I don't know about you, but this book sounds EXACTLY like my type of book. Baseball + forbidden romance = HELL YEAH.
She really hit the ball out of thI don't know about you, but this book sounds EXACTLY like my type of book. Baseball + forbidden romance = HELL YEAH.
She really hit the ball out of the park with this one. Review to come!
For anybody that knows me, they know how much I love baseball. I love that game so much. I thrive on baseball like other people thrive on food. So when I found out Miranda Kenneally’s sophomore book was about baseball, and a forbidden romance (MY NEXT FAVORITEST THING EVER), I knew I was going to love it—and I did. Stealing Parker is an incredible contemporary YA, about love, friendship, relationships, and of course, the best thing ever, baseball.
Parker Shelton is dealing with a tough time in her life. Her mom recently left her family . . . for another woman, and their church has decided This Is Not Acceptable, and Parker’s classmates have also decided It Is Not Acceptable and will not talk to Parker. Guys, my heart ached for Parker. But all I really wanted her to do was to talk to her mother. Because WHY NOT talk to her?
And let me tell you, I did not expect this book to dive into religion so deeply. Yet it did—Parker is mad at God, but still goes to church every Sunday. Parker deals with being a good Christian girl, and woah, did I not expect any of that. It didn’t turn me off, but I wasn’t expecting it. At all. Yet it was a nice surprise to Stealing Parker. I really liked the church element.
I also really liked the baseball and softball element, and of course, Brian. The forbidden, steamy coach. I started out liking him a lot. He was NICE and amazing and I loved Brian and Parker’s chemistry. And then he turned into a sexual deviant and I hated him. I wanted Parker to stand up to him and get with the guy who was totally falling for her, while she was falling for him.
I loved the ending. There was a point where Parker lost EVERYTHING and I was crying. Okay, not really crying, but I wanted to. I wanted to cry and hug Parker because I just felt so bad for her. Then the ending came and Parker got her happily ever after, and I was a happy reader.
If you love romance with a fantastic story, I would recommend picking up Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally. It was a fast read, with fantastic characters, and I loved loved loved it so much....more
Holy crap, I could not put down Hourglass! I downloaded the sample on my iPad and read the first three chapters twice before getting the book. (I realHoly crap, I could not put down Hourglass! I downloaded the sample on my iPad and read the first three chapters twice before getting the book. (I really wanted a hardcover for this book. :P) When I started reading it, at chapter four, I got annoyed when anybody interrupted me while reading it. I was interrupted a lot because it was cleaning + moving horses day. Thus why it took me all fracking day to finish this story.
So, read Hourglass when your day is free. It’s for the best.
It’s told strictly from Emerson’s point of view, and she has a great voice, but (it may just be me) I don’t think she had a southern accent. At points she did, especially in the beginning, but in the middle, she says “y’all” and I was shocked because I didn’t think Emerson would say that. Yes, she would, she’s in the south.
I did like that Emerson’s family was around—Thomas, her brother, and his wife Dru. Emerson’s parents died four years ago, and after a few bumps, Emerson’s back to living with her brother and sister-in-law. In most YA, the parents seem to melt away, but with Hourglass, they were present. And there were consequences for what Emerson did behind Thomas’s back.
As Rachel Hawkins says on the back of the book, there is a killer plot. And Beth Revis was right about the delicious romance. I love Michael! And yes, there is a love triangle, but it didn’t feel like one. Kaleb was awesome, and I like him too, but he didn’t get a lot of screen time like Michael did. So, it’s more like two friends liking the same girl, except the girl likes one of them more. In this case, Emerson likes Michael more. It’s quite obvious about 330 pages in. ;) Or when I said “WHY???” in a status update.
And speaking of that, those pages are very emotional. I felt like shaking the book. I would give this book five stars despite the voice problem if—if—it made me cry or sigh in relief. It didn’t, though, I still want to shake the book. Myra told me to shake it gently.
I really recommend YA lovers to pick up this book. It’s the perfect blend of science fiction and paranormal and romance. I think I’m going to eat read it again soon. ...more
Tempest is the book being buzzed about in the YA blogosphere. I’d jump whenever I saw somebody talking about it, reading about it, Julie Cross talking
Tempest is the book being buzzed about in the YA blogosphere. I’d jump whenever I saw somebody talking about it, reading about it, Julie Cross talking about it… I wanted to read this book and I would make time travel to the future possible in order to read the book right now.
October, 2011 I found out it was on NetGalley. I requested and squealed three days later when I was accepted. I’d read the first four chapters and dying to know what came next.
Guys, this book is going to blow you away. It is so amazing. Like I don’t even…
So, you know how time travel is all “you go into the past and spit on somebody’s head, that changes the future”? Not in Cross’ world. Nope. It’s “you go into the past and you piss somebody off because you don’t remember she’s in your economics class, for god’s sake” you can go back to the future (aka “home base”) and stroll up to that girl and say, “hey, aren’t you in economics with me?” and she’ll smile and say, “yeah.” SHE WON’T REMEMBER ANYTHING.
And then things get complicated as Jackson learns his time travel abilities when he’s stuck in 2007. I want to crawl into Julie Cross’ head because of how complex the time travel is in this book. (Is that creepy?)
What I loved the most is Jackson and 007 Holly. 007 Holly and 009 Holly are so different, but I loved how Jackson got to know 007 Holly. (And if you have no idea what I mean, you should probably read the book, yeah?) Their talks I loved. It was like falling in love with somebody all over again.
The emotion—oh, guys, the emotion. I haven’t felt this connected to a story and the characters in a really long time. And yeah, I’ll admit, the ending made me cry. I was sobbing as I finished it because how could he do that?!
