Take my advice and re-read the last chapters of Linger if it's been awhile since you've read it... I have to say I was...moreSo sad to see this series end.
Take my advice and re-read the last chapters of Linger if it's been awhile since you've read it... I have to say I was a little confused at the beginning of Forever, and found myself doing a crash course in the Wolves of Mercy Falls.... but then it all started coming back!
Maggie's writing is top notch as always, there is something about the way she tells a story that is very addicting. I think it must have to do with how utterly talented and creative she is, I'm so very envious! I don't know if it's because I read the first few chapters and then stopped to read a few other books I had upcoming tours for... but some of the book really drug along.... I don't want to go as far as saying I was bored... but it just seemed like I was waiting and waiting for something, anything to happen! That being said... the last quarter of the novel was great. I really liked the ending. It seemed real, not corny, just enough closure to leave readers happy, but it still had that openness that let's readers imagine where the characters ultimately end up.
A fantastic series! If you haven't read this one, you really should!
Witch Eyes is an action packed, suspenseful read with forbidden love and a family feud of epic proportions that will leave you wanting more!
Witches E...moreWitch Eyes is an action packed, suspenseful read with forbidden love and a family feud of epic proportions that will leave you wanting more!
Witches Eyes was unlike any other witch story I’ve read. I think it had to do with a lot of the characters themselves. And of course the awesome story. Braden. What is so great about him. He’s original. He’s sarcastic. I love a good dosage of sarcasm and Braden was always there to deliver. His visions and his sensitivity to those around him, it was very easy to feel empathetic to his character. It was easy to root for him and Trey, and it was easy to root for him and his kick ass abilities! If I had one witch on my side, I’d want it to be Braden.
I also really enjoyed the mystery aspect of this novel. I wasn’t really anticipating that, and I can’t wait to see more of that in which I will hope be future novels! I want to know more about Belle Dam and the families that are centered around it’s history.
This was a fantastic debut! You should definitely add it to your Debut Reading Challenge Lists if you haven’t already!
A unique and engaging story, that’s much more than just a witchy tale! Be prepared to fall in love with a new cast of characters and me swept up in the mystique of Belle Dam!(less)
Stephanie Perkins made a fan out of me with her debut novel Anna and the French Kiss. She did it yet again with her second novel Lola and the Boy Next...moreStephanie Perkins made a fan out of me with her debut novel Anna and the French Kiss. She did it yet again with her second novel Lola and the Boy Next Door!
I was one of the lucky people that snagged an advance reader copy of Lola at Book Expo America. While I sent most of my books home to myself by way of the postal service, there were a few that I saved back to read on the way home. Lola was one of those books! I read Lola while sitting in LaGuardia waiting for my flight to Chicago. That meant of course that I was crying several times in public. It wasn’t that Lola was a particularly sad story, because it really wasn’t. There were such honest moments that filled me with such emotion, that the tears couldn’t help but fall.
There are also cameos of two of my favorite characters, Anna and Etienne! It’s interesting to see how those two stories weave together!
I absolutely adored this story. I adored it’s characters! I simply loved everything about it. You’ll fall in love with Lola and her quirkiness too! Believe me!
I can’t say enough wonderful things about this novel. There wasn’t one thing that I didn’t like about it. It was honest, funny, genuine, and everything I was hoping for and more.
Stephanie Perkins rocks my world.
You might like Lola and the Boy Next Door if you like: Elizabeth Scott, Sara Zarr & Jennifer E. Smith.(less)
A tale of light and dark with a supernatural twist.
A Beautiful Dark has everything I love about a paranormal read. Otherworldly creatures and a love...moreA tale of light and dark with a supernatural twist.
A Beautiful Dark has everything I love about a paranormal read. Otherworldly creatures and a love triangle! I know some readers loathe a love triangle, but I for one cannot get enough of them! I mean, what girl wouldn't want two gorgeous boys fighting over her! Perhaps I just like seeing a fantasy from my youth playing out! HA!
