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My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved Melanie Dickerson.Disclaimers: I received an e-arc from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved Melanie Dickerson. There are so many retellings out there, but Dickerson always tells them in such an intriguing new light. I adored this book, absolutely adored it.
Margaretha is hilarious. I loved watching her grow throughout the novel. Like all of us, she's a little bit insecure and feels like nobody could love her because she talks too much. But when her family is in danger, she goes to all lengths to save them. She is an incredible character. And Colin, I also adored him and watching their chemistry together.
Dickerson is an incredible wordsmith. I love how she pens her stories and how she brings her characters and plot to life. This one comes highly recommended. In fact all of her books do.
Can I read out of order? Yes, the characters from the previous books are mentioned but you will not be lost if you read out of order.
So why 4 stars? To be honest, I adored this book and would definitely reread it. Like I said Dickerson is an incredible author and I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
In Summary: Dickerson's The Princess Spy will leave readers turning the pages with glee as they embark on the adventures of Margaretha and Colin and will turn the last page feeling immensely satisfied.
Warnings/Side-notes: None. This book is suitable for all ages. There are Christian elements weaved in. It is done very naturally.
The Wrap-up: I can't wait to see what Dickerson writes next. I seriously have adored every novel I've read by her. This is an amazing series and I definitely will end up buying this book one day.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I actually bought this book on accident. I read Wait for You over 2 years ago and so I d My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I actually bought this book on accident. I read Wait for You over 2 years ago and so I decided I'd reread it before reading this one. I was reminded of why I loved Wait for You so much.
Having said that I bought this book on accident, I really enjoyed this novel. Cam's view was most enlightening. I've never really got into the whole novella between novels thing, but I did enjoy this one. There is so little male point of view books out there so it was nice to read this one.
Armentrout is an incredible author and so of course I could expect no less. I loved Avery and Cam in Wait for You. But this novel made me love Cam even more.
Definitely worth the buy and it's cheap on Amazon.
So why 3.5 stars? I really enjoyed it, but after having read Wait for You right before reading this, I found it a little repetitive. It was a great read though.
Warnings/Side-notes: Definitely for readers 18+. Lots of mention to sex, alcohol, etc.
The Wrap-up: Armentrout sure is an incredible writer. She had me smiling and laughing out loud as I read this novel. Any book that can make me do that is a keeper.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book is one that I enjoyed immensely. I loved the main character Julep. She was sas My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book is one that I enjoyed immensely. I loved the main character Julep. She was sassy and yet oh so lovable.
This is the first book that I've read by Summer, but it won't be the last. I for one will definitely read the sequel. I would recommend this book to fans of Sammy Keyes, Nancy Drew, and of course Ally Carter.
I loved how Summer made the novel come to life, how the characters grew in the story, and above all the writing.
I read many books and when the writing style stands out that catches my attention.
So why 3.5 stars? Because although I loved it and adored it, it wasn't the best book I've ever read. It was an enjoyable read, one that I'm glad I read, but not one that I would reread. For that, I gave it a 3.5. However, I am looking forward to the sequel.
In Summary: Fans of the Sammy Keyes novels and Ally Carter will adore the latest sassy sleuth Julep in a new crazy world of mystery that will keep them guessing until the very end.
Warnings/Side-notes: There were a few instances of language. One or two swear words, but not bad. However, overall the novel is suitable for readers of all ages.
The Wrap-up: I truly did enjoy this novel. It was a fast, quick, enjoyable read. I hope that the sequel will continue to build upon this foundation. Definitely a book that I'm glad I took the time to read. ...more
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: So yeah this book is just pure awesomeness. I adored this book. First 5 star rating of the year. This book is one thaMy Overall Thoughts/Impressions: So yeah this book is just pure awesomeness. I adored this book. First 5 star rating of the year. This book is one that I don't know if I can adequately describe.
Sophie Jordan tackled some deeply intense issues in this book but did so in a way that was not dark or disturbing. What if the government could predict who would kill somebody? What an intriguing plotline.
The characters were well-developed and I enjoyed watching Davy progress. This book was one that left me turning the pages faster and faster. I couldn't wait to get to the last page and figure out what would happen.
I honestly can't wait for the sequel to come out. This book comes highly recommended.
So why 5 stars? It was incredible! I felt the ending was rushed, but still 5 stars. I loved everything about this book.
In Summary: Readers won't want to miss this thrilling electric new novel by Sophie Jordan. It will leave readers wanting more.
Warnings/Side-notes: There is a lot of violence. It's not overly graphic, but it is there. There are also references (vaguely) to sex and assault. For 16+.
The Wrap-up: So glad I read this book. Seriously I went into this book with no expectations really. I was completely blown-away. This is the first book I've read by Sophie Jordan, but I can guarantee that it won't be the last.
