Recent Reads

I mentioned recently that I would do one of these, so I went through the pile of books I’ve read over the last few months and panicked.

Do you see that Goodreads challenge there on the right? You might have to scroll down a bit. I’ll wait. *whistles* *twiddles thumbs*

Back? Okay. It’s not accurate. I’ve read sooooo many more books than that, but I’m not very good with keeping up with it on Goodreads. I’ve already increased my goal twice this year. I could go back and up it again, but I probably won’t.

If you’re wondering why I panicked, it’s because I don’t want to overwhelm you guys with mini-reviews of all the books, but it’s hard to choose which ones I would review. So, I just cut out the middle and stuck to the last three books I’ve read.

So, here goes:

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

ScarletCinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

First, I love the spin on the traditional fairy tales. The first book, Cinder, had me from the first page, and I read straight through without stopping. I wanted to do the same on this one except for a massive cold that had me exhausted after being awake for 10 minutes. I forced the exhaustion down though and read until bleary-eyed. I’m a huge fan of Scarlet, and her budding relationship with Wolf gave me just as many feels as Cinder and Kai did in the first book.

My star rating:

4stars

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Claire

Clockwork AngelIn a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.

I really enjoyed this book! I’m a fan of The Mortal Instruments Series anyway, so I figured I’d give this historical take on that same world a try. I’m glad I did too=) Tessa is quite the 19th century kind of gal. She knows that women have their place and it certainly isn’t fighting… Until she has to fight for her life and the lives of those she’s grown to care for. Will and Jem come in for an interesting little love triangle, and I certainly have my #Team shirt picked out;) I’m glad I’ve got book 2 so that I can jump in and see what exactly is going on with Will!

My star review:

4stars

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

AllegiantThe faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Wow. What a seriously bold way to end the series. I’m not gonna say exactly what happens because I don’t want to be all spoilery for those who haven’t read it yet, but I can see why so many people were upset. It was extremely painful to read and I didn’t believe *it* until the last page… It being the thing that has people angry. The book was good though. I can’t deny that I was captivated, as usual, by the story and Veronica Roth’s writing.

My star review:

3star

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