I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I wanted to like that book but sadly it didn’t do it for me. ThI received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I wanted to like that book but sadly it didn’t do it for me. There is nothing majorly wrongs with it. My issue is that it falls in every single cliché of YA books. All in all it was okay. The premise of the book were quite interesting as it was a different way to see a certain type of creature (trying to keep this review spoiler free is a little harder than I expected). Anyways the problem was that it was all expected the interaction where generic. The poor girl who lost her sister, she is lost and hurting and scarred having a secret. Her guy friend who is madly in love with her but she just see as a friend… The mysterious bad boy with who she has instant love (my worst pet peeve) and who is trying to stay away for her because he is dangerous for her but he can’t (Edward Cullen anyone?). Sadly this book didn’t manage to hold my interest as it really seemed to be a pure product of YA cliché…out of the YA mould. ...more
ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review. I am not too sure on what to say about this book, it was not bad per say but I was just bored all theARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review. I am not too sure on what to say about this book, it was not bad per say but I was just bored all the way through. The best word that comes to mind when referring to this book is ‘Juvenile’ I know it is in the YA category but I have been used to very well written developed stories with charismatic characters and all of this was missing here. This book made me realize I have not been a young adult for some time and maybe it might appeal to younger teens (11, 12) but certainly not to older ones. Even if the writing is fine, the plot is overly simple with character lacking dimensions. The personalities are just blend with no real backstory or explanation. The romance is just plain fluff but even this is too simplistic. Josie, the main character has no dimension and you feel it hard to connect with her on any level and even the secrets and main plot lines are predictable and fell flat. In conclusion this book had potential but didn’t deliver. I believe that the overly simplistic story and under developed character will not grab the attention of a well-read YA or an older YA however this book might be good enough for younger teens. ...more
I am quite disappointed. This story had a lot of potential but didn't deliver. IT felt like it was simply told by a 3rd party outsider with no feelingI am quite disappointed. This story had a lot of potential but didn't deliver. IT felt like it was simply told by a 3rd party outsider with no feelings. I don't think i will read the rest of the series....more
The book starts very slow, so slow that I thought about giving up at least 5 times but since I love A Court of Thorns and Rose and The Wrath and The DThe book starts very slow, so slow that I thought about giving up at least 5 times but since I love A Court of Thorns and Rose and The Wrath and The Dawn I decided to stick with it and boy was write. I absolutely loved this book and would have regretted it. So lets fast forward the first 25% and I know what you will think why should we? Because I promise you it will be worth it. Anyways, once it pick up you really start to feel with Kestrel and Arin (our two main characters) the change of POV is extremely well done and move very smoothly. Beware though, Kestrel and Arin will take ‘the feels’ to a whole new level and will break your heart over and over again. I am barely joking! They hurt so much with them that I am slightly in PTSD and need a few weeks/months to recover before starting the second opus. I loved them and I have to admit the author did such an amazing job with them. They are fantastic characters and you can’t help but love these two self-sacrificing idiots. The story itself became very interesting and as the story and plot picked up, many questions are formed. The first book ended leaving you full of question and yearning for book two. In conclusion: Despite a very slow start this book was fantastic and a really good start of series. If you are a Sarah J Maas fan or you enjoy fantasy/dystopian/romance this book is for you! 4/5 ...more
*ARC provided in exchange of an honest review* The good - I enjoyed Fractured Suns and the alternate point of view between Jax and Lir allows you to ha*ARC provided in exchange of an honest review* The good - I enjoyed Fractured Suns and the alternate point of view between Jax and Lir allows you to have different dynamic on the story and to also finally what Lir is thinking which is always a plus. Alternate POV can be a very tricky thing to do and can either do or destroy a story but I think that here Theresa did a good job. The plot, even if some parts were slow and predictable, I found myself take by surprised a few times and I have to admit that Theresa is not afraid to take some irreversible decision which will keep you on your toes on who is to live and die. As usual the writing was very good and Lir is still as amazing as he always was. I love him even more now.
