This review contains spoilers for the first book in this series, Talon. You can see my review for Talon here.
This is book follows Ember Hill, who has now gone rogue with the mysterious (and motorcycle-riding) Cobalt. In addition to avoiding Talon, who ruthlessly punishes dragons who go rogue, she also wants to rescue Garret. The only problem is that he’s on trial at a high-security camp for St. George – the centuries-long enemy of all dragons.
Another great addition to the Talon series. If you like the first one, you’ll probably like this one too. 🙂
This is book follows Ember Hill, a dragon disguised as a teenage human living on Crescent Beach. She has moved there with her twin brother, Dante. She is tasked with learning how to assimilate with humans before she is assigned her permanent position with the dragon organization, Talon.
This book also follows Garret, a human trained to hunt dragons. Shoot now, ask questions later. He is sent in undercover to uncover dragons and eliminate them before they cause trouble for the humans.
If you like dragons, or fantasy, or Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey series anyone?) then this book is for you! The book takes place over a summer, so there’s not really any high school drama – I know some people avoid those books.
This is book five in the Significance series by Shelly Crane. It follows Ava, the daughter of the main characters in the first four books. In this series, a certain group of people called Virtuosos (who are mostly human, but with some extra powers), find their soulmate by “imprinting” when they touch. Once they have their soulmate, their Significant, they go through a period of time before they Ascend and gain their power. Ava has grown up in the Jacobsen clan – a close-knit family that has good morals and stands up for its beliefs. Her significant, Seth, grew up with the Watsons – the antagonists from the first four books. The books very much follows the idea of star-crossed lovers.
If you can get past the sloppy writing and poor grammar and you’re weirdly obsessed with the soulmate AU idea like I am, then read this book. Otherwise, it’s not for you.
This is book two in the Tin Star series. It follows Tula Bane as she works to assert herself and her values against the evils in space. Her home in space, the Yertina Feray, has now become a hub for a new source of galactic currency – the alin. Thanks to all of the extra traffic, Tula attracts some unwanted attention and finds herself travelling the galaxy, reaching out to aliens she knows.
I really wanted to like this book – but it left me feeling so-so. In the first book (which I loved), Tula Bane is a kick-butt character who uses her wits and creative manipulation to become a (somewhat) respected citizen on the Yetina Feray. In this book she does a lot of sitting and letting other people do the work. I expressed my frustration to my writer friend, who said “Ahhh. She’s losing agency.” And that’s exactly why this book bothered me. Instead of taking control of her own fate, things just sort of happen to her and around her. Yes, the events may be exciting, but she’s not the one participating in them. There’s also a nice section of the book where she’s pretty desolate and hopeless. Which isn’t necessarily a problem by itself, but combined with the agency problem, makes the story weak.
Another dislike is that, as the reader, I had a hard time believing in the author’s assertations about Tula’s leadership skills. Of all the things that happened in the story, we didn’t get to see Tula’s leadership skills in action (much), we were just told she had them.
That being said, there were some good things with the story. I did enjoy following the romance(s). It’s the first time since Stephenie Meyer’s The Host that I’ve actually rooted for an inter-species relationship. I also loved the galaxy and and the aliens within. The aliens species were creative and I enjoyed how the author conveyed their different cultures and communication styles. We see a lot more of this in the first book, but I still though it was strong in this one as well. We also get a deeper look into different cultures (the wanderers and pirates) who are mentioned in the first book, but never really elaborated upon.
I mentioned this in my August wrap-up, but I’m moving full-steam ahead towards by goal of reading 100 books this year. Which means I’ll be reading anything and everything I can do quickly! Graphic novels, children’s novels, young adult, romance, etc. I have 48 books left to reach this goal and only four months left to reach it, which means I have to read at least 12 books each month. So without further ado, here are the 12 books I plan on reading in September!
I caved. I was going to wait to read this until it was closer to the time when the third book in this series comes out. But I just can’t do it. I know this is going to be so good!
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Condie
I saw this on someone else’s list of books read (I don’t remember who, I should take better notes!) and remembered how much I wanted to read it when it first came out. So I ordered it off of Amazon and it’s on its way.
Sugar and Spice by Lisa Papademitriou
Book three in this adorable cupcake series.
I loved Gordan Korman’s series (such as Dive or On the Run) growing up and I haven’t had a chance to read his Titanic series yet. Also, curiously, I own books two and three in this series already.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I love books about mice so hopefully this one is no exception.
I didn’t get around to this one last month, but hopefully I’ll get to it this month! (I also just realized that I read all but two from last month’s TBR, so go me!)
Any other suggestions for quick reads for this month? Any thoughts on the books already on the list? I’d love to hear from you!
Here’s a summary of my reading/bookish action in August 2017. I’ll be linking up to bookdate.blogspot.com, who inspired this idea and post format. 🙂 If you want to check out July’s month in review, you can find it here. Overall, August was a pretty great month!
Total Books Read: 9
I decided this month to go full steam ahead towards my goal to read 100 books this year. Which means putting non-fiction down for a little bit and whizzing through some of the easier books on my to-read list.
(Reviews for most of these will be up… sometime. 😊 The links below are affiliate links to Amazon.)
Hardcover – 1
Paperback – 2
Ebook – 6
Book Genres (Some books belong to multiple genres)
Young adult – 5
Romance – 6
Fantasy – 2
Science fiction – 1
New to me authors
Top Book for August
If you want to see the books I got this month, check out this post.
I’ll be posting my September TBR shortly!
How was your August? Any books I need to know about?