Novels set in a foreign land are some of my favorite books. While enjoying myself while reading, I’m also learning a bit about another culture. I get...moreNovels set in a foreign land are some of my favorite books. While enjoying myself while reading, I’m also learning a bit about another culture. I get to learn different slang and lifestyles then what I’m familiar with. I also love contemporary novels! It’s probably my favorite genre or at least most of the books I read are contemporary. So when the author asked me to review her book, I just had to say yes!
Friendship on Fire is about Daisy in her last year of what us Americans think of as high school. We get a first-hand look at what she goes through during the year. Prior to this year, Daisy’s life had been pretty steady and predictable all until she dyed her hair (on accident) red and she met a mysterious and maybe slightly dangerous boy.
Daisy had a pretty awesome outlook on many things even though she had difficult moments at times. She was always so nice, willing to help and always wanted to trust everyone, which at times was her downfall. She had a wonderful family who could laugh at each other constantly. She had a best friend, Roman, who at the beginning of the book was always there for her no matter what.
Daisy learned so much during this one year of her life. Many life lessoned were put to heart. Of course some situations she put herself in could have been avoided, but I know at that age I didn’t listen to anyone. I had a feeling about this boy she was enamored with…I’ll just say I was right, but I was expecting something a bit different then what the author gave us…I was a bit surprised.
I only have one minor complaint…I thought the book could be shorter. It’s a pretty long story at 471 pages for a young adult contemporary novel. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed much, if not all of the story, but maybe the author could have found a few scenes in the story to snip off.
Like I mentioned above, I love myself an Aussie setting. One thing to remember, when reading a book set in a foreign land such as Friendship on Fire, usually when a character mentions it’s 30 degrees outside, it doesn’t mean 30 degrees Fahrenheit. So while you’re reading you’re thinking it’s freezing out, but then the characters mention the heat and sweating and then you’ll have a “DUH” moment and realize it’s summer time and in the high 80’s there in Australia! Or maybe I’m the only one who has these problems. :)(less)
Have you ever picked up book after book after book (I could keep going on) and none of them were holding your attention because it was just the same o...moreHave you ever picked up book after book after book (I could keep going on) and none of them were holding your attention because it was just the same ole same ole? Brightest Kind of Darkness, love the title by the way, was a book I picked up after becoming bored with reading and *hoping* it would fix the my lack of good reads…it did just that!
“You know that feeling of déjà vu people talk about? I live it. Every. Single. Day.”
Patrice describes her book as:
“Brightest Kind of Darkness is a novel length dark paranormal YA full of mystery, adventure, romance, and even a touch of horror.”
That right there is a perfect way to describe it. Many of you might be thinking or screaming out loud, “But Jacinda, you don’t read horror! You say this constantly and annoy us to death at how much of a scaredy cat you really are!” That’s true; I don’t handle anything scary that well. I have horrible nightmares and can’t sleep…but this book wasn’t like that. It was a bit creepy and horrorific at the end of the book, but I could handle it! That surprised me. I did get the heebie-jeebies, but I was smart enough to tackle this book during daylight hours.
Mystery was also a HUGE part of the story and because of this, pretty much anything not mentioned in the summary is giving too much away. I can say I was surprised by what was told in this book, I wasn’t expecting the outcome. I guessed one minor-ish plot line, but that was about it.
The romance between Nara and Ethan was slow but at the same time moved quickly. I’m not even sure if that entirely makes sense. Maybe I’m trying to say insta-love didn’t come into play, but they did fall for each other. :)
By the end of Brightest Kind of Darkness many of the mysteries are solved, but Patrice left a few mysteries to be solved in subsequent books…I liked this! I’m super curious to find out more about these two!(less)
Just take a gander at the cover…It’s so pretty! I just love the colors! Anyway, along with that cover and the elusive summary for Wander Dust, I was c...moreJust take a gander at the cover…It’s so pretty! I just love the colors! Anyway, along with that cover and the elusive summary for Wander Dust, I was curious! Plus, it’s set in Chicago and one of my favorite books has that setting and I live 45 minutes outside of Chicago…so I couldn’t pass this one up!
I enjoyed this the story! For some reason I had a problem connecting with the story itself, maybe even the characters. I found myself taking a couple of weeks to read this one because I wasn’t worried and constantly thinking about what was going to happen to Seraphina next. What Wander Dust is about, the uniqueness it has, I really enjoyed and I hate that I couldn’t fall in love with this book for reasons really unknown to me…if that sounds totally crazy.
