I hate spending time reading about the plot of a book on review sites - just tell me, Did you like it or not?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Endless

Endless (The Violet Eden Chapters #4)

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Published Aug. 28, 2012 by Hachette

Can I just say that if this was the last book in this series, I would have seriously had to hurt someone. The ending TOTALLY sucked. I was so bummed the entire rest of the day, because for some reason I thought that this was the end. Luckily I got on Goodreads to check. Whew. Disaster averted!

As it is, I still have mixed feelings about this installment in the Violet Eden series. Some good things happened. Some bad things happened. There still was all the violence and sexual tension that appear in the previous books. And some significant things happened and knowledge shared. But what's next?


I suppose the "financier" will have something to do with the next book - obviously. There was a huge fat question mark floating above his head at the end of the book.


I'm just happy that there is another book. Although, I'm hoping Number 5 is the last. There's only so much I can take, you know?

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Royal Ranger

The Royal Ranger (Ranger's Apprentice #12)

4 stars

 
464 pages 
Published Nov. 5, 2013 by Philomel
 
I enjoyed this last book (we hope) in this long series of Ranger's Apprentice books. I can't believe there are 12 of them! I appreciated the plot and the fact that finally!!! there is a girl Ranger's apprentice! It took the author long enough to figure out that girls would make fabulous Rangers, too. Maybe he'll do a spin-off series focused on this. We'll see.

Expect the same great action, adventure and bad-guy slaying you read in the other 11 books. Flanagan has proven that he knows how to write adventure stories for all age sets.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Heaven's Queen


Heaven's Queen (Paradox #3)

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A great, happy ending to this action-filled sci-fi romp through the universe. Loved it!

There is a sex scene and more than a smattering in s-words throughout the book. I may just have to read some of Rachel Bach's other books; let's see if they are as good as this trilogy was.

Monday, October 6, 2014

First Date

First Date

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2 stars

336 pages
Published Jan. 10, 2012 by Thomas Nelson 
 
If you like christianity being shoved down your throat and all things "The Bachelor," this book is clearly for you.

Now, I am a christian, but this book is just not my cup of tea. Every page has some religious ideology and prayer on it. Religion for me is a personal thing. I go to church - I enjoy it, but I don't want my beliefs turned into a YA romance filled with saccharine, eye-rolling and lack of plot. It may have helped if the writing was better and the relgious down-the-throat-shoving was toned down to just "religious overtones."


The only reason I gave it two stars is because there is no swearing, sex or bad stuff. And it obviously touts the benefits of christian thinking - forgiveness and love.


And I finished the thing. I guess that counts for something.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Diviners

The Diviners (The Diviners #1)

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I enjoyed this book, mostly. Sometimes the flapper language was annoying and too persistent and the book was a little too long - plus there is a developing love triangle (ick!), but I overlooked all that in favor of a great, twisted, and delightfully dark plot. There is some - no, quite a lot of gruesome killing scenes, so beware. I skipped most of them. All I needed to know was who got dead.

I haven't read many books set in the flapper and prohibition era, so this was a good introduction to speakeasies, spiritualism and old-time New York. What a crazy time.
I may pick up #2 when it comes out. We'll see.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tremor

Tremor (Pulse #2)

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Published Feb. 25, 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books


Luckily, this book - the 2nd in the Pulse Trilogy - is better than the first. It does not make you wait as long for the action like in the first book. Our heroine already has her powers, so we can get right to the juicy stuff.
The bad guys are stronger and badder, with a devious plan. The ending contained an awesome twist. Will be reading #3.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pulse

Pulse (Pulse #1)

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Published Feb. 26, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

The first half of this book was very slow, but I was so intrigued with the premise and where the book could go, that I stuck it out. It finally picked up after slogging through the boring stuff - I'm glad I stuck with it. A promising new trilogy by one of my favorite authors, Patrick Carman.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ruins

Ruins (Partials Sequence #3)

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Published Mar. 11, 2014 by Balzer + Bray

Unbeknownst to me, I skipped the 2nd book in this series and didn't realize it until I was halfway through this book. Hmm. I'm not exactly sure what that means ...

At least now I don't have to read Book #2. It must have been not that enlightening, since I was following Book #3 right along with no problem.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The One

The One (The Selection #3)

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I'm glad this series is over. It ended well, too, which was nice. It even had an epilogue! I love epilogues.

I'm not sure there is much depth to this series, but if you want a mindless, entertaining beach read, this is a great choice.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ruin and Rising


Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3)

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3 stars

422 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co.

I'm wavering between 2.5 and three stars, because this book just wasn't all that great. Actually the whole series wasn't all that great. Not bad, just not stellar. But I read all three, so I guess that says something.

Maybe it was the whining characters, or the endless killing, or maybe it was just boring.


I'm glad it's over.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Graduation Day

Graduation Day (The Testing #3)

Meh. Not great. Too many questions in the prose: "Should I do this?", "How can I do this?", "Who can I trust?", etc. Too distracting.

