Review: Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2011
ISBN 9780312650254
325 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 09

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

In order to face off against Neferet, Zoey has finally come home to Tulsa with Stark. Not only that, Rephaim has been “disowned” by Kalona and gifted by Nyx, however, Neferet won’t let that piece of piece last. Neferet starts her evil plan with Aurox, a boy who she claims is a gift from Nyx. Zoey better watch out when she begins to feel drawn to him because there is more to this “gift” than what meets the eye.

For Destined, we still have different points of view, however, Zoey is back to doing most of the narrating. :| Though we do get Aurox, Dragon, Neferet, Shaunee, Rephaim, Kalona, Erik, and Stevie Rae as narrators too. :) It was pretty interesting to read some of the new additions to the point of views. :D You also get some more information on Neferet and Lenobia and their past, which was kind of interesting to read. :P

Despite the little piece of information I enjoyed reading, there was still a lot that I didn’t really like or haven’t liked since the beginning of the series. Of course the first thing that really irritates the hell of me is Zoey and her personality, especially since she hasn’t really changed since the beginning of the series. I find her childish, selfish, and too dependable on her friends and boyfriends. :| Also, I hate how the authors keep pairing her with so many boys. Now Zoey also seems to like to be more sexual as well since I’m seeing more (not detailed) sex or making out scenes. I don’t mind the sexual parts, but she puts Aphrodite to shame with how slutty she acts. Plus, the “bond” Zoey and Stark they say they have is more than sex, but that seems to be the only thing they do together. >.>” Next, I hate how the authors allows the characters to wash away with their feelings they are supposed to feel simply by using powers. I found that very unrealistic and irritating at the “quick fix” to stop their true feelings.

Now for the other issues I have with this book since I could probably go on and on about Zoey. I find it contradictory at how everyone treats Rephaim with distrust, when with Zoey, she tells them to trust her about Stark and most likely Aurox, they do; even though they didn’t prove to be good like how Rephaim did when Nyx asked and gifted him. It was very irritating at how Zoey gets all the special treatment and trust, but no one really gets the trust they deserve. Next thing I always hate in this series is the bringing back characters (like Heath), even though they are dead, it seems to be the theme of these last couple of books. =___=  It’s like, come on, stop pulling away characters just to bring them back in the next book. Urgh! Anyways, other things I found annoying are the constant need to make everyone too perfect, which makes the books a little bit too predictable. Also, it mentions too many other books/shows almost like a hidden ad and the vocabulary words they have trouble with in this book are words everyone should know by at least high school. Oh, one last issue I had with this book, how come Aphrodite hasn’t gone blind from all of the visions when they cause blood to come from her eyes? >.>” Normally, when you bleed from the eyes, it could cause you to be blind or you have something serious going on. xD Oh, well…

There are a couple of things I did like though, not a lot however. One of the things I liked was the interaction between Lenobia and Travis — it was interesting to read. It was pretty much the only thing that kept me from throwing the book across the room. Anyways, the next thing I liked was how Erin and Shaunee become more like individuals than the constant “Twin” thing. Though, I didn’t really like how Erin had a knee jerk reaction (being a brat basically) towards Shaunee wanting to grow as an individual and be by herself. Oh, and the ending was also pretty good — I enjoyed that part as well.

Overall, the characters’ personalities are overpowering the plot, which wouldn’t be a bad thing if they weren’t so annoying and perfect. Also, the storyline is starting to get a little bit too predicable and too “teen” for me to even enjoy. Plus, I find most of the characters’ behavior unbelievable since I never have seen any teen acting or speaking like them. After I finish the books that I have been released so far, I’m dropping this series.

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

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780312650247
290 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 08

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

Zoey has returned from the Otherworld, but she has decided to stay on the Isle of Skye for what she calls a “break”. On the other side of the world, Neferet is back in Tulsa and she is set on bringing Zoey back. And if that’s not enough, Rephaim must choose between Stevie Rae and his father.

