2nd Review: Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780312596309
338 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 04

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5


2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Zoey’s friends are pissed at her at the wrong time, especially since Aphrodite has a vision of her dying alone. And if she dies, a war will break out between humans and vampyres. Will anyone listen to her when all hell is about to break loose?

Things are starting to heat up even more for Zoey in this book and it all blows up in her face. Okay, even though there is a little bit more supernatural than high school drama, there is still too much whining from Zoey for me to really get into this series. It is starting to make me go, “When will this freaking series end?! The main character is starting to piss me off!” :| The plot this time is a little bit more interesting since it goes over Kalona and a Cherokee legend, but I don’t know if it is a real legend. So I like how the authors are merging mythology (Nyx) with Cherokee legend. :) Also, they still have some sexual themes in the book.

However, there still is the little issue of Zoey’s personality and high school drama. I know books need action, but couldn’t the authors think of way to get that action than the, “Wah~ My friends hate me because I lied to them, but I need them to stay alive and save the world from a war”. Okay, I get the saving the world parts, I do, but I hate how Zoey has to whine in order to get her friends back from something she did. Also, she still is very bossy and hypocritical towards everything, especially towards her “friends”. Zoey’s attitude of calling one of her friends “holier than thou” when she is one who says, “I’m going to be their high priestess, so they have to listen to me”. -__- Another thing I find annoying is how she tries to lie again for the reason of “for their own good”. URGH! :| Oh, and the falling in love and calling a new guy her “soul mate” is also kind of annoying. When will Zoey just have one or no boyfriends? :(

Anyways, for the other characters, I love how Aphrodite’s personality is turning out — a little nicer, but they use her “mean” attitude as a comic relief. :D Another thing I like is Darius and how he loves Aphrodite the way she is. Oh, and I like Aphrodite’s cat and how she went up against Stark’s dog. xD Also, the name is creative and fits the attitude of the cat perfectly. ;) A couple of last things for the characters: One, there is a new character — Stark. Two, stop with the beauty obsessed descriptions for the characters. Three stop making Zoey so annoying!

Overall, the plot is much better than what it was in the other books, but Zoey is more annoying in this book than in the others. I wish that the book were more centered on Zoey’s friends than Zoey and her growing powers. Also, I would like this book more if Zoey’s personality was better and more likeable, and if there was a lot less drama. So, I love the plot, but hate the main character — that’s why I’m giving it a low to middle four stars.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads
Library Thing
Shide Vicious Reviews

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 3 by Arina Tanemura

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Book Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 3 by Arina Tanemura
Illustrated by Arina Tanemura
Translated by Mary Kennard
Adaptation by Heidi Vivolo
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Rina Mapa
Designing by Yukiko Whitley
Main Editing by Shaenon K. Garrity
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shueisha
Published in 2000
ISBN 9781421517995
210 Pages

Series Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Book 03
Last Book in the Time Stranger Kyoko Series

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 5 out of 5
Translation: 4 out of 5

Kyoko has found 11 out of the 12 telepaths, but where is the last one? As she tries to find the last telepath, more problems begin to arise. Will Kyoko ever be able to find the last telepath? And what about Kyoko and Sakataki’s feelings for each other?

Side Story 1: Leave it to Chocola: It’s Chocola’s birthday, and she’s throwing a party. However, when the King doesn’t show up, she runs away to Witzig’s gang. When she remembers how the King saved her, will she go back home?

Bonus: Comic Strips: A lot of 4 panel comic strips about the characters, with the last one being a penchi de shakin (something that this manga-ka does to share something personal with us) and freetalk section. ;)

Bonus: Chocola VS Iyo! A Surprising Battle: When the King and Chocola are playing hide and seek, Chocola meets up with Iyo. Together, they show off their skills and even trick the King…

Bonus: Behind the Scenes: Arina and Ryo (both manga-kas) their version on how Chocola VS Iyo! A Surprising Battle came to be.

