I think: Where she Went is written from Adam's perspective and since I love books told from guy POV's, I loved this book before I even started it! But to be honest- and as much as I feel pressured NOT to say this- this story was unnecessary. I was happy with the way If I Stay ended and I didn't need closure in a sequel. If this book wasn't from Adam's POV, I probably would have really disliked it.
I like: Adam's POV. I love books from guy's perspective and Adam's voice delivered, I felt his angst towards Mia and the anxiety of being famous.
What made this not a 5 star read: -I liked the flashbacks at first, it was a nice view into Mia and Adam's previous relationship but however, I still did not feel the chemistry between Mia and Adam and just like with If I Stay, the flashbacks got annoying because I just wanted to see Mia and Adam in present time and how they're dealing with being around each other.
-the transitions. One moment it was Adam and Mia in the present bowling then it switched back to 4 years ago. One moment they were making up, the next they were having sex and the next second after that they were arguing. What in the world...
-I'm sure I mentioned this already but WHY ARE MIA AND ADAM GOING OUT? I don't feel any spark between them. Usually even if am not a fan of the couple I still root for them and life would not be complete if they don't end up together but with Adam and Mia, if they didn't end up together I would be happy.
Overall: sure I have my complaints, but like If I stay, I finished this in one sitting. If you want to read it, go ahead. If not, then you're not missing anything out.
Liz Rienhardt is the first ever author to ask me to read and review their book so from the beginning this book was special. I was kind of anxious to read it though because I was scared I wasn’t going to like it and since Liz is just THE sweetest person ever, she’s so nice and I’m so glad I got to talk to her it would have been plain awful writing negative review. But thank goodness, I was spared from having to deal with that because this book ROCKS!
What I love about this book:
*It’s about as realistic (from MY perspective) as realistic YA fiction can get.
-Brenna wears make up. I know this is not big deal but as a make up freak that just adores make up I’m actually glad for once that a character doesn’t describe herself as plain Jane. Brenna knows she’s pretty though she’s not arrogant about it. I’m so tired of every female MC not caring or not knowing how to deal with their looks and they think they’re ugly and end up with THE hottest guy imaginable. Good for you plain Jane but the other girls have stories too.
-Brenna has a backbone. I’m sure you don’t know what that is because the majority of the books you and I read have plain Janes as MC’s and usually they keep to themselves and their outspokenness is limited. I will tell you what a backbone is, it’s the factor that makes you stand up for yourself, say what’s one your mind and take no bullshit from anybody at all cost. Brenna has this so very rare backbone and the only other MC I can think off who does too is Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy series.
-I can relate with the book! More then once I came across a scene which I have been in the situation as or said the same thing/had same reaction.
Ex: “‘HAGS’ in my yearbook at the end of eight.” If I wasn’t lazy, I would get up right now and take a picture of my eighth grade yearbook and show you all the HAGS over you.
Ex 2: “Even though it was about a bunch of killer school boys, I never managed to get into this one.” Lord or the flies was one of the books I had to read last year and I definitely couldn’t get into either!
Ex 3: “Run, forrest run.” I say this phrase everyday I’m at school and see someone running. So those words per year come out my mouth approximately 555 times per school year, I thought I was the only one making Forrest Gump references,
Ex 4: “I checked your Facebook page.” Let’s face it, we all have Facebook’s. You’re probably going to go write your status right now about how you read the world’s stupidest review but in the end we (REALTIY) use the site known as facebook but how come it never shows up in realistic fiction books? Uhmmm, people propose to other people to facebook nowadays. It’s basically the most important communication tool in world. You see those riots in the Middle East? Wonder how they were planned? If you guessed Facebook good for you, if not then go back to the cave you live in. Just kidding:D
More things I love:
-As I told Mary from @anxirium about this book, Brenna did not come about this earth through random pollination. She has parents, yes a father (well a step dad but nonetheless, there mention of the sperm donor) and a mother (once again, yes a mother body) who carried her in her womb for nine months and these parents are HEXA-GASP! present in the book. Good god, an actual YA book with ACTUAL guardian’s or and parental figures who actual play a role in their child’s life in it? 2012 is real; get ready for an apocalypse…!
