If you read my reviews, you've noticed I've been M.I.A. for a few weeks. Been extremely busy and haven't had a lot of time to read.
I've had this bookIf you read my reviews, you've noticed I've been M.I.A. for a few weeks. Been extremely busy and haven't had a lot of time to read.
I've had this book for weeks now and I almost took it back to the library without even reading it. I'm glad I didn't.
I did like "The Duff," which is another book from this author. This one shows how strong the bonds of friendship can be.
Agnes is 17 yrs. old and legally blind. She can make out shapes and even faces if it's bright enough. She was born this way and she is VERY sheltered by her parents. While her older sister is pretty much allowed to do what she pleases, Agnes can't even ride the bus home for fear she won't be able to get home on her own, (totally not the case either).
Bo, (a female) is also 17 yrs. old and she is a Dickinson. Shouldn't be a big deal, but the Dickinson's have a bad reputation in Mursey. Of course there are rumors that are true, but there are even more rumors about the family that are not.
Then one day Bo and Agnes form a friendship to the dismay of many, including Agnes's parents. But no one knows Bo like Agnes does and when Bo goes on the run, Agnes decides to actually live life for once and go with her.
A really good story that ended well. Looking for more from this author....more
What a strange book. It's the first I've read from this author so I didn't know quite what to expect.
Bonnie is a woman that is the head of the househoWhat a strange book. It's the first I've read from this author so I didn't know quite what to expect.
Bonnie is a woman that is the head of the household. Her husband lost his job so now not only does she sell cosmetics part-time, she has her own cleaning company. She cleans up murder scenes or people that have died at home and the family needs someone to come in and do a cleanup. She's seen it all.
Up until now. The last 3 crime scenes she have cleaned were brutal murder/suicides. The funny thing is, is that all 3 made no sense, and a strange larvae has been found at each crime scene. Does this connect them in some way or is it a strange coincidence?
I'd read from this author again. He's got me curious to the other stories he's written, and it was an easy, short read....more
It took me FOREVER to get through this book. It dragged way too much. I'm not a big fan, but I suffered through half the book and decided I may as welIt took me FOREVER to get through this book. It dragged way too much. I'm not a big fan, but I suffered through half the book and decided I may as well finish it since I was half way through. And by that time, I did want to know what happened. So I suffered through the second half wishing it was over.
In a nutshell, a 2 yr. old little girl goes missing out of her yard and the man that is accused of kidnapping her is a pedophile. Through the investigation, he is randomly run over by a bus. And now that he is dead, the press is nagging his widow for a story. She finally opens her door to a woman reporter and agrees to an interview.
The chapters go from the widow, the reporter, the mother of the little girl missing, and the detective. Honestly, it's so drawn out and in my opinion, there is A LOT of detail given that really has no bearing on the story, other than to just fill the pages.
In the end, we do find out exactly (kind of) what happened to two year old little Bella. I wasn't really happy with the explanation, and this entire book was a real waste of my time....more
This was a really good book, showing somewhat how it can be for a transgender teenager. I have no experience with this subject, but I support that peoThis was a really good book, showing somewhat how it can be for a transgender teenager. I have no experience with this subject, but I support that people should be who they believe they are on the inside, and if that means changing gender, then go for it.
Amanda always thought she was a girl, even when she was little Andrew. Her father used to get mad at her for wanting to wear dresses. School was horrific, always being picked on and hit/kicked by the boys. It took a suicide attempt and her parents divorce for something to finally be done. Living with her mother, Amanda went through the hormones, staying home and taking a year off of school to go through the change. She ended up having the total transformation, all body parts included.
So to finish school, Amanda goes to live with her father in another city for a fresh start. No one knows who she is or who she used to be. Her father is still having some issues with her change, but he is trying.
