The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the brilliant sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I have been dying to get my hands on...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the brilliant sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I have been dying to get my hands on this book, and was thrilled to receive an e-ARC to review. Michelle Hodkin the most insanely talented writer, I can’t get enough of her writing!
At the end of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I was left with so many questions about Mara, Noah and, of course, Jude. In The Evolution of Mara Dyer, we get a lot of those questions answered! (Of course, in the end we are left with wanting to know more still, hopefully in the next book!). But we do get some answers as to why these characters are the way they are.
I love Mara Dyer; she is such a complex character. She is strong, even when she has her doubts about herself. And she does doubt herself many times in this book, understandably. But with all that she goes through, she believes in herself. Noah believes in her as well. Ah, Noah Shaw. I love Noah. I love that he loves Mara so much, and never, ever doubts her. The relationship between these two characters is one of my all time favorites. They are SO good together.
I mentioned this in my review for the previous book, but it bears repeating: I love Mara’s family. They are so strong together, even when everything is wrong, they hang in there. Her mom reminds me so much of myself, as I am always up in my kids business, wanting to keep them safe and know what’s going on with them. Their characters are written so well also, that we can feel their emotions; their fear for what their daughter/sister is going through, the love they have for her and for each other as well. It’s amazing.
I love the mystery behind this book. I love that is makes you guess your own decisions about what you think may be going on. What is real for Mara, and what is not real. Is something really wrong with her?? I flew through the pages because I needed to find out WHAT exactly was going on! The suspense nearly killed me. Oh, and the ending of the book definitely leaves you hanging, and wondering what the hell just happened!?
Overall, I love this book! I am so very thankful to have received a copy of this book to review, it was SO good, and I can’t wait for my finished copy to arrive so I can read it AGAIN!
I was really excited for the chance to read Love Story. This is my second read by Ms. Echols, my first being Forget You, which I enjoyed. I pushed Lov...moreI was really excited for the chance to read Love Story. This is my second read by Ms. Echols, my first being Forget You, which I enjoyed. I pushed Love Story to the top of my reading stack; I was so excited to read it. I really love a good love story, so I couldn’t wait to get started on this.
I really liked the story. I thought the plot was very believable and well paced. I read the book in a very short period of time. It was a quick read, but it was also, somewhat, an emotional read. The writing was really wonderful; I love Ms. Echols way of telling stories.
Unfortunately, I didn’t really connect with the characters, at all. Actually, I liked Erin in the beginning of the book, she was very determined to go after the future she wanted for herself. But towards the end of the book it seems like she just gave up. I didn’t really care for Hunter at all; I thought he was a jerk. I didn’t really care for their relationship either. They were all over the place. One second they liked each other, the next they didn’t. It was confusing trying to keep up with them. I did like some of the secondary characters, mostly Erin’s roommates. I do wish that they had a bigger part in the story. I would recommend this book to the older YA crowd, as it has a lot of sexual talk involved.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, but not so much the characters. That is just my opinion, and I’m sure everyone else will like them. Unfortunately, they just didn’t work for me. The story, however, was great.
The Goddess Test was an absolutely delightful read. The story is based around the Greek myth of Persephone. (Persephone was abdu...moreReview also on my Blog
The Goddess Test was an absolutely delightful read. The story is based around the Greek myth of Persephone. (Persephone was abducted by Hades, and forced to be Queen of the Underworld. A quite fascinating myth, should you ever want to read it.) I love books on Greek Mythology, and I was really intrigued by this book.
Kate’s mother is dying of cancer, and she wants to move back to her hometown, Eden. Kate is 18, and had to quit her senior year of school to take care of her mom. When they move to Eden, Kate starts at a new school, where she doesn’t know anyone. After a tragic prank gone wrong with one of her schoolmates, she meets Henry, who promises to make all her problems go away, if she will make a deal with him. The deal is to pass seven tests, and if she passes this test, she will become his bride for the rest of eternity, and rule the Underworld alongside him.
Kate is our Leading Lady. I really liked her. She is a very strong and determined character. She really loved her mom, who is dying from cancer, and the friends she barely know. She was willing to make huge sacrifices for other people, and again, some she barely knew. She really cared for these people. She’s also smart and brave. Her relationship with her mom was really touching.
