Anna says: I know I am really late to the game for this one. I started reading it along with my son back when it was new, but he moved on to somethingAnna says: I know I am really late to the game for this one. I started reading it along with my son back when it was new, but he moved on to something else and I had been reading another book in my free time, so it got forgotten even though I’d really enjoyed it. The Midnight Star, the conclusion to this trilogy, is coming out in October, so I thought it was high time to pick it back up again. I’m so glad I did.
I love that this book is told primarily through the eyes of the villain, although it does have multiple POVs. It’s delicious (Thanks, Sarah MacLean, for getting that word stuck in my head to describe books) to see her growing darkness through her own eyes. While that in itself is enough to make this book stand out, it’s also an amazingly complex plot, which is no surprise after Legend. Though Adelina is complicated and gorgeously developed, she is not the only fully-formed character in this book. In Marie Lu’s signature style, she brings all of her characters carefully to life, and you both love and dislike all of them. If you’re still in for the YA dystopian, but you want something different, and a little more like straight fantasy, definitely pick up this book....more
Anna says: I am an avid fan of crossword puzzles, so when this romantic story that features them heavily came across my desk, I couldn’t help myself.Anna says: I am an avid fan of crossword puzzles, so when this romantic story that features them heavily came across my desk, I couldn’t help myself. I’m so glad I couldn’t. I hesitate to call this debut novel a romance, as it’s lacking some of the necessary elements. Dedicated romance readers will not find what they’re looking for here. However, it does have a beautiful love story, so if you’re looking to stretch your boundaries as a romance reader, this one is a good choice. If you’re a more general reader, this is a beautiful book.
The characters are quirky and not altogether likable. I spent a great deal of the book trying to decide which one of them I disliked less. Luckily, I am not one of those readers who feel that characters should be likable. I find many real people are not likable some of the time. I rather enjoyed that the characterization was realistic enough that I could dislike them. And despite the fact that I didn’t always like them very much, I did always want them to get it together so they could make each other better. Along the way, you pick up all sorts of random factoids, just in case you’re a fan of collecting trivia. There’s intrigue and crosswords and spelling bees, and who doesn’t love all those things? This book is perfect for adult John Green fans....more
Anna says: It seems trite to say a romance novel centered around a pie shop is both sweet and hot, but Last Kiss of Summer is absolutely those things.Anna says: It seems trite to say a romance novel centered around a pie shop is both sweet and hot, but Last Kiss of Summer is absolutely those things.
This is the perfect next read for fans of small-town romances like the work of Kristan Higgins and Susan Mallery. This is the first book in a new series set in the little town of Destiny Bay. It’s a fantastic enemies-to-lovers story and I could not put it down.
I love that there isn’t a life-or-death sort of conflict in this book, but it still feels high-stakes for both of the main characters. While a lot of their issue is the lack of communication, I am always a huge fan of how realistic that reads. They are an adorable couple, with fantastic chemistry even when they are at odds with each other. The pranks they pull trying to get their ways are a lot of fun. While there is a lot of sweetness in this one, there’s also some genuine conflict and heat. I absolutely recommend this book....more
Anna says: I am not generally a huge fan of translated novels. I’m not sure why that is. I’ve tried several, and never enjoyed them very much. So whenAnna says: I am not generally a huge fan of translated novels. I’m not sure why that is. I’ve tried several, and never enjoyed them very much. So when I first came across I’m Still Here, I passed. When it was brought to my attention a second time, I really looked at it, and thought, “This is exactly the kind of heart-breaking book I love.” The thing is, though, that while there are absolutely heart-wrenching parts where you just want to jump into the book and beat some characters up, this is not a heart-breaking novel. It’s a life-affirming one. It’s beautiful and poetic. The writing is the most fluid I have ever seen in translation. If you want a book that gives you all the feels, this one is for you. If you want a book that reminds you to cherish the things you love, to appreciate the world around you, to remember your passions and hang on to them, this one is for you....more
Anna says: I am always a fan of Sophie Jordan, but I was a little nervous about the particulars of this one. An escaped convict gets wrapped up in theAnna says: I am always a fan of Sophie Jordan, but I was a little nervous about the particulars of this one. An escaped convict gets wrapped up in the kidnapping of the First Daughter. There were so many ways for that story to go terribly wrong. I should have had more faith in Sophie.
