Monthly Archives: September 2011

Review: Hades

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Pages: 424
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: August 30th 2011
Copy Type: Hardcover
Copy Received by: Gift from Family Member

Teaser from Goodreads

Heaven Help Her.

Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.

The story that Alexandra Adornetto built in her New York Times-bestselling debut, Halo, comes alive in action-packed and unexpected ways, as angels battle demons, and the power of love is put to the test.

Review

I’m going to write this as spoiler free as I possibly can.

This book seemed in ways worse than the first in the series, Halo, though I did read that a long time ago. This book just didn’t cut it for me. It seemed very thrown together.

My first issue with the book is the title. The word Hades refers to the Greek god of the Underworld Hades, though in this book the characters use it as the name for the underworld instead of the name of god himself. 

Throughout the book I felt that the description the wrong things at the wrong time, and at one point I believe I found a sentence that hadn’t been completed thoroughly before starting the next sentence. 

I loved the romance in the book, Bethany and Xavier, because they just seems so good for each other, but in the beginning I found my self wanting to yell at Bethany for her many mistakes that later contributed to the main conflict. 

My last issue was the ending, which was very sudden and incomplete. (I’m avoiding spoilers, I’m sorry I’m being very vague.)

Overall I say if you liked Halo, you should feel free to try Hades out. 


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Waiting on Wednesday (4)

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My waiting on wednesday this week is for the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Goodreads

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

Review: Dead Beautiful

Dead  Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

Pages: 480
Publisher: Hyperion
Date Published: September 21st 2010
Copy Type: Hardcover
Copy Received by: RAK from Sara [Her Blog]

Teaser from Goodreads 

On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she’d ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.
After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”
It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.
Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.
Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

 
Review
This book is nice for when your looking for a not-so-simple Paranormal Romance, that takes place at a boarding school.
I when I first began this book I couldn’t really tell if it was going to be Paranormal. Though there were several little hints though out the book I didn’t really begin to get what was happening until the middle of the book when things were starting to heat up. 
I thought the characters, mostly the main ones, Renee and Dante seems to have very little personality to them. They never really were given any hobbies or major interests, and there didn’t seem to be anything very special about the main character, Renee’s love interest Dante except for how they explained that he was “Beautiful”.
This book reminded me a lot of the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, which is in no way a bad thing, I thought Fallen, Torment, and Passion were great, it just seems like there wasn’t anything extremely original about the story.
The ending was very incomplete. I have no idea what happened at the very end and I’m not sure what to expect if I read the next book the the series (coming out in 2012)

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