Curiosity got the best of me. It says "Harry Potter and the..." and it's like I'm obligated to read it. Honestly it just reads like bad fanfiction, plCuriosity got the best of me. It says "Harry Potter and the..." and it's like I'm obligated to read it. Honestly it just reads like bad fanfiction, playing on nostalgia and a bunch of "what ifs?" The way everything starts was so ridiculous and trust me I did try to be very open minded and let these kids have their moment. I told my sister about the reckless thing Albus does and she truly thought I was joking. Sadly, I wasn't. I feel bad giving it a negative rating but it just doesn't hold up to the magic of the original seven, even if they kept playing on the past. They should have left it alone with the horrible epilogue in the Deathly Hallows. At least that was only a few pages. ...more
I will forever be distracted in the future viewings of the Star Wars trilogy because I'll be lookingAHH. I love it so much it hurts. Thane, ILY most.
I will forever be distracted in the future viewings of the Star Wars trilogy because I'll be looking for Thane and Ciena. Ha. (view spoiler)[And with the new films too because now I know that crashed Star Destroyer was the Inflictor meaning that Thane and Ciena were there and maybe they're off on some world living HEA and yeah I'm very happy how it all connects. (hide spoiler)]. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
Talk about emotional. This was a beautiful and touching love story of two teenagers with baggage. It was a bit much for each character but the authorTalk about emotional. This was a beautiful and touching love story of two teenagers with baggage. It was a bit much for each character but the author did a nice job of making this relationship work in those circumstances and feel organic. The pacing of the relationship was done well and made me believe in them. ...more
3.5 stars. Okay, that was a lot of take in. I liked it in general (finally, the past with all its ugly memories was out on the table) but there were d3.5 stars. Okay, that was a lot of take in. I liked it in general (finally, the past with all its ugly memories was out on the table) but there were definitely a lot of things I was less enthused about.
(view spoiler)[“When you found me on the dock in Tasmania—when I realised you were alive—that was the biggest moment of my life. It still is, even remembering everything else.”
This was my favorite line from the book. Gaby and Jude are still forever my favorite thing about this book. I love their sibling bond so for me it was the heart of this story. I would have been fine if those two just ran away from everything, as long as they were together. I thought there would be a little more to their little outing which caused their memory loss/change. It was exactly what was thought to have happened and I guess I just wanted something more than them trying to free the Fallen. But I loved that Jude was able to shape their memories because he couldn't bear not remembering her. It was sweet.
While I do like Rafa, I’m still not over the fact that he never told Gaby about their fallout. She deserved to know so she could make her own judgement regardless that she didn’t remember anything of that life. Their fight was bad, but I still see Rafa in the wrong. Sorry.
The showdown at Pan Beach was quite anti-climatic. I don’t know if it’s just me but I thought it was unrealistic that no one was killed. I mean, really. And then we have Nathaniel who was quite tragic. All these years with purpose and finding out it was all for nothing.
Lastly, the ending. It wrapped up so neatly. Everything with the Fallen and their new purpose with the Rephaim. I don’t know. I didn’t really care much for all of that. Then again, I’m not even sure what I’d want the ending to be instead. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I liked this one. (view spoiler)[BUT these characters can irk me a bit. I mean a little note to Gaby: stop agreeing to meet with people in a differentI liked this one. (view spoiler)[BUT these characters can irk me a bit. I mean a little note to Gaby: stop agreeing to meet with people in a different part of the world. It always ends in trouble. Then there’s Rafa acting like a typical new-adult guy who keeps secrets. Stop. It. I get he doesn’t want Gaby mad at him but it’s so incredibly unfair to keep her in the dark. How can I fully be on board with that relationship with that hanging over them. Even with all my complaining, I’m still pretty interested in this story and those two. How could I not be with them dangling this memory loss mystery over me. I need answers.
The best part of all of this was finally finding Jude. Gaby’s reunion with him was all kinds of emotional. With memories all jumbled up and not knowing what’s true, I felt that was the most genuine and raw moment of this series thus far. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more
The pitch for this book is "Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights.” It’s kind of a no brainer that I’d be interested. I had high standards andThe pitch for this book is "Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights.” It’s kind of a no brainer that I’d be interested. I had high standards and I'm happy to say that it delivered. It’s been a while since I found a contemporary YA that clicked with me.
