Book Review- In the Afterlight

Title- In the Afterlight16150831
Author- Alexandra Bracken
Pages- 535
Rating-  3.3 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Third and final book!

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! ONLY READ IF YOU’VE FINISHED THIS BOOK!

If you saw my review for Never Fade, then you would know I really enjoyed (almost)everything about that book, except for Ruby. The same goes for this book, except now you can add Ruby and Cole to the mix. I’ll start off with what I didn’t liked about this book.

Ruby and Cole- I can’t explain to you how much these two frustrated me in this story. Now i can’t deny that these two work well together, but that’s because they’re so similar. To me that was a bad thing. They both want the same thing, to free the camps, but they wanted to go about it by fighting and killing, which, yes, there was obviously going to be a lot of that, but they wouldn’t even listen to anyone else’s ideas. They just shut down anyone’s plan. Also, these two had so many secrets from everyone, it pissed me off. Every other word from them was “you can’t tell anyone”, “no one else can know” “this stays between us”. DaScalyWealthyAmericancrocodile-max-1mbmn, it frustrated me to know end.

What pissed me off the most, was the way Ruby and Cole treated Liam. Talking down to him, treating him like he’s useless, like he can’t fight, or help. He freaking escaped from a camp, survived on the run, and took care of Chubs and Zu. Now, what? He can’t do anything? I don’t think so!

COMMUNICATION- Oh my god! This is what made me want to throw this book across my room. Except, I was reading on my ereader, and I couldn’t do that, but I was tempted. As I said before, so many secrets were kept from one another. If they just talked to each other, told each other the truth, so much could have been avoided!

Moving on to what I liked about this book:

Plot- I really liked where this story started off, and was tenorheading. As with the rest of these books, this one had a lot of surprises. I enjoyed seeing them finally work out a plan to free the kids from the camps and expose the truth. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it must be to wrap up a series, but I felt this one did a decent job. I didn’t even see the big twist coming: Clancy was controlling Ruby! What the actual hell?

Characters- As always, I loved the characters. I said it before, and I’ll say it again. These characters are fun, strong, badass, and real. I loved seeing all these characters that we know and love come together and work towards a common goal. People who you’d think wouldn’t work well together, surprisingly did. Also SUZUME was back! YESSSSS!

Ruby and Liam- Now as frustrated as Ruby was, I do have to say, I really loved her when she was with Liam. I adored all the Ruby and Liam scenes. These two, for all the flaws, are perfect for one another.

Chubs and Vida- This was just EVERYTHING! I have nothing else to say but that!

Cole’s death- I don’t know how I feel about it. To be honest, I didn’t really like Cole that much. I mean,tenorbb I didn’t hate him, but I also didn’t care much for him and I think most of that had to do with the way he treated Liam. I did feel sad about his death though, mainly because of Liam. I mean, Liam had just found out about Cole being a Red. I really thought they were on there way to fixing there relationship, but then he dies? Are you kidding me? I would’ve loved to have watched Liam and Cole get there relationship back. I could’ve seen myself growing to really like Cole.

So those are my thoughts on In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. Let me know what you thought about the conclusion below!

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Book Review- Never Fade

Title- Never Fade61oeptfie7l-_sy344_bo1204203200_
Author- Alexandra Bracken
Pages- 507
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Sequel

I want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed everything about this book: the characters, the writing, the pacing and plot. Everything was great. Except for one thing that wasn’t. One thing that made me go from giving this book a 5 stars to a 4 stars…Ruby. I’ll start off with this positives first, and then talk about my one negative. WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE DARKEST MINDS AND NEVER FADE!

Plot- The story started off a bit slow, and I wasn’t really sure how I was feeling about it. But I kept going, and it really started to pick up. Next thing I new it was 3:30am and I’m still up reading. I was doing that whole “just one more chapter” thing us readers do. When Ruby finally ended up going on a mission for the League to find Liam and the flashdrive, that’s when it started to pick up and damn it got good! They’re were so many surprises that you don’t expect and it just keeps you wanting more.

Characters- The characters, I think are the best thing about this books! They’re fun, strong, bad-ass, and real. I was surprised to find myself really loving the new characters: Jude, Nico, and Vida…especially Vida. But what I really loved more than that, was seeing Rutumblr_o0po34f9pt1rhyksdo1_500by reunite with old characters. CHUBS! LIAM! Even though both reunions were completely different and surprising, it was amazing to see!

Liam and Ruby- One thing I really loved about The Darkest Minds, was the relationship between Liam and Ruby, and the way it ended in the first book was heartbreaking! I was so glad to see them finally reunite in this one, although I knew it wasn’t going to be the same. I was surprised to find out that even though Ruby erased herself from Liam’s memories, his feelings were still there. So when he saw her, he just knew.

