Before purchasing Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano, I read a few paragraphs online. I think I might have read the entire first chapter, but I knew fro Before purchasing Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano, I read a few paragraphs online. I think I might have read the entire first chapter, but I knew from the first page this was a book that was going to whisk me away to a city floating in the sky. A city that perhaps was corrupt and dark instead of perfect. Perhaps it was supposed to be perfect, but deep down it was ruined.
I’m sorry, I had to.
Morgan Stockhour, the main character, is a girl who is set on finding out what lays beneath the surface of the perfect-ness of Internment when a murder, the first in generations, rocks the floating city. She’s a girl who is always dreaming and because of that, she’s able to trust the guy who is being convicted of the murder. She doesn’t trust him, and honestly, I was scared for Morgan. What if he was the bad guy and she trusted him? It was pretty much all I could think about.
I’m definitely a fangirl of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
How can I accurately describe the wonderful feeling Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell left me in? Or eveI’m definitely a fangirl of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
How can I accurately describe the wonderful feeling Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell left me in? Or even when I listened to the sample on Audible, and realized I had to have this book? GUYS. I’m seriously not sure what to do with my life, except buy a hardcover copy of Fangirl and mark my favorite passages so when I’m having a rough day, I can flip to those easy and be insta-happy.
I was browsing through audible and listening to samples to see what I wanted to listen to when I stumbled upon Fangirl and listened to it, and knew I had to read it because right away I connected with Cath. For me, it was super scary to go to the dining room alone. The whole moving onto campus and having to figure out how to live was scary. Because Cath’s and mine fears were the same, it made it so easy to connect with her—and right away.
And you know what, I absolutely adored this college story. I adored that Cath was separated from her twin sister Wren and forced to be her own person. I adored that Reagan, Cath’s roommate, was almost the exact opposite of Cath and yet they still became the bestest of friends.
And Levi, oh Levi. You melt my heart with your charm. I swear, he has to be the most beautifully and charmingly written man of YA. He is the perfect boyfriend. I would so love to stick him in my pocket, or on my shoulder where he could whisper charming words into my ear.
The other minor, but also important characters, are so very well developed. Nick, the douchebag canoe, Professor Piper, the encouraging fiction writing professor, Cath and Wren’s Dad, who has a whole mess of problems. I loved (and hated some of these characters) while listening to Fangirl.
Wren. Aside from Cath and Levi, Wren has to be one of my favorites. And it took a while to get to know (and like) Wren. Wren makes a lot of mistakes in Fangirl, but she does come around and becomes her sister’s best friend again, which HELL YES, I loved. I grew from disliking Wren to absolutely loving her and placing her on near the top of my all-time favorite characters.
Seriously, I loved Fangirl. I loved that the narrator, Rebecca Lowman, drew me in right away. The Simon Snow experts were read by Maxwell Caulfield and I thought he did a great job, too. I wasn’t hooked on his voice, though. It might have been too low and British-y for me, but whatever, I rolled with it. His parts weren’t as long as Lowman’s, less than a minute at the end of each chapter (I *think* it was each chapter. There might have been some chapters with no Simon Snow at the end.) I liked how Rainbow Rowell wrote it, since the fanfiction and Simon Snow had a huge part with Cath’s life. We got to see a glimpse of that world, and that was a great idea.
Overall, I want everybody to read this book. You have one thing to do, and that’s buy this book and sit in your closet and don’t do anything until you have devoured every single world of Fangirl.
I finished this one late last night and really liked it. Dossam had sort of a feminine voice in the beginning (or maybe I'm just used to reading throuI finished this one late last night and really liked it. Dossam had sort of a feminine voice in the beginning (or maybe I'm just used to reading through Ana's perspective in this world?) I did like what it brought to the table--I don't normally read the novellas, although I'm not sure why. I absolutely LOVE this series which is the main reason why I did buy and read Phoenix Overture.
ALSO hello, Li is a guy. Originally a guy, which shocked me at first but then it all started to make sense, like OF COURSE LI was originally a guy.
