Seriously.. this is my favorite book of this year. Non-fiction at least. Corey Taylor is an effing hilarious genius. His argumentSee 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! ...more
Oh wow. How awful. Portia de Rossi's story is so eye-opening and honest. It made me feel less alone and slightly neurotic. Now, ISee full review here!
Oh wow. How awful. Portia de Rossi's story is so eye-opening and honest. It made me feel less alone and slightly neurotic. Now, I don't have anorexia, but I do have a serious love/hate relationship with food. It's been a battle for years, and I'm currently "dieting." Hearing her story right when I probably needed it the most has been enlightening.
I'm not going to lie, I was hoping for more about her and Ellen. I don't read book descriptions so I had NO clue that this book was about her battle with eating disorders. But all wasn't lost - not in the least. I was so engrossed with her life story, taking in all I could about how rationally she talked about her mindset, that I hardly remembered the Ellen part of her life. Her thoughts were more than preposterous, but she talks about it all like she's the sane one. It's incredible what these diseases do to a person, physically and mentally.
Trying to convince herself that she wasn't gay, Portia de Rossi created a diversion and focused on her body. 115 pounds was her goal weight at 5'7", but, being a newly famous actress, that turned out not to be good enough. Bottoming out at 82 pounds (!!!!), de Rossi finally reached her breaking point when her body wouldn't comply with her mind's wishes. It's astounding that she managed to eat so little and do so much!!
I basically loved listening to her story, heartbreaking as it is. She narrates this herself, so everything is spoken just as she means it. Our culture these days doesn't seem to make a big deal about eating disorders anymore, but it's serious business. de Rossi is so brave for sharing her story in hopes to help anyone who struggles with the daily ins and outs of eating and maintaining good health at the same time. As someone who deals with this every day, I so appreciate this story. It makes me feel brave to just enjoy being who I am, knowing that I'm not alone, and to make peace with the fact that health will come with a good balance in my life. THANK YOU....more
Yes, the exclusive 5-star rating. I know. This hardly happens. But here it is.
I started this book because I've heard so many goodSee full review here!
Yes, the exclusive 5-star rating. I know. This hardly happens. But here it is.
I started this book because I've heard so many good things about it. I have a zillion review books lined up, but I've been reading fast, and my library was going to snatch it away from my ereader. I'm just so glad I did. This book was such a roller coaster. It didn't make me cry, but it made me smile and FEEL. A LOT. It reminded me of my own past for a while, and I was worried for Samantha for a while, but Jase is not my ex-husband, so I needn't worry. Thank goodness for Samantha. But it wasn't all without tragedy. That's where the roller coaster sets in. Ayeee.
It starts out on a bit of a sad note, really. Samantha's mom is pissed about the new family moving into the house next door because they have a ton of kids who only bring trouble and messes with them. For 10 years, Samantha watches the forbidden family like they're her favorite TV show. She wouldn't dare break her mother's rules. The rebel role is all for her sister. Until the day Jase notices her and welcomes her into the Garrett home. And a home for Samantha it is. She falls right into place there, and it changes everyone forever.
When the bad stuff starts happening, you absolutely can't put the book down. You have no idea one way or the other how this is all going to go down. The predictability goes out the window when the bad stuff happens. And that part made me happy. I know it's an unfortunate event, but it tests ALL of the characters in the book. And I had no clue how it would all work out. It's such a challenge for everyone in the novel, and that's not something you see very often.
All the characters popped for me. Even the kids in Jase's family stood out. They were all different, had their own personalities and quirks. It was great fun to read this one with all the fab characters. One of my favorite characters turned out to be Tim! Just read it to find out why, because he certainly shows up acting like a giant a-hole. And Jase. Oh Jase. Samantha and Jase are hot on the pages. HOT. And I'd like to punch Clay in his face. Doucheface. Gah! Such passion for this book. READ IT!...more
AAAHHHHH this book! I sighed happily and hugged this book when I finished. It was a bit of a roller coaster, up and down, happy and sad. I wa4.5 stars
AAAHHHHH this book! I sighed happily and hugged this book when I finished. It was a bit of a roller coaster, up and down, happy and sad. I wasn't exactly sure where it would go sometimes, which is awesome because I hate the predictability of YA romances. It surprised me until the end.
