**spoiler alert** All I can say is for the love of god please make up your mind America!!! I can't go through a whole other book of "I love Maxon No w**spoiler alert** All I can say is for the love of god please make up your mind America!!! I can't go through a whole other book of "I love Maxon No wait I love Aspen! No Maxon". Seriously her and Maxon are the same with their idecisiveness. So apparently to America she can cheat all she wants but she has a problem when Maxon does it??? Wtf. Both irritated me in this book. I still don't get the whole rebel thing. The ending left everything right back to where they were in the beginning...not much change. Just found out what a complete idiot Maxon is. :/...more
I wasn't sure how to place my thoughts after reading PTL so I made a bulleted review. I really loved this book despite it's flaws. While it didn't WOWI wasn't sure how to place my thoughts after reading PTL so I made a bulleted review. I really loved this book despite it's flaws. While it didn't WOW me there were some touching moments that made me really feel for the characters in this book.
THINGS I LIKED? • Noah’s charismatic personality / character • Noah’s past which made me wonder why HE wasn't the one with night terrors • Noah’s affections for his little brothers (seriously, the sweetest thing!) • Noah’s struggle with getting his brothers back from their foster parent • The sweet relationship between Echo and Noah • Their therapy sessions with Mrs. Collins • That none of the characters were perfect
THINGS I DID NOT LIKE? • Echo’s annoying as hell father. He never really redeemed himself in the novel. If anything his character grew increasingly worse. • How suddenly Echo's mom showed up and then dissapeared from the novel. I expected her character to play a much larger role since all of Echo's problems lead back to her. • How awful Echo’s “friends” were. I didn't understand why Echo bothered calling someone like Grace a friend Grace made it blatantly clear to Echo that she wasn't. • The whole “popular crowd thing” seemed way too overdone and completely reliant on clichés. • I absolutely hate it when people call their significant other “baby”. I almost put down the book at one point when Noah said it to Echo 5 times on one page. There’s only so much corniness I can handle. • Whenever Noah called Echo a “nymph” or a “goddess” it sounded really creepy • Ashley (Echo’s stepmother), and Carrie (Jacob and Tyler’s adoptive mom) are the SAME exact person, just with two different names. • I didn't get the title once I finished the book. Usually I do. This really should have been called “Chasing Normal” because they talk about wanting to go back to being normal the entire novel....more
The Vampire Kisses novels aren’t the best of books. They don’t have the best quality of writing, especially in the department of showing vs. telling. The dialogue is cheesy—the whole book is really. BUT, despite all this—I love it to death. This is the only book I can read for pure enjoyment without caring about how cheesy it is. It reads almost like a middle grade novel even though it’s YA so it’s easy for me not to take it the cheesiness too seriously.
Why have I followed this series for years till this very last 9th installment?
Because once upon a time in middle school I picked up this book and lost myself completely in its pages. It’s a quick read and Raven and Alexander were unapologetically dark, quirky, and different. I couldn’t get enough of them. The town called Dullsville was a place where being anything other than normal was almost taboo. Raven stood out like a sore thumb with her unconventional clothing and obsession with vampires. Then Alexander Sterling moves into Dullsville and completely shakes her world. I somehow expected to fall out of love with this series as I grew older and the time spans between the novels release dates grew wider apart (way longer than usual), but I never did. Reading Immortal Hearts is like jumping back into my middle grader mind for awhile and reminiscing about a time where books turned from instruments of torture to something wonderful and exciting, and a much needed escape from the real world. That is my reason for loving this series despite its many fault, and why I continue to love it. I am so sad to see this series come to an end.
What went wrong, and what went right.
Immortal Hearts didn’t have the momentum of previous books. Conflict in Immortal Hearts only lasted for a chapter (barely) before it was resolved. At times I felt like the author just gave up and decided to make all the bad characters good and let everyone have their happy ending just to get it over with; which is pretty much how the story went. A lot of the plot are candy bar scenes with mini surprises every once in awhile that weren’t really surprises. Despite how predictable the whole thing was I’m extremely glad I finally got to see the happily-ever-after of Alexander and Raven. ...more
Why Kody’s writing makes my inside hurt (in a good way)...
