I really love this book! It was so funny and bittersweet and different that I wanted to do something different for it. So here it goes....
Ten Things I Loved (and you will love too) 1. Mermaid impressions while drunk. 2. Best friends who will lie to your parents for you. 3. Paying in installments. 4. The Hula. 5. Brothers. Especially ones named Hudson and Dean. 6. Donut. 7. Babysitters with model good looks. 8. Lightning. 9. Authors who write about birth control options in their books. 10. Authors who write about the possible consequences of having unprotected sex into their books.
Ten Things I Didn’t Love (and wanted to punch in the face)* 1. People who find your friends obnoxious. 2. People who are so insecure they have to hook up with somebody because they think you might be doing it too. 3. People who get overwhelmed by the possibility of meaning so much to somebody they end up letting things happen at a beach with someone else. 4. People who have to be reminded when Valentine’s Day is. 5. People who aren’t good enough sports to participate in demeaning boy pageants at parties. 6. People who are insecure and accuse you of flirting. 7. People who are jealous and call you a slut. 8. People who lie. 9. People who give you The Chlam. 10. People named Noah.
*Disclaimer: I don’t really consider this list spoilery because I had a bad feeling about said People, person, whatever, throughout the whole book and think that if you read it, you’d agree with me on this . If you feel I’ve ruined this book for you in any way, please accept my most sincere apologies. :)...more
First thing’s first: Adrian Ivashkov...will you marry me? Once you get your life togetherRead my review on my blog! --> Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
First thing’s first: Adrian Ivashkov...will you marry me? Once you get your life together, of course. Yes? Great! :D
I’ve always loved Adrian and his humor. Admittedly, I was always Team Dimitri when it came to Rose, but that didn’t mean I didn’t love Adrian and all of his charms. Experiencing him through someone else’s eyes was actually really nice. You get to consider him in a different light. He is still dealing with what happened with Rose, but being in Palm Springs with the rest of this group is helping him get over it faster.
I really enjoyed Sydney as a narrator. She isn’t as brash as Rose is sometimes, which could become annoying, especially after six books. I mean, I love Rose...but sometimes I wanted to smack her! LOL Well, Sydney is more...tame. Her courage is quiet. She is totally book smart, genius even, but could definitely use some more practice in socializing with her peers. Overall, she was really likable and even endearing at times. She is also just as funny as Adrian. I laughed out loud SO many times during this book, mostly because of Adrian, but Sydney definitely held her own when it came to him. Sidenote: her dad is jerk. Just had to say it.
I also really liked seeing Eddie and Jill; Eddie especially because I’ve always felt bad that he got into so much trouble in VA. He’s really an awesome guy and a great Guardian. What I like about Jill is that she’s always been a fighter, ever since we met her in VA and was being taught by Christian on how to use her magic to fight. So she doesn’t really act defenseless or scared, even though she’s the one everyone’s protecting.
I found it so amusing that this group has to act like they’re brothers and sisters because of the school they’re enrolled in: Adrian, Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Keith (another Alchemist, one you won’t like from the start). I’m really interested to see how complicated it will get once the romances really start happening.
If I’ve learned anything from reading Richelle Mead’s books is to not trust anyone! I seriously doubt every new character that’s introduced. Guilty until proven innocent. If you haven’t adapted to this school of thought when it comes to her books, you’re braver than I am. In Bloodlines, there are a few potential “bad guys.” I really loved the mini-mystery in Bloodlines that will no doubt play a role in the big picture of the series as a whole.
And yes, ok...fine, I’ll tell you: We do have a guest appearance by Rose and a glimpse of Dimitri. But that’s it...this one’s not about them, we knew that.
If you are a fan of Vampire Academy and are not expecting this to be a "Rose & Dimitri: Part Deux," but rather you look forward to it because you enjoy Richelle Mead’s skills at creating awesome characters and stories, then you’ll enjoy Bloodlines. I should also mention that if you haven’t read VA, I don’t believe you’d be lost reading this book. It does talk about different events that happened during the series though, so it will spoil it for you. I wouldn’t suggest reading this one first if you’re planning on reading VA at some point, but if you’re ok with spoilers then go for it! Did I mention Bloodlines ends with one of the best sentences ever? Because it does! And now I’m dying to have The Golden Lily in my hands!...more
It’s here. The last book in one of my all-time favorite series has come...and gone. My love affair with it began last year, when I read the first four books in a span of a ten days. I couldn’t believe how these books affected me SO much! I was devastated after book three and the fourth one was just as heartbreaking. Waiting for the fifth book was agony, but once it arrived and I read it, hope for that happy ending was rekindled.
If you’ve read them, that whole paragraph has made sense to you. If you haven’t, I’m sorry...and you should really move them up your TBR pile. I guarantee that they will shatter your expectations. This isn’t your typical Urban-Fantasy story. It’s deep! It’s about love and hope, and the way Richelle Mead tells it is bound to leave an impression on you. It did for me. I love this series more than Vampire Academy and the Dark Swan series! But anyway, lets get to it.
Finally discovering the truth behind the mystery surrounding Georgina and Seth’s connection was the number one thing I was looking forward to in this book. The events in the other books in the series have all led up to it. And, oh, I loved seeing even the smallest ones come into play. I’m looking at you, (view spoiler)[Yasmine (hide spoiler)]!
SO! Let the spoiler-fest begin! You have been warned.
Ever since I started reading about Georgina’s past personas and the men she loved in that particular time, I began to suspect they were Seth. I suspected it was her Kyriakos, the husband she cheated on and sold her soul for all those centuries ago, reborn over and over, always finding each other, never meant to be together. Well, my suspicions were certainly validated when they turned out to be right. I actually bounced off the bed and did a little dance while yelling, “Yes! Yes! I knew it! I freaking knew it!!” However, my giddiness was short lived. My heart broke for both Seth and Georgina when they discovered the truth about Seth. He had to relive all the hurt she caused him in all of his past lives, especially the first one, and she had to watch him suffer through it again. After the fourth or fifth book, I had also began to suspect it had been a deal he had made with Hell. The details of it, I could not have even began to guess. They made my heart ache for Seth.
One thing I did not see coming was that Roman would turn out to be the hero in this story. I mean...what a sacrifice he made for Georgina! To be able to giver her happiness and freedom was so selfless, but I guess being able to stick it to Hell was for just for him. If Richelle Mead ever wanted to write a spin-off of this series, it should be about Roman. Although, we don’t really know how it ended for him. He may not be available for a spin-off, which leaves me very sad, but since there was no definitive answer to his fate, I’m keeping my hopes up that he’s alive and well somewhere.
Another thing I will miss about this series besides Georgina and Seth? The gang. Hugh (who was also a hero in this book), Peter, Cody, Jerome (I loved his bitchy, no-nonsense attitude), and last but certainly not least, Carter. Where will I find another group of immortals that will make me laugh as you did, guys?! There’s no other like you. [SAD face] The Unholy Rollers will forever live in my heart.
