Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
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Rating: 3 stars

This series has been given rave reviews on Goodreads and on BookTube, and I fear I’m going to one of those who disagrees. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this first book in the series, I did. It was very entertaining and I don’t regret reading it. But it isn’t a five star book, I can’t quite understand people’s reasons for giving it that rating.

There are a number of problems in the book and some of which were probably caused by errors in translation. The book was originally written in German, and it was most likely translated into American English, which isn’t good when the book is set in England with English characters who apparently speak in American English. I kept finding myself pointing out things that are wrong to English culture or words the characters speak that mean something different in England than America. It started to bug me after a while, because it came across as being inconsistent with what the story was trying to portray. Other than this, the writing is easy to read and would probably be enjoyed more by the younger teenager.

The characters were rather average, nothing different from the thousands of other YA characters that I’ve read about and not going to lie I’ve already forgotten their names. I feel like they could have been fleshed out a lot more and the author wastes words by having the main character ramble in her mind about things that don’t really contribute to the plot in any way whatsoever. It’s a shame really because the plot is actually really good, I just feel like it could have been written a lot better.

Like I said I didn’t dislike the book but I doubt I’ll remember it in a months time. I think I probably will read the other books in the series if I should ever see them in the library but I’m not going to go out of my way. I would recommend it if you’re looking for something relatively fast paced and really easy to read.

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Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. 
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 
If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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[mini review. I’ll do a full series review once I’ve finished them]

Rating: 2.5 stars

I’ve started to read this series because so many of my favourite booktubers seem to adore it. Right now, I’m trying very hard to figure out why. It was okay, but not worthy of anything above 3 stars. There are some good things about this book and some really bad things. The only reason I’ve given it 2.5 stars was because it is addictive (but come on… Twilight was addictive)

This book is full of so many clichés that I don’t think I stopped rolling my eyes from start to finish. The foreshadowing was so plainly obvious that I felt I didn’t need to read any more. However, I’m going to be kind and say that this book is perfect if you’ve looking for something fun and easy going. Yeah there’s drama but its not nail-bitingly dramatic. It is also quite amusing. I read this around writing a number of assignments for university and it was a perfect escape from anything complicated. 

I actually am going to finish this series. I’m hoping that they will get better, as there is much potential plot wise for this series. After a year of reading many great books I really don’t want to end it on a bad note.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
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Rating: *****

AhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhHHHHHHHHH!! Oh my god I loved this book so much. I could kick myself for not reading it after the second book comes out because now I have to wait a week. Argh!
I seem to be on a streak of reading brilliant books. I was a little weary of reading this because my previous experience of angel books has been awful, but this has given me faith that there are excellent ones out there. I read this on my Kindle but I’m definitely going to buy it in book form. I don’t think I can live without it in my possession. 
The characters are awesome. Penryn and Raffe… I just can’t wait to read more about them. Both fascinating, intriguing, strong and respectful characters. Dee-Dum is brilliant, reminds me a little of Fred and George Weasley. I loved their characters a lot, hilarious. The other characters were also really well written and I didn’t get annoyed with any of them (which is quite something when it comes to YA…). 
The plot was delightful. I was on the edge of my seat at times and even got emotional and shed a few tears at the end. The author doesn’t tell us a great deal but enough to keep you interested and enough to want to read the next book and find out more. 
I beseech you to give this book a chance it is FRICKIN’ FANTASTIC.