-The mature and realistic way sex was handled in the book. To be honest, I’m starting to like adult contemporary romance more because sometimes YA books get me so mad from how not YA they are! They take place in an ideal world and are nowhere near what actually happens in a teenager’s life but thanks to Reinhardt, Double Clutch doesn’t suffer from that. The book doesn’t shy away from tackling sex to what it is and I love that. No it’s not graphic, but it’s honest it’s portrayal of sex which made me so damn happy I can combust! For once sex in YA is not just “it happened and then later…” I would kiss Reinhardt if I can.
Overall: I can go on and on about all the things I loved about this book, it’s absolutely one of my favorites of the year. It was funny, cute and realistic and I personally believe if you don’t like it, you should get yours head checked. From the writing, to the characters, the dialogue and the details I couldn’t find anything wrong:D And this is coming from a person who hates hype!
I think: Yet again, hype proves to be bad. Not that I disliked If I Stay, but it was definitely not what I expected.
What in the world is the book about? Mia the MC along with her loving parents and adorable younger brother Teddy, get in a car accident. Mia's is injured badly while the rest of her family dies, how does she know this when she's in coma? Her 'spirit' is lingering around seeing the chaos that the people who love her are in and now she must decide if she wants to move on with her perfect family or stay for the other people and things that love her.
I liked: -Mia's family, they really are a great loss. During the flashbacks or 'remembering' parts I just couldn't get enough of them! And it really breaks my heart to know that they died, almost as if I know these people in real life and can't believe their death.
-The concept of the book. I have recently come to the conclusion that fantasy & paranormal is not my favorite genre but in If I Stay even though there was the obvious fantasy element, it felt like a realistic contemporary story.
What made this book not a 5 star read: -I expected more of Adam. I did not read a SINGLE review of the book before I read it but from the talk surrounding the book on goodreads, blogs & twitter I just expected more of Adam, better yet I expected him to be better developed. To me Adam was just this person who is musician, nice and is dating Mia and he loves her. I didn't feel any depth to him beyond that.
-I, for the life of me, cannot figure out why Mia and Adam love each other and are dating. I feel zero chemistry between them. Nothing, nada. Maybe it's because to me both Adam and Mia aren't all that developed but still cannot comprehend there relationship.
-At first I enjoyed the flashbacks, but when it got to the point where there were more flashbacks then present time of Mia in the hospital and what's going on around her, it got annoying and I just wanted to skip to the parts where it's not a flashback.
Overall: If I Stay is an emotional book even though I did not tear up or cry at all but I did finish it in one sitting so that tells you something. It's definitely worth reading!
Olivia, Liza and Gil are Heartbreakers, something haBoo fuckppened to them in their life that caused them to be recruited as Heartbreakers, girls who break guys heart to make them better people and now they were trying to recruit Lucy. I don't think I've been this confused before! I like the book but on one hand I hate the characters and what they do, but on the other I actually like them.
I know one thing for sure, this book is told with charm and wit like the summary says. It's told in 3rd person with what feels like a whimsical tone from the narrator and while I usually prefer 1st person, Weingarten worked 3rd person. Also the Heartbreakers were inspiring, they gave Lucy some fantastic advice, they helped build her confidence and break her out of her naive shell. Lynn Weingarten could be a motivational speaker if you ask me, she knew what she was talking about with confidence, personality, love and life. The Heartbreakers didn't just help Lucy, they helped me also! There so many great quotes and advice I want to show you:
"Beauty is in the mind of the beholden." "She who has the strongest reality wins." "Be confident and believe in your own beauty. That's the big secret."
