I can now fully understand what everyone has been takling about when it comes to Gayle Forman. Wow...just wow! For me this book has now been added toI can now fully understand what everyone has been takling about when it comes to Gayle Forman. Wow...just wow! For me this book has now been added to the shelf along with Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, and that's not an easy feat. It's a book that touched me deeply and had me truly invested from start to finish. One that I know I'll look back and think on often...there's no way to forget it.
Her writing and style were so capturing and her characters so beautiful and endearing. I honestly felt like I was losing family members, Mia was that easy to relate to as a character and narrator. The circumstances, the ideas behind her potential choices, and the ripple effect it would inevitably create...haunting! I have come across many good writers, some even great ones. Forman, in my opinion takes it to another level. And knowing after reading so many other rave reviews and comments, means I'm not the only one feeling this way.
I'm of course over the moon to know there's a sequel for me to read and can't wait to see if Forman can put as much force behind Adam's voice as she did with Mia. I'm just very grateful to have the opportunity to read amazing stories like this one....more
With a kingdom at stake, not to mention countless lives at risk, the pressure is without a doubt on for our main characters in Brightly Woven. Is thatWith a kingdom at stake, not to mention countless lives at risk, the pressure is without a doubt on for our main characters in Brightly Woven. Is that really too much responsibility for a talented weaver from a remote village and a mysterious wizard who could ask for anything, but only wants Sydelle? If you ask me, YEAH that is too much responsibility! But that's what Bracken put our main characters up against.
As a debut YA novelist, Bracken amazed me with how easy she made it for me and I'm sure other readers to become immediately engrossed in the world she created in Brightly Woven. I felt like I was walking (and sometimes running) alongside Syd and North. Reality faded and was replaced by Bracken's world. Her visuals were captivating and her characters became very real, I had to constantly remind myself that this was in fact not reality in order to keep my anxiety to a minimum.
Sydelle is our heroine and although she carried the typical traits readers tend to desire in a female lead (strong, courageous, witty and independent), she was also at the same time very unique and refreshing in my opinion. She was constantly posing questions of those around her that I'm sure readers will find themselves seeking the answers to as well. When her ignorance for any given situation irritated her, readers will empathize with her because they will be sharing her feelings of frustration as well. She was beautiful, fiery and determined throughout the entire story. And her relationship with Wayland North had me turning page after page just to see how it progressed.
North has now become one of my favorite leading male characters of all time. This is not an easy category to obtain entry. Just like Syd, North possessed traits all readers love in a male lead (protective, mysterious, tall, dark and handsome lol) but at the same time was able to cut away from the normal pack of male leads thanks to Bracken's excellent descriptions and the ways she portrayed him throughout the novel. He was constantly struggling to do what had to be done, all the while leaving Syd and the readers wondering if he was trying to do what was right for the kingdom, for Syd or just for himself.
With non-stop action, breathtaking scenery, love triangles, mystery, a villain readers will want to strangle themselves and a story that will snatch readers from the comfort of reality and shoot them straight into a fantasy world unlike any other they've ever come across before, Bracken has created a fantastic piece of writing that readers will never want to put down.
I want more of Bracken's writing and more Brightly Woven please! Please please please let this become a series, or at the very LEAST a trilogy!
The Beatles were the ones to say "love is all you need," and when I read this book, love was all I had. I was loving every minute and every page withThe Beatles were the ones to say "love is all you need," and when I read this book, love was all I had. I was loving every minute and every page with a passion! It was fantastic and has officially become one of my 2010 favorites. Elizabeth Eulberg may be a debut author, but her writing style and The Lonely Hearts Club are magic, no question about it!
Penny Lane doesn't exactly have a normal or what one may consider a typical home and family, but one thing she seems to have in common with just about every girl around is boy trouble, and she's got it in spades. With The Beatles as her inspiration, she just may have found a solution to all of her problems, and those of her friends.
I really can't find any negatives about this book, other than I wish it hadn't ended, ever! But in all seriousness, if you ask me, there aren't any negatives about this book, it was wonderful. It was funny, quirky, realistic and with The Beatles all over it, and all through it, what's not to love? Even the cover is brilliant, don't you think?
