New releases #5: May 2014

The following list DOESN’T feature all May YA releases. These are ONLY the ones I find interesting and possibly want to read.

2014/05/01 Scan (Scan #1) by Sarah Fine

2014/05/06 The chapel wars by Lindsey Leavitt

2014/05/06 Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson

2014/05/06 After the end (After the end #1) by Amy Plum

2014/05/06 The one (The selection #3) by Kiera Cass

2014/05/06 Torn away by Jennifer Brown

2014/05/06 Boys like you by Juliana Stone

2014/05/06 Savage drift (Monument 14 #3) by Emmy Laybourne

2014/05/06 The falconer (The falconer #1) by Elizabeth May

2014/05/06 Breakable (Contours of the heart #2) by Tammara Webber

2014/05/13 Of Neptune (The Syrena legacy #3) by Anna Banks

2014/05/13 Free to fall by Lauren Miller

2013/05/13 Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera

2013/05/13 We were liars by E. Lockhart

2014/05/13 Renegade (MILA 2.0 #2) by Debra Driza

2014/05/13 The secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

2014/05/13 Everything leads to you by Nina LaCour

2014/05/13 Nantucket red (Nantucket #2) by Leila Howland

2014/05/13 Life by committee by Corey Ann Haydu

2014/05/13 The lovely and the lost (The dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

2014/05/20 Dangerous creatures (Dangerous creatures #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

2014/05/20 The art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

2014/05/20 The rules for breaking (The rules of disappearing #2) by Ashley Elston

2014/05/20 Reborn (Shadow Falls: After break #1) by C.C. Hunter

2014/05/27 City of heavenly fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

2014/05/27 Take me on (Pushing the limits #4) by Katie McGarry

2014/05/27 Guy in real life by Steve Brezenoff

2014/05/27 The dark world (Dark world #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz

2014/05/27 Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

2014/05/27 Girls like us by Gail Giles

Review: Keeping you a secret by Julie Anne Peters

272315Title: Keeping you a secret

Author: Julie Ann Peters

Series: standalone

Genres: young adult, romance, contemporary, LGBT fiction

Format: paperback

Length: 250 pages

My rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

With a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President, and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger. At least it seems to be. But when Cece Goddard comes to school, everything changes. Cece and Holland have undeniable feelings for each other, but how will others react to their developing relationship? This moving love story between two girls is a worthy successor to Nancy Garden’s classic young adult coming out novel, Annie on My Mind. With her characteristic humor and breezy style, Peters has captured the compelling emotions of young love.

REVIEW:

Julie Ann Peters books have been on my radar for quite some time now and I can’t believe I waited this long to read one! Keeping you a secret was a wonderful experience for me, and I’m now putting all her past/future books on my TBR list. It had all the things I love about a great contemporary YA read. Let’s see.

1. Super likeable main character. I pretty much loved Holland from page one. Her voice sucked me in immediately and I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting. She’s just so real and easy to relate to. Not just for LGBT teens, but for everyone. She’s strong and funny and she grows so much by the end. One of my favourite quotes from the very beginning of the book shows exactly why I liked her:

The guy with the serious orange spike and nostril ring was in my calc class. Winslow Demming. I remembered him from computer science sophomore year, except back then Winslow was a geek. Brilliant, though. And sweet. Another reminder why people shouldn’t be judged on appearance.

2. A romance to root for. Cece was really cool, and these two made me go ‘awwwwwww’ a lot. My only complaint with the book would also be the romance though. It was just a tiny bit too fast for me. I wouldn’t call it insta love (which I still hate) but I wouldn’t have minded some more time getting to know Cece before Holland started falling so hard for her.

3. Supporting characters who stole my heart. Mostly Holland’s ‘weird’ stepsister. I use the term weird loosely here because it’s really subjective, and I’m the last person to call ANYONE weird. Let’s just say she doesn’t fit in with the ‘cool crowd’ in high school. Which of course meant I was going to like her from the start. Same goes for Winslow. You can never have enough quirky characters in one book in my opinion.

4. Characters I loved to hate. Holland’s mother. She was pretty much the worst kind of parent even before she had to deal with Holland’s sexuality, but her reaction to that really sealed the deal for me. I don’t want to spoil anything here, but you’ll see. In the meantime, here’s a quote that sums her up nicely:

“You could’ve been finishing these instead of whatever that is.” She pointed to my tablet, which was open at the bottom of my bed. Had I left it open? “Why in the world are you taking art? What a waste of time.”

