Review: Fire with Fire by Jenny Han + Siobhan Vivian

"An eye for an eye,
A tooth for a tooth,
a burn for a burn."

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han + Siobhan Vivian
Publishing Date: August 13, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
# of pages: 528
Genre: Supernatural (I suppose) / Drama

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan: work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn't exactly go the way they'd hoped at the Homecoming dance.
Not even close.
For now it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it's not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie's meaner than she ever was before.
And then there's sweet little Mary. . .she knows there's something seriously wrong with her. If she can't control her anger, she's sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it's not just that Reeve bullied her--it's that he made her love him.
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They'll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia, and then they will crush him. It's the only way he'll learn.
It seems once a fire is lit, the only thin you can do is let it burn. . . . 

I was really hesitant over the sequel. The first novel, Burn for Burn, I felt had a decent conclusion. After all that went down, Mary, Kat, and Lillia were obviously going to be forever reminded of what they had and were going to live with personal guilt they feel over it. I just didn't feel like the first warranted a second book, much less a trilogy.
Add on the fact that for some goddamn reason, Mary was still obsessed with Reeve. There's no reason she should be. The reason, "He can be different" is used to justify her "love" but it why would you love someone that made your life a living hell? It doesn't matter how he acts, why would you love someone who so easily turned on you and was only there when it was convenient? It's not like he gave her the necklace or came to her birthday (as mentioned in book 1) because he wanted to, it was because his parents made him. I just don't get it. If you do, please, explain it to me. I'd love to know.

Want to know what also frustrates me? The constant outfit description. I don't care if Lillia is wearing a blue silk dress shirt or a suede booties (that I want). Move on. Also, Kat's language is... eccentric. She shouts things that are over-the-top and out of place for the setting and how others talk. Rennie also occasionally had dialogue that was jarring, taking me out of the novel. They also like to word the use baby a lot. Not in that mushy-couple-God-where's-a-bin-so-I-can-hurl way, but in a way of, "I'm a badass so I say baby because nothing says badass like saying the word baby a lot"? Putting it short (which I will never learn to do), dialogue needed cleaning up. It was just weird at times.

However, despite all the rage, I really did enjoy the novel. It's a guilty pleasure to the core and rides that fact to the very end, just being a classic revenge plot with a slight twist that never seems to get old. The characters are shallow as hell with you not really rooting for anyone as much as you are just wanting to see how everything plays out, even if you have a big honking idea on how.

With the last novel, I had problems with the supernatural elements of it and that still hasn't changed. I'm actually even more frustrated about it because it makes no damn sense. There are way too many plot holes for it to even work. There was zero explanation. They spent too little time investing on the idea in the first novel for it to even sell in here. I definitely dig the idea of it but the execution was just no. No, no, no. I ended being so frustrated over it because of all the holes and all the questions but lack of answers it provided. Damn, it would've been so interesting if it was just fleshed out earlier.

The same point goes for the secondary characters. I could not give two flying fraks about either of them. They had no personality, playing out every trope in the book, who serve no purpose. There's a realization that some of them only serve the purpose so that there's a posee surrounding Lillia and Rennie for both to manipulate, but some sort of plot or development would've been nice. Or at least more than a paragraph appearance for one of them. The supporting cast is to support the main cast, and usually steal the spotlight. But these guys? Nothing. On top of everything else, the will-they-or-won't plot line for Lillia + Alex is in play for no reason. Other than to make Reeve jealous? But that's a cheap shot at best. I feel bad for Alex, I really do. Way to screw over the only decent friend you have Lillia. (Even if he's only doing everything to impress you. But even then!)

I seem like I'm complaining a lot. Truth to be told, there's so many things I can rave and nitpick on but I'd be flat out liar if I said I didn't enjoy it one bit. Like I said, guilty pleasure to the core so while there were issues it's not to say it isn't a fast, fun ride. I'll say the three girls friendship is very fun to read. Despite being such different people, they find little things to have in common making it work enough to be believable and maybe the only thing you root for in the novel.


