I have really enjoyed reading the Legacy series over the past year and a half. Sacrifice was a brilliant ending to the series that I really enjoyed, m I have really enjoyed reading the Legacy series over the past year and a half. Sacrifice was a brilliant ending to the series that I really enjoyed, much more than I expected to.
Sacrifice picks up right where Allegiance leaves off. Alera is now the Grand Provost, under the command of the Cokyrians. Stress levels are high, and a rebellion is imminent. Alera, with the help of the Narian, must keep the peace between the Hytanicans and the Cokyrians, in order to keep her people safe. But what can she do when her people take matters into their own hands?
Alera is a character that I have always loved. Over the series, we have watched her become a very strong woman. I could think of no better character to be the Queen of Hytanica. I love the relationship between Alera and Narian. They are perfect for each other. The way that Narian cares for Alera is so sweet. They make a perfect pair together.
In the book, we also get to see a secondary viewpoint from Shaselle, whose father was murdered by the Cokyrians in the previous book. I thought it was interesting getting to see a viewpoint from a character other than Alera. Shaselle is another strong young lady. While she didn’t always make decisions that I agreed with, I loved that she was so stubborn and headstrong. If Kluver wanted to write a spin-off series about Shaselle, I would definitely read it!
We also get to see a bit of our favorite characters from the previous books. London has got to be my favorite character in the series. He is so dark and mysterious, I never know what to expect from him. I can’t get enough! Steldor is another character that grew on me the more I read of this series. I will admit that I didn’t care for him too much in the beginning of the series, but he has worked his way into my heart the more I get to know about him. There are so many wonderful characters in this series, I could go on and on about them.
When I got towards the end of the book, I was starting to expect an anticlimactic ending. I should know better. The author managed to leave me speechless, hand over my mouth, with tears in my eyes at one particular part. (Don’t worry, I will not ruin that moment for you.) That is another thing I love about this series. Just when you think everything will go the way you want it, the author will throw you a curveball. I love the unexpected. (Well, most times!)
Overall, I have really enjoyed reading this series, so much more than I expected to. Cayla Kluver is an insanely talented author, and I’m really looking forward to reading more of her work in the future.
I knew I had to read The Goddess Inheritance as soon as I got my hands on it, especially after that killer cliffhanger ending in The Goddess Interrupt I knew I had to read The Goddess Inheritance as soon as I got my hands on it, especially after that killer cliffhanger ending in The Goddess Interrupted. I found the book to be a great ending to a wonderful series!
Kate is a character that I will never get tired of reading about. She has such a great head on her shoulders. While she does have a bit of a martyr complex, she does genuinely care about the people around her, especially her little family. She is willing to do anything to protect them. There were some times in the book when I was beginning to wonder if she was going to give up, but thankfully she pulled it back together and returned to the normal headstrong Kate that I know and love.
I have loved Henry every since I first started this series. The more I read of him, the more I love him. He grows from such a lonely man, to a loving, caring husband to Kate. Henry is definitely on the list of my favorite guys of all time.
We see quite a good bit of the secondary characters as well in this novel, though not really in the same aspect that we have seen them in the previous books. They all have a very serious demeanor that goes along with the feeling of impending doom that they face. It was really interesting seeing this different side of them.
The ending of the book was very bittersweet for me. Something major happens to one of my favorite characters. While I hate to see this happen, I believe it also set up a spot for another book in the series, or even a spin-off series. I, for one, would love to see either of those options happen. (Especially if we get to see more of Henry, he is beyond awesome.)
Overall, I love this series. If, by chance, you haven’t read this series yet, I definitely recommend that you do. It is so great, and definitely worth the read.
Thank you Harlequin Teen for allowing me to read and review this advance copy! My life is now complete.
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 onThis 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.
Mystic City is a novel about a post-apocalyptical Manhattan. Most of the city is under water due to global warming, and two rival families rule the ciMystic City is a novel about a post-apocalyptical Manhattan. Most of the city is under water due to global warming, and two rival families rule the city. Aria Rose, who is the youngest daughter in the Rose family, finds herself engaged to Thomas Foster, son from the rival Foster family, after an event that took parts of her memory. No one is telling Aria anything, so it’s up to her to find out exactly what is going on.
Poor Aria, you have to feel bad for the girl for what she’s been through. To top that off, since the novel is from her point of view, we have NO idea what’s happened. All we know is that there are a lot of secrets, and that no one is telling poor Aria anything. The author did a really great job at keeping me confused throughout the novel. Aria was a great heroine. Even through the confusion and the fear, she kept her head, and stood her ground. I love her for that.
