Had to stay up late to finish reading this one, but beyond worth it. While a bit predictable at times, I loved the story and romance was somehow hotte...moreHad to stay up late to finish reading this one, but beyond worth it. While a bit predictable at times, I loved the story and romance was somehow hotter than the first book.(less)
I can't believe this series is over, but I love how it wrapped up. This book also changed my mind a little about Seth; amazingly, I grew not to hate h...moreI can't believe this series is over, but I love how it wrapped up. This book also changed my mind a little about Seth; amazingly, I grew not to hate him! (less)
Besides the sucktastic beginning, I absolutely LOVED this book. Aiden is as hot as usual, and his dedication to Alex makes him even hotter in this boo...moreBesides the sucktastic beginning, I absolutely LOVED this book. Aiden is as hot as usual, and his dedication to Alex makes him even hotter in this book, which I didn't think was possible! Full review to come :)(less)
Born Wicked is a witchy treat with an aching romance and a fearful villain. The ending will l...moreFind more of my reviews on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
Born Wicked is a witchy treat with an aching romance and a fearful villain. The ending will leave you wanting so much more.
I’ve realized that it’s not really the steampunk novels that I’m getting into, but historical novels. It’s the time period that I love. Women are so restricted. They have to always keep up this pretense that they’re proper, but really they’re witches or Shadowhunters or vampires or faeries! The stakes are so much higher in these historical novels, and Jessica Spotswood upped the ante even more. Not only is the main character a girl in a historical novel, but she’s also a witch in a town where witches are persecuted. Not put to death, but when they’re taken away, they’re never seen again.
The secrecy in this novel was superb. Cate’s mother’s dying wish was for Cate to always look after her sisters. This means keeping all of their magic in check. What they don’t know is that in the witch world (which will remain unnamed), having three witches in the same generation is a big deal. There’s a prophecy from the Daughters of Persephone, and one of the sisters is supposed to have mind magic. Like Cate does. Meanwhile, girls are being carted off left and right, accused of being witches. Cate has a lot to fear. And to add to that, she’s falling in love with the wrong guy.
The romance was beautiful. I was really rooting for Paul McLeod at first. He’s charming and witty and obviously enamored with Cate. He’s Cate’s oldest friend and she’s realized that they can’t be childhood friends anymore because they both feel something more. She’s been waiting for him, as he was in New London, and now that he’s back she’s having feelings for him. But the feelings she has for Paul are nothing compared to how Finn Belestra makes her feel. I must admit I fell in love with Finn. At first, I couldn’t understand her attraction to him. He kind of annoyed me at first, but I think that was Spotswood’s intention. As Cate and Finn fall too far in love to go back, the stakes get even higher, and Cate is forced to make a crumpling decision.
Other characters were definitely not left out. The other two sisters were vibrant and brash, and the father, while he was barely even there, still felt three-dimensional. I enjoyed every bit of this book and I cannot wait for the sequel! Definitely add this one to your list of 2012 debuts. Also, the cover is even more gorgeous in person!(less)
OMG SO AMAZING!!!!! I'm so sad to see this series end, but it could not have ended more perfectly! I'm trying to decide if I should review it soon, or...moreOMG SO AMAZING!!!!! I'm so sad to see this series end, but it could not have ended more perfectly! I'm trying to decide if I should review it soon, or read it again when I co-host the read-along I'm planning with Crystal... decisions, decisions... It's definitely worth reading again! Love this series; I cannot recommend it enough!(less)
Just wow... wow... That's the only word I have for this wonderful novel...moreYou can check out this review and many others on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
Just wow... wow... That's the only word I have for this wonderful novel. It's interesting because the beginning of the book really wasn't all that slow-going, but compared to the rest of the book, it was nothing. Carson barely gives you a chance to breathe a sigh of relief before she rips out your heart again and again.
The author paints such a beautiful story landscape, with intrigue and deception, love and lust, kidnappings and an unimaginable war. And at the heart of it all... is God. I'm confused as to whether this is dystopian, but even so I don't see it that way. It's simply a whole other world, like Lord of the Rings with Middle Earth. There's really no explanation needed as to why it is the way it is. But the fact that God is there (the God of so many of our religions) makes me wonder if this is some version of earth, and if we will uncover any of the planet's secrets in the next two novels.
The synopsis tells you about the first 20% of the novel, and the rest takes place away from everything Elisa has ever known. And this is where she grows strong. Where she realizes her power and that God has a plan for her, even if that includes losing her life. I often find that religion novels throw me off. I grew up on Christianity and Catholicism and have no intention as of now to return to it fully. But to be honest, all the praying never bothered me. It's part of life in the Joya D'arena, though many have lost their faith over time.
If there's a novel this year that you don't want to miss, it's this one. It has everything you could ever want in a young adult novel, with the added thrill of a new world and a promising new author. Elisa is a strong heroine, a key part that's been missing in novels of this genre as of late. Get your hands on a copy of The Girl of Fire and Thorns as soon as possible!
*SPOILERS* I could not get over the surmountable differences between the first part and the whole rest of the book. Elisa becomes strong, in muscles and in mind, and she is forced to grow up after she is kidnapped from her palace bedroom. I was really into the book, and I was wondering where it would go from there. I'm not for court politics and I'm glad there wasn't too much time spent on that. But after Elisa is kidnapped, that's when the true adventure begins.
