Dark Sonata By Fai Roberts


Dark Sonata

Title: Dark Sonata

Author: Fai Roberts

Publisher: Self Published

Date of publication: February 13th 2015 (republished on January 26th 2017)

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult

Number of pages: 405

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis (via Goodreads):

He sees her. Watches her every move and knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Lady Victoria is his key to salvation; she has no idea what storm is coming her way.
It’s better that way—the less she knows the easier his plan. Masquerading as the Earl of Stone he pretends to be the knight in shining armor but he is anything but. Ezra Stone is dangerous, dark and mysterious with a silver gaze not of a normal man. His intensity leaves women breathless, including Victoria despite the warning signs. Upon their first meeting, their first scorching kiss, she knows her life is in danger. Victoria should be scared, but she was never one to run at first sight of blood.
Being kidnapped by the most handsome man Victoria has ever encountered was the least of her worries. Ezra Stone was not what he seemed, he was far worse. He was the son of a demon warlord and she happened to be his last chance at redemption. If she agrees to help him despite the danger they are in, this passion between them might scorch her beyond repair. Victoria is way in over her head and her traitor of a heart is in a constant free fall whenever he is near. It would seem that she didn’t have a choice, her heart has already decided.
In a cruel twist of fate, Ezra and Victoria were ripped apart and separated by the hand of time. Ezra has one shot to save her and his love for her could ultimately be his down fall. He must overcome betrayal in order to achieve his final redemption. It’s not over until the final song is played, the Dark Sonata.

My review:

Dark Sonata is a dark romance. Set mostly in Victorian England, the reader will become immersed in a gothic romance that is not like any romance that they have ever read. So pull up a chair and get ready to read a book about demons, angels and how love can hopefully conquer all.

This book gave me goosebumps. From the first page, when Victoria was standing the ruins of her house and reading her journal to the end of the book, I would shiver….and that wasn’t even during the sexy parts. It was the nonsexy parts that made me shiver. They were genuinely scary.

I really didn’t care for Victoria in the beginning of the book. She was meek and very submissive. But, with what she had to deal with (nasty cousin and uncle, rumors about her parentage, her nickname “The White Witch”), I honestly got why she was so quiet and meek. She did grow on me during the book and by the end, I was cheering for her and hoping that she could do a miracle with Ezra.

I will admit, I laughed when she first entered Syndonia, the demon refuge. From the gold hall way with the pornographic carvings to the scandalous way the women were dressed and acting, she was floored. I was dying laughing when she saw the two women kissing on a cushion and her reaction to it. Also her reaction to dresses that were skin-tight. But, to be honest, it was what I expected for a girl who was brought up in an era where women were not equals, sex wasn’t even talked about and your clothing had to cover everything. I was amazed at how well she adjusted to her situation.

Ezra was one intense dude and to be honest, he kinda scared me when I started reading the book. When it was revealed that he was a half-breed (half human/half demon) it made more sense but still, he was very dark. He was also consumed by wanting Victoria. I do give him props, he tried to keep away from her but it was like a moth to light….he couldn’t. His undoing (and hers) was when she wore that lace dress. After that, I felt bad for him….even at the end of the book.

I loved the plotline of the book. It was fast, dark, sensuous and I couldn’t get enough of it. I wish that there was more of Syndonia because that place really fascinated me. The climax of the book was perfect for this book. Not going to go into it but I read with bated breath and actually gave a sigh of relief at the end. I am hoping that there will be a book 2 because I need to find out what happens with Victoria and Ezra. Plus I did have some unanswered questions!!

How many stars will I give Dark Sonata: 4

Why: I enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced with a heavy dash of romance (stress heavy) in it. The twists in the story are truly that, twists. At one point, the author had me questioning the entire book. Definitely going on my read again shelf!!

