Katy was not happy about moving to Ketterman, West Virginia. It was in no man’s land a far cry from Gainesville, Florida. But, after the death of herKaty was not happy about moving to Ketterman, West Virginia. It was in no man’s land a far cry from Gainesville, Florida. But, after the death of her dad Katy’s mom was ready for a fresh start. Katy was obsessed with reading and writing reviews on her blog. She claimed to be boring and overly trustworthy and that’s why her mom had no problem leaving her on her own. Katy hated that her mom worked too much and wished she would go back to being the mom she was before they lost her dad. Even though Katy’s mom wanted to start over someplace else her work habits didn’t change. Moving to Hicksville may not be as unexciting has Katy had been expecting, especially not after meeting Dee and her twin brother Daemon who was her gorgeous next door neighbor. Whenever Katy was hanging around Dee she noticed strange looks coming from the town’s people, but when other weird things started to occur around the twins, Katy may have found more than she bargained for.
I really didn’t want to love this book, especially when it seemed to start out like Twilight… new town, boy acting like a complete jerk upon first meeting the girl, and a dangerous event that throws the boy and girl into a relationship. But, I’m a sucker for this kind of YA material. It is a guilty pleasure. Jennifer L. Armentrout knows how to write steamy scenes without the smut. I think I literally saw steam wafting from the pages anytime Katy and Daemon where in a room together. I think my own heart beat a little faster and my own cheeks blushed after their interactions. That’s why I ended up devouring every page. Then, I find out Daemon was a powerful Alien. Seriously. No vampires in this book. Watch out what’s his name, oh yeah, Edward. Besides, I’ve had many fictional boy crushes since him anyway. I thought Obsidian was an intoxicating start to a new series. Looking forward to book two and where Katy’s adventures with Dee and Daemon may take me. ...more
Members of the Sinclair family are tall, athletic, and beautiful. They come from old money and democratic. No one would accuse a Sinclair of being a fMembers of the Sinclair family are tall, athletic, and beautiful. They come from old money and democratic. No one would accuse a Sinclair of being a failure, criminal, or addict. At least, not in polite company. Tipper and Harris are the Sinclair matriarchs. They had three daughters Penny, Carrie, and Bess. Cadence “Cady” Sinclair Eastman was the oldest grandchild, daughter to Bess, and heiress to Beechwood Island. Cady and the Sinclair family spent their entire summer on Beechwood Island isolated from the rest of the world. Gat started to visit Beechwood Island in Cady’s eighth year. He was an interloper. Cady, Gat, and Cady’s two cousins Johnny and Mirren were considered the Liars. Each summer on the Island the four of them were inseparable and wreaking havoc.
Cady’s story starts in her fifteenth year on the Island. It was the summer her dad left her and her mom for another family. It was the summer that Cady and Gat started to notice each other. They understood each other. He challenged the norms, the illusions of the Sinclair’s. This was also the summer of Cady’s accident. She wouldn't return to Beechwood Island until her seventeenth year. The year she wanted to remember what happened the summer she was fifteen.
Cady’s story is one of forbidden love. Gat was an outsider. He certainly didn't fit into the Sinclair mold.
I thought the writing was different…rhythmic and circular. It had a nice flow to it. The ending was so unexpected. Once I was finished, I went back through the entire book to see how I had missed the clues… signs. Then, I was like, how did I not see that. There were even metaphors about fires and hurting, but I didn't catch any of them and what they really meant. I honestly was thinking that Gat did something to Cady that he hurt her in some way. I think my jaw literally dropped at the end, because I had no clue. At least for me that’s why I ended up liking the book so much more, because I was taken by surprise. I really loved the way it was written too. Now that I think about it, it was like reading a crazy persons thoughts or someone completely broken.
If it wasn't for the ending, I think, the book was just another okay read. I would have probably given it two, maybe three stars. Once I reread it, the whole book was changed for me it seems so much sadder. I think it takes a certain kind of author to pull off what E. Lockhart did, total unpredictability. ...more
During spring break, Colette Iselin was taking the trip of her life… to Paris. She was hoping that it was going to be a life changing moment. She wasDuring spring break, Colette Iselin was taking the trip of her life… to Paris. She was hoping that it was going to be a life changing moment. She was about to find out just how life altering it was really going to be. Faced with mysterious murders by a serial killing ghost, a secret society, and a romantic interlude with a tour guide the City of Lights was shaping up to be the most exciting excursion ever.
Will Colette be able to hold onto her elite friends Hannah and Pilar, especially if her secret was ever revealed that she was penniless and on scholarship at their prestigious school? None of that may matter though, if she becomes the serial killers next target… Sometimes the truest friendships can hold under the pressure or maybe not.
I thought the concept of Marie Antoinette’s ghost chopping off the heads of shallow rich kids was interesting, but sometimes the story was a little silly. The lead character Colette and her side-kick-friends annoyed the heck out of me most of the time, which decreased the enjoyment of this book. The usual young adult themes ran through this story such as the obsessive drive to fit in with the wrong crowd, narcissism, and cluelessness.
