I was really excited to get to this book. I loved the first book and really wanted to experience more of Rory's world. The second book of this...moreReview:
I was really excited to get to this book. I loved the first book and really wanted to experience more of Rory's world. The second book of this series is quite a bit different than the first but still has the original creepiness, thrills, and mystery. I was sucked in from very early on and found the story to be quite the page turner.
Long Story Short:
The story picks up pretty much where The Name of the Star Ended. After the accident with at the boarding school, Rory is moved to Bristol to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally. Under the care of professional help, she is being pushed to deal with the public version of the incident she barely lived through. Her therapist doesn’t take long to advise Rory and her parents that she believes Rory should resume her life as it was before the incident, which in turns leads Rory back to Wexford. She is happy to get back but things are not the same. Her abilities have changed since her battle with the Jack ghost. Her fellow ghost fighters recruit her back into hunting down ghosts because of her new ability, they cannot continue with her out. Rory is not sure she wants to be involved in all the ghost wars again. She wants to live a normal life. She has a big decision to make and she must do it in the middle of ghost related murders that are happening all around her. Since she has moved back to Wexford nothing is the same but everything still remains and Rory isn’t sure what direction she needs to take.
I really enjoyed the second installment of this series. I was a bit worried after seeing mixed reviews. After reading the book I can see why there are mixed reviews, however I am on the side of Loved it! The story still holds some of the same elements that made the first book great. The ghosts, the characters, and the mystery; however they were changed a bit to read on the side of contemporary realistic issue kind of journey with a supernatural feel followed by an air of mystery. I must agree that the mystery is not as mysterious as the first book, but I still enjoyed every moment of it. The main character Rory does go through some heavy emotional moments and she isn’t quite the same as she was in the first book, but I felt it was a bit more realistic than just throwing her right back into the fight without any emotional or mental scaring. The book focuses more or Rory and her self discovery… but there is more than just this. I liked the new plot, it did take a bit to see where it was going, 2/3 of the book but I felt it was a build up to the next book where the plot will be more ghostly focused.
Rory is a bit more immature, self-centered, and annoying in this book. She makes a bunch of bad decisions very quickly and doesn’t think things though at all. She get herself in bunches of trouble and of course she needs bailed out. Even though she was annoying and self-centered and sometimes a bit whiny, it didn’t bother me. I felt bad for her, knowing her kick butt potential from the first book. She definitely had growing pains in this book but I do believe in the end she was different for it. In the end I got the feeling that she will rock the next book.
We do get to see a bit more of Stephen but a little less of Boo and Callum. That was a bit disappointing to me, but I got over it. Hopefully the next book will be stacked crazy full with their awesome presence. I did enjoy getting to know Stephen a bit more. He didn’t seem so untouchable in this book. I could see the direction that the author was taking with him in his friendship, relationship, partnership… whatever you want to call it… with Rory and I was ok with it. I think that he is a bit stuffy and needs some warmth running through his veins but he was coming around. He struck me as a very caring but hard man due to circumstances. He was a very believable character for the part he played.
This book was definitely different than the first but not enough to veer me off the series. I can’t wait for the next book. I want to read more and even with some of the shortcomings, I think I enjoyed this book more than the first. It was for sure more character drive than story driven and that made it a winner on my shelf!
In the End:
I couldn’t put it down and I was sad when it ended…. Oh maybe that was because of the huge cliffhanger at the end. If you liked the first book be warned this one is a bit different and if you don’t like cliffhangers, I would advise waiting to read this one until you have the next book in hand.(less)
This book caught my eye in Barnes and Noble. Having never heard of the book, I picked it up and instantly knew I wanted to read it. So I bought...more
This book caught my eye in Barnes and Noble. Having never heard of the book, I picked it up and instantly knew I wanted to read it. So I bought it. I was so excited to get home and read this book, I pushed aside the other million books I have been reading and dove in. I was hooked from the first page and devoured the book. It is full of comedy, cuteness, and coming of age goodness. It was right in the middle of light read and realistic issues. I loved the characters, the relationships, and the journal entries.
