Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

The Maze Runner by James DashnerDarkfever

Author: Karen Marie Moning

Series: Fever #1

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Delacorte Press | October 31st, 2006

Pages: 309

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“My name is MacKayla, Mac for short. I’m a sidhe-seer, one who sees the Fae, a fact I accepted only recently and very reluctantly.

My philosophy is pretty simple – any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book. I haven’t had many good days lately. Not since the walls between Man and Fae came down. But then, there’s not a sidhe-seer alive who’s had a good day since then.”

When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death, a cryptic message on Mac’s cel phone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master a power she had no idea she possessed – a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae.

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysteriou Jericho…while at the same time, the ruthless V’lane – an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women – closes in on her. As the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: to find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book – because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control both worlds in their hands.

“Sometimes, Ms. Lane,” he said, “one must break with one’s past to embrace one’s future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is.”

So, what’s it about ~ Another day, another faerie book. Don’t worry this one’s actually pretty rockin’, much like Mac’s sense of style and humor. Darkfever opens up a world that deals with the Fae, and the evil Unseelie and not as evil Seelie. If you like faeries and mystery, then I suggest picking up the first book in the Fever series.

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Review: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Queen of Zombie Hearts

Author: Gena Showalter

Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #3

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Harlequin Teen | September 30th, 2014

Pages: 464

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I thought I had nothing left to give. I thought wrong. They started the war. Now I will end it.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her… until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a zneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realises only the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies… and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing — and turning — her boyfriend’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima — even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

“You don’t want to hear the truth?” she asked. “You, who abhor lies, don’t want to admit you’ve been trapped in one all your life?’”

So, what’s it about ~ The last book in the White Rabbit Chronicles is much like its predecessors, lots of zombie slaying and the search to take down Anime Inc. It’s worth a read if you’ve already read the first two books, but unfortunately I was let down with this conclusion.

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The Maze Runner by James DashnerA Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s | May 3rd, 2016

Pages: 624

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Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

“I was not prey any longer, I decided as I eased up to that door.

And I was not a mouse.

I was a wolf.”

So, what’s it about ~ This is the second in a fantasy trilogy after the events Under the Mountain and Amarantha. If you liked the first book, then you will LOVE A Court of Mist and Fury.

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Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

The Maze Runner by James DashnerProdigy

Author: Marie Lu

Series: Legend #2

Genre: Young Adult Sci Fi

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile | January 29th, 2013

Pages: 371

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“Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

“I want to run. To do what I always do, have always done, for the last five years of my life. Escape, flee into the shadows. But this time, I stand my ground. I’m tired of running.”

So, what’s it about ~ Prodigy immediately starts after the events of Legend. I hadn’t read Legend in some time so it took me a little to get used to the events. Now June and Day have to team up in order to assassinate the new Elector but everything’s not as it seems.

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Review: It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

The Maze Runner by James DashnerIt’s Not Summer Without You

Author: Jenny Han

Series: Summer #2

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publisher: Simon & Schuster | April 27, 2010

Pages: 288

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Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.

“We stood there, looking at each other, saying nothing. But it was the kind of nothing that meant everything.”

So, what’s it about ~ Unlike its predecessor, It’s Not Summer Without You does not take place at Cousins Beach. Majority of it takes at Belly’s house and where Conrad goes to college. Flashbacks are also prominent which reminds me of the writing in the first book. The scene doesn’t go back to Cousins Beach until about three quarters of the book is left.

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