The True Queen by Sarah Fine

31114193Title: The True Queen
Author: Sarah Fine
Sequel to:
1. The Impostor Queen
2. The Cursed Queen
Date Started: February 14
Date Finished: February 15
Format: Hardcover from local library

Now that Ansa knows she is the destined queen of Kupari, she is desperate to find a permanent home for her people, the Kriegere, in the Kupari lands. But as the small band of warriors crosses into the foreign territory, Ansa loses her fragile grip on her newly-acquired—and violent—fire and ice magic and puts everyone, including her love Thyra, in danger. Inside the walls of Kupari, Elli maintains the facade that she is the magical queen, with her secret—that she has no magic at all—on the brink of exposure every day. But as she tries to prepare the citizens to protect themselves from another invasion, unrest spreads as wielders like her beloved Oskar begin to lose control of their powers. As Kupari grows increasingly unstable, with the land literally crumbling beneath their feet, and a common enemy once again threatening everything, these two young women on a collision course with destiny must find a way to save the realm and their people from total destruction.

These books make me cry. Why? Because The Impostor Queen was so good, but the sequels weren’t as good. The Cursed Queen had a lot of problems with too many people hungering for power, and The True Queen had those problems, but it also had the added problem of too many characters to keep track of. And granted that was probably going to be a possibility considering Fine was adding the two world from the previous two books into one novel, but still… I lost track of who was on who’s side.

When I did finally feel like I had a stronger grasp on that, characters would die and that actually annoyed me too. I mean, was there really a point to killing off *spoiler here* Thyra? I mean, I got Oskar’s death – even if that one made me absolutely furious – but Thyra just felt like collateral damage. I mean, sure, you could argue that Thyra’s death was supposed to be a catalyst for Ansa to hate Elli even more, but c’mon. It was a weak plot point. Like Ansa and Elli didn’t have enough problems.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. While there were a lot of characters to keep track of, a lot of drama for a 368 paged novel, and unnecessary deaths, I still rather enjoyed the conclusion.

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The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

41jx5c49sil-_sx328_bo1204203200_Title: The Female of the Species
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Date Started: February 6
Date Finished: February 13
Format: ebook from the digital library

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone. As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever. Continue reading

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Revisited: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

titanTitle: The Titan’s Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Lightning Thief
2. The Sea of Monsters
Date Originally Started: March 19, 2013
Date Originally Finished: March 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover from my shelf

When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared — a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever. Continue reading

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Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

34197014Title: Trickster’s Choice
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Daughter of the Lioness
Date Started: February 7
Date Finished: February 10
Format: Kindle book from my collection

Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the Lioness of Tortall. Aly is bold and brave like her mother, but she has no wish to become a knight. Instead she longs to follow in her father’s footsteps as a spy, an ambition her parents vehemently oppose. After a furious argument Aly runs away, with disastrous consequences. Captured and sold as a slave in the Copper Isles, she discovers that this whole nightmare has not come about by chance – the Trickster God, Kyprioth, has plans for her… Continue reading

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer

511b2omc9-l-_sx340_bo1204203200_Title: Renegades
Author: Marissa Meyer
Date Started: January 31
Date Finished: February 7
Format: Hardcover from my shelf

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. Continue reading

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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

51b-nbflxyl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Date Started: February 1
Date Finished: February 6
Format: ebook from the digital library

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind. Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets. Continue reading

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

17347389Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle
Previous Book in the Series:
1. The Raven Boys
Date Started: January 24
Date Finished: February 1
Format: ebook from the digital library

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…. Continue reading

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