This novella was a complete mind fuckery that I couldn't stop reading. Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are both awesome authors who are auto-buys forThis novella was a complete mind fuckery that I couldn't stop reading. Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are both awesome authors who are auto-buys for me. It is not surprising that they held me in their grip until the last page. I hate to give a review that posts spoilers, as I believe a reader SHOULD enjoy the confusing ride as it unfolds. So, therefore---continue reading at your own risk. Spoilers Ahoy! ***** Silas and Charlie have been boyfriend/girlfriend for four years. And then something strange happens during fourth period. They lose their memories of each other, their friends, and their families. Yet they can remember how to drive, who the president is, and how to use google. This strange phenomenon places both Silas and Charlie together as the struggle to find out the truth. As secrets leak out, they discover things about themselves they don't exactly like. And before the answers become clear and they discover the truth, time becomes their enemy. Silas discovers that he and Charlie have lost their memories before...and it is going to happen again. This time, the stakes are higher...because Charlie has gone missing.
I need book two immediately so my mind can be blown again.
I will admit to only reading one of Simone's books--Perfect Chemistry--a while back. But what I do remember, is that4.5 Stars ARC provided by NetGalley
I will admit to only reading one of Simone's books--Perfect Chemistry--a while back. But what I do remember, is that I absolutely loved it. Elkeles has a talent for creating addictive characters that you can't help falling for and a story worth reading in one sitting.
Wild Cards is certainly no exception.
I fell hard for Derek Fitzpatrick, his southern drawl, sexy beanie, and sarcastic wit. He charmed me with his humor, his devotion for his little step-brother, and collection of cowboy boots. I rooted for him to get the girl and to find his goal in life--his passion. He is loyal and has heart. And all of these irresistible traits make Derek Fitzpatrick a hero worthy of adoration. Fans of the young adult genre will want to gobble him up in one bite.
Ashtyn Parker is the girl next door type. She is unique in the fact that she is kicker for her high school football team--as well as the team's newly elected captain. And her boyfriend, Landon, isn't the type to sit back and let his girl have the credit she so well deserves. Landon leaves the team and ends up leaving Ashtyn with a broken heart.
All her life, people have left Ashtyn. First, her mother, then her sister, and next, her father. Well, her father is physically there, but he hasn't taken an active role as a father for quite some time. The only constant in Ashtyn's life has been her love and passion for football. Something that gives her clarity, something that she excels at, and the something that she hopes will lead her to a college scholarship and recruitment from college scouts. But when Landon left the team, he took with him the possibility of a winning season.
When Ashtyn's older sister, Brandi, returns home, she brings along a big surprise--Derek-- An older step-son that neither Gus (their father) or Ashtyn were aware of.
Derek has been kicked out of his prep school and is left with returning to Chicago along with his step-mother and little step brother. Not a move he wants to make, but he is left with little choice. Derek's first run-in with Ashtyn may be a little cheesy, but I did find myself snickering at all the bantering that went on between these two: ..."I bet my left nut you wouldn't even notice if I got your dog fixed." "Your left nut?" I ask. "Why not your right one? Guys never say they'll bet their right nut, only their left. Why is that?" "Because all guys know their right nut is the dominant one, so bettin' the left one is a safe choice..."
But to be honest, it was Derek's humor really sold this story for me:
"I don't like her boyfriend," I say to Falkor. The beast stares up at me with gray eyes and pants, his long tongue hanging out the side of his mouth. "Next time he comes over you should pee on his leg," I suggest.
..."I'm wearing a skin-tight leotard/bodysuit obviously designed by women who have no clue about men's plumbing, because the outline of my dick is obscene..."
And he gives great big-brother advice:
"Julian, sometimes girls are like junk food. They look good, and they sure taste good...but you know they're not healthy for you and cause cavities so it's better to just leave 'em alone. Got me?"
And he tells it like it is, no holding back:
They kiss, but I've seen more passion when Falkor licks his nuts.
Another enjoyable aspect in this story was the somewhat haughty, but very entertaining Elizabeth Worthington. She was the perfect secondary character, providing a lot of surprising laughs.
Mrs Worthington takes one bit of Brandi's cookie and spit it out in her napkin. Dearie, are you trying to poison us, or just break our teeth?" Brandi laughs. "I admit I'm not the best baker." "Obviously." She pats Brandi on the cheek. We must get you some cooking lessons, dearie. Before you kill my grandson.
Although some of the story and plot-lines are predictable, I totally immersed myself in Wild Cards and fell in love with the characters. I cannot wait to read more of this new and exciting series by Simone Elkeles. ...more
I love it when you are sucked into a book--another world, basically--and you don't want to emerge from your kindle in order to go to be Holy Shitcakes!
I love it when you are sucked into a book--another world, basically--and you don't want to emerge from your kindle in order to go to bed. To eat. To feed your kids.
Kresly Cole has done it again. Her unique Arcana Chronicles kicks ass.
