So I am not going to lie, the cover was the thing that made me originally NOT request this book from Netgalley, but then I heard the awesome reviews and I had to pick it up. The cover says "I'm just like every contemporary young adult book" when it is so far from that!
Travis comes home from Afghanistan a broken guy. He lost his best friend, his parent's marriage is on the rocks, and his promiscuous ex-girlfriend is now with his brother. After reconnecting with Harper, a girl whose reputation he ruined when they were younger, things start looking better for Travis. Still he can't get rid of the demons from his past.
I can't pinpoint what I love about Trish Doller's writing, only that I did. Her character's felt real. The storyline never felt rushed. And she wrote from a male POV and still made it a relate-able and swoon worthy for a romance junkie like me. I can see her becoming a auto-buy author for me.
Travis, Travis, Travis. You are kind of a dick, but man did I love you. Travis is FAR from perfect. He has a weird relationship with his ex, he was never close to his family, and he didn't sign up for the military for any noble reason. But this makes him so REAL. Harper brings out the best in him and I was rooting for them the whole time.
Even though Travis is only home for a short time, and the events of the book happen right after another., the story never feels rushed.
In an age where all military books are dystopian, this contemporary breaks the stride. After reading this book, I have been looking for similar books in the young adult perspective so if you know any please leave a comment!
There could not have been a better sequel to Shade than Shift. It's freaking perfect! And if it where to end right now, without a third book it wouldThere could not have been a better sequel to Shade than Shift. It's freaking perfect! And if it where to end right now, without a third book it would leave me satisfied. Don't get me wrong, I am dying to know what comes next for Aura, but the ending was just fantastic.
As you all know I love my ghosts and Logan, despite his immature behavior at times, is my favorite ghost boy. In this book you can see how his afterlife has affected him, he has matured. Even though has hasn't aged a day over 17, he is becoming more adult. But as much as I love Logan, Zachary stole my heart in this book.
As it is the second book more is revealed about he shift, and how the solstices and all that astronomy stuff has to do with it. I have never been into astronomy before, but this book makes me want to go sit outside and stare at the stars.
There where some unexpected twists, especially in the first couple of pages and the last, so even though the mystery is unraveling there is till more to learn. I don't want to give too much away other that one of my favorite scenes that was both just funny and heart wrenching was this scene that Aura, Megan, Logan and Zachary where all in the same room having a meeting of the minds. I just loved that scene.
If you have read Shade Go out and pre-order this book now!! It comes out May 3!
I thought I loved Adam in the first book, but I never connected fully until I felt his pain, anger, and frustration in this book. I now understand howI thought I loved Adam in the first book, but I never connected fully until I felt his pain, anger, and frustration in this book. I now understand how Mia's choice affected others in her life. The choice was never the easy part, but you never realized the after would be this hard.
Adam has changed since Mia's accident and their subsequent break up. He is bitter, angry, and all of a sudden superstitious to the point he almost seems a little crazy. At first I was like who is this guy? What happened to him? And then you learn more and more about what has happened since we last saw Mia and Adam. In a short span of time Adam lost Mia, Mia's family, and his love of music. I feel his hurt, and I begin to cry for a whole different reason than If I Stay. Frustration and regret can eat a person till all that is left is a hollow shell. That was Adam at the beginning of this book.
A beautiful journey and a perfect companion to If I Stay. Adding both of these books to my favorite shelves.
Apparently werewolves are starting to become a favorite of mine, which is funny considering I was a HUGE Edward/vampire fan in Twilight, and because oApparently werewolves are starting to become a favorite of mine, which is funny considering I was a HUGE Edward/vampire fan in Twilight, and because of that I stayed away from werewolf books for a while. But Nightshade is different, in fact the wolves of nightshade are not even werewolves, but Guardians who take the form of wolves to protect and serve the Keepers. They whole back story was one of the things that kept me reading, these Guardians really believe in duty and their life mission of protected the Keepers (even the evilish ones). And the Keepers treat them as pets. You can tell no one has ever questioned this because of their duty... until Calla meets Shay.
Calla is one of the strongest yet realistic female characters I have read. She is an alpha and while she doesn't back down from most things, including her alpha partner to be Ren, it takes her a while to build the courage to question her loyalty to the Keepers and all she has ever known about her own world. Slowly, with the help of Shay a human boy, she learns the truth about her world and for the first time ever she has to make a choice.
