Absolutely adorable and amazingly sweet, this tiny novella managed to capture my heart and give me the warm and fuzzies. Such a cute little glimpse inAbsolutely adorable and amazingly sweet, this tiny novella managed to capture my heart and give me the warm and fuzzies. Such a cute little glimpse into the relationship between Cara and Aelyx, that I couldn't help but grin crazily while reading....more
I don't have the words right now, because ALL THE FEELS are wrecking my emotions in the best possible way. This book is gorgeous and brave and full ofI don't have the words right now, because ALL THE FEELS are wrecking my emotions in the best possible way. This book is gorgeous and brave and full of so many wonderful things. Paige is such a fantastic character and I really enjoyed her story. There were so many times when I wanted to just hug the stuffings out of her and others where I wanted to yell just stop being afraid and take that leap already.
Beautifully written and wonderfully thrilling, Winterspell is a dark and beguiling fantasy that will entrance readers with many adventures, mystery, aBeautifully written and wonderfully thrilling, Winterspell is a dark and beguiling fantasy that will entrance readers with many adventures, mystery, and intriguing characters.
This beautifully written book, gave me all the feels. It's heart breaking and gorgeous, definitely one of the most compelling novel's I have read in qThis beautifully written book, gave me all the feels. It's heart breaking and gorgeous, definitely one of the most compelling novel's I have read in quite a while. Cynthia Hand didn't waste one moment tearing at my heartstrings, as she drug my emotions from one extreme to the other. It was refreshing to see a story of love, loss, and acceptance be written in such a wonderfully developed and personal way, that you can't help but feel with all of the characters in the story. I have so much admiration and respect for Cynthia Hand, having the courage to tell a story like this and do it so well given her own personal experiences dealing with this subject.
The Last Time We Say Goodbye, is a painful process of going through the various stages of grief, learning to accept the loss, and moving towards the a somewhat happier future. I knew that I would be a wreck by the time that I finished this book, we're talking full on ugly sobbing the whole way through. The emotion woven into this novel is incredibly raw and palpable, as you begin to watch Lexie trying to cope with the grief she feels at the loss of her younger brother to suicide. She's literally drowning in a sea of grief and she doesn't know how to really grieve due to the overwhelming amount of guilt she feels at not being able to save him. There was a dark heaviness inherent in the sadness, overshadowed by countless "what if's" throughout this story and even if it didn't seem as if it would ever lessen, somehow it did begin to in smaller much quieter ways.
Full review coming soon.
(Note: I received an eGalley of this book for review via the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.)...more
Another brilliant and cleverly written entertaining book in the Series of Unfortunate Events. The Baudelaire orphans find themselves in danger once agAnother brilliant and cleverly written entertaining book in the Series of Unfortunate Events. The Baudelaire orphans find themselves in danger once again, as Count Olaf posing as Stephano seeks them out once again and attempts to haul them off to Peru in an attempt at getting his hand on their fortune.
Red Queen was an incredibly fantastic and entertaining read, that definitely kept me enthralled with the story, the twist of plot, and the charactersRed Queen was an incredibly fantastic and entertaining read, that definitely kept me enthralled with the story, the twist of plot, and the characters all the way through. THAT ENDING! I can say that I'm absolutely pleased that I never truly saw it coming, because it made it that much more amazing. And yet, I had this constant little niggling in the back of my brain the whole entire time reading this book, that maybe just maybe...but, spoilers. Victoria Aveyard has truly managed to blow me away with the first installment of the Red Queen trilogy and I can't wait to see what's going to happen in the next book to come. No, I NEED TO KNOW NOW!
I don't even now how to describe it properly, it's like this really awesome mish-mash of Red Rising by Pierce Brown and the X-Men that's set in this castle where the Silver's train to do battle and fight in the war. The girls who have grown up in this environment and vying for their hand in marriage to one of these two Prince's, are just as catty as some of the girls in The Meeting and Mean Girls are. It's just a brilliant concept all together and it's wonderfully written and equal parts intriguing. Tie all of that together and throw in a lowly Red girl who is so much more than she or anyone else expected her to be and you have one hell of an amazing book on your hands. Mare Barrows has this amazing ability, that is most assuredly a mistake, but in her case it could turn out to be the thing that promises hope for her people. It could possibly be the thing that saves her life and so many more from perishing or being held down, slaves to the Silver's for the rest of their natural born years.
Mare's world is filled with insufferable amounts of pain, terror, and hopelessness. Victoria Aveyard does a marvelous job at showcasing that, allowing you to feel what it's like to be so held down and kept under the thumb of the Silver's through Mare's eyes. It will make you thankful for the simple freedoms that you have, once you see everything they've had to endure from being conscripted into the war at an early age, from the loss of family and friends to the almost unbearable situations most Reds find themselves in. Mare isn't the type of girl who just falls in line and does what she's told like the good little girl. She is just as fiery and rebellious as she can be. She isn't afraid to stand up for her beliefs and she sacrifices so much of who she is for the people that she loves. Mare isn't without her faults though, she makes a lot of mistakes by trusting the wrong people, thinking that she can use them, without realizing that she's been used herself. Her self-pity wasn't something that I adored about her, but it was something that made her human and I can accept that much.
