I really didn't know much about this book. The Summary sounds very intriguing but it doesn't give too much away. A book about genies, how fun. Somethi...more
I really didn't know much about this book. The Summary sounds very intriguing but it doesn't give too much away. A book about genies, how fun. Something new and fresh for me. I am so glad I gave this book a try. I loved it. There was a bit of pacing issues for me at the very beginning but once it grabbed me it grabbed me. I adored the characters and I loved the story. It was pretty amazing.
Najwa, the jinni and Zayele the human, switch places. Human forces a wish from the jinnie and the wish of course doesn't go right and it all goes down hill from there. All but the romance of course. So Jinni and Humans are at war. They have been since Najwa and Zayele were babies. They have been raised to fear, hate and fight the other. Now they are living each other's lives in a place full of the race they fear the most. They both must pretend to be the other, leaving no room for questions from the ones they must fool. Not only are they a place where their enemies reside but they are forced to spend time on a somewhat intimate level with the enemy. And of course they come to find its not all what was said, there have been secrets, betrayals, and lies. Oh and don't forget that they each begin to fall for the enemy.
Oh how much I loved this book. It was a bit questionable for me in the beginning. The book started off on a bit of slow track for me. It did take me a bit to figure out who was who and what was going on.... it may have been an attention issues on my side because at some point I just couldn't stop and I couldn't focus on my job at hand. I was totally engrossed and in the end I was a bit breathless.
There is so much good about this book and so little not so good, I will start with the not so good to get it out of the way. The issues I had were very minor. Besides the slow start, I felt the beginning was a bit confusing with all the names thrown in and back stories given so quickly and not throughly at first. This could have been part of the plan because there is a slight mystery with the story and maybe if all was thrown out right away it wouldn't have been such a mystery. Anyways I felt just a bit lost. I also had a very slight and I mean slight issue with the transition between the two main characters, Najwa and Zayele. I didn't realize it switched at times. There seemed to have been times, like at the beginning of the chapter where the POV name was mentioned but in the middle of the chapter it seemed to change without warning. Now I had an audio, so maybe there was a clear difference in the actual book. So this was a bit annoying but not enough to lose me.
So that was the not so good now for the good... so much more good. I mentioned the POV transition issues and that may have been due to audio, I still think the audio was well worth it because I loved the narrator. She so brought the characters to life, her reading style, her accent, her tone, it made the story so authentic for me. I love it when the narrator does so well and brings the story to life. I was able to get totally lost in the book and find myself in the world of Najwa and Zayele.
Speaking of Najwa and Zayle... loved, loved, loved these characters. They both had their flaws but were both very amazing, strong, female leads. I loved Najwa the most. She was my favorite out of the two, especially in the begging. She was a curious jinni. She wanted to know so much more about the human world and the humans, she thought it was all so fascinating. Of course this led her to trouble and discovery which led her to live the human life for a while. She was brave through it and never gave up finding a way out of the wish. She also had no problems making friends with her enemy. She was very kind and genuine. Even though she was loyal to her jinni, she felt that there was another way other than war, but she fought along side her kind and did whatever they needed her to do.
Zayle was more the trouble maker. She was very independent, very selfish at times, not as loyal to her tribe as Najwa was to her people. Najwa was selfless and Zayle was quite the opposite in that aspect of her personality. Zayele was a fighter, never bit her tongue, and was pretty up front with who she was. What you saw was what you got. In the end she really grew on me. She has some pretty strong points too and she definitely redeemed herself in the end.
The story was just a good one. It had some strong friendships, a bit of romance, magic, adventure, and really awful evil bad guys. I found myself completely engulfed and on the edge of my seat. The romance wasn't the highlight of the story but it was there and it was sweet on both sides. A developing first love type of romance, devoted, unexpected, and strong.
I enjoyed this story very very much and can't wait for more. One thing I did appreciated fully, no cliffhanger. The book is left open ended but the story for this particular volume had resolution and that made me so very happy. for a bit wasn't sure and thought it was gonna end with me angry. Nope, I was a little teary eyed but not angry.
A wonder book with magic and mystery, fantasy and mythology, and just bit of historical flair. (less)
I was totally looking forward to this book. It sounded completely fantastical and creepy. From the summary, the title, and even the cover I was lookin...more
I was totally looking forward to this book. It sounded completely fantastical and creepy. From the summary, the title, and even the cover I was looking for a pretty sick and intense read. That is what I got. I was not disappointed in this book at all. It actually went over my expectations and I can't wait to read more from this world. I was so into this book. The characters were well developed, the story felt original, the setting was definitely right, the tone was set to creepy, and it was very fast paced and thrilling. Sci-Fi. thriller, mystery... well just a bit of everything was thrown into this book and I loved it.
Meadow Woodson lives on boat with her father, big brother, and little sister. She goes into to test for a position, a way to make money to help feed her family in a world where only the strongest survive. They can't leave the perimeter of the community so their only choice is to fight to survive. What Meadow wasn't prepared for was to be caught in a web of secrets, betrayals and danger.
