June 3, 2013: Read this again ... still adore it!!
May 26, 2012: And I thought that 50 Shades of Grey was controversial! This book is right up there wJune 3, 2013: Read this again ... still adore it!!
May 26, 2012: And I thought that 50 Shades of Grey was controversial! This book is right up there with it, but just for other reasons.
Biggest reason? Because the author's editor called a reviewer a bitch. Is that right? Hell no. And the author and editor conspiring to "like" all of the reviews that gave the book 5 stars ... moral? Again, hell no. But here's my thing. I'm not going to hate a book just because the author or their editor or their dodgy neighbor down the street is rude to someone. I'm here to rate books, not become some kind of Book God that can thrust an entertaining book into a shame-filled book hell just because the people who are responsible for it have no manners.
Another reason it's so controversial is because of how similar it is to Hunger Games. And it's pretty similar - they are both in post-apocalyptic settings, there's a love triangle, there is a male stylist, a competition that parents thrust their children into, parents benefiting from their child being used in the contest, extravagant food and an annoying woman that is the girls'"handler". There's even a place where this is said, " ... we want to make them really pull for you. And that won't happen unless they can get to know you". Sounds a lot like what Katniss was told when she was getting ready for the games and was learning about sponsors.
All of that aside - and that may be too much for some perspective readers - it's a really cute book. The characters are lovable and the book is pretty well written. I mean, it's no Grapes of Wrath or Sense and Sensibility, but it's cute and entertaining. I really liked how the story progressed - no parts were lagging or boring or lacking, for that matter.
I don't think that the book deserves the flack that it's been given. You have to think, this is a book for young adults. Will they like it? Absolutely. I can't wait for the rest of the series. In hindsight, I should have waited until all of the series was out before I started on it so that I could read it all in one sitting, but I had to see what all of the fuss was about. Because of that, I'm going to be tortured until the others come out - I can't wait to see what happens next.
I would hate for someone to base whether they get this book on what others are saying. Just grab it, read the back of the book and form your own opinions instead of using someone else's to determine whether you would really like this book. You might be pleasantly surprised because I sure was!
I'll definitely read this again and again. Now hurry up with the rest of series!...more
I am a new Jessica Spotswood fan. This book was absolutely adorable and it's one of my new favorites! The way that she wrote the story really pulled yI am a new Jessica Spotswood fan. This book was absolutely adorable and it's one of my new favorites! The way that she wrote the story really pulled you into the book. It was exciting and I didn't find one dull moment or any slow areas. The story just scooted along and kept you engaged. I can't wait for the second one to hit the shelves ... hopefully it's soon!...more
This book is about 5 children struggling with inner turmoil, demons, spirituality and their fated futuresI won this book in the First Reads Giveaway.
This book is about 5 children struggling with inner turmoil, demons, spirituality and their fated futures. Do not get discouraged with the first few chapters of this book. It is a bit confusing but it all starts making sense once you get into it. I thought that with this being a teen book it would be way too easy to read - I was delightfully mistaken! It is a very mature read. It does reference drugs in the first few pages and teenage pregnancy. If you want to shelter your child from this type of reading, just scan the first few chapters - it's nothing too extreme. The Prophecy surprised me at the end. It had a slow beginning, but in hindsight with all of the information given, it needed to be that way. Good versus Evil has always been a favorite for many authors to write about, but I haven't ever read one quite as good as this. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment....more
When I picked up this book and started reading, my first thought was ... OH MY GOSH, I'M GOING TO HATE THIS!!! Switching between characters every otheWhen I picked up this book and started reading, my first thought was ... OH MY GOSH, I'M GOING TO HATE THIS!!! Switching between characters every other page ... this isn't going to go well. But I really can't imagine reading this book any other way. With the way that Ebner wrote this story, I don't think it would have gone very well by writing it the traditional way. This was written in exactly the form that it needed to be. So don't be discouraged when you see how it switches between characters so many times.