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Late Teen

Why: Sexual situations, violence and language.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

 

Book Review: The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch: Book 1) by Rin Chupeco


The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)

Title: The Bone Witch

Author: Rin Chupeco

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Date of publication: March 7th 2017

Number of pages: 400

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Part of a series: The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch – Book 1

Standalone: Yes

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

My review:

I had a very hard time keeping my attention on this book. The beginning had no problem keeping my attention. I mean, not a lot of books deal with necromancy in an almost positive way. The only books that I can even begin to think that even comes close to that is the Anita Blake series (before the series took a walk down the smutty side). It was the middle to almost the end of the book that I couldn’t focus on.

Not that I didn’t like the book, I thought it was great. I just got really bored reading about Tea’s training (her dance lessons, her music lessons, her history/current events lessons, her dealings with the other asha’s). That took up a huge part of the book and to be very honest, I almost DNF’d the book. Stress almost.

Then things started to get interesting. Tea learned how to “blood” her familiar (her brother, Fox, who she raised from the dead at his funeral), battled a centuries old demonic creature (did she or didn’t she defeat it???), got promoted to Asha (a witch that can control elemental powers) and oust a rebel from her House.

I also loved that there was a strong Asian theme running through the books. The asha’s are kinda sorta like geisha’s. The demons resemble demons from Asian Lore. The clothing (the hua) that the asha’s wear are also very reminiscent of the kimono’s that the geisha’s wore/wear.

There are two very distinct storylines running through the book. One with Tea at the age of 17, exiled and plotting revenge. The reasons she was exiled is unknown and it is left open to be continued in the next book. The other storyline, which I outlined above, is being told to the Bard as an explanation and warning as to why she is doing what she is doing (I know, really confusing but it works in the book). Both storylines are easily distinguished from the other. So no confusion there.

The ending of the book was kinda left up in the air….which makes sense if there is to be a second book. I am curious as to how the second book is going to be and will definitely  be reading it once it is published.

How many stars will I give The Bone Witch? 3

Why: Great book that I felt went on for a little too long. Like I said above, I almost DNF’d it because I lost interest about halfway through and had to force myself to read it. But once I got over the boring part, the book turned really good.

Will I reread: Maybe. Can’t really say yes or no right now.

Will I recommend to family and friends? Again, maybe.

Age range: Teen

Why: Very clean. No sex, some violence (not a ton and not very descriptive). But the descriptions of some of the demons and of raising the dead might frighten younger readers.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance copy**

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse


Seven Days of You

Title: Seven Days of You

Author: Cecilia Vinesse

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Date of publication: March 7th 2017

Genre: Young Adult

Number of pages: 337

POV: 1st person

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis (via Goodreads):

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

My review:

Seven Days of You is a story about a teenager who is leaving behind friends and a city she loves to go back to the United States. This book centers around Sophia and her relationships with her sister, her best friends and the boy who broke her heart 4 years earlier. Everything in the book takes place 7 days before she is supposed to fly back to New Jersey.

I am going to come right out and say it, I couldn’t stand Sophia. While she was 17, she acted more like a child and it really grated on my nerves after the first couple of chapters. I mean, take it when she found out that Jamie was coming back…..her jealousy of his and Mika’s friendship almost consumed her. She was so focused on him becoming Mika’s best friend that it ruined those chapters of the book. To be honest, I skimmed those chapters because she annoyed me so much. The rest of the book really wasn’t any  better with her. She refused to listen to reason (ie Allison) when it came to her moving to Paris.

Jamie was another one who annoyed me. He took Sophia’s crap when he came home and didn’t say a word in his defense (even to David who let it “slip” that Jamie was adopted). He just let it roll off of him. At one point, I wanted to say “Dude, what happened 4 years ago is in the past. Man up and stop letting them push you around.” The only reaction that I saw him have, in the entire book, was when Sophia kissed David on her last night in Tokyo.

David, I couldn’t stand. He just oozed player from the first page and, to be honest, I wasn’t surprised when something major was revealed later in the book. And I hated his nicknames. Sofa? Really? When I heard that, I imagined a girl who just let people sit all over her. He was condescending and to be blunt, a jerk.