Zephyr James is a ward, his parents dead, no family and no home, he is given a place to stay and food to eat for work. He helps pick up dead bodies in the street. He himself has woken up with many a dead bodies, something like 12, with blood on his hands and no memory of what happened. He only knows he must have killed.
The two meet, their worlds collide, and now its just a matter of staying alive when someone or everyone wants them dead.
I really was blown away by this book. It was entertaining, very intense, very fast paced and very original . I thought it sounded good and it did intrigue me but I really didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. There were a few times when the pace slowed, very minimal though and there were a few things that I didn't like... as in the romance, but for the most part I loved it and I enjoyed it from cover to cover.
I'm really not sure what I liked more, the characters or the story. Together they worked well to provide me with a package deal. The story was original. There were some similarities that marked it as a dysoptian for me.... so that wasn't original, but for the most part a very well written world was created. Creepy and evil but well done. I loved the idea of the Murder Complex. Not that I would want a real one to exist or that it was a good thing, but the idea was just creepy enough to make me love it. I was sadistic, it was evil, it was sick, it was disturbing, and of course it was built on good intentions well at least on some good intentions that backfired. The story of how the murder complex came along was a bit scary and realistic enough to really push me into some hard thinking at times. So the book was thought provoking at times. Science has come a long way and there are a bunch of confused people in the world with wild ideas on how to save the world. Put the two together and its not always a good thing. I know I am rambling but if you read the book or have read the book you know what I am talking about. So back to the story. It was one of those where the line between right and wrong gets a little blurry and I like those kinds of stories.
The story was pretty dang awesome in my opinion and what made it even better was the thrills, the chases, the fighting, the suspense, and the pacing. It was pretty fantastical when it all came together. Very well written. It came together nicely in a great pace leaving no room for questions but left enough out at at time to keep me flipping through the pages.
I really liked the main characters, Meadow and Zephyr. Like I said the lines of morality really blurred in this book and it didn't stop with the story. These characters were good and evil all in one package and I hated them, loved them, understood them, empathized with them, and cursed them. I love flawed characters and these were flawed characters, both doing what needed to be done to survive and keep those they loved safe.. Well until the madness started and so many things uncovered then... well they become awesome characters and I ended the book with lots of love for them. Oh and they could so kick butt. Neither would I want to meet in a dark alley on a bad day.
The main downfall of this book was the romance. I felt it was too rushed. I felt the connection and I liked the connection but it was hard to see it as more than just a connection. No real love, no passion, not intensity to the romance. I think the romance would have been better left as a spark to set off the fire in the next book instead of going full blown in this book.
So yes I loved, it wasn't perfect but I loved it and can't wait for more.
Good story with lots of scary stuff going on, great characters that could really kick butt, and lots of thrills. I would recommend this book to dystopian and thriller lovers. (less)
This was a very anticipated read for me. I am a huge classic horror movie kind of girl. The 90's type of horrors... Scream, I know what You did Last S...more
This was a very anticipated read for me. I am a huge classic horror movie kind of girl. The 90's type of horrors... Scream, I know what You did Last Summer, and so on. I was so hoping this would be that kind of book, I was looking forward to the nostalgia of horror movies from my youth and in many ways this book pulled it off for me. There were some things that I thought could have been done a better but in the end I was very pleased. I enjoyed the book from first page to last page. The end did leave me wanting more but that is why there is going to be a book two ( I Hope). I can asy that I got what I was looking for.
Ivy Jensen had a very traumatic event in her past, leaving her alone and full of nightmares. Ivy has moved on in many ways. She has a loving family, a pretty decent life, but still her nights are full of nightmares from that dreadful night she lost everything. She finds a contest in her email, a contest that could help her face her fears and the evil of her nightmares. She signs up, she wins, she leaves her home, she arrives with others just in time for a very scary weekend. A weekend that will be filled with her worst fears.
So first off, this book has a very classic horror film feel. It did have a bit missing in the suspense department but I think that is something very hard to feel in a book. As a book there is a need for more of a story than just creepy scary jump scenes... unlike in a horror movie, very little story and a bunch of jumping and screaming. Even though it didn't have the same thrills it did have the same feel. I felt like I was reading a horror movie in the making and I loved it.
The story was very interesting and I knew from the beginning... don't go there, its a trap... of course as spectators we all know this. What I found interesting and entertaining was the nightmares. Each contestant had a different type and level of intesity when it came their own nightmares. I felt that Ivy's for sure was the worst nightmare out of the bunch but to each of the characters, their nightmares were very real and very scary. I found thrilling to learn about their nightmares, their personalities, and their way of coping along with the way the psycho behind the scenes put it all together. Now of course as a spectator I knew that there was a crazy killer behind everything.. the main issue I had with the story, I never did find out who that crazy killer was. I am guessing that will be revealed in another book. I hope that there is for sure another book. The ending was good except for the fact there was no conclusion to the who or why of the entire setup. That is my main complaint.