For me, one of the best things about this book was the lack of a true love triangle, where she loses both her head and her heart to either one of the Prince's. That's not to say that Mare didn't somewhat show her heart or have these gut twisting feelings for one of them, because she did. She was just smart enough not to let it engulf her, she kept her wits about her and made sure that she did what she was there to do. For the most part, the romance and the actual plot of the story worked very well together and I was happy to see that what love story we were given didn't over step it's boundaries. It was simply enough to satisfy and that's all it needs to be for right now.
All of the characters in Red Queen, were fascinating as well as entertaining in my opinion. They all contributed wonderful things to the story in their own ways. Some of them a little more memorable than other's, but each one uniquely interesting and crackling to life with their own flaws and abilities to either win you over or not. I love Cal, he's such an amazing character in such an impossible situation. He knows that change needs to come about, yet he's bound by his duties as the Prince and heir to his father's crown one day, that he has to carry out orders as his father would. Yet, he's the one who saw to it that Mare wasn't conscripted, that she was given a job in the Castle. He liked her, was drawn to her because she saw something different in him, didn't recognize him as the King's son. The sparks and the tension that ignited between both Cal and Mare was enough to put me on their team.
Maven, on the other, he is a Prince of a different kind. He is a character that I found myself liking, despite the fact that everything inside of me was screaming that I shouldn't trust me as I was reading. I suppose I really shouldn't have been all that surprised with the ending of it, but I think there's still a part of me that wants to believe that he's not quite as evil as he's turned out to be. I want to believe that deep down inside of him, is the Prince that Mare believed there was good in. And yet, with that ending, I just don't even know.
Kilorn. He's so much akin to Jacob in the Twilight series, that I don't even know how to feel about him. I feel incredibly conflicted, because I felt all of these feelings for him all through out the book and yet, there at the end there was even more. It's almost maddening to me in a way, because as anyone can tell you I'm pretty much not the biggest Jacob fan in the world. I loved him as Bella's best friend, but anything beyond was big fat NO for me. With Kilorn, there's just so much passion, incredible strength, and an immense streak of stubbornness that it's almost insane. He gives me ALL THESE FEELINGS, more so than Cal and I can't decide what or who I want for Mare at the moment.
What I think I want, overall, is for Mare to choose herself and her people. I want her to choose the path that she finds herself taking and I want to see the hope come alive for her people. I want to see her remain strong in her beliefs and do anything for that change she wants to see in her world, even if it means going to her grave for the cause.
The wonderful element of betrayal and the misplaced trust in people that shouldn't have been necessarily trusted, was a big thing showcased throughout Red Queen and it brought about interesting surprises and revealed more lies and manipulation than I could have ever imagined. I was very pleasantly surprised as I sat reading the pages of this incredibly captivating book. There may have been a little bit of foreshadowing, but it wasn't enough that it bothered when I finally figured out one particular thing that's revealed at the end of the novel. For this to have been Victoria Aveyard's debut YA novel, I have to say that I'm definitely impressed with her writing style, the imaginings of her world, and such a vast array of entertaining and interesting characters. The action and suspense of this novel, left me clinging to the edge of my seat wanting so much more.
I'm operating on feels here guys and this book has ALL OF THEM!
(Note:I received an eGalley of this book for review via the publisher on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.)...more
The Bad Beginning is a cleverly written and fun read for anyone who enjoys middle grade books. I'm really starting to finally understand the appeal ofThe Bad Beginning is a cleverly written and fun read for anyone who enjoys middle grade books. I'm really starting to finally understand the appeal of reading them. I honestly can't believe I haven't already read this series in its entirety already, because it's right up my street.
Whimsical and full of mystery, these characters are wonderfully developed and interesting. Lemony Snicket pens an extraordinarily wonderful and uniquely entertaining story revolving around three young children who become orphans after their parents die in an unfortunate house fire and they are sent to live with a distant relative until they are of age. The use of mature words and the interesting way that Lemony Snicket gives their meaning, flows wonderfully well with the voice he uses to tell the story. I had thought at first that it might annoy me if it were to continue on throughout the book, but it actually didn't. It's smart, fun, and intelligent in a very captivating and clever way. This book reads as if the author himself is talking directly to you, which gives it more of a personal feel and was something that I came to truly enjoy quite a bit.
There's this dark and creepy, unfortunate gloom to the atmosphere that manages to put a chill in your bones. Unquestionable things happen in this book, abominable things that would turn anyone's stomach most especially Count Olaf's intentions where Violet is concerned. The kicker for me is that there is so much dry humor injected into this tale of woe and sorrow, that it truly is a series of unfortunate events, that have become far too clever for its own good. I will definitely be continuing on with the series to see what happens next, as far as the Baudelaire children are concerned.
The Bad Beginning is a wonderful start to a very incredibly fun, entertaining, and captivating middle grade series that I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys them.
