Holy nun assassins. I loved this book. I read most of in 2 days (564 pages, baby!) and loved practically every page of it. This is definitely one tha...more Holy nun assassins. I loved this book. I read most of in 2 days (564 pages, baby!) and loved practically every page of it. This is definitely one that you're going to be hearing about for a long time.
Ismae escapes from an abusive father and an arranged marriage and into the arms of the convent of Saint Mortain, Lord of Death. They take care of her and train her in the art of assassination, or vengeance as the convent sees it. But when Ismae is sent out on her second mission, everything she knows about the convent, Death's wishes, and love comes into question.
Ismae is definitely a guarded, prickly main character, but for good reason. The men she's known in her life have been nothing but cruel, so she jumps at the chance to learn the deadly arts of the convent. I really loved Ismae, she's a very strong, smart heroine. The YA genre could use a lot more of those. I loved Duval, how he respected Ismae and treated her as an ally rather than just a woman, which seems like it'd be pretty rare in the time the book is set in. Sybella was another character that I'm very interested in, although we don't see a lot of her in this book. It looks like the sequel is going to be focused on her though, so hopefully we'll get to see the reasons behind why she appears so cray-cray.
There is a LOT of court intrigue and politic type talk in Grave Mercy. Now, I'm not really a politics kind of girl. I can't even remember who ran against Obama last election. But I was actually pretty interested in the politics in Grave Mercy. I can kind of see how you might get lost in the who's who of everything, and what side everyone's on, but I wasn't affected by that because I read the book in a short amount of time, so every detail was fresh in my mind. The Duchess Anne and her little sister just melted my heart. To see such young people in the middle of war and never being able to fully trust almost anyone was heartbreaking. I will say I predicted who the traitor was, but not the reason why, so it was still a great little twist.
The romance! I loved it. Ismae is so shielded from men at the beginning, that she flinches at the slightest touch and has trouble with the "womanly arts" (hahaha) portion of her asassin job. But Duval comes along and very very (very) slowly, changes that.
This book actually reminded me a bit of Poison Study by Maria Snyder. The poisons, an abused, slightly prickly girl getting a job that involves a lot of politics, having to live in close quarters with a man she hates in the beginning. Also, both Poison Study and Grave Mercy are classified as YA (I believe) but read more like adult novels. Nothing inappropriate, but like all the inappropriate bits were toned down or taken out. I didn't mind these similarities at all though, and they're still very different books. If you loved Grave Mercy, you should definitely check out Poison Study as well.
Saint Mortain was a character that I didn't think I'd care much for, (Lord of Death, anyone?) but I really like what LaFevers did with his character. I don't want to spoil anything, but he's not the cold-hearted murderer that Death god characters are often portrayed as, and I loved that.
Grave Mercy is a fantastic book that I'd recommend to anyone who can tolerate historical fiction. No, you don't even have to really like it, I think even if you don't, you can still enjoy this book. With the great characters, intriguing court politics, unique & interesting premise, twists and turns, and perfect romance, there's something for everyone.
This book is SO adorable. Seriously, I smile just thinking about it and its characters. Hudson is extremely funny and all-around awesome, and th...more4.5/5
This book is SO adorable. Seriously, I smile just thinking about it and its characters. Hudson is extremely funny and all-around awesome, and there were several laugh out loud moments for me, especially when she daydreams little scenarios between her and a certain cute hockey guy. Not that I can relate to that or anything... Ahem, ANYWAY. Hudson's a hilarious main character, I loved being inside her head. The conversations and banter between her and Josh, Will, Bug, and Dani are my favorite parts of the book.
There's a description of a different kind of cupcake at the beginning of every chapter, a cupcake which relates to what's going on in Hudson's life at the moment. I absolutely loved that little touch, and I'm dying for a cupcake now.
Bittersweet was partly what I was expecting, partly completely different. It is a light read, and this would make an awesome rom-com IMHO, but it's not all fluff and meaningless flirting. Although the flirting was amazing. The book started out in one direction, but took a little turn I wasn't expecting. I loved how it ended, even though it was a bit bittersweet. This is one book that I'll want to reread, just cause it made me happy. :) (less)
This was about a bajillion times better than what I was expecting! I'll admit it right now, I know next to nothing about violin, or about playing any...more This was about a bajillion times better than what I was expecting! I'll admit it right now, I know next to nothing about violin, or about playing any instrument really. But Jessica Martinez just makes it come alive.
