Thursday, September 3, 2015

REVIEW: Captive by Aimee Carter

Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #2) 
The Blackcoat Rebellion: Captive (2)

by Aimee Carter
Genre(s): Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 299
Published: Nov 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
This is the sequel to Pawn.  Spoilers for the first book lie ahead.  
Summary:  For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?
Review:  An interesting sequel to Pawn. Kitty is forced to step up and start taking decisive action. The problem is no one seems to want her to. The Hart family sure has there secrets and one of them is why they choose Kitty. Seems there is a bit more than what we get in the first book.

When Kitty finds herself in Elsewhere, she needs to learn who to trust. Or better yet: To trust no one. Betrayals are common place in this book. This book throws a few twists at the reader and keeps us on our toes.

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon 2015 commitment, #TackleTBR

So I found a readathon for this month :)
This was a fun one last year, and looks like Tressa has added even more events, giveaways and challenges this year!  The objective is simple:  Read books that are on your to-read shelves/lists.  Anything goes!   
I have no idea what I will be reading yet.  I am also doing September is for Sequels so I will likely tag team books that I have there.  

Overall goals: 2000 pages 
I will post a more specific post with a starting lineup between the 12th and 14th (when this starts).  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

REVIEW: Resignation by Amanda Thome

Resignation (Worlds Apart #2) 
 Worlds Apart: Resignation (2)
by Amanda Thome
Genre(s): Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages:  256
Published: March 2015
Publisher: Athena Alley Press
This is book 2 of a series.  For more information about the first book, see Ruination.

Summary:  "What would you do if your heart was torn between saving yourself or your first love? For Nessa that question is a reality. If she is not surrendered to Central in a week, then Garrett will be executed and war will ensue.

Countless lives rest on the shoulders of eighteen year old Nessa. Is she strong enough to surrender herself to the government that’s holding Garrett hostage? Can she sacrifice the life she’s built to save him? Life comes down to a series of decisions, the question is; could this be her last."

Review:  This was an alright continuation of the first book but it didn't really grab me and pull me into the story. I always felt a bit detached with this book.

Nessa seems less mature, Ty more arrogant. While Nessa's character was okay overall, I found myself not liking her reasoning to what, how and why she would do something. And I feel so bad for Garrett. Between Garrett and Ty, I much prefer Garrett's character. He gets screwed on all sides yet still tries to be a classy guy, even with Ty being a jerk with him. Honestly reading from Garrett's perspective was the one thing I liked most with this book.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

September is for Sequels 2015- Sign-up commitment

Well, this is perfect as i have several series I have been itching to make some progress in!  So now this give me a chance to focus on that!   I hope to do at least 6 novel sequels this month (plus some graphic novels perhaps!)

Here are some of the possibilities for me to read (fully subject to change):
Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2)Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Killer Instinct (The Naturals, #2) 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Manga Review: Food Wars, Vol 1 by Yuto Tsukuda & Shun Saeki

Food Wars!, Vol. 1: Shokugeki no Soma 
 Food Wars,Volume 1 
by Yuto Tsukuda & Shun Saeki

Genre(s) Graphic Novel, Manga
Pages: 208
Published: April 2013 (first publication)
Publisher: Viz Media (Shonen Jump Advanced)

Summary:  "Soma Yukihira's old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savory end of town.  Aiming to one day surpass his father's culinary prowess, Soma hones his skills day in and day out until one day, out of the blue, his father decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school!  Can Soma really cut it in a school that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? And can he convince the beautiful, domineering heiress of the school that he belongs there at all?!"

Review:  When I first started this I quickly became leery. Within a few pages a girl takes a bite of food and is suddenly, magically having all her clothes ripped of and is in a state of pure pleasure. I freaked out a bit. Then I turned the page and luckily, it was all in her head, but still I couldn't help wondering what type of manga I got myself into.

I am glad I continued! Turns out this series is quite good, with interesting characters, good (and not so good) food and plenty of moments that vary from amusing to outright absurd (such as the loss of clothes). The author has a unique way of magnifying and expressing how a person feels after the first bite of a delicious dish.
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