Review: Dark Tide

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Dark Tide by: Jennifer Donnelly 

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Once a lost and confused princess, Serafina is now a confident leader of the Black Fin Resistance (BFR). While she works on sabotaging her enemy and enlisting allies for battle, her friends face challenges of their own. Ling is in the hold of Rafe Mfeme’s giant trawler, on her way to a prison camp. Becca meets up with Astrid and learns why the Ondalinian mermaid is always so angry: she is hiding a shameful secret. Ava can’t return home, because death riders await her arrival. And it is getting more and more difficult for Mahdi, Serafina’s betrothed, to keep up the ruse that he is in love with Lucia Volerno. If Lucia’s parents become suspicious, his life–and all of Sera’s hopes–will be extinguished. Political intrigue, dangerous liaisons, and spine-tingling suspense swirl like a maelstrom in this penultimate book in the WaterFire saga

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book series was recommended to me by my dear GR friend Alyssa! Click on her name to read her review.

After finishing Rogue Wave I needed to read Dark Tide! That ending was very cruel. I have no idea how people managed to wait until October 2015 to read this book. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this! 

The book begins with a prologue in Astrid’s point of view. Astrid is on her way home. It’s been quite the journey and she’s nearly there. So far she’s managed to dodge the Death Riders. She stays in a hotel to rest for the night. As she gets ready to sleep the man with fully black eyes appears in the mirror. He knows Astrid’s secret and reaches out to her. Astrid feels drawn to him and does the same. Right before he can pull her through the mirror she sees that he has no iris. She jumps back and runs.

We are then taken to the first chapter in Sera’s point of view. It’s been two months since the events of Rogue Wave and she is now in charge of the Black Fins Resistance. With the help of Madhi they plan to steal some gold from her uncle Vallerio.

Neela and Yaz are apart of the Black Fins as well. Yaz is Sera’s second in command. Once they have their plan set they make their way to the palace. Mahdi pretending to love Lucia holds a party for her as a distraction while the Black Fins steal the gold. The plan goes a bit wrong and they are discovered. Still managing to make it out with the gold Sera and Sophia run.

While trying to outrun the Death Riders they come across a secret room. The two decide to rest for a bit because Sera’s tail is severely injured. As Sera takes in her surroundings she realizes that the room has statues of the Six the girls are descended from. And in the statues are their talisman’s. Sera makes a mental take and contacts the girls.

Dark Tide was much better than Rogue Wave! There are multiple point of views in this book. The author did a good job balancing all of them along with the plot. There is a larger focus on politics and new allegiances are made.

Sera now in charge of the Black Fin’s has become an inspiring leader. Throughout the book she continues to address issues such as food and shelter, without losing hope. Her relationship with Yaz was really sweet! Madhi doesn’t really come in but their still going strong.

Ling finds herself in a terrible situation. After finding out that Orfeo is alive she has been sent to a work camp to look for one of the talisman’s. Throughout her journey she fights for her survival. She realizes that not every strong person is going to remain strong forever, and that her mother was never weak. While at the camp she also meets someone   from her past.

Becca run into Astrid while searching for the talisman. The two of them become friends. Becca’s past is revealed in this book. It was quite sad. Once the two of them separate Becca searches for her talisman. Along the way she realizes that not everything goes according to plan.

Astrid is hiding a secret. While I didn’t find it that bad it really brought Astrid’s self esteem down. When she meets Becca she finds herself becoming friends with Becca. This goes against all her raising as she’s not supposed to be emotional. Once they separate Astrid returns home to terrible news. She meets someone very important and sets off with said person. Astrid realizes she has nothing to fear about her secret. She decides to do things her way and let people into her life.

Neela is present in the book but she doesn’t come in. Ava and Lucia’s point of views do come in. Surprisingly Lucia comes in more than Ava and Neela. As usual the female friendship was amazing! Becca and Astrid get love interests. I am looking forward to see where that goes. I also love the sibling relationship in this book! I liked Dark Tide way more than Rogue Wave! 

