Sunday, 26 August 2012

Tales from Planet Print #6

Tales from Planet Print is a semi-new feature on the blog. It centres around the daily lives of books here on Planet Print, and the sorts of things they get up to when they think no-one is looking. Each week involves different books and the different situations they get themselves into. At Planet Print, we believe all books are entitled to freedom and happiness. We stand for justice and we stand against shelving. Free books are happy books.

Defiance: Who is that, lying down on the floor?
Lila: No idea. Do you think they're sleeping? I mean, they're not...dead, or anything?
Soul Beach: Nah, whoever that is, they're alive. I can see their pages fluttering.
Soul Fire: I think they're just unconscious. 
Crewel: Well, shall we wake them up?
Wolf: Are you crazy?! We don't know who it is yet. It could be anyone. A stalker, a murderer, a traffic warden...
Crewel: Okay, okay! We won't wake them!
Soul Beach: Maybe someone should take a closer look?
Defiance: I'll do it.

Defiance: Ooh, it's The Gathering Dark!
Crewel: What is she doing here?
Defiance: And why is she just asleep on the middle of the floor?
Crewel: Do you think she's okay? Maybe she's hurt or something.
Defiance: She looks fine to me. And she's breathing normally...
Soul Beach: Wake her up!
Crewel: Maybe we's not safe to leave her like this.
Defiance: You're probably right. How should we wake her?
Defiance: No.
Crewel: Fine, just poke her or something.
Defiance: Okay, here goes -

The Gathering Dark: (wakes up suddenly and gets to her feet like a ninja) 
Everyone: Ahhhhhh!
Defiance: What kind of otherworldy speed was that?!
The Gathering Dark: (looking around) Where am I?
Crewel: Err...what do you mean? We found you sleeping here?
The Gathering Dark: (turns to Crewel) Sister? No, you are not my sister...
Defiance: We can help you find your sister if you want -
The Gathering Dark: (faces Defiance) Sister! 
Defiance: Excuse me?
The Gathering Dark: It is you, sister! I've missed you so!
Crewel: What is she talking about? Defiance, you're not her sister, are -

The Gathering Dark: Why are you so quiet, sister?
Crewel: (from background) Don't just ignore me!
Defiance: Ermm, look. I think you may be a bit confused. I'm not your sister.
The Gathering Dark: (laughs) Of course you are!
Defiance: Yeah, no. I'm really not.
The Gathering Dark: Oh, is that so? I suppose it's a total coincidence we both feature girls wearing capes on our covers.
Defiance: Well, I's a common theme! And -
The Gathering Dark: And I guess the fact these girls both face away from the front, well, that must be a coincidence too.
Defiance: It is a little strange, perhaps -
The Gathering Dark: And that flowing, flowing hair - completely random, of course! No connection whatsoever!
Defiance: I -
The Gathering Dark: Not to mention the trees and mist in the background! What more evidence do you need?
Defiance: I - you - it... Sister?
The Gathering Dark: Yes! Sister! Were are united at last!

Lila: Waaaaaiiit a minute. Hold on a second. My cover girl is facing away from the front too.
The Gathering Dark: This is true.
Lila: And she has flowing, flowing hair.
Defiance: Well, maybe just flowing hair -
Lila: AND the background is misty. Kind of.
The Gathering Dark: Well, yes. 
Lila: So why aren't I your sister too?
Defiance: Err- erm...
The Gathering Dark: Hmmm. You do possess some of our qualities. Perhaps - yes, that's it! You're our half sister!
Lila: What? No! I was just trying to prove your criteria was ridiculous and half the world could be your sisters -
The Gathering Dark and Defiance: Sister!
Lila: No! 
Defiance: Do you not want a sister?
Lila: I have a sister already! I don't need two more.
The Gathering Dark: You are so cruel, sister. Why do you hurt us so?
Lila: What? I just meant -
Defiance: You're so mean, sister.
Lila: I'm sorry, I just -
The Gathering Dark: How will we live with this rejection? From our own paper and ink? How?
Lila: Look -
Defiance: I weep, sister! I weep!
Lila: (sighs) Fine, fine. I'm your sister. Hello, sisters.
The Gathering Dark and Defiance: Yaaay!

Crewel: (wham!)
Soul Beach: Crewel! What did you do?
Crewel: Their stupid sisterly love was annoying me.
Soul Beach: You didn't have to knock them all out!
Crewel: They were taking up too much screen time! Soul Fire and Wolf barely had any lines, you know. And I wasn't in view nearly enough.
Soul Beach: So you were jealous.
Crewel: Pssh. Whatever.
Soul Beach: You were.
Crewel: Do you want me to hit you too?
Soul Beach: Soooo, Crewel, how was your week? Good?

Books (in order of appearance):
Defiance (Defiance #1) by C. J. Redwine
Losing Lila (Lila #2) by Sarah Alderson
Soul Beach (Soul Beach #1) by Kim Harrison
Soul Fire (Soul Beach #2) by Kim Harrison
Wolf Pact (Wolf Pact #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
Crewel (Crewel World #1) by Gennifer Albin
The Gathering Dark (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

This week I also had the chance to go to the Strange Chemistry Launch, which was awesome! I got to meet fellow UK bloggers Bella and Nina, and we listened to some extracts from a few of Strange Chemistry's upcoming books (which all sound amazing). Then we just talked and chatted with a few people and ate canapes and popping candy from a test tube. Thanks so much to Amanda Rutter for everything! And here's a pic of the goodie bag and books I managed to pick up:

(Books: Katya's World by Jonathan L. Howard, Shift by Kim Curran, Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings, The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke. The only book I didn't grab was Blackwood by Gwenda Bond, since I already have a copy. Sadly my glow in the dark moon got crushed on the way home on the Tube, but the stars managed to survive!)

