Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales

23310761Title: Tonight the Streets are Ours
Author: Leila Sales
Date Started: December 6
Date Finished: December 7
Format: ebook from the digital library

Recklessly loyal. That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone–including her needy best friend and her absent mom–taking her loyalty for granted.

Then Arden stumbles upon a website called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. He seems to get her in a way that no one else does, and he hasn’t even met her. Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him.

During one crazy night out in New York City filled with parties, dancing, and music–the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does–Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

I’m probably going to unpopular for saying this, but this book was meh. And usually I don’t like using that word in my book reviews, because what exactly does meh mean? Well, in Tonight the Streets are Ours case, meh means that I’m really not sure why I bothered to finish this. I mean, the beginning was really boring. The constant back and forth from the present to the past, to a few weeks ago was making my head spin. But once Arden discovered the blog things got a little bit more interesting. And in all honesty if this book had just been the blog’s story, I think I would have liked it a little bit more.

But it wasn’t. It was about Arden and how she loves too much, and people never measure up to the love she gives them. And after a while her moaning about her life just drove me absolutely nuts. I mean, it was clear to me that Lindsey was just using Arden to get out of things. That Chris was just using her because she made him feel good about himself. And while Arden’s home life was sad, I just…I had no feeling towards what was going on. Even when Peter turns out to be an absolute asshole, I just didn’t care.

Final Rating: 1 out of 5 stars. This does not bode well for Sales other book that’s on my reading list. But I’m hoping that This Song Will Save Your Life is better than this.

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A List of Cages by Robin Roe

25613472Title: A List of Cages
Author: Robin Roe
Date Started: December 4
Date Finished: December 6
Format: Hardcover from my shelf

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…

When I first started this book I didn’t think I was going to like it. Julian was, well, annoying. It wasn’t until I got further into it, a few chapters, when Adam showed up and started to really help him that I realized that this book reminded me a little bit of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Only a little bit more darker. While Charlie’s abuse ended with the death of his aunt, Julian’s abuse by his uncle/godfather is a constant in this book. With every new punishment I was near the brink of tears. But when Julian starts falling in with Adam and his friends, even the angry jock Charlie, I had a glimmer of hope that maybe it was going to be all right.

Cut to yesterday (December 6) when I read the part where Julian’s uncle takes him out of school because he’s moving in with his aunt’s, when in reality… *shudder* I was a crying mess. In fact, I was glad that I was reading another book at the same time, because once THAT happened I needed a break. All I have to say is thank goodness for Adam and his bad feelings. Really.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This is another book that will forever haunt me.

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The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

51rgy2bdxuul-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: The Beginning of Everything
Author: Robyn Schneider
Date Started: December 5
Date Finished: December 6
Format: ebook from the digital library

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life. No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures. But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

Note to self: do NOT read The Beginning of Everything and A List of Cages at the same time. I am an emotional wreck now because I stupidly decided to do these things. To be clear, I added this book to my TBR pile a few years ago, and because it’s been so long I didn’t really remember what this book was supposed to be about. And as I went through the first few chapters I thought for sure I was in for another popular guy needs to find a new life after life changing event. And in a way that’s what this book was, and really I loved every minute of it.

But the true emotion started getting pulled into when you try to figure out the mystery that is Cassidy Thorpe. Transfer student from boarding school. A little bit of cool nerd. Debate champ who mysteriously stopped competing. I was just as intrigued as Ezra was. And when they slowly started to become friends and then something more the intrigue disappeared and was replaced by warm feels. And then the night of the Homecoming Dance happened and…well, I had my suspicions and sometimes I really wish that I was wrong.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I’m not sure if I like the fact that the Cooper, the Jay Gatsby like poodle, died defending Ezra from a coyote. I’m also not okay with the fact that the spring semester of Ezra’s senior year was pretty much glassed over. What happened in that semester? What college did he end up going to? I really want to know.

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Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

16000044Title: Rebel Spring
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Falling Kingdoms
Date Started: November 29
Date Finished: December 5
Format: ebook from the digital library

Auranos has been conquered and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But alluring, dangerous magic still beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world. . . .
CLEO is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people MAGNUS stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister Lucia LUCIA is haunted by the deadly outcome of her breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms JONAS watches at the palace gates, a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius When Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of cataclysmic events that will forever change the face of this land.

While I found the first book completely fascinating, I think that Rebel Springs fell a little short. It could have been the poor plot development, this felt more like a novella than an actual novel in the series. Or it could have been the constant death. Seriously. Someone died at least in every chapter, mostly with a sword through the heart. But I think the reason that I really didn’t care for this book was because of the forced romantic relationships. I already didn’t care for the whole Cleo/Theon arc in the last book, and believe it or not I was really ecstatic when he died. In this book…where do I even begin?

Let’s start with the shocking development of Cleo and Jonas. Jonas now leads a rebel group that is trying to take King Gaius off the throne, and he wants to use Cleo – who is now a prisoner of the King – to do so. But somewhere along the line, his utter hate for the princess has turned into something…else. That new development was not cool. How can you go from utter hate to ‘romance’ within a few hundred pages? Now, if Rhodes had said in the next book that Jonas was starting to feel things for Cleo that would have made more sense. But now? It just feels forced. Also, I don’t like that Lysandra – a new character/rebel – started to have feelings for Jonas. She barely knows him! And why can’t girls and guys just be friends in the YA world? Why? And then there is Alexius and Lucia. Really? I mean…the guy is literally coming into her dreams and she falls in love with him? I just… *sigh*

However, while we’re on the subject of Alexius and the Watchers, I really did not see that plot twist coming. I guess I really have to ask this, who’s the true villain of this series? King Gaius or the Watchers?

Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I really wish that Rhodes would stop trying to force relationships down our throats. Especially ones that seem to just be added in for ‘drama.’ Slowly build up to the relationship and maybe I’ll actually start rooting for them.

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Revisited: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

28186Title: The Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Previous Book in the Series:
1. The Lightning Thief
Date Originally Started: February 20, 2013
Date Originally Finished: February 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover from my shelf

Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.

In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family—one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

The problem with it being four years since I last read this book, is unfortunately the movie version of this story has been in my head for the last few years. Seriously. I remember Tyson being introduced as Percy’s brother. And I remember that the Camp was under attack and that’s why Percy and Annabeth take off to find the Fleece. But I keep getting the ending confused with that of the movie. Kronos does NOT get put back together in the book. In fact, the Fleece doesn’t get anywhere near his sarcophagus. However, the Fleece DOES bring Thalia back to life. And let me tell you how crazy that makes me.

On one hand I really like this twist to the prophecy. So is it Percy or Thalia who is going to fulfill the prophecy? But on the other hand, because I know how the rest of this series goes, it infuriates me that we see these other two children of the Big Three that weren’t there in book 1. I mean, granted, twists need to be thrown in and knowing the Big Three Poseiden couldn’t have been the only one to have a child since World War II. But still…forced plot twists.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Despite my conflicts with the plot twist, I still liked this book. It’s light and humorous while at the same time dealing with a mythology element which is a nice change of pace from what I’m reading right now.

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If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

33998316Title: If There’s No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Date Started: November 28
Date Finished: November 29
Format: ebook from the digital library

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. Continue reading

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

31450852Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Throne of Glass
2. Crown of Midnight
3. Heir of Fire
4. Queen of Shadows
5. Empire of Storms
Date Started: November 24
Date Finished: November 29
Format: ebook from the digital library

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. Continue reading

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