Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1), by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen songbird

5/5 stars

Reccomended for: fans of French culture, Tolkien-esque creatures, and political maneuvering

Review:

This was so good. Sooo good. I had been seeking a fairytale retelling when I found this, and it has been on my to read shelf forever. I finally got to it, because it was available right away, and I was surprisingly pleased with the story. Cécile is a surprisingly realistic narrator for such fantasy, and she defies most cliches. She definitely has major butt-kicking moments, like when Lessa is being beaten, but she’s not exactly your average, kick-butt heroine. She’s also by no means wimpy, but she has realistic moments when she throws tantrums. Like when Luc kidnaps her. It’s understandable that that would bother her. I found the troll politics fascinating, the way the full-bloods interacted with each other and how they were stuck in each other’s webs. There was never a dull moment in this book, whether it be parties, rebellions, politics, prophecies, eavesdropping, maniacal younger brothers, or the ominous Sluag (man-eating beasts that live in the labyrinth. There’s even a labyrinth! How cool is that?!) This book accurately portrayed the complexities of every decision you make, especially when the characters have to make decisions regarding the half-bloods, or breaking the curse. You’re never sure which decision is actually the wisest, and sometimes there isn’t a wise decision to make.

There was one major downside of this book, though

The love interest was named Tristan.

That’s one of my least favorite names used in YA.

Otherwise, this was a great read and I highly recommend it.

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Jennifer L. Armentrout Announces Oblivion (and I describe it in 100 words or less)

Read the announcement on JLA’s blog here http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/oblivion/

Hey kitten oblivion

So this is what Oblivion means for us

  1. First off, we get more Daemon Black
  2. we only have to wait until December to get our hands on it
  3. NEW scenes from the Lux series!

This will definitely not cure my craze for other POVs from JLA, (I have no regrets about staying up into the wee hours scourging her blog— Seth’s POV from the pool scene! Dead.) but this will certainly help 😀

Dead Beautiful (Dead Beautiful #1), by Yvonne Woon

deadbeautiful

3/5 stars

Reccomended for: fans of Twilight, The Divine Comedy, or classy zombies

Review:

I predicted the entire book less than halfway through.

This book was interesting, and basically a better version of Twilight. I don’t understand the ending, and Dante didn’t seem right to me. Maybe I couldn’t mentally picture him (or Renée, for that matter) or maybe I didn’t buy the chemistry, but as a couple they weren’t that bad. This book was sort of creepy, especially with all the dead things. I have to at, nothing in this book particularly caught my attention, it was pretty average. I did like Miss. LaBarge, I wish we could have seen more of her. I’m uncertain about how I feel with the addition of her dwindling relationship with Annie, and the fact that she never really misses Wes that much.

Overall
Liked:
Most of the characters
The school
Miss. LaBarge
Eleanor

Disliked:
Lack of character description
Lack of descriptive adjectives