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They really mean it when they tell you not to judge a book by it’s cover. TheNetgalley provided this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
They really mean it when they tell you not to judge a book by it’s cover. The cover for Coral & Bone is stunning, but the contents inside are sorely lacking. It feels like it was written by a tween to cater to a tween. The story isn’t bad, but it’s poorly executed. The author created two new worlds and added things to our current one, but the history that was made is thin, a lot of things are left open, and descriptions for the worlds are cliche and poor.
The characters are awful. The few that were interesting had roles so minor they aren’t worth even mentioning. The main character, Halen, was super annoying. I hated her name and just chose to call her Helen as I read. Her emotions were all over the place. I’ve had pregnancy hormone related mood swings that flip flopped less than she did. “No no! I can’t do it! I don’t want this! I am strong and confident! How dare they treat me like this! I can do this! I can’t do it!!!” All in the same chapter. She was a complete Mary Sue. Stronger than anyone else and her only “flaw” was that she couldn’t control her powers because of her anger from everyone lying to her, at least until she suddenly could control them after about 12 hours of training and trying. The characters were so hard to like, that you aren’t invested in what happens to them at all.
The story is poorly written, things happen because of convenience, not because they are woven into the thread of the plot properly. The story itself isn’t bad, but the writing kills it. It’s hard to get into, overly simplified to make it dull, and doesn’t have a hook to keep you in. The climax is spottily written, things happen too quickly, then slow, then pick up again in a blur of nonsense. The entire thing leaves you horribly disappointed.
I feel cruel, but perhaps honesty needs to be so from time to time. With dull, unremarkable characters and a story that tries too desperately to be epic and mysterious, this isn’t a book I really find to be all that entertaining. I can’t deny that it does get better towards the end, but just as it starts to shine, it’s tarnished by the horribly written climax. I can overlook the punctuation errors, being that I read a galley (however, other reviews make me think those weren’t repaired for the release) but I can’t overlook the fact that most of this book’s problems could’ve been repaired/avoided had there just been a story and flow editor or collection of beta readers before its actual release. This book had a chance to really shine, but it wasn’t polished nearly enough, leaving this diamond as an unrecognizable stone.
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I love stories about Atlantis, especially when they don’t involve merfolk, butNetgalley provided this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
I love stories about Atlantis, especially when they don’t involve merfolk, but I may have gotten my hopes up too high with Atlantis Rising. Aside from having a cover that doesn’t really match the book or it’s theme, it’s not a bad novel by any means. There is absolutely nothing remarkable about this book.
The writing starts out a bit choppy. Almost like the first five chapters and random ones later one where written by the author while she was chained up as a hostage in the dungeon of an evil and sadistic literature professor who demands that you follow all the rules of grammar and storytelling to a T and have no personality in your writing. A lot of the back story was written in a really dull fashion, and the writing didn’t get much better. The dialog is stiff and the scenes are often rushed. The story is strong but not fleshed out enough. A lot of the plot was told and not shown and it made for a disjointed novel. It wasn’t hard to follow, but there was no flow. It’s like walking down a sidewalk and having to jump over a bit that is missing every few yards.
The characters are alright, but fitting with the theme, there wasn’t anything remarkable about them. They were stiff themselves, but any time they started to feel like they were loosening up and becoming relatable, something would happen in the story and they would feel stiff again. Their emotions weren’t written well enough and so I had a hard time connecting with them. I didn’t care about them and what happened.
It was really the whole problem with the book. I didn’t care. The story was interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading, but the characters were boring, the writing was dull, a lot of things happened because they needed to, it just was very unremarkable. If knitting were an Olympic sport, it would probably be more entertaining. There is a good story sitting around in here, but the execution just didn’t do it for me. I had higher hopes for this novel, but I guess they were too high.
Serena is slowly falling into her new role as Queen of the Undine. The deadline of her birthday, where she is to give herself over to the Werewolves aSerena is slowly falling into her new role as Queen of the Undine. The deadline of her birthday, where she is to give herself over to the Werewolves as a sacrifice to amend their differences, looms. Serena is willing to do anything to save her people, but Liam isn't so willing to allow his sister to die. Together, they search for a way to help both of their races thrive without anyone needing to be sacrificed.
This book picks up within a few weeks of where The Rising left off. The story was really easy to jump right back into. I found the story here to be slightly more interesting than the one in The Rising, however, it dragged a bit more. I had trouble connecting to it, which had me turning the pages with a mild interest but little dedication. It felt like I was reading a "rainy day" book that I barely cared about instead of a continuation in a series I was completely curious about.
I think the characters were the biggest blemish in the story for me. I had trouble connecting to them with The Rising and it's only made worse here. Even though the writing is smooth, I couldn't get too emotional about them. The one time I did get completely emotional, was with a side character who, depending on your point of view, hardly mattered.
The character that I got emotion about the most was Cordelia. (view spoiler)[I cried hard when she died, but I got really angry afterward. I loathe the "mother dies in childbirth" plot point and think it should never be used. It rivals only the "man finds out about a secret child days before wedding to another" plot that shows/books seem to think is a good idea to bring in drama. I hate it. Why is it painted that women are so weak that we can't survive a childbirth? For that matter, why is it a good idea to make a newborn an orphan? I hated it in Harry Potter so obviously I will loathe it in a series I am not nearly as devoted to. This plot point alone nearly ruined the book for me. (hide spoiler)]
This book suffered from the Sophomore Slump, there is no way around that. It tried to be strong, and it did advance the story fairly well. It wrapped up a few things a bit too cleanly, leaving you wondering what will happen in the third book, but it was handled well in general. The lack of Liam in the final pages was enough to latch me onto the third book, but other than that, this book suffered. I truly believe that the third in the series will make up for it, but then, I generally have low expectations for sophomore novels in a series to begin with. This series is worth continuing, even if this book wasn't as entertaining as I had hoped it would be.
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PixieThe 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.
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I originally started reading this book more than a year and a half ago. TheThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I originally started reading this book more than a year and a half ago. The plan was to have it read and reviewed by April 1st, 2014, which was the requested review by date for this review copy. The obviously didn’t happen. I started this book about a dozen times and it just never happened for me. Even just now, I basically had to force myself to press on and it still took me more than two weeks to actually read it. I just couldn’t get into it. I can’t explain it. This book is everything that I generally like, but I couldn’t keep interested. For whatever reason, I found it dull and hard to follow. It was well into the third part of the book before I started caring at all. It’s not that the book was bad, it wasn’t, but it was hard for me to like.
The story is good. You are dropped right into the action, which can be hard to follow, but you are just as confused as the main character, Jade, so you really learn what is going on as she does. The world of Elyndia is crafted really well, and you find yourself very interested in the various zones and races of creatures living there. I found it really hard to get a mental map on what the world should look like in my head, but some of that might’ve had to do with the random teleporting that took place. The descriptions of the areas, namely the citadel where they spend the most time, are vivid and easy to picture.
The writing is well done, but often too much information is thrown out at once. This big new world needs explained and foundations laid and so the characters have to explain things to Jade so she can learn about the world. This leads to random explanations at inconvenient times. Things like “Oh, let us explain this very complex thing that will take a lot of time to do while we stand around calmly even though we were just attacked and the villain is a hundred yards away and will kill us all.” It’s like we were supposed to suspend reality and think that the villains would wait for you to understand what was going on while they killed you. Or maybe they were just waiting for their turn to spew their monologue. Manners, I guess they have them?
The characters are well written, and for the most part it feels like their motivations are taken care of properly, but there are so many of them that it’s hard to really keep track of them all. It felt like they were going the way of a love triangle for a good portion of the book, which had me cringing because it would’ve been a really awful one, but it deterred at the last moment and faded away. It took a long time for me to start really caring about them, but I don’t think that would be a general problem most people would face. The climax was written well, but I do feel like a plot point that came out as part of that was a bit too convenient. It could hold more significance in the second novel in the series, but for the current moment I feel like it was a poor mistake, or better yet, a cop out.
