I'm not a car or a plane reader, whether print book, reading off of my phone or Kindle, if am in a moving vehicle while reading I will get a headache immediately. I mean it happens so fast where I'll read only two sentence then the pounding start and I have to put that book down. But with The Lifeguard as I was on my way home from school I said to myself, "So what if I'll get a killer headache? keep reading, Racquel!" So yeah, I was engrossed!
Despite the fun looking cover and summary, this book had absolute depth to it. Sirena, our pleasant main character was growing up and viewing the world with new eyes due to her parents divorce that really hit her hard.
Sirena's vacation and coming in terms with everything happening to her was handled completely realistically and I absolutely adored that! She was definitely a great narrator and I didn't want to let her go at the end of the book. Pilot is another character I didn't want to let go off, I wish we saw more of him throughout the book but in end I was happy with him. Some might argue that the romance was insta-love between Sirena and Pilot but I say (and I definitely hate insta-love!) it wasn't. To me it started out as lust and curiosity on Sirena's behalf before growing to something more, even if it happened quickly.
Another thing that I enjoyed while others didn't is the fantasy element of the book. Some people I noticed were bothered it wasn't fully explained but I- and again, this is coming from a person who isn't the biggest fan of the paranormal genre- actually liked that! There wasn't anything paranormal of evil about the 'magic' and I didn't really need an in depth explanation because the the fantasy element was just so, it just existed and that was enough for me because it was a spiritual and natural element rather then a paranormal one. It was mysterious yet even believable and I enjoyed that. It reminded me of The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten because it also had the magical element that was never explained because it just was. There was magic and you had to believe it, something that I find intriguing. Overall, this is a hard book to resist! It's a beach read with depth and I absolutely enjoyed every page of it.
Rating: 5 hearts~ with a cast of characters you will love, humor and realism despite initial doubts people might face, this book is a fantastic read that I know I will reread again!
Question of the century: could a book set in NEW Victorian times, with GOOD and BAD zombies prove to be a great read? Yes, yes it sure does!
Lia Habel has an imagination that can rivals Spongebob's (that is a compliment FYI!) Her dystopian world is unlike anything I have ever seen/read about before and I knew just from the summary of the book that I would love this world! One thing about me, I feel very strongly about society/civilization/government, I believe that the dystopian worlds authors write about can actually happen any... minute. History proves that every great civilization has collapsed and what makes today's society immune? The idea of society advancing by regressing is not far from realistic, in a state of panic and depression anything is possible and the explanation of how this New Victorian society came to be is highly believable and I didn't question it once.
I also really loved this world. The etiquette, decorum and style of life is beyond fascinating and seeing it combined with advanced technology is a great mix. Onto the paranormal aspects of the book: ZOMBIES! It actually felt more sci-fi then paranormal to me because everything was backed up by science which again, I love because it made everything more believable for the reader.
One thing that bothers me much about paranormal books is if the MC stumbles into an unnatural world and doesn't question it or react properly, Nora (the MC) on the other hand did not magically accept the walking dead only after two paragraphs of finding out about them. She was genuinely shocked to the bone and again, despite the obvious unreal zombies, her reaction realistic! I also liked how Nora didn't immediately become a warrior. She was a girl who albeit knew more about combat and fighting then she should, but she was still raised with decorum drilled in her but upon learning about the zombies she didn't suddenly acquire superman hero skills to defend everyone. Nora knew what was too much for her and when she did, she left matters to the real fighters. Some people might see that as unheroic but I see it as a realistic portrayal of a girl who knows her limits. I love this about Lia Habel's writing, no matter how crazy the world of Dearly, Departed is, she still made me believe it!
This also proves right with the relationship between Bram (the good undead zombie) and Nora. Oh Bram, Bram, Bram, do they sell zombies at Amazon because I want me a Bram!! I loved the pacing of the romance and I can kiss Habel for avoiding the wrecking mistakes of making the main character along with her guy of interest fall in love from the third chapter. I cannot explain the sweet feeling the blossoming this romance gave me, my heart was fluttering! Lia Habel, once again, well done!
