The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 2.5 stars

Series: The Raven Cycle #1

I was insanely bored until 67% into it. So much time was spent describing rooms and whatnot. I don’t give a shit about that kind of thing especially when there isn’t any significance to it. The characters were developed more through description rather than through their actions. After a while some descriptions got repetitive. A ton of time was focused on describing stuff while the plot went nowhere for a long time.

Blue was fated to kill her true love if she kissed him. Through supernatural means she got a hint about who her true love is although she had never met him. Wouldn’t the logical thing be to avoid that person so you don’t get attached and end up killing them if you give into temptation? But that’s not what Blue does. Her mother actually set it up for them to meet although she is the one who had warned Blue about the dangers of kissing him. That whole situation was dumb, but there wouldn’t be a story if she stayed away from him.

It pissed me off that these kids were in high school and had no supervision. Some of them lived on their own. Those were the rich ones that could do anything they wanted. The ones with parents never had to check in nor seemed to have any restrictions on what they could do. If I’m reading a story about teenagers I’d like it seem like they are actually that age.

None of the characters grabbed my attention. They were all dull. Blue was a passive main character. She really annoyed me at times because she would not ask questions about important things. Adam irritated me. He was the nice guy, but he was holding back a lot of rage. He’s a time bomb waiting to go off, and it seems like he’s going to take that rage out on the wrong person. Ronan was a bit of a dick, but I neither liked nor disliked him. He seemed more genuine than the other characters. Noah had no personality. He contributed almost nothing to their friendship. He was always just there lingering in the background. There was a reason for him to be that way, but he was still boring as fuck to read about. Gansey was okay. He tried to hard to take care of his friends. Sometimes it felt more like he was their father rather than friend. Gansey was constantly described as being condescending, but there were only a few examples of that. With him I felt a big disconnect from how he acted compared to how he was described. Last but not least there was Whelk. Reading the chapters from his POV were excruciating. He was terribly dull and insipid especially when considering the role he played.

There is some potential for love triangle drama between Adam, Gansey, and Blue although Gansey was the only one Blue truly seemed to be attracted to. Since she can’t kiss, this series is definitely going to be boring. Reading about people holding hands is lame for a romance even for teenagers. Some things were left open ended, but those things weren’t interesting enough to want to continue reading the series.

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Blood and Bone by Tara Brown

Rating: 2 stars

WTF did I just read? I don’t mean that in a good way either. The story doesn’t make sense, well not completely anyway. The ending was so rushed and explained in such a vague, abstract way that I have no fucking clue what parts of the book actually happened to Jane and which didn’t. What was real? It wasn’t clear. If it was written this way in an attempt to make me want to read the next one, it failed spectacularly.

Another issue was the major disconnect with the characters. I never got attached to any of them. Jane was going through a horribly confusing situation, some of which should have been traumatic. It was explained that it was hard for Jane, but I didn’t feel it. And the relationship with Jane and Derek was lacking chemistry. Jane’s feelings for Derek didn’t make sense to me. Then again by the end of the book I’m not sure who Derek really was either. What parts of his story were real? The whole thing was too confusing.

I received this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Reignite by J.M. Darhower

Rating: 4 stars

Series: Extinguish #2

I liked this better than Extinguish. Most of this was told from Lucifer’s point of view. He was struggling with losing Serah. Basically she paid the price for his sins. Lucifer couldn’t stay away from her although he did more harm than good by being around her. Would he learn from his mistakes or would he get revenge on those who wronged him and destroy the world in the process?

Lucifer had a conscious. People always assumed that he didn’t have one because he often did bad things. He wasn’t bad just for the sake of being bad or because he enjoyed seeing others suffer; he was fighting for what he thought was right. His idea of what was right didn’t go along with what most people thought was right. Very few took the time to understand his motives and to realize that he struggled with the outcome of the things he did.

Lucifer’s inner turmoil was interesting especially in comparison with the other angels. In some ways he was the one that ultimately seemed like the good guy. The virtuous, pure angels were so quick to judge and never considered how others were affected by their judgment. They appeared more heartless than Lucifer.

I really enjoyed Lucifer’s inner conflict. He had a lot to learn about consequences of his actions, and all of that was strongly entwined with his relationship with Serah. It was a change of pace to read a romance that wasn’t all about sex either; this focused way more on love.

Extinguish by J.M. Darhower

Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Series: Extinguish #1

A war between good and evil had been going on for thousands of years. Lucifer had been trapped in hell for a long time, but he had been trying to break free. All signs had been indicating that the apocalypse was coming and Lucifer would once again roam the Earth. One of the lower level angels Serah was given the impossible task of convincing Lucifer to stop the war.

Angels unlike humans were not supposed to act on their emotions because to do so usually led to becoming one of the fallen. The angels were not supposed to question anything; they were supposed to blindly do as they were told. Serah was different from other angels because she strongly empathized with humans. Once she met Lucifer, she began to question things, and she learned that there was much more to him than anyone had ever told her.

Serah was unusual for an angel because she saw that there was good and bad in everyone including angels. Most angels saw things in terms of black and white, which was why Lucifer had a bad reputation. Not to say that he didn’t deserve that reputation on some level, but he wasn’t pure evil like others made him out to be. Lucifer was interesting because he was complex. This did have a different spin on heaven and hell, but the characters stood out more than the world building.

Pines by Blake Crouch

Rating: 3 stars

Series: Wayward Pines #1

Wayward Pines is a bizarre, little town. Nothing seems quite right. This is the place a man wakes up in with no memory of who he is, where he is, or how he got there. Eventually his memory comes back. Then he can’t get out of town nor reach anyone outside of the town. No one was willing to help him.

The main character was somewhat irritating because he wasn’t more proactive in the beginning. I would have thought someone with his past and training because of his profession would have been more capable. Then again it also may have taken him a while to really understand that this town didn’t operate by any of the rules and regulations he was used to.

The story was intriguing but was slow at the beginning. I didn’t really get invested in it until half way through because that was when the pace picked up and when some of the town’s secrets began to be revealed. The end was definitely surprising. Of all the things I could have possibly imagined happening that was not it. Pines was the first of a trilogy although this book could be read as a stand alone since all of the major questions were answered in this book. I liked this but I’m not compelled to read the next one.

I received this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Prick by Sabrina Paige

Rating: 4 stars

Prick isn’t a book I’d usually pick up. It’s a romance filled with some of the worst romantic tropes in existence. Aside from the romance, there is no plot. Last but not least it’s a step brother romance, which sounds lame, right? It was actually a good read and was surprisingly funny. Sabrina Paige has talent because she took a bunch of cliché tropes and made an enjoyable novel out of it. I almost hate to admit that I couldn’t put this down once I started reading it.

The gist of it is that a Coulter and Katherine have a one night stand or at least that’s what it was meant to be. Of course Katherine was a virgin and he was a man whore. Neither one could stop thinking about the other. They never expected to see each other again until their parents announced that they had been secretly dating each other and were getting engaged, which meant Katherine and Coulter had to spend the summer together.

The banter between Coulter and Katherine was great! He was a prick, but there wasn’t any true maliciousness to his words or actions. He was the misunderstood bad boy type. Katherine was the girl who was proper and did everything that was expected of her. She wasn’t stuck up and was likable. The story takes you from point A to B. It’s a romance; you know how it’s going to end. This was totally worth it especially if you’re looking for a fun, light romance. That wasn’t even what I thought this was when I picked it up, but I enjoyed the hell out of it anyway.