Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hexed - Michelle Krys

Hexed (Hexed, #1)Hexed by Michelle Krys

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this ARC from NetGalley only 48 hours ago and I am already finished.  I really love YA paranormal but have grown tired of the same vampire/werewolf themes and was excited to read a witch story since I haven't read any since Hex Hall!

Indigo Blackwood is the young heroine and I thought her character was really fun, realistic, she was not mature for her age, you could tell she was a teenager by the way she acted in several situations which made it believable.  Indigo is a cheerleader, dating the football quarterback, and avoiding her annoying next door neighbor so she doesn't wreck her social status at the beginning of the book. Her character really grows by the end and I loved that, she didn't start off as a hardcore badass out to save the world.  I really felt for Indigo!  There's a little romance, some snarky attitudes, high school drama, BFF bonding, tough situations, good times, bad times, action, evil sorcerers, witches and a warlock in leather... the book had a lot going on and the only thing I really felt was missing was more information, more explanations, more history, etc.  However, the epilogue intrigued me and I will tune in for the next book!

By the end of the book, I was doing a happy dance, it was a great new series that I could really see teenagers and adults alike enjoying!

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Killing Ruby Rose - Jessie Humphries

Killing Ruby RoseKilling Ruby Rose by Jessie Humphries

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is how I wanted to feel reading this book:

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This is how I felt reading this book:

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I did enjoy some of this book, which makes it hard to rate, so I'm going with a straight 3. I knew this was YA. I enjoy YA. I loved the idea of the plot, Ruby was interesting most of the time when she wasn't busy making ridiculous decisions. The plot twists were really well thought out. If you enjoy an action packed story about a 17 year old hardcore heroine and can get over the crazy unrealistic storyline, then this book will be a quick and fun read. However, I had some problems as well:

So I struggle with how to rate this book, it held my attention for the first 50% for sure but then the other the top descriptive,and odd wording was just too much at points, there were so many commas in sentences, and over explanations as to why Ruby felt how she did... I wrote down some samples while reading...

"So why couldn’t I decide if I was relieved or disappointed? Excited or terrified? Appreciative or angry? Despite my growing catalogue of concerns, Liam was relentless about the dance. Even after I explained my aversion to underage binge drinking, awkward group dates, and cheesy picture stances, he still insisted that we go. All day at school, he went out of his way to make me smile, laugh, and forget. My answer went from a firm no, to a definite maybe, and then after his speech about being normal and going on our first real date, my answer turned into a hesitant yes."

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Some shorter ones without the entire paragraph include:
"Her eyes were vibrant but soft at the same time."
"You had me crazy, and constantly worried."
"He was totally hot, yet sensitive."
"Tasting him, breathing him, feeling him, wanting him."
"As we danced, whispered, and touched."
"Valedictorian contender or death penalty candidate? Founder of the Constitution Society or vigilante lawbreaker? Protector and defender or vengeful killer?"
"It was a thank you, an apology, and a desperate hope for the best."

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All of these were within a few pages of each other and the entire narrative is like this throughout the entire story. The descriptions, adjectives, adverbs, explanations, etc. were just so much, too explanatory, It was over the top for me. I love a good description and some great narrative but these constant, drawn out sentences were ridiculous and too much.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Sweet Reckoning - Wendy Higgins

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I love the Sweet books, I practically devour them as soon as they are released.  This was a really great ending to the trilogy.  I agree with others, it started off a bit slow and I expected a bit more "action" even in the end.  But with that said, I understand the pacing of the book and LOVED seeing how Wendy Higgins tied up all of the stories as anyone who has read them knows, all of the secondary characters are so well written that you feel a connection to all of them!

I will miss Kope, Z, Marna, Ginger, Blake, Belial, Jay, my sweet Patti, and of course Anna and Kai!  I don't want to give anything away but this book was incredibly sweet and romantic, there were times I cheered, gushed, squealed, and even had goosebumps!  And for those who are fans of romance will not be disappointed by the amazing epilogue...

I was incredibly happy with the ending, I love the Dukes in a "bad" way and thought the last 20% of the book was by far the best!  I can't wait to see what Wendy Higgins brings us next! 

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