Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy #3) by Rae Carson

Into the Bright Unkown.jpgPublished: October 10th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: Hardcover, 343

The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy, which Publishers Weekly in a starred review called “Simply terrific.” A historical fantasy brimming with magic, romance, and adventure—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Maas, and Westworld.

Leah Westfall, her fiancé Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.

My review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book because there was not much from the last book to lead me in this what was going to happen in this one. I was disappointed when in the beginning I realized that the whole book was going to take place in a city that is being built from boats and stolen money. I was really hoping to see more of Glory, the town that Lee and her friends established. But they have to get a town charter from a man that obviously doesn’t want to help them, which leads them to San Francisco

Becky wants her house back, Lee wants the charter, The Major wants to marry Becky, and Jefferson and Lee want to marry each other. There was a lot that needed to happen in this book for the series to be rounded off. I had mixed feelings about the events of this book, most of it I felt could have been written better but now, a few weeks after I listened to it, I feel more indifferent about it than anything.

One thing I don’t feel indifferent about is some of the characters. Most of the characters, almost every single one but Lee, was underdeveloped. The supporting characters had a lot of potential to be so much more interesting. Rae Carson just scraped the surface on a lot of these characters who had deeper thoughts and memories and important future decisions to make. They were glossed over in a way that was almost criminal. There was so much to this book that could have been more.

The overall plot left a little to be desired, but I was pleasantly surprised a few times. I actually almost stopped listening towards the end of the book because of an event I was sure was going to happen, but the outcome was much, much, different than I expected and that in itself made me continue reading. There was also the fact that they converted a boat, yes, a boat, into a house that they could live in for the time that they stayed. It was an interesting aspect to the story, and an important one.

And the end, when everything came together, was also wonderful to listen to. Things did come together nicely and I was impressed by how smooth it all seemed to fit together. I also like the amount of extra that was given at the end. It was enough to finish off the series, but not so much that I was waiting for the book to finally end.

Looking past all the flaws in the main plot, and the fact that some characters could have been developed so much better, this was a good book overall and I did enjoy listening to it.



Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Thier Fractered LightPublished: December 1st 2015 by Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 425

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

My review:

Well, I think this will be a relatively short review for a book where a lot happens.

We see one love story start and three love stories continue to develop, and it isn’t bad, but I wish we could have seen more of how this group of people work together and their dynamic as friends. I also felt that the main romance of this book was glossed over once it got to a certain point.

‘Oh yay, they are together, but forget about that.’ There wasn’t any good transitions from romance to action and then back again. It was choppy and confused me a great deal.

I liked Gideon, I really liked him. He is probably my favorite character of the series with his sarcastic and sassy remarks. If this character was real I would be head over heels in love because he was just great.

My favorite character from the last book, Jubilee, is sadly shoved off to the side. It was like she was barely there until there was a sudden need for her skills. The characterization was really off, completely different that the Jubilee I had come to love in the second book. I was really disappointed that she had what felt like only a few dozen lines.

I am still indifferent about Flynn Cormac, and also became unfeeling towards Sophia. Something about them just seems off.

Lilac and Tarver were the two reasons I actually wanted to read this book, to see where they went, if they ended up happy, and to just finish off the terribly amazing story that started this series.

I will admit that this book took several twists that I wasn’t expecting, one at the end, one in the middle. It was nice to not to expect something before it happened. But it didn’t shock or surprise me in a way that I usually enjoy plot twists.

I don’t have much more to say without delving into spoilers, something I seem to have a lot of trouble with when reviewing this series. It was a good book, it kept me interested but I didn’t really feel as if I needed to know what happened (except with Lilac and Tarver). All I cared about were two characters and I really just wanted to know how they ended up.

I’ll give this book 4 stars. I liked the beginning and the end and it kept me well entertained, but I doubt I’ll ever read it again.


Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

Roar.jpgPublished: June 13th 2017 by Tor Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic

Pages: Hardcover, 380

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

My review:

Here’s the book I’ve been looking for! I’ve been waiting and searching and looking for a book that would hold my interest long enough to get through it. While I listened to the book instead of reading it because of the little time I have because of school and work (six classes plus 20 hours a week, why do I do this to myself?) plus trying to train my new puppy, I just haven’t had enough time to sleep, let alone read a book. So listening to books on my 1 hour + commute to and from school and work six days a week was the only option.

