This was a book that I never naturally would have picked up to read had I not been asked to review. And I would have been seriously deprived had I not...moreThis was a book that I never naturally would have picked up to read had I not been asked to review. And I would have been seriously deprived had I not done so. This book was so good.
This book was one that blurred the lines of fantasy and reality. It caused me to feel, to think, to ponder, and to dream. This book left an imprint on me. There are some books that after reading, you are forever changed—this was one of those books for me. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read this.
Mark Matthew’s writing style was beautiful and lyrical. I loved how he wrote this story. I loved his characters and the plot line.
This novel opened my eyes and allowed me to explore a world very different than my own. This book caused me to think about myself and my own life, any book that can do that is a great book.
This book follows the story of Janice, who works at Moonlight, a shelter for runaways. Janice is a Chinese woman who was adopted into an American family married to an African-American man named Randall. I loved both Randall and Janice.
This novel represented beliefs that on the surface were very different than my own; however, it also paralleled my own beliefs so clearly at the same time. That was partly what was so incredible about this book.
Definitely worth buying and reading—this novel comes highly recommended.
I really enjoyed this book. I had heard a lot of good things before going into this one so I was excited to see if it would live up to my expectations...moreI really enjoyed this book. I had heard a lot of good things before going into this one so I was excited to see if it would live up to my expectations. I think it fell slightly underneath them, but that's only because they were so high in the first place.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is a review of mixed emotions for me. I loved parts of it, hated parts of it, and thought other parts of it were...moreMy Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is a review of mixed emotions for me. I loved parts of it, hated parts of it, and thought other parts of it were just okay. I just don't even begin to know how to rate this book. It deserves a 5 for some parts, a 4 for other parts, and a 2 for other parts, but I'm going to give it a 3 because I really did enjoy the book.
I had heard everybody raving over this book for months and months and since it had been on my TBR list for forever and that's a challenge I'm participating in, I decided to see if it was at my library. It was and so I checked it out right away.
After the first five pages of this book, I thought yep I think I might be the first not to like this. There were a few typos and a few moments of stilted dialogue.
But then after those first five pages, I began to become interested in the story. Yes, it had some pretty typical characters. There was the girl Pagan who was very likable but acted older than her age. There was the less-than-in-the picture parent (in this case the mother) who doesn't know what's going on with her daughter. And then the bad boy who appears on the scene who the character falls for but feels like she shouldn't.
And yet even thought this novel had all of these almost cliched elements, I still really liked this book. I just love depictions of Death. Yes, some have compared this to Twilight. But Dank, Death, is not some vampire, he's Death and I'm just always so fascinated with retellings of Death that it definitely worked in Glines' favor. Dank wasn't very well-developed as a character and yet I was still swooning over him. I'm hoping we get to learn more about Dank in the next novel.
Pagan is a character I wanted to like and thought I liked for most of the novel. But then certain events happened and she just became so stupid teenagery. I understand why she did what she did, but I didn't like it.
Parts I liked:
The whole part about Pagan seeing souls. I just love that plotline.
The whole Death part. I loved that part as well. I just love that plot even if it is cliched.
Dank-I have bad-boy-syndrome. That's all you need to know.
The love triangle. I know people are probably rolling their eyes at me, but I love love triangles. Dank and Leif definitely interesting characters.
The ending. I absolutely loved the ending.
The way she made the cliched characters/plot her own and created a fascinating tale.
Everything Greek mythology-esque. I just love that stuff.
Parts I didn't like:
The whole Pagan's complete collaspe over Dank, but I understand it and why it happened. I just really hated it. It just seemed so pathetic, but I think more of us are this pathetic than we like to admit.
The slightly stilted dialogue at times.
The pretty basic paranormal plot behind this novel.
The somewhat cookie cutter characters; however, she did make them their own.
The lack of Dank's characterization; however, I feel like that might change.
In Summary: Glines' novel was an interesting journey for me. I loved it and then I didn't love it and then I did. Her writing drew me into the story and the plot was intriguing. It had cookie-cutter elements but I loved how she made it her own and I can't wait to read the sequel.
The Wrap-up: I have mixed feelings about this book, but all-in-all I really enjoyed it and can't wait to see what happens in the sequel. This novel was really short and I flew through it. I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel. I have a feeling it will make or break the story for me. (less)
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
An Overview of the Novel: Amelia and Adam Dory are two twins studying at Stanford. They would do anything for each other after all they are all they have.
Adam is unsure what he wants to do an is kind of just floating through school. While Amelia knows exactly what she wants to do, she loves code and spends all her time in the Gates lab.
