Anyone who has read my reviews knows I don't enjoy writing negative reviews. However, there was just no w...moreoriginally posted at www.thereadingaddict.com
Anyone who has read my reviews knows I don't enjoy writing negative reviews. However, there was just no way I could review Broken without spitting out some negative critiques. I'll try to keep it short and simple so I don't clog my website up with too much negativity.
As I was reading, I stumbled across more than a few sentences that were oddly phrased. I found myself rereading passages, confused by some of the syntax and miscellaneous facts. Insignificant details seemed to penetrate every other sentence. Sometimes an entire paragraph would be devoted to the way Emma's phone lit up or some other unimportant description. These unnecessary tidbits of information annoyed and bored me, and I disliked Rought's writing style overall.
Pretty much every romantic cliche ever found in literature is present in Broken. Dark, mysterious boy? Check. Love triangle? Check. Extremely cheesy confessions of undying love? Double check. Maybe triple check. Trust me, I'm about the most romantic person you've ever met, but even I gagged at some of these ridiculous, mushy scenes. The romance was just not enjoyable.
The only reason I didn't flunk this book completely or stop reading was the potential. Not going to lie, I wanted to know what was going on. Even so, I almost flung this book at several walls. And out a window. I had to push myself to finish it. In the end, the story wasn't even worth the frustrating hours I spent with this novel. The plot was ridiculous and completely unbelievable.
Overall, I found Broken to be cheesy and boring. I won't be recommending it to any of my friends.
Despite this book's 268 page length, it took me weeks to read. For some reason, the thought of watching TV or sleeping always appealed to me more than...moreDespite this book's 268 page length, it took me weeks to read. For some reason, the thought of watching TV or sleeping always appealed to me more than pulling The Downside of Being Charlie out. That's never a good sign. So, I finally sat down over the weekend and forced myself to finish it. Even after an hour of being immersed in the story, I still couldn't make myself like the characters or the plot.
Honestly, I think the biggest problem was Charlie. I cannot relate to him at all. It's not just that he's a boy or that his life is completely messed up. His personality simply didn't appeal to me. Whenever Charlie was stuck in sticky situations, he continued to make poor decisions and blame it on his dysfunctional home life. Meanwhile, I'm just sitting there shaking my head and wishing I could read something else.
I can obviously see what the author was going for. The story has great potential to be a heart-wrenching tale of healing and self-worth. However, my dislike for Charlie and the lack of character development prevented me from enjoying the book's message.
After I finished The Downside of Being Charlie, I read some of my fellow reviewers's thoughts. It seems that many of them disagree with what I thought. Feel free to give the book a shot if you want. However, I wasn't impressed. The characters, writing, and plot all bored me, and I had to push myself to even finish the book. (less)
Ever since I learned about the legend of the Lost Colony in my high school history class, I'...moreOriginal rating was 3.5 stars at www.thereadingaddict.com
Ever since I learned about the legend of the Lost Colony in my high school history class, I've wanted to know more. Just where did those colonists disappear to? What force can cause 114 people to vanish? I was thrilled to find a novel that attempts to explain these questions in an entertaining, unique tale. While I didn't fall in love with Blackwood, it was an enjoyable read simply because the historical aspects of the mystery intrigued me.
Along with my interest in the mystery of Roanoke Island, the characters made the novel. Miranda and Phillips (especially Phillips) are relatable, interesting teens to read about. Miranda is both witty and brave. Ever since her mother passed away, she has become self-reliant and responsible. Phillips, on the other hand, is a trouble maker. What most of the town doesn't know is that he is also a descendant of a long line of psychics. Together, these two have wonderful chemistry. I was rooting for them the whole time.
The plot jumps around quite a bit, and it often left me a little confused or skeptical. I mean, one second Miranda is watching a musical, the next a giant invisible ship is flying towards them. I felt that a large majority of the supernatural elements had the potential to be fascinating but came across as strange and puzzling. Also, the story switches points of view while staying in third person, and I often had a hard time differentiating between Phillips' POV and Miranda's.
