Eden is pretty sure new boy Ryan is the best looking boy she has ever met. But so does half her school, so colour her surprise when it is Eden herself...moreEden is pretty sure new boy Ryan is the best looking boy she has ever met. But so does half her school, so colour her surprise when it is Eden herself that Ryan befriends. The more she gets to know him, Eden can’t help but notice little quirks about Ryan. Like the fact that he doesn’t know what pizza is, or hasn’t ever heard of Hitler.
Eden is already starting to fall in love with Ryan when she discovers his startling secret. He is from the future, and he needs her help to save it.
After Eden was a good read, very well written and original. I didn’t get lost in the time travel aspect like it is so very easy to do. Eden and Ryan’s romance was light and it didn’t detract from the big picture of saving the future.
A lot of this book took me by surprise. I was expecting one thing and got something totally different. There is a race against time (excuse the pun) element to After Eden, and the closer we get to the end the more I was hanging off my seat.
This was a refreshing read, and probably better recommended for younger teens.(less)
Cassie Hobbes can tell you what you will do before you do. She can tell what kind of person you are, how you will react and how you will behave. But s...moreCassie Hobbes can tell you what you will do before you do. She can tell what kind of person you are, how you will react and how you will behave. But she can’t tell you what happened to her mother.
Cassie is recruited by the FBI, identified as a ‘Natural’, one of few who are uniquely gifted in human behaviour, emotional reading, lying or statistics. Cassie is a natural born profiler, and the FBI want her to join it’s team of teenage naturals to solve cold cases and to hone her talents. For Cassie, it is a rare opportunity to perhaps work on the inside and find out what exactly happened to her mother that night in the dressing room that Cassie found drenched in blood.
Pretty soon Cassie is living with four strangers. People who can answer her questions before she’s even asked it, read her feelings off her face, call her out on lies and tell the exact probability of certain situations. Life isn’t easy and Cassie has to figure out the two boys and her feelings for them, all while a serial killer has locked their gaze on Cassie. Pretty soon the case the Naturals focus on aren’t so cold...but active.
Okay, first of all, let me just say that I LOVED The Naturals. I’m a huge fan of movies like The Silence of the Lambs and TV shows like Criminal Minds. This was like an amazing mash up of the two and maybe The. O.C. Boy drama, girl drama, and serial killers.
It was expertly written and very clever. I didn’t get lost in the information or the details, but sunk fully into the story as though it was happening all around me. Dean was probably my favourite character...and more than likely will be for a lot of people. After all, we’re all suckers for the dark, brooding type, aren’t we?
I seriously couldn’t put this book down and very much hope there will be another one to follow on. (less)
After the events of Iron Prince, Ethan Chase is dealing with the fallout of going missing for a week. His parents worried sick, he is banned from ever...moreAfter the events of Iron Prince, Ethan Chase is dealing with the fallout of going missing for a week. His parents worried sick, he is banned from ever seeing his girlfriend, Kenzie, ever again, and Kenzie herself is dealing with poor health after the adventures. All Ethan wants is to get back to normal. To date Kenzie and forget all about the fey.
But unfortunately for Ethan, his sister is queen of the Iron fey, and desperately needs his help. His nephew, Keirran, has gone missing and no one has any idea where he is. Except Ethan. He knows his nephew would do anything to save the fate of the summer faery he loves with all his heart...even potentially fracture the gap between the human and faery worlds.
Once again Kenzie and Ethan are thrown into the tumultuous world of faeries - of bargains and betrayals, hidden agendas and life-threatening decisions. When Keirran and Ethan’s fates are entwined, it is up to Ethan to pull Keirran from the darkness he is falling into...and hopefully save them all in the process.
Iron Traitor felt a lot darker than its predecessor. I’m really enjoying Ethan’s spinoff series, and he is a fascinating character. And while Megan’s books are wildly different from Ethan’s, they are very similar in the natures. Both would do anything to save the people they care about, both feel the weight of duty and expectation on their shoulders. Ethan is way more upfront in his feelings and has no issue in telling it like it is. He’s a tortured yet refreshing character and though he probably wouldn’t say the same about himself, is about as loyal and dependent as they come.
The story was a roller-coaster ride of adventure and danger and intrigue. I quite simply couldn’t put it down, and happily let myself be pulled into the Nevernever to catch up with friends - old and new. I do really like that we see glimpses of past characters (though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to see more of Ash...) but am very much liking the new set of characters. Keirran and Ethan are the two alpha males and together create a storm of testosterone.
There was never a spot I felt like I wanted to put the book down. After each chapter I had to know what happened next and gobbled up this book like a giant fat-free chocolate cake. The way Ethan struggles with trying to keep a normal life when the fey keep throwing themselves into it really made me feel for him. In a way, Megan threw herself whole-heartedly into her heritage but Ethan still craves to be ‘normal’.
I simply cannot wait for the next part of Ethan’s story, and the wait is sure to be excruciating. (less)
Faction-based society is over. A dictator stands in charge but an uprising is brewing. When Tris and her friends are offered a chance to escape, to go...moreFaction-based society is over. A dictator stands in charge but an uprising is brewing. When Tris and her friends are offered a chance to escape, to go beyond the fence and see the outside world, she is ready to accept.
They were told the outside world was in danger and they needed the Divergent to survive. But this proves to be just one more lie to influence decisions. The reality is far graver than Tris or Tobias could ever have imagined. All of them will have to face the bottom of human natures, and closely examine themselves. They must decide which is a lesser evil and if betrayal can ever truly be forgiven.