At first, I actually liked the idea of Brian and Parker. Then it went downhill, fast! Corndog didn't hit me right at first, but then I really got into him. It's interesting to see how this story plays out! I loved almost all of the characters (besides aforementioned Brian), and I read almost the whole thing in one day.
What I didn't particularly care for was the religion aspect. I'm not religious in the least, but it didn't stop me from reading this. Everything bad that was happening in the story was because of religion. If there wasn't so much religion, no one would have cared that this stuff was going on. But alas, that's the tension in the story, so it worked.
Stealing Parker so enjoyable, just like Catching Jordan! I absolutely cannot wait for more from Miranda Kenneally!...more
Yep. 5 stars, guys. This book was AWESOME and AMAZING! I had NO idea what it was about; I'd just heard a lot of really great thinSee full review here!
Yep. 5 stars, guys. This book was AWESOME and AMAZING! I had NO idea what it was about; I'd just heard a lot of really great things. So I thought I'd try it out and DUDE, I was seriously sucked in by the end of the first paragraph! It made me laugh hysterically, and the rest of the book made me FEEL so much. I was up and down, happy and sad, freaking out and just at peace with Travis. Oh yeah, I loved that this was male POV. Trish Doller does an amazing job at that! And Harper. I think even I would date that girl! LOL She is just.. cool. She's just what Travis needs when he's at home on leave from the war. Gahh!
So I could basically go on all day long about how awesome I thought this book was. It's a very quick read, and there's a LOT going on. I was worried for Travis almost the whole time because I have friends who've gone overseas for the war, and it's hard stuff! That's obviously an understatement because I've never been there or dealt with it, but Doller does a seriously FAB job showing PTSD from a male war vet POV. Just amazing stuff.
Goodness. I can't put it into words. I cried a little a couple different times because of all the stuff going on in Travis's life. He's back from the war, his family is a bit of a mess (and that's not even considering the fact that his girlfriend sent him a small note while he was overseas saying that she's with his brother now.. yeah, joy), and his head just isn't with it yet. This is such a meaningful, powerful story! I want every book to affect me the way this one has.
That's all I can say. A 5-star rating should speak for itself, but I always want to try. I just effing loved this book. I can't wait for more from Doller!! ...more
This book is why I love Ellen Hopkins. Her writing is honest and gritty. She writes in first person, present tense, multiple POVs. She writes in gorgeThis book is why I love Ellen Hopkins. Her writing is honest and gritty. She writes in first person, present tense, multiple POVs. She writes in gorgeous verse that jumps off the page and takes on true meaning when read different ways. She's a seriously talented writer. She has a such an ability with words. I've loved all of her stuff, but this adult book took it to a whole different level.
This book is outstanding! It's real and in your face. It's easy to get lost in the lives of these three women. Every page is a new twist and turn. There are so many characters, so many lives at stake. Hopkins has a writing style that's all her own. While it takes obvious effort, she makes it look effortless. Each woman has her own back story and trouble to deal with. They blend and mix until your turning the pages so fast you can't keep them apart. It's raw and just so interesting. I read most of it in one morning. Great stuff.
It's exactly what I needed to read right now. Thank you, Ellen Hopkins. ...more
WOWOWOWOWOWWW. Such a great story. Chelsea is a brave girl with a lot of courage and strength to do what she does. A vowSee full review here!
WOWOWOWOWOWWW. Such a great story. Chelsea is a brave girl with a lot of courage and strength to do what she does. A vow of silence is no joke, and Chelsea doesn't take it lightly. It's interesting to see her grow up over time in this novel. Hannah Harrington really made this story amazing with all the side plots and lessons learned. I read it pretty slow in order to take in every word, and it made me tear up twice. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to take my own vow of silence. I'd read this again right now if I wasn't so backed up on review books. SO SO GOOD.
This book is powerful in a quiet way. And that's no pun or joke. It's serious. It's no joke figuring out who you are in high school. It's serious business when you're 16, knowing who your friends are, what flies and what doesn't with them. I never had this problem since I went to a pretty small school, but I've read enough and heard enough stories to know that kids are ruthless! Teens and young adults can be brutal to one another! This book is a great example.