Skye was a very likable character. She was polite, imperfect & considerate, and not in the annoying way that some characters can be. That was just the type of person that she was and it worked for her. I also loved the relationship with her best friend Cassie. Although they were into different things, Skye with her skiing and Cassie with her music, they will still able to have a strong relationship. I love reading about a healthy relationship of best friends! Notice I didn’t say perfect, but healthy!
I can’t fail to mention the two boys in this novel. Asher and Devin. Both mysterious and appealing in their own ways. Completely different ways, but fascinating all the same. I have to say I struggled along with Skye in her determination to figure out who to trust. This isn’t your typical “love” triangle.
The mythology in the story is also very intriguing. I don’t want to get into to much about it. The boys are angels in a sense, but there is much more going on that one would first assume. I’m hoping we learn more about that aspect of the novel in the future.
And that ENDING! WHAT WAS THAT!?
You might like A Beautiful Dark if you like: Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick & Alyson Noel.(less)
I absolutely loved Silver Phoenix, so when I heard there was to be a sequel/companion novel, I was ecstatic!
One of the things I loved about Silver Pho...moreI absolutely loved Silver Phoenix, so when I heard there was to be a sequel/companion novel, I was ecstatic!
One of the things I loved about Silver Phoenix.... and I know this sounds a little strange... but it was the wonderful descriptions of the food! And on page two when I read about sticky rice, candied yams, dumplings and lotus buns, I knew it was going to be epic!
Fury of the Phoenix is such a different story from it's predecessor. It's still just as beautifully written, but we get to witness a whole other side of Ai Ling and Chen Yong. Two characters that I had not realized I desperately missed!
Ai Ling and Chen Yong make yet another journey in Fury of the Phoenix, but there is another story told that we only glimpsed in the first novel. And that is the one of Zhong Ye. I don't want to get into his character too much because it could certainly spoil the story of Silver Phoenix for those that have not read it. But I will say that my emotions toward him were much different this time around. There isn't as much action in book two, but there is still plenty of unexpected discoveries that are sure to keep you plenty intrigued!
I loved how Pon weaved these two stories together it what seemed like an effortless ease. (Though I'm sure it required some work!) I also love the the exploration into the legends and lore! It's much like the first novel in that way, with the various creatures and the mentions of the The Book of the Dead and The Book of the Divine. Simply fascinating.
One of the things that I had wanted after reading Silver Phoenix was to lean the story of her.... and did I ever. Such a fantastic series! And so beautifully written.
If you've not read this series, I strongly suggest that you pick it up! You won't be disappointed!(less)
I bought this book from the Book Depo, since it's been released in the UK for several months now, but I didn't actually read the story until I had a c...moreI bought this book from the Book Depo, since it's been released in the UK for several months now, but I didn't actually read the story until I had a copy of the US galley in hand. I'm not sure why I waited so long, my fellow UK bloggers had all but demanded that I read this book! I am a fan of the US cover over the UK one though! Though they both are beautiful.
Angel Burn is unlike any angel themed story I've read. When I think of angels I think of goodness and white lights... healing touches, yada yada. That's isn't the case for Weatherly's angels.
The angels in Angel Burn, are for lack of a better word... straight up EVIL! They (well almost all of them) feed on humans. Drinking their very essence of life. Yet the humans they feed from are left with thoughts of elation. These angels have touched their lives in the most positive way. Yeah, that's messed up!
Cue Alex, who is an AK. Yes, an angel KILLER! He is one of the few people that can see the angels doing their dirty work, and it's his personal mission to kill every last one of them. Too bad he ends up falling for one of them.... well a half one of them anyway, cue Willow.
Alex and Willow, loved them. They were both great characters individually and separately. They balanced each other out very nicely. Although their romance had me gagging at it's sweetness in certain aspects, the sugar fiend in me ate it up.
The story is told in multiple POVs which is something that I love! But I found myself getting a little confused with the change in narration... first person, third person... I got the hang of it after a while though.
