It's not that I didn't like Chantress, it was just a bit too young for my taste. I'm not really sure wh...moreDNF. This won't be rated or posted on YaReads.
It's not that I didn't like Chantress, it was just a bit too young for my taste. I'm not really sure why Goodreads doesn't have it listed as MG, because it just seems geared for younger kids. I got 100 pages into this book and I was just bored and fidgety. I wasn't all that fond of the main character or the supporting characters. Also, not much was happening. I felt like I went through five or so chapters where the characters were still talking about the same thing. It was just way too young for me. It's sad because the cover is soooo gorgeous! I really had high hopes for this one. (less)
Holy cow, I wish that I was able to fully express into words how much I adored this book. If...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole
Holy cow, I wish that I was able to fully express into words how much I adored this book. If you haven’t read anything by Cinda Williams Chima before, well…you’re missing out. She is, by far, one of my favorite authors. And let me tell you…she did not disappoint with this one! I was a little bit nervous, because it’s been quite awhile since I read the first 3 in this series. The 3rd book, The Dragon Heir, came out in 2008. That’s 5 years ago! And the first book came out in 2006…so I was a little bit rusty! As much as I would have LOVED to reread the series, I didn’t really have the time for that with all of my review books. Also, I still remember quite a bit from the first few books, and I don’t like rereading books where I remember too much. Anyways, I was very nervous that I wasn’t going to be able to follow the 4th book. It’s been a long time since the last book came out, and I was very worried that it was going to be very hard to remember stuff, and that maybe it wasn’t going to flow very well because it had been so long since I read it. I had no need to worry, though. The Enchanter Heir really can be read without reading the first three books. I mean, it’s set in that same world and introduces some of the characters from the first three books, but they’re not really the main focus, which I really liked.
The Enchanter Heir surrounds Jonah and Emma, two completely new characters to the Heir Chronicles. I’ll be the first to say that I have the BIGGEST crush on Jonah. I don’t know if it’s because Cinda described him as like the sexiest guy ever a million and twenty times, but OMG. I LOVED him! I was actually really sad when the book ended, because I was like….No more Jonah? Insert sad face there. I need more of him! I need him to have a happy ending! And speaking of endings?! No..wait…I’ll talk more about that at the end of this review.
As for Emma, I also really enjoyed her character. Did I love her as much as I loved Jonah? Well, no, but I don’t think most characters could compete with him. I really enjoyed the music aspect of Emma’s life. I thought that it added creativity and a little bit of playfulness to the story. I liked that they were in a band together and the beautiful lyrics that Cinda created. Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of subplots like that, but this one really worked. I would have liked to learn a little bit more about Emma’s experiences at Thorn Hill and maybe a little bit more about her power. I’m very confused if the next book is going to be about Emma. I think it’s called The Sorcerer Heir…so we’ll see.
The ending of this book……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF was that?! I yelled at my book just a little bit when I turned the last page. There’s a huuuuuuge cliffhanger at the end of this book. I actually wasn’t expecting that, because Cinda doesn’t really pull a lot of cliffhangers in her books. For once, I’m like OMG…I need the next one NOW because I have to know how that ending is going to play out in the next installment. It’s really throwing me for a loop that I don’t know what’s going to happen.
If I have to come up with something negative to say, I’ll say that the last so many chapters in the book felt a little rushed. During the last two chapters I was really confused how the book was going to end. There was still so much left unsaid. My copy was an ARC…so…maybe it’s not totally like that in the finished copy. I think I was more confused because the first 3 books feature different main characters. I’m hoping that the 5th book still features Emma and Jonah because their story isn’t finished yet. There’s still a lot of questions unanswered and a lot that needs to be revealed.
Overall, I adored this book. I wish I could give it like 20 stars. I haven’t been this into a story in a really long time. Like, I would get emotionally upset whenever I had to set this book down. And when I finally did finish, I felt like crying. Like I said above, Cinda Williams Chima is one of my FAVORITE authors. I love her. I’d kidnap her and have her write 24/7 for me if I could get away with it. And maybe if it wasn’t so creepy. lol. I loved it. I can’t wait till the next one! So…what are you waiting for!? Go get all the copies of this series and devour it! And don’t forget to read Cinda’s Seven Realms series, as well!(less)
The Archived is a story full of mystery, suspense, building love, and secrets that j...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole
The Archived is a story full of mystery, suspense, building love, and secrets that jump right out of nowhere. The story surrounds Mackenzie Bishop who is a Keeper. What is a Keeper? A Keeper is someone who is charged with keeping the Histories (dead people) from entering the mortal world. Mackenzie has been a Keeper since she was a little girl. She’s lived a life full of lies, death, betrayal, and without much sleep. But when Mackenzie and her family move to a hotel turned apartment, she is quickly overwhelmed with a massive amount of Histories in her districts. She doesn’t know what is bringing upon these Histories, but she does know that it needs to be fixed or there is going to be a big problem.
I cannot begin to tell you guys how thrilled I am that I ran across The Archived by Victoria Schwab. 2013 has started off very slowly with books. I’ve discovered some books that were good, but mostly I’ve just had horrible luck. I immediately got sucked into the world of The Archived. Victoria Schwab created such a interesting and wonderful world. I just want the next book in my hands right now.
One thing that I really enjoyed about this book were the characters. First, there’s Mackenzie. Mackenzie is strong and powerful in her own right, and she broke my heart at the same time. Mackenzie loses her little brother before the book takes place and that plays a major role in the book. I cannot imagine losing someone so close to me, and my heart just shattered for her.
And Wesley! Wesley, Wesley, Wesley. I find it really difficult to connect with male leads, but I adored Wes. I wish that he had a few more scenes than he actually did, but I loved how Mac and Wes were so hesitant to start whatever it is that they have. I hate books where the main characters jump at each other on the fourth chapter. That’s definitely not what happens in this book. It’s slow progression of confusion, interest, lust and chemistry.
Some people have had some problems reading this book, and I understand why. The first several chapters of this book are a little strange, but they’re not unreadable or even bad. The book is just so mysterious that it took awhile for my brain to catch up. I also had a problem during the very beginning because I didn’t realize that the “Da” was the grandpa, and I was really confused as to why her dad was still alive. My questions were answered by Victoria herself, but the book may have just started off slow for me because I didn’t understand who was who.
One problem I had with this book was that it was very repetitive. I felt that Mac was always in the Narrows and in the Archive, and I just wanted to see more of a mix. I didn’t want to see her just going to work everyday. Another thing was that the ending was very predictable to me. There was a small part that I didn’t guess, but I knew everyone who was involved with the scandal long before it happened. I’m one who usually guesses those things, though, so that might play a part in my judgment.
On a more positive note, I loved the mystery that surrounded The Archived. It kept me on my toes, and I was dying to find out what happened next. The book is great. The writing is fabulous. I just want to kidnap Victoria Schwab and have her write for me all day. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series as soon as it comes out. And just so you guys know, The Archived is already out in stores! I saw the hardback cover at Barnes and Nobles today, and I felt this moment of just…pride…and it’s not even my book. Go pick this book up today!
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Rating: : 3.5
Teaser Quote: “Because the only way to truly record a person is not in words, not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory.” (less)
Hunted, Killed—Survived? As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Kiona.
