Red Queen by Christina Henry

Rating: 3 stars

Series: The Chronicles of Alice #2

I loved Alice! It was one of the very few books I’ve rated 5 stars all year, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this. Red Queen is nothing like Alice. They’re both dark with a grim outlook on life but the similarities end there. The gore and horror aspect was gone. Alice and Hatcher made their way out of the city, so the setting was drastically different. Life outside the city lacked the intensity and danger. There were threats where they were but they felt less imminent than those in the city.

Alice was separated from Hatcher for most of the book. Without him around it was boring. I really missed their dismally enlightening conversations. There were other people Alice encountered, but they weren’t interesting. I had no emotional investment in them at all. Everything was aimless and meandering. Alice was searching for Hatcher. There weren’t solid clues for her to go on; she just wandered. For a while I forgot that the ultimate goal was for them to find Jenny. Besides I figured out where Jenny was long before the end of the book.

Being alone gave Alice the chance to be independent for the first time in her life. I don’t think this was necessary. In the last book Hatcher did save Alice, but she saved him too. They leaned on each other because they cared not because they were dependent on each other. Apparently Alice needed to learn that for herself.

These books weren’t romances. Alice and Hatcher did love each other. I wasn’t expecting nor did I want sappy declarations of love. They’re too deranged to be affectionate anyway. In a way the beauty of their relationship was stripped away. The lack of stability at the end was disappointing. They did have a HEA, but as to whether or not they’d ever regain what they once had was unknown.

Siege by K.F. Breene

29435828Rating: 2.5 stars

Series: The Warrior Chronicles #5

It’s time for this series to come to an end. So much of this felt like filler. There was a hell of a lot of action, but by the end the story didn’t advance much compared to where it began. Character development was seriously lacking unless learning that Leilius is kinky in the sack is character development. How is it possible for so much and so little to occur in the same book?

Honestly I thought this was the last book when I started it, but obviously I was wrong. After reading all of the other books, I want to know how it all ends although it’s not really a big mystery. This is not one of those series where there’s a good possibility the characters I love will die. Chances are Shanti and Cayan will march in there, kick Xandre’s ass, and survive.

I didn’t hate this, but it was seriously disappointing. Definitely the worst book in the series so far. I started skimming after a while when there was once action scene after another but nothing useful was being learned from it.

As the series has gone on the cast of characters has expanded greatly. I don’t have a problem with that. What I don’t like is that the focus of the series is spread amongst all of those characters rather than remaining on Shanti and Cayan. They are the core of the series. Yet I feel like they’ve been relegated to side characters.

The one thing that salvaged this book for me was the humor. I busted out laughing a few times. Sanders was the funniest of them all. He reminds me of a crotchety old grandparent who refuses to accept change and is hilarious while they bitch about it.

I will read the next one, but I can’t say I’m looking forward to it. My expectations are really low.

The Magic by Donna Augustine

51qd3yjek0lRating: 4.5 stars

Series: The Wilds #4

A great end to a series that had bit of a rocky start. Dahlia aggravated me with her poor decision making, but I couldn’t help but like her. She did grow over the course of the series. Her actions were indicative of her age. As much as I hated some of the things she did, they were all done with good intentions. She valued the lives of others more than her own, and it was admirable.

Dax will be dearly missed. He finally opened up, well, just a little bit really but enough to be more endearing without being OOC. He was brutally honest, stubborn, and bossy but fair enough that he never came off as a jerk. Why can’t more leading males be written like him? He was so close to perfect.

Nothing was left unresolved by the end. How the world came to be in such a state of chaos was revealed. I liked the way it all went down. I hate it that it was the end. I really liked the world and the characters and it sucks knowing nothing new will ever be written about them again.