Prodigal: I really liked Stein from Extracted, so I was excited to get to read an early copy of this book. Without giving spoilers (and I'm finding thaProdigal: I really liked Stein from Extracted, so I was excited to get to read an early copy of this book. Without giving spoilers (and I'm finding that really tough with this book) I'll say that learning more about Stein and where she came from was really fun. There were twists and things I didn't see coming, and all the time, Stein is that character I loved in book one. The one who is tough, wants answers, and is pretty much caught between two groups. And the ending! Ugh, it's killing me not to talk about it because the ending alone makes this book worth the read. I'll be jumping immediately into Riven to see what happens next.
Riven: Ethan is such a great character and his role in this book is phenomenal. I really felt for him because he has it tough in this book. He's fractured, which leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities. Poor Ethan! And his future doesn't really look any better. It's one of those books where you just can't help feeling for the character and wanting to give him a virtual hug. I had a hard time putting this one down because I needed to know what was going to happen, and once again Ficklin and Jolley killed me with the ending. And by killed I mean blew my mind. Seriously, these two know how to end a book in a way that makes you want another book from them immediately. Ethan's scene at the end of the book was equally fascinating and heartbreaking. Someone please tell me there's another book coming....more
After I read the description I knew I had to get my hands on this book. Cara is a character I liked from the very start. She's very dynamic, and I fouAfter I read the description I knew I had to get my hands on this book. Cara is a character I liked from the very start. She's very dynamic, and I found myself rooting for her immediately. She's baffled by Nik and the feelings he makes her have. The two are drawn to each other, but that means trouble for Cara. Her connection to Nik puts her life in danger. Enter the a royal princess and a mystery involving stolen jewels. I loved this plot because it really has a little of everything. The action was steady, and I was dying to see how the mystery of the stolen jewels would play out. There are even a few twists along the way.
One of my favorite things about Cara is that despite her feelings for Nik she asserts she won't be the girl who needs a guy in her life. She really stands on her own two feet, which I think is something teen girls need to understand and believe about themselves.
A great blend of romance, mystery, and action, Finding Thor is a must read....more
Lily has a learning disability and because of that she never really considered herself to be smart. But when her mother goes missing, Lily will stop aLily has a learning disability and because of that she never really considered herself to be smart. But when her mother goes missing, Lily will stop at nothing to figure out what happened to her. Following clues leads Lily to her attic where something magical happens. She meets a relative from Egypt, who helps Lily in her search for her mother. How? The attic transforms at night, and Lily is able to travel to Egypt and speak to people who only exist in this magical world she can access. Unraveling clues will lead Lily to a discovery she didn't see coming and prove that Lily is much smarter than she ever gave herself credit for.
I loved this book. The magical elements were fantastic. The idea of finding another world in the attic and discovering more about her heritage was incredible. Between the mystery and magic, I couldn't put the book down. I highly recommend it!...more
This story pulled me in from the very first scene. Leah's entire family has been murdered and only she knows who is responsible. No one else can see tThis story pulled me in from the very first scene. Leah's entire family has been murdered and only she knows who is responsible. No one else can see the shadows—or so Leah thinks. She flees, not wanting to be blamed for the deaths of her family members, and winds up finding a group of people who can see the shadows like she can. Only they seem to be more prepared to fight the shadows.
There is a love story here, but it never overshadows (ugh, really bad pun) the story. There's plenty of action to keep you glued to the pages. And I loved the twist with one shadow in particular. No spoilers but I didn't see that coming and thought it was a nice touch. It definitely pulled Leah out of her comfort zone. I also give Houston kudos for being able to surprise me. I tend to figure plots out very quickly, but she kept me guessing.
This is a great book for sci-fi fans. It's dark, action-packed, emotional, and fast-paced. I had a hard time putting it down....more
Rebecca is excited for the Acceptance ceremony like all the other girls, but it's immediately obvious that she's not exactly like the other girls. SheRebecca is excited for the Acceptance ceremony like all the other girls, but it's immediately obvious that she's not exactly like the other girls. She is drawn to older, more personal things. This includes a dance book that requires boys to sign their names instead of using high-tech devices. I knew right away that Rebecca was different, and I liked that about her. When she gets to the Acceptance ceremony, she never expects to be rejected and labeled as a future criminal, but that's exactly what happens. She's sent to live in the PIT with the others who were rejected. Life in the PIT is tough and Rebecca loses a lot of weight. Luckily for her, she finds a group of teens like her and they take her in.
The group is full of interesting characters, each with his/her own distinct personality. Rebecca is paired up with Eric, who is labeled as her future husband as part of their plan to escape from the PIT. Eric seems like a great guy and he obviously likes Rebecca. If only she felt the same way. Still, she's sure she'll learn to love him over time. And she's also sure her feelings for another one of her group members will fade. But Rebecca's about to find out nothing is what she thinks.
I won't give spoilers, but things take a big turn for the worse. I didn't see that twist coming, and since I can usually figure books out pretty easily, I was so happy that Negovetich surprised me. Everything changes after this big event. Rebecca's world is turned upside-down once again and it's time for a new plan.