Initial reactions: I am going to sound like a brown record. I am so not sure how I feel about this one. I need to think about it some more too.
The wrInitial reactions: I am going to sound like a brown record. I am so not sure how I feel about this one. I need to think about it some more too.
The writing was great, the story was just messed up but I'm not sure it was a bad messed up or not.
I'm not making any sense :) review coming.
My Rating: I'm going to break this up like this.
The actual writing: 5 The topic: 1 What the characters did: 1 The message it contained: 4
So I guess I'll give it a 4. Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review. An Overview of the Novel: Julia's mom destroyed her life the moment she wrote a book based on Julia's life. Suddenly all the secrets Julia tried to keep were out for everybody to read, and so Julia did what she does best--she ran away without so much as looking back. No, literally she ran away to an all-girls boarding school.
But now she's stuck home for 99 days of the summer. And it's like a jail sentence. Nobody in that town has forgotten. Julia, her old best friend, is set on making her life miserable. Yes, she knows she shouldn't have got between two brothers, but people are making sure she won't forget it any time soon.
Then she finds out Gabe is back and Julia finds herself falling for him. But then Patrick comes back, Patrick the other brother the one she used to date before he found out about her and Gabe. And suddenly Julia finds herself coming between the two brothers yet again. My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The subject matter of this book is hard to take in. A girl caught between two brothers and a girl who cheated. It was hard to watch Julia keep making so many mistakes and watch how certain people in the story used her.
It was hard to read. And yet, I found myself rooting for Julia despite all her shortcomings. Despite her actions, she's a really likable characters. She's just lost and not sure how to save herself. For being only 18 years old, that's understandable. A lot of her problems could have been avoided if she had had somebody she could trust.
This book was nothing like I thought it would be. The ending bugged me at first, but now I really like it. The more I sit on this novel, the more I like it.
Yes, I hate the characters in some ways, I hate the crap that they make each other go through, and I hate the decisions they made. However, the story is poignant and profound. This novel takes a hard look at what it means to be a teenager and what it means to stand up for yourself.
This novel is not one everybody will like. To be honest, I don't know if I can say I liked it. But I respect it because it made me think. Any book that still has you thinking
So why 4 stars? Because for me the message the story contains is important. You can't run from your past; you have to face it. Eventually, you have to face who you are and the mistakes you've made. It has a good message.
Warnings/Side-notes: There is sexual content but think of it in a "Sarah Dessen" way. It's there, but there are no details. It's just mentioned. That's why I ranked this as young adult and not new adult, even though it's in the floater zone. Would recommend for 15+.
The Wrap-up: A messed-up girl making a lot of messed-up decisions with characters who made me want to scream "GROW UP! GET OVER YOURSELF! NO DON'T DO THAT!" that surprisingly I enjoyed. It left me thinking and overall it's a profound book.
This was an incredible book. I loved the first one, but this one was even better. Definitely not a bridge novel in any shape or from. I can't wait toThis was an incredible book. I loved the first one, but this one was even better. Definitely not a bridge novel in any shape or from. I can't wait to see what's next. ...more
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I actually really enjoyed the book. I thought this book showed the development that we weMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I actually really enjoyed the book. I thought this book showed the development that we were all waiting to see in Tris and Four. I loved watching them grow. They faced many trials and both made stupid decisions, but I loved their progression and that was probably one of my favorite things about the book.
As for the ending, yes part of me hated it and yet the other half loved it. I found it to be quite profound for reasons I can't share here without spoiling the book. However, I will say that the ending was realistic and fit the story.
I loved the book. It was definitely a great read that I enjoyed immensely. Veronica Roth is an incredible writer and is amazing at developing her characters.
All and all this was an unforgettable read.
So why 4 stars? Because although I love the ending and book, the way the ending came seemed a tad bit rushed. For that I gave it a 4 and not a 5.
In Summary: A thrilling, beautifully written novel that will grip you until the very end.
Warnings/Side-notes: This book is one that I would recommend to anybody.
The Wrap-up: I loved this book. I really did, but I'm still furious about the end. Definitely worth reading. ...more
Disclaimer: I received a temporary electronic ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ever since I read BiDisclaimer: I received a temporary electronic ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ever since I read Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, she has been one of my favorite authors. I loved that novel so much and was looking forward to reading another novel by her. So when I saw that I had the chance to read this novel and share my opinions about it, I jumped at the chance.
This novel was incredible and was even better than I could have imagined. Ockler created another masterpiece with this one. I absolutely loved the characters Jude and Emilio. Their chemistry was undeniable. Both of these characters had their struggles and had a lot to overcome, but they were good people. I've been reading a lot of novels centered around the bad boy and the good girl combo. Emilio wasn't naughty, but he wasn't boring or ultra-nice either. He was just the perfect combo of nice and naughty.
