I don’t do weird…usually. Weird makes me have nightmares and call people to stay the night with me when my husband is working nights. So as you can teI don’t do weird…usually. Weird makes me have nightmares and call people to stay the night with me when my husband is working nights. So as you can tell, it’s surprising that I enjoyed the weirdness, a lot, in Slice of Cherry and I doubt I will be having nightmares from it.
I don’t think I’m going to write much in this review. I JUST LOVED IT! Plus, I don’t want to give anything away so I’m just telling you to read it! I just love the way Dia describes everything in this book, it’s really unique and different to me. Also, it’s good to see changes taking place in characters even in “out there” stories.
I read Bleeding Violet, Dia Reeves debut, and I loved it! Slice of Cherry is listed as the #2 novel to Bleeding Violet and I can tell you it wouldn’t hurt to read it first, I‘m not sure what the standard to do is. They are completely separate stories, but they both take place in the same town, Portero, which is know to be “strange” which is putting it lightly. I think maybe Bleeding Violet explains the strangeness in Slice of Cherry more, but if you decided to read Slice of Cherry without reading the other, you would be alright and would be able to follow along.
This was worth every penny I paid for it. Plus it has a pretty cover and the back of the book is just as pretty!
I just want to start of my saying that I am SUPER excited to have won an ARC of Demonglass. Hex Hall was one of my favorite books of 2010, so of cour I just want to start of my saying that I am SUPER excited to have won an ARC of Demonglass. Hex Hall was one of my favorite books of 2010, so of course I didn’t want to wait for the actual release date of Demonglass. After reading this book, it’s going to be an even looooonnnnnggggeeeerrr wait for book #3, and I have no clue as to release date of that one, and I WANT IT NOW! Lol.
I absolutely, positively ADORE Miss Sophia Mercer! She has the best smart-ass comments I think I’ve ever seen, and I’m constantly laughing at all the words she just makes up to describe things. In Demonglass, Sophie gets to have some father-daughter time in London with her absent dad which I thought was great for Sophie to actually be able to learn more about her father, James, and his job as the head of the Council of Prodigium. Sophie had decided to go with her dad to have the Removal, the demon part of herself removed. Initially I was sure I was going to dislike or even hate James, but I ended up loving him. She also learns things about what is to be a demon and how to control her powers.
Jenna, Sophie’s bff, is still by her side in Demonglass and still loving pink. And I can’t forget to mention Cal, he’s just as HOTT and is still doing the whole “strong and silent” crapola which drives me crazy to no end, but I still love him! Oh yeah, and Archer, love him just as much…you’ll just have to read to find out more about him, since he shows up later in the book, and I don’t want to give away any nasty spoilers, but I will say that Archer and the Eye are out hunting Sophie and the rest of the Prodigium because someone is raising and creating more demons…who and why?
I was shocked many, many times during this book, starting as early as page 19. Demonglass has as many twists and turns as a backwoods country road that makes you want to keep flipping the pages. This is becoming one of my favorite young adult series! I just love all the characters and the plot! Rachel Hawkins did a superb job writing Demonglass, and it’s just as good as Hex Hall (possibly even better!). At the end of this book, questions are answered and even more are left to answered later....more
Wow! Not your typical vampire book. I thought this book was going to be an awesome read just from the books description; it lived up to my expectationWow! Not your typical vampire book. I thought this book was going to be an awesome read just from the books description; it lived up to my expectations and more. I new I would love this book from the first page. It made me laugh and cry. It is a must read and I'm already looking forward to reading book #2....more
WOAH! That one word pretty much sums up my reactions to the wonderful book. I just want to keep on crying!
I was skeptical at first about Delirium. I lWOAH! That one word pretty much sums up my reactions to the wonderful book. I just want to keep on crying!
I was skeptical at first about Delirium. I loved the concept and idea of the book, but I read Lauren Oliver’s debut novel, Before I Fall, and only made it half way through without finishing it. I figured I would give Lauren another shot at having me love her books…BULLS-EYE! The ARC is 441 pages long, but it doesn’t feel long. I finished easily in one day because I was sucked right in.