(A blurry but adorable unicorn, also in the goodie bag)

I was also quoted on Losing Lila! On the back cover. Not as me, personally - I occasionally review for Chicklish and reviewed Hunting Lila there and a quote from my review was used on Losing Lila's back cover! So yay! :)

That's everything this week! What did you get?

Many thanks to Amanda, Amazon, Atom, Faber & Faber, Indigo, Samantha @ A Dream of Books and Strange Chemistry.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Review: Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts

Rage Within (Dark Inside #2) by Jeyn Roberts
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Released: August 30th 2012
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

After the earthquakes came the infectious rage, turning friends into deadly enemies. For survivors Michael, Aries, Mason and Clementine the battle to stay alive is about to get even tougher. The new world is organising itself, with camps that promise protection for the uninfected. But the reality of the sites is far more sinister. Besides, nobody is safe from the rage within their own soul... (from Goodreads)

Rage Within was everything I wanted from the sequel of Dark Inside. More creepiness, more tragedy, more struggling, and a little trickle of hope mixed in with all the madness. We got to find out more about certain characters too, which I loved, and I really can’t wait to see how it all ends.

All four of our main characters were back, and we had four POVs again (though interspersed with Nothing’s chapters and a few other characters too). Nothing’s chapters were my favourite once again. There was something about the way they were written... I’m pretty sure everyone can guess Nothing’s identity by now, but I won’t spoil it. I will say however that Nothing was...complex. They seemed to suffer from intense self-loathing, but also enjoyed the hunt and the kill that came with the darkness. It was very strange. You could sort of tell that Nothing wasn’t truly an evil person – or at least, didn’t want to be an evil person –  yet couldn’t help succumbing to that side of them, the darker part that was in their nature. It made me think about how easily this person, who used to just be a regular citizen, was transformed into something else, someone that chased and killed over and over again. The darker side of humanity was a theme prevalent throughout this book (and the last), and it definitely made me wonder how far people would go to survive when they were pushed to their limits.

We also got to find out a bit more about Mason in the book, which was one of my favourite parts, because his story was one I’ve wondered about since book one. He felt the darkness in him but was determined to fight it. His past didn’t really help (and I’d love to know more about his past) but he was trying hard and it was commendable the way he refused to give up information about Aries and the others’ hideout even when tortured. He seemed to be struggling with some internal battle and he definitely became one of the characters I was most interested in. I enjoyed the time he spent with Daniel because Daniel’s words seemed to have an effect on him. Plus I wanted to find out more about Daniel too (which luckily we did – we got to see a bit of Daniel before all the earthquakes and also discovered why he was so secretive all the time).

Aries was the leader still, in this book, but was struggling with the responsibility and was close to breaking point at times. I still admired her strength but could understand how hard it was, trying to keep people alive when they all wanted different things. Clementine grew on me a lot more in this one, I felt like she had grown up a bit and become less naive and was more willing to fight for her life. Michael, though he had some important scenes, seemed to take a bit of backseat in this book. He was easily misled and his character got little development, but I still liked him I guess.

Rage Within started with a few chapters set before the earthquakes, which confused me at first as there was no indication of this. However, it was very, very interesting to see the events before the earthquakes started and it was clever the way they were integrated into the book. I thought Dark Inside was creepy, but Rage Within was disturbing from page six! If you scare easily, I wouldn’t read this alone at night. The plot was generally very good; fast paced, unpredictable and compelling, with an ominous vibe throughout. I had trouble remembering all the characters at first as there were quite a lot of them, but it was fine after a while. I really liked the little side stories that went on, including Jack’s (who I always thought was a good guy) and the continuous threat of Colin (who was just horrible and deserved no help, in my opinion).

A lot was still left unexplained in Rage Within, such as what exactly the darkness was, where it came from and what it wanted (this was actually addressed a little, but the response only added to the mystery, in my opinion).  A lot of new questions also formed inside my head, especially ones about the Baggers. Just how exactly did they work? What was really going on in their minds? How were they so affected by the darkness?  How did they become that way?  What made them want to kill the regular humans? Why could some of them fight off the black veins in their eyes? Was it possible that they all had periods of sanity where they remembered who they were? So many questions! The Baggers were the ones who intrigued me most (as morbid as that sounds), I think, and I definitely can’t wait to find out more about them in the third book.

Overall, Rage Within was a very satisfying sequel and if you liked Dark Inside, definitely get a copy as soon as you can. And if you like post-apocalyptic stories, then read this series!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #49

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Splintered by A. G Howard
January 1st 2013
Find it on Goodreads

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family.

She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
(from Goodreads)

I've always kind of been fascinated by Alice in Wonderland. In fact, I did a play about a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland for my final piece in my drama exam (I was the Cheshire Cat ;]), so needless to say I am intrigued by this book. A dark and twisted Wonderland sounds awesome, I can't wait to see what creepy things are there. Plus, I'm wondering how Alyssa plans to save her family - it's all very cool and mysterious! Seems we have two love interests, but they both sound interesting - I can't wait to meet all the characters!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Review: The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse #1) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Released: October 4th 2012
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.

And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.
(from Goodreads)

The characters made this book for me. That’s not to say The Assassin’s Curse didn’t have an awesome plot too, because it did, it really did. But the characters...well, you’ll just have to read the book to see what I mean.

