Let me say this, I, usually, never read short stories. I mean the occasional Stephen King collection or so but lately I just can't get into reading thLet me say this, I, usually, never read short stories. I mean the occasional Stephen King collection or so but lately I just can't get into reading them. I saw Lips Touch at the library and fell for the cover. So I checked it out then started flipping through it. I had no idea of the illustrations in it. They were phenomenal. Now for the stories. Each was connected to some kind of myth, folklore or fairy tale from three different cultures. The first story hooked me in. It was great. The next story was even better and was definitely my favorite. At least until I read the third. The last story was the reason that I bumped my rating from four stars to five. It was amazing. It felt like it should have been an actual novel rather than a short story. By the end of it I was begging for some kind of continuation or something, anything. The mythology was simply incredible. A lot better and more inventive than a lot of ya pnr writers can claim nowadays. To make a somewhat long review short, this book will definitely find itself on my re-reads shelf in the near future....more
A.S. King I applaud you. Not only did you get me out of my no-reading slump but you did so with one of the best books that I have read in a long time.A.S. King I applaud you. Not only did you get me out of my no-reading slump but you did so with one of the best books that I have read in a long time. Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a capivating read with fantastic writing, great characters and, well pretty much everything a good book needs.
Vera was a great, and relatable character. She was strong willed but insecure. She was hot headed and made mistakes. And Charlie. I hated Charlie but I loved Charlie. He was a jerk but at the same time he was one of the sweetest characters in the book. And the relationship between the two! I've said it before but finally a writer who actually shows us the love between two characters. She doesn't just shove it in your face with some insta-love bull, but lets the relationship develop and grow and lets us in to see the scenes that are sweet and have the reader recalling their own childhood crushes.
The only complaint I have is with the ending. It was nice, but a part of me feels like it was rushed. I wanted so much more after the buildup the entire novel of the secret of Charlie and Jenny. In the end I felt, well I don't want to say let down but....wanting.
All in all Vera Dietz was a great book and sure to make an apperance on my re-read shelf very soon. ...more
I don't think that I have ever identified more with a protagonist than I did with Camille. That's both terrifying and strangely hopeful...well done GiI don't think that I have ever identified more with a protagonist than I did with Camille. That's both terrifying and strangely hopeful...well done Gillian Flynn, well done...more
And might I say, HOORAY!!! This book doesn't read like one third of a larger story (I'm looking at you Darkest PowKelley Armstrong has done it again.
And might I say, HOORAY!!! This book doesn't read like one third of a larger story (I'm looking at you Darkest Power series). No, instead it reads like the first in a cohesive series! So happy at that fact...don't judge me.
Let's be clear though, for lovers of WOTO or Darkest Powers, this book, while classified as PNR, isn't. Yes there's a slight supernatural presence throughout the book, but that is hardly the focus. If anything this is more mystery, detective, thriller stuff than anything else.
Let's just say this, if you liked Kelley Armstrong for her storytelling, kick ass characters and decently steamy romances (love me some Gabe, what can I say), then you'll enjoy this. If you're looking for more werewolves and witches and half demons, this might not be up your alley.
Also, if you're a fan of Gillian Flynn, give this a try. Throughout the book I kept thinking this is something Flynn might have written. If you take out the small supernatural part. And add in a lot of angst, depression, and various other mental disorders. Coupled with a lot of downer beginnings, middles and ends. Otherwise, Flynn could have written this herself!! ...more
I wouldn't call this a book by any means. More of a collection. If anything this probably would have come off better as a desk calendar or as inter-chI wouldn't call this a book by any means. More of a collection. If anything this probably would have come off better as a desk calendar or as inter-chapters in her upcoming memoir (don't get me started on memoirs written by those under 25).
But, nonetheless, it was a good read. And a little bit of a better insight to her mind.
The quotes and her, meager, commentary on them was nice. A lot of good lessons and relatable material.
Here's hoping that her future work will serve for a more fulfilling read. All in all I am eagerly awaiting (with somewhat great expectations) her next release. ...more
With all kinds of allusions to the monsters and villains we know and loathe from the Deltora series, The Golden door was a great follow-up read for aWith all kinds of allusions to the monsters and villains we know and loathe from the Deltora series, The Golden door was a great follow-up read for a long time Rodda fan.
The world that she created was both new and familiar, starting off with her sticking to the "young boy from a town heading off into the jungle with a companion" beginning. And while there were similarities to The Forest of Silence, the city of Weld felt satisfying different from Del.
There were points in the story, however, that pointed towards Rodda copying bits from other entries in the Deltora canon. I found myself rolling my eyes and predicting with confidence how the story would end. Surprisingly enough she shook it up; veering from the path I assumed was being taken to a great, nail biter, ending. Well done. ...more
Loved this book! While Lockhart's writing style isn't for everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to be engaging. While reading my mind kept coLoved this book! While Lockhart's writing style isn't for everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to be engaging. While reading my mind kept coming up with a thousand ways the story could go; so when I came to the twist I wasn't shocked....necessarily. The twist was a surprise but awaited. Each time I turned the page I begged for more of Cadence's past to be revealed. As one chapter ended I knew where the story was going. As the next came to a close, the story was completely different. And when I came to the twist, it was like the first jump into a pool. You know that the water is cold. You know that it will take your breath away. You're prepared. Yet when it happens, you still gasp.
We Were Liars was well crafted and extremely well written. And it will definitely find it's way on to my permanent shelf. ...more
First thing you need to know about this book: TRIGGER WARNING!
Seriously. I've never been in the kind of situation(s) described in this book, but as IFirst thing you need to know about this book: TRIGGER WARNING!
Seriously. I've never been in the kind of situation(s) described in this book, but as I read some parts, even my skin was crawling.
Clarissa's situation felt incredibly real. Her fear, her worry, her growing addictions. Everything was raw and I felt it right along with her.
I always love books written in epistolary form so this was a good read. (haha good read, see what I did there) And I really enjoyed the switch to third person throughout, it helped give the story an extra depth and momentum.
The initial ending/climax I found to be a little cliche, however the following letters to the new "you" more than made up for it.
All in all an excellent read but if issues of stalking, assault or battery are sensitive topics, tread with caution. ...more