Characterize it Thursday 3/20/14

Characterize it Thursday 3/20/14

This meme is hosted by the YA Book Butterfly.

This Thursday’s topic is: Second Helping – Strong Female Secondary  Character who helps Lead Female Character through adversity.

The first character who came to mind with this description was Jenna from the Hex Hall trilogy. Jenna is a lesbian vampire who is also the best friend of the main character Sophie Mercer. Together, they live through all of the ups and downs of Hex Hall and Jenna helps Sophie control who she is because she had never learned to control herself before. Jenna also helps Sophie cope with the truth of who she really is and is just an extremely energetic and entertaining character to read about.

If you haven’t read Hex Hall and like magic and all types of creatures then I definitely recommend that you read these. One of my favorite series that I have ever come across. You can buy the first book in the trilogy here.

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Lullaby, Tidal, and Elegy by Amanda Hocking

Lullaby, Tidal, and Elegy by Amanda Hocking

watersong

 

My Review:

Lullaby, Tidal, and Elegy, in the Watersong series by Amanda Hocking are significantly better than the first book. Where the first book took a long time for plot development and focused on character development, by the time the second book came around all of that was taken care of.

Gemma has run away to protect her loved ones, but they refuse to be without her. Harper, Daniel, Alex, and Marcy begin to uncover the truth  about Gemma and instead of getting scared and/or repulsed as most people would, they decide that they need to save her before she becomes a true monster. It’s interesting because at the same time they are conspiring to take down three two-thousand-year-old sirens, Gemma is suffering because she is refusing to embrace the inner monster that she has become. One of my favorite parts about this book is how the author switches from telling Gemma’s story to telling Harper’s and she does so in third person limited. So every few chapters, the reader is in Gemma’s head, and the next few chapters, the reader is in Harper’s head. The way it is written is something I’ve never read before and I really enjoyed it.

The romance between Harper and Daniel, well, let’s just say I knew it was inevitable.  Harper’s failed attempts at trying to push Daniel away kind of got annoying because she knew she loved him but didn’t want to waste her time with Daniel when she needed to help Gemma. Eventually, though, after all of the frustration, I was pleased with the amount of emotion between the two and it definitely made me feel better about everything Harper was going through. So adorable. Also, Gemma and Alex, after everything they had been through, had to struggle for several books to just be happy together. Even though they are young, the things they went through made me feel their passion and I loved it. Alex was definitely the main fiction crush-worthy guy in this series and I loved every scene that he was in, especially with Gemma.

The plot quickly developed in the second book and continued to evolve and take twists that I didn’t predict. The ending was just amazing and I love how the book seemed like it was going to end and then took a turn and went in the opposite direction I thought it was going to take. The story line was completely entertaining and I loved this series more than I thought I was going to. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mythology, and I know that if you like mythology you will like this series as long as you push through the first book and give it a chance.

If you want to by the second book you can do so here.

Wake

Wake by Amanda Hocking

Wake (Watersong #1)

Goodreads summary:

“Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door.  He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back.  Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever.  She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove.  They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price.  And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.”

My Review:

For the first book in the series, I expected more to happen. Overall it was a good book and the plot eventually developed and I liked it enough that I am going to read the next one, but it took so long for the plot development to happen. I read several hundred pages before anything important happened that made me really want to find out what was going on.

The romantic aspect was completely adorable. I usually don’t read books unless there is some romance involved as long as it doesn’t overwhelm the main plot and the romance in this book did kind of take control for the first half or so. The main girl and her new boyfriend are teenagers and although I am all for romance in teen books, there was almost too much concentration on this part of the story and the plot developed slower than the romance. Also, the main girl makes all of her decisions on the boy which is okay but is sometimes a bit too dramatic for my taste.

The great things about it were the ideas. I thought I knew what was happening the whole time and as soon as the author revealed the truth, I was completely blown away. I was way off. The writer almost purposefully makes the new girls in town sound like something they are not in order to lead the reader in the wrong direction and as soon as the plot developed (started with the truth), the book was great.

I liked it enough to check out the next book in the series and will be reviewing that soon. I can only expect that it will get better from here and the plot will keep progressing.

If you would like to purchase this book, you can do so here.