I HATED Anna. HATED HER! She was such a goody two-shoes. She was SO against drugs and alcohol and doing anythin...moreDNF. This book was absolutely horrible.
I HATED Anna. HATED HER! She was such a goody two-shoes. She was SO against drugs and alcohol and doing anything bad. Honestly, it felt less like I was reading about the character and more like the author was trying to set an example for younger kids. There's nothing wrong with that message, but it was over the top.
The book was also super religious for my taste. Again, nothing wrong with that, but that's not something I want to read about.
Kaiden was interesting, but I found the whole sex thing going on with him kind of intense and weird. I also didn't like the chemistry between him and Anna, probably because I couldn't stand Anna. So maybe I would have liked him more with someone else.
It doesn't shock me that I didn't like this book, because I have the biggest problem with angel/demon books. I thought that it was way over the top and choppily done. I quit reading around 40% of the way through. (less)
The first time I heard of Witches of East End, it was when I saw the trailer on TV. I was so...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The first time I heard of Witches of East End, it was when I saw the trailer on TV. I was so excited that another witch TV series was gonna be on, and I fell instantly in love with the show. I went out and bought the first book in the series. I wanted to know all the differences, and I thought that it was going to be a super cool paranormal book. Instead, it was really flat and boring. Not that much actually happens in it. I actually ended up getting so bored that I just set it down around halfway through it.
My biggest complaint with Witches of East End is that there were too many perspectives and too short of chapters. Focusing on all of the characters works in the movie, but I don’t wall all three women’s perspectives in the book. That’s just too much for my personal taste. Also, the chapters were about 2-3 pages long. That made it really choppy and didn’t give me enough time to really focus and latch on to any of the characters.
Another complaint I had with Witches of East End was that it was just really boring. I made it halfway through it and there were no action scenes or any fun magic stuff happening. The characters had old lady like qualities to them and were very bland. It seemed more like reading words than really getting invested in the story and seeing the visuals in my head. It’s very old style writing that I think my grandmother would enjoy. It’s not something that I would recommend to any young readers.
One intriguing aspect of Witches of East End was that it was really fascinating to see all the differences between the TV show and the book. The TV show does stay true to some parts of the book, but they are two different things entirely. I don’t want to go into all the details in case any of you read the book, but that in itself was really interested for me.
Witches of East End is the second Melissa de la Cruz book that I have read and haven’t liked. I read the first book in the Blue Bloods series several years ago and never finished out the series. I’m starting to wonder if maybe I’m just not a fan. I’m not finding the writing very interesting or engaging. I’ve pretty much been bored in both of the books that I have read. So, I think that I might just be done with this particular author. I own Frozen…so maybe I’ll try to give that one a shot before I make that decision.
Overall, I would not recommend Witches of East End. I thought that it was very boring and just flat. I don’t know why Goodreads has it listed as YA because it’s not. This is something that I think will appeal to an older age group.(less)
Ever since the Bitten TV show has came out, I have been having the BIGGEST Women of the Othe...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Ever since the Bitten TV show has came out, I have been having the BIGGEST Women of the Otherworld craving. I’m trying to resist going out and buying all the ones that I don’t own. I’ve been putting them on hold at the library. Of course, I caved and bought this one…even though I would have sworn that I owned it. This was definitely a reread for me. I demolished the entire series a couple of years ago. Be prepared for me to do nothing but gush about this book.
This book was AWESOME! Not shocking since I love every single book in this entire series. Hope and Karl are the perfect couple…well…..almost as perfect as Elena and Clay. I love their chemistry. GAH. They just work so well together!
I loved the whole idea of Hope paying back her debt (explained in the novella) and entering a supernatural gang to be a little spy for the Cortez Cabal. I do wish that it would have focused a little more on the gang and not have strayed off in a couple different directions. It didn’t take away from the book at all, but I really wanted to see more from the gang. This book was totally action packed, though, and I did not at all feel deprived.
I really enjoyed how the relationship between Hope and Karl wasn’t the cliché boys meets girl and nothing can go wrong plot line. They actually have a lot of problems that are detailed both in the novella and the book. And it was really sweet to watch Karl come to terms with his feelings for Hope, and Hope work out if she was willing to accept him. They do a lot of talking and soul searching with one another. And they’re both always there to help one another through difficult times. I just…I adore them.
Some people will have a problem with the age gap between Hope and Karl. I believe that Karl is 50 and Hope is around 27. However, it’s stressed that Karl looks like a 30 year old male. That didn’t bother me at all. Most of the time I didn’t even think of it. However, it might bother some people.
Because this was a reread for me, I already knew who the murderer was and what was going on. HOWEVER……I NEVER saw that coming the first time around. It never even crossed my mind until like two seconds before it happened. Don’t go into this book expecting that you know what is going on. Hell, don’t go into any of these books expecting to understand the concept before it happens. What Kelley Armstrong did was absolutely brilliant. Brilliant!
