Introducing Mini Reviews

Hey all!

Okay, so let's just get to the point. Since I'm finding it really hard to juggle between my studies and blogging, I've decided to do mini reviews from now on, alongside bigger ones of course. I simply love to read and blog about it, but right now I'm seriously getting busy with my academic studies and I use all the little spare time I've got to make up for my reading and bookish things.

Renegade (MILA 2.0 #2) by Debra Driza {REVIEW}

Book Title: Renegade (MILA 2.0 #2)
Author: Debra Driza
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science fiction, Thriller
Publication Date: May 13th 2014
                                  by Katherine Tegen Books


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Previous Book in the Series: MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0 #1)


Blurb:


There is no one left for Mila to trust. Except for a boy she barely knows.

But Hunter has no idea who—and what—Mila really is. She can’t bear to reveal her secret, even though he’s unwittingly joined her search for Richard Grady, a man who may know more details of Mila’s complicated past.
Yet the road to the truth is more dangerous than ever. With General Holland and the Vita Obscura scouring the earth for her whereabouts, Mila must rely on her newfound android abilities to protect herself and Hunter from imminent harm. Still, embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity—as well as Hunter’s real motives.

Perfect for fans of I Am Number Four and Divergent, this action-packed and heart-wrenching second installment of MILA 2.0 will leave readers breathlessly awaiting the series conclusion.
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

As I'd expected, Renegade is a whole lot better than the first book, MILA 2.0. The character development is better, the plot development all the more better and the ending is very much capable of keeping the readers waiting for the final instalment.

The Plot.

The plot has gradually gotten intense. Mila is now out in search of the person her mom mentioned while dying. All alone and no one to trust or turn to for help, she calls in Hunter. Together they set on a journey...only one problem. Hunter doesn't exactly know Mila's reality. And Mila doesn't have enough courage to tell Hunter about her.

MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0 #1) by Debra Driza {REVIEW}

Book Title: MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0 #1)
Author: Debra Driza
Genre: Young Adult, Science fiction, Fantasy, Thriller
Publication Date: March 12th 2013
                        by Katherine Tegen Books

Blurb:

Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.


Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.
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My Rating: 3.5  out of 5 stars

My Review:

The Plot.

The main plot is really interesting. Unfortunately, the story picks up its pace quite slow. For almost the first half, I kept wondering "When does the story actually start?" I get that Mila is supposedly a normal teenage girl, with a mom, a school, and friends that are not worth calling friends in the long shot. Narrating all those doesn't bother me much at the beginning, but then it starts to feel dragging. But the latter part of the book is where things get pretty intense. The actions are good, and while reading them, you may often feel like reading a movie script, but they are great nonetheless.

Mila.

Mila would have been my favorite as a character. The only issue I have with her: she can be a really annoying crybaby at times. I really sympathize with her. It's not easy to accept that not only your whole life has been a made-up story, but your very existence is a ruse. But given the situation, I expected her to suck it up, at least a little, and get things going. Rather, I often felt like reading "A Diary of an Angst-ridden Teenager" where Mila sobs and mourns and gets angry, and that's all there is. Acceptance is not easy, but I'm pretty sure Mila could've done a whole lot better than that.

Avian (The Dragonrider Chronicles #2) by Nicole Conway {COVER REVEAL FRIDAY}


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Book Title: Avian (The Dragonrider Chronicles #2) 
Author: Nicole Conway
 Publication Date: August 26, 2014
by Month9Books, LLC.


Blurb: 
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What kind of power is lurking inside him?
After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario. But there is more standing in his way than a few pushups and fancy sword moves.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer {REVIEW}

Book: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Publication Date: February 4th 2014
                           by Feiwel & Friends
Previous Book in the Series: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
http://www.amazon.com/Cress-Lunar-Chronicles-Marissa-Meyer-ebook/dp/B00F1QX7W6/ref=sr_1_2_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400848212&sr=1-2&keywords=cress 


Blurb:
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


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My Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars

My Review and Rant:

I am a wee bit disappointed. I didn't expect Cress to be a total guy piner. Okay, so she has been alone for a very long time and she craves for companionship. But stalking Thorne? NOT DONE. It looks like the author is doing it in a reverse, first the almost ass-kicking Cinder, then the slightly soft Scarlet, and now the drooling and Thorne-fangirling Cress. Seriously? I expected a lot more than this.
"But you are a prisoner," said Thorne.
“I prefer damsel in distress,” she murmured.
Thorne would come for her. He was a hero. She was a damsel. That’s how the stories went- that’s how they always went.
Really?  *pukes*

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Before you start thinking I'm some unemotional heartless fellow with a rock in the place of a heart (which may be only slightly true), I admit that I have sympathy for what Cress has gone through. She has been locked up in a satellite for about seven long years, with no human soul to provide company, except for the thaumaturge Sybil. And it may be totally unjust of me to criticize her for her lack of...what shall I say...a little self respect. But that's just me. I can't tolerate girls that keep fawning over guys and thinking they are some poor, little, helpless fellow in need of rescuing. I. CAN'T. Luckily, Cress stops being so overly melodramatic before I could get annoyed enough to decide to skimp through her chapters. On technological terms though, she's a savvy. She plays a very crucial part in the book afterwards. Maybe that's the reason the book is named after her. In practical life though, she's pretty useless.


