I really enjoyed listening to Mindy Kaling's book. I'm not terribly familiar with her, really. But I've been wanting to watch her new show, so I thoug...moreI really enjoyed listening to Mindy Kaling's book. I'm not terribly familiar with her, really. But I've been wanting to watch her new show, so I thought I'd give this a shot. Obviously I'm not a regular viewer of The Office, but I still giggled while listening and actually enjoyed hearing her tales. Plus she threw in some good advice and anecdotes. It's definitely worth a read or listen if you're into this new celebrity memoir/comedy novel thing. :o)
I did get a bit tired of hearing her talk about her weight though. She does finally say that she's a size 8, which I am as well. That's not fat! Maybe in the celebrity world it is, but geesh. Anyway, she does own it though. There's a good story in there about her taking charge of that. People can't control your life if you don't let them!
My favorite part was her section on love and married coupons, being pals, and how divorced people are the least depressing people she knows. Her comments on the whole being pals thing really hit home for me. Josh and I have a rare bond for our time, I guess. We're THAT couple, and while I wouldn't want to brag, I'm very thankful that I have him in my life. It made me smile to listen to that part of her novel. Thanks!(less)
I'm not a huge David Levithan fan. And before you freak out, it's mostly because I don't like his writing style. I don't enjoy teenagers who talk and...moreI'm not a huge David Levithan fan. And before you freak out, it's mostly because I don't like his writing style. I don't enjoy teenagers who talk and think like they're middle aged to sound cool. But this book is fresh and different, and I very much enjoyed it.
First off, I listened to the audio book version, and I think they did a great job with picking the narrator. The voice was very unisex, as is the MC in this book. Rhiannon's voice was very likable but slightly annoying in a way. And the regular voice had the same effect but I still thought it was perfect for the book. Good choice!
As for the novel itself, I REALLY liked the fact that this MC was neither male nor female. The MC lives in someone else's body for a day, and it could be a boy or a girl. It's always a person around the age of A, the MC. And it's always a person in the same vicinity as A is currently, unless A leaves the area. Anyway, A falls in love with Rhiannon, a girl, and goes to see her in many different bodies. I had a few problems with Rhiannon, but I won't spoil anything.
THE END, you guys. THE END! I just about cried. It made me pretty sad! I was hoping for what seemed obvious, but maybe that end should have been obvious. In my opinion, it worked out for the best. Overall I enjoyed this book. I liked listening to it, but I wanted some more information on A's purpose and life. It wasn't complete, to me. Maybe there will be more? I kind of hope so.(less)
I enjoyed this one. Even with its sad material, I liked to see the change in Ever. She grows throughout this book immensely. There's little t...more3.5 stars
I enjoyed this one. Even with its sad material, I liked to see the change in Ever. She grows throughout this book immensely. There's little to no swearing if I remember correctly, and there's no sexual content, so this is pretty decent for even the younger set. Ever is a smart girl, but she's confused and bullied because of her weight. She decides on gastric bypass surgery to help her lose weight because she's very heavy for her age and height. This is her journey. It's pretty inspirational with her bravery and courage. I'd recommend this one because it's a fairly short, quick read with some hope and inspiration. Enjoy!(less)
Sierra Kent loves her job at the Love Byte dating agency. Marc Fairley works too hard at A-Corp, hoping to be the biggest, best c...moreSee full review here!
Sierra Kent loves her job at the Love Byte dating agency. Marc Fairley works too hard at A-Corp, hoping to be the biggest, best companies. Sierra set Marc's mother up with her uncle in a small town. Marc doesn't like this. At all. And then the real stuff begins.
Nicola Marsh seriously knows how to write a romantic comedy! While there was no crying, there was some laughter, frustration, and nervousness during the reading of this one. My emotions were right with the characters, and I just wanted them to figure it all out! There were many levels or side-stories in this one, so it was easy to fall in love with the characters and really get into their stories. There aren't too many surprises, but I enjoyed the read the whole time.