The only thing that I would have changed in this book was Lucas’s POV. I thought that the entire book should have been dedicated to Hope and Karl. Also, I’ve never been the biggest fan of Paige and Lucas. Fans of Lucas, though, are really going to enjoy his voice. I was just annoyed that it was taking up my Hope and Karl time.
I have sad, sad new for fans of Bitten the TV show. I have heard from Kelley Armstrong that Hope will not be in the series. Nor will anyone else. They just want to do the werewolves. Karl was introduced in the 3rd episode. Since he’s one of my favorite characters, I’m really on edge nervous to see what they’re planning for him. I hope that they don’t stray too far off the plot line in the books. And hopefully they change their minds and bring in Hope for Karl. It’s necessary.
If you haven’t read this series, then you’re seriously lacking in life. This is my favorite series of all time. I’m planning on rereading it clear up until my 90′s. It’s amazing. You’ll love it. Go buy yourself the entire series because you’re going to reread it a million times!
Publication Date: March 25th 2008
Rating: : ★★★★★
“Too bad Guy interrupted,” I said as we snuck around the rear of the building. “Otherwise, I could have just walked you down here before you changed back.”
His look said he wasn’t dignifying that with a retort.
“I always wanted a dog,” I said, nearly running to keep up with his long strides. “My brothers were both allergic. Have I told you that?”
Defy is a book that I have been wanting to read for quite some time now. I mean, come on, hi...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Defy is a book that I have been wanting to read for quite some time now. I mean, come on, high fantasy? That's right up my alley! Unfortunately, there were several elements of Defy that I found confusing, off-putting, and just.....for lack of a better word, weird. I really wanted to like this one, but I just had to DNF it at 45% through it.
Several people have told me how much they loved and enjoyed Defy, but I honestly just couldn't get into the storyline. I was really uncomfortable with the fact that Alex was pretending to be a boy in the book. I don't think that it would have bothered me if she was experiencing questions and confusion over her own identity, but it was really off-putting for a girl to be portrayed as a boy to prevent being thrown in a breeding house. It was even more awkward and uncomfortable to read about her crushes and her relationships with some of the men in the story. I couldn't latch on to any relationship because of the awkwardness. It just fell a little flat for me.
Another major issue that I had with Defy was that it read less as a high fantasy book and more as a non-fiction military book. I didn't feel that it contained the elements that high fantasy novels usually do. There were definitely parts of the book that leaned toward high fantasy or paranormal aspects, but it just seemed more harsh and military focused. Again, it was made even more intense by having the main character portrayed as the wrong gender.
As a result of the harshness and non fiction feel to Defy, I have to admit that I think this book is more geared toward males than anyone else. However, the writing style was spot on and that in itself will draw its own crowd. Unfortunately, though...this was just a little too much for me. (less)
I was hesitant to read All That Glows by Ryan Graudin because I’m just not the biggest fan o...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I was hesitant to read All That Glows by Ryan Graudin because I’m just not the biggest fan of faeries. I haven’t ran across a YA book about them that I cared for…it just seemed like it was going to end in disaster. Boy was I wrong. This book was AWESOME! And it’s like that from page one. I was fixated on this book from the very beginning.
Can I be the first to say that I adored Richard and Emry? They were so flipping adorable! I liked how their relationship started out hesitant and I had the chance to watch it grow page by page. Some people are going to complain that it was very insta lovey. I can see that side, but I feel like they had an intense chemistry from the moment they met and that chemistry just grew the further on the book went.
I did have a couple complaints with All That Glows. First, this is a really big book for what it is. I think that it probably could have been about 100 pages shorter. While I appreciated the romance between Richard and Emry, it was being dragged on and on and on and on. I did really enjoy the book, but I hated the last 100 pages, which is why I have to say that the book was just too long and to drawn out. Secondly, I thought that the ending was a little predictable. I had guessed what was happening about half way through the book. I don’t think it’s going to be like that for everyone…but some of the magic was lost for me since I already knew what was happening
Overall, I did really enjoy this one. The relationship between Richard and Emry was heart-wrenching, I loved that Emry portrayed a strong and powerful female, and the plot was captivating! It wasn’t my typical read, but I really enjoyed it!(less)
No Surrender Soldier is a powerful read, but I have to admit that I was pretty bored through...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
No Surrender Soldier is a powerful read, but I have to admit that I was pretty bored throughout the whole thing. It reads as a historical nonfiction book. I don’t know if that was the ultimate plan, but blah. I felt like I was reading an assigned book for class. I could tell that the writing itself was strong, but I just need more adventure and connection to the characters than this book offered.
I really enjoyed that the main character was not your typical white character. It offered diversity and insight to a whole other culture. No Surrender Soldier is a book that I will be quick to recommend to all student age children to immerse themselves in other cultures/religions/mind frames. However, it is not a book that I would recommend to a huge YA lover. It’s more of an educational read.
