Oh heck, I can't believe this series is over now. It makes me sad, but the end, in my opinion, was satisfying for the most part. Seth and Georgina hav...moreOh heck, I can't believe this series is over now. It makes me sad, but the end, in my opinion, was satisfying for the most part. Seth and Georgina have had such a journey! This book really wraps it up, and I think readers will feel complete after finishing this one. Perhaps one or two things will nag at you, and I'd love to discuss those things with fans of this series and people who have read this final novel.
I received this book through Around The World ARC Tours. Here is my honest review:
I must admit - I only read certain stories from this book. Why? Beca...moreI received this book through Around The World ARC Tours. Here is my honest review:
I must admit - I only read certain stories from this book. Why? Because I'm not familiar with all the authors and their respective book universes. Make sense? I read a few, some from authors I know well, and some original stories. I'm not big on short story anthologies, but I do like the short stories from series I normally read. Here are the ones I read and what I thought:
Jackson Pearce - Things About Love This one is written in the As You Wish universe. First person/present tense with alternating POVs between Lawrence and Juliet. I have not read the As You Wish book(s), but I enjoyed this little story on love. It didn't really make me want to read her As You Wish novel(s) because I'm not all that into genies, but I may check them out. I did appreciate the gay character. :o)
Jeri Smith-Ready - Bridge Set in her Shade/Shift series, Logan is telling this story in first person/present tense. He wants to find someone to talk to his older brother Mickey for him. He finds Krista, and the meeting is bittersweet for everyone. Good story, written in verse, and that made it very different.
Kimberly Derting - Skin Contact Told in third person/past tense, this story is set in The Body Finder world. Rafe's story about Sophie is heartbreaking and very sad. Keep tissue with you for this one. While Jay and Vi make no appearance, this is a great addition to The Body Finder series.
Ally Condie - Leaving A stand-alone dystopian short, Leaving is about a girl whose dad has disappeared, leaving her marked in her society. She also wants to leave, but the choice isn't always as clear-cut as it seems. I think this one can become something way more if she chooses, and I may check it out. I didn't care all that much for Matched, but this one seems different enough. Told in first person/present tense.
Jessica Verday - At The Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show Jane, part of a family of supernatural-being hunters, runs into some trouble on an unapproved solo mission. She comes across some interesting characters dressed and ready for a Rocky Horror convention and talent show! A story about Rocky Horror? Count me in! The dedication is priceless, too. Great original. Wanted a little more from one part, but that's okay!
I seriously hope there is a spin-off series because the end of this book is just NOT enough for me! I want more!
Violet has gotten so strong over these four books. She's becoming this incredibly smart person even if she puts herself in danger more often than she changes her underwear. I still think she should stick around for a while because that just can't be it to her story. I wanted more of a closure ending. I felt like there was a lot of foreshadowing that wasn't really foreshadowing, but it's all good.
This was a great addition to the BODY FINDER series. There was suspense, tension, some good Vi and Jay moments, and great Chelsea commentary. There was also the total creep killer dude. Man, Derting is good at getting inside the heads of her bad guys!! They always make my skin crawl. Ugh. Evan is no different. Everything we love in a BODY FINDER novel is here. YAY!
On a final note: I hope this book gets majorly edited. My eyes don't read for just reading anymore, and it was very distracting to see all the edits that need to be made. I get that this is an ARC, so no big deal. I hope the final version is polished because it certainly deserves to be. :o)(less)
I received this ARC through an Armchair BEA giveaway. Here is my honest review:
Let me start by saying that this is yet another Ellen Hopkins book that...moreI received this ARC through an Armchair BEA giveaway. Here is my honest review:
Let me start by saying that this is yet another Ellen Hopkins book that does not disappoint! I don't think it's as gritty as some of her other ones, but there is drama and real pain and emotion in this book. There is the typical drugs, sex, violence in here, but it's all different than what I feel like I'm used to with Hopkins. Granted, I haven't read ALL of her books (I'm missing a couple like Identical..), but this one is very emotional and written in the verse we've all come to know and love.
She is one of the authors whose books I will always read rather than listen to. The placement of the words on the page tell a story in her novels just as much as the words themselves do. I absolutely adore her writing style, because I love when certain words stick out on the page to make a whole new sentence that either summarizes the idea on that particular page or to completely contradict the idea and explain how the narrator is really feeling. Also, she uses another technique in this book of using the last thoughts of the narrator before and making them the first thoughts of the next narrator. Sounds weird, but read this one and tell me it's not cool when you see it!
