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Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh MafiIgnite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh Mafi
Published by HarperCollins on February 4, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Supernatural, Dystopian
Pages: 421
Source: Self Purchase
Goodreads
four-half-stars

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all.

Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

 

 


 This review doesn’t take into account book #4 in the Shatter Me series, which surprisingly came out four years after Ignite Me was released.

Ignite Me is my favorite book in the Shatter Me series. Juliette’s character ARC came full circle. She finally learned how to love herself and her abilities. She’s not scared anymore. She’s not alone and she’s not weak. What an incredible journey Juliette has had!

Warner… swoon! He’s always made this series for me, with his many sad, sweet, and sexy scenes. I love a lot of things about him, but especially the fact that he’s been Juliette’s number one fan since day one. He believes that she’s powerful, and can overcome any obstacle. He’s so incredibly supportive. Swoon!!

Adam… ugh! In his novella, we started seeing a very unappealing side of him, one that continues to grow in Ignite Me. Juliette originally thought that Adam was perfect, and that he could do no wrong. Adam finally becomes a realistic person, when his big flaws start to show and grow in Ignite Me. He’s pissed off, and immature, throughout this book, which irritated me and the characters, because there’s so much stuff going on in Ignite Me, like, I don’t know – a WAR. He was such a drama-lama.

Ignite Me was great! I felt like Juliette blossomed. She finally started listening and acting on her heart. Looking back, I think as a whole, this series was solid. It never rushed through creating the setting, the romances, and the characters. Everything felt well-developed.

four-half-stars
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Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy #1)

Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy #1)Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy, #1) by J.A. London
Published by HarperTeen on May 29, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Supernatural
Pages: 342
Goodreads
two-stars

At seventeen, Dawn Montgomery knows that monsters really do come out at night—after all, they are her job. It’s just after the thirty-years war between vampires and humans, and as an ambassador between the two sides (a role she inherited when her parents were killed), Dawn quickly learns that balancing schoolwork, teen life, and the requests of Lord Valentine, the most frightening vampire in the region, isn’t easy.

And it only gets more complicated when she forms a tentative friendship with Victor, the mysterious stranger who rescued her from a hoard of vampires…only to discover that not only is Victor a vampire, but that he is Lord Valentine’s son.

Soon Dawn is struggling to remember that with everything on the line, she can’t afford to fall for the enemy…


I was searching through my read-shelf on Goodreads, to see what series I had started but never finished, when I came across Darkness Before Dawn. I had remembered loving it a few years back, but not why, so I decided to reread it in order to refresh my memory, and make it possible for me to finally finish the series.

Originally I gave Darkness Before Dawn 5 stars, and now, after rereading it, I give it 2 stars. What the heck happened?!! I’ve known for a while now that my tastes and expectations have changed in the last few years, but wow, that’s a huge drop in stars.

This time around I disliked just about all the characters. The lot of them were immature, cheesy, or just downright annoying. Our MC Dawn was always talking about how hot Michael was, and how he made her feel sooo protected. That was the gist of her thoughts and dialogue, at least, until Victor came along. Then Victor was all she thought about.  He smelled sooo good, and made Dawn feel so safe. Michael, who Dawn glowed about it the beginning of the book, suddenly became a huge jack*ss. I felt like his rapid personality change was too convenient for the plot, and that the author was trying too hard to justify Dawn’s sudden decision to want to be with Victor, instead of Michael.

Victor was the only character who I didn’t fully despise. Even though he could be very soapy at times, I thought he was the best character by far, because he actually had depth.  He was the only one I cared to know more about.

The story line for Darkness Before Dawn, which I didn’t remember at all, was still interesting. I had forgotten that it’s like a PG-13 version of True Blood, a show I loved. #RIP True Blood – we had a few really good years. *sniffle*

So yeah. Ugh. I don’t plan on continuing this series, because I highly doubt I’ll enjoy the last two books.

Someone please recommend some YA vampire books. It’s been too long since I’ve read good ones. No Twilight, Morganville Vampires, Vampire Academy, Vampire Kisses, Evernight, or House of Night.

two-stars
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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things by Julie BuxbaumTell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Published by Delacorte Press on April 5, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 328
Format: Audiobook
Source: Scribd
Goodreads
three-stars

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

 


*This is a review for the audiobook version*

I had a hard time getting into Tell Me Three Things, because in the beginning I really didn’t like the main character Jessie. Her inner dialogue was incredibly boring, and because she avoided talking to her new family and new classmates, there was an overabundance of that inner dialogue. I kept finding myself zoning out while listening.

I finally started to get into the story when Jessie started talking with Somebody/Nobody, a mysterious, self-proclaimed Wood Valley High school student who offers to teach Jessie the ins and outs of her posh new high school. This mysterious emailer was witty, clever, and handy, and brought out a side of Jessie that wasn’t there in the beginning. I finally started to enjoy her character when they began their online friendship, because Jessie was surprisingly witty too. Like Jessie, I started falling for SN.

I finished this book a tad disappointed, because SN’s identity was too easy to guess, but I was also a little happy when my guess was correct, because SN’s identity was the one I was wishing for.

Overall, this book was a good read/listen. It didn’t hit me with any intense emotions, and Jessie was very yawn-y in the beginning, but towards the end of the book I was hooked. The mystery of SN’s identity was consuming, and I was anxious to know if my guess was right. I definitely recommend this book to other contemporary romance lovers, because I think my problem with Jessie might just have been personal preference.

As far as the narrator goes, I had no problem with her. She sounded like a teenager, and was able to tweak her voice well enough for me to keep straight who was speaking and when.

three-stars
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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep by Shea ErnshawThe Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Published by Simon Pulse on March 6, 2018
Genres: Supernatural, Romance, Young Adult, Macabre
Pages: 320
Source: Library
Goodreads
two-half-stars

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

I think my reading experience for The Wicked Deep was doomed from the beginning. My expectations were too high because of the many ravings by bloggers, authors, and the already announced Netflix adaptation. Don’t get me wrong, this book wasn’t horrible, but I felt like it should have been better.

I’m not 100% sure why this book didn’t workout for me, but I suspect it mostly had to do with the fact that I was often able to correctly guess where the story was headed. I try not to, but more often than not, I find myself scrutinizing characters, guessing the decisions they will make, and contemplating what the most logical and/or shocking outcome the author can conjure up . I really need to learn how to kick this bad habit, because it’s helped ruin too many books for me.

This review was purposefully left mini and vague, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone interested in reading this book. The Wicked Deep is built on WTF moments, and I don’t think it has much else going for it once they are revealed.

If you love macabre, supernatural books, and aren’t the type to scrutinize story-lines, you might enjoy this book.

*One last irrelevant thought – this book cover is stunning! It’s a bummer I didn’t love this book, because it would have looked gorgeous on my bookshelf.

two-half-stars
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