The ending was a little abrupt, I felt like we were leading up to this big showdown... and for me it was a little bang and sizzle... instead of bang and EXPLOSION! Really looking forward to seeing where the rest of the story goes. I will be diving into Angel Fire come this December!(less)
I will admit that I enjoyed reading Crossed more so than I did Matched. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t e...moreI feel alone in my feelings for this series.
I will admit that I enjoyed reading Crossed more so than I did Matched. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t expecting much.
I liked getting into Ky’s head this time around. Crossed is told in two point of views, between Ky and Cassia. Although at times I found it hard to differentiate between their two character voices, despite the chapters being titled “Ky” or “Cassia”. And I liked getting to learn a little bit more about Ky and his history.
Condie is an extremely talented author, I won’t deny that she has a way with words. I love her writing, but this story just doesn’t work for me.
Crossed was slow paced, but again I was expecting that because of Matched. I never felt like anything was happening. Sure there are obstacles that the characters must overcome, but I never felt that gripping moment of heightened anxiety. That hook that draws you into the story and doesn’t let go.
As Crossed came to a close I felt rather disappointed. It was as though we were, exactly where we left off in Matched, we know that the Society is keeping things from us, but we are no closer to solving it. If anything, I’m only filled with more questions. (less)
I think I'm just going to copy and paste my review of The Exiled Queen and use it for The Gray Wolf too! Okay, not really.... but it would work!
This s...moreI think I'm just going to copy and paste my review of The Exiled Queen and use it for The Gray Wolf too! Okay, not really.... but it would work!
This series simple continues to get better and better as it goes along. I desperately need book four PRONTO! I'm glad I was able to start The Gray Wolf Throne so soon after reading The Exiled Queen. The characters and the story line were fresh in my mind, and I believe that always makes for a better reading experience. Needless to say, it doesn't always work out that way for me, but I feel a more instant connection with the characters when it does happen. I will sorely miss this characters as I wait for book four. I feel as though they've became my best friends. I've watched Raisa grow from a somewhat spoiled and entitled girl to a smart and selfless queen. I've watched Han transform from a thief into a powerful wizard. I can always use a little more Han! I love these characters, and I love this story.
This series amazes me... the intricacies of this word, I am seriously awed when I'm reading. Just the imagery and the imagination that Chima possesses. It's one of those "wow" moments. Everything in these series just comes together and works to beautifully. As I said in my review of The Exiled Queen... it's addicting!
I'll say it again... one of my most favorite fantasy series ever! And one of the best books I've read all year!(less)
After seeing Elizabeth do a presentation about herself and Fury while I was visiting New York, I couldn't...moreHow stunning is that cover! Could that be Ty?
After seeing Elizabeth do a presentation about herself and Fury while I was visiting New York, I couldn't wait to read Fury. I was ready to be impressed. And overall, I was. I could definitely see the Elizabeth that I had the chance to listen to coming through in her writing, and it was fantastic!
I didn't really like any of the characters in this book... well that's not true I did really liked JD... but the other ones were so.... selfish and mean. BUT! That's sort of integral to the plot of the story. I mean the Fates aren't going to hunt you down unless you've been involved in some shady business. Not that I didn't sympathize with Em & Chase at moments, because I did, but in the big picture of it all I probably would not want to be friends with those two.
I was expecting more appearances from the Furies. They were a ominous presence through most of the first half of the book.... and that was really it. I was expecting in your face torment! The last half of the novel was pretty creepy though, and that ending really did for me. Totally did not see that coming and the "two weeks" later chapter..... I am very much looking forward to book two.
If you have not read The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this review will be spoilery!
The Adoration of Jenna Fox, is one of my all time favorite novel. Ever....moreIf you have not read The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this review will be spoilery!
The Adoration of Jenna Fox, is one of my all time favorite novel. Ever. To say that The Fox Inheritance had a lot to live up to in my eyes... is an understatement. Although Jenna is still my favorite, The Fox Inheritance definitely makes an appearance on my list.