And speaking of Carter...that scene where he goes sees the Mortensens as Santa was one of the best moments in this series. I laughed while crying because I was so touched by him. It’s easy to forget he’s an angel, what with his grungy appearance and love for alcohol and cigarettes, but that moment really made him shine. I just loved it.
END OF SPOILERS! Promise. :)
The end of the book is perfect. I can assure you I’ll reread it many, many times with a huge smile on my face. I just couldn’t be happier with how it all ended. If you’re worried it will let you down, don’t be. I just don’t know any other way to put it, I loved it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
*staring at the closed book in my hands* Oh my GAWDDDD!!!
*on the drive home from work, 10 minutes after finishing book* Oh man…oh my GRRRR!! *attempts to shake steering wheel*
*talking to myself in the car* “BUT I KNEW IT!! HOW CAN I BE SO IN SHOCK?!?!”
And so it goes on much in the same fashion throughout that night. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. The craziest thing, really, considering I knew throughout the book that it would happen that way. I JUST KNEW IT!
I don’t think there’s another book that’s made me feel physically ill after finishing it, either. Pandemonium made me hurt! Physically! My stomach was in knots for hours after finishing it!
But enough about the ending…which we all agree was “OMG!!”
Lauren Oliver created a sequel in Pandemonium that was so different than Delirium. Different in a most amazing way. I loved Delirium. The writing was amazing. But Pandemonium kicks ass! Lena in Pandemonium kicks ass! She grows into this incredible heroine.
I must say it’s a testament to Lauren Oliver’s fabulous gift of story telling that she had me crying over Alex for a whole year after reading Delirium, and yet, like Lena, I kind of put him in the back of my mind throughout Pandemonium, and just tried to move on. I was so focused on Lena’s journey, that I didn’t really have time to dwell over Alex.
I was a little upset at how easily Lena accepted that Alex was gone. I really thought she would’ve tried to figure it out on her own instead of taking Raven’s word at face value. Raven….*sigh* My feelings toward her were always a toss up. Still not sure how I feel about her even now.
One thing I loved about this book was how it isn’t written in a linear format. The chapters alternate between “Now” and “Then”. “Now” being present day, and “Then” being when Lena first arrives in The Wilds. It built great tension for when the two finally intersect and become a linear story once again.
The final book is going to be heart-wrenching. There’s no possible way it won’t be. I look forward to the heartache and stomach knots, Ms. Oliver! Bring. It. On. :)...more
I really loved the characters Marissa Meyer has created in this story. From our leading ladRead this review on my blog! --> Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I really loved the characters Marissa Meyer has created in this story. From our leading lady, Cinder, and our handsome prince, Kai, to the alien enemies that threaten Earth, to Iko, Cinder’s android sidekick, who had me smiling anytime she was on the page. They were all unique and imaginative.
I really loved Cinder. She is smart and her sense of humor made her very endearing. She knows what needs to be done and while she might not like it, she will not go down without a fight. I loved her spirit, and I really appreciated that she wasn’t meek or a pushover. She didn’t take her stepmother’s injustices toward her quite as quietly as they would’ve liked. But even though she has the spirit of a fighter, she’s still insecure about herself and her appearance, which is something I’m pretty sure will be different in the next book.
Cinder’s past is a mystery to many, including Cinder herself since she doesn’t remember any of it. It didn’t take me very long to connect the dots of Cinder’s mysterious past, but it didn’t take away from the story. I wanted to know when and how everyone else would discover it, and also how our admirable prince would take the news. It was like knowing a juicy piece of gossip that you couldn’t wait to shout to the world.
And, oh, yes...Prince Kai. With his easy smile and his impartial character, I was pretty much in love with him instantly. And his winning qualities didn’t stop there! He was also so kind and caring and charming...and did I mention handsome? Yeah, he’s also very handsome. :) I think he will become a favorite book boyfriend to many.
While I was reading this book, I kept imagining the world as it is in the movie Bicentennial Man, with Robin Williams, where he plays an android. Everything you imagine in a futuristic world is realized in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. From hovering cars to aliens, it was everything you’d want from the future...except for the aliens, of course...not sure many of us actually want those around.
Cinder is a book that so many of us have been looking forward to. I mean, you can’t tell us it’s a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella, one of the most beloved fairytales, and not expect us to beg, borrow, or steal to get our hands on a copy! And let me tell you: it’s worth it, friends! Go out and get this book!...more
What has stuck with me most about Something Like Normal has been how real these characters and story are. They feel like a part of me. Like I know Travis, or like I am Harper. And I think what it is is the fact that we probably all know someone like Travis. In most every generation there have been people from our lives who have fought in some war. It feels real because it is so real and relevant to today. It will strike a chord with anyone.
Travis is a character that instantly found his way to my heart. I wanted to reach into the pages and hug him, make him feel all better. Even though there were times I wanted to shake him and tell him he was being an idiot, most of the time I wanted to just hug him. It was so heart-wrenching reliving his experience in Afghanistan with him. I think Trish Doller did an incredible job of making us feel like we are in the middle of that war with Travis.
I loved how Harper kept Travis on his toes. She sure gave him a run for his money and I totally loved that! I felt really bad for what she went through in school too. Because of Travis, no less! I felt very vulnerable while she opened up to him and let him in. Like he was going to hurt her again and in turn it would break my heart. Mostly because I loved Travis and didn’t want him to mess things up with Harper.
There was also something about the writing that felt so different and genuine. It felt more real than a lot of contemporaries I’ve read. Travis’s voice was so true and I completely believed myself in the head of this 19 year old guy.
To say I loved this book would be an understatement. It moved me. It touch my heart so completely. It’s something like perfect, actually. You do not want to pass this book up. I cannot wait to read this book again soon and I cannot wait to see what else Trish Doller will have in store for us in any future books....more
Anna and the French Kiss was without a doubt one of my favorite books last year. With its incredible setting, characters, and realistic romance, it was hard not to put it at the top. Well, Lola and the Boy Next Door had all of those same amazing qualities.
It’s safe to say there’s not one thing I disliked about this book. I ADORED everything!! All the complicated relationships between the characters were very realistic, as were the emotions that came with them. It was refreshing to see Lola have such loving, supportive parents who cared enough about her to set boundaries. And I liked that Lola respected her dads enough to obey them most of the time. :) Lola is a good kid. She’s also unique, fun, and caring. I felt her relationship with Max, who was older than her by five years, was also very realistic and painful to read. I wanted her to dump him! He was such a jerk. Ugh!
But then we had Cricket. [Insert HUGE smile here.] He’s SO going in my favorite YA guys list! He’s earned a permanent spot there, right above Etienne St. Clair. That’s right! Above! I can’t even come up with the right words to describe him. Well, actually, here’s one: INDESCRIBABLE. He was just so genuine and sweet that you can’t help but love him. And he was so nice! But not wimpy, which is sometimes hard to do when someone is that nice and sweet.