Long Story Short:
Ratchet is just starting her teenage years. She is home-schooled by her hippie mechanic father who she helps fix cars in between her studies. Her mother died when she was young, she has no friends, and she gets everything second hand. She wants a new life. She wants a new look, friends, and to know more about her mother. None of these things she sets out to accomplish are easy. She only has money to buy from Goodwill, all the kids in town think she and her dad are nuts, and her father keeps everything about her mother a secret.
One of her assignments for school, is to keep a journal, in this journal she has a multiple of different writing assignments from free writing to poetry. In this journal she makes a plan... Get a new look, find a friend, and find the box of secrets of her mom.
I absolutely adore this book. It was non stop fun. First off the book is written in very interesting journal entries. Free writing, plays, poetry, interviews, memos.. and so on. Every entry tells the story of Ratchet. I found the tone to be fun but filled with the undertone of a lost girl who has a lot to discover about herself. There were moments I got teary eyed, but for the most part it was full of laughs for me.
I really loved Ratchets story. I couldn't help but feel for her. She was very lonely. Her father is always in the garage working on cars, barely even looks over her assignments, and he doesn't understand Ratchet at all. She really wishes she had a mom, but since she doesn't she just wants to know about her. Ratchet was also missing friends. Her story was a bit of a sad one, but there were also many great things in her life that she missed out because she couldn't see past the bad stuff. It was a great journey watching Ratchet grow.
I think Ratchet is the best part of this story. I had no problem connecting to her at all. From the beginning I loved her. She was written well and her character was full of emotions, easily seen through her journal entries. She was smart and sneaky, misunderstood, and loyal. She was a wonderful character.
There was a handful of wonderful characters in the book and a handful of not so great characters, villains in a sense. There was a clear line between those that were full of goodness and those out for no good. I loved that the great characters won out in the end.
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The story really is heartwarming, a very quick read, and just so much fun. If you like cute, heart tugging, coming of age books.. you will eat this one up.
This book was just AMAZING. I was a bit worried going into it, historical fiction can be a hit or miss for me. I love them or I don’t care for them. I...more This book was just AMAZING. I was a bit worried going into it, historical fiction can be a hit or miss for me. I love them or I don’t care for them. I need the atmosphere of the age the story takes place, the look, the sounds, the characters, but I like to keep a bit of a modern feel to it. I want to feel like I am in a story from the past but I don’t want to feel like I am reading a book from the past. This book was done perfectly. The setting and the tone were very well done and the mystery was very intriguing. The way the book was written was brilliant. I haven’t read something so unique and wonderful in a very very long time.
Judith lives in a small town surviving on their own since their revolution. Not sure what year it is but it’s a long time ago.. Ships, horse carts, bonnets, and little one room schoolhouses. So a very very long time ago. Judith’s best friend disappears on night and a couple of nights later Judith disappears. Not much longer after Judith’s disappearance, her friend’s body washes up in the river. Two years later Judith returns, a mute. She cannot tell the tale of what happened while she was missing. Fast forward two more years and we are getting the entire story. Judith has written a love letter of sorts to her childhood crush, Lucas. It will finally come out, the entire truth. When the truth finally comes out everything changes.
I am not sure where to begin. This book was intense, beautiful, poetic, and heartbreaking. There were so many factor that worked together to create something unforgettable. The writing style was a first for me. Second person narrative existed in my school days. I knew what it was but I have never read anything written in second person before. I believe this had a huge part creating a breathtaking story. Judith writes the story as a letter to Lucas, her childhood crush. It’s a love letter of sorts but also a way for her tell her story to the only person she trusts with her truths. It wasn’t hard for me to get into. I didn’t know who “You” was at first, but it didn’t take long to get into the groove of things and put myself in the shoes of Lucas. I do believe that the story being written this way really enabled me to feel fully what I was intended to feel from the point of view of Judith. It was very effective in setting the overall tone, which sent me into a roller coaster of emotions.
