First thing I want to say is that I love books in verse. There is just something about them that is so much more powerful than your typical...moreRating 3.5
First thing I want to say is that I love books in verse. There is just something about them that is so much more powerful than your typical books in my opinion. Maybe its because since you only have so many words every one has to count or maybe its just that this type of book speaks to me differently. Whatever it is I know I need more of these in my life.
Okay moving on...Kiss of Broken Glass tells the tale of Kenna and what happens when peer pressure turns dangerous. To fit in Kenna has to cut herself and since she doesn't want to be a nobody she decides this is the only alternative. Kenna already feels like the outcast at home so when Rennie tells her this is what she has to do to make friends Kenna doesn't even hesitate because she knows she isn't a cutter and she can quit at any time right? When she is caught at school she is sent to a 72 hour psych eval facility and thus begins her journey.
This wasn't the toughest read I have ever read, but it was powerful in its own way. I felt connected to Kenna and I felt like she needed a hug. I think her story is not the norm since her destructive behavior didn't stem from any type of abusive. She just wanted to fit in and then got trapped in this horrible circle of friends. I sometimes forget how hard it is in high school. I didn't have the easiest time, but I know these days things are much harder for kids and it just breaks my heart. Reading this story makes me think about the future of our kiddos and it sure terrifies me.
I really enjoyed the authors writing as well. She really captured Kenna's voice and made her someone that we have all had in our class at one point or another. I definitely want to keep a watch on this authors future books.
I wish these types of books were required reading for kids in high school and middle school. They aren't pretty and they aren't hopeful sometimes but they are true life and eye opening. I was moved by this story and I really think given to the right people it could make a difference.
The part I wasn't too interested in was the romanceishthing. It wasn't developed but it was there and it just felt weird. I don't think it was needed and I would have preferred to focus on Kenna's other friends in the facility. Or rather just make the boy a friend and nothing more.
My favorite part was the butterfly part. It was such a great symbol and I know I'll be on the lookout for butterflies the next time I go out in the hope that someone is keeping theirs alive.
This was a strange book for me. These types of stories normally really pull me in, but there was just something about this one that really left me fee...moreThis was a strange book for me. These types of stories normally really pull me in, but there was just something about this one that really left me feeling kinda blah. Looking back at other stories like this I remember feeling that oh no what's happening and oh no she has a mental illness and its so sad. With this story though I didn't have those feelings. I kept waiting for them but they never really showed up. Okay well at the very end I had a little feeling but by then it was a little too late.
The story is really summed up if you read the back of the book which I was I hadn't done. Normally I skip the back because you never know what it is going to say and sometimes it is fun to just dive in and not know what's coming. Well this time I decided to read it and unfortunately the whole story was displayed on that back cover! I wish I could tell the powers that be to take it off. What makes these types of stories interesting at least to me is finding out what the hidden problem is. In this story Molly has big time gaps where she can't remember anything. She wakes up after several hours sometimes not knowing how she got home and what happened in the time she was blacked out. If you read the back cover then you know why this is and honestly if you have read similar stories then you can work it out, but I really wanted to work it out for myself. I didn't want to be told so anyway that was I guess my first problem. After finding out the whys of her black outs I kinda felt like there was no point reading on.
My second problem with this book was the writing itself. It was just too much. It felt like the author wanted to make her prose as pretty as possible and there were just too many things going on. I would have rather the author use the short amount of pages that she had focusing on the whys and the whens. I wanted to know why Molly felt like she had to create this person. I wanted to know when it started and what made her feel so depressed. I get that sometimes these things can't be explained but I wanted the author to at least try a little harder.
Molly was an okay character. I didn't really feel connected to her, but I didn't feel completely disconnected either. I felt more for her at the end when things all came to conclusion, but again I wanted to know more. I feel like I billion strings have been left dangling and I hate that when I read a story especially knowing this is a stand alone. The other characters I didn't particularly like with the exception of Hazel and Clancy. Molly's friends were just irritating and Sayer was just kinda there. I don't know if I really want what the ending implied I think it would be just too weird. The author does throw in a strange side character Bret and for me at least I wish that line would have been explored. Not sure what his purpose was as it stands so I wish that would have been developed.
