I really didn't know what I was getting into when I picked up this book. I thought it sounded funny, it had a very cute cover, I thought fun, light, c I really didn't know what I was getting into when I picked up this book. I thought it sounded funny, it had a very cute cover, I thought fun, light, cute read. It was funny, it was fun, it was cute. At times it was light but some of the issues in the book are pretty serious. I was not expecting what I got. I did; however love the book. I enjoyed every moment of the very strange and mixed up world of Stacey, even if I wasn't expecting it.
Stacy is a freshman. She has a pretty crazy and insane life. Nothing goes her way. She lost her best friend before high school started, she is in love with a junior who is real player, and her sister is getting stranger and stranger. Stacy begins to question what normal is and who decides what normal should be because she is positive, her life is not normal.
Oh my, this was a wonderful, funny, amazing, a roller coaster of emotions kind of ride. I enjoyed the book and devoured it. The writing was amazing. Such serious issues put in a light, funny, simple way, but still able to get the real feelings and thought though. I was amazed how fast and easy I was able to step into Stacy's life. I felt as if I was that 15 year old girl again but with more drama.
I adored Stacy. Her character was amazing. True to teenage drama, everything was over the top, every boy was her one true love, everything was a crisis, and life was surely over. But she got over it. She learned, she grew, she moved on. The one thing that I really liked, Stacy did not come of as a whiner. She complained but in such a comical and sarcastic way, it wasn't annoying. I never wanted to tell her to "get over it" I really just wanted to hug her.
The book is full of amazing supporting characters. Everyone is Stacy's life added to the drama and was also there for her, supporting her, in some way.
So here is a list of some of the things I loved...
1. Stacy cracked me up. 2. Stacy had some very loyal friends. 3. Stacy's mom was involved and really listened. 4. Not all crushes are crush worthy, most will just stomp your heart. 5. Stacy learned from her mistakes. Some take a bit longer than others, but she learns. 6. Stacy never gives up on her sister. 7. Everyone that is someone sticks around, through thick and thin.
A great book. If you like realistic fiction, light reads, funny characters, coming of age, and all that good warm fuzzy stuff with scattered tears of sadness. Grab this book. Its amazing! ...more
I was very excited to get a spot on this tour. I first saw this book when it toured the blogoshpere at its release. The more reviews I saw, the more I I was very excited to get a spot on this tour. I first saw this book when it toured the blogoshpere at its release. The more reviews I saw, the more I wanted to read it. The book did not disappoint. I loved the story, the issues, and the characters. It was full of good stuff and some really hard stuff. I loved this book.
Naomi is kidnapped.This sounds like the most horrible thing ever, for Naomi, I am not sure it is. Naomi doesn't come from the greatest family and has a very rotten relationship. After being in the wrong place at the wrong time one night she is taken by a couple of guys who believe she is a witness to something. She is treated pretty ugly at first, but they take her to a nice home with a very nice woman who starts to take care of her. The longer she is there the nicer they get. Especially Jesse. After quite of bit of time being held captive, she starts to fall for Jessie... now she doesn't know if she wants to escape and leave Jessie or just become part of the family.
I really liked this book. The writing was very realistic and I had a very easy time falling right into the story. I believed every thought in Naomi's head and I felt every felt her every emotion. The book is very emotional and getting attached to the main character was a very important for the story to be real. The author did a wonderful job on Naomi's voice.
Naomi was both strong and weak. This I liked about her. She had fight in her but she has been torn down so much she has forgotten over the years to use it. After being kidnapped, her fight returns. Unfortunately she didn't have a great life waiting for her return and the captors made her life somewhat comfortable. Naomi was a very confused girl, I have to admit... I was confused right along beside her. They got to me too.
I liked Jessie's character for the most part, but he always struck me as a bit creepy. I know Naomi was about to turn 18 years old, but he seemed quite a bit older and it really kind of creeped me out a bit, until his story comes out. Still a little strange but he hasn't had a it easier with the crazy people either.
There were quite a few times when the author added the POV of Naomi's mother. I really liked these parts. She wasn't the mother of the year and she knew that, she also knew she wanted to find Naomi, she really did love her, and she was full of regret. It was nice to see what the parents were going through in the mess of their daughter disappearing.
I was really rooting for Naomi throughout the book. The more I read the more I fell in love with this story. Very dramatic, even suspenseful at times and very heart wrenching.
