I have been itching to write this review since the day I finished The Crown of Embers! After reading the last page I literally wanted to fan myself wi...moreI have been itching to write this review since the day I finished The Crown of Embers! After reading the last page I literally wanted to fan myself with the book because I’m pretty sure that ending gave me a heart attack! When I first started reading The Crown of Embers I was worried that it wasn’t going to live up to The Girl of Fire and Thorns because it is one of the most epic fantasy books I’ve ever read! If you’re having these same hesitations then don’t!! The Crown of Embers is a great sequel and you won’t be disappointed!
Elisa is still this really great heroine that we met in The Girl of Fire and Thorns! Even though she is now considered more beautiful and shapely than before, she doesn’t allow it to go to her head. She still carries all the great qualities that makes me want to cheer for her! I was really hoping to see her be this great queen that her sister knows she can be but then as I thought about it, a foreigner isn’t going to be so easily accepted as ruler of Joya d’Arena. She has to work for it which is what Elisa does best! When it comes to Elisa’s sister, Elisa is a stronger woman than I! The whole situation (no spoilers) shows Elisa’s strength of character and the fact that she puts the kingdom’s need before her own.
The romance! OH the Romance!!!! Talk about a slow, slow burn! Sometime I was yelling at the book, sometime I was squeeing with excitement, at one point I was almost crying and then again I had to fan myself with the book! I love that I was able to experience all these emotions while reading The Crown of Embers! Hector is one hunk of a royal guard and Elisa’s deserves a man who is loyal and kind-hearted like him!
The world building was just as fantastic in The Crown of Embers as it was The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Elisa experiences a whole new area of her country while she is on her journey. The ending of that whole situation had me shocked and saying “WTF!!” Needless to say, I will be in agonizing anticipation for the release of The Bitter Kingdom! I give The Crown of Embers 5 hearts for being a heart pounding adventure romance, pretty much part of the best fantasy trilogy I’ve ever read! (less)
When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought to myself, “I must know what that book is about because it looks so creepy!” And then that synopsis...moreWhen I first saw the cover of this book, I thought to myself, “I must know what that book is about because it looks so creepy!” And then that synopsis sounded even creepier! So I went through the proper channels and practically begged for this ARC. I absolutely had to have it!
It was a really quick read which is something I am always grateful for. What kind of threw me off about it is the fact that it is written in letter form instead of chapters and I had a really hard time believing that a high school, teenage boy would write such lengthy letters as these. Some parts of the story were really creepy and other parts were really just weird. And even after it’s all said and done, the whole reason why the children were so weird was never really resolved. Maybe it was and I just don’t remember. It’s not really a book that stuck with me.
When I first started reading The Turning I had no idea that it was a modern retelling of an old classic The Turning of the Screw. I’ve never read it so I don’t have anything to compare it to but I enjoyed this really odd book. I like how he thought that he was seeing people who he thought were dead but then towards the end it got really weird because he was convinced he was falling in love with one of the ghosts. But overall, I give The Turning a solid 3 hearts for definitely being a different kind of book! (less)
The concept of the parallel universe has really hit big in the media and pop culture lately. Fringe is a really popular TV show and even though I have...moreThe concept of the parallel universe has really hit big in the media and pop culture lately. Fringe is a really popular TV show and even though I have somewhat fallen away from, it’s a really great show! The idea that there are parallel universes out there with ourselves living different lives is a very interesting concept and I too wonder how my life would have changed had I made different choices.
Through to You starts off sad when we learn that Cam’s girlfriend Viv has died in a car accident. His whole life is turned upside down and he doesn’t seem to know what to do to feel better. I have an easy time relating to characters that’ve lost someone very important in their lives and I immediately felt attached to him. Every time someone would try to get him to snap out of it, I would get a little upset because I know that everyone grieves differently. I was just so sad for him.
The Viv from Cam’s memories seemed like a really nice person and I could see why he really liked her. They got along well, they had common interests and when Cam because unpopular because he had to quit the football team, Viv supported him and quit cheerleading. They seemed like a really great couple. But when he starts hanging out with the other Viv in the other universe, I could see almost immediately how the two Vivs were different. Cam doesn’t quit football in the other universe and it makes all of Viv’s unattractive qualities come out. She selfish, self-centered and jealous of all Cam’s other commitments. She was also very reckless.
The choices and the circumstances surrounding the choices that these characters made turned them into very different people. I’m really glad that Hainsworth was able to make that distinction. And sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side. I give Through to You 3 hearts because Hainsworth did a great job of combining science fiction and contemporary and turning it into a very enjoyable story. (less)
There is just something about historical novels that just enrapture me! Especially the Tudor Era! I love discovering more about kings and queens and b...moreThere is just something about historical novels that just enrapture me! Especially the Tudor Era! I love discovering more about kings and queens and beheading people for the smallest of actions. It’s a quite fascinating.
I was definitely enthralled by this story of Catherine Howard told by one of her closest friends named Kitty. Catherine Howard is one of King Henry VIII’s later wives and this story just goes to show how old he really was and the long term effects of his jousting wound had on his marriage and the country in general. Anyone who ever working in his court was always under scrutiny and their every action was watched under a microscope. They never knew who was going to turn who. It’s all very interesting!
