I was asked to review this novel without compensation from author, Swoon Reads or anyone else.
When it comes to dystopian novels, it's been hit and misI was asked to review this novel without compensation from author, Swoon Reads or anyone else.
When it comes to dystopian novels, it's been hit and miss for me. This one was the same. I didn't hate it or love it. It was okay.
My main problem came with the romance which I was disconnected from. It didn't feel real to me for either character and in some places it felt too forced. Reuben was interesting and I liked the places where he appeared. Also her roommate who did her best to try to break free of their controlled environment lightened up the spots where she came in.
The main character and her "love interest" didn't really pull me in. I wanted more, not sure what that "more" is but I would have liked to have it....more
I picked this one up because of the blurb. I like to read the occasional mystery and stories that border the young adult/new adult line.
The idea of aI picked this one up because of the blurb. I like to read the occasional mystery and stories that border the young adult/new adult line.
The idea of a young person wanted to learn about a parent's death (or murder) is natural and can make for a good storyline.
I made it 22% of the way through (according to my kindle counter) before I called it quits. I'm not sure if it was because I felt the main character was a little bit unrealistic or the plot was moving at a snail's pace or maybe it being in first-person, but I lost interest. I wanted to like this story, I really did but unfortunately it didn't grab me enough to compel me to finish it.
Would I recommend this book? For those who like mysteries, coming of age stories or contemporary young adult novels, this book might be something you'd enjoy....more
This book started out slow and almost made me stop reading. Once I hit around the 15% mark on my Kindle, the plot and action picked up and I consumedThis book started out slow and almost made me stop reading. Once I hit around the 15% mark on my Kindle, the plot and action picked up and I consumed the book. I'm glad I hung in there because this was a fantastic fantasy novel. I've not read too many of late that have captured my interest but this one certainly did.
The world building, politics, character development and plot were woven together rather well and kept me vested in the story. There were also some twists that I didn't see coming but completely enjoyed when they came about.
The romances (yes there are more than one!) were all believable and paced well. I liked the heroine's spunk as well as her emotional growth as the story progressed.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes! Yes! Yes! I plan on reading the sequel....more
This book has a bit of everything: angst, love, adventure and political intrigue. The politics that exist among the four elemental courts (Air, Water,This book has a bit of everything: angst, love, adventure and political intrigue. The politics that exist among the four elemental courts (Air, Water, Fire, & Earth) help drive the story and gives the reader some interesting world building to enjoy.
Entwined with the magical realms is are own and the foray back and forth between the two gives readers a nice change of pace and perspective.
I like Rowan and mostly like Kalin. The budding romance between the two was believable and the depth of Rowan's secrets and feelings were insightful and added depth to the story. Kalin drove me nuts because there were more times when she got on my nerves than when I actually liked her as a character. I know angst is the name of the game when we write YA but sometimes too much angst is a bad thing.
Overall, though, this was a fun read.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes I would. I'm enjoying this series tremendously and look forward to the next novel in it....more
I want to start off by mentioning the things that attracted me to this book. I'm a big fan of mental abilities, especially telepathy. The concept of aI want to start off by mentioning the things that attracted me to this book. I'm a big fan of mental abilities, especially telepathy. The concept of an interspecies bond caught my eye. The fact that the bond wasn't with aliens but with animals here on earth was also a perk.
The descriptions of the surroundings, people and animals were top-notch and gave me a good grasp on what things/places/animals/people looked like which made it very distinct in my mind's eye.
The characters, except those who were supposed to be shallow, were well-rounded with both good and bad points being exposed as I read along.
However, these three things were not enough to keep me hooked. I got 40% of the way through and stopped reading. The main reason is the pacing was so slow. I don't always have to have things move at lightning speed but when it drags on and on, I tend to get bored or annoyed.
The second thing that kept knocking my interest away was deep/detailed discussions about spiritually. Again, information about other cultures, beliefs, spirituality and other topics related to a person's heritage don't bother me. But when it overloads my mind and/or bogs the story down for me, I lose interest.
Would I recommend this book? I'm on the fence, so I will leave it up to you to decide....more
I want to start off by saying that I don't usually give a DNF (do not finish) tag to a novel. With that being said, I do want to point out why I tookI want to start off by saying that I don't usually give a DNF (do not finish) tag to a novel. With that being said, I do want to point out why I took a chance on this novel.
1) The cover. There's something about people wearing cloaks that suggests mystery to me. And the fact that the girl is standing in an archway of some type piqued my curiosity as to why she was there.
2) The title. I thought that the book might be about some type of paranormal creature, more specifically vampires or zombies, and since I'm always on the lookout for new authors in that genre, I was intrigued.