Anna and Etienne are in this book. SQUEEE! :D I knew they would be, but I was not expecting them to be in this book as much as they were! They are very involved with our main characters.
You know how in Anna, St. Clair was the one in the relationship but we really never got to see what it was like for him and what he was struggling with? Well, Lola is kind of in his situation, and we get to read what it’s like for the person in that predicament. It’s not always easy to make the right decisions for ourselves. We don’t want to be wrong or hurt people we care about. Lola does the best she can do, and I loved her for that.
This book’s rating cannot be measured in a mere number of stars...because like our boy Cricket, it’s entire galaxies (thank Stephanie Perkins for that little gem). Page after page, it mesmerized me. So, prepare yourself, you’re going to love it...its amazingness leaves no room for doubt in this matter....more
You’re going to read many things about this book, many reviews. But it’s impossible for me not to say a few things about it...
John Green has become one of my favorite authors. I only just discovered (and fell in love with) his books in 2010, so I was really excited about this one.
Everything I love about his writing is present; his sense of humor and his intelligence. I honestly feel smarter after reading his books. He makes me think about things in ways I never considered. It’s one of the reasons I love reading so much. I’m happy I can depend on John Green to deliver.
The Fault in our Stars gives us such an honest and realistic view into the world of people suffering and living with cancer. But in the middle of all that, two teens–star-crossed lovers–showed me just how true love can bring happiness in the face of anything. To cherish the people in our lives while they are in our lives. That life is sometimes not fair; it’s not a wish-granting factory after all.
”As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – pg. 125
I must also mention just how much Augustus Waters stole my heart. Stolen so. completely. Oh, and I can’t stop reading this quote... *happy sigh*
”I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” – pg. 153
While I didn’t bawl as some people have, I did shed my share of tears the last third of this book. However, I was not left shattered or left feeling heavy, though it’s not a book to read if you’re looking for happily ever afters. It left me thoughtful and thankful....more
(This totally contains spoilers to Shatter Me. You’ve been warned.)
Where to even begin?!
Unravel Me was the type of sequel that we hope for in every series. It’s exciting, it’s captivating, it’s all-encompassing. It takes you in from the first few words and doesn’t let you go until the very last page.
I’m not sure what I was expecting from Juliette in Unravel Me, but she stayed true to herself, if maybe a little down on herself, all the while still learning more and more about herself and her abilities. I was glad she didn’t all of a sudden turn into a kick-ass machine though. She makes such believable progress in a really well-paced manner. Her development didn’t feel rushed and it still left room for even more discoveries in the future. I must admit that the ability I want her to develop most right now is the one where she learns to turn off her Energy at will...obviously for selfish reasons having to do with a certain boy in this book. It just MUST happen!
Speaking of boys...in Shatter Me, I unquestionably fell in love with Adam, and Warner intrigued me, oh, so much. After reading Unravel Me, I’m finding it hard to keep my heart out of Warner’s grip. He is such a surprise in this book. He floored me. He was open and raw and intense and tender...he certainly is too much, and he won’t let you not see him as a contender for Juliette’s heart. But, with all that said...I’m still in love with my first love, Adam. I find it incredible that Tahereh has created these two guys so opposite, yet with so much in common, that she made it impossible to find a definite side for me to be on. I think I will take whatever happens in book 3 in stride though.
I can’t write this review without mentioning the awesomeness that is Kenji. He really shines in this book. We get to know him so much better and in the process he stole my heart. He becomes one of Juliette’s closest friend, which was really interesting. Kenji somehow was able to be the voice of the reader in this book. The things we sometimes want to scream at the characters because they can’t get over themselves, or their being idiots…Kenji voiced all those things for us. Whether it was at a moment where too much mushiness was happening or when we just wanted to shake Juliette. So, thank you, Kenji...and Tahereh. :)
Maybe the biggest shock and twist in this book comes with the appearance of Supreme Commander Anderson, also known as Warner’s father. He really is a horrendous character. While in Warner as a villain I was able to glimpse at moments of humanity, enough to feel some empathy for him, in Anderson, there’s just evil. There’s nothing redeemable in him. He’s detestable. Yuck. And, hey, look! We have a clear villain now!
I was happy to see the other gifted characters come into play. I loved learning about everyone and what they could do. I am worried that they won’t be able to fight off The Reestablishment though. While I want it to be like a huge X-Men battle, I think it’s really going to come down to Juliette. The anticipation for the final book in this series might kill me...but I hope not, because I really would rather be alive to read it. :D...more
When I began reading, I didn’t realize just hRead this review on my blog and enter for a chance to win ARC of this book! --> Tempest by Julie Cross
When I began reading, I didn’t realize just how much time traveling, or jumping, Jackson would be doing. I was worried that I would be confused or get lost by him going back and forth so often, but it was not the case at all. The book flows brilliantly with no hiccups in its pacing.
As you may have noticed, this book is narrated by a boy. That’s right! We don’t have nearly enough YA books narrated by boys. Jackson Meyer starts off as your typical nineteen-year-old guy, special abilities aside. Impulsive, fun, charming, afraid of commitment despite his strong feelings for his girlfriend...normal teen guy stuff. What makes him special--again, special abilities aside--is that he’s also loving, tender, and loyal. I loved that he loves music. There were some pretty awesome song mentions in this book that included some of my personal favorites! All these things made him such a real character. But as things begin to unravel in his life, he realizes that he has to be better, become more, if he wants to keep Holly safe, because his fears might just be the death of her. Ok, I must confess...I fell completely head-over-heels in love with Jackson. He had me laughing and swooning, which really is the best combo. Every girl wants a guy that is funny but can also sweep you off your feet. Well, at least this girl does. :) He also had some really heartbreaking moments in the book. I found myself with tears in my eyes at some of those.
We got to know Holly, Jackson’s girlfriend, in a unique way. We meet her as present day, 009 Holly, but we get to know her better as a seventeen-year-old, 007 Holly, when Jackson jumps back two years. She is sweet, fun, and impulsive. Her future self is also sweet and fun, but a little more reserved. I loved that while Jackson was in the past, he treated younger Holly with more care because of her age. Despite having already been with her in the future, he doesn’t want to take advantage of her now, no matter how much he wants her. I found that very admirable! I thought sex was treated very responsibly in this book, and at the same time, it also showed us all the love and emotions that can go along with it. Overall, their relationship was very romantic and I really loved their chemistry.
Jackson’s friend and partner in crime, Adam, was also a great source of laughter. Yes, he’s a science geek, but his dead-pan humor and rational personality give him a cool edge. Jackson’s dad, Kevin, was someone who always tugged at my heart. He’s fierce but has this huge heart, and I always believed in him. Remember those heartbreaking moments I mentioned before? A few involved Kevin and also Jackson’s twin sister, Courtney. I don’t want to get into Courtney too much in this review, because I feel that so much of that shapes Jackson after he gets stuck two years in the past. As far as the bad guys in the story go, it was very intriguing. I found myself on the fence pretty much until the end of the book.
