Everything But The Truth is another wildly enjoyable instalment in the If Only series written by Mandy Hubbard and entrancing readers with yet again an endearingly sweet and enjoyable contemporary romance!
Holly Matthew’s mother is the new manager at a glitzy retirement home called Sunset Towers that caters to the super-rich with decadent taste and lots of money. Holly herself doesn’t mind the sweet retirees she sees every day—a perk that comes from having the nice little apartment she shares with her mum nestled in the middle of the estate—and enjoys interacting with them. Yet when Malik Buchannan, the impossibly gorgeous grandson of Sunset Towers latest resident mistakes her for the granddaughter of one of the residents and not the staff, Holly finds herself struggling to tell Malik the truth—especially as they spend more time together and Holly begins to realise that Malik isn’t the notorious party boy portrayed in the media…..
Mandy Hubbard is back with a second novel in the If Only series, having previously kicked off the series with Fool Me Twice. As with Fool Me Twice, Mandy’s writing is solid and fun and she introduces readers to a very likable main character in the form of Holly.
Everything But The Truth was a really fun book to read. It was easy and flowing and I found Holly and Malik’s romance endearing. This is the first novel I’ve ever read that centres on a retirement home in any way, but I really liked the atmosphere that Hubbard conveyed. I found that the couple of Sunset Towers residents we met were cute and I really enjoyed the way Holly appreciated them and helped out.
Holly had a unique personality and I must commend Hubbard for making an effort to make Holly different. She’s the only teenager I’ve read about who has such a love for antiques and who knows so much about art. Holly made me smile with her endearing ways.
The perfect way to spend an afternoon, Everything But The Truth is a quick and easy read and is guaranteed to make you smile. Definitely worth a read! ...more
Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall is a light, immensely enjoyable read that features genuinely likeable characters and a simple but entertaining plot!
Signs Point to Yes follows three different characters; Jane Connelly, a seventeen year old girl who finds herself taking on a summer job babysitting her next door neighbours’ little girls in an effort to avoid making collage plans; Teo Garcia, Jane’s neighbour and secret crush who also happens to be the best friend of her arch nemesis and someone struggling with whether to track down his biological father; and Margo Connelly, Jane’s seemingly perfect big sister who is struggling with the decision to come out as bisexual to her parents. All three must make big decisions, and as their lives continue to collide, all three discover how powerful friendship, family and accepting yourself can be…..
I went into Signs Point to Yes with open eyes and an optimistic spirit, and I’m thrilled to say that within the first few chapters, Sandy Hall managed to easily capture my attention. Signs Point to Yes was a really sweet, easy read. It’s the kind of feel-good novel you can’t help but love. Sandy Hall delivers some loveable characters, entertaining dialogue and sweet endearing moments. There’s romance, friendship and humour and plenty of unexpected one-liners that will bring a smile to your face.
As the two most focal characters, I very much adored Jane and Theo. They were genuine, easy to like and felt real. Hall gives them their own voices as well as their own individual demons, but brings them together in an entertaining way. It’s impossible not to love them, as well as the vast array of supporting characters Hall gives life to.
You’ll fall in love with Teo’s adorable little sisters Keegan, Rory and Piper, who as little girls are, are inquisitive and excitable and just downright cute. Teo’s best friend Ravi will bring a smile to your face with his over dramatic antics and Margo will win you over with her serious but supportive nature. There’s plenty of life and personality within this book to keep you smiling and following along with the characters.
Signs Point to Yes really does please with its feel-good aura, sweet romance and endearing characters. This may be the first book I’ve read by Sandy Hall, but I doubt it’ll be the last! Definitely recommend....more
Sunkissed is the adorable third novel in Jenny McLachlan’s Ladybirds series and this time stars Kat, who finds herself on an unexpected adventure of a lifetime in this fun summer read.
Fashion lover Kat can’t believe she’s being sent to spend the summer with her flighty Aunt Frida in Sweden. She’ll be stuck on an island in the middle of nowhere with no electricity and no power. That means no phones, no TV and *gasp* no hair straightener! Kat isn’t sure she’ll survive the summer and foresees a miserable four weeks, but once on the island, Kat is surprised to discover some outdoor fun with the other locals and quickly begins having a better time than she could have ever imagined!
Sunkissed is a really light and fun book to read. If you’ve ever wanted to get away on an island escape, now’s the perfect chance to do so….through Kat. Jenny McLachlan is back with another light-hearted tale perfect for YA readers and creates a sweet, quirky and quaint read. As with all the books in this series, you’ll breeze through this novel with ease.
Those heading into this book can be forgiven for thinking Kat is a flaky, often self-obsessed teenager who over dramatizes things and spends too much time on her phone….because Kat is a flaky, often self-obsessed teenager who over dramatizes things and spends too much time on her phone, but boy is she so much fun. And you know what, she’s fifteen……….and she loves her friends and make-up and boys and fashion. She’s actually a sweet, caring person who loves her friends and family despite everything, and I wouldn’t have Jenny McLachlan write her any other way.
I actually think Sunkissed focuses the least around romance than any of the previous books do in this series. Sure, Kat and Leo have a little thing, and they are sweet, but McLachlan manages to make this novel more about Kat, her friends and her family than anything else. The aura of adventure within Sunkissed is complimented by some quirky Swede characters including Nanna, Otto and Kat’s Aunt Frida. Oh, and Pearl steps up as a true friend to Kat in this novel; beginning to truly win me over for the first time and make me excited about the prospect of her story.
Light-hearted and perfect for a summer afternoon or a light bit of reading fun, Sunkissed was a nice addition to the Ladybirds series and I for one cannot wait for the fourth and final instalment featuring Pearl! ...more
One is Sarah Crossan’s latest release and is a unique and beautiful tale of two sisters and their journey as conjoined twins.
Told in verse, One unfolds through the eyes of Grace, who alongside her sister Tippi make up a set of conjoined twins. At sixteen, both Grace and Tippi have been content with their existence, despite the difficulties they face in their day to day lives. Yet when lack of money sees their family no longer able to afford home-schooling, the girls are forced out of their comfort zone and must venture out into the world. Attending a normal high school opens their eyes and allows them opportunities they never had before; real friends, life experiences and maybe even love……
One really was a powerful, emotional and thought-inflicting, novel. Having read a few books by Sarah Crossan to date, I was excited about reading One, especially considering the concept is quite different and the fact it’s not what I would normally read. The prose within One is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and though I worried heading into the novel if I would struggle, I found it easy to read and found myself flying through the story.
