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review 2017-07-21 13:30
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
The Rose Society - Marie Lu

I knew this series would be dark based off of the first book, but wow this series went farther with that than I originally expected it to. Honestly, I'm so glad this book went there. It stands out from the numerous young adult books that feature characters with special powers.

 

The main character, Adelina, is not the typical main character you'd expect. She fully embraces darkness and feeds off of others fear. She revels in the deaths that she causes and her ambition drivers her further to being a villain. It's incredible to read about because it's such a unique story and Marie Lu artfully depicts Adeline's ambition, as well as her madness. 

 

Adelina is not the only stand out character in this book. Due to events at the end of the last book, a new set of characters becomes the main cast of the story, aside from Raffaele and Teren. Teren is very clearly crazy and dangerous and I really liked the direction his character went in. It was believable, but also chilling, especially when it's clear that his mind isn't all there. I'm honestly not sure how I feel about Raffaele though. His chapters seemed the slowest, but honestly he seems like the only one in this series with his head screwed on right.

 

The main reason that I wasn't blown away by this book was because it didn't shock or wow me in any way. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but the plot played out almost exactly as I expected it would. I was hoping that this ending would surprise me like the last one did, but I had predicted how it would end before even picking up the book.

 

The romance in the book didn't overwhelm the plot, but there is somewhat of a love triangle. There also seems to be a bit of insta love with Magiano and Adelina. Honestly, I don't know why someone full of joy would be attracted to Adelina in any way, but somehow that happened. There wasn't really a build up to the attraction and I'm kind of confused by it. I quite like Magiano, but he deserves better than Adelina, especially because she still pines for Enzo.

 

As much as I enjoy the characters and where the story has gone, I was looking for a little more from this book. The beginning was fairly slow and consisted mainly of planning and setting up for the action at the end of the book. If you can get through the slower part, then the end definitely makes up for it with plenty of action.

 

Overall, I did enjoy this book though and I will be picking up the next book. However, my need for The Midnight Star is less than the need I had to read The Rose Society. I'm not sure if it's because I feel like I know how the series will end or if it's because this book didn't end nearly as dramatically as The Young Elites.

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url 2017-07-18 20:09
41 New releases in book series
Look Behind You - Iris Johansen,Roy Johansen
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Vol. 7 (manga) (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon (manga)) - Fujino Omori
Spellbinder - Thea Harrison
The Library of Light and Shadow - M.J. Rose
Vegas Wedding, Weaver Bride - Allison Leigh
The Late Show - Michael Connelly

New releases in book series per the Fictfact.com new release calendar.

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2017-07-17 19:33
How Many Have You Visited?
Fifo "50 States" - Hayley Rose,Jessie B. Orlet

Hayley Rose does it again with her award-winning Fifo "50 States," illustrated by Jessie B. Orlet. In its pages, Rose takes young readers on a journey across the continental . . .

 

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review 2017-07-17 18:33
Silvia's Rose (Peace in the Valley #1) by Jerry S. Eicher
Silvia's Rose (Peace in the Valley Book 1) - Jerry S. Eicher

This was quite the story. It is an Amish story and although I do not know that much abut the actual Amish beliefs i was a bit confused a few times over how things were handled in the book. It was a very good book though.

Esther husband Minister Lonnie Stoltzfus has passed away and left her to raise their small daughter Diana alone. Esther remembers a man she had met during her rumspringa and knows that he has also lost his wife. Esther decides to move to the new community where Isaiah is now living and is also a minister. Esther was very happy being the wife of a minister and is positive that the lord is leading her to Isaiah.

On the day she arrives she is immediately welcomed by everyone in her new community including Isaiah. As she meets her neighbors she becomes friends with her also widowed neighbor Joseph. Joseph owns a greenhouse and offers a space for Esther to grow her garden. As they get to know each other Joseph tells her wonderful stories of the love he and his wife an English woman shared. This gets Esther to thinking and wanting a true love, not just a marriage out of convenience and respect.

Joseph also has a thing for roses. He learned from his wife who had a PHD in horticulture before she became Amish and before she passed away how to tend to roses and to graft them to make new varieties. Before long Joseph and his roses gets Esther, Isaiah, Joseph, and Arlene (Joseph's girlfriend) all in hot water.

Everyone has to decide how to overcome their troubles and still get what they want out of life.

I really can't say about the parts that confused me a but because ti would give to much of the story and take away from the next reader. But there were a few quirky things in the book that either goes against what people believe the Amish are about, like money matters.

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review 2017-07-13 11:54
Review: Blood Rose Rebellion
Blood Rose Rebellion - Rosalyn C. Eves

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I had pre ordered a finished hardcover, I put in a request on Netgalley, and 90% of my Random House requests are declined, so I was completely gobsmacked when I was actually approved for this one. So I wound up with a pretty white cover finished copy and a pretty blue cover copy for my kindle.

 

Though I don’t really know what to say on the actual story itself. It’s an interesting idea. In this alternative historical society the upper class wealthy people are magical users, Luminates. Various families have different magical traits. When they reach a certain age society children go through a test to see what magical affinity they are suited to. Only the elite class can become Luminates. There are rare instances where children like our heroine Anna, are barren with seemingly no magical talent whatsoever.

 

Anna’s best hope in society is marrying of equal wealth. Her older sister Catherine outshines her in every respect, magically and looks. Catherine is a snob. She has a younger brother who I got the impression was quite weak and sickly. Her mother is much of a snob as her sister, and her father seems quite passive. Debutant balls in this society require a display of magic. The novel starts with Catherine’s debutant ball and magical display. Anna is supposed to be out of the way with the younger brother but it doesn’t happen. She’s been seeing a wealthy boy, Freddy, whom she has a big crush on. She winds up crashing her sister’s ball and something goes drastically wrong when the magic collapses when Anna arrives in the ballroom.  Anna apparently has the ability to break magic apart.

 

Scandalised, her mother sends her off to Hungary with Anna’s grandmother to Grandmother’s home estate. Where Anna gets a lesson in Hungarian magic and politics. She inadvertently finds herself on the land of Hungarian Romani’s. Which sparks a love-hate relationship with a boy she meets. There’s also a rebellion going on she finds herself entwined with, a group of people who (understandably) hate the fact that only the aristocrats of society can use magic. They’ve spelled it to be so. Anna has the capability of bringing this to a collapse.

 

The biggest problem I had with this novel was that I found it quite repetitive. The magic and the rebellion were quite fascinating, Anna was a likeable enough heroine. But she finds herself in situations that are quite often morally ambiguous. She’s faced with some really tough choices in following her heart or following her own mind. Most of the situations she’s faced with are the sort where there is no clear right or wrong answer. Whatever decision she makes, someone will be hurt. And she goes back and forth over this in various situations throughout the novel.

 

Definitely a worthwhile read and after that ending I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children's for approving my request to view the title.

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