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.
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!
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!
I was super excited to get my hands on an advanced copy of Trial By Fire, as I adore Josephine Angelini’s ‘Starcrossed’ series and I couldn’t wait to...more I was super excited to get my hands on an advanced copy of Trial By Fire, as I adore Josephine Angelini’s ‘Starcrossed’ series and I couldn’t wait to see what she had in store for us next. I was definitely not disappointed by this new book! It made for a fascinating read.
After being humiliated by her best friend, who is also her long time crush, Lily Proctor has had enough. Tired of being sick and overlooked all the time, she wants nothing more than to just disappear. When she hears a little voice asking her if she was ready, she gives in, and finds herself in a world that is so unlike the one she knew before.
When we first meet Lily in the book, she is a sickly and fragile character whose life-threatening allergies keep her from being a normal teenager. But once she enters this new world, things start to change for her dramatically. Not only is she no longer plagued by the allergies that held her back before, but she realizes just how strong she really is and all the things that she could never do before. I loved watching Lily bloom into this stronger character. She turned into a really kick-butt heroine.
Roman is the main love interested in the story, and he is oh so swoon-worthy. I loved his interactions with Lily and how he taught her so much about becoming a witch. They were a really great, strong couple. Not only was Roman a great character, but there were SO many other great secondary characters in the story that I grew to love. And a few I even grew to hate.
The storyline for the book was fascinating, and kept me engrossed throughout the whole book. I’ve always been an infatuated by the witches, and especially the Salem Witches. And while Salem Witches is the background for the story, I really love that Angelini took the subject and made it all her own. I also really enjoyed the uniqueness of the story, and can honestly say that I’ve not read anything like this before. I loved it!
Overall; Trial By Fire is the wonderful beginning of a very promising series! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next books in the series, as I must know what is going to happen next for these characters!
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)
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)
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 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!
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!
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.
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!
The Fault in Our Stars is my very first John Green read. My fellow blogging buddy, Petra @ Safari Poet sent it to me last year, and for some crazy rea...more The Fault in Our Stars is my very first John Green read. My fellow blogging buddy, Petra @ Safari Poet sent it to me last year, and for some crazy reason, I put off reading it until recently. WHY did I do this??? Beats me! This was a wonderful read, and I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner.
Hazel was such a wonderful, witty, snarky character. Augustus was so very sweet and thoughtful, not your average young man. Their situations made them so much more mature than the average teenager. I cannot even imagine going through what these two characters went through. They made the most of the life they were given, even when death was staring them in the face. “That's the thing about pain," Augustus said, and then glanced back at me. "It demands to be felt”. And felt it we did. Through the pages of the book, through the actions of the characters, all of the pain was there for us to feel. Not only through the main characters, but I felt it through the secondary characters as well.
But with the bad, we also got the good. The relationship between the characters was built on sarcasm and humor. What better way to start a relationship, yes? You would think that just by reading the summary of this book that the whole book would be super sad, but it wasn’t all sad. There were moments between the characters that made me laugh and sigh, snicker and full out giggle. I love a book that can make me feel such a wide range of emotions.
I want to say, I am super glad that both Hazel and Augustus both had a really great set of parents behind them. Yes, they were typical teens and treated their parents likewise for the most part, but I’m glad that the parents never gave up on the kids. I love books that have amazing parental support.
Overall; this book definitely brought on the feels, and I loved every minute of it. I’m both dreading and excited to see the movie next year. It should be interesting to watch. And this definitely will not be my last John Green book! Okay? Okay.
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)
The Young Elites is the first book that I’ve read by Marie Lu, and now that I’ve been introduced to her awesomeness, I can’t wait to read more! I was...more The Young Elites is the first book that I’ve read by Marie Lu, and now that I’ve been introduced to her awesomeness, I can’t wait to read more! I was super impressed by this book, and I’m kicking myself for not having read anything by Lu sooner.
A decade has passed since a deadly illness crippled the nation, killing many and leaving some survivors with strange markings, and an even smaller few with special powers. The survivors are called malfetto. Adelina Amouteru is malfetto; her black hair and lashes turned silver, and she has a harsh scar in the place where her left eye once was. After being rescued by a group of Young Elites, who are a group of malfetto with special powers, Adelina comes to realize that she’s not just a normal malfetto girl, but something different entirely.
