Andye: I was really excited to get this book! I've enjoyed Elizabeth's books in the past (especially THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB) and I loved the4.5 stars
Andye: I was really excited to get this book! I've enjoyed Elizabeth's books in the past (especially THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB) and I loved the idea of a book all about best friends falling in love, so I couldn't wait to dive in. BETTER OFF FRIENDS was such an adorable story. It really was When Harry Met Sally about teens. I mean, who doesn't love that movie?? Ok...maybe not you, Reagan....since I'm pretty sure it's older than your life.
Reagan: Yeah.... Never heard of that movie. I got into these kinds of books on the way there and back from New York when we were on the panel. I read This Is What Happy Looks Like. Then all in one day I read The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight and Better Off Friends. One thing that I loved about this book was that it started off when they were in 7th grade and ended Junior year. I've never seen anyone do that before and it was really cool.
Andye: YES! I loved that too! I know there are adult books that span many years, but I've never read a YA book that starts out in 7th grade and ends in high school. I love the way that they grew up in this book. They start out so cute, really not having romance on their minds at all, and Elizabeth does a great job of showing how things change as you get older and enter high school.
Reagan: Agreed. You could definitely see more of a change in Levi's personality than Macallan. I loved the idea of best friends falling for each other because in every amazing book, true love comes in the strangest places. That's why best friends are targeted. I also thought it was funny how everyone thought they were together throughout the entire book. ;P
Andye: Yeah, but maybe everyone else saw what they refused to see! That they were MFEO! (Oh...you probably don't know that movie either....) I really loved Levi, but there was one point where I really wanted to punch him in the nose. He was being SO stupid and selfish.
Reagan: Exactly!! He was so cute when he was sensible. One thing I noticed was when things got tough Macallan would cry, and Levi would push her away. It was a pattern of crying, fights, and pushing each other away. Another thing I liked about this book is that it's showing you how disabled people get treated some times. People treat other people cruelly.
Andye: Yeah, I loved Macallan's uncle, but I hated the way that some of Levi's "friends" would make fun of him because of his disability. But I LOVED the way Macallan stood up for him (and others) so fiercely. I totally pictured you in that moment, because I know you'd do the same thing if you heard people being hateful like that!
Reagan: I would do that, but probably harder, and I would have poisoned something he ate. I did love her Uncle Adam he was so nice. My favorite character was Macallan, not because she's the main character, but because of her personality. She was fierce and stood up for what she believed in.
Andye: Yeah, I think she was my favorite character too. She was just so strong and independent, and she was also witty, fun, and loyal to the extreme. Of course I liked Levi too, even though he was a dumb boy sometimes. But their relationship was just so refreshing and awesome, and I just really loved their banter. I love that it's clean, I love that it can appeal to all ages, I love the way it was written, really I just loved this book!
Reagan: I could say lot more but it would spoil the book. So please just read it, when it comes out, of course. I won't say whether or not Levi and Macallan end up together or believe they're Better Off Friends. ...more
Seriously. Just awesome. I'm buying everything Kasie West writes.
Split Second had a different feel to it than Pivot Point, but it was still4.5 stars
Seriously. Just awesome. I'm buying everything Kasie West writes.
Split Second had a different feel to it than Pivot Point, but it was still almost as good as the first book, which was one of my favorite reads last year. Kasie West does an incredible job of sucking you into her stories, writing about complex issues and situations, while at the same time, keeping things simple.
I loved reading from Laila's viewpoint (as well as Addie's) this time around. She had such a different voice and perspective. I love her attitude, her strength, and her loyalty. She had every reason to let her life spiral out of control, with her completely screwed up father, but she doesn't. She takes charge of her life and turns it into something good. Her romantic relationship was exciting to read, and so different from the sweet romance that Addie found in the last book. I loved it! And the way she loves her brother and Addie, and looks out for them, is awesome!
