Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Novella Review: The Prince

The Prince

"Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection...

Before Aspen broke America's heart...

There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life..."

Author: Kiera Cass
Year of Release: 2013
Genre: Dystopia
Sequel(s): None, this is a novella
What motivated you to read this book?: I really wanted to read a story from Maxon's perspective!
Book Version: ebook
Where did you get the book?: Digital Downloads
Favorite Character: Maxon
Least Favorite Character: Either Maxon's father or Daphne
Thoughts on Cover: It's okay. Looks like one of those covers that says "Cover to be released soon" so I keep fooling myself into thinking it's not the real cover. Then again, it doesn't have to be that great since it's just a novella. The font is really cool though.
Recommended to: Fans of Kiera Cass's The Selection Trilogy
Review:I could have read this in one sitting if I really wanted to. It was short & sweet. At first I thought the entire thing would take place before the Selection & I wasn't too fond of that. I didn't really like Daphne. I felt like I barely knew who she was and then she was proclaiming her love to Maxon. She seemed really rude too and selfish. I was glad that the majority of this novella took place during events from the actual book, but from Maxon's perspective. I already loved Maxon, but this has expanded my love for him. I loved reading about his first two encounters with America from his perspective. I like how her unexpected behavior made him attracted to her. I definitely want more short stories or novellas of scenes from either The Selection or the Elite from his perspective. A very good story.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Book Review: Finale


Warning!: This review contains some spoilers. Even the summary contains spoilers from the previous books.

"Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for."

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Year of Release: 2012
Genre: Fantasy; Paranormal
Sequel(s): None, this is the last in the series
What motivated you to read this book?: After reading the first three, I had to read the last one!
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Local Library
Favorite Character: Patch Cipriano
Least Favorite Character: I don't think I had a least favorite character in this one.
Thoughts on Cover: I like it. It's really cool. I don't like how we can see their faces though. I like to imagine characters the way I want, not the way they are portrayed on the cover.
Recommended to: Paranormal fans
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Review: Fitzpatrick is truly a remarkable writer. Not only is she able to describe every detail of every scene in a book, but she is able to draw a reader in. I wanted to keep reading until I finished. What's also amazing about her books is that each book in the series is so different from the others and yet they all tie in together so well. It's genius!

This book was a little more frightening for me because Nora had to choose between Patch and leading the Nephilim. It seemed like she couldn't have both without her life being at risk. Either decision could cost her her life. The way Nora handled it was written so well. I was very satisfied. However, I didn't like one decision that she made in the book. It made me quite disappointed in her.

Like the other three books, there were a lot of plot surprises and twists which I enjoyed immensely. A book would be very dull if it was predictable, and although certain parts were predictable most of it wasn't. I was very pleased with this conclusion to the series, but I will miss reading Nora's and Patch's story. I was also disappointed that one character was killed off. My eyes even teared up a bit. (I normally don't cry when characters die.) It was quite emotional because the character who died was one of my favorite characters. I also didn't like how Vee and Scott weren't in it as much as the previous two. Scott was in it more than Vee but not as much as I would have liked. But all in all, I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend this series to my friends.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Book Review: Silence


Warning!: This review contains some spoilers. Even the summary contains spoilers from the previous two books.

"When Silence is all that's left, can the truth finally be heard?

Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers...and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again."

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Year of Release: 2011
Genre: Fantasy; Paranormal
Sequel(s):  Finale
What motivated you to read this book?: With the cliff hanger at the end of Crescendo, I had to find out what happened next!!
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Local Library
Favorite Character: Patch Cipriano
Least Favorite Character: Hank Millar 
Thoughts on Cover: My favorite cover of all the books in the series. I love how Nora is portrayed as helpless just as she is at the beginning of the book when she has no idea of what's going on. I also like how Patch looks. Pretty sweet wings if you ask me!
Recommended to: Paranormal fans
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Review: This book was a lot better than I thought it would be! When I read the summary of it, I thought I would be highly disappointed, but I was wrong. The plot was really enjoyable & fast moving. I didn't get annoyed with Nora the way I did with her in Crescendo & she was with Patch for at least half the book & I thought she wouldn't get with him until the end. That made me very happy. I also liked how Nora was getting answers right away, & that as a reader I didn't have to wait until the last 100 pages or so to find out everything. That was really nice. As always, I really enjoyed the plot surprises which were unexpected but made them all the more enjoyable. The characters were really well done as, too. I still liked Vee in this book just like I did in Crescendo. I also found myself liking Scott a lot more when reading this book. Scott is like the guy best friend I always wanted. (I really want a close relationship with a guy that's nothing more than plantonic. That would be really nice. haha) Overall, this book is by far my favorite of the series so far. I was quite pleasantly surprised!