5. Characters I was conflicted about. Seth, Holland’s boyfriend. To say my opinion changed about this guy every other page would be an understatement. On one hand, it was obvious he genuinely cared about Holland and you can’t help but feel at least a little sorry for him considering everything that happens. On the other hand, he just got on my nerves a lot. He was pushy, and pressuring a girl about sex is NEVER OK. And pressuring her to go the same college as you so you can maybe end up together in the distant future? Yeah… I don’t think so.

6. A not too neat ending. As much as I like an uplifting/happy ending, in books like this it’s just too unrealistic to expect everyone is magically going to be OK with everything by the end and we’ll all get along nicely. In this case, the ending doesn’t tie everything up but it did leave me satisfied.

Overall I really really loved this book, and I’m so looking forward to more Julie Ann Peters. I highly recommend this to everyone who’s looking for a great contemporary read. Luna is next on my TBR, please tell me it’s just as good.

Waiting On Wednesday #17

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Hosted by: Breaking the Spine
Description: “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

18607160This week’s selection: Lies my girlfriend told me by Julie Ann Peters

Release date: June 10th 2014

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

When Alix’s charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee’s room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee’s cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: “Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you.”

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life–secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she’s been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee’s phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee’s lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they’d thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to–but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?

Why did I choose this?

In honor of LGBT month I chose an LGBT themed book this week. Julie Ann Peters books have been on my TBR list for the longest time, and I finally started reading Keeping you a secret today. I’m loving it so far, and her upcoming book sounds like another emotional contemporary read which is right up my alley.

 

Waiting On Wednesday #16

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Hosted by: Breaking the Spine
Description: “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

15749186This week’s selection: To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han

Release date: April 15th 2014

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Why did I choose this?

I haven’t read anything from Jenny Han yet, but I’m really excited about this one. It sounds like a really cute contemporary read with substance to it. And only 2 more weeks to go!🙂

 

New releases #4: April 2014

The following list DOESN’T feature all April YA releases. These are ONLY the ones I find interesting and possibly want to read.

2014/04/01 Learning not to drown by Anna Shinoda: a contemporary YA debut about a dysfunctional family. I usually love those.

2014/04/01 Salvage by Alexandra Duncan: an interesting sci-fi read I heard good things about.

2014/04/01 The ring and the crown by Melissa de la Cruz: a recent WoW pick. It’s time to read another Melissa de la Cruz book.

2014/04/01 The summer I wasn’t me by Jessica Verdi: contemporary LGBT book, another one I’m really looking forward to. Hopefully I’ll read it in time to write up a review for LGBT month.

2014/04/01 Sekret (Sekret #1) by Lindsay Smith: Soviet Russia and psychics? Say no more.

2014/04/01 Dorothy must die (Dorothy must die #1) by Danielle Paige: I love retellings of any kind, so this is a must read for me.

2014/04/01 This side of salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready: the author of the Shade trilogy finally dabbling in contemporary? Yes, please.

2014/04/08 Dreams of gods & monsters (Daughter of smoke & bone #3) by Laini Taylor: one of my most anticipated books this year. I’m seriously dying for this one!!!

2014/04/08 Toxic heart (Mystic City #2) by Theo Lawrence: Mystic City is one of those books I’ve had forever, but keep putting off. A sequel will hopefully speed me up.

2014/04/08 The here and now by Ann Brashares: I’ll read anything written by Ann Brashares. That is all.

2014/04/08 Rebel belle by Rachel Hawkins: I liked the Hex Hall books a lot, can’t wait to see what Rachel Hawkins comes up with next.

2014/04/10 The museum of intangible things by Wendy Wunder: I’ve read Wendy Wunder’s The probability of miracles (a cancer book), let’s hope this one will be happier.

2013/04/15 Frozen (Taken #2) by Erin Bowman: I haven’t started this series yet, but it sounds interesting.

2013/04/15 The geography of you and me by Jennifer E. Smith: I read The statistical probability of love at first sight, I have high hopes for this one, too.

