Multiple Minis: YAs of the Gorgeous Covers

Posted 11 October, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 16 Comments

THE BURNING SKY (The Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas
YA Fantasy
464 pages, hardcover
Available now (September 2013)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Can we say, “Whoo-wee!”? ‘Cause this was a bang-up of a start to a new series — one that I might *actually* finish (I feel like I’ve become notorious about finishing YA series…notoriously bad). Titus is a prince in a terrible position — one that forces him to pretend to be a total douche-nozzle when he’s really a good boy following his mother’s orders and trying to protect his kingdom and, as it turns out, Iolanthe. Iolanthe, on the other hand, is one who tends to wear her heart on her sleeve, relatively easy considering she had a sheltered and loved upbringing. Great chemistry, thoroughly intriguing worldbuilding and a great story make this a not-to-miss young adult fantasy.

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CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst
YA Fantasy
368 pages, hardcover
Available now (September 2013)
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

What can I say about this story? It’s odd. It’s quirky. It’s got a main character who doesn’t really know what the hell is going on…and neither do we, most of the time. Eve’s in witness protection, hiding from some crazy man who wants to do something with/to her. But she keeps losing time and losing memories so she can never really figure out what’s really happening. I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to know who Eve was, who she was on the run from and, of course, how her romance turned out (you’d think it would be hard to have a romance with a girl who keeps forgetting about you but Zach didn’t seem to mind). A three-star read, in the end.

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ETERNITY CURE (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa
YA Paranormal
424 pages, hardcover
Available now (April 2013)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Oh, Julie Kagawa. You really can do no wrong, can you? I think I liked this one even better than the first in this series (and I really liked #1). However, I kind of wanted her to kick Zeke to the curb for much of this book. Poor guy, he wasn’t really all that bad but I wanted more with the vampires and less with the human/romance (all you serious romantics out there must be ready to shoot me. Seriously, I am a romantic! I swear! But Zeke…he should have stayed with the humans. He was a distraction.). Can we have book 3 now, please? (Though I’m really looking forward to her new dragon series, too. Write faster! Ack. Forget it. We’re going to have to lock Julie up in a big warehouse filled with all our other favorite authors and force them to write 24/7. What? We’ll provide tea and chocolate. We’re not animals, after all.)

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THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White
YA Paranormal Romance
288 pages, hardcover
Available now (September 2013)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Liked it but didn’t love it. Why? It could be a tad bit boring at times. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed Isadora’s voice and the Egyptian mythology (um, yay! Can we have more of this, please?) but the romance was seriously lacking and the mystery of who was doing bad things and threatening Isadora’s parents was pretty darned obvious. Another little quibble is that it ended too quickly. I’d have loved some more worldbuilding with the mythology. Again, not to say that I didn’t enjoy this story. It was light (relatively) with a little romance and some quirky teen characters, perfect for an afternoon read.

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16 Responses to “Multiple Minis: YAs of the Gorgeous Covers”

  1. I so agree with you on Chaos of Stars – I liked it, but didn’t love it and … the romance and especially the chemistry was lacking big time. And holy YES I LOVED Burning Sky so bad!

  2. I’m not getting excited to read Kiersten White’s newest books, I don’t know why, they sound a little bland to me. Maybe I just loved Evie so much in the first book and then it fizzled a bit.

    Anyway! Burning Sky sounds good! I hope you do finish the series. And I think conjured would drive me a little crazy because I kind of like to know what’s going on and find it distracting when I don’t, lol.

    Thanks for the minis!

  3. Lol i’m the worst about not finishing YA series! I have heard amazing things about The Burning Sky I’m curious about it! I also NEED to read some Julie Kagawa! O_O The Chaos of Stars has not been getting the best reviews from what I saw. After the epic failure of her last read I’m a bit wary to pick this one up – especially knowing it’s boring .

  4. YAY BURNING SKY AND ETERNITY CURE! Weren’t both awesome? I just adored The Burning Sky, I’m not a big fantasy person and this had just the right amount of fantasy as to not overwhelm me with the world and the creatures and the magic. And while I loved Zeke in the Eternity cure, I get what you’re saying about the vampires. They are fascinating and it’s hard not to want more time with them. Also? Dragons. That is all.

  5. Loved Burning Sky and Eternity Cure and I liked Zeke more in this one, the first book he was kind of boring. I’ve heard mixed things about Conjured so I suppose I’m not missing much in not reading it.

  6. So glad you liked The Burning Sky! I want to read it so badly but I’d heard some not so great things and was nervous. Your review has officially made me unnervous and wanting to read it more than ever!

    The Eternity Cure was amazing and I totally agree with you about Zeke. I’m crossing my fingers for a switch up in the romance (hopefully something involving Jackal. I’m a sucker for him 🙂

  7. Yay! So glad you liked The Burning Sky and that you might finish the series. It’s so hard, isn’t it? When there are a million series coming out. I lose interest sometime in between books, but I don’t think that will happen here. I really loved Conjured, you’re right, it was weird, but I LOVED the weirdness, and got totally sucked in and addicted to finding out what was up with Eve. I am so glad to hear I’m not the only one who wants to give Zeke a kick to the curb. He totally IS a distraction. Great minis! 🙂

  8. Oh lots of great minis. So need to read Burning Sky! Didn’t you love Jackal in Eternity Cure? I’m such a Jackal fan now. 🙂 I did like Conjured, mostly because it was odd. It wasn’t her best, but I love the way it kept twisting!

  9. Ok, I need to get a copy of The Burning Sky PRONTO. And Conjured sounds really good (love Sarah Beth Durst), though I think I’ll read her book Vessel first. I know what you mean about Chaos of Stars bordering on boring at times- I put that one down for a while and plan on finishing it in the future.

    Sara at The Page Sage

  10. I haven’t read The Burning Sky but I mostly agree with you about the three other books. Conjured was super weird but the romance mostly worked for me, I was more into Zeke than you, and The Chaos of Stars had some really dull moments considering the writing moved the story along and I never seriously considered DNF-ing it.

  11. Glad you enjoyed THE BURNING SKY so much! I agree, it’s a strong start to a series. I hope you’re able to finish it too. Heard mixed things about CONJURE. Not sure I’ll read that one. THE ETERNITY CURE completely freaked me out!! It was way too much bloodshed for me. I wanted more romance. However, I’m not sure how much I’m feeling Allison and Zeke. I’m wary of the human/immortal romance. BUT what do you think happens to Zeke at the end? It’s possible Sorren turned him? I agree, the Egyptian mythology was the best thing about THE CHAOS OF STARS, but it was a bit too light for my tastes. You are a super reader knocking all these out at once!

  12. Aw, I actually liked the romance in The Chaos of Stars… I mean, it wasn’t perfect, but I thought they were sweet. I didn’t adore the book either, but it’s definitely a lot of fun. <3

    For some reason I still haven’t read The Eternity Cure! Probably because I forget a lot of the first book, and that’s quite a big book to re-read…