In this book, Cara, Sean, Kendra, and Andre weave their tales together to make one story about their individual lives as well as how they connect with each other. Their stories are ones of growth, failure, triumph, learning, success, racism, drug use, eating disorders, death, and life. Each of their tales is different but so similar: they want/need to be perfect. It's heartbreaking.
It's always so interesting to read one of Hopkins's books because she always surprises you. The end of this one left me wanting more about these teens! What happens next, Ellen?! It is great that this is a continuation of Impulse of sorts, but now I want more about these people. The end was sad, but it just wasn't enough. But I appreciate the final words of this story more than some I've read lately. Great job!(less)
Wow, I devoured this one! This is a hilarious, heart-felt, extremely entertaining, and edge-of-your-seat, can't-wait-to-see-what's-going-to-happen-nex...moreWow, I devoured this one! This is a hilarious, heart-felt, extremely entertaining, and edge-of-your-seat, can't-wait-to-see-what's-going-to-happen-next kind of book! I couldn't put it down. At all. I was so wrapped up in April's world and her lies.. I couldn't see a happy ending! Everyone who makes that big of a mess always gets in trouble. BIG trouble. Lots of crazy things go on! And I would definitely like to know what happened right after the very end.
This book is called Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have), but it doesn't even give the degree of naughtiness of the things they did. Oh my goodness. I couldn't even believe it! I just kept waiting for their gig to get exposed. It seemed way too easy. And it is genius how they set it all up! This was just super fun, fairly stressful, and very funny. I loved the whole thing. So glad I read it!
PS - This is definitely for the older crowd of YA readers. Lots of mentions of sex and drinking, etc. Just a warning!(less)
Thanks to Amalie Howard and Marissa DeCuir from JKSCommunications for providing me with an ARC of this novel. Here is my honest review:
I kind of felt...moreThanks to Amalie Howard and Marissa DeCuir from JKSCommunications for providing me with an ARC of this novel. Here is my honest review:
I kind of felt like I was reading this book forever. Exhaustion set in after the fifth time of Tori and Christian going back and forth, deciding to be together and then quickly fighting over remembering that they actually cannot be together. That was tiresome. And I think I'm just not into the whole witch thing.
Now I know this sounds so negative, but I kind of liked the story too! I think this was just another case of hearing so many great things, including the whole Seventeen Magazine Beach Read pick, that my hopes were seriously high for this one. For me, it didn't live up to the hype, but I'm glad I read it.
Oh. My. Goodness. I would like to start out by saying that reading Daimon first very much helps, so don't skip to Half-...moreYum. And sad. :o)
Oh. My. Goodness. I would like to start out by saying that reading Daimon first very much helps, so don't skip to Half-Blood. But read Daimon fast so you can then get to Half-Blood. It's worth it. I promise.I don't want to spoil Daimon for anyone who hasn't read it, because this one picks up right where that one left off, and the events are shocking but important. With that being said, if you have NOT read Daimon, I advice you this: DO NOT CONTINUE if you don't want spoilers! You've been warned :o)
The description on Goodreads really doesn't do this book justice. Of course the forbidden romance is alluring and pertinent to the story, but it's not always the biggest issue for Alexandria (a half-blood). Half-Blood opens up dealing with the aftermath of Daimon - Alex's mother having died at the hands of a daimon (DEE-mun). Alex has now returned to the Covenant, an island where pure-bloods and half-bloods live, learn, and work together, and the place her mother ripped her away from three years prior. Her mother had her reasons, but now she's dead and Alex has to find out on her own. Her former peers have their thoughts, but Alex tries not to listen.
Upon her return, Alex finds out that her uncle is now the Dean of the school. This could be good or bad. They've never been close, so he lays down the law: he doesn't want Alex there, but a pure-blood named Aiden fights to train her since her potential is extraordinary. Her uncle agrees, but she must be ready and caught up by fall at the start of school to stay. The alternative? Servitude and slavery, total obedience to the pure-bloods. Obviously a lot is at stake.
However, Alex has an attitude. She's snarky, spunky, and true to herself. This means she bends rules, starts fights, and doesn't back down. This could definitely get put her in hot water with the Dean. Not to mention, her step-father (a pure-blood) is on the island and could claim her at any moment since he's her legal guardian. What a mess.
As Aiden's training sessions progress, Alex starts to develop feelings for him. Sounds normal, but there are rules from the gods: Pures and Halfs can't mix romantically. Very big problem here. It becomes worse when Aiden becomes attached to Alex as well. But this is all I will tell you about this part. You absolutely must read to know more. Again, it's SO worth it.
