Review Rendezvous: 10/5/19


Blackout by Nina Walker
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, romance, dystopian
Medium: eBook
Number of pages: 324
Publish date: April 26th, 2018
Purchase: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Book Depository

Bound by blood and betrayal, she’ll destroy this kingdom.

Trembling in the wake of devastating treachery, can the Loxely sisters finally bring down the Royals?

United in the cause of saving their kingdom and bringing their family back together, Jessa and Sasha will face their greatest tests yet. Jessa’s wedding is coming at her faster than she can stop it, but it’s Sasha who is running out of time. Things aren’t as they seem in the palace, and the one person who can save them is the one they’ll never trust again.


This is the third book in this series, so if you don’t want to be spoiled for the first two, don’t read this review yet!

If you’re still reading, you’ve read these books already or you don’t care about spoilers (tbh that’s totally me on some books lol)

Anywho, we pick back up with Jessa right after she has been officially engaged to Lucas. Lucas sold out the Resistance’s invading force in order to get his father to sanction his marriage to Jessa. We also get a lot more Lucas and Sasha point of view I felt like, but they were there in the last book too so maybe that’s just me.

Sasha and the girls’ father are in holding being interrogated about the Resistance. I like how the girls were played against each other, Sasha refusing to give in and Jessa, being more emotional, doing whatever she can to protect her family.

There is a lot of freedom with Lucas in this book though, he uses his mystical white magic quite a bit and only encounters any problems right at the end of the book. I feel like it was almost a little coincidental, but maybe that’s setting things up for the last book.

I did like how we got to see Jessa’s anger against Lucas really make a mark. I wasn’t sure for a while if they were actually going back together. But, towards the end of the book she actually agrees to give him a chance at friendship again, and then maybe more later. Of course, this is right before everything goes to hell.

Sasha, on the other hand, strikes me as almost that stereotypical young boy excited to go off to war. She has some redeeming points (no one else in her area can do what she does, and the people fighting against the crown need her), but she also glamorizes things I think. She’s definitely up for a push off her high horse.

I really want to read more of the series, I’m exciting to see where all the threads tie together in the end 🙂

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

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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: 12/24/16


Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy, science fiction
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 395
Publish date: January 3rd, 2012
Purchase: AmazonBook Depository

cinder

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


Holy cow was this a good book. A great opening to an even better series. This is the Cinderella retelling that I had no idea I wanted. I love the Disney classics, but there is something about throwing Cindy into a whole new world (pun very much intended) that I love!

Cinder goes through such great character growth in this book, and she has plenty of room for more. I hate when authors build their character up too far or flesh out their problems too much and then do not have anywhere to go in the coming additions to the series. But seeing how Cinder isn’t the perfect Cinderella (she’s none to quick to forgive her stepfamily, she isn’t particularly the best dancer, although there’s a logical reason for that) makes the story just that much more realistic. I don’t know how realistic you can get with a futuristic society involving moon people, androids, and old fairytales though.

The fight she has between herself, her duty, and her current situation makes for such a good read. I was afraid that she was gonna ditch everything and we were going to be left with a terrible conclusion, but that evidently did not happen. I was right there with her, feeling the anger at her terrible life circumstances. She certainly didn’t choose them, after all.

Then in the end there is also quite the revelation that completely turns the tables. Meyer has done a great job of interconnecting the fairytale but also throwing in her own twists and changes that keep everything fresh. I loved the fact that it was Cinderella, but Cinderella as you’ve never seen her: kicking butt as a half-human, half robot android.

I would one hundred percent recommend this book. I’m waiting on a hold at the library so I can read the last book in the series, and boy am I excited!

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Review Rendezvous: 5/31/14


Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Book stats:
Genre(s): Dystopian, science fiction
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 425
Publish date: February 8th, 2005

Uglies

Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? 

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license – for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. 

The choice Tally makes changes her world forever…


If half of my reading list or more wasn’t dystopians, I’d be surprised. I never really realized how much of that genre I actually read and like until I started doing these reviews. Well, I guess I found the genre I’m digging in to with my first attempt at writing a novel 🙂

Anyways, I enjoyed this book for quite a few reasons. First of all, it’s written by a guy, but from a girl’s perspective, and honestly, I found that Tally came across at not overly masculine, and actually kinda could put myself in her place. Westerfeld did a really god job with his voice there. There is also the fact that this one takes on a different premise entirely from a lot of books I’ve read. True, every book has something unique in them, but what I mean is that who has ever heard of a story like this one, where at a certain age people become artificially gorgeous via plastic surgery, and it’s just an accepted societal norm? Pretty intriguing if you ask me.

I read through this first book really quickly, as it was a great read. The twists and turns of the plot drew me in tons, and I was totally absorbed. Probably would’ve stayed up until all hours if it had taken me that long to finish. The dynamics between Tally and all of her friends and acquaintances was refreshing as well, because there are some books that you come across where the protagonist stays with basically the same group of friends and people the whole time and doesn’t really do anything new. Well, in this case, we’ve got interactions with Tally’s old best friend who is now a pretty, her new friend who had a big rebellious streak and doesn’t want to turn, and then there’s a boy (isn’t there always?) who’s never really been a part of society in the first place and thinks completely differently from everyone else on the inside.

Like I said, I enjoyed this one very much, and would recommend it easily to anyone else.

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Review Rendezvous: 5/10/14


Hey there! Hope you all have been having quite a wonderful day, I’ve got a bit of a sunburn but other than that I’m quite content. Here we go with my current number 2 book…

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
Book stats:
Genre(s): Paranormal, romance
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 404
Publish date: March 5, 2013

Let the Sky Fall

Vane Weston should have died in the category-five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past – except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she’s real.

Audra is real, but she isn’t human. She’s a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She’s also a guardian – Vane’s guardian – and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, Audra and Vane start to realize that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.


One of my favorite parts of this book is that it’s a bit more creative than the usual paranormal. There’s no vampires, werewolves, other common supernatural beings. Another is the story between the two main character. Vane and Audra’s is one of those ones that makes you all frustrated and makes you want to yell at them “Just stop it already! You both know how the other feels, stop being all ‘dutiful’ and just go for it!” But, alas, this is a series, and we all know how those work.

Messenger does a really good job with Vane’s backstory. A lot of times authors shy away from making it that super important and detailed, as most readers don’t want to read what happened in the past. I’m one of the ones that doesn’t actually mind taking a look back. Man, did she do well with Vane’s parents. I could practically feel his own emotions jumping off that page at me.

That reminds me of something else that I loved: it’s got a guy’s point of view. I’ve said before that I like books like that, mostly because I can’t actually write a guy’s perspective well at all. Messenger manages to make it sound quite realistic, and hopefully one day I could get good enough to do the same.

There is a sequel to this book out, Let the Storm Break, that I have not been able to acquire yet. Once I do I will be back with a review for sure 🙂

Update (3/11/16)Boy it has been a while. but, I just got through reading the sequel to this, so keep a lookout for my review 🙂

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