I need the sequel right now. I need the entire trilogy right now. I guess I need to make a friend like Adam and learn how to time travel to the future…
Do I recommend? Uh, I recommend to the INFINITE. Er… yeah. I don’t care if you don’t read sci-fi or time travel novels. You have to read this book. Push aside your to-read pile and run to the bookstore on January 3. You won’t regret it....more
So, basically, Dark Inside is the scariest book I’ve ever read and I now want to crawl into a hole and hide forever. If you read Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick So, basically, Dark Inside is the scariest book I’ve ever read and I now want to crawl into a hole and hide forever. If you read Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick, you will like this book—and if you were one of those who thought Ashes would have been better had the second part not be so drastically different from the first part, you will freaking LOVE Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts. Seriously.
Okay, so, here’s the deal: there’s five points of views. Nothing (who scares the crap out of me), Mason, Aries, Michael, and Clementine. They’re all told in third person, except for Nothing who tells his/her story in first person. And basically Nothing is crazy and his/her last chapter scared the ever living crap out of me! Just what s/he says (the first sentence especially) twists everything I knew about Dark Inside and if there isn’t a sequel, I’m going to throw a fit. But I think there is, so YAAAY!
What’s really scary is the crazies, the Baggers. Whatever you want to call them. They kill for fun, they kill for the game, they kill because they can. Most of them are quiet. Like I said, most of them are quiet, and that’s how you distinguish them from others—except for the ones who act normal and talk and will kill you when they can. You can’t trust anybody in this story, yet I want to live in it. Dark Inside ranks high on the favorite books list. Like oh my god, so brilliant. Love this freaking book.
Also, it’s all about survival. There’s none of that “OMG we’re the last people on earth, let’s be in love!” Okay, there’s some romance, but not a whole lot because the focus is on survival. And avoiding the baggers. Which is the same, but holy crap, they’re scary, I have to repeat myself.
Each main character has their own personalities and voices. In the very beginning, I had a problem distinguishing their voices and wondered why there were four POVs (five if you count Nothing, but you know it’s Nothing because s/he talks in first person). It makes sense at the end. I also liked that Roberts spread out each teen; like Clementine is from Midwest USA and Michael’s from Montana and Mason from Canada, I think?
Also I want to point out that there is a three-week gap in this book, but I think Roberts handled it very well and I didn’t feel as if I missed anything major.
One last thing: Read this book during the day, unless you can handle the baggers at night. Mwahaha....more
After I finished reading this book, I marked it "read" in Goodreads and put this in the review box: holy mindfuck. This book messes with your mind andAfter I finished reading this book, I marked it "read" in Goodreads and put this in the review box: holy mindfuck. This book messes with your mind and when you think you have things sorted out, Hodkin tosses it up again and you're left scrambling to find the exploded pieces of your brain.
When I think of Mara Dyer, a warm feeling comes over me. That's how vivid the setting is. It's set in Miami, and Hodkin describes it so well that even though it's cold as I write this review, I'm warm. I absolutely love the setting and want to reread Mara Dyer on a cold day to bask in the warmth of Miami.
Also to see if I could piece the clues together.
If you're wanting to read this book and you're the type of person to read the ending first, do not--I repeat DO NOT--read the ending first. It'll ruin the book for you.
The problem with reviewing this book is trying not to spoil it for you. It's such an interesting book to read when you have no idea what the hell it's about. Granted, I figured out the ending on page 50, but I didn't figure out all of the ending. Just one simple little piece. And it didn't ruin the reading pleasure for me; I still was scrambling for pieces of my mind when Hodkin decided to shake it up.
And Noah! How can I forget about Noah Shaw? I have one word: SWOON. I melt at the thought of Noah Shaw, and even though he is a jerk in the beginning, he's amazing once Mara (and readers!) get to know him. And I want to take him home with me. Hee.
If you ask me what genre The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is, I'll say a psychological paranormal thriller. Because there are paranormal elements (no paranormal creatures!), it is very psychological (my brain hurts thinking about it), and it's thrilling.
Do I recommend? Yes. I recommend this book to EVERYBODY. I don't care if you don't like paranormal or thrillers or whatever. You need to read this book. Everybody needs to read this book. ...more
I love a good mindfuck. A book is amazing if it makes me view the world a little differently, and Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman does just that—allI love a good mindfuck. A book is amazing if it makes me view the world a little differently, and Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman does just that—all while twisting my brain and shaking my world like a snow globe. And at the end, my mind was reeling and I was trying to process what happened.
Guys, Leah Clifford shook my world by saying once (in a live show): what if you imagined everything? What if you imagined your boy/girlfriend, your friends, your entire fucking life? And after she said that, I thought: HOOO SHIT, what did I imagine? DID I imagine anything and didn’t realize it?
In Beautiful Lies, a character imagines something. And it scared the shit out of me. Beautiful Lies is such a dangerous little book. I don’t know what really went down with it because of that ending (oh, but I love it) and all that DID go down. All I want to ask is… did she make it all up? WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? And it’s such a beautiful little lie.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher vai NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Last year, I was one of the first people to receive a Like Mandarin ARC, Kirsten’s debut. I fell for that book hard. Maybe because it was set near my town of Wyoming or that it was strictly about friendship—something I had been craving at that time.
So when I heard that Kirsten’s sophomore novel was about traveling, I was ecstatic. Ask any of my friends and family, and they’ll tell you that I want to travel. That I want to visit every historical place on this world, go to Antarctica (Madeleine L’Engle’s Troubling A Star is one of my favorite books)to dine with penguins, to go to Central America and speak their language (My Spanish? No bueno.), to go to Europe and backpack around every country I can.
According to Rowan, Starling, and Bria, I’m inflicted with Wanderlove. And I couldn’t be happier, even if the farthest I’ve traveled is to Baja, California. (I will go farther, I swear, I will!)
I love Kirsten Hubbard’s writing so much that I was never scared to begin Wanderlove and find out I didn’t like. I trusted Kirsten so much that I completely forgot that Wanderlove was in a different boat than Like Mandarin. All I could think about was: “Wanderlove’s on NetGalley and it’s read now omg omg omg. iPad, where are you?!”
