This is definitely a different type of book and one that won't necessarily work for everybody, but it did work for me. I Crawl Through It isn't an inThis is definitely a different type of book and one that won't necessarily work for everybody, but it did work for me. I Crawl Through It isn't an in your face easy read, it's a read between the lines and quietly shouts at you type of book.
This story isn't really an easy one to describe. It is told from three perspectives Stanzi, China, and Lansdale. These three are all friends who in each their own way need help. There's a lot of psychological things going on with each and every character and honestly I am not even sure if I fully grasped the depth of their needs. The story takes us through numerous events like an invisible helicopter ride, bomb threats, and a naked bush man. Even though I am not sure what each event really signified I can tell each one was a huge moment and I felt like I was meant to remember them.
So you can see this is not something I fully understand, but at the same time I felt its greatness. There are always these hidden books that affect me and make me ponder the story and characters long after I put the book down. A.S. King has managed to do this and I know I will still be thinking about this book next year and the years to come after that. I find I might do a little digging and research to see if I can find out what the author was really trying to portray in her beautiful writing.
Like I said this book won't be for everyone. I definitely had to be in the mood for this type of read because sometimes I want things screaming at me, but this time I really did want something a little more quiet that would make me think. If you are looking for something different that takes care and time to understand this is for you.
On a side note for some reason this felt very Aussie to me and I am not sure why. I kept thinking this took place in Australia, but I was so very wrong. So if you like Aussie authors you just might like this as well.
I am not quite sure how I feel about this one. On one hand I really have to give the author credit for originality, but on the other I am just not surI am not quite sure how I feel about this one. On one hand I really have to give the author credit for originality, but on the other I am just not sure my imagination can go where the author wants me to go. Let me try and explain...
I sent this text to my reading buddy..."A Pharaoh sends its soul to a human in order to return to Earth. Now there are 2 souls living in one body and the Pharaoh basically has domination over that human body now. And when that said human/Pharaoh has steamy time with another blended person there are basically 4 people having steamy time"...does that make sense to you? I am honestly still trying to grasp the whole blended two people in one body scenario here. I liked Docia and I liked Ram, but then you throw in Vincent the host for Ram and Docia's carbon (the Egyptian soul that has set up camp in her body) and my feelings go wonky.
I started feeling bad for Vincent and Docia because it seems like they basically get taken over by these other souls. Ram is obviously the dominate one in his situation and it makes me wonder what will happen to Docia, the one he loves?? I know he is connected to her other soul, but it just feels weird! It's like there are four people in this relationship and for me that's two too many. I don't know if I will ever be okay with this. Maybe I have read too many sci fi books where the aliens take over the human body and that's my hang up. I just can't see this as good because Docia will lose herself. How can this work??!
All that aside the author does have an original idea. The whole Egyptian mythology was really interesting and I am definitely going to continue on for at least one more book to see what the author has up her sleeve. I think I know because of how things ended, but I am really curious to see how a certain soul will retrieve his soulmate.
The only other thing that bothered was the transitions. They were all really awkward and it always took me a few sentences to catch up and realize I was reading from somebody elses POV and more often than not in a completely different scene. This made the book feel clunky and clumsy.
So if you can get past the whole two souls in one body you might want to give this a go. I also know that with this genre it always takes me at least two to three books to really get into the story so maybe that's it too. I have definitely read stranger things so I won't write this one off yet....more
This really didn't work for me and I am honestly half blaming the synopsis. I've found lately that with several books the synopsis given does not in fThis really didn't work for me and I am honestly half blaming the synopsis. I've found lately that with several books the synopsis given does not in fact match the book at all. This is the case with What We Knew. The synopsis in my opinion promises creepy stalker craziness and what this book delivers is actually troubled teenagers who have been abused. Sooo not the same thing at all and I really wonder who writes those synopsis'!
I'm not saying this would have worked more for me if the synopsis actually matched the book, but it is hard for me to switch gears when I settle in to read something. I am a mood reader so I pick my books based on what I want at the moment and I think I would have chosen to read this at a different time if I had known it was going to be incredibly heavy. My previous book left me wanting something creepy and a palette cleanser and this just wasn't it. It is a very heavy book that deals with very heavy issues. Yes there is a creep factor sort of in it but it really takes a back seat to what's really going on with Tracy and her friends.