I loved this one; I hope there are more novellas (in fact, I want more novels in this world!) It's such a unique and well developed world that I could spend all my years in it. Bring on the last book of the trilogy, I think I'm ready! ...more
I love this book. I loved it from the very moment Hafsah sent it to me and I read the first sentence. It's such an unique story, and the planet LissaI love this book. I loved it from the very moment Hafsah sent it to me and I read the first sentence. It's such an unique story, and the planet Lissa lives on reminds me of mars--if mars had toxic air. ;) I can't wait for it to be released so you can read it.
When Julie finished LETTERS TO NOWHERE, she let me read it--and I fell in love with Karen and Jordan; I fell in love with their story, too. While LETTWhen Julie finished LETTERS TO NOWHERE, she let me read it--and I fell in love with Karen and Jordan; I fell in love with their story, too. While LETTERS TO NOWHERE is contemporary, it'll still appeal to fans of the TEMPEST series, imo. LETTERS TO NOWHERE isn't just a sad book, either. There's laughter. It's about Karen learning to move on from the life she's always known and into a life that is scary and new. LETTERS TO NOWHERE is the book that confirmed it for me: I'm a huge fan of Julie Cross and will read anything she writes. ...more
At forty-one pages, it's a quick read . . . and you wouldn't expect the level of emotion from it, but holy shiz, there's a lot of emotion in this one.At forty-one pages, it's a quick read . . . and you wouldn't expect the level of emotion from it, but holy shiz, there's a lot of emotion in this one. My heart is still aching. ...more
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren enchanted me right away; told in dual POV, the two voices are diPlease check out this review over at Book Brats!
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren enchanted me right away; told in dual POV, the two voices are distinct and clear and dragged me in and hooked me. I love a good voice. I read Beautiful Bastard quickly; I had to know what happened. I had to know if Chloe and Bennett ended with a HEA. Also, I’m a sucker for a guy named Bennett. It’s one of my favorite names ever.
Sadly, after I finished Beautiful Bastard and started thinking about it, I noticed all the flaws I didn’t see when I read it. Chloe is a class-A bitch. Bennett, too, is a class-A bitch. Or bastard. (Oh WAIT, the title is called “Beautiful Bastard.”) For no apparent reason, they are both so snarky and nasty to each other. For. No. Reason. These characters drove me up a freaking wall with their antics; I hated them at points, but yet somehow I wanted to know what was going to happen. I wanted them to stop being so nasty to each other and just fall in love.
The sex scenes are hot, yet… it’s the only reason why there’s even a book. And yet, it’s not really a book. Had Bennett not raped (because let’s face it, Chloe only consented because he was touching her) Chloe, she wouldn’t look at him in a different way. He wouldn’t have looked at her in a different way. Sure, later on in the book we learn their backstory, but still: the sex scene happens in the first chapter. It’s thrown at us, when they have no connection other than they hate each other, and he practically rapes her. When she comes to her senses (after going down on him) she storms out of the conference room.
What’s the plot? Take out all the sex scenes and it’s what… Chloe and Bennett trying to overcome their feelings for each other? What feelings? There were no feelings other than hatred until they fucked, and even then it was still a lot of hatred.
And now for the thing that bothers most people (but apparently not a lot, since it keeps happening…): Beautiful Bastard is Twilight fanfiction. Megan has talked about publishing fanfiction on this blog, on her Twitter, Goodreads, etc. and I have to agree with her: it’s morally wrong. Beautiful Bastard is the only published fanfiction I’ll ever read, because mostly I was curious about why S&S was making such a big deal about this one. I was curious how this one would rate towards Fifty Shades of Grey (which I haven’t read and will never read. Sorry, I like my BDSM *actual* BDSM.) Here’s my opinion about publishing fanfiction: it’s wrong. You are taking someone’s idea, that’s copyrighted even, and creating a story, a continuation of the previous story, and making money off of it. Where is the original author’s cut of the money? I’m disappointed in Stephenie Meyer for letting this happen. Even though I’m not a big fan of Twilight, it’s still better than all the Twilight fanfiction being published because let’s face it, Twilight is at least somewhat original (because not all ideas are unique).
