Weekly Update

Hello!

I didn’t have a lot of time to read this week, but I did pick up Awaken by Natasha Preston and soon put it back down. I’ve read The Cellar and had mixed thoughts about it. However, her new book that is set to be released in August I found to be for the younger crowd of the YA spectrum. If you enjoy reading YA books that are a bit on the immature side, then Awaken may be perfect for you.
Glass-ArrowI picked up The Glass Arrow again and read a few pages. Every chapter since the first chapter she’s been in the same place and I am wanting things to change. I really want to get to where she starts kicking butt! I really want to finish this book, but I don’t know! It may take me longer than usual. I am still very interested in the main character and how she will develop throughout the story, but it’s taking forever! This book is probably going to take me longer than usual to read. I want to keep reading because I’m curious as to where the story is going.

world after

As promised, (I mentioned it in a previous post) I will be continuing Penryn and The End of Days trilogy by Susan Ee. World After is the second book. The first book ended with Penryn reuniting with her family and going back to her life with the humans. Penryn’s and Raffe’s fate as friends was left undetermined at the end of book one. I bought the ebook through my Kindle on yesterday. Not only is this trilogy well written, it’s also very affordable. Books 1-3 are $4.99; EVEN the third book released this year. I love when amazing books are not overpriced. Although, I think this trilogy should be priced a little higher because it’s that good!

sabriel

I also started reading Sabriel by Garth Nix. I’ve heard a lot about this book from fellow bibliophiles. I read about two chapters and intrigued! The story is set in a world where everyone has magical powers and are able to be taught how to use them in school. Sabriel, who’s father is a necromancer (she is also able to communicate with the dead and/or bring them back to life), soon graduates from school and thinks about whether to attend college or not. Before she’s able to decide, she gets word from a supernatural creature that something has happened to her father. Sabriel packs up her things and leaves the boarding school to begin a journey to find her father. I can’t wait to fully focus on reading this book, but I really want to finishing reading Penyrn and The End of Days trilogy first!

I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy books lately and I must say I don’t mind at all! If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to know what you think about them!

Book Reviews: The Young Elites and Half Wild

young elitesThe books featured in this post I started reading before I took a reading break for a few months. I managed to finish them this week. I’m glad to be getting back to reading books and blogging on a regular basis.

One of the books I finished this week is The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Let me first say that she is one of my favorite authors. She hasn’t let me down yet. The Legend Trilogy is amazing! The story is mainly about a young girl named Adelina who learns she has powers that no one else has because of a plague she contracted. These superpowers are seen as evil in her society. One day she’s captured, then redeemed by the Daggers, a group of young people who share powerful effects from the illness. She befriends Enzo, the leader of the elite group and finds a friend in Raffaele. Adelina’s peace and freedom doesn’t last as long as she thought it would. She meets the same man who imprisoned her, Teren, the head of the Inquisitors for the first time since she was saved by the Daggers. Soon she learns her sister Violetta was imprisoned and she sets out to save her only to find a secret her sister’s been keeping for years.

I thought this story began a bit slow, but this isn’t surprising from the author. Lu is one of those authors who just may give us a bit more information than we need. I felt the book could have been shorter. In fact, it would have been shorter if she didn’t include so many flashbacks/back stories of the lead character Adelina. However, it did allow to me to see how Adelina’s inner motivations justify her actions. The world Lu builds is so detailed and makes you feel as if you were there every step of the way. The story isn’t predictable at all. There are twists and turns, suspense, and horror living in the pages of this novel. It isn’t for the light hearted and deeply religious! I’m always a bit turned off by the romance in books that aren’t in the romance genre (If I wanted to read about a romance, I would have picked up a romance novel!), but Lu didn’t overdo it. It was just enough to pull my heart strings.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading stories including people with supernatural abilities who fight against evil while set in a fantasy world. The epilogue definitely intrigued me. I can’t wait for the second book to release.

half wild

I waited anxiously for the second book, Half Wild in the Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green! Half Bad is so good. Nathan continues his journey to fulfill his destiny and save the girl he loves. It sounds simple and straight to the point, but you know it didn’t go as well as he planned! So, continuing from the first book, this book goes into him learning how to use the gifts his father, Marcus gave to him. I will say that the first book is a lot better than the second one, but the second book isn’t bad either, just not as good! 🙂 I can’t say too many details about the story without completely giving it away. To give you an idea, Nathan is a half blood (black and white), living in the world where white witches and black witches rule separately. White represents good and black represents evil. Nathan often struggles between the two and society judges you by what kind of witch you are. Nathan’s father, Marcus is the most powerful black witch there is and everyone is afraid of him. There are also fains, but they aren’t as popular or deadly as others think half white and half black witches are.

Half Wild took a while to build up to the climax. The characters were stricken and a little confused for most of the story. They spend a couple of days (chapters) in one place just figure out what they need to do next. The romance in this book is interesting and different. I love it. Nathan is pretty much in a love triangle throughout the entire story. The amount of WOWs in this book is abundant. There’s no way you can count them all. It’s VERY unpredictable. Nathan’s odd family structure and romantic relationships along with fighting hunters, magic, and explosions will keep you reading for hours. In the last chapter Nathan sets out on another adventure and this time it involves getting even with someone he never thought he’d lay a hand on. It’s going to get better! I recommend this book.