This prequel covers the story of Grom and Nalia, third generation, first borns of their respected kingdoms. They are to...moreThis can be read for free here.
This prequel covers the story of Grom and Nalia, third generation, first borns of their respected kingdoms. They are to be mated to keep the gifts of the generals available to their race. They start out disliking each other, but it quickly changes to love.
I know this was a prequel and meant to be short before of it, but it almost seemed a little too short. Their interactions were small and shallow. I really wasnt fond of either one of them. Grom is pigheaded and shallow and Nalia is stubborn and seems like a spoiled brat. Their relationship being more than attraction was pretty unbelievable to me. Their entire love affair feels like it was dependant on "the pull", the myth that two Syrena could feel drawn to each other as a way to make more powerful offspring.
I still couldnt help but rate it high. The purpose of a prequel is to make you want to read the main story and this one did just that. It opens up questions and makes you wonder how things are going to play out. I, once again, read the prequel after the first book and it only opened up more questions than anything. So while it felt shallow and unbelivable, it served its purpose wonderfully.(less)
Alison is a young single mother who has just had her Power awakened. A descendant, born with the Angel's Power...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Alison is a young single mother who has just had her Power awakened. A descendant, born with the Angel's Power in her, Alison is thrown into the world of the Order. Training with Order member, David, so that she can face the leader of their enemies, the Rising, she discovers her strength and Power as she learns to control her abilities. The Rising leader, Damien, fears her to be the Descendant, the prophesied one who is descended with all the Angel's powers, and the only one who can kill him. He will stop at nothing to see her dead, but Alison isn't going down without a fight.
Being that I have known Theresa Jones since she was about 10 years old, I was granted the pleasure of cheating. I was allowed to read the very first draft of this novel, and I have to say, the changes since then are fairly large. This novel has truly transformed. Seeing my name in the acknowledgements was the best gift I could have gotten.
This novel is really easy to read. The writing just flows, taking you on the journey. I would have liked to see a bit more emotion building. I got a tear in my eyes once or twice, but I would have really liked to be consumed by the novel. I thought at first, that maybe since I had read it before, that I was uneffected, but enough had changed that I feel I should have still been more moved. The lack of it wasn't enough to kill anything, just to make me miss having it there. I also would've liked a bit more uncertainty. There is a point where things are slightly predictable, thought that might be confidence leaking off the pages.
I really like the characters. Alison is a sweetheart who is just so full of love. Her reactions to things can be a bit heated, but she seems like the type who feels all her emotions quickly and strongly. Although she was forced to mature early for her age when she became a young mother, she still is the type to feel an emotion first and ask questions or find rational thought later. David is wonderful, though felt stiff at times. It might have to deal a lot with his age though. Samantha is precious, and I really would've liked to have seen more of her, but I know that this wasn't her story. I felt like Damien could've been more fleshed out as a character, but I was generally happy with him.
The plot is really easy to follow. Things are explained well, in a way you can grasp them easily without it making you feel like you are being talked down to. The story was really nice. Angels and Demons aren't usually my thing, but they are there in the history of this novel and not so much in the pages of it. I loved the way the powers were explained and described. It was really easy to imagine it in your head and just made me happy. More characters need awesome magic like this. The basis of things were simple. I feel like there will be much more to this, but that it will unfurl more in the future installments. I wish the tension building for the climax had been a bit more drawn out. While it was needed, the set up of the novel was just a little long compared to the climax, and the climax started off right after a short time skip, giving the tension less time to build up. The climax was well written, once again, would've liked a bit more tension, maybe a some more action, I was just left longing for it.
This was a really good start to the series, a great novel, and a fabulous debut. Completely worth picking up. Definitely recommend this to everyone. (less)
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For the last year, Miranda has been harboring a deep secret relating...moreThis book was provided for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
For the last year, Miranda has been harboring a deep secret relating to her parent’s death that has caused a rift between her sister and her. She decides to come clean, but before she can, she is taken by a stranger during a midnight swim. Awakening in the underwater world of Marin, she learns that King Marko arranged her kidnapping so that he could keep her as his bride. The women in Marin have become infertile and without an heir to the throne, he runs the risk of losing it to his deranged elder brother Damir. Miranda is desperate to escape, and befriends Marko’s personal guard, Robbie, in attempts to bargain her way out of the city. Trouble is brewing and terrible secrets are being revealed, Miranda will have to figure out who she can trust, and if she will ever get back home alive. Captivate wasn’t what I expected it to be. It starts off in past tense and either slowly changes to first person or else I just got used to it. I hate past tense. Always have, always will, it just throws me off when I am reading. I just prefer first and third person in “real” time. You also have to take note, that this book is from Australia, so the language and slang are written accordingly. It isn’t hard to follow really, the few times I felt a bit lost I could basically guess what was being said. That, and I have a bunch of British friends, so I knew some of the terms that the countries share. My biggest thing at first was the “misspelling” of certain words like “color”, but that is just because I am American. You learn how to spell something and then you start adding u’s into the words and even spell check is like “What is this nonsense?” None of this ruins or takes away from the story, it just threw me off and made the first bit slow to start until I fell into the groove of the book. I knew it was an Australian book and it still threw me, which is the only reason I mention it at all.
The story was nothing like I expected. Based on the synopsis and the listed genres for this novel, I expected a mer tale. I was expecting an underwater world where people could morph between human and mer depending if they were in the water or not. Instead, you are given a world where everyone is human, they just all live in a big dome underwater. There are mermaids in the story, but it is talked about in more of a mad scientist type of way than anything. The plot was unique and easy to follow and the character interactions were quite realistic. Some of the plot elements, such as the pull of the city that makes people not want to leave, felt a little convenient to me, but they didn’t take away from the story either. The traitors were relatively easy to spot for me, with the exception of the one who is caught in the middle there.
I found myself liking all of the characters. I especially liked Robbie. I had trouble warming up to Marko, much more trouble than Miranda did. I don’t completely agree with the quasi-triangle there, but at the same time, it felt right. I don’t know, I found myself rooting for the both of them and neither of them both at the same time.
The ending was the worst for me. Mostly, because I hate waiting between installments. It feels like the next book in the series will feature a large time skip that I really don’t want to deal with. I feel like there is more story happening right now, so I don’t want to wait the months into the future to see how things either mend, or more likely, fall apart.
I found this book to be highly entertaining and compelling and I will be looking forward to the second book in the series. While I was disappointed at the lack of real mermaids in the story, I still enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it to everyone.
The copy of this book was provided for free from Netgalley. I pre-ordered it back in September, but now I get to read it early. Thanks Netgalley!
Pixie...moreThe copy of this book was provided for free from Netgalley. I pre-ordered it back in September, but now I get to read it early. Thanks Netgalley!
Pixie and Levi share a secret, a dark horrible painful secret that makes them certain that staying far away from each other is in the best interest of everything. But when Pixie moves into her Aunt's inn for the summer, she is stuck sharing a bathroom with Levi. Tension, guilt, and feelings long buried surface through the summer, can they find a truce and heal each other, or are they meant to stay broken?