When a book touches you exponentially, your mind almost can’t form the right words. Even just the thought alone of having no love in our world and a world that believed love was a disease that can be cured…it scares me. Lauren Oliver has many, many superb quotes throughout the entire book, too many to write down. Plus she has passages from government notes, religious scripture, and such before each chapter to show us how far the government and religion has gone to eradicate love. The nursery rhymes really brought the point home. Delirium had the right amount of dystopia and romance for me because sometimes I think dystopian books have too much of one and not enough of the other.
Lena changes GREATLY through Delirium. By the end she’s a completely different person. She’s had one of the best character transformations I’ve read in a book. And she keeps getting new information, and secrets are shown to her usually by Alex, the boy she falls in love with before having the procedure done. I loved reading the growth of their relationship during the book.
If you love dystopia, romance, and you aren’t opposed to crying…READ THIS! ...more
*claps loudly and with much enthusiasm* I’m giving a round of applause (I really did clap my hands) to Leigh Bardugo for writing a wonderful fantasy book that had me devouring it in a 24-hour period! I just couldn’t seem to stop reading it! Shadow and Bone should be added to every fantasy lovers must read list!
Alina is a character who I love because she does show emotion. Some protagonists I wish would just break down and cry at times because I know I would in that situation, but sometimes they never do. She isn’t this strong character at first who can conquer anything. She’s unsure of herself at first, but she slowly starts coming into her own and sees what she’s truly capable of.
There is a bit of romance in Shadow and Bone that I think the reader needs to see for themselves. I won’t talk at all about it because if I say anything, I will probably give everything away.
The world Leigh Bardugo built in Shadow and Bone was…PERFECT! Have you ever read a book and you can picture every detail on those pages just like you were watching a movie?! I can’t name one off the top of my head other than Shadow and Bone. I felt like I was watching a great fantasy story in movie form. That’s how perfectly detailed this story was. Just because I say it was detailed doesn’t mean it was overly so either. Leigh used the right amount of words to show us how this world Alina lives in works.
The pace was just right as well. At the best moments, we would get a new bit of information or a new twist in the story that had me reading faster and faster!
I’m not sure whatsoever where Leigh is going to take the story after the ending of Shadow and Bone, but I do know I want more of this world! I’ve been searching everywhere for more information on the second book in The Grisha Trilogy…but nothing. I guess there are downfalls to reading Shadow and Bone months in advance of it’s release. ...more
While I was reading Die For Me I kept thinking in list form for everything I LOVED about this book! This is why my following review for Die For Me wilWhile I was reading Die For Me I kept thinking in list form for everything I LOVED about this book! This is why my following review for Die For Me will be in list form.
10 Reason Why Die For Me is exceptional:
1. History-As a reader, I got to see bits of World and France history. I adore history, so I loved this aspect of Die For Me.
2. Vintage Vespa-Vincent, the love interest who I'll mention more on later, owns and operates this scooter. I cannot remember the color of the Vespa or even if it was mentioned in the book. If anyone remembers the color of the Vespa please let me know!
3. Cafes, croissants, "real" hot chocolate, and other French food-While reading Die For Me I became hungry on many occasions. A recipe for Chocolat Chaud can be found here.
4. Double cheek kisses-So much of this is going on during Die For Me...LOVED IT!
5. Paris, France-Obvious reason to fall in love with this book!
6. Gorgeous guy in a young adult book who isn't named Will-I've actual considered no longer reading books with any characters named Will...I'm dead serious. This has to me the most overused name in my opinion. I understand it's classic and timeless, but still.
7. Museums-Kate is a museum lover so we get to visit Paris museums right along with her!
8. French accents/French Speak-I loved picturing many of the characters having French accents. I loved the use of French and English words together! I guess in a way this number could be combined with number five, but I thought it was enough to stand on it's own.
9. Refreshing and unique supernatural elements-Die For Me wasn't the same 'ole, same 'ole. I had no clue as to what mysterious beings were going to be in Die For Me. This was great for me since I haven't been in much of a mood for paranormal reads lately.
10. NO CLIFFHANGER!
10 reasons why I would LOVE for Vincent to by MY boyfriend if I wasn't already married:
1. Manners-Vincent is the perfect example of a gentleman. He opens doors for you and does all that awesome mumbo jumbo.
2. Vincent makes Kate feel like the sexiest thing alive-Vincent complimented Kate ALL the time on everything and made her feel special and sexy...*swoon*
3. Bilingual possibly multilingual-Vincent can at the very least speak French and English. If memory serves me correctly, he can also speak other languages as well.