The end of the book. *sigh* Oh, it was so sad! I know Jackson is doing the right thing, and I agree with it, but it is still heartbreaking! It's really good, though, don't get me wrong! Just sad...
Like Jackson says in this book, “Erase everything you’ve ever heard about time travel, because it will just confuse you.” This was a completely new take on time-traveling. Not only is Tempest incredibly unique, it is so smart and beyond heartfelt. There’s also nail-biting action and intrigue page after page! I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I can’t wait to see what else Julie Cross has in store for us in the rest of this series. I do know that it will be amazing, just like Tempest. I have zero doubts about that....more
It would seem the right words to tell you how much I loved On the Island will not come to me. I just keep replaying scene after scene from this book in my head because I’m not ready to let it go just yet. I lay down to read it Saturday night and finished it at three in the morning. I couldn’t go to sleep and lay awake wondering what would happen next to Anna and T.J. It was a journey I’d gladly read through again in one sitting.
I guess my biggest worry, and what might make others apprehensive, is that when you read the first paragraph we learn Anna is 30 and T.J. 16. I automatically thought, “How is this going to work?? Especially if she’s his teacher.”
After a few chapters I realized my worries about that didn’t need to be there. On the Island is a romance, but not one about a teacher and her underage student. It’s one about a couple of people, stuck on an island, that form an unbreakable bond and help each other heal and survive. There were times where I was on the edge of my seat, thinking that one or the other character wouldn’t make it another day. There were times where my heart soared for them and times when it broke for them too.
It’s difficult to say too much about this story without spoiling it. Just know that it has heart and hope and love pouring out of it in waves. Thank you, Tracey Garvis Graves, for giving me one of my favorite reads this year and I urge all of you to read it. It will most certainly steal your heart....more
Andrea Cremer, I bow down at your amazing story-telling. If you thought Nightshade was fulRead my review on my blog! --> Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Andrea Cremer, I bow down at your amazing story-telling. If you thought Nightshade was full of unique, incredibly interesting characters and original story, Wolfsbane will leave you wondering how it was possible for it to have gotten even better.
Wolfsbane truly felt like a “Part II”. Yes it picks up where Nightshade left off, but it’s also almost like a completely new story. I loved that!! We’re introduced to new characters (who I instantly took a liking to and I know you will, too) and we’re told new, accurate histories about the Guardians, Searchers and Keepers. It turns out some people have been lying for a very long time, and lying very well. Wolfsbane also had a lot more action than Nightshade. More battles, more casualties. It was really sad every time someone died!
In Nightshade, my stance in the battle of the boys was firm: Team Ren, all the way. I think something about Shay always having to be saved by Calla kind of turned me off. Well, lets just say that Wolfsbane Shay has grown into his inner wolf. He is more assertive and manly, deadly even, more sure of himself...and, well, it’s kind of hard not to take notice. I found myself very conflicted, as was Calla. Calla’s conflict in choosing between them stems more from her feelings of guilt for leaving Ren, whom she truly cares about, and her feelings of love towards Shay. I’m still Team Ren though. I’m just so much more sympathetic to Ren’s character and story than Shay’s. Le sigh, I always fall for the tortured boys. One thing I’m almost positive of though, is that Calla will choose Shay in the end. She kind of did already, from the start. I’ve made my peace with it in reading Wolfsbane. They really love each other! It’s so hard to admit that I feel it will turn out that way, but I think it’s inevitable. And can I just mention how much I LOVED that scene toward the end, with Shay and Calla in the garden!? The emotions and feelings between them were so palpable! Loved it. :)
In conclusion, I hated it. HAHA, KIDDING! It was a brilliant follow up to the already amazing Nightshade! I was so engrossed by it. Sure I missed Ren, but he is very present in this book, much to Shay’s dismay. And I’m guessing from the ending that he will be ALL OVER Bloodrose, and I for one cannot wait!
I really wasn’t sure what direction Marie Lu would take in Prodigy, but it’s safe to say I wasnRead this review on my blog! --> Prodigy by Marie Lu
I really wasn’t sure what direction Marie Lu would take in Prodigy, but it’s safe to say I wasn’t expecting to be punched in the gut at the end.
I really didn’t want to start by talking about the ending of this book, but it will not leave me! I had a feeling there had to be something HUGE coming when I was nearing the end, otherwise we probably could’ve wrapped up the series here. Not that everything is resolved, but there is some semblance of progress. I have a very bad feeling that there is no salvation for this particular turn of events. In fact, I’m resigning myself to the realization that my worst fear for this will come to pass. Am I going to hold out for a miracle? Well, of course! I WANT IT BADLY! But I can’t give my heart over to it, because it might kill me. WHY!?!? And that last page!!! I must confess, I cried in the end. That last page was so heart-wrenchingly beautiful.
Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system... *shakes it off*
Prodigy moved at a pretty steady pace. Not once did I feel a lull in this book. It’s intense, edge-of-your-seat action and nail-biting suspense. It felt like everything was in their hands from the moment I cracked the book open.
I thought June had impressed me in Legend...but that was nothing compared to how much I love that girl after reading Prodigy. While she was still her kick-ass self, in this book she was also so vulnerable. She still can’t express her feelings to Day, but you can see her trying. And maybe that’s why she’s so much better at sniffing out the BS than he is though. She lives by logic and intelligence, where Day is all passion and impulsivity. The question of whether they match very well comes up a few times. Are they perfect for one another? Probably not. But we can’t do much about it once our heart is set on someone.
That was actually one of my biggest frustrations with this story. Day. I love you, Day, but I wanted to slap some sense into you a few times during this book. His uncertainty was killing me!! There were moments with June where he really let me down. And don’t EVEN get me started about Tess. WTF?! Maybe I saw it coming from her...but, again, the uncertainty from Day?! DUDE! No. I was not cool about it. And this is actually funny to me because the synopsis makes it seem as if June might make a misstep. It doesn’t always have to be the girl who messes up, you know. Most of the time, it isn’t. Just sayin’! :P
I was really surprised by some of secondary characters in this book. I’ve already talked a little about how I wasn’t a huge fan of Tess in this book, but there’s one I LOATHED from Legend whose confession surprised me. I won’t give that one away. Then there’s Anden. I really liked him. I liked his personality and his ideals. I like that he’s a ruler who is strong but fair. He just needs a little help with the leading... Surprised by this? Yeah, I KNOW! So was I!
I don’t know how to wrap this up properly, but just know that this series is by far one of the best dystopians out there. And this sequel only elevated the series. No sophomore slump for Marie Lu. Nope!! You guys must read it. Meanwhile, I’ll just wait here with bated breathe until the release of the third book....more
The Vespertine was one of my favorite books last year, and with that ending, of course I was dying for a sequel! It completely stole my heart...and trampled it. I was incredibly heartbroken! In The Springsweet, Saundra Mitchell has redeemed my heart by mending our Zora’s.