I’m so glad I found this book because I could borrow it right away from the library. I had seen it, decided a few times not to buy the book because of the books I still haven’t read, so I just jumped at the chance.

So, let us start at the beginning. It was slow to start. I wasn’t connected to any of the characters, I didn’t have much of an interest other than just entertainment. There were a lot of people introduced at once and I had a hard time keeping them straight at first. Over time the characters got sorted out and each had their own personality.

This book was told from a few different perspectives, but for the most part it added important details to the story. It was interesting to see the thoughts of some people other than Kelsea, and it rounded out the story better than if it would have been just her perspective.

However, with the change in perspectives I found that I had a few issues with one character in particular. Javel is a complicated character, and not in the way most people like. His inner monologue has him come off as a strong character, one that doesn’t take crap. His actions and words tell a completely different story. Javel is a weak man. I was very unimpressed with his character and his story until the very, very end. He only had that one redeeming quality, but it paled against everything else about him.

Kelsea is a character I can defiantly stand behind, though there are two things that irked me. This is more about the writing of the book than it is about Kelsea herself, but that fact that she’s plain, not beautiful, was mentioned so often that I got very annoyed. She’s not as beautiful as her mother was, so what? She looked plain standing next to this woman. Yeah, so what’s your point? I get that she is plain but it doesn’t need to be mentioned multiple times in the first chapter and at least once in all the other chapters. The second was that she sees beauty as vanity. Just because a women is beautiful doesn’t mean she’s automatically a rival or that she’s worthless. It annoyed me that every woman was more beautiful than Kelsea could have imagined. Yeah, well get used to it. You’re the queen now, you’re going to be surrounded by beautiful people.

The one other issue I had was with the timing of everything. I can’t get a sense of how long it was from the begging of the book to the end, and it jumps forward weeks ahead with little explanation.

Despite those problems that I have with the book I really enjoyed it. Very rarely do I get to read about queens taking their keep by storm and upturning everything in her wake. Usually Princesses or other random girls are the main character, and this made me happy. It gave me an insight to what her life was like as queen without boring me.

The plot twist was rather predictable, I had it figured out from halfway through the book, but the way it was handled in the end was interesting.

This author isn’t afraid of killing her characters or going into details most would just briefly skim over. It was refreshing. I can’t wait to listen to or read the next book to see what happens from here!


Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the MistPublished: May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure

Pages: 393 pages

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

My review:

I had a few expectations for this book and not many of them were met, but not in a bad way. In a way that surprised me. I was looking forward to a Mulan-esk type of book. Girls dressing up as boys and then getting away with it always seems to catch my attention, but I’m not sure why.

However, despite my excitement, Mariko didn’t do a good job at convincing me that she was convincing the others that she was a boy. For being so intelligent and cunning I really wasn’t at all impressed with the ‘disguise’ that she decided to put on.

There were several different perspectives in this book and in some instances it didn’t add to the story at all. It seemed pointless to me, though it could have to do with the future books in the series.

I forgot that this was supposed to be a series when I was reading the book so the closer I got tot the end the more confused I was about the lack of the big fight at the end. Only once I reached the last page did I remember that it was going to part of a series. Silly me!

However, the climax was a little lacking. It was confusing and I really didn’t understand what was happening until the last few pages. That plot twist though? I can honestly say this isn’t one I saw coming. I wasn’t surprised though. It just didn’t have the impact that I think it could have had. I wasn’t shocked.

Now I know that this book is categorized as romance and I guess it has just enough to pass as a sub-genre, but I found it lacking and I didn’t connect with it at all. It was just like “bam Now you two really like each other!” I do like the pairing though and am looking forward to seeing where it will go in the next books.