OMG. Only Chelsea Fine. Seriously, the woman is basically a drug dealer, hooking you on her stories until you are addicted. No worries, you don't need rehab, this is the very best type of drug, after all. I will forever read anything she puts out. I have read everything she's put out, but yeah, the trend will continue. Only Chelsea Fine can make me cry like a baby and laugh like a mental patient in the same paragraph. This book took me too many hours to read, but the fault was because I kept having to stop to wipe my eyes and blow my nose. At one point, my husband asked if I was reading a good book or having a pregnancy induced hormone episode. He doesn't understand literary perfection.
Chelsea amazed me with her Archers of Avalon series, by showing she could weave strong characters with darker themes without leaving you feeling depressed. She has only strengthened this skill with Best Kind of Broken. The story is a sad one, about two broken people afraid to heal together because they are so certain that there is hate on the other's part. The story is heart-wrenching, and if you plan to make it through, you better have a box of tissues handy. The secret they share is slowly introduced and is done in such a flawless way, that you feel their pain. The build up of the story is perfection, a perfect speed that keeps you glued to the pages and invested in the story.
Pixie and Levi are brilliant characters. They are so weak and so strong all in the same breath. I found myself loving them more and more as I got to know them on the pages. They are so perfect together, and for each other, and the longer it takes them to get their act together, the more you just want to scream. The other characters in the story aren't the focus, but they are all just so sweet. They work perfectly into the story and make the book feel so real without needing to be focused on.
My only complaint, is the tiniest thing ever. I always fall for the best friend's in Chelsea's books. I did it with Heather in the AoA, and now there is Jenna in Best Kind of Broken. She is perfect and sassy and amazing and I love her because she kind of reminds me of me. I really would've loved to hear a bit more about her and Jack, at least in the epilogue, but that's fine. I can live. Pixie and Levi were the key characters. I am perfect with things as they were.
In case it's not insanely obvious, I totally recommend this book. There is talk about drinking, drunk driving, and some fairly mild sexytimes (well, insane tension aside) so it is for a mature audience. So do yourself a favor and go get this book. And then her other books. And then count the seconds until the next one comes out. Because Chelsea Fine can do no wrong.
Katy and her mom move from Florida to West Virginia a few years after Cancer takes her father from them in efforts to start over with t...moreThis book! Wow!
Katy and her mom move from Florida to West Virginia a few years after Cancer takes her father from them in efforts to start over with their lives and move on from the cloud of depression that comes with such grief. They move in next door to Daemon and his twin sister Dee. Dee instantly bonds with Katy and the two become fast friends. Daemon is a total jerk towards her and makes it quite clear that she should stay away from Dee. Daemon grinds on Katy's nerves but at the same time she cant help to be attracted to this man that even Gods would be jealous of. When trouble strikes, Daemon comes to the rescue and saves Katy, much to her suprise. She had thought something was off about the twins, but it becomes increasingly obvious that they are more different than she thought. So different in fact, that they are Aliens.
The story is fantastic. It is engaging and pulls you in right from the start. The plot is entertaining and well thought out. The twists and turns are perfect and well placed. It is so hard to find anything wrong. There was one scene where Katy notices Daemon is wearing sweats and the next page he is putting his hands in his jean pockets, but otherwise the whole thing is just perfect.
I love how the aliens are described. It gives new meaning to it. Because of Hollywood, too often aliens are insect-like and creepy. Its nice to see aliens that are beautiful and amazing.
The characters are brilliant. Everyone feels so well thought out and developed. The side characters were engaging and nice to read about without shoving themselves into the front of the stage. Dee is adorable. She is so desperate for a friend that you feel sorry for her, but as things progress you understand why she is that way and it becomes nearly impossible not to love her.
Daemon and Katy have killer tension through the whole thing. Their banter is fantastic and you cant decide if you want her to slap him or just rip his shirt off and jump him. They are so obviously perfect for each other right from the start and its so fun to watch them slowly see that and still fight how drawn they are to each other.
All in all this book was completely perfect. A good book should be throughally enjoyed, well chewed and digested. This book digests you instead. It sucks you into its grasp and then fondles you, leaving you flushed and scandelized but wanting so much more.
Jonas was a vampire. He wasn't a usual vampire, he was special, the chosen one. But he hadn't always been. He w...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Jonas was a vampire. He wasn't a usual vampire, he was special, the chosen one. But he hadn't always been. He was human once.
This was a short novella that played as a bit of an origin story for Jonas. It is entirely from his point of view, flashing back and forth between his past life and his current one.
Jonas is a really intriguing character. So much is unknown about him, and this novella answers quite a few questions, while making you want to know him more. His origin is heartbreaking. As you read, your heart bleeds and your chest just bursts open. He rages, and you want to rage right along with him. It's awful, what happened to him, and it's saddening that this kind of thing was very real back then.
I was happy that I read this after I had finished Intangible. It wouldn't have mattered, storywise, as it only set up Jonas' place in the story a bit more. I liked reading this after though as I feel that knowing his origin has forever changed my outlook and opinion of him. I had more fun falling for his character in Intangible, and I feel like it would've been corrupted had I known this first. His origin makes you want to feel sorry for him, and if he could jump from the pages, I think he would be upset with you for feeling as such.
Definitely was worth the read, especially if you are as captured by this series as I am, but I do recommend reading it after Intangible. I think it will make it a better series for you if you do.(less)
The time has come. After sitting patiently in her jail cell for months, Rain's trial is about to begin. After m...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
The time has come. After sitting patiently in her jail cell for months, Rain's trial is about to begin. After months of plotting and planning, she can finally gain her freedom. Or can she? Surrounded by all the lies, she is left wondering if Asher will really try to get her off, or if she is walking right into his clutches once again. But Rain has her own plan, and if she gets her way, her life will finally be hers to control.
This book was perfect. I was so nervous for Rain. I was a little afraid of who was going to get happy endings, and how things were going to pan out in the end. The writing lovingly holds your hand and leads you through the story.
The characters were all the same as they have been. A few bonds are formed, a few bridges burned, but things all play out for the best with the friendships. I was very pleased at how things ended with everyone. Hard to say much on them because of a spoiler risk, but things are good. I am pleased.
When you begin reading, you are filled with so many questions. You are anxious and just burning for answers. Varden tosses you a curve ball right from the start by making things almost boring. This is not a bad thing. You start off seeing some of the day to day life that Rain spends in her cell. It calms you. Your questions go to the backburner. You are certain they will be answered, but you have to learn patience. This book was all about Rain showing that she herself had learned patience, so teaching it to the reader is brilliant. Then the trial begins. I cannot lie, the trial is dull! The court proceedings are written brilliantly. The courtroom is stuffy, dull, drab, and very true to life. It was all captured so fantastically. It is really a brilliant writing technique. It slowly builds up, you almost feel like you are right there in that boring courtroom along with everyone. When the Defense begins their case, you can tell the climax is coming.
Then you get another curve ball. You learn about two things that had happened in the shadows, and things fall into place as the world tumbles down for some and rights itself for others. I remember my jaw dropping and a smirk taking over my face. It was brilliant. I wish there was a better word to describe it, but there really isn't. Then you get to see the aftermath as everyone puts their lives into the new shells that are created for them.
(view spoiler)[Rain obviously gets off. I mean, it's her story, she can't go off to jail. You get to see her as she continues the friendships that matter, as she returns to school, as she deals with the grandmother she hadn't met before, and as her and River figure out their relationship. (hide spoiler)] It was really wonderful to watch it all.
