Book Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This was good. And I mean hair-rippping, damn-it-why-do-you-do-this-to-me, fuckyou frustratingly good! I’ll put it right out there, this was better than the first novel, for sure.

Where as the first one was too ~twilight-esque~ for me, I seriously thought this novel was KICKASS. Katy was tots badass the whole way, and everything she did actually made sense. You know when you read a novel with a heroine that just does things that make you want to tear your hair out? Nuh uh. Not here. Maybe except for when she kept pushing Daemon away… but for a reason that made sense to me. But I will admit that sometimes I wanted to throw my Kobo across the room and scream, JUST KISS AND FUCK YOU TWO!!!

And then there was the action. Boy, it was hella exciting. I didn’t know who to trust, and my brain was whirring at 200km/s at every chapter. This book kept me on my toes, and I loved that it did that to me.

There was never a boring second, and I can guarantee that you will be excited and wary for the whole novel.

I found that the plot really found depth in this novel, and that Daemon and Katy’s chemistry in this novel was reaaally sizzling and hot in this one.

Highly recommended. And I’m totally anticipating the next novel in this series.

✭✭✭✭✩ 4/5 stars for me. An unexpected fav for sure!

Book Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

✭✭✭✭✭ (5/5 STARS1!!JIOSZFLK)

Let me just gush about how much I loved this book.. and I totally did not expect to love it. (AT

ALL!!!)

I loved loved loved loved Sam and Jase’s relationship. When Sam ran into Jase’s arms after the disastrous car ride, I felt so safe, and I felt exactly how Sam felt. They were very mature, and I loved the condom purchasing, because that was hilarious. I loved the way they handled the sex and virginity stuff. It was a lot more refreshing than the stuff I’ve read before.

This book was not a typical chicklit. The twist’s were great and intriguing, and the plotline was great. It may seem to start off as a typical romance book, but the real issue that comes up is adding oil to the fire.  It just made me love the book even more. Clay was a crazy asshole, and I loved Tim. I kind of wanted to kick him in the beginning of the book, but he just became precious and awesome. Oh, and Nan can go shove it. Academic dishonesty is not the way to leave what you hate behind.

Then, I felt that Samantha was very relatable, even though she did live a cushy life. She works two jobs; that is exactly like me, and she hates the smell of bacon, oil and coffee. Oh, did I mention that I work at a fast food restaurant and that I hate it too? She was super mature, and I understood all her decisions. Unlike some heroines…

Also, her mother was written really well. Grace came off as uptight, OCD, and neurotic, but I’m glad she did the right thing in the end. I understood her “EVERYTHING IS IN SHADES OF GREY SAMANTHA” logic, and I wish that the book stuck to that, instead of the somewhat happy yet vague ending.

However, all in all, this book really hit the spot, and can really surprise you. Highly recommended.

Book Review: A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

★★★☆☆ (3.5/5stars)

Kody Keplinger’s stories may be typical in their plot formats, but they stand out somehow with her unique writing. Her writing really captures the essence of troubled teenagers and I feel myself relating to them really well, even if I am nothing like them, I am a teenager too. The fucks, bitches, whores, may take a while to get used to, but I slowly accepted it. Because… that’s how teenagers speak. Duh.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Maybe because Whitley was so crazy in the beginning and I really didn’t know what to think of her. At times, I wanted to grab her shoulders and holler into her ear, saying “LOOK HERE YOU STUPID GIRL WHAT ARE YOU DOING STOP DRAGGING YOURSELF INTO THIS MESS”!

I also felt that her attitude really pissed me off, but I understood it… because I relate to her situation with her parents etc.

This is pretty realistic in terms of the whole family thing, and I think I really gave my heart to Whitley for that. I also really liked Nathan because he was such a cute dork, and Harrison (who I didn’t expect to show up in this book)! He was so nice to Whitley and I’m glad we got to see more of him, because he was only mentioned in the passing in The Duff. In terms of the romance, you could say that it’s very unrealistic, but at least it was written well.
Having a one-night-stand with a boy at a graduation party, taking his virginity, and becoming his stepsister is
very unlikely. But it was definitely fun and hilarious to read about. I had a lot of “Oh my god” moments while reading this.