Flash Reviews: White Cat//Red Glove

Clever as the devil,
and twice as pretty.

White Cat by Holly Black
Publishing Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: McElderry
# of pages: 320
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Cassel comes from a family of Curse Workers - people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

Even with several reads the world building in this book still holds up and is still some of the best I've ever read. What's really nice about White Cat is that it introduces its world and characters without bogging you down with meaningless piles of text block. It's all just as cleverly introduced as the main character, Cassel. It doesn't take long to pick up the syntax of the world or how it works, easily sucking you in while astounding you with all the backdoors Cassel manages to find and/or create.
The ending was wrapped up way too quickly and things happened a little too conveniently for my taste, feeling like Holly Black was just running out of time and needed to just quickly wrap things up. That's a lot what it felt like, the story just ran out of time.
A good read if you want something for a one-sit read and feel clever enough to untangle shady characters with shady motivations.


Changing is what people do
when they have no options left.

Red Glove by Holly Black

Publishing Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: McElderry
# of pages: 325
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Cassel comes from a family of Curse Workers - people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

With how much I enjoyed the first, I was really looking forward to this. But like anything else, the hype you set up for yourself usually makes it end in disappointment. There was a strong focus on romance this time around with Lila re-entering the picture but alas! She has been worked so the love is not real. It was really bothersome to see the romance get in the way of world and plot development. This time around, the curse workers world focuses a lot more on rights with riots in the streets and protest. That to me was so much more interesting than the whole Cassel/Lila fiasco. Mostly because at the end of it all, I have no idea where Lila stands. I don't know if she actually cares for Cassel, if she actually did care for him, if she really wants to be a part of her father's "business." Ambiguity abound. The world that Holly Black has crafted was what drew me in the first place; the world is a character of its own and it got shoved aside from all the ~drama~. 
Still, Cassel remains to be as crafty as always, even if his loyalty does change in the book. His narrative remains to be enjoyable. How this all gets wrapped up? I have no idea! I think the plot is starting to really unwind and faces the threat of going nowhere in a world that offers so much.


And that's it for these reviews. I'll probably get around to finishing the third and last book in this series this summer. If you guys have read it, let me know how it is! And leave me any thoughts you have on these two books. 

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

"Listen, the truth is, nothing is guaranteed."

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Publishing Date: May 11, 2004
Publisher: Penguin
# of pages: 374
Genre: Contemporary

A long, hot summer...
That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two fo them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.
But sometimes unexpected things can happen--things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, is it really better to be safe than sorry? 

After like two years of putting I hold, I HAVE FINALLY FINISHED.

It wasn't because it was bad I took so long, I was just never in the mood. But man, once I was, I stayed up pretty late to read and the first I thing I did this morning was to sit my ass down and finish this book.
It's your a-typical Sarah Dessen read. Good, complex characters; a sa-woon worthy love interest (see what I did thar?); and a dictator mom. Okay, the last I'm not sure if it's a typical trope her in novels but goddammit, it's annoying.
Every scene Macy's mom was in, I could literally feel myself get a headache. I just couldn't deal with it. What is it with YA contemp novels + dictator moms? Or overworking moms? It's heartbreaking, is what it is. I realize they're there for "conflict" and "character development" but I think Rory Gilmore has shown you can have an awesome, supporting mom and still have lots of "conflict" and "character development." (If if some of those developments didn't make sense. Seriously, the DAR, Rory?) I would've liked to have seen a more fuller development for Macy's mom and for Macy to actually tell her mom what's up in her life but I suppose that would've been out-of-character for Macy (at the time). Grief, all the various degrees of it, is difficult to deal with but suppressing it never works and I just find it a little hard to believe that Macy's mom wouldn't be concerned at all Macy had zero social life and was just so insanely strict.