The characters in No Surrender Soldier were also spot on. Everyone had their own individual voices and personalities. In books like this one, I often worry that the characters will just sort of blend in to each other. That wasn’t the case at all. As I said before, the writing was very strong. It just…..fell a little flat for me.
Overall, I did enjoy reading this one, but I think this is a genre that I will be staying far away from. No Surrender Soldier is a book that I would recommend teachers and parents supply to their students/children, but it’s not a book I would offer up to the YA community.(less)
I had really high hopes for Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block. I thought that the writing s...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I had really high hopes for Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block. I thought that the writing style was going to be very similar to that of Rachel Hawkins. I expected a lot of paranormal aspects to the book and just a downright good time. I didn’t get any of that. Teen Spirit was very bland, boring, and slightly ridiculous. I ended up DNFing this one.
My major complaint with Teen Spirit was the main character, Julie. Oh my gosh. Julie whined constantly. Like every single scene she was in, she was whining. Under the circumstances, I can see WHY Julie was so whiny. BUT….oh my goodness. There is only so much a reader can take. I was annoyed with her from the get go. Ultimately, she is what made me stop reading the book.
I also found Julie’s mother a little uncomfortable to read about. I almost felt like she was telling Julie to get it on with her friend from school a couple different times. She was also a very neglectful mother. Since the writing style in Teen Spirit leans more toward MG than YA, I found those scenes to be a little too much. It was just one more character that I didn’t like.
Paranormal scenes in this book are lacking. I made it almost halfway through Teen Spirit and not very much had happened. I skimmed a little bit to see what happened at the end, and I still couldn’t see a lot of stuff happening. I feel like the cover and description of this book really called for a bigger paranormal theme. I was disappointed with how mellow and bland it really was.
Another thing that was really obnoxious about Teen Spirit was how repetitive it was. It felt like every page was talking about Julie losing her grandma, her house, her mom losing her job, and just complain, complain, complain. I read about those same things over and over and over again. Stop being so repetitive! I get the point! Julie is sad. We get it. It made it seem like Francesca Lia Block was experiencing some writers block at times and just repeating the same things over and over to get words on the page.
If I had finished Teen Spirit, I probably would have rated it 1 or 2 stars. The storyline fell flat, the characters were unlikable, it was very repetitive, and I just wasn’t captured at all. I feel like Francesca Lia Block has real potential to write a great paranormal book. She has a ton of stories out. Maybe some of those are better than this one? But this is not a book that I would recommend.(less)
One word describes No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale; Creepy. And of course, being t...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
One word describes No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale; Creepy. And of course, being the brilliant person that I am, I mostly read this book at bedtime when it was dark outside and I could have the crap scared out of me. It was so vivid, so beautifully detailed, so fucking creepy. Holy smokes. I had to actually give myself lectures to not dream about scarecrow stuffed girls hanging from a tree before I went to sleep. Yes, I really just said that.
No One Else Can Have You is one of the best mystery books that I have ever read in the YA genre. With many mystery books, the plots are very obvious and predictable. No One Else Can Have You left me hanging until the very last second. Sure, I had suspects in my head, but I never really knew who did it. I guessed who it was before they were introduced at the end but that’s only because it was pretty much laid out for the reader by then. One could complain that the killer was one of my original suspects from the very beginning of the book. However, I kind of pushed them aside and thought that it was between a few other people. My only complaint is that the final showdown felt a little rushed. I would have preferred a little more time dedicated to that since almost 350 pages were dedicated to trying to figure out who did it. I also would have liked one final confrontation with the killer at the ending of the book. I felt that they had more to say, and I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to hear it. Maybe there will be a second book? I feel that this could either work as a standalone OR as a series.
On a more negative note, I did have two complaints with No One Else Can Have You. First, I didn’t like Kippy. I actually couldn’t stand her. She didn’t come off as a 16-year-old to me. She seemed a lot younger and really immature for her age. There were some times I struggled with the book, because it was just so hard being in Kippy’s head all the time. Secondly, I had a really hard time with the accents of the characters. Everyone came across as very uneducated and hickish. It was very difficult for me to like or connect to any of the characters, because I just couldn’t stand them. It was almost like every single character had something a little wrong with them. The writing itself was beautiful, but the characters were just way too annoying for my taste.
The best part of No One Else Can Have You was Kippy’s adventures and her mission to find out who really killed her friend. I may not have liked Kippy very much, but I sure did suck this book down fast. I felt like it was always holding me in suspense. I just couldn’t wait to figure out what was going to happen next. There was nothing tame or mild about this book. It was an in your face roller coaster ride that just left my heart pounding. I loved it. I loved the suspense and the tiny bit of horror to it. It scared the crap out of me. I love being able to say that about a book.