This book really was well written and entertaining, so I have no idea why I had such a hard time getting, and staying, into it. I do plan on reading the next in the series, hoping that I can get into it better.
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For the last year, Miranda has been harboring a deep secret relatingThis 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.
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I want to start by saying that this is easily a 4 star novel, possibly higherThe author provided this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
I want to start by saying that this is easily a 4 star novel, possibly higher. However, my ratings are always based on my own experience with the book, and for me this book was a 3 star. The 3.5 star rating is my compromise. I went into this book knowing that I love Jade Varden, but generally dislike dystopian novels. I went in naively thinking that a great author can make anything amazing. I was not prepared for this at all.
This story is dark. I’m talking, really dark. It’s gritty and realistic, showcasing a complete loss of the rights of the people at the hands of the government. Blonde women are revered but raised for no other purpose than to bare children and other “inferior” men and women are sent off to be slaves or third class citizens. There is talk of physical abuse and less than consensual sex (Nothing graphic, it’s one of those “This is happening. Now it’s happened” sorts of things.) and a depressing social hierarchy. This is the future of nightmares.
I had trouble getting into this. I wasn’t expecting it to be so realistic and dark. I was expecting something witty with a lot of light-hearted moments that were plagued by an undercurrent of unrest. I wasn’t expecting depression in a PDF. This complete jarring of my expectations made it harder for me to get through. Originally I thought it was because I was reading it late at night when a teething infant was stealing away my precious hours for sleep, but I know now that it isn’t the case. I would not feel so uneasy about the story as I do. The opening chapters were a little hard to follow. They start off showing the main characters at the precious age of 3 being forcefully taken from their parents to begin their training for their future lives. There are social terms and titles that you never fully get a deep understanding of (Seriously, what is an Argot?) that make some things hard to follow. At some point you just pretend you know what is going on, even while you still don’t know what an Argot is. A glossary of terms would be helpful, but I didn’t see one within my review copy.
The characters are wonderfully written and well developed. They have personalities that shine. I had trouble getting an emotional attachment to any of them until nearly 85% of the book, but I blame my lack of preparedness. When the book stopped being about setup and the climax started building, I tore through it. The plot is so well done, even if it wasn’t my cup of tea. The ending is bittersweet and that last chapter!! I can’t spoil it. That last chapter tops the cake. I’m still reeling from the emotions that gave.
This is a fantastic book, but it just didn’t work for me. I tend to use fiction to escape from reality. This was far too real for my tastes. I don’t regret reading it, but I almost wish I had had better warning about it before I began. Jade warned it was different than her other novels when she offered it to me, but I didn't expect it would be this different.
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 permissiWhen 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.
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 enWerewolves 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 aTristan 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.
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 devoteBeing 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.
The Caputo/Monte rivalry has gone on for decades, and no one in the respective families is even sure what started it at this point. They only know theThe Caputo/Monte rivalry has gone on for decades, and no one in the respective families is even sure what started it at this point. They only know they loathe one another and want the other’s Italian eatery to fail so they can mark themselves as the winners. After a Monte prank closes a struggling Cap’s for repairs, the Caputo family plan a grand reopening under the guise of their daughter, Gigi’s, sixteenth birthday party believing that not even a Monte would ruin a young girl’s party. When a handsome young man and his friend crash the party and takes Gigi’s first kiss, she finds herself quickly losing her heart to her enemy. Roman Monte shares her feelings, but being together is harder than they want it to be. Hoping to gain the approval of their families, they set out to discover the cause of the rift between them, hoping to right the wrongs to unite their families. Can they do it? Or will only a tragic ending bring their families together? I should probably start off by telling you, I never liked Romeo and Juliet. I first read it when I was about five years old and hated it from the get go. Yes, the Disney movies I grew up with were far reaching, but a three day relationship that resulted in six deaths and was toted as being a tragic romance just wasn’t doing it for me. In true Twisted Lit fashion, my dislike for Romeo and Juliet wasn’t a deal breaker for the story. If anything, Anyone But You made me enjoy the story slightly better.