It was really interesting to see the way Addie had to start over in her relationship with Trevor in this book. In a way I wish there had been a little more relationship development between them, but it was still really good. ("Tell me three things.") It was fantastic falling in love with them all over again.
There are a few things I wish had been a little more resolved, like things with The Compound, with Addie's powers and Laila's father and brother. I feel like there were a lot of "bigger picture" storylines that were brought up but not fully explored. So I'm really hoping this duology turns into a trilogy. I mean, really, WE NEED MORE TREVOR (yep, Connor too!!)
One of the things I love best about these books is how they're able to appeal to all ages. I'm 37 years old, my older daughter is 19, and my younger daughter is 13, and we all love Kasie's writing. I have no doubt that when I give the books to my 60 year old mother, she will love them too! How many authors have managed that? And everyone I talk to has loved these books as much as we do! Well done, Kasie West. Well done! I can't wait to see what you have for us next!...more
10 stars! Brilliant! This is without a doubt, one of my favorite series ever. This book was even better that the first. I can't wait to see where it g10 stars! Brilliant! This is without a doubt, one of my favorite series ever. This book was even better that the first. I can't wait to see where it goes next.
I loved THE BURNING SKY so much. But it didn't have NOTHIN' on this book! Sorry, my excitement is bringing out my inner redneck . . . even though I'm not even Southern.
Yes, I think THE PERILOUS SEA is my favorite read of this year (so far).
I just can't begin to describe the depths of my love for this series, these characters, this world, that ROMANCE, all that action, and the incredible, incredible storyline. There is nothing I would change. Nothing. I could read this book a hundred times and never get tired of it.
Sherry Thomas is a romance writer, and it shows.
She knows, with all the knowing there is to know, how to write an amazing, suspenseful, tension-filled romance. The feelings that Iolanthe and Titus have for each other are just palpable, believable, FELT IN YOUR BONES! I WANT TITUS. I WANT, I WANT!
But the romance is just the tip of the iceberg.
Thomas also knows how to create a world that is so completely fantastical, yet, at the same time, so believable. I don't want to say too much about this book in particular, because so much would be too spoilery. But let me just assure you that there is NO second book syndrome. AT ALL. Not with the romance, not with the storyline.
There's something that happens . . .
And the way she wrote it . . .
And the how things end up evolving, again . . .
It's just SO PERFECT!
We learn a lot more about Iolanthe, Titus, and even the illusive Bane. Creepy! The boarding school is still a main character, which I adore, but there are also adventures into the Crucible (Awesome), and into the desert (so mysterious).
If you haven't read THE BURNING SKY yet, just GO! READ! NOW! Some have said it starts out slowly (I disagree), but everyone I've talked to has ended up loving it. If you love magic (and if you don't how can you even stand living?), you must read this series!
What a phenomenal ending to one of my absolute favorite series ever. Veronica Rossi has done something that so few authors have been able to do. She hWhat a phenomenal ending to one of my absolute favorite series ever. Veronica Rossi has done something that so few authors have been able to do. She has created a series that was completely thrilling from beginning to end. There wasn't a single moment while reading these books that I wasn't completely engaged. There were so many times that I wanted to actually yell out loud because it was so exciting. Normally fight scenes are a little removed for me, but Veronica has a way of pulling me in, and making me love every minute.
There were so many things that happened in this book that I loved. Even the moments of heartache and fear. I loved how much she made me FEEL! Perry and Aria have a romance that stays exciting, and that is something that rarely happens in a trilogy. Even through their ups and downs, you could just feel how much they loved each other. My heart broke for them....though I can't tell you why, and I just ache for them.
