PJ Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

PJ Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Para Element: Werewolves
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls Book 3
PreOrder Online:  Amazon.com
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ARC given to me by the publisher.

A quick forward before reading this review: Maggie Steifvater the author of Forever is an extremely talented author and I would recommend her writing to anyone. Her words are like a delicacy as if she weighs each one out for the proper weight and flavor. This is the first book I didn’t like of hers and it was mostly because the characters behaved in ways that didn’t relate with me. I only recommend this review if you have read the two books before, Shiver & Linger and please don’t throw something at me…once again just my opinion.

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:
This really pains me, but I did not enjoy FOREVER. This is a book that I have been looking forward to reading for a year. One year and ten days actually. So, I should have just powered through it…loved on it, rolled within the pages and then lamented on the end of an era. Sadly though, it was not to be. I actually had a hard time finishing this one. Don’t hate me, but it’s true. Stiefvater’s token prose actually grated on my nerves and her descriptions dragged instead of titillated. I was literally yawning through the first 100 pages and forcing myself to just finish – hoping for redemption, yet never finding it.

REVIEW:
Grace is a wolf and Sam is left behind as a human with Cole St. Clair and Isabel. Sam is a bit down and out because of his girlfriend being stuck in a four-legged state and the fact that everyone in town thinks he killed her. Cole St. Clair is busy dealing with his new “unstar” state and a slight obsession with Isabel and the fact that he is pretty sure his brain can whip up a cure for their werewolf. Then there is Isabel, who finds out her father is calling in the big guns to hunt down the wolves and when one wolf kills again – the townspeople will do anything to support him even round up some helicopters and sharp shooters. Will the trio be able to save the wolves in time? Will they be able to work together long enough to even come up with a plan?

This physically hurts me to write this review but I actually felt that Sam was a moping mess most of this book and I literally wanted to scream “Get your head out of your butt emo boy!” Then the Cole and Isabel dynamic was trying. I really felt that the first 100 pages were just a big sobbing mess of descriptions and angsty lamenting about how their life sucks. Then when the action did pick up and a certain minor but featured character dies off – there was very little reaction. Then swoosh into the action and it rolled right into the ending. Then there was the ending, I couldn’t believe it ended that way. I just felt deflated; it was anti-climatic. Where was the wrap-up? Was I missing something? I felt like through this entire book nothing was accomplished! I’m having an urge to rant – and please feel free to let me know if you feel the same way. I guess to describe my overall feeling would be let-down. This should have been epic. This should have been the culmination of a three year journey. I should have rejoiced as two of my favorite character’s got their HEA – yet, I felt all I found was new characters with the same name. A new emo boy with drama queen tendencies and a detached and rather non-existent werewolf girl that needed to be shaken out of their depression to actually make a decision and move the story forward.

    I am sad.

         This is me being sad.

    
Because I didn’t enjoy this book.
RECOMMENDATIONS:
Recommended only for fans of the series and it should be read in order.< br />

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PJ Review: Ascension (Dark Breed #1) by Sable Grace

PJ Review: Ascension (Dark Breed #1) by Sable Grace

Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Paranormal Element: Everything! Mythology, Gods, Vampires, Shifters…
Series: Dark Breed #1
Order Online:  Amazon.com
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Digital copy from Netgalley.com for Review

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:
Ascension strikes fast, hits you hard as it thrusts you into a very dark world that had my imagination spinning. It wasn’t a world I want to visit anytime soon, either. Despite the darkness, I was quickly taken in, I wanted to find out more about this violent and scary place. There was so much going on in this novel, new breeds of paranormals, mixed races…it was quite fascinating. And then with the intermix of the Greek gods and goddesses I thought it might be too much, but it worked and made for one of the most creatively spun Urban Fantasy novel that I’ve read in awhile. The one drawback of the novel was that it really did drag towards the end of the novel. It was fast fast fast — and then came to a screeching halt. It would have been PERFECT if it would have kept up that high intensity pace. And the thing about pace – if you don’t get it right it will bring a good idea crashing.

REVIEW:
Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen a dark breed of an unholy joining for two species. Her kind, the dark breeds are overrunning the world after the gates of Hell opened and released madness into the world. Yet, Kyana has forced herself to step out of her kinds usual evil nature and joined the Order of Ancients to fight the dark breeds and protect the mortals. Kyana is highly ambitious and when she is given one of the most important missions of her career she sees it as a chance to prove herself. But, she is quickly deflated when she finds she’ll be paired with Ryker, a demigod who knows how to push all the wrong buttons where she is concerned. Together they team up, but with a lot of reservations, because there mission is a lot more important then their personal problems.

A highly imaginative Urban Fantasy. Ascension is over-run with uniquely formed paranormals. It had my head spinning. And on top of the crazy world-building the sexual tension between Kyana and Ryker was enough to have me salivating. It was one of those romantic episodes where you want to beat both their heads against the table and scream “Get it on already!” Those are always fun…but, Sable Grace took it to a whole new level. This is definitely one you should look out for.