Now lets talk about the one thing I didn’t like about this book:

Ruby- I just  want to point out that yes, Ruby did have moments in this book where I did like her, but for most of the book she got on my damn nerves. Most of the time, that happened was when she was alone, or with the leaders of the childrengiphy‘s league. She just seemed like a completely different person, at least until she got her friends back: Chubs and Liam. With them by her side again, she seemed like the same old Ruby, whom I did like. Without them, she was mean, rude, and just cold. I also didn’t like how she trusted Cole. I get that he looks like Liam, but he’s not Liam. You don’t know him, so why trust him? Why keep a secret from Liam, because Cole asked you to? You already messed with his memories, now you’re going to keep a secret from him about his brother? You should be trying to earn his trust back, not keeping secrets. It frustrated me.

Book Review- Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy

Title- Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy28954137
Author- Cassandra Clare; Sarah Rees Brennan; Maureen Johnson; Robin Wasserman
Pages- 672
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Companion!

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T FINISHED THIS BOOK, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, OR THE INFERNAL DEVICES!

This story follows Simon and his time at Shadowhunter Academy preparing to ascend. I always end up loving Cassandra Clare’s stories. I think there’s so much that can be told in the shadowhunter world, and I never get tired of reading them! Once I start one of her books, I can’t put it down, and this one was no different. This book includes ten stories from Simons time at Shadowhunter Academy!

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy: 4 stars

This one was the first story that we read, and was an introduction to everything. We get to see where Simon’s at mentally, and how he feels. For an introduction, I really found myself enjoying this one. Understanding where Simon was at mentally made a lot of sense. He lost all of his memories and he wanted to get away from the people who looked at him like he was hurting them everytime he couldn’t remember. We also are introduced to some new characters, both Shadowhunters and mundanes. My favorite, of course, was George Lovelace!

Favorite part of this novella: Isabelle coming in and telling everyone to stay away from her man! Go Izzy! Although what happened afterwards wasn’t very happy!

The Lost Herondale: 3 stars

This one, at least for me, was pretty boring. The students are getting a lecture about what the worst thing that a Shadowhunter could do is.We are told a story of Tobias Herondale from the guest lecture, and of course Catarina. I did enjoy reading Catarinas version, and what we find out is quite interesting. I was really annoyed when Clary portaled into Simon’s room, just to tell him to be nicer to Isabelle! Like yes, she’s going through a difficult time with Simon losing his memories, and not remembering her and the relationship, BUT SIMON FREAKIN LOST HIS MEMORIES, and you want him to be nicer? How about they be a bit more understanding? It just frustrated me!

The Whitechapel Fiend: 4 stars

This story was fun! We start off with the students having another guest helping out, this time JACE! He’s helping the students jump off a tree. Which is quite perfect for him. As usual, it’s always fun when Jace is around. We also get another guest lecturer, known as Tessa Gray. She’s telling the story of Jack the Ripper who was a demon and how they helped stop it. It was very nostalgic  for us Infernal Devices lovers as we got to see Tessa, Will, Gabriel, and Cecily again! Simon also convinced Jace to go and talk to Tessa, and I really wanted to read how that o6bjzm4conversation went! It would be amazing to see Jace and Tessa interact!

Favortie part of this novella: Every Jace and Simon moment! Seriously I need a novella with these two! It would be a lot of fun!

Nothing But Shadows: 3 stars

This one for me was kind of boring as well. We get to see James Herondale and his time at Shadowhunter Academy. I did enjoy seeing the relationship between James and Matthew, and that’s what kept me interested, but other than that, I was kind of bored reading this one.

The Evil We Love: 3.5 stars

I did enjoy this one more than the previous one! We got another guest speaker, Robert Lightwood, who was accompanied with Isabelle! Robert told the story of his time in the circle, and I found that really interesting. I always enjoy reading and learning more about the circle. I find it fascinating! I also enjoyed seeing Simon struggle about his feelings over Isabelle. He knows that she’s important to him, and that he cares about her, and you can really see that in this story!

Pale Kings and Princes: 5 stars

I loved this story! We got to see Helen Blackthorn come in and forced to gi491304fcc12af6e17be099134f49bc20ve a speech about how cruel and manipulative the faeries are, which everyone already knew. However, because she is half Fae, they treated her like crap, and it was sad to see! I felt terrible for her, but she seemed so strong! The best thing about this novella was SIZZY(Simon and Isabelle)! we got to see them really open up and talk, and go on a date, and it was lovely! I really enjoyed this story!

Favorite part of this novella: EVERYTHING!

