(ARC) Review: Firebrand

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Firebrand, by Antony John
Series: Elemental #2
Release Date: November 14th, 2013 by Dial
304 pages
Format: received ARC from publisher
Goodreads | Author Website

In this sequel to the dystopian fantasy-adventure ELEMENTAL, which James Dashner called “fantastic,” the stakes are life-or-death and nothing is as it appears to be.

Thomas and his friends have rescued the Guardians and commandeered the pirates’ ship, but the pirates still hold fast to Roanoke Island. Using his newly discovered element, Thomas hears a radio message calling for refugees to head to Fort Sumter. They sail south, but quickly discover that their elements wane as they leave Roanoke behind. There is something sinister going on in the refugee colony too. From the perilous food-gathering squads, to the constant threat of rat infestation, to dangerous secrets, Thomas and his colonists begin to realize that this promising new world may be even more terrifying than the one they left behind.

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The previous book in this series, Elemental, was the first book I reviewed on my blog. It’s kind of ironic to think that Firebrand is the first physical ARC I’ve received from a publisher as well. Coincidence, I think not? Even though I had other books on the go, I couldn’t stop myself from picking up this book and devouring it in one day. I don’t know if it was because of the brevity of the novel or because of my pure excitement, but I flew through it, barely pausing my daily routine to read it all.

The book picks up directly where Elemental left off. I’ll try to reduce the amount of spoilers for the first book as much as possible, because I know not a lot of people have read the first book. After their harrowing adventure on Roanoke Island, the survivors of the pirates’ attack, led by Thomas, have to find a new sanctuary island, away from the rat and plague-infested shores of the mainland. Thomas finds himself in more of a leadership role when they come across a colony of survivors on another island in the Atlantic. They’ve set up camp in an old army fort and have learned to live through subsistence farming. However, they don’t have any elements, or abilities like Thomas and his group has. We slowly pick up more pieces about why it is that only their small colony have these abilities and others don’t. It’s also explored as to why Thomas’ abilities are different than the natural elements of the other survivors.

I enjoyed Thomas exploring some of his own weaknesses in this book. He has to make some personal decisions about whether his group should forget their past and their elements, which have grown weaker away from Roanoke, or if they should get to the bottom of the mystery behind the “solution,” a mysterious antidote to the plague that has ravaged North America (and perhaps the rest of the world). However, events on this new island forces him to make some choices about his future and the future of his friends and family as they encounter mysteries and betrayals, some from within their group, and some coming from the new colony that has taken them in.

While I was disappointed that their abilities (especially Thomas’) didn’t make as much of an appearance in this book since they had forced themselves to hide them from the other settlers, they did manage to learn more about them from the elders of their community. Antony John weaves mystery over mystery in Firebrand, some carried from the first book, other new ones cropping up. I never knew what was going to happen next, which I really enjoyed. The surprises and mysteries made sense after they played out, and it never seemed like aspects of the story were thrown in without previous planning. I also especially enjoyed how the two books’ plots were expertly tied together, even though they often seemed unrelated in the first two thirds of Firebrand.

The author also created fantastically chilling action scenes and the tension near the end of the novel had me flipping pages like a madman. I was on the edge of my seat, trying to decipher the mystery behind the “solution” and the strange settlers on this new island. Although this book isn’t fast-paced besides the ending, I still found myself totally engrossed with the story because of all the suspenseful elements.

While this book isn’t one of my all-time favourites, and had a few aspects that I wish had been given more attention (like the development of Thomas’ abilities from where they left off in the first book, and a little bit more worldbuilding for the plague world), I’m still in love with this story and how it differs from most dystopian/post-apocalyptic YA fiction out there. I can’t wait to see how Antony John continues with this series after yet another gut-wrenching cliffhanger.

I really liked it!

I really liked it!

