This may go down as one of the sexiest covers of all time. It's so subtle, and yet, so very not.
Wallbanger started out really strong, and I was lovingThis may go down as one of the sexiest covers of all time. It's so subtle, and yet, so very not.
Wallbanger started out really strong, and I was loving it. Loved the banter between these characters.(I was even able to tolerate the inner monologues about her O, Heart, Brain, Lower Caroline, and Nerves. I was almost able to tolerate her calling him "mister" and "buddy" incessantly.) But then it began to drag and I was just wishing they'd get on with it. And then they got on with it and THAT drug too, and I was wishing it would be over. It was also pretty unrealistic there toward the end, and I just got bored.
I'm not a fan of fanfiction being published, but I do give Clayton props for the way this one was executed. I saw no resemblance between this and Twilight, and believe me, I was looking....more
Definitely preferred it over If I Stay. Probably mostly due to the fact that I actually like Adam, and I never cared much for Mia. Maybe it makes me aDefinitely preferred it over If I Stay. Probably mostly due to the fact that I actually like Adam, and I never cared much for Mia. Maybe it makes me a bit insensitive, given what she was going through in If I Stay, but I think she was always selfish, and her loss just amplified that trait.
Perfect. Sexy in the right places, swoon-worthy guy, girl power to the max (but not in that annoying GIRLS RULE kind of way), a satisfying resolutionPerfect. Sexy in the right places, swoon-worthy guy, girl power to the max (but not in that annoying GIRLS RULE kind of way), a satisfying resolution in more ways than one. I can't even. Easy is a win so hard.
Uhm, can I just crawl inside of Samantha Young's brain please? Her writing just makes it seem so easy, when it is anything but. *sigh* Fun re4.5 Stars
Uhm, can I just crawl inside of Samantha Young's brain please? Her writing just makes it seem so easy, when it is anything but. *sigh* Fun read, though I have a few qualms that I may or may not lay out in a full review, soon....more
I wanted to love this one, because I've been trying to find a time travel story that I actually enjoyed. And it seemed all contemporary-ish....
Sorry MI wanted to love this one, because I've been trying to find a time travel story that I actually enjoyed. And it seemed all contemporary-ish....
Sorry Mr. Time Travel sir, I think we need to give up on this. I don't think it's ever going to work out for us.
Aside from time travel apparently not being my thing, I had a hard time connecting to the characters and I felt a bit of insta-love. Or insta-lust, at the very least. It also bored me to no end. I gave up at page 146 and not much had happened by that point....more
On the one hand, I felt it was a great insight into the mind of a young girl who is struggling with her wI am so very torn on how to review this book.
On the one hand, I felt it was a great insight into the mind of a young girl who is struggling with her weight, and an eating disorder.
On the other hand, I felt it was an eating disorder, and the solution—gastric bypass surgery—doesn’t send a good message. Ever is an emotional eater. She needed psychological help. This should have been explored before she was thrown into the operating room. It’s claimed that she has tried dieting and exercising with no success, but never in the book do we see her practice any self-control. Jumping straight to gastric bypass surgery at such a young age, when she wasn’t doing anything to manage her weight herself, doesn’t sit well with me. I’m not saying everyone can lose weight through eating well and exercise, I understand that gastric bypass is a last resort for some people. But Ever claims to have tried every diet in the book, and yet we never see her pick up anything healthy—only sweets. The way the doctor convinced her father to allow the surgery—through asking Ever how many calories were in a few foods—seemed absolutely ludicrous. People struggling with anorexia can also tell you how many calories are in everything, that doesn’t mean they need surgery, does it?
I feel like this book reinforces the stigma that anyone who struggles with their weight is just looking for a quick fix, and believe hard work and effort aren’t necessary. There was a lot of potential here. It could have given insight into gastric bypass in a way that may have opened some eyes. But to me, it was more about Ever’s quest to be skinny rather than healthy. Linking a book about a girl’s quest to be thin with such a controversial procedure just doesn’t seem like a great idea to me.
When I was reading Skinny, I enjoyed it. Don’t allow my review to keep you from giving it a shot, as you may feel differently. It wasn’t until I sat and stewed on the book that all of these things started to bother me....more
From What I Remember was quite enjoyable. It reminded me of The Hangover, though much more romantic and a lot less vulgar. Obviously. This is one of tFrom What I Remember was quite enjoyable. It reminded me of The Hangover, though much more romantic and a lot less vulgar. Obviously. This is one of those books that you close and just think “Well that was fun!”
I really liked Kylie and her best friend Will. Their relationship was probably my favorite aspect of the story, always entertaining me. They often communicate through movie quotes, and all of the movies they quoted were movies I loved and have seen a dozen times. So definite thumbs up on the pop culture references.
I can’t say I was head over heels for the romance, because of the circumstances. Kylie and Max may have been able to momentarily forget about people back home, but I couldn’t. So it was difficult for me to really invest in, especially in the end when Max became a character I didn’t care for. I will say, however, their adventure was a lot of fun. Though I couldn’t let go of what they were doing, watching them get to know one another kept me turning the pages. If Max had handled things differently later in the story, perhaps I could’ve loved it.
The only thing I didn’t enjoy about From What I Remember was the multiple points of view. I would have been fine with just Kylie and Max’s input. That’s actually my preferred layout, but I could have done without Kylie’s brother and Lily’s chapters. Kylie’s brother’s seemed a bit pointless, and Lily’s served no purpose other than making me not like her, which may have been the point. Will’s chapters gave us a fun insight into who he was, but I still didn’t feel they were necessary.
