Review of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall is the story of a witched named Sophie who is sentenced their after a love spell she casts goes horrible wrong. After her roommate Jenna, a vampire, is suspected of a series of attempted murders Sophie sets out to find the real killer. Hex Hall is IMO a more improved version of Hogwarts.I feel it is an improvement for several reasons. The students are made up of different magical creatures Fairies, Shapeshifters, and not just witches. The biggest improvement for me though was the characters. One of the things that I hated about Harry was the fact that he never formed his own opinions and was strictly a Dumbledor ‘s man. Harry viewed everything the headmaster said as law and never questioned what he himself thought or wanted. Hermione was a bully who used her slightly above average intelligence to force her opinions down people throats for example S.P.E.W. did she consider what the house themselves wanted? No she assumed she knew what was best for them based on how she was used to things working. She also refused to even consider different ideas from her own. Did she ever ask herself how the purebloods viewed muggles to gain better understanding. No she just called them prejudice which is the same thing the purebloods did to her minus the racial name calling. Sophie asked people to explain about her dad when they said things she didn’t know Sophie stuck by Jenna never pushing her for answers she didn’t want to give when she was being blamed for the attacks. The book’s villain Elodie has moments of vulnerability where you actually think she is a good person deep down. The other antagonist Alice was created by circumstance and suffered a lot cause of it. I would recommend this book to people who were slightly dissatisfied with Hogwarts or who like books with paranormal elements.

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Review of Unsouled by Neal Shusteman and Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Unsouled is the third book in the Unwind Trilogy and it continues to show the adventures of Risa, Conner, and Levi three kids who were set to be unwound before the made a run for it. This book shows the trio on a mission to stop unwinding for good, by finding the person who made unwinding possible in the first place. The most interesting part is when you discover how unwinding became so popular and the government’s views on it. This is a must read for anybody who likes dystopias. Cruel Beauty is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast what makes this retelling stand out is all the different mythologies that make up the stories’ world. It had Greek Myths like Persephone and Hades. Nix the main character has known for all her life that she was going to be sacrificed to the feared demon called the Gentle Lord, but what he doesn’t know is that she has been training her whole life to defeat him. Upon arrival she learned that the Gentle Lord was not at all what she expected. I think the ending needed more of a punch though. It would have been better if they had introduced Lux to Nix’s family. I would recommend this book to fans of fairy tale retellings or mythology buffs. I am now reading Hex Hall, Humanity Surviving The Plague and Somber Island.

Review of The Devouring by Simon Holt

I bought this book expecting to get a good scare for Halloween sadly that did not happen. The Devouring is basically a b rated horror movie plot. A girl Regina and her friend Erin take a mysterious journal from the book store where Regina or Reggie works. The Journal gives instructions on how to summon these creatures called the Vous that feed off people’s fear and take over their bodies. They try the ritual the journal describes to summon the creatures for fun. The creatures are summoned however they find a better host in Reggie’s younger brother Henry. Reggie realizes after several events that the Vous took over her brothers and begins a journey to Henry’s mindscape to get him back. You have your basic horror movie elements reckless people messing with things they shouldn’t an innocent person paying for their mistakes and a main character desperate to make up for her previous actions. I could handle all that if the book focused a lot on Henry his disturbing behavior,but the main focus is learning more about Vous. None of Henry’s behavior is learned about until after it happens. I think the main problem with this book is that it was not written in active voice which takes a lot of the suspense out of it. The book needs to show Henry’s behavior shocking Reggie and affecting her, doing that would make the book much stronger. The plot and passive voice stops me from recommending this book to anybody. On Saturday I will review Unsouled and Cruel Beauty.

Review of Misbehaving by Abbi Glines and Cages by Chris Pasley

Misbehaving is a book in a romance series by Abbi Glines. The main characters are a girl named Jessie and a guy named Jason. After Jessie gets pay back for a ex boyfriend cheating on her she meets Jason who contributes to her escape. What I like the most about this book is the strong loyalty between Jessie mother and her. Jessie and her mom would walk through fire for one another. The book ends like all romance light and happy with some good drama in between I would recommend this book for older teens due to adult situations and sexual descriptions. I also read Cages this book is very unique for several reasons the first being it is an Indie book so few people have heard of it. I am proud to read this so it can gain some recognition. This book is about a world where once children hit puberty they could possible mutate into beast and kill people or bite other people creating bitten’s to spread the disease. The book is only two hundred pages long so it is a little short. The plot is defiantly unique but description and characterization are very weak so I might not read the rest of the series. I would recommend this book to people who like action plot based books. I am currently reading The Devouring, Unsouled and Humanity Gone After The Plague.

Review Of Call Me Rapunzel and Bloodlines by Kate Cary

Call Me Rapunzel is a fairytale retelling of you guessed it Rapunzel. At times Rapunzel acted too damsel in distressed for my liking. In this version Rapunzel is a beautiful young girl about to be married until a witch who coverts her hair curses Rapunzel to become immortal. After some time Rapunzal begins to get to know the town locals which angers the witch immensely. I liked the fact that this fairy tale retelling deals with things like indoor plumbing and the internet. There is another surprise twist in this book that I don’t want to spoil for anyone. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in fairytale retellings. Bloodlines was a pleasant surprise for me. I picked this book expected a story modern day vampires. Instead I got a story about vampires during World War I. This story is told from four people journals Mary, John Lucy and Quincey Harker. After John has a mission with Harker John ends up in the hospital and his journal contains an alarming tale following Harker who later begins to become infatuated with John sister Lucy. I loved the Lucy and Harker the best. I know other people would consider Lucy’s actions in the end weak but I think they make her the strongest character. Lucy decided to make sure she took her own life into no one’s hands but her own. John I feel was the weakest and gave in to temptation without a fight. Harker was hit by Lucy actions the hardest and did the best he could to make things right by her. I hope to see more of that growth from him in the next novel. I would recommend Bloodlines for anyone who wants violent bloodsucking vampires as opposed to emo sparkly ones. I am now reading Misbehaving, Cages and Unsouled