I will warn readers that there will be parts of this book that absolutely piss you off. Everyone is against Kippy finding her friends killer. They think she’s crazy and that she’s just having a mental breakdown. The things that are said and done to her in this book left me fuming. It was really difficult not to skim through those sections because they just made me so angry. At the same time, those parts are necessary for the book. It’s a brilliant book and those scenes really add to it. But they will make you so mad. You have no idea until you actually read it. There’s also a really weird section toward the end of the book. Power through it. It will be worth it!
Kiss & Sell by Brittany Geragotelis was a really cute pg-13 read that I think all contem...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Kiss & Sell by Brittany Geragotelis was a really cute pg-13 read that I think all contemporary lovers are going to enjoy. It’s about Arielle, who has never kissed anyone before. Before she knows it, she’s hosting a bid on Ebay for her very first kiss. It sounds a little cheesy. Honestly, though, I was blown away at how gosh darn cute and original it was! I mean…who really THINKS of having people bid on a kiss? I just think that’s classic! Is contemporary my favorite genre? No. But this book made me laugh out loud several times. I really enjoyed reading this one.
Arielle is a spunky and relatable character that I think the younger crowd is really going to enjoy. There were times that even I related to Arielle…well at least my past self. I honestly really enjoyed following her adventure and watching her relationship with boys progress. In one book, I watched Arielle grow up. That’s the kind of character development that I love to see in books. It was refreshing.
I did have one complaint with this book and that was Arielle’s friends. They were really unrealistic and way too hyper for my taste. Who knows…maybe we really do act like that in high school. I know that I’m a different person that I was back then. BUT….I don’t remember people acting or talking like them. I wish that they would have been a little more toned down…a little less annoying. I liked everyone else in the book! But I just couldn’t stand those two friends. So even though I really liked the book, I could have done without those two.
If you’re looking for a cute and adorable read, then this is the right book for you. The writing is fantastic, the plot line is addicting, and most of the characters really stand out and draw you in. I know that after reading this book, I’m going to have grabby hands for anything that Brittany Geragotelis writes. Fans of Sarah Strohmeyer are going to fall head over heels in love with this book!(less)
Hearts at Stake started out really cute. It’s a unique twist on a vampire story that really...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Hearts at Stake started out really cute. It’s a unique twist on a vampire story that really details the bonds of friends and family. Those relationships really helped to strengthen the book and make the characters more likable. I also really enjoyed the galmance? between Solange and Lucy. You don’t see a lot of books focus on female friendship. I found it refreshing.
Having 2 POVs worked in some areas of this book and tanked in others. Like I said, I enjoyed reading about the girls’ relationship, but I kind of thought that it was too much having both of their voices in one tiny book. I would have preferred that it focus on one girl and have the other once included. It was also a little confusing for me, because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Solange. I loved Lucy and Nick, but I just never hooked on to Solange and Kiernan. Having 2 POVs also made it difficult to fully enjoy either romance. It made it a little choppy and hard to follow in some areas.
About halfway through the book it started to get really cheesy. Alyxandra Harvey has this habit of writing books geared more toward middle grade readers. That can be a bit off putting since this is clearly labeled for young adult readers. While this is a book that I enjoyed, I more see myself handing this one off to one of my fifth graders. I think they would adore it!
Overall, I did really like this one. I thought that it was a cute, PG13 read that younger readers will really enjoy. I could see myself reading the rest of the books later on, but I don’t think that’s something I’m going to jump on right away. Fans of Richelle Mead and Lili St. Crow should enjoy this series!(less)
First things first, I want to talk about that cover. Is that not gorgeous? It looks even be...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
First things first, I want to talk about that cover. Is that not gorgeous? It looks even better when you actually have the paperback in your hand. I could see myself buying this book just for the cover. I’m such a cover whore…and oh my goodness…that one is beautiful!
The Winter Witch is not a YA book. It’s more of an adult/paranormal/historical that leans more toward historical fiction. This is not a book for people who like fast paced books or huge paranormal aspects in their books. It’s the kind of book that calls for a specific type of reader. The type of reader who loves historical fiction, sweet romances, and taking their time with a book. The Winter Witch isn’t the sort of book that you can just plow through. At least not for me. If you like a lot of action going on in your books, then this one probably isn’t for you. However, fans of classics and historical fiction are going to adore this book.
This is a little bit different of a review for me, because I’m not going to rate the book. I don’t think that that’s really fair with this one, because it’s not really my type of read. However, I can appreciate and acknowledge that Paula Brackston’s writing style is gorgeous and well executed. There was really nothing wrong with the book itself. I just don’t overly love historical fiction, and I was a little bored. I was hoping for more witchcraft and more paranormal aspects to the book. I didn’t quite get that. This one was a little more low key and soft. So again, that’s not quite for me. BUT there are going to be lots of people who adore this book.