Mika was actually my favorite person in the book. She came across as true (as weird as that sounds) and she fought for Sophia’s friendship when that stuff with David went down. I wouldn’t say that I loved her but I enjoyed it when she appeared in the book.

My other favorite person was Allison, Sophia’s sister. She had her own issues, her girlfriend dumped her and she was hurting, but she looked out for Sophia the best way that she could. I mean, she even took her to that tower and out to lunch to try to find out what was wrong with Sophia. She cared and she didn’t want Sophia to get hurt by their father…who makes promises and then breaks them.

I did think the story was cute and loved that it was set in Tokyo. I think the author did a great job of capturing Tokyo through teenage eyes.

The end of the story was pretty standard with a hint of a HEA.

How many stars will I give Seven Days of You: 3

Why: While I liked the story and the location, the characters ruined the story for me. Sophia and David acted like toddlers, Jamie wouldn’t stick up for himself and Allison was an emotional mess and was absent for 90% of the story. The only person who I connected with was Mika and even she was a jerk at points in the book.

Will I reread: Maybe

Will I recommend to family and friends: Maybe

Age range: Older Teen

Why: Language. Also sexual situations and underage drinking

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage


Beautiful Broken Girls

Title: Beautiful Broken Girls

Author: Kim Savage

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Date of publication: February 21st 2017

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

POV: 3rd person

Number of pages: 333

Series: No

Where this book can be found: Amazon

Book synopsis (via Goodreads):

Mira and Francesca Cillo—beautiful, overprotective, odd—seemed untouchable. But Ben touched seven parts of Mira: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. After the sisters drown themselves in the quarry lake, a post-mortem letter from Mira sends Ben on a quest to find notes in the seven places where they touched. Note by note, Ben discovers the mystical secret at the heart of Mira and Francesca’s world, and that some things are better left untouched.

My review:

Beautiful Broken Girls is a gripping novel about one boy’s quest to find out exactly why his ex girlfriend killed herself. Told in 3rd person and between Ben and Mira, Beautiful Broken Girls takes the reader on a heart wrenching and mystical journey as Ben uncovers clues about why Mira and Francesca committed suicide.

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I went into reading this book not knowing how deep or how mystical this book was going to be. I certainly wasn’t ready to read, from Mira’s perspective, the events that lead up to her and Francesca’s suicide. I also wasn’t ready to read about what happened to Ben when he was 9. Talk about being blindsided by that (want to know what, read the book). I also wasn’t ready for the reason behind Connie’s death. That was definitely something that took me by surprise.

Honestly, I felt awful for Ben. What a shock it must have been to get a letter from Mira after she died and then to go on that quest to the 7 places where they touched (palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart) would have done a number on me too. And the way those notes were written!!! If the author hadn’t of included Mira’s side of the story, I would have jumped to the same conclusion as Ben did.

I did feel bad for Mira. She did seem like all she wanted to be was a normal girl but she had Francesca to take care of. Francesca who spoke in tongues, who had fits and who developed an unhealthy crush on their church’s youth advisor. Mira was the one who took care of her and I could see it draining her. Which kinda explains why she committed suicide. The real reason was heartbreaking once it was revealed (again, read the book if you want to find out). I will say that I did think it was kinda mean to send Ben on that quest to find the notes. But at the same time, she wanted someone to know the truth. I think she chose Ben because a) she was in love with him (or in love with him as she allowed her to be) and b) she knew that he would go the distance to get the notes.

The end of the book was very surreal and left me with more questions than answers. I wish that there was an epilogue or something to show what happened to Ben after he got the notes and did what he did. But at the same time, I am glad that there isn’t one and I get to use my imagination about what happened to him.

How many stars will I give Beautiful Broken Girls: 4

Why: This book was heart wrenching to read. It outlines the events leading up to a double suicide while also telling about Ben’s quest to find Mira’s notes and to find out the reason the girls committed suicide. This is definitely a book to read with a tissue and an open mind.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Older teen

Why: Mild Violence, language and the suicide theme

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Winter Falls: A Tale of the Snow Queen by Jacque Stevens


Winter Falls: A Tale of the Snow Queen

Title: Winter Falls

Author: Jacque Stevens

Publisher: sjacquebooks

Date of publication: January 24th 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Mental Illness, Depression

Number of pages: 288

POV: 1st person

Series: No

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Katie knows better than to believe in happy endings.