Devon is a ordinary character–she has a nice family, friends, and coasts by in school without truly applying herself. With a little push from a teacher she makes an effort to be more involved and along the way she finds maybe she wants more for herself. The highlights of the book are her relationships with her friends, peers, and cousin. They play vital roles in her growth as a person–learning to simply try more, be less judgmental and more understanding, and to love. Devon experiences how friendships can change and sometimes it’s inevitable, and even healthy, to grow apart. Other times they stay constant or become stronger, providing that solid rock. Also, there can be new relationships, ones that grow on you and teach you a thing or two if you look past the outer layer and give them a chance.
I really loved this book. It was a great mix of heart and humor with some high school drama. There’s a real ease to it which makes it a simple and quick read. It follows a formula many readers may be familiar with but this author made it her own. It’s been a few weeks since I read this but I still find myself going back to reread certain scenes, notably those with Foster, Ezra, and Jordan. I will definitely be looking out for more of her work. It would be fantastic if this became a series. I think there are other stories to tell, particularly Foster, Jordan, Marabelle, and even briefly seen Emir.
P.S. My favorite part was that “bookish” reveal at the end. LOVE IT. I think other bookworms would swoon at that scene as well.
*I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways....more
Meh. Honestly it didn't give me that much but it was interesting to see a little into Genya's life before things went downhill. She is the definitionMeh. Honestly it didn't give me that much but it was interesting to see a little into Genya's life before things went downhill. She is the definition of a (view spoiler)[gray character and after this and the little bits in Shandow and Bone, you really see where she's coming from and why she chose to be on the Darkling's side. I'd like to think that later in the series she and Alina will be on the same side (hide spoiler)]....more
Really great folk tale. (view spoiler)[It seemed to me a twist on the Hansel and Gretel. Honestly didn't see that ending reveal coming and then I rereReally great folk tale. (view spoiler)[It seemed to me a twist on the Hansel and Gretel. Honestly didn't see that ending reveal coming and then I reread it and saw the little clues that pointed to the real culprit. Quite clever so kudos to the author (hide spoiler)]....more
The Breakfast Club meets Nancy Drew in a grocery store on Christmas Eve. So yeah, okay then. It was good, not anything to be tripping over my feet toThe Breakfast Club meets Nancy Drew in a grocery store on Christmas Eve. So yeah, okay then. It was good, not anything to be tripping over my feet to gush about though. My favorite parts were the weird lists/ongoings that happen in a workplace. If you (or anyone you know) have worked in grocery/retail then you might have experienced or heard some horror stories. I definitely have heard some interesting things from family members and friends who've worked customer service. So there are weird items purchased together, weird people, weird outfits, weird incidents. I was amused by some of the odd things seen or done during Chloe's time as a cashier but not surprised. I think the funniest was the one that occurred that day in the bathroom stall. Or maybe the person who paid over $200 in coins. So overall, this was an quick, somewhat entertaining read. ...more
It was hardUh, but what about (view spoiler)[Sam and Lucas (hide spoiler)]? Left me hanging there. I guess I'll make up my own ending for them then.
It was hard to get through this series because I never truly warmed to Ruby. Not exactly my favorite personality. That's probably why I enjoyed the novellas more than the full length novels, for the different perspectives. Oh well. It was an okay series. Not sure if I'll read more from this author though. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
This author knows how to hit you where it hurts. (view spoiler)[Like the last books I was expecting a certain type of ending but nope, she t3.5 stars.
This author knows how to hit you where it hurts. (view spoiler)[Like the last books I was expecting a certain type of ending but nope, she turned it around. It ended up being something as heartbreaking and painful, just in a different way. So depressing but I'm not losing hope. One last book to tie this all together.
