The further this series goes, the more confused I generally get. There are so many strange and wonderful things that appear, but my list of questionsThe further this series goes, the more confused I generally get. There are so many strange and wonderful things that appear, but my list of questions gets longer and longer. Here are a few of my thoughts (there may be spoilers ahead!)\:
- I'm enjoying the very PG sexual chemistry between Gansey and Blue. A touch here, a phone call there...it's very cute. - I like having cranky British person Malory in Henrietta. - I generally have a tough time picturing where everything is. All the caves and mysterious passages everywhere... - Jesse Dittley TALKS ALL IN CAPS AND ITS FUN - Gwenllian is crazy, but I guess I would be too after what she went through - Uhhh, Matthew revelation...! - I like Henry Cheng, but I don't know if he's to be trusted or not - The Greenmantles are strange people. Adam and Ronan's plan of attack here is somewhat genius. - Persephone...! - Yet another agonising cliffhanger ending (which wasn't so bad for me this time as I had the next book, but I sympathise with other people's agony).
So, after all that, still generally confused....more
This is my first John Corey Whaley book and I just fell in love. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy, and the book was introduced by a compThis is my first John Corey Whaley book and I just fell in love. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy, and the book was introduced by a completely endearing video from the author. The book is exactly like him: witty, humorous and very real.
Agoraphobic Solomon has not left his house in three years after the fountain incident at school. Over-achieving Lisa, witness to this, dreams of being a psychologist and needs a subject for her admissions essay into her college of choice. She forces herself into Solomon's life for this, but both soon realise how much they like spending time with each other. When she introduces Solomon to her boyfriend Clark - who is a remarkably sincere, genuinely nice guy - the three of them become inseparable.
Do the ends justify the means? Does a bad motive undermine a great friendship? Secrets, doubts, fears, ambitions, hopes are felt and shared. As the story continues, the elephant in the room, Lisa's essay, looms larger. Solomon's trust in his new friends and Lisa's trust in herself and Clark, get tested as self-doubt starts to creep in.
My favourite thing about the book is that Whaley explores these issues and themes with just the right amount of humour and geekery. The narration and dialogue carried an undercurrent of comedy and I enjoyed the numerous references to Star Trek and Lord of the Rings (to name a few). I don't know much about agoraphobia, but I think Solomon's issues were dealt with respectfully. I really got in his mind and understood what he was going through during one of his panic attacks. Solomon also had the best parents and grandmother, which was really refreshing.
I really liked Lisa, but I know most would find her pushy, controlling nature overbearing. Everything she did was true to herself and her ambition, and I think she learned as much from the experience as Solomon did. In fact, although the book was short, both Solomon and Lisa's character arcs are complete and well-rounded.
Also, with lines like:
You're like Lady Macbeth without the murder. Thanks, you have no idea how much of a compliment that is to me.
How can you go wrong? This book has made me an instant Whaley fan, and I'l be eagerly looking forward to reading his other books!...more
A wonderful little novellla from Luka Lowe's point of view, as he tries to win his second Iron Cross and gets foiled by the real Adele Wolfe. Ryan's wA wonderful little novellla from Luka Lowe's point of view, as he tries to win his second Iron Cross and gets foiled by the real Adele Wolfe. Ryan's writing is so vivid and this insight into Luka's past and thoughts has made me adore him a thousand times more. A must read for all fans of Wolf by Wolf that need something to help with the long wait for Blood for Blood!...more
4.5 stars. It's hard to find the right words to describe the book, but it's generally just beautiful. The writing is super, reminiscent of Jandy Nelso4.5 stars. It's hard to find the right words to describe the book, but it's generally just beautiful. The writing is super, reminiscent of Jandy Nelson in style, with both Vivi and Jonah's voices distinctly standing out. The story ripped me to shreds emotionally. I felt love and loss so actutely. I would smile one sentence and tears would be streaming down my face the next. It filled me up and I loved reading it. Really beautifully done and I'll go and read more of Emery's books now. ...more
Super cute story, I really love how Rainbow can develop a relationship you buy into so quickly. I would have liked more (obviously, because Rainbow'sSuper cute story, I really love how Rainbow can develop a relationship you buy into so quickly. I would have liked more (obviously, because Rainbow's writing is exceptional). I think I enjoyed it a bit less because I didn't really see the point of spending the whole week being in a non-queue, but hey, I like my sleep and food so it's probably not something I would ever do! ...more
If you couldn't tell from my previous status updates, I spent the majority of this book severely bored. Not enough was happening in the first 2/3rds oIf you couldn't tell from my previous status updates, I spent the majority of this book severely bored. Not enough was happening in the first 2/3rds of the book, I'm actually fairly impressed that I finished it (I DNFed the last book I read that put me through an equally lethargic experience). It flicked between Errin's inner monologue and flashbacks so often, it was hard to tell what was what. The same information was repeated again and again (she's an apothecary, she has a sick mother, brother is missing, life was hard when her father passed, etc). If I cared more about Errin or her missing brother Lief (from the first book), then I might have cared, but I don't, so I didn't.
By the time the plot moved, I was so disinterested in Errin and by extension, Silas (who is actually a very interesting character). It's sad because this is where the story actually got good, but it all happens so fast and so suddently that I felt like I was hit with what should have been a full book in the space of 100 pages or so. There were some interesting things (the Sisters, the mythology, The Sleeping Prince, a few reveals), but the pacing was completely off, and it soured my experience....more
These books do get better and better. I am a little in love with Dean Heyward di Laurentis. The Life of Dean is sweet indeed. Probably the hottest ofThese books do get better and better. I am a little in love with Dean Heyward di Laurentis. The Life of Dean is sweet indeed. Probably the hottest of the three, I really liked how much chemistry Allie and Dean had with each other. The progression from sex buddies to friendship to a relationship was really fun to read. I may have even cried a little at the end. Officially addicted to Elle Kennedy's writing - can't wait for book 4!...more
Breezed through this book. I think I liked it a bit more than the first, which is rare for me. Something about Logan and Grace's chemistry and relatioBreezed through this book. I think I liked it a bit more than the first, which is rare for me. Something about Logan and Grace's chemistry and relationship really stuck. These books are fast becoming favourites. Elle needs to write faster!...more
Read this book way too quickly, but it was just too enjoyable not to. I bought this after seeing Elle Kennedy's books filling my Goodreads timeline anRead this book way too quickly, but it was just too enjoyable not to. I bought this after seeing Elle Kennedy's books filling my Goodreads timeline and the great reviews from friends I trust, that aren't the biggest fans of NA. If they loved this book, then I knew it was something special.
It really was. I love a good hate-love relationship and the geeky girl/popular guy trope and this book had all of that and more in spades. It ticked all the right boxes in what I look for in an NA book: banter, sizzling chemistry and character growth. The dialogue is laugh out loud funny and the sex scenes are hot.
After Hannah Wells gets an 'A' in an impossibly difficult class, she gets noticed by hockey team captain Garrett Graham who pesters her to tutor him, much to her annoyance. After presenting an offer she couldn't refuse, she finally caves. They both have hidden skeletons in their pasts, but I love how well the author dealt with these difficult issues. The characters, setting, issues and relationship genuinely felt authentically university-set.
Basically, I loved it and I will recommend it to anyone who wants to read a well-crafted contemporary college love story. Will be reading the rest of the series and the author's other books!...more
I'm not really sure how to rate this book, I was flitting between 3.5 and 4 stars for ages. I think 3.75 would be most appropriate.
There were parts ofI'm not really sure how to rate this book, I was flitting between 3.5 and 4 stars for ages. I think 3.75 would be most appropriate.
There were parts of this book I really loved. The concept itself is a winner - being able to travel anywhere and anywhen as long as you had the right map of the place and time. I loved the fact that you can also travel to fantastical and mythological places and how this was woven seamlessly into the story. Nix, Kashmir and the rest of the crew were fantastic characters and I also really liked Blake. There was good chemistry and comraderie all around and I really enjoyed spending time with the diverse cast of characters. I love the assortment of magical creatures and items that pop up in the story and how the author wove the history of Hawaii into the story.
What I didn't enjoy was Slate. I have a peeve about terrible parents and I think it's awful what he put Nix through to accomplish his mission. I also didn't get a very clear idea of how Navigating worked. The explanation was definitely glossed over and a bit wishy-washy. Some things fell into place to easily and it took a while to get going in the beginning.
The things I enjoyed definitely outweighed what I didn't enjoy. The book sets itself up nicely for a sequel, although I don't know if there will be one. All in all, one I would recommend to those that enjoyed Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. ...more
DNF. I gave it half the book, but I honestly couldn't read any more without my eyes glazing over. I'm not invested in Mare, who I don't think has growDNF. I gave it half the book, but I honestly couldn't read any more without my eyes glazing over. I'm not invested in Mare, who I don't think has grown up since the last book. There are too many new, forgettable characters, and the writing was very jumbled. I felt like the characters were constantly jumping from one place to another and I couldn't clearly follow their journey. All in all, I was disinterested and even though everyone has kept telling me to stick it out to the end, I don't think I can....more
I don't even know where to start with this book. Just when I thought Pierce Brown couldn't surprise me anymore than he did with Red Rising, he gorydamI don't even know where to start with this book. Just when I thought Pierce Brown couldn't surprise me anymore than he did with Red Rising, he gorydamn well does it with Golden Son. Utterly unpredictable, in the best of ways. I couldn't stop reading and had no idea where the story would go and I loved it. It was utter madness in space.
Darrow, now a Peerless Scarred, is working for the Augustus family, the same man that ordered the death of his wife, Eo. Without spoiling too much, he makes a huge mistake, becomes public enemy number one of the Bellonas, gets fired, gets rehired, makes deals with everyone. He's up and down more times than a yo-yo throughout the story and is less of a Gary Stu. Also, the supporting cast are wonderful. Mustang, Sevro, Roque, the Jackal, the Sovereign, Fitchner are all deeply interesting, flawed characters with their own plans and agendas. I had absolutely no idea who's on who's side.
Plus, Pierce Brown also manages to give us a load of feels even with the background of death, destruction and intergalactic war. WHY PIERCE WHY?! I'm so glad I decided to read it close to the release of Morning Star. I think the wait would have been agonising. ...more