Book Review – Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

A quick disclaimer: I’ve fallen tragically behind on my book reviews, so I’m going to be playing catch-up for a while. Bear with me, but also please enjoy this influx of content.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

This will be a spoiler-free review.

So, y’all might remember how much I loved the first book in this series, Renegades. It really hit on everything I love to see in the novels I read, and has officially cemented itself as one of my new all-time favorites. The good news is that I loved this second book nearly as much as that one! The bad news is that there’s only one book left in the series. *sad face*

Joking aside, I really did love this book. I wouldn’t consider it one of my all-time favorites like its predecessor, but it was definitely a solid novel with many of the great things from the first book carrying over. The characters were just as fantastic as before, both on the side of the Anarchists (villains) and Renegades (heroes). In fact, I’d say I grew even more attached to the Anarchists in this book, which was nice, because I think that will lead to the third and final book feeling even more dynamic when the big series climax finally hits. The world was also just as fleshed out as before, and Meyer’s exploration of how the people in this world might react to certain… shall we say, controversial choices the Renegades make was very interesting.

I also felt that the tension built well throughout the novel, with certain events foreshadowed that added a lot of suspense. Meyers didn’t really hide anything from the reader. It wasn’t about setting up a huge plot twist, but rather about making her audience dread the inevitable, which worked really well for me. I kept praying for Nova, one of the two lead characters, to do something–anything–to prevent the unavoidable outcome of her actions. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next.

However, the element that really shown the brightest for me in this book was the romance. While relationships between certain characters were teased in the last book, in this one we finally got some payoff, which I loved. Romance is my bread and butter, and Meyers is definitely skilled at writing scenes that are bound to make any romance lover swoon.

Oh! And I got my wish for more Adrian chapters! Yay!

With that said, though, there was one qualm I had with this book, which is the reason it was deducted half a star. Although most everything in this novel was just as spot-on as in Renegades, the one thing that fell flat was the plot. Unfortunately, this novel suffered from second-book syndrome. This means that it felt more like a segue between books one and three, rather than like its own unique entity. Honestly, the biggest issue was that there simply wasn’t enough plot. Or, at least, not enough of a main plotline. Mostly, this book consisted of subplots. This is why the romance was so great; because it got the most attention, even though it technically shouldn’t have been the most important part of this novel. Between scenes that forwarded the main plot, there were multiple scenes used to fluff up the story and kill time until the next major plot event happened. Fortunately, as I previously stated, I love romance, so this didn’t bother me too much. For someone less inclined toward romance, however, this book may feel tedious. To me, it seems clear that Meyers originally intended for this series to be a duology, but for some reason decided to stretch it out into three books instead. So, though I did love the romantic elements, I do think it would have worked better as a two-book series rather than a three-book series.

Still, I really did enjoy myself while reading this book, and I can’t wait to finish off the series when the third installment comes out in November!

Book Review – Dreamer by Ja-Mel Vinson

Rating: 1/5 Stars

I was given an ARC of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review. This review will be spoiler-free. 

An author is not their book. I say this because, from the few interactions I had with Vinson while requesting this ARC, he was a very sweet guy. I have nothing but respect for him and his passion for storytelling. This is what makes it exceptionally hard for me to give this novel a negative review. However, I feel that neglecting to review it would be dishonest and a disservice to those who might be considering picking this novel up.

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Book Review – Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 5/5 Stars

This will be a spoiler-free review.

I’m just gonna come right out and say it: I LOVED this book. Seriously. There was just something about it that resonated with me in a way that a book hasn’t really done in a long, long time. From the story concept to the characters to the writing, it was all amazing. Honestly, this book hadn’t even been on my radar until I started writing my own novel about superheroes and villains, and I’d decided to check out a few books in the genre. I’m so glad I found it, though, because I’m in love.

Anyway, gushing aside, let’s get into this review.

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Book Review – Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

This will be a spoiler-free review.

Hype is a strange beast. On the one hand, it can get you pumped up for a book that then meets or exceeds your expectations, and you get a certain high from enjoying a book that others have enjoyed. On the other hand, it can give you unrealistic expectations for a book that then doesn’t meet those expectations, and then you’re bummed because you really thought you would love that book. My experience with Scythe was of the later variety.

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Book Review – Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

This will be a spoiler-free review.

If I had to summarize this book in only one word, it would be “clever.” I mean, how many Cinderella retellings are there in the world? About a million, if I had to guess. But this one really stood out from the crowd, and I had a great time reading it. So, with that said, let’s jump into this review!

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Book Review – Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

This will be a spoiler-free review. For my spoiler-y thoughts, check out my Book Breakdown on my YouTube channel, which was posted on 4/18/2018 (My Channel).

This book was so close to being a 5/5 star read for me. Soooo close! It was honestly that good. It was cute, and fun, and well-written. It was everything I was hoping it would be. Hell, it was everything I was hoping Burro Hills would be (you can check out that review here). So kick back and relax, because this review is going to be a fun one.

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Book Review – Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

This will be a spoiler-free review. For my spoiler-y thoughts, check out my Book Breakdown on my YouTube channel, which was posted on 4/18/2018 (My Channel).

I went into this book having read and watched a plethora of negative and/or rant reviews about it. I knew the general plot of the book, I knew about the trigger warning for rape, and I knew about the Spiced Rigna and how “hope is a raging asshole.” So when I cracked the spine of the library book I’d borrowed (because obviously I wasn’t going to spend money on a book people were shitting on right and left) I thought I was in for a dumpster fire. I thought I would be trudging through the book from beginning to end, rolling my eyes at the awful writing and wishing I hadn’t decided to review it for my Book Breakdown. Then, the unthinkable happened.

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Book Review – Burro Hills by Julia Lynn Rubin

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

I was given an eARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review will be spoiler-free.

I’d like to get this out in the open right away: I was disappointed with this book. Now, this may have been partially my fault. I think I went into it with high expectations, hoping it would be similar to one of my favorite novels, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Not that I wanted it to be the same plotline. Rather, I was just hoping it would hit me as hard as that novel had. I wanted this book to make me feel something, and it just didn’t deliver.

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Book Review – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Rating: 4/5 Stars

This will be a spoiler-free review.

I’m not going to lie. When I was assigned this book to read for my fiction workshop, I anticipated that I would hate it. Not because I don’t like classic literature–in fact, I love the classics–but because it was assigned to me. In my experience, if a piece of classic literature is assigned to read, it isn’t the good stuff. I’ve never been assigned to read Little Women or Pride and Prejudice, and although I read Wuthering Heights for a class, it was a classic that I was allowed to pick for myself. So, going into this novel, I was filled with dread. I thought I was in for a rough 325 pages. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, and I actually ended up really enjoying myself.

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