I am not happy with these turn of events. I didn't like it as much as I liked Red Queen but it was fantastic in its own right. THE FEELS! Review to coI am not happy with these turn of events. I didn't like it as much as I liked Red Queen but it was fantastic in its own right. THE FEELS! Review to come....more
Twenty years after the fire, in the scorched remains of Elmbridge High school, a diary was recovered. The case has been reopened and readers will getTwenty years after the fire, in the scorched remains of Elmbridge High school, a diary was recovered. The case has been reopened and readers will get a chance to read police interviews, video transcripts, diary entries and more to figure out what truly happened so many years ago.
This is one of the creepiest books I have ever read. It begins with a curse, inviting readers to continue at their own risk. The spine-chilling plot only delves deeper into the dark as it moves on. Dawn Kurtagich created a masterful debut novel that will surely give readers nightmares.
Especially with this kind of story, the protagonist, Carly and Kaitlyn, is the best type of narrator to have: unreliable. Reading their diary entries—mainly Kaitlyn’s—readers are able to understand everything but can believe nothing. As the story progresses, I wanted to believe Kaitlyn, to support her on this journey through the quest to find her sister and, also, her mind.
The diary entries are not the only thing readers are exposed to. Out of chronological order—which made for some flipping back between pages and date checking—the video transcripts and interviews tell the story in the best way possible. If this was written in a traditional format, the connection between Kaitlyn and other characters would not have been as strong. Kurtagich is a true genius to piece this paranormal mystery in the way she has.
Much like the protagonist, readers are unable to decipher what happened in the past. Kurtagich leaves clues as the characters themselves figure it out. The anticipation of knowing what truly happened built up, similar to the reality of what Kaitlyn’s house became. This story is not just about a girl who has an identity disorder, it is about a girl who will stop at nothing to find her missing sister. On this level, readers can easily relate to Kaitlyn.
Nadia was another character which readers will be able to identify with. She is the perfect best friend: kind, forgiving, and supportive. Her story was the most shocking, I didn’t see it coming. Kurtagich ran through the end scenes; it happened so fast and then it was over which is both realistic and terrifying at the same time.
As brilliant as The Dead House is, it is unbelievably gruesome and definitely for an older YA audience. This novel will have you reading up late at night, watching for shadows in the dark and huddling deeper into the cocoon of your blankets. The Dead House is certainly not a book for the faint of heart....more
And as much as John Green is known for it, I was somewhat disappointed and relieved that none of the main characters died.
Margo Roth Spiegelman is thAnd as much as John Green is known for it, I was somewhat disappointed and relieved that none of the main characters died.
Margo Roth Spiegelman is the next door neighbor to Quentin Jacobson who has always been in love with her. They used to hang out as children but as they got older, high school cliques brought them apart. Still, Quentin pines after her. When Margo, out-of-nowhere, shows up at his window one late night, she takes him on an adventure he will never forget—which includes taking blackmail pictures of a naked guy, seeing the world for what it is, and breaking into Sea World. The day after, Quentin believes things to be changed between them but when Margo doesn’t show up to school, he realizes she is missing. Left with clues that only Quentin understands, he must find the girl who showed him a glimpse of the world she knows.
I haven’t read a lot of John Green novels. I know enough, however, to believe that something is lacking with Paper Towns. With both, The Fault in Our Stars and The Abundance of Katherines, John Green’s ever-present poetic style of writing shines through. As much as this does not take away from the story, Green’s writing style lacks the poetic flow in this novel. Instead, his voice becomes much more Quentin, an immature senior in high school. And when I say immature, I mean immature. Paper Towns will have readers laughing but shaking their heads at the same time. Despite it lacking some John Green-ness, Paper Towns is one of those books readers will look back upon and recommend to others.