Like I said the whole going in and switching gears wasn't the only reason why this didn't work for me. I found each and every character to be annoying. Tracy was whiny and yes I know she went through something very traumatic, but she was just not somebody I could root for. She ended up being very hypocritical by the middle of the book and when that happened I lost respect for her. There was no reason to do what she did and she didn't even really feel bad about it until the blow up happened. I just really couldn't connect with her.
The other characters weren't any better. Lisa was mean and grouchy which again I now know the reason for her mood swings, but I just can't forgive some of her actions. Gabe, Trey and Adam weren't likeable at all either. They just seemed like your typical stoner high schoolers and while I am on the subject there is a lot of drinking and drugs in this. I was honestly appalled at how much substance abuse was used through this book. Where were the parents??! These activities actually happened in someones home! That to me is a plot hole I would have liked explained more.
I think the author chose to focus too much on teenage drama in the beginning and lost me by the middle. The end of the book was actually brilliant and really made me wish the beginning would have been just as brilliant. Looking back I can see clues to where the story was ultimately going, but the execution just stunk. I adore Barbara Stewart and this won't be my last book by her, but man this was a let down....more
Pretending to be Erica was definitely an interesting read. This was my first YA con book and I have to say I think I will be craving more of these!
VioPretending to be Erica was definitely an interesting read. This was my first YA con book and I have to say I think I will be craving more of these!
Violet has been groomed to become Erica Silverman. This will be her until con and solidify her place besides the man who rescued her from foster care and taught her everything she knows. All she has to do is pretend to be Erica for a few months, steal a painting, and disappear into the night. Easy right? Well the whole stealing the painting thing would be easy except for one thing. Violet realizes everything she doesn't have living with Erica's family and starts to wonder if her con filled life is really all it's cracked up to be.
I have to say I ended up liking this quite a bit. I was torn about midway through I won't lie though because Violet/Erica just had too many inner monologues about what she had to do and how leaving would effect her. It just got to be too much for me to read. I understood it would be hard for her, but I didn't need to hear it every other page. I liked the strong con artist female from the beginning and wished she would have stayed a bit longer.
Also she seemed really self assured of her abilities, but then people would find out about her faking and it was all a no big deal. I didn't expect that at all. I understood one particular person's choice to stay mum, but not the others. What did they gain? Adding to that there had been two other fakes so I would assume this would not have been swept underneath the rug like it was. That part I just didn't understand and there were a few plot holes that left me wondering, but they didn't take away from the unique storyline. Most stories I have read like are like this in the whole faking to be somebody else game are about revenge. This is the first con one I have read and it definitely stands out in a crowd even with my few minor hangups.
Honestly though I kept on reading because I did like Violets voice. I wanted to see whether she chose to steal the painting and what her ending would be like. Michelle Painchaud totally took me by surprise with her ending and I absolutely loved it. It's hard to really go in detail because I don't want to give anything away, but I will say it was brilliant and I am glad she chose the ending she did. It totally fit with her characters and I wouldn't want it any other way. ...more
**spoiler alert** This was so so bad. I hate writing reviews for books that have let me down and this review isn't going to be nice I am warning you n**spoiler alert** This was so so bad. I hate writing reviews for books that have let me down and this review isn't going to be nice I am warning you now. And it will be full of spoilers so if you don't want to know the ending don't read this!! I can't write this without talking about the entire book I am really sorry, but I just can't. I am too upset to skirt around things this time so again DO NOT READ if you don't want SPOILERS!!
Let me first say that I adore Danielle Vega. Her first novel The Merciless was amazing and I really loved every bit about. When I saw her second novel hit Goodreads I squeed and knew I was going to love it. And really if I had gotten what the synopsis promised I would have loved it plot hole and all. (I'll get to the huge gaping plot hole in a minute.) What I read was not what I was promised. The synopsis made me think this would be kinda like The Purge movies. A story about a group of kids trapped in a Survive the Night game with lunatics. Did I read the summary wrong?? What I read was a story about a group of teens (who all have their roles...a crazy mean psycho, a drug addict just released from rehab who thinks she doesn't have a problem, the TSTL girls, the ex boyfriend who doesn't do the drug thing, and the goofy sidekick..sounds like an old school thriller right?) who do go to a Survive the Night rave, but accidentally get trapped underground after hiding from the police when the party is busted. The rest of the story is about them trying to get out and yes there is something lurking in the dark, but it wasn't creepy. It was incredibly boring and not scary at all in my opinion. I wanted the lunatics!!