Judgment was a fantastic ending to an amazing series. Loose ends were tied up, lives were changed, and justice was served. I am so happy to have been exposed to this series. Highly recommended to all. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Rain has figured out who really killed Laurel, but this is only the beginning. She very quickly finds that...moreReview originally posted at arielavalon.com
Rain has figured out who really killed Laurel, but this is only the beginning. She very quickly finds that the Von Shelton's own her, and when they want secrets to hide, they stay hidden. Rain has a plan, she will see to it that River will not ever see trial, no matter what.
I cannot tell a lie. I thought this series was a trilogy and now I am horribly disappointed because I blew through this book in the small span of a morning and now I get to play the waiting game. Sure, the cliffhanger was missing this time around, but there are still so many twists, so many secrets, and so many confrontations that have yet to be seen.
The first two books were full of twists and turns, but they had nothing on this book. The characters are still their same fabulous selves. There was a lot more River in this book, love that. Sawyer is so many different kinds of messed up. He's one of those characters that I want to like, but I hate him too, so I am left feeling horribly sorry for him. He is just so unbalanced.
This series is strong, mysterious, and addicting. Go read it!(less)
Being a redhead is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power and popularity and everyone knows it. Felicity’s life has been devote...moreBeing a redhead is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power and popularity and everyone knows it. Felicity’s life has been devoted to building her status in the redhead society. She is popular, has the perfect boyfriend, best friends, and is well on her way to winning the Miss Scarlet pageant, just like her mother before her. But her life starts tumbling down when she receives a note in her locker: “I know your secret.” Because Felicity’s hair color comes right from a bottle. If anyone found out she was really a “strawbie”, everything would be ruined. Her life, her friendships, her relationship, her mother’s expectations of her, her chances at art school, all of it, gone in an instant. But as the blackmailer’s demands begin to hurt her friends and loved ones, she has to wonder, how far is she willing to go to protect her secret? And will it even be worth it in the end? I expected this book to be entirely ridiculous. I wasn’t holding out much hope for it in the beginning, but it actually turned out to be quite enjoyable.
Felicity is borderline unbearable in the beginning. Her vanity is annoying and it feels like her worries should be unfounded until you really start reading through things. I wasn’t a fan of her boyfriend, Brent I think his name was? He was such a dull character that I didn’t find him memorable in the least. It was obvious she wasn’t meant to be with him and who she should be interested instead. Plus, she even said herself she wasn’t fond of Brent, so why should I care if she doesn’t? Her friends, Ivy and Hailey, are really sweet. I liked them a lot, especially Ivy. And Jonathon was such a cutie. I was rooting for him from the start. I couldn’t dislike Gabby. I knew there had to be more to her, and sure, once figuring her out I still didn’t adore her, but I understood her.
The plot is simple, but the flow is just perfect. Granted, it gets a little predictable. In the end, I knew her plan wouldn’t happen. I knew what she would end up doing. I had a feeling what the outcome would be, and I was right. But it didn’t matter because even with the predictability, I was entertained the whole way and actually rather impressed with how smoothly it was written. The build up of the town is perfect and you really begin to understand how important being a redhead is. She could really lose everything if she is discovered. It wouldn’t seem like it would be much out in the real world, but when the only world you have ever known is Scarletville, it’s hard to think about the outside world. Scarlet has been so sheltered, that she doesn’t know what is out there. It’s nice of her to start realizing what it really is that she wants, especially when she decided to go for it.
This was an easy, simple read with a nice, well-written story. Perfect for a rainy day or a desperate need for some contemporary drama. It was shockingly entertaining. Recommended.
Skye is a bit of a wallflower, a shutterbug who prefers to see life through the lens of her camera instead of f...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Skye is a bit of a wallflower, a shutterbug who prefers to see life through the lens of her camera instead of from the center of the action. When a student is found dead at a party Skye attends and she knows who might be involved, she has to deal with the idea of being an accessory to murder. As relationships shift and change around her, Skye starts to really take a look at her life, and she doesn't like what she sees. Can she really change herself now, or will harboring her secret destroy her first?
While not as good as Tempestuous was, Exposure was another great retelling of an old classic. Macbeth is probably one of Shakespeare's more difficult stories to try to modernize. While subtle, the homages to Macbeth were cleverly woven into each page. If you go looking for a flashy retelling, then you might be disappointed. Exposure was written in such a way to make a Shakespeare buff smile without alienating someone who has never read Macbeth. I believe that it was done well enough to make it easier to understand if you can match these new characters to their old counterparts.
The characters weren't as nice as I wanted them to be. Skye felt unlikable to me. For her to be "stunning" and not know it, and for her to be so tall and people to just overlook her, it didn't feel realistic. If you are "stunning" and tall and have model potential with a little bit of makeup, then how do people not notice you? Skye actually asks this same question in the book at their Prom. Everyone kept telling her how she was so beautiful and how they didn't recognize her, but what, she was ugly the day before? It's one thing to be withdrawn, but she just didn't feel as realistic as I wanted her to. She was also really hard to like. It wasn't until well into the story that I started to like her at all. I didn't understand what she saw in Craig. Not once. From A to B, I never saw Craig's appeal. Beth was seriously unbalanced. The rest of the characters were just alright. They didn't hold enough importance for me.
The story was nice. It held mystery and did well at capturing the essence of Macbeth as it went along, but the plot was lacking. Or maybe it just fell for me. I feel like most of the elements in the story served very little purpose, and yet I enjoyed every page. I loved the whole story and everything that happened. I just couldn't see the point of many things that happened and it left me uninvested in the story. It all wraps up in the end. The ending is unsettling. It isn't tragic by any means, but it is a bit of a downer. There is promise for joy again, but it's left on enough of a downer to leave you upset with things. Not enough to rage or cry, but enough that you might be disappointed.
While not as great as it's predecessor, it was still a good read and I did enjoy it. But if you are looking for warm fuzzies, look elsewhere. (less)
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After being roped into the greatest cheating scandal her prep...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Thank you Netgalley for providing my advance copy.
After being roped into the greatest cheating scandal her prep school had ever seen, Miranda is forced to take a job at Hot-Dog Kabob in the mall as a way to repay her "debt to society" for her involvement. Banished and ridiculed, unfairly, by her classmates, Miranda struggles to maintain her dignity in her low-wage, highly embarrassing job. When the biggest snow storm of the season traps the mall workers and last-minute shoppers in the mall overnight, Miranda decides to use her charm and cleverness to get back at her former best friends, the ones who had shoved the blame of the scandal on her shoulders. With the help over her over-zealous coworker, Ariel, and the cute loner, Caleb, from the video game store, she gets her revenge and discovers a lot about herself in the process.
This was super cute. I should let it be known that I haven't read The Tempest since I was about nine and I honestly don't remember it at all. Not being familiar with the original tale, will not hurt this story for you. I wasn't able to see how many nods there might have been to the original story, but it didn't feel lacking to me at all.
Miranda is a great character. She is a great planner, and people seem to rely on her to solve their problems. She does get sick of being everyone's go-to girl for their problems, but at the same time, she relishes the attention. It was great to watch her realize who her real friends were, and get over her anger as the night went on. Caleb is a great male lead. He is sullen and cynical and just makes for a great companion to Miranda. They are so ridiculously perfect for one another that it just makes their interactions that much better to watch. Ariel is the cutest friend. She is not one to be underestimated either. The characters were really good, and they had a lot of fun throughout the night. It made for great entertainment.