Scarlet.

I loved Scarlet in the last book. She was pretty strong as a title character in her place, WAY LOT BETTER than Cress in this one of course...and I never felt like she invaded Cinder's part in the story. Even the romance element was good too. I never felt like Wolf or she was overdoing it. And the girl can really take a stand for herself when needed, without any whining. I am sad though, that there weren't much of Scarlet here in book three. It looks like Marissa Meyer compromised her part in order to give place to Cress and other characters, which is very much justified, I must admit. However, the few chapters she appear in, are well worth the wait, so that made up for her lack of presence pretty well. But I really really hope there's more in the final book. She is my second favorite after Cinder, I don't want her to go in the backseat ever :/


Cinder.

Call me a biased and emotionally manipulated witch if you would, but I root for Cinder. ALWAYS. In fact, I think I'll go brawling if she is made a supporting character in Winter. I would probably go one a strike, with Iko. Decided. 
She is Awesome. With a capital A. She is probably the main reason, apart from the wonderful plot, that keeps me going and hyperventilating over the series so much! Now you may attribute this awesomeness to her being a cyborg and all, but I would prefer one cyborg  like her over thousand princesses like Cress (technically though, Cress is not a princess, but you got the point) Though I am quite confident that the author won't make her disappear since it seems that no matter what the book titles are, the story is still pretty much revolving around Cinder (I'm hoping Miss Meyer too has a softer side for her;))


Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins {REVIEW}

Book Title: Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Trilogy #3)
Author: Wendy Higgins
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Publication Date: April 29th 2014
                                   by HarperTeen

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Previous Book in the Series: Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2)

Blurb:

It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.
The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.
In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Sweet Reckoning is one of the books I have been looking forward to reading since last year. I'm so glad it didn't disappoint me! Even though I have a wee bit complain about the epilogue the whole book was a-m-a-z-i-n-g xD


Anna.

Anna is much more of everything here. She is more mature, more courageous, braver, more romantic and sometimes more naughty, hehe. But she is a pretty likable package altogether. What I really liked is the fact that she has become more responsible and determined to fulfill the prophecy. Even at those moments when Kaidan seems to lose it, Anna helps him pull himself together.


Kaidan.

Kaidan is, ahem..as hot as usual. And his love for Anna is no less. It is testing time for him as well, and I would say he passes with distinction :) It's not like Pharzuph trusts him or anything. Yet, he still has to put up a facade of not wanting anything to do with the stupid daughter of Belial. In front of Pharzuph it's hard, but inf front of other Dukes, specially Astaroth, it is the hardest to hide the bond they share. As a Neph, Kai is only supposed to do the work he is given and stand aside as the Dukes decide the fate of the One Savior, the Nephiliam with a pure soul, his Anna. It's not easy.

Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins {REVIEW}

Book Title: Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2)
Author:  Wendy Higgins
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Publication Date: April 30th 2013
                                     by HarperTeen

Previous Book in the Series: Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1)

Blurb:


Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.
When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

My Review: 

This series was a lot better than the first one. I had started this out first tbh, not knowing it was a series book, and then I realized, went back to read the first and came back to reading this later.

Anne.

Anne is way smarter here than the first book. Of course, she hadn’t known her true identity and all the angels-demons things. But apart from that knowledge, she has matured as a person as well. I still saw her acting immaturely at times, but it’s a progress nonetheless. The coolest part is probably her compulsion to alcohol and drinking. Lol I know it’s supposed to be a bad thing but I can’t help it if the author portrays it in such a fantastic manner :p


Kai. *sigh* *sigh*

His presence is greatly compromised here, and I object to that! Okay just kidding, even though Wendy Higgins doesn’t show Kai being physically present up until almost the middle section of the book it’s still drool worthy enough. I get to see Kai, specially the  jealous Kai and oh boy, quite HAWT that is xD


Kope.

Even though you can say Kope appears more than Kai for the first half it’s not like Kaidan’s presence, obviously. He shares some almost-intense moments with Anne, but Anne seems quite fixated on Kaidan and nobody else in heaven or hell or earth in between and poor Kope’s chances seem thin.