School is so different for her. Girls are nice and eager to be friends, and guys look at her as if she is a "real" girl. Soon, she has a boyfriend. Grant is very nice. Coming from a family where he works 40+ hrs. a week as the only breadwinner for his mother and little sisters and on the football team too, he knows what it's like to live a hard life. Amanda keeps her secret to herself, then only deciding to tell one other friend, Bee, who is gay and has some secrets of her own. Amanda feels it's only right to share hers with Bee as she has shared so much with her.
Then she decides to come clean with Grant. She writes him a detailed letter about herself, but he decides not to read it, telling her that it was her way of telling him her "secret" but he decides that whatever it is, her gesture was enough for him and he will always have feelings for her and whatever it is, won't change that.
What a good story this was, especially the end. Will her secret be revealed or will she find it easier to let her new self be who she always known she was? This would be a really good story for someone going through being transgender and a teenager. I feel sorry for people who have to go through the criticisms and judgments of others. I can't judge someone without walking in their shoes myself. Everybody has issues in life, some just have things harder to deal with than others. For those who are transgender, I hope you know there are good people out there who are accepting and want you to be who you are in your heart. I wouldn't expect anyone out there to be anything less than that....more
I absolutely LOVED this book. I literally couldn't put it down, picking it up every chance I got even at 10 o'clock last night when I should've been wI absolutely LOVED this book. I literally couldn't put it down, picking it up every chance I got even at 10 o'clock last night when I should've been winding down to go to sleep. All I could think about were these characters and what was going to happen. I was pulled in from the prologue.
Mallory and Rider were foster kids. From age 3 to 13, (and they were only six months apart, Rider being older) they were in a very bad foster house. The woman a drunk/pill popper and the man an abuser. Mallory would hide in the back of a closet while Rider and the woman would take the brunt of the beatings. By 13, a fire in the house got them out and separated.
Now 17, Mallory has been living and adopted by a couple of surgeons, Rosa and Carl. She lives a good life. Always home schooled, she wants to spend her senior year in high school like a "normal" person. But she is a girl who doesn't speak much. Rider always told her, "don't make a sound" when she hid. And even speaking in that house when she wasn't hiding was a reason for a beating. So she spoke very little and had only one good friend, Ainsley, who is also home schooled.
Now on her first day of school, she is happy to make it through all of her classes. She really doesn't speak to anyone, but her last class of the day is Speech, something that scares the hell out of her. And who walks through the door? Rider! And it is one hell of a reunion as he takes the seat next to her and sees her face for the first time in four years.
These two are magic together. The chemistry between these characters is undeniable. As Rider has been placed w/ a foster family that he has become semi-close to, they live very different lives. Rider lives in an ok neighborhood, but nothing like what Mallory has ended up with. Rider also has a girlfriend, Paige. At first, Mallory is ok with just being his friend, but deep down, she knows she feels more than just friendship.
This story is so powerful. It deals with a lot of different topics. How being in such a bad situation for so long can make a person a certain way, but it by no means defines who they are. Both of these characters have to realize that so they can not be so stuck with their personal growth. It also deals with how the system can look at kids so differently, just by looking in a file to see if you're a foster kid or what area you live in. It shouldn't be that way, but unfortunately, it is. I really loved this story and I flew through those 474 pages. I WISH that there would be a follow-up book to this one, because I would LOVE to read about Mallory and Rider 5 yrs. into the future, and I really want to know about how the supporting characters, especially Ainsley are doing. Great job with this one Ms. Armentrout. You are one hell of a writer....more
Another good story in this series by Kim Karr. This one about Xander and River's little sister, Bell.
I really HATED Dahlia's presumed dead ex-boyfrienAnother good story in this series by Kim Karr. This one about Xander and River's little sister, Bell.
I really HATED Dahlia's presumed dead ex-boyfriend Ben, but this book/story changed my mind.
Bell has a sordid past with Ben, involved in a one night stand with him years ago when he was with Dahlia, (Bell didn't know it was Dahlia, just that he had a girlfriend). Years later, Ben came to find that "S'Belle" as she called herself then was River's sister. Now he's seeing her again working at the awards ceremony banquet he is being honored at.
