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3 stars

Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)

Synopsis:

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2)

Synopsis:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive

Death Cure (Maze Runner #3)

Synopsis:

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

Review:

Ok. I know a lot of people will probably feed me to the wolves for this but…

These books were just okay.  Don’t get me wrong, the storyline was great…it was the execution that left a lot to be desired.

The characters were very flat to me.  I didn’t fall in love with any of them.  If I had to pick one though I would have to say I liked Newt the most.  I felt really bad for him.

The pace of the book was slow and drawn out to me.  Dashner is very long winded.  It took me forever to get through them.  I would put them down for days on end and not be motivated to pick them back up.  I kinda had to force myself to read them.  It was disappointing to say the least.

I wanted it to be like the Hunger Games but it just wasn’t fleshed out enough to get it there.

The made-up-word-profanity drove me insane.  They were silly words.  They didn’t convey the emotion of the words AT ALL.  When I read the words I automatically replaced them in my head with the real word.  I mean, come on, “Shuck-face?!” who says that???

I think the thing that bothers me the most was the ending…Jesus, WTF.  I didn’t get it at all!  It left so many questions lingering.

Overall, it was just okay. It’s not something I would ever pick-up again and re-read.

I can’t believe I’m gonna say this but….the movies were better.

I don’t remember any real bad language, just the silly made up words.  I would recommend this for pre-teen and teens.

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Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1)

Posted: February 20, 2014 in 3 Stars, Paranormal

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3 stars

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) – Kiersten White

Synopsis:

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormal glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Review:

This should actaully be 3 1/2 stars. It got a little irritating how juvenile it came across. The characters were supposed to be teenagers but they read like they were 12.

The story however was enjoyable. I liked the storyline, I can’t remember reading anything like it.

The pace of the book was a little slow for me, it just seemed like the same things over and over but it didn’t cause me to have to put it down because of boredom or anything so I’d call that a win.

I wish there had been a little more passion or forbbiden-ness to the relationship of “Lend” and “Evie”.  There really is no controversy or danger, as of right now, to their so called relationship.  Actually there really isn’t a feeling of real connection between the two either.

The only character that I enjoyed reading was “Reth”…he is a mysterious, dark and dangerous faery who’s agenda is not really known and you can’t tell if he’s a good guy or bad guy yet.

But overall I enjoyed myself and I guess that is what reading is all about!

I would recommend for teens, there was no language that I can remember and no sexual situations.

List of Books in Order:

Paranormalcy

Supernaturally

Endlessly

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3 stars

Reached (Matched 3) – Ally Condie

Synopsis:

After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again. 

Review:

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I enjoyed this book.  It was a great way to finish the series.  I do wish there was a little more of what happens after but it still ended well for me.  I am still a little hesitant on this becoming a movie (at least the first book).  Disney optioned it but I just can’t see it translating very well.  I think it would have been a better twist had the “Pilot” turned out to be someone you already knew and never would have guessed.  There was never really any “holy crap” moments.

The pace of this book was much better and it kept my attention.  I finished it in 4 days.  Normally I finish a book every 2-3 days so it wasn’t bad.  The characters are much better developed and I cared for them more in this book.  There probably should have been a little more “meant to be” emotions between “Cassia” and “Ky”, they never came across to me as star-crossed lovers.

I did like how every chapter was a different characters POV.  It really made you feel like you got every side of the story as it went.  That was one driving factor for me.  I kept reading to get back to certain character’s chapters and what they were going through.

Overall the story of this series is original (at least to me and what I have read in the past).  The pace is somewhat slow in some places.

I would recommend this for pre-teen and teen.  There was no language I can remember and no sex.  It is an easy read.

List of Book in Order:

Matched

Crossed

Reached

matched

3 stars

Matched (Matched #1)- Ally Condie

Synopsis:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Review:

I gave this 3 stars because the premise is great, it’s just the story is soooo slow.  I was expecting something along the lines of Hunger Games…not so much 😦

The characters were so “Stepford” in this…there was no emotion, not even from the “Officials”.  They never got angry at anyone even when they disobeyed.

