The stack of reviews I'm required to complete has become scary. I decided to start deleting posts that I knew, for various reasons, I wouldn't be completing. But, I felt bad in cheating the books out of their spotlight. I decided to go on a mini review rampage and get to all the books in one post.
An honestly fantastic epic fantasy book. The religion aspect could get a little preachy at certain points, but wasn't enough to detract from the whole book. I loved the journey Elisa took from being a pampered and trusting princess into a full-blown kick butt rebel leader. My heart was broken at a few points. I refuse to forgive Carson for one particular death. However, I'm very excited to have gotten the sequel, Crown of Embers, into my greedy little hands and want to read it soon.
Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I don't know what it was, but I flashed back to Vampire Academy SO HARD. I love that series and was thrilled to have fallen for the Covenant books as well. Alex is awesome, Aiden is swoon-worthy and Caleb does some great witty banter. The world building, especially the explanation of the apollyon and God-killer, was a little confusing. However, the steamy scenes more than made up for it. (Hey, I'm an incurable smut reader. As long as there's some hot and heavy groping, I can forgive almost anything.) I recently got a paperback version of Pure and am foaming at the mouth to get into it.
Okay, most book lovers know this already, but it bears repeating. The book is leagues better than the movie. I completely fell in love with Camp Half-Blood, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Dionysus' twin boys, Poseiden, Sally etc. Reading this on a breezy summer vacation to a lake house in Tennessee made the book come alive for me. It's a cute and fun adventure that any middle grade, YA or even adult reader will love.
Fire by Kristin Cashore
I feel guilty for saying it, but I loved this book SO MUCH MORE than Graceling. (I still haven't gotten over the ending of Graceling.) I never used to understand exactly why so many fantasy lovers were head over heels for Cashore's writing. I glimpsed a little of the epic fantasy potential in Graceling, but the full force of her talent didn't hit me until I started reading Fire. It was just so flippin' good. All fantasy lovers need to read it. It's dark, decadent, bitter and sweet. Simply perfect. I'm still in awe of Cashore's talent. Fire was such developed and awesome person. I loved her and all of the characters, except one. Readers know exactly what silver tongued jerk-face I am talking about. I wasn't exactly fond of womanizing Archer either, but he was a good man in the end.
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
It's a Sarah Dessen book, what else is there to say? I LOATHED Macon by the end and was exceedingly happy when Halley decided to dump his dumb butt.
Any guy that tries to pressure a girl into sex, especially when she is drunk, then angrily drives her home while he is also drunk is an ASSHOLE. I am unbelievably happy that Halley realized this and decided to minimize the damage. Scarlet, I liked more for her friendship with Halley. I loved how completely "there for her" Halley was, how understanding. I honestly don't know if I could do the same in that situation. Otherwise, Scarlet swung between funny, annoying, endearing and bitchy, kind of like her moods. I don't dislike her, but I'm not exactly thrilled by her presence either. It's a good book for younger teens to read. I think many of them could learn a great deal from it, like how to treat a friend going through a difficult time, standing up for yourself and your beliefs, learning to dump assholes that don't treat you well.