I’ve said all these things that I didn’t like about the book but that doesn’t mean I absolutely hated it. In fact I did like it. There isn’t one, or even a few, specific reasons why I like it as much as I do, but several smaller pieces of the plot and the characters made it for me. When you put everything together it really just makes a good story. I only wish there would have been a bit more world building. Maybe that would have made it feel more real. There also needs to be more character development, something I’m looking forward to in the next book.


These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken StarsPublished: December 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Space

Pages: Hardcover, 374 pages

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder-would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

My review:

Well, I’m sure this might be a surprise for you because I have already reviewed this book. No, you’re not crazy, but after going back and rereading it I decided that I would listen to it again and write a real review, not one where more than half of it is a spoiler.

This book was just as amazing the second time as it was the first time. The characters were as fresh and complicated as I remember and I was even surprised by details I had forgotten about them.

Lilac was as privileged, stubborn and as not-crazy as I remember, but now I can appreciate it even more now that I have read the next two books in the series. Despite being a rich and spoiled debutant she certainly pushes through to her very core to survive, especially in the middle and at the end of the book.

And Tarver, he broke my heart. He was wonderfully written, from the beginning, to the interludes where he is being debriefed (where he was so sarcastic I couldn’t help but appreciate his nerve), and then those events at the end. You’ll know what I mean when you read the book.

The main plot is so beautifully simple and can be summed up into one, single word. Survive. There is a larger story arch for the next two books of the series, but just surviving, that’s what this book is about. Well, that and Lilac and Tarver trying not to kill each other while also trying to get the other to stay alive long enough to reach their goal.

Now, this book is almost entirely starring just Lilac and Tarver. Usually, only two characters together, alone would have caused me to whine about how the author was unimaginative but this works really, really well. Yes, I want other people there because the are stranded on an abandoned planet and I don’t want them to suffer, but their dynamic would have been completely ruined if there was someone else there.

Yes, this is considered a romance book, and it didn’t seem at all out of place. It fell in quite easily and it wasn’t a sudden thing forced upon two people who hated each other from the very start. If anything, these two pushed their feelings aside as the tragic accident pulls them closer together without them even knowing it. I think I lived for the moment these two finally accepted each other and I would not have had it any other way. It all just works so well!

So much goes on, yet so little happens. I mean this in the most amazing way possible. There is no one else to interfere with Lilac and Tarver’s mission of surviving, or working towards a goal other than nature and themselves. And when they get to one of the destinations, and what happens to both of them, well, it was hard. But the next place, it is so much harder. They are so sweet and it just breaks my heart.

I knew what was coming, knew what had to happen for the story to move on, and still, it rocked me and almost brought me to tears again. I knew how this book, and the series, ended, but still I couldn’t help the emotions that refused to stay pushed down. I don’t even have words to explain it in a way that will do it justice and not spoil it at the same time. Please, just read it!


Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

SalvagePublished: April 1st 2014 by Greenwillow

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance

Pages: Hardcover, 520

Ava is the captain’s daughter. This allows her limited freedom and a certain status in the Parastrata‘s rigid society—but it doesn’t mean she can read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity.

When Ava learns she is to be traded in marriage to another merchant ship, she hopes for the best. After all, she is the captain’s daughter. But instead, betrayal, banishment, and a brush with love and death are her destiny, and Ava stows away on a mail sloop bound for Earth in order to escape both her past and her future.

The gravity almost kills her. Gradually recuperating in a stranger’s floating cabin on the Gyre, a huge mass of scrap and garbage in the Pacific Ocean, Ava begins to learn the true meaning of family and home and trust—and she begins to nourish her own strength and soul.

This sweeping and harrowing novel explores themes of choice, agency, rebellion, and family, and after a tidal wave destroys the Gyre and all those who live there, ultimately sends its main character on a thrilling journey to Mumbai, the beating heart of Alexandra Duncan’s post–climate change Earth. An Andre Norton Award nominee.

My review:

I’m neither impressed or disappointed. I didn’t expect anything when starting this book other than I hoped it would be about a girl finding her own way after being left abandoned by everyone she knew or cared about. She did find her own way in a sense, but somehow it is still left lacking. There was something missing that made me feel disconnected from the story.

