WORLD AFTER by Susan Ee | Review

 Title: World After

Author: Susan Ee

Book #: 2 in the “Penryn and the End of Days” series

Genres: Young Adult, Apocalyptic, Paranormal

Publication: November 2013, by Hoddor and Stoughton

Pages: 439

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“You’re naming your collector’s-item, kick-ass sword that’s made to maim and kill, specifically designed to bring your ginormous enemies to their knees and hear the lamentation of their women – Pooky Bear?”
“Yeah, you like it?”

Review

I freaking love this series! Seriously! It’s now definitely on my favorites list. It has everything, from a fast pace, to an interesting storyline, to an amazing love interest and all of it written in an extremely fascinating and capturing way. I could not put this second book down.

But first things first. World After starts exactly at that moment where Angelfall ended. Exactly at that moment. Like 2 minutes after Angelfall’s ending. That threw me a bit off in the beginning, as I had finished Angelfall a few months ago and didn’t 100% remember exactly at what point of the story we were left. I got over it a few pages later, though, and after that had no problem orienting myself and getting back into the story. The positive side of that was that we were thrown back into the middle of action again.

If you thought the first book was fast paced and action packed, you have seen nothing yet. The second has much more fighting scenes, terrifying creatures and anguishing moments. It also has a lot of gore. Like, really a lot of it. Those creatures that I mentioned? They are described in every detail, as is every fight scene and knife-cutting-through-flesh moment. If you are not really into that, then I wouldn’t recommend reading this book. I, however, had no problem with it. Okay, maybe it wasn’t my favorite part of the book, reading how exactly a person looked with parts of his/her body missing, but it definitely added to the story. I can’t imagine reading this exact story without all those gory details, it would be too different.

I really liked where the story went and by the end of the book I could start seeing some mysteries getting unfolded, though not yet completely. I also liked seeing more of Penryn’s sister, Paige, as she was completely absent in the first book. We can now get to know her a little better, or rather get to know the new Paige after the whole cutting and stitching and monster-izing procedure happened to her. She’s quite different now, but still the dynamics between her, Penryn and their mother are very strong. Speaking of which, I loved that we had a few moments with the girls’ mom. I always thought she added a creepy, yet fantastic edge to the whole story. Definitely looking forward to reading more scenes that involve her!

The one thing I was a bit disappointed about, was that there was not a lot of Raffe! The witty little dialogs between him and Penryn had been my favorite part of the first book and we didn’t get enough of them in the second. I’m also very excited to finally start seeing some romantic action between those two! I ship them so much! I do like that the relationship is going slowly, because it actually makes sense if you think about the whole “forbidden” thing and all, but I can’t help but want to see those two together as soon as possible! That being said I have to admit that I didn’t REALLY mind him not being there, just because there were a million other things happening to keep me busy. So that’s a huge thumbs up for the writer for making me love the story even without Raffe in it (who is actually my favorite part of the book).

But, we do get at least some smartass dialog towards the end of the book that honestly made me laugh out loud. I was seriously sitting on my sofa, reading the book and laughing all by myself. Thank you so much dear Susan Ee for making this book so funny and pleasurable and un-put-downable and awesome-tastic! I cannot wait for the third book to come out! I seriously cannot wait!

First Line

Everyone thinks I’m dead.

Mini Review

A perfect sequel to the first book
Love where the story is going and how some mysteries are getting unfolded.
Would have loved to have some more Raffe scenes!

Recommend it for…

  • a fast paced, action packed read
  • people who don’t mind gore

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THE GOLDEN LILY by Richelle Mead | Review

Title: The Golden Lily

Author: Richelle Mead

Book #: 2 in the “Bloodlines” series

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Publication: June 2012, by Razorbill

Pages: 418

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: comjbine_images

The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“You need me? You yell. You want to leave? We go. I’ll get you out of here, no matter what.”

Review

I was really excited to pick up this book seeing as I loved the first one, which I read not so long ago! P.S. I rarely read the sequels back to back and usually don’t pick them up for quite some time after I’ve read the first book. I don’t why, it’s just what I do. But with this book I felt the need to immediately read more about the characters and get back to this world.

I generally like action packed books, don’t get me wrong, but I also really like books with a slower pacing that just narrate daily problems and don’t have end-of-the-world catastrophes happening all the time. The problem with these books is that they tend to get boring, and if the characters and the writing is not good enough for me, I get tired of them pretty easily. That’s the thing I love most about the bloodlines series. It has this kind of comfortable pace and it sort of feels like strolling around in the streets on an autumn morning, if that makes any sense at all. It just felt really nice being in this world and hanging out with these characters.

The characters are so perfectly described that I feel like I know each and every one of them. Like I would recognise them on the street and go catch up with them or something. No, seriously, Richelle Mead has done an excellent job creating those characters and making them seem like they’re real. Or well, as real Moroi, Dhampirs, Alchemists and so on can be.

As far as the story goes, well, as I said it doesn’t have a very quick rhythm, but for me it was the perfect pace. The only thing I have a slight problem with is the relationship between Sydney and Adrian. If you’ve read the first book (spoiler alert if you haven’t!), you know that practically nothing happens between them in the first book. Sydney doesn’t even realize that she likes him and there’s almost not a single “moment” between them. This sort of thing also continues in the second book with a little bit of progress of course, but not really much. Can’t say I expected anything more. It was clear from the first book that things were going to be slow, but I wish they were going a little bit faster. I’m so looking forward to seeing some “Sydrian” romance and kissing and whatnot!

So, to sum up, I’m starting to become a huge fan of this series and hope I can get my hands on that third book really soon!

First Line

Most people would find being led into an underground bunker on a stormy night scary.

Mini Review

Recommend it for…

  • People who have read and liked the Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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BLOODLINES by Richelle Mead | Review

Title: Bloodlines

Author: Richelle Mead

Book #: 1 in the “Bloodlines” series

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Publication: August 2011, by Razorbill

Pages: 421

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: combinhe_images

Blood doesn’t lie…

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection.” He paused to reconsider that. “Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try.” (Adrian)”

Review

I really enjoyed this book and getting back into the vampire academy world! I love Richelle Mead’s writing style and the characters of this book.

I’ve heard many people saying that this series is even better than the original Vampire Academy series. After having read the first book I can only say that it has the potential, but I still want to read one or two more books from this series in order to decide. For me the book was good, but I did have one or two problems with it.

The best thing about this book? Adrian!!!

I’m seriously a huge fan of Adrian Ivashkov! I was really pissed that Rose decided to pick Dimitri over him, but now I might actually be glad because we can experience a new romance between him and Sydney.

The worst thing about this book? The plot. It really was nothing special. More than that, it was not what anyone would expect the spin-off series of the Vampire Academy to be. I for one expected action, romance, many things happening at once. But what I got was a supposedly big mystery that got solved in the end and a lot of highschool drama. I am willing to overlook this however, because I just love the characters and the writing style.

Speaking of characters I thought that there were really a lot of them that I liked! First and foremost, of course, Adrian! But I also really liked Sydney. I actually didn’t expect her to be such an interesting character, but that was a really nice surprise for me. It was also really nice to get to know some less important characters from the Vampire Academy, such as Jill and Eddie.

All in all, it was a great book! I have already started reading the second one in the series as I’m writing this, so I can definitely say it’s a series I will be continuing with!

First Line

I couldn’t breathe.

Recommend it for…

  • Fans of the Vampire Academy series
  • Fans of Adrian Ivashkov

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