I was super excited to hear that Take Me On was going to be the fourth book in the ‘Pushing the Limits’ series. I’ve loved Katie McGarry’s writing sty...more I was super excited to hear that Take Me On was going to be the fourth book in the ‘Pushing the Limits’ series. I’ve loved Katie McGarry’s writing style every since I first started the series, and I absolutely could not wait to read West and Haley’s story. Now that I’ve finished the book, I can honestly say that if you’ve enjoyed the series so far, you’re definitely going to love this wonderful addition!
Haley is a titled champion kickboxer who vowed to never step in the ring again after a tragic night that changed her world forever. But when the guy she saves late one cold night accepts a fight in her honor, she once again finds herself back in the ring. Training West shouldn’t be too hard, he’s got raw talent and he knows how to use it, but he’s definitely not someone that Haley wants to get involved with. When a bond starts to form between the two, Haley and West must overcome their fears and family issues, and discover that love is a risk worth taking.
Haley is a really awesome character. Life has not been very kind to her and her family, but they struggle through and make the best of what they have to deal with. She’s definitely not shrinking violet, but is instead a trained fighter, who can even take down an experience fighter when she has to. But some things in the past have changed her, and she has had a hard time overcoming the fears that haunt her. Even so, she’s still a strong character that loves her family and will do whatever she has to do to keep them together. I love her determination and strength; it was really admirable considering all that she has gone through.
When we first met West in Crash Into You, I honestly didn’t think much of him. As I read Take Me On and get to know him better and the reasons why he did some of the things that he did in the past, things start making more sense regarding him. I love his stubbornness and his protectiveness over Haley. I love that while he was considered a ‘playboy’, he was completely faithful to her. I always love that in a bad boy. These two characters are so well written and so complex, you can’t help but to love them.
The book is told through both West and Haley’s point of view. I really love books that are written this way, as we get to climb inside both characters heads and see exactly what’s going on with them and how they feel. West and Haley were made for each other. Both were stubborn and determined. They made such a great pair.
I fully expected to take my time and read this book slowly to savor each little bit of the story, and at 544 pages, I totally could have dragged it out to be a long and enjoyable read. But once I started reading the story, I absolutely couldn’t stop. I read the bulk of the book in just a day’s time. I can’t help it, I was totally hooked! The storyline for the book was really touching. The struggles that both characters had to face made them such stronger people, and I really felt bad for both of their situations. But they are fighters, both in the physical and emotional sense, and I think that together they could overcome just about anything.
I also want to mention that I love that in McGarry always includes includes some characters from her previous books. In this book we get to see Rachel, Isaiah and, of course, Abbey, who I absolutely love and who I hope gets her own story in the future. It’s great to see these characters that I love once again. Isaiah is one of my most favorite bad boys ever. I would read just about anything with him in it. *wink*
Overall; If you haven’t read this series before, I definitely recommend that you do so. Take Me On is an excellent addition to the Pushing the Limit’s series. I can’t wait to see if there are more stories in this series in the future. I am totally hoping that there will be!
Fangirl is the second book I’ve read by the insanely talented Rainbow Rowell. Everyone said that I would enjoy this book even more than I did Eleanor...more Fangirl is the second book I’ve read by the insanely talented Rainbow Rowell. Everyone said that I would enjoy this book even more than I did Eleanor & Park. I was a bit skeptical about this, but everyone was totally right! This book was SO great, and I am thrilled to have it be the first book that I’ve read and reviewed in 2014!
The main character in the story is Cath. Cath is sarcastic and introverted and a huge fan-fiction fanatic. I love Cath. She is probably the most relatable character that I have ever met in all the books that I’ve read. She is so much like me, it’s kind of scary! But that is why I love her. With all of the things that went on in her past, and everything that she was experiencing in her present, you couldn’t help but feel something for her. Yes, she was crazy awkward and naïve at times, and I guess that is why I was so able to relate to her. I love the relationship between Cath and Levi. I love their interactions with each other and that their relationship was one that was built gradually, instead of instantly. They were really great together, and I could totally see Cath coming out of her shell and becoming such a stronger person with Levi’s help. Levi, by the way, is totally swoon-worthy. Just so you know.
One of my most favorite quotes from the book would have to be from dear Cath. - “There are other people on the Internet. It's awesome. You get all the benefits of 'other people' without the body odor and the eye contact.” Yes! Best introverted quote ever!
I loved all of the secondary characters to the story just as much as I loved the main character. Cath’s roommate, Reagan, was someone that I didn’t expect to really like in the beginning, but I adored her by the end. I felt the same with Cath’s twin sister, Reagan… although I didn’t like her nearly as much as Cath. Cath’s father was definitely an interesting parent, and I worried that he might be one of those parents in YA books that I was really going to be disappointed with, but he wasn’t. I could go on and on about the characters in this book. But you should just read it so you can meet them yourself!
At 448 pages, I thought that this book would be something I would read over time and enjoy. Instead, I was sucked into the story and flew through the pages faster than I ever imagined. The story and characters blend together to make this book a captivating read. This book made me laugh so much, and even had me tear up a few times. It was such a great read.
Overall; I enjoyed this book so very much more than I expected to, and yes, even more than Eleanor & Park. If you haven’t read anything by Rainbow Rowell yet, I definitely recommend you adding this book to your reading list. It’s definitely worth the read.
I have really enjoyed reading ALL of the books in the Pushing the Limits series, but I have to say, Crash Into You is my most favorite of the three bo...more I have really enjoyed reading ALL of the books in the Pushing the Limits series, but I have to say, Crash Into You is my most favorite of the three books! I seriously could not wait to get my hands on this book so I could dive into Isaiah’s story. The book definitely does not disappoint!