Eulberg has a fresh voice and I don't think she'll be going anywhere anytime soon. She spoke at the book festival I attended a while back and after meeting her, there's no question that her writing comes from the heart. Her personality is all over this book. While speaking to the crowd, she may have mentioned a sequel being in the works for The Lonely Hearts Club in the future, and I couldn't be more excited about that prospect...really I was jumping up and down!
After finishing The Lonely Hearts Club, I most definitely have not had nearly enough of Penny Lane and her club of close friends. Whether it's Tracy, Diane, Morgan, Rita, Ryan or Penny's parents, I just adored them all and most definitely did not want to say goodbye. If you've got a sense of humor and are looking to add a new favorite to your shelves, look no further, The Lonely Hearts Club is the perfect book for everyone!...more
Angel Star is in one word: perfection! Jennifer Murgia's book had me excited right from the beginning. She drew me in and her world refused to let meAngel Star is in one word: perfection! Jennifer Murgia's book had me excited right from the beginning. She drew me in and her world refused to let me go, not that I wanted to leave, lol. I was so far from disappointed, in fact she surpassed what I had even hoped for. And did I mention this is her debut YA novel? I know...amazing!
Who doesn't love the idea of a guardian angel? I know I do and I can only hope that mine is as dreamy as Garreth! We meet our main character, Teagan in Angel Star and I just loved her. She's kind, brave and has such a big heart, and did I mention brave? Guardian angel or not, this girl has got guts!
And as I mentioned before, Garreth *swoon* is wonderful. He's the definition of good, protective and all around perfection. But where there is good, bad is always close behind. Enter Hadrian. All I can say is that he's got the tall, dark and dangerous vibe down to a tee.
The truth is, no review can do this book justice. It's just that good! This is a book I will read again and again, it's already a favorite. Some books (and they are few and far between) just stick with you, and that is Angel Star for me. I can't express how excited I am for the sequel to come out and am only sad that it's not already on the shelves.
This book has it all, light vs. dark, good vs. evil, discovering what really matters and fighting for what's right. It's also about sacrifice and standing up for what you believe in. It's deep and emotional and will have you going through a gamut of emotions.
Murgia has a talent and is a natural story teller, so she's in the right business. Like I said...perfection!...more
By far my favorite out of the whole series! Why you might ask? Because more than half the book is nothing but Rose and Dimitri. Readers get sneak peekBy far my favorite out of the whole series! Why you might ask? Because more than half the book is nothing but Rose and Dimitri. Readers get sneak peeks into private moments the two shared when Rose relives her memories of their time together. I couldn't get enough of them. And as much as I like Lissa and Christian and Adrian, I was glad that the story finally started to focus more on Rose and Dimitri. The others are still there, but more so in the background.
I also just adored Dimitri's family. Readers only knew little pieces before but we finally got to meet his mother and sisters. With them being so welcoming and loving towards Rose I couldn't get enough. As much as I love Dimitri, he's never been one to talk too much in the previous installments, so hearing everyone else talk about him completed the picture for me. It also helped me forget for a little while that Rose still hasn't found him and will eventually have to kill him. But then he doesn't give her the chance...he finds her and the hunter and prey switch roles. While I was so happy to see the two together it was also depressing. He wasn't the same guy everyone fell for, and I felt so bad for Rose. It just wasn't fair. To say that Mead once again threw readers a curve ball in the end was an understatement. I was again both sad and happy. I love that Mead has kept the series action packed and no where near boring, but I really just want a happy ending already. I can't wait to devour Spirit Bound next....more
anyone has ever heard of. Kingdoms, gracelings, power struggles and true love are only a glimpse at what she brings to the table. With this being heranyone has ever heard of. Kingdoms, gracelings, power struggles and true love are only a glimpse at what she brings to the table. With this being her first installment in the Seven Kingdoms series I'd say she started with a bang!