Henry, our main man, is not exactly what I pictured in the role of Hades. People did fear him, yes. But he was really sweet and caring towards Kate. I love how his feelings slowly came out in the book. I enjoyed reading more about him as I went through the book. Although he was supposed to be a bad guy in the beginning, you could tell a part of him really cared. I loved him, and I felt bad for him as well. He was so very sad.
I enjoyed all of the other characters as well. (There are way too many to list!)
I really enjoyed reading all the mythology in this book. I especially enjoyed reading about the gods. There were quite a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming too. The writing, the setting, the plot… it was fascinating. I’m anxiously waiting the second book in the series!
Thank you to HarlequinTeen and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this Advance Reader’s Copy! I enjoyed it, and look forward to purchasing the book when it is released in April! (less)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a very unique read for me. I can honestly say that it’s like no other book I’ve read thus far. This book is just… Wow!
T...moreDaughter of Smoke and Bone was a very unique read for me. I can honestly say that it’s like no other book I’ve read thus far. This book is just… Wow!
The main character in the story, Karou, is awesome. Actually she’s above and beyond awesome. She’s the really strong, kick butt girl that I always love as the heroine. Her very unique childhood, and the people she was raised by, made her such an interesting person. You have to love her. The male lead in the story is Akiva. He really had me guessing in the beginning of the book. I found their relationship to be really interesting, and these two characters definitely made the book more fascinating.
The secondary characters were very interesting as well. I loved Karou’s best friend, Zuzana. I loved her, not only for her sarcasm, but for her friendship with Karou. I love friends like these. Karou’s family was really, really interesting to read about. Brimstone, her adoptive dad so to speak, was really a mystery to me. I’m hoping we find out even more about him in the next books.
For the most part, the book was very well paced. There were only a few slow spots. There were also a few parts that were a little confusing, as there were just a lot of things going on at one time. Otherwise, the book was well written, and the plot was very unique. The ending definitely leaves you hanging. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the next book.
Overall, I found Daughter of Smoke and Bone to be a really enjoyable, unique read. I hope you all enjoy it as well!
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!
I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Anna Dressed in Blood. I knew it was going to be a ghost story, but I didn’t know it was go...moreI really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Anna Dressed in Blood. I knew it was going to be a ghost story, but I didn’t know it was going to be a ghost story of epic proportions! If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be: Awesome.
In the beginning of the book, we meet our main character, Theseus Cassio Lowood, or Cas for short. Cas is a very strong and confident character, but he also has quite a sarcastic, funny side about him. He can kick ghost’s butts as well. I haven’t read many books with a male main character, but Ms. Blake did a wonderful job of making Cas’ character seem real. It was really interesting to read this book through his point of view.
Our second main character is Anna, who is another fantastic character. She’s a ghost that was murdered in 1958, and she murders every person that wanders into her home. I really liked Anna from the beginning. Her story really sucks you in, and you just have to know more about what happened to her. In the beginning she’s a bit scary, but we find that she has two different sides. Cas knows that she’s different than the other ghost’s, and I enjoyed watching their relationship form.
Most of the secondary characters in the book were very likeable. Thomas and Carmel are Cas’ new schoolmates and partners in crime. I think the three of them are a great team together. I also enjoyed reading about Cas’ mom and also Thomas’s grandfather. There are also characters you’re going to love to hate; Mike, Chase and Will for the most part. These are the school jocks, and they don’t make things easy for Cas and crew.
This book was very fast paced; it was a quick read for me. The writing is absolutely engrossing, and the story just keeps you hooked. The book has it all: Ghosts, Ghost Killers, Witches and even Voodoo. And it’s downright spooky too! There’s definitely never a dull moment when reading this book.
Overall, this book was amazing. I love it. It’s a MUST read. The characters, the storyline, the writing; all of it was great. It would be awesome to meet these characters in another book!
Incarnate is one of those rare reads that is really going to stand out against the other books in its genre. This book has it all; two amazing main ch...moreIncarnate is one of those rare reads that is really going to stand out against the other books in its genre. This book has it all; two amazing main characters, creatures of fantasy, amazing descriptions… All together, this makes for quite an interesting read.