She learned there was no such thing after her mother died. In the postindustrial town of Riverside, Katie struggles to care for her distant father and his failing hotel. Her only comfort lies in the arms of her true love, Shay.

Yet one evening, he disappears without a trace.

Devastated, Katie jumps off a bridge in the dead of winter, expecting to meet death at the bottom. Instead, her fall transports her to a snowy netherworld, where trapped souls take on the form of animals and the only thing that matters is survival.

When Katie discovers that Shay has been kidnapped by a deadly witch called the Winter Queen, she goes on a journey to find him, traveling through the realms of storybook fairies, princesses, thieves, and monsters to bring him home. But the path is harsh and dangerous. Will Shay and Katie be reunited? Or be forever trapped within an eternal winter?

A retelling of the classic fairytale The Snow Queen, WINTER FALLS is a young adult epic fantasy romance which examines the trials of depression and mental illness in a magical world of action and adventure.

Teen fans of C.S. Lewis and Shannon Hale will love this inspirational novel by author Jacque Stevens

My review:

What a great retelling and imaginative retelling of the Snow Queen.

Told in 1st person and through flashbacks, after Katie jumps off of the same bridge that her mother, Winter Falls explores depression, suicide and how it affects the people left behind. The way the author wrote about it and the sensitivity that she showed about such sensitive subjects was amazing. I also like that she didn’t glamorize suicide, as I have seen in some books. Beth’s reasons for committing suicide were awful and I cried when the reason was revealed.

I liked how Katie’s character wasn’t perfect by any means. She is a snob, keeps herself away from her family and openly mocks her stepmother as she tells fairy tales to Katie’s younger brother and sisters. You are hard-pressed to like her in her flashbacks because of how she is.

But, everything does change when she enters the land of fairy and starts on her quest to get Spring, Summer and Autumn’s tokens of powers. You could just see her come into her own and you could see her processing how closed off she was, how rude and how snobby she was as she is retelling her life story and how she fell in love with Shay.

Shay’s character was as flawed but he was aware of it and he did try to better himself. I felt awful when he was talking to Katie about how bad his home life was after his mother died and when Katie’s stepmother basically told his father to get lost.

Katie’s quest was different and full of surprises. The people/animals that she met and helped/were helped by stood out to me. Each season was basically her finding herself and her understanding that she didn’t need to live her life the way she was and that only she could change her life.

The climax of the story was great and I was put on edge. I did get slightly emotional during a certain scene with Shay and Katie.

All of the storylines were resolved by the end of the book. I really liked how they were resolved in realistic ways. Not every storyline was a HEA and it was refreshing to read that.

The end of the book was great. It was pretty standard but the changes in Katie and Shay was there for everyone to see.

How many stars will I give Winter Falls: A Tale of the Snow Queen: 5

Why: This was a book that I really gotten into and it has to be the most creative retelling of the Snow Queen that I have ever read. The characters are engaging and the storyline was great. I really liked that the story was told, in part, by flashback. It made for an interesting read. The author also did a great job of covering the sensitive subjects of suicide, mental illness, child abuse and rape.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Older Teen (16+).

Why: This is not a book for a tween or younger teenager. Because of the content (suicide, mental illness, child abuse, rape), I would suggest that older teens (16+) read this book.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

The Aureate Spectacles by Eliott McKay


The Aureate Spectacles

Title: The Aureate Spectacles (was published under Midnight Engagement before)

Author: Eliott McKay

Publisher: Inkitt

Publication date: January 4th 2017 (original publication date: January 28th 2013)

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

POV: 3rd person

Number of pages: 372

Series: Yes

Standalone: No

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Would you sacrifice your people for the man you love?

