After falling in love with Amy and Roger's Epic Detour last year, I've been anxiously awaiting SecondOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
After falling in love with Amy and Roger's Epic Detour last year, I've been anxiously awaiting Second Chance Summer and am over the moon that it managed to exceed my expectations. I'm in awe at how connected I was to the characters and felt every single emotion they were feeling. I cried too many tears while reading this book, during moments that probably didn't even warrant them, and was blown away by the depth Matson created with her layered stories and complicated characters. This is one of my favourite books this year, so I sincerely hope you enjoy it just as much!
Taylor Edwards and her family decide to spend the summer at their lake house together for the very last time. Her father has terminal pancreatic cancer and is predicted to have only 3 more months left to live. The once healthy and fit owner of a law firm is now slowly deteriorating before their eyes, but refuses to let them see his weakness, even though it's a futile effort. Taylor and her father have a very close relationship, a bond that you know will tear your heart out once its gone. Her siblings both have their own stories to tell in Lake Phoenix, from making new friends to falling in love, and the connection Matson forms between us all is immensely strong. She gets us so involved with the story that its impossible not to crash when the storm hits and every single one of them is affected.
The second main storyline in Second Chance Summer is Taylor's damaged relationships with her first love, Henry Crosby, and old best friend, Lucy Marino. They happen to meet up again this summer but the two are hostile, hurt and unforgiving of something Taylor did five years ago. What could it be? This question plagues us for the majority of the novel, slowly answering itself through suspenseful flashbacks and snippets of conversations, during which Taylor makes the effort to mend things between them. I loved the many steps forward and backwards we took to get from Point A to B, seeing relationships slowly change and heal, despite the immense toll it put on my heart. This is an emotional book that really rises above others through its characters and story; the depth I was talking about before. I can't even put into words how breathtaking these relationships were!
My heart stills thuds madly as I think back to the hurt, love and frustration this book made me feel. Matson truly brings us to the highest of highs and lowest of lows, all in the span of this one book. We experience every romance, every heartbreak, every friendship and every betrayal. I keep saying it but these characters have so much depth, which adds to the story's power infinitely. We truly care about what happens to them and are basically living within their bodies, feeling everything they are. It's crazy. Matson, what are you doing to me?!
There are numerous story lines in this book that demand to be paid attention to but Matson manages to balance them all PERFECTLY. I smiled and cried a lot while reading this, so have some emergency supplies on hand. I will never forget the final few chapters of this book - heartbreakingly beautiful and, hands down, one of the best endings ever. If you don't shed some tears, I'm calling you heartless! Matson never fails to get our hearts jumping out of our chests with these realistic characters of hers. Second Chance Summer is pretty much flawless and one of the best contemporaries I've ever read, so please put it at the top of your TBR pile immediately!...more
This novel drove me insane and up the wall. It made me feel like jumping, screaming and crying in absoOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
This novel drove me insane and up the wall. It made me feel like jumping, screaming and crying in absolute joy! Shatter Me is most definitely one of the best books of 2011, if not ever. I was completely encompassed in Mafi's powerful imagery, her fierce characters and the earth-shattering romance. Shatter Me is a one-sitting read because you will not be able to pull your eyes away. It's just impossible.
The novel doesn't take time in the beginning to slowly educate readers about the dying society and Juliette's past. We're immediately thrown into the action, joining Juliette and her new cell mate, Adam, in an asylum. The world building is amazing and the facts build on in layers as the story unfolds, never burying us with too much information or being too brief. It's perfect.
Juliette has the ability to kill with skin to skin contact. Her parents think she's a monster and she's now been in her cell for 264 days by the order of the Reestablishment, which promises to better the world. Immediately, Adam makes a large impact on Juliette. She doesn't speak to him, she wants to speak to him, she avoids his touch, she's desperate for his touch, she doesn't want to know him, she knows him…Shatter Me is unique with its striked-out text, showing us what Juliette says and what she really thinks, means or wants to say. Another dimension is inserted into the novel and this method of writing is so so effective. As she comes out of her shell and blossom's under Adam's care, these strikes appear less and less, symbolising her growing freedom of speech around others. I love it!
Just when we're getting used to their stay in the cell, everything is turned upside down. Betrayals, secrets, revelations and plots….we're playing a whole different game. Warner, a nineteen year old soldier in control of an entire sector, wishes to use Juliette's power to torture. Let the action begin. Juliette is an amazingly fierce character, never wanting to do wrong and always wanting to do right. Her resilience is empowering and heart-warming, as is Adam's poorly masked affection for her. These two characters will take you on a breathtaking journey that you never ever want to end. There is so much substance behind their romance and its strength will surprise everyone. Factor in Adam's strange immunity to her touch of death and…you can see where this is going, right? Are you getting excited? Are you picturing the amazing things that happen in this book? Tears were actually brought to my eyes at their romance - genuine and beautiful is the only way to describe it, yet it's not good enough at all!
I have a feeling that if I go on, I'll blow your minds with my endless gushing. Never any dull moments. Fact. Powerful romance. Fact. Brilliant characterisation. Fact. Exciting and "OH MY GOD I NEED THE SEQUEL NOW" ending. Fact. An utterly speechless and mind-blown reader. Fact. You should read this book right now. Fact. My 5 star rating is actually a 50 in disguise. FACT....more
While Obsidian was hot enough to get women all over the globe sweating and clawing at each other in orOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
While Obsidian was hot enough to get women all over the globe sweating and clawing at each other in order to lay claim on Daemon, Onyx is undoubtedly HOTTER. The sexual tension from the first book escalates to unbearable levels and well, let's just say that Daemon can be very convincing when he wants to be... Right now, all he wants is for Katy to declare her undying love for him, even though she's convinced his attraction to her is just a product of their freaky alien connection. *whispers* But we know the truth.. Teehee.
The easy and flirty tone of Obsidian doesn't exist in Onyx. Along with the issues surrounding Katy and Daemon's relationship, Katy finds herself developing frightening abilities she's unable to control. Looks like Daemon's love wasn't all she gained from their connection after all... Furthermore, the DOD are called in to investigate the area in which she killed an Arum, and we learn shocking truths about their real motives. Everything we thought about them is turned upside down and it's truly just shock after shock. I won't even begin to hint at what you'll discover but my goodness will your eyes be bulging! If you think all of that's not thrilling enough, new information about Daemon's dead twin brother, Dawson, comes to light, and this amazing new twist will, for sure, rock the boat. The stakes are now higher, more dangerous and completely unpredictable! Onyx is a fast-paced read, filled with rough road-bumps and twists that don't sort themselves out until, literally, the very last page. The book is brilliantly engaging and one you know you'll be able to enjoy over and over again!
I know this sounds impossible (and absolutely crazy) but there's a love triangle in Onyx. Blake Saunders from sunny California is a surfer who blogs and is the perfect "normal" guy for Katy...or so he seems. She's adamant that Daemon's all wrong for her so she's willing to try anything to get her mind off him. It's so easy to be around Blake, not heart-racing and tense like it is with Daemon. I wonder why.. *coughs* Throughout this book, Daemon makes his feelings for Katy very clear and it will tear your heart inside out to see Katy fighting against it! Although Daemon's methods of persuasion are highly enjoyable to watch, Armentrout will have you screaming in desperation by the end of the book. Misunderstandings? Horrible timing? External influences? NOOOOOOOO! Not only does Blake prove to be a pointy thorn in Daemon's backside, but he also holds many secrets that could be all of their undoings. Who is he really, and is he a friend or a foe?
Prepare yourself for another exciting installment of the Lux series. I can guarantee that you'll be able to enjoy some more pen prodding, neck tingling and invitations to "work off trace residue". Katy and Daemon are in this entirely different world and watching them battle terrifying forces together is just incredible. This book made me laugh, drool and cry (a lot); a true all-rounder that will please everyone! Things will change forever after the ending of Onyx. It's something huge, gasp-worthy and downright unbelievable. Will the next book be the most exciting book you've ever read? YES. *tries to contain excitement and secrets*...more
Words cannot properly express how fantastic this book is. There'd been so many praises for Delirium anOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Words cannot properly express how fantastic this book is. There'd been so many praises for Delirium and it was everything I expected! Tell me you read the summary and weren't immediately interested. Tell me you finished the first chapter of this book without wanting to shut out real life and immerse yourself in it. I loved Lauren Kate's writing style - descriptive without being overly so. Everything just flowed right. Quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it, actually. My expectations were that high - I think it was weeks before I saw a less than 5 star review for this book - leading me to believe I would end up feeling underwhelmed. That definitely was not the case here.
