Becoming Alpha tells the tail (pun intended) of young Tessa McCaide. She just moved to Texas with her family for a new start. Why? -insert narrator voice- Tessa is different from most girls. Tessa has the ability...or curse to see images of the past when she touches someone or something. Thus, earning her the nickname Freaky Tessa. Trying to reign in the, er, freaky, she goes to a high school party and is bitten by some guy she was attracted to. Tessa...is now a werewolf. She uproots once again and attends St. Albie's Academy. There, she meets friends, foes, and her mate...who happens to be the asshole who bit her, Dastien -insert stereotypical female swoon.-
This book is light-hearted and fun, but really nothing great. It's also incredibly predictable We have Queen bitch of jealousy, best friend who is all trusty and loyal, the other guys at the school vying after her attention, and dark mysterious, sought after alpha male, who happens to be her mate. Yes, it is the basic set-up of Twlight. Shudder.
The romance: The book tries so hard to deny that this is insta-love by claiming that Tessa hates Dastien, but yet she still thinks about him and is attracted to him the whole time. So....kinda fails at it. Definitely felt like insta-love to me. Ugh. No real love triangle to worry about though, kinda, so I guess that's nice...
I'd say this is a book geared much more towards to early college late high school audience, though anyone who loves the YA shifter genre could probably enjoy it.
Edit: I read the next two books, and they're pretty good. DEFINITE recommendation for high school students or early college. Though, older adults will enjoy them if they are into shifter novels as well.
A great NA book. Serenity Freeman lives in war times. She fights for the Western Hemisphere while King Montes Lazuli fights for the right hemisphere. Sent to be an ambassador negotiating a peace treaty with her father, Serenity finds herself somewhat attracted to King Montes, despite hating him. The ruthless merciless Montes himself becomes the ruler of the world and finds himself moving the Earth and sun to keep Serenity happy, if only to assuage his lonely heart. However, even with the peace treaty in place, the resistance is against his rule, and something more deadly and uncontrollable threatens to take Serenity away from his side.
I didn't enjoy this book at first, It gave of a very non-ficton war-time vibe which I thought I just wouldn't enjoy. However, once Serenity and her father start the peace negotiations, the book really picks up. It will pull on your heartstrings in happy ways and sad. I had a really hard time putting it down because the plot just kept moving. There really weren't any dull moment's in my opinion.
I really liked the fact that the characters were realistic. People mostly leave each other alone. There is no unbelievable hostility or mary-sue sympathies. Furthermore, I loved that the Montes starts out as cold-hearted. We think we know him, but as the story goes on, the author really fleshes him out and we see that his character is not simply black and white.
The romance...ahh the part everyone actually cares about in the review. It's good. I felt it. No insta-love here by any means. It was a slow burning love. Serenity and Montes are STILL working on the trust, companionship, and love aspect. I'm sure they'll get there, soon. As for the love triangle...it's there, but not really. Seriously, don't worry about the love triangle. It's really really not a thing.
It's a more serious book for a more serious type of mood. Easily finished in a day though, so definitely a quick read. It hurts so much that the sequel is coming out JANUARY 2016. I can't wait!!! Definitely recommended for those who are trying to get into NA, but also great for those who are familiar and love the genre :)
This was a fun quick read. It was not what I expected though, I admit! I was expecting a romance (or so the book blurb led me to believe) but no, my friends, the main plot of this story is not romance. It's Ryiah's growth as contender for the spot of an apprenticeship in combat. Let me back up for a second here...
Ryiah and Alex are twins on their way to a prestigious academy where they will fight for 15 apprentice spots that will give them the opportunity to become mages. Alex, studies mage restoration, while Ryiah and her good friend Ella are going for mage combat. Within the 100-something crowd vying for these prestigious spots are non-heir prince Darren and his bit- I mean really nasty friend Priscella. Ryiah and Darren immediately are at odds when she and Ella insult him, but find they have a few things in common. This story is about Ryiah's day-to-day struggles in becoming a top contender for an combat apprenticeship.
What I enjoyed:
Ryiah was a really strong willed, but human character. Anyone could relate to her. She feels on top of her world at her victories and knows when to wallow and retreat to lick her wounds in defeat. In essence, what I am saying is that she is realistic. *applause.* Alex and Ella are adorable characters who play Ryiah's voice of reason for a lot of the book. Their interaction was fun and I enjoyed reading about their tight wolf pack. I also liked the add in of Ian, the second year. His visit was brief, but it left a feeling that you KNOW there is going to be more of him in the second book. I CAN JUST FEEL IT.
What could have been improved upon:
The day-to-day training was really tedious to read. I found myself skipping training day pages just because it was the same thing over and over most times: Ryiah and Ella getting their butts handed to them in physical and mental training. I wish there had been something happening other than day-to-day work. Like an invasion or evil someone breaking in or SOMETHING to relieve their days of training.
Ryiah also goes way too back and fourth on her relationship with Darren. I felt like I was reading a fantasy version of Pride and Prejudice. I just KNEW what was coming along the way. Arrogant jerk realizes he likes fierce girl despite her lowborn upbringing, but sees her potential. Lowborn girl gets pissed and thinks all bad things are his fault. Later finds out that things aren't and non-heir is not a complete ass-hole.