- I didn't recognize the Sam at the beginning. But she slowly came back a little and I thought there she is. She shared an adorable history with Lucas. It was so innocent and genuine. I wasn't keen hearing about her parents though, like the way religion played in. It was this huge overtone or anything but I didn't care for it to be in here. - I liked Lucas. He seemed like a genuinely good kid. It's tough to take a closer look at that scene with Sam and Tildon and the position he had to maintain. It's a double edge sword. And just a side note to the end, the situation with his sister was left so open. I really wanted something more concrete to happen with that. I have to wait to get through the next book. - Not looking good for Pat Dunn which sucks. He didn't have much to work with but he tried and I admire that. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition between him and his brother Martin. Loved that reveal. - Tildon. No resolution there but I really hope something truly awful befalls him in the last book. Ugh. (hide spoiler)]
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3.5 stars. This needs a sequel. I would really appreciate more insight on (view spoiler)[Elias's father. Who the hell is he? (hide spoiler)] Then ther3.5 stars. This needs a sequel. I would really appreciate more insight on (view spoiler)[Elias's father. Who the hell is he? (hide spoiler)] Then there's the complex politics which had me intrigued too. There's so much uncertainty with the Empire and the potential of war. Again, crossing my fingers this author gets a second book.
The world was gritty, more so than other YA fantasies. I was not okay with some of the norms, like the treatment of slaves and the things these Blackcliff guys (and woman) could get away with. Horrible, horrible people. In addition, what Elias and the others (view spoiler)[ended up doing during that particular trial. I thought there'd be some loophole. Like it was just in their heads and when everything was over then you'd see that everyone was okay. But, no, it was real. That was brutal to read. (hide spoiler)]. And with that, I want to point out that Elias's journey in this book, his mindset at the end, was fantastic. Laia, too. Great character development with both of them.
Romance. (view spoiler)[I thought the love triangle—rectangle?—was well done. I wish Helene wasn't in love with Elias though. I don't think anything's going to happen there. I saw them as siblings instead. As for Laia's love interests, it almost seemed a toss up because both were great characters. It really was between heart and body but with that ending and if there will be a sequel then I'm putting endgame with Laia and Elias. But who knows. (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, I'd love another book, please. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I love Aussie authors. Pretty sure I haven't been let down once. I don't have much to say besides this book was really great and the Watts and MycroftI love Aussie authors. Pretty sure I haven't been let down once. I don't have much to say besides this book was really great and the Watts and Mycroft relationship was kind of amazing. Looking forward to the next one....more
This installment was a bit better than the first because Ruby was more mature and confident in her abilities; she even had to step into a leadership rThis installment was a bit better than the first because Ruby was more mature and confident in her abilities; she even had to step into a leadership role. That small amount of growth really helped to make her character more bearable.
I loved that this was like the last book in that for a duration it took place on the road where they were on the move and had to rely on each other to survive. It gave it a faster pace.
The new characters were great though I really missed those who were partially or totally absent for this particular journey. Everyone had their own unique personality yet they all meshed together well. (view spoiler)[I wasn't surprised by Cole's hidden ability. I felt like there was more to him, that he was hiding something. I am wondering how it'll play a part in the next book. Chub, a little roughed up now but still the same levelheaded guy. Liam broke my heart when he confessed how he felt to Ruby. He was a lot different than the guy in the first one, a little harsher edge to him. Jude, I can't with this kid. And Vida, tough but girl has so much heart. Now Clancy. I was blindsided by his objective though when you think about it it completely fits who he is and what he stands for. That leads me to the "assassination attempt" and how President Gray put fuel to the fire for the kids. (hide spoiler)] That was a rough ending but I can't wait to see everything unravel.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Must've been nice having six good looking guys as your best friends through your teenage years. Wish I lucked out like that when I was in high school.Must've been nice having six good looking guys as your best friends through your teenage years. Wish I lucked out like that when I was in high school. Would have definitely made my experience much more exciting.