Lastly, I thought that Kody Keplinger manages to capture the personalities of troubled teenagers well, but Bianca and Whitley are nothing alike. They may seem like it at first, but I went back to re-read The Duff, and they definitely are different. Bianca has friends, she’s accepting, she’s sarcastic, but she’s soft. Whitley is just plain hard and it takes forever to crack that shell of hers. The way that Bianca and Whitley described Hamilton was so different, that I didn’t even realize it was the same setting. Bianca never really mentioned it’s “boring-ness” but Whitley really brought it out and made me sort of see the town in a different light.

All in all, I felt that Keplinger brought out her writing well in this novel, even if it wasn’t a stellar one!

Book Review: Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols

★★★★★ (5/5stars)!!!!!!

First off, I would like to say that this book was perfect. Amazing. Crazy good. Echols isn’t afraid to reveal the underbellies of society, and she shows that the underbelly isn’t always bad as well. Good can come out of it. Like Leah.

Let’s start off with the cover. The girl with her crazy flying hair seems irrelevant at first, but you read into the book, and realize that her hair is pretty important. It’s mentioned a lot of times.

Then, the title. Perfect. It was a motif throughout the whole book and wound its way through everything Grayson and Leah said. It was an amazing thing to work around, and it just held up the book so well. Grayson and Leah ran on adrenaline, and every time the word “rush” was mentioned, I wanted to scream in delight. It was absolute PERFEEEECTION.

Alright, you might be shocked to read about Leah at first. The poor trailer park girl with the crazy mum who lost her virginity when she was fourteen… but she manages to escape her past and finds a passion. And that passion saves her from going down the wrong road. People judge her so hard, but she manages it so well. She doesn’t let it get to her, and not in those obvious ways that usual YA heroines display it. Her narration skims over the judgemental people, and she doesn’t need to point it out. It just shows that she’s strong, and doesn’t let that shit get to her. Leah is amazing.

And yes. I was a bit repulsed when they first mentioned her smoking, but when Mr. Hall made her quit… I pumped my fist!
The smoking was very realistic. Yes. It’s something that happens but I’m happy that the author pulled Leah out of it. It made me really happy because Leah had become a friend to me. I wanted the best for her.

The romance is written really well as well, and yes. Leah and Grayson is such a rush.
The deaths, were also very realistic. I’m sorry that they happened, but they really left a mark on the characters that made them so much more interesting to read about, and made everyone so much more complex. (Although, I did resent Molly a bit at times.)

If you’re looking for a well-written, well-paced, WELL THOUGHT OUT BOOK, THIS IS IT. I can’t think of any flaws at the moment. It was sooo good.
PLEASE READ IT.

Book Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Rating: ★★★★ (5/5)

 

Seraphina is a well-spun tale that will touch your heart, grapple you in with hooks and refuse to let you go. The world is unbelievable, each character sparkles like a gem and finally, an amazing plot spun with fine golden threads holds this story together.