I liked how Elisa started out as slightly plump, and smart, but not cunning. Talk about a complete turn-around. By the end, she was thinner, smarter and braver. It was only natural that Alejandro would name her the heir to the throne until his son Rosario was old enough, for she had truly become a leader in her time away from the court. I wonder what is going to happen in the next one now that the animagus' are dead.
It was never going to work out with Elisa and Alejandro. She was so self-conscious, and he was always so distant. The first time he saw her thin, you could tell he was just as superficial as the next person. Though I admit I was sad when he died, because he was protecting Elisa when the fire of the godstone burned him.
Humberto. I was so heartbroken when he was killed, died in Elisa's arms. I wonder what he had found out, how she could have been free of her marriage to the king, but either way it doesn't matter. I loved him too, and that's what makes a good book, when you fall in love with the boy. I felt so connected with this book, it was so hard to put down, especially when I wanted to see Humberto and Elisa happy. I want to think that maybe he survived somehow, that they were able to bring him back and they only stabbed him to make Elisa tell the conde where the camp was. Somehow I doubt it, but you never know what the next book will hold, for all the characters.(less)
Just amazing! This totally met with my expectations, which have become...moreYou can check out this review and many others on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
Just amazing! This totally met with my expectations, which have become increasingly high for whatever reason. An absolute must-read!
This book is so mysterious, and Mara Dyer is the main source of it. The uncertainty surrounding her friend's death in an old abandoned insane asylum (of which she survived) is enough to have you running in circles. You're constantly second-guessing the main character and the motives of the boy who she's caught the attention of. Right away, we're told that Noah Shaw isn't exactly the guy you date and take home to mother. Ironically, he does come over and meet Mara's mother and is pretty good friends with her brother (much to her dismay).
Noah is one of those love interests you're predisposed to love. Like Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss and Zach from the Shade series. I'm talking about accents people. I am a major sucker for accents and the fact that Noah Shaw is from London makes me already love him. The fact that he was so understanding about what Mara realizes she can do and annoyingly mysterious doesn't play as much of a part as you would think. Because he's from the UK, he's already a sweetheart.
On top of that, Noah and Mara are more alike than they think. As Mara tries to uncover the mystery of a few fatal events that involve Mara imagining something that comes true, she realizes she's falling for Noah. On top of that, she's still dealing with the death of her best friend, her boyfriend, and her abrupt move to Florida. Add this together, and you're gunning for a hot mess of intrigue and romance. And yes, it truly is a hot mess.
Cliffhanger as defined by Merriam-Webster: 1. an adventure serial or melodrama; especially: one presented in installments each ending in suspense 2. a contest whose outcome is in doubt up to the very end; broadly : a suspenseful situation
Translation: The death of me a million times over that makes me hate the author with a burning but satiable passion. Michelle Hodkin, you fit into this category. It's a love hate kind of thing. I can't wait to see how it all ties together! The next book is way too far away!!(less)
Stephanie Perkins is one of the few contemporary authors I’ve read that I’ll read again. I don’t know why, contemporary always feels like “one and don...moreStephanie Perkins is one of the few contemporary authors I’ve read that I’ll read again. I don’t know why, contemporary always feels like “one and done” for me, which in a way this “series” is. It’s not exactly a series in the usual sense of the word: there isn’t a bigger story arc spread out over three books involving the same characters that are set on reaching a common goal. It’s a series in the way that three books are interconnected with some of the old characters showing up in the new story, but there’s a completely different plot line. I am in love with that idea...
I have always loved this series, but I don’t feel like many people have read it. At its core,...moreFind more of my reviews on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
I have always loved this series, but I don’t feel like many people have read it. At its core, it’s the myth of Hades and Persephone (Persephone is debatable, but yeah). But it’s so much more than that. Haden isn’t exactly ruler of the underworld; his sadistic mother is and she has it out for Theia, our heroine. And Theia sacrificed a lot in Falling Under so that Haden could remain part human. And now it’s coming back with a vengeance. She gets these hungers, and now that she’s part demon, it means that she’s hungry for someone’s life force; their soul.
I really enjoyed this one. Theia and Haden’s relationship was so strained (sexually and otherwise) after they came back from Under, and while Theia seemed to make a couple stupid and questionable decisions, I knew it was because she loved Haden and felt that he deserved better than the monster she thought she’d become. The separate point of views in the last third of the book was very enlightening. The other characters definitely developed more, and I finally felt like I got to know Theia’s best friends better. And Mike or Matt (some M name) was a huge surprise. I knew there was something up with him, but I didn’t know it’d be that.
As I was nearing the end of this novel, I started panicking. Half because of how exciting and heart wrenching it was getting, but also because I could see the author wrapping it up as if there wasn’t a sequel. Apparently, this is the final book in the series. I might be a little selfish here, but there were certain things I wanted to see come to fruition, and the book ends literally right before that happens. SO FRUSTRATING!! But, despite that, I still loved this book. I’m hoping that the author will reconsider and write another book in the series, because I love Theia and Haden, and the world of Under.