There might be a few slight spoilers, nothing really major. ;)

The drawings and artwork still look wonderful, so I’ll go on to the plot. ;) It goes from finding only 4 strangers to having 11 found, but I don’t really mind missing the detail for those strangers. :D Everything becomes much more interesting in this volume, and you finally get to see the truth behind Kyoko, Cane-chan, and Ui. ;) And you get to see Chronos; and I love his character design and personality. Another thing I like is Ui’s personality – it is so amusing. :) Also, you get to see Sakataki become more dominant – and you get to see a kissing scene. And the ending feels satisfying and complete. :)

Now, for VIZ’s part. :| They did an average job on it. The art touch-up was still pretty good – nothing really noticeable popped out. VIZ also did okay on the SFX translations and placement of text. ;) However, they had a little problem with the general translation. Or, someone didn’t put the text in the right bubbles. On the page where all the Strangers are, they kind of mixed up the boys. It is supposed to be Leaf Stranger Youju (has leaves in the panel), Wind Stranger Fuuma (has the 140 cm in the panel), Snow Stranger Setsuna (the guy with the dead looking eyes), Fire Stranger Rin (girl with her tongue sticking out), Wind Stranger Fuuma (panel with the bird and feathers), and then Dark Stranger Yami (cat girl panel). Why am I saying that? Because if you look on the next page, the person with the bird is called Toba; then in the comic strips, the silent guy (dead eyes) is called Setsuna and the short guy (who is blowing up skirts) is called Fuuma.

Overall, the story and everything on the manga-ka part was great. However, I’m not too happy that VIZ made such a mistake on that translation.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_BulletArina Tanemura
$New_BulletGoodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 2 by Arina Tanemura

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Book Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 2 by Arina Tanemura
Illustrated by Arina Tanemura
Translated by Mary Kennard
Adaptation by Heidi Vivolo
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Rina Mapa
Designing by Yukiko Whitley
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shueisha
Published in 2000
ISBN 9781421517988
210 Pages

Series Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Book 02

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 5 out of 5
Translation: 4 out of 5

Kyoko has finally started finding some of the 12 telepaths. She discovers that the telepaths are the heads of the Kirito tribes. When she finds 4 out of 12, Ui starts talking. However, will Kyoko be able to survive the emotional blow when Ui reveals a secret?

The artwork and designs for this series are still great, so I won’t go that much into the artwork. :P The details and everything still look good. ;) I love the “kitty mode” drawings, but there isn’t as many as her other manga. :D And also, the new characters’ designs look so good. *___*

Anyways, I’m really starting to love this series. The plot and everything is really starting to fall into place. :) There are finally some nice twists that will kind of try to throw you, but it makes the plot so much better. Also, those twists might be easy to predict even before they happen, but it’s still good. The new characters are also very interesting. Even the side characters are pretty interesting, like Mizuno, Sarai, and Anako. You also get some new information on old characters – like Kyoko. ;) Also, you can tell that there is a lot thought put into the characters, even the minor ones. :D Oh, and there is more romance between Sakataki and Kyoko. \o/

Overall, the story and characters are developing well; and the story is very interesting to read. Oh, and the artwork is very good too. :P

For VIZ’s part, they did a good job on the translation and the art touch-up, but the SFX translations were still a little odd. Also, one of the freetalk sections was a little too small. But overall, they did a good job at bringing this manga into English.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Arina Tanemura
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 1 by Arina Tanemura

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Book Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Volume 1 by Arina Tanemura
Illustrated by Arina Tanemura
Translated by Mary Kennard
Adaptation by Heidi Vivolo
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Rina Mapa
Designing by Yukiko Whitley
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shueisha
Published in 2000
ISBN 9781421517971
200 Pages

Series Information:

Time Stranger Kyoko Book 01

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 4 out of 5
Translation: 4 out of 5

In the 30th century, Earth has become one nation with one princess – Kyoko. Her 16th birthday celebration is coming up, but her subjects begin to riot because she doesn’t want to do her job as princess. However, awakening her sister from her deep slumber is the only way for Kyoko to get out of living the role of a shelter princess. Though, in order to do this, she must find 12 holy stones and their telepaths.

Side Story: Hizuki and Sakastuki just lost everything – family and friends. So, they come to the palace and try to find something they are good at, as payment for staying at the castle.

All of the manga-ka’s artwork in this manga is so pretty. Also, you can tell she spent a lot of time and effort coming up with it because everything looks so detailed and pretty to look at. ;) I especially love the side story, with all the characters as children. The drawings look so cute in it. <3 :D And I love how she is able to draw emotions on her characters. ;)

Anyways, the personalities of the female lead is the same as her other manga – happy, gutsy, and a little bit selfish – but I haven’t gotten tired of it since the plot always makes up for it. :) This manga-ka is a very good storyteller, and I love how she is able to bring humor into the plot. So far, my favorite character is Cane-chan. I love how she was able to bring a personality to a cane. ;)

Even though it is simple and almost predictable, it is still a very sweet and funny to read – especially Cane-chan and “kitty mode”. And I like how the manga-ka did a short story about when they were young.