ARC Review: The Naturals

13597723The Naturals, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: November 5th, 2013, by Disney-Hyperion
304 pages
2013 Feminist Challenge
Format: Netgalley copy
Goodreads | Author Website

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

reviewI was so excited when I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. The premise of the novel intrigued me: these were teenagers with pseudo-superpowers, except their superpowers were much more realistic and interesting than the normal super-strength, invulnerability, and flight. Add their abilities to crime solving, and I was sold. However, I was worried because Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ previous books didn’t really seem like they were up my alley. I needn’t have worried, because The Naturals was surpisingly a fascinating, engaging, and suspenseful ride.

What stood out for me was Barnes’ mastery of balancing the unique elements of Cassie, Michael, Dean, Lia, and Sloane’s abilities with the criminal nature of their research (solving cold-cases), as well as the emotional elements of each character coping with their past. I never felt at any point that the author swung too much in one direction over the other. Nothing was sacrificed for the crime solving, for our characters emotional wants and needs, and the interesting quirks of their abilities.

At some points I really had to suspend my disbelief, because while I didn’t think that Cassie was always acting as a profiler like she made it seem, I think it would have been hard enough to write her character that way without having that mindset yourself. However, she and the other characters are really interesting to interact with and experience because of the unique ways their minds work and their behaviour and social interaction as a result of that. Cassie finds Michael particularly grating because she feels like his personality and behaviour are hard to crack, and he reads emotions in peoples faces and gestures that she has a hard time pushing away when she’s with him. Likewise, she finds Dean, who has the same ability as her, jarring because she finally understands what it’s like to be analyzed and read like an open book.

My only fault with the characters is that they fit too easily into particular character tropes, especially Lia. Lia is the stereotypical mean-girl. She’s beautiful, dresses well, and has the ability to spot lies and also has the ability to lie perfectly. Though I found her ability interesting, I didn’t find that as much with her character because she lacked depth and variety from the hundreds of other mean-girls (but actually secretly compassionate girls) portrayed in so many other YA novels.

I thought the story got better and more exciting as the book went on. It was well-written, and always kept you on your toes as to who the mysterious killer (who has short separate narratives) is. At some points the author points to one character as the suspicious ones, or crafts descriptions and actions of other characters in certain ways that you can’t help but feel that they’re the suspicious one. In the end, I was surprised, which was good. I won’t give anything else away, and let you make up your mind about the ending yourself. I really liked the way the author set up the finale to lead up to a sequel. There was a resolution, but the core issue was still there and had to be solved.

What I found particularly interesting (and at times creepy) is the way that Cassie (and Dean by extension), crawl into the heads of other people by visualizing herself as that person. At first she thinks it’s just a game that she does that has no real meaning and isn’t accurate, but as the story progresses and she uses it and hones it for solving the murders, it becomes both a handy tool and an added creep factor to her amazing ability. It was like a mix of Criminal Minds and Hannibal. 

Honestly, I think this would be a phenomenal television show, because while the author can’t always write Cassie as the profiler and reader throughout the novel (that would be SO hard and require huge amounts of research into criminal profiling and reading), I think an actor could because you’re not inside their head. Who doesn’t want to watch a teen crime show like this? It would be freaking awesome!

I’d recommend this book to anyone! I don’t really know what genre it falls under because it’s so realistic, but it also has these extremely unique elements of the characters that places it far out of the contemporary genre. I’m really excited to continue with Cassie’s story and explore the back stories of some of the other characters, like Lia and Sloane, to create more depth for them. The crime-solving aspect of the book was extremely elaborate and well thought out, and Cassie is a fantastic protagonist who has gained friends that finally understand her and who she can act herself around.

I really liked it!

I really liked it!

Is anybody home?

Hey guys!

I’ve got some semi-depressing news to announce. I’m going to stop blogging until further notice. I really don’t have time for blogging anymore (unfortunately). I hypothetically have time to post, but for me blogging includes interaction and visiting other people’s blogs, which I don’t have time to do.

