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This was a sweet book about second chances. Both Maisie and Ryan are in need ofA review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
This was a sweet book about second chances. Both Maisie and Ryan are in need of a re-start. And with each other, they have that opportunity. But will they be strong and brave enough to take that chance?
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick and easy read. A little predictable, and even had a couple of little twists thrown in for good measure. ...more
I know this is going to come off very strange, but I've got to be honest... I did NOT like this books, which is odd, seeing as how this is the first SaI know this is going to come off very strange, but I've got to be honest... I did NOT like this books, which is odd, seeing as how this is the first Sarah Dessen book I've ever wanted to STOP reading. I was very baffled.
I liked Emaline, she was a very likable character. I liked her kooky family, including half-brother, Benji. Who I did not like was Theo. From the minute we met him, I wanted to punch him in the arm, or kick him in the shin! Just...no.
The book was way too long. Sadly, I did not understand why it needed to be over 400 pages. A lot of the content could have, and in my opinion, should have been cut out. The book became very monotonous after a while. But, I am proud of myself, I kept reading and did not resort to skim reading. Sadly, I was happy when I finished the book.
So why the 3 stars for a book I didn't really like? Well, it started off strong. I really liked it until around the midpoint of the book. Things started happening, Emaline made some choices that I wasn't too fond of. Monotony set in,and I just got bored with the story. I honestly felt like I could have read the beginning and the end of the book and been happy.
But like all Dessen books, the story is full of strong females, which I like, there is learning/growth involved for all of the characters. Everything was tied up with a nice little bow. Well, there was one loose end, and I won't spoil it for you, but needless to say, I don't even mind that I don't know how that string ended up....more
What is my Favorite Book of 2013 so far? Oh just this one! And you can find the full on review here
Why did The Art of Wishing grab my attention so quWhat is my Favorite Book of 2013 so far? Oh just this one! And you can find the full on review here
Why did The Art of Wishing grab my attention so quickly? One word: GENIE. Seriously, I cannot think of a YA book in which a genie is the lead. (If there is another, please share it with me!) And it doesn't hurt that the genie is a boy! Needless to say, I was quite excited to begin this book.
And I started reading...
And kept reading....
And suddenly I realized I needed some sleep. So I slept for 3 hours....
Then finished reading the book!
Yeah, I loved it that much. It wasn't just the genie and wish aspect, but it was the characters as well. ...more
So my review will be coming next week as part of the release events the publisher is asking for. The author, Bridget Zinn has passed away, which sucksSo my review will be coming next week as part of the release events the publisher is asking for. The author, Bridget Zinn has passed away, which sucks. This was such a fun and awesome read.
When I first started reading A Shimmer of Angels, I was having a slightly difficult time getting hooked into the book. But I thought the premise was iWhen I first started reading A Shimmer of Angels, I was having a slightly difficult time getting hooked into the book. But I thought the premise was interesting. A sixteen year old girl who keeps getting thrown into mental hospitals because she sees people with wings? Hallucinations at that. So her family is trying to get her better.
Meanwhile, she gets out, things are going good, then it starts happening again. Coincidentally the same time students start killing themselves. Can it be related? And what about new boy Cam who shows up at the same time. No...no, it can't be related can it?
Well. Yesterday happened. And it happened that I was up until 2 am finishing this book! Wow. The story and world of Rayna just exploded and suddenly it was all I could do to stop reading and get on with housework, schoolwork, dinner, husband time, etc. Good lord, it has been a while since a book did this to me.
And as faithful readers will remember, I hate love triangles. Hate with a fiery passion. Did A Shimmer of Angels have a love triangle? You betcha. Did I hate it? Um...no >.> Yes, you read that correctly.
"Princes are not supposed to be handsome! They're sniveling, stupid, repulsive creatures! This one...this...How unfair of him to be rFull review here
"Princes are not supposed to be handsome! They're sniveling, stupid, repulsive creatures! This one...this...How unfair of him to be royal and beautiful."