The setting was done extremely well in this book. I am not sure what year it was and if I knew my histories better, maybe I could figure it out. I felt it was somewhere in the late 1700s to early 1800s. I could be completely off so don’t quote me on that. It had a puritan sort of feel to the time and place and it fit very well with the tone of the story. The descriptions were just right to fill my head with pictures but not overdone to take away from knowing the characters, in fact it helped to understand the characters and they way things were done. This story wouldn’t have worked as well in modern times because of woman’s rights. Women didn’t have any in this story and that was major for the story to play out.Judith was a wonderful character. She was filled with love she couldn’t give, desperation to be accepted, and determination to truly live. She was ignored by most for 2 years since she came back. Her love for Lucas drove her to do something unthinkable which caused a snowball effect of some wild events. The first one of which was giving her a friend, Maria. Through this friendship she was taught so much. Friendship, acceptance, bravery. These things added to already there, but hidden, great qualities. She was shy and in the background in the beginning but she learned how to make herself known when it came to things that mattered. Her loyalty to those that deserved was truly wonderful too. I think she would have made me a great and dear friend. She was also very selfless, she was always putting her family first, even when it stood in her way of happiness.
There were a slew of characters in the story and even though the story was told from Judith’s point of view, it wasn’t hard to get to know the heroes and villains of the story. I loved Maria. She was that perky, beautiful, loved by everyone, spoiled girl at the beginning, but underneath it all she was very kind. She was able to show her kindness and her true heart after making some not so accepted decisions in public. She in turn decided that she needed to get to know Judith since they were both basically outcasts now. Their friendship grew quickly and it was true.
Lucas was also something special. I wasn’t so sure about him in the beginning but he turned out alright, actually better than alright. A boy worth the love Judith in every way. He was so sweet and so chivalrous. So swoon worthy. Judith’s brother,, Darrel, was pretty awesome too. Didn’t have much sense when it was needed and tended to get himself in trouble. But he was kind. I liked him. Another hero of the story was Goodie Pruitt. The oldest woman in town… or so it seemed. In the end she was a true hero. She was always honest, even when it hurt, she never held her tongue. She was also very clever and paid close attention to it all. Couldn’t fool her for sure.
So yes a great cast of characters, wonderful story, awesome tone, beautiful setting, this book had it all, including a pretty spectacular narrator who brought it all to life for me. I would listen and read this book more than a handful of times in my lifetime. It was a mixture and a pretty good mixture of historical fiction, realistic fiction, romance, and mystery(less)
This was one of the my favorite reads this year. The story was amazing, the writing wonderful, the characters were unforgettable. Heartbreaking, memor...more This was one of the my favorite reads this year. The story was amazing, the writing wonderful, the characters were unforgettable. Heartbreaking, memorable, a powerful read. I think it will be qutie a while before I recover from this book, just in time to read it again.
Its years after the fresh water source has diminished and Lynn and her mother live on their own out in the middle of nowhere on a pond. Lynn's entire life has been a lesson to protect the pond on their land. As soon as she could hold a gun she was taught to shoot. Lynn's mother trusts no one and helps no one. Shoot first ask questions later.... or not... just make sure too shoot. Lynn suddenly finds herself in need of the help of strangers when there are new and dangerous people living south of her pound. She finds out that shooting first isn't always the way to go and she isn't the only one just trying to survive.
This was a very slow building book but it very intense slow. I was never bored and even though it was not full of thrills, the story still kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn't want to stop listening and I never wanted the story to end. I think I could have stayed in Lynn's scary world for a quite a bit of time. I loved the characters and I was completely pulled into their lives and their world.
I absolutely adored Lynn. I found her her heartless nature understandable and I found it easy to soften out when she did. It was in her nature to be caring but she was always taught to be ruthless. For good reason, survival. The relationship between Lynn and her mother was strong and endearing. They were the only ones in each other's lives and they meant the world to one another. I loved their relationships and their interactions with each other. Lynn held all her mother taught to her dear and as truth. It was a hard road for Lynn to learn and accept that her mother's way may not have been the only way. It was quite a journey to watch Lynn grow and learn about other relationships... first love, friendship, and family with no blood relation. She learned responsibility came in all forms. I loved her sense of duty, her loyalty, and her integrity. She was by far one of my all time favorite characters.
