In Summary: Hadley is ticked. Her mom is making her going to her father's wedding and that's the last thing Hadley wants t...moreMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
In Summary: Hadley is ticked. Her mom is making her going to her father's wedding and that's the last thing Hadley wants to do. Her father walked out on them and she doesn't understand why she should go see him marry some other woman. It's just ridiculous.
What's even more ridiculous is the fact that she misses her plane by four minutes. It's not like anybody will believe she didn't do it on purpose. She is stuck in an airport with people she doesn't know and she has her father's book sitting on her lap. She hasn't read it and she's decided she's going to give it back to him. That is bound to make a statement.
Then she meets Oliver on the airport. Oliver is heading back to London too and as they start talking she is stunned by the connection she has with him. Can one day with somebody change your whole outlook on life. Hadley is about to find out.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had heard a lot of hype about this book, but I was skeptical about it. I was completely blown away by the awesomeness of this novel. I love books that take place in one day and this one simply solidified that belief.
Smith was a master at infusing her writing with Hadley's voice. I felt so connected to her character and felt like I knew her so well. Smith was a master at writing and character development.
I also liked Oliver. He had great dialogue. Seriously every time he opened his mouth, I ended up laughing hysterically. I definitely could see myself crushing on Oliver....oh I kind of did for the whole book.
Her writing was beautiful too. I was surprised by how profound her writing was. She worked in such meaningful quotes and how she developed this novel so completely. She worked in literary quotes so seamlessly. It didn't feel pretentiously.
Fans of realistic contemporary novels will adore this one. The plot was well-developed and the writing was beautiful. I was sucked in from the very first page until the very last page. I recommend this to anybody and everybody.
So why 5 stars? Because I absolutely loved this one. This is a memorable book and one that I actually wrote down several quotes from. It had me laughing one moment and then thinking deeply the next. Any book that can do that is one of my favorites.
In Summary: A beautifully written book that I absolutely adored. Jennifer E. Smith has made a fan out of me. I can't wait to read more from her.
The Wrap-up: This book is one that I would definitely consider buying. You should definitely read this one. I really did adore this novel. Smith's writing was beautiful, touching, entertaining, hilarious, and moving. Any book that can be described by all of those words is one of my favorites.
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Trust me when I say I was skeptical, but you won't regret buying this one and now for my review.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: (I really worry I won't be able to adequately summarize the awesomeness of this novel. It was so complex and so deep, but oh well here I go.)
Sky has been home-schooled for her entire life and has lived a very sheltered life. No TV, no computers, no electronics. She hasn't minded, but she's going to go to college soon and she wants to go to school her senior year and finally her mom agrees.
But Sky has a little bit of a reputation going into school. She's been the make-out queen and has gone through more guys than she can name. She's never done more than make-out, but if you believe the rumors, then she's the school slut.
Sky has never felt anything with any of the guys she's made out. It helps her be numb and to stop thinking, because whether they are dreams or her past, the moment Sky closes her eyes she sees awful images. Thinking is sometimes overrated.
Then she meets Dean Holder and he makes her feel. The only problem is he is nothing but trouble and he infuriates her more than anybody she meets. She doesn't understand him. All she knows is he has serious issues. Sky's just not sure if she can handle him and when he comes clean, it might just be the thing that will tear them apart for forever.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I can't begin to name how many people told me I'd love this one. I'll admit to being skeptical. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but so many people kept raving over it that I gave it a shot because it was cheap book.
I was hesitant to read this book because there were certain aspects to the novel that I thought I'd find offensive. However, I gave it a shot and I wasn't offended; I was blown away by the book.
I read five pages and I was feeling pretty hooked and then by two chapters in I knew I was going to have a long night ahead of me because there was no way I was going to stop reading until I turned the very last page.
I loved Hoover's writing style. It's been a LONG LONG time since I've enjoyed a writing style this much. And then there were characters, dang her characters felt so real to me. I loved getting into Sky's head and watching her deal with unknown horrors that she had dealt with in her past.