I didn’t have any issues with Dark Tide. But if I had to think of something I would say that I would’ve liked to read more about Ava. I feel like I don’t even know Ava. I’m sure she’ll become a bigger character in Sea Spell as she is still looking for her talisman.

Overall this was a great book! I recommend this series to anyone looking for a good mermaid series. I can’t wait to read Sea Spell which is the last book!

Review: Rogue Wave

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Rogue Wave by: Jennifer Donnelly 

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six.

Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating.

Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons.

As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn’t know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave.

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book series was recommended to me from my dear GR friend Alyssa! Click on her name to read her review.

After I finished reading Deep Blue I so badly wanted to read the rest of the series! I was only able to get to it now due to my reading schedule. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this!

The book begins with a prologue. In the point of view of the man with fully black eyes. He watches Serafina from a mirror. He could kill her that way at least he won’t have to worry about her getting in his way. As he watches her he realizes that killing her now would be pointless. If he kills her later on there’s a good chance that she’ll have the talisman’s. Once he steals the talisman’s from her and destroys everything she holds dear, then he’ll look into her eyes proving to her that darkness has won.

We are then taken to the first chapter which is in Serafina’s point of view. She and the rest of her friends fled into the mirror so that they could escape Traho’s army. While Sera is trying to get a way out of there she runs into Dolim. The man in charge of the mirror realm who eats people’s fears.

Dolim confront Sera and asks where she is going. She lies and says she’s going home. He eventually figures out that she’s lying and start feeding of off her fears. Sera feels absolutely helpless as Dolim continues to feed. When Dolim starts talking again Sera regains her strength. Sera tells Dolim everything she is afraid of until Dolim becomes so fat that he can’t move.

It is then revealed that Sera plans to go to the capital of Atlantis. Sera is hoping to find a clue and then she’ll make her way home. When she reaches the capital Sera runs into Ling. Ling explains that Ava was worried so she offered to go after Sera. After doing some investigating they decide to ask Lady Thalia some questions. Lady Thalia is one of the mirror people and from her the two find out a bit about Orfeo’s past, what some of the talismans are, and a particular person who was working with Orfeo.

Before finding out anymore the creatures guarding the capital come and start to attack the girls. Then Dolim appears with the man with fully black eyes. Sera has no choice but to destroy the mirror. The two of them fight off the monsters and manage to escape. Ling and Sera feel somewhat accomplished with the information they got from Lady Thalia. They wish each other luck and go their separate ways.

I didn’t like this book as much as Deep Blue but I enjoyed it nonetheless! You get two point of views in this book. Sera and Neela. Serafina thinks that she can find the location of the talismans through Merror’s progress. She doesn’t find what she’s looking for but with the help of some new friends she is able to pin point the locations. Sera focuses on finding Merrow’s talisman whom she is descended from. Along the way she finds out about the Black Fins rebellion. She also runs into Madhi her fiance. Throughout her journey Sera learns to accept her role as a future queen and becomes an amazing leader.

When Neela arrives home her parents think that she is an impostor judging by what she’s wearing. After they realize that she isn’t an impostor they welcome her with open arms. But after some time they believe there’s something wrong with Neela. She isn’t eating her favourite sweets and she still insists on keeping the outfit she came home in. Neela tries to explain her parents the situation with the talisman’s. Much to her surprise her parents think that she’s crazy. They actually call in a doctor and keep her locked in her room. Sera is able to contact her and tells her about the talisman Neela has to look for. Neela runs away from home and goes to search for the talisman. Neela gets some help from a friend to retrieve the talisman. Throughout her journey Neela learns to do what she wants and her way.

Ava does come in for one scene. Ling comes in with Serafina and at the end of the book. You are not sure what is happening with Astrid and Becca. Despite this you could feel the friendship between all the girls. 

Just like Deep Blue there is some action and lots of twists and turns. Old and new characters come in this book. I didn’t expect some of the old characters to be working with Traho let alone that they became main characters. I loved Sera and Neela’s character development! It was also nice to read about the Black Fins and Madhia and Yaz (Neela’s brother). I did not see some of those twists coming. Just like Deep Blue there is barely any romance but when it was present it was adorable!