Yes I did see at the bottom of the summary that it says "something", but honestly I didn't see that the first time I read the summary which does make me question if it was changed. And even if it was there I am still sticking by my rant in this. I think the story would have been so much better if the "something" was left out. I didn't buy the "something" at all. I would have bought deranged killers on the lose playing a game of cat and mouse underground. Okay moving on to the plot hole...
The whole entire time I was reading this there was a HUGE plot hole staring me in the face. CELL PHONES! Why in the world didn't someone call for help??! Casey and her group use their cell phones numerous times to see in the dark but they never tried to call anyone! This bugged me!! If there was no reception I would have liked that little tidbit thrown in, but really in this day and age cell towers are everywhere so why didn't they just CALL SOMEBODY! SO infuriating!! And even if they didn't have reception underground they did try and open a manhole so wouldn't the cell phones work then when they were almost above ground?? I screamed so much every time a phone was mentioned that by the end of the book I couldn't even look at my cell phone without screaming.
I also don't think I've ever been more aggravated at a group of characters before either. Casey was just so whiny and all she did was pine over Sam and say she didn't have a drug problem. I got so tired of hearing her inner monologues. Whatever chance this story had was obliterated when the characters started talking. I don't even know what to say except that they were not fun to read at all.
And this brings me to unnecessary killing off people. I don't know if you watch Grey's Anatomy but I did up until recently because of unnecessary killing. I watched that show for years and if I can stop watching it that fast you will know I am serious when I say I have a very low tolerance for killing off people just to kill them off. Yes I know that this book was all about killing off people BUT I felt like killing off a certain person wasn't necessary. They got away safe, the danger was gone why did they have to die??! I hated the way they died too. They died saving someone and while sometimes that is heroic in this instance it was just stupid. Yes I said it stupid. Did I want a HEA for certain characters? No really I could have cared less, but I just didn't want this one person to die.
Oh and this book had all kinds of gross stuff in it. I can handle blood, guts, and gore. What grosses me out is going barefoot in an underground train tunnel with rats and who knows what diseases, laying on the underground train tunnel floor hooking up with someone and yes almost getting naked in the hooking up process, and vomiting then two chapters later kissing a person!! WTH?!?!? EWWWW!!! I almost threw up in my mouth when I read that part.
Why didn't the little beta readers tell the powers to be about this stuff??!! I know Ms. Vega can write an amazing book. I have no idea what happened with this one at all. I wish she would have stuck with the old school thriller instead of adding in a "something" The "something" wasn't needed and I really wish someone would have told her about the dang cell phones!!
Okay I am going to stop. Like I said I knew this review would be harsh and I am sorry for that. I thought about not reviewing it but I had to say something. I am really curious how this book will be received and I can't wait to find out if I am in the minority. Shockingly this will not deter me from reading future novels from Ms.Vega. I have hopes that her next one will be like the first....more
I have been out of the romance game for awhile now and honestly I was a little scared to jump back in. My tastes have drastically changed in the lastI have been out of the romance game for awhile now and honestly I was a little scared to jump back in. My tastes have drastically changed in the last few months and romance just hasn't interested me, but When Love Happens is a perfect example of what an author can do for a reader. Darcy Burke has renewed my faith in romance and shown me what I have been missing!
Tori and Sean engaged in a whirlwind 5 week romance that ended in a quickie wedding in Vegas. That same night though tragedy struck and Tori runs home leaving Sean and their newly marriage behind. After six months Sean, having no other options, goes to Tori to try and save his job and also to see what might be left of their relationship. He isn't ready to throw in the towel and knows things won't be easy because sometimes a heart can't relearn love no matter how hard you try.
I fell into this story with ease. The writing kept me engaged and I truly enjoyed each and every character. What I thought was fascinating was the Archers. Yes they were rich and yes they were all driven, but they weren't perfect. They each had their own flaws some being bigger than others and honestly it was nice to not read the "they have it all and some" storyline. I liked the edge the author gave this family. I did get a bit confused at times because there were just so many of them, but I still really loved them all. For me they took center stage. Tori and Sean had a very nice storyline, but I was totally captivated by this family and I know I will definitely pick up the previous books because I have not had enough of them.