Michaela was a seemingly normal high school senior, hiding behind a pair of hideous spectacles which masked her true identity. When she’s abducted by an intriguing werewolf, she learns that her father was a powerful vampire, and she has been chosen to protect his city from her predatory kin. As the situation grows dire, the fate of the city rests in her hands, and she must choose between peace for her people or the man she’s growing to love.

My review:

Michaela has lived with her Aunt Hazel for as long as she could remember. Her parents were killed in a hiking accident when she was around 3 years old and Hazel had raised her since. Hazel was a very cold, very uncaring person who ignored Michaela unless she absolutely had to pay attention to her. It was a very lonely existence made even more so by the fact that Michaela has to wear hideous, rhinestone encrusted, yellow lenses spectacles. When she finally asked Aunt Hazel why she had to wear the glasses (at the age of 7 1/2), Hazel replied

It’s because you have a rare disease,” said Aunt Hazel, emphasizing the last worked with a double measure of disdain, “which causes your eyes to need extra protection from the light.” And Aunt Hazel made as if to turn back to her article then paused with a second thought. “And if you stop wearing them, you might go blind.

Michaela, at the age of 7 1/2, could tell that Aunt Hazel’s explanation was full of it. At a later date, she broke her glasses during a game of field hockey and the school nurse told her that the eyewear was no more protective than a drop of honey. Which just reinforced what Michaela thought.

The glasses were a bane of her existence. The older she got, the more gaudy, the more hideous the glasses got. She was bullied relentlessly and had no friends. By the time Michaela was almost 18, she had somewhat resigned herself to her life until she found a pocket watch with a miniature portrait of a beautiful dark-haired woman in it.

The portrait made her feel loved and filled by looking at it.  During this time, she started having dreams of a mossy pond in a courtyard of stone and a voice that called her name, Kayla. She would also hear a song that she couldn’t quite catch and would hum the song. But once she realized what she was doing, the song would disappear.

Then there came the night that Aunt Hazel woke up Michaela from a nightmare. One where she was talking French (something that she learned she was fluent in when she was in 8th grade) and calling for Conrad. During Aunt Hazel’s interrogation, I guess you could call it that, the pocket watch was discovered and Aunt Hazel went nuts.

Long story short, Aunt Hazel freaked out on Michaela. She fitted her with what Michaela considered a dog muzzle with straps coming out of it. That apparatus was to hold the glasses in place while Michaela slept. Aunt Hazel also upped up security around the house to an almost insane pitch. She even went as far as to board up Michaela’s windows, make it so the door locked from the outside only and was outfitted with a triple lock. Michaela had no idea why but she believed that it had something to do with why she had to wear those ugly glasses all the time.

She ends up making a break for freedom after Hazel takes to locking her in her room. Getting rid of the spectacles, she is a hit at school. After school, as she is walking down the street, she runs into a mysterious young man whom she feels that she knows and who definitely knows more than he is letting on.

Returning home, she finally has the confrontation with Hazel that was a long time coming. She learns that her mother had sent her to Hazel, believing that she would be safer with Hazel and the man who delivered Michaela to Hazel told her that she would be safer if her eyes were hidden and faked Michaela’s death. Michaela is able to pry out her mother’s name, Marguerite, and her father’s name, Julian. Hazel also told her that her last name was fake. Instead of Morley, it was Mohrlock. Hazel also implies that Julian is still alive.

The next day, at lunchtime, Michaela was whisked away (via the mysterious man who repelled down from a helicopter, grabbed her, kissed her and took her back up to the helicopter). After being out of commission for a few (four) days, Michaela wakes up to find herself on a boat in the middle of the Black Sea. What he tells her, stuns her.

She is the heir to a land called  Mons Maledictio Ruwa (rough translation: Cursed Mountain of Thunder) and her name is Michaela Alandria de Mohrlock Comptesse. She is the daughter to Julian Philip Benoit de Mohrlock and Marguerite Emmaline Fitzwallis…both deceased.