There was nothing predictable about this book. I found everything out along with the characters and didn't expect any of the plot lines. Since there were quite a few in there with multiple characters, all tied together, you never knew which story you were going to explore and what the outcomes would be. Delirium kept me in suspense, constantly making me wonder if our doomed couple would be able to escape Lena's cure in time. Lauren Oliver was really smart with what she told us too. I felt that many things weren't straight out disclosed, and never were, but were just inferred. We had to put the pieces together ourselves or guess, which was great because it's just an extra element of mystery! The plot overall was intriguing and capturing. It's a scary world that they're living in and a scary thought - a world without love. A world where you didn't get to experience it and didn't want it, where it was forbidden and wrong - a disease. I cannot imagine anyone living in a place like this but luckily, this is fiction and hopefully in a thousand years we'll still have our brains and morals!
Alex is the boy Lena's so enthralled by. He's young and mysterious and every little bit we learn about him is gold. I absolutely adored him, his attitude towards life and learning about his backstory. It was really wonderful, seeing him bring Lena out of her shell. He opened up her eyes to the real world and let her start living. The way Lena and Alex met was very interesting. None of that usual "saw him in the street/ally/club/school" stuff. No, Lena goes into a government building for an important interview and sees a guy she doesn't know, lurking around on the floor above her while wild animals charge into the room. Unique, huh? I would complain and ask for more Alex/Lena scenes but…honestly, there were plenty. I'm just being greedy. Everything was actually perfectly balanced - their relationship, Lena's impending doom, complications with the government, problems with friends and family, etc. Nothing was overdone and nothing was touched on too briefly. Everything was just right.
Just randomly, there were little tidbits at the beginning of every chapter. Sometimes they were excerpts from government handbooks, sometimes they were poems, articles, etc, and I loved it. As well as providing some amusement (who didn't snort and think the government was completely and utterly insane?), we got more insight and knowledge about how tightly controlled and brainwashed the government has its people. Truly flabbergasting.
The ending is unbelievable. It will leave you stunned, speechless, and unbelieving that the sequel won't arrive for another year.
Wither is a story about control and confinement, set in a futuristic world where, other than North AmeOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Wither is a story about control and confinement, set in a futuristic world where, other than North America, no continents exist as a result of war. The themes in this novel are mature, a stark contrast to the lighter YA I have read recently. In this novel, we are transported to a frightening and eerily realistic world from the very first page when the main character, Rhine, is being kidnapped by strange men in grey coats. From there, Wither takes us on a dark and chilling journey as the captives try to escape their deadly fate.
From the summary, one may think that there is a significant amount of romance. I was surprised when I found that this wasn't the case, though that did not at all lessen Wither's quality. The love story serves as the minor plot line, while the majority of the book follows Rhine's experience as a first wife and her struggles with escaping. She, along with two other girls, are captured and married to a boy named Linden. While he is always kind to Rhine and favours her over the other girls, I don't feel as if his love for Rhine is ever genuine (he seems to fall in and out of love/like/lust constantly) so I wasn't able to fully connect with him. That's ignoring his complete cluelessness, naivety and ability to conjure up my frustration like no other. Gabriel, a servant at the mansion who Rhine becomes close with, is better. I was able to sympathise with him and see that he truly cares for her. Neither boy has a particularly strong romance with her, but the mystery and thriller makes up for it.
Because of this virus, many are trying to find a cure while some are resigned to their fates. Linden's father is one of those looking for a cure, but not with conventional methods. He has no qualms about dissecting bodies and killing to reach his end goal. Housemaster Vaughn is a truly frightening character, as his thoughts and actions are cold, calculating, misleading and deadly. He is the cause of much death and is the main source of fear in the mansion. There is a strong theme throughout the book which is portrayed through his character - some will do anything to get what they want, even if it breaks every single moral code in existence; it's just a means to an end. The explored issues of child trafficking, teen pregnancies and complete exploitation are realistic and very present in our society. I would think that this book will really strike a chord with many readers and open eyes. Although this is not a fun and lighthearted story with a whole lot happening, there isn't ever a sense of boredom. Every scene is captivating, no matter how ordinary and mundane, and will hold your attention until the very end.
A lot of this has to do with the brilliant characters that have been constructed. They are unique and will provoke a multitude of emotions from you as they each serve a different purpose and fill different roles. Rhine is a very strong female character who isn't afraid to defend herself and fight for freedom. Linden is sometimes aggravating but does have a sweet side…in that oblivious sort of way. Gabriel's impossible not to love and he and Rhine share some great scenes. Because of his charm and ability to make her feel free, Rhine quickly becomes attached which is so enjoyable to read! I, like most readers I think, loved the sister wives, Jenna and Cecily. Jenna is nineteen, one year away from death, and assumes the motherly role for the girls, doing everything in her ability to help and protect them. Cecily, on the other hand, has just become a teenager and quickly falls pregnant. She is the perfect stereotype of a naive girl who wants nothing more than to become a woman, eager to receive love and attention. Linden's willingness to oblige her made me dislike him a little too… There are, of course, others characters such as the servants who I loved also!
Lauren DeStefano writes in a style filled with beautiful imagery, so much so that you can't help but get dizzyingly lost in the words. She skilfully weaves her way in and out of scenes where one moment you're admiring the nature, and in the next you're trying hard not to dwell on the insistently disturbing images. Wither is an intense story that will stay with you and leave you wanting more. If the cover didn't make you want to read it already, hopefully this will!...more
Ballad exceeded my expectations and managed to surprise me at every turn. No longer are we focused onOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Ballad exceeded my expectations and managed to surprise me at every turn. No longer are we focused on Dee, but on her best friend James. When he begins attending Thornking-Ash, a school for the gifted and talented, he finds himself mystified by a faerie named Nuala who just can't seem to leave him alone, and not for evil reasons either. Soon, James finds himself torn between right and wrong, friendship and love, and life and death.
I was pleasantly surprised when Ballad broke away from Dee's narration and was told in the point of view of James. His narration was strong and enjoyable to read, a vast difference to Dee's weaker and more feminine voice. I felt that the action increased ten-fold and the novel itself moved at a fast pace, whilst still effectively developing the characters and entangling us in a variety of story lines.
Dee is largely absent in this book and makes only a few appearances at crucial moments, although the book is littered with unsent text messages from her to James. While she slowly withers away inside, due to prior events, a fire is kindling between James and Nuala, a faerie who feeds on the energies of others to survive. After a certain amount of years, she must burn alive, to be reborn without her memories. This is her last year. I found the jump between couples (Dee and Luke in Lament) to be very easy and honestly preferred this relationship a lot more. The feelings were more realistic, the romance less filled with mind games, and the stakes much higher. I quickly became emotionally invested in their journey together and found the ending to be very suitable.
The only negative about this book is Dee. After the first two meetings she had with James, I grew tired of her damsel-in-distress-I'm-so-sad attitude. Never getting over Luke, who was taken in by the faeries, she's a little unstable and a constant pain in everyone's behind. Thank goodness we didn't have to deal with her a lot! I had expected Ballad to be a continuation of Dee's story, so the complete lack of development and conclusion of her character was underwhelming.
Another great novel by Maggie Stiefvater, this author can do no wrong! Magical and romantic as always, Ballad will leave you wanting more, even after you've turned the last page. ...more
Divergent is most definitely one of my favourite books. I don't think I can sing enough praise for itOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Divergent is most definitely one of my favourite books. I don't think I can sing enough praise for it because it is just pure brilliance. From start to finish, the characters are solid and the plot is perfectly planned and paced. There is never a dull moment which lets the novel fall into the "must read in one sitting" category. Say...you've seen 32945 positive reviews? Rest assured, you'll be feeling the same. The concept of a society separated into coveted virtues is so alluring and intriguing. Living your life in a certain way because you had to? Not telling lies, not allowing yourself to look in the mirror, not fearing death? What. A. Way. To. Live.
