I am trying to make it a point to write a couple of lines about the books that I read, partly to either vent or gush without committing to a full review, but mostly so I can jog my memory later on about what I thought of previous books in a series. Right now, I am trying to target Mount TBR shelf by shelf, so that means I have been on a young adult kick – with varying degrees of success. Slight spoilers might be included…
Beautiful Darkness – This is the second book from Kami Garcia‘s Caster Chronicles series, and I am determined to get the books finished before the movie is released on Valentine’s Day. I enjoyed the first book, but really struggled with this one. Most of my problems came with my intense annoyance with Lena. Although she had been through a rough time, her angst was over the top and started to grate on my nerves. She completely did not deserve Ethan’s devotion, and I was so hoping he would give her the kick to the curb her self-pity deserved. My second problem – you know this super-secret world that exists along-side our own? Well, it was pretty much a secret to absolutely no one. I swear that there weren’t too many characters left in the story that didn’t end up wandering around those “secret” tunnels. I enjoyed the storyline development, and most of the supporting characters, but for the most part it felt like a let-down from the first book. I have higher hopes for Beautiful Chaos.
Indigo Awakening – As the first book of a new series from author Jordan Dane, Indigo Awakening seemed right up my alley. I love a good super-powered human story, and this one seem to fit the bill. And it should have. But for some reason I just couldn’t get involved in this one at all. It seemed to make all the right moves, but there wasn’t any depth to the characters, I couldn’t get into the storyline, and I never felt any connection to the characters. Was it bad? Not really. I did manage to skim though to the end, but I have absolutely no interest in finding out what happens in the rest of the series. In fact, I forgot the storyline as I was reading, and that is not a good thing.
Elixir – One of my favorite things about Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s work is that even her e-novellas are released in print format, and Elixir was no exception. Taking place immediately after Pure, it is told from Aiden’s point of view. This one is a short read, but it is pivotal for the series. But it also made me enjoy the entire Covenant series in a whole new way, surprisingly. See, I was a total Seth girl, and I while I liked Aiden I didn’t quite feel the same connection for him that I did for the other characters. He seemed a bit too removed, and while he seemed like a truly good guy he just didn’t grab me the way Seth did. Well, this little story turned that around. I liked Aiden, liked the depths this story brought to his character, and now I can see what the attraction is.
Opal – Another great one from Jennifer L. Armentrout, this time from her Lux series. This one is one of my favorite young adult series, and this story continued that. There are a lot of developments in terms of overall storyline, character development, and a cliff-hanger ending that I didn’t expect. Now, I just need to get my hands on Dawson’s story, Shadows, to fill in some of the gaps. Can’t wait for the next one.