Here is yet another paranormal teen romance, I can’t seem to get enough of them. Most I find, fall short, this one, I really enjoyed. I loved the way...moreHere is yet another paranormal teen romance, I can’t seem to get enough of them. Most I find, fall short, this one, I really enjoyed. I loved the way it was written. The main character got a bit swoony, but Despain managed to not let the romance completely take over. I appreciate that. Life doesn’t stop once you fall in love. And I’d like to think that teenage girls are capable of thinking of more than just the new boy in their life. Although I was reading journal entries I wrote when I was 16 the other day… made me wonder.
Anyway, we start the story with a mystery, and the mystery is slowly revealed through flashbacks and action. There’s enough mystery in the writing to keep you wondering and enough action to keep the tension high. My heart really got going there for a bit. The teenagers were believably written and I liked the main character in this one. And the love interest, yes, I may have fallen in love with him a little as well. In my opinion this one was a great read.(less)
Bang Band You're Dead! reminded me a little of The Mysterious Case of the Dog in The Night-time. We get a chapter in the present, then a chapter of so...moreBang Band You're Dead! reminded me a little of The Mysterious Case of the Dog in The Night-time. We get a chapter in the present, then a chapter of something else. In The Dog in the Night-time, it was random, yet interesting facts, in this book, Dhami uses the opposing chapters to flesh out the back-story.
I almost gave up on the book in the first chapter. The opening of the book is slow and a bit sloppy, but soon picks up. The story focuses in on the events of one day in March when Mia's school undergoes a school shooting. Mia's mother is bipolar and leaves her and her brother Jaime to pick up the pieces.
Three quarters of the way through the novel, Dhami introduces a surprising twist that leaves the readers a bit breathless. The twist was fine, the ending was not. The book felt as if it just left us in a lurch. With a book that focuses so much on mental illness, it just felt a bit incomplete. The writing was interesting, the story was fresh, but the ending left a lot be desired. (less)
Two great books in a row? Wow, I am lucky. Yesterday I finished If I Stay and Today, Stolen. Stolen made me feel so many different emotions. I was as...moreTwo great books in a row? Wow, I am lucky. Yesterday I finished If I Stay and Today, Stolen. Stolen made me feel so many different emotions. I was as confused as Gemma by the end of the book and I felt a strange longing for Ty. So weird. I felt attraction to Ty when Gemma was attracted, and repulsion when she was repulsed. I was in this book.
Unfortunately I was also really nauseated, but that was morning sickness. Even if all the nausea wasn't induced by the book, the fact that I read it while I was sick is going to make me sick when I pick it up in the future. Because this is a book I could read again. (less)
More plot holes than a connect 4 board! I understand that romance fiction is not renown for its high quality writing. I do. But I have enjoyed a few Ch...moreMore plot holes than a connect 4 board! I understand that romance fiction is not renown for its high quality writing. I do. But I have enjoyed a few Christian romances in my time. This one has an incredible amount of plot holes. Just because I read a romance novel, does not mean I don't have a brain. I expect a story to be at least a little plausible.
Donovan's goddaughter is 7, he left Denver only 5 years ago (usually godparents are assigned at the Christening), he had a job in Europe? Where in Europe? Ariane speaks English with no hint that she may be bilingual, so England maybe? No hint at an accent either once she finally starts talking. What kind of a "job" would want a high school grad to move from Denver all the way to "Europe"? Is it really logical that a girl from "Europe" who refuses to speak would make friends so quickly in school?
I was actually so upset after I finished reading this book that I wrote the author a letter. I'd read some of her other books, but this one really took the cake. (less)
Snyder throws us blind right into a story that is not like anything I have read before. The world is split into two groups of people, uppers and scrub...moreSnyder throws us blind right into a story that is not like anything I have read before. The world is split into two groups of people, uppers and scrubs. The scrubs live in the lower levels. The two groups are separate and do not mix, or know much about each other. Trella is a scrub who doesn't like people much. She spends most of her time in the air vents, only coming out to eat. As we work our way through the story, the mystery of the setting is slowly resolved. The pace is great. It kept me glued to the page. Trella's life tells a nice coming of age story, as she discovers who she is, and who she wants to be. There is a romantic link, but it doesn't eat up the story. Nice read. (less)
**spoiler alert** I will give this one three and a half stars. I like books that take me places I've never been, and let me experience them. In Sea we...more**spoiler alert** I will give this one three and a half stars. I like books that take me places I've never been, and let me experience them. In Sea we get to go to Indonesia with a 15 year old tour guide.