And then there was Dean Holder. Okay, I think I just found my fictional bad boy love. Dean Holder was everything I like in a bad boy—a boy who had a rough exterior and a bad reputation, but was really a sweet, sensitive, and oh so hot guy. Seriously, where can I find a Dean? He is easily one of my favorite characters of all time.
Watching Sky and Dean interact was also mesmerizing. I was rooting for them from the get-go, but Dean and Sky both had a lot going on underneath the surface and the whole time I was worried they wouldn't get together.
The chemistry between these two characters. This isn't giving anything away so don't panic. But one of my favorite scenes was when Sky confesses to Dean that she's never felt anything while being kissed. He then says she hasn't been kissed right because when he kisses her, she's going to feel it.
I'm not a huge romantic and romantic scenes are never my favorite, but let me tell you that scene where he doesn't kiss her because he wants her to really feel it when he does kiss her....if you only read the novel for that scene, then that's a good enough reason.
Trust me though this novel had depth to it. It's not a shallow romance like I so often read. Sky was an extremely developed character and she had a lot to overcome. The romance really wasn't the center of the story. And I loved that.
That would have been enough to make me love this novel, but then came that ending. Don't worry I'm not going to give anything away. After finishing the novel, I had entered into absolute fangirl stage. It didn't end anything like I expected it would. I mean I did guess a few of the twists, but I was unprepared for the beauty of this novel and for its ending.
I'm recommending this to anybody and everybody. Go buy this now. You'll want to read it again eventually and it's really cheap.
So Why 5 out of 5 stars? In case you couldn't tell because I frickin' love this book. The writing was beautiful, the plot was gripping, the characters were incredibly developed, and the whole novel was mind-blowing.
In Summary: Easily one of my favorites of the year. Hoover has created a tale that will capture the hearts and minds of every one who gets lost in its pages.
Warnings/Side-notes: Sexual references and interactions. For 16 and up.
The Wrap-up: Readers will be sucked into this world of beauty, pain, tragedy, love, redemption, and forgiveness and won't want to leave the book. However, when they turn the last page, they'll be satisfied and that's a mark of a great book. As much as I'd like to read more about Dean and Sky, I'm perfectly satisfied and don't need a sequel. There aren't many books I can say that about. (less)
Disclaimers: I received an electronic arc from the publisher via Edelweiss. I was not obligated to write a good review nor...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic arc from the publisher via Edelweiss. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review. This review is my honest opinion.
An Overview of the Novel: Fiona is invisible—no, really she is. After the Cold War, people started taking the drug radiasure to be safe from radiation. The only problem is that it mutated the cells and suddenly almost everybody in society has mutated and received special gifts.
Hers is invisibility. She was born invisible. Nobody has ever seen her. And since her dad is a syndicate boss, she was born into a life of crime. She hates what she's doing and can't get rid of the guilt she feels for all the terrible things she's done. But that's her father's gift. He's so charming he can make women do anything he wants them too. Fiona is no exception.
But when Fiona and her mom run away again, she's hopeful that maybe this time they can stay out of sight. Maybe this time they will stay safe from her father's and her brother Graham's clutches. But can somebody like her ever really be safe?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Natalie Whipple lives only blocks away from me. I've heard her talk about what the writing process means to her and so naturally I was really excited to read her writing. So while I don't really know Natalie, I sort of do. Just throwing that out there for means of disclosure.
When I first read the synopsis it grabbed my attention, but didn't leave me completely hooked. I liked the cover though and I really wanted to read the book. So I did.
The writing was gripping from the very first page until the very last page. It left me riveted for the entire novel. Her writing didn't bring undue attention to itself. It simply flowed and left me wanting to read more and more.
I hate cookie-cutter characters and Whipple certainly didn't fall into that trap. Her characters were intriguing and beautifully constructed. I loved reading about them and watching them interact with each other.
