Defy by Sara B. Larson

Title: Defy
Author: Sara B. Larson
Length: 336 pages
Genre: YA,
Format: ePUB
Rating: 3/5
Why I read it: Debut Author Challenge

What it’s About: After Alexa’s parents are killed, She and her brother decide to disquise her as a boy and both join the prince’s guard. One night Alexa, Prince Damian, and a fellow guard are kidnapped and Alexa’s secret revealed.

The Good: Alexa was a kick-ass heroine, and I loved that she didn’t take shit from anyone, not even the prince. I absolutely loved all the action. I loved reading about just how kick-ass Alexa was. And the descriptions of the landscape, and just how despicable the king was. I also Loved Damian. He proved to be just as bad-ass as Alexa, and despite starting out to be an entitled brat, he showed real depth and you kind of couldn’t help but like him.

The Bad: The love triangle. The minute Alexa’s secret was revealed both Rylan and the prince were confessing their feelings for her. I think the love triangle was an unneeded part of the plot. Not to mention that the minute Larson introduced Iker, you knew he was bad news. I’d rather my baddies be a little less obvious. Also, it seemed that Alexa was so scared of revealing that she was a girl so much that she was scared to show emotions. Almost like she thought that being male meant she had to be robotic.

Final Thoughts: This book was intense. There was murder, sorcery, breeding houses, and rape in this book. There were times that I wanted to yell at Alexa to use her brains a bit more, and there were more than a few times I had to put the book down just to gather my thoughts and breath, but over all I can’t think of anything that I really had a big problem with. And it was very unputdownable. I was so invested in this book, I didn’t go to sleep until I finished it.

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Midnight in the garden of good and evil by John Berendt

Title: Midnight in the garden of good and evil
Author: John Berendt
Length: 386 pages
Genre: True Crime, non-fiction
Format: ePUB
Rating: 3/5
Why I read it: Book Club

What it’s About: in 1981 Danny Hansford was shot by his employer Jim Williams. Williams stood trial 4 times between 1981 and 1989, and finally got acquitted of the murder charge.

The Good: This was a big piece of Savannah’s history and Berendt’s descriptions of Savannah and its residents was beautiful, haunting, and even if a little embellished, funny. By far the best character was Chablis, the drag queen. She gave humor to a book that could have otherwise been very bleak.Joe Odom, also was someone who made this a quick read. He was obviously the main comic relief, but I couldn’t help but laugh while reading of his escapades. I have lived in Georgia all my life, and never been to Savannah, I’ve only ever passed through. Berendt’s descriptions of the city made me feel that I was there. I could clearly see Mercer House, and Bonaventure Cemetery. Berendt said in an interview that Savannah captivated him. He makes it very easy to see why.

The Bad: I felt that the last chapter of the book was unnecessary. It didn’t add anything to the story, and quite frankly it was boring. That said, even the courtroom scenes dragged on a bit too much. I found it hard to concentrate on them and my mind would wander while reading them.

Final Thoughts: This has been on my TBR list for years. I can’t wait to see if the movie does it justice, and I’m sorry it took my book club to get me to finally read it.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Title: Hex hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Length: 323 pages
Genre: YA, fiction,
Format: epub
Rating: 3/5
Why I read it: 2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge hosted at Melissa’s eclectic bookshelf

What it’s About: Sophie Mercer has moved around a lot, and she’s attended a lot of different schools. One night she does a love spell for a girl, hoping to gain a friend, but the spell goes wrong and she is sent to Hex Hall, a school for witches.

The Good: I liked Sophie. She tries so hard to be a good witch and she goes out of her way to defend Jenna, the school’s only vampire. The descriptions of the spells were fantastic, I was reading, thinking I wish I could make a stone bench turn into a soft chair. And even Elodie was a fun character.

The Bad: I wish Hawkins would have put more descriptions of Georgia in the book. As a Georgia girl, I would have loved to see more of my state included in the story. There is a lot more to Georgia than the heat. Second, there was no action. The face off between Sophie and the bad guy was over fast and it seemed too easy. And I would have loved if there were more descriptions of the classes. And can I just point out that unless you are learning to be a fashion designer, the number one priority of a class should not be if you make a dress pretty enough.

Final Thoughts: At first, I thought this book was just a copy of Harry Potter, and I didn’t really want to give it a chance. I’m glad I did, and it picked up as soon as Sophie met Jenna, but it could have been much better, and I have high hopes for the next book.