Friday, July 8, 2016

Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins [Review]

Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle, #3)3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #3
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: September 1, 2015
Hardcover: 264 Pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark’s battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.

Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenage girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from.  Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town…which means her life is on the line yet again.

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings the fun once again in the finale of this pitch-perfect romantic paranormal comedy series.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Overall I've really enjoyed this series.  Much more than I expected to.  The very beginning was a little suspect, but about half way through the first book I saw what Rachel Hawkins was up to and sat back and enjoyed the ride.  I just really like her irreverent humor.  But this book just didn't quite capture the fun the other two books had.  It was darker and definitely mopier.  I wouldn't say I was disappointed per se, but I do miss the lighter parts of the earlier books.

David has run off, being driven mad by his visions and creating more oracles who apparently have it out for Harper and want to kill her.  I wasn't quite sure why he was doing this, but sure.  Harper mopes through most of the book with David being gone until she gets a clue to his whereabouts and what he is up to.  Blythe, Harper's frenemy, comes a long to help.  That part was fun and Blythe gets redemption at the end.  But it is all slightly predictable and things always work out a little TOO easy for Harper to succeed. The ending is a little forced, but ultimately bittersweet and hopeful.

Books in the Series:
1. Rebel Belle
2. Miss Mayhem
3. Lady Renegades

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Skylighter by Becky Wallace [Review]

The Skylighter (The Keepers' Chronicles, #2)4 out of 5 Robots!

The Skylighter by Becky Wallace
Series: The Keepers' Chronicles #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: March 22, 2016
Hardcover: 422 Pages
Publisher: Margaret McElderry Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
Johanna and Rafi are in a race against time to save their country before a power-mad Keeper destroys everything they hold dear in the “enthralling magical world” (Cinda Williams Chima, author of The Heir Chronicles) introduced in The Storyspinner.

As the last of the royal line, Johanna is the only person who can heal a magical breach in the wall that separates her kingdom of Santarem from the land of the Keepers, legendary men and women who wield elemental magic. The barrier protects Santarem from those Keepers who might try to take power over mere humans…Keepers who are determined to stop Johanna and seize the wall’s power for themselves.

And they’re not the only ones. As the duchys of Santarem descend into war over the throne, Johanna relies more than ever on the advice of her handsome companion, Lord Rafael DeSilva. But Rafi is a duke too, and his people come first. As their friendship progresses into the beginnings of a tender relationship, Johanna must wonder: is Rafi looking out for her happiness, or does he want the throne for himself?

With war on the horizon, Johanna and Rafi dodge treacherous dukes and Keeper assassins as they race to through the countryside, determined to strengthen the wall before it’s too late…even if it means sacrificing their happiness for the sake of their world.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Skylighter was a solid follow up to the Storyspinner.   It does veer plotwise from The Storyspinner as it focuses much more on Johanna trying to decide whether to take her throne.

What I liked:
- I liked the multiple POVs.  I'm not sure this is everyone's cup of tea, but I liked it.  The chapters are short and it kept my interest.
- It's a page turner.  Because the chapters are short and the POV changes, it kept me wanting to see what happened next.
- I liked the side story with Rafi's brother, Dom.  It was fun to see him come into his own and I liked his relationship with Mirabelle.

What I disliked:
- Johanna and Rafi's relationship is fairly annoying.  Which is too bad because it is one of the main focuses of the story.  Rafi and Johanna argue a lot over the future.  Johanna doesn't trust Rafi and Rafi is overprotective.  It gets old after awhile.
- As in inevitable in these types of series, this book focuses more on the "big picture" and Johanna accepting her heritage.  The first book was more about Johanna finding out the truth, which I enjoyed slightly more.  

Overall, I think it was a good ending and if you liked the first one I think you will like this one as well. 

Books in the Series:
1. The Storyspinner
2. The Skylighter

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tell Me Tuesday #52

Tell me Tuesday is a weekly feature that where you talk about what you are currently reading and what you have on deck!  Let's begin, shall we?


I've been having a little bit of a rough time so I wanted something light and fluffy.  I'm three or four stories in so far.
Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

Kaylee (age 5) and I are reading this cute book.  Kaylee is a Daisy Girl Scout, so she was pretty excited to hear about mouse scouts as well.
Mouse Scouts 

I probably won't get to this this week, but this is the next one on the docket.  I liked the first one, but found it a little disappointing when compared to her Throne of Glass series.
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)



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