Oh God. I was not prepared for this ending. At times I felt there was way too much exposition and it got a little old to be honest. But I still likedOh God. I was not prepared for this ending. At times I felt there was way too much exposition and it got a little old to be honest. But I still liked the book and thought it was fabulous!
Ugh I just can't even review. The feelings........more
A 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 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
Four mermaid siblings intent on revenge. Three with murderous appetites. OneDay 2 of Mermaids, Sirens, and Seafolk over at Random Acts of Books and More
Four mermaid siblings intent on revenge. Three with murderous appetites. One with a conscience.
I hadn't killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that.
Calder White is the sole male in his family. He is being called home from the Bahamas to the Great Lakes to help his sisters take revenge on the Hancock family who betrayed their mother. Specifically, Jason Hancock, who will pay his father's debt with his life.
Calder is supposed to lure Lily Hancock in and use her to get to Jason. The plan is going well, all according to his sister Maris' designs. Until Calder does something foolish. He begins to fall for Lily. Will he be able to control his murderous appetite and let her live? Or will he give in to what his sisters have been pushing him to do?
All in all, I enjoyed this book. It was not quite what I was expecting, but in a good way. I really liked having a male's point of view-especially a sole POV in a mermaid book. I was a little surprised by the ending-don't worry, no spoilers here :D But suffice it to say, I didn't see it coming!
If you have a chance to get your hands on this male-centered mermaid book, do so! It won't disappoint. The second book, Deep Betrayal is scheduled for 2013. ...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
Kendra has been raped and sexually abused for ten years. But she does not remember who did it to her. Therapy sessiOne word to describe this book? RAW
Kendra has been raped and sexually abused for ten years. But she does not remember who did it to her. Therapy sessions are helping her to uncover who did it, but it doesn't help that she is being stalked by her attacker.
Kendra has two outlets for her pain: art and cutting. Her parents, while they know what happened to her are absolutely clueless as to what she is going through. Her mom is detached and wants everything to be fixed NOW and doesn't understand why Kendra needs therapy. Her dad is kept in the dark by the mom, but yet he pushes to understand and see if Kendra can remember who it was.
As she comes closer to remembering, her world is tossed upside down due to job cutbacks for her father, dwindling finances that would force her to quit therapy. And she meets another broken girl whom she falls in love with.
All in all, this book felt more of a recovery story than it did about abuse. And that is so not a bad thing-it's good. Too often we read about the abuse, but the stories often stop after the assailant is captured or stopped. Scars gives us a look into the aftermath of the abuse. Rainfield did a superb job of exposing your emotions and preying on them. At times I felt disgusted, nauseated, and just plain sad. ...more
Where to start...Initially this was not a book that appealed to me. But I decided to go for it anyway! At theWow. Need some time to process a review.
Where to start...Initially this was not a book that appealed to me. But I decided to go for it anyway! At the beginning, this book put me in mind of Liarby Justine Larbalestier. What is the truth? Wait, what? Are you confused? Okay, let me backtrack....
World War 2, occupied France. A girl is being tortured and told to write down EVERYTHING she knows about wireless operators and operating, including codes. So what, is she is a traitor? A spy? What is going on? As the narrator writes her story for the Nazi's, we understand what is going on as well. We learn about a female pilot, and if you can get through the background on the pilot up to the point she enters the war effort, you are golden and will enjoy the book SO MUCH MORE!
Unfortunately, that is about all I can tell you about the book without spoiling or giving away information.
The narrator suffers horrific torture. At times it is difficult to read, knowing that that treatment was actually inflicted upon people by the Nazi's. Sitting here thinking about makes me hurt and angry. Elizabeth Wein captures emotion beautifully in her novel. I cannot think of enough good things to say about this book. The longer it has been since I finished it, the more I appreciate the book.
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