The idea of conjoined twins is something Sarah Crossan explores really well within One. Crossan gives both twins real personality and highlights their natural human flaws. One of the things I really appreciated about in this novel is that both girls really aren’t these meek individuals. They’re strong in the sense they understand their strengths and their weaknesses and know what they’re capable of.
Grace has a very powerful voice. It’s raw and real and doesn’t hold back. The girls are going through something really difficult and as different aspects of their lives crumble you really feel for them. It’s almost like they can’t catch a break, but the fierce way they keep their heads up and keep moving forward only endears them to you more.
Throughout One, it’s impossible not to hope for a happy ending. Grace and Tripp are beautiful teenagers making the most out of their circumstances. You really hope they’re going to make through everything Sarah Crossan throws at them and Crossan delivers a very powerful and emotional ending ...more
Rebel of the Sands is Alwyn Hamilton’s debut novel and is a rich and vivid mingling of American and Arabian fantasy and is full of magic, mayhem and monsters. Romance blooms, dangers grow and a rebellion is on the rise……
Set in the desert nation of Miraji, sixteen year old Amani is from the dead-end town of Dustwalk. An orphan who is facing the possibility of being married off to her uncle, Amani has plans to escape and venture into the city her late mother spoke of, but first she must earn the money to do so. Entering a shooting contest disguised as a boy, Amani finds herself drawn to a mysterious foreigner named Jin who is wanted for treason and who is hiding a big secret. Relying on Jin is the last thing Amani wants, but when her plans sour, escaping with him is her only option; the start of a journey Amani could never have expected but that will change her world forever……
I was very impressed with Rebel of the Sands. The whole story was well written, the characters strong and the world building spot on; the lands within Rebel of the Sands were lusciously told and described. For a debut novelist, Alwyn Hamilton clearly has a good grasp on her world and mixes plenty of fabulous mythology and monsters with danger, action and romance.
The nation of Miraji is a desert land in the vein of Arabian nights, and even Disney’s Aladdin. Sun, sand and the desert make up the harsh and unforgiving world our heroine lives in where mystical beasts lurk and creatures of legend come to life. Djinn, ghouls and demons mix with more unique creatures known as Nightmares, Skinwalkers, Buraqi (powerful immortal horses made of fire and sand) and Demdji (the children of Djinn and mortal mothers). Nothing is as it seems in this barren land ruled by a Sultan who conspires with the neighbouring lands military and who fights to keep his exiled son from returning to Miraji and taking power.
Told through the eyes of Amani, Rebel of the Sands is a fast paced novel with plenty of entertaining scenes, characters and situations. Amani, who often disguises herself as a boy, is a strong leading character who grows a fair amount in this first novel. A talented shooter, Amani takes risks and dares to want more from life than marrying her uncle. In the beginning of the novel she’s slow to trust and quick to put herself first (mainly due to fear and her survival instincts) but as the story progresses she begins to trust and care for Jin, and to fight for something bigger than herself.
Rebel of the Sands is often an unexpected read, with enough twists and developments to keep you on your toes. Hamilton does a good job setting the stage for the rest of the series with you as the reader left wanting to know what will happen now that certain revelations have come to light.
Fast paced and exciting, Rebel of the Sands is an enjoyable read that will satisfy those who love seeing magic mixed with romance, action and danger. Ending well, but with plenty of options for the sequel, I look forward to seeing what Alwyn Hamilton does with the series next! ...more
Red Girl, Blue Boy is the fifth novel in the contemporary If Only series, this time told by author Lauren Baratz-Logsted and is another deeply enjoyable read about wanting what you know you shouldn’t want and really shouldn’t have…..
When I first began reading and reviewing this series, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was looking for a light, contemporary read and the series certainly continuously nails that on the head, but I didn’t expect to find myself eagerly anticipating the release of each instalment and enjoying the different, romantic tales to the extent that I do. I know going into each of the If Only books that I’m going to find a fun, sweet and endearing romance and I’m yet to find a book that hasn’t satisfied.
And Red Girl, Blue Boy is no exception. In this novel, Lauren Baratz-Logsted introduces her readers to Katie Willfield whose father is the Republican nominee in the race for President of the United States, and Drew Reilly, whose mother is his opponent as the face of the Democratic Party. While Katie has spent her life in the public eye and breathes politics, Drew abhors public life and tries to reframe from participating in the circus that is his family's political life. Both couldn’t be more different and their parents opponents, but when sparks fly between Katie and Drew, both teens are about to discover something more powerful than politics……love.
Lauren Baratz-Logsted details Red Girl, Blue Boy through the dual POV’s of both Katie and Drew with chapters switching back and forth between the teens. With the story nicely written, I absolutely loved Katie and Drew! They were both so down to earth and sweet and just downright good characters to follow. Having the story told through both their eyes was perfect—I loved seeing Katie and Drew’s lives as well as their thoughts and feelings on the situations they were in.
Something that made me smile about Katie wasn’t the fact that she was socially awkward---it was the fact she didn’t know she was socially awkward. Here’s a sixteen year old girl happily dressing in pantsuits and picking out china patterns; a sweet, naïve teen who’s never owned a pair of jeans or had friends or much social interaction. Katie was hopeless and clueless and just happily went along with things; having no idea on occasion how she appeared. I found it sweet and endearing; especially when Drew couldn’t help but want to protect her.
As a proud Aussie, I admit I don’t know much about the US presidential election or the campaign in the lead up, but I did enjoy Katie and Drew’s parents and their fictional battle against each other. Lauren Baratz-Logsted does a good joy mixing it together with teenage romance and first love.
Romantic and endearing, Red Girl, Blue Boy was another great If Only instalment and I’m more than ready to dive head first into the next novel! ...more
Wild Hearts is the fourth instalment in the If Only series and is this time written by author Jessica Burkhart. Launching readers into another contemporary romance adventure for young adults, Wild Hearts is an enjoyable read set against a mountain backdrop in a small country town.
Even after four books, the If Only series is still going strong and I’m oh so glad. With each novel written by a different author to date, each story is a complete standalone but features the continuing themes of first love, teen angst and stellar romance. Nicely written, Wild Hearts may not be my favourite book so far, but it is still a great addition to the series.
Wild Hearts follows seventeen year old Brie Carter, the daughter of a land developer who has spent her life entire travelling from place to place with her parents as part of her father’s work. When his latest project brings the family to the small country town of Lost Springs, Wyoming Brie is startled to discover the outrage that has accompanied their arrival. The residents of Lost Springs are rallying against her father’s company whose latest job will see the local mustang herd forced the leave the plains and fields they call home. With Brie attracted to a local cowboy named Logan whose passion for the horses is like nothing she’s ever seen, Brie slowly begins to discover the beauty and power of the horses herself and soon she finds she’s willing to stop at nothing to protect them also; even if it means going against her father………
In all honesty, I think Wild Hearts is going to appeal to the little girl in all of us who secretly dreamed of having a pony growing up. As someone who is still a horse lover myself, Wild Hearts was a sweet contemporary romance that managed weave horsemanship and the animals themselves into the story. Personally I think Wild Hearts read a tiny bit younger than the previous three novels in the series, but not too much to make it overly noticeable.
