I actually received Hush Hush from a contest I won. It was a gorgeous signed hardback and I was so excited to have gotten my hands on it.
The book centres around a teenage Nora and her new crush Patch, who we later find out is a fallen angel (if you didn't gather from the cover already). She is drawn to the mysterious new kid in her biology class and from there, their relationship turns into a dizzying roller coaster ride; fun but potentially deadly. Throughout the course of Hush Hush, Nora is faced with a series of terrifying encounters and can't decide whether she can trust Patch, her friends, or even herself.
I found this to be a very enjoyable book. Sexy fallen angel? Yes, please. Patch isn't your typical bad boy, one that's just flirty and does dangerous things. Patch does flirt and continuously makes sly comments but there's no escaping the true darkness that lurks inside of him. We don't see the full extent of this or get to know much of his backstory, but enough is given and hinted to make us beg for more. All of the little mysteries and odd occurrences in Hush Hush ultimately led to an amazing last chapters. I was on the edge of my seat and those last few pages had me panting for more.
Hush Hush is an adventurous, sexy and dangerous ride. Which side will you choose? Enjoy the fall.(less)
I was so excited to get this in the mail. There was some fangirling and a little screaming, all while frantically pulling at the flaps of the box it was encased in. For a whole week before receiving my copy, I had heard only fantastic things, so you can understand my excitement! After my initial excitement and gazing at the shiny book jacket, I finally started reading. It was not put down until past midnight.
Crescendo sucked me in right from the beginning. The novel opens at Delphic Beach, where Nora is spending a nice day out with Patch. After a nasty encounter with Queen Bee, Marcie, Nora is feeling quite put out and seeks the comfort of her boyfriend. After some steamy moments in his car, Patch abruptly flees, leaving Nora to wonder whether it was only an excuse to leave or whether something was really happening. Unfortunately, this marks the start of her insecurity which follows her throughout the entire book.
New characters are introduced, the backstories of some characters are explored (yes, Patch!), mysteries are made known, lives are in danger. Typical Becca, yes? I felt a myriad of emotions whilst reading Crescendo. Happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, passion, shock, fear…the list goes on! We are once again taken on a rollercoaster ride as Nora is thrown, yet again, into a tangled web of mysteries. Many aggravating misunderstandings occur but it's bearable. In small doses. Take a few breaks instead of giving Nora and Patch some rough treatment and you'll be fine.
Overall, a great mystery! Absolutely cannot wait for Silence. How Crescendo ended is a true cliffhanger. Possibly the most evil one i've seen. October can't come quick enough!(less)
I'd been meaning to read this series for a very long time. I heard about it years ago but was initially worried about how I'd like the sequels. Would I fall in love with the other brothers? Would I enjoy their stories just as much? I now know that I had nothing to worry about! If you still haven't read the books, grab them now and stop putting it off! I fell in love with the main characters immediately and being a long-time fan of gang/mafia novels, I was very pleased with how Perfect Chemistry was so well-balanced between the actual plot and sexy romance! Who knew that the meeting of Alex and Brittany would set off such events?!
Although Brittany Ellis is a white girl who's beautiful, rich, privileged and, of course, very popular, never would she have imagined falling in love with the dangerous Alex Fuentes, who's connected to the Latino Blood gang. If you're worried about some star-crossed insta-love, think again! The two despise each other greatly and it takes a lot of effort for them not to stab each other when they're in the same room. Just like everyone else, Brittany's afraid of him and Alex can't stop hating the perfect snob who thinks she's better than everyone. With each scene, not only does the romance slowly grow stronger but we learn more about the two as individuals. Brittany isn't the mean girl everyone thinks she is and Alex isn't involved with his gang because he likes it. I loved the entire journey Elkeles put me on with these characters and I'm sure you will too!
Alex Fuentes is hot. He knows it...and he uses it to his advantage. Don't pass out when he's whispering in Brittany's ear or propositioning her for a less-than-inappropriate ride in his car. I'm warning you! The two strong personalities collide yet mould together perfectly and this couple is passionate at an A-grade level. While their relationship does go through some complications with predictable outcomes, you'll still be able to really enjoy the story.
Throughout Perfect Chemistry is the conflict Alex has between Brittany and the LB gang. They simply can't co-exist. No matter how much Alex wants to leave his gang, it's impossible, and the novel is filled with shocking revelations, twists, fights and more! It's so much more than just a romance and I think this book was a great start to the series. While Alex will always be my favourite Fuentes, his younger brothers, Carlos and Luis, are certainly very likeable too! Perfect Chemistry has a wonderful ending and paves the way for the sequels very well. If you're up for some heart-racing romance and action, this book's for you! ;) (less)
Did you think that this was the end of the road for Nora and Patch? Think again! There will indeed be a fourth book in the series and I am one hundred percent on board, ready to complete this epic adventure. The beginning of Silence is soaked with confusion, for both Nora and readers! Nora has been missing for months…and she can't remember a thing. Will destiny and sheer willpower lead her back to the path she was always meant to take? Or will others succeed in pushing her to live a new and safe life?
