Ethan: Pshh...with my super bad boy skills. Yeah right.
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Bully: "You're so going down you freak"
Ethan: Pshh...with my super bad boy skills. Yeah right.
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Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them... I wanted to be whisked away once again back into the faery world of the NeverNever when I picked up The Lost Prince, and boy did I ever get what I asked for! Exciting, thrilling, captivating. There is never a word quite good enough to sum up my feelings after reading Julie Kagawa novel. All I can say to those who have loved her work before—yes, she’s done it again. But this time, from the point of view of the cynical bad boy (yes, you heard that right) Ethan Chase.
All grown up and broody... Ethan Chase is all grown up. For those of you who have read the Iron Fey series you’ll remember that he is Meghan’s little brother who has the rare ability of being able to see the Fey. And he absolutely hates it. The fey bring nothing but trouble and misery to Ethan and his family. To protect those he loves he keeps himself at a distance from anyone foolish enough to get close to him, and thus far in his life he’s been pretty good about shutting people away...that is...until he meets McKenzie St. James—the beautiful girl with long dark hair, and the complete inability to take no for an answer. Try as Ethan might to scare her away, her stubborness along with his beating heart refuses to listen to good reason. I loved Kenzie in this book! What a pleasant character she is.
The big sister crisis...Oh, Meghan... Ethan Chase and his family have been abandoned by his sister. Meghan. Now that she’s The Iron Queen she’s stopped coming back to visit him. For all Meghan knows Ethan could be dead. Not that she would care. Meghan has a whole new life now—one that excludes her human little brother who misses her so much sometimes that it hurts. Over the years Ethan's developed a bitter hatred toward her and Ash for taking her away from him. And you know what? I’m just as pissed off at Meghan as Ethan is—maybe even more so. Are you telling me that she could not even be bothered to call her own brother on his birthday or even just call to let him know that she’s still alive? I don’t care what excuse Meghan comes up with in future books, how she neglected Ethan is %100 percent NOT okay. Unforgiveable. Especially the part about Kaidan, and I can’t even talk about him without giving away any spoilers. Oh Meghan, what’s gotten into you? Seriously, I’m so confused.
Overall a stunning first novel to a series I can see doing very very well! I loved the cynical, brooding voice of Ethan Chase and I absolutely cannot wait to find out what happens in the next installment of this new series. This will definitely be one to watch! ...more
Could anyone tell me the meaning of the letter at the end of this book? I just made it to the end and I'm trying to figure out it's hidden meaning butCould anyone tell me the meaning of the letter at the end of this book? I just made it to the end and I'm trying to figure out it's hidden meaning but all I can do is make guesses. ...more
The Immortal Rules is a gripping post-apocalyptic novel set in a world ruled by vampires, and terrorized by the rabids. My first thought upon reading the summary was “Oh god, the vampires are back in town.” It’s like that awkward moment when a neighbor you didn’t like moves back into town. But these were NOT the human-friendly vegetarian vampires we have met in previous YA novels. These vampires were the REAL blood-thirsty psycho-killer man-eating ones. Just how I like it!
So the beginning starts off as a bit slow. You’re introduced to the world that Allie lives in and her family of fellow unregistered humans who are doing their best to survive. I love Allie’s fierceness and her hold on reality. She never buttered things up, she viewed the world as it was but at the same time didn’t waste her time pitying her miserable existence. That’s kind of what sets her apart from all the other unregistered. She’s grounded and on top of that she has a goal and a purpose—to follow her mother’s advice on how to change the world for humanity.
Kanin was a pretty interesting character. Though we don’t know too much about him, he teaches Allie that what kind of monster you become is totally up for you to decide. Later we meet Zeke. It took awhile for him to appear but when he did I was extremely glad. He automatically brought a bright atmosphere that I felt was needed at that point in the book. He’s kind of like Allie in the way that he’s goal-orientated and believes in something better than the world they live in. He’s an adorable character and contrasts nicely with Allie’s personality.
Overall, The Immortal Rules is a spell-binding read with bite, and characters to route for. Recommended? Definitely. You do not want to miss this!