The most stand-out quality I’ve come to love about Saundra Mitchell’s writing is the vividly realized atmospheres. In The Vespertine, I could see myself sitting around with the girls, getting ready for the ball and talking about the boys they would dance with in Baltimore. In The Springsweet, I could feel the hot winds of Oklahoma blowing on my face!! I could see the sparse, dry countryside for miles on end. I was there, next to Zora, seeing and feeling everything she was, so vividly. I absolutely love that. If any book can transport me like that, it’s a winner in my book.
We first meet Zora in The Vespertine. She is Amelia’s cousin and gets her heart shredded in that book. I mean, absolutely destroyed! Blown to pieces. Her whole world crashes down. So you can imagine how this book in no way starts with the best of tones. It’s rather depressing at first, and many times I wanted to curl up with it and cry because it made me so sad for her. It isn’t until and unfortunate 3rd meeting with the very handsome and rich Mr. Theo de la Croix that things start to turn around. Then she gets sent to Oklahoma...where she meets the rugged, sexy Emerson Birch and things really start to get interesting! Ms. Zora Stewart now has to make a choice between the two, but I think there’s never really a contest.
Zora’s ability was unique and I can see now how all the elements -- earth, water, fire, air -- come into play in this series. I just can’t imagine how it will all come into play in the final book, Aetherborne, but I’m extremely excited to find out.
I may be overreacting, but I'm almost positive it may kill me to wait for the next book. I loved it and I can't wait to discover everything about TessI may be overreacting, but I'm almost positive it may kill me to wait for the next book. I loved it and I can't wait to discover everything about Tessa and all the secrets about Will. And dear God, I hope something is done for darling Jem!...more
Carnival of Souls is one of the most unique stories I’ve read this year so far. Melissa Marr has created this imaginative realm of daimons and witches, fights to the death, and so many secrets. It was amazinnnnnnnng!!
One of the things I loved about Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series was how many characters and love stories were in those books. In Carnival of Souls, we get the same thing. There isn’t just one boy and one girl, there’s two!! And their relationships are far beyond the normal romances in YA. There’s love, but there’s secrets too. So many that I know I’ll be in heart-wrenching pain when the truth comes out, because it cannot end well for any of them.
Out of our two heroines, Mallory and Aya, I liked Aya most. Nothing against Mallory, but the problem with her character is that she’s pretty much in the dark about who she is throughout most of the book. She’s always being watched out for, and even though she’s more than capable of kicking someone’s ass, she’s almost babied the whole time. I actually fist-pumped at the end when she finally took control and started acting fierce.
Now Aya, started out fierce. The lengths she goes to to win a spot as a ruler of The City so that she doesn’t have to become just a wife and a mother with the daimon she loves are beyond most anyone’s capabilities, physically and emotionally. Aya is probably the one hiding the biggest secret of all, but you don’t have to wait long to learn what it is. I have my theories about her...parentage wise. But that’s all I’ll say about that because I don’t want to spoil anything.
Melissa Marr has a gift for creating male characters I instantly fall for, inspite of their flaws. Take Seth, Niall, Irial, and Keenan from Wicked Lovely for example. I LOVE ALL OF THEM! Ok, maybe not Keenan so much, lol, though I did feel for him. Here we have two new characters that had me swooning, Kaleb and Belias. I can’t help it..I love them already. And they couldn’t be more different from each other! Kaleb comes from the slums of The City. He’s a strong fighter and will do anything to protect and take care of his family. His heart is what really drew me to him. In turn, Belias is just a strong a fighter, but he is also high caste, meaning he’s practically royalty. What I found irresistible in him was his passion and devotion.
I loved the way they all had a voice in this book. I always want to hear what all the characters are going through and thinking. It makes the story so much more engrossing. Especially in one with so much depth. This book was also really bloody. It’s graphic, but not gross, which I really appreciated. I really loved the masks concept, that each color represented a service. That was really interesting and I hope we see more of it in future books.
Carnival of Souls swept me away, into a realm that was terrifying and beautiful at the same time. Its intricacies left me in awe and in wanting for it to continue beyond the last page....more
Epic Fail was a complete WIN! Sometimes I need to read a light, cute story that will lRead this review on my blog! --> Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
Epic Fail was a complete WIN! Sometimes I need to read a light, cute story that will leave me smiling when real life is too much to deal with. This was the perfect book for that. I even stayed up way later than I needed to one night because I couldn’t put it away. Totally worth it.
I loved all of the characters and their unique personalities. Elise was so cute and funny, while Derek was this quiet, misunderstood, gorgeous guy. It was obvious why they wouldn’t get along at first, but the more time they spent together, the more they realized they were alike. I also really like all the secondary characters. Big families are always fun to read about, and Elise’s was no exception.
Another thing was how fun it was figuring out which characters where the parallels of the ones in Pride & Prejudice, the story of which this book is a modernization of. I thought the parts and characters that were like P&P did it justice and the parts that were different made it a story that will be enjoyed by many today....more
I’ll tell you what I soon won’t forget...this book, that’s what!
Miranda’s books have always struck a chord with me. I’ve always been able to relate on some level, therefore making her books really memorable for me. But what she did to me with Things I Can’t Forget was beyond that. I hung on every word of this book like it my life depend it on it.
I’ve often found myself struggling with religious beliefs and my meaning in this life, whether there’s a heaven and if I’m headed there when I die or I’ll just seize to exist. My point is, all those things made it easy for me to empathize with Kate. Because even though we may not have struggled about the same things sometimes, I’ve struggled with something having to do with who I want to be. Kate’s a girl whose world is no longer as black and white as it used to be and it’s affecting her deeply. I felt sad for Kate a lot while reading this book. I even cried for/with her at certain moments in the story. I just felt for her.
One of the things I loved most about this book was the fact that it was about good people. Everyone was likable. Well, except maybe for the camp director. What a B! lol But anyway, for this book to be filled with so many good people and the story not be boring is, to me, a great accomplishment. Better yet, to have the love interest be unbelievable swoony and amazing, funny, and sexy is like the Holy Grail. It’s nice to not have a boy break the girl’s heart in a book every now and then, y’all! We don’t always want to read about bad boys, right?! Think of Wes from The Truth About Forever...Matt is on that level. SA-WOON!
Another great part about this book was Matt and Kate’s families. They were loving and supportive and GOOD PEOPLE! I love reading about close families. They make me smile more than anything.
I loved how big a role Parker and Will (from the previous book, Stealing Parker) played in Things I Can’t Forget. I felt better to see how well she was doing and I can’t think of a better person to help Kate with what she’s going through.
This is for sure my favorite Hundred Oaks book so far. I’ve loved every book more than the last and I hope that trend continues, but Things I Can’t Forget will definitely hold an irreplaceable spot in my heart. :)...more
Let me preface this review by apologizing to you, my readers, if this review sounds...all over the place. I tried to make sense, I swear I did! lol
I make no secret of my love for Sarah Dessen’s books. She’s one of my favorite authors whose books are instant auto-buys for me. Thanks to the generosity of a fellow blogger (THANK YOU, RACHEL!), I was able to read her newest book, The Moon and More, a little early. The Moon and More did not disappoint. I actually read this book twice already. I finished it on a Sunday, and reread it on Tuesday. Crazy, I know!