I'll be honest and say that the first third of the novel was very foggy and confusing for me - it was probably Becca's intention but at times it was just too much! With the wait from Crescendo, my absolute lack of memory about what had happened previously matched Nora's exactly. After waking up in a cemetery, Nora can't put the pieces back together because her friends and family aren't filling in all of the gaps. With the presence of her mother's sinister boyfriend and a suspicious but familiar boy, everything in her life is out of her control and on a downward spiral. Not only can she not remember what happened in the three months she was missing, but also the two months that came before that. After some long awaited explanations, things finally start clicking into place and we are ready to roll! While my mind was thoroughly shaken by this beginning, what soon follows is the usual brilliance we're used to from Becca!
As it's probably obvious by now, Silence is full of mysteries and twists. I was so in love with this! With Nora's memory increasing day by day, our perceptions of several characters and events constantly change in the best and worst ways. Gasps and screams of "no way!" will echo through the air as you slowly uncover the dark plots surrounding Nora's life. Silence moves at such a fast pace after that first third as the clock begins ticking down. A war is brewing…can anyone stop it?
I think the romance was absolutely swoon-worthy and at the best that it's ever been. Yes, I initially felt like punching Patch for…being Patch (aka evasive, cryptic and annoyingly "I know best") but the walls soon began crumbling down. Throughout the series, Patch has always had his secrets, but he's finally bared all. Gone are Nora and Patch's previous barriers as they are finally completely together, facing their problems side by side. They share a mutual trust that is so strong it can overcome anything, and Patch's new behaviour will make you clutch your heart with joy! But...some huge sacrifices are made by both characters that you won't believe.
I am so very excited for the fourth book. Once you read Silence, you will know exactly why. Something unbelievable happens and it will lead us into a explosive final book! Hurry and read this so that everyone in the world can scream together in excitement! A fantastic read once the story gets moving.(less)
Possession sounded absolutely fantastic. Expecting an amazing love triangle in a dystopian world, I found myself disappointed with the weak characterisation and relationships. While I did enjoy the restrictiveness of the society and futuristic possibilities, it wasn't enough to make me love this book.
In a place where the Listeners aim to control, everyone is brainwashed to be Goodies in order to have a cohesive and fully cooperative city. The main character, Vi, is matched with Zenn, a Thinker-in-training who is willing to bend the rules. On a forbidden stroll in the dark, the two are apprehended and Vi is taken away to Green where she will be punished for her long list of rule-breaking. There, she meets Jag Barque, a Baddie who is well acquainted with the jail there. When forced to share a cell, the two make a plan to escape before embarking on a dangerously ambitious mission.
This novel was really good in terms of keeping the reader in suspense and confusion. Everything is possible in Possession so there's no real way to predict what is going to happen. Vi is a very sarcastic narrator and was very likeable in the beginning, as she was forthright and entertaining with her sass. It's very unfortunate that her lack of decision between Zenn and Jag made her quite unlikeable later on. She switched positions very rapidly, would get too angry at people for the slightest things before forgiving them with a simple hug after a short bout of silence. It was like a game of Olympic ping pong, it happened so quickly and often! I also had trouble understanding why making decisions was so difficult for her - 90% of the time, the answer was obvious.
I never felt a connection with any of the characters but I'm really hoping that this is improved on in the sequel. The novel ended on a gasp-worthy cliffhanger that actually makes me want to give this series another go! While Possession does have its negatives, I think there are quite a few positives too. Give it a try and it just might be your piece of cake. There are more than enough witty lines to keep your interest!(less)
I had high expectations for Hex Hall. Did it deliver? Most definitely! The writing style is very enjoyable to read as we're in the head of Sophie Mercer, the main character. We're introduced to Hawkins' humour from the very start, when the novel begins with a slight mishap. We find Sophie in a bathroom…on prom night. She's trying to comfort a fellow schoolmate who is dateless and wishing for a boy named Ryan to take interest in her. Sophie's attempt at rectifying the situation goes horribly wrong, as Ryan falls insanely "in love" and goes after the girl desperately. Drive-my-van-through-walls kind of desperately.
"It's okay, baby!" he shouted after her. "I don't need eyes to see you! I see you with the eyes of my heart, Felicia! My HEART!" Great. Not only was my spell too strong, it was also lame."
Funny, yes? This is an example of the humour that is present throughout the book, though this is the most out-there of them all. The usual humour is mostly just very witty and sarcastic, and captures a teenager's snarky thoughts perfectly. Aren't we all guilty for wanting to scratch the pretty girl's eyes out for liking the guy we fancy at least once in our lives?
So as a consequence of using her magic in public, Sophie is shipped off to Hex Hall where she must stay until she is 18 years old. There, we meet many interesting characters who have all misbehaved in some way and are there to serve their time also. Sophie gets a warm welcome to the school as she is attacked by a werewolf and saved by…a cocky warlock? One called Archer that makes fun of her less than impressive skills. That's, of course, before we run into some fierce faeries, an annoyed shapeshifter and a strange vampire! At first, the large amount of characters and history we're presented with is total madness. We're told so much in such a short amount of time and so it made me a little uneasy. Don't you just hate it when something important happens later on in the book but you're lost because it didn't sink in at the beginning? Luckily, we're pulled in after a short while and all of the characters become familiar, so there's no need to worry!