There's a shock involving Alex's mother, and the oracle pays a visit to tell Alex her truths. Lots of Greek mythology with the gods and such.. very entertaining. I could say so much more, and I'm glad I talk to people who've read this because I want to talk nonstop about it. And I know it took a couple days to read, but I'm a slow reader, and I really wanted to just enjoy this one and let it soak in slowly.
Thanks for Galley Grab and Shannon O'Donnell for the ARC version of this novel. Here is my honest review:
I heard a lot of great things about this novel before I started reading it, so I guess I was expecting a lot more. That's not to say that I thought this was bad. It's definitely 3.5 stars-worthy, and I read it quickly so I must have enjoyed it. I also heard about this killer cliffhanger at the end, and that part didn't disappoint at all! I was imagining all kinds of different things, but what happened at the end was not what I thought it would be. I did have to go back to see if I could have guessed, and maybe.. just maybe.. but no. I didn't see it coming.
Besides the ending, I also didn't anticipate some other stuff that happened. I liked that this was definitely unpredictable. Also, the creativity is impressive. My mind just can't wrap around The Cloak things. Every time they are described, they become more and more vivid in my mind. They are totally creepy and fascinating at the same time.
I received this book from the author, and here is my honest review.
I really wish I liked this novel more, but it wasn't there for me. I've ch...moreI received this book from the author, and here is my honest review.
I really wish I liked this novel more, but it wasn't there for me. I've chatted with the author on twitter, and she's fantastic. But this ARC needs some heavy editing, and the story didn't always catch my interest. I found the MC to be a little immature (she's 18), and she seemed to accept her situation way too easily for me. All the feuding between teen vamps came across as slightly forced and unnecessary. Lots of people like this book, and I'm glad because the author is awesome. It just wasn't for me.
I did like Robin, I just wished she was more honest with Claire. And nothing against the book, but it showed up SO weird on my nook which was distracting. That's just in the interest of full disclosure.
I'm always glad to help out and spread the word about novels, so I hosted a tour stop on my blog. Check it out here. She's a great person, so I'll continue to support her work! Thanks Megan Duncan! :o)(less)
If you enjoyed Half-Blood, you should definitely sink your teeth into Pure! It's heartbreaking, humorous, and action-packed. As a reader, you never quite know where Armentrout is going to take the story. You're always guessing, and I certainly didn't guess what happens in Pure. Wow!
There's quite a bit of Seth and Aiden. That's ALWAYS a good thing. (I'm team Aiden if you're wondering.) Alex has quite a tough road ahead of her if she can end up with Aiden. He's a pure and she's a half. In their world, a relationship between a pure and half is forbidden. But then there is Seth. He's a half and also the Apollyon, which is what Alex will Awaken to when she's 18. Sounds perfect, but Seth is a bit of a player. He cares only about himself, and Alex just can't see past that, until..
Pure is a great addition to this series. Readers will enjoy the banter between Alex and her suitors. Alex is always very witty and funny, especially when she's trying to be tough and brave. A lot happens to her in this novel, so her journey is helping her grow. Hopefully in the next novel she will figure out more about her life, her past, and her future! Can't wait!!(less)
This novel was a quick, enjoyable read! I really liked the mystery behind this story, and I haven't laughed this much w...moreFull review here @ imabookshark
This novel was a quick, enjoyable read! I really liked the mystery behind this story, and I haven't laughed this much while reading a book in a while! Oh my goodness, the humor in this book makes it worth reading, if you only need one reason. But I have more reasons than that!
Emma Connor is new at Vincent Academy, and she has her share of secrets. Living with her aunt isn't so much a choice as it is necessity at this point. The kids at the new school aren't making it easy on her, except for her younger cousin who just wants to help. Things take a turn for the interesting when she lays eyes on Brendan Salinger. Emma can't figure out why she feels so drawn to him until she befriends Angelique. They work together to figure it out, all while dealing with high school drama and then some.
Emma and Brendan are Bella-and-Edward-worthy. Emma needs protecting, and Brendan acts similar to Edward in a way. I hate to compare it to Twilight, but Spellbound honestly made me think of it multiple times - always in a good way, though! I reveled in the newness of their relationship. Those are always the best feelings! I felt like I was in the story some of the time. And the suspense was really suspenseful!! However.. the ending just seemed too good to be true. If there is going to be another one, I can see it taking a horrible turn. (less)
Thanks to Galley Grab for the ARC of this novel. Here is my honest review:
I really enjoyed this rehab tale. It wasn't anything like what I was expecti...moreThanks to Galley Grab for the ARC of this novel. Here is my honest review:
I really enjoyed this rehab tale. It wasn't anything like what I was expecting, and I appreciated that. I love how Amy Reed dances around ideas, doesn't say things directly, but still makes sure the reader knows what she's talking about. There are a few instances with Christopher where this really shines. Even with Jason and Kelly as well. Certain words don't need to be spoken for the reader to understand what's really happening.
