Archive for the '3 Stars' Category

Review: Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly

18601430 Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: May 6, 2014 by Disney Hyperion
Series: #1 (Waterfire Saga)
Length: 324 Pages
Source: gifted (thanks dad)

Serefina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromara, has been raised with the expectation – and burden – that she will someday become ruler of the oldest civilization of the merfolk. On the eve of the Dokimí ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown, Sera is haunted by a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. But her nightmare is forgotten the next day as she diligently practices her songspell; eagerly anticipates a reunion with her best friend, Neela; and anxiously worries about Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and whether his feelings toward her and their future betrothal have changed. Most of all, she worries about not living up to her mother’s hopes.

The Dokimí proceeds, a dazzling display of majesty and might, until a shocking turn of events interrupts it: an assassin’s arrow wounds Isabella. The realm falls into chaos, and Serafina’s darkest premonitions are confirmed. Now she and Neela must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heriones scattered across the six seas. Together they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.”


 It was really hard to get into Deep Blue at the beginning since there are these mermaid terms, places, etc. that were being explained and it was just hard to remember all of them. For me, the first 25% of the book was just info-dumping which turned me off a bit. I could have read this book much faster if it weren’t for those info being dumped at the beginning. I really like the 2nd half of the book though! The plot was finally going somewhere and there was a mystery aspect in the plot which I always appreciate in books. I love books that keep me guessing!

Unfortunately, the characters did not leave a huge impact on me. I feel like we were just getting to know the characters, but the book suddenly ended. I thought the romance was also okay. The first 25% of the book was heavy on romance since it’s an arranged marriage, but as the story progresses, it is more about friendship and conquest. Overall I honestly don’t have any strong opinions for this book lol. I thought it was okay and could have been better. I liked the cliffhanger at the end though which is why I will still continue on in the series.

3 of 5

Review: Carrier of the Mark (Carrier #1) by Leigh Fallon

10335701 Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: October 4, 2011 by HarperTeen
Series: #1 (Carrier)
Length: 342 pages
Source: bought

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.


I think Carrier of the Mark is a book you should just read without any expectations. It was very similar to Twilight, but I love how it was not about vampires. The main characters have element powers and I wish the author elaborated more on how the characters can manipulate their powers. I thought the romance was okay. It was insta-love but I already saw that coming since the romance in Twilight was insta-lovey. It was a bit cheesy at times, but bearable. I wish the book wasn’t so focused on the romance, though. I was really interested to know the side characters’ background especially Adam’s family (lol see what I did there?). Also, the author wasn’t very clear on the whole “carrier of the mark” thing. I still kind of do not understand how one can become the carrier of the mark and how one can pass it on. Overall if you liked Twilight and you are having a hangover from it then you should read this, if you did not enjoy Twilight then maybe skip this one because it really is very similar to it.

3 of 5

Review: The Dolls (Dolls #1) by Kiki Sullivan

18249114 Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: September 2, 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Series: #1 (Dolls)
Length: 384 pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.”


The Dolls was an okay book with lots of creepy scenes and interesting plot. What I liked about it is the mystery at the beginning. I say the beginning because the mystery kind of died down towards the middle and the end of the book since it got a bit predictable. I think the world building was pretty good. Eveny’s hometown is divided into two parts – the rich and the poor. The author was very creative on explaining how the town became like that.

I enjoyed it for the most part, but the whole clique thing a.k.a. ‘the dolls’ and boys chasing them was just too cliché for me. What I liked about the characters though is that some were easy to differentiate because they had different personalities. Though they were easy to differentiate, I don’t think they’ll fall under the category of ‘memorable characters’. There were also some inconsistencies throughout the book like Eveny’s aunt telling her that it is not safe in their hometown yet they move there…UM OKAY?

Overall it was a good book with some inconsistencies and cliché characters. I would recommend you reading it but I wouldn’t put it on top of my to-be read pile.

3 of 5

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