2014/04/15 To all the boys I’ve loved before (To all the boys I’ve loved before #1) by Jenny Han: this book is praised everywhere lately, and it sounds like a cute read.

2014/04/15 Don’t look back by Jennifer Armentrout: a standalone mystery YA novel. I need to read more of those.

2014/04/15 What I thought was true by Huntley Fitzpatrick: I want this book for shallow reasons. The cover is GORGEOUS.

2014/04/15 Open road summer by Emery Lord: I’m a sucker for road trip books, and I’ve heard good things about this one.

2014/04/15 House of ivy and sorrow by Natalie Whipple: another pretty cover. I don’t really know what to expect from this one, but I’m putting it on the list.

2014/04/22 The inventor’s secret (The inventor’s secret #1) by Andrea Cremer: steampunk YA written by Andrea Cremer? Sign me up.

2014/04/22 The prisoner of night and fog by Anne Blankman: another historical YA, set in 1930s Germany this time. I have good feelings about this book.

2014/04/22 The hunt (Project Paper doll #2) by Stacey Kade: I haven’t started this series yet either, but Stacey Kade books are on my radar ever since The ghost and the goth trilogy.

2014/04/29 Sweet reckoning (Sweet #3) by Wendy Higgins: I’m undecided about this one, heard mixed things about the whole series. Putting it tentatively on the list.

2014/04/29 Sleep no more by Aprilynne Pike: a paranormal mystery, similar to Lisa McMann’s Wake (which I loved). And it’s written by Aprilynne Pike, which doesn’t hurt either.

2014/04/29 The taking (The taking #1) by Kimberly Derting: I really enjoyed The body finder series (not so much The pledge), hopefully I’ll like this one, too.

2014/04/29 Exile (Exile #1) by Kevin Emerson: this one is a recent find too, it involves a mystery and musicians. I need more books involving musicians.🙂

2014/04/29 In the shadows by Kiersten White: I’ve been drooling over this book long before the cover was revealed. Kiersten White is always a must read for me.

April – LGBT Month

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LGBT Month is hosted by Cayce at Fighting Dreamer and Laura at Laura Plus Books. It runs throughout April and it’s here to celebrate LGBT readers, LGBT authors and of course LGBT books!

What is this all about?

Introducing… LGBT Month! Throughout the month of April, Laura and Cayce decided that they should celebrate the LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) through the love of books.

This event has no real rules. All you have to do is read and share LGBT+ books. At least one book or one post! Try to spread the acceptance of LGBT+. You don’t need to have a blog. You can have a YouTube channel, you can review books on Goodreads and/or you can use the hashtag #LGBTApril on Twitter!

Over the next month, there will be discussions, reviews, guest posts, Twitter parties, giveaways, and a read-along. To participate you only have to post one thing about LGBT in April and you’re qualified for some goodies. Your blog post can be a review of an LGBT book, a discussion, basically anything goes and you don’t even have to have a blog.

Will I participate?

Yes. This is an important topic, and I’m really looking forward to discussing it with others and finding new books to read. On this blog I’ll be reviewing at least one LGBT book in April, hopefully more. If you want to participate too, you can sign up here.

Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer – Satellite girl

13206828Title: Cress

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar chronicles #3

Genres: young adult, sci-fi, romance

Format: audiobook

Length: 15 hrs 44 min

Narrator: Rebecca Soler

My rating: 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

REVIEW:

NOTE: this review is spoiler free for the whole series.

HOW DOES MARISSA MEYER KEEP DOING THIS TO ME??? I’m back with another swoony review of what’s quickly becoming one of my favourite fantasy/sci-fi series of all time, The Lunar chronicles. Everything I adored about Cinder & Scarlet is still very much present in this book, and then some. This book has it all: swooning, humour, action and heartbreak. Oh, the heartbreak. Marissa Meyer ripped my fragile heart out and stomped on it several times by the end.

