8.18.2014

Review:Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

    This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

    Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

    What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

    First Line: "Lily Proctor ducked into the girls' room, already yanking back her rebellious hair."

    Review: Oh gosh I loved Trial by Fire so much there was parallel universes, a mixture of medieval with modern times, magic and science and it seems like a lot and trust me it was a lot of information to take in but very thought provoking and not a dull moment once during the entire book.

    Lily was a fantastic character. She was a very hard individual to sway she believed what she believed and stuck to it. Lily was strong and at times a little hasty with some of her decisions that put her in very dangerous situations but even then she fought hard and I loved her for it. I really enjoyed who she became once she left the world we live in where she was weak and fragile and went to the alternate version where magic is the key to everything not science, it was interesting how everything that made her weak in our world made her incredibly powerful in the other version.

    Most of the story is told in Lily's point of view but every once in a while we get point of views from other key characters that help us learn more about the alternate world she is thrown into. I especially like the point of view from the other version of her (Lillian) which helped develop her character to where she wasn't just one dimensional. 

    Another character whom I loved so much was Rowan. Lily doesn't have a Rowan in her world but there is one in this one and he is just perfect. He has flaws and a very broken past and I don't know he is just one of those characters you have to meet to know why he is just so freaking perfect. We also meet the other version of Tristan who was very likable too bad Lily's Tristan was an ass which is why I am interested to see how thing play out with the Tristan in her world.I am really hoping there will be no love triangle I mean when you have Rowan why the heck would you even want Tristan who has already screwed up royally.

    Overall this was an excellent read and with that cliffhanger I am going to be anxiously waiting for the next book.


    Memorable Quotes:~"Because you can't run from yourself forever."

    ~"All I know is that you cut off all my hair and dyed it who-knows-what-color, and you used your pee to do it."

    ~"I don't think you could be considered ordinary in any world."


    8.14.2014

    Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

    The Jewel by Amy Ewing

      The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

      Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

      Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.


      First Line: "Today is my last day as Violet Lasting."

      Review: Wow what an ending! I really hate cliffhangers especially the insane ones like the one The Jewel ended with but it makes me eagerly await for the next book so job well done.

      Jewel is about a girl living in a world where the Royals can not carry their own children so they get the poorest of the girls who have a certain genetic mutation to be their surrogate. Only thing is these girls never had the choice to be a surrogate they are taken from their families and sold to royalty like slaves and treated in the most cruelest of ways by them. The world Ewing carved out for us in The Jewel was downright brutal there was so much more going on then just the surrogates the only thing I wish she delved deeper into was the Auguries I'm really hoping she gives us a better understanding of it all in the next book.

      As far as the characters some were pretty well developed I liked Violet although she definitely has some growing up to do still. There are quite a few characters that can do with more character development instead of just being one dimensional. The Duchess of The Lake's son is the one I need to know more about he didn't have any real character development in this book but the whole time I just knew there had to be more to him then what was portrayed of him.

      My biggest issue the one that made me not love this book was the romance it was horrible.First off the love interest Ash is a complete bore and then they had the dreaded insta-love at which point I was pissed off at our main character. I would like to think it's just lust and she will snap out of it in the next book and Ewing will bring a certain someone else into her life whom she develops a relationship with in a more realistic fashion.

      Overall though I really did like this book even with that wreck of a romance. There is a resistance growing which I have a feeling is what the next book is mainly going to focus on and I can't wait to see more of some of the characters that I started to love which we only saw bits and pieces of in this book.


      8.11.2014

      Review: Rapture by Lauren Kate

      Rapture by Lauren Kate

        The sky is dark with wings....

        Like sand through an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth.

        Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this — live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies...and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed.

        And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her — and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now is the only one that truly matters.

        In the fight for Luce, who will win?

        Rapture is the astonishing conclusion to the Fallen series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.


        First Line: "First there was silence-"

        Review: So I've finally finished this series, it took me two years after Rapture being released to finally pick it up and complete the series mainly because of how disappointed I was with Passion, anyways surprisingly Rapture did not disappoint and I now wish I did pick it up when it had first released.

        The books starts off exactly where it left off in Passion and even though it had been a while since I read Passion Kate gives you enough information to where it was easy to recall things that happened in the previous books. I did find myself a little bored at times but then certain things would occur that would grab my attention and I couldn't get through the pages fast enough and it continued like that for majority of the book everything is really fast paced and then all of a sudden for a few pages I found myself bored, but not to the point where it truly annoyed me and kept me from enjoying the book.

        I loved the amount of action and adventure that was delivered in Rapture although the battle I expected at the fall site didn't live up to what I had hoped for at all it was actually kind of a bummer. I do have to say it was finally nice to learn everything about Luce and who she was I kind of had guessed it but was never really sure and then there was her insane connection with Lucifer I just didn't see that coming at all. 

        My biggest gripe about this whole book was the lack of Cam I adored him and it's like Kate just got tired of his character and barely made him relevant and then the lack of closure at the end with his character truly pissed me off. Speaking of endings I'm still trying to convince myself that I should be happy the way things played out for Luce and Daniel but I'm kind of sad and happy about it and after I finished reading it for about a day I was sitting there trying to convince myself all the reasons it was a good thing on how it all wrapped up for the two.

        Overall this series was a hit and miss some books were great others not so much but I'm glad I read it.


        Memorable Quotes:~"Heartbreak is its own form of amnesia."

        ~"You are the soul that fits into mine"

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