All in all this wasn't a bad book. Yes I know I listed several things that I didn't like, but I did find somethings enjoyable. The end is what really helped me with my rating. I though the author did an okay job at wrapping it all up. I don't fully believe that things would have been that easy and I also don't believe that Molly would have been left by herself through everything. It felt like okay Molly is going through this but we can't let her know so we are all going to stay quiet and let her figure it out for herself. I don't know I would think as a parent this would be a lot harder to do. Anyway though I am going to focus on the ending and let this book go.(less)
OMG okay you have to give me a minute to slow my heart! This book was horror at its finest and exactly what I have been looking for! It's gory, insane...moreOMG okay you have to give me a minute to slow my heart! This book was horror at its finest and exactly what I have been looking for! It's gory, insane, brutal and just so in your face that it really should come with a warning! My kind of book!
So basically in a nutshell Merciless is about a new girl (Sofia) who is befriended by a group of girls that pride themselves on being pure in Gods eyes. When Riley (the head girl) gets cheated on she takes matters into her own hands and decides she needs to exorcise Brooklyn's (girl who was involved in the cheating) demons. Well things go from just crazy to downright call the insane asylum nuts in about 2.2 seconds!
This book was a cross between The Craft, Carrie, The Crucible and Mean Girls. It took all the things that we all loved about each movie and threw them together to create an amazingly creepy tale that I know will stay with me. Riley does some pretty violent stuff and yes you will have to realize this is fiction. Would half of this stuff really happen no of course not but if you can let reality go and you love scary then this book is for you. I never knew who was the bad guy! Was it Riley because of all her crazy stunts or was Brooklyn really possessed by a demon and on a killing spree??
The culprit isn't shown until the very ending and if you think you know how this story plays out think again my friend. That very last page has left me with a huge WTH moment and yes I might have had a crazy MUAHAHAHA laugh. That ending has to be one of my favorites of all time! Brilliant!
I will say one word of warning here. This book has a ton of religion in it and while it didn't bother me it might bother some. I didn't feel preached to so that helped me see past all of that stuff and honestly the religion has to be in the story. It is the central reason behind a lot of what goes on and the story wouldn't have been the same without it.
So if you are like me and just want a little more creepy on your shelves then this is for you. The characters are all pretty insane and well I loved it what can I say. I also appreciate the little romance thrown in. Not sure it completely fit with the story, but it was a nice side touch. I really liked Charlie and I am glad he was pretty much left out of all the craziness. I like that this book revolved just around the girls. (less)
Okay so I haven't wanted to write a review in a very long time. For some reason I have had reviewers block, but let me tell you after reading Chosen I...moreOkay so I haven't wanted to write a review in a very long time. For some reason I have had reviewers block, but let me tell you after reading Chosen I am cured! This book has made me feel so many emotions and for me to move on I have to say something and get it out of my system.
Kate oh my where do I even start. Kate has had a rough life and just when she thinks she might be able to breathe the worst happens. She is kidnapped by a psychotic man and each day spent in his presence is worse than the day before.
I have to agree with my reading buddy normally I sit and wait for the kidnapper to have some redeeming qualities. They ALWAYS turn out to be a damaged soul who turns around at the last second and helps the victim. Yes I know that this isn't great either but what can I say I like the damaged ones. Jack NEVER redeems himself. I knew from his first intro that he wasn't going to be the norm and I hate to say I was right but yep he was horrible!
I have never wanted to castrate a character before, but if I could have reached into the book and maimed him I would have. I honestly finished this book just to see if he met some kind of horrible death. I won't say if he did but I appreciated what the author did and I have to give her major props for making me feel such hate. It definitely takes a lot to evoke that kind of emotion from me and well I honestly hate Jack with every fiber of my being. He did so many horrible things and one thing in particular had me almost in tears with anger. I don't normally read this type of book and I wish I had known certain things going in because I think it would have swayed me away from reading it.
That all being said Elsborg definitely deserves major credit. Her writing was outstanding and even though I didn't enjoy this book I still want to read more from her. Her characters really made me feel something and I am excited to read something where I love the characters to see if I will feel the same intensity I do for love as I did for hate.