Even though the protagonist prides himself on being so immature with continuous inappropriate jokes, Paper Towns needs to be looked at differently. It is not just about the main story, but what runs deeper than that. John Green creates this title on a few speeches Margo announces to Quentin. The philosophy behind paper towns and for Margo’s personality is genius. The message which Green brings forth is something that a lot of people forget. It is not about living a cookie-cutter life; it’s about doing what you want. Think outside the box. Do what your heart tells you to. As seniors in high school, John Green chose the best sort of characters to tell his message from.
With this, Paper Towns became about a girl trying to live outside the box. This is extremely relatable. If readers can’t relate to Margo, they certainly can relate to Quentin. With the complete opposites that are Margo and Quentin, readers were able to witness a character pushed out of his shell, in which he realizes that there is more to life than his small little town. John Green creates an original coming-of-age story like no other.
Overall, Paper Towns may not be John Green’s best work but it is certainly a work that should not be overlooked. Its movie, based on the book, is being released July 24 which I definitely look forward to. Paper Towns takes readers on a wild ride across Orlando, Florida and New York and shows them a little piece of the world. ...more
After Hitler unleashes a virus which leaves victims as vampires, the only survivors are the Immunes. Decades later, after the war has ended, Hitler stAfter Hitler unleashes a virus which leaves victims as vampires, the only survivors are the Immunes. Decades later, after the war has ended, Hitler still reigns with his Nazi Vampires. Sophie, an Immune, lives in the small town of Haven, content with her best friend and vamp boyfriend. Until her best friend is mysteriously murdered, that is. The murder unravels everything Sophie knew about her world, opening her to new truths that she wished she never saw. Val, her boyfriend, has always said, “Some truths are better left unsaid.” And he would be right.
Lindsay Francis Brambles is a genius, piecing this together with layers upon layers of story and generations which collide and connect. Hitler and Nazi Vampires: the base story—if not introduced properly—would flop miserably because people do not want just another vampire story. Well, my friends, this is not your ordinary vampire story. The backstory works magnificently and Sophie, the protagonist, is not a helpless lady but a strong female character who gives Katniss Everdeen a run for her money. Becoming Darkness is a work of genius!
Sophie has to be the most unluckiest girl in the entire world. This poor girl has been through so much and endured it to the very end. Without giving too much away: Brambles is the type of author who kills characters. Don’t get too attached to any one character because they may not be there in the morning. Killing characters off is both advantageous and disadvantageous. It makes the flow of the novel extremely fast with non-stop action which doesn’t let you catch your breath. However, it also doesn’t let you mourn these characters that you may have spent pages with. Why is life so unfair?
Despite the deaths (because you know what you’re getting into reading a vampire book), the use of German on the cover and how the designer was able to incorporate the whole phrase on the front—it gives me chills just thinking about it. “Nun bin ich ewige becoming darkness.” Those exact words, “For now I am eternal, becoming darkness” can work as the theme of the whole novel. Brambles weaves this phrase into almost every aspect of his writing, showing that even between generations, people have some of the same thoughts.
This book is meant to have five stars. The vampires Brambles created are brilliant; there is so much about them that I love. Plus, if there was a Brambles’ Apocalypse, fueled by Hitler and his Vampire Nazis, I would be alive (I’d like to think that but the virus may have gotten to me) because New York (New Yorkers unite!) still stands. The writing, the action, the characters, the story: all five stars. But it’s about this vampire boyfriend of Sophie’s. He is very cryptic and mysterious—he wouldn’t be if he told Sophie anything about anything. Despite several scenes with Valentine and Sophie, the communication between them grates on my nerves because if he had only told her what she wanted to know… well, then there would be no book to write, I suppose. Reading about those two, fighting out their problems or not fighting out their problems (because there still are many problems yet to solve): like no. What kind of relationship do they have? It’s enormously complicated and unbalanced. I wanted to like Val but how can you like someone who doesn’t trust you with any significant information?
