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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 starsAlso, be sure to check out this guest post and enter to win a copy of this book by clicking here. And now for my review.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
My Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book for review as part of the blog tour. I received no compensation for reviewing this book. However, Cami who sets up the blog was paid for her time in setting this tour up. Let me reiterate that the only compensation I got was the pleasure of reading this book.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Okay wow! I read the synopsis and saw the cover and immediately knew I had to read this book. Then my jaded side came out. I thought there was no way this book could be as good as I was expecting. I was right.
It was much better than I ever could have imagined. From the moment I read the first page, I was hooked. Sarah's writing drew me in from the get-go. I've read a million dystopian books and I always worry they are going to start being identical.
Then I read books like this one and I realize why I love this genre so much. Sarah's novel was frightening in the fact that it seemed all too plausible. Her characters rang drew; her words were beautifully constructed; her book resonated within me.
I already mentioned that the characters seemed so realistic. They were complex and I found myself sympathizing with them. None of the characters seemed flat. Something that I loved.
Plus, there was a love triangle. How can you not like a book with a good love triangle? Okay, I know some people don't like a love triangle but I do. And this one was so well-crafted.
Normally, I can easily pick which guy I like—not the case with this novel. I could not choose which guy I liked better. Sometimes I just get angry with the girl and think she's an idiot for stringing two guys along. That was also not the case with this novel. Their relationships seemed so real and I found myself so torn.
I finally know who I am a fan of and I must admit the answer genuinely surprised me. I'm not going to say whose side I am on because I don't want to give anything away. But just know this love triangle is brilliant.
The combination of her compellingly realistic characters combined with a world so horrific and yet intriguing to create a novel that never seemed dragged on. The pacing was perfect and that ending...let's just say I definitely have to read the sequel.
It's been awhile since I've read a dystopian that I enjoyed this much. The last time was when I read Starters by Lissa Price. (not to suggest the books are similar, because they aren't.) Her book was original, realistic, and compelling.
Basically, this book, this series, and this author have just made their way up to the top of my list for the year.
In Summary: A beautifully horrific world, shockingly realistic characters, and a masterful prose combine to make Sarah Dalton's Blemished a dystopian novel that readers will adore. Destined to become a popular read.
Warnings/Side-notes: This novel was actually quite clean. There are some very very very vague references to sex; however, I would not hesitate to recommend this to anybody.
The Wrap-up: I really liked this novel. The dialogue rang true and the characters seemed so realistic as well. I didn't expect to love this novel as much as I did, but it blew me away. I for one can't wait to see what Dalton does next. ...more
Before I actually get into my review, just trust me and go buy this one. Buy it here
Trust me when I say I was skeptical, but you won't regret buyingBefore I actually get into my review, just trust me and go buy this one. Buy it here
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. ...more
I know that most people don't like the ending, in fact most have told me that the third book isn't even worth reading. The outrage over how she endedI know that most people don't like the ending, in fact most have told me that the third book isn't even worth reading. The outrage over how she ended this novel is unbelievable.
However, I disagree. I loved this the way she ended the novel. Yes, it seemed rushed, but I thought the ending was fitting.
I was disappointed with some aspects, but the best books uplift you, they make you feel intense emotions: grief, anger, disappointment, happiness, and love.
This book accomplished that. I felt intense poignant emotions while reading this series and this novel in particular.
The novel's ending was fitting. Rushed, but fitting, and in my opinion a good ending. ...more
Oh how I loved Anna Karenina. This book was simply a beautiful book to read. I loved Dolly in particular. What a great lady she was. This book was traOh how I loved Anna Karenina. This book was simply a beautiful book to read. I loved Dolly in particular. What a great lady she was. This book was tragic and contained a lot of philosophy, but it was truly a great book to read.
By the first line I was hooked and I remained that way until 700 pages later when I finished....more
I DON'T ONLY LOVE THIS BOOK, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS BOOK.
I didn't think there would be any better way to show how much I love this book than all capsI DON'T ONLY LOVE THIS BOOK, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS BOOK.
I didn't think there would be any better way to show how much I love this book than all caps. This book had me intrigued after reading the back page, after reading a paragraph I was absolutely hooked and knew that I wouldn't be able to move until I finished reading it...and I didn't.
What infuriated me is that I like to think I'm something of a history buff and I had never even heard of this event before. I was enraged that nobody had told me about the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup before.
This book is informative, touching, uplifting, heart-breaking, fascniating, and educational all at the same time. In short, it's a book that I'll mark in my all-time favorites and recommend to everybody I know.
I actually like Persuasion better than Pride and Prejudice. This book made my top ten as well and is also incredible. Austen has done it again. AnotheI actually like Persuasion better than Pride and Prejudice. This book made my top ten as well and is also incredible. Austen has done it again. Another amazing book that everybody should read....more
An Overview of the Novel: Amy's life has spiraled out of control. Her dad just died in a car accident, one that she sawMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: Amy's life has spiraled out of control. Her dad just died in a car accident, one that she saw happen, her brother has just been admitted to a rehab center, and her mom has decided to move from California to Connecticut. And her mom expects her to drive the car all the way from California to Connecticut.
The only problem is Amy refuses to drive since her dad's death. Her mom convinces one of her friend's sons to drive with her. Apparently Amy and Roger used to be friends, but she hasn't seen him in years. She isn't thrilled about having him go with her or about the road trip.
Then she meets Roger. Roger is gorgeous, not that's she noticed or even looking at in him in that way though. When Roger suggests that they don't follow her mom's outlined driving schedule and that instead they go to the places they want to, she agrees. As Amy and Roger continue driving day after day, Amy starts to realize that maybe life is worth actually living in and just maybe Roger has a place in her future.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: After reading sixty pages, I was intrigued, but not hooked. I had resigned this book to landing in my three stars pile—a novel that was good, but not really memorable.