Some reasons as to why my life is so so crazy right now:

  • I have two jobs :S Yes, I know that’s probably asking for trouble, but I’ve always been an over-achiever.
  • I’m taking full-time studies at my university. That means 15 hours a week of class, plus about 50 pages of reading per course. That’s about 200 pages of academic reading (plus highlighting and note-taking) per week. Journals articles, ethnographies, and textbooks are dense, so it usually takes me 2 hours to read 50 pages.
  • I’m the promotions director for my program’s student organization. That means designing posters, social networking like crazy, and taking time to visit different classrooms in order to raise awareness for events
  • I really love karate. Yep, that’s an excuse. I’ve been taking it longer than I’ve been blogging and it’s really my only source of exercise (besides Blogilates), so I want to stick with it.

So I’ve kind of had to set my priorities straight, and blogging unfortunately is at the bottom of that list. Right now is the not too busy time: things are going to get even crazier in October when assignments start coming due.

But I also have a confession to make: blogging for me isn’t as fun as it used to be. I feel like I can’t rave about books the same way over and over again. I find myself pretty much writing the same comments from blog to blog. Usually it goes along the lines of: “OMG that book is amaze-balls, you should read it because it will burst your brain-cells!” Maybe that will be accompanied by a short rant, but at the end of the day I can’t muster the enthusiasm any more.

I also find myself so critical of the book blogging world. It seems like a lot of people write the same posts over and over again. It depresses me because I find myself doing the same thing. I write reviews, memes, discussions, and I even did a giveaway one time. The only things I find that’s stimulating when reading blogs are discussion posts because they’re always pretty varied and make me think, and I can put my thinking cap on. Reviews of course serve a purpose, but I can’t distinguish my blog and my writing from other bloggers out there, which sucks. Sorry if you’re a book blogger taking offense to this, and I don’t know if it’s just me, but when I scroll through my Feedly usually only 10 posts out of the 150 I haven’t read really stand out to me and make me want to read them and comment.

“Meeting” other bloggers (as in commenting with them a lot), reading some pretty great snarky reviews and discussion posts, and slowly trying to find my voice has been a really constructive experience for me, but at the end of the day I’m frankly in a busy kind of slump. I don’t have time or enthusiasm for blogging.

Note: I still have a couple posts scheduled for ARCs I received (so if you’re interested in my reviews for Firebrand by Antony John or The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I’ll be posting them in the next couple of days).

So this if farewell for now. Thanks for being awesome people and putting up with my honesty. I wish I still had the same drive for blogging as I had before, but unfortunately that’s not so. In any case, I wish you guys all the best in your blogging and reading endeavours.

Happy Reading!
– Janita

P.S. Come to Toronto!

Review: Touch of Power

touch of powerTouch of Power, by Maria V. Snyder
Series: Healer #1
Published December 20th, 2011 by Mira
390 pages
Format: paperback borrowed from library
Goodreads | Author Website

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life….

reviewThis is the second book of Maria V. Snyder’s I’ve read. Overall she writing style and content is  along the lines of Tamora Pierce’s epic novels. Maria V. Snyder tends to tone down the more epic plotting that Tamora Pierce features more, concentrating more on internal narrative and a more realistic fantasy setting. In the previous novel of her’s that I read, Poison Study (feel free to read my review), I was blown away by the nationalistic worldbuilding that she created. It fused fantasy and militaristic regimes into something pseudo-contemporary. As impressed as I was with Poison Study as her debut YA novel, I wanted to try another of her books. While Touch of Power was engaging and entertaining, it didn’t strike those same chords with me as Poison Study had. It felt more shallow. The characters were less “human”, the romance predictable, and the plot wasn’t as interesting.