Though she is a new author to me, I am aware that Jessica Burkhart is known for her other books featuring strong, horse-loving young women and I think her passion for the animals comes across in the story. Brie’s voice was sweet and likable, although at times I almost found things too sickly sweet, but that’s just me……
Brie experiences a lot during this tale and I liked the elements Burkhart throws in. Along with Brie’s attempts to rescue the wild mustangs, her relationship with Logan McCoy, the sexy cowboy she meets whilst in Lost Springs is a central point in the story. And really, Brie and Logan were sweet. It was a tale of star-crossed young love with their dad’s apparent enemies, but as you’d expect, Brie and Logan defy it all to be together. Personally I thought they were cute and complimented the fun story nicely. Not too over the top, but just enough to give the storyline that romantic hit us romance junkies are looking for.
Fun, romantic and adventurous, Wild Hearts takes readers on a passionate ride that is very enjoyable and definitely worth a read!
Bright Before Sunrise is a fun and uncomplicated novel by Tiffany Schmidt that sweeps readers into a story that features a sweet and endearing romance. Set mainly over the course of one night, Bright Before Sunrise manages to mingle romance between the two main characters with self discover whilst still managing to convey a deeper meaning
Bright Before Sunrise introduces readers to Brighton Waterford, a sweet, popular and seemingly perfect student at Cross Pointe High.....and a girl on a mission. Brighton is determined to understand why fellow classmate Jonah Prentiss refuses to give her the time of day no matter how many times she's tried to become his friend. A self ostracized loner who moved to Cross Pointe from the neighboring, and lower class, suburb of Hamilton, Jonah isn't interested in getting to know the way too "nice" Brighton. Yet when a night of chances and changes throws them together, both Brighton and Jonah find themselves setting out to discover a whole new way of seeing the world; a way that just might change the way they see themselves, and each other, forever.....
After jumping into Bright Before Sunrise with not a lot of expectations, I was delighted to find myself captivated from pretty much the opening chapter. Well written and explored, Bright Before Sunrise would be perfect for fans of The Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles in my opinion with its easy to follow storyline, sexual tension and chemistry.
Told through the dual POV's of both Brighton and Jonah, I really loved both characters. Though Brighton was popular and a social butterfly, she was a genuinely nice person and I enjoyed the fact that Tiffany Schmidt managed to explore her personality flaws in this novel and allows Brighton to see herself for who she really is. Jonah on the other hand is a real bitter individual in the beginning with Schmidt also not shying away from an authentic male personality who vocalizes his turn-ons, desires and wants.
A lot happens to our two main characters in Bright Before Sunrise. After an initial introduction of a few chapters Bright Before Sunrise takes place over one eventful night in the lives of Brighton and Jonah. I really liked what Tiffany Schmidt managed to pack into this story and though I'm sure there are people out there to may find this story unbelievable or unrealistic, I actually found myself easy to imagine a night like this. Brighton and Jonah don't fall in love with each other per say, but rather Bright Before Sunrise is about them acknowledging that they are attracted to each other and there are real possibilities for their romance.
Brighton and Jonah really manage to help each other grow in this novel. Sometimes the best way to learn about yourself and to see yourself in a new way is when you're forced outside your comfort zone and into the presence of someone who isn't going to lie to you in order to protect your feelings. And that's the essence of Brighton and Jonah's relationship; something Tiffany Schmidt explores beautifully.....
This is my first novel by Tiffany Schmidt but after reading Bright Before Sunrise I thoroughly intend to read more by her should the option ever arise. Bright Before Sunrise is well paced, infinitely sweet and really engaging. I was completely invested in Brighton and Jonah's journey and found myself eagerly turning each page. Exactly what you want with these kinds of novels.
Beautifully written, tangible and honest, Bright Before Sunrise is an endearing read by Tiffany Schmidt that I thoroughly recommend!...more
Love Bomb is the second book in the Ladybugs series by Jenny McLachlan and this time follows quirky and unique Betty in yet another smile inducing and enjoyable tale.
Betty Plum is turning fifteen, an important day in any teenage girl’s life. Not only that but she’s just caught the eye of the new boy at her school Toby and finally finds herself liking a boy. With her mum having died when Betty was a baby, Betty has become used to it being only her dad and her great friends, but suddenly Betty finds herself missing the woman she never knew more than ever. Luckily for Betty, her mum left her a series of letters about important stages in a girl’s life that she reads over the course of the book, getting to know her mother like never before and discovering just who is really important and the person she should really be giving her heart to.
I don't think I loved Love Bomb quite as much as I did the first novel, but I still enjoyed it immensely. Jenny McLachlan continues to write in her easy to read and follow style, and incorporates all the friendship, character development and humour I loved in Flirty Dancing. This series is just great wholesome fun.
Betty was quite the quirky young lady and actually quite crazy at times. I really liked that she wasn’t afraid to be outside the box and takes chances. Some of Betty’s decisions weren’t the best, but I’m striking that up to age and inexperience. People are meant to make mistakes and bad choices---it’s the growth in Betty that make everything she does worth it.
Betty plods through a lot of substantial moments in her life during this book. Her first crush, her first kiss……seeing her dad date someone for the first time etc., and it was really quite sweet to see Jenny McLachlan assist Betty through these moments with the help of her late mother. Through a series of adorable letters, Betty manages to really get to know her mum, and her mum helps her through so much. It was wonderful to read about and a great way to add something different to Betty’s story.
Sweet and easy to fall into, Betty’s story is another great instalment in this series. Love Bomb couldn’t have ended any better and leaves me endlessly happy with where Betty and her friends and family are now their story has been told. I’m very excited to read Kat and Pearl’s stories in the future and look forward to seeing what Jenny McLachlan has in store for these four gals next! ...more
Crown of Midnight is the superb sequel to Sarah J. Maas's riveting debut Throne of Glass and is another sensationally written story of political intrigue, fantasy and romance amongst a war torn backdrop.