Amelia's talents are recognized by Tom Fenway and he wants her to start a business, but Amelia refuses. That brings on their first fight.
But when she hacks into a company's site named Gibly and finds unethical behavior, they try to pay her off. Amelia refuses and quickly learns that she might have just ticked off the wrong person.
Amelia is going to do everything in her power to be ethical but she will also do anything to save Adam. The only question is whether she can do both.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have been intrigued with this novel for a very long time and have been meaning to read it. I loved the premise of the novel and so I was excited going into this one.
I will admit I was stunned by how short the novel was, but I absolutely loved it. Amelia and Adam were two characters that I instantly connected with. Adam really bugged me at times but I still felt really connected with him and I loved Amelia's character.
The writing was brilliant. I really enjoyed watching Sadie weave this story together.
She created a world that was full of so much intrigue, suspense, and betrayal that I was hooked from the get-go. Silicon Valley is a dog-eat-dog world and watching to see if two teenage twins survive this ruthless world was an intriguing backdrop.
I loved how Sadie developed this story and couldn't wait to read what happened next in the series.
So Why 4 out of 5 stars? Although I really liked this story, it missed making it into my all-time favs. I thought the beginning was a little disjointed and it lacked that extra something to make it into my favorites list. However, I did really enjoy this novel and am glad I read it.
In Summary: Sadie Hayes' world offers readers a fascinating look into a world full of betrayal, lies, intrigue, and ethical dilemmas. I definitely recommend this book to anybody and everybody.
The Wrap-up: This book left me really intrigued to see what would happen in the sequel and I closed the last page really satisfied. Sadie Hayes' decision to write in a episodic manner was intriguing and I definitely can't wait to see if she can pull it off. (less)
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-arc from the publisher via Edelweiss.
An Overview of the Novel: Kate has been decei...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-arc from the publisher via Edelweiss.
An Overview of the Novel: Kate has been deceived by her friends and is now left isolated to bear her child alone. She's survived nine months of captivity with Cronus and a jealous goddess Calliope.
Calliope and Cronus want very different things from Kate, but all she knows is she is about to be tested more than she can bear. Henry or her child? Her family or the world? Everything Kate values is about to be put at risk and she's the one who's going to decide who lives and who dies.
Calliope wants Henry for herself. Cronus wants Kate. Kate wants her child and Henry and the world safe. And Calliope and Cronus want the world to be destroyed.
And one decision by Kate is going to determine life or death.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I've enjoyed this series. Although, I've been disappointed with some aspects of them. I've kept reading the series. And after the cliff-hanger of the sequel, I couldn't help but read the third one in the series.
I'm glad I did. There were so many things I was waiting to see happen. Some of them did and some of them didn't.
I kept waiting for Kate to get it together and I kept waiting to see her actually stick up for herself and stop being so weak.
I kept waiting to see Calliope come to reason and come back to the right side.
I kept waiting to see Henry and Kate finally genuinely and purely love each other.
I kept waiting to see Ava have a chance to redeem herself.
Like I said, some of these things I was waiting for so badly and some of them occurred and some of them didn't. Some moments were heart-breaking and some were beautiful moments.
This book was heart-breakingly beautiful. This was a series I thought I couldn't wait to finish, but then when the series actually ended, I didn't want it to end. I realized that Aimee Carter had created a world that I had grown to love and one that I was sad to leave.
Excellent conclusion. If you've liked this series, you'll love this last one. If you hated the last one, you might actually like this one. I'd say give this one a shot, it might very well surprise you.
So Why 3.5 out of 5 stars? Although I thought this book ended really well and I really enjoyed reading it, I have read other books that I liked better.
In Summary: Aimee Carter created a world that I didn't want to leave. It was brilliantly portrayed. The finale to this series is one of the better conclusions that I've read in awhile.
The Wrap-up: Aimee Carter actually surprised me with how well she wrapped up this series. Like I mentioned earlier, parts of it were heart-breaking, but it was beautiful. I really enjoyed reading it.
Disclosure: I received this by book the author in exchange for an honest review.
Now time for my review:
Confession time, as a kid I was kind of a nerd....moreDisclosure: I received this by book the author in exchange for an honest review.
Now time for my review:
Confession time, as a kid I was kind of a nerd. Allow me to explain what I mean, I would check out nonfiction books on countries for fun and take avid notes on them. Why would I do this in the summer for fun? Because I wanted to know about different cultures, different people, and different countries.
I’ve read a lot of books about different countries, but none as entertaining and as creatively organized as Bernadette’s book. So many of these books were boring and hard to get through, this is not the case with Bernadette’s book. This book is geared for a MG reader, but I think readers of all ages will enjoy this book.