THOUGHTS ON THE COVER:
Okay so if you've read the summary for this book you know that the character is obviously Asian and of Japanese descent. So why does the girl on the cover AND the book trailer look like she's of European descent? Seriously cover makers? Her name is Sekemoto. It's not exactly rocket science what her race is. I was really disappointed that the cover makers felt the need to change the race of the character as a marketing strategy. “People are more likely to buy a book if the person on the cover looks like them…blah blah blah” The girl on the cover is a model. Seriously, race aside, who REALLY looks exactly like a photoshopped model? Whether the girl was Asian or not would not have affected my decision to read this book in the least. I feel like if we, as readers of YA, do not bring problems like these to light more often then it will allow stuff like this to continue. And it is so WRONG on so many levels!
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Update # 1: Okay so if you've read the summary for this book you know that the character is obviously Asian and of Japanese descent. So why does the girl look like she's of European descent on the cover AND in the book trailer? Seriously cover makers? Her name is Sekemoto. It's not exactly rocket science what her race is. -_-
Stuff like this really annoys me.
Nevertheless when I read this book I will imagine the main character as how she's supposed to look like. The stupid cover makers can suck it.
I can NOT wait to read this book!!! :)
Update #2: Currently Reading The character describes her eyes as squinty (not to be rude but that's the exact wording in the book) and her hair a black and her last name is Sekemoto. Must I go on? The cover makers got it all wrong. :/
Quote of character description from page. 15 (ARC copy):
My reflection stared at me, a dirty-faced girl with straight black hair and “squinty eyes,” as Rat put it.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Hodkin manages to weave a story that’ll leave you pondering it long after you’ve read the last word.
Mara wakes up disorieThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Hodkin manages to weave a story that’ll leave you pondering it long after you’ve read the last word.
Mara wakes up disoriented in a hospital with no recollection how she got there. She survived the accident, but her friends hadn’t been so lucky. Since that day she’s been having flashbacks and nightmares. In an attempt to stop her from reliving the past Mara and her family move to Miami Florida.
I really loved the fast pace and fluidity of Michelle’s writing. She knew how to set the scene and pull the readers in. Her ability to create tension and suspense became more and more evident as the book progressed, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Noah was completely swoon-worthy! His cocky, bad boy persona had me eagerly turning the pages. I loved Mara’s friend, Jamie—whose funny uplifting personality made me smile. And I loved how Mara and Noah’s relationship developed over time, rather than starting spontaneously like in recent books I have read.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a compelling page-turner that you do not want to miss. The book comes out this September.
Plot: ★ ★ ★ ★ Characters: ★ ★ ★ ★ Writing:★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Originality: ★ ★ ★ There were some parts of the book that reminded me a lot of The Body Finder. Cover: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I know they say never to judge a book by its cover but gosh, this cover is beautiful! It really caught my eye. I also want to point out that the cover is kind of misleading. In case any of you guys were wondering; no, this book has nothing to do with a rape victim.
Across the Universe manages to blend sci-fi and dystopian together beautifully. The first chapter of Across the Universe was one of tOverall 3.5 stars
Across the Universe manages to blend sci-fi and dystopian together beautifully. The first chapter of Across the Universe was one of the strongest I’ve read this year. I admit that after the first chapter of the story was a bit slow and I put it down for awhile but when the story started to pick up in pace I couldn’t put it down.
The setting of ATU is in a spaceship called Godspeed where there are people who have been traveling for hundreds of years, there desination being a new planet NASA identifies as habitable. Everyone on the ship is mono-ethnic. Most of the people on the ship lack any real emotions, and the few that do have emotions are labeled as crazy.
For the most part I really enjoyed Across the Universe. The premise was interesting and the plot unfolded pretty nicely. I mean, how awful would it be to end up stuck on a ship your whole entire life stuck on a ship where you know you'll never see the sun or the moon or the ocean ever again. I loved the characters! I liked how the book swtiched from Amy's perspective to Elder's. The only setback I had was that I felt like the book wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be after reading the amazing first chapter. Not to say that the rest of the book wasn’t good, just that it didn’t live up to my expectations.