Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy, #2)Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book two is solid. I also enjoyed it. It has a bit more intrigue, though it is clear to the reader for quite some time what the trickery is. The part that is not clear is how the good guys will be able to resolve it.

Since I immediately purchased book 3 on audible, I think it’s clear that overall, I’m in favor of this unusual YA fantasy series about humans and trolls.

My only complaint is that the romantic moments, if they can even be called that, are all almost entirely fade to black, which doesn’t impact the overall storytelling. However, I still find that disappointing. After two books, I should at least get a compelling make-out scene before it fades to black, especially between characters that are married. Hell, I would even settle for an intense eye gaze that makes us all feel something. All the vague hinting is a big let down after so many chapters of waiting for just one moment of sweetness or raw emotion between two characters. However, I still am enjoying the story. Just don’t expect a typical amount of YA fantasy romance, as this book has as little as is possible to hold the story together.

Book 198 read in 2018

Pages: 464

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Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I picked this up, I thought this was an adult fantasy novel, but it’s actually a YA fantasy, which made me really happy. And it’s really good.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel about trolls before, and the world building is fascinating. I adore the characters, even the bad guys and side characters. They are all interesting and layered.

The audiobook is excellent, and I plan to start book two immediately. The only thing I want that I didn’t get was just more. More of everything, including a more intricate and intriguing plot. This book had my attention the full way through, but that was simply due to a love of the characters and world. I’m hoping book two raises the stakes and comes back with a really killer, high action plot. I want to see more of the magic in action.

Book 198 read in 2018

Pages: 469

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New WorldBrave New World by Aldous Huxley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This started out in an unexpected way, and I thought, okay. Maybe. The concept was interesting, but the execution was problematic for me. There are some amazing quotes, but the world building is a struggle, in terms of presentation. Still, I was willing to give it some time to settle in to a good groove and also, to give it a few passes, due to its age.

Unfortunately, it did not settle in. Instead, it quickly becomes that person in your social media feed who just can’t stop mansplaining. You know the guy. Please don’t be that guy. But, hey, if you are that guy, then this book is perfect for you!

Book 197 read in 2018

Pages: 288

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Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW. YOU WERE WARNED.

This is one of those rare books where the movie is actually better, or at least the end of the movie is better than the end of the book. Now, when I first saw the ending to the movie, I was utterly shocked, upset, horrified, and screaming at the screen, internally.

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That was perfect. Awful, but perfect. Make me feel something, especially after a 4 book build up.

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On previous reads of this book, I remember feeling first excited, then disappointed by the arrival of the Volturi, even though the story ends generally happy. Because, come on! You’re going to show me all those epic powers, and all that battle training, building me up for some epic smack down between the Volturi and the Cullens, and the nope. Just, nevermind. Let’s not fight after all, and instead, we can just stand around and endlessly discuss things until everyone is bored out of their ever-loving minds and kind of hoping someone would just die already (though I’d be super pissed if it was one of my favorites).

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Anyway, long story longer, I remember being super annoyed and disappointed by the end of this book the first time I read it, when everyone else was happy. Don’t get me wrong, I love a happy ending, but give me some action, excitement, and almost death first, please and thank you.

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I feel pretty similar this time around, especially because they brought together so many amazing vampires with so many awesome powers. And then nothing. Meh. Also, I still dislike the whole imprinting thing with Jacob. Not my cup of tea. It just feels wrong for the characters, which is why book 2 is still my all time favorite.

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Book 196 read in 2018

Pages: 756

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