Throwback Thursday might be a meme thing, but at my blog it’s where I compile a collection of mini reviews because sometimes I just have a couple of things to say along with it was good, or I didn’t like it.
Children of Blood and Bone
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.Now we rise.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
Despite this book being a DNF book with no rating, I actually liked one character in the book, Ihen or whatever his name was. He reminded me of Kylo Ren in this book, and that made me think that he probably had some good in him somewhere and he was actually the reason why I made it to chapter 21 and I didn’t finish. I wasn’t interested enough in trying to finish all 81 chapters or so in a week and the plot was kind of starting to drag at this point for me.
I usually run the opposite direction when books are hyped up but I still am always curious and check them out from the library anyway. I bring this onto myself. I might give it another try maybe when there’s more time to read it but I just didn’t have enough interest and when I snuck a peek into the last chapter I wasn’t interested in finding out what happened between chapter 21 and 81. That’s usually a hint to DNF a book.
Maybe I’ll have better luck next time after I’m not the ten thousandth person on the holds list at the library.
Warcross by Marie Lu
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about this book. It was a fantasy and we all know what my luck has been like with popular young adult fantasy books lately. I had picked it up and set it down about three times before this time and usually that means the book just isn’t going to happen.
But something magical happened this time… I made it to past chapter three! And I got sucked in and it seemed like I couldn’t read the book fast enough. I had to keep going back to reread certain parts because I was reading it so fast.
The concept of this book just sucked me in. It was like a mix between Caraval, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and probably The Maze Runner (if I ever got past skimming it!) in a virtual video game world. I definitely ship Hideo and Emika also. I like books where characters start out with a hard life and then something cool like this comes along. It is like the definition of fantasy books for sure.
This was a five star rating because I immediately hopped into Wildcard.
Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.
Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?
Wildcard definitely had the mysterious feel to it that Legendary had for me. Both of these books were surprise reads for me because I actually liked them. I liked the new characters that were introduced in Wildcard.
I wouldn’t want to cross Jax alone in a dark alley, but I’d definitely want Jax and Emika along if I ever needed a mystery that needed to be solved. Hammie was another favorite character even though she was in the other book as well. I liked how she was into chess and I thought there was a hint of a romance plot going on with her and someone else.
I liked the loyalty between the teammates. I liked how the book spun off into this mystery, but at the same time it did get a little slow about halfway though and I almost lost interest.
I’m glad I stuck through though because I was invested into the book characters and plot. That ending was definitely a sitting off of the edge of your seat ending.
I’d give this book a four point five rating. That cover also looks super cool. I’d love to own these physical books some day so I can reread them again. I’m sure I missed a few details.
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.
When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.
But sometimes love can breach all barriers.
Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.
I actually read the physical copy of this book. I mean, the book cover is purple. I love purple. It was just gorgeous. And for once, the story behind the gorgeous cover was actually mostly good.
I needed a contemporary book after all of the fantasy books I had been reading lately, and this book was what I needed for a break. I liked most of the book. I didn’t like how controlling Elle’s parents were, but I guess that probably comes with having a dad in politics. Everything is all about that perfect image in politics.
And the scene with the dog….I’m not listing the spoiler here, but those that read the book probably will know what I’m talking about. I get why it was done, but did it have to happen like that?
I liked this book even though it seemed to have some instant love going on but it’s a good book to read during the summer or on some type of vacation or break.
It’s a four star read.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (Goodreads Author)
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.
This story had a great execution. It had that perfect not to scary, Halloween vibe type of book going on. It didn’t meet my expectations though. It was like a cross between The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas and Jinx by Meg Cabot. It ended up not being my thing.
I’d recommend this to anybody that likes the books above though and is looking for a lighter spooky Halloween type of book that isn’t super scary though. It just wasn’t for me, but it might be perfect for you!
What do you think? Have you read any of the books before? Are they on your TBR list? Feel free to leave a comment below!