Ten Second Reviews: April 2014

Time for another round of 10 Second Reviews! All of the books below are absolutely fabulous! If I had the time, I would write more detailed, full length reviews for each of them. Alas, these past two weeks have been crazy, so you’ll have to settle with the short version instead!

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Half Bad by Sally Green 
I absolutely devoured this book! Half Bad was fantastic, fast-paced, and absolutely brilliant! I loved this magical world that Green created, where witches are either White (Good) or Black (Evil), and possess a special “gift” that they obtain when they turn 18. The story focuses on Nathan, a witch like no other. Born to a white witch mother and a notoriously wicked black witch father, Nathan struggles to prove himself as “good” even as his emerging powers hint more and more to his dark lineage. The whole nurture versus nature debate dates back to Frankenstein, but it felt fresh and new in this magical world. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the sequel!
Rating: 5 Stars!! 

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Written in Red by Anne Bishop
I came across a glowing review of this book in Library Journal, so I decided to give it a try! I immediately fell in love with the world that Bishop created, where ” The Others” (creatures like Shapeshifters, Vampires, and Elementals) rule over North America and the small human population that is brave enough to live there. The story focuses on Meg, a Cassandra Sangue, or blood prophet, who can see the future from a single cut on her skin. On the run from the people who’ve enslaved her, Meg seeks refuge with The Others. I thought I was sick of Urban Fantasy, but Bishop has rekindled my love for the genre. I’m looking forward to picking up the next book in this series soon!
Rating: 4 Stars

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Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
Two years later and I finally managed to pick up the sequel to Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder! Scent of Magic picks up right where the last story left off, with Avry, Kerrick, and their friends stuck in the middle of a raging war. I love the magic in these books, and the characters are so darn lovable! I’m going to have to make a point of picking up the third book soon, because there is no way I’m waiting another two years to find out how this story ends!
Rating: 4 Stars 

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Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
Finally! The long awaited sequel to Scarlet! The story of Robin Hood and his merry band continues as Prince John descends upon Nottingham to select a new sheriff. All is not hopeless, however, as Gisbourne promises to give Scarlet an annulment if she can maintain the appearance of a noblewoman during the duration of Prince John’s stay. While I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first one, it was still a thrilling sequel with plenty of new surprises!
Rating: 4 Stars

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The Cute Girl Network by M.K. Reed, Greg Means, and Joe Flood
When I read the description of this graphic novel it was just too cute to resist! Jane is new in town, and when she wipes out on her skateboard in front of Jack’s food cart, she finds herself agreeing to go out with him. Jane quickly finds herself infatuated, but soon discovers that Jack has a bit of a bad dating history. Cue The Cute Girl Network, a group of local singles who make it their job to inform women everywhere of bad boyfriends. As Jane hears about Jack’s dirty laundry, she has to decide whether or not to trust what she hears, or follow her heart. While I didn’t LOVE this story, I thought it was a really cute and fun read. Definitely worth checking out from your local library if you are in the mood for something light-hearted and sweet!
Rating: 3 Stars

 

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4 thoughts on “Ten Second Reviews: April 2014

  1. I’ve heard such contrasting thoughts on Half Bad but I think I’d like it! Especially if you did. One of these days I’ll find it. Maybe when the series is done? That seems to be what I do, haha. I also need to find a YA graphic novel to read one of these days so I can mark that spot off on my Reading Bingo list. Advice? Or just hand one of yours to me the next time you see me, haha.

    • Soo many awesome YA graphic novels to choose from! Based on the kind of books that you enjoy, I would say start with Drama by Raina Telgemeier, or Soulless by Gail Carriger (although Soulless is an adult graphic novel I think…not YA). I own both if you want to borrow them!

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