Grippingly entertaining, From What I Remember, made me smile from the beginning along with a great amount of laughter until the end. The wiRating: 4.5
Grippingly entertaining, From What I Remember, made me smile from the beginning along with a great amount of laughter until the end. The witty story line and charismatic characters developed a balanced combination of friendship, family, love and just downright craziness. The ups and downs that were presented throughout Kylie and Max's journey to Mexico were so visually written in the moment that I found myself feeling like I was right there with them.
Kylie, an intelligent and quirky protagonist grabbed my attention from the get-go. I enjoyed the fact that she started out as a socially awkward character and then slowly turned into this badass girl, that embodied this fiery bravery that I wish I had in scary situations. Max, started out to be a typical jerky jock, but later turned out to prove Kylie wrong with the whole, "Don't judge a book by its cover" statement.
The turbulence with being being kidnapped and going over the border to an unknown territory would literally freak me out. Yes, they were both scared, but holy crap did they handle it well! The budding relationship between the two was increasingly exciting to watch. I am forever rooting for the underdog to win over the popular guy in school. Don't you love when that happens? *Sighs* Also, Kylie's best friend, Will, was hilarious. He had personality to last you for days. Plus, he was a great friend to Kylie, most friends don't exist like that anymore, so it was refreshing to read.
All in all, I flippin' loved this book. I seriously have no complaints about this novel. Stacy and Valerie are a team that could write anything and make it sound sincere and comical at the same time. I cannot wait to see what they both come up with next!...more
Dangerous and unexpected, Teach Me, presented a well-written situation of a wrongful relationship between a teacher and his student. We've all had cruDangerous and unexpected, Teach Me, presented a well-written situation of a wrongful relationship between a teacher and his student. We've all had crushes once in a while on someone we shouldn't be day dreaming of. But, when it reaches the next level, that's when risky consequences are unveiled. This is the case with Carolina (also known as Nine), when she finds herself drawn to Mr. Mann, her inexplicably, intelligent English teacher. As a teacher, his style was intriguing enough to bring Nine to an open stance with poetry.
But, a secret lover? Eh. I never really understood why she was so fond of him. Yes, he was hard to read and of course the chase and thrill could be quite exciting. However, his bland personality didn't really prove why she decided to play this illicit game. Besides my personal feelings towards Mr. Mann, when he abruptly ends the relationship with her, I actually felt sorry for her. And then she goes and acts like an obsessed girl who could commit anything just to be with him. Instead of just moving on and thinking logically, her behavior made her into an ugly person that lost all of my sympathy.
The novel takes a turn where it was hard for me to connect with the characters. The only sane person probably would be Nine's best friend, who I found to be a quirky goofball that would be perfect for her. Her fanatical behavior caused me to shake my head a lot of the times, but I was also glued to my seat wanting to know what she was going to do next. Love can sometimes make us do crazy things so I knew something major was going to happen. All in all, I enjoyed reading non-stop from beginning to end. Even through the flaws, R.A.'s writing ability contributed an interesting read about a controversial affair, which sadly goes on in reality as well. I look forward to picking up more works by him....more
Breathtakingly written with moments of extraordinary brilliance, Shatter Me, rocked me to my emotional core. The raw vulnerability through Juliette'sBreathtakingly written with moments of extraordinary brilliance, Shatter Me, rocked me to my emotional core. The raw vulnerability through Juliette's movements and thoughts were built in such a picturesque way that I couldn't help imagining her every emotion.
The concept behind the idea of not being able to touch another human, was heartbreakingly fascinating. This novel definitely brought to light how we take touch for granted. The worst punishment is knowing you can't hug or kiss the ones you love. It's truly a burden that I wouldn't be able to deal with, so I give Juliette props for being such a strong protagonist.
I was flabbergasted at the roller coaster ride she was put on from beginning to end. I was always on the edge of my seat waiting to see how Juliette was going to get away from enemy grounds. In addition, I became thoroughly engrossed in Adam's demeanor towards Juliette. His charming personality and boyish good looks created a romantic atmosphere I couldn't help but swoon over.