The main character is Ana, who is a new soul. She is also the only new soul. All the others around her have been reincarnated over and over for thousands of years. Unfortunately, Ana does not know exactly why she’s the one and only new soul, but she’s determined to figure out why she is. I found Ana to be a very likable character. You had to feel something for her. She was basically shunned by most people for being a new soul. She’s a bit timid in the beginning of the book, but we quickly see her grow more confident in herself after she is sent away by her evil mother. Once she meets Sam, she really starts coming out of her shell.
Oh Sam… You’ve definitely won a place on my most swoon-worthy list of favorite male characters. He’s sensitive and caring, and he also has his flaws. I love the tension between him and Ana. It builds and builds as the story goes along. I love it!
I absolutely loved the descriptions in the book; not only of the scenery and location, but also for the people and the music. (I love music!) The author did such a wonderful job with all of the descriptions; the images in my head were crystal clear.
I also have to point out that the cover for Incarnate is super gorgeous! It definitely stands out, just like the book does.
Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book. It definitely stands out from the crowd, and was a wonderful change of pace. I can’t wait to add this to my collection.
This is such a cute little series. I've really enjoyed reading all the books. In 'Dead is Not An Option', Daisy the detective is on the trail once aga...moreThis is such a cute little series. I've really enjoyed reading all the books. In 'Dead is Not An Option', Daisy the detective is on the trail once again to solve the mysteries of Nightshade, while also getting ready for graduation and college.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick, easy read. It was also the perfect ending for the series. There were quite a few twists that I didn't see coming. Quite a few funny moments also. I enjoyed watching the characters grow over this series, and really came to care for them.
This series is defintiely targeted at the younger YA group. They are something I would defintely let my tween read. Happy Reading!
The first thing that attracted me to Open Road Summer was the gorgeously designed cover. Then I read the synopsis for the book, and I just knew that i...more The first thing that attracted me to Open Road Summer was the gorgeously designed cover. Then I read the synopsis for the book, and I just knew that it was going to be a must read for me. After reading so many great reviews for the book, I couldn’t wait to get started on it. Let me tell you this, the book definitely does not disappoint!
The story revolves around Reagan, who sets out with her best friend on a summer music tour, in attempt to give up her rebellious ways and become a better person. Reagan has definitely not had the best childhood/young adulthood, and as a result she has been in some situations that she’s not exactly proud of. She jumps on the opportunity to go on the summer tour with Dee, what better way to leave the past behind and start over fresh. Reagan was a really great character. She was snarky and hilarious, and she did not let what happened in her past define her, and I found that to be very admirable. I found her to be a great young lady.
Reagan and Dee have been friends for FOREVER, and what a wonderful friendship they have. They have always been there for each other, through thick and thin, and nothing was going to change that. Even though Dee was a country music superstar, she was still really down to earth and just such a sweet person. I found her to be an extremely likeable character. Their friendship is the type that every girl dreams of.
Matt Finch is the love interest of Reagan’s in the story, and is also a singer on tour with Dee. I love that Matt makes Reagan want to be better; he brings out the best in her. Though their relationship did not get off to the best start, his charm finally wore her down and she saw the good in him as well. They were so insanely sweet together.
The storyline for the book was very cute, and makes for a really great summer read. The writing style flows gracefully, which also makes this a very quick read. I flew through the pages a lot faster than I expected to.
Overall, I really, really enjoyed reading this book! It definitely makes for not only a great summer read, but a great anytime read! I’m really looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.
Cassel and company are back once again in Red Glove, the much awaited sequel to White Cat. I have to say I enjoyed this just a...moreFull review on my Blog!
Cassel and company are back once again in Red Glove, the much awaited sequel to White Cat. I have to say I enjoyed this just as much, if not more, than White Cat! This was a really dark, addictive read! Once I started reading, I definitely couldn’t put it down. I absolutely can’t get enough of this world that Holly Black has created.
I have to say, Cassel is still a really interesting main character to me. Still flawed, but is coming to terms with who he is and what he can do. I liked that he wanted to make things right, even though the things he had done, (without his knowledge), were pretty horrible. He’s still a bad boy, being the school bookie and sneaking out of his school. He’s a really smart guy, and makes a perfect conman. Lila is in the book again, and I have to say I liked her a little more this time. I still really enjoyed reading about Sam and Daneca as well. The mom and the brother still bother me, I just can’t like them!