There are two love interests in the story. One is with Thomas, the young man that Aria is engaged to, but does not remember; who is also the son of the rival family in the city. Then there is Hunter. Aria has no idea who he is, but feels a strong pull towards him. Hunter has secrets of his own, secrets that could get him killed if the wrong person found out. I love his love for Aria. He really cares, and only wants to keep her safe. Swoon!
Aria’s family is full of people that you are going to love to hate, especially her parents! They give the word dysfunctional a whole new meaning. Without giving much away, I will just say that they are one of the worst families I have had to read in YA to date.
The storyline was very creative for the story. I found it to be believable because it’s something that could definitely happen in our world due to global warming. The author did a really great job with the descriptions of the city after it had been flooded and rebuilt. I definitely had a clear imagine in my mind of how the city would have looked.
Overall, I thought that Mystic City was a really interesting read! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, Renegade Heart, to see what is going to happen with Aria, Hunter and the rest of their crew!
I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Crewel. I had heard really good things about the book, but I just didn’t think I would likeI really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Crewel. I had heard really good things about the book, but I just didn’t think I would like it based on the summary. I must say, Crewel was, by far, one of the best books I have read so far in 2012. Let me try to explain to you why I think this, without giving too much away!
I found the characters in the story to be very interesting, and each for their own reasons. The main character, Adelice, was a very smart and gifted young lady, who was even at times a bit snarky. (I love snarky characters!) The best thing about Adelice, is that she grows stronger and more mature throughout the novel. With all of the horrible things that happen to her throughout the book, she manages to stay strong. I always find that admirable.
There are two love interests in the story, Erik and Josten. While I found each boy to be mysterious and engrossing, I was rooting for Josten the whole time. I really felt that I connected with him more than I did with Erik, and I wonder if it is because Josten is basically the underdog. (That and he treated Adelice very well.)
Of course, while there are characters in the novel that you will love, there are also some that you are really going to hate. You will hate them with a passion! I will let you discover who those characters are on your own, but consider yourself warned!
I love the plot for the novel. I found it to be quite unique and refreshing. The idea of women being spinsters and actually weaving threads of time, it was so very unique. The plot and the wonderful descriptions definitely kept me turning the page. The ending leaves you on a pretty big cliffhanger, and it is one that will leave you begging for the next book!
The only problem that I had with the books was with some of the characters names. They were really different from the normal, which is not a bad thing at all! I just kept going back over them trying to figure out how exactly they were pronounced. But after a while, I got used to them.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, so much more than I expected to! (I love it when that happens!) I’m definitely going to order a finished copy to add to my collection. And I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.
Destroy Me is a much anticipated novella in the Shatter Me series by the brilliant Tahereh Mafi. In this novella, we get a glimpse into the life of thDestroy Me is a much anticipated novella in the Shatter Me series by the brilliant Tahereh Mafi. In this novella, we get a glimpse into the life of the mysterious Warner, right after the cliffhanger ending in Shatter Me. While this story is short at 150 pages, I enjoyed is so very much.
I have loved Warner’s character since we first met him in Shatter Me. He was so very mysterious and intriguing. While I wanted to dislike him for all the bad things he did, especially to Juliette, I just couldn’t help but love him. Getting to view this little peek into his life just made me love him even more. We get an even better feeling for why he is the way he is. Poor kid, you just want to hug him, and keep on hugging. The range of emotions that we experience with Warner is just mind blowing. I can’t wait to read more about him in the next book!
We also get to meet Warner’s psycho dad in this novella. Meeting him explains so much. He is one of those characters that you will definitely love to hate. I know I did! Unfortunately, we don’t get to see much of Juliette or Adam this time around, but I can’t wait until they meet again!
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this short novella! Tahereh Mafi is such an excellent writer. Reading this has gotten me so excited to finally get my hands on Unravel Me next year!
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 sayI 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!
Sixteen year old Blue Sargent has no psychic abilities whatsoever, unlike her mother, who can see the dead. That is until one night on St. Mark’s Eve,Sixteen year old Blue Sargent has no psychic abilities whatsoever, unlike her mother, who can see the dead. That is until one night on St. Mark’s Eve, when Blue see’s the spirit of a young boy named Gansey; a boy from a nearby private school. Also known as a Raven Boy. When Blue’s path meets with Gansey’s in real life, Blue manages to get caught up in a journey that will change her life forever.