As mentioned before, Sophie finds herself enamoured with a seriously hot boy named Archer. Thing is, he has a girlfriend and something's a little off with him… Prior to Sophie's enrolment, he disappeared for a month and no one knew where he went. He doesn't ever speak about his family either. Are the bells ringing? Sophie's goal to avoid Archer doesn't last long but be perfectly fair, it's hard not to like Archer. He's charming and sweet, and you just want him to run away with Sophie so that he can get away from his witch of a girlfriend (ha!). Elodie is the queen bee, I guess. She's the leader of a witch coven whose members are all attractive and wield strong powers. They try to recruit Sophie but luckily she stays away. Reading about the conflicts and tensions between the girls is such a joy, as are the Archer/Sophie scenes. Their relationship is slow and build little by little so it is believable.
Bitchy girls and romance aside, the other main plotline in the novel revolves around the girls who are being mysteriously attacked by the same person who previously killed a girl at the school. These darker scenes are all very suspenseful and quite creepy if I do say so myself. Rachel Hawkins has created these daunting enemies who we fear - L'Occhio di Dio (The Eye of God) - even though we do not make contact with them at all. You'll be kept guessing until the very end, as Hex Hall takes many twists and turns, many of which you would have never guessed! Better make sure you remember to pick those jaws back up…
Sophie, a stereotypical teenage girl whose thoughts are very much centred on Archer, is a very loveable character. Her running commentary never gets aggravating and is actually quite endearing. The other side characters are fantastic also. You either love them for being so hilariously cool or love to hate them because they're so stubborn and snobby. I'm sure readers will all be scrambling for the next book, Demonglass, to see what will happen next with them all as we're left on a cliffhanger! I cannot wait to get more history on Sophie and her powers as what we've been told so far is great! It's not totally evil and ending mid-scene but it definitely gets you curious. Hex Hall is a light and fun read with a splash of dark, something everyone needs to give a go!(less)
I really don't know what to say about this book, but I don't think you'd all appreciate it if I just said that this book was AMAZING. The previous book, Hex Hall, was good but not earth-shatteringly so. Does Demonglass fit the bill? YES! I enjoyed this one from start to finish and I can't wait to read it again one day.
Once again, Rachel Hawkins puts us on an emotional rollercoaster. Her ability to make us laugh freely one second and then heartbroken in the next is magnificent. Sophie is a character who is so easy to relate to. Even though she's a demon, she has human qualities and emotions. I feel as if I know her and all of the other characters very well, and every single thing that happened to them had an impact on me too. Let me just say, Sophie's interactions with every single character was gripping and tugged on the heart-strings in some way.
I firstly just have to say that I absolutely loved meeting Sophie's father. Gone is the terrible image of him I had in the previous book and in is the caring and protective man who loves his daughter. In comparison with Sophie's other relationships, this one was so heartwarming. There are some really sweet father/daughter scenes that fill in some gaps from the previous book which were very enjoyable to read. The two are as snarky as the other and these moments of comic relief are godsend! If you didn't know where Sophie's wit came from before, you do now. Also, if you were missing the magic from Hex Hall you definitely won't be whilst reading this!
Now, I know what you're waiting for. What about Archer? Yes, what about Archer? I'll tell you that fans will be pleased. There are some frustrating moments, confusing moments and most importantly, some swoony moments. And did I forget to mention the steamy moments? Oh yes, you can look forward to those. Every scene of theirs was a joy to read, and so you'll be anxiously waiting for the next after one has just finished! But here's something that you may or may not have seen coming - Cal, the young groundskeeper from Hex Hall. We discover that Cal isn't as indifferent and blasé about things as we thought. I won't spoil it but I will tell you that Cal's a bit of a key player in this novel. Nothing terrible though - mostly awkwardly sweet. Everything is well on Team Archer Island!
I had so much fun reading this novel, the most I've had in a while. The plot is intriguing and the book is riddled with incredible scenes. Every single piece of dialogue is perfect and it was like the letters on the page just spelt out what I was wanting! That is, until the climax of the novel, which I must say is awful. Shocking discoveries are made, tensions are running high and everyone's fear is tangible. I flew through the final few chapters of the novel and couldn't believe that it had ended. It honestly leaves us on an evil cliffhanger, right in the midst of action! I cannot wait until the next book is released in 2012. One more year, really? *devastated* This novel is packed with punches, twists and turns as we meet some interesting new characters who are unpredictable and somewhat crazy. Demonglass is fast-paced and filled with action, suspense, mystery and romance. It'll keep you on the edge of your seat until you reach the end so…what are you still doing here? Go out and get your copy now!(less)
Fury surprised me. The plot is absolutely excellent and Elizabeth Miles has managed to create an eerie, yet realistic world where no bad deed goes unpunished… The two main characters, Emily and Chase, initially have separate stories, each facing their own dilemma against a trio of vengeful furies. Chapters are told in alternating points of view and constantly leave us wanting more. The novel evokes strong emotions - fear, excitement, lust, hope? - from readers and is sure to please.
The storylines of Fury are all very intertwined with another, whether you realise it or not. It's so intricate that I can't explain but trust me when I say it will drive you insane. Whether characters are doing frisky things with people who are off-limits, running for their lives or trying to keep a grasp on reality, you'll fly through this book until you reach the end. I enjoyed the conclusion as it is the beginning of a great sequel! Slightly cheeky, slightly dark, a sign of good things to come.
