After reading Eleanor and Park, I was hooked on Rainbow Rowell and wanted to read some more of her work. I stumbled upon Fangirl in my search and I'mAfter reading Eleanor and Park, I was hooked on Rainbow Rowell and wanted to read some more of her work. I stumbled upon Fangirl in my search and I'm so glad that I read this book. I actually liked this more than Eleanor and Park (and I liked that book too!).
Fangirl follows Cath Avery, a twin, who is the more "shy" reserved, smart twin and she's awkward and a little strange. She's anti-social but she's famous online because of her fanfiction stories. As she goes to college, she's faced with a new world, new friends and new situations without the dependence of her twin sister, Wren. She has to figure things out herself while trying to take care of her dad and Wren.
I really enjoyed this story! At first, you start wondering if Cath is a bit strange but you really start to like her and her whole addiction to the fandom of Simon Snow (similar to Harry Potter in my opinion). She's definitely a nerd and it's cute. She's also strong in her opinions and she definitely speaks her voice when asked. I love her relationship with Reagan, her roommate. Reagan, is also another character, who I thoroughly enjoyed because she just speaks her mind and really doesn't care. Pretty much you're thinking what Reagan is thinking about the Simon Snow fandom and about Cath, the entire time when reading the book. There are definitely some laugh out loud moments which makes it fun.
I liked that the story really follows a relationship between twins who are growing apart but are still close. I also like how you see Cath's progression throughout her freshman year in college because I'm sure anyone can relate to that.
I really liked Levi! He's one of the best guy characters. Sweet and just likeable.
The Simon Snow parts were a bit long. I didn't really prefer reading that much as much as reading about the main characters in the book.
Overall, I really liked this book. I hope Rainbow does a sequel! I can't wait to read more!
I've read several books from Sophie Kinsella now and I've always thought her books were average. It's not that I didn't like them but they were funnyI've read several books from Sophie Kinsella now and I've always thought her books were average. It's not that I didn't like them but they were funny and sometimes annoying and sometimes I just wasn't happy with how the stories flowed.
I decided to read this book because of all the reviews on GoodReads. I would have to say that by far of all her books, this was my FAVORITE one. It's hilarious! I laughed out loud through most of it and I really enjoyed the story. I couldn't put the book down!
Poppy Wyatt, is a loveable character and she really gets herself into sticky situations. Sam Ruxton, is a dreamy male love interest who makes you swoon. I really wish that she will write a sequel for this because I definitely wanted more from the two main characters.
It's cute and fluffy and a good read if you want something light hearted, funny and with a happy ending.
Now, I'm hoping for a movie! Please, Hollywood, Please!
If you're in the market for a quick, fluffy, light, funny read ... this is it.
I've always been a fan of anything British. I love London, I love HongIf you're in the market for a quick, fluffy, light, funny read ... this is it.
I've always been a fan of anything British. I love London, I love Hong Kong. And there is just something about British humor that makes me laugh out loud. This book mashes together all of my favorite things and leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy at the end.
Abigail Wood has just gotten out of a long term relationship and trying to live life as a single. She's completely lost and insecure, which I'm sure every girl can relate to. She doesn't know what she wants out of life or from love. After convincing her flatmate, Robert, one of London's premier playboys, to coach her in how to navigate the world of singledom, she becomes unstoppable until she meets someone who turns her world upside down.
There are a lot of funny laugh out loud moments in this book and of course some British slang that takes some getting used to but overall, I loved this book. Be prepared because there is a lot of cursing and f-bombs but that is really what makes it funny. And I particularly liked that there weren't explicit details on the sexy bits. I appreciate that for a chick lit book because most of the time chick lit books are filled with explicit details that I don't really care to read about.
I like Gemma Burgess's writing style though the book had quite a few typos but not sure if it's because I have the Kindle version. It's funny, light hearted and Abigail is seriously crazy at times to where you want to smack her. Another plus from the story is that you end up liking the other secondary characters within the book as well.
