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Book Review – Say You’ll Remember Me

Title: Say You’ll Remember Me

Author: Katie McGarry

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 452

Rating: 2.5 – 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated, and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while. Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life. But sometimes love can breach all barriers.Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received an ARC on NetGalley from the publishers for an honest review but I ended up listening to the audio book!

“You think it’s smart for a guy like me to kiss the governor’s daughter? You need to know who I was before, so you’ll stay away from me, and before, I wasn’t a nice guy.”
Elle studies me too seriously and long enough it causes me to shift my footing. “You want to kiss me?”

This book is just scraping through on the three star mark for me. There are parts in there that I did enjoy and gave me a smile. About half way through the book I really started to like the relationship between Drix and Elle. I liked the way that through looking out for Drix in his very raw and drastically different life to her own made Elle grow up and be herself and stop being so blind to life. They both also had relationships in their family that I really liked. Henry made me want to smack him at times but I know he was filled with love, and the people in Drix’s life where very supportive if not sometimes iffy.

One of my favourite moments is when Elle is with Drix’s family and they are celebrating birthdays in their very undignified way. I wont spoil it for you but it was very fun ;)

The end of the book also had me caught up in its grips. I knew something was going to happen that I didn’t want to happen and I hated to see it come. Sadly this is a down point in the book for me because it served no purpose other than to try and put shock and suspense into the story. But the things that Elle had to go through at the end to get to where they did, I admired her and then and I was worried for her.

And thats where the enjoyment ends for me I am am afraid. I didn’t remotely start getting into the book until halfway through. I found the writing very to be far too simple. A lot of the things are very in your face about whats going on and are spelled out, and the insta love was just unbearable. I don’t mind insta love in some instances, but this is the main reason I didn’t get into the book at all till the halfway point, because they had some history for their to actually be love.

I don’t really know what else to say about this book. I know McGarry has other books under her belt and I would be interested in trying some of those, but this one just wasn’t for me.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Book Review – Half Wild

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Title: Half Wild [Half Bad Trilogy 2]

Author: Sally Green

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 400

Rating: 4 Star rounded up from 3.5

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift – a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.

Meanwhile, Soul O’Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Thank you Penguin for sending me this book!

I am just going to straight off the bat warn you about this book. Though this review got a much higher than its last one, the first part of this book was just as boring and hard to get through as Half Bad. I took a large break while reading this book because of this, and I didn’t really get into after I had been away from it for a few weeks. Also, go into this review that there will be spoilers from the first book as well from this one. I found it hard not to go into them a little, so you have been warned.

In this book we go with Nathan on a journey to save Annalise, his endless struggle with the magical gift he was given, and then join in the rebellion that has arisen against the White Witch Council. Plot wise we were much better written and more exciting in this book. That being said though big issues I had with the first book continued on it this one, including poor descriptions of events or scenes, the random and pointless switching of person perspective, and just generally being really slow at times. These negatives really annoyed me because enough people had voiced their issues with these things that changes could have been made but were not really. Yes, I think some notes were taken from the reviews of the first, but they still put in the second person perspective. Again, it was really interesting to read these parts, but there was only like two of them, one at the beginning and one randomly placed in the middle somewhere and I was questioning why it was there. Even if it had just been left at the start it would have been much better and really made more sense than two random bits.

This happen in this book thank god and it really has stages to it. Finding Gabriel, saving Annalise, controlling his gift, joining the rebel cause, finding daddy dearest, and betrayal. I chalk these list of things happening to why I enjoyed the book. I like Gabriel so this parts we spent thinking about him/were with him I enjoyed. Annalise continues to be greatly annoying even though she isn’t present. Nathan spends the majority of his time thinking about her or declaring just how much he needs to go off and save her. I really just do not understand this obsession, she is so boring and just blaaaaahhh. I don’t have the words. Her section of the book was the part I had serious issues getting through.

We actually get quite a bit of Marcus in this book which I suppose is a bit spoilery of me to mention but its one of the things I really enjoyed so I couldn’t not mention it. I always thought Marcus was a really interesting character so I am so glad that we got to see more of him in depth and actually get a sense of his character. The parts than Nathan spent with him were probably my favourite part in the book. Nathan had been struggling with dealing with his gift that seems to have a mind of its own (which in itself was pretty interesting to read about), but I really liked how he went on little trip with Marcus to get a relationship with him as well as get the help in understanding how to deal with his ability.