Wow. The characters in the book are just awesome. Blue was a very strong heroine; I felt that she had a good head on her shoulders. She knew that an event in her future could take the life of someone she loves in the future, and she took that information very seriously. I was actually glad to see that she had restraint. I also really liked her mom, Maura, and all of the other psychic ladies that lived with them. They made for some very interesting characters!
The Raven Boys were all so mysterious; even with all of the information we got on them, I wanted to know more. Gansey is definitely not what he seems. There is something about him that I can’t put my finger on just yet. And I love him for that. Adam, bless his heart, was such a wonderful young man. You couldn’t help but love him for the situations that made his life so difficult. I just wanted to give him a big hug! Ronan was an excellent bad-boy. I am dying to know the mystery behind his story. We are given bits of information, but I feel that we were left hanging a bit about him. (Hopefully answers will come in the next book.) Noah had me completely fooled from the beginning! Finding out his story was definitely a page turner. I love the relationship between these four boys. You don’t find one quite that strong very often. They definitely had each other’s backs.
The book is told from multiple viewpoints, and I found that to be quite interesting. I haven’t read many books that have that perspective, and I enjoyed seeing the different characters points of view. I do feel like I was left hanging with some parts of the books, but again, I am hoping we will get answers in the next book. The book definitely leaves you wanting to know more. What is going to happen with Blue and her Raven Boys? I’m dying to find out, that’s for sure.
Overall, I thought this was a great read! I really enjoyed reading Shiver and The Scorpio Races last year, and I am glad to be able to add The Raven Boys to my book shelf!
Unspoken is the first book that I have read by Sarah Rees Brennan. I have to say, I found this book to be a hilarious, and completely engrossing read! Unspoken is the first book that I have read by Sarah Rees Brennan. I have to say, I found this book to be a hilarious, and completely engrossing read! I love a book that can make me laugh, and you will definitely have some LOL moments while reading this novel!
The main character in the story, Kami, is absolutely hilarious. She reminds me of myself in the way that she is snarky and sarcastic at times. I love her for this, and found her to be easily relatable. Jared, whose family has just recently moved back to town, was quite a mystery. I found him to be extremely interesting as well. The relationship between Kami and Jared was well written, and extremely intense. While it seemed that they had known each other their whole lives, Kami still did not allow them to rush into a relationship. (I found this to be somewhat refreshing, and frustrating at the same time. Ha!) There is a love triangle in the story as well, in the form of Jared’s cousin, Ash. I didn’t care for Ash quite as much as I did for Jared, but he definitely did make an impression.
Kami’s friends, Angela and Holly, were very well written secondary characters. As were Kami’s parents. I enjoyed reading about them just as much as I did the main characters in the story. I love it when an author makes you care for ALL of the characters in a story!
The storyline for the book was very engrossing. I flew through the pages just to see what was going to happen next. The book ends with quite a cliffhanger, which has left me dying to get my hands on the next book to see what is going to happen next! Gah, the wait is going to be intense, but it will totally be worth it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, so much more than I expected to. If you don’t already have it on your to-read list, you should be adding it right now!
Speechless by Hannah Harrington is a novel that will leave you, in a word, Speechless. This is the first novel that I have read by Hannah Harrington,Speechless by Hannah Harrington is a novel that will leave you, in a word, Speechless. This is the first novel that I have read by Hannah Harrington, and now I’m itching to get my hands on more. It definitely did not disappoint!
Chelsea Knot is one of the popular girls at school. Or, at least she’s friends with one of the most popular girls at school. Another thing about Chelsea, she cannot keep a secret. But when one of her secrets results in someone getting severely hurt, she decides to take a vow of silence to keep the same thing from happening to anyone else, ever again. With this silence, Chelsea discovers a new side of ‘friends’ that she knew before, of new people she’s met, and of herself.
Chelsea was such an interesting character. At first, I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to connect with her. She was the mean girl that I always avoid. But as we go through the book, it’s plain to see that she has a conscience, and that, deep down, she does care about people. The author did such a great job of conveying Chelsea’s emotions on the pages. I could feel her pain, her embarrassment, her loneliness. I envy her the journey that she travels with her vow of silence. It’s definitely a journey of self discovery, as we are shown throughout the book.
There were some really great secondary characters in this book, ones that you will really love; especially Sam and Asha, two new friends that Chelsea meets after taking her vow of silence. I also really liked Chelsea’s father, he was such a great dad. There are also characters that you are going to love to hate. Wow, these characters will get under your skin and make you crazy!
