Review Rendezvous: 1/13/18


Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, paranormal, romance
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 323
Publish date: March 2nd, 2010
Purchase: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Book Depository

HHThree years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

This is one of the very first series that really got me into fantasy and magic. I actually read the second book first on accident, then went back to read the first, and promptly forgot about the series due to life changes. I finally picked up the last book just a few months ago, and boy do I wish I’d read it sooner! I love the voice that Hawkins has, and her world is quite intriguing.

The story contains romance, the contrast of best friends and school rivals, not to mention the overhanging potential for all out war. But Hawkins balances everything quite well, and I absolutely adored reading this series.

This first book is a great setup for the rest of the series, even if it is not as action-heavy as the rest. I 100% suggest it to fans of mystery and magic!

Rating:
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Review Rendezvous: 1/6/18


The Fidelity Files by Jessica Brody
Book stats:
Genre(s): Romance, new adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 422
Publish date: June 10th, 2008
Purchase: Amazon – Book Depository – Barnes & Noble

FFWorking under the code name Ashlyn, Jennifer Hunter is hired by suspicious wives and girlfriends to conduct her infamous “fidelity inspection” on the men in their lives. Between bachelor parties and business trips, “Ashlyn” has successfully exposed hundreds of unfaithful men. Of course, she never actually sleeps with any of them; she tests for an intention to cheat only. But Jen’s double life starts to take its toll and her friends suspect that the reason she hasn’t had a date in two years is more complicated than the demands of her supposed “investment banking” career. And when a suspicious email surfaces with her picture on it warning men of her real motives, Jen fears that her secret identity is in danger of being uncovered. Plus, her best friend Sophie now plans to hire “Ashlyn” for an inspection of her own! Just when it seems like nothing is going her way, Jen meets sexy, sophisticated Jamie Richards. She knows there’s no room for romance in her life, but she finds herself more and more drawn to him. It doesn’t take long to realize it’s time to retire Ashlyn for the sake of true love but not before taking on one last assignment–a job which will change everything.

Quite a unique premise we have here, which is what drew me to this duology in the first place. You know there’s gonna be drama when it involves a random women testing other women’s significant others for cheating. There is definitely a lot going on here, which is why I couldn’t put the book down.

Jennifer kind of stumbled onto this profession by accident, but since then has transformed it into a full on career. The sadly depressing part of her job is that no one has ever passed her inspections. As such, Jennifer has begun to disbelieve in love, but that won’t last for long when a handsome man walks right into her life.

Towards the beginning, someone whom Jennifer has tested sets up a website explaining that her alias “Ashlyn” is out to prove guys are cheaters, thus threatening her entire job. Is it a former mark? A disappointed wife? Whoever it is, Jennifer can’t stand for that, and sets out to stop it all while continuing on her work.

I will admit, the story sheds a bit of a bad light on love and the people who are duped into believing that their partners are faithful. But, all is not lost, you’ll have to read to the end of the book to figure out why 🙂

Rating:
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January Theme: New beginnings!


Happy New Year everybody!

Today brings forth a year of new beginnings, and in association with that, I will be reviewing the first book in several series this month! This is a great time to make new bookish resolutions, including but not limited to finishing the mountain of TBRs that never gets smaller. If you can’t find me for a few days, I’m probably beneath the crushing weight of 3.5 billion books waiting to be read. There are a few different genres included this month, so hopefully I’ll have something that sparks the interest of multiple people!

Happy reading!


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Review Rendezvous: 12/30/17


Love Reborn by Yvonne Woon
Book stats:
Genre(s): Paranormal, romance, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 368
Publish date: January 7th, 2014
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository Barnes & Noble

LoveRenée and Dante are dying. The soul they share cannot sustain them both, and they’re quickly running out of time. 

But Renée has in her possession a legendary chest said to contain the secret to eternal life-if only they could solve the clues that lie within it. With both the Liberum, a Brotherhood of the Undead, and a team of Monitors, led by Renée’s own grandfather, in hot pursuit, Renée and Dante must keep the chest safe or risk having it fall into the wrong hands. 

With the help of a mysterious letter-writer called only Monsieur, Renée and Dante follow a series of clues that lead them on a treacherous journey across Europe. They seek the Netherworld, a legendary chasm where souls go to be cleansed. It’s their only chance at a fresh start, but with it comes a terrible choice, one they never imagined they would be forced to make. 

The third novel in the acclaimed Dead Beautiful series is a haunting story of sacrifice, loyalty, and a love that can never die.

If you haven’t read my review of the first book in the series, you can do so here.

This series was one of the first to get me interested in the more paranormal side of YA. Seeing as I have now read over 40 books in that category, I would say it was definitely addictive. The main reason I enjoyed this series so much is that it played out an entirely different kind of undead that those that we are used to seeing. Also, the fact that all of the undead are only under 18, it makes me a little creeped out to think of a murderous 10-year-old chasing me.