(Note: I purchased my own copy of this book and am sharing my honest opinion on it.)...more
Beautifully written and incredibly brave, Lies We Tell Ourselves, is an emotionally captivating novel that will stay with readers long after the lastBeautifully written and incredibly brave, Lies We Tell Ourselves, is an emotionally captivating novel that will stay with readers long after the last page has been read. Set during a tumultuous time of hatred, intolerance, and ignorance this book sheds light on the truth amidst a web of lies. The sheer amount of courage, bravery, and determination these two young women possess as they endure all they have to go through is incredibly inspiring and hopeful in so many ways. This book moved me in so many ways, that it will definitely be an unforgettable read. It made me angry, it made me cry, and it gave me hope that things can start to change for the better. As I sat there reading, I felt transfixed to the story that was being told and I felt ashamed that the things that were happening, do still continue to happen in today's society.
Two young women, who are as different as night and day, have grown up in two different worlds. As their world's begin to collide, a lot more than sparks begin to ignite between them. Linda is a privileged white girl and Sarah is one of the first African American girls to set foot in an all-white privileged school. It's hard to find anything likable about Linda in the first half of the book, but at the same time you begin to realize that you can't necessarily blame her for her attitude. It's an attitude that is learned from her parents, her peers, and their parents as well. In some ways, as you read through her story, you will start to understand that she's just as much a victim in her own way as Sarah is.
Growing up in a home where she is ignored by her father and often times criticized as well as repressed, Linda knows there is something different about her and she's terrified of it. She is terrified of change and to speak out against it, but once she meets Sarah and the two argue constantly as much as they get to know one another in all of the little ways that counts, she begins to realize that maybe what she's been taught to believe isn't right and that change starts within and only you can do that for yourself if you're brave enough. The way she's been taught to view the world starts to make less sense to her and you can start to see the changes in her attitude shift slowly throughout the story being told.
Sarah is this amazingly strong, beautiful, talented, and courageously brave young African American woman who is attending this all-white privileged school. The strength she possesses is awe-inspiring and incredibly amazing, in the face of what she has to go through as she attends this school that doesn't want her or anyone of her kind there. Despite the number of times the rest of the students that attend this school try and make her existence there as miserable as possible, Sarah stands up to it and she endures it, and she never lets it break her. She's not afraid to speak her mind, when she witnesses the injustice that happens to the rest of the African American students that have integrated and she does everything humanly possible to protect her younger sister Ruth, so that she doesn't have to endure it to the extremes that she has herself.
Lies We Tell Ourselves is an eye-opening, heartbreaking, and beautifully written novel that will leave an everlasting impression on you. The courage and integrity that went into this story, is incredibly awe-inspiring that it will leave you feeling all of the emotions as you try and sort through them. There is a definite need for more books like these written in both the YA and NA world of literature. It doesn't just touch on what it was like during the Civil Rights movement, when integration was first coming into existence and it doesn't just touch on racism, it also touches on LGBTQ rights as well. Robin Talley did a marvelous job at showing us how these two beautiful young women navigated the muddy waters of integration and dealing with the fact that they are both attracted to girls instead of boys, let alone each other. I find it incredibly hard to put into words how much I enjoyed reading this book and just how inspired I was by it.
There were just so many incredibly sad moments that broke my heart into a million pieces and some truly wonderful surprises within the pages of this beautiful book, that I know without a doubt is a story that will stay with me forever. It is something that made me stop and think twice, as I read all of the horrible miserable things that Sarah endure and as I sat there trying to understand where Linda was coming from. There were also some incredibly powerful moments within the story as well, that can and will offer hope to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation. I don't know how and I honestly don't know why just yet, but I feel as if there are some wonderful healing power contained within the pages of this book. This is a book that I would love to see as assigned reading curriculum in schools nation-wide, because I believe it is that important. ...more
A dark illustrious macrebre of bone chilling suspense, action, and unique paranormal storyline. The Bone Season is an amazing read that you will not wA dark illustrious macrebre of bone chilling suspense, action, and unique paranormal storyline. The Bone Season is an amazing read that you will not want to put down until the last page has been read....more
More Than Words, is a steamy hot cup of romance that you'll want to curl up with on a cold night, while stoking the fires. Full of desire and passion,More Than Words, is a steamy hot cup of romance that you'll want to curl up with on a cold night, while stoking the fires. Full of desire and passion, it is a novella that will definitely curl your toes and leave you aching for more. Siclaire and Darling, sizzle on the pages, their chemistry crackles and pops to life in many forms that will leave you gasping at the sheer pleasure of these two. It starts with one night and ends with forever, in a way that is both spicey and endearing.
"I try not to think about Jake, but I wonder if our meeting impacted him even half as much as it did me. My handwriting isn’t as neat as it normally i"I try not to think about Jake, but I wonder if our meeting impacted him even half as much as it did me. My handwriting isn’t as neat as it normally is, because my hands are still shaky. I feel like he might as well have ambushed me with a wrecking ball."(Chapter 4 ;; One Song Away)
Beautifully written, stunningly poignant and enchanting, One Song Away will leave you breathless and aching for more in this lovely written southern romance full of swoon-worthy moments. Author Molli Moran, has written a wonderfully mature and inspiring New Adult contemporary romance novel, that is full of healthy friendships, loyalty, and sizzling romance that will pull at your heart strings. It's such a fantastic grown-up story full of self-discovery, friendships, family, and love at the heart of everything. If these are the types of novels that you enjoy, then you'll definitely want to pick this one up and give it a read.