This book is delicious. If you haven’t read All Chained Up, the first book in this series, you definitely should, but it’s not necessary to love this one. Reid is a convincingly tortured bad boy. While under no circumstances would I want to date him in real life, he is a perfect hero for this plot. Grace, the First Daughter, is actually a little less likeable, as she comes off as self-centered and spineless, but I liked her more as we got to know her. While the plot makes the primary conflict seem very external, it really isn’t. One of the things I adore about the author is her ability to weave internal and external conflict so beautifully, and this one didn’t let me down. If you’re looking for some serious bad boy romance as we get ready to enter the chilly reading months, this one’s for you. ...more
April says: AMAZING! Five out of five stars! Her style of writing is so unique. In this book you get to hear from almost everyone's POV. From the secuApril says: AMAZING! Five out of five stars! Her style of writing is so unique. In this book you get to hear from almost everyone's POV. From the security guard to the main character's dad to the secretary at the lawyer's office. It was really nice to hear from everyone's POV in order to understand why they did certain things or acted a certain way in the book. Being the big math nerd I am, it was also great how she related love to math and science. It really helped me wrap my head around love in a different way than I had seen it portrayed before. This book was fantastic for teens (like me) that are at a tough point in life and need to be inspired. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for other people to get the chance to read it!...more
Stacey says: It would be easy to dismiss this as a book only Star Trek fans would read. However this book, told with palpable love and respect in ShatStacey says: It would be easy to dismiss this as a book only Star Trek fans would read. However this book, told with palpable love and respect in Shatner's accessible, conversational style, is the engrossing story of a driven artist; a man who was a published poet, professional photographer, respected stage actor, and yes...the originator of one of the most well-known cultural icons in the world. It's also the story of the eventual deep friendship with Shatner, that endured for decades despite it's rocky beginning. Nimoy's early life and how it compared to Shatner's own past is told with Shatner's usual warm and self-deprecating sense of humor. Leonard Nimoy was often difficult to get to know, and battled the expectations of his traditional Jewish parents, and his own persistent need to not only work, but to contribute something worthwhile to his art and to the world in general. ...more
**spoiler alert** ANNA SAYS: Let’s begin with the fact that this book is marketed as Young Adult Horror. I don’t like to be terrified. I’m not one of**spoiler alert** ANNA SAYS: Let’s begin with the fact that this book is marketed as Young Adult Horror. I don’t like to be terrified. I’m not one of those people. But I thought to myself, “Self, it’s horror for teens. How scary can it be really?” This was my first mistake. My second was reading it late at night on a night I was going to be home by myself.
This book is terrifying. Like I literally couldn’t sleep, even with the lights on. Here’s the basic story: A family has weathered a pretty bad winter in their mountain home, where the mother fell very ill, affecting her then unborn child, and the oldest daughter went a bit mad, seeing demons. Another bad winter is coming, and the family decides to move down to the plains below the mountain to avoid the same sort of circumstances. Unfortunately, the plains themselves may in fact be possessed by a demon. Cue horrifying suspenseful music in my head.
For the record, I legitimately put this book in my freezer when I was done with it. While scary is not my favorite thing, I have to note that to affect me this badly, this book is very well written. If scary is your thing, this one’s for you....more
Karla says: I normally don't like reading about this time period, and I was concerned that the subject matter would make for a difficult read, but I CKarla says: I normally don't like reading about this time period, and I was concerned that the subject matter would make for a difficult read, but I COULD NOT put this book down. Highly recommend!...more
BRITTANY H. SAYS: This college-set YA novel was hilarious and charming. The budding romance of Lea and Gabe, told from the perspective of their friendBRITTANY H. SAYS: This college-set YA novel was hilarious and charming. The budding romance of Lea and Gabe, told from the perspective of their friends, enemies, and even the campus squirrel, will keep you laughing the whole way through. ...more