WARNING: This review may contain, foul language, spoilers, general rantiness, and aThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
WARNING: This review may contain, foul language, spoilers, general rantiness, and an over use of angry gifs.
I really wanted to like this book. Truly, I did. But it pissed me off and I can’t say that I will be recommending it to anyone. In fact, I have already told several people to steer clear. Let’s do the basics first. Out Of Reach is the story of Rachel’s journey to find her wayward brother. She enlists the help of his bestie, Tyler to assist her and they head out to search in the areas she thinks he might be. A few weeks before, she received an anonymous email stating that her brother was in a lot of trouble and she should come and try to help. Why she thinks she will be able to find her brother by simply looking on street corners in a single day was beyond me, but hey, more fucking power to her misguided hope.
I started off really enjoying this novel. Rachel didn’t seem so bad and I was intrigued by Tyler. There was obvious chemistry between the two though Rachel does her best to deny it. Plus, I was hoping she would find her brother, bond with Tyler over the experience, and things would end more or less happily.
I know, it was a goddamn pipedream, but I try to start every novel from a happy place…..unless I’m reading it because I want to be depressed, but that is a different matter entirely. The further I got into this book, the more irritated I became. The more I read about Rachel, the more my dislike started to creep in. She gives these flashbacks from when they were younger and her and Micah (her brother) were just sssssoooo close. But here is what I don’t get, if you were so bonded and lied to your parents for each other and all this other shit, then why did you wait all goddamn summer to start searching for him?
Micah disappears at the very beginning of summer and you just write it off, knowing his a goddamn drug addict, because your parents assure you he is fine and you don’t think you should waste your time on it?!?!?!
And now you are all of a sudden worried because you got an email? Lady, I just can’t even begin to describe how much this angers me. This bitch ends up being one of the most self-center, egocentric, moronic heroines I have ever read about…and that statement includes Bella fucking Swan. Oh yeah, I went there. Anyway, a whole lot of shit goes down, they ask around drug dealers places and look on the beach and such, then Miss Whiny-pants car gets stolen. Well, geez, you leave a Honda Civic (one of the most stolen cars in the US) parked on the wrong side of town, what the hell did you think was going to happen?
Then there is the ending, which leaves a lot to fucking be desired. Rachel and Tyler end up finding her car and stealing it back, then head home, sans Micah who is still MIA. Then they kinda sorta discuss their feelings and it’s (lightly) implied that they’ll date soon. Rachel writes an email to Micah, which she doesn’t know if he’ll ever get and sends it out into the universe, basically saying that she isn’t going to worry about him anymore, she’s just going to live her life. Cold hearted bitch. You spent ONE DAY searching.
This novel really was just a whole lot of fuck ups. In retrospect, I realize that I guess the author was trying to write a “realistic” portrayal of the impacts drugs have on the lives of family and friends, but she should have picked a heroine who really cared about the drug-addled brother. I was expecting her to search for several days to find her brother and then drag him home or have him tell her to fuck off or SOMETHING. Whether it be dragging his ass back home for rehab or having an epic confrontation that ends in her leaving him to rot on the side of the street, I wanted something to happen. I would call the ending anti-climatic at best.
Despite all the complaints, I did like how much information the author gave us about meth addicts. It did seem like she did her research on that, but that just wasn’t enough. If that was all I wanted, I could have gotten a pamphlet from my local health department. All in all, don’t bother with this unless you want a big letdown. Do I recommend it to anyone at all? I'll let Cas answer that one for you. ...more
This book had my full attention as soon as I read the dThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
****MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS****
This book had my full attention as soon as I read the description. Finally! Someone who remembers that Romeo was all in love with someone else at the beginning of that horrid play!
What this awesome author does is take The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet and set it in modern times, telling the story from Rosaline’s perspective (the girl Romeo was all in love with until he set eyes on the wonderful Juliet and fulls in lust love with her). My excitement could not be contained when I saw that PulseIt had this novel up for the month of June. ::dies of happiness:: This novel starts with the romance just beginning between Rob (aka Romeo) & Rosaline. They have been neighbors and best friends for their entire lives and they are in that awkward stage between friendship and romance. Then Rosaline’s cousin moves back into town and it all goes to hell. Rob drops Rosaline like a hot potato to get next to Juliet without any explanation at all beyond “I didn’t expect to fall for her” which obviously upsets Rose.
I had mixed feelings about Rose. One minute, I could completely relate to her and the next, I was so annoyed at her for acting so stupid. The same goes for her friends, one minute I was so irritated at them for being so shallow and the next they are pulling together to help Rose in any way they can. In the beginning this novel reminded me a lot of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, especially the dynamic between the friends. But the difference is that when Rose starts changing, they don’t push her away, they support her like real friends should. It also reminded of that because I knew from the beginning that she would end up with the geeky guy they were making fun of, just like in Before I Fall (except Rose gets to live happily ever after whereas Sam dies at the end of Before I Fall which made me angry to no end, but I digress).
The one thing that truly shocked me about this book was my reaction to it. Going in, I knew this was a retelling of Romeo & Juliet, so I knew that R & J were going to die, right? Wrong!
Even though I should have, I didn’t see their deaths coming, at all. I was completely fucking blindsided by it. And I could completely understand Rose’s guilt over the deaths and how she kind of collapsed into herself after the fact. I was irritated at her for pushing everyone away and at the same time, I could completely see where she was coming from. That is when I really became impressed with her friends because they refused to back down. They stand by her throughout the whole catastrophe and in the end, they make her get out of her bed and continue on with life. I think this novel is as much about friendship as it is about love and loss. It’s a really great read and anyone else who wants to see a completely unique spin on Shakespeare’s worst most romantic play
Sorry, I’m just so fucking happy. I’ve been in a reading slump lately where I haveThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Sorry, I’m just so fucking happy. I’ve been in a reading slump lately where I have enjoyed a few novels, but I’ve not LOVED anything, you know? I’ve found some funny/wacky/amusing/heartful/insert positive adjective here novels lately, but nothing that has made me want to bow down in front of his magnificence. Well, ladies and gentleman, here it is. This novel has me groveling on my knees at its awesomeness and I can honestly say that I loved every minute of it (and am dying on the inside for the next installment).
Sophie Bloom is just your average teenager. Average looks, average grades, with an adoptive mother who saw to it that she was enrolled in a boarding school so she wouldn’t have to put up with her. Everything is quite ordinary…until she kisses a handsome stranger on Halloween and her world is turned upside down. What that oh-so-delicious kiss revealed was that Sophie isn’t average after all, she’s really Persephone, the Greek goddess of Spring. Wait, what?!? That’s right kiddies, Sophie is really a goddess and she is smack-dab in the middle of a war between Zeus and Hades who both want her dead. Then there is her ex, Kai, son of Hades (aka mysterious kissing stranger). Things between these two are complicated at best. So much for a semester of worrying about teenage drama and backstabbing, yoga-pants wearing bitches, Sophie’s off to fight the baddies, slay a dragon, and save humanity…if she can pull it off.
Where to start? I guess I’ll go for Sophie first. She is the absolute perfect heroine. Snarky and sarcastic, she was had me giggling and rolling my eyes at/with her within the first few pages of the novel. She’s that heroine that it is entirely too easy to sympathize with as she is dragged along on this thrill ride, whether she likes it or not. Then there is Sophie’s best friend, Hannah, who is one of the greatest supporting characters ever. She’s brainy and busty and over-protective, with just the right of amount of bossiness to keep Sophie in line. I loved the two of them together. I loved that when Sophie finds out that she’s a goddess, the first thing she does is demand to see Hannah to tell her about it. Not for one second did she contemplate leaving Hannah in the dark to “protect” her or some other such bullshit.
The only character I’m undecided about is Kai…and that’s probably the point. One minute I’m lusting away after him (just like Sophie) and the next I want to assist Sophie in the nailing the bastard to the wall while inflicting several thousand paper cuts along his body then dousing him in salt and lemon juice so they all feel like they are on fire. Apparently Kai and Persephone had some kind of epic romance, star-crossed lovers and all that. They defied everything to be together, but his royal Dickhead can’t seem to decide if he wants to help Sophie or just fuck with her head. Trying to figure out whether to root for the pair to work it out or to see them in a knock-down drag-out brawl was enough give me a headache.
I am quickly discovering that I one of the most important things for me in any story is the characters. I have to like (hopefully love) at least a few of them to become invested in the story. This novel succeeds not only on that front, but has all the things necessary for me to adore it. It has amazing characters, clever dialogue, just the right amount of humor to keep me smiling, and a plot that even kept me guessing. Even with all these amazing things, the one thing that stands out even more is Tellulah Darling’s writing style. She manages to flawlessly pull off the wholly believable voice of this teenage girl. It’s so utterly true to life. I absolutely adore it and I recommend it to everyone.
****Thank you to Te Da Media for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****...more
Annabel Wheaton is determined to marry a titled peer to get the respect she has alwThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Annabel Wheaton is determined to marry a titled peer to get the respect she has always deserved, so when the Earl of Rumsford proposes, she thinks her prays have been answered. She knows he is marrying her for her ample fortune and is completely okay with it because she is mainly marrying him for his title. A week before the wedding, everything is going divinely, save her uncle constantly nagging her to put more thought into this decision before she makes a big mistake, when Christian Du Quesne, Duke of Scarborough shows up and turns her world upside down. Not only does she feel an instant attraction to him but he starts planting doubts in her mind that weren’t there the week before. The morning of the wedding she must choose, follow the path to become a countess which she has worked so hard to achieve or call off the wedding for a tryst with Christian who is not the marrying kind of man. Sounds like a simple choice, right? But it never is.
Christian is almost out of options. His brother died unexpectedly leaving him to take over as Duke, a job he is far from suitable for, and as soon as the title is changed he learns that they are completely run into the ground. Every property not entailed is mortgaged and the rest don’t earn enough to break even annually much less pay off massive debts. Determined never again to marry for money as he did 12 years ago, he goes to America to try to make his fortune because that seems to be where all men make it big but having no capital to invest in new ventures, he cannot really do much. So when Arthur, Annabel’s uncle, offers him half a million dollars to dissuade his niece from marrying that pompous ass, he accepts immediately. A week before the wedding his insinuates himself into Annabel’s life and starts covertly planting doubts in her mind and mocking her intended.
All this culminates in a passionate kiss the night before the wedding leaving them both off balance. Annabel’s marches on and still makes it to her nuptials fully intending to become the Countess of Rumsford despite Christian’s best efforts and then he shows up and objects to the wedding in the middle of the ceremony, implying that something has happened between Annabel and himself. So what happens next? How do they salvage her possibly ruined reputation? Well, that is one spoiler I won’t give away, and no it isn’t the simple she marries the duke immediately to avoid the scandal approach.
I seriously must be going to a phase of some sort because it seems like I am drooling over every male character I read right now.
…wait, he is fictional and I am married….fuck…ANYWAY, he is the perfect historical romance hero.
Annabel was pretty good too, stubborn and hard headed and kind of the typical American Heiress which I am good with.