Ananna was a heroine extraordinaire. She was pirate (a pirate? How freakin’ cool is that?) and was generally just a great character to read about. She refused to go through with an arranged marriage and ran away from the only home she had ever known. Even in times of great danger, she showed immense courage and strength.  She also had some awesome skills – she could easily pickpocket and steal without getting caught; she was like some thieving mastermind. And having lived on a ship her whole life, she was great at helping out and she even started to learn navigation, determined to get better so that she could fulfil her dream of running her own ship one day. She was her own person, and I actually liked that she wasn’t hugely caring of others and all self-sacrificial – she didn’t have time to be worrying about other people when she was barely struggling to survive herself. She didn’t trust very many people, but as she got to know Naji, she did become protective at him (though she tried to hide how he felt).  Their conversations were hilarious sometimes; I wanted to be there just so I could see the expressions on their faces! And I loved Ananna even more for the way she talked back to assassin. She was relentlessly sarcastic... to an assassin. It was hilarious. I loved the last few chapters of The Assassin’s Curse because I got a great sense of how Ananna was feeling, and the last line...brilliant. I am so excited for the sequel, it’s insane.

Naji was another amazing character. He was an assassin, yes, to be feared and avoided if possible, and could perform dark blood magic which most people regarded as evil. However, he also seemed...broken. As if he used to be something else, something other than just an assassin carrying out a task. He seemed to have morals (which appeared on occasion), which made me wonder why he became an assassin in the first place and why he continued to be one. He also had a scar covering half his face, and seemed very self-conscious about it. He often seemed to think the scar made him less of a person, though Ananna never thought that was the case. We never found out how he got the scar, even though I was dying to know throughout the book. I wanted to know what it was that happened to him, what event changed him. Even though we were never told what Naji was like before he got his scar, it seemed to me that he was pretty different (judging by his previous girlfriend/lover, who I personally thought was AWFUL. Ananna clearly thought she was awful too, though she tried not to say anything because they depended on her for help). Towards the end, when Ananna had started to understand her feelings towards Naji, I was just shaking my head at the man. I was just like, “You idiot! Realise! Realise that she likes you!” But nope. Damn assassin was oblivious. Even though there was no real romance (more a developing friendship, which I assume [read: hope] will slowly progress into something more) in this book, Ananna and Naji must be one of my favourite pairings ever.  I hope Naji realises in the next book that he’s not as alone as he thinks.

I loved the setting in The Assassin’s Curse – it was so magical and alluring, but also dangerous and frightening. There were magic users and sirens and strange creatures and so many other things that made the story that much more enjoyable. I loved the time the characters spent on ships too, like when Ananna and Naji were travelling with Mirjani, who was another character I loved because she was intelligent and strong and funny, but also pretty kind, and helped Ananna with her navigation. The plot was great because there was always something happening in the quest to break Naji’s curse. So many things came into play, and I loved the way the book ended (even though it’s left me desperate for the sequel). I am very intrigued by the “three tasks” and can’t wait to find out what happens next!

Overall, The Assassin’s curse was an excellent fantasy with fantastic characters. Highly recommended!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Tales from Planet Print #5

Tales from Planet Print is a semi-new feature on the blog. It centres around the daily lives of books here on Planet Print, and the sorts of things they get up to when they think no-one is looking. Each week involves different books and the different situations they get themselves into. At Planet Print, we believe all books are entitled to freedom and happiness. We stand for justice and we stand against shelving. Free books are happy books.

Book Mountains: Climb us only if you dare, for high we go up in the air, if you're a book of fainter heart, go back now, back to the start -
Peculiars: Chloe, we made it! We really made it to the top of the Book Mountains!
Book Mountains: For if you reach our top, our peaks, remember what it is you seek, for as it has been told in lore, you may find more than you bargained for -
Chloe: I know! I can't believe it! All that training, all that hard work in the cold and snow - it all paid off! We're the first books to ever successfully climb the Book Mountains!
Book Mountains: Heed our warnings, troubled two, for we know what will come for you, leave us now and make haste, before your lives go to waste.

Peculiars: ...Did you hear something?
Chloe: Yeah, something...musical.
Peculiars: I wonder what it was?
Chloe: I'm sure it was nothing...who would be singing all the way up here?
Peculiars: I'm starting to feel a little creeped out...
Chloe: Don't worry. We're the only ones here. No-one is going to attack us or anything.
Peculiars: But why is there such an ominous vibe in the air? I feel like we've overlooked something important...
Chloe: Well, maybe. What do we really know about the Book Mountains? Besides the fact no-one has ever made it to the top before...
Peculiars: What happened to those who failed?
Chloe: I don't know.
Peculiars: This is weird, Chloe. Why has no-one ever managed to climb them before us? It wasn't exactly difficult...
Chloe: I don't know, Peculiars. I don't know.