Katsa is what is knows as a graceling. Rare people born in Cashore's world with extreme talents. Be they simple like cooking expertise, sewing, or more of the radical like mind reading/control, or in Katsa's case, killing. Graceling's can be identified visually by their two different colored eyes. But Katsa's in no danger of being overlooked. She's the king's thug in most people's opinions. Her uncle uses her graceling and reputation to horrible ends. Katsa has few friends and not a very sunny outlook on life until she meets Po.
I of course fell in love with Po. He's the prince of one of the other kingdoms and has come to Katsa's home on a mission of the utmost importance. Katsa finds a friend in Po and decides she must help him on this adventure. These two are the embodiment of good and right. They want to stop the evil that is being spread among the kingdoms and at great risk to themselves.
Cashore sends Katsa and Po on a wonderful, thrilling adventure filled with surprises, revelations at every turn and there's even some romance to appease those out there like me. With a fearless and lovable heroine and a noble sweetheart of a guy by her side, a handful of great side characters, readers will fall in love with Graceling!...more
Talk about true love and fairy tale romances...The Eternal Ones will have readers believing in soul mates. I love the idea of soul mates and star crosTalk about true love and fairy tale romances...The Eternal Ones will have readers believing in soul mates. I love the idea of soul mates and star crossed lovers defying all odds to be with one another just as much as any girl who grew up reading fairy tales but The Enternal Ones has gotten to me like none of the others have. The story of Constance and Ethan and Haven and Iain had me falling in love. Kristen Miller knows how to hook a reader and hang on until only she's ready to let go.
Watching Haven grow up in a town so religious and strict that anything out of the traditional and conservative norm has the local townsfolk crying "demon" and "satan worshiper" was terrible to read. I've never experienced anything like that personally so it was tough to get through. I felt awful for Haven. She lives in a claustrophobic environment with her horrible grandmother trying to make up for her sordid past by way of her grandaughter's present situation and it's awful to watch. But with the bad, comes the good in Haven's best friend Beau (who is also looked down on for being gay) and he's with her through it all. I loved him to death! Their friendship was wonderful to witness and will make you appreciate you own friends that much more.
But the romance, oh the romance! Haven knows she used to be someone in another life and she knows she loved someone then and is being drawn to that someone again. Here is where Iain comes into play. He's not the same boy from the other life and time but he's still Ethan in so many ways. But like everything else, there's always a balance and with the good, bad follows. What is he hiding? Why is he lying? Will Haven be able to remember everything she needs to in time?
This is a favorite for me and I was sad to have to pass it on for the tour, but I will be going out to pick up my very own copy the first chance I get....more
Some books just pull you in right from the start. I should have come to expect this type of opener from Cook's work, but each and every time I crack oSome books just pull you in right from the start. I should have come to expect this type of opener from Cook's work, but each and every time I crack one of her books open I'm still excited all over again when I find myself immediately pulled into the worlds that she's created with each new title she puts on the shelves. Not really knowing what to expect out of this book, when asked to check it out for review before it came out to the public I figured why not? I've loved all of her work in the past, and was looking forward to seeing her venture into a new series filled with new characters and scenarios to follow along. I'm so grateful now to have been given the chance to see for myself what this new title and series would be like, because as always, Cook has come up with something fantastic!
Completely unique and like nothing I've read before or probably will again, I had no doubt that even though I had only made a little headway into the book, that there was no going back....it was just that good! I was thrown off course so many times while reading that I couldn't believe Cook was able to keep up the high level of excitement and anticipation from start to finish. Leni and Jeric are two characters with so many layers that there was never a chance to get bored with them, or even feel like you've known them enough to anticipate what they'd do next. They were fresh, unpredictable, easy to relate to on some levels and intriguing on others. Just when I was starting to feel like I'd gotten into the flow of their story, Cook switched things up and introduced two additional main characters...I was skeptical. Again, I'm not sure why I continue to even have a shred of doubt where Cook is concerned. It only took minutes and a few pages of their story to fall in love with them just as much as Leni and Jeric. And wouldn't ya know...Cook would change things up at that point too.
