Book Review: Call to Arms

Title: Call to Arms War of the Fae #2)

Author: Elle Casey

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Follow Jayne Sparks, the (still) potty-mouthed seventeen-year-old and newly changed elemental fae and her friends – an incubus, a daemon, a green elf, a water sprite and a pixie – as they struggle to find their places in the Light Fae community of the Green Forest and prepare for the upcoming battle against the Dark Fae.

My Review: So… Many of you may already know that once upon a time I read Call to Arms and gave it a very mean review. Knowing now that was an all emotional reviewer, I read this book for a second time- With an open mind and at a slower pace.

Well I can tell you now, that was a total fail. I started the book and was immediately swept up in the emotion of the book. I didn’t stand a chance. I read this book straight through only stopping for a nap. As in, I had to charge my iPad and decided to get some sleep while that happened. It was the middle of the night after all and the first thing I did after opening my eyes was to reach over and start reading where I left off. Now that I have finished reading Call to Arms I find myself having a lot to say. I hope not to bore you guys and I’m sure you will find a review somewhere in here… Eventually. (Haha…)

First, I want to apologize to Elle Casey. Wow did I do your book an injustice with my angry words and harsh review. I realize now how juvenile and angry I was then… Sometime ago, someone pointed this out to me and thank God for that. Thanks to this person’s honest and wise words I saw the error of my ways and have since continuously asked myself what exactly makes a good review. Yet one thing I have never reverted back to are my overly emotional and mean reviews. I consider myself someone who can admit being wrong- which I totally was.

Back to Call to Arms, I completely fell in love with this book. This book picks up right where The Changelings left off. Jayne has decided to become a changeling and accept the Fae blood that runs through her veins. Call to Ams follows Jayne and her friends integration into Fae society. Jayne continues to have a terrible potty mouth and a sick sense of humor that i just couldn’t get enough of and with the new characters we are treated to in this book, I did some serious LOLing. Jayne is always finding herself in crazy a** situations so the reader is never at a loss for action scenes. There also some hints of romance I hope to see more of in the books to come. The reader is also treated to lots of answers to the questions that arose in The Changelings.

The characters were fun and spunky and once again bring different things to the table. However, I want to specially talk about Becky (whom I kinda bashed in my first review). I think I just didn’t get her the first time around. It wasn’t that Becky’s character was lost, more so that she became a better, stronger person. I think that would happen to anyone who found themselves lost (a runaway and homeless) and finally finds their purpose in life. I think my head was just too far up my a** to see that the first time around. 😉

Call to Arms is truly an amazing sequel and I absolutely loved reading it. I look forward to reading the sequel… Which you should be seeing soon. I know I already mentioned Casey loves her cliff hangers and I’m going crazy to know what happens next.

Book Review: Fifty Shades Darker

Title: Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2)

Author: E.L. James

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

My Review: I recently reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey and described it as Literary Porn. To say the least, I really enjoyed it. So I embarked to read its sequel. So here is what I think of Fifty Shades Darker. As for the story line, this book is considerably better. Yes it still contains steamy sex scenes but this book is more romantic, allows for more character development and is not only defined by its sex scenes.

I truly and without a doubt loved the romance. A lot of people don’t understand the obsession with Twilight. But because I was within that crowd I will explain. Yes it is not well written, and there might be an issue with ideas the book may present. Like stalking a girl will be found to be romantic- listen guys: that’s never romantic. Seriously. You’ll be lucky to only walk away with a restraining order. Back to my point, Twilight was a big deal because it allowed for the reader to get completely caught up in its emotion. I quite literally fell in love with the book- and Edward for that matter. Fifty Shades has the same bit of magic Twilight possesses in allowing the reader to get swept up in the emotion of the book. And boy was it romantic. Yep, I totally fell in love.

I enjoyed how well we got to know Christian and Ana in this book. In Fifty Shades Darker, Christian reveals that there is more to his Dominant, jealous, overbearing, overprotective and stalker ways. The reader is exposed to his boyish charm. We are shown a side of him that is sweet and endearing and I think will make just about any girl swoon. He is playful, thoughtful, funny, charming… In this book, Ana is trying to find out why Christian is the way he is and by the end of it, all of his secrets are out in the open. Call me crazy but seeing how vulnerable he is made him realistic- as in nobody is perfect and I can’t think of anything that could of made him sexier.

This book was also suspenseful and action packed. I give credit to James for all of the conflicts and issues she provides us with. Truly I have never seen so many hurdles for characters to overcome in ONE book. I also, once again, loved the emails and the laughs that accompanied them.

On a negative note, something that seemed to annoy me to no end was Ana’s alter egos? I honestly don’t know what to call them. In the first book I found it odd but seeing as it actually didn’t take away from the novel, I didn’t mention it. But in this one, it was boring and tended to take away from the book itself and from Ana as a character. At times it truly makes her sound like she has a multiple personality disorder.

With Fifty Shades Darker, I actually took my time reading and can say that this book is amateurish at best. Just like the Twilight novels for which Stephanie Meyer has been criticized to no end for, this book was not well written. Because I tend to be so anal about grammar, this is usually a big pet peeve for me. With Miss James, the issue is not only with the grammar but with the writing itself. I really think that she could have invested in a better editor. By the way, I say this in the nicest way possible.

So all in all, I enjoyed the book and yes, I will also be reading the sequel. But as you know, my library and it’s ridiculously long waiting list for popular books has me at 200 in its queue and I’ve already been waiting two weeks. So don’t expect to see it anytime soon.