Overall, Becoming Darkness is certainly a book to put on your bucket list. This is the perfect time to read it: October. Despite the strange it’s complicated status Sophie has with her boyfriend, this book is superb. Lindsay Brambles is a true genius, creating a layered dystopian with vampires, Nazis, and non-stop action. It will be sure to keep readers guessing to the very last page....more
In Grace and the Guiltless, Grace leaves before sunrise, escaping a love that she finds both exhilarating but distracting. She musGreat in every way.
In Grace and the Guiltless, Grace leaves before sunrise, escaping a love that she finds both exhilarating but distracting. She must continue her quest of hunting down the Guiltless Gang, the people who killed her family. In Her Cold Revenge, she becomes one of the only female bounty hunters in the West, bringing criminals to justice. When there is news of a potential train robbery—and two of the Guiltless Gang members are behind it—Grace snags a ticket and hopes to soon find the justice her family deserves.
Whenever I write sequel reviews, it is a requirement that I spend at least a paragraph talking about how it suffered from sequel syndrome—where it wasn’t as good as the first one. However, there will be no such paragraph in this review. Her Cold Revenge was as good as the first, if not better. It was great to be back in the world Erin Johnson created, back in cowboy boots and horseback riding through the Wild West.
I’m still extremely surprised I like this series. As I said in the first review, I don’t read Westerns. Living on a farm, my location puts me off to any possible Wild West setting. Despite my daily life, reading about Grace’s adventures makes me realize that I should have been reading this genre a long time ago.
This sequel is fantastic. Readers are familiar with the characters and the story, therefore Johnson decided to delve deeper into less plot and more romance. It was a good choice. As much as there was romance in Grace, it wasn’t to this degree. In Her Cold Revenge, Johnson heats it up a few notches.
Grace is one strong female protagonist. Gone is that annoying girl from the first book who would repeat her mission like a broken record. Her Cold Revenge depicts Grace as a bounty hunter, brave but merciful. Johnson cleverly drew up the relationship between Grace and Joe, in which Joe wants to protect her but does not want to squash her strength. It is both gorgeous, romantic, and if Grace keeps pushing Joe away, I’m sure any reader would be happy to snatch him.
Also, I love the act of Grace getting revenge on the people who murdered her family. Readers are counting down as those bodies drop and feathers fall. From the first one, finding justice for her family has been ingrained into readers and they want it almost as much as Grace, herself, wants it. The sequel presents more non-stop action and original heart pounding scenes that will only leave readers wanting more.
Her Cold Revenge is a great sequel to an entertaining series. Joe and Grace will surely win the hearts of many. In the second book of the Wanted series, things start heating up (and it’s not the weather) and nonstop-adventure leaves readers breathless. ...more
Welcome to the Wild West. The beginning serves as a rather rude welcoming for readers when Grace’s whole family is murdered in cold blood. Grace is leWelcome to the Wild West. The beginning serves as a rather rude welcoming for readers when Grace’s whole family is murdered in cold blood. Grace is left all alone. She doesn’t know much about surviving in the wilderness or shooting a gun but she does know that she must seek revenge for her family. She embarks on a journey to find the Guiltless Gang—the people who killed her family—and find the justice she deserves.
In truth, I have never read a western before Grace and the Guiltless. Something about the setting, the horseback riding, the cowboys—it never really appealed to me. However, it is always good to try new things and when I picked up Grace, it was a pleasant surprise. The novel had all the ingredients for a perfect Western: the cowboys, the Indians, the guns, the horses, and even the ranch away from town. However, Erin Johnson brought a non-stop rollercoaster ride that does not give readers time to breathe. The show starts from page one, with Grace’s family being murdered, and the action doesn’t end until the last page.
Grace follows in the footsteps of books like The Hunger Games and Divergent with an incredibly strong female protagonist, taking both the figurative and literal reins of her own story. Grace has guts and is driven on her journey by her family’s deaths. Readers may find her want for revenge, and the mention of her journey, a bit overplayed in the novel. The constant action keeps the plot moving and keeps readers from being too annoyed. I do understand that Grace has lost her entire family; it is extremely natural to seek revenge. Still, Johnson could have withheld the repeated mention of “my family’s dead, got to avenge them” and “can’t be happy, got to go and get revenge.”
