Time Thief centered around a supernatural group known as Travellers. Travellers can steal My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Time Thief centered around a supernatural group known as Travellers. Travellers can steal time from others and can actually go back in time with however many seconds, minutes, or days they've taken. Stealing time comes at a price, though, and the victims must be given payment in the form of silver, otherwise the Traveller will suffer the consequences. Taking too much time can also lead to death for either victim or Traveller. Both reasons seem to have kept Travellers in check for centuries.
The whole Traveller and time stealing thing was basically simple and easy to understand. Only once you got all the information. And in this book, it was spread throughout the story, which may be why I got a little lost at times. I remember when I was a third into the book there was a conversation between the main characters where one was explaining the time stuff to the other, and while that character was getting it, I was left feeling a bit confused. It didn't affect my enjoyment of the book entirely. But for some reason I still think there was something I missed. I can't quite put my finger on what it was though.
Other than my slight confusion at times, the book was pretty fun! What made it that way were the main characters Kiya and Peter. Kiya was bubbly and quirky. She had a tendency to ramble and had a hard time keeping her mouth shut. She wasn't a mean-spirited person at all, but she was also not the type to back down from a fight. When other characters in the book managed to make her angry, I kind of just wanted to pat her head and say, "There, there." Peter was more of a serious, uptight person. Meeting Kiya threw him off though, and he gained a sense of humor and seemed more talkative than how I assumed he would be under normal circumstances. I did find some of the romantic things he thought and said to Kiya (and vice versa) cheesy, but I realized it suited their relationship, especially considering their personalities.
The other Travellers focused on in this book were the Faa family. They were being investigated by Peter (he's part of the Watch, basically the supernatural police) for murders that have occurred in the area. I think the Faas were always suppose to come off as distant and suspicious and irritating. I can't say I ever liked them, expect one of them who I won't name for possible spoilers. I didn't even like the grandmother. I felt she just stayed in the background while the men in her family did whatever they wanted, and she was too cold and concerned with blood purity. Sad thing was Peter is her grandson. He didn't grow up with them, so it was easy for all of them not to care, but I still felt bad for him. I almost wished things had gone a slightly different route by the end.
Time Thief might not have ended well for everyone; however, it was the ending that Kiya and Peter deserved. Overall, the entire book kept me entertained and laughing here and there. It was easy to get sucked into the story. There's a book two planned that will be focusing on a character introduced in this book, and I can't help but to wonder what will happen next....more
As soon as I read chapter one, I knew The Art of Wishing was going to be different from what I expe My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
As soon as I read chapter one, I knew The Art of Wishing was going to be different from what I expected. It did have some things I hoped to find: cute, romantic moments with a bit of drama and angst throughout. But what was different was that even though the characters were in high school, I had to keep reminding myself that they were in fact NOT in middle school. There were moments that would never be found in a middle-grade read, but it still read like it was for a younger audience. Since I didn't find the age of the characters believable, it was hard for me to connect with the story and the characters.
The main character Margo frustrated me. She had valid reasons for the way she acted and treated Oliver, the genie, during parts of the book, but some of the things she got upset over bugged me. She accused Oliver of lying about his age, yet she knew he was a genie and should have immediately put two and two together and known that he wasn't actually a 16-year-old kid. I mean, she referenced Aladdin and other stories, so I don't see why she never figured that out. As for Oliver, he didn't annoy me. I was fine with him. I thought his past was interesting. He was as up-front and honest as he could be with Margo. That being said, he kind of was a bit bland, and I didn't think he was swoon-worthy like Margo did.
It didn't take long for Margo and Oliver to fall for each other. I wasn't surprised by this, but their romance happened pretty quickly. While I did hope they found a way to be together, at the same time, I never felt the spark I like to find between two characters who love and care about each other. They had their reasons for liking each other. It just wasn't something I cared 100% about. Basically, I rooted for Margo and Oliver only because I knew I was suppose to, not because I found their relationship believable or epic.