Peculiars: Oh my God, Chloe, look down there!
Chloe: (gasps) No way! It's the legendary Diviners!
Peculiars: The legendary Diviners?
Chloe: There's a myth about the Book Mountains. It's said that those who climb to the top will meet the legendary Diviners, who will tell their fortune.
Peculiars: We're about to find out our futures?
Chloe: Yes!
Diviners: Greetings, young ones.
Chloe: Legendary Diviners, it is an honour to meet you! Please enlighten us with your wisdom!
Diviners: My wisdom? I see. You seek knowledge of the future. Well I shall tell you. Your fate is to be forgotten.
Peculiars: Wait, what?
Diviners: Do you really believe you are the first to reach these peaks? 
Chloe: So there have been others? Well why have we never heard of them!
Diviners: They have been forgotten, just as you will be forgotten. You shall join the rest of the books on the Book Mountains, and I shall forever rule of you all, mwahahahaha!
Peculiars: You're crazy! You can't do this! Our families will know we're missing!
Diviners: I have the power to make them forget you ever existed. I shall be the only book the world remembers! I alone will reign!
Chloe: No wait, what about -
Diviners: Enough of your foolishness! It is time to make sure you will never be remembered! (does magic-y things)
Peculiars: Ahhhhh!
Chloe: Ahhhhh!
(Bam! They are forgotten)

Diviners: Oh, hello Starlight! 
Starlight: 'Sup, Diviners. You doing magic again?
Diviners: Just a bit. Got rid of some pests, you know. Thought they could be rich and famous for climbing the Book Mountains, silly books. How are you?
Starlight: Oh, well. Just busy being a sampler, you know.
Diviners: Of course, of course. I'm sorry if my magic disturbed you. You live in the cave in between the mountains, don't you?
Starlight: Indeed. I was having a nap when I felt the rumbling. What happened to those books you magicked then?
Diviners: The usual. I made the world forget them. They should be joining the rest of the books on the Book Mountains soon.
Starlight: I see. Well, fancy a spot of lunch?

Diviners: Lunch? Oh yes! Let us be on our way.
Starlight: What would you like to eat?
Diviners: Hmm...maybe sushi?
Starlight: We had sushi the last time you used magic.
Diviners: Fine, fine. Pizza?
Starlight: The carbs! Think of the carbs!
Diviners: FINE. What do you want?
Starlight: Nando's.
Diviners: AGAIN?
Chloe: (faint, far away whisper) I knew we should never have climbed those mountains...
Peculiars: (also a faint, far away whisper) It was your idea!
Chloe: Hmm. I want Nando's.

Books (in order of appearance):
Tempest by Julie Cross
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Crave by Melissa Darnell
Misfit by Jon Skovron
Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable
Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan (I was quoted in this book! Yay! My first book quote)
Hana-Kimi vol. 1 by Hisaya Nakajo
Monkey High vol. 1 by Shouko Akira
Girl Got Game vol. 1 by Shizuru Seino
Pop! by Catherine Bruton
Partials by Dan Wells
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Skylark postcard by Meagan Spooner
Days of Blood and Starlight sampler by Laini Taylor
Heist Society by Ally Carter
A Witch in Love by Ruth Warburton
Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton
Stolen Night by Rebecca Maizel
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Angel Dust by Sarah Mussi
Deadly Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Foretold by Jana Oliver
Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts
The Diviners by Libba Bray

Thanks to our backstage ebooks, who helped with the story.

Many thanks to Amazon, Amulet, Atom, Bloomsbury, Bookbabblers, Caroline @ Portrait of a Woman, Chicken House, Harlequin Teen, HarperCollins UK, Hodder & Stoughton,  Hot Key Books, Kimberly Sabatini, Leanna @ Daisy Chain Book Reviews, Macmillan, Meagan Spooner, NetGalley, Sezzy, Strange Chemistry and Steph @ Steph Like Books.

(It's been weeks since I've done this feature, hence all the books. I may have missed out a few, but oh well.)

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Review: Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Spark (Sky Chasers #2) by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Released: August 2nd 2012
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Waverly, Kieran and Seth are in a race against time – and with the future of humanity hanging in the balance, there’s no room for mistakes…

After a desperate escape from the enemy ship, Waverly has finally made it back to the Empyrean. The memory of home has been keeping her alive for the past months… but home is nothing like she left it. Forced to leave their captive parents behind on the New Horizon, she’s returned only to find that Kieran has become a strict leader and turned the crew against Seth. What happened to the Kieran she thought she knew? Now Waverly’s not sure whom she can trust. And the one person she wants to believe in is darkly brilliant Seth, the ship’s supposed enemy. Waverly knows that the situation will only get worse until they can rescue their parents – but how?

Before they have time to make a plan, an explosion rocks the Empyrean, and Seth and Waverly are targeted as the prime suspects. Can they find the true culprit before Kieran locks them away… or worse? Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? Now more than ever, every step could bring them closer to a new beginning – or a sudden end.
(from Goodreads)

*Remember I told you more of those ridiculously long reviews were coming? Yeah, this is another one. I apologise in advance :P*

Spark was a great addition to the Sky Chasers series, and I’m really intrigued by where this series is going. I can’t for the life of me guess what will happen in the third book!

Waverly and the rest of the girls were back on the Empyrean in this book after escaping from the New Horizon. However, not everyone was happy with the way Waverly handled things during the journey back. A lot of the kids blamed her for leaving their parents behind, and were treating her with contempt (fuelled by Kieran, but more on that later). I felt so bad for Waverly, because really, there was little she could have done. She was wounded and had no time to save everyone – in fact, the only reason all the girls were alive was because of Waverly, and yet some of them still treated her like crap. She felt guilty, but she did the best she could. I think she actually handled the criticism she got quite well, and didn’t let it get in the way of what she wanted – she was smart and capable enough to organise things herself. I’m also glad she wanted to help Seth, and didn’t believe that he was working with the saboteur on the ship, because at least it showed not everyone was being manipulated by Kieran’s lies. However, she was dealing with other things, and not just the people on the ship. She felt sick every time she remembered the man she killed in self-defence and she seemed to become more withdrawn. After the horrible things that happened to her on the New Horizon, I could understand why she was slowly breaking. Her emotions were in turmoil, she wanted to torture the people who used her and wanted to kill Anne Mather herself. We saw a much darker side of Waverly in Spark, which I actually appreciated, because you can’t expect someone to go through what Waverly did and remain unchanged. She blamed Anne Mather for making her mind “twisted” and it was interesting to see the way her thinking changed from the first book.