The characters are great. Very real, and all-around awesome. I loved Carmen as the main character. She's a bit uptight in the beginning, mostly due to her slightly crazy mom, but she kind of becomes her own person throughout the books, cuts the apron strings, and becomes a more likable and independent person. Jeremy is awesome. 50% of that awesomeness comes from him being British, but that's just me. I liked how you weren't really sure what his motives were, but you were still rooting for him & Carmen regardless. Clark was SO SWEET. It's cool to see a step-parent who isn't a complete jerk. And Carmen's mom. Me no like.
I did NOT see the ending coming. I had how everything was going to go down all mapped out in my head until a big ole U-turn is thrown in. But I liked it.
This is a great book, with humor, romance, and awesomesauce all mixed in. I'd definitely recommend it, to anyone. :)
10/26/11 So I can review. Here's some more incoherent babbling for you. :)
SUCH an amazing book!! Definitely...more10/23/11 Mind blown. Can't review. Read it.
10/26/11 So I can review. Here's some more incoherent babbling for you. :)
SUCH an amazing book!! Definitely one of the best I've read this year. The mystery, the dialogue, NOAH: everything was wonderful. I think this is definitely a book you should go into not knowing anything about it. The way the story unfolds, you never know what's real and what's not, and even at the end of the book, you're still not entirely sure what happened.
Mara is the perfect protagonist. She's smart, witty, stubborn, and she's so strong. I don't know if I'd be able to go through all the things that she went through and still be able to have a clever comeback in any situation like she does. The dialogue is one of my favorite things about the book. It's just so darn funny & clever. I definitely laughed out loud quite a few times, especially in the Noah & Mara scenes. Those two are quite a pair.
And Noah. NOAH! <3 Best. Guy. Ever. I don't care if Edward Cullen sparkles, Noah Shaw is the epitome of the romantic male lead. One thing I loved about Noah and Mara is that Mara doesn't fall all over herself to be with him (or at least she tries not to. Noah's a bit hard to resist. ;)). She has things going on in her own life, big things, and she doesn't just completely trust and "instalove" him from the start, which is something pretty refreshing in YA nowadays. Noah could be considered a bit cliched I suppose; He's rich, handsome, and has that "bad boy" persona, but with a heart of gold. But I don't care if it's a cliche, when it's done this well, it doesn't matter that it's been done before.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a must read. It's hilarious, thrilling, and most definitely mind boggling, and the end will have you begging for the sequel (Fall 2012 folks, I don't know how we're going to make it).
**spoiler alert** I knew how that was gonna end, but still, here I am, sobbing over a fictional yeller dog. I'll be sure to rent this movie next time...more**spoiler alert** I knew how that was gonna end, but still, here I am, sobbing over a fictional yeller dog. I'll be sure to rent this movie next time I want my heart ripped out. I did really like the book (because I'm a masochist) & the ending, with Old Yeller's pup starting his shenanigans. :)(less)
"Why does it say she has three hundred and twenty friends?" Josh asks. "Who has that many friends?"
This is such a sweet & fun book. I love the id...more"Why does it say she has three hundred and twenty friends?" Josh asks. "Who has that many friends?"
This is such a sweet & fun book. I love the idea of logging on and seeing yourself on Facebook 15 years in the future of course, and the characters were pretty great too.
Josh & Kellan were definitely my favorites. Josh is just so sweet, but still a realistic boy, and Kellan is probably the most perfect best friend you could have. Emma, on the other hand, annoyed me a lot of the time. She can be a little mean, and I didn't like the way she treated Josh or her parents throughout most of the book. That changed a bit in the end though, so she ended up being pretty okay.
The only thing is, I was just expecting a little bit... more. The description of the book is pretty much all that really happens. Josh & Emma get pretty worried about the future, and try to make it how they want it to be. Which can be pretty hard since the little actions can change big things. Emma especially is always trying to change the future, and she's never satisfied with what she has. I just wanted more story I guess.
My favorite part about The Future of Us was probably just the Facebook aspects of it. The status updates, and how friends are in the future, etc. The 90's references will be something a lot of people will enjoy too, I think. I was born in 1993, so a lot of them kind of went over my head, but slightly older people will definitely enjoy.