Now, for how VIZ did. :P 1) The telepath translation is kind of weird since in the other volumes (and in this one) they switch between telepath and stranger. ^^; 2) The lettering for the SFX is a little bad, but the translations for them are a little better. 3) I like how they still used some Japanese words for the SFX – like chu and kyaah. :P

Overall, they did a pretty good job with bringing this manga into English. :D

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Arina Tanemura
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Kisses from Hell by ANTHOLOGY

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Book Information:

Kisses from Hell by ANTHOLOGY
Harper Teen
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780061956973
262 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Academy Book 0.5 (Sunshine)

Edison Group Experiments Book ??
Kat Book 02 (Hunting Kat)

Not a series. (Bring Me to Life, Above, and Lilith)

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

An anthology of five different stories from five different authors. Click on the links to go directly to the review you want to read.

  1. Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine
  2. Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life
  3. Cast, Kristin – Above
  4. Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat
  5. Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith
  6. Feelings about the Book Overall

Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine

2 out of 5

Eric Dragomir has a reputation of being a player, and he has no intention of settling down. That is, until he meets Rhea Daniels, will she be able to tame the player within Eric? This is a prequel of Vampire Academy. Story about Lissa’s (Vasilisa) parents and how they met.

First of all, I have never read the Vampire Academy series, but I have heard that the series is good. Now if I were to base whether or not I would read the series from this short story, I would say no and run away from it.

The plot of this short story was so dull that it shouldn’t be put into a book. Maybe a free read, but not a book you have to pay money for. That was my very first issue with this story.

The second thing I didn’t like in this short was the characters’ personalities. They were all so very annoying and irritating. Rhea was very weak and docile, and that irritated me so much I nearly threw the book at one point. And Eric’s personality wasn’t much better. His “never had loved anyone” and player personality was teeth gritting and annoyed me further. Sure, I have read other books with these types of personalities, but the author was able to make the characters appear appealing to me – this story didn’t.

There are several other things I didn’t like about this short story like it lacked events and details, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend buying this book just to have a Vampire Academy series story to read. Borrow it from your library or friend first before you buy it.

So far, I am recommending staying far, far away from this book, and this is based only on this one story.

Oh, well. Onto the next story, even though I’m kind of not looking forward to reading it. >.>”

Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life

4 out of 5

Danika wins a contest to go to Sunderland Manor Art Academy, which is located in the UK. Forgetting the life she leaves behind, she finds the manor creepy, yet familiar. Not only that, she meets Braum there. Is there more to this manor, servants, and guy than what meets the eye?

I kind of got a feeling, while reading it, that this story’s plot was a spin-off of Dracula, but I don’t know for sure since I tend to not to read that many classics. ^^;

While reading it, this story was sometimes a little hard to follow, or it was for me (maybe I was sleepy), but it is pretty much explained towards the end of the short story. However, you might still have some questions about the story, characters, etc.

The characters’ personalities were all right, but you couldn’t really categorize the personalities they had since they were pretty much had many personalities that were well blended.

Also, this story had good enough details and descriptions, but I wish this story were a little bit longer (about as a long a novel). :P So far, I think that this story is the best one in this book. Definitely very good read, but I want to know and read more about it.

It would be worth the money to buy this book, if all the stories were like this one. ;) Oh, well. Onto the next story, but I’m definitely not looking forward to reading it since it is by Kristin Cast. :(

Cast, Kristin – Above

1 out of 5

Sol is an Other (vampire) from Above, and Rheena is from Below. However, Rheena has never fit in Below, so her parents allow her to go live Above. Shen then meets Sol Above. They find that they have similar feelings for each other, but how long will it last?

One thing, what the hell is with this story?! The author tries (and fails) in writing it like a poem, and it shows ever so well that it was badly written. Not only that, but the plot is definitely confusing at first, but it turns into something… awful? Strange? All together horrible? Take your pick.

The author also tries to take a new approach at describing events, characters, etc, but I hardly noticed them because I was too busy figuring out what the point of the story. It finally dawned to me who wrote the House of Night series, during the beginning books, her mother. This story was too horrible to even see how she even manages to write anything good and worthwhile.

Also, it is sheer luck I was able to make a summary about this short story.  I really wanted to rip and burn the pages. Yes, I was that irritated with it. It may seem gruesome, if you can actually figure out what the author was trying to say, but I hardly noticed because of my headache. I would have give it a 0 star rating, but I don’t have one. :(

This was by far the worst story in this book. Run far away from this story, and stay away from it.