There might be some slight spoilers in my review, but if there are, I’ll put a spoiler mark new it.

The plot and everything else becomes predictable in this series, especially after Aurox shows up. And if you remember the last part of the previous book or the beginning part of this book, I don’t remember that much, it’s definitely predictable. xD *SPOILER START* I predict Aurox and/or Zoey will start to fall in love with each other because of who is “inside” Aurox. *SPOILER END* And that leaves me with another rant, which I will do later in this review. Anyways, there are still POVs, but it is mostly Zoey telling the story this time. :| Oh, and Zoey has (not detailed) sex in this book as well, and I bet you can guess who she did. So, yes, still sexual themes in this series. The only thing I really like was the bulls and the switched color meanings. ;)

As for the characters, I still feel the same for all the characters, though my hate for Zoey (and maybe Stark) is increasing. Stark’s Scottish accent is a little bit better in this book, but not by much. :S That’s pretty much the only thing that has improved with Stark. Also, he still mentions the “honor” thing and yet has sex with her. =___= As for Zoey, she is getting worse and pissing me off. First of all, how is she a leader when she can’t handle the stress of being “special” to Nyx and take a break? I mean, I get the new to being special, but it’s been long enough for her to get her act together and not be a complete wimp. She cries and whines more than other character in the book, and they have to go through about as much as her. Next, stop with the freaking boyfriends! Why can’t she be single and not having sex or pretend sex with or be sexual with each new guy that comes into the book?! She “loves” too many guys and doesn’t even know what the word means — just picks a guy and puts a “connection” on them. Also, I hated that the authors brought her back to life. When will one of your main characters just die and stay dead? :| Last thing, she very hypocritical, *SPOILER START* like why can’t Dragon stay mad on Rephaim for killing his mate, but she can never forgive Kalona over Heath. *SPOILER END*

Overall, I think the plot and everything else is becoming too predictable and not even interesting anymore. Plus, the characters are less than stellar, especially the main ones. *SPOILER START* Also, in this book, the authors kill off a lot of the characters either because they don’t know who’s who anymore or they need to develop the plot or both. I wonder if they will actually stay dead — unlike the other characters so far. *SPOILER END* Basically, I’m not that impressed so far for this series and think the authors should work on the character development more than the plot for a little bit.

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

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780312606169
323 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 07

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

With Heath’s death, Zoey’s soul has shattered and is on the brink of death herself. In order to help her, her friends must explore ancient vampyre history. Then there’s Stevie Rae, who’s keeping a secret from everyone. And lastly there’s Aphrodite, who has been blessed by Nyx with the gift of seeing the future, a Prophetess. All three of these girls will need to deal with their problems before they and the whole world gets burned.

There will be some spoilers, but I will mark them so that you get a little warning before coming to it. ;)

Like the previous book, this book is told with different point of views, which has actually tone down on the whining that I deplored. You still hear from Stevie Rae, Stark, Heath, Aphrodite, and Rephaim. However, there is one more point of view, Kalona now also tells the story, which was pretty interesting to read. ;) Also, the plot and character developments are getting much better — except for Zoey, of course. :S

Anyways, for the characters, I’m really starting to love Rephaim and Stevie Rae as a couple. They act so cute together without all of the sex and whining that Zoey’s relationships seems to end up with. Another couple development that I’m starting to love a lot is Aphrodite and Darius. I love how they accept each other as they are and don’t try to change each other. However, the Zoey and Stark “couple” is really annoying. Why pair her up with so many different boys? It makes her sound more like the slut than Aphrodite, and I don’t care how the authors try to spin it. When I got to the part where Stark is talking about being a “Guardian” was about honor, not love, I nearly barfed. Especially when you read about them kissing, possibly having sex with her, and basically saying, “I love you,” it stops being honor and changes to love (or horniness at least). URGH! That part annoyed me so much.