I love that the family in this book is a stepfamily. Emaline has lived with her stepdad and two stepsisters since she was two, so she doesn’t really see them as anything other than her actual family. I loved how close they were, but even in their closeness they drove each other crazy sometimes. Emaline’s father, not her dad, because as Sarah Dessen says in this book “There’s a difference between the words father and dad. And it’s more than three letters. (ARC, page 25)”, is the cause of Emaline’s grief most of this book. She doesn’t really even know she’s going through and grief until he shows back up in her life after hurting her the last time. When things between her and her longtime boyfriend, Luke, start to suffer she wonders where it’s all coming from, and I felt her father had a lot to do with it. He left her with so many questions, about him, about herself, and about her future. Sometimes the resolutions we think we need aren’t actually what is needed.
So this boyfriend, Luke. I reeeeeally liked him, right from the start. But you could soon tell that something was going to happen, especially when this other guy starts showing up in the story, Theo. (Sidenote: I love the name of both these guys, btw. Luke and Theo. Love it!) Some really sad events transpire between Luke and Emaline that left me brokenhearted. :( And while I found Theo completely adorkable at first, he soon started to show a different side of himself that I did not care for. But then, Luke wasn’t Mr. Perfect either. I think Emaline could’ve handled this whole situation differently, but I think if it had been different, she wouldn’t have realized many things about herself in the end. Sometimes, change and distance gives us so much perspective. And you can make mistakes, but what matters is how you handle them.
One character that really stood out for me was Morris. He’s cast as this slacker kid, going nowhere, but Sarah Dessen spins his story in such a positive way. I loved that she showed us that anyone can have great potential when they find something they’re good at and when given the right opportunity.
The setting was, of course, AMAZING. The beach town of Colby is one of my most coveted fictional towns. I must one day make my way to Emerald Isle, NC, which is the town Colby is based on.
The Moon and More was such a great read overall. Lots of ups and downs, but they’re well worth it. This book is the perfect beach read, as it takes place in the Summer. Just be aware it’s not a quick, beach read, as it’s over 400 pages long. AND I STILL WANTED MORE! Ha! The only thing that I wish for, and this is totally a selfish thing, is for a more concrete answer on Emaline and Luke, but I guess I’ll just have to come up with it myself. :)
I was totally rooting for Day in this book. He is a modern day Robin Hood. He steals from the RRead this review on my blog! --> Legend by Marie Lu
I was totally rooting for Day in this book. He is a modern day Robin Hood. He steals from the Republic and gives to those who need it, therefore making him the Republic’s most wanted criminal; mostly because of how stupid he makes them look each time he gets away with something. But like all heroes, he has his weaknesses, and unluckily for him, June is smart enough to have figured them out.
June is the smartest person in the Republic…at least on record. And the only person she has left in the world is Metias. So, ok, she might not have lived in the slums, but her life is by no means perfect. Especially now that Metias has been killed, which I was still extremely sadden by, even though it tells us in the synopsis that he dies. At first I didn’t understand her subdued reaction to his death, but I realized that she needed to grieve in private, not in front of one of the Republic’s most hardcore commanders. Also, part of her grieving included revenge. With all evidence of Metias’s death pointing to Day, June sets out to finally bring him down, once and for all.
And so begins this tale of lies, and betrayal, and secrets, and sacrifice. Because of course nothing is as it seems, especially not in June’s world. Marie Lu gives us characters to feel deep emotions for, whether those emotions vary from rage, to sympathy, to love, you’ll feel them! One of the things I love most in some books is alternating chapters between the main characters and in Legend we get to see this story from the point of view of June and Day. YAY! The action is intense. Can’t say Marie Lu is afraid of writing some very brutal and bloody scenes! And I guess the biggest question I was left with after finishing is, what is the purpose of the Republic’s evil scheme? It has to somehow play a bigger role because I don’t see the point otherwise. I’m sure we’ll get to the bottom of it soon though. I can’t wait to read the next part of this mysterious story....more
Upon first meeting John Murphy, I fell for him because he is hot, and he irritated me because he knows he’s hot. But John is also a writer. I love stories where one of the main characters is a writer, especially when it’s a guy and he’s attractive. I find intellectual hot guys irresistible, so I let his cockiness slide, just a little though.
There was no way Murphy was not going to fall for Livvy. Livvy is great! She is attractive, smart, funny, sweet and self-sufficient. She doesn’t need a man, but she wants one. She wants a marriage and kids and is aware that Murphy is not that guy. That doesn’t mean she’s not lusting over him as much as he’s lusting over her, and so her sister convinces her to have a fun summer fling with him.
Even though they enter this fling knowingly, Livvy is not prepared to immediately jump into bed with Murphy, which he takes in stride. The sexual tension build-up between the two is electric and soon enough, everything aligns and they give in. Without realizing it, especially on Murphy’s part, they begin to fall in love. Livvy starts to see below Murphy’s surface. She begins to see that Murphy’s pain runs incredibly deep and she coaxes some details from him but not many. I never anticipated just how damaged Murphy would be. I never thought his deep secrets would make my heart ache for him. No child should ever have to suffer like that. Murphy can’t fathom why in the world he keeps sharing pieces of his past with Livvy. But she is really easy to talk to, laugh with, care for and this begins to scare him. When they both finally give in to their emotions, and openly voice their love to each other I was so incredibly happy for them.
Then Murphy freaks. And he pushes Livvy away in an incredibly cruel way. To be honest, I don’t know how Livvy stood there and took half the things he flung at her. I would’ve walked away after the first. But she knows Murphy is not an easy man to love and she tries to make him see that she loves him despite his monsters. Of course, this only makes him push harder, and crueler, until he hits her in the one spot guaranteed to shatter her. In turn, my heart broke as well. I think I spent the last third of this book crying.
While all that is going on, we also get to read parts of the book Murphy is writing. It’s obvious that the characters in the book are all parts of Murphy, and so we get to in a way decipher his feelings by what the characters are going through. It was a really nice part of this book. I haven’t read any book with that particular aspect in it.
Sweet as Sin is my first contemporary romance read, so I can say with absolute certainty that it is the best one I’ve read to date! :) I loved it. I went into it thinking it was going to be a fun, sexy story, but it was so much more than that. It was so emotional! It was also a really steamy read. The intimate scenes are very well written and will leave you fanning yourself. I fell in love with ALL of the characters in this book, they were just so real that you can’t help it. I will definitely be reading this book again and again, so I recommend you give it a try.
(This book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley.com for an honest review)...more
In all honesty, I had not read the synopsis for Shatter Me. The cover really drew me inRead this review on my blog! --> Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
In all honesty, I had not read the synopsis for Shatter Me. The cover really drew me in and it has been receiving tons of praise from blogger friends, so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. “Not disappointed” turned out to be an understatement.