The storyline for the book is extremely engrossing. It includes a lot of issues that teenagers face today, ranging from cliques to bullying and more. I love books that deal with these subjects, because it’s good for teens to be able to relate; both as a bully, and as one that is bullied. All of the drama kept me flying through the pages, and I literally couldn’t put the book down.
Overall, this book was great. The storyline was addictive, and the characters were intriguing. It all wraps together for a novel that will leave you completely Speechless. If you haven’t already ordered a copy, you definitely should!
Brianna Paxton is invisible to guys. They don’t see her, or talk to her, or even give her a second glance. That is life for Brianna. Until one night, Brianna Paxton is invisible to guys. They don’t see her, or talk to her, or even give her a second glance. That is life for Brianna. Until one night, when her long-time crush, Blake Williams, discovers what Brianna really is. It’s up to Brianna and Blake to put an end to the life-long feud that threatens to destroy their own lives, and the lives of all they hold dear.
I found Brianna to be quite an interesting main character. She has no idea what is going on with her life, only that it is changing at an incredibly fast pace, and no one seems to know why. Except for Blake, who knows what is going on, but isn’t very helpful at giving her any information in the beginning. We are definitely kept in suspense as we wait to find out exactly what is going on!
The relationship between Brianna and Logan was a bit frustrating at first. I was honestly beginning to worry that I wouldn’t like Blake because of the way he treated Brianna. Always pushing her away, and even using her at one point. Luckily, we do find out his reasoning for this, and the relationship does chance about halfway through the book.
Some of the secondary characters in the book were very, very interesting as well. Austin, who is Blake’s friend, was completely mysterious. The more I read the book, the more he was able to surprise me. Another character that I adored would be Joe; he was such a great character. I have mixed feelings about Brianna’s friends, Haley and Christy. They didn’t really seem much like friends to me. (That’s just my opinion though!)
The storyline for the book was very interesting. I have enjoyed quite a few books lately that have dealt with Greek Mythology, and I just can’t seem to get enough of them. This book is definitely no exception. The pacing was very well done, and the book held my attention for a lot longer than I expected it to.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel so much more than I expected to. The fascinating characters mixed in with the Greek Mythology really makes for an excellent read. Be sure to check this out!
Once again, Julie Kagawa has managed to amaze me with her mad writing skills! Julie has literally blown me away with thi 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!
The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the brilliant sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I have been dying to get my hands on 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!
Rachel Adam’s father has just been declared dead after not returning from a courier mission on which he was sent and nev 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! ...more
I was so excited to get my hands on an advanced reader of Beautiful Disaster, as I had heard so many different thoughts As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
I was so excited to get my hands on an advanced reader of Beautiful Disaster, as I had heard so many different thoughts on the book. I wanted to read the book so that I could form my own opinion of the story. I have to say, this book is a roller-coaster ride, and will leave you with very mixed emotions.
Abby Abernathy has a secret past, one that she has run a long way from. A new school with new friends, a new beginning is exactly what she needs. All is well, until she catches the attention of the school bad boy, Travis Maddox, who is completely blown away by her resistance to him. Never one to be rejected, Travis does whatever he can to get Abby into his life. But can Abby live with the dominating Travis in her life?
Abby, the main character, was both headstrong and also extremely frustrating. I love that she stood up to Travis’s crazy ways, for the most part, especially when there were red flags going up all over the place. However, it was insanely frustrating that she used other guys just to hurt Travis. It really made me want to shake her and tell her to quit playing games. But other than that, I found her to be a likeable character.
The thing I love most in male characters is the tortured hero. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t get enough of them. Travis is definitely a tortured soul. My heart broke for him multiple times, but I also found him infuriating at times as well. He was such a completely complex character; I still haven’t completely figured him out. Yes, he was overbearing and quite dominant, but he also had a completely different side to him as well, and that’s the side that I fell in love with. He broke my heart more than a few times with his emotions. I love this man. (On a side note; I totally picture Travis as Channing Tatum! Check out his movie Fighter, and you will see why.)
The secondary characters were interesting as well, with my favorites being Shepley, Travis’s cousin and America, who was Abby’s best friend. America was a really great friend to Abby. There was also Finch, who Abby and America met on their first day of school, who was a loner just like Abby. I love him!
If you love a good love story, full of emotional angst and drama, this is definitely the book for you. I loved the storyline as well. That kept me hooked, and flying through the pages faster than I expected to.