All the characters were so different from each other, and it was great to see them grow. By the end you really are pulling for these teens. Each of their stories is unique to each other, but I'm positive that some teens can definitely relate to them. Some sound like they used to be normal teenagers, and somewhere things went wrong. Some had problems with death, family, and friends, and those are common issues. But their paths took a wrong turn somewhere, and it can happen. Maybe a teen reading this will realize it's not too late for help.
Amy Reed wrote a fantastic novel that you should definitely check out. It's a dark yet inspirational story for teenagers these days. Very well done. (less)
The first few pages of this book really had me. It's such a different way of telling Hannah's story! The novel jumps between the end of her junior yea...moreThe first few pages of this book really had me. It's such a different way of telling Hannah's story! The novel jumps between the end of her junior year (through the summer) and her first day of classes of senior year. It hints at what the major event is, tip-toes around it so that you're dying to find out exactly what happened! Such a unique and fantastic teen novel.
I really needed a book like this. It was refreshing and sweet, emotional and frustrating, real and raw. The characters are so different from each other, and they have flaws and attitude. Lacey is a hypochondriac, Ava is the best friend, Noah is an easy-going rocker, and Sebastian is a piece of work. Hannah has real emotions, where she wants to go back to Sebastian and she needs her friends. She goes through those roller coaster times, eating her weight in ice cream, and sulking until someone pulls her out. But she's snarky and fun, and I really grew to like Hannah, even after finding out what happened.
It's told in first person, present tense, and I'm thrilled with how many YA novels are being told this way right now! I'm on such a great streak with this. Hanna always tells this story as if it's happening right now, even when she takes us back to the summer events. I always enjoy this because I feel like we're going through her life together. I can live it with her and her friends.
I did, however, get sick of her saying "like" all the time. And even though it's realistic for the times, using "She was like.." and "I was all.." to acknowledge that someone was talking is so strange to see in a book. It did make it more real for me, but I'm hoping to not see those phrases for a while.
This book is more like 3.5 stars. Let me try to explain.
First of all, I normally don't read the descriptions of books befo...moreFull review at imabookshark
This book is more like 3.5 stars. Let me try to explain.
First of all, I normally don't read the descriptions of books before I read them. I go mostly on recommendations and books in a series that I enjoy. So when I started this one and wasn't really sure what the point of this book was, I went to Goodreads to find out. MISTAKE. It was a big mistake for people like me, who don't want to know. Sometimes items in the descriptions don't even happen until halfway through the novel. Then I'm not surprised. I should have just kept on reading with this one!
So I'm not going to give you the summary. If you want to read the description, have at it. Most of you seem to have already heard about this novel anyway. If you already know, then you can make an informed choice about reading this book. If you have not read the summary, I do recommend this book and think that it's a good idea if you should just let this story unfold on its own. That's all I will say on that.
As for the everything else about this book besides what it's about: I enjoyed reading this book in a weird way. I think it's beautifully written, slightly lyrical and definitely heart-wrenching. I really felt for the characters as I was reading this. With the way Suzuma wrote this, the reader can almost understand how something like this could happen. That makes it not too wrong or bizarre (or in their words: sick, twisted, disgusting..).
Slighly spoilery here:
I think my only real qualm with this book is the way it ended. I was so sad that it had to be that way. So many choices were made that could have gone differently. I didn't feel like it had to end like that. But I can't imagine it going much any further, really. Ugh, I don't even want to say more than that. I am so sad that I wasn't surprised that I don't want to ruin any of this book for anyone else.
If you do read it, please let me know what you thought!
Thanks to GalleyGrab for the opportunity to read this. (less)
I received this ARC through Net Galley. Here is my honest review:
What an emotional novel! The whole idea of it scares me. I cannot imagine losing my w...moreI received this ARC through Net Galley. Here is my honest review:
What an emotional novel! The whole idea of it scares me. I cannot imagine losing my whole family in an accident that very well could have included me. I can't imagine being left behind. But Laurel is faced with this situation, and she reacts in her own way. This book is her story after this awful accident.