I have been intrigued by Isaiah since we first met him in Pushing the Limits. I wanted to know more of him, and my wish was granted when reading Crash Into You. He is such an awesome bad boy, but underneath the attitude, tattoos and all around bad boy exterior, he’s a really sweet, caring guy. He is the absolutely perfect for Rachel. I love that instead of being frustrated with her and her issues, he helps her in any way that he can. I love that he calls her Angel. While they had a few issues in the book, they pretty much had a really swoon-worthy relationship, and I really enjoyed reading their story. Isaiah has definitely earned a spot as one of my most favorite male characters!
There are so many secondary characters in this book, I wouldn’t even know where to begin with them. I love that we get to see a lot of our favorite characters from the two previous books; I honestly didn’t expect to see as much of them as we did. I really, really enjoyed them being a part of this story. Then there are the new characters that we meet in this book. Rachel had a very interesting family, especially with having four brothers. I can’t say that I cared for her dad very much.
The storyline for the book was really intriguing and definitely kept me hooked while I was reading. I really enjoyed the car talk! There are lots of sweet and steamy moments throughout the novel, and there is a pretty shocking scene towards the end of the book, but I love that it was included. It just made me love Rachel and Isaiah even more. Such a great story!
Overall; if you are a fan of young adult contemporary books with tattooed bad boys as the main character, you’re definitely going to love this book! The whole series is amazing, and I definitely recommend you starting it, if you haven’t already.
I was super excited to get my hands on Countdown, as I’m really enjoying dystopia novels at the moment, and the book sounded great! This book definite...more I was super excited to get my hands on Countdown, as I’m really enjoying dystopia novels at the moment, and the book sounded great! This book definitely did not disappoint!
Countdown is a super-secret reality TV show where contestants race the countdown in order to win the game and stay alive. The secret part of this show is that it is viewed by a very select audience of people, people that enjoy the brutality that comes with this dangerous game. There are only two options for the game; you win and choose whatever you want for your prize, or you lose and then you die.
The main characters in this story were so awesome. Kira had been on her own for the past two years, after her family was brutally murdered. So naturally, she trusted no one, which was totally understandable. After waking to find herself alone in a dark room with the mysterious Rogan, she has to learn to trust him in order to stay alive. I really enjoyed watching these two characters learn to trust each other, not an easy feat considering both of their mysterious pasts. Both of these characters were strong willed and determined to survive and win the game.
This book definitely starts off with a bang. It’s full of action and is extremely fast paced. It has been a long time since a book has kept me on the edge of my seat the way Countdown did. I thought the storyline was very creative as well, and even realistic. This is something that I could see happening in our world, and it would definitely not be something pleasant to watch.
Overall, I enjoyed this book SO much! I would absolutely love to see a sequel for this book so that I could see what exactly happens to Kira and Rogan in their new lives. If you enjoy dystopian type books, this book will definitely be right up your alley. Check it out!
The Fault in Our Stars is my very first John Green read. My fellow blogging buddy, Petra @ Safari Poet sent it to me last year, and for some crazy rea...more The Fault in Our Stars is my very first John Green read. My fellow blogging buddy, Petra @ Safari Poet sent it to me last year, and for some crazy reason, I put off reading it until recently. WHY did I do this??? Beats me! This was a wonderful read, and I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner.
Hazel was such a wonderful, witty, snarky character. Augustus was so very sweet and thoughtful, not your average young man. Their situations made them so much more mature than the average teenager. I cannot even imagine going through what these two characters went through. They made the most of the life they were given, even when death was staring them in the face. “That's the thing about pain," Augustus said, and then glanced back at me. "It demands to be felt”. And felt it we did. Through the pages of the book, through the actions of the characters, all of the pain was there for us to feel. Not only through the main characters, but I felt it through the secondary characters as well.
But with the bad, we also got the good. The relationship between the characters was built on sarcasm and humor. What better way to start a relationship, yes? You would think that just by reading the summary of this book that the whole book would be super sad, but it wasn’t all sad. There were moments between the characters that made me laugh and sigh, snicker and full out giggle. I love a book that can make me feel such a wide range of emotions.
I want to say, I am super glad that both Hazel and Augustus both had a really great set of parents behind them. Yes, they were typical teens and treated their parents likewise for the most part, but I’m glad that the parents never gave up on the kids. I love books that have amazing parental support.
Overall; this book definitely brought on the feels, and I loved every minute of it. I’m both dreading and excited to see the movie next year. It should be interesting to watch. And this definitely will not be my last John Green book! Okay? Okay.
The Iron Traitor is the second book in ‘The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten’ series by the super talented Julie Kagawa. Can I start this review by say...more The Iron Traitor is the second book in ‘The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten’ series by the super talented Julie Kagawa. Can I start this review by saying that Julie is an amazingly talented writer, and her books never disappoint? The Iron Traitor is a great addition to this wonderful series that I enjoy so very much.
Ethan Chase is a very interesting character. Unlike his sister, Megan, he doesn’t want to get involved with the fairies at all. But no matter what he does, he always manages to get involved. I really think that he would do about anything to save the girl that he loves, and I love him for that. Kenzie is an interesting character as well, and I love that she seems to bring out the best in Ethan. These two are great together, and I’m curious to see what is in store for them in the future, especially with Kenzie’s illness.
Keirran, who is Megan and Ash’s son, remind me so much of both of his parents. Stubborn and strong-willed, he too is willing to do whatever possible to save the girl that he goes. He even does the unthinkable that almost made me through my iPad across the room while reading the book. But then there are times when he does something that makes me wonder HOW he could possibly be related to Megan and Ash. I guess that’s part of what makes him such a complex character.
One thing I adore about this book is the cameos by some of my favorite characters in the previous book. One character in particular that I am totally in love with, and a few more that I loved just as much. I’m sure you know exactly who I am talking about, but I don’t want to ruin it for you just in case.
