Another fantastic read from Hocking. Her success has really grown since her self-pubbed Trylle series, and she seriously deserves it.
She's a great wriAnother fantastic read from Hocking. Her success has really grown since her self-pubbed Trylle series, and she seriously deserves it.
She's a great writer, and an even better storyteller. I found myself entranced by her book, just as Gemma was entranced by the water. The book was mostly light, but there was this dark cloud that kind of floated above it the whole time. Those pretty girls are not as pretty as you think they are. Creepy... It also makes me think of Mean Girls.
There was a fantastic set of secondary characters. Harper kind of shared the spotlight with Gemma, and I enjoyed her story just as much (if not more) as Gemma's. Alex was such a sweet guy, although he didn't add a lot to the story, IMHO. Daniel was probably my favorite character. I loved seeing his relationship build with Harper, and he was an awesome dude. (I can't really put it into other words.) The parents were even in the picture (ha, don't see that in YA nowadays), but Hocking put a little twist in their dynamic that made the story much deeper and sadder.
The story itself moved at a slightly less-than-comfortable slow pace, but I still enjoyed it nevertheless. It really built up at the end, and I am looking forward to picking up the sequel next year. Thanks to the pubs for the chance to review this book, and thanks to Ms. Hocking for another well-spent few hours!...more
Have you been searching for the perfect, cute, beach read? Or something to brighten up those rainy,Read the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.
Have you been searching for the perfect, cute, beach read? Or something to brighten up those rainy, spring-summery-ish days? WELL SEARCH NO MORE, because you have come to the right place!
*steps off the ringmaster stand thing*
Elizabeth Margaret's life is structured, sheltered, and has pretty much been all figured out since Day 1. It looks perfect from the outside, but... I'd say it just isn't life. So Elizabeth Margaret (quite a mouthful) is finally done with high school. She has one last summer left to enjoy, until she goes to Harvard and then has to work in her dad's firm. Fun, right? Not quite. But then she receives a card from a long-lost aunt who invites her to hang out with her on her tropical-ish island resort. What does Em do? Well, to quote Drake, YOLO. (Yes, I had to put that in there.) Em hops onto a plane and lands in what is to her paradise/heaven, and life is wonderful. And the rest of the story, well you can find out for yourself.
As I said before, this book was cute and perfect as a light, easy read on a sunny day. There wasn't anything that I disliked about it, but there wasn't anything that really stood out to me, either. It's a book that is definitely targeted toward a younger audience (I seem to have been reading a lot of those recently... it's kind of boring.) and something that I think little girls would enjoy. I even teared up at the end, because I'm cheesy like that.
All in all, I don't really have much to say about this book. I read it and enjoyed it, although it did not make a huge impact on me since I'm just too old for this kind of stuff. Introduce this to your middle-schooler kid. Don't expect anything earth-shattering, but this book is quick, an easy read, and good....more
This is not a happy book. We all know how Romeo and Juliet ends, anyways, so there's not much I can spoil for you here. Rebecca Serle was true to theThis is not a happy book. We all know how Romeo and Juliet ends, anyways, so there's not much I can spoil for you here. Rebecca Serle was true to the Shakespearean tragedy (Which I thought was the stupidest thing ever written. That doesn't stop me from reading things based off of it, though. I have a soft spot for romance.) The book brings out your sad emotions and makes you feel sorry for yourself. Or somebody else. It's kind of depressing.
Main characters are, obviously, crucial to the success of a story, and I just wasn't satisfied with Rose. She was a nice person, I guess. But she's also one of those people that tend to blame themselves whenever anything happens, and that kind of sucks for us readers because we're stuck reading about this depressed/distraught/angry chick who's going to be either crying, numb and sleep-walking through the day, or pissed off at the world... for about half the book.
The other characters in this book were amusing, but I didn't really connect with them at all. Olivia and Charlie were the typical, loyal best friends. They were a little cray cray. And Olivia could be really stupid and lost sometimes, and the way Rose portrayed her made me feel like Rose didn't really even like her that much. (I'm sure she did. Could've been my imagination. Maybe Olivia's ignorance was endearing or something to them.) The guys were in the book, but that's about it. Other than Len and Rob, we don't really learn much at all about the other guys, which I found kind of boring. Juliet was a witch, but she had a more broken inside. Nothing really new, and I just didn't think there was much character development.