The storyline and descriptions were well written, as were all the characters. There were a lot of surprises that I didn’t see coming. Some parts really kept me on the edge of my seat. This series is really so different than any other book I’ve read, and I really, really enjoyed reading it!
Die for me - After the death of her parents, Kate and her sister move to Paris, France to live with their grandparents, in hope...moreFull review on my Blog!
Die for me - After the death of her parents, Kate and her sister move to Paris, France to live with their grandparents, in hopes of starting a new life for themselves. Kate doesn’t want anything to do with friends or boys, until she meets the charming Vincent, who makes her feel alive again. But Vincent also has a secret, and Kate must decide if he’s worth risking her heart over.
Wow, this book was really great! The story and characters had me hooked from the beginning, and I had a really hard time putting the book down. It’s definitely a book that will be added to my collection.
The story is absolutely fascinating, and not really what I was expecting. I really connected with the main character, her pain and grief. But she was strong and determined, and while she was grieving, she didn’t totally give up hope. Vincent wasn’t the perfect ‘hero’, by far. But he really cared for Kate, even when he was torn about having her in his world. The secondary characters were well written as well. Jules and Ambrose were really funny, I found myself laughing at them more often than not.
The plot is fast paced and interesting. The writing and descriptions were well written and beautifully described. The ending left me satisfied, but I’m also anxiously looking forward to the next book in the series, coming out next year!
Thank you to HarperTeen and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book!(less)
I was a little worried about reading Anna and the French Kiss. I have read so many reviews from people that adore the book, and I was afraid that it w...moreI was a little worried about reading Anna and the French Kiss. I have read so many reviews from people that adore the book, and I was afraid that it would not meet my high expectations. I worried for nothing! This book was just what I needed, a quick paced, cute, fluffy read. I really enjoyed it!
I loved the characters. They were all wonderfully developed, and I really cared for all of them. Anna and St. Clair are the perfect couple. I was rooting for them the whole time. Both had their flaws, and that made me love them even more. I loved the secondary characters as well, Meredith, Rashmi, and especially Josh. I even loved the characters that I hated. (Amanda) I enjoyed watching all of these characters develop more and more throughout the book.
The storyline was well written and well paced. I love the setting and the descriptions. I want to go to France SO bad now! The picture Ms. Perkins created in my mind was incredible. The descriptions were delicious. I felt as though I was really there.
Overall, this was a really fun read for me. Ms. Perkins is a very talented writer, and I loved the journey she took me on with this book. I caught myself smiling as I flew through the pages. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of Lola and the Boy Next Door now!
I have been eying this book for a while. The cover is gorgeous! So I jumped at the opportunity to read and review this! It was a very quick, enjoyable...moreI have been eying this book for a while. The cover is gorgeous! So I jumped at the opportunity to read and review this! It was a very quick, enjoyable read.
Our main character is Yuki, and she can smell the dead. Not in a nasty way, each individual spirit has a different smell. I really liked her character, she was funny and quirky. She reminded me a bit of myself at that age. I also liked the relationship between her and Calvin, once it blossomed. They were a great match. I also liked the secondary characters. Yuki’s BFF, Emma, was a great friend. And Calvin’s mentor, Simon, was such a flirt. All of the characters were pretty enjoyable.
The story was creative, and the writing was simple. It was a fun book to read, and I enjoyed the mystery throughout the book. I was left with some questions at the end, but I’m hoping I’ll get answers to those when I read the next book, Spirit Storm! I can’t wait.
Overall, this is a really quick, fun read. I really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to the next book.
I was so excited to finally purchase The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. I have read quite a few of Dessen’s books, and have really enjoyed them all. N...moreI was so excited to finally purchase The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. I have read quite a few of Dessen’s books, and have really enjoyed them all. Now that I have completed this book, I am can’t wait to get started on the rest of her novels that I haven’t yet read. Now, on to my review…
The main character in the story, Emaline, is such a headstrong young lady. (I love that Dessen always writes such strong heroines.) Emaline has so many decisions to make about her life now that she has graduated high school. Yes, her life is an emotional mess of confusion, and it only gets worse as the book goes along. But Emaline is surrounded by an amazing support system, and keeps a level head even through the worst. These types of characters make me proud; these are the characters that I love the most.