The Art of Wishing had some of the drama and angst and romance I was expecting. Unfortunately, I never clicked with the story or the characters. It's an easy read to get through though. The ending left enough room for the sequel. I'm just wondering how this would lead to a third book (it's a planned trilogy). I won't be reading the rest, but if you're curious about this trilogy, then you might want to read this first book....more
Mind Games drove me crazy. At first I was intrigued when Fia and Adam met. The story was fast-paced My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Mind Games drove me crazy. At first I was intrigued when Fia and Adam met. The story was fast-paced, and it didn't take long for action to happen. I wanted to know where it was all leading. However, once Fia and Adam went their separate ways that's when things started going downhill, and I went from interested to irritated. Why? I mostly blame the characters.
I can't stand when characters are being manipulated and controlled like how Fia and her sister Annie were, so I understand why Fia was always angry and frustrated and explosive. But dear Lord, it wasn't easy reading from her perspective. She made me cranky as heck for the majority of the book. I liked Annie more, even though there were times where she made mistakes that made me facepalm hard.
I hated James. I really don't care if his intentions were good or if he had this grand scheme to end things. None of that mattered to me because all I could focus on was how he treated Annie, the sister of the girl he supposedly cares a lot about. You don't treat family like that. If one of my sisters were to end up with a guy who treated me or any of my sisters like crap, I would tell that motherfucker to go to hell and force my sister to choose between him and us. I was just disgusted with James's treatment of Annie. He came off as such a huge prick.
As for the other "love interest" Adam... He was kind of random and bland. Really, he seemed important to the story, but I felt he was overshadowed by some of the other characters in the end. Although I liked the whole Fia and Adam romance that seemed to be developing in the beginning, I honestly wasn't feeling it at all near the end. I would like to state now that I'm hoping for some Annie and Adam instead. Mwahaha! Hopefully Adam's as good as he sounds.
Okay, I realize this was more of a ramble about the characters than anything else. I couldn't help it. A story can be all over the place and still be a good read to me. But if I find the majority of the characters to be unlikable or unmemorable that's all I'll be able to focus on and that's exactly what happened with this book. If I ever decide to read the sequel to Mind Games, it would only be because I want to find out what happens to Annie. I'm not sure how much I'm going to care when the times comes though....more
Body Heat featured Maura Mahoney, a woman who has never had much excitement in her thirty years of My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Body Heat featured Maura Mahoney, a woman who has never had much excitement in her thirty years of life, and Jesse Blue, a handsome man who may just be a criminal. Maura and Jesse couldn't be more opposite, but for some reason, they are very attracted to one other. The entire book is about them denying their attraction and having sexy fantasies about each other.
Maura was a pretty frustrating character. She tended to make assumptions about Jesse without asking for the truth. Jesse did too to an extent, but I didn't feel he was nearly as judgmental as Maura. Although this book had its serious moments here and there, it was definitely more of a funny and romantic read. Maura and Jesse were constantly fantasizing about each other. They weren't sweet and cute fantasies either. They were pretty damn hot! I actually didn't mind all these fantasies at first; however, after a while, I think they were overdone. I understood these characters really wanted each other, so I just wanted some actual interaction between them. I wanted those fantasies to become a reality. It eventually happened, of course, but the wait was a bit too long.
Body Heat was filled with drama, sexual tension, and humorous moments. The concept wasn't groundbreaking, but if you're looking for a light and easy read, this book might just be for you....more
Hmm... I'm not sure when I'm going to finish this book. I think I stopped at chapter two or three. It was pretty intriguing, but the font size was a tHmm... I'm not sure when I'm going to finish this book. I think I stopped at chapter two or three. It was pretty intriguing, but the font size was a turn off. I actually skimmed the ending and was shocked by the romance. I don't even understand how those two ended up in a relationship...or whatever the heck that was. o_O Apparently this is going to be a series. It does make me wonder how the romance is going to turn out, so maybe I'll finish this one day......more
Sophie has recently started having recurring nightmares revolving around her mother's death and has My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Sophie has recently started having recurring nightmares revolving around her mother's death and has even started hearing the voice of Ian, someone she has dreamed about for years, in her mind. She beings to realize that these dreams might be real after all when Ian reveals himself to her. Harmony was a fast-paced read filled with romance, vampires, and hints of Irish magic and lore.