If you’ve read the first in the series, definitely pick this one up. I enjoyed every second of it, and the only reason I put it down was because I either needed to for school or to eat, or it was stressing me out too much to continue without a break. Overall, a very good read and a mostly satisfying end to a lovely series.(less)
There are honestly no words to describe how much I loved this book. I k...moreYou can check out this review and many others on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
There are honestly no words to describe how much I loved this book. I know, coming from a book blogger that doesn't sound like a good thing considering I received this book specifically for review. But it was really just that amazing and is up there as one of my favorite dystopians. It had been on my wish list for a while, so when I came back from a Michael Grant signing (also a HarperTeen author), well you can imagine my surprise and happiness when I opened the package from the publisher. And the cover is beautiful, so sparkly! Immediately, you're drawn in. And then the first line: I've been locked up for 264 days. By then, you're so gone it doesn't even matter if you have two tests and three papers due the next day. You're going to finish Shatter Me whether you want to or not.
Mafi has a beautiful way of writing. her descriptive imagery at every turn is uncanny and really it's what made this book. The story is wonderful and the plot is nearly flawless, but the language is what did it for me. I think that's why modern retellings of Shakespeare never work because most of the language is cut out. I've heard word that they've already auctioned rights off for this one, and to be honest I hope they don't end up going through with it. It'll lose its potency. And that's a compliment.
Juliette was a very likeable character. As in all dystopians, the main character is always a little rough around the edges. It's even more difficult for Juliette though because she hasn't had any human interaction for almost a year. And who walks in? A boy. A boy that she remembers distinctly, but doesn't think that he remembers her. How wrong she is. But this isn't your everyday dystopian. Oh no. The reason Juliette is locked up in the first place is because she killed someone just by touching them. When the tagline mentions that it's like Hunger Games and X-Men combined, it couldn't be more accurate. Wait, an accurate tagline? No way, you say? You'll have to read to find out!
And the cover is also very fitting. Juliette actually does end up wearing dresses eventually and her hands are placed behind her back because she's not supposed to touch anyone. And as we all know, I'm a cover whore so I loved it the moment I held it in my hands. I want the rest of the series right now! Get your own two hands on a copy of this one as soon as possible. You won't regret it.(less)
This series finds a way to surprise me. I’m not sure how; it’s not the billions of twists tha...moreFind more of my reviews on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
This series finds a way to surprise me. I’m not sure how; it’s not the billions of twists that seem to happen every chapter (Revis comes as close as anyone to Cassandra Clare’s unforeseen twists). It’s how good the book is, but I’m always hesitant to give it 5 stars. And it’s more that Amy isn’t the most likeable heroine for me. She kind of pisses me off sometimes to be honest. And Elder knows what he wants, but he has so much going on that he’s too afraid to do anything about it. He doesn’t want to hurt Amy, which although understandable, is still annoying.
This concept is beyond simply dystopian. It’s what I imagine Wall-E would be, if it was for older teens instead of adults and without the fat people. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be trapped inside a ship after being used to the open skies. Amy’s already found out who’d been unfreezing all the people from Earth and letting them drown. But there’s more than a now-frozen psychotic Elder on the ship. And Elder, who is now Eldest, has more than enough problems now that the population is no longer on their meds. And they’re feeling rebellious.
I really enjoy these books, and again it surprises me. Maybe because it does remind me so much of Wall-E, which I absolutely loved. Also, Revis has great characters development, and the many twists and turns, while sometimes annoying in their multitude, make me gasp. There were a lot of things I wasn’t expecting in this book. The romance was sweet, and still budding, which I really enjoyed. It’s obvious the way they feel about each other, but things just keep getting in the way. It’s difficult when you’re the only mono-ethnic girl on a ship that’s not your home, on a ship that may never get to the destined planet, and a boy who needs to grow up quickly. Complicated doesn’t even cover it.
I really can’t wait for the final (?) book. I enjoyed this sequel almost as much as the first, so if you were debating whether or not to buy this sequel, get on it! It’s worth it.(less)
The Immortal Rules is the perfect combination of a dystopian, the hierarchy of vampire society, rabid zombies, and the need of survival. Kagawa is brilliant once again and has made me love her books for a whole other reason.
I must admit I’m a little wary of vampire books now. I’ve loved Twilight and Vampire Academy, but I stay away from lesser vampire books as a general rule. Luckily, The Immortal Rules is not a lesser vampire novel. I knew I wanted to read anything that Kagawa writes from now on as soon as I finished the Iron Fey series. Her writing has really grown since the first book in her fey series came out, and The Immortal Rules is a testament to that. I was a little unsure, but once I got into this one, I didn’t want to stop.
There was so much heartache. Allie, our main character, starts out as a street rat, one of the few remaining unregistered humans that haven’t been turned rabid or used as “pets” by the ruling vampires. She’s a survivor, taking care of her group and herself without any adults. One day as she’s scouring emptied houses for food, she stumbles upon a shack in a backyard that has a basement filled to the brim with food. But when she brings the other three members of their little gang, things don’t go as planned. Allie is left on the brink of death, and a vampire that she met in a sewer the night before has offered her a different kind of death; where she can be a vampire.