Sophie-Claire is a wonderfully feisty and fiercely independent heroine who is extremely likable and easy to connect with on an emotional level that makes her a well rounded character. Throughout the novel, you'll see her change and grow, as well as come to terms with who she is and where she belongs. She's fiercely supportive of her friends and family and will do anything to protect them at all costs. She keeps those she cares about close to her heart, which I find incredibly endearing. I loved getting to know her and becoming comfortable with such an inspirational character, that is incredibly strong and as positive as she is. We need more heroines like this in New Adult literature, that possess more of a positive outlook on life, healthy relationships, and friendship loyalty that you'll find in this beautifully written book. One of my favorite aspects of getting to watch Sophie-Claire grow, was when she was finally learning to become more comfortable with who she is and where belongs.
Then in walks Jake, I'm talking full all on handsome, swoon-worthy, moment as he crashes back into Sophie-Claire's life like a wrecking ball. This man is both a lot alluring and a little bit dangerous to Sophie Claire's heart and I got so much pleasure in reading how he manage to shake her world upside down and then calm her all in one go around. There's this sense of history and a possible future for these two brewing on the horizon and he sort of has this way of balancing her out and the way he supports her and her dreams is just absolutely amazing. He's strong and yet, he's such a gentle man at the same time. He doesn't take shit off anyone, but he also doesn't go out looking for trouble unless he has a good reason. (view spoiler)[(Re: scene One Song Away where he explains why he got his black eye and was in a bar fight to Sophie and it's because he was defending his family.) (hide spoiler)]
And then there's Gideon, who I didn't really particularly care for in the beginning of the novel, but by the end of it I actually liked him and I was happy that he and Sophie-Claire were able to stay friends. I love it when author's include a character that isn't completely beyond the realm of redeeming. I really enjoyed that by the end of this book, Gideon was becoming the man that he should have been when he and Sophie-Claire was together - a good man.
The tug of war that's going on between Sophie-Claire's heart and head, when it comes to Jake is definitely one of the most interesting elements of the story for me. I enjoyed all of the flashbacks and how well they meshed with the present and that Sophie-Claire totally went in "balls to the wall" and she's pretty much all in, no matter the outcome. Brenna assuring her that Jake looks like a man in love, is definitely one of the highlights of Chapter 16 for me, because of the way that Sophie-Claire was able to just give herself over to him that way was pretty amazing and quite hot!
Sloane made me smile so much, I think my cheeks may have hurt a little bit, but that's ok. It's more than ok. I really love the friendship and the level of trust between her and Sophie. Everyone needs the kind of friend who will listen to you no matter what, but also knows when you need to just do things on your own in order to figure out who you will become. I was so impressed with the fact that there was an LGBTQ character included that was so well fleshed out and who wasn't afraid to be out living her life as loudly and proudly as Sloane did. I found myself wishing for her to find the love that she wanted and I hope that maybe, late down the line, the author might continue her story.
Sloane, Mina, and Brenna are pretty much amazing side characters, that goes without saying. I love how they all sort of rally around one another and support each other in anything. Even though Mina and Brenna haven't known Sophie or Sloane all that long, it's almost like they're the best friends ever - like they've known one another all of their lives and have just reconnected like old friends. I personally love Sophie-Claire's little sister, she's a wonderfully written and well developed character, that is also inspiring and adds her own unique depth and style to the story at hand. It's wonderful to read a book where there are positive characters, amazingly platonic friendships, and healthy relationships developed as well as broken characters who aren't past being redeemable in some ways.
The storyline in One Song Away flows beautifully and possesses its own unique style and flair. It's almost like you're watching a movie come to life on the big screen. I happen to love the descriptions and imagery, that has this natural and uncanny way of bringing the characters and their surroundings to life in a vibrant and wonderful way that makes them incredibly enjoyable. They almost dance on the pages as you continue to read and follow them and the journey they take.
From the moment I started reading One Song Away, I absolutely didn't want to put it down for fear that I would miss out something else amazing. I wanted to keep reading right on through it, it is written in such a way that you can't help but get swept up in the past romance, the place Sophie finds herself in, and the guy that possibly holds the key to unlocking her future.
Note: You are now able to request a eGalley of One Song Away by the lovely and talented Molli Moran, on Netgalley, so don't miss out on the chance to read a beautifully written heart felt story and share your review on Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, etc.
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The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, is a unique experience all of its own. It isn't your ordinary everyday read, by any stretch of the imagination,The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, is a unique experience all of its own. It isn't your ordinary everyday read, by any stretch of the imagination, and I think that's what I really love best about it. It's refreshing, to come across a book of this nature and to get the chance to read something incredibly different and a little bit out of your comfort zone. I have so much respect for Adele Griffin, for taking the chance and writing such an amazing and compelling novel that I absolutely didn't want to put down once I had picked it up and embarked on the journey with Addison Stone. It was an amazing experience to get to know this character, through the eyes of loved ones, friends, mentors, and others.