The love interest in the story is between Luke, Emaline’s high school sweetheart, and Theo, who has come to the island for the summer to work on a documentary. I don’t think that I would consider the relationships between Emaline and these boys as a love triangle. It was so much different than that. I liked Luke from the beginning, even though he made a few bad choices. Theo, on the other hand… Well, I liked him at first, but it just went downhill the more I read about him. Each boy had a different purpose in Emaline’s life. I feel that they both showed her how different life could be for her. In the end, I was really satisfied with the choice that she made for herself.
The relationship that Emaline has with her family is really heart-warming. Not only does she have a wonderful bond with her mother, but also with her dad, who is actually her adoptive dad and her step-sisters, who are so much more than that. I love that she was surrounded by so much love in her family. I also really loved her new found relationship with her half brother. He was super sweet.
The ending of the story took a completely different direction than I expected it to, and I loved Dessen all the more for it. I absolutely love the ending. It’s an ending that I am proud to have my teenage daughter read. You are definitely going to have to read the book to find out exactly what happens. The storyline is a great story that I think should be a recommended read for all teenage girls. It was a really great read, as all Dessen’s books are.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It would make a great summer/beach read. Of course, if you already love Sarah Dessen, you will definitely enjoy this book. Check it out!
I didn't think this series could possibly get any better, until I read The Iron Queen and was blown away! This is definitely my favorite book in the s...moreI didn't think this series could possibly get any better, until I read The Iron Queen and was blown away! This is definitely my favorite book in the series. (So far!) The Iron Fey series is absolutely fantastic. I can't rave about it enough. Definitely tops my list as a favorite series! (May just be my all time favorite!)
The Iron Queen picks up where The Iron Daughter leaves off. Meghan and Ash are in exile, and the false king still trying to takeover all of NeverNever, and is also still after Meghan. It is up to Meghan, Ash, Puck, and of course, the mysterious GRIM, to join forces with the Winter and Summer courts to defeat the false king. It is up to them to save the fey world. (No pressure, right?) :)
Just when you thought you had gotten to know all the characters well, you learn even more about them. I've really enjoyed watching them grow over this series, especially Meghan. With so many responsibilities on her shoulders, she proves to be a strong and determined heroine. We get to see her relationship with Ash grow and flourish. We see how loyal and brave she is, and how she becomes a great leader.
Ash, no longer under the command of his queen, is a completely different person in this book. I loved him before, but after this book, I LOVE him. (Fangirl moment!) We are shown a totally different side of Ash, a side that is sweet and caring, tender and devoted. His love for Meghan is just breathtaking. I adore him. Many, many times he had me crying like a baby.
Puck is still Puck. I love him too. While there was still a bit of bitterness in the beginning on the book, by the end, he was just awesome. So loyal to Meghan, willing to do just about anything for her. I feel awful for him for being the third corner in the love triangle, but I think he's better suited as the best friend.
Grimalkin, and all his wisdom, continues to amaze me. The cat is a mystery! I enjoyed all the new characters that were introduced also. Especially Razor, awww! Even Queen Mab and King Oberon surprised me this time around. We see hints of different sides of them also.
The ending of the book made me cry. I bawled like a little girl. Seriously, I was an emotional mess! All the emtions you feel reading this book... well... I've never had a book touch me like this before. I absolutely love it. I can't get enough! Thank goodness there is going to be a fourth book in the series, that cheers me up.
Mrs. Kagawa... I love your series. They are awesome books. I can't wait to read the next one.
To others, I HIGHLY recommend you reading this series. NOW. Yes, right now. Go get the books, and I'll be waiting to read your reviews to see what you think. :)
And a HUGE thank you to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book for you. I loved it!(less)
If you loved The Iron King, you are going to LOVE The Iron Daughter!! Mrs. Kagawa once again takes us into the world she created, leaves us on the edg...moreIf you loved The Iron King, you are going to LOVE The Iron Daughter!! Mrs. Kagawa once again takes us into the world she created, leaves us on the edge of our seats and wanting more. This is becoming one of my favorite YA series, and I'm looking foward to starting the next book, The Iron Queen, asap! 5 stars!
