Last year I was greatly impressed by Suzanne Young's debut novel, The Naughty List. It was a fun, light-hearted story. A Need So Beautiful is the compLast year I was greatly impressed by Suzanne Young's debut novel, The Naughty List. It was a fun, light-hearted story. A Need So Beautiful is the complete opposite of The Naughty List but that is, by no means, a bad thing. Reading this has made me even more in awe of Suzanne Young's talent and I can't wait for more.
Charlotte Cassidy has always felt the Needs but they are even stronger and more frequent now. She knows she can't resist them even though she doesn't know what they are. When she finally does find out what they mean she wishes she was still clueless. Charlotte is one of the Forgotten, someone who will help people but will also fade away with each person she helps. What does this mean for Charlotte's life and love? And is there a way to stop it?
A Need So Beautiful is a haunting book. That's the best word I can think of to describe it. I can't stop thinking about it. It's unlike anything I have ever read and I really wonder where Suzanne Young gets her ideas. This is one book I can safely say is impossible to predict because nothing even remotely close to it has been done before. The sequel, A Want So Wicked, is at the top of my wishlist for this reason.
Charlotte was an easy character to relate to and sympathize with. I felt horrible for her because of what she was going through but at the same time, her fear is easy to understand. Everyone wants to be remembered especially by their loved ones. And Harlin! OMG even his name is sexy. He is the sweetest, sexiest, misunderstood bad boy I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. I want one!
Overall, A Need So Beautiful is a very different venture from Suzanne Young but one I can't help but recommend. Read it now!...more
Holly Cupala has done it again. Two years ago I was super impressed by her debut novel, Tell Me a Secret. This year I am even more impressed with herHolly Cupala has done it again. Two years ago I was super impressed by her debut novel, Tell Me a Secret. This year I am even more impressed with her sophomore novel, Don’t Breathe a Word. Holly Cupala writes YA contemporary with an edge and I adore it.
Joy starts out seeming a bit like a spoiled kid who has everything in life handed to her. It’s partly because she is so sheltered because of her asthma but she really doesn’t seem to know how to survive on her own. Taking to the streets seems to be a bit of an overreaction on her part but as the book goes on it’s easier to see how she might think it’s a good idea. She’s a smart girl who’s very brave and strong but it takes a lot to make her realize that about herself. I started out feeling sorry for her but that quickly changed and I grew to love her and my whole view of her changed. By the end of the book she was fierce, strong, and pretty much a completely different person than when she first left home. Being on the streets forced her to see things about herself that were there all along but that she just couldn’t see.
Creed, May, and Santos are the characters that really made this book for me. It’s been a long time since I loved characters as much as I loved these three. Creed is the white knight, the protector, the one who feels like he has to take care of everyone. May is the badass, the troublemaker, the one who doesn’t need anyone. Santos is the mystery, the kind one, the one who has quite a few secrets. They don’t seem at all like a group that would end up together but they do. They balance each other out and they are always there for each other. They describe each other as family and they truly are. Joy isn’t exactly easily accepted into their group but she does eventually become part of that family. And let me just say, some of the trials they put her through are quite hilarious. Oh and hey there’s a ferret named Faulkner. I loved him!
The story is remarkably fast-paced and the book is impossible to put down. From the moment Joy runs away from home her life changes and she finds danger, drama, and even some romance while living on the streets. As she gets to know more people out on the streets she learns more and more about secrets that her new friends are hiding and nothing is ever as it seems. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out everyone’s secrets and whether or not any of them would get their happy endings. While everything is pretty well tied up with this one I would love to read a companion novel more about Santos and May. I didn’t get nearly enough of them for my liking! And you know, I wouldn’t mind more of Creed and Joy.
Warning: I would recommend this one for older teens though because it does touch on some topics like prostitution, abuse, and drugs.
Overall, Don’t Breathe a Word is a must-read for fans of contemporary. Holly Cupala is a fabulous writer and I am eager to see what she does next! ...more
Angelfire was a fabulous start to this trilogy but Wings Of The Wicked really sealed the deal. This book has everything readers could possibly want: rAngelfire was a fabulous start to this trilogy but Wings Of The Wicked really sealed the deal. This book has everything readers could possibly want: romance, action, angels, demons, reapers, and one serious badass main character. Ellie is my girl! =)
Ellie's life has changed a lot since Will came back into her life but Ellie hasn't changed much. She is just a normal girl trying to save the world from demonic reapers. No biggie! In this book Ellie faces even more challenges than in Angelfire and my heart broke for her more than once. Things aren't at all easy for Ellie but she fights through it and Will never leaves her side. Now that is one seriously devoted boy. Will also faces quite a bit in this book but he is still his dark and moody self. The boy needs some happy pills. (I still love him though.)
The action in this book is seriously non-stop. I never knew when some reaper was going to pop up out of nowhere and try to kill Ellie and Will. Sadly some of the fight scenes in this book had devastating consequences and I did tear up a little. I truly love all the characters in this book and seeing any of them hurt broke my heart. Courtney Allison Moulton did a great job of making me feel for the characters.