Hunted, Killed—Survived? As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle. Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat. War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible…again. At the end of Touch of Power, Avry and Kerrick were forced to separate. In Scent of Magic, we pick up with Avry infiltrating Estrid’s army and Kerrick returning to Alga to finally deal with his own country. The separation is brutal. The two were finally together, only to be immediately torn apart. While Kerrick readies his troops and seeks allies for battle against Tohon’s army, Avry prepares Estrid’s troops by teaching them how to move silently through the forest and how to kill Tohon’s dead soldiers. Keeping her identity a secret becomes impossible when she’s reunited with Prince Ryne, Quain, Loren, and Belen. When Tohon finally mounts his attack, he once again comes for Avry and, again, she finds herself alone. Let me start off by saying I thoroughly loved and enjoyed Scent of Magic; it’s an excellent sequel. With that in mind, I had difficulty with the first third of the book. I think the difficulty stemmed from Avry’s separation from Kerrick. I just wanted the two to be together and my frustration mirrored Avry’s on every page. This only proves how excellent Maria Snyder is at creating characters we care about and relationships that jump off the page. But the frustration was very tough to deal with and often led me to put down the book after a few chapters, just to pick it up again in an hour. After I got used to the separation, I was impressed by a lot of the elements Snyder incorporated into this book. The plot is continuously fast-paced; each chapter advances the conflict. The plot is intricate and completely unpredictable, with multiple cliff-hangers that forced me to speed through the pages. I especially appreciated the inside look at war strategies and tactics. Watching Avry become a part of Estrid’s group was one of my favorite aspects of this book; she’s so tough and willing to put herself in the line of danger over and over again. In my opinion, she’s one of the most admirable female heroines in YA right now. I also enjoyed seeing Kerrick take on more of a role as King of Alga. It’s interesting to watch his relationship grow with Danny, as we get to see more of the kind, caring Kerrick that previously only existed with Avry. Speaking of developments, we also see new sides of Quain and Loren, which just further characterizes them as realistic, believable people. All of Snyder’s characters feel like people you could potentially or already have met. They’re just so vibrant. Of course, Snyder once again delivers a fair share of heartbreak, but she doesn’t wait until the very end to do it. This book is full of a lot of hard moments and Snyder doesn’t sugarcoat the consequences of war. Tohon is as frightening and despicable as ever–a true villain. Snyder further explores the mystery of the Death and Peace Lilies with surprising results–this aspect of the plot never fails to completely capture my attention; I’m completely enthralled by the Death Lilies and, like Avry, I really want to figure them out. As with her previous novels, Snyder’s writing is poetic, concise, and utterly enrapturing. The Healer series is just as compelling as her Study series and worth every minute spent reading. Fans of Snyder will not be disappointed. Pages: 414 Publication Date: December 2012 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Source: NetGalley Rating : 4 Teaser Quote: “We don’t take orders from you, Sergeant,” Quain said. “Your man tried to assassinate–” “He isn’t mine. My man has eyes that change color with the seasons.”(less)
“Magic is just like love, Allai. It won’t wait for per...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
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“Magic is just like love, Allai. It won’t wait for permission before it destroys you.” Like sand in an hourglass, Allai’s future is dwindling away. She’s spent her entire life fighting the Mages who threaten humanity, and dreams of someday eradicating magic. But all it takes is an anonymous phone call for the truth to spill out: Allai is the one thing she despises most. She’s a Mage. Though ancient law mandates Allai’s death, she still has one last chance of survival. His name is Drake Rhaize, and he swears he can lead Allai to a sanctuary for Mages. Allai hasn’t seen Drake in years, but she remembers him as the Demon boy who used to hold her close and softly whisper that he’d keep her safe. But Drake has changed since then: He’s now suspected of murder, and has been out-casted for betraying his own kind. While Allai doesn’t trust Drake, she has no choice but to put her life in his hands and hope he can get her to safety. Because Allai’s father has hired a pack of Demons to bring her back to him, dead or alive–and Demons never stop the hunt. “Frost Fire” is a YA Paranormal Romance intended for ages 14+. Frost Fire is a “Good Reads and Good Deeds” book. All net proceeds for Frost Fire go toward the Dysautonomia Youth Network of America, a charity that supports youth with medical conditions affecting the nervous system.
Frost Fire has a storyline like I’ve never read before. A girl living with demons? Whose read of such a thing? Not me. So it was a plus that the book was about something that I have never read before. It was an additional plus that the first half of the book was amazing. During the first half of the book, I adored Allai. She had spunk and she was living in such a unique world. Her relationship with Drake in the beginning was also adorable. I loved the scenes where she would go see him in the dungeon. I just wanted that to continue on forever. Unfortunately, I did not like Allai during the last half of the book. She had a complete personality change. She was extremely needy, always cried and really just seemed to ignore that the world was still functioning around her. Drake was a pretty strong male character. Did I fall head over heels in love with him? No. But did I enjoy his character? Yes. I could definitely see why girls..and guys..would fall in love with Drake. Luke. I could talk about Luke all. day. long. I seriously want to know how Olivia Rivers created such an amazing character. The only complaint I have about Luke is that I didn’t get more of him. He was AMAZING. He was bitchy, snippy, grumpy, and hot all mixed into a single package. I don’t know how on Earth that made me fall in love with him, but it did. There were some things that really didn’t tie the story together. For one, I didn’t like having the two boys introduced in the lunch room if they were never going to make another appearance. I really thought that they were going to play a major part in the book, and I was really confused and slightly disappointed when they were never mentioned again. I also thought that there was a big jump between the first half and the second half of the book. The first half of the book was amazing and the second half of the book was mediocre. My mind couldn’t really process how fast Allai was living in one environment to be being kicked out and doing a road trip with Drake. I really wish that the whole book would have been centered around her living with the demons like it started out. I would have liked to see a different storyline than Allai and Drake struggling to get to Idaho. I was also really sad that the guy who played Allai’s dad in the beginning didn’t make another appearance. I honestly thought that he would come try to rescue Allai and that he was putting on a show for the French. I didn’t expect that he would completely throw Allai to the wolves after playing the role of her father for so many years. Drake and Allai’s relationship during the beginning of the book was so freaking cute. I loved them so much! But again, they almost seemed like totally different characters during the second half of the book. Drake turned very desperate to save Allai, which made him lose some of his spark and sexiness. Allai just lost her personality altogether. Allai became extremely needy and clingy, which is something that I already can’t stand in females. Keep your hands to yourself. Some touching now and then is acceptable, but come on. You’re your own person. Act like it. The very ending of the book was SO. SHOCKING! I can normally guess all the twists and turns that are going to happen in a book, but no. I had no idea that THAT was going to happen! I loved that surprise ending! I don’t know where it’s going to go from there. I’m honestly having the hardest time of my life not telling you guys what happens, because I want to talk about it SO BAD. The ending just blew my mind. I had a lot to complain about in this book, but I also want to stress that I was head over heels in love with the whole first half of the book. I have tried so many times to sit down and write, and I just do not have the patience for it. To imagine Olivia Rivers, a teenager and high school student, sitting down and writing this story that was actually pretty good is amazing. Kudos to her. I would definitely recommend this book.
Publisher: Red Sparrow Press Publication Date: November 20th, 2012 Source: Ebook provided for blog tour Rating: : 3.5(less)
I'm going to have to DNF this book. I just cannot get into it. I read about 50 pages, and I really dislike the storyline and I cannot connect with the...moreI'm going to have to DNF this book. I just cannot get into it. I read about 50 pages, and I really dislike the storyline and I cannot connect with the characters.
I also had a really hard time reading about animals getting hurt. I know that a lot of authors will put this type of stuff in their books, but I literally cannot read about it. I passed all those sections without reading.
I got to the point where I really just wanted to skim, which lets me know that it's time to put this book down.(less)
I have never read anything by Jennifer Lynn Barnes before. I’ve heard that her Raised by Wol...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I have never read anything by Jennifer Lynn Barnes before. I’ve heard that her Raised by Wolves series is off the charts amazing, but if you could see all the books piling up in my frontroom and bedroom you would understand why I just don’t have time. I was offered Nobody by Egmont USA in return for a review and giveaway to be posted on the blog. I tried really, really hard to like Nobody, but I found it to be very……weird. The idea of writing about “nobody’s” was interesting, but it lacked the spark it needed. It was obvious to me that Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a fantastic writer. There was really nothing wrong with the writing style or the creativity, I just found the storyline to be very odd and I was not drawn in. I ended up skimming a lot of this book because not only did I not enjoy the story itself, but I was not a big fan of the characters either. I am not a fan of books written in multiple perspectives, so that was an obvious turn off for me. Also, I found it really difficult to attach to either Nix or Claire. I understand that the book is called Nobody and that that’s what they are in the book, but I felt like they just did not exist. I don’t have much to say about this book, because I found it very difficult to stick with it for long. I am giving it 2 stars, because I truly believe that Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a good writer. Looking at Goodreads, I also noticed that a lot of people are giving it higher ratings than I am. So maybe it’s just me. I didn’t like this story, but maybe some of you guys will. Make sure to enter the contest below. And make sure, if you have read the book, that you come back and let me know what YOU thought of it. Maybe we think the same or maybe we have totally different opinions! Let me know!
Pages: 400 Publication Date: January 22nd, 2013 Publisher: EgmontUSA Source: Finished copy provided by publisher Rating: : 2
Teaser Quote: “I am everything. I am nothing. I am powerful. I am forgotten.” (less)
Stars. Fire. Blood. Magic. One night long ago, a constellation disappeared and fell from the...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Stars. Fire. Blood. Magic. One night long ago, a constellation disappeared and fell from the sky in the form of a boy. Secrets are being kept in the sleepy town of Lakewood Hollow, Colorado. Nothing but pools of blood and dripping words are left where bodies once were, and no one but Calum Wade seems to be worried. Life unfolds in shades of red for Calum, until a mysterious girl named Kate Black enrolls at his school and everything changes. Suddenly a dangerous world of dream demons, elemental enchanters, and blood witches unfurls before Calum. He learns that the stars have forever held his destiny, and that the constellations above are much more than what they seem. As Kate and Calum sink deep into a paranormal war, they realize that an ancient prophecy might hold the answers they seek. But life is not so easy for Calum, and he can feel his heart beat faster whenever Kate is close. Worse, Kate’s blood holds a dark secret even more dangerous than the war between the demons and enchanters. Soon the two find that there are worse things than loving someone you shouldn’t. For Calum and Kate, even love and the fiery power of stars may not be enough to break a curse as dark as the blood that binds their destiny. A romantic story of true love and dark curses, LIGHT OF THE MOON will leave you breathless. Paperback edition includes exclusive extras.