Laurel also gets all sorts of other confusion in her life with her best friend, boys, and school dances. It's so complicated, and she desperately wants to be treated normally at some times, but at others she's thankful for the special treatment. Like I said, I don't even want to think about being in her shoes, but she has some good support to keep her upright.
This novel is written on a simple level with such a complex idea. It's easy to feel for Laurel and understand most of her reactions. I never really felt like she was acting a spoiled teenager. She feels like a friend going through an extremely hard time. I really felt for her the whole time, and I especially loved the job she starts. One part of her job made me cry.
Good book. Definitely recommended for YA fans. (less)
Fantasy is NOT my comfort zone. Between Shadow and Bone and this one, I think I've had my fill for a while. That's not t...moreSee full review here!
Fantasy is NOT my comfort zone. Between Shadow and Bone and this one, I think I've had my fill for a while. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy these. I did. But it's a bit much for my brain to handle, and I immediately had to take in some comtemp YA to make my brain feel better. There is just something about books with fake places and made up words I have to learn that really turns me off. And crazy creatures that aren't your conventional vampire or werewolf. We just don't get along. Oh well.
As for this book, I'd heard some good things. Stef loves this author and her previous works, so I went into it with a bit of high hopes. Not too high, because, like I said, fantasy just isn't my thing. With that being said, I enjoyed this one. It's predictable in the sense that you know who's going to win the Champion competition from the beginning, but you don't know about the journey to get there. It's a little like the Hunger Games in that way, too. Not quite, but that's what I'd liken it to. There's a bit of a triangle going on, but that bugged me because stupid Celaena couldn't recognize it even though she knew how she was feeling and how the others were feeling (for the most part). Ugh. Overall, though, I did get into the story. I did root for Celaena. She's snarky, witty, brave, and tough. Gotta love those qualities!
I didn't really like it when the author would refer to a character in a descriptive way, without using a name, and then later on that person would have a name without the character description. Maybe I was reading too fast, but I thought this happened a couple times. I also don't think this story needed all of its details. There was a lot going on! Princess Nehemia, who we never knew if we could trust or not, was visiting to learn the ways of Adarlan or whatever. Kaltain was on drugs, cooking up some scheme to get the Crown Prince to be with her, using Perrington to get there. And some of the fantasy elements didn't really need to be there. Plus, what was the point of making up a name for her when no one knew Adarlan's Assassin's real identity? Gah, anyway. I hope everyone else enjoys this. Fantasy readers, let me know what you think!(less)
Wow, this was a satisfyingly quick read. This book is written in verse, and I'm tempted to write my review that w...moreFull review found here @ imabookshark
Wow, this was a satisfyingly quick read. This book is written in verse, and I'm tempted to write my review that way! Alas, I will stick with what I know, and it's normal sentences. ;o)
I loved the mystery in regards to sixteen-year-old Amber's life situation. The reader knows something big is in the works, but Schroeder only hints at it at the beginning. As the story unfolds, both first hand from Amber and through letters within the past three years, we learn the truth, and it wasn't what I thought at all.
The words on the pages tell a story, but their placement does as well. The reader can feel Amber's emotions through the words, few though they may be. In running off for a day to herself, she meets Cade and things turn out much differently than she thought they would. And you'll never guess what HIS big secret is.
This book really teaches you to be grateful for what you have and never assume what someone else's story is. Chances are, you have no idea what they're going through. It's also important to live every day like it's your last! I'm very glad I read this fast, eye-opening, surprising read.(less)
I thought this one was interesting, almost being told through short stories written for a college honors class. They go back and forth between Hunter and Erin, telling tales of their lives almost to one up each other. It's definitely a different approach.
I was kind of stuck though. This is more an adult novel, but it's written about two 18-year-old people. They're in their freshman year of college, but they have a lot of drama. So this isn't really adult, but it's a little more mature than traditional YA (whatever that really is..).
I did enjoy the twists and turns, all the different ways this novel goes. As soon as you're sure how it's going to end, things get changed up on you! I was always guessing, then changing my thoughts, and finally going back on those new predictions. I had no idea until the very end, really. I appreciate that part of this book, for sure.
As a reader, I love that it keeps you guessing. As a reviewer, I almost have no idea what to do with it. It's in the middle of age-ranges, and while it was creative, I never really like stories with horses in them. Don't ask. I just don't.
First of all, I've never read anything by this author. Second, I didn't even want to review this one because I don't like writing up negative reviews....moreFirst of all, I've never read anything by this author. Second, I didn't even want to review this one because I don't like writing up negative reviews. However, I've been getting questions about why I didn't like it, so here are my thoughts. Bear with me!
