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Review: Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: May 22, 2012
Source: Library
Series: Of Poseidon #1
Rating: FOUR STARS

I hadn’t really heard much about this book before I read it, nor had I sought out any reviews. I don’t think I’d even read the flap until I was a few chapters in, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this book. I was pleasantly surprised, and I definitely enjoyed Of Poseidon.
I love mermaid stories, and I absolutely love it when I find one that does things a bit different than what you’re expecting. These mermaids can change into human form on their own, though they aren’t supposed to since contact with humans is forbidden. They can all sense each other to some degree, though there are a select few that can sense better than others. They’re divided into two kingdoms, one descended from Poseidon, and one from Triton. We all know who Poseidon is, but my knowledge of Triton is confined to Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I’ll be googling him here pretty soon just so I can a somewhat better grasp on the mythology of this book.
I loved all the characters in Of Poseidon, even Galen’s snarky sister Rayna. It takes a little while to warm up to Rayna though, but once you do you’ll love her. Toraf, Galen’s best friend and Rayna’s boyfriend/mate, was a fun character to follow. Everyone felt distinctly different from everyone else, their own personalities clearly developed. I felt like I was with these people, not just reading about them. I wasn’t really impressed by Galen’s older brother Grom though. I felt like he should’ve sided with Galen in the end because of them being family, but there were things unsaid on Galen’s side that did make it hard. I was hoping for more information on the Grom and Nalia storyline, but it wasn’t a focus in Of Poseidon. Their story is briefly covered in the short story prequel Legacy Lost.
I got this book from the library, but I will definitely be acquiring my own copy so that I can reread this while waiting for the next book. And let me warn you guys, there’s something big revealed at the end, and it’s a huge cliffhanger. When I got to that last chapter and I realized what was happening I was like “OH MY GOD YOU CANNOT END THIS BOOK HERE. NO NO NO NO NO!” Needless to say this a series I’ll be continuing. If you love mermaid stories, read it. Even if you don’t, give it a try. It’s definitely one of the best I’ve read.

Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: June 5, 2012
Source: Library
Series: Monument 14#1

So I have kind of a funny story that goes along with this book. I checked it out from the library on July 20, day 1 of my ten day vacation from work. It’s a hot and humid day, and because of the humidity I knew it was likely that we’d have some kind of storm. Just as I was walking into Walmart with my mom for lunch at the Subway inside there was already rain coming down fairly hard outside. I brought in Monument 14 to read while we ate. Now, Monument 14 gets started with the end of the world things right away with a huge hailstorm at the very beginning. Then the kids get trapped in this supermart store, and I’m currently eating in a supermart store with my own storm going on outside. Plus, the lights in Walmart were flickering. CREEPY. Needless to say, I was kind of paranoid for an hour or two after that.
Anyways, that attests to Emmy Laybourne’s writing, because she was very good at describing stuff in such a way that my own surroundings helped add to the atmosphere of the book. It’s not very often I get a reading experience like this one, and while it was creepy in the extreme it was also fun. I then proceeded to ignore the book for a week or so though, until I no longer had this lingering sense of doom hanging over me. Overall I really enjoyed this book. The story is definitely intriguing and I’m amazed at the strength these kids had to keep going, even when everything in their life has completely turned around.
I only had two issues with this book. It’s told from Dean’s point of view, from his journal I would assume given the way it’s written. All of the other characters had distinct personalities, but Dean kind of felt bland. Like there wasn’t really that much to him, just no personality really. The other issue was that I would have liked a little bit more information on what was going on in the rest of the country, in addition to their day to day lives surviving in a Greenway. We got a little bit of info at the beginning, but then didn’t get anything else until the end of the book.
I would definitely recommend this for those who love disaster/post apocalyptic stories. While the pacing can drag at times, this definitely paints a grim picture of what could be a possibility in our future. Just make sure to read it when you have good weather!

Review: Slayers by C.J. Hill

Slayers by C.J. Hill
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release date: September 27, 2011
Source: Around the World Tours
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
Dragons exist. They’re ferocious. And they’re smart: Before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant, so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it – these “Slayers” are descended from the original knights, and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator’s daughter who didn’t sign up to save the world.

The dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall in love. But will they survive?

