Review: Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter

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Goodreads Summary:

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.


My Review

Reading book two of the Everlife series was so long overdue! I had to reread Firstlife to make sure I had all my facts straight, and I’m most definitely glad that I did! Lifeblood was a good addition to the series, not fantastic by any means, but definitely enjoyable.

Lifeblood continues the events of Firstlife as if book one had never ended. Now that Ten has died and made her decision to join Troika, she must learn to quickly adapt to her new way of life. Unfortunately, there is quite the learning curve to be conquered, as she meets more allies yet encounters even more potential foes. Throughout it all, her love for Killian remains steadfast, but neither of them can deny the impending clash between Troika and Myriad. Killian will soon have to make the choice between his love for Ten and his loyalty to Myriad.

I most definitely appreciated the way in which Troika was constructed. The entire concept is still so exceptional to read about and experience. I love the idea of there being these places you go before your “second death.” Furthermore, my fondness for Killian grew much greater in this second installment. I must admit, I was kind of on the fence with him after reading book one, but no more. I love his relationship with Ten, its sweet and selfless beyond compare.

My only qualm with Lifeblood involves the redundancy of plot events. It felt like a lot of developments were on repeat with a few details changed here and there. Essentially, Ten gets a new mission, things go unexpectedly, and a battle breaks lose between Troika and Myriad again. I can’t tell you how many times that happened. It just sort of lost its excitement over time. I still enjoyed the book don’t get me wrong, but it was far from amazing. Nevertheless, I love this world that Showalter has created, and all that comes with it. I will most certainly be reading book three soon.

Read Lifeblood now. 

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Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

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Goodreads Summary:

The thrilling second installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.

It should have taken Juliette a single touch to kill Warner. But his mysterious immunity to her deadly power has left her shaken, wondering why her ultimate defense mechanism failed against the person she most needs protection from.

She and Adam were able to escape Warner’s clutches and join up with a group of rebels, many of whom have powers of their own. Juliette will finally be able to actively fight against The Reestablishment and try to fix her broken world. And perhaps these new allies can help her shed light on the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin.

Juliette’s world is packed with high-stakes action and tantalizing romance, perfect for fans of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard and the Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.


My Review

Unravel Me picked up right where Shatter Me left off, with Juliet living among her people and still struggling to control her abilities. Meanwhile, her relationship with Adam becomes more tumultuous as she must come to terms with the reality of her situation should she continue to pursue a romantic relationship with him. Of course matters couldn’t get much worse when she finds herself being more drawn to Warner despite his past transgressions.

I wasn’t wholly sold on Shatter Me after finishing the first book, but I saw the potential and figured it was worth giving book two a shot. Unfortunately, I continued to be disappointed. I chose to read Unravel Me via audiobook this time. That might have been a mistake. I don’t know if the content just wasn’t good enough for me to stay fully engaged, or that I was just too distracted by life to stay on top of the events occurring, but I just could not for the life of me give my full attention to this book. I started out involved in the story, and from the get-go I noticed Mafi going waaay over the top with her descriptions once again. It was like pages of details had passed, but nothing had actually happened. I get it, she really loves kissing/being with Adam, but should it really take 3-5 minutes worth of audiobook time to explain that? It made me stop caring fast.

I really wanted to get in to this book, more than that, I wanted to get hooked by the love triangle. I think this is one of the rare moments in book history, in which I just didn’t seem to care which guy she chooses, neither really did it for me. I felt like her love with Warner is kind of unfounded, he loved her out of the blue from the beginning. There was no true building of a relationship with them. Thus, I find it strange that she is so drawn and attracted to him when they never were given any kind of foundation.

I wish I could say that I enjoyed book two enough to read book three, but as of now, I don’t intend to continue any time soon. Sorry folks. I’m one of the minorities in this series it would seem. I’m bummed to say the least.

Be my guest if you wish to read book two. Buy it here. 

Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


My Review

Crown of Midnight picks up shortly where Throne of Glass left off. Now that Celaena is the king’s champion, she has no say in the direction her life must take. If he tell hers to jump, she asks how high. If she tells her to kill an old acquaintance, then she cannot hesitate. Of course, that doesn’t stop her from attempting to take matters into her own hands regardless of the consequences. In between her mischievous actions, she continues to uncover secrets about magic and the connection it has with the wyrdmarks.

This second addition was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions!! Holy crap was I thrown for a loop!! The romance in this book is STELLAR, but it will also totally rip your heart out, shred it into tiny pieces and then stomp all over those pieces. It was just so utterly brutal at times. I was taken on so many highs and lows, and in between that, there was just confusion over what I actually wanted to happen. There are quite a few developments in book two that preface all that is to come, and though some of these developments were predictable, they were intriguing nonetheless.

Crown of Midnight will make you fall in love with the characters even more. Each one is so wholly unique with their own personal struggles that they must conquer. The Throne of Glass books provides readers with the first heroine who has a true dark side. This heroic dark side is the first that I’ve come across in YA fiction. It’s such a different perspective to read about, and makes these books all the more entertaining.

I would most definitely recommend you continue reading the ToG series and pick up book two! Buy it here!

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Goodreads Summary:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

 


My Review

We Were Liars was an intriguing story from the get-go. There were just so many questions and things to learn about each character. Each one seemed like they were keeping secrets. I feel like that kind of comes with the territory when dealing with rich families. Nevertheless, I 100% did not see it coming when I learned the truth.