With this book, readers can get a glimpse into the culture of Egypt through her ingenious ABC’s of Egypt. The book is full of exciting pictures, masterful alliteration, and intriguing pages full of information. With this book, Bernadette offers readers a chance to look at the pictures and titles and gain an insight into Egypt. However, if readers look on a deeper level, they will be amazed by the information they will find.
As I read this book, I learned many new things about Egypt. I had no idea that people can balance a whole tray of baladi bread on their head, that there is a small fox called the fennec fox that lives on the beaches, or that there is a lantern called the fa-wa-neess used in Ramadan. And these are only a few of the treasures I learned.
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I really liked this tale. We are all familiar with Beauty and the Beast, and if you're me you've read at least a few retellings of fairy tales. I have not read one more entertaining or original as this one. One gold star earned for an amazing plot.
The novel traces the story of Ivy Thorn, who honestly has an attitude. Ivy is a military brat and has finally moved to a new home once again. I loved Ivy's character. It was very easy for me to relate to her story and her personality. The novel was told in first person and I really felt like I was hearing words come straight from her mouth. Casey's writing was excellent and her characterization honed to a fine art.
I loved the pesky pixie who caused Ivy to be thrown into the fairy tale. He was a character that I can't wait to learn more about.
Like I mentioned, this story wasn't like the Disney version or any other version of Beauty and the Beast that I'm familiar with. I loved that. I can't wait to see what's next for Ivy in the sequel.
This story is also fairly short. It's a quick read that was really enjoyable. I definitely recommend this novel.
In Summary: A beautifully written and original tale of Beauty and the Beast that fans of the original tale and fans of fantasy alike will love.
I received this for review from the author. Here is a portion of my review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is a...moreMy rating is actually 3.5 stars.
I received this for review from the author. Here is a portion of my review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is a book that I imagine young boys absolutely adoring. It's meant for a younger audience, late elementary-early middle school maybe.
The novel was actually pretty short, but it was entertaining and interesting. I really enjoyed reading it.
The main character Nat was one that I could easily relate to and one that I enjoyed reading about. And I also really loved Wayland.
This novel was action-packed and had a really well-developed voice. I definitely would recommend this to young boys seeking an adventure book.
The plot was intriguing and I can tell that this boy is going to have many more intriguing adventures ahead of him. I've always been fascinated by books about sailors and the ocean and so I really enjoyed this novel.
I felt like I was inside a young thirteen-year-old boy's head and that was very refreshing. I enjoyed reading it, and would recommend it to any young reader interested in an adventure/sailor book.
In Summary: A great adventure book for young boys that is filled with action, is well-written.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Disclaimer: I read Promising Light first, so I had already been introduced to many of these characters.
I absolutely loved learning more about Sashe, Sierra, Dar, Evan, and Seth. From the very first page, I was entranced by their stories.
The story was mainly told from Sashe's perspective. Her voice seemed so real to me. That is one thing I love about Emily Ann Ward is the characters always feel so realistic. I always feel like I'm inside that character's head, rather than reading about a character.
I loved seeing the budding romance between Sashe and Seth grow. The world Emily created was portrayed in a masterful light. I loved everything about this story. I loved the plot, the writing, the characters, and the relations between the characters.
Sierra, Evan, Dar, Sashe, and Seth's interactions with one another were hilarious in some parts, heartwarming in others, and just down right entertaining.
In my min mind, Emily Ann Ward is becoming synonymous with a good story. This is the third story I've read by her, and I've been enraptured by them all. I can definitively say this will not be the last one I read by Emily Ann Ward either.(less)
An Overview of the Novel: Jacqueline has been known as Jackie because her boyfriend wanted her to be his "Jackie," but the...moreMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: Jacqueline has been known as Jackie because her boyfriend wanted her to be his "Jackie," but then he dumps her because he needs to have some fun before he becomes a politician.
She's stunned. She never thought he'd dump her. She followed him to his preferred school and now she has no idea why. Then she's assaulted by his friend and if it hadn't been for some stranger named Lucas she would have been raped.
She's stunned, but she's drawn toward Lucas, but then there's also her tutor named Landon who she can't help but be attracted to either.
Lucas seems to be everywhere she turns around. The only question is whether or not Lucas feels the same way and if they can get over their pasts to make a future together.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was hesitant to read this one, but so many people loved it that I decided to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did. I absolutley loved this one. It was such an incredible book.
I love reading books that have depths to them. This book had so much depth to it. I loved everything about this novel. Jacqueline and Lucas were surprisingly easy to relate to.