As always, the world that Julie creates in her books is super fascinating and the characters are wonderfully written. I always enjoy the adventure that Julie takes us on when reading her books. You really never know what is going to happen! I really enjoy the addition of The Forgotten Ones to the story. It really makes this series different than the previous series, while still allowing us to enjoy the world that we loved in the original Iron Fey series. The book is very fast paced, and ends on a MAJOR cliffhanger, one that will make you say, “WTH, are you kidding me?!” Seriously, Julie was definitely mean to leave us hanging like that. It’s going to be a super long wait until the next book comes out. ::pout::
Overall, if you’ve ever read and loved a book by Julie Kagawa, you are definitely going to love this book. It’s another great installment to this fabulous series. I can’t wait for the next book to be released!
I was so excited to finally read Crash. I absolutely love Lisa McMann! Her Dream Catcher series is one of the series that really made me fall in love...moreI was so excited to finally read Crash. I absolutely love Lisa McMann! Her Dream Catcher series is one of the series that really made me fall in love with young adult books. Crash definitely did not disappoint!
The main character, Jules, is such a great character. She sees visions of the future. Not of just any future, but one part of the future in particular, and she’s determined to do whatever it takes to change the outcome of that vision.
I really enjoyed Jules’ character. Not only is she a strong character, but she’s pretty snarky as well. I love her for that! I love Jules’ siblings as well. Trey and Rowan are a wonderful brother and sister to Jules. I really loved their strong relationship. While the relationship between Jules and her mom seems to be really strong as well, the one with her dad seems very brittle. I am hoping we can explore that more in the rest of the series.
The love interest in the story for Jules is Sawyer. I honestly didn’t know what to think of Sawyer at first, but the more I read, the more I fell in love with him. Such a great character and completely different than what I expected, once I got to know him.
The plot in the book has me curious. While we know that Jules’ has visions, we don’t actually know WHY she has these visions. (I am hoping that will be explained in the next book.) While that left me hanging just a little bit, I thought the book was still great. I idea of the visions popping up in such random places, it would be difficult to experience. But I felt like I was experiencing it right along with Jules.
Overall, if you love Lisa McMann, you should definitely start this series. If you have yet to check out a Lisa McMann story, you totally should! What are you waiting for? Do it, now!
The Girl with the Iron Touch is another fantastic addition to the Steampunk Chronicles series. I have really enjoyed rea...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
The Girl with the Iron Touch is another fantastic addition to the Steampunk Chronicles series. I have really enjoyed reading The Girl in the Steel Corset and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar over the past two years, so I jumped to read this final installment in the series. It was definitely worth the read!
I must say, I absolutely love all of the characters in this series. Finley and Griffin are two of my most favorite couples ever. They are perfect for each other. Sam and Emily are a wonderful couple as well. I am so glad that Ms. Cross decided to write in such wonderful characters. I find Jasper and Jack Dandy to both be completely fascinating. The newest addition to the story, Mila, proved to be most fascinating as well. I would love to see her have a story of her own, maybe in the future. And it’s not just those to characters, but the rest of the characters in the story as well that are amazing. These are characters that I could read about again and again, Griffin and Jack Dandy especially. Wink, wink.
The thing I love most about this series, other than its amazing characters, is the world building that Ms. Cross creates. I adore all of the descriptions of the steampunk world that she created. I can envision them perfectly in my mind, and I find it completely fascinating. It amazes me how completely engrossed I can become in these books. They are definite page turners, and I definitely can’t get enough from reading them.
Overall, I really enjoyed this series, and I hate to see it come to an end! But all good things must, unfortunately. If you haven’t checked out the series yet, I definitely recommend them for a good read. Check them out sometime! (less)
Goddess is the third and final installment in the amazing Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini. I’ve read Starcrosse...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
Goddess is the third and final installment in the amazing Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini. I’ve read Starcrossed and Dreamless in the past years, and have completely loved the series. So, of course, when a chance to review Goddess arrived, I jumped!
Goddess picks up right where Dreamless leaves off. Helen and crew have finally escaped the evilness that is Ares. But the danger doesn’t end there. The gods are angry, and are turning people against each other. A tyrant is lurking among the group who has the ability to completely destroy everything. It’s up to Helen and her fabulous friends to save the world from a war that is imminent.
The characters in this series are so wonderfully written and thought out. Each of them holds a special place in my heart, Helen being one of the main ones. I loved watching her grow as a person; discovering more about herself and her abilities. She is a very strong and determined heroine, and will do whatever it takes to keep those that she loves safe. Lucas is another character that I have loved since the beginning of the series. He cares for Helen so much. The rest of the secondary characters in the novel are wonderful as well; I could totally go on and on about each of them. There are a few that you will love to hate, but again, they are all so well written. I’m definitely going to miss all my favorite characters.
The storyline and world-building for this book was, as always, absolutely fascinating. I just can’t read enough about the Greek gods and goddesses. The storyline for the book is action packed and completely engrossing. I was flying through the pages trying to see exactly what was going to happen next. A lot of the loose ends that we were left with in the previous books were tied up in Goddess. Some things came to a shocking ending at that. But overall, everything was wrapped up nicely.
I must say, I really hate to see this series come to an end. It has been one of my most favorite series to read since I started blogging, and I have really enjoyed the adventure that Ms. Angelini has taken me on. If you haven’t read the Goddess series, I definitely recommend that you check it out as soon as possible. It is definitely worth the read! (less)
Clockwork Princess is the third and final novel in the much loved ‘The Infernal Devices’ series. I was so excited to fina...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com
Clockwork Princess is the third and final novel in the much loved ‘The Infernal Devices’ series. I was so excited to finally get my hands on this book. I wanted to read it as slowly as I could, so that I could savor the moment. Of course, I ended up flying through the pages as quickly as I could, because it was just that good.