Blackwood is definitely not a fast-paced novel. It took me longer than usual to make my way through the story. For some reason, the plot didn't hold my attention enough. Maybe it was my skepticism, or perhaps the plot unrolled too slowly. Either way, despite it's short length, the book is not a quick read.
I truly had a difficult time deciding on a rating for Blackwood. My mixed emotions eventually led me to settle on three and a half stars. I laughed at and rooted for the characters, but I also disliked the pace and unraveling of the plot. However, if you have an interest in the mystery of Roanoke Island, then I suggest you give it a chance.(less)
I honestly had no expectations for this book. I hadn't read any reviews on it, and I'd never heard of the author. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surpri...moreI honestly had no expectations for this book. I hadn't read any reviews on it, and I'd never heard of the author. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised by this intense, unique story of government conspiracies and life or death choices. The premise drew me in immediately. What if you could change any decision you've ever made? What would that do to your life?
Scott Tyler really is your average teenage boy. Funny yet ordinary, he never suspected that he possesed the power to alter his entire world. At first, he only realizes how he could employ his ability for personal gain. Eventually, the full scale of his power dawns on him. He can alter horrific events in certain circumstances. However, a top secret government group known as the ARES enters his life and begins to train him to use his "shifting" power.
The feel of novel changes dramatically as Scott becomes more and more involved with the government. His powers grow stronger as he learns to wield it in fights and fieldwork. However, he isn't the only Shifter, nor is he the most powerful. Government conspiracies quickly overtake the plot. These secrets are much darker than I would ever have guessed. The cover definitely doesn't reveal how disturbing some of these scenes are.
I've always been a sucker for tales of rebellion and conspiracies. No, I'm not some crack pot government conspiracy theorist. Still, I have a fascination with novels that revolve around government upheaval. Maybe it's something about the drama and intensity of revolutions. Anyway, as soon as Shift played the terrifying government secrets card, I was hooked. This doesn't happen until the third quater of the novel. Much of first half centers around info-dumping and character building. This can drag a little, but the action packed second half makes up for the slow beginning.
I love when a book surprises me. Shift is a deep, heart-racing novel that I would recommend to any action lover. Don't judge the book by it's cover, because there's more to this story than meets the eye. Trust me. Just wait until you meet Benjo... *shudders* Congrats to Kim Curran for such a addictive debut!
I had been stuck in a book rut for a while before I decided to pick up Time Between Us. I just couldn't fall in love with any of the books I selected....moreI had been stuck in a book rut for a while before I decided to pick up Time Between Us. I just couldn't fall in love with any of the books I selected. Then this gem came along and reignited my love for young adult literature. A mash up of Twilight-esque romance and The Time Traveler's Wife, this book captured my heart and imagination.
Now, I hesitate to say that the romance is reminiscent of Stephenie Meyer's series because I'm fearful that will send the wrong message. What I meant is that Stone had me hanging on her every word, which is how I was the first time I read Twilight back in eighth grade. The romance between Bennett and Annie blossoms so beautifully. I couldn't get enough. I was literally squealing to myself as I raced through the novel.
I was so glad to see an honest relationship in young adult literature. No vampires or other mysterious beings here- it is simply two people who have a deep connection. Admittedly, they are seperated by more than a decade, but that's besides the point. Reading about their adorable relationship was wonderful.
Bennett's ability to travel across the world in a blink of an eye intrigued me immediately. What if you could have breakfast in Paris? Do your homework in Prague? Hike in Africa? That temptation would drive me insane. His power made the story original and his relationship with Annie more powerful.
I had a difficult time deciding on a rating for Time Between Us. Part of me wanted to award it a 4.5, but I decided to deduct that extra half of a star because of Annie. Sometimes she really grated on my nerves. I felt like she didn't always listen to Bennett or respect his opinions. Other than that, I don't have any major criticisms.