Celaena is stuck in the middle of the dreaded love triangle. As much as I hate them, I actually found this one to be okay. There was a subtlety in the way the Captain of the Guard, Chaol, and Celaena feel for each other. Neither one is overt, neither gives much thought to it. Then we have Prince Dorian who is obvious; in fact many people around him suspect his feelings. And it seems that our assassin feels the same...
As far as the love interests go, I have nothing invested in Chaol as a character. But Dorian? Try as I might I am falling for him. And he is NOT my book crush type AT ALL! Typically it would be Chaol. As you can see, I am very confused by this turn of events!
The supporting cast for the most part was enjoyable. I wish we could have more about Nehemia. Nehemia is a visiting Princess, she and Celaena become friends and end up helping each other more than they realize. For me, she was the most interesting character. I truly hope we have more with her later on...maybe even her own book!
Overall, I enjoyed the story. My attention and curiosity were piqued throughout the entirety. Not once did I pick up another novel to read in between. (Yes, I have a bad habit of doubling up on books.) I love the initial premise. But there was something about the premise that bothered me. The King is looking for his Champion. So he devises a series of tests to weed out those not worthy, to end with a duel. Okay, that's all well and good. But, why is he testing criminals? There are assassins, thieves, brutes, etc. Not one single "good" person in the mix. That irritated me for some reason. Who knows, maybe the King has some nefarious purpose coming up that would require a criminal.
My biggest issue with Throne of Glass came at the end of the book. I am still puzzled over it two days later.
"All the clothing Celaena planned to buy when she was free to venture into Rifthold and do some shopping for herself..."
I'm sorry, but what the hell?! First off, Celaena never acted like a woman who was into shopping, or clothes in general. And there is the issue with the use of the word "shopping." While this is a fantasy book, it also has a historical feel to it. And in that sense, would a castle resident really go out to shop? Would they even use the word? Wouldn't there be a tailor that came by to personalize the clothing? This one phrase completely broke the aura of the novel for me.
Anyway, with the exception of those two issues, I highly enjoyed this book! And I am so ready for the sequel! ...more
I started Monument 14 around 10:45 pm Friday night. I was up until 1:30 am Saturday morning finisMore can be found here: Random Acts of Books and More
I started Monument 14 around 10:45 pm Friday night. I was up until 1:30 am Saturday morning finishing it. I could not stop reading! From page one I was hooked. The suspense did not let up. Granted, some of the plot points felt a little far-fetched to me. Five and six year olds knowing the difference in 48 inch and 24 inch curtains? A second grader who is not only a Bible thumper but the next Giada/Paula in the kitchen? Kindergarteners expected to get water, Gatorade, and cookies? Unless it is singles like 16-20 ounce bottles how are they going to carry them let alone push a buggy and put it all in there? Yes, it all could happen, but I had trouble accepting these ideas. That decreased some of my enjoyment. The story also reminded me of The Mist-the Stephen King book to movie. I never read the book, but the movie messed me up for days.
So other than a few personal pet peeves: "Here's what she sang." "Here was my poem." I can't stand that, something like "She sang" then move into the lyrics would have been a much smoother transition in my opinion. Again, other than those peeves, get your hands on this book! It is definitely worth it!...more
When this book showed up on NetGalley, I grabbed it. But I left it on my Nook, debating if I wanted to read it or not. But I decided to read it-I've kWhen this book showed up on NetGalley, I grabbed it. But I left it on my Nook, debating if I wanted to read it or not. But I decided to read it-I've kind of been on a Contemporary kick lately and wanted another one. Immediately I was hooked. This book was just so much MORE than I could have hoped for!
The story starts with an assignment page for an 11th Grade AP English class. Adrienne Haus is the protagonist (to use some of her literary terms) and she is the voice of the novel. At the end of her essay opening she states "And I'll explain how the books affected me-because whoever I was a the beginning of the summer, I am not that person anymore." This statement set the tone for the novel and I needed to know HOW she was different.
