Friday, August 22, 2014

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler


Originally Released: October 18th, 2010
Series: Riders of the Apocalypse, 1
Published by: Harcourt Graphia
Page Amount: 174 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.
“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons
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Review: 
I wanted to like this book, I really did. It has such an awesome premise and purpose behind it. And throughout the whole book it really rings true. So as for the theme in this book, it gets five stars. It really addresses the issues girls feel when they look in the mirror. As a teenage girl, I too had times where I looked at myself, hated what I saw and considered skipping meals. And this book follows the exact thought process. Did I ever end up following through? No, because anorexia is thankfully a demon I never had to battle. But girls everywhere do, and I think this book needs to be read for that purpose.

Unfortunately, Chapter Chicks is a book reviewing website, not a book-counseling-suggestion website, so I have to rate this book on the quality of writing and what-not. While the meaning of the book was there, the quality was lacking for me. It was by no means bad or hard to read. But the writing wasn't my favorite, the characters had not near enough depth considering four of them were horsemen of the apocalypse and the plot left way too many holes and didn't give me near enough development.

I plan on continuing with the series if I can get the books for a bargain like I did with Hunger. But I really wish someone would write an in-depth tale of the horsemen in YA form. Look at death in Supernatural (the kick-a tv show) he was a total bad butt. Someone throw him into a story. All in all, this felt like an underbudget student film. All the meaning and idea was there, none of the production.

First Line:
"Lisbeth Lewis did not mean to become Famine."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Maze Runner by James Dashner


Originally Released: January 1st, 2009
Series: The Maze Runner, 1
Published by: Delacorte Press
Page Amount: 726 pages, US Hardback
Author's Website.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
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Review: 
This is one of those that have been difficult for me to pick up, and like most of our dusty books, I have really been missing out! I really enjoyed this read. It definitely wasn't something I fell right into and found myself devouring from the first word, but it set up a really mysterious story right away and I never found myself getting bored.

I feel like this book had a really dark feel to it the entire time. Where other books are really happy and uplifting, I felt something eerie about this book the moment I dived in. It just gave me this feeling of despair right away, and it kind of fit with the story. The dialogue is a little much to handle at first, but that is because it is a little much for your main character to handle as well. If you can get through the first ten pages without screaming, "What is a greenie?!" then you'll enjoy this book.

I think the description is really misleading, but I won't say why. And it is definitely one of the things that turned this book off for me I think. The book is a lot more than the description makes it out to be, and has a lot less 'YA-ish' elements. So, if that is something that is worrying you, don't hesitate.

All in all, this book set up a really good series for me I think. If it were a stand-alone I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did. But knowing there are several other books in the series that will really answer my questions and help me FINALLY get to know some of the characters a little better makes me really look forward to it. I have the rest of the series in my amazon cart as we speak.

First Line:
"He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Rating: MUST READ
Originally Released: May 27th, 2014
Series: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry
Page Amount: 726 pages, US Hardback
Author's Website.

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!
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Review: 
I am seriously writing this right now? Is this real life? Did I actually finish one of my all time favorite book series? Is the world of Clary and Jace over for me? Yes. So wonderfully and regretfully yes. Yes, I say goodbye to yet another world and set of characters that have changed my soul with their words and stories. It seems like the only thing that I keep getting from these series is heartbreak and lessons in endings.

But talk of this series is a review for another day, it is time to talk about this book in particular, this final installment. It was everything I could have ever hoped for in an installment. The loss, the suffering, the tears shed (mostly my own) led me to a book I couldn't put down even if I wanted to. While I felt this book lacked some of the excitement and foreshadowing that I found myself loving in the other books, I knew it was because it was closing and wrapping so much up. NOT including the gaping hole in my chest.

And it does wrap everything I can think of up. Which is terrible to me because I am not ready to give it up. Am I the only one who is going through serious emotional withdrawals with this book? I mean come on, I can't be. Right? I don't even really know what to say about it. With this being the sixth book, there isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said. I love this world. I love this writing. I LOVE these characters. I am half tempted to burn it just to give it a proper Shadowhunter memorial.

Cassandra Clare, Jace, Clary, Simon, MAGNUS and all the others... thank you for giving me hope.

First Line:
"On the day Emma Carstairs's parents were killed, the weather was perfect."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Rating: Worth Reading
Originally Released: October 17th, 2011
Series: Anna, Book One
Published by: Tor Teen
Page Amount: 316 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life.
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Review: 
I don't think this is going to be one of my more popular reviews. Everybody seems to love this book, considering it one of the creepiest reads they have found. Unfortunately, I disagree. While I absolutely found the book enjoyable, it wasn't up to the standards set up by everyone who has ever recommended it to me. It was a quick fun read that I didn't really find creepy or deep in many ways.

Anna was the most interesting and developed character in the book by far. I would read several books about her and not bat an eye. I also loved Thomas and his grandfather. These characters are what made the story so great for me, and reading from Cas's point of view instead of one of theirs kind of made it a little more boring for me. Don't get me wrong, I REALLY enjoyed reading this book, but on a scale of what I have read in my booktube career, I wasn't fantastically impressed.

I also felt like the plot, while definitely well-developed in some areas, also lacked in some. I would have loved to see a little more depth to Cas's past to make it that much more believable to me. But, I was also incredibly intrigued in the first half of the novel.

All in all, definitely give this book a chance. If I hadn't just read a new favorite series I might not have been so harsh on it. I definitely plan on picking up the next books in the series to see what happens to my favorite characters!

First Line:
"The grease slicked hair is a dead giveaway-no pun intended."