Easily, the best part of this novel was Macy + Wes's romantic chemistry and development. THEY'RE ARE SO ADORABLE TOGETHER, I CAN'T. Nearly every scene with them together was just so sweet, so electric, and just so damn adorable. It wasn't instant romance either which is awesome. The thing that makes it work so well is it felt so natural. The pacing of it, the dialogue, the interaction between the two. You really got to see Macy and Wes's character not just when they played Truth but when they just talked to each other. And really, Sarah Dessen, you had to write such an adorable, sa-woon worthy lead? Wes is everything and more.

My other favorite thing in this book is the secondary characters. Oh secondary characters, how you always manage to win my heart. The group chemistry between the Wish Catering Crew is phenomenal. They mesh so well together, play off one another, and just really fun to read. These are some crazy developed characters with full personalities and hopes and goals. Can we please get some short stories or a series just around the Wish Catering Crew and their chaotic adventures? Because I would read those forever.

Now contemporary kinda of demands you have at least one major introspective chain of thought (I mean, they're usually all about change and life, right?) but wow this book had A LOT. Like every other chapter, Macy would come to this conclusion about life or one of the characters would deliver "the life monologue" and it was just a lot. I feel like some of those could've been cut out and it would've have majorly impacted the book or they could've been condensed because some of them I swear had the same message. It just hit the same points over and over again making it tiresome to read.
And this is a really small nitpick but wow adverbs. Lots of them. Adverbs that could've been changed to verbs! Also there are mishaps in the editing department. Towards the end (huh how funny) there were a few sentence and grammar mistakes and unfinished sentences? The editing department is human, makes mistakes, I know but some of those were pretty big.

This is a nice contemporary read that is repetitive but really, read it for the romance because W O W. It really is all sorts of adorable that guarantees to make you melt.


Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

I had things I didn't want,
and then I lost them.

Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara
Publishing Date: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
# of pages: 342
Genre: Contemporary

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Since the night of the crash, Wren Wells has been running away. Though she lived through the accident that killed her boyfriend Patrick, the girl she used to be didn’t survive. Instead of heading off to college as planned, Wren retreats to her father’s studio in the far-north woods of Maine. Somewhere she can be alone.

Then she meets Cal Owen. Dealing with his own troubles, Cal’s hiding out too. When the chemistry between them threatens to pull Wren from her hard-won isolation, Wren has to choose: risk opening her broken heart to the world again, or join the ghosts who haunt her.

First of all, trigger warning for depression so if you're sensitive to that subject, I'd avoid this book.

This is the first book I've read in months in less than 5 sittings. Read it in three sittings. The writing is some of the most lovely I've ever read. McNamara has an MFA in poetry and when you read, well when I read at least, you can pick up that sort of poetry influence in the writing. There's a very vivid and solid rhythm that's established right away. Take this passage for example

"I came here because it's pine-dark and the ocean's wild. The kind of quiet-noise you need when there's too much going on in your head. Like the water and the woods are doing all the feeling, and I can hang out, quiet as a headstone, in a between place that could swallow me if I need it to."

 There's so much imagery going on there, just in that one passage. I felt a lot when reading it and McNamara does well imitating emotion through scenery and words.

Based on my knowledge and some experience, I do think that she handled the topic of depression well. What Wren is feeling, that struggle to just get through a day and that overwhelming feeling of needing to get away, makes sense and felt very similar to me. I actually rather liked her as a protagonist though.

Man, I'm trying so hard to get, like, articulate words on this page but I'm finding very hard to translate my feelings about this book, both good and meh. Because if I were to sum up this book, it would be, "it was good, but also meh" but it's explaining why that's challenging to me right now.

Best I can do is, Wren is a good protagonist. She has her struggles, her good introspective thoughts and moments with others and herself, and she has a interesting romance companion. Cal is my favorite character in this book. He is just so sweet and so understanding but what grated on me was how easily jealous they both are. There was good communication in some parts of their lives but when it came to other people, particularly those of the opposite sex, they just shut each other out so easy. Regardless, it is a very sweet romance and I enjoyed very much reading it having rooting for them from the start.