From here on it’s nothing but action. At first, Kanin, Allie’s sire, teaches her everything he knows about being a vampire. But when Kanin and Allie find themselves in trouble, Kanin forces Allie to leave him. Allie is still getting used to being a vampire, so when she’s wandering and comes upon a couple humans, she can’t help herself. Then she meets Jeb and his followers, and she finds Zeke. This is where it really picked up for me. You all know how I love my romance, so when things started changing between Zeke and Allison, I couldn’t stop reading. There was so much heartbreak in this one relationship, I don’t know if I can take any more. We were certainly left off wondering a lot of things.
I absolutely loved The Immortal Rules. I need the next one, like now! Kagawa’s writing is much grittier and bleak in this book, but I think that made me love it even more. Kagawa has created a scary, troubling world where anything can happen. I cannot wait for the next one!(less)
I recently enjoyed the first book in the series, Angel Burn. This series is so unique to me,...moreFind more of my reviews on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
I recently enjoyed the first book in the series, Angel Burn. This series is so unique to me, and Angel Fire, while having the same characters as the first book, is completely different. This one takes place in Mexico, where the angels have even more control than they do in the US. Willow has a dream where twelve powerful angels show up in Mexico City, as well as a boy that she has a sudden unavoidable attraction to. A boy she hasn’t even met yet. A boy who isn’t Alex.
There was so much sexual tension in this book, I can’t even give it justice. Seb and Willow had an obvious connection, being the only two known half-angels on the entire planet. Seb has been searching for Willow for his whole life. So when Willow’s dream (which he got a glimpse of before they met) comes to fruition and she feels something for this Seb, things get complicated. On top of that, when Willow and Alex find other Angel Killers, Alex gets reacquainted with Kara, his old crush and first kiss. If you’re not intrigued by now, there’s more.
Willows father, a totally evil angel, has made a mental connection with Willow. Willow’s angel knows that something’s wrong, but neither of them know what. And Willow, being stupid of course, feels like she can’t tell Alex because she doesn’t want to burden him with “angel” things. What she’s really doing is pushing him away, while her angelic connection with Seb grows. All through this, the Angel Killers find out that the twelve angels Willow saw in her dream are real and the most powerful of them all. If you kill them, there’s a good chance that all of the other angels on Earth will die as well. They’re not going to pass up an opportunity like that. It sounds pretty straight forward, but nothing happened the way anyone thought it would. There were so many twists in the plot!
This novel was very exciting for me. I really enjoyed Angel Burn because it was something so different from other YA. Even Angel Fire was different from such a unique first novel. This book was gigantic page-wise, so it had to be put down at some point, but even as I was rushing through it, I dreaded the ending. Not everything turns out like you would expect. I can’t wait to see where Weatherly takes us in Angel Fever. Also, I bet the cover is going to be awesomesauce!(less)
I really REALLY liked this one, but as always I set myself up for so...moreYou can check out this review and many others on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
I really REALLY liked this one, but as always I set myself up for something that overshadows anything I've ever read. This time, I was only barely slightly minutely disappointed. Laini Taylor is an absolute genius and I can't wait to meet her this month. Sometimes I wonder how they come up with these ideas and what's going on in their lives at the time. I feel an ache to interview this author in particular. Taylor creates such a rich world that it was almost too hard to keep up. Almost.
Karou was an interesting character. We don't really know he she is, and evidently even she has no clue as to who she is! That creates for quite a mystery. The beginning was a little long, though as an author I understand character development. It makes me wonder what roles Karou's friends are going to play in the next one, or if they'll be there at all.
There's so much I want to say, but I don't want to spoil anything. This is one of those books where things are better left unsaid if you haven't read it. If you have, you know what I'm talking about. I'll give you a clue: this book involves Seraph and Chimaera. They're at war with each other, but when their worlds intertwine, it's disastrous. And Karou is in the middle of it.
Akiva isn't one of those love interests you swoon over. It's made clear that he's beyond gorgeous and he spills a few things about himself and is obviously very loyal to Karou. But I don't feel myself falling for him. Maybe he'll become more real in the next one, but despite a few scenes and their undeniable connection, I wasn't all that attracted to him.
This one was so hard for me to review. There was a point where we get to see into the past for a good chunk of the book, and I honestly had to put it down. I was so caught up in the moment with Akiva and Karou, and then we're thrust into the past for over a hundred pages. It's not that the past wasn't interesting. In fact, it was the best part of the book. But i was so caught up in one story and then I got flung into another. It was all interconnected, but it killed the mood for me for a couple hours.
Definitely HIGHLY recommended! I haven't ever seen story-weaving like this (although I'm expecting some crazy interwoven plots in Cassandra Clare's books) and Laini is a magnificent writer. It's worth every penny, my lovelies!(less)
I’ve definitely fallen in love with books set in Paris. It started with Anna and the French K...moreFind more of my reviews on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
I’ve definitely fallen in love with books set in Paris. It started with Anna and the French Kiss and moved on from there. There’s just something about this city that’s magical, so it makes sense that it’s a setting for a paranormal novel. There was very little lull in this one, and I found myself enjoying it more than I thought I would. Kate was a very likeable character, and in the beginning I really fell in love with Vincent. To be honest, by the end, he was a little too obsessed with Kate. Not that she seemed to mind.