Overall, Time Between Us enchanted me with it's cute, heart-wrenching romance. I definitely recommend this to lovers of romance. An inspiring tale of a love that spans time, this book will hook you right away.(less)
If I were to record my first memories of high school on paper, then I would probably end up with something a lot like Freshman Year & Other Unnatu...moreIf I were to record my first memories of high school on paper, then I would probably end up with something a lot like Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters. The entire time I was devouring this treat of a novel, I couldn't help but giggle at its accuracy. Zeitlin's fresh and quirky outlook on 9th grade hits the nail right on the head while also tickling her reader's funny bone.
Kelsey is an absolutely ridiculous character, and it is for that very reason that I adore her. Let's be honest: who hasn't fawned over a boy or been utterly humiliated in their high school years? Kelsey's dramatic and often sarcastic responses to the events in her life had me grinning from ear to ear. She reminds me of that little voice we have in the backs of our heads. You know, the one that always comes up with the snarky come-backs and amusing internal dialogue?
The interactions between teenagers, friends, and family were also authentic. As in every high school, Kelsey's school is filled with betrayals, gossip, and cliques. Kelsey learns that navigating the treacherous hallways becomes just as important as snagging the hottie. Then, somewhere along the way, Kelsey's perspective changes. She learns to take the lows right along with the highs, and I appreciated the change of heart. It sends a really positive message out to girls dealing with the same types of drama as our protagonist.
Packed with both absurd shenanigans and relatable scenarios, Freshman Year is a wonderful chance to reminiscence about your freshman year. We've all been there, and the memories come right back with Kelsey's blunt outlook on high school. If you're a fan of light-hearted chick lit, then I'd definitely recommend Zeitlin's funky novel.
Girl Unmoored took me completely by surprise and turned my world upside down. I c...moreActual rating was a 4.5 Originally posted at www.thereadingaddict.com
Girl Unmoored took me completely by surprise and turned my world upside down. I can't remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a fictional story. Hummer's profound messages of love and loss are are woven expertly in this moving tale. I came this close to literally shedding tears over the characters. I was quite the pathetic sight with my tissues and teary eyes.
When I first agreed to review Girl Unmoored, I thought I was in for a fun-loving novel about a young girl finding her place in the world. Instead, I found a quirky novel filled with deep, deep life truths. The cheery little yellow sailboat on the cover hides a story of devastating loss and life's ups and downs. Controversial topics such as homosexuality, premarital sex, and AIDS stain the seemingly innocent story of a seventh grader's life. I usually stay away from books with such risky topics, but for some reason, this book snatched my attention and didn't let go. I finished it in one sitting, and the characters still haven't left my mind.
Told from 13 year old Apron's point of view, the story has an air of innocence. At the same time, our young protagonist is wise beyond her years. The events in the novel are not tainted with adult emotions, and yet they are not seen through the eyes of a child. Hummer could not have created a better heroine to tell this tale.
Since the beginning of literature, authors have attempted to pin down a definition for the emotion we humans call "love." From Shakespeare to Stephenie Meyer, millions upon millions of different opinions have been put to paper. However, I have never discovered one as pure and simple as Hummer's.
"Love doesn't always mean rings and veils and walks down the aisle. Sometimes love means broken windows and broken hearts, and not being able to fix either. And sometimes love means telling you, there's not such thing as time in Heaven so don't rush to meet me. Stay a while, and pick, girl, the roses."
Please, please give this hidden gem a chance. You owe it to yourself and to the brilliant author behind this masterpiece.(less)
Honestly, I procrastinated a lot on this one. I hadn't read very promising reviews, and the premise didn'...moreOriginally posted at www.thereadingaddict.com
Honestly, I procrastinated a lot on this one. I hadn't read very promising reviews, and the premise didn't thrill me. Then I finally started All These Things I've Done, and I was blown away. I cannot believe I waited this long! The fabulous, addictive story kept me locked up in my rooms for hours yesterday.
