Archive | October, 2013

Perfect Lies by Keirsten White

17 Oct

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Book Two in the Mind Games Series

Rating: Three out of Five Stars

**PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE SOME SLIGHT SPOILERS**

To preface before I launch into my review: If you’ve read Mind Games you MUST read Perfect Lies. (just try to brief yourself with all the deets of book one before launching into book two.)

I’m a little bored with my reviews lately so I am going to spice it up by using my helpful friend from Hercules:

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So with Hades as my lovely assistant, let’s get to the dirty shall we?

In general, I liked this book. It was a little more disjointed than Mind Games but that’s to be expected with Fia’s spiraling mental state. White does a great job of exemplifying her struggles, her mental trauma and mental health. That part, I really enjoyed. Besides, the fact that Fia is just an effing badass (Katna from Graceling style) makes her legit.

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My issues lie with Annie. She drove me nuts. She’s boring, slightly selfish, and annoying.

First of all, I don’t want to sound crude. I can appreciate that Annie has a disability, but the way White writes her, I feel like she’s using her blindness as a crutch. It’s not empowering like I feel it should be in a YA novel.

Second of all, and here is my REAL problem, is her damn obsessions with this vision she has of her true love. Gag me. All we hear is “is he the one?” “Is that him?”

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FOR REALS, HADES!

SO the plot progresses and Fia is getting more awesome and Annie is getting more annoying and shit is getting crazy and confusing. And things are like bam bam bam and your neck is getting whip-lashed with all the twists and then…. “is this the guy?” and “is this my love?”
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I did enjoy the ending but that flip flop narrating plus the alternating time flash backs had me confused until I finally got the hang of it. Talk about throwing some time-space continuum shit at me. I would have to constantly flip back and forth between chapters to understand what the hell was going on. And then a chapter with Annie would pop up and it was “OMG are his hands, like, HIS HANDS???”

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But the ending is perfect. It definitely had the suspense and the drama and the dun dun DUN! The conclusion was anything BUT predictable. I seriously don’t think White could have made the ending any better.

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Thanks for joining me today, Hades. You’ve been extremely helpful.

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Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

7 Oct

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Book Two in the Arcana Chronicles

Rating: Three out of Five Stars

So I am done with Endless Knight, sequel to Poison Princess. What do I think of it?

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I don’t know what happened. Poison Princess was amazing. Absolutely awesome in every single way. Incredible to the point where I actually compared Kresely Cole to the Pope on my blog (https://rattlethestars.com/2013/10/01/endless-knight-releases-today/). And for a homegrown Irish Catholic girl, that’s a big deal yo. So this book’s epic fail is just a knife twisting deeper and deeper into my soul.

The thing that is also extremely frustrating about this book, is that I can actually and acutely describe exactly what was wrong with this book and why it was such a failure compared to PP.

1.) Where’s the sass, Evie? You were this smart mouthed, no-shit taking girl that popped off quips that made me bust out laughing. The book had none of the snarky humor that Poison did. Sure, there were some brief comical lines, but nothing like the constant barrage of hilarious lines Cole popped out of her character’s mouths constantly in PP. That’s one thing I enjoyed most about reading book one. I wanted so, so, so much more from book two.

2.) Where the HELL is the action? Sure sure every once in awhile we get the badass fights and ONCE we got a steamy scene, but besides a glimmer of wam bams here and there, this book was incredibly boring. PP wasn’t brimming with constant action, it did have some conversation parts, but those were filled with the smexy Jackson and the delicious build up between Evie and him. When nothing is happening in this book, literally NOTHING is happening. Evie, with the loss of her quick witted quotes, is not a strong enough character to tell a story. And those she ends up talking to and stuck with, are not interesting or developed enough to take the lame about of the non-action scenes. *wipes tear away*

3.) God effing dammit Cole. A love triangle? Are you serious? Touche with the twisty twists you threw in there to make it a tich more understandable, but *sigh*

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You just haaaad to bring the YA cliche into your book huh? And not only did you ignite the three pointed romance of annoying fire, you topped it off with dragging out BOTH romances, giving them both obvious failures, making us practically HATE them both for different reasons. So not cool, sister. And with that threesome, you didn’t even top it off with any real, sexy, god I need some time to myself scenes.

This is another typical YA second book fail. I hope and pray that Cole can really create a better plot in the next book. But unfortunately, this series has now been bumped from my “need to read to breath” shelf to “I’ll put it on my list I guess” level.
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October 2013 Releases

1 Oct

So I get a little faint just thinking about all the books that are coming out this month.  Seriously, every time I look at my printed out list of books this is me:

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And not just October, but November releases too. There is just much awesomeness jam packed into these next few months I can’t handle it.

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So let’s just look at the glory that will be our next two months shall we?

 

How to Love Katie Cotugno 10/1/2013
Killer of Enemies Joseph Bruchac 10/1/2013
Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2) Kresley Cole 10/1/2013
BZRK Reloaded (BZRK, #2) Michael  Grant 10/8/2013
Bang (Visions, #2) Lisa McMann 10/8/2013
Resist (Breathe, #2) Sarah Crossan 10/8/2013
Blythewood Carol Goodman 10/8/2013
These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) Amie Kaufman 10/10/2013
Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2) Diana Peterfreund 10/15/2013
The Fall of Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles, #7) Cassandra Clare 10/15/2013
UnSouled (Unwind, #3) Neal Shusterman 10/15/2013
The Enchanter Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #4) Cinda Williams Chima 10/22/2013
Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1) Lauren DeStefano 10/22/2013
Allegiant (Divergent, #3) Veronica Roth 10/22/2013
Arbitrate (Daynight, #2) Megan Thomason 10/29/2013
Altered (Crewel World, #2) Gennifer Albin 10/29/2013
Horde (Razorland, #3) Ann Aguirre 10/29/2013
Champion (Legend, #3) Marie Lu 11/5/2013
Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2) Gail Carriger 11/5/2013
The Course of True Love (The Bane Chronicles, #8) Cassandra Clare 11/19/2013
World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) Susan Ee 11/19/2013
Brooke (Under The Never Sky #2.5) Veronica Rossi 11/26/2013

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Endless Knight Releases today!

1 Oct

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Book Two in the Arcana Chronicles.

This is Kresley Cole:

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This is me:

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GOD I AM SO EXCITED

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