As an eternal optimist, I was so moved by this little boy's story. If you asked me if I believed this book, I would say that yes, I believe this boy wAs an eternal optimist, I was so moved by this little boy's story. If you asked me if I believed this book, I would say that yes, I believe this boy went to heaven. Colton (the little boy) describes his experiences in such an innocent and unguarded way that makes me want to believe. Of course there are going to be countless skeptics to Colton's story, but you will just have to read this and decide for yourselves....more
This was my first zombie book and I have to admit I've never liked the idea of them. I mean, zombies? No offense to anyone who likes them, but they'veThis was my first zombie book and I have to admit I've never liked the idea of them. I mean, zombies? No offense to anyone who likes them, but they've just always creeped me out. I decided to give this a chance and I'm glad I did. All in all, I did like this book. It was fast-paced and written in a way where the story just flows. I also appreciated Amy Plum's use of vocabulary. Glad I read this on my NookColor because the built-in dictionary feature came in handy!
I only had a couple small problems with this one. Vincent and Kate's relationship for starters. I felt like their whole relationship was really rushed and not that well developed. I didn't really understand why they liked each other so much. I guess it was just a case of "instant love" that some books suffer from. Vincent also uses the word "obsess" in part of the book to explain his feelings and maybe it's just me, but I found that creepy. Then there was the plot. Every book has a conflict. It's that climax that the whole story builds up to. I didn't really notice that the conflict was missing for awhile because I was getting caught up in the story, but about 3/4 of the way through the book I started to wonder, "where is this story going?" The conflict did finally come, but only to be resolved about 30 pages later.
These weren't deal breakers for me - just things that I noticed. I really did enjoy reading this one. Its premise is completely different than any other paranormal book I've read. This story's definitely more romance driven and I'm not complaining. Looking forward to reading the next installment!...more
Thought provoking and hopeful. This book surprised me in a good way. Just glimpsing through the summary, this storyline might remind you of "50 FirstThought provoking and hopeful. This book surprised me in a good way. Just glimpsing through the summary, this storyline might remind you of "50 First Dates," where the main character wakes up each day forgetting what happened the day before and her supposed romantic relationship with a stranger. At least that's what I thought of. So I went into this book with some preconceived notion that it would be a light, comedic read - not expecting something with so much more.
London is the type of girl that everyone can relate to. She's not perfect. She has flaws just like everyone else, except hers just happen to be a lot more in your face. You see, London doesn't have a normal memory. She can't remember the past, but she can remember the future. I guess you could sort of call her a psychic in a way. Dealing with high school is hard enough with a memory, so I was curious to see how London would handle it.
Every night London writes notes to herself reminding her of what happened the day before. She knows what will happen the next day and who her lifelong friends will be. It isn't until she meets a boy named Luke who she has never seen in her future before that things start to become strange. Who is this Luke and why hasn't she ever seen him in her future? The more time she spends with Luke, the more questions arise. The story takes on a twist that I definitely didn't see coming.
I really loved London in this book. She's fiercely loyal to her friends until the very end. I loved the strength she had to be able to deal with what life has dealt her and still manage to be so optimistic. Her story unfolds in a way that keeps the reader guessing. Time almost seems relative - we get glimpses of the future, past and present as London is trying to discover the secrets of her past and why she can't remember it. I said before that this story left off on a hopeful note because you would think that since London can see the future, her future would be set in stone. But the truth is that only London can control her destiny and really... anything is possible. If you haven't already added Cat Patrick's debut novel to your "to-read" shelves, you should do it now!...more
A modern, unique twist on a classic Greek myth. The Goddess Test was a quick, fun read that had me constantly gasping with all the unexpected twists!A modern, unique twist on a classic Greek myth. The Goddess Test was a quick, fun read that had me constantly gasping with all the unexpected twists! I have to admit that the summary led me to believe that there would be a lot of action involved with these "tests." I started reading this thinking that it'd be a milder form of the Hunger Games, maybe? The story wasn't exactly intense and heart-stopping, but I was drawn in by Kate's story and finished the book with a smile on my face.
The Goddess Test is a re-telling of the Hades and Persephone myth in Greek mythology. According to the myth, Hades (Ruler of the Underworld) abducted Persephone (daughter of Demeter) and brought her to the underworld to be his Queen. Outraged, Demeter withheld her gift of bountiful harvest until Persephone was returned to her. Before Persephone is rescued, Hades tricks her into eating seven seeds from the Underworld which prevents her from being able to fully return to Demeter. A compromise is made where Persephone spends half of the year in the Underworld and the other half with her mother Demeter, explaining the creation of the seasons.
Movies always depict Hades as some cruel, hideous God with no compassion. I mean, he abducted Persephone and then tricked her into spending eternity with him, didn't he? Or maybe his story got a little skewed after thousands of years. In the Goddess test, we get to know the real Hades and even hear his version of what really happened with Persephone and her "abduction." When Persephone falls in love with a mortal, she gives up her immortality and leaves Hades to rule on his own. Hades has been searching for a new queen ever since. But not just anyone will do. To become a goddess, she must first past seven tests. Every girl who has taken the test has died. Now it's Kate's turn.
I gasped a lot when I was reading this because I kept thinking, "Did that really just happen?!" There were times when I questioned where the story was heading, but this is one of those stories that you have to read to the end to really appreciate. It's the type of book that has you annoyed at parts and you think about stopping. Of course, you keep reading anyway because you need to know what happens. Then you get to the end and you're really happy that you finished it because somewhere along the way you end up loving it!...more
An impressive debut from a young, talented author. Wynter Chelsea is full of action, mysteries, and just the right amount of humor. Becca Ritchie creaAn impressive debut from a young, talented author. Wynter Chelsea is full of action, mysteries, and just the right amount of humor. Becca Ritchie creates a vivid world where supernatural beings live in fear of the Wynters and the Chelseas. Two families whose legacy it is to destroy these creatures of the night. There has never been a female born into this legacy. That is, until now. Amanda has lived her whole life feeling left out because she's a girl and her family doesn't want her to fight. Little does she know that there's a big reason for this - she's destined for something greater. Her own legacy.
Wynter Chelsea is about the youngest generation of the Wynters and Chelseas - Jack and Amanda Chelsea, and Trevor and Dustin Wynter. When their parents go missing, these four are on a quest to rescue them. Their journey is demanding and along the way they uncover secrets of their families past and clues to Amanda's cryptic legacy.
Ritchie's characters are dynamic and distinct. The four supernatural hunters are able to balance each other - from Jack's angry outbursts to Trevor's ability to make us laugh in the worst circumstances. Dustin and Amanda have their own intimate relationship. They've always been there for each other since childhood and help to keep the other sane. These different personalities make for an entertaining read.
Overall, this was a great story that I would recommend to all paranormal romance lovers. I have a feeling that we're going to be seeing a lot more of Becca Ritchie's writing in the future and I'm looking forward to it! ...more