Yes, I pegged the general plot line, but I still really loved this novel. It was such a beautiful, moving read. I'm so glad I read it. Even if you don't love the New Adult genre, you should definitely check this one out. It's an incredible read.
Webber has just became a writer that I'll be keeping close tabs on. I loved everything about this novel. Everybody should go read this one. It's amazing.
So why 5 out of 5 stars? I loved everything about this novel. The characters, the writing, the plotline, and the depth that this novel had to it. So many novels skirt around having depth to them, but don't actually achieve that depth. This one did.
In Summary: A beautiful, poignant novel that I loved. It was slightly predictable, but overall it was just an incredible read.
The Wrap-up: Tammara is an excellent writer and this novel was an amazing read. The characters were incredibly well-developed. Overall, this novel was one of my all-time favorites. Definitely recommended.
This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank L J fo...moreThis is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank L J for giving this to me for review.
I went into this novel with absolutely no expectations. I didn't know what to think. I thought it would be a decent read, but nothing spectacular. I was blown away with the writing, the characters, the plot, basically everything about this novella.
I loved the main characters Jenna and the Wraith. Their interactions with one another were great. I agree with the synopsis if you love Beauty and the Beast type fairy tales then look no further then Wraith's Forest.
I'm so glad I decided to read this one. Leger's writing was compelling and brilliantly constructed. Definitely one of the better paranormal romances I've read this year.
I will definitely be keeping my eye on this author. Her writing left me entranced with the story from the very beginning. Definitely recommend this one.
In Summary: One of the best fairy tales I've read this year. If you love retellings, fantasy, romance, or just young adult in general, I recommend this one. You won't regret reading it. (less)
I just love Debra Webb. I may or may not get to posting an official review of this one, but if I don't just know that it was incredible and I'm so gla...moreI just love Debra Webb. I may or may not get to posting an official review of this one, but if I don't just know that it was incredible and I'm so glad I read it.
If you love gripping romantic suspense stories than check this one out. (less)
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really don't know what to make of this book. That sounds bad, but it isn't. I liked the writing style and I liked the overall idea. I just hated the idea of William setting fires. That was one thing that I just couldn't get past.
This was a hard thing for me to deal with because other than that I liked William as a character. He was a good guy except he set fires. I couldn't quite handle the disconnect and I left the novel feeling bugged because I couldn't decide what to make of him. William was called "Wee Wee" because he was so short. Ouch. In the first chapter, he got turned down by his crush because he was too short. Double ouch. Add his somewhat dysfunctional family and you've got a triple ouch.
One character that I really liked was Samantha. That girl had attitude but a good heart. She wasn't ashamed to make her opinions known loud and care. I got the feeling that she just didn't care what others thought. She was going to do what she thought was right no matter what. She was one character that I really liked.
Additionally, I enjoyed Gibson's writing style. He created a compelling story that drew me in. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one or not, but on the whole it was an enjoyable read. I really felt like I was in William's head and that he was narrating the story. I always love stories that make me forget the author is writing.
On the whole, I liked the novel; I just didn't like certain aspects of the plot.
In Summary: A novel that was compelling and well-written, but one that left me bugged. I guess that's a sign of good writing--the author wrote a tale that is still bugging me a week later.
Warnings/Side-notes: There is definitely a sexual undertone to the novel. Not a ton of swearing, but definitely not a novel with clean language. There was also a gay character in this story. This novel wasn't clean, but definitely not filthy. This isn't one, however, that I'd recommend to young readers or those who are overly sensitive.
The Wrap-up: An enjoyable read that I recommend to those who don't mind a main character who may or may not be the hero. He's the antihero I guess. However, I really did enjoy this one.
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book for review as part of the Reading Addiction Tour. I didn't receive any comp...moreMy rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book for review as part of the Reading Addiction Tour. I didn't receive any compensation for this review, but the review host was paid to set up the tour. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I didn't receive any compensation and wasn't obligated to write a good review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:
I went into this story blind. I had no idea what to expect and hadn't really heard anything about it. But it was a suspense/thriller novel. If you know me, you know I love this genre. Plus, it was about planes. I have an odd fascination with planes.
I started reading and was stunned when the novel opened with the murder of protagonist Frank Braden's borther thirty years ago in Vietnam. He then launched into a vivid and intense attempt to keep a plane hit with a bomb from crashing and killing the hundred passengers onboard.
But instead of being a hero, the FBI accuses Frank of being a suicide bomber who wanted to make a statement with his death. Somebody out there wants Frank dead and there is a time bomb ticking. They need him dead sooner rather than later.