I really liked the idea of immortals. At first it made me think of Alyson Noel’s series, but I’m hoping this series turns out a lot better than Noel’s did. There’s not much about immortals in YA, and I enjoyed the spin Plum put on it. Vincent and his “family” are immortal, but that’s because when they died, they gave their lives for someone else. Now, somehow, this doesn’t work for everyone who gives their life for someone else, but their master or “father” or whatever he is has a keen sense for these immortals, and if he doesn’t wake them up then they truly die. But there are also bad immortals, those who kill people instead of saving them. And the two groups are literally immortal enemies
The romance was interesting. Cute, but a little too fast. I am satisfied though that “I love you” wasn’t said in the first book. I think that’s the only thing that really saved this romance for me. Kate and Vincent were moving really fast, and even though you could see the obvious connection between them, I could feel Vincent getting obsessive, especially when he was in his hibernation mode and couldn’t use his body. But besides that, I loved the cute moments between them and I can’t wait for more.
I’m happy I finally got to read this one. It’d been sitting on my shelf for a while, and when I saw I could read it during my Harper Imprint Challenge, I couldn’t wait. Now I can’t wait for the sequel!(less)
AMAZING!!! There are seriously no words for how awesome and crazy good...moreYou can check out this review and many others on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
AMAZING!!! There are seriously no words for how awesome and crazy good The Iron Knight was. The action never seemed to stop and I nearly cried a few times. Ash's journey to earn a soul pulled roughly on my own; Julie Kagawa is a genius. Getting to know Ash, the real Ash, is something you don't want to miss.
To be honest, I missed Megan. I loved hearing it all from Ash’s point of view, and since Megan was in no way involved with Ash searching for his soul I understand that it would be pointless and boring to have it from her perspective. My only complaint is that, despite the fact that the girl seems to think she knows everything about the boy she’s in love with, there are still some mysteries about him. With Ash, it was now all laid out there for us to gawk over. Don’t get me wrong, his insights were long-awaited, but I missed Megan’s voice.
Puck was hilarious as usual, but there was a visible darkness to him in this one that we hadn’t really seen much of before. He had to try too hard to lighten the mood sometimes, and Ash knew just what to say to get him to go all broody. I also liked seeing him with the blast from both their pasts, and I think if it had ended differently, she and Puck could have been happy together. Grimalkin was as mysterious and annoying as always. He was the only character that didn’t change, but I loved the Big Bad Wolf twist. Grimalkin needed someone to fight and bond with.
The journey through the Nevernever was rich with lore and the descriptions were so vivid. Another reason I love Kagawa’s writing. There were some parts at the Training Grounds where I thought could have used more description, but otherwise the ending was perfect. Often in the final book, authors seem to rush it and you end up unsatisfied. Readers want to be eased out of a great series, and though I could have used more of the ending for my own selfish desires, it was a wonderful ending. It was the one I expected, but it did not disappoint. So much heartache made The Iron Knight a must-read.
I was sad that this was the final book in the series. But all good things come to an end eventually. I can’t wait to see what Julie Kagawa pumps out next. (less)
I will be the first to admit that I gave Unearthly 4 stars because I felt like Clara had picked the wrong guy. I honestly skipp...moreCHRISTIAN!!!!!!!!!! :DD
I will be the first to admit that I gave Unearthly 4 stars because I felt like Clara had picked the wrong guy. I honestly skipped a good chunk of the book because I didn’t want to hear about Clara and Tucker. I wanted to hear about Clara and Christian. And boy, I got what I wanted in this one. Besides the Black Wings, the relationship between these three are my main focus. It’s the best for Tucker if he just stays away from Clara. I wish I could tell him.
I liked this one much better than Unearthly, solely for the reason stated above. But there was also a lot more mystery. We find out more about what and who Clara is. I was shocked at a few things, and there’s more heartache in this one book than I’ve read in a while. I didn’t cry, but there was definitely an ache in my heart. I think if I had a better relationship with my own mother, I’d feel differently. You’ll just have to read to find out.
I was surprised by how much I loved this book. I’d heard good things about it and even some raving recommendations from fellow bloggers, but I was sti...moreI was surprised by how much I loved this book. I’d heard good things about it and even some raving recommendations from fellow bloggers, but I was still apprehensive. When I entered the Harper Imprint Challenge, I knew this would be my chance to read it. And I am so happy I did. It’s much shorter than most of the books I read, meaning I assumed that it would be lacking somehow. But Young’s writing is exquisite and before I knew it I was ensnared by this mysterious angel book. It was near perfection...
Holy cramolies batman!! I've only heard amazing things about this book...moreYou can check out this review and many others on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
Holy cramolies batman!! I've only heard amazing things about this book and let me say it doesn't disappoint.
Anna and the French Kiss is one of those books that you can read over and over again and it'll never get old. There are just those moments, those moments of perfection, where you know you want to be living them. You think, 'Forget Anna, what about me!' And then you realize it's just a book. That's how I felt about this one.
Why didn't I read this sooner? That's a really good question. I didn't realize what the big deal was and honestly I've been more into the paranormal romance rather than real-life romance. But this book is definitely worth reading, and I loved it because it wasn't paranormal. We all need a break from the paranormal sometimes to feel normal, because this could happen and honestly I don't think real vampires are ever going to happen no matter how many time you watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Okay, that was more convincing myself than you guys.