I did think that the premise of this book sounded interesting. Not promising, but definitely different. I just don't feel like it developed in an organized, clear manner. I was confused half the time, and the other half of the time I was too distracted by everyone's stuttering. All the characters talked in fragments. They'd start saying something, then there'd be a dash, and then they would change their minds and say something else. ALL. THE. TIME. I was highly annoyed. This made it choppy and the flow was off.
I also didn't like Ava very much anyway. I never connected with her since she didn't even know who she was and she didn't want to be whoever she was. She kept saying the same things over and over again, and the use of 'she' and 'her' and 'now' and 'was' repeatedly became obnoxious and troubling. It definitely took away from the story overall. And her friends and their stories were convoluted with their alternate lives. Nothing ever was fully explained as the bits and pieces came back to Ava, and then it just ended.
This book could have been 200 pages shorter and still had the same plot. A short story would have been enough. I didn't like the writing style, the lack of explanation, or the dialogue. Just not a fan of this novel at all. However, I will say that I'd like to try something else by her. I've won quite a few of her novels in giveaways and I'm looking forward to those soon.(less)
I received this ARC as a prize from Armchair BEA. Here is my honest review:
This book was kind of slow at the beginning. I'm not even sure if that's the word, slow. I just definitely wasn't sucked in by page one. Or page fifty, or even page one hundred. I honestly didn't think this book got very interesting until almost the very end, where it finally took a turn I certainly wasn't expecting.
I will also be frank here: I'm not a huge fan of all the Greek mythology stuff coming out right now. I don't really care for it. Why, I'm not exactly sure. If the story is good, fine. Like with Daimon and Half-Blood. Those are excellent. I guess it just all depends.
This is a slightly spoilery book review. Be a little cautious when reading the numbered section.
I had quite a few problems with t...moreSee full review here!
This is a slightly spoilery book review. Be a little cautious when reading the numbered section.
I had quite a few problems with this book, but I'll try to keep this to the point. If you have answers for me, I'd love to hear them. Here we go..
1) I don't understand the time thing. I get that it goes faster in this Everneath. And Nikki keeps saying that she was there for 100 years, but in Earth time it was only a few months. She didn't age while down there, and she was able to slip right back into her old life. SO IT WASN'T REALLY 100 YEARS! Not for her anyway. I was irritated with that.
2) She also mentions that she only remembered Jack. Specifically. So why is it that she makes it home and remembers her brother, her father, Jules, her mother's death, etc? Did I miss something?
3) Really.. she's wasting her precious Returned time on SCHOOL?
4) Nikki seems like many people these days, thinking they don't have to take the consequences for her actions. She even says something about getting out of paying her debt. That's not how life works, honey. My goodness.
However.. once I got into this book, I read it pretty quickly. It was getting a bit irritating that Nikki wasn't figuring things out as fast as I was, but that's okay. Cole and Jack were pretty good opposites. As much as you want to hate Cole, you can't help but feel for him. And Jack just pulls at your heartstrings.
I think a lot of people will like this novel. It's definitely a little different. And I really did like how the author slowly fills us in on the past, the events that lead up to Nikki's choice to go to the Feed. So with all the gripes I have, I obviously enjoyed it enough to finish and actually want to read the second one by the end. (less)
I received this ARC from Around The World ARC tours. Here is my honest review:
Holy wow. This book is like reading what would happen if Chris Hansen f...moreI received this ARC from Around The World ARC tours. Here is my honest review:
Holy wow. This book is like reading what would happen if Chris Hansen from To Catch A Predator didn't step in to stop the creep. It's deep, real, and scary. It's graphic and twisted and could possibly be someone's real story. The novel shows you that it could happen to anyone, really. Internet predators are out there, and they're good at what they do. They even help each other achieve the main goal: sex with minors.
At first I thought Abby was being ridiculous, falling for this guy's nonsense. But I forget - I'm not 14 anymore, and I have learned quite a bit since then. It's easy to forget how lonely and scary high school can be if you don't fit in right away. And with overbearing parents like hers, getting sucked in by some stranger on the internet pretending to really care about you can seem so appealing.
I loved that this story is told in first person, present tense. And it flips narrators, so sometimes Abby is telling her story, and sometimes her sister Lily is explaining her side. Her friends Faith and Billy also have a hand at speaking through their own voices. It's an interesting way to tell this story, and it is much appreciated by this reader.