Like I mentioned, there are many other stories. All the different characters are just that - different! They all have their secrets, back stories, personalities, and intricacies. From Olivia to Flo, Hank to William.. they're all great! Flo might have been one of my favorites.. haha. Belle was pretty great too. I was hoping things would happen for her in the end. Either way, I definitely enjoyed reading this one.
There were quite a few editing issues that I hope to see resolved. This one is self-published by the author instead of going through some of the traditional publishers she's worked with. The cover is super fun and, like with all Marsh novels, this one reads just like a movie. Definitely check it out!(less)
This book is sexy and fun, but it's totally like another book I just read. I'd have to do some research to see which came out first, but honestly.. th...moreThis book is sexy and fun, but it's totally like another book I just read. I'd have to do some research to see which came out first, but honestly.. they're way too similar. A bunch of the details are different, but it's the same concept. So at first I was pretty worried about liking this one. But like I said, it was sexy and fun so I enjoyed it.
The narrator sounds similar to Lorelei King, so I kind of wished she'd narrated it herself since she's the best. Overall, this is a predictable but entertaining book. I listened to the whole thing in one day at work.(less)
Seriously.. this is my favorite book of this year. Non-fiction at least. Corey Taylor is an effing hilarious genius. His argument...moreSee full review here!
Seriously.. this is my favorite book of this year. Non-fiction at least. Corey Taylor is an effing hilarious genius. His arguments for all the reasons why the seven deadly sins shouldn't be what they are currently are brilliant. And his justifications for what should actually be the real seven deadly sins are rather enlightening. I will not spoil a thing for you as to what he posits they should be. All you need to know is that, while this book is actually informative, biographical, and opinionated, you will laugh at least half the time and actually learn something, even if it's just about Taylor's life. He's definitely an interesting man, and he's grown quite a bit.
While I enjoy his music, I never thought it was particularly well written. This book, however, is very, very well done. It's obvious that he knows what a thesaurus is (not just because he actually mentions one in the book), and he is just really well spoken. Also, he narrates the audio book version. This is how I enjoyed this masterpiece, and he's seriously one of the best male narrators I've ever listened to. His voice is perfect for a job of that nature. He's funny, charismatic, and dramatic at all the right times. This is just a freaking awesome audio book! (less)
So.. if you haven't read her Causal Enchantment series (starting with Anathema), you probably should. Then g...moreOh yeah. K.A. Tucker is seriously amazing.
So.. if you haven't read her Causal Enchantment series (starting with Anathema), you probably should. Then go read this one if you like this New Adult age range. The two books are NOTHING alike, and maybe that's why I loved this one so much. I haven't been reading a whole lot lately, and this book was read in two sittings, and that's because it was a work night when I started it. It's fresh and addicting, totally unexpected, and (my favorite) first person present tense POV. YES! WIN! WOO!
Dude. This book is so not what I was expecting - in a good way! I don't read descriptions, so I had no clue what it was about. What I found was a worl...moreDude. This book is so not what I was expecting - in a good way! I don't read descriptions, so I had no clue what it was about. What I found was a world that sucked me in and then totally flipped about halfway through. The imagination, creativity, and development this book has is incredible, and I'm not a sci-fi/fantasy reader at all. I definitely enjoyed Chase's story, and I shall continue sometime soon.
It looks like it took me forever to read this, but I started it at a pretty bad time. I hit a brick wall like no other while trying to read this one and just had to take a time out. I'm glad I picked it back up though! Chase has many challenges to overcome and ideas and concepts to accept and work through in this novel. After he's been cast out of his society, he tries to live among humans while still fighting evil demons. Then he meets someone he most definitely did not expect to meet. It changes the whole game! And man oh man. I liked it :o)
There are a few grammatical/spelling things that were noticed, but that's the editor in me. Other than that, the world-building and action never stops. You hit the ground running with this novel! So check this out if you want an action-packed, full-speed-ahead sci-fi read. Enjoy!(less)
Wow. This book is terribly sad and really addicting. I had zero clue what this one was about because (like I always mention) I ra...moreSee full review here!