Four girls, three mothers, one summer book club. And none of the girls are friends or even really know or like each other, but somehow, it works. Through Adrienne we learn about each girl, and we see how the summer affected them and brought on growth for them. Will the events that took place during the fifth and final meeting mean the end for their tenuous friendship, or will the school year bring on something completely new and different?
I loved Adrienne's voice. She was snarky, sarcastic, yet lovable and lost. I felt connected to her and hurt when she hurt. Her relationship with her mother felt real-more real than other YA novels.
You will not be disappointed with this book!...more
I liked the dystopia aspect of Glitch. An entire society is living underground because the surface is toxic. And each perTour and Giveaway on the blog
I liked the dystopia aspect of Glitch. An entire society is living underground because the surface is toxic. And each person is outfitted with a V-chip. I just wish we knew more about it. What exactly is the "V-chip?" The chips allow control by the Community. No one has emotion, or original thought. Instead they are worker bees for the community and once they become unproductive, they are decommissioned.
One thing that the Community didn't count on was the Glitchers. Essentially, it's when people are not Linked and begin to have thought and feelings. And Zoe is Glitching. And trying not to get noticed. But she does, and everything changes.
And now, let's look at the Love Triangle. (What would my reviews be without them!) This one takes the cake in the Top Ten Triangles that I Absolutely DETEST! Adrien & Max. Max & Adrien. Ugh. Adrien isn't too bad per se, but once Zoe meets him, it is insta-love. And they have already declared their 'feelings' for each other. Now Max. Max is...well...a pushy, possessive, obsessive, rapist-in-training dick. He seems to have it in his mind that Zoe is his and only his and that she should spread her legs IMMEDIATELY for him. Seriously? The way he treated Zoe made me nervous. I was afraid we would be forced to read something that I really did not want to!
So, with all of the emotions flying out left and right I was becoming more and more agitated and upset. So I was talking to my husband about the story. And then it hit me. These kids have no clue how to react and handle their emotions! "He's never been taught how to cope with it." And this completely changed my outlook on the book. They have no clue. So when you read this debut novel, keep this this in mind. They have to learn how to deal with emotions.
Okay. At one point in the novel, Zoe sees the sky for the first time. It was such a beautiful scene that I have to share part of it with you.
"The sky was right above me. It was beautiful and horrible all at the same time. It was just like in my nightmares."
Then the History girl in me loved this line, so share time! And it works for just about every dystopia novel!
"History isn't all fact-it's just the story the victors tell to keep themselves in power."
So there you go. Glitch took me much longer to read than I wanted. Simply put, it was just not my cup of tea, but I am glad I stuck with it. The last few chapters alone were worth it. So many shocks; it was amazing! ...more
Everytime I start a book by Jessica Warman I feel like I am coming home. I absolutely love her writing and her stories. Prior to reading Beautiful Lies, I didn't really know what to expect. Yes I knew what it was about, but it wasn't one of her typical contemps. And that's okay because Beautiful Lies was still exceptional!
For the first bit I was completely lost! From reading other reviews and Twitter buzz, this is common. But for each reader the 'lost-ness' is a little different. I really hope this does not hurt the book in the end because it was fabulous!
There was a set of identical twins. Essentially one 'good' and one 'bad.' But not good and bad in a paranormal way, instead it was a typical sibling way. So, on the night of a fair, the twins go with their friends. Suddenly Alice disappears and Rachel freaks out but no one else is concerned because "that is what she does." If that's true, then why is Rachel determined that something is wrong this time? Well, because something IS wrong! See, the twins have a connection. They can feel each other's pain, distress, etc. Can this connection be used in a way to find the missing twin, or is she gone for good?
I enjoyed the twins as a whole. They felt believable enough to me. Towards the end though, I was becoming exasperated with the non-missing twin. She kept secrets that could have made a world of difference. The aunt and uncle were a little clueless. But I guess when they've put up with the missing Alice for as long as they have, maybe it is understandable. I was a bit perplexed by Officer Martin. Here we have a strong character that is a cop and can play a vital role-but he doesn't. He connects with the twins because of something special, but that's about it. I was a little let down by the down-playing of his character and role. The most likable character for me was the friend, Kimber. She has been through some serious crap in her life and is still likable. She is a rock!