I picked this up at the library because it had a beautiful cover.  Nothing really ever happened. About the last 3 chapters is what really had me wanting to read the next book.
The book cover boasts “tons of romance” but I didn’t see it. There was only stolen glances here and there but nothing to really make me swoon.

I understand that this series was optioned for a movie but I just don’t see how that can work. There was no action in the story to move the plot forward. It was all about the human condition. Like I said, great premise just really bad pace. I would love to have had more back story on the government and the main characters.

I will probably still finish out the series just because I can’t stand to NOT finish a series and it really is an easy read. It took me about a day and a half to finish.

I would recommend this for pre-teen and teens.   It’s an easy read.  There was no language, no sex…and as far as I can remember only 2-3 kisses.

List of Books in Order:

Matched (Matched #1)

Crossed (Matched #2)

Reached (Matched #3)

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Crave (A Novel of the Fallen Angels #2) – J.R. Ward

Synopsis:

Isaac Rothe is a black ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her can only lead to trouble-and that’s before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil.

Review:

I enjoyed the 2nd book a lot.  It took me a little bit to get into it because you kind of get attached to the characters from the first book.  Each book in this series is a different set of characters except for the fallen angels who are war-ing over their souls.  I didn’t feel like this book was as fast paced as the first but it was a very good story.  I could relate better to these characters and I really felt their passion and hunger for each other.

Recommended for adults who like romance and fallen angels.  There is pervasive language and sexual situations.

List of Books in Order:

Covet

Crave

Envy

Rapture

Possesion

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3 stars

Night Star (Immortals #5) – Alyson Noel

Synopsis:

Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart — and she has just the ammunition to do it.

Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen — a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all.

Now it’ll take everything she’s got — and bring out powers she never knew she had — to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: Is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future?

Review:

These books have gotten VERY mixed reviews and I understand why.  I think they would have been so much better had they been planned a little better and shortened to maybe 3 or 4 books.

This book was so much better than #4.  It has a slightly faster pace and “Ever” finally starts to grow up and act like an adult.  This series does tend to drag a little and there is A LOT of meditation, crystals, balance, ect to get through.  It felt a little “new age-y”, if that’s a word.

I did find that in the synopsis it states that “Damen” hides a very big secret that could destroy everything but I didn’t think it was that big nor would it have been a deal-breaker.  That was a little mis-leading, to me anyway.  The truth was kind of a let down.

I still have no real connection to any of the characters but that’s ok.  I think the basic storyline is good but it is taking way to long to get there.

I still would recommend to young adults and teens who are looking for a fast, uncomplicated read.

No real language and only hinting at sex.

List of Books in Order:

Evermore

Blue Moon

Shadowland

Dark Flame

Night Star

Everlasting

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3 stars

Dark Flame (Immortals #4) – Alyson Noel

Synopsis:

Ever is trying to help Haven make the transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and acting recklessly, she poses the ultimate threat — exposing their secret world to the outside. But Ever’s struggle to keep the Immortals hidden only propels Haven closer to the enemy: Roman and his evil companions.

At the same time, Ever delves deeper into dark magick to free Damen from Roman’s power. But when her spell backfires, it binds her to the one guy who’s hell-bent on her destruction. Now there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, and no matter what she does, she can’t stop thinking about Roman — and longing for his touch. As she struggles to resist the fiery attraction threatening to consume her, Roman is more than willing to take advantage of her weakened state…and Ever edges closer and closer to surrender.

Frantic to break the spell before its too late, Ever turns to Jude for help, risking everything she knows and loves to save herself — and her future with Damen…

Review:

First let me start off by saying…I loved the first 3 books but this one fell flat for me.  It took me over a week to get this one finished where normally it takes me about a day or two to read a book.  I just could not get into it.  I felt like most of this book was filler.

To me, there was really never a build up or climax with this book so I was kind of disappointed with that.  Also, the way that “Ever’s” friends treat her gets really old and it is kind of infuriating that these characters act this way.

Alyson’s writing style is, however, easy to follow and normally fun to read.

If you have already started reading the series then please continue because it was only this book that slowed it down for me…the rest are fantastic 🙂

List of Books in Order:

Evermore

Blue Moon

Shadowland

Dark Flame

Night Star

Everlasting