Something I noticed that put a lot of people off is the 5 different 1st person narrating voices. I love alternating POV's especially when its between the love interests but I also did not mind the added 3 other POV's. They gave an added insight that otherwise could have been achieved and while I will admit that sometimes I did get confused on who's narrating, it wasn't a big deal to me.
Rating: 4 hearts~ Lia Habel has made a loyal fan out of me! Her dystopian world is one of a kind and I will eagerly and anxiously await more information on Dearly, Beloved the second novel to Lia Habel's fantastically amazing debut- this is a must read!
With the Plague of Paranormal, every time I come across a YA contemporary book fireworks of happiness go off and fireworks definitely erupted when I came across The Next Door Boys for the first time and can you just imagine how I felt when I saw this on netgalley, requested and got it accepted. It was a complete squeal fest and phew, thank god I wasn't disappointed!
To be honest I picked this up and one chapter into it, I put it down. I had no idea that it wasn't going to shy away from religion and I was a little scared that the further I read on, the more it was going to turn into a Christian read only. It's nice to see writers not shy away from religion but I don't want to read only about it, I'm not even Christian but later that day I decided was going to suck it up like a big girl and keep going. I can't judge a book by one chapter only and again, phew, I'm glad I didn't!
Sure religion drives the plot of the book to a certain extent but I found myself not minding at all and I can't imagine the book without it! It actually added charm to the book and it wasn't that thick of factor in the book so worry not, even if you don't like reading about religion in books I'm sure it won't bother you in The Next Door Boys.
I'm going to get this out of the way first since I seem to be singing praises so far, why did I give the book 3 hearts only if I liked it so much? Well I didn't like how Leigh judged everybody. She judged Brian at sight, she judged Kim (her roommate) on sight and she judged Meghan's (her other roommate) sister after one second in their presence. It seemed to me that quiet & nice = down to earth and amazing while loud & boy crazy = not so great of a person.
Also the fall of Noah's and Leigh relationship bother me. To be honest Perry built Noah too perfectly and it was completely out of character to do what he did at the end, I couldn't believe that sweet person at the beginning could something like that! I wish there was another way around their break up and it's the same thing with the judging here, I got the vibe that just because Noah was ambitious about his acting career that turned him into an ugly person. Fame = not a good thing. When in reality Noah was just trying to reach his goals! Just because Leigh might have not really found them great doesn't mean they're bad.
Complaints aside, I really did enjoy this book to extremes♥ I loved how Leigh had hobbies like sewing and I liked to see her grow more independent. I loved the relationship between Jaron and Leigh and Brian and Leigh. For once, an author took the time to actually DEVELOP a romantic relationship!! It made me so happy((': Brian and Leigh's relationship is probably one of my favorite romantic relationships of all time! I wish we had an epilogue though, I felt the book ended too abruptly. I was not ready to leave the characters! I will say though, I will definitely be looking forward to Perry's book and I almost died from happiness when I found out there will be TWO more books added to The Next Door Boys!!
If you have not added The Next Door Boys to your to-be-read pile, YOU ARE MISSING OUT! A great debut by Perry, this is a must read for contemporary fans!
My Rating: 3 hearts~ very good, I enjoyed it immensely!
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for me to review and giveaway*
It goes without a doubt that Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the second Divergent of the year and I mean that buzz wise. I haven't read Divergent myself, but everyone has and everyone that has read it loves it and Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the exact same way. It barely came out today and already the hype about it is HUGE, so many people loved it and not a person hated. It's a favorite of the year for 90% of people who read it and let me be the first to say, ALL THE HYPE IS TRUE!
Laini Taylor really is an amazing writer, the world she created is fantastic and her characters are loveable, the plot? A page-turner but I think it's none of that that ultimately makes this book the 5 star deal for everyone but it's the writing.
It is beautiful.
So beautiful I kept rereading sentences because they are just so... fabulous! What do you think of when you hear the names Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel? Classy, beautiful, fabulous and iconic. They make you wanna whip out you're cat frames sunglasses, a ciggy and feel like you own the world. Well this is how the writing of Daughter of Smoke and Bone is.