The book was full of awesome characters... Lucy, a 5 year old that completely stole my heart. I loved her voice, her innocence, and her loving heart. Stebbs was just the best. A true survivor with a heart of gold. I also loved Eli... Sweet and sincere through in through.. not a mean bone in his body. Just so so so sweet.**blush** and swoon worthy. Each character brought something fresh and new to the story and held their own. The relationships between each were beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. The characters made the story for sure.
One of my favorite things about this story was the tone. It almost had a western feel but was completely modern oh and of course the feel of desolation. All of it together was just amazing and I could feel the atmosphere perfectly. The tone held strong throughout the entire book and made the story that more haunting, exciting, and intense.
I love post apocalyptic stories, especially when they are done well and stand on their own. Its hard to really make one unique and one that can stand out against all others out there on the market. This one was done supremely well and it made all others I have read recently disappear into the background. It was completely engrossing and trapped me til the end... by the way the end was pretty darn awesome.
I don't generally mention narrators and I know I should... they can make or break the read. The narrator for this book completely rocked and I would read anything she narrated.
Loved it and will love it over and over again. A Must have in my shelf collection. (less)
This was a book I was very excited for and took a bit longer to get to than I had originally anticipated. It kind of got lost in my pile of TBR and so...more
This was a book I was very excited for and took a bit longer to get to than I had originally anticipated. It kind of got lost in my pile of TBR and soon it became out of sight out of mind. Well digging through my TBR books I came across it and decided to read it now. I am so glad I did. The book was very inviting from the very beginning and never lost its momentum. I enjoyed the characters and the story.
Ezra was the all American dream boy. Talented, charming, good looking. He had it all and had some big dreams in front of him. One night before his senior year he gets in a car accident and it shatters his knee and his dreams. All summer he lays up in bed without visitors, feeling sorry for himself. His senior year starts and he decides he no longer fits into his old life so he creates a new one with a very old friend. Along the way he makes new friends, finds a new hobby, and falls for a girl. What he never expected was to find a new place he very much belonged.
There was so much good in this book. I loved the story, the popular guy loses what made him popular and has to remake himself but does it with the unpopular crowd, by choice. He finds a new way and new friends. Its a real feel good story. It seems cliche among ya but this book didn't feel cliche. The author did a spendid job on finding a fresh voice for the main character and a fresh look to an old tale. The book was very well done, a light hearted read with a few serious issues, and it read at a very steady pace. It caught me a bit off guard I must say. I thought I would like the book but didn't expect to devour it.
I have enjoyed many male POV stories in the past. I will admit it hard to find good ones at times but I have read some pretty decent ones. I have been pleased with my choices. This book stood out for a male POV. I loved the main character, Ezra. I found him very lovable, honest, relateable, huggable, real, and so on and son. There were times he frustrated me. He seemed a bit naive about the real world. It seemed to have fit with his upbringing and lifestyle. He has been a bit sheltered in the world of earning your keep and working for something you really want. What this in turn left him missing was real enjoyment of life. He found a way very quickly to make up for all his lost time thanks to Cassidy. Ezra had been popular and though he didn't make it his mission to run with the other crowds he was never the bully. I liked this about him. He thought for himself and he didn't seem to let peer pressure get to him. He was a bit of a sucker for the wrong kind of girls in his past but most teen boys are. I really liked him.
Cassidy was an OK character. She didn't win my heart, but she did complete the story . The story was better off for her having her and Ezra was better off for knowing her. I didn't dislike her but there were some things that rubbed me kind of awkward with her. In the end she made sense to me, but moments leading up to that moment, she was kind of lost to me. I couldn't figure her out and she had me wavering on my feelings for her. This was the author's intent I am sure, but it did get in the way, just a bit, of me connecting to her. My lack of connection with her had some to do
with the story being told from Ezra's POV. In the end she made a difference and that was her sole purpose.
The only complaint I have was the ending. It was fitting, yes, it was completed, yes, it left me satisfied, no not really. I mean I don't need more for my enjoyment of the book, I think I just wanted more. I really loved Ezra and I think in many ways he got the short end of the stick. He needed to experience the department of lacking and he was a better person for doing so but I loved him bunches and I wanted more than what I got for him. It was not a bad ending just not the ending I would have picked. But... its not my book and the ending was fitting and more realistic than what my mind would have chosen.... So good fitting ending for a to a really wonderful and emotional story.