The less good I believe this novel is suffering from the common case of “the sequel” which means you expect it to be just as good as the first. This book feels a bit like a ‘filler’ book. It drags a bit in the middle and I have to admit that I found myself wanted to skim through more than once. Even if the plot took me by surprise in some points by some bold moves, it seems that some elements and some characters were added just for the sake of it and were not given as much attention as they maybe should have been. Some character changes or motivation are not explained and you don’t understand some of the 360 in their actions or personality (Stu is a perfect example of this) I also have to admit that, no matter how much I liked Jax in the first opus or how much I liked Lir in the sequel, Jax really irritated me in this book which really affected my ability to empathize with her through the book. In Conclusion: this book was quite decent as sequels goes even if it dragged a bit. I believed that the fan of the series (me included) will still enjoy this book and will be waiting for the final opus. Rating 3.5/5 ...more
I really enjoyed this book, as far as sequel are concerned it is well written and start off only a couple of days at the end of book 1. Keep this reviI really enjoyed this book, as far as sequel are concerned it is well written and start off only a couple of days at the end of book 1. Keep this review spoiler free might be slightly difficult but I will try my best. I truly enjoyed the development of Rafa/Gaby relationship and saying I am a ‘fan’ is a euphemism. I love them. They have everything to be epic and I have to admit that their angst and obvious feelings make me melt. I believe the quote below summarize Rafa and Gaby quite well in this opus: “We’re not doing that, and you know it.” He doesn’t speak again I lean closer, lower my voice. “I know things are messy with us, but do you really think I could just walk away from you?” This time he doesn’t look away. “Do you really think I’d let you?” Once again the story is action pack and you are not bored, you get to meet new side characters and get to know some of the one you met in more depth. I even have conflicted feelings about some of them (Daniel anyone?) and I strongly believe that these conflicting feelings are the proof of good writing. You are probably wondering why, if everything that so good, did it only gets 4 stars? Well, it might be just due to my might crazy theories but one of the mysteries of book 1 gets resolved in book 2…It is, in my opinion one of the biggest mystery was resolved rather simply and easily….I have to admit for me it was a tiny bit anticlimactic but it didn’t spoil my pleasure of read this story in any way shape of form. Also make sure you already have book 3 before finishing book two (believe me you will than me later) as the book ends with one of the most sadistic cliff-hanger possible. In conclusion: This book was a strong sequel and the fans of book 1 can read it without a doubt, they would love it and certainly ask for more. Stars: 4/5 ...more
Ok first of all; how is it possible that it is the first time I heard of this AMAZING series?! I can’t believe I missed out for so long or maybe it isOk first of all; how is it possible that it is the first time I heard of this AMAZING series?! I can’t believe I missed out for so long or maybe it is a good thing since the fourth and final book of the series will be released in August (for once be thankful you live in the UK) and I am already sure, after book 1 that a long wait will drive me to the walls. So where do I even start? This book got me hooked from the first few pages and I am not ashamed to admit that I was a complete ‘fan girl’ before even reaching half way. The story is fast paced, a lot happened and it makes this book a real page turner. Sometimes in books some chapters are quite slow and you find yourself skimming through a few chapters. This was absolutely not the case here. The chapters are quite small which is nice and there is always something happening. The writing is very good too and Paula really transports you to the point that you make one with Gaby. Gaby is strong, loving, hugely brave but also confused and sometimes scared and of course she will be! Paula created a character that feels real, that you can relate with. A character you grow attached to which is for me the central most important point of a good series.
A lot of things are revealed in this book and you have a million questions and a million theories running freely in your head as you keep on reading. The plot is really thick and you have so many unknown and mysteries at the end of the first book that you can safely assume that there won’t be a filler book in the series.
Gabe is a character that is enjoyable to follow, the kind of character you love and you definitely root for. She is broken but she is funny, sarcastic and faithful. She is a good friend and even if she makes mistakes she only has the best intentions at heart. I really grew attached to her and can’t wait to start book two HAZE The secondary characters are also really well described, they have dimensions and the author didn’t fall into the trap of filler, uni-dimensional boring characters that annoy you just by being there ‘stealing’ some book times for no reason.
You love/hate and are intrigued with the secondary characters. Some of them are well developed in this first opus and I have to admit my heart goes to Rafa…Total crush in preparation I can see it. Rafa…What can I say about Rafa? He is great and for me he is a perfect mix between Dimitri and Adrian from the Vampire Academy series (for those who read that series you know how epic it makes him). Rafa is a badass warrior like Dimitri and a funny womanizer like Adrian. Let me tell you, this is heartthrob alert right there!
I don’t want to develop too much about the secondary characters as it would be giving too much away and I wouldn’t want to spoil it but there are a myriad of characters, some are not very developed but based on the glimpse you get from them, they will all play their part which clearly shows that the series was well thought.
There is no real romance in this book but you get glimpse of the potential relationship and boy I can predict this one will be epic (I won’t spoil it for you my friends…you’ll have to read it!). I like it is not the kind of instant love book that gets on my nerves.
In Conclusion: This book as it all! As you could read above I am an utter fan and I am just dying to start it tonight. Mystery, secrets, drama, laughter, tears and a tiny hint of romance. I would say this book is, so far, my favourite book of 2015 and it has been a long time that I have been excited by a series! If you are a YA fans and you enjoy reading about angels and other paranormal creature this book is for you! Buy it now; I am sure you won’t regret it. Paula Weston you have now a new fan.
I have to say I love Colleen Hoover Slammed and Point of Retreat (5 stars books for me) so I have to admit I had very high expectations for this bookI have to say I love Colleen Hoover Slammed and Point of Retreat (5 stars books for me) so I have to admit I had very high expectations for this book but it didn’t really delivers for me.
I won’t lie; I enjoyed the book a lot. Colleen has the ability to make me feel and I won’t like Sky and Holder broke my heart and made it race more than once.
I was actually surprised on how much I enjoyed it as it contains two elements that makes me ABOLUTELY cringe in books which automatically made it lose a star: 1- The instant love element (which I usually despise to the higher level possible) but this ‘connection’ is explained later. 2- The borderline stalkerish behaviour of Holder in some parts of the story (Guy has not talked to you in weeks and yet he creeps in your bedroom in the middle of the night (uninvited) and lie in bed with you #notcreepy).
Colleen manages to take ‘everyday’ broken people and write ‘true’ modern romances about flawed and often broken people and it works, it always works.
As usual the writing is beautiful and the characters lovable. The storyline is solid and the plot is efficient. So I see what you’re thinking…Why only 3 stars?
Firstly because of the flashbacks in the story. These flashbacks are revealing a lot of the plot as you go along and you know 95% of what is going to unfold at the end before reaching 20% of the novel.
Secondly, Holder behaviour… I suspected him to be a little bit bipolar and his mood swings were good to give me whiplash.
As for the third reason, sadly I can’t really develop as it would be a spoiler and I refuse to spoil it for people but it all seems to downplay the serious issue surrounding Sky. The issue is serious and it take a 18 years old boy (who is speaking like he has a Masters in Psychology) and a 15 minutes therapy to ‘heal’ her. I am not especially pleased about this.
In conclusion: This was a decent Colleen Hoover book but for me not the best. It will still be enjoyable for her fans and for Modern Romance fans.
Review: This is the first novel I read from Theresa Kay snd I am glad I did. That book has it all, romance, lies, pain, betrayal, secrets, hot aliens…Review: This is the first novel I read from Theresa Kay snd I am glad I did. That book has it all, romance, lies, pain, betrayal, secrets, hot aliens…And did I say romance? The book concentrates on Jax, a broken young woman who is brave, selfless and somehow naive on the path to find her brother kidnapped by aliens. In order to do so, she has to trust and form the alliance with the enemy. Intrigued yet? Good you should be. This book was a great read, the relationship Jax develop with Lyr is very well written and the book itself engross you from page one. The story is well written and with a steady pace, you never get bored and the strong plot manages to take you by surprise a few times which is always a bonus. The characters have dimension, primary and secondary and you feel along with them. The only negative point for me is the end which feels a little rushed and the cliffhanger is agonizing but I am sure book two will make it redeemable. In Conclusion: If you are a fan of paranormal romance this book will clearly for you. I will eagerly wait for book 2. Stars 4/5 ...more
Why I am putting only 3 stars to this book (and I strongly believe that 3 stars is a bit of an overstretch. I believe that the book deserve a 2.5/5) IWhy I am putting only 3 stars to this book (and I strongly believe that 3 stars is a bit of an overstretch. I believe that the book deserve a 2.5/5) I am a big ‘The Originals’ fan and I was quite pleased when Julie Plec announced she would be penning 3 novels about the New Orleans debut of our 3 favourites immortals. However, in my opinion this book fell flat. Firstly, I just want to mention there was nothing wrong with the writing style and the structure was good however it is quite identifiable that Julie is a screenwriter more than a novel writer. This book is written as if it was an episode. IT would have been fantastic to see on a screen for 45 minutes but as a novel it is VERY long, some parts are extremely boring as the story is stretched too much. Meaning that it goes on and on and it is extremely hard to keep you interested. A lot of parts are lacking action and some chapters could have been crossed of entirely. Secondly, I am not sure I like the fact I got to see into Klaus mysterious head. I would like to say he was out of character but this seems impossible as this novel is directly out of Julie’s imagination. I am a huge fan of Klaus, it is no secret that he is my favourite and yet I am not sure I liked this front seat view in his train of thoughts. He seems to be inconsistent and way too sappy, almost childlike as far as love is concerned and I am not sure I liked seeing that. He is not the bitter, scarred and conflicted Klaus we see every week on TV… If he is that way well…I would have rather not to know.