As in the previous books, I adore these characters. Tessa is a headstrong, stubborn heroine that can always be counted on to try and save the day. Yes, she is a bit of a martyr, but that’s ok! It just shows exactly how much she cares for everyone. Jem is such a sweet and caring soul, and he nearly broke my heart to pieces in this book. But it is Will, dear sweet Will, who will always be my favorite. For reasons that are SO obvious in this book. I love the secondary characters as well; Charlotte and Henry, Sophie, Cecily, and the Lightwood brothers. Magnus, as always, is wonderful and mysterious. Even Bridget, who I never could quite figure out, has turned into an all-time favorite of mine!
I thought the book was very well paced; there was never really a dull moment. There are quite a few shocking moments in the book; one in particular that left me gasping in shock. The ending of the book is one that will make everyone happy, no matter what side of the fence you are on. While I hate to see the series end, I thought it was wrapped up rather nicely. I’m looking forward to ‘seeing’ a few of my favorite characters again in City of Heavenly Fire.
One thing that I found rather charming about this book is some of the wording throughout the novel. It reminds me of lines that are in the movie version of Pride and Prejudice. If I hadn’t have just watched the movie recently, I totally wouldn’t have noticed. But because of this, I kept picturing Mr. Darcy in some parts! (Yes, it’s weird of me to notice this!)
Overall, I love this series. I really, really do. It is one of the first series that made me fall in love with reading again. It will always have a special place in my heart, and on my bookshelf. If you haven’t read this series and The Mortal Instrument series as well, you definitely should check them out!
Tahereh Mafi has once again managed to blow me away with her insane writing skills. After pining away for Unravel Me for over a year, I have finally r...more Tahereh Mafi has once again managed to blow me away with her insane writing skills. After pining away for Unravel Me for over a year, I have finally read the book, and I am torn on if I love this just as much, or more than Shatter Me.
Unravel Me picks up a few weeks after Shatter Me left off. Juliette is trying to cope with her new surroundings after being locked away for so long. She is free; free of the asylum and free of being Warner’s captive. But things aren’t as she hoped in her new surroundings. People still avoid her, she feels like an outcast, and Adam is being distant, dealing with his own issues. But with the help of some unlikely sources, things soon start to look up for dear Juliette.
Juliette is such a great character. I have always really enjoyed how strong a character she is. Adam, I think, is one of the most perfect male leads ever. I have always loved the relationship between Juliette and Adam. They care about each other deeply, and at times their love can be fierce. There were some moments in the book between Juliette and Adam that had me tearing up, they were so intense. Ok, tearing up is putting it mildly… I literally had to sit the book down and go in search of a hanky!
Ms. Mafi made such a very interesting character in Warner. I didn’t really care for him too much in Shatter Me; I found him to be such a heartless character. Then I read some from his point of view in Destroy Me. From there, I started to care for him just a little bit. We get to see yet another side of him in Unravel Me, and I must say, it was a completely unexpected side of him. While I am definitely not Team Warner, I do care for him, just not as much as Adam.
Kenji was an unexpected joy in this novel. To be honest, I didn’t really pay much attention to him when we first met in Shatter Me. But in Unravel Me, he proves to be such a great character, and definitely one of my favorites. He is hilarious, but he also does what he has to do for the greater good. I love Kenji.
I found the storyline for the book to be very realistic and engrossing. I could definitely feel all the emotions that Juliette was going through, and I am glad to see that things weren’t perfect for her right away. While the self loathing did get a little old at times, I am glad that she went through it, because it made it feel more real to me. Ms. Mafi did an excellent job with the descriptions as well; I could picture the setting perfectly in my mind. The story definitely had me on the edge of my seat at times, especially at the end!
Overall, I think I enjoyed Unravel Me even more than I did Shatter Me. (Which happened to be one of my most favorite books of 2011.) This is definitely a series that I will reread over and over again. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!
I read Pushing the Limits in 2012, and enjoyed it so very much. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Dare You To, and I was very thankful to have manage...moreI read Pushing the Limits in 2012, and enjoyed it so very much. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Dare You To, and I was very thankful to have managed to get a review copy from Netgalley. I enjoyed Dare You To just as much, if not a little more, than Pushing the Limits. Dare You To picks up not long after Pushing the Limits leaves off. The main character for this story is Beth, who we met in PTL. Beth has quite an interesting story of her own, especially the story of her past. I did find her to be a bit frustrating at times, at one point I wanted to reach into the book and shake her! But I thought she was a very complex, detailed character. The girl has definitely been through a lot, and Beth has major issues as a result. It was these issues, and how Beth overcomes them, that kept me so engrossed in the story.
The love interests in the story are totally yummy. The first interest is Isaiah, who we met in the previous book, and is a total bad boy. The second love interest is Ryan, the baseball jock at Beth’s new school. It really wasn’t much of a love triangle, so to speak. It’s pretty obvious that both boys care about Beth, but I found it easy to choose a team pretty early on, and stuck with it.
The thing I liked most about Dare You To is that the author kept me guessing. I totally expected the book to go in a completely different direction than the direction it took. I was pleasantly surprised by this. The characters were very likeable and were easy to relate to, especially Beth. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, which will be Isaiah’s story.
This novel is in the New Adult genre, and has mature content.
Easy by Tammara Webber is a book that had somehow never managed to cross my radar. But on...moreThis novel is in the New Adult genre, and has mature content.
Easy by Tammara Webber is a book that had somehow never managed to cross my radar. But once I discovered the book, it started popping up everywhere! I knew I needed to read the book to see what the fuss was about. I am SO glad that I did!
I really adored this book, for many reasons. First, it reminds me of two other novels that I fell in love with this year; Beautiful Disaster and Pushing the Limits. All of these books have a good girl heroine that falls in love with the bad boy, who isn’t exactly a bad boy at all. I love these types of novels. I don’t know exactly what it is, but I just can’t seem to get enough of them.