Upon hearing that Kody Keplinger was publishing another novel I was jumping with excitementWhy Kody’s writing makes my inside hurt (in a good way)...
Upon hearing that Kody Keplinger was publishing another novel I was jumping with excitement and eagerly anticipating its release. What I love about Kody’s writing is how raw it is. How the characters emotions quickly become your own. How she doesn’t shy away from touchy subjects and writes in such detail that once you’re in you’re not coming back out, at least not for a long while. In one sitting I finished this book, completely engrossed and immediately after craving the release of the next book by Kody Keplinger.
Whitley is the product of abandonment and parental neglect. Although her mother is still around she is so caught up in her own misery that Whitley has quickly faded to the background. The divorce between her parents completely warped her childhood and the one escape that she can use to temporarily relieve her stress is what I like to call Party Girl Syndrome. Find a party. Grab the nearest bottle of alcohol and worry about the consequences later. When Whitley moves into her fathers and future step-mother’s house for the summer she never expected to see Nathan, a boy she hooked up with one night at a party who is trying to make up for his wild past. Nathan is sweet and everything you want in a male protagonist of a YA novel. He, his mom, and his little sister eventually become Whitley’s first real functional family.
What can you expect from A Midsummer’s Nightmare?
A quick entertaining read with an array of quirky fun dynamic characters, tons of laughs, family themes, and romance that’ll make your eyes go steamy. This is a character driven novel more than anything else.
What not to expect...
The reason why this is not a 5 star for me is because of how short this book felt to me. Like I mentioned before, this is a character driven novel. There were a lot less scenes than I thought there would be, and a lot less action. Maybe I feel this way because I read it so fast and the ending left me unhinged, or maybe it’s because I’m comparing it with the Duff. Although I did not love the plot as much as the Duff, I definitely fell in love with the characters just as easily. ...more
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Not Just A Pretty Cover...
In the past year I have been beyond frustrated with the Bad-Book-AYou can find this review + giveaway on my blog PARAFANTASY
Not Just A Pretty Cover...
In the past year I have been beyond frustrated with the Bad-Book-Amazing-Cover trend. A lot of these books have made it into my Did Not Finish (DNF) pile because I could not get through them at all. In spite of my initial feelings that Auracle might turn out to be another BBAC, Auracle manages to do its beautiful cover more than enough justice and more.
Why this is NOT a BBAC...
What I loved most about Auracle wasn’t the world-building or the romance-plot, but the main character Anna. She was funny, quirky and a protagonist I could easily connect with. Anna can astrally project herself at will, leaving her body for hours at a time while she goes around the world. This is basically the only supernatural part about this novel. It’s not explained why or how Anna is able to do this. When Anna was young her father had an accident that took away his ability to walk and since then he’s become a wreck using alcohol as a medium to cope. I felt sympathy for Anna who lost her father (mentally) to alcoholism. I also felt bad for Rei for somehow thinking that he could please everyone at the same time and never himself. He was sort of the thread that held his family and friends (Seth and Anna) together. Then there’s Taylor, the Antagonist who wants someone to understand her and like her for her. She takes possession of Anna’s body to continue her desire to keep on living. Taylor is almost sure that there’s no heaven for her and avoids going to the afterlife. Although I usually flat out hate the antagonists of books I read I felt really bad for Taylor.
What didn’t work for me...
This probably isn’t really a reason for me to be dissatisfied about in a book but I really wish the book was a longer. I was just getting used to the new developments happening in the story and then just like that it ended. I literally stared at the last page for a full minute willing more words to appear on the paper. I wanted to find out what between happened to Anna and Rei and figure out why exactly Anna has “Auracle” abilities. Another thing that didn’t work out for me was the “I suddenly realized my best guy friend since diapers was hot” cliché. I look forward to the day when that and love triangle cliché stop appearing so constantly in YA. There are some books that suit the clichés so well that I thoroughly enjoy reading the love triangles stories. They have been in literature for ages and I don’t ever expect them to completely disappear. But otherwise—I’m tired of them. I want something new and riveting. ...more
I went into reading HEMLOCK not knowing what to expect. All I knew was that I didn'tThe Full Review can be found on my blog PARAFANTASY.
