Ok I've read a few of J.A. Huss's books now. I've come to learn she's what I like to call a 'blunt' writer. There is no 'beating around the bush' or 'Ok I've read a few of J.A. Huss's books now. I've come to learn she's what I like to call a 'blunt' writer. There is no 'beating around the bush' or 'subtly' with her writing. At times her writing can be shocking but one thing I will add is the settings are 'real'.
I will also add this isn't really a NA romance but there is a romantic element. This time its the taboo of a teacher/student relationship. And boy, does J.A Huss do taboo subjects well!
We have Shannon are 18 year old student and Mateo our teacher. Of course there's more to the story than that, you aren't stupid. But I'm not here to tell you about it, just that the story does have a great pace, there's ups and downs and the right amount of surprises without it being over the top. Can I also add, Shannon's niece is just so adorable, I loved the picture of her I had in my head and Jason is a complete arse!
I didn't find this one as dark as say Three, Two, One but it did have some nasty situations. There was also a lot of VERY hot sex which you can't really ignore either and an alpha male who also has a voyeurism thing too.
So over all, was Eightenn a good read, no... It was a bloody GREAT read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and even the ending was right I thought. I love how J.A always ends her books and she does it in such a way which isn't perfect, but right. now rainbows, unicorns and bull shit here!
4.5 stars, this was almost a 5 for me and probably wouldn't have been if I hadn't felt at times that Shannon was a complete idiot (Namely her lack of washing anyone else questions rather than just asking Mateo). Highly recommended....more
I'm not even sure where to start my review of Corrupt. You can see from my 4 star rating I obviously enjoyed it. I just don't want to give anything awI'm not even sure where to start my review of Corrupt. You can see from my 4 star rating I obviously enjoyed it. I just don't want to give anything away.
I will talk about the characters a bit with you though, we have Rika and Michael who the story is told by in their points of view. But you can't forget the other Horsemen in Michael's group; Will, Damon and Kai. As they are a huge part of this story.
Corrupt has an element of mystery about it throughout the story. You need to know what Rika has done wrong and how she came to be the obsession of the Horsemen and their plans. The story is told in both past and present tense but isn't confusing at all.
This book would have been a 5 star book for me, but after it got to around 60% in it lost a little of its sinisterness for me which was a shame. And the end/epilogue was a bit too meh as well. I know its what a lot of people would have wanted but I just didn't see the ending like that.
I will say the characters in this book are twisted and cruel, I loved how they were and will also add the 'sex scene' in the sauna HOTTTTT! Seriously that was an eye opener.
Over all though this book was brilliant. Its a great suspenseful new adult book with a dark element and I highly recommend it - 4 stars....more
This isn't my first ride on the Leah train, as soon as I saw Cam Girl I knew I had to give it a go. It sounded my cup of tea and I deliberately didn'tThis isn't my first ride on the Leah train, as soon as I saw Cam Girl I knew I had to give it a go. It sounded my cup of tea and I deliberately didn't read any reviews as I find with Leah's work they can be very mixed. Its best to make your own conclusions.
I really enjoyed Cam Girl though, I kept reading it and thinking I knew what Vada was hiding, but that bit at the end totally threw me. I didn't like ellis at all. Sorry she did my head in and came across as almost a stereotypical lesbian, but I got why she was wrote that way.
I loved the characters in this one although admit I wasn't impressed with the identity of Blue but liked how it was told and worked in. I'm not going to give spoilers here but it was a clever twist.
over all this book was good, I just had a few issues with it mostly those surrounding Ellis. Vada at times was a bit too confused which I understood why but I did feel like shaking some sense into the girl and telling her to sort her self out.
A clever story, twisted and a few surprises, it just didn't hit the 4 star mark for me though - 3.5 stars....more
Ever since I was younger and read Richard Laymon's Funland I've had a thing for books about clowns and fair like places. When I saw the review for WonEver since I was younger and read Richard Laymon's Funland I've had a thing for books about clowns and fair like places. When I saw the review for Wonderland and read the synopsis it was a must read for me and I literally consumed it over a couple of days.
Its not often I struggle putting a book down, especially when I'm dog tired but this really was one of those, 'Just one more chapter' books. The story has great pace, its told from multiple points of view as you follow the story which is good in honesty as it gives you a better taste of the past, present and possible future of the tale. There's some nice plot twists, what I thought I knew, I didn't and I love books like that.