As I said Tori and Sean had a really good storyline. I liked the whole reality show storyline because yes I admit it I am a reality show junkie, but what I really enjoyed was just them. It was exciting to see how Tori reacted to Sean and I rooted for them from the beginning. Sometimes I could take or leave the main couple in romances, but not these two. I wanted Tori to forgive herself and let Sean in and I wanted Sean to give everything and more to Tori to remind her of what they once were.
This was a fast and fun read that left me wanting more from the whole crew. I am thoroughly captivated by this author and her writing and I can't to find out how the rest of the Archers find their HEA's!...more
Oh how I used to love Fear Street as a teen. I remember curling up with a blanket and reading a book a night just to reread them all the next month. TOh how I used to love Fear Street as a teen. I remember curling up with a blanket and reading a book a night just to reread them all the next month. This was my first jump into thrillers and I will forever love R.L. Stine for introducing me to this genre. Okay all that being said this installment did leave me wondering if I have finally grown up.
For those who don't know Fear Street has always had strange things happen to the people who live or visit there. The street is pretty much cursed and Don't Stay Up Late brings us right back to Fear Street. Lisa having just lost her Dad to a car accident is having trouble coping. She was in critical condition and the doctors think she started having hallucinations due to her extreme concussion. After her therapist suggests she take on a new job to help get back to normal everyday life Lisa starts her new babysitting job on you guessed it Fear Street.
I remember Fear Street being super creepy and I know I had nightmares from a few of the books because I still remember them. So I don't know if Stine has just gotten a little softer with his horror or if the thriller stories today have pushed that genre envelope and things are way scarier now. I can't say its because this is middle grade either because I don't think they are supposed to be. The characters are sixteen so I am assuming this is still considered young adult.
I know I was supposed to be creeped out, but the overall storyline just didn't do much for me. I thought Lisa wasn't a great main character because she snapped way too easy and yes I know no one believed her, but even before certain things happened she just seemed kinda rude and selfish, especially with her parents. The secondary characters I really didn't feel anything for either because they just didn't have enough page time.
I will say that there was a pretty interesting storyline after the reveal that I would have loved to of known more about. I felt like things got cut extremely short at the end and I was really bummed about it. I wanted an explanation and we don't get one really at all. I can't help but wonder why things were left that way. I thought I remembered some sort of an explanation being presented at the end in previous installments, but maybe I am remembering wrong.
That last page was pretty creepy though. After reading that I did get chills, but it was a little too late in my opinion. I wanted way more thrills and chills from Don't Stay Up Late so I am guessing I am just growing as a reader and my tastes are just evolving. I am going with 2 stars..1 for that last page and 1 for Harry who made this book bearable....more
I discovered this hidden gem at TXLA and I was beyond excited to start it. After finishing it I am left with a strange feeling and honestly it's takenI discovered this hidden gem at TXLA and I was beyond excited to start it. After finishing it I am left with a strange feeling and honestly it's taken me a few days to sit down and right this review. I've found it's hard to separate myself from the story because of my family and this really shoves the dangers that lurk in schools right in your face and I am terrified. Yes I know these dangers have been there for awhile, but I guess going day to day you just don't think about them. Now though I found I just hold on a little tighter to certain people in the morning and the day after I finished this I even cried after driving away. This is a tough issue that I don't think anyone is prepared for so if you pick this up just hold your heart because it's going to break in two.
Violent Ends is the story if a high school shooting. What makes this book incredible is that every chapter is told from a different point of view and was written by a different author. This amazing author line up includes Neal Schusterman, Kendare Blake, Trish Doller, Courtney Summers and so many more. Seventeen to be exact. What each chapter has in common though is Kirby, the shooter.
I'm not lying when I tell you that I had chills while I read this. It was very tough to get through at certain points. Some chapter did feel a little disconnected and honestly those gave me a chance to breathe a little. A few chapters really stood out and one was the point of view from the gun. I won't spoil who wrote it because for some reason I just think it's important to experience that on your own, but OMG it was chilling! I had to put the book down after that one and just get some distance. The others weren't as intense, but they all carried something within them that felt sad and broken. They really made me wonder about the aftermath in real life.