It's definitely a book to be read in order, as the world can be a tad confusing. There are so many layers, players, and twists and turns, you practically have to read it twice (Ahem, I plan on doing just that myself) so as to not miss any important details.
Endless Knight starts off where The Poison Princess leaves off--on a bloody battlefield. Jack has just witnessed Evie turn into the Empress and take another life. Creatures called Bagmen are gaining on Finn, Matthew, Evie, Selena and Jack. With time running out, the small group form an alliance, their solitary goal to kill Death.
Before he kills them.
Expect to sit on the edge of your seat during high-adrenaline action scenes, so tense you're afraid to blink your eyes, least you miss something.
Expect your toes to curl as Jack seduces me...er, the reader...with his sexy Cajun accent and expressions:
"Doan you dare talk like that, bebe." He gripped my nape, a move that was at once protective and possessive. "I'm not goan to let anything happen to you, no." "Mercy me, Evie." "Up you go, bebe." "I'm all in, peekon."
Expect to fall for Finn's charms, as his sense of humor takes away some of the building tension and provides some much needed comic relief:
"So three Bagmen and a slaver go into a bar..." "You guys humming my balls, right?" "Checking perimeters? Is that what the Louisiana kids are calling it these days? Hey, Lark, can I check your perimeter?"
And expect to confused as hell. I seriously thought I could never be swayed to feel sympathy for Death. But Cole has made me see Death in a totally different light. So who the hell do I root for now?
"I stroked your face, intending to end you. Yet you never fell ill. I can still remember how shockingly soft your skin was. How warm." He seemed to get lost in the memory. Voice gone hoarse, he said, "I shuddered to feel it against mine."
And expect a major cliffie, while totally freaking out because you have to wait another year until the next book in the Arcana Chronicles.
Kresley Cole, I loathe and love you at the same time. ...more
There are no words...just tears at this point. TFiOS is a kind of book that you will never get over; it hits you deep and makes your soul weep.
It's oThere are no words...just tears at this point. TFiOS is a kind of book that you will never get over; it hits you deep and makes your soul weep.
It's only been twenty-four hours after I finished the audio, and I can't stop thinking about it.
A really great friend who is an avid reader of books highly recommended TFiOS and gave it a rare 5 star rating. And she couldn't stop gushing about how it had affected her and how she fell for Augustus Waters.
Well, I finally grabbed a copy of the audio. I admit, I don't do audio very often. But sometimes, it's just nice to sit in the car and listen to someone tell a really great story.
The narrator, Kate Rudd is phenomenal. She inflicts such raw emotion in her voice and she was perfect for the role of Hazel Grace. Even hearing her speak Augustus's dialogue was a joy to listen to and didn't lessen the impact as she is a woman...and Augustus is not. (Big smile). Whenever she would use her Augustus voice and say "Hazel Grace", I couldn't help but smile as Hazel would in the book.
When I neared the end, I took the audio CD up to my room, shut the door and grabbed a box of kleenex--I knew what was coming. How could you not as soon as you read the book's blurb.
I will give no spoilers here as there might be one or two people out there that haven't read TFiOS...and it must be read without spoilers.
People can pick apart this story in book club groups and say this is firstly, a romance story. One of first love. One of young love.
Or they can dig deeper and see a more important theme--one of how we, as humans, make our mark in the world.
Then, others may say it's about fortitude and heartache as one deals with the limits of mortality while fighting cancer.
I think it's just a brilliantly written story that weaves so many themes and ideas and is an emotional punch in the gut. And most of all, it's powerful, in and of itself.
TFiOS contains so many great and unforgettable quotes that will stick with me for a long time. And I hope that after reading this heart wrenching tale, I will continue to carry a little bit of Hazel and Augustus with me throughout my own life. They are truly stellar characters that amazed me and deeply affected my soul.
Sometimes I am in the mood for some mushy, sappy, sentimental romance about young love. I must admit that What I Didn't sayARC provided by NetGalley--
Sometimes I am in the mood for some mushy, sappy, sentimental romance about young love. I must admit that What I Didn't say isn't exactly mushy or even sappy. But it was so sweet and just what I needed and expected. It's a feel good read that isn't always feel-good.
Imagine waking up to find that you can no longer speak...EVER. What regrets would you have? Would you decide to fall into the deep,dark abyss of depression and let everything around you just fall to pieces? Or would you fight for this new and tragic twist of fate to not beat you?
What about if you were seventeen and in love. The real forever kind of love that is selfless, precious, and pure. And you never told the girl that holds your heart exactly how you feel.
Jake is that guy. He has loved Sam since ninth grade. And one drunken fateful night, he and his best friends decide that NOW is the moment that Jake has to tell her how he truly feels.
Only...he is tragically injured and his voice box is completely shredded and unrepairable. He is mute. For the rest of his life. His life that he mapped out so carefully is no longer the same.
What follows is a touching tale that shows that bad things can happen to anyone. And when you think you have it the worse?
Yes, this story is predictable. Yes, it is sweet. And yes, it is also tragic.