I enjoyed the ending and the story of how Abigail finds herself and love. I like this better than other chick lit books that I've read. It's just funny and the protagonist won't annoy you as much as other chick lit books. I also like how it conveys a message of doing what you want in life and following your passion.
This book was by far my favorite of the Guardian Trilogy. The second book delves deeper into Maggie's past lives as a messenger and her guardian, EranThis book was by far my favorite of the Guardian Trilogy. The second book delves deeper into Maggie's past lives as a messenger and her guardian, Eran. It's filled with action, adventure and suspense as darker creatures are seeking Maggie out. Creatures that can send her to an eternal death.
As Maggie visits each of her past lives to learn more about what she can't remember, she realizes that the Fallen Ones are a bigger threat to her than she thought as well as a threat to mankind.
I couldn't put this book down when reading because it gives you a glimpse of how evil the Fallen Ones can be and how they will stop at nothing to kill Maggie. The plot thickens and the story gets even more complicated as new characters from Maggie's past are introduced.
Again, there are story inconsistencies here and there and grammatical errors but overall, the storyline kept you wanting to read more. Definitely my favorite of the three!
A world of devastation, war and social classes, Shadow and Bone is full of mystery and wonder surrounding Alina Starkov, a young orphaned peasant, andA world of devastation, war and social classes, Shadow and Bone is full of mystery and wonder surrounding Alina Starkov, a young orphaned peasant, and the country of Ravka. Serving in the military until a secret power within her is unleashed. She is dragged away from her best friend and the comforts of the military and thrown into a world of royalty and danger.
Living in a new life as a grisha, she is trained to be an elite soldier with a strong power that could save their country. As she navigates her new world, she begins to meet new friends and learn more about The Darkling. Can she trust anyone in this new world and new life?
The book is well written and the author brings you into a war torn world of grishas and magical elite who serve a King and The Darkling, the second in power to the King. The magical world and fantasy that Leigh Bardugo creates envelops you and makes you wanting to read more. I absolutely loved this book and I'm even more glad that they will be turning this into a movie. I cannot wait to see it on screen and see how everything will play out. And now I'm counting down the days to read the second book in the series which doesn't come out until 2013! Why so long?! ...more
Ash, the former Winter Prince of the Winter Court, has been exiled from Faery, exiled from the Iron Kingdom and turned away from the girl he loves allAsh, the former Winter Prince of the Winter Court, has been exiled from Faery, exiled from the Iron Kingdom and turned away from the girl he loves all because she wanted to save his life. As a Winter fey, he can't step foot into the Iron Realm to be with Megan so he decides to go on a journey to find his soul and to become human.
In order to do this, he embarks on an amazing journey and adventure of a lifetime with his best friend and archnemesis, Puck as well as some other surprising characters on the way.
This was by far my favorite of the entire Iron Fey series. I absolutely LOVED this story told from Ash's point of view. From the start until the end, this book had captured me with all of the twists and turns thrown in. I loved the hard choices that Ash had to make between what he loved and who he loved and if he was willing to change for that love.
I loved how he changed as a person as well as the unique story that was told to get him on that adventure and the sacrifices that happened along that journey.
There is a lot of angst in this story but that is what makes this story so good! I loved how the author ended this series based on these characters, since I know she's planning to continue from another point of view in the future but I absolutely loved how she ended this chapter of the characters and their lives. I was happy with getting the happy ending that I wanted and was looking for in the Iron Queen and I was definitely glad she continued on with this story as I think it was the best story in terms of the writing and the detailed action and adventure that remains a constant from the beginning to the end. ...more
Sophie Mercer has had a crazy year during her first time at Hex Hall. After two deaths and the revelation that she is a demon not to mention, that theSophie Mercer has had a crazy year during her first time at Hex Hall. After two deaths and the revelation that she is a demon not to mention, that the guy that she is in love with is a demon hunter spy who is working for the Eye and wants to kill her, she decides to make a decision to go through the Removal process. A process that removes her her magical powers in a ritual ceremony that can only be done in London at the Council Headquarters.