I only had three problems with Rogue Wave. I felt that Deep Blue was much better than Rogue Wave. The book felt really jumpy and once Ling and Sera separate not much happens for awhile. I also felt that it lost some of it’s magic because the girls were separated and didn’t meet until towards the end. Nonetheless I enjoyed this!

Overall this was a really good book! I recommend this series to anyone looking for a good mermaid series.   

Review: The Diviners

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The Diviners by: Libba Bray

My Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I had heard about this book through GR. A friend of mine (can’t remember who) had finished reading this book and gave it a high rating. I read a lot of positive reviews and decided to read it. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this.

The book begins in Manhattan with a girl throwing a party. Throughout this party the girl remain unnamed. It’s her eighteenth birth day so she wants to make it special. Her parents are out of town so behind their backs she purchased an Ouija board. Of course she doesn’t believe in ghosts. No she just wants to have fun.

They set up the Ouija board and begin. The ‘ghost’ they summon goes by Naughty John. After asking the ‘ghost’ some questions Naughty John reveals that he is going to bring doom on all of them. The girl is a bit scared but quickly realizes that this is some big joke. Once their fun is over the girl puts the board away without properly wishing the ‘ghost’ farewell. After the girl disappeared Naughty John sees this as his chance to exist. He zooms through and decides to keep his promise to those party guests. Even the wind is afraid of him.

This was a case of ‘It’s me, not you.’ The murders and mystery behind them was too creepy for my liking. And it was pretty disgusting. All of the victims were used as a ritual. It was all linked to Christianity. I actually had to look up some terms to fully understand what was going on. It became really obvious what sort of ritual these victims were used for. As well the murderer. You’ve probably already guesses who the murderer is. I was immensely creeped out and disgusted.

There were however some things that I did like (hence the rating). The writing style was compelling! Despite how grossed out I was I kept on flipping the pages and just wanted to know more-of course I stopped  myself when I started getting several chills up my spine. The author did an excellent job researching!  I actually felt I like was there with the characters. The powers were really cool! These factors weren’t enough for me to finish the book.

Note this is really slow. By page 200 Evie still hasn’t told her Uncle about her powers due to fear. And there are only two murder victims. Also like I mentioned earlier there is a lot of reference to Christianity. If these don’t work for you I would suggest skipping this book.

Overall this book was not for me. I do recommend it because it was compelling and very creepy.  

Review: Velvet

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Velvet by: Temple West

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my dear GR friend Alyssa! Click on her name to read her review.

I had been hearing about this book for awhile. Around early March. Through Twitter and some blog posts. The cover was eye-catching as was the title, so I looked it up on GR. I read the synopsis and thought nothing of it at the time. After some contemplating I realized that I missed reading a good vampire book. When I went on GR to add it I came across Alyssa’s review. Her review made up my mind that I wanted to read this book. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

The book begins with Caitlin out in the forest drawing. She’s successfully managed to escape her aunt Rachel for the time being. Caitlin’s mother died from bone cancer three days ago. Caitlin was supposed to live with her grandmother but the court saw her grandmother as an unfit guardian. So now here Caitlin is living with her aunt, uncle, and her cousin.

Caitlin realizes the time and makes her way to her aunt’s place. She slips off the rock she was sitting on and slams into something. She realizes that she’s slammed into a boy who looks about her age. The boy flips her over. Caitlin hears a really loud storm. Then she sees that it isn’t a normal storm it looks like a fiery tornado. The boy apologizes and touches her forehead. He then starts to speak she doesn’t understand. She feels as if her head is going to explode. Then the boy takes her back to her aunt’s place. Caitlin forgets everything that happened while she was in the forest.

Caitlin refuses to get along with her family. She knows that her mother didn’t like her aunt, and they never bothered to visit her mother when she was in the hospital. They called a few times and sent her e-cards. Caitlin is furious with them and rebuffs all of her aunt’s attempts to talk to her. But alas she has to go to school.

