Yeah, I don't think I can do this right now. This book is DRAGGING and I don't know how much dragging I can take when the book is over 500 pages. Also...moreYeah, I don't think I can do this right now. This book is DRAGGING and I don't know how much dragging I can take when the book is over 500 pages. Also, the unnecessary POVs are killing the story for me. I also read a spoiler about (view spoiler)[Dorian and Sorcsha and I don't think I can handle it because they are the only good thing about the story for the moment, so there's nothing for me to look forward to other than heartbreak. (hide spoiler)] Additionally, I'm growing sick of Celaena's "woe-is-me" attitude. She needs to grow the hell up and stop putting blame on (view spoiler)[Chaol for Nehemia's death. (hide spoiler)] This Rowan fellow isn't doing anything for me either. So, yes, I'm putting this is on hold.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I didn't like the love interest one bit at the beginning, but I wound up absolutely HATING him by the end. I'm sad that I didn't like a Sawyer Bennett...more I didn't like the love interest one bit at the beginning, but I wound up absolutely HATING him by the end. I'm sad that I didn't like a Sawyer Bennett book, but I can't stand douches like Gavin.(less)
Gates of Thread and Stone was one of my most anticipated reads ever since the cover was revealed. The blurb sounded like it would appeal to the YA fan...more Gates of Thread and Stone was one of my most anticipated reads ever since the cover was revealed. The blurb sounded like it would appeal to the YA fantasy fan in me. However, I was let down by this book. Not only was the plot weak, but the world-building, which I believe is essential for a YA fantasy, wasn't substantial at all. There were some serious issues with the pacing of the story. The story would jump rapidly from one scene to another, making it hard to take in what was going on. Several times I found myself re-reading sections of the book because I was confused as to how fast the book was jump into scenes. Moreover, I didn't like how dense the main character, Kai, could be. She had her good side, especially with her love for her brother, but for the most part, she really wasn't well-developed at all. I did like her love interest, Avan, but I didn't like how he stomached Kai's insensitive treatment of him. The ending regarding him was also just weird and I felt was placed only for the shock factor. Overall, this was a big disappointment and I won't be continuing this series. (less)
I read Of Metal and Wishes together with Sam over at Realm of Fiction one weekend and I was entirely smitten throughout. I tried to read the book as e...more I read Of Metal and Wishes together with Sam over at Realm of Fiction one weekend and I was entirely smitten throughout. I tried to read the book as excruciatingly slow as possible, but it had such a hold over me that I absolutely couldn't not read it faster. While I was out doing my daily chores, my thoughts would easily wander to Of Metal and Wishes and even now, two weeks after I finished the book, I'm still reeling from the aftermath of reading a brilliant book.
Sarah Fine knows how to craft well-fleshed out characters and the characters in Of Metal and Wishes were simply put, gorgeous. Wen, our protagonist, was absolutely brilliant. I loved her from the very first instance I met her and as I got to know her over the course of the book, I fell even more in love with her personality. She was the kind of main character that I wish every main character was like : strong, driven and level-headed. She began the book as someone who was blind to the cruelty of the society around her, but once the blindfold around her eyes started to lift off, she began to make amends to her treatment of the Noor, laborers hired by her people. Wen was also an aspiring doctor, which automatically meant she had a kind and nurturing soul. Melik, her love interest and a Noor, was also amazing. He was also a character that was effortless to become attached to. He was kind, loving, but definitely rough around the edges. He was somewhat of a leader to the Noor who came with him and you could tell that he was completely devoted to them. Whenever something would happen to either of them, he would be ridden with guilt. Then you have Ghost, a Phantom of Opera-esque character, who was entirely fascinating. I can't really say much about him, but he was enigmatic, interesting and you can't help but feel all kinds of emotions towards him. You need to read the book in order to experience his character and go through all these emotions.