Bitter of Tongue: 4 stars 

In this story we get to see Mark again, as Simon accidentally goes into fairy land. I honestly feel so bad for Mark. He believed that the Shadowhunters were coming to get him, but no one came. Because he is half Fae, the clave just doesn’t care about him anymore. Poor Mark, stuck in the Hunt. Seeing Isabelle come down to rescue Simon was amazing. Even trapped in the Fae world, they have there cute moments! Even though it was short, I loved seeing Simon at the wedding. It was nice to see him doing something normal with his girlfriend and friends.

Favorite part of this novella: Isabelle rescuing Simon!

The Fiery Trail: 5 stars

I’ve read some mix8991247a4e907d735567049a617547daed reviews about this one, but I really found myself enjoying this novella. We find out that Emma and Julian wanted Clary and Simon to be the witnesses at the parabatai ceremony, which I though was so sweet! We also see Clary and Simon get tricked into drinking Lake Lyn water and taking the water to test to see if they could be parabatai themselves! I loved seeing this test and how it all played out. As well as seeing some familiar faces pop up! And of course learning that Simon and Clary can, and will be parabatai!

Favorite part of this novella: The water test itself, but also seeing Jace pop up in the tunnel of love with Simon! That was too freaking funny!

Born to Endless Night: 5 stars

This was just a lot of fun! We get to see Magnus and Alec adopt a warlock baby! I absolutely loved seeing Alec talk about this feelings with not only Magnus, but Simon as well. We never get to see that, so it was great to see what he was feeling. I loved how supportive the Lightwood family was over the baby! They were arguing over who gets to hold it next, and seeing Robert and Mayrse as grandma and grandpa Lightwood was adorable!

Favorite part of this novella: Pretty much everything!

Angels Twice Descending: 5 stars 

This story was just amazing! Simon is almost ready to ascend, but we see him having to go and say goodbye to his mom and sister. I really loved the moment with his mom, but at the same time I felt bad for both of them. After he leaves, he’s not ready to go back to the academy, and decides to walk around New York, until he ends up outside his apartment he shared with Jordan, and Izzy finds him there. That all leads up to the Sizzy moment a lot of people have been waiting for. I just adore Simon and Isabelle! Finally we get to see Simon ascend and it was perfection! I honestly wasn’t expecting what happened to George and it was emotional.

Favorite part of this novella: Every-single-part!

Book Review || Saga Volume 5

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Author- Brian K. Vaughan
Pages- 152
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- 5th Volume

Marko as aligned himself with Prince IV, as both of them try to find there families. It’s a very uneasy alliance as they both seem to hate each other. However, when you have a common goal you try and work together. I really enjoyed there arc together. Mainly because we got to see Marko, and Ghus(whom I adore). We got to see Marko high as all hell, and get a view into his past.

Alana is with Klara, as they’re being kept by Dengo who also has the kidnapped Princeling and Hazel. He has called the Revolution to where they were to make a deal with them. Although nothing goes as planned and all hell breaks loose!

We also follow Gwtumblr_ncbd1dtkcz1tv4k5po1_500endolyn, Sophie, Lying Cat, The Brand, searching for a cure to save The Will! Trust me when I say, shit gets really weird in this storyline!

Ohhhhh and I just have one thing to say….Dragon jizz….Dragon freakin jizz. That is all.

As always this story has beautiful artwork, and amazing writing. The humor is on point, and the characters are wonderful! Throughout the whole story your so invested and just needing to know what happens next. As always, we are left on a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to read the next volume!

 

Book Review || The 5th Wave

Title- The 5th Wave16101128
Author- Rick Yancey
Pages- 457
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- 1st book!

This will contain SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! This was my first Rick Yancy read, and I’m glad hat I picked this one! This book starts off with the others ship landing on earth. Everything was quite for ten days. After the tenth day…all hell broke loose.

So I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book. I knew it was about aliens and an invasion, but that’s all I knew. I really loved this take on the story. The waves and different stages of attack. I found myself wanting to keep reading, because I wanted to know what was going to happen. I could say it was the characters, which in some part it was. But.i really think it was Rick Yancey’s writing. There’s something about his writing that keep me invested!

The characters were fantastic. Going into this, I had NO IDEA this was told in different perspectives. Here I am reading from Cassie’s perspective, and then all of sudden it’s talking about someone being called Zombie. I was like what the hell? Afterward, it’s easy to differentiate whose point of view! My favorite to rawread from is Ben. I found his story to be the one that I was most invested in!

Cassie is such a strong, sarcastic and funny character! It was great to read from her and get her point of view of the invasion. We follow Cassie as she tries to get to her brother Sammy who gets taken to Wright Patterson(Camp Haven) a supposed safe zone! She goes through so much on the way including meeting Evan, the man who shoots and saves her!

Evan is cool, and very bad-ass, but also creepy in my opinion. When I was reading it I just found some of the things he did and said to be creepy. I like him as a character, but I’m hoping we get to read more from his perspective in the next book! Maybe I won’t find him to be as creepy!

