There are some books that will always stay with you, that change you in a small but important way (even in a way you don't realize at first or can't pThere are some books that will always stay with you, that change you in a small but important way (even in a way you don't realize at first or can't put into words) - this is one of those books. Jennifer was not the popular girl, in fact she was the exact opposite - overweight, a loner, and even only had one friend. But that one friend, Cameron, made all the difference in the world and changed her and her future. Cameron was her rock, her best friend, her everything. Then one day he is gone. Eight years have passed, believing Cameron has been dead this entire time, and Jennifer is now Jenna.
Jenna is skinny, popular and is in a romantic relationship for the first time ever. Know one knows about Jennifer and her past, something that Jenna is bound to keep hidden. Despite her new life, Jenna has just been going through the motions, doing what she thinks what is 'normal'. Then one day Cameron shows back up in her life, from the 'dead', and nothing is normal again.
It is hard to know where to begin with this book. I started listening to the audiobook version and after about 40 minutes I decided I couldn't listen to it anymore but had to read it, buying the Kindle version right when I got home. If it wasn't for the need of sleep the book would have been read in one sitting. While Jennifer goes through an experience that most of us are lucky not to, there is something completely relateable about her. Jenna goes through an emotional struggle between the Jennifer of her past and the Jenna of her present, struggling with the knowledge that they must co-exist. During which time memories resurface and new facts about Cameron's past and even present come to light.
Despite the severity of issues Sara Zarr explores, there is something calming about finding the connection between Jenna and Cameron and even finding your own connection with them. While I loved Jenna's character I found myself thinking about Cameron all the time, just like Jenna. He's one of those characters that leaves an imprint in your mind, that you cannot get rid of, or want to. If I had to say one thing this book lacked was it did not have enough Cameron, I wanted to know more about him! But at the same I think that was the point. Cameron is a mystery, someone that comes into your life, shakes everything up and then leaves without notice. Knowing more about him would do more damage to the book than good.
Sweethearts is a rare book in YA Literature, a once in a lifetime read that will move and change you. ...more
Venus finds herself on Earth with her protector, Zaren. Why she is there, she does not know. She is supposed to be on a journey that will make her immVenus finds herself on Earth with her protector, Zaren. Why she is there, she does not know. She is supposed to be on a journey that will make her immortal. Instead she is on Earth with a mission from the Gods, to make a boy find true love. On top of that Venus has learned that someone has framed her for murder back on her home planet. But Venus first needs to focus on Michael and there is a catch - she has only one week before she dies from Earth's atmosphere....
Venus' and Michael's first encounter is anything but pleasant but over the next few days Venus starts to get closer to Michael. Venus finds herself overwhelmed with emotions that she has never felt before, but not just for Michael but for Zaren as well. During which time, Venus struggle with finding a way to help Michael find true love.
The more she learned, the more her soul connected with his. He needed her help. He needed love more than anyone she'd ever known. And, Venus wanted to help him.
I first found Venus rather annoying but as time went on I found her growth as a human/alien enduring and interesting. I loved seeing her react to human emotions and needs, like eating pancakes for the first time. The one character I loved the most was Michael. I fell in love with him right away. My heart couldn't help but feel for him; he is both a strong character literally and figuratively.
RaShelle Workman has created a very unique plot line. While at times I was bit confused of what exactly was going one, I fell in love with the plot, wanting to know what was going to happen next. Exiled was a very unexpected read, as I was very tentative at first after reading the synopsis. But I was soon surprised to find how intriguing it become - these are my favorite types of reads, never knowing what to expect. ...more
While this series has not been one of my favorite, Entice was by far the best one of the series. It is no secret that I never felt the 'connection' beWhile this series has not been one of my favorite, Entice was by far the best one of the series. It is no secret that I never felt the 'connection' between Zara and Nick. Their love happened to fast for me and was not built upon something real. However, Zara's connection and relationship to Astley is believable, and not just because they are both pixies and she is now his queen. In one book their connection becomes real. And of course where would Zara be without her friends. I have loved these characters from the beginning, sometimes even more than Zara herself (but not too much). Issie is a doll - I don't think there is one bad bone in her body. Devyn is adorable in his love for Issie and how he is protective over her. And of course Betty is always a hoot to read - she is sassy yet head strong and always speaks her mind.
I hate to say it but one of my favorite things about this book was that Nick was not in it until the very end. I am on the Astley side (clearly). With Astley, Zara goes on more adventures, both in traveling and emotional adventures, than she ever has. Zara faces many close calls in this installment, all the while focusing on getting Nick back... even when her 'feelings' for Astley start to come about. It will be very interesting to see how Zara's relationships unfold in the next installment, Endure.
In terms of writing, Carrie Jones gives you a fast paced book. I found this installment to be more 'grown up' in the sense that the story is not completely relied upon dialogue (which makes up pretty much both previous books). You actually get to delve into Zara's head a bit. Overall, while this book does not exactly stand out as a "MUST READ", this a was fun fast paced read that you won't regret. ...more
Going back in time has never been this easy and fun! Lisa Bergren has created the perfect Historical Fiction. Most of us wish that we could go back inGoing back in time has never been this easy and fun! Lisa Bergren has created the perfect Historical Fiction. Most of us wish that we could go back in time for a number of reasons... Gabi and her sister are transported hundreds of years in the past... the question is do they really want to stay or find their way back to the present.
