Even a novella has given me so many emotions in such a short amount of time! This has made me see James in...moreOh Livia you are just a fantastic writer!!!
Even a novella has given me so many emotions in such a short amount of time! This has made me see James in an entirely different light since I read Midnight Thief first. I think I will need to re-read it now just to see how I feel about him in the book with knowing all I do about him now. James and Thalia were such fascinating people to learn about and I only wish this could have been longer. IT WAS WAY TO SHORT FOR ME!!!
DNF at page 40, yes this seems early on BUT I just couldn't continue. Every cliche ever known in a murder mystery was happening, the MC isn't that bri...moreDNF at page 40, yes this seems early on BUT I just couldn't continue. Every cliche ever known in a murder mystery was happening, the MC isn't that bright, the MC was also a huge cliche, AND I had the "evil person" figured out by around page 20. (I checked the end, I was correct.) I felt like I was reading a spoof tbh. I hope others have better luck than me. (less)
I sadly put down this book around page 120. I was really looking forward to this one and even put it down for a while and came back and tried again. I...moreI sadly put down this book around page 120. I was really looking forward to this one and even put it down for a while and came back and tried again. It just was not a good fit for me. Everyone prefers different kinds of books and Dark Days just isn't the dystopian for me. There was insta-love in the making, which is a huge turn off for me in a book, and things in the book just weren't explained enough for me. I wanted more background for the reason why the world was the way it was, and maybe that comes later, I don't know. My main thing though was I was connecting to Sia, not at all. I felt very detached from the scenes which makes it really hard for me to continue a book.
But hey it may just be me, this is coming from someone who DNF'd two of the bigger dystopian series on everyone's radar, Shatter Me and Divergent. So I would definitely check out other reviews also.(less)
**Thank you Disney Hyperion for providing me with an ARC in exchange of a honest review.
I really liked the first installment of this series, THE RULES...more**Thank you Disney Hyperion for providing me with an ARC in exchange of a honest review.
I really liked the first installment of this series, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING, so I was disappointed when this one kind of fell flat for me. I had a hard time getting into the writing for this story for some reason. The scenes seemed to be rushed sometimes and choppy other times. I also felt like the story could have been so much more but just took the simplest route as possible. Everything that happened seem to have a good solution very quickly and too easily. Ethan and Anna's relationship didn't even appeal to me in this book like the other one.
Now I know it sounds like I didn't like the book, but I wouldn't say that, it just wasn't as angsty as I like my thrillers. Everything was quite predictable and I just don't want that when I read a book in this genre. I want something that keeps me turning the pages like a mad woman trying to figure out what is going on and this just didn't do that. I pretty much knew exactly where this story was going EARLYYYYYY on and even saw the "mystery guy" for who he was right off the bat.
Even with all of these issues I had with the book it was still enjoyable. I wasn't getting stabby with it or anything. The story line was still entertaining enough, just had so much more potential. I really enjoyed Anna and her younger sister's relationship, it was probably my favorite part. I also was intrigued with Thomas. I think it was because he gave a little bit of excitement to the book.
If you are a SUPER fan of THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING you will probably enjoy this book more than I did. I would definitely give Elston another try if she puts out another book outside of this series. (less)
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and a real page turner. I liked "Meg's" voice and her personality. The story line really...moreReal rating: 4.5
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and a real page turner. I liked "Meg's" voice and her personality. The story line really kept me guessing and there were several twists I did not see coming. Ethan was adorable and I loved his Aunt Pearl also. "Meg" made a good friend, Catherine who I found very like able. I also really enjoyed "Meg's" interactions with her sister and how much she took care of her. Her entire family is living this really hard life and it only gets harder for her when she finds out why. I love how much Ethan was there for her and helped her when she needed it no matter what. Definitely quite a twist at the end so now I'm going to go read the next installment because I need answers!! (less)
MIDNIGHT THIEF is definitely one of my favorite books of the year. It is a fun young adult fantasy full of unexpected twists and turns and it kept me engrossed from start to finish. The world building was very vivid and I felt I could see the streets of Forge in my mind. I adored the characters and became quickly attached to them and their well-being. The plot build up was fantastically done; Blackburne pulled the rug out from under me SEVERAL times! There was definitely one twist that even with all my theories for this particular part of the story I never connected the dots to. I think a lot of people will be surprised where this story goes and the ending will definitely leave you wanting the next book.(less)
**Thank you Penguin for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Let me say one word about this book that is the best description for it...B...more**Thank you Penguin for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Let me say one word about this book that is the best description for it...BEAUTIFUL. From the writing to the scenes everything was beautiful.