Because, y’know, I’m always losing the iPad.
Bria Sandoval is someone I connect to—not the rotten relationship part, but the art part. The longing to get far away. The fact that she has Hispanic heritage (high five!) That she doesn’t know a lot of Spanish. It was so easy for me to read about her journey.
And Rowan? Omg, swoon. I freaking loved him. I believe I was thinking “Kiss him” after they met. Because kissing is awesome. And he’s cute, but a jerk; he has flaws, so he’s not perfect.
I really liked all the characters. Hubbard does an amazing job with making her characters 3D, and after finishing her books, I want to read it again because I miss the characters so bad.
Wanderlove is recommended. Everybody should read this. But a warning: you might be inflicted with wanderlove afterwards—I was! Still am. I want to go backpacking around central America....more
Holy crap, I loved this book. I loved that Elsie Chapman knows how to weave an intricate action-packed story with just the right amount of romance. SiHoly crap, I loved this book. I loved that Elsie Chapman knows how to weave an intricate action-packed story with just the right amount of romance. Since I’m a huge romance girl, you know Dualed was amazing for me to love the action more than the romance. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. A MUST read for the science fiction fans.
So, I read Dualed in June. June 2012. That’s a really long wait for the sequel, but the good news is: there isn’t a cliffhanger. Which makes me super happy because maybe now the wait will be bearable.
I doubt it. I’ll just have to reread Dualed because HELL YEAH IT IS THAT AWESOME. I do love a good action-packed novel, even when I do love the romance. I love that Elsie Chapman worked both into this fantastic debut, and she does such a great job with it.
I love love love West. She’s so mature for her age, and in this world Chapman created, it works. You sorta have to be mature instead of a young teenager when you know you might have to kill your Alt soon. Or have them kill you.
I have to admit that I did think about this idea a lot—You or your Alt?—and came to the conclusion that if I had to face against my Alt, and be the person that I am today, I wouldn’t make it. BUT if I lived in that world and had been training for killing my Alt? I think I could, because hello, I have been TRAINING for this moment, so it makes this book’s premise a little OH HOLY CRAP. What BIG thing happened to West to make it seem like she couldn’t do this?
You guys, I just absolutely adored the idea behind Dualed. It was unique and made me REALLY think, and I love thinking. I love books that challenge me to think of an alternate world.
Such a fantastic idea. Anyway. The romance fan that I am wanted more kissing; West and Chord have amazing chemistry between them, and man, I LOVED Chord. He was so sweet! Like he’s probably the sweetest YA love interest out there. LOVED HIM SO MUCH. He’s just . . . amazing. All the hearts for Chord.
The ending totally made this book for me, especially the big climatic event. I reread it after I finished the book because omg it was just perfect. And no cliffhanger! Yay! I’m really excited to see where Elsie takes the sequel. I can’t WAIT for that one. I would sell parts of my soul for it. ...more
Wow. What a brilliant debut! I love Lauren Oliver, and this is my second book I've read from her (haha, as it should be, since she only has two publisWow. What a brilliant debut! I love Lauren Oliver, and this is my second book I've read from her (haha, as it should be, since she only has two published/out in the world books. I do have an ARC of Liesl & Po, and I'm very excited to dive into it!)
All I knew about Before I Fall is 1) a lot of people liked it 2) A lot of people hated Sam and her group since they were bitches and 3) she has to relive the same day for seven days in a row.
I freaking love this book, and Sam. I didn't find her mean or overall horrible in the beginning (some of the things Sam and her friends did make me sad). And I loved how Sam grew as a character over the story.
Each day is different, which I love, because if it had been the same day over and over again, that would have been very boring to read. But it wasn't, and oh my god, it was addictive. I kept reading and reading and reading until there was nothing else to read.
And what an ending. I'm not entirely sure I like it, but maybe it'll grow on me. What I really loved about this book was the friendship relationship between Sam and her friends. Lately YA is filled with sexual relationships that a friendship relationship book is amazing and I devour it (think LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard.) These books are amazing, and I loved how Oliver managed to grasp the friendship with this group of teens. Really, really loved that friendship dynamic. More of this, please? ...more
I didn't know about this book until a few weeks ago. When I did, I fell in love with the cover, then with the summary.Cross posted at A Gypsy Writer.
I didn't know about this book until a few weeks ago. When I did, I fell in love with the cover, then with the summary. I live in Wyoming, and not a lot of books are about Wyoming. After talking with Kirsten Hubbard after I won the book in her first giveaway, I found out this book is based in the county I live in. How cool is that? She even wrote in the book that I was meant to win the book. How can I argue with that?
Hubbard's writing is magical. I was so caught up in the story. The Wyoming wind snapped me up and dragged me into the story. Whenever Grace, the fourteen year old main character, says she wants to be like Mandarin, I wanted to be like Mandarin.
I absolutely love that this books revolves around the winds in Washokey -- mostly because when I got the book, it was super windy, but also because this wind is apart of Wyoming. And it's really important in the book. It drives Grace crazy enough to ruin her shot at winning The Little Miss Washokey, Wyo. Pageant.
Grace's mother is a great example of the winds driving somebody crazy: She attempts to talk in a British accent although she can't and obsesses over pageants for her daughters. And then there's Mandarin, who could be considered crazy due to the winds, or. . .she's just missing something important in her life.
LIKE MANDARIN is Kirsten Hubbard's debut, and wow -- I can't wait to see what else she comes up with because this book is crafted beautifully, it makes me weep. (No, really, it did.)
If you love reading, put this book on your to-read list. It'll be worth it....more
You guys, you will WANT to read this free short story prequel to The Near Witch. It is so, so good and written in the same lush prose TNW is. After IYou guys, you will WANT to read this free short story prequel to The Near Witch. It is so, so good and written in the same lush prose TNW is. After I finished The Ash-Born Boy I wanted to reread TNW so I could pick up clues to who is Cole? which this story answers. SUCH an amazing story and I highly recommend reading it on May 15!