Back to Ren, I think this is the first time I have ever liked the #2 guy (guy who will probably lose in the love triangle situation) more than the guy she is clearly meant to be with. I hope I am wrong about this. Usually you can tell, even when the main character loves both, who she loves the most. But Ren was fantastic character, with all these layers.Shay was great too, a cute nerdy type that loved to read. There was a part in the book where philosophy was discussed and you can tell Andrea did her research. I mean guys actually discussing philosophical geniuses and ideas...definitely HOT!
Some people had problems with the sexual nature of Calla's relationship with the boys, but I didn't mind it at all. It was never gratuitous or too graphic, yes it was a little more intense then more YA novels, but I like it like that. Calla was really struggling with the attraction she felt for Ren and the love she felt for Shay, I thought it felt very real, considering their mind set of a wolf pack about honor, loyalty, and duty.
In the first couple of pages I was already fighting back tears. Typical Elizabeth Scott. Reminiscent of Bloom and Perfect You, Scott writes a beautifuIn the first couple of pages I was already fighting back tears. Typical Elizabeth Scott. Reminiscent of Bloom and Perfect You, Scott writes a beautiful story of romance, family issues, tragedy, and personal growth. Every time I read one of her novels I feel like I am drowning inside a beautiful story, and when I turn the last page I can finally breathe again. Its like I'm holding my breath the whole time, wishing to know what happens, but never wanting it to end. From the first line I was immersed into the main character's mind. I felt what she felt. I saw what she saw.
Abby just lost her sister, though she won't admit it. While Tess's body is in a strange hospital bed, her mind has yet to return. And though Abby wants her sister to wake up, because well she is her sister, the majority wants her to wake up so Abby doesn't have to spend the rest of her life living in the shadow of her perfect sister.... someone she could never be. This story isn't just about loss. It's about insecurity and letting those around you affect how we see ourselves. It's about want, wanting and being wanted. It's about LIVING our lives, and not letting things pass us by.
Deeply real and moving, everyone in this novel has a secret and as you turn the pages more and more is revealed. My only gripe is that it ended too soon and I just can't wait to be drowning in Elizabeth Scott's work yet again....more
Wow! Just WOW! I didn't know what to expect from this book and I was completely taken in by the story and the characters. In fact, I finished this booWow! Just WOW! I didn't know what to expect from this book and I was completely taken in by the story and the characters. In fact, I finished this book a week ago and have still been thinking about it. This has to be my new favorite dystopian novel. How did Lauren Destefano win me over, I'll tell you...
1. Relatable, yet very deep characters Rhine is a strong, compassionate girl who can't help but be taken in by the nice new life her husband has set up for her. If she didn't know what else was out there outside her imprisonment of a marriage, she would be content to live the last four years of her life in Linden's manor. But she has a twin brother out there, anxiously wondering what happened to her.
She and her sister wives, yes sister wives, grow to become a real family. Even Linden, grew on me towards the end so much so I began to pity him. None of the characters are perfect, they all have their flaws and that what made the story even more real for me.
2. Thought-provoking themes and a realistically cruel world This novel is about many things: life, death, humanity, science, genetics, wealth, love, family.... it touches so much and paints a picture of real life issues in this drastically different world than what we live in. Time, there is so little of it for these people growing up in this world where almost everyone is an orphan and the rich treat people like property. I don't know how to explain how well Lauren creates this world, so realistic and genuine despite never having dealt with anything like this ourselves. I almost felt like out there somewhere this was really happening and I wanted to go and do something about it.
3. Mystery and Suspense Is there or will there ever be a cure for this disease? Is Linden genuinely loving or a tyrant captivator? Will Rhine ever escape? Lauren keeps the reader intrigued the whole time with mysteries and suspense galore. Even though it is a long book, I only stopped reading once.
4. Heartbreak and Hope Throughout the novel you'll come across these two more than once. Just prepare yourself to tear up and feel for these characters. Tragic lives, with hopeful hearts.
5. A satisfying, yet open-ended conclusion that makes the reader wonder... What comes next?? I loved everything about this book, even it's design -which I was able to see in e-reader format- and I can't wait to see what comes next. Not just for Rhine, but for Linden and other characters as well....more
That being said, this novel is intense. You feel it from the first page to the last. Amy POV starts off the book with her memories of the freezing process. It so heartbreakingly vivid and torturous it makes you wonder why someone would go though such a thing.... almost feels like dying.
Then Daddy squeezed my hand, once, hard, as they crammed the tubes down his throat, and I crumbled, inside and out.
Once awakened, Amy finds herself in a completely new society onboard the Godspeed, a ship where history has been rewritten, the sky is painted on, and a dictator controls everything. The people are pods, as Eldest believes the society thrives as long as it is monotonous. Anyone who do not follow these societal norms are labeled as crazy and live in the hospital.