The characters in the novel were all super interesting, especially the main character, Adelina. I had to sympathize with her for everything that she had been through in her short life. Though she battles throughout the novel with feelings of insecurity, put in her mind by her abusive father, she is still one of those strong heroines that I really enjoy. But while she is a badass, we see another side of her throughout the book as well, a side of her that wants nothing more than to be loved and wanted. She was a really interesting character, and I’m curious to go on another adventure with her in the next book in the series. The secondary characters in the novel are very well written as well. There are some characters that you’re really going to fall in love with, and some that you’re not going to love so much.
The storyline for the book was extremely creative and unique. I had seen the book described as X-Men meets Assassin’s Creed meets Game of Thrones, and that description is very much accurate. I loved that each of the characters had different sorts of powers and used them all in different ways. I also enjoyed the world-building in the book, as it was very well described and I could picture it perfectly in my mind. The book ends with a cliffhanger, not a massive one, but enough to leave me pining for the next book. I’m super curious to see where Lu is going to go with this story in the rest of the series.
Also, I urge you to check out Marie Lu’s Pinterest account, which has some really awesome photos and artwork that were her inspiration for the story!
Overall; The Young Elites is an excellent beginning to what will likely be a really fantastic series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!
Julie Kagawa has managed to amaze me once again with The Forever Song, the dark, disturbing, amazing conclusion to the Blood of Eden series. I was SO...more Julie Kagawa has managed to amaze me once again with The Forever Song, the dark, disturbing, amazing conclusion to the Blood of Eden series. I was SO super excited to get my hands on this book. It is one of my most anticipated reads of 2014, if not THE most anticipated read for 2014. After much stalking, I was finally able to get my hands on an advance copy, and thank goodness for that, because I really couldn’t wait a moment longer to read this book. I have adored this series since I started reading the very first book. While I am sad to see the series end, it is definitely going out with a bang!
** This will be a spoiler free review.
Allison has been one of my most favorite characters since the beginning. She is not one to be trifled with; she knows what she is and what she has to do to keep from becoming a monster. She is so very strong and stubborn; she really is one of my most favorite characters ever. I have loved all of the characters throughout this series. Kanin, for being a wonderful, albeit very mysterious master to Allison, I can’t imagine her being who she turned out to be without his help. I love Kanin so very much. In the beginning of the series, it was Zeke that showed Allison that she wasn’t a monster, even when everyone though that she was. That made a huge impact not only on Allison’s character, but to me as well. I loved Zeke. Even Jackal holds a place in my heart. In his dark, twisted way, he also managed to share some wisdom with Allison. All of these people helped Allison become this amazing character that I absolutely adore.
The storyline for this book (and series) was so dark and twisted; it’s definitely a change of pace from the normal. There were quite a few plot twists that totally weren’t expected. Actually, I anticipated one thing that did happen almost halfway through the book, but I didn’t know how or when it would happen. I was pleasantly surprised with how this twist turned out. The end of the book had me tearing up quite a bit. I enjoyed the story and the characters so very much. I was a bit terrified to see how the book was going to come to an end, but I can’t imagine it being any different. It was perfect.
It amazes me how Julie Kagawa can go from writing love stories about fae, which I adore, to writing things that are so twisted and disturbing like in this series. I love when a writer is so super creative, and they allow us to see the many different sides of themselves.
Overall, The Forever Song was an excellent addition and conclusion to the Blood of Eden series. I am really going to miss all of the characters in this story; I’ve come to love them all so much. If you haven't checked out this series yet, I definitely recommend that you do so! I really can’t wait to see what Mrs. Kagawa has for next for us in the future!
I’ve had a copy of The Shadow Prince for a while now, but I kept putting off reading it until closer to the rele...moreSee this review at TheReaderBee.com! --
I’ve had a copy of The Shadow Prince for a while now, but I kept putting off reading it until closer to the release date. Now that I’ve read the book, I am kicking myself for having waited so long to read it! This book was a fun book to read. I really enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!
Haden Lord has been chosen as Champion in the Underworld, and has been sent to the mortal world on a mission to find a girl, Daphne, who just may help restore the underworld back to the way it once was. With their fates intertwined, it’s up to Haden and Daphne to stop the war between the gods that is looming in the near future.
Daphne was a great heroine in this story. This girl really knows what she wants in life, and she’s going after it, no matter what. She’s been sheltered by her mother in a small town all her life. All she wants to do is go out in the world and have a normal life, to become a famous singer with the amazing voice that she has. I envy her all of her determination. I also love her fascination with music. I always find that really relatable in a main character.