There were a few small issues that I had with the book, however. As an adult that knows the difference between right and wrong, I found this book to be a fascinating read. As a mom to a teenage girl, I have many issues with the book. I can’t imagine a teenager reading this and understanding how many things were wrong with relationship. For that one reason, I wouldn’t recommend this for the younger YA crowd. (I had this problem with Twilight as well. While the story is romantic and understandable by most, younger girls that are easily swayed may not see the problems with the relationship; the possessiveness, the codependency, etc.) This book also contains a great deal of violence, sex, underage drinking, and vulgar language. As an adult, this doesn’t make me love the book any less, but as a parent, it makes me cautious with my extremely sheltered child. (That’s just me though!)
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, so much more than I expected to. This is a book that will stick with you long after you’ve read the last page. I can’t wait for my finished copy to arrive so that I can read it again! Also, we will also be getting a book in 2013 that is Beautiful Disaster from Travis’s perspective; Walking Disaster. I SO can’t wait to get my hands on it!
The Sweetest Dark is a novel about sixteen year old Lora Jones. Lora is different than other girls. She can hear songs t As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
The Sweetest Dark is a novel about sixteen year old Lora Jones. Lora is different than other girls. She can hear songs that no one else can hear, and she dreams of drifting through the air like smoke and vapor. Oh, Lora is definitely different alright. When the orphanage that she lives is destroyed in the war, Lora is sent to a prestigious boarding school as a charity student. Here she meets two boys, Jesse and Armand. With the help of these boys, she will discover the truth about her past history, and discover another secret about herself.
Lora is such a great character. The poor girl, she has been through so very much in her young life. Thrown into an orphanage at age 10, with no recollection of her history, then put into an asylum not long after, and finally she ends up at the boarding school for girls. It is at this boarding school that Lora learns the reason why she is different from other girls. All with the help of Jesse, who is the groundskeeper at the boarding school, and Armand, who is the son of the Duke that funds the school.
Lora is such an amazingly strong character. When I first started reading the book, I kind of expected her to be a meek little creature that would complain about every single thing. But she didn’t. She held her own, especially against some of the rich girls at the boarding school. I love the relationship between Lora and Jesse. He is so incredibly sweet, and really cares for her. Armand, who completes the love triangle, is a mysterious young man, who has a secret of his own.
The writing style for this novel was absolutely wonderful. The sentences flowed together so perfectly. I found the love triangle to be very well written as well, even though I chose my side early on. The world-building was excellent as well, as I really enjoyed the descriptions of the time period. The storyline was very engrossing, and I found myself flying through the pages faster than I expected to. I felt that the book closed very nicely as well, which is always good.
Overall, this book has it all! It has a beautiful cover, great characters, and an engrossing storyline. It’s definitely worth the read. Check it out!
The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a fascinating fairy tale novel by author Ruth Frances Long. I was drawn to this boo As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a fascinating fairy tale novel by author Ruth Frances Long. I was drawn to this book by its gorgeous cover, but the novel itself is what completely blew me away!
Seventeen year old Jenny visits the woods where her brother, Tom, disappeared 7 years before, in hopes of finally coming to terms with his disappearance. While in the woods, Jenny is lured into the trees by the sound if familiar music. She quickly discovers that the world in the trees is completely different than her own. With the help of Jack o’ the Forest, she must find a way to save herself, and her long lost brother as well.
The characters in the book were all interesting. Jenny, the main character, was head-strong and brave. I love that she never gave up on finding her brother. Even through all the weirdness, she never gave up. I really enjoyed her character. Jack, who is a guardian in the forest, has to be my favorite character of the book. He was so mysterious and was so torn between what he should do for himself, and what he has to do for Jenny. I really enjoyed the relationship between these two characters. Especially the ending, it was so very sweet.
The storyline for this book was really interesting. It reminded me a lot of the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, but only because it had similar characters; Robin Goodfellow, Oberon, Mab, etc. But that is where the similarities end for me. The story was unique enough that it kept me guessing throughout the whole book. Things I should have caught on to pretty quickly completely passed me by because I was so engrossed in the book. It was that good! This is also a stand-alone novel, and the end of the book left me with the perfect amount of closure. I loved it!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! With its unique storyline and awesome characters, it makes for a really engrossing read! I am really looking forward to reading more books in the future by this wonderful new author.
Touched is the first book that I have read from author Cyn Balog, and I found the book to be a very quick, enjoyable rea As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
Touched is the first book that I have read from author Cyn Balog, and I found the book to be a very quick, enjoyable read! I am really looking forward to reading more books by this author.
