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Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Normally, I decide to read a book based on its attractive cover + intriguing synopsis + overall good ratings. I find the cover of this book a bit boring because it’s mostly just text, and the reviews are mixed; however, the back cover blurb sounded interesting and there was so much hype over the series I was curious.

Beautiful Creatures is fairly long, but I found the writing style made it easy to read and I enjoyed sinking into its pages. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was a male first-person point of view because that’s my favorite narrative style. The paranormal elements were nicely done – no one seemed to be all-powerful, just quirky and different enough from the run-of-the-mill humans. I also loved the southern atmosphere and setting.

While I didn’t find the plot or action terribly gripping, the details in between made the story work for me. I’m not racing out to read the next book in the series, but I’m definitely planning to continue with it.

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The Prey (The Hunt, #2)The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of those rare times I liked the second book in a series better than the first. I didn’t just like this book either, I loved it!

In book #1 (The Hunt) I couldn’t get past the implausibility of the main character living amongst vampires without being discovered. There were too many things people do on a daily basis that would have revealed his humanity; there’s no way he would have survived seventeen years. However, this problem becomes a non-issue in book #2 because now the vampires already know he’s human.

The Prey is packed full of action with a heavy dose of mystery and intrigue. On the run, Gene and his small group of fellow humans discover a refuge, which could be their salvation. The village’s leader and cult-like society seem rather fishy right from the beginning though. While following the sparse set of clues left by his father, Gene and his friends realize they may be in more danger than ever.

This book was definitely a page-turner, all the way to the exciting conclusion, which wasn’t very conclusive! I can’t wait to dig into book #3.

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The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book; I loved pretty much everything about it except for one thing, but that one problem was a big one.

Starting with the parts I liked, a dystopian version of our world with vampires is my favorite kind of book these days. Also, this book was stuffed to the brim with action and suspense! I felt for the main character, Gene, and admired his adaptability and tenacity.

The part I had a problem with was the extreme lack of plausibility of Gene surviving as a human amongst vampires for seventeen years. Every day, he pops in his pair of fake fangs, shaves off his arm and leg hair (not sure why they’re able to have hair on their heads though, or I assume, eyelashes and eyebrows??) and marches off to school. If the vampires figure out he’s human, they will instantly devour him. Things that will give Gene away include: sweat, body hair, coughing, throat clearing, sneezing, goosebumps, a single drop of blood, and any evidence of emotion. There is no possible way anyone would last a single day under those circumstances, never mind seventeen YEARS. He’s never had so much as a paper cut or scraped knee in all that time? He’s never had goosebumps despite taking swimming classes with the vampires? Yeah, right.

The end of the book absolutely makes you want to continue though, and I have high hopes this major weakness becomes a non-issue in book 2. I would easily give everything about The Hunt 5 stars, except for the fault with the premise.

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The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5)The Kill Order by James Dashner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this prequel to the Maze Runner series, learning more about the events that led to the apocalypse: the sun flares and the origin of the virus. This is not a story about the main characters from The Maze Runner, although they are mentioned very briefly in the first few pages of the book.

As with Dashner’s other stories, there’s plenty of action, the characters are unique and well-developed, and the plot moves forward quickly. Fans of The Walking Dead would probably enjoy this book – the environment feels very similar between the two.

Overall, an entertaining read and a great addition to the series!

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CommunionCommunion by B. Patterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Communion is a highly entertaining tale with a fresh take on vampire mythology. It captivated me from the first page to the last!

I loved everything about this book and I barely know where to start listing the things I liked. Let’s start with the amazing cover art: it’s sharp, it’s sexy, and there’s no question the story involves vampire lore. As for the main character, Lester (love the name Lester Fuller BTW), it’s refreshing to see a non-white MC; as someone of mixed ethnic background myself, hell yeah it’s nice to see some variety out there! It’s also great to see a male MC because that seems to be more and more rare in YA fiction these days. Lester is a great character you can connect with because he’s not perfect; he has a solid moral sense and strives to do the right thing, but he also has a vulnerable side and makes mistakes.

Patterson does an incredible job with characterization, drawing the perfect image of each character’s personality piece by piece. The relationships between the teens and their parents, teachers, friends and foes feels genuine and believable. The story line kept me engaged from beginning to end with the ideal mix of mystery and plot twists.

The action sequences were stellar! Man, can this author write an action scene or what? I felt almost out of breath by the end, I got so caught up in it. Speaking of the end, I thought everything wrapped up nicely while leaving room for a sequel. I’ll definitely be watching for more from B. Patterson in the future. Communion was awesome and I highly recommend it!

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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Maze Runner by James Dashner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An intriguing, sci-fi read!

This book reminded me of the movie Cube, the basic plot of both being: a group of strangers end up trapped together and they have to figure out how to escape by figuring out the solution while avoiding deadly traps.

It’s nice to see a male main character (Thomas) because that seems to be more and more rare in YA fiction these days. When Thomas first arrives in the maze, he has no idea what he’s doing there and has a million questions. For some reason no one is willing to give him any answers, which is frustrating for Thomas (and the reader too, if they’re empathizing with him!)- the author does a great job dribbling little pieces of information bit by bit, drawing out the mystery and tempting you to keep flipping the pages until you reach the end.

Definitely a page-turner, appropriate for everyone from young teens to adult fans of YA fiction. I’m half way through the next book already, and so far it’s just as great as the first one!

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