Part mystery, part reflection on humanity and survival, this book keeps you guessing till the last page. Beth Revis did a brilly job creating an isolated world inside a spaceship and reflects very well the consequences of being captives of space for so many years. Even the language and slang is adorable.
For a young adult novel, the themes in this book and the language lend to a more mature audience. This book was not at all what I expected and although it is labeled as Sci-Fi and takes place centuries from now, I think its a great novel that reflects the times. Can't wait to see more from this debut author....more
This is probably the most surprising book I have loved so far this year. I got it from netgalley a while back and when I had just 5 days left to readThis is probably the most surprising book I have loved so far this year. I got it from netgalley a while back and when I had just 5 days left to read I decided why not, I keep seeing good reviews for it online. Why wasn't I originally inclined to read it....
1. its an angel novel and other than unearthly those don't usually sit well with me 2. the cover didn't attract me --- I know I know don't judge a book by its cover, but seriously its hard not to 3. I sometimes get bored of action type books
I am sooo glad I decided to read this book. First of all Ellie is a bad ass chick and Will is her too hot sidekick and together they have been fighting reapers for CENTURIES! Its hot hot hot is all I can say... if all reaper fighters come with a sidekick like that, who wouldn't sign up.
Second, this book has a cool theme that I find super interesting. Its very much about evil: nature vs nuture. Are angels inherently good? Are reapers inherently evil? Why can't they choose? Can someone who is good do something evil? So many questions so many interesting quotes... like this one:
"I don't believe in absolute evil... or in absolute good. No one's perfectly one or the other."
So this makes the second angel book I actually liked. The difference between this one and Unearthly for me is that Unearthly is more about suspense and choices (fate), where Angelfire is more about destiny and timeless love, and obviously as I mentioned above good and evil. But at the root what made me like both so much was the strong female lead, both of which had extraordinary abilities yet where determined to lead normal lives. Maybe I am just tired of the guys in the story being the hero, when there are females like these that kick butt....more
Wow. I am pretty sure every blogger starts their review of Divergent with those words (well not every blogger but at least 90% of them do), because evWow. I am pretty sure every blogger starts their review of Divergent with those words (well not every blogger but at least 90% of them do), because even if people had little complaints about the world building -which I didn’t- or the reason they where split into factions -I didn’t care why- this book packs a hell of a punch. I am not going to go into too much detail about what Divergent is about because I am sure by now you know, and if you don’t read the blurb above.
So I am not going to write a long review, just something short about why I loved this book and why I think you should read it....
First off, the world... now is it realistic that everyone would split into factions - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) - no not really, because how can someone be just one of these. And I think that is the main point of this book. These people are trained to believe it is better to be the best in one, than well-rounded in all. And it makes for a extremely intriguing story. Some of my favorite highlighted quotes comes from the different sayings of the faction, because in spite of it all there is some truth in their beliefs. One thing I wasn’t prepared for was how extremely they follow their faction and their beliefs...
“Faction before blood.”
I would have liked to learn more about how the factions came to be and how other cities work, but I guess time (and the other books) will reveal more.
Second, which I probably should have listed first, I love Four! Like I am absolutely entranced by him. I love the way the romance was built, I love how vulnerable they are only with each other, and I love that there wasn’t a love triangle - if one comes in later I don’t know what I will do because no one can take Four’s place in my heart, NO ONE.
Third, I love how things aren’t easy for Tris. I don’t know how better to explain this other than she had to struggle and fight for what she wanted and make tough decisions. I won’t say more, because if I keep writing I know I will give something away. But let me just say I can totally see how this will be an awesome movie as there are amazing stunts and nail-biting action sequences, along with hot and sweet loving moments.
I can’t stress how much I loved this book and I am DYING to read more! I know I said I would keep this short but I couldn't help it =D...more
I forgot how much I like Eileen Cook's work. I have only read What would Emma Do, and I read it such a while back that I forgot how much her words gotI forgot how much I like Eileen Cook's work. I have only read What would Emma Do, and I read it such a while back that I forgot how much her words got to me. Her stories are relevant/current and laugh-out-loud funny. I have so many highlighted quotes from this book, I don't know if I can share them all without telling you the whole story! I also really like how she incorporates a theme/message into the story, without spelling it out to the readers. In this book it was about appreciation and going after the things you want in life. Hailey Kendrick certainly got an education, but it wasn't your typical high school class. Hailey learned about life, and as much as you can try, you never really have full control over it.
