Wednesday, February 27

Review: Storm (Paper Gods #3)

Storm (Paper Gods #3)
Amanda Sun

Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Date Read: February 2, 2019
Genre: YA - Paranormal
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
Pages: 304
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18134015-storm

From Goodreads:
After almost a year in Japan, Katie Greene has finally unearthed the terrible secret behind her boyfriend Tomohiro's deadly ability to bring drawings to life—not only is he descended from Kami, the ancient Japanese gods, but he is the heir to a tragedy that occurred long ago, a tragedy that is about to repeat.

Even as the blood of a vengeful god rages inside Tomo, Katie is determined to put his dark powers to sleep. In order to do so, she and Tomo must journey to find the three Imperial Treasures of Japan. Gifts from the goddess Amaterasu herself, these treasures could unlock all of the secrets about Tomo's volatile ancestry and quell the ink's lust for destruction. But in order to complete their quest, Tomo and Katie must confront out-of-control Kami and former friend Jun, who has begun his own quest of revenge against those he believes have wronged him. To save the world, and themselves, Katie and Tomo will be up against one of the darkest Kami creations they've ever encountered—and they may not make it out alive.

Storm is a book that has been on my TBR for so long. I read the first two books years ago and really enjoyed them and for some reason just never got around to reading the final book. One of my reading challenges for 2019 is to complete some of my ongoing series so I picked this one up as part of it. I really wish I could say that I loved Storm as much as I did the other books... but I just didn't. I can't really pinpoint anything specific that stopped me loving this book, I just didn't enjoy it quite as much as the others.

Storm is an enjoyable read and I am so happy that I finally picked it up and experienced the ending of this utterly unique and magical series. Storm picks up where Rain left off with Katie and Tomo trying desperately to control the ancient magic that is consuming them both. One thing I enjoyed about this book was that is delved a little more into the history of the powers and I found that really intriguing and interesting. I do genuinely love the mythology base of this series and I love the characters as well. It actually is quite an addictive storyline.

I really did enjoy Storm but for me, the pacing was a little off. There were times within this book where I couldn't read fast enough. I was so consumed by this story and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen... but then the pacing would slow down majorly and at times I lose interest. These two extreme feelings happened often, just as I'd be dying to read more, the pace would slow and I would be bored. It seemed that the further that I got into the book, the more my mind was wandering and I just didn't wanna continue. I almost DNF'd this one but I forced myself through my struggle due to my love of the mythology and characters.

I am so glad I pushed through as I really enjoyed the ending. It was a really satisfying ending for the characters but honestly, I feel like this book could have been half the size that it was. Paper Gods was a great series, and I am so glad that I read it. Am I likely to re-read it? Probably not but that's okay. We can't love and want to re-read every book series, otherwise I'd never be reading new ones. I did enjoy Storm but compared to the previous books, I just felt like something was missing. If you're a fan of mythology based books, I definitely recommend this one but if you're loving fast-paced books, the third one may be a struggle.



Saturday, February 23

Early Review: Finding the Light (Balance #4)

Finding the Light (Balance #4)
Janelle Stalder

Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Date Read: February 9, 2019
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: eARC from Janelle Stalder
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43799065-finding-the-light

From Goodreads:
When the path you are on comes to a fork, which way do you turn?

Loyalties are being tested by the fate of one young girl.
Hope French has found herself in the fight of a lifetime, with two sides determined to either destroy her...or save her?
Angels and Demons will come to a head for the first time in centuries.
Now she has to decide who she can trust, and what her true destiny really is while learning to adapt to her new surroundings.
With so much against her, Hope must reach inside to find the ancient power that lies there, waiting to be unleashed.

The only question left to be answered is whether it will be for the good, or evil.

Janelle Stalder is one of my all-time favourite authors. I have been such an enormous fan of hers since 2011 when she offered me a copy of her debut novel, Eden, for review. I read it one sitting and couldn't believe how amazing it was. Especially considering it was her first novel. Since then I have devoured each and every novel that she has released and I am always left bugging her for when the next one will release. The Balance series is, in my opinion, her best series to date. So when she asked me if I wanted to read Finding the Light early, I was practically jumping up and down with excitement.

Finding the Light picks up right where The Dark Princess left off, with Hope at the school for Angels, where everyone thinks she will be the safest. But when the attacks on her life don't stop, Hope doesn't seem to be safe anywhere. Can she find out who is after her when she is stuck on an island full of angels?

