Great ending to the trilogy, although the ending made me very sad. I love Sophie, and I'm kind of sad to see her go. Aside from her being a demon andGreat ending to the trilogy, although the ending made me very sad. I love Sophie, and I'm kind of sad to see her go. Aside from her being a demon and all, I found her easy to relate to. She has that innocent insecurity that comes with being a teenager, but she's able to put that aside as she faces challenges that only she can overcome. Her snarky, sarcastic attitude was entertaining and humorous. It also didn't hurt that Archer and Cal are both super hot. I hope that at some point we get a glimpse into what Sophie is doing after Hex Hall. I think she's one of those characters that I'll always think about and wonder, "What would they be doing if they were real?" That's how I can tell that a book or series is good. The characters stick with me, almost as if they're someone I actually know....more
This book was okay, but it didn't grab me like it has some other people. The format was definitely different than what I'm used to, and I liked that.This book was okay, but it didn't grab me like it has some other people. The format was definitely different than what I'm used to, and I liked that. I liked how the words were tied to memories, and the memories told the story. The story seemed to jump around a lot, but this didn't really bother me. I liked that there were small glimpses into the direction the relationship would take and how the book would end. I can't really explain why I didn't love this book as much as other people have, but I think it might have to do with the lack of a plot. Or at least the lack of the type of plot outline I'm used to. I'm used to a story being told in such a way that I can see it in my head almost like a movie, and this book didn't do that. It was beautifully written but not one of the best books I've read....more
I just recently discovered Sarah Addison Allen's books, and I'm really happy about this. The Sugar Queen was a quick, enjoyable read. This is only theI just recently discovered Sarah Addison Allen's books, and I'm really happy about this. The Sugar Queen was a quick, enjoyable read. This is only the second book by Allen that I've read, but I'm noticing that her books are the kind that make you feel good. The characters are likable (except for maybe a few), and there's just a touch of magic, enough to create an air of mystery throughout the book.
I felt bad for Josey. It became clear as the book moved along that Josey had sacrificed so much in her life to try to make up for her bad behaviors as a child. Josey was only a year older than me, and to think of all I've done compared to Josey really made me see just how much Josey was missing. Hands down, my favorite part of the book was the fact that Chloe had books magically appear for her. What book lover wouldn't want books to just magically appear out of thin air and be just right for them?
I recently bought a Sarah Addison Allen book for my grandma for her birthday, and I'm looking forward to borrowing it from her. I'll also be checking out the books from my local library....more
I picked up the first book in this series from NetGalley last year. I was on a kick reading books about true love, and thought the synopsis for SpellbI picked up the first book in this series from NetGalley last year. I was on a kick reading books about true love, and thought the synopsis for Spellbound sounded good. I ended up really liking it and eagerly waiting for the second book to come out. When I saw Spellcaster on NetGalley, I knew I had to get it. Spellcaster definitely lived up to my expectations. The relationship between Emma and Brendan grew and faced challenges, and Emma began to embrace her witchy powers.
What I really liked about both books in this series is the fact that the supernatural element is quite minor. Sure, a curse brought Emma and Brendan together, and Emma’s a witch. But the enemies they face are quite human, even though their motives can be more powerful than any supernatural force. I also liked how strong Emma was in this book. She’s grown as a person, become more confident in who she is, and stopped being someone who needed protection. She’s quite the kick-butt leading lady. As far as I can tell, there are only two books in this series, but I’m hoping that there will be a third. It seems like trilogies have been really popular in YA lately, and I’m hoping for more Emma and Brendan. ...more
When I read the first book in this series last year, I found that I really enjoyed it. The use of Greek mythology interested me, and it was a differenWhen I read the first book in this series last year, I found that I really enjoyed it. The use of Greek mythology interested me, and it was a different kind of story from what I had been used to reading. I was looking forward to reading this second book to see how the relationship between Kate and Henry would play out. Kate is clearly apprehensive about becoming the queen of the Underworld, and it shows. She doesn’t let her fears and worries stop her, though, when she must come to Henry’s rescue.
There were times in this second book when I found myself annoyed with how Kate was behaving. She would let her insecurities get the best of her, and I suppose it was just my own personal experiences that made me want to shake her and scream, “Just talk to him about it!” She also showed growth and courage this time around, and she was clearly finding herself.