Of Metal and Wishes had an intriguing setting that was initially hard to grasp because it's a world that I had never come across, with it's almost historical background with elements of Asian history and a slaughter factory setting to it, but once the pieces started to come together, it was riveting. The romance in Of Metal and Wishes was also tactfully written. It was beautifully paced and it was a slow burn romance that made me feel along with the characters. The tension between Wen and Melik was so palpable and intense, especially with the forbidden element it had. I found myself rooting for these two characters and I hoping for them to get the happily ever after they deserved. Some of you may be worried about a love triangle, but I assure you that there's absolutely no reason to be worried about that. Sarah Fine is also a masterful writer. She weaved together all these gorgeous words and threaded them into an even more gorgeous story line that reeled and hooked me in from the very first page. I honestly don't think there was anything I remotely disliked about this book. It was the perfect book for me and I will continue to write everything this author writes, even if she writes a boring paper. She just has a way with words which makes it easy to immerse myself into her story. Even her description of the dresses that Wen wore was so vivid. She deserves all the hype for being such a cinematic author.
Of Metal and Wishes is a book I want everyone to read. It was original and beautifully written and if you're going to skip out on this one, you're going to miss a story that would most likely have amazed you. If you haven't read anything by Sarah Fine, change that immediately because she's a force in the YA community. (less)
Servants of the Storm opened up with a vivid and descriptive scene of two teenagers stuck in a house during a hurricane. It was atmospheric, rich and...more Servants of the Storm opened up with a vivid and descriptive scene of two teenagers stuck in a house during a hurricane. It was atmospheric, rich and I knew for sure that I was in for a wild ride with the book. Unfortunately, I was wrong. The prologue of Servants of the Storm was the best thing about the book for me and after that it only went downhill. Connecting with the main character Dovey was impossible. She didn't come across as an approachable character and she made a lot of questionable choices. Additionally, there was this odd kind of love triangle (I'm not even sure if I want to call it that because it was so weird) and I had a terrible time being able to swoon over either of the guys. My problem with these characters were that they were one-dimensional and didn't possess much depth. The story, in itself, was just weird. Sure, there were some creepy moments, but I never had a good grasp of what was going on. I thought this would be more of a psychological thriller, but it was a paranormal story with demons. While the world building was decent, I wasn't into it for some reason. And then there was that ending, which just plain confused me even more. Apparently this is part of a series and I'm not sure I'll be continuing it. I'm just not the audience for the book.(less)
Entangled Publishing releases some of the funnest books I've ever read and it's no wonder that I immediately wanted to read Meeting His Match upo...more 3.5/5
Entangled Publishing releases some of the funnest books I've ever read and it's no wonder that I immediately wanted to read Meeting His Match upon glancing at that eye-popping cover and reading the attention-grabbing blurb. Meeting His Match, I found, was a short read mostly because I wanted to read on and on about these two characters and didn't want the story to end.
Addison is a New York City matchmaker who has grown up strongly believing that there exists only one soul mate for every individual. Ever since her husband's passing away, she has strayed away from relationships although she doesn't mind building relationships through her matchmaking company. Addison was a sweet character. She was also feisty, driven and got things done. I enjoyed her as a character very much although there were times she could be a little frustrating with her beliefs that there was one and only soul mate for everyone out there. When her friend asks her to help find a girlfriend for her brother-in-law, things change though. Caine was a high-profile CEO of a company that his father built. When Addison barged into his office and his life, he remained stubborn and convinced that he had no time for dating. He was fascinated by Addison though and the chemistry the two of them shared. You watch as slowly throughout the book Addison soften his heart and make him believe that he doesn't have to live a lonely life where he only strives to live up to his father's expectations. Out of the two, I have to admit that Caine was my favorite character just because he was a little less frustrating than Addision.
The dynamics between Addison and Caine was phenomenal! The two of them knew how to banter well and when they were not together in a scene, I was anticipating their conversations. It also helped that the two had sizzling chemistry together! I could feel the sparks between them. Addison and Caine were also respectful of each other as a couple, which I appreciated very much. It was also fun watching Addison bring all these things into the life of Caine which ultimately changed him as a character. I especially loved the dog and her four "mop" puppies, who become attached to Addison and grow very protective of her. The dogs were so damn adorable and the puppies were named after the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles. Every scene that they were in was an absolute riot! One other thing I really enjoyed about Meeting His Match was how the big "misunderstanding", which is found in pretty much every contemporary romance book, wasn't dragged out for too long, so even though I was annoyed by it, it didn't drive up the wall. I think fans of light contemporary romances should have no trouble enjoying Meeting His Match.