I think the parts I liked the most were actually the scenes from Ian's perspective. I have always liked reading from a male's perspective and reading from Ian's view made it interesting. While the events in the book go by quickly and some things seem to have an easy resolution, not everything is resolved by the end. I guess that's why it's a planned series. I would recommend this book to those who can't get enough of YA vampire novels.
Thanks to Cambio Publishing & Goodreads for the chance to read Harmony!...more
I didn't finish Cold Fury. In fact I was only halfway into chapter one before I decided to stop. Although the main character was a bit funny (the partI didn't finish Cold Fury. In fact I was only halfway into chapter one before I decided to stop. Although the main character was a bit funny (the part where she said that her nose was Roman cracked me up!), I didn't feel this story would be a stand out to me. There's an audience for this type of book, but it just isn't me....more
I enjoyed a lot of things about Valkyrie Rising. The rich and refreshing setting of Norway. The way the mythology was woven nicely into the s4.5 stars
I enjoyed a lot of things about Valkyrie Rising. The rich and refreshing setting of Norway. The way the mythology was woven nicely into the story and the fact that it was filled with badass female warriors known as the Valkyries.
Ellie, the main character, was likeable and brave, and her brother's best friend and the love interest Tucker was my favorite because of his awesome personality and protectiveness of Ellie. All the characters were great and believable, and I loved how the romance played an important role that never once overshadowed everything else the book had to offer.
The pace and action really began to pick up at the halfway point, but the beginning was still as intriguing as the rest of the novel. Overall, I thought Valkyrie Rising was well done and thoroughly entertaining....more
The first book in the series Wither was strange. Well, that's one word I would use to describe it. Honestly, I was left feeling 'meh' about that bookThe first book in the series Wither was strange. Well, that's one word I would use to describe it. Honestly, I was left feeling 'meh' about that book because...it bored me. It really did. And what I've read of Fever, it already seems even weirder and more boring than Wither. I'm definitely not saying Wither is the better book. Both books are probably on the same level, but reading another book like Wither is not something I'm in the mood to go through again. I want to say I'm putting Fever on-hold for now, but...I doubt I'll pick it back up again to finish reading it. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this series is just not for me.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC through a GoodReads giveaway....more
I could relate to the main character Jasmine in a way. I understood why she felt like she My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I could relate to the main character Jasmine in a way. I understood why she felt like she never fit in because of her skin color and the way she looks. I know the feeling. But she pretty much annoyed me for the majority of the book. The secret she kept from her mother.... It made me wonder why she even bothered keeping it to herself, since she started taking out her frustrations on the one person she was trying to protect. Telling her mother that unlike her, she wasn't addicted to a color? And that she was a horrible mother? Whoa. Jasmine made unfair assumptions and was as judgmental as everyone else throughout the book. Even though she realizes this by the end and knows she has to change herself and become a stronger person, I can't say I ever went out of my way to root for her.
Another thing that bothered me was the fact that so many other issues were mentioned. There was the gay friend and the friend who was abused growing up and the boy who had a drug past. Every other character had a dead parent (cancer, drunk driving, etc) or a parent who wasn't in their lives. Yes, everyone has problems. But considering the book was already about prejudice and racism and forgiveness, it was too much. I guess I was suppose to feel sorry for the characters, but I honestly never felt much of anything for them. And then the dialogue from some of the characters made me cringe. Things like 'Once you go black, you never go back' and 'You know what they say about black men...' I've heard those jokes before. Who hasn't? It felt very forced. Like I was being reminded and convinced that the character was black. And I wasn't convinced. It didn't sound real or true to me. Just stereotypical things to say.