 Call me crazy, but I devoured this in a whole sitting. And it was worth neglecting my chemistry homework for! Holy crap. That was GOOD. I won’t even try to explain how excited I was to read this. I had hopped to the teens section in the bookstore giggling and grinning, but it turned out that they didn’t move the books from the back of the room yet.
Which is a real pity because this novel was amazingly well written and the store was losing a lot by not putting it out!!! :l
I loved this beyond imagination.
This book struck many chords inside of me for multiple reasons. First, it combined two of the things I adore to death. Dragons, and illegitimate princes. I nearly screamed and dropped the book when I found out Kiggs was illegitimate. A DREAM COME TRUE LEMME TELL YA.
 Second, it reminded me of Janet Lee Carey’s novels which hold a special place in my heart. Although they aren’t perfectly written, the world of Dragonskeep and Dragonswood was magnificent and Hartman managed to make her own sparkling, flawed, and magical world.
The world is fantastic, and so are the characters. Each minor character is amazing in their own sense and of course, so was Seraphina. She wasn’t typical, that’s for sure. Seraphina really is the intelligent and brave young woman and it seeps through her narration. Even I had to admit that she had serious gall and ardor. (Read reviews and was skeptical about her.)I ain’t done yet. The world and the characters are magestic, and so is the plot. It isn’t just a silly world spun magnificently but no real threads of plot holding it together.

 All in all, I loved this book to DEATH. Please please pleaaaase read it.

(review) Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Done! AT LAST IT WAS AWWEEESOME.
I had been putting this one down for so long because I felt the language was a bit awkward for me to get used to… but then I realized the significance of the language towards the end and I was all

hats off to you Gaughen

I admit that I didn’t like the whole thing with John, but I kind of understood why Scarlet didn’t resist him strongly. She was lonely, pining (well not exactly pining) after Robin and John was right there. It’s natural to lean on someone, okay? Although I felt it was slightly unnecessary, I was glad that he didn’t kill Gisbourne, because I felt that moment of hesitation that John had really gave him character and made me… admire him in a way. And also wanted to chop his head off.

But if Gisbourne did die, I felt that that would have been too much of a happy ending to the book.
So yes. I really loved Scarlet because she was just so different and such an awesome refreshment from the usual girls I read about.

I also thought that she was quite understandable, and I really admired her prowess, bravery, and powerful emotions. Plus, she’s a badass with knives. Who can’t love her? SHE’S LIKE KORRA. OKAY WHO CAN’T LOVE KORRA. BADASS FEMALE LEAD WHO WON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER.

This was awesome. much better than expected.
Please read it!

(review) SCARLET: Book Two of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

 

I received this Advance Reader’s copy thanks to Marissa Meyer herself! Many thanks.

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Phew! I finally received this long awaited ARC! (Funny enough, it was squished into my tiny apartment mailbox, but came out perfectly intact.)

First Impressions

The fairytale twist in Cinder is a bit different than I expected, but I’m totally down for it. Wolf was a fantastic character (although I thought his introduction was a bit hilarious for some reason) and the only word I can use to describe him and Scarlet is… sexy.

The novel started off slightly slower than I expected, but it definitely picked itself up. I didn’t really like Scarlet at first, because she seemed like a typical hotheaded young lady. When the POV switched to Cinder, I was really glad for the first half of the book. Scarlet was a little bit too angry for my liking. I guess she sort of redeemed herself with Wolf!

Characters

Cinder, of course, was absolutely fantastic. I could tell that she was still wavering in her resolve, but she proved to be a strong lead in the end.

Scarlet, bored me at times with her cliche lines and feelings… I think Cinder was too much of a refreshing POV for me! I slowly came to admire her bravery in the face of adversity, and also her weaknesses, which were of course… merely human weaknesses. She couldn’t help them.

An interesting switch in  POV from Cinder who was always mistreated and had many doubts, to Scarlet who is loud, angry, and strong. 

P.S. WOLF IS HELLA SEXY.

…and last but not least, what I liked and didn’t liked. It was a bit slow going with the introduction but it slowly picked up the pace towards the end and I felt that this novel paced the story for Cinder, and allowed her to gather her thoughts and come to a resolve. Scarlet’s plot seems independent, but I’m sure she’ll play an important role in the novels to come.

What I didn’t like was that I felt that I was being dragged along, whereas when I was reading Cinder, I was on my toes constantly.

What I liked was the refreshing originality, romance, and overall plot.

Seriously looking forward to the next novel. OASIDFLKASJF (I might have to wait the same time as everyone else next time though D:)

-vivian