The main character in the story is Nick Cross. Nick has a rare ability that allows him to see his future. His life plays out as a script that he must follow, or else the path for his future will change forever. One slip up in the script, like saving one girl instead of another, will change Nick’s life in more ways than he expected.
The story is told from Nick’s point of view, which I enjoyed because I really haven’t read a lot of books from a guy’s perspective. Also, with Nick, he’s far from perfect. He’s clumsy and quite introverted, which I think is why I connected with him so well. The people in his town called him a freak, and he thought he was a freak as well because of his ability. You have to feel sorry for the poor guy. I was so glad to see Taryn come into his life. She was definitely good for him.
The secondary characters we well written as well, and I would have to say one of my favorites was his Nan. She was a remarkable character that loved Nick more than anything. She made me think of my grandfather in that aspect.
The storyline for the book is very addictive and mysterious as well. I had no idea what was going to happen as I moved along in the story, but I just HAD to keep reading to see what would happen. The book has tons of twist and turns right up until the end that will keep you flying through the pages. I love that this book is a stand-alone novel, there’s definitely lots of closure at the end.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, so much more than I expected to. It was just the read I needed to read at the moment. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
Something Strange and Deadly is an action packed zombie novel by debut author Susan Dennard. The book definitely holds t As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
Something Strange and Deadly is an action packed zombie novel by debut author Susan Dennard. The book definitely holds true to its title, it’s full of lots of strange and deadly things that will keep you hooked to the pages and wanting more!
Sixteen year old Eleanor Fitt is on a mission to find her brother that has mysteriously gone missing. Along with her search, she’s also dealing with her mother who is trying to marry her off to any rich man that she can find, and also with the zombies that are rising in her town. With the help of a couple of new friends, they must find the person who is responsible for raising the dead, the same person that may also have kidnapped her brother as well.
Eleanor was a very interesting character. She was not one to sit around and doing nothing, but she took action in her own hands and did what she had to do. She did not let her fear hold her back while she searched for her brother. She is such a great heroine; these kinds are my absolute favorite. The few times we see her rattled is when Daniel, one of the Spirit-Hunters helping her in her search, left her in mess of confusion. The relationship between Eleanor and Daniel was adorable, and I love that it grew over time, and didn’t happen right away. They make a great team!
The secondary characters in the book were engrossing as well. Joseph and Jie, who were also Spirit-Hunters, were each interesting in their own unique ways. The one character that constantly left me in a state of confusion was Clarence Wilcox, would be suitor to Eleanor. I just couldn’t figure him out, and while I didn’t want to like him, I ended up loving him a bit in the end.
The thing I liked most about this book is that there is always something going on in it. I read this in one day, which doesn’t happen for me often. I just HAD to know what was going to happen! The world-building was so creative; I loved reading the descriptions of the time period. There was no cliffhanger ending for this book. While there is a build-up for the next novel, the novel was wrapped up nicely, and I definitely had closure at the end.
Overall, if you love a good zombie novel, you should definitely check out Something Strange and Deadly. It will not disappoint! I’m itching to get my hands on the next book in this awesome series.
I will admit it; I was drawn Dark Companion by its gorgeous, creepy cover. It’s so very pretty! After finally reading th As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
I will admit it; I was drawn Dark Companion by its gorgeous, creepy cover. It’s so very pretty! After finally reading the synopsis, this book sounded like something I definitely wanted to read. Here are my thoughts on the book!
Jane Williams has had a hard life in her few short years. Pulled out of poverty thanks to a scholarship to the Birch Grove Academy for Girls, things finally seem to be looking up for Jane. But things, and people, aren’t what they seem at Birch Grove, and Jane must decide if she wants to stay, or if she’s willing to give up everything to have what she wants.
Jane was a bit of a difficult character for me to like, mostly because she so very indecisive about everything. Ok, not really about everything, just about Lucky, the headmistress’ son. She knew that she wanted to get out of the hood and make something of herself, but when it came to Lucky, she was a complete, blubbering mess. One minute she wanted him, and the next she didn’t. I didn’t like Lucky at all, so it was super easy for me to make the decision for her. I really had my ups and downs with both Jane and Lucky. These are the two characters I had the most problems with.
