First off I was spurred to read this book because I loved the cover, and I honestly did not read the description before I started reading the book so...moreFirst off I was spurred to read this book because I loved the cover, and I honestly did not read the description before I started reading the book so I had no idea of the setting or what this book was about. I wanted to like this book so much more because it breaches that taboo topic of what it's like to be and Iranian woman, who also is attracted to other women. I know little of Iranian culture, the bit I do know is from a friend who moved from Iran to the States. I think that this was a great and bold book to publish, and it felt more real than fiction. There is a great dynamic between Sahar and her father that never really gets explored and that would have been a wonderful and heart wrenching story on its own, but the actually story of Sahar and Nasrin just didn't feel right. You get the sense that the girls have this history, but we don't really get filled in on the history, it's all in the now and both girls are so young and naive that it is hard to believe that this is real love, or that this love is merely one-sided, because Sahar is the only one that seems to try, even though it's impossible. Nasrin is too shallow to take seriously, she is just an unlikable character, and Sahar is lacks confidence and follows Nasrin around like a lost puppy. Then there is Ali, the cousin, his story and the world that he lives in would also have been far more compelling. I honestly think there is so much potential here, the writing itself is choppy and there is a disconnect from page to reader, I don't feel a part of a story, I feel like I'm peeking in on someone's memories, a past that I can never be apart of. I think that it's worth a read but I don't know if it will be memorable. (less)
I got this book FOREVER ago, and I feel bad that I’m just now getting to it, because that’s the type of lame person I am (darn that nursing school for...moreI got this book FOREVER ago, and I feel bad that I’m just now getting to it, because that’s the type of lame person I am (darn that nursing school for getting in the way of my reading). So, I have never ever heard of Ally Carter, and saying that obviously have never heard of the Gallagher Girls or the Heist Society series before reading this book, which I was worried about. This felt kind of stand alone to me, because I was able to follow this really easily. Ok so I couldn't fan girl respect the crossover action but still this little short was entertaining (and FREE!!!!) so it most definitely made me want to go out and find out more about these characters. It’s interesting these teens on opposite walks of life coming together for the greater good. I honestly enjoyed the world that was created in just a few pages. I wonder how I will feel after going back and ACTUALLY reading both these series because the author has intrigued me.
I did get this book free for an honest review.(less)
It took me 3 days to finish this book, and honestly it felt longer. Why? There is just so, so very much going on and it's not that it is bad, because...moreIt took me 3 days to finish this book, and honestly it felt longer. Why? There is just so, so very much going on and it's not that it is bad, because it's not, it's just a lot! This book follows Bonnie Braverman and Lola LeFever in their journeys of self discovery and eventually their ultimate battle, which in a book about good and evil (guess which is which) you totally expect to see. This could be called nature vs. nurture, but there really isn't any nurture for either girl, so it's all instinct. These girls are born into a blood line that they spend the entire book trying to figure out, ok not necessarily their blood line, but who they are,why they are, and are they alone? There were several points that I just wanted to set this book down and give up, but I decided..no I've invested this much lets see where we go. Is this the best book ever? No, it's not the best, but it's intriguing and it's worth following though with. I think I would have much preferred this in comic format, I think it would have had a bigger impact in that format, and also reached a wider audience, because the story itself is brilliant. The imagery is wonderful and the author is clearly talented. I think this would have been a crazy epic & long comic book, but it would be spectacular. I love that Bonnie and Lola parallel in so many ways but just a few different decisions make the outcomes vary vastly. I will say that Lola is my favorite her spiral downward and the insanity that she sprials into is just really well done, you really can see the crazy, though Bonnie is pretty awesome too, the whole thing is really well done. It's really an amazing novel, I wish there were parts that didn't make me want to set the book down because of pacing, because I think that will kill a few readers. Trust me it's worth sticking with. I can't wait to see what else the author has put out there. Plus anyone who mentions Joss Whedon right off the bat is totally awesome in my book! :) (less)
First off, I am so grateful to have been able to read this book in advance of the release date, I was so excited to have been able to read this. I mea...moreFirst off, I am so grateful to have been able to read this book in advance of the release date, I was so excited to have been able to read this. I mean it was ridiculous about how excited this lady got about reading this book....
So, I loved the Hex Hall Series, and this book is a spin-off or really another tale set in the same world that Hex Hall was set in. Do you need to read that series first? No, this book does stand on it's own...but I think it would be mighty helpful, mostly because the author doesn't re-build the world for you, it's kind of implied that you understand who the Brannicks are, what Prodigium are, and though there are brief descriptions I would think you'd feel less lost if you went ahead and read that series, it's great too.
We got to know, or meet, Izzy Brannick some in Spell Bound, as well as the rest of her family and there was a lot going on with her and the man in the mirror, Torin. Now we get to delve into Izzy world and it's a heck of a world, there is a lot that is going on in our young heroine's life and this book is just hitting the tip of the iceberg. The writing is really witty, it's fun and it has that same playful seriousness as Ms. Hawkins previous works. It doesn't have that same pizzazz that Hex Hall had, but it is still fun. Izzy is an awkward young lady who doesn't know how to fit in but doesn't change who she is and sticks up for what she believes, which is honestly a great example to younger teens who are susceptible to wanting to fit that popular mold. I read this book through in one sitting, it is an easy, quick and enjoyable read.
