A Slither of Hope (Angel Sight #2) by Lisa M. Basso {REVIEW}

Book Title:  A Slither of Hope (Angel Sight #2)
Author: Lisa M. Basso
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: August 5th 2014
                                   by Month9Books


Previous Book in the Series: A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight #1)


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Blurb: 
Rayna struggles to piece her life back together, but hiding in plain sight from the police, the SS Crazy, and the Fallen isn't a foolproof plan—something Kade, the World's Worst Roommate, reminds her of everyday. The late nights of failing to teach Ray how to protect herself against the Fallen are getting to Kade, changing him in ways he doesn't like, and after a family emergency sends Ray back into Cam’s arms, Kade decides he's had enough. News of Rayna's resurfacing brings both angels and the Fallen to San Francisco by the dozens, all eyes scouring the city for the girl with the gray wings. Rayna will need both Kade and Cam's help to ensure her family's safety, navigate the new dangers and enemies springing up all over the city, and manage the surprises that arise with her new set of wings.
 

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

My Review and Rant:

The Plot Development.

Gorgeous. Wonderful. Well, compared to A Shimmer of Angels, you may sometimes feel it lacking the action elements but that didn't bother me from enjoying the book. A Slither of Hope is more like a book that shows the not-too-action-packed surroundings before the big storm hits ( in A Matter of Time, hopefully). Rayna is still trying to come in terms with the changes in her appearance, her life and her feelings. There are fights, killings and encounters; of course the author won’t write a book only with character fillers will she?? Though comparatively there isn't a lot nail-biting action I really like the way the story progresses, making space for the future plot to take place.

Rayna.

Okay, so this is what bugged me. Rayna is in a very disturbed and problematic situation, no doubt. But I really expected to see a little mature Ray this time. But it’s the same old same old; Rayna the lost puppy, Cam or Kade (mostly Kade) to help her out leaving whatever it is they are doing. The book is basically about Rayna, and I really hope she redeems herself by the third book. I tend to gag when heroines I love acts all damsel-in-distress all the time. Seriously Ray, grow up! :s

Kade…KADE (or the Fallen love of my life ♥♥♥)

A Slither of Hope (Angel Sight #2) by Lisa M. Basso {BLOG TOUR + INTERVIEW}

Hellloooow people! It's a beautiful day isn't it?? *giggles*
Sorry for such a lame opening line. I'm just feeling particularly happy for some unknown reason...okay maybe not completely unknown, I'm happy because I got to to be a part of the Blog Tour of A Slither of Hope by Lisa M. Basso, and got an opportunity to interview the super-awesome Lisa, and I feel totally honored for it.

I had read the first book in the Angel Sight series, namely A Shimmer of Angels and I ADORED IT!! I'm not too much into Angel-Fallen books tbh. I'm very picky in that genre and that's why the idea still has some novelty to me. But this series, this is Something. Trust me. *makes the big round scary eyes* 

Okay clearly this is turning into my interview so I'll just stop with the blabbering. But DO read the interview. If you haven't tried this series yet, I'm pretty hopeful this would make you want to read them. Enjoy (oh and for those who have a thing for giveaways like me, there's one here as well, just keep reading)!!!

Book Title: A Slither of Hope (Angel Sight #2)
Author: Lisa M. Basso
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
                   by Month9Books, LLC.
Blurb: 


Rayna struggles to piece her life back together, but hiding in plain sight from the police, the SS Crazy, and the Fallen isn’t a foolproof plan—something Kade, the World’s Worst Roommate, reminds her of everyday. The late nights of failing to teach Ray how to protect herself against the Fallen are getting to Kade, changing him in ways he doesn’t like, and after a family emergency sends Ray back into Cam’s arms, Kade decides he’s had enough. News of Rayna’s resurfacing brings both angels and the Fallen to San Francisco by the dozens, all eyes scouring the city for the girl with the gray wings. Rayna will need both Kade and Cam’s help to ensure her family’s safety, navigate the new dangers and enemies springing up all over the city, and manage the surprises that arise with her new set of wings.


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What/ who inspired you to write YA in Fantasy genre in the first place?

- As a little girl growing up on Disney fairytales, I’ve always loved the fantasy genre. But what inspired me to write fantasy was reading fantasy as a child, and a lot of it. There’s something so fulfilling about knowing anything can happen in these stories. Of course, there are always limits, but in fantasy, but when writing them, you can set them yourself and imagine something truly unique and spectacular that no one has thought of before.

Where did your idea of the book come from?

- When I was thinking of ideas for A Slither of Hope, I did a lot of plotting and brainstorming. The main inspiration came from thinking of Rayna’s predicament, and how we left her at the end of the first book (you won’t get any spoilers from me). After I took that into consideration, I had to think about the characters. Who would be returning and who would be an addition to the cast? Once I decided who the new Big Bad(s) would be, and what they wanted, much of the plot fell into place.

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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Avian (The Dragonrider Chronicles #2)by Nicole Conway

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(Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!)


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*

Cress Marissa Meyer
Different Edition..PRETTY!
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 bawling 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;))