It was really really really good and you should read it very soon or now, that works too.
This book snagged my attention as soon as I saw Cat Patrick's name. I also enjoyed The Program by Suzanne Young. The synopsis sounded great and so I r...moreThis book snagged my attention as soon as I saw Cat Patrick's name. I also enjoyed The Program by Suzanne Young. The synopsis sounded great and so I read it and... I loved it. There was nothing but love for this book. I loved the story, the main character, the supporting characters, the ending. It was all just awesome.
Caroline is a high school teen that lives with her grandmother, has since she was young. Her grandmother is in a hospice bed dying. Caroline is asked to go to a party by her best friend. Caroline has a decision stay with her grandmother, or go to the party. Each decision has consequences that Caroline is unaware of. The story takes place alternating between each decision she made, mapping out the events that followed those decisions.
This book was so good. I mean it has not left my mind since I started and after I finished. The story was written extremely well. There was a clear difference in the character and the consequences in each of the decisions. I was never lost or forgot which decision I was reading. I think it helped that they were written by two different authors. Even though they were clearly different, I was still able to see the main character as one person.
The story was just overwhelming and emotional for me.The main character dealt with many hard issues while grieved and it was very overpowering. The story also dealt with the consequences of making the wrong decision even if it wasn't necessarily the wrong decision. Is there really a wrong choice... free will verses destined or do they work together?
I liked the main character, she felt real, flawed, and broken. I liked who she was in both stories and felt she her strengths overcame the flaws both times. She learned from both decisions but in different ways. Her decision leads her to miss or live the last moments of her grandmother's life and whether she is present or not the choice she made constantly ate at her. With each decision she loses, gains, experiences, and regrets. She does a bunch of growing though out the book. I liked her well in the beginning, I loved her by the end. She was still real, flawed and broken by the end but with just a little bit more wisdom, love, family, and friendship.
The story kept me interested from beginning to end. I didn't know where it would take me and most of the time I didn't care. I loved living it more than getting to the end... even though the ending was wonderful, fitting, and just, it was just what it was.
Loved it, would read it again, will add it to my keep collection, must read more from both authors. (less)
Not my normal read, but I decided to take a chance. I am so happy I did. I was amazed by this book and inspired by Jade Moon’s strength and determinat...moreNot my normal read, but I decided to take a chance. I am so happy I did. I was amazed by this book and inspired by Jade Moon’s strength and determination along with her honesty and loyalty. The story is full moments of intensity, moments of truth, and moments of enchantment. Don’t let the cover fool you. This book is a must read.
Set in the early 1920’s Jade Moon lives in a small village in china. She was born with the Fire Horse Sign, a sign a girl should never be cursed with. She is considered a danger, a nuisance, nothing but trouble. She is now 17 years old and her father is desperately trying to find her a husband. Out of options her father makes a decision that will put Jade Moon, Her father, and her adopted cousin, Sterling Promise on a boat to America. Jade Moon is ecstatic, she look at this as a chance to start over, no one will know of her or her cursed Fire Horse Sign. They leave the village for a long journey just to be stuck on an island built like a prison for even longer. America is not what she thought or dreamed.
Wow and wow over again. I never imagined I would love this book as much as I did. It was a wonderful surprise. I was trapped by the first page, the first sentence even. I couldn’t put it down! This is not your typical love story, it is not your normal coming of age book, not your average historical fiction. It has the best of all these worlds. The writing is just superb and I clung to every word. The story gave me tingles, caused a few tears, and angered me at moments like no other book. In the end I was in awe not knowing what to do next. I just sat there holding the book closed, staring at the walls, just trying to breathe. The world the author journeyed me through was a world I never really thought about even though I knew it had to of existed. A world of discrimination, betrayal, secrets, and so much more.