Jude's dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and left Jude struggling to care for him. She thought that restoring his old bike would make things better. But if but her in a situation where she couldn't win. She vowed never to get near any of the Vargas' boys. The older two broke both of her sisters's hearts and they made her swear never to get involved with one. But helping her dad is worth it. I loved watching Jude grow up and become the person I knew she could be.
Jude had several older sisters who were always more than happy to help guide her and to tell her what to do, but Jude had never really taken the time to do what she wanted to. She figured that out in this novel.
The writing was poignant and masterfully written. Ockler is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Definitely recommend this one. ...more
An overview of the Novel: The stakes are high. Anna is officially on the Duke's bad list. Their obsession with her and theMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
An overview of the Novel: The stakes are high. Anna is officially on the Duke's bad list. Their obsession with her and the prophecy is mounting. Anna is being pursued on every side. They are determined to ruin her so she can't pose a strength to them and they aren't afraid of anything.
Kaidan and Anna love each other and are determined to protect each other no matter the cost. But in a world where their love could be the very cause of their death, it just might prove to be their downfall.
Anna is ready to take on the Dukes and protect those she loves. But the Dukes are ready to dispose of her. In this final installment, Anna is about to take on the Dukes and love and if she's lucky she'll survive it.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Oh! I didn't know what I was expecting, but this novel exceeded all of my expectations. This novel was absolutely stunning. I loved how fast-paced it was. Once again, Higgins shows incredible control. Her novel didn't lag at all and yet it didn't feel rushed. The ending seemed perfect.
I read every page frantically waiting to get to the next one and yet at the same time soaking every page in, as only the best books can make you feel. This novel was one of my favorites in the series. In a world where the third installment is usually disappointing, it proved to be a huge relief.
This novel is packed with romance, action, mystery, and intrigue. I am so glad I got my hands on this one. This novel and the whole series for that matters comes highly recommended.
So why 4 stars? I adored it. I flew through it. It gripped me from the beginning. It didn't quite cut it to be a 5, but I loved it.
Can I read the series out of order? Please don't try to. Read them in order. Everything will make much more sense.
Warnings/Side-notes: Vague references to sex, alcohol, drugs, some tame uses of profanity, and violence. I would recommend this to 15ish plus. However, it is pretty clean especially in comparison to other books in the market.
The Wrap-up: I can't believe it's over. I loved this series. I will be waiting with bated breath to see what Higgins comes up with next. This novel is a must-read for fans of YA and paranormal fiction.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel for review from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not obligatedMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel for review from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not obligated to write a good review nor am I receiving any compensation for writing this review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: After reading Beautiful Disaster, I finished the book with mixed feelings. It seems like people either hate or love that book. There was no in-between. I left uncertain about how I thought about Travis and Abby as characters. I thought the writing was beautiful, however.
So when I saw the chance to review Walking Disaster, I decided I would. Let me start out by saying this: Travis is not a great guy. He fights, he throws things, he's jealous, controlling, and at times a complete idiot. However, Travis is not abusive. Having said that, there's no way in heck I would ever want anybody I know dating him.
Okay now that I've addressed that Travis is not at all role-model for people, I hope people won't slam my review.
Like I said, I really enjoyed this novel. It was beautifully written. Granted, I was frustrated the whole time, but it was a great book.
I loved watching Travis and Abby's interactions and hearing Travis's side of the story made me like him more than I thought was possible. I'm not excusing his behavior, but knowing why he acted the way he did helped me feel more sympathetic toward him.
Travis might not be the ideal guy. In fact, he's far from it. But deep down, he has a good heart and isn't a bad guy. I know people are worried about the message this book is sending young girls (ie: you can change a guy, rough guys around the edges have good hearts) and feel like it will lead to abusive situations. However, not to bash any books here, but a lot of novels send terrible messages and present it as normal or good. (ie: Hunger Games, Twilight, etc.)
So yes this book might give girls the wrong idea; however, it also is a well-written novel that is intriguing and great novel. Travis is far from perfect but I really loved hearing his story.
This novel is not plot-driven; rather the reader gets to live inside Travis's mind and hear his thoughts about what's happening. If you haven't read Beautiful Disaster, you will be completely lost. Read Beautiful Disaster first. It was a more lyrical style but I really enjoyed it.
So why 4 stars? It wasn't my favorite novel ever, but it was well-written. I felt like the novel ran a little bit long at times and it just lacked that extra something to make it a 5 but it was still an enjoyable read.
In Summary: Walking Disaster and its companion novel Beautiful Disaster are controversial books and people's opinions about them vary. I, however, really enjoyed reading this novel. It was an entertaining book and I don't think it leads to girls wanting abusive relationships. This book isn't for everybody, but I'm glad I read it.
Warnings/Side-notes: It's a New Adult novel and is definitely made for more mature readers. Several sexual references and mentions of drinking and drugs. These references are not graphic, but they are also not meant for young readers.