Celaena Sardothien is back, deadlier than ever and ready to take back her freedom. Now the Kings Champion after the events of Throne of Glass, Celaena is continuing her journey to discover the truth about what is going on within the Kingdom, delving deep underground into long forgotten tunnels and tombs beneath the palace in search of answers. While serving as the kings assassin, for all her cunning and dare, Celeana is not willing to murder innocent people in the name of the King and instead chooses to fake deaths and tell lies to save those not deserving of the death she brings. Yet, as each lie brings her closer to discovery, dark forces within the palace make it clear that something even more dangerous is going on than Celaena can imagine. And then with the loss of someone she loves, Celaena is forever altered and soon on a mission to make those responsible pay......
Having enjoyed Throne of Glass immensely, it's a bit strange that it's taken me so long to continue on with the series, especially considering I have had both books in the series as well as a complication of all the short stories within the series, The Assassin's Blade, sitting on my shelf for a while now. So in saying that, I am glad I finally decided to delve back into this world.
There's no doubt in my mind that Sarah J. Maas is an extremely talented storyteller. As a debut novel, Throne of Glass made it clear that she was something special as a writer and in Crown of Midnight Maas only goes on to show just what she is capable of. Her world building and eye for detail paints a sensational picture of this fantasy world that completely draws the reader in. Weaving together danger and political intrigue, Maas manages to twist together a story where you never know what will happen next; drawing the reader on an emotionally charged journey where the adrenaline pumps the whole way through.
Told in the third person, Maas allows readers to witness the story unfold through the eyes of her numerous layered characters. Understandably Celaena, Dorian and Chaol are the most focal voices, although others pop up from time to time. Celaena continues to captivate readers with her dual nature and her contradictions; deadly assassin mingles with womanly innocence where Celaena is concerned, although a manner of startling developments within the story shake Celaena's foundation and drastically alter her desires within Crown of Midnight.
I honestly very much enjoy reading about Celaena's journey within this series, but boy does Sarah J. Maas know how to put her characters through the wringer at times. Crown of Midnight really is emotionally charged with Celaena experiencing so much joy, love and betrayal in this novel. Her pain leads her to make some drastic choices and Maas makes her readers feel every one, especially those who have a pertinent for Chaol, as he and Celaena's relationship takes a shocking turn.
Dorian and Chaol continue to stand by Celaena's side, the Crown Prince and the Captian of the Guard, two best friends who both love the same woman. Personally, I adore Chaol and Maas had me wanting to throw the book across the room at times with her developments, but there's no denying some of them make for sensationally emotional reading. As for Dorian, he is proving time and time again why he would make an amazing King should he get the chance and there's no doubt in my mind that should he take power he would change things forever. I can only hope this is something we see from Maas in one of the future novels.
Painful at times, heartbreaking and addictive to behold, Crown of Midnight is an excellent follow up to it's predecessor. Sarah J. Maas knows how to draw readers in and leave them begging for more, and with Crown of Midnight endings with a big discovery, I'm looking forward to beginning the next installment, Heir of Fire next.
Not In The Script is the third novel in the If Only series, this time written by debut author Amy Finnegan and is a super adorable and seriously addictive Hollywood tale that features two amazing leads and a romance that is without a doubt swoon worthy!
Emma Taylor is a talented and resourceful Hollywood It Girl whose life takes an interesting turn when she steps into a new role on a hot up and coming new teen show. Excited to be working alongside her longtime crush, the last thing Emma expects is to find herself drawn to, and soon falling for, a different co-star than the one she once dreamed about. As a successful magazine and runway model, Jake Elliott is known around the world for his handsome face and perfect body, but it's the chance to try his hand at acting that offers him his biggest opportunity yet. Who cares if he's never acted before? Coyote Hills is sure to be a hit and as part of a stellar cast, Jake knows how much the role will help his family. If only he could stop thinking about his gorgeous co-star Emma.
But when the two finally give in to their undeniable attraction and start a secret relationship, both Emma and Jake discover that sometimes on-set romances don't necessarily end badly, if only they could out last the public storm surrounding each of their lives.....
Not in the Script is a seriously addictive and delicious read! As a behind the scenes look into Hollywood life, author Amy Finnegan draws her readers into the scandalous world of acting, tabloids and Hollywood drama, all the while weaving together a believable and adorable romance between two people who connect beautifully!
Unlike the other two novels in this series, and I use the word series loosely because each If Only novel is written by a different author and is a complete standalone tale, Not in the Script is the first book to be told through the POV's of both main characters--something I simply adore.d Heroine and love interest both have stories to tell; something that enhances the reading experience as you as the reader see through both Emma and Jake's eyes.
Emma and Jake are both very down to earth characters. Emma has been in the public eye since she was twelve, and as an eighteen year old who is living on her own and working in a cut throat world where her every move is scrutinized, Emma has managed to maintain her rationality and sense beautifully. She's a very normal girl, and despite her beauty and fame has not let it change her, something made obvious by Emma's desire to help her best friend Rachel at every chance she gets and her desire to open a foundation to help those who need it.
And Jake on the other hand is a guy through and through. He goofs off with his friends, makes jokes and plays the occasional game of soccer using paper cups with the other actors on set. He's stunningly good looking and definitely lives up to his nickname as "The Bod", but Jake is also a genuinely down to earth guy who would do absolutely anything for his family. There's something so enticing about a man who loves his mum the way Jake does in this novel. Can anyone say swoon?
Emma and Jake have a really endearing relationship. Emma is hesitant to start anything with Jake due to her horrible history with co-stars and a crush by someone that makes things harder, so in the beginning, Emma and Jake really start out as friends only. However that changes as they seamlessly transition into two people in a relationship. Jake sees past all of Emma's fame and fortune to the girl she is at her base and Emma sees past Jakes looks to see the incredible guy he is. They're funny and flirty together and have a great chemistry. Basically I was rooting for them the whole time and paparazzi be damned, I wanted them to prove them all wrong.
Amy Finnegan gives Emma and Jake a great cast of characters to interact with in this novel with everyone from Emma's amazingly cute family to Jake's best friends and his amazing mother giving the novel such life. Emma and Jake discover new friends, and occasionally enemies on the set of Coyote Hills with their director and their co-stars making for some entertaining reading.
Smile inducing and insanely sweet, Not in the Scrip blends the ins and outs of Hollywood perfectly together with family, friendship and true love--Amy Finnegan hits the nail on the head and left this reader extremely satisfied....although I'd certainly love a companion novel with Kimmi in the future!
Conjured is a deeply mysterious novel that weaves together surprising magic and even more surprising revelations and will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Conjured follows, and is told through the eyes of Eve, a mysterious teenage girl who has no memory of who she is, or what happened in her past. All Eve knows, is that she’s a witness to some kind of heinous event and is in the custody of an agency hell bent on bringing the perpetrator to justice. Suffering numerous bouts of amnesia every time she uses the magical abilities she seems to have, Eve finds herself loosing time with days and months often lost to her. In Conjured, Eve must rely on her instincts to find out how to stop the killer and to determine just who she can trust.
