I asked for Shiver for Christmas (along with a long list of other books), and ended up getting it. It then sat on my shelf for 4 months because I knew...moreI asked for Shiver for Christmas (along with a long list of other books), and ended up getting it. It then sat on my shelf for 4 months because I knew it was supposed to be really good so I was saving it for when I needed a really good book to read.
I mostly do not read all parts of reviews before I read a book so that I don't get any spoilers or don't expect anything specific. Usually I just look at a book's rating (if the blog does it) or read their last paragraph (which usually sums up how they felt about it).
WHICH MEANS (all of this build up for this, I know): I had NO IDEA the romance in this story was so intense. And that that was what the entire book was based on (yes yes, I knew that there was romance, but I underestimated the power of Maggie Stiefvater).
This book kept me emotionally involved from beginning to end; not just to where I cared about the story, but I CARED ABOUT THE STORY. (In caps. That's the only way I can describe it.)
Yes, the story was good, it was fun, it was intricate. It was well written. But the thing I really took away from Shiver was the powerful emotions I felt. And I'm going to stop trying to describe them.
You love romance/emotions/relationships, read Shiver.(less)
I asked for Shiver for Christmas a few years ago because it was raved about quite a bit. I thought it was a pretty good read. I read Linger months lat...moreI asked for Shiver for Christmas a few years ago because it was raved about quite a bit. I thought it was a pretty good read. I read Linger months later, and liked it quite a bit more than Shiver (the world of Sam and Grace had already been built so there was more room for action).
I read Forever and liked it five times more than Linger because it was AMAZING.
I guess now would be the time for me to admit that for the first 25 pages of Forever I was utterly, totally confused. Forever is from four points of view, and so much happened at the end of Linger that I couldn't keep it all straight in my head. I ended up having to read a spoilery review of Linger to get the gist of it all flowing the right way in my head again (so I strongly suggest you reread or do a little research before starting this one).
Maggie Stiefvater's writing is simply beautiful. Even those that didn't care much for Shiver commented on how wonderful her writing is, and she does not disappoint in the final installment of The Wolves of Mercy Falls. It jumps us right to where Linger left off, and from there we are right back with Grace, Isabel, Sam, and Cole.
The middle of Forever got a little long for me, but that's my only complaint. The last third of the book flew by and had my heart pounding. Steifvater doesn't use predictable outcomes to satisfy the reader, which was my favorite part - she wrote this book in a real, true way, and it resonated with me as a reader.
It's not often that I love the last book in a series much much more than the others, but there is no denying that Forever surpasses both Shiver and Linger in my mind. (less)
I had a feeling about Delcroix Academy ever since I added it to my BEA wishlist. Something about it just clicked with me, and since I returned home fr...moreI had a feeling about Delcroix Academy ever since I added it to my BEA wishlist. Something about it just clicked with me, and since I returned home from my trip, I've just been waiting for the right moment to read it.
That moment, folks, has happened. And it was glorious.
Delcroix Academy is a private school for 'special' students, and Dancia soon finds herself recruited to their ranks. Commence the boarding school/private school introduction - a (mean) roommate, a team of freshmen Dancia is supposed to get to know, new classes.
We find Dancia torn between two boys at the school - Jack and Cam. One's sort of a bad guy, the other sort of a good guy - but it's up to you to decide which is which. I kept flipping my opinions on that throughout the entire book, which was a major part of the appeal. Plus who doesn't love a little romantic triangle?
The climax of the book takes a bit to get set up, but once it does it hits you hard and you begin to understand not only everything you've read so far, but the title of the book as well. From there you speed through to the ending, wishing it weren't over because there are clearly many more things to discuss and many more adventures to be had.
I have a feeling that if Inara Scott keeps writing these books at this pace, they will be a new breed of the Vampire Academy series. The plot starts to show complexity, and the characters certainly have the potential.
I really loved The Candidates. I loved the intrigue, the mystery, the romance, the action. If you've read my reviews before you already know that I love boarding schools. I am very excited to read Delcroix Academy #2 (which doesn't even have a tentative date yet, as far as I know)!(less)
As I began reading Plain Kate, the tone immediately made me imagine it was being read to me by a fairy tale narrator. Which is so. Charming. Like the...moreAs I began reading Plain Kate, the tone immediately made me imagine it was being read to me by a fairy tale narrator. Which is so. Charming. Like the beginning of a movie where there is a peaceful male narrator filling you in on the main character's life. I actually commented about this on Twitter and someone (I think Pam?) said that during her BEA appearance, Erin Bow (the author) mentioned that this book is a fairy tale she had imagined in her head. So it all makes sense!