There were a few characters in the book that I really loved. Mary Violet, who is Jane’s friend and schoolmate, has to be my favorite character in the book. She is always spouting poems about anything and everything, and she also saying crazy things in French. She was a hoot! There’s also Jack, who is the headmistresses other son, was a complete riot. He was mysterious, snarky and a wee bit sexy as well. I loved the parts of the books that we got to share with Jack; I just wish he was in more of the book!
The storyline was really unique, and not what I expected. The pacing was well done, although I did seem to have a hard time keeping focused on the book. (Not the books fault, that’s all me.) There were a couple of parts in the book that involved blood and blood-letting, and that kind of grossed me out. (Again, that’s all me!) Kudos to the author for such a unique read!
Overall, I did have a few issues with this book, but it was a good read. I see a lot of good reviews for the book, but I don’t think I was exactly in the right frame of mind to read it at the moment. I am definitely going to give it another shot in the future.
My first impression about ‘The Unquiet’ is that this book is super creepy! I love a good ghost story, and this book defin As posted on TheReaderBee.com
My first impression about ‘The Unquiet’ is that this book is super creepy! I love a good ghost story, and this book definitely doesn’t disappoint. It’s mysterious and eerie, and will keep you guessing right up to the end!
The main character in the story, Rinn, is a highly flawed young lady. She’s bipolar, and she’s made a lot of bad choices in her life that she is now paying for. Even with all of these flaws, I still found a way to connect with her on a really strange level. I really enjoyed the relationship between Rinn and the boy that lives across the street, Nate. It wasn’t love at first sight for these two, but a relationship that grew over time. I love the sarcasm between the two the most. Ha!
I had a hard time connecting with almost all of the secondary characters, most being the ‘friends’ that Rinn made at her new school. Then there were a few characters that I really wanted to know more about, that we were left hanging about. (As in the janitor, Nate’s dad, Rinn’s dad, etc.)
The world-building and pacing for the book was very well done. The mystery in the book definitely kept me guessing. I flew through the pages just to know what was going to happen next. I did expect a bit more from the ending after the intense build-up throughout the book. I did like that this book could be left as a stand-alone book, or could have a future sequel as well.
Overall, I found this to be a really enjoyable ghost story. The characters, while flawed, were interesting and the mystery kept me hooked. I am really looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.
Mirage is the much anticipated follow up to Kristi Cook’s captivating debut novel, Haven. I was so excited to finally ge As Posted on TheReaderBee.com.
Mirage is the much anticipated follow up to Kristi Cook’s captivating debut novel, Haven. I was so excited to finally get my hands on a copy of this book, and to also participate in the blog tour for the book! I just couldn’t wait to read it. I remember in my review for Haven that I mentioned that the book and characters reminded me of The X-Men meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When I met the characters once again in Mirage, it felt exactly the same way!
Mirage picks up a few weeks after Haven leaves off. It’s now senior year for Violet and the crew, and Violet wants nothing more than to see Aidan again after their long summer break apart. But their last year of school is not going as smoothly as they hoped. A rouge vampire is on the loose, killing innocent people, friends are pulling away from the each other, and people prove to be not at all what they seem.
I love the characters in this series SO much. Violet is such a strong character. I love the relationship between her and Aidan. Ah, Aiden... He’s one of the very first male protagonists that I fell in love when I started reading YA books. He’s so mysterious and alluring; I just can’t get enough of him. Together, these two make a great couple. They definitely have their trials in Mirage, but their love is still strong.
Violet also has some really great friends that we get to meet again in Mirage. I love Kate, Sophie, Whitney and Cece. Although there is quite a bit of drama between them, they are all such great friends to Violet. We are also introduced to some new characters along the way, on in particular that I’m still quite unsure about. I’m definitely hoping that we will learn a bit more in the next book.
The storyline was very well thought out, and the pacing for the book was just right. I flew through this book in just a few hours time. The book ends on a pretty big cliffhanger, and I’m dying to get my hands on the next book just to figure out what exactly is going to happen next! (Oh, the agnoy!)
Overall, if you enjoyed reading Haven, you’re definitely going to enjoy reading Mirage! This series just gets better and better. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
This book was SO much better than I was expecting! I love it when a book throws me completely off guard, and that’s exac As Posted on TheReaderBee.com.
This book was SO much better than I was expecting! I love it when a book throws me completely off guard, and that’s exactly what happened when I read Once, the much anticipated follow up to Eve by Anna Carey.
After a series of events gone wrong, Eve is now trapped in the City of Sand, at the mercy of none other than the King of New America. Here she discovers an unsettling secret about her past, and must try to come to terms with what this secret means for her future. It’s up to Eve to do whatever she has to do to save the ones she loves.