I knew three things about Everneath when I started reading it: It was a twist on Persephone and Hades;This review also appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.
I knew three things about Everneath when I started reading it: It was a twist on Persephone and Hades; there was a girl who disappeared for six months; and there were two guys. But it’s so, so much more than that.
Nikki. The poor girl who disappeared last spring. Nikki’s hurting because her mother died from a hit-and-run and she asks Cole to take away her pain… who takes her to Everneath, where she actually stays for a hundred years, but only six months pass on the Surface. I loved the world of Everneath and the Surface. I loved the twist on the mythology and am dying to read the rest of the trilogy.
The characters are so real. I loved Nikki and Jack’s relationship before and after the feed. I loved how trusting Nikki was with Jack in the middle of the book. I also loved how villainous Cole was. Man, I wanted to hate Cole, but I can’t—I just like him too much.
The book was so engaging, hooked me right from the prologue, that when I started it, I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late at night reading it, not wanting it to ever end, actually. The writing hooked me and how it pivoted between before the feed and after the feed. I thought it showed the world, the characters, and how drastic Nikki changed from her disappearance.
Not only is the cover beautiful, but so is the story inside. It’s dark and mysterious and twisty, but oh god, so gorgeous. I wanted to live in the world Brodi Ashton has created—even if it’s rather dangerous. This is the book you need to get when it releases. ...more
That was intense. O_O From the description and starting to read it, or hearing about it, you know it's intense, but until you've read the whole thing,That was intense. O_O From the description and starting to read it, or hearing about it, you know it's intense, but until you've read the whole thing, I don't think you'll understand how intense it is.
Amanda Grace chose to write this story in reverse chronological order. I see it as two parts, because there's a few chapters (five?) that are told in one day, and the rest are from when Connor went too far to when Ann met Connor.
And now I want to read it backwards.
The reverse chronological order was weird at first, because there was references brought up that I didn't understand until several pages later. I think that's what kept it so page-turning.
I also hated Connor right away, but by the end, I liked him. He was nice in the beginning and I love how him and Ann met--and even their first few dates. One thing about the reverse storytelling is I never knew what Connor looked like until three, two? pages until the end. It was weird, but I sorta liked it.
My brain is still trying to mend itself after reading this book. It was a very fast book for me to read, less than two hours, and I didn't stop. Once I started reading, I had to know how it was going to finish. (Although the dog and I had an... eventful morning. She woke me up at seven this morning because she was barfing! Yay... but yes. The only time I put down the book was when the dog decided to puke again.)
Everybody should read this story. It's sad, but so powerful....more
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There are someThis review is also over at Gypsy Book Reviews. You may also stumble upon it on book buying stores like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
There are some books where you set them down and the story is ALL that you can think about. I have a forgetful memory, so a lot of the time I think of the story then, “What am I thinking of?” and then I get all excited again when I realize it’s a book and I’m not done reading it. Yay! Reading Partials was like that for me. Oh man, this book took my breath away! I LOVED IT.
I don’t even know where to begin, so I guess I’ll begin with the writing style: it’s written in third person past, and a lot of the time, I forgot it was written that way. I was just so sucked into the story that I forgot it was written in third, which IS AWESOME and job well done.
The science. HOLY WOW. A lot of dystopians/post-apocalyptic books now don’t usually delve into the science part, which is weird since those genres are subgenres to SCIENCE FICTION. C’mon, where’s the science?! But in Partials there is science—the medical kind. Which is one of my favorite kinds. I come from a very medical oriented background, so it was so refreshing to read a book where the main character actually did medical things! And talked about the medical things! And TRIED to find a cure for RM and actually did things to find a cure for RM. HUZZAH!
The Partials themselves are interesting, too, and how they were built. I found them so weird how they were wired but MAN, are they interesting. I want to know MORE about them and judging by the ending of Partials, we will know more in book two!
So, from the reviews I’ve seen, some talk about a cliffhanger at the end of Partials and I just want to say, HA! There really isn’t a cliffhanger here. I guess it depends on how you view cliffhangers; the one at the end of Partials? Probably the weakest “cliffhanger” I’ve ever read… the one at the end of Vanish? Horrible, horrible cliffhanger. So for those who are thinking “I’ll read Partials when the rest of the books are out…” read it now. Please. You won’t regret it, especially if you are a huge science fiction lover.
The characters in this book are kickass. I loved Kira and Marcus’s relationship, with all its bumps and obstacles. This book is about survival, and I loved that their relationship wasn’t all happy. Yippy! Although it sucks for them, to be honest. But I love angsty relationships. ;D
Even though I guessed the big twist (seriously—guessed it around page thirty, it was confirmed for me on page 166, and then I knew I was right on page 400), I wish I had like a secret rating—six stars—just for this book. I haven’t read a book this wonderful in a really long time. A MUST read!...more
I’ve heard good and bad things about SHATTER ME. And oddly, they revolved around the prose. I see Juliette as a poet—what she thinks, what she says, iI’ve heard good and bad things about SHATTER ME. And oddly, they revolved around the prose. I see Juliette as a poet—what she thinks, what she says, is very poetic. There’s a ton of metaphors layered in between the pages, and the most amazing thing is Mafi knows when to linger and when not to. Her metaphors could slow down the pacing if it was thrown in during an action scene. A few of them didn't make sense, but after reading them again, I understood. But... it was annoying after a while.
If you told me I had to pick out one thing I loved about this book, I’d pick the worldbuilding. Juliette’s world is torn apart from human beings. What scared me was I can see this happening. Aside from the paranormal aspect of the story, the science fiction part could come true. The ozone layer has been stripped away; there’s not a lot of food; the clouds are the wrong color; and the birds don’t fly anymore. Juliette doesn’t wear some futuristic clothes. She wears tennis shoes and t-shirts and jeans. There are cars and tanks, but they’re expensive. There’s schooling. I can see this story taking place in a century or so, and it scares me because this is one dystopian that hits really close to being real.