Michelle is very descriptive in her writing. I think that’s one reason why I didn’t find a certain part of the book confusing...you can read more about that later in my review. She does a great job of painting a picture with her words to give us a visual of the setting. I felt myself wanting to be in this world. Just gorgeous!
Wander Dust stands well on it’s own, but it does have potential to be turned into a trilogy, as the author wants it to. Will I read the rest of the trilogy? Possibly. I am curious to see what else these character’s can get themselves into and to learn more of the world Michelle has built for us to read about.
*Possible spoilers ahead, read the bold text to decide if you want to read on*
This is the thing. The summary, like I said above, doesn’t tell us much. My review would only be one paragraph (well not, really) if I didn’t tell you what the story ends up being about. If you want to stay clueless, I suggest you not read on. I marked certain words as spoilers below.
What is Wander Dust all about? It’s about (view spoiler)[time travel (hide spoiler)]. It’s done surprisingly well. As soon as this was sprung on me, I was a bit scared. I’ve found out that I’m a person who is totally confused in regards to (view spoiler)[time traveling (hide spoiler)] stories or I just understand. I’m not sure if I’m the one with the problem or if it’s the way some stories are explained, but that’s just how I feel. I wasn’t confused while reading Wander Dust! I was so happy when the (view spoiler)[time traveling (hide spoiler)] started happening and I actually GOT it! YES! Plus Michelle Warren wove in some lore…along with Egyptian lore into her story which I really fell in love with! So if you’re a fan of (view spoiler)[time travel (hide spoiler)] and such, you should read this one!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Normally a cover of the book or the description are the two things pulling me into wanting to read a specific title. But with Pyxis, the title is what...moreNormally a cover of the book or the description are the two things pulling me into wanting to read a specific title. But with Pyxis, the title is what called to me! I kept thinking, what’s a “pyxis?!”
Corrine and Angela, I can throw Mason in there as well, have the kind of friendship I’m jealous of. I wish I was that close to other kids in high school and growing up. I love how protective Mason is of Corrine…he isn’t a creepy/stalker type, he’s just always there for her when she needs it. I love that K.C. Neal put tons of food and baking into her book…I <3 food!
So far the fantasy/paranormal aspect of Pyxis: The Discovery is unique and distinct from anything else I’ve read. I’m still pretty clueless, as are the other characters, as to what they all really are and what their purpose is. The “dreams” that this book included, were very real and life-like…one of my favorite parts of the book.
I wanted a bit more to happen in this first book. I was left wanting more…and not necessarily in a good way. The ending is a cliffhanger. To me, the cliffhanger should have been resolved to a certain extent and then first book should have ended. I guess I can compare it to ending a tv series season only after seven episodes when there should have been ten. Once I finally was getting into the plot, the book ended. There wasn’t much conflict for a first book in a series. I’m hoping for more of that in book number two as well.
Pyxis: The Discovery is a fast read and just the discovery phase of what is to come…or at least I hope it is! I’m looking forward to reading the Alight: The Peril and seeing where K.C. Neal takes these characters and what need lore and world we will be introduced to.(less)
My mind wasn’t open when I started reading Open Minds. I was a little wary at first. From the first chapter or two I had a pretty good feeling that Su...moreMy mind wasn’t open when I started reading Open Minds. I was a little wary at first. From the first chapter or two I had a pretty good feeling that Susan had written something that I was going to enjoy…and she did!
In Open Minds, we are on a journey with Kira who discovers herself as being different and being able to do something most people aren’t aware is even possible. I enjoyed her figuring out slowly what she could do and of course after she found out she was different, more twists and turns in the plot came into play.
The plot was pretty fast past. Left and right Kira was thrown into something new…a different situation to get out of. As a reader, I was learning new things right along with her and could barely keep up with it, just like her. Kira has a great head on her shoulders and was always looking to do what was right. She was surrounded by people she couldn’t trust. Her feelings of mistrust and uncertainty bled into me and I also wasn’t sure who the “bad guy” was. When Kira was feeling nervous, I was feeling nervous right along with her.
One of the most fascinating parts of the story I took note of, was with everyone being able to read each other’s minds, touching in public rarely happened…the No Touching Rule. When readers touched, true feelings were shared with one another. Instead of kissing in public, this book had air-kissing! People who generally weren’t poor, had special clothing to prevent touching. Many other aspects of the book I thought were new and unique…I don’t want to give it all away!