This is my first LaCour book and one of the main things that drew me in was that it had diversity in it. This is essentially a love story between two girls, Emi and Ava, and as I read also found that Emi is a mixed race. I find these tidbits refreshing and I hope to see a lot more diversity in YA like this.
Even though this book was overall about Emi and Ava the part I most enjoyed was Emi's job. I loved seeing these behind the scenes of filming and how Emi made a set come to life. It was all so intriguing and it actually helped me learn so much about Emi and really connect with her. She really loves what she does and her inner voice really shows that and it was just beautiful (told you this was the best word for everything).
I really liked the dynamic between Emi and Charlotte, her best friend. Charlotte was such a good friend to Emi and was really there for her the entire way through the story. I wasn't a huge fan of Morgan but I think she made me learn more about Emi along the way. I really wish there had been more Jamal in the story and that I had even learned a little bit more background about him. I also enjoyed meeting Lenny (even though it was brief) and it made me wish there had been an epilogue to see what happens in the future with that story line.
One main thing in this book was the mystery of Ava and her family, while I found that to be an interesting plot it wasn't my favorite. It was entertaining but kind of seemed quite pointless for the most part. Things were found out pretty easily, almost too easily at times, and then the one part that I really wanted to know I never got closure on, and that was things with Tracey. I feel like whatever her deal was I'm still in the dark about and I really wanted to know what the problem was. There was a lot of speculation on Ava's part but never any solid answers. But I guess it's just one of those things I will never know. If anyone read between the lines and figured that out please enlighten me because I want solid answers, not speculation.
Overall this is definitely one of the better YA Contemporaries I have read and you guys know I'm SUPER picky when it comes to this genre. I would definitely give her other books a try because I really do adore her writing. I would recommend this book to everyone and just to let you know majority of my blogger friends who LOVE contemporary gave this a 5 star, so it is very possible that the things that bothered me are just because I'm knit picky when it comes to this genre. (less)
I was very taken in by the fact that these girls were bred to be pets to the higher society class. It is a very unique spin that I haven't seen before. While I enjoyed this book overall, I found it disappoint me some.(less)
***Thank you Disney Hyperion for sending me an ARC in exchange of a honest review!
Actual Rating: 3.5
I love historical fiction and the decade this is s...more***Thank you Disney Hyperion for sending me an ARC in exchange of a honest review!
Actual Rating: 3.5
I love historical fiction and the decade this is set in definitely drew my attention. I'm also a lover of mysteries with a little bit of magic sprinkled in and this gave me both! There were several twists and turns that I did not see coming, especially once they figured out what was REALLY happening to everyone, definitely not one of my theories but I enjoyed where the plot went. The first half is a little slower but the second half picks up immensely and it hooked me so much that I know I have to read the next book now. I feel like this is only the beginning to Thea and her friend's stories. .
Thea is the main character who is looking for her friend, Nan, and trying to figure out how to help her mom with "bound sickness" brought on by her father's death. It is a common illness to women bound (magically) to their husbands. Thea is a spunky girl who is very determined to figure out what is going on in the world around her. I really enjoyed her character and the way she handled things along the way. Nan's story line was VERY intriguing, I found out many things about her and it was so interesting to see how things turned out for her in the end. Freddy is a boy Thea meets along the way who happens to be in the center of everything that is going on. I really liked Freddy and his character growth was one of the best parts of the story. There are several villainous characters but I'm going to keep the characters to myself because it adds to the story not knowing. ;P
A few cons I had with this book were though I loved the decade I wish there would have been more reference to it and more vivid visualization. Sometimes it was really hard for me to imagine the setting. I think it would have also helped if the book would have been written in first person. I found it lacking in emotional depth sometimes and it made it hard to connect to the characters and plot. The magic used in the book was really amazing but I would have loved more background on the magic itself and the different magic users. I can only hope there will be more in the sequel. I also found some scenes felt a little rushed.