A couple of quotes I loved (and there were many)but these were funny (to me).
"No girl can ever have enough My Little Ponies. That's just science.”
"Mom, everyone at the Waffle Hut is shady. That's why they go to the Waffle Hut. To . . . be shady. And eat waffles. Shadily."(less)
It has been quite some time since I read book 8 of HON, in fact I read that one in April of 2011. I was a bit rusty when it came to the series. I have...moreIt has been quite some time since I read book 8 of HON, in fact I read that one in April of 2011. I was a bit rusty when it came to the series. I have read one or two other books since then. I do think this series needs to be done and over with and as of right now there are 3 more after this one, book 12 being the final book. I actually find the characters in this story to be quite trite. I mean I wanted to just yell and tell these teens to chill out... but they are facing life and death everyday, I’d probably be high-strung too. The one thing that has ALWAYS bothered me about this series is continuity. The authors wrote Marked (book 1 ) in 2007 in which neither Glee or True Blood had aired on TV and less than a year has passed in the House of Night world and it’s supposed to parallel the real world just with vamps. It bugs me that in each book the authors seem to forget that it’s still 2007 and the pop culture references are not appropriate in that time frame. The books seem like they are trying REALLY hard to be edgy and relevant to the pop culture world and that is just a distraction. Also, for a young adult book there sure is a lot of swearing and sex going on, with multiple people. I get that in older adult books but not when the market is teens. I get that teenagers are having sex and cursing up a storm, but a lot of parents don’t realize what their kids are reading and though we can’t shelter them we should be aware. Ok, the writing, oh it has gotten better but again it tries too hard. It honestly feels like the characters have barely gone anywhere from the first of the series, it has been a slow-moving process with a lot of unnecessary aspects to it. I mean who want to know about Neferet having sex with a bull…ew. I have made it nine books into this series, I will read the final three (of course two haven’t been released yet.). I found the final chapters to be the best, because honestly there was much more action and forward momentum of plot and really forward momentum is what we should be aiming for in a book…not stagnation.(less)
I read this book AFTER I read Ephemeral which is another series but involves the Counts, it was SO cool to actually see Skyla's and Laken's stories in...moreI read this book AFTER I read Ephemeral which is another series but involves the Counts, it was SO cool to actually see Skyla's and Laken's stories intertwine in Toxic. Also I must say for some reason I am still team Marshall, I don't know why it just seems he is the most forthright guy in Skyla's life, is it just me? I know that this series is wrapping up with what 2 more books publishing after this one? I may be wrong but I thought I saw that Book 8 (Toxic part 2 being 7.5) would be the last. Anyway, this series is just so epic and long and sometimes, looking back, it felt like it didn't go anywhere. I love the writing style of Ms. Moore, I love the characters in this book and I'm glad that we didn't harp much on Chloe, because that just gets a bit tedious after a while. Instead we are spending the greater portion of this book mourning over Gage without hearing his side of the story, and trying to make him jealous with either Marshal or Logan, sometimes the vapid teenagerness just gets to me. I am ready to find out how this story ends, I'm ready to find out whose side everyone winds up on and who Skyla finally decides to settle with, but more on this book. If you enjoyed the previous 6 books then you'll like this one and it ends much the same as the others, with the undeniable urge to know more and a swift brick wall that you slam into because, Yeah, cliffhangers. Have no fear if cliffhangers get you down because part 2 has been released already, we're just waiting for the last one and I'm ready. (less)
Addison Moore has a knack with writing stories that suck you in...eventually. It actually took quite a few chapters for me to get into the world of La...moreAddison Moore has a knack with writing stories that suck you in...eventually. It actually took quite a few chapters for me to get into the world of Laken, there was just so much disorientation on the part of the character that the reader starts out that same way. I love that they tied in a lot of elements from the Celestra series, so it appears this is going on at the same time as all of Skyla's business is going down. The thing that got me was the formula is slightly similar. Girl falls for boy A, boy A falls for girl but is keeping secrets, girl also falls for boy B who is into girl as well, throw in a couple other boys in the mix. Voila story. It's not as sordid as Skyla's life though, at least not yet. Laken is interesting, she isn't currently spectacular with her angel powers and she doesn't know if she's crazy or being screwed with. I would hate to live in the world of Fems and Spectators (AKA Zombies) that just seems terrifying, but the characters hold their own with them. By about 30% of the way through this book, I couldn't put it down, each chapter ended in such a way that you just couldn't put the book down so you could sleep, you just had to keep on going. UG then the ending, I don't know why I'm surprised there was a cliffhanger, when is there not a cliffhanger? Loved it. On a side note, it is very strange to read a story and see your name. I have a very uncommon name, so it is rare that I read anything that features it (even in passing), so I kept getting thrown every time I saw it. I can not wait for the next book to come out, I just oh so love the characters, Ms. Moore does a great job making characters you love to hate, and ones you just swoon over, and others that you're on the fence about. Fantastic!(less)