Seth actually had his own POV in this book, which I loved because now we got to see from Waverly, Kieran and Seth’s perspectives and it was definitely interesting to see how they all perceived things differently. I liked Seth in the first book, but I think I liked him even more in Spark. He had such a sad backstory and he knew that he had done things wrong when he tried to take control of the Empyrean, but he did genuinely seem to want to help the ship as much as he could. Even though he knew Kieran would throw him in the brig and lock him up with no trial if he got caught, Seth still tried to warn Kieran about the things he found out (though Kieran ignored him half the time), risking his life at times. He was also just...I don’t know. He seemed softer somehow, but still hardened on the inside. He loved Waverly, and had for a long time, but never told her and kept telling himself that he wasn’t good enough for her, that he could never have her no matter what. So he did everything he did, knowing that he could never be with her. I felt sorry for him, especially since I think he and Waverly would be much better together than she and Kieran ever were. But he was also smart and a lot of the time I couldn’t work out what he was thinking or what he was going to do next. I wish we had more of Seth’s POV because he was such a complex character that figuring him completely will take a lot of time!

Kieran, oh my God. I disliked him in the first book but now it’s turned into full-blown hate. I hated him in this book. Legitimately hated him. He made me so angry, I just could not stand his arrogance and idiocy and hypocrisy. He was just an idiot who never, ever listened to anyone else, always believed himself to be right and hated to be questioned by others. He actually said to Waverly, “If you ever loved me you should believe me without question.” That sickened me, it actually did. So Waverly couldn’t be with him because she wouldn’t obey his every word? What the hell! Just who did he think he was! He also tried extremely hard to make it compulsory for everyone to believe what he believed, and if they didn’t, they’d be punished. He really was starting to become some kind of sick cult leader with no tolerance for free thinking, becoming more and more like Anne Mather every day. And not only that, but he was turning into some power-hungry dictator! He lied so many times just to keep up appearances, claiming that Seth was working with ship’s saboteur even though he knew this wasn’t true, he withheld information because he thought he was the only one who needed to deal with it, he tried to go against the elections for a Council and he tried to overrule the law. All he seemed to care about was not looking like a fool, which must have been hard for him, seeing as he was one. And worst of all, Kieran used a NINE year old, innocent little boy, for his own deceptive means. A NINE YEAR OLD CHILD, all because he was paranoid. And then he tried to blame what happened to that child on someone else, even though he was ENTIRELY responsible. He loved to blame other people for his own shortcomings, the deluded moron. He was just so detestable, I don’t understand how anyone can like or defend him. He turned on his own allies – for example, Arthur (a character I liked a lot, because he was always so reasonable), who asked him some legitimate, logical questions that of course Kieran couldn’t answer because he was an imbecile who didn’t think anything through. And then though he acted so hatefully, he expected complete loyalty from his followers who he often treated like crap. I just didn’t understand him. Going around calling his followers the “true believers” as if everyone else had committed the greatest kind of sin, throwing an innocent girl in the brig with no trial, merely for speaking her mind, acting like no-one should dare defy his authority – honestly. I commend Amy Kathleen Ryan for bringing out this emotion in me, because I don’t think I expected to hate him so much. The sheer fact that I do (and that the longest paragraph in this review is about him) is actually quite impressive. I can’t think of one good thing to say about him, other than he managed to keep the ship running, so was an adequate leader. That’s about it.

The plot was great because I couldn’t guess what was going to happen at all. I had no idea who the saboteur (who had messed with the ships thrusters at the beginning) was and I didn’t know what Anne Mather really wanted. I did figure some things out along the way, but it was a good mystery throughout. Plus, the ending! There was a nice build up, and I could feel the tension – my stomach was churning as I turned the pages. I did not expect what happened. I have no idea what Seth’s plan is – just what is he up to? Can’t wait to find out in the next book.

Overall, Spark was a great sequel and I would definitely recommend this series to sci-fi fans and people who like darker YA. I’m looking forward to book three!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #48

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
March 5th 2013
Find it on Goodreads

16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. The setting is Arkwell.

And then it comes true.

Now the Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
(from Goodreads)

This book sounds amazing. The main character is a Nightmare! And she has to sit on a hot guy to feed on his dreams :P. Plus, an awesome murder mystery as well? What more could you ask for! It sounds really different and I'm definitely looking forward to read it. I'm already curious about the killer and I'd love to know more about Dusty and her mother too (and why her mother is infamous!). I do love the cover too, very eye-catching.

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1) by Louise Rozett
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Released: August 28th 2012
My Rating: 4 stars of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make….

1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?

2. I make people
furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I
see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life:
Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)

(Sorry. That was rude.)
(from Goodreads)

Confessions of an Angry Girl had a bit of a shaky start for me, but I ended up really enjoying it, and I’m already looking forward to the sequel.

