The Locket by Stacey Jay

Katie cheated on her boyfriend with their mutual best friend. It was an accident. Katie was drunk and Mitch was there for her when Isaac wasn’t. Two weeks later when Isaac finds out, everything Katie has worked for falls apart. He leaves her on the side of the road with a rainstorm brewing. As Katie wonders what to do next, she feels the locket that she’d taken earlier from her grandmothers jewelry pile start to heat up. Next thing she knows, she’s been taken back two weeks to the night of her biggest mistake. Katie’s been given a chance to redo the whole evening and keep Isaac from ever finding out what happened simply by making sure it never does.51v+nZ4ZSUL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

I cannot tell you how much I wanted to like this book. I liked Princess of Thorns quite a bit and I absolutely loved Ms. Jay’s two book series Juliet Immortal and Romeo Redeemed. These three books are the reason why I finished “The Locket” but I honestly wish I hadn’t. There were so many times when I almost stopped reading, but decided to give the book just one more chance to redeem itself–it never did.

Katie is possibly the most annoying main character that I’ve ever read. She’s so whiny the whole time. All she can think about is getting back with Isaac when he doesn’t even seem like the best guy. He’s not very considerate of her and it doesn’t seem like they have very much chemistry. It’s so obvious that she should just get with Mitch and have that be it, but for some reason she’s completely focused on being with Isaac. I don’t see it. There were also a lot of times when Katie’s inner dialogue would turn to self-loathing. Just…not attractive and not fun to read.

Another thing was that every time Katie would go back in time, there would be random things different about her town or her backyard or the people she goes to school with. These changes would upset Katie so much that she’d get nauseous and throw up. I don’t get it. THIS DETAIL WAS COMPLETELY RANDOM and not necessary to the book. At all. There was no explanation as to why things would be different by her traveling back in time. If there had been an explanation then this would have been a different book and possibly a different review.

I’m sorry if this review comes off as a rant…I was just so disappointed! Her other books were so good and this was a complete dud. Don’t read unless you like poking yourself in the eyes. The other books that I mentioned, though, I would wholeheartedly recommend.

Overall Rating: 1
Violence: Moderate. Some gore, not explicit.
Sexual Content: Moderate. Mentioned but not explicit.
Language: Moderate. A couple of scenes with brief, strong language.
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate. Some scenes with teenage drinking.


Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Fairy blessed Aurora (Sleeping Beauty’s daughter) is on a mission to free her younger brother and to reclaim her kingdom from her ogre of a step-grandmother. Literally. Her step-grandmother really is an ogre. She embarks on her journey with Button, her horse, and one prince from a neighboring kingdom who happens to think she’s a boy. On their quest they eat blackberry scones, encounter ogre-eating trees, and drink too much beer–not necessarily in that order.

Princess of Thorns

What I liked: So we all thought Sleeping Beauty’s name was Aurora, right? Turns out, it’s not. I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings and this one combines two separate fairy tales–double whammy. I like that Aurora is a strong character. I’ve read at least two books where a girl is pretending to be a boy, but then spends half the book crying or freaking out over nothing. In short, being very un-boylike.

What I didn’t like: I don’t like when romances go from 0 to 60 in two pages and I felt like that happened a little bit (this is not a spoiler because we all knew it was going to happen). Granted, Niklaas doesn’t know that Aurora is a girl for about two thirds of the book, but still. It didn’t feel like the relationship between Niklaas and Aurora the girl was properly explored before they were all over each other–in their minds at least. I also thought they way the ogre queen talked was weird, but what do I really know about ogres?

Overall Rating: 4
Violence: Moderate. Sword fighting and hand-to-hand combat, but not much gore.
Sexual Content: Mild. Mild innuendos and kissing.
Language: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Mild. They drink beer a few times.