Summary (via Goodreads): Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same? The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one. But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Summary (via Goodreads): In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.
Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost-family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian-a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life-comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.
My favorite part were the flashbacks in the memory files to Felicia’s days on Earth. Her parents are diplomats and she lives an incredible and heartbreaking life. They all reveal parts of her life that better explain her attachment to certain people in the afterlife or why she works so hard to save certain people. They aren’t just randomly picked, but they are all chosen as she comes to term with each of them, the purpose of Level 2.
This book is actually an angel book, which I did not expect from the cover and title. It just didn’t seem that this one would be about angels and a almost heaven like afterlife experience. However, there are various different classes of angels that are introduced, including the bad angels that are so often read about.
Level 2 was a fun and quick read and I suggest it to any one looking for exactly that. Don’t expect anything more, but I would suggest it to those of you who have time.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Summary (via Goodreads): Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy. Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
And as for our side characters, they were all pushed together in an insta-love mess. You know, characters can be single throughout an entire series. It’s a thing that can happen.
This book was also much too long. It would have packed a bigger punch like the first two if it had wrapped up quickly and beautifully. However, the relationships and battles dragged out for too long without much to offer when they were all wrapped up. Including the epilogue. I’m probably the only person who didn’t like the way it ended, but I did enjoy at least having the little bit of closure that we got from all our characters.
Did you like anything? Yes, yes I did. Namely MAGNUS and HENRY!! Favorites in the entire series. This book definitely had some things that kept me reading but it was altogether just not complete by the end.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Twelve books for this month! I have a nice long winter break for plenty of reading. Here’s what I picked!
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – The last in the Infernal Devices. I think I’m ready.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – With the recent movie release, I think this is something I have been missing out on.
Angelfall by Susan Ee – This book has been getting a lot of praise, so I am interested to see if it lives up to the hype.
Shell Game by Ridley Pearson – I haven’t been reading this series for a while and I want to get back up with this world.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – The Cover. Is. Gorgeous.
The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle – I don’t even know what this is about. But it looks cool.
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider – I felt like I needed some happiness after the long string of darkness.
Beneath the Glitter by Elle & Blair Fowler – More glitter.
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard – Zombies!
Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast – I bought this book, so I should probably read it. I hate having books I haven’t read just sitting there.
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin – It’s named the same as my favorite Edgar Allen Poe story, so duh, must read!
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner – Another one from James Dashner. I loved the Maze Runner.
That’s the 12! What will you be reading?