If you think that's enough, then this novel deals with homophobia and hate crimes. HELLO! These are some of my favorite topics to discuss because they get me SO MAD and riled up that I could spit fire. NO ONE puts their hands on another human being out of hate, with intentions to hurt. Especially when it's unfounded, ignorant, unacceptable hate. Okay, I better get back on track. Here's the deal:
So Chelsea witnesses two guys making out at a party. Since she can never keep her trap shut (plus she's had a bit to drink), she spills the beans. Two of the boys in her crowd of friends decide he's a disgusting animal and go beat him up. Chelsea does the right thing and tells the police, but in turn she loses every single friend and shred of dignity she had at her school. (The back of the book tells you this - it's no spoiler.) But Chelsea has some lessons to learn, like if those friends were ever worth the things she had to do in order to keep them around. I loved this book, but I wish stories like this didn't have to be told. It's so sad, but hopefully people learn from books like this one.
So, full disclosure, this was an ARC copy I received from ALA. I know that it's not the final, finished copy, and there were some editing issues. This time I'm not just talking about weird grammar or missing punctuation. I'm talking about issues with TIME in this book. On day 22 it's apparently Saturday AND Sunday, and then day 24 is Saturday again.. something like that. I tried to stop paying attention to the day headers because they didn't really matter in terms of the story. I kind of wish those would go. Plus I wanted a little more at the end. Like what happens to the guys who beat Noah up. That kind of stuff. It has a great ending, perfect final words, so I'm not too disappointed.
Basically, READ THIS THING! Much better than Saving June!...more
This book had me going up and down. I've never read anything by Crouch, so I wasn't familiar with his character. But I love me some JacUm WHOA. WHOA!!
This book had me going up and down. I've never read anything by Crouch, so I wasn't familiar with his character. But I love me some Jack Daniels - the ex-cop from Chicago, that is. She's fantastic, and in this one, she's pregnant as ever while trying to catch this psychopath. What a story!
This kind of drags, because when I thought it was winding down, the drama was really just starting. There's lots and LOTS of gore and killing (think the Saw movies). Luther Kite is a crazy, but he had a well-thought-out plan. Other past characters come up in this novel, and the POV changes to tell the whole story.
And dude. What a twist at the end! I literally gasped. Didn't see it coming! I love when that happens. Check this one out for sure!...more
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!!...more
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 worlDude. 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!...more
Wow. This book is terribly sad and really addicting. I had zero clue what this one was about because (like I always mention) I raSee 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....more
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 wSee 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!...more
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 thiSee 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....more
This book just makes me want to say AWWWWWWWW! I mean, there's some action, there's some paranormal stuff going on, but basicallySee 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. ...more
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 sSee 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!...more
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 wasUhhh, 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!!...more
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 remindI 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)...more
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. ReluctanDude. 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....more
AWWWWW! This book is like every bookworm's dream come true. Who wouldn't want to find out that the book boyfriend in your favoritSee 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)...more
I really needed a quick, cute read like this one. This book is thoroughly enjoyable, and it left me craving more at the end! TherSee full review here!
I really needed a quick, cute read like this one. This book is thoroughly enjoyable, and it left me craving more at the end! There just wasn't enough once the final pages came around. But that's really my only complaint. This is a beautiful, third person/present tense novel :o)
I was afraid that the scenes would linger too long, that the plane ride would never end, but everything flowed quite nicely. It reads like a movie, with each scene and flashback coming very naturally. All I wanted was for Hadley and Oliver to acknowledge the chemistry, but it sadly didn't happen on the plane. The rest of their story (and individual stories) progresses in just the right way. Hadley's broken family comes into the spotlight with her father's wedding happening, and Oliver has family drama of his own. No matter what, I'd gladly read more of their story, as it just ended way too abruptly. ...more
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 char4.5 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....more
So so so good. Let me tell you, I love Cas. I love that these books are from a guy's POV. He's so understated and non-drama. I meSee full review here!
So so so good. Let me tell you, I love Cas. I love that these books are from a guy's POV. He's so understated and non-drama. I mean, stuff goes down. But he's level-headed, even when he's lovesick. Cas is just.. awesome. And dedicated. He's so distraught over Anna being somewhere she doesn't belong that he does everything in his power, almost gets killed, to save her. It's romantic in the strangest way, since she's a dead ghost and all. Ahhh. *sigh*
Basically, this book is about Cas trying to save Anna from Hell. There's most discovered throughout the novel, but I don't like to be spoilery. So I won't be. But the writing is great. The dialog is good. Thomas and Carmel have their own drama, and stuff goes down with them, but they're just fab friends to have. Cas doesn't really know what that's like when he's moving all the time, so it really sinks in for him in this book. He deserves it, for all he does.