The end makes it feel a bit like a Lifetime movie, but I think it's important. I won't spoil, just saying. I hope everyone who reads this shares this with someone to really help drive home the message that it can be dangerous out there. People can share this story with their children, but I wouldn't recommend them reading it. The language is quite graphic, so even though it says 14 and up, I'd say maybe 16 and up, and I'm pretty laid back.
The only thing that really bugged me was the textspeak used. Internet lingo, misspelling words on purpose, using U for you.. I can't stand that stuff! I guess this generation of kids uses it, but it's a disastrous idea. BLECH.
Full disclosure: this review is coming from someone who met her boyfriend through Myspace. Granted, I was 22 at the time and was smart and brought a friend to meet him with me in a public restaurant on my lunch hour from work, I wouldn't recommend it as a means to find a mate. Honestly. lol :o)(less)
So far, this is probably my least favorite JLA book. Perhaps it's because of her track record that I have such high expectations...moreSee full review here!
So far, this is probably my least favorite JLA book. Perhaps it's because of her track record that I have such high expectations for books. This one felt a little generic and overdone. The whole 'gifted' thing and the 'death touch' have been done over and over, and I didn't feel like this one brought anything too new to the table. I usually ADORE her books, but this one fell a little flat to me.
Like always, it has JLA's particular brand of humor, so I did enjoy reading this one. While the story was still interesting and I read this in one sitting, it was just a little frustrating. But that could be from the MC's frustration in being put in her situation. So I did feel with this one. I wanted things to work out for all of them. I never knew who to trust, but I did know who not to trust. That was a little obvious. But Ember, the MC in this one, isn't as snarky as JLA's other female characters. She's easily worked up and, of course, special, but you would never hear her talk the way Alex or Katy do. I kind of liked that about her while I missed the snark at the same time. Weird.
I've been having trouble finishing books lately, so for me to read this book in one day was a big deal. Obviously it's entertaining and interesting enough to break a bit of a slump for me. But like I said above, I guess maybe I hold JLA to different standards, and this one wasn't as good as Obsidian or Half-Blood to me. I'm interested in seeing if she continues this one. While it wraps up pretty nicely, there's definitely an opening if she so chooses. I guess we'll see!(less)
I received this through Around The World ARC Tours. Here is my honest review:
Wow. This book is not like anything I've read lately. Joy is serious and...moreI received this through Around The World ARC Tours. Here is my honest review:
Wow. This book is not like anything I've read lately. Joy is serious and means business by faking her kidnapping and running away to the streets of Seattle. What happens to here there really changes her, but she has to work through her past while figuring out her future. Her past is slightly shocking. While I was kind of expecting more, I really shouldn't have. It honestly made me think of my own life so I wanted her to survive and kick butt like you wouldn't believe.
I enjoyed the real feeling I got from this book. It wasn't really sugar coated, so the language is crude, the subject matter is shocking and sad, and what these characters have to do to survive is disturbing. Don't let that scare you away, though! Of course I won't say what happens, but the end makes this novel worth the hard journey.
I received this book through Around the World ARC tours. Here is my honest review:
Wow. What a fantastically creepy novel! It had action, suspense, tee...moreI received this book through Around the World ARC tours. Here is my honest review:
Wow. What a fantastically creepy novel! It had action, suspense, teens, some high school, and ghosts! I'm not used to ghost stories, but this was a great way to break into the genre. I really enjoyed the development of this story, even if it was slightly predictable. The end threw me for a loop though! So I guess we'll see what happens in the next one!
Dude. This book broke my reading slump. Curse, really. This book got me from the beginning, and I almost didn't want to go to sleep at night. Reluctan...moreDude. This book broke my reading slump. Curse, really. This book got me from the beginning, and I almost didn't want to go to sleep at night. Reluctantly I did, but I finished it quickly in the morning. It's a bit stressful with all the drama going on, but we get some answers and some more questions (of course). There were a couple surprises, and there was the best scene yet for Aiden and Alex, but that's all I'm saying. I really like them <3
So yeah.. lots going on! If you haven't read the other two, definitely start there first. I'm looking forward to whatever happens next in this crazy series! There are some things I definitely want to happen and some things I definitely DON'T want to see go down. Seth is a bit off his rocker, and that makes me nervous. I've never been on his side of all this, so I hope Alex can make a good decision in the end. Ayeee. Good stuff though!! Read this series if you haven't started yet. Definitely recommend it!
Last note: I do hope the editing issues get worked out. There were some formatting things and some spelling/grammar problems. I'd like to see a finished copy when this releases.(less)
I received this through Around the World ARC Tours. Here is my honest review:
Wow. Just wow. I was really interested in t...moreSee full review here!