Meghan was still her strong and determined self in this book, although she seemed a bit more emotional this time around. (Who wouldn't, after all she's been through.) I was glad to see Puck and Ash again, and even Grim! I LOVED Ironhorse this go around, so determined to keep Meghan safe. Totally didn't see that coming. I also enjoyed reading more about the Winter court in this book.
I love the Ash-Meghan relationship more than I like the Puck-Meghan relationship. (Team ASH!!) I do love Puck, but Ash just has that awesome bad boy thing going on. Love that!
The Iron Daughter is a MUST read! Check it, and The Iron King, out TODAY!(less)
Ruined is my very first read by Paula Morris. I was thrilled that it finally came in at the library so I could read it.
The characters are pretty likea...moreRuined is my very first read by Paula Morris. I was thrilled that it finally came in at the library so I could read it.
The characters are pretty likeable. Of course, there are some you just love to hate anyways. The main character, Rebecca, was pretty likeable. She wants to fit in at her new home and new school, but she really doesn’t seem to care when she doesn’t. I really didn’t see much of a connection between Rebecca and Anton, unfortunately. There’s definitely not a lot of romance in this book, and I found myself wanting more. I think Anton would have been an easy character to like, if we had seen him more, and knew more about him. The only other character I really liked in the book was Rebecca’s ghost friend, Lisette. The other characters were just so-so for me.
I thought this book was an interesting take on the ghost story genre. The back story on the characters and the history of New Orleans was interesting. The plot was simple and the writing style was easy to follow. The place was a little slow in some areas.
Overall, this was a really interesting read. (less)
What a wonderful book! I could not put it down, and read it in record time. (Well, considering...) Beautiful book, I loved the characters. Aibileen wa...moreWhat a wonderful book! I could not put it down, and read it in record time. (Well, considering...) Beautiful book, I loved the characters. Aibileen was my favorite!(less)
I picked up 13 Reasons Why from the library at the recommendation of a fellow blog friend. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from a book that...moreI picked up 13 Reasons Why from the library at the recommendation of a fellow blog friend. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from a book that deals with teen suicide. However, after reading so many great reviews, I decided to go ahead and give it a read. I’m glad I did.
The book has two main characters, Clay and Hannah. We follow Clay as he listens to Hannah’s suicide tapes. I really liked Clay and, bless his heart; he didn’t deserve to be on those tapes. He didn’t deserve to believe he had any part in her death. However, I couldn’t imagine reading this book through anyone other than Clay. He was such a great guy, and he did really care about Hannah.
Then there’s Hannah. I felt bad for her, and I can definitely sympathize, but I also found her to be frustrating. I feel that she didn’t try hard enough to get help. We only see her trying one time to talk to an adult, (or anyone for that matter), who was definitely not qualified to help her. I had an issue with this, because it always seems to be that way with the schools. They let bullying roll of their backs, and say that it’s a rite of passage. I also have to wonder, where were the parents? We don’t hear of them often, and if she knew that they loved her, why didn’t she go to them for help? Why didn’t they notice something was wrong? I also felt that she was being childish in her tapes. I can see making the tapes to get her story out, but in parts she was very annoying. It almost seemed that she was just making the tapes out of revenge. This could have definitely been the point, however.
Overall, this book was a very touching read that shows readers the consequences of bullying. I hope that when young adults read it, they will take into consideration how their actions could affect someone else’s life.
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!
Hushed was totally not what I was expecting! I had read the blurb for it, but that didn’t even come close to preparing me for what to expect from this...moreHushed was totally not what I was expecting! I had read the blurb for it, but that didn’t even come close to preparing me for what to expect from this book. I totally enjoyed this book a whole lot more than I expected to!
The main character in the story, Archer, is such a complex character. There are so many different sides to him. You know what he is doing is wrong, but yet you’re still rooting for him throughout the book. He thought all along that he was helping his best friend, Vivian. All he wanted to do was protect Vivian, and keep her safe. He is such an amazing friend to her, and yet she continues to treat him badly and takes advantage of him. I did not like Vivian at all. She was selfish and self absorbed, and she’s definitely one of my top five least favorite villains.
The love interest in the story is Evan. Evan is definitely a swoon-worthy character. The way he cares for Archer, how he helps make things better for him…. He’s definitely my favorite character in the book.