I went into reading HEMLOCK not knowing what to expect. All I knew was that I didn't care much for novels with werewolves; in fact, I'd stopped reading them altogether after a particularly bad one about a year ago. I read the back and wondered if the author could pull off writing a story like this and still be able to make it unique and original. At first I had my doubts, but sooner than later I found myself completely engrossed in this book. What I find the most intriguing about this book is the characters. They all have their strengths and their weaknesses; none of them are perfect. I know firsthand how terrible it can be to deal with someone's death, especially a person who was very close to you. People have different ways of handling their grief. For Mac, Jason, and Kyle that's finding Amy's werewolf murderer.
In the world of HEMLOCK those who are infected with Lupine Syndrome are turned into lethal werewolves. When found, turned werewolves are sent away into a government run facility that no one has any clue what goes on in. Then in comes the Trackers; people who have dedicated their lives to finding hidden werewolves, hunting them down, and killing them. Mac has a bad feeling about these people, and for good reason. But for Jason this means a possible chance at avenging the death of his girlfriend who was killed by a werewolf; one that's still on the loose. Throughout the book Mac gradually begins to lose Jason to the trackers, and their intimidating leader.
The pacing of this book kept me on edge. There were times when I felt like punching Jason in the face. And then there were other times where I felt like hugging him. Kyle was a very sweet throughout the book, and I think he might be my second favorite character in the book. The ending and the way things left off between these three was cliff-hanger-rific! I was literally crushed when I got to the last page and realized there weren't any more pages left. Overall, HEMLOCK is a head-spinning novel that you don't want to miss! I highly recommend paranormal readers, especially those like me who had given up on the werewolf genre. ...more
Fireseed One starts off with the protagonist Varik, a boy who has recently lost his father and has a lot on his plate. The story’s action starts off wFireseed One starts off with the protagonist Varik, a boy who has recently lost his father and has a lot on his plate. The story’s action starts off when Varik discovers a strange girl trying to steal seed disks. He catches her before she can get away, holds her captive, and tries to find out more about her. They go on an adventure to search for a hybrid plan through the hot zone, facing many obstacles along the way.
I thought the whole plot of Fireseed One an extremely clever one. The adventure, the romance, and the amazing world building. The world presented is incredible! This sci-fi world is created before your very eyes and suddenly it feels like you’re in a whole other universe, or a whole other earth. The descriptions needed to make the world come to life work are very well balanced with the rest of the story so it’s not overbearing like in other sci-fi novels. The relationship between Marisa and Varik is so sweet! Even in the beginning I thought the two were a great match for each other.
Overall, I really enjoyed Fireseed One! It’s really different from my usual read so I’m glad that I got a chance to read it. Fireseed One rejuvenated my interest in the Sci-Fi genre. It’s engaging characters and the imaginative world pulls the reader in and doesn’t let them back out until the very last page. I highly recommend this book to those who love sci-fi and those who want to try something new and engaging. ...more
This book was so adorable! I loved it to bits. So different from what I normally read in the YA market. My only complaint is the Lila's complete infatThis book was so adorable! I loved it to bits. So different from what I normally read in the YA market. My only complaint is the Lila's complete infatuation with Alex but I was enjoying the other plots in the story so much that it didn't bother me as much as it normally would've. I read this all in one sitting. SIMPLY AMAZING, AND ADDICTIVE!
Wish they'd sell this in America though. It would've been a lot easier to get ahold of. ...more
I thought I’d start off this review by saying that I loved the three previous books WINGS, SPELLS, and ILLUSIONS because of how well all three managedI thought I’d start off this review by saying that I loved the three previous books WINGS, SPELLS, and ILLUSIONS because of how well all three managed to pull off 3rd POV while still focusing on the characters enough so that you never felt distanced from them. Although I felt like a lot of the things that happened in the book were slightly predictable, DESTINED was a great end to a series I loved and I’m so sad to see it end.
Tamani. Gosh, I loved Tamani. His thoughts and personality light up the pages of the book. His situation with Laurel picks up right where ILLUSIONS left off. And let me say, those two are absolutely adorable together. David wasn’t as present in this book until more toward the end, but he played a huge role in saving Avalon and I enjoyed the parts of the book where he finally got his shining moment.