Wow. This book is terribly sad and really addicting. I had zero clue what this one was about because (like I always mention) I rarely read the descriptions of books, and this was no exception to that. It's an incredibly awful topic to cover, but Lane Davis does a fabulous job getting right to the point, weaving and spinning this tale into reality. This could be any of the children in our high schools. Bullying can happen to anyone at any time. A-holes like Macie need to somehow be brought to justice. Thank you to Lane Davis for writing a book that teens can really learn from and see the mistakes in the ways of bullies and just plain hurtful people.
High school is tough. Kids and teens are ruthless and mean. It can be hard if you don't fit it. I went to a fairly small high school, graduating with a class of 160 people. We all knew each other, but we had our share of drama. I can't even imagine being a part of it, but I'm sure it's scary to want to be on the inside even if you have to do horrible things. Somehow we all need to find the strength to not feed into bullying. I don't know how it happens, but it's awful and life-ruining as this book illustrates.
I had no idea that Lane Davis was a man. Now, maybe that's not significant to you, but only one of the many POVs is a male. Davis really nails down the female POV. I loved the multiple, alternating view points in this novel. Each person was different with a clear voice. And I loved how this story isn't really linear. They all have flashbacks, and each POV switch picks up somewhere where the other one left off, but we go back in time with them as well. It's deep and powerful, making this book stand out among the others out there.
I did read the ARC, and there were editing issues that need to be resolved. But other than that, I don't have many complaints. I read this book in two sittings in one day. It's quick and you don't want to put it down anyway. I wanted to see how all the depositions went and who came out on top. It's so easy to dislike everything about Macie, but I kind of wanted to see some redeeming quality. Definitely read this one if you want a realistic cyber-bullying example of a book.(less)
Goodness gracious. At times I wasn't sure I was going to finish this book. Then I was curious enough to see it through, but by the end it just kept on...moreGoodness gracious. At times I wasn't sure I was going to finish this book. Then I was curious enough to see it through, but by the end it just kept on dragging and dragging! There were grammatical errors I could HEAR and didn't even have to see. And the plot wasn't even close to Alice in Wonderland, so it's unfortunate that this book has this title. I didn't really sympathize with Allie very much. She was constantly in denial or delusional about many things: her family dying, Cole's feelings for his ex, her abilities. I was kind of over it after a while.
This very much read like an adult romance author barely succeeding at writing a YA tale. I could hear the uncomfortable steaminess that is found in adult romance, but this is definitely from a young adult perspective. I squirmed a couple times, and I read adult romance so it usually doesn't bother me. But when it's from a teen's POV, it's not right. I don't think they really think or talk like that. So that bothered me quite a bit.
The white rabbit cloud thing was s huge stretch. And, well, they didn't even mention zombies until about halfway through the book. I didn't understand the whole thing about only certain people being able to see them..? They hardly even seemed to be a problem since the general population had ZERO CLUE THEY EVEN EXISTED. It was like they were fighting them for no reason. No one was randomly dying from zombie attacks except people they knew. Am I forgetting something? Did I miss a part with death like that? Only her family died that way. Whatever.
