Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

GoodReads Summary:
Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated:
As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.
As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist—a group of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them the most.
But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.
In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew—Ruby, Oscar, and Danna—are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice but also the feelings they have for each other.
The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their City—and the world—as they know it.
Archenemies (Renegades, #2)Review:
I’ve tried to start Archenemies a few times and just couldn’t get into it for some reason. But this time I finally stuck through, I’m glad I did because after not too long I was really invested in the story.
There are so many different secrets being kept in this book. Adrian’s secret, Nova’s many secrets. I liked this aspect but it was frustrating at times because I just want the truth to come out.
Nova’s struggle was an interesting one. She’s working for the Renegades and getting to know them as people instead of the anonymous face of the organization that didn’t save her parents. But she’s still loyal to her makeshift family, the Anarchists. This internal battle is one that I really cannot wait to see the outcome of.
Adrian is torn between his secret identity and doing what he knows will make his dads proud. He’s also very interested in Nova.
I liked the relationship between these two and I’m anxious to find out how things will turn out when their secrets are revealed.
Overall, I did enjoy this one. I’m excited to finish the series with the final book and see how everything is going to come together.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Nexus by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti

The Zeroes are in disarray.
One of them has vanished. One of them is in prison. The rest are on the most wanted list. And something big is brewing.
Accused of murdering Swarm, Bellweather is in a high security prison, isolated and unable to use his powers of influence. Flickers, Crash, Mob, and Scam are on the run as suspected domestic terrorists. And Agent Phan of the FBI has a secret weapon up his sleeve—a teenager with a superpower that the Zeroes haven’t encountered yet.
After a daring breakout, the group is drawn to New Orleans, where celebrating Mardi Gras crowds promise enormous power to anyone who can channel it. There, an army of Zeroes is gathering around a charismatic leader—whose plans are nothing short of cataclysmic.
Time is running out for the Zeroes, but they must learn to trust one another again to avert the looming disaster, in this action-packed conclusion to the NYT bestselling trilogy.
Nexus (Zeroes, #3)Review:
I just finished this book and I can’t help but say that I am deeply unsatisfied with the last ten pages or so. But I will get to that at the end of this review. This story starts pretty much right where book two left off. It starts right in the thick of things which I really enjoyed. It was fast-paced almost the whole way through right up until the ending. Which I will talk about at the end.
My feelings toward the characters are mostly the same as they were for book two. Though I think I like Scam a bit more. He seems to have gotten over being whiney and complaining so much. I think that’s due to the girl he likes, which is a relationship I’m totally here for. Bellweather seems to lose his way in this conclusion but then brings himself back in the final chapters. I don’t really feel too strongly one way or the other about him. I’m glad he didn’t turn evil, but aside from that I just don’t care that much about him. I’m still obsessed with my two favorites, Flicker and Anonymous. Crash really had an interesting storyline. She meets others with her ability and learns just how far she can push her powers. I thought she was really interesting. Mob is still fighting the battle to not become Swarm. Which was alright, but could have been more interesting. I liked her for her desire to stay good. I also enjoyed her trying to find her mother. That was interesting.
I really enjoyed the representation in this series. There was a female/female romance. There are characters of all the different races. There is a character that is blind. I think there was a pretty well-rounded group of characters in this series.
Now, the ending. I can understand why it was done this way. But I wanted more. I wanted more from the last 50 pages or so. The ending seemed a little too rushed to me. I think there could have been another book in the series or at least add another 100 pages to this conclusion. I think things were wrapped up too quickly. And the final two chapters were infuriating. We barely get a blip from each character after the big to-do that happens. Then the final chapter was just not enough for me.
Overall, despite not liking the ending, I really enjoy this book and the series as a whole. I will definitely reread it in the future. I’d also definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys books with superpowers and superheroes of any sort.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – T.V. Shows & Movies

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Bingeworthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies With the fall TV season starting up this month we’re talking about what shows everyone watches when they’re not reading!

1. Greys Anatomy – This is pretty much my all time favorite T.V. show. I’ve watched it so many times I can say so many of the lines along with the actors and actresses. I put this show on when I need to cry or when I need to watch something without having to actively watch it.
2. NCIS – I’m a sucker for a good cop show. The Navy cops are just the coolest. The dynamic between all the people in this show is hilarious and emotional and just great.
3. Big Brother – I grew up watching this show with my dad. I watch it every year now. I love to wait and watch a ton of episodes in a row and binge them so that I don’t need to wait to see what’s happened or whose getting evicted next.
4. Charmed – Uh, a show about kick-ass witches? Yes, please.
5. The Vampire Diaries – I read these books years and years ago so obviously I had to watch the show too. Also, I’m obsessed with Nina Dobrev (Elena) so I had to watch.
6. Shameless – This show is excellent. Dramatic and chaotic and crazy. Full of characters you can’t help but fall in love with as we watch their struggles.
7. Parks and Recreation – I love Amy Poehler. My husband and I watch this show together. Hilarious and ridiculous you won’t regret getting invested in these characters.
8. House of Cards – Political dramas are usually not my first pick, but hubby picked this one for us to watch and I totally got sucked into this world.
9. The Marvel Universe – I love superhero movies way too much so these had to make my list for sure.
10. Harry Potter – All of the movies. Duh.

What movies or T.V. shows do you like to watch when you’re not reading?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.