and many more quotes that I just loved. So why the 3 hearts and confusion? Well at some parts, I found the Heartbreakers (including Lucy) extremely weak and ugly hearted. I wanted them to get hit by a bus because of some things they did (poor Ethan & Colin!). Was it necessary, their way of life? They went to such extremes to get over broken heart which means they ARE the weakest because they couldn't just lick their wounds and get over it. Lucy didn't love Alex, she loved the idea of having a boyfriend and someone to love and love her back. So what he broke up with you?! Boo fucking hoo. Guys and girls both are ENTITLED to break off relationships. I didn't hate Alex, like every other human in the world he can't help how he feels and just because he doesn't like Lucy anymore doesn't mean he's evil and a villain. I liked the sisterhood and their close friendship and I liked the twists of the book (I feel SO sad for a certain character D'; ugh I just HATE Lucy at the end!) and while I was put off by the Hearbreakers action, what would the book have been without their sisterhood? So yeah, I loved the things I hated. Quite the predicament right?! the magic was well, magical and despite everything, I do love Weingarten's writing and I will be reading her next book. Because hey, if a book leaves me thinking this hard and (are the Heartbreakers good or bad?!) and feeling so strongly about it after I'm done, it means the author done her job :D
Rating: 3 hearts~ despite some annoying factors in the book, Lynn Weingarten is inspiring and this IS a charming book and I DEFINITELY thing you should give the book a try.
I didn't really have any opinions or expectation when going into this book. To prove to you how true that is: somehow I read the summary wrong and thought that instead of Jasmine- the MC- catching her mom's boyfriend- Simon- with her bestfriend I though that she caught her MOM with her bestfriend and so I was completely lost at the beginning and when I read the summary again I had an OHHHHH! moment.
Which leads me to, I LOVE WHEN THIS HAPPENS! When I have ZERO expectations about a book and it blows me away (because If I Tell certainly did!) it makes me so happy! It’s the best surprise ever! Sometimes I even hate reading reviews because they get me too excited about a book and excitement ONLY leads to disappointment in my experience.
Jasmine is biracial which is nothing special but if you live in a town where you're either fully black or fully white and your well, the biracial sheep you're subjected to a few not so nice remarks and those remarks definitely scarred Jasmine making her turn to her guitar and one girl as a bestfriend so what do you do when one of those sources betrays you in the worst way possible?
Race and ethnicity is big part of the book, it’s why Jasmine has many problems (even if some of them she created because she was so pitiful) and is so insecure because she believes she doesn’t fit in because she’s not fully black or fully white and no one quite understands her. The whole ethnicity insecurity plays out perfectly I think, it might be the 21st century but I have no doubt in mind people still discriminate and it’s nice to see a book that deals with this. Now I just pick up a book and assume the characters are white so this was nice refresher.
After what she witness, Jasmine basically has no one but Jackson. He comes into town and plays shining knight and along with Ashley (a girl Jasmine gets to become close friends with) they help Jasmine open her eyes about her insecurities and how to get past them and how to deal and accept her ethnicity.
I love how great the romance between Jackson and Jasmine turned out to be, it didn’t happen over the spam of a paragraph but it literally blossomed as I kept reading. All the issues Jasmine is going though are also well handled and patched up reasonably (I’m being vague but I refuse to give anything away!) and the characters are AWESOME! Ashley is blunt and hilarious, Jasmine’s grandma is the best, Jackson is so sweet and amazing I wanted to hug him and even Simon who made a mistake, redeemed himself! BUT I can’t deny how at some parts I hated Jasmine for her ignorance.
Throughout most of the book Jasmine was a pity party, frustrating and a little immature. I mean I understood she’s very insecure and hated how people judged her on how she looks how but wouldn’t you think that would make her not judge people? But she totally judged Jackson and said some very harsh things when all he ever did to her was show her kindness and compassion but she hit him where it hurts: dissed him about his race. But he forgave her, which I think was too easy!! Jasmine couldn’t forgive Lacey (her bestfriend) or Simon all the way but got Jackson forgiveness handed on a silver platter, which was very hypocritical and unfair and I can’t forget how she just assumed the worst of Simon without really trying to figure out what happened or getting his opinion! She went as far as punching him when just like Jackson, all he did was be nice to her!