The book has many characters but really there was only one who stole the show. Jade Moon is by far one of the best characters I have come to know. She is strong, stubborn, loyal, loving, brave…oh so brave. I loved living with her as she became an exceptional woman. She starts off stubborn and strong, so much so no one wants to marry her. She has to endure so much to find her place in the world. She comes from a culture where family honor is the most important thing and that girls are meant to marry and continue the family line. She knows where her place is in China, but she wants so much more. She wants love, freedom, a life where she is more than a mother and a wife. She finds her place and when she does it’s a whopper of a tale.
The only thing that this book was lacking on for me was Sterling Promise. He is a big part of the story but not a big part of the book. He is in the beginning and in the end and when he is there , it’s wonderful. In the beginning I wanted to hate him, fear him, stay away from him. In the end I was wrapped around his little finger. Someone I thought was a coward and a con man turned out to be so much more. I wish there had been more, but what I did get of him was awesome and it will have to be enough.
This may not be your regular type of book, but really read it, give it chance, you just may find yourself in awe like me. (less)
I have seen this book around and honestly didn't know what to think about it. I wasn't much on the cover but for some reason I kept getting drawn back...moreI have seen this book around and honestly didn't know what to think about it. I wasn't much on the cover but for some reason I kept getting drawn back to it. I started to read reviews and they were really good reviews.... so I read it, I loved it, I can't get over it.
Julie leaves home for college. When she gets to the address she supposed to live.. it doesn't exist. Her mother was conned. Now she is a stranger in a big city, no money, and no where to live. Julie's mother call and old college friend to the rescue. Julie now has a place to stay, still a stranger and no money, but a place to stay with a very interesting and odd family. The longer she stays at the Watkins house, the more confused she gets, and the more she falls in love... with everyone. Friendships are made and lost, hearts are broken, and devastating secrets are revealed. The Watkins house of mystery was not on Julie's college to do list, but its an experience she will never forget.
Oh I so loved this book. It was a great love story, coming of age, realistic fiction, mystery, and comedy all in one book. I really didn't know what to expect when I started the book, but it didn't take me long at all to fall in love with the story, the characters, and everything in between. The writing was great, full of comic relief when needed and very well paced. I did see the end coming, the book was a little predictable for me but I have to admit, even when I predicted it...the book would start making second guess myself... just to find out I was right. It was a very entertaining and enlightening read.
I loved the characters. Everyone who reads my reviews knows I am very character driven reader. I have to know my characters intimately. I felt that I knew these characters inside and out. I knew their reactions, their relationships, and their secrets... well I was pretty sure I knew their secrets. Every character was unique and had something to just adore about them. The main character Julie was amazing.. yes at times I wanted to knock her across the back of the head. She was clueless at times and very naive. That did change and she did grow throughout the story. What I loved about her was her attitude. She was very snarky... yup my favorite... but very positive and really wanted to do what she could for others. Celeste won my heart from the very beginning. A very troubled but sweet little girl. Smart, adorable, annoying (in the good way), I just wanted to take her home to be my little sister. Oh and Matt... Wonderful but I hated him all at the same time. There were many times in the book I was yelling at him. He was so stupid at times, I knew his heart and wanted him to follow it... but what is there to say... Stupid boy!!!! Finn was a great character too. Very sweet, smart, almost too good to be true.
For sure the best set of characters in any book I have read for a very long time!
A very memorable read. It did cause a book hangover and I am not sure how long it will take me to get over it! Really read it, it's just that good. (less)
I was so excited to see another book out by Robin Benway , I really enjoy reading her books. This book sounded really good.. (who doesn’t like spy sto...moreI was so excited to see another book out by Robin Benway , I really enjoy reading her books. This book sounded really good.. (who doesn’t like spy stories). I couldn’t wait to dig in. I did get the book on audio and I loved every moment of this book. The narrator rocked, the story was fun, the characters were amazing. I laughed out loud so many times.
