I love this series. Trilogy. Whatever it is. I loved Crash, I loved it so much I parked my butt on the couch and didn’t move until I finished. Then I crossed off the days on my calendar and when Bang came out I got my hands on it ASAP and parked my butt on the couch and didn’t move until I finished it. I usually hate sequels, they’re dreary and annoying, but Bang was like the best sequel in the entire universe. I’m serious, I didn’t even realize the fact that it was a sequel reading it; the story is sewn together seamlessly. It’s amazing I loved every second of it and if you haven’t read Crash, then get off the interwebs and go read that book it’s amazing. Then you may proceed to read the Bang review, cause, spoilers.
So I’m annoying when it comes to titles and covers. Most people don’t get as emotional as I do over a title of a book. And when I saw it was going to be titled Bang I literally got sad. I didn’t want that title it didn’t make sense. But as soon as started reading it turned out to be a great title. Bang picks up where Crash leaves off, like literally it was within the week for the characters. Jules gets her doctor’s approval to start going back to school now that most her injuries are healed and the excitement is short lived. Because Sawyer has a Vision, and we all know how bad that is going to be.
Jules and Sawyer team up and track down this Vision, it’s a lot harder this time since it isn’t hitting close to home. Jules had it easy seeing a familiar face and landmark. Sawyer can hardly get any information from just seeing his, over and over, but with Jules’s help they work things out. Now, Jules is as helpful as the next Vision haver, whatever, but it takes Trey and even Charlie to get it all sorted out. Also, Trey is the best thing that has ever happened to the novel world. Seriously I love him so much I just want a pocket Trey to carry around in my purse.
Bang blew my expectations out of the water, it’s cute, and witty, adventurous, action packed, it’s got it all and I love it so much. It’s a story I love to love and I’m so glad it exceeds my expatiations. It’s just overall so amazing and I give it a 5 without a doubt. Of course as soon as I finished I had to stalk goodreads to see if there would be a third, and there is Gasp which comes out June 3rd 2014, the day after my birthday!!! Oh and I honestly will admit to the fact that when I found Gasp I gasped and I also screamed a little and dropped my phone.
Uhhhhhhhhhh. What book am I even reviewing again? Oh yeah, Sentinel!! Alrighty so what’s up my peoples! I’ve been not in blogger land really lately; I haven’t even been in book land let alone blogger land. Where have I been? In SAT prep land. Yeah it makes me want to cry too, then I visited college application land for a little bit, and now I’m sightseeing in graduation project landia. Seriously, why? Now aside from fulfilling my graduation and pre college requirements I’ve gotten the chance to read like, one short story and three books. And when you read, like, freaking seventy books a year and then you only read like two books a month. It feels like someone cut off your right arm. And I’m right handed just so you know. It’s painful, and you have a ghost limb, and you want to cry most of the time. But then I get this magical little thing called free time, and screw my friends and family I’m picking up Sentinel and I’m finding out if Alex and Aiden are still together.
And by the ways, they are so still together, I love it when there’s a war going around and yet the main couple characters still find time to suck face. Though in all fairness, they had to wait forever to actually get a chance to be together, and now that they are finally together and neither of them is in critical condition they’re like constantly down each other’s throats. Which okay yeah, one or two steamy little romantic scenes are cute, but then when you’re just throwing them in a room together to fill space it gets sorta boring. I put the book down again cause how many times can Aiden say agapi mou without the rest of us getting sick of it? In all seriousness though, speaking from someone who’s multilingual being called “my love” or “my angel” in another language you’re fluent in really does not make a difference.
The story is totally heated up and intense and you want to cry because it’s the last one. But alas tears will not change it, so you must embrace it. What I’m still not sure of if I liked or not, was most of this book was setting up the battle plans and getting ready to attack. It wasn’t really in the battle, that all happened in like the last three chapters. Everything was building up to it all, but once you’re knee deep in the actual fighting, you’ve got like two chapters left. There’s some sad, some happy, some cute, some annoying, some “omg I’m going to actually die right now I can’t even” and then some “no no no no no please tell me I read that wrong that did not just happen!!!”. But no for real it happened and I think that if I were ever forced into therapy by the emotional trauma I’ve suffered at the hands of YA this would be the book. I’d sit down and explain that Luke, Deacon, Olivia, Alex, Aiden, Seth, even Seth, all did this to me. I’m not crazy, I’m just emotional.
Overall this review is more a rant about my life than the review, but I don’t want to give the story away. I know that if you’ve read up to Sentinel that means you’re four novels and two short stories deep and sweety, just finish the series. I was sad to see it end, but I liked that it did. I have to admit that honestly, if it would’ve ended after the 4th book, maybe that would’ve been better. It started to drag in places, but it was a nice ride and I was glad I was on it. Sentinel gets a 4, didn’t really end with a bang, but it lived up to expectations.