Rose was such a likeable character. It was easy to understand why she was so angry and frustrated all the time; her dad was dead, she didn’t fit in (or really even want to fit in) with the people at her high school, her brother was at college and seemed to have no time for her anymore and she barely spoke to her mother, who was acting more like a robot than a human. If I were her, I’d be angry too. Plus her best friend seemed to be changing and Rose just felt really separated from everyone else. It didn’t help that she liked an older boy who already had a girlfriend (who was so horrible, I don’t understand why anyone would go out with her). I could relate to Rose and I felt she was a pretty believable teen that struggled with what everyone else considered to be the norm – stuff like constant partying and getting drunk off your face didn’t really appeal to her, and she liked spending some time alone instead of always being surrounded by crowds of people. She didn’t care that everyone else she knew seemed to be drinking or having sex or smoking or whatever – she just wanted to do what she wanted to do, and I had to respect her for not giving into peer pressure so easily. The only thing is that she was so young. She was fourteen, and Jamie, the boy she liked, was seventeen and I don’t know. It made me a little bit uncomfortable. Seventeen may only be three years older, but life at seventeen is considerably different to life at fourteen. And Rose was so obviously young as well, she wasn’t exceedingly mature for her age (though perhaps more mature than your average fourteen year old – she was already thinking about stuff like university), she was young young, and it came across in her voice and the way she acted. She made stuff worse for herself, embarrassed herself a lot and a lot of cringey stuff happened that made me cover my face with a pillow a couple of times, but then I guess life just is that cringey sometimes, and you can’t edit life (no matter how much you may want to).

I have to admit, I liked Jamie. I couldn’t help myself, he had that whole bad boy thing going on and he seemed to actually like Rose and care about her. He didn’t act all superior just because he was older (which a lot of the characters did) and he didn’t like how everyone was treating Rose so badly for calling the ambulance at a party to help her friend (I actually couldn’t believe how people reacted to this. Rose called the ambulance to save someone’s life, and she was getting all this abuse because the party got broken up after it happened. It was so unfair how she was treated, it made me want to weep for humanity). But I was also thinking, come on. Jamie was older and should have known better. He had a girlfriend, Regina, yet he didn’t seem to like her much. But he was still with her. I didn’t get it at all. His girlfriend was AWFUL and even with their backstory and everything, I still had no idea why he would ever agree to go out with her. And though I did like his scenes with Rose (FINALLY SOME DECENT KISS SCENES! I swear, if I had read “the kissed deepened” one more time, I would have gone crazy, but luckily I was saved from that madness) and liked his defiant kind of personality, I felt like he made some bad decisions.

Tracy, Rose’s best friend, I couldn’t like her. I just thought she was a bad friend, and I didn’t care for her excuses. She was also so dense, and the way she treated Rose (especially after all the bad things that had happened to her) wasn’t great. I had a better impression of her towards the end, but I didn’t like her much throughout the book. She was nothing compared to Regina though, who was just terrible. I don’t know what made her that way, and I actually felt sorry for her because she obviously had some issues. Angelo, one of Jamie’s friends, was a character I liked and he seemed to  be a funny and genuinely nice guy. I also kinda felt sorry for Robert, who liked Rose, but who she treated sort of meanly. He was a bit slow on the uptake, but I felt bad for him.

Plot-wise, things started off a little slow (and there was so much embarrassment!) and nothing really stood out for me, but I found myself really enjoying the pacing later on and felt really into the story. I liked how the characters interacted (especially Rose and Jamie, and Rose and her brother Peter) and how everything was centred on things that could really happen in real life. I think the book could have done with being a bit longer, but I really enjoyed it as a whole and can’t wait to find out what will happen next in Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend.

Overall, Confessions of an Angry Girl was a funny contemp that looked at a range of different issues, and I’d definitely recommend it to contemp fans or those looking for something enjoyable and easy to read.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Released: June 7th 2012
My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals…

It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's love.

Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.

Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret — one which could throw the whole competition… and change her life forever.
(from Goodreads)

*I apologise in advance for this overly long review. Expect more of these, for some reason I can't stop writing these absurdly long reviews lately.*

The Selection was a strange read for me. I enjoyed reading it, but at the same time, lots of things about it annoyed me. I was kept entertained, but there was so much I didn’t like. I don’t know. I guess it was engrossing, but with a lot of flaws.

America Singer (who sings -_-) was our main character, and she was...okay. I didn’t dislike her, but she could definitely be naive or stupid at times. For example, her comments on the country’s caste system made me raise my eyebrows. She said, “It really seemed unreasonable to limit everyone's life choices based on your ancestors' ability to help the government, but that was how it all worked out. And I suppose I should just be grateful we were safe.” I was just like...really? That’s all you have to say about it? It’s a terrible system, why would you defend it? She just seemed to be going with the flow. She didn’t really seem to want to think about anything on a deeper level. However, at least she wasn’t some devoted patriot who ignored every flaw. She was disgusted by the fact that the Selected had to be virgins (rightly so, what kind of fourteenth century system was this?) and didn’t react kindly to being told she was “property” of Illea or that she was not allowed to turn Prince Maxon down for “anything” (which just horrified me. Actually horrified me. The whole Selection seemed sinister to me from the start and no-one seemed to care that these girls could be forced into things they didn’t want). I also liked that America had the nerve to stand up to Prince Maxon at the beginning and yelled at him, at least she wasn’t afraid. It was hilarious when she kneed him in the groin, she definitely had some guts. But then again, that being said, she seemed absolutely fine with a lot of chauvinistic behaviour that went on (more on that later), she did a lot of stupid things (especially at the end – why risk that when you know the [absurdly harsh] punishment is death!) and I just couldn’t get her character. She was inconsistent. She seemed to want to be an individual and make her own way in life, yet at times seemed to think nothing of being treated inferior. Was this how she was raised? An effect of the government? Why, exactly, had this future society reverted to such old traditions? I understand it was supposed to be a dystopian society but it didn’t seem like that. It kind of was, but it was a bit...weak. The world-building was confusing, I had no idea what motivated the countries involved to act the way they did, I had no clue where George Illea came from, what exactly he did to sort out the problems and why he would name a country after himself! And why go back to a royal family having complete control, even if he did marry into some unknown royalty? I didn’t get it! More explanation was definitely needed, though, to be fair, we might get more of this in the next book.