I freaking adored Finding the Light. It was without a doubt the best one of the series to date. I know, I know... I always say that but Janelle just blows me away with every single book. She is without a doubt one of my favourite authors of all time and she could literally write anything and I would buy it no matter what it was about. When I started reading this book I was like I'll try to finish it in a few days... three hours later I was done. I couldn't put it down. Not for a single second. It was so addictive and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen.

I absolutely love Hope as a character. She is such an interesting character to read about. With her being part angel, part demon she is struggling with whether she is good or bad and I love seeing her on that journey of self-discovery. She definitely goes through a journey of self-discovery in this one and I loved experiencing that all with her. I have to say though, as much as I love Hope, my favourite character in this book is without a doubt Cillian. He is just utterly perfect! A gorgeous demon who will do anything and everything in his power to protect Hope at all costs... I couldn't help but love the parts told from his perspective the most. While reading I was literally a real-life heart-eyes emoji.

Finding the Light was utter perfection. It's such a game changer in the series and I couldn't believe what I was reading. Some of the twists and turns I never saw coming at all and ended up sitting there with my mouth gaping unable to believe what had just happened. Another sign that Janelle is such a superb storyteller. In a lot of books I tend to guess some of the twists and turns, this one I didn't guess any of them!

I absolutely adored every single moment of Finding the Light. I couldn't read it fast enough and then I was left reeling at the end, dying to get my hands on the next book immediately. If you're a fan of YA Paranormal then this is a must-read that you have to add to your TBR. It is one of the most incredible books I have ever had the pleasure of reading and I will be counting down the days until the next book releases.



Wednesday, February 20

Review: Rise (Paper Gods #2.5)

Rise (Paper Gods #2.5)
Amanda Sun

Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Date Read: January 28, 2019
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25214707-rise
From Goodreads:
A long, long time ago, before the world was as we know it, Izanami and Izanagi came into being. Two of the first of the ancient gods of Japan, they crafted the world from ink and their own imaginations. Izanagi wants, more than anything, to be with Izanami—but one moment of pride could tear them apart forever.

Yuki and Tanaka have been friends for as long as they can remember, but lately deeper feelings have been bubbling beneath the surface. How do they navigate the transition from friendship to true love without destroying the powerful bond between them?

Set a millennia apart, can these two couples, living parallel love stories, find their happily-ever-afters?

It's been quite a while since I have read the first two books in the Paper Gods series and honestly I don't remember a whole lot other than I really enjoyed them. As part of my challenge to catch up on my unfinished series I decided to pick up Rise, the novella that takes place between Rain and Storm. I am so glad that I decided to pick this novella up as it did a really good job of reintroducing me to this series and joggin my memory of what had happened.

Rise tells the love story between two of the Kami from centuries ago and also the love story of two friends, present day, of Kate's. I really enjoyed reading both of the love stories and it kept me interested all the way through. I am a totally hopeless romantic and I absolutely love a good love story so I was bound to enjoy this one as there was two.

Rise is a cute little read that sets the scene for the third book in the Paper Gods series. I cannot wait to get started and finish this series. I know it's going to be awesome.


Wednesday, February 13

Review: Renegades (Renegades #1)

Renegades (Renegades #1)
Marissa Meyer

Published By: Macmillan Publishing
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Date Read: January 27, 2019
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 552
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28421168-renegades

From Goodreads:
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

"Heroism wasn’t about what you could do, it was about what you did. It was about who you saved when they needed saving."

Renegades is a book that has been sat on my shelf for what feels like forever. I bought it immediately when it released as I was so intrigued by a superhero book. It wasn't until it came out as a group read in my Goodreads group that I finally decided to pick this one up. To be honest, I wasn't completely sure how I was going to feel about this one. I tend to be a bit of hit-or-miss with Marissa Meyer books. I absolutely adored her Lunar Chronicles books but then I didn't even finish Heartless. I am so glad to say that for me this one was a hit! I loved it and couldn't put it down.

I'm a huge fan of the whole superhero/villain thing but I haven't actually read a lot of superhero books. Renegades was the first one and I loved it. There were some very cliche tropes in there but honestly the world building and characterisation was so brilliant that they didn't bother me at all. I loved the history of the heroic Renegades and the villainous Anarchists. I loved even more that this was told from the perspective of two people: one Renegade and one Anarchist. I loved that we got to see it from both sides.