Besides that, I enjoyed If I Tell. It was a surprise delight that I think everyone should pick up, it deals well with issues of getting over the crap life throws you and handling them the best way fit plus the book has a very cute romance:D
*Thank to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me a copy of this book to review*
I bet everyone in this world think no one understands them and that despite everything, they're lonely. I think I'm lonely. But Landon Bradley is truly lonely. 100%, completely and fully lonely. If I go missing today someone will call the cops. My family will be worried, if I died people would mourn me (or so I think) I have a couple of friend who might cry but Landon Bradley has no one. No mom or dad or cousin or grandma or friend or coworker or credit card bill collector or anything. If he died, no one would know or care and that's just such a heartbreaking thought. Really I had to stop reading more then once to contemplate this and it was not a fun thought! So many times I wanted to jump into the book and just give Landon a hug an tell him, "It's alright buddy, you might be a fictional character and I might (or might not be...) real but you have me! I love you!"
A pet peeve of mine is when an author writes about something she/he doesn't know about but that is not the case with The Wanderer and Shawn Kirsten Maravel. Her understanding of the army is obviously not just researched based and she has her facts straight. The same goes with the motorcycles, Maravel and her characters understood motorcycles and their parts so well it made me feel like I was a biker junkie!
Me being the romance whore, have to mention the relationship between Max and Landon and that was another aspect Maravel didn't disappoint in. It wasn't love at first page, their were no random love declarations from chapter 3, or any of that stuff that I hate. The romance grew before my eyes and I enjoyed seeing the characters fall in love and it wasn't just the romance that grew, the characters also faced their fears and overcome life obstacles and I love the journey of it!
I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed! Shawn Maravel has made a fan out of me with this sweet, romantic well done read:D
Rating: 4 hearts~ a must read for romance/contemporary lovers like me!
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.
So by the cover of this book everyone should think that this is porn in pages called erotica with no story and just two characters going at it like chSo by the cover of this book everyone should think that this is porn in pages called erotica with no story and just two characters going at it like chimpanzees but would you believe it if I said that there is actually a story in those pages? *GASP* I know!! The summary sounds interesting but what really kept me from reading this was the cover... just look at it. Hot and steamy it is, but it doesn't promise anything good. But Pamela Clare proved me wrong!!! I haven't read a romance book this good in a while!!
I think the characters are very realistic, from Julian to Irving, to me they're real people I can run into. The plot kept me onto my toes and the romance is so well done, my heart skipped a beat every time Julian and Tessa were together.
Now the only thing that bothered me about this book is Tessa and her constant need to publish everything she hears about the crime even though Julian kept telling her that would do more harm then good. I wanted to chuck the book across the room when she argues about that. Tessa is kind of naive, she has this idea that her pen can save the world that makes me want to just rip my hair out. Usually stubborn characters are cool but not Tessa, she came off as annoying to me sometimes.
Wow, wow, wow. This book is extraordinary. It truly is. I have never read a book with as many realistic characters and realistic situations, realisticWow, wow, wow. This book is extraordinary. It truly is. I have never read a book with as many realistic characters and realistic situations, realistic going about things in general as this book. I just loved this one so much it kind of suffocates me! This is definitely certifiable for complete, utter devouring, once I started I just couldn't put it down.
I read Jenny Downham debut novel and while I did like it, it wasn't 5-plus-I-want-to-make-love-to-this-book love materiel so going into this one, I didn't have the highest of high expectations but Downham has made a crazed fan out of me because this book definitely fall into the 5-plus-I-want-to-make-love-to-this-book love category!