The story is written in two parts, switching between time periods alternatively between chapters. While reading about the current goings-on about Gigi and Roman, you are also getting to see Nick and Benny’s interactions and what caused the feud between the Caputos and Montes to begin with. The chapters aren’t advertised with font or header effects to tell you from the start which time period you are reading, but after being jarred by the story a few chapters, I got into the habit of scanning the page for a name before diving back into the story. While that is something that bothers me, it might go unnoticable to someone else. I think I just get carried away by the story and forget that things might change. My galley didn’t start new chapters on a new page, and sometimes I found myself just skipping over the chapter titles as I read, which is a habit I have always had. The writing is done well enough though that you never need to re-read more than a paragraph if you get the same jolt as I did.
The characters are nice. It’s fun to see who is playing the part of the original in this modernization. While Gigi had more depth to her than Juliet did, the rest of the characters were still rather shallow in their development. This kept it similar to the original, but didn’t exactly make the new characters endearing. What really saved the story was the relationship between Nick and Benny in the past tense. Showing their relationship with one another, seeing what caused the feud, really saved the story for me. Yes, Benny over-reacted, but trying to place myself in his shoes, I understood it. He was being horribly stubborn, but after everything he had been through, I at least understood why. I found his story to be far more captivating than anything Gigi and Roman had to tell. Just as Romeo and Juliet fell for one another quickly, Roman and Gigi jumped into their relationship just as quickly. I found their relationship to be more believable, but I did like how the homage to the original was left intact in an obvious way instead of changing it to be unrecognizable.
I did really enjoy this book. I laughed, I cried, I had a nice time with it. My heart just broke for Benny, even once he started acting the jerk. I’ve recommended the series before, this book just re-enforces that recommendation.
Skye is a bit of a wallflower, a shutterbug who prefers to see life through the lens of her camera instead of fRead 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. ...more
Alison's story continues. With Damien dead, Lilith has taken over the Rising and is now set on making sure AlisRead 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. ...more
Alison is a young single mother who has just had her Power awakened. A descendant, born with the Angel's PowerRead 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. ...more
Jonas was a vampire. He wasn't a usual vampire, he was special, the chosen one. But he hadn't always been. He wRead 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....more
Tatiana's world changed with a single kiss. Torn between her hatred for Azor andRead this and other reviews at my blog.
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Tatiana's world changed with a single kiss. Torn between her hatred for Azor and her unwanted love for him, she must fight through the bond's effects and decide what she really wants. But lies and deception run rampant in the kingdom, and if she doesn't find out who she can truly trust, and fast, she might not live to see things change. Everlost takes place at the same time as Evergreen, only from within Natatoria.
This book was really hard for me. The characters were the same as ever, although the entirety of the book until the very very end followed Tatiana and her bodyguard Jacob's point of views. The two of them, joined with Azor and a few supporting characters are the bulk what what you are exposed to until they very end.
The story and writing were amazing. There were a few plot holes, which have lingered throughout this series and never been fully addressed or fixed, but otherwise it was perfect. The writing is compelling and fast paced and leaves you wanting more with every turn of the page.
What didn't work for me, really was the point of views. In my review of book #2, Evergreen, I had said that not having an eye into the kingdom made the book unsettling for me. After reading Everlost, I can understand why the book didn't flop between the land and sea. It would've made the story too incredibly long and wouldn't have been possible to split between two novels because of the fact that the conflict would have taken far too long to build. Everlost was no different. Not having any knowledge of land, although you already know what happens there, was unsettling. This started out as Ash and Fin's story and then Everlost steals it and makes it Tatiana's story. I feel like the end of the novel didn't have enough resolution and stole the story away too extremely. There should have been a better balance.
