“The rest of us had to make our own destiny. Lena and I knew that better than anyone. Ridley and Link, they still had to learn it the hard way. I guess that’s sort of where this whole story begins.”
Ethan from Dangerous Dream by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Final Verdict: Not bad, but not nearly enough to tempt me back to this series.
“People were cheering for you back there, every time you landed a punch on that guy. And do you know why? Because he was so much bigger than you. People love an underdog. Especially if that underdog can win.” The Only Way by Jamie Sullivan
Final Verdict: A fast and good read, with a tough girl dressed as a male who gets the girl at the end, and there is excellent fist fighting!
“In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces.” Follow the White Rabbit by Kellie Sheridan
Final Verdict: A different take on a classic children’s story, but the story stops abruptly so be prepared to read books 1 and 2 back-to-back.
“Not all of us know what we are. Some of us die without ever knowing. Some of us know, and never get caught. But we’re out there. Trust me.”
Paige Mahoney in The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon
Final Verdict: The book is an interesting and overall enjoyable read, once you learn to push past all of the lengthy descriptive passages, numerous and fairly pointless flashbacks, and the jargon.
**This review does contain a spoiler. This does not relate to the ending of the book, but is still a significant plot point**
“I was happy for a second. Then I felt like I was walling all the way down. Because she wasn’t thinking about us. She was thinking about her next birthday, the Seventeenth Moon. She was already counting down.
In the center of the heart, she didn’t write out names.
She wrote a number.”
Ethan Wate in Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Final Verdict: Skim the first 100 pages, then sit back for a good read if you ignore the part of the plot that repeats.
“The thing they didn’t know was, I wasn’t into girls like Emily. She was pretty, but that was it. And looking at her didn’t make up for having to listen to what came out of her mouth. I wanted someone different, someone I could talk to about something other than parties and getting crowned at winter formal. A girl who was smart, or funny, or at least a decent lab partner. Maybe a girl like that was the real dream, but a dream was still better than a nightmare. Even if the nightmare was wearing a cheerleading skirt.”
Ethan Wate, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Final Verdict: When paired with the movie an intriguing book, a great summer/vacation book that will keep you reading until the end.
“There are only two kinds of people in my town. The stupid and the stuck,” Ethan Wate, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Final Verdict: I would recommend you watch the Beautiful Creatures movie first. It’s better and you can decide whether you want to read the whole book because the ending in the book is very different to the movie.