I loved the characters in this story as well, they are so well constructed. They are neither good nor bad, they have a little bit of both. For example, Hailey is one of these girls that has everything, but doesn't realize it. Despite not having appreciation for the things she does have in life, I would never classify her as snobby or judgmental. Her boyfriend Tristan is agreeable, which isn't necessarily the worst thing a boyfriend could be, but Hailey needed someone more assertive. Without giving away too much more, I liked that despite everything Hailey did, Tristan was a good guy. Sometimes authors make old boyfriends horrible, so you have no choice but to emphasize with the main character even if her actions are wrong.
Overall this book was a very enjoyable read and makes me want to go pick up Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood, or reread What Would Emma Do. I highly recommend you do the same....more
Again, I can't say how much I love the writing style of this book. In fact after I finished it, I started reading another book and all I could think wAgain, I can't say how much I love the writing style of this book. In fact after I finished it, I started reading another book and all I could think was, I wish the narrator viewpoints would switch. I was concerned with the addition of two additional narrator, Isabel and Cole. One being a character I never really related to in the first book and the other being a new addition to the story. I thought it would clutter the book and confuse the reader, but the opposite occurred. In real life if you where ever in someones mind, listening to their thought, you would only see the world there way. The way the want to see it. The addition of the different viewpoints gave a clear picture of what life was like for these teens in Mercy Falls.
I grew to like Isabel and Cole, and the more the story progressed they where no longer a secondary story line to me. I thought Cole was going to bring drama to the story by creating a love triangle with Sam and Grace, but Stiefvater surprised me, and Cole has become a complex and deep character like Sam. I hunger for more background on the two chacaters, and this book gave me that. It wasn't an action filled as the first, but the story line was still suspenseful. And even though I knew what was happening the ending was heartbreaking all the same.
For a sequel, this novel did not let me down. It used the things I loved about the first book (rotating viewpoints, a great love story) and added new elements (new characters, parental drama) without making the story suffer. If there really is a Mercy Falls out there, I would move in a second- though I don't know how I would handle the cold. I can't wait until the third book, Forever, is released. Until then I will have to find romance, suspense, fabulous story lines, and great characters elsewhere.
Shiver is a beautiful poetic story about of love. As clichéd as that sounds, there is no denying that the emotions of the young adult in this novel was just that. Hearing that this book was about werewolves made me avoid it. I believed it would just be another paranormal novel on “love” which was really just lust. There were so many beautiful moments that had nothing to do with the supernatural aspect of the story. I never expected to fall in love with this book, but it captivated me to the very last page.
I really enjoyed the back and forth narrative between Grace and Sam. It felt like an elderly couple, sharing the story of how they met. Lately, I have been disappointed with the romance side of novels. There was never enough action. I never understood where the love came from.
I know many people feel Twilight is not well written and its cheesy, but that happens to be one of my favorite books. The funny thing is, is that there really isn’t that much action and the love was almost instantaneous between Bella and Edward. However, just like Shiver, you cannot deny their love. That was not the only similarity between Twilight. Both males leads where chaste, while both female leads where more scared of losing their partner’s love than the physical danger in being with them.
But Shiver had something Twilight did not. Inside the romantic story of Grace and Sam was an emotional and gripping tale of Sam’s past. I don’t think any author has created a paranormal love interest that is so well developed as a person outside their supernatural side. Sam could be that cute emo guy across the street – I’m definitely looking at him differently now – or that cute guy in your music class with sad eyes. He just felt so normal to me.
I don’t think I could say enough good things about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even the poetry –which I usually do not understand- was woven in perfectly. No wonder so many people have called Shiver lyrical. Will definitely be starting Linger ASAP! Watch out Twilight, Shiver might just beat you out....more
I kept hearing about this book from other people/blogs and they just can't stop raving about it. I feel thought that when a book is hyped so much, itI kept hearing about this book from other people/blogs and they just can't stop raving about it. I feel thought that when a book is hyped so much, it usually doesn't live up to the expectations. Anna and the French Kiss broke the odds, and actually surpassed my expectations.
I thought it would be a fun, light, and cute read. And while it was fun and cute, it was a deep and romantic novel. Anna voice was genuine and I could imagine a girl like her really existed out there. She seems like the average girl, funny, nice, good student... but with a little bit of sass. She stands up for what she wants and believes in. I liked how she never saw going to Paris for school as some sort of vacation. She was realistic about it, she missed her friends and family, even after she started making friends there.