Fabulous. Excellent. Marvelous. Magnificent. Remarkable. Extraordinary. Brilliant. Spectacular…. Just look up wonderful and all the synonyms you get describe the writing and prose.
Taylor has real skill, she has talent writers wish they had an ounce of. Anyone can come up with a half decent plot, half decent characters and make a half decent novel and sell it but Taylor has the magic. She has the sparkly pink fairy magic dust people wish they had so they can throw it around and wish to make things better.
I mean I bet when you open Daughter of Smoke and Bone the is probably what you will see:
and then you will be feeling: for reading such a good book!
I kid you not, the writing is that good. I kind of want to eat it from how yummy it is!! I think if we took away the amazing writing we would just end up with yet another fantasy story, granted better then others but ubiquitous nonetheless. Lets be honest, at some parts of the book I was confused to the point where I literally had no idea what was going on but all of that is a trick on Taylor’s behalf and everything does clear up and I think the romance was too insta-love and I didn’t understand all the way how it came about, it just happened. Even after the big GASP happens and that should have cleared all doubts about the love, it still didn’t make 100% sense to me and. Also, Akiva’s past and his ‘kind’ didn’t have a solid background explanation for them to make them convincing and believable but in the end these things don’t smother the fact that the book is unique, it's amazing and mesmerizing and you better read it or I will hunt you down with black fairy dust and the results will not be that of the dreamy kind.
UPDATE, 4/4: it was everything I ever wanted and MORE! Julie James does NOT disappoint!!!!!!! Absolutely 100% LOOOOVED it!
UPDATE, 9/29: IT HAS A COVERUPDATE, 4/4: it was everything I ever wanted and MORE! Julie James does NOT disappoint!!!!!!! Absolutely 100% LOOOOVED it!
UPDATE, 9/29: IT HAS A COVER OH MY GOD I JUST DIED A LITTLE WE FINALLY HAVE A COVER AND AN EXCERPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A SUPPPPPPER SEEEEEEEEXY HOT COVER CAN APRIL 3 PLEASE HURRY UP, I WANT TO READ THIS SO FUCKING BAD JUST GIVE ME A COPY NOW! THIS IS DEFINITELY THE #1 BOOK I'M WAITING FORRR!!!!!
Cannot wait until this comes out, Kyle's story *squeals* maybe the heroine is the red head agent from A lot Like Love? Agents Simms if I remember correctly. Cannot wait for the summary of this!...more
Nightshade starts right into action and that how the book continues, Andrea Cremer wastes no time with pointless details and description. It's always bam-bam-bam which works for Nightshade because you don't doubt the world. These people shift into wolves anytime they want? Totally believable! Cremer leaves no room to think otherwise. BUT I was still confused, until maybe 1/3 of the book I didn't really understand who/what the keepers were and I was lost until Calla, the MC spelled it out for Shay, the human boy she saved from getting killed.
The first third of the book to me was so-so. It just showed how bipolar Calla is, one second she wanted Ren (the guy she was in an arranged marriage with) the next she wanted Shay and I was confused out of my mind anyway but after the explanation of who and what the guardians, keepers and searchers are, the book picked up.
I really liked the mystery and suspense of why Shay is important to the keepers, will Shay & Calla get caught doing something they're not supposed to do and of course, down to earth Shay or sexy Ren? Also the romance is HOT-HOT-HOT. I can say I never read anything as sexy as the none graphic HOOOOT scenes in this book, I loved it!
Why didn't I give this 5 stars though?
A lot of the minor characters like the people in Ren and Calla's pack were underdeveloped. I didn't even know who was in what pack and as I read, they were just vague characters in my mind. The other thing that ultimately made the book lose a star is Calla. I don't mind love triangles but Calla was just so bipolar about everything it started getting effy. One second she was cool with Ren, the next she’s slapping him. She ignores Shay for the day then she wants to kiss him. It got on my nerves and could have been handled better.
Other then that, Nightshade is a great paranormal read that I definitely cannot wait to see what happens next in book 2, it ended in a great action-packed way I’m sure everyone loved. Despite minor things, this is a great debut!!And the most famous question ever, am I on team Ren or Shay? Well, how about Calla get’s Shay and I get Ren? Since I’m pretty sure I know who Calla will end up with and I don’t want to support team sexy when he will not win, so I’m team Shay!