The novel begins in Tris' faction, Abnegation, as she prepares for a test which will help her decide her fate. We easily see that she is not able to live her life completely, having to always put others before herself and sparing herself of luxuries. Factions were created to eliminate undesirable qualities but on the contrary, it simply forces people to go too much the other way. Blunt, self-denying, reckless, ignorant and superior - doesn't sound as good, does it? At her chosen faction, Tris is thrown into many exciting situations, ones you'll be begging for more of. Divergent is fast-paced and entirely gripping. The action sequences are written wonderfully and you'll constantly feel a thrill shooting up your spine as you anxiously await more.
Tris is an amazing heroine. Though skinny and weak at first, she becomes resilient and takes things day by day, being mentally strong and taking us on a long emotional journey. I think the character development in this novel was excellent. As Tris fights for what she wants, she matures and becomes a very different person, or rather, discovers who she really was to begin with. The secondary characters are also very enjoyable to get to know as they each have a distinct personality. All of the characters evoked many strong emotions from me, good and bad, going to show how great of an author Roth is.
There's an amazingly good romantic subplot in the novel and that in itself was a mystery! We meet a few male characters early on and for every single one I asked the question, "Is this her love interest?". Unlike many novels where it's obvious who the main character will end up liking, this one comes as a surprise and is not obvious from the very beginning, which I loved! Her love interest turns out to be someone who is complex, intelligent, strong and hot. Where can I get myself one of those?
I felt that this book was similar to The Hunger Games in that it's an action-packed adventure. This book also deals with sacrifices and the idea of doing things you normally wouldn't in order to survive and gain. In saying that, the similarities end there. Divergent is a unique book that will keep you on your toes. Unexpected things happen that will make your jaw drop and heart fracture. You'll be left wide-eyed after the twists. This highly-anticipated novel most definitely lives up to all of the hype and more! Fantastic characterisation and an always exciting plot. What more could you ask for?...more
This is one of my favourite series so I was absolutely ecstatic to get my hands on this book! If you fOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
This is one of my favourite series so I was absolutely ecstatic to get my hands on this book! If you fell in love with Finley and her special crew in Steel Corset, you'll love Clockwork Collar because things get even more action-packed and exciting. Does the synopsis not capture your attention immediately? Jasper's been taken by a dangerous gang leader, Reno Dalton, and must find all of the pieces of a secret device he scattered around New York last year after escaping. The clockwork collar around his past love's neck is quite literally one that will tighten and tighten. If anyone but Mei touches it, she'll die, simple as that. The stakes are high, yes? So strap yourselves in for another beautiful adventure with Kady Cross!
While I loved the London setting in the previous book, New York was so much grittier and had this indescribable atmosphere about it. As always, I felt right back in the 19th century and was thoroughly sucked into the world! Of course, I was slightly sad that Jack Dandy got left behind but the other characters were more than enough to keep me satisfied! What I love about this series is how Cross manages to incorporate every single character into the storyline and let them have their own personal journeys parallel to Finley's. YA books often focus 99% on the main female lead, but Cross switches narrators throughout the book and makes all of her characters stand out because they're REAL and have lives outside of their interactions with Finley. When I first saw the synopsis, I admit I was slightly worried that the book would be boring and all about Jasper and Mei, but I found that it wasn't the case at all. We spend a significant amount of time with Finley's gang (although the two worlds overlap a lot!) but with the story Cross has written, I really don't think you'll mind reading an entire Jasper book anyway! He's a very fascinating person...
What do I even say about Finley Jane? Her character becomes even stronger than before and it is always such a joy to experience new things with her. She and Griffin King, the gorgeous Duke of Greythorne, are still trying to resist each other for reasons completely unbeknownst to us! Boy likes girl and vice versa…What's the problem?! Oh Griffin's sense of morality. *shakes head* However, there are so many moments of absolute sweetness and adoration you just can't look past. It's completely obvious to us that Griffin's taken with Finley and we can see it in the way he behaves, the things he does for her and so much more! He's aware of Jack's interest in her too, which makes things even more exciting! Is he just going to stand by and watch his lady be charmed away or is he finally going to do something about it? ;) You will adore seeing him jealous. It's too cute.
It was surprisingly very enjoyable to watch the Dalton/Mei/Jasper storyline unfold. Like I said, the time we do spend away from Finley is amazing and just as exhilarating! You wouldn't believe the fun I had with the other narrators. I refuse to spoil anything so just know that it's filled with danger, excitement, love and fear, all rolled in a bowl full of deception! Cross stays true to the adventure we're used to seeing and it honestly made me feel like jumping into a boxing ring to let out some excess badass! Clockwork Collar is truly one that involves you in the story and engages you completely. You'll be out of your seat and cheering for the heroes soon enough! Although…Dalton really isn't hard to look at. Why are the evil ones always good looking? *coughs* We like a bit of evil...right?
Overall, Clockwork Collar is the kind of book that demands your attention. With its beautiful cast of characters who lead lives far more interesting than ours, there's no way it won't sweep you up off your feet! The romance and action had me fainting and squealing all over the place so watch out! Even though there are a few things that you know are going to happen, it doesn't make the ride any less enjoyable. Oh, the drama and mystery! I'm desperate for the third book now. I need to know what happens next! This is an absolutely must-read book so don't even think about giving it a miss! ...more
Wow! That is The Mephisto Covenant in one word. I absolutely adored this novel and have been going sliOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Wow! That is The Mephisto Covenant in one word. I absolutely adored this novel and have been going slightly crazy over it ever since. I began reading with no expectations and was shocked when I fell in love instantly. It was very easy to get lost in Faegen's beautiful writing and to be captivated by her well-developed characters, thought out plot and cheeky humour.
When Sasha's mother is deported to Russia after being fired from her job with the State Department, Sasha is forced to move to Colorado to live with her hate-filled aunt, powerless uncle and cruel cousins. There, she runs into a boy named Jax, the same boy who saved her from being killed during a Ravens initiation meeting. The Ravens are a large cult, led by many all over the world but ultimately serve just one - Eryx, an immortal with a mission to overthrow Lucifer and take over Hell. Did I mention that he's Jax's brother? Running from evil skias, Sasha must work with Jax and his five other brothers to keep the ones she cares about safe and to keep herself alive.
Jax and his brothers are mephistos, people who capture skias and lost souls to rid the world of evil. Jax is intriguing, with his gorgeous physical appearance, kind heart, protectiveness, responsibility and attempts at aloofness towards Sasha. Trying desperately to keep her life light, without his dark influence, he falls more and more in love with her every day and fights the temptation he feels for her sexually, as engaging in such activity would alert Eryx to her existence at any given time. Sasha is an anabo, a being of light and purity. Only an anabo can fall in love with a son of Hell and redeem him in the eyes of God, which is why Eryx is so desperate to get his hands on her. Jax and Sasha are a sexy couple - drop dead sexy. Be prepared for lots of sexual tension, unhurried fondling and shameless staring. I loved it! Their relationship develops at a nice speed; slow enough to be realistic but fast enough to keep us interested and needy. The novel switches points of view between them and allows us insight into their very different worlds. Girl, boy, good, bad, anabo, mephisto, amateur, experienced…TICK!
I should stop talking. You just must read this. The characters are easy to connect with, the plot easy to follow, the mysteries exciting, and the romance sizzling. Even if you don't fall for Jax, I'm sure one of his brothers will tickle your fancy. Twists occur when you least expect and this novel will sate your hunger for a brilliant read. ...more
I fell in love with Fateful immediately - with the book and the original concept itself. SupernaturalOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
I fell in love with Fateful immediately - with the book and the original concept itself. Supernatural creatures, power struggles and tragic romances…. What's not to like? This novel was written exceptionally well, with a perfect balance of romance and action. Readers are constantly on the lookout for trouble as the sinking of the Titanic is inevitable. Will this standalone novel have a happy ending or be suitably tragic? You won't know until you read it!
Tess Davies works for the Lisle family in Southhampton, keeping the eldest daughter, Irene, looking her best whilst dodging the tongue lashings of Lady Regina, the wife of Viscount Lisle. Out of everyone in the family, Irene is the only one who treats Tess with any respect or gratitude, with others such as Layton, the only son and heir, taking advantage of their power and so-called position in the upper class. It was difficult to watch Tess struggle with these insolent characters as she's kind at heart, emotionally strong and innocent. The divide between classes is massive, and it's all you can do to cheer on the workers and hope the Lisle family (sans Irene) fall overboard into the freezing ocean! The friendship between Tess and Irene is very sweet, even more so when you see the sacrifices Irine makes for her maid.
