More Than This has to be one of my favorite reads of 2013. I couldn't put it down. It was such a heartfelt story that had me laughing, crying and of c...moreMore Than This has to be one of my favorite reads of 2013. I couldn't put it down. It was such a heartfelt story that had me laughing, crying and of course swooning. Must read for fans of romance.(less)
Really good!! It had unforgettable characters, a delightful sweet yet realistic romance and a lot more depth to the story than I was unexpecting. Defi...moreReally good!! It had unforgettable characters, a delightful sweet yet realistic romance and a lot more depth to the story than I was unexpecting. Definitely worth a read! (less)
That was awesome! Even better than the first book. So much happened. Giving me so much to think about and now I have so many theories running around m...moreThat was awesome! Even better than the first book. So much happened. Giving me so much to think about and now I have so many theories running around my head about what possibly could happen next.
I am also very scared for Deity. So much so that I can't read it yet knowing that it has an giant cliffhanger.
Night School was recommended to me by my good friend Tina. She told me not read any spoilers, to go in knowing as little as possible and I am so glad...moreNight School was recommended to me by my good friend Tina. She told me not read any spoilers, to go in knowing as little as possible and I am so glad I listened to her. Becaused it was so different from what I was expecting but I mean that in a good way. Now I don't want to say anything about what this book was actually about because it is nice to have a book that takes you by surprise. Let just say it was intriguing plot. I loved the mystery too it and how it leaves me with questions that I desperately want to know the answers too.
What let this book down for me were the characters. Some of them seemed a bit sterotypical (you know the mean girl, the dark brooding guy, the guy every girl loves etc) and some of them made stupid decisions. I have such mixed feelings about them. I just haven't quite figured them out. Allie the main character was okay. I am hoping she becomes stronger and a little bit more mature in the next book. I like Carter but I think we need more of his story. But Sylvain he confused me so much. I am not sure if I like him or not. The same goes for Jo and Jules.
Overall, even though the character could at times be annoying I couldn't stop turning the pages. I want more, I want answers to my questions, so I am off to read book two right away! (less)
All These Things I've Done was surprisingly good. I was completely captivated by this intriguing and tension filled story.
I have been reading quite a...moreAll These Things I've Done was surprisingly good. I was completely captivated by this intriguing and tension filled story.
I have been reading quite a bit of dystopia lately and I loved that this novel did not focus on matching people or the government trying to control everybody. In the year 2083 they are plenty of problems and changes but overall it feels more like a realistic future. Chocolate is illegal (EEK! no chocolate would make me crazy) together with a million other things like caffeine, paper without a permit, phones, cameras. I felt the world was very convincing as it feels similar to the stories of the 1920's when alcohol was banned and smuggled in.
This is the first book of Zevin's I have read. I found her prose sharp and alluring. Writing that draws you in immediately. It was perfectly paced story that had a cleverly constructed plot and world.
Anya is part of the Balanchine Family, one of the most well known crime syndicates in the world. Her father use to be the head of it before he was murdered. Anya mother was also killed in a hit gone wrong. Now Anya is trying to do the best she can caring for her ill grandmother, her older brother Leo, who has a learning disability and her younger sister Natty. Anya is a mature, brave and compelling character. I love that she always but her family first. I found the secondary characters to be just as well crafted and likeable as Anya especially Leo and Natty.
Win, is the son of the head of the District Attorney Department and Anya's love interest. So it is has a little bit of the star crossed lovers thing going on. The romance between Anya and Win was passionate and yet sweet at the same time.
The mafia part of the storyline was probably the highlight for me though. I found myself fascinated by this mysterious and dangerous element of the story. I would definitely like to see it play an even bigger part in the next installment.
I am so happy All These Things I've Done is going to be a trilogy. Even though it ended in a good place I felt like the story was just getting started and it has left me desperately craving more.
Overall, I found All These Things I've Done to be a clever and engaging read. Zevin definitely delivers all the right elements in this impressive novel. (less)
Favourite Quote:He pulls back, grins, and she is just young enough to mistake this feeling - this rough, violent swell - for love o...moreRating 3.75 stars.
Favourite Quote:He pulls back, grins, and she is just young enough to mistake this feeling - this rough, violent swell - for love or something like it.
Wow, Cargo is such a breathtaking story. I wasn't quite expecting so much emotion from this book. My heart is still feeling a little raw and tender after finishing it.