This book is about the worst pair of people fallling in love- Ellie and Mikey. Ellie's brother Tom might have raped Mikey's 15 year old sister and Mikey got murder on his mind so as you can tell this is a match made in hell. From the start of the book I felt a real connection to the characters. My heart went out to Mikey from that first sentence, I just wanted to give him money myself and as the book progressed I fell more in love with Mikey. He isn't your typical cocky hero that got major swagger. Mikey has problems, Mikey makes mistakes but Mikey has a big heart and he tries to do what he thinks is best even if it's not. Every time he put his sister and family before himself my heart just skipped a beat. He's just so lovely.
Next we have Ellie and before I get into that I have to say that usually I'm not a big fan off 3ed POV, I much prefer 1st but I have never loved 3rd POV more then I did in this book. I loved the tug of war between siding with Ellie to protect her brother or siding with Mikey to want to kill Tom. I never feel too strongly with characters and never relate too much but throughout this entire book I was going though every emotion with every character. Now Downham has a way of capturing real adolescence, Ellie is on hell of a real character. I bet if I went out and looked for a person like her I would find someone. She goes though all the basic teenage emotions, the angst, the awkwardness, the need to be treated like a grown up... everything gosh it's so perfect!
The writing is so well done, again I cannot repeat how realistic it is, especially how real the characters. I loved the plot, the twists and the emotion.
Overall this is one of my new favorite books and definitely favorite of the yea. Ms. Downham, you got major talent!
Across the Universe started solid for me. Beth Revis doesn't hold back on the not so pleasant details of cryo freezing which I LOVE. It was realistic, not sugar-coated and with a book like Across the Universe, modesty will get it no where so I was happy through out the book to see that it didn't hold back on the uglier details (like the season).
Across the Universe rocked until Amy woke up. She is the reason the book got 3 hearts instead of 5. She was the single most annoying main character I had the pleasure to read from. Her actions were idiotic and didn't make sense. The way she stood up against Eldest, was that supposed to be ballsy? It was pure foolishness. (view spoiler)[If someone threatened to throw me out in space, I wouldn't back talk him, specially if I am a stranger in a ship! But that doesn't mean I'm weak, it means I'm cautious! (hide spoiler)] I didn't find it her heroic and I wished she DID get thrown out the ship. The whole thing about protecting her parents was just stupid, what was she going to do when she caught the 'killer'? pull out her gun in defense? She didn't think any thing through and I enjoyed the parts when she was drugged, crying, and in despair. Yes, how cold-hearted! but I really hated Amy, every single action she took made me want to pull my hair out. She complained and disagreed withe everything about the ship and how they lived and while yes I agree with Amy it was wrong, I wanted to scream YOU ARE 250 YEARS IN THE FUTURE YOU IDIOT, OF COURSE TIMES CHANGE AND THEY LIVE DIFFERENTLY! WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?! She signed up for being on the ship, she wasn't forced and she got what she deserved.
At least I liked Elder, he did grow through out the book and his actions were justified and weren't completely moronic. Though I do believe the romance between him and Amy is LUST. All his life he saw the exact same faces then this fiery red head pops up in his life, he's either going to think she's an exotic freak or an exotic beauty, that doesn't equal romance and love. I wish there was more between the two characters and I'm hoping for more in book 2.
All that aside, I liked the world in Across the Universe it was very interesting, from the Eldest system to the season it was all very fascinating. Also, I understood Eldest and the previous Eldest's actions. They did what they thought could get them through the journey and while it wasn't a perfect solution, it was justifiable (unlike a certain main characters idiot thoughts + actions -__-) they just had the best in mind. Even the 'killer's' actions made sense. His/her reason for doing what he/she did were true! (view spoiler)[that the ships passenger were either going to be slaves or soldiers (hide spoiler)] I loved the 'villain's' in this book more then the main characters but in the end, I will be looking forward to book 2, A Million Suns.
