Recent Reads

It’s been far too long since I’ve done one a Recent Reads! I’m going to try to make it a monthly feature, so there won’t always be this many books… Though I can hope, right? 😉

For those new to WRL, Recent Reads is when I go over the books I’ve read recently and leave a mini review. (And this is where you think, “Duh, Katie. Duh.” And I’m all like, “I know.” *nods*)

Anyway, ONWARD!

INKED by Eric Smith

About:
Tattoos once were an act of rebellion.

Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.

And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.

But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.

Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.

Eric Smith takes you on a high-octane fantasy adventure, perfect for anyone who has dreamed of being different… only to discover that fate is more than skin deep.

Review:
This was a fun book. It took a while to get into it and I would’ve loved a bit more about their journey, but in the end I thought it was well told. There’s a bit about Dreya that seems like a bit of a problem with keeping with the plot, but other than that, I enjoyed the book.

Stars:
3 tatted stars=)

ZIA, THE TEENAGE ZOMBIE by Angela Scott

About:
Zia would give anything to be a typical teenager… again. Heck, she’d settle for being a vampire or smelly werewolf, but a member of the walking dead? The lowliest of all the monsters? No way! Nothing is worse than being a skin-sloughing, limb-losing, maggot-housing, brain-craving undead girl. Nothing.

It wouldn’t be so bad if humans didn’t insist on “Living Impaireds” wearing bands to keep their insatiable appetites in check. And if LIs want to coexist with humans, then rules must be followed, no matter how ludicrous they might seem. Why do undead teenagers have to go to high school anyway?

Zia does her best to blend in and go unnoticed, but when a new group of LIs are bused in from another school and she finds herself part of a growing horde, all bets are off.

Besides, rules are meant to be broken—especially when an unbeating heart is pulled in two different directions.

Review:
I LOVED this book! To be honest, there aren’t any books by Angela Scott that I don’t like. She has the teenage voice down pretty well and does an amazing job of getting you into the characters’ heads and rooting for them. It’s no different for this book. I rooted for Zia from the beginning.

Stars:
4 undead stars

THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black

About:
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Review:
WOW! Once I picked this book up, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters and the story and how it all fit together. The prose was beautiful and I found myself falling in love with the words just as much as I fell in love with the story and the characters. I cannot recommend this book enough. Seriously. Go buy it now!

Stars:
5 beautiful stars

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowel

About:
Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Review:
This book. I can’t even adequately describe my feelings about this book. I loved it, I hated it, I wanted to marry it and throw it in the trash. It’s a must read. The parts that pissed me off had nothing to do with Rainbow Rowell’s writing, and more to do with the fact that she created characters so real and so worthy of absolute hate. Not Eleanor or Park though. They were the heart of the book. As the main characters, they propelled the story forward in a way that made my heart swell and my eyes leak in joy and pain both for them and with them. I will admit that the book affected me so much that I had to put it down and let it sit there for several months before I could finish it because I was afraid of how it would end. I was certain I knew. Turns out I didn’t and I am so glad I was wrong.

Stars:
5 huge damn tear-shaped stars

Convergence Point by Liana Brooks

About:
Agent Samantha Rose has already died once…and knows the exact date she’ll die again.

Having taken down a terrorist organization bent on traveling through time to overthrow the government, Sam figured she was done dealing with the unbelievable. Finally out of backwater Alabama, she’s the senior agent in a Florida district, and her life is back on track.

Until a scientist is found dead. And then an eco-terrorist. And then a clone of herself…again.

As the pieces start to fall together, they paint a picture that seems to defy everything we know about time and physics. But the bodies are all too real, and by partnering up with Agent MacKenzie once more, they might just figure out what’s going on. And when.

Review:
AH! I loved the first book in the series and that love only continues into the second book! There’s mystery, romance, and a hell of a lot of action! Sam is my Patronus and Mac is my new book boyfriend=)

Stars:
4 enthusiastic timey-wimey stars

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