One of my absolute favorite things about this series, is the friendships that are formed or strengthened. I adore the relationship between Aria and Roar. They love each other so much, and would do anything for each other. This is especially important now, while Roar is grieving the loss of Liv. It's fantastic how Rossi wrote this incredible, platonic relationship! Perry and Roar's relationship is tested, and it was so sad and sweet. While Perry holds his emotions in, Roar (as his name suggests, lets them all out with gusto. Watching them come to terms with the death of Liv, and their relationship with each other practically brought me to tears. Then there's Perry and Talon, his nephew. I adore the way that Perry loves him. Other surprising relationships are formed, and so many stories are expanded, it was all just so incredible.
As much as I loved it, there were parts that I was really sad about. I can't say I'm unhappy with them, because I can't expect everything to end perfectly, or the way I want it. Without suffering, and even death, it wouldn't be realistic at all, but it is still sad. The ending could have been a little more explosive, but that often happens with books that have so much build up. Even with the heartbreak, though, this book was everything I could have hoped for.
I can't wait until the rest of the world has read this book. I will be pushing this series on anyone and everyone that I can. (I love that I can do this with confidence, knowing that the series stays awesome the whole way through!!)
Veronica Rossi has made my AUTOMATIC BUY list. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!!...more
The Archived was one of the most unique and fascinating books I've read this year. The eery world that Victoria Schwab created had me compAt a Glance:
The Archived was one of the most unique and fascinating books I've read this year. The eery world that Victoria Schwab created had me completely engrossed from the minute I opened the book, until the moment I finished.
The world-building in The Archived was so well done. I could really picture The Narrows (creepy!!), and The Archives, as well as the old hotel-turned-apartments that Mac and her family lived in. What an awesome setting for this story. I found the hotel to be equal parts fascinating and spooky. Especially when Mac would touch the walls or floor and "read" the memories of the place. And how cool is it that she could just open a door and enter the world of the dead? I mean, I know it's kind of horrifying, but in a way it's like she was a ninja-bounty-hunter of the escaped dead. Ok, maybe I'm demented, but I think that sounds kind of amazing.
Mac was an awesome heroine. I loved reading about the closeness between her and her Da. The love and loss that she felt for him,as well as for her brother that died in an accident, was palpable. But the fierce determination to make her Da proud and to hang on to the closeness and memories of him and her brother, practically moved me to tears. She wasn't all sadness, though, she was also witty and thoughtful, and even though she made some poor decisions, it was always out of love. Oh yeah, and she could also kick some History (ghost) butt!
I can't go any farther without talking about Wes. I am not a fan of guyliner....but I might have to change my mind after this. I. Loved. Wes. Even though I was never quite sure if I could trust him. He was just so charming! I loved the banter between Wes and Mac. He was funny, thoughtful, witty, mysterious and just a little eccentric.
Ok, there was a bit of a love triangle here, but it was seriously SO different! The difference is that you never know what is trustworthy and what (or who) isn't. At any moment, you're waiting to find out if someone is working against Mac. I think this adds another dimension to the romance. And the romance is not front and center to this story either. It's just a small piece of the bigger picture and I really appreciated that. Add to that the fact that both of the potential "love interests" are completely mysterious, yeah....I liked it!
Overall, I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book, especially the ending, which was one fast, exciting, plot-twisty, and completely creepy whirlwind. I love that this book wrapped up without a cliffhanger, while leaving me excited to see where the story is going to go in the future.
Cover: Awesome!! I love it! It's so haunting and perfect, and the key!! Yes.
Book Doppelgangers: Graveminder by Melissa Marr, Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
I'm of two minds about this book, so I guess I'll just lay it all out there and let you make up your own mind. I thought that Cinder had an absolutelyI'm of two minds about this book, so I guess I'll just lay it all out there and let you make up your own mind. I thought that Cinder had an absolutely fantastic premise. I love, love, love the idea of a futuristic Cinderella, where "Cinderella" is a cyborg. It made for such an interesting and original story. However, while reading it, there was just something off for me. I felt the same way while reading The Faery Ring, by Kiki Hamilton, like I should like this book more, but something was missing. I think that it's just written a little too "young" for me, like it would click more with the 10-14 year old crowd than the 17 and up crowd, if that makes sense.
