Home by Brenda Kearns was completely different than I had anticipated. I usually books where I actually like the main character. That is a big factor...moreHome by Brenda Kearns was completely different than I had anticipated. I usually books where I actually like the main character. That is a big factor for me. Yet, I never really like Allie and I didn't need to. Allie's goal isn't to make anyone like her, it's to get her and her two siblings home. Kearns does an amazing job of getting us into Allie's mind, so that while I didn't like her, I understood her.
Kearns' personal experiences have obviously given her a view into the mind of a young foster child, and this builds the authenticity behind Allie's voice. I do wish the story were longer (it is a novella). I wanted to find out what happens next because it is more than evident that Allie's journey is far from over.(less)
Sweet romance, and I really liked the characters. The steamy scenes actually felt like they were written with certain language to push the boundaries,...moreSweet romance, and I really liked the characters. The steamy scenes actually felt like they were written with certain language to push the boundaries, but then failed to deliver. I think the story could have stood on its own without the "erotic" scenes.(less)
Despite my love of Greek mythology, I've never been drawn to books based on these myths or their demi-god offspring. Yet the cover and the synopsis of...moreDespite my love of Greek mythology, I've never been drawn to books based on these myths or their demi-god offspring. Yet the cover and the synopsis of My Ex From Hell had me thinking that this would be different than I've always thought those books would be like. And it was in the greatest way possible.
I have to admit that Darling's writing style was a bit hard to get into at first. Only a few pages in I was questioning if I'd get through the first chapter, let alone the whole book. Then something happened. Sophie's character began coming to life. By the end of the first chapter I was in for the long haul.
Sophie's voice was great. There was enough sass in her that she came across as a real teen, yet not so much that I wanted to smack her upside the head :) Her friends Hannah and Theo are equally as great. Hannah is brainy and has the beauty that I'd assumed Sophie would have (considering she's the goddess), and Theo is the sweet protective friend who had me thinking there was more to him than just a secondary character by the end.
It was the relationship between Sophie and Kai that I absolutely loved. Even though there is attraction and a pretty hot and heavy history (that Sophie doesn't remember), there is no insta-love. Instead they hide their attraction with prickliness and the mystery surrounding Persephone's death keeps Sophie's suspicions on overdrive.
There was of course a cliffhanger, it is a trilogy after all. I will definitely be picking up book 2. I can't wait to get back into Sophie's life.(less)
Zombie book are my current favorite read, yet I have come to the realization that not all zombie books are equal. Thankfully, Dead (A Lot) is on the p...moreZombie book are my current favorite read, yet I have come to the realization that not all zombie books are equal. Thankfully, Dead (A Lot) is on the positive side of that equation. Odentz manages to create a zombie novel that is not simply a zombie book.
The character Tripp is an amusing and probably pretty accurate portrayal of a teenage boy. He's not the politically correct main character that we can view as perfect. He's rude and childish at times, chauvinistic and even discriminates against a physically disabled man. Yet, he is likable, because he isn't spiteful and most importantly he changes and grows. If you don't like Tripp in the first few chapters, keep reading.
The only issue I had was with the ending. I felt it was a bit rushed and wished Odentz had spent just a few more pages fleshing things out.(less)
To start this review, I must begin at the end. I read the last chapter over and over, wondering if I was missing something. I was completely confused...moreTo start this review, I must begin at the end. I read the last chapter over and over, wondering if I was missing something. I was completely confused and not in a good way. It was abrupt, and anti-climactic, and left so many things hanging. I wanted clarity and some kind of resolution. This was my biggest issue with the story. I invested hours into read Kye's story that I was completely let down.
I have to say that by the end of the book Kye was a completely unlikeable character. So was Annie. And Claudia. And Julian. So much so that I was tempted to stop reading, but as I said before, I invested hours into reading and was holding out hope that one of them might redeem themselves.
The Pool Theory was not terrible, far from it. There were parts that were very well written and Nazzaro delved into a very serious subject from a perspective not often taken. I don't know how a 15-year-old boy would react to impending fatherhood, and maybe that is my issue. I would hope that if I had a son and he was in this situation, he'd be less selfish and more honest, that he would realize the seriousness of it and take responsibility for his actions.
I loved Andrew Klavan's novel Crazy Dangerous and had really high hope for Nightmare City. Klavan did not disappoint! The first few chapters were comp...moreI loved Andrew Klavan's novel Crazy Dangerous and had really high hope for Nightmare City. Klavan did not disappoint! The first few chapters were completely creepy. I had to stop reading at one point because I was too freaked out to keep reading.
The main character, Tom, was really well written. He was complex and Klavan did an amazing job of making Tom interesting without having him come across as over the top. I was drawn in by his fear and the constant curiosity that drove him forward in his quest for answers.
Klavan has managed to create a unique story, that has twists and turns to keep you guessing. Even though this is Christian fiction, it is dark and definitely meant for older teens. Nightmare City explores some very deep and dark questions though that I do think need to be addressed with young adult readers and he does not shy away from them.(less)