By the way, am I the only one who is sad about the new paperback cover? The hardcover ROCKED, they didn't need to change it//:
I was very excited to read this and when I when I learned I had the chance to read it early I squealed. Moi is not a squealer!! No doubt, I was not disappointed one bit because this book = amazing debut.
Martinez knows how to convey emotion like no body's buisness. When Carmen was stressed, I was stressed. When Carmen was happy I was happy. When Carmen was describing her passion for the violin, I wanted to play the violin my self.
I was in this book. I didn't just read about Carmen's story. I went through every little emotion through every page with Carmen. I laughed because Heidi and Clark are the definition of quirky character, I had a tug of war about Diana, Carmen's momager (mom/manager) and my heart skipped too many beats at every mention of Jeremy. Who's funny and vulnerable at the same time, he's dedicated, passionate and 100% perfect Carmen. I truly saw their relationship blossom and how Jeremy helped Carmen through the difficult parts of what she was going through is very believable and couldn't been handled better. Speaking of that, this book is all about Carmen finding herself. Does she love violin as much she thinks she is? Is taking anti-anxiety pills okay? Should she wield her own life? These problems are understandable because of Carmen's position in the music industry. I loved just turning to the next page and going through with Carmen as she learns more and more about what she truly wants, as she learns about reality.
As you can see I loved how well the emotions are conveyed but that's not all that made the book. The gorgeous cover, the great character names, the butterfly-in-my-stomach romance, the conflict about decisions, Carmen's inner conflicts, a big shocker, and perfect resolution all add up to once again what turned out to be a great debut!
I loved the writing, I loved from the prologue to the chapter before the last (that tie- if/when you read the book you will know which one;D- is AMAZING) and the epilogue? I had a grin of a fool the entire time so yes, Jessica Martinez, you have made a fan of me. One pre-order of your second book please!
*Thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing me a copy to read + review!*
Ten Things Racquel loved About This Book: 1) A police siren 2) The Hula 3) Donut 4) Two fantastic brothers 5) A certain fake/adopted/maybe drug dealing/ loveliest cheekbone brother 6) The flashbacks 7) Everything made me laugh 8) Every ties up, perfect resolutions 9) Realistic characters 10) The writing
I have been dying to read this book for so long and thank goodness once I picked it up, I was not disappointed. To get this out of the way, a book can be so terrible, juts PLAIN AWFUL, the worst book ever and it deserves to burned but I can still love it. If a book can make me laugh so much even though it sucks I will love it and while Ten Things We Did was not awful or terrible it did make me laugh so hard so even IF it sucked, I would have loved it.
It was fun reading from April's POV (even though I had my issues with her at the end) she was funny and did genuinely have the best at heart. [this might be spoilerish] It sucked what Noah did to her but in the end, I don't hate him like everyone. He just a teen who reacted from something that scared him, he's not perfect and neither is April.
Besides that, I finished this book in one day, it's a great pick-me-up since I laughed through every page and while some of the situations in the book are ridiculously exaggerated (the great Hula buy for instance) the characters are definitely realistic from the way they reacted to things to the way they acted, talked and interacted. Yes, I'm a teenager. Yes teenagers think about sex and want to do it (or well the teenagers that surround me) and yes teenagers drink, get drunk and throw parties. Why yes, I partied it up just yesterday. It's a fact. You might not think so, but down here the things that went on in this book are as close to the truth as true can get.
Less then ten things that I didn't like: 1) Not enough fake/adopted/maybe drug dealing/ loveliest cheekbone brother! 2) April got a little annoying at the end, but who can blame her?
The Iron King officially proved to me hype and excitement only do bad things to books. They get me super excited and without me even knowing, give me high expectations but that only leads to a bad, bad bad road. First of all, I decided to immediately knock off two stars if the book has stereotypes, yup just like that. If the author has to rely on stereotypes then they probably don’t have the creativity to write a book. So from the first chapter The Iron King lost two stars due it having the worst kind of stereotypes.