One of the girls in her class takes a liking to Caitlin and the two become friends. The rest of the students take a hint and leave her alone. Well expect for Trish (the girl mentioned above). School goes well. Caitlin spots the guy that saved her life when she was in the forest. According to Trish his name is Adrian and he tends to keep to himself. Much to Caitlin’s surprise Adrian offers to drive to school and back home. Caitlin agree’s thinking she could use this to scare aunt Rachel and her uncle.

I actually thought that I would end up rating this four stars. While I did enjoy it, I was kind of disappointed. Nonetheless I still liked it! The writing style was pretty good! The author did a tremendous job fleshing out Caitlin! The book is written in first person in Caitlin’s point of view. There are chapter titles which were sometimes funny to read.

I really liked Caitlin’s character! Her pain was realistic and I never felt that it was overdone. She spends the majority of the book trying to heal and dealing with vampire stuff. It wasn’t until the end of the book that Caitlin was truly happy with everything in her life. Which I found to be realistic. Caitlin also had goals. She wants to go to New York and open up her own clothing store. Knowing a bit of sewing myself I understood everything that was mentioned. It was interest to read about a character who could sew. That doesn’t happen in most YA. Her friendship with Trish was sweet! There was some awesome female friendship in this book. The relationship she had with her family was complicated and I understood it. She does start to open up to them and care for them.

The relationship with Adrian was so sweet! I loved reading about their friendship and later on their romance. This was slow burn romance. The best relationship in this book was Adrian and his little brother Lucien. I barely read about brother relationships so it was a nice change. Caitlin was also very close to Lucien.

Adrian’s family was the opposite of Caitlin’s. His siblings haven’t interacted with humans in years and that has affected them. They’re very cold and don’t care about Lucien. Adrian doesn’t feel comfortable being himself around them because they would shun him and wouldn’t understand him. The only people he’s happy around are Caitlin and Lucien.

The vampire’s were original in this book. There was some science towards them and it was unique. I liked how upfront Adrian was about everything. He didn’t keep anything a secret from her. The information he didn’t tell her he wasn’t allowed to tell. They start ‘dating’ fairly early on in the book. This book does start to get dark around the time Caitlin starts having horrifying nightmares and it is implied that everything regarding Lucien is very dark.

I only had two problems with this. As I mentioned earlier most of the book is spent developing Caitlin’s character and relationship with everyone around her. So it was quite slow. But realistic and necessary. I was happy that Caitlin didn’t insistently move on with her life. And all of a sudden forgive her family. However this resulted in the book being very slow. I expected there to be more action considering it’s a vampire book. I would’ve liked more information on the vampires and some more action. This is most likely to happen in the second book.

The mini fight that Caitlin and Adrian got into did become annoying. I understood why it happened and I know both of their sides. But I felt that it was a tad bit more dramatic then it needed to be. Nonetheless I enjoyed this book!

Note this is not like Twilight. Yes there are vampires, a few scenes in the forest, and a vampire council, but that it where the similarities stop. Caitlin is a much better character than Bella and Adrian is more appealing than Edward. I have noticed a lot of readers comparing this to Twilight but when I started reading Velvet it didn’t sound like Twilight. It’s like when most people compare middle magic books to Harry Potter. While there are a few similar elements you can find them in other books as well. I’ve mentioned this so that you won’t be discouraged from reading this based on the fact that you didn’t like Twilight

Overall this was a good book! I will definitely be reading the sequel Cashmere! I recommend it to anyone looking for a light vampire book series.

Review: The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)

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The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by: Amy Spalding

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

A ridiculously cute, formerly famous, new guy dropping into your life? It’s practically every girl’s dream.

But not Jules McCallister-Morgan’s.

I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn’t get to be the editor of my school’s long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year — early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college — and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to “live a little,” or boys.

At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell**.

And before Alex Powell betrayed me***.

I know what you’re thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don’t understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I’m not going down without a fight.

* Okay, I sort of did. But it’s a sore subject.

** I mean, I guess everyone knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was famous.

*** Some people think I’m overreacting. But this. Means. War.

Filled with tons of romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that’s sure to have you falling for The New Guy.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I had heard about this book through Netgalley. It sounded interesting and I requested it. After some time had passed I completely forgot that I requested it. When I went into my Netgalley account I saw that I was denied for this book. That’s when I remembered this book even existed. I decided to give it a go because I liked Jules. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

The book begins with Jules as she is given information on the new student. Must to her shock and surprise the new student is famous pop star Alex Powell. Jules assumes she’s imagining things until she shows the picture to her best friend Sadie. Sadie is just as surprised as Jules. After having a brief conversation with Sadie, Jules goes to meet Alex and give him a tour.

When Jules meets the student she realizes that it really is Alex Powell. Deciding to pretend not to know about his former music career, she introduces herself and begins the tour. While giving Alex a tour Jules finds out that Alex is quite nice. He didn’t make fun of her when her skirt got caught in the door. In fact he seems to like her. Jules manages to get through the tour without too many hitches and the two of them go their separate ways.

By the time lunch arrives everyone’s heard about Alex. Much to Jules surprise and her friends Alex ends up sitting with them at lunch. Sadie and Em (Jules friend’s) are convinced that Alex likes Jules. Over the course of a few weeks Alex and Jules become close and Jules starts developing feelings towards Alex.

Of course this completely goes against all of Jules plans. She wanted to start dating boys when she was in college not in her senior year. Luckily some of her goals are achieved. Mr. Wheeler chooses her to be editor of the school newspaper. Something that Jules has always wanted. And while Alex wasn’t apart of the plan she doesn’t mind.

For weeks now there’s been a flyer in all of the students lockers talking about TALON. Jules assumes that it must be a club but is still surprised that she hasn’t heard about it. Then on a faithful Friday TALON is revealed. It’s a news channel for the school. And the one who founded TALON is none other than Natalie, who Jules was competing for the editor of the newspaper. Much to Jules shock TALON is reporting what the newspaper team is supposed to put on the newspaper. And on top of that Alex has joined. Jules cuts off all ties with Alex and vows to restore the newspaper to it’s former glory.

I was actually surprised that I liked The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)! When I read the synopsis on Netgalley I thought it sounded odd. The synopsis didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t get why Jules disliked Alex and whatnot. Of course all that came together once I started reading. The book is written in first person in Jules point of view. The chapters are very short so it’s pretty easy to fly through this book. I liked the writing style! It had the right about of emotion in the right places. There’s a large focus on school and journalism which was nice! You don’t really read about journalism in most YA books.

I really liked Jules character! It was nice to read about a girl who knew what she wants and has goals set. In a way she reminded me of Harper from Rebel Belle. Also she has two moms! And the relationship with them was awesome! Very rarely I have read in YA a female character close to her mothers. The truly were an awesome support system. The friendships were nice! I liked the newspaper friends and Sadie and Em! As was the determination that Jules had to save the newspaper. All in all Jules was a nice character who did most things with good intentions. I also liked Natalie’s character. She was complex and smart.

I had three problems with this book. When Alex is first introduced I did like him. He was sweet and his interactions with Jules was funny. Once he joined TALON I started to lose interest in him. Then when he started coming in again I started to like him again. But then he and Jules had a secret relationship, which I did not get. I understood why Jules wanted to keep them a secret but I was surprised that Alex went along with it. Their interactions lacked substance. I never felt anything when I read about them.

This is a revenge story. There are some sabotages pulled on both ends. While I usually don’t enjoy revenge stories I was looking forward to seeing what each group came up with. Honestly I found most of it to be lame. Towards the end of the book it started to get interesting.

The book did end on a good note and Jules apologized to Natalie. Then the two of decide to collaborate on a project. While I liked the ending I didn’t like the miscommunication. Had the characters started communicating with each other the conclusion would’ve come much faster.  

Note most of the book is spent on taking down TALON. So Jules ends up forgetting to get back to her friends and starts to talk to them less. Then when she secretly started dating Alex she also forgets to spend time with her friends. And was unsympathetic towards their problems. She was so caught up in a boyfriend and balancing school that she forgot to balance her friends. Now this didn’t bother me because Jules wasn’t trying to do it on purpose and she was new to dating as well as coming up with revenge strategies. I’m mentioning this because I know it bothered other readers. So maybe now that you know it might not bother you.

Overall this was a good book! I will definitely keep a lookout for this author. I recommend it to fans of contemporary books, and fans of the author. 

Review: The Mirror and the Maze

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The Mirror and the Maze by: Renee Ahdieh

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

The city of Rey is burning. With smoke billowing, fires blazing and his people fleeing, Khalid races back to defend his city, and protect his queen. But Khalid is too late to do either. He and his men arrive to find the city in ruins, nothing but a maze of destruction, and Shahrzad is gone. But who could have wrought such devastation? Khalid fears he may already know the answer, the price of choosing love over the people of Rey all too evident.

Beware spoilers ahead!

Initially I had no intention of reading The Mirror and the Maze. But once I saw that it was available on the publishers website I decided ‘Why not’. I am surprised to say that I actually liked it!

The story begins right after The Wrath and the Dawn with Khalid returning home. Much to Khalid and his men’s surprise they see smoke coming from their home. They get their horses to move faster and eventually make it. Khalid is in shock at the destruction. He’s never seen so much destruction.

Once they make it Khalid spots Jalal and Despina but doesn’t see Shazi anywhere. He hopes off his horse and Jalal hugs him happy to him. Khalid then asks where Shazi is. Jalal replies that Shazi is safe. Khalid losing his temper asks again. Jalal explains that he sent Shazi with Tariq. Knowing that Tariq would protect Shazi. Khalid blows and asks why he did that and Jalal tells Khalid to look around him and see the destruction. Khalid then realizes that he doesn’t have a choice and will have to trust Tariq.

I liked this more than The Moth and the Flame. I guess it’s because it was more interesting and I was worried about their lives. But I still didn’t find this to be 4 star worthy. It was just far too short. Needless to say that I did like it and will be reading The Rose and the Dagger. 

Overall this was a good short story! I recommend it to those who want to know what happens before reading the second book. And to fans of the series.   

Review: Teen Idol

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Teen Idol by: Meg Cabot

My Rating: 1 Star

High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she’s the school newspaper’s anonymous advice columnist. She’s so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn’t make it easy, and soon everyone—the town, the paparazzi, and the tabloids alike—know his secret…and Jenny is caught right in the middle of all the chaos.

Beware spoilers ahead!

DNF

I had read this book back in September 2015. I was going through a Meg Cabot funk and I was really excited to read this. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this.

The book begins with a piece from Dear Annie.  A girl was having a dilemma with her grandmother. Her grandmother thought that everything said girl had an interest in is going to send her to Hell. The girl has no idea what to do. Annie responds saying that her grandmother is crazy and that she’s already in Hell, it’s called high school.

We are then taken to the first chapter in which Jenny is in class. A couple of the boys want to play a prank on their teacher so they steal her favourite doll and go to hide it somewhere. This upsets Jenny because she knows how important that doll is to her teacher. Jenny tries to express her concerns to her best friend (I’ve forgotten her name). But said best friend brushes it off claiming that the teacher will be fine.

That’s about as much as I read. I found it surprising that Jenny was nice whenever you interacted with her for example she really did care about that doll, but when she was Dear Annie she was absolutely rude. I know that in media they portray high school as such, and while it isn’t rainbows and sunshine, it’s not like Hell. I just found that stupid. And yes that girl’s grandmother was weird to consider everything her granddaughter liked Hell worthy, that still doesn’t mean you have the right to call someone’s grandmother nuts. Even if it’s true she doesn’t right to say that.

Overall this was not a good book. I cannot bring myself to recommend this.