Rating: 3 hearts~ had my problems with it, but it's not bad
How do you decide to read a book? What makes you add a book to your 'to-be-read' pile? I'll tell you what: genre, summary and cover. We want to read something we will enjoy, we want something we will end up liking and it's not a secret that everyone judges books by their covers. So to me the answer to those categories have to fall under: YA or adult romance, pretty cover, interesting summary. Lie fit into all these categories so it was a go but let me tell you beneath the pretty cover and hella interesting summary, is a terrible story. STOP, I don't mean terrible it gets 0 stars terrible, I-want-to-burn-this-book terrible but terrible as in this book is not to be read for shit and giggles, it's not a guilty pleasure read you read by the poolside because the story is dark, it's too real and it's heartbreaking. So if your the type to stick to sweet books this is not for you.
I wasn't expecting what I got with Lie, to be honest I don't really know what I was expecting but what I got was definitely 180° not what I was expecting.
First of all if you read any review about Lie (and when I picked up the book I didn't) you will already know the book goes through 10 different POV. Yes, TEN. We got to hear Skylar Thompson's thoughts, she is Jimmy's girlfriend. We read her dad's thoughts, her bestfriends Lisa Marie, from Jimmy's bestfriend Sean wand Carlos, the victim and a bunch of random people but through out all this the one person we don't get to read their thoughts is the one and only Jimmy and if that is a good thing or not I will get back to you on that. I feel like we read about so many different feelings concerning Jimmy that it made up his character and we didn't need to have his POV.
I would like to say that I am the first person to jump on the wagon that knows hate-crime exists, and that yes, there is still racism through out the world. I have seen it and I see it every single day, I live in Houston after all, you can't more of a racial diverse city. So I found everything about beaner hopping, the racism and the ground this book is built on to be absolutely 100% realistic with the fact that last year a group of white kids that call themselves 'crib killers' brought a knife to school ready to 'kill' some 'cribs' (a group of Mexicans who like to think they have a gang) in mind.
I salute Bock for going to the land of taboo and picking a subject from there to write about and if I do say so myself this book is well done. She captured the hate crime perfectly, the writing is very well done and I teared up twice at certain parts of the book. Then why did I give this book only 3 stars? Well there is thing books have and it's characters and the characters of this book frustrated it me from here to Antarctica. While I get that Bock tried her best to portray the characters as realistic as possible and I think she did a good job but I think she was a little extreme about it. One thing I didn't understand is how EVERYONE worshiped Jimmy like he was Jesus Christ himself. I get that maybe Sean and Skylar would kiss the ground he walks on but did everyone have to too? Not one person had common sense to see what he was doing is down right awful? At a certain part of the book, when everyone was praising Jimmy like Buddha I actually liked him even though I knew what he did... his 'charm' got me but it didn't get me enough to overlook what a complete disgusting human being he is, and the grown-ups, oh my god are grown-ups really this naive? because I doubt it. Bock made every single grown up in this book have a mind of a 2 year old! Why did they give a blind eye to the answers right in front of their eyes? I can understand a couple of the grown ups in this book doing it but did it have to be EVERY single one. It frustrated me to no end and made me want to pull my hair out!
I would have liked to read more from Carlos because he was my favorite narrator and less of Lisa Marie who I almost hate more the Jimmy which reminds me to say, I didn't fully understand why Jimmy does the things he does. What caused him to get to the super extreme level of racism he is in? I understand his dad went through a lot because of terrorists and lost his jobs to illegal immigrants but still that doesn't drive a person to torture people. I would have liked more background on that but besides that Bock does a really well job to make you feel for the victims. Not all the characters we read about are saints just like normal people and they all do awful stupid things, but surprisingly that didn't make me hate every one of them. I liked how we saw how each character dealt with what happened in their own way, how they tried to get past it and what their actions and reactions were. I though that was handled very book just like the book and over all I really enjoyed Lie. I even think I can pick this book up again and re-read which definitely in my scale means that this is a must read even though a couple of things could have been better.
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//: