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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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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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:
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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Review Rendezvous: 12/16/17


Winter by Marissa Meyer
Book stats:
Genre(s): Science fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 827
Publish date: November 10th, 2015
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

WinterPrincess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

First of all, can we appreciate how behemoth this piece of fiction is? 827 pages?! So much Lunar Chronicles goodness! I always find it funny comparing the length of the first books to the lengths of the last. The last book just always has so much more story to tell, especially in as complicated a world as this one!

I love how Meyer keeps adding on points of view as we moved throughout the series. And they’re all so different and unique too! I’m supremely glad that not everyone is cookie-cutter identical, as that would have made for a boring story.

Honestly, I got so wrapped up in this world and how everything was playing out. I wanted to know so badly if a certain person was going to end up on the throne or not, and Meyer certainly wasn’t making their fight easy! Kidnappings, poison, failed rebellion, outright death. These characters have faced it all, and yet they keep on fighting!

I pretty much completely forgot the fact that this was supposed to be a retelling of Snow White. Meyer created such a beautiful and riveting world, it didn’t even strike me as partial retelling until the actual scene where the girl falls under this form of the sleeping curse. So many feels, I didn’t want this to end! And then Meyer graced us with the short stories in Stars Above, which made me so happy. Especially seeing a certain couple finally together!

If you haven’t read my review of the first in the series, you can do so here. I encourage you to pick up all four books plus the two additional novels set in the Lunar Chronicles world. You won’t be disappointed!

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

 

The Jewel

Violet is about to be stripped of her name and identity, her only purpose to produce an heir for the elite.

Reboot

Wren died. 178 minutes later, she came back as more than human.

Shatter

She can kill you with just a touch. She hasn’t seen the outside world in 264 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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