I have honestly never read a book of this nature before and the idea of a fictionally written non-fiction book definitely intrigued me, so I jumped at the opportunity when it was offered as a review book from the publishers. Addison's story is full of mystery, intrigue, and emotional issues that she found herself grappling with. It's bold, daring, and full of amazing facets and details that lead up to her untimely young death and the mystery surrounding it. Every page of this story brought new things to light, introduced new people in Addison's life, boyfriends that have come and gone, things that happened, her rise to fame stemming around her brilliant and inspiring artwork, the daredevil that she was, and her own tumultuous issues that had arisen in the short span of her gorgeously creative life. There were many things about her that inspired me in so many fantastic and wonderful ways, that it's incredibly amazing when a book such as this one touches you in ways that it's almost hard to put into words.
I was essentially holding Addison Stone's life and death in my hands and the keys that would eventually unlock most of the mystery surrounding it. Wonderfully eccentric and beautifully flawed, readers will find themselves awed and inspired and maybe even a little motivated by Addison Stone. She was one of New York's "It Girl's" who was well on the rise for being known for her amazing street art that was unique in and of itself. I love how realistic and flawed her character was, the fact that there was so much controversy and mystery surrounding her untimely death, and that she was born to create and design beautiful art that moved and inspired others. She's different, this one, and it's absolutely brilliant.
The wonderfully beautiful images of art and photo's depicting Addison at various points in her life, are one of the key things that kind of made this book a little more special and unique. It's almost as if they're telling their own story as well, apart from the one that we're reading about regarding Addison and her life. She's not an easy character to relate to, she comes with a good amount of flaws and at times, her actions can come off a bit childish and immature where her ex-boyfriend Zach is concerned, but that is understandable because who wouldn't feel like that at some point towards an ex. Addison has her own brand of thinking and style of dealing with things, in some ways it almost seems as if she's some sort of enigma in her own right.
If you are looking for a fascinating read, that's incredibly unique, and unlike any other one that you've read before I would definitely recommend you picking up a copy of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, as it's different from any other young adult fiction that you would read right now. The way that Adele Griffin writes this book, pours her heart into the characters and their recounts and possibly guilt leading to Addison's death, Addison herself and dealing with all of her demons, insecurities, and other issues, and the art is absolutely captivating and heartbreakingly beautifully epic. Really, I don't know what else I could say other than that, because for me this is definitely one of the best and most uniquely written stories that I've read in A LONG TIME and I realize that may be saying quite a bit right there. The best thing about this novel, is how it brings all different types of mediums together and spins this amazingly written story together in such a way that it captures your attention and pulls you further into the chaotic and emotionally intense world of Addison Stone. ...more
This Shattered World is probably my top most anticipated young adult read for this year. I absolutely fell in love with the world building, the romancThis Shattered World is probably my top most anticipated young adult read for this year. I absolutely fell in love with the world building, the romance, and the characters that both Aime Kaufman and Megan Spooner created last year in the first novel, These Broken Stars. The story this dynamic duo told, was just absolutely out of this world gorgeous and incredibly intense on many different levels. I think it's pretty much safe to say that nobody writes young adult sci-fi romance the way that these two do and manages to keep me THIS captivated and enthralled with their beautiful world and the characters set within them. And, after reading This Shattered World, I am even more enamored by this world that is filled with heart shattering romance, wonderful action packed adventures, and twists and turns that will leave you holding your breath until the very end. It's just an absolutely beautiful read and I know that I'm probably being redundant, but wow!
How can I describe how much I LOVED THIS BOOK...BECAUSE SO MANY FEELS!
I've noticed that there are a pretty good handful of people who have previously read These Broken Stars that are saddened and/or frustrated that Kaufman and Spooner decided against continuing Tarver and Lilac's story, but I actually feel differently about that. One of the things that I found most refreshing about this particular companion novel, was that it followed a different set of characters and another romance story was able to captivate and enthrall me as much as Lilac and Tarver's did. By the time I was finished reading These Broken Stars, I had felt like Lilac and Tarver's story had been told in the most amazingly and best way that it could be told and that there really wasn't much left to do with them, except maybe have them hopefully show up in cameo appearances down the line in later companion novels. This is part of the reason that I have so much respect and admiration for both Aime Kaufman and Megan Spooner, because they have the ability to know when a particular story has come to its end and they're not going to drag it out across three possibly different books, causing trouble here and there, when they could put their time, talent, and wonderful imaginative skills together and tell another quite beautiful and equally stunning story as the one they previously wrote.
My heart just about burst while I was reading This Shattered World, because I was just so in love with the bright and imaginative atmosphere, that was so gorgeously compelling and wonderfully developed. This time there was a whole new cast of characters for me to get to know and love, like, or possibly both. Plus, it was so much fun getting to know Jubilee and Flynn, because their romance and the intensity of it was just every bit as EPIC as Tarver and Lilac's was. THIS STORY you guys...this story is just absolutely stunning in every single way possible! It's full of danger, war, rebellion, intense romance, and incredible amounts of forgiveness. I didn't think that it was possible for me to say that this book would ever be able to outshine These Broken Stars, but it was such a brightly intense wonderous world of infinite possibilities and endless captivating tales that I loved ever bit as much as These Broken Stars.
Oh my goodness, Jubilee. Guys, she is one hell of an amazingly kickass heroine. She's intelligent, sassy, tough, and has definitely has nerves of steel that won't quit for days. The intense relationship that develops between her and Flynn was pretty EPIC to watch play out as the story moved along at a pretty amazing pace. I love that Flynn, who definitely was born pretty much with rebellion in his blood, came to his senses and pretty much decides to escape with Lee. Despite all of the obstacles and the fact that these were pretty much on opposite sides of the same war, I loved how they were able to come together and fight hard at getting to the truth. They are beautiful and complicated in so many ways and there was so much that was important in this entirely new and complex story that was being told. I was just so mesmerized by it all, that there were I stopped reading, and just soaked up everything that had just happened for a moment or two.
This Shattered World, is exactly that right there. The name of this gorgeous companion novel pretty much tells you everything that you need to know and sets the tone for the atmosphere and the world that you are able to embark on. It is shattered, war torn, and broken beyond belief; but there is so much love and forgiveness and heart written into these pages that the story will definitely ignite your world and your love of reading on fire. I would definitely recommend reading this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi fantasy romance novels, with wonderfully developed characters and complicated stories that scream to be told. From the big moments to the small things that happened throughout this young adult novel, I think that it has pretty anything for anyone who loves to read and I would definitely say that this is a book that should go on everyone's auto-buy list. ...more
The Burn for Burn trilogy is my second favorite series written by Jenny Han, it's been a pretty amazing experience with lots of things that I honestlyThe Burn for Burn trilogy is my second favorite series written by Jenny Han, it's been a pretty amazing experience with lots of things that I honestly didn't see coming. The characters are colorful and definitely enjoyable and the realism is such a breath of fresh air. She's definitely high up on the list of favorite YA author's for sure. Going into this final chapter of the trilogy, I was a little bit worried and a lot excited because I wasn't sure if what I thought previously was going to happen or not. I can't say that I was disappointed in it, it was the exact opposite actually. I pretty much loved it enough, that I didn't mind giving it the five stars that I felt like it deserved, because I was for sure entertained throughout the whole trilogy.
So many things happened in this book, some were expected but a lot of them weren't, which made me equal parts happy and a left feeling a little bittersweet. I do feel like it was a pretty fantastic ending to a trilogy that has definitely captivated from book one, so I wasn't disappointed at all as far as that goes. Ashes To Ashes is full of wonderfully written suspense, a good bit of mischief, and a lot of mystery that will definitely keep readers entranced and fully involved in the story. The characters are definitely unique and all come with their own sets of flaws and are pretty much likable for the most part. The only one that seems to be the most annoying of all is Mary with her psychotic tendencies, but even she somewhat redeems herself a little bit towards the end of the book. But, I won't tell you what she does and how, because spoilers!
I was hoping for a Lillia and Reeve romance to come out of all of this tragedy, mischievous chaos, and broken friendships. The chemistry between these two just leaped off at the pages and it was definitely a high point of my reading experience, to watch them try at working through their feelings for one another. It seemed like they were the couple that a lot of people really didn't want to see together, but for me they just worked so well on so many different levels. Another one that I had been looking forward to was Kat and Alex, but he's still pretty much hung up on Lillia and it was kind of sad to see him pass up what could be an amazing relationship for him and Kat. If I had to say that there were any minor complaints, those two would be just about it and I realize that you can't always have the couples or ships you want in books or movies, but these were the two that I was hoping for a little bit more resolve to as they just had that chemistry there working for them.
Mary was just crazy atrocious in this final book and I found her just as annoying as I did in the previous book, but I did like that the book touched on the fact that in order for her to truly be at peace with herself, she had to come to the understanding that her suicide was her fault and and learn to let go of those negative feelings that she had. She ended up creating all sorts of mischief throughout the novel that pretty much kept everybody on their toes, caused issues, and nearly got her friends killed. The paranormal element that was woven throughout this story and binded together with spells and whatnot, was written in such a wonderful way that it didn't take away from the contemporary aspect of it all either. In fact, it only heightened and intensified it that much more, making it an even more enjoyable read.
I would definitely recommend reading this trilogy, if you're looking for a page turner that's filled with fantastic suspense, revenge, plot twists, and romance mixed with the right amount of paranormal. It'd definitely worth it!...more
I'll Give You The Sun, is the first book that I've read by Jandy Nelson and I'm glad that I had the chance to read such an amazing heartfelt, intense,I'll Give You The Sun, is the first book that I've read by Jandy Nelson and I'm glad that I had the chance to read such an amazing heartfelt, intense, beautifully written young adult novel. I've seen and heard so many bloggers and booktubers saying how much The Sky Is Everywhere is such a great book and I was hoping that this one would be too and I was so not even a little disappointed. The feelings this book gave me is kind of hard to put into words, because this book made me want to be so much better than I am right now, as a human being. It had the power to awaken things inside of me that I hadn't realize were there, made me want to change the things that I could, and made me look at things from a wider much different perspective than the narrower thin one that I usually peer through. When a book makes me feel this much, opens me up so much wider than I was already, I know the author is going on my automatic buy-list because they poured their heart, soul, and all of their passion for being a writer and telling the best story possible that they can, out onto pages and I respect that a great deal.
