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 Bi...moreDisclaimer: 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. (less)
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel for review from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not obligated...moreMy 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 this...moreBeautifully 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. (less)
Disclaimers: I received a electronic ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. I was not obli...moreMy 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. (less)
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a...moreMy 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. (less)
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel for review as part of the Xpresso Blog Tours. I was not obligat...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel for review as part of the Xpresso Blog Tours. I was not obligated to write a good review nor am I receiving any compensation for writing my review.
An Overview of the Novel: Allai doesn't remember much about her past, but she does remember Drake, a demon, trying to kill her. But she also remembers him protecting her and promising never to harm her. The two images are impossible to reconcile.
But then she finds out that she is a Mage, a powerful magician. Suddenly her dad wants her dead and she realizes her entire life is a lie. She has no choice but to trust Drake with her safety, but can she really trust him?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:I'm not sure how to rate this book. I enjoyed the plot and the overall story idea. It was original and unlike so many of the books I've read before. It definitely caught my attention and held it for the entire novel.
I also really liked the characters Allai and Drake. I know some people didn't think they were well-developed but I did. I really liked watching them interact and enjoyed seeing them progress through out the novel.
So basically, I love the storyline and the plot and the characters. I did feel like the writing was a little rushed at spots and that it could have been edited better. I also felt like the novel should have been longer. I was just barely connecting with the story and the characters and was just barely getting into the story when it ended.
I would have liked to see more conflicts, more growth from the characters, and just more period.
I do feel like it was a great start to a great series though. And I'm definitely intrigued to see what happens to these fascinating characters.
So Why 3.5 out of 5 stars? Because like I mentioned earlier, it felt rushed at times and I would have liked things to be more developed. The plot and the characters were really intriguing. I give characters and plot a 4/5, the writing a 3.
In Summary: Olivia's debut novel is an intriguing look into a paranormal world that will sweep readers off their feet. The writing felt rushed at times and I wish there would have been more room for growth. However, I still really liked the novel.
Warnings/Side-notes: I don't feel like I need to warn anybody about anything in this book. It was really clean.
Wrap-up: I really liked this novel. It was original and intriguing. I'm glad I read this one and think that readers will enjoy it. It's flawed, but hey if you search hard enough every book is. This is a series I will definitely be keeping tuned into. I really want to know what happens next as well.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-arc of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest revi...moreMy Rating: 2.5 out of 3 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-arc of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I'm not receiving any compensation for reviewing this novel and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
An Overview of the Novel: Faith barely has time to follow her own dream of playing soccer. Her mom is busy working and that leaves Faith spending a lot of time baby-sitting. But she has soccer in her life and she's determined to do her best, even if she can't play club or feel like a part of the team.
Even worse is when Caitlyn starts feeling threatened by Faith. All Faith knows is she might have a chance to not feel like an outcast for the first time and she's going to take it.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Let me start out by saying that I don't think I was the target audience for this novel at all. I thought this was going to be a YA novel; it was a middle grade novel. That right there was probably a little bit of a let-down.
Secondly, I played soccer and so I had really high hopes for this novel. I love novels that are about girl soccer players. Once again that probably wasn't fair either.
Having said that, let me get into what I think of this novel. I thought that the novel had an intriguing premise, Faith seemed like an intriguing character, and I thought the novel had great potential.
I wanted to like this one so badly. Honestly, I did, but it just fell flat for me. It just felt like it ended right when the story was really getting started and I never felt really connected to any of the characters. Things just felt so rushed.
However, in all fairness that could be because this was an MG book. I'm not as familiar with this genre. I do feel that I still would have been slightly disappointed with this novel just because I loved soccer so much.
Another downfall for the novel was that it resembled the movie Bend it Like Beckham, but was a weaker version of it. This novel just lacked the depth and character development that I like.
However, it was an interesting read and I don't regret reading it. However, I couldn't in good faith recommend it which is why I had to give it 2.5 stars. But who knows if I had been a middle-grade reader I might have enjoyed it more.
I also had problems with Faith crushing on her coach. It just seemed weird to me. She was just so young and I really didn't like that dynamic.
So why 2.5 out of 5 stars? I didn't hate it, but I can't in good faith recommend it to others. This was Higgins' debut novel and I hope she writes a more compelling sophomore novel.
The Wrap-up: For me this novel just struck out. However, if you like middle grade novels, you might like this one more than I did. I can't recommend this one to others, but I do hope that others who read this novel enjoy it more than I did. It had great potential, but just fell short.