Maggie is a spy. Her parents are spies, her favorite person is a spy, everyone she knows is a spy. She learned to pick locks before she started school. She loves her life, her assignments, and all the traveling. The one things he doesn’t love. Not being a normal teenager with normal friends. In this story, she gets her chance. Her next assignment is befriend a teenage boy in a private school, full of other students. She couldn’t be more excited, well that’s not true, public school would have been a bit more exciting, but she takes what she can get. First day she meets a crazy girl and she has a friend. Soon she meets the boy… uh-oh she falls for him. Couldn’t see that coming right. At that point, everything gets confusing and now she has to work hard to keep it all from falling apart.
LOVED IT! I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun with a book. The writing was amazing, very light when needed but also dove into the normal teenage contemporary girl issues. There was romance, action, humor, trouble, and some great family moments. A very fast paced read, just the way I like my books, but it also slowed down for the important parts… the romance. The story really had the perfect amount of spy action and romance.
The characters rocked my world. I absolutely adored Maggie. So snarky! She really had me cracking up at times. She was smart, loyal, sneaky (well sometimes) doesn’t quite know how to fit in but willing to give her best at being a normal teenager. Screwing up while figuring all out gave her the life she always wanted. Jessie Oliver was just so cute. He was sweet, real, honest. I loved every moment Jessie and Maggie spent together. Roux really stole the show for me. She was quirky and adventurous. She hid her loneliness well from peers but really just wanted a normal family life. Its not a surprise Roux and Maggie became fast friends, the both needed somewhat of what the other had. I would of loved to have her as a friend in high school, or now really. Very funny and unforgettable character. This story really had a wonderful cast of characters. I really liked the storyline and the premise. The plot was able to show loyalty within family, friends, romantic relationships, and country. It gave me warm fuzzies many times throughout. The romance is very very sweet, no love triangle and the friendship is strong from the very beginning. All good stuff really. The story isn’t realistic, if that is what you are looking for, but for me… teenage spies..or even adult spy stories, never realistic.
I don’t think anything was missing in this story for me. I really did just love it. I recommend this book to everyone. Its just so much fun.(less)
I was so totally excited to get my hands on this book. I read Destiny's Fire a while back and loved it! This is the book that goes back to the beginni...moreI was so totally excited to get my hands on this book. I read Destiny's Fire a while back and loved it! This is the book that goes back to the beginning, the start of the Destiny's purpose. The book was everything I hoped for and more. I couldn't put it down, I was mesmerized. I just loved it.
Long Story Short:
Back thousands of years ago, the Kythan race existed, Shythe and Narco, and they lived together in harmony. They were enslaved, designed to do one thing, protect the Pharaoh and their family. Star is Xarion's guardian, he is to become Pharaoh, he is Cleopatra's son. Star loves him but is not his equal in Alexandria's eyes. She is just the protector. Octavian's army is out to take over Alexandria and kill Xarion for the throne. He has created a new Kythan race, one that has power of the Aether, the spirit world. Star and her friends are in the fight for the Pharaoh's life and their own.
Wow, what a great story. The love story was intense, the battle scenes intense. I loved the way it followed the ending of Cleopatra's reign. It was not true to all historical fact of course, it had it's own story, but I felt that this was the true story. The historical facts that exist around Cleopatra are lies. This one is the real story, and it's a must read. The fantasy mixed with History wasn't the only thing that got me going.
The love story, oh my goodness. Trisha sure knows how to get it right. I loved the forbidden but destined love between Xarion and Star. It was sweet and passionate, built of childhood friendship, lifetime loyalty, and of course some pretty strong hormones... I mean Xarion sounds HOT!!!! No Insta Love- No Love Triangle, just good ole true love that isn't supposed to be.
The characters... well they were icing on the cake. The story awesome, the love awesome, the historical elements awesome.... the characters beyond awesome.
There were a couple of moments I really wanted to slap Star at the very beginning for letting her brain control her heart.. but she got over it. She was just a kick butt character for sure. She was smooth, strong, brave, and really don't mess with her. Xarion, well he was just swoon worthy times ten. A real smooth operator, knew what to say and where to put his hands. Tall, Dark, and Handsome! He was also very sweet, devoted, funny, and just plain lovable. Love him I did too.
I really don't have any complaints about this book, well except parts in the end, but I could see it coming. The tears were only slightly drowning my pages. The last bit of the ending was just superb! It brings everything together just perfectly.