These two start a steamy hot n heavy sexual relationship, but then Bell backs off, wanting to be just friends. Part of their past has parts that are unknown to Ben, parts she doesn't know she wants to divulge if they get closer, plus she isn't sure her family would welcome Ben with open arms considering his past 10 yr. relationship with Dahlia.
Ben however, is head over heels for Bell and can't figure out her hot/cold vibes. But he is determined to win her over once and for all.
A really good story about two characters with great chemistry. My eyes flew over these pages and I was done in no time!...more
Another good story by K. Karr. I liked this one. Dahlia and River were supporting characters, but this book was about River's brother Xander, and hisAnother good story by K. Karr. I liked this one. Dahlia and River were supporting characters, but this book was about River's brother Xander, and his life.
Xander always blamed himself for his father's suicide, since he was the last person who saw him and didn't have a very nice conversation w/ him at the time. Not only has this given Xander nightmares for years, it also helped end the one relationship that ever mattered to him. He had known Ivy Taylor forever, and they dated in high school and lost their virginity to each other. They planned on going to college after graduation, but after his father's suicide, he shut down, and through a misunderstanding that he let her believe to be true, she went to college and he went on with his life, managing his brother's band.
Present time, Ivy Taylor is a famous pop singer, (she always was a great singer, but her mother pushed her into acting) and is engaged to an older man, one from Xander's father's past who he can't stomach to look at. Xander is on our as the manager of the Wilde Ones when their new lead singer has to take time off for throat surgery. Ivy offers to front the band for the remaining part of their tour, (she needs the money to support her mother and 2 sisters in college, and she is on hiatus with her career at present time).
Ivy never really got over Xander. He was the one love of her life and she tries really hard to be professional and not get tangled up with him again. After she breaks off her engagement to Damon Wolf, she is now trying to break her contract with him as well, so she can be a free agent. Staying away from Xander has been harder than she thought it would be. Every time he brings up the past, she skirts away from him, but in the present all she wants to do is get close to him. Her heart wants and her head thinks she shouldn't have.
I enjoyed this book. It was a fast read because it was a good story that made me want to turn the pages to find out what would happen next. Always wishing for the happy ending, I was pleased with the finale of this story, amid a little bit of tragedy....more
I have to admit, I hated the cliffhanger from the first book "Connected," so I read the last page of this book first to make sure it was going to be aI have to admit, I hated the cliffhanger from the first book "Connected," so I read the last page of this book first to make sure it was going to be an enjoyable experience. Thus said, I read it so you know the outcome was one I could live with.
In short, here we start book two knowing that even though Dahlia is perfectly happy with her relationship with rocker River Wilde, she has no idea that her dead ex-fiancée Ben, is now back from the dead and wants her back.
This entire book is a literal rollercoaster. It's evident that Dahlia doesn't want anything to do with Ben, but he keeps pushing her and calling her and his mother is just like Dahlia's own mother. River is completely jealous and there's a lot of drinking and destruction going on to where I wonder if this character is becoming alcoholic.
And thrown into the mix is a curveball I didn't see coming involving River's sister. All in all, it was a good story. I have only two real complaints. #1. There's waaaay too much sex in this book. I'm not one to usually complain about something like this, but in almost every chapter? Really? It got to the point of me skipping it over because it was overkill. #2. Dahlia is described as a blonde with golden hair, yet the cover has a brunette or black haired girl on it. Why the author would pick that model for the cover is beyond me because it has nothing to do with the main character's looks/appearance.
That's all. Good series. I'll be on to book 3, which has different main characters....more
Not as good as the first book, but it ended the trilogy in a good way. I have to admit, I was about 50 pages away from the end and I was wondering howNot as good as the first book, but it ended the trilogy in a good way. I have to admit, I was about 50 pages away from the end and I was wondering how they were going to wrap up this story so the reader would be happy, but it was done!