Kitty is an interesting character. She’s the plainer more subdued version of her friend Catherine Howard and she’s not obsessed with getting to court like all the other girls her age. But, of course, when the opportunity to go to court arises she does not turn it down. The whole book is pretty much about keeping Catherine Howard’s affair a secret from the King’s spies. I knew what was going to happen in the end but the getting there was really intriguing! I sometimes found myself hoping that they wouldn’t get caught but like I said, I know the history of King Henry VIII and his wives. But I still loved it!!
All in all, Gilt is one of my favorite reads of this year so far! It is definitely a great story to get myself lost in! (less)
Over the past few months I have really become a huge fan of books that I consider to be mysteries with just a hint of the paranormal. In these books,...moreOver the past few months I have really become a huge fan of books that I consider to be mysteries with just a hint of the paranormal. In these books, there's usually no such thing as vampires or werewolves, just someone with a slight ability that makes them unique. For example: Violet from the Body Finder Series can sense the echos of those that have been murdered, Delany from Fracture is drawn to those that are dying and Vee from Slide can fall into a person's body if she is holding one of their personal items. I really love a good mystery, who-done-it type of book.
The main character Vee pulled me in two opposite directions. On the one hand she is very closed off, has about one friend who doesn't even know about her ability and acts like a mother to her younger sister. She seems to be this really closed off person who doesn't really let anyone in but as soon as the new guy in town shows a little bit of interest in her she is all over him! I thought it was kind of a contradiction to her character.
I thought Vee's little sister was a brat and I wanted to slap her so many times! She was always mad at Vee because Vee chose to be best friends with someone who was considered a “loser” and never really wanted to go to the big parties or the social functions at school. Characters like that are just really shallow and very annoying.
Even though I sort of figured out what was going on about two-thirds of the way through the book, I still really enjoyed it and I was still surprised to find out who all was involved in the murders. I thought it was a very good stand alone book and I have just come to realize that it's the first in a series. I don't know how this is going to be a series because I think it's a great book by itself. I give this book 3 hearts because I really thought it was an original idea but I figured out who was master-mind murderer.(less)
OMG you guys! I so have to re-read the first one because I just found out this week that I WON AN ARC OF THE SECOND ONE AND IT'S COMING IN A FEW WEEKS...moreOMG you guys! I so have to re-read the first one because I just found out this week that I WON AN ARC OF THE SECOND ONE AND IT'S COMING IN A FEW WEEKS!!!! OMG OMG OMG I'M SO EXCITED!!!!(less)
I love this series! I love this book. I love Violet and Jay. I love her ability. I love her job. I love that she always wants to help. I love Rafe. I...moreI love this series! I love this book. I love Violet and Jay. I love her ability. I love her job. I love that she always wants to help. I love Rafe. I love the perspective of the killer. I love the creepiness. I just have such an overwhelming love for everything about the Body Finder Series!
I was convinced that when I got this book it was going to be the last Body Finder book. I was a little bit sad but I also know that all good series have to come to an end. But when you get to the end, you find out that it is, in fact, not the end at all! Which also makes me very happy because I will take more Violet, Jay and echoes to find any day.
As previously stated above, I absolutely love the characters. I fell in love with Jay and Violet in the first book and have been rooting for them ever since. They continue to grow with each other and become better people. What I really loved about the Last Echo is that we get to know so much more about Rafe. Dark, serious, mysterious and sexy Rafe. And there definitely is a reason for that dark and tortured attitude. There is also a big reveal about Rafe and another character that I did not see coming! When I first met Rafe in Desires of the Dead I did not like him because I felt like he was causing problems with Jay and Violet’s relationship. And now I’m so torn! I absolutely love Jay but Rafe has this certain appeal like a guilty pleasure. I’m nervous about the state of Jay and Violet’s relationship in the next book!
The killer in this book is especially creepy! He’s convinced that when a girl looks at him and smiles then that’s the start of their relationship. He kidnaps them because he thinks they’re his girlfriends but he doesn’t see it as kidnapping. He even paints their nails!
The Last Echo is a great addition to the Body Finder series! As long as Derting continues to write fantastic books, I will continue to read them! I give The Last Echo 4 heart because I just love it so much! (less)
It’s been almost a month since I’ve read this book and I still don’t know how I feel about it. I guess it just threw me completely off guard and not i...moreIt’s been almost a month since I’ve read this book and I still don’t know how I feel about it. I guess it just threw me completely off guard and not in a good way. When I first saw the cover and the title, I thought that the book would be a little bit scary. I was actually hoping that it would be. Here is what I thought it would be about in one sentence: A bunch of girls who are at a camp or boarding school, row off together but something so terrible happens that only one of them returns. That was not what The Girls of No Return was about.
I crack open the book, so excited to get started on this super crazy, creepy mystery, that I could hardly contain my excitement when the book starts off with these really cryptic journal entries about something that happened that the main character can’t talk about. My excitement continues until about half way through the book when I realize that my assumptions are probably wrong. As it turns out, it’s about a girl who is sent to an all girl boarding school in the middle of nowhere because she’s rebellious.
Lida is a pretty cool character who really discovers who she is and what she’s good at while she attends the Alice Marshall School. I felt so bad for her after another girl cut off her hair while she slept during her first night there. Which made me think there was going to be some kind of mean-girl action going on which would have been awesome, by the way.
As far as the story goes, I really liked it. I’m always up for a good boarding school book and even though it was an all girls’ school, it still kept me interested. It was paced really well and I didn’t find myself getting bored. The ending was crazy and I definitely didn’t expect it. I give the Girls of No Return 3 hearts because the back and forth flash back action was done really well. (less)