Some books are heartbreaking and make you want to cry. This was one of them. It dealt with hard issues and was just so real. I loved it. It was one thSome books are heartbreaking and make you want to cry. This was one of them. It dealt with hard issues and was just so real. I loved it. It was one that resonated with me.
Cover: Do not be fooled by the cover. This is not a romance novel.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had the opportunity to read this book for free otherwise I never would have come across it.
I loved this book. It was heartbreaking and yet was an incredible deep read. There are some books that you are still thinking about them days later; this was one of them.
First off, I thought this novel would be a romance based off the cover. It wasn't. It's a novel that takes a hard look at the life of a boy who's father went to prison and the effects of gangs and illiteracy. There is a girl who plays a main part in the story but it's not a romance.
I loved the main character Dylan. Carolee Dean did a great job of making his voice come to live. I loved the issues this book tackled and pretty much everything about it.
The book made me want to cry, laugh, scream, smile, you name the emotion and I felt it while reading this one.
Definitely recommend this one.
So why 5 stars? Because it stood out to me. Days later, I'm still thinking about it and it tackled deep issues.
Warnings/Side-notes: Violence suitable for older teens. I don't remember if it swore or not. As far as sexual content, I don't remember thinking there was anything. If there was, it was a veiled reference.
The Wrap-up: Beautifully profound. A novel that will be on my shelf. Seriously, I know this isn't going to be a novel for everybody, but at least give it a shot. I loved it.
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
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.
I have heard such great things about this series and was really excited to read it. I went in with high expectations, and this novel met those expectaI have heard such great things about this series and was really excited to read it. I went in with high expectations, and this novel met those expectations.
This novel had enough romance, action, suspense, and intrigue to keep me hooked. Dystopian novels always intrigue me and this one was no exception. The main character Tris is a character that I found myself rooting for from the very beginning. Tris is in the midst of a faction training people to be killers, but she doesn’t lose herself in the process. She’s brave but kindhearted. She’s one tough heroine and one that I really liked.
And then there was “Four” another character I loved. He was another fierce character with just enough mystery to keep my attention. Four was another guy character that I really liked.
And the writing in this novel was compelling, and masterfully crafted. Roth has created a world that readers will love from the very first page to the very last page. She has created an all-star cast that will keep readers riveted from the very beginning to the very end.
I’m definitely going to be keeping my eye out for Insurgent, the sequel. Roth is an author that I’m certainly going to be keeping tabs on.
Definitely recommended to fans of dystopian novels who want a tough heroine facing a corrupt society.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I bought this on a whim because I loved the cover and then I remembered that my friendMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I bought this on a whim because I loved the cover and then I remembered that my friend had been telling me to read this series.
It was incredible. I absolutely adored it. Gwyneth was an incredible character who I loved reading about. Gier infused her with so much life and so much attitude that she took on a life of her own.
And then there was Gideon. That arrogant kid that I wanted to yell at but couldn't help but love. Their relationship was interesting to unfold.
Although, I love the entire book. I really enjoyed reading the prologues and the epilogues about Lucy and Paul. I can't wait to watch that relationship unfold.
This book blends romance, mystery, and time travel into one awesome young adult novel that I adored. Reading about Gwyneth and Gideon's time travels back into time were fascinating and Gier's descriptions were beautifully written. Her attention to detail was a beautiful addition to this story and yet the book's pace seemed to progress quickly. I absolutely recommend this book to everybody.
In Summary: An incredible start to a promising new series that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Gier's writing style is addicting. Make sure you have Sapphire Blue on hand before reading this one because you will want to read the sequel right a way....more
Relevant Information: I received the third book in this series for review and loved it so much that I went back and read tMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Relevant Information: I received the third book in this series for review and loved it so much that I went back and read the rest in the series. The first three books come from the Daughters of Boston series and then they are followed up with the Winds of Change series.
Overview of Novel: Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston ten years ago with her best friend Charity. She left behind an abusive husband, Rory. He left her face permanently scarred, but she's much more scarred on the inside.
Emma is happy with her life. She has a good job, she has good friends who treat her like family, and she has God. She's determined she'll remain faithful to her vows even if her husband won't. And she has remained faithful for ten years.
Sean O'Connor has always been known as the clam one, the one who doesn't have a temper. But he's let his temper get the best of him twice in his life and both times the consequence was disastrous. Sean rarely looses it, but when he does, he does so in dramatic fashion.