While these elements of the novel are very well done, I can't say that I particularly like any of the characters. Yes, I want them to survive, but would I be deeply upset if they didn't? Probably not... Some shocking things happen in this book (bravo to Miles) and your faithfulness to these characters will really be tested and put on the line! The only character that I truly liked was JD, Emily's nerdy and fashionable friend. He's amazing ;)
I recommend this book to everyone. The plot is very engaging and will have you begging for more. Bring on book two!(less)
This has got to be one of the most magnificent and moving novels I have ever read. There are no mysteries, big twists, smoke or mirrors. It is just a simple story about two siblings and the hardships they face, but what a story it is. Beautiful. Perfect. Incest. Sex. Incest. Perfect. Beautiful. Get those things drilled into your head now, especially the beautiful part. I've never been one to shy away from taboo subjects, so I had no problem reading this and it felt just like any other romance. I was not squicked out in any way and actually cheered on the love scenes. Is that a little odd? Maybe, but I'm able to separate my worlds. I'd probably be disturbed by incest in reality but in fiction, I'm perfectly okay with it. I think the majority of readers will find it a bit confronting but again, this is just me.
Right off the bat, we are thrown into the chaotic lives of Lochan and Maya as they try to keep their family together, all on their own, along with keeping up their grades at school. Their mother refuses to take responsibility and constantly spends her money on and for her boyfriend who is simply using her. The younger kids just don't understand what their older siblings are going through, so what are they to do? At the end of the day, Lochan and Maya are burnt out and miserable until slowly they come to the realisation that being together brightens their day and provides them with the support they don't get anywhere else.
Lochan and Maya are adorably sweet from the very beginning. Honestly, chapter one and I was there, even though the romance (or even, the hint of romance) didn't come in until quite a while later. It was obvious and easy to see how much the two trusted and depended on each other. It was heartwarming and not sickening at all, natural even. Even without being comfortable with the subject matter like I am, I think you will find that the author writes the relationship in such a way that makes it beautiful. This isn't some sick and twisted psychological thriller. This is a romance between two best friends who happen to share the same devil of a mother.
There isn't much to say about this novel without ruining it. It's something that everyone must read and experience. I don't think I can say it enough: Forbidden is beautiful. The characters are amazing (the whole family!), the writing style flows and conveys the mood perfectly, the plot is interesting, the romance is gripping, addictive, heartbreaking and steamy… It's really not possible to read this without being emotionally affected in some way. You'll laugh with the characters, cry with them, start feeling a little warm and get completely agitated too. It's all there and waiting to be unwrapped, like the best Christmas present on the planet. This novel has an amazing ending. It is so powerful, like the rest of the book, and will stay with you long after completion.(less)
What better way to start a novel than to have the main character fight with another girl over a guy? *cue ooohs and ahhhs* As the situation escalates, Ava's delinquent sister rides in on her powerful motorcycle, quickly turning things deadly and serious. I found the introduction of this novel to be very exciting, a sign of good things to come, but somehow that interest waned, leaving me wanting to shut my eyes and sleep. Whether from boredom or sheer exhaustion, we'll never know...
Wildefire is about a teenager who, like her sister, is gifted (or cursed) with the powers of the Gods. She does not realise she possesses these powers at first and struggles to control them whilst being provoked and taunted by her big sister, Eve. Eve believes that they should take advantage of their powers, as they are superior to mere mortals, and use them for greater (and possibly evil) purposes. But all Ash wants to do is go through high school like a normal teenage girl without having to worry about what harm may come her way. There are prophecies, reincarnations, murders...all potentially gripping stuff. Unfortunately I did not jump on this bandwagon.
Several things could have contributed to the difficulty I had with immersing myself in Wildefire. I found myself running into a lot of problems at first, but things did begin improving in the second half where I was able to enjoy the novel much more easily.
* The mystery behind Ash's powers and her destiny * The truly evil antagonist - I want to send her sister to the pits of Hell! * Nicely written action sequences * Nice juicy cliffhanger * I liked the idea that others in the world had powers also
* The mythology was not explored until very far into the novel * The characters didn't interest or captivate me, as we weren't given the chance to get to know them at all * The romance fizzled and the "love interest" only randomly appeared a few times briefly * At times there was odd storytelling that threw everything out of whack...flashbacks, point of view changes - I don't even know what's happening! * Not a whole lot actually happened. Where was the plot? * The climax - just when things were getting good - was over too quickly
I don't have much more to say about Wildefire. I really did want to like this book so I hope that you all have better luck with it than I did. I'm torn on whether or not I will be continuing this series but we'll have to see, I guess. I think this review came out more negative than it really should've because there were some good things about it! Again, just check it out and see, if you will ;) (less)
This was easily one of the best books I have read this year, maybe even ever. Just thinking about it now, my heart is literally fluttering away and begging me to read this all over again. Friendships, love, overcoming fears and adventures that push you to grow…Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is a heartwarming novel about two young adults finding themselves, as well as each other, whilst taking a journey across America.
Amy Curry's father died in a car accident a few months ago, something she blames herself for. When forced to road-trip with Roger, he is the permanent driver as she is terrified of taking the wheel again. Don't think that this story is a sad one, though. There aren't long, brooding passages or scenes with Amy's bouts of crying. This novel is fun - I can't say it enough. We're sporadically shown photos, receipts, scrapbook entries, etc. throughout the novel and they were a joy to read. Amy's comments in her scrapbook are especially hilarious and you'll easily find your cheeks aching from the constant smiling!