Meeting her dad for the first time, who is trying to convince her not to go through the Removal, and spending time with him for the summer in London, doesn't seem so bad right? When you throw in two mysterious demons that are staying at Council Headquarters then you get another mystery that Sophie is trying to solve. Who is building a demon army?
On top of that being in London is where Archer Cross was seen last. What would happen if their cross paths again?
I absolutely love the Hex Hall series. I read Hex Hall and was immediately hooked to the world of witches, warlocks, vampires, fairies and shape shifters that Rachel Hawkins has created. Sophie Mercer is a strong protagonist with a snarky sense of humor.
I especially love the relationship that Archer and Sophie have and now that there is Cal throw into the mix, it definitely puts you in a place where you don't know what is going to happen. Especially after all the events that happen in London and the big twist at the end was a shocker.
This book definitely ended on a cliffhanger so I am sitting at the edge of my seat waiting for Spell Bound to come out. What other surprises and twists does Hawkins have for us? I have no idea but I can't wait to find out. ...more
I loved this series! The cover is what first drew me to this book and while I had it sitting in my Kindle for years I finally decided to read it afterI loved this series! The cover is what first drew me to this book and while I had it sitting in my Kindle for years I finally decided to read it after reading some great recommendations from friends.
The story follows Helen Hamilton, a lanky, awkward teenager growing up on Nantucket with her best friend, Claire. Her mother has left her and her father and she's known that she's always been different. Everything changes though when a mysterious family moves to the island. Helen begins to notice that she's angry all the time and that she has special powers.
As secrets begin to unravel, Helen becomes the star of a replay of the Greek story, Helen of Troy. Will she become a pawn of the gods or will she change fate?
Full of mystery and secrets and twists and turns, I LOVED this series. It finished all three books in over a weekend because I couldn't put it down. Plus, you fall in love with all of the characters. Sometimes I wanted to smack Helen around a few times but overall, the story is great! I love the tie to Greek Mythology too! ...more
After finishing The Squad: Perfect Cover, I immediately purchased The Squad: Killer Spirit. This story takes place three weeks after the first book. TAfter finishing The Squad: Perfect Cover, I immediately purchased The Squad: Killer Spirit. This story takes place three weeks after the first book. Toby Klein is still wondering how she joined the Varsity Cheerleading Squad at Bayport High. It's been a surreal experience and now the girls have been commissioned with their next mission.
They have been asked to track four suspects potentially with terrorist connections who have just arrived in Bayport. What are they doing in Bayport? And more importantly, are they connected to the evil law firm, Peyton, Kaufman and Gray?
Toby's life has been thrown upside down especially with the upcoming Homecoming nominations. She would do anything not to be crowned or to have any attention focused on her but when Jack Peyton, Bayport High's Most Eligible Bachelor, asks her to the Homecoming Dance, she's definitely stuck with a dilemma. She can't help but fall for the handsome, mysterious, senior but wonders how much he knows about the Squad and their cover. Does he know they are secret spies? Is he really using her to get to the Squad? Or does he really like her?
And worst of all, someone knows who Toby is and someone is trying to kill her ...
This second story in the Squad series is just as good as the first. I thoroughly enjoyed it due to the sarcastic humor that Jennifer Lynn Barnes gives to Toby and her dislike for cheerleaders and all things pink and glittery. This story had more action and definitely more intrigue as you wonder what will happen to Toby. There is also more character development and you follow Toby as she starts to develop bonds with her teammates.
I'm so sad that this is the last book to day for the series and there isn't any future plans to continue with this series! I absolutely loved it and I think it has such a great storyline! I really wish I can read more because I definitely want to have some of my questions answered.