This book is for you if you: 
Enjoyed The Monstumologist and Coraline; Are looking for a creepier book; Are interested in an easy quick read.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: MUST READ
Originally Released: December 11th, 2012
Series: Saga Lux, Book Three
Published by: Entangled Teen
Page Amount: 382 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.
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Review: 
So, I just finished this book and I feel a mixture of slamming my head into a wall, crying and immediately running out to the book store just to buy the fourth one. Seriously guys, I tried to talk my husband into letting me have the bank card and making a like 1 1/2 hour trip to the bookstore to get the next one. If you plan on reading this, please please please have the rest of the series handy. You'll regret it if you don't.

Other than the feeling of betrayal from Armentrout (how could she leave me this way?) I must say I love this book. It seems like each book has just been better and better each time and I have fallen in some seriously hardcore love with this series. I haven't felt this way since I read the infamous Cassandra Clare series or Twilight. It is that good.

As I have said in reviews of past books, this series is full of characters and plot. It has such loveable characters who really make strong developments and feel so real and the plot is something I have never read before. It is interesting, intriguing, and realistic if you have a bit of an imagination. I could not be more in love with it. Well, scratch that, I can. Sometimes I feel like the dialogue gets a liiiittle teenagery between Daemon and Katy, but you know what, they're supposed to be teenagers so I guess it makes sense.

First Line:
"I wasn't sure what woke me."

This book is for you if you: 
You like books in general of the YA sort; You're tired of vampires and werewolves; You like books with twists; You appreciate both plot and characters; You want to read something that will keep you on the edge of your seat;

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: MUST READ
Originally Released: August 14th, 2012
Series: Saga Lux, Book Two
Published by: Entangled Teen
Page Amount: 366 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he 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…
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Review: 
Boy howdy, do I love this book series. Daemon is the perfect swoon-worthy mix of badddd boy and ouch, right in the feels, heartthrob... when he isn't being a total douche. As a girl, and as a fan of the corny things YA no doubt brings, I love him so intensely. New book boyfriend? Only if I can fight off main character Katy.

As far as the rest of this book goes it certainly doesn't follow a lot of traditional YA cheese, however, it certainly teases some lines and that is okay with me. Starting off, our main character is a book blog/vlogger. Who doesn't love seeing little elements of a hobby so well loved in action. Ism't it all of our not so secret wishes that a hot mysterious boy will move into town whose dangerous paranormal ability (whatever it is, there is a a whole slew to choose from) is only masked by their undying love for US? Well for Katy it may just be a reality. Lucky little... main character.

As far as this books sequelability, it gets a win. It has been at least a year, maybe longer, since I have read the first book Obsidian and not a detail was forgotten after a little bit of recap. And when I mean little bit, I mean it. It was not retold too much but gave me just enough information to refresh without overloading (ahem, House of Night?).

As with the last book, I love the characters and plot. I would say the characters really drive it home for me, but the plot isn't something to overlook. Unlike anything I've really read in YA, the Lux series really stands apart from any creature I have come in contact with in my reading adventure while maintaining some elements I love.

All in all, if you haven't picked this series up yet, do it, immediately because it is definitely one of my new favorites thus far.

First Line:
"Ten seconds passed between when Daemon Black took his seat and when he poked me under my shoulder blade with his trusty pen."

This book is for you if you: 
You like books in general of the YA sort; You're tired of vampires and werewolves; You like books with twists; You appreciate both plot and characters.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
Rating: Worth Reading
Originally Released: August 23rd, 2011
Series: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book One
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Page Amount: 298 pages, US Paperback
Author's Website.

Victor Frankenstein leads a charmed life. He and his twin brother Konrad and their beautiful cousin Elizabeth take lessons at home and spend their spare time fencing and horseback riding. Along with their friend, Henry, they have explored all the hidden passageways and secret rooms of the palatial Frankenstein chateau. Except one.

The Dark Library contains ancient tomes written in strange languages, and filled with forbidden knowledge. Their father makes them promise never to visit the library again, but when Konrad becomes deathly ill, Victor knows he must find the book that contains the recipe for the legendary Elixir of Life.

The elixir needs only three ingredients. But impossible odds, dangerous alchemy, and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.

Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love - and how much he is willing to sacrifice.
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Review: 
It has been a really long time since I have been able to sit down and finish a book from start to end within a week. In fact, I don't think I've read anything all summer since it has been one full of life's trials. But since things are finally settling down, I decided to pick this book up and I couldn't be more happy I did.

This Dark Endeavor completely reignited my love for reading. It was very much unlike anything I had read before but also had so many of the qualities of a YA book that used to have me desperate for more each and every time. While it wasn't a perfect book, it was the perfect book for me at this time. I needed to read something that I could judge, something that wasn't so good I had nothing to contemplate but something enticing enough to leave me thinking. And this book was just that. Even days after finishing the novel I am still contemplating the ending. Still eager to pick up the sequel. Still interested in the potential movie.

Oppel's writing captures the time of the Frankensteins well, but had an added air of modernity to it as well making it easy to understand and read. I felt like the proper language set the scene and dragged me into the story.

The story's pace is one of my favorite parts of the book. It never went too fast but it also never let you get bored. Just when you started to wonder when something was going to happen... something did. And that something usually wasn't what you expected.

This book had a great balance of characters and plot. I couldn't say which one dominated. The characters were interesting and developed and I really feel like I know them. But the plot was well planned and intricate. I never had an idea what would come next and the end really surprised me.

All in all, this book was just what I needed to get back into my love of reading. I cannot wait to pick up the sequel and devour the rest of young Victor Frankenstein's story.

First Line:
"We found the monster on the rocky ledge high above the lake."

This book is for you if you: 
Are a fan of horror; Like love triangles; Like mystery; Like books about natural elements and alchemy; Are looking for a good book/new series;
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