Character wise I guess we need to talk about Vanessa, the deputy cheif of police and Oz. 2 very strong characters in this book who were likeable but also held pretty dark pasts.I admit Bianca was interesting but I'd like to have know more especially about Patrick and of course there's the victims too, I'd have liked more there.
But over all, this book was brilliant. I know its labeled under a thriller, but I also would pop it in the psychological horror section too. It had that Laymon-esque feel too it of the 90's horror books which I adored. Jennifer has wrote a great book here and I wholly recommend it to those who like a thriller that's a bit twisted with some horror elements. Great settings, good details and fantastic twists - highly recommend 4 stars!...more
Second time of writing this review as some how Goodreads didn't save it - pfft!
Right I can understand why Dangerous Lies has gotten so many mixed reviSecond time of writing this review as some how Goodreads didn't save it - pfft!
Right I can understand why Dangerous Lies has gotten so many mixed reviews. Having now read it in its entirity I get it I really do. For those who are going on about loving Becca's other work (The Hush hush series) but not loving this, could it be that they are 2 different types of genre maybe? This is not paranormal, hush hush was. So, bare that in mind this is a YA mystery I'd like to say, maybe Thriller. No angels or anything else in sight!!
Right Stella (Estelle) isn't that much of a likeable character in honesty. She's not just keeping secrets from the other in the story, she's also not telling you stuff either and isn't that reliable with her story at times. She also has a chip on her shoulder... You getting the picture?
There are 2 boy interests, Reed (The current boyfriend) and Chet the sexy guy who lives down the road from Carmina where Stella is staying.
The story is a little slow in places which is surprising when it is set over 3 months and its not really till the last 25% of the book you get the whole picture etc. I also had a few questions at the end, things that didn't totally add up for me... Just putting that out there.
This was an ok read for me, not earth shattering and (Dare I say it again) nothing like hush Hush, which I'm kinda glad of as its good an author is stepping out of another piece of her works shadow. Over all I give this about 3-3.5 stars. Namely as at times with Stella's inner monologues I wanted to skip and that's not a great sign. I'd stick this in the YA thriller/mystery category and would say read it if you fancy something different from Becca....more
This book is really funny and quite clever too. I'd go as far to say it's a grown up Harry Potter but better as its more mature and has a sense of humThis book is really funny and quite clever too. I'd go as far to say it's a grown up Harry Potter but better as its more mature and has a sense of humour - this is its own story though so don't go into thinking this is a copy of that.
The only reason I gave this 3.5 is because it just wasn't my cup of tea. It certainly made me laugh and Simon is brilliant but it's just not my type of story. I highly recommend this though as it could be for you....more
Welcome to the mystery of Mystique featuring Presley, Bauer and Sam. I have to say the mysterious element of this book was brilliant. It kept me wantiWelcome to the mystery of Mystique featuring Presley, Bauer and Sam. I have to say the mysterious element of this book was brilliant. It kept me wanting to find out what was going to happen next.
Presley was a hard character to like at times. Due to the death of her mother and her aunt's 'parenting skills' she isn't the easiest character to like. She doesn't really know 'love' as such nor has she had great parenting skills from her aunt, in fact she doesn't feel that wanted if you read between the lines. She also has a 'everyone leaves' complex which again can be a bit mediocre and in honesty I've read so many YA books now that I want to scream at authors that not all teens feel like that! Still, if you can look past those bits about Presley and see that she's obviously got something going for her then all is not lost. Sam is great, I really liked him and Bauer, well he's a great mystery, especially as he comes back from death.
The story has a really good pace, it will keep you interested and the whole army base aspect I found interesting.
In fact the reason this book didn't get higher than 3.5 stars from me was namely that Presley drove me nuts at times and the ending fell a little flat. I mean, it ended as well as it could really but I felt it was missing something.
Over all though, Mystique is a good YA mystery with a sci-fi/paranormal element (Obviously, people are coming back from the dead)and I can see it being quite popular. It didn't hit the 'great' mark for me, but it was good - 3.5 stars....more
Can I start by saying it was so refreshing to read this book by Kealan. I have been a fan of horror since my early teens, in fact it was horror booksCan I start by saying it was so refreshing to read this book by Kealan. I have been a fan of horror since my early teens, in fact it was horror books that really got me into reading. My favourite authors being Richard Laymon and the amazing Graham Masterton. But the genre appeared to be dying out, granted you got the occasion Shaun Hutson (Many of my books have been signed by him) and Stephen King - although I feel he's lost it a bit, but there wasn't really anything like back in the early 90's that would keep me awake or play on my mind. That was until I read Kin.