There is one that that Beautiful Lies did that very few books have ever done to me. I got the chills. Yes, the chills. Full blown goosebumps erupted at the end of the book and I was blown away! By far, this is one of the most mind-blowing books I've ever read!
"Death is a funny thing. It comes for every last one of us eventually, no matter how we might try to avoid it. Despite its inevitability, we are all so afraid of what might happen to us once we've passed away. Why?"
(and just an aside: I guessed it! /happy dance!) ...more
When this book first came available on NetGalley, I wavered about getting it; but now I am glad I did. It was such a strong book for a debut. And someWhen this book first came available on NetGalley, I wavered about getting it; but now I am glad I did. It was such a strong book for a debut. And somehow I initially missed that there was abuse in the story, so when it showed up I was a bit taken back.
Allie and her boyfriend Tripp were in a car accident. She survived, but he didn't. Unfortunately, Allie has no recollection of the accident, or even the night of the accident.
As police re-open the investigation she is forced to try and remember more. And slowly, pieces begin coming back to her. But remembering (and telling) are hard, especially when the beloved dead golden boy was an abusive prick. His own friends turned a blind eye when Tripp would beat Allie in front of them.
Will Allie be able to remember what happened, and more importantly to tell what was really happening before someone else gets hurt? Someone else like her new friend/boyfriend. Apparently to Tripp's family and friends, Allie should still be in mourning and not making eyes at a new guy.
Even though Allie knows she doesn't still need to be, she is still afraid of Tripp. His memory, his presence are so strong that Allie cannot relax. She is also still getting notes from him, and everytime she lets go of something from him, it ends up back with her.
There was so much emotion in this book. Granted, many times throughout I got pissed at Allie-why didn't she just say he beat her?! But then again, that shows just how strong Tripp's hold of her was. Even in death she can't betray him. Looking at the book cover, it occurs to me that this is probably one of the most appropriate book covers ever. Having images of people would not have done justice. Instead, missing shoes, a guardrail, and a beach in the background speak volumes to what the book contains....more
Clem is spending the summer cooped up with her parents and little sister, Olive, on a boat. She really doesn't want to be there, but she wants to be hClem is spending the summer cooped up with her parents and little sister, Olive, on a boat. She really doesn't want to be there, but she wants to be home even less. Something happened and now she is a social pariah. As a result, Clem lost her best friend and she is now depressed and spending as much time alone as possible-not an easy task when you're on a 40 foot boat!
At a port one day, Clem bumps into a red haired guy named James. They keep running into each other on the sea and land. Can James pull Clem out of her funk? Can he help heal her?
All in all, this was a beautiful book. I absolutely adored it, and I am so glad I read it after being disappointed with Small Town Sinners. But somehow I could not put this one down and fell in love. I hope you like it too!...more
Oh, Dark Companion, how I love you. Let me count the ways!
The first sentence that instantly drew me in and began my reading frenzy of the book. Mary Violet The vocabulary (inchoate, vex, amok, susarration) Witty exchanges The suspense! Modern twist on a subject The ending!
The more I read, the more I had to know what exactly was going on. Early on, I had to train my brain to understand that this book was CONTEMPORARY and not one set in the past. That took a little doing, but in the end I left the past behind!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I got to say, I did not see it coming. I can't tell you what 'it' is because then that wold ruin the book...but wow. I thought I had it figured out early early on, but dismissed it because Marta informed me it was a contemporary novel and not a paranormal novel. So ... wow.
Jane was the lead character. You can tell she has been handed the world on a silver platter. Every so often, she can't let go of her behaviors and habits from living in foster systems. She hides her stash of money, etc. She is wary of cars driving slowly. Jane is street smart.She doesn't let anyone treat her like crap. Including Lucky. That pompous jerk named Lucky who thinks he can order her around. Pft. Jane is so much better than that, and she all but tells him. Yet, it doesn't stop her from being his. Then again, can you blame her? She spent all her life being alone; suddenly this gorgeous guy wants her to be his, to be his closest confidante. What else would she do?