The plot was cute and simple. It had underlying things that needed handled, but a lot of the book felt really random. In any other story, that wouldn't work, but it totally worked here. It was a lot of fun to see their adventures through the night play out. The one thing that was a recurring issue in the book that wasn't mentioned in the summary is that there is a shop-lifter locked into the mall with them. They spend the night getting increasingly more worried about it until they realize who it is. The danger element was there, but it was done in a way to not be a killjoy. This book wasn't meant to be a mystery, so it turning into one would've been really unsettling.
This story was short, easy to read, and hard not to love. This is definitely a series that I plan to keep my eye on. I can't wait till this one is released so I can buy it for my book shelf. I recommend it to everyone.(less)
Emma has made the worst mistake you can make, she kissed her best friend's boyfriend, Colin. To make it worse,...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Emma has made the worst mistake you can make, she kissed her best friend's boyfriend, Colin. To make it worse, she lives in a small town, so she runs the risk of everyone knowing about it. Somehow the kiss keeps quiet, but now her best friend doesn't trust her, the boy is ignoring her, and Emma is feeling awful. When scandal breaks out in the town, and only Emma and Colin know the truth, she must decide what is worth giving up to save someone else. With so many people in town asking what Jesus would do, she discovers it's time to start asking what she should do instead, and live her own life.
This book kind of disappointed me. Alright, so it's obvious from the title alone that this was going to have religious themes. That is fine, I set myself up for that. I wasn't expecting, but I certainly didn't miss all the hinted relation to The Crucible. The town Emma lives in, is one of those highly religious small towns that tend to get a little carried away by their faith. They like to bring their faith into everything, even places it doesn't really need to be focused on, and anyone who questions it is singled out and shunned.
The characters were a little lacking. Emma was decently fleshed out, but the other characters didn't feel real enough to me. A few of them, like Colin, I thought was going to have more role to play in the story and then he was hardly around. I guess in a way it make sense, but the whole thing felt off to me. Sure, I flew through the pages to see what happened next, but I wasn't compelled to keep reading.
The plot was off from the summary. There was so little to do with having kissed Colin that it felt like the summary was stretching it. I was really disappointed in the lack of romance. Being a book with religious tones does not mean you have to skip on the love. Aside from a few kisses, there was nothing. Even the crush Emma develops seems silly. This was one of those books that I felt like, the summary was pulled from the things far off on the side. Or maybe it was written before the book was finished and never changed to make up for the fact that the book took a completely different direction.
While I was reading through, I kept flashing back to my youth when I was sitting around reading Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. I feel like this would be a great book for a younger crowd who is fans of that one. This wasn't a bad book, it just didn't click with me. (less)
When the principal announces that all senior students must participate in a mandatory marriage education program, Fiona thinks her life can't get any...moreWhen the principal announces that all senior students must participate in a mandatory marriage education program, Fiona thinks her life can't get any worse, that is until she meets her 'husband' Todd the jerky jock. Between pranks, fights, secrets, and hidden crushes can they made it through the program or will they be left without a diploma?
This book was horribly cute. The story was a lot of fun and really, I wish we had had a program like this when I was in school. I would've had so much fun with it, no matter who I ended up getting stuck with.
Fiona was a bit of a snob. Sure, she realizes it as she grows, but she was kind of an annoying character. The rest of the characters were nice, and I liked them quite a bit. I'm happy how things turn out with Johnny because for a while there I was really upset with Fiona for how she was treating him.
The read was light and funny, and I laughed quite a bit through the whole story. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a fun, short, slice-of-life story to read. (less)
A modern day Romeo and Juliet story, Kate is the heir to the Monrovi hotel chain. She meets Caleb at her school and falls for him right away. Their fa...moreA modern day Romeo and Juliet story, Kate is the heir to the Monrovi hotel chain. She meets Caleb at her school and falls for him right away. Their families have a history based on the land the first Monrovi hotel was built on, which causes issues in their lives. The families tell them to stay away from one another, but love cannot be stopped.
I was horribly disappointed in this book. I was expecting much much more from it than what I got. Kate and Caleb were both rather drab characters. I like impartial books, so the religious aspect bothered me after a while.
The characters fell flat for me. They were hardly believable. Kate being bored with her socialite lifestyle was believable, but everything else felt thin and watered down. They didnt feel well characterized at all and some of the characters didnt feel like they even needed to belong in the story to begin with.
The romance was unbelivable. Romeo and Juliet fell in love and decided to marry after three days and then chose death so they could be together. Their story was more believable. Caleb and Kate didnt feel connected to me at all. They seemed more like an attraction than anything else.
The writing was boring and awful. The dialog was less than fine. The dialog was just boring and often misplaced. The scenese would change from one to another with no warning and the timeline was rushed. The story was told to you. You didnt read and experience it. I felt like the entire thing was written in a monotone voice. I couldnt get into the story, I couldnt connect to the characters, and I couldnt read the words as anything more than a monotone essay.
It had so much potential and it failed so much in my eyes. A true disappointment, as I was excited to start reading it.(less)
Ever notice how once someone enters your life, they are everywhere? Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend, Kennedy, to the college of his choice ju...moreEver notice how once someone enters your life, they are everywhere? Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend, Kennedy, to the college of his choice just to have him break up with her so he can play the field. While at a party in attempts to get her spirit back, she is attacked by her stalker and rescued by the mysterious and handsome Lucas. Lucas seems like the perfect person to help her forget about Kennedy, but her feelings grow quickly. At the same time, in attempts to not fail Econ, she begins emailing the intellegent tutor, Landon. Their email exchanges are fun and witty and she quickly begins to wonder about the man behind the emails. Now she has to dodge her ex, steer clear of her stalker as he spreads rumors of them hooking up, and try to see who she can actually trust as a connection between Lucas and her tutor arise.
I really loved this book. The story was well written and paced well. Usually, I am not a fan of drama, I like things to be fluffy and sweet. This book contains rape triggers, but it isnt the main focus of the story. The rapes werent graphic either. The most graphic of them was the first, and it was only an attempted rape. It went on to mention that it wasnt the girl's fault, and included a message of empowerment for the victim.
I enjoyed all of the characters except for Buck, but I think that was done purposely as you want to see him for the monster he is. I thought the characters were well developed. There are times where Lucas feels a little too good to be true, but you do learn his flaws as the story develops. Ive known guys like him so I cant say that he isnt a real possibility for a person.
Jacqueline and Lucas are perfect together. Their banter and interactions are wonderful to read through. Lucas is hot, you cannot deny that. He leaves fire where he goes, all men in novels should be so hot. It can almost seem like they fall for each other too quickly, but when two people are so perfect for each other, I cant see why time should matter much. I was weary about them getting together, a victim and her hero seldom work, but I feel that since she wasnt actually raped when he saved her that it worked out well. I wouldve been more worried had she clung to him after having actually been raped.
The story was perfect. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to reread it as soon as I was done. (less)
Thank you Netgalley for providing my advance copy.
Jody is horribly addicted to her favorite band Regulators, es...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Thank you Netgalley for providing my advance copy.