The main character in the story, Jacqueline, has been through quite a bit in the past few weeks of her life. Her boyfriend of many years, who she followed to college, has broken up with her. Then she is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother, and for the first time ever, failing one of her classes. Just when she thinks she has hit rock bottom, reality sets in. With the help of a stranger, the same stranger that saved her, she manages to get her life back on track. I really liked Jacqueline. I felt a connection to her that I didn’t exactly expect at first. While I didn’t agree with all of the decisions she made throughout the novel, I still found her to be a very likeable character.
Our love interest in the story is Lucas. I love Lucas. He is so mysterious and complex. I never knew what to expect from him. Burdened with events from his past that forever changed his future, Lucas has his own secrets to keep. But even with his own issues, he is there for Jacqueline. I love the relationship between the two of them. Lucas is definitely swoon-worthy.
This novel starts off with a bang, and just keeps going. The storyline was definitely engrossing, and it kept me hooked to the pages. I found the storyline to be very realistic. While some of the contents are very disturbing, I feel that it’s good for girls to read this and to know that sexual assault is not ok.
Overall, I really love reading books of this type at the moment. Easy has definitely earned a top stop of my ‘Favorite’ list. I can’t wait to read it again. And again! I hope that you enjoy it as well.
I decided to read Pushing the Limits after reading a review that said it was comparable to another book that I had read recently and loved. I must say...moreI decided to read Pushing the Limits after reading a review that said it was comparable to another book that I had read recently and loved. I must say, I absolutely adored Pushing the Limits, so much more than I expected to. It is one of those books that will stay with you, and you will think about it long after you have finished reading it.
I found the two main characters in the story, Echo and Noah, to be completely relatable, not only to myself, but to each other as well. They both have had major events in their lives that have left them completely scared, literally, and that have changed their lives forever. You would not think that they would be a good pair when they first meet. Echo is the good girl that always wants to please everyone, and Noah is the bad boy that is a longer and only cares about himself. But once they are together, things start changing for the both of them, and we get to see different sides of them. They were SO good for each other; they help each other to face what the past has changed for them. I adore this couple; they have made a spot on my list of my top favorite couples.
When you read the events that have happened in Echo and Noah’s lives, it will completely break your heart. I’m not much of a crier, but this book brought me to tears quite a few times. These poor kids, they went through so much more than any teen should be expected to go through. The author did an excellent job in making me feel the characters emotions. It was right there on the page, and it helped me connect with the characters even more. I flew through this book in record time, the story kept me so engrossed, I just couldn’t get enough.
The secondary characters were all interesting in the way that they had demons of their own to deal with. Echo’s father and stepmother, at first, came off as characters that I really wanted to hate. But once the story unfolds and we find out why they are the way they are, you have to feel something for them. Noah’s friends, Isaiah and Beth, were both interesting in their own way, and I see that we may be reading about Beth in the next novel in this series. (I can’t wait!)
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, SO VERY MUCH. It has definitely earned a spot on my bookshelf, and I plan to reread it over and over again. (That is saying something, because I only reread books that I LOVE!) If you haven’t checked out Pushing the Limits yet, I definitely recommend that you do!
Once again, Julie Kagawa has managed to amaze me with her mad writing skills! Julie has literally blown me away with thi...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
Once again, Julie Kagawa has managed to amaze me with her mad writing skills! Julie has literally blown me away with this spin-off to her popular Iron Fey series. It’s so great!
Ethan Chase knows the rules of the fey. Never let on that you can see Them. Once they know you can see them, they will make your life miserable. Ethan does everything he can to keep away from his older sister, The Iron Queen’s, world. But once he is attacked, along with a girl that he may be falling for, all the rules are changed. Ethan must do whatever he can to keep his family and those he care for the most, safe from harm and danger.
I completely fell in love with the characters in this story. Ethan was a bad-ass, through and through. At least, that’s what he wants you to believe, anyways. He has a good reason for acting the way he does. It’s to keep all those around him safe from the Fey that walk the earth. After what he went through as a child in the Iron Realm, you can’t blame him at all for the way he is. Even while he was a bad ass, he has a caring side as well. I love this about him. Kenzie is Ethan’s love interest in the story, and I found her to be a very likeable character. I thought in the beginning that she is going to be a bit maintenance, but she totally wasn’t. She great stronger throughout the story, and I enjoyed that.
A character that will really stand out for you in the story is Keirran, who we met briefly in the end of the Iron Fey series. I really, really enjoyed his character, and would LOVE to read more about him. (If Mrs. Kagawa wanted to make a series just about him, I’d buy it in a heartbeat!)
One thing I really loved about this book is that we got to revisit with some of our favorite characters from the previous novel. While we only get to visit them briefly, it’s still great to ‘see’ them again. Grimalkin is especially always fun to visit! And I’m still hopelessly in love with Ash. (Swoon!)
I kind of expected the storyline for the book to be extremely similar to the previous series, since they are connected. However, while the book was familiar in the setting and a few characters, the plot was unique and fast paced. I adore the world-building for the book as well; everything was so well described, that I had no problem envisioning the world and characters in my mind. The ending of the book left me wanting more, more, more!
Overall, this book is a great start to the new Iron Fey series. I loved everything about it; the characters, the setting and storyline. It’s all great! And now I will sit and impatiently wait for the release of the next book in the series!
Rachel Adam’s father has just been declared dead after not returning from a courier mission on which he was sent and nev...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
Rachel Adam’s father has just been declared dead after not returning from a courier mission on which he was sent and never returned. As all ladies must have a Protector, the Commander of Baalboden assigns her father’s apprentice, Logan McEntire, to be Rachel’s new Protector, until she is old enough to attend a Claiming ceromony. Both Rachel and Logan believe that Rachel’s father is still alive, as does the Commander, who will stop at nothing to find the missing man. It’s up to Rachel to track down her father, and find the missing package that he failed to deliver, before she loses all that she loves most.