*BREATHES* On to the next story. If this one irritates me, I’m turning it back into the library today.

Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat

4 out of 5

Kat, now a full vampire, is trying to get used to her instincts as a huntress. However, when she goes somewhere without Marguerite, she gets kidnapped by bounty hunters. During that time, she meets two boys, but are they there to help or hurt her?

After reading the free short story, I was hoping to see a little bit more information on everything, but it didn’t turn out that way.

Also, there is very little romance, but there isn’t so much to be really happy or excited about. I wish I could have seen more romance develop between Kat and one of the boys. (I’m not saying his name because it might spoil the short story a little. :P )

Anyways, the short story was still pretty good, but I think it would be better if the author did some full novels along with the short stories. The characters are still pretty interesting, like in the free short story, but I wish their personalities were a little bit more developed from the free short story I read.

I really do wish there was more to Kat’s part of the Edison Group Experiments, like the author does for Chloe and Maya (which I yet to read). This felt like a very short read, but this one is the other story I like in this book.

Well, onto the last story in this anthology. Wish me luck~

Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith

1 out of 5

Paul wishes to escape his reality full of people bullying and teasing him. And Lilith might have a way for him, but will he like the choice she will give him?

Disappointed, very disappointed. Meh, I guess I have to add more things to make it more like a review now. :(

Things I didn’t like is well, everything and anything. One, the plot reminded me of another supernatural book that I didn’t like that much – I don’t remember the title right at this moment. Two, this short story was too creepy and strange for me to really enjoy.

*SPOILER* It really reminded me about how depressed teenager commits suicide, but this story kind of adds a twist to it by adding supernatural characters to it. *END SPOILER* Also, the personality of Paul is so stereotypical for most other characters in his position.  And it is kind of hard to write characters like him and make them appealing to readers.

Anyways, overall, I was very disappointed in the story and the character’s personalities. I had trouble reading it because it was so bad. Now, it isn’t the worst story in this book, but it is still pretty bad.

Feelings about the Book Overall

Overall, this book is definitely not worth buying, much less reading. If you really want to read it, here is what I suggest (in order from what I like the most to what I liked the least):

  1. Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life
  2. Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat
  3. Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine
  4. Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith
  5. Cast, Kristin – Above

Only one or two stories are worth reading and paying for. The rest, I think they should be free reads or burned.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Richelle Mead
$New_Bullet Alyson Noel
$New_Bullet Kristin Cast
$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Francesca Lia Block
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2nd Review: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780061662836
391 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 03
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 03
Last Book in the Darkest Powers Arc

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Chloe and the gang thinks they are safe now, but what will they do when some of the members betray them? Will they ever find anyone who they can really trust?

Like the other two books in this series, I’m re-reading this book in order to make a better review.

Anyways, comparing the plot, growth, and characters to the other books in this series, this one is a lot better. It has a lot more events descriptions, growth, suspense, and excitement. Also, the author seems to have answered all the questions you might have about Chloe’s part of the story, and it has a pretty good ending. Another thing I like is how Chloe is a lot less annoying than the first two books – you can actually see her becoming more brave and courageous. She’s not as wimpy and whiny as well. Also, it finally has something that the other two books didn’t, which made it a little bit sweeter than the other two books. What made it sweeter? *SPOILER* It was the romantic parts between Derek and Chloe at the end of the book. *END SPOILER*

Another thing I like about this book is that it ties in her other series, which is called Otherworld. However, I wish some of the characters in Otherworld would appear and has a some-what active part in this series, but the author said she won’t do that. Oh, well. It would be nice if she did, but it’s fine if she mentions it.

All in all, it is a great ending to Chloe’s story for this arc of the series. Go ahead and read it. :)

There are a couple of short stories that take place after The Reckoning, but I decided to give Chloe’s part of The Darkest Powers series a rest. I’ll read them when I want. :X

Also, this series, The Darkest Powers, is apparently separated by character. This is the last book in Chloe’s story, but it is not the last book in The Darkest Powers series. The next book in The Darkest Powers series is The Gathering, which begins Maya’s story.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Lavender Lies

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

Review: Disenchanted by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

Disenchanted by Kelley Armstrong
N/A
Published in N/A
ISBN N/A
36 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 2.5
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 2.5

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

When Chloe and Derek get off the bus and separate from Tori and Simon, what exactly happens with them? Read this short story and find out.

The plot of this short story is between Chapter 28 and Chapter 37 (around page 309) of The Awakening. However, I suggest reading the book first and then read this short story.

