Leigh Bardugo transports her readers to the world of Ravka. Ravka while a fantasy world does have influences froOne of my favorite debuts of the year!
Leigh Bardugo transports her readers to the world of Ravka. Ravka while a fantasy world does have influences from 20th century Russia, though the world and the language is all the creation of Bardugo. And it’s fabulous! Wow, I was instantly drawn into this world, it was magical and mysterious and everything that I wanted and more!
Alina and her best friend Mal, orphaned at a young age, are now soldiers in the Second Army. Mal, unaware of Alina’s affections seems to draw the eye of every girl in his proximity. If only Alina had the self confidence of those girls, she might be able to tell Mal how she feels. Though she may never have the chance to tell him, as their regime is close to crossing into The Shadow Fold, which hold these flying flesh eating creatures called volcra. They are as creepy as they sound!
Well something happens when they are crossing into The Shadow Fold and suddenly Alina is in the middle of it all. She’s swept away to the palace and…. well you’ll just have to read the book to learn about all the rest. Don’t worry you won’t be disappointed!
Bardugo’s writing style is captivating and easy to read. I was instantly drawn into this story. I loved Alina and I loved the world of Ravka. And Mal! And dare I even say the Darkling! Though there hinted to be parts of a love triangle, there isn’t one. The love story we are given is simply beautiful! And don’t worry about the romance overshadowing the rest of the story, because it doesn’t! The majority of the story is Alina’s in discovering and mastering her abilities. In finding out who she can trust and what she should believe. There are several things that Alina and I both did not see coming!
And the ending. Wow the ending. That was one of those things that I did not see that coming!
I just loved everything about it, and I can’t recommend it enough! For fantasy lovers, you will devour this! And for readers wanting to try a fantasy novel, why not start with Shadow and Bone!...more
I wasn't sure what to expect when starting this book. I had read Lara's other novel Donut Days, and I remember that I liked it aWhat an awesome book!
I wasn't sure what to expect when starting this book. I had read Lara's other novel Donut Days, and I remember that I liked it and that it had a religious theme to it. It wasn't one of those "preachy" novels, but I wondered if Aggie Winchester would have any of those elements.... and from the first page I could tell this was going to be a whole different novel. Lara's trademark wit and humor where there, but this was a whole different world. And I loved it!
Aggie was an interesting characters... and I mean interesting in the fascinating way. She paints on her Goth make-up everyday as a shield against the outside world. And one of the aspects of the story that I enjoyed the most was watching her find her true self. I mean the girl likes to go bass fishing! How cool is that... bet you wouldn't have expected that!
I hated Aggie's best friend, Sylvia. She's mean and selfish, and she drops Aggie like yesterday's trash when a new girl comes to school. I was glad for Aggie that their friendship fizzled even though it wasn't ideal for Aggie at the time. Aggie and her relationship with her mother was intriguing... and not really in a good way. It was a train wreck, their relationship is sad. Aggie's mom is so focused on why she's doing the things she's doing, like her Goth make-up, that she forgets to focus on the person she is underneath the make-up. It's heartbreaking.
And then the prom scandal... and boys... Aggie has a lot to deal with!
A fantastic contemporary! Add this one to your reading piles!...more
Leah has always lived by an airport. Usually in a run down trailer park with the cheapest rent possible because of the noise from the planes. And thanLeah has always lived by an airport. Usually in a run down trailer park with the cheapest rent possible because of the noise from the planes. And thanks to Leah’s mom, that’s all they can afford. Leah takes the proximity to the airport as an opportunity. She takes a job at there and saves her money, makes a deal with Mr. Hall for flying lessons and hopes that she can fly away from her life.
And throw a bunch of other stuff in there too! Like two boys, a best friend and a crazy summer. Whew.
Jennifer Echols can do no wrong in my mind. When I get her books, I drop everything and read them right away and I am never disappointed. I love her stories, I lover her characters, and I love how she absolutely sucks you in and makes you emotionally invested!
I wasn’t sure about the whole pilot thing. I mean really? But I was totally into it! That banner flying stuff is insane! I didn’t realize how dangerous something like that really was. It was fascinating and I can completely understand the draw that Leah felt.