Amy and Roger's relationship develops slowly so you're really able to appreciate them as good friends first. They understand each other and are very supportive. What would you do if your maybe-crush was hung up on an ex-girlfriend who may or may not have used him, but he's still completely unaware and willing to chase after her? Yeah...did I mention that Amy's mother planned an itinerary for them? One that they neglected? The stops were as boring as they could be, so the two decided to take a detour, travelling to different states, doing some sightseeing and meeting up with friends. Amy & Roger experience everything together and their love is so perfect that you wonder where on earth it came from, right along with the characters!
Truly beautiful, this novel is not to be missed. I dreaded the ending because I just didn't want to leave Amy and Roger, but the positive scene left me hopeful and satisfied. With interesting characters, gorgeous descriptions of American landscape and landmarks, realistic issues and a sweet romance, Matson will leave you floating in the air, wishing for a little detour of your own. (less)
What we may call the Underworld or Hell, they call Everneath, the place where the immortal Everliving feed on the emotions and life forces of Forfeits. After being tricked by Cole Stockton, Nikki Beckett becomes a Forfeit and spends 6 months (100 Everneath years) bound to the Everliving boy. Miraculously surviving the Feed, she's given the opportunity to become the Queen of High Court but decides to return to the Surface, all because she can't get the image of a brown-haired boy out of her mind. It's the only way she thinks she survived. With only 6 months before her Return to Everneath forever, Nikki races against the clock to repair her relationships and prevent her impending doom. A very exciting and action-packed romance you won't want to miss - you really will regret it.
The characters in Everneath are breath-taking. When Nikki returns to the Surface she's miserable - her father and school thinks she's a drug addict, her ex-boyfriend hates her for leaving him, her best friend is unfamiliar and a certain Everliving won't leave her alone. While this story is twisted with romance and the supernatural, above all it's about human redemption. Nikki's jaded and sees no future for herself but as time passes, hope begins to blossom with the constantly growing support of her friends and family. I loved going on this emotional journey with Nikki and watching her come that little bit more out of her shell every day. I can't even properly explain how amazing this book is. The mythology and mystery is just fabulous! We learn about Everneath and the myths that mirror Nikki's survival piece by piece, and what we're left with is a rich, detailed and very realistic world.
Everneath switches between the past and present, showing us the wonderful life Nikki used to have and what effect her time in Everneath's had on it. As we learn more and more about the Everliving and Cole's deceptive role in her leaving, the flashbacks also show to us what was not obvious to Nikki then. With every chapter is an ominous countdown to her Return, and as things get more desperate, the jumps in time seem larger and larger. She had six months. How is there only three weeks left? Don't even get me started on when we get down to hours! You'll truly be on the edge of your seat, glued to the nail-biting action.
I know you want to hear about the romance. It's explosive. It's swoon-worthy. It'll melt you in your seat. Pre-Everneath, Nikki and Jack Caputo were the perfect couple but Jack's now the proud owner of an eyebrow piercing and an aching heart. The sickeningly sweet flashbacks and harsh reality of the present contrast so well and show you just how much things have changed between the two. You'll see all sides of their relationship - the tender moments, the misunderstandings, the passionate love, the fights - and even learn why Nikki left with Cole in the first place. With each revelation comes a gasp and you'll be desperate to see Nikki and Jack's relationship be on the mend! It's slow goings at first but wow, is it worth it. Ashton's pacing is spot on and her unfolding of the story is executed perfectly. While we're positioned to dislike Cole, just when he reaches the lowest of lows and we despise him, Ashton flips things around and makes us sympathetic again! UGH! Mind-messing stuff, this is.
Everneath is truly one of the best books of 2012. I know we're only a week into it, but I know this will stay in my favourites for a long time. As each new story and flashback unfolds a piece of the puzzle, you'll be as anxious as ever to come to the conclusion. Your heart will be pounding away, terrified of how things will end. What will happen when the 6 months are up?! Let me tell you, I was horrified and couldn't believe my eyes. Where's the sequel when you need it? I think I may have a heart attack very very soon if I don't deal with this cliffhanger!(less)
Until I received this in the mail, I had never heard of Hunting Lila. Muggings? Murders? What! This novel absolutely blew me away and I am so glad to have read it. It's everything you could ever want in a book - hot male leads, a strong female protagonist, fantastic abilities, fast-paced action, suspenseful plot and more! When Lila begins to fear her telekinesis, she immediately jumps on a plane headed for California, seeking the comfort of her older brother, Jack. Well, that's what she's says but…we all know she's after his best friend ;) For as long as she can remember, Lila has been in love with Alex. Stunningly handsome and sweet, she was utterly defenceless against his charms and couldn't help but fall in love as a little girl. Through flashbacks and sweet memories, Lila's affections return full force with their reunion and here we are, stuck with a big pile of sexual tension and dangerous longing.
