Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless | Hannah Harrington | Harlequin Teen | Stand Alone | 5 Stars | Source: Netgalley | 288 pages | Young Adult | Contemporary 
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
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Goodreads Synopsis:

“Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.”

Review:

Speechless follows the story of Chelsea – someone who can’t save a secret for love nor money. One day she lets a secret out that has serious repercussions. at this point she decides to take a vow a silence as she believes that when she opens it brings nothing but sadness.

I initially was not keen on Chelsea (this is the whole idea – you are not supposed to like a rat.) She is your typical Queen B sidekick. She lacks a mind of her own and follows her groups actions and thoughts without question. She is unintentionally cruel and never thinks of how her rumours harm people. This changes though towards the middle of the novel. She sees the error of her ways and karma hits her hard. She grew up and matured beautifully before our eyes.

in terms of plot I have to say I wasn’t to keen to start with. Her vow of silence initially came off as childish for me. But it’ s effectiveness shines through in the end stories unfolded that no words could ever explain. secondary characters made this. Sam was the perfect love interest, Asha the noble and new found best friend and the crew from the diner made the backdrop.

There are some fab messages in this novel. Forgiveness, redemption and the fact that every action always had an equal and opposite reaction. The insults and stick Chelsea receives is cruel and tear jerking and the ending is perfection.

I urge fans of novels such as Before I Fall. A fab coming of age novel!

Goodreads Average: 4.01/5 (out of 7.119 ratings)

 

Quickie Review: Daimon: A Covenant Novella by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant 0.5)

Daimon: A Covenant Novella | Jennifer L. Armentrout | Hodder and Stoughton | Half Blood #0.5 | 5 Stars | Source: Review (Bookbridgr) | 62 pages | Young Adult | Fantasy 
Release Date: April 19th, 2011 
ISBN 13: 9780983157267
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Goodreads Synopsis:

“Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing ‘I smite thee!’ as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life.”For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals–pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she’d been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she’s pretty much accepted that she’s a freak by mortal standards… and that she’ll never be prepared for that duty.According to her mother, that’s a good thing.But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return-the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she’s being hunted by the very creatures she’d once trained to kill.The daimons have found her

Review:

A short review for a short novella. Daimon is a 69 page prequel novella to the Half-Blood series and although not an essential read, I still recommend picking this one up if you want to delve more in to the world of The Half-Blood series.

Daimon is set in the days running up to the beginning of Half-Blood. It follows the same protagonist and we get to see how she is getting on in the mortal world. We learn a lot more about her. She is no longer popular and she is just another girl which completely out of her comfort zone. We also get to see her with her mother and how affectionate and protective of her she is.

In terms of plot, this novella does not add much to the series, but it certainly adds to Alex’s character. For that reason, I say it is definitely worth the read.

I read this prequel after I read Half-Blood and I can honestly say it would not make much difference which way round you read them. The novella basically could be put at the start of the full novel and it would be perfectly in sync.

Goodreads Average: 4.11/5 (out of 11,141 ratings)This is pretty good for a novella!

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant #1)

22908923Half-Blood | Jennifer L. Armentrout | Hodder and Stoughton Half-Blood #1 | 5 Stars | Source: Review (Bookbridgr) | 400 pages Young Adult | Fantasy
Release Date: August 14th, 2014 (Original publishing: 09/2011)
ISBN13: 9781444797992
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Goodreads Synopsis:

“The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi – pure-bloods – have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals – well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:

Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem – staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.”

Review:

Yet another JLA book finished in one sitting. I am on a roll. Well, JLA is.

Half-Blood follows the story of 17 year old Alex. A half-blood herself, she has chosen the path of a Sentinel. There is a small problem of graduating first, but there is a lot more to worry about. From leaving the Covenant for no reason to being hunted by daimons (pronounced dee-mons) you can tell from the start that this is going to be a journey for her.

I think it is going to be a given that I love a JLA book from now on. As I said before, I finished this in one sitting and I could not put it down. This book just kept on giving whether it be character development, mythology or both at the same time.

I loved all of our characters in this novel. Alex (she has a pretty cool name right ;D) although annoying at times was a perfect heroine. She was stubborn and strong in equal measure. Sometimes characters aren’t there to be liked or agreed with. You develop a certain level of empathy and understanding with her that makes her actions justified.

Half-Blood has some brilliant mythology. I found the whole concept of the Half-Bloods and Hematoi’s so intriguing. I loved finding out about the gifts that  they had  and following the politics between them. I think this is a subject that has a lot more to give and I can’t wait to see it develop more.

This is a very strong start to a series. It struck the perfect balance between establishing the foundations of a series and being a worthwhile read in itself. I will definitely be continuing the series!

Goodreads Average: 4.19/5 (out of 35,306 ratings)