I had more notes, but I'm too lazy to go get them. I don't want to waste more time on this. I was not impressed. This was a LOT of background information for a series beginning, and I didn't much care for the whole idea of it. Oh well.(less)
This was cute, but the narrator's voice is so childish that it's hardly believable. I kind of wanted to choke Eliza sometimes, but then I also kind of...moreThis was cute, but the narrator's voice is so childish that it's hardly believable. I kind of wanted to choke Eliza sometimes, but then I also kind of wanted to choke everyone else in the story, too. It was kind of neat to see her complete the tasks from Tyler since they were things she never wanted to do or didn't have the guts to try. It's a good lesson to learn, even if the way it happens is pretty bogus. Decent story.(less)
Wow. I was NOT a fan of this book. The writing was weird and forced. I didn't like any of the characters, except for maybe the dog, and his name was J...moreWow. I was NOT a fan of this book. The writing was weird and forced. I didn't like any of the characters, except for maybe the dog, and his name was Jack so half the time I thought he was a person. I hated the cheap shots the men took in regards to Katie being a lesbian, and I hated that she hid behind it when really she liked both. And the zombies. I really should have known. I mean, I knew this was about zombies, and I thought I liked them, but apparently I don't like her zombies. I don't much like The Walking Dead, either.. and this is like reading one of the seasons of TWD. Not for me, sorry.(less)
Nicola Marsh has done it again - with less food this time, thankfully. It was all I could do not to gnaw my arm off with hunger w...moreSee full review here!
Nicola Marsh has done it again - with less food this time, thankfully. It was all I could do not to gnaw my arm off with hunger while reading her previous novel, Busted in Bollywood. This novel is charming, sexy, and just plain HOT. I enjoyed every page of this romantic story! It wasn't on the schedule yet, but I'm so glad I pushed it up. :o)
So Poppy needs to help her sister's business, and Beck needs to help his own. They meet for what ends up being mutual benefit and enter a marriage for their respective businesses. Makes sense, right? HA! Anyway, it's pretty predictable but totally enjoyable nonetheless. I liked the tension and the game they played going back and forth with their feelings. I would hope that nothing like this happens in real life even though it's totally romantic in a completely unromantic way. I'm looking forward to whatever Nicola Marsh writes next!(less)
First of all, this cover really does the book no justice. I have to say this because I had the TOTAL wrong impression of what thi...moreSee full review here!
First of all, this cover really does the book no justice. I have to say this because I had the TOTAL wrong impression of what this book was going to be about! I feel like I have to always say this, but more often than not I tend to pass on reading the description of books. I just genuinely like to read, and covers generally draw me in. This book looked very interesting at ALA, and I got it signed by the author. I thought it was more of a light teen romance, but that's definitely NOT what this book is. At all, really. Even with the title.. but I was so wrong.
And that turned out to be okay! Since it took a total turn for the "I have no idea what's going to happen next," I was able to stay much more interested than I originally thought. Well, I probably would have been just as interested in a teen romance since that's what I thought I was getting myself into. But this book is about death, grief, forgiveness. There's a bit of the romance stuff in there, but this book is about Samantha's journey after a significantly sad event occurs in her life.
Sam is strong but totally broken after the "event." She basically gives up, tortures herself by going back to school, and tries to get lost in a relationship that is barely even there. She has to work through her emotions with the help of her father, her kooky aunt, and some pretty good friends. Some things we just need to fix on our own time, I guess. I don't know how I can relate this story to my own life, but I can definitely feel myself inside Samantha's shoes. She had something horrible happen, and getting through it must be just like she describes it. It sounds awful, but I think most people would react the same way. That makes this book a little enjoyable in a way.
I really enjoyed this. I read it in a few hours because I couldn't put it down. Not because I had to know what happened to Sam, really. More because I liked being inside their lives. They were a fun group of people, and I'd like to read more about them for sure. Check this book out if you're ready to be so deceived by this cover, if you like a a bit of darkness in your YA, and if you need a book to pull you out from anything that's dragging you down.(less)
This was cute and funny. I enjoyed the narrator, and this made me giggle and get angry all at the same time. I did want more at the end, though. But t...moreThis was cute and funny. I enjoyed the narrator, and this made me giggle and get angry all at the same time. I did want more at the end, though. But this is definitely enjoyable and I'd like to see the movie!!
On a side note, I do miss adult books and their free usage of the f-word. It entertains me to no end, honestly. It never fails to be just the word needed in almost any situation! Love it :o) (less)
This book just makes me want to say AWWWWWWWW! I mean, there's some action, there's some paranormal stuff going on, but basically...moreSee full review here!