I do really wish that this book ended with a bigger bang rather than the way it did. There were a few poignant instances in which DESTINED pulls a Deathly Hollows over on us, but I felt like I knew it was going to happen way before I was supposed to. I loved that we all finally get to learn all about the evil villainous Klea in this book. She’s a cold hearted murderer and I have absolutely no sympathy for what happened to her. At all. I was actually kind of shocked by how reluctant they were to do away with her after all the horrible things that she did throughout the course of the book.
As a fair warning if you want a truly happy ending then don’t read the epilogue. But if you’re more into the bittersweet type endings (like me) you’ll read on and find out what happens to all the characters. I’ve been following this series for years, and now that it’s the last book it’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. I highly recommend this last installment to all those who loved the WINGS series. ...more
Awww! This story is too cute. I could almost overlook some of the wierdly-worded writing, clicheness of the dialogue, and the fact that this girl's ONAwww! This story is too cute. I could almost overlook some of the wierdly-worded writing, clicheness of the dialogue, and the fact that this girl's ONLY dream in life is to be married to some guy (OK...my feminist side almost made me stop then but I kept pressing on). I'm a complete sucker for princess type stories. Will be done with it by end of today. :)...more
**spoiler alert** *CAUTION BELOW ARE SOME MAJOR SPOILERS*
I’m sorry to say that the Goddess Inheritance just did NOT do it for me. The parts I did not**spoiler alert** *CAUTION BELOW ARE SOME MAJOR SPOILERS*
I’m sorry to say that the Goddess Inheritance just did NOT do it for me. The parts I did not love overshadowed the precious parts that I did love (such as Henry and Milo). Henry was the one constant character in this novel who did not make me want to slam the book shut. Kate on the other hand completely irritated me throughout the entire novel. Her inner dialogue drove me insane. I kept thinking “how could someone be this dumb?” And what’s really sad is that I liked her in the past couple of novels, but I think somewhere along the way her brain turned to mush. For example there was this one scene where she said something along the lines of “Wow [insert god here] is actually really wise and stuff and before I really looked down on them. But oh! I know why – It’s because they've been living thousands of more years than I have.” Wow Kate, seriously? It’s book 3 and you just figured that out and on top of that you have the nerve to look down on someone who’s lived for thousands of years while you’ve only lived for 17? Psh.
Another problem I had with Kate was how many times she brought up how devastated she was about her mother’s fake (I repeat FAKE) death as if she had actually died. Kate, your mom is an immortal! She never died in the first place so please shut up and stop talking about it so dam much! For god’s sake, move on. Such a drama-queen.
And then the fact that scenarios like this kept happening: “My son and everyone in the universe is about to die. Quick, Henry, let’s have a make out session and talk about how much we love each other while the world is being flooded and hit by random earthquakes and millions of people die.”
Seriously, she’s such a hypocrite. Everything she accuses other people of doing she does herself. Kate is just a really annoying character. I almost didn’t care if she made it or not toward the end of the book.
But the absolute WORST part of this book is the ending.
The ending. OMG, does this book actually thinks that I’m going to believe that Aphrodite and Hera could actually be killed. Do you really expect me to believe Rhea would save Henry and not Ava? This book and the ending is so unbelievable, it’s not even mythology anymore. Not even in mythology would such crazy things be possible. The Gods can’t die. Even Cronus (the real one) knew that, so he just swallowed them instead.
Oh, and it gets better. After Cronus kills millions of innocent people. Stupid Kate says this to Cronus at the end “I know you have a heart somewhere deep instead that stupid head of yours so I’ll come down to your cave in the underworld everyday and read stories to you”
Are you kidding me? Are you fing kidding me right now? After he killed your best friend your and tried to kill everyone you love you’re going to have playtime with him every day? Un-believable. -__-
Seriously, what the hell? I actually loved this series but the last book sort of ruined it for me.
On the other hand I did love James who lightened the mood of the story. Henry who was amazing and used his brain every once in awhile unlike Kate, and Milo who sounds just plain adorable. Every star is for them.