Haden was a very mysterious and determined character when we first met him in the book. He was willing to do whatever he had to do to have his honor restored by his father. He was taught to always be strong, and to never show emotion, as that is a sign of humanness. He’s never had a chance to be himself before without being punished for being weak. All that changes when he meets Daphne. I enjoyed watching Haden try to act like a mortal boy, especially his using Youtube as a learning device.
I’ve read quite a few books that involved Greek mythology lately, and this book by far is the one I’ve enjoyed the most. All of the information about mythology, especially that of Orpheus and Eurydice, is so very fascinating to me. I could keep reading on and on about mythology. This subject is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
This book was a pretty big read at 512 pages, but I still flew through it pretty quickly-- as time permitted. The storyline was very interesting, and it definitely kept me intrigued. I always enjoy reading books that include references to songs. I am a huge lover of music, and I always end up setting the book aside to go track down any song that is mentioned in the pages. (Then I end up associating the song with the book whenever I hear it, but that’s a whole other story. ;p)
Overall; I really enjoyed reading this book. If you’re into Greek mythology, and want to read a book that is interesting as well as fun, then you should definitely check out this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, due out in 2015!
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!
The Sound is a story about a British girl named Ren, who, while recovering from a breakup with her boyfriend, comes to Nantucket to be a nanny for a w...more The Sound is a story about a British girl named Ren, who, while recovering from a breakup with her boyfriend, comes to Nantucket to be a nanny for a wealthy family for the summer. After getting acquainted with a group of young, privileged kids her age, she realizes that with these kids, there’s a whole lot more than meets the eye.
Ren was a really interesting character. She was sarcastic and humorous, I loved her attitude. She was also British, and I haven’t had the privilege of reading many main characters that were British. She loves music with a passion and even blogs about it. While there are some parts of the story that made me want to shake some sense into Ren, she definitely had a good head on her shoulders.
The bad boy in the story, Jesse, is definitely swoon-worthy. I wondered at first if I was going to like him or not, but I ended up really liking him. Though he has a bad reputation, Ren sees something in him that no one else does, and befriends despite everyone warning her not too. I love his protectiveness, not only of his family, but of Ren as well. Swoon!
The novel has a diverse group of secondary characters as well; some that you will really like, and some that you will really dislike. Far too many to mention by name, so read the book for yourself to see who you like and dislike!
The book starts off with a bang, and keeps on going from there. Within the first few pages I was completely hooked. I really loved the mystery in this book. There were SO many people that I kept picking as the ‘bad guy’, and just when I thought I had it narrowed down to one person, something would happen that would make me suspect someone else. Everyone was a suspect!! It definitely kept me guessing, and kept me hooked to the story. I read this book in just a few hours time; I just couldn’t put the book down until I figured out what was going on.
Overall; The Sound is the first book I’ve read by Sarah Alderson, but it definitely won’t be the last! She managed to draw my in with this mysterious story, and had me hook to the pages throughout. Now that I’ve gotten a taste of Alderson’s writing, I’m really looking forward to reading some of her other books, starting with Hunting Lila!
Fangirl is the second book I’ve read by the insanely talented Rainbow Rowell. Everyone said that I would enjoy this book even more than I did Eleanor...more Fangirl is the second book I’ve read by the insanely talented Rainbow Rowell. Everyone said that I would enjoy this book even more than I did Eleanor & Park. I was a bit skeptical about this, but everyone was totally right! This book was SO great, and I am thrilled to have it be the first book that I’ve read and reviewed in 2014!
The main character in the story is Cath. Cath is sarcastic and introverted and a huge fan-fiction fanatic. I love Cath. She is probably the most relatable character that I have ever met in all the books that I’ve read. She is so much like me, it’s kind of scary! But that is why I love her. With all of the things that went on in her past, and everything that she was experiencing in her present, you couldn’t help but feel something for her. Yes, she was crazy awkward and naïve at times, and I guess that is why I was so able to relate to her. I love the relationship between Cath and Levi. I love their interactions with each other and that their relationship was one that was built gradually, instead of instantly. They were really great together, and I could totally see Cath coming out of her shell and becoming such a stronger person with Levi’s help. Levi, by the way, is totally swoon-worthy. Just so you know.
One of my most favorite quotes from the book would have to be from dear Cath. - “There are other people on the Internet. It's awesome. You get all the benefits of 'other people' without the body odor and the eye contact.” Yes! Best introverted quote ever!