Overall, Meeting His Match was an entertaining read for me. I pretty much enjoyed every minute of reading it. It wasn't a life-changing kind of book, but it made me laugh and swoon along with the characters, which makes up for a great book. I'm definitely excited about this new line, Lovestruck, by Entangled. If Meeting His Match is a sign of what's to come, it's going to be awesome!(less)
Rebel Belle was a light, charming and delightful read that managed to get a few laughs out of me. It's a typical Rachel Hawkins book, which means...more 3.5/5
Rebel Belle was a light, charming and delightful read that managed to get a few laughs out of me. It's a typical Rachel Hawkins book, which means it was entertaining all the way through.
Harper, the protagonist, was a riot! She was a sassy Southern belle who seemed like she wasn't afraid of anything she had to potentially face in the future. I love a good character who is driven and knows exactly what she wants to do with her life and Harper was the girl. She was absolutely delightful as a character. I loved how girly and snarky she was! When she obtains her power at the Homecoming dance, she didn't become one of those heroines who acted like an idiot and waited for information to come to her. No, Harper was a smart girl who actually researched everything and looked for the necessary people to help her out. Harper was also the kind of character who thought about the consequences of her decisions and wasn't irrational and impulsive in any way. Harper was a star, all in all! The only thing I disliked about her was how lied to her good friends and came across as suspicious to them. David Stark was also a blast! He was super adorable in a nerdy way and he was very charming as well. He was supportive of Harper and was there to tell her when she was wrong or acting a little silly.
Their dynamics was one of my favorite things about Rebel Belle. These two were both super snarky so whenever they had a conversation, I knew I was in for a ride. They argue a lot in the beginning, because of David's need to shred Harper's personality on his school newspaper, but their banter was so much fun to read. They eventually grow to understand each other better and become friends and it was delightful to watch the growth in their relationship. Harper did have a boyfriend when David and her become friends due to Harper's powers, but fret not! Their relationship didn't go into the cheating zone. While Rebel Belle was an entertaining read, especially with the action-packed plot, the humor peppered all over the book and the snarky main character, the world building in itself was weak. By the end of the book I was left a little disappointed with the world since I wanted to get to know about the Paladins better. However, this is a series, so I guess more of my questions will be answered over the course of the next few books.
Rebel Belle was a nice blend of YA paranormal and romantic comedy. If you liked Hex Hall, you're going to like Rebel Belle (although Hex Hall is a lot better than this). It's a light, hilarious and mindless read that's the perfect relaxation book. (less)
Before You sounded like an intense and romantic story that would satisfy the die-hard YA contemporary romance lover in me. It was definitely both inte...more Before You sounded like an intense and romantic story that would satisfy the die-hard YA contemporary romance lover in me. It was definitely both intense and romantic, but it was also unnecessarily dramatic, especially towards the end, drawing out some of the loveliness of the book.
The opposites attract trope has been used on numerous occasions, but it's still a trope that pulls me into books regardless. That's one of the main reasons I picked up Before You and the book used that trope very well. Diego and Faith were absolute opposites when it came to personalities, but they hinged together as a couple incredibly well, bringing out the more open and positive sides to each other. Both Diego and Faith were characters I loved individually as well as when they were a couple. Faith, especially, was easy to connect with. She was the pastor's daughter and had to constantly live up to the expectations of the other people in her town. She labored to be the good girl throughout the book because she was afraid of how her true self could reflect on her father. She didn't want to ruin his reputation in any way, and I have to say I respected her for that. I also felt for her because I knew how difficult it was for her to give off this appearance of someone she didn't really want to be. She wanted to wear skin-showing clothes, but she couldn't. She wanted to lead a different life, but she couldn't because she was constantly in the public eye. The expectations of these other people were crushing her slowly and it was painful and just plain sad watching her have to hide her true self even at school. When she met Diego though, things started to slowly change. He made her want to be open about her individuality. Diego, was originally from Cuba and he went through his own fair share of issues. Mostly dealing with him being part of a gang back home, learning to deal with a new environment and trying to overcome stereotypes surrounding his culture.