The only thing I wish I would have gotten was Kirby's story. We get to see him through seventeen pairs of eyes, but I wanted to see through his. We sort of get a glimpse into the whys of his actions, but I don't understand. I don't think we are supposed to though so I guess this will just have to be okay. Kirby was so many things and I can't help but feel conflicted towards him. Was he a monster yes most definitely, but did he have problems from multiple sides and I just don't know what to feel. I'm angry and a big ole mixed bag of emotions.
This book destroyed me and I can guarantee that the next 10 I read will be HEA's and complete fluff because I need that in my life right now. This was too real and yes I think it needs to be out there, but I can still grab all my fluff and mean it.
Fell of Dark is a book that I will never forget. I will say right off the bat that it is not for everybody. The chapters at first feel like a lot of mFell of Dark is a book that I will never forget. I will say right off the bat that it is not for everybody. The chapters at first feel like a lot of mindless rambling, but if you read deeper into the story and let the words pull you in magic happens.
This is story is told from two point of views, Eriks' and Thorns'. Their voices couldn't be more different, but they have something huge in common. I am not sure what type of mental issue they both have, but they both seemed to share a common mental illness that completely broke my heart.
We get to hear from Erik first and his back story and if I read correctly was horrible. We the reader get to see into his mind a little and we get to see certain scenes that he remembers only we don't get any explanation as to what really happened. It's not hard though to figure out what he went through and again my heart completely broke for him. He was such an interesting character that just knowing what might have happened in that garage made me want to help him.
Thorns' part in this was very chaotic and I wasn't sure exactly what was real and what wasn't. The author did an amazing job at showing what goes on in the mind of somebody who has a mental illness. I don't want to say what I think because A I could be completely wrong and B I think everyone will have a different opinion and I don't want to ruin it for others. I just will say that from reading his point of view I really want to delve more into this type of mind.
I think some will find this book strange, but I really hope most will find it amazing like I did. I appreciated the way the author chose to tell this story and I had goosebumps by the end. This isn't rambling, this is a story about struggles and how hard it is to live with certain things that you can't help. At first it was a little hard to dive in, but it didn't take me long at all to see where the author wanted to take me.
One other thing I have to mention is the writing. This author is completely new to me so I wasn't sure what to expect, but his prose is one of the best I have read. It is deep, beautiful, and haunting. I am not sure if this story would have worked without his prose and writing style. Erik and Thorn came alive with his words and it was beautiful even with the disaster that occurred. ...more
My first thought after finishing Delicate Monsters was I don't get it. And I really don't. I've read one other book by this author and I remember beinMy first thought after finishing Delicate Monsters was I don't get it. And I really don't. I've read one other book by this author and I remember being completely blown away and honestly Charm & Strange has stayed with me so I know what Stephanie Kuehn is capable of. Now I do remember Charm & Strange having a say what moment and being slightly confused, but it all came together at the end and made sense. This book though I am just at a loss with.
So I knew going in this book would be deep. Stephanie Kuehn doesn't shy away from the hard stuff so I settled in with tissues within reach. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking there is a reason why she is making me repulsed because I was indeed repulsed by her characters. Each and everyone of them with the exception of Miles were just disgusting. But I kept reading hoping that things would be made clear. Well things were not made clear and I honestly don't really understand what the point of this story was. Was it to show mental illness? Was it to show that Sadie really did care in the end to some extent? I get the mental illness part, I can see it woven in throughout the story but I don't think it was woven in strong enough. I don't even know how to describe this story other than to say it was about three very messed up teenagers each messed up in their own way. We get to see thru the eyes of each individual and yes it was painful at times, but the author made her characters so destructive that I couldn't feel compassion for any of them.
I loved in her previous book how the big bomb was dropped in the end and I expected it to happen again since this book seemed to be following the same formula, but when it was dropped I didn't get it. I know I keep going back to I don't get it but I really don't. I think I get what was happening to certain characters, but I am completely baffled by the ending. What in the hale happened??
I guess I can look at this in three ways...1. My mind just doesn't think outside the box enough and I didn't read between the lines as much as I should have or 2. This open ended last chapter was on purpose and the reader is supposed to think of their own ending or 3.This book is just up to par to other one I read and the author tried too hard to be out there and expected too much of her readers. I am not sure which way I will go, but those are my thoughts at the moment....more
Well I am pretty upset to tell you the truth. I've read books before that fell apart at the last minute, but this one tops them all. I cannot believeWell I am pretty upset to tell you the truth. I've read books before that fell apart at the last minute, but this one tops them all. I cannot believe what I just read!
