Did not finish. I just didn't mesh with this book at all. The changing of POV, the characters themselves. I thought I would enjoy it, sounded like my...moreDid not finish. I just didn't mesh with this book at all. The changing of POV, the characters themselves. I thought I would enjoy it, sounded like my kind of thing and I hate leaving low ratings, but felt the synopsis was just slightly off that's all. From what I read I would not recommend this to YA, it just seemed a little mature for them.
Sorry I can't recommend this book, I don't see me going back to it again either - NOTE I DID NOT FINISH IT, check other reviews for a more thorough opinion before dismissing it.(less)
I quite often enjoy books that are set when I was growing up. The Dream Student is based around the year 1989 (I was only 12, bless my ickle cotton so...moreI quite often enjoy books that are set when I was growing up. The Dream Student is based around the year 1989 (I was only 12, bless my ickle cotton socks!) and we really aren't given that much in the way of late 80's settings if I'm honest. In fact we are just constantly reminded of the dates with each chapter.
I didn't particularly like Sara as a character. Af first I felt she was a little whiny and almost dismissive of her 'dream expeditions'. She was also cocky at times, which didn't seem to 'suit' her and seemed out of character and this whole personality trait seemed to only be there because of the love interest.
The story seemed to concentrate more on her day to day things and love life (Which if I'm honest was really just, meh) and should have spent more time on her dreams. Maybe the follow on books will be better, I don't know if I would read them though.
I had high hopes for this book as I'd only read one book about dream travelling before (That was many years ago) and enjoyed it. I really felt as it was a subject matter that wasn't heavily used it would be a fantastic topic. But I just didn't feel inspired at all by this book.
I don't like giving low ratings, but I like my reviews to be honest. I just didn't enjoy this at all.2 Stars(less)
I have sat over night on this book undecided whether to give it 4 or 5 stars, if I was allowed halves it would have a 4.5. I am leaving it at 4 but do...moreI have sat over night on this book undecided whether to give it 4 or 5 stars, if I was allowed halves it would have a 4.5. I am leaving it at 4 but do not think by any means that doesn't make this an fantastic book!
Ever read a book and it really plays on your mind and not in a good way. I don't mean that it was a rubbish book, I mean it told you just the right amount of information that your own mind could add a little more and then make you think about it? Its called 'Show not tell' when I did my writing class and Don't Stand So Close did just that for me.
The story is told from different points of view but mainly Blue and Stella's. I would like to say I did not like Blue from day one, there was just something about her and I trusted Stella's initial feelings even though that was down to her mental state. Stella is a complexed character, we learn a lot about her throughout the story. You know something is/has happened and know it won't be good. The book reals you in, so you keep reading... Waiting... Patiently.... And then.... BOOM! It hits the fan!
I love this kinda book, not just because it played with my head. There are some scenes that made me feel 'uncomfortable' not so much I would stop reading but the subject matter. You imagined those scenes, it was your own mind, but still. I don't think it will be too much for some, but it just goes to show just how great of an author Luana Lewis is.
The 'closure' I am going to call it in the last chapter I felt was a bit... meh. I didn't see the point. I understood why but just didn't get it and without a spoiler (As I NEVER include those in my reviews) what was with the statue?
This story has tension, mystery, its twisted, sick at times but it all works well and made me read it in 1 sitting! Yes I read this over an afternoon and it meant I was late cooking dinner! Bad Luana for writing such a good book I couldn't put down!!
I gave this 4 stars, I think from day to day this could switch between 4 and 5. I haven't honestly enjoyed a book from this genre that much in a very long time and recommend this to those who love a mystery/thriller. It does have some pretty 'out there' stuff this is definitely an ADULT book in that respect due to the content, but wow it was a VERY Goodread (Excuse the pun!)(less)
Often you get stuck in reading a particular genre and it can be an extremely refreshing change to read something different. For me, A Pleasure and A C...moreOften you get stuck in reading a particular genre and it can be an extremely refreshing change to read something different. For me, A Pleasure and A Calling from Phil Hogan was just that.
For those of you that have read previous reviews you will know I do not like to give too much away, if you want info then read the synopsis, for that it what it is there for. What I can say about this book is it has a 'creepy edge' to it. At times I felt it could actually happen and it made my mind wonder about times when things have gone missing in my house, what if someone had a key from before and had taken them? After all, I'm sure that's happened to you.
Mr Heming is a complexed character, one who at times made sense to me and other times plain creeped me out. The story is told from his point of view, if it were told differently, this story would not have worked as well.