To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to wrap my head around Conjured. Even now that I’ve finished it. To begin with I was so excited to read this novel seeing how enticing the brief description was and when I received a copy I dived straight in. The mystery surrounding the main character and the constant bouts of amnesia she featured kept me reading, even if not a lot was happening, because I needed to know what it was Eve was being protected from and who she was. The eventual revelation made by Durst at the end basically had me thinking, "HUH!" At the end of the day there’s no way you’ll expect the revelations about who and what Eve is.
Practically everything within this novel is vague and while that isn’t always an issue, I feel Conjured could have benefited by Sarah Beth Durst detailing and explaining the workings of this world a bit more. Durst details the bare minimum and while this helps to keep the mystery and intrigue at its highest it doesn’t help to layer the story, especially at the end when the big reveal is made. I feel like Durst let something down that could have had amazing potential.
I liked Eve, but she didn’t blow me away either. She was sufficient as a main character and gets the job done but I struggled to connect to her at times, especially where Zach was concerned. I thought her relationships with Malcom and Aunt Nicki were sweet, but even they could have been a little deeper. Eve and Zach were sweet and fit within the story, but even then their romance could have been left out of the story and I don’t think it would have made much of a difference.
I did like Conjured; I just felt it had so much more potential. While the big revelation is a shocker, I wish there had been a bit more depth to Durst’s world, or worlds, I should say. A bit more backstory would have made things a lot easier to understand and I think that would have been possible without losing the mystery—it just wasn’t utilized.
Overall Conjured may be worth a read, but be prepared for a surprising ending.
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan is a beautifully written tale of discovery, growth and the power of love in unexpected ways. A coming of age story, Apple and Rain is wonderfully expressed and sure to make you feel a whole spectrum of emotions!
Having read and been a fan of Sarah Crossan’s Breathe duology, Apple and Raid was a very different book of hers to read, although it is my understanding that this isn’t the first novel of its kind that Crossan has written. I have to say I was quite impressed by the direction Crossan took this novel. The writing was simple but to the point; her character’s voice very powerful within the story.
Apple and Rain follows thirteen year old Apple, a young girl experiencing all the emotions and drama girls her age experience; her first crush, her desire to be seen as an adult and of course friendship issues that often arise at this age. Raised by her maternal grandmother after her mother walked out on her as a baby, Apple yearns for a relationship with the woman she hasn’t known for years, something that becomes a possibility when Apple’s mother re-enters her life; bringing with her plenty of baggage and a secret or two Apple wasn’t anticipating.
Obviously I don’t want to give away spoilers, and this is the kind of novel best not to give too much away with, but Apple and Rain really was an entertaining read. Personally I don’t read a lot of these kinds of novels, although I normally appreciate them when I do, with Apple and Rain a perfect example of this.
Although she is mature and rational for her age most of the time, Apple is still only thirteen years old, something quite evident in the story; the essence of which Sarah Crossan manages to capture perfectly. She wants what all girls her age want; to be cool and independent and be noticed by the cute boy who she lies, but Apple also has another burning desire—to have a relationship with her mother and have her in her life.
To be blunt here, Apple’s mother is an absolute disgrace. She’s selfish and self-absorbed and chooses to place her wants, wishes and desires over what’s best for her daughter. There’s a fine line between flaky and downright irresponsible, something Crossan explores with Apple’s mum. And yet, Apple so strongly desires a relationship with the mother who abandoned her that she chooses to make excuses for her mother’s actions. Her mother needed to grow up and stop encouraging certain behaviors and making certain decisions, something Crossan again depicts in a very authentic way. I think the brilliance of this is that it’s very believable and easy to relate to this day and age. I don’t doubt there are families out there where this is their reality—Crossan gives her readers characters and circumstances that are completely real.
Apple undertakes some strong growth throughout the story and must face some harsh truths. The picture she has painted of the woman who gave birth to her and then left is dashed when she must come to accept the very human mistakes and choices her mother makes. There’s a beautiful undertone of love evident within the story with Apple and her Grandmother and Apple and Rain experiencing very different, however no less powerful, forms of love.
An exceptionally well written novel with a basic storyline that wonderfully explores character growth and human flaws, Apple and Rain is an at times surprising novel by Sarah Crossan that will appeal to fans of John Green and Jodi Picoult. ...more
Heir of Fire is the expertly written third novel in Sarah J. Maas’s ongoing Throne of Glass series and depicts the next stage of Celaena's journey as Celaena finds herself in Wendlyn upon instruction from her King, where she begins making new connections, new discovers and even harder choices than ever before she races towards a destiny she is not quite ready for.
After the events of Crown of Midnight, Kings Champion and secret heir to the throne of Terrasen, Celaena Sardothien is jaded and lost after the loss of a close friend, and in a land far from home on a mission to assassinate the royal family of the home nation---- a mission she is dead set against completing. Unwilling to accept her birthright as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, Celaena travels to the home of her ancestors in Heir of Fire in the hopes of discovering clues to help finds the missing Wyrdkeys that are not currently owned by the King of Ardlan. Old grudges and long hidden secrets force Celaena to decide once and for all what is worth fighting for should she ever hope to see her people free once more.
At its base Throne of Glass is a fantasy tale; the series fueled by magic, power and intrigue set within a war torn kingdom controlled by a power hungry King. Yet Maas does an amazing job exploring the powerful ties that bind between family and friends with romantic liaisons between various characters driving the storyline as well. The complex and complicated relationships between the main character Celaena and the various others whose voices we also witness in this third person story make for some emotional and heartbreaking reading. Maas has to be commended for creating such a visually alluring world and layered characters whose motivations, drives and desires all have different impacts on the storyline.
Honestly, Heir of Fire was another emotional tale from Sarah J. Maas with the characters no strangers to loss within this series. This time it is not Celaena who losses someone close to her but rather another character we adore. There’s anguish, pain and betrayal littering the pages of this book, with our characters fighting for their people and their loved ones on both sides of the board. All the characters we have loved and loathed are back with Maas introducing new voices and individuals to the story, most prominently Aedion; Celaena’s cousin, Rowen; a Fae warrior who travels with Celaena on her journeys and Sorscha; a healer within the palace who helps Dorian love again.