I also loved how flawless Natalie's world-building was. It was clear that she thought through how she wanted to create her world. I also loved that in this novel everybody knew about each other's superpowers. In most novels I read, the superpowers are unknown or hidden.
I liked that the ending wasn't a cliff-hanger. It was a conclusion and yet it left room for a sequel. Or in other words, it tied up enough loose ends and left the perfect amount of strings untied.
So why 4 stars? It was beautifully written, not my favorite, but still beautiful. The characters were intriguing, the world building was well thought out, and the writing was masterfully crafted.
In Summary: Natalie Whipple created a novel that let me hooked from the beginning and was brilliantly crafted. I can't wait to read Whipple's sophomore novel which comes out next year.
Warnings/Side-notes: None. This book is clean.
The Wrap-up: Whipple's novel was intriguing and exceeded my expectations. Fans of paranormal or soft sci-fi novels, will love this book. It was an intriguing read and I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no compensation for writing this review and the opinions expressed within this review are my own.
An Overview of the Novel: West has been training to battle her Alt and to kill her. For only one of them can live. The other must die if the other is to survive. The better Alt will be privileged to get a job and is allowed to marry. After training your whole life, you can help you're the better person.
The government shows up at your doorstep and gives you thirty days to kill your alt. If both of you are alive after thirty days, you're both dead. You don't have a choice--kill or be killed.
But when West's brother dies helping their friend kill his Alt, West spirals out of control. Her whole family is dead and she refused to die too. One of them needs to survive.
She's trained her whole life but when she gets her assignment she suddenly realizes she's not ready to kill her Alt. She just can't bring herself to do it. She can't help but wonder if she really is the better Alt.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Character development is one thing I look for in all of my novels and honestly as several others have pointed out we really didn't get to delve into the heads of the characters all that much. I couldn't understand half of the decisions West made, but yet somehow that really didn't matter.
The plot was so addicting and compelling and this premise drew me in so completely and absolutely. I had to keep turning the pages. I just honestly had no idea how this one was going to end.
There was a romantic angle in the book, but it really wasn't all that developed and was mostly on the periphery. I'm excited to see what happens in the sequel.
I'm trying really hard to give nothing away and yet still accurately express my thoughts concerning this book. Basically, I'd say that Chapman could have developed her characters more and that would have made me like the book better. However, I still really liked the book because of her writing style and how compelling the plot was. Definitely recommend to dystopian fans.
So why 4 out of 5 stars? I wished the characters had been better developed. If they had this book probably would have been a 5. It's a 4 because it definitely stood out in my mind. The plot was gripping and I loved the writing style.
In Summary: Elise Chapman's debut novel Dualed presents a compelling, intriguing, plot that will leave readers turning the pages faster and faster until they reach the end. One thing is for sure, Chapman knows how to come up with compelling ideas.
The Wrap-up: Chapman's world was just so dark and intriguing that it caught my attention. It's been awhile since I've read a dystopian novel as gripping as this one. If you don't care if the character development suffers slightly at expense of plot, then check this one out.
I went into this novel thinking that I would either hate it or love it. That it would either be fantas...moreI received this book for review from the author.
I went into this novel thinking that I would either hate it or love it. That it would either be fantastic or just an average read.
The premise of this novel had me intrigued from the very beginning and the cover looked good, so I went in not really knowing what to expect. I ended up really enjoying it. This book was powerful and really well-written. I loved the main character Ryan from the get-go. He isn't perfect by any means, but in my opinion he's the perfect friend anybody could have.
The story line doesn't focus on his relationship with Emily, but rather his relationship with himself and the commitment he feels he owes his best friend. I really liked the story. It was touching, entertaining, funny, and heartbreaking all at once. After I finished reading it, I actually sat down and thought about what I just had read. Any book that can do that automatically is one that I like.
In Summary: A powerful, well-written, and touching book about friendship, self-identity, first love, and dealing with loss. Definitely comes recommended.