Rachel’s character starts off strong when we first meet her, and she manages to become even stronger with everything she goes through in the book. I am amazed by this heroine. She is not a meek character by any means, but is loving to her family and loyal beyond a doubt. This girl is amazing. Logan, who is Rachel’s father’s apprentice, is such a loveable character. Though he is an outcast, he takes his trade seriously. He, too, is loyal to those he cares about, and he will stop at nothing to keep Rachel safe. I must say, I love the relationship between these two. Yes, they had known each other for a long while, but the romance between them still grew slowly over time. They were a great couple.
The Commander is easily one of the most evil villains I have ever read. You’re really going to love to hate this man. He literally stops at nothing to get what he wants, even hurting innocent people. Reading some scenes in the novel had my hand flying to cover my mouth in dismay. He is cruel beyond belief, and has made my top 5 list of most evil villains.
The storyline and world-building for this book is absolutely brilliant. I loved all of the descriptions; from the setting to the clothing, and everything in between. The pacing was perfect as well; there was always something going on that kept me hooked to the pages. You will feel an amazing mix of emotions when you read this book; from love and hatred, bewilderment and inspiration. It has it all!
Overall; this book is amazing! I am kicking myself for waiting so long to start the book. From the characters to the plot, you will definitely be hooked. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to see what adventures the author will take us on next! (less)
The thing I loved most about Shadow and Bone was how completely unique the book was. I can honestly say that I have read...more As Posted on TheReaderBee.com.
The thing I loved most about Shadow and Bone was how completely unique the book was. I can honestly say that I have read nothing like this before, and I enjoyed every minute of it! The characters were amazing, the storyline was creative, and I was completely hooked to this book.
And here’s why….
The main character in the story is Alina. Alina is a girl that was raised in an orphanage with her best friend, Mal. She’s a normal girl, never to get a second glance. Until the unspeakable happens and she discovers a long hidden Grisha talent, a talent that no other person has. We see Alina grow leaps and bounds in this book, and we watch as she becomes stronger and more confident in herself. This is the type of character that I really grow to love.
Alina and Mal have been together almost all of their lives, from their time at the orphanage, to their time in the military. The more I read about these two characters, the more I believe they are absolutely perfect for each other. Mal is willing to do anything in the world to keep Alina safe. I loved him for that.
The Darkling, who is basically the ultimate Greisha, was such a mysterious character. He would also do whatever he has to do to keep Alina safe, but not for the same reasons as Mal. The Darkling has plans for the world, plans that he cannot accomplish without Alina, and he will stop at nothing to have things his way.
The world-building for this book was absolutely fascinating. It amazes me how authors come up with these super-creative worlds that I become completely engrossed with. The storyline was excellent as well. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, the author completely threw me a curveball. I totally didn’t see it coming at all! These are the things that make for excellent reads!
Overall, I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to. I must have a finished copy of this book to add to my bookshelf, and I can’t wait to get a hold of the next book in the series!
Last year, I read and fell in love with Hereafter. I was SO very excited to get my hands on a copy of Arise. I couldn’t...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
Last year, I read and fell in love with Hereafter. I was SO very excited to get my hands on a copy of Arise. I couldn’t wait to get back into the story with some of my favorite characters. (Joshua!)
Arise picks up not long after Hereafter leaves off. Amelia and Joshua are desperately searching for a way to stop the nightmares that keep tormenting Amelia. While visiting some of Joshua’s family in New Orleans, they hope that they can find answers as to why these nightmares keep happening. But they could just get more than they bargained for.
Joshua and Amelia are still one of my most favorite couples, ever! They are so sweet together, and Joshua definitely swoon-worthy. I always find myself rooting for them, hoping they can find a way to stay together. At one point in the book, my heart literally breaks for Joshua. It was a very emotional moment. I loved it. We also get to meet some new characters in Arise, a few of which I really loved, especially Amelia’s new friend, Gaby. She was such a welcome addition to the story!
As in the previous book, I loved the storyline for Arise. It definitely kept me engrossed while reading the book; I HAD to know what was going to happen next. The setting for the book was very well described. I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans, it sounds amazing! The end of the book came together nicely, even if there was a bit of a cliffhanger ending. I still felt that I had closure for this book. I am hoping we get to see another book in this series soon!
I also want to mention that the book covers for this series are extremely gorgeous, and they are some of my favorites of all time. SO gorgeous!
Overall, I loved reading this book! It was an excellent follow up to Hereafter. I can’t wait for my finished copy to arrive in the mail so I can read it again!
Last year I read, and adored, Starcrossed. I was thrilled to get my hands on an advanced copy of Dreamless, and I’m kick...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
Last year I read, and adored, Starcrossed. I was thrilled to get my hands on an advanced copy of Dreamless, and I’m kicking myself for taking so long to have read it. I loved this book just as much, if not more than, Starcrossed. (How is that even possible??) Love!
Dreamless picks up where Starcrossed left off and all of my favorite characters are back once again. Helen, Lucas, friends and family, they all make an appearance. Poor Helen, you have to worry for her for all of the things that she is going through when she descends into the Underworld each night. But she’s a strong young lady, and therefore perfect for the job. Lucas. I love Lucas. He’s definitely one of my favorite hero’s of all time. (He is in the same ranks with Jace, Noah and Dimitri!) We do see him go through some different changes in Dreamless, but that just made me love him even more. I’m curious to see more of him in the next book.