As this unknown assailant attacks Frank, he must prove to the FBI and even to his wife that somebody wants him dead and that he's not trying to commit suicide.
I love thriller novels. Ebbers' novel read quickly and kept me riveted. I found myself thoroughly engaged as I tried to untangle the plot line and figure out what was going to happen next. If you love engaging novels that leave you breathless, read this one.
The writing was solid and I loved the characters. I gave this a 3.5 because while it was a great read I still felt like the plot could have been more developed. It was thoroughly engaging, but it missed that extra something to bump this up to a 4 star book. I still really liked this book and recommend reading it, especially if you love history and novels about Vietnam.
The way Ebbers' interwove the Vietnam war into his current day novel was incredible. Definitely recommend to history buffs like I said earlier.
In Summary: A well-written thriller novel that brilliantly interweaves the horrors that occurred during Vietnam with the current day. A novel that is bound to leave you on your feet.
Warnings/Side-notes: One or two instances of strong language. Violence, but it's not graphic. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one based on content.
The Wrap-up: A very enjoyable read. I read this one in one sitting and was thoroughly entertained the entire time. I love this genre and read a lot in this genre. However, this novel was still an enjoyable read. I'm thrilled that I got the chance to read this one.
Disclaimers: I received this book for review as part of the Reading Addiction Blog Tour team. I didn't receive any compen...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received this book for review as part of the Reading Addiction Blog Tour team. I didn't receive any compensation for this book and am not obligated to write a good review. The blog tour host may have received money for setting up this tour, but no reviewer has received any compensation.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I started reading this book with mixed emotions. I didn't know if I was going to like it. I was pleasantly surprised. The first few pages were gripping and I quickly felt myself falling in love with the story and the characters.
Clark is a master at writing believable characters who I found myself rooting for from the very beginning. I didn't expect to like Tyler. I don't really like books about people who are going to commit suicide, but I really liked Tyler. He had his issues, but he was a good guy. And honestly who doesn't have some issues?
And then there was Emma with her no-nonsense kick-butt attitude. I really liked her despite her "screw the world attitude."These characters seemed very realistic and were ones that I loved reading.
Clark's writing style was brilliant and left me feeling wanting more until the very end. There were some minor things about this novel that bothered me in terms of the writing style. But overall, it was a very enjoyable read.
I'm definitely glad I read it. This novel was brilliantly written and centered around characters I love.
In Summary: An incredibly enjoyable novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. A novel that focuses on characters who I adored. I actually felt like I was inside their heads. Any book that can do that is great in my book.
Warnings/Side-notes: References to drinking and smoking. A fairly strong sexual undercurrent to the novel. Discussions about suicide. Some instances of strong language. But overall a fairly clean novel for teens in their upper years.
The Wrap-up: A novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Definitely recommend this to fans of realistic contemporary young adult fiction.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the blog tour. I did...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the blog tour. I did not receive any compensation for this review nor was I obligated to write a good review. The blog tour host may have received compensation for setting up the tour however.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this novel with fairly low expectations. I expected to enjoy the novel but that was about it. Nothing could have prepared me to be blown away.
At first this novel reminded me of Harry Potter which isn't necessarily a good thing. Harry Potter knock-offs drive me batty. However, despite the similarities to Harry Potter, this novel was very different and compelling in its own right.
The characters drew me in from the very beginning. All of Fletcher's characters were masterfully crafted. The main characters, Chloe, James, Michael, Jess, and Edgar all drew me in from the get-go, but even the minor characters were brilliantly portrayed in this novel.
I loved the way that Fletcher developed his story and how well it was written. There were some minor errors but on the whole this novel was incredibly written and a joy to read.
Plus, there's a love triangle brewing....and I love love triangles. I'll definitely keep reading just because of that alone. :)
But even if there wasn't the love triangle, I would have to keep reading this series. I've already mentioned this, but let me restate what I've said earlier. The prose was beautiful and masterfully crafted, the characters were compelling, and the plot line was intriguing and drew me in from the beginning.
This is a great start to a series that I will definitely be keeping tabs on.
In Summary: It's been awhile since I've read a fantasy novel that drew me in so completely. From the very first page to the very last page, I was hooked. Brilliantly crafted and thoroughly entertaining. Fletcher has created a novel bound to intrigue all who read it.
The Wrap-up: This book truly was a pleasure to read and I'm so thankful I've had the opportunity to read it. (Note: I'm loving the wonderful self-published fiction I get to review as part of blog tours/author requests. It has allowed me to discover some true talent when it comes to writing.)
This novel was incredible and I can't wait to read the sequel.