Bimbo mean blonde cheerleaders and sexy stupid jocks. At the top of the list of things that I cannot stand is stereotypes so obviously I wasn't happy. I'm not even blonde or a cheerleader but god good who can't take offence at that? At my school we have as many black girls on the cheerleading team as white girls, and most of them aren't even blonde. And wait for it! Some of them are actually nice and SMART. I do not understand how authors add this in their books. Do they truly believe blonde cheerleaders are dumb and football players are shallow?
I understand this is fiction and fantasy at that but I'm drawing the line at this. What happened to being against bullying? You're basically bullying the people who are cheerleaders and jocks with stereotypes like these. I'm pretty sure they have feelings.
I will not complain more about this because it will get my blood pressure too high.
Second problem I had was Meghan. I was not in her head. Basically her POV was more vague then 3rd person narration, really her narration makes 3rd person just WOW, I might as well be inside the head of every character! 'This happened.' 'He did this' 'she said so-so' 'I felt like this' 'it made me sad' 'I saw this' 'I did that'
But WHHHHY? why are you sad, why are you mad? What bothers you and why does it bother you? I need a little background of her brain because not just because she said she felt that way I would understand it and justify it. I need WHY. I need to be in the narrator’s head but this just felt like I'm on the sideline completely lost.
That leads me to number three: because, to me, the writing recited things without going on to justify or back them up in anyway, I couldn't believe Meghan’s actions. From the beginning every mention of her brother was how he bothered her. How do you expect me to believe that she's going to accept this fantasy world thrown at her face in a nanosecond and jump on a train to save her brother when she never mentions good feelings toward him? Just because he's her brother doesn't mean she has to love him.
I know people who would go to end of the world and back on foot to kill their siblings Blood means nothing. Again, this goes back to I NEED SOME THOUGHT PROCESS BEHIND ACTIONS!
Also there was a bit in the book where Ash tells Meghan that she is very loyal which… no. Sure she is loyal to her brother (which I don’t understand why! Once again, just because he’s your brother means you love him. I need thoughts!) When she knew Puck could get in terrible trouble for helping her she insisted that he should, what kind of friend is that? Sure that means she’s loyal to her brother but Puck ends up getting the worst end of it for you? She didn’t even think twice about his punishment! I don’t know about you but when I’m loyal to my friends I want to PROTECT them from harm, not be the cause of it!
My thoughts on the Romance? Insta-love. One page it wasn’t there one page it was. How? I don’t know especially since the only contact Ash and Meghan had before was: A)He tried to kill her B)They danced together
Yeah, no it doesn’t work that way.
Now I didn’t completely abhor this book! Maybe 2/3 through I got really into it and was just flipping pages like madwomen because I couldn’t read fast enough. At least true to everybody’s reviews, the book does get really good when Ash is in the equation and I would have given the book 3 stars for that middle part alone but I can’t ignore all the problems I had with it in the beginning and the end.Will I be reading the second book? Yeah, someday. I saw potential in that middle part when I couldn’t get enough of the book and I’m hoping The Iron Daughter is as good as that middle part. Besides I HATE myself for not liking this more! It makes me mad that practically everybody loved it except me//:
*sigh* I love this book so, so, so much it's kind of not healthy. When I found out that Hardy has his own story, literally the first thing I did was g*sigh* I love this book so, so, so much it's kind of not healthy. When I found out that Hardy has his own story, literally the first thing I did was go out to get it and it was the best thing I could have done since this book earned a special place in my heart.
Haven has really left a mark on me, I felt her happiness, her sadness, her guilt and abuse, everything! And Hardy Cates, boy it should be illegal to make characters like him. Out of all the books I read, Hardy Cates is takes the crown for most swoon worthy, literally my heart skipped beats as I read about him. He's so perfectly imperfect, he has flaws, he has issues and problems but he's also such a good man it makes me want to order a Hardy Cates of off ebay! Haven & Hardy's story is one I wish will continue on forever because I will never get bored of them and I constantly find myself rereading Blue-Eyed Devil and getting engrossed in this tale all over again. Blue-Eyed Devil is on of the best contemporaries I have ever read.