Jody is horribly addicted to her favorite band Regulators, especially it's frontman Jackson Gatlin. She eat, sleeps, and breathes Jackson. So when she gets the chance to see Regulators in concert, she is super happy, waiting all day in the bitter cold for a front row perch. But things don't go as she plans, as she goes home with a concussion and Jackson himself, who she somehow managed to kidnap with a candy bar. Now she has the rock star holed up in her garage, and he doesn't really want to leave.
This book was nothing like I expected. It actually started out really boring. The chapters with the concert and the lining up outside the concert hall especially were turn offs for me. It was all inner monologue with lots of description. It gets better quickly after, but even then the book itself was rather slow paced.
The characters were good. I loved Mac so hard. He is just such a great guy. Jackson was a jerk and a half for a good portion of things. You kind of grow to understand him. He has no people skills, being a celebrity has killed any he might have had prior. Jody begins very unlikable. She is such a "hardcore" (see: "obsessed") fan that she is annoying. She gets better. Jackson quickly highlights her delusions and crushes her dreams. She spends a good part of the book being either really dense or really blind.
The story is actually really fabulous. The interactions between the characters all lead up to a very touching end. The tie ins with Jody's grandfather are perfect. He seems like he would've been such a fun old man, a "legend" as Jackson describes him. But the realization at the end is just brilliant. The ending makes up for what seems like a lame story. Everything builds and weaves rather slowly and when it all comes together at the end you are just left with fuzzy feelings. Not all of them are good fuzzies either. You are left feeling sorry for celebrities, feeling happy for Jackson's fate, feeling enthralled by the items that improve Mac and Jody's lives.
This was really a great book. It was hard to rate because of how slow it is for most of it. The ending really saved it. It was a great read, so I do recommend it. It will feel slow for a really long time, don't give up on it! It is worth finishing. (less)
Sebastian Hawkins is the Hook-up Doctor. He knows how to help a girl get any guy but because he has spent so much time watching his Mother's failed re...moreSebastian Hawkins is the Hook-up Doctor. He knows how to help a girl get any guy but because he has spent so much time watching his Mother's failed relationships, he doesnt believe in love. When he starts falling for his best friend, he realizes he is in way over his head and doesnt have a clue.
I was horribly disappointed with this book. The plot seemed promising and cute and Im a sucker for the name Sebastian so I dove right in.
Sabastian drove me a bit nutty. I didnt like how he talked. The whole time I just wasnt too crazy about the fact that he was the main character. Aspen seemed really nice, but I couldnt connect with her. Pris was such a side character that I couldnt connect with her. Out of everyone, Jayden was the most interesting character and he was as much in the background as Pris was.
What bothered me the most with this book was how predictable it was. I knew exactly how the book was going to play out, exactly how it would end by the end of Chapter Two. You should never know how a book will end that early! I kept reading, hoping I would be wrong, but everything played out exactly as I thought it would and that just killed it for me.
The book wasnt completely dull, but I couldnt connect to the characters or the story. Knowing how it would end before the book had even really started was awful. If you are desperate for something fast and light that you wont get connected to, its a good read. Otherwise, dont waste your time.(less)
Olivia is one of the few people on Earth gifted with the Sight, the ability to see angels and demons. The Underworl...moreReview originally posted at my blog
Olivia is one of the few people on Earth gifted with the Sight, the ability to see angels and demons. The Underworld is determined to kill her, as she is a threat to their kind, and they send Max to do the job. Luckily for her, she has her own guardian angel Liam to protect her. But Max will not give up so easily, and he will take down everything she loves to get to her.
This novel was really hard for me to rate, and as such this review may contain light spoilers. On the one hand, the story was really good and I enjoyed it completely, but some things didn't sit as well with me, leaving me liking it less. Perhaps, it has to do with my personal bias against angel/demon stories, but I am confident it was the story or the writing itself.
The story is nothing spectacular. It's actually really simple. Max wants Olivia dead. Liam is a warrior, not a real guardian, and will make sure she lives. Liam and Olivia fall for one another. Max gets more and more desperate with each attack. You are really left wondering why, if Liam is such a skilled warrior, does he not just swipe in, kill Max, and be done with it. Why Max lives as long as he does is really unexplainable.
The story focuses a lot on the relationships between the characters. The whole story is really the relationships with the angels vs demons in the background. The story opens with Olivia dating Max and you are left wondering why she stays with him, or why she got with him to begin with. It is obvious he is a short-tempered abusive type. All of her friends consider him to be a "douche", and she acts like she is unaware of their feelings. How can anyone not feel that way about him? How does this girl who is painted to be a sensible type not see it herself? I can understand her wanting to indulge in a bit of rebellion, but it just made no sense. They kept toting off about not effecting her free will and yet there is no other reason why I can see this sensible girl get with a guy like him. A desire for rebellion and a handsome face are not enough of a good cause to attract her to him. I might understand better if she were too afraid to get out of the relationship because she didn't know what he was like until they were together, but she is too strong of a person to let that happen. So it really doesn't make sense and considering that it is the beginning of the story it leaves you with a bit of a bad taste in your mouth about her. You want to like her otherwise.
The writing also bothered me a bit. There was a lot of cursing that I didn't feel was needed. That's a bit of a personal preference, but I have to say that I don't think it is really needed for angels to be running around with such language coming out of their mouths. Then there would be slang words like "cuz" following by paragraphs where the writing was classy and proper. It felt inconsistent. Then, the references to the desire of the angels seemed a bit off. The love in the story felt more like desire only and less like love. It didn't seem very angelic to me. Sure, it's more entertaining than a prude of an angel, but it was brought up so often that the angels were left being depicted as men who think only with their physical needs. A lot of the writing felt self-indulgent. I know a writer should write for themselves first because it will make your story so much better if you love and believe in it, but when it comes out to your audience, the self-indulgence shouldn't be so noticable in my opinion.
Regardless of it's faults, I did enjoy the entire story. There were many moments when things were predictable, but I still found myself hastening to get through to the next scene. The ending was horribly bittersweet. The teaser chapters for the second novel in the series just scream predictability and leave you frustrated. If you enjoy angel/demon stories, this really is a read that is worth it.(less)
When Yara trusts a stranger to keep her safe from a hurricane, she never expects to wake up with fins. Stolen away and turned mer without her permissi...moreWhen Yara trusts a stranger to keep her safe from a hurricane, she never expects to wake up with fins. Stolen away and turned mer without her permission, Yara hates the merfolk and the handsome boy who turned her. Treygan doesn’t care about the feisty girl who does nothing but snap at him and whine about loathing his kind. All that matters is unlocking the gateway home so that his people can flourish again. The selkies want to return home just as badly as the merfolk do, but when Treygan falls for Yara, they have to take action to ensure that their love doesn’t stand in the way of them getting home, no matter who has to be sacrificed to see the gate open. I had read this book before when it was still with the original publisher, but things were edited when it switched companies and I had honestly forgotten most of the story so I elected to re-read it. I noticed some changes, I know that some of the slang was removed and that some of the bratty comments from Yara were toned down. Unfortunately, the changes weren’t enough to make it a winner. It’s almost jarring reading newer fiction by an author and then reading their older works. You can see their growth and the differences in their skill. Karen Amanda Hooper has clearly grown since this was written. Her Kindrily series is so much better written than this was. That aside, it’s the book that you have to judge when you review something, not the other works you have read.
The story jumps right in. The plot takes hold by page 6 and so there is no time what-so-ever for any real character development or even a plot development. There is no build up. One minute Yara is a human trying to prep for a hurricane, the next she is trusting a stranger and being turned into a mermaid. The beginning of the story is annoying and repetitive. Yara goes on and on about how worried she is that her boyfriend will learn she is a monster and then she just stops caring. The switch between her emotions is far too quick and stunted. It’s a testament to the lack of character development that everything she feels comes across as shallow and unrealistic. The whole C-weed and Seagarettes thing was annoying and really didn’t need to be added into the story at all. I would’ve rather not seen that as a plot point. After 100 pages or so, the story starts to take off and shows real promise. I feel like the climax could’ve been better written, but it served it’s purpose well enough. The ending wraps up rather nicely, making you wonder why this is a series. It doesn’t need to be, but I can imagine what else might need to be told.
The characters are poorly written. Yara is intolerable. She spends the entire time whining and everything she feels is quick to change and really there for story progression more than it is to make her relatable. Treygan and Rownan were barely tolerable. Rownan is a horrible character. No depth and he was played as the boyfriend but his description wasn’t even swoonworthy. Treygan was slightly better, but not enough to save Yara. Their relationship developed too quickly with no substance to back it. I couldn’t believe in their unshakeable, undying love like I was supposed to. Pango and Koraline were the most interesting of the characters, and yet they were complete side/background characters. I wasn’t pleased with how the background characters felt better developed than the main characters.
Despite the poor development across the board and the slow to start plot, I did enjoy the book. It wasn’t horrible, but it could’ve been better. I’ve seen Hooper’s other work to know this for a fact, but everyone has to start somewhere and this was very entertaining for a debut novel. While is wasn’t the best Mermaid story out there, I am happy to have read it.
Jenna is a Green Teen activist from Jersey. She is all about saving the enviroment, but when her family decide that they...moreReview also posted at my blog
Jenna is a Green Teen activist from Jersey. She is all about saving the enviroment, but when her family decide that they will be staying with her grandma in Florida while her dad is on an overseas business trip, she decides that it's time to really become one with nature. Best way for her to do this, is to spend her summer in Canada at her Godmother Susie's home. She is excited to see the beauty of nature that her activism is so eager to save, and the hot boys are certainly not a downside either. She quickly realizes that her ideals are far from perfect, and that nature has a lot to teach her about herself.
After reading Getting Over Garrett Delaney, I was anxious to read something else by Abby McDonald and this was the first thing I could get my hands on. I was really worried I wouldn't like the story. I have no problem with conservation or activism, but they usually don't make for an entertaining read for me.
The characters were enjoyable. They weren't as fun as I had hoped they would be, but I did enjoy reading about them. The plot was really simple. Things kind of fell flat for me. The story seemed like it was going to have a real direction about it, and it ended up being just a coming of age story. It's like the summary was too hard to write for what the story was. Now, don't let that sell you off of it, because it was really fun to read.
I dislike how the best friend eventually got painted out to be the villain, but the way the story needed to go, it was kind of needed. It becomes obvious right away that the friendship will crumble based on this summer. It's sad to lose friends, but considering Jenna really found herself, which seems like it was something she didn't have before, it was worth losing a friend over. It has to be a horrible thing to realize that you were trying so hard to fit in somewhere that you lost yourself, but Jenna handles the realization with her head held high.
So while not as cute as Getting Over Garrett Delaney, it was a really cute story that I enjoyed reading. Really probably a 3.5 star book, but I'm feeling generous. (less)
Werewolves and Mermaids once lived in harmony, the werewolves protecting the Undine when they had to come ashore to the Dry. One night, all of that en...moreWerewolves and Mermaids once lived in harmony, the werewolves protecting the Undine when they had to come ashore to the Dry. One night, all of that ended when the werewolves rebelled, leaving the blood of many Undine on the sand. Sixteen years have past since the Maiden Massacre and now the sole survivor of that night, Serena, is of age to get the job she will perform for her people. Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, it is her duty to seek out the werewolves and try to make peace. But as she learns more about the Were and the past of her people, she begins to question who her true enemies are, and who she can even trust.
First of all, can we talk about this cover please? It is seldom that a cover attracts my attention enough to even mention it, but this book ensnared my attention right from the start. This book cover in insanely beautiful and every other author in the world should be jealous. I can't wait to see the others in the series as they come out, because they are certain to be equally as beautiful.
At first glance, the plot wouldn't seem too unique, a dying mermaid race suffering from the harsh effects humans bring to the seas, but then you catch the word "werewolf" and everything goes off kilter. I found the beginning to be really slow for me. I had a hard time liking Serena until after she goes to the Dry and meets Lucas. The story is really nicely written. The trial seems random, and even at the end you don't fully see the purpose of it. It was meant to make the people love the reclusive Serena, but I don't feel like it accomplished that at all. It almost felt like a pointless plot point to me, serving only to bring about the punishment and nothing more, which is annoying really considering the amount of story time that it takes up.
The characters take a while to really latch on to. You want to like them, but it doesn't come easily. The synopsis makes you believe that the love interest will be Lucas, and once you meet Kai, you think there will be a love triangle, but things certainly aren't what they seem with this story. I like how things panned out, but the characters left me with more questions than answers for certain.
While this story left me more confused than anything, it was a great ride. I devoured every page and loved the whole things through. I wasn't floored by any means, but I was fully entertained and I look forward to the next in the series.
Tristan has survived the change, and with it, created a new bond to Savannah. As he struggles to regain his memories and get used to his new vampire a...moreTristan has survived the change, and with it, created a new bond to Savannah. As he struggles to regain his memories and get used to his new vampire abilities, not all is well at home. Tensions and fears within the Clann are growing, and before long, an all out war erupts. When tragedy strikes, Savannah and Tristan’s relationship is tested to it’s limits when revenge becomes a welcomed thought. Can they find a compromise and save their people, or will everything they love be destroyed in the crossfire? I actually found the story this time around to be a bit dull. It’s a very simple premise and it is almost like the author didn’t know how to continue to perfect blend of angst in the story. The angst was still there, but it didn’t have the same depth to it. The majority of the book had Savannah, Tristan, and their families on the run, dealing with internal conflicts within their group. The tension of living together, getting used to Tristan as a vampire, wanting to return and set things right but not being able to agree upon a course of action. I felt like this story was more of a second in the trilogy than a completion. Yes, the story was meant to end, but the interactions and the way things came about, it didn’t feel like the epic completion needed for the end of a trilogy.
That aside, everything did wrap up really well. The connections, while they took eons to appear, were clean and easy. The climax was nice, though the build up to it wasn’t intense enough. While I was glued to every word, I didn’t feel as invested or emotionally moved at everything that happened. When heartstrings were meant to be tugged, mine barely vibrated.
The characters remained the same for the most part. We got to see a darker side of Tristan, which while I understand why Savannah disagreed and how it could make for a couple’s spat, it didn’t hold the weight it should’ve. Much more is learnt about Savannah’s mother, in a way. We see more of her, and get an idea of how she operates, but even as a character she was rather dull.
For the completion of this series, I was disappointed with this book. I felt like it needed more build up and tension and to go out with a bang instead of a pop. As a series though, I enjoyed the Clann novels very much. The series was strong and ended nicely so long as you look at the trilogy as a whole and not book to book.
Harper grew up with her father, a career Marine, after her mother died. Her father was rather tough on her, treatin...moreReview originally posted at my blog
Harper grew up with her father, a career Marine, after her mother died. Her father was rather tough on her, treating her more like a soldier than his child. Deciding that she wants to break out and live her own life, she chooses a college across the country. Her new roommate immediately takes her under her wing and helps her figure out who she is. She quickly finds herself falling for her roommate's brother Chase, who seems like the worst guy in the world for her, but the one she wants the most. She meets Chase's roommate Brandon shortly after and finds her heart split in two as she also falls for him. They would both do anything for her, even stepping aside to make sure she is happy.
I want to say first off, that this is a tear-jerker. Don't read this outside of the house, people will think you are a blubbering mess. Make sure you have tissues handy. At about midway through, you will need them. I got to the point where I was crying so hard, from the good points and the bad, that I had to stop and wipe the tears from my eyes or blow my nose about every three pages.
I really liked Chase and Brandon. Even when they were being stupid or aggressive, I loved them. They are two wonderful men, and you get to the point where you really want Harper to have both of them. Obviously, she can't truly have both of them, and the "solution" to this problem was just.. yeah. Tissues. I refuse to spoil it.
Harper I wasn't crazy about at first. I mean, I can understand her breaking out like she did, but I felt like she jumped into things rather quickly. It's one thing to indulge, but it is another to forget common sense, and I felt like she had. I ended up liking her, it was hard not to, but she irked me at first.
The story is fabulous and tragic. Some of it seemed rather predictable, but it was told in a way that made that acceptable. You wanted to keep reading. The characters and writing were engaging enough that a predictable plot was nothing.
Most people who recommended this to me did so because of my love for Easy by Tammara Webber. I think I cried harder for Taking Chances but I liked Easy more. A fabulous novel and I highly recommend it. (less)
The last thing Dawson Black ever expected to do was fall in love with a human girl. He never thought it was something he would need to be concerned ab...moreThe last thing Dawson Black ever expected to do was fall in love with a human girl. He never thought it was something he would need to be concerned about, until he meets Bethany Williams that is. Their connection to one another is instant and their love quickly blossoms. However, Dawson is an alien. His secret is as dangerous as their love.
I really wish I had known about this novella before I read Obsidian. This tells the story of Dawson and Bethany and really lets you see into the prejudices against Katy in the next story. For a novella, it was suprisingly long.
Dawson and Bethany were as absolutely lovable as Katy and Daemon are in Obsidian. Their relationship is just pure and loveable. They lack the tension since they both just throw themselves into their love for one another.
The ending is just heartbreaking. Such a melancholy conclusion to such a pure love. I am in love with this series and recommend it to everyone.(less)
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Rain is firm in her belief that River did not kill Lauren like everyone says. She is determined to...moreThis review was originally posted at arielavalon.com
Rain is firm in her belief that River did not kill Lauren like everyone says. She is determined to find a way to prove his innocence. She just isn't expecting to become a suspect herself, or to find out that her world is about to become even more drama-filled.
This book was amazing. The same quirks as the first one were still present, the little cliffhangers in various chapters and scene ends, but the story is fast-paced and keeps you hanging on for dear life. The twists and turns are amazing and well thought out. Some things you see coming, but a lot of it is just tossed at you out of nowhere. The Von Sheltons have so many skeletons in their closet.
Other than a severe lack of River and the awful cliffhanger at the ending, this book was fantastic. It hooks you in and keeps you there. Great continuation to this series.(less)
Alison's story continues. With Damien dead, Lilith has taken over the Rising and is now set on making sure Alis...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Alison's story continues. With Damien dead, Lilith has taken over the Rising and is now set on making sure Alison dies for her crimes against them. With Alison's new marriage to David, Samantha's powers due to come in any day, and a new baby on the way, Alison has far too much to worry about than focusing on Lilith.
Sophomore novels are difficult. They are hard to master because you have to convey a certain amount of information in a short period. Hope is helping to prepare for a time skip, and it needs to set things up to allow for that to happen. Hope does a decent job of it, but there was some lacking.
The characters are all the same. You get to read more about Lilith and meet a few of the other Rising members, but otherwise the characters have not changed at all. They are still very likeable and leave you wanting to hate the bad ones and root for the good ones.
The story was nice as well. It's a really good set up for the third novel. Information is conveyed nicely. It was the writing that stunted me. This novel felt rushed to me. I noticed quite a few errors that the editor obviously missed or that weren't fixed before publishing. Descriptive words were repeated in sentences too closely to one another. Scenes were either rushed or not described well enough. It didn't read nearly as smoothly and this was a final copy unlike the preview copies I read for Power. The mistakes are all tiny little things, but they are unfortunately noticable. I feel like it needed a few more read-throughs before handed off to the editor. I had expressed my thoughts to Theresa that I thought the release was a rush, but now I feel like a horrible friend for not reading this sooner and encouraging her a bit more to wait. Power sets you up to expect a certain level in her writing and Hope doesn't deliver it.
The story is what is most important, and it really was wonderful. I can't say much without spoiling it flat out, but I did really enjoy it. I just found that I couldn't lose myself in the story as much as I did before because I noticed the lack in the writing that I didn't expect. I hate to have to judge the novel by that, but people do judge those things. I would still recommend this story to anyone who is intrigued by the first book. It was a great story with wonderful characters. (less)
Being the child of an outsider, Zephyr's very existence is a constant reminder that his mother disobeyed the ru...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Being the child of an outsider, Zephyr's very existence is a constant reminder that his mother disobeyed the rules of their village by loving his father. Growing up not really understanding why his village hated him so, Zephyr was determined to show his village he was worthy of their praise. After failing to pass the ceremony that would label him as an adult in the eyes of his people, Zephyr is given one last chance. He passes his ceremony and is given a task to hunt down three objects of power that will benefit his village. Setting out with his companion, Leon, Zephyr hopes to become powerful so he can make a name for himself.
This story starts out with Zephyr narrating things, something I am rather not fond of, but luckily, it doesn't stick. What threw me the most, was that the story, the cover, everything about this book made me think is was aimed at middle school kids. I was expecting a 10-15 age range, but I got what felt like a 7-13 age range instead. A good book should entertain you, so that you don't even notice that by reading you are getting smarter. This book I saw the education more than I saw the entertainment. The writing is so polished that it is unrelatable. It's great that the author is showing himself to be a great example for kids in proper sentence structure, but it was at the cost of charm and passion. Because of it, the whole story felt rather flimsy and flat to me. I also hated how it had "tv show syndrome." "Tv show syndrome" is how every new episode has to go into an overly descriptive recap of the episode before it. This book does the same things, recapping every previous chapter in one of the most annoying ways possible (think Pokémon). There was also A LOT of telling going on. Things would be repeated and thought out when they were obvious. The description would let the readers know that the characters just learned something, just for a character (usually Zephyr) to reiterate it right afterwards. It made the writing seem like it was dumbing itself down even more for an audience that doesn't need it. The writing alone felt like an insult. I'm sure a kid would feel the same. I can imagine giving this book to my 12 year old cousin just for him to laugh at the writing as ask for something harder. I think his 7 year old sister would feel the same way.
The characters weren't that bad. Leon was incredibly predictable. The foreshadowing for him was not even close to subtle. Autumn was a rather unimpressive character, and I honestly couldn't root for her and Zephyr. Their "love" was sudden and flat. Zephyr was a bit dense, and his ambitions were questionable to me. They were just unrealistic. I do think he was a good role model though. His ability to see good in people and to want to do good was a really nice thing for children to see and learn from.
