Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
Rating : five stars
As you all can see, no art for this review. Why? Well just open this book, the art inside is just gorgeous and I didn’t want to try and do the same and fail LOL.
This book follows William a young man in a wheelchair. William leaves with his father and is being hazed at school by the new girl. Deprived of friends and very sad, William sends a Christmas letter asking for a dinosaur. In the North Pole, before Christmas, Santa’s elves find an egg in the ice and bring it back to Santa. Once hatched they discover that it contained a dinosaur.
I will stop here because honestly since it is a middle grade book you can probably tell how it’s going to go BUT it is so damn well written. I just thought that mixing Christmas and dinosaurs was a pretty darn good idea. I was at work when we opened the box containing these babies and I had to get it right after that. My first reaction was to flip through it and discover the amazing art inside!
Anyone can read this book but if you consider buying it for a child I think 8-10 years would be the smallest age for this book. Of course you can read it to smaller ones but I don’t know…
What’s your favorite Christmas book? Do you have any recommendations? Comment down below if you want and until next time !
(To be honest I laughed so hard when I read that scene that I had to picture it for you guys lol)
Obsidian (Lux series #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating : three stars
Katy moves into a new town with her mother. She soon realizes that there is something weird with her neighbors. The twins have apparently a lot of secrets and know something about the disappearing girls in town. As the school year starts Katy is getting closer to them and realizes that they are in fact aliens. The down part is that they are some sort of demons chasing them and Katy needs to be protected and for that she is to be followed by male twin Deamon an insufferable good looking asshole.
Okay, get where this review is going? If you know me you know I love criticizing YA books. Especially does who have an apparent Twilight-y feeling from the start (oh yeah this review is slowly turning into a rant). From the beginning I was thinking this is giving so many flashbacks from Twilight… Except the writing was better. I have to give this to J.L. Armentrout she is a good storyteller, not a mind blowing one but still not a bad one.
So imagine myself getting excited because hey aliens and hearing everyone praising this series. Get the picture? Now, picture me reading this and be absolutely disappointed when Armentrout tried to explain how their powers work. Basically, the alien can have different powers and they come from light, Deamon can stop time and travel light speed fast even faster (How is that even scientifically possible?). And how did Armentrout explained that? Well let me quote “I’m not a scientist, so I don’t know how it works, just that we can.” And that ladies and gentlemen was it! In a nutshell she was treating the reader like a child saying “That’s the way things are”. How quaint!
I was so annoyed with this part… But the rest is your normal YA story: girl fell in love with supernatural boy, they have a sort of impossible story because they are not the same species, and enemies try to get to said girl yadayadayada. So nothing extraordinary. And that is what I am getting at, this book was not awful, but it was definitively not mind blowing. I will not continue this series at all and sorry if you liked it but it was not for me.
Do you like YA? What are some elements of YA genres that you hate? Does anyone know a good YA fantasy book and/or series that is actually well written and not trope?
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Rating : two stars
Fallen is the story of Lucinda, better known as Luce, a teenager girl of seventeen who after a tragic event is enrolled in Sword and Cross academy. In this school she meets a lot of weird people and especially Daniel a guy she can’t help but feel drawn to him. She suddenly realizes that the weird things at her new school may have a reason and that the shadows fallowing her might be connected to it.
As you can all guess this book start as a typical high school drama plot with some serious twist (the murder of Luce’s almost boyfriend), and it had an interesting start. First I thought that she was an interesting character with maybe more depth than you’re usual teenage girl from books. I was wrong.
The only good characters in this story are Penn and Arianne. The others are inconsistent and damn flat. And Luce felt too much like Bella Swan if you know what I mean…. And no the love triangle trope is not a good idea especially since in this book Luce felt attracted to Cam and Daniel at the same time. While Cam shows immediate interest, Daniel ignores her. And what does Luce do? Well, she flirts with Cam while staring at Daniel with dead fish eyes. I hated her for that… Since we all know the endgame was Luce/Daniel. I am going to stop there because I can rant about stupid girl teenager for a very long time.
About the plot, well it does revolve around Luce’s attraction to Daniel and the supernatural parts, apart from the shadows, really come out at the end of the book. Overall it felt like a very long prologue until the last four chapters. And even the battle scene (this is so not a spoiler there is ALWAYS a battle scene in these books) is quite ridiculously short and badly written.
How to Walk like a man by Eli Easton
Rating : four stars
After I read How to Howl to the Moon, I decided to continue this series because I loved Roman as a character. And indeed this book did not disappoint.
This second volume focuses on Roman and a new addition to the town Matt a federal agent. The town is dealing with some cases of drug and Matt was dispatched to help the sheriff, our dearest Lance, and report to his bureau. Yet the story turns more interesting when Roman grows attached to the human and has to deal with his own demons.
First I have to say Roman is cute. Not only as a dog but also as human. He lives on instinct and is naïve, clueless and sweet. It’s good to see more dog-like personality because in the first book I thought that Lance, even if he is quickened, acted quite human. I thought that he was so cute trying to figure out how to act more human and what some sorts of behavior meant.
We also get more on the quickened and it was so sad to see what Roman had to go through. Matt is also a loveable character and interesting too. They both have a good dynamic and their relationship is very slow built compared to the first volume, which is good, more realistic. Well as realistic as a dog shifter who is working in the sheriff department is.
But what made it even better was when Tim and Lance explained things to Roman, just for that the book had one more star xD.
How to Howl to the moon by Eli Easton
Rating: Three stars
I was so happy to start this book! Finally a dog shifter story! I do love wolves but I needed a little bit of change. So yes this is romance and paranormal not things I normally read but I did enjoy it from time to time. You know when your mind is just so overwhelmed that you need something so light and cute to relax? Exactly the type of read this book was and not in a bad way.
In this book dogs can shift to human, they are called “quickened”. Some are born this way and others learn to. Most of the dogs that learn to shift lost their masters which for me was a cute explanation for reincarnation. Their master died and they shift into human because of the close link they had with their master’s. I mean that’s how I understood it. At first it was a bit disturbing for me but then I thought that to reverse the shift (the fact that for once it’s not human to animal but animal to human) was interesting. But the dog of this story, Lance was not a dog first, he was born quickened and knows how to act as a human and as a dog and he is completely at peace with both sides.
I think it’s a good idea to start with a character like Lance to set the world of the quickened because he doesn’t have to learn how to act as human so we can learn more about the world this way. Yes love was a good character to start with and he is the pack leader (not alpha like in a wolf pack but a leader nonetheless). And Tim, the sweet human that gets trapped into this world, was so cute he is your typical loveable human that everyone finds cute.
The story as a whole was cute and quite good (though a bit plain) I just thought that Tim accepted the idea of the “quickened” world a little bit too easily. It’s a good start for the building of a series and I will definitively read the next one since it involves Roman the German shepherd.
Well that’s it for today’s review! I hope you’ll all have a great week and stay warm under this cold winter!!! Until next time! Bye!