Even if you aren’t particular fond of science-fiction-esque novels, I think you can still enjoy Open Minds for the kick-butt heroine and bits of romance plus it has paranormal aspects. It didn’t seem overly sci-fi to me, so I was able to enjoy it. Many aspects of the story were just slight futuristic twists on what we can accomplish today with technology. The end of the story, after the action died down, I thought was dragged out a bit, but other than that, I really enjoyed every page!(less)
Touch is one of my favorite books of 2011. There I said it. So don’t be surprised in December when Touch shows up on those lists! I have pre-ordered a paperback copy and I bought it for my Kindle. CRAZY!
I’m writing this review with my heart beating out of my chest and my hands shaking. I have plans to re-read all of this awesomeness again as soon as I’m finished writing this gushing review!
After the above paragraph, you are probably wondering what all the fuss is about. From the first chapter, we are sent on a roller coaster into what I could only describe as a young adult novel with characters who have superhero type powers, but at the same time…entirely different. This seems to be the most fitting way for me to put into words the general theme of this book. Anything I say after the first chapter or so could contain TONS of spoilers, so I’m leaving anything related to this aspect of the story hush, hush.
Our main character Dez is totally bad a*#!!! I’m in love with every single thing about her! She is what a young adult female character should be! She’s rebellious and stands up for what she knows is right.
This book has more layers than a seven-layer dip! Seriously! Once I thought my brain had finally wrapped itself around what was happening, something new was in my face! I had no time to guess any major or even minor plot points! So many twists! The plot was face paced! I can’t believe the author shoved that much action and plot into only 2xx pages! Tons of action! I was wanting to devour every single word. Some action scenes can put me to sleep, not these!
ROMANCE! Dez & Kale! I won’t be able to say enough about these two, but it is one of the best romances in a book I’ve personally read about and enjoyed. Kale is sweet, cute, but more! You just need to read about him for yourself, I’m serious!
The ending was pretty freaking EPIC! Everything came together perfectly, so many different ties that we needed information about. No cliffhanger! That is a total plus, I was reading expecting to throw my e-reader out the window, but Jus Accardo saved us from having to endure torture waiting for book number two. She set the story up brilliantly for another book by adding new elements at the end…she’s just brilliant! Many first books in a series, I can easily pass up reading the subsequent books, but not with the Denazen series!
I will close this review saying I was left with a book high (yep HIGH as a kite!) once I finished that final sentence. If only every book left me and everyone with that same feeling…more people would be avid readers! If the summary didn’t convince you to pick up this book, hopefully my review has done it for you!(less)
I have been intrigued by this book since the first time I laid eyes on it! I was finally able to read it!
Overall, Three Daves is a good read. It was n...moreI have been intrigued by this book since the first time I laid eyes on it! I was finally able to read it!
Overall, Three Daves is a good read. It was nothing special to me personally. It was a “read it and forget about it” book for me.
I was afraid during the first couple of chapters because reading from the Bible happened with a cute guy and we all know I ‘m not a fan of religion in my books. But after that, no more religion…I was relieved. This along with every chapter ending with a Psalm almost had me setting this down.
Trust me, this book isn’t religious. We watch the main character grow and change during her college years through her relationships with three different men named David. She makes mistakes and she learns from them. She changing her outlook regarding sex and relationships towards the better.
I almost forgot our story takes place in the 80’s! Three Daves isn’t overly 80’s just enough to reminisce. How did we live without cell phones?!(less)
I first saw Unlovable being reviewed by Nic at Irresistible Reads. Her review along with the tile and the cover drew me in to wanting to pick it up.
I...moreI first saw Unlovable being reviewed by Nic at Irresistible Reads. Her review along with the tile and the cover drew me in to wanting to pick it up.
I normally don’t read thrillers too often. I wouldn’t say it is a favorite genre of mine, but I’m always willing to try anything. To me, the thriller aspect to the story was in the background and the romance between Maggie and Seth was the main focus. At times their romance may have been a bit cheesy, but at the same time they are so adorable together.
Maggie learns many things about love during the telling of her story. The feelings she has of being not worthy of love slowly dissipate as the story moves forward. Her struggle with hunger completely upset me. Children going hungry when they shouldn’t be kills me! It’s a cause I think about daily. I could also connect with Maggie and her battle with her mother being an alcoholic her entire life.
All of the characters, besides the ones who were supposed to be psychotic (yes psychotic), we super sweet and lovable. Many of the secondary characters have hearts of gold.
I had a few questions throughout the story that I was waiting to be answered because I was slightly confused or I wasn’t sure how that was possible, but Sherry Gammon eventually answered all of those for me…Thank you Sherry!
I love dialogue in a story and Sherry gave us TONS of dialogue to read. I should mention more about the thriller aspect to the story. Some parts of it were creepy, but not overly so. I avoid anything scary and I was able to handle all of those particular scenes. (less)
I heard a bit of buzz about Radiant Desire on Twitter talking about how surprised they were about this one! I haven’t read an Inara Scott book before...moreI heard a bit of buzz about Radiant Desire on Twitter talking about how surprised they were about this one! I haven’t read an Inara Scott book before this one, but I have The Candidates on my shelf so I was curious about her adult title.
Radiant Desire starts off…well with a bang. Sorry the pun, it doesn’t happen on the first page, but rather quickly. Many stories make you wait for the couple to finally get things rolling, but Inara sets things in action right away. After my initial excitement with the story, there was a bit of a lul which is to be expected with what happened in the story.
This story is based on love. It really had me thinking how as a culture, we view love and how much of our lives and thinking revolve around it. Not just romance love, but how we view our families. Every character in this book slowly change their way of thinking in regards to it.
You can tell from the above paragraph, that the faerie aspect of the story isn’t in the forefront which is understood because of Kaia’s punishment. I’m looking forward to reading maybe a bit more about the world in the next books in the series. Now I know I need to read her young adult series!(less)
Sign Language has nothing to do with the sign language you may be thinking of, trust me I was thinking of ASL when I read the title as well. This book...moreSign Language has nothing to do with the sign language you may be thinking of, trust me I was thinking of ASL when I read the title as well. This book is about a twelve-year-old girl who struggles with finding out her father has cancer.
I cried the most during this book than any other book I’ve ever read. I used to have a book in mind I would mention whenever someone mentioned crying while reading; this book has taken its place. The first-half of the book was gut-wrenching. I put the book down a few times to stop crying and to get my head back in the game. I cried less during the second-half, but I still enjoyed the last section of the book.
We get to read about Abby from the ages of 12-15. I talk about this often, but usually I avoid books that have character(s) this young. Something about the description pulled me into wanting to read this; I’m SO happy I did! We get to experience how she feels and how different she is through three years of her life. How someone can change and grow, but in many ways stay the same is shown in this book. Looking back at the book now, I think Abby goes through every stage of grief, so we get to see her emotions go haywire at times.
He spoke to her. Not directly, mind you. Abby didn’t hear God’s voice; He communicated with her in writing on a three-dimensional pyramid afloat in deep blue liquid inside a black orb. He would answer her questions, but only those requiring a YES, NO, or MAYBE.
God spoke to Abby through her Magic Eight Ball.
We all remember Magic Eight Balls like the one on the cover, right? Abby isn’t a religious person, she only turns to God when something horrible happens and when she wants a sign, but she does speak to God a few times during the book by using her Magic Eight Ball. Her doing this made me smile and laugh a bit, but it also was sad that she turned to an inanimate object to answer questions and to make her feel better.
This book has taught me not to assume. I have children of my own and even though they are young, I need to remember that just because I know how something works doesn’t mean my children or anyone else around me does for that matter. You need to TALK and discuss with your children even though you yourself may be going through something difficult as well. I wish Abby’s mom would have been more vocal to her children in regards to their father. I do understand parents make mistakes and maybe her mom would have done things differently if she could.
There is a quote that really hit home to me. Some may think of it as spoilery (maybe?) but if you want to read it, just highlight the gray area below and you can read it.
(view spoiler)[“I knew my dad was going to pass away,” Abby tried to explain, knowing Leise would never understand. “I didn’t know he was going to be dead.” (hide spoiler)]
Those of you who are saw this quote know exactly what I’m talking about. At this point in the book, I couldn’t contain the tears.
I couldn’t find anything wrong with Sign Language. It’s a novel I think everyone should experience. Whether you’re young or old, even if you don’t particularly enjoy young adult fiction, I think you’ll enjoy this one!
P.S. I just noticed I wrote this very long review, my reviews are never this long, and I didn’t even mention the boy! I will say this, there is a boy that is there for Abby from the beginning and he is the SWEETEST thing ever!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)