The plot wasn't bad. It would've been more entertaining with better writing, but as a plot goes, I actually rather enjoyed it. It felt like The Last Airbender meets Dragonball, which will appeal to a lot of young kids. There were a lot of inconsistencies. I can understand they might be tackled in a later book in the series, but when you are writing for kids, you can't do that. You have to wrap up and answer all questions before you get to the end where you begin the conflict for the next book. There were quite a few inconsistencies that needed taken care of. A big one would be why Zephyr was able to see Autumn in his dreams.
All in all, this was a good book. While I think it needed to be written more with it's audience in mind instead of under estimating their intelligence, the plot was good and the story was entertaining. This is one of those that you should feel confident giving to your 7-13 year old to read. (less)
Maryah's family is brutially murdered, leaving her injured and barely alive. During her recovery she sees a handsome green eyed angel watching over he...moreMaryah's family is brutially murdered, leaving her injured and barely alive. During her recovery she sees a handsome green eyed angel watching over her. Maryah is shipped off to live with her Godmother in Arizona, where she learns that her angel is actually her godmother's son Nathaniel. She learns that she is part of their family's Kindrily, a group of souls who have retained their memories and been reincarnated for many lives. Unlike the rest of the Kindrily, she doesnt remember anything about them or her past lives. She also doesnt remember that Nathaniel is her soul mate whom she has been with for hundreds of years in many different lifetimes. Maryah needs to recover her memories soon, because the men who killed her family are the same ones who murdered her in her last life, and they are still hunting her.
This story starts off really fast, since the murder of Maryah's family happens right away. After she gets to Arizona though, things happen at a much slower pace. Its nice to see Maryah gain friendships at school and slowly get to know her new family.
The characters are all wonderful. There are a lot of them (roughly 18 "main" characters so at first its a bit hard to keep track of them all, but once you get a handle on their names, abilities, and who they are in a relationship with it becomes pretty easy to follow. I love how Maryah wasnt your normal heroine. Most heroines just go with the flow or whine the whole way through. Maryah questions things as she goes, chalking something up to borderline insanity caused by her grief. Nathaniel will break your heart. Watching him as he sees the empty version of his soulmate is so tough. You can feel your heart breaking along with this. His anguish over the situation was protrayed so well that you fit right inside him and can literally feel all his emotions as they happen. There is a scene where he tries to appologize to Maryah for something he did and when she gets dragged away by another guy, the next scene you see him in was just tragic. I thought my heart was going to break right along with his and I had to struggle not to shed a tear for his pain.
The plot is somewhat slow. The build up takes a while and when it reaches the end it is rather anticlimatic. (view spoiler)[There is also the question of why Nathaniel just talked to one of the villians instead of just killing him. He was right there! They didnt you take him out? (hide spoiler)] The entire story is really just a build up, but it does a brilliant job. The entire book paints you into this world and the lives of these characters in a fantastic way so that, while the ending is anticlimatic and nothing really is resolved, you are invested into the characters and ready for the story to continue.
Despite its "flaws" (if you can even call them that) this story is a brillant start to what I believe will be a wonderful series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Twenty-two, about to graduate from college, and the only virgin among her friends, Bliss decides that it is tim...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Twenty-two, about to graduate from college, and the only virgin among her friends, Bliss decides that it is time to lose her v-card. What better way than through a one-night stand right? Getting the gorgeous British man she met in the bar back to her place was the easy part, calming her nerves to sleep with him is another story. Creating a lame excuse, she leaves him naked in her bed. If that wasn't embarrassing enough, when she gets to her first class the next morning, the boy she had left naked in her bed is her new teacher.
I really liked this book. It wasn't overly imaginative or exceptionally great writing. It was just fun. You know that face you get when you get really good news? Like, the fluffy news face. Or maybe that face you get when your best friend tells you that your crush was just checking you out. You smile so large you can't contain it, you dance around a bit, and you squee in happiness. That's what this book was. It was a squee-worthy fluff-fest. It isn't the type of book to leave you with any deep emotions. It's a light read that is meant to make you smile and then let you get on with your life. It does it's job well.
I found it hard to get into Bliss' voice at first. It passed really quickly. I had this feeling that I wouldn't like her, or that her reasons for running out on the cute boy would make me dislike her or find her unbelievable. I found her quite believable. Her reactions to things made quite a bit of sense. Garrick was fabulous. I loved everything about him. I was a bit bothered to see a British male lead, as that is overdone in books I read lately, but whatever. Guilty please. I have no regrets.
The plot is light and simple. It is really easy to get through. I think what bothered me the most was that the timeline can get lost in things. There is one point where they exchange "I love yous" and it felt a bit abrupt for me. I had somehow expected that less time had past than had actually gone by. Otherwise the writing was smooth and quite enjoyable. There were quite a few times where I laughed out loud at something funny that Bliss would say, usually in her head.
All in all, this is a really nice read if you just want a quick squee. Perfect length for a rainstorm and completely easy to read in one sitting. (less)
Julius P. Heil High has about 250 students, and a general ratio of more girls than guys. But when budget cuts d...moreRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Julius P. Heil High has about 250 students, and a general ratio of more girls than guys. But when budget cuts drive the desired football couch across the country, a lot of families pull their boys out to go to private schools where they can have a shot at getting their coveted football scholarships. This has left the school with a 4:1 ratio of girls to boys, making even the geekiest boys a hot commodity. Kelly is a down-to-earth girl, not the type to get noticed by boys to begin with, and because of the lack of boys, her friend Hunter has gotten quite popular. When she realizes that she likes him, she can't think of how she could possibly compete for him. Now she is out to try to make him see her so that she might win his heart.
This book was cute. The idea was really nice and I was looking forward to it, but in the end I was rather disappointed. The story switches points of view between Kelly and Hunter, which I loved. I loved being able to see both sides of things. It really allows you to get to know both characters and it helps give you a connection to them. You want to root for them.
Kelly and Hunter are both really likable. They are also pretty cute together, which is a plus in a romance setting. Their friends are all fabulous as well. They all had their faults and strengths and were just generally well-rounded. The friends were all funny to read about as well, which was nice. It made for quite a few places where I would laugh aloud or smile to myself from something cute happening.
The plot was really simple, and that's where the story suffered. Things felt rushed. There were time skips randomly through things, and things would be mentioned as an after thought. Like, someone would break up and it would simply say that they had broken up "a few weeks ago" and that would be the end of it. No reason for a lot of things. It was all convenient plot points. Things happened because they needed to, not because the story wanted them to. It made the story feel really stiff and jarring. Kelly going out with the Freshman was a great example. By the summary for the book you think there will be more to it, but nope, she goes out with him to try to make Hunter jealous and then they hardly do anything. How can you make someone jealous just by being taken in name with someone. There was next to nothing about their relationship in there. I feel like things wrapped up too nicely. There wasn't enough conflict, there wasn't enough problems. Everything that happened was fairly small and unexciting.
So this was a cute read and I really did enjoy it, but I was disappointed. I had expected it to be quite a bit better from the summary, and there just wasn't enough there to thrill me. This is defiantly something you want to rent or borrow from a friend before you jump into buying it. (less)