I'm just glad this trilogy is over. It wasn't stellar - more of a Hunger Games meets whiny girl meets Rage Against the Machine. If I had to do it again, I probably wouldn't waste my time.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Girl with the Windup Heart

The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles #4)

Published May 27, 2014 by Harlequin TEEN
I love these books. This book follows the continuing stories of Finley, Griffin, Mila and Jack. Much like a soap opera jumps from one storyline to the next, this book follows that pattern. In one, Finley is trying to free Griffin from the evil clutches of Garibaldi; and in the other story, Mila is discovering the world.

Mild swearing and implied sex. Nothing to make you blush.

I hope there are more of these books in Kady Cross's head.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Chasing the Prophecy

Chasing the Prophecy (Beyonders #3)

3 stars


512 pages
Published Mar. 12, 2013 by Aladdin

If you can get past all of the questions that are asked in the narrative (and there are so many, I started skipping those paragraphs), this is a great ending to a pretty great trilogy for kids. The questions asked by the main characters were so plentiful that it detracted from the pace and action of the book. Instead of asking so many questions, like "Is this the right thing to do? How do I know?" etc. the book's action and pace would be better served by decisive decision-making.

Despite that, the book was full of moral themes that I would love to have my kids adopt. Themes such as valuing friendship, being loyal and having faith.

I can recommend to any kid or teen wanting a action-packed, yet still clean book to read.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Empower

Empower (The Violet Eden Chapters #5)

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4 stars

496 pages
Published May 6, 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published Nov. 12, 2013)

Finally, finally! I am done with this series. And fortunately, I didn't waste my time. The last book was quite possibly the best of the bunch. It was full of action and soul-searching and more action. The only thing that bugged me was how the the huge, pivotal change of heart that Violet had that changed the outcome of the book was handled. It was like the suffering that she had endured for the past two years was changed in two paragraphs. It was unsatisfying and abrupt.

Besides that, I enjoyed the book immensely. There was one sex scene (not graphic) and little to no swearing.

I can recommend to anyone looking for a not-too-many-books series, in which they've all been published. (Don't you hate having to wait for the next book in an on-going series??!)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Seeds of Rebellion

Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonders #2)

4 stars


512 pages
Published March 13, 2012 by Aladdin (first published March 12th 2012)
 
I read this book while visiting my in-laws down in Utah while waiting for our things to arrive at our new house in Washington. It was a great escape for me - there were 6 kids running around the house having a grand (loud) time, and I just needed to live in a world other that my own for a while.

Great action, completely kid-worthy and clean. I've just started the last book in the trilogy.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Honor's Knight

Honor's Knight (Paradox #2)

As far as sequels go, this one is a winner. I was ecstatic about the first novel, Fortune's Pawn, and was eager to get my hands on No. 2 in the trilogy. I did! And I read the thing in a day. While sick. And while my 20-month-old was sick. It was that engrossing.

The book is full of all the good stuff that was in the first book, minus the sex scene. Plus lots of answers and explanations. Not all, but definitely enough to satisfy me. I am on the waiting list for the last book, and can't wait to read it.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fortune's Pawn

Fortune's Pawn (Paradox #1)

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4 stars

320 pages
Published Nov. 5, 2013 by Orbit
Ah. Sci-fi at its best! I loved this book! It's full of space adventure, fighting, aliens, a mysterious enemy, love, travel ... all well thought-out and described. Bach has created a universe full of diversity, danger and beauty. I can't figure out how one person can bring such creativity and imagination to a book.

The only thing I can't figure out is if this is a YA or an adult book. I am leaning toward adult, because the main character, Devi, is almost 30 years old and is quite free with sharing her sex life. There is a sex scene in here, but it's not terribly graphic. But it is there.

There is some swearing, as well. I wouldn't let my mom read this book.

Yet saying that, I can't wait to read all the books in this trilogy! I haven't read a book that gets me excited like this in a long time.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Dark Triumph

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2)

I was so confused at the beginning of this book. It had been a while since I read the first book, and was expecting to keep following the main character in that one. But I had forgotten her name, so I was so out of it. I persevered and finally figured out that this book follows a completely different character. Once I had that straightened out, I started to enjoy the plot and action.

Like the first book, the writing is dark and depressing, yet compelling. I couldn't put it down, but I had to to preserve my sanity. The bad guy was truly bad - so bad that it was slightly unbelievable. And the end of his story was unsatisfying. I wish there had been more to it.

I will probably read this last book in this series, which I assume will follow a different character than the first two books.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy

The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy (Steampunk Chronicles #2.5)

Published July 1, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
This is a great little novella that explains bridges the gap between #2 and #3 in the Steampunk Chronicles. It tells how Jack Dandy came to find his "dark discovery" and what he thinks and feels about himself, his father and "love." It's a quick read - it took me an hour maybe - and worth it if you love the Steampunk Chronicles, which I totally do!

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Secret Prophecy

The Secret Prophecy

Published Oct. 30, 2012 by Balzer + Bray
I wasn't a huge fan of this book. The concept was good-ish, but it just didn't work. There was too much Da Vinci Code shenanigans, but without the panache. And the ending??? Don't get me started on such a poorly written, confusing, abrupt end to a lackluster book.

There was too much dialogue and too much conspiracy theory to make this an acceptable book for the YA genre. Characterization was blah. Em was a wuss; Charlotte would have made a much better main character. At least she had some gumption and smarts.

At least there wasn't any swearing or sex. That was a positive. And it was a stand-alone book. Thank goodness.