One more thing the ending kinda threw me. For such a harsh book I didn't expect what the epilogue brought. I don't think certain events would be swept under the rug like they were and life would not be normal. I would have liked a more realistic epilogue and that's why I didn't give this 4 stars. (less)
OMG! I have THE FEELS! I didn't understand quite what the feels were until this book! THE FEELS people!!
The Kiss of Deception has been on my radar for...moreOMG! I have THE FEELS! I didn't understand quite what the feels were until this book! THE FEELS people!!
The Kiss of Deception has been on my radar for quite some time and let me tell you my reader peeps it was so worth the wait! This book *squees* this book is just...it is just everything! I even got the FEELS! I have never gotten the FEELS from a book before. Sure I've gotten tiny feels and I've gushed before but I have never gotten the FEELS, but after reading this amazing book I was left with the FEELS for quite some time and I am still thinking about it!
Okay I am going to try and reign in my gushing to at least fill you in a little bit. This story was explosive from the get go. The summary does a wonderful job at letting you know what to expect but what it leaves out is beyond amazing. We have Princess Lia who is not ready to wed the boy her parents have promised her too. She has never met this boy and knows that the life that is ahead of her is not the one she was meant for. With no other option she escapes and tries to find a life that will fit her better. Unbeknownst to her she is being looked for by not one but two different people. I can't tell you more than this but let me tell you the story is not as simple as it seems and I was left guessing who was who right up until the last moment!
Mary E. Pearson has taken this genre to a whole other level for me. I have always liked fantasy but this book has made me love it. The characters were just amazing and I wish I could meet them in person. There is a love triangle BUT don't run away, the author will make you love both sides of the triangle. It is not a simple who do I love, the triangle is twisted and I wasn't even sure who I wanted to win. I'm still somewhat on the fence but I think I have my flag printed. I am just going to wait until the next installment to fly it.
I think my favorite part of this book was the way the author chose to introduce her chapters and the alternating POVs. I love that she chose to just label her characters so we weren't sure who was speaking. This might not make that much sense but if you pick this book up you will see. Each chapter that is not told from Lia has a certain title that describes who is talking but the fun part is that you don't know which guy this actually is. You won't find out until way later in the book and I was blown away by the reveal. I'm telling you I have the FEELS!
If you are looking for an amazing fantasy novel look no further. I have been on the look out for an amazing one ever since I finished Graceling and let me tell you this book has surpassed Graceling for me and that was a tough fight! Love love love this book! (less)
Sci-Fi books are always a challenge for me. I usually like them, but picking them up is never easy for some reason. I'm guessing it might be due to al...moreSci-Fi books are always a challenge for me. I usually like them, but picking them up is never easy for some reason. I'm guessing it might be due to all the strange tech and worlds that always seem to be in each novel, but usually when I do pick one up I am quite satisfied and surprised at how much I truly do like this genre. Avalon not only held true to this, but it turned out to be one of my favorites among all the other Sci-Fi books on my shelf.
Jeth is a thief, but he is one of the best thieves out there. With his crew behind him he knows he can pull off any con. Problem is that he works for Hammer, the crime lord that nobody every thinks to disobey. Jeth is has to work for him only long enough to earn back his ship Avalon, which his drunken uncle lost in a card game a long time ago. If Jeth can pull off enough cons he will have just the amount he needs and take his crew including his 13 year old sister with him far far away from Hammer and his reign of terror. Unfortunately a huge kink gets thrown into his plans when he gets sent on his last job. All he has to do is retrieve a spaceship that is lost in the Belgrave, don't board it no matter what, and bring it back to Hammer. Easy right? Wrong, when Jeth discovers that this ship isn't exactly empty he decides to disobey Hammer and in doing so he opens up a whole can of worms.
This has to be one of the funnest books I have ever read. It totally kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I absolutely loved that the author chose to make the tough situations real. There wasn't any overpowering or eye rolling saves. It all felt real and things didn't always go the way the characters wanted and I loved it. Sometimes this genre can get a little too much and the heroines don't feel real at all. Things just always work out for them, but Jeth and his band of misfits learned that things hardly ever go the way they need them too. With this though they learned how to create opportunities and it was exciting to see them find a way to escape certain situations. Like I said I was on the edge of my seat wondering how things would turn out and man was it an exciting ride!