My personal favorite quote in this story is "OMG with a side of WTF!". Hilarious! ...more
Toby Klein is a sixteen year old girl attending Bayport High. She's a rebel, fierce, brave and a social outcast. She starts to receive some encryptedToby Klein is a sixteen year old girl attending Bayport High. She's a rebel, fierce, brave and a social outcast. She starts to receive some encrypted messages from the popular Varsity Cheerleading Squad about upcoming try-outs. What do the cheerleaders want with her? She just wants to melt into the background and protect her little brother, Noah, from school bullies. Well, after some curiosity that Toby has surrounding the mysterious notes, she decides to go to the try-outs just because it will get her out of detention. What she ends up finding out brings her down further into the rabbit hole.
You follow Toby into Wonderland has she finds out that the Varsity Cheerleading Squad is actually a cover for a group of teenage girl spies. And as she gets recruited, her life turns upside down. Now she has to juggle cheerleading, popularity and spy work all at the same time. And don't forget that she can't fall for her mark, Jack Peyton, Bayport High's Most Eligible Bachelor.
I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was ridiculously funny. I laughed out loud a couple of times because reading Toby's thoughts and her sarcasm was hilarious. I think Jennifer Lynn Barnes has a great sense of humor.
I liked the mission and the different operations that were executed as well as the teamwork involved with all the other characters aside from Toby. You learn to love all the characters in the Squad as well as Toby's younger brother, Noah, who is hilarious.
I checked on the author's site and read that she only has one other story for this series. I'm so bummed that she's not continuing with it as it's such a great storyline. Who would ever suspect spies as being cheerleaders? And yet, they are masters at what they do. Throw that in with all the high school drama and you have a great, fun, light read!
**spoiler alert** After having finished both City of Bones and City of Ashes, I decided to continue reading and finishing up the rest of the Mortal In**spoiler alert** After having finished both City of Bones and City of Ashes, I decided to continue reading and finishing up the rest of the Mortal Instruments series. There is also a sort of cliffhanger in City of Ashes which makes you want to read City of Glass.
The book follows up with Clarissa Fray, being told that there is a way to wake her mother up from her coma. She has to travel to Idris to find a warlock who has placed her mother under a spell.
You follow Clary and her journey into Idris which is not an easy journey and forbidden since she has entered Idris illegally along with Luke, a werewolf Shadowhunter, who is sort of like her father figure.
From there she meets a cast of new characters. She is introduced to Sebastian, another Shadowhunter who is mysterious and willing to help her but things don't seem right about him. She also meets Amatis, Luke's sister and some other Council members, in which some have been corrupted by Valentine.
I did get frustrated again with Clary for being irrational and making stupid decisions but in a way she has to be like that in order to find herself stuck in certain situations in the book.
There is a lot going on in this third book of the series. You're constantly wondering what will happen next as Clary and Jace unravel more and more secrets about their past and their family history while trying to stop Valentine from completing his task of eliminating the world of Downworlders and creating a pure race of Shadowhunters.
There is still the growing relationship between Jace and Clary in which it's difficult to think of them being brother and sister and yet they have a strong bond to each other. Overall, I was originally turned off by their relationship from the first book where I didn't want to continue reading the series because I thought it was disturbing but after reading some spoilers online and finding out that they aren't actually brother and sister, it made me want to continue with reading the rest of the series. I did enjoy reading this last book because you find out all the hidden secrets and what really happened and everything comes full circle at the end.
I thought there was a lot of intrigue and the constant movement of things happening that there wasn't a boring moment or slow moment that would've turned me off from it. This last book did a great job in answering a lot of unanswered questions from the first two books.
I was surprised to find out that there is now six books in this series and that the fourth book is scheduled to come out in the Spring. It seems as if this third book really ended on a good note but if there is still more, I am interested in continuing to read it. ...more
**spoiler alert** Graceling, is a story about a girl, Katsa, an eighteen year old Graceling and her special ability. She is a lady killer and feared a**spoiler alert** Graceling, is a story about a girl, Katsa, an eighteen year old Graceling and her special ability. She is a lady killer and feared among everyone living within the seven kingdoms. As a thug of Randa, King of the Middluns, she struggles with right and wrong and a sense of her own independence.
