Why I read this: Two great authors must equal one great book. :)
Plot: I don't read a lot of books with a GLBT theme, but this one caught my attention.Why I read this: Two great authors must equal one great book. :)
Plot: I don't read a lot of books with a GLBT theme, but this one caught my attention. I love the dual characters - both with the same name - and how they end up connecting at a porn shop. Both have some issues - one being moody and looking for love online - and the other caring too much how everyone views him. Definitely a book that is filled with realistic teen drama and hilarious to boot.
Characters: I loved the diversity between the two Wills and Tiny really cracked me up. Definitely a set of character I won't be able to forget.
Relatability: I think everyone has had a friend like one of the characters in these books - so it's easy to relate to.
Cover Commentary: Love it! Makes me think of city-living. :) ...more
Why I read this: I really loved Fade to Blue, so I jumped at the chance to read his latest novel.
Plot: If you ever read a book by this insane man SeanWhy I read this: I really loved Fade to Blue, so I jumped at the chance to read his latest novel.
Plot: If you ever read a book by this insane man Sean Beaudoin, don't expect normal. Expect something you'll have to wrap your head around, maybe multiple times before anything makes sense. Don't think this is any old mystery. Oh no.
Beaudoin blends dark humor with film-noir elements to create such an outstanding plot, characters, and overall novel that it will knock your socks off. I laughed so hard at some points and went WTF at other parts of the novel. Seriously, I think this is the most original YA novel I've read in ages. It pulls you in, makes you question what the heck is going on, and then twists it around and around until you're not sure what is really going on anymore.
I haven't been into mysteries in a while but I grew up reading every Nancy Drew book I could get my hands on. The mystery genre in YA isn't one that really exists, so I'm excited that I got a hold of this novel. Loved it so much, especially for it's abnormal wonderful originality that I may be put off any books I read next that are cliche, the usual formula or lack a substantial plot. Thank you Sean for being awesome and writing a book that can make me go "wow".
Characters: Favorite character by far is Dalton's little brother, who is called Turd Unit. For anyone who has read the book, that part at the end cracked me up so bad. Strong second is Cassiopeia, the girl that Dalton has obviously fallen for but can't do anything about because she's bad for business.. (or is she?). I love all the characters in this book though, they were all so interesting and unique and just totally abnormal.
- Note - Pay attention to the glossary at the beginning of the book and reference it when you need to, because at first the group names confused me a bit. The glossary rocked at getting me back on track. Also, there's a great vocab glossary at the end that will explain a lot of the weird sayings and will crack you up in the definitions written there. C'mon, if this guy can make a glossary fun, how can a librarian NOT love the book?
Relatability: For those of you obsessed with corny detective stories or mysteries in general will get a kick out of this. Or anyone who needs something different to break up their reading patterns.
Cover Commentary: Perfect, totally captures what the book is about. Love that there is no male model. Thank you marketing for being original.
Why I read this: I really enjoyed Candor when I read it and had to check out Pam's latest novel, especially with the dystopian element.
Plot: I thoughtWhy I read this: I really enjoyed Candor when I read it and had to check out Pam's latest novel, especially with the dystopian element.
Plot: I thought this was quite a unique book. It's about an almost cult-like community that worships this man named Otto, who happens to be the father of Ruby. He abandoned them to the cruelty of Darwin West, who uses them to harvest Water, which helps to cure wounds and make people live longer. That being said, it was hard to wrap my head around what was going on at first. There's little history and what is there is spread well throughout the length of the novel. I left the book with a lot of questions and no answers but my imagination. I'd like to see a prequel or sequel to this novel and see where it goes. I'm not sure I would call it dystopian exactly either. The government isn't oppressing these people, it's one man and I have no clue how he's gotten away with it for so long besides the hiring of muscle and not revealing their secret.
The novel is well written I just want my questions answered - especially why Otto is praised as this God to these people, he is a man, just one with special powers, special blood. I want to know how he found them, how they came to worship him - is he worthy of the worship or was he manipulating these people? See, tons of questions. I guess I enjoyed it quite a bit to want so much more from it.
Characters: Ruby definitely comes from a different world and when she starts to fall for a boy who is from the modern world, you really see the stark differences between them. She's quite willful and definitely a good example of a defiant teenager.
I'm not sure how I feel about Ford. There's some alluding to him being a bit of a player towards the end of the novel and I'm not sure he's really the support that Ruby can depend on if she were to leave her family and community. He's just a teen himself really (maybe early 20s) and doesn't really seem to understand what is going on at first and I'm not sure he really ever gets it completely. But I know Ruby feels a lot towards him so I can't see him in a totally negative light.