I think it’s best to start off this review with some of my thoughts on Divergent. Refreshingly different. Downright exhilarating. It was the most memoI think it’s best to start off this review with some of my thoughts on Divergent. Refreshingly different. Downright exhilarating. It was the most memorable novel I read that year amongst the hundred or so books I was also reading at the time. Reading Insurgent brought back my ardent feelings for Divergent but left me feeling a somewhat…dry in the aftermath. I realize that this is a sophomore novel and that most of the time they end up becoming filler spaces for the third book, but I was not expecting it to happen with Divergent. I guess I was expecting a little bit more…? That lack of that extra “something” is my reason for this being a 4 star.
Trice is the same firecracker she was in the first book. An impulsive risk-taker with her adrenaline where her brain should be half of the time. I enjoyed every bit of her risk-taking moments even though they were discouraged in the book. I know Trice is not supposed to be too impulsive, but after awhile I got tired of seeing female protagonists in YA novels being left out of fights for their protection. It’s way too common and I’m sick of it. If there’s an important battle/fight going on Trice is in it. I’m glad I do not have to read through some angst-filled monologue of how the protagonist wishes she was strong enough to go. Good for you Trice!
The romance in Insurgent is on and off. Sometimes steamy and other times cold. If you’re one of those people (me included) who pay extra attention to the romance plots in a book do not expect much of that in Insurgent. The romance between Trice and Tobias (Four) is there. It’s beautiful. I had my oooohh and awww moments but it’s not something that’s heavily focused on. There are so many other things going on in this book. The ending of Insurgent to me is what brought on the “dry” feeling. The climax of the novel had the potential to be amazing and induce me in a heart-throbbing mixture of nervousness and excitement. But it didn’t. SPOILER: When Jeanine died I felt nothing. The way it’s described makes it sound like they just swatted a fly away or something. No resistance or anything. For someone who caused them so much trouble I expected a little bit more going on in the scene when they finally capture her.
While Insurgent suffers from a case of sophomore-ritis and feels more like a filler than anything else, it kept me entertained and renewed my interest in the faction-run government that I feel in love with in Divergent. Trice’s character grows a lot in Insurgent and I’m really excited to see how much more she will change in the third book in the series. I recommend Insurgent to anyone who really enjoyed reading Divergent. ...more
Guys, this book blew my mind away...seriously From the beautiful utopian underwater setting of Elysium, to the deliciously sweet romance, the got-to-loGuys, this book blew my mind away...seriously From the beautiful utopian underwater setting of Elysium, to the deliciously sweet romance, the got-to-love-them characters, and the heart-pounding escape—what’s not to love about RENEGADE? It is rare that I find a book that is able to keep me so entertained and invested in the story. Guys, seriously, don’t let the cover fool you—Renegade is not just a gorgeous cover. It has a beautiful, action-packed, kick-butt storyline to match.
Utopias, claustrophobia, and brainwashing, oh my! Reading Renegade gave me my first real case of readers-claustrophobia. While Evelyn didn’t seem to mind her underwater utopian home of Elysium I constantly kept getting the chills thinking what life would be like if I never got to see real sunlight again. The setting and world-building is what did it for this book. The technology, the way the society works, and the explanation of how the heck a society of people can survive underwater was pretty darn fascinating. I loved Evelyn’s character, especially toward the end as she began to get back some of her old memories and she became this awesome kick-butt heroine as opposed to the fragile meek brain-washed girl we meet in the first few chapters of the book.
Romance, and my overall thoughts on the book... Words cannot express how adorably sweet Gavin and Evelyn’s relationship is. Seriously, I awwed! for like half the novel. Although it may look it at first I didn’t feel like there was any insta-love. It genuinely felt like Evie and Gavin grew to like each other gradually, and for the right reasons. Not just, hey I think you’re hot. I think a great deal of Evie’s initial attraction to Gavin was brought on with her fascination with everything to do with the surface, and because she liked learning about the surface so much that sparked a lot of their conversations in the beginning.
In a nut shell, Renegade is a tantalizing debut novel worthy of re-reads. I seriously can’t wait to read future books in the series!