Celaena is truly growing into a woman within this series. Though she has always been older and wiser than her years on account of all the horrendous things she has been through over the course of ten long years, Celaena takes great leaps in this book towards a strength few possess. Celaena has felt unimaginable pain and keeps getting knocked down time and time again—there are always new losses and new difficulties for this unwilling Queen, however Maas forces Celaena out of hiding in this book and makes her make some tough decisions about what she plans to do for her people and for her future.
As a Chaol fan I missed him a little in this book; he wasn’t as prominent as I would have liked, but I very much enjoyed his and Dorian’s individual storylines and dilemmas during Heir of Fire. Chaol working together with Aedin as he did seemed like an odd pairing, but I think there’s the possibility of a new friendship there between the two of them even if it is unexpected.
Maas includes a fantastic new character in the form of Rowan, a Fae warrior tasked with training Celaena who becomes a confidant and friend to our main character. At this point in time Rowan isn't a love interest for Celaena. Though they have bonded immensely in this one novel alone, Sarah J. Maas has made it abundantly clear that their relationship is strictly platonic--at this point in time. Who knows; that may change in the future if they continue to grow closer. Celaena has already had two romantic interests in the form of Dorian and Chaol so far, but I wouldn't put it past Maas to throw another into the mix, especially considering Dorian falls in love with someone new in Heir of Fire. Personally I'm on "Team Chaol" if any one asks, and I'm hoping Sarah J. Maas has some happy news in story for Celaena and Chaol fans in the next book....but only time will tell what happens next.
Having read Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire consecutively I'm really ready for the next book. I have a feeling Maas has a lot planned as one stage of Celaena's journey ends and the other begins and I can't wait to see exactly what!
Wish You Were Italian is the second book in the If Only series, this time written by author Kristin Rae and can easily be read as a stand alone novel. A fun, enticing read full of culture, friendship and romance, Wish You Were Italian will make you long for an adventure of your own!
Following seventeen year old Pippa who has been sent to Italy by her parents to study art for the summer at an art school in Florence, Wish You Were Italian sees Pippa throw caution to the wind when she decides to skip out on the art program, choosing instead to explore Italy on her own. Armed with some cash from her father, a journal full of activities from her best friend back home and a wish list of things she wants to do before she leaves, one of which is to fall in love with an Italian, Pippa begins exploring Italy. Only not everything goes as planned as an American boy with a great nature and stunning curls starts to make Pippa's heart race, a beautiful family with a sexy son and a girl who becomes an amazing friend make Pippa long to put down roots and a surprising development has Pippa questioning just what is important.
Wish You Were Italian was a really great book to read. As her debut novel, Kristin Rae manages to hit the nail on the head with this Italian adventure. I was impressed with the culture Rae weaves together with romance, humor and friendship. Seeing the main character visit the Trevi Fountain, explore Pompeii, the Coliseum and coastal villages of Italy makes you long to see them yourself, even as you're living vicariously through Pippa.
Pippa is a smart, sweet and strong young woman. She's down to earth and extremely likable and it's impossible not to enjoy following her. I loved seeing her fall for Darren, even though he wasn't what she thought she wanted and I enjoyed seeing her experience so much authentic Italy. Pippa made choices and decisions and I was right there alongside her, happy with practically every one.
Kristin Rae fills Wish You Were Italian with plenty of wonderfully colorful individuals Pippa meets during her time in Italy who you just can't help but fall in love with. From the charismatic and adorable Darren, to the amazing Chiara who becomes a true friend to Pippa to Chiara's extended family who welcome Pippa into their home and Darrens travelling companions--you can't help but appreciate each and every one of them for what they bring to the story.
Rich in culture, romance and addictive situations, Wish You Were Italian is a fantastic summer read you won't want to miss! ...more
Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard is an extremely fun and entertaining contemporary romance that won me over with it's fresh and flirty feel and adorable storyline. I easily read this in a day and I was captivated by this summer romance with a twist from beginning to end!
Fool Me Twice is a well written and hilarious novel that follows eighteen year old Mackenzie, a quirky teenage girl with plenty of personality and attitude who is spending the summer working at Serenity Ranch and Spa. Last year Mackenzie had her heart broken when a summer romance with sexy cowboy Landon at the same ranch ended with him getting back with his ex-girlfriend. This year Mack refuses to fall for Landon's charms again, however when an accident leaves Landon with no memory of the last year and thinking he and Mack are still going out, Mackenzie decides to get take advantage of the situation and sets out to teach Landon a lesson. Mack has no plans to fall for Landon again, but as she continues to get closer to Landon in order to mess with him, Mack slowly begins to realize that maybe Landon isn't the jerk she first thought and maybe, just maybe they actually are perfect for each other.
I'll be honest here, heading into Fool Me Twice I didn't have a lot of expectations. I read the description and thought, "Oh, no. Here's a story about a girl foolish enough to fall for the same guy who previously broke her heart," and honestly didn't expect anything close to what I got with this novel. I mean, really, I LOVED Fool Me Twice. This is the first novel I've read by Mandy Hubbard, although I know it's not the first book she's written and can say it definitely won't be my last as I found myself really entranced by this fun and funny tale.
Mackenzie was a smart and intelligent main character to follow who sets out to get a little revenge against the boy who broke her heart and then ignored her for a year. She plans to get Landon to fall for her, and pull pranks on him along the way before finally going in for the kill and breaking his heart. Hubbard writes Mack as endlessly likeable and impossible not to vie for. Though she's ultimately trying to get revenge, nothing Mack does is really malicious and is more in good fun. Dying someone's horse and setting dozens of mouse traps around their bed isn't exactly cruel. Cheeky and evil yes, but not nasty.
Hubbard compliments Mack's schemes and plans perfectly by giving her the perfect partner in Landon, who is actually far from being the jerk both you as the reader and Mackenzie expect as the story starts out. Landon gives as good as he gets and takes Mack's pranks in stride; taking the pranks with a smile and good humor throughout the novel.
Mack and Landon may have had a "perfect "summer romance the year before Fool Me Twice is set, but as Mackenzie follows through with her plans, she and Landon get to know each other in a new and different way than they did the first time they were together. They have fantastic chemistry that's undeniable throughout the story and their relationship has it's deep moments and it's light ones. Hubbard has penned a great couple in them and they really were fun to follow. I loved learning why Landon did what he did the first time and seeing that maybe not everything is as it first appears.
Rich in smiles, laughs and romance as Mandy Hubbard teams Mack up with her best friend Bailey to provide moral support and assistance, Fool Me Twice is a great summer read guaranteed to provide a lot of entertainment and fun! ...more
The Winner’s Crime is the stunning follow up to Marie Rutkoski’s incredible fantasy The Winner’s Curse, and is a worthy sequel that once more draws readers into a dangerous world of politics and deception, set against a warring backdrop and littered with electric romance, attraction and intrigue.