The plot is fascinating. I've never read a book centered around a mafia family, and Anya's dangerous life filled with lies and crime intrigued me. A roller coaster of twist and turns, the story jumps from mystery to romance, romance to action, action to suspense, all in the turn of a page. While the events in the Balanchine family are serious, perhaps even deadly, a lighthearted innocence permeates the novel. Despite their best efforts, the Balanchine children are still young and naive. My heart ached for them as they faced down obstacles adults would fear.
Anya is an incredible character. With an iron will and a sharp tongue, she defends her brother and sister with all of her strength. I kept thinking to myself, If I were Anya, I would have broken down and given up a long time ago. But no, our poor Annie presses on. She is, without a doubt, one of my new favorite protagonists.She is just so human; flawed yet lovable, confused but determined, young and desperate. Anya's impressive understanding of the world around her is mind boggling. Her strategic plans to avoid being manipulated by her corrupt family made me admire her even more.
The number one thing I did NOT expect from this novel was a swoon-worthy romance. Anya is over the top practical, always planning ahead and listening to her head before her heart. That is why I was shocked when she fell for young Win, the son of the DA. Can you say star-crossed lovers? Like all of the characters in the story, Win is well-developed and lovable. Together, the determined couple ignites a fire. I couldn't get enough of their relationship.
This compelling story of a family corrupted by crime and murder will captivate readers everywhere. I know many of my fellow bloggers didn't enjoy this one, but I cannot begin to understand why. I thought it was absolutely brilliant! If you haven't checked out All These Things I've Done, do it now! It's one of the best dystopian novels I've read all year.(less)
Don't let this book's cover fool you- while the cute pink background and witch hint at a lighthearted piece of chick lit, underneath lies a dark story...moreDon't let this book's cover fool you- while the cute pink background and witch hint at a lighthearted piece of chick lit, underneath lies a dark story of a love that spans the centuries. Honestly, I was expecting a story stuffed with fluff and comedy. I was surprised by the rich writing and depth of Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale.
Lily was a amusing and lovable protagonist. Her witty comebacks and hilarious internal dialogue had me laughing out loud. Despite her supernatural abilities as a witch, Lily is down-to-earth and normal. Her love interest, Ryder, is completely swoon-worthy. He's also a little infuriating, with his dark secrets and reluctance to explain his history with Lily.
Most of the story is consumed by the fierce love triangle. Both Lucian and Ryder are well-developed characters, making the romance all the more interesting. Personally, I preferred Ryder and was annoyed whenever Lily gravitated toward Lucian.
The plot wove the strands of Lily's mysterious past together with the impending doom of her future. I loved how everything clicked at the end, like fitting two puzzle pieces together. I couldn't help but do a little victory dance when my predictions were proved correct.
Overall, Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale, is a passionate story of a girl caught between her past and her future. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a steamy love triangle. The supernatural elements made the story even more intriguing. (less)
Looking at the book's cover, I assumed this story would follow the ridiculously overdone plot-line of gir...moreOriginally posted at www.thereadingaddict.com
Looking at the book's cover, I assumed this story would follow the ridiculously overdone plot-line of girl meets boy, girl wants to be popular, girl screws up relationship with boy and her friends/family to become popular, girl ends up in a heap of trouble, then girl finally fixes things and learns her lesson about popularity.
In a way, I was right, but Allen's writing takes a cliched plot and spins it into something fresh and hilarious. Even if I could predict what was going to happen, I had a blast laughing at Cara and enjoying the eccentric characters.
Cara is one of the most flawed characters I've read about, but she doesn't seem to realize just how wacked up her priorities are. She is willing to trade her relationship with her parents and her best friend for a chance at becoming the queen of her high school. Still, you can't help but relate to Cara. Her insecurities and need to fit in will seem completely normal and understandable to any teenage girl.
In order to achieve her ultimate goal of being the Supreme Populazzi, Cara dates her way up the high school social ladder. It was fascinating to see her mold to become whatever her current boyfriend wanted her to be. It was also sad to see her dispose of her quirky personality and easygoing smile just to get a guy's attention. Each new boyfriend has such a distinct (if slightly stereotypical) personality. One boy in particular had me hanging on his every word and praying that Cara wouldn't screw things up with him.