Cargo is a real and honest read that captures the lives of three teens Gillian, Frankie and Jacob set in an Australian beach side town, the year 1992. It is a quick read at just 200 pages told in alternating chapters between these three characters who aren't friends but yet their lives are intertwined. While it captures some blissful moments of life as a teen and it really focuses on those heart aching times.
Jessica Au's writing is stunning. Her prose is gorgeous and is full of emotion. She makes every sentence sound beautiful.
The window grates open under her hands and the breeze is a shock of cold across her cheeks. When the horn calls for the third time, she feels the sound like the lowest note of a tuba through her ribs. She can just make out a lone cluster of lights that might be carrier navigating the darkness. Welded steel on great tracts of open water: she reminds herself that there have been swimmers who have crossed these same distances, some not much older than fifteen.
The characters are compelling. They each deal with issues that we all struggle with as a teen and you can really feel their angst and pain. While each of their stories held my interest, Gillian's point of view was my favourite. Completely absorbing and moving. It really got under my skin and nearly brought me to tears a couple of times.
Overall, Cargo is an impressive debut that is full of heart. Jessica Au is definitely an author I hope to read more from.(less)
Favourite Quote: "I felt changed, soiled by the brutality of all I'd witnessed. Something had finally replaced teenage girls on my list of most heino...moreFavourite Quote: "I felt changed, soiled by the brutality of all I'd witnessed. Something had finally replaced teenage girls on my list of most heinous, and I didn't even know what to call it."
Gateway is good. Really good. I enjoyed everything about this novel - the strong writing, the believable characters, the captivating plot and the subtle but sweet romance.
Garner has written an impressive debut. Her writing is quick and engaging and the plot has quite a few surprising twists. Like I completely didn't see that coming twists and I mean none of them. And that is a hard thing to find these days. I really got caught up in this enthralling and convincing world and finished it within 24 hours.
Gateway is not all paranormal. At the start of the book Ember wakes up in a hospital after an attempted suicide. So it does deal with some serious issues briefly adding some more emotional depth to the story but it isn't a depressing read. It is still more of action-packed, mysterious type of story.
The characters are well rounded and well written. Ember, the main character, struggles with being different. She has a genuine narrative making it easy to relate and connect with her. While Taren is an intriguing character. He is the type of guy that is the first one there if anybody needs anything. Just a great guy.
There is a touch of romance between Ember and Taren. They have plenty of tension that builds up nicely as the story goes. It definitely has you eagerly reading to see if these two will act on their attraction.
Overall, Gateway is a exceptional dark and appealing paranormal novel. I can't wait to read more of this world.(less)
I stayed up way too late last night finishing it. Found it impossible to put down. It was just so damn good!
Half-Blood had a fast paced and interesti...moreI stayed up way too late last night finishing it. Found it impossible to put down. It was just so damn good!
Half-Blood had a fast paced and interesting plot although it did remind me of Vampire Academy a lot but surprisingly I was okay with that.
Loved Alex. I feel like I got to know her really well. I like that she is a strong character yet isn't perfect. She makes mistakes.
But I felt I didn't get to know Aiden and Seth as much as I would have liked to. So I am looking forward to more of their story in the next installments. (view spoiler)[ Oh and Aiden playing the guitar, when is that going to happen? I can't swoon until that happens. And this is going to be a love triangle right? I kind of like Seth. (hide spoiler)].
Overall, loved it. Now I must go read Pure immediately.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Favourite Quote:Luck is a strange thing in the life of any thief and halfway decent con man. What is it that keeps the mark from counting the till or the guards from looking up at precisely the wrong moment? Kat had learned at a very young age that luck is for the amateur, the lazy---those who are unprepared and unskilled. And yet she also knew that luck, like most things, cannot be truly missed until it is also truly gone.
When it comes to sequels they can be a scary thing especially when you love the first book. But Uncommon Criminals is just as good as Heist Society. Once again Ally Carter offers all the right elements for another fun read - clever writing, a quick and suspenseful plot and entertaining characters.
Again there were plenty of twists in this cleverly constructed plot making it impossible to put Uncommon Criminals down. And when I did I was thinking about all the ways Kat could possibly get herself out of trouble this time. I also love how Carter brilliantly describes the settings. She really knows how to capture the beautiful places like Monte Carlo the crew visits and you can picture everything perfectly thanks to Carter's wonderful writing.
