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Obsidian (Lux, #1)Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I had pretty high expectations going into this one because of the huge number of rave reviews. There were some aspects about Obsidian I enjoyed, like the alien-next-door premise and the overall world building. I feel like I missed something though because I don’t get the appeal of Daemon at all.

At the beginning of the story, Daemon is an arrogant jerk, just like it says in the book’s synopsis. By the end of the book, he’s … still an arrogant jerk. I get the appeal of a bad boy, but this guy is so rude and disrespectful to poor Katy, he completely leads her on, sending her such mixed messages it seems almost cruel. Of course, just by being around Katy, he’s also endangering her life due to his alien nature and the horde of enemies out to get him.

I have a feeling I won’t get around to continuing this series, which apparently makes me the odd one out this time.



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Requiem (Delirium, #3)Requiem by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I think Lauren Oliver is an extremely talented writer, and book #1 (Delirium) was pretty much my idea of the perfect novel. *spoilers for book 2 ahead* Oliver did such a good job making me fall in love with the characters, I spent all of book #2 wondering when Alex was going to make his reappearance. By the time he showed up literally on the last page just in time to witness the result of Lena and Julian’s insta-love, I felt really let down. I wondered how on earth that love triangle mess could possibly be resolved.

So onto book #3… while the writing style is still fantastic and the world and the story outside of the love triangle (square?) are so well done, the mess between Lena, Julian, and Alex made it impossible for me to truly enjoy the book. I didn’t have that spine-tingling feeling I normally get at the end of a series, but I don’t know how you can skip book #3 after reading the first two.



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Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Leigh Bardugo does a fantastic job of world-building and creating varied characters. I think anyone who loved the first book will also love Siege and Storm.

My new favorite character is definitely Sturmhond – his charisma shines out from the pages and his witty banter adds to his appeal. I know conflict makes for a good story, but Alina and Mal spend most of the book at odds, which I didn’t enjoy as much. I don’t really understand why Alina felt it necessary to continually lie to Mal. The first part of the book was quite exciting, but there was a lot of political discussion after that where I started to lose interest. It ended on a strong note though, and I’ll probably check out book 3 at some point.



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The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I saw this book listed as a nominee for 2013′s top YA fantasy, and I’d read (and loved) almost every other book on the nominee list, so I thought I’d love this one too. It seems I’m in the minority for not loving it. There were many elements I did like, but I had a problem with the overall premise.

This book reminded me a lot of another book I read recently, Blackout by Robison Wells. In both books, teens with supernatural powers are rounded up by the government/military and imprisoned. Instead of receiving help in managing their abilities, the poor kids are treated horribly, to the point of abuse and downright torture. The parents also seem perfectly fine with their kids being taken away.

I really liked the characters, and there was a good amount of action, although I felt like the book could have been about 200 pages shorter. I have to mention the overuse of characters crossing their arms over their chests, because it would be very easy to search for this in future books and delete 90% of those references. The last quarter of the book was really excellent, and almost makes me want to read the next book in the series. There were a lot of good things happening in this book, but I’m on the fence about continuing.



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Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil (Thirst, #5)Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil by Christopher Pike

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I really like this author’s writing style, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Thirst series. I love the characters and there are some really unique elements I haven’t seen in the vampire genre anywhere else, like the Telar – where else do you see aliens mixed with vampire mythology?

It feels like the potential of this series has been exhausted by this point however, and I’m finding it hard to remember many details of the story even though I just finished reading it a month ago. If you loved the rest of the series, sure, I’d recommend reading this one too. It just didn’t captivate me quite like the rest of the series, particularly the first couple of books, which I thought were absolutely amazing.



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Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I think if I were 16 years old I would have loved this book, but I’m one of those adult fans of YA fiction. This YA novel seems to be geared only toward teens.

The main character spends 50% of her time obsessing about three different guys, so if you’re not a fan of love triangles, beware of this love square. The other half of the time she spends wondering what kind of supernatural creature she is, and I was hoping for more development on this front by the end of the book.

If you’re a teen fan of paranormal fiction, by all means, check this book out. Otherwise, it might not be your thing. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series purely as a matter of personal preference.



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BlackoutBlackout by Robison Wells

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Enjoyed the strong writing style, action, and suspense, but found the world-building lacked details.

I thought this book started out perfectly. There’s a group of teenagers, who obviously have special powers, trying to destroy a dam and wreak havoc. You’re thinking, “I wonder why these kids are doing this? They must have a good reason to cause millions of dollars in damage and possibly kill people in the process.” The problem is… (and sorry if this is considered a spoiler, but I feel anyone considering reading this story should be warned) you never find out. By the end of the book, you still have no idea why they’re committing these terrorist acts.

Then you have a second set of teens with powers being rounded up by the government. They’re treated like complete garbage and you’re wondering, “Why are they being treated so poorly? Are the government people the good guys or not?” And again… you never find out.

I’m okay being left with a few unanswered questions by the end of a book, but I was extremely dissatisfied being left with no answers at all. I feel like even a few tidbits of information sprinkled throughout the book or a few pages of explanation at the end could have made this a 5-star read. I was disappointed and won’t read the next book in the series unless the reviews promise some answers.



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Extras (Uglies, #4)Extras by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

True to its title, Extras seemed to be exactly that – a bonus (or extra) novel tacked onto the end of the Uglies series. A new cast of characters, set in the world of Uglies, showcase a high-tech lifestyle where popularity and fame mean everything.

If you liked the rest of the series, I think you’ll enjoy this story as well. As in the previous books, there’s plenty of action and intrigue, and also messages regarding social media and learning to appreciate the things in life that really matter.

Personally, as much as I love the world Westerfeld created, the novelty has worn off somewhat. I would definitely recommend the series, but book #4 only if you really can’t wait to dive back into the world one last time.



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Dualed (Dualed, #1)Dualed by Elsie Chapman

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

An interesting read, with strong writing, great characters, and plenty of action and suspense.

I realize this is a sci-fi/fantasy and the reader has to be willing to ignore the lack of logic in an imaginary world, but I found it difficult to get past the holes in this book’s world-building. It’s a tragic world, where at least 50% of the population die in cold blood. Anyone over the age of twenty is a murderer, so the entire society consists of people who must be psychologically traumatized. My brain just couldn’t wrap itself around the idea of kids as young as ten sent out by their government to kill their Alt (basically a twin or clone). I had so many questions about how such a society came about or could possibly function that I was constantly pulled out of the story. I also think it would have been slightly more believable if West had been at least eighteen or nineteen – fifteen seemed way too young to be a heartless assassin.

I’m curious to know if my questions will be answered in the next book, but I think I’ll wait to read the reviews before jumping into book #2.



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Twice Tempted (Night Prince, #2)Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I’ve really enjoyed all of Jeaniene Frost’s books, but I have to admit this is the first one I didn’t immediately fall in love with. I don’t remember Vlad being such a jerk in the first book. I know he’s supposedly suffered greatly in his life, and he’s archaic and all that, but I couldn’t see a single redeeming feature about him. When Leila and Vlad were apart, I almost wanted them to make it permanent and move on.

The second half of the book was more along the lines of what I’d expected. The writing throughout is very well done, the pages fly by effortlessly. Plenty of action to keep you going and an end that makes you want more.



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