As far as sequels go, The Winner’s Crime was spot on in my eyes. Rutkoski ended the previous tale on a bit of a cliffhanger at a really powerful moment, so I was hoping to dive straight back into the same circumstances. Though much has changed for our main characters since the last story concluded, The Winner’s Crime managed to develop the base storyline within this series and included enough conflict between the characters to keep me very satisfied.
Herran is now a free country, thanks to the treaty Lady Krestel bargained for with the emperor of Valoria; a treaty that saw Krestel promised to the crown prince to secure. Betrothed to her nation’s prince, Krestel finds herself once more a pawn in the games of others as she navigates her new life at court. Torn between the love she has for her former slave turned Governer of Herran, Arin and her duty to her father, Krestel finds herself walking a dangerous line as she fights to do what is right by her own heart, even if it means making tough choices and betraying some beliefs she’s had her whole life.
I’m really impressed with Marie Rutkoski’s world building and ability to create a tension filled, high stakes story with this series. I was won over by the characters and their conflicts in the first novel, and The Winner’s Crime only managed to cement my love for them even more and leave me further invested in their journey.
As far as main characters go I’m a real fan of Krestel. As far as I’m concerned, she is a perfect example of a strong, intelligent and capable female lead within a fantasy novel. Krestel deserves to be there with the greats and I can’t say enough that I love the way Marie Rutkoski has written this young woman. Krestel has come a long way since the first novel, and it’s the small changes in her that I appreciate the most. The lines between sides are really blurred in this series, with neither side entirely innocent or completely blameless and I’ve loved seeing Krestel decide her actions based on what she believes to be right, rather than the ideology expressed by her people.
It’s hard for Krestel to go against her father and deceive those around her, but Krestel’s eyes were opened in The Winner’s Curse and she can’t ignore what she knows to be true. Her mannerisms, attitude and nature are wonderful and I love the balance between strong young woman and a girl who just wants her father love her and to be with the man who has her heart.
Even though Krestel is now engaged to the crown prince, her heart still dutifully belongs to Arin in The Winner’s Crime, although there’s no doubt this raises a lot of issues for Krestel. I loved that Rutkoski managed to build between Krestel and Arin whilst managing to refrain from a dreaded love triangle. Sometimes it’s nice just to have two people belong to each other without the added interference of a third person. There are ways to add conflict and include obstacles that don’t mean another person involved and this series is a perfect example of this. I’m hoping against hope for a happy ending for Krestel and Arin---as long as they’re willing to take the chance to be together, risks aside I think they’ll have a happy life together. They certainly do so much for the other now……
Lush, dangerous and vividly told, The Winner’s Crime is a beguiling read! Wonderfully living up to its predecessor, The Winner’s Crime sets the stage for the final book in the trilogy that promises to be an electric ending!
Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan is an extremely cute and fun novel that is a wonderful start to a promising new YA series. Sassy, sweet and actually quite addictive, this novel is the perfect way to spend an afternoon!
Flirty Dancing follows fifteen year old Beatrice "Bea" Hogg, and sees the shy but determined teenager discover the opportunity of a lifetime when a national dance competition hosts auditions and thanks to her quirky Nan, Bea manages to find herself paired up with her school’s resident hottie, Ollie Matthews. Discovering a natural talent she didn’t know she possessed, together Bea and Ollie jive their way up through the rounds and into the finals, with Bea discovering along the way a happier, more confidant version of herself.
When I picked up Flirty Dancing off my shelf, I had planned to read a few pages, maybe a chapter or two….but before I knew it I was halfway through the story and very eager to keep reading. Jenny McLachlan’s writing is easy to read and her voice fresh and fun. Flirty Dancing was honestly just a downright good book to read. It was light and enjoyable and very easy to breeze through; the kind of novel you start and then want to read all the way to the end.
The main character was young, but not at all childish considering she was only fifteen years old. Her voice was kind and sweet, and she came across as a down to earth, normal young girl with natural insecurities and normal feelings. McLachlan explores issues of teen bullying, first love and all the ups and downs of being a teenager in this novel, and through Bea perfectly.
There was really nothing about this novel I could fault. Bea was a great main character and McLachlan compliments her well with a great cast of supporting characters. There’s some true friends to Bea in this story and some real mean girls too. Ollie is a great love interest as an honest to goodness nice guy and Bea’s family, most especially her little sister Emma make for a lot of smiles and laughs.
Considering this series is set to follow Bea, Betty, Kat and Pearl in individual books, I’m very much looking forward to reading Betty’s story next in Love Bomb and then the subsequent stories that follow. A fantastic, easy read---I highly recommend Flirty Dancing if you’re looking for something fun and enjoyable!
**spoiler alert** Firstly, I'd like to say a big thanks to Bloomsbury Australia for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!**spoiler alert** Firstly, I'd like to say a big thanks to Bloomsbury Australia for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!
A rich and compelling read, The Winners Curse is a beguiling tale of politics, secrets and honour woven together with a complex love story that spans different social standings and sees a strong young woman face losing everything she loves for the chance to save her people.
I’ll be honest, heading into The Winner’s Curse I was really apprehensive as I’d never read any of author Marie Rutkoski’s work and didn’t know what to expect. To begin with the stunning cover stole my heart and the description at the back of the book had me very excited, but I was worried. I’d seen some mixed reviews and wondered if perhaps the book wouldn’t live up to my expectations. Well, it didn’t…it exceeded them!
The Winners Curse has to be one of my favourite books this year so far; I’m just putting that out there! From the moment I opened the book, I found myself entranced by Rutkoski’s glorious tale. The Winners Curse is a stunningly written tale of deception and war that sees Rutkoski depict two very different societies of people; the Valorian, a powerful and strong race and the Herrani who are enslaved to the them and fighting to regain their freedom.
Told predominantly through the eyes of Krestal, the daughter of the Valeroin's most celebrated general, The Winners Curse is a wonderfully depicted novel. Marie Rutkoski excels in her world building and wonderfully follows a young woman who has only two choices for her future; to either marry or enlist in her empire’s military. With neither choice appealing to her, but with time running out to choose, Krestal’s life dramatically alters when she witnesses a slave auction one day and takes a chance by purchasing a young slave by the name of Arin who calls to her as a kindred spirit.
As the main character, I really liked Krestal. Even though she is a noblewoman and has been raised as a lady, she’s quite capable and biting. Krestal is level headed and quick thinking. She is a strategist and despite her instance that she does not wish to join the military, has quite a mind for it. She knows how to take care of herself and makes some really self-sacrificing choices in The Winners Curse.
