18 Things by Jamie Ayres (My So Called Afterlife #1)
Goodreads Summary: Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.
Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death.
When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled “18 Things”: eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.
But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.
There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.
My Review: This book was actually better than I expected. It started off immediately captivating with such an intense scene. I knew then that I was going to like this book and the main character.
The book was mostly about a girl dealing with the death of her best friend and perhaps a new romance. There were 18 things she put on her bucket list and it was a really fun concept and story. It kept me entertained for a while and I enjoyed reading it but the name of the series made me wait for something big to happen about the afterlife but nothing ever really happened until the last few pages which was upsetting.
I really liked the characters in this story and I felt like they were my friends and so the ending really aggravated me. I also fell in love with a boy whose name I won’t mention. The ending had a twist but it was exactly what I thought it was going to be and I was not a fan of what the author did with it. This book would have made a wonderful standalone but the ending made me not want to read the next book so I probably won’t ever get to it.
This book was good but the ending kind of ruined it for me. You can get it on Amazon here.
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French
Goodreads Summary: Dublin 1984 dusk, three children vanish in the woods. One, Rob Ryan, grips a tree trunk in terror, unable to recall any detail of previous hours. Twenty years later, the detective on the Dublin Murder Squad keeps his past a secret. But when a girl 12 is killed in the same woods, Rob and Detective Cassie Maddox — partner and best pal – investigate present and past.
My Review: I read this book for a book club I joined and I hadn’t heard of it previously. I have read several murder mysteries in the past and this lived up to the expectations I had. It was an amazing book, well written, pretty fast paced for a detective story, and the characters were great.
The thing I didn’t expect about this book was that the main case the book focuses on didn’t feel like the most important part of the book, Rob’s childhood did and that was an interesting way for the author to go. The case Cass and Rob were working on was extremely entertaining though and I found myself trying to solve the case before they did, and I cannot even remember everyone I suspected at one time or another.
I loved the main character Rob for more than half of the book. He was judgmental, but not rude, and the way he thought about everything was really fun to read about and I generally liked him. His friendship with Cassie was adorable and I loved reading about how well they worked together and got along, but the further I got to the end, the less I liked him and I can’t say why or it will spoil a subplot; I still like Cassie though because she didn’t change at all. The other minor characters are not that important and I never developed any kind of attachment to them.
The ending was beyond frustrating. Apparently French enjoys leaving cliffhangers, which would be fine if the next book in the series was about the same plot but it isn’t and I am extremely angry still. There were so many subplots I can’t say which one wasn’t ended or which I am not pleased with but I will say that I am bitter. To be honest, it bothered me so much that I’m considering not reading the next one. The book was amazing though so I will probably end up reading it at some point.
You can buy in the woods here.
Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Goodreads Summary: As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.
And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.
In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.
My Review: My Gods, what an epic finale that was! So much happened that the entire series had been leading up to. It was action-packed, romantic, and was overall a ridiculously fast read. The mythology aspect was huge in this book and I loved every second of it, being the Greek mythology lover that I am. JLA has yet to write a book that I don’t like and this series did not disappoint.
The plot line in this book was insane and everything happened so fast I didn’t realize I was reading and that makes for the greatest kind of book. The characters were so well developed that I felt what they felt like they were real people which is borderline crazy but I can’t help it! I am still in love with Seth and find myself thinking about him, even after I finished the book. I do love Aiden too which also complicated the whole romantic situation.
The giant war between the Gods, students, sentinels, and even a Titan was written extremely well. JLA excels at fight scenes, and the fact that it was mythology based made it that much better.
I can’t say too much more without spoiling everything but I will say I am not completely thrilled with the ending but I would reread the entire series because I still love it. You’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who likes mythology or anything else JLA has written because she is amazing. I will for sure be reading JLA’s new series about Seth in the near future so stay tuned!
You can buy Sentinel here.