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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Cress by Marissa Meyer

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(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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[Review] Alienated by Melissa Landers

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Alienated
(Alienated #1)
Author: Melissa Landers
Publication: January 6th, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Page count: 368 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Science Fiction
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Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life-not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Not incredibly impressive but a decent read nonetheless.

Alienated caught my eye last year with its beautifully vibrant cover though I didn’t give it a chance until last month when I decided to order it out of curiosity. And uncontrollable urge to own a physical copy to show off on my shelf.

Ehem, okay. So, moving on to the actual review.

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[ARC Review] Waterfell by Amalie Howard

Guys I just created a tumblr! Well, I actually already had one but I deleted it because I didn’t like my old account. Anyways, you can follow me here. I will mostly reblog PJO/HoO and TID stuff 😛 ***BEWARE OF HOH OR TID SPOILERS THOUGH!!!***

 

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Waterfell

(The Aquarathi #1)
Author: Amalie Howard
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: October 29th, 2013
Pages: 360
Genre: YA – Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE QUEEN
Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father’s betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.
Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?
 
 
Thank you Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley for the review copy! This doesn’t affect my review or opinions at all.

Review

BEFORE READING:
Oh yay, it’s a book about mermaids! I love those creatures <3

AFTER READING:
I expected mermaids, yet what I got were… Bleh, and the romance turned me off.

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I must admit that I was particularly interested in this book because of mermaids and it’s been such a long time since I read a good mermaid book. Well, Waterfell definitely didn’t fall to that category in my opinion.

So I actually liked the sci-fi element, it was slightly interesting and would have been easier to understand if it hadn’t been too info-dumpy. I mean, I get that it will sound more logical if there are scientific explanations behind all that but to be honest, I felt really confused reading THAT part. I don’t understand why the heroine explains how this “mermaid” works complicatedly…

Talking about the heroine, I didn’t like her at all. She is too selfish and too dramatic. Also, she keeps going back and forth in the beginning about the love interest. One second, she cannot stand the love interest, the next second he is giving her butterflies and then she’s annoyed with him again. Yes, she is really inconsistent. The transition between her feelings/emotions was not smooth enough, I think. In one page she is annoyed, in the next page she feels guilty and then she feels like a coward. Nerissa didn’t sound realistic or likable at all. It seems like she has serious stomach and emotion-control issues. I also didn’t like the way she treats her best friend. So Nerissa breaks down and her best friend – Jenna – is visiting to cheer her up or something but you know what Nerissa does? She bluntly tells Jenna to go away. I get that she’s angry but no need to act so harsh to your best friend who literally keeps your biggest secrets.

In addition, the plot was predictable, starting from the drop-dead gorgeous love interest, typical guy best friend and the infamous love triangle. Honestly, there’s supposed to be this big twist at the end of the book but alas, it didn’t catch me by surprise at all since I had already seen it coming miles away. This book was just too obvious.

Another point I’d like to make is how weird and unusual their names are. If they want to go in disguise in the human world, why stick to your strange original names like Echlios, Soren and Speio. Plus, the love interest’s full name is TOO obvious.

Overall, Waterfell was a disappointment. I thought it would be a cool and light mermaid book. Instead, there were info-dumpy worldbuilding, unlikable characters, predictable plotline and bad romance. The only characters I truly liked in this book are Jenna and Sawyer – but even those two aren’t enough to redeem this book.

[In Bullet Points] The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

The Fall of Five
(Lorien Legacies #4)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication Date: August 27th, 2013
Pages: 342 (UK Paperback)
Genre: YA – Adventure, Paranormal, Science-Fiction

I thought things would change when I found the others.
We would stop running. We would fight the Mogadorians. And we would win.
But I was wrong. Even though we have come together, we barely escaped from them with our lives. And now we’re in hiding, figuring out our next move.
The six of us are powerful — but not strong enough to take on their entire army. We haven’t discovered the full extent of our Legacies. We haven’t learned to work together. Time is running out, and there’s only one thing we know for certain: we need to find Number Five before they do.
They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. I am Number Four. I was supposed to be next.
But I am still alive.

The battle is far from over.

In bullet points…

What I liked:

  • Most of the characters, like the badass and practical Six, the violent-loving and blunt Nine, the kind-hearted Marina and OMG EIGHT! Marina didn’t really stand out for me in the previous books but I grew to love her character and friendly personality. OH AND I NEED MORE EIGHT!!
  • The romance between Marina and Eight is so heartbreaking considering what happen at the end of the book :’( I NEED MORE OF THEM…
  • The climax of the book is so tense and action-packed, unlike the first 80%. I think it’s the best part of the book. There’s a surprising revelation that left me “WTF YOU KIDDING ME? NO WAY NO WAYYY?! WHERE’S BOOK 5???”
  • The writing works really well with action scenes!

What I didn’t like:

  • The dominating romance. Part of the reason why the last 20% is so badass is because nothing actually happens before. The first 80% is romance-filled and drama-filled. Some of the events I had been waiting for since the previous books happen just like THAT and I was like “that’s it? THAT’S IT?? SERIOUSLY?!” I expected more…. :/ 
  • Some of the characters like Sarah (yes, I still hate her until now) and Five. I WANNA PUNCH FIVE IN THE FACE!! And John (Number Four) is the leader-like guy in the book but he just seems too perfect and I found his character less likable. It felt like he gets the spotlight far too often from the previous books until now. However, I’d like to see his future development after witnessing THAT EVENT at the end of the book.
  • The writing felt like telling instead of showing at the non-battle parts. I think some dialogues aren’t necessary and rather useless. 

Conclusion:

Lorien Legacies series is indeed going downhill. The plot feels like a drag and I think it would have been better to make this series a trilogy instead of adding more books and ends up dragging the story. I was at the brink of giving The Fall of Five two stars due to the dominating romance but this book is saved by awesome characters (mostly) and the last 20%. Plus, in the end The Fall of Five gave me the urgency to read the next book (which will be released next year ._.) and SOOOO MANY FEELS!!!