Learning about the places in Paris was refreshing. I'm glad the author took the time to research it all, because what is Paris without all it's noteworthy sites and Anna-theaters? It was interesting watching a person so interested in movies. She loved movies like I love books. Each one is cherished, especially the olden goodies.
Oy am I sucker for British boys. Why Stephanie Perkins? Now I want my boyfriend to have an accent and he does a horrible impersonation of a Brit! But in all seriousness, Etienne St. Clair is my perfect guy. I may be ensnared by his beautiful accent, but his words at the end were just... sigh... Ahem, anyway, all the characters were very well-developed, which is something I always hope for in YA lit. Often, authors somehow forget that, even though it's the most important.
Needless to say, I wish this had a sequel with more St. Clair, but since that's not possible, I'll settle for Lola and the Boy Next Door, which comes out too long from now (September 29th). I get the feeling she won't disappoint.
**SPOILERS** The name Toph reminded me of that actor Topher Grace, whose real first name is Christopher. Both are stupid in my opinion, and Toph's name really showed what kind of person he was. A horrible, annoying, self-righteous person. I just can't believe Anna's ex, Mike, was right about him. But Bridgette? Why Bridge, why? You should have told your best friend. I literally cried at 1:30 in the morning at that part where she finds out Toph and Bridgette have been seeing each other without telling Anna. That's just low. I almost want to say that they deserve each other, but I know Bridgette just didn't want to hurt Anna. I'm glad they made up. Toph can go %#@*$&%^%*. Yeah I said it.
Oh Etienne. Marry me... Okay not really, but if you were real, you'd be breaking hearts around the globe like nothing. If only any guy was that true with his feelings about a girl like Etienne was at the end with Anna. *Tear* why can't these boys be real?! I can't wait to see what swoon-worthy she makes us wish we had in the next one.(less)
I was surprised by the low ratings for this one. The synopsis sounds ve...moreYou can check out this review and many others on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
I was surprised by the low ratings for this one. The synopsis sounds very promising and aren't dystopians the thing now? It's funny because everyone seems to be tired of dystopians, but I feel like I'm just getting started. I think the main thing is that I love world-building, where you can make up your own rules and names of places and people, and Anna Carey does a great job with that. I was sucked in right away and it was none-stop action from there on out.
When I picked up this book (technically I picked my Kindle up but you get the point), I had just seen the movie Contagion. And all I could think throughout this book is that this is what the aftermath of Contagion would be like. Empty houses, people gone insane to stay alive, having to rely on one leader that promised hope, a broken-down system that the main character has no idea is even wrong in the first place until the school recluse spills the truth. From that point on, Eve has no choice but to be believe in the girl and get out while she still can. Then she sees the graduates; the girls that graduated last year and the year before and the year before that, who were told they would be moved to another building to work on their craft, are strapped to beds and are forced to bear children in order to repopulate the earth. Could this could any more wrong? And on top of that, after Eve escapes, she puts everyone around her in danger, because she is of special interest to the king. I don't really feel the need to spell it out, but it has to do with the birthing.
I loved the interaction between Eve and Arden and the rebellious boy Caleb that saves her life more than once. I love watching all these characters grow together. Caleb and Eve had a sweet love blooming, and I definitely fell in love with Caleb. In a way, when they were all hidden in the cave in Lake Tahoe, it reminded me of the setting in The Host by Stephanie Meyer. Whoever was in charge, was in charge, no if's, and's or but's. Too bad the guy in charge also turned out to be sex-hungry and power-hungry and a complete a** hat! I hope he gets what's coming to him. There could have been a little more characters development, but for how short this story was, I think the characters were developed very well.
One of the issues I have with dystopian is that a few key people always seem to die or get captured. Rightfully so, because otherwise I can't see it being realistic, but still it's hard to imagine, but at the same time, it's one of a billion possible futures...
The big question now is: what the heck is going to happen in the next one?!?! Have I ever told you how much I hate having to wait for sequels?(less)
If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. It was simply amazing. I had...moreYou can find this review and many others on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. It was simply amazing. I had a lot of thinking to do for this one. So much thinking that I decided I needed to read it again to give you a proper review. It was much better than I expected (I was unaware of the hype it was receiving) and I felt like I raced through it the first time. The truth is, I just couldn't get enough of Four... [sigh]... or maybe it's that this book is simply made of awesome sauce.
Beatrice in the beginning was so boring for me the first time through. She was dull and constantly chastising herself for being the tiniest bit selfish. I know that her faction is selfless, but I mean she can't even look at her reflection in the mirror? Veronica Roth, you are terribly, amazingly brilliant. Her growth was clearly visible and I can't wait to see what happens to her in the next installment. To be truthful I hope the next one isn't as heartbreaking. I can't take much more bloodshed.
The synopsis doesn't give you much, does it? Well, I guess I'll have to move on to spoilers then, because believe me with this one, you'll want to be surprised. 2012 is way too far away! I very highly recommend this one. If you haven't read it, well, what are you waiting for?!