So this was good and for the most part pretty darn cute. I think it needed to be fleshed out a little more though. A lot of it was the honeymoon phase and that was loads of fun because the characters individually and together were great. But since it took a good portion of the book, there wasn't much going on. The hits at the end came quick and I kind of saw that coming. This book honestly felt like setup so just when the heavy stuff, the substance of the story, would start the book ended. Looking forward to the next one since I'm really curious about where everything is going. I have my ideas. ...more
Way to play with my emotions. Here we get an "adult" perspective and see how this mutation with the children has effected people's everyday lives. GabWay to play with my emotions. Here we get an "adult" perspective and see how this mutation with the children has effected people's everyday lives. Gabe sort of just missed this wave of strange powers when he was a teen. Now at twenty-five he's down on his luck and decides to try out being a skip tracer. I don't agree with it but I get where Gabe is coming from and how he feels trapped and desperate to leave his town. Then there's Zu. Loved that she owned Gabe in everything, that she had to take care of him. But most of all she saw something in him to trust. And in turn I was touched by the relationship these two eventually formed and how you see Gabe finding a true purpose that he could be proud of. After seeing what adults were like in The Darkest Minds it was great to see this transformation, showing that not all adults are that far off the deep end. People can be pulled back from the jadedness and show a shred of humanity, a soul. I was so blown away by the note and Della's identity as well. So great and so very powerful. One of my favorite moments from this novella. The ending is devastating though and kind of ruined me. It'll take me a while to process that....more
I really enjoyed this! It was Romeo & Juliet in a Friday Night Lights setting. The romance was quick to start but I believed it. Besides the romanI really enjoyed this! It was Romeo & Juliet in a Friday Night Lights setting. The romance was quick to start but I believed it. Besides the romantic relationship, I love how the two main characters were with their siblings. It was so sweet. ...more
Bad idea to start this one late last night. Lost a few hours sleep because I couldn't put it down. Very good and very emotional. The charac4.5 stars.
Bad idea to start this one late last night. Lost a few hours sleep because I couldn't put it down. Very good and very emotional. The character growth was great. Their struggles were so heavy and raw, I couldn't help but tear up at parts. I mean there were some big screw ups though and one was a deal breaker yet somehow I was won over by the end. Really great lessons learned for both of them. I think there's more story to tell, however, particularly with (view spoiler)[Josh. I'd like to see where he's headed, what his new dream is (if the military is not in the cards anymore). It felt too open ended on that front (hide spoiler)]. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
You really have to have some patience if you read this book. It takes FOREVER for anything to happen. There's so much withholding, it drove me cNope.
You really have to have some patience if you read this book. It takes FOREVER for anything to happen. There's so much withholding, it drove me crazy. It's a bunch of "this seems familiar, just at the tip of my memory, but I can't seem to grasp it." That got old fast.
Thomas was such a dull protagonist (and honestly, most of the characters had no personality). There was no growth with him. The stuff about the Changing should've gone through Thomas's thick skull at the start. I mean he's suppose to be (view spoiler)[smart. All these guys are suppose to be super smart yet they've been there for two freaking years and got nowhere! The only reason something started happening was because the Creators wanted it to, not because the guys figured things out on their own. Also the all boys club was annoying. I'm assuming the other group experimented on consists of girls but who knows. I mean what kind of message comes across with that. Why have the only girl there adding nothing to the storyline until the last third. Basically for most of it she seems to be there to occupy Thomas's thoughts, "oh I feel like I know her," but still his memory wasn't triggered. Fail. When she wakes up after the author figures that's enough with the withholding and thinks it's time to put this character to use, she suggests comparing the sections and it made the "genius" guys look like such idiots for missing it. Then soon enough everything conveniently clicks into place and a rush of information is thrown at you. Too little, too late. Thomas and Teresa's ~connection~ made me roll my eyes as well, don't even get me started. Ugh. End rant (hide spoiler)].
I only gave this a chance because I have free tickets to an advance screening and I wanted to read the book first. Now I'm not so sure if I should bother seeing it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was a insightful YA that focused on OCD and how debilitating it can be on daily life. Caddie has severe anxiety and developed this extreme fear oThis was a insightful YA that focused on OCD and how debilitating it can be on daily life. Caddie has severe anxiety and developed this extreme fear of human touch, believing that if she broke the rules and touched someone skin-to-skin that her family would never be whole again, even later thinking what if it snowballed to the world ending. She's aware her thoughts are irrational but that nagging little voice in the back of her mind tells her that there's just a slight chance she's right. Her fear could be a huge roadblock when she takes on a major role for the school play. Navigating through that, basic social interaction, and family troubles really test her in a way she hasn't been before.
