Snapshot Reviews: Slayers – Friends and Traitors & Altered

October 19, 2013 Book Review 10

Friends and Traitors

The Slayers – teens who have powers to fight dragons—are back by popular demand in this high-octane sequel, now with a new cover package!

Tori is at a White House dinner party when she hears a horrifying sound: dragon eggs hatching. It means in less than a year, the dragons will be mature and dangerous. The Slayers are well-trained, but their group is not yet complete, and Tori is determined to track down Ryker Davis, the mysterious Slayer who has yet to surface.

What Tori doesn’t bargain for, however, is the surprising truth about her powers: she isn’t a Slayer after all, but a Dragon Lord, with a built-in predisposition to protect dragons, not kill them.
How will she overcome this to save the lives of her friends?

SLAYERS: FRIENDS AND TRAITORS by C.J. Hill (website)
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My Review of Book One: Slayers by C.J. Hill

My Thoughts:
An good sequel, Friends and Traitors amps up the action and tension a few more notches than what we previously read in the first book Slayers.  Ryker is finally present and low and behold there is another character that comes into the mix that I wouldn’t have suspected would be a player at all. Oddly enough I actually liked how the triangle ended up playing out between Tori, Dirk and Jesse. This was pretty much the sort of thing I could see happening between actual teenagers. Not those exact details and circumstances mind you – but the typical teenage actions and reactions.

Ultimately though, while I thought the book was good it fell short for me in too many areas. My major concern about Friends and Traitors is it felt like one big rinse, repeat of book one. Essentially the same key things happen. I would hate to say them here and be spoilerish but ahhh so much of my middle of the road feelings are based on them.  Suffice to say I don’t feel like there are any significant steps forward made. This book ends much like the second one does except for the addition of a new characters.  The character interactions essentially remained the same, the tensions increased but in a way, remained the same, the climax at the end…essentially the same. You catching my drift here? So I hope I was able to get my point across.  If you loved the first book I have no doubt you would love this one. I just simply expecting more forward momentum than what I was given.

Cover – 3 stars – Something about those models just doesn’t do it for me
Story – 3 to a 3.5 stars – Good but not Great

Altered

Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.

ALTERED by Gennifer Albin (website)
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My Review of Book One: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

My Thoughts:
What to say, where to start? I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book Crewel. I know maybe that leaves some people wondering why I would read Altered? It’s because I definitely saw some promise there and I was honestly curious about how things were going to pan out for them after they slipped into that “other reality” so to speak.  However, where I felt Crewel was underdone and lacking in oomph – I think Altered packed so much in that while the ryhtym of the book felt a bit off it was definitely an improvement for me. There were surprises here that I didn’t see coming. The pace moved much faster and I was engaged much more in the story and the characters where as before I was somewhat apathetic. It was a great followup and oddly took the reader in such unexpected directions that I have to give her credit.

I do have to say I wasn’t thrilled by the inclusion of the Remnants. Perhaps that was just me but I’ve seen the zombie-esque card played too frequently lately – I wish something else could have been used instead but they did the job to thrill/give tension/add suspense.  I both liked and disliked the use of the alternate reality / time displacement things that was going on. While I liked the element I didn’t like how it made a few aspects into convenient stressors for Adelice and Jost. So that was how I came to be such a fence sitter – I had both positive and negative vibes in equal measure while reading. I will say that I am the odd ball out among my friends who loved Crewel so I think those that did will oooze love for Altered as well.

Cover – 3 stars – Why is the hourglass here you might wonder? – I’m thinking it has something to do with how time runs differently in each reality
Story– 3 – A marked improvement but needed a bit more spit and polish.

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10 Responses to “Snapshot Reviews: Slayers – Friends and Traitors & Altered”

  1. Jaime Lester

    Why in the world did they redesign the covers for the Crewel series? I liked the cover of Crewel. Not so much the weird hourglass with the chick in the middle of it. Very blah. The colors are pretty though. I haven’t read either of the first books in these two series. Crewel is on my Kindle though. I haven’t read it yet because I have read some reviews that have made me wonder if I would even enjoy it. Sounds like the second isn’t much better. As far as Slayers, I am going to have to check that one out

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      See, I personally I would say for the Crewel books you would have to judge for yourself. I see so many positive reviews for them but they didn’t didn’t sing for me you know? I’d be curious to see what you thought but I wouldn’t say “yes Jaime read Crewel now!” – because I just wasn’t feeling them at all.