But it made me feel good. It gave me warm fuzzies. And it made me take a look at my life-the things I am grateful for and thankful for and to remember...take life as a special gift. Don't take one minute for granted. Live, laugh, and especially, love.
Have you ever read and finished a book and thought, "WTF have I just read?"
Beautiful Disaster is that book for mARC provided by NetGalley. 3.5 Stars
Have you ever read and finished a book and thought, "WTF have I just read?"
Beautiful Disaster is that book for me.
The entire reading was like watching a train wreck--one where I wanted to stop at times but couldn't peel my eyes away...even knowing that this was (for me) a somewhat twisted story spotlighting a very effed-up relationship.
At times I thought there was no way I would recommend this to a young adult--Travis and Abby's relationship was so unhealthy and on a downward spiral for disaster (hah). But then I thought, was that the author's intention? To give the reader an inside peek of two people who are so unhealthy for each other, but somehow manage to stay together?
I am still clueless.
If the author's intent was to suck you in, she accomplished that. I was sucked in and slightly disturbed by that fact. Although the story line was slightly amateurish at best, I read along--and couldn't stop reading. I had to see where Travis and Abby ended.
Beautiful Disaster itself was filled with some flaws that I couldn't understand. And it promoted violence that I couldn't condone. For Travis is a fighter--yeah, I get that--who jumps easily to his feet to beat the hell out of anyone who attempts to get close to Abby. Twice he attacks a class mate in college, and TWICE, no action was taken? No suspension, No teachers running in to break the fight? That was the only implausible thing I found in the writing of this story.
I look back days after reading and think that Beautiful Disaster is a story of extremes: Extreme emotions, extreme drinking, extreme violence.
Did I love it? No Did I hate it? No
Whatever the case, McGuire wrote a story that did compel me to read it, even though I felt like a passenger on a sinking ship. Even though I believe that Travis and Abby needed a heavy dose of therapy. Even though the ending was predicable and not very plausible.
Even though I still have no clue exactly how I feel about it. ...more
I will admit to being a die-hard fan of Darynda Jones ever since discovering her Charley Davidson series a while back. She wrARC provided by NetGalley
I will admit to being a die-hard fan of Darynda Jones ever since discovering her Charley Davidson series a while back. She writes with such charm and addictivness that keeps me coming back for more.
Death and the Girl Next Door is her first book in the new series, Darklight--and it's a Young Adult book to boot.
Right off the bat, I loved the three Amigos--bffs x 3--Lorelei, Glitch, and Brooklyn. Their conversations were humorous and their bond is a strong one that is envious. And I think I may have fallen in love with Glitch a little. He seriously stole the show a few times with his snarkiness.
At first glance, DatGND starts out like most YA paranormals:
*Lorelei can touch people and see things that no one else can. *skanky girls you love to hate that give heroine a hard time. *Twilight-y feeling in cafeteria when mysterious dark haired bad boy enters and can hear heroine thoughts. * possible love triangle (at first) where you're not sure who the bad guy is.
So what makes this story so different? Two words: Darynda.Jones.
I can't explain it, but her writing flows so effortlessly. Her characters are three-dimensional and full of flaws. Her humor is contagious. And man can she write a kiss scene that literally curls your toes.
She gives you a little to barely whet your appetite and leaves you wanting more--some secrets are revealed (and a little somewhat predictable), but there are so many more secrets left yet to discover and be revealed. Like what in the hell happened during the Boy Scout camping trip, D? Seriously--it's killing me.
I simply loved the animosity between Cameron and Jared. Those two boys love to hate each other.
"You know," Jared said in a husky whisper I could barely hear, "your heart's beating a little fast." His smile disappeared. " I can take care of that for you."
Overall, Death and the Girl Next Door is a story about sacrifices, forbidden love, and apocalyptic possibilities when demons threaten the peace of mankind. Throw in some snarky humor, steamy first kisses, and a small town ready to do battle, you have a recipe for a great young adult series.
I'm hooked Mrs. Jones. Again. You slay me. And I am yours.
OMG-what a haunting and beautiful tale. I cried so hard at the end of this story. Felt the pain of letting someone go as Wren spoke the words, " FindOMG-what a haunting and beautiful tale. I cried so hard at the end of this story. Felt the pain of letting someone go as Wren spoke the words, " Find Death, Danny, Find Peace." What would you do if a loved one's life was snuffed out before you had the chance to say goodbye? If you had the power to fight death, to bring that person back--would you? Will the person who returns to you from the grave be the same person who stole your heart, your love, to begin with? This is not a creepy, Pet Cemetary copy-cat. But a story about a young girl--her heart broken after the death of young Daniel Greer. Wren's world is shattered, and she is left alone after the death of her first love, Dan. All she knows is that she wants him. She wants the boy who made her laugh, who summed up all the facets of her life. What she gets she can't imagine. He isn't Daniel. He's not the same. But how can she put this tragic situation back to rights, when knowing that she will only lose Daniel again? LOVE LOVE LOVE it--and wish that there could have been more.