I liked that If I Tell brought up the issues of race and prejudice. However, I wasn't able to completely connect with the characters, and I think the book had a lot going on with the other issues I mentioned above. While I didn't enjoy If I Tell as much as I wanted to, I don't think it was a bad read at all. And I believe that if you're still interested in reading it you should go for it....more
Stay With Me is a fast-paced novel told in alternating POVs between fifteen-year-olds Mack and Céce over the course of one hundred and two days.
ReadinStay With Me is a fast-paced novel told in alternating POVs between fifteen-year-olds Mack and Céce over the course of one hundred and two days.
Reading through this book was a struggle for me at first. I could not connect with the characters. Didn't feel much of anything for them. The relationship between Céce and Mack.... It seemed like I blinked and they were already all over each other, saying how much they were in love. I felt like I missed something. Eventually I just let it go, and after that I was able to appreciate the story more. By the end, I was a bit more connected with the characters. I think the ending was fitting, but I felt sad about the whole situation. Because stories like this happen all the time. Life isn't always fair, and people end up making terrible mistakes. All you can do is move on and have hope that things will get better. I wish these characters all the best....more
I liked the book's cover and the book sounded like it would be a YA/adult crossover. That was my mistake. Because, after beWon this through GoodReads.
I liked the book's cover and the book sounded like it would be a YA/adult crossover. That was my mistake. Because, after being notified that I won a copy through GoodReads, reviews started coming in that made me realize it was no where near what I thought it would be. I've skimmed through the book, and I don't believe I will be able to read it. It really isn't my cup of tea....more
Comics are great. Supergods sounded like an interesting read, but I didn't finish it. It made me realize that maybe non-ficWon this through GoodReads.
Comics are great. Supergods sounded like an interesting read, but I didn't finish it. It made me realize that maybe non-fiction isn't something I enjoy reading. I plan on giving this copy to someone who will appreciate it more than I did....more
So I started Glow, and it's pretty interesting. Better than expected. :) But I think I started it at the wrong time. So, I'm going to put it on hold fSo I started Glow, and it's pretty interesting. Better than expected. :) But I think I started it at the wrong time. So, I'm going to put it on hold for now because I have other books I want to get to first & I don't believe I'm in the mood to read an ARC right now. I hope to continue it in a few weeks.
Edit 2: Yeah...I never finished. In fact, I gave away my copy. :p...more
Before I started the book, I read reviews that said that the ending was shocking and surprising. No My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Before I started the book, I read reviews that said that the ending was shocking and surprising. Now that I've finally read it, I have to say that I agree. I was not expecting it to end that way at all. It made me question everything else in the book. And now I'm wishing the entire book got a reaction out of me like the ending did because maybe I would have liked it more.
Will and Asheley are siblings. Their father left them when they were really young, and their mother is a complete drunk. For their entire lives, Will and Asheley have never felt normal. Because of the way they grew up, they have social problems and aren't very trusting of others. But things seem to be finally improving for them. Asheley is starting to socialize with the girls on her softball team, and Will is doing great in golf and he's getting noticed by girls. Their mother has even been sober for a couple of months. That feeling of normalcy doesn't last though, and Will and Asheley's lives being to spiral out of control.
Will was weird and creepy, and I just did not like him. He had anger and jealousy issues. Asheley was... Well, after that ending, I'm really confused about her and her relationship with her brother. I don't know what to think about either of them. Both were very paranoid people. I know I don't feel sorry for them, no matter how bad their home-life was. Honestly, they deserve what's coming to them.