Where to start... Well, first off, I had no idea what to expect coming into this. As I said, I was unaware of the hype it was getting. I became a fan of the HarperTeen Facebook page and ended up winning an ARC of Divergent on the date it was released. That's when I came over to Goodreads and checked out the ratings. I'm not a dystopian connoisseur. My only experience with them was Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth series, and I don't even consider that really dystopian. And no, I am one of the few that hasn't yet read The Hunger Games trilogy; though the whole series sits on my bookshelf beckoning me, I have yet to answer. After reading Divergent for the first time, I also read Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and both were very different dystopian views. I guess it's become a sort of craze that started for me with Incarceron, when I didn't even know what dystopia was. I guess, what I'm trying to say is, I'm not going to lump this into a dystopian vs. paranormal pile, because truthfully, it was an amazing book overall.
I can only imagine the man hours that went into this thing. Like me, Roth wrote most of Divergent in college. And it's not like it's a short novel. Sometimes, I think it's almost easier to create your own world. There's no guidelines to follow or facts that you have to get right. Everything comes from your head and no one else's. I guess I can see that's why some of these dystopian novels fail so miserably. Ideas we think are good ones, may not appeal to our target audience. That was not the case here. Roth builds a world in a place known to everyone at least in the United States, and a place I've thankfully visited so I know a little about the area (the ferris wheel for instance; the sight of that is burned into my brain thought it's been years since I've been to Chicago). She created a place where most everyone is put into factions at the age of 16 (psh, who needs a driver's license when you can be Dauntless?), and these factions have different personality traits. It's not complicated really, though if I was forced to choose I'm not sure which I would pick. I want to say Dauntless, but only because I can't imagine myself in the other ones. Am I Divergent?
Beatrice (Tris) ends up with inconclusive results, which makes her a Divergent. We don't find out why that's bad, until the very end. It turns out, Divergent's are basically scatter-brains and are therefore difficult for the leaders of the factions to control. Anyway, she ends up choosing Dauntless. We can already figure out that Abnegation is out of the question. Tris is too selfish, but she's just selfless enough not to let the Dauntless way of life (which apparently has been skewed horribly over the years) take over her will. I love that she was the first of the initiates to jump off the roof. It already proved to us that no matter what kind of doubts she had, she belonged in Dauntless.
All I can think from that first fisticuffs with Peter is: Poor Tris. I'd like to put it out there that I hate Peter with a burning passion. It's not because she's a girl, it's because she's Abnegation that he hates her, and he's jealous and afraid of losing. He's a coward; a coward that packs a powerful punch. I can't believe he's still alive in the end. As Tris said, it doesn't seem fair that her mother and father get killed (both shot in the stomach trying to save her) and two of her worst enemies (Marcus, Tobias' dad, is with them) get to live. Am I freaking you out yet? Let's count the death toll, shall we?
~Al: I'm torn on my feelings for this guy. He was nice to Tris, liked her more than a friend, and then kidnapped her... heh? I know, it doesn't make much sense to me either, but a person will do anything if they're desperate enough. I feel like a bad person when I felt nothing after they fished Al's body out of the chasm, but it's hard to feel sorry for someone that acted nice the whole time, kidnapped you for god's sake, and then begs for your forgiveness. I feel as heartless as Tris.
~Tris' Mom: I'll admit it, I cried. It was so unexpected. One minute they were trying to find where her father and brother were hiding, and the next thing I know, her mom is rushing off to sacrifice herself so that Tris can live. I guess it proves that she is both Dauntless and Abnegation. Maybe selflessness is a type of bravery. All I know is that, not only is Tris bleeding out from a bullet wound and thinking Tobias is lost to the serum, but now her mother's dead. Talk about pain. It was good to see her mom being strong though. In the beginning, I didn't like her. But when she shows how brave she can be, I grew to love her...
~Will: That was just horrible. After the second time reading this, I asked myself if she could have shot him in the leg instead. But then I realized he's so brainwashed he would have kept going. Would have shot her even after she shot him in the leg. It was her or him, and she chose herself. I just wish he hadn't gone out that way. Stupid bastard Erudite! Sorry, calming down now. His death made me think of Christina, and I wonder if she's dead. No doubt she'll pop up in the next one.
~Tris' dad: Yeah, as if things couldn't get worse, her dad dies only like half an hour later, trying to lead the guards away from her. Can you say guilt? And pain, more pain. It's like you have to read these parts over and over, to convince yourself that it really happened. All I can say is, at least she has Caleb, her brother. At least she still has family left. And she has Four, who sadly still has family left as well.
So... Four is Tobias... did not see that one coming. But that matters little to me because damn it all I want him! He looks at Tris like she isn't something that can be broken, but is strong enough for anything. It reminds me of Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments. That's how he always held her: tightly, knowing that she wouldn't break. Tris and Tobias are just adorable, and were a nice reprieve from all the craziness. I loved their little conversation of how they both basically have intimacy problems, and it makes me wonder how their relationship will progress in the next one. I nearly cried the first time I read the part where they injected him with the serum and he didn't know who she was and even tried to kill her... At least she snapped him out of it. And he told her he loves her on the train over to Amity (heart literally melting here people). I want more Tris and Four right now (one of the main reasons I re-read this one). I loved learning about Four's past. Marcus, his father, is just as horrible as Erudite said he was. I can't believe his own father was one of his four fears (I did think it was funny that Four was one of Tris' fears, with the intimacy thing. So cute!). I wonder what kind of role Marcus will play in the next one.