Aside from those issues though, this was still a wonderful read. It attaches itself to you right away and you cling to the words, desperate to make it to the next page and see how things go. While I enjoyed every moment, I was left disappointed in the end. I'm not sure if this is the end of the series, but if it is, I am left saddened and unfulfilled....more
Being the child of an outsider, Zephyr's very existence is a constant reminder that his mother disobeyed the ruRead 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. ...more
London was the first. She was the first to dream, the first to create. Now it's spreading to her bandmates. But dreaming, and creating, those are thinLondon was the first. She was the first to dream, the first to create. Now it's spreading to her bandmates. But dreaming, and creating, those are things of the old world. They have no place in the current world. When two people close to her are murdered, and a third goes missing, London knows there is more to this than she can easily see. But what she will discover is more than she ever imagined.
I should not have liked this book as much as I did. I'm usually not a fan of dystopian novels. I have trouble with thinking of a future world where everything is destroyed for one reason or another. Books are an escape to me. Dystopian worlds are too often bleak. That isn't what I want from a novel. But when Anna Silver sent me the first chapters to see if I would be interested, I couldn't look away. I was kidnapped by this book from the beginning, and it still hasn't let me go. I may have finished it, but this is like, playtime in a prison yard more than actual freedom.
The characters are intriguing. You don't fall for them right away. The more you learn about them, the more you get hooked on them. London and Rye are the main ones, which is nice enough, but I wouldn't have minded seeing more of Kim and Zen. Maybe they will have a slightly larger role later in the series. The characters were nicely fleshed out and flawed. Everything you really want in a character. They aren't annoying or grating, but they aren't overly fantastic either. They just are, and that works.
The story and writing are what really sealed this book for me. The plot is so original and intriguing. It leaves you with so many questions, wanting more that you just can't get right away. A lot of questions get answered, but they only open more. The writing style was my favorite of anything though. The writing is almost lyrical. You feel like you are floating on the wind as you read through it. The writing is perfect and effortless. Never was there a spot where I wanted to stop for some reason. There weren't any jutting edges between chapters. It all flowed together in a perfectly, unbroken line.
All around, just pleasantly surprised with this novel. If you are a fan of dystopians, you will love it. If you aren't, but are a fan of the supernatural, dreamwalking and such, then you should give it a shot too. I bet you will find it worth it like I did. Highly recommended....more
Samantha and her family have moved around the country all her life, supposably searching for better weather forRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Samantha and her family have moved around the country all her life, supposably searching for better weather for her father's severe allergies. Lacuna Valley quickly shows itself to be different than anywhere else. She meets a boy who seems to know more about her and her family and she does, and her sister's praying is starting to look like she really can make things happen just by wishing for them. As Sam learns more about her family, she has to wonder, does her mother really want to kill her?
This novel was really hard for me to review. I was on the fence about a lot of it. The characters were hard to get attached to. I honestly couldn't tell you what Nick looks like. If his description was there, it was rushed so quickly to make it unmemorable. I was able to get more of a visual for some of the side characters than I could for the main characters. But beyond that, Sam and Nick especially were really poorly fleshed out. There were boring. I didn't hate them, but I couldn't root for them either. I just didn't care. I found myself more interested in Violet and Zach than anyone else. Danielle was the hardest to figure out. One minute it felt like she was just mentally unbalanced. Then the next it would seem that she was nothing more than a self absorbed, heartless, monster. She was too hot and cold and it made her difficult to deal with. She felt very one dimensional at that. You could've put in a cardboard box with a knife and you would have just as much of a villain.
The story was nice. Muddled and felt poorly thought out or executed, I'm not sure which, but it was still nice. The plot is intriguing. You want to know what happens. However, when you get to the end of the book, although you kind of want to know what happens next, because of the weak characters and the thin plot, you don't care as much as you should. The plot only feels thin because of the writing. If it had been better written, I think it would've been amazing. But instead it jumps around, confusing you. It was also really really slow to start. You have all these scenes or whining and that characters going back and forth, arguing about the same thing they were in the previous chapter with no new information coming out of them. It wasn't until the last quarter of the book that things really pick up, but by then, it's too late to save it. Not enough can be fit into that remaining section to satisfy you. You finish the book and are left with far more questions than you should have and a sense of frustration at the lack of resolution.
It had it's moments, and I will still read the next in the series, but I hope that some of the flaws are fixed for it, because a little gem of a story is hiding in here just waiting to be shined. ...more