I thought Diego and Faith's relationship was overflowing with chemistry. They had a ton of sexual tension together and I loved watching their relationship grow from "hatred" to more. Diego, especially, was a swoon-worthy character and I loved how he constantly flirted with Faith, pushing her buttons. When Faith retaliated, it was hot! While I thought the initial progression of their relationship had a nice pace to it, I will admit that the "L-word" came a little too fast for my liking. It just felt unrealistic and I wasn't a fan. Additionally, I had issues with the book from the 75% mark. I knew going in that this book would be dramatic, but this sweet romance story turned into an overly dramatic and completely improbable story line. In retrospect, it was meant to be serious, but sadly, it only got a few laughs out of me because of how silly and preposterous it all was. I honestly could have done without it. I also could have done without that exceedingly cheesy epilogue. It was just a little too much for me. Regardless of my thoughts on the last few chapters of the book, I really enjoyed Amber Hart's writing abilities. She's definitely talented and if she toned down on the drama, she could write some fantastic stories. I also liked how she focused a lot on friendship. Faith and her best friend, Melissa, had a strong relationship that was built on so much love and respect. I absolutely love it when bonds between women are shown to be tight in books and I very much appreciated it in this book. The author also attempted to show how people of color are often stereotyped and spread a great message with Before You.
Before You wasn't the perfect book. It had some flaws to the story line which could potentially have been avoided to craft a wonderful romance book. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the story overall and I'm excited to read Melissa and Javier, Diego's cousin's, story next! I think this debut author has a ton of promise!(less)
Extraction, with its dystopian setting, was an interesting book, but because it had a lot of elements that a lot of YA dystopian novels had, it didn't...more Extraction, with its dystopian setting, was an interesting book, but because it had a lot of elements that a lot of YA dystopian novels had, it didn't wow me as much as I wanted to. That's not to say that there isn't unique about it though. There were definitely some original and creative factors in there, but the story in itself felt like the same old story.
Perhaps the most special aspect of Extraction is its world building. This is a world that I don't believe has been explored in YA and it was fascinating. The people of Kiel, a planet very much like Earth but with an acidic environment, either live on the Surface or the Core. Only a select few people are allowed into the Core and they are chosen through a testing known as the Extraction. The testing in itself was reminiscent to Divergent's testing and I can't say I was particularly impressed by that part. Our main character, Clementine, is selected to go to the Core and she has to leave behind her friend, and potential love interest, Logan who failed the testing few years ago. Clementine, for me, didn't stand out as a character. I didn't dislike her, but I also didn't love her. I was almost passive to her, which didn't particularly help me enjoy the novel. There was a huge wall between me and her and reaching her emotions was almost impossible. Because of that she wasn't memorable. I did, however, enjoy her interactions and the new relationships she built with the two of the kids who also get Extracted. Her love interest, Logan, was missing for most of the book and while I liked what little I saw of him, he didn't really make an impression on me either. They did have a sweet romance though. I'm hoping that part gets more explored in the subsequent books.
The plot is what I wasn't very interested in because it's something I have seen repeatedly over the years in dystopian books. It's the same old story about a ruthless leader and the heroine being able to see through his lies and deceits. There were moments in the book though, where I was completely invested. Despite the story not being as original as I would have wanted it to be, I did find myself flipping through the pages to get to the end because it was entertaining and Diaz has a way with words. Although not every element in the book worked completely for me, I can't deny that she's a talented author and with the way things ended in Extraction, I have no doubt that the next book will be action-packed, intense and amazing.
While I wasn't wowed by Extraction, I did think it was an entertaining read and readers who aren't tired with books such as Divergent won't have much trouble enjoying the book. I didn't fall in love with the book, but I will be checking out the rest of the series when it comes out. (less)