I also really liked most of the rebel scenes. I found them to be action packed and exciting because stuff was generally happening. I loved it when Nathan brings Marcus to meet everyone for the first time. That gave me a good little giggle. I also liked the kinda complex issues of just who some of the rebels where and how Nathan had to deal with that. This part of the book also had some devastating tragedies one of which leads to the previously mentioned betrayal. You can see the betrayal coming from a mile away, but the conclusion was still very sad to me. I won’t go into any of these things more because the rebel parts don’t happen till later in the book.

With the conclusion of this book I am both yay and nay. Nay because I foresee much more whining and focusing in boring things. Yay because this series is just so kind of predictable I have high hopes that I am going to get a really satisfying death scene where a certain someone gets ripped to shreds by Nathan in his animal form.

I think I have done enough rambling for now, you got character, plot and writing discussions with me just talking about how the plot progressed. Though I liked this book more than the last, it is in no way some wonderfully written masterpiece. The writing has improved but not enough. The plot actually moving and Marcus are the things that made things book for me. Sadly those two things are not enough to make me suggest this book to anyone, specially since they would have to go through the first one. I myself await the next to see where it goes, but iI don’t really mind the waiting for this series.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Half Bad

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Title: Half Bad [Half Bad Trilogy 1]

Author: Sally Green

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 380

Rating: 2 Star rounded down from 2.5

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I am sure you can gather from the rating I gave this book that I didn’t like it. Books generally have to be pretty damn painful for me to rate them below a three star yet here we are. I present to you Half Bad.

This is a story set in our modern day world where there is a secret magic side to it where normal everyday people are generally unaware that its there. In this hidden magical world are the White/Good witches, Black/Evil witches, and some cross breeds between witches and humans and White and Black witches otherwise known as Half Codes. Our main character Nathan is a Half Code, and seemingly the only one they know about. His mother was a White witch with healing abilities and his father is the most wanted Black witch on the planet, responsible for killing many other witches, eating their hearts so that their powers became his own. The story is about Nathan’s struggles with being both kinds of witch, and how he is treated in his world.

This story had so much potential to be so good. There are just so many things you can do with a plot really that has the ability to go anywhere, and this story did have some really good bits. The very start and the very end of the story were great and I really enjoyed them. The rest of it was just so excruciatingly slow that at times I felt like my eyes were melting from their sockets. I really liked how the good/bad lines between the colours were blurred and came into question. I in general thought all the controlling government of the White witches were complete and utter f***heads (but I spose you can say that about lots of governments), while I didn’t really ever feel that kind of rage at any of the Black witches introduced in the book. His whole relationship with Celia was a tad confusing and I didn’t know how to take it. She kept him locked up like a dog and did horrible things to him but she didn’t want to hand him over when the people she worked for wanted to take him places for things unknown. The end of the book was also very exciting but for obvious reasons I wont go into it.

Other than that plot wise nothing really happened. Not at any point in this story was I worried about Nathan working out his big thing he needed to work out. If it happened it happened if it didn’t. All I knew was that it was going to take a bloody long time to get there. This book put me in a slump and send me to sleep.

With the writing style there were some bits of second person perspective, and it was only really in the very beginning of the book. It was very interesting thing to experience straight off the bat, it did not continue throughout the book so I find myself asking why. Why on earth was that in there, what purpose did it serve, just why? Commit to it, it was really interesting and I felt much more connected to the story when it was happening rather than when it wasn’t. The rest of the writing was very telly and not showy.

I didn’t mind the characters and one I did really liked was Arran and I feel so bad for Nathan that he has been separated from one of the only loving people in his sad life. Nathan himself wasn’t so bad, but I didn’t really care about him. I felt so sorry for everything he had to go through but I didn’t care if he died or anything. Spoiler I also felt for someone who was just so against killing the entire book he took to it just way to damn easy. What was the point of that struggle? End Spoiler. I also liked Gabriel and I am interested in seeing where his part of the story leads.

Now I did get sent the next book in the series by Penguin so I will be continuing on with it. I liked the ending of this book but I don’t know if it was enough to make me continue without having been sent the second one. I really hope we get more of the magical things in the second book and that the pace picks up throughout the whole plotline rather than the start and the end. At this point I am not recommending this series to anyone. I am holding judgement until after I have read the second book.

 

Till Next Time…