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 the...moreI 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. (less)
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 am...moreRules 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. (less)
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 langu...moreA 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. (less)
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 of...moreI 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. (less)
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 w...moreA 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. (less)
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 - in...moreA 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. (less)