Intuition (Premonition #2) by Amy Bartol

Intuition (Premonition #2) by Amy Bartol

13281637-intuition.jpg

Goodreads Summary:

I don’t open my eyes so I can’t see him, but I can smell him. He thickens the air I breathe, choking me with his scent…his aroma. I shiver. I have to resist. If I’m not strong, then I will be relegated to the same fate as this predator whose sickness infects me even now. But now, I crave him and he knows that; he has been counting on my need to end the gnawing pain. How he would savor my surrender. I’m alive, but how much longer will it take until I beg him not to be?

My Review:

This book was frustrating but I still couldn’t put it down! I’ll start off by saying that I hate when the main woman character becomes a martyr. In this case that isn’t exactly what happened but Evie really annoyed me in the beginning and I wished I could have just stayed with Reed. I was depressed in real life the entire day because of this book and the emotional roller coaster it put me through.

I actually loved Russell a lot more in this book once I got to read from his point of view. Usually I do not like it when authors make me read another character’s point of view and abandon that of the main character like in Twilight when we have to read through a couple hundred pages of Jacob and even though I love him I always want to skip that part to get back to Edward…I thought that was how this book was going to be but I actually liked it and thought it was just as entertaining as the Evie sections.

I loved Zee, Buns, and Brownie! Especially Zee. The minor characters helped make the story as amazing as it was.

Some of the story line was actually slightly disturbing, but I loved it anyway. The entire book was really stressful and sad but I am still in love with it. Because of Reed. He is one of the most amazing, attractive, sexiest book boyfriends of all time and I am so completely in love with him. I cannot wait to get more of him but at the same time I don’t want the series to end because I will have to leave him. Yes, he is that good.

Definitely read this series if you like fantasy books. Please. You owe it to yourselves. You can buy this book here.

Inescapable (The Premonition #1) by Amy Bartol

Inescapable (The Premonition #1) by Amy Bartol

12925063-inescapable.jpg

Goodreads Summary:

My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I’d been hoping that once I’d arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.
I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. I look for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he’s near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would be…if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that has ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.
What is the secret that he’s keeping from me? I’m hoping that it’s anything but what I suspect: that he’s not exactly normal…and neither am I. So, maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I’ve been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable.

My Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book because I didn’t read the summary of it before I started reading it but I have to say that I really liked it. The story in the beginning before any plot twists happened was relatable because she is just starting college and then everything that happens after that is anything but normal. I love books like this one and I won’t say what any of the plot twists are because that is the basis of book one, but it was such a fun read and it was one of those books that made me forget I was reading and I felt like I was in Evie’s world.

Obviously the main male figure who seems sketchy and doesn’t like her at first is the main love interest, that is never a surprise. However, that is always my favorite part of the relationship in any series because I love feeling the transition from not liking each other to loving each other. This book made me feel like I was falling in love with Reed which made it even better. The only part I didn’t like about this book was how they fell in love so fast. I know it’s a fantasy book and they always end up falling in love but I felt like in this book they went from not liking each other to being in love in only a few pages. It was super abrupt and it actually annoyed me more than I thought it would. Even with that said, I am still in love with Reed and I cannot wait to get more of him.

Russell was an okay guy and the story with him made the book even more interesting but I didn’t like him. I think I was supposed to be torn between him and Reed but there was honestly no competition because I kind of just wanted him to go away… Freddie was an amazing character and I loved him and I wanted him to be my friend but I was really mad at the author at the end because of what she did with him. Buns and Brownie were amazing friends and I wanted to be their friends too because they seem to have so much fun. I like the story line and what the author did with their characters at the end. The ending of this book was ridiculous and I actually had to take time off from reading for a couple of days to let it sink in because I was so upset and blown away with everything the author did.

All of the story elements of this story made me addicted and I just wanted to forget about this world and go into that one and pretend like Reed was my perfect boyfriend and I cannot wait to read the next book!

I would definitely recommend this series for Reed alone…you can buy the book here.

 

Among Others by Jo Walton

Among Others by Jo Walton

Among Others

Goodreads Summary: Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment
Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled–and her twin sister dead.
Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

My review: This book got pretty good reviews on goodreads so I was really surprised at how much I disliked it. A SF/fantasy standalone novel sounds like the greatest thing ever to me because I have been trying to find a great standalone and these genres are right up my alley and I was upset to find that I didn’t like this book.

I read it for a book club so I felt like I had to read the whole thing so that I could discuss the ending and if it got any better but it never did. There was no plot line, therefore no plot movement, we are kind of thrown right in to her life without knowing what happened the year prior and it was kind of annoying because we were supposed to feel bad for her. Her being Mori, the main character. What was also upsetting was that I did not like Mori. She was stuck-up, it seemed like she felt better than everyone else most of the time especially when it came to books, she went to a new school and didn’t want anyone to make fun of her so she was mean to them immediately so they would fear her and not mock her which made her a jerk in my opinion. The romance had potential but it was mainly a 15 year old girl wanting to have sex and not actually being sure if she liked anyone which was also annoying.