I received this through Around the World ARC Tours. Here is my honest review:
Wow. Just wow. I was really interested in this book by reading the brief synopsis (the whole idea of these two teens in 1996 finding their Facebook pages from 2011 sounded like a fantastic novel). And let me just say that this book really delivers! It's not quite what I thought because there was more to it than just finding Facebook and reacting to it. Emma tries to change the things she finds on Facebook, and Josh doesn't want to play with fire by trying to change their futures. It gets messy from there.
We also find out some other deep things in the lives of Emma and Josh that make this book even more amusing. This book was a pleasure to read, and it really held my interest the entire time. I was never bored, but I certainly was left wanting a bit more (hence 4.5 instead of 5 stars). I would have liked to see their Facebook pages as they would be if nothing changed from where the book ended. That would have been good for a reader who likes definitive endings.
Other than that, I just thought the idea behind this book was so clever and fun! I laughed a bunch of times, I got worried for these characters, and I could feel the tension and drama all the way through. Like I said before, I wanted more. More about Josh's brother, more about Kellan and Tyson, and more drama from the end on. I just wanted to read about these people a while longer. Sigh. It was a tad predictable, but quite a bit still surprised me. Can't wait for another book by these two! :o)(less)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox is told from Jenna's point of view. This sequel is told from her friend Locke's point of view. It goes through the accident that killed them all and Locke and Kara's journey back to life. This is a very interesting novel, with all the sci-fi/dystopian topics a fan can handle. And I listened to the first book, but I decided to go ahead and read this ARC early :o)
This one doesn't have all the mystery and twists and turns quite like The Adoration does. It is full of emotion though. And you aren't quite sure how it's going to work out. Of course readers want it all to end happily, but you have to read it right to the end to see how it works out. And of course, it's left wide open for another one.. so don't expect it to wrap all the way up. This COULD be a conclusion, but I highly doubt it. I'm looking forward to the next one, too.
However, I didn't really care for all the open ended questions all the time. I know that Locke was confused and looking for answers to all these questions, but we already know what these questions are. He doesn't need to keep asking them. And I was getting a little confused with who was speaking when the mind-chat was in italics.
Other than that, again, I liked this book. It's different than what I normally might read. I enjoyed the first one. The idea is so different and kind of freaky to think about. I would suggest reading the first one before you go for this one. There's a lot of back story that will help you make sense of this one. Recommended.(less)
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Hartley is sarcastic and entertaining, but if she bit her lip one more time...moreI received this from Around The World ARC Tours. Here is my honest review.
Hartley is sarcastic and entertaining, but if she bit her lip one more time I might have had to smack her. That really bothers me. Don't you realize when you're writing that you're completely overusing a phrase? Ugh. Anyway.. moving on.
Besides that, I did think this book was funny and amusing. It's slightly predictable, as I did figure out the killer before the person was announced in the book. And other things are a bit transparent as well. But that's okay. It's a very quick read, and I had fun while reading it.
I actually now want to read her adult stuff to see how they compare. I love adult fiction as well.. I just find YA to be faster and lighter. I think it's kind of neat that this is a YA murder mystery, be it far-fetched. And Hartley and gang are no investigators, but they pull it off of course.
I'd give this 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding down on Goodreads because of the lip-biting. Honestly.(less)
This book didn't do it for me. All the obscure references to movies and books just kind of irked me. It reminded me of Love Walked In but in a bad way...moreThis book didn't do it for me. All the obscure references to movies and books just kind of irked me. It reminded me of Love Walked In but in a bad way. And I will admit to skimming some of the middle of this novel. It's an ARC, so quite a bit of it wasn't finished. The pictures weren't all drawn in yet, but I don't think that would have helped. I'd like to see a finished copy when this book comes out.
Min's letter was a little long and very detailed. It's cleverly written, but some of the paragraphs are actually pages long. That's a little distracting for me. And the dialogue just didn't feel like it was coming from high school juniors sometimes. Ed seems like a douche, but I guess that's clear since they broke up. And poor Al. He is so understanding and slightly desperate.
This wasn't a bad book, really. I just didn't get into it. Maybe it was the timing, but I feel like a good book will reel me in at any time. But maybe someone else will like this one. Give it a shot, because it was definitely an interesting read. Just not entirely for me.
Side note: I think this book was made from lead because it's the heaviest book I've ever read. It's not because it's that long. It's just HEAVY.(less)