I really had trouble putting this book down, and when I got to the end I wanted more. I really hope there's a book two in the future....more
After reading Vitamins and Death in one sitting, I knew Sharif could write edgy and dark YA really well, so I jumped at the chance to read 52 Likes. OAfter reading Vitamins and Death in one sitting, I knew Sharif could write edgy and dark YA really well, so I jumped at the chance to read 52 Likes. Once again, I couldn't put the book down. The book begins with Valerie being raped. I wasn't sure how I'd endure reading a rape scene, but it was handled really well. I felt Valerie's emotion without being overwhelmed by the horrific act. What I loved about this book was that Valerie doesn't allow herself to sit back and become the victim. She fights. Even when everyone around her is making her feel like she is the one who did something wrong, she continues to seek out her rapist and reveal his identity to everyone.
The ghosts of the rapist's victims appear to Valerie, encouraging her to fight for them, too. Valerie was supposed to die like they did, only a passerby saved her life. And that means her rapist is set on finishing what he started. The mystery behind who the rapist is and the race to reveal him and have him locked up before he gets to her again is what made me keep turning the pages.
If you like darker YA with mystery and some ghosts thrown in, this is the perfect read. I dare you to put it down once you start reading it. ;)...more
Kailee and Abrahem aren't your typical pair, but boy do they go together well in this book. In A Missing Peace, I wasn't a Kailee fan, but then again,Kailee and Abrahem aren't your typical pair, but boy do they go together well in this book. In A Missing Peace, I wasn't a Kailee fan, but then again, I didn't have the in-depth look at her that this book gives. Kailee is a complicated girl. She doesn't always make the best decisions, but once I understood why, I really felt for her and rooted for her. Abe is also very complicated. His family wouldn't approve of his relationship with Kailee, but he can't help wanting to protect her. So when Kailee's past actions make her a suspect in a crime, Abe will do anything to clear her name.
This is a fast-paced read that I couldn't put down. ...more
It's no secret that I love the Hush, Hush series. Becca Fitzpatrick is one of my favorite authors, so when I found out this book was going to be givenIt's no secret that I love the Hush, Hush series. Becca Fitzpatrick is one of my favorite authors, so when I found out this book was going to be given out at BEA, I had to have it. (Special thanks to Dan Cohen for making sure I got a copy since I missed the actual book drop.) This book is very different from the Hush, Hush series, but I was still sucked in.
Britt is an interesting character. At times she comes across as being very dependent on the men in her life. I didn't like this part of her personality. But there are other times when she's extremely strong and the men in her life depend heavily on her. Showing both sides helped the reader to see how Britt grows as a person throughout the book. I was really glad to see her moments of strength because without them, I would have had a hard time rooting for her.
I did love how Britt put totally set herself up for trouble, first agreeing on a trip with her ex-boyfriend, who happens to be her best friend's older brother, and then by claiming a total stranger is her new boyfriend just to save face and having her ex confirm her story. Luckily that stranger goes along with Britt's lie, and isn't she surprised when her truck gets stranded in a snow storm and she winds up on that very same stranger's doorstep. ;)
From there, trouble begins and Britt isn't sure who to trust, especially since there is a murderer on the loose. I admit, I figured out who the murderer was early on. *Sigh* I'm really cursed when it comes to figuring out plots before I'm supposed to. But anyway, I still really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it....more
The back of this book said it was Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club, and I was sold with that one line. One of my favorite TV series meetsThe back of this book said it was Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club, and I was sold with that one line. One of my favorite TV series meets one of my favorite movies? Yeah, I'm reading it. I love suspense. The book begins with Eric getting a threatening call from someone who has been inside his house, judging by the photo the caller sends him. It was a great creepy moment to start the story. The caller knows Eric's secret, knows it and has evidence to send to everyone in Eric's phone contact list. That is unless Eric follows a list of tasks targeted at a kid at Eric's school. Eric is bullied into being a bully and winds up getting caught and thrown into a program for bullies. At the program, Eric meets others who have gotten the same calls. Together they try to figure out who is harassing them and put an end to the sick game before all their secrets are spilled.
I really loved the cast of characters and the variations of their secrets. Finding out who the caller was also kept me turning the pages. And the ending! It was my kind of ending. Perfect for a suspense like this one. I highly recommend this book....more
This book has an array of emotions. At first, Tabby is full of confidence. She thinks her long hair, which is the envy of most girls in her school andThis book has an array of emotions. At first, Tabby is full of confidence. She thinks her long hair, which is the envy of most girls in her school and catches the eyes of most boys, makes her a beauty that can't be ignored. But when a lice outbreak hits her school and Tabby's least favorite teacher diagnoses her with lice, everything changes. Her father takes her to a barber and has all her hair chopped off. I felt terrible for Tabby because she didn't even have lice. Tabby's emotions roller coaster after this. I won't give spoilers, but Sharif shows us all sides of Tabby as she tries to figure out who she is without her beautiful hair.
I really enjoyed seeing Tabby grow in this story. There were times when I wanted to reach into my Kindle and shake her, but at the same time I felt bad for her and understood where her anger was coming from. Sharif really handles the emotional aspects of this story well, and because of that I read this book very quickly. I think Sharif has a winner here....more