23 February 2017

Lodestar - Shannon Messenger (a middle grade fantasy series worth a second look)

middle grade + fantasy
I loved the first three books
struggled a bit with the fourth book in the series
book #5 worked for me better than #4
this time it was once again easy to reconnect to the world and characters
to get into a good reading flow
I always enjoy meeting Sophie, Fitz and the others again
to see what they are up to
to watch them grow up
to applaud when they get stronger through their adventures
and strengthen their connections with each other
however not all plot developments worked for me
this was also an issue with the story in the fourth book
I still think that extending the series to seven books instead of five
was maybe not the best decision
I still enjoyed the reading experience "Lodestar" gave me
because I love the world and characters Messenger created
and that's why I plan to read the next two books in the series
and hope that in these final books the series will be back to being fantastic.

My reviews on other books in the series:
Keeper of the Lost Cities (#1)
Everblaze (#3)
Neverseen (#4)


22 February 2017

Pucked Off - Helena Hunting (intense romance, not as funny/entertaining as expected)

Pucked Off
part of the Pucked series
can be read as a stand-alone
even though it's better
if you know the previous books
so far I have loved the series
because the novels are sexy, a bit crazy, very funny and so entertaining
Pucked Off is a bit different compared to the other books
it's less funny and light-hearted
more intense
the mood of the book reminded me of the Clipped Wings novels
another series Helena Hunting is writing
a series that didn't work for me
Pucked Off offers an intense love story
one I enjoyed reading
but didn't love
I missed lough out loud moments
which I'm used from this series
I didn't smile and laugh as often as expected
I missed sexy and absurdly funny + crazy moments
the scenes with Violet were my highlights
but there just weren't enough of them
I wanted everything to be a bit more light-hearted
couldn't completely believe in what happened to Lance in the past
especially with Tash
Lance was my least favourite hero in this series so far
I'm not saying that I didn't like him
however I couldn't warm up to him completely
couldn't connect to him
always felt as if I was missing some important facts about him
I still enjoyed reading "Pucked Off"
but expected something else from my reading experience. 

21 February 2017

Gemina - Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff (so good, even better than Illuminae)

#2 in the Illuminae Files
young adult + scifi
"Illuminae", the first book in the series,  was surrounded by a lot of hype
and after reading the book myself
I agreed with most of it
the books in this series take you on breathtaking space adventures
and mesmerise through all the different text formats and illustrations
which are used to tell the stories
"Gemina" continues the story of "Illuminae"
the story focuses on what happens on the space station
the survivors from "Illuminae" are trying to reach
the book introduces a whole new set of main characters
characters I was fascinated by
characters I loved reading about
from the first pages on it was easy to reconnect with the world the authors created
once again their special way to tell a story was perfect for me
this time all the different formats worked even better for me than they did in "Illuminae"
"Gemina" tells a story of great loss, strength, betrayal and hope
it tells the story of a group of teens
who fight with everything they have to win against the bad guys
it's a story that made me laugh and grieve
that entertained me very well
that left me completely satisfied
I'm not sure if all of the science makes sense
and I honestly don't care about it
because I loved everything "Gemina" gave me
and I can't wait to read the third and final book
in this extraordinary series.

You can find my review on "Illuminae" here. 




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