I do have to address the one major complaint that I had with The Winter Witch. There were some big chapters, BIG paragraphs, and lots of description paragraphs with very little communication between the characters. That isn’t a new or a bad thing. There are several books like that, especially in the adult historical genre. Personally, I hate reading books like that. I need smaller paragraphs, stopping points, and lots of communication to keep myself engaged. I kind of felt that The Winter Witched droned on and on in several areas. Some people are going to like it…others won’t.
A couple other complaints were that some of the names and places were very difficult for me to pronounce. The only time I find that acceptable is with high fantasy. In any other genres it bugs the crap out of me. Also, I wasn’t the biggest fan of how Morgana didn’t say one single word until the very last page of the book. That was just a little too much for me. I was hoping that that would have been solved somewhere in the middle of the book.
In a way, The Winter Witch reminded me a lot of Pride and Prejudice. I’m not talking about the book, I’m more so referring to the movie with Keira Knightly. While they were different storylines, they had a very similar feel that I found to be engaging. As the biggest P&P movie fan, I can honestly say that The Winter Witch would make an amazing movie. While the book itself wasn’t so much for me, I think that I would fall head over heels in love with it if it was a movie. Fingers crossed!
One thing that is really going to draw in readers is the romance between Morgana and Cai. I thought that they were absolutely beautiful. I love myself a good romance. I truly think that this one is going to highly appeal to readers!
This really was a unique review to write. Normally when I get bored or what not, I usually just DNF if it and write a little bit about it. With this one, though, I feel like there’s a lot to say about it. My number one reason is probably because I feel that this really is a spectacular book! I know that there are going to be hugeeee fans! This one really just comes down to preference. Some people are going to love it and others aren’t. And that happens with every genre. But one thing is fore sure: Paula Brackston is one damn good writer.
This book is now out in stores. Go buy your copy today!(less)
I was originally drawn to Arson because of the cover. It’s spooky and kind of hard, which re...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I was originally drawn to Arson because of the cover. It’s spooky and kind of hard, which really appealed to me. The book itself kind of followed that pattern. I wouldn’t call it light and fluffy by any means. It was definitely a paranormal read with a lot more deeper, meaningful issues included. It almost felt that it had a realistic contemporary feel to it.
The characters were spot on. I thought that everyone had their own individual personalities and they all added to the story. I didn’t overly love Arson. Sometimes I liked him better than others. I thought that the real star of the show was Emery. She was a really intriguing character. I will say that I thought that there were too many characters thrown in the mix. Sometimes when that happens it gets a little bit confusing for me.
There was a big chunk of Arson that felt really drawn out. I didn’t see a lot happen until closer to the ending of the book. I would have liked more suspense and more action moments thrown in the mix. I like a lot to be happening in my books. This one seemed a little too mellow for my personal taste.
Estevan Vega’s writing is beautiful and haunting. Oh my goodness, there were times that I thought I was going to cry just from how pretty the writing was. Vega almost seems to have a lyrical and poetic aspect to his words. That’s not going to appeal to everyone, but I think that contemporary lovers are going to adore Vega’s writing style. While there were parts of Arson that I liked better than others, I always found it peaceful and enjoyable to read.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I think that Vega has huge potential in the YA field. Readers of all ages are going to enjoy this one!(less)
I read an early ARC of this book when it was still called Witching Season: Stormcaster. Ther...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I read an early ARC of this book when it was still called Witching Season: Stormcaster. There may be changes and/or edits in the finished edition.
The first 100 pages of A Breath of Frost were absolutely amazing. I was instantly hooked to the 3 main characters, Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope and their magical ways. I thought that the beginning had a very similar feel to The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan, which is a HUGE compliment from me considering that that was one of my favorite books of the year.
I loved that A Breath of Frost was about witches. You don’t really see that a lot any more. I’m always dying to get my hands on a good witch book, so you can only imagine my excitement when this one came in the mail. For the most part, I really enjoyed the witchcraft in this book. However, I did think that it was a bit downplayed. I would have liked to see a little bit more magic, and I also would have liked the girls to have more power than they actually did.
I thought that A Breath of Frost had a few too many POV’s. It didn’t really give me a lot of time to connect with the characters and some of them honestly just confused me. I still don’t understand why Moira’s POV was even included in this book…nor did I understand why she was even a character. Moira’s character in the few parts that she actually appeared in seemed to take away from the story because it was so confusing why she was even there. She didn’t really fit in with the rest of the plot.
Another thing that was weird was that sometimes there would be large gaps between scenes or sometimes there would be an implied conversation that never appeared in the book and then all of a sudden a character who didn’t previously know something knew it. That happened quite a few times. Again, I read an early ARC of this book so that may not happen in the final printed edition. But it was a little confusing at times to have things happen that I didn’t have a chance to read about.