All in all, I thought this was an okay read. I was never really hooked until the very last page, and I wish I had felt something for the characters. It was a strange and kind of disturbing book, so if you're curious, check it out....more
When I started this book, I was really intrigued and I liked the strangeness of the characters. But as I continued reading, I felt like the main charaWhen I started this book, I was really intrigued and I liked the strangeness of the characters. But as I continued reading, I felt like the main character wasn't making much progress in learning more about her mother (convenient how her own father doesn't seem to know anything, huh?). I'm sure by the end she would have learned just about everything, but I think it's taking too long, especially since I started finding the story less and less interesting. It took me two weeks to get halfway with this book, and it's been three weeks since I picked it back up. I really wanted to like this book, and I hate not finishing a book, so I might continue it later. But for now, I'm putting it on hold and it's staying on my shelf....more
Kylie Galen's life sucks at the moment. Her grandmother passed away, her boyfriend broke u My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Kylie Galen's life sucks at the moment. Her grandmother passed away, her boyfriend broke up with her, her parents are getting divorced, and she's been forced to see a psychologist after she tells her parents that a guy has been stalking her. A guy that apparently only she can see.
Things only get worse for Kylie when she's caught at a party with alcohol, and at the advice of the psychologist, Kylie's parents send her to Shadow Falls Camp for the summer. Shadow Falls is suppose to be a camp for troubled teens, but Kylie quickly realizes that no one at the camp is normal. Everyone is a supernatural, and there are all types: vampires, werewolves, fairies, shape-shifters, etc.
In this book, supernaturals can figure out if a person is a supernatural, and what type of supernatural they are, by reading the person's brain pattern. Kylie is different though. For some reason, no one is able to read her brain pattern. They know she's not a normal person, but that's about it. Kylie, thinking that they are wrong about her, spends the majority of the book wishing/hoping/praying that she is not a supernatural.
And I felt that's really all that happened in the book.
Other than Shadow Falls Camp being a promoter of peace between the different species of supernaturals, teenage supernaturals go to the camp to learn how to harness their powers. Or so it states in the book's summary. Throughout the book I was waiting to read some kind of scene like that, but it never happened. There was just a bunch of talking and questions from Kylie. It seemed most of her questions were not answered until later or at all because nobody seemed to know or have the answers. That was probably to add to the mystery, but I just wish it didn't take the entire book to find out whether or not Kylie was a supernatural. Especially since it was obvious that she's a supernatural (and it got pretty annoying how much she was in denial).
As for everything else in the book... I think the most intriguing scenes were with the "ghost stalker." When we found out the ghost's story, I was surprised. Didn't see it coming. I liked Kylie's new friends Miranda and Della. The bickering between Miranda and Della was pretty funny at times. The love-triangle... Well, I tend to dislike love-triangles. I didn't hate this one, but I wasn't impressed with it either. It was a typical love-triangle. Instant attraction. Kylie couldn't stop thinking about either Lucas or Derek. Oh, and her ex-boyfriend Trey. I thought I would be rooting for one of these guys by the end, but nope, I'm not. Not much progress.
Like I mentioned before, not all the questions were answered. There is still a lot of mystery. But I guess that's why this is a series, not a stand-alone. And even though I felt like there wasn't enough action in this book, I'm intrigued enough that I would probably read the sequel....more
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Recovery Road is the story of Madeline, who is recovering from heavy drinking and partying and My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Recovery Road is the story of Madeline, who is recovering from heavy drinking and partying and anger issues. The story takes place over the course of about three to four years, and through the book we get glimpses of how she is dealing with her issues and what she is doing to improve her life. Recovery is not always easy though, and we see that with Madeline and with the people she befriends at the rehab in Spring Meadows.
From the cover and the summary, I thought Recovery Road was going to be a love story, and while there is some romance here and there, it's not the main focus. It's about Madeline first and foremost. Her life and her recovery. If you're wondering about the romance, I will say that it's NOT all sunshine and rainbows. But, and although I felt Madeline fell in love with Stewart (the boy she met at rehab) rather quickly, my favorite parts in the book would have to be when Madeline was at Spring Meadows with Stewart.