The beginning of the story, immediately captured my attention with a mysterious mission that you follow Katsa on. Someone has been kidnapped and Katsa is trying to find out why he was kidnapped. On her mission, she mets another Graced fighter, Po, who intrigues her making her wonder who this person is and what he is all about.
You soon find out that Katsa is part of a secret group that she formed called the Council. The Council was setup to achieve balance among the royal power of the seven kingdoms. They work on missions to ensure that the kings are not abusing their powers and soon you're following Katsa on her mission to unravel the mysterious kidnapping.
In this fantastical world that Kristin Cashore creates, you're immediately thrown into a story of a strong heroine as she learns about herself, love, friendship and sacrifice.
The romance in this story is touching and I enjoyed reading about Katsa's incredible journey. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to immerse yourself in a unique world where select humans have special abilities, hence, known as Gracelings, and a twisted world of kings and power with castles, dungeons, and sword-fighting. ...more
**spoiler alert** Just when you think sequels aren't ever as good as the first book, this has proven me wrong. Suzanne Collins does it again with the**spoiler alert** Just when you think sequels aren't ever as good as the first book, this has proven me wrong. Suzanne Collins does it again with the second book of the The Hunger Games Trilogy. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mallmark have returned from winning the Hunger Games. They are to set out on their Victory Tour and enjoy their new found lives of being rich and famous. However, their victory at the Hunger Games has pissed off the Capitol and now they are being watched. Throw that in with the 75th Hunger Games/Quarter Quell and Peeta and Katniss are inevitably fighting for their lives all over again.
I was extremely impressed that this second story was able to retain my interest and excitement. I thought after winning the 74th Hunger Games that there wouldn't be much to talk about but I was completely wrong. Suzanne Collins weaves an intricate web of politics, dictatorship, and rebellion all into the life of a seventeen-year-old girl.
The twists and turns in this story has you questioning everyone and their motives. You're with Katniss every step of the way wondering who really is an ally or who is faking it. The suspense of the Quarter Quell has you on edge wondering what's going to happen. Who is going to live or die.
I like the fact that the author isn't afraid to kill off her characters. It's tragic and bold but it makes you want to read more. You're dying to find out what's going to happen next after each chapter.
The ending of this book leaves you wanting more and now I can't wait to read Mockingjay. Though I'm lucky to wait only two weeks, I have no idea how others have had to wait for longer than that.
This series is a page turner and makes you want to keep reading. It's addicting and I'm completely obsessed. ...more
Suzanne Collins creates a unique and twisted world of Panem seen through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen. A 16-year old girl who was forced to grow up eaSuzanne Collins creates a unique and twisted world of Panem seen through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen. A 16-year old girl who was forced to grow up early and take care of her family by hunting for food (illegally) in a world where starvation is the norm. The Annual Hunger Games starts up and Katniss is thrown into an arena to fight for her life.
I was initially shocked at the violence that the story creates around the Hunger Games. 24 kids (called tributes) are chosen from 12 districts. One boy and one girl aged anywhere from 12 to 18. They are to fight to the death until there is only one left standing. And the disturbing part is that the entire world of Panem is forced to watch this for their enjoyment.
The idea of something so horrible makes you sick but you are glued into wanting to read every page of this book. You want to know what happens next as each chapter leaves off on a suspenseful note. In addition to that, there is love thrown in and yet, what happens if you end up having to kill each other off?
The book is really good. Definitely one of my favorites. I absolutely enjoyed every page of it. The twists and suspense has you on edge every minute.
I will definitely continue with reading the series. I can't wait to start! ...more
**spoiler alert** I decided to test out reading some of Meg Cabot's books. She has a long list of books and different series. I decided to try out the**spoiler alert** I decided to test out reading some of Meg Cabot's books. She has a long list of books and different series. I decided to try out the Mediator Series because it sounded interesting enough for me. And I really enjoyed it.
