I’ve done this before (find them here, if you’re so inclined) but this is basically just books that I don’t really feel like reviewing in any full or coherent sense, and that I also don’t have to review. I mean, I could have…
Onto the books!
Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.
Quick & Dirty:
This book makes me happy. You know the only thing I didn’t like about it? It ended, and I have to wait an entire year for the next one. I am not saying much about it, since it is a second book, except for this:
- No sequel slump in any way.
- Very engaging and fast paced book.
- Set up the next book so, so well.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Published by Soho Teen on June 2nd 2015
In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again--but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron's crew notices, and they're not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can't deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can't stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. Why does happiness have to be so hard?
Quick & Dirty: I am more happy than not that I read this book, especially after that dude at the booth at BEA did not want me to have it. Nay, I think he may have cried when his co-worker gave one to me, Val, and several other people. This has nothing to do with the book. Moving on.
This book was awesome, because it covered so many relevant topics. The cool thing is, it isn’t just diversity, it is Aaron’s life. His whole world is so different from mine, but it didn’t even matter, because I’ll be damned if I didn’t connect to him regardless! There were some pretty epic twists that I didn’t see coming, and so many multifaceted characters. I felt like I was actually in the Bronx- and I have never been there! These was a fabulously well done debut, deserves every ounce of hype, and I suspect Adam has a lot of amazing stories left to write- and I am certain I’ll be reading each one.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published by Scholastic Press on September 18th 2012
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
Quick & Dirty: Onto the books that you made me read! So, I am very glad you all made me read this one. It is not about avian-human hybrids, so for all the
exactly zero other people who thought that… you’re safe. It started off a little slow- though not boring, just slow. I liked Blue and I wanted to know what her deal was, and I liked some of the Raven Boys, but not Adam. He can get bit by a rabid raven or something, that would probably bring more ravens into play, no?
Anyway, there were some very cool twists that I did not see coming, so that added to my enjoyment. I will definitely be picking up The Dream Thieves, so thank you, everyone!!
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel and Friends on February 5th 2013
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
Quick & Dirty: Another blogosphere-selected book for the Make-Me-Read-It-a-Thon. I read it, woo hoo! I got to two books that you picked- this, and Everything, Everything, which were the top two.
I liked this significantly more than Cinder, and I kind of feel bad rating it only a half-star better, but… I don’t know. I did like Cinder, so I wouldn’t have rated it lower. Basically, I liked that this book had a lot more action and revelations than the last book. I also really liked Scarlet as a character, and enjoyed Cinder’s story arc much better this time around. The negative? Well, it’s insanely predictable. I don’t know if Cress is the same way, but man, I knew what was coming around every corner. It was still enjoyable, don’t get me wrong. I just kind of wish there was a bit more guess work involved.