But it’s one of my favorite parts of the book because of how real it is.
I was glued to the pages of SHATTER ME. My book mail goes to my house, and I go home on the weekends, so when I saw a package in the mailbox, I yanked it free and glanced at who sent it. Rachel from Fiktshun, and I squealed. I knew she had sent me SHATTER ME, and although I shouldn’t have read it (oh my god, I was still reading September books ((I read SHATTER ME at the end of Sept.)) I tore open the package and flipped open the book.
It didn’t let me go until I finished it, and it still hasn’t let me go. I had to know what was going to happen. I grew grouchy at people who weren’t letting me read. I was so desperate to take the book while I was running errands because I knew I wouldn’t be bothered in my car. And if I was, I would have snarled at the person. All I wanted to do was read SHATTER ME—and it sucked away my afternoon. What a brilliant book.
I do have a few questions left that I would have loved to know—and people are saying that this is a complete story, but I can’t help but feel that it’s cliffhanger-y. There are so many unanswered questions for me that I can’t feel like this is a complete story and be satisfied until book two releases. I’m itching to know what happens next.
Juliette, our heroine, can be so fragile at times and she really reminded me of River Tam from Firefly. And like River, she can be badass and strong when she needs to be. What a wonderful character she is. And Adam, the love interest? Oh, he’s amazing. All the characters are amazingly wonderful. This book was so, so refreshing to read. Exactly what I needed to read....more
I'm reviewing all five novellas separately on my blog. I'll be updating this as I read and review the novellas. UPDATE: I was going to, but I ended upI'm reviewing all five novellas separately on my blog. I'll be updating this as I read and review the novellas. UPDATE: I was going to, but I ended up only reviewing two of the stories--I still highly recommend picking up this collection of novellas if you're a fan of The Goddess Test series!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Goddess Queen - Calliope/Hera's Story
So the first story in The Goddess Legacy is Calliope's, who is actually Hera. I have to admit that I don't really like Calliope in The Goddess Test or Goddess Interrupted, so when I went to read this one I was more like, okay, well, this story is going to suck.
I'm wrong, btw. I now understand Calliope's motive in The Goddess Test series. And--dare I say it?--I fell for Calliope. I felt her pain, how she was betrayed by Zeus (Walter), and her sisters, and of course, Hades (Henry.) For those who have read my reviews of the books in this series, you know I'm a total Henry fan. And it. . . this novella made me feel a lot of things. ALL THE EMOTIONS!
Rating: 4 stars. You can read the rest of my review here.
The Lovestruck Goddess by Aimee Carter is the story of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. I loved her story; it was short, but it stayed with me for a while. From the last story, we learned that Aphrodite is supposed to marry Hephaestus, but she's in love with Ares. The Lovestruck Goddess is her running away with Ares, only to be tricked and fall in love with both brothers.
Guys, this story really brought me closer to Aphrodite. I don't really remember her role in the first two books, but her story made me fall for her--and hard. I SO understood her better just from reading The Lovestruck Goddess, which is the entire point. And I love how it ties with the last story. LOVE that for this collection! So interesting. And it has my favorite passage from this collection:
I've kissed a lot of boys before, and none of them affect me the way he does. When I'm with him, I feel alive, not just immortal. And believe me, there's a difference. It's easy to be immortal--all you have to do is sit there. But the world passes you by the way, and I don't see the point of existing for eternity if we don't feel it.
Being alive, that's the hard part. That's when my heart beats, my eyes are open and I see and smell and feel and taste and hear everything. It's heat, it's fire, it's the crash of the waves and the rumble of thunder. It's an awareness mortals take for granted. I never do though, especially when I'm with Ares.
p. 103, egalley
Love. So much love for that passage. Can't you tell why it's one of my favorite stories of the collection? ...more
EEEEEEEEEEK. Sacrifice almost killed me, guys! Seriously. It was just so good; I don’t know if you know this, but I find thafull review up on le blog!
EEEEEEEEEEK. Sacrifice almost killed me, guys! Seriously. It was just so good; I don’t know if you know this, but I find that Denise’s second half of her books are just amazing. It took me a few days to read the first half, but once I hit the second half, I could NOT put the book down. It was just so addicting and my heart was racing because omgggg time squeeze and Raphael is insane and omg, WHAT IF THEY ALL DIED?!
I knew the fourth book was a rumor.
Wait. I shouldn’t say that. THE FOURTH BOOK ISN’T A RUMOR. I was just teasing. Don’t quote me.
The scariest thing about Sacrifice was that Will doesn’t remember Emma, and it’s so sad! I wanted him to remember; I wanted to shake him until he remembered. Nothing kills me like angsty relationship turmoil, and there is a lot of that in Sacrifice.
Most of the time I have problems with a third book if there’s four total in a series. I always feel like those are filler books until the last book, but the good news for this one was that it didn’t feel like a filler book. Water is found at the end, so the plot for this book is complete, but it still has a tiny cliffhanger that definitely leaves you anticipating the fourth book (I am VERY excited to know what is in store for Emma and Will! Definitely intrigued by the game Aiden created.)
Readers who are afraid of picking up Sacrifice shouldn't be; it's a GREAT read and leaves you breathless at all the right parts. Be prepared to have your heart squeezed and stuck in your throat....more
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’m in love. Under The Never Sky is the perfect blend of high fantasy and dystopian. It’s a gorgeous reThis review also appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.
I’m in love. Under The Never Sky is the perfect blend of high fantasy and dystopian. It’s a gorgeous read, with a compelling plot, and one that I’ll definitely reread in the future.
On the back of my ARC (I don’t know if it’s like this on the finished copy), it says “For readers who loved GRACELING and THE HUNGER GAMES comes a startling new world and a breathtaking, unforgettable love.” WELL THEN. I really shouldn’t have liked Under The Never Sky because I hated Graceling. But… see… I love high fantasy. I think the biggest reason why I didn’t like Graceling is because Katsa and Po drove me insane while reading.
