastic characters you just can’t get enough of.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

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Book Review: September Girls by Bennett Madison

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September Girls by Bennett Madison

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy/Re-Telling and young adult

Release Date: May 21, 2013

Pages: 342 (hard cover)
School Spirits (School Spirits #1)

 When Sam’s dad whisks him and his brother off to a remote beach town for the summer, he’s all for it– at first. Sam soon realizes, though, that this place is anything but ordinary. Time seems to slow down around here, and everywhere he looks, there are beautiful blond girls. Girls who seem inexplicably drawn to him.

Then Sam meets DeeDee, one of the Girls, and she’s different from the others. Just as he starts to fall for her, she pulls away, leaving him more confused than ever. He knows that if he’s going to get her back, he’ll have to uncover the secret of this beach and the girls who live here.

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.

(My Opinion)

I can understand why some people won’t enjoy this because there are many times where Sam randomly talks about his dick and how ‘heavy’ it gets and more often than not, about the size of the Girls’ waists and boobs. September Girls starts off very sloppily and a bit disorganized. The second we meet new characters, there’s a bit of info-dumping that also makes it hard to know whether or not Sam is talking about them in the past or the present. If readers aren’t used to the minds of teenage boys then this book may be offensive and just plain weird. But I did like this, don’t get me wrong. It’s just a bit confusing at times.

Throughout the story, the writing style is really weird. It seems like Bennett Madison is trying to write the story really fancy-like and ‘professional’ (not really the word I wanted to use but it’ll do) but with a mix of teenage boy humour added in which, in fact, doesn’t quite work well in the author’s favour. Even if the writing wasn’t as awkward, there isn’t much dialogue as I would have liked. It seems like the chapters are all just really long monologues rather than a realistic story with dialogue. Another thing that I felt could have been done better is the ending, it drags on for far too long about things that, in my opinion, don’t matter in the slightest.

In between the chapters that are narrated by Sam, there are small, two or three pages devoted to the Girls. This gives readers a chance to get to know the Girls better and a little in sight on what their lives are like. Which leads me into the characters. Most of the characters are okay with simple characteristics for some and more complex things for others to keep everything fun. For some reason, I can’t get enough of Sam. Although the character has some faults and mishaps, I have a soft spot for him and his weirdness. It’s easy for me to relate to him and his ways of coping with his parents separating and things like that. The character of DeeDee is also another one that I like. I love how different she is and the way she treats Kristle even though they’re not-really-sisters-but-kind-of. The relationship between these two characters, DeeDee and Sam, is too cute. It’s realistic and confusing and amazing. Every second they’re together, I get really squealy and happy and sometimes angry with the way Sam sometimes acts. But I still love him.

September Girls is not a book for everyone. It’s a new take with girls being beautiful and blonde and most definitely ‘hipsters’. But I did enjoy it, there are some good things about this story that can be seen if you just look past all of the guy-ish things that may annoy readers. I recommend this to anyone who like retellings and stories about summer and don’t mind male humour that comes along with this. Besides, what kind of person doesn’t like mermaids and their beautiful selves?

Three Clouds
Three Clouds

Book Review: Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans (Blog Tour!)

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Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: March 15, 2013

Pages: 206 (Ebook)

Afterlife Academy

Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.

Dying wasn’t on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson’s to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she’s stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she’s stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever.

In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back home, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as great as she thought it was. And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all…

Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.

(My Opinion)

Afterlife Academy is told from the perspective of Riley Richardson, who is, in fact, a very different kind of girl (the popular kind). Instead of being the popular girl with the perfect life like she’s used to, she is ridiculed at the academy because of the fact that she looks a lot different than everyone else. And to be honest, I think that Riley deserves it for the awful things she did to everyone while she was alive. Afterlife Academy is that kind of book that’s sort of funny but also sort of annoying. Although I like the story, I think that it’s lacking in a lot of areas.

For the most part, the writing in this is really awkward. It sort of stops and goes, with very short three word sentences ending when they should not have ended. Another thing I don’t like about this is that there is so much repetition  In almost every chapter, Riley explains to us how everything is either grey or very, very wrong. An example of the repetition is:

“The canteen looks exactly the same as it always has. Apart from the greyness, obviously. Grey lino flooring, grey tables and black chairs, grey counters.”

In the example above, it shows that saying everything is grey ins’t enough, but telling us everything in the room that is grey is the best way to get the image across.  Because of this, it makes the story harder to read since I’m being constantly reminded just how grey everything is and just how colourful Riley is. A very hard thing for authors to accomplish is to make their readers hate their main character and then quickly fall in love with them. This is very tough to do because it requires the right amount of emotions. Unfortunately, Afterlife Academy doesn’t his its mark. I can see where Jaimie Admans is trying to go with Riley, making her seem like the mean girl who finds her way and stuff like that. But throughout the whole story I felt very little sympathy for her. Instead of falling in love with her and rooting for Riley to have her ‘happy ending’ I felt more annoyed with her then anything. She keeps whining about how everyone is mean to her when she actually deserves it. The relationship between Riley and Anthony feels very forced and a bit on the random side as well. I couldn’t relate to it because I didn’t understand how anyone would like Riley after all the crap they put them through.

With that being said, there actually are a few things that I like about the book. The character of Anthony is so amazing and sweet. He’s a very caring person who I honestly think makes the story rather than Riley. He’s still kind to those (Riley) who have made fun of him and made his life a living hell for several years when he has every reason to be rude and hate them for it. For as far as humour goes, my favourite part has to be the group therapy session. This part made me laugh because it’s so realistic when you put a bunch of teenagers together. They snap at each other and defend one another and tease them.I also like all the sneaking around. It creates a somewhat mysterious setting.

Overall, not a bad read. I like the second half a lot more than the first because that’s mostly where all the action is. Most of the characters are lacking emotion and a personality and feel like ink on a page but I did enjoy the karmatic things that the author put in the novel. They made me smile. I recommend this to anyone who likes after-world novels. Especially if you love romances that just randomly happen.

Three Clouds
Three Clouds

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

The Immortal Rules (Blood Of Eden#1) By Julie Kagawa

15803761The Immortal Rules (Blood Of Eden#1) by Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: March 26, 2013

Pages: 485 (Ebook)
The Immortal Rules (Blood Of Eden #1)

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred ofthem—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for …again.

(My Opinion)

This book has been on my TBR list for quite some time. And although I started it about a year ago, I honestly thought that I wasn’t going to finish it anytime soon. I am so glad that I did! Allison is such a badass character who’s very fun to read about. The book is told from the perspective of Allison and at first, her life as a human and then her life as a vampire.

The Immortal Rules could have been shorter. Somewhere in the middle of the story, it starts to get sloppy and boring with Allison just exploring the place around her. I also don’t like the way Julie Kagawa portrays the only other female character as this bitchy girl who hates Allison for no reason. Although this does happen in real life, I feel like she overdid this a little too much for my taste.

I love how cool and fearless Allison is even when facing dangerous, evil creatures (especially when she was human). It’s a nice change-up from the average girl who needs to always be saved. The writing style throughout the book has this sense of dauntlessness to it. While reading this, I felt braver, as if I could kick some major Vampire ass of my own.

Nonetheless, this book is about vampires. It does take place in a post-apocalyptic setting but it’s like many other dystopian. And I didn’t care much for the romance (but Zeke is so precious though), I didn’t feel annoyed by it. Julie Kagawa does a fine job writing a story about something so overdone and mainstream and putting her own little twists and turns to make it something different. I cannot wait to finally read The Eternity Cure which is the second book in the Blood Of Eden series.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds