I had read Something Borrowed a few years ago, and remembered liking it. So when I was looking for something to read at an airport, I bought the Kindl...moreI had read Something Borrowed a few years ago, and remembered liking it. So when I was looking for something to read at an airport, I bought the Kindle version of this book. It was okay for a light, quick read, but didn't really grab my attention. Basically, I forgot I had even read it until I heard about the Internet drama regarding Giffin's husband defending her from a 1 star review on Amazon.
Regardless of the drama, Where We Belong starts really slowly. Our main character, Kirby, has an adoptive family that (of course!) had a biological child right after she was born. Bio Kid is just like the parents, leaving Kirby to wonder what her parents were like... Enter Kirby's search for her Biological Parents. Luckily for her, she finds out her Bio Mom, Marion, is a wealthy TV producer who just wants to take Kirby shopping. Bio Dad never knew that Marion was pregnant, and is excited to build a relationship with Kirby.
It all just seemed a little Lifetime movie-ish to me, and I just didn't feel emotionally connected to any of the characters (particularly shallow Marion whom I actively disliked). When the ending happened, I didn't feel satisfied-- in fact, I originally wondered if my ebook hadn't downloaded all of the way. I wouldn't recommend.(less)
Insurgent is just as good as you were hoping (if, like me, you are teen fiction aficionado who loves action-filled dystopias, of course). Picking up w...moreInsurgent is just as good as you were hoping (if, like me, you are teen fiction aficionado who loves action-filled dystopias, of course). Picking up where Divergent left out, the five groups that make up society are in disarray. The brave Dauntless have been brainwashed, selfless Abnegation has been massacred, the intelligent Erudite is now run by a murderous dictator, while honest Candor and peaceful Amity just want to stay out of everyone's drama. Tris, our brave protagonist, finds herself in the middle of a war. To avenge her parents and her friends, she must solve the mystery of why Erudite chose now to attack, and discover the secret Abnegation died to protect.
Insurgent has well-defined characters, and their differing personalities and motivations provide an interesting look into society. Everyone is raised to think that they can primarily be one of only five things: smart, selfless, brave, kind, or honest. While modern society isn't this regimented, teens particularly will relate to the clique aspect-- and how once someone sees you as having a certain trait, people may not let you break out of that box.
As for my miscellaneous thoughts, Insurgent's romance is just as strong as Divergent's. Tobias/Four and Tris have more steamy makeouts, but they also learn how to trust. Great ending, it left off just at the point where I can't wait for the next book.(less)
Scorpio Races exists in a world much like ours-- but with one very important difference. The water horses appear on the beach every November. Wild, fa...moreScorpio Races exists in a world much like ours-- but with one very important difference. The water horses appear on the beach every November. Wild, fast, strong, meat-eating, and afraid of iron, the horses are mesmerizing to the strong and the brave.
Residents of Thisby capture them each year and attempt to train them for the November races. Sean is the reigning champion; trying to raise money to purchase the horse he loves from his current owner. Puck lost her parents to the carnivorous water horses the year before, and is about to lose her older brother to a good job on the mainland. Her house is about to be foreclosed on, and she sees no options but to enter the race and gain the prize money for herself.
Told in Puck and Sean's alternating POVs, Scorpio Races deals with poverty, family, living in a small community, and the feeling of desperate want. The romance is slow, but feels real. I enjoyed how the book felt wrapped up when I finished it. I would recommend this book to readers who want to read rural fantasy, or anyone who is interested in the premise of horses with a twist.(less)
Sanctus is a thriller with religious elements-- a group of monks hold a secret within their mysterious tower. Sanctus has supernatural elements, and t...moreSanctus is a thriller with religious elements-- a group of monks hold a secret within their mysterious tower. Sanctus has supernatural elements, and the monk's mystery kept me guessing until the very end. Although I enjoyed the read, the ending was unsatisfactory to me. Personally, I felt that the ending was a little abrupt due to the planned sequel(s). However, I enjoyed it enough to read the next book Simon Toyne writes.(less)
In the opener to the Maisie Dobbs series, the audience is introduced to an intelligent young female detective. The novel begins with her accepting a c...moreIn the opener to the Maisie Dobbs series, the audience is introduced to an intelligent young female detective. The novel begins with her accepting a case, but is interspersed with flashbacks of her past. We see Maisie as a young housemaid sneaking into the house's library to read philosophy and history, being introduced to the man who will be her mentor, and working as a nurse in World War 1. It's not your average mystery series, and Maisie isn't your average detective.
Maisie Dobbs has mystery, a great historical setting (Britain and France in the early twentieth century), class differences, and romance. This would be a great mystery series for people who want to avoid graphic violence or sex, however, I would add that the mystery is secondary to the larger historical setting and character development.(less)
Peter and Helen Radley have been keeping a secret. A really, really big secret. And not just from their suburban English town, but from their own teen...morePeter and Helen Radley have been keeping a secret. A really, really big secret. And not just from their suburban English town, but from their own teenage children. It's not the fact that Helen and Peter are bored in their marriage and lives (although that's part of it). No, the truth is far less mundane. The Radley's are reformed vampires, abstaining from human blood.
The Radley's was a quick enough read, but I still felt like everything was unfolding so slowly... There isn't really much action or exciting vampire attacks, and I never really felt the danger. Instead, this is a portrait of an unhappy family and their path to finding a semblance of peace. Which is great, but not exactly what I was expecting. It is definitely a more literary vampire novel, complete with strong, realistic dialogue. Finally, I liked it more than I didn't like it, but I don't think I will be thinking about this book after today.(less)
Tallulah is too tall, knobby kneed, has never kissed a boy at 14, and is ridiculously hilarious in her terrible puns and awkward actions. Off to drama...moreTallulah is too tall, knobby kneed, has never kissed a boy at 14, and is ridiculously hilarious in her terrible puns and awkward actions. Off to drama school in Yorkshire, England for the summer, she makes new friends and learns she has a talent for comedy. Plus, of course, there are several lurve interests. Very cute, very funny. Withering Tights is a good contemporary teen read (particularly for fans of British reads)(less)
Stay starts after the incident has occurred. Although we don't know exactly what happened between Christian and Clara, the reader knows it wasn't good...moreStay starts after the incident has occurred. Although we don't know exactly what happened between Christian and Clara, the reader knows it wasn't good. Through alternate-chapter flashbacks and conversations with other characters, Clara explains how her once-good relationship turned dangerous.
Christian was always intense, talking about their future together, the kids that they would have, acting jealous because he "cared". Somewhere along the way Clara started to find the relationship oppressive, having to hide what she ate, what she did with friends, what she thought. Christian can't accept the breakup, and so Clara and her father escape to the beach for a summer to allow time to calm the situation and provide Clara with some clarity on what has happened-- but time doesn't help Christian move on and Clara must find the strength to end things once and for all.
As per the actual writing, Stay had great pacing. The alternate chapters killed me at points because I both wanted to know what had happened between Christian and Clara in the past, and what was happening with current Clara. Particularly I was interested in current Clara's burgeoning relationship with genuine nice-boy Finn and Clara's interactions with her writer father (the father is pretty funny in his observations of the world).
I would recommend this to any teen girls that read romantic contemporary novels-- this is the dark side of romance, and it isn't often talked about. Christian never hits Clara, but he oppresses her all the same.(less)