Here are my thoughts on why this is the case: The setting isn't really detailed. The possibilities are endless with New Beijing, the marketplace vs. the palace, and the Lunar planet, but I never did get any real feel for any of it. The language seems young and there's nothing futuristic about it. They even say things like "drat" and "thank heavens." It seems like there should be some new slang, that far in the future. I never could really get a grasp on Cinder, as far as how human is she? I guess I don't really know what a cyborg is technically, but in my opinion, you shouldn't have to do any research when reading a book, the story should give you all the information you need. The ending was WAY too predictable. You may think this is because of it being based off of Cinderella, but that's not what I mean. I actually like knowing kind-of what's going to happen based upon the fairy tale. But there are other other "mysteries" that should be a little less obvious, but unfortunately were not. However, all this said, I still did enjoy the story, and I couldn't help thinking that someone younger would really love it (I'm thinking of giving it to Faith from Reading Tween). The story was really cute, and I enjoyed the banter between Cinder and Prince Kai. I asked Marissa Meyer about the next 3 books in the series, and she said they will be based off of other fairy tales, but Cinder will also be present. I love this idea! I'm really excited to see how it all fits together, especially since Cinder was left on a total cliffhanger.
Book Doppelgangers: The Fairie Ring by Kiki Hamilton, Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon, Entwined by Heather Dixon, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
I can not tell you how much I loved this book. It's like Veronica Rossi took my list of favorite books, uploaded them to her brain, and prAt a glance:
I can not tell you how much I loved this book. It's like Veronica Rossi took my list of favorite books, uploaded them to her brain, and pressed blend. It reminded me at different times of The Demon King, Graceling, Divergent, Across the Universe, Uglies and other favorites, while at the same time being so different than anything I've read. The world-building was fantastic, the action was intense, and the romance developed over time and with meaning and intensity. People who love High Fantasy and Dystopia, this book is for you!
I read on the back that fans of Graceling would love it, so I was a little confused when I started reading and the setting was a futuristic pod where people lived their lives in The Realms (virtual reality). Don't get me wrong, I adore dystopia, but Graceling is far from that. What I soon found out, though, is that Veronica Rossi is a master world-builder, creating not one world, but two completely different worlds. When Aether storms devastated the world, people basically split into two groups. One group confined themselves into "Pods" (enclosed cities), living their lives through virtual reality. Others were on the outside, and became almost primitive, forming tribes and fighting for their lives.
I enjoyed reading about the Pod, and the Realms. It was interesting to get a glimpse of this future, one that I can actually imagine us moving toward. But where this story really came to life for me was on the Outside. It almost felt like a fantasy novel with the tribes, the fighting with knives and bows and arrows, and traveling miles and miles by foot. One of the things I loved the most was watching Aria's growth as she learned to live in this environment.
Under the Never Sky is told from alternating viewpoints, with each chapter titled Aria or Peregrine. At first, Aria drove me a little crazy. I got so incredibly annoyed with her uppity attitude and her stupid, stupid choices. I was afraid that I'd never be able to relate to her, or like her. But what I ended up loving about her was that she sucked it up, pushed on, moved past her prejudices, and would do anything to survive. By the end of the book, I was totally behind her.
Peregrine? Perry? How could I ever fall in love with a guy who is named either after a Hobbit, or a platypus? Yeah.....it happened. Perry was like the ultimate combination of all my favorite book crushes. Han Alister, Peta AND Gale, Po, Four, Will Herondale.......take all the things I loved about them, mix them together, and that was Perry. I loved his gruffness, strength, determination, loyalty, and his fierce, fierce love for his nephew and friends.
The romance in this book is perfection, in my opinion. I love that they absolutely hated each other at first, that they had all these misconceptions and prejudices that they had to overcome before they could even look at each other with anything but disgust. My favorite romances are the ones that build over time, as the characters get to know each other for who they really are. This played out so well with Aria and Perry. I just soaked it up like a sponge!