The characters weren't badly written but they weren't well developed either. I felt this kind of comes with the type of story. I knew the characters well enough to see who was the jerk, who was crazy, who was trouble and who was the hero. I could tell them apart, they each had their own voice enough to know whose head I was in, the name at the beginning of the chapters did help with that though. I didn't feel close to any of them, I didn't connect with any of them, but I am glad that was the case. As in any good horror, the characters are slowly killed off so I am glad I didn't find them irresistable or well loved.
There wasn't a big a romance going on but there was a tiny bit of it. Between Ivy and one of the guys. It was just enough to wet my whistle and give the story a little bit more oomph. I think the romance could also play more into future books. It wasn't anything to swoon over but it fit well enough into the story and was nice.
The book really was fast paced and I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. For this alone the book hit a bulls-eye on my target. This was what I was looking for. A total grabber and that it was.
There isn't much more to say about this book. The main thing, it was a horror. People got killed, there were some thrills, there was mystery, there was havoc. I enjoyed it. It was fun. It was a nice break from swoony romances, realistic issues, and thought provoking dystopians.
I loved it and I would recommend it to all my horror loving friends and even a few who aren't.(less)
This book wasn't quite what I expected. There was a slow start and there were times I wasn't so sure I would keep reading but after a bit, half way or...moreThis book wasn't quite what I expected. There was a slow start and there were times I wasn't so sure I would keep reading but after a bit, half way or so the book did get interesting for me and and I followed through to the end and I am glad I did. It was quite good at the end and I enjoyed it as a whole. I really liked the story more than I did the characters but they character did end up growing on me too. Like I said not what I expected but in the end it was a good read.
Juneau has grown up believing that the rest of the world didn't exist. It was her little village that survived WWIII and that was that. She lived a very simple life and she and her village survived on basics, hunting, fishing, farming, sewing, and so on. Everyone pitched in and they all worked hard very day. The only difference between the way her village lived now and the old days, the magic that existed inside of them. When her village is attacked and she the only one that was not taken, she embarks on a journey to find the rest of her people and discovers the world is not gone, there was no world, and no one is like her or her people.On top of all that is new she finds out her life is full of betrayals and lies. Even though nothing is as it seems she insists on rescuing those who lied to her, with the help of a boy named Miles, they set out to fight the bad guys.
So I felt I went into this book blind. The summary really doesn't do any good for this book. I really wasn't expecting a magical element. I didn't mind I just wasn't expecting it. The book was almost a cross between sci fi and fantasy and the fantasy felt old but the sci fi felt modern. Oh and a bit of dystopian too. I think this book may have a bit of thriller to the story as the main characters are on the run from something unknown, but it didn't really feel like a thriller. It also had a bit of a contemporary feel. The book started off a dystopian with a fantasy feel, went into contemporary, and ended on a sci fi note. That is the way the book read at any rate. I would classify it more of a sci- fi. I think. Its really hard to categorize. I think this may have been the issue with my rough spots. I liked the sci-fi aspect and the fantasy aspect. I didn't like the contemporary feel in the middle. It just didn't fit. So tone of the book and the feel of the book was really hard to get into.
The characters lacked a bit for me. They did grow after the middle and I liked them for the last part of the book. Well I liked Miles pretty much from the beginning. I liked his attitude and his snark even when his selfishness got in the way. He was a big douche in the begging but he ended up hero of the hour. Juneau was very self involved too. I understood her need to rescue her village and the fear from losing them. I understood her betrayal, I understood her hurt. I did not understand her wallowing and self pity. Grow a pair and do what you got to do or don't. I didn't like the selfless act being followed by whining. Again, she grew and in a way got over it but it took a while.
What I liked about the book. The story, the actual build up, the back story, the unknown, and the questionable good guys vs bad guys.... .which is which. I liked the suspense. It didn't have much but there was just a bit. I liked the romance too. Believe it or not I think that is what changed the characters and my feels for them. Once they went from hate, to annoyance, to friends, to romance, they were pretty cool. The romance was fast but not really insta love.
The story really was good and in the end I was so confused... I mean in a good way. I didn't know who to believe or who to trust, or what would happen. It did end on a what happens now, you can't just end it. But in this case it was a good thing. I will want to read the next book when it comes out pretty quickly. I really want to know how it all will end.
This book had some rough spots for me but I ended up enjoying the read. (less)
I am a big fan of the Body Finder by Kimberly Derting and when I discovered her new series, about aliens, I was super excited. I waited a bit longer t...more
I am a big fan of the Body Finder by Kimberly Derting and when I discovered her new series, about aliens, I was super excited. I waited a bit longer than anticipated to dive into this book but I finally read it (listened to it) and I loved it. The book wasn't what I was expecting but it was still super good. I can't wait for the next book.