Wow I hated this book so much there aren’t enough adjectives in the English language to describe it. No lie this book gets a .0000001. Never mind I take it back it gets a negative trillion. Cat Patrick is an author that I love and I never read a book by her that I wasn’t happy with. The same goes for Suzanne Young, I love her other novels, and they’re some of my favorite stories. Who would’ve thought when you put them together all hell would freeze over? I hated this book so much, utterly and entirely. The story is about Caroline, who has a million nicknames and yet make absolutely no sense because they aren’t ever explained in the book. Her parents got a divorce a few years back which triggered her to move in with her grandmother. Now however long later her grandmother is dying and Caroline is faced with a choice on the night she dies. Go out with her friend to a random party, or stay with her dying grandmother. So every other chapter is a Stay or Go chapter in which we see how her life changes with that decision.
First off that’s pretty stupid to me, it’s not a choice whoever would leave their grandma in her dying moments is just heartless. Now the other part that majorly sucked is whether or not Caroline stays or goes, nothing really happens. The only difference I saw between them is where she lived and who her boyfriend was. And that second one didn’t really matter anyways. The story was bland, uninteresting, boring as heck, and as entertaining as watching paint dry.
Just Like Fate is one of the biggest book disappointments I’ve read, and an awful book to close 2013 with. Hopefully this year will be better for both Patrick and Young. I really would not recommend picking up Just Like Fate, spend your time wiser and read a previous book by the authors.
I liked this book. It’s a really really good book. It’s one that takes your mind and flips it upside down and your so pulled in you’re not living in the characters world’s you’re in their minds. It’s intense and it’s a fast read, or I just read it fast because it was intense. It’s just so amazingly awesome that I just can’t find the words to describe it. It screws with your emotions for sure. But it’s the sequel so if you haven’t read Mind Games then go and read it and be very very lucky you didn’t have to wait a year like I did and then read Perfect Lies. Then after that you can come back and read this review and know you aren’t alone because this book just is too good for words.
Sad part is, it’s kinda predictable. Once you’ve read the first book you get a feel for the characters and what they’re going to do. Who’s going to fall for who, who takes the shot, who crumbles and who stays strong. There aren’t many new characters so you have even less of a hard time figuring out exactly what’s going to happen. Although it doesn’t really matter that you know exactly what is about to happen. You know exactly when and how it’s going to happen, but that doesn’t stop you from finishing the book. You sit there reading away your day even though you know what is going on in Annie and Fia’s minds but you just stay. You stay and you read it anyways because it turns your emotions and thoughts to mush and you no longer have the ability to do anything all you know is to continue to read.
Okay, not you you, you as in me. My creative writing teacher was always one to warn us about the correct way to use “you” in writing. So yeah I sat here reading even when my nook only had 18% battery life left and my math homework was waiting to be done. (By the ways don’t ever do that to your nook. When it’s dying charge the damn thing or else it starts gonna go all wacko on you, mine’s given me four years but the last two have been a little sketchy. Just some words of wisdom from you literature lunatic here.)
In the end it’s the Annie and Fia that you’ve grown to love and feel for and the words are just sp good. The story is one that’s amazing to me and it’s a really short one too but there’s a lot coming across. It’s the type of story that wraps you up into the characters minds and you feel the puppet ropes right alongside them. You want the best for them and even when it’s obvious what’s going to happen, it’s still worth the read. It’s worth the hours its takes because it’s an amazing journey.
So yeah. Perfect Lies gets a perfect 5.0! Woohoo. Gotta love books about little teenage girls who end up murdering people.
Split Second is a sequel that I actually liked. A lot. The characters are awesome, the story is interesting, and it’s extremely well written. It’s a sequel and ending worthy of Pivot Point and I really loved both of these books. They’re two books that I think not many know about and I think that everyone should give them a chance.
Split Second picks up right around where Pivot Point left off. Addie and Laila are both alive but things are far from okay. With all the insanity that’s been going on at home Addie decides to visit her father in the norm world during her six week winter break. In this story the chapters flip from Laila and Addie, rotating each chapter and I surprisingly liked it a lot. It gives an opportunity to learn more about Laila who really matures as a character in this book, and it’s a great chance to learn more about her and her family. At first I wasn’t Laila’s biggest fan, but after reading more about her and her brothers I wouldn’t mind having a third book mostly about her. She’s a really strong character and it finally is showing.
While Addie is discovering the norm world and adjusting to life with her father things get kinda flipped. I liked that Addie strays toward the same group of characters we got to know her in Search from Pivot Point but there is a twist on it. For starters Stephanie the mean girl who tried to ruin Addie’s life the first time? Yeah they end up being friends now, and I again liked seeing more to Stephanie. But things are a little twisted for Addie because she’s so confused about everything. She isn’t getting along that great with her dad, and then something is going on with her ability and things are becoming a mess.
The only one single thing I didn’t like in this story was I could easily predict a few things. I think the plot could’ve been a little thicker, and that things shouldn’t have been as transparent at times. But aside from that I loved being able to go on another journey with Addie and her friends. Hopefully this isn’t the last book, but even if it is it’s a great ending and scores a 4.5 from me! Make sure to pick up Split Second it’s a really great story and just as good as Pivot Point. (Even though I didn’t love the cover as much as I did Pivot Point’s.)