Kat is a genuine and likeable character. She is independent, smart and stubborn. In this instalment Kat has to learn to that she doesn't have to do everything on her own even if she doesn't need help. That it is okay to want help from her crew. Kat showed a lot growth. I also love the distinctive bunch of secondary characters. As soon as I started the book I was eagerly awaiting when Hale, Gabrielle, Simon or the Bagshaw brothers would pop up in the story and when they did they didn't disappoint.
I know fans of the first book will be wondering about the romance. Does anything happen with Hale? Well all I can say is the spark is still there and you will have to read the book (I recommend immediately).
Overall, this is one addictive series that I highly recommend. I really hope Carter writes a Heist Society #3.(less)
Favourite Quote:With my poor heart pounding wildly, his kiss spilled through my soul, and I was lost. His lips never left mine, yet he was all over m...moreFavourite Quote:With my poor heart pounding wildly, his kiss spilled through my soul, and I was lost. His lips never left mine, yet he was all over my mouth. Never before had I felt anything this wonderful. I knew I'd pay dearly for my surrender, but I'd gladly pay it. I hoped this kiss would never end.
Wow! Unlovable was fantastic. It is such a sweet and tender tale that will appeal to any romantics at heart.
Unlovable is definitely an effortless and addictive read. I had other review books that I was meant to read before this but I thought I would have a little look just to see what it was like and ended up getting caught up in the plot (or should I say the romance) and finished it one sitting. Gammon is a debut author but you would never tell from her wonderful writing. Although it does feel like a guilty pleasure type of read.
While I found it easy to read the plot felt a little too perfect at times though. Did it stop me personally from enjoying it? No but it may bother some readers so be warned. (I could list though a bunch of my Goodreads friends who this would drive crazy).
Both Maggie and Seth are well rounded characters. Maggie has a rough life but shows a lot of strength for a a character that has had such a tough time. She is a sweetheart that always seems to put others first. Then you have Seth. A lovable guy with a big heart that would do anything to keep Maggie happy and safe. It would be impossible for anybody not to like these two.
There is also some interesting secondary characters like Cole and Booker. You just get the sense you are beginning to know them so it will be great to get their stories in Unbelievable and Unbearable.
Now on to the romance. For me it is the strongest part of the plot and my favourite aspect of the story. It definitely will make the the heart of any romantic melt. Seth and Maggie have plenty of dreamy romance moments that will make you go awwwwww (warning: some of Bookers friend may find it too sweet for their taste). But there relationship is not perfect as they have a few obstacles to over come but they never waiver about the way they feel for each other.
Overall, Unlovable is a passionate and engaging read that is perfect for fans of romance. Can't wait more of the Port Fare world in Unbelievable. (less)
Favourite Quote:"What do you think you are doing?" she asked. Luke smiled the first genuine smile she'd ever seen from him. He yanke...moreRating: 3.5 stars
Favourite Quote:"What do you think you are doing?" she asked. Luke smiled the first genuine smile she'd ever seen from him. He yanked her back to him. "I have no idea". And he kissed her with even more fervor than he had a few moments ago.
Elemental is part adventure, part love story, part supernatural and a whole lot of FUN. It wasn't a perfect read but I had a blast reading it and for me that is the most important thing.
Dominguez's writing is engaging. It was full of action and suspense and the pages just flew by. It is written from both Luke's and Eva's perspectives alternating each chapter and allowing us to get know both characters.
However there were times I found the story a little predictable and I wish it flowed a little more effortless but that been said it didn't stop me from enjoying it.
Eva and Luke are both terrific and entertaining characters. Eva is smart, strong, determined and the class valedictorian. While Luke is dangerous, protective, gorgeous (of course) and the guy at school that everyone avoids.
Their relationship starts from dislike, to tolerate, to like, to finally something more. I love watching it change. It's progression felt natural and they had great chemistry.
The ending wraps up nicely while never feeling rushed but at the same time leaves it open for more.
Overall Elemental was a pleasure to read. I will be definitely keeping an eye out to see what Tiffany Dominguez has install for us next.
Note: (view spoiler)[This book had a Luke I am your father moment. I couldn't help but laugh and think Star Wars. I still enjoyed it though (hide spoiler)].