On principle it's really hard for me to rate one-shots more than 3 stars. But that didn't mean I didn't love it. Deacon has always been one of my favoOn principle it's really hard for me to rate one-shots more than 3 stars. But that didn't mean I didn't love it. Deacon has always been one of my favorite characters from this series and I loved seeing his meeting with Luke. Those boys just make me so happy :)...more
Edit: I took away the half star and am just rating it 2 stars after reading the two epilogues. Tempted to take it down to 1.5 because of the second epEdit: I took away the half star and am just rating it 2 stars after reading the two epilogues. Tempted to take it down to 1.5 because of the second epilogue. So disappointed.
Oh Colleen Hoover does love her drama so.
Not going to lie, happy that this was a freebie as it seemed to lack any emotional connection that I've had with her prior works. Not sure why, but something was really off about this one. Maybe it was the absurd nature of the overall plot line. This just didn't read like a CoHo book to me.
Let's start with the characters. Carter was your classic hero of the story, literally Prince Charming. But he was very one dimensional. It seemed like Hoover just wrote him to be the glaring opposite of Asa in every way. If Asa liked up, the Carter liked down. If Asa liked black, then Carter liked white. It was a little hard to fall in love with him unless you were Sloan.
As for Sloan, we were told often how strong she was but you need to do more than tell us. You need to show this in the story. Don't get me wrong, there were aspects of her character that showed strength, but overall she was very naive and not very smart about life considering all that she had gone through in her past.
Then there was Asa. I don't even know. Were we supposed to like him? Hate him? Feel sorry for him? Obviously he was a very despicable person and was screwed up in the head. My main feeling for him was pity and disgust. So if that's what you were going for, nailed it.
The insta love was another factor that didn't sit well with me. Sloan basically fell for another version of Asa- or so she thought - but this one held her hand and told her pretty things. Wake up, sweetie. I know Carter ultimately turned out to be the good guy but you didn't know that in the beginning and were basically just repeating the cycle you had with Asa.
Also, anyone else feel like this was much more graphic and vulgar than anything else she's ever written?
I will never deny that Hoover can write, and I will probably read everything she writes. But I've noticed that it's starting to feel like drama for the sake of drama rather than natural progression.
So, it was cute but in all honestly, I'm not a fan of marriages in young adult books. Like why? You're 18. It doesn't always need to end in marriage.So, it was cute but in all honestly, I'm not a fan of marriages in young adult books. Like why? You're 18. It doesn't always need to end in marriage. Sigh...but like I said, still really cute and adorable. ...more
On principal, it's hard for me to rate little outtakes like this higher than 3 stars because it literally is just a chapter or less, but that doesn'tOn principal, it's hard for me to rate little outtakes like this higher than 3 stars because it literally is just a chapter or less, but that doesn't mean I didn't love it! This was a cute moment between Kat and Damen that was rare in the Lux series because of all the crap going on around them. And the fact that there was a Gizmo outfit involved, just made it all the more better!...more
I feel like my love for Marissa Meyer just knows no bounds. She is one author where I could say that I would read literally anything that she writes.I feel like my love for Marissa Meyer just knows no bounds. She is one author where I could say that I would read literally anything that she writes. I mean, The Lunar Chronicles is on the top of my list of favorite series. And I, like most people, were sad to see it come to an end. Then Stars Above happened.
While most of the stories in Stars Above aren't new, that didn't tame my excitement for the book. In fact, I was super happy to have all of the short stories that take place in the Lunar world all in one book. Plus there were bonus stories that I hadn't read yet, especially one with the hint of a wedding! I could barely contain my excitement (in case you couldn't tell).
In this collection of short stories we see all of our old friends again, and we meet some new ones. Most short stories are just fun scenes that the author thought of and didn't fit in the original story, hence why they release them separately. What Meyer has put together here, with the exception of one of the stories, is tie up lose ends and answer questions that were lingering in everyone's mind after the conclusion of Winter. How did Cress end up in that satellite? How did Wolfe become, well, Wolfe? Who all was in on the hiding of Princess Selene? And what happens after the last book?
As I mentioned, there is one story that doesn't really have any base except that it takes place in the same world. That's The Little Android. While I liked it, it just didn't fit in with the rest of the book. It was the only story that didn't have any of the characters we previously knew and it was hard to get a sense of where it fit in the time table of events. Doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, cause I did, it just didn't really fit for me.
All in all, super happy to get more of these characters and also get the closure they deserved. I cannot wait to see what Meyer thinks of next.
The second in the Captive Prince series delves more into the relationship between Laurent and Damen. Set against the backdrop of war, two unlikely allThe second in the Captive Prince series delves more into the relationship between Laurent and Damen. Set against the backdrop of war, two unlikely allies form a bond that goes above and beyond master and slave.
While the first book introduced us to the characters, I felt that in the second we would get more story, more outcome, just basically more plot. And yes, there was progress in the relationship of the two main characters, there was little much else. Honestly, this book reminded me mostly of the final Harry Potter book. You know, when they're walking through the woods forever and ever and ever and ever and...
So I'm saying basically not a lot happened. Which was surprising considering this book was over 400 pages. A little too long, honestly. A lot of descriptions that really didn't need to be there. Having not read the final book yet, I'm assuming it's just setting up the finale. We have the characters mapped out, the loyalties have been shown, deceptions uncovered, secrets unveiled, and now we get to look forward to the outcome of all of this.
The character development was the best part of this book. Because it was an army marching across miles and miles of land, there was plenty of time to delve into the personalities of each person. The ice around Laurent faded, Damen stepped up his role as leader, minor characters came to the forefront. Development made up for lack of action and the final page left me excited for the last book because everything is finally coming together. And I believe the confrontation that's to come is going to be an explosion heard throughout the land.
Scream will always be a classic when discussing horror movies. It honestly kickstarted the teen scream era and it hasn't been really replicated since.
Scream will always be a classic when discussing horror movies. It honestly kickstarted the teen scream era and it hasn't been really replicated since. I remember watching those movies in theater and just loving the thrill that came with that. And that's what Jennifer Armentrout captures in The Dead List.
Our main character, Ella, is attacked one night when leaving a party. After she escapes, her world is turned upside down when people start showing up dead and the past is coming back to haunt her - literally. As Ella reconnects with a long lost crush, she begins to questions everyone around her and also her part in a horrible event that happened when she was young.
Armentrout's writing is fun, thrilling and full of pop culture references that I love. It makes the characters seem that much more realistic, like they are people you would know. It was really cool of her to make this a freebie for fans and it definitely kept me entertained all the way through. As for who the killer was, let's just say my sleuthing skills were mostly on point...they weren't entirely accurate, but pretty darn close. ...more