I think Serle did a good job of telling the story. She put a creative twist to it, telling it from the point of view of a side character (i.e. not Romeo or Juliet) and I thought it was cleverly done, how she fit in the star-crossed lovers' story, but created a whole new main plot for Rose. This book is funny, sad, and a number of other emotions. Contemporary and classic retelling fans will definitely enjoy this one....more
A novel about love, loss, and sex. Intriguing, huh? It definitely sounded like a book that I wouldRead the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.
A novel about love, loss, and sex. Intriguing, huh? It definitely sounded like a book that I would enjoy. I'd seen rave reviews of Pearce's Sisters Red and Sweetly books, so I just had to check out a book by her. One thing that stood out to me about this book is that it was incredibly short. The whole just flew by in a few hours. I've seen a few reviews lying around that say this book was predictable. I, well, didn't realize what was going on until Shelby herself was given some shocking news. I guess I'm just a little slow. But if it's any comfort, I don't think it's that predictable, although it isn't anything extraordinary or new.
This book is definitely... angsty. And while I understood (or at least tried to) Shelby's feelings, I just felt like she was making everything such a huge deal, and whining about it. A lot. It was a sweet book, and it had a generally good message. (I definitely do not approve of the way Shelby... went around.)
The book has awkward moments, mostly during parts with Shelby and her father. I liked those, because I could really understand and feel the awkwardness in their entire relationship. I really liked Shelby's father. The whole cake thing was pretty epic. And there were some funny quirks throughout the novel. Jackson is funny. I've seen it in person and online, and it shows through her writing.
This book just didn't really sink in with me, which is why I give it an average rating. There wasn't much of an impact on me personally, but it had some good points that could make you think about things or look at things a different way. The writing was good, and the story definitely had potential. It was a quick, enjoyable read, and it doesn't deter me from any of Pearce's other works....more
So obviously, because this book is from Julie Kagawa, you can automatically assume it's going to be totally awesome and kick-butt, right? Yeah, pretty much. But don't be expecting pretty, sparkly fairies and a "hot boy with sword," because we're talking evil vampires and zombies this time. This book is definitely of edgier and darker fare. I've always liked Kagawa's writing and her portrayal of strong female characters. Allison is snarky, loyal, and strong. She's a relatable and human character, guys. Okay, so I just totally contradicted the whole book because she's actually a vampire. But that's where we get to the core of the story. Allie hated vampires with her whole being, and then... she gets turned into one. Fate probably rolled around in laughter when dealing out that one. She constantly battles her vampiric urges, and wants to help humans, not, well, eat them. Even with her good intentions, nobody in their right mind is going to trust a bloodsucker, and she has to accept that. In the end, she's lonely, and it's heartbreaking.
There isn't as much romance in the beginning-middle section, which is fabulous. Guys, I'm seriously getting sick of insta-love crap. The concept of soul mates is a little ridiculous, especially when it's basically See a guy. Feel attraction. MEANT TO BE. Zeke was a sweet guy and genuinely likable. Unfortunately, he didn't quite capture my heart like swoon-worthy Prince Ash did. He was weak in the way that he was too selfless and just didn't know when to stop. Percy Jackson fans, you know what I'm talking about? (Them fatal flaws.) Sometimes, you just gotta know when somebody else is dying... and dying for them probably won't make anything better.
I found it really amusing when I realized how much the vampires were like zombies. The whole sleeping-in-the-dirt and clawing-out-of-the-dirt thing was.... quite laughable. But not in a bad way. It's like they're vampire-zombie hybrids. And I never realized until later that many people compared the rabids to zombies. I don't really have much expertise in the zombie realm. In fact, if these things are legit zombies, then this book is my first zombie book.
There was a bit of a lull in the beginning of the beginning. The plot was kind of slow, and I just didn't know where it was going. The characters didn't even know where they were going. They were literally just walking around. Not exactly the most exciting stuff. Later on, though, the story gets better, there's a ton of action, and it's so ridiculously fast-paced that there are times when you have to go back and re-read scenes that just come in a flash and go. I read this book in one night, and I kind of regret that, because I think it made me absorb the book less, and just not enjoy it as much as I could've. Sort of like when I cram in a World History AP chapter in the night before a quiz. I obviously do not enjoy that.