I'm a little torn with Gideon. And I couldn't STAND Jestine. She irritated me, got under my skin. But I guess she was supposed to. She just sort of appears out of no where, but she becomes this huge part of the story. It will be interesting to see how that plays out in the next one. Well, I guess I'm assuming there is a next one. There BETTER be a next one! It doesn't leave you with a huge cliffhanger - things pretty much get resolved one way or another - but I want MORE. You can't help but root for Cas and Anna, right? Right....more
HAWT. Definitely check this out if you loved Obsidian!
Awwwww. These POV shorts make me love the males in her books even more. Mostly becHAWT. Definitely check this out if you loved Obsidian!
Awwwww. These POV shorts make me love the males in her books even more. Mostly because they seem like asses sometimes, but THIS is why. Love it!!
I received this (ARC) book through a giveaway on the author's blog. Here is my honest review:
4 stars, assuming the finished copy is edited.
Oh my. I must start off by saying that yes, chapter 26 lives up to expectations and then some! Aye! *fans self* Okay.. now on the rest of the book.
So Daemon is a jerk. A huge one. I think Katy calls him something like "a douchebag of the highest order." Amen, girl. But it's all for good reason. And you probably already know if you've read the back cover summary. This is a prime example of why I don't usually read those. I knew ALL along what was REALLY going on. I didn't appreciate that very much. But it really didn't stop me from enjoying the book. At all :o)
Yes, Daemon and his sister are aliens. Along with some other people in town. And they have big bad evil coming after them. Poor Katy just gets in the way. But she's a fairly good sport and even comes in handy sometimes! Take that all you people who think book bloggers are nerds. Hehe.
Oh yeah, let's talk about this. So, if I'd read this book this time last year, I would probably not have a clue as to what "Waiting on Wednesday" and "In My Mailbox" were. So I'm curious about what non-bloggers think of this book. I didn't feel like Katy read that much (since I spend all my time reading when I'm not working.. lol) but she obviously loves books and blogging. I really felt for her when her computer broke, that's for sure. Katy is witty and hilarious. She's a pretty good MC.
This book makes me remember why I read books and not live the life of a fictional character. So much drama! I appreciate that these things only happen in books and not in my real life. But I'm glad that books like this exist! It was way fun with lots of action and lots of mystery surrounding Daemon and his gang. I definitely recommend this to fans of YA and sci-fi. Very fun, quick read.
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 whSee 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....more
This one was recommended to me a couple different times by the same person. She kept saying that she thought I might like this one, and she was totallThis one was recommended to me a couple different times by the same person. She kept saying that she thought I might like this one, and she was totally right. I should have listened sooner. I really enjoyed Working Stiff! I wish I hadn't read the description of the book, because it takes a while for the very first line to actually happen in the novel. But that's okay. The pacing worked for me, and some of the action got my heart racing in suspense! Good good book.
I listened to the audio, and Julia Whelan is awesome. I love her narration. She fits the book perfectly. I only wish this book hadn't been written in third person. Oh how I don't enjoy third person as much as first. But that's alright. I still really liked the novel. Looking forward to more in this series!!...more
I thought this would be 5 stars, but the ending kind of let me down. I was hoping for something explosive,WHAT. THE. EFF. Did I just listen to?!?!?!?
I thought this would be 5 stars, but the ending kind of let me down. I was hoping for something explosive, but no. So it's more of 4.5 stars, but I just can't round up on Goodreads for this one. Just WOW. Do you ever really know anyone well enough?! After reading this, I'm just not sure. Psycho!!
So.. Amy and Nick seem like this solid couple until Amy goes missing and you get a glimpse into her diary and into Nick's head. Things start to look really bad, and after that you have zero clue about who is telling the truth. My head is still spinning from this book. I want to just punch everyone who appears in this novel. Plus, I want some answers! But those questions are spoilery, so I'll leave it alone.
