I was a little excited about reading this book because I felt it was due time for me to read a chicklit, which this definitely was, and the fact thatI was a little excited about reading this book because I felt it was due time for me to read a chicklit, which this definitely was, and the fact that I’ve always enjoyed the romance between two people with different social standings. I blame this fact on my Korean drama obsessions (it’s always the same – rich/famous girl or guy falls in love with a pauper). However, I finished this book with mixed feelings. Overall, I liked it but it could’ve been better.
The main girl, Alma, for the most part, was very mature for a teenager. She grew up knowing that she was grateful and lucky to have the opportunity to study in the US and therefore tried her best to obtain a scholarship for college. What I didn’t really understand was the fact that her brother, Raul, also received a scholarship but because their entire family was illegal and therefore had no proper documentations, he was unable to actually receive the scholarship and go to college. Why, then, did she think that she would be the exception and somehow obtain a scholarship to go to college? That was something that didn’t really make sense for me. I mean, great, she worked hard and I respect that but I just don’t understand how she could’ve gotten a scholarship and actually use that for school when it didn’t work for her brother. Other than that though, I found her very mature and very family oriented. Even though she wanted to study and get as much as she could with her education, at the same time, she also cared a lot about her family. I also think this is a cultural thing – from my experience and knowledge, Latin families are more family oriented than, say, the average white American family.
Evan, the typical rich, Southern, country club boy was surprisingly not your average teenage boy. He didn’t seem as cocky as some of his friends nor did he come off as a tool like other teenage boys. But there were still a few things that I didn’t really like about him – for starters, he didn’t seem to realize how privileged he was so he took a lot of things for granted and also, he had this odd way of objectifying Alma. He was very concerned about her legs and he went on and on about it. It was honestly a little disconcerting. Otherwise, he seemed to care about people a little more and once he realized how unfair life was and how privileged he was, he did try to right the wrong. Unfortunately it was a matter that was too big for a teenage boy.
The relationship between Alma and Evan was very skewed. On one hand, Alma’s family and friends learned to accept Evan and in fact, became incredibly close to him. On the other hand, Evan’s family and friends, while accepting at first once they realized she was an illegal, they completely changed their views about her. It was incredible actually. They went from worshipping her to resenting and looking down on her. The dynamics of the relationship between the Alma and Evan was also filled with the teenage angst – there were so much drama between the two that was really unnecessary especially at the end.
Honestly, I think my favorite character was Whit. I really liked his interactions with everyone and I found him quirky in a good way. Yes, he had a past that was a little dark but upon finding out about it, I now understand the way how he acts sometimes. He was also smart and funny which, to be honest, Evan lacked. Evan was more of the serious prep guy and wasn’t particularly smart either. Actually, now that I think about it – what did Alma see in him?
One last thing - I hated the ending. It is possibly the worst ending ever. It felt as if someone ripped out the last few pages of the book and forgot about putting it back. It wasn’t even considered as a cliffhanger. It was more as if half of the scene was just missing. It was awkward and I didn’t like it. Overall, it was a meh book and then the ending just made it worse. There were definitely some interesting topics going on – immigration, cultural differences, privileged Americans, rape, alcohol abuse – that the book could’ve been so much better but I suppose the execution was just a tad lacking....more
Still a fan of this series plus the other spy series that Ally Carter has written. I really like her characters and I have to admit, I do love espionaStill a fan of this series plus the other spy series that Ally Carter has written. I really like her characters and I have to admit, I do love espionage which is why I love all those cop/spy movies so this series was no less interesting.
The one thing that I liked a lot about this series is how these young teenagers manage to fool incredibly smart adults time and time again and it’s never for their own gain. Especially Kat who now only steals things to return them to their rightful owner. I love the way how these teenagers think – so smart and logical. Sometimes I wish I was like them or like a spy because, honestly, how cool would that be?
I can’t decide if I enjoyed the second book with the Cleopatra emerald better or the third book with the Hale industries better. They were both equally good and had a lot of twists and turns. However, for the third book, it definitely hit a little more close to home due to the relationship between Kat and Hale and it seemed as if the adversary was a lot smarter too. One thing that I didn’t fully get was the relationship between the two actually because they didn’t seem to have the typical boyfriend/girlfriend dynamic. They seemed more like rather very good friends. Plus his family didn’t even know who she was. I’m just glad that things worked out for both of them at the end.
Another thing I found interesting about this series is the fact that all of their cons have interesting names like the Alice in Wonderland or Anastasia or whatever and they’re usually based off of some fairy tale. And it’s funny because the kids in the Bishop family actually spend a lot of time studying up on these famous cons so they can reenact them.