Overall, Populazzi was a spunky read filled with witty banter, laugh-out-loud escapades, and over the top high school drama. I'd recommend it to anyone in search of a lighthearted piece of chick lit. Most teenage girls will love this tale of the ever tempting position as a Populazzi.(less)
Girl on the Other Side is a quick read, that's for sure. I finished the book in one sitting. While I wasn't blown away by the plot, which was slightly...moreGirl on the Other Side is a quick read, that's for sure. I finished the book in one sitting. While I wasn't blown away by the plot, which was slightly predictable, I did appreciate the deep look into the lives of two girls fighting their own inner battles.
Two of the most stereotypical girls are represented here. There's Tabby, the popular perfect princess, and Lora, the nerdy loner with no self-confidence. The juxtaposition of the two roles is more than a little cliché. Still, I can see where Kerbel is coming from. Comparing two completely different girls brings to light more similarities than you would think.
Is bullying really that prevalent in high school? Maybe it's just me, but it seems like the torment that Lora undergoes is pretty extreme. I was proud of her as she learned to fight back and stand up for herself. I was also pleased that Tabby underwent a revolution of sorts and fixed her relationship with her parents.
Overall, I really don't have tons to say about Girl on the Other Side. It was a fast read, but it wasn't lighthearted or superficial. Serious problems faced by many teens today are highlighted, and as the reader, I saw the many characteristics that all girls share. (less)
This is the second book in the Star Crossed series, and I have to say that I enjoyed this one more than the prequel. That...more*Actual rating was 3.5 stars
This is the second book in the Star Crossed series, and I have to say that I enjoyed this one more than the prequel. That's partially because of Logan's new love interest, Jeremy, and partially because of the intriguing mystery. This time, Logan sets out to discover the truth about something much more important than a few rebellious teenagers.
Logan is a strong, determined protagonist. I admired her for her witty comebacks and daring personality. Many new characters were introduced to the series while Logan is at the writing camp. I enjoyed meeting the new people, but I also missed Chili and Paige. Their unbreakable friendship was my favorite part of the first book.
While the astrological aspect of the novel is fascinating, at times I wish Logan would give it a rest. Not everything can be explained or figured out based on the position of the moon or sun. At least, that's my opinion. I kind of wish she would have let her strength and strong personality help her solve problems instead of her knowledge about astrology.
I was actually surprised at the turn of events near the story's end, and now I'm ready to jump into the sequel. I'll be posting my review for that sometime soon (hopefully). Overall, Taurus Eyes was a fun read about a spooky ghost mystery and the newfound romance Logan discovers while trying to win the approval of her writing mentor. If you're looking for a light, original read, then you've found your book. (less)
Lure is a bit creepier than I expected it to be. While I knew it would be another ghost story, I didn't think it would be quite so haunting. Let's jus...moreLure is a bit creepier than I expected it to be. While I knew it would be another ghost story, I didn't think it would be quite so haunting. Let's just say this isn't a great book to read late at night after watching horror movies with your friends... I'm speaking from experience here.
The story is told from the alternating views of Max, a teenager in the 21st century, and John, a boy who lived hundreds of year ago. Max's chapters were usually less interesting. He didn't really have his own story. He mostly just discovered John's secret messages and the mystery of the old house. John lived a sad, short life full of abuse and unhappiness. I couldn't help feeling bad for him.
The book really felt like a short story more than a novel. Things started quickly and ended quickly. I was able to read the book in one night. The ending took me by surprise. It was a little reminiscent of The Sixth Sense. It was one of those "How did I not see it coming?" types. While I liked how John's tale ended, I would have enjoyed some more closure in Max's story.