By the end of the story, Colette’s character finally caught on that her supposedly best friend Hannah was a rich brat that was never going to accept her for who she was, so she had to grow up a little and face the reality that being a part of the in crowd was not always a walk in the park. Overall, this was an entertaining read… maybe not a favorite, but I’m glad I read it nevertheless.
This book read like a very bad after school special or Lifetime movie of the week. The narration was overly preachy. I couldn't help but think it wasThis book read like a very bad after school special or Lifetime movie of the week. The narration was overly preachy. I couldn't help but think it was meant to be a collage essay on the pitfalls of eating disorders, the hunger in the world, and how wasteful humans are when it comes to food. But,with the added element of sci-fiction.
Lisabeth Lewis was one of the most annoying characters. I include the Four Horsemen in that statement as well. Kurt Cobain as one of the horsemen took this book to a laughable level. I had quite a few mental eye-rolls.
I think it must have been a slow publishing week for new books or something, because this book was awful. There was way too much detail about bowel movements and the removing of clothing during that process. I really could have done with out that part of the story or most of it actually. I think Kessler tried to portray the ugly-side of anorexia with these graphic details; however, there is a way to elude to certain ideas with out spelling it out for the reader. That's what our imaginations are for.
Jackie Kessler tried to add a bit of humor to a very serious topic, but it didn't come off very well. Sorry. I'm surprised that is a second book in the works. I hope the second book isn't has bad. For once, I have no interest in reading another book in a series... ...more
This is my second time reading a book written in verse. I'm finding that I like that style more and more. I'm a little surprised by that, for no partiThis is my second time reading a book written in verse. I'm finding that I like that style more and more. I'm a little surprised by that, for no particular reason other than I thought my taste was different.
Anyway, I think it takes real creative talent to pick just the right words that say so much without filling up a whole page. The imaginary Ellen Hopkins established by placing certain words in strategic places on the page and through the actual dialogue was beautiful.
Okay, the story itself was pretty intense and the ending had a major cliffhanger. I can't wait to read the second book.
I look forward to maybe reading more books by this author and being open to different types of writing.
I've read other reviews, where the writer expressed not having a connection with the characters. I experienced that disconnect with this book. I've onI've read other reviews, where the writer expressed not having a connection with the characters. I experienced that disconnect with this book. I've only felt that way one other time, but it was more noticeable with this cast of characters. I really didn't care anything about them or what happened at the end. Not even James, the love interest to Mary, could make me want to swoon. Sorry James, but you didn't even make it on my fictional-crush-list...
I'm a huge fan of dialogue, when it is flirtatiously fun with a splash of humor. It has to flow naturally though. Nevertheless, that part of this book seemed forced and out of place. Disappointing.
What I did like coincidentally, was the aristocratic-brat-semi-mean-girl Sophie (at least I think her name was Sophie). See the lack of interest there. Anyhow, she was spunky and she knew what she wanted. She did make some mistake along the way, however in the end she broke a part from tradition and followed her dreams.
I also liked the historical fiction aspect and trying to solve the mystery. Some of it was predictable, but not all.
I'm hoping to have better luck with the second book. We'll see... ...more
I loved Alexis' rebellious character and pink hair. Sometimes though, I wanted to punch her face. She was the girl in all those horror films I ended uI loved Alexis' rebellious character and pink hair. Sometimes though, I wanted to punch her face. She was the girl in all those horror films I ended up screaming at, "look behind you or why are you going down that dark ally, stupid."
Anyway, I did like this book and I have to admit it did creep me out a little (baby dolls should be banned for sheer creep factor. They don't promote motherliness. They evoke bad dreams and stuff), however I did think this was too predictable and it just seemed like a book version of so many scary movies out there.
I gave this four stars instead of three because Carter made up for some of the other stuff I didn't care for. I also liked Megan most of the time more than Alexis... hum!
Admittedly, I did have a few bad dreams. They were way creepier than the actually story I was reading though. I'm shivering just thinking about them...
This book was sweet and simple with a classic modern spin on Disney's Beauty and the Beast. I liked the message Alex Flinn was trying to convey that bThis book was sweet and simple with a classic modern spin on Disney's Beauty and the Beast. I liked the message Alex Flinn was trying to convey that beauty is more than on the surface and that money and looks can't buy true love or happiness...
At first I really hated Kyle, that was the point I know, but by the end of the book I fell in love with him, like I was suppose to. I thought Flinn did a great job of gradually changing Kyle from a beast in the inside to a sappy able to find the beauty in everything teen boy.
One thing I do have to criticize though. Lindy fell in love with Kyle despite his looks, but he still had the money and connections, and I wonder if she would have still warmed to him as quickly, if he didn't have all the roses and the houses....hummmm. Maybe I'm over thinking? Probably.
Anyway, I loved the story, because I'm a self-professed-romantic and I just can't help myself. ...more