Eve has definitely come a long way since I first met her in the previous book. She is no longer the sheltered, naïve young lady. Here we see a girl that has been through more than any girl should ever have to go through, and she’s a survivor. She’s also very strong and determined, and I found that to be so refreshing compared to the girl we first met. As if I thought I couldn’t love Caleb more than I did in the previous book, I fell in love with him even more in this sequel. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see him quite as much as I hoped, but the parts of the book that he is in are extra special. I adore the relationship between him and Eve.
We are also introduced to quite a few new characters in Once, and there are a few characters that you are going to love to hate. (I sure did, anyways.) A few of our favorite characters from the previous book make a comeback as well, and it was interesting as well as heartbreaking to see what had happened to some of them.
Once is filled with lots of different twists that will keep you guessing right up to the end. When I actually had time to sit down and read, I flew through the pages, just because I needed to know what was going to happen next. There were quite a few emotional parts in the book that had me tearing up as well. (Blah!) The ending of the book is another massive cliffhanger, which has left me completely pining for the next book in the series. (Must we really wait until next spring??)
Overall, I really enjoyed this sequel. I was super curious to see how things would play out for Eve and Caleb, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Bring on the next book in this series, and quickly, please! ...more
The thing I loved most about Shadow and Bone was how completely unique the book was. I can honestly say that I have read 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!
I was really looking forward to starting Lies Beneath, as I had read another mermaid novel previously and really enjoyed As Posted on TheReaderBee.com.
I was really looking forward to starting Lies Beneath, as I had read another mermaid novel previously and really enjoyed it. I haven’t read many novels about the subject, and I was curious to see how this book would compare. I definitely was not disappointed.
Lies Beneath is told from the viewpoint of Calder, who is a merman. I haven’t read many books from a male’s point of view, but I found it to be very interesting. To be honest, I didn’t think I would like Calder very much at first. It kind of bothered me the way he talked to Lily, it came off as a bit condescending. That always really bothers me. However, he does redeem himself a bit by the end of the book.
Lily is Calder’s love interest in the story. She’s very smart and strong willed. The thing that I liked most about her was that she didn’t fall head-over-heels in love with Calder right off the bat. It was definitely a relationship that grew, and mostly it grew from Lily’s uneasiness with Calder. It was nice to not have an insta-love relationship for a change.
Most of the secondary characters I really didn’t care for. Especially Calder’s sisters, Maris, Tallulah and Pavati . They were pure evil, and they had no second thoughts about killing innocent people, unlike Calder. These girls are ones that you are definitely going to love to hate.
I really enjoyed the storyline for the book. It had a bit of a darker plot to it than I expected, but that just kept me turning the pages. The ending of the book closes nicely, and not on a cliffhanger, much to my enjoyment. Instead it ends on a promise that will get to meet the characters again soon. I’m really looking forward to it!
Overall, this book was completely different than what I expected. I read it while sitting by the pool, and found it to be a quick, enjoyable read. If you like mermaid books, you should definitely add this to your list.
I started reading this series last year, and I really enjoyed reading the first two books in the series. I was so excite As Posted on TheReaderBee.com.
I started reading this series last year, and I really enjoyed reading the first two books in the series. I was so excited when ‘This is So Not Happening’ finally arrive in my mailbox. I couldn’t wait to dig into it.
After the events from the previous book left me hanging, I was really excited to see what would happen to the characters in this book. I definitely enjoyed Ally more in this book than I did in He’s So Not Worth It. Poor girl, she finally gets her life back on track, when the big boom is dropped on her. She definitely handled things better than I would. I found myself to be increasingly frustrated with Jake, and as much as I loved him in the first book, I found myself completely shocked by all the drama he put Ally through in this book. And to be honest, it frustrated me even more that Ally was so forgiving of him. I know I wouldn’t have been.
I enjoyed the secondary characters in the book just as much as I did in the previous books. Annie is such a great best friend to Ally. I was also glad to see that all of the girls pretty much got along this time around. It was the boys that were a handful!
This book, along with the whole series, has more teenage drama in it than I ever experienced in my whole entire life. Usually I am not into drama, but I couldn’t get enough of it in this series. From the characters to the storyline and the drama, they all blend together to make quite an addicting read. I definitely just HAD to know what was going to happen next. The ending was well written, and I felt that the series ended in the best way possible.
Overall, I really enjoyed this series, and I hate to see it come to an end. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by Mrs. Scott in the future!