Last but not least, there are two things I have a serious problem with. One: Stick is a major jerk. He is high on my list of book character jerks, because.... well, he's just not a good person. (Trying to keep this PG here.) I didn't like or trust him early on, and then later, he's just... a donkey. Granted, I understand his motives and his feelings, but I just didn't like his character at all. (I also disliked Rat, but he dies anyways, so I don't really care.) Another thing. The cover. Are you freaking kidding me? Dearest publishers, I am so grateful to you for publishing such fantastic, wonderful books. I really am. But why are you going to publish a book that is completely from the viewpoint of an Asian chick, and then not even bother to find an Asian model for the cover? For one, that is extremely misleading because Allie Sekemoto is obviously Asian, and that cover girl is not. I'm pretty sure we're not that difficult to find. (Other points of interest: Here's a tumblr post in which Cassandra Clare answers some questions about her book covers. Yes, they used an Asian model for Jem in Clockwork Prince.) I suppose it is a major improvement that Allison is Asian at all, so props to Ms. Kagawa for that.
So now that I've made my contribution to political activism, I would like to step back from my meaner side and just say that this book is a definite read if you are a Kagawa fan. Heck, if you're a vampire fan. But Kagawa doesn't do sparkly vampires, either. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm very excited to see where Ms. Kagawa will take us with her new adventure. I am disappointed because I didn't get the ARC edition with a sneak peak of The Lost Prince, but hey, I am at least comforted with the knowledge that there will be a continuation of my favorite Iron Fey series!...more
I loved the fantasy atmosphere around this book. At its heart, it's just another coming-of-age/find-your-path-in-life story, with one awesome, head-strong heroine at its prow. This girl, born into relative poverty (especially considering her title), is suddenly thrust into the dangerous world of politics and war with the death of her father and his final wish of dethroning the current king and finding a better one, even if it has to be her and her brother.
I really enjoyed the story, and I found myself aching for more books after finishing. The first book, which involved more adventure, kept me energized and focused. There wasn't any boring section. And the second book, which involved a much more dramatic setting at court, was definitely entertaining. What I really liked about it is that there wasn't any overload of romance, and the bit that was in there was definitely heart-pulling.
There were times when the book was a little confusing. There were many subplots in the second book. Meliara just had so many problems. She had a kingdom to take care of, and her own personal life wasn't exactly a smooth ride. She could also be a bit dense, which added to the mystery romance aspect of the novel, but I think we all figured it out early enough. I wasn't sure why she hated the Marquis of Shevraeth so much. It got a little annoying, and she had no real reasons to keep pushing him away. Clever device on the author's part? Eh, not really. It also seems she, although brave and well-intended, never really did much saving the world on her own. She herself was saved multiple times by aforementioned Marquis and a few others. There's a delicate balance between a heroine who is saved too much and one who saves too much (where the amount of strength and battle prowess just gets a little ridiculous... and convenient), and I'm not sure Smith quite hit the mark.
Another thing. The Fire Sticks gave an intriguing introduction at the beginning of the book, but never really play a major (if at all) role in the novel. The Covenant hardly seemed relevant in the story... except in the beginning.
As I said before, this book involves, fantasy, adventure, romance, and historical fiction, a brilliant combination that I devoured. The author's writing is skilled, although I felt like she felt the need to use as many SAT vocabulary words as possible, and attempted to never repeat the same verb twice. (Or maybe it's just because it's an older book and I'm a newbie?) Fantasy lovers should definitely give this book a short; it'll be worth it....more
This is the second of Elizabeth Eulberg's novels that I have read, and again, I loved it because it was so cute. The book, told from the viewpoints ofThis is the second of Elizabeth Eulberg's novels that I have read, and again, I loved it because it was so cute. The book, told from the viewpoints of four teenagers, has several subplots that are all entwined together, yet separate. I enjoyed reading the story of each teenager, and absorbing each of their distinct voices. Carter, the teen semi-heartthrob, had dialogue parts that were written like a movie script, and I thought that was really clever.
Emme is the type of person you just want to hug. She's lovable and squishable. Okay, maybe not really squishy. But she's that genuine, nice person that you just can't hate. Unless you're Sophie. Sophie was such a witch. I was angry towards her for, oh, pretty much the whole book. Carter was a cool guy, and Ethan obviously had some issues, but he had a good heart.