In this last installment, Niko sees a picture of Josie at a camp for "O" people and wants Dean to help him rescue her. He plans on the group going to his uncles farmhouse in Pennsylvania where they can all live happily ever after. The camp they are currently at is ok; there is food and housing, but with Astrid being pregnant, there are rumors around that the pregnant women are being drugged and taken away for experimentation. And Astrid is having a very hard time with the pregnancy, as it is progressing faster than normal, possible from the chemicals they had all been exposed to.
So, with the help of Mr. McKinley, (the pilot) they smuggle Astrid, Dean, Niko and the alcoholic loser, also known as Jake, (the father of Astrid's baby) onto a plane to Missouri to break Josie out of the camp she is in.
And Josie isn't doing well. With Mario at the camp with her, he looks after a new group of little kids as well as Josie to keep them out of harm's way. That, in a camp full of crazy "O" people isn't that easy, especially when the head guard has it in for Josie and he'll do everything he can to get her into a situation with the other "inmates" that she won't be able to get out of.
This was a fast paced, crazy thrilling conclusion to the Monument 14 series. If you're wondering if Josie and Niko will be reunited, or if Astrid will have her baby safely and who she'll want to be with, and if they will all ever be together on that farm in Pennsylvania, you need to read this last book in the series. It was definitely worth it!...more
This was a book I literally couldn't put down and was done with in a matter of hours. Book one, Monument 14 was so good I couldn't wait to start thisThis was a book I literally couldn't put down and was done with in a matter of hours. Book one, Monument 14 was so good I couldn't wait to start this second book in the trilogy as soon as possible.
So, picking up where we left off in book one, only each chapter goes back and forth, one from Alex, who left with his group on the bus to try and get to Denver airport, where the military is evacuating people to a safe place and his brother Dean, who stayed behind at the superstore with Astrid, Chloe and the 5 yr. old twins Caroline and Henry.
Alex has the worst time of it. Getting on that bus was definitely not a good idea. This book had me so stressed out, I'd have to put it down after reading one chapter and give myself a few minutes before reading the next one, only to get stressed again. These kids out there in the bus were brave, but had it bad; and to not give too much away, they weren't on that bus very long before tragedy struck.
Dean on the other hand, was busy w/ a very cold acting Astrid and the kids. Chloe, who thought she would wake up in Denver, had a huge hissy fit waking up back in the superstore. If she wasn't enough, they had to cover up the hole that the bus went through to not breathe in the toxic air from outside so they all wouldn't go into a rage. And with all the air purifiers he was running, their power finally goes out, leaving them in the dark. Throw that in with intruders who unexpectedly show up, and a face from the past, and this is one adventure and stressed filled book.
But, I will say, it ended very well, but with an opening for the last book in the trilogy. As one teen gets away from the pack that was on the bus, some of the survivors decide to go on a mission to get her back. Book three should be well worth reading....more
This was a weird book! I liked it but man, this was a weird book!
Viv's parents are divorcing, so as a gift from her father, he is paying for her and hThis was a weird book! I liked it but man, this was a weird book!
Viv's parents are divorcing, so as a gift from her father, he is paying for her and her friend Laurel to go on a big expensive cruise. One that will have famous people on it, as they are launching a new product, Solu! Like "solution" to weight loss. This nutritional supplement in the form of a packet of sugar will transform any fat person within days to a thin one. And Viv, a 17 yr. old girl who is a size 14 can't wait to get started.
Laurel isn't too big on this stuff. What does anyone know about it anyway? ANd after being seasick their first night, she's not eating much of anything. So when the waiters start passing around Solu infused dessert, she passes on it.
But then, things start getting crazy. Laurel meets child turned teen star turned host Tom Forelli and sparks fly. He's great looking and works out and doesn't take the Solu either. But what they notice about the people on the ship that are is terrifying. This stuff is highly addictive and the people on this ship will do anything to get their next fix.
A truly terrifying way to lose a few pounds, lol. A good story, which will make any reader that wants to lose weight think twice about trying any of the new gimmicks out there....more