In Shatter Me, you are inside Juliette’s head, which is filled with the kinds of thoughts one might have after being locked up in isolation for 264 days. Juliette’s thoughts are desolate and repetitive and unsure. My heart broke for her. As a young girl, before she was locked away, she was an outcast...mistreated and discarded. No one should ever have to live like that, especially not a child. In spite of being treated so dreadfully, Juliette’s heart remains pure and kind, which makes it all the more heartbreaking.
Those are all things we learn throughout the book, because right from the start of the book, things change in Juliette’s one-room world. She gets a cellmate--a boy--one who treats her like no one's ever treated her before...he’s kind to her. Of course, some things aren’t always as they seem, and this is put to the test once The Reestablishment gets their hands on her.
The world Tahereh Mafi has created is dismal and bleak, so the fact that Juliette, or any group of people, can still hope for a better tomorrow is admirable. I liked that there was nothing to outrageous in the state of the world though...it was all very plausible.
I’d also like love to point out that this is one steamy book!! Juliette and The Boy seriously burn up the pages!! Although, I will say, I’ve never read of anyone blushing so. much. Maybe too much for my taste. But that is a completely minor aside, trust me, because everything else is so incredibly sexy. See the following quotes:
“He’s a hot bath, a short breath, five days of summer pressed into five fingers writing stories on my body.” - pg. 211
“My face is in his hands and my lips are at his lips and he’s kissing me and I’m oxygen and he’s dying to breathe.” - pg. 231
It’s no secret that Juliette’s power is much (if not just) like Rouge’s from X-Men. I think it’s a great power to explore, and we’ve only scratched the surface in discovering what all Juliette can do. And!! She might or might not be alone in having this unique ability...you’ll have to read and discover it all on your own. [Insert evil laughter here]
From page one, I was enthralled by this character, and the feeling only intensified as the story progressed. I was glued to this book, which truly is the definition of unputdownable. While the way it’s written is different, it is also beautiful, and it all felt like real, streaming thoughts. Strange, I know! Trust me, you’ll love it. You’re going to so abundantly love this book, TRUST ME!! I am speaking from experience, after all....more
Paradise had me completely engrossed from the start. It actually reminded me a lot of the movie Whip It, except, swap the skating with drumming and the roller derby with playing at Texapolooza. Paisley’s parents really reminded me of the parents in that movie. Paisley’s mom wants her to have opportunities that stretch beyond their small town. Her dad supports this idea, if not a little more leniently than her mom, but backs her all the same.
I loved the way Jill S. Alexander wrote the music parts in this book. Reading about the sounds and how Paisley heard and experienced all of it felt like I was actually hearing and experiencing it all myself…it was practically tangible! The Waylon Slider Band, of which Paisley’s the drummer, is comprised of her friends Michael Waylon, Levi, and Cal. Michael is from a family of musicians and is trying to come out from under their shadow. He is AMAZING on guitar, as is Cal and Levi is great on bass. All they needed was a singer.
Enter Paradise, whose actual name is Gabe but is given this nickname because he comes from Paradise, TX. The boy is beautiful and he knows it. Tall, broad, dark hair, green eyes, half Colombian. Oh, and let’s not forget his deep, sensual voice. Paradise can sing. Most importantly, especially to himself, is that he can play the accordion like no other. He is slated to become the next accordion king. His style is Vallenato though, which I was totally floored to read about in this book, especially when Paradise mentions Carlos Vives to Paisley. (If you want to hear what it’s like, watch the music video below!) Being Hispanic, I grew up listening to a few Colombian artists, such as Shakira, Juanes, and Carlos Vives, so reading that was beyond cool.
There’s an instant attraction between Paradise and Paisley, and she doesn’t really know what to make of it. Until he came in the picture, her focus was solely on drumming. She tries to ignore him, but he makes it pretty difficult, teasing and flirting with her any chance he gets. However, his whole attitude changes after he lets the band down at a barn party where he took over the stage and basically left them in the dust. Paisley and the rest of the band were through with him after that. That was the moment he made a total turnaround. He becomes this thoughtful, sweet, sexy guy and Paisley was a goner. Their relationship was sweet but also steamy, and it was nice seeing them open up to each other and share their dreams and ambitions.
I was a goner myself. Completely invested in these characters and their aspirations. Then, when I was at a complete high right along with them…the unimaginable happens. It’s safe to say I was shattered by the end of this book. I still don’t want to believe that’s how it really ended. I want to rewind however many pages it is to the part where my heart was walking on cloud nine and pretend it ended there. Hey, a girl can dream, right?
Call me a masochist, but I’m SO going to buy this book when it’s released. Despite of how the ending affected me, I loved the story and all the relationships in this book. To some, hearing about the ending might discourage them from picking up this book, to others it might intrigue them enough to pick it up. To the ones on the fence: this book is great, don’t let my sensitive heart scare you away.
This review is both easy and difficult to write. Easy because I get to tell you how much I loved every word, every punctuation. Difficult because the right words--the proper words--don’t seem to come to me.
Where to even begin?! I guess let’s start with the fact that this was one dark book. There was very little to be happy about really, what with a war taking place and all. So much death...days of blood and starlight, indeed. I think what helped me not get sucked into the darkness of the book were those moments of humor and love and sweetness. I think that had we not had those moments, brought to us not by the people we expect, this book would have been such a downer. So thank you, Laini, for giving us them when you couldn’t give us who we wanted. Geez...cryptic much, Jess? ;) I’ll tell you one thing...if you’re expecting this book to be a Karou and Akiva reconciliation book, it is not. What Laini Taylor has given us in regards to them is a much more realistic plot, where characters have to first find and forgive themselves before moving on to a real, lasting relationship, if that’s even possible for them. These characters have grave decisions on their hands that don’t revolve around their love story, and as much as I would have loved more romance, there wasn’t really a place for it for them just yet. I didn’t feel let down by this at any point because I saw the greater picture, so hopefully you won’t feel gypped either.
Once again, the setting painted such a vivid picture. I could taste the sand and feel the heat from the desert where Karou spent her days. And I could imagine so perfectly the countryside and mountains that were scoured throughout the course of the story. The battles and the blood and the magic, all so incredibly vivid!
Karou is so changed in this book. She’s ruled by guilt, and characters around her completely take advantage of that. Most of the book I just wanted her to get up and kick some butt! But sometimes it takes the help of quite a few others to get even a sliver of confidence back when you’re that low on yourself. And Akiva. *sigh* My poor, broken-hearted Akiva. He somehow found strength to choose to fight for so many things he thought were lost to him, including his own life. He held on to hope against all odds. Oh, Akiva. I love you so.
I also fell a little bit in love with quite a few secondary characters: Zuzana, Mik, Ziri, Hazael, and yes, even Liraz. They add so much depth to this book. This story could not have turned out as amazing without them. Some really surprised me and my heart broke for others, but all in all, they all have my heart.
