Review: The Divine Apprentice

The Divine Apprentice

Allen J Johnston, Amber k Johnston19506076

Kindle Version

★★★★★

Summary: Kade looks up at his executioner with no fear or hate, watching . . .waiting. At six months old, he could hardly do much more as his grandfather agonizes over the task of taking the life of his only grandson. Born with the rare ability to control the Divine, Kade has the potential to become one of the most powerful Chosen to ever exist. Taken from his parents, at the age of ten, by his grandfather, a Master Chosen, Kade is taught to harness the power of the Divine for good. After a decade of training, Kade learns the harsh reality of the dangerous world he is about to be thrust into, as his Master is brutally murdered right before his eyes. Kade soon realizes he is next. With the help of a dragon, a species thought to have been a myth, and a feisty Essence Guardian, Kade must discover who – or what – is trying to eradicate his kind, before the Chosen are brought to extinction.

Review: Don’t you just love those books that leave you wanting more? I know I do and The Divine Apprentice by Allen J Johnston certainly left me wanting more. This book was entirely unique from any other book I have ever read. The concept of having these Divine Powers was an idea that I had never read about before but enjoyed thoroughly.A busy few weeks kept me from finishing the book in the time I wanted to, but I was always thinking about it, wondering what would come next. I am happy to say I finally had time to finish The Divine Apprentice and could not be happier with it.

Johnston’s style of writing was captivating to say the least.  While reading it is clear that each word is chosen with great care. The way in which Johnston writes truly captivates a reader, as if the plot was not enough to keep the readers attention.

The characters were simply wonderful. Kade, the main character who controls the Divine, has a personality that makes you want to be his friend. He is fierce and powerful, but at the same time sweet and caring. This is really demonstrated when Kade happens upon a friend, the Essence Guardian.  Another character that can hardly be overlooked is Kade’s dragon. Also a fierce and fearless character, Kade’s dragon is his protector and friend. I loved seeing the two interact and the dynamic between them. My only question throughout the book, might be something that I missed, but why was the dragon always running when he could fly?

I really just loved this book. The uniqueness of the plot and the stylistic writing by the author drew me in and I am captivating. I am so excited to read the next in the series, which I already have waiting next to my bed.

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Late Night Review: Last Sacrifice Vampire Academy 6

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Title: Last Sacrifice
Author: Richelle Mead
Purchased: Amazon Kindle Fire
Finished Reading: February 17
★★★★★
They come first.
My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.
The dead could finally have me.
Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.
Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.
But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?
Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead’s international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

I still cannot decide if I like the ending. The entire book was just, phenomenal. I could not have asked or dreamt up anything better even in my wildest dreams. The plot really thickens in this book, it was probably one of the most action filled ones, not to mention one of the best plots with the most secrets. There were so many twists and turns, I had no idea what was going to come next.
Now the ending is my main concern, the rest was fabulous. And I can agree I am…content with the ending. That seems to be the consensus. But ugh. It has me so frustrated. I wanted more. Now, I understand it was a long book, but for an avid reader like me it lasted a day and a half tops. I wanted the ending elaborated more and more loose ends tied up. Like where dah hell is Adrian and why was he not mentioned?? I actually liked Adrian as a character, probably more than Rose does, and I want to know his fate. 
The only thing keeping me going is the parallel series mead released which is about everyone’s favorite alchemist! I am adding them to my ‘to read asap’ list as we speak!!
xox Cat 

The Switch Up

Hopefully you can tell that the blog has gotten an update, new name, new URL, and new template! The Bookly Scoop came to me while reading and it just sounds so much more professional, I am in love with it and I hope you are too! A new name a URL just screamed, ‘Change my template’ to me, so I did. I find this one super clean and professional, but at the same time cute. Hopefully in the future I will have a chance to get a custom made one, but for now this is perfect! Let me know if you have any feedback 🙂

Review: The Academy Drop of Doubt

Title: The Academy Drop of Doubt
Author: C.L. Stone
Purchased: Amazon Kindle Fire
Date Read: February 22

★★★★

Sang Sorenson and the Academy boys return to Ashley Waters High School but before they get a chance to even settle in, Sang’s life is threatened by an anonymous caller.