This story is different... a lot different than Jenna Fox. As the reader we're watching these characters deal with something completely different than what Jenna went through. There are more politics and technological advances... what Jenna's Dad started is barely a blip on the technology radar.
Locke and Kara were/are Jenna's best friends. You might remember that she finds them..... well finds their minds and disposes of them in hopes that they won't ever wake up to the nightmare that she has experienced. Only she didn't expect someone to have copies and she never expected to see her two best friends again.
Locke and Kara are two very distinct characters. It's unclear initially who they are... what they are. What their motives are, are they good? are they bad? Pearson does an excellent job presenting these two characters and weaving just enough of the past in with the present for readers to grasp how they must be struggling with this new world they've "awaken" to. My favorite character would be Dot Jefferson, if she doesn't make an impression on you... I may wonder if you're even human.
The plot was fairly simple, but the world and the details that Pearson created were far from that. An incredible story in an even more incredible series.(less)
Sara Zarr is such a fabulous writer. Every time I read one of her novels I am amazed at her story telling abilities. She can take a story that sounds...moreSara Zarr is such a fabulous writer. Every time I read one of her novels I am amazed at her story telling abilities. She can take a story that sounds so cliche and make it into something powerful and moving. She can take characters that I abhor and found annoying and make me care for them and their fictional existence.
I’ll admit. I wasn’t looking forward to reading this book. As much as I love Sara Zarr…. pregnant girl, recently deceased father. The whole thing sounded like an after school special to me and really it wasn’t my sort of thing. But I should have known that Sara wouldn’t let me down.
I didn’t like the characters at the beginning. AT. All. Jill was just rude and selfish! Mandy was so innocent and naive that it was annoying. Somewhere along the magical road of Zarr’s words I started to care for these two girls. I can’t exactly pinpoint when it happened, but it did.
How to Save a Life is a richly written story with an incredible cast of characters that I will not soon forget.(less)
Absolutely incredible. Shatter Me is a novel that I will not soon forget.
What makes this novel so unforgettable. If I had to pick one thing it would b...moreAbsolutely incredible. Shatter Me is a novel that I will not soon forget.
What makes this novel so unforgettable. If I had to pick one thing it would be Mafi’s writing. Her depiction of Juliette’s voice is utterly captivating. There was one question that I battled with this entire novel and it’s the same one that Juliette asks herself. Who is she? To be in the mind of a character like that was absolutely shattering! (Pun intended.)
This novel has a bit of everything. I wouldn’t necessarily describe it solely as a dystopian novel. There is a strong love story as well as a supernatural twist. All of my favorites wrapped up into one breathtaking debut.
Shatter Me has all the elements that make a novel, a great novel. Superb writing, realistic and dimensional characters, an intense story and a gorgeous cover. The cover doesn’t really make the novel a great one, but I had to throw that one in there. Initially I wasn’t all impressed with this cover. My first thought was another one? The finished product with the foiling, it won me over.
There was not one thing that I didn’t like about this novel. Although, I could have used a little more Adam!
You might like Shatter Me if you like: Veronica Roth & Lauren DeStefano.(less)
This books is so utterly FABULOUS! It’s one my favorite love stories and it happens in a mere twenty four hour period. Don’t worry about the instalove...moreThis books is so utterly FABULOUS! It’s one my favorite love stories and it happens in a mere twenty four hour period. Don’t worry about the instalove thing happening here. That’s something that I can’t stand and TSPoLaFS (did you like how I shortened the titles there, whew it’s a long one) does not have instalove. It has a progressive, genuine building of a relationship that is sweet and endearing.
Both characters are very relatable and I loved their scenes together. They just play off of each other so very well. Smith does an excellent job writing such likable characters.
The plot isn’t really all that complex. I know that some people will think that it’s all fluff, but it’s not. There are some serious moments thrown in there too. For the most part I just remember having that giddy feeling in my stomach during this novel. I love being invested in the characters and being excited when reading the story. This book is one of the reasons why I read!(less)