The Wrap-up: A controversial book that isn't meant for everybody, but I enjoyed it. It's definitely a book that people love or hate. If it sounds like your cup of tea, then give it a shot. I'm glad I did.
Beautifully written but definitely controversial. I had no idea what the novel was going to be about, but I certainly didn't expect it to be like thisBeautifully written but definitely controversial. I had no idea what the novel was going to be about, but I certainly didn't expect it to be like this.
It was great though and I'd recommend it to fans of a more lyrical style of writing. ...more
Disclaimers: I received a electronic ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. I was not obliMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a electronic ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a good review nor am I receiving any compensation for writing this review. The opinions expressed within this review are my own.
An Overview of the Novel: Chelsea is less than thrilled to be going back to the family cottage in Bluepointe. This is the first year her grandmother won't be there; she died and Chelsea is having a really hard time dealing with that.
Her grandmother wasn't supposed to die, at least not until she was old. Now everything has changed. Chelsea takes refuge in the bookstore and meets Josh. Josh is infuriating. She can't tell if he likes her or not and has no clue how to read the signals he's giving her.
Until suddenly she does. Finally, Chelsea seems to have met somebody who likes her as much as she likes him. But they only have the summer? After that, who knows. Her parents could sell the cottage and never return. Is it worth it when one summer is all you might have?
My Thoughts/Impressions: I started this novel without really knowing what to expect. Honestly, I asked to read this book because I loved the cover and because I tend to really enjoy summer reads. However, the fact that they were only 15 was a little bit of a turn-off at first.
I was wrong. This book was beautifully written and had me grinning from page one to the very last page. Dalton's writing was engaging and her talent for story-telling was incredible.
She created characters who caught my attention from the first page. Chelsea faced a lot of insecurity. Her oldest sister was the braniac, her second oldest sister was the athlete, and she was....she didn't know what she was. Her two older sisters were gorgeous and she had what she thought was hideous red hair. Basically, she had no clue how she fit in.
Chelsea wasn't a whiny character or one that was so insecure that you wanted to smack her, but she was dealing with a lot of uncertainty and grew a lot in the book. I loved that. I also really loved Josh. He was such a great guy.
The pacing of the novel, the plot, the characters—they were all brilliantly crafted. This novel was a beautiful, fun, engaging, light-hearted read that I really enjoyed.
So why 4 out of 5 stars? It was beautifully written. It lacked the depth of my favorite novels, and yet it was still really enjoyable and one of the best I've read in awhile.
In Summary: An engaging, cute summer read that is brilliantly written and centered on fabulous characters that readers will adore.
The Wrap-up: I'm glad I took a chance and read this novel. It was way better than I thought it would be and ended up being a really enjoyable read. I'd recommend this to fans of young adult novels or fans of cute, summer reads. ...more
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write aMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a good review and I didn't receive any compensation for writing this review.
An Overview of the Novel: Samantha Jean Haggart was not expecting to find a naked dead man in the desert. Even worse, she wasn't expecting the dead man to actually be alive. When Samantha was 12, she ran away with her brother Jacob and they met every disastrous situation possible. Now seven years later, she's attending veterinarian school and is feeling deeply conflicting feelings for Connor, her best friend.
But she also is attracted to Turner and she doesn't really know what to think or what to do. She seems to mess up everything she touches lately. Her past is converging with her present, and if she doesn't change things, then she's going to ruin her future too.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I'm not entirely sure what to think about this novel. It was intriguing and gripping and yet frustrating and yet oddly satisfying. And basically, I don't even know what to think about this novel. I'm not even sure how to put my thoughts into words. But here we go.
Samantha was an intriguing character who I found myself sympathizing with. Half the time I wanted to yell at her, but I knew why she was doing what she was doing and so it didn't frustrate me too badly. I really liked Connor and Turner too. I'm not sure which one I liked better. I think I liked Turner better, but I don't know if he was the better guy for her. Plus, we don't really know that much about Turner.
Anyway, the writing was impeccably done. I loved the plot line and the overall story. The novel touched upon a lot of deep issues. I wished it would have expanded more on those issues, but it was really well-written.
I would recommend this book to fans of new adult novel. It's the second in a series. The first novel takes place when she was 12 and sets the stage for this novel. This novel can be read as a stand-alone; however, readers should read both of them to get the full experience with the novel.
In Summary: Angela's novel is incredibly written, touches upon deeper issues that several ya/NA books. Her novel is compelling and will draw readers in from page one.
Warnings/Side-notes: This is an upper new-adult novel and has some content not suitable for children or people under the age of sixteen.
The Wrap-up: Angela Scott's Desert Rice and Desert Flower were both really gripping, intriguing reads. I definitely recommend them to fans of realistic contemporary novels. ...more