I have been meaning to read Light of the Moon by David James for quite some time. So, when he approached me to read the book and do a review for the site, I jumped at the chance. I have read positive reviews for the book, and I have occasionally spoke with David James on twitter, so it was a priority of mine to read the book and see what I thought of it for myself. David James has such a unique and beautiful writing style. I found his attention to detail to be amazing. There were a few times that I thought that things were maybe a bit over described, but he definitely took the time to really paint a picture in the minds of his readers. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Light of the Moon, but that was not because of the writing. The writing was gorgeous, but I found the story to be a bit…..depressing. Calum just seemed so sad all the time. And honestly, if I had met someone like him in person, I probably would have been worried he was about to commit suicide. I don’t read depressing books. For my own sanity, I need to read books that just made me feel uplifted. So it is hard for me to judge this book when I loved the writing style but disliked the storyline. I also found it a little hard to attach myself to the characters. Instead of interacting with the characters, I felt that I was really just inside Calum’s head. And Calum’s head seemed to go all over the place sometimes. I wish that I had seen more character individuality and more connection and chemistry between the characters. Overall, I am a big fan of David James. I think that his writing is freaking gorgeous, and I could read his detail all day long. Unfortunately, I did not like Light of the Moon, but again, that wasn’t because of the writing. It was because of the story and my dislike for depressing books. Do I think that others will adore this book? Absolutely! I think that this book could be a big hit…just not for me. But I would definitely read other books by David James in the future. Pages: 372 Publisher: CS Publishing Publication Date: November 6th, 2012 Source: Ebook provided by the author Rating: : 2
Teaser Quote: “And being brave doesn’t always mean you need to fight to win your battles; there are different kinds of strengths. Sometimes bravery comes from letting your heart make choices your mind cannot.”
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of blood...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Kiona.
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. This is not that world. Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it. In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life. While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope. But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream? Daughter of Smoke and Bone ends with Karou leaving Akiva in the hopes of saving her family. In Days of Blood and Starlight, we pick up with Karou in Eretz…working with the White Wolf. Karou now views Akiva as her sworn enemy and while she still despises the White Wolf, she’s willing to build his army for him. It’s what Brimstone would’ve wanted, she tells herself. While Karou and Thiago steadily rebuild their army and launch terror attacks on the angels, Akiva finds he may not be the only angel sick of war. As he works to keep the smallest sliver of hope alive, Karou adamantly works against with, though the two want only the same thing: a future for their people. Though I absolutely loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I was blown away by just how powerful Days of Blood and Starlight is. Emotions run high in this second installment and every chapter threatened to break my heart a little more. Well, with the exception of the chapters from Zuzana’s point of view, which offer brief respites in an otherwise dark and nearly-hopeless world. I was a big fan of Laini Taylor’s point of view switches, as she balanced the characters well and gave us a chance to really see all sides of war. Some of the most important chapters are those from minor civilian characters, like the sheep-aspect chimaera just trying to make their way to safety when attacked by angels or the Breakblades that ensure the Emperor receives his women every night. These chapters really allowed us to see this world from every perspective and fully understand that nothing happening within these pages is black and white. As far as our main characters go, my heart ached for poor Karou. She loses everything and gives herself over to what she thinks is the best course of action, though she understands she probably isn’t doing the right thing. It’s too hard to know what is right anymore. But despite being perhaps the physically weakest chimaera in the novel, she is by far the strongest character and it’s nice to see her particular strengths shine through even when she’s almost given up hope. Karou seems, if anything, more real in this novel. She acknowledges that she’s no leader or rebel, but just a girl with an idea for a better future who needs help making that future a reality. For some reason, this is one of my favorite aspects of the novel, Karou’s struggle with wanting to create change without being the leader of it. Because she’s right — she’s not the most charismatic or motivational person; she’s not the strongest; she has no taste for war or strategy. She just has hope and she wants to instill that hope in others. This really elevates the novel and the series to a whole new level for me. Speaking of which, Taylor does a great job of unifying the novel around the theme of hope. I don’t think an author has ever so thoroughly torn me apart, only to offer me a sliver of hope that I so easily grab onto. In the hands of a lesser author, this novel would be a mess and I wouldn’t trust the author enough to believe in the ending. But Taylor is a master story-teller who knows just when to pull back and when to throw everything at us. Her writing style is gripping and lyrical; I can’t get enough of her. If my heart’s breaking for Karou, it’s mangled into unidentifiable bits for Akiva. He’s no unnaturally perfect, pretty-boy love interest. He’s a complex person with a host of visceral emotions and the need to atone for everything he’s done. I sympathize with him more than any other character and I just want what’s best for him, though I’m afraid he’ll never get that. He’s the leader Karou isn’t. I’m so proud of the strides he makes in Days of Blood and Starlight and I know he’ll go on to do great things in the next installment of this series. But please, Laini Taylor, I beg of you, allow him at least one smile. Or a thousand. But at least one. He deserves it. Zuzana and Mik are great characters in this book. They bring a very human element to a world otherwise populated with monsters (not that the chimaera are necessarily monsters, but Thiago and his minions definitely are, along with the angels’ Emperor and Jael). The couple are funny, romantic, and a constant reminder of the lives Karou and Akiva want for their people. Plus, they’re straight-up interesting. Like before, I’ll warn readers that this book is even more graphic than the last, though not tastelessly so. The violence is devastating, but real. This is a book of war, of nations fall apart, but also of hope, and two nations looking to rebuild. This is easily my new favorite series and absolutely worth every second of your time. Pages: 517 Publication Date: November 2012 Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Source: Publisher Rating : 5 Teaser: “‘So,’ he called to her back, ‘Just out of curiosity, you know, purely conversation and all, at what age will you be entertaining offers of marriage?’“(less)
Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah ca...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability…before anyone else ends up dead!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer left off with Mara thinking she saw Jude, her ex boy-friend who supposedly died, and turning herself in to the police. The Evolution of Mara Dyer takes place right after that with Mara being committed into a mental hospital. Nobody believes that Jude is alive, which can only mean one thing…Mara has to be insane.
After convincing her family that she does not belong in a mental hospital, she agrees to drop out of school and join a day program for troubled teens. There she finds old friends, and her love, Noah. Noah is the only person who believes that Mara is telling the truth about Jude, and together they work to unravel the mystery and prove that Mara is not insane.
Let’s backtrack to the first book in the series, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I remember thinking that the book was good, but I was annoyed at how little was actually revealed during the book. I really didn’t understand what was going on with Mara. Was she insane or could she really do the things that she claimed to be able to do? There was no clarification in the first book, and it really put me off. I was really excited to read The Evolution of Mara Dyer, because I wanted those secrets to be revealed….or at least some of them. I wanted some sort of clarification to make the books worth it.
Unfortunately, The Evolution of Mara Dyer was even more confusing than the first book. I got about halfway through the book and then I stopped reading it because absolutely nothing was revealed. I am not going to invest almost 1,000 pages into a series when nothing is going to be explained or when no hints are going to be dropped my way. The whole purpose of reading a book like this is to get clues to figure out what the heck is going on with Mara Dyer.
I’m a person who craves romance and hot boys in my young adult books. Some authors do it well and some authors don’t. I can’t stand Noah. I liked him a little bit better in the first book, but I hated him in the second book. I found him to be kind of creepy and very controlling of Mara. Likewise, I didn’t like Mara’s character either. Granted, I wasn’t in love with Mara in the first book, but she annoyed the hell out of me in this book. Reading about someone who is deemed insane is a very uncomfortable thing to do because that person is going to be very awkward and timid around other people. Also, everyone is going to walk on eggshells around that person. So that was basically what was going on the first 300 pages of the book. I couldn’t stick with it. I tried so hard to finish the book, but it was just a waste of my time.
Because I wanted to know what happened at the end of the book, I asked for spoilers. Don’t worry…I’m not about to tell you guys anything! The ending is very shocking, and I’m really glad that I did not stick with the book. Also, it didn’t sound like anything was really revealed…and the ending is a MAJOR cliffhanger! Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I HATE cliffhangers. It’s part of the reason that I sometimes wait for an entire series to be out before I will read it. Michelle Hodkin is a fabulous author, but I can’t read an entire series that doesn’t let me in on what’s going on. I’m sure the third book will explain everything. But I’m also sure that a reader will have to invest about 1500 pages with no idea of what’s going on, only to be enlightened on the very last chapter. That’s not my kind of book.