Now for the not so fun parts. The dragging almost killed me, at some point I was ready to just put the book down. The anticipation was gone, because Kyana and Ryker had already somewhat settled their differences and then there was just so much more book to trudge through and clue finding and things like that. I also found the patsy rather convenient and I also found it hard to understand how different the dark breeds were from Kyana…I don’t think there was enough explanation. Was it just that if she drank human blood it would drive her to a crazy hunger that she couldn’t control? Then how did she stop in the first place? Besides that the book was an enjoyable read and highly creative (I keep saying that!). I can’t wait to see what Ms. Grace has in store for us next.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
Recommended for fans of darker Urban Fantasy series like the series written by Kelly Gay and Jennifer Esteps. There is a lot of violence, bad language and sexual interaction in this novel, recommended for adults only.

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    PJ Review: Dark Life by Kat Falls

    PJ Review: Dark Life by Kat Falls

    Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
    SciFi Element: Underwater, Dystopian
    Series: Dark Life #1
    Order Online:  Amazon.com
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    Purchased audio book from audible.com

    PJ’s QUICKIE POV:
    Prepare for a wild ride with this one! I was completely taken by surprise when on a whim I added this one to my library. DARK LIFE introduced me to a new world teeming with rich imaginings, mystery and fast-paced action. I fell in love with Ty and his underwater world from the moment I finished the first page. This is not one to pass by!

    REVIEW:
    After cataclysmic events raised the water levels of the world, a large portion of the human race has taken to live in stacked living areas, what seems to be high-rises. They cram into apartments and small living places, unable to farm or own land.  Pioneers and wanna-be land owners have found their new frontiers at the bottom of the ocean. You can own land underneath the ocean, have room to grow and start a family and even own livestock. Yet, like all unknowns, undersea dwellers are thought odd to the people that reside Topside. Their unknown world is suspect and they are lorded over by the Topside government, forced to provide food for the people above in exchange for oxygen.

    Ty’s dream is to own his own plot of land and it is going to be available to him soon. In a few short years he will be old enough to strike out on his own and farm his own homestead. He was born under the sea, the first and underwater is his home. He can barely withstand surfacing for a few hours for trade. Especially when the Topside people look at him oddly, his pale glowing skin an oddity above, but normal below because of the diet they subsist on. 


    During one of Ty’s explorations he comes upon a girl from Topside in search of her brother and his life will never be the same. They are quickly fleeing from a band of Outlaws that are threatening the underwater way of life, with their crimes and attacks. Together with his new friend, they must search for her brother and at the same time discover who these outlaws are and how they are tied to her brother before Topside government shuts them down permanently. 

    Richly unique and captivating, you’ll be sucked underwater with this one and not want to break the surface until you are done. Ty and his world are a multi-layered mystery that you get to peel back bit by bit and savor each piece as you read more. I couldn’t get enough of DARK LIFE and can’t wait to read RIP TIDE.

    RECOMMENDATIONS:
    Recommended for fans of young adult dystopian and science fiction. This is not similar to anything I’ve read in a long time so it is hard to do comparisons. 

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    PJ Review: Outside In by Maria V. Synder

    PJ Review: Outside In by Maria V. Synder

    Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
    SciFi Element: Space, Dystopian
    Series: Inside Series #2
    Order Online:  Amazon.com
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    Review copy provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for a review.

    PJ’s QUICKIE POV:
    Just as good as the first, OUTSIDE IN plummets you into an alternate science fiction reality that is so believable, I just couldn’t get enough.  The way Synder’s mind works fascinates me. Her rich imagination and unique characterization is a gem among the writing world. If you have not read a book by Maria V. Synder do so now, you will not be disappointed.

    REVIEW:
    OUTSIDE IN begins where we left off with it’s predecessor. Trella has fought and won freedom for the people of Inside and a committee has been formed from the rebels. They are there to make the decisions, vote on topics and get things done Inside. But, unfortunately most of the decisions are taking too long as the members disagree and Lowers and Uppers still pit against one another. Trella is there as a consultant because she did not want to take as much responsibility as they wanted to give her and soon the committee position is too much also. The politics of the situation overwhelms her and all she yearns for is to get back in the pipes and away from all the bickering and decision making.

    No one will let her do this though, the people around her know that she has the power within her and they keep pushing her to step up to the plate. Trella isn’t having it, even as a saboteur is on the loose and begins making serious trouble for the people of Inside. Will Trella have to do things over again? Rebel against the newly formed committee, against her friends? Or will they do it for her? Push her away because she will not take action? And as more and more accidents begin to happen, things aren’t looking good for the newly formed Inside government…

    Sndyer’s work is so unique and I’m always so pleased after I read them. She has a unique way of portraying situations which draws you into her novels. OUTSIDE IN does the same and I was caught up in finding out who was behind the bombings and then the subsequent political maneuvering so much so that my head was spinning. I reacted with Trella to all her emotional scenes and I thought Synder did a wonderful job with her progression. The pacing was also well done but for a slight slowness at the start of the novel. This stems from the fact that there is a reintroduction to the events that never goes over well with me.

    My distaste with some of the novel stemmed from personal opinions on how I WISHED things would have been done and would be a complete spoiler if I went into details. But, I did find that the end of the book felt rushed and thought that maybe this might have been better left for the third book. If there is going to be a third book and my mediocre searching on the internet has not garnered me a definite yah or nay about a next one. I’m thinking it is likely though, because who does a two book series?

    RECOMMENDATIONS:
    Recommended for fans of science fiction young adult novels, her writing actually reminds me of the novels I loved as a child from Madeleine L’Engle. There is a touch of romance for those that need this extra umpf and I recommend this for older teens for there are a bit of mature subjects that are hinted at, but nothing descriptive.

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