Slayers was a fun, adventurous read. It was also kind of cinematic with it’s opening chapter, and then the last chapter wraps everything up while still leaving it open for a sequel. Just like a movie!
In the first half of Slayers Tori got on my nerves. She acted like the stereotypical rich girl at camp, not wanting to do what the others were doing and thinking she could do her own things. But thankfully that all changed when she realized the gravity of their situation. All the supporting characters were good, although two of the girls I just didn’t like. They were pretty nasty for no apparent reason, other than Tori being new and rich.
And just to warn those who might not like them, or those that do, there is a long triangle in this. I don’t love them or hate them, it all just depends on individual books. This time I wasn’t so pleased with the long triangle, only because I decided right from the beginning who I thought she should be with, so I didn’t enjoy time with the other guy. Thankfully though it looks like the one I chose might be in the lead.
The story itself was good. The pacing was just right, not too slow but not too fast. I wasn’t able to predict anything, which made me happy. Others might though. Plenty of action, romance, and dragons. I would have liked to see a little more of the dragons, but maybe in the sequel if there is one.
Slayers is definitely a worthwhile read, and you’re sure to devour it if you love dragons. There’s no news yet on whether there will be a sequel, but I for one would like one to look forward too.

Review: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release date: August 30, 2011
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Format: ARC paperback, 422 pages
Series: Halo #2
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
Even the love of her boyfriend, Xavier Woods, and her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep the angel Bethany Church from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, 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. Can he be trusted in this wager? And what does Jake have Xavier believing about Beth’s fate that may result in an act of betrayal that will leave Bethany – and readers – wondering if Xavier is so good after all?

After reading the summary for Hades, the sequel to Alexandra Adornetto’s Halo, I have to admit I was thinking I wouldn’t like this book. I didn’t want to be spending the whole time with Bethany in Hell with Jake. I don’t like Jake. In fact, the entire time I was immensely frustrated with how delusional he was. I wanted to reach through the pages and punch the living daylights out of him. I was almost avoiding this book because of that, even though I had a deadline because of it being an ARC tour. But once I got more into it I just tore through it, because this book is seriously awesome, even with the detestable Jake.
Bethany never gives up. She’s always searching for a way out of her predicament, and even manages to befriend some people in Hell. I hope to see more of those two people in the third installment, because they definitely proved themselves worthy of a second chance, in my opinion. Xavier outshone himself as well, because he too never gives up, along with Ivy and Gabriel. Even though I’m not a believer (sorry guys, I’m really not), this book does well by religion I think. The characters shine with the qualities that seem important to those are who believers. And we were introduced to another angel, but I won’t say who and spoil the surprise! Just know that it was awesome, and provided some small humor points with Xavier near the end.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed Hades more than I thought I would. If you loved Halo I definitely recommend continuing with the series, because it only gets better. I’m seriously excited for the third book, and the second hasn’t even been published yet! Oh how will I endure the wait. Can’t wait to see what everyone else thinks of Hades, so once you’ve read it, let me know! I’d love to see other reviews for it.

Review: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release date: August 31, 2010
Source: Library
Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Series: Halo #1
Purchase: Book Depository
Reading level: Young Adult

Summary from Goodreads:
Three angels- Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human- are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They must work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.

Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.

The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her? 

You know what I loved most about this book? It did not preach in an in your face type of way. Now, given that it is an angel book, you know there are going to be some religious overtones, which I only mind when a book is trying to shove it down my throat. I didn’t grow up with a religious upbringing, but I know angels would probably be not quite like the ones in Halo This is however, a work of fiction. I like seeing the different ways people think up angel stories, how they present their version of an angel.

What I loved about Bethany was that in the beginning of the book, Alexandra wrote it in such a way that I felt like I was discovering all these new things just like Bethany was. Looking at what we have and live with everyday with new eyes. Also, Gabriel and Ivy both said that Bethany was the most connected to humans of any angel they’d seen, and I thought Alexandra did a great job of showing that throughout the book. She starts out otherworldy in the beginning, but page after page she slowly becomes more human. Ivy and Gabriel were awesome supporting characters, providing guidance to the others when needed. And Xavier. Oh Xavier. He’s one of my favorite main male protagonists ever. He does need to be better about making snap assumptions though. But hey, he’s only human, and we all do that.

For having been written by a seventeen year old, this is an amazingly put together book. I like Alexandra’s writing style, it makes for an easy read. The pacing was kind of slow, but I didn’t mind at all because it gave me more time to spend with these characters, getting to know them. And the descriptive details were wonderful, I felt like I was actually there with them sometimes.

And the last thing I loved about Halo was that the romance was not hot and heavy from the get go. It was very chaste overall, and developed somewhat slowly like the story, which was a nice change. Sure near the end Bethany was a little clingy, and that gets on a lot of readers nerves, what with the whole “women don’t need a man to be happy.” But you know, sometimes it’s just nice to have someone.

If you’re a fan of the angel trend in YA, I would definitely recommend this book. Clearly it’s not for everyone, since I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews, but it should definitely be given a try. I for one am looking forward to the next installments in this trilogy.