VERDICT: If you don’t care about ideas being original, or the characters not having a connection—or just love a book that sweeps you away without much care, Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren is the book for you. It’s definitely for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey. ...more
Last year, I read How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr and fell in love, especially with the author—she wrote a BRILLIANT story, and when I saw SweetheartsLast year, I read How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr and fell in love, especially with the author—she wrote a BRILLIANT story, and when I saw Sweethearts on the audiobook shelf at the library, I grabbed it right away for my trip . . . and fell even more in love with it than I did with How To Save A Life. Guys, I don’t even. HOW can Sara Zarr be so brilliant? Like seriously. I fell in love with Cameron, and Jenna, and their complex story and ugh. All the feelings. I loved how it was such a sweet story, and I loved that they were sweethearts because I love the sweetheart stories. I especially love that they fell in love in elementary school and Cameron gave her a ring. Gah, my poor heart. <3
But what I really loved was how Cameron came back into Jenna’s life. Because sometimes, people come into your life and while they don’t necessarily always stay, they change it, for the brief moment they were there. And that is something everybody can related to, right? At least I think so. ...more
wow, what a fantastic, fun, action-packed book! I absolutely loved Jacob Wonderbar and his friends, Sarah and Daisy, and even Mick and Mistress Silverwow, what a fantastic, fun, action-packed book! I absolutely loved Jacob Wonderbar and his friends, Sarah and Daisy, and even Mick and Mistress Silver Spoon (and Lucy and Praiseworthy! <3) I can't wait to read book two, because I KNOW it's going to be just as fun as Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow. RIGHT? Right.
you should totes get this book if you haven't yet....more
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl started off as a whisper in my little corner of the blogosphere; it’s an adult book, and I primarily follow YA bloggers. ButGillian Flynn’s Gone Girl started off as a whisper in my little corner of the blogosphere; it’s an adult book, and I primarily follow YA bloggers. But once somebody talked about it, it seemed like my entire world blew up with talk of Gone Girl and I thought: what is so special about this book?
I love a good mindfuck book, and this one is definitely one. Flynn combines psychological and thriller so effortlessly that I was amazed by her skills. And I absolutely ADORED how seamlessly the plot was for Gone Girl—it’s thrilling and addicting and there were twists and turns I never saw coming.
It’s really hard to read a book where you don’t really like the main characters, and I flip-flopped between liking Nick and Amy and not liking them—I never liked them both at the same time; for the first half, I absolutely hated Nick and felt so, so sorry for Amy as it’s told from both of their POVs (Amy’s is in diary entries, which I normally despise, but it worked so well for Gone Girl) and then a twist happens and I end up liking Nick and hating Amy.
I absolutely loved their voices, Nick’s and Amy’s. They’re both so different and similar at the same time, and still, days later I think of their voices and how much I love them. I fell in head first. I so recommend Gone Girl to everybody. LOVE LOVE LOVE. <3 So brilliant. ...more
I love quirky adult fiction, almost as much as urban fantasy adult fiction. The funnier the better. Last year, I fell in love with Denise Grover Swan I love quirky adult fiction, almost as much as urban fantasy adult fiction. The funnier the better. Last year, I fell in love with Denise Grover Swank’s debut novel, Twenty-Eight and A Half Wishes and Rose, the main character. I loved her voice; I loved her determination to change who she was after her momma’s death.
But I didn’t enjoy Twenty-Nine and A Half Reasons all that much. This Rose is so freaking stubborn and she can’t see the clues that are so neatly laid out in front of her that I wanted to shake her and scream, OPEN YOUR EYES.