Overall, Wings Of The Wicked is a spectacular sequel to Angelfire. The book may be over 500 pages but by the end up will be wishing it was longer....more
Kiersten White's sophomore novel, the sequel to the fabulous Paranormalcy, does not disappoint. It's just as laugh-out-loud funny as the first and theKiersten White's sophomore novel, the sequel to the fabulous Paranormalcy, does not disappoint. It's just as laugh-out-loud funny as the first and there are even more crazy paranormal creatures!
Evie is probably one of the best main characters that I have ever had the pleasure to read about. She's a strong heroine who knows how to take care of herself. However she is more than happy to have some help. It's pretty clear when Evie can't win a battle on her own so sometimes she needs reinforcements. And let me tell you, I would love to have her reinforcements. Jack is a new character in this book and he is just as hilarious as Evie. He's joyful and rambunctious and so dang cute! Then there is Reth. Not always the best guy but he does provide great protection. And don't let me forget Lend. Oh, who am I kidding? No one can forget Lend. He's sweet, loving, protective, and pretty much the best boyfriend ever.
Things really haven't changed much since the first book. Evie's always getting into trouble, the faeries want here (dead or alive), and she is still clueless about what she really is. However things don't stay that way for long. Sure she still gets into trouble and the faeries still want her dead but she learns quite a bit about her true parentage. Supernaturally is full of revelations; about Evie, about other characters, and about what is really going on with IPCA and the paranormal world.
Overall, Supernaturally is a must-read for fans of Paranormalcy. If you haven't pick this one up yet, do it now. Readers are in for a fun (and sometimes terrifying) time with Evie!...more
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson’s debut novel, has definitely been added to my short list of favorite YA fantasy novels. It’s right up there wThe Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson’s debut novel, has definitely been added to my short list of favorite YA fantasy novels. It’s right up there with Graceling and Shadow and Bone. While I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read it, I’m extremely happy I can binge read this trilogy!
I’m going to get my one complaint about The Girl of Fire and Thorns out of the way first since I only had one problem with it and I loved so many things about it. I hated the way Rae Carson spent so much time drawing attention to Elisa’s weight. It was made clear early on in the story that Elisa was fat. I was perfectly fine with that. In fact, I enjoyed reading about a heroine who wasn’t rail thin. However, I didn’t feel that it needed as much attention as it got. There was a lot of detail about how much Elisa ate and how other people looked at her because of her weight. After a while I got really tired of hearing about how big she was. Luckily as the story goes on the mentions of her weight go down a lot but in the beginning it was really kind of annoying.
Okay, now on to the things that I adored! Where do I even begin?
First up, the characters. Elisa is a kick-ass heroine. She may seem meek at first but don’t let that fool you. It all changes really quickly. Elisa takes control of her future and she takes charge. She’s a leader who is smart and funny and kind and true. There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t like about her character. As for King Alejandro, he seemed nice enough but a little weak. He couldn’t make decisions for himself and he was always relying on other people to tell him what to do. I was let down by him. Hector was actually much more appealing to me and I hope we find out more of his story in the following books. Then there were the others. Ximena, Aneaxi, Cosme, Humberto, Belen, Jacian, Rosario, and so many more. I can’t possibly describe them all but I will say that I loved them all in different ways. Rosario was adorable. Humberto was so sweet. Ximena was fierce and loyal. Cosme had a lot more to her than she originally showed. It was a fabulous cast of characters, all around.
The story takes off from the very first page. Rae Carson just jumps right in and readers will be hooked. First it’s an arranged marriage, then it’s a hidden marriage in a strange new palace, then it’s kidnapping and war. There is no break in The Girl of Fire and Thorns. There is always something going on. I was on the edge of my seat by the end of the book and I had no idea how things were going to turn out.
Overall, The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a fabulous read for fantasy fans. There’s a little something for everyone in this story!...more
Possess is an absolutely fantastic debut novel. It's creepy, funny, suspenseful, and just plain awesome! Gretchen McNeil is another debut author to adPossess is an absolutely fantastic debut novel. It's creepy, funny, suspenseful, and just plain awesome! Gretchen McNeil is another debut author to add to your list of must read authors.
Bridget is an amazing main character. She is snarky, sarcastic, kind of shut off from people, and possibly going insane. That, or the voices she hears could be demons. I'm not sure which would be worse. I think Bridget is the main reason I liked this book so much. She lightened the mood and she made me laugh when I normally would have wanted to scream. She was also so sweet with her little brother, Sammy. I loved him. Another great guy was Matt Quinn, the possible love interest. He was sweet, funny, and a little overprotective. I really grew to like him throughout the book.
The plot was very gripping! From the first page I was hooked and I had no idea how everything would play out. I was amazed at how perfectly everything tied together in the end but left me with just enough questions to hope for a sequel. Oh and beware, there are some seriously creepy scenes in this book. One involves dolls (my personal worst nightmare.)