Wren's mom and her "best friend," Meredith, are a pair of bitches. Never had I been so annoyed and felt so furious with two characters. Woman, your daughter is going through some serious shit. She has fallen into a deep depression and you're just shoving out the door, expecting her to act like a normal person. Like what the hell is wrong with you? I understand that she doesn't want to see her daughter hurting anymore and just wants her to be a normal, happy person again but shoving her isn't doing anything at all. Meredith is just... a bitch. I have no idea why there friends, she doesn't care. Just, go away, Meredith.

Wren's dad and Zara are heaven-sent. They totally get Wren needs space and time to just process things before she can become relatively normal. Favorites. Actually, I'm gonna call them my favorites in the book rather than Cal, but he's a close-second.

So, big complaints: some of the characterization is very annoying and brash and just very out of place. Big compliments: the lovely, lovely writing and handling of the sensitive subject based on my knowledge and experience of it. I'm still going through reviews and see others reactions of it to see if this is the general consensus but so far it seems that most people think so as well.

Also, huge plus: Nina LaCour blurbed for it, calling it, "achingly beautiful... a masterful debut" and as we all know, Nina LaCour is a goddess.


Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Or maybe it's not a miracle.
Maybe this is just life.
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Publishing Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
# of pages:368
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Just One Day, #1

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When sheltered American good girl Allyson firt encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem at an underground performance of Twelfth Night, there's an undeniable spark. So when fate brings them together a second time, Allysont akes an uncharacteristic leap, changes course, and follows Willem to Paris. After just one day together, the spark bursts into a flame. . . until Allyon wakes up after a whirlwind day shocked to discover that Willem is gone.
A life upended in one day turns into a year of self-discovery as Allyson embarks on a journey to break free from a lifetime of limits in order to find her true passions, and maybe even true love.
You should know that I read this book two months ago, therefore any sort of coherent or eloquent train of thought is gone. Long gone. Just bits and pieces here. I just put off the review because of laziness, really.

What I do remember is being disappointed. I mean, you all know of my undying, overly professed love of Where She Went and this is where most of the disappointment stems from. Yes, I kept making comparisons while reading. Yes, that is completely and totally unfair which means anything I say about this book is biased, but hear me out anyway.

I loved the second half of this book far more than the first half, which odd to say the least. You'd think the best part would be Allyson and Willem's one day together, which was romantic and all, but Allyson's self-discovery was far more interesting to me. because that feeling of loss, uncertainty I think if so familiar to all of us at some point or another. But like Allyson, you learn it's all about stepping outside of who you are and what makes you comfortable in order to actually figure it all out. Forman has that feeling of loss of identity and uncomfortableness down perfectly. She keys in on everything Allyson is feeling and is, so you connect with it fast. If anything, Just One Day proves how insanely well Forman knows her characters which is why her work is always so well-received.

 Despite connecting with it so well, I was disappointed. I wish I could precisely pin down why but alas, it escapes me. Totally have got it now! What bothered me was how obsessed Allyson got over Willem. In their one day together, she got irrationally jealous over other girls that talked to him, touched him, looked at him. Which was kind of insane to me. Plus, Willem serves no other purpose in the book other than being the guy who shows Allyson what's wrong with her life and makes her wanna shake things up. In other words: The Manic Pixie Person. You're all familiar with the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, yes? (If not, just look at any role Zooey Deschenal plays. Seriously.) That's the role I felt Willem fulfilled here. Nothing more, nothing less.

Obviously we'll get to read a lot more on Willem in Just One Year and his story, yes, but I was just hoping for more in here. My bet's on that Forman will deliver on Just One Year but for now, I am disappointed. Not by the writing because I will never, ever be disappointed by Gayle Forman's writing, but the content. Hopefully things turn around in the next one.