Tess can't help but continuously run into the same two men, Alexander and Mikhail. Mikhail is a predator, dead set on recruiting Alec into the Brotherhood and terrorising Tess for his own twisted pleasure. With his dangerous werewolf curse, Alec initially tries to stay away from Tess but the inexplicable attraction between them grows quickly, with neither able to resist the other. Even as a wolf, Alec finds himself unable to hurt Tess, his human self overpowering the beast. It was exhilarating to see them discover each other and overcome the many obstacles onboard the Titanic. Cruel families, scary stalkers, hungry wolves and icebergs - run!! Sweet, powerful and all-consuming is how I'd describe their relationship. I loved it! They're always there for one another and nothing can tear them apart. You really don't know what to expect from this story. Anything can happen!
I won't spoil the ending, but I will say that it is perfect for this story. Fateful with stay with me for a very long time and I'll only be continuing it in my mind. Stand-alones drive me insane because I always want more! Brilliant writing from Gray - I'm looking forward to more from her!...more
With such a beautiful cover, I expected the story to have the same impact on me and it most definitelyOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
With such a beautiful cover, I expected the story to have the same impact on me and it most definitely did. The Glimpse speaks of a world that marginalises and alienates those who are "ill", determined by a DNA test created by Ariana Barber's father. When discovered that her Pure status is an error, she's given one month to marry Jasper Taurell, otherwise she'll be thrown out with the Crazies and separated from the only life she's ever known. Then Jasper tells her he has a big secret, one big enough to kill and die for, and soon mysteriously disappears. She's forced to find him before her one month is up and discovers dark and magnificent things about her world in the process...
The romance in The Glimpse sold it for me. You'll find out who he is when you read the book, but Cole made me swoon like no other. He and Ana don't exactly meet on friendly terms and there's a constant shroud of mystery surrounding him, but he's a mature MAN who will make your heart flutter with his charm and strength. Cole's intelligent, artistic and all kinds of caring too! You'll find that there are multiple groups of people within this society and their motivations and end goals are a complete secret. We don't know where Cole exactly stands so there's always a bit of apprehension when it comes to giving our complete hearts to him. Nevertheless, he's an amazing love interest that will make the sequel very exciting. The book ends on quite the cliffhanger, so I can't wait to see how the story ends!
For a dystopian book, it has a perfect amount of suspense and action. From Jasper's secret missions to Cole's involvement with the Enlightenment Project, you'll be left confused and dying to uncover the truths that are being concealed from all directions. The government is obviously corrupt and we see the stages of this unfold before our eyes with even more shocking betrayals being added to the mix as well. Ana's father is a puzzle and we can't crack him even when the book ends. Throughout The Glimpse, it's very unclear whether he's on Ana's side or not, and whether he's guilty of...many bad things. There's also a story behind Ana's mother's death and… Guh. Merle misleads us and takes us through so many twists, you'll feel like you're walking a tightrope! I was tense and suspicious throughout, a true testament to Merle's great storytelling and building of suspense.
As much as Merle develops her characters, her world is paid equal attention to. It's 2041 and there are 304 catalogued mental illnesses. I really enjoyed exploring the two split societies, a perfect and Pure gated community and an unpredictable "outside world". Jasper's secret is related to a big conspiracy theory and it eventually becomes a fast-paced pursuit for the truth. We question, not only the reliability of the government but also, Jasper's mission. Could it all be a wild goose chase? Oh how Merle keeps us on our toes! I loved the pacing and development of the story, and had only issues in the middle section where it slowed down a little and was difficult to read (emotionally tough!). Apart from that, a brilliant story.
I'm telling you, there are useful clues and red herrings all over this book. You most likely won't be able to tell them apart so Merle will pick at your brain to her heart's content and leave you gasping by the end of it! I'm desperate to know how the characters will go on after the big final scene, and see how the consequences of Jasper's secret affects the society. It was almost twist after twist and entire situations would change with every revelation. Nothing in this book is clear cut black or white so the characters really struggle to decide which side they're playing for. Ana and Cole are fantastic leading characters with sizzling chemistry that will make The Glimpse even more entertaining and engaging than it already is! I have very high hopes for book 2 and I'm keen to finally get all of the answers. At the end of the day, The Glimpse had me feeling confused, angry and fuzzy in cyclic phases and I just adore the mystery of this book. ...more
Brutally honest and bittersweet, The Fault in Our Stars will tug at your heart-strings in the very besOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Brutally honest and bittersweet, The Fault in Our Stars will tug at your heart-strings in the very best way. Hazel Lancaster is a cancer survivor but depends on an oxygen tank to keep her weak lungs functioning. Suddenly, they feel like they might collapse when the gorgeous Augustus Waters appears at one of her weekly support group meetings, in support of his blind friend, Isaac. As they slowly bond over their issues and love of books, the two play the dangerous game of falling in love where nothing can be certain, but persevere hand in hand until the very end. An absolutely moving novel that will surely bring you to tears.
Ever since Hazel got a second chance at life, never did she believe love would be in the picture. With all of her baggage, who would be interested? Gus soon makes himself known and quickly proves that she's completely worthy of his affections, making her feel special and like a normal teenage girl should. He charms her with his smile, gets her hooked on bloodbath zombie books, makes her feel loved and even grants her a special wish. Although I did feel things moved along quickly for them, I adored every stage of their relationship. It's emotional, real and feels entirely right. They're meant to be and it's backed up with visible evidence! Gus is one of the most unique YA guys for a variety of reasons - none that I'll be sharing with you! - and he'll win you over the second he appears in the book. I guarantee it!
If you're used to heroines who fight supernatural battles or rebel against corrupt governments, you'll love the refreshing voice of Hazel. How often do you read books like this? Where the girl is thrown into real life-threatening circumstances? Where she has a physical disadvantage? Where she sacrifices her own happiness so that the love of her life won't get hurt if she dies? Not only is Hazel mentally and emotionally strong, she manages to keep her sense of humour and enjoy what she can in life. Her relationship with her friends and family are explored too, realistically showing the affect cancer has on those around her. I truly adore how genuine this book is, not making Hazel's life perfect but really showing all of the flaws and complications.
If, like me, you've never read anything by John Green before, I'd say this is a great place to start. With his perfect balance of extreme wit, humour, romance and heartache, The Fault in Our Stars is a brilliant read. As you fall in love with all of the characters, you'll be hanging onto their every word and waiting to see what will happen next, following them every step of the way on this bumpy journey. Green's beautiful story about love and loss will wrangle your heart this way and that, making you ride his rollercoaster until the very last page. And what a ride it is......more
Firelight is captivating with its shining characters, exciting storylines and wonderful concept. I've always loved dragons and was absolutely delighteFirelight is captivating with its shining characters, exciting storylines and wonderful concept. I've always loved dragons and was absolutely delighted to see a novel with them as the central creatures! In fact, this was my first dragon novel and I am very proud to say that I am a fan. Jacinda Jones is a draki with the power of fire-breathing, a power not possessed by any other for over four hundred years. Jacinda's rare ability makes her a prized possession of her pride, but her mother and sister are determined to live their lives with humans as neither understand her desire for the dragon lifestyle. Firelight deals with Jacinda's struggles to save her dragon before it is killed by being dormant in the hot, suffocating desert of her new home, and I think this novel is a brilliant start to a series that will surely excite any fans of the supernatural, romance and action genres!
The novel is filled with beautiful descriptions of the landscape and dragons. Firelight showcases many types of these creatures, each with their own unique ability which you will love. Whether the dragon controls the earth, water, fire, invisibility, strength or speed, there is something for you! But not everything's fun and games: Hunters capture draki to sell them to enkros who desire their magical blood, beautiful flesh and ability to find gems in the earth, so when Jacinda is captured but released by Will, she is confused by the hunter's sympathy as he takes them on a journey they both never thought possible. After her mother selfishly kidnaps the family away to live a "normal life", Jacinda must attend a public school which the mysterious Will also frequents... Cue the amazing romance! The two have the kind of unconditional and passionate love we all love to read about and this couple has easily made it onto my list of favourites. Your heart will thud in happiness and devastation throughout the book but no matter what, you will love them. Watching the hardened hunter and wary dragon fall in love was exhilarating. How can you not love their easy banter, longing gazes and protective embraces?