I seriously could go on and on about the things I love about this book. The setting, the supporting characters (Roar! Talon!), the mystery, the heartbreak, the fighting, the journey, the romance!! There wasn't anything that I would change. Nothing. I know there are those that didn't like it, but this book and I just fit. Maybe it's because fantasy and dytopia are my two absolute favorite genres, maybe it's because Veronica Rossi is a freaking genius, I don't know, but if you find yourself liking what I like, then you will love this book too!
Book Dopplegangers: Graceling, The Seven Realms Series, Uglies, The Hunger Games, The Pledge, Awaken
Content: Sexual Content: Heavy (subtle)* Profanity: Minor Violence: Heavy Other Notables: Drinking of "luster" (alcohol) For more details, check out Under the Never Sky on Parentalbookreviews.com
I don't even have words to express how much I love these books. Not to mention, I got to meet Ally at BEA and she's probably one of the nicest peopleI don't even have words to express how much I love these books. Not to mention, I got to meet Ally at BEA and she's probably one of the nicest people ever. Heist Society was so incredible that I thought there was no way that the second one could even compare, but I was so wrong. Uncommon Criminals kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
I'm pretty sure that if I could pick any character in any book to be, I would pick Kat. Not only because of her strength (which I admire), or her skills (which I envy), or her boyfriend (who is HOT), the part I love most about Kat's life, is her friends. They made it clear that they would stand next to her and help her, no matter what. Even if it means Especially if it means risking their lives.
They're all so independent and fearless and I love it. They see a situation that looks completely impossible and they figure out a way around it. Like it's no big deal. Nothing is impossible to them and their entire lives are on the edge. They're only teenagers and yet they can out-con adults more than twice their ages. It's amazing, and I'm not jealous at all... honest... well, maybe.
Ok, even though I would absolutely recommend this on audio, I can't discount the fact that you should probably own, or at least look at the book in thOk, even though I would absolutely recommend this on audio, I can't discount the fact that you should probably own, or at least look at the book in the library or bookstore. The illustrations are incredible. And if you've been following this series, you'll know who this little mischievous creature is. Too funny!!
So, basically, what can I say? This book was a perfect ending to a fantastic trilogy. I couldn't be happier with the whole book and the way it ended. Goliath absolutely lived up to the other two books, and you won't be disappointed.
I don't want to say too much, because I don't want to spoil anything. I will say that all my favorite characters make an appearance in this book, and the two Perspicacious Lorises were so hilarious (Mister Sharp)! I love them so much! The romantic tension builds in this one, as Alek finally finds out that Deryn is a girl (the daft prince)! I loved every minute of their relationship and struggle as they tried to figure out how they really felt about each other, and what they could and couldn't do about it.
If you've read the series, check out the audiobooks! If you've read the first two, go get this one now. If you've never started the series, what are you waiting for? With a mix of Steampunk, World War I, Darwinists, Clankers, friendship, flying whales, secrets, talking message lizards, romance, and two Perspicacious Lorises, this series is one that is sure to please just about everyone. I just finished Goliath, and I'm ready to start the whole series over again right now!
Evie is just your normal, average, everyday girl. If by normal you mean a vampire-chasing, werewolf-tagging, ex-faerie-datFrom HTTP://ReadingTeen.net/
Evie is just your normal, average, everyday girl. If by normal you mean a vampire-chasing, werewolf-tagging, ex-faerie-dating, girl who can see through glamours. But that's all Evie has known since she was found by the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) when she was a little girl. She knew that she was special, because she was the only one who could see through the glamours that betrayed everyone else's eyes, but she never thought about what that could mean about herself. To Evie, she is just a normal girl.