The story was enjoyable and kept a pace that was enough to keep me interested but not too much to make me feel lost. I also liked that the author added background information about the Greek Gods and Titans when telling stories about them. It was helpful for those of us who don’t have a base of knowledge about them. I’ve already bought The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test #1.5), and I’m waiting for the third book in the series. I can’t wait to see what happens with Kate and Henry. ...more
I loved it! Unearthly sucked me in completely, and Hallowed just kept dragging me along. I loved some of the new developments that came about and evenI loved it! Unearthly sucked me in completely, and Hallowed just kept dragging me along. I loved some of the new developments that came about and even suspected a few of them. There’s not much I can say without revealing spoilers. I will say that I couldn’t put this book down, and found myself crying with an aching heart during some parts. Amazing....more
HOLY FREAKING WOW! My Twitter feed exploded with excitement when The Fault in Our Stars came out. People were so excited about it. A lot of of them reHOLY FREAKING WOW! My Twitter feed exploded with excitement when The Fault in Our Stars came out. People were so excited about it. A lot of of them read the book in one setting and were speechless at how fantastic the story was. I had never read a John Green book before, but I knew I had to read this one because of all of the hype.
Oh, the hype was right. It was so right. At one point, I had to stop reading and literally felt like I might die if I wasn’t able to read again soon. My chest was tight with excitement and suspense. The writing was beautiful. The characters were amazing. The story was heartbreaking but hopeful.
I loved Hazel. She was brutally honest about what it was like to have cancer, and I appreciated her perspective on the future. I could related to her love of reading and her obsession with a book and its author.
I loved Augustus. Even if he hadn’t been written and described as attractive, I still would’ve loved him. That’s the thing about books. You can’t see the characters, except for in your heard, so their personalities shine through much stronger. Augustus was charming, intelligent, and unique. He was nothing like any man I know, and despite being a teenager, he was still a man in so many ways.
The story was, like I said, heartbreaking but honest. I had some suspicions as to how the story would progress, and I ended up being right. That didn’t change how I was affected, though. I bawled like a baby. That loud sobbing that makes other people uncomfortable. Thank goodness my husband was sleeping while I read it. He would have made so much fun of me.
There is so much more I want to say about this book, but I can’t find the words. I absolutely loved it. I loved it so much that I bought a hardback copy despite already having a copy on my Nook. I want to be able to stare at the cover of this book and think about these amazing characters and their story. I believe there was a line in the book about loving a food so much that they would run away to Las Vegas to marry it. I would totally run away to Las Vegas to marry this book. Sorry, husband. ...more
This book was okay. It was a quick read. The author did a good job describing how she and her family were affected by the haunting. There were times wThis book was okay. It was a quick read. The author did a good job describing how she and her family were affected by the haunting. There were times when I wanted to grab her, shake her, and tell her to get real. If you think something weird is going on in your house, do something about it. If I experienced some of the things she did, I probably would’ve high-tailed it out of there a lot sooner than the author did. This book was okay, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it....more
I felt Gemma really began to find herself in this book. She finally starts to understand her powers, her responsibilities, and what she’s capable of.I felt Gemma really began to find herself in this book. She finally starts to understand her powers, her responsibilities, and what she’s capable of. Gemma goes from a weak, fearful girl to a girl who takes charge of situations and fights her battles rather than hide behind Alex or Laylen. Things finally start to make a little sense and pieces start to come together. Just when Gemma thinks she has the answers, something else pops up. I’ll be looking forward to reading the next book to find out what Gemma does next....more
I really liked The Underworld. The first book, The Fallen Star, sucked me into the story, and I had to keep reading to find out what happens. The premI really liked The Underworld. The first book, The Fallen Star, sucked me into the story, and I had to keep reading to find out what happens. The premise is unique in some ways. It’s also quite similar to a lot of other paranormal YA books that are out today. A girl finds out she has supernatural powers and is responsible for saving the world in some way. There’s a boy she’s meant to be with. Despite these similarities, I still found the story captivating and couldn’t put it down.
I have to be honest, though. If I hadn’t found the story so enjoyable, I would’ve stopped reading after part of the first book. I found so many typos in both books, and it drove me crazy. ...more