There are a lot of fans of this series, so I would encourage everyone to look at other reviews before deciding that this review is reason enough not to read the book. Not to mention that I am extremely picky. Like I said before, Michelle Hodkins is an amazing writer. I only wish I could write as well as her. Unfortunately the series just was not for me.
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: : 2
Teaser Quote: “Don’t tempt me. Now, what are you wearing?” “A hoodie and drawstring pants too, I guess.”“Anything underneath?” “I don’t typically walk around without underwear.” “Typically?” “Only on special occasions.” “Christ. I meant under your hoodie”
“You will love him to ruins.”
“I hate that I never managed to persuade you to watch Buffy. It’s a flaw in you, Mara.” (less)
At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal —tested like never before.
It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.
I have been such a huge fan of the Chicagoland Vampires series for several years now. I remember sucking down the first three books in a matter of days, and it has been a struggle to wait for the new releases ever since then. I cannot even being to tell you guys how much I love this series and how excited I was for this book to release. Unfortunately, I didn't like it, and I'm going to find it really difficult to write this review.
I noticed in the last book, Biting Cold, that the series was starting to develop a sort of slowness. It took about a quarter of the way through for me to get interested in Biting Cold. Once I did, though, I fell in LOVE with the book. House Rules started out exactly like Biting Cold. It was really slow, but this time it started to edge on borderline boring. Unlike Biting Cold, House Rules just did not pick up. I ended up skimming the very last half of the book, because it just got too painful to read.
Ethan and Merit are still as adorable as ever, but I feel like there's nothing really to latch on to now that they're officially a couple. In previous books, we got to see the hunky, snarky, masculine side of Ethan, but now he seems pretty tame. Likewise, Merit has also changed. I have always liked Merit's character, but I couldn't stand her in House Rules. I felt like she had a total personality change. I cannot really put into words how she was different, but she was.
One thing that really bugged me was that I had a really difficult time finding individual voices for all of the characters. Some of you may know what I am talking about when I say that I can see the characters in my head and hear them speaking when I am reading a book. This time, though, everyone sounded like Merit. Another way to put it is that everyone sounded like Chloe Neill. I was reading the words, I was staring at the characters, but nobody really stood out to me. It kind of felt a little bland to me.
I'm starting to fear that this series is going on too long. I love these books, and I want to read about Ethan and Merit forever, but the books are no longer holding my interest. They are lacking the spark that the first three or four books have, and I want that spark back! But I did not feel that spark in House Rules, and I am unsure if I will be continuing the series.
Publisher: NAL Penguin
Source: Finished copy provided by the publisher
Publication Date: February 5th, 2013
Rating: [rating: 2]
Teaser Quote: "But is like Twilight in real life!" Berna protested. "Sparkles!"
When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.
But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.
But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...
GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.
As many of you know by now, I run away from contemporary novels. It is no secret that I prefer werewolves and vampires over the reality of the world. I find it difficult to sink myself into a good contemporary book. Is it from fear or disinterest? Who knows. But I have made it my mission of 2013 to read more contemporary pieces. Last year, I fell in love with Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols and Tilt by Ellen Hopkins. After reading those, I knew that contemporary might just be my new obsession.
Hooked is a romantic story about a Native American girl named Fred who has off the charts amazing golf skills. The coach of her high school's boy's golf team notices her skills and immediately kicks the weakest link, Seth, off of his golf team and replaces him with Fred. Being torn between loving golf and fearing the hostility that she may experience from the rest of the guys on the team, Fred really doesn't know how to view this new opportunity. What she does know is that this could be her opportunity to actually get into college. The first Oday that would ever happen to. So she sets her mind to try and ignore the rest of her team and try and have a good time. If only it were that simple.
Ryan is a white, rich kid who just happens to be on the golf team with Fred. He also happens to be Seth's best friend. And what does Ryan do when he discovers that a girl took his best friends spot on the all boys golf team? He seeks revenge. Unfortunately, Seth has bigger plans for Fred.
Soon enough, Fred and Ryan start to form a bond that neither truly understand. They have these feelings for one another, but they also know that neither would ever be accepted by their friends and families. Join Fred and Ryan on their adventures through golf, betrayal, racism, love and acceptance.
I found Hooked to be such a sweet romance story. There were times that I found it difficult to tear my eyes off the page. I simply wanted to read more about these two characters who were finally learning to let judgment go and to follow their hearts. I instantly fell in love with Fred's character. She was spunky and went after what she want, but, at the same time, she was quiet and fearful of the people who considered themselves to be better than her. I loved her from the instant that she was introduced, and I found myself wanting to defend her so many times. She was such an inspiring character to read about. I simply loved her.
It took me a little longer to like Ryan's character, because I found him to be an arrogant asshole. It is just common sense not to bully or pick on people because they celebrate a different culture or have a different skin color. Being white or white and rich does not make you a better person. It really doesn't. So what if you're white? Good for you. I am too. Someone could be blue, purple, pink or orange, and I would still consider them an equal unless they gave me reason not to. It didn't matter that Ryan wasn't 100% bullying Fred himself. What mattered was that he wasn't stopping his friends from doing so. Sitting back and watching the bullying take place is just the same as doing the bullying.
I loved that this book was about sports! I love sports. I'm the crazy person you will see on football Sunday, screaming bloody murder at my television. I get so worked up that I STILL can rant over the Steelers cheating their way through that damn superbowl. The Seahawks deserved that game. You obviously know who my team is. I've never really followed golf. It's more of a boring sport for me, but I really enjoyed reading about it. I didn't really understand all the golf terms, but that was ok! Liz Fichera let me know who won each time and that was all that really mattered. I really loved the sports theme, and I hope to see more of that in the future.
On a negative note, I do wish that there would have been more romance throughout the story. It was adorable to watch their romantic hesitation throughout the story, but I wanted more. I wanted to witness that moment where sparks flew and the romance glued itself together. That didn't really happen for me, but I did really enjoy the story. I also didn't like how Fred went into a sort of depression when things between her and Ryan went sour. Not being able to eat and sleep over a guy really bothers me. Don't get me wrong, I like guys to, but I'm not going to harm my mind or my body over them. I'm way more important than that, and I wished Fred would have also realized that.
Now let's talk about Seth and Gwen, my two least favorite characters. It was hard for me reading about these two characters. Not only did I hate them with an extreme passion, but I wanted to see them acknowledge how horrible and racist they were being toward Fred and Native American's in general. I had to keep telling myself, though, that that was not realistic. Once a racist, always a racist. It would have been unrealistic for Seth and Gwen to become buddy buddy with Fred and admit all their wrong doings, so I am glad that that didn't happen. But I hated them.
The topic of racism was a little difficult for me to read about, because I already get so aggressive over people who admit to having racist feelings. I simply do not put up with it. Skin color does not a person make, and I have no patience for people who think they are better than everyone else due to their skin color. I thought it was very brave of Liz Fichera for introducing this to the YA genre, and I really hope everyone goes out and picks up this book.
I believe that the next book is about Riley and Sam which makes me SO EXCITED! I loved both of them in Hooked, and I cannot wait to read more about them. SO EXCITED! Make sure you guys read this one! Really good!
Publication Date: January 31st, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: [rating: 3]
Teaser Quote:"I looked back at Ryan, a dozen new questions filling my brain, then down at our hands, then back into his eyes. Confusion. Frustration. Pure agony. Ryan's gaze met mine. He didn't release our hands. My breathing stopped. I needed water but didn't - couldn't - slip my hand away from Ryan's, even though I knew with every brain cell that I should." (less)
Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebe...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, Reviewed by Nichole.
Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana”‘Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he’s concerned, the princess’s family killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen. Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it–he’s saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive–and even that might not be enough. The Gray Wolf Throne is an epic tale of fierce loyalty, unbearable sacrifice, and the heartless hand of fate.
The Exiled Queen left off with Raisa being kidnapped and Han Alister leaving school to go find her. Bear with me, I have not read the second installment in about a year, and I’m a little rusty. The Gray Wolf Throne starts off with us finding out that Raisa got away from her captors, but she’s in a bit of a predicament. Everyone seems to want to kill her. Lord Bayar, the High Wizard, and the man who has sucked her mother, The Queen, under his spell is sending everyone within his power after her, even the Queen’s own guard. With her own people after the Princess Heir, Raisa must learn to fight for herself and depend on others to keep her from harms way.
Han Alister is completely smitten with the girl known as Rebecca Morley. Little does he know that Rebecca is actually the Princess Heir, Raisa ana’Marianna. He has made it his mission to leave school and hunt her down. But seeing as it appears as if Rebecca has been taken from the school against her will, he fears that he may be too late to rescue her.
On a blind turn of events, Han and Raisa eventually reunite, only to discover that her right to the throne is fading away. Now Raisa must fight for her control and ownership of the crown. And who better to be at her side than Han Alister?