Her writing and the stories she weaves for her readers are fun, fresh and impossible to resist. Put aside some solid quality reading time when you pick this one up....because you're not going to want to put it down...it's just that good! I can't wait to see what Kristie comes out with next and this time around I'm promising myself that there will be no hesitation or worry that it won't live up to her high quality work already out there. I'm already predicting this series is a smashing success, because I just can't imagine anyone not loving it. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the second installment brings to the table....more
Can I please just tell you that I still cannot believe how quickly Banks had me hooked to her Artemis Lupine series. I'm honestly still in shock! I toCan I please just tell you that I still cannot believe how quickly Banks had me hooked to her Artemis Lupine series. I'm honestly still in shock! I took one look at this cover (I'm ashamed to say) and almost put the book right back down. I can't quite put my finger on what it is that bothered me so much but I immediately felt like relating to these characters, let alone coming to enjoy myself in Banks' world would be nearly impossible. I can't stress enough how wrong I was. Banks had me hooked I think after the second or third chapter, and at that point I was doing everything I could to fly through the pages as quickly as possible.
Don't even get me started on how excited I was to find that the second and third installments in the series were already out and available for me right away, or how depressed I was to find out that the fourth book had not yet been released. Finding that out was a bad day to say the least. Artemis, Ares, Koda, and the rest of the gang had me invested from the first moment they entered the pages, and I'm still wishing I could find out more about them. Artemis was hard not to feel for and so I became a cheerleader for whatever decisions she made...with the exception of the moments she was doing her best to resist Ares. I can't be alone when I say that he was beyond adorable and everything a girl would want if they were Artemis, right? Banks had me sympathetic to Artemis' situation with the people she grew up with and the less than welcoming vibe they always put out when she was around. Brent was the exception, but that's a whole different story, and one that frankly I'm still trying to figure out.
So after Artemis won my heart as far as heroine's go, Ares and his pack were next in line. They had me drooling, laughing, tearing up and rooting for them all each and every step of the way. If you haven't had the chance to come across this series, do yourself a favor and pick up all three installments immediately....you won't regret buying them, but you might regret not buying them all in advance when you finish book one and wish book two was right there to crack open....more
Way back when, a fellow blogger suggested I check this title out. I didn't have my kindle yet and sadly every time I went to my local bookstores it waWay back when, a fellow blogger suggested I check this title out. I didn't have my kindle yet and sadly every time I went to my local bookstores it was never in stock. I try to keep ordering online to a minimum (because I always get carried away) so I moved on to other titles. Recently it popped up as a recommendation for me on my kindle based on the other books I'd recently read. When I saw the low price I couldn't resist any longer. After chapter one I was so hooked I wanted to smack myself for waiting so long. I had definitely missed out.
Isaacs writes from the heart. She's a romantic and the lyrical tone comes out in her writing one hundred percent. Her characters are people you wish were a part of your life and are downright irresistible. Like I said...I'm hooked. the other aspect I liked was that the book was kind of long. Or at least it felt like it, and I mean that in a good way. Nothing was rushed or cut short, like some other books I've read in the past. Isaacs gave me time to get to know her characters and their world. And she gave me ample time to fall in love with it all.
Her second installment, The Secret of the Keepers: Kailmeyra's Strength is scheduled to come out soon and honestly it can't hit the shelves soon enough. I want to see what's in store next....more
I waited entirely too long to read this book. I'm not sure if it was the serious issues I could tell this book was about from the summary that made meI waited entirely too long to read this book. I'm not sure if it was the serious issues I could tell this book was about from the summary that made me hesitate, or if my TBR list was just growing too long or what? But I waited too long and I'm sorry for that. All I can say to those of you out there who haven't read Thirteen Reasons Why, is to go out right now and get yourself a copy and start reading.
I'm in love with Jay Asher's writing. To be honest, I thought I was a part of this book. Not just reading the words and turning the pages, but I felt like I could hear Hannah's words for myself, and see the places on the map that Clay was visiting for myself. Asher is that talented, he takes you inside his writing and does not let go. As Clay listens to Hannah's story he decides he won't be able to take breaks or spread the stories out. It's almost like ripping off a band aid - you just have to get it over with. Not just so he can find out how he played a role in the grand scheme of things, but because he needs closure and the it's the type that can only come from knowing the whole story. I was right there with Clay, I couldn't stop reading, I just had to get the full story.