Anyways, I really enjoyed reading how Renée and Dante’s relationship played out as well. There’s a definite ‘soulmate’ plotline going on, but the twist on it (that they actually have the same soul) is quite intriguing. The history that the books brings into play with Rene Descartes (even though there is probably a lot of liberty taken with it) just adds to the richness of the setting.

When I first read the series, I could only get the first book from the library, so I kinda just stopped there since I wasn’t really following authors or book series at the time. But, by the time I remembered it, both the second and third books were out and I devoured them instantaneously. I actually just re-read this one about a week ago as well, since it is stored on my laptop. This book gets the honor of being the only book I have ever bought from Apple iBooks. I definitely buy more books now (bookworm problems), but back then, buying books was unheard of for me, so you know it must be good.

Honestly, I’ve been trying to think of downsides the entire time I was writing this post, but I am struggling to find any. I suppose the only one that I could mention is that there is a mysterious gentleman helping the group out, and without him they all would’ve been captured or died. He kinda seems all-knowing and does make things a lot easier for the characters, but they still have to struggle through and puzzle things out on their own, so I don’t think he’s as bad as other deus ex machina moments I’ve read or seen.

Anyways, you should definitely read this book series if you’re into the paranormal and undead. You won’t regret it!

This wraps up my series-conclusion-themed December reviews, so I hope y’all have enjoyed! Leave me a note down below as to what type of reviews you’d like to see in the future!

Rating:
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If you liked this book, check these ones out:

Hex

A girl is forced to attend a magical boarding school, where she learns there’s something a little more sinister to her than others.

VA

A dhampir trains to protect her royal best friend, dealing with death threats, love interests, and the undead along the way.

Reboot

Wren died. 178 minutes later she awoke as a Reboot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Books I Can’t Wait to Read: 2018 Edition


You’d think with a TBR eight miles long, I wouldn’t go looking for more books to add to it. But with the creation of this list, I probably added about 20…. I think I have a problem. Anyways, that is besides the point. I would like to welcome you to a roundup of several books I am very excited to see released in the coming year. Most people are all about New Years resolutions, but very few rarely keep them. I might make a resolution about something like “finishing my TBR”, but we all know I’d fail at that anytime, anyday (#bookwormprobs). Before I get off track again, let’s move on to the list!

Ink

Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst
Release Date:
March 6th, 2018
Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself. Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

I love the different take on magic here, anything that goes outside the normal “spells and incantations” type of magic always intrigues me.

Before

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
Release Date: January 23rd, 2018
Days before Corey is to return home to the snow and ice of Lost Creek, Alaska, to visit her best friend, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter.

I first was interested because I’ve read Nijkamp’s work before. You can read my review of her book This is How it Ends here. I also really would like to know exactly what’s going on in this creepy town.

Pretty

#Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid
Release Date: 2018
When Peter Smith’s classmate snaps a picture of him during a late night run at the track, Peter thinks he might be in trouble. When she posts that photo–along with the caption, “See the Pretty Boy Run,”–Peter knows he’s in trouble. But when hostiles drop through the ceiling of his 6th period Chem Class, Peter’s pretty sure his trouble just became a national emergency.

Because he’s not really Peter Smith. He’s Jake Morrow, former foster-kid turned CIA operative. After a massive screw-up on his first mission, he’s on a pity assignment, a dozen hit lists and now, social media, apparently. As #Prettyboy, of all freaking things.

His cover’s blown, his school’s under siege, and if he screws up now, #Prettyboy will become #Deadboy faster than you can say, ‘fifteen minutes of fame.’ Trapped in a high school with rabid killers and rabid fans, he’ll need all his training and then some to save his job, his school and, oh yeah, his life.

I’m all for a male protag, as I feel a lot of YA has a female MC. Plus I liked the premise, so I’m interested to read this thriller.

Last Girl

The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier
Release Date: January 23rd, 2018
Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows–her family, her teachers, her friends–is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.

The Abdoloreans hijacked the planet sixteen years ago, destroying all human life. Li’s human-sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to pass as one of them. The Abdoloreans appear human. But they don’t think with human minds or feel with human hearts. And they have special abilities no human could ever have. 

When Li meets Ryn, she’s swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous consequences. How far will Li go to stay alive? Will she save herself–and in turn, the human race–or will she be the final witness to humanity’s destruction?

I need more sci-fi in my life. I honestly clicked on this because of the cover (so pretty), but then the concept caught me and now I’m hooked.

As

As She Fades by Abbi Glines
Release Date: April 3rd, 2018
On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken from a coma.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up… with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange detour.

The premise is similar to stories I’ve read before, but I’m interested to see where this one goes. I also like the cover. I know, judging by the cover. #bookshame. I haven’t read too many contemporaries recently, so maybe this will revive my interest in the genre.

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Untitled (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: 2018
We don’t even have a summary for this book yet but I’m still excited. I need more resolutions for this story, the last book left us on such a cliffhanger. I want Mare to be strong and independent, she is fierce on her own without either brother! I want all the story nowwwwww.

Well friends, that is just the tip of the iceberg but it concludes my post for today. Let me know in the comments if you’re looking forward to a particular book in this next year, I love reading recommendations!


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