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Review: Seeker (Seeker #1) – Arwen Elys Dayton


Seeker (Seeker #1) – Arwen Elys Dayton

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Title: Seeker (Seeker #1)

Author: Arwen Elys Dayton

Release Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Books

Format: eBook

Page Number: 448

Source: NetGalley

Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin’s new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Quin lives on an estate in Scotland with her mother, Fiona, and her father, Briac. Her parents train her, in many ways, to become a Seeker. Seekers help keep balance in the world, keep people safe, and can travel with the power of the athame. Quin’s boyfriend, John, and half-third-cousin, Shinobu, train alongside her. The three are trying their hardest to become Seekers, but John is falling slightly behind. Quin and Shinobu take their oath to become full Seekers, then they go through the ceremony and receive their mark distinguishing them as a Seeker. The next thing they know, they are transported There. Twist the dials on the athame to match certain coordinates, hit the athame together with the lightning rod, and open up access to There. Quin and Shinobu do their first mission as Seekers and come back filled with trauma. The cousins don’t understand why they had to do what they did. Why did they need to go There? Will they ever feel the same again?

I got this book for review from NetGalley and even though it expired, I still decided to read it because it sounded really interesting. This book started out in what felt like a fantasy world, but in reality it was happening now-ish or a little in the future. It felt odd that it was happening now. It could have been clearer distinguished as to what time it was happening, but I got used to it. There was a lot going on in this book. Some of the things seemed pretty random at the time of reading it, but the loose ends were kind of tied up by the end. This was a very long book, but I thought it was alright. At the beginning I loved it because I thought it was fantasy, but then it just got a little weird. Some of the scenes with Shinobu and Quin were just too perfect and sassy that I had to put the iPad down for a couple seconds and reminisce in the adorable relationship. This was a multiple POV book and I don’t usually like having multiple personalities to follow, but this one wasn’t bad or distracting. At the beginning it was a little hard to tell the difference between Shinobu and John, but by about 20% through I felt like I knew who was who.

Characters:

Quin, Shinobu, and John were the main characters of this book, but by the end Shinobu was my favorite. I found myself looking forward to the chapters from his point of view the most. He’s a really strong character, but he’s also broken. He was quirky and a little weird, but weird characters are always the best to read about. Quin and Shinobu were totally adorable. Team Quinobu.

Who Would I Be?:

Even though Shinobu was my favorite character, I will go with Quin. She got to spend a whole lot of time with Shinobu, and they’re perfect together. I can’t wait to see where the second book takes them!

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Review: We Are the Goldens – Dana Reinhardt


We Are the Goldens – Dana Reinhardt

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Title: We Are the Goldens

Author: Dana Reinhardt

Release Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

Format: ebook

Page Number: 208

Source: NetGalley

Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.

2 out of 5 stars

Plot:

We Are the Goldens follows the Golden sisters, Layla and Nell. Layla is perfect to everyone including Nell. Nell is a freshman and Layla is a junior; the sisters are both on the soccer team, and Nell decides to try out for the school play. Nell only decides to try out because a guy she has a crush on has the lead role. She didn’t try out for the female lead, but she got into the play. Nell’s best friend is named Felix, and she has two dead boys talking to her. Layla gets into a “bad” situation, even though she believes that it’s true love. Nell “falls in love” with her crush and they take things a little too far. Honestly this is all that happens in this book. This was a major let down for me. I got this from a publisher on NetGalley and I was super pumped. I’ve read Harmless – Dana Reinhardt, and sort of liked it, so I was excited to read another one of her books. It wasn’t good. Why was she talking to these dead brothers? I honestly did not understand it. It never said the significance of these boys other than that the girls attended their fancy Christmas party every year. I don’t get why Nell was so in love with a horrible boy. I don’t get why Layla got roped into being in a relationship with a much older man. I strongly disliked how it was Nell talking like she was talking to Layla. Was Layla actually dead? Was she even there? I have no idea. Overall I wish the book was longer to finally sort some of the things out.

Characters:

Nell wasn’t a horrible character to follow, but I didn’t get why Layla was so mean to her. Nell didn’t do anything to her. She didn’t tell her secret, so why was she always so mad? Felix was the best part of the whole book. He was some comic relief, but I don’t understand the point of the love declaration at the end. Layla was supposed to be perfect, but she was just rude to everyone. I don’t get how you could fall in love like that. It was unnaturally fast and I don’t understand why she did it. The whole story felt rushed with the love interests.

Who Would I Be?:

I guess I choose Nell. I didn’t really like her though. She made bad choices and fell in love with a stupid boy. Felix seems like a good friend to have, though. I definitely wouldn’t want to have Layla as my sister. I would totally ditch her and not pay attention to her, because really, who needs someone that mean in your life?

*Huge thanks to Wendy Lamb Books to sending this to me on NetGalley!*

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (10)


Woah, what? I’m back? Yes, that is correct. I have been MIA for almost a week! oopsies. I decided I was going to be in soccer, so I have had to start running for that on top of all my dance. On Monday night, right after school, I went to my local sports store and bought all my things for soccer: cleats, shin guards, shorts, etc. I’ve never been part of a sports team so I’m really excited, but nervous. Anyway, I’ve had to run *ergh. running.* and I’ve just been tired. So, I am currently reading Don’t Even Think About It – Sarah Mlynowski. I got this from NetGalley, and I looked on the NetGalley website a couple days ago, and realized that there was an expiration date of when you needed to have the review up…. You could say I’m a newbie at NetGalley. I started reading it thinking I could finish it in the short two days, but I still haven’t finished it. I won’t get my review up on NetGalley, but I will still have it here. All I can say about this book is that it’s really weird. This homeroom gets flu shots and then the next day they can hear eachother’s thoughts. Like, what? It’s not bad, but it is definitely not 4 or 5 stars good.

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