It was a little tough. Tough to see Caddie putting herself through this pain and fear, but I understood her thought process and how habits are hard to break especially when they are so ingrained. Mental illness is cruel and can take you down so low and we saw that with Caddie. The author did a good job of showcasing that. And it was emotional for me to read some of those parts because I've seen what a disorder can do to person. Overall, I loved the message of overcoming fears and finding courage in yourself to take steps in the right direction.
Oh and other things before I sign off. Ophelia parallels were well done in understanding where Caddie was at. Smart idea with the character journal. It did play a good part in making Caddie's eyes open. Second, I thought it was a realistic outcome with her father which I think made me admire Caddie's strength even more. And lastly, I loved the supporting characters! Caddie's friendships were a definite highlight. They really gave the book life and were the exact kind of people she needed to be around.
P.S. There's a wonderful message at the end of the book from the author who has had her own experience with OCD. Read it. ...more
Yet another book in this series that took me forever to finish. It always turns out so good though. This time around I have to say there were a lot ofYet another book in this series that took me forever to finish. It always turns out so good though. This time around I have to say there were a lot of great things happening at all parts of the book, not just the last section.
I love how these friendships are so solid now. You don't see it so much in the words but definitely in the actions. It was also nice to see the different combinations, the boys, or Blue and all the boys, or Blue and some of the boys. And even the other relationships with the adults. Great stuff.
The growth is fantastic. I have to point out Adam in particular (view spoiler)[because the boy has got some issue with pride and pity. I'm glad he was able to push that aside and see that his friends are in his corner, that he could finally have people to trust. I mean Ronan and Gansey rushing to the courtroom. Or Blue and Noah accompanying him on his Cabeswater duty. It was such a big leap seeing all of that. (hide spoiler)]
Ronan and Adam. Yo, don't tease me like that. Make it happen? Idk idk. Yes. No. Maybe so.
If Gansey doesn't die then this is all BS. I mean it's been there since the beginning so it better happen. Doesn't mean I don't like him but me thinks there's a twist anyway. (view spoiler)[He does seem like a reincarnation with all that talk like he's been in a certain place before or how time seems to stop. (hide spoiler)]
OMG Matthew. I did not expect that at all.
The CLIFFHANGER of doom. Love and hate how it was done. Love because of course that's how it would happen, something so low key and stupid. Hate because I need to know what happens right this second.
Anyway I really like this one. Everything is so odd. The town. These people. Their journey. And it's just so funny how all these weird things happen and now it's like all accepted at face value. Leaves me so fascinated. I'm both anxious and excited about how everything will turn out. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
4.5 stars. Pretty solid. That was all I could ask for. Definitely my favorite of the series.
(view spoiler)[I enjoyed the pacing and how it didn't lin4.5 stars. Pretty solid. That was all I could ask for. Definitely my favorite of the series.
(view spoiler)[I enjoyed the pacing and how it didn't linger too much in one place. And thank goodness no palaces, just the rag-tag gang on the move. At first I wasn't sure about a few people but they all proved themselves and I really grew to like everyone. Sorry to the newbies though but I guess the author was too attached to that core group to let any of them go. I mean look at Nikolai's situation, very convenient how things were reversed. And of course, the biggie with Mal. A bit Harry Potter there in the last section but you know what I honestly don't care. I didn't want him to (really) die (same with Nikolai) and we all know Alina would probably have gone crazy without him. I'm also glad the ending was "ordinary" (not extremely depressing like The Hunger Games epilogue) because it was what I wanted from Day 1. (hide spoiler)]
Darkling Prequel Story "The Demon in the Wood": Interesting and sad insight to a young Darkling and Baghra during a time long ago when Grisha were hunted. It was them against the world and it wasn't hard to feel for the Darkling then. Such a lonely life. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more