I had no time to take a breath or to even put this book down. It was amazing scene after amazing scene and I am still gobsmacked at the magnificent storytelling. Alderson has a way with words and I would have never guessed that this was her first novel. Our positions towards characters are changed constantly and the twists are plentiful - In a good way...in a very good way. The Unit is the heart of Hunting Lila's mysterious story line and boy is this "military operation" interesting. There's also a group of Psy's, deadset on capturing Lila (hence the title) because The Unit's captured one of their own. A one for one trade - sounds fair? I loved this group and cannot wait to see more of them. So many different personalities with such a variety of gifts… Interesting times await us!
The relationships in this novel are Hunting Lila's strengths. When Lila and Alex's mother was murdered when they were children, Lila was forced to move to London with her father, while Jack remained with Alex's family. Since birth, Jack's been the stereotypical brother - protective and caring. These siblings are super cute, even if Jack may be a bit overbearing at times (as older brothers are!). I know what you're waiting for - Alex and Lila. May I recommend a fan? A towel? Perhaps a bucket of cold water? These two are dead sexy and you will drive yourself crazy, begging for them to finally admit their feelings! There's an amazing push and pull between them, with years of longing resulting in truckloads of tension and guilt. Are you ready for this? Be prepared for some crazy heart palpations!
Hunting Lila in one word: Amazing. Like I said, it doesn't get much better than this. I am so excited for book #2 because there are so many questions to be answered and so many storylines to explore! In the mean time, we'll have to settle for Sarah's new paranormal novel, Fated, set to be released in January 2012.(less)
Sarah Alderson has once again returned with a stunning series. Fated is even more action-packed than her first novel, Hunting Lila, and will leave you desperate for more. Amazing fight-scenes? A diverse and interesting cast of characters? Two brilliant leads? A sizzling hot romance? Check, check, check and CHECK! When Evie Tremain is forced into the Hunter lifestyle after discovering she's the only purebred left - in other words, the only one who can fulfil the White Light prophecy - she's conflicted between doing her duty as a Hunter, living her life as a normal human and abandoning everything for the man she loves... A man who also happens to be her enemy - a member of the Brotherhood, which aims to eliminate all Hunters, namely Evie. If you're ready for another exciting read, get yourself a copy of Fated right this instant!
Lucas Gray, a half human and half Shadow Warrior, moves into Evie's house and is sent there to spy on the Hunters in town, learning their training methods and tactics. While his mission is to kill Evie before she ends the Brotherhood for good, Lucas also struggles with his duty because of his burgeoning love for her. I really love forbidden romances, especially when the stakes are this high. It's literally a life and death situation - they have to kill each other! - that will have your heart racing at a million miles an hour. Evie and Lucas are a perfect couple, having unbelievable similarities and understanding each other only like they can. Although it takes a long time for them to get together, the entire process is exhilarating! Being a Shadow Warrior means Lucas can turn invisible and...things certainly get interesting here. A slow-burning romance filled with danger, secrets and passion? Yes please!
This entire world is magnificent. I love the mythology, I love the creatures, I love everything about the way Alderson's constructed this story. Shocking? Not at all. Some authors have amazing stories but are let down by stony characters we couldn't care less about. But Sarah? She could write about two people watching tv and it would still be award-winning! Her characters are always so loveable and developed that it's shocking how quickly you become invested in their lives, that is, if you haven't read any of her books before… I knew Fated was going to be brilliant and damn it if I wasn't right! There's honestly no slowing down in this book, it's packed with material. With one exciting scene after another, it's no surprise this is another 2012 favourite. Read this and you will not regret it. It's brilliant, end of story!(less)
It's London 1349 and 14 year old Seraphina has been stabbed. She feels her life slipping away…before her blue-eyed suitor gives her a few drops of his special formula for immortality. Fast forward a few centuries and Sera's tired of killing girls in order to slip into their bodies. Coming to hate what she's become, she wants out, and Cyrus will stop at nothing to find and drag her back to him by the hair. With a refreshing concept and an interesting cast of characters, The Alchemy of Forever is a short read that will entertain and surprise.
While on the run from Cyrus and his other Incarnates, Sera accidentally slips into the body of Kailey Morgan, a teenager who has a seemingly normal but complicated life. I loved exploring her relationships with Kailey's friends and family, the former being a little suspicious... As the story develops, the "innocent girl" facade is lost and Kailey's true self is revealed. That combined with the intriguing mechanics of alchemy, Sera is troubled by the meaning and worth of her life. Will she make something out of her new one or will she look forward to the day her body dies, and her soul with it forever?
I thought the romance between Sera and her neighbour was so sweet! Kailey's always kept Noah at an arm's length in public, and has only ever indulged in his kind presence when on her own. As we learn about the many flaws of Kailey and watch Sera try to rebuild her life, we also see Noah falling for the girl who seems strangely different in a very good way. He adores Sera's kind heart and feels her snatch up his own in an instant. Their relationship is nothing explosive or intense but it adds a wonderful sense of comfort that complements the suspense/thriller wonderfully. We need some light moments - her psychopathic ex is hot on her heels after all...
Although this isn't a five-star book, the focus on Sera's new life will keep you guessing and engaged. While Noah will make you melt with his charm and thoughtfulness, Cyrus will be a constant worry. When he finally joins the party? Wow. Sera's decision about life? Wow. The cliffhanger? Wow. The Alchemy of Forever would've been fantastic had it been longer and had the opportunity to really develop, but you'll easily finish this book in one sitting and be wishing you had the sequel immediately! I mean…can you say CLIFFHANGER ALERT?(less)
Noah Shaw: Two of the sexiest words in the English language. For months, all I've been hearing about is this swoon-worthy Noah and boy, I was not disappointed. Other than the fact that Noah will make you weak in the knees, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is an exciting mystery that will mess with your mind in so many ways! After her friends died in the collapse of an old mental asylum, Mara moves to Florida and begins piecing together the memories that are hiding in the dark recesses of her mind.