But that all changes the day a new shape-shifting boy, named Lend (for his ability to "lend" people's appearance), breaks into IPCA. Lend challenges everything Evie thinks she knows about IPCA and about herself. There is a strange new threat in the world, that is killing all the paranormals, and Lend thinks that Evie may hold the answers. As Evie and Lend try to figure out the mystery behind these horrible acts of violence, they start realizing there is more to their relationship than just crime-solving. As Evie faces the truth about the IPCA and about herself, she'll have to make a choice that may endanger the lives of all the people.....and non-people that she loves. From the very first page of Paranormalcy, I fell completely in love with Evie! She was "bleeping" fantastic! It's not that often that I come away from a book, just loving the girl that is the "point of view". Even in Twilight, which I loved, I found myself often thinking, "I understand why she loves him....but what on earth does he see in her?" This was absolutely not the case in this book! Evie was funny, witty, intelligent, thoughtful, kind, and beautiful! What's not to love? I found myself cracking up laughing at her sarcastic remarks, and her witty comebacks. I loved that she had insecurities, but that they didn't hold her back. She wasn't afraid to speak her mind, even if she thought people might think she was crazy for saying it. I just loved everything about her! And the relationship between Evie and Lend was just perfect. Lend was such a fun character to get to know. I love how he "wore" different appearances all the time, and that Evie just didn't care at all what he looked like. It was so refreshing to see their relationship progress over time, as they got to really know each other. They didn't just meet and fall madly in love without any real reason. It was perfectly sweet!
I also loved the storyline. It was so unique! It was kind of like "Men in Black" meets "Van Helsing" meets "Never Been Kissed". It has something for everyone! It's funny, light-hearted, sweet, and clever, while at the same time it's unusual, romantic, mysterious, and even at brief times a little dark and scary. It's everything that I love in a book!
This is the part where I normally say what I didn't like about the book. I have nothing. There is honestly nothing I would change about this book! When I was reading it, I kept laughing, and sighing, and smiling, and Kit (my 15 yr old daughter) would keep saying, "What?" And I would just say, "Oh, you have to read this book....you will love it!" And what makes me happiest, is not only that I think this book is ok (appropriate) for her to read, but that I want her to read it. I can't wait until she reads it, because I know it will be one of those books that we talk about and quote to each other forever!
I've started quite a few books lately that have been very disappointing, and I thought maybe I was just getting picky after reading so many amazing books. I think my mom got sick of listening to me complain about the ones I was reading and she said, "Just go read Paranormalcy right now!" Needless to say, I finished it in less than one day. Paranormalcy has officially been added to my favorites list (which includes Sea, Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Harry Potter :) I ADORED THIS BOOK! It is hilarious, quirky, and completely unique! I don't care about your stupid "TBR Pile." Read Paranormalcy instead. Period. End of story. It is absolutely, utterly, entirely amazing.
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre...to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to AuWhen Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre...to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria...to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own, scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.
Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help. For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's (very crooked) history and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
What a fantastic book!! I really enjoyed Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls Series, but this book blew them away. Heist Society is Ocean's Eleven/Mission Impossible for teens. With all the elements that I love in a book: action, adventure, plot twists, and a little romance scattered throughout the pages, I could not put this book down. Kat is a brilliant, witty, and determined girl, who will do anything to save her father from the clutches of an evil thief named Arturo Taccone. "Arturo Taccone laughed softly, but there was something odd about the sound. As if it too had been stolen from its rightful owner." This time it was Taccone who had been stolen from. As Kat's father is the assumed thief, Kat has two weeks to re-steal the priceless paintings, or Taccone will go after her him, and that's not something to be taken lightly. With the help of her "family", a group of thieving teens (and two really cute boys), Kat begins to plan the heist of her life, and maybe find out some important truths along the way. Go read this book!
Heist Society has been picked up for a movie! Check it out here.
Parents need to know: Although there is no language or sexual content to deal with, there is some flirting between the main characters, and a kiss. There is also a scene where the boys in the "family" notice that Kat is a girl in her tight clothes.... For the full content, go to Parental Book Reviews.