Relatability: I think of this book a little bit like The Village. Also Drought reminded me a bit of Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix, one of my favorite novels in middle school. It's not quite dystopian, at least not hardcore dystopian. I think those looking for something a little different will enjoy this book.
Cover Commentary: Kind of a spooky looking cover. Definitely a book I'd pick up to look at....more
Why I read this: A combination of the summary and beautiful cover and it's a debut novel. What can I say - it was bound to happen.
Plot: This novel isWhy I read this: A combination of the summary and beautiful cover and it's a debut novel. What can I say - it was bound to happen.
Plot: This novel is amazing. There is a great mix of mystery, paranormal elements and romance that just blew mew away. The twists and turns throughout the book surprised me and kept me reading this book until 2 am the day I picked it up. My only complain is that I wanted more. I want to know the story after the book and I hope hope hope there is a follow up novel.
Characters: Renee is very different from the usual tragic female characters I've been seeing in YA lately. Not often do you have a character that finds her parents dead and manages to cope with it in a way that is realistic but that shows how strong she truly is. I found her grief genuine, her motivation to figure out what happened to them inspiring, and her realistic reactions refreshing. It's nice to meet a realistic character who is also very easy to like.
Dante - I'm pegging him as the usual hot male character with a secret. But, he may be literally cold to the a touch, but he really doesn't play the usual hot/cold game with Renee. It's nice to see a brooding male character that doesn't disappoint.
And then there is a whole slew of interesting characters that bop in and out of the plot and really add to the story - but I'll let you discover them for yourselves when this book comes out in September.
Relatability: I liked Renee in the way that she reminds me of myself and a few other people I know. She's very real. I felt more into the story because of her perspective and I think that it made the tale more easy to see as possible, even with the paranormal elements.
Cover Commentary: Definitely a cover I want on my shelf. This is going on my wishlist. :)
Why I read this: Cover lust really. I was like ooo pretty. And I really cannot resist a debut novel, for sure. :)
Plot: So, some of you may not know, bWhy I read this: Cover lust really. I was like ooo pretty. And I really cannot resist a debut novel, for sure. :)
Plot: So, some of you may not know, but this basically throws the famous poets Keats, Shelley, and Byron into a high school setting and well, it makes for quite the interesting story. This book was exactly what I needed after drudging through some "typical" paranormal romance. Ty's writing is like poetry compared to what I've been reading lately and I probably am not the first to say this, but I can see Literature teachers teaching this book in the future (most likely High School or College though..). It's that good.
Back to the plot, the book is told from the point of view of John Keats, who is in love with Shelly, who is in love with Gordon. Ty does a fantastic job of melding the history of the three with the current situation - which is the two boys stealing Shelly's ashes (after her 'accidental' drowning) to grant her last wishes. Weaving the colorful pasts of Gordon and Shelly into the story, you really get a feel for the characters in this book. That being said, there is a lot of sex in this book. Younger YA readers beware, Gordon certainly has some infamy with the opposite sex.
Characters: Keats may be the least mentioned character in this book, but you get a feel for his voice, you get enough information about it, but he is definitely shadowed when it comes to Shelly and Gordon. Gordon is such a colorful character, one that you try really hard to hate, but you really can't - because his character is so warped and so Byron-like you simply understand him and keep watching him for his next insane move.
Shelly reminds me of John Green's female characters all mixed in one - overdramatic, overloving, and never falling for the right guy. And always with a mission in mind. The clues she leaves also remind me of Paper Towns (a novel I highly suggest if you loved this one). I couldn't help but love her and her undying love for Gordon, the unattainable male that actually does love Shelly in a way that really cannot be described.
Relatability: Lovers of John Green will fall in love with this novel. I think Gordon will have more fans than us readers would like to admit and is easily the most insanely likable scoundrel I've ever read.
Cover Commentary: Gorgeous, like I said, it's probably the main reason I picked this one up....more
Why I read this: When I first heard of the book, I laughed my butt off. I love the book description and was excited to do a tour with Teen Book SceneWhy I read this: When I first heard of the book, I laughed my butt off. I love the book description and was excited to do a tour with Teen Book Scene for this book.