It took me three days to listen to, and those days were a solid 6 hours each. Geesh! The narration is pretty spot on, though. I love both of their voices, but I thoroughly loved Julia Whelan's narration. She did Amy just right. Brought the crazy out!
This is seriously some of the strangest shit I've read/listened to in a while. I read a lot of YA, so adult literature needs to stand out for me. This isn't something I'll ever forget. And I guess they're making a movie about this, which is why I listened. Holy hell. My dreams will be so messed up tonight.. haha. I just want to hug Josh and hope to everything good in this world that he's normal and real with me. OY!!...more
I enjoyed this sequel. The audio version is read by the same narrator as the first book, which is always something I appreciate. It provides continuitI enjoyed this sequel. The audio version is read by the same narrator as the first book, which is always something I appreciate. It provides continuity, and it honestly helps me remember what happened in the previous novel better when the voice is the same. She reads Anya very well, but I always quickly get sick of the word 'chocolate' after a while. Oh well.
Anya goes through a whole lot again. She's back in Liberty for a stretch, and when she's released, she finds that many things have changed. However, not enough has changed, and she's threatened with another stint in Liberty, thanks to her favorite person, Charles Delacroix. So she needs to make an escape with the help of her friends and family. Off she goes on an adventure. She finds some answers to some questions, and by the end there is actually some hope, believe it or not.
This is very much a transitional novel. I'm interested in seeing how Anya's story continues in the next book, but I hope it is the last one. I do enjoy the parallels to current situations. If you replace chocolate with marijuana, you might enjoy this book on a possible level, and who knows? Maybe Zevin will predict the future! I guess we'll all find out....more
I received this ARC in a blogger giveaway. Here is my honest review:
Oh my goodness. While this book isn't exactly unique (X-Men has done this specialI received this ARC in a blogger giveaway. Here is my honest review:
Oh my goodness. While this book isn't exactly unique (X-Men has done this special abilities thing many times over), it still stands strong. A lot goes on in this novel as it hits the ground running from the very beginning, staying action-packed throughout the entire book. Dez loves pissing off her father, and nothing would piss him off more than a strange boy at their house in the middle of the night. However, the ess hits the fan when the boy and her father recognize each other. Turns out, this Kale has a deadly touch, and her father has something to do with it. A lot to do with it.
Dez is a fun, sporty, honest narrator. She's enjoyable to me. I liked her perspective on things, and the way she has to handle Kale with everything being new to him made me rethink the things I take for granted in my life. Plus it was pretty humorous. She also has to teach him about the complicated things, like love for instance. Man, that kind of got thrown around too much, but it's a book, right? Anyway, that chapter in the hotel.. dang, girl. HOT. My only complaint was that I got a little confused every now and then. There was a lot to keep track of at certain points!
In a nutshell, this book is highly entertaining, fast paced, and chock full of action-packed drama at every turn. It keeps you thinking and guessing until the end. And that cliffhanger! Needless to say, I can't wait for the next one!!...more
I received this book from the author for review. Here are my honest thoughts:
The title of this book kept me from reading it for tSee full review here!
I received this book from the author for review. Here are my honest thoughts:
The title of this book kept me from reading it for the longest time! I, like someone actually IN the book, thought it was about pixies. It's NOT. It's about the PYXIS (picks-issssss)! Totally different! So if you're thinking, "Nah, I'll wait until I have more time," because you're like me and do not read the descriptions of books, then take my word for it and give this one a chance.
I enjoyed the mystery revolving around the PYXIS. This book starts off with Corinne using some of the bottles in this mystery box as food coloring for her bake sale contributions. Then weird things start happening. Her best friend Angeline offers up an experiment, which freaked me out, but honestly, nothing happens with it. Other experiments take place with no results as well. I didn't like that part.
And I also didn't like that I figured stuff out before Corinne did. It was a little strange because I'm always usually with the narrator. Plus, when Mason comes home and wants to be with her, she should have just confronted him about the issue that was holding her back. People waste too much time on things they don't even know about! ;o)
But let's not focus on what I didn't like, because I actually enjoyed this story! It's fresh and different from the paranormal stuff out there. This is more like witch craft. Things don't always go right, but Corinne and the gang work to make it. And then there was the ending. You'll need the next one right away. That's all I'm saying. ...more