The story is very believable which again I sometimes find not all books can pull off. I could totally grasp the world that Ms.Arnett created and it all made sense. I really enjoyed her twist thrown in the middle and even though I did guess what the culprit was behind things it was still thrilling to see the reveal. I really love seeing the light bulb go off in a characters head and when Jeth learns the truth it was like BAM! I relearned it too and it made it feel like I had never known to begin with. Ms. Arnett is one talented author!
I think one of my favorite parts was the way the romance was woven in. It wasn't in your face and it was a very nice spin on the story especially since this was told in Jeths POV. I thought it was very sweet and took up enough of the story to where I knew it was there, but not enough to where I thought it took center stage.
The true story is the why's behind the metatech and why Jeth is in the situation he is in. I am really hoping that there will be a sequel to this and there definitely is enough unanswered questions to make one. I have to say one more thing before I close out this review. I will forever be haunted by the spider thingys that the author uses in this story *shudders* She describes them in such detail even down to the suction sounds that I am forever scared. ICK! But I have to say it was a brilliant addition to the story and I want to know more!!(less)
I am all for psychological thrillers. I for some reason just love all the craziness and tend to gravitate to these types of books. Unfortunately Wicke...moreI am all for psychological thrillers. I for some reason just love all the craziness and tend to gravitate to these types of books. Unfortunately Wicked Games was a step in the wrong direction for me.
This book was just a mess from the get go. You see in the prologue Lilah and Carters relationship start off sweet and fun, but by the time they are seniors things have changed and Lilah is not the same girl she once was. I wasn't quite sure what to think honestly. Lilah was such a pain and I felt for Carter. He was there for her even when she was being mean and downright nasty to him. Then I saw why she was this way...well I read that she was on medication for a problem but that was about as far as the explanation went. So I said well she needs help and this is where this story is going to take me, but I was wrong. There is cheating, stalking, violence, and a little fatal attraction thrown in. Usually this is my type of crazy but not this time.
I think if the author would have shown us when and how Lilah came to be this way I might have felt more for her. Don't get me wrong she definitely had a few screws loose, but there was a mental reason behind her actions that was never really explained. Yes we get a few short paragraphs detailing the event that led up to her medication, but for me that's not enough. Show me conversations between her parents, her therapist, her doctor something. I can't just buy into the fact that this girl is this troubled for no reason.
Well when she finds out what Carter did she really flies off the handle and things get worse for the other party involved. Again I find myself mad at the parents of both sides. If my daughter went through what Jules went through I would not just get a restraining order. I would press as many charges as I could to make sure this person went somewhere away from my child. Both parents just kinda go okay you feel sorta bad you say you won't do anything else so we well just let it all go with a restraining order. HELLO does that ever work??
The cheating...where do I even begin. This is the only part of the story where I felt sad for Lilah. She didn't deserve to be cheated on by Carter. Yes she was a mess, yes she needed major help and yes she didn't need to be with Carter. Carter needed to man up and tell her in nicer way that they needed to break up. He knew she was unstable and after four years together she deserved more than what he gave her. I get that he couldn't do it anymore, but he should have talked to her parents and been honest with his feelings. Someone in Lilah's condition would have needed support and Carter should have been a little more understanding of that. He should never have cheated and left that for Lilah to deal with on her own. After he cheated and justified it to himself I just wanted to puke. This is the kind of character that I loath the most.
The part that bothered me the most though was the ending. After all the craziness I didn't care whether Carter ended up with a HEA because well he cheated and I just can't let that go no matter the reason, but I didn't expect what happened. It kinda felt like what goes around comes around and the sequel is going to mimic this book and I don't buy it. I know mental illness stems from something but really would lighting strike twice in the same general area?? It all just felt too off and left me going seriously that's how you are going to end this??
So no I was not a fan of this book. I thought it was a mess that really needed cleaning up. I don't even know if I think editing would help. There were just too many plot holes and the characters were not likable at all. (less)
There are just no words to describe what I am feeling right now. I just finished Red Rising and OMG what in the hale did I just read??!! This book was...moreThere are just no words to describe what I am feeling right now. I just finished Red Rising and OMG what in the hale did I just read??!! This book was not at all what I was expecting and I mean WOW just W.O.W! I have never had an author shock me like Mr. Brown just did.
