Book Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Nightshade brings you into a world of teenage wolf packs. It’s an interesting take and diverges from the normal view of what a werewolf is and what they do. These teenage wolves are the top of the school, most popular and most feared, they have normal teenage issues, and yet they hunt in a pack, keep watch over sacred ground and mate to a partner that was chosen for them at birth.

Calla is a female alfa, fighting for a place in a patriarchal pack. Where even though she is the alfa of her group of pack mates, she must bend and heed to anything the males of any pack say and do. It’s a little cringe worthy at times, as I am a strong willed woman and find it hard to read about strong will women being submissive in a not so pleasant way. There was nothing sexual about it, merely just suggestions to the “I am male, you do what I say no matter how much you don’t like it” nature.

Trying to following the system of beings within this book was a little confusing as well. Who’s who and what’s what got to be a little much and I found myself skipping over the details of that and still following the story just fine. That being said, there was plenty of dialogue to keep me interested throughout the whole book. Descriptions were good, but not overly done, which is a huge bonus for me.

For being a young adult novel, it stayed true to the audience and had just enough action to let the reader continue reading without hesitation. I did think for book 1 in the series it was a little long, and could have been cut or shortened a bit. I’ll be interested to see how the story picks up in book two!

I give this book 3 1/2 bards!

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Book Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

12371862When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

 

Ghosts. Yes, I believe in them. No, I am not a fan of reading about them. I tend to scare myself into thinking what’s lurking around in the book is lurking around in my house. That being said, I managed to read this book in two days and loved it. Right from the beginning it pulled me and kept me captivated.

The characters in the story are young and the author really captures their youth as well as the desire and need to be older then they are. They are essential thrown into a world that most have trained for but have never experienced. There is always that one person, Kennedy in this case, that has no idea but seems to adapt out of necessity, and I really felt that was done very well.

Diving into the world of paranormal activity can be tricky. At times it felt like Supernatural and teenage Ghost Hunters mashed together, but then something would happen and it pulled me right back into the story. It was a very easy read and everything flowed together very well. The ending showed the readers there will be more books to come but didn’t leave us in a state of shock, demanding the next book at that very moment.

Despite the fear of ghosts, and the inability to read the series after dark, I will be reading the next book in the series and I look forward to seeing what happens to all the characters as they continue their journey through the world of ghost hunting and slaying!

I give this book 4 spooky bards!

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Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

18710190The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

 

Sadly, this book was a struggle for me to get through. The writing was good, the dialogue was good and the characters were the same, but the plot was lacking. It almost seemed like a completely different book with the same characters as the two before it.

I get where the author was trying to go, but it didn’t work. My biggest issue, the one that I just couldn’t get over was that all the main players in this book were supped to be 16 but it was totally non believable that they were that young. Having to fight, plot, defend an entire city, deal with death every other chapter, losing family, falling in love, is all expected of these characters and I just don’t buy it. Regardless of a situation you are thrown into, you will have moments that you act your age, and these people did not.

And let’s not even get started on the genetically damaged and genetically pure aspect of the book. That idea was totally beat to death and not even believable with how much it was played into. Her idea was good in that its an interesting concept to believe the U.S. government would go to drastic measures to try and develop a genetically pure race of humans, but how it was approached in this book made me groan, loudly.

2 Bards

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