Another character that I couldn't help but hate and enjoy at the same time was Warner, a villainous figure that was trying to take advantage of Juliette's uncommon power. I still don't know how to feel about him. He was one evil son of a beep, but he also had some traits that I found quite appealing, despite his unnatural sense of malevolence.
All in all, as a debut writer, Tahereh's skillful text advances her creative longevity in the Young Adult genre. I look forward to seeing her continuing her intense style and how the story will escalate. I recommend you pick this one up if you're looking for a dystopian book filled with concentrated substance....more
Wonderstruck was an eloquently written novel that left me feeling electrified with its refreshing plot and artistic value. Brian's depiction between tWonderstruck was an eloquently written novel that left me feeling electrified with its refreshing plot and artistic value. Brian's depiction between two styles of storytelling was creativity to its fullest. This was the first time I read a book that was told halfway through with character pictures. It was a pleasant surprised getting lost in the movement of the character's scenes instead of acting it out in my mind.
Ben and Rose's inter-tangled lives were pieced together in such a beautiful manner, which increased my curiosity about them. Ben's introduction started with lonesome moments, but escalated into a yearning for answers . I loved going through the journey of finding his father. He was quite brave to go to New York without any assistance. His determination was infectious; I couldn't help but root for him to find out the truth.
As for Rose, her story broke my heart; she was such a sweet girl, I couldn't help but feel sorry for her. I admired her non-stop attitude in wanting to spend time with her mother. In addition, due to the fact that she was deaf, I was amazed at how it didn't get in the way of her search alone in a big city. With similar themes behind their stories, it was interesting to see that the even though they were fifty years apart, they still ended up in the same places.
All in all, the novel might be 608 pages, but it felt like 100 pages. The easy dialogue and breathtaking artistic quality in Brian's work, helped me breeze right through it. I definitely recommend this one if you're looking for something different. It's a book for all ages, so don't wait to long to be mesmerized! ...more
This year, dystopian reads are blowing my mind! I just can't seem to put them down. Luckily, the streak is still going on strong with the next release on my list Eve. The first installment in this thrilling trilogy didn't disappoint. With a driven protagonist, to a swift paced plot, Carey formulated a hooking start. Eve was first introduced in a school, with orphaned girls just like herself, who were brought up with the illusion that they would one day have bright futures. On top of that, they were taught that men were these animalistic heathens that would ruin their existence. Imagine that? A world without men, definitely stress-free (no offense gentlemen) but, oh so boring! Thanks to her one time rival Arden, Eve woke up to what really awaited her on the other side of school. After her realization, she decided to escape into the unknown where all the action took place.
Eve's decision to jump into an area that was supposedly dangerous was very brave. With no knowledge or any supplies, she took her fate into her own hands. I admire her courage and non-stop fighting attitude. Along the way, I got the chance to see Arden more in depth, and she turned out to be a grand sidekick to Eve. At first, her tough exterior clouded her likability, but she slowly unraveled her true colors.
Moving on, besides Eve and Arden and all the fascinating secondary characters, one boy stole my heart and that was Caleb. Whatever Eve was brainwashed with about boys went out the window, the moment she met him. Caleb was kind-hearted, intellectual and delectably attractive, everything you'd want in a perfect guy. Even through their ups and downs of survival, their bond was special. I expect to see many more wonderful moments between the two. Especially since the ending leads me to believe that the sequel will be filled with more heart-pumping scenes. All in all, I look forward to continuing this series, Anna proved to be a talented writer with the gift of writing attention grabbing chapters....more
The Beginning of After is a substantial piece of work for anyone who has experienced a grief stricken loss. While reading this debut, it conjured up bThe Beginning of After is a substantial piece of work for anyone who has experienced a grief stricken loss. While reading this debut, it conjured up buried feelings of my Godmother's death. Normally, I tend to shy away from conversing about her passing, since it hurts too much. However, while going through the movements with Laurel, it helped me connect with the emotions I keep hidden inside. So, thank you Jennifer for giving me the gift to come to terms with a difficult part of my past.