This summer, I fell in love with a series. It was high fantasy. It reminded me that yes, I do love high fantasy and I shouldn’t let Graceling ruin that for me.
That was the Seven Realms series (The Demon King is book one.) And I think Under The Never Sky appeals to Seven Realms lovers, too. (And honestly, I think HarperTeen only put “The Hunger Games” in the comparison because Under The Never Sky has dystopic elements. UTNS is more about the high fantasy than the dystopian.)
Aria and Perry are some of the best narrators to date. I really liked Perry’s chapters a lot more, because I think I was more curious about the outside world instead of Aria’s pod world. I mean, Aria’s world is interesting: I like the whole Realms thing, but Perry’s was more dangerous and thrilling and that appealed to me more. I mean, hello, there are CANNIBALS out in Perry’s world. Of course I’m going to like his more.
Aria and Perry’s journey is unforgettable, and I hope they come back together in the second book. THEY BETTER. If not, I’ll be a very, very upset person. :sniffsniff:
And their relationship isn’t BOOM, insta-love. No, it takes time. Like, seriously, a lot of time. At first Perry doesn’t even tell Aria his name and refuses to be nice to her… kinda. He has more of a “I’m only helping you because you are helping me” attitude before he finally comes around. AND THEN IT TAKES THEM PAGES TO KISS.
When they finally did kiss, I stopped reading, turned to my mom and blurted out the page number. “THAT’S HOW LONG IT TOOK THEM TO KISS! OUT OF A 384 PAGE NOVEL! ARGH!”
She understood my frustration. And I’m not telling you what page they kiss on, so HA. :p I think everybody needs to endure this pain of waiting.
When you finish all 384 pages, you’ll be breathless and wanting more. And if you don’t, you can always send your copy to me. *G*...more
If you like paranormal, with prophecies and chosen ones, I know a book foThis review, along with a quote from the book, appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.
If you like paranormal, with prophecies and chosen ones, I know a book for you. It's CHOSEN, and it's one hell of a book. When there isn't physical action going on, there's emotional action--and when you think you have figured out everything, Swank throws you new information. When I finished reading this book, I sat back and thought, "WTF just happened. I need the sequel RIGHT NOW!" CHOSEN is a book you don't want to miss with a very strong heroine and an equally strong (and hot! talk about haaawtnesss) hero....more
I'm not posting a review because what can I really say that won't have some sort of spoil in it? I'm respecting Suzanne Collins' wish for nobody to spI'm not posting a review because what can I really say that won't have some sort of spoil in it? I'm respecting Suzanne Collins' wish for nobody to spoil Mockingjay -- but what I will tell you is grab the tissues, you're going to need them....more
[Mind blowing. Will write review when I can think again.] Cross posted on A Gypsy Writer.
Oh. My. God. This book broke my brain. I recommend it to any[Mind blowing. Will write review when I can think again.] Cross posted on A Gypsy Writer.
Oh. My. God. This book broke my brain. I recommend it to anybody who loves a good family story. So that blurb up there? Totally wrong. I'm not kidding--sure, there are some romantic interests in here, but it's family orientated.
And it's told from a guy's POV. The cover thinks "fun, summer romance." (Well, it made me think that.) It's not; it's a my-family-is-dysfunctional-and-I-need-to-keep-them-together-while-we-go-on-vacation. Um, yeah. It's that type of book. But if you pick up this book thinking it's a nice summer romance? Sorry to crush your dreams, but it's not that type of book. I have no problem with the cover--I think it's awesome. Does it fit the story that well? Not really, but I think it will appeal to teenage boys, which is this book's audience. (And girls too!)
The first thing I said after finishing the book (to Hannah Moskowitz): I finished IS. I sorta hate for writing such a brilliant book. But I also love you for writing it. Good god.
It's not just brilliant, it's bloody brilliant. I felt as if I was there each summer, experiencing Chase's disasters. Each summer was better, if not more disastrous. I saw each character grow with the four summers. Chase was a bit naive the first summer--or as it's called in the book "15th Summer." He's fourteen at the beginning, I get it. He's going to have a lot of growth between the off seasons, and he does.
When the 16th summer rolls around, I noticed right away that Chase grew up. And. I. Freaking. Loved. It. I fell in love with THAT Chase. Even though the 17th and 18th summer Chases weren't bad either. I loved the 16th summer, and oddly enough it's the summer that Chase spends thinking about sex . . . and finally does it. Moskowitz does an excellent job with this summer, the sex scenes, and building up the tension (!!!) Okay, Moskowitz just goes well with this book. I thought it was brilliant, amazing, and can't wait for more. I wanted to re-read it after I finished it. Good job, Moskowitz! ::claps::
INVINCIBLE SUMMER did not read slow to me at all. Sometimes I did get up and walked away from the story, but I was reading it on my computer. I needed to give my eyes a rest! But I still finished this book around five hours. It's a quick read, may seem slow at first (to some), and some may need to grab a few tissues. Frankly, I didn't, but then again I'm a little cold-hearted. It's the biggest reason I gave it four stars; it did move me, but others have said they CRIED at the ending and I didn't. It's still a great book, just if I would have cried I probably would have rated it five stars. And . . . that's weird. I'm cold-hearted, okay?
I can't wait to read more of Moskowitz. INVINCIBLE SUMMER was my first book I've read, and I'm going to get BREAK as soon as I can. Maybe one of her books will make me cry. ...more
Swoon. Fracture was lovely. SO lovely. I knew from the tagline “a lot can happen in eleven minutes” thaThis review also appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.
Swoon. Fracture was lovely. SO lovely. I knew from the tagline “a lot can happen in eleven minutes” that I was going to love this book and DING DING DING I DID.
So, something is wrong with Delaney. Obviously or there wouldn’t be a story about her. But wow, I loved it. Delaney has an itch inside her head… that tells her when somebody close (as in physical location) is going to die. Which is weird, RIGHT? This started when she fell through the ice and stayed in cold water for eleven freaking minutes.