Unlike the other short stories, this one is good to have out of the books. Why? Because it doesn’t have the same depth or feeling as the second book, so it wouldn’t make sense to have in the book. Also, unlike the other short stories, this one narrated by Tori with a little narration by Simon. However, the difference in narration was not the reason why I didn’t like it that much. I didn’t like this short that much because it feels like the author skipped events and some details in order to make it shorter. There were plenty of descriptions, but I wish there were more details to the events of this short story.

Also, please note, this is a review of the free short story. It is no longer free online since it will be published in a book along with the Dangerous and Divided short stories. I have no idea if the previous free version is the same as the combined version or not.

There are also, I think, two more short stories. I’ll have to look it up. One should be in a book and the other is included in another combination e-book of short stories.

Where I Got It:

Read it while it was a free read on the author’s website.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2nd Review: The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780061662768
360 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 2
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 2

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Now on the run from the Lyle House, Tori, Derek, Simon, and Chloe, have to find Derek and Simon’s father, Kit, and his friend Andrew before they get caught again. However, as they try to escape from various new obstacles, they start discovering the truths behind the Lyle House and their powers.

Like the first book in the series, I’m re-reading and re-reviewing this book as well, so that I can make a better review for it. ^^

Anyways, comparing the plot and set-up of this book to this first one of the series, I like this book better. It had more descriptions, events, and other factors to keep you interested. Also, there are fewer plot holes since the author develops it more into a novel than an introductory one. The author kind of redeems the series by actually answering some of the questions, instead of having nothing but confusion and mystery like the first book did.

Also, the personalities of the characters seem a little bit better. At least, Chloe’s personality seems to be a lot better. She’s a little bit less pitiful and whiny than the first book, but not by much. The other characters still grab your attention more than the main character, but the change in Chloe’s personality makes it easier to pay attention to her narration.

This book makes it feel like the series is actually going somewhere with its more in-depth plot, change in the main female character’s personality, descriptions, and better and more complete ending. Anyways, it really is a better read than the first book, so go ahead and read this one.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Creating Discussions
$New_Bullet After Twilight

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Divided by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

Divided by Kelley Armstrong
N/A
Published in N/A
ISBN N/A
100 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 1.5
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 1.5

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Derek and Simon are separated from Rae and Chloe, but what kind of troubles do they have while separated from the girls? You’ll find out in this short story.

The plot basically belongs between books one and two of the series. It is between on Chapter 44 of The Summoning and Chapter 16 of The Awakening. Despite going into The Awakening, I would suggest reading this short story before you read The Awakening, so you won’t really forget anything.

Anyways, in my opinion, this short, or most of it anyways, should have been added to The Summoning in order to give it a little bit more depth. I like how Derek narrates this short story – it is way less annoying than having Chloe narrating the whole story. You also get a peek at Derek and Simon’s feelings towards Chloe, which makes this short story even more interesting than the first book. I just wish the author could have put this in the books – in order to make them have more depth and humor.

Also, please note, this is a review of the free short story. It is no longer free online since it will be published in a book along with the Dangerous and Disenchanted short stories. I have no idea if the previous free version is the same as the combined version or not.

Where I Got It:

Read it while it was a free read on the author’s website.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Dead Book Darling Book Reviews

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2nd Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Harper Teen Collins Publishers
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780061662690
390 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 1
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 1

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Chloe was a normal girl, that is, until she starts seeing dead people. After an incident at school, she is sent to Lyle House, a group home for troubled teens. However, there is more to this group home and teens than what meets the eye. Will Chloe and the rest of them figure it out before they are trapped there forever?

I re-read and re-reviewed this book because I didn’t do that good of job last time. ^^; I was hoping that I would like the book better this time around, but most of the time, I was all like, “Meh! Whatever, I want to finish this quickly.” So, I like it a lot less than the first time I read it. I mostly thought the book was average and could have something more added to it.

The plot is sort of interesting because you read about a necromancer, and there aren’t that many young adult (or adult) books about nercomancers. However, that point gets ruined because the main character, who narrates the whole series, reminds me of several other female leads who get thrown into a role they didn’t know they were and does nothing but be a baby about it. Now, if the main character was a little less blah, annoying, and whiny, I might have liked this book a little better. Also, the other characters attract my attention more than Chole does. It had some descriptions, but nothing that grabs my attention. The events were sort of too short and lack details.

Overall, it was a good plot, but the main female character needs a better (less whiny) personality. Not really a good start for this series.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet After Twilight
$New_Bullet Creating Discussions

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble