Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter
(The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA Science Fiction
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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

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On the Fence & Catching Jordan

on the fence by kasie westOn the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Publication: July 1st, 2014 by HarperTeen
Page count: 296 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Contemporary
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For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

cressCress
(The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication: January 27th, 2015 by Square Fish
Page count: 552 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Science Fiction
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Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker; unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

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Mini Reviews: The One & Finnikin of the Rock

The One
(The Selection #3)
by Kiera Cass
YA – Romance, Dystopia

No improvement at all from the previous books, as I had already expected. This series is clearly not for me, though I admit that it was indeed sort of a guilty pleasure. The plot if there is even one in this series is non-existent and the character development is totally lacking. Moreover, I’m so tired of reading about how kind America is or how beautiful she is because if I came across just one more praise for her I swear I would go crazy and throw this book against the wall.

Needless to say, The One is completely focused on romance and the book ends in the most predictable way. 300+ pages are spent on literally nothing. NOTHING I SAY. Nothing other than America being confused and indecisive as usual (it’s an old story, I know). Nothing other than America and Maxon getting along then suddenly having a ridiculous fight over unnecessary things and then one of them realizing they are wrong and then the making-up happens. Repeat the cycle. Really, just as things became slightly more bearable this book just HAD to pull off something that got on my nerves. Frustratingly shallow. Yes, that’s how I would describe this book in two words.

I really don’t understand the need for a fourth book in the series. A. Freaking. Fourth. Book. (Titled The Heir in case you don’t know.) Maybe there will be a fifth book about their son as an adult being in The Selection again. The cycle can be endless.

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Finnikin of the Rock
(Lumatere Chronicles #1)
by Melina Marchetta
YA – Fantasy

Yeah, the book seemed like a let down at first. Well, not a huge disappointment because the characters were okay and the world building was admittedly solid, though I was having troubles getting into it. But luckily I made the right decision of continuing and GAHHHH IT GOT MUCH MUCH BETTERRRR.

I really like how Melina Marchetta portrayed the exiles in this book. I could sympathize wih their pain and struggles. Needless to say, the social justice issues are very believable and handled expertly. I particularly like seeing depiction of family relationship a lot of times throughout the book. Whether it’s a brother protecting his sister or fathers willing to sacrifice anything for their family’s safety especially the daughters…in those moments I felt something tugging at the strings of my heart and that’s when I knew that the author had successfully delivered the message to her readers as she had intended.

One particular scene that had me in tears:

“If we challenged or resisted,” Jorge of the Flatlands told him, “the bastard king’s men would return the next day and say, ‘Pick one.’ ” The man fought back a sob. ” ‘Pick one you love to die. If not, you sacrifice your whole family. Your whole village.’ ”
“Men were on their knees begging, ‘Take me. Take me instead,’ ” Roison of the River explained.
“We would sit and discuss our plan, Finnikin,” Egbert of the Rock whispered. “We would work out, as a family, who we would choose to die alongside us if we were forced to decide. Better to make the choice as a family, rather than in moments where there would be no time for good-byes.”
“So men would choose their sons?” Finnikin asked, sickened by the idea of Trevanion having to make such a decision.
The man looked at him with tears running down his face. “No,” he said, shaking his head. “No fathers would leave his daughter behind to be raped and abused. We chose our daughters. Always our daughters.”

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First reviews posted in 2015! I read these books last week though. I was too lazy to take notes so these reviews were based on my thoughts immediately after finishing the books.

To be honest I haven’t read a single book until today but I will try to change it this week. I was busy marathoning Ansatsu Kyoushitsu >__<

[Review] Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Killer Instinct
(The Naturals #2)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication: November 6th, 2014 by Quercus
Page count: 352 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Espionage, Mystery
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Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer

Obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.

Thank you Quercus Books for providing a review copy! This does not affect my review in any way.

As you all might have realized, I am currently in a slump so whenever I want to read, I usually get bored right after I open the book. I have a pile of unread books and another stack of books I’ve tried reading but got bored upon the first few pages. Of course, it came as a surprise as well as delight when Killer Instinct was far from that — it reminded me why I love reading in the first place.

Compared to its predecessor, Killer Instinct didn’t waste as much as time to get into the mystery. Obviously, the mystery was the highlight of the book — it was so good you wouldn’t want to go anywhere unless you’ve figured out the killer! It’s the kind that will make you so sure of your guess, yet soon enough it will completely destroy your predictions with another shocking revelation. I really liked how the characters investigate, particularly when the protagonist Cassie was doing some profiling, which is basically figuring out people’s personality and behavior based on their appearance or in this case, also from how they kill their victims.

We’re able to get to know more about the rest of the characters too. Lia showed a slightly unexpected side other than being cheerful, sneaky or a deceptive compulsive liar. We also get some hints on their past, though I still want to know more and I hope Jennifer Lynn Barnes will give us more information about that in the future installments. Especially Sloane, since I think she didn’t appear as much as the others in the gang like Lia, Michael and Dean. She’s my favorite though — I loved her quirkiness! In short, the side characters were very well-developed.

Despite enjoying this book, Killer Instinct wasn’t exactly flawless. While I thought the side characters were excellent, I couldn’t say the same about the protagonist. I didn’t think Cassie had any note-worthy or significant development. Sure she was there the whole time, but I didn’t quite notice any changes in her in the end of the book.

In addition, I didn’t like the love triangle at all. One of them was pretty open with his feelings and a bit demanding. The other one is well… He keeps shutting people out and is exactly those quiet boys with troubled past. Don’t get me wrong — I like them as a character but most definitely not as a love interest. The romance was more prominent than the first book but luckily it didn’t get in the way of the plot. But to be honest, this series is better off without any romance or predictable love triangle.

In the end, while I had my complaints, they didn’t overshadow my positive feelings toward this book. Thanks to its gripping and fascinating plot, Killer Instinct managed to become an unputdownable page-turner. Definitely not a disappointment.