I have yet again proven to myself that historical romance novels (written by the proper authors, naturally) are the balm to my soul and I strive to read more of them. Especially when so many YA novels right now end with horrid cliffhangers and have stupid love triangles and have idiot heroines that anger me to the point where.....
.....well you get the picture.....
But that’s a bit off topic. This novel is well written and will definitely make you laugh and probably cry and hope the happily ever after that seems impossible. It was nearly perfect. My only real complaint is that the ending felt rushed. I could have used an extra chapter (or even few paragraphs) to see that they were settled properly before finishing the novel. ...more
Man, it feels like forever since I’ve posted a review. Life has just been hectic laThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Man, it feels like forever since I’ve posted a review. Life has just been hectic lately. But fear not, I will never give up reading/reviewing. I started this book because my baby sister has been singing its praises and quite honestly, I saw that the first one was free on Amazon and figured I had nothing to lose. I had seen this book before, but the cover didn’t really grab my attention and I don’t like downloading books I’m not sure I want to read. Well..that’s not entirely true, I download WAY too many free amazon books because I mean they are free and I’ll get around to them eventually, right? I’m one of those crazy people who searches the interwebs for lists of new free ebooks (but hey, I’ve gotten some great deals, I got Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey for free and many other things). But for what ever reason, this one just didn’t grab my attention. I’m glad I gave it a try though. This book is a rollercoaster ride wrapped in a mystery dipped in intrigue and romance. So what’s not to love?
Harper Madison has been deemed a troubled case. Given up for adoption at birth, she went into foster care and lived with her adopted family for 8 years…until a tragic fire that she accidentally started ruined everything. Since then, she has bounced from home to home always being thrown out for one reason or another. Shadowford Home for Girls in Peachville GA is her last chance. If she fucks this up, she’ll be put in juvenile detention until her 18th birthday. She’s trying to put her best face forward but when she ends up being connected to the murder of a classmate, things slide out of control.
I loved Harper instantly. She was quirky, troubled, and rebellious in her own ways. She had no desire to become a cheerleader and fall into the popular crowd. Instantly crushing on the incredibly hot Jackson who is by far the most interesting character in the book (and sadly you don’t get to see enough of him.) For the first half of the book, I was in love with all of it. The mystery of what was happening, who Harper’s birth mother really was, would she end up with Jackson, and what the hell was up with all the secrets. Then, almost at the midway point exactly, everything turns. Harper starts forgetting important things and completely changes. She starts hanging out with the popular cheerwhorecheerleaders, develops a crush the assholequarterback of the football team and looses every quality that I liked about her.
WHAT THE FUCK? I was equally tempted to stop reading out of sheer annoyance and continue reading to find out what the hell happened. Obviously the latter won out. Sadly, things are rocky from that point out. The oh so delicious relationship with Jackson goes out the window and no one will explain what is going on to her. You hear snippets from her eavesdropping, but no one will answer her questions outright. Then it ends brutally with a cliffhanger.
So why four stars?
Put simply, I couldn’t put it down. Once I got past the first few chapters, I had to keep going and now I desperately want to buy book 2. Yep, that’s right folks, queen of kindle freebies is going to actually buy a kindle edition. I realize it’s only a dollar, but it’s a big accomplishment for me to pay for a digital copy when I typically like to get something physical for my money. Another reason is that the story felt entirely unique. I’ve never read a story with similar to this and I didn’t see the twist coming at all, like not in my wildest dreams did I think it would end the way it did. Shock and awe, people, shock and awe.
I feel very proud after reading this, not only because I have gained a new author to follow, but I have officially read my first book by an indie author. That’s right Sarra, you are my first. I intend to read many many more indie books now. :)
For all those who read ebooks, I highly recommend this one. It’s the first in a series of six, I believe and it’s well worth your time. It’s free on amazon, barnes and noble, and smashwords, so what have you got to lose? ...more
You would think that after all they went through in Darker Still, Natalie StewartThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
You would think that after all they went through in Darker Still, Natalie Stewart and Jonathan Whitby, Lord Denbury, had earned a reprieve from the dastardly spirits that wish them harm. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Their plan to get away from the negative magic, taking a vacation of sorts with Jonathan's old friends turns out badly when they realize that Samuel, Jonathan's pal, is unwittingly involved in the society that trapped Jonathan in that painting. So now, our dear Lord Denbury is back to London to do some investigating and Natalie is going back home to deal with a very upset father. It's obvious something new is afoot and that the old demon is not yet finished with out lovely couple. Can they finally defeat this foe or will their inevitable doom come sooner rather than later?
Natalie is a feisty heroine determined to save Jonathan (and herself), regardless of the cost. She has finally regained her ability to speak, though her voice does still desert her on occasion, but she's lost a bit of her fire. She's still haven't the clairvoyant dreams, predicting things she hopes never come to pass, and she's terrified they'll never be free of this mess. All she wants is to have a normal(ish) courtship with Jonathan, then marry and have that happily ever after that we all dream about. But the demon that possess Jonathan is still haunting her, along with the new nightmares about resurrection.
Jonathan was just as charming as all the British lords in historical romances normally are. Proper, with a hint of the rake hiding beneath the surface. It's hard to not feel sympathy for him, after being locked in a painting for years and now having to impersonate the monster who trapped him there, it's a miracle he doesn't lose his mind. He's obvious affection for Natalie is so cute. I adore him. He's definitely on my list of swoon-worthy males.
The side characters are all interesting in their own right. Mrs. Northe with her paranormal abilities and saving the day tendencies is a character I'd love to know more about. Her life with her late husband, her youth, and all things past because I feel that would be an intriguing tale. Rachel, who can't speak or hear people, but hears spirits speaking to her, is also fascinating. This poor girl gets tormented in these pages, but they'll sort it out. Then there is Nathaniel Veil. ::swoons:: He's plagued with melancholy. He is an actor and playwright, starring in a play about the sadder things in life, doing versions of Poe and the like. He's so flirty! If Denbury wasn't perfect for Natalie, I'd be throwing myself onto Team Nathaniel straight-away!
What this novel really excels at is the luscious writing. Hieber is a master of this beautiful style of writing that captivates you. Maybe I'm biased because I spent my teenage years devouring historical romance novels, but there is just something magical about this time period and Hieber always manages to do it justice. The novels only real fault is I feel like it was trying to tackle too much in just one short book. We've got the Natalie/Jonathan romance, then Jonathan impersonating a demon, Rachel being used for nefarious purposes, demonic possession, resurrection, and more. I feel like we should have focused a bit more on the resurrection than trying to look at the larger picture just yet. Also, it seemed like this one was just a tad more religious than the previous one. It didn't feel pushy, just Natalie's Christian faith was more prevalent than before.
It does suffer just a bit from middle book syndrome, not quite living up to Darker Still's awesomeness, but it's still completely enjoyable. Jonathan makes it worth it, not to mention meeting Nathaniel. This isn't exactly what I was expecting, but a bit more. It contains that mystical quality that I loved in the first one. It has love, adventure, and a bit of humor, what more can you want?
This whole ranty review is written on the presumption that this novel is a standalone. If I find out that it has a sequel, I **might*** bump the star rating up one, but that won’t be much improvement. On the whole, I was disappointed in this novel. The gorgeous cover promised a good mermaid story and it just didn’t deliver. Miranda has a wonderful life on the island of Whym until a tragic boating accident kills four of her friends and leaves her boyfriend in a coma. After this accident, everyone turns against her. They all blame her because it was her boat and she was driving. This was hard to believe. When I say everyone, I do mean the entire town save her grandmother and her little brother. It’s like they had secret town meetings on how best to humiliate her. I just find it hard to believe that so many rational adults would shun a teenager who is by all rights recovering from her own injuries and grieving the loss of her friends.
Putting that aside, Miranda is saved during the accident by Christian, a betwixted man (a form of merman), who sees her drowning and is so drawn to her that he can’t let her die. After this, the ruler of the merpeople, Sephie, claims that she wanted all the souls and demands Christian kill Miranda and bring back her soul. As you can guess, enter the starcrossed lovers scenario. Christian goes Up Above to attempt to kill Miranda, but just can’t bring himself to do it. The two are instantly attracted to one another and Miranda spends every possible moment with him. This whole thing culminates with Sephie luring the town to her boat for a gala where she plans on killing Miranda and Christian as well as the other survivors from the wreck. Somehow Miranda manages to light Sephie’s boat on fire and the sea witch supposedly burns to death.
This all powerful sea witch is taken down by a miniscule teenager? I don’t buy it. Beyond that, Miranda’s grandmother has staged an intervention where they basically tell her that she has gotten out of control and they are shipping her to boarding school. Seriously? Give the girl some time to breathe and heal! All the relationships just seem twisted and unrealistic to me. I was very disappointed.
To make matters worse, it has a terrible ending. Christian was only allowed to roam freely on land to claim Miranda’s soul for Sephie and now must return to the ocean or die. So that’s how it ends, Christian returns to the water and Miranda is off to boarding school in Arizona…far away from the ocean. The fucking end. Yeah, see this face? It’s not a happy gnome face! ...more
Nova's life used to be full of joy and hope....until tragedy strikes. Now, she's aThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Nova's life used to be full of joy and hope....until tragedy strikes. Now, she's a shell of her former self, just trying to get by without falling apart again. Then Quinton enters the picture and she can't help but be drawn to him, with his honey-brown eyes that remind her so much of someone she used to know. Quinton knows he isn't worthy of Nova's attention, but he can't seem to resist her sweetness. She manages to make him smile, which is something he hasn't done in longer than he can remember. Can these two live in the present for long enough to make it work or will the past catch up to them?
Nova is that sweet girl who has witnessed death a time too many. She doesn't know how to move on after her boyfriend passes on. She loved him so much and she just can't tolerate the idea that his beautiful face and artistic abilities no longer grace this world. And when Quinton walks in with nearly identical honey brown eyes containing the same sadness she always saw in Landon's, she becomes a bit enraptured with this boy. She knows he isn't Landon, but the pull to know him and erase that sadness is more than she can resist. Her journey into the drug world is a bit unsettling. Her pull to achieve that numbing inner silence both drew me in and horrified me. I'm not a fan of drugs, I can't even tolerate cigarettes, so I don't think I'll ever understand Mary Jane's call to Nova, but it fascinated me nonetheless.
Quinton is sweet and such a fucking idiot. He's the epitome of grieving idiot. He's desire to protect Nova from this dark and dirty world was admirable, but I just wanted to slap some sense into the boy. It's obvious to everyone that the terrible car accident was not his fault. He was the only sober one in the the car wearing a seatbelt for fucks sake. But he's determined to deny himself any of the joys of life and spend his time killing himself one drug filled hit at a time. There just aren't words for that. I sympathize with him because I blame myself for everything, but this isn't the answer!