Throughout the book, you'll constantly be confused about whether something's a reality or an illusion. With Mara's mind blocking out the frightening memories of her traumatic experience, hallucinations and nightmares become her brain's coping mechanism. It isn't until the very end that the full story is revealed and things make sense, but even then, you'll still have a million questions! Hodkin unfolds the mystery perfectly and throws us small clues that don't ever quite add up until she wants them to. The storyline is gripping from beginning to end and will have you tearing the pages apart at the flashbacks that always end just when you're onto something! Mara's not a normal girl...but I'll be vague with this. You really have to go into this book blind to get the full effect! I read Mara Dyer in one sitting and refused to stop even though the sun was beginning to rise. It's that addictive.
In a good book, an interesting storyline must come with strong characters. From Mara's hilarious but caring family to her flamboyant friend, Jamie, you'll find someone to fall in love with. Everyone's unique and loveable - the only exception being Anna, the snotty princess who's set her devil eyes on Noah's newest object of affection… Kudos to Mara for being such a great female lead! From the moment I saw her humour and strength shine through, I knew I'd love this book. As Mara also shows her confused and vulnerable side, you'll easily become invested in her story! Mara's a brilliant narrator and will have you feeling every single emotion that she is. Beautiful writing by Hodkin!
Now comes the hard part. Where do I even begin to describe Noah Shaw? Looking effortlessly rumpled with his messy bed hair and dishevelled clothes, his enticing British accent will tip you over the edge! Having the reputation of a player who's god-like in bed, Mara knows she should steer clear of the boy. Even though said boy follows her into classrooms (THAT AREN'T HIS) and flirts relentlessly. Even though he tries to rile her up in English class (HE READS BOOKS) and won't stop trying to coerce her into a date. With his French and Spanish skills. The sexual tension in this book is like no other! You better watch out or else the pages will start burning! Oh, how I lived for their banter and teasing. You won't find a better match in the entire universe. Noah Shaw is…officially the hottest YA guy of all time. You better screenshot that for future reference. I'm sticking by it. *nods* If you have to pour cold water on yourself later, don't say I didn't warn you.
Ultimately, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will be seating itself on your favourites shelf. With this explosive plot and winning characters, I can't see how you'd be able to do otherwise! After a succession of gasp-worthy twists, we're left with a shocking cliffhanger that will have the brain cogs spinning all over again. Right now, I'm just relieved that there will be MORE. I almost cried at the prospect of finishing the journey here! Mara and Noah will do that to you. I'm speechless. In awe. In crazy sexy love with everything that is this series. Michelle Hodkin, you are a goddess. I'm building my shrine right now.(less)
Calling all music lovers! Virtuosity brings alive the passionate love a person can have for music and the things they sometimes they have to sacrifice in order to pursue it. The novel starts with an absolutely bang, right at the climax of the novel where Carmen is about to make the most important decision of her life, one that could devastate her musical career forever. From then on, Carmen grows infinitely as a character as relationships are tested and stretched to limits, and as she learns that life is usually unfair. Virtuosity is a great read that I recommend to anyone who has a strong love for anything!
This novel will bring about quite a few laughs. Carmen is a one of the best violinists in the whole world and her exciting adventure begins one night when she decides to stalk Jeremy King, the only person standing in her way of winning the Guarneri competition. It comes around only once every four years and is the most prestigious title in the world, the winner taking home prize money, a priceless violin and the chance to play with some of the best symphonies in the world. Carmen and Jeremy immediately click, although she is very reluctant to get chummy with the enemy. Virtuosity deals with Carmen's struggles leading up to the competition, while she battles the fear that she's only being used. Are Jeremy's feelings real? Is he buttering her up so that she'll let him win? Is he planning to break her heart and mind? Readers are left in darkness and must wait until the end to find out! Oh how my heart broke for Carmen. Along with her conflicting feelings for Jeremy, she attempts to come off her anxiety pills with the competition looming just around the corner and her controlling mother doesn't believe that she can win without them. This novel is packed with raw emotion and compelling plot that you'll love.
Jeremy and Carmen's relationship begins quite suddenly and quickly. Usually this insta-love would annoy me but it suitably adds to the mystery of his motives, and despite the worry about the genuineness of his feelings, I really liked their relationship! Jeremy helps bring Carmen out of her shell and her innocence is a beautiful contrast to his cocky confidence. I think the events leading up to and after the climax will really shock you. I thought I had the story figured out but was I wrong! Tension and betrayal…who's to blame?
Virtuosity teaches us lessons about believing in ourselves, doing what's right and ultimately growing to be stronger people who persevere no matter how difficult the task. The ending is so fitting and I love Martinez for not taking the easy way out. We're left with a sense of hope that what's to come in the future will be good. A really great story that'll ring strong with music lovers!(less)
"If you read closely, you’ll realize that there was someone before Juliet ever came into the picture. Someone who Romeo loved very much. Her name was Rosaline."