I have never been a fan of Historical Fiction - - the facts are usually completely wrong, and the author assumes the readers know about historical references without explanation (I blame my personal frustrations and annoyances on my History degree). Lisa Bergren however has created the perfect type of Historical Fiction in a way. There are no assumptions of knowledge. Along with Gabi, readers explore the 14th century without out any or much prior knowledge. You learn as Gabi learns. This particular aspect of this novel really has set Waterfall separate from other Historical Fictions.
While Waterfall can be seen as Historical Fiction it is so much more than that. I became invested in Gabi's story from the moment she was transported into the 14th century. It is very hard not to. Gabi is alone, having lost her sister. But despite her being singled out constantly she is brave, strong, and resilient. Gabi would not have it any other way.
Gabi is not the only character you will come to love. Her love interest, Marcello, is everything a 'knight in shinning armor' should be. Just like Gabi points out "Fantasizing about an Italian hottie was far better than my normal dreams". Of course being with Marcello is not as easy as one would hope for. Then there is Luca, Marcello's right hand man. Luca is quirky, quick witted, and overall lovable - I found myself numerous times laughing out loud at his comments and actions.
Lisa Bergren has created an amazing new series for Young Adults, The River of Time. Her style of writing flows with ease and her characters are believable, despite being transported back into time. If you have not read this series yet you must. You will not be able to put this book down. ...more
Reaper is a wonderful look into the troublesome, quirky, yet fun and handsome Tod. I was not expecting the events to play as they did (I can't say thoReaper is a wonderful look into the troublesome, quirky, yet fun and handsome Tod. I was not expecting the events to play as they did (I can't say though! No Spoilers!!). In the previous installments Tod comes across as very self consumed, even though he shows a softer side here and there. In Reaper he is all human, both literally and figuratively. Reaper also gives us a glimpse of the relationship Tod and Nash had before Tod died.
Novella's such as these are a perfect chance to authors to develop characters from their full novels that might not get as much development as others. Rachel Vincent was not lacking at all in this department. While in the previous installments, especially in My Soul to Save, you are given glimpses ans scenes of Tod's human side, it is in Reaper where he is nothing but human. I fell in love with Tod in this novella. He is hilarious!!
"So, 'reaper' is really just a nice word for 'covert pervert?' Is that what you're saying?"
"So you’re saying the afterlife is hard on the libido? FYI, that’s probably not a good bullet point for your recruiting brochure."
It was also nice to get a different view of Nash as well. In the full novels he is this almost 'perfect' guy/boyfriend, standing by Kaylee's side no mater what. In Reaper is pretty selfish and self involved. Completely different! Now we know what made him grow up: Tod's death. We are also given a glimpse into Nash's relationship with Sabine, who makes her presence in the next installment, My Soul to Steal.
Unlike with My Soul to Loose (#.5), where I think you should read after the 2nd installment, I highly recommend you read this after My Soul to Keep and before My Soul To Steal. Reaper offers insight into many things that have passed and many things that will come up in the series. Rachel Vincent has done it again!! A must read for all fans!...more
Shadow Dancer was an enjoyable, light, and overall great read. Sunny discovers that she is a Shadow Walker - someone who has the ability to become invShadow Dancer was an enjoyable, light, and overall great read. Sunny discovers that she is a Shadow Walker - someone who has the ability to become invisible. Not only does she have this amazing new gift, there is a new boy in her life. Leif walks into Sunny's life just as her new gift is developing. While Sunny is enamored by him, he is not telling her everything about her, her gift and about himself. These secrets have the ability to turn Sunny's life upside down.
Sunny was a fun character to read. She is witty yet at times at a loss for words. She is alone but strong. Overall, she is very human. Despite Sunny's "human" qualities she is very unique in some of the most simplest of ways. Having moved around her entire life, Sunny is at a loss for "real" friends; she never has the time to really fit in anywhere. This in turn has made her into a very strong woman, both in standing up for herself (even when she is literally on the ground) as well as dealing with disappointments, change, and sadness in a very adult way. Sunny stands out from most fictional teenage girls in YA literature.
Then there is Leif: the boy that changes everything for Sunny. Throughout the entire book he is a mystery, even when he starts to reveal some of his secrets. You just know there is more he is not revealing. While Sunny's and Leif's relationship was a bit rushed it was very "real world" (as much as you can get in a paranormal novel) as the "romantic" nature of it was developed even to the last page.
Courtney Rene's writing style is unique. While there is a bit of lacking in some editing, her ability to write as one would think does not hinder the novel in any way, as one would expect it to. Furthermore there were many times throughout the novel I found myself laughing out loud at little sayings that Courtney Rene wonderfully created, giving the novel a lighter feel:
"I stepped in front of my closet to decide what to wear. Unless you are a sixteen, almost seventeen, year old girl, you just can’t realize what a difficult task that is."
Despite the fact that this novel could be more fleshed and edited, it has amazing potential for a series (which I hope will happen). With summer in full swing, this is a perfect read for everyone! ...more