Cress is a very different heroine that Cinder and Scarlet. She’s more of a dreamer, and could be considered a little naive, but she’s by no means stupid or weak. Her compute hacking skills are really cool, and probably will come in handy a lot in the future. And Thorne!!! Awww. What can I say? I have a huge soft spot for the guy. I don’t love him as much as I love Kai, but still. He was mostly comic relief in Scarlet, but he’s tested more after a specific event this time around, and definitely grows a lot. The rest of the gang is still here (Iko!!!) and there’s progress there too. Queen Levana continues to be creepy and terrifying, an excellent example of a good villain. I honestly can’t wait to see how she ends in the last book. Hoping for a satisfying takedown.🙂

And now onto something else. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the things I personally look for most in a good fantasy series is structure. Not just within one book, but the whole series. Harry Potter is obviously a good example for this, and so is anything Richelle Mead writes.  The reason so many series goes downhill for me (especially the more drawn out ones) is because after a point the authors have no idea where the story is going, and just keep writing filler books rehashing the same old, hoping readers won’t notice. Or they twist the storylines so much, that the whole thing turns into a bad soap opera. Marissa Meyer clearly put a lot of thought into the entire series before she ever wrote a single word, and it shows. The plot is tight and things are unraveling at a good pace. No boring or unnecessary parts here. This is a huge bonus point for me.

If I had to complain about something, it would be Jason. He’s a new character and he’s going to be princess Winter’s love interest. He didn’t impress me much so far, and I really hope he’ll improve in the next book.

The ending probably can’t be considered a truly major cliffhanger, but it leaves many things unresolved, and I’m so invested in the characters at this point, that I just want to get my hands Winter. 2015, hurry up already!

 Narration:

Excellent narration once again from Rebecca Soler. Her ‘Iko voice’ is my personal favourite.

Review: Written in red by Anne Bishop – Learning from you

15711341Title: Written in red

Author: Anne Bishop

Series: The others #1

Genres: adult, urban fantasy, romance (sort of)

Format: audiobook

Length: 18 hrs 36 min

Narrator: Alexandra Harris

My rating: 4 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

REVIEW:

I came across the sequel of this book (Murder of crows) soon after I started blogging, and put the whole series on my TBR because it sounded intriguing. It’s not really what I would usually pick up, but I’m trying to read more out of my comfort zone these days, and that includes more urban fantasy. Glad to say it’s paying off so far.🙂

Things I liked a lot:

1. SHAPESHIFTERS. YES. Shapeshifters are my favourite kind of supernatural creatures, and I loved everything about them here. Shapeshifters usually mean werevolves in most cases, but there are all sorts of animals here.  Crows! BEARS!!!! Spirit bears!!! Grizzly bears!!! Bears are awesome. More bears please.

2. Meg. To be honest, I had a hard time connecting with her in the beginning, but she ended up surprising me. Like I said, urban fantasy is not my strongest genre, but whenever I do read something that qualifies as such, I’m used to the heroines being strong in the physical sense. That’s not Meg though. I was initially a little disappointed by this, but by the middle of the book her character started making perfect sense. She’s exactly what the people in the Lakeside Courtyard need to shake things up. And make no mistake, just because she doesn’t beat people up, she’s NOT weak. Her blood prophet abilities come with a price and she has a mental battle to fight. That said, I wouldn’t mind if she learned some self-defense skills in the future. She’s going to need it.

3. Simon. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. That pretty much sums up my feelings about the guy.🙂

“It was easier when all we wanted to do was eat them and take their stuff,” he grumbled. And it had been easier when he hadn’t cared if he made any of them cry.

4. Complete lack of romance. The series is obviously headed towards a relationship between Meg and Simon at some point, and I’m more than OK with it, but it is kind of nice to read a book without all the added angst every once in a while. It will come soon enough.

5. The humour.

Vlad hated doing the paperwork as much as he did when a human employee quit, which was why they’d both made a promise not to eat quitters just to avoid the paperwork. As Tess had pointed out, eating the staff was bad for morale and made it so much harder to find new employees.

6. All the secondary characters. I came to love pretty much everyone by the end (except for the bad guys of course) but especially Tess & Winter. A book can never have too many kickass female characters and these two were amazing. And more Vlad please. Because he really doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut.

 “Is it that time of the month?” Vlad asked.
Some feeling blew through her. It might have been embarrassment, but she suspected it was closer to rage. “What?”
He studied her. “Is that not an appropriate question to ask?”
“No!”
“Odd. In many novels I’ve read, human males often ask that question when a female is acting . . .” Puzzlement as he continued to study her face. “Although, now that I consider it, they usually don’t make that observation to the female herself.”

7. COOKIES. Shapeshifters are big and scary, but you can always bribe them with cookies.🙂

Things I didn’t like that much:

1. The Others referring to the humans as monkeys. I had no problem with them thinking of humans as prey, but I wasn’t crazy about this particular detail. It’s a small thing but it bothered me.

2. Asia Crane. For someone who was supposed to be a bad ‘guy’, she was pretty much just annoying and delusional. I pretty much just wanted to fast forward whenever she showed up. She was crafty, I’ll give her that, but when it came down to it, she couldn’t actually accomplish anything ever and that does not a good villain make. I’d like higher stakes in the next book.

There’s no major cliffhanger at the end and things are temporarily resolved, but there are plenty of questions left. Overall, this book was definitely worth the read, and I hope to like the sequel even more.

Narration:

This was my longest audiobook to date (Richelle Mead’s Last sacrifice was almost 18 hours) and I really enjoyed it. Alexandra Harris is a brand new narrator for me, and she  does a great job here.

Waiting On Wednesday #15

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Hosted by: Breaking the Spine
Description: “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

16143347This week’s selection: We were liars by E. Lockhart

Release date: May 13th 2014

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

 

Why did I choose this?

1. I’m always looking for a great contemporary read, and this one fits the bill.

1. This book has one of the most cryptic blurbs I have ever read and I love it.

2. This book has been literally EVERYWHERE for months now, and I’ve read some great non-spoilery reviews.

Read an excerpt here.

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee – End of the world

11500217Title: Angelfall

Author: Susan Ee

Series: Penryn and the end of days #1

Genres: young adult, dystopian, romance

Format: audiobook

Length: 8 hrs 46 min

Narrator: Caitlin Davies

My rating: 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

REVIEW:

Wow. WOW. Reading much hyped books seem to be paying off lately for me, and Angelfall is no exception. To be perfectly honest, I did not expect to like this one so much. Angels aren’t high on my list of favourite fantasy creatures, and what little experience I had with them so far hasn’t been all that great (looking at you Halo & Unearthly) but this book was AMAZING. It seriously has EVERYTHING I want in a good YA book.

1. Kickass heroine? Check. I was fully invested Penryn as a character from the first page. She’s kickass, sassy and matches Raffe in every way. She deals with a lot throughout the book, but keeps moving forward and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her.

2. Swoony and sarcastic hero? Check. I loved Raffe so much. His swoony and sarcastic, and his banter with Penryn was hilarious. I could seriously quote them all day.

“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.”
“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”

3. Crazy action from the first page? Check. The book starts off with a bang and never lets up. No filler or boring parts here.

4. No love triangles? Check. YES. Fantasy without a love triangle. Always a relief for me. The potential is there in the future, but I really hope this series doesn’t go there.  Please tell me it doesn’t go there.

5. No insta love? Check. The romance develops at a snail’s pace, it’s barely there for now. Again, this is just fine with me. Penryn and Raffe were never boring, and I didn’t mind the slow development. They have a lot to hash out even without the very forbidden nature of their relationship, and I suspect it will take some more time for them to fully come to terms with their own feelings.

6. Creepy villains? Check. We only get glimpses of the villains and their big plan for now, but I already love to hate them. Hope Raffe kicks some angel ass in the next book.

7. Crushing ending? Check. I already knew from reviews that something bad was going to go down towards the end, but it didn’t really make it any easier when I got there.😦 Trust me, it will have you reaching immediately for the sequel. Good thing it’s been released already.🙂

Favourite Penryn quote (this one made me laugh out loud):

I grab the sudsy shirt out of the gray water and throw it at her.
It makes a plop noise when it lands on her face, wrapping around her hair. Her perfect hair clumps into a stringy mass, and her mascara smears as the cloth slides wetly down her blouse. She emits a high-pitched squeal that turns every head within earshot.
“Oh, I’m sorry,” I say in a sugary voice. “Did you not like that? I thought that’s what you wanted. I mean, why else would you be putting your paws on my man?”

This book even has a scorpion fetus or two. Yes, it’s exactly as disgusting as it sounds.

Overall, I’d say it truly deserves all the hype it gets, and I highly recommend it to everyone looking for an action packed read with great characters. I WANT WORLD AFTER NOW!!! (I’m reading Cress first though.)

Narration:

Great narration, can’t really say much else about it.