Overall, I found the books to be highly entertaining and I love the banter between the Bishop families. I believe there will be a fourth book coming out at some point so I’m looking forward to it.
Forgotten certainly had an interesting premise – with the fact that London would wake up every morning with her memories completely erased except fromForgotten certainly had an interesting premise – with the fact that London would wake up every morning with her memories completely erased except from those of her future memories. To be perfectly honest, it was definitely a little hard to wrap my head around the idea of this concept. Okay so her condition was caused by a coma from an accident by why would she “remember” her future events, how did she suddenly gain the ability to see the future, and why would her memory get reset at 4:33 AM every morning? The accident wasn’t caused at that time so where did this time come from? These were just a few questions that had me pondering throughout the book.
Luke and London’s relationship, while sweet, also came off as somewhat unrealistic. There were a few instances when London gushed about how everyday with Luke seemed new to her even though it was obviously a routine – he would pick her up, bring her breakfast and drive her to school. But in reality, we know that as humans, we can get tired of routines or repetitions and this was what was happening but London couldn’t see it like that due to her condition. So to me, the relationship was built on London’s condition with the inability to see her past memories so all of the fights, arguments and disagreements they had were erased and Luke would be automatically forgiven – and that didn’t seem realistic to me. A relationship is based on the memories that the both of you have built up and since one of them cannot remember, it’s unlikely that it would work out in the long run.
Regardless, I did really enjoy Luke and do think of him as the perfect boyfriend. He was incredibly sweet, caring and understanding especially with London’s memory issue. That was just something that really impressed me. And even when they got into a fight and she “forgot” him, he went out of his way to remind her who he was and how much he loved her. I guess “forgetting” someone is one way of fighting.
I just remembered another thing that was iffy – why couldn’t London “remember” Luke from her future when obviously he was there day after day as her boyfriend? The book didn’t really go too much into detail for that and it definitely confused me. I just wished that the author spent more time explaining things so the readers could have a better picture – I feel like the explanations she gave her vague at best.
Despite my reservations with a few plot holes, I still really enjoyed this book – the writing style was lovely and everything flowed well. The characterizations were also well developed. The mystery and intrigue behind London’s loss of memory was also very nice even though explanations were not done so well; however, the revelation of what was explained was surprising to say the least.
Overall, enjoyable novel – I just really wish there were a lot more explanations going on....more
I was really surprised that I did not find this book that enjoyable since I had always been a fan of Elizabeth Scott’s novels – if you check out my GoI was really surprised that I did not find this book that enjoyable since I had always been a fan of Elizabeth Scott’s novels – if you check out my Goodreads page, you’ll see that I have rated 5*s for almost all of her books so when I picked up this book, I was expecting something on par with the other books. Unfortunately, I think this book fell short. Maybe it’s because my expectations were too high or something.
The main character, Abby, is a very quiet person but invisible because of her all-star sister, Tess, who was now in a coma. And because Abby never thought she was as good as her older sister and maybe due to guilt or shame, she now found herself trying to wake Tess up no matter what just so the community around her and her family will have their role model back. Abby went from so overcome with the need to wake her sister up that she was no longer living – she went to school, went to the hospital, went home to sleep, woke up and then repeat the cycle all over again. Her main focus was on finding a way to wake her sister up. I think the reason why I didn’t really connect with her nor did I enjoy reading about her was the fact that I had never faced that kind of situation, never felt as if I was a shadow to someone else, nor was I ever depressed or so overwhelmed with guilt or shame because of a situation. So for me, there was just no real connection. Granted, I do admit that Abby did grow throughout the book – she finally found herself with the help of Eli and she finally learned how to really live.
Eli was meh for me. He was depicted as a gorgeous guy and was of mixed heritage – part Japanese, part black and part white – which I guess, in that small town that was predominately white was not particularly a good thing. However, he didn’t really grow on me. Yes, he and Abby were very similar – they were just living but not actually living but, I don’t know, I didn’t really connect with him either. What I did enjoy was the fact that he and Abby started to rely on each other to finding themselves so that was quite nice.
There was one topic of interest that wasn’t really directed until towards the end when I found out that Tess and Claire, her best friend, were actually together before they had a falling out and Claire went out and got herself pregnant which was also something I didn’t get. Why would you become pregnant if 1) you’re in love with someone else (Tess) and 2) if you were a lesbian? It just didn’t make much sense to me whatsoever. If anything, go find someone else – a girl, specifically, since you swing that way. But there was one thing I noticed about Scott, she never actually wrote out the word “lesbian” but left it to our own conclusion which I thought was weird – why beat around the bush without actually using the word?