I'm serious, I had such an idiotic smile on my face when I finished reading this, that I found it hard to let the book go onto the next person, but since I was on an ARC tour I kind of had to. I'll Give You The Sun is an incredibly sad, beautiful, and twisted story that will pull at heart strings a dozen different ways and make you feel things that you never expected you would be feeling. Nelson has created beautifully drawn, original, and complex characters that are realistically flawed and yet have a lot of love and strength coursing through their veins. It's hard not to find them likable or to emotionally connect with me, as they struggle and grapple with their own issues. There's a shining beauty in the lyrical way that this story has been written, the realisms in the ways that two people who can be as close as anyone could ever possibly be, hurting one another in a number of awful ways and how lies can definitely tear apart any relationship and alter lives forever.
I fell in love with one of the most gorgeous and passionate scenes that really elevated my love for this book and the story it told me to me, as I watched through Jude's as she watched her mentor lovingly sculpt for the very first time in his life. That was such a powerfully intense moment in the book and one that made me love it even more. The representation of how life imitates are and art imitates life are inherently represented in this one scene, full of so much love and bursting with so much faith that it just leaps off of the pages at you. I dare anyone to read that scene and not feel something - ANYTHING - because this is what the book is about wrapped up in one small little passage that is truly unforgettable. This is a story full of so much love, lies, betrayal in the worst possible way, treachery, and soaring faithfulness that nowhere else to go, but up. This is a beautiful lesson in life and all of the ways that it can be beautiful and kind and hard and bitter and full of hurt, but at the end of the day there's a faith that rises above everything. There's a simple beauty in letting go and just be happy in yourself, who you're becoming, and evolving from that into a better version of yourself.
A gorgeously compelling and richly developed thought provoking young adult novel that, I'll Give You The Sun, will put a smile on your face and ALL THE FEELS in your heart. This is a book that contains beautiful magical realism that you won't help, but fall in love with. It should definitely be at the top of your Fall Books Wishlist, for sure. I couldn't give this book anything less than five stars, because it deserve that and so much more....more
Sublime is a hauntingly beautiful and captivating YA suspenseful fantasy novel that is swoon-worthy and compelling all in one sitting. The writing isSublime is a hauntingly beautiful and captivating YA suspenseful fantasy novel that is swoon-worthy and compelling all in one sitting. The writing is lyrical and the setting and atmosphere of the book, is brilliantly developed and interesting. It sets the tone for the story that is to follow. Christina Lauren, really did a fantastic job penning this fantasy fueled, intense, and dangerous novel. After reading this book, I am definitely interested in reading her previous book, Beautiful Bastard. It's one that I've been curious about for quite some time and after reading Sublime, it's kind of sealed the deal for me as far as her writing goes.
While, I wished that Lucy and Colin's story would have been just a little more original than what it was, I can say that I really did end up enjoying it quite a bit. I liked the fact that Colin wasn't an arrogant jerk that most jocks usually are in YA who somewhat soften a bit later on in the story. He ended up being more on the sweeter side of things and there was absolutely no length that he wouldn't go to in order to be with Lucy. As dangerous as being that addicted to an adrenaline rush usually is, it actually ended up working really well for the two of them in this story, because their chemistry is pretty much off the charts and deeply intense. I really enjoyed falling in love with these two, it was both endearing and a little scary watching reading their story at times, but that was the beauty and brilliance in it.
As quiet and soft as Lucy appears in the book, on a much deeper level she is a lot stronger than I've seen other readers give her credit for. It's refreshing to see such a sweet and charmingly funny heroine, who has as much depth as Lucy does. She's one of those characters that you have to look below the surface to figure out who she is and it's incredibly refreshing that she's not so in your face and annoying, the way some I've read can come across. Honestly, I don't understand why people are saying that she makes Bella Swan look like a heroine, because Lucy is absolutely nothing like her. If anything, she's written in such a way that she's a little bit more real and honest, than Bella.
I could understand the argument being made for Sublime, being a story about an obsessive connection that Colin had for Lucy who isn't even an actual person, and the crazy intense lengths that he would go to in order to be with her. It's completely unhealthy and dangerous, but for some reason something about the way it's been written in such hauntingly dark and poetic way, it works for me where it usually wouldn't. It helps to make for a more suspenseful, intriguing, and intense filled story that is complex in more ways than imaginable. This book is filled with many dark and dangerous twists and turns, that you won't see what's going to happen next and you'll want to keep reading to find out.