Overall, I don't have tons to say about Lure. It's a quick, interesting read about a restless soul and the boy he reaches out to. I'd recommend it to anyone that likes an intriguing, creepy mystery.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (less)
I didn't really know what to expect from this book. I hadn't heard much about it. Now, I have mixed feelings. The characters were alive and intriguing...moreI didn't really know what to expect from this book. I hadn't heard much about it. Now, I have mixed feelings. The characters were alive and intriguing, but the storyline lost me somewhere. At first it was interesting, but it got too complicated and far-fetched.
Jacob, the protagonist, was your fairly standard teenage boy. While this means that he was easy to relate to, he wasn't all that original. When Jacob meets Oh (Ophelia), it is love at first sight. If you can get over their relationship's unrealistic beginning, their love was solid and a nice touch. Milo, Jacob's best friend and partner in crime, was my favorite character. His quirky comments provided a bit of comic relief in a fairly dark novel.
Thirteen Days to Midnight brought up some fascinating questions. Jacob's gift (or curse, whichever you want to call it) gives him the power to save others. Unfortunately, every time he tries to help an innocent person, he is drawn deeper into the dark side of the gift. If you were Jacob, would you be able to let others die when you knew you could save them? Would you keep your power a secret or use it for the good of others? These are the kinds of questions that the story will leave you with.
When I was younger, I read Carman's The Land of Elyon series and really enjoyed it. I didn't care for Thirteen Days to Midnight as much as those books, but it was still an entertaining read. Overall, I'd recommend reading it if you have time, but I wouldn't put it at the top of your to-read list.
*I received this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review(less)
I wasn't sure what to expect from Solid. On one hand, I hadn't heard anything about it or seen any reviews on the blogs I follow. On the other, the bo...moreI wasn't sure what to expect from Solid. On one hand, I hadn't heard anything about it or seen any reviews on the blogs I follow. On the other, the book had an intriguing premise that grabbed my attention right away. I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed.
When reading young adult novels, I often tire of seeing the same plot repeated with only a few little tweaks to shake things up. Solid was one of the more original stories I've read. No werewolves or vampires here. Instead, the main characters are average teenagers with some fascinating genetic mutations. These mutations give them unique powers, such as the ability to disappear or shine like a supernova.
The story progresses quickly. It didn't take me long to bond with Clio or any of her friends. Clio's sarcasm and wit made her fun to read about, as did her friends' quirky personalities. I usually choose a favorite character in whatever book I'm reading, but I just couldn't decide on one in this story.
When I finally finished the book, I wondered where the rest of the story was. It felt like the end of a chapter, not the end of the novel. I was excited to see that Workinger plans to release a sequel fairly soon.
Overall, I'd say that Solid is a captivating science fiction novel. Not only are there superpowers and mysteries, but there's also a hint of teenage angst and romance. I'll definitely be looking into the sequel, Settling.
*I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I absolutely love dystopic novels. The imagination, the chaos, the action, everything about them draws me in. The Water Wars is no exception. In a tim...moreI absolutely love dystopic novels. The imagination, the chaos, the action, everything about them draws me in. The Water Wars is no exception. In a time of disease and thirst, families struggle to survive. The government and the wealthy are the only ones with access to more than enough clean water. In a dry, waterless world, water is power.
It doesn't take long for the story to pick up speed. Before long, fifteen year-old Vera and her older brother Will are swept into an adventure unlike any other. Fierce water pirates and murderous environmentalists are only some of the people that Vera and Will encounter while trying to save their friend, Kai. Kai has a unique ability, one that may save lives. That is, if he can survive.
Although Vera seems a bit young for her age, she's a strong heroine. Her loyalty to her brother and Kai propels her to take action. Will is the confident older brother that every girl wishes she had. Kai, my personal favorite character, is elusive and strange. Still, Vera can't help but be attracted to him.
Throughout the novel, Stracher seems to criticize both today's government and the fictional government. It's a little creepy, seeing how our world mirrors Vera's world before The Great Panic. Simply reading the novel made me thirsty.
Overall, I'd recommend this book to any fan of dystopic literature. What the novel lacks in romance and emotion, it makes up for in constant adventure.