I absolutely loved it an can't wait to read the next installment. I really want to hear the rest of Naomi's story. ...more
I absolutely adored the first book, Born Wicked, in this series. I fell in love and couldn’t wait for the next book. The first just left me hanging an I absolutely adored the first book, Born Wicked, in this series. I fell in love and couldn’t wait for the next book. The first just left me hanging and I needed to know more. I was quick to respond to an invitation to read the ARC for the second book. I couldn’t wait to crack it open. I was a little weary because I listened to the first one and wasn’t sure if I would get the same satisfaction without the wonderful narrator I had with the first book. Once I started the book, I just couldn’t put it down. I didn’t need the narrator, It was so amazing in my own mind. I love the story, the romance, the magic, the good and evil and the fine line in between of this story.
The story pretty much takes off where the first book ended. Cate is at the sisterhood and Finn is with the brotherhood. Things are getting way worse. The Brotherhood is on an arresting and banning high, making ridiculous laws and are all about the men rule women game. Cate is busy with the Sisterhood learning to control her magic and playing the waiting game.. waiting for her visions to start, waiting to see if she is the prophesied witch. The sisterhood is busy planning the beginning of a war. When Tess and Maura join Cate at the Sisterhood, things just go from bad to worse.
The story picks up pretty much where the first one left off and I didn’t have a hard time remembering what was going on at all. This installment held the same tragic beauty as the first along with some sweet romance and maddening evil. I don’t think I have read a book since Hunger Games that infuriated me so much. The book didn’t just infuriate me, aside from the evil brotherhood we do have some really happy moments, some sweet bonding moments, some kick butt moments, and so much more. The author did a wonderful job at bringing out so many emotions. The writing is so vivid, I felt, I saw, I reacted… The story was for sure real for me and also unreal all at the same time. Beautiful, haunting, thrilling…. Love this author’s writing style. I do believe I would pick up anything she wrote… even her grocery list.
The most wonderful characters fill this book. I absolutely adore Cate. I enjoyed her in the first book, and this book I loved her. She was just spectacular.. her loyalty, her bravery, her selflessness. She was just so amazing. Even when she was faced with losing everything she still attempted to put the good of all above one, especially herself. She wasn't afraid to fight either. She could really deal out some hefty magic. I really appreciated how she never did anything rash… or quick. It may have been her downfall for some but to me it showed her maturity and her ability to be level headed under any circumstance. She was proper but not afraid to bend or break rules. I loved her interactions with her sisters.
There was a bit more of Maura in this book. I was able to get to know her character so mych more and she was so aggravating, but I loved her in part in the story… she brought a new kind of madness that went beyond the brotherhood. Power hungry and intense.. complete opposite of Cate. Anything good Cate did Maura was sure to undo it. Then of course there was Tess. I loved little Tess. So adorable, smart, and she was way beyond her years in statute and cleverness. She was even tempered, calm, and able to deal with anything thrown at her. I love the role she played in the story and I hope the next book has even more of her. Finally we have Finn. Oh how I swooned for Finn. He was just how I like them…. cute in the bookish way… loyal.. smart… independent… and brave.
I was completely immersed in this story. I loved the mixture of alternate history with the likeness to the history of the Salem witch trials. There was also a great mixture of fantasy and history. I don’t think I can remember the last time I read a book with a group as evil and crazy as the brotherhood. I wanted to reach into the book and just start strangling them. I loved hating them and fearing them. They brought a real sense of madness and thrills to the book. The Brotherhood didn't limit their prosecution to withces, but all women. If they didn't like the way the spoke, dressed, acted, or lived they found a reason to punish them. The idea of bringing the Brotherhood down excited me and kept me flipping through the pages as fast as my fingers would go.
The world building was also amazing. I love the historical aspect, the clothing, the culture, the way things are spoken added into the world of magic. There is something right about mixing witches with the Victorian age. I had a great time hanging out in this era. The author did such a wonderful job of making the actual history of this era stand out enough for me to feel it and see it with every word.
The wonderful story, writing, and characters make for a fantastic read and this book has all that and more… a real page turner for sure. Once I started, there was no going back. I really don’t know how to pass my time until the next book.
A must read. If you have not started this series yet and you like magic, alternate histories, romance and madness… get this book. It rocked my reading world. ...more