Because the book was written in this tone, it was very charming to read. I felt like I was reading the manuscript of a movie kind of; it all played out in my head really well. If it hadn't read like I described above, I may not have liked it, but Bow hit the tone perfectly.
One of my favorite characters of all time is Taggle, Plain Kate's cat, but I don't want to tell you why and ruin part of the story :)
Plain Kate is a book for those who love fairy tales, adventure, and fantasy!(less)
I read Forget You by Jennifer Echols not long ago and absolutely loved it, so when I got a copy of Endless Summer at my house, I basically started rea...moreI read Forget You by Jennifer Echols not long ago and absolutely loved it, so when I got a copy of Endless Summer at my house, I basically started reading it right away (which is very rare for any book nowadays).
The first half of Endless Summer is Jenn's old book The Boys Next Door - I really flew through it. If you couldn't tell from the cover, it's a romance based plot, which I love in YA.
The second half of Endless Summer is Jenn's sequel to The Boys Next Door, Endless Summer. We continue with the romance from the first book (I don't want to describe too much if you haven't read the first one yet!), and the plot became more complex than I was expecting when I first started it.
I really loved all of the characters and ended up wishing that Lori's older brother was my older brother, though I do not envy the situations she got herself in. She started to irritate me a bit in the second book with her 'solutions' to her problems, but in the end she learned and everything settled in my mind.
I really, really love Jennifer Echols. Not only do I love the books that I have read of hers (which, by the way, I need to buy The Ex Games and Major Crush), she is possibly the nicest author I have e-mailed/Tweeted with (or at least tied for nicest). Which makes me want to read her books more... except I'm eventually going to run out... so I'm telling YOU to go read one. Forget You is romance/drama and Endless Summer is more straight romance, so take your pick. Endless Summer is also a zillion pages so it's a super book to buy if you need something to read in your hammock over many summer days!(less)
Megan McCafferty is an author I would read anything from after reading her Jessica Darling series. So naturally Bumped was high on my wishlist, since...moreMegan McCafferty is an author I would read anything from after reading her Jessica Darling series. So naturally Bumped was high on my wishlist, since she hasn't published anything new recently.
Bumped is a dystopian novel, making it quite different from the contemporary world of Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but Bumped was a lot more quirky than I anticipated - and that's not a bad thing.
Harmony and Melody are twins, but quite different from each other. The society they live in requires teenage girls to have babies because of a virus that prevents older women from conceiving.
The world building took a minute for me to get into, because McCafferty doesn't just explain it all from the get-go; rather she lets the characters introduce you to a few new terms and has you figure out what they mean in context. This is a set up not often used in dystopian (at least that I've read), so it gave it a contemporary/dystopian feel (you knew the world was different but it wasn't being shoved it in your face).
McCafferty does a great job of getting you invested in the characters and in the world. I read Bumped very quickly because all of the situations were unique and I was wondering how each of the characters would handle things. Once I had the world down, I could picture everything quite well (not being able to visualize is often my major downfall in dystopians).
A quirky, unique read, McCafferty keeps you reading and looking forward to the sequel.(less)
This was my first official Simone Elkeles read, and after hearing so much praise about her writing on other blogs I was pretty excited to read it.
We...moreThis was my first official Simone Elkeles read, and after hearing so much praise about her writing on other blogs I was pretty excited to read it.
We spend our time alternating chapters with Maggie and Caleb. Sometimes this can really trip me up, but I had no problem following along with the character I was supposed to be with for the chapter. In fact, it was kind of interesting to read the thoughts of those two characters because they are opposite sides of the spectrum - Caleb is the one that hit Maggie while driving, which makes their relationship a lot more intense right from the start. Caleb is trying to fit back in at home, and Maggie is desperately wanting to leave home because of what Caleb did to her.
Both characters realize how Caleb's return to their town affects them, and they start to adjust accordingly. Everything doesn't go exactly as planned throughout the book, which is one of the reasons I liked it so much.
Luckily I have the sequel to this ready to read, as it leaves us with a bit of a cliffhanger (not as bad as some of the books I've been reading, but enough to make me want to read the sequel next)!