There is a twist at the end that completely had me jumping off the couch exclaiming, “HOLY SHIT!”, as many of you who follow me on Twitter or Goodreads may have seen. I completely did not expect that!! It was such a genius move! I really thought Karou had made a horrible move in this particular moment, but wow...GENIUS!
So now here I sit, going over this book over and over in my head. I can’t let it go! My heart is completely owned by this series. How am I to wait a whole year for the next book?! How, I ask! I have a feeling fans may be split on their feelings toward Days of Blood & Starlight, but I have faith that they will see the purpose of this installment and why it was written the way it was. I’ll be on the side that finds it completely beautiful. *gets comfortable in her seat* But whatever you do, I implore you, do not put off reading this for very long....more
Delirium had me from the first sentence: “It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.” I thought to myself, this is going to end badly. And I didn’t mean it as the book was going to suck, I meant that it was going to end with me in pain for these characters. That prediction was dead on.
Lena’s life has never been normal. Her family has been surrounded by controversy due to her mother committing suicide when Lena was six and her cousin’s husband being identified as a sympathizer. She now lives with her aunt Carol, tries to follow all the rules and stay under the radar. She is counting down the days to when she can receive the procedure that will forever take away all the pain and memories of everything that has haunted her all her life. For Lena, the procedure will mean a fresh start. A new, normal life. But how could she want anything different if she really doesn’t know what love, the disease, could truly bring to her life. To her, all it has brought is abandonment.
Enter Alex, with his hair the color of autumn leaves and his bright amber eyes. He is gorgeous, sweet and fun. They begin this incredible forbidden relationship full of love, trust and kisses. Lots of kisses. :D He shows her what love is really like.
So what does she do now? Go on with life as planned, get “cured” and live out her predetermined future or risk it all for love, for Alex? The ending will leave your heart racing and, I daresay, broken.
With all that being said, I absolutely loved this book! That's the best I can do on describing how I feel about it. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series, as the cliffhanger is hard to bear, but I guess I’ll have to suffer along with everyone else. It was a page turner from start to finish and I suggest you go out and read it...now!! :)...more
Wow! What a great adventure this book was. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything more adventurous than traveling through time, to a time period and world you have only read about, be it on purpose or by accident. In the case of Gabi and Lia Betarrini, it was completely accidental.
Their accidental adventure begins early on in the book. Problem is, Gabi and Lia get separated in their attempt to stop what’s happening. Gabi’s reaction after stumbling out the tomb into a full on battle between Italian Knights was very believable. She firsts believes it to be some kind of reenactment or play, but I liked that she quickly came to terms with the reality of her situation. Those guys were not acting, they were really killing each other. She realizes that thinking things through and staying calm is probably the best way to make sense of things, not crying or crumbling down because you don’t know what to do. I loved her strength and her intelligence. She is unselfish and kind and certainly no damsel in distress. If there’s a character out there for girls to look up to, it’s her.
Gabi is taken in by Marcello Forelli and his Knights to his family’s castle. She explains to them she’s become separated from her sister, who she’d been with on a journey to find their mother. Marcello offers to help her search for her sister without hesitation. He is one of the most honorable and brave characters I’ve read. He was also, of course, very handsome and sweet. Oh, and betrothed to another. Aren’t the good ones always taken? The only problem being that Marcello and Gabi were undeniably drawn to each other from the start. These type of love stories always get me...right in the heart! I felt their yearning and my heart broke for them often.
Besides the heart-fluttering romance, we also get some great humor in this book. I laughed out loud several times throughout this book, courtesy of our awesome Gabi. She had these sarcastic inner dialogues with herself that were quite funny. Another character that brought the smiles was Luca Forelli, Marcello’s cousin, handsome charmer. He had all the same great qualities as Marcello, except he was free to flirt with anyone at anytime. No betrothed to hold him back. There is lots of action in this book. The fight scenes were very exciting and were never gory (a good thing).
Lisa T. Bergren has created such an epic adventure in Waterfall. The quests, the battles, the history, the romance...it truly makes for my kind of perfect book. If you need a break from the paranormal creatures of the night or the reality of life, this is the book you want. Trust me.
(This book was provided by the author and/or publisher for an honest review.)...more
I can't stop smiling!!! I never could have dreamed Mockingjay would turn out the way it did. It was SO bittersweet. I cant stop reading the last 3 pgsI can't stop smiling!!! I never could have dreamed Mockingjay would turn out the way it did. It was SO bittersweet. I cant stop reading the last 3 pgs! :D AMAZING!! Don't get me wrong...it was dark, and heartbreaking in so many places...I cried a few times....more
I’ve had my copy of Just One Day for a few weeks, but I knew that I wanted to make thisRead my review on my blog! --> Just One Day by Gayle Forman
I’ve had my copy of Just One Day for a few weeks, but I knew that I wanted to make this the first book I read in 2013. So I tortured myself by waiting, and the morning of January 1st, making my coffee and grabbing this book off my shelf felt like the most perfect thing ever.
Just One Day took me on a whirlwind of places I want to visit...from England to Paris, and that was just the start! I truly felt as though I was experiencing these places first hand. Gayle Forman does a wonderful job of vividly describing them to us. There was just this richness to each description that made it impossible not to envision.
Allyson was a character I felt instant empathy for. Her journey of self-discovery was one that left my heart incredibly raw. All the highs and lows, I felt them all so strongly with her. Seeing all the growing she does from the first page to the end made me feel like a proud friend, one watching and encouraging her from afar.
You might be asking yourself what the heck I’m talking about by this point. I mean, like me, you probably thought looking at the the title that this whole book would be about the One Day, right? Well, it’s actually broken up into two parts. Part one is the Just One Day, then there’s part two. I think this made the story have so much more depth. It’s not just a romantic jaunt through Paris in one day with a dreamy guy, it’s about falling in love, the forever kind, and what happens when you lose that.
The dreamy guy? Willem. Yeah, he was dreamy, for sure! But also a bit of a ladies man, which always stings. We don’t really get to know him deeply enough to know his reasons for being that way, but if I had to guess, I’d say it probably has a lot to do with the fact that he’s a drifter and will always need a place to crash for a night or two, so why not with a girl. It’s mostly necessity, if you ask me, because from what we learn of him, he’s definitely the type that will only be in love once and for good. He’s smart, and confident, and gorgeous, and I fell in love with him too. He definitely stained me for good.
Just One Day is literally how long it took me to finish this book. I couldn’t put it down, you guys! I spent most of Part Two in a glass case of emotion*, so close to shattering. Though, toward the end, I started feeling this excitement, this exhilaration and anticipation of what would happen. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. And upon finishing, upon reading the last page, my heart was doing this weird thing where it was both happy and crushed because it was over...for now. See, the next book, Just One Year, will be out later this year but that just seems like an eternity right now.
I went into this book with such high expectations. After all, Gayle Forman’s Where She Went is one of my favorite books ever. It met them. All my expectations were met. :)...more