I loved all of the secondary characters to the story just as much as I loved the main character. Cath’s roommate, Reagan, was someone that I didn’t expect to really like in the beginning, but I adored her by the end. I felt the same with Cath’s twin sister, Reagan… although I didn’t like her nearly as much as Cath. Cath’s father was definitely an interesting parent, and I worried that he might be one of those parents in YA books that I was really going to be disappointed with, but he wasn’t. I could go on and on about the characters in this book. But you should just read it so you can meet them yourself!
At 448 pages, I thought that this book would be something I would read over time and enjoy. Instead, I was sucked into the story and flew through the pages faster than I ever imagined. The story and characters blend together to make this book a captivating read. This book made me laugh so much, and even had me tear up a few times. It was such a great read.
Overall; I enjoyed this book so very much more than I expected to, and yes, even more than Eleanor & Park. If you haven’t read anything by Rainbow Rowell yet, I definitely recommend you adding this book to your reading list. It’s definitely worth the read.
I was really looking forward to reading The Here and Now, as I have just recently been introduced to the awesome writing of Ann Brashares’ with her Si...more I was really looking forward to reading The Here and Now, as I have just recently been introduced to the awesome writing of Ann Brashares’ with her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by the wonderful ladies in my book club. I actually didn’t know that this was a dystopian novel when I first started it, so that was a pleasant surprise as well. It turned out to be a pretty interesting read.
The two main characters in the novel were both very interesting characters. With Prenna being from the future and having to hide all of her secrets and her true identity, and Ethan being way too smart for his own good and knowing everything that was going on, I thought they made a really interesting pair together. Both were very determined to find out a way to keep the future from becoming the ruined world she left behind. I really liked their relationship as well, Ethan was a sweetheart.
I really enjoyed the storyline for the book; it felt very realistic to me. There were some things that happened in the book that I could totally see happening in our future world, which is very scary to even think about. I find these types of dystopian novels completely fascinating. This made the book a very quick read for me; I read this in just a little over a day.
The only thing that bothered me about the book was the amount of information that was packed into the pages. I really felt that with so much info, it could have been spread out into a second book, or this even could have been made into a series. (I’m assuming that this book is a stand-alone novel, but someone please correct me if I am wrong on this.) There were also a few things that I felt were left unanswered in the novel as well.
Overall; I found this to be a quick, enjoyable read. There are still SO many books by this author that I still need to read, so I can’t really compare it to her previous work, but I did enjoy the book.
When I first discovered Love Letters to the Dead, I knew it was a book that I would have to get my hands on. Not only had it gotten pretty great revie...more When I first discovered Love Letters to the Dead, I knew it was a book that I would have to get my hands on. Not only had it gotten pretty great reviews, but the summary just made the book sound so very interesting. I’m glad that I had the chance to read this book, it definitely did not disappoint!
One of the very first assignments that Laurel receives her freshman year at her new school is to write a letter to a dead person. For her first letter, Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain, as he died at a very young age, just like Laurel’s sister May did. But Laurel doesn’t stop with just one letter, she writes more to various singers, authors and actors, and talks to the dead people about anything from starting high school to her new relationships, and eventually, even about her sister’s death.
Laurel was a very interesting character. While she had had a pretty decent childhood, her teen years were not quite as good. This poor child had been through so very much in such a short period of time; it wasn’t surprising that she had shutdown about what had happened. Her parents split up, her sister died, her mom moved across the country, leaving Laurel to think that everything was her fault. Throughout the book, as more of the story starts to unfold, I couldn’t help but feel bad for this girl. I thought that Laurel writing these letters to dead people was a very therapeutic way for her to come to terms with what happened with her sister. It gave her a sense of closure that she desperately needed. I hate that she blamed herself for what happened, and the more we read into the story, we clearly see that it wasn’t her fault at all.
I really, really love the way this novel was written. The story is completely told, just as the title suggests, as a series of letters to dead people. While Laurel wrote about her day to day life, I love that the author also included information about things that happened in the life recipient of the letter. It was so clever to include that information as well, and how Laurel related to each person.
The only thing in the book that bothered me, as a parent, was that I felt that Laurel’s parents were kind of oblivious. I mean, I they knew that Laurel was sad, and that she was hurting and missing her sister, but they didn’t see how deep it went. Regardless, they should have gotten her help anyways after her sister died. Especially considering how close they were, and how it all happened.