Cinda Williams Chima has one of the most beautiful, interesting and creative writing styles that I have ever seen. I fell in love with her writing in her Heir Series, and I’ve embraced the magic once again in her Seven Realms Series. The world that Chima creates is so heartfelt, so well thought of that she floors me everytime I read something written by her. It is obvious that Chima dedicates herself to her writing.
I have met people who have started reading the first book in the series, The Demon King, and have put it down because they were bored. And I always say the exact same thing. Stick. With. The. Book. The Demon King starts off very slowly, and it does not pick up until half way through the book. I was bored out of my mind the first of half of The Demon King, but when it started to pick up, I couldn’t tear my eyes off the page.
The Exiled Queen was full of action from page one, and it is by far my favorite book in the series. I was devastated when that book was over. I just wanted more Raisa and Han. And, of course, Micah and Fiona, because I have some sick love for the both of them.
Like The Demon King, The Gray Wolf Throne starts off very slowly. So slowly, that I almost put the book down for awhile. As it was, it took me over a week to even finish it. Unlike The Demon King, The Gray Wolf Throne did not hit its peak and pick up. There was a spot around page 100 that the book switched from boring to interesting, but it never switched from interesting to fascinating. A large chunk of the book is dedicated to everyones travels, which can get very boring. I wanted to read less about everyone riding on horses to get to their destinations and more about the magic and wonder that surrounds The Seven Realms.
One of my biggest complaints, and one I’ve had since book one is that the chapters are way too long. The chapters are about 20-30 pages without any breaks. There are absolutely no stopping points in the chapters, so if you don’t finish a chapter you’re going to be left very upset for not finishing the scene you’re on. I know that this is probably a silly complaint to have about a book, but I rely on my stopping points, and I am not pleasant to be around if I have to stop in the middle of a sentence.
I honestly felt that this book was lacking so much in order for Chima to prepare for the last book. There is a lot of detail and questions that needed to be released in order for the last book to finish up well. And while I have not read the last book, I am anticipating it to be off the charts amazing due to the boringness that I had to suffer in The Gray Wolf Throne.
What was interesting to me was the development of the characters. For starters, I grew to love Han even more than I already did. By the end of the book he is a mature man who is willing to do anything to defend the throne, whereas he used to hate queens and everything they stood for. On the other hand, I disliked Raisa’s character throughout most of this book. I found her whiney and hardheaded, and I just wanted to smack some sense into her. I also didn’t like the fact that Raisa had to make a decision about who she was going to marry. Now, this complaint doesn’t really relate to the book, because I know that that’s how things worked in the past. But I just want to say that I am going to be VERY upset if Han and Raisa are not allowed to be together in the final book.
It is really hard for me to give this book 3-stars because the layout and detail were so amazing. I was in love with the pictures that Cinda Williams Chima placed in my head, and I just wanted to dive head first into the world that she created. But I was bored throughout most of this book, and detail doesn’t matter much if I can’t connect with the story. I am hoping beyond hope that the last book is amazing. The Heir series was genius, and I fell in love with the previous books in this series. But I didn’t feel the love for this book.
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publication Date: August 30th, 2011
Rating: : 3
Teaser Quote: “The bluejacket girlie rode like a clan warrior, but there was no way she’d escape. It was a private life-and-death contest that had nothing to do with him. He told himself he should ride on, grateful that the chase would keep them occupied while he took a different path. But what had he told Rebecca when she’d asked what he meant to do when he returned to the Fells? ‘I’m tired of people in power picking on the weak. I’m going to help them.” (less)
I got almost 50 pages through this book, and I hated it from page 1. I didn't l...moreMy first DNF of the year. This review will not post on www.yareads.com.
I got almost 50 pages through this book, and I hated it from page 1. I didn't like any of the characters (the whole 4 that are really mentioned), and I couldn't stannnnnd the main character.
I don't really like afterlife books. I don't know what my issue is, I just can't handle the main character being dead. This happened to me in Rachel Caine's adult series as well.
There's a lot of Christianity in the book, which really isn't for me. It wasn't just a little bit of it, either. I felt that it really overpowered at least the 50 pages that I managed to get through.
There are a LOT of flashbacks in this book! Flashbacks aren't my thing, so that also took away from the book.
The book was really just slow and actionless, but again, I only made it about 50 pages into the book. I tried really hard to finish Level 2, but I just couldn't stick with the plot and the writing style.(less)
The S-Word is probably the most haunting book that I have read this year. That says a lot si...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The S-Word is probably the most haunting book that I have read this year. That says a lot since I read If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, and I thought that was as haunting as it could get this year. The S-Word is sort of told from two perspectives, but the most dominant voice is that of the main character, Angie’s. Angie had caught her best friend, Lizzie, with her boyfriend, Drake, on prom night. After that, Lizzie became a social outcast, and she was bullied so much that she ultimately committed suicide. Not a week after Lizzie’s death, entries from her journal start circulating around the school. Angie decides that she wants to know who and what caused Lizzie’s death. Who caused her to jump off of that building? Who started the bullying? Why did they think it was their right? How could they be punished? Those were only some of the questions going through Angie’s head, and she was on a mission to seek justice for her best friend. Along the road to find out what all happened to Lizzie, Angie discovers new friends and enemies and opens up secrets long hidden. She discovers things that she would have never guessed about the people around her, and her best friend, Lizzie. The S-Word is an eye-opening, heartbreaking, and haunting read that will stick with readers, young and old, for as long as they will remember.
Chelsea Pitcher’s writing style is so unique and beautiful; I was hooked right away. It did take me quite awhile to finish this book, but that didn’t have anything to do with the quality of the book. No, it was actually pretty tough to read about a lot of the things that happen in this book. I work with kids from daycare to 4th grade, so I’m pretty sensitive when it comes to child abuse and child suicide. Those are huge factors in this book. It made me a little uncomfortable, and I will admit that I had to skim a lot of this book, because I just could not read about those things. This is something that I need to warn people about because some of the topics in this book might be uncomfortable or might hit a trigger for certain people. I loved the mystery that surrounded The S-Word. So many things were happening at once, and I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen. I did guess a couple things, but others floored me. I think that readers will really enjoy this. Everyone loves a good mystery that they can’t guess the answer to right away. Like I mentioned above, though, the mystery can get a bit scary. I had to really put myself in the right mind frame to continue on and solve the mystery, and even then it was too hard for me at times. There were a couple negative notes for me in this book. First, I didn’t really care for either Angie or Lizzie. Angie was a little weird. She also seemed very dependent on men and very needy. Her relationship with Jesse was awkward and uncomfortable at best. I just didn’t care for her. As for Lizzie, it wasn’t so much that I disliked her, because she’s dead. All that’s really being shown of her are back flashes. It was actually Lizzie’s journal entries that I didn’t like. I haven’t met a teenager who writes like that. I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen, but her writing was very outdated and old. Very lyrical and poetic in an old fashioned sense. For the most part, I ended up skimming her journal entries, because everything she said was just repeated in the next chapter. It was also pretty hard to read about some of the topics in this book. It’s not just a book about bullying. You have rape, child rape, child abuse, neglect, bullying, poverty, gender issues, suicide, etc. That was too much for one book for my personal taste. This is realistic fiction, though, so I can’t really hold any of that against the book. But those are only some of the major issues that are going on in the book. It was just too much. Even though I have some complaints with this book, I still loved it. I’ve never actually been able to say that I loved a book when I skimmed a large amount of it, but I did. I only skimmed, because I couldn’t bear to read about certain topics. I’m a wimp…I don’t deny it. But the writing and the intensity that Pitcher brings to this book are outstanding. I don’t know how she physically and emotionally got through writing this book, but it is beautiful. Overall, I would recommend that every contemporary fan go read this book. If you are uncomfortable with any of the topics mentioned above, you might decide to stay away from it. I said before that this book was haunting, and I wasn’t kidding. I finished this book at 1 a.m., and that was a horrible decision on my part. I had the hardest time sleeping after reading that last half of the book. It’s spooky, but it’s addicting. This book releases tomorrow, so make sure you go get your copies.
Pages: 304 Source: Finished Copy provided by the publisher Publisher: Gallery Books Publication Date: May 7th, 2013 Rating: : 4
Teaser Quote: “I don’t so much as jumps as Just Fall Off. I’m halfway to the ground when your eyes finally meet mine in recognition. You step out of the way just in time. (less)
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strang...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Kiona.
