Saturday, May 3, 2014

Short & Simple Reviews: Blood Magic & Poison Princess

This is a place for books that I didn't fully review.
Maybe I listed my likes and dislikes, had a little short paragraph, or a few sentences to convey my feelings on the book, but whatever the "review" is, all of them are short and simple. (hence the clever name)

Blood Magic (The Blood Journals, #1)
It starts off simply.
Draw a circle... place a dead leaf in the center... sprinkle some salt... recite a little Latin... add a drop of blood...
Maybe that last part isn’t exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents’ horrific deaths. She’s willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep ... and spill some blood.
The book isn’t the only recent arrival in Silla’s life. There’s Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She’s not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick’s first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can’t deny their attraction. And they can’t ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.


What I Liked:
-The originality of the story and how the magic was incorporated.
-The journal entries thrown in throughout the book. I loved how it gave me a little bit more detail and they made me wonder how they fit in with the story.

What I Didn't Liked:
-The insta-love. This was the major problem for me in the story. It was completely unrealistic (I know that this is complete fiction but still) and seemed to show up at random moments (meaning: random kissing). I honestly think that the story would have been much better if there was a lot less romance.
-The Plot. While the magic interested me some things didn't seem to be explained enough and there were moments that seemed random. I honestly don't know how to explain this better but it's kind of like a TV with a little bit of static. Not very much static, but enough to make you wonder what is going on.

In Conclusion:
I did find this book interesting!
In fact, if it weren't for the insta-love I would have liked it more.
But alas, there was insta-love...

I hereby give this book
3 Wheels
Meaning: I liked it.

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)She could save the world—or destroy it.
Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.
But she can't do either alone.
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?
Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side.

What I Liked:
-The originality of the story.
-The ending. That might sound strange, since the ending was a cliffhanger, but it was so dramatic!!!! And I loved that!!!

What I Didn't Liked:
-Jackson. He was a complete asshole! Whenever I would think maybe he's not an asshole after all, he would go back to being an asshole!
-Selena. She was a bitch! She was mean to everyone, except Jackson. She hated Evie just because Evie was "with" Jackson. Honestly! I absolutely hate it when characters don't give other characters a chance!
-The time lapse. There was a large time lapse, and in this time lapse the book drastically changes. It goes from a paranormal read to a dystopian one. While I don't mind it being a dystopian, I would've have liked to have known fully how that happened.
-The book was kind of confusing...

In Conclusion:
There are obviously more cons than pros up there, but some of the cons are small things.
While this book does not make it to The Hall of Awesome (4 stars or more), I do like it and will give the next book a chance.
Especially after that ending, that ending redeemed the book.

I hereby give this book
3 Wheels
Meaning: I liked it.

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