Confusions with Renegade: What happened to Evelyn’s “father” toward the end? He all of a sudden just disappeared in the middle of the book. His only purpose seems to be giving Evie the necklace which unlocks a few of her memories, but after that he practically vanishes. He didn’t seem like he was brainwashed like the others, or that he was particularly approving of Mother’s way of ruling Elysium. I kind of expected him to have a much larger role in the book than he did. ...more
As a reader I enjoyed this book for the most part, but as a writer there were just way too many inconsistencies in this book for me to overlook. I fouAs a reader I enjoyed this book for the most part, but as a writer there were just way too many inconsistencies in this book for me to overlook. I found the plot too predictable. I knew mostly everything that was going to happen before it happened (and I'm usually bad at guessing things). Ellie to me feels like a selfish character in this book.
When her mother dies she barely dwells on it at all. All she can think about his her fathers reputation. I mean, if my parents both died I'd be thinking about how much I'd miss them not "OMG, now everyone's gonna make fun of me at school because my dad is a psycho who killed my mom." and there was absolutely NO foreshadowing to this event. It literally just came out of the blue.
I honestly think I liked her a lot more in the first book. She's the first real girly-girl character I've read in YA (and yes, that includes contemporary novels too). She cries and automatically blows up in heated emotion every time something happens to her. She obsesses over her makeup and her image.
Will tells her she looks fine without it but she ignores him and goes back upstairs to put more on. Not that I'm against makeup but does the reader really need to know every time she puts it on? There are some things in story that writers let the readers fill in for themselves because it's obvious that they do it: like using the bathroom. We know they use the bathroom so there's no point in telling the reader every time they do. There were at least 5 scenes in the book that could have been pulled out because it had little to nothing to do with the plot.
Honestly I really liked this book, and if I could somehow overlook all the aforementioned things this would definitely be on 4 star level because I love Ellie X Will. I love their guardian relationship. I felt like the stakes could have been a little higher though. Anywho, I will be waiting to read the next one. ...more
So just to start off, this book was okay-ish. But there were times when I just could not take the characters seriously. The fact that the main charactSo just to start off, this book was okay-ish. But there were times when I just could not take the characters seriously. The fact that the main characters had their first kiss SO early in the story completely confounded me. And when it did hapen everything felt so fake and completely out of place...the feeling you get when you're yanked out of the story because it starts to feel too unbeleivable. The dialogue felt so alien in that confession scene because there wasn't any real meaning to it. At the point where Adam confesses to her they are both still virtual strangers to each other. I found myself rolling eyes over and over again during the whole scene.
And the fact that the main character just somehow "knew" that the male love-interest had a thing for her without actually having any real conversations with him left me completely confounded. How exactly could she tell? Is it because she has a big ego or is it because he's been staring at her to the point of almost being a stalker? I honestly don't know. (Seriously, the guy even admits it himself that he acted like a stalker in the book). -_-
I just wish that there could have been a bigger build up to the relationship. I found it so akward and out of character for the both of them to suddenly decide one chapter that they're in love with each other when prior to the chapter they've barely spoke to each other, and Adam comes off as so cold. He turned from an iceburg to a tropical beach in the course of one chapter in the BEGINNING of the book. Most of the time big character changes like that don't happen until the END of the book. I would have taken that scene a lot more seriously if it were placed closer to the climax.
And how many times are they going to repeat "I think I can take on the world when I'm with you!" Was this meant to be a catchphrase or something because they say it about 3 or more times per chapter. -_-
Overall, The Carrier of the Mark was a bit too cliche and abrupt for my tastes. And there were way TOO many similarities to Twilight. I really really wanted to like this book because Leigh is an awesome person, but I just couldn't. After getting about 3/4ths of the way through the book I couldn't bring myself to finish the rest. I felt annoyed with just about every character except for maybe Rian. ...more
I stayed up long into the night to finish this book, and now I think I have to mull over what exactly happened for the next few days before writing aI stayed up long into the night to finish this book, and now I think I have to mull over what exactly happened for the next few days before writing a review. This is not an easy book to write a review on-- if you read it you'd know why. I should've seen that coming.......more