There’s something very conflicting about this story. Although Krestal’s voice is the dominant one throughout the story, The Winners Curse is also detailed through Arin’s eyes at times, creating a delicious layer of complexity within the story. You’ve got two opposing sides, both equally right and equally wrong in their choices; they’re both fighting for power and supremacy over the other, even if their motives and drives differ at times. For me, The Winners Curse made me question a lot of humanity and I liked the way Marie Rutkosi explored the pitfalls of war and the effect if can have on the simple people who have to live with its consequences.
As the male lead, and someone who’s POV we experience during The Winners Curse, Arin was a very complicated character himself. He was enslaved when the Velarian invaded his home and has spent the last decade of his life being treated like an animal and forced to work for those who conquered his country; having been repeatedly bought and sold over the years. The contradiction in Arin is that although he is used to manual labor and hard work at the hands of his masters, he is also very cultured and intelligent; having been someone of class prior to the war that turned his world upside down. He hides a lot of secrets, many of which see him keeping certain truths from Krestal; something that impacts on their growing relationship, especially seeing how disastrous Arin’s intentions and plans will bring destruction to Krestal's world.
Personally, I just found this book to be a real conundrum because neither side could win without bringing disaster down upon the other. Who is deserving really isn’t who you expect at the times and the change in power and position is something that shifts multiple of times within the novel.
With Krestal and Arin’s relationship a focal point in the story, but also woven together heavily with politics and war, I really liked what Rutkoski did with their relationship. Both from different classes, they're very different but connect so beautifully. Krestal can be herself with Arin and she appreciates him for his swift mind and manner rather than his use. They really are star crossed lovers with betrayal something neither can avoid when love mingles with war and I’m so very excited to see how Rutkoski develops their romance in the next book considering the shocking ending.
Author Marie Rutkoski launches herself into the fantasy genre with her explosive novel The Winners Curse, proving that she is definitely a voice to watch in the future! ...more
Dangerous by Shannon Hale is an action packed and fast moving tale of shocking discoveries, deadly relics and superhuman abilities. Weaving together fast paced action with romance and adventure, Dangerous is an exciting tale.
Dangerous was an unexpected read for me. Heading into it I wasn't sure what to expect. Though I knew Shannon Hale is well known for her writing, the description for Dangerous didn't give away too much and in the beginning there isn't a lot revealed to enlighten the reader. Spanning the course of a year, Dangerous follows Maisie "Danger" Brown, an intelligent and science loving teenager who wins a competition to attend an astronaut boot camp, with events soon taking a sinister turn when what seems like the adventure of a lifetime begins to unravel.
I was very addicted to the first half of this book. Though it wasn't as fast paced as the second half, the beginning chapters of this book really intrigued me. I was capitated by Maisie's adventures at "astronaut boot camp" and the simplicity of the situations the teens found themselves in appealed to me. Hale's writing was simple but flowed nicely and the introduction of different characters seemed promising. And then the tokens were discovered and where the book should have sucked me in completely....I found my mind wandering. I didn't like the second half of the book as much as I did the first. It was still easy enough to read but I felt the book went downhill from about half way and this was a disappointment for me.
Personally, I really liked Maisie and think Hale did a fantastic job with her as a character! Born with a physical disability in the form of a missing limb, Maisie never lets the loss of her arm effect her. Though she's vulnerable to the cruelty of other teenagers, Maisie is quite stong willed and very stubborn. She's a normal teenager with a best friend Luther and a mum and dad who adore her and has hopes and dreams for the future that include voyaging into outer space. Maisie is extremely likable and was a good heroine to follow.
Though I had minor issues with the book, I think Hale did a good job weaving together the sci-fi elements of the story amongst the characters. I liked the supporting characters Maisie met including Wilder and Dr. Howell and even Dragon. The issues Maisie had with Wilder during the book did my head in though. I appreciated the effort Hale made to keep us on our toes over the motives and intentions of those in the story, but Maisie's constant questioning over Wilder was a disappointment to me. Granted he deserved it, but I was disappointed to see what was a very sweet and endearing romance unravel for a time being.
Filled with surprising twists and story developments, Dangerous ends well and will be perfect for fans who love superheroes and enjoy being kept on their toes! ...more
Resist is both the sequel and the conclusion to Sarah Crossan’s thrilling and at times shocking, Breathe duology and is an electrifying end to this dystopian read that will leave you breathless!
I must admit it’s taken me a little while to actually read this series, and now having finished it, I can’t for the life of my figure out why it took me so long! Breathe has been a thoroughly enjoyable series to read. With only two installments in the series, it’s gone fast, but both books have been well written, well thought out and deeply intriguing. I can’t think of a moment where the characters, the story and the pace haven’t been to my liking and not enough to keep me entertained.
Resist picks up exactly where Breathe left off, with The Grove destroyed by Ministry forces and Quinn and Bea on the run for their lives in the pod. The Resistance has been almost eradicated and those who’ve survived have been displaced, with nowhere to go. Resist sees Alina, Silas, Maude, Bruce and other Resistance members heading off in search of sanctuary from another group of rebels, discovering along the way that not everyone supports their way of thinking and may have even more dangerous plans in motion for those who live in the pod.
In the meantime, Bea and Quinn are attempting to find them and instead find others from the pod who surprisingly share their feelings on the assisting the remaining Resistance members. New friends and surprising allies arise, with the mayor's son Ronan taking on a leading role in Resist, and Quinn’s dad making different decisions from the previous book.
Now told through the POV’s of Alina, Bea, Quinn AND Ronan, Resist is very fast paced. This whole book is about our characters fight for survival and a better life, and sees the characters struggle to survive not only from the elements (i.e lack of oxygen) but those who want to shut down everything they’ve worked for (the Ministry). There were tonnes of twists and turns to keep me entertained and some startling shocks including the unexpected loss of one of our main characters at the very end of the book that blew me away. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but it’s a massive loss.
The inclusion of Ronan was interesting to the character dynamic and was a great addition to the story. I worried about a potential love triangle between him, Bea and Quinn, but Crossan handles this all well. Bea, Quinn and Alina are all the fantastic characters they were from the first book, even if the stakes are dire and see them do things they wouldn’t otherwise do. Minor characters, such as Maude Blue add that special something to the book to give it life, and just manage to make me smile time and time again.
Huge stakes and surprising developments keep Resist moving forward. The ending is explosive and hopeful, if not bittersweet, and leaves me feeling mostly satisfied, even if I wasn’t ready for the series to end. Featuring a fast paced storyline and likable characters, Breathe is a series you’ll not want to miss! ...more