I really, really enjoyed the story line of this book. Characters got my attention and wanted me to continue to unravel their story. I really think andI really, really enjoyed the story line of this book. Characters got my attention and wanted me to continue to unravel their story. I really think and editor is needed to iron out the kinks though, and that would make this a great read!! (Just my personal suggestion)....more
Five Line Book Review: These Broken Stars was a good adventure of twist and turns, a new planet, and budding love, and I look forward to reading the reFive Line Book Review: These Broken Stars was a good adventure of twist and turns, a new planet, and budding love, and I look forward to reading the remainder of The Starbound Triliogy. At the start of the book I almost felt like I was back on a cruise ship with all the different decks, entertainment options; but I felt the book really took off once Lilac and Tarver landed on the unknown planet. As for the characters, I really enjoyed Lilac and Tarver’s relationship, it was fun at the beginning with each of them trying to display uninterest and disdane, and then growing into fondness with obvious attraction into something more. I did love Lilac and Tarver (who doesn't love star crossed lovers...literally), but I think the best aspects of this book were the world building and the story line/emotional roller coaster that the authors took you on.
Rated: PG Genre: Young Adult Rating: 3.5 Stars - While I did love the world building, the travel time/time between action seemed kind of lengthy...more
I really enjoyed the story progression of Ignite, the new threats and some of the mystery. It was that, and really only that which kept me reading thiI really enjoyed the story progression of Ignite, the new threats and some of the mystery. It was that, and really only that which kept me reading this book. I was over Alexia’s angst and wavering before she even got started. Even when the scene was suppose to be all passionate and wonderful, her internal thoughts drove me absolutely nuts, still yet, I want to see her and Dameon together and a happily ever after. Will that get me to read the 3rd book, I’m not sure. Don’t let me sway you though, it’s my normal to not like a 2nd book in a series, and it is even more normal for me to not like any kind of love triangle (which this one was still trying to grasp at, a bit), and as I said, there is a new threat and a bit of a cliffhanger that will make you wonder what’s going to happen now?...more
I picked up this book because I loved the idea of a paranormal Sherlock Holmes, however it took me quite a while to really get invested in this book,I picked up this book because I loved the idea of a paranormal Sherlock Holmes, however it took me quite a while to really get invested in this book, and I think that was because this felt more like watching a TV series than a movie. As a reader you get a pretty decent idea of the characters and who they were, Jackaby being the easiest since we all know Holmes pretty well, but I didn't really feel like I really knew any of them. Jackaby's character was my favorite because while he did echo all the parts of Sherlock everyone loves, he was very much his own character exibiting a bit more compassion and personably attributes that Holmes lacked. I enjoyed the diversity of characters and the legends/theories/stories presented; they made the discovery of 'who-did-it' more enjoyable, though I had figured it out a bout 3/4ths of the way in. I believe that people who enjoy Sherlock Holmes, and (in my opinion a better comparison than Dr. Who) the TV Series Grimm, this book (series) will have a lot of appeal....more
I’m a fan of paranormal books, although I usually like to know when I’m reading one, The Law of Moses took me by surprise in that area, and between thI’m a fan of paranormal books, although I usually like to know when I’m reading one, The Law of Moses took me by surprise in that area, and between the way that it is lightly paranormal mixed with real life written so well, and the way the relationship between Moses and Georgia unfolded made this book very difficult to put down. At first I thought the book was going to take the well worn story line of bad boy, trouble maker chasing after and ultimately winning over the nice, ‘perfect,’ innocent town girl; so I was happy when the story started down a different road all together and was filled with love, heartache, mystery and suspense. In this story it was Georgia doing all the initiating, making all the first moves and practically throwing herself at Moses, to which he eventually relents. The “bad boy” persona of Moses is all drummed up gossip while he’s truly a stand-up guy who just wants to protect those people he actually cares for, and this makes him all the more appealing. Though, what I absolutely loved were the words forming the sentences making the book; this book was like reading one of the paintings Moses was plastering to the wall – very lyrical and colorful, one of those books that is very easy to picture in your imagination.