When You Were Mine sets the tone for the rest of the novel with its intriguing prologue, ripe with downcast foreshadowing. We go into this book knowing that Rosaline's going to be dumped by the love of her life, and spend the time afterwards dreading the inevitable breakup and whatever else may follow. This book tugged at my heartstrings and had me tearing up on many occasions. Serle does a fantastic job capturing that pure heartache and confusion that often surrounds breakups, so don't be surprised if you go into a slightly depressed state while reading! This is a very enjoyable read, despite the bashing it gives your emotions and state of mind.
I certainly didn't fall in love with the characters straight away. Rosaline Caplet is part of the beautiful, popular and privileged crowd and I wondered how I'd ever become invested in their lives, but soon enough, Rose's sweet romance with Rob Monteg begins and has everyone swooning every five seconds. The atmosphere is thick with her love for her best childhood friend, and every adorable scene between the two is bittersweet as Juliet's arrival looms very closely ahead. This was one of the first 'breakup' books I've read. Usually YA books are all about GETTING the boyfriend, not losing one to your cousin and getting your heart ripped out in the process! Juliet's gorgeous and manipulative (Satan reincarnated) but I really don't know who to blame for Rose's heartache. Juliet for stealing him away purposely or Rob for dropping Rose like a hot potato after seeing the perfect blonde? Ugh.
Amidst all of the sadness and anger are flashbacks that provide such gripping suspense. We learn that there's a feud between Rose and Juliet's parents that's lasted for years. Rose can still remember the day when Juliet's family became hostile very suddenly for no apparent reason. Through a series of well-placed flashbacks throughout the book, we slowly begin to unfold their backstory and I loved it! Juliet calls Rose's family "traitors" constantly and it's very satisfying when you finally discover what caused the rift. It's controversial and explains so much more about Juliet's behaviour, although I'm in no way, shape or form ready to forgive her! The ending of this book was very surprising. Out of all of the outcomes, I didn't expect that…but I probably should've. My brain and heart can't quite decide how I feel about it yet, but it's definitely one that'll keep you thinking! *rubs chest over heart*
But hey, it's not all doom and gloom. There's a boy named Len…and he's a bad boy prankster who has everyone convinced that he just doesn't care… Would you believe that he has a heart under there? One that's soft and fond of Rose? Oh my. He was, no doubt, the best character in When You Were Mine and you'll have no problem at all warming up to him! Especially when you discover that his feelings aren't exactly new… He tries his best to lighten the mood and constantly shows how kind he really is, despite how much he tries to hide it. Rob Schmob!! I do have to mention, though, that Rose has fantastic chemistry with both of her love interests. The romance certainly feels real so bravo to Serle!
I don't usually read books that I know are going to be sad, but I just couldn't resist seeing how this story would play out. Serle sticks needles into us and pulls out every emotion she can think of. She conjures up such deep sympathy, anguish and frustration that I felt like I was the one being dumped! I can't exactly describe this book but just in the way she writes and constructs the story, everything feels very genuine and heartfelt. The author set out to write something moving and she's definitely achieved that! This was a truly wonderful read about taking a chance and allowing yourself to fall in love again, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. Even if it doesn't sound like your cup of tea, give it a go and maybe you'll be surprised!(less)
Do you remember when computers had those screensavers with the winding pipes and mazes? Or when we thought those clunky desktops were the most fascinating they-can't-get-any-better things ever? In 1996, when technology was hardly as advanced as ours, two best friends find themselves on a strange Facebook page and begin seeing their future 2011 lives play out right before their eyes. They discover every single action they make in the present affects their future and they learn much about themselves on this confusing journey. The Future of Us is a fantastic novel that perfectly captures the feeling of an uncertain future and the possibility of change.
Over the course of one week, Emma and Josh's lives are turned completely upside down. Things between the two childhood friends have been awkward for the past 6 months, after Josh confessed his romantic feelings for Emma and she rejected him. It doesn't help that she's currently dating the handsy Graham and hating it, though she's been meaning to break up with him for a while... The relationships in The Future of Us are really important, and the build-up of Emma and Josh's is done so very well. We read about their fun adventures as children and how they used to always comfort each other. Readers know Josh is perfect for Emma and we're just waiting for her to realise it!
The novel definitely deals with the idea of trying to change the future when you know what's in store for you. Will your decision to change things make them worse or are you better off letting life play out naturally? Emma's character struggles a lot in the book, constantly trying to control her future life because she suspects she's unhappy. While preventing herself from meeting future husbands, things such as her relationship with Josh are significantly altered too (and not for the better). The Future of Us is very thought-provoking and makes you realise that every moment of your life is determined by millions of tiny decisions, whether you tip over a mug of coffee and have to call the cleaner or decide to go for a run at 10:04 rather than 10:05.
I thoroughly enjoyed navigating the million relationships and obstacles in this book! While it doesn't tangle your brain's wiring, it certainly makes you think and will have you caught up in the mystery and suspense. All of the characters are very well developed too and you'll come to love them very quickly! Serious but fun, The Future of Us will have you reminiscing about the past while wondering about your very own future. The novel ends quite loosely and allows you to decide how things will continue, but with such sweetness and hope, it really isn't that hard <3(less)