So when Sean lets his temper get the best of him and hurts Emma's feelings, he is devastated. Then due to the depression, he loses his job. Emma offers him a job and since he feels like Emma needs the help, he agrees to work with them. But working with Emma every single day makes him realize he has feelings for Emma that go way past the bounds of friendship, but Emma is married. Neither of them can forget that.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved this book. Emma and Faith's stories were my favorite books in the series. I loved the faith that both of these individuals had. Emma had a lot in her past that she needed to overcome. She had to overcome an abusive husband and then the trials that come with trying to stay faithful to her vows.
Sean also had a lot to overcome. He's been labeled as the good brother and for the most part he is. But he messed up once and now he's living his life in regret. Love is so not in the cards for him.
I loved watching Sean and Emma interact. These two characters were incredible to watch develop throughout the novel.
Julie Lessman's writing was incredible like usual. I've loved watching these characters develop throughout both of the series. Lessman managed to keep track of 14 very different characters and keep track of them throughout the series. I loved that she kept developing all of her characters, not just the ones starring in the current novel.
This series was complex and beautifully written. I definitely recommend it.
So why 5 stars? Because I loved the characters. I knew Sean and Emma were going to get together in the end, but I just didn't see how it was going to end up happening. This book was full of intrigue and such depth that it had me reeling.
In Summary: A wonderfully written, and beautifully complex book that I absolutely loved.
The Wrap-up: This series is incredible. I loved becoming acquainted with this author's works. One of my good friends said and "another Lessman fan has been born" and she was right. ...more
The Characters: Scarlet has got to be one of my favorite characters in the young adult genre. She was just the right mix of nice anMy Rating: 5 stars.
The Characters: Scarlet has got to be one of my favorite characters in the young adult genre. She was just the right mix of nice and feisty. She was one kick-butt character. I loved that she stood up for herself and that she didn't take anybody's crap.
Robin Hood is a very different Robin Hood then I've ever seen and yet I loved him. He's definitely moodier and younger than in most retellings. And yet as always he has a heart of gold. I loved how fiercely he protected his band. I also loved watching him deal with trying to help but not necessarily using the right methods to do so.
John- such a funny, likable character. I do not want Scarlet to end up with John, but still I loved how Gaughen crafted this character. The three were delightful to read about.
The secondary characters were also well-developed and did not feel like cookie-cutter characters. I fell in love with the whole band.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I adored this novel. I loved how much voice the characters had. I really felt like we were inside Scarlet's head throughout the entire novel. Any author who can do that is definitely that I love.
I also thought the novel was intriguing and extremely fast-paced. There are so many retellings of Robin Hood and yet I felt like this one took on a life of its own. Seriously an incredible novel.
The ending had me on my toes. A great adventurous read.
So why 5 stars? I adored it. I have absolutely no complaints.
Warnings/Side-notes: None. I think it's suitable for readers of all ages.
The Wrap-up: I can't wait to read the sequel. I loved this series. I've been wanting to read this one for forever and am so glad I finally got my hands on it.
I started reading this book only minutes after finishing the first novel. I won't lie the first few chapters disappointed me. I just felt bored, but aI started reading this book only minutes after finishing the first novel. I won't lie the first few chapters disappointed me. I just felt bored, but after that Collins quickly caught my attention.
The characters, plot, and writing style remained compelling and fresh. The characters had chaged to reflect the horrible situations they had endured, but what else is to be expected. Nobody could endure what Katniss and Peeta went through and remain unscathed.
The ending is definiely a cliff-hanger so unless you have the third book handy, don't finish the second book. It will drive you nuts.
I was fortunate to have all three books and read them all in one day.
Oddly enough, I caught on the Hunger Games bandwagon extremely late. I usually read good books before they're popular, but not this time.
This book is just cute. Melanie Jacobson's books always make me laugh hysterically. They are dangerous for me. Laughing out loud in public is usuallyThis book is just cute. Melanie Jacobson's books always make me laugh hysterically. They are dangerous for me. Laughing out loud in public is usually frowned upon.
Seriously if you want a cute, clean, funny romance, look no further than Melanie Jacobson. ...more
In Summary: Hadley is ticked. Her mom is making her going to her father's wedding and that's the last thing Hadley wants tMy 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.