Rated: Pg-13; some sensuality a bit of cussing I think…the rest of the book was so entrancing I can’t remember much cussing. Any and all scenes of intimacy are spoken of emotionally rather than descriptions of the act. Genre: New Adult Rating: 5 Stars - Beautifully Written...more
Roomies was “laugh-out-loud” fun, romantic read; filled with plenty of sarcasm, wit, antics, broody jealous guys, strange parents, a love triangle, anRoomies was “laugh-out-loud” fun, romantic read; filled with plenty of sarcasm, wit, antics, broody jealous guys, strange parents, a love triangle, and a bit of forgiveness and reconciliation. The voice of this book, Kennedy, is self-proclaimed immature (and she is), she is very ‘blonde,’ can’t drive worth a lick and deflects meaningful conversations with banter and sarcasm; but she becomes very insightful at moments as well, which would usually seem strange but somehow worked for her character very well. It actually redeemed her, because let’s face it; she sometimes even got on my nerves, especially when she was absolutely oblivious to Graham’s (roommate) obvious adoration for her. Graham was likewise just as oblivious, which resulted in a lot of heated moments, and even a macho “you’re mine” up against a door; but with every two steps forward it seemed like we took three back on the whole “I don’t want to mess this up” train. Of all the characters, Blake was the only one who wasn’t actually blonde (ditzy, or otherwise…what’s up with that, Lindy Zart….why was nearly everyone blonde?), this dark brooding male was equally as appealing as Graham, and he basically knew what was what from the very first day.
Rated: PG-13 – sensuality, cussing (actually, if this were a movie it would be R, because the F word was used multiple times… in one paragraph), alcohol Genre: New Adult Rating: 4 Stars...more
What do I read when the snow falls outside, a book about summer love of course! The Summer I Gave Up Boys is a fun, short novella about Kaliyah and IsWhat do I read when the snow falls outside, a book about summer love of course! The Summer I Gave Up Boys is a fun, short novella about Kaliyah and Isaiah, apparently "mortal enemies" since High School with just enough spark to be something more. I enjoyed the chemistry between Kaliyah and Isaiah, which is evident from the very beginning. It was fun watching these two banter and bicker at each other, however if this were a full length novel I would have been really disappointed by how quickly Kaliyah dropped her resolve and went for Isaiah. In a book that would be perfect for one of those Summer anthems with several other short stories, the story of Kaliyah and Isaiah made me smile, at times even laugh, and gave me the happy feeling of a decent HEA without a lot of drama.
Kiss of Deception is a little bit hard for me to rate, because while part of me felt just a bit “eh” about the whole thing, another part of me could NKiss of Deception is a little bit hard for me to rate, because while part of me felt just a bit “eh” about the whole thing, another part of me could NOT.STOP.THINKING.ABOUT.IT. I love the concept, the story of a young adult standing up for her rights and even wants and need; but then having to face the consequences of those actions. Lia was a strong and growing character, and I felt like I grew right along with her – I felt the injustice of an arrange marriage, her confusion as she was starting to discover her gift, and then her devastation at realizing the chain of events that has followed as a result of her running away. The LOVE TRIANGLE (yes, of course) was beautiful, I was trapped between Rafe and Kaden, and had a very difficult time “choosing” a side, because throughout the first half of the book, both boys kind of made my heart melt. All of that sounds great, so I’ll tell you what was wrong; this book felt like it just draaagged on forever without a whole lot of action, and even that little bit kind of felt flat to me, which could have been the result of how long it took to get from Point A to Point B.
In a cross between The Selection by Kiera Cass and Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien, The Jewel is a story with a class system and bit of rags to richeIn a cross between The Selection by Kiera Cass and Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien, The Jewel is a story with a class system and bit of rags to riches (Selection), where the rich need something from the poor in order to survive (Birthmarked) and of course forbidden romance (both); this book was right up the dystopian-lover's alley! While I enjoyed this book, I cannot say that it was among my favorites. The relationship between Violet and Ash seemed to fall short for me for some reason, perhaps the "passion" moved too quickly? The politics are what kept the book interesting for me more than the romantic interest, which is a bit unusual, however I was invested in plot and wanted to know what exactly what was going to happen next. And in true 'series' form; the cliffhanger, while wasn't a big shocker given the foreshadowing, left me sitting on the couch with mouth hanging open thinking, "Nooooo...."
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What’s the Buzz: So we’ve got two broken characters; Eponine (Eppie) who allegedly tried to commit suicide at the ripe age of 9 years old; and whose mWhat’s the Buzz: So we’ve got two broken characters; Eponine (Eppie) who allegedly tried to commit suicide at the ripe age of 9 years old; and whose mother is now absent, and father is an alcoholic. She seems to be left to her own devices, which, at first, seemed a little strange to me considering people thought she was actually suicidal. Then you’ve got Lincoln, who you don’t realize is “broken” until a bit later – but you suspect it pretty much from the start. The tie that binds them together is a helpless stray dog that gets hit by a car…well, at first; but then of course they keep making eyes at each other, and, well, you know…
What I loved: Lincoln is awkward. He’s tall and lanky, and he seems to say what he’s thinking, even if it seems to be a little left of center. It’s kind of adorable. And Eppie is cautious and innocent, but it’s to be expected. She protects herself by keeping things inside, but as she learns to trust and rely on Lincoln, she shows growth. While she’s been dealt kind of a rough hand, she’s not exactly an “emo” teenager playing the “woe is me” card whenever she gets a chance, though she has her moments of shutting down and retreating back into herself. I really just loved that there was not really an insta-love thing going on here. There was a relationship that was built brick after brick, a pretty good, solid foundation. Lincoln was kind and patient with Eppie, and said some of the most amazingly sweet, romantic things to her that we only wish guys would really say.