Characters: I just want to break down what I mean by the characters seeming less human: they felt written to me. They never truly came alive. I felt that Maria V. Snyder was relying on familiar and overused character tropes throughout her novel. I wish she’d introduced more female characters into the mix as well (which is part of the reason why I chose not to nominated this for the 2013 Feminist Challenge). There were no other women Avry really talks to; she’s just surrounded by men throughout the novel. They pretty much kidnap her, use her, she tries to escape, makes a deal with them, and even though she seems like the stereotypical strong and bull-headed heroine, she really has very little agency in lue of the plot. Things happen to her, and people exercise power over her in different ways, and it seems like she has to rely on the whims of the men in her life than truly make her own choices. It kind of makes it seem like she has a lot of power (she’s the only healer left in the world), but I found that was her sole redeeming purpose for existing. She never really proved herself in any way beyond that.

Romance: It was pretty obvious from the beginning who would be the love interest for Avry, and while I didn’t mind the progression of it, there was a moment at the beginning where the love interest strikes Avry across the face. To me, that’s kind of a no-no. A romance built on abduction, violence, some sort of irrestistible attraction to his smell (?), and then eventual mutual understanding doesn’t really cut it for me.

Plot: It felt like there was just not enough and too much going on at the same time. At first Avry’s job is to get to a prince who’s been put into a state of suspended animation, heal him, and evade bad guys. But there’s just one bad thing after another that happens along their quest. I felt like there was too many things happening to them at every single stage of their journey. There was never a moment of reprieve for breathing room, and it was predictable that something bad was going to happen at every turn. I did like that the more mysterious elements (the hunting of healers, the lilies, and Avry’s background with the prince) were withheld throughout the novel and shared at really great points).

So I’m just offering up my critiques for you guys, because all in all I really enjoyed reading this novel despite its inherent flaws. I read quickly through it because Maria V. Snyder’s writing style is really accessible and engaging. I liked the action and one of the realizations Avry makes was a great surprise for me. I thought I’d figured out the ending, but there was a little bit of intrigue left.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue reading this series. I’d much rather pursue the rest of her Poison Study series at this point, but if you’re a fan of fantasy novels, quirky heroines, or even Tamora Pierce, definitely try reading one of Maria V. Snyder’s books!

I liked it!

I liked it!

 

Top Ten Tuesdays! (26)

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this meme is dedicated to bookish peoples who like making lists and obsessing over other people’s cool lists and wondering . . . Why didn’t I put that on my list? Why is my brain not remembering that amazing piece of book right there?

Top Ten Books I Would Love to See as a Movie or TV Series

This is of course assuming that the movie company wouldn’t totally butcher the book/TV show. (P.S. click on the pictures to get to the book’s Goodreads page)

AS A MOVIE:

heistI love a good con/heist story, and they’re always extremely fast-paced and suspenseful when brought to the screen. I find Ally Carter knows her audience extremely well, and that her writing reflects that cinematic quality I love in books.

thiefThis is one of my favourite books of all time, but I find that if this was made into a movie, it would probably be best if it incorporated two different story lines – Gen’s and the gods and goddesses that he talks about, instead of as Gen telling the myths about the gods.

airbornIt’s steampunk, it has sky pirates, a great female character who acts as much of the driving force for the protagonist, Matt. Both are deeply complex characters that I feel could bring a lot to the big screen and showcase great YA fiction that really steps out of the stereotypical paranormal/dystopian genre.

cinderI feel like a retelling of a fairy tale couldn’t go wrong … Oops, totally forgot about Ella Enchanted. Okay, a futuristic, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi fantasy retelling couldn’t go wrong. Please. Because I heard this is actually going to be a movie in the near future.

sonIt’s Romeo and Juliet, except it’s the FBI and the Italian Mob, and the star-struck couple give each other head lice when they make out. I love this one. I think Gordon Korman writes amazing characters, male and female, and draws on both their strengths and weaknesses.