I like a book that get in my bones and is hard to put down, at times I didn't know where the story was going and I'm pleased I didn't predict it all. I like a book that surprises me. When I decided to read this book from NetGalley, I really did wonder if it would be for me, I can safely say yes it was.
If you like an edgy book, something that's a bit of a thriller and will creep you out (Not in a horror sense, just a creepy almost realistic manor), then this book is for you. I recommend it and gave it 4 stars.(less)
This book has gone into the 'Did not finish' pile I am afraid. I gave it 2 stars because I felt the beginning was superb and well written, but from th...moreThis book has gone into the 'Did not finish' pile I am afraid. I gave it 2 stars because I felt the beginning was superb and well written, but from then on I lost interest. I felt the synopsis isn't wrote very well in that you expect a book with some mystery, maybe a little fun but in the YA genre. Instead I felt for most YA readers (Especially those of that age), they would struggle finishing it as it just wasn't gripping enough and at times slow moving. I rarely review books I do not finish, but felt as my main issues with this book was expecting one thing and getting another I wanted to leave my review.
2 stars, but as I said I didn't finish the book and I doubt I will go back to it either - sorry.(less)
I had so many issues with this book, I don't know where to start with them.
Firstly I don't want to say I hated it, I just didn't like/felt indifferent...moreI had so many issues with this book, I don't know where to start with them.
Firstly I don't want to say I hated it, I just didn't like/felt indifferent to it. The actual idea behind the storyline was an interesting one and I felt it could have been done so much better. I don't like to think I'm more talented than an author, i guess we are all the same when we read a story sometimes, thinking we could have done something 'x' way rather than the route the author took.
I felt the structure was a bit all over the place. Ally was beyond words, the girl needed a serious slap at times. Yes, she was one of those characters I just didn't appreciate at all. I don't really like 'weak' female leads, ones who don't really do much to help themselves and she really didn't! As for Kale, or dear. Yes the guy was hot and we all know, I love a hot guy. But seriously, could he have been more insensitive. Put it this way, if I had a stalker and was going through what Ally was, some of his actions (Especially with sex) were just plain rude. If my partner (Or as blatant as I can be, even 'friends with benefits) acted that way with me, well he'd be hitting the road.
It felt like Ally just didn't do anything right and I started to skim - when this happens you know that its not good. I was bored of reading and just wanted the book over and not in a good way.
I am sure someone somewhere will love this book, maybe they like a damsel with no common sense and that's there thing, for me though I didn't like it. The ending was good and that is the reason for the 2 star and not 1.(less)
I know from the moment I read the synopsis on Sneaking Candy from Lisa Burstein I would enjoy it. Its a great New Adult/Modern/Chick Lit read which wi...moreI know from the moment I read the synopsis on Sneaking Candy from Lisa Burstein I would enjoy it. Its a great New Adult/Modern/Chick Lit read which will definitely appeal to many audiences.
Candice is an extremely likeable character. The girl has spunk, she's caring, friendly and an all round nice girl. Then you have Candy, who is also Candice but her 'pen name'. Candy is a naughty girl who write erotic books that are selling well.
I loved how she incorporated things like Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter into the book. It was like an insight into authors and what they think of 'Joe Publics' reviews on their books, or their comments. Sometimes it can feel like authors aren't anything like 'us' and are like the stars you see on tv, its nice to know they are just like you or me.
When it comes to eyecandy or should that be boycandy (?) Lisa gave us James.... Oh James... HOT! Yes James is HOT, VERY HOT. Add to that I loved his dialogue (Why can't my man talk to me like that?). James is a great character, he has the looks, talent but also is friendly, caring. Basically the boy most girls want to meet and fall in love with.
I sometimes wish that Candice would have stayed single so we could have had more 'Candy and Mandy' escapades... Mandy is a great character too.
This book just made me feel good, it made me smile, laugh and had a really good ending too. I thoroughly enjoyed and will be recommending it to others for sure. I would say 17+ on this one, it was a little naughty but nothing terrible and even the language wasn't bad. 4 out of 5 stars from me!(less)
Loved the pace, loved the story, wasn't so keen on Emma at times (Could have been jealousy) and was alm...moreThoroughly enjoyed Carter Reed, boy was he hot!
Loved the pace, loved the story, wasn't so keen on Emma at times (Could have been jealousy) and was almost gutted I was right about certain characters from the get go. Still, would love to see more instalments in this if Tijan ever does make it a series.