Kyra gets in a fight with her father one night and decides to walk home. She trips, there is a white light, she wakes up behind a dumpster the next morning with no memory of what happened. She makes it home to discover her parents are divorced, she has a new brother, her boyfriend is in college and his kid brother is grown up... five years has passed with her missing and she has no memory of those last five years at all. Creepy really. After much deducing and digging up information she finds out she was taken by aliens that night and returned five years later, there are more like her, there are those that believe her, there are those who think she's crazy, and there are those that are chasing her. She is on the run, hiding, surviving, with the help of others like her and a very good and loyal friend. Its a crazy story really.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit slower than I thought it would be but there is a lot of background and story to uncover. I felt that this book just barely tipped the iceberg and there is so much more coming and I can't wait to read it. I felt this book was just a build up for the next in the series.
The story wasn't the only build up in this book, there were also many relationships that were being explained, built, and discovered. There were many parts of Kyra's life that changed and I think the author did a wonderful job uncovering the past and explaining the present. With Kyra's memory and five years being gone from the very beginning there were bunches to explain and get used to. Some were her memories from before and others were her getting to know the present as new. I was able to connect to her easily and I felt I really knew her and I really liked her.
Kyra was a very independent and strong character. She didn't just accept all that was going on. She had questions, she was frightened, she was confused, and she was determined. She made it through taking one day at a time without giving up. She was a real trooper.
There is a bit of romance in the book and even though it was a bit fast I enjoyed it. It was sweet and with all the mystery and running, it was nice to have a tad of romance. It just gave a little bit more good to the story.
I was hoping for more actual aliens, and this is the one thing that disappointed me. Even though it was clear aliens were involved, the aliens were never introduced and barely made an appearance, when they did it was nothing that would answer any of my questions. So that was just a bit disappointing. I am sure there is a reason for the taken and the returned so hopefully there will be more on that in the next book.
Like I said most of the story was basically a build up for what is coming and a bunch happened in the last quarter of the book that just left me on the ground when the last page was read. I didn't know what to think or where to go because it just ended. Not on a cliffhanger but with a big question of what now. So yes be prepared for the ending.
I really really enjoyed it. Not perfect but pretty darn close. (less)
I love a well written high fantasy and its hard for me to find those. This one was a pretty darn good one. I didn't love it as I hoped I would, but I...more
I love a well written high fantasy and its hard for me to find those. This one was a pretty darn good one. I didn't love it as I hoped I would, but I did enjoy the read. The story if full of big characters, crazy enemies, but of wildness, and a whole lot of fantasy. The only thing that held me back just a tad was the pacing. The book did lag a bit for me at times but still enjoyable.
This story is about Kyra, Tristam, James, and some really big scary cats. Krya grew up an orphan, she survives by being a thief. Tristam is a knight, works for the palace, protecting it from danger. That danger at the moment is James and some evil cats. James is the leader of the assassin's guild and is currently looking to take down the palace and all they stand for. The big scary evil cats are just that. Huge wild cats who eat people. This is the story about how all their lives intertwine.
I absolutely loved the story behind all that happens in this book. I love how there are 3 different stories happening but they all come together to become one story. This was a great fantasy story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing was good, not as complex as most High Fantasies and it worked well for the story. The pacing was off for me at times, like I said. There were a few times throughout the book I found myself just skimming, then there were times that I couldn't stop reading for even a second. I like my books to be more evenly paced. So that was an issue for me but I made it through the read and with a smile on my face.
The characters were well developed. I especially like Kyra. I felt her struggles throughout and understood her quite well. She was a real survivor and would do just about anything to help those she loved. Which is what led her to the assassin's guild. She would do just about anything but kill. She is also a very lost character. She tries her best to understand herself but without a past she doesn't know who she truly is. I felt her pains, I felt her love, I felt her desperation and I felt her loyalty. I really liked her. Tristam was another pretty awesome character. A little harder to get to know and little less complicated but he was a loyal friend, brave, cunning, and a true hero when it came down to it. I fell a little for him. James was a jerk but smooth, I hated him from the start, but only because his part was written so well.
There is a bit of romance, slow and in the background. It was sweet and so not overwhelming. The story was truly about Kyra and finding herself through a bunch of ruckus, pain, and secrets. It was about the past and the present, two worlds combining, and about friendship. I really did enjoy the story.
I liked it a bunch and I will be waiting to read the next book. (less)
This was a very anticipated read for me. I loved some of the other reads by this author and I couldn't deny the synopsis was very intriguing. Without...more
This was a very anticipated read for me. I loved some of the other reads by this author and I couldn't deny the synopsis was very intriguing. Without knowing much about the book, I dove right in. I absolutely loved this book. Simply said, it was probably my top read this year. I can't sing enough praises. It was written beautifully. It was compelling and dark, romantic and mysterious. It was perfectly done in my book. Cady and her cousins visit their family island every summer. One summer an accident happens, Cady hits her head, loses the memories right before and right after the accident. Cady hasn't been back to the island for two years. Now she is back for another summer with her family and all those lost memories find their way back into her head.