I would definitely recommend From What I Remember. It’s an entertaining journey from start to finish, and you won’t want to put it down....more
The first installment was relatively enjoyable, but I couldn't get into this one. After attempting to force myself through it several times over the sThe first installment was relatively enjoyable, but I couldn't get into this one. After attempting to force myself through it several times over the span of a week, I'm giving up....more
I will be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot out of Undead. Despite my love for zombies, it’s pretty thin which made me worry about development. ThankfuI will be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot out of Undead. Despite my love for zombies, it’s pretty thin which made me worry about development. Thankfully, I was worried for no reason.
I think what made me enjoy Undead so much was the fact that McKay managed to develop such characters in such a short time, while keeping you glued to the pages with non-stop action. I loved the characters from the very start, even Alice who isn’t the most likeable person. They all bring their own special touch to the story, and their relationships with each other were great. I laughed numerous times throughout the book.
Would these be the reactions of a few teenagers caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? I’m not sure. I suppose it would depend on the person, but I will admit their cheer was a bit much, given the circumstances. So, I hope Unfed sheds light on the fact that these characters have possibly lost everyone they love.
The book seemed to have a tongue-in-cheek way of implementing clichés, making them amusing rather than annoying. You have your bad boy, your geeky smart character, your self-absorbed airhead, and your gutsy protagonist. You have a creepy house, a conspiracy, and a bit of a twist. But it all worked. I would definitely recommend giving this one a shot, especially my fellow zombie lovers....more
Basically I went from being bored, to loving the story, to disappointed in the path it took.
The premise is fascinating, and even after reading the2.5
Basically I went from being bored, to loving the story, to disappointed in the path it took.
The premise is fascinating, and even after reading the book, I still stand by that. It was an interesting concept and I wish I had been a bigger fan of the execution. I was a tad disappointed when the scientific explanations began to fall apart. Maybe that was the part of me that needs an explanation for everything.
At least an entire star goes to the world-building. It was my favorite part of the story. You feel like you’re in the rain forest the entire time. Whether it be out in the wild or behind Pia’s glass wall, you could practically hear the animals. You could practically see the greenery, and feel the moisture in the air. It was very, very well done.
I wasn’t a fan of the romance. It was rapid and under-developed. Pia and Eio didn’t spend much time together throughout the entire book, and I was supposed to believe they were in love? It wasn’t a possibility for me. I didn’t buy into their relationship, not even for a second. That said, I did like them individually, as characters. I wish we had seen more of Eio and gotten to know him better.
Origin wasn’t what I was expecting, but I would still recommend people give it a shot, especially if you aren’t bothered by insta-love. ...more
Enjoyed it but certainly not as much as Pushing the Limits. This is probably due in large part to the fact that I didn't really like Beth once we were Enjoyed it but certainly not as much as Pushing the Limits. This is probably due in large part to the fact that I didn't really like Beth once we were inside her head. She was too angry and too naive. Not a good combination.
I'll definitely be reading book 3 but I have to say, Isaiah's story is going to have to be handled with care in order for me to be a fan. Maybe McGarry will surprise me but I think the only way I'll enjoy it is if he's over Beth before he falls in love again. Not looking forward to another savior. ...more
Pushing the Limits has everything I look for in a young adult contemporary romance. Characters you can empathize with, an engrossing plot, sexual tensPushing the Limits has everything I look for in a young adult contemporary romance. Characters you can empathize with, an engrossing plot, sexual tension, pacing, structure, depth—it was all there for me.
The romance takes the front seat in Pushing the Limits, but it isn’t all there is to the story and I loved that. Both Echo and Noah have their personal issues that they’re dealing with, and they deal with them very differently. Their actions and circumstances make them opposites but in many ways they are a lot alike. I enjoyed watching them push through their problems, together and apart. The secondary characters were great as well, and I’m looking forward to reading Beth’s story (Dare You To).
While this book is ultimately a romance, the plot is raw and engrossing. There is nothing sugar-coated about Echo and Noah’s lives. Their circumstances were very believable, but they were also done in a way that didn’t feel cliché, as these things can sometimes seem. It was extremely well-written, and all of the pieces came together perfectly.
There isn’t a single thing I can think of to complain about. Pushing the Limits is the epitome of what contemporary YA should be, and Katie McGarry has made a fan out of me. ...more
I’ll be honest. I did not expect much out of Insignia. It sounded interesting enough to attempt, but I really didn’t go in with any expectations. BookI’ll be honest. I did not expect much out of Insignia. It sounded interesting enough to attempt, but I really didn’t go in with any expectations. Books about gamers and hackers typically aren’t my thing, but Insignia was different from others I’ve read.
To me, the world-building in a dystopian society has to be perfected, or it doesn’t work. It is a crucial element, and Insignia delivered on that front. This futuristic world is woven intricately, and contains all of the elements needed to make a scenario such as this believable.
These characters were fantastic. I fell in love with all of them. They’re so well written and there was never a dull moment from them. I found myself laughing numerous times. So much fun. The way they interact with one another feels so authentic, reading it makes you feel like you’re at home. Despite the fact that the story takes place in the future where the world has changed drastically, I still felt comfortable while reading it. I think the characters made this possible. I think it’s worth pointing out that this doesn’t read like a middle grade/early YA, despite the fact that the characters are just 14. They’re highly intelligent beings, but they still keep a youthful edge.
My only complaint would be the brief moments of info-dump. It isn’t excessive but it was noticeable enough to slow down the reading momentum for me. Yet, all of the information is important, and the book wouldn’t be the same without it.
I hope Insignia gets the recognition it deserves. I fear the lack of in-your-face romance will prevent a lot of people from picking it up, but I hope I’m wrong about that. This was a great start to a promising series, and I am eager to see what’s next for Tom and his friends....more