As for character development, I still like the side characters more (besides Stark) than Zoey. I haven’t really seen any real development in Zoey — only degrading. *SPOILER WARNING* Also, now that Stark calls her “Queen” because he thinks so, I think that Zoey is going to be much more bossy compared to the other books because she also thinks like that. *WARNING END* Another thing that was a pretty annoying development was the phony and freaky Scottish accent Stark seems to automatically develop after becoming a Guardian. What I want to know is how the hell a person can get an accent in such a short amount of time? I don’t know anyone who has developed an accent that quickly after one single event. And with the new addition of characters, you will still see that the authors are still obsessed with making every character in this book “beautiful”.

Overall, the plot is getting pretty interesting; it’s the main characters that I have a problem with. I also really hated the ending :( — *SPOILER WARNING* why do the authors keep bringing her back, when all she does is whines and tries to pretend she is a leader. *WARNING END* I don’t know how much more I can take of these characters or books when I’m getting annoyed all over again just by typing this. ~__~

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

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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

Book Information:

Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780312379827
323 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 05

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Kalona and Nefert start to take control of the House of Night while Zoey and the other escape underground. Not only must Zoey find a way to break the spell Kalona has placed on the House of Night, she must deal with three boyfriends again, saving Stark from Neferet, and several other things. Will anything ever be normal again?

This book starts off almost immediately where the previous book has left off — Zoey and the others are in the tunnels with the civilized version of the red fledglings, waiting to form a plan to stop Kalona and Neferet. However, when something happens to Zoey, they have to plan for a confrontation sooner than they all would like. There is a little bit more supernatural in the book than all of the others, but it still has a little bit of Zoey’s drama that I have. Oh, and there are still some sexual themes in this book, so beware of that. ;)

Let’s start with the things I didn’t like about this book. One, I’m starting to hate how the authors keep on describing the characters as “handsome” and “beautiful”. *rolls eyes* Also, they keep on saying the same exact things about the same character. :| I do not need to know that Damien is a fan of vocabulary or that the Twins aren’t really “twins” since I’ve already read that in the other books of the series. Anyways, another thing that is getting annoying is that Zoey has a lot of boyfriends or a boyfriend in almost all of the books. :| Even in Untamed, Zoey wasn’t without a boyfriend for long since she became attached to Stark and called him her “soul mate”. What is wrong with having the same boy as a boyfriend throughout the whole series? Or even having no boyfriend? Do the authors really think that teenagers always need a boyfriend or a love life? Three, this series is starting to get very predictable. :( And lastly, did none of the authors, publisher, editor, etc notice the mistakes in this book? It says something about them if they didn’t notice these mistakes — and no, I’m not talking about grammar or spelling. I’ll go over them later on.

Now for the things I liked about the book. The first thing I liked was the development of Aphrodite and how much her attitude and personality has changed and grown since the beginning of the series. Out of all of the characters, I think the authors did a much better job at developing Aphrodite than almost all of the other characters. Three, more supernatural than high school drama and whining of Zoey, which is one of the things that has been bugging me a lot. And lastly, continuing to merge mythology and Cherokee legends in a very creative way.

Anyways, let’s start with some of the errors that I found, there are about five of them. :|

#1: For the hardcover jacket summary, someone spelled Erik as Eric. :S
#2: Page 141. Why would Darius tell Jack, “I want you to come, too”? Especially when Darius left in the last chapter to go take Heath to his car?
#3: Page 146. When Aphrodite asks about the poems that Zoey, Erik, and Jack found in Kramisha room, Erin says that they found them “written on the wall’s of Aphrodite’s room”. One, last time I checked Aphrodite doesn’t have a room in the underground tunnels. Two, pages 65-67 states that it was Kramisha’s room where they found them.
#4: Page 247. Zoey uses an “advanced” vocabulary word and says that Darius would be pleased at her use of vocabulary. One, Damien is the vocabulary freak, not Darius. With as many times the authors repeat that fact, you would think they know it by now. ~__~
#5: Page 312. When Sister Mary Angela tells Kramisha to get Stevie Rae’s grandmother. First, we haven’t even seen Stevie Rae’s grandmother in any of the books, so how can Kramisha get Stevie Rae’s grandmother. I know some people will call non-relatives “grandma”, but that’s after a long time of knowing them — not a little less than a year or so.