The only part I did like about this book was the book club scenes because I have felt what Mori was feeling. She loved talking about books with fellow book lovers and I definitely relate to that. It was sad though because I had no idea what most of the books were that she talked about and I have read a lot of books. I would have liked it more (probably) if I knew what the books were that she constantly summarized and analyzed. Also, the only scifi in this book was when she talked about the scifi that she was reading and the only fantasy in this book was like one spell she did and the fact that fairies existed. It was depressing.

Would not recommend this book to anyone. If you have read it, what did you think? Am I the only one who didn’t like it? You can buy Among Others here.

A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King

A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King (Demonblood #1)

A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood #1)

Goodreads Summary: Half human, half demon Liora Greyson just wants to survive her final year of high school unscathed, her dark secret intact. But the walls she’s carefully constructed to keep people out crack wide open once she meets the sexy and mysterious Kieron Ambrose, and he lights her cold world on fire.
But it turns out Kieron has a few dark secrets of his own. Secrets that will either save or destroy her.

My Review: I got this book free on Barnes and Noble for nook during a deal and decided to give it a go!

This is the first paranormal romance I have read in what feels like forever and I am so excited that I read it. When I first started reading it, I didn’t know that the book was going to be about the human and the demon. Their situation is really weird because they share one body and they are awake at different times and it took me a little while to figure out how everything works but I never understood why it is like that. That aspect of the story alone was interesting enough to make me want to read more.

The plot of the book was action packed, romantic, and addictive. Demon hunting is always something I enjoy reading about and having a swoon-worthy guy in it can never hurt. The story line was constantly moving and when the human part of the book with normal plot lines got slow then the demon plot lines picked it up again and kept me completely invested in the story. Kieron was a dreamy guy that appeared in both story lines, lucky me. I have to say that even though it took a while for me to fall in love with this guy and move on past debating whether or not he was a good guy, I did love him. I still probably would have loved him if he was a bad guy because the author did such a good job of writing him.

This book ended too soon, which is good for the author I guess. I was addicted to the story and couldn’t do anything that would pull me out of the world and then it ended. I hate cliffhangers in books because I can never stop thinking about them after I finish the book. I want to read the next ones and find out what happens but there are so many more books on my TBR list that I have to read! Stay tuned.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and paranormal romance. It is a fantastic read. You can buy A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King here.

Ironskin (#1) by Tina Connolly

Ironskin (#1) by Tina Connolly

Ironskin (Ironskin, #1)

Goodreads Summary: Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.
It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.
When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a “delicate situation”—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.
Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio…and come out as beautiful as the fey.
Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

My review: I read this book for class, yes I know, we read a lot of books. Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to think about it and I still honestly don’t know if I liked it or not. It was definitely an interesting twist on Jane Eyre, one of my favorite books of all time, and I was kind of nervous to read about Jane Eyre in a magical world. It was ehh. It was a quick read, quicker than the original Jane Eyre that’s for sure, but the only thing new about it was that there are fey in this world and magic which is awesome, but I don’t think it needed to be a Jane Eyre transformation.

The characters were basically the same, some had different names. Jane Elliot in this book is Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre goes by Jane Elliot when she runs away so that was fun to pick up on), Edward Rochart is Edward Rochester, and the similarities keep coming. The only odd thing was that Connolly decided to keep Helen alive as Jane’s sister which was an interesting choice. The little girl Jane is a governess for was also really important in this book, like the entire book revolved around her for the most part which was kind of entertaining even though the plot wasn’t very developed.

The plot was somehow extremely similar to Jane Eyre (even though it is a fantasy), meaning there wasn’t much to it. Jane is a governess, she watches a little girl, she might be falling in love with Edward so she leaves for awhile, she comes back and something bad happens and then Jane and Edward are in love and there is a happy ending (even though this book is the first in a trilogy I feel like it could have ended with this book). There is never romantic development, it’s like “I’ve talked to him three times but BAM I love him” and I know that’s how the original Jane Eyre was but I feel like this book could have explored that more. There was also so much room for a plot line, the author could have done so much with this but she stuck to the Jane Eyre plot which was kind of disappointing.

This book was okay, but definitely did not live up to Jane Eyre in my mind. Maybe I’m biased, you can give this book a try. It was fun and adorable and a quick read but I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next books in the trilogy anytime soon.

You can buy Ironskin here.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)

Goodreads Summary: Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt’s guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani’s journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her.
Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own.