Now, Laurel's beginning started out extremely heartbreaking, just the thought of someone losing their whole family in a day makes me so sad. The way she handled it was in all honesty the best way at the time. The only part of the novel I found to be a little sluggish revolved around the romantic development between David and Laurel. It drove me a bit insane just because it was slow, even though that's how relationships are in reality.
I love the fact that this was a standalone, no sequel, it's quite refreshing considering most books these days are part of a series. All in all, I felt the message Jennifer was trying to portray read loud and clear. It's a great way for teens to connect with characters who might reach them with in depth pain and truthfulness. If you're a fan of contemporary, you should definitely pick this one up!...more
Fury has one of those gorgeous covers that I'm sure will grab people's attention in bookstores. But, is the content worth it? I’m a bitMy Rating: 3.5
Fury has one of those gorgeous covers that I'm sure will grab people's attention in bookstores. But, is the content worth it? I’m a bit on the fence with that one. Elizabeth Miles shows great showmanship skills through her engrossing writing. While the pace was slow at times, the curiosity in the developing plot overshadowed it. Moving on, with the exception of Emily’s close friend, JD, none of the characters were likable. The rationality behind their decisions and overall display of humanity was sadly lacking. Emily, starts off as a decent individual, but then turns into a naïve girl that is blinded by one of the biggest douche bags I’ve ever encountered in YA.
I didn't really appreciate the fact that Emily decided to mess around with her best friend's boyfriend, but in this case it worked for the story. Especially since the Furies were in town looking to bring karma to someone. Once the Furies came into the picture, the novel picked up for the best. The intense anticipation helped boost the appeal I hoped for. Unfortunately, in my opinion, they should have entered the picture earlier. However, it is understandable why Elizabeth held out right until the end to bring the shock value. It definitely makes me want to pick up the sequel! In conclusion, it was a decent first installment. I believe the rest of the series will have a better direction with much more oomph that I felt Fury didn't have. ...more
Spine-chilling and categorically stimulating, Anna Dressed in Blood, delivered one of the best ghost tales I've ever read. I love supernatural books,Spine-chilling and categorically stimulating, Anna Dressed in Blood, delivered one of the best ghost tales I've ever read. I love supernatural books, but for some reason I never was a huge fan of ghosts. However, it only takes one author to change a readers mind, and that's exactly what Kendare did for me. The novel opens up with Cas, a savvy ghost killer whose confidence level was through the roof. Luckily, his accomplishments backed up his dynamic personality, while his amiability shined through.
Honestly, most of the time I have trouble connecting with male leads, but with Cas it was different. I fed off his energy the moment he entered the scene and enjoyed peeling back his layers as I went. In addition, his quirky, witch mother and spirit-sniffing cat were also entertaining for secondary characters. Once Cas and his mother landed in a new town, the story took a turn for the oh my God, I can't read this book in the dark kind of way. Anna, whoa, that girl was a mix of the exorcist and the sweet girl next door. Is that even possible? Well, in this story it was! The deathly feel of Anna's angry streak scared the hell out of not only me, but her innocent victims as well.
Kendare's execution behind Anna's emotional uproar was superbly done. Thus, making it extremely easy for me to connect with her baggage and shockingly detailed background. The friendship build up between Cas and Anna was adorable. You'd think a human guy and a ghost girl having a relationship would be weird, but it wasn't. I would even find myself forgetting that Anna was even a ghost! All in all, I am fascinated by Kendare's writing ability and I look forward to continuing this series. I can't wait to see what happens to Cas and Anna next!...more
For the past two years, Brenda has been a shining light in my life. She not only is a progressively amazing writer, but a kind-hearted pMy Rating: 4.5
For the past two years, Brenda has been a shining light in my life. She not only is a progressively amazing writer, but a kind-hearted person as well. Through her magnificent Talisman vampire series to a now breathtaking mer tale, she continually ups her game for the better. Now, all adoration aside, this novel contributed a vast look into the lives of mer folks. I've always been a fan of mermaids; there is something special about these mythical creatures that bring my curiosity out. Tatiana and Fin are by far one of my favorite brother, sister duos. Fin was a great pleasure to have around. His sweet nature, especially around Ashlyn, was downright adorable. Plus, he brought this strength that helped steady others through the complicated times.