I'd definitely recommend The Future of Us if you're looking for a quick fun read. And if you're slightly obsessed with Facebook like me. ;)
"And what if in the future we're at war again, or we still haven't elected a non-white or non-male president, or the Rolling Stones are still dragging their tired old butts on stage? That would depress me way too much."
Wow! I can't believe how much I liked this. Especially since I wasn't impressed by I Am Number Four much at all. The Power of Six is captivating and...more Wow! I can't believe how much I liked this. Especially since I wasn't impressed by I Am Number Four much at all. The Power of Six is captivating and action-packed, and after about a quarter of the way through, I didn't want to put it down. I only had to because Physics & Algebra II came together to use their evil powers of brain numbing problems against me. Ahem. Anyway.
Another point of view is added in this book, Number Seven (correct me if I'm wrong, all the numbers confuse me..), Marina. I really enjoyed her POV, as much as I did John's, and I loved finding out about her Legacies. Marina's side of the story is definitely not as action-packed, but it was just as interesting to me. Her bestie Hector is one of the most lovable characters in the books so far. After Bernie Kosar of course.
I just looked back on my review of I Am Number Four, and I think I see what made me like this sequel so much better. Less romance. I know, right? Don't get me wrong, I love swoony moments and whatnot as much as the next girl, but I did not like it in the first book. Sarah seemed forgettable to me, and I didn't understand why John cared so much about her. Those feelings are only strengthened in this book. The romantic bits are my least favorite part of this one too. It didn't seem like anyone could make up their mind about who they want to be with.
We also get to meet a few of the other members of the Garde! One makes his entrance shirtless, which is always appreciated. There's a couple pretty cool twists tossed in here and there, like a connection between Sam and John that we find out about. It's not entirely unexpected, but still a nice development with the plot.
The ending is awesomely epic and it was the first time I felt like the Loric actually had a chance against the Mogadorians. Until the Big Bad comes of course. But we'll have to wait for The Rise of Nine to find out more about him. I'll definitely be looking forward to continuing this series a lot more after this book.
I don't really know what to say about the end of this gorgeous series. It always feels like I'm waking up from a dream after I finish a book by Maggi...more I don't really know what to say about the end of this gorgeous series. It always feels like I'm waking up from a dream after I finish a book by Maggie Stiefvater, so I'm still kind of foggy. I may write more later, but probably not. One thing though, a lot of people disliked the ending, but it just felt.. right, to me.
Just read it. :) This is one of the most beautifully written and heartbreaking and true series I've ever read.
Crappity crap. I hate cliffhangers. & love them. It's confusing up here in my mind. But, wow, you think you have everything all figured out, then...moreCrappity crap. I hate cliffhangers. & love them. It's confusing up here in my mind. But, wow, you think you have everything all figured out, then something else hits you. Anyway.
I enjoyed this book, though not as much as I thought I would, based on the buzz about it. It was slow to start, then sped up on certain parts, kind of stop and start. There were parts where I was racing through, and got so into it I didn't realize where I was for a minute when I stopped, and others where I was just waiting for something to happen. I loved the concept, like Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies thrown together. Kindaaaaa. I think this would be an amazing movie though. A lot of parts I just thought about how great that scene would be in a movie.
Oh, and I really liked the slang words. I'm gonna try them out sometime, start a trend or something. Oh, shuck it, ya shank.
Favorite characters were Chuck & Newt. And Teresa. And okay, Thomas. I can't really think of much to say about this. I'm not sure why, since it had plenty of twists, and was a really good book. But yeah. I'd recommend it for Hunger Games fans, and action/adventure and dystopian fans. :)
This is one of the most adorable and just plain fun books I've read in a long time. :)
Cammie goes to Gallagher Academy, a boarding school for super...more This is one of the most adorable and just plain fun books I've read in a long time. :)
Cammie goes to Gallagher Academy, a boarding school for super spy teens. I really didn't need to know much more than that to see how awesome this book was going to be, but add in hilarious dialogue, a completely heart-warmingly sweet guy, and surprise missions, and yeah, I'm completely sold.
I absolutely loved this, and I can't wait to read the next one, since this book ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger (not the annoying kind where if feels like the author just left out the last chapter though, thank goodness). Cammie and Josh were absolutely adorable, even if Josh is a little too perfect to be real. Bex, Liz and Macey were amazing characters too, and I almost laughed out loud lots of times. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a fun, light & unique read.(less)