So let's deal with the problems first. I get that Heidi Kling wanted to write a YA novel, but I had problems with Sienna going off with Deni by themselves in a different country. She is 15! This would have been more believable if she were in her 20s. I could tell that Heidi wanted to take us to Aceh and the mourning wall, but it was clear that Sienna's decision was a way for Heidi to push her story forward. It was a badly disguised story convention. I was also not clear about Bev and Spider. Are they twins? Who's older. Was Sienna friends with Spider first then Bev? How will Bev feel about her brother and best friend's relationship? As happens with many YA novels, the love story kind of stole the show. If she was able to think about more than Deni while in Indonesia, she may have done more good both for herself and us as readers. I would have liked her to make friends with one of the teenage girls, or spend more time with Elli
Now for the good. The chemistry between both Sienna and Deni as well as with Spider and Sea, was very believable. She made me feel something. Enough to give this book three and half stars instead of the much less I thought I would give after Sienna first decides to go off with Deni to a dangerous place without telling her father who is still mourning the loss of his wife. Stupid girl. I guess, what I'm saying, is the end helped make up for some of what was lost due to aforementioned problems.
Buy a motor and hold on tight? Terrible line. (less)
I liked reading this book. It took me back in time, to a place that was unfamiliar to me. Cassandra Clare's writing has improved since the first Morta...moreI liked reading this book. It took me back in time, to a place that was unfamiliar to me. Cassandra Clare's writing has improved since the first Mortal Instruments Series. There were no gross brother/sister relationships, definitely a plus, and there was a bad boy. All good things.
Well maybe not. What is with bad boys in YA fiction? First of all, no one deserves to be treated the way Will treats, well everyone, but especially Tessa. I get that he is damaged and wants to push her away, but still feels connected to her. I just can't stand that she's taking it. From all the interviews I've read with Cassandra Clare, I get that she wants us to excuse Will's bad behaviour, because he's hurting. Well, I'm not going to take it. He can take his pain somewhere else. I think it would be funny if Cassandra Clare let a psychologist talk to the shadow hunters. It would do them all a world of good.
SO I would have given more stars if not for Will. What he pulled on Tessa at the end of the book was inexcusable.
But even if I can't stand Will, there is still Jem and apparently, the Clockwork Prince deals with Jem and Tessa's relationship, so I'll read it. (less)
I just re-read this one. It's awesome on the second read too. This is probably my favourite second book of a series ever. Can't wait for Clockwork Pri...moreI just re-read this one. It's awesome on the second read too. This is probably my favourite second book of a series ever. Can't wait for Clockwork Princess. March is too far away.(less)
Five stars, I think this is the second one I've given out this year. I like to hold onto them until I find something that I really thinks needs it. I...moreFive stars, I think this is the second one I've given out this year. I like to hold onto them until I find something that I really thinks needs it. I really liked this book, enough to love it, so there I go, five stars.
I loved the way that Will was portrayed in this one, we really got to know him, and why he behaved so badly. It even looks like he's on the road to changing his ways. People have said this is Jem's book, but I feel that this book belongs to Will.
Do you find that second books in trilogies are often disappointments? They feel like a bridge we cross to get to Book Three? Lots of meandering around without really accomplishing anything? Well, let me tell you, Clockwork Prince does NOT suffer from second-book-itis, at all. Clare covers a LOT of ground in the second book of Infernal Devices. Will’s bizarre/mean behaviour is explained (satisfactorily I might add) and he is redeemed in my eyes. That was the piece I was the most nervous about. We learn a bit more about Tessa herself. Nate makes an appearance, we meet another old codger that I’m sure will come to play in book three, and we learn more about the Magister. There were funny pieces, sad bits and action as well. It wasn’t too much of any one thing, you know, overly action-packed, or overly sentimental, it was a really perfect balance. And I have to admit, that I LOVED IT. I couldn’t help but smile for a few hours after I finished it.(less)
Seriously crap. Ok, that's just my opinion. The only reason I read this book is because it was free from Kobo. That, and I had nothing else to read. T...moreSeriously crap. Ok, that's just my opinion. The only reason I read this book is because it was free from Kobo. That, and I had nothing else to read. This was a technofile's wet dream. About a man who decides to get a robot for a girlfriend. If you could spend your life with someone (or something) who was determined to be anything you want her or him or it to be, would you do it? It felt like Allison was trying to make a robot girlfriend not offensive but in my opinion failed completely. There also wasn't much of a plot. I kept waiting for something to happen, and nothing did. This will definitely go in the "I wish I could have those three hours back" category of books. Not worth the time it takes to read it. (less)
Darklight starts with a scene 100 years in the past. The next chapter jumps us back to the present where Kelley is attacked by a leprechaun in the par...moreDarklight starts with a scene 100 years in the past. The next chapter jumps us back to the present where Kelley is attacked by a leprechaun in the park. The pov changes between Kelley and Sonny again, mostly staying with Kelley. The scene from the past that starts the novel just sat there unattended and unremarkable until the last few chapters of the book brought it back into significance. This may have been done better. I'm not a writer so I'm not sure how, I just know it felt a bit flat, or lacking in potential. Livingston kept the pace fast with lots of action and intrigue. The very little bits we get of Kelley and Sonny together were a bit disappointing and left a lot to be desired, but I think that was the point. I did enjoy reading this one, but the way the first scene was handled left me disappointed and for that, I'd give this one 3 1/2 stars. I'll definitely be reading Tempestuous whenever that come out. (less)
I really enjoyed reading Inside Out where we aren't really sure what kind of world Trella lives in or why. I loved the slowly revealed plot that kept...moreI really enjoyed reading Inside Out where we aren't really sure what kind of world Trella lives in or why. I loved the slowly revealed plot that kept the tension high. Although at the end of the book, I was very satisfied. I was actually very surprised to find that it was followed up with a sequel. I felt like everything was solved. Well, so did Trella. Apparently, both of us were wrong. Good read. (less)
Five stars, I'm giving this one five stars! I almost never do that. I definitely don't give out five stars willy nilly. OK, so it's probably a given t...moreFive stars, I'm giving this one five stars! I almost never do that. I definitely don't give out five stars willy nilly. OK, so it's probably a given that this is my most favouritist book that I've read this year fo sho. Seriously. I know I sound like a frilly fangirl but I can't help it. It was unfreakingbelievable! How did I not know about this book? This was a goodreads recommendation. knocked it out of the park on this one goodreads, almost makes up for The Summer I Turned Pretty.