Plot: I have to say, I didn't think this book would be as serious as it was. Yes, it had humorous moments, but definitely a serious plot line - so serious that lots of people and aliens did die. It was interesting seeing the progression of what happened after the quickest invasion of a world ever. You follow the character Jesse, who survives and ends up getting assigned work in the mansion of the alien in charge of the invasion. The aliens seem invisible, able to kill with what seems to be a look - but Jesse finds himself developing other skills that may save his planet and his new friends.
There was a great sense of danger, adventure and even blossoming romance in this book and I was taken in by the novel. I could barely put it down without wanting to know what would happen next.
Characters: Jesse is sort of your average teenage guy and I sort of cracked up at his reactions to the whole situation. He just takes it in and goes with it. Luckily, he's fairly smart and picks up on some strange things happening to him as he spends more and more time by these aliens.
The aliens themselves were quite interesting. I liked that they had not only military type aliens but others that were not for killing humans and ended up helping humans on and off in the book. I definitely want to find out more and hope that it will continue on into a series.
Relatability: Anyone who likes science fiction or just wants something a bit different will enjoy this book.
Cover Commentary: Simple and very enticing. Definitely something I'd pick up in the bookstore.
Ugh. Started off surprising well, but then came the romance, love across the decades stupid plot where the world suddenly revolves around some stupidUgh. Started off surprising well, but then came the romance, love across the decades stupid plot where the world suddenly revolves around some stupid guy who the main character has sex with after only knowing him for a week. Nothing says I love you like buying a condom since he knew they would do it.
More ranting to come later...
You can definitely tell that a writer wrote this novel, the beginning of the book pulled me in and then it just fell apart. Clea is haunted by this presence following her everywhere and I loved the way they set up her background, her love of photography and the mystery behind her father's disappearance. Unfortunately when the heart throb male lead shows up, it all goes to the wind. It quickly descends into a "I will do anything to be with you" type novel and the scene that really made me want to throw this book was when they had sex in a car and she thought it was so romantic that he had brought protection because he knew they should be together. *GAG*
I really can't remember how it ended, because for me it ended with that scene. I'm thinking to myself, what kind of role model is this? I love reading about characters that are different, mostly realistic, but to put her as the heroine with that type of scene. . . I can't deal with it. It's another damsel in distress novel after that and why does the nice guy always lose out? There's a love triangle..sort of, but it doesn't really exist.
Wouldn't you choose the guy you barely know to sleep with in a car... as opposed to the guy who supports her and is there for her consistently...? No? Me either. Don't read this book, it was a waste of time. ...more
Why I read this: I've read a few of the Sweep books by Cate and the plot of this new trilogy really intrigued me.
Plot: Nastasya is an immortal who hasWhy I read this: I've read a few of the Sweep books by Cate and the plot of this new trilogy really intrigued me.
Plot: Nastasya is an immortal who has spent the last century partying it up to forget her past. When her friend Incy breaks the back of their taxi driver with dark magic, she realizes that she needs to get away from the lifestyle she is currently leading. She runs to America to find the woman she remembers offering her help in the past - River. River runs a type of rehab for Immortals and it is there where Nastasya discovers the handsome Reyn.
There's some great twists and turns to this book and I really loved the way it moved. There were more interesting character introduced and more of Nastasya's background was revealed. I'm looking forward to learning more about what happened in her past and what's going to happen next. Because the ending... was kind of a cliffhanger. It's going to be a trilogy and I hope the next book will be out in a year!
Characters: Nasty aka Nastasya I found myself disliking at first. She was a carefree party girl who really was kind of a waste of space. Of course, once you learn more about her you find there's much more to her character, her past, and why she became the way she was.
Reyn is what I call the typical guy interest in paranormal books - he's somewhat detached, cold, but ungodly handsome and of course, comes to warm up to Nastasya eventually. I can't wait to see more of him because he is a yummy yummy guy.
Relatability: I think we've all known a party girl or two (if we weren't one ourselves) and you know that there's always something behind the carefree way of that style of living.
Cover Commentary: I like it. I don't think when you see the book in your hands you notice the girl in the background as much and I really love the design around the title.
Why I read this: I couldn't resist this cover, first off all. Then, I heard Kiersten was coming to town for a signing, so I had to buy it and then reaWhy I read this: I couldn't resist this cover, first off all. Then, I heard Kiersten was coming to town for a signing, so I had to buy it and then read it. :)
Plot: Imagine working as a bad and tag government group as a teen - only your supposed to take in other paranormals. This is what Evie has to deal with. There some love/hate relationships going on in this book and tons of action. I was intrigued by all the twists and turns that took place in this book and definitely am looking forward to more!