Reading the blurb made me revise my opinion somewhat and I dove into the novel, ready to see where the author was going to go with the story.
That's when I ran into problems. The "mystery" about her parents' death didn't capture me the way I thought it would. Maybe it's because of the way the set of events leading up to the discovery of her parents felt disjointed and a tad bit unbelievable. I can understand her going into shock when she discovered the bodies but not the stuff that happened before that.
I didn't warm up to the main character, Renee, at all. She irked me from the moment I met her until the point where I stopped reading. Her attitude was grating and I felt, entirely ungrateful for someone of her age. I know she suffered a double loss. I know she was grieving, but at the age she is, she should have behaved better. I felt like I was watching a five-year-old throw a tantrum because they couldn't have their way.
The grandfather felt flat to me and beyond cold. I know that he hasn't had anything to do with her but his reactions toward her were beyond aloof.
I couldn't muster up the energy to care that she was leaving behind friends and having to move. That's when I stopped reading. When I'm that irritated with a character and the plot which didn't pull me in, I quit. I know, bad thing to do but I decided not to continue.
Would I recommend? No, but if it's your cup of tea, feel free to try it out....more
I read the book after I saw the movie so it gave me a chance to compare the two. There were several changes that they made to the film that were not nI read the book after I saw the movie so it gave me a chance to compare the two. There were several changes that they made to the film that were not necessarily in the book. There were also some things in the book that I would have loved to seen in the movie because I feel it would have made myself, as a viewer (and future reader of the first book), more invested.
But getting back to the book, I have to say that the characters felt "real." The societal themes such as conformity, finding a place to belong and, in general, growing up and leaving home, all helped to move the novel along and keep me invested the entire time.
The romance was so-so but that didn't deter me from finishing the book.
I will pick up the next book in the series to see what happens to the main characters....more
Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.
This book is a novella and a prequel to O'Neale's Mortal EnDisclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.
This book is a novella and a prequel to O'Neale's Mortal Enchantment series. So those that get this that are looking for a novel-length read need remember this is shorter and the end is a somewhat of a cliffhanger.
This was an easy read and I finished it in one sitting. Overall, the pacing for the novella was decent and didn't feel too rushed. The world building and descriptions of the various places was detailed just enough to give great visuals without being too drawn out and annoying.
I think my biggest problem were the characters. I know this is a novella, but the characters, even the main one, Rowan, felt flat to me. I had trouble relating to them or their plight. I think the only time I really reacted to what was happening to Rowan and his best friend came near the end of the story and it was more that I was shocked by the circumstances that lead to a very brutal scene.
Rowan's attempts at being a "bad" boy came across as small child wanting attention and failing miserably at that. I don't mind whiny characters because they serve their purpose (and not that Rowan was "whiny"), but if you're going to give me a sob story on why you have to act bad, then that turns me off.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, I would....more
Some of this story was infuriating as well as confusing. There was plenty of action, angst, romance, death and conspiracy. My favorite writing cocktaiSome of this story was infuriating as well as confusing. There was plenty of action, angst, romance, death and conspiracy. My favorite writing cocktail.
There's not much to say that hasn't been mentioned in other reviews but I will say that despite the fact the whining of the hero and heroine drove me batty, I still enjoy this series and will continue on to book #4....more
I'm in the middle of doing a binge read of the Mortal Instrument books. When the first book, City of Bones, first came out I read it but was never ablI'm in the middle of doing a binge read of the Mortal Instrument books. When the first book, City of Bones, first came out I read it but was never able to get into the rest of the books. Now, a few years later, thanks to the recent film, I found myself deciding to give the series another try.
I am now invested and enjoying the series. I'm getting ready to start book #3.
I'm going to keep this review short but I will say that the pacing, character development, world building, conflict and plot have firmly hooked me and I have no complaints as of yet.
I'm all about descriptions and this book is full of them. Not to the point where you feel like you're being told everything. The flow of the narrativeI'm all about descriptions and this book is full of them. Not to the point where you feel like you're being told everything. The flow of the narrative as well as the characters (flawed and very believable) made this an enjoyable read.
I would recommend this book to young adults and adults alike. I didn't feel like the author just slapped a story together and put it out there. The storyline was well done and I would definitely be willing to read more books in this series....more
When we ended the first book, Willow and Alex were on the run and heading south toward Mexico thanks to Willow's precognitive dream. What Willow doesnWhen we ended the first book, Willow and Alex were on the run and heading south toward Mexico thanks to Willow's precognitive dream. What Willow doesn't tell Alex is that she sees a boy in her dream that feels oddly familiar to her. Oh, and that she is attracted to.