There was a cute romance in this book between Emma and Cormac. It wasn’t quite as adorable as I wanted to be, but I liked how low key it was compared to the rest of the book. What I would have liked to see, though, is some side romances between some of the other characters. I feel that this was the type of book meant for a few different low key romances, and I was a little disappointed that I just had to settle for Emma and Cormac. There was a certain scene with Pen that made me thing a romance was about to happen for her…so maybe we will see that in the next book.
One of my biggest complaints with A Breath of Frost was that halfway through it started to slide out of the YA genre and reach MG ground. That’s middle grade for those of you who don’t know. It got a little boring, really cheesy, and somewhat exaggerated. I think that YA historical witch books need to be geared more for older audiences, and I was a bit disappointed with the different turn of events. While I did enjoy this book, I feel that it’s something geared more for my 5th graders. They would absolutely love it.
On a more positive note, I loved how snarky and funny this book could be at times. I laughed out loud so many times, you don’t even know. I really enjoyed how Harvey’s personality shown through at certain times, and then the characters voices covered the rest of it. I like to read books that make me feel emotion. I laughed at this one. I got angry. It made me feel stuff.
Unfortunately, I had to skim the very last 100 pages of this book because it got way too boring, cheesy, and predictable. I will see that there were some shocking turns of events, and the book went in directions I didn’t foresee, but I was just a little bored. I really loved it at first, but it just seemed to go a little downhill after that. So, while I WILL be reading more from Harvey, I don’t think this was my all time favorite witch book. But I did enjoy it, and I would recommend it!(less)
Racing Savannah is the first Hundred Oaks book that I have read. I have continuously heard h...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Racing Savannah is the first Hundred Oaks book that I have read. I have continuously heard how great the series is from multiple people, and I always see the covers all over the place. I thought that the first half of Racing Savannah was really good. I found myself not wanting to put it down. There was even one night that I stayed up until almost one in the morning reading it. I found it to be very addictive and cute. There was just something about the country girl meets country boy + the whole horse racing plot that I really enjoyed. By the time that I reached the second half of Racing Savannah, I wasn’t as in love with it as I previously was. The book started to go in directions that I didn’t want it to go in and even the tone itself was a little different than the first half of it. So, I liked the book…but I didn’t love it.
When it came down to the characters I was torn, because I loved Jack and hated Savannah. Jack was a hunky, sexy, all masculine type of guy. I had a crush on him from the very first scene he was in. I really liked reading about a male character with a work ethic. There was just something really attractive about that. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stand Savannah from the first beginning of the book. She’s a written as a senior in high school, but she honestly came across as a middle school student. She was very much a daddy’s girl, very whiny and needy, had a Strawberry Shortcake bed set from when she was 8, was nicknamed Shortcake, had a severe obsession with lollipops, and was constantly begging for her dads permission to do everything. When I was 17, I was very independent. I pretty much made my own decisions by that point. I wish that Savannah would have had more of a spark and a fire to her. I wanted to see her develop into a young woman. That just didn’t happen. She just seemed like a very young character. As far as the supporting characters go, I would say that it was split in half. There were some characters that I loved just as much as Jack and there were other characters that I thought had more of a young, immature feel to them like Savannah.
(This paragraph might contain some minor spoilers. Nothing major!) I think the concept and plot for Racing Savannah was very strong and solid. I loved the whole idea of Savannah racing horses and the whole country scene. As someone who doesn’t normally read contemporary books, I was instantly intrigued by the whole concept. I do wish that there would have been a little bit more to the story. First, I wanted to see a big blow out between Savannah and her dad and his girlfriend. One of my biggest complaints with this book was the dad and girlfriend. I thought that they were horrible people, and I was not on board with many of their decisions or complaints toward Savannah. I was a little annoyed that Savannah didn’t really stick up for herself in the way that I wanted her to. Secondly, I wanted to see a bigger romance between Jack and Savannah. I didn’t really care for the fact that Jack wanted to use her. And then all of a sudden it’s insta love at the very ending of the book without much of a relationship to start with. So, I wish that there would have been just a bit more chemistry between them. Finally, and I hate to say this, I wish that there would have been a dramatic moment with the horses, such as a death or an injury. I hate reading books with animal injuries or abuse in them, but I felt that that scene would have made this book. There should have been a scene that made me bawl my eyes out, and I just didn’t get that. There was potential for it, but it just fell a little flat. There were a few things regarding the horses that kind of added to the story. However, I already knew what Star’s problem was, and while I liked reading about the flashbacks of Savannah’s old horse, I didn’t really feel the emotional connection that I should have.
One thing that I really did enjoy about Racing Savannah was the secondary relationship between Rory and Vanessa. I think I have those names right! I loved the additional benefit of two romances in one book. And while I thought the relationship between Savannah and Jack was lacking a little bit, I thought that Rory and Vanessa were adorable. They were hesitant and flirty..and just kids! That’s more what I wanted to see between Savannah and Jack, but I am glad that I did get a little bit of it in this book.