As for the love interests, I had problems with both, but I think I’m Team Maxon. Mostly because Aspen came across as huge crybaby douchebag. In fact, he really, really annoyed me with his words and behaviour. He was a chauvinistic jerk, and as soon as he said, “I'm supposed to be providing for you. It's humiliating to have you come here and do this for me,” I disliked him. It was humiliating for him that his girlfriend brought him some expensive dinner? Oh what, because he was the man? He was supposed to provide everything, was he, while America sat at home doing the washing, humming a lovely tune? What an idiot! What was his problem! He was too proud to eat? He was so proud of his MANHOOD that he BROKE UP WITH HER because he could never be the provider in the relationship? What! I understand that he was a lower caste than America and he wouldn’t want to see her suffer and be in poverty, but the way he said it made it seem like he didn’t want to be with her unless he was the breadwinner in the relationship. And worst of all, America seemed to find this all perfectly reasonable. Oh dear, she had offended her love! When really, the only one at fault was Aspen for being a proud jerk – though I did also question America’s logic, because she seemed to want to marry Aspen (at this age, really?) and put herself in a bad situation without thinking anything through. And then Aspen came running back to her, despite the fact that he was the one who pushed her into doing the Selection (and God knows why she agreed) but only, it seemed, because he now had a better job as a palace guard (how convenient he turned up in the exact place America was), so really his wanting to make up with America was nothing to do with him changing his ways, but more to do with the fact he could feel prouder now -_-. Plus, he never talked to her! They never had conversations! They just kissed and wondered about marriage.

Maxon was better in the sense that he and America actually talked about things and got know each other. They were actually friends, there was actually something between them – a spark, or a flicker of something - and Maxon was a bit more likeable (though I HATED the way he called all the girls in the Selection “dear” and acted like his life was so hard when he was in a bloody contest where thirty-five girls basically threw themselves at him so he could pick one to be his wife). He was very naive and often dense – he knew nothing about people in the lower castes (really, how could a prince not know that people were going hungry? People go hungry everywhere, everyone knows that) and to be honest, I was unsure of him when we first met him. He seemed a bit pompous and I didn’t like the fact that he could get rid of eight girls after only talking to them for five minutes – what could they have possibly have done wrong in that space of time? The whole competition was disturbing, but I began to like Maxon more when he expressed his own concerns about it, and at least he seemed to genuinely care about his people and country. Also, he treated America with more respect than Aspen did, in my opinion, and valued her views and comments. He was quite kind too, and didn’t seem to care much about what caste people were, and he tried not to be selfish. I won’t deny that he was an idiot at times (but so was America), but I don’t know. He was sweet in a clumsy, awkward kind of way.

The competition was just odd. The girls just seemed to sit around doing nothing all day. There was nothing going on, except Maxon took them out for walks sometimes. And when girls were eliminated, I just didn’t care because I didn’t even know half of them. We didn’t even get all of their names. It seemed pointless. I only really liked Marlee, and even she got annoying towards the end, and the maids were nice, but it seemed like they were just too into their jobs – no-one, and especially not three different people, can enjoy catering to another person’s every whim THAT much. It defies human nature.

But despite all these problems and issues I had, I was compelled to keep turning the page. I wanted to know what would happen to America and Maxon and which six girls would be left in the competition and whether or not America actually had it in her to change anything. The ending just seemed to cut off at a random point, and I was left with lots of unanswered questions, which was annoying. But I did enjoy this book in a way – something made me want to read on until the end.

Overall, The Selection wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t really good either. If you want something to pass the time, give it a go. 

And I can't leave without posting this perfect song for Aspen:

Friday, 10 August 2012

Pushing the Limits Blog Tour - Interview with Noah!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour! Be excited, as today I have Noah from Pushing the Limits on the blog for a Q&A, so please make him feel welcome, and enjoy! :)

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Mira Ink
Released: August 2nd 2012
Find it on Goodreads

"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much
impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again. (from Goodreads)


Hi Noah, thanks so much for visiting the blog today! For all the people that don’t know you yet, could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m an older brother to two of the greatest kids on the planet. I’m devoted to my girl, Echo, and have two best friends, Isaiah and Beth, who keep me grounded. I’ve been in the foster care system for the past couple of years since my parents died and I just graduated from high school.

What did you think of Echo when you first met and what do you think of her now?

I thought Echo was a stuck up snob who didn’t know I existed, but I still thought she was hot.

Now? She’s still hot, but I now know that she’s smart and talented. Besides my brothers, she’s my whole world.

How did you cope with the loss of your parents and then your separation from your brothers?

I tried to retain my old life: keep my grades up, keep playing ball. That all quickly disintegrated so I tried to numb the pain in any way I could think of. I didn’t make smart decisions, but I can’t change what I’ve done in the past so I’m trying to learn from my mistakes and move forward.

If you had a day to spend with your brothers where you could do anything you wanted (no expense spared), what would you do together?

My parents took me to Disney World once. I had the best time in my life. I’d love to take them there and ride all the rides I rode with my parents.

What are your hopes for the future?