There were so many wonderful things in this book that came together just right to create a masterpiece of a story. One of the most alluring pieces of this book for was the mystery. I love books that are written with pieces missing and they are slowly filled in by flashbacks and of course the present. This book was another one of these that was very well written. There were a few times that I was confused for a split second trying to get a grasp on past or present, bit it literally was just as split second. I loved the flashbacks. I was able to really connect with the main character, Cady, the cousins, and the rest of her family. The present was also very compelling because of the mystery that flooded Cady's mind. The reader only knows what Cady knows and it wasn't much. It all comes together and I was able to piece together enough to figure out most of the mystery, but not all of it. The truth was a whopper too.
The characters were all amazing. They were very well developed and I just loved Cady. She was a bit messed up but I dealt with that because her family was just crazy. I also loved the cousins. They were all wonderful. There was one outsider involved too, the love interest of course, and he was pretty amazing too. I could go on and on about these mesmerizing characters but Cady explains them better than me with her vivid and beautiful descriptions. They were wonderful though, crazy, loving, kind, loyal, fun, and so much more. I enjoyed getting to know them immensely.
The romance was sweet, heartbreaking, desperate, and deep. It was just right and I couldn't have dreamed it better. Cady and Gat have known each other for 9 years and they were able to spend every summer together. They were friends that fell in love. They were good together but never together enough. My only complaint. I was only able to see snippets of the romance, fortunately Cady was an expert and sharing her feelings, so I was able to feel how strong her love was with just snippets.
So many emotions, so many unforgettable moments, so many wonderful characters, all brought together by beautiful, eloquent, captivating writing. It was like chocolate melting on my tongue. It was everything delicious in life and I was entranced. The writing style created the setting and set the tone and it was exquisite. This author amazes me.
An unforgettable read for me. I will own this book and read it over and over... even if I do know how it ends. (less)
This is one of those books I am not sure of my feelings and thoughts. I was super excited to read this book, one of my most anticipated books of the y...more This is one of those books I am not sure of my feelings and thoughts. I was super excited to read this book, one of my most anticipated books of the year. I really do have mixed feelings about the book. I am super glad I read it, it wasn't what I expected, but it was for sure worth my time. The book was well written, completely original, and a real mind trip. The biggest and really only issue I had was the pacing, but like I said worth the read.
Skylar lost her sister fours year ago during the fourth year. The fourth year is when the teenagers in this town of Gardnerville go nuts and start to hurt each other, sometimes leading to the death of friends or even themselves. Skylar's sister Piper was not the exception. It is now the fourth year again, and Skylar is afraid of what this year can bring and is also still dealing with the death of her sister. Determined she is still alive she does all she can to find her. This journey leads question after question and discovers secrets. Skylar learns the truth about Piper's death and so much more. The town of Gardnerville is built upon secrets, lies, and dark magic.
I thought this book was very well written and very well executed. I thought I knew what I was in for when I opened the book to that first page. I really thought it was a murder mystery, a thriller, with just a hint of the paranormal. I got it wrong. What the book had was murder yes, mystery yes, thrills yes, paranormal not really and it for sure wasn't just a hint. There was magic filled through out the entire book. Sometimes it was hard to figure out if it was normal, the magic in the book or if the book was just messing with my mind. It really is a mind boggling adventure. The beginning starts off with just a bit of weirdness. We get the background of the fourth year and that Piper is dead because of the fourth year phenomenon. We get a small taste of the town, the fact that the town has some magic built in the city that keeps its people from getting sick or dying of illness or old age. The more into the story we go, the more the crazy unfolds. Piper's story comes out, flashbacks of Piper and Skylar's life, the story of how the town is built, and the relations between the people who live there... the ones the train brought and the ones that were born there. After that point the story just picks up and crazy crazy crazy happens. I almost felt as if the book totally changed and I was reading another story with the same characters,same town, but oh my a whole lot of different story It really does go into madness in a good way.
I really think this is one of the few books I liked where the story out shined the characters. I never really connected or found myself attached to any of the characters. Especially Skylar. The read was so somber that I just felt sorry for Skylar and confused right along beside her. I felt as if I was living more beside her as a silent witness to her life not as a close participant in the story. This actually worked well for me. I didn't need the connection. The way the story unfolded fit right in with me being a ghost following her around figuring it all out. I think a connection would have taken away from the mystery of the town and if it had real magical elements or if everyone was just crazy. Skylar wasn't a bad character, she was just in a daze most of the book from the forget me not pills. I actually felt more connected to Piper through the flashbacks. She was definitely the bigger personality and she sounded fun but bat crazy and I just liked her from the start.
The way the story is told was alternate chapters from now day happenings to random times flashbacks to help the story unfold. I don't usually like my books written this way but the author did a great job on keeping out the confusion and keeping it interesting. I enjoyed the flashbacks of Piper's life more than the present day of Skylar's life. Piper's chapters were always titled with a song title which was fun too. I think that the story really needed those alternating chapters and that is what gave the book that maddening read.