Eulberg does a good job telling her story. There's probably nothing that you've never seen before in books, but it's cute and if you don't mind cliche, then you'll like this book. The ending left me a little sad (but I think it was supposed to be), but mostly satisfied. I kind of felt like I was maybe a little too old for this book, which is bad for me, but good for all you young teens. It's an enjoyable, easy read, and I would recommend for all young contemporary fans....more
The premise of this book was just too cute. A contemporary romance book, under the span of 24 hoursRead the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books
The premise of this book was just too cute. A contemporary romance book, under the span of 24 hours and taking place on an airplane? Sign me up! This book consists largely of the present, but also many flashbacks into Hadley's past. I found it difficult to sink into the book in the beginning: the voice was kind of awkward and stilted, because I felt it was a strange way of writing third person. Not really to my taste.
After the initial stall, the book became much more interesting (especially at the end). Some of the flashbacks were boring, while others did a good job of enhancing the story and succeeded in making me cry or award it with some major "Awww" points. There were many flashbacks, as I seem to be noticing in books these days. But with this kind of book, it's inevitable. How else are you going to fill up a 24-hour (actually, 23 hour and 54 minute) long book?
This book was definitely cute and was well written enough to give me almost a full score of 5. It was an enjoyable read, and for being the type of book that it is (the delicious chick lit "fluff" I so adore), it's difficult for me to judge. It's either your type of book or not. If you're not into cliched romances, then avoid this one. But if you do like cute romance HEA books, then you should definitely give this book a shot....more
Looking at the premise for the book, I pictured a cute book narrated by a funny, quirky, over-dramaRead the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.
Looking at the premise for the book, I pictured a cute book narrated by a funny, quirky, over-dramatic girl who thought that her issues were the biggest and only issues in the world (because isn't that what every teenager thinks?). And I was right. Kelsey Finkelstein is about to be born again when she enters the daunting world of high school, and she's ready to tackle it and have the best year ever. But of course, she is met with the typical challenges of traitorous best friends, bullying upperclassmen, and some extremely awkward "wrong place, wrong time" photo situations that keep her from reaching her highest potential.
The thing that brought this book down for me was the voice. Kelsey Finkelstein was whiny and immature, often to point of being not funny (it was just too annoying). While I understand the author wanted to capture the voice and mind of a "Typical Adolescent," I felt it was overdone. Not only that, but Kelsey jumped between sounding like a 10-year old and using cuss words while talking about controversial topics such as sex and drinking. When those unsavory words made their occasional appearance within the text, it felt awkward, like a little girl wearing her mom's shoes. They just didn't fit her formerly younger voice.
Which brings me to another point. Like many books, Kelsey addresses the idea of sex and how she fears everybody else has done it except her (which we all know is not true anyways). She's afraid to do it, and I applaud her for that. What bothered me was her casualness with drinking. Since when to freshmen just hop over to a friend's house and drink beer? And then, after a violent encounter between heavy glass bottle and tooth gets let off easily with barely a reprimand from Mom? I don't think that's a very realistic situation. If I ever got drunk and broke half my tooth off, my mom would kill me. The thing I would most fear would not be dying of embarrassment at school the next day, but filicide (who's being overly dramatic now?).
The end is what saved this book. Kind of. It finished well enough that I was able to forgive some of what I had just read, but it was still a little too abrupt. Julie, the main bullying upperclassman, is a topic that I wish was broached upon a little more. All we know is that she has evil inclinations towards freshmen (for no reason whatsoever.... made no sense to me at all) and has bushy eyebrows. Oh, but then she gets drunk and Kelsey helps her, so Julie is somewhat human to her... but then acts like a *bad word* again when the other upperclassmen come in. I'm still confused.
There was one seriously LOL scene in this book. The part during the play with the whole beard situation. The problem was, I was reading this during TAKS testing. As in, that annual state-mandated, school board-regulated examination. So I had to hold in my laughter and ended up sounding like I was doing some weird combination of hyperventilating, crying, and gasping.
In conclusion, this book presented me with nothing new or particularly fascinating. Nothing worth special mention stuck with me, and all I can truly remember is her annoying voice. This book would probably be enjoyable to middle school readers, because they're always been interested in what high school is like... oh but wait, we have many mentions of drinking and sex. Which is probably not appropriate. All I can say is, read at your own risk.
P.S. The whole Ben situation made no sense to me. (This brings me back to the too-short-and-abrupt book thing.)...more
Knowing that this was a book from Lisa T. Bergren's River of Time series, I just knew this had to bRead the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.
Knowing that this was a book from Lisa T. Bergren's River of Time series, I just knew this had to be good. And it was. It had the usual action, romance, and humor, told from the viewpoints of our two awesome female heroines. I was really happy with how Lia was featured so much more in this, and I have a feeling she'll have her own chapters in Tributary, too. It was fun to see Lia and Luca together. I mean, Gabi and Marcello are married now. That's boring. We want young, budding love!