Overall, I knew this was going to be a good read, but I really ended up enjoying so much more than I expected to. Check it out!
I loved ‘The Mortal Instrument’ series. It is definitely in my top 5 favorite YA series. The first three books were full of awe...moreFull review on my Blog!
I loved ‘The Mortal Instrument’ series. It is definitely in my top 5 favorite YA series. The first three books were full of awesomeness. I was ecstatic when I heard there would be a fourth book, even though I think City of Glass was the perfect ending for the trilogy.
I read City of Fallen Angels in just a few days time. Although I was trying to read slowly so I could savor it, I still managed to fly through the book. I just had to know what was going on, and what would happen next. I’m glad that Cassie Clare didn’t spend half of the book explaining what happened in the past three books.
Most of City Of Fallen Angels is from Simon’s viewpoint. I’ve always liked him, and in this book we really learned so much more about him. He’s not really the nerdy guy that he was in the previous books, and I enjoyed seeing him grow in his character. He was probably the best part of the book for me.
Then there is Jace, the poor tortured soul. I thought things would be so much better for him and Clary this time around, but it wasn’t so. Jace just didn’t seem like himself to me in this book. Of course, I understand why, but still… He really just wasn’t his sarcastic, bad-ass self. Clary is still in the process of finding learning about her abilities and becoming a shadow hunter.
The other supporting characters are back, and a few are better than ever. Maia and Isabelle are in the book a lot, and I really liked them both, especially Isabelle. We see a softer side of her in City of Fallen Angels, and I really liked it. Magnus and Alec weren’t in the book as much as I hoped they would be, but I enjoyed what parts of them we did see. (I love Magnus!) We see quite a few more characters from the previous books as well… Jocelyn, Luke, Maryse. We are even introduced to a new character, Jordan Kyle, who is an important part of Maia’s past. I like him!
Cassandra Clare’s writing style is absolutely fabulous as always. It drew me in, and kept me interested throughout the whole book. I loved the storyline, even if I wasn’t too thrilled with the cliffhanger ending. I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes with the next two books in the series, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire. (less)
I was very excited to read Bridger after I was contacted by the author. Bridger was definitely an interesting read that kept me guessing throughout th...moreI was very excited to read Bridger after I was contacted by the author. Bridger was definitely an interesting read that kept me guessing throughout the book!
The main character in the story is Ashlyn. I found Ash to be a very interesting character. I like that she took in stride all the weird, new stuff that was happening to her. She definitely wasn’t the weak, wimpy character that makes me roll my eyes. I really liked her relationship with Liam, who is her Protector. I definitely have a thing for the Irish men. Ha!
The secondary characters were enjoyable as well. I found Ashlyn’s Memaw to be a very, very interesting character. The woman was very mysterious! I really enjoyed reading her story.
The character I liked the most in the book would probably be Ashlyn’s best friend, Reece. I found him to be a great friend to Ash, he was definitely the kind of friend you would want to be around in times of need. I’m totally for the awesome BFF’s!
The storyline for the book was very interesting, and the book was well paced. I read this in just a few hours time, and the book held my attention very well.
Overall, I really liked this read. I’m looking forward to reading more work by the author in the future.
Clockwork Princess is the third and final novel in the much loved ‘The Infernal Devices’ series. I was so excited to fina...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com
Clockwork Princess is the third and final novel in the much loved ‘The Infernal Devices’ series. I was so excited to finally get my hands on this book. I wanted to read it as slowly as I could, so that I could savor the moment. Of course, I ended up flying through the pages as quickly as I could, because it was just that good.
As in the previous books, I adore these characters. Tessa is a headstrong, stubborn heroine that can always be counted on to try and save the day. Yes, she is a bit of a martyr, but that’s ok! It just shows exactly how much she cares for everyone. Jem is such a sweet and caring soul, and he nearly broke my heart to pieces in this book. But it is Will, dear sweet Will, who will always be my favorite. For reasons that are SO obvious in this book. I love the secondary characters as well; Charlotte and Henry, Sophie, Cecily, and the Lightwood brothers. Magnus, as always, is wonderful and mysterious. Even Bridget, who I never could quite figure out, has turned into an all-time favorite of mine!