Overall, I’m really starting to like having more supernatural in this series, but it was really hard to enjoy something with so many errors. :| With all of these errors, I’m rating this book a low to middle two stars. If it weren’t for all of the errors, I would have rated it at least a three star. :(

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
She Loves Books
Quick & Dirty Book Reviews

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber

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Book Information:

Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber
Katherine Tegen Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9780061689451
213 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Kisses Book 08

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

Sebastian has ended up with someone very dangerous, Luna, and now Raven has something new to worry about. Now that Sebastian is under Jagger and Luna’s control, they are going to make a new club in Dullsville. Is it going for mortals only, or, will it be like the Coffin Club? How will they be able to keep the secret that vampires exist now? And if that’s not enough, Raven is starting to wonder if Alexander will ever turn her.

Oh, there may be spoilers in this review for this book and the other books, so beware.

Like all the other books in this series, not that much time has past in between this book and the previous one, only about a week or so. However, in terms of time, it has been one year since Alexander and Raven met. And let’s just say that it doesn’t feel like a year has past for them since there is still very little we know about Alexander. :|

In all honesty, I don’t really know where to start, but I’ll try my best. When this book first begins, it is kind of romantic with the kissing and Alexander finally tasting Raven’s blood – not biting though. I thought it was going to be great, but the book went downhill after the romantic scene. :(

After the yummy scene, we start getting into the club for Dullsville and their plans for it. One, Raven kept changing her mind so much that it wasn’t even that enjoyable. Two, hasn’t the author did the same thing where Jagger tries to invite more vampires into a town that didn’t need any more vampires? Three, while everyone (Alexander, Raven, Jagger, etc) think that they need a club for every teenager in the town, Raven mostly does the thinking that the club is another “place where she can truly belong”. I understand wanting have a place to go, but when you mostly do it for yourself than for others, I consider that selfish. =___=

Anyways, speaking of Raven’s personality in this book, I found it more childish than developed. Instead of the powerful message of being different is okay, I see more judging coming from her than anyone in the town. Yeah, everyone in the town judges her for being Goth and wearing black all the time, but she does the same thing, especially towards Trevor.

You see the judgment personality throughout the book. One example is when her mom tries to get her to explore more life, rather than to declare Alexander her one and only. Raven continues by saying that Trevor would cheat on her, but it seems more judgment from her than anything else. How does she know if he would cheat or not? To me, it looks like Trevor goes through the girls because he can’t have what he wants – Raven – than him cheating. And even after knowing how he feels about her, she uses him just to open “her” club. ~___~

Then when Jagger makes a deal with Trevor, Raven gets all huffy and asks for vampire protection for just one single dance. With all the hostility Raven acts towards Trevor, it’s no wonder Trevor acts the same way. She ignores him and he ignores her.

Raven’s “developed” personality in this book made me want to throw the book away. With how she’s acting now, I am starting to think that she just wants to be a vampire than Alexander’s lover. Then she continues to try to hide the secret, even when she knows Becky found out. =___=

Grrrrr! Everything about the book pissed me off, especially Raven’s personality, the reusing of things that happened in other books, and the childishness. The book also leaves off with the cliffhanger of Raven finding out another thing about Alexander. Why does he always how to use the “you didn’t ask” excuse?

Anyways, I’m only going to read the next book because it is the last one in the series.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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2nd Review: Silver World by Cliff McNish

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Book Information:

Silver World by Cliff McNish
Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
Published in 2008
ISBN 9781580138796
247 Pages

Series Information:

The Silver Sequence Book 03
Last Book in The Silver Sequence Series

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

The Roar has finally made it to Earth. Will these children be able to stop her from destroying their planet?