If you don't just want a typical romance with some dragon thrown in, you can definitely expect to find some mystery and action! Some people aren't as they seem and you'll have a lot of fun trying to figure them out. Of course, those hunters are still desperately trying to capture Jacinda and her family so…we're in for a bumpy ride! There will be shocking twists in this heart-stopping novel to trip you up and have you holding your breath in wait...
I had my reservations at first but can easily say that I was very stupid to be! How could I doubt Sophie's writing? It's spellbinding and will hold you in its clutches until the very end. The first novel of the Firelight series has most definitely set itself up well for the future books! Cliffhangers are always terrible....aren't we lucky that Vanish has already been released?...more
Forget what you've read about witches and vampires lately. Amalie Howard blows them all out of the watOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Forget what you've read about witches and vampires lately. Amalie Howard blows them all out of the water and reminds us that they're not just friendly creatures with cool superpowers.
Victoria is an outcast, teased by everyone around her. When she reaches breaking point because of a too friendly bully, she causes the boy to bleed while an evil voice in her head encourages her. Whenever Victoria's powerful blood compels her to commit evil, she revels in her infliction of pain despite how much it disgusts her initially and upon reflection every single time. Victoria blindly takes on the task of exploring her abilities whilst holding onto her humanity, attempting to fight her impending doom which will come from the hands of others who want her power or from her own if she cannot control herself.
Unlike many supernatural romances, the characters are genuinely evil. Don't expect fun magic tricks and sunshine because you most definitely won't get it. Bloodspell is deliciously dark, without being overly so. Sweet, humorous and relaxing moments are also thrown in so there are nice contrasts in mood and pace. The romance between Victoria and [French] Christian is unsurprisingly steamy………how about some telepathic kissing? *faints*
Whilst trying to harness her dark powers safely, Victoria finds that a prophecy marks her as the wanted. Many thirst for her immense power and the only way they can have it? By convincing her to relinquish it to them or by killing her. Victoria doesn't like the sound of either of those. This novel is fast paced and scattered with dynamic action sequences. Amalie Howard finds the perfect balance between the calm and exciting moments, effectively building the tension and our interest. When you least expect it, there are big twists that will get your heart pumping and mind whirring.
Bloodspell was thoroughly enjoyable and I recommend it to those who aren't afraid of a little nitty gritty. Although the romance between Victoria and Christian is shaky at times, it eventually solidifies and becomes a force to be reckoned with! I am so looking forward to more and will be counting the days until book 2. So…is a talking cat enough to get you interested?...more
This has got to be one of the most magnificent and moving novels I have ever read. There are no mysterOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
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....more
It's been a long time since I've cried so much whilst reading a book. Stephanie Perkins writes in a waOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
It's been a long time since I've cried so much whilst reading a book. Stephanie Perkins writes in a way so realistic that you can't do anything but experience the whole journey right along with Anna and reminisce about your own memories of friendship and love. This novel has the perfect blend of humour, heartbreak, love and normal teenage school conflict. Anna and the French Kiss made me giggle a terribly huge amount. I read it on my flight to Italy, so it was either very funny or I was very delirious from the lack of sleep - I'm thinking both? Anna's thoughts are spot on and perfectly represent what most girls are thinking when they're around really sweet and really cute guys. *wink*
Etienne St. Clair is possibly the coolest fictional character ever. Born in San Francisco, raised in London, currently going to school in France…hell yes. British accents and the ability to speak French = serious hotness. He and Anna become best of friends and the developments in their relationship are fascinating to read about. It seems that they take one step forward, three steps back, and it's an exciting game of 'When Will They Get Together?'.
So back to the crying (very embarrassing since I was on a full bus for four hours but it was unavoidable). There are a few heartbreaking/warming moments in this novel that hit the nail on the head and really touch your heart. While I was reading this, I couldn't believe how it so perfectly echoed my past and current thoughts. Anna's character was so relatable and adorable so you're easily invested in her life. You never know how the characters will behave next - prepare for a quick read as you'll be rushing to get to the end!
This is a magnificent novel that you need to read right this moment. Anna and the French Kiss is a beautiful story about love, heartbreak, friendship, enemies, making mistakes and fixing things again. Fall in love with Etienne or else I'll lock him away and keep him to myself!
"If you read closely, you’ll realize that there was someone before Juliet ever came into the picture.Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
"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!...more
After the upsetting ending of the first book, Cammie faces the consequences of her actions and tries tOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
After the upsetting ending of the first book, Cammie faces the consequences of her actions and tries to move on with her life, confused about her feelings for Josh. Does her ex-boyfriend remember what happened last semester? Does he want to be with her again? Will she forget about him? The start of a new school year marks the reunion of four close friends, leaving us wondering what complications they will run into next. Another blindingly exciting novel from Ally Carter!
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is probably my favourite novel of the series. There are so many things I could say but I've got just five words for you: Boys Come To The School. Yes, you read that correctly. Trained boys come to this all girls' school…and they might be better than our girls. *gasp* The opening of the novel has our hearts racing as the girls do a practical assessment for their Covert Operations class. They're let loose at a museum and must find their way to a monument by 5pm without being tailed by the countless Operatives stationed around the area. Somewhere along the way, Cammie runs into a gorgeous Zach. Sparks fly, anger runs amuck…. Be prepared for loads of sexual tension, teasing, avoidance and confusion. I loved seeing Cammie's attempts at outwitting Zach - epic battle of the sexes! These two are absolutely amazing together and I think you'll love them both very very much. *swoons*
An air of mystery surrounds this group of boys because they're not like anyone the girls have ever seen before. They're very secretive and so, of course, Cammie just has to go digging. Strange things have been happening ever since the boys arrived; code blacks, security breaches, shady stalkers, suspicious conversations... You'll be kept guessing throughout the entire novel, trying to figure out who the boys really are and what they're up to. Since I've read all of these books already, I know the secret and let's just say it's all very gasp-worthy!
The final chapters of this novel are oh so exciting. No spoilers here, but you just wait! Carter always manages to promise her readers a good time, and I promise you that a permanent smile will be plastered across your face while reading this. Enjoy!...more
Ever since I read Legacy last year, I've been in love with Cayla Kluver and the world she created at jOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Ever since I read Legacy last year, I've been in love with Cayla Kluver and the world she created at just fourteen. I adored her characters and absolutely couldn't wait to continue her exciting story! In this thrilling sequel, the war between Hytanica and Cokyri intensifies to frightening levels and you'll learn so much more about the characters you loved…or hated! Whether you're Team Steldor or Team Narian…Kluver will take your mind and heart for a spin as the tables are constantly turned! Get ready to join Queen Alera on her quest for love and survival...
I could gush about the characters for pages and pages. They're developed so well and your opinions about them will keep changing throughout the book. Pressured into marrying Steldor so Hytanica could have a new King, Alera feels out of place in her new life. Still in love with the Cokyrian enemy, Narian, she refuses to fulfil her duties as Steldor's wife and continually resists his attempts at aligning with her. If you've read Legacy, you'll most likely dislike Steldor very strongly. Oh how things change! Steldor becomes a true contender for Alera's heart and I fell in love with him, even though it was a very long journey. Trust me, it'll happen eventually and you'll be shocked out of your mind. Steldor is amazing in Allegiance, being a smart strategist, doting husband and controlling jerk all at once. Seatbelts on, please!
At almost 500 pages, this book is long. Kluver's known for her detailed descriptions of even the smallest event. Whereas I didn't notice this in Legacy and was engrossed in the story, I did feel as if the pace was slightly affected in Allegiance. The first half of the book is a safe cruise with bursts of danger thrown in between, but everything after that is heart-racing! The action truly escalates to a level that'll have you clutching your heart in absolute anticipation and fear. Will your favourite character die? Will there be a betrayal? A fair trade? Oh, the plot is brilliant and really brought this book up to a 5 star rating!
