Quick thoughts- Wasn't too keen on this one at first but it won me over in the end. The characters took some time to warm up too, mainly patch3.5 stars
Quick thoughts- Wasn't too keen on this one at first but it won me over in the end. The characters took some time to warm up too, mainly patch. Interesting idea for a story and I liked it enough that I'm interested in how the series will play out....more
Good but not great start to the series. I liked it but I have to say I'm getting really sick of love triangles3.5 Stars
Just a couple quick thoughts...
Good but not great start to the series. I liked it but I have to say I'm getting really sick of love triangles. Seems to be the prevalent theme for young adult series. This book did leave me curious for the next one, Rogue, and I liked it enough to continue reading. ...more
I would categorize When as a Paranormal Young Adult novel. The paranormal aspect being that the protagonist, Maddie, sees death dates written in numbeI would categorize When as a Paranormal Young Adult novel. The paranormal aspect being that the protagonist, Maddie, sees death dates written in number form across a person’s forehead. I was intrigued by that premise and curious how the story would take shape. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. I found When to be a fully engrossing, interesting and entertaining novel.
Maddie Flynn is a great protagonist. She’s a sixteen year old girl, one who is kindhearted, smart and a loyal friend. She lives alone with her alcoholic Mom. A Mom, who makes money by using her daughter’s ability to read death dates. Maddie copes with a less than ideal home life. She keeps to herself, with the exception of her best friend Stubby, and gets good grades in school.
Rumors have surrounded Maddie since she was a young girl. She is often ridiculed by her peers, but it gets worse when the FBI question Maddie in relation to a Murder. The victim being a boy who’s death date she had predicted. Thus begins the story…
I really liked When. It is an evenly paced story that caught and held my attention from the very first page. It is written with depth and emotion. At the heart of it all is Maddie and those she interacts with. The characters are realistic and the story fascinating. The mystery keeps you guessing and the characters have you hoping for a happy ending. I won’t tell you what happens, but I will say that the story left me with a smile on my face.
I would recommend When to fans of Young Adult novels with a paranormal twist.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from the publisher, Disney Book Group-Hyperion, via NetGalley....more
Thunder is the first book in the Stone Braide Chronicles by Bonnie S. Calhoun. This book is difficult to review because the story is rather hit and miThunder is the first book in the Stone Braide Chronicles by Bonnie S. Calhoun. This book is difficult to review because the story is rather hit and miss. It jumped around a lot. I would be reading a part that I found interesting and then it would jump to characters that I really wasn’t interested in, back and forth, back and forth. It got better when everyone ended up in the same place and the story came together but that wasn’t until near the end. The Company in the mountain was just a weird and disturbing plot. I found myself skimming those parts at times because I just wasn’t interested in reading about them.
I liked the main character, Selah, for the most part. She was tiresome at times with the frequent crying but overall she ending up being a strong and likeable character. I liked her love interest Bodhi as well, once he stopped being self-centered. It seemed he was rather, self-absorbed and conceited before he was sent away from his homelands. He showed definite character growth as did Selah, which was nice to see. I also liked some of the secondary characters such as the endearing urchin child, Amaryllis and Selah’s steadfast brother Cleon.
Overall, Thunder was good. Unfortunately the book just wasn’t cohesive. When there is more than one group of characters and storylines in a book, it’s important that they all are interesting and can hold your attention, otherwise you lose focus and the book loses momentum. I can only hope that the next book will focus more on one set of characters, as the series does have the potential to be better.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from Revell via NetGalley....more
Night Sky by Suzanne & Melanie Brockmann is the first book in the Night Sky series. This is set in the same world as the Fight Destiny se3.5 Stars
Night Sky by Suzanne & Melanie Brockmann is the first book in the Night Sky series. This is set in the same world as the Fight Destiny series and is a young adult spinoff of it. You do not need to read the Fight Destiny series to follow this one.
Night Sky took me awhile to get into. The beginning just didn’t capture my attention. It wasn’t until around the 20% mark that the story finally came together and got interesting. Happily, once I got past the beginning I enjoyed it and became invested in the story and the characters. Night Sky is one that gets better as it progresses and by the time I was finished I was completely engaged in the story.
Night Sky is a young adult novel and Skylar, the main character, is 17 years old. I thought she was portrayed true to her age. She was a typical teenager, dramatic and rebellious. I wasn’t sure I would like her in the beginning but she grew on me and became more likeable as the story unfolded. At the beginning of the book she catches the attention of Dana, a Greater Than. Shortly after she started noticing she was exhibiting abilities. Abilities beyond what most people view as humanly possible. When the young girl she babysits goes missing, Skylar teams up with Dana, Milo and Calvin to try and find out what happened to her.
Overall, I liked Night Sky quite a bit. Once I got past the beginning, it was interesting and I enjoyed reading as the story played out. There is action, mystery and a bit of romance. The paranormal aspect is intriguing. I’m curious to find out how Skylar’s abilities will develop as the series progresses. I also look forward to reading more about her and Milo. Their romance is endearing and sweet. Night Sky is a complete book but there is more to be told. I look forward future books in the Night Sky series.
Night Sky is recommended to fans of Young Adult Urban Fantasy.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley....more