2nd Review: Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill

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Book Information:

Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
Balzer + Bray
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780061853289
408 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Ann, the queen bee/drama queen, overhears the men talking about witchcraft. So she, Mercy, Margaret, and the other girls get an idea… They start accusing people as witches, but how long will this attention-grabber last?

I love reading historical fiction, especially if it has romance in it, so I like this book a little bit more. I gave it a higher rating than last time because of the fact I wasn’t in a rush to read it like last time. ^^;

I really do not like the format of the book (evocative verse) since it made it seem like a very short read. It kind of reminded me of the Dear America books, but shorter and a lot of POVs (points of view). Which brings me to who narrates, Ann, Margaret, and Mercy are the main narrators. It was pretty interesting to have each different girl have a POV, and it was surprising that the book still had a pretty good flow to the storyline despite the multiple POVs.

Anyways, despite the feeling of the book being too short, the author still managed to give the girls a good enough personality. And somehow with these personalities, the author was able to make people pity them because the author tries to give the girls a good enough personality and enough background life to notice them. Another thing I like about this book is that you also get to see a new side on how the girls are treated after they put an end to the accusing. In other books I’ve read about the witch trials, I don’t think any of the authors end the accusing and how society treats them afterwards.

I like the idea behind the book, however, it feels like something was missing from the book — it could have used a little bit more substance, action, and plot. I definitely would have liked it even more if it expanded it with more description and substance to it. >.>”  Also, it felt more like a junior fiction book than a young adult book, despite having a little sex scene in it. >.< However, that scene didn’t go that into detail, so you don’t have to worry about it too much. ^^

The idea is worth reading, but the lack of descriptions, details, and action makes it feel too incomplete and short. >.>”  I like this book a little bit better than when I first read it, but not by much.

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:

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Review: Kat by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

Kat by Kelley Armstrong
N/A
Published in N/A
ISBN N/A
20 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book ??
Kat Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Kat, unknowing to her, is a genetically modified vampire as one of the Edison Group experiments. Though, when Marguerite, a vampire, feels sorry for Kat, she helps her escape from the Edison Group. However, what will happen when they finally catch her?

A very short story. According to The Darkest Powers website, this story was originally published in The Eternal Kiss anthology. Kat’s story is then continued in the anthology Kisses from Hell, which I will try to read later on.

Not really long enough to give enough details or events, but the glimpse at the characters got me interested in Kat’s stories. :) Even though it doesn’t have that much details or events, it was still enjoyable to read. Like I said, this short story got me interested in reading the continuation in the anthology. ;)

Where I Got It:

Free online 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
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Places to Buy From:

Can’t buy right now, but go read it on the author website. ^^

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:

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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
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Places to Buy From:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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Review: Dangerous by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

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

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 0.5
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 0.5

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Derek Souza is a werewolf. After his brothers are taken away, Simon Bae’s father takes him in. However, when Derek accidentally hurts someone, they have to go on the run again. Though, this time will be different when their Dad suddenly disappears. What will happen to them now?

Since I have already read the books in the Darkest Powers arc, I decided to re-read it along with the free online short stories. In the books, you really don’t get to know the thinking of the other characters, except for Chloe, so I’m grateful for these short stories. For a short story, it has a good amount of descriptions and growth. I also like how you get to know Derek and Simon better in this story than in the books/series. Also, these events happen before Chloe goes to Lyle House.

Though, overall, it is a good short story to get to know other characters and information that is never really explained in depth in the books. It was more interesting than the books/series.

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 Divided 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:

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Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9781442403543
424 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 04
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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The war with Valentine is finally over, and everyone should be living peacefully, right? This peace doesn’t last very long when someone starts murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in the Circle. But this time Simon can’t help because his mother finds out that he is a vampire. And not only that, someone wants his Daylighter powers so they can bring someone back from the dead. Will Simon be able to figure it out before it’s too late?

The plot is pretty so-so, however, you will learn some new information about Maia, Magnus, the Cain Mark, and some other goodies. So, I guess, with these new pieces of information that this book isn’t a total bust (like I thought it would be). And before you do what I did, and read Clockwork Angel, I’m going to tell you now, you do not need to read that book to get more information about the new characters in this book. It would be a total waste of time, seeing that it barely mentions any actions that happen in Clockwork Angel, just some of the characters. Also, I still feel that it would have been better if this series ended with the third book. However, this book has some good twists, so it was pretty enjoyable from that aspect.

Anyways, the character growth and descriptions in this book is much better than in the others. I even like how there are different points of views, besides just having Clary narrating it, like it was in the first three books. I also love the Magnus and Alec moments. :D I even like the new characters since it added some good twists to it. Also, there are some romantic scenes that build up to “almost” sex, so beware of that. Then ending it kind of all right – almost like a cliffhanger. I will wait to see how the author will make this new arc more interesting.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2010
ISBN 9781416975861
479 Pages

Series Information:

Infernal Devices Book 01
Prequel Series to the Mortal Instruments Series

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old girl, has always been normal. That is, until her brother sends for her from London, but when she arrives, she is kidnapped and imprisoned by the Dark Sisters. While under their “care”, she learns that she can shape-shift into other people. She is rescued by the Shadowhunders, and they protect her from the Magister, who desperately wants Tessa and her ability. However, is there more betrayal behind this than what meets the eye?

This series, the Infernal Devices, is the prequel series to the Mortal Instruments. However, I don’t think it really is necessary to read this before the Mortal Instruments. Why? Mostly because the plot and characters in this books are very similar to her Mortal Instruments series, so I fail to see how this is a “new” series. Yeah, sure, there are some new aspects like Tessa is less whiny and seems stronger than Clary, but it still reminded me of the other series, a lot.

Other than having a little bit better characters, the setting and style mad the book seem more boring and redundant compared to the other series. The descriptions were great, but there didn’t seem to be enough growth – it didn’t have enough oomph behind it. Not really a good series to start if you don’t like repeat stories or characters. Also, Magnus doesn’t have the same spark in this series, so I’m not really happy about that. :( The only reason why I would read the next book would be to see what Will talks to Magnus about.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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