Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mini Review Bonanza Part 4

Well, I officially started grad school and I have officially lost all track of time, sigh. I am taking some technology courses and soon I'll get to learn some HTML so maybe I can make my blog more unique. Anyway, here's what I was up to (besides schoolwork) in August!

July Series

The Selection by Kiera Cass

My Rating: 4 Peaches

One of my students described this book as the Hunger Games meets the Bachelor and I must say that wasn't a huge selling point. However, I truly enjoyed this book. America was sassy and smart and her dilemma and inner struggle were believable and honest. The big pit in this story was Aspen. I bought it in the beginning and how it shaped America's resolve in the contest. His re-ermergence later in the story just seemed to regress America and I guess I just don't like him, sigh. Guess I'll have to wait for the next book.
Would I recommend? Yep, actually passed it on to my mom...

 Nevermore by James Patterson

My Rating: 3.5 Peaches

The much awaited conclusion to the Maximum Ride series and the long proclaimed end of the world finally arrived! Nevermore has the usual Max sarcasm, kick butt energy with an extra helping of teenage angst. We get the conclusion of the Max-Fang-Maya-Dylan square and not everyone gets a happy ending. There is betrayal on all sides, new enemies, old enemies and a whole lot of fighting. As Maximum Ride novels go, this isn't the best but it isn't the worst. The ending wasn't particularly mind-blowing or even all that solid, still some leftover questions but I actually like having room for my imagination to work. 
Would I recommend? If you've stuck with Max this long, you might as well see it through to the end.  

 Fearless by Brigid Kemmerer

My Rating: 4 Peaches

A short story in the Elemental series, we get a look at Hunter's life before the events in Storm. It may only be a few chapters but it gives great insight into Hunter and explains a lot about his actions in Storm. Can't wait to read more of his story in the full length book Spirit! First on to Spark, and Gabriel's story...
Would I recommend this series? Oh yes. Lots of fun, some powerful brothers and spunky girls!

 Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

My Rating: 4.5 Peaches

A fun new paranormal story that is perfect for middle school and high school girls. Evie is a very relatable heroine, struggling with normal girl things but she also has quite a few paranormal issues, a crazy powerful "sister" being one of them! I look forward to seeing what happens next in the trilogy!
Would I recommend? I think young girls will love Evie and Lend and it's a fun intro to paranormal romance!

 The Vampire's Apprentice by Darren Shan

My Rating: 3 Peaches

The sequel to A Living Nightmare, we get to see more of Darren's life as a half-vampire and apprentice to Mr. Crepsley. Darren returns to the Cirque Du Freak where new friendships and tragedy await. I can see teenage boys devouring these books but I don't see myself reading any further in the series. 
Would I recommend? I think I would probably steer kids to the Vladimir Tod series first, a little less dark but still creepy and exciting. 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

My Rating: 5 Peaches

Easily my favorite book of August! I love historical fiction and the whole Tudor age, and Grave Mercy is somewhat of a historical fantasy. We have a mix of "old religions", royalty, spies, intrigue, sabotage, betrayals and romance. Ismae grew strong and untouchable through her circumstances as a child and her lessons at the convent until she meets Duval and she sees a different path for death's handmaidens. The best part of this book, is even though it is part of a series, it feels complete at the end. There are still some questions to answer, mystery's to solve and a kingdom to save. I am excited for the rest of the trilogy, to hear Sybella's story and hopefully Annith's in the third.
 Would I recommend? Already have and can't wait to pass it on to more!

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