This bit of news sets up one of the major side plot lines that drives the story: the love triangle. And, I will admit, this was one of the better ones. Often times with love triangles, one of the two love interests comes off a little, well, flat. Weatherly did not have that problem with Seb, the only other half-angel in the world besides Willow.
The angst between Willow, Seb and Alex was realistic and had me pulling my hair out in places at people's stupidity. That's when I felt fully invested in the characters. Even minor characters had a richness of development that I haven't seen in a while.
In addition to the well done character development, the pacing, main plot and other side plots kept me happily reading for several hours until I finished the 700+ page novel.
I cannot wait to read the final book in the trio. I personally am rooting for Willow x Seb, but that's just me.
Would I recommend it to others? That would be a big "YES!" I'm eagerly awaiting the library getting the newest one....more
I've been reading quite a lot lately and giving everything from 2 stars to 4 stars for the books that have crossed my path. It's very hard for me to gI've been reading quite a lot lately and giving everything from 2 stars to 4 stars for the books that have crossed my path. It's very hard for me to give out 5 stars because there's always something that is a deal breaker for me when I'm reading. I did not have that problem with Steelheart.
I want to point out before I get going on my review that this is a YA novel. I noticed that when I saw other reviews that many were complaining about the style of writing. Sanderson's style is consistent and similar to other YA writers and stories. I just wanted to throw that out there so that other potential readers understand this.
It was the super powered human angle that hooked me. I love comic books and superheroes. This story made me think of X-men and how you have mutants that either want to get along with humanity and use their powers for good or you have mutants who believe they are superior and don't mind running over and destroying humanity to achieve that dominance.
Now imagine that the latter type of mutant suddenly appeared on the scene. They are arrogant, powerful and have a decided lack of interest in getting along with anyone. What will you, a mere human be able to do?
The main character, David, is faced with that choice after watching one of those super powered beings (called Epics) kill someone he loves. David's obsession (I wouldn't call it tenacity because that's too tame a word to describe this young man's drive) with killing that Epic and getting revenge is the major plot driving the story.
The reader is also introduced to a group called The Reckoners who fight to liberate humanity from the Epics.
There is lots of action, adventure and a small romance. The dialogue in this novel is rather, unique, but not a deal breaker for me. I've known many a fellow nerd who was so socially awkward that every time we open our mouths to be witty or try to fit in, we insert our foot or don't make sense to the world at large.
I would recommend this book for guys and girls. It was a page turner til the end and I would reread it in a heartbeat....more
I received an ebook ARC of this novel via Netgalley.
This is the description given by the publisher, "This terrifically taut and short novel is targeteI received an ebook ARC of this novel via Netgalley.
This is the description given by the publisher, "This terrifically taut and short novel is targeted for reluctant/struggling readers or kids with dyslexia. The interest level is aged 13 and up, while it is at a 3rd grade reading level."
I have included the above quote so that what I say here makes sense. The novel was definitely short at 100 pages. The novel does read with its basic sentences and light plot as if written for a younger age group. That was one of the reasons why I had trouble with the characters' ages (around 16 & up). It felt strange reading that the main character was in love with two different people because of the writing style.
As for plot, it is really, really basic. I was left, at the end of the story feeling a little let down. I hope that a second book is written to finish out the story.
Would I recommend this book for its target audience? The answer is yes. ...more
One of the most popular video games in the world, The Wordwick Games, holds a contest to find the best gamers in the world. The prize? A chance to plaOne of the most popular video games in the world, The Wordwick Games, holds a contest to find the best gamers in the world. The prize? A chance to play a new game. Thus starts this quickly paced fantasy story that begins in our world and takes our young heroes to the land of Anachronia.
There are five main characters: Gemma the blonde English cheerleader; Sparks the sandy blonde quarterback from a Texas Ranch; Jack who is a nerd and very shy; Rio the mysterious boy from East L.A. and lastly, Kat who is petite, outspoken with a pixie look to her which she desperately tries to hide by dressing Goth.
The five teenagers are tasked with defeating a dragon and stopping a war (among other things) using the power of the ruler words.
What I liked most about this story is the fact that you can learn quite a few "big" words that are crucial to the survival of the main characters. It made me feel proud to be such a nerd and I enjoyed watching the characters trying to figure out the ruler words that would save them whenever they encountered sticky situations.
This story reminded me somewhat of the Chronicles of Narnia series (but not heavy on religious undertones and allegories) and would definitely be a good book to recommend to teens....more