Book of Love is a really amazing story. The character development was amazing, I wasn't left wanting to know anything about any of the characters. Everything was so well thought out and explored, it pulled you in from the very beginning and held you until that last page - which left you wanting more. Immediately! A great book that I'll enjoy reading over and over and I can't wait to get started on the next one! ...more
First thing, if you're thinking about reading this book and you pick it up ... don't give up on it in the beginning!! The world that Condie has createFirst thing, if you're thinking about reading this book and you pick it up ... don't give up on it in the beginning!! The world that Condie has created in Matched is so weird and foreign that it is a little confusing when you first start out. I won't lie, I almost stopped reading. But I pushed through because I had heard so many great reviews about it and I'm glad that I did keep reading.
There were some spots in the book where it jumped around a bit ... I believe it was Chapter 24 or 25 but other than that, the story flowed very well. I liked Condie's writing style and all of the characters were very well developed with the exception of one. Cassia's best friend ... I wanted more out of her throughout the whole book and unfortunately didn't get it.
Condie writes an amazing ending - even though it's very frustrating because I want to know what happens. I'll definitely read the next book. ...more
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 02/01/2011 and received it on 02/09/2011!
I have always lived by the mantra, don't judgeI won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 02/01/2011 and received it on 02/09/2011!
I have always lived by the mantra, don't judge a book by it's cover. But I completely blew that one out of the water when I first saw this book. My first thought was, if the cover is this beautiful, then the book must be great! Fortunately for me, I was right.
666 Park Avenue was a really good story. I loved every moment of it, I loved some characters and hated others, just like the author intended, I'm sure. There were quite a few twists and turns that I caught onto until they happened.
My only negative comment is that I wish that it was a little longer. Some of the beginning situations could have been explained a little more, in my opinion. I always hate books that are bogged down with info and the story gets lost, but this one could have had a little more of that, at least in the beginning.
Great book, I'll definately read it again and the ending makes you believe that there is a possibility for a sequel, which I would also run to the store and get, just to see if everything panned out for the characters.
If you need a fun book to read full of magic, mystery and mayhem, give this book a try, you won't be disappointed....more
I usually say this ... but Lethal is THE BEST Sandra Brown book. Ever. Until I read the next one, at least.
You get hooked from the first page and itI usually say this ... but Lethal is THE BEST Sandra Brown book. Ever. Until I read the next one, at least.
You get hooked from the first page and it pulls you along until you read that last sentence. The ending is always a shock with Brown, with each book, you think that you learn her writing style and "I know who it is this time!" - only to be completely wrong and know that she's gotten you again. That really happened to me this time. I thought I knew and then the rug was pulled out from under me quite violently.
Everneath was actually really good. I picked up this book initially because of the cover ... it's gorgeous and it caught my eye. I know, I know ... thEverneath was actually really good. I picked up this book initially because of the cover ... it's gorgeous and it caught my eye. I know, I know ... that's a horrible way to pick out a book. But let's face it, when a book has a striking cover, we gravitate to it - that's just how it is.
I was really pleasantly surprised with how good it was. Some of these ya books out there get hyped up and then the fall flat. Hard. But this one didn't. The writing was great, there were a few places where I would have wanted further exploration into the scene, but that was about it. No complaints. The characters were really well written and thought out, I really never had any questions about their standpoints on anything or why they were acting a certain way.
Just an all around good book! Pretty interesting with how the story develops, I didn't think that it would end like that ... Ashton definitely gives you a run for your money if you're trying to figure out ahead of time who did what or how it's going to end.
I'll definitely be reading this one again by the pool this summer! Can't wait for the next in the series....more
I have a HUGE problem with Wendy Higgins. HUGE. Why in the world hasn't she written a book before now?!? I absolutely adored her style of writing. NotI have a HUGE problem with Wendy Higgins. HUGE. Why in the world hasn't she written a book before now?!? I absolutely adored her style of writing. Not that it was anything different from other great writers ... but being that she IS a great writer is the style that I adored, I guess.