Then there is the ghost of Landon. Don't misread this, Landon does not appear here in ghost form, it's just a metaphor for his memories haunting Nova. Landon is a character I'm not a fan of. If you have sensitive opinions about depression and suicide, please stop reading here because you won't like my opinion. The last time I posted a review with negative opinions about depression, it got lots of bad comments, so I'm hesitant to do it again. But this is my blog, putting out my opinion, and I did warn you, right? WHAT THE FUCK, DUDE? You have a life full of people who love you and would bend over backwards to help you and instead of making the tinsy effort to tell them something is wrong so they can get you help, you just end it? Not. Fucking. Cool. I have been depressed, sometimes I think I still suffer from it a bit, so don't tell me I don't understand what he's going through, though mine wasn't nearly as severe. Giving up is never the goddamn answer. Did you even seriously consider for a moment what it would do to your family? Nova? How they will always blame themselves? You claim to love Nova ssssoooo much, but not enough to even try to stay with her? Not enough to even attempt anti-depressants and counselling all that nonsense? I mean, it's one thing if you have exhausted all your resources to find something that makes it better and nothing works, but for you to not even try? I just....there aren't any words or gifs adequate to describe my feelings about that.
There is also the idiotic character that is Delilah. Nova's "best friend" who slowly pushes her into the world of drugs. The idiot who stays with her abusive drug-dealing boyfriend despite every sign she should run. And she should run. I've read the next book, things get infinitely worse for her. Grow a goddamn brain. I'm so sick of seeing this, both in literature and real life. What the fuck does he have that is so goddamn special that you just can't live without him? Money? Nope, he's always going broke because of the drugs? Good looks? Nope, druggies aren't attractive. Charming personality? No, rage monkeys aren't charming. I get that you apparently have no self-worth but, seriously? This is what you think you deserve? This is where you want your life to be? Once again, there just aren't words for that. Grow a fucking backbone and step out on your own. Sure, it'll be lonely, but that's a fuckload better than the abuse your are receiving.
This is something different than we normally get from Sorensen. Instead of a tale about two people find each other and helping each other improve, it's much more about Nova's journey to improve herself. Sure, she spirals down into the drug world for a short while, but she eventually wakes up and realizes what she wants...and this isn't it. Sure, there is the obvious attraction between her and Quinton and a handful of smutty scenes between the two, but this isn't Quinton coming to his senses and rescuing Nova. It was a refreshing change, to see her realize she really is above all this drama and she deserves better.
This deserves five stars if for no other reason than it managed to elicit a full range of emotions from me. Sorensen has proven to be talented at not only creating twisted characters, but pulling you along for the ride. You feel everything they feel, whether you really want to or not. You rejoice when their happy and cry when their sad and ache when they hurt. It's completely amazing, and maybe a tad annoying. I don't read to get sad, I read to get happy, but the ride would have been more than a little just one sided if it was always happy and part of why I love Jessica is that she is brave enough to go into the darker side of things. It's a dark and thrilling tale of a young girls journey back to the self she lost long ago. It's so much more than I was expecting and I loved every second of it.
Yeah, it’s not really a question, is it? I’ll go ahead and warn you now. If you are a huge fan of this series, on Team Lincoln, easily offended by bad language and derogatory comments (then why the hell do you read my reviews?), then this might upset you and you should probably skip it. If none of that bothers you (ie only my little sister will probably be reading this), then read on.
Okay, let’s try to summarize before I go all rageface on you. Violet Eden has finally completely embraced her Grigori side, though she still has major issues with it, she and the other Grigori are trying to find the scripture, which I think is a list of all of the possible Grigori, but I’m not sure. It never really says in this book. It did in book one, but I just don’t fucking remember clearly. Either way, this sends her and the others on a journey to find them before the exiles do, or rather before Phoenix’s group of exiles do. ::breathes:: nope, hold it in, don’t rage yet. Anyway, while all this is searching is going on, Lincoln is facing his own set of issues. The exile who is responsible for the death of his mother has resurfaced and he can think of nothing but revenge. When I say “nothing but revenge”, I mean nothing, he is even ignoring Violet which she is not too keen on.
This novel does just a few things right. It’s just as damn addictive as the first book. Once I got into the story, I couldn’t stop reading. Where they going to find the scripture in time? What the hell was up with Phoenix? Are Violet and Lincoln soul mates? Is that really enough to get them around the whole “Grigori partners are incompatible” bit? I just had to keep reading to find out. Other characters also shine through in this one. Steph, for one, seemed to have a much bigger role in this one. Can I just say that is something else I loved? The normal, human best friend doesn’t just get pushed to the side in favor of new people to “protect” them, but instead is told about all of it and brought along for the ride. A few new characters where introduced, one of which I loved. His name is Spence and he’s just a cocky, sarcastic, funny, over-exuberant guy…who is interested in Vi in friends only zone.
But, unfortunately, he brings me to my rant. The role Spence plays in this book is hauntingly similar to the one Phoenix played in book one (well except for the part where Spence is only a friend and Phoenix was clearly more). He hangs out with Vi, helping her through shit while Lincoln is off gallivanting around doing God knows what and keeping his many secrets from Violet. Once again, my rant will probably bring about many spoilers, so proceed only if you dare. (view spoiler)[WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH PHOENIX?!?!?!? Seriously, in book one, he had his issues but he was there for Violet in whatever capacity she needed him, friend, lover, protector, guide, whatever and now, he is just a dick. Let me rephrase that, the scant few times he shows up, he is a dick. The first time Violet comes across him in this book, he makes her make out Spence, right in front of Lincoln, and then proceeds to reopen the fatal wound she received in book one after Lincoln has stormed out. Yeah, you remember when he healed her in book one from the stab in the stomach? Apparently that wound is permanently bonded to him and he can reopen it whenever he so chooses. What the fuck, right? There are a few moments when his feelings show through to Violet, making her remember that he did once care. And this, in and of itself, is what pisses me off. Phoenix does love her. I know it and that makes it hard for me to believe his transformation. I read somewhere in an interview with the author that since he is a “dark” exile, that darkness is a part of himself that he can’t overcome, no matter how much he wants to.
Really lady? I don’t fucking buy it. The “bad” guys overcome their darksides all the time, mostly in fiction as opposed to real life, but this is a PARANORMAL romance, so I don’t think realism is what we are going for. Look at Patch in Hush Hush. I mean if he can do it, so can Phoenix. But that would take the will of the author and it seems clear that she is Team Lincoln. Which I don’t understand because even if I didn’t have that proclivity for bad guys (who become redeemed enough to deserve the heroine, of course), I still wouldn’t like Lincoln because he keeps lying and keeping things from Violet, not to mention running to Magda for help which is just beyond understanding. Plus, he keeps telling Violet over and over that they can’t be together and yet he gets angry if she tries to move on. Okay, so maybe her and Spence making out isn’t considered “moving on” since it was against both their wills, but the point is that if he loves her as much as he claims, he should want her to be happy, no? Pining over his useless ass definitely isn’t making her happy. For those of you who are Team Lincoln and have dealt with this rant this far, let me just say that they won’t get their happy ending here either. They find out they are soul mates which invalidates the grigori restrictions, but they see a one soul mate get killed in front of the other and refuse to accept that is what will happen to each other if one dies. They won’t take that risk ,which is bullshit because we all know in the next book (which they are going to be five of at the moment) they’ll be back to pushing the boundaries because they are so in wuv.
(hide spoiler)] If you read that, you know how angry this book made me. If not, well let’s just say that unsatisfied is an understatement. With all that being said, do I plan on reading the rest of this series? At the particularly moment, yes I do because even though I really know that things aren’t going to go the way I want them to, I am still mildly curious to where it does go and I have that need to finish series. Besides, I want more glimpses of my awesome Phoenix (assuming is normal personality comes back). But I will not be recommending this series to anyone else until I finish it. This has made me too mad to want to condemn others to suffer it unless I know it’s worth it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Tella Holloway's brother is sick. He's deathly ill and the docs say they don't knoThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Tella Holloway's brother is sick. He's deathly ill and the docs say they don't know what's wrong or how to fix. Despite their rather smack-talk filled relationship, she loves him to death and can't imagine life without him, so when a mysterious blue box appears offering her a chance to compete in a competition for the ultimate cure, she doesn't hesitate. The Brimstone Bleed is a treacherous competition where competitors must fight their way to survive over four different equally deadly planes and every single competitor is out for someone they love. With little to no survival skills, Tella knows her chances of winning aren't likely, but she has to try. Can she overcome the odds?
I was excited and terrified to start this. Scott claims it's wildly different than The Collector and I wasn't sure how accurate that was. I enjoyed The Collector, but it wasn't my favorite thing in the world and I was expecting this to be about on the same level, great, but not stay-up-all-night-reading amazing. I couldn't have been more wrong. This is the adventure I was desperately needing without actively seeking it out. On VC's website she has a blurb by Kendare Blake (If you don't know who that is, we've got problems, k?) that says "“If The Hunger Games and X-Men and some Pokemon had a baby, it might turn out almost as awesome as this. But probably not. Read this book!" and that's so accurate that it renders me nearly speechless. POKEMON! Perfect, just fucking perfect. I really can't say anything that lives up to that succinct description, but I'll do my best to provide something entertaining anyway.
Tella is the best kind of heroine. Initially I sympathized with her while finding her a tad bit annoying. Her parents literally drag her away from her life and then ban any form of electronics...cell phones, tablets, laptops, the works. Being a reviewer and a blogger and active aficiando of wasting hours on the interwebs, I can understand the massive frustration that would entail. I'll be the first to admit that it would be heaven at first, having an inordinate amount of free time to spend entangled in the magical world that is fiction, but at some point your going to need something else, anything else. Any task gets monotonous after months of doing it repeatedly. But her fashionista-ness was out of my league of interest. After the games start, though, she's my kind of heroine. Any chick who can manage to maintain her snark even in deadly situations will win my heart. She reminds me a bit of Sophie from Tellulah Darling's Blooming Goddess Trilogy and that's a high compliment indeed. Her ability to roll with the punches and still be so fiercely protective of her new adopted family was beyond endearing. Her defense of the Pandoras was another thing that had me loving her to bits. Animal cruelty and abuse is something I cannot tolerate and her determination to protect these creatures and me cheering her on like nobodies business.
Speaking of Pandoras.....
They are like Pokemon, but possibly cooler. They all have different abilities and are fiercely protective of their owner, well as long as their owner isn't a psychotic abusive asshat. Tella's fox, Madox is probably the most powerful of the bunch and DAMN. Can I have him? I can't even come up with adequate adjectives to describe their awesomeness.
The other characters are all equally interesting, especially Guy (though he could probably use a better name), who gets to have that whole strong silent type thing going on. Harper had the whole big sister vibe down, and then there was Caroline who I won't even really comment on because I can't decide how I feel about her. The later addition of Jaxon provided a great amount of comic relief. He's quirky and amusing and adorable, following Harper like a lost puppy.