Overall, Possess is a unique story that really grabbed me and did not let go until the very last sentence. I cna't wait for more from Gretchen McNeil....more
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't read the previous books in this series this review may contain spoilers.
Endlessly is the perfect ending to the ParanormaSPOILER ALERT: If you haven't read the previous books in this series this review may contain spoilers.
Endlessly is the perfect ending to the Paranormalcy trilogy. It's definitely a little bittersweet but readers will love it. The end of Evie's story is full of twists but ultimately leads to an amazing ending.
Evie is an all-time favorite heroine of mine. It's impossible not to love her. She's snarky and sarcastic a lot of the time but she does have her sweet and vulnerable moments. She's always been such a well-rounded character and Endlessly is no exception.
Endlessly (the whole Paranormalcy trilogy, really) has such a fun, varied cast of characters. It's great when you love a main character but it's even better when you love the rest of the characters too (even the bad ones.) Lend is still Lend. He's a total sweetheart, a total smarty pants, and totally in love with Evie. He's brave and he's willing to do anything for her. David, Lend's dad, is pretty awesome too so you can see where he gets it from. David's probably one of the coolest dads ever but he does take his role as a parent very seriously (how refreshing!) Raquel is a whole different person in this book and you really get a glimpse of how much she cares for Evie. However, my two favorite characters were Jack and Reth. These two are technically the bad guys but readers won't be able to stop themselves from loving these two. They are hilarious! Jack is hilarious because he tries to be. Reth is hilarious because he tries so hard not to be. He takes himself so seriously and he's sometimes a little delusional in his beliefs. It's quite comical.
The stakes (for everyone) are so much higher in Endlessly. Things are changing for all the paranormals and it's not for the better. IPCA has a new leader and she can't see the good in any paranormal, not even Evie. Not only that but the paranormals need Evie's help with something big. Something that could cause her to lose Lend for good. Endlessly will have you flipping pages as fast as you can.
Overall, Endlessly only solidified my love of the Paranormalcy trilogy and my love of Kiersten White's writing. Her next book is already at the top of my wishlist....more
Ahh! I am so glad I got the chance to read Vanish early but now I am dying for more. Just like with Firelight, Vanish leaves you with an idea of whatAhh! I am so glad I got the chance to read Vanish early but now I am dying for more. Just like with Firelight, Vanish leaves you with an idea of what is coming next but months before you can actually read about it. It is pure torture!
Jacinda is back with the pride but she is not happy about it. She never thought she would want to live in the human world but that was before she met Will. Now she is home and all she can think about is finding a way back to him. Her biggest fear may come true though. What if the pride clips her wings before she can leave? Or worse, what if Cassian makes sure she can't leave?
I love Jacinda. This book made me like her even more than the first. She may be descended from dragons but her emotions are very human. She is scared, insecure, guarded, but also very loving when it comes to her family and Will. I also still love Will but Cassian is growing on me. He shows a very different side of himself in this book and it's hard not to like him, at least a little.
The plot is awesome. So many things were going on. It definitely kept me reading. I had no idea what was going to come next. I loved the suspense. I bit off all my nails while reading this one!
Overall, Vanish is an amazing follow up to Firelight. I am dying to read the next book and it's not even close to being released. I don't know what I am going to do! =)...more
Brodi Ashton's debut novel is better than I imagined and believe me, my imagination is pretty wild! This trilogy and this author are going to be beyonBrodi Ashton's debut novel is better than I imagined and believe me, my imagination is pretty wild! This trilogy and this author are going to be beyond fabulous.
Everneath has been described as a retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth. In some ways I think that is a fitting description but in no way does this book seem like a retelling. Brodi Ashton took the age-old, well-known myth and made it her own. There is nothing predictable about this book. It isn 100% unique and 100% unputdownable!
Nikki doesn't start the book out as a great heroine. She starts out lost, alone, broken, and defeated. She does not stay that way for long though. Throughout the book Nikki grows in so many ways and by the end, she may have flaws but she is one strong and awesome heroine. Cole also changes throughout the book but his changes are more subtle. Cole is a guy that is hard to stay away from yet impossible to be around. Jack, on the other hand, is pretty dang perfect from the beginning. He is sweet, kind, loving, smart, and protective. He doesn't lie, cheat, or abuse Nikki in any way. He is a great guy and his and Nikki's love story is one you can't help but get sucked into. I find it very hard to believe that anyone who has read this isn't 100% Team Jack.
The story itself is fast-paced and so mind-blowing. Once you start reading you will be unable to stop. The story alternates between past and present so pay attention. It was a bit confusing at first but it is pretty easy to get used to and it really adds to the story. Sadly, the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger. I want book two now!
Overall, Everneath is a fabulous debut novel and a wonderful start to this trilogy. Get your hands on a copy as soon as possible!...more