We are also introduced to some new characters as well; the main being Orion. Oh, Orion… I found him to be a delightful addition to the group. Not only was he smart and funny, but he was sweet and mysterious as well. All of the things I love in a great hero. There is a bit of a love triangle in the book between Helen, Lucas and Orion. I’m not a big fan of the love triangle, but I felt that it was tastefully written. I am usually quick to pick a side early when that happens, but that didn’t happen this time. II love them both! While I love Lucas and his tortured, bad-boy self, I also really loved Orion as well. Helen definitely has a tough decision to make.
Both the storyline and pacing for this book were very well done. There never seemed to be a dull moment when I was reading this. While this is a hefty book at almost 500 pages, I still flew through the pages and had it finished in no time. The book does have a bit of a darker feel to it than the previous book, but it wasn’t an overpowering darkness. The ending was a big cliffhanger. However, I also felt like I had closure at the end of the book as well. There is definitely a lot of anticipation built up for the next book!
Overall, I loved this book. I love this series! The storyline and the fantastic characters mix together to make an engrossing read that will leave you yearning for more! I can’t wait to get the next book in the series, Goddess, due in 2013!
I am a huge fan of Julie Kagawa! Her Iron Fey series is one of my favorite series ever. So I was very excited to get my h...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com
I am a huge fan of Julie Kagawa! Her Iron Fey series is one of my favorite series ever. So I was very excited to get my hands on her newest novel, The Immortal Rules. While the book was not at all what I expected, I found it to be a thrilling read!
A mysterious stranger changes Allison Sekemoto’s world forever after she is attacked by a group of rabids. Now she is a monster; a vampire. With the help of her mentor, Allie must learn the rules of being an immortal. But is there a cure for the disease that has killed over half of the population? Some people believe it to be true, and soon, Allie believes it too.
I want to start off by saything that this book has some of the most amazing characters. Allie blew me away with all of her kick-butt awesomeness. Seriously, she has officially topped my list of the most kick-butt heroines ever. Kanin, who was Allie’s mentor/teacher, was amazingly mysterious, and left me dying to know more about him. And I can’t leave out Zeke, who made me feel such conflicting emotions. These are only a few of the awesome characters that will fascinate you in this story.
The book was definitely a bit darker than Mrs. Kagawa’s previous books; a lot darker than I was expecting, in fact. But that just fascinated me even more. The storyline completely drew me in. Saying that I was on the edge of my seat would be an understatement. Mrs. Kagawa created a world and characters that were so well developed; you’re going to close the final pages feeling amazed at what you just read.
Overall, this book was amazing. You will go into it thinking it’s going to be another mediocre vampire novel, and in the end you’re going to be left completely blown away. I will never, ever get enough of Julie Kagawa’s writing. I can’t wait for the next book!
Spell Bound is an absolutely, positively, amazing conclusion to the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. If you haven’t read this series yet, you defini...moreSpell Bound is an absolutely, positively, amazing conclusion to the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. If you haven’t read this series yet, you definitely must!
*This review may contain spoilers from the previous books in this series.*
Spell Bound picks up right where Demonglass leaves off. Sophie’s powers have been stripped away by the Council, and she doesn’t know the fate of her father, Archer, Cal or Jenna after the tragic events that happened at Thorne Hall. After being sent to find the Brannicks, a group of prodigium hunting women, Sophie discovers that a massive war is on the horizon. And it’s up to Sophie to stop it.
Sophie Mercer is definitely one of my most favorite characters. She reminds me of myself, in the way that when she gets nervous, she tends to be snarky and sarcastic. I am totally the same way. I love watching her grow over the series; she has definitely become an amazingly strong character. I just adore her, especially her sarcasm.
I love Sophie’s relationships with all the special people in her life; Archer, Jenna, Cal, her parents. With Archer, I have always liked him, but was suspicious as well. That definitely changed this time around. Jenna is the most perfect friend, ever. Then there’s Cal, who became part of a love triangle early in the series. I definitely have a huge soft spot in my heart for him. We also get to see quite a bit of Elodie this time around, and I definitely like her more now than I did when we first met her in Hex Hall!
The book is highly addictive. The plot, all the action and suspense, the characters, it will all leave you flying through the pages. The ending of the book was shocking, and at one point had me in tears. The storyline was wrapped up nicely though, and I was left with only a few questions that didn’t get answered. I wonder if we were left hanging on purpose, as it were…
I want to also mention, that this book has so many hilarious moments in it. I laughed so many times, my kids kept asking what was so funny. I loved it!
Overall, I LOVE THIS SERIES! It’s so good. If you haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend that you do. Spell Bound is a wonderful conclusion to an amazing series.
Last year, I read and adored The Goddess Test. I was super giddy to get my hands on an early copy of Goddess Interrupted!
If you have not read The Godd...moreLast year, I read and adored The Goddess Test. I was super giddy to get my hands on an early copy of Goddess Interrupted!
If you have not read The Goddess Test yet, I suggest you do so before reading this review. However, I will try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible.
Goddess Interrupted picks up six months after The Goddess Test left off. Kate is heading home from her six month say in Greece with her best friend, James. She’s expecting a warm welcome from her new husband Henry upon her return, and unfortunately, it doesn’t happen. Instead she finds herself in the middle of a war between the gods and goddesses, and the King of the Titans.
Kate, who was such a strong character in the first book, was a bit insecure about herself after her trip back from Greece. Even the reassurance from her mom and fellow gods and goddesses doesn’t seem to help her with this insecurity. She was just very unsure about the whole underworld situation, and that’s totally to be expected for what’s she was going through. I do feel that in the beginning she was ready to give up too quickly, but I am glad that in the end she is strong for her family and friends.
I love Henry. I have loved him since I met him in the first book. There is something about him that is super mysterious and intense, and I love that in a male lead character. I would definitely go as far as to say he’s one of my most favorite male characters in YA. Although I spent a huge chunk of the book wanting to smack some sense into his handsome little head, I still love him. His relationship with Kate, when they are both working at it, is super sweet and romantic, and I absolutely adore their moments together.