First, what was I thinking when I thought I should re-read this in order to make a better review?!

Okay, my feelings haven’t really changed from the first time I read it.

I’ll summarize since I don’t want to think that much about this book. Things I didn’t like:

  • This book is a little bit shorter than the second book, but longer than the first one.
  • Even though this is the last book, I still think it wasn’t that well thought out.  Still too many plot holes, not that many details, and still some questions towards the end of the book.
  • Descriptions, wording, events, etc are all still very choppy and strange.
  • Too much like a junior fiction book than a young adult one.
  •  Personalities of the characters have never really developed.
  • Also, the ending doesn’t feel completed. Though, I’m happy there aren’t any more books in this series.

And there isn’t anything I liked about the book. :(

What would make this series better is better description, more detail and background, and more of a plot to go by. So, I would not read this series unless you are truly bored.

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 Cliff McNish
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing

Places to Buy From:

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2nd Review: Silver City by Cliff McNish

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Book Information:

Silver City by Cliff McNish
Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
Published in 2007
ISBN 9780822567806
256 Pages

Series Information:

The Silver Sequence Book 02

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

The Roar, devourer of planets, is finally on her way to the planet Earth. Will the changed children be able to stop her from destroying their planet?

First, what was I thinking when I thought I should re-read this in order to make a better review?!

Okay, my feelings haven’t really changed from the first time I read it.

I’ll summarize since I don’t want to think that much about this book. Things I didn’t like:

  • Not as short as the first book in this series, but still pretty short.
  • This book is not that well thought out. It still had some plot holes, not as much as the first one, but still a lot.
  • Descriptions, wording, events, etc are all still choppy and strange.
  • Too much like a junior fiction book than a young adult one.
  • Personalities of the characters are still not developed that well. They are still very boring. ~_~

And there isn’t anything I liked about the book. :(

They definitely aren’t worth reading unless you are really, really bored.

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 Cliff McNish
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing

Places to Buy From:

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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

Review: Fated by Anna Leigh Keaton

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Book Information:

Fated by Anna Leigh Keaton
Cobblestone Press, LLC
Published in 2010 (?)
ISBN 9781600883729
84 Pages

Series Information:

Woodland Magic Book 01

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

When Tina goes to visit her sister, Sheridan, she meets Aislan. Tina has never believed in fairy tales, but meeting Aislan, a fairy prince, has changed her mind. But will the fairy be able to save from a disease no one can cure?

This was a very short e-book, and one or two problems that caused me to not really enjoy reading it. >.>” I know, I like smut, but I like a little bit more plot and character development would have been nice. And the only reason why the rating is a two is because I like the smut in it. Oh, there might be some spoilers in my review. ^^;

Okay, now for the reasons why I didn’t like it. One, not enough plot and character development. Two, not that much in-depth feeling in order to make it a little bit better and longer. There, the personalities are so blah, and they don’t really develop until the second book. Correction, nothing really develops until the second book.

This part of the review might contain spoilers.

The basic plot reminds me of so many different supernatural HEA (happily ever afters) that have the main character suffering from an incurable disease in the human world, but the supernatural portion (vampire, fairies, etc) finds are way to cure it (usually by bringing them into their world). Then, they live happily ever after.

Now, that might be the HEA you like, but I usually like my climax with more action than finding a way to cure an incurable disease (unless it has some kind of twist).

End Spoilers?

Now for the things I liked it: the smut, of course, and some of the details. Also, it is a quick smutty read. That’s it. >.>”

Overall, if you want to pay $4.00 to $5.00 for an eighty-four-page e-book, go ahead. I mostly bought it because I love supernatural, smutty things. And, I loved the cover. Though, I would read it before reading the second book since it kind of goes over what happens in this book. ;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Anna Leigh Keaton
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Erotic Romance Reviews

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes and 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