Kealan's writing style is like my favourite horror authors all rolled into one. He tells you something, its dark, its nasty and sounds so natural its almost like a shopping list! Then he will add to that sentence with something even worse. This book really turned my stomach at times. It was like Texas Chainsaw meets Laymon's Woods Are Dark, but even darker still!
I adored the writing style, the settings were nasty and I felt like I was there! I really don't know what to tell you about this book, the characters are brilliant, some VERY disturbing and the book did play on my mind even when I would stop reading it.
Kealan has found a new fan here and I'm so thankful that the genre isn't dead like my book shop friend always tells me! I'll be adding more of his books to my shelf soon. Highly recommended 4 stars!...more
Firstly let me start by saying that Dark Shadow wasn't a bad book. It was well written, twisted, had just the right amount of darkness to it to make iFirstly let me start by saying that Dark Shadow wasn't a bad book. It was well written, twisted, had just the right amount of darkness to it to make it spooky and a nice underlying mystery too.
Ella's an interesting character. Reading about her was refreshing and she was different to other characters I've read about, probably one of the most unique ones in honesty. Kyla was, well I didn't like her from the get go but understood her protectiveness and their unique friendship.
The story had good pace, it was enticing, it kept me interested and I wanted to see what happened next. As for the ending, yes a nice twist there.
So why the 3 star rating? Well, if I hadn't read 3 other books in the last month with the same 'topic' I'd have really enjoyed it. But because of that it didn't feel unique. It didn't feel refreshing and it felt predictable.
A shame really as for many this will be a solid 4, maybe 5 star book. I did enjoy it, but its individuality was stripped because of the previous YA books I'd read like it and I already knew to a point what was going on after the incident in the janitor's closet. 3 stars from me....more
Having got back into YA reading again recently, I picked up Always Kiss Me Goodnight as I loved the beautiful cover and the synopsis sounded interestiHaving got back into YA reading again recently, I picked up Always Kiss Me Goodnight as I loved the beautiful cover and the synopsis sounded interesting too. I was expecting a YA Romance with maybe a mystery, however this definitely falls more under the YA Paranormal Romance category - although do not let that put you off!
The story follows Sophia who is quite a likeable character. She's smart and pretty and judging by the descriptives and her thoughts throughout the book I'd say she is slightly self concious about her body (But not in a dramatic going on about it all the time way). She sounds fairy grounded and sweet, there was nothing I found about her that I didn't like. Leo and Aiden are both pretty strong male characters. I liked Leo from the get go, he has a mystery about him even though he doesn't really hold a lot back - this made him super appealing to me. He's sweet but dominating, funny without meaning to be and clearly although this is a 'instalove' book I didn't feel like it was rammed down my throat, so his emotions towards Sophia for me were apt and perfect. Aiden on the other hand is a dick. I'm sorry but he just is. When you finally find out what he did wrong with his relationship with Sophia (It doesn't take much to work out), personally I found it hard to like him at all after that. I felt the feelings portrayed from Sophia about him were really accurate. IF you've ever been in that situation you do have a very torn emotional state - it made sense.
This book was well written, once it got going and you got to meet Hex, Tera and the other characters I appreciated it more. I thought Amelia would be a bigger part of the story which was a little sad for me as she sounded like a cool chick.
The ending was sudden, I was left feeling, 'Wow what happens next?' I didn't see it coming, I think I was so involve with the story and everything I literally missed it. I'm guessing there will be more books, I'm hoping there will be and know I'll definitely be looking for more publications in the future from Megan. 4 stars, a beautiful read and well worth a look!...more
After the massive climax and ending of Find Me I did wonder if Remember Me would fall short. In some ways I think it did fall a little flat but only bAfter the massive climax and ending of Find Me I did wonder if Remember Me would fall short. In some ways I think it did fall a little flat but only because of so much going on in the first book.
Remember Me does pick up pretty much where Find Me finished. Only a few weeks have passed and its interesting to see how Wick dealt with everything and obviously the whole adoption stuff too. Can I say I thin Bren is an amazing character, I didn't mention her in the first book as she was kind of over shadowed with everything happening, however in this book I liked her things went with her and saw her as a stronger characters.
Again, Wick's sister drove me nuts and I still haven't warmed to her. I know she is younger, but can you say selfish much? Nope, I don't like her at all. However, I did love the developments with Griff and HELLO MYLES!
It did get confusing at times with the 2 worlds of Wick coming together in this book. I liked her things went down with Joe and Michael, especially the whole Wick and Michael conversation about her mother.
