Katherine Reads

I love books, mostly young adult!

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2) - Julie Kagawa In this EPIC sequel, we get all the same characters plus expansions on those who we previously saw who were evil. Which is kind of the best parts of having a sequel. Literally, no sequel syndrome was suffered (although some other icky stuff is.)Even though we met Jackal in the first book, his character is developed a lot more in this one. He's funny and reminds me a lot of Johanna from [b:Catching Fire|6148028|Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)|Suzanne Collins|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1358273780s/6148028.jpg|6171458], twisted humor, a straight up personality, and iffy at parts. We also get more from Stick (or Stephan...) who has turned into a total idiot of a character. Literally, I hate him. He's done some mean things to Allie in the past and that doesn't stop, although she does turn the cards on him. Our evil dude, Sarren, is despicable. I love the "little bird" references sprinkled into his dialogue and it really kept him as an un-hinged character. It was so creepy to read his actions, but made sense in this world. The world is also built up more in this book. We see Washington D.C. with the eerie descriptions of the Washington and Lincoln memorials. They might even be in the Smithsonian?? The other vampire cities are not anywhere near well off, which expands the world into having a major problem with rabids. We also get to see more of the rabids and the mole men, who continue to be as disgusting and freaky as ever. Julie Kagawa is also probably one of my favorite authors. Every time, she knocks it out of the park with new, interesting spins on all the worlds. The little details with the vampires, crying blood, being able to tell where their blood siblings are, healing, IT IS JUST SO EPIC. This is totally different from all the other vampire books, but doesn't go too far from the roots of what we know (and might even love) about this race of people (?) that we have read for generations. All of the scenes are perfectly carved. This book is never boring, always fast-paced, and jaw dropping at every turn. The action scenes are kick-ass and the relationships are built brick by brick. The journey throughout this book and the character development are what keeps it from getting into sequel syndrome. 5/5 stars. And now...we wait...for...[b:The Forever Song|17883441|The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)|Julie Kagawa|/assets/nocover/60x80.png|25046312]p.s. please come quicker Forever Songwait...is that a reference to Sarren's "little bird" singing?!?!??!
Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi Juliet was so frustrating in this book! She made no decisions at all I hope [Ignite Me] can just skip around that and get to the parts when she kicks butt. Cause those parts are awesome.
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell I think it's about time that I give this book a proper review. I've been thinking about it a lot for some reason, maybe it's about the whole banned books ordeal. I don't like this book. At the beginning, I thought it was okay. Sure, it gave me feels. But something didn't click. Something was missing that I knew I didn't like. I might have realized what it was...I don't like Eleanor. In fact, she is just plain irritating. Now, I give her some room because of her icky situation. But, overall, she lacks just about everything that I would like in a character. She doesn't rise up. Little to no character development. Park was amazing, he grew up, he experienced new things, he grew (his chapters lacked a lot though). Eleanor was stuck on a flat path, heading nowhere. To be honest, why was Park even there? I would've left her a week after the bus. That's another. The romance is...just...what. I thought it was going to do something for me. It's contemporary, and therefore has 300 pages to focus entirely on this. But, it still developed way too quickly. It probably would've been better if her and Park were just friends and the bullying plot was the main one. Their romance lacked so much (mostly authenticity). I just wanted to know about who it was. And even saying all that, I still have no idea what it was missing. It was missing something though. Maybe it was a fixable thing, maybe not. I am going to read Fangirl though - because, it sounds like my life in a novel.
Wanted - Sara Shepard The perfect conclusion to this stunning series.Oh, wait, there's a little matter called [b:Twisted|9893331|Twisted (Pretty Little Liars, #9)|Sara Shepard|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1316975768s/9893331.jpg|14785438]. Will I read it?Yeah...it's my guilty pleasure and I love Sara Shepard's writing. But I wouldn't say that any book could end better than this one. Let's just hope for no more series extensions.
Proxy - Alex London Perfect! The characters are all lovable and fun, the plot is action packed without overdoing it, and it is an all around fun read. Not a word is wasted. It is perfectly paced, with an amazing concept that really leaves an emotional affect with the reader. An all around epic read for any fan of action books.
Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson the ending...so sad i can't even
Sever - Lauren DeStefano this book redeemed the entire series for me and the ending left me in tears! a stunning conclusion to an iffy series.
Heartless - Sara Shepard The best book in the Pretty Little Liars series yet
Requiem - Lauren Oliver This book...... it leaves you hanging. There is so much more that needs to be resolved and then it just stops! What happens to Hana? Who does Lena choose? Sure, it looked like she picked Alex, but we really aren't sure because then she sees Julian shirtless and starts staring at him. Plus, the whole time in the Wilds he was there while Alex wasn't and if she did choose him, it doesn't make sense why so we needed some reasons. Did they even take the city? Besides, it's only one city. What happened to Lu? So many unanswered questions. However, Lauren Oliver's writing is so pristine. I love how Hana and Lena's style is distinguishable, although I wish we did have more of Hana. The two POVs seemed unbalanced and mostly Lena, although I did appreciate the attempts toward a Hana POV. It was a good book that desperately needs another one to follow up. I understand YA dystopian trilogies are popular right now, but a four book series would've done a lot of good for the series as a whole and made it seem like a more complete, finished work.
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare This could not be a better ending...until I found out it wasn't over. This is the best book in the series and even if you weren't a big fan of the first two, this one is so worth it!! Crying, screaming, laughing, just all the feelings are captivated in this book as well as amazing characters and an outstanding plot!