Something else I liked (and maybe disliked, depending on when you ask me) is the brutality of this race. Scott doesn't shy away from the violent edge a competition like this would inspire. Some contenders are down-right evil, twisted in ways that are shocking and grotesque. Death is also something that has to be dealt with here because conditions like the jungle and desert are difficult to traverse if you don't know what you are doing. Even if you do, the elements and predators still may catch you off guard. Scott does a great job of straddling the line of cruelty without going so far as to make us feel overwhelmed. Or maybe she makes use feel just the right level of overwhelmed because there is a particular scene where extreme measures must be taken to combat a snake bite and that was overwhelming but somehow it worked well in the setting.
Scott manages to make me adore this even though it has quite a few character deaths. If you follow my reviews at all, you know I hate character death, so that's quite the accomplishment. She really pushes the questions of how far you would go to save your loved ones. That is the best motivation that you could give and she really pushes the envelope a bit here with just the right level of savagery. This novel has something for everyone, for anyone brave enough to give it a try. It's got snarky comments galore, a quiet romance, adventure aplenty, and a plot that will surprise most. As with Scott's The Collector, it's gloriously free of love triangles and cliffhangers, which would make me love it even if it wasn't as awesome. But it is! And if you aren't afraid to get your proverbial hands dirty, definitely give this a read!
****Thank you to Scholastic Press for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****
Josie Peters thinks she has everything she needs, a decent boyfriend, good friends,The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Josie Peters thinks she has everything she needs, a decent boyfriend, good friends, and the drive to make sure her BMX skills are always improving. Then her boyfriend dumps her just before prom and she learns her friends are all going away for the summer and she is forced to find other means of distraction which leads her to connect with a few other BMX girls and sets her on the journey to compete in more than one tournament this summer.
This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Josie is a strong heroine who keeps pushing for what she wants despite the opposition and her own fears. She isn’t perfect, she makes mistakes, but she continues to pick herself up and try again. I think YA especially needs more heroines just like Josie. No Bella Swan syndrome here, Josie is beyond basing who she is off the guy she’s with and doesn’t sit around whining when things don’t go her way. When she wipes out completely, ended up with a badly bruised face and a sprained wrist, she lets her friend post the video online and instead of bitching about needed a new frame for her bike, she goes out and makes a plan to try to get a local bike shop to sponsor her or at least give her a discount and succeeds.
The writing was done so well with the perfect balance of realism and humor. I just can’t stress enough what a great character Josie is, breathing life into this story in a way that was completely relatable. I’m happy to say that though this could have easily fallen into love triangle land with the multitude of hot males, it doesn’t. This book is more about Josie’s path to BMX tournaments than her endless need to find her next boyfriend, though there is definitely a bit of romance mixed in. It’s a stand-alone, so no worrying about the dreaded cliffhangers and it has my favorite kind of ending, a happy but realistic one. Josie definitely doesn’t get everything she wants, but what she does get is enough and it was perfect. Her triumphs outweighing her failures and all that jazz.
I think this is a book for everyone, especially teen girls showing that with enough determination, you really can achieve your goals. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do what you want, period. I think that’s the biggest lesson this is trying to teach and it succeeds.
****A big thank you to Karen Avivi for providing me with a digital copy in exchange for an honest review**** ...more
Damn....dayum...just fucking wow. I....it was....how do I......I think my brain jusThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Damn....dayum...just fucking wow. I....it was....how do I......I think my brain just exploded into a puddle of pure joy.
Far warning with this review, it's gonna be a hell of a lot of fangirling and might be a bit rambly because it's killing me to wait the tinsy bit of time it takes to write this to read Onyx.
I was beginning to think I was too damn picky to love anything these days. It seems like every book I pick up is good but not great. Amusing but not hilarious, I like it but it could be better. And this was just perfect. One word people, just one, Daemon. He's hot as hell and he fucking knows it. Oh, and he's an alien. He's also a dick to Katy for the majority of the book, but she doesn't just roll over and take it. Nope, she tells him to back the fuck off and mind his own business.
...Okay people, I am truly sorry, but I can't review this book. Seriously, all that is pouring out of my mind is rabid fangirling which can only carry the review so far. Just know that this book is amazing and if you like fantasy, paranormal romance, aliens, and kickass heroines, this is for you. SO GO READ IT NOW. (I'll try to review it again in a few days when the fangirling has (hopefully) subsided).
Alrighty, let me try this again. I started this book because over half the blogs I follow are rabid fans of this series and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. To be quite honest, I’ve been rather disappointed with most of the books I’ve read recently. Everything has been irritating me. They have love triangles or cliffhangers or mediocre writing and I’ve been getting rather frustrated. I don’t know if I’ve become more picky or maybe I’ve just had a bad streak of book choosing but either way, I was hoping with all the blogger hype, this would be the great book I’ve been searching for. And fuck, it really was. I should also preface this by stating that I was a huge fan of the tv series Roswell, so I have a huge soft spot for aliens when they are done right.
We follow Katy in her move from Florida to West Virginia. She is less than thrilled about the move, even though she understands her moms reasons for uprooting them, she still misses her life in Florida. After a few days of pushing from her mom, she finally ventures out into the world, walking next door to ask the neighbor for directions. But when Daemon Black answers the door in nothing but a pair of jeans, she is floored because Daemon has more muscles on him than any seventeen year old boy has the right to. He also has a smoking face, with high cheekbones, full totally kissable lips, and gorgeous green eyes. She is completely enraptured by him….until he opens his mouth. He goes from completely date-able to the lowest level of scrum within a few scant seconds with his bad attitude from hell. After leaving His Royal Dickhead, she goes in search of the grocery store with his begrudgingly give directions and runs right into his twin sister. Dee profusely apologizes for Daemon and soon the two become fast friends, which seems to piss Daemon off. Katy doesn’t know what he’s problem is, but he keeps trying to blatantly push her away from Dee. Like hell, Katy isn’t going to let some overbearing, overprotective dickhead keep her from a being friends with Dee. But it’s obvious that Dee is keeping something from her. She doesn’t want to pry, but she can’t help but question why Daemon keeps saying Dee doesn’t need “friends like her”. Then she accidentally walks out in front of a truck and Daemon stops time to keep her from becoming road kill. Why? How can he do that? Because they are aliens. And things just get weirder from there.
Now, before any of you run screaming with the whole “I don’t do science fiction, no aliens for me!” bit, let me just say that this isn’t really scifi. It comes off as paranormal YA and for those of you who think aliens can’t be sexy, just watch one episode of Roswell and tell that you don’t want Max Evans saving your life! This series has so much to love and I think people who won’t try it simply because it’s aliens are really missing out.
I’ll start with Katy. I loved Katy, like really loved her. She starts off shy and quiet, but working to overcome it. She also is a book blogger with I found highly entertaining. I’ve read so many books where it’s mentioned in the beginning that they love to read, but you never actually see them pickup a book or show interest in them and that’s so not the case here. This lovely heroine would rather spend her days lounging in her living room reading and reviewing books than anything else and that doesn’t change when Daemon and Dee start making her life a three ring circus. I love that she stands up to Daemon and doesn’t let him push her around. In fact, she typically does the opposite of what he wants. He tells her to stay and she goes, he tells her to be quiet and she rattles on just out of spite. I loved that she was fowl-mouthed as well. Not super bad, but she calls Daemon a dickhead on more than one occasion (and he usually deserves it).
I also really loved the dynamic between these two. It’s one of those “I hate you, but I’m attracted to you” things and damn does it work for them. There are times when I’m not sure which would be better, watching them finally get together or watching them kill each other with insults. It’s obvious to everyone that they are head over heels for each other, everyone that is, except Katy who refuses to admit she likes him. She’s in denial so deep I’m not sure she’ll ever figure out the truth.
I loved almost all the characters in this, especially Katy’s mom. In most YA’s, the parents are absent without a legitimate reason, but bless Jennifer Armentrout because she explains it all before I could even ask. Katy has always been a good girl and since her father died, mommy dearest works extra nursing shifts to make ends meet and have extra money. So when Katy’s off running around with Daemon and getting in trouble, we know why her mom isn’t popping up with questions.
Now, on to the fangirling bits. I will state that you can skip the rest of this review without missing anything of substance, just me raving about how awesome Daemon is. Where to start? Let’s start with appearance. Tall, with wavy brown hair and bright green eyes, not to mention the muscles…..::swoons:: With his penchant for answering the door shirtless, can he just move next to me? I can deal with the foul mouth, in fact he doesn’t need to speak at all….anyway, when he does speak, he’s arrogant, stubborn, cocky, and sarcastic as hell. That’s right, he knows he’s awesome and he knows you think so too. And he doesn’t want Katy anywhere near his world. It’s not safe and he doesn’t want her involved. So, he’s a total dick, doing things to purposely piss her off, but he always gets unexpected results. When he tells her that he doesn’t want her sitting at the lunch table with him and his sister, that she is unwanted, he expects her to walk away with her tail tucked between her legs. So when she dumps her tray of food on his head, he is surprised to say the least and he can’t help but admire her. Underneath the asshat, hides a sweet guy who is just trying to make the best of a bad situation. He must protect his sister at all costs and that means pushing everyone who could present a danger away. So yeah, it’s a bit of the typical, “I’m only pushing you away because I want to protect you, but secretly I want you so hard it hurts” thing, but it’s so believable coming from him that it’s okay. Besides, he really does get a kick out of pissing Katy off. If you don’t fall in love with this guy from the story, there is an extra scene at the end from his perspective that will change your mind. And I think the cover model they got for him was beyond perfect. Have you seen the cover for Opal?
Look at it! Look at him. Not only am I head over heels for the character, but also for the amazing looking Pepe Toth, the model. Damn…just fucking damn. That admiration is only depended by the fact that Pepe is total and completely in love with his co-cover model, Sztella Tziotziosz. But seriously, look at them:
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When it comes down to it, I recommend this book to everyone. It is so amazing and keeps you begging for more. This is easily the best book I’ve read all year and it’s clear that it will be one that I go back to over and over again when I’m looking for something to make my heart race with excitement. ...more
::sighs:: This book was amazing. I flat out loved it, all of it. I loved the world,The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
::sighs:: This book was amazing. I flat out loved it, all of it. I loved the world, the main heroine (which is unusual for me, I usually find them to be TSTL), the hero, the minor characters, the writing, etc. Seriously, the more I read, the more I wanted to read. I was ecstatically happy at the absence of the ever-present in YA love triangle. ::does happy dance:: Then why the sigh, you ask? I'll tell you why, because it is yet another book with a stupid fucking cliffhanger ending. See this face? It's not a happy gnome face.
Seriously YA authors, why all the cliffhangers? It seems like every damn YA book I pick up these days has a cliffhanger and a year or more wait for a sequel. Is it really necessary to torture you're readers like that? Why use that craptastic technique to ensure that people will want to buy your next book? Can't you just trust that you have written a good story and that the people who enjoyed it will happily buy the next one to see what happens next? Take a page out of Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling series and leave out the cliffhangers, PLEASE! ...more
I hated this. If I was reading this in a physical form instead of**spoiler alert** The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
I hated this. If I was reading this in a physical form instead of digital, I probably would have thrown the damn thing out the window and set the damned thing on fire.