Leah. What an incredibly character. I had such respect for this girl. True, I wanted to slap her a few times, but she just felt so real. And the boys. Specifially Grayson, just whew. The tension between Leah and Grayson. I could hardly stand it at times. So good.
You definitely need to read SUCH A RUSH, if you’re looking for cute boys, kissing, a awesome female protag, an engaging story, and did I mention kissing?
In case it’s not clear. I loved it. You should read it too. I think I need to get the hubs some aviator sunglasses… yummy....more
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.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. 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....more
Keplinger is such a talented writer. She absolutely blows me away every time. (If you haven’t read her debut novel DUFF… you should get on that!)
KepliKeplinger is such a talented writer. She absolutely blows me away every time. (If you haven’t read her debut novel DUFF… you should get on that!)
Keplinger does an excellent job capturing the teen voice, and perhaps it’s because she herself was a teen a short while ago!
Shut Out wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. The synopsis didn’t grab me, it interested me, but it wasn’t enough to make me read it RIGHT NOW! Obviously since the book came out in September and I’m just now getting around to reading it. I wish I would have read it sooner.
The thing that I enjoyed the most was all the sex talk. Hear me out.
There are girls in this novel that have sex and there are girls in this novel that do not have sex. It’s not condoning or condemning teenage sex. It gives a realistic portrayal of teen girls questioning sex, addressing the double standards of sex, seeking advice about sex, talking about it and not just doing it. Keplinger tackled some serious issues and she did it in a tactful way. I know as an adult I appreciated it, and I think that teen readers will to. This was one of those books I would have had to read as a 15 and 16 year old!
The characterization in this novel is excellent. I think readers will really be able to relate to Lissa, I know I did. She’s not perfect by any means and she makes some mistakes along the way, but I think that is what makes her such a great character. And Cash…. how cute was he! Not just in the looks department, he was nice and respectful, he READS! Everything that a girl could want and more. There are guys like that out there and it’s nice to read about them!
I can’t WAIT for Kody’s next book! She rocks!...more
After seeing Elizabeth do a presentation about herself and Fury while I was visiting New York, I couldn'tHow 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.
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 sI 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!...more
I will admit that I enjoyed reading Crossed more so than I did Matched. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t eI 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. ...more
If there is one author that I can constantly fangirl, it's Jennifer Echols. I simply LOVE all of her books. I absolutely adore a good love story and JIf there is one author that I can constantly fangirl, it's Jennifer Echols. I simply LOVE all of her books. I absolutely adore a good love story and Jennifer Echols is the master of amour! Although Going Too Far is by far my favorite Jennifer Echols title, Love Story is definitely up there too.
I loved the characters; Erin & Hunter. I loved their literary battle.... I just wish those two wouldn't have been so stubborn! I could have had some steaminess from the start, but nooooo I had to wait. I love it that way, but at the same time the tension is killer! We don't exactly know the history of Erin and Hunter but through their stories in class we get to discover the intimacies of their past
Another great thing about this novel is that it was set in Erin's freshman year of college... not to many YA novels out there that take place in college, I think there is like a rule against that or something. And the aspect of the creative writing class, I ate that UP! I want to read Erin's romance novel!
Fans of Echol's will fall in love with this novel! I know I did!...more
Overall I enjoyed reading this one, and I’m really interested to see how the rest of the trilogy plays out.
Things that I liked. The characterizationOverall I enjoyed reading this one, and I’m really interested to see how the rest of the trilogy plays out.
Things that I liked. The characterization was great. Eve, though grated my nerves at times, was very well portrayed as were Arden and Caleb. Even the minor characters such as the boys from the dugout or the couple from the safe house were realistically portrayed and fleshed out characters. I love reading stories where the characters feel like real people. The characters in Eve are just that.
I also liked the overall plot to the story. Here’s a world that has saw devastation from a plague, 98% of the population is wiped out, where do they go from here? I think Carey’s portrayal of the world was rather realistic. I don’t want to go into much about what these characters go through and what their world expects from them but it’s eerily realistic. I didn’t get the ending I wanted, but it was an exceptional ending!