I’m at war with myself. I love this trilogy and this story so much I’m just so happy I’ve read it and was taken on such an awesome well written journey. But I’m also so upset and angry and distraught because it’s finished and it’s over and it was such a worthy final book but I want more! Then again I don’t want more, because you know too much of a good thing. Either way the Shatter Me Trilogy is done for me, although in all fairness Ignite Me was freaking awesome. This entire trilogy is so badass and Ignite Me didn’t leave me with any disappointments. So yeah if you haven’t read the first two books, do so! Also grab the Novella’s cause they’re insanely amazeballs.
Moving on to Ignite Me, I didn’t really love the name. I kinda got bored with them, but as I read on I understood the meaning. This book just explodes with everything, it’s the best conclusion to anything ever it’s so wonderfully amazing I’m gonna cry! Tears of joy but still cry. I love how Juliette finally wakes up, she’s out of the sad girl state, gone from the confusion and is finally aware and in control. She’s grown so much as a character and she’s finally comfortable in her own skin. I just love it so much.
There’s a lot of intensity in this book, which makes sense it’s the end and it does go out with a bang. The characters were all staying true to who they were with one exception I’ll bring that up later. The action was awesome, Juliette gets to blow things up, woo! The pace was something that got me. I feel like things slowed down in the middle and then jumped right to the end. Which is sad because I would’ve loved like, a thousand more pages, but all is well. I think overall this book is outstanding and amazing and breathtaking and I loved every minute of it and I just want to reread it enough times that the words are sketched into my mind for me to always remember.
The only thing that got me, was Adam. He wasn’t Adam. He’s changed and everyone notices it, but I feel like Adam was cut out from the story. He was there in the first book, he was such a big role of it all and then he just was pushed to the side by Juliette’s new found confidence. I get that in the story his character changed loads, but I feel like it was too much of an off switch when it came to him. He just got turned off, went from the lead to an extra.
All in all I love Ignite Me, I wish that I would’ve slowed down a bit and not inhaled it all at once. But it was an amazing gorgeous story and I just love Mafi’s writing style it’s so beautiful. And I must say the ending was an ending that I think will make all the readers filled with joy. So 5 thousand stars for me. Love this entire trilogy. Bestest ever.
It’s finally here, Into the Still Blue, the conclusion to the Under the Never Sky Trilogy. It’s here, I read it, and I’m disappointed. I’ve been waiting a year for this novel to be published, sadly to me, it wasn’t worth the wait. Now for those who haven’t read up till the third book this review contains spoilers so go do your homework or something.
Now Through the Ever Night left off on a pretty cliffy hanger. We’ve got the sick Dwellers, Perry as a confused as heck Blood Lord, poor Roar is just in shambles, and Aria got shot. Into the Still Blue picks right back up where Through the Ever Night left off, and I love that, but it was sorta dull. In my opinion everything seemed watered down, and the finale really isn’t up to par with the first and second book. The first two novels, especially the first, had a lot of action, intense moments, and were incredibly well written. There was character development, there was an amazing plot; an overall amazing story.
However, Into the Still Blue was a letdown, and extremely unsatisfying. I just finished it a few hours ago and I’m still a little distracted with thoughts of “that’s it?” I expected so much more from the closing note of the trilogy. After two novels, and two short stories, I wanted it to end with a bang. I wanted the finale to be intense, heated, and really take off where the previous stories built up to. But it fell so fast and so hard.
What’s really happening is a back and forth battle of should I stay or go? I felt like the characters were scattered, should they trust Sable? Should they not? Should they trust Hess? Did they need them? How were they gonna survive? It really annoyed me how in this book the characters got into a lot of messes trying to prevent one thing from happening but in the end it happened. Which really contradicts the entire story. It was too hot and cold for me to like, and I honestly feel cheated out of a finale. The Eve Trilogy had a better ending than Under the Never Sky and before reading this I would think that impossible because the Eve Trilogy sucks!
I’m still not over how terrible this story was, the characters annoyed me, it was predictable, nothing really happened, and in the end everything they did was sorta useless. Not to mention how annoyed I was with Sable not being a more developed character. In the story it seems like he has some kind of super power, he knows all, but it never continues on that. Sure Sable knows your deepest darkest secrets within only knowing you for two minutes, but no one has any idea how on earth he does it. And the annoying part, is no one even cares! I care! That was potential!
In conclusion, Into the Still Blue was lost potential and that’s all it’s going to be. Personally, I’m really sad about that, because like I said before, the first two books were amazing and I wanted more for the characters. It was a wasted opportunity and I sorta wish I never read it.
Into the Still Blue scores a 3.5 for me. And that cover is just hideous.
Author: Josephine Angelini
Title: Starcrossed (Starcrossed Trilogy)
How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood … and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.