I also liked how neither Anna nor Etienne are perfect. Its not some fairytale love story. Its about chemistry and friendship and how love can blossom from that. Perkins is a great writer. The characters we so well developed, imperfections and all, and the some of the scenes jut made you smile to yourself while reading. In fact one of the notes I took while reading the book was "This scene is too cute." I am usually more descriptive than that, but it really just made me smile.
I seriously can't wait for Stephanie's next book Lola and the Boy the Next Door. I have always been a sucker for those type of stories....more
**spoiler alert** “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” That is what this title reminds me of. Eddie has no idea what to thi**spoiler alert** “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” That is what this title reminds me of. Eddie has no idea what to think after her father’s suicide and she is in a very vulnerable place. Ready to believe anything that will bring her closer to the answer.
I have to say Summers didn’t disappoint. I have loved all her works. I guess I am a bit of a pessimist and thought there was no way she can write another great and unique novel. And she proved me very wrong. This is probably my favorite of her novels. I enjoy her writing style. How she creates dramatic pauses with her writing, and using isolated phrases to capture a moment. I could really here Eddie’s voice in my head. Some authors are so descriptive, taking up pages to describe a scene or moment, but Summers creates a picture using a minimal amount of words that is even more beautiful and provocative. You can the scene in your head, and see whats underneath the picture as well.
I loved the story progression as well. It was unpredictable in the sense that just when you thought you knew where Summers was taking it, its made a sharp left and headed into another direction. SPOILER ALERT (Highlight): I had a bad feeling about Culler, but then he would do something sweet and I would shrug it off. It was easy to see how Eddie in such a vulnerable position would do the same. I also liked that none of the male leads where perfect, and how there was a love triangle, but the story wasn’t about love.
Summers is definitely one of the most realistic and beautiful contemporary authors out there. I can’t wait to see what else she comes out with and I can’t recommend this book enough....more
Lena Holway is not your typical lead character. She is quiet, subdued, and obedient (not a rule-breaker like her best friend Hana). You would think thLena Holway is not your typical lead character. She is quiet, subdued, and obedient (not a rule-breaker like her best friend Hana). You would think that the story would be about the rebel, the one trying to fight the system, but instead there is little Lena who gets nervous attending co-ed parties. That is the point I guess, the amazing power of love. It didn't necessarily change her, but made her stronger, willful, and confident. Whereas Hana cowered in fear at the thought of life without the government's control.
I really enjoyed this book. I know many people will be comparing it to Matched, which is a great book in its own right. I think the story of love and human passion is greater in Delirium. With Matched, everyone sat back and watched while the government told them what to do. While in the world of delirium, you just felt bad for the people who lost the excitement and passion in life and became robots, devoid of love and humanity.
I loved the way Oliver added verses and scripture from faux law book and religious text in the beginning of every chapter, it really shows the reader the type of world these characters are living in and the logic of their fear of love. When they took love out of the world, I don’t think they ever realized that there is more than one type of love. There is love for your family, friends, your pet, even compassion for others and their hardship. It turns the world insensitive and cold.
“Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, He’d said. Indifference is.”
I think this book has a powerful message, and it doesn’t hurt that is has a beautiful love story as well. I am anxiously waiting for the second book as the ending of this one left my breathless....more
If I Stay is a powerful moving novel unlike anything you have ever read. There have been other emotional novels, but Gayle is the master of bringing yIf I Stay is a powerful moving novel unlike anything you have ever read. There have been other emotional novels, but Gayle is the master of bringing you inside the mind and memories of her characters.
Last time I read this book was more than a year ago. I am reading it now to remind myself the details before I start Where She Went, but its funny how much I remember. A couple of pages in and it all starts coming back and I am dreading the emotion I will feel once I flip this page. Mia’s pain, her family’s pain, Adam’s pain… I will always remember. That’s how great of a writer Gayle Forman is. Mia, her family and friends, are no longer characters in a book. They are people that have been struck by tragedy, and as I read I grieve with them,
Mia’s family is one of my favorite literary families. They are not just blood. They are one unit. So you can imagine the pain Mia feels being separated from them. When I picture Mia and her family, they couldn’t be more different, but they have so much love between them.
And Adam, oh Adam, his love for Mia isn’t instantaneous. It grows from a mutual love for music and admiration. I love that the romance wasn’t perfect, it was sweet and genuine. And the way he interacts with her family, I need a guy like that in my life.
As if I didn’t love the story enough, the writing is what seals the deal. This is a unique story, but it wouldn’t be what it is without Gayle’s writing. It is witty, super smart, and haunting. She creates images using words and not because she describe every little detail. She creates images of human emotion and that connects with the readers the most. ...more