Title: Vicious (2013)
Series: Vicious – Book 1
Author: V. E. Schwab
Genre: Science Fiction
Extent: 364 pages
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
Guys. Guys. I think I’m in love with V. E. Schwab. After a full month without any five-star read, it was just so good to tuck into a book that was super fun, super addictive, and super gripping from the start to the end. I didn’t put Vicious down even once and pretty much finished it in one sitting. In a way, this book kind of reminds me of X-Men (which I love) in book form.
Title: Forever, Interrupted
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Extent: 352 pages
Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.
Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.
Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.
Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.
Forever, Interrupted seeks to answer a question that most—if not all—of us really, really don’t want to answer: What do you do when you lose the love of your life… forever? I picked up this book dreading it a little bit because holy crap, that’s one of my worst fears ever.
Title: Crown of Midnight (2013)
Series: Throne of Glass – Book 2
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 418 pages
Crowned by Evil. Bound by Duty. Divided by Love.
Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.
Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…
Before I start, I should mention that I gave Throne of Glass a one-star rating mainly because Celaena annoyed me to death. I found her extremely unbelievable as an assassin and utterly vain, and the romance (apparently one of the main selling points for most people) rather lacking as neither of the love interest, well, interested me. I picked up Crown of Midnight because other bloggers told me it’s much better.
Title: If You Could Be Mine (2013)
Author: Sara Farizan
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT
Extent: 247 pages
Review: Sahar has been in love with Nasrin since they were six years old, but Iran is no place for two girls in love with each other, and if they were found out, they could be beaten, imprisoned, and even executed. The only way for their relationship to work—publicly—is if Sahar could undergo sex reassignment surgery and become a man. When Nasrin’s parents arranged her to marry, Sahar knows that time is running out. Should she risk her true self for love?
First things first: Nasrin annoyed me to the ends of the earth, and I think that’s part of the reason why I couldn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. She was extremely vain, spoiled rotten, and incredibly selfish, and there wasn’t one thing in her that I liked. I couldn’t understand why Sahar was in love with her except that she was apparently really beautiful (physically), which isn’t nearly enough to make me root for them as a couple.
Series Title: The Hybrid Chronicles
Author: Kat Zhang
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Fiction
Books: What’s Left of Me (2012), Once We Were (2013), Echoes of Us (2014)
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆
Like everyone else, Eva and Addie were born sharing a body, two souls woven together. As they grow older, one of them—the recessive soul, in this case Eva—was meant to disappear in a process called ‘settling’ so the dominant soul can fully take over the body. Those who never settled are known as hybrids and considered a threat to society.