September Mini Reviews
Here are some mini reviews of several books that I read in September. Mini as in, did I enjoy the story or not. I hate reviews that give away too many plot details but even so, these reviews are really brief.
Blood Fever – Veronica WolffSeries: The Watchers #3 Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Published: August 7th, 2012 Links: Amazon Book Depository
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME—EVEN IF HOME IS WHERE THE DEAD LIVE…
It’s the start of the fall semester, and a new crop of Acari and Trainees have descended on the Isle of Night. Watcher training has intensified, and Drew has a new roommate named Mei-Ling. But Mei-Ling harbors a dangerous secret that drove the vampires to abduct her against her will. Drew knows she shouldn’t get involved, but she can’t seem to leave her roommate to fend for herself.
Luckily, Drew has other things on her mind—like vampire Carden. A blood bond to a brawny, eighteenth-century Scottish bad boy tends to preoccupy a girl. And though she’s still figuring out what this bond means, one thing has become clear: She craves him in a major way.
But then bodies start turning up on the island. All the evidence points to the existence of a rogue vampire, and the sinister vampire Alcántara is gunning for Carden, even though Drew has proof that Carden had nothing to do with the murders. Now she has to find the true killer—without endangering Carden, Mei-Ling, or herself…
I don’t know what it is about this series, there’s so much wrong with it I could write an essay but somehow I love it, it just works for me. It’s inexplicable – the body count in this series is off the charts, the violence is graphic and constant and the secondary characters are somewhat one dimensional. But somehow this series is like chocolate to me, I love it. Another crazy installment. My Rating: 7.5/10
Full Blooded – Amanda CarlsonSeries: Jessica McClain #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published: September 11th, 2012 Links: Amazon Book Depository
Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.
After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.
But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can’t control her like he can the rest of his wolves.
When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there’s no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life.
Finally a story that fulfilled my expectations. I’ve had bad luck with Urban Fantasy books lately in that they’ve all been pretty disappointing. I was starting to freak out about my favourite genre but thank you Amanda Carlson for Full Blooded. It wasn’t perfect but I really liked the story. My Rating: 7.5/10
Cursed – Jennifer L. ArmentroutSeries: Unknown Genre: Paranormal YA Published: September 18th, 2012 Links: Amazon Book Depository
Dying sucks– and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.
Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out.
However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t? But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not have been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.
I’m a recent Jennifer L. Armentrout convert and boy am I impressed. Her stories are so readable and I really love the characters she creates. I’ve enjoyed all her series, JLA tells a great story. Cursed doesn’t quite have the magic of the Lux and Covenant series but still a good read. My Rating: 7/10
Defiance – C. J. RedwineSeries: Defiance #1 Genre: YA Fantasy Published: August 28th, 2012 Links: Amazon Book Depository
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan–the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
I hated the characters immediately. Bad sign because I’m all about the characters. Just couldn’t get into this story. However everyone else loved it, I’m definitely in the minority here. My Rating: DNF
Unspoken – Sarah Rees BrennanSeries: The Lynburn Legacy #1 Genre: Paranormal YA Published: September 11th, 2012 Links: Amazon Book Depository
Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.
But all that changes when the Lynburns return.
The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?
Cliffhangers!!! I lack the patience. But it says a lot about how much I enjoyed Unspoken that I didn’t mind the cliff hanger too much. Great quirky characters and a really interesting plot. My Rating: 8.5/10