The only trouble I had with the book, was the pacing. There were times I couldn't turn the pages fast enough then there were times I didn't want to pick the book up. It was a bit erratic to me until about the last 15 percent of the book then it was went all crazy and I couldn't put it down for even a second. If the pacing would have been a bit more constant than it this would have been a 4-5 star rating for me because the story is just phenomenal.
One more thing. This book was one of those books that made me question everything in the end.... did that just happen, what did I just read, I am not sure what to think about this book, and so on. But it stayed on my mind for days after. So YES it did mess with mind and it was good. Just be prepared for some slow moments in the book.
It was good, real good, just lacked in a few parts for me... but I will gladly read more from this author. She is a genius in my book when it comes to story creation. A very unique and worth while read. (less)
I was on the fence about reading this book. It sounded intense and it covers a great subject for teens. But as an adult sometimes the issues are just...more I was on the fence about reading this book. It sounded intense and it covers a great subject for teens. But as an adult sometimes the issues are just not my favorite to read about,something I am past in my life and I just don't find enjoyment or a connection in reading the deeper darker issues of teens' lives. I decided to give this one a try and I was utterly amazed how much I enjoyed this book. I found a connection with all the characters and I felt I was living the drama that unfolded in this book. It was a very fast paced book and it was very easy to get hooked deep into the mess of this book. It was a hard subject and at times pissed me off, but it was well worth the read.
This is the story of Sarah, Brielle, Emma, and a few others. A story of mean girls, gossip, lies, threats, fights, and death. Sarah and Brielle are best friends, have been since the 8th grade. Emma is new to the school. A transfer student. Emma is known as a boyfriend stealer. Sarah is dating the boy of her dreams. Someone she loves, trusts, and has fun with. Everything changes when Sarah finds texts on her boyfriend's phone from Emma. Brielle is not a nice girl, but is very protective over Sarah. Together Sarah and Brielle make Emma's life miserable and Emma in return destroys the life that Sarah knows. In the end.... Emma kills herself and now Sarah, Brielle, and three others are on trial from being the reason that caused Emma to take her own life. This is the story of Sarah, how she treated Emma, how she responded to Emma, her denial, her guilt, and her remorse.
This was a very well written book. It had deep content, strong writing, well developed characters and it had me on an emotional roller coaster from the very beginning. There are very few books where I feel so mixed up about the story and the characters. In the beginning, Sarah annoyed me and I didn't much like the way Brielle sounded. Throughout the story my annoyance turned to dislike, can't stand, loathe, then finally to sympathy and sorrow. Sarah had quite a journey through this book and in the end I cared for her.
Sarah's journey wasn't the only thing that put my heart on a workout. this book really shed a light on bullying. Yes, there were bullies when I grew up. Things were different, social media wasn't around to make things harder or easier on destroying a teenage reputation, but there were struggles and hurt much of the same. Something I really appreciated about this book, Neither side of the bully fight were innocent, and none of the actions deserved the outcome. There were things said and done that contributed to the way things went down. Sarah was not at fault for Emma's decision to end her life, but she did make it easier for her to make the decision. Emma didn't deserve the torture Sarah and Brielle put her through, but she didn't take any ownership to the part she played in the war between the girls. It's no ones fault but no one was innocent either. I felt this story was more true to life as things go... maybe not the exact moments or words, but the fact that it's not so black or white when it comes to high school, bullies, friendships, pranks, lies, and everything in between. It was gritty and dark and compelling. It was a story that needed to be told.
The characters were very flawed but more true than most stories portray of teens. Teens can be over emotional, passionate, selfish, and many times see only one side of their story... their own. Also it is true some end up getting it and some don't. This is the way I saw both Sarah and Brielle and from what I could see, of Emma too. Emma was the victim of the story... but not the only one. Emma didn't deserve to be bullied but she played her own role in things. She had issues that she needed help for. She did things that hurt Sarah. Sarah was hurt and she didn't know how to deal with her hurt. Naturally she turned to her best friend, Brielle. Brielle was a true mean girl, but also had issues she needed to deal with and was seeking no help for these issues. It was a bit of a domino effect. Sarah and Brielle were the dirtiest when it came to getting even. What they thought was deserved crossed the line and in turn put Emma over the edge. Sarah had to deal with this and come to terms with it. In the beginning, she wouldn't accept any of the blame. She could only see her hurt, her life that was destroyed, her woes. In the end, she came around. She seemed remorseful. The characters were definitely hard to lie at times but I felt they were easy to connect to.
The writing of course made the story and the characters come together smoothly and effortlessly. The story was written in past and present chapters. We get what Sarah is going through with the charges, the trial, and the memories when the story is in the present. From her memories we get the past, the whole story as it slowly evolves, and of course the feelings that Sarah experienced that caused her actions. I was able to see everything unfold... Sarah's romance, her friendship with Brielle, and the way it all fell apart from the moment Emma enters into Sarah's life. I really do believe the way the story was written, telling the Sarah's story... past and present... in bits and pieces is what made the book so intense.
I really never imagined I would enjoy this book as much as I did or that it would be as real as it was. I really thought... another mean girl book. It thought shallow, unrealistic, annoying. What I got... deep, intense, and addicting.