I was iffy going into it but I read a few glowing reviews and thought I would give it a shot....I wish I wouldn't have. I wish I would have went with my gut instinct and stayed far fucking away. I thought the majority of this book was tolerable, even enjoyed bits of it. I loved Noah and Charlotte. I like the world it was in and the idea of the incarnates. But that ending ruined any chance this book had to even get a 2 star rating. It I could rate negative stars, I would.
What, you ask, can be so bad that I will refuse to read the sequel even though I have very big need to finish all the series I start even if they suck? She kills Noah. DEAD. At the very end, after Seraphina (I love her name) thinks everything is okay and she'll get her happily ever after, she learns that Cyrus isn't actually dead, but instead he took Noah's body. Now in another book this may mean that Noah is just suppressed, but not in this one. Avery Williams spends a good deal of time explaining that to take over a body, you must first get the original soul out of it. Therefore Noah is fucking dead.
No...that's all I really have to say about the sequel. I do not want waste my time reading while Ms Williams paints herself out of a corner. Hell no. FUCK NO. Just plain old N-O.
EDIT: Someone has pointed out a legitimate possible way Noah is alive to me, therefore, I *MIGHT* read the sequel if Noah isn't dead. So, anyone who has read my ranting review who reads the sequel, please let me know if it is worthy of my efforts. Thanks!...more
Nine years ago, Zach Aubrey broker Violet Smith's heart. After she confessed her lThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Nine years ago, Zach Aubrey broker Violet Smith's heart. After she confessed her love for him, he literally ran from her after telling her he didn't feel the same. She never really got over him, but she managed to move on. Zach was always in love with Violet, but at 19 the emotion scared him shitless and running away seemed the best option at the time. Now, due to a scheduling mishap, Violet and Zach find themselves sharing a vacation house in Maine for two weeks. Violet is determined to stay away from her past feelings for Zach and he is determined to prove to her that he has always loved her and they deserve a second chance. Can they make it work? Or will the past and their more mature personalities stand in the way.
I was pretty excited to start this. I've been in a very romance-y mood for a while now and this fit right into what I was wanting to read, and it didn't disappointment me. Violet is easy to identify with, both in how hard she initially fell for Zach and her desire to not fall for him again. I'm not a poetry fan....like at all, but her desire to write it over novels was incredible. I'll be the first to admit that unless it's put to a great guitar riff, I'm not going to even give the poem a chance, but I really wanted this character to go back to doing what she loved. Better to write amazing poetry than a mediocre sophomore novel, right? She changed so drastically to fit into Shep's (her dead boyfriend) life and I loved watching her rediscover herself.
Zach was....interesting. He managed to be completely confident and completely insecure simultaneously. Or maybe insecure isn't the right word. He was more of completely vulnerable. He knows he fuck up when he ran from Violet and wants nothing more than another chance because he's so desperately in love with her and he puts it all on the table. He lays it all out there and lets Violet make the decisions...with a little pushing from him. I didn't instantly swoon for him because he's a bit of a man-slut in his rocker ways and that's not something I find particularly attractive, but I can respect the author for keeping it real and having him embrace the rocker lifestyle. Had he stayed celibate the entire time he was away from Violet, it would have been impossible to believe. Beyond his promiscuous ways, he was pretty hot, with hard muscles and tattoos and piercings and savant-level musical talent. His ability to show Violet his remorse over his fuckups had me looking past his flaws and rooting for these like nobodies business.
This novel really shines with it's characters. Violet and Zach are both so perfectly flawed and imperfect that you can't help but relate to them, even if you don't have much in common. I'm really big on character-driven stories, so if you are like me, this is definitely something you'll want to check out. The plot was a bit predictable, because we all know they are going to end up together by the end(view spoiler)[And that Violet will eventually find out about Zach buying her poetry contract (hide spoiler)] but it's a romance novel, so we aren't really reading it for shocking twists, are we? We are reading it for the guaranteed happily ever after, the romance, and the smut. On all three counts, this delivers. My only issue was an overabundance of smut. You are reunited with the love of your life and there is chemistry out the ass and you devour each other, great. I'm happy for you. You spend days rolling around in bed, avoiding the world? A bit of a stretch, but fine, enjoy it while you can. I just felt like there was one too many sex scenes. We get it, you can't get enough of each other, but can we take a break, pretty please? They were all well written, I just felt the number was a bit overpowering.
Really, if a romance novel is going to have an issue, an overabundance of smut is probably the best problem to have. This novel turned out to be exactly what I was looking for, a heartwarming tale of second chances for love and happily ever afters. I know I'm overly picky, but really, what more could I have asked for?!?
I have been wanting to read this for a little while now. I adored Beastly (and seveThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
I have been wanting to read this for a little while now. I adored Beastly (and several of Alex’s other works) and the idea of re-reading Beastly from Lindy’s perspective was hype enough to make me want to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed. This little novella is exactly what it’s advertised as, a retake of Beastly via Lindy. If you’re read Beastly, you already know the basic plot. Kyle is an asshat and Kendra curses him to live as a beast until he finds someone to love him. Lindy turns out to be that someone.
I loved seeing her side of things. She’s sweet and caring and really has a thing for Kyle, though she tries to hide it. She struggles to make ends meet, but you don’t really hear her complaining about her situation. School, work, tutor on the side, try to keep her dad out of trouble, and she manages it all gracefully. There aren’t many people who could in that situation. Seeing “Adrian” through her eyes was also interesting to read about. I loved that she knew that he loved her without having to hear him say it or be reassured continually that she was worthy of someone like him. Basically, she is a great change of pace over the sloppy, whiny, heroines that dominate YA.
Reading this did have a downside though. It highlighted all of the ways the Beastly film disappointed me. I like it well enough on its own, but when compared to the book, it’s fucking terrible. They changed so much, most of it for reasons I don’t understand. Yeah, I get that wearing a fur suit constantly during filming is a hassle, so I can kind of understand why they did that, though I don’t agree with the change, but changing Madga’s name? Changing Lindy’s appearance? Removing the magic mirror? So many senseless changes that he beauty of the story gets lost in it. ...more
So, I'm a pretty crappy review writer, but I'm trying to write more of them, so herThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
So, I'm a pretty crappy review writer, but I'm trying to write more of them, so here it goes. I really enjoyed this book. It's a modern twist on a classic tale, written in first person with perfect moments of humor and seriousness. Prety easy read, simple story with perfect fairy tale ending. Though I will admit, it ended a little too well and played off that whole last minute rescue thing, it was still highly enjoyable. Liked: The chatroom sessions sparesly spread through the story, the fact that the heorine isn't a stunning beauty Disliked: the almost too perfect ending
I am truly excited to see the movie version of this set to come out next year....more
Ever has left than a year left to live and is trying to spend it with the people shThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Ever has left than a year left to live and is trying to spend it with the people she loves most. Spending as much time as possible with Mom, Frankie, and Jessie is all that matters until she learns that there is much more to her countdown than she realizes. When Ariadne put that countdown on her soul, she inadvertently marked Ever soul, making it more valuable to collectors. So now Ever is on the run with the one person she’s trying so hard to avoid, Toby. Together, they try to find away to save Ever’s soul, while outwitting collectors and Seekers who are determined to claim the prize. Can they beat the clock or will salvation come too late?
I…um….what to say? Well, let’s start with the basics. Ever shows a great deal of growth here. She really steps out of that damsel in distress role and I really enjoyed seeing her stand up for herself. She also gains a much dirty mouth by the end and I LOVED that. It progresses slowly, but by the end we get to see her drop the f-bomb more than once. Is that a stupid reason to be excited? Probably, but I fucking loved it anyway. For me, it makes the character much more believable if they curse. I realize that everyone wasn’t like me, developing a potty mouth from hell the moment they hit high school, but I adamantly believe that there are very few people who don’t swear at all, especially in high stress situations. I’m sorry, but if the shit hits the fan “oh pooh” isn’t going to cut it. That really grounded Ever for me even more, making her feel more real.
Then there is Frankie….my dear sweet, amazing, epic Frankie.
What can I say about him, really? He’s the exact same sweet guy he was in Ever and I love him beyond words. Seriously, he so perfect, always supporting Ever, while being honest in his opinions at the same time. We don’t get nearly enough of him in this novel, but I’ve been assured that we haven’t seen the last of him. (view spoiler)[It makes me incredibly sad that Ever ends up choosing Toby over Frankie. It’s inevitably more complicated than that, but that’s what happens. I logically understand the reasons behind it and I can see why Toby might be a better match, but that’s doesn’t mean I have to be fucking happy about it. I get that Ever has sort of outgrown Frankie and that Frankie needs to get out of her house and live his life, especially now that’s he’s gotten a second chance, but DAMMIT THEY WERE PERFECT TOGETHER.
Then there is Toby. I liked Toby and I sympathize with the boy, but in my mind, he just can’t compare to Frankie. He’s great and snarky and funny and protective, which is usually a winner, but Frankie was just better. I can see why some people are Team Toby, but I just can’t.
The plot of this one is just as much of a rollercoaster ride as the previous one, probably more so. There are multitudes of twists and turns and the ending is something I didn’t even come close to predicting. Russo does a great job of giving you just enough foreshadowing that you know something major is going to happen, you are just never sure of what. (view spoiler)[Except that Ariadne is Ever’s sister. I called it, I called it, I CALLED IT.
The only reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the whole Frankie thing. It’s childish, I know, but I have to show my irritation somehow (and no, the spoilery rant above was not enough). If I can legitimately lower a great books star rating to 1 simply because of senseless animal deaths, I think I can drop a star because of the Frankie thing. Really, though, this is another amazing novel. It’s an addictive thrill ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if and how Ever is going to get out of this mess. I can honestly say this book was well worth the wait (which is a high compliment indeed) and though everything doesn’t wrap up at the end, it’s definitely better than the massive cliffhanger at the end of book 1. I can’t wait to see what the final installment to this series brings (hopefully LOTS more Frankie).
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This is it, the final showdown is a week away and Sophie must prepare to forever win the battle and be humanity's savior or die trying...and take everyone on the planet with her when she fails. No pressure, right? Add the stress of that on top of trying to heal from psycho Bethany's stab wound, trying to get Kai to talk through his feelings, and working through the revelation that Felicity is actually Demeter (AKA Persephone's mom) in disguise and this poor girl is literally developing stress rashes. Can she get it together and save the world or is humanity doomed?
I intentionally read this slowly trying to make it last longer. As excited as I was to get my hands on it, I was equally sad because I don't really want Sophie's journey to come to an end. Well...I do because a longer journey means more conflict and poor Soph has been through enough, but I know I will miss her wit and her charm and her massive amounts of snark. Yes, I can (and probably will) re-read the novels, but it's not the same, you know? I'm going to try to keep my weepy, maudlin-ness to a minimum, because it won't do the book justice, but I suspect it might creep in here and there.
If we thought Sophie had been put through the ringer before, we were sorely mistaken. Here, Sophie more or less gets shoved into Persephone's last week of life and the fall out from having to see Kai loving her or Demeter actually showing affection should be enough to send her over the deep end. Add that to the stress that she still must figure out a way to save humanity and I'm surprised she never seriously contemplated suicide. Not our Soph, though, because she's too determined and resilient to give up. She'll save the world or die trying, and force her friends to help, even if they can't remember who she is.
