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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: Polaris (Avalon #2) by Mindee Arnett

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I received this book for free from Balzer + Bray in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Polaris (Avalon #2) by Mindee ArnettPolaris by Mindee Arnett
Series: Avalon #2
Published by Balzer & Bray on January 20th 2015
Genres: Sci-Fi, YA
Source: Balzer + Bray
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Jeth Seagrave and his crew of mercenaries are pulled into one last high-stakes mission in this breathtaking sequel to Mindee Arnett’s fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi thriller Avalon.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. The ITA, still holding Jeth’s mother in a remote research lab, is now intent on acquiring the metatech secrets Jeth’s sister Cora carries inside her DNA, and Jeth is desperate to find the resources he needs to rescue his mother and start a new life outside the Confederation. But the ITA is just as desperate, and Jeth soon finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing him and his crew—dead or alive.

With nowhere to run and only one play left, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he’d see again: Daxton Price, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. Dax promises to help Jeth, but his help will only come at a price—a price that could mean sacrificing everything Jeth has fought for until now.

The conclusion to the story Mindee Arnett began in her acclaimed novel Avalon, Polaris is a dangerous journey into the spaces between power and corruption, life and death, the parts of ourselves we leave behind, and the parts we struggle to hold on to.

First I have to say that I almost gave up on this book. I liked the first book, so I really wanted to see where things went in this so I continued on. It took a while, but when I finally got into it, I was hooked. It was very action packed and adventure filled. I still didn’t really care too much for the characters, but there was so much going on that I guess I was distracted from them a lot. Speaking of a lot going on, there is conspiracy, after conspiracy and betrayals galore. I really liked the story and how things all led from one thing to another in a shit storm though. I didn’t love it, but it was still enjoyable.

Jeth just doesn’t do much for me as a character. I thought that maybe in this book we would get a bit more from him, but with everything else going on, he was even more detached than ever. He is one determined dude, that’s for sure. He will do anything to get his mother back and keep his sister safe. Even if it means giving in and doing some other really horrible things. He is fighting against more than he knows and he isn’t really in control of himself. He does some really shitty things, and hurts people that he loves. It’s really hard to talk about a character when you feel no real connection to, so I will move on.

The secondary characters weren’t developed any better, so instead of talking about them, I will talk about what is done great. First, the plot is fantastic. I mean, there is so much going on, but it is never confusing. It’s just one big rush from one adrenaline rush to the next. And then the vivid imagery of everything was amazing. I could see what was being described so clearly in my head. From the beautiful scenery, to the more disturbing dark images. I felt like I was immersed in the world around me.

So clearly, I am middle ground on this book. There was a lot of good, but also much that just didn’t do it for me. I am a very character driven reader, so the lack of connection to them really had a big impact on me really getting into this book. I am all about fantastic storyline and great world building, but it’s not enough. Also, I am not super science girl or anything, so I loved that this didn’t totally confuse me like a lot of Sci-Fi books can. I really wanted to love this book. It was so full of action and twisted games, but unfortunately the slow start and lack of character connection really took it down a few notches for me. It was still enjoyable and I am glad that I read this sequel.


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Review: Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers

Review: Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers

Posted by on 01/15/2015 • 11 Comments

I loved the first book so I was really excited to read this sequel. While it didn’t wow me quite as much, I still really loved this one too. I loved the characters and how much they changed and grew. The storyline was fantastic and I really enjoyed the direction that it went. It was pretty obvious where things were going, but exciting to see how things would end up at that point and exactly how far we would get to see.

Cara is now on Aelyx’s planet, L’eihr, while he is back on Earth in order to make sure that the alliance goes through. She has gained citizenship, but things are far from easy for her. Besides missing home and missing Aelyx, the clones on L’eihr are not…

Review: Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers

Review: Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers

Posted by on 01/12/2015 • 23 Comments


I could leave my review at that, really >.< Courtney Summers has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her books are just so well written -enthralling and character driven. My first book by her was This is Not a Test, which I absolutely loved, so I was stoked when I heard she was coming out with a sequel. This is a novella, though, but it’s on the long side with about 100 pages or so (mine was an eBook so I’m approximating). Still, there’s no lack of intensity and general Summersness I’ve come to love!

Please Remain Calm begins right where we left off in This is Not a Test, but this time we’re in Rhys’s perspective. After hearing there was a safe haven not so far away,…

Review: Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman

Review: Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman

Posted by on 01/07/2015 • 15 Comments

This is the first intersex book that I have read and I thought it was done pretty well. It’s not that I know nothing about it, I just haven’t read any fictional books about it. I really felt for the MC, Alex. It was sad to see what she was going through, and the lack of support from her parents. It is told from her POV, but we also get her other Alex that is also there in her head. The male Alex that she doesn’t identify with. It was interesting to see her battle with herself, and heartbreaking at how her mother treats her and pretty much refuses to acknowledge that she is female and not male.

Alex was born with a condition that gave her a small…

Review: Hellohole by Gina Damico

Review: Hellohole by Gina Damico

Posted by on 01/02/2015 • 18 Comments

What a fun book!! For starters, the table of contents is a crossword puzzle. Yes, it has to do with the story, but besides that it’s super fun. (The answer is at the end of the book in case you need it.) I love dark humor and this book had that covered. With a serious storyline and humor combined, it was an entertaining read that also has you really feeling for the characters. The devil is hilarious, but keep in mind, he is a devil so he is very evil.

Max is kind of a nerd and doesn’t really have friends besides his next door neighbor. She of course is popular, pretty, and dating the star football player. He is like the third wheel. He also spends most of…

Review: Twisted Fate by Norah Olsen

Review: Twisted Fate by Norah Olsen

Posted by on 12/30/2014 • 8 Comments

This was one of those books that I was really looking forward to and it sounded like a book I would love. Unfortunately, it was not all that great for me. There were a lot of POV’s and I just had a hard time really getting into it. It wasn’t that it wasn’t interesting. I did want to know the story, I was just kind of bored with it. It took me a long time to read and I almost didn’t finish it, though I am glad that I finally did. The ending is actually really great. This is told from multiple POV’s, as I said before. Sometimes I really like that style, but this one was just a bit too all over for me. I found myself confused at…

Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

Posted by on 12/25/2014 • 4 Comments

After reading the synopsis for this, I was super excited to read it. It sounded like a fantastic thriller that would keep me on the edge of my seat. The writing style bothered me at first, but when I realized there was a reason that it was written that way, it was easy to just go with it. There was plenty of action and an emotional element to it, though I didn’t quite feel the level of emotion I wanted from it. There was also a really weird part of the plot that had me scratching my head. Like, I wasn’t aware that there was a paranormal or magical element to this. Anyways, I feel like I’m babbling, but it all makes sense when you finish the book.


Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Posted by on 12/22/2014 • 17 Comments

This is the sort of story that kinda sneaks up on you. You’re not sure what kind of book it is at first – especially if you’re like me and don’t brush up on the blurb beforehand. It seems intense and gritty and even a tad confusing. You notice right away that the characters are definitely messed up with deep rooted issues they need to work on. Then there’s romance and profound conversations and soul searching and what seems to be a light at the end of this dark, dreary tunnel. Then, BAM!


Well ok don’t get too agitated, it takes a while until reality crashes down – almost at the end, really, but it basically changes the whole meaning of the book. At least it did for me….