What didn’t work for me. Eve’s transition. She’s been brainwashed her entire life to believing certain things, and in a matter of days she’s gone from that discipled, naive school girl to a seasoned, brave conqueror. Some of the difficulties that Eve faces were a bit predictable at times as well.
Readers who are looking for a introduction to the dystopian genre should pick this one up!
You might like Eve if you like books by: Kimberly Derting, Bree Despain & Suzanne Young....more
Starcrossed is completely addicting.... I read these 400 some pages in one afternoon, because I simply could not stop.
I don't knGreek Mythology! YAY!
Starcrossed is completely addicting.... I read these 400 some pages in one afternoon, because I simply could not stop.
I don't know it if was because I found the story so addicting or if it was because I was enchanted by the cast of characters. Either way Starcrossed was an unforgettable read. Helen is a normal teenager, well as normal as a teenage demigod is. I like that Helen knew she was different, but didn't exactly know what that meant. This wasn't a story where the character is completely surprised that they are a little different, yet at the same time Helen still discovers what exactly she is and what exactly it mean to be her. I loved solving that mystery with her.
I thought I had the story figured out, but I didn't. The first meeting between Lucas and Helen didn't go how I had anticipated at all, and I delighted in the story even more for that very reason! Angelini definitely threw some curve balls in there.... if you don't get your 'wow' face on at least once, there is something wrong with you! No really.... you will be sporting that 'wow' face! I think I may have even spouted "oh no she didn't!" at least one or two times. Angelini killed me in a few spots... she really did!
After that ending, and the history that we learn about in the story, I am dying to read the next book. Starcrossed is a unique, fast-paced, fun book that fans of YA and Greek Mythology will be infatuated with!...more
Normally Small Town Sinners is not the type of book I would go for. Had it not been Melissa Walker, an aulissa Walker, I have one word for you... WOW.
Normally Small Town Sinners is not the type of book I would go for. Had it not been Melissa Walker, an author that I absolutely adore, I'm not sure I would have picked this book up. And I would have been upset with myself later!
I'm not an overly religious person. I've struggled with my faith throughout my teen years and into my adulthood... it's still something that I struggle with now. I usually avoid reading books about it for that very reason. And I'll admit that I was a little apprehensive with those first few pages of Small Town Sinners... but there is something about Lacey that will keep you turning the pages.
I loved this book. Absolutely did not put it down, totally invested in these characters... where did my afternoon go, kind of love for this book. It's about Lacey and her faith, what she believes in, and her struggles with that, but it's also about so much more. I never felt like the book was preaching to me. It was a masterfully crafted balance of those gray areas. I commend Walker for tackling those issues in such a serious manner. Making it really matter to the characters and not just portraying the stereotypical religious girl.
I can't say enough good things about this book. Once of the best contemporary novels I've read this year....more
This series just keeps getting better. Barnes has written a beautifully complex and entertaining story. This is one of the best if not the best werewoThis series just keeps getting better. Barnes has written a beautifully complex and entertaining story. This is one of the best if not the best werewolf series that I’ve ever read!
The characters, this story, it’s simply amazing. It’s addicting.
Bryn continues to be a character that I admire. I thought that the girl had guts in the first novel, but now that she’s alpha there are new characteristics that began to shine through in the second installment. That impulsive girl in book one is now responsible for an entire pack, a family and she takes her responsibility very serious. As with the first book, I felt like I was there with Bryn. Agonizing with her in her internal struggles and not always knowing the right answer but trying her best to benefit her family. This character amazes me!
Trail by Fire isn’t the action packed story that Raised by Wolves was. This story is more of a puzzle a mind game that the characters are playing, especially Bryn. One piece falling in to place at a time. Barnes absolutely threw me for a loop. I was so distracted by other elements of the story that I never saw it coming.
The conversation with Callum was definitely one I was expecting, but I wasn’t expecting it so soon. I’m VERY interested to see how that plays out in this series.
This is a great series, even if you don’t like werewolves, these are characters and a story that will more than make up for it!
You might like Trail by Fire if you like: Jeri Smith-Ready & Andrea Cremer....more