Anyways, Between Here and Forever was a good read about learning to love yourself and was overall inspirational but since I didn’t really connect with the characters, this book just fell short for me. Regardless, if you enjoyed her other novels, then you should pick up this book as well. ...more
It’s been such a long time since I read the first book of this series and I just remembered that I had absolutely loved it. It was creepy, suspensefulIt’s been such a long time since I read the first book of this series and I just remembered that I had absolutely loved it. It was creepy, suspenseful and overall incredibly satisfying. I am glad to say that the last two books did not disappoint. They certainly were not as creepy as the first book but still had their own elements of being eerie without being too much.
Alexis is still the strong female character who is likable and caring. Despite the way she dresses, her hair (pink!) and her attitude, she is a softie at heart yet she is still someone to be reckoned with especially for those pesky ghosts. After her experience with ghosts in the first book, she now knows what is she up against and is very cautious. What I liked most about Alexis is that she had a lot of opposite characteristics such as looking like a badass yet incredibly loving and caring with her friends and family; smart yet somehow still fell for those demonic ghosts; sarcastic yet completely honest at times. She was definitely a complex character and I liked that.
Kasey, Alexis’ sister, was someone I really grew to like in this book. In the first book, she was the one who was possessed by that crazy ghost and had to be institutionalized but in this book, she came back stronger and was the one who was level-headed, surprisingly. She certainly learned her lesson and wanted to prove that she learned it to her big sister. Granted, she was a little naïve in the second book like wanting to conquer the ghost who was taking over the entire “Sunshine Club” and did not want any help whatsoever. I think that if she was straightforward in the beginning, then Alexis would not have succumbed and the whole situation would have ended much earlier. But, hey, without that, there wouldn’t have been the second book, right? By the third book, she really grew up and was more of an anchor to her sister.
What I enjoyed most of this book was how Katie used a lot of typical items such as Ouija boards, porcelain dolls, poltergeist, etc. and somehow spun them in a new and original way so that it seemed as if you know what was going to be happen but then, as you read more and more into it, it becomes totally different. She certainly knew how to keep you on the edge of your seats and I loved that. The writing was also splendid – very fluid and the plotline was great. Nothing was choppy, awkward, or seemingly useless. You have no idea how many scenes, sometimes, are completely garbage yet the author would put it in there to “build the world/plot/characters/whatever” but at the end of the day, still garbage. Luckily, Katie did not do that. Everything she put in these books had a meaning and a reason to it.
Also, I wanted to do a short blurb on the third book since I have not mentioned it a lot so far. It was by far creepier than the second book. The second book didn’t really get scary or chilling until the end when everything started to fall in place. The third book, however, got relatively creeptastic pretty fast. There was always that sense of doom or whatnot that was constantly present but you didn’t know what. And then when the pieces started to come together, it was like OMG. Plus, that ghost that Alexis kept seeing in the third book was truly horrifying. There were so many times when I was so certain I would blink and that creepy thing would pop up. ;;shudders;;
Overall, great series – I really enjoyed it and would certainly recommend it. Especially if you are into all of that occult/horror subjects then this would be absolutely perfect for you. For me, I’m not such a huge fan of scary things but I still really, really liked it. ...more
The Abandon trilogy by Meg Cabot is certainly a fun and quick series to read. It was engaging and it was easy to get sucked in to the story. I have alThe Abandon trilogy by Meg Cabot is certainly a fun and quick series to read. It was engaging and it was easy to get sucked in to the story. I have always loved Greek mythology so reading a book by Meg Cabot about a modern retake of Persephone and Hades was something I was definitely interested in and I am glad to say that this series did not disappoint me.
I really liked Pierce Olivera (Persephone) as the main character. She was sweet and caring and loved the animals around her. I honestly found her endearing. Pierce wasn’t overly sweet nor was she cliché which made her seem more realistic to me. She was also a little naïve and would sometimes do things that would put herself in danger to help someone else which frustrated to me at some points and certainly frustrated John.
John (Hades) was also someone I really liked – if only he was older. He was protective – sometimes a little over-protective with his life-saving (though completely unwanted from Pierce) interventions through the flashbacks that were scattered throughout the novel. He was also the definition of mysterious and sexy with that hot temper of his especially when someone was putting Pierce in danger. The only thing that had me slightly off-put was the fact that John was in love with Pierce. It was mentioned and it was certainly portrayed from his actions by how and why? He met her once when she was a little girl, met her again after she had died and then ran off and ended up back on Earth rather than in Hell, then he somehow started showing up and saving her whenever she needed it, and now he was in love with her? Again, some with Pierce – how and why did she come to love John? Other than her tendency to love and fix wild things, I don’t see how this becomes the one true love. To me, that was a little strange. However, putting that aside, I did really enjoy the interactions between the two – they seemed realistic and absolutely adorable together. Her with her caring nature and him with his sexy temper made them a great couple – I suppose opposites do attract.