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? Karou has always been…different. And not just because of her aquamarine hair. All her life, the only family she’s known are chimaera, creatures made up of multiple animal and human parts; by human definition: monsters. But Karou doesn’t see them as monsters; she loves these creatures, Issa with her serpent body and the huge, hulking Brimstone. Karou fills her days with art school and running errands for Brimstone, often dangerous errands wherein she procures…teeth. She doesn’t know what the teeth are for (animal and human), but she does as Brimstone wishes.That is, until angels make their way to Karou’s world and incinerate the portals Karou uses to reach her family. One particular angel, Akiva, is confused by Karou and sets out to kill her for aiding his sworn enemy, but when the two finally face off, he finds he can’t do it. There’s something familiar about Karou, a feeling he can’t quite shake. Through Akiva, Karou learns of a centuries-old war between angels and chimaera that she now finds herself in the middle of. Choosing a side should be easy, until Karou learns Brimstone’s been hiding secrets from her, secrets about who she really is. I can’t believe it took me this long to pick up Daughter of Smoke and Bone. And yet, crazily enough, I wish I’d waited even longer because now I’m obsessed and the third book in the series isn’t due until next year. I cannot handle that much suspense. But, in case you haven’t already guessed, I’m in love with this book and these characters. Going into the first chapter, I had no expectations. The synopsis isn’t very telling, but the cover was cool and I’d heard plenty of positive reviews. I just didn’t know what kind of world or plot to expect. Straight up originality it what I received. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is unlike any other book I’ve read in years. Laini Taylor’s take on angels is fresh and invigorating. I don’t think I’ve read about chimaera…ever. These new plot points and ideas immediately captured my interest so that there was no chance of putting down the book once I started. But then there are the politics behind the war between the two races. I’m a sucker for well-laid-out war books. I like having both sides presented to me equally, their flaws and strong points presented for the reader to choose. There’s no black and white here, only gray, which makes the book and Karou’s particular situation endlessly fascinating. I love the way Taylor offers up both sides sympathetically so that we fully understand why Karou’s choice is so hard. Plus, Taylor’s super specific details ensure the reality of this world and highlights the sad truths of war. Karou is an amazing protagonist. One of the first things I fell in love with was her honesty. Whenever she’s questioned about the unreal aspects of her life, she tells the truth with a quick smirk. When a waitress asks her how she managed to fly, Karou answers, “I really was flying,” with her trademark smirk. As soon as I read about this, I wondered why more characters in YA haven’t caught onto this trend. Think about it: so many shady things happen in YA fiction; vampires are secretive about their desire for blood; werewolves hide their transformation or their wolf-like characteristics; telekinetic characters blame a falling lamp on the wind. And in all these books, it’s so very obvious that these characters are hiding ENORMOUS SECRETS and yet no one ever calls them out. Our protagonists think to themselves, “Huh. That’s weird. There’s something off about him but he’s sooo dreamy,” while we’re yelling at our books, “How stupid can you be?” So, I guess, I appreciate that not only is Karou not stupid, but neither are the people in her world. When something weird happens, people point it out. And when Karou can’t easily cover up an unexplainable phenomenon, she doesn’t. Simple. Believable. Refreshing. But Karou is awesome for a host of other reasons. She can defend herself. She’s snarky and witty. She’s suspicious (a trait sorely lacking in many YA females). She acts out like any teenager, makes mistakes, but is loyal to her family and friends and never stops trying to help others. And Taylor doesn’t just give us Karou; she also gives us Karou’s best friend, Zuzana, an insanely likable and tough friend. Zuze is not sidekick and she’s definitely not afraid to call Karou on her bullshit. She’s a force to be reckoned with and a person Karou absolutely needs in her life, as well as a person we need for comedic quips and jabs. Karou couldn’t get any luckier than having Zuze for a best friend, and I came to love her just as much as Karou and, later, to appreciate Zuze’s budding relationship with Mik. It’s easy to see that the two deserve each other and that Karou deserves a positive relationship role-model. Speaking of relationships, Akiva is as smoldering a love interest as any. At first, there’s a slight fear of insta-love, but the further into the book you get, the more you come to trust Laini Taylor and realize she would never make that mistake. As I held out for the end and the answers I knew she would provide, I wasn’t disappointed. Well, I mean, I was, because the ending is absurdly heart-wrenching, but I was happy to see the relationship fully developed and in such an interesting style. Speaking of which, Taylor’s writing style is remarkable; her prose is beautiful, succinct, and poetic. She describes her fascinating settings in intricate details, yet cuts to the point of her plots, allowing her a smooth read that’ll sate any book-lover’s desires. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a must-read for fantasy and paranormal lovers. I admit, it does get a little graphic in its violence at parts, but all the devastation is realistic and necessary to the story’s development. The characters, settings, and conflicts are rich and captivating. This is a book I plan to read again and again. Pages: 417 Publication Date: September 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Source: Purchased Rating : 5 Teaser: “She had been innocent once, a little girl playing with feathers on the floor of a devil’s lair. She wasn’t innocent now, but she didn’t know what to do about it. This was her life: magic and shame and secrets and teeth and a deep, nagging hollow at the center of herself where something was most certainly missing.“(less)
When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
No one is like Daemon Black.
When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.
But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger… and they know it.
After two books of Daemon and Katy fighting their relationship, they are finally together. But with Dawson back, fighting tooth and nail to bring back Beth, their relationship is feeling all sorts of twists and turns, as it is essential that they do everything in their power to help Dawson save her…as well as stay alive. Now they must unwillingly work with the person they trust the least to prepare them to break into the place that Beth is being stored.
The Lux series has been such a fascinating treat for me. I fell in love with Obsidian, became a fan girl with Onyx, and melted a tiny bit more in Opal. When I first learned that the books were about aliens, I’ll admit that I was skeptical. But the books are so much more than that. They are about love, betrayal, romance, and twist and turns that I never saw coming. The Lux series is definitely one of my new addictions.
While I loved the first two books more than I can say, I was a little let down with Opal. It was still a good book, but the romance was wayyyy over the top. I had gotten used to Daemon’s snarky personality, and that was gone in Opal. Now he is completely smitten with Katy, and he watches every word and move that he does so as to not upset her. I love Daemon and Katy as a couple, but I started to get a little tired of them. I love romance as much as the next person, but I just wanted a little more action.
Katy’s character got on my nerves a little bit more than usual in this third book. While I’ve never been overly fond of her before, she never actually bugged me. In Opal, Katy seemed whiney and determined to put herself in danger at every available opportunity. I got that she was trying to prove something to the rest of the aliens, but there comes a point in time where enough is enough. I just wanted her to stop acting like a little girl and grow up.
As I said with the rest of the books, The Lux series is a lot like Twilight. The writing style and storyline are very identical. That’s a compliment, but it also lays kind of flat for me. I want something that I can call original. While I love that I can compare the two stories, I also dislike the fact that I could place pretty much any character from The Lux series with a character from the Twilight series. Love the books. Love the characters. Want to see more originality.
There’s not much action in Opal, but the ending was really good and REALLY shocking! I wasn’t blindsided by what happened, because I knew that something major happened and I peeked, but woahhh! I don’t know where Armentrout is going to take it next, and I can’t wait to find out! Super cool and intense ending to an amazing series!
I am really excited for the next book because it will feature both Katy and Daemon’s POV’s. Since Daemon is my favorite character, I’m really excited to hear more from his side. But it does make me a little nervous that it’s a dual POV, because I tend not to like those very much.
Overall, Opal was an ok third installment to an amazing series. But what I recommend people to read the series anyways? Heck yes! The series is awesome! But be prepared to be a little let down with this book, as it is not nearly as good as the first two.
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: December 11th, 2012
Rating: : ★★★☆☆
Teaser Quote: “Daemon snatched the yellow packages from my hands. “Oh! Books! You have books!” I laughed as several people waiting in line looked over their shoulders. “Hand them over.” He clutched them to his chest, making moony eyes. “My life is now complete.” “My life would be complete if I could actually post a review on something other than the school library computers.” I did that about twice a week since my latest laptop went to the big computer heaven in the sky.”(less)
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…
I'm writing this review a couple weeks after I actually finished the book, because I was on vacation in Florida right after I finished it. So this is going to be a bit shorter of a review because my head is lumping all three books together. What I can tell you all, though, is that Onyx was my very favorite book in the series and I gave it a whole 5 stars.
I really enjoyed watching Katy and Daemon's relationship progress in Onyx. Book 1 was about them meeting and hating eachother, and finally growing to acknowledge a chemistry between them. Book 2 brings in another love interest, confusion between the two, and some definite jealousy. I wish that I would have seen Kate and Daemon get a little closer sooner than they actually did, but there was nothing better than watching Daemon always mess up Blake's name. It was fun to witness him become jealous and basically throw tantrums because he didn't know how to speak up about his emotions and feelings. Katy did bug my a little bit, though. It was obvious that Daemon was trying really hard to gain her affections, and she was set on blowing him off and making him feel miserable. Didn't like that very much.