I just love that premise—a lot can happen in eleven minutes. LIKE WHAT CAN HAPPEN? And that cover? GOR-GEOUS. This entire thing just spoke to me. And I squealed when I saw the email saying I was accepted to read Fracture.
So there’s mystery in Fracture—with a supernatural twist. And then there’s Troy. STAY. AWAY. FROM. TROY. I’m just saying. He’s possessive and manipulative and GRR. Nothing good happens when Troy is around. I mean, he LIES to Delaney the first time he meets her. Of course Troy is bad news if he starts off their relationship with a LIE.
But don’t worry; Delaney is one of those girls where the author says she’s smart and Delaney actually makes smart choices. Maybe not the brightest at times, but I mean, her choices work.
AND DECKER. Oh, Decker. I’m going to place you on the shelf with the rest of the book boyfriends. I love you the most. And dear reader, you will too. He’s sweet! He makes mistakes. AND MOST importantly, he SAVED Delaney when she fell through and he’s there for her like 79% of the time. Because y’know, every YA book has that scene where they fight with their best friend. Well… most YA books. BUT THEY MAKE UP. And I can’t confirm this, but there may or may not be kissing in this book. Okay, there is kissing in this book.
The ending blew me away. I really like when authors wrap their books up with the first and last scene being alike. What I mean is in Fracture, Delaney falls through the ice in the beginning… and the book ends with Delaney going out onto the ice. THAT ISN’T A SPOILER. But yeah. It kinda is. But not really.
You want to read this book. Seriously. You do....more
The Name of the Star is Maureen Johnson’s latest book, and frankly, one of her best. A thriller ghost sThis review also appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.
The Name of the Star is Maureen Johnson’s latest book, and frankly, one of her best. A thriller ghost story set in London, England, is the PERFECT book for anybody who loves ghosts, England, or young adult.
Rory, the main character, is from Louisiana. What I really loved about Rory is how southern she was at times, and how she wasn’t a total Louisiana cliché. I also liked that she felt so American at times in England, because honestly, it’s one of those things that happens to foreigners. She was so real. And I can’t wait to read the rest of her story, in the sequels.
All of the characters were so real and had wonderful backgrounds. What I love about Maureen’s books is how unperfect her characters are; in other words, they are weird in their own way. Just like normal human beings, who all have a little weird streak. (Right? ;))
The setting. Oh, the setting. It was wonderful and made me want to buy the first ticket to London right away. There was a point where I wanted to google the school, Wexford, to see if it was real—that’s how real the setting was.
Rippermania. THIS WAS MY FAVORITE PART OF THE BOOK! Okay, so little unknown fact about me: I love murder stories. Before I took a criminal justice class, I took a government class that spent a few weeks on studying criminal cases. I was fascinated by the murder ones, and even before that class, I love watching NCIS and Bones and Law & Order. And books about murder? Count me in! But I loved The Name of the Star a lot, mostly because it focused on Jack the Ripper and it was a modern day Jack the Ripper. How scary is that?!
Even Maureen’s writing style I loved; it’s mostly told in Rory’s point of view, but there’s a handful of chapters told in various characters’ POVs… in third person. It really distinguished the voices, since Rory’s POV is told in first person. The third person chapters just fueled me and my curiosity. I had to know what was going to happen—and why the killer wanted Rory so bad!
Everything about this book I loved. It kept me up and my brain thinking. I needed to know what was going to happen, what was happening to Rory. I even wanted to know if the romance between Rory and Jerome were going to go somewhere (and I hope it’s focused on more in the sequels!) ...more
A Million Suns is the second in the Across the Universe trilogy, a YA science fiction with murderousThis review is also posted on Gypsy Book Reviews.
A Million Suns is the second in the Across the Universe trilogy, a YA science fiction with murderous people and—wait for it—it’s set in space. I like books that deal with space. SO MUCH LOVE.
I was afraid when I got A Million Suns. See, I loved Across the Universe a lot. And while I heard nothing but good things about A Million Suns, I was scared. What if I was going to be the rare person who didn’t like it? WHAT THEN??
Of course, I twisted myself up like that and it didn’t go away until I read the book. WHICH I LOVED. Holla.
So, if you like me, you knew one of the lies in Across the Universe. The lie in the first chapter. So that wasn’t so shocking, however… the rest of the book was. I didn’t know WHAT was going to happen! And I had noooo clue who was killing off people with the creepy “follow the leader” messages stuck on them. It made a lot of sense at the end but I was left looking like this: O_o jiggawhaaaa???
Amy and Elder’s relationship is still rocky. (Amy’s first chapter in AMS is one of my favorites! So heartbreaking.) But there are some kissing scenes, and their relationship is an entire story by itself. It was amazing and my own heart broke alongside Amy and Elder's.
I skimmed the last chapters of ATU before I read AMS, but I think I should have reread ATU. There was a few things I had forgotten, even though I remembered after a while. I know I will reread both of these before reading Shades of Earth.
Grab onto your seat when you read A Million Suns, and make sure you can turn the pages quickly because you will want to keep up with the action. A Million Suns is a lot better than Across the Universe, even though they both rank up high on my favorites list. This is such an amazing trilogy and I really don’t want it to end with Shades of Earth! ...more
The third book was my favorite. It grabbed me right away, had me in a emotional roller coaster, and leftFirst Read: March 2011 Original Rating: 5 stars
The third book was my favorite. It grabbed me right away, had me in a emotional roller coaster, and left me feeling hallow. These one ends on a cliffhanger, kinda, so I had to pick up the fourth book right away. However, when I started the third book I was hooked.
Shadow Kiss is back at the school and it's about Rose figuring out more about Vladimir and Anna, his shadow kiss guardian. It's also when Rose and the other guardians take field training--guarding the moroi on school grounds. Again, Rose fights a lot in this book and I like how it shows her strong (and sometimes not always strong character.)