Book Review: Crescendo


Warning!: This review contains some spoilers.

"Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever (if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts."

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Year of Release: 2010
Genre: Fantasy; Paranormal
Sequel(s): Silence & Finale
What motivated you to read this book?: I wanted to see what would happen to Patch & Nora. I really enjoyed Hush, Hush so I wanted to read the sequel!
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Local Library
Favorite Character: Vee Sky or Patch Cipriano
Least Favorite Character: There are many that I don't like, but none stands out as my least favorite
Thoughts on Cover: Pretty cool. Went along with the cover of Hush, Hush except with Nora on the cover instead of Patch. It's a good cover. I'm not sure if I like the font used though.
Recommended to: Paranormal fans
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Review: I actually liked this one a lot better than Hush, Hush even though Nora & Patch weren't together for 85% of the book which I didn't like very much at first. I really enjoyed the plot twists and turns. I believed certain things about some characters & then ended up being totally surprised in both good and bad ways. I also enjoyed the plot a lot better in this book. It seemed to flow better and was more fast moving. Like in Hush, Hush, I had many unanswered questions and as more and more events occurred, more questions were forming. However, I wasn't annoyed with not having the answers to the questions the way I was when reading Hush, Hush. I also liked Vee a lot better in this book than in the first book. Vee was very hilarious and always seemed to have Nora's back. She's definitely the type of friend I want.

Although I liked this book a lot more than Hush, Hush, Nora got on my nerves a lot more. Nora is extremely selfish. I didn't mind at first when she and Patch were fighting and broke up. I actually really liked it. It made the story more interesting. However, I didn't like how Nora tried to hurt Patch just to "get back at him". I also didn't like how she pretty much obsessed over him when she thought he was with Marcie. I mean seriously? Get over it! I would have understood if they dated for 2 years, but they had only been together for two months! I also didn't like how Nora made decisions like sneaking into other people's houses without really thinking it over. She was like "Okay, I really want to learn more about this, so I'll just break into their house while they're not there. No big deal." I'm pretty sure she snooped around in three people's houses/apartments.

There were some other parts of the plot that I didn't like because they never got resolved or because they were mentioned once and were never mentioned again. One example was when Nora got a speeding ticket. What was the point of that? She never paid it off!! She got a job to pay it off and her job was only mentioned once or twice. After that, it was as if the problem magically went away.

The weirdest part of the plot that I didn't like was how Scott went from hating and wanting to hurt her because she took the Black Hand's ring to "I'm so sorry Nora! It's my fault your father is dead. Please forgive me!" The ring issue never got resolved and she never returned it to him or anything. So strange. Then at the end of the book he randomly decided to buy her a car. What the heck?!? I also didn't like how Patch still kept things from Nora like the fact that he was Marcie's guardian angel. Didn't make much sense. Other than that, I really liked this book. I liked the ending and how it left me hanging wanting to find out what happens next!

Book Review: Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush 




Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life."

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Year of Release: 2009
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Sequel(s): Crescendo, Silence, & Finale
What motivated you to read this book?: I can't remember where I originally heard of the book, but I knew it was popular and the summary caught my attention.
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Local Library
Favorite Character: Patch Cipriano
Least Favorite Character: Elliot Saunders
Thoughts on Cover: It's pretty cool. I like how it shows Patch as he falls from heaven.
Recommended to: Paranormal Fans & Twilight fans
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Review: Although Hush, Hush is has a lot of similarities to Twilight, it stands on it's own. It is a really good book. However, I am not giving it four stars because it was quiet slow moving. I felt as though more and more events happened that resulted in more questions and no answers. It was very annoying. I don't believe I got any answers until around page 300. I guess this was Fitzpatrick's method of trying to get the reader to keep reading. It definitely got me to keep reading. I really like Patch. He is really mysterious and your typical bad boy. I always have a thing for the bad boys in books. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The writing is fantastic and Fitzpatrick has a certain way of grabbing the reader's attention and drawing them in until they are finished. 

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