There has been a lot of hype over Allegiant and I can honestly say this book did not disappoint me in the slightest. We have alternating view points from Tris and Tobias, and both are equally enjoyable to be shown the story through.
It has been a pleasure to watch Tris grow during this trilogy. She has turned into a strong, resourceful and independent young woman. She is brave and truthful and loyal to the select few she lets in. By getting his POV, we learn a lot more about the inner workings of the stoic and mysterious ‘Four’. I have been a major fan (okay, embarrassingly eager) of his since the beginning and it was brilliant to get inside his head. Tobias takes a lot on himself and I think the hardest person he finds to forgive, or give a break to, is himself. He has leadership qualities and he feels responsible for everyone around him.
Tobias and Tris clash quite often, especially in this installment. Both are stubborn and headstrong which more often than not is a recipe for disaster. But together these hard, broken people come together into something beautiful and unyielding.
We get quite a lot of new information in Allegiant. It has less action that the previous two books and it comes across quite political at a few points. Tris and her friends are essentially in the middle of civil war that is pulling the world as she knows it apart. So while there is a lot of details, it didn’t feel like an information dump. My mind whirled with every page as I tried to keep up with the characters and figure out what move they could possibly make next.
In a lot of ways, I feel so proud of the characters in this series. The road hasn’t been easy and a lot of mistakes have been made. But each of them have been shaped by the events, by their decisions, and mostly by each other.
You could describe this series as a dystopian novel about a flawed government with a tender romance. And it is, but it is also a story about love and courage and bravery and betrayal and forgiveness and good versus evil. This series has a huge beating heart at its centre and I will truthfully mourn that it is over.
I adored this series, and I adored this book. It always feels like the end of something special when a treasured series comes to an end and it is no different in this case. I will miss these characters and while I can always re-read it, you can only read a book for the first time once.
Sam and Imogen couldn’t be more different. Sam is the new boy at school, an outsider and loner. Imogen is the perfect girl - popular, good at sports a...moreSam and Imogen couldn’t be more different. Sam is the new boy at school, an outsider and loner. Imogen is the perfect girl - popular, good at sports and school, cute boyfriend. For reasons she can’t explain, Imogen has always been drawn to Sam. So when he seeks her out one night to tell her something important, she can’t ignore him.
Sam never gets the chance to talk to Imogen and she ends up saving his life...and landing herself in a world of trouble. Suddenly nowhere is safe for Sam or Imogen and the only ones they can trust is each other.
I thought Saving Silence was a really interesting, gripping book. Imogen and Sam’s voices are both compelling and drive the book forward. I found my mind racing, trying to stay ahead of the plot and failing miserably to guess what would happen next.
This book is full of intrigue, doubt, betrayal and survival. A very welcome addition to the YA crime genre.(less)
Celaena Sardothien is, at first glance, a beautiful eighteen-year-old with a face to die for. Only those on the other end of her sword know she is the...moreCelaena Sardothien is, at first glance, a beautiful eighteen-year-old with a face to die for. Only those on the other end of her sword know she is the last face they see before they die. Celaena won the King’s competition and became his champion. Though she is free from the slave mines of Endovier, she has not won her freedom. Celaena is now bound to the one man she detests above all other and is forced to do his bidding.
There is a fight on her hands that Celaena never bargained for. There are people she must free and who depend on her, but going against the King means certain death for all she cares about...and the King knows the one who would hurt her the most.
Celaena is one the best characters I have ever read. Witty, sharp-tongued, bold, fearless, compassionate, loving. She is awash of contradictions. She is one of the most terrifying citizens her world has ever known with a pure heart.
Secrets are reveled and buried in this amazing sequel to what I believe is the best fantasy book I have ever read. There isn’t too much that can be said without spoiling loads of amazing surprises this book has in store for its readers but I will say this - it has romance, adventure, bravery, cunning, fear, blood, magic. It really has it all. It will make your heart race as you sit on the edge of your seat, all at once needing to know what happens next and terrified what might.
Gabi is thrilled when she gets the chance to work as a runner on her favourite TV show. She gets to rub shoulders with the dreamy guys she sees on TV...moreGabi is thrilled when she gets the chance to work as a runner on her favourite TV show. She gets to rub shoulders with the dreamy guys she sees on TV and add a pretty impressive job on her CV. So while she will be missing out on a summer of fun with her friends, she gets to spend it with the stars in London and getting over her ex.
And what better way to get over a guy, but to flirt with a new one? Spencer is an extra on the show and drives Gabi to distraction. As things hot up between them, Spencer lands a minor role and suddenly he’s the coolest thing since sliced bread. Gabi has to contend with keeping her new relationship secret and watch as he kisses another girl everyday right in front of her...and listen as he denies to the world that he’s with her.
Turns out the glamorous life isn’t so charmed after all.
Undeniable was an easy read and while at times it was frank and humorous, I just couldn’t get into it. The promise for a great book is there, but it fell flat for me. As a New Adult book I expected it to be a little more mature than it was. Instead it felt like the Georgia Nichols books with sex scenes thrown in. I think if it stayed true to YA and kept it cleaner, or really went for it with NA it would have been amazing, but as it stands it falls somewhere in the middle.
This will probably be a great book for people venturing into the new world of New Adult. (less)