As I already said above, this book changed this series for me. It went from "okay" to holy crapoly, WHY DON'T I HAVE THE NEXT ONE? (which, related, when I FINISHED Shadow Kiss Sunday night for the second time, I immediately read Blood Promise. At 1 in the morning. I . . . like Blood Promise. A lot. And Spirit Bound. And Last Sacrifice.)
This book is huge. And packs a punch. Rose is now dealing with the loss of Mason and now she's seeing ghosts. And she has to guard Christian for the field activity all guardians have to do in order to graduate.
TSK TSK. Rose's life sucks, basically.
Guys . . . I just really love this book, and there's not much I can talk about without spoiling it. I mean, as you know, Dimitri is taken by Strigoi. Which, let me tell you something: when I first read this one, I didn't read THAT summary above (seriously, who wrote that? It sucks! the Strigoi attack doesn't happen until like page 350.) but this one:
Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa--the last Dragomir princess--must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken . . . (side note: YES. I would break all the rules for Dimitri.) Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose's mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most . . . but will her choice mean that only one can survive?
And so when I got to the part about them going to the cave, I KNEW what was going to happen. I was freaking out and saying "Oh my god, if he turns Strigoi, I AM NEVER READING THIS SERIES AGAIN." like I wasn't even going to finish it.
Spoiler: I totally fucking finished this series AND he turned Strigoi. I suck at keeping promises.
And I am so glad I did finish the rest of the series, because like I said before (REPEATING ALL THE WAY) this is when the series gets good. THIS is where I would advise people to start if it didn't really confuse them. With I don't think it would because Richelle Mead has a way of reminding readers of what happened in previous books. But whatever.
I'm off to go read whatever book I'm currently on. And I'm hoping it's Spirit Bound.
OH and before I forget: Shadow Kiss's cover is awesome. It looks like she's a vampire ready to eat you. Or well Rose before she's about to attack. ...more
If I were to actually review this book and rate it, it'd be five stars. I absolutely adored this one. It's a quiet book and I love those ones. It's liIf I were to actually review this book and rate it, it'd be five stars. I absolutely adored this one. It's a quiet book and I love those ones. It's like having a secret that only a few handful of friends know. When The Sea is Rising Red reminds me of Cold Kiss, because they're both quiet and written gorgeously. And they both deal with death.
The characters in this book came to life, just like the world. I want to live in Pelimburg, it's that amazing. The entire Hobverse, as Cat Hellisen calls it, is... just amazing. I don't even know how to adequately say how wonderful the world-building is, it's left me so speechless. I want more books in the Hobverse! It's gritty and so, so real. Everything in this book feels real.
I'd love to have a bit of tea and cake with Jannik; although I loved Dash (oh, Dash!) it was Jannik who stole my heart. The poor vampire. He's so cute. I just want to hug him.
This book is gorgeous; I love the way it's written, and the cover matches the words. Everybody should read this book (and love it!)
I read this book in four hours, it is that good. I couldn't put it down - since I usually read for fifteen minutes before bed, I read for an hour evenI read this book in four hours, it is that good. I couldn't put it down - since I usually read for fifteen minutes before bed, I read for an hour even though before I went to bed I was falling asleep at my keyboard. I am amazed with this book; I love how Maggie used sensory details to describe Grace, Sam, and the woods. (I'm all for using sensory details.)
There was one part in the book where I thought Grace didn't act like she did in the rest of the book. Grace is mature, grownup because her parents aren't around, and yet in that one scene she acted like a teenager. One whose parents gave her everything, and were there for her. It was just one slip-up, so I can get over it. I just hope in LINGER, Grace doesn't have a scene where she acts like that.
Now...I can't wait for LINGER. Seriously, people, if you're into YA paranormal, I highly suggest reading this. Heck, even paranormal writers (Both YA and Adult) should read this book. ...more
While the dystopian market is crowded, Whispers in Autumn stands out with its aliens, Dissidents, and traveling between the seasons. Trisha4.5 rating!
While the dystopian market is crowded, Whispers in Autumn stands out with its aliens, Dissidents, and traveling between the seasons. Trisha Leigh makes you feel like you are in Connecticut in the fall with Althea, piecing together why the Wardens are here and what they want. I loved this one and wish you do, too.
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan is the first book of Brennan’s I’ve read, so I didn’t know what to expect, but after reading a lot of praise from one Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan is the first book of Brennan’s I’ve read, so I didn’t know what to expect, but after reading a lot of praise from one of my favorite bloggers, I decided to just freaking read Unspoken and holy crap, am I glad I did. This is most certainly not the last of Brennan’s I’ll read.
Guys, I’m not even sure why I was so hesitant to read this one. I’d read a few reviews where the ending really annoyed them, but oh my lanta, am I so, SO glad Cait convinced me to get over my fear and just read Unspoken.
I love Kami. Everything about her made me smile—even when it seemed like an inappropriate time to be joking. That can be so annoying at times, yet it wasn’t. Although I must admit that Angela was annoying all the time and I started to hate her every time she showed up on the page. I STILL have no idea what her deal with was with everybody, aside from hating people in general. Look, I get it, but I’m not an asshole to people when I’m in a hate-all-the-people mood. But Angela is, and she’s in that mood, FOR THE ENTIRE BOOK. Honestly, Angela is the entire reason I didn’t really LOVE Unspoken.
But I love that it’s gothic, and there’s magic, and it’s all so real and oh my god, I adore this book. It’s just so PRETTY, you know? From the cover to the words that make up a gorgeous, gorgeous story.
And the Lynburns. Guys. I love stories where the entire FAMILY is corrupt. Or seems corrupt. And I love love all the mysteries that unravel as Kami digs deeper into the Lynburns’ secrets. I am so excited for book two, especially after that ending (which isn’t as bad as everybody makes it seem), and to be reunited with Jared and Kami.