Almost everything in this sequel is spot on and I'm impatient for the third book now! While not a cliffhanger, the ending is surprising and opens an exciting door into Sacrifice. Isn't the title foreboding enough? Kluver's books are always packed with plot twists that you don't expect and can't help but love! No matter the length, you'll be sucked into this story once again with an even stronger yearning for more. You'll finish Allegiance with a gasp and a "WOW". Promise. ...more
The first time Anna Whitt laid eyes on Kaidan Rowe was when her best friend, Jay, dragged her off to wOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
The first time Anna Whitt laid eyes on Kaidan Rowe was when her best friend, Jay, dragged her off to watch his band, Lascivious, play. Sultry and enticing, the drummer with a rich red centre immediately knows she's special from across the room…and she can't help but feel the same. With the ability to see others' emotions, Anna's confused about what she sees in Kaiden and a series of mindless decisions then lead her into the dark and dangerous world surrounding his family. Who is she really and what is her destiny?
Anna is probably the most "innocent" character I've ever come across in YA. To her, lying is almost like killing a puppy and her strict adoptive mother, Patti, certainly doesn't help with her paranoia and demands to call every five minutes! At times this constant "goodness" annoyed me but luckily half-demonic Kaiden is there to balance this all out. The romance is probably what I enjoyed most about Sweet Evil. Higgins wrote a guest post on sexual tension for my shared blog event…and let me tell you, she knows exactly what she's talking about. Kaidan is literally lust personified and I can't imagine how Anna didn't sink her claws into his back the moment she ran into him backstage! I always held my breath during their scenes together and might've felt compelled to run to the fridge for ice more than once when they kissed! Rich, English and just slightly smack-worthy…Kaidan's a complicated character you may love or hate. I would've liked to have seen a bit more development in regards to their relationship, but I'm sure we'll see more later and their moments are just sweet enough for now.
I expected Sweet Evil to be filled up to the brim with romance and action. While Higgins delivers fairly well on the former, the action was a little lacking. The novel took a while to warm up and eventually did get there, but I still didn't feel as if anything HUGE happened. Kaidan's father is the head of Pristine Publications, a pornography company, and is nothing if not powerful. He's one of the twelve dark angels in the world and forces his "children" to be bad influences. I'm hoping we find out more about this whole idea in the sequel because it becomes a huge wall in Kaidan and Anna's relationship. He has to "work" every night (aka get friendly with some other girl) and I'm sure you can imagine how Anna feels about that… So in an attempt to question her father about her true background, Anna and Kaidan drive together to California. She discovers that her life is about to change forever and that she's an essential piece in the upcoming battle between the guardian and fallen angels. Oh how the plot thickens...
While I really loved the concept of this novel and had a lot of fun picking apart the mythology, I really needed MORE. More explanation as to why certain things were a certain way, more character development and a slightly faster pace. Sweet Evil has a unique story that I'm really looking forward to learning more about, so fingers crossed that Higgins comes through for us in the sequel! I think this series has a lot of potential and we just need to tap into that special source ;) Bring on the Dukes and their Sins! ...more
Shiloh Ravenwolf is a powerful witch, as the thirteenth daughter of the Broussard family. The daughterOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Shiloh Ravenwolf is a powerful witch, as the thirteenth daughter of the Broussard family. The daughter who the prophecy says will be able to lift the dark curse blanketing the town of Whispering Pines. Before Shiloh learns of her powers, she finds that she can see supernatural beings, evil shadows in the dark that seek to harm her. It is revealed that this all began the day she tried to commit suicide, leaving a scar along her forearm in the shape of a knife. Shiloh can see auras, a person's true nature in the form of colours, and soon learns that she is harbouring more talents than she initially thought. Why has her mother ignored her since she turned thirteen? Something shady's going on……
Beautifully Broken catapults us into Shiloh's everyday life, showing us the stiff interaction between her mother and herself, before the family is whisked away to church. There, she sets her sights on a gorgeous boy around her age, someone she is unfamiliar with. The two immediately form a connection from across the Chapel, unable to stop seeking peeks at the other. I honestly believe that Trent Donovan has one of the best "love interest entrances" I've ever read. Stunningly gorgeous with hypnotic green eyes, a leather jacket and sexy Mustang… *faints* Though I was a bit unsure about their lightning quick forming of a relationship, you can't deny the smoking moments between them. Sometimes I would be all for their teasing and playful relationship, but then Shiloh would act a little crazily, argue with Trent, leave, and then Trent would text the next day asking if she wanted to hang out. That was a little strange...
This novel is filled with mystery, whether about the Ravenhurst Manor (where Trent lives), Shiloh's powers, her parents' suspicious behaviour or the frightening murders. I would've liked to see more focus on this part of the story but overall there was a nice blend of supernatural and romance. The only criticism I have about the novel is the characterisation, but all in all, Beautifully Broken is an interesting read which will entertain those who enjoy this genre. ...more
In a society where girls should be nothing but proper ladies, falling for the common gardener is scandOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
In a society where girls should be nothing but proper ladies, falling for the common gardener is scandalous, especially when your rich and attractive childhood friend has expressed his intentions to make you his wife. Not only is Cate Cahill torn between two boys who she shares equally close bonds with, but she's burdened by a secret that could have fatal consequences if discovered. She and her two sisters, Tess and Maura, are witches and if things weren't bad enough, Cate's just discovered that she's the centre of a mysterious prophecy that will change her life forever. Exciting and filled with entertainment, Born Wicked is a fantastic debut by Spotswood that'll have you jumping in your seat!
Cate's relationship with her younger sisters is crucial to the story, and I loved that they were both so well-developed. While Tess is an advanced caster who's innocent and sweet, Maura's rebellious and desperate to be The Best. Living with their human father, who isn't privy to their secret, they only have each other after their witch mother's death. My respect for Cate is sky high. Throughout the book she suppresses her carefree side to be the responsible one and makes huge sacrifices for the ones she loves. As the prophecy unfolds, this is especially true in epic proportions! She finds herself having to decide between two paths, one that'll lead to a terror and another to a witch resurgence, but both with terrible consequences for her. Beautifully suspenseful and mysterious, Born Wicked will have you desperately trying to piece all of the clues together!
The romance in this book is brilliant! Finn Belastra works in a bookstore (too smart a place for women!) but has become the Cahill's gardener for some extra cash. As Cate hovers about in fear that he'll ruin her beloved garden, the two bond and she falls in love with the boy who doesn't disapprove when she engages in unladylike behaviour (…like climbing trees). On the other hand, Cate and Paul have been neighbours since they were children. She remembers the green-eyed boy during their most playful moments and is shocked by the charming man who returns after four years of being an architect's apprentice in New London. He comes from a good family and could give her the world, but her heart doesn't stutter around him like it does with Finn! In three months, Cate will have her intention ceremony, where she'll choose between marriage or the Sisterhood. If she doesn't, the sinister Brotherhood will do it for her and she's guaranteed to be unhappy. Unfortunately, the prophecy will affect her decision and make things more difficult than you can imagine!! The romance is written with fabulous development and I promise you will just FALL. IN. LOVE.
You'll fly through Born Wicked in search for the conclusion! In the final third of the book, things get very fast-paced and suspenseful as disaster strikes and changes everything. Throughout the book you'll be plagued with questions about the prophecy and you'll only become more ravenous for answers as you learn more! The politics of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood are largely involved but you'll have to read the book yourself to find out more. Get ready for some stunning story-telling with great witch mythology and raging romances. Feel conflicted about every element in the book before being shocked by the cliffhanger that'll have you dying for more! You can find me in the corner. I'll be having a little tantrum and cry... ...more
If you're a fan of the Vampire Academy series, this Ultimate Guide is a must-have! With book summariesOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
If you're a fan of the Vampire Academy series, this Ultimate Guide is a must-have! With book summaries, in-depth character profiles, insights into the vampire world, an exclusive Q&A with Richelle Mead and so much more, you'll easily lose yourself in the familiar memories you have of this fabulous series.