The Kai we get is a mash-up between book 1 dickhead Kai and book 2 charming and swoony Kai. He's obviously still not recovered from the knowledge that Persephone planned to betray him and takes a good bit of that frustration out on our undeserving Sophie. He gets better, though, and he's good-guy side takes over once again. You know all those banners up right now that say "I sigh for Kai" for Wendy Higgins Sweet Evil Trilogy? Well I want one, but for this trilogy because this Kai is beyond sigh-worthy. That speech he makes to Sophie at the end?
The rest of the gang is all present, though we don't get as much of Hannah and her nerdiness as I would have liked. Theo and Festos are the most adorable couple ever and Hannah's new found obsession with Pierce is lovable, even if it does make her into one of those girls who is more interested in her boyfriend than anything else. Poor Hannah actually is as human as the rest of us, with hormones and imperfections.
There was a point while reading this when I panicked. Though I won't say who, someone dies. An important character dies. I HATE character death and I instantly went into a tailspin. I'm going to have to write a negative review. How can I write an negative review about one of Tellulah's books?!?!? I love her and all her work. I think I even started hyperventilating at the prospect of putting negative thoughts out about an otherwise amazing series. But I hate character death and I can't not mention it, right? I can't write a review without being completely honest and I can't love something where a favorite character bites the dust. Luckily for me (and all of you) this character doesn't stay permanently dead. We get a perfectly acceptable loophole for him to be...not dead.
Though I am sad to see it end, the ending itself is perfect. I loved the way Sophie saves the world and the uplifting message that leaves you with. I can't say much more than that without spoilers, but more novels should end with that particular moral in mind. This is everything I wanted when I started it. You get deep emotional drama and trauma along with Sophie's signature level of snark. You get Kai's swooniness (though it takes a bit of time to manifest). You get to see all your favorite characters get the happy ending they deserve. The only thing it's missing is comeuppance for Bethany, but it's okay because the way the last scene with her is written is better. I can't express how thrilled I am to have had the opportunity to read this amazing series and how utterly sad I am to see it end. I feel the textbook definition of a book hangover. What am I supposed to do now?
When all is said and done, I truly recommend not only this book and this series, but anything Tellulah Darling plans to write. She will surprise you with her ability to make you laugh and cry. Her ability to write in a realistic teenage voice never fails to surprise. She writes in a way that truly reminds me of Jennifer L Armentrout and that is a compliment of the highest order. Seriously, pick up My Ex From Hell if you haven't already because it's exactly what you didn't know you were looking for and you'll thank me later.
****Thank you to Tellulah Darling/Te De Media for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****
***CAUTION: This review may contain possible spoilers, profanity, and rabid fangirlThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
***CAUTION: This review may contain possible spoilers, profanity, and rabid fangirling.***
With all this hype going on about Fifty Shades Of Grey by E L James, which for those of you who don’t know is an erotic novel that started off as a Twilight fanfic, I couldn’t resist the urge to reread my favorite Twilight fanfic. This story is probably one of the best things I have ever read. Fanfic or not, it is still an amazingly written story of loss and love.
It obviously follows the story of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. It’s written in first person, alternating between Bella’s perspective and Edward’s. Both characters have serious flaws and are fucked up in more ways than one. Bella was the victim of a month long home invasion where her mom’s ex-boyfriend locked her in a closet and abused her mentally and physically. This event leaves her mom dead and Bella so traumatized that the simple touch of any man sends her spiraling into a mental breakdown. She refuses to sleep because when she does, she has the worst nightmares and wakes up in a panic. She spent a year in group homes before finally allowing her aunt Esme to convince her to move in with her and her daughter, Alice. Edward is equally fucked in the head. When he was nine, he was in a house fire and watched his father burn to death. Shortly after the fire, his mother put him up for adoption and he spent years in group homes before being adopted by Dr Carlisle Cullen. He blames himself for the fire and his father’s death. He is similarly afflicted as Bella in that he also refuses to sleep because of the horrid dreams. And speaking of Edward….DAMN. This version of him is lovingly referred to as “dark Edward” because he is a fowl mouthed, cocky, antisocial motherfucker. And I LOVED it.
The two are draw together when they realize they have a similar problem and start spending their nights together out in the cold at the gazebo that is between her house and his to help keep each other awake. Things continue in this fashion, with the nightly hangouts for a few weeks until Edward gets completely exhausted and falls asleep on Thanksgiving. Bella becomes so worried that she climbs the lattice to his balcony and finds him curled in the middle of his bed, deep asleep whimpering, shaking, and with tears streaming down his face. She tries to awaken him by yelling at him, but no such luck. Desperate to help him, she crawls into the bed, knowing that touching him means another mental break but needing to wake him, and starts to try to wake him with her touch. And then something amazing happens. She can touch him. She doesn’t feel the panic or have the mental flashes that she gets when anyone else touches her. She still can’t wake him, so she starts stroking his hair and humming the song his mother used to hum to him and he calms instantly. Eventually he unconsciously wraps an arm around her waist and she still feels no panic. Somehow, she ends up drifting off to sleep wrapped in his arms. They both wake up nightmare free many hours later and everything changes after that. She starts sneaking over to his house every night to sleep. Though she is attracted to him, it takes him a long time to admit his attraction to her for fear that he will fuck it up and ruin the sanctity of their sleeping. A lot of shit happens after this and things get better and then worse and then better and so on.
This story is so well written and it’s obvious the author put a lot of effort into the research behind the illness that affect the characters. Bella & Edward don’t just skate along carefree while being severally sleep deprived. That shit had serious medical consequences. As does post traumatic stress disorder which both characters obviously have. These issues are eventually addressed as the characters work towards a better relationship. The two finding solace in each other isn’t a cure-all for their problems even though they think it is.
You guys have no idea how much effort I am putting into not fangirling out right now. This story will make you laugh, cry, scream, and get so angry that you wish the characters were real just so you could punch them in the face and tell them how stupid they are. And it’s all worth it. This is just one of those great things that stick with you even as you read other things. This was my sixth time reading it and the wow factor still hasn’t worn off. I’m just blown away by it. Maybe it’s because I can relate (on a WAY smaller scale) to some of the issues that are faced, but this is one of those stories that is always in my head. Dark Edward rolls around in there along with Bella and Alice and Jazz. No offense meant to Stephenie Meyer, but this fanfic makes Twilight look like it’s deaf, blind, and retarded cousin.
It really is a must read, so go read it now. Seriously, you have no fucking excuse not to because it’s a fanfic so it is free, so go google “Wide Awake fanfic” and read it. NOW!
Random side note, I made a playlist for the epic story and it’s below, in no particular order. 1. All The Same by Sick Puppies 2. White Balloons by Sick Puppies 3. My World by Sick Puppies 4. Survive by Sick Puppies 5. Master Of The Universe by Sick Puppies 6. The Bottom by Sick Puppies 7. The Red by Chevelle 8. Forfeit by Chevelle 9. The Gift by Seether 10. Walk Away From The Sun by Seether 11. Never Leave by Seether 12. The Crow And The Butterfly by Shinedown 13. Beyond The Sun by Shinedown 14. Stop And Say You Love Me by Evans Blue 15. Possession by Evans Blue 16. The Tease by Evans Blue ...more
Bea is just your average girl with a weekly therapist appointment. She just likes tThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Bea is just your average girl with a weekly therapist appointment. She just likes to take notes, and is a bit obsessive….with a tinsy history of stalking. She meets Beck and he just might be perfect for her, but she can’t stop obsessing over Austin and his perfect life and she just needs to check in on him to make sure he’s alright one last time and then she’ll move on!
I’m a bit speechless. I was expecting an interesting love story about a girl with minor OCD tendencies, like a need for everything to be in its proper place and maybe a obsession with keeping everything including herself extremely clean, you know kind of a “Out damn spot!” kind of thing. I was so far off. Bea’s compulsions have nothing to do with cleanliness and everything to do with obsessing over everyones safety. It was both fascinating and terrifying to watch her stalking manifest. It started as something so small and then grew so massive.
Watching her struggle to fight her compulsions and losing more often than not was heartbreaking especially because she is fully aware of how insane she acts and she is helpless to stop it. Once she and Beck start dating, watching them both use the other to help fight the compulsions and also to comfort one another when that fails was endearing. I love that Bea fully accepts Beck as he is, with his fitness obsessions and the number 8 fixation. She realizes that she is just as damaged and knows that on the list of compulsions, those aren’t nearly as bad as they could be. Not to mention the fact that he a very compelling reason for developing those obsessions.
The really disturbing thing about this was how fixated on Austin and Sylvia she becomes. Even after she starts a relationship with Beck, she can’t stop watching them and taking notes on the parts of their sessions she overhears. Her fear that something bad will happen to them if she doesn’t make sure they are okay is so vivid that she physically cannot stop herself from going to them.
This novel gets 5 stars for shock value alone. This is the only YA novel I have ever read that portrays OCD and stalking…well with the main character is a stalker because I’ve read several where the main character gets stalked. My point is more of this is the first one I’ve read where the stalker is portrayed in a semi-sympathetic light and the first one that seriously discusses OCD as more than just a vague reference to someone with an obsession with order. I do not have OCD, but I did take several different college psychology courses and I feel like Haydu did an excellent job portraying this condition. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for something outside of your typical YA contemporary and for anyone interested in mental disorders.
****Thank you to Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****...more
I am honestly unsure what to say about this book. An ebook version was sent to me bThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
I am honestly unsure what to say about this book. An ebook version was sent to me by the author for review and it has taken me far too long to get around to reading it, but I really wanted to love it. In fact, anytime I win or am given a book (either ebook or physical book), I desperately want to adore it. But I didn’t. It came off as rather mediocre to me.
I did enjoy main story. I loved the selfish dragons who were sacrificing one girl every year, selecting a new girl for the sacrifice and forcing her to marry. Allowing the couple a year to produce a child and then slaughtering the entire family for nothing more than their own amusement was an interesting idea. Yay for sadistic dragons. The characters fell a little flat to me. The only ones I truly liked were Pan and Brydon. Crisilin and Chalom were too religious for my tastes. In fact, the whole novel came off a little to religious for my liking. I realize that the author has done a lot of Christian novels, but I was under the impression that this wasn’t one of them. Either way, I cringed every time they praised/thanked/prayed to Usamah. Leaving my own personal Atheist views out of the picture, it still came off as rather fake to me. I also really dislike Mokuolu. I hate when someone calls everyone “brother” or “sister” and even more so when they pronounce it “brotha” or “sista”. ::shudders:: My only other issue was the fact that you are never told Crisilin’s age. In the beginning I thought she was 16 or so, but throughout the novel, she is always referred to as a child which implies younger to me. Since she is forced into marriage and expected to produce a child immediately, she can’t be younger than 13 or 14. It wasn’t a huge deal, it was just something that could have helped me in getting a better feel for the character.