Ava is a smart girl, or is when she is given the chance or lets herself show her intelligence. But that’s her problem, she clings to her past even though so much more was given to her. She’s quick at numbers and even is quick to pickup reading when she gets the chance. But still she is very naive. So naive that it annoys me, she doesn’t seem to learn.

I feel indifferent about every single one of these characters. The only feeling other than annoyance or indifference I got from any of them was at the end of the book and even then it was a baffled feeling towards Ava. The kind of bafflement that would have made me stop reading if it wasn’t the last page. Really? That was kind of terrible.

Speaking of the ending, there was very little of a climax to speak about. I know this is more of an emotional book and a more emotional climax, but really, it didn’t exist. There was no build up.

The book was worth the $3.00 I paid for it at my local half-price bookstore but I doubt I’ll be reading it again.

I felt no connection with any of the characters but it did keep me from being to bored for a few days.


Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Winter.jpgPublished: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Fairy Tale

Pages: Hardcover, 827

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.

My review:

I will admit that I had a hard time listening to this book. The only thing that made me finish this it was the fact that I wanted to know how this series ended. There was a lot of action and so much happened that I had a hard time keeping track of everything that was happening with all the characters.

When I say there was a lot of action I mean that it was just about literally every other page. There were some things that needed to happen with the action to move the plot along but I really think this book should have been split in two so the author could spend plenty of time on each aspect. It felt rushed, not just because of the action, but so much happened in a short amount of time. Things were spaced so close together that I thought there was unrealistically short periods of recovery. I don’t know why this bothers me so much but it really, really does.

Some of the interesting qualities about many of the characters was lost to me and I started to see the same pattern of speech and actions in most of the characters. They lacked individuality and I really started to get annoyed with it. I had previously thought that the author did well in keeping them separate but in this book they all melded together.

Now all of this is not to say that I hated the book, or even disliked it. I really did the like the plot (when there was actually plot, not when there was way too much action) but it was overshadowed by everything else that went on. There was a lot of drama, or meaningless events. There was a lot of spaced kind of just filled in here, something to make the book longer.

I will admit that the ending was nice. What I expected to happen did but not in a way I was expecting. I often complain about how I wish there was a bit more ending but really I was satisfied with the amount that was given to us. However, and I may be wrong and this may actually exist without my knowledge, I do wish there was and ‘update’ on everyone after the ending. It would be nice to see how they all turned out and if things went the way that the characters had in mind.

Well, I don’t really have much else to say about this book. It was good, but boring and with way to much going on. I have decided to award it 3.5 stars because it did keep me entertained but there was just something missing from the story.


Entwined by Heather Dixon

EntwinedPublished: March 29th 2011 by Greenwillow Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Romance

Pages: Hardcover, 472

Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it’s taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

My review:

I’ve read this book before, but it has been years. I really liked it then and my opinion of it stays the same now. I only vaguely remembered what happened and only could remember the very end. Because it was so long, I pretty much got to experience this book for the first time again.

This isn’t what I would call a traditional princess story. It is actually much different that I would have thought, with the royal family not rich. In fact, they had porridge every morning and were only allowed the finer foods on holidays.

This also isn’t a traditional romance. The adventure and the emotional aspects are balanced almost perfectly. Not once was I bored with what was going on in this book. I even started listening to this book when I wasn’t driving just because I liked it that much.

I would say this book is more about family. The relationship the twelve sisters have with their mother, father, and a few gentleman that appear in the book was interesting to experience. I could feel what everyone was going through and I understood it.

There is a bit of magic in this book, but mainly in the last part. There is some scattered throughout, and usually I would wish for more magic, but again, the balance was spot on.

If there were two things I would complain about it is the childishness of some of the older girls in the beginning and middle of the book. That does change by the end, but I still found it rather annoying at times. Also, while the ending was good, I just wish there was more! I want to know what else happens!

Five stars because I’ve reread this book and still really like it.


The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling.jpgPublished: June 9th 2015 by Harper

Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: Hardcover, 515

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Kelsea Glynn is the Queen of the Tearling. Despite her youth, she has quickly asserted herself as a fair, just and powerful ruler.