The six book recaps take up about two-thirds of the guide and are 30 pages long each, with Richelle Mead preceding each one with an explanation about her ideas and thought processes while writing. Michelle Rowen is a fantastic writer who so obviously has the same passion for the series as we do, reading as a fan rather than as a critic. Appropriately outraged and swoony in just the right places, Rowen's summary of the series is almost as entertaining as the real thing. In fact, her detailed summaries turned out to be so interesting that I found myself reading them in detail. I had only meant to skim but got caught up in the story all over again! By reading this guide, you'll reignite the passion you had for the series and won't regret having a trusty guide for future emergencies too. It doesn't hurt to re-read the amazing quotes Rowen highlights either!
The summary is not where the guide shines though. The last third of the book (part 2) is where we really get into the thick of things. I was surprised by how much information was given about each character and relationship in their breakdowns. Those minor characters you always forget about? They're featured too! While I loved the quizzes and colour inserts, Richelle's Q&A is my favourite part of the guide. She talks about her favourite characters, her thoughts on the love triangle, vampire mythology, the school, tattoos and loads more! I had a blast in that section and surely you will too. There are a hundred other things in part 2 I can't even begin to name but it's all fun and informative, trust me!
When you read Richelle's answers you'll realise what a well thought out series this is. Things that may have seemed random or insignificant were deliberated on carefully and planned to a T. Richelle speaks as if her characters are real when discussing their motivations and backgrounds, and I'm just a little jealous that there's so much more of these characters that'll only ever exist in her mind! Simply reading those final lines of Last Sacrifice again sent my heart fluttering - what a way to end the summaries! Oh how I adore my hard-earned happily ever afters. I can't say enough - grab this guide if you haven't ready!...more
If you're looking for something genuinely funny, Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters will leavOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
If you're looking for something genuinely funny, Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters will leave you thankful your life isn't as chaotic and impossibly disastrous as Kelsey's. Filled with laughs, rants and tears, this book will be the cherry on top of your syrupy sundae on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Prepare to journey through the horrors that is freshman year with Kelsey Finkelstein, who's as loveable as they come!
I never expected to love this book so much. I was expecting a light read with endless crack but Zeitlin has written something truly spectacular. As well as characters who are developed and all have significant roles in the story, there's a realistic serving of heartbreak and anger to balance the moments of hilarity that will quite literally have you laughing out loud. Immediately you'll fall in love with Kelsey's narration and be flipping through the book as fast as you can to see how her year ends! Gripping and 100% entertaining, this could-happen-in-real-life tale will charm you with it's vivacity and endearingness.
Kelsey's relationships are the central focus of this novel. Zeitlin has honestly constructed an amazing cast of characters, creating detailed and intriguing story lines for them all. None of the tiffs between Kelsey and her best friends are petty. They have issues we can all easily relate to on a mature level and the hurt will really jab you in the heart. Who knew to expect such horrifying twists and betrayals? Gah! Not to sound like a broken record but the characters and plot are ACE. It's been a while since I've read a book with such well-developed secondary characters! Add in Kelsey's embarrassing family….I'm in love.
Now, how can we have a high school story without a tricky romance? Kelsey's in love with the gorgeous Jordan Rothman and plans to stake her claim on the soccer player this year since his bratty girlfriend's out of the equation. No one expected another complication to arise.... Throughout this book, Kelsey discovers that life at fourteen isn't perfect and you'll always have someone waiting in the wings to mess things up for you. (Tip: Avoid the mean troll on your soccer team.) But when Hot Newspaper Guy gets caught up in the "Embarrassing Photo Situation", reluctant sparks fly and we have ourselves a romance ;) Gosh, I won't spoil and tell you about every single sweet/funny situation in this book so I guess you'll just have to pick it up yourself!!
Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters deals with realistic issues that have honest depth and meaning. You'll come out of reading this feeling different, perhaps a bit worn out (the poor heart!) or in the mood to run and give your best friends a hug! I guarantee you'll adore every character you're supposed to and wish you had a quirky Kelsey for yourself. Despite how alive the humour brought me, I can't get over Kelsey's determination to make it through Hell, dealing with the unfortunate complications of being a teenager and a girl looking for love! Promise me you'll pick this book up because you will not regret it!...more
Once again, Ally Carter treats us to a magnificent read. We are forever guessing who the enemies are aOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Once again, Ally Carter treats us to a magnificent read. We are forever guessing who the enemies are and what motives they have. Filled with twists and heart-stopping moments, Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover is as mysterious and action-packed as things get!
When a political convention ends in a kidnapping attempt, Cammie's beliefs about her life and training are turned upside down. Pair that with Zach's mysterious appearances here and there, and we have a book that will mess with our brains. I really enjoyed seeing outside forces begin to penetrate Cammie's safe little bubble at Gallagher Academy. It made the novel seem more realistic and brought a sense of maturity and seriousness to it, as opposed to the more lighthearted (but still amazing) previous novels. In saying that, I must admit I missed the upbeat characters we're used to. With the world's eyes on them and with kidnappers milling about, the girls are restrained and lack their usual freedom. Cammie doesn't seem like herself when she isn't misbehaving!
What can we excited about? Well...Cammie's aunt, Abby, comes to Gallagher Academy to act as Macey's personal bodyguard. They couldn't just let a civilian into the place, you know! I loved seeing an older Gallagher Girl and how this sisterhood is truly for life. Abby is one of those authoritative figures with a streak of naughty, so she and her niece get along perfectly. Abby has a little secret though...can you guess what it is?
Despite the change from the series' usual mood, this novel was still enjoyable. It's fast-paced and will keep you thoroughly entertained with all of the different storylines from the previous books coming into play. Questions are answered…new ones are posed… It's a never-ending circle!...more
Maria V. Snyder never disappoints. All of her books are amazing and Touch of Power is right there at tOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Maria V. Snyder never disappoints. All of her books are amazing and Touch of Power is right there at the top, next to her Study series. Once again, we join a strong heroine on her dangerous journey to faraway lands. Avry is the only healer left in the world and all sides will come charging in order to gain one of the most valuable, and possibly dangerous, assets one can have in these times of strife. With a bounty on her head, Avry's attempt at saving a life leads to a betrayal and her ordered execution. That's until Prince Kerrick and his four men come to the rescue, needing her to cure Prince Ryne, a man she loathes, of the plague. Join Avry as she discovers her inner warrior and learns what things are most important in life. Can she sacrifice her own in order to help another King reign? Is he really the enemy or are her opinions of him skewered?
The very best thing about Touch of Power is the brilliantly vibrant cast of characters. They're different to each other in so many ways, yet their personalities balance out perfectly. Avry is the stubborn but selfless healer, Kerrick is the hardened but secretly kind earth magician, Flea is the puppy-dog teenager, Quain and Vinn are the monkeys and Belen is the sweet "poppa bear"! While Avry is initially reluctant to travel with these men to her death, the six bond like no other and become a tightknit family she can't imagine living without. Even when given the opportunity to leave, she can't bear the thought of parting with her closest friends. All of the relationships in this novel are beautiful and will touch your heart like they did mine!
Kerrick. Kerrick, Kerrick, Kerrick. The romance had fireworks flaring. You can't not love him and Avry together! It's absolutely stunning to watch them go from hate to love. It's a long process, trust me, but so worth it. Kerrick and Valek (from Maria's Study series) are quite similar so it's no surprise that I fell in love with him! Kerrick isn't exactly Avry's best friend in the beginning, being borderline cruel, but things, of course, change. Many important discoveries are made as the novel progresses and they'll greatly alter your views on everything, but until then...go insane!
The worlds Snyder creates are always detailed and, in a way, very realistic. With the help of maps and vivid descriptions, it's not difficult to imagine the fifteen realms and nine mountains. It's a magical landscape, perfect for a magical story. With gripping mysteries and exciting adventures, I never wanted the book to end! All of these great elements come together to form an explosive novel, so prepare for Maria to blow your mind.
Give me more! Give me more! I need to know what happens next! Maria has done it again, with a new refreshing cast of characters and plot. Previous fans of her novels will fall in love all over again, while new readers will be eagerly scrambling to feast their eyes on her other work. What a brilliant start to a magnificent series!...more
Stephanie Perkins has blown me away yet again. She has an obvious talent for writing exhilarating romaOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Stephanie Perkins has blown me away yet again. She has an obvious talent for writing exhilarating romances with brilliant characters - I can't wait for more! Dolores Nolan aka Lola is a lover of fashion, letting her uniqueness shine through with her fun and quirky looks which change every day of the week. As a seventeen year old, she has a rocker boyfriend named Max. Thing is…he's twenty two and her gay dads aren't very pleased about it. They'd much rather she fall in love with Cricket Bell, her old best friend who broke her heart a few years ago when he used to live next door. Now that he and his famous twin sister have moved back…will the two rekindle their love for one another or will things prove to be just too difficult?