Characters: Evie has some interesting catch phrases that cracked me up. I couldn't quite understand the tension between her and Reth - the elf that seems smitten with her - but there seems to be quite a lengthy history between them. I'm sad one of my favorite characters died. I won't say who, but it made me sad.
Relatability: Readers who like action-packed paranormal YA will enjoy this novel.
Cover Commentary: So beautiful. I love the colors and the model on it....more
Why I read this: I really love books about mythology and lore and this one peaked my interest.
Plot: When Teagan's cousin comes to live with them, herWhy I read this: I really love books about mythology and lore and this one peaked my interest.
Plot: When Teagan's cousin comes to live with them, her whole world is turned upside down. Not only does she have some serious chemistry with Finn, but horrible creatures start appearing, causing tragedy and misfortune to the Wylltson family. And when her father goes missing, Teagan must travel into a world she barely knows and they must use what they know of the lore to bring their father back. But will they be able to make it back?
Characters: Unfortunately, the plot was fantastic, but the characters felt really flat. I had to reread the one page that was written about the family member who died - yes one page - and then it was rarely mentioned and had a lack of grief and sadness. Instead, the book just moved on. I didn't feel like I knew the characters really well and they didn't feel real to me when I was reading them - they were either over or under dramatized and didn't seem to have the character flaws needed to create a realistic character.
The author did a great job with lore and building up Finn's character, but the rest weren't quite as there.
Relatability: Anyone who likes lore will enjoy this book. I like the difference in evil creatures found in this novel.
Cover Commentary: Very cool and reflects that kind of feeling you get while reading the book....more
Why I read this: It's a debut novel (US wise), it's about angels, and it looks awesome. Oh, and it's written by a 17 year old! How cool!
Plot: This booWhy I read this: It's a debut novel (US wise), it's about angels, and it looks awesome. Oh, and it's written by a 17 year old! How cool!
Plot: This book focuses on Bethany, the youngest angel sent down to Venus Cove to protect it against forces of darkness. Although she is an angel, Bethany starts to emphasize with humans so much, she start to act more and more like a human teenager - going as far as falling for a human boy. She focuses on their relationship until a new boy comes to her school - one that interests and disconcerts her. Only then is she reminded of why they were sent there in the first place.
Characters: I have to say that it was really hard to see Bethany as an angel. She becomes very much an emotional teenager and starts to put her feelings before their mission. I also felt like she got off too easy at times.
Xavier is a great guy and I can see why Bethany fell for him - he practically exudes "goodness". He can be pretty swoon-worthy as well.
Relatability: Definitely screams teenage love, so anyone whose dated as a teen can definitely relate to their relationship. The religious aspect is really intriguing as well and could border the novel on religious fiction.
Cover Commentary: Definitely gorgeous. A series I will probably buy....more
I remember this trilogy being my favorite in middle school and I seemed to have misplaced the first one. So I hunted down this copy about a year ago fI remember this trilogy being my favorite in middle school and I seemed to have misplaced the first one. So I hunted down this copy about a year ago for when I longed to reread these marvelous mysteries. Sally is one of the strongest female characters in literature. During a time when women were only meant to do housework and be married off, Sally finds herself hunting down the truth behind her father's mysterious death. On the way, she also finds herself becoming a manager of a photography business, living on her own and deciding what her own life will become.
The first in a trilogy, we are introduced to Sally's character and the mystery she is about to begin solving. London is a dangerous place and Sally owns a small pistol to protect herself. In fact, I love the way the book starts by introducing Sally and her intentions:
On a cold, fretful afternoon in early October, 1872, a hansom cab drew up outside the offices of Lockhart and Selby, Shipping Agents, in the financial heart of London, and a young girl got out and paid the driver.
She was a person of sixteen or so – alone, and uncommonly pretty. She was slender and pale, and dressed in mourning, with a black bonnet under which she tucked back a straying twist of blond hair that the wind had teased loose. She had unusually dark brown eyes for one so fair. Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man.
Sally proceeds to do such that, but in a surprising manner indeed. I truly love this book for the characters, the plot and the setting. I've always been fascinated with London in the late 1800s and this book introduces us to that world precisely and without scruples. I love the accents used within the dialogue, which really adds to the setting of the novel.
Final Verdict: This is a trilogy that I highly recommend to those who love historical fiction, mysteries and strong female characters. Whether it is one of those or all three, you should read these books.