An Overview of the Novel: Clary was determined not to get involved with the Shadowhunters, but that plan doesn't really...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: Clary was determined not to get involved with the Shadowhunters, but that plan doesn't really plan out. When people discover Jace is Valentine's son, they stop approving of him and declare him a traitor.
It's up to Clary to make sure Jace doesn't do anything rash. But that proves to be a little more than difficult. After all Jace is her brother, she can't love him. And yet she can't not love him.
Clary is determined to help her mother too. Her mother is still in a coma and shows no sign of waking up. Plus, Valentine is out there wrecking havoc. But where do Jace's loyalties really lie? To the Shadowhunters or to their father?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I kept hearing that I needed to read this series from so many people that I finally decided to read the series. I read the first one in the series awhile ago and just barely got to this one.
I will admit to being pleasantly surprised. I actually really enjoyed this one. It did feel like a little bit of a bridge novel; however, it successfully avoided the sophomore slump.
I still really like Jace, but the idea of Clary and him still liking each other kind of creeped me out. That's partly why I didn't read this book, but I decided to read it anyway.
I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the novel and am pleasantly surprised by the Jace and Clary angle.
I liked Simon a lot, but I just don't see him with Clary. I hope he does get a girl though.
Basically, I did enjoy this one and am curious to read the next in the series. I have all sorts of guesses as to what happens next.
So why 3.5 out of 5 stars? It was enjoyable, but it just lacked that extra something to really stand out in my mind. I did like it, however, and am excited to read the next one.
In Summary: An original, compelling tale that has me intrigued to find out what will happen next. Definitely recommend to fans of paranormal fantasy (but then again, you have probably all already read this).
The Wrap-up: Like I said, I can't wait to read the next one. I'm curious to see where this series goes. I really hope my suspicions are right and that I don't end up hating the series. :)
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have such mixed feelings about this book and this series as a whole. I really wanted to...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have such mixed feelings about this book and this series as a whole. I really wanted to like this novel and yet going into this novel I really thought I might hate it. I hadn't really read anybody's reviews about it, but I just had really mixed feelings. That could partly because I love retellings about Persephone and this is one of the more drastically different than the original story.
I really wanted to like Cole and yet he kept being an idiot and doing things that made me want to hate him. And then there was Nikki. I really disliked her as a character and yet she intrigued me.
The story was well-written, the characters were well-developed, and the story was paced well. It kept me guessing and then there was that ending. The ending left me so frustrated. I'm excited to read the next one in the series and can't wait to see how Brodi finishes the series off. I will admit to feeling really anxious about how she will end the series, but I'm still excited.
That's why rating this novel is so hard. It just rubs me the wrong way. There's no reason I shouldn't like it. The novel is incredible it just bugs me. However, I'll look past that and give it 4 stars.
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's dreams are beginning to come true. Tom Fenway is giving Amelia the means to actually make a business out of her product and even though she was anti-business to start.
But when people from the past start threatening the twins, Amelia and Adam realize they might just have got themselves in over their heads. As Amelia continues to work on the coding, forces continue to conspire against them.
They are in a tangled web so deep that it threatens to burst at any second. The only question is who will be left standing at the end of the day.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really enjoyed the first novel in the series so I went in with high expectations and I wasn't disappointed. I continued to love Amelia's character. I'm anything but a computer programmer, but I found it easy to connect with her character.
Adam continued to frustrate me, but I still really like him. And there are all the secondary character's whose lives have me completely floored. I'm just not sure what to think about them.
Several of them are weaving such tangled webs and I'm honestly just waiting until they explode. And then there are the characters who are sitting on the fence of being bad or good and I really just can't decide what to think of them.
Basically, Sadie is a master at crafting characters and a plot that transfixes me. Her writing is beautiful, her characters compelling, and her plot is so intriguing that readers won't want to put it down.
So Why 4 out of 5 stars? Although I really liked this story, it missed making it into my all-time favs. However, I did really enjoy this novel and am glad I read it.
In Summary: Sadie Hayes' second novel offers readers a glimpse into a world where betrayal, deceit, and innovation run rampant. Readers will fall in love with this world and will be waiting to see the thrilling conclusion.
The Wrap-up: I for one can't wait to see what happens next. Adam and Amelia's stories are gripping and I will definitely be keeping close tabs on this author. I'm not entirely sure what's going on with Sadie Hayes' story right now. However, I'll be curiously waiting to find out.
I definitely recommend this series and when I found out what's going on I'll post that here.