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:
HeartHeartHeartHeartHeart


I am a Book Depository affiliate, click here to purchase books through my link.

Skillshare is an online community full of amazing classes and brilliant teachers. Try out two free months with my code here!

Advertisements

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:
HeartHeartHeartHeartHeart


I am a Book Depository affiliate, click here to purchase books through my link.

Skillshare is an online community full of amazing classes and brilliant teachers. Try out two free months with my code here!

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:
HeartHeartHeartHeartHeart


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I am a Book Depository affiliate, click here to purchase books through my link.

Skillshare is an online community full of amazing classes and brilliant teachers. Try out two free months with my code here!

Review Rendezvous: 12/23/17


The One by Kiera Cass
Book stats:
Genre(s): Romance, dystopian, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 323
Publish date: May 6th, 2014
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

The OneThe time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

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

My love for this series stems from the fact that it was one of the first series that I truly enjoyed and got into reading. I read the first two books back to back and then had the wait for the last one. Even though this is technically not the last in the series, I treat books four and five more as a spinoff duology than a part of the original story.

Anyways, my point is that they may not be the best quality (they do get roasted fairly often in the bookish community), I still care for them quite a bit. There’s something about the Cinderella idea of America going from a lowly five to vying for the prince’s heart as one of the last contenders. She’s also developed some great friendships along the way.

The problem that I have with America is that I don’t see too much character growth on her. Sure, she’s a bit more aware of things outside her world at this point, but she still acts brashly and does things without thinking. Case in point: Maxon still has no idea about her and Aspen, and the latter is now a guard in the palace!

This ending also came out of nowhere, at least that’s what I thought when I first read it. Everything is going one way, but then bam! it completely shifts direction and no one was prepared for this. Of course, the second outcome is better, but it was still so shocking that I had to read the scene twice. One thing I must admit is that I wish Cass would have gone into more detail about what happens after the final selection, instead of time-skipping to the next generation. So much drama went down, and then the book kinda just quickly wraps up. No real time to breathe.

I suppose it sounds like I keep pointing out all the flaws, are there are quite a few, but nostalgia keeps me from rating this book any lower. Were I to read it now, it might get a three. But, I do think the series is a great guilty-pleasure read, so I’d still recommend it to those interested 🙂

Rating:
HeartHeartHeartHeartHeart


If you liked this book, check these ones out:

The Heir

The next book in the series!

Glittering

A highborn young lady runs away to a finishing school to escape an arranged marriage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I am a Book Depository affiliate, click here to purchase books through my link.

Skillshare is an online community full of amazing classes and brilliant teachers. Try out two free months with my code here!

Review Rendezvous: 12/9/17


A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram
Book stats:
Genre(s): Romance, new adult, contemporary
Medium: Kindle
Number of pages: 282
Publish date: May 12th, 2014
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

ARockstar to the core, Six-time Grammy Award-winning musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the only thing she asked of him—his abstinence. 

Four years and a broken heart later, Kyle realizes that sex isn’t everything, and he suddenly can’t stop thinking about the girl that got away. Virgin Val Jensen got under his skin like no one else ever has. He wasn’t ready for her then, but things are different now. He’s grown up, he’s learned a few things, and he’s finally figured out exactly what he wants, or, rather, who he wants. 

Kyle Hamilton wants a do-over, and this time he’s willing to do—or not do—whatever it takes.

I raved about the first book in this duology last year, and I have to say that this book makes everything even better. I love the fact that Oram switched over to Kyle’s point of view here, because we get to see a lot more of his motivation.

I appreciate the fact that Oram actually makes Kyle’s change seem realistic. He doesn’t just drop everything at once and become the man that Val wants him to be, it takes him a bit. Of course, he has to prove to everyone around him that he isn’t back to his old ways, which proves harder than he’d wanted.

We don’t see a whole lot of Val at first, but once she’s back in the picture, I really liked seeing her all grown up into a fierce, passionate young woman. She’s still not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, and I commend that in a person.

The dynamic between Val and Kyle is tedious. She wants so badly for this to be true, but she doesn’t fully trust him and think that he’ll break her heart still. Kyle, on the other hand, is doing everything he can possibly think of to prove his worth to her, and is getting different signals from Val.

There’s also the relationship between Val and her best friend to think about. At the end of the first book, Val’s friend (her name is escaping me right now, apologies!) basically ambushed her, which made Val completely turn away from the friendship. We get to see the slow work of them repairing the relationship, which we the perfect addition to the main romance.

And that ending. Oh the ending is so good. You need to read this, it will give you all the happy feels!

Rating:
HeartHeartHeartHeartHeart


If you liked this book, check these ones out:

52 Reasons

Contemporary romance featuring a spoiled heiress who has to work a real job (gasp!) to keep her inheritance

Cinder

Another book by Kelly Oram, just as cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I am a Book Depository affiliate, click here to purchase books through my link.

Skillshare is an online community full of amazing classes and brilliant teachers. Try out two free months with my code here!