Despite my complaints, I think that anyone who likes fantasy and doesn’t have a problem with some religious overtones, will definitely enjoy this novel.
****Thank you to Christine E Schulze for providing me with a digital copy in exchange for an honest review****...more
I can't even decide on a proper star rating. My brain just refuses to believe I havThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
I can't even decide on a proper star rating. My brain just refuses to believe I have finished this book. I loved it...it was amazing....and then it ended on possibly the worst cliffhanger EVER. ::dies:: Review to come.
Ever’s life stopped two years ago when her best friend Frankie died in a car accident. For reasons she’ll never understand that car crash took his life but left her alive. Though Frankie is dead, he never left. His ghost stayed around and though that makes everything more complicated, Ever couldn’t be more grateful to have him still in her life in any form she can get. Ever has a little secret. She has been in love with Frankie for her entire life. Ever realizes that Frankie is oblivious to this fact and that even if he wasn’t, the fact that he is dead would prevent any kind of romantic relationship. So when Toby moves in next door, Ever throws herself into a relationship with him to try to move on with her life. Little does she know that this move will change her life forever.
What to say? I fell completely in love with this story. Why? I’m not entirely sure. It contains many elements that I hate. It has one hell of a love triangle. I mean a real one, where the girl genuinely has feelings for both guys. Those things make me wanna scream in frustration. It has a horrible cliffhanger….really bad. That makes me want to toss Luna (my kindle) across the room. It’s like my best friend walking up to me and saying “Hey, I just found out a have cancer. But I can’t tell you anything more about it for at least a year. Wish me luck!”
Really? And this one was bad, really bad. I became so infested in this story, that I actually finished it in one day. Quite a feat for me because I am not a fast reader. In order for me to finish a book in one day, I literally have to go home and curl up in bed with the book and not move except for snack and bathroom breaks for more than 6 hours. But I did it. My husband came home from work right as I was finishing this and found me just sitting in our bed staring at Luna completely dumbfounded. I’m surprised I wasn’t drooling. It’s so good and addictive.
Ever was a slightly annoying leading lady. She jumped around a little too much for my liking. One minute she was all “I love Frankie, I can’t do anything about it so I’m going to sulk.” And then she was “Ooooo…hot new neighbor….must talk to him.” I get it, but it still irked me a bit. She improves some as the story goes on. Then there is Frankie, who I adore. Seriously, if her and Frankie don’t end up together, I’m going to be annoyed. I don’t care how it happens. You can do the whole kill Ever and they both live happily ever after in the afterlife like Jessica Verday did in the Hollow series or you can go all body-snatcher like Stacey Kade did in the Ghost and the Goth series, or you can just find a loophole somewhere in made up land. I love these two together. The only spoiler I will give is that Frankie does, at some point in this story, get his body back. And damn, the heat between him and Ever is enough to fog up my glasses (which I don’t wear while I’m reading because I only need them for distance…but you get the point.)”
As for the other corner in the love-triangle, I wasn’t a huge fan. Something about Toby felt off to be from the very beginning. His initial interest in Ever even though she claimed to have a boyfriend (and the fact that after they start dating, that fact is never mentioned again), the fact that he never talks about himself, and just his whole personality seemed a little strange. Add to that the fact that Frankie asks Ever repeatedly to stay away from him had me yelling at her to leave him alone. She doesn’t, of course. But somehow, by then end of this book, I ended up caring for him too. Make no mistake, I want Ever with Frankie, but I would also like to see Toby get a happy ending too.
Then there is Ever’s best friend Jessie, who I found refreshing. She was the one who pushed Ever to get over Frankie and try to live her life. She’s everything a BFF should be and she just catches the short end of the stick by the end of this book. I hope she gets her happily ever after as well.
(view spoiler)[Now, for what I hated. Put as succinctly as possible, the ending. I was so irritated by the cliffhanger, that I just can’t put it in words. Frankie finally has a body! YAYAY! Him and Ever are together! Quadruple YAYAYAY! But, Ariadne is taking Ever’s soul in exchange in just one year’s time? WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!? ::curtains close:: That’s it? You stop THERE? But…what’s the point of Frankie being alive if Ever is dead? They are supposed to be together! You can’t just fucking rip them apart! I….they….you….::dies:: (hide spoiler)]
All in all, if you like paranormal romance, read this. Even if cliffhangers and love triangles annoy you, it’s totally worth it.
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Perry and Aria have moved not only the Tides, Perry's tribe, but also all the DwelThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Perry and Aria have moved not only the Tides, Perry's tribe, but also all the Dweller's they rescued from the pod, into the caves down by the beach. The aether storms are getting worse and it's predicted that within a month, they will no longer to be able to set foot outside the cave without death or serious injury from it. The Still Blue must be found because the cave's supplies are dwindling. Aria & Perry set off to rescue Cinder from Sable & Hess. They believe he is the key to entering this safe space of land, though nothing is certain. On this journey, they find out more than they ever wanted to know, that Cinder really is the key to the Still Blue, but can he survive the crossing? And can Perry live with himself if he doesn't?
We get one final glimpse at this whole gang and I'm left wanting so much more. Perry & Aria grow closer and stronger, nothing major changes with them here. Roar slowly climbs out of his grief over Liv, though I don't see how he can manage it. Brooke is less bitch-y and nicer to everyone, even helping the dwellers some. Soren becomes a bigger player, helping the gang get to Sable & Hess's camp and hacking in. And Cinder, poor Cinder, is strong and brave.
Overall, I believe I enjoyed this, but I didn't love it and I definitely feel a bit unsatisfied. The story was great and interesting, bringing the characters back to life in this installment, but I hated the way the ending play out and the deaths. I'm pretty vocal on my hatred of character deaths, especially ones that I feel were avoidable. That's one of the many reasons I will never read the Divergent trilogy because I know that'll just piss me off to no end. The second half felt overly predictable.(view spoiler)[Of course Soren and Brooke are going to develop a thing for each other. Of course Sable is going to betray everyone who dares to partner with him. And of fucking course Cinder has to die. That make me so angry. You just killed a goddamn kid. A KID! Who did nothing wrong. I get the whole sacrifice for the greater good, but just fucking don't. There had to be another way. (hide spoiler)]
Aria finally gets to learn about her father here and that was an interesting twist. I think it was the only one I didn't see coming immediately. I wanted to hate him, and though he made it easy in the beginning, neither I nor Aria could really hate him. You also get to see even more of "good" Soren, which made me endlessly happy. I loved the turn of events, getting to see hims how the good side and have a legitimate reason for going psycho. I really would like to see more of his side of the story, how things worked inside the pod through the events of Through The Ever Night.
If you are just looking for a novel that wraps up the story and gives you more of Aria & Perry, than this is exactly what you are looking for. The story ties up relatively well, giving the majority of the characters the happily ever after they were seeking. It is a bit too predictable and has a few too many character deaths for me to truly love it, so I'm just a tad disappointed. If character deaths isn't an issue, than you'll adore this as much as it's predecessors, otherwise, have a few tissues at the ready!
****Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****
Sky Davis’ life is pretty average, apart from her mother’s strict ban on anything tThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Sky Davis’ life is pretty average, apart from her mother’s strict ban on anything technological. Then Dean Holder comes into her life and she is fascinated by him. Sky has never been attracted to a guy. Sure, some of them are pleasant to look at and the kissing isn’t so bad, but no guy has ever made her desperately want to kiss him like Dean does. But the more time she spends with him, the more very old memories start to surface, things that were better left buried and after it’s all out in the open, will she find a way to keep going?
Okay, so before I get to gushing, I want you to go and look at this review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/.... Seriously, go, I’ll wait. You see that comic strip she did? That’s the most accurate depiction of my feelings. Holy fuck this book will screw with you head in the best way possible. It’s just….I can’t even….
Sky is a character I instantly loved. I can see why a lot of people wouldn’t like her, but I could relate to her on so many levels. The further into the story we get, the more I love her. I love that she doesn’t let people walk all over her and how whenever Holder yells at her, she doesn’t try to defend her actions, just tells him simply that she’s in control of her own life and it’s none of his damn business. Then when the kids at school make fun of her and try to be mean to her, she just smiles and doesn’t let it get to her. She’s strong and brave and tough and I adore her.
Then there is Holder….
Holy fuck. I think him and Lucas from Easy need to have a fist fight and whoever wins will be my top swoonworthy fictional male character because I honestly don’t think I can pick. Dark hair that hides his devastatingly blue eyes and a lean muscled body, yes please! He’s personality is a bit all over the place in the beginning, but trust me when I say there is a great reason for that. It’s kind of like Fight Club in a way, you just want to read it again to see how much sense his reactions make after you learn the truth. I love him, just fucking hell, yes, okay? He’s fuckloads of awesome.
Then there are all the side characters. Six, Brecken, Karen, and Jack are have things I love about them, but I especially adore Six and Brecken, for each accepting Sky for what she is and just being awesome themselves. The relationship between Six and Sky is that epic friendship we all salivate over. You know that girl who somehow gets you completely and is always there for you, even when neither of you know how to help your problems. One of my very few complaints about this novel is that when the shit starts hitting the fan, Sky isn’t sure she wants to tell Six. I understand that your past is beyond fucking twisted, but I guarantee you that Six would find a way to help…or at least buy you tons of snickers and ice cream as comfort food.
The writing is just as good (if not better) than Colleen Hoover’s previous novels and the plotline had that awesome thing where it is both predictable and unexpected. I saw a lot of things coming (view spoiler)[especially the stuff about her dad and her relationship with Holder (hide spoiler)], but there was one major plot point that just blew me out of the water.
My only other issue was the sex one. Not that this novel has sex in or anything like that, I mean, I read romance for fuck’s sake, but the way it was handled between Sky and Holder. I’m trying hard to explain this in a nonspoilery way but basically I just think that it would have taken Sky longer to get over her issues. In my mind, just because Holder explains that he loves her and everything he is doing to her is because of that and no other reason, it would overcome what I believe her conditioned responses would be. I could be wrong because I’m not in her shoes, but it just feels like that hurdle was jumped too easily. That was my only major issue and since I could very well be wrong, I refuse to allow it to make me love this story any less.
This novel is a rollercoaster ride of emotions. You will laugh, you will cry, you will shout, and you will love every single second of it and be completely dying for the next installment (which will be from Holder’s POV, only adding to the excitement). Thus far, it’s definitely my favorite new adult novel of the year!
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Delancey Sullivan sees the world a little differently than the rest of us. She's aThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Delancey Sullivan sees the world a little differently than the rest of us. She's a Walker. She can Walk to parallel worlds. You see, every decision you make creates an alternate world. And then every decision in that world creates new worlds and so on and so forth. Basically, it's infinite possibilities. Del comes from a family of people who can Walk between said worlds. Part of the Walking gig is trying to keep harmony between the worlds. But Del has started to notice things are a bit off in the other worlds and Simon, her crush, seems to be connected somehow. The more she learns, the more she knows that the Council Of Walkers is hiding something big. Can she figure it out and save the known world?