Ben is my favorite! He’s strong, loyal and he makes a good leader. I loved his relationship with Nugget(Sammy). It was so cute! I loved that he went back for Team-Badass-3-the-vampire-diaries-tv-show-30723089-500-333Nugget when he found out the truth, and went back for Cassie at the end when he could’ve easily left her.

Speaking of the ending, it was my favorite part of this whole book! I loved how we were reading from the different perspectives and then it all comes together: Cassie, Ben, Evan, and Nugget(Sam). The ending had me pulled in, and Cassie, Ben and Evan make a hell of a team! I wouldn’t want to be on the bad side of them!

Book Discussion- Life and Death

Title- Life and DeathLifeanddeathtwilightreimagined
Author- Stephenie Meyer
Pages- 389
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Twilight Reimagined!

This was my first read of 2016, and I have to say, I quite enjoyed it! This story brought me back into the world of Twilight, which I haven’t been in awhile! It definitely made me want to reread the original as well, so I’m thinking I may do a reread of the saga this year.

This story follows the same story as Twilight, however with some changes in the scenes, and dialogue to work with the gender swap! It does take some time to get adjusted to these characters. I admit that I definitely had a hard time picturing Beau and Edthye because I was so use to the original characters. However, once you’re able to do that you do get to enjoy these characters. My favorite was Archie, who is this books Alice!

The ending! I really enjoyed the ending of this book! It was fun to see how Twilight could have ended if it was just a stangiphydalone book. I’m glad I got to see this alternate ending, however I do feel as though it was rushed. I do prefer the original ending for Twilight. This ending also made me a bit depressed. Because of Beau changing, he had to fake his own death and he never got to apologize for what he said to Charlie before he left, and you can tell how he regrets that. It was upsetting, and I’m glad that wasn’t the original ending!

I honestly believe people had too high expectations, and were expecting a bit much from this story. Going into this I expected a fun, enjoyable, slightly different story because of the gender swap, and that’s whatumblr_n0pwfyPVHH1t77ydgo1_500t I got. I honestly believe because I wasn’t expecting a lot, I enjoyed it more than others.

You have to enjoy this story for what it is. A fun, enjoyable story that Stephenie wrote for the fans. Also for those saying that this was published for just a cash grab, I have to disagree. A tenth anniversary edition would have been published anyway, this was just something fun that she though the fans would enjoy. Enjoy it for what it is, and I think you’ll have fun with this story!

Book Review- The Darkest Minds

Title- The Darkest Minds10576365
Author- Alexandra Bracken
Pages- 488
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Book 1

Okay so this is the last book that I read in 2015, and I’m happy to say that it was a good one! I tried reading this book about two years ago and I just couldn’t finish it. Here we are two later, and not only did I give it another go and finished it, I ended up really enjoying it. I don’t know what it was this time, but I passed the part where I stopped the first time, and I honestly couldn’t remember why I didn’t finish it before.

I really did enjoy the idea of this story- the camps, the different colors and powers. However, and this is what made me give it a four stars. Even though they talked about the powers, I honestly didn’t feel like they gave us enough explanation about them. By the end of this book, I still didn’t know much about the powers. I mean we got the basics, but that was really it. I just wanted more from that.

I absolutely adoredtumblr_m5xf3iAIYn1rv4pd3o1_250 the characters- Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu. Seriously, they work so well together and are just an all around great team. I couldn’t wait to find out more about these characters, especially Ruby.

Ruby’s story, even though it took awhile to get to it, was heartbreaking. I felt so bad for what happened to her as a kid, and it really makes you see how strong her powers are. I want to say that even though I can see why people say that she can be an unlikable character, I personally loved her. I thought she was fun, strong, and sweet. However, that’s not to say that she’s not flawed because she definitely is.

This book was crazy and it felt like these kids were being chased by EVERYONE! The PSFs agents, skip tracers,bounty hunters, the League. Pretty much everyone and anyone were after them. Especially Ruby and Liam, for what Ruby was, and for what Liam did. Liam was worth a lot of money to people!

I want to talk about the romance for a second. I noticed that atumblr_inline_ntv9pbR6o01sivqgw_500 lot of people seem to love or dislike the romance. Me? I’m on the love side. I absolutely adore Liam and Ruby and definitely think they make a great couple. You can see the connection from the beginning, and it definitely took some time to develop but I loved it. Liam is absolutely amazing and one of my favorite lines from this book came from him:

“Give me one reason why we can’t be together, and I’ll give you a hundred why we can.”

Last but not least, the ending. Oh god, the last few chapters were extremely heartbreaking and it left us on such a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to find out what the heck will happen next.give_it_to_me