This is definitely a darker story. I always have to wonder how authors come up with the ideas for stories like these. I’m definitely curious about this one. The writing is very easy to follow, and very well paced. The story is one that will definitely suck you in and keep you hooked!
Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book! It was definitely different than most of the books I have been reading lately, and to be honest, it was a breath of fresh air. So glad to have had the chance to read it!
In Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters, we follow new Freshman Kelsey Finkelstein through her first year of high school. All Kelsey wants is...moreIn Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters, we follow new Freshman Kelsey Finkelstein through her first year of high school. All Kelsey wants is to make her mark and to have a really great first year. Unfortunately for Kelsey, things do not work out exactly as she has planned them to.
I really love Kelsey’s character. She kept me in stitches with all the mishaps that happen on her first year of high school. I can totally sympathize with her on some of the things that happened; as I definitely remember my freshman year all too well. Her best friends; Cass, JoJo and Em were all wonderfully well thought out characters as well! I really enjoyed the relationships that these four girls had.
All of the ‘disasters’ that poor Kelsey went through definitely make the book a hilarious read. From her first kiss, to being back-stabbed by her best friend over a boy, to a school play gone wrong; it all adds up to some really funny situations. Add in some pretty emotional teenage drama, a great storyline and it all comes together into a really fun read.
The only part in the book that I had an issue with was all the underage drinking. Call me a prude, but I am not a fan of drinking at all. And being a mom of a 13 year old, I would definitely not want my daughter drinking at that age. I understand that all kids experiment, and that’s ok, but I just felt that it went a little overboard. I do, however, think that the author sent out a good message about the other issues that teen’s face; sex, drugs, homosexuality, etc. (Please keep in mind that this is just me, and I know many people will not feel this way!)
Overall, this book is definitely one of the funniest books I’ve read so far this year. The teenage drama and the fun characters definitely kept me hooked. I am definitely looking forward to reading more work by this author in the future. This really was a great read!
Bad Taste in Boys is a quick, fun read that will keep you wondering just what’s going to happen next!
Kate is in-training sports trainer to her high sc...moreBad Taste in Boys is a quick, fun read that will keep you wondering just what’s going to happen next!
Kate is in-training sports trainer to her high school football team. When a player gets banged up during a game, Kate is there to fix them up! When the players on the football team start having some weird side effects to an injection given to them by their coach, it’s up to Kate to save the day!
I found Kate to be such a fun, easy going character. She was also a very strong character. Instead of moaning and groaning, and waiting for someone to protect her, she takes matters into her own hands and tries to keep everyone safe. I always find that admirable in a character. And to be honest, it’s really nice to see a girl saving the day for once.
The secondary characters were likeable, for the most part. (I can’t say I really cared for the flesh-eating zombies!) Kate’s crush, Aaron, was very sweet, and while their relationship didn’t have a big part in the book, it was still sweet to read about.
The plot and writing style was simple and easy to follow. The author had a wonderful way of holding my attention and keeping me guessing about what the zombies would do next!
Overall, this was a really fun, enjoyable read! Perfect for Halloween!
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)
Dream Smashers was a hard book to read, emotionally. I haven’t read many books that have dealt with addiction and its consequences, so this was also a...moreDream Smashers was a hard book to read, emotionally. I haven’t read many books that have dealt with addiction and its consequences, so this was also an eye opener for me. I’m really glad I read the book.
Most of the characters were likeable, and also complex. The main character, Autumn, is a very strong young lady. The girl has been through a lot, but she can take care of herself, along with the help of her grandmother who raised her. Her mother, Jacinda, was a meth addicted mess. It was painful to read some of the stuff Jacinda had put Autumn through. No mother should treat her child that way, and no child should ever have to go through what Autumn went through. I did not like the mom! I enjoyed Evan, and was glad that he was introduced into Autumn’s life. I think the religious perspective that he brought along really helped Autumn out during difficult times, and I liked that.
The plot was engrossing, and held my attention. The first half of the book went by a bit slowly for me, but by the second half of the book, I was hooked. The story is told from three different points of view; by Autumn, Evan and Jacinda. Normally I would find this confusing, but the author wrote it in such a way that I had no trouble telling what character I was reading about.
Overall, this was a very emotional read, but I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read it.