Five starts to the narrator too. She was excellent at telling this story and making it so real in my mind. I have been a fan of hers for a while and she was the perfect choice for this book.
Loved it. I can't wait to see what else this author comes out with. (less)
I was excited for this book. I thought it sounded like a cute and romantic sci-fi. It didn't sound too deep. Just light. unfortunately it was a little...more
I was excited for this book. I thought it sounded like a cute and romantic sci-fi. It didn't sound too deep. Just light. unfortunately it was a little to light and not enough deep for me, and fell a little under my expectations for the book. I found it very easy to read and it was very fast paced, I just had some issues with the the romance and depth of the novel. Even though I did have some issues, I wasn't bored and I didn't have an issue finishing it. I was just hoping for a little bit more than what I got.
Haley is on a very forced and very unwanted summer vacation trip with her father and his new family. She had plans for her summer which included camp, good friends, and a very cute boy. What she is in store for instead is twin toddlers, annoying step mother, and a camp-out at a boring Disney resort. She was not looking forward to reliving her father's glory days this summer. Fortunately for her, the summer vacation bonus she didn't anticipate was a cute boy and time traveling. She needs to find the way back to her time and say goodbye to her first love.
I wanted to love this book. I really did. I love the cover and I thought I would get a very light summer romance. Which I did but it was a little to light and a bit too mushy. Not enough of real emotions and not enough depth for me. It was just a little to immature. I may have an issue with this where some teens will not. This is the type of YA that is hard for an adult to read, at least it was for me.
The story had great potential. It didn't feel sci-fi, the story read like a contemporary romance, the only difference was the time travel and the insta love. One thing I love about most contemporary romances for YA, there is romance but there isn't insta love. Even if there is instant connection, its never the "oh my goodness I love you even though I met you two days ago and I can't live without you" Well this was present in this story. That is my main issue. The characters knew each other a total of 2-3 days. The main character, Haley is head over heels, thinking about staying in the past, can't live even 5 breaths without her cute boy from the past, Jason. It was really too much for me. I get that teens are passionate, emotional, and all that jazz, but really it was over the top. This made the romance nauseating, unrealistic, and just not fun at all. I think if there would have been more of just a crush instead of madly in love, I would have liked it more.
The part of the story I did like and found a bit more tolerable and realistic was the part of Haley making sure her parents got together and hoped if it went a bit different, things would change in the future. Her parents would still be together. I think most teenagers would think this, feel this, and try this if it were possible. It was fun to see Haley interact with her mother in the past. This was the highlight of the book for me.
I wish I could say that I liked the characters but they didn't grow on me at all. Haley was really whiny, selfish, and clueless. I couldn't get past it. Jason was sweet but a bit on the dense side. He was super book smart which was cool. Those are the only two characters that I was able to see any interactions with and I just didn't connect to them. I really wish I could have.
The saving grace of this book was the pacing. It as a very fast read and it did keep me interested enough to keep reading. I didn't feel like giving up on the book. I really truly wanted to know what happened and the ending was a bit better than I anticipated. The ending fit and it was corny yes, but it worked out well. So it wasn't a total loss.
One more thing, I did enjoy, the nostalgia. It was fun to read the things from my childhood being brought out like it was all new and fresh, because for Jason it was. It was a bit of fun.
I really think some would like this book. The book is very clean and simply written, good for the younger teens. I think the younger 13-16 would probably love this book. Its a quick read with some adventure, romance, and family issues without being too gritty or to deep. It just wasn't for me, but not a complete waste of time either. It was enjoyable enough to finish, but I am not sure I would like more of this in the future.
Not my cup of tea but I would recommend it to those that like the mushy love story. (less)
The cover really drew me to this book. At very first glance I was in love... with the cover. Although it was a different cover than I have posted here...more The cover really drew me to this book. At very first glance I was in love... with the cover. Although it was a different cover than I have posted here. Then this cover came out and I loved it even more. So I knew I wanted to read it...well after reading the synopsis. I felt that the book would be good, but was hesitant. I mean there are so many wonderful realistic fiction/romances out there right now.... I didn't know if it would live up to some of my favorites. Well it did. I absolutely adored this book. It had all kinds of emotions, sadness, anger, humor, compassion. I just loved it.
Amy has cerebral palsy, Amy is going to be a senior. Amy has been happy with her life until a boy she has known practically her entire childhood burst her bubble. He tells her... you don't know what you are missing so how can you be happy... No one really knows you... you haven't experienced the normal teenage life. So Amy decides she will and find out exactly what she is missing. She will find some friends by replacing her adult aids with peer aids. This is where that boy, Matthew comes in. She requests him, he signs up, and a friendship begins which leads to romance which leads to heartbreak, which leads to hope, which leads to love.