Delancey is that heroine that should really annoy me, but she doesn't. She's cocky and a little lot bitchy and has that special little snowflake thing going on, just a little. She is clearly cut out to be the best of the Walkers, if she can stop being such a smart-ass and do well on the school-work end. Did I forget to mention that? There is Walker schooling to learn all the intricacies of this shit. Oh, yeah, maybe that's why I like her so much. I'm a sucker for a good smart-ass. It's hard not to empathize with these kids who have to deal with normal school and then learn more on top of that. Her special little snowflake syndrome is because she has been Walking since before they claim she should have been able to do so. She's a natural. That, however, is overshadowed by her overachieving big sister. I'll get to Addie in a moment, but, seriously, I'm not a fan. Back to Del. She's smart, but she hides it underneath all the snark and the issues with authority and their bullshit rules. Oh yeah, we can see why I love this girl, right?
Then we have Simon and Elliot. They are the start of the small problem I have. Just by mentioning them together, you must know what's coming. Simon is the crush, as I said, and Elliot is the bestie that's hopelessly in love with Del (which everyone sees but her, naturally).
It's hard for me to really talk about either because I really liked both of them. Simon was a lot of fun and Del likes him so much...but Elliot is so sweet and I'm a sucker for that best friend turns into more scenario. I felt so bad for Elliot. I want it to work between then. This tension caused me a great deal of angst. I really took the love triangle ride with Del each step of the way, except worse because she never really likes Elliot like that. She feels bad, but never truly considers that option whereas I was ready to jump ship. Cute interlude with Simon.
I like Simon. Simon's cute. She should be with Simon! But then cute interlude with Elliot.
AAAWWWWWW! Elliot! I love Elliot. He's been there for her and he's so sweet and cute and DAMN. I can't pick. I'm not going to be completely happy either way 'cuz I love both of them.
Then there is Addie, the evil sister. I don't have anything against overachievers, in fact, I think I was one in high school, but this bitch has serious problems. The way she treats Del is batshit crazy. You are sisters! You are supposed to have her back and support her and yet you seem to betray her at every turn.
I've been avoiding this review for the exact opposite reason I avoided the Of Monsters And Madness review. This novel is fabulous. It is addictive and creative and really knows how to build the world and suck you in. All you can think about is Del and her crazy world and how the hell she is going to get out of this mess. Hint? It won't be easy and it won't all wrap up by the end of the novel. I feel like I don't have the words to do it justice. I was astounded by it. I wasn't expecting it to be this good. I wasn't expecting magnificent. I've been notoriously stuck in a contemporary phase of late, so the fact that this sci-fi feeling novel has captivated me so completely speaks volumes.
It's downgraded to 4 stars because if the love triangle because I'm so sick of those. It's also because of the horrendous cliffhanger. Oh man, the cliffhanger.
It's bad. It's really bad. It's how the fuck could you do this too me bad. Here, this should help:
Well, it certainly helped me. Damn, that smile. ANYWAY, Just remember, bad cliffhanger ahead. I'm surprisingly of the opinion that this novel is worth the trouble of that cliffhanger, which is a damn miracle.
So, what should you take away from this? This novel is good enough to leave me astounded. This novel is good enough to have me singing it's praises even though it contains several elements I hate. This novel is almost perfect. Read it. You won't regret it.
****Thank you to Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****
This book is horrid, I can't even come up with a good enough word to describe it. TThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
This book is horrid, I can't even come up with a good enough word to describe it. Take everything Stephenie Meyer did wrong with Twilight, multiply it by 100 and you have this worthless excuse for a novel. Hey, at least I enjoyed Twilight while I was reading it. This book had me groaning and seriously wanting to harm the heroine. The only thing they did right was have a great cover art, which caught my attention enough that I read this book despite having read tons of bad reviews.
The first 300 pages of this book are boring and cryptic at best. It's your basic girl torn between two fallen angels deal, one is charming and nice to her and the other is brooding and mean, but she feels an "unexplainable" connection to him. The last 100 pages (if you get through to first 300) are slightly better, more action, but still leaves you with too many questions. ...more
Ella's life was going relatively well. She had a loving mother, a successful bookThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Ella's life was going relatively well. She had a loving mother, a successful book and movie review blog, and Cinder, her internet bestie. A terrible car accident changed all that. Now she is forced to live with the father who abandoned her and his new wife and her children. Even though she is legally old enough to decide for herself, she has no say in the matter. Her injuries from the crash were severe and before she can be allowed to live on her own, she has to prove she is ready for it. Her first step? Reconnect with Cinder. Cinder, AKA hot Hollywood actor Brian Oliver, has a reputation for trouble. His PR team thinks the only way he can be taken seriously as an actor is if the world believes he has settled down a bit. From that, a scheme is born. Fake an engagement with his current co-star is the perfect solution. He's not happy, but willing to go along, at least until he receives an email from a long lost friend that changes everything.
Ella has the worst luck in the beginning of this novel, or for the most part really. The loss of her mother is bad enough, especially considering how close they were. Add to that, her crippling injuries and the sting of having to live with the woman her dad abandoned her for, and I'm almost surprised she was never truly suicidal. Her relationship with her dad is awkward and rocky to start with, her step-mom seems kinda clueless, and her step-sisters are downright cruel. She has lost everything important to her in one fell swoop and it's difficult to be optimistic after that. When she emails Cinder, she isn't expecting much and she is blown away by his response. As their relationship rekindles, she comes a bit more out of her shell. I really loved her and felt bad for her. The scene where she learns her dad donated all her books hit me almost as hard as it hit her. You did what? How could you? How does anyone look at books and think "mmhmm...these can't be that important to anyone"?
Maybe I'm not normal, but when I see someone's book collection, that would be the last thought that would enter my mind. Books are precious and especially ones with memories attached to them. I just wanted to hug her and help her and make things better.
Cinder/Brian was a character I didn't initially love. I realize I have no idea how Hollywood works, but I hated the idea that he would be okay with fake-marrying someone as a publicity stunt. I realize that shit probably does happen, but I can't get behind it. After we get over that hiccup, though, I loved him. I loved his devotion to Ella and his love for The Cinder Chronicles. Honestly, I'd love any guy passionate enough about a book series to argue with a blogger over it and then fight to play the role in the film adaptation.
Speaking of The Cinder Chronicles, is it real? It's not, because I did an pretty hardcore search online trying to find it, but can it be? Kelly?
Can you make that happen? Can we have an epic spin-off of this? I don't think I'm the only one who feels this way. I think it would be a roaring success. That's just something for you to think about because I'd seriously love to get my hands on it. It sounds awesome.
I loved the dynamic between Cinder Brian and Ella. I loved their banter and their ability to be there when the other needs it most. I've always been sketchy about internet relationships, but this is far from the typical scenario. They didn't meet in a chatroom or through a weird find-an-internet-buddy site. She wrote a review online and Cinder Brian was riled up enough by it to comment and the resulting argument spurred on the continual contact.(view spoiler)[I was a little surprised that Ella never recognizes his voice once they progress to phone conversations. She has seen his films and knows of him as an actor, so I was expecting at least a minor, he sounds vaguely familiar moment. I recognize voices a lot more than faces, especially in films. I'll hear someone and recognize the voice, even if the face is unfamiliar. I think Ella should have at least questioned it, because I doubt the distortion of a phone would mask it completely (hide spoiler)]
What I (surprisingly) loved was the family relationship. Things are far from perfect, but the further into the story you get, the more you realize that there is no easy answer. Daddy dearest did abandon Ella. Step-Mom is clueless, but she is genuinely trying to help. The step-sisters are both anger at her for different reasons. Anastasia and Juliette (the step-sisters) are mean, but they both have their reasons. It's clear that as much as I want this to wrap up in a fairy tale way, with the step-family just being the bad guys, that's not how it's going to happen. Oram does one step better and humanizes everyone. Even when you hate her family, you can't help but feel the stress she is putting on their lives.
This is the first of Oram's novels I've read and I can truly say I'm desperate for me. When I started this, I was expecting a cute, fluffy Cinderella retelling and we definitely get that, but we also get so much more. This novel was unputdownable (I know, that's not a word, but it should be). I was hooked from page one and it physically pained me when I had to put it down for real-life things (you know, work, food, bathroom breaks). It has the perfect balance of heartbreaking and heartwarming. It manages to make you laugh and cry in equal amounts. This is now officially my favorite Cinderella retelling and I hope you all love it as much as I did!
****Thank you to Kelly Oram for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review****
Update JUST A FEW MORE DAYS! I'm going nuts with excitement!
....okay, so maybe the last one was unnecessary, but come on! It's Robert Di Niro dancing in a corset and a dress!
Can you summarize the plot? This book is the first in the Hunger Games series, and it follows Katniss Everdeen on her journey to try to win the hunger games. The hunger games is a contest held every year in which 2 people (a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18) is chosen to compete in a fight to the death for the entertainment of the rest of the Panem society. That’s as basic as I can put it.
What were your initial thoughts going into the book? I was a little scared that I might hate it. Despite having read many (many, many, many, many) amazing reviews on this book and truly wanting to see the film, I was scared the writing would be too dull or horrific to hold my attention. I also have a penchant for good endings and well, with a summery like the one above, you know a lot of people are going to die and I wasn’t sure if I would be pleased with that.
What were your initial thoughts after finishing the novel? I was a bit speechless. I loved it. Honestly, I really do like reading a bit of gore, it just makes happy endings hard to come by. I genuinely love Peeta (yeah, I am definitely team Peeta) and I wanted to see where their relationship went. This book drew me in pretty quickly and it was hard to put down.
What did you like about this book? I liked that it was written in first person because I really liked Katniss’ no nonsense way of narrating. I loved most of the characters ::coughs:: especially Peeta ::clears thoat:: The world it is set in is so different and excited and I just needed to know more and more about it. I am a bit of an sucker for dystopian novels right now. I also really loved the gore and the way Suzanne Collins didn’t shy away from that or make it too easy on Katniss. She gets serious injuries and has to really fight to stay alive.
What did you dislike about this book? I didn’t like the love triangle. This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine because almost every YA novel right now has a love triangle and I hate it. I hate it for several reasons, but one of the main ones is that it takes a male character (because it is always one girl between two guys) that I could adore and makes me dislike him for trying to break up the main love interest which I typically like. It also makes the heroine seem…um…Bella-esque? It gives them that quality that Bella Swan had where she feels ridiculously unattractive but every guy hits on her. Stupid, I guess would be the only word coming to mind that comes close. If you have a better word, please comment and let me know. Regardless, Katniss is anything but stupid so I hate that she was given that quality.
Who was your favorite character? Oooo…hard one….::thinks:: oh yeah, PEETA! I also really love Caesar Flickerman.
Does it have a love triangle? …whoops, please refer to the “What do you dislike about this book” question.
Does it have a cliffhanger ending? Yes, but not a massive one. It is one of those small cliffhangers you can deal with.
Closing thoughts? Just one: I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE MOVIE! March 23 please get here faster!
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