Jane is the story of the woman who loved Tarzan, and if you’re a fan of this ape-man, you’ll fall in love with Jane’s story like I did. Oh lordy, I j Jane is the story of the woman who loved Tarzan, and if you’re a fan of this ape-man, you’ll fall in love with Jane’s story like I did. Oh lordy, I just want to reread it right now because it is so GOOD.
I love the unique take Robin Maxwell did for this story. It’s in third person, but a vast majority of it is in first person as Jane is telling her story to this man after her lecture. I had actually forgotten that was what she was doing because I was so caught up in the story.
My love of Tarzan comes from the movies I’ve seen; in fact Jane, the Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell is the first Tarzan book I’ve ever read and I know I’ll definitely be scoping out some more.
What I loved most was how the story revolved about Jane and in the beginning, how she was an independent woman in this era that shied away from those types; and how you thought she’d never fall for a guy—and in the end, she falls for the guy who belongs to the jungle. And hell, even I FELL for that guy. He is just so . . . *swoons*
Also? High five for the science. I love that Jane starts off as a scientist and ends as one too. She NEVER loses that passion while she’s falling for Tarzan, which is so annoying when the heroine DOES forget who she actually is and becomes practically nothing. Young adult fans, you’ll adore Jane—it isn’t really that adult-ish, and there’s none of the whiny teenager stuff. HIGH FIVE.
I highly, highly recommend picking up a copy of Jane: especially those who love the story of Tarzan; Africa; or even strong women. It is such a fantastic book.
If you'd like to win a copy of this book, and live in United States or Canada, I'm giving away copy here....more
Wrong Bed, Right Guy started out strong: I liked seeing this heroine grow a backbone and attempt to seduce her bossYou can read my full review here.
Wrong Bed, Right Guy started out strong: I liked seeing this heroine grow a backbone and attempt to seduce her boss . . . in his bed. (Okay, that was a little strange. Isn’t that rape?) But after a while (and I mean a few pages; I was getting bored during the first chapter) it went all downhill.
Oh boy. Okay, first up: how do you not know the guy in your boss’s bed IS NOT YOUR BOSS? Elle seems to understand a tiny bit, but it’s only when he speaks (. . . after he’s already spoken to her) she realizes OH HELL THAT ISN’T NATHAN.
Oh. My. God. You’re kidding me, right?
Elle is so boring. You can read all of my reviews and you’ll note that I do not call MCs that are boring “Mary Sues” like most reviewers do, because unlike them I know what a Mary Sue is—and guys, Elle is such a Mary Sue. Okay, not really. See a Mary Sue is basically a Perfect Person. Elle is just boring. SO FREAKING BORING. I don’t know why Gabe fell for her at all. I really don’t, because she’s the most boring person I have ever met in fiction. I didn’t like her. End of story. ...more
SCARLET was simply amazing. I loved all the new characters (Thorne! in particular, but I did also love Scarlet and Wolf) and the new setting (France!SCARLET was simply amazing. I loved all the new characters (Thorne! in particular, but I did also love Scarlet and Wolf) and the new setting (France! Space!). I can't wait for CRESS and to see what Cinder does next. I really loved this one!...more
oh my god, I love this book so much. My favorite out of the series. I love dark Dimitri, I really do. That is very sick and twisted of me, but I do looh my god, I love this book so much. My favorite out of the series. I love dark Dimitri, I really do. That is very sick and twisted of me, but I do love him.
also: I had an actual review of this book, then my computer died, and I didn't want to rewrite it. So yeah. ...more
Bound Temptations by Shiloh Walker contains two novellas previously released, TEMPT ME and BEG ME. Both are erotic romances and while they don’t cont Bound Temptations by Shiloh Walker contains two novellas previously released, TEMPT ME and BEG ME. Both are erotic romances and while they don’t contain the same characters, or even the same world, they work well together in this print copy.
With Tempt Me, which I rather liked, I had one big problem: why did Cole fall for Rocki? They see each other and BAM, insta-connection. And Cole is engaged to another person, so to me it felt really awkward for him to break his engagement and start falling in love with Rocki; and it all happens so fast my brain whirled. I honestly am still reeling from how fast those two fell for each other. And I still don’t have any clue why they did fall for each other.