This story follows the life of Cadence Sinclair, the first grandchild of the Sinclair family, blessed beyond belief with the privilege of getting to spend summers on her grandfather’s private island. Cadence only sees her cousins and her surrogate family member: Gat during these summers. Although, her time on the island isn’t without it’s hiccups. And as with every family, comes dysfunction. Events reach a peak when Cadence is found in the night at the shore after suffering from an accident. However, she has no memory of what happened to her.

We Were Liars was told in such an interesting way, the style was captivating and alluring, almost haunting at times. It was like the writing wove a web of mysteries in the reader’s head. It most definitely succeeded in keeping my attention throughout. I had to know what happened to Cadence, and I had to know why? I have no other way of expressing my feelings about the truth other then that I was completely SHOOK. Damn, was I shook!

If you are looking for a dramatic contemporary work of fiction that packs a resounding punch, then you have got to read We Were Liars.

Buy it on Amazon here!

 

Review: Every Day by David Leviathan

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Goodreads Summary:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.


My Review 

Wow. Just absolutely wow. Every Day is unlike anything you will ever read!! And although the ending is not entirely what I had hoped for, the story was glorious nonetheless! The style in which this book was written was so wholly captivating. It had me immediately hooked! Levithan writes with this poetic melodious rhythm that makes you fly through the pages.

Every Day follows the ever changing life of A, a being who has the unfortunate predicament of waking up in a new body every morning. It has been like this all of his or her life. A doesn’t have a set gender, he takes on the role of whomever “he” is inhabiting, whether it be a girl, boy, transgender, or otherwise. A is used to this life, has adapted to it, and knows how to get by. That is, until the day A meets Rhiannon. Rhiannon makes A want to stay in one body every day for the rest of the days.

This book makes you realize that love doesn’t have to have a gender to be real. It makes you appreciate how different each person’s life is. A literally gets to walk in the shoes of hundreds upon hundreds of people, developing a new understanding of each type of life that could be lived at the age of 16. It was kind of insane to see each life’s unique aspects. I admire Levithan’s ability to weave a story around an entity who didn’t have a real identity.

The ending was heart wrenching on every level. I was definitely saddened by the way events played out, but it didn’t ruin the overall story. What happened was meant to happen and it was just the reality of things. Every Day was an incredibly different and revealing story that touched on all the complexities of daily living and what it’s like to love someone in any and all situations. I would most definitely recommend you pick up this book!!

Buy it on Amazon here!

 

Review: Beyond the Red (Beyond the Red #1) by Ava Jae

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Goodreads Summary:

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.


My Review

Beyond the Red’s plot summary had me hooked as soon as I read it! I was so looking forward to devouring it’s pages. Unfortunately, I found myself disappointed overall.

The story is set in a desert-ravaged planet during a reality in which humans are minorities, and aliens are the dominant race. They rule over the humans, half of which they take as slaves, and the other half they force to live in the desert landscapes in camps. Beyond the Red is told by the point of views of Kora (an alien queen of sorts) and Eros: a half-blood who is forced to act as her pretend servant. These two must work together to overthrow an evil plot to dethrone Kora. Of course feelings become stirred and though both are in denial, there is no avoiding the love that has grown between them as they go to more and more lengths to ensure each others safety.

Beyond the Red was most certainly a unique tale. The setting was new and different, and the concept was intriguing. However, there were definitely predictable components as well, components that should have been huge reveals, but were just so obvious. And as events continued, I couldn’t help but disengage from the content. I just lost my excitement toward the characters and the story. The romance was constantly a tug-a-war and so frustrating that I found myself not caring anymore. I had so much hope for this book when I first picked it up. I was definitely enthralled by the first 50 pages, but after that, it started to slow down a little too much.

The ending of Beyond the Red was full of suspense and could prove hopeful for a good sequel. I am still deciding if I want to give it a shot or not. Ultimately, I didn’t dislike Beyond the Red, but I didn’t necessarily enjoy it either. I have noticed conflicted reviews on Goodreads, so if you want to give it a shot, I wouldn’t tell you not to.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Review: Alpha Goddess (Alpha Goddess #1) by Amalie Howard

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Goodreads Summary:

In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.

Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.


My Review

Unfortunately, I fell victim to my insane college schedule and spent waaaaay too much time reading this book. This definitely had a negative impact on my enjoyment of Alpha Goddess. I wanted to get into it so bad, and I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, the content is unique and is a different level of paranormal than I’m used to. However, despite this, I couldn’t help but feel like the plot was similar to previous stories I’ve read.

Alpha Goddess focuses around a few different perspectives, but particularly Sera. A girl whose world is about to be forever changed when she discovers who she truly is and how dangerous that makes her. The lore of the story was a little difficult to follow, but that’s because it was very new to me! There was definitely a learning curve to the story and when I wasn’t struggling to keep up with all the names, I was easily predicting the outcome of the major events.

Although there were plenty of developments throughout the story, I just couldn’t get hooked! The content was most definitely interesting and might have been more captivating to me if I had been able to finish the book in a more timely manner. Thus, I will not discourage readers from picking up Alpha Goddess. The story is different and the pace is quick!

Buy it on Amazon here!