In Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan Stephen is invisible, no has ever been able to see him until Elizabeth moves into the apartment nearby. And so follows a story of cursecasters, spellcasters, and other magic-y things.
I love that the setting is New York City. But that’s about all I liked about this book. I found it boring and didn’t care for the characters – in actual fact it felt more like Elizabeth was the main character, not Stephen who seemed to disappear (no pun intended) toward the middle-end of the book. And if this is a standalone… I don’t see the point in the story with that ending, which seemed to resolve nothing.
Awaken by Meg Cabot is the last in the Abandon trilogy, and sees Pierce trying to save both the Underworld where she now resides with her boyfriend – the Death Deity John – and Isla Huesos where her family live, from ‘pestilence’.
This was the best in the series, by far. I loved the ensemble cast and their distinct way of talking to each other. I loved the chaotic scenes which managed to be really easy to read, and really fun. And, although I’ve never really liked John, Meg Cabot found a way to make me smile when he appeared later on. She always writes such great characters, and is able to mix action and serious scenes with fun lines and humour.
Overall, this series is probably my least favourite of Meg Cabot’s series’ but this last in the trilogy found a way to raise its standings.
(I bought the US version because it doesn’t come out here in the UK until June next year!!!)
The first in The Lotus Wars trilogy, Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff is the Japanese steampunk story of Yukiko who is tasked with finding a thought-to-be-extinct griffin in a deteriorating world run by the evil Shogun.
The concept and the world are completely different to anything I’ve read before, but the story itself felt very similar. I did enjoy it, I simply felt like I’d seen it all before. Also, the relationships didn’t feel real – you were told Kin was her good friend, and that she liked Hiro without really being shown it was true.
The sequel Kinslayer is out in September, and I’ll be happy with waiting for it to appear in the library.
In the sequel to Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows (Medusa Girls #2) by Tera Lynn Childs continues the story of three sisters descended from Medusa defending San Francisco from monsters. I really enjoyed the relative simplicity and general fun of the first book, and the sequel doesn’t disappoint.
Gretchen, Grace, and Greer have very distinct personalities that grow and change along with the events they go through. There are plenty of twists and mysteries – so no second book syndrome here – and the author certainly makes it hard for the characters. I was also impressed by how much it linked with the first book – small details, characters, feelings and sayings mentioned in this one.
I mentioned in the review for the previous book how the author needed to find a different way for the girls to defeat the monsters instead of constantly jumping on their backs, and that hadn’t changed which was disappointing. I never really thought of them as fighters if all they did was jump and cling on for dear life. Also, the finale… it wasn’t a finale. It felt as though there needed to be one so a set piece and monsters appeared, but then it went away in almost a paragraph.
The last in the trilogy, Sweet Legacy comes out later this year, and judging from the end of this book, it might be quite different. But I’ll be looking forward to it.
Starters by Lissa Price is set in a dystopian world where the world is split into Starters (younger people – teens) and Enders (older old people). Enders can inhabit the bodies of Starters, basically so they can have fun again. Cassie finds her body taken over by someone with murderous intent. Cue mysteries.
I’ve read quite a few other books in between so I can’t remember exactly, but what I took away from this book was that Cassie wasn’t a very interesting, or smart, protagonist, and the love interest was plain boring. Some of the plot felt amateurish, and I can’t quite believe no one has figured out people are taking over other people’s bodies in however many years it has been going on. There were twists, but they were all basically the same thing and the last twist made some of the previous events seem plain creepy.
So yeah, I didn’t particularly enjoy the book although it certainly wasn’t dreadful, and won’t be reading the sequel Enders.
Another awesome haul this week! And look – sunshine in the garden! I’ve been sat outside all day reading Howl’s Moving Castle.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Already finished and it was really funny. The film is one of my favourites.)
Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
Skylark by Meagan Spooner
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan (Already finished.)
Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Awaken by Meg Cabot (This doesn’t come out until May next year in the UK!!!! I ordered the US versions of the whole series off the internet.)
The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Finally got this in the post.)
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Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor was an enjoyable enough read but it wasn’t all that exciting, just like the first one I suppose.
I like that Karou is the main character because she has a skill other people don’t have – it’s not a coincidence these things are happening to her, or an accident, or being forced on her. I also liked Zuzanna and Mik’s relationship which was a bit of fun compared to the rest of the story.
However, the story itself felt like it wasn’t really going anywhere. The same things kept happening, and any shocking thing was the same kind of thing. It also felt flat. There was no rise in tension and I never felt any different between reading scenes when people were dying, and scenes when they were talking and having fun.
I’ll read the last in the trilogy Dreams of Gods and Monster because I may as well, but I’m not all that interested in the story and I don’t really care about the characters.