Even with all that said I still immensely enjoyed this book and I do plan on buying it. I love the cover and want the next book for sure! I have high hopes that the sequel will be even better. (less)
No matter if she's going by J. Lynn or Jennifer L Armentrout she is a writing rock star!! I would read anything she writes and could probably read it...moreNo matter if she's going by J. Lynn or Jennifer L Armentrout she is a writing rock star!! I would read anything she writes and could probably read it a million times. I definitely did not want this book to end! I love, love, LOVEEEEEE Cam! LOVE! Avery was an awesome character also and I loved her voice. Brit and Jacob were some of the most hilarious best friends and had me laughing out loud, literally, during several scenes. There is a whole LOT of steamy all wrapped up in there also. DEFINITELY pick this book up! (less)
Sadly I'm calling it. Second DNF (pg175) of the month :-/ The writing is just so simple, and I REALLY feel like this would have worked better as an MG...moreSadly I'm calling it. Second DNF (pg175) of the month :-/ The writing is just so simple, and I REALLY feel like this would have worked better as an MG with the characters being younger. OR the characters needed to act 16-18 and there needed to be more action/drama. I don't know, it just wasn't working for me. It was entertaining while it lasted but I just don't have the NEED to continue. :-/ (less)
I liked the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series okay but was never a HUGE fan of it. My favorite characters just happened to be Link and Ridley so when I saw t...moreI liked the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series okay but was never a HUGE fan of it. My favorite characters just happened to be Link and Ridley so when I saw this novella I thought I would give it a shot. Sadly it did not do much for me. The short time it showed Link was very disappointing and Ridley just wasn't that interesting for me. She was a little over the top. I found the pacing to be slow and could not connect with the characters or the plot in anyway. The entire story felt like if someone had been reading it to me it would be mono-tone.
In my opinion this should have just been a part of DANGEROUS CREATURES due to come out and was a pointless novella. Unfortunately it didn't amp me up to dive into DANGEROUS CREATURES, it just solidified my thoughts that these books and writing are not for me. BUT I do feel this is just my opinion, I think big fans of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES will thoroughly enjoy this book and will want to dive into this new series with the way this novella ended. (less)
**Thank you HarperTeen for a copy of this ARC on exchange for an honest review
My first thought after reading this book...and honestly the whole time reading this book was "is this seriously how high school kids treat each other now??” I know that bullying happens, and maybe it's because I'm from a small town and a whole lot doesn't happen here BUT this book honestly terrifies me for my kid's sakes. I never want my kid to be like Brielle or Sara, or even like Emma. It is such a heartbreaking story.
TEASE really turns the tables by telling the story from the bully's perspective versus the victims, which is more common in books. While I really hated the majority of the things Sara did and the way she handled things they still didn't make me completely hate her. I honestly felt like if she wasn't friends with Brielle she would have been a good kid, not that this is a valid excuse for her, but it's the truth. They had a highly poisonous friendship and Brielle was definitely the poison. I even felt like Sara and Emma could have been friends if it hadn't been for certain influences, and Emma even tries to point this out in her own way.
This book was really an emotional one. I think anyone having experienced bullying might even find it hard to read if it hit them personally. You can really sympathize with Emma throughout the book and see even from Sara's eyes that something was truly hurting this girl, even outside of the bullying. I do wish that I could have found out Emma's story. I think she had things going on in her home life; I want to know why she transferred schools, and what the deal with her step-dad was. Here's hoping for a novella maybe.
The guys in this book (besides Carmichael); let’s just say I hope my daughter never likes one like these. I found Dylan to be such a creep. In my opinion he was after one thing with Sara to start with then he does all the things that cause more issues between her and Emma. I wanted to shake Sara when she kept talking to him after everything that happened. Just because Dylan didn't bully Emma, it didn't make him a good guy like he was somewhat portrayed at different times. He was a jerk. Plain and simple.
And teen girls are guys seriously like these in this book?? If so I'm just locking my daughter up now. Seriously, ugh.
Carmichael was a breath of fresh air when it came to characters in this book. For some unknown crazy reason he was nice to Sara when no one else was. Sara quickly became an outcast but he was a great friend to her and a genuinely nice guy. I wouldn't mind seeing more of him either.
Overall I liked this book. I think it is a real eye opener to how bullying can get really out of hand now and how kids really don't think when they do these things. Consequences happen when people get hurt physically, emotionally, or mentally and I think people tend to forget this because at the time they are just making themselves feel good, and I think being in Sara's head really showed how easily it is to get caught up in that kind of atmosphere. I would definitely recommend picking it up but just know this isn't a book meant to give you the warm and fuzzies and it won't make you want the characters as your BFF. (less)
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Cassie's books always make my cheeks hurt by the time I'm done. This book was just freaking ador...moreReview first posted on crystalinbookland.blogspot.com
Cassie's books always make my cheeks hurt by the time I'm done. This book was just freaking adorable and filled me with all the happy feels. It is definitely a book that I would pick up on a bad day just to lift up my spirits. I really don't think anything I write can do it justice but I will try. :)
I really didn't think after HOW TO DATE A NERD that I could find another nerdy little couple that I would think we're absolute perfection...boy was I wrong! Sierra and Levi are the cutest ever! Her with all her rambling awkwardness and the way she puffs out her cheeks when she's nervous, and him with his piccolo and scratching his nose when he's nervous. Match. Made. In. Heaven. I love the slow build for their relationship and how they had this crazy chemistry but took their time and didn't just jump into anything. Let me just say...EPIC first kiss. EPIC.