AS A TV SHOW:

percyI always thought this would make a better TV show than movie, simply because in the movies they have made, they skip SO MUCH, and the characters don’t get their humourous moments like in the book. I think making it a cartoon TV show would be even better, as the voice acting could be more over-the-top because of the nature of animated movies.

divinersI thought this would make a great TV show because it’s the paranormal, 1920s New York spin on the stereotypical crime genre. It has multiple POVs, so there could be an episode for each character (and lots of episodes at that), and there’s lots of suspense and mystery, but also great personal moments and romance as well. Libba Bray’s writing is so cinematic, I can’t help but feel this would be legendary if made into a show.

leviathanI think this would make a great cartoon show just based off the illustrations in the books. It’s so quirky, over the top, and fantastical that it just screams to be created. But it would be so much work because of all the crazy mechanical inventions and Darwinist creatures. I’d feel very bad for the animators.

darkestThis is my favourite paranormal series, so I would definitely scream for joy if they made this into a TV series. I think it would make a good series instead of a movie because you could spend episodes looking into each characters backgrounds and explore their supernatural abilities in more detail as supplementary to the books.

runThis would also be a great cop drama, except focussed on the opposite point-of-view: the criminals. Fugitives Aiden and Meg Falconer escape from juvie and go on the run to clear their parents’ names. All their adventures deserve enough screen time, and in order to do that you’d definitely need a TV show. Every chapter has some new heart-racing moment.

. . . . .

This was a really hard list to write because I had so many picks. I just had to stop myself after 10, make my graphics, and then format the post. Did you also have a hard time choosing? Are there any we share? Link up your TTTs in the comments so that I can check out your blog :)

I don’t have time for reading and blogging, so I’m just going to blog.

Yup. I’m resorting to posts about my day. I figure I should at least try to post regularly, but I have nothing to write about because a) I haven’t read anything in a week, and b) I have no life. It’s Saturday night. One of my suite mates is preoccupied with shooting me with a Nerf gun (my muscles were too rock hard for that to hurt #swag). I sit down, drink a mocha from Second Cup, load up on Hershey milk chocolate chips (so much for that workout), and then I stare at my computer screen, trying to think up something interesting to write about.

The best form of writing is to not write of course, so I went to Asti’s blog to check the status of The Bookish Games. If you haven’t heard about this on the blogosphere, you need to check it out because it’s even better than playing real Mafia. Mafia is usually the kind of game you play around a campfire when you’re semi-drunk and too lazy to feed more fuel to the flames, which is good because the heat of your arguments and general swearing is enough to warm you up at that point (the semi-drunkness helps too). However, Asti has outfitted the traditional game into The Hunger Games, pitting Team Katniss against Team Tributes. So I wrote a comment. My anxiety level rose a little bit. I drank more coffee (probably not a great idea). Then Brock called me on my cell phone. This is shocking in and of itself because I never get calls on my cell phone unless they’re from my parents. So I answer.

Brock: Hey Janita.
Janita: Hey, what’s –
Brock: I need you to come over here right now. There’s a giant bug in my room.
Janita: Ok …
Brock: OHMYGOD IT’S FLYING TOWARDS ME!! I tried calling Niki and Jon, but they didn’t answer.
Janita: Just swat it with a shoe or trap it with a bowl.
Brock: NO! It has giant legs and a huge head!
Janita: … So grab a bigger bowl.
Brock: Just come over! It’s sitting on my lamp!
Janita: It just sounds like a mayfly. They’re harmless. They’re just legs.
Brock: That’s why! The legs are so huge! Get John [the nerf gun shooter] to come over.

So I walk over to Jon’s room.

Janita: Hey Jon, Brock wants you to squish a bug at his place.
Brock: I tried calling you! [at this point Brock is on speakerphone]
Jon: Hey Brock, don’t be such a f***ing wimp.
Brock: IT’S ON THE LIGHT SWITCH NOW!
Janita: Perfect, grab that bowl now!
Brock: Tell Jon that it’s only a 7 minute walk.
Jon: No!
Brock: Ask Niki!
(Niki’s voice in the background): No!
Brock: Go get Nathan! Is Nathan around?

I walk to the common room. All I hear are the sounds of Mario Party in the background. Nathan is sitting there, playing the game alone.