Burn for Burn by Jenny Han + Siobhan Vivian

Big girls don't cry...
They get even.
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han + Siobhan Vivian
Publishing Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
# of pages: 368
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Burn for Burn, #1

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Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds.
   But bad things can happen, even to good girls, and sometimes teh only way to make things right is to do something wrong.
   Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she'll be damned if she lets the same thing happen to her sister.
   Kat is through with being called a freak. She's over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person -- her ex-best friend -- and Kat's ready to make her pay.
   Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. Now that she's back, he's gonna be in trouble... 'cause she's coming after him.
   Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they've each had a taste. 

What to say, what to say. I enjoyed this far more than I originally thought and got through it rather quickly. Actually, I read during loading screens in a video game I was playing and actually paused it a few times so I could finish reading scenes here and there. The content of the book is captivating. I mean, who doesn't like a good revenge story? It's something every person wants at some point but only few ever have to balls to go through with so to read about three girls coming together to dish it out hooks you like a decently written CW drama. Speaking of which, heard this was possibly going to be developed into a TV show (because we totally need more dramas based off of YA novels). Don't know about you, but I'd watch it.

Despite the insane popularity of her Summer series, I've never read Jenny Han. I've heard Siobhan Vivian in passing. But man, these two are in sync. Despite being written by two authors, you can barely tell who wrote what in Burn for Burn. Now the fact that I've never read either of their books comes into play here, obviously, but generally you can generally pick up an author's style well into the first one-quarter of the book. Nope, not here. It's written super smooth and you just fly by the pages because it's hard not to wanna know what happens next.

The general aspect of girls wanting revenge is written well  and as I've said several times before, it's seriously entertaining. But it's also really shallow. I could just not care less about what really happened to these girls, except maybe Mary.
   Kat, at first, I really liked but later she just becomes so grating in the way that she's all action before thought. I'm trying to think of a way to put how I feel about her character into words but my brain is not cooperating. Kat's brash, for all the right reasons, but all her actions are done with no thought as to the consequences of them. It's kind of like that person you meet who is all daring and doesn't give a fuck and you almost wish you were more like them, but then it just becomes too much and you wonder where her head is at, you know?
   Lillia grated on my nerves the most. The reasons behind her wanting revenge just made me rage. I mean all she had to do was have one conversation, one, and then all her reasons for wanting revenge would've been thrown out the window. Her blind assumptions just- argh, no. I get her wanting to watch out for her sister's interests, believe me, I know, I have a little sister I'd give my life for, but one conversation. With someone she calls her best friend, no less. I get she doesn't trust boys because of what happened but it just didn't seem like enough. Seriously, one conversation. And it also grated on me how easily she was willing to just turn on someone she calls her best friend to help Kat. She had no hesitance at all to thrust the knife in her "best friend's" back. I couldn't tell at all if she actually cared for her or not.
   And Mary. Poor, sweet, slightly innocent Mary. Her motivations, I get. One hundred percent. And she deserved to get that revenge, she really did. She was the most interesting for sure because she was the only one that actually changed throughout the novel and was most affected (effected? Gotta work on that. It's affected because it's a verb in this sentence. Thanks for that nifty trick, Jackson Pearce.) by the whole revenge plot. The only thing I had issues with on her part was the seriously vague paranormal crap that was weaved into her story line. It just wasn't necessary at all. The novel is far better off kept pure contemporary without all that thrown in.

Phew, that's a large chunk of text. This is a purely character driven novel. I mean, I believe very strongly that novels are fueled by their characters. The choices they make are the ones that create the plot but with Burn for Burn, you really need to get into the characters because they are literally everything in this novel. Everything rides on the choices these girls make and their motivations. If you don't dig deep into the characters here, well then everything is just really empty and void of meaning. I just wish the motivations weren't so thinly veiled with two of them.

The secondary characters are all a real shallow lot but at least it's with a purpose. We all have had our Rennie's and our Reeve's; I sure as hell have. But the important thing is that they feel fleshed out which, for the most part, they are. One thing, I am seriously in love with name Reeve now. Like I would consider naming my future child that. Gotta love books for introducing you to cool names like that, huh?