If you think you know what this book is about you don't I can promise you that. The beginning and first few parts were what I had expected, but when Darrow goes to "school" all hell breaks loose and the whole story just turns completely upside down. I'm not going to give a summary because well I really couldn't if I tried and this is another book where I think readers will benefit from not knowing everything. My mind is totally blown by this book and I am quite happy at the moment.
I know Darrow's end goal and that it was never supposed to change, but after seeing what he goes through I am wondering if his allegiance will waver. My heart broke for him and at the end of part one I couldn't breathe. The author did a fantastic job creating this world and drawing me in. I felt like I was living in this strange place and honestly I wanted a Helldiver husband of my own. What happens in this first part is devastating and I wasn't sure how the rest of the story would go on, but man does it ever.
Darrow is not like any other character I have read before. He learns from his lessons which were hard and sometimes very painful to watch and adapts where most would just crumble and follow others. He proved time and time again that he was everything he needed to be to take down his goal and I have to say that when the next book comes out I will be the first in line. I want to see where Darrow takes his new found life and whether or not he stays true to himself and his people. I want to see the WAR people!
I did get some what confused at the end with so much going on. After thinking about it for awhile I do finally understand but the whole Olympus tie in kinda threw me for a bit. If this messes with you don't stop reading I promise it is all worth it. Just don't think too much of the names, they are just people with gods names I think anyway. I am guessing the next book will elaborate on all this.
I have never had a book totally throw me before and this one did. I never knew what to expect when I turned the page. It was a bloody mess with war, violence, murder, and slaves. Really though what more do you need?! I think the author did a fantastic job opening with that first part. If the book would have omitted that I am not sure I would have fallen in love like I did. I needed that part to show me what Darrow was fighting for and to see just how broken he really was. I will say one final thing I don't want him to move on, I know that is selfish of me but I want him to stay true to his vows at least for awhile. I'm not ready to move yet.
Brilliant story that I promise will blow your minds!(less)
I remember really liking The Testing. It was one of those books that really grabbed my attention and even with its Hunger Games like scenes I still lo...moreI remember really liking The Testing. It was one of those books that really grabbed my attention and even with its Hunger Games like scenes I still loved it. When I got my hands on a copy of Independent Study I was super excited because this book was going to be the one that set it apart from THG and really take on a life of its own. Well I am happy to say that it does steer clear of THG, but unfortunately this one didn't deliver quite the punch that The Testing did.
This book takes off pretty much where The Testing left us. Cia is about to take her final test to see if she has what it takes to become a student of the University. She still has no memories of what happened during her time before her final test but she does remember the recording and the horrific events that were on it. Cia isn't sure what to do with the knowledge that her peers were killed so she keeps the information to herself. She knows that telling anybody at this point will mean nothing good so she stays quiet and just observes as much as she can. Clues that she picks up tell her that she can't trust anybody and when the final testing is finished Cia learns that the testing has really only just begun.
This was good don't get me wrong. I really liked the whole testing and induction idea, but the delivery was a little boring. The tests themselves were intense, but Cia's inner dialogue and constant thinking started to drive me a little nuts. I got so tired of reading about her questioning everything and then going back to what she initially thought she should do. It all felt like a complete waste of time time that could have been spent building up the world and learning more about the rebels. I wanted to learn about them in this book and while we do learn more about the University and its board we are still left mostly in the dark about anything else.
For me this falls into that icky category of middle books in a series. It gives us enough new information where we will pick up the next one, but really doesn't give us anything that we wouldn't have learned if we had just picked up the third installment. There are two major bombs dropped in this one but again I am positive they both will be brought up in the third installment so really did I need to read this one?
I guess I am just going to have to look at the positive and realize that this was filler, but good filler. The tests that Cia faces in this one are intense and it shows just how far the officials are willing to go. I did enjoy seeing who caved under pressure and who made it past certain checkpoints. If you are looking for a romance though this one isn't as strong as the first and you will not be happy if that is what you want out of this. Yes Cia is with Tomas but the book isn't centered around them so just be warned. I also sorta smell a triangle and I'm just hoping that I am not right.(less)