Janita: Hey Nathan, Brock needs you to go over to his place to kill a mayfly.
Nathan: (sigh) Hey Brock, my five year old brother can kill a bug. Do it yourself!
Brock: SOMEBODY HELP ME! [random chatter]
Janita: What’s that in the background?
Brock: It’s my friend on Skype.
Janita: You’re talking to me and your friend on Skype about this bug at the same time?
Brock: Can you PLEASE come over?!
Janita: You can do this Brock! We’ll be you’re support system. [Turns to Nathan] Hey Nathan, play a badass song!

Nathan loads up The Eye of the Tiger. It takes too long so I start singing it instead.

Nathan: Janita, if you sing it he’ll only get more discouraged.
Janita: [continues singing]
Brock: IT’S ON MY CLOTHES BASKET! COME OVER NOW!
Janita: You can do this, Brock!

This goes on for a good 5 minutes. Somehow Brock manages to trap the mayfly and is currently waiting for it to die. He’ll probably be up all night. And after that adventure I had something to write about before going to work.

And that was literally my whole day. Besides playing Super Smash Bros Brawl and working out with the Blogilates Beginners Workout Calender (check it out, because it is DA BEST). This is what happens with I don’t have time for reading. Expect more posts like this, because at this point the infinitely boring details of my day-to-day life are all I have to offer *sighing melodramatically*

Review: False Memory

10194494False Memory, by Dan Krokos
Published August 14th, 2012 by Hyperion
336 pages
Feminist Challenge
Format: eBook
Goodreads | Author Website

Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.

Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving. Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter… when there may not be a future.

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I’m definitely one of those weird readers that enjoys reading YA books written by men rather than women because I find that they tend to focus, in general, more on the things I prefer: action, suspense, mystery, and tend to go more outside of the stereotypical character tropes ( This applies in the dystopian, sci-fi, action-thriller, and fantasy sub-genre of YA). I do think this deserves further reflection because I could be way over-generalizing.

When I picked up this book I instantly started reading it because of several reviews I’d seen and because it seemed more action-centered. The fact that the protagonist was a girl written by a guy never detracted from the authenticity of her character and motives. This has never really been a problem for me. If a book is well-written, than a character will read as genuine.

After reading an article yesterday, I hate Strong Female Characters, I realized that Dan Krokos did a pretty good job of addressing some of Sophia McDougall’s faults with the creation of female characters. I would call myself a feminist, so I decided to evaluate more books based on some of her critiques. I thought the author offered a great cast of characters that were very evenly balanced between male and female characters. Although Miranda wakes up with no memory, she meets her teammates from her past life. She expresses a need to learn more about and get to know the other girl in the group. She doesn’t at any point to me feel like she’s overly dependent on the male characters, and she doesn’t always adhere to Peter’s orders as their leader, but she does value and require their help from time to time, just as they require and value help from her. So from this perspective I think False Memory is a pass in terms of equality. There are some things I would improve, but hey, this ain’t a perfect world!

Then there was a love triangle. At first I was like, Why?! Why must you subject us to this? So at first that was kind of a turn off for me. Until the end. When I realized it was necessary. Yup, you just heard those words coming out of my mouth…or written on a blog post (you know what I mean). I realized why the author had done it and that it’s kind of a hint (you’ll know what I’m implying if you’ve read the book). So in the end, not only did the love triangle work, it helped offer the reader a sense of resolution and understanding, while creating a bit of continued tension for the second book. 

Plot-wise I thought it was pretty strong. There was great pacing; I never felt bored or that the slower parts continued for too long. In the end I think there were a little too many twists and turns in the end, and I wished the author had saved a little bit of that information for the next book. It just seemed like there was TOO MUCH happening and it was hard to process. You had to make a lot of connections, and I don’t know if it was the late night or something, but my brain was like, wait a minute…

All in all, there were lots of gorey details, heart-racing action scenes, a few swoon-worthy kisses (tee hee), and some pretty great mysteries. Definitely a book for guys and girls (any book is really), but don’t shy away from this one!

I almost really liked it!

I almost really liked it!