I couldn't have been more wrong. This book was incredible. It had a depth to it that is so often lacking in young adult fiction. Amy was dealing with real trials and real guilt in a real way. That automatically knocked this novel out of the three star pile.
I loved watching Amy progress and start living again. At the beginning of this novel, Amy was just existing and going through the motions. She was hiding. I loved watching her slowly rediscover herself and start dealing with all the guilt she was carrying.
I also loved Amy and Roger. I did think Roger was a complete idiot at times. Seriously, he was still in love with his old girlfriend Hadley who didn't even care about him and he and Amy had undeniable chemistry. That boy was so obtuse, but I still loved him. He seemed like such a real character to me. They both did and I loved that.
The writing was also really intriguing. Normally, I don't like it when novels jump between the past and the present (like they did in this one). However, Morgan masterfully jumped between the past and the present. And I didn't care about one more story more than the other. Normally, when authors do this, I like one side better and so I start quickly reading one section to get back to the story line I actually care about.
However, this wasn't the case with this story. I loved both the past and the present stories. Morgan did an incredible job with her writing and I found myself becoming more and more drawn into the story the more I read. I definitely loved this one and recommend it to everybody. I always love a good road trip story and this one was no exception.
So why 4.5 stars? It was a novel that I'll remember reading and one that stood out to me. It distinguished itself from other novels making it a 4 or 5 star novel. The depth of the novel, the excellent writing, and the realistic and incredible characters made it a 4.5 So why not a 5? I would have liked to see more depth, more growth in the novel. It was just missing that extra something that makes a novel a 5. However, I loved the novel and would definitely reread it.
In Summary: Morgan's novel is breathtaking, poignant, cute, and incredibly written. Morgan infused her novel with the depth that is so often missing in young adult novels, but did so in a way that was never heavy or overwhelming. Morgan is a master story-teller and one I will be keeping tabs on.
Warnings/Side-notes: It deals with drugs, but in a way that wouldn't cause me to hesitate recommending this novel. I can't remember if there were instances of bad language in this novel, but I do remember thinking that for the most part it was an incredibly clean novel. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to even younger teens.
The Wrap-up: A novel that I adored reading. It was cute, funny, romantic, and yet also moving and poignant. I loved reading this one. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. Thanks for everybody who kept raving over it and to my library for finally getting a copy. I'm so glad I read it.
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
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. (I was debating with 4.5, but who am I kidding, I'll pump it to 5.)
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this noMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. (I was debating with 4.5, but who am I kidding, I'll pump it to 5.)
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Like I mentioned earlier, I love Anne Pfeffer's writing style. I read Any Other Night (back when it was called Loving Emily) and adored it, so naturally I was psyched to read this one.
Anne was even better than I remembered, or she's improved greatly which would be hard to do considering she was so incredible the first time.
Unbelievable. I am still mystified by how much I loved this novel. Everything was absolutely brilliant. I think it would be a shorter list to say things I didn't like than to list the things I loved about this novel. In fact, I can't think of anything I didn't like...other than the fact it ended I guess.
Anne is a master at crafting characters who I can connect to from the very beginning. Alex was a beautifully constructed character and one that I was rooting for from the beginning. Alex wants to go to college and live her dreams but she also wants to help her mom. It's no easy task.
All of the supporting characters were just as well-crafted. I couldn't find a stock character or a flat character. Easily an A+ cast of characters.
Don't get me started on the writing style. It flowed seamlessly and beautifully. I love writing styles that don't draw undue attention to themselves. What I mean is that there isn't one particular sentence of section where you stop and think that was beautiful. Instead, it's beautiful in its simplicity. You finish the novel and think wow that was some incredible writing.
That's exactly how I felt about this novel. I loved the way it began, the way it progressed, and the way it ended. I just loved everything about this one.
This novel felt very realistic to me and I definitely adored it. In case you couldn't tell, I'm raving about this book. It's only $2.99 on Amazon. That's quite the steal. Easily one of my favorite realistic contemporary novels of the year, right up there with Saving June by Hannah Harrington. (That's not to say they are similar, because they aren't at all. But I really did love both of them).
Plus, as icing on the cake, this genre is one of my favorites. I love reading about teenagers overcoming family issues and discovering themselves. Sounds morbid, but it's true.
In Summary: Anne Pfeffer is easily becoming one of my favorite authors in the young adult realistic contemporary genre. Her writing is always poignant, always beautiful, and always filled with meaningful messages that readers would be wise to take to heart. With an ability to create characters that leave you cheering for them and an ability to craft a story with seamless prose, Pfeffer's novels are nothing short of incredible.
Warnings/Side-notes: Actually fairly clean. This novel does have a LGBT character, but it didn't bother me in the slightest. Some sexual references but they are in the background of the story. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one.
The Wrap-up: I don't even know what else to say other than to reiterate the fact that I LOVE LOVED LOVED this novel. And yes, that deserved to be written in all caps. Anne Pfeffer is a brilliant author and her stories are must-reads. Trust me and buy this one, especially if you love this genre. You definitely will not regret it.
I know that as for me personally, I can't wait to see what this brilliant writer comes up with next. You can bet I'll read it.
I loved this book. This book was entertaining. I love Dickens and I love books written in this time period. This book is simply a book, everybody mustI loved this book. This book was entertaining. I love Dickens and I love books written in this time period. This book is simply a book, everybody must read, before they die....more
I did enjoy this book. I thought that it was well written and had an original plot line. It is a very cute childrens book and I would recommend it toI did enjoy this book. I thought that it was well written and had an original plot line. It is a very cute childrens book and I would recommend it to anybody as a light read....more