Right from the start I was heartbroken for Nova and I loved having her as a narrator. She is such a fantastic character as she is a villain... with heroic tendencies and I loved that. Pretty much the whole cast of characters were brilliant and I loved them all. Adrian was just such a beautifully sweet guy and I loved the concept of a budding romance between a Renegade and and Anarchist. I cannot wait to see where that goes in the coming books. I love that not everything is black and white in this series. It isn't as clean cut as the Renegades and the Anarchists but there is quite clearly good and bad on both sides. And those sides become more and more blurred the moree you read on. I absolutely loved that about the series and there are characters on both sides that I love... and hate!

Renegades was fast-paced and action packed and I couldn't get through these pages fast enough. The ending completely left me reeling. I couldn't believe what was happening and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. I throughly enjoyed every moment of this book and I hold out the hope that book 2 is going to be just as good. If you love books about superheroes then I highly recommend that you check out Renegades.

"If people wanted to stand up for themselves or protect their loved ones or do what they believe in their hearts is the right thing to do, then they would do it. If they wanted to be heroic, they would find ways to be heroic, even without supernatural powers."


Wednesday, February 6

Review: Sever (The Chemical Garden #3)

Sever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3)
Lauren DeStefano

Published By: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Date Read: January 19, 2019
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 371
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12383869-sever

From Goodreads:
Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

"We aren't asked into this world, Linden. We're here whether we like it or not. I can't let myself think it's for nothing."

In 2011 I read the first book in The Chemical Garden Trilogy and absolutely loved it. The following year I devoured the second book but when the third book released I just couldn't bring myself to read it. This was due to how much I adored this series. I know that sounds totally backwards. If I love it I should want to read it and see what happens. Well a part of me did but a bigger part of me just didn't want to say goodbye to this world and the characters and so I put it off. Fastforward 7 years and I have finally finished the series. It was everything I could have imagined and more. I loved every single moment of it.

In my 7 year break from reading Fever and starting Sever I had forgotten just how beautiful of a writer Lauren DeStefano is. I was completely captured once again by her beautiful storytelling and I couldn't put it down. Lauren has so perfectly honed her craft and I don't think I have read a book in a long time that is wrote so lyrically and touching. Sever was utter perfection.

Although I had forgotten a lot of things that had happened in Wither and Fever, it all came back to me as soon as I started reading. I was taken away once again, in this horrifying yet enchanting world and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I had forgotten my love of Rhine, Cecily and Linden and their strange but lovely relationship. The one thing that got me is that Gabriel wasn't in it at all until near the end and I did miss reading about him a bit in the majority of the book.

Sever was amazing and such a fantastic ending to one of my favourite series. I loved every moment of it and there were twists and turns I never saw coming. Sever completely and utterly broke my heart... I was sobbing at one point I was so emotionally invested in these characters lives. But then, that's just a sign of a fantastic read. My one gripe about Sever is that I felt the ending was a little rushed. A lot of things happened in those last 50/60 pages, and then it kind of just ended... saying that though it was a perfect ending to a great series and one I will read again and again.

The Chemical Garden series is a must-read for anyone who enjoys YA Dystopia novels. It takes you on one hell of a journey. It was utterly brilliant and I loved every moment. If you haven't read this series already I highly recommend it.

"Maybe hope isn't the most dangerous thing a person can have. Maybe love is."


Saturday, February 2

Wrap Up: January 2019


Hey Guys,
We made it! It's finally the end of January... the month that lasts years. Well as long as January is I unfortunately didn't read a whole lot of books BOO!! But here's my month in books.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:


Bought:
 
Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M McManus
Shadow of Night (Discovery of Witches #2) by Deborah Harkness
The Book of Life (Discovery of Witches #3) by Deborah Harkness
Scythe (Arc of Scythe #1) by Neal Schusterman
Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson

E-Books:

Bought:


Rise (Paper Gods #2.5) by Amanda Sun
Storm (Paper Gods #3) by Amanda Sun

Books Read in January 2019:


A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars
Sever (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano - 4 Stars
Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer - 4 Stars
Rise (Paper Gods #2.5) by Amanda Sun - 3 Stars




How was your month in books?