In conclusion: This would have made an amazing 45 minutes episode but it is quite a dragging, event-less novel. I love the originals but I highly doubt I will spend any money in the second book.
2015 ABSOLUTE FAVORITE What can I say; I am completely in love with this book and Sarah new series. Honestly at the time being ACOTAR is my favourite b2015 ABSOLUTE FAVORITE What can I say; I am completely in love with this book and Sarah new series. Honestly at the time being ACOTAR is my favourite book of 201. If you are a fan of YA Paranormal Romance this book is a must read! I don’t even know where to start to tell you how awesome that book was…well, lets start with the world building. Sarah has a true gift (which I already noticed in the Throne of Glass series) to set up the world in which everything is happening. In this story, most of it happened in the lands of fairies and everything from the landscape, the different creatures, powers, originalities is so well developed and described that you can properly see it in your head. This element is essential in a proper development of this particular kind of novels and only few managed to set a make belief world as well as Sarah is doing it. Now to the next thing I loved…The characters. Again here, Sarah managed to give dimension to all her characters (primary or secondary) and you feel with/for them long with the story. You might love them, hate them, mourn with them but in the end none of them will leave you indifferent. I really like Feyre, the main character; she is brave, caring, complicated and pig-headed. I really enjoyed following her through her discovery of love, regret and bravery. I completely identified with her as she was so well written. What about Tamlin. Ladies be ready to melt because Tamlin is total crush worthy. Firstly he is smoking hot (I picture him as Armie Hammer or a Chrims Hemworth Thor), he is protective, fierce, loving, loyal and I could go on and on. I love Tamlin! I also love Lucian… the comic relief of this novel. He is a great secondary character and again Sarah used a gifts to make you care for both main and secondary characters. I am trying to keep this review as spoiler free as possible but I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Rhysand and I can’t wait for the sequel and get to know more about him. I am sure he is will turn EPIC. In conclusion: Even if the book didn’t end on a cliffhanger I will now be waiting for 2016 eagerly to have a chance to immerse into this universe and characters’ lives. This book seriously has it all. Romance, betrayal, loss, mystery…if you are like me and enjoy a good paranormal YA romance this book is a must read!! Stars:5/5 ...more
This is my first Ally Carter book and I really enjoyed it. I read a few reviews of people stating their disappointment reading this book after the HeiThis is my first Ally Carter book and I really enjoyed it. I read a few reviews of people stating their disappointment reading this book after the Heist Society series which I have obviously never read but will check them out now for sure. I found this book well written, action packed and the ending actually took me by surprised which is actually a major kudos point as I am usually pretty good at anticipating the ending. Grace the main character is a sassy badass and I enjoyed following her around in this book. Her friends are also quite lovable and there is a potential love interest (wishful thinking?) which I believe will become epic as the series will progress. She has her bad/stupid/weak moments, moments when you wished you could just slap some sense into her but I believe it is her flaws that makes her more ‘realistic’ and enjoyable to follow. The book was never boring and there is always keeping you interested as you go along. It was the kind of 'spy/mystery) novels I enjoy in a political/diplomatic background. The plot was well developed and has a very seamless flow that matched the very descriptive and entertaining writing style. This first book is a strong start of the series; answering just enough questions for you not to be frustrated but leaving enough questions for you to eagerly wait for book two. In Conclusion: I really enjoyed this book and it was a page turner that kept me interested from start to finish. Grace is a very entertaining and strong character to follow. I believe this book/series will be of appeal for all the mystery/spy YA books lovers like me. Rating 4/5 ...more
Gayle Forman is wonderful. She is the kind of author that you know; whatever she writes you will love it. I felt that way for If I stay, Where she wenGayle Forman is wonderful. She is the kind of author that you know; whatever she writes you will love it. I felt that way for If I stay, Where she went, Just one Day and Just one Year and I was here didn’t disappoint at all. Once again Gayle manages to write all these emotions so beautifully that you feel them intensely as you eagerly devour this page-turner. This book is centered around the very emotional and touchy subject of depression and suicide and what it is like to be on the other side, not to be the one that is gone but be the one that is left behind. Gayle did it with respect and her amazing talent and you can’t help but wonder what you will do if you were left behind by someone who meant the world to you, with no warning.
This book is a real emotional roller coaster and you will somehow BECOME Cody as you are following her in her path of understanding and grief.
This book will make you cry and laugh, will make you mad, happy and sad…in a way that only Gayle seems to be able to do so. This is a deep raw emotional story with mystery and a dash of romance. In conclusion: If you are a Gayle Forman or a John Green fan I believe you will enjoy this book. If you are attracted to ‘real issue’ book that will make you feel intensely, I would recommend this book without reservation.