*I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.(less)
This was such a wonderful, refreshing read. Bronwen is a teenage girl struggling to find her voice while dealing with the pressures of a committed rel...moreThis was such a wonderful, refreshing read. Bronwen is a teenage girl struggling to find her voice while dealing with the pressures of a committed relationship and her family. Every teenage girl wonders who she "really is." McCahan delves into this confusing time in every young woman's life and brings to life a heartwarming tale of first love and self-discovery.
McCahan's characters have so much personality. I couldn't help but laugh and cry along with them. Jared (a.k.a. Bronwen's fiancée) is amazing. He's sweet, sensitive, devoted, everything I look for in a guy. I'll admit it, I squealed like the teenage girl that I am when he proposed to Brownen.
Still, I thought Brownen was too young to get married. I was glad that she had some doubts and didn't just throw herself into the wedding without considering the consequences. Brownen's thoughts were in sync with mine, most of the time.
I loved the ending. Absolutely loved it. It had such a hopeful tone. After I finished the novel, I was staring out of my window and thinking about the future. There was no definite happy ending, which actually fit the story. The story left me dreaming about the possibilities.
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling in my heart and a smile on my face. McCahan writes of morals and challenges that we all face, and she took me on an emotional roller coaster that I won't soon forget. I'll definitely be looking into any other works that this impressive debut author might release.
*I received this novel from Scholastic Publishing in exchange for an honest review.(less)
This was a pretty entertaining read. Not amazing, but interesting, especially if you're an animal lover. I could see the plot as a true life story. Th...moreThis was a pretty entertaining read. Not amazing, but interesting, especially if you're an animal lover. I could see the plot as a true life story. The bulk of the story was just daily events in the life of a woman who loves to care for injured and orphaned animals.
Wendy was a fairly mediocre character. The book is written in third person, so I didn't feel like I really bonded with her. Her young friend, Danny, was somewhat of a sad character. Danny avoids spending time at his own home because of his abusive stepfather and drunk mother. He prefers to help Wendy care for her small animal farm. Danny was probably my favorite character simply because I felt bad for him. His compassion and love for the animals was adorable.
I did learn a lot about animals from this book. Wendy took in every animal in need, from bobcats to cute little fawns. When I was little, I thought that I'd spend my life doing what Wendy does. It was fun to take a look at Wendy's life and see what it would've been like.
My biggest issue with the book was the lack of suspense. The story had the potential to be thrilling and exciting, but it fell kind of flat. Other than that, this book was a quick, engaging read. I'd recommend it to any animal lover, as well as young girls and boys in search of a good story.
*Thanks to Dundurn Press for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.(less)
In my opinion, this book fell way flat. While the synopsis makes the novel sound exciting, it's really a long record of two boys and their trip to fin...moreIn my opinion, this book fell way flat. While the synopsis makes the novel sound exciting, it's really a long record of two boys and their trip to find their family's missing horses. I'd say that Luke and Rob spend 80% of their time traveling or doing another equally boring activity.
The story starts out quickly, but after the first chapter or so, it begins to progress slowly. I found it hard to concentrate on the story. My mind kept wandering. I can see how the story had potential, but it came across as uneventful and boring. You know that one history class you had? The one where you had to pay attention even though you wanted to do nothing more than to zone out? This book reminded of that class.
Luke and Rob were pretty flat characters. I didn't bond with either of them. To be honest, they weren't very realistic. Or deep, as a matter of fact. I don't have much else to say about character development. Maybe if I was younger, and if I didn't read so many young adult books with awesome characters, it wouldn't have bothered me as much.
Well, I'm having a hard time finding anything else to say about this book. Sorry for the terrible review. I always cringe at the thought of writing a negative review for a book, but I promised to be honest. I won't be recommending this one to my friends. Maybe I'll pass it down to my younger brother, but that's about it.
