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Mini Reviews #2: Rebel Heart and Changeling

Hello, everyone!

Hope you’re having a good day! Today I have another set of mini-reviews for you because like I said in my Mini Reviews #1, there are books that I just don’t like/dislike enough to write a full review on 🙂

Okays, here are today’s reviews:

Mini Review #1:

Title: Rebel Heart (Dustlands #2)
Author: Moira Young
Published: October 30th, 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry

Summary:
Saba thought her world would return to normal after they defeated the Tonton and rescued her kidnapped brother Lugh. The family head west for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But a formidable enemy is on the rise. What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants?

The Review:

After re-reading Blood Red Road and finding out it was still as awesome as I remembered, I jumped straight into Rebel Heart, with my seatbelt buckled and my mind ready for another adventure. But even though Rebel Heart isn’t bad per se, it was a little underwhelming.

The action and excitement that made Blood Red Road great are missing in Rebel Heart, and even though I appreciate the insight into Saba’s thoughts and emotions resulting from her actions in the first book, it does slow the pace of the story. I feel like the characters aren’t as lovable as they were, especially Lugh, who acts like an ass most of the time. Maybe it’s justified. I don’t know. We don’t really get a lot of information about anything other than Saba. And speaking of our main character, she makes some pretty questionable questions in this book and generally being angsty and decidedly un-Saba-like. At least I’ve decided.

I think I’m going to say that Rebel Heart has contracted Sequel Syndrome because it lost the spark and freshness that Blood Red Road had. I’m still going to read the last book in the series because despite all that, I liked Rebel Heart enough to finish reading. And plus, I’m curious about what happens next. Especially after that last page 😉

Mini Review #2:

Title: Changeling (Order of Darkness)
Author: Philippa Gregory
Published: May 24th, 2012 by Simon Pulse

Summary:
Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs,

Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.
Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.
Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize, and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon.

The Review:

Let me just start this review by saying: If you want an action-packed and exciting book, maybe Changeling isn’t for you. I feel like the book summary is somewhat misleading. Yes, the characters did encounter ‘werewolves’ and ‘witches’, but it’s nowhere as interesting as the back of the book makes it sound.

In fact, by the time I reached the halfway mark, I feel like I’ve read a lot, but nothing actually happened and I honestly couldn’t remember what I’ve read. The ‘mystery’ at the nunnery was lukewarm at best and it really wasn’t difficult to figure out. The book is written in 3rd person POV, but even though I usually enjoy books written this way, but Changeling makes the switch from character to character in a way that made me reread the sentences to make sure I got it right.

It’s not unusual for me to like side characters a lot, sometimes more than the main characters, and that’s exactly what happened with Changeling. I liked Freize and Ishraq way more than I liked Luca and Isolde, who are not very interesting or witty in my opinion. Or maybe people from the 1450s are just not my favorite, especially the way they treat women. Lots of eye rolls from me.

Honestly, Changeling isn’t that bad, but it’s not that good, either. I looked for reviews of this book just in case I’m alone in my opinion, but I guess not? I don’t know if I’ll read the second book, but if I do, it probably wouldn’t be soon.

*Actually more like 2.5 stars but I don’t do halfsies 😉

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