There are two more books coming out but I almost kind of wish this was left as a stand-alone. The ending, though open and left with questions, could really stand on its on own. In my opinion, it works better that way. With all the mystery and wondering. Just the tone of the ending matched perfectly with the rest of the novel. I don't always think complete closure works well. We want it, but some things are left better open and this is one of them. Not to say I won't pick up the next book. Because I will.


The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

We all want to feel something, 
we want to be someone to one another.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Publishing Date: February 16, 2012
Publisher: Dutton
# of pages: 307
Genre: Contemporary

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Colby & Bev have a long-standing pact: Graduate, hit the road with Bev's band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: She's abandoning their plans--and Colby--to go her own way in the fall.
But the show must go on, and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie Colby struggles to deal with Bev's already growing distance and the most important question of all: What's next?
Less is far, far more, hence the small review. 

This book is so honest it almost hurts. Didn't like it as much as her other book, Hold Still, but still just as beautiful, just as breaking, and just as real.

And that's about it, because if there's one thing Nina LaCour does well, it's leaving you in a state of awestruck and breathless.


Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

By blood, by word, by magic. . . 

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent
Publishing Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
# of pages: 463
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Romance
Series: Unbound, #1

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Most can't touch the power. But Liv Warren is special -- a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.
Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.
But when her friend's daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can't rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.
Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma, and danger lurk around every corner... every touch...every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it's over....
I've read this book maybe five times already? Some passages I've read at least a hundred. And yes, this is not YA.

Every time I read it, it becomes an obsession for awhile because Vincent's world-building is that good. It sucks you in, anchors you, and refuses to let you go until you find something else to obsess about. (In my case, Mass Effect.) Intricacy and fragility carries each power in the Unbound world. Nothing is without some sort of price or catching the attention of some dangerous syndicate leader. The plot is just one giant, tangled mess -- but in the best way possible. For every part of the crime that Liv & Cam solve, there's about fifty more directions they have to follow to solve the big picture. There are just so many pieces thrown about everywhere that when it finally all comes together, Vincent does what she does best: completely blows your mind. I can't imagine the insanity she feels when putting her plots together because it all really is so intricately tied together in a way you can't realize until she decides to tell you. Plotting queen, this woman is. It's funny because in the novel when Live and her motley crew realize how everything came together at the working of one person, I sympathize with them entirely because Vincent does that over and over again.

Liv has the Vincent trademark as a main lead: she's bad-ass, has no problems kicking your ass, and suffers hero complex. She's definitely a lot grittier than Vincent's other leads but that's pretty much where the differences end. No problem though because the literary world can always use more bad-ass females like Vincent's. Between you and me, I'm really sick of the nerdy/loner/spineless/quiet MC trope that is just plaguing the market. I'll take bad-ass lead over ~girl-whose-special-but-doesn't-know-it~ any day.

The book moves between two points: Cam and Liv's. Personally, I think we could definitely use more books from a male's perspective so Cam's chapters were nice but were riddled with continuous thoughts about Liv. Don't get me wrong, I completely understand why but at some point it does become too much and Cam just begins to sound kinda like a teenage girl. Liv and Cam's chemistry is incredibly hot and so easy to get lost in. OTP alert, anyone?

I mean, what else is there to say? If you love urban fantasy as much as I do, this is a must. And if you love Rachel Vincent as much as I do, then this is an absolute must. Rachel Vincent has crafted a world and a cast of characters guaranteed to suck you in and never let you go, just like anything else she writes.


30 Day Book Meme

Saw this floating around and thought it'd be a good way to get back into blogging regularly. Feel free to participate if you want, just leave your url in the comments. If enough people want to join in I'll put up a link widget.

Side note: the alignment of the texts bother me but technically it's aligned but it doesn't look like it and I don't know how to fix it so it looks like it does to me and wow why did I pick that color. /head-desk.

30 days is a lot. I don't want to clutter things up by only having meme posts so these will be up every other day interrupted by reviews. I just cleaned up my goodsreads shelves and am eager to do the same here.

Day 1 will be up tomorrow. Don't forget to leave your links if participating as well.