I liked that little bit of danger—Rocki’s ex stalking her—because it added SOMETHING to this so it wasn’t all romance. So that it wasn’t all boring. That isn’t to say the romance was boring, because it wasn’t, but had it just been romance it would have boring after a while. And the stalking really tied Tempt Me to Beg Me.
First things first: I didn’t want to read Reunited when I first heard about it. I probably skimmed the cover and thought, “meh.” Which, guys, this hapFirst things first: I didn’t want to read Reunited when I first heard about it. I probably skimmed the cover and thought, “meh.” Which, guys, this happens to me a LOT. You would think by now I would learn, but alas, I haven’t . . so when Julie asked me if I was willing to read Reunited, I was thinking er. . . and decided to read what Reunited was about and thought, “Oh hey, this book might be good!”
I was wrong. This book is AMAZING! One of my favorite books of 2012, I swear. (I keep saying that, but YO, SUCH A FANTASTIC BOOK.) I loved the relationship between the girls; I loved how real everything felt. It was one of those books were you wanted to experience the road trip with the girls—and trust me, I really want some sno cones right about now. YUM.
If you’re looking for a great contemporary read, I highly suggest Reunited. If you’re looking for a book about ex-friends getting back together, I highly suggest Reunited. If you’re a music lover, read Reunited. If you’re just a book lover, READ REUNITED.
You can read my interview with Hilary Weisman Graham over here and I hope you do! I think it's a good one. ;D
Disclaimer: I read this book for the Perfect 10, which I am a member of, and Julie Cross sent me a gift card to buy the book. That in no way influenced how I felt about the book--I really did go from thinking "eh, maybe not" to "YES, PLEASE! MORE MORE MORE!" ...more
I had my difficulties with Blind Spot by Laura Ellen. For one, I hated Mr. Dellian, a teacher that deals with the special education classes (and AP history, I think.) It was SO frustration that he was out to get Roz. WHY? What did Roz do to him? NOTHING. ABSOLUTELY FREAKING NOTHING.
It’s frustrating when someone clearly has a vendetta against one and it isn’t explain—and even more frustrating when it’s a teacher against a student. There should be NO REASON for a teacher to do what Dellian does to Roz—marking her absent for sitting in the front, which he KNOWS she has to do in order to see, etc. etc.
And yet I can’t help but wonder if that was Laura Ellen’s intent: to make the readers get so frustrated with Dellian. But I don’t think it actually works, because at the end we learn more about Dellian and his relationship with Tricia and now we have to feel sympathetic for him? Oh hell no. That doesn’t work for me at ALL.
As for Roz. Oh holy mother, I ended up hating her at points. She makes mistakes, yes, but they’re mistakes she could have easily avoided, especially with Dellian. Look, I get that when you have a disability, you don’t want people to act different around you, but getting in trouble with the school because you and Dellian have some twisted war going on is NOT going to make you sympathetic toward the readers.
What I did like was the writing style. I LOVED that this book is written differently than most, but after a while it gets annoying. This book is almost split in half: we have a prologue that hooks the reader, stating that Tricia’s body was found six months after she disappeared and then chapter one is when Roz meets Tricia. You know there’s an impending doom, but while readers are waiting for the story to GET ON WITH IT, the story is taking its time to develop the relationship between the characters.
While this one was addicting, I found my thoughts wandering and resulting in me having to reread a lot of paragraphs because of the writing style, especially during the first half before Tricia goes missing.
Also, the ending. Ugh, that ending. It was a disappointment. I wish it would have been awesome. It’s just . . . everything was building up to something epic and then the mystery was resolved and instead of it being this huge explosion of awesome, it fell back down to the earth and broke. No explosion. NOTHING. It was a letdown of an ending.
BUT I liked it. It’s a strange little book. I like those type of books....more