It is after she arrives at the castle that her adventures begin. After attempting to escape the castle by climbing down the side (and getting stuck), she is put right away into intrigue. Every year, in the 8th month, she goes to a summit with the people who live on the other side of the mountain. They are called the Sylva and they have a shaky treaty with Michaela’s people.

Michaela was a hoot to read and I loved her character. She was loyal, loves deeply and is willing to do anything to protect her people from the Sylva. I loved her misadventures.

Conrad was such a mystery and I really liked how the author drew out Conrad’s secrets. He was also perfect for Michaela.

The romance between Michaela and Conrad was cute to read. Painful in some parts (if you read the book, you will understand exactly what I am referring to) but very cute.

The secondary characters are what made this book. They were very well written and just didn’t fizzle off into the background once their storylines were ended. The author kept them in the story. When the bad things happened in the book, and yes some pretty upsetting things happened, these same secondary characters were right there with Michaela and Conrad.

The end of the book was bittersweet. I wish that there was an epilogue that followed up with the characters. But, with some of the storylines not wrapped up, including the V and W storylines, I do wonder if there will a second book. Because I have questions about certain characters that I would like to see answered.

How many stars will I give The Aureate Spectacles: 4

Why: I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were likeable, if not relatable (and I am not talking about the H, V or W storylines….talking about the romance and day-to-day activities that are detailed). I will say that I wanted to smack Aunt Hazel because she was a jerk. Besides my dislike of Hazel, this was a very enjoyable read.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age Range: Teen

Why: No sex (some kissing), mild violence and no language.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

The Argent Star (The Monarchy: Book 1) by Emerson Fray


The Argent Star (The Monarchy, #1)

Title: The Argent Star

Author: Emerson Fray

Publisher: D L Miles

Date of Publication: June 7th, 2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Number of pages: 366

POV: 3rd person

Series: The Monarchy

The Argent Star – Book 1

The Howling Jade – Book 2

Standalone: Yes

Where you can find this book: Amazon|Barnes & Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

What happens when your decisions affect an entire universe?

Ren Argent wanted to be an archeologist and spend her life exploring the lost cities of Earth. But when a new planet is discovered and her father is appointed King, she has to leave behind everything she knows to rule over a place she’s only heard of in legends.
Not long after her arrival she discovers there are insurgents hiding in the darkened forests and the planet is on the brink of civil war. It won’t be long until the Monarchy steps in to “neutralize” the threat.
Will she be able to stop the hostile takeover? Or will her actions ignite a rebellion across the universe?

My review:

I so wanted to like this book. I mean, the storyline is great:

Girl goes to another plant and save its inhabitants from an evil reign set on wiping them out.

Unfortunately, even a great storyline can’t help awful characters.

I could not stand Ren. She came across as whiney in some parts of the story and almost childish in other parts. Her relationship with her father was nonexistent because she was still carrying a grudge over something that happened over 7 years earlier. The only person that actually likes her is her brother Elian….and she treated him like a child half the time. Two people call her out on her BS….Sheridan, her Sotarian (think bodyguard) and Abetha, her Guide (think of a tour guide who is a servant). Those scenes I liked.

She did because almost bearable during the last half of the book but still, she acted like a child and it drove me nuts. Definitely not my favorite character of all times.

The substory of the rebels was actually pretty good too and I enjoyed the twist that happened about midway through the book. Totally changed my view of one character.

The ending was really good (and this is where Ren almost redeemed herself) and the substory lines were tied up in a very satisfactory way. But it ended in a cliffhanger…which again, drove me nuts. I can’t stand them.

There is a 2nd book in the series but I am not sure if I want to read it or not. Like I said above, Ren really grated on my nerves and I don’t know if I could read another book with her in it.

How many stars will I give The Argent Star: 2-2.5

Why: While the storyline was great (like I said above), I couldn’t get past one of the most unenjoyable characters that I have ever read.  She killed the story for me.

Will I reread: No

Will I recommend to family and friends: No

Age Range: Teen

Why: No sex, no language. Just some mild violence

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**