Blake's (God, I hope I'm not turning into Daemon and am actually getting his name right) character got on my nerves so much. I couldn't stand him! It wasn't just because he was trying to get in the middle of Katy and Daemon, but I found him creepy. I found him to be a rude, inconsiderate jerk in Onyx, and I found him to be even worse in Opal. Daemon should have kicked his ass long before he did. That's my opinion on Blake [=
There is a lot of cool action and suspense in Onyx. It was a little predictable, but there were some things thrown at me that I didn't see coming. I can't stress enough how much I loved this book. I think I spent a good two days on my couch, mouth hanging open, eyes wide as saucers, with the book shoved in my face. I had a massive fan girl moment with this book, and I am now forever a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout. Everyone needs to read this book!
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 14th, 2012
Rating: [rating: 5]
Teaser Quote: “Kitten,” he growled roughly. I kissed him softly, sliding my hands into his silky locks, letting the pieces slide through my fingers. I tasted in him my own rising desire, my own need and heartache. Thrilling. Frightening. I pulled back. “Kitten,” he said again, voice strained. “You don’t get to do that and then stop. That’s not how it works.” I stared at him, my breath stalling in my lungs. “Not when you’re mine.” Daemon backed us up and slid down the wall, pulling me on his lap so I was straddling him. “And you’re mine.” (less)
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty m...moreoriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.
A few years after Katy’s dad died, her mom up and moved her from Sunny Florida to the middle of nowhere West Virginia. Trying to fit in, Katy goes next door to introduce herself to her hunky neighbor, Daemon, only to receive a less than friendly welcome. Daemon is infuriating, and seems to hate Katy with a passion. Why? Katy has no idea! It’s not like she’s done anything to him. So she went and knocked on his door to ask where the grocery store was. So sue her.
After befriending Daemon’s sister, Dee (much to his dismay), the two are forced to spend more time with eachother than they ever desired. Not only that, but they are stuck in a couple of classes together! Now Katy has to battle being the new kid in an underpopulated city and having the hottest guy she’s ever seen hate her guts.
The thing with being Dee’s best friend means that Daemon and Katy are forced to spend time with eachother. Dee is determined to make them be nice to one another, and she goes to great lengths to attempt to make that happen. One night (while arguing with Daemon, of course) Katy finds herself in a situation that could end her life. Except….that doesn’t happen. Nope. Instead, she finds out that Daemon, Dee, and the rest of their friends and family are aliens. Yep, you heard correctly. Aliens.
Turns out that once an alien demonstrates their powers around a human, that human gets a sort of trace on them. The trace makes them glow like the fourth of July, which attracts the aliens (or Luxens) enemies, The Arum. Now Katy has to spend even more time with Daemon to stay protected, but she soon finds out that that might not be as bad as she once thought…
I have heard a lot of positive things about the Lux series during this past year, but I always strayed away from them. I’m not really sure why. Maybe it had to do something with the aliens. Most of the main characters in this series are aliens, and that might have convinced me not to read the series. I don’t know. But what I do know is that this is one of the very best series that I have ever read.
Daemon….oh, Daemon. I don’t even know how to begin to tell you all how HOT this guy is! Daemon is infuriating, sexy, gorgeous, sarcastic, a definite smart ass, brilliant, glowy, a jerk, and a romantic all bunched up together. I’ve fallen in love with many male characters before, but I don’t think I’ve fallen this hard since Jace from The Mortal Instruments. Daemon is at the top for me, and he definitely made this series.
I can’t just lay it all on Daemon, though, because I loved ALL of the characters! Katy…..such a brilliant lead character! She reminded me a little bit of Bella from Twilight because of how timid she could be, but I still loved her! Dee, Ash, Adam, Andrew? Matthew….I loved them all. I will say that it took me a little bit to warm up to Daemon’s sister, Dee. I was really on the fence with her during the first book, but I loved her by the time the second book started. All of the characters are just so special. I really don’t know how Jennifer L. Armentrout created such a lovely world.
The only downfall about this book is that it is very similar to Twilight. Girl meets different male species, girl falls in love with said male, danger comes after female, male protects female. Katy was Bella, and Dee….Dee was SO Alice! Ash was Rose, Adam was kind of like Jasper..Andrew? Is that his name? He was like Emmett. Then you have Matthew who was just like Carlisle. I wouldn’t compare Daemon to Edward…but you get the gist. I definitely noticed the similarities in the book, but I looked past it because of how GOOD the book was! I have talked to people who were really bugged by how similar the two books were, though.
I loved loved LOVED that Katy was a blogger! I know it’s silly, but I got irrationally excited over the fact that she blogged, got excited over ARC’s, etc. I even went fangirl when she was doing her WOW and IMM posts. This really won’t affect those of you who don’t blog, but those who do will LOVE this!
The romance between Daemon and Katy was so special. I had my fangirl face on for like…well…it’s still on because I’m about to read the third book, Opal. This was probably one of the best romances I have ever read. In fact, THIS was/is my fangirl face.
I don’t have anything bad to say about this series. I LOVED IT! The only reason it got bumped down to a 4.5 is because the final product has several grammatical errors, which I just can’t look past. I would encourage every single one of you to go out and buy or borrow this series. You will NOT be disappointed!
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Rating: : 4.5
Teaser Quote: “Aliens—if they exist—are little green men with big eyes and spindly arms or…or giant insects or something like a lumpy little creature.” Daemon let out a loud laugh. “ET?” “Yes! Like ET, asshole. I’m so glad you find this funny.”
“Will you show me what you really look like? You don’t sparkle, do you?” (less)
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a gi...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
Praise for Splintered: "Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..." --Kirkus Reviews
"It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original." --Booklist
Going into Splintered I felt mixed emotions. First, I was excited. The cover was beautiful and the book sounded like a fun, joyful adventure. On the other hand, I have never been a big fan of Alice and Wonderland. I think it's a cheesy tale. Alice and Wonderland is really just some guys adventures of taking pills and being stoned, and...man...it's just a weird tale. So, I was a little bit nervous to read the book. I actually ended up feeling both emotions....as well as many others....let's see if I can describe them all in one review.
I really liked Splintered before they entered Wonderland. I thought that the relationships and characters were strong and well thought out. I also really enjoyed the storyline involving Alyssa's mother. There is something really poetic about a mother turning herself into a nutcase to protect her family, and I really enjoyed watching that relationship. Even without Wonderland being added to the mix, I was always on the tip of my toes, bouncing up and down to find out what would happen next.
I have got to give it up to A.G. Howard for creativity and flat out brilliance! I have read a lot of books in my lifetime, and never have I ran across an author who dedicated so much time to detail. Not only that, but she didn't screw it up. Howard's descriptions really made me feel as if I was in the story. Scratch that. I felt like I was watching a movie happen right in front of me. I've never experienced that before, and I really appreciated it.
Now let's get down to the characters. Let's start with Alyssa. She wasn't my favorite main character of all time, but she was definitely unique. I loved how she was her own person. She dressed the way she wanted to, she could hear the bugs and plants speak to her, she was just......not your average girl. It was a little creepy to read about how she killed all sorts of bugs. I didn't find any humor or creativity in that. Instead, I was just plain grossed out. I'm all for animals, and while bugs really aren't animals.......I wasn't ok with reading about them getting tortured. It made sense with the storyline....but Alyssa lost some major points for being a bug killer and, well...weird.
Let's move on to Jeb, Alyssa's neighbor and secret crush. Jeb also accompanies Alyssa to Wonderland. Yeahhhh...I didn't like Jeb at all. Infact, I very much disliked him. I found him very controlling, and I really didn't appreciate how he treated Alyssa like a fragile piece of glass that couldn't protect herself. Worst of all? Alyssa put it up with it! I judge relationships very intensely in books and in real life. I don't put up with girls and women who put men before themselves or act like lost little puppets who can't fend for themselves. That's how that relationship went, and I did not like it. It may be the feminist in me, but I think that this is something that needs to leave both books and movies. Men are not dominant to women. Women are not weak girls who need to rely on men. For once I want to see a strong, powerful female that demands respect and equality from the men around her.
Morpheus was definitely my favorite character, but I still didn't fall head over heels in love with him. Honestly, I wasn't able to feel a connection between him and Alyssa, which made it really awkward since he was supposed to be one of the guys in the love triangle. His character was really cool, and I definitely couldn't get enough of him, but....the chemistry was lacking.
Before reading this book I had heard mixed reviews due to the love triangle. Some people said that there was too much romance. I wouldn't agree with that. Actually, I felt that there wasn't enough romance due to the lack of chemistry between the characters. I wish that I would have seen more from all three of the main characters. Also, I felt that the book was a little long for what it was. It could have been shortened a bit and maybe that would have helped with keeping my attention a bit more.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. Did I love it? No, but I liked it. As I said before, Alice and Wonderland is not something that I usually go out of my way to read about or watch. There was a little bit too much detail for my taste, but I did acknowledge that that detail was amazingly executed. I also didn't connect with the characters as much as I wanted. Fantasy lovers and younger teenagers should definitely give this book a try.