I've read so many of these YA writers that seem to talk down to the reader. If that even makes sense. It's almost as if they think that the YA readers, who their book was intended for, are stupid or slow. But I didn't get that feeling from Higgins. And if part of the book wasn't in a high school, I think that it could easily transform into an adult book. Not adult like 50 Shades ... but adult as in not young adult. Anyway, this book was really great.
I haven't read a lot of the angel/demon books that are out there, but if I had, I'm sure that this book would be at the top of my favorite list - as it is now. The character progression was amazing. Is that even a phrase? The way that the character was introduced to you was wonderful. Higgins really made it feel like you were meeting a new friend when she was describing everyone.
Just an amazing book. I could go on and on about it, but I'm afraid if I start delving too deep, that I will give all of the secrets away.
LOVE! I can't wait for the next one ... hopefully it won't be too long ... hint hint nudge....more
Okay, great story, excellent continuation of what was already establiRead this puppy in one day. It's good.
Wait for it ... here it is ... the big BUT.
Okay, great story, excellent continuation of what was already established in The Selection. But. I'm not going to lie to the 1 person that will actually read this review. I got a little annoyed with the flip-flopping of America's emotions. I was so frustrated, it got to the point where I wasn't rooting for one guy (it was always Maxon previously, by the way) and I didn't really care who she ended up with as long as it was someone. Anyone. Just pick a dude, lady!
But that simmered down after what happened. If you've read the book, you know what I mean. That BIG thing that happened and it made me hate Maxon with a fire-ey passion hot enough to melt Mordor. I don't think I've ever disliked a fictional character as much as I did Maxon after that scene. But alas, he redeems himself ... but it took a while.
So now I'm back on Team Maxon and I wish that the next book was out so that I could just find out who she picks!!! It's horrible getting into a book like this and then to be pushed to the last page by the wonderful writing just to end up running into a brick wall at the end of the last page.
I feel incomplete. My life can't possibly go on until I read the rest of this series.
Dramatics aside, it's a great series and one that you should pick up and take with you to the beach or that little cozy corner that you have where you can snuggle up with it and fall in love with the characters as most who have read this have. ...more
I can't begin to explain how much I wanted to love this book. I really did. I love me some dystopian/futuristic young adult stuff. But this one ... weI can't begin to explain how much I wanted to love this book. I really did. I love me some dystopian/futuristic young adult stuff. But this one ... well ... it was interesting ... parallel worlds with you in it but it's not you, it's another version of you ... sometimes a better version, sometimes a worse version ... come on. That's some good shit! But it just fell flat for me.
The writing wasn't bad. The story line wasn't bad. Character development, the back story ... all okay. But that's all it was for me. Just okay. When I first saw the cover, it knocked my socks off! Yes, I judge books by their cover. You do too, so don't judge me. The cover is cool as hell and then the blurb on the back just pulled me in. I couldn't wait to get started on this one. And then it just dropped off for me. The sad thing was that I got about halfway through the book when it started to happen and then it was just a flat-liner from there on out.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad book. So if you like semi-dystopian and futuristic stuff, this might be the best thing you've ever read. A lot of people really liked it. The characters are pretty well written ... I liked the heroine of the story quite a bit. The men that are pulling her into different directions are pretty okay as well. Oh, I did like her grandfather. He had a soft spot for her just like my grandpa had for me ... so I automatically loved him. It just wasn't a BAM!!-Emeril Lagasse type of story for me.
Now, since I liked the premise of this novel so much, I might pick up the next book just to see if it hooks me. You guys should check it out too! You never know ...
Usually, after I finish a book and it comes time to write up the review, I have a pretty clear ide Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Usually, after I finish a book and it comes time to write up the review, I have a pretty clear idea of what I'll be saying about the book. I'll have looked through my notes and formulated what I see as being the best (and most fair) review for me to share. This time ... I'm having a hard time really grasping what I want points I want to hit on and what views to express. Nothing to say? It's not that ... it's never THAT with me, I always have something to say ... I think that it's just taking a while to fully process this book.
If there is anything that you take away from this review, it needs to be this ... this book is absolutely amazing. It is THE best YA book that I have ever read. And you may want to sit down for this ... it's better than my favorite book, Divergent (GASP). I know. I. Know. Dude, I thought that the sun and moon set on Divergent. Well, Divergent has been bumped. And it would take a lot for me to say that. This book had me from the first two sentences. Can you imagine being hooked on a book, falling in love with a character, loving an author and knowing that this book is going to be amazing from the first two sentences?!? It happened. The heroine of the novel, Tella, is just ... captivating. She's sassy and cynical and passive aggressive and funny. She masks her sadness and uncomfortable situations with smart ass remarks. LOVE her smart-ass-ed-ness (yes, it's totally a word). It's nothing short of refreshing. And yes ... part of that could be because Tella seems like me. Reading her dialogue and thoughts was almost like taking a peek inside my head ... it was weird.
Gosh, I don't know where to go next ... the landscape that Tella is thrust into is quite amazing. It's written in a way that it almost becomes tangible. You feel like you are right there next to Tella, trudging through the jungle. It was like this throughout the entire book. And it flowed into the characters as well ... by this I mean that the characters were so realistic that they seemed like someone you know. Each of the characters was so thought out and so ... complete. And the best part is that right when you think that you know these characters like you know yourself, something shifts and you find out that they aren't who you thought that they were. Awe. Some.
Haha ... I write tons and tons of notes when I read a book ... things that I need to remember, quotes I love, that kind of thing. Well, I wrote this one note and I just have to share it. I was almost done with the book, it was a little after midnight and apparently, I was a bit loopy. This is what I wrote:
Just when you think that you know what is going on, the author twirls you around, smacks your ass and then laughs at you.
And that really sums up the book. This is the first book that I've read by Victoria Scott but it will not be the last. There were tons of plot twists that really took me by surprise. Did I pick out a few of them? Yes. Okay, well ... I actually only figured out one ahead of time. The rest were TOTAL surprises. That kind of thing doesn't happen to me very often these days. It may be because I've read so many books or because after having our two boys, nothing really surprises me anymore. And that's pretty sad, I like being surprised with some twist in a story and this book was the perfect example of twisty-turneys (also, totally a word). There is only one thing that I regret about this book and it's that it's not out yet. Which means that #2 won't be out for a very long time and THAT is a huge downer.
I want to say so much more but I don't want to ruin the surprises. But you need to go read this book because it's going to be wildly popular pretty quickly. I just know it....more
First of all, whoever designed this cover was a genius. I adore this cover. I wish all covers were t Check out my other reviews atLittle Miss Bookmark!
First of all, whoever designed this cover was a genius. I adore this cover. I wish all covers were this awesome. I can't really put a finger on what it is that just makes this cover amazing but it is.
Okay ... let's see ... oh. The chapter titles. I won't lie. I HATED the chapter titles. So terrible. I was ready to chunk the book and just call it a day. In my mind, titled chapters (especially ones in such a weird format) are for children's books. But. And you'll hardly ever hear me say this, I was wrong. And I'm glad that I was wrong. Are the chapter titles weird? Hell yes. Do they make sense once you get into the book? Hell yes. I can't think of another way to title these chapters, actually. The author knows what she's doing. So I apologize to Ms. Shelly Crane for prejudging. Well, it wasn't prejudging since I was already reading the book but you get what I'm saying. I was wrong. Just this once.
All in all ... AH-MAZING book. Loved it. Adored it. There were a few spots that were a bit slow but that was it, the writing is stellar, the plot and how it played out was amazing and I loved the characters! I really liked the heroine of the novel. The way that she came across is exactly how I think that I would act in this situation. Can you imagine waking up and not knowing who anyone was? You don't know any of your family or friends or most importantly, yourself. And what if all of these people surrounding you kept telling you that you weren't ... YOU. Just mind-boggling. I can only hope that this never happens to me or anyone I love because I don't know if I would be as strong as I hope I would be.
I'm really excited about this author. I've never read anything by her and the moving way with which she wrote this novel is pretty cool. I'll definitely pick up the next in this series and I've been looking into some of her other works. Looks like I may have found another favorite author! ...more
YES! YES! YES! I could really leave my review as just those three words and be extremely happy with Check out my other reviews atLittle Miss Bookmark!
YES! YES! YES! I could really leave my review as just those three words and be extremely happy with it. Gosh, I really don't know where to start. Well, I went into this novel with a few hang-ups. I've been burned by witch and ghost novels in the past. I've sworn off these kinds of novels because of how terrible some of the ones I've read in the past have been. But this one spoke to me, I guess. If I was one of those people that can be won over by a gorgeous cover (who am I kidding, I totally am) then I would want to read it just for that... (which I did). The moment I read the blurb, I was hooked.
From the first page, I was creeped out. Totally creeped out. I'm talking serious heebie-jeebies. Just thinking about it now creeps me out. And you're totally sucked into Mala's (the main character) world right from the get-go. The novel becomes more and more addictive the further you get into it. This morning, I was about a third of the way through. And now I'm done. I sat down and just read for hours today because I had to know what was going to happen. This is one of those books that makes you neglect the world around you. Be prepared to miss meals.
I make it a point to not read anything about the authors or their other books when I find a new author. I don't want any outside influences on my first impressions. So I don't know if the author was born in the south but she is totally in tune with how things work down here! My husband and I decided to move our family from Oklahoma to southern Texas ... I mean close to Louisiana when I say southern Texas. Things are just different down here. ESPECIALLY when you get into Louisiana. This is Cajun country and if you're from anywhere up north, you're going to spend your days wondering what in the hell they are talking about and/or eating/drinking most of the time. My point is that this author really makes you feel like you're living out on the bayou and not in a way that makes you feel stupid. The author doesn't talk down to you or over-explain things (which insinuates that us readers are dumb) (and I didn't mean that as an over-explanation because I don't think that you're dumb) (at least not the majority of you). The author just writes like it's as easy as breathing.
About halfway through the novel, I picked out who I thought the bad guy would be. Oh, I was totally sure that I was right. I get all cocky when I can pick out the bad dude in a novel and now I've started doing it earlier and earlier in my readings because I think that I know everything. Well, I was WAY off this time. It was nice being wrong because who I picked would have been too simple for this mysterious and witch-y vortex of words.
Basically, I love this novel. I can't get enough of this novel. It was creepy and sweet and gripping and gritty and spooky and creepy and funny and everything else in between. It had a little bit of everything but not in a way that made it too much or insincere. It was perfect. Absolutely perfect. A must read. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. ...more
First off, this cover is awesome. Judge this book by it's cover!! This New Adult genre just keeps g Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
First off, this cover is awesome. Judge this book by it's cover!! This New Adult genre just keeps getting better. When the genre just popped into existence a while back, I really didn't know what to expect. Young Adult had encompassed so much and I was just accustomed to it but I'm glad that New Adult has taken these books out of YA. New Adult books are quickly becoming my favorite and this book is a really good reason as to why.
I wasn't expecting this book to be funny and there are quite a few places where I would chuckle to myself. The back and forth between characters is great and really makes me wonder if these convos are things that have actually happened to the author and she's just writing them down ... they are that good. Now, something to keep in mind is that this book does take place in Australia and there is a bunch of lingo that will be a bit unfamiliar to quite a few people. Thank goodness I fell in love with the movie Bootmen eons ago and I was able to keep up. BTW, if you haven't seen that movie ... you totally need to ... I'm talking Sam Worthington and Adam Garcia. You can thank me later. Anyhow ... there is some Australian lingo. You'll be fine. I promise.