Moving on, Ashlyn was Tatiana's best friend, who had no idea that her friend was far from being human. Personality wise, I didn't really connect with her as much as I would have liked. But, fortunately it didn't affect her narrative. Brenda has a unique way of pulling me in with her writing style. The dual narrative that was going on between Ashlyn and Fin created a great balance for both stories. It helped me connect with the human side of things, while also losing myself in the fantastical sea world. Overall, it was a delightful mer tale that will leave you wanting the sequel! ...more
The Book Blogger's Cookbook has the best combination of two of my favorite things: food and books. I was blown away at how Christy and her team organiThe Book Blogger's Cookbook has the best combination of two of my favorite things: food and books. I was blown away at how Christy and her team organized a complimentary piece of work that left my mouth watering. For starters, it's a great honor to even be included in this blogger cookbook. For my entry I chose to comment on Lauren's Oliver debut, Before I Fall. I utterly adore everything about this novel, so when the 7-Day Layer Dip was chosen as its recipe, I knew it was the right counterpart. Throughout Before I Fall, the main character re-lives her death numerous times, so as Christy expresses in the cookbook, the layers of the recipe grabbed the feel of the story.
Moving on, I love cooking, so you know what I am going to do with all these recipes? Try them out of course! So thank you to the lovely ladies who took the time out to make this cookbook happen. Christy's writing is engaging and full of charm, while Amanda and Devon played key parts in the execution. Besides the tasty recipes, I also appreciated the contribution from all the other book bloggers. It gave me the chance to discover new bookworms, while enjoying the quotes from bloggers I am familiar with. It's a positive project that I am proud to be a part of and I hope you all take the time out to support it. Overall, it's sort of a dream book for readers who love cooking. ...more
The characters in Dark Parties live in a society where it's safeguarded by the Protectosphere, a secluded bubble run by the overzealousMy Rating: 4.5
The characters in Dark Parties live in a society where it's safeguarded by the Protectosphere, a secluded bubble run by the overzealous government. Rebellion is frowned upon, while orderly conduct and a plain way of living is enforced. I'm sure most of you have heard the saying, "Big brother is watching you." In this case, it's very much true, the quiet revolt is slowly sweeping across the people. However, if careful precautions aren't taken, the vigilant government will easily make individuals disappear. Creepy right? One day you are attending secret meetings, the next you are gone without a trace.
In the beginning, Sara introduces the reader to a party where faces are hidden in the dark, causing the novel to create a sinister atmosphere. At first, I was a bit confused on what exactly was happening, however it didn't falter my curiosity. Also, in the mix of things the protagonist, Neva, is surprised when someone makes out with her. When the lights go on, her best friend's boyfriend is looking at her and smiling. Oh the drama! Let me just say, the kissing scenes throughout Dark Parties were pretty steamy, Sara sure knows how to start with a bang! If you decide to read the book and find the first chapter a little awkward, I promise it gets better once you pass it.
Moving on, Neva's confidence and determination helped me connect with her on a deeper level. The thought behind the "missing" being out there, gave her the fuel she needed to find out secrets no one expected. In addition, the blossoming relationship between Neva and Sanna's boyfriend captivated me until the end. Yes, it was wrong in so many ways, but the undeniable chemistry was there all along. All in all, I really enjoyed the amusement value of the storyline. After reading so many dystopian books this year, I can say that this one had elements that I usually look for. It kept me interested from start to finish with heart pumping chapters and likable characters. From the way it left off, I have a feeling a sequel is in the works. I'm excited to see what ride Sara takes me on next! ...more
From reading numerous books by Jennifer, I've discovered that she is the type of author that never disappoints. The distinct, made up relationships, nFrom reading numerous books by Jennifer, I've discovered that she is the type of author that never disappoints. The distinct, made up relationships, never fail to astound me. Another aspect, is when her novels showcase a great balance between the plot and characters. It's the perfect leeway into the reader's connection, which brings me to the protagonist. Erin was an easy individual to relate to, after all she did enjoy reading and writing. It was the first time I read about a character whose dream is to one day be an accomplished novelist. It was a pleasant touch reading Erin's short stories within the chapters. I especially was fond of Erin's first short story about the "stable boy." Even though it was based on Hunter, a past frenemy in her life, I loved the idea for an actual novel. Jennifer, maybe you should continue that romance tale, it was pretty addicting in its few pages of introduction.