The secondary characters in the book are still as interesting as always. I love Kate’s mom, Diana. Ava and James were great friends for Kate. The introduction of Persephone, who is Kate’s sister, and Henry’s ex, is a little intense. I can honestly say she wasn’t at all what I was expecting.
The ending of the book is definitely a cliffhanger, and I was literally yelling at the book because of what happened. Just thinking of it again is getting me worked up! I need the next book, NOW!
When I read a book, I want to be able to let go and get totally lost in the story. That’s exactly what happened with this book. The storyline and pacing kept me hook, and I was lost in the world that Carter created. The only thing that kind disappointed me about this book was that I finished it so quickly!
Overall, if you enjoyed The Goddess Test, you’re definitely going to love Goddess Interrupted! I adore this series, and cannot wait to get my hands on Goddess Inherited!
Imagine living in a world where Love is a disease called Deliria. Imagine having a procedure that will cure before the Deliria take control of you. Im...moreImagine living in a world where Love is a disease called Deliria. Imagine having a procedure that will cure before the Deliria take control of you. Imagine not being able to love, at all. That is the world that Lauren Oliver has created in her fascinating book, Delirium.
In the beginning of the book we meet Lena, who is a very headstrong young lady. Life definitely has not been easy for Lena. She has believed all her life that love is something to be terrified of, and that it can kill you if you are not cured. I found Lena to be a very strong character, and I loved that she stuck to her beliefs for so long. Even when she starts to see things differently, she still clings to that belief. I love a character that doesn’t give in just after a little persuasion. Of course, things start to change once she meet’s and eventually falls in love with Alex.
Oh Alex... I have to say, I love, love, love Alex. His character is one that I have thought about long after finishing the book. He definitely stands out to me for some reason, and I seriously cannot stop thinking about him. I adore him, and his relationship with Lena. I love how he shows Lena the truth of how things really are. They are seriously perfect together.
Delirium is a very well paced book. While I wanted to get through it as quickly as possible just to see what was going to happen next, I also wanted to savor every single bit of it. The plot is very creative, and it definitely makes you think. I cannot imagine living in a world where you cannot feel love. That would be just horrible.
Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite reads, and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! Lauren Oliver is an amazing author, and I can’t wait to read more from her!
Cassandra Clare has done it again with Clockwork Prince, the much anticipated follow up to Clockwork Angel. I adore this series, and was so glad to fi...moreCassandra Clare has done it again with Clockwork Prince, the much anticipated follow up to Clockwork Angel. I adore this series, and was so glad to finally get my copy to read. It was a wonderfully addictive read.
I enjoyed the main character, Tessa, as much in this book as I did in Clockwork Angel. She’s a very strong character, and pretty determined to take care of herself. I love main characters like that. I did find her to be a little bit indecisive in the book, and as much as I tried to point her in the right direction, (towards a certain someone), she didn’t really listen to me. ::Sigh::
The guys in the book are all great; I really like both Will and Jem. I have to say Jem really grew on me more in this book than he did in the previous book. However, Will is the one that has stolen my heart. He reminds me so much of Jace. In Clockwork Prince, we get to find out exactly why he acts the way does, and let me tell you, it’s a pretty heartbreaking story. In the words of my good blogger friend Vy, I will always be forever Team Will!
Most of the characters in the story are the same, although we do get to meet a few new secondary characters. I found all of the new characters to be interesting in their own way. A lot of the original characters are still in the story; Charlotte, Henry, etc. The one character that was surprisingly absent throughout the book was the evil Mortmain. I’m assuming we will be seeing a lot of him soon!
The one thing in the book that I could have lived without was the love triangle. I definitely wanted Tessa to go a certain way, and it just wasn’t happening. This really frustrated me. I do, however, realize that if the story went the way I wanted it to, then it probably wouldn’t be a very long series!
Overall, I loved this book. I love this SERIES! Cassandra Clare is such an amazing storyteller, and I just can’t get enough of her books. You definitely get your money’s worth when you invest in her books. Great story, a must read!
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is an absolute must read. This debut novel completely blew me away, and left me dying for more!
The main character in the st...moreShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is an absolute must read. This debut novel completely blew me away, and left me dying for more!
The main character in the story is Juliette. When we first meet Juliette, she’s been locked away in a room by herself for the last 264 days, without any human contact whatsoever. She’s broken and, well, shattered. I have to say, Juliette was definitely not what I expected for this main character. After all that she had been through, I didn’t expect her to be quite so… amazing. We get to see so many different sides of her character, and you just have to love her. Once she meets Adam, she really starts to grow into a stronger character. I fell in love with Adam as soon as he was introduced to us. Talk about another interesting character, oh my, he’s definitely swoon-worthy. The relationship between Juliette and Adam can be summed up in one word: intense. Or you could say: extremely intense!
The secondary characters were extremely interesting as well. I especially loved Kenji, and some of the other characters we meet towards the end of the book. Without giving a lot away, there is a bad guy in the story, named Warner. He’s definitely an ultimate bad guy, but you still have to feel for him. I am looking forward to reading more of this story as the series goes along.
The writing in this book is completely different than anything I read thus far. At first, I didn’t know what was going on with the way the sentences were structured and the way words were repeated. This style grew on me very quickly, and I had no problem following along with the story. The way she described things was absolutely brilliant!
We don’t get to see a lot of what has become of the world while Juliette was locked away, and that left me more than a little curious. However, we were getting to see things from Juliette’s point of view, and with her having to be hidden, she didn’t get to see much. I am hoping we will get to see more of the world in the future books.
Overall, this book was amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a book quite so much. You MUST read it! Go ahead; I’ll be waiting to see what you think of it!