I'M SORRY OKAY?? I DON'T KNOW WHY I READ A BOOK WITH SUCH A HORRENDOUS TITLE EITHER. All, I can say is that the book was better than title, if even a little.
Samantha, Sam, is a Sevante, the lowliest of low vampires. She was turned a time ago and hates her master who has essentially turned her into a prostitute and slave for his own power gain. She is then offered a choice to compete for a spot on one of the Master Vampire's combat teams. Unfortunately for her, Jared who is judging the audition and training the new team is a sexist asshole. Fate has it that because of his sexist ways, Sam ends up co-captaining his team instead of just being on the team. Why? She has a power that no other sevante has. A power and control that will make her team strong. IN YO FACE.
What follows is the back of fourth of Jared's sexist quips and Sam's retaliation as they try to get their team ready for battle and fall in love in the process.
This was a funny light read book. I chuckled quite a few times. However, it really isn't anything that great. Yes, I will read the sequel, but it's not on the top of my list type of feeling. It was just frustrating to read such sexist views, DESPITE KNOWING THAT'S WHAT I WAS IN FOR. Fortunately, Sam Kicks ass and takes names. She changes that view through hard work.
The love triangle. Sigh. It will annoy you, but it is entertaining. Maybe its because I've just resigned myself to the fact that most romance YA or NA books are going to have it in some shape or form, so I'm slowly starting to just...enjoy isn't the right word...tolerate? Okay, tolerate them. I can't say how other readers will take it, but if you really don't like them...this probably isn't your cup of tea, though it IS resolved near the end. So there's that.
My feelings in this book went a little something like this: first this then this and this finally this
SOSO good. I haven't laughed this much in a book...ever?
Lily is a shape shifter with a secret, she's a hybrid, and in her world, hybrids are killed. Only Lily and her mate Domenic know. Domenic is set to be the next King of shifters, but when tragedy strikes, that position is pushed onto Lily. With no where to turn, and like wise, Lily (Shifter prodigy), Erza (Vampire Prodigy), Pearl (Mage prodigy) and Jack ( Elemental prodigy) bond as no other pre- Kings and Queens have before. As terror strikes again, they learn to rely on one another and become closer than society is comfortable with mystical creatures of different forms being.
I went into this book thinking, meh. Sounds like a teen romance. What I got out of it was wayyyy too many smiles and laughs, heartache, and healthy need for my book romance gratification to be satiated. The latter can wait though, because first and foremost, this book was about healing, and forging the strong bonds of friendship with the only people in the world who understand.
For lack of better words and manners, well, this was a clusterfuck, so at least the title makes sense, if anything. I just wasn't impressed by this book, which is unfortunate because that cover is a BEAUT.
Marguerite, the daughter of two geniuses is an artist. Her dad is killed, straight from the first page, She embarks on a journey with her parent's grad student Theo, to find the man that was responsible for her dad's murder. A man who was like a brother to Theo, and saw through to Marguerite's soul. Paul. Or at least they thought that's who he was. Using the firebird, an instrument developed by her parents and Paul, and Theo, Marugeurite and Theo jump dimensions to find Paul. Along the way, they inhabit multiple beings who are, at their very essence themselves, living in different dimensions under different circumstances.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH 5 extremely well deserved stars!!!
Now that I've gotten that Out of my system. We have Mare (MC), a plucky young Red girl who is bitter about her lot in life. Reds have no power and are treated as trash and servants. After misfortune befalls her family, she meets Cal, a stranger who is Silver, the upper-middle class with special powers. He helps her get a job at the Royal Palace where she finds out he is a Prince. However, Mare is special. She also has special powers (oooh) and from there, she leads a double life as a member of the royal family. This book is about Mare weaving through the intricacies of court life while leading the shadow life of a revolutionary
Victoria Aveyard does a fantastic job creating a world that is uniquely her own, yet meshes with old fan favorites like Graceling and Grisha series. Red Queen is a distopia, but what makes it different is that, IT BREAKS ALL DISTOPIC CONVENTIONS!!!
My favorite line: “You want me to pin my entire operation, the entire revolution, on some teenage love story? I can’t believe this.”
HAHAHA-wait...it's true. Not tha I don't love teenage love stories, but this was so fresh. Our main Characters are incredibly self aware and don't follow the conventional path of romance and destruction. Love does not dictate all. In fact, Mare knows just how dangerous it is to love Cal and so she doesn't go there. NUH-UH, NOT NOW. It was practical and intelligent to not love her "enemy" (no matter how much the romantic in me ardently yearned for her to do so.)
As for those who say A NEW DARKLING HAS RISEN (see Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo), it's true. Kinda. It does follow the same foil that Bardugo's book did. GOD THE BETRAYAL. IT HURT. At the same time, if it hadn't happened, the book wouldn't have made such an impact. In fact,it would have just felt much too similar to the Throne of Glass Dynamic with Caelena, Chaol, and Dorian. Anyway, BACK TO BETRAYAL. You spend the whole book thinking you know exactly what's going on and then WHAM, you're just thrown off a cliff into shark infested waters with no floaties. At this point, you remember what Aveyard has been telling you the whole time. Repeatedly. No actually, like she says it a gazillion times:
“Anyone can betray anyone.”
“Words can lie. See beyond them.”
“You should know the difference between secrets and lies.”
“I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.”