Upside Down really got to me. The struggle that Talia and Bran go through separately and then together was very moving. You can almost feel their heartbreak and the push and pull of their emotions. It's something that will stay with me for a while since reading this. You become attached and almost protective of the characters from pretty much the very beginning of the novel. I also wanted to throttle both of them a time or two!
Lia Riley is someone that I'll definitely be keeping an eye on. The way that she writes is captivating and I'm really excited to see what her next novels hold. This is her first!!! Very impressive. Now, as a side note ... I would like to thank Riley for some new words and definitions. One in particular made me laugh out loud and I wish that I could say what word it is but I don't have a final copy of the book, I just have an ARC, so I'm not for sure that it will end up in the final book. I truly hope that it does!!!!
Great book. You have to pick it up when it hits shelves on Tuesday, August 5th. Yep. I totally just plugged this book. It's that good....more
I have been burned by quite a few novels about angels. Too many. Usually, I'll just turn a book dow Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I have been burned by quite a few novels about angels. Too many. Usually, I'll just turn a book down when I hear it's about them. But something made me pick this one up and I'm really glad that I trusted my instincts on it. It's totally renewed my faith in these fantasy novels and I'm pretty excited to find another one.
The author (whom I've never read anything from) really surprised me. She drops you off in the middle of an ongoing ... situation ... and it was the perfect start to this story. I loved meeting the characters the way that they were introduced. You know, the main character is in the hospital after this horrible wreck and she's just kind of coming to terms with what has happened to her and her family ... meeting her friends as they come to the hospital gave you this sense of timidity from the main character, it was really strange. I became anxious when Emma did ... the author just did such a great job of immersing you into this new world that Emma now inhabits.
It was really a great story, one I'll be excited to finish once I pick up the other novels. This is definitely an author to keep your eye on because she writes captivating heroes and villains that you really can't get enough of! Ooooh ... and one tiny spoiler ... it's minute (so minute that it really isn't a spoiler) ... just watch out for Kade ... you'll fall in love with him! ...more
First of all, this cover is amazing. It's actually one of my favorite covers of the year! Everythin Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
First of all, this cover is amazing. It's actually one of my favorite covers of the year! Everything about it just made me want to read this book. Yeah, yeah ... don't judge a book by its cover. But everyone does and we just don't talk about it. Well, we don't talk about it unless you're in one of those underground book clubs that meet in secret and sit around and drink rather than discuss books all the while judging adults who read young adult novels and only picking up books that are on the Oprah Book List.
With derailment #1 out of the way, let's get this review started. I've never read anything by this author before but I would be open to another one in the future. This is a really nice coming of age novel and I enjoyed pretty much everything about it. Not all authors can successfully jump between past and present in a novel and keep the reader interested but Doxer did an amazing job of just that! Play of Light switches from past to present seamlessly and the novel couldn't have been written any other way.
The story as a whole was completely heartbreaking. The beginning of the novel just rips your heart out and then it continues to happen over and over throughout the entire thing - think Nicholas Sparks. Yeah. It was that sad. I just wanted the characters to catch a break. At any time. Any kind of break but they were dealt hardship after hardship. You would think that kind of novel would be horrible to read. And it was at times. There were some times that I just didn't think I could read any more because it was just too much. Too emotional, too sad ... just too much. The ironic thing was while I wanted to take a break from this novel because it was so charged that is what really pushed me to finish reading at the same time. I just had to know how this whole thing ended. I wanted to know if everything would be okay. I NEEDED everything to be okay.
All in all, a pretty good novel and I'm looking forward to what the author has in store for future novels. ...more