There is a point in my reading where I pick up a book I normally wouldn't because of how many other people have read it (and liked it). I try to do th...moreThere is a point in my reading where I pick up a book I normally wouldn't because of how many other people have read it (and liked it). I try to do this occasionally because I feel like it makes me a better reviewer overall to have the experience of some of these books in my repertoire.
So, The Iron King? Many, many fans everywhere. I hadn't picked it up because it is a paranormal/fantasy type book, which is the opposite of what I normally like to read. I won a signed copy of it at some point last year so it has been on my shelf, and recently decided (with the release of The Iron Knight), that it was time to give it a try.
I really liked the beginning of this one, probably because it was nearly contemporary as Meghan is still in high school. It starts to get kind of crazy after a little while (and CREEPY for a bit, I was sure I was going to have nightmares about the bogey), but I found the pages turning pretty fast.
There are many Team Puck/Team Ash fans, but I'm not sure they all declared their allegiance after this book because it doesn't seem quite fair to do so yet. I think I am leaning towards Puck but who knows what happens in the next three books.
The only thing that turned me off of this one a little was just how much action there was - and that is purely a personal thing. I think if I could get my husband to read it he would really love that part.
Oh, and my favorite part of the whole book were the pack rats. LOVE THEM.
I needed a break from the action/fantasy right when I finished, but I will be reading the next in the series soon, as the story is good, the imagery was great, and I am wondering what is going to happen to all of the people I met. I can see why this series has become so popular, and am glad that I took a chance to read it.(less)
Compared to Leaving Paradise, Return to Paradise was an extremely disappointing read for me.
While I was excited to get back into the story from Simone...moreCompared to Leaving Paradise, Return to Paradise was an extremely disappointing read for me.
While I was excited to get back into the story from Simone's first book, I found the story in Return to Paradise dragging on and the same relationship mistakes happening over and over again.
Once I read about someone not trusting their significant other in a book, I expect to see some sort of progress with at least one of the people involved - this is not what happened in Return to Paradise and it eventually started driving me insane. I wanted to bop one of the characters over the head - which probably means it was written very true to life, but when I read a book I expect a bit of editing (just like I don't want to read about a character doing her homework several hours a day).
I have read mixed reviews on this book - some really love it and some don't care for it. If you enjoyed Leaving Paradise I think that it's worth giving Return to Paradise a try - if nothing else, it rounds out the series and shows you what happened after we were left hanging in the first book.(less)
I love that the plot of The Rise of Renegade X deals with heroes and villains. It's a topic that has not been done (at least in the books I've read),...moreI love that the plot of The Rise of Renegade X deals with heroes and villains. It's a topic that has not been done (at least in the books I've read), so it was a welcome break from some of the paranormal I've been reading lately.
When children turn 16 in Chelsea Campbell's fictional world, they receive a V or H thumbprint, declaring them a hero or villain forever. It's a genetic thing, so you normally know what you are far ahead of time - but poor Renegade X ends up having an X, meaning he has a mix of both hero and villain genes.
The book is spent with Renegade X and his quest to become a villain like his mom. Those that receive X's eventually turn to V's or H's depending on their behavior in the years after the X, so Renegade X is constantly thinking about what he's doing and how it will affect his future V or H status.
I had a lot of fun reading this one. The characters were all fun, especially because they all have a special super power. The world they live in is also very entertaining because heroes and villains are constantly battling each other, and it's just the way it is in the world, very casual and nonchalant. A fun read about a different kind of topic.
I read this book in a few hours, all in the same night. It was impossible for me to walk away from, because I wasn't sure what was going to happe...moreWELL.
I read this book in a few hours, all in the same night. It was impossible for me to walk away from, because I wasn't sure what was going to happen to the characters, and I couldn't even decide for myself what I actually wanted to happen.
Did I think the best friend should get the guy and lose her best friend? Was the girl currently with the guy being mean? Was I mad at the guy for not going for what he wanted in the first place?
I really liked how our main character considered the role of best friends in the media (especially movies). I found what she said to be so very true - best friends in movies are there to be awkward, to listen... not often to have as great a life as the more popular of the best friends.
I was very satisfied with the ending, and agreed with the ways things turned out, even though I didn't know that that is what I wanted until it actually happened.