Stormdancer (The Lotus Wars #1) by Jay Kristoff
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
“Dying is easy. Anyone can throw themselves onto the pyre and rest a happy martyr. Enduring the suffering that comes with sacrifice is the real test.”
This book made my inner anime nerd glow in happiness. This is a book with Japanese tones and setting done right. A bit overdone perhaps but still compared to the books I’ve read, a vast improvement. Now I can see how people without any prior knowledge of Japanese culture could get severely lost. He throws in a metric f-ton of words, practices, beliefs, gods, clothing, weapons, folklore, you name it it was probably in there. I won’t lie, Kristoff is very wordy. Overly descriptive. Almost to the point of screaming “THIS IS SET/BASED IN JAPAN IN CASE YOU DIDN’T NOTICE YET” in your face while your reading. Yet I still enjoyed it so much.
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad #5) by Tana French
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
“This flood was rocking her on her feet, too; she was kicking into its current, proving that she had a say in where it took her, before it could close over her head and bowl her away.”
There is something about the way Tana French writes that reads like liquid honey. Usually. It sucks you in. Now don’t get me wrong, her “girl speak” or “teen slang” or whatever she used in the way that almost every girl in this book spoke was almost physically painful to read. The “OhmyGod” and “totes amazeballs”, the overuse of the word “like” in a very unnecessary valley girl impression. Now I get that they were supposed to be uppity rich snob girls but I’m also supposed to believe they were so secretive and held onto the right information and led detectives in loops and waited for the right question to be asked when they talked/acted like the only thing they were smart enough to know was the directions to the mall or the only numbers they bothered to memorize was daddy’s credit card number.
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
“His mouth on mine, the texture of his tongue, the taste of him, his warmth in a world of such coldness-all of it felt like divinity. I wasn’t a ghost in that moment. I wasn’t nothing.”
This book was so deliciously creepy. It is most definitely not my normal read. This book was gripping. I wanted to know. Had to know what was going to happen. Now I have a bit of a problem. I have this terrible reading habit. More often than not, I will get partway through a book and skip to the end to see if it’s going to make me hate myself for reading it. If I’m going to be aggravated by the end. With this book I physically could not do this. Part of me wanted to. So badly. I was so curious! The other part of me that wanted to see the story unfold properly was stronger. Honestly though? That’s a rarity. That a book such has such solid hold on me that I don’t cave and read the ending.
The Marked Girl (Marked Girl #1) by Lindsey Klingele
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
“The only way to decide, in the moment, was to determine which path was the one she could live with the least, and then take the other one.”
I feel like if I hadn’t read as many YA novels as I have, I would have enjoyed this more. A lot of elements in this story are the typical overused ones we see all too often. The love triangle is of course my usual favorite thing to make me instantly dislike a book and of course the special snowflake syndrome was quite rampant if you can’t tell by the title alone. Continue reading
Divined (The Last Oracle #3) by Emily Wibberly
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
“You can never be certain you’re making the right choice, and you’re going to have to start making decisions without knowing what will come of them.”
I have mixed feelings about Divined. I really liked certain aspects of the book and the ending did tie everything together really well. Yet I can’t say I was happy with it either. Strangely my biggest problem was one of the biggest strengths of the two previous books. Our protagonist, Clio. Continue reading
Blood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle #2) by Heather Demetrios
Rating: ♥ ♥
“Feeling hurt like a bitch. No wonder he’d avoided it all these years.”
After how enamored I was with the first in this series (Exquisite Captive) I ended up quite disappointed with Blood Passage. While I adore jinnis, and I find their powers fascinating. While I enjoyed such an intricate character as Malek. The “romance” aspect of this novel was just…sickening? Is that the word I’m looking for? I hit a certain paragraph and it all just went downhilll from there. Continue reading