Not so much: While I’m glad for the minor characters, Dan and Sam, as they provided depth to the story, I just wasn’t a big fan of them. More so, I guess we just really didn’t get to know them well enough. It felt like there was a whole story there that wasn’t being told, and I’m not 100 percent sure I really want to read a full length novel on them, I still feel like I missed out on some stuff.
Can my kids read this? Older, mature teenager I’d say. There’s some language, and talk of sex – nothing graphic....more
Once again, Maggie Stiefvater writes an absolutely captivating piece of artwork. In this somewhat darker and a bit creepy third book she takes our favOnce again, Maggie Stiefvater writes an absolutely captivating piece of artwork. In this somewhat darker and a bit creepy third book she takes our favorite characters; Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, and leads us deeper into Cabeswater's mysteries; this time not only in search of Glendower, but also in search of Maura's (Blue's mother) whereabouts. Maggie will probably always be one of my favorite authors simply because her writing is so detailed and beautiful that there are moments where I feel like I'm reading a song or a painting. I hate sort of knowing what's coming without knowing how, when, and if it will be permanently - but it is also a part of the appeal of this series. I know that Maggie will not fail to satisfy, whether it be a "HEA" or a bittersweet ending, I trust her to tell the story as it should be told.
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Two incredibly shy, awkward young adults totally infatuated with one another dancing around each other trying to get the other's attention, and at theTwo incredibly shy, awkward young adults totally infatuated with one another dancing around each other trying to get the other's attention, and at the same time not knowing what to do with it.
This book was incredibly sweet, and laugh out loud funny at times. It is told from 14 different perspectives, none of them are either of the main characters'. You get a really cool look at these two falling for each other. My personal favorite perspective; the squirrel. :) These characters were so easy to enjoy; main and sub alike.
This book is all sorts of awesome, with no heaviness at all! I recommend it for a quick, feel-good read.
Rating: PG-13 - for a bit of language, and drinking. The book is pretty clean otherwise....more
What’s the Buzz: Homeless teen, Dean, has bounced from one foster home to another until he landed in an abusive situation and decided facing the streeWhat’s the Buzz: Homeless teen, Dean, has bounced from one foster home to another until he landed in an abusive situation and decided facing the streets was better than dealing with an abusive father. Anna is on the perfect path; maintaining a 4.0 GPA, volunteering every chance she gets, applying to every Ivy League college in the country, but she has no idea what she wants to do with her life. The two meet by accident…more than once, and before they know it they have started an unlikely friendship.
What I Loved: I really like the idea of breaking down social barriers and tearing down stereotypes and seeing a person for who they are, and I felt like Dean and Anna did that a lot in this book. This scenario probably wouldn’t play out the way it did in real life; normally when you meet someone so different from you the first thing you do is look down, away, avoid conversation, etc. But the tearing down the walls that separated them played out in this book again and again as Anna and Dean got to know each other, and it helped them to realize their own short comings because of it. The characters showed personal growth, as well as an increasing relationship with each other. The sub-characters were nearly perfect. They added a lot to the story without taking away from the main characters, who you ‘desired’ to spend your time with while reading. I said it on Social Media, but I’ll say it again; this book was really sweet. I loved every second of reading it. It dealt with some hard knocks in life, but it didn’t rip my heart out (I prefer that.)
Not so Much: I think there were a few inconsistencies or minor story flaws that I noticed, or more so thought about as I came off of the “good book high,” but they were so little and minor compared to the big fat smile I had on my face from reading this book I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I did kind of wish for something more between Anna and her mother. I sort of feel like mom got off the hook pretty easily. Granted Anna wanted to forgive her mother and have that relationship rekindled, so it was probably a realistic resolution.
Can my Kids Read This: Teenagers, yes. There is quite a bit of language in the book; heavier in the beginning than the end, but other than that it is clean....more
I loved this YA coming to age/romance about Tomboy Charlie getting her "girl" on and figuring out who she really is. A book about being who you are, aI loved this YA coming to age/romance about Tomboy Charlie getting her "girl" on and figuring out who she really is. A book about being who you are, about truth and lies, and a handsome boy-next-door that has always been there. ...more