Publication Date: January 1st, 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
Rating: [rating: 3]
Teaser Quote: “Tearing down the rest of the world won't make you happy. Look inside yourself. Because finding who you were meant to be? What you were put into this world to do? That's what fills the emptiness. It's the only things that can.” (less)
In New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine’s “thrilling”* Revivalist series, Bryn Dav...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
In New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine’s “thrilling”* Revivalist series, Bryn Davis finds out that making a living can be rough if you’re already dead... After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife—with regular doses to keep her going. But Bryn knows that the government has every intention of keeping a tight lid on Pharmadene’s life-altering discovery, no matter the cost. Thankfully, some things have changed for the better; her job at the rechristened Davis Funeral Home is keeping her busy and her fragile romance with Patrick McCallister is blossoming—thanks in part to their combined efforts in forming a support group for Returne addicts. But when some of the group members suddenly disappear, Bryn wonders if the government is methodically removing a threat to their security, or if some unknown enemy has decided to run the zombies into the ground…
I was a big fan of the first book in this series, Working Stiff, so I was really excited to read this book. Unfortunately, I don't have much good to say about it. It was really boring throughout the entire thing, I didn't feel any connection to the characters, and I was quite frankly grossed out.
The main character, Bryn, grated on my nerves from the very first page. I didn't overly love her in Working Stiff, but I never exactly disliked or even hated her. I couldn't stand her in this book! She was annoying and whiney, and I just could have done without her. I also didn't fall in love with the romance between Bryn and Patrick, which is really interesting since I loved them in the first book. I don't know if it's because I couldn't stand her or just because of the writing style, but I was really let down.
If you are really grossed by gore and blood and all that nasty stuff, then this is not the book for you. Don't get me wrong, I like The Walking Dead and a little bit of action and nastiness in my books, but this was just disgusting. I'm sorry, but I don't want to read about someone's eyes getting scooped out (yes, that really does happen.) It was nasty on a whole different level, and I was not okay with it. I feel the need to wash my eyes out right about now.
The ending of this book was so awful and so disgusting that I skimmed that last chapter. I don't even know how the ending went down because I was SO grossed out! Nasty! I don't want to ruin the ending for all of you guys and girls who are going to read the book, but it gets GROSS! I'm talking dead people, zombie chompers, eyeball scoopers, decaying bodies, chewing on arms GROSS. I will not be continuing this series because I don't even want to see where else Rachel Caine can take this crazy storyline. Yuck!
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.
Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.
I love dystopia books, and I was not let down with Gravity by Melissa West. The book is about this unique world set several years in the future where aliens and humans sort of co-exist. The aliens are allowed to come to Earth at midnight each night to "take" from each human. The main character, Ari, peeks during her taking one night and realizes that the alien above her is her classmate, and number one competition, Jackson Locke.
As the story progresses, Ari and Jackson begin to work together to create peace for both humans and aliens alike. Unfortunately, things don't go quite the way they planned and soon Ari learns about some of the horrifying things the humans are doing to the aliens behind closed doors. And to top it all off, Ari is now experiencing new....abilities. By the end of the story both Ari and Jackson have some very tough decisions to make about who they're aligned with and who they want to be.
Gravity can be summed up into 3 different words and sections; interesting, lacking and amazing. The beginning of the book was very interesting. There was just something really cool about aliens and humans coexisting, and I liked it. I did find the taking process to be a little creepy, but I felt that there needed to be a creep out factor where aliens were concerned.
The middle chunk of the book fell a little flat for me. It started to lose the spark that captured me in the first place. I wouldn't say that the book got boring or bad, but I did almost put it down. I wanted a lot more, and I was worried that the book was about to tank.
The ending of Gravity was so amazing that I stayed up late into the night sucking down every single word. I don't know how Melissa West pulled out from that middle funk she created, but she did. The ending was AMAZING! Seriously, I can't even begin to describe how much I loved the ending of this book.
I also really enjoyed the characters of Gravity, especailly the characters of Ari and Jackson. I really appreciated how West made Ari stick to her original character. That probably makes no sense right now but let me explain. Ari's father is the current commander, and Ari is already destined to be the future commander. By cooperating with Jackson, Ari had to turn her back on her father and her friends and cooperate with the enemy. Some authors would have made Ari completely okay with that decision, but Melissa West really made it a challenge for Ari. There were times that I was really unsure which direction Ari would take, and I loved not knowing exactly what was going to happen.
Jackson was such a sweetheart! Yes, it was a little creepy that he was an alien, and I didn't really understand how the aliens could have human bodies, but I loved him! He was strong, hot, and he seriously cared about Ari. He wasn't over the top mushy gushy and he wasn'ta complete jerk either. I really enjoyed his character!
Now, as much as I enjoyed the ending of this book, I'm a little nervous about the second one. Because of how Gravity left off, the second one will either be really good or really stupid. This really concerns me because of how invested I now am with this series. I'm hoping that the second book will be great. It has such potential and could possibly be a five star book. The book could also tank by incorporating too much alien weirdness. Regardless, I'm going to be checking it out.
Dystopia lovers will really enjoy this book. I would encourage readers to stick through the middle section of the book because the ending is so worth it. Sci-fi fans will also get a kick out of this book since aliens make up a large majority of it! I can't wait to read more from Melissa West and to hear what you guys think of Gravity! Happy reading!
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
Rating: [rating: 3.5]
Teaser Quote: “There is a lot of gray between life and death. Life isn't worth living if you aren't with the ones you love." (less)
A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before.
Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?
Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.
Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.
Chelsea has always been told that her mom died when she was very young. One night she finds a letter from her mother telling her otherwise, so Chelsea sets out on a mission to discover the mystery of her mother's disappearance. This is how she ends up in New York at the club that her mother grew up in along with the mysterious Hence. Turns out, Hence is Chelsea's mom's old boyfriend and one true love. Together, they must find out what happened to Chelsea's mom.
Catherine has grown up in the music scene for as long as she can remember. Her dad's the owner of a famous club, and she's on the right track to Harvard. But things start to change when Catherine meets Hence, the boy without money or a place to stay. Convincing her father to let Hence stay in their basement, they slowly begin to develop feelings for one another. But their relationship gets rocky and their love gets put to the test. Will their pride tear them apart or will they make it last?
I instantly fell madly in love with Catherine by April Lindner. The words, plot, character....everything...they were all so gorgeous. I devoured the book in a little over a day, and I was depressed towards the beginning that it was going to end soon. I especially loved Catherine and Hence. What a gorgeous couple! I wish that the book would have eliminated Chelsea's section and just focused on the romance between Catherine and Hence, because their relationship was one of the best things I've ever experienced.
It was interesting to read about Chelsea's POV. For awhile, I really didn't know what happened to Catherine, and it was cool reading about Chelsea play detective. Again, though, I wish that she hadn't existed. I wanted to read about Catherine and Hence, and I found myself wanting to fast forward through Chelsea's sections.
I want to point out that I have not read Wuthering Heights before, so I have no idea what happens at the end of it. I've heard positive and negative things about it. One thing I've heard is that the main male character plays a very domineering male, which is something that I am not interested in reading about. But let me tell you, if the ending of Wuthering Heights is ANYTHING like the ending of Catherine, I will never ever ever ever EVER read it!
The ending of Catherine upset me so much that it dropped from a 5 star to a 2 star in less than five minutes. I finished the book the night before I'm writing this review and my emotions are all over the place. I'm angry, sad, and devastated. I had guessed what had happened to Catherine and everything that surrounded her mysterious disappearance long before the ending, but I thought it was some sick joke when Lindner put it to action. I wanted to see romance between Catherine and Hence, I didn't want to see her completely ruin her story and her character.
As I'm writing this, I'm trying to give as little away as possible because the ending was so intense and upset me so much. I do want to say that I will never read this book again. Not only that, but I didn't even finish the book. After what she did at the end, I didn't even care about the last few chapters. I skimmed them and turned off my laptop. I was not impressed.
I honestly felt a little violated, actually. I invested so much time and energy into that book. I fell in love with it and considered it one of my favorite books of the year. I cannot recommend this book, because I know that the ending will devastate other readers. Some might say that the ending was romantic, but I would disagree. It wasn't romantic...it was sick! No. I am really disappointed with Catherine, and I will not be reading it again in the future.
People who loved Wuthering Heights might enjoy this book..I really don't know. But as someone who has not read Wuthering Heights, I was really crushed by what was done to the book. I want my contemporary to have a romance that will last. And when the romance is so beautiful, I don't want it to be messed with. So, I wouldn't really know how to recommend this book even if I wanted to. I guess if you loved Wuthering Heights, give it a shot. But if you didn't read Wuthering Heights, stay far, far away.