Overall, I did enjoy Racing Savannah. If the second half had continued to stay as good as the first half, then it would have been a 4 or 5 star book for me. Unfortunately, it did fall a little flat during the last half of the book. However, the first half of the book was so good that I do believe I will read the rest of the books in the Hundred Oaks series. I think that this a series that contemporary lovers will really enjoy!(less)
The Kiss Off was surprisingly adorable. I was really nervous when I read the synopsis. I tho...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The Kiss Off was surprisingly adorable. I was really nervous when I read the synopsis. I thought that the whole song/band/contemporary feel to the book would give it too much of a cheese factor. I have to say, though, I was pleasantly surprised. It was really cute! There were moments that the book did have a cheese factor, but I feel that contemporary fans are really going to love this one!
What really stands out to me is that The Kiss Off made me laugh out loud and giggle like a little kid. Hell, I think I even snorted once. It was flipping funny! I don’t usually have those kinds of emotions when reading books, so it was awesome! And that lasted throughout the whole book. I was constantly laughing. Sarah Billington definitely knows how to create an entertaining read.
My major complaint with The Kiss Off is that it’s a little bit too dramatic for my personal taste. I found myself getting tired with all the relationship drama and who was dating who and who was on the outs and fighting and breaking up. That drama lasts throughout the whole book, which is something that I didn’t really care for. BUT….the synopsis can pretty much tell you that it’s a drama filled teen contemporary novel. So, I knew what I was getting myself into ahead of time. I’m not the biggest contemporary fan…so that stuff doesn’t always appeal to me. However, I think that contemporary lovers are going to go crazy over the drama! And, if I’m being honest, it was kind of interesting drama. I mean…it wasn’t really realistic…but it was kinda cool reading about this song writer/youtube pop star who was dating a real pop star. I mean…it was really interesting.
As far as the characters go, I did really love Poppy. I thought she was hilarious. I also really liked Poppy’s friends. There were some characters in the book that made me wonder why they even existed. Not everyone in the book was a hit for me. But I think that those characters are each going to be loved in their own way. Personally, I wasn’t too hooked on either of the love interests. I thought that they were both jackasses…but I think that was intentional. And let’s be honest….every teenage boy is a jackass at some point in time. (Sorry, guys!)
Overall, I really liked The Kiss Off. I thought that it was a super cute read that younger readers and contemporary lovers are going to enjoy! I have to say that I’m shocked that this one is an Indie book. I’ve never been able to say that before….but I’m not quite sure why this one hasn’t been published. It was really cute!
When I first started Bloodborn by Susan Stielow, I was on the fence. It was slow paced and n...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
When I first started Bloodborn by Susan Stielow, I was on the fence. It was slow paced and not a lot of action was going on. You all know me…I get a little fidgety when I’m bored. It took me awhile to plow through the first half. Once I reached the second half of the book, though? HOLY. SMOKES. It ended up being edgy, mysterious, and full of paranormal goodness.
One thing that Bloodborn really had going for it were the characters. I want to call special attention to Gracie. I’ll admit..I wasn’t sold on Gracie from the get go. At first, I found her to be a little annoying. But once she moved out of her moms house and started living her own life, I started to see a whole new side of her. Gracie was a strong and endearing character who I think is going to strongly appeal to readers of all ages.
As for the supporting characters….I have one word for you. Liam. Sighhh. I could read about Liam all day long. I wasn’t overly thrilled about the whole love triangle thing…especially since I wasn’t a big fan of Kellan…but I loved Liam. I also really enjoyed how all of the characters seemed to have their own individual personalities. My one complaint when it comes to the characters is that maybe there a bit too many names thrown around. Sometimes it was a bit difficult for me to 100% keep up to date on what was going on.
The writing itself was very beautiful and energetic. Again, it does take a little bit to push through the hard part. I’d say it starts getting really good around pages 80-100. On a negative note, there are some errors in the book and a slight cheese factor every now and then. Taking that aside, though, I was entertained. I enjoyed the story, I loved the paranormal aspect…and that ending?! I wish I had the next one in my hands right now.
Overall, I enjoyed Bloodborn. I thought it was a great first book, especially for an Indie author! Bloodborn is a book that I would recommend for people of all ages. Paranormal fans will enjoy this one…but don’t kick yourself to the sidelines just yet contemporary fans! I felt that Bloodborn had a sweet contemporary feel mixed into it that everyone should enjoy. It was just a good read! Go buy this one today!(less)
I had to read These Broken Stars for this months Secret Readers. Check out my review below:
These Broken Stars starts out really good. The characters are all on this ship in space and it just has a very sci-fi type of feel to it. As it progressed, though, the story started to tank and get really weird. I thought that the shipwreck was very rushed. While I loved it while they were in space, I didn’t feel like I had a lot of time to really connect with the characters before they were crashing to the ground.