My Review: I got super excited when I found out I was reading this book for a class I am taking because Shannon Hale wrote Princess Academy which is one of my favorite books of all time and I could not wait to start this book. As soon as I started reading, I was entranced! I’m not sure if  reading the original Goose Girl by the brothers Grimm had anything to do with how much I loved it. It definitely made me excited when small things would come up like the handkerchief with three drops of blood or the names of Falada and Conrad, but I think I would love any of Shannon Hale’s books just because of how amazing she is at writing and creating magical worlds.

The plot line was similar to the original Grimm version but there were so many subplots that I really enjoyed about this book. The two lands fighting and possibly going to war, the servants chasing to kill Ani (Isi), the way that Ani is able to speak with animals and the wind, and the romance. I was not expecting romance in this book just because that isn’t really what Fairy Tales are about. Yes, the boy and girl always end up together but there isn’t really that romantic development like there was in this book and I really enjoyed it. There wasn’t much but there was enough to make me happy, and a plot twist at the end to do with romance that made me smile like a swooning girl which is exactly what I am I guess.

I don’t know why the plot had me so addicted to this book. I knew exactly what was going to happen and how it was going to happen because it was a really good adaptation of the original Goose Girl, but I was addicted anyway. There were new characters such as Enna and Finn, who I loved, and even a small romance between them! The story was magical and in a way similar to princess academy. In Princess Academy there is quarry speech which is really similar to how Ani speaks to the wind in the Goose Girl, Enna acts and speaks similarly to Britta from Princess Academy, and there is that innocent romance that Hale loves.

I really enjoyed this book and it is a series of four so I plan on eventually getting to the second one, but the plots of each book following this one are about minor characters so I’m a bit hesitant and they are not on the top of my TBR list for now. You can buy The Goose Girl here.

United Eden by Nicole Williams

United Eden by Nicole Williams

United Eden (Eden Trilogy, #3)

Goodreads Summary: Life’s been many things for twenty year old Bryn Dawson, but one thing it’s never been is easy. And it’s only about to get harder.
As the gossip of Bryn being Betrothed to her true love’s little brother, Patrick, becomes more reality than rumor, Bryn does her best to think positive thoughts, ignore Patrick’s odd behavior, avoid Paul’s relentless advances, and attempts to conjure William back from his latest overseas mission. She fails on all fronts.
The night an army of Inheritors set out with an agenda to deliver vengeance on any Guardian surrounding Bryn, the Betrothal Ball becomes the least of her worries. Instead of worrying about who she’ll be marching down the aisle towards, she has to accept she might not be making the journey down the aisle ever.

My Review: Okay, I realize that I have not posted a review in three weeks…yikes…but I am working on reading and blogging as much as possible! Anyway, my short review without spoilers is that I loved this book as much as I loved the other two and it was a wonderful conclusion to a trilogy that I fell in love with at the start. The characters were more developed, especially Patrick (the comic relief), the plot took a while to pick up but I enjoyed the slow subplot of the betrothal, and the romance was beautiful and addicting!

Now for the review WITH SPOILERS! I spent the entire first quarter of the book freaking out about the Betrothal. As soon as the last book ended and the father agreed to grant Bryn a betrothal into the Hayward family, I recognized the ambiguity of his wording which brings me back to… I was freaking out! I do love Patrick, but I did not want Bryn to have to marry him and his “true love” for her was also a complicating matter. It’s almost a love triangle, but not…! I am in love with William Hayward and like I said in a past review, when I stopped reading I was depressed that he was not actually my boyfriend and that he is not real. The anxiety leading up to the betrothal for Bryn was awful and I was so afraid Nicole Williams was going to crush me because sometimes authors enjoy doing that, but Williams was nice and the moment William’s name was announced was a swoon-worthy moment and one of my favorites in the book. Throughout the book, the romance continued to grow and even after Bryn got taken, the romance was still so amazing without being overwhelming.

The plot at first was just romantic and about the Betrothal which kept me reading and I was completely absorbed. I was really surprised at how much I liked this portion of the book because usually I don’t like purely romantic plots but hey…props to Williams. The solely romantic part of the book didn’t last too long and the book soon took a turn for the worse and the antagonist captured Bryn. Although I was entertained by this, I wasn’t surprised because the antagonist who loves the protagonist always captures her.

The scenes where Bryn is locked in a cage and a war is brewing were some of my favorites. Patrick shows up and spends time with her which is totally adorable even though somewhat awkward because of his love for her, but I still love him and his personality. When Bryn gets out of the cage and sees the war, I was reminded of the Trylle books by Amanda Hocking and the battle scene from those books because the scenes were written really similarly. I liked everything that Williams did with the book and the fight and the love and balancing it all perfectly and I am so glad I read this series. If I had to pick a favorite book of this trilogy I would say the first but that’s just because my favorite part of romance in books is the beginning, but I always do love a happy ending so the last book was amazing too!

I definitely recommend this book for those who like fantasy or paranormal romance. You can buy United Eden, the conclusion of the Eden Trilogy by Nicole Williams here.