Harken (Harken, #1) - Kaleb Nation My Kindle made this book way longer than it actually was, so thanks to my Kindle for making this book seem impossible to finish. But anyway, the review. I really did like this book, the idea was absolutely amazing and I would support a second book but the writing made it suffer for me. The great amazingment that this book could've been was hidden behind overly eloquent wording and sentence structure. The world of the Guardians is already difficult to fully grasp, and I didn't need all the other things to make it even worse. I feel like I skimmed way too much of this book. Some parts didn't make sense as a part of the story, and I think they should've been cut out. I love the idea of reading people's eyes and I wish I had it, but I feel like this should've been explored more. It was mentioned that other Guardian could do it, but all of them? Wyck certainly couldn't. A lot of skimming occurred in this book as well. Michael, as a character, was not particularly a character that I liked a lot. I found him one dimensional and the same cookie cutter type of character, like a Katniss or name another lead protagonist. I did love Alli as well as Thad (even though his name annoyed me to no end!). I also wish we would've known more about how he got to be the reincarnated kid, like how he was chosen for that. I have a lot of questions about this world, and that's the reason for the three stars.
The Host - Stephenie Meyer This book was the biggest emotional roller coaster in a book I've read in a very long time. I think that [a:Stephenie Meyer|941441|Stephenie Meyer|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1269985304p2/941441.jpg] has done something totally different than her [b:Twilight|41865|Twilight (Twilight, #1)|Stephenie Meyer|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1307515757s/41865.jpg|3212258] series, which I didn't finish past the first book. Personally, it feels like two different authors could've have written the two books and it shows how diverse Meyer actually is. The characters are also amazing. The beginning of the book is sort of confusing until I figured out how it was working. Wanderer (or Wanda) and Melanie both have different personalities that both show through through, even though they are in the same body. Some of my favorite parts are when they are aruging internally and no one can figure out what they are doing. I also love the two guy interests; Ian and Jared. Ian is so lovable and reminds me of a mix between Four from [b:Divergent|13335037|Divergent (Divergent, #1)|Veronica Roth|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328559506s/13335037.jpg|13155899] and Peeta from [b:The Hunger Games|2767052|The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)|Suzanne Collins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1358275334s/2767052.jpg|2792775]. Jared took a little longer for me to connect too, maybe but once I did get to know him more I enjoyed his character and his strength. The plot is very well thought out and the way it is written make total sense. Don't let the page number scare you from reading it because there is never a boring chapter! I felt every emotion during this book, happiness, sadness, anger. I highly suggest this book to anyone who likes science fiction, dystopian books, and action.
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo, Leigh Bardugo When I first started this book, I knew it was something special because of what [a:Veronica Roth|4039811|Veronica Roth|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1325270235p2/4039811.jpg] said about it on the cover. However, I couldn't figure out what all the different levels and places were. A hint for that is to NOT skip the map and the order of the Grisha (it helps soo much). Around chapter 3 is when I found that I could not stop reading this book. I love the palace and all her friends and people she trains with. Mal is one of my favorite guy characters in a book ever!! I am so excited for the 2nd book, which I cannot wait to read but it comes out next year :(. I think that the Russian elements in the book were good and descriptive, except the part about the keftas was confusing. This is what they look like in case you are wondering: If you are wondering if this is worth the read, it totally is! Read it and you will not be disappointed! If you like [b:The Hunger Games|2767052|The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)|Suzanne Collins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1337857402s/2767052.jpg|2792775] or books like it, I think that this will be a great book for you. This has elements of fantasy and mystery, plus the characters are amazing.
Reached - Ally Condie This was a perfect ending. Ally Condie really knows how to make everything in all the other books come together, as if she was planning every word specifically for its purpose in this book. The new characters are amazing and even though we are only with them for one book, they really do have such a connection on you. The point of views from Cassia, Ky, and Xander are also one of my favorite parts. Since they all have different journies, we don't have to wonder about what they are each doing. Their parts also come together and are interwoven between each other. It really makes you like each of these characters more, so even if you are team Ky or Xander, you still respect the other for their decisions. The plot is brilliant. I wasn't sure what I was going to get from this book. I'd read the summary and I knew the rest of the series. When I got the book, I was wondering about what they could've put in this book to make it so huge. However, this is such a gripping book that keeps you on your toes as new problems arise within the Rising itself. The book provides a great amount of detail and I love the way the Rising and the Society are connected (I won't tell more than that!) I was very happy with the way the series ended, leaving no gaps in the plot and more filled than I ever could've wanted, but I was perfectly okay with that! The only thing that I would suggest doing is maybe a quick reread through Crossed because it took me a while to catch up with all the characters and little plot points. If you were worried about this book because of Crossed, I totally think this makes up for it!
The Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa For those that don't want to read this review I'm just going to tell you the bare minimum of what I think: This book was epic in every way. I highly encourage it - highly!!Immortal Rules is so hard to summarize, so I'll leave it up to Goodreads for that. I tried describing it to my friends and they laughed at me. But here's my feelings.I stared at the back cover of the book in awe, just like "this book cannot be over." I cried, laughed, and shook with fear. I love each and every one of the characters in the book (you know, except for the evil dude). Oh, and Team Zeke! Allie is one of my favorite females and characters of all time in a book, or anywhere actually. She is so witty and I love that she doesn't want to be a vampire or a least the ones we picture. She is a free spirit and is willing to do pretty much anything to help her friends. She is such a strong character and with other amazing supporting characters that you will also love like Kanin, Zeke, and Caleb, this book is so plot driven but character driven. The plot will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. So, quit reading my review and go get this book! My goal tomorrow will be to explain it better so my friends don't laugh at me so they will read it; they need to read it.
Flawless - Sara Shepard Seriously the book can just not end like that! The ending had be running to my book store 5 minutes before closing to pick up the next one!