I wanted to love this book. I tried to love it, I really did but what can I say? I could only fool myself for so long. I had HIGH expectations for thiI wanted to love this book. I tried to love it, I really did but what can I say? I could only fool myself for so long. I had HIGH expectations for this book, very very very high expectations. Safe to say I was disappointed.
I started reading Dessen novels right before this book came out so when I saw how amazing The Truth About Forever & Just Listen are I knew this book will top both of them but really it didn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I read it in ONE sitting but still the entire time I was turning the pages I was complaining.
Over all I liked the book but I couldn’t over look the fact that it seemed like I have read the plot before.
-Auden’s crazy mother? sounds just like Macy’s mom from The Truth About Forever
-Auden over academic achiever personality? Macy was the same way.
-Auden’s wild brother who is tamed by a girlfriend who is the exact opposite of him? Remy’s brother from This Lullaby had the same thing happen to him. Also Macy's sister went through a similar thing.
-The over all plot of exploring new things? kind of just like The Truth About Forever’s plot on how Macy worked for Wish to have some and try things out of her element.
so do you follow me? it feels like I have read the book before!
and UGH! Don’t get me started on Jason! usually I like to see the reoccurring characters from previous books but definitely NOT Jason.
The romance? it was good but also (And this is the best way I can put it…) it was half assed. Sorry but I had to say it! It feels like Eli’s & Auden’s relationship just happened instead of actually developed like we saw in TTAF & JL and I think the reason for that is instead of showing us Auden & Eli interact Dessen just told it instead of actual showing…
It feels like I’m only saying bad things about the book so in all honestly I DID LIKE THE BOOK! but it’s not as amazing & extraordinary as TTAF & JL. Definitely pick this book & read it though!
I don't know why I waited to read this book for so long. I bought it from half priced books like a million years ago but only recently read it. I thinI don't know why I waited to read this book for so long. I bought it from half priced books like a million years ago but only recently read it. I think I thought it would be bad but in the end it was a great read that had me staying up late at night reading. I Loved Jace *sigh* and all the other characters and even the plot wasn't bad at all for a fantasy book it wasn't bad AT ALL and I have read some pretty ridiculous stuff out there. Now that I think about this series doesn't have anything too special about it but there is something that will make EVERYONE love it, it has some magic to it I swear.
I would recommend this to anyone and even though I hate the ending (eww) everyone knows it will get better;D
This book of the series is probably the best, it didn't seem like a follow up-trying to hard book like most squeals do. Walker delivered just like sheThis book of the series is probably the best, it didn't seem like a follow up-trying to hard book like most squeals do. Walker delivered just like she did with the first book, I didn't put it down until I was done, Great fast fun read that really didn't require much, we all need those books in our life's at one point or another. This Violet series is a great one, I recommend it to anyone.
This is definitely one of my favorite books ever. I know all the words cover to cover and have probably read it 7-8 times. No book has ever made me laThis is definitely one of my favorite books ever. I know all the words cover to cover and have probably read it 7-8 times. No book has ever made me laugh out loud as much as this book, it is beyond hilarious. It's a quick read, one you should read while tanning or on a plane (did both myself) its definitely a page turner. LOVE LOVE LOVE the alternating POV's, I just love when authors use those and I love the present/past shit and I have to say the reason they broke up, totally didn't see it! It wasn't predictable at all and had me shocked, when I was done with this book and my sister saw how much I laughed she asked about it and I had to give it to her to read- keep in mind me and my sister aren't that buddy buddy as we sit drinking coffee and sharing novels- and she also loved it!
Some might say the dialogue and language is a bit crude & extreme for teens but hey I'm a teenager myself and I hear and say worse words and cuss more in one minute then in the entire book and get this, I do it in 3 language. So because my environment has all kinds of profanities left and right in all kinds of languages I didn't really flinch at anything.
I especially like Jordan a lot. He was a sweetheart and not in a girlish way (some authors make guys so sweet I have to think about their feminism)
I really enjoy this book (enjoy because I keep reading it over and over again) and I would recommend to anyone! It's a guilty pleasure read(;