So let's get down to it. The Sky Is Everywhere is a story about grief, sisters and family with a dose of first love to help it all go down nice and easy. Jandy Nelson is a published poet, writer and literary agent and this is her first novel. The words in this book are so beautifully crafted that I want to hug it and hope it rubs off on me. Little poems litter the novel adding depth and insight into our main character Lennie.
Lennie's sister Bailey died at the start of the novel and Lennie's grief drips off the pages of this book. It's so visceral and raw, it should be painful. But somehow, it's not. Anyone who has dealt with loss will appreciate this book. Here is my favourite passage:
My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn't go away; it becomes part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That's just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.
Beautiful right? And so true. Anyway, enough fandimonium for a second. I must confess. This book has some language, if you are sensitive, stay away.
Juliet is not a reincarnation story, thank goodness, but it is about a curse, on "both your houses," which is a bit like adding fate in. Thankfully, o...moreJuliet is not a reincarnation story, thank goodness, but it is about a curse, on "both your houses," which is a bit like adding fate in. Thankfully, our modern day "Juliet" doesn't remember a past life, but she is worried that she won't be long in this one. Did I ever mention how much I dislike the whole reincarnation thing? Anyway, Juliet is a story within a story. Fortier takes us through a few different reincarnations of the story of Romeo and Juliet, focussing on the "original." Fortier put a lot of effort and research into writing this ambitious novel. Lots of research. Unfortunately, she let me down.
I didn't get to know any of the characters in a way that I would have liked. I didn't understand their choices or empathize with them. The main character, Julie/Guiletta was scattered and never really got it together. Her sister Janice was worse. The love interest was pretty in my mind. He worked at a bank maybe, or was he a police man? He had guns, and connections with the police. Maybe things are different in Italy? Oh that brings me to Italy. That was one of the things Fortier did do right. I mean, I've never been to Italy, but I really want to go now. It sounds beautiful and the setting in this novel made me feel like I was there.
I do have a few more complaints. This book was written in the first person. If the author wanted us to feel unsure of whether or not our Juliet would live, she probably should have written in the third person. I've never read a novel written in the first person where the main character dies. And this is not really an avante garde kind of book. Also, Julie/Guiletta is reading a journal in part of the novel and the journal is written in the third person. Who writes their journal in the third person? Clarissa was reading a novel today about Romeo and Juliet, she is starting to think that she should read the play again. Anyway, in my humble opinion, she should have switched them, it would have made more sense and kept us a bit more in the dark. (less)
**spoiler alert** I have really enjoyed reading Snyder's books. I find them to be a nice mind-numbing distraction. I can read it and not think about i...more**spoiler alert** I have really enjoyed reading Snyder's books. I find them to be a nice mind-numbing distraction. I can read it and not think about it too much. However, I didn't enjoy this one as much. What is with Opal? She sleeps with Devlin before she has a chance to break up with Kade? I liked Kade. Devlin tortured her. I know Valek told her that Devlin was good people, but when did Valek's opinion mean anything to Opal. I'm pretty sure she said in the book a few times, "I hate Valek." Then all of a sudden, she's married? To Devlin? I thought she didn't want to settle down, ie the problem with being with Kade. I couldn't keep up with her.
Oh, and finally we get an answer to what the heck the women do to avoid pregnancy. I kept wondering how that works. Apparently you just need to take a magical herb once a year. So what does that do exactly? Do you get to have your period? Is it kind of like the pill that keeps you from having your period that was famous a few years ago? I'm glad that it was at least addressed, but was unhappy with how that was done. Oh, and how exactly did Yelena get her hands on the herb before she and Valek take their clothes off? I wonder if the prison guards gave her some (sorry, that's a spoiler from Poison Study).
Also, how exactly did Devlin get out of his prison sentence? That was just a bit too easy I think. He was a warper. With how slowly things move in Sitia, his release, after he managed to escape prison, was a bit hard to swallow. (less)