Review Rendezvous: 3/10/18

Fallen by Lauren Kate
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young Adult, paranormal, fantasy, romance
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 452
Publish date: December 8th, 2009
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FallenWhat if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart. 

Get ready to fall . . .

So I’m about to admit to the biggest sin in book-kind: I watched the movie for this book before I actually read it. I mean, according to Goodreads I read this back in 2014, but it’s only after I just saw the movie that I really re-read it and got interested. So it’s basically the first time I cared for the story.

But I must say, I did enjoy the book much more than the first time I read it. The take on angels is quite intriguing, and I need to know more about how Daniel and Luce ended up back together, because that has to happen in the end. It’s basically required.

Anywho, quick spoiler-free summary before I continue. Luce has been called psychotic her whole life (at least, until she pretends that she can’t see the shadows that plague her), but it came to a head when a cabin spontaneously combusted and killed the boy she was with. That got her sent to reform school, because no one believes Luce is entirely innocent. Even her parents are on edge, but they still love her, which is refreshing to have for once instead of the entirely absentee parents seen so often in YA.

It is at Sword & Cross, the reform school she’s sentenced to, that Luce meets Daniel. She can’t get over the fact that she’s known him somewhere before, and also can’t fight her need to stay away. She’s shocked when he realizes what he’s been keeping from her, and thus the problems begin.

I will admit, there was a bit of the classic love triangle that I am not entirely a fan of. It’s bad fallen angel vs. good fallen angel. We’ll see if it stretches out over more books, because then I really might have more problems with it. But, I digress. There is also some of that insta-love going on with Luce, which is why I ended up docking two hearts even though I did enjoy the book. Those two literary sins are just two of my least favorite things as they’re quite unrealistic. But then again, so is the concept of fallen angels and soulmates being reincarnated for each other. Either way, I’m still reading the rest, so that tells you it’s good enough to pick up anyways.



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Review Rendezvous: 2/10/18

Starswept by Mary Fan
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Genre(s): Science fiction, romance, young adult
Medium: eBook
Number of pages: 432
Publish date: August 29th, 2017
Purchase: Amazon

SIn 2157, the Adryil‚ÄĒan advanced race of telepathic humanoids‚ÄĒcontacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris‚Äôs one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real‚ÄĒby way of telepathy‚ÄĒand soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he‚Äôs hiding something from her‚ÄĒand it‚Äôs dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth‚Äôs alien allies that shatter everything she knows.

This book was so lovely! I’m big on sci-fi stories that include a romance plot line, but you really have to be good at world-building to do this genre justice. Mary Fan has no problems in creating her world, and with such an interesting concept, it was hard to pass this one up!

This one has a very Cinderella-esque feel – what with the penniless beginning and the boy swooping in to save the day. But there is more to it than that, which I’m glad for. The music and art depicted here are so enthralling, I simply couldn’t get enough. And then don’t get me started on the love story.

The combination of Iris and¬†D√°miul paints such a beautiful picture, I couldn’t put this book down for a second! I feel like the sweet, romantic moments really helped to flesh out the world and to keep everything from getting too scientific and sterile-feeling like some sci fi can be. Then of course there’s the issue with Iris being and earthling and¬†D√°miul an Adryil, which can only cause problems.

Overall, I 100% enjoyed this book! Very grateful to have the chance to read it, and should there be more from Mary Fan in the future, I’d be excited to read it!

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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Review Rendezvous: 2/3/18

The Oathing Stone by J.Z.N. McCauley
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Genre(s): Fantasy, romance, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 184
Publish date: March 13th, 2018
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After a year blissfully hidden together in a small village on Ireland’s lush green, Catherine and Bowen are ready to tie the knot. The joining of an ancient druid doctor and a woman blessed with druid magic from the sacred oak tree calls for nothing less than a traditional Celtic ceremony. For this, to connect them to their ancestors and the sacred place where they marry, a key item must be chosen for the ritual, the oathing stone.

Their need for discretion allows for only a gathering of Catherine‚Äôs closest friends and family. But after the couple’s first night together, strange and sudden events unfold. Blood mingles with fire, and Catherine‚Äôs magic becomes unstable.

Meanwhile, the mysterious Faerie Kings send a Fae spy to witness Catherine’s magic which disrupts not only her life but her best friend Bella’s when she becomes his sudden obsession. Just after Bella goes missing, it is up to Catherine to get her back, but it is only the beginning of their problems as she finds they’re embroiled in the middle of a Faerie civil war.

Before I begin, this review has the need for a spoiler warning as I am about to review the second book in this series! If you haven’t read the first book, Oak and Mistletoe, go read that and then come back here! See ya later!

Now that I’ve successfully warned about potential spoilers, let’s get on with the review!

My first impression about this book is that it was amazing, simply because of the setting. I honestly can’t recall a book that actually had a setting in Ireland, and I adore the country so I was stoked to read a book set there!

There is so much going on here – Catherine and Bowen’s wedding, her magic, Bella’s abduction! I could not put the book down for a second because I needed to know what happened. Plus, the drama with the fae made it even more intriguing. I’m all for fun, cutesy little fairies, but it’s also perfect when author’s depict them as the mischievous and untrustworthy sort that they actually are in myth.

Catherine has so much on her plate to handle in this novel, I couldn’t even imagine doing it myself. She might potentially lose her love and her best friend, and the only way to help them is to deal with the fair folk who really don’t want to deal with humans at all.

Then there is the ending. I feel like it’s just cruel, leaving us to wait to more like that! I seriously cannot even handle the time between now and the next release date!

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Review Rendezvous: 1/27/18

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Book stats:
Genre(s): Romance, fantasy, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 400
Publish date: April 5th, 2016
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GlitteringBig and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide‚Äôs deception. Complications soon arise‚ÄĒfirst as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

All I need to say is that if you haven’t read Richelle Mead’s books, what are you doing with your life?!

I should really just end the review there. Just kidding. But no, really, I adore her writing style, and this series is so unique!

So, with this book we have a bit of a trickster on our hands. Adelaide’s family used to be one of the more revered, but it has since fallen out of favor and they are on their last legs. One of the solutions is for the young countess to obtain an advantageous marriage, which she is entirely opposed to. In order to escape that fate, she disguises herself as a lady’s maid and ships herself off to a finishing school.

She has every intention of floating through in the middle of the group so as not to draw attention to herself, but she is too much of a spitfire to do so. Throw in a handsome young man that she can help by getting herself to the top scorers of the group, and there is a recipe for disaster brewing. Of course, I definitely didn’t expect things to pan out exactly as they did, so be prepared for some twists!

One of the most interesting things about this trilogy is that all three books are set from a different girl’s perspective. There is some overlap in the timeline, but I love being able to read from the difference positions and see all the struggles that each girl faces. Currently, I’m thinking this book is my favorite, but the third book,¬†The Emerald Sea, is yet to be released, so I’l have to wait until then!


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Review Rendezvous: 1/13/18

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
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Genre(s): Young adult, paranormal, romance
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 323
Publish date: March 2nd, 2010
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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‚ÄĒan elusive European warlock‚ÄĒonly 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!


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