4. Humor-Vincent knew just the right time to say or do something funny!
5. Mon ange-His nickname for Kate is mon ange (my angel). He calls her this all the time!
6. Swords-He fights with swords, 'nough said...
7. Karate pants-One scene we get a shot of Vincent only wearing a pair of karate pants...this means no shirt or shoes or socks plus he was sweaty from working out...HOTT!
8. Doesn't hide information on purpose-This happens many times during books. Vincent doesn't do this so him and Kate never fight about stuff they hid from each other. Vincent didn't lay things on the table from the start, but he did let her know he'd tell her in his own time and when he was ready.
9. Stylish-He seems to be a great dresser. In one scene in particular, he wears a fantastic black vintage tuxedo...WOW!
10. Good guy-All in all, Vincent is the good guy! He isn't the brooding guy who is always wearing black, nice change of pace....more
Kelley Armstrong is a wonderful story-teller. I was captivated through the first third of the book without much of the paranormal aspect of the storyKelley Armstrong is a wonderful story-teller. I was captivated through the first third of the book without much of the paranormal aspect of the story coming into play yet. Many situations and such seemed very contemporary. Only at the end were we really reminded The Gathering is not…well, contemporary.
Maya is very strong character! She built strong relationships with the people around her. She’s very loyal to her family, friends, and all the furry (or scary) animals she rehabilitates. There’s just something about Rafe, I don’t even know what it is. Maya actually mentions in the book he isn’t drop dead gorgeous, but probably the mystery initially about him drew her too him. Rafe never gives up and has loyalty and determination just like Maya. Rafe can be very sweet and I love how he acts when he’s around Maya. Daniel, Maya’s best friend, is the quintessential best friend. He’s pretty much perfect in that area. He voices his opinions to Maya, but still lets her do things on her own. Maya acts the same way towards Daniel.
The Gathering left me with many questions and such. I’ve read a couple of reviews who already had read the Darkest Powers Trilogy beforehand and made it a bit less mysterious for them. I was fine with the mystery and still am even though it seemed like way too many questions are left unanswered. Those open-ended questions are making it seem like the next book is going to take forever to release! I seriously am a kind of clueless as to what is happening, which is fantastic!
I’ve never read a Kelley Armstrong book before, The Gathering is my first. After reading The Gathering, I’m planning on reading her other books!
P.S. Maya’s relationship with her father…I cracked up all the time! The uncomfortable situations she put him in by being very blunt about herself with boys and other teenage girl problems, even though it was false, had me laughing. Watching her dad squirm and embarrassed was memorable....more
I’m going to start off this review just like the book, throwing you right into the thick of things. Shatter Me doesn’t spend page after page leading yI’m going to start off this review just like the book, throwing you right into the thick of things. Shatter Me doesn’t spend page after page leading you up to something big. From the first line -“I’ve been locked up for 264 days.”-through the entire first chapter, you’re already sucked it!
Tahereh Mafi is a BEAUTIFUL writer. For Shatter Me being a dystopian novel, she writes very poetic which surprised me at first. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was lovely to read! At times I thought I was reading poetry…Taherah writes magnificent words which made this dystopian novel stand out above the rest.
The story was fast paced! The characters were awesome! I fell in love with Adam and Juliette! They’re both fighters…love it! Juliette doesn’t spend time worrying over things, she just acts and tries to get/do what she wants/needs to know…have love that as well! The villain in Shatter Me was just evil enough, but at the same time you had a soft spot for him. I fell in love with the secondary characters as well…one in particular had me laughing!
Romance. I have to mention the romance! Juliette and Adam! So much emotion between the two of them! I can’t say much of anything without giving anything away, but everyone who reads Shatter Me will enjoy the romance between these two. Sigh.
I loved every aspect of the story. Once I was finished reading Shatter Me and while I’m writing this review, I’ve been trying to come up with a fault…There aren’t any. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of dystopians, I feel like you would like this book just because of Tahereh’s writing…and the hot romance! Shatter Me has many different wonderful elements to it that has made it a favorite of mine for this year! I will be buying Shatter Me and re-reading it…it’s that good! ...more