Sublime, is a rollercoaster ride full of twists and turns, that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat and drawn to the last page. If you're looking for a dark fantasy full of intrigue and beauty, then this wonderful world pulsing with adrenaline, danger, and romance is the one that you'll definitely want to sink into. If it hadn't been for the unhealthy relationship, then I would have gladly given it four stars....more
Exquisite Captive is a dark illustrious, smoldering, epic fantasy that is filled with danger, chaos, mysterious intrigue, and seductive elements thatExquisite Captive is a dark illustrious, smoldering, epic fantasy that is filled with danger, chaos, mysterious intrigue, and seductive elements that will captivate readers until the end. Heather Demetrios, pens the perfect fantasy woven around original mythology, jinni's, and dangerous magic. Every moment of this New Adult novel, is intensely charged and full of twists and turns that you won't see coming until they're upon you. I loved every single minute of this book, so much that I didn't want to put it down and was kept up until all hours of the night reading. Wonderfully original and so full of suspense, Exquisite Captive, is a fantastically written and a brilliantly developed compelling story that is sure to please any fan of fantasy and mythology.
Oh my, MALEK!
I love this character so hardcore, it's hard to even put into words how much love I have for him. I know that he's written to be an evil no-good-villain, but there are things about him that I personally don't feel make him one through and through especially when you find out the big revelation about him (view spoiler)[that he's parjinn, which is half jinni and half human (hide spoiler)]. It helps to explain a lot about his character, how hard he has to work in order to tamper down the evil side of himself that he's dealing with, and all of the reasons why he's treated Nalia the way that he has. It doesn't give him an out for being an abusive asshole, but it does explain a great deal why he's such a dark, complicated, and twisted character with many facets and flaws that make him one of my favorite characters in the book. I genuinely do believe that Malek does love Nalia and he does have a soft spot for her, a weakness, if you will and it's not just about ownership and trade.
If it weren't for his dark background and the heavy baggage that he carries around with him, I really do think that he would be a pretty decent guy. He has pretty much all of the qualities that I like in a man, he's tall, dark, handsome, sexy in a dangerously alluring way, and a little bit deceptive with a dash of vulnerability. Let's just say that he's the reason that I enjoyed this book so much and I found myself missing him in scenes where he wasn't involved. I wanted more of him, more of his story, more about his father and his mother and more about how he came to be who he is. Plus, I wanted more of him and Nalia, I wish she would have truly given him a fighting chance although I can see why she wouldn't want to. He did purchase her off of the Dark Caravan, who sells jinni's on the black market and kept her as a slave for years.
Nalia is a feisty little vixen, who is an incredibly strong heroine that will stop at nothing to free herself, in order to get back to Arjinna to save her little brother from the prisoner camp that he's being held captive in. She has so much heart and determination, that it's hard not to fall in love with her. She's quite likable and very easy to connect with on an emotional basis, it's not hard to feel for a jinni who is one of the last of her kind that's been sold into slavery against her will and hunted down by the Ifrit, the dark jinn that defeated her kind and slaughtered her family in front of her. Filled with anger fueled by a desire to be free of her bonds to Malek, she will absolutely stop at nothing to protect the people that she cares about with a fierceness that commands respect. I'm just gonna say it, she's exquisitely kickass and a pretty phenomenally well developed character with shades of flaws and love coursing through her veins. It's heartbreaking, watching her take on the burden of the slaughter that took place in Arjinna. I wanted to take her in my arms and hug her tightly, because this is a war that was long brewing before she ever had any part in it.
Exquisite Captive, is brimming with politics and an intriguing caste-system, that you can't help but marvel at how well Demetrios developed it. Nalia is the princess, the heir to the throne, that was overturned by the dark jinn (the Ifrit), and Raif is Djan, another caste that is beneath her kind. Nalia's kind have withheld valuable elemental training that would benefit other caste's below her own and Raif vehemently hates her kind for that very thing. He's the leader of the Arginnian revolution that's been fighting against this kind of corruption for ages. He has the burden of an entire nation on his shoulders and it's hard not to feel for him, as he's introduced further into the story. On first impressions alone, he absolutely hates Nalia for everything she represents in Arjinna, and the feeling is quite mutual between the two. Raif knows that he needs Nalia, if he's going to accomplish what he's been fighting for all his life and Nalia can't deny that she needs his help in freeing her from the bonds of control that Malek holds over her, so the two of them make a deal even though neither really trusts the other.
Once I realized that Raif's purpose in the book didn't just solely revolve around a love triangle, I was able to really enjoy his character quite a bit. He's a wonderful hero and a great addition to the story, once he and Nalia were able to look past their differences and start understanding where one another came from, I started finding the time these two spent together endearing and a lot of fun to read. There's more to his character than what's on the outside and I found it quite interesting to see Demetrios delve into that and explore who he is a little more and the fact that he has the hopes and dreams of a new future for an entire nation weighing him down made it incredibly hard not to like him. He's strong, passionate about what he knows he has to do in order to protect the world he comes from and the people he loves, and determined to stop at nothing to carry out his role as leader of the Arjinnian revolution.
The world building is richly captivating and vibrantly imaginative, as the characters themselves. Heather Demetrois, really out did herself when creating a world set within another world and centering around jinni's. There were moments, where I found myself reading exqusitely beautiful passages that reminded me of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. So for anyone who enjoys fantasy and mythology of this proportion, you are sure to enjoy this book. I highly recommend it, as it was such a fantastically captivating read. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more