The story is about Suze Simon, a sixteen year old girl, who can see and talk to ghosts. She moves to Carmel with her mom, new stepdad and three stepbrothers.
At a new house and new school, she of course, encounters ghosts. Interesting enough is that you follow her along her journey with trying to discover the mystery of the ghost that haunts her home as well as the ghost that haunts her school.
I enjoyed the fact that she's a typical high school girl but with a chip on her shoulder. She's stubborn but also has a sharp tongue and doesn't let anyone push her around. She's a strong protagonist and does some serious butt kicking.
I also enjoyed her relationship with her new stepbrothers especially the budding relationship she has with her youngest stepbrother. The story also builds her relationship with new friends as well as another mediator at her school.
The story was an easy, fun read and definitely has the mystery and suspense thrown in along with the drama that comes with the everyday life of a teenage girl.
I recently downloaded a sample of this story on my Kindle. I was curious to read some of Mr. Darcy's POV's from Pride and Prejudice. Upon reading theI recently downloaded a sample of this story on my Kindle. I was curious to read some of Mr. Darcy's POV's from Pride and Prejudice. Upon reading the sample, I ended up purchasing the rest of the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mary Street's interpretation of Mr. Darcy and his side of the story. It gives great insight into his character and demeanor as well as his struggling internal conflict of giving up his pride to marry the one that he loves.
The story starts off with Mr. Darcy at the ball where he first sees Elizabeth Bennett. The story further develops into his character explaining his arrogance and conceit. Eventually, it goes through his struggle of his affection toward Elizabeth and how he has to control his feelings around her. His feelings for her start to grow and eventually he ends up proposing to Elizabeth but is shocked to find that she hates him. He takes all of her allegations to heart and slowly starts to change in order to become a better person even if he can't win her heart.
**spoiler alert** I really liked this book because it was the end of the series but I wasn't too happy about the deaths in the end. It was definitely**spoiler alert** I really liked this book because it was the end of the series but I wasn't too happy about the deaths in the end. It was definitely a blood bath and it was sad reading about all the characters that had to die. The story was a little confusing regarding the wands but overall, I loved it. ...more
I wasn't that aware of the series until I was at a friend's house and watched the movie on DVD. I was completely addicted to the storyline. I ended upI wasn't that aware of the series until I was at a friend's house and watched the movie on DVD. I was completely addicted to the storyline. I ended up buying the book and finishing it in two days. I absolutely loved the story because of the introduction to Harry, the main characters and the magical world of Hogwarts. The creativity and imagination of J.K. Rowling is amazing.
The Harry Potter series is definitely one of the best series out there because of the storyline and the fantastical world that J.K. Rowling brings to life in the words of her pages. ...more
I started reading this book because I first saw the trailer to the film and it peaked my interest. I was suddenly thrown into the world of Twilight.
II started reading this book because I first saw the trailer to the film and it peaked my interest. I was suddenly thrown into the world of Twilight.
I bought it on a whim when I went to the mall with my mom on one of my business trips back to the US. I started reading it that night and couldn't put the book down. I ended up finishing it in two days. I have never read so quickly in my life. And it has been awhile since I've been interested in reading at all. I stopped reading on a leisure level since high school.
This has become one of my favorite books. It is definitely my favorite of the Twilight series because it's the introduction to the Cullens and to Bella Swan. It also focuses on the love story between Bella and Edward which just completely mesmerized me. The love story told between these two is amazing and swoon-worthy.
There were times when I cringed at some of the lines written. I do admit that Stephenie Meyer might not be the greatest writer out there but she did come up with this story which I love. She created characters that I have come to love reading about and all I want is more.
While reading it, you have to keep in mind that's meant for a young adult audience. Though, I do agree at times that Bella does seem over infatuated with Edward, I think that the story has a bit of action mixed in with romance which is what I love. ...more