The writing and style was a little different from Meg Cabot’s previous novels as it had a darker side to it but it still had that juvenile sense to it that is typically found in all of her books. I loved how she incorporated Furies into this series and her explanation of what “persimmons” were. Absolutely hilarious and completely believable.
All in all, I enjoyed the Abandon trilogy. It was certainly not a book that was thought-provoking so it’ll be a great summer read or if you just simply want a quick time-killer. It’s funny, somewhat realistic, and has tons of action especially in books two and three. Plus, the covers in all three books are stunning especially the third book. ...more
I was really creeped out by this book. Some of the graphics made my imagination run wild which resulted in me freaking out. I do give credits for theI was really creeped out by this book. Some of the graphics made my imagination run wild which resulted in me freaking out. I do give credits for the explicit details and I'm sure horror fans would love this book.
The plot itself was all over the place. At first, it was about the character that Marshall made up and then the "kidnapping" of his best friend, Cooper. They were separate but the author managed to pull things together so both subplots were able to coordinate well with each other. However, towards the end of the book, the last 50 pages of so, that was when the plot really went wild. So many things happened and I was so confused. What was the "main" plot of the book or what I thought was the "main" plot of the book turned out completely false and completely opposite of what was really going on. I remember rereading some parts and going "what's going on, what the heck is happening?!" It was confusing, to say the least. This is probably the one thing I really have to say.
The characters weren't that well-developed. They were adequate. I didn't really relate much to any of the characters including Marshall and the other sub-characters.
Overall, Morpheus Road would most likely appeal to teen horror fans. ...more
Rules of Attraction was a great sequel to Perfect Chemistry. It had the same amount of attraction, if not more, than Alex and Brittany and the same amRules of Attraction was a great sequel to Perfect Chemistry. It had the same amount of attraction, if not more, than Alex and Brittany and the same amount of bad boy vibe from Carlos.
The one thing different from Rules of Attraction compared to Perfect Chemistry is that this one has a lot more sexual tension which brings this book to a more mature crowd. There were quite a few almost-sex scenes which, in a way, brings the focus of the book to that rather than just the attraction of Carlos and Kiara and the obstacles they go through.
Carlos is a very strong character. He's the ultimate bad boy, not including his brother, Alex, of course and with Kiara, the ultimate Christian do-gooder there, they somehow complement each other. He's very confident in whatever he does and it definitely shows, in fact, it oozes, throughout the novel. Kiara is more shy and with the help of Carlos, she manages to become more confident.
The one negative thing I didn't enjoy as much was Kiara's background. She basically came from the perfect family with very few problems and so it just wasn't as interesting as Brittany's background. In a way, it seemed too unrealistic and too fake. I like something more dramatic. :)
Overall, Rules of Attraction was a great novel. I found myself thoroughly drawn into the story but despite that, I still feel like this book is a pale comparison to Perfect Chemistry. ...more
A book that, on the surface, seems like a typical YA vampire novel but once you get into it, is very different both in style and in language.
The languA book that, on the surface, seems like a typical YA vampire novel but once you get into it, is very different both in style and in language.
The language used here is extremely profane and, at times, seemed forced. I felt like the author didn't really know how teenagers talk because, truthfully, teenagers do NOT talk like that half the time. All the profanity and whatnot just seemed extremely unrealistic. It threw me off and made me gasp in shock at how "teenagers" really talk - which is completely not true. Honestly, it felt like the author was trying too hard to talk like a teenager.
The writing style was interesting. This kind of interweaves with the language used here - both are profane and insulting at times.
The most important thing that I felt was that this book had a lot of issues. Serious issues that are very real in today's teenagers. Such as all the cutting involved and explicit and graphic text used. Cutting is a serious issue and there's so much unprotected sex involved between Cat and Morgan that it just seemed surreal. And the oddest thing was the Cat didn't care at all except for one short page about her fear of getting pregnant.