Despite the repetition of the main goal of the novel, Grace is a never-ending adventure that everyone can enjoy. From younger YA to adults, readers will not want to stop reading this fantastic thrill set in the Wild West.
And what would a novel set in the Wild West be without romance? Yes, there is romance! I wasn’t expecting it. Erin Johnson cleverly draws her romance which leaves readers wanting more. It is the sort of romance that gradually becomes more beautiful as more pages are turned. It is both realistic and so natural.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Her Cold Revenge, to find out what happens next. There wasn’t as much as a cliffhanger as I would have hoped but, in this case, it was better to end the way it had been. Johnson created some suspense, while still keeping within Grace’s character.
Erin Johnson’s Grace and the Guiltless is a continuous horse-back ride through the Wild West that will keep your heart pounding way past the last page. ...more
It is the summer in New York City. Three hopeful girls, soon-to-be-freshman at university, plan to have the time of their lives in the city that neverIt is the summer in New York City. Three hopeful girls, soon-to-be-freshman at university, plan to have the time of their lives in the city that never sleeps. Before I get into too much of the book, you must take a look at the cover. I’m talking about the inside cover. It’s so pretty. NYC. The view from the rooftop. The whole cover gets you in the mood to read about how awesome New York is. And, unfortunately, City Love does not read like anything else besides these two things: 1.) three girls with problems go on dates and 2.) a love letter to how awesome NYC is. These three girls were extremely difficult to tell apart. Alternating perspectives, especially with three people every chapter, can get a bit confusing. Each girl had some problem in their past, which I am hoping for clarification in the next novel. Coincidentally, each girl moved to the city and within less than a week they all had boyfriends. I expected some girl power and independent characters, following some of the latest trends in recent YA but these girls fell short. For example, Sadie has a lovely quote above her bed: Just around the Corner. This cute saying could be interpreted in many ways. I thought about dreams or goals but Sadie thought about a boy. Most of the plot was just meant to be taken lightly. It’s a good beach read, a quick read. It was entertaining, even though there were some downsides. NYC is awesome and I love when books talk about real places. I can actually go to the Strand or to the High Line. While reading, I made a list of almost all the places Colasanti mentioned because I definitely love the city as much as she does and want to check out all of the places. When I was first starting off, I thought City Love was going to be super predictable. The three girls started going on these dates and I was thinking that they would all end up breaking up and the book would end with something like: Who needs true love, when you can have city love? Yes, I was expecting that level of cheese. It is called City Love, after all. I was happy when it didn’t end that way. Still, I wasn’t quite happy with how it ended either. I am not a fan on contemporary series, nor did I know that City Love was book one of a series. I have to wait for book two to release to find out what happens next? Nothing was solved. Couldn’t you have given me some kind of hint of how it would go? Colasanti left her readers hanging. It is like when you are watching a show and the two main characters are about to kiss for the first time and they are two inches from each other’s face and then: TO BE CONTINUED. What? You know they are going to kiss but you have to make sure. That was City Love. I have to admit it. Even though I own most of Colasanti’s books, I have not read any of them. I didn’t know what to expect. However, Colasanti’s writing makes for a fast read but still filled with enough quotes you would love to put on bumper stickers.
Overall, City Love is a light, entertaining read. If you live in NYC, you might want to check out some of the places the book recommends. Colasanti will make readers fall in love with the city and have them looking up so they won’t miss a thing. ...more
Gluten free recipes that are super delicious! All the recipes sound great. There're several pictures to see the food before making it yourself. Very wGluten free recipes that are super delicious! All the recipes sound great. There're several pictures to see the food before making it yourself. Very well done....more