I Am Number Four: Review

I Am Number Four has been on my to-be-read list for a long time and I finally picked it up. Color me disappointed. Not what I expected.

I am number fourI Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

YA Fantasy, SciFi

Published 2010

#1 of Lorien Legacies

I have seen the movie based on this book. It has been a long time but I remember it being OK, not great though. I expected more of the book because lets face it, books are better!

My expectations were not met. The entire book promised action at any moment, but it didn’t deliver until the last few chapters. Meaning, only a quarter of the book was actually interesting. Lots of information to give the reading since it was the first in a series. Show it, don’t tell it.

I’m debating about reading the second book of the Lorien Legacies series because if the last of this book was action filled, maybe there is more to be had in the other books. Me reading it isn’t certain though.

I had to force myself through this one, refusing to not finish it since it was on my TBR list for so long I felt I owed it to myself to finish it.

Here is the Goodreads excerpt:

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books–but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

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Obsidian: Review

This is one of those that has been on my list for quite some time. My goal for the summer has been to knock some books off of that list, and though Obsidian wasn’t the first one I picked up, it has certainly been one of my favorites so far. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes Twilight, The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, Cinder, etc.

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

YA Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Sci Fi

Published 2012

#1 of Lux Series

First of all, let me just say that Jennifer Armentrout knows how to write. Her writing style is so easy to read. I found myself falling into the book in the very first page. An author has to have true talent to do that.

The book is amazingly entertaining. I found myself hanging on every word. I literally read this book in one day. I haven’t done that in a very very long time. And let add that the main male character, Daemon Black, filled an Edward Cullen sized hole in my heart.

There is teen angst, that is obvious. I know, I’m an adult, but does the angst thing when it comes to romance ever really change? We are all pretty much dumb when it comes to that department. I don’t tend to read books that are just about some teens that are living their life that have some major drama problems, I have to have something that is paranormal to make it interesting. Obsidian has all that; it has all of the major pieces that make a book amazing, specifically a YA book.

There is mystery, action, and romance abound. And yes, there is a lot of those moments when the reader has figured out something that the character hasn’t and you want to smack them in the face for not seeing it yet. Frustration. The romance action is very love/hate and I loved it! I found myself hooked to each character in that amazing way.

Oh, and the main character who’s view the book is told from is a book blogger. Relate-ability anyone?

I’m now on book #3 and I am not going as strong as I was with book #1, but the story is still good. More on that later!

Here is the excerpt from Goodreads:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Review: Spellcaster

spellcasterSpellcaster by Claudia Gray is a young adult fantasy novel and the first in a series with the same name. The book is about a teenage girl, Nadia, in high school who is a young witch. Her mother, also a witch, left her and her father and little brother, so they packed up and moved to try to start a new life. While settling into her new home and her new life Nadia discovers a powerful mysterious force under the town. She meets two new friends, and together they try to figure out what is wrong with the town they live in.

Gray’s book is an easy read, I would compare it to watching an episode of The Vampire Diaries. It is fun and exciting, but the plot isn’t very deep and meaningful. It’s just one of those books. I like those kinds of books sometimes, like now. I wasn’t looking for a thick, complicated book to make me ponder my life’s meaning, and that isn’t what I found.

Nadia and her friends are interesting characters that all have a conflict unique to them; the mysterious magic effects them all in different ways. There is a little bit of the teen angst romance drama, but it isn’t so much that it gets annoying, bu just enough to frustrate. Also, the bad guy (or girl) is actually kind of awesomely evil, and we only get a taste of her…there is more to come in the sequel.

If you enjoy books along the lines of Hexed and Beautiful Creatures I highly recommend Spellcaster. I give it 4/5 stars.

 

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Review: Dark Sacrifice

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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Sacrifice is the second book in Angie Sandro’s series about Mala LaCroix and her JuJu filled life. She sees dead people, literally. And she just got through a pretty traumatic situation in Dark Paradise (book one) only to be shoved out of the frying pan and into the dark magic induced fire. Along with having to figure out her supernatural abilities, she is also trying to figure out her love life.

The beginning of this book through me for an emotional filled loop, but it quickly corrected itself. There was some pretty frustrating stubbornness going on in the romance department. Thank goodness to, it was about time! Sometimes men are clueless, well maybe all the time. After getting out of the psych ward at the local hospital, and getting her crush out of prison, Mala is accosted by some pretty pissed off ghosts. She heads to New Orleans where some great, and not so great, surprises are waiting for her.  Poor Mala can’t win for loosing.