This book just makes me want to say AWWWWWWWW! I mean, there's some action, there's some paranormal stuff going on, but basically I love Finn and Emma. It's so hard for them, so you really want to root for them! This was the ARC so it needs some editing, but I really enjoyed this story more than I thought I would! I was actually hooked early on, since little by little information is revealed about the two of them. You learn more and more as you read, and it's addicting. You want to know the rest of the story about them!
The idea of an Inbetween is really interesting. I guess I didn't quite understand why people go there because I thought it was mostly kids who couldn't make an impression one way or the other. It's not Heaven, but it's not Hell. I liked that. There were a couple times were I couldn't quite guess what was going to happen next, but some of this is predictable. It works for the overall picture though, because the end wasn't what I guessed at all!! I'm so eagerly waiting the sequel to see where it takes Finn and Emma!
What I didn't quite like was how Emma started liking Finn before she knew the whole story. Maybe she just couldn't help it because of their past, but that feels like justification. I guess I'm going with that excuse because I really want to like this book a lot. I did! I'm glad I read it. It's very cute. Finn has a lot of "aww" moments. It's obviously unrealistic, but I always enjoy that in a story. (less)
Eh. I only listened to this one because I realized I'd somehow made it through the other three. Figured I should finish up this series. The end wasn't...moreEh. I only listened to this one because I realized I'd somehow made it through the other three. Figured I should finish up this series. The end wasn't really what I thought it would be, but part of it is obvious. I think I wanted more with Cam because I liked him even though I shouldn't have. Oh well. The epilogue made me giggle a little bit. It was kind of cute. I'm glad it's over though.(less)
Laura Lippman's Tess series is one I've read in the past. I've never tried her stand-alone work, and I'm always game for a good s...moreSee full review here!
Laura Lippman's Tess series is one I've read in the past. I've never tried her stand-alone work, and I'm always game for a good stand-alone. Especially an adult one. I read a lot of YA fiction, but this is a GREAT adult novel to pick up! I might say that this would make a great book club novel. It has great themes and discussion elements. It's addicting and curious. It wasn't predictable in the way that I knew how it would all play out, though I did guess at a couple things and get them right. Overall I really enjoyed this book.
What I really liked about this book was that it is so different than anything I've read recently. Who has read a novel recently about prostitutes?? I started reading Nancy Grace's book, but it didn't keep my attention. And I think maybe one of the James Patterson's WMC books might be about hookers. But this is a sex-worker book I will never forget. Heloise's story is interesting, creative, and surprising. She's a fascinating character, and I loved reading about the intricacies of her life and work. I'd definitely recommend this one to a friend. I'd love to try the audio book, too!(less)
This is one of the better David Levithan co-written books. Every time I read something by him, I feel more and more angry about how existential and pr...moreThis is one of the better David Levithan co-written books. Every time I read something by him, I feel more and more angry about how existential and pretentious his teens try to be. They listen to these indie, unknown bands because it's cool. They read poetry and use big words. They don't wear clothes that match because that's too mainstream. Etc etc. You get my point. This book was a little different. I liked it. Until Dash bashed Nicholas Sparks. Low blow, authors. Low, mean blow.(less)
Uhhh, what?!?! My brain has almost no clue about what it read.. seriously! That was a bit of a mind-bender. I still am not totally sure about what was...moreUhhh, what?!?! My brain has almost no clue about what it read.. seriously! That was a bit of a mind-bender. I still am not totally sure about what was the truth and what was really going on. I wish a bit more of that got explained. And I had so many theories running through my head the whole time! This book really makes you think and keeps you guessing until the end.