While Sierra and Levi's relationship was one of my favorite things about this book, the book also focused on Sierra becoming comfortable with who she is and just being herself. Sierra has to deal with a quite a bit of mockery at school and I thought she did a pretty good job of basically ignoring it. (Even though I really was screaming "Girl, shove that donut in her face!") She grows quite a bit in this book and I enjoyed seeing that journey.
Two of Sierra's friends that I want to mention are Adam and Sydney. They are also social outcasts and that is something that has brought them all three together. I adored Adam. I really hope there will be a book about him coming soon! He is such a great friend to Sierra and had her back so many times. Sydney on the other hand I simply could not stand. This girl does some things that made me want to reach through the book and throttle her, seriously.
I was super excited to see Zoe and Zak quite a bit in this book. I love that we got to know a little more of what happened to them and what their future holds. Sierra and Zoe's relationship has definitely evolved since HtDaN and I love how they are now. Zoe helps Sierra out quite a bit and I love how Sierra tended to turn to Zoe when she needed advice about things.
This is definitely another hit from Cassie Mae and I can't wait to read whatever she writes next! I majorly recommend this book for anyone who wants to have a smile put on their face. (less)
I'm still deciding on a 4/4.5 rating. I LOVED this book, LOVED it, BUT the ending was so not what I thought it would be. I had thought this was a stan...moreI'm still deciding on a 4/4.5 rating. I LOVED this book, LOVED it, BUT the ending was so not what I thought it would be. I had thought this was a stand alone, but to me there were a lot of loose ends so I'm really hoping this is a series or something because I definitely would like to see some different outcomes and more story line. If this is the ending then I feel the last bit was a little rushed and thrown together. Never the less though, I did indeed love it. I'm a huge fan of all things to do with royal courts, the royal dramas, and all the glamour that comes with it, so this was definitely right up my reading alley. I will say I wish that the magic was a much bigger role in the book, but once again if it is indeed a series then I am not as bothered by it. Either way the disappointments I ended up feeling still did not take away from me ultimately loving the book. I enjoyed the characters and liked being able to view each of them instead of just one main person. Wolf and Ronan were my favorites throughout the entire story. I was never a fan of Leo and his ending was the only one I was particularly happy with, too bad Hugh couldn't have joined him.
This book touches SOOOO many deep issues and I absolutely love it. It was honest and real and dug deep into things that teens truly do hav...moreRating: 4.5
This book touches SOOOO many deep issues and I absolutely love it. It was honest and real and dug deep into things that teens truly do have to deal with and that makes me love this book even more.
FAR FROM YOU brought up issues with drug addiction, sexuality, and being yourself. Sophie struggled with a drug addiction and when her best friend dies everyone thinks it is because of this drug addiction. Sophie feels so alone in trying to find Mina's killer and what actually happened to her that night.
I like how this book does the"then and now" format through out. I really enjoyed being able to get a real feel of Sophie and Mina's relationship, and even Sophie and Adam's relationship, before Mina died. I thought the book did all their relationships a lot of justice on being realistic and I hope to see this diversity more.
I love Sophie. She fought so hard no matter what anyone said the whole way through to find out what really happened to Mina. She would not give up no matter how many walls she hit and even when she came face to face with the killer she fought her hardest to bring the killer down so everyone would know what truly happened to Mina.
Sophie's aunt just so happened to be incredible also. She supported Sophie and I think gave her to extra boost she needed sometimes to keep pushing through.Sophie's parents kind of irritated me but at the same time I couldn't fault them for reacting the way that they did. I mean their daughter was a drug addict, the evidence was there....I could understand the things they did but knowing the truth I still got irritated with them.
Adam, Mina's brother, is such a great character. I like how even though their was obvious attraction between the two that this story didn't become about them. The fact that it was solely a story about Sophie, and Sophie and Mina made it what it was.....wonderful.
This book is one of my favorites of 2014 and I urge anyone and everyone to pick it up! You will not be disappointed. (less)