Article 5 had been sitting on my shelf for a couple of weeks now. After discussing it with a fellow blogger, I decided to move it up on my to-read lis...moreArticle 5 had been sitting on my shelf for a couple of weeks now. After discussing it with a fellow blogger, I decided to move it up on my to-read list. I am SO glad that I did!
Imagine a world where you lived by a code of morals instead of the rights we have now. There is only one religion. Immoral literature and media has been banned. Families must consist of one man, one woman, and child(ren). A child can only be a valid citizen if he/she has been conceived by a married couple. This is the frightening world in which Ember Miller lives in Article 5.
I must start off by staying, that whenever I read a dystopian novel, I always find it shocking that stuff happening in the book could totally happen in real life. I absolutely cannot imagine living in a world where we don’t have freedom and rights. That definitely makes it easy to sympathize with the main characters in the story.
I was a little worried about the main character, Ember, in the beginning of the book. At first, she gave the impression of being very docile. However, she does grow more determined through the book. I was very glad to see what. All the poor girl wants is to save herself and her mother. Chase, who Ember has known since her childhood, does whatever he has to do to help Ember with her search. I love Chase. He’s dark and mysterious, and you just want to know what his story is. He definitely earned a spot on my favorite hero list.
The plot for the story is definitely interesting. I’ve read a lot of dystopian’s lately, and I was a little bit worried that this wouldn’t hold my attention. It certainly did, I shouldn’t have worried at all. The book was well paced as well; I was flying through the paces just to see what was going to happen next!
Overall, this was a really great read. I can’t believe I waited so long to get started on it. I can’t wait check out the next book in the series, so I can see what’s going to happen next with Ember, Chase and the crew.
Cinder is a unique, futuristic take on the classic fairytale that we all know and loved; Cinderella. However, the original fairytale does not hold a c...moreCinder is a unique, futuristic take on the classic fairytale that we all know and loved; Cinderella. However, the original fairytale does not hold a candle to this brilliant novel.
The characters in the story were really creative, and each in their own way. The main character in the story is Cinder, who is a brilliantly gifted mechanic, who can fix just about anything. Oh, and also, she’s a cyborg as well. She lives in an apartment with her two stepsisters, and her stepmother. Cinder is a very strong character that never backs down or gives in. I love Cinder! The prince in the story is named Kai. I enjoyed his character as well, but at times, I really wanted to ring his neck! The secondary characters were well written as well, especially the evil characters. (There were quite a few evil characters, and trust me, you will love to hate them.)
While a lot of the story is similar to the classic fairytale, it also has its own very creative plot blended in. (I’m trying really hard not to give anything away!) Yes, there is a bit of predictability, but there’s still enough added onto the story to keep readers very interested. The plot was very well paced, and I found this to be a very quick read. The ending is definitely a cliffhanger, and will leave you itching to get your hands on the next books. Luckily, this book is the first in a four book series, so we are definitely going to be in for some great reading.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, and gobbled it up in one day. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the books in the series!
I was so excited to get my hands on Dark Kiss. This is the first book I’ve read by Michelle Rowen, and I found it to be a...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com
I was so excited to get my hands on Dark Kiss. This is the first book I’ve read by Michelle Rowen, and I found it to be an enjoyable read!
After a kiss with her long-time crush, Samantha’s life is completely changed forever. The kiss turned her into something that she didn’t even know existed. Now it’s up to Samantha to work with Bishop and Kraven, who are both angel and demon sent from above, to stop the terrible destruction of earth by people just like her.
The characters in the story were very interesting, and each for their own reason. Samantha definitely seemed to be determined young lady. I love that she had a snarky quality to her when she was nervous, and I found it easy to relate to her because of this. Bishop was quite a mystery to me, and kept me guessing throughout the book. Kraven was also a snarky character, and I really enjoyed the chemistry between him and Samantha. The secondary characters were interesting as well, and I really wanted to know more about them.
The storyline for the book was very intriguing. I’ve read quite a few angel/demon books lately, and this book definitely stood out from the others. The book was also well paced. The ending was a little bit of a cliffhanger, but it also closed up nicely. I am, however, looking forward to seeing where the story goes in the next book. I also want to add that the cover for the book is pretty gorgeous!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I went in not really knowing what to expect, but ended up enjoying the story and the characters. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, Wicked Kiss, due in 2013!