In The End:
If you liked Destiny's Fire... this is a must. If you have not read Destiny's Fire, you should and read this one too. They both are awesome in my book. (less)
Review: I was so anxious to get to this book, when I got the ARC I was doing a happy dance. For some reason or another I kept pushing it back and decid...moreReview: I was so anxious to get to this book, when I got the ARC I was doing a happy dance. For some reason or another I kept pushing it back and decided to pre-order the audio. As soon as the book was available on Audible… I wasted no time downloading and listening. I am very happy I decided to go audio on this book. It was a great audio choice. The narrator had it just right for me and I fell madly for this book. This was one of those books I couldn’t get out of mind. I am really picky on my post apocalyptic books and this one had everything I needed… torment, darkness, hope, action, and of course a little bit of love.
Long Story Short:
Wren is a reboot… a reboot is someone who comes back after dying, faster and deadlier. My best explanation… zombie + vampire + Universal soldier. The longer the person is dead the deadlier they come back with less human emotion, the younger they die the better they reboot. Wren rebooted when she was only 12 after being shot 3 times. She is now 17 and she is one of the highest ranked and numbered reboot in the facility. Her favorite part of the job is training. When training day comes she is one of the first to pick and before she can change her mind she picks a lowly number 22, Callum. He is way closer to human than she could ever dream of and he proves to be difficult to train. His emotions keep him from wanting to cause harm especially death. Callum brings out emotions in Wren she never thought she had and now she realizes what she calls home is not the home for Callum or even for herself. Callum is in danger of being terminated because of of lack of control of his emotions and his lack of training ability. Wren isn't sure of much any more but she is sure she must save Wren.
My Thoughts: I truly was blown away by this book. The book was written very well and I was thrown so deep into the story, my mind couldn’t stop thinking about the book even when I wasn’t reading. I fell hard for the characters and I lived the story. The book was very thrilling, action filled, and thought provoking. Very fast paced it was a quick and a oh so enjoyable read for me.
I can’t pinpoint exactly what grabbed me so tightly about this book, but I couldn’t loosen the grip once it had me. I think if I had to venture a guess on what held me the most it would be the characters. I love a great cast of characters and live for great character development, growth, and relationships. The characters in this book had all that and more.
Wren was an awesome character who could really kick butt and to be honest, she kind of made me mad at the beginning because of her lack of caring. She was cold and determined. The best part about Wren is how much she grew throughout the book. She went from cold to a very loyal friend who loved with all that she could. (which was really hard for someone so distanced from emotion.) Wren thought she didn’t have emotions because she could kill without regret or guilt. What she didn’t realize is anger, sadness, caring if a fellow reboot was hurt.. all emotions that she had and could strengthen to so much more. It took Callum to show her what allowing emotions be could really do. I loved her devotion to her fellow reboots, her friends, and how that she stayed true to her word.
Oh Callum… Callum was just so swoon worthy for me. He had a personality that lit me up and set me on fire. He had a humor I couldn’t get enough and he loved for the best of them. He had morals, he was sensitive, he was also determined and protective. He was so much fun. Practically every line that came out of his mouth made me smile or giggle or swoon. The relationship he forms with Wren is purely sweet, starts with curiosity…. Admiration… friendship… to well some well desired kisses. I wouldn’t call it insta love. They do spend a lot of time together and they didn’t like each other to well at the beginning. Another thing… love is never mentioned in words or in Wrens thoughts. They care for each other deeply and of course attracted to each other but it seemed pure and real, not forced and not phony. It was perfect for me. Oh and no love triangle!!!! The story was good. A new spin on zombies. I thought it was fascinating and I really felt that the true story was the journey of both Wren and Callum. There was meaning in their choices and there were truths that were revealed that led to action to be taken. The pacing was just right, it was never rushed and never slowed down, just constant.
I can’t wait for the next book…. There is an ending to in sight but it doubles as a fresh beginning and left me wanting no needing more. So I will be anxiously waiting for the next book.
In the End:
If you like great characters, post apocalyptic books, and lots of action… try it out. I think you will love it too.(less)
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...more 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! (less)