Review format: ARC on my Kindle
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by K-Teen
Disclaimer: I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my review.
There Be Monsters Here. . .
It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.
I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.
But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. .
Well, let me start by saying that I made the big mistake of starting this book at 9pm and promptly lost all respect for the following morning. When I finished it at three in the morning, I lay there for another hour saying to myself “Oh my goodness. OH MY GOODNESS!”. Why? Because this book is awesome, that’s why! Jennifer Estep has done it again, in so many ways! Here is a list!
- The Main Character. Jennifer Estep always manages to create really kick ass, strong, independent female characters, one of the many reasons I love her. However, in Lila Merriweather, Jennifer has surpassed herself. I loved Lila so much, I made a list within this list with all the reasons.
- She is bad-ass. Seriously, even when she isn’t brandishing her sword, she has this belt that hides three throwing stars which she uses like a pro.
- She lives in a library. Can I say jealous? All the books she has at her fingertips? Admittedly it is in the abandoned basement, but it is still in the library!
- She has pretty much been taking care of herself since her mother died when Lila was thirteen. I call that independent and capable!
- She gets hired as a bodyguard for a boy! Go Jennifer, switching stereotypes!
- She totally owns a sexist pig at one point during the book. I can’t reveal due to spoilers, but honestly, I loved her even more after that. We all need to stand up for our sisters more!
- The love interest Devon. He is capable, strong and handsome but he doesn’t try to always protect Lila. he understands how awesome she is and was totally ok with asking her for help! Plus he is genuinely a nice guy! Finally, a YA love interest who doesn’t act like a total meanie for the first half of the book before being “magically transformed into a nice person” by the heroine. Also, there is no insta-love here! Jennifer makes these characters work for their feelings, which I love because when they finally start to fall for each other I get all the butterflies.
- The plot. I already told you I stayed up to read this book, and the plot was a huge part of this. I have to admit that I knew pretty early on that I didn’t like one particular person that turned out to be bad, but I had no idea I was meant to not like him! It was pretty subtle- I thought it was just me being difficult! The plot was exciting and fast-paced but it still showed you the normal bits of the world Lila lives in (which is totally not normal!).
- The monsters. I love how the monsters in this are actually scary and bad.
- The other characters. I already absolutely love Felix, I want him as my friend! And Jennifer Estep hasn’t held back with her baddies either. The evil people are really evil! Yay! I mean, you still get that they are human and everything, but the things they do are really bad. Mean people are Mean!
- The town. I am going to admit, when I first started the book, I wasn’t really sure abut the whole tourist and magic town thing, but as the book went on and I understood the world more, I really liked this aspect.
- The way Lila admits when she is wrong. There is no forced arguing or tension here because one character is just being annoyingly obstinate. You know the way I mean, when you are sitting there screaming, “Just explain you stupid girl!”. Well, Lila is like you or me, she actually talks to people! Refreshing!
- Oscar the pixie. Is it weird that Oscar kinda reminded my of Vic from the Mythos Academy series? I don’t know why! Oscar was really good to have around to provide a respite from all the sword slashing and family drama. Also he made Lila’s bed for her, which I could totally get used to!
- Lila’s obsession with bacon. And food in general. Although this did make me want to cook bacon at 1am. But I love how Jennifer actually makes her characters do things we all have to do, like eat, shower and exercise. I always wonder if you can’t see this happening how on earth characters survive when a book follows them through non-stop action for a week. Plus I guess I just like to see the normal side of characters, especially when they live in fantastical worlds.
- The fact that this is a series. Which means that there will be a second book. Which I KNOW will definitely find a place on my eclectic bookshelf!
So in conclusion? I am going to give this book
FOUR STARS- really liked it, this is definitely going to find a place on my eclectic shelves, go and buy this book!
I would recommend this book to fans of Young Adult who like strong lead females and lots of action.
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Much Booky Love
E. St. C.