This book is left so wide open that I'm literally screaming inside to find out what happens next. I do hope we don't have to wait long. Either way, if you do like a good mystery (I didn't see the link coming with this one) and just how far a teen will go to protect her loved ones, then I really think you should give the Find Me series a go. As a whole they are brilliant and Remember Me will not disappoint - 4 stars!...more
Wow where to start with Find Me. I've literally read Find Me and Remember Me back to back, so will try and not get these reviews mixed up!
This book isWow where to start with Find Me. I've literally read Find Me and Remember Me back to back, so will try and not get these reviews mixed up!
This book is brilliant. Even if you aren't a fan of YA mysteries I'd still recommend reading this one. Although it wasn't hard to work out who was doing what I still couldn't wait to see where this book would take us. There's almost 2 different storylines running at ones. You have Wick and her family/father and then you have the mystery of what happened to Tessa.
Can I say both aspects were wrote really well. Especially the closing 'chase' scenes etc, I thought they were excellent. I loved the cat and mouse moments and was on the edge of my seat (Well if I'd have been on a seat as I was laying in bed).
I love Wick, she's smart and clever but also has her insecurities. You can see throughout this book she is still finding out who she is after everything she has been through and what a girl she is too! Her sister grated on me somewhat, but I loved their dynamic.
Can't recommend this enough, it was almost a 5 for me! Romily is definitely an author to watch that's for sure and she has a new fan here! 4.5 stars!...more
This book has say on my reading pile a while, namely as I knew I'd have to be in the mood to read it to give it a fair shot. You see when you know theThis book has say on my reading pile a while, namely as I knew I'd have to be in the mood to read it to give it a fair shot. You see when you know the book you are going to read is going to be rather dark and not uplifting, its hard to get the motivation for it - still I was ready, prepared and decided to finally get those pages turning (All be it digital ones).
From the get go I just couldn't get on board with Jaycee at all. Her brother loses his life while trying to pull of a really stupid, dangerous act on a dare. I do get grief and I know we all react to it differently but I just couldn't get the mentality at all, life is precious... Still that aside, I didn't like Jaycee that much either. In fact, all the characters weren't that relatable for me.
The story doesn't have a bad pace and its not badly wrote either. I did find at times I wanted to skim, which isn't a great sign but it was hard to keep going when I didn't like the people I was reading about.
Over all, I gave You Were Here 3.5 stars, it could have been better, but I feel it ended how it should have. It does cover some mature subjects for teens which I thought was covered well and going back to what I initially said at the beginning of why I took so long to read this book, well I shouldn't have worried as it actually isn't all doom and gloom!...more
I this this book proves you shouldn't just a book by its cover, as in honesty the cover does nothing for me. When I first requested to read this I reaI this this book proves you shouldn't just a book by its cover, as in honesty the cover does nothing for me. When I first requested to read this I really fancied it, then when I picked it up yesterday I felt a bit indifferent. Still I decided to start it as I fancied something different.
This book was good... I mean that in a 'Jax' sense of the word but you'd have to read the book to get my meaning. It was funny, it was enlightening, it made me smile and at times also want to shake Piper - can a girl really be that blind?
Yes, I loved the idea of this book and Piper couldn't have picked a better bunch of test subjects. Can I just say, having been best friends with my partner for 20 years and together a good 5, I got where this book was coming from. I've had so many book boyfriends and yes, I've wondered at times whether my ideals to transfer into the real world. Still luckily for me my partner understands my book boyfriends and doesn't take offence to my unfaithful thoughts!
I loved the characters, I loved the story and the ending.. Well, it was right but can I say I wish she'd chosen the other one. This book was refreshing and new and I really recommend it. I went into it not fancying it at all and came out smiling and enjoying every second! 4 stars!...more
I literally sailed through Trust Me, I'm Trouble and didn't want to put it down. In fact, I can't wait to see if there will be a third book as its obvI literally sailed through Trust Me, I'm Trouble and didn't want to put it down. In fact, I can't wait to see if there will be a third book as its obvious this story is not over.
I loved the characters and will say I thought the whole 'love interest' in this one was really well written. Although I think I will always be team Sam and hope maybe we might get there some day.
Julep was a bit 'whiny' in this one at times for me, I think after reading book one and seeing how strong she was, even after everything that happened, it then seemed out of place for her to be having a 'girly' moment with her feelings.
I liked the end, I liked how things closed and was happy with the whole Dani part as well (I just didn't like Dani as a character).
Highly recommend to those who like a YA mystery with a kick ass heroine and some great side kicks too! 4 stars....more