To continue to be a part of my brothers’ life and to spend time with Echo. I hope to graduate from college and become an architect like my dad.

If you could magically conjure up any one thing in the world right now, what would it be?

I wish I had more pictures of my parents. A video of them would be great. Everything we owned burned up in the fire that night. Sometimes I’m scared that I’m going to forget what they look like or the sound of their voices.

Quickfire questions!

· Tea or coffee? Coffee

· Boxers or briefs? Boxers

· Hogwarts or Narnia? Narnia

· Glass half empty or half full? Depends on the day.

· Favourite food? Hamburgers

· Favourite movie? The Jason Bourne movies

Thanks for answering my questions!

So there you have Noah! You'd need to read the book to get a more complete sense of what he's like, but I hope you enjoyed that glimpse into his life.

Many thanks to Katie and Mira Ink for making this post possible!

Don't forget to visit Once Upon a Bookcase for the stop tomorrow!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #47

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
March 21st 2013
Find it on Goodreads

Margo McKenna has a plan of attack for everything, from landing the part she wants in her high school musical to dealing with her increasingly absent parents. But when she finds herself in possession of a genie’s ring and the opportunity to make three wishes, she doesn’t know what to do. Especially since Oliver – not blue-skinned, not bottle-dwelling, but a genie nonetheless – can see more than what she’s willing to show him. With one peek into her mind, he can see the wishes that even Margo herself doesn’t know she wants.

But Oliver comes with more than just mind-reading abilities, a flair for magic, and the prettiest eyes Margo’s ever seen. Someone from his past is hunting him – someone bent on killing him, along with all the other genies in the world, for the sake of honor. And as Margo soon discovers, it will take more than three wishes to save him.

A whole lot more.
(from Goodreads)

I don't know why, but I love books about genies and wishes. Genies just fascinate me! It may be because I watched Aladdin a lot growing up (you know you did too, it's an awesome film). Anyway, I am very intrigued by this book. Especially since a genie isn't your usual immortal love interest (I assume he's immortal? Genies are generally hundreds of years old, right?). Sounds like this book has a perfect mix of fun, magic and mystery with a good romance (hopefully) too. Can't wait to read it. Plus, look at that cover. Look at it. Do I even need to point out how awesome it is?

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Released: August 14th 2012
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.
 (from Goodreads)

Ahem. Onyx. Well, where to begin. To be honest, I am surprised that Kat maintained her “but Daemon only likes me because of our alien connection thingy” for so long. I mean, at some point it was entirely clear that this wasn’t the case, but Kat kept deluding herself anyway. No idea why. Personally, if I were Kat, Blake would never have even come into the picture.

Don’t expect this review to have structure, by the way. Don’t even. Not after that ending.

So, yes. Kat was pushing Daemon away. Daemon was being Daemon and ignoring this. Kat was being Kat and was ignoring Daemon’s ignoring. Fighting/kissing ensued. Then Kat found out the consequences of being healed by Daemon’s alien powers, and that’s when things started to get serious. Of course, there were still lots of sarcastic comments from Kat and funny/sexy remarks from Daemon, but this book was a lot more serious than Obsidian. There wasn’t as much humour (though the scene where Kat’s mum found Daemon in her room was hilarious), but there was quite a bit more action. And Kat was doing more as well, she was determined to be able to stand up for herself instead of relying on Daemon and Dee for protection. And I can understand why, she didn’t like to feel helpless. I really liked reading her training scenes and seeing her make progress. As for pushing Daemon away though...I got it at first, she didn’t want them both to end up like Bethany and Dawson. But it was quite clear early on that Daemon (who actually had quite a sweet side – who knew!) wasn’t going to give up and that he didn’t care what the other Luxen thought, so keeping up the whole charade for so long just seemed pointless (though seeing Daemon jealous was quite hilarious although it probably shouldn’t have been. But then again, I have a weird, sometimes morbid, sense of humour :P). I didn’t know whether to commend Kat for sticking to her word for such a long time (with only a few lapses ;]) or sigh at her for being so stubborn!

I loved all the blogging references!  I share Kat’s dislike of insta-love and agree that books are more important than anything else :P. And I loved how Daemon actually started getting into it as well (I reckon he secretly wished he had his own blog. I also thought it was cute how he checked for updates on Kat’s).

I thought the storyline revolving around the DOD was really interesting, I didn’t expect it at all. I liked how things connected and how there was something bigger going on than anyone thought, and how Bethany and Dawson were just pawns in their game. I did guess a few things (I never trusted certain characters from the beginning) but I think the plot was quite cleverly planned out (though was anyone else reminded a bit of Roswell?).

I do wish Dee were in the book more, since I really loved her in the first book and felt that she was more in the background in this one. I did like that she was getting along well with Adam though, and the action was stepped up a notch (same with the mystery) which made up for her absences. I felt like there was a lot more going on, and there was a more ominous, threatening vibe as well – it was more than just about staying inconspicuous, everyone was in danger. And something happened toward the end that really shocked and upset me. I wasn’t prepared for it at all. Seriously, there was just so much stuff. Onyx felt more fast paced to me than Obsidian and I grew to love all the characters even more.

The ending, oh my God.  Just...what the hell. HOW. I need the next book now. That was the most evil cliffhanger ever. I need Opal now! The wait is too long, I must have it! I need to know what happens next.  NEED to. I have some theories, but that’s really not enough.

Overall, Onyx was an awesome sequel to Obsidian (though I think I preferred Obsidian slightly more) and if you’re a fan of light sci-fi with romance and action, definitely give this series a go.