My only real problem with this is that, while you're guessing about what's going to happen, everything that happens is never really a clue. A+B does not equal C in the end. So don't even bother. Even though this book is over 400 pages long, I wanted more. In the end, I craved more explanation about all that WTFery and all the stuff Alice learns about Rachel along the way. This book was just crazy, but I really liked it!!(less)
I received this audio book for review. Here's my honest opinion:
Man, I really enjoyed this one actually. It's typical fashion for Tempe, but it remind...moreI received this audio book for review. Here's my honest opinion:
Man, I really enjoyed this one actually. It's typical fashion for Tempe, but it reminded me how awesome Reichs is as chapter endings. They're killer! Each one made me need to keep listening. And I laughed pretty hard a couple times throughout this one. A particular street name really made me giggle. Well played, Reichs. I shall listen on! :o)(less)
AWWWWW! This book is like every bookworm's dream come true. Who wouldn't want to find out that the book boyfriend in your favorit...moreSee full review here!
AWWWWW! This book is like every bookworm's dream come true. Who wouldn't want to find out that the book boyfriend in your favorite book was REAL in the pages of the book!? It's such a cute, clever idea. I would love to have been there for a writing session between mother and daughter on this one. The ending is clever, and the whole book is adorable. The audio version of this book is really something special. I love the different narrators for each character, plus the storybook narrator.
One of my favorite things about this book is actually the fact that Delilah's mom is very involved in her life. In so many YA novels, the parents are extremely absent. I can't stand that. It's okay if that's the deal - busy working mom, single father, etc. But when they're "supportive" parents who aren't EVER involved, boooo to that. Delilah's mom was front and center, always worried and wondering about her daughter, trying to get her help when she thought Delilah was nutso. YAY for that!
But mostly I just loved Oliver and Delilah together. As they try to figure out how to get Oliver out of the book, they work together with so many creative strategies. They're determined. All of the side characters are wonderful, too. Rapscullio (or however you spell it - I listened to this, remember) cracked me up because his voice sounded like Hoggle from Labyrinth. The horse, Socks, was too funny with his insecurities. Every character stood out to me!
If you haven't checked out Jodi Picoult, this is NOT the place to start. It is not very representative of her other novels. This is purely a fun, fictional novel written with her daughter. I'd recommend this one to young readers. Picoult's books are much more dense and heavy, written mostly for adult readers. But this one is definitely a good book. :o)(less)
This was a cute book. It had quite a bit of trickery going on. Plus it's funny! Not seriously funny or wickedly funny, but it had such undertones of f...moreThis was a cute book. It had quite a bit of trickery going on. Plus it's funny! Not seriously funny or wickedly funny, but it had such undertones of funny. Little quips that are SO Maureen Johnson. She writes such a variety of stuff, it's hard to figure her out. I did predict one of the parts, and it's obvious that no one is going to Hell, but it's still a cute listen.
Now, I love Therese Plummer. A lot. I love when she narrates books. But her voice was too old for this character. She did some fantastic voices for the characters, but her teen voice just didn't shine through this time. Still, I enjoyed listening!(less)
This book just wasn't for me. I never really got into the story or actually felt for the MC, Brianna. It felt like too much nonsense going on...more2.5 stars
This book just wasn't for me. I never really got into the story or actually felt for the MC, Brianna. It felt like too much nonsense going on, and I skimmed a lot of the last 150 pages or so. There was nothing that I discovered in those pages that made the book any better for me. I didn't care for Brianna's friends AT ALL, and I didn't really like the "love interest" Blake. The idea behind the story didn't suck me in, so I just wasn't really thrilled. It took me way too long to read this one because I just wasn't into it. Oh well. Not every book is for everyone!
I did like that this book is present tense, first person POV. I'd like to try another book by this author when she's written some other stuff. Hopefully other people like this book in the meantime.(less)
While I read this pretty quickly, I wasn't ever hooked to the story. I was mildly intrigued until close to the end, about 3/4 of...moreSee full review here!
While I read this pretty quickly, I wasn't ever hooked to the story. I was mildly intrigued until close to the end, about 3/4 of the way through. By then I felt invested enough to have to finish it, if only to find out what happens to Margo, AJ, and even Taylor herself.