Like in Anna and the French Kiss, the main character of Lola and the Boy Next Door is trapped in a love triangle, however, the "other guy" isn't in another continent this time. Throughout the novel, Lola suffers from the guilt of having feelings for two boys. Deep down in her heart she knows that Cricket is special but how can she give up the boyfriend she already has and loves? Cricket Bell is awkward, intelligent and super cute. I love that he and Lola were best friends when they were kids! They were each other's first kisses (even though Lola mightn't have had his permission…), made adorable presents for each other and even annoyed his twin, Calliope, with their closeness. It's the kind of innocent and honest relationship we all love to read about. It was frustrating and even a little devastating to see almost everyone and everything getting in the way of their relationship. Boyfriends, friends, meddling sisters, parents…the evil forces of nature….will they ever be left alone? Every day and night they have an unspoken rule to see each other from their opposite facing windows. I lived for these sweet moments as we were able to see them naturally and without their real-life problems! The flashbacks are also to die for. They take us back to a time of happiness, although the anticipation of "the day that changed it all", otherwise known as "the day that Cricket Bell stuffed everything up", makes that sweetness very short-lived and valuable.
One of my favourite things about this novel was the presence of Anna and Etienne from the first. Lola and the Boy Next Door is the companion novel and to see our old favourites so often? Bliss! Their relationship is portrayed as being perfect and effortless, and upon seeing their absolute ease with each other, Lola is determined to find "The One". Despite how much I loved Cricket, Etienne St. Clair will always be my number one. He is my type of guy and the only thing stopping me from stealing him away is his height - did I mention that he's short…shorter than his girlfriend? *gasp* Cricket and Lola compliment each other perfectly though. Lola's the cool to Cricket's geek, the confident to his awkward, the crazy to his normal… The list goes on! At some point, Lola has a bit of an identity crisis. Max sees Lola (her normal self) and Lolita (her dressed-up self) as two different people, so which one is he in love with? Is Lola simply expressing herself or hiding who she really is? Luckily, Cricket steps in to reassure and aid our little princess, and I think you'll like the results. Lola and the Boy Next Door is essentially about change - in yourself and in the relationships which surround you.
If you enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss, this companion novel is sure to please. We were previously granted the story of finding true love for the first time, and now we get to see two people finding each other again after many years of separation! With this comes an intimacy that Perkins ALWAYS gifts us with and she is without a doubt one of the best YA romance writers out there. Impossible to be otherwise, the romance is heartwarming and will have you begging for Isla and the Happily Ever After. Will our two favourite couples appear in it also? We'll have to wait and see! ;)...more
City of Bones was an absolutely amazing book, a great start to the Mortal Instruments series. At firstOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
City of Bones was an absolutely amazing book, a great start to the Mortal Instruments series. At first while reading descriptions, I thought the supernatural element of the book would be too much for me. There seemed to be a million different creatures, which would be a little overcrowding and confusing. But I loved it. No one element was too overpowering. Perfect amount of subtle, playful romance, perfect amount of action, perfect amount of plot, perfect amount of character development/history and perfect amount of mystery made for a magnificent and gripping read.
With that out of the way, it's time to gush. Jace - egotistical and cocky. Would I slap someone like this in real life? Yes. Would I want to snag Jace as my boyfriend? Yes. Confusing, huh? No really, Jace is a good-hearted and sweet guy on the inside. Even though he doesn't have the most desirable traits, Cassandra just made it work. I don't think it's possible to not fall in love with him! His witty lines and charming personality reel you in and leave no room for argument. Who's Simon again? (…Clary's best friend who's not-so-secretly in love with her, by the way!)
Clary + Jace = perfect couple. Who expected the ending? Definitely not me, and you won't either. City of Bones will leave you shocked and scrambling to get the sequel!...more
Unearthly completely blew me away. I never expected it to be this good. Fantastic plot, characters, toOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Unearthly completely blew me away. I never expected it to be this good. Fantastic plot, characters, tone, writing style…check? YES! So in a nut shell, Unearthly is about part-angel Clara who moves from California to Wyoming in order to fulfil her purpose - something all angels are given. She finds herself having visions about her purpose which involve a boy named Christian and a fire. Christian is an all around perfect boy - the boy every girl wants but can't have, except Clara. As the two become interested in each other, Clara struggles with separating love and lust with her duty. Then there's Tucker who first appears to hate Clara and comes off as being a jerk, but the two are brought together by random circumstance, time and time again, and eventually find something in the other that they never expected. In Clara's words, "He’s good to people, respectful. He doesn’t cuss. He’s kind. Thoughtful. He likes to pick me wildflowers, which I weave into garlands for my hair so I can smell them all day long. He doesn’t make a big deal about me being different." Mark my words, people, this is probably the first time that I am 100% on the fence with who I want Clara to end up with. The two love interests are both great guys who get their fair share of page time. So how are we meant to decide?
The mystery of Clara's purpose is written exceptionally well. I don't see how anyone can guess what her purpose is until towards the very end, right along with Clara. We're given little snippets of visions from time to time, catching us off guard as we never expect them. The plot is intriguing and mystical, and is guaranteed to have you hooked.
Now Clara isn't your typical angel. Apart from her wings and superior abilities, she's just like any other teenage girl with teenage feelings and thoughts, and Cynthia Hand's writing style captures this perfectly. Instead of hating the way it was written, I found myself laughing and saying "That's so true!" Clara has an endless amount of witty and hilarious lines… It'll definitely tickle a laugh out of you.
All of the characters in Unearthly are unique and interesting. From Wendy (best friend and Tucker's sister) to Angela (other best friend) to Jeffrey (Clara's brother) and everyone else in between, I liked them all and felt as if they all brought something useful to the table. They had a purpose and made the novel interesting in their own little way.
But enough of my babbling. Great novel. The end. Rush to the bookstore to pick up your copy now. Maybe scratch out something in your daily planner and mark it as "Unearthly Time". The sequel Hallowed is expected to be published next year. Can't wait!...more
I never expected to love this series so much. I was blown away by how much I adored certain charactersOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
I never expected to love this series so much. I was blown away by how much I adored certain characters and detested others! If the sizzling romance doesn't do it for you…..perhaps the exciting action and magical plot? Maria V. Snyder has written yet another amazing series I hope everyone will read. Although Poison Study certainly has an adult novel feel to it (minus the "adult content"), fans of the young adult genre will easily become accustomed to the more mature themes!
19 year old Yelena is a prisoner in Commander Ambrose's dungeon, about to be executed for murdering General Brazell's son, Reyad. She is granted a reprieve when Valek, the Commander's security chief, offers her the position of the Commander's food taster. Valek poisons her with Butterfly's Dust, ensuring that she returns every morning to receive the antidote. Huge nailbiter, am I right? Yelena and Valek's relationship only gets more amazing as the book continues. We see sides of both that we never expect, as they learn from each other and break down the walls encasing their hearts. This coupling…gosh, how much I love it! I could happily read 10 books about their adventures together, it's that good! Along with Valek, Yelena befriends soldiers and other workers in the castle. Janco and Ari are particular favourites of mine but as for everyone else, you'll be questioning their motives and wondering who in the castle is an outsider spy! *gasp*
Yelena is a magic-wielder whose abilities come out in her times of need, something we begin to explore in this first book. Yelena was mentally and physically abused in the orphanage she lived in with General Brazell and Reyad, so we're really able to see her strength of character, as can Valek. Yelena lives in the North, where magic is strictly forbidden, but in the enemy territory of the South she can be taught about her skills, as they embrace magic. Tension between the two lands slowly builds, setting the foundations for the sequels!
Poison Study is a fantastic book with realistic characters you can't help but love. As the plot unravels bit by bit, Yelena and Valek come closer and closer together…. Team Valena badges need to be made! They are absolutely swoon-worthy. This novel will mess with your mind, full of shocking twists and suspenseful action throughout. A stand out read!...more