They retreat to the protective walls of the Morgan estate, a safe house for when the boys are under fire. But when new threats can break through those barriers that once kept them secure, it leaves Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North rushing to figure out who is hunting them. 
But when you’re fighting a ghost who seems to know all your secrets, retreating is no longer an option.
The Academy, Deceptively Strategic


So don’t be thrown off by only the four star rating when all the previous besides the first have gotten five stars. I have my reasons I can assure you.

Let me start with what I did not like, I thought this book was pretty unnecessary in a way. It dragged out and even at the end, which reveals a secret, I was still annoyed. I wanted and expected the relationships to progress but they are at  a standstill. All of them are stopped, mostly due to the orders of the group in general. I just can’t get over the fact that the group, or the people in the know, are okay with the idea of all of them loving Sang. It makes me feel so uncomfortable. Like how can they all be okay with sharing her.

The idea is just wrong, even if it seems right in the circumstances. I feel as if Sang should not be in a relationship with any of them, I find them to be brotherly to her and a relationship would complicate the group. Most of the four star rating came from the fact that there is a plan for sharing her between them all. 

Another thing that I found quite irritating is that I as a reader still do not know what the Academy is. I am unsure of their purpose and missions and I am frustrated to no end. I am annoyed that it is book five and we still do not know so much that is so important. What is Stone planning? I don’t know how many more books I can handle, I want to know what happens but there are only so many more books I can handle.




xox Cat

Review: Torment (Fallen Series Two)

             
Title: Torment (Fallen Two)
Author: Lauren Kate
Purchased: Used Book Store Paperback
Date Read: April 6


That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.
At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series…where love never dies.

 So while I have given both Fallen and Torment the same rating, I loved reading torment significantly more than Fallen. Torment was a more action packed book, one that kept me on my toes the entire time but unlike Fallen, I was not annoyed by the lack of information. Torment provided just enough information that I was not angry at being left out of the loop, but it made me more compassionate to Luce because I knew what she knew. How frustrating to barely know anything about your life?! And here I am complaining that I don’t know enough about Luce’s life when I probably know more than she does.
Luce was forced away, tucked into a small private school where many of the students had angel blood. It was interesting to see others who were varying degrees of angels, besides the brooding ones from her last private school. I have a love hate relationship with the development of Luce and Daniels relationship as well as Luce and Miles. Like, I get it. The author needs to prove to the reader that Luce lives Daniel now, not just in past lives. And Miles is just adorable. Like little brother, pinch his cheeks, date one of her friends adorable. They do not seem compatible to me in a romantic relationship. They are both too, soft and well nice. I would see their relationship as friendship, not romantic, which I think Luce will end up realizing.
Luce and Daniel though. How do I even put into words their relationship? It is so strained in this book that I physically felt strained and sad for them. He, out of necessity, stays away from her as much as he can. While this kept her safe it really tested their relationship. At the moment, one specific moment (that I do not want to spoil but if you have read Torment you know what I am talking about) I wanted to crawl under a rock, cry, laugh and hug Daniel and Luce all at the same time because I felt as confused as they were.

Overall, I loved this book and I am even more in love with the series and ready to read the next two. I can’t wait to see how this unique tale ends. 

Review: The Iron Daughter

 Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Purchased: Amazon Kindle Fire
Date Read: March 3
★★★★


Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.



Let me start out by saying that this book was much more effective than the last. I found this story to be much faster paced, which I enjoyed, and there was less useless world and species building, although it was still present.

I love Prince Ash and the idea of a forbidden love, especially when he decides that they cannot be together, I think I loved him more… I think I like Ash as a character more than I like Meg, I find Meg to be a headstrong character, but some things she does is just so dumb and I just want to yell at her. For example, the fact that she leads Puck on for I don’t know how long. It was very obvious that she did not like him, he was always her friend and she never felt anything more. So why confuse yourself more and pretend to have feelings for him?

I found the story to be full of plot twists that I was not expecting. This was really exciting for me because I like nothing more that to expect one thing and be pleasantly surprised to find out that I actually had no idea what was going to happen.

Overall, I only read this book with high hopes that this series was going to get better and it did improve significantly. I am actually excited to read the next book and see where the story continues to.

xox Cat