Angie Sandro knows how to make her readers fall in love with all of her characters. Her writing style is spot on and it flows like a good movie. She makes her books read like you are living it.

While she finally figures out what she wants out of her love life, Mala has just began to figure out what her life is going to hold for her and how to live in it. Want to read about Mala’s misadventures in Paradise Pointe? Pick up Dark Paradise and start reading the series, you won’t regret it! Dark Redemption is going to release on September 9th.

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DNF: The Stars Are Falling

the stars are fallingI received The Stars Are Falling by Michelle Birbeck as an ARC. I read a little over a quarter of the book, but I didn’t finish the book. This book was one of the worst I’ve read this summer. I had to file it under DNF (Do Not Finish). I don’t believe in forcing myself to finish a book I don’t like unless there is money or grading involved.

Why did I not like this book you ask? Two reasons:

1. The story is based around the idea that stars have fallen from the sky and they are actually people (or aliens that look like people) that enjoy incinerating pesky humans who get in their way, and that is a broad term. Like if a star is walking down the street and you come up to it and try to communicate and it has to stop for you, it will burn you into nothingness immediately.

2. Jenny, the main character, loses her mother to a star early in the book. Like, in the second chapter or so, but she doesn’t really do much in the way of morning.  She, apparently, has been harboring a huge crush on one of her male roommates, and as soon as he shows her any interest, she obsessed with him and thinks of nothing but him. She justifies her blatant disregard for her mother’s death by saying she needs to be strong to figure out what to do to and therefore can’t focus on it, but doesn’t swooning over a hot boy also qualify as a distraction? If you don’t have time to morn your mom’s death, you don’t have time to make out with, debate having sex with, or have googly eyes with your new boyfriend. and if you do, I can’t root for you. I just can’t.

If you want to check the book out, go right ahead. Here is where to find it:

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Have you thrown any books into your DNF pile lately?

Review: Cress

cressCress, by Marissa Meyer, is the third book in the Lunar Chronicle series. The series is about a group of, well, teenagers, who are trying to save Earth from a power crazed Moon queen. Each book is loosely based on a different fairy tale, and each book has its own main character that is supposed to represent the main character of the fairy tale.

I love the Lunar Chronicle series; it is so original compared to most of the other popular series hitting the shelves these days. Each character is strong and worth investing your reading time in. So far there is Cinder (Cinderella), Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), and Cress (Rapunzel). With these three characters are also a few secondary characters that a reader can’t help but fall in love with. In this series you will find love, friendship, heart break, suspense, adventure, and heroism. Also, the villain is one of the best villains EVER. She is the queen of the moon, Luna, and she is just about as evil as they come. She can (and loves to) bend the will of humans to do just about whatever she wants them to do, including killing themselves and worshiping her. Can you imagine if that kind of person is the ruler of the moon and Earth? That would be horrible. Hence, the teenage rebellion.

Cress’s character is based on Repunzal, and she has been locked in a satellite (instead of a tower) for seven years by herself. I love her, she starts off a little socially awkward, but she learns her way around other people quickly. She has lived a heart breaking existence for just about her whole life. You can’t help but fall in love with her. In this book there is betrayal, heart break, and lots of action packed adventure. Who to trust? Where is safety? When will the next attack happen?

Interested? Go find a copy of Cinder, the first book, and start the series for yourself. The fourth book, Winter, is going to be released on November 10th, 2015. That’s too long to wait!

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July Wrap-up

August

I can’t believe July is already coming to an end. Where did it go? School will be starting up soon, and that probably means my posting will slow a little. I do have classes to keep up with, which means reading…and homework. Lets take a look at the books I read this month and the books I plan to read in August. August people…seriously.  You can click the books I’ve read to see my reviews (except Cress, which I totally forgot to review and will get posted asap).

In the month of July I read:

hexedalias hookcressfiend

 

I DNFed:

the stars are fallingi town

 

I just couldn’t get into these. I hate to DNF books, but with book blogging especially there isn’t time to force myself to read a book I don’t like.

 

I am currently reading:

dark sacrifice cohf Eleanor

 

 

In August I plan to read these in addition to what I am already working on:

sulan rootthe feverspellcaster

 

Maybe a bit ambitious, but I’m hoping to squeeze in some extra reading in the gap between my son starting school and me starting classes. And I know that the July list is a little short, but I was sick or a few days and didn’t read much for about a week.

What will you be reading in the month of August?