This is not a light read, I found no humor within these pages and yet I couldn't, and didn't want to stop reading. Even now, I'm finished and yet still Hannah and Clay are with me. I think Thirteen Reasons Why will be sticking with me for a very long time. I'm not usually one for books with strong morals being forced on readers, or lectures about lessons to be learned, but this was different. Asher made me look at things in new ways and I'm not sure you can go back after something like that. I learned a valuable lesson from this book and I'm grateful for that. Clay says in the beginning of the book that he'll never be able to get Hannah's voice out of his head, and to be honest I don't think I will either.
This story was amazing. It was emotional and heavy, but also moving and beyond memorable. I feel grateful to have read this book and cannot say nearly enough about how highly I think of Asher's writing and technique and his amazing gift for story telling. I may not be able to look back at this book and want to re-read it over and over again, it's just not that type of book. But I also can't bear to part with it. I'm not sure I'll ever read another that can even come close to being it's equal. I will never forget Hannah's story....more
Oh my goodness...can you say instant fan? I'm not sure I can even describe how much I truly enjoyed this book! It was fabulous from beginning to end,Oh my goodness...can you say instant fan? I'm not sure I can even describe how much I truly enjoyed this book! It was fabulous from beginning to end, but the last quarter of the book, nearly gave me heart failure. I couldn't believe how stressed out and anxious it had me. Not knowing what was going to happen next, and the surprise twists...every five seconds...it was like a bomb went off every couple of pages...just plain crazy! Roth certainly needs no help in the suspense and action field. She nailed it!
I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed this read as much as I did was because it had me constantly questioning and comparing each aspect of what life was like for these characters and how I would handle the way they live and the circumstances they found themselves in. I tried to put myself in Tris' place from page one. Whether it was trying to decide which faction I would choose for myself, as well as what I would picture my friends and family in as well, or how I would fare during the training and initiation stages one through three. I think I'm still unsure. The choosing ceremony alone would have been too much for me! What faction would you have gone with? Could you picture placing yourself in any one faction and dedicating the rest of your life to serving said faction?
Then came initiation training...and if ever there was a survival of the fittest type of situation, this was it. Roth's characters were so engaging that it was hard to look away. Whether you loved them (Four) or hated them (Peter), she had you committing to your opinion and had me so invested in what was going on that it was difficult to get anything else done. I couldn't put this book down. I can't believe I waited this long to read this title, but I am very glad that now that I'm done, I only have to wait a little under a month to read the sequel. Any longer and I might cry...I'm not over exaggerating. The sneak peek into the next installment, Insurgent, was just what I needed to tide me over until it's release date. I've already recommended this book to several friends and family, and I truly hope they heed my advice and pick themselves up a copy of it as soon as possible! Better late than never right?...more
Clare's way of introducing Clary into the Shadowhunter's world was perfect and wonderful. Readers were able to come along on the journey with her andClare's way of introducing Clary into the Shadowhunter's world was perfect and wonderful. Readers were able to come along on the journey with her and I loved every minute of it. She's thrown into this world and not given a very warm welcome to say the least. Demons are attacking, her mother is kidnapped, her new "friends" are not so friendly and this new sight of hers is a gift she can't give back. Clare's writing is all-consuming and I learned quickly to clear my schedule when picking up one of her books. I never want to put them down once I've cracked the spine (OK so I wouldn't ever literally crack a book's spine, but you get my drift) and can't tear myself away once I'm into it.
Clary's dynamic with the shadowhunters is interesting and each is unique, but none more so than the one with Jace. He's gorgeous, strong, protective (just not always of her) and ornery to-boot! But we've all loved the bad boy at some point in time, (maybe even more than once) so who can blame Clary when she can't help the draw she feels towards him. It makes for a fun and thrilling series and this first installment had me out shopping for the sequel, City of Ashes to see what happened next....more