As I mentioned, the book goes through a couple of years of Madeline's life. Because of this we're not always given the full details. Such as Madeline's life before and when she came to Spring Meadows or the story behind Stewart's situation and his problems. It's not hard to imagine, especially with what is revealed in the book; however, I wouldn't have minded more details about the characters' situations and explanations for their behaviors.
The ending of the book isn't want I expected or wanted, but there is some hope. For Madeline, at least. Recovery Road gives us a look into the life of Madeline during her gradual recovery, and I would recommend it to those looking for a fast-paced read about real issues that aren't solved simply and easily....more
Alyson Noel's new series Soul Seekers takes place in the same world as her Immortals series. There' My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Alyson Noel's new series Soul Seekers takes place in the same world as her Immortals series. There's even a short story where Daire meets Ever, which can be read here. When I found out it was the same world, my curiosity for Fated actually faded a bit. I guess it's because I ended up really disappointed with the Immortals series and I was just hoping this new series would be something completely fresh. I'm not going to lie and say it didn't have it's unique moments or that it wasn't an improvement from the Immortals, but in the world of YA paranormal novels, Fated doesn't stand out.
Now, if you're a fan of the Immortals series, I think you will like this book. It has a slow and steady pace. The writing style is consistent. The main character Daire isn't as...well, let's say she doesn't make quite as many bad decisions as Ever. (I have to admit, though, that there were some instances where I saw bits of Ever in Daire. Hopefully Daire's decision-making doesn't go downhill from here. I am worried, since I didn't think Ever was so bad in Evermore either...and then the other books happened.) Also, there's still plenty of magick. There wasn't nearly as much romance as you would expect, but it's there. There's other similar qualities; however, I want to make it clear that I'm NOT saying it's a replica of the Immortals. I'm saying it felt like an Alyson Noel novel, which may be a good thing if you're a fan.
As for me, I won't be continuing this series. I might read reviews with spoilers of future books, but I'm definitely not going out of my way to read the rest. Fated was too long and tedious and boring to me, and I know I can expect the same in the next book. I definitely don't want to go through that three more times either! I don't believe Fated brings anything new to the genre, nor does it stand out at all amongst other YA paranormal novels. It was somewhat of an improvement from the Immortals and that's about it. (And this may be me being picky, but I don't like male characters with long hair. Dace, the love interest, has it, and it's such a huge turn off! So yeah, that sealed the deal for me.) I think I would only recommend Fated to those who are already Alyson Noel fans....more
Desires of the Dead starts off a few months after The Body Finder. Everything seems to have pretty My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Desires of the Dead starts off a few months after The Body Finder. Everything seems to have pretty much returned to normal for Violet after the incident during the Homecoming dance. Things change, though, when she discovers the body of a young boy stashed in a cargo ship container in Seattle. Violet is later contacted by the FBI, who want to know exactly how she managed to locate the body. This is when Violet's problems begin.
It's hard not to compare this book with The Body Finder. Both books are similar in that there's chapters for the 'stalker' and Violet needs to figure out that person's identity before an innocent person gets hurt or even killed. Some of the differences in this book are that there's a couple new characters and Violet is much more secretive. I will admit that those are the reasons I didn't love it like I did the previous book. Of course new characters are to be expected, but I didn't have much of a feel for them. The brother and sister felt random. And the FBI characters seemed really important, but they didn't get much scenes. (Maybe the author is saving them for a third book?) As for Violet and her secrets, I got pretty annoyed with her when she kept information from everyone, including Jay. Those secrets just led to more problems and caused her to be upset throughout the book. Sometimes it was a bit too much.
There were some other issues I had with the book, but they were minor compared to how I felt about the new characters and the secrets. And while I didn't love it as much as The Body Finder, I did enjoy Desires of the Dead overall. The moments between Violet and Jay were probably my favorite parts to read. I would recommend this sequel to those who liked The Body Finder and want to know what happens next with Violet (and Jay)....more