The characters aren't very well-developed - not in the traditional sense though. They are introduced as 18 year olds but they all act so much younger. Maybe even in their middle-school years. It was really odd. The funniest example was the fact that one of them named their club the "Animal Kingdom" and nicknamed everyone as an animal like "Tiger" or "Lion"and they all "growled" and "roared" at one another - no offense, but I don't think ANYONE will do that when they're 18. Maybe 12 but not 18. There's so many other examples that just didn't seem to fit realistically for the characters. Their reactions to being vampires, the school "disciplining" them, etc. Personally, it didn't sit that well with me.
Overall, Cat the Vamp is an okay novel. The plot itself is okay but some of the characterizations and language was just...awkward. ...more
I wasn't actually expecting much from this book and was quite hesitant to read it. However, I'm completely glad that I took the time to get a hold ofI wasn't actually expecting much from this book and was quite hesitant to read it. However, I'm completely glad that I took the time to get a hold of this novel and took the time to read it. An extremely satisfying read.
The plot itself wasn't the most original but the execution of it was excellent. The pacing, the narration and even the sporadic poems allowed this book to be very rich. The pacing was perfect - it seemed to give each scene the time it deserves without making it too lengthy or hurried. The narration, though a little strong at times, was still equally satisfying as everything else in this book. I also enjoyed reading the poems throughout the book that depicted Lennie's feelings and emotions. I thought it was a nice touch.
The characters, Lennie, Joe and Toby were all well-portrayed. I loved the mutual attraction between Lennie and Joe. It was obvious from the start that they are well-matched with their shared love of music. The relationship between Lennie and Toby was kind of iffy. I didn't really understand the attraction, or should I say, lust, that occurred between the two. I understand their shared grief but to lust after one another especially when one was Bailey's sister and other was Bailey's boyfriend? It just seemed wrong on so many levels.
Overall, The Sky is Everywhere depicts a very realistic, exquisite and thought-provoking book. It explores the realities of life with poetry, romance, and seemingly stunning prose. I definitely recommend this book. ...more
A very unique book for sure. I didn't realize that Never After was a twist of the classic Peter Pan tale until I got to the middle of this novel. It wA very unique book for sure. I didn't realize that Never After was a twist of the classic Peter Pan tale until I got to the middle of this novel. It was definitely interesting to see how Dan Elconin twisted the original plot line to make it seem as if Peter was the villain and Hooke was the good guy.
Though the plot itself was entertaining, I found the writing to be fairly simplistic. I could definitely tell that the book was written if not by a college student then a high schooler for sure due to the language used and the style of the writing. There was so much sexual connotations thatit seemed as if it was everywhere. Though it was humorous at first, I have to admit, I did get a bit tired of it after a while.
The characters, Ricky and Company, are well-developed enough. They definitely could use work on the depth of each character but I suppose it's good enough for a college student. The one thing I can say for them is that it was a fairly good description of today's teenage boys and girls. Oh, and the humor was fantastic. Other than that, the book was adequate.
The ending was a slight cliff-hanger because I felt like there was a lot of different interpretations that you could get from the last chapter. It was slightly disconcerting.
Overall, Never After was a humorous and entertaining novel and gave a interesting twist on Peter Pan but be prepared to be drowned in all the soon-to-be annoying sexual connotations. ...more
A highly entertaining and funny book that will be sure to make you smile the entire time through.
What I enjoyed most was how the book was written - inA highly entertaining and funny book that will be sure to make you smile the entire time through.
What I enjoyed most was how the book was written - in an alternating perspective that went between Lucy and Solange. Lucy is Solange's best friend and she and her family knew that the Blakes were vampires which was pretty interesting. I loved reading the different sides of the story and personally found Lucy's perspective to be far more interesting. In fact, there were times when I felt that Lucy was the main character instead of Solange.
Another thing I found somewhat interesting was the fact that there were so many different types of vampires in this book. There were those who were born and went through a natural change into becoming a vampire - kind of like puberty. And then there were those who changed like the way we're used to - a bite and transfer of blood. And there was also those who weren't changed correct - kind of like mutants...but not really. It's really quite interesting, really.
The characters, Lucy and Solange especially, were so much fun to read about. Their struggles and especially their love interest is so amusing and so heartwarming to see. I found both characters to be well-developed in their personalities and character. I especially enjoyed reading about Nicholas, one of Solange's many brothers, because he's so adorable and it's so obvious about how he feels with a particular someone. So cute! I loved him.
The plot is quite fast paced and so many twists and turns that are completely awesome and wonderful. So many push and pull relationships and kick-ass mothers that will entertain you for sure.
Overall, Hearts at Stake was a great book - very lighthearted and very delightful. I recommend this book and the rest of its upcoming series to both vampire fans and not vampire fans alike. ...more