I thought the book was very well paced; there was never really a dull moment. There are quite a few shocking moments in the book; one in particular that left me gasping in shock. The ending of the book is one that will make everyone happy, no matter what side of the fence you are on. While I hate to see the series end, I thought it was wrapped up rather nicely. I’m looking forward to ‘seeing’ a few of my favorite characters again in City of Heavenly Fire.
One thing that I found rather charming about this book is some of the wording throughout the novel. It reminds me of lines that are in the movie version of Pride and Prejudice. If I hadn’t have just watched the movie recently, I totally wouldn’t have noticed. But because of this, I kept picturing Mr. Darcy in some parts! (Yes, it’s weird of me to notice this!)
Overall, I love this series. I really, really do. It is one of the first series that made me fall in love with reading again. It will always have a special place in my heart, and on my bookshelf. If you haven’t read this series and The Mortal Instrument series as well, you definitely should check them out!
I was really looking forward to starting The Art of Lainey as it has gotten lots of great reviews lately, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about....more I was really looking forward to starting The Art of Lainey as it has gotten lots of great reviews lately, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. This book definitely did not disappoint, and was a great book to kick of my summer break!
When Lainey’s boyfriend dumps her in the middle of a crowded café, all of future plans that she had made for the summer and her senior year drift away. Determined not to let him go without a fight, Lainey and her best friend Bianca set out to win him back, with the help of a book called The Art of War.
To be honest, I didn’t really think that I was going to like Lainey when I first met her in the novel. She was popular and pretty shallow, and there were times in the novel when I wanted to shake some sense into her. Thankfully she grew throughout the book, and I really started to like the person that she was becoming. I really adored the relationship between her and her best friend Bianca. Even when Lainey was being insane, Bianca was there for her. She was a really great character and such a great friend as well. Their plan to win the boyfriend back was both brilliant and hilarious.
Micah was definitely the highlight of the story for me. He was such a great character, and he was so perfect for Lainey, even though it took her a while to catch onto this. I loved the ‘dates’ that they went on together, some of the places that Micah took her to were insane! The thing that I love most about Micah was that he was just such a caring and all around good guy and you don’t get to see that very often.
The storyline for the book was a lot of fun, and at times, very relatable. (Who hasn’t acted totally crazy after a breakup?) This book is definitely a quick read as well, when I actually had time to sit and read, I pretty much flew through the pages. The romance in the book is really sweet, and the author took time to build it throughout the novel. No insta-love here and that was a pretty refreshing.
The only thing that I really didn’t care for in the book was the teenage drinking. I’m not a fan of drinking in general, but even less a fan of teens drinking, and especially driving after drinking. This was not the main character, but another one of her friends who I didn’t really care for. I am hoping that this part of the novel was just included so that Lainey would finally open her eyes to see what a bad person this friend was, but then Lainey goes on to do almost the same thing, just without the actual driving.
Overall, I found The Art of Lainey to be a really cute read. It will be a great book to add to your summer reading list! I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by this author in the future!
I found Hourglass to be quite an interesting read. I’ll admit, I am a little late getting started on this series, but here I am. Just finished Hourgla...moreI found Hourglass to be quite an interesting read. I’ll admit, I am a little late getting started on this series, but here I am. Just finished Hourglass, and am now moving on to its sequel, Timepiece. I’m excited to see what all is in store for this series.
The main character in the story is Emerson. I found Em to be a very interesting character. She’s short and snarky, full of attitude. She has definitely been through a lot in her short lifetime; the loss of her parents, the visions she sees that are becoming more and more frequent. In comes Michael, who was hired by Em’s brother, to help her with these visions. Em and Michael have a very intense relationship; there’s a pull between them that refuses to let them be a part. In some ways, this came across as a bit rushed to me, but I think the author did this so that we could fully appreciate the impact of their relationship, how strong the drawl was between them. Regardless, I thought they worked well together.
The secondary characters in the book are really interesting. I especially enjoyed Kaleb, even though he was quite an emotional mess. I also really enjoyed Em’s bother and his wife, and even Em’s best friend, Lily. Em has a great support system around her, and although she doesn’t always make the best of decisions, she seems like a very strong young lady.
The storyline for the novel was very interesting, especially the time traveling aspect. I actually haven’t read that many time traveling books, so I am always a little intrigued by them. I am excited to read more in the series to see how in depth the author goes with the time travel. I’m curious!
Overall, if you enjoy books that deal with time travel, this book should definitely be added to you to-read list. I found it to be a very quick, enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to reading more in the series.
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!