However, power is a double-edged sword, and small actions can have grave consequences. In trying to do what is right – stopping a vile trade in humankind – Kelsea has crossed the Red Queen, a ruthless monarch whose rule is bound with dark magic and the spilling of blood. The Red Queen’s armies are poised to invade the Tearling, and it seems nothing can stop them.

Yet there was a time before the Crossing, and there Kelsea finds a strange and possibly dangerous ally, someone who might hold the key to the fate of the Tearling, and indeed to Kelsea’s own soul. But time is running out…

Erika Johansen’s fierce and unforgettable young heroine returns in this dazzling new novel of magic and adventure, set in the beguiling world of the Tearling.

My review:

To say I am disappointed in this book is an extreme understatement. To be completely transparent, I couldn’t even finish the book, I didn’t even make it 1/3 of the way through.

You have to understand that there are only three reasons I will not finish a book, and two of those will cause me to never pick the book up again.

The first reason is it’s just boring. Chances are I’ll try to read the book again because it might not have been what I wanted to read at that time.

The second is the writing, usually when two different people describe something with the exact same words. Rarely do people in real life describe an event with the same words in the same order, therefor I will never read that book again.

Third is characters that act differently in another book. I mean this in a drastic way, not minor personality changes. Someone has to have completely changed for no reason in an extreme way. And this is the reason I had to stop listening to The Invasion of the Tearling.

I was so excited to listen to this book because the first was so good. I wanted to know what was going to happen, and I really liked the main character. However, that changed.

Kelsea, at the beginning, was the girl I knew her to be in the first book. As suddenly as turning the page, she was different and not in an acceptable way.

I won’t say the event that caused me to stop reading in case anyone wants to read it, but it was something that would effect the rest of the book and I didn’t want to deal with that drama.

For the first time I will be rating a book 1 Star. I will probably never consider reading this book again unless I find out that this event didn’t affect the rest of the book and Kelsea isn’t this way the entire time.

This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

This Shattered World.jpgPublished: December 23rd 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 390

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The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

My review:

I waited a long time to read, or to listen to this book. After reading the first one and loving it and the characters, I was unsure about this book because it didn’t have those characters in it. To be honest, if it wasn’t for to the connection to the other book I probably would have listened to it anyway.

I wish that the author allowed me a little more time to see what a normal day was for the two main characters. This story just jumped right in, bringing the first main event in the first chapter, which is fine, until you feel as if you couldn’t get a good feel for the characters. I want to know what they were like before all of this started to go down. Normal isn’t always boring when it adds a certain feeling to a book.

Jubilee is the kind of character I like, a tortured past, cool military skills, and a keen sense of observation. However, her observation skills didn’t do her much good from the start, which was a disappointment. I know this plot had to go a certain way for her, but the beginning just didn’t seem to fit with the character I got to know throughout the rest of the book.

Flynn I felt indifferent about. There’s nothing bad to say, yet I have nothing good to say about his character either. His side is more the area I want more of the day to day life. I don’t know what a day would be like with him and where he lives. Maybe if I got to know him before the action I might have felt different.

I wasn’t thrilled about this book at the beginning, the middle, or the end. It wasn’t at all boring, but it did seem to drag on and on in certain scenes. There was a lot of action, which I usually wouldn’t complain about, but there was just a little too much for me. Every other page there was someone pulling their gun out, and really, it just got old. It made all those seem feel less important.

This also made the climax anti climatic, and I might have phased out while listening to that part. It was also hard to understand what was going on. Everything happened so quickly I didn’t get a chance to actually be able to focus on it before a completely different paragraph about something else started.

And the romance. Well, as you might know I’m not usually to terribly interested in it. This book didn’t do anything for me, and those scenes just didn’t seem to fit in anywhere within the plot. Maybe it was my indifference to Flynn, but it really wasn’t at all interesting.

Overall, it was a good book and it kept me entertained. My indifference about Flynn is balanced by my liking Jubilee more, but really, these stars are mostly for the plot, which I did like. It’s impossible to talk much more about the plot without giving it away, so I’ll just let you read it for yourself.