The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine #2) by: James Dashner

“Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life—and the world—completely upside down.
He barely survived. But it was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine—and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. And, the truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears.
Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage in turning Kaine’s master plan, the Mortality Doctrine, into a reality.
The Mortality Doctrine will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body. 
And the takeover has already begun.” -Goodreads

There were a lot of books in 2014 that I had high hopes for. Some came through others though fell flat. In my review of The Eye of Minds I basically summed down my experience as: it sucked, but the ending was worth it and that I would be looking forward to the second book. Now that I’ve read the second book I have to say it’s exactly the same.

I don’t know what is going on with Dashner, well I have a vague idea, but I’ll get to that later. I will admit that the Maze Runner series wasn’t perfect, but it was good, it held my interest and told an interesting story and the writing wasn’t bad. Is it wrong for me to compare this work with that one? I’m pretty sure it’s not. The Rule of Thoughts does have an interesting concept idea it’s just that Dashner’s execution is very much lacking. The writing style still has this feel like he’s a newbie debut writer which was exactly how I felt in the last book. The characters are flat, the locations are generic, and the plot is just plain boring.

I think Dashner’s problem is that maybe he’s writing a story about a topic that he might not know too well and is therefore very hesitant with it. Gaming and computer lingo are pretty instrumental if you want to give off the feel that you are writing about games and computers. This is where his shortcomings seem to be coming from. The only words that he uses are hack and code and I’m just like “Okay… what type of hacks, what types of code?” Surely Dashner wouldn’t find it too difficult to pick up a computer book and do a little bit of researching.

My thoughts are kind of going like this, what I want is Log Horizon what I’m getting is .Hack//Sign. Anyone else feeling the same way?

So, yeah, overall the story sucked just like the last book, BUT…. I still want the third one because of that ending. It’s just like he knows the book sucks so he’s just like “Yeah, I’ll hit them hard with that exciting cliffhanger so they’ll go read the next book.” I just kind of want to bang my head against the wall because unlike for this book I am having no expectations whatsoever for The Game of Lives. It’ll suck like the Rule of Thoughts and the Eye of Minds, but hopefully the ending will be somewhat decent like these two.

My final thoughts are that I wished I’d never started this series, but now I feel somewhat invested in it. I rate it 2/5 stars.

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The Girl in the Steel Corset+The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by: Kady Cross

I finished this book Friday morning while I was at school, kinda depressing actually because then I had to go the entire school day without something to read because my school library has no budget ergo no books, bah what is this world coming to.

I really liked this book, even though the separation between Finley and her “Shadow-self” was never really that differentiated, the predator side of her would just mention in passing what she thought of herself while she had feelings.
The copy I was reading had the prequel to the book in the front, “The Strange Case of Finley Jayne,” I didn’t think it was that great, there were a few mentions towards Griff, but the story in general added nothing to the actual book, and the book added nothing to the prequel, it was just there and it was kind of awkward. Since the prequel was placed before the real story, after I finished it and started “The Girl in the Steel Corset” I kept expecting there to be bits of “The Strange Case of Finley Jayne” mentioned in it and there wasn’t. The two had absolutely nothing to do with each other.

The Girl in the Steel Corset, however was majorly better. I loved the mixing of Steampunk and Fantasy. Automatons and steam carriages, yay, and I’m not usually a steampunk fan.
The book starts off with Finley beating the shit out of her employer because he was trying to take her virtue *teehee* I just really wanted to say virtue. After running away she accidently jumps in front of Griffin’s “velocycle” (Cross did a really good job creating her own vocab.) Griffin feels responsible for Finley, as well he should because he ran her over, and takes her back to his mansion with his other group of misfit friends, Emily (tech/engineer genius who can talk to machines), Sam (Super strong with the ability to heal quickly and more than half machine), and Jasper (an American who’s quick with his guns and can move super fast).
The gang had been looking into a mysterious set of circumstances where automatons have been attacking and killing people, presumed to be because of a man they call The Machinist. Finley jumps right in, especially after learning that her own parents use to know Griff’s, and Griffin tries to help her balance herself with her darker nature side. Along the way, Griffin of course falls for Finley, but it wouldn’t be a YA without a love triangle, our third party being Jack Dandy, notorious criminal overlord, and of course Finley can’t choose which guy she likes, she’s definitely pulling an Elena Gilbert on this. (I’m rooting for Jack, he is way more awesome than Griffin).
Anyways, after a few ups and downs Finley gets her soul? balanced out and they all fight The Machinist, Griff bringing down a building and getting stabbed in the process. The Machinist’s body, though, is never recovered from the wreckage and is presumed dead, like anyone actually believes that.
At the very end of the novel, however, Jasper is taken in by two American policemen for murder and then cue giant cliffhanger.

I really did live the novel, Kady Cross did really well in weaving her world of gears and steam. I rate the book 4/5.

Moonsong (The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters #2)

Evil never dies. . . .
After escaping the horrors of the Dark Dimension, Elena can′t wait to attend Dalcrest College, the beautiful ivy-covered campus where her parents met. Life with Stefan is better than ever, and even Damon seems genuinely changed and is getting along with everyone. But moving away from Fell′s Church doesn′t mean she and her friends are free from danger. When students start to disappear from campus, suddenly every new acquaintance is a potential enemy.
Then Elena uncovers a long-hidden secret, one that shocks her to the core, and realizes tragedy may be unavoidable.

Much better than the last one, even though I’m pissed that Damon is still hasn’t gotten the girl, whether the girl be his Dark Princess Elena or his Little Redbird Bonnie. I am honestly just so mad about this. And why is that Damon, a vampire, did the impossible and came back from being dead dead without any actual changes, Elena became an F*ing angel/Guardian thing and Damon is honestly just given nothing, but the ability to change into a crow.
Granted the story telling was much better and jumped from each character evenly and it was nice to see the kind side to Damon, but seriously where’s all the dark soul and badassness that Damon is suppose to be, instead he’s just a whipped vampire that Elena likes to twirl around her finger whenever she gets bored or lonely.
I am honestly just fed up with Bonnie, she loves Damon, but then says she just had crush on him. She loves Zander, but when he tells her that he’s a werewolf (which was so obvious) she runs away like a little bitch. I hate Zander, he will never fill the gap that Damon previously filled.
Now that I’ve finally finished ranting about all the injustices thrown toward Damon I think it’s time I mentioned something else. I love Klaus, literally I don’t remember much of him in the story because that was like six books ago, but in the t.v. show… OHGAWD I’m so glad the Originals are getting their own show this fall.