Now, let's get to the juicy part, Erin rebelled against her grandmother and left for New York. There, she left behind the boy who proclaimed her inheritance and horse farm for a new beginning in college. But, who shows up in her creating writing class? Hunter. The boy who took everything away from her. *Dum, Dum, Dum* So, what's a girl to do? Hate the kid or succumb to the never-ending heart flutter when he is around? Well, you have to read the book to find out! I found the back and forth feelings between the two amusing. I loved how they both used writing to express their inner emotions. It's a great example as to how powerful words can truly be. Finally, it wasn't my favorite piece of work by Jennifer but, it was a great addition to the bunch. I'll be patiently waiting for the next novel, because at the end of the day Echols is one fantastic author!...more
Elizabeth Scott, is one of the sweetest authors I've come across. With a heart of gold, her stories shine with plots anyone could relate to. In BetweeElizabeth Scott, is one of the sweetest authors I've come across. With a heart of gold, her stories shine with plots anyone could relate to. In Between Here and Forever, I met Abby, a girl whose existence was hidden behind her beautiful sister's shadow. Her constant insecurity stemmed from the feeling of never being good enough. I'd assume Abby would despise her sister, but she actually felt the opposite. The pure sincerity of Abby's actions following Tess's tragic accident, was touching. Every day she would visit her coma stricken sister, hoping for her to wake up. Luckily, Eli the mysterious yet good looking employee comes along who might have the key to Abby's wishes, just not the one she expected.
I really enjoyed Eli's persona around Abby, even though half the time she didn't think she was worthy of his attention. I disliked that trait about her, I had the urge many times of slapping her so she could wake up and see her awesomeness. But, in all honesty, I understand why Elizabeth created her character with flaws. It just wouldn't be the same in the end without her learning experiences. Another aspect of the novel I didn't expect surrounded Tess's hidden secret which was unraveled while Abby searched through her sister's past. Finally, the message throughout the plot was inspirational and could easily be connected with. Even though this is my first Elizabeth Scott novel, I am definitely going to read more of her works soon! ...more
Dead Rules just brought the sexy back in ghosts. I was never a big fan of ghost stories, until now. From the first page on, I was engulfed in the wholesome artistry behind the sinister and witty plot. The dark quality following the light humor was a great balance throughout the novel. My overall favorite aspect was the buildup in characterization. Each individual, right down to the secondary ones, all had a unique voice. Thus, making it easy for me to connect and sympathize with each dead person's tale. Jana, a quirky girl in love, falls to her tragic death in a bowling alley. Crazy way to go right? After all is said and done, Jana starts attending an afterlife "Dead School." This arrangement is like any other school, just with students who carry their heads around or have a dart stuck in their skull. I know what you're thinking, who would have thought that we would still go to school even after death! Well, for Jana's case and mine, this idea was flippin' spectacular.
When Jana was alive, her world consisted of Michael. The two were inseparable, right down to their future plans. With the loss of her life, and other half, everything she once knew was in shambles. But, when a mysterious note provides her with murderous information, her plan is to get in with the rule breaking Sliders, to get her foot closer to Earth. Mars, was the perfect bad boy in my eyes. His edge and pleasantly surprising good heart made him into just the right person for Jane to know. Plus, her roommates were just as amusing, even the ones who continually stopped her from going against the grain. By the end, I was left astonished at how everything turned out. The story couldn't have resulted in a better conclusion. Even though, I think a sequel might be in the works due to the open window left behind, or so I hope so! I loved this novel and everything about it. Also, because of Jana, I will now use the term, "Fart, Fudge and Popcorn!" Thank you Randy for writing YA, you just rocked my inner fascination with ghosts....more