Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Crash into You by Katie McGarry

Series: Pushing the Limits, #3 
Read my review of book 1, Pushing the Limits, here and my review of book 2, Dare You To, here!

Publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Description:
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane 

The girl with straight A's and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. 

The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other. 

My thoughts:
I can't decide if I liked Crash Int You more than Dare You To or not because I really really liked both of them for different reasons! Crash Into You is definitely a contender for the favourite spot in the series.

The main character, Rachel, was so relatable and easy to like. She suffers from panic attacks which I hardly ever come across in my reading so it was cool to see that and I'm sure those with anxiety will appreciate it. I loved how how quiet and awkward she was, it was nice to read something different than all the loud outspoken sassy snarky girls I usually read about these days in fantasy books. She felt very real and because of that I couldn't help but enjoy reading about her.

Of course I still loved Isaiah. He was one of my favourite characters in the previous books so it was great to have in him the spotlight for once and learn more about his backstory and what he's going through. 

We do get to see Noah and Echo in Crash Into You, more than we saw them in Dare You To but I felt like Noah was acting out of character a bit. We also get to see Beth but I wanted more of her.

The plot of this one was more more dramatic than the other books. There was some super cute moments here and there and couldn't help but smile while reading but the stakes were a lot higher in this one compared to the others which I liked. It made for a more engaging read and I wanted to find out what was going to happen.

I was happy with the ending but I wouldn't say no to more about Rachel and Isaiah in the future. They have a very interesting dynamic because they are so different but at the same time they are very similar.

I had a lot of fun reading, like I also do with Katie McGarry books, and I can't wait to pick up the next one!

Thanks for reading,

A :)

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

*This post contains spoilers for the first three books in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi*

Series: Shatter Me, #4

Publication: March 6th 2018 by HarperCollins

Goodreads Description:
Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good? 

My thoughts: 
I was happy with the ending of Ignite Me so I was very hesitant to pick up Restore Me but I after reading it I can say I am so glad I did! I missed these characters and had so much fun reading about them again!

In Restore Me Juliette is dealing with becoming supreme commander and what that entails. She has a lot of responsibility and I feel like that backtracked her character development. When we left her at the end of Ignite Me she was so confident and strong, which she is at times in Restore Me, but she does spend a lot of time doubting herself and I wished she had more self confidence like she did in Ignite Me. This was a minor thing but it annoyed me at times while reading, I just wanted to shake some sense into her. 

The story is told in dual POV and it was super interesting reading Warner's chapters. He is one of the most complex characters in the series and it was so cool being in his head despite it being such a sad lonely place.

I adored seeing Kenji again. He is hands down the best part of this series. He just brings o much fun and humour the story. I loved how Tahereh decided to develop his relationships with both Juliette and Warner. I loved Juliette and him and the originally trilogy and now I am obsessed with him and Warner. They develop such a nice bromance in Restore Me it was a joy to read!

Tahereh used this new book to introduce some new characters most of which I couldn't care less about but one really stood out for me. I loved reading about and hop to see more from her in future books.

Restore me felt like such a short book. It is definitely what I would call a filler book. It felt like it was just setting up the base for bigger things to come. Not much happens in terms of plot, most of the story is about Juliette and Warners internal struggles- which I enjoyed but I would have liked more action. I felt like all the action was saved until the end.

Speaking of the ending so many things were revealed that left me with lots of questions and theories. So I am very excited to get my hands on the next book!

I had a lot of fun reading Restore Me and I think Shatter Me fans will enjoy this new instalment to the series.

Thanks for reading,

A :)

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

*This post contains spoilers for the first 5 books in the Falling Kingdom series by Morgan Rhodes.*

Series: Falling Kingdoms, #6

Publication: February 6th 2018 by Razorbill

Goodreads Description:
As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he's willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica's future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo's love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart? 

My thoughts: 
I cannot believe I have been reading this series for 4 years. This final novel was everything I wanted it to be. I have had such a fun time following Cleo and Magnus and Jonas and everyone else's stories!

Immortal Reign had so many oh-my-god moments. I saw a few twists coming but somehow Morgan Rhodes still managed to surprise me even after reading 5 other books from her.

The plot was fast paced like the pervious books. And the multiple POVs had me flicking the pages nonstop. There are some great action scenes along with some sweet character moments and I loved every minute of it!

I just have to say that Magnus and Cleo are life. Their interactions in Immortal Reign were definitely a highlight for me. I loved seeing how their relationship had changed over the course of the last few books.

Amara is a character that surprised me. I was captivated by her chapters. Her character development was well paced and written in a way that had me empathising and sympathising with her. I was surprised how much I enjoyed her POV.

Lucia's character development is astounding when you look back and thing about what she was like in book 1 compared to book 6. I've really enjoyed reading her character arc.

The ending was very satisfying. The series ends with some questions unanswered but most things are tied up. There could be more but I doubt Morgan Rhodes will write more since she already has the Spirit and Thieves series in the works.

I have had such a good time reading this series and highly recommend it to people looking for a long YA fantasy series to get into!

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Series: Unwind Dystology, #1

Publication: November 6th 2007 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Description:
Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive. 

My thoughts:
Unwind was a bit of a let down for me. I was hesitant to pick it up because the whole concept of being 'unwound' sounded creepy to me and also because of all the hype. I ended up not loving it but not hating it either. I was very busy when I was reading it so it took me forever to get through which probably also played into my reading experience. 

The story is told through multiple points of view. I usually don't mind multiple POVs but I felt this sorry could have been executed better had there been one narrator. I was extremely bored reading from Lev's point of view and spent the whole time reading his chapters flicking ahead to see when the next Connor or Risa chapter was coming up. 

The characters felt very flat to me. I couldn't relate or emphasise with any of them at all which made it very hard for me to stay interested in the story. I didn't care about any of them. It also didn't help that they all made stupid decisions that had me rolling my eyes. 

The start is very slow. I found my attention drifting and had to force myself to keep reading. The plot was very slow and I felt like we were getting nowhere for ages. A lot of the 'twists' were very obvious to me and there was a good few plot holes scattered throughout. I also had to suspend my disbelief a good bit regards to the starts of the story that kicks everything off (like what mother would raise a child for 16 years and then decide to 'unwind' them just because they are acting like a normal teenager?). The pace picked up towards the end though with a good deal of action that kept my attention the majority of the time.

The writing felt very dry. While reading, I didn't feel anything. There was no beautiful sentences I wanted to make note of of share with friends of though provoking passages. It's all very simple, and nothing noteworthy. 

I will say the book does make the reader think about the issue of pro life and pro choice. The author even managed to write the whole story without advocating for one side of the debate which I appreciated. However the whole concept of being 'unwound' doesn't really tackle a lot of the issues surrounding abortion.

Overall I was unimpressed but I do want to continue with the series just not right now because of all the hype surrounding it.

Thanks for reading,

A :)