I actually really liked this story which is why I am so mad. There were a few plot holes that I found a bit annoying, but for the most part I was really into Stephen and his story. He's the new kid in town after leaving Denver with his dad to live with his bitter grandmother. His life isn't easy and when Devon the town bad kid gives Stephen a chance to join his group Stephen jumps at the opportunity. Stephens life turns into nights of drinking, trying to kiss Devons sister Cara, and trying to avoid his home life. That is until the Winged Ones are brought up and a town myth starts becoming a reality.
At this point I was starting to get a bit upset because Stephen turned into a follower. He broke several promises and really did a 180 on his character. I wasn't happy with him, but I still had hope that he would see the light eventually. Well that does happen, but instead of asking for help from the one person who would help him he runs head first into a dangerous situation and that's when I really got mad. I can't go into what happened because it would really spoil the book so I'll just say this ending was one of the worst I have ever read. What happened didn't help the story and I thought really came out of nowhere. I am so upset by this for many reasons and one of those is because I actually loved the twist that was thrown in. It was brilliant and looking back I could see where this twist developed throughout the story. So to have things end the way they did was just wrong and has made me rethink reading this authors other novels.
One other thing that bothered me was Stephen's mother. I think that whole storyline could have been explored more. It felt like the author was trying to connect his mom with the town, but then just decided to leave things alone. To me it felt like leaving an itch unscratched. Why connect the two if you aren't going to go down that road??
Do I think this book is worth reading yes and no. The town myth of the Winged Ones was pretty cool and this book did have a creepy Lost Boys feel to it, but on the other hand that ending was horrible and I don't think people would be satisfied with it. So I guess I would say yes, but with a warning. Tread carefully with this one and just enjoy the story before the last 5 pages or so.
I am giving this 3 stars because I did enjoy the story and it was interesting to see a guys POV. I usually don't read these very often and yes Stephen was a walking hormone but it was nice to have no angst and drama. So I think the story itself and Stephen deserve 3, but I have to take 2 big stars away for that ending. It was unnecessary and ruined the book for me....more
This book by 90% was a solid 3 star for me because it really felt like an after school special. A good after school special but one nonetheless. ThatThis book by 90% was a solid 3 star for me because it really felt like an after school special. A good after school special but one nonetheless. That last 10% blew me away! That ending deserved a star all itself so I have to go with 4!
Jason and his sister Janie have The Plan. All they both want is to escape the hell they live in with their abusive father. When Micheal the resident popular guy at Jason's high school offers Jason the chance to make money Jason thinks he can handle the situation. Only thing is Jason doesn't know all the rules for his new job and things spiral out of control.
Like I said this felt like an after school special, but a good one. I felt for Jason and his situation and I crossed my fingers and toes hoping that things wouldn't end bad for him. I hated the right people and felt compassion for the right ones. It doesn't get more cut and dry than this, but underlying all that is a great book that will grab your emotions. At one point my heart was pounding so hard that I had to skip a few pages ahead just to see what happened. Some times I can't take suspense and this was one of those times. I have to give the author a lot of credit for making heart beat so fast.
I will say that I didn't like Jason's decision with Cyndra. I can't say much because I don't want to spoil anything, but I wish he would have chosen a different path with her. He was stronger then he thought and I think he could have known what was good for him and what wasn't by the end of the book.
That was really my only hiccup. I thought the author did a tremendous job with each and every character and wow that ending. I thought I knew what was going to happen but I was so wrong and what happened made so much more sense. If I had really looked I might have been able to pick out clues throughout the story and others might be able to see the ending coming, but I loved that I didn't figure it out. My husband came downstairs right when I hit the OMG moment and he said my face was priceless. When reading if you have the OMG face it really doesn't get any better than that.
I have to give Clay an honorable mention. He played the best friend very well and when Jason has to hang out with another crowd that he isn't invited to Clay doesn't get upset and start drama. He is there for Jason when he needs them and is a strong force behind him. I loved him to pieces.
Great story that will definitely pull readers in and pull for Jason and Janie to escape!...more