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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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:
HeartHeartHeartHeartHeart


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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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Review Rendezvous: 12/2/17


Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Book stats:
Genre(s): Paranormal, romance, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 608
Publish date: December 7th, 2010
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

LSThey come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Before we begin, if you haven’t read my review of the first book in this series, hop on over there and then come back 🙂

For those of you who have been following this entire series, we’ve been through a lot haven’t we? Death threats against Lissa, Dmitri being taken and turned Strigoi, not to mention Rose’s new love interest in Adrian Ivashkov. I will admit that Mead has kept me entertained and interested very well throughout the entire series.

In the conclusion to this series, Rose has just been accused of murdering the queen of the entire vampiric race. That definitely cannot bode well for someone, especially a person as outspoken about her dislike of the queen as Rose has been. But, with no other viable alternatives, it seems that this is the end for Rose. Except it’s not, because we have an entire book to fill.

Small spoiler, but it’s in the beginning of the book so not really, but Rose gets broken out of jail by several people who clearly believe in her innocence. She’s brought to a remote location where the dhampirs sent to hunt her cannot get to her, and told to stay put. But this is Rose, since when does she do as she’s told? She decides to go off on yet another adventure, but this time it changes the fate of the vampire world as they know it.

Honestly, I thought this was a perfect wrap up to a series. Normally once something ends, I’m immediately on fanfiction looking for more to read about the lives after canon, but in this one I though that it ended so well, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I didn’t even touch the spinoff series Bloodlines for several months afterwords because I didn’t believe it could get any better (spoiler, it does, read Bloodlines!).

There are fifteen million plotlines and strings to tie up, but it all finishes off in a way that is fulfilling and makes sense for everything. One of my pet peeves is when authors tease something or write a subplot in earlier in a series and it never comes to fruition. Sure, there are a few questions left at the end, but only one major question goes unresolved, which ends up being the main premise of the next book series.

I loved seeing the character growth in Rose. To be honest, I think Lissa remains mostly unchanged for the series besides her developing magic more and maybe growing up a bit, but it’s in Rose where we really find the true growth. She’s not the rash, “run in with no plan” dhampir we met in the first book. And then there’s her relationship with Dmitri. I could seriously read all the best moments of the relationship all day long. I may or may not have just recently rented out all the books from the library again just to read my favorite parts.

All in all, there are so many reasons why this series sits in the top section of my favorite books of all time. I love it so much, and hopefully you will enjoy it just as much as I have.

Rating:
HeartHeartHeartHeartHeart


If you liked this book, check these ones out:

Hex

A girl discovers she’s a witch and is sent to a boarding school for all types of magical creatures

Dead Beautiful

A different take on the undead side of life and what it means to be soulmates

Bloodlines

The spinoff series to VA featuring the one and only alchemist, Sydney Sage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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December Theme: Series Conclusions!


As the end of the year draws near, I decided to focus my thoughts on the concluding books of several favorite series of mine. I’ve reviewed all of the original books in these series, so feel free to click back and check those reviews out first! Also, as these books are conclusions to the series, I will try to keep things as non-spoilery as possible, but there is a chance I will mention things that give away plot points for the earlier books in the series. You have been forewarned! Keep your eyes peeled, the reviews will be rolling out every Saturday this month!


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