Taylor thinks she doesn't belong at Sunny Meadows, and maybe she doesn't. But she needs some emotional help after dealing with panic attacks for years and stealing her mom's boyfriend-of-the-month's car to run away. She meets some interesting characters throughout the novel, and she deals with her emotions and the problems with her parents while at Sunny Meadows. This is the story of Taylor trying to figure her life out.
Like I said, I was intrigued, but I never got addicted or totally sucked in. I was frustrated at the beginning because people mess with Taylor, and some of it just wasn't all that important to the story. I probably could have put this book down for a day or two without consequence, but it's a quick read, so I finished it. I hope people enjoy this one.(less)
The writing was pretty great, but the story just did not connect with me! I don't really like mermaid stories. I prefer...moreSee full review here!
The writing was pretty great, but the story just did not connect with me! I don't really like mermaid stories. I prefer present tense and first-person writing, and this was the opposite of both. So right off the bat I kind of didn't want to continue reading this. Then I started to get into the mystery because this is mermaids AND ghosts, but then I got bored. And the final page just irked me! That didn't wrap much up.. and I don't think this is a series, is it? I just did not care for this book. Plus, the author made some disastrous remarks about what to do with her ARC including not even giving it to kids in desperate need of reading material. Not cool, Fama. I'm over this.(less)
Oh goodness. I laughed a lot. I cried a bit. My emotions ran high and low. I really enjoyed this novel. Hazel and Augustus are wonderful char...more4.5 stars
Oh goodness. I laughed a lot. I cried a bit. My emotions ran high and low. I really enjoyed this novel. Hazel and Augustus are wonderful characters that I will not soon forget. They're fantastically amazing, and their journey broke my heart. Everything about this book made me think and wonder. I can't even imagine being in their shoes. They're brave and courageous. It's incredible to hear this story.
The narrator does a fabulous job with the different voices. She's entertaining and brilliant. She made this story so enjoyable even with the sad, emotional topic. Even though my heart was breaking and tears were falling, I was still laughing at the funny parts and feeling happy when Hazel and Augustus were together. They were just great.
In sum, cancer is a bitch, but this book is outstanding.(less)
I almost feel guilty for not liking this very much, given the subject matter and all, but there was a lot wrong with it. I just c...moreSee full review here!
I almost feel guilty for not liking this very much, given the subject matter and all, but there was a lot wrong with it. I just couldn't get past the lack of character development. Everyone seemed so flat to me. And the pacing was totally off. There were times when too much time would pass between paragraphs that I had to go back and read a passage or two to figure out the jump in time. I'm not saying that this book had time travel. It was just hard to keep up with how much time had passed paragraph to paragraph.
It's easy to feel awful for the MC, Valerie. You know what happens to her. That's a terrible thing to experience. But this book is way too short to develop the way a story about rape should. Too many details are rushed, and too many details didn't matter much throughout the novel. Obviously, this is an ARC, so maybe some things will change before final copies are printed, but I'm reviewing the ARC. And it needs editing. Bad.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't hooked at first because I read 30 pages and didn't think I'd like this much. The wh...moreSee full review here!
I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't hooked at first because I read 30 pages and didn't think I'd like this much. The whole astral projection sounded weird, zooming off to different places while leaving her body behind. But I've seen so many good reviews and tweets about this book that I sat down to read it and ended up finishing it in a matter of hours. I never really wanted to put it down because I certainly wanted to know how it would all work out. This is a pretty good book!
It's unlike a lot of the stuff I've read recently. I've read about vampires, werewolves, reapers, ghosts, necromancers, witches, etc. But someone who can leave her body like that is different. Especially when she gets shut out when someone else takes over! WTF, right?! Yeah. The description of this book tells that part of the story, and it's all so addictively frustrating that you can't put the book down!
And all the tension between Anna and Rei was perfectly done while slightly predictable. So you basically know what will end up happening in this book, but it's the journey that matters for this one. I mentioned that in my review for Such a Rush, but that one didn't work like Auracle does. I'd recommend this one for sure.(less)