I love Eva Ibbotson. She knows how to write a good historical romance. I read it in one setting, but I certaintly found in intriguing. It's a good reaI love Eva Ibbotson. She knows how to write a good historical romance. I read it in one setting, but I certaintly found in intriguing. It's a good read. I can see myself reading it again, which is why I bought it....more
Aerin Renning and Dane Madousin have just been accepted into Academy 7 an impressive and prestigious school where only 50 students in the entire galaxAerin Renning and Dane Madousin have just been accepted into Academy 7 an impressive and prestigious school where only 50 students in the entire galaxy are accepted, but neither of them really wants to attend for the right reason.
Aerin is afraid she'll be send back to Vizhan and has nowhere else to go. Whereas, Dane is there simply to spite his father and prove him wrong.
Aerin and Dane are inexplicably drawn to each other and form a tentative friendship.
But as they start to unravel the mysteries of their past both their hearts and their futures are at stake.
Aerin and Dane are two characters that you fall in love with. They become so real to you—more than just characters in a book.
Anne Osterlund has woven a beautiful tale. And I’ll be eagerly waiting for her next novel.
I recommend this novel to anybody who loves fantasy, especially YA fantasy. ...more
Let me start how by saying that I love love love Irene Hannon's novels. Her christian romantic suspense rank aomong my most read books. I have rereadLet me start how by saying that I love love love Irene Hannon's novels. Her christian romantic suspense rank aomong my most read books. I have reread her books so many times that it is not even funny.
Irene Hannon has a way with words. There are very few novels I read and then immediately want to reread, but Hannon's novels always fit that bill.
Deadly Pursuit was no exception. I loved her characters Allison and Mitch. Their chemistry was undeniable and I really liked that.
This book is full of romance and suspense which is enough to keep me hooked from page one to the very last page.
I loved this novel. It is definitely one that I recommend.
Overview of Novel: Lizzie is sick of being viewed as John Brady's little sister. She's been in love with him for years. SMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Overview of Novel: Lizzie is sick of being viewed as John Brady's little sister. She's been in love with him for years. She wants more than friendship, but he refuses to give it to her.
He keeps protesting that she's just like a little sister to him. Lizzie knows differently. John is attracted to her, so why won't he admit it? Lizzie confides in Charity and Faith and they strike up a plan to win his heart. Charity's involves fake crying, kissing, and ploys. Faith's involves lots of prayers. With both of the O'Connor sisters' help, she should be able to win John Brady's heart. Instead, the plan backfires. Determined to save the friendship, Lizzie and John agree to be just friends.
John refuses to admit he has feelings for Lizzie who he still insists on calling Beth. He has things in his past that make him feel incapable of loving Lizzie. He won't bring Lizzie down with him. He insists that she view him as just a friend. Now he only needs to view her as the same way.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Whenever I love a story in a series, I always fear that I won't love the rest in the series. I shouldn't have worried. Julie Lessman is a master at writing. I loved Lizzie from the beginning and I had already fallen in love with John Brady in the previous series.
Lizzie was more like Faith than Charity and yet she was full of her own personality. I loved how Lessman did that. Each one of her characters was full of life and had a definite personality that belonged to them and them alone.
I don't know who I liked more, Faith or Lizzie. They were both such strong characters who had a strong moral code; however, they both had struggles to overcome.
The relationship between John and Lizzie was interesting to watch. It left me frustrated the entire time. Clearly these characters were meant to be together, and yet they were so stupid. It was actually quite frustrating.
Julie is a master at character development. All of her novels are quite long and yet they never feel that way. I flew through every single one of her books.
So why 5 stars? Because I absolutely loved the story. It sucked me in from page one and left me reeling once I finished it. Julie's stories are definitely infused with passion like I mentioned earlier, but that passion is always dealt with in an appropriate way. I loved that. Julie also has such compelling plots. When I'm reading these books, I'm never able to think of anything else.
In Summary: A beautiful read that you shouldn't read unless you have a lot of time on your hands because once you start it you won't be able to put it down. Julie Lessman is a master at writing and has quickly solidified herself into the position of one of my favorite authors of all time.
Side-notes: Julie's books are passionate. She's talking about people who are very much in love, but she never crosses the line. I actually loved how passionate her books were because they were clean and talked about these matters in an appropriate way. Her book isn't edgy and her message about dealing with this passion is very appropriate and clean.
The Wrap-up: Julie Lessman is incredible. It's getting hard to write individual reviews for all of her novels because I love all of them and keep wanting to make similar comments on all of them.
The point is that this series was incredible and is easily one of my favorites. It's been awhile since I've read a non-suspense book that I have enjoyed this much. Go out and read this book!