The best way to explain this book is to connect it to the final Harry Potter book. Do you remember those couple hundred pages where Hermione, Ron, and Harry were in the woods doing absolutely nothing? That’s pretty much what it felt like while reading this book. Lilac and Tarver pretty much did the same thing over and over. Hike, eat, sleep, whine. That’s really all they did for about 200 pages. I was trying to push through it. I think that I read like 150 pages, and then I read most of the next 100 pages but with a little skimming. The last 100 pages I didn’t even read. I literally just skimmed the rest of the way to see what happened. It was really painful.
What I hated about this book was that it was so freaking repetitive. I’m not talking about what I said in the paragraph above. No. Literally, there would be paragraphs like every other page that just happened. They weren’t worded the same, but it was like 2 pages before Lilac would be whining about something, and then 2 pages later it would be the same damn thing. That happened a million times with several different things. I ended up skimming a lot because of those paragraphs. I already read it. Why should I have to read the same thing again? No, thank you.
Tarver and Lilac’s relationship was very…..awkward. I felt that for most of the book they disliked each other with some mild flirting thrown in. And then all of a sudden, BAM!, they were professing their love for each other and having sex in caves. It felt very rushed. I would have liked to see more chemistry between the two of them. I wasn’t very invested in their relationship.
The last 150 pages of this book are straight up weird. There are a lot of twists and turns. Some weird shit happens. I didn’t care for it. I don’t know how to really explain it without giving away any spoilers, so I’ll just end it there.
I will say that the writing was really good, and I DID like the characters individually. That alone made it very hard for me not to finish the book….but I just didn’t get it. Not only that, but I didn’t really understand why this was a sci fi book. Yes, it’s in space. Yes, there’s technology and what not. But most of this book is NOT sci fi. Most of it is straight up boring Harry Potter wood scene contemporary. It just wasn’t for me.
It’s hard for me to recommend this book. If you’re a big contemporary lover, then maybe you will enjoy this one? There’s not much else I can say, though.(less)
Stir Me Up is a very difficult review for me to write for several reasons. 1) I DNF’d it. I...moreOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Stir Me Up is a very difficult review for me to write for several reasons. 1) I DNF’d it. I did a lot of skimming 2) I love the cover 3) Jenner L. Armentrout recommended it. But my DNF came down to several reasons, which I’m about to discuss!
My main problem with Stir Me Up was that I despised the main character Cami. Honestly….Cami acted like an MG character. I didn’t associate her with a 17-18 year old. She whined constantly, she was full of drama, and she was hyper and uber sensitive 99% of the time. Now….it wasn’t that long ago that I was 17. And, yes, I acted like an idiot more than once, but I was pretty mature for a 17 year old. And, honestly, I didn’t meet many people my age who acted as immature as Cami. I honestly just couldn’t stand her.
Then we have Julian, and this is where the book got difficult for me..well…more difficult. See, I really like Julian’s character. I actually thought that he made the book. But…and yes…here it is….I thought his whole disability problem..you know…not having one of his legs…made for a very……awkward….NA book. Maybe if it had just been a YA book, then maybe it would have been fine. But it was really kinda gross reading about a 17 year old girl getting it on with a 20 year old guy who lost one of his limbs and had psychological damage. I wasn’t into it at all. I think that this is one of the only books that my face scrunched up on steamy scenes. I’m sorry…I’m just not into that. There’s nothing wrong with having a disability or anything, but it was very awkward.
I honestly did not care for the whole cooking aspect of this book. It didn’t really go with the story and it made it very choppy and bumpy. And if at all possible, it also made Cami even more annoying. There were just too many aspects to this book. I like that Cami had a side job and a boyfriend…and basically just a life. BUT….it was just too much.
Another complaint I had with this book were the parents. I couldn’t stand them. I though they were awful people, and I just couldn’t bring myself to read any scenes that they were in. I skimmed a lot during those parts, because I would just get so angry at the situation. A lot of the stuff that they said and did would just never go down in my house, and it just wasn’t an environment that I was very familiar with. I know it’s silly, but parents can play a huge role in if I like a book. If I don’t like the characters parents, I’m probably going to be skimming sections. I have firm beliefs about what parents should and should not do, and it just makes it awkward and uncomfortable for me to read. That doesn’t say anything against the writing. I’m sure that’s a good think that the author can bring out such emotions in me. But…no…I just couldn’t do it.
Overall, I didn’t much care for this book. Obviously, since I didn’t finish it. At first, I wasn’t going to write a review on the blog for this one, but I just felt that I had a reviews worth to say about it. I think that it’s going to be a hit or miss with people. I think it just comes down to preference. But it just wasn’t for me.(less)