*I received this book from Dundurn Press in exchange for an honest review.(less)
Ruby is such a relatable character. I'm sure that most teenage girls have shared in Ruby's daydreams about the perfect boyfriend or her fear of not fi...moreRuby is such a relatable character. I'm sure that most teenage girls have shared in Ruby's daydreams about the perfect boyfriend or her fear of not fitting in. She could be any regular high school girl, dealing with the typical challenges that come with being a teen.
It's obvious from the very beginning of the book that this is book is written by a Christian with a young-adult Christian audience in mind. While this doesn't mean that non-Christians won't enjoy it, I do think that Christians will connect more with Ruby. I for one loved the uplifting and inspirational aspects of the story in which Ruby bonds with God. She begins to understand where her life is headed and what God has in store for her.
This book may be classified as "chick lit," but it is by no means shallow. Ruby deals with real problems that girls are faced with every day. Boys, family, insecurities, faith, parents, and friends are all hot topics in this novel. Ruby's story mirrors many parts of my life, and I think many other readers will feel the same way.
Overall, I'd say that this is a wonderful, heartwarming novel for any preteen/teenage reader. I can easily recommend it to my friends. If you enjoyed Ruby Unscripted (or even if you haven't), I would also recommend Cindy's other novel, Caleb + Kate. I loved that one even more.
*I received this novel from Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for an honest review.(less)
Most of the time, writing a review for a book isn't a challenge for me. I've already gathered my thoughts and know just what I want to say. It's diffe...moreMost of the time, writing a review for a book isn't a challenge for me. I've already gathered my thoughts and know just what I want to say. It's different with Delirium. This book is so powerful and deep that I'm finding it difficult to describe. The ending left me speechless.
This is the first novel by Lauren Oliver that I've read. I have Before I Fall, and you can bet I'll be reading it as soon as possible. Oliver's writing is purely brilliant. It flows beautifully, and the vivid descriptions really kept me in the moment. Reading her words makes me realize why some people call writing an art.
Lena was an incredibly relatable character. So many of her personality traits reminded me of myself. Throughout the story, she is forced to make painful decisions and face her fears. I began to like her more and more as the story progressed. I sympathized with her and truly wanted her to be happy. I was so proud of her choices in the end.
The ending... Oh wow. The book started out well, got better, and became downright awesome by the time I reached the climax. Then Oliver just ended the story. Don't get me wrong, I thought the final words were beautiful and inspiring, but I still can't believe that the book ended with such a cliffhanger! A sequel is obviously expected, and I cannot wait.
Overall, I think I have contracted a very serious case of Amor Deliria Nervosa because of this novel. Delirium l is a breathtakingly real and painful novel. If you love series like Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, or Matched by Allie Condie, then you'll probably love Delirium. The novel is basically a combination of the three. All I know is that I need a sequel. NOW.(less)
Who knew that Princeton could be so magical? At first, I was bored by the idea of the entire novel revolving around Lily's dream to attend Princeton....moreWho knew that Princeton could be so magical? At first, I was bored by the idea of the entire novel revolving around Lily's dream to attend Princeton. Thankfully, things picked up and Lily was soon swept up into a tale of incredible creatures and dark secrets.
Lily Carter is a witty and brave protagonist. She cares deeply for her family members and desperately tries to protect them. Although Lily comes up with many smart solutions, she also makes mistakes. I was never annoyed with her, and I honestly enjoyed tagging along on her adventure. The secondary characters were also fun to read about. Tye and Jake held the potential to be fantastic characters, and I wished I gotten to know them a little better.
The premise of Enchanted Ivy was entirely unique and fantastical. The idea of Princeton being the gateway to a parallel universe was simply awesome. The fantastical other-world that Lily stumbles upon reminds me so much of the days I was obsessed with fantasy novels. In my opinion, everyone needs to read a pure fantasy novel every once in a while.
Overall, Enchanted Ivy is a imaginative tale bursting with astonishing creatures and intriguing characters. Durst's whimsical writing makes for a truly wonderful read. I'd definitely recommend it to any lover of fantasy or young adult!(less)