Okay, Veronica, I'm done waiting now... You can come out with the second one, like now! Ugh fine, I'll wait... meanie face. :P(less)
I'll be the first to admit that I didn't really enjoy the first book in the series. I was bor...moreFind more of my reviews on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
I'll be the first to admit that I didn't really enjoy the first book in the series. I was bored and the writing was okay, and I'm so NOT Team David (really, I don't know anyone that is). But Pike's writing style has truly grown throughout this series, and I'm surprised to say that I'm sad to see it go. This series isn't just about fae magic and the love triangle, but it's also about friendship and trust. It's about doing what's right, even if you end up getting hurt in the process. I may have been unsure about this series at first, but this final installment was non-stop action and I could not stop reading it!
I literally read this behind my backpack during my World Lit class because I had to know what happened. Destined begins right where Illusions leaves off, with finding out that innocent Yuki is in fact an all-powerful winter faerie who's being used by the even more dangerous Klea. But Klea is an outcast from Avalon, and a dang good potion maker. Needless to say, she's got some tricks up her sleeves, but so do Laurel, Tamani, and yes, even David. There was seriously no time to break in this book, whether it was with the romance or with trolls devastating the faery population. And not everyone comes out unscathed; even characters we've grown to love. There are a few twists that I really loved, but in the end, I got what I came for when I continued this series. You can interpret that however you'd like.
So of course I must speak about the romance! Like I said, I have never even considered being Team David. I mean, he's sweet and kind of a total dork (which I definitely get), but comparing him against the broody protective Tamani is just unfair. I think it's obvious that David and Laurel are over (especially after that scene in the cabin from Illusions...mmmmm), so I'll go on speaking as if they are over. I don't think you can quite comprehend how happy I was that she didn't end up with David. I think I would have stopped reading the book and simply sent it to the next reader because that would have been it for me. While I ended up caring about what happened to Avalon by the end, I may not have gotten to that point if Laurel was obviously going to end up with David. Luckily, Chelsea made a sort of move and squashed that. As a side note, the letter at the very end is so heartbreaking. As much as I knew David was never right for Laurel, I did fall in love with him a little and that letter made my heart ache.
If you're considering whether or not to read the final book in this series, you won't be disappointed. I'll hopefully be meeting Aprilynne again (this will be the 3rd time) some time in July with Veronica Roth, and I can't wait to tell her how much I loved this book!(less)
A wonderful third installment to the Hush, Hush series. I loved it from...moreYou can check out this review and many others on my blog, The Reader's Antidote
A wonderful third installment to the Hush, Hush series. I loved it from start to finish. It didn't have the same heart-wrenching feeling as Crescendo gave me, but I read it in a couple days and that's only because I had to sleep. Yes, I really did. I'm always finding myself finishing these books quickly. Becca's writing reads so well I don't realize how long I've read until I'm more than half of the way through. Maybe it has something to do with Patch. Mmmmm.... Patch. I went to a signing for this author, as well as Moira Young (Blood Red Road) and Elizabeth Miles (Fury) and I won a humongous poster of Patch and Nora!
This was one of the books I was most looking forward to this year. I feel like a lot of books are debuting late this year, and I was glad to see the release of one of my favorites. It was so aggravating in the beginning when Nora couldn't remember anything (the synopsis from Goodreads and the synopsis from the inside flap are totally different), especially that she couldn't remember Patch. It just killed me. And then... sigh... they find their way back to each other. No thanks to two-timing Hank, AKA the Black Hand, Nora's biological father and a very powerful Nephilim who wants revenge on the fallen angels who possess their bodies one week out of the year. Not only that, Hank is making the moves on Nora's mom and using his powers to cloud her head. But Nora isn't about to let that happen.With Patch's help, she sets out to take her revenge on Hank. Scott was also an interesting add to the story. I almost saw a love triangle forming, but Patch and Nora have that relationship that doesn't leave room for anyone else. I'm excited for the fourth book, but I don't want to have to wait!(less)
This book absolutely met my expectations! I've only read great reviews a...moreYou can find this review and many others on my book blog The Reader's Antidote
This book absolutely met my expectations! I've only read great reviews and it didn't disappoint. Tiki (while I was a little put-off by the name) is a strong heroine and is very sure ans stubborn in her beliefs. She's so likeable because she has such a kind heart, but comes from a past of great tragedy.
I am now in love with steam punk. When I read Clockwork Angel, I didn't know that's what it was, I was just excited for something else from Cassandra Clare. When I realized that's what I had fallen in love with, I wanted more! And this is another one of those books. I'm not as in love with it as The Infernal Devices (not much can compare to it), but I love it none-the-less. The integration of fey mythology was the icing on the cake, and really brought the story together.
When the book first started, I felt like the author was trying to hard to integrate the time period. It should have flowed a little more, and it felt like she was trying to hard. I think I literally groaned out loud, praying it wasn't going to be like this the whole time. But once Hamilton got into a rhythm, you could almost believe it had been written back then.
I'm glad it wasn't all about the romance between Tiki and Rieker. Tiki was focused on her "family" and the need for them to steal money and food to survive. She couldn't trust anyone, but when she was forced to trust Rieker, she realized how much she meant to him, and how much he meant to her. A few things about the story as a whole were predictable, but what book isn't at least a little predictable.
I can't wait for the next one! If you haven't gotten your hands on The Faerie Ring, do it now!!(less)