These books really get to me. The unlikely romances, the real life issues, the anger, the loyalty, the truth behind those that live a difficult life. Amy's life wasn't bad but it was difficult. She was happy but she really didn't have any friends, any experiences, any choices. She was unable to communicate verbally or walk very well. Although she had aids, a computer, and a walker, life was still difficult. She was put to a challenge and she accepted. She accepted many things though out her life. She was a very strong character. Probably one of my favorites. I connected with her right away. She was strong, determined, smart, witty, straight forward, and kind. I loved reading her story,and even though it wasn't first person POV, I felt that I truly knew her and wished at many times through out the book that I knew her in my life.
Matthew also had a difficult life. He too had a condition that made things very hard and very uncomfortable. Matthew had OCD and though it made him antisocial and very obsessed, he could control his issues if he would would just accept help. That is when Amy came into his life and took charge. She couldn't control or change her condition but Matthew could, so she would help because that is the kind of person Amy was. She was just who Matthew needed and with Amy in his life, Matthew was able to shine. I fell for him too. Very sweet, considerate, strange but lovable. Yup loved him too.
The romance was sweet. It starts off slow, goes through the awkward stages, the friendship stage, the miscommunication stage, the heartbreak stage, but it was real and I enjoyed that. It wasn't life altering in the way that one could not live without the other, although they did get quite sad without each other. They had lives to continue and they had things to deal with. It wasn't perfect, their relationship had many problems from the beginning, but they made it work in their own way. It was very very sweet.
The romance was a huge part in this book, but it wasn't the only thing. There were many hard issues and more real than I have seen in a while. It wasn't overly emotional but it was emotional. Amy and Matthew had to go through a bunch of bad with their good. Things that could have ended quite differently if they hadn't face the issues with strength, bravery, and determination. I really loved seeing how Amy didn't let her handicaps get in her way or control her life. I also loved the way she taught Matthew to do the same. The book was full of hard but it was also full of hope. It was well balanced and it was good. It was just the kind of book I was searching for.
I loved it, I recommend it, I hope to read it again, I hope to see more from this author. (less)
I was a bit cautious with this book. I liked the way it sounded but I wasn't so sure how the execution of the story would turn out, it turned out real...more I was a bit cautious with this book. I liked the way it sounded but I wasn't so sure how the execution of the story would turn out, it turned out really well. I very much enjoyed this book. I was pretty much sucked in from the very beginning and I just couldn't put the book down. The mystery of whodunit really kept me reading.
Cassidy only kissed one boy her entire life, or so that is what she remembers when she first wakes up dead. As her afterlife starts to reveal memories of her death, she starts to remember the life she was living. It seems that there was another kiss, one that was not with her boyfriend, one that led to her death. Every one things she killed herself. Fought with her boyfriend then jumped off the bridge. Cassidy knows this is not true. She knows that she didn't kill herself but she can't remember what exactly happened. She wants to solve the mystery of her death but there seems to be one issue. No one sees her or hears her... well except for one. Her boyfriend. She will need his help if she wants to learn the truth of her last night alive, but he is hiding something, something that just might be very important. He isn't the only one either. Her best friend is hiding something too. It seems there are many secrets floating around about the night Cassidy died and she has to unravel all them all whether she wants to or not.
I was really into this book. It was a breath of fresh air with all my OK or not so OK reads lately. I was so happy to finally be sucked into a great read. The story is focused around the mystery of Cassidy's death and Cassidy's relationships. A bit of realistic fiction, a bit of romance, a bit of drama, and a whole lotta mystery. Just the way I like my books. It was a great mystery too. I was struggling to discover the truth, I kept changing my mind. The author was great at deterring my thoughts from one suspect to the other. In the end, yes it was a bit obvious but only in the end. The mystery really was what kept me turning the pages so fast. The mystery of Cassidy's death, her break up/fight with her boyfriend, her cheating, her friends. There was so much that was a mystery at the beginning and each page unraveled a bit more and started peicing Cassidy's life together for me.
There was a bit of romance too. It wasn't overdone and it wasn't so far in the background where it became lost. It was just right. Even though the romance between Cassidy and her boyfriend, Ethan, was over before it stated in the book, it was still pretty nice. The flashbacks and the memories built the romance and the present affirmed it. It was slow but steady.
The characters were alright. I liked them but didn't love them....except for Ethan. He was a pretty cool and steady character. The only one I never suspected. He really loved Cassidy more than she deserved when the story started. As their love story unfolded, I could see why his love for her was so strong. For so long they were happy and committed. Ethan forgave easily and he loved hard. I really liked him.
Cassidy was a bit hard to connect to but I did connect enough to like her and dislike her. She made some pretty stupid and selfish decisions, however she earned my forgiveness in the end. She grew on me and I really liked her in the end.
The rest of the characters were secondary and not very memorable. They were all suspects at one time or another and so I never grew attached to any of them. Just in case.
I really did enjoy this book. It was written very well, easy to read, easy to get into, easy to turn that very last page with a smile. It was exciting, thrilling, a little tear jerking, and just a good solid read.
I really liked it. a top read for the month for me. I recommend it for those that like a light mystery that isn't to creepy, realistic fiction, and bit of romance. (less)