One of my favorite exchanges in the book happens between Jane and her new friend Mary Violet.
"Why do the girls here say 'coitus' all the time?" "Because you can tell someone to 'coitus off' and you won't get detention."
Lol. That Mary Violet. She is just too much! MV is a fabulous girl who uses French in her everyday language, even though she can't speak any French.
So, what should you do for 4th of July? Well, you should be reading Dark Companion! And then go chit chat with Marta, she is an awesome woman! ...more
Top 3 Reasons I was a goner for Something Strange and Deadly.
1. The first sentence 2. There was a "Dead Alarm" 3. Coffin beFor full review click here
Top 3 Reasons I was a goner for Something Strange and Deadly.
1. The first sentence 2. There was a "Dead Alarm" 3. Coffin bells. But instead of the bells alerting the public to accidental living persons being buried, they warn against the awakening of the dead!
And this was all on the first page of the digital ARC!
Okay, so the story picks up with Eleanor's brother, who was supposed to be on a train coming home to Philadelphia. But he never showed up. Instead, the Dead did. Now, enlisting the help of the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor is determined to find her brother, who must somehow be mixed up with a Necromancer. The Necromancer who is bringing all of these dead to life. And while we're at it, a mean spirit is chasing Eleanor!
On top of this, the year is 1876 and Eleanor is a woman. Unfortunately for her, she is expected to act a certain way. Her mother expects her to woo eligible bachelor Clarence Wilcox. Her friends expect her to have money and keep up with the latest fads. Eleanor knows that she doesn't want to rescue her family financially by marriage. Even the Spirit-Hunters treat her differently because she is a female in society. Everyone except Jie. Jie opens Eleanor's eyes to the fact that just because she is a woman, it doesn't mean she should act or be a certain way.
One key conversation between the two compares foot-binding to wearing a corset. Both confine and conform women into an acceptable standard. Both are, as Eleanor feels, barbaric. And thus, Eleanor begins to question her role.
Back to the main story plot! They mystery continues as young men turn up dead-decapitated in fact. Eleanor's nerves are on end because they are connected to her brother, who is STILL missing. Will he turn up as the next victim? And there is something going on with Clarence, who is constantly calling on her. And something is going on with Daniel-one of the Spirit-Hunters. (Daniel = dopey smiley faces)
Gah! I just loved this book! I did not want to stop reading, even when I had to. And the ending? Holy crap. I was blown away by it, as was Scott (the husband) who exclaimed to me, "The author did X at the end of the book? Who does that?!"...more
What should have been the precursor to the best summer ever turned into tragedy for Maggie. She was on a cliff with her boyfriend, Joey, getting readyWhat should have been the precursor to the best summer ever turned into tragedy for Maggie. She was on a cliff with her boyfriend, Joey, getting ready to jump into the creek to her friends waiting below. But something goes wrong.
Instead of an amazing summer with Joey, Maggie and their friends are dealing with his death. Maggie was the only one on the cliff with him, but cannot remember what happened that caused him to die.
Told in a first person point of view, Maggie dips back into the past with flashes of memories involving Joey. With the help of her friends and a counselor, Maggie begins to remember what happened that day on the cliff. But maybe she was better off NOT remembering.
Instead of an amazing summer with six friends, their friendships begin to crumble as one dies, one withdraws, one can't remember what happened, and one is hiding something.
I loved this book. It was a quick read and fabulous. Maggie, Joey, Shannon, and Adam were memorable characters. Tanna and Pete were very much tertiary characters, yet they had some of the most important things to say. This is one aspect that makes One Moment succeed. Every book has forgettable characters; but McBride takes those and gives them a part in which they are less forgettable.
One Moment takes the reader through a roller coaster of emotions. Jump on the roller coaster, jump in, just read it! And part of what makes this book fabulous in my weird opinion-the ending is not all wrapped up in a nice bow. Thank you Kristina....more