You meet a new character, and while she only has a small part in this one, she'll probably be in Tributary a lot more. Lord Greco, who at the end of Torrent betrayed Firenze, is one broken character. You can't help but feel sorry for him. I felt like this novella really did the job, bridging books three and four together. It was short, only about 100 pages, but it contained a lot of content that answered questions from previous books, but opened even more for future installments. (As of now, there's only going to be one more, but one can always hope, eh?)
This book, being in this series as it is, means you will love it. At least, I did. It continues the adventures of Gabi, Lia, Marcello, and Luca and shows promise of even greater things to come. Having written three fantastic books already, it's hard to repeat many times over, but I have faith in Ms. Bergren and I can't wait for Tributary....more
I was so disappointed to give this book only four stars, and not the full five I had been anticipatRead the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.
I was so disappointed to give this book only four stars, and not the full five I had been anticipating. After reading Jenny B. Jones' awesome The Charmed Life series, I just knew that I had to get her other books, and I decided I was going to like them all. As usual, Jones manages to create what you think is going to be some fluffy, cliche book, but she always manages to throw in some stuff that gives the book a (sometimes dark) twist. Psycho football players? The murder of a circus star? Yeah, it was as awesome (if not weird) as it sounded.
This book had a different feel to it. Whereas The Charmed Life was about Bella, the daughter-of-a-world-class-plastic-surgeon-and-former-Manhattan-socialite-turned-Truman-nobody, it was brighter, at least in comparison to this book. The death of Finley's brother, Will, looms over the entire novel, giving it a darker edge. That doesn't mean this book doesn't have its light moments. It does. All the time. Hilarious banter between Finley Sinclair and Beckett Rush? (He is just as much of a movie star as his name sounds.) It's there all the time, and will keep you laughing.
Speaking of Finley and Beckett. Jones is a master at creating believable, real romances that aren't BAM! INSTA-LOVE!. He's one of the hottest celebrities on the earth, and yet Finley keeps her cool around him. She's snarky and witty on the outside, even though she's very broken on the inside. She has this thing (I call it OCD, but I'm not a doctor or anything) with organizing and controlling. She wants everything to be perfect. And she knows she isn't perfect, and that nobody is, but that doesn't keep her from trying to fix everything. Which is the reason that I had to dock a star. Because no offense, but I had not been planning to read a book about anorexia. The degree to which she kept bemoaning how fat she was and how food made her throw up was disturbing and annoying. The funny parts weren't funny. I know eating disorders are a real life problem, but I just didn't pay to read about them in this book.
I also feel like I should give Mrs. Sweeney some of the spotlight. Her relationship with Finley was truly inspiring and heart-wrenching. I don't really want to talk about it much, because it's one of those bittersweet things, but it was such an enjoyable part of the story. Definitely contributes to the book's "must-read-ness." (Yes, I just made up a really awkward hyphenated word.)
All in all, this was another wonderful product from Jenny B. Jones. She's a really great writer: not only in technique, but in how she composes the story and can draw the reader in. She can make you laugh. She can make you cry. I have not lost faith in her, and I am looking forward to more of her books. I feel like she and Beth Fantaskey, author of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, are kind of similar in writing. While one is fantasy, and one is not (they both write about vampires, heh), I would recommend reading that if you liked this book.
*While this book is obviously Christian (many Bible verses and ideas of faith), it's not done so in a pushy way. She's not trying to convert you. Many other reviewers also agreed that this book was not overwhelmingly Christian....more
After reading a smashing review about this book from Confessions of a Bookaholic, I had to pick itRead the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books..
After reading a smashing review about this book from Confessions of a Bookaholic, I had to pick it up. Usually I'm not that easily convinced, but I must've been really tired or something.
Anyways. I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written, and there was a twist in the end that was pretty surprising and kind of cool. I couldn't sympathize with Jaden. She was... too much like me. It was kind of weird. But she was funny and really smart. I just wish there was more focus on her friends in this book. Plus, the book had some parts where it's obvious something's happening that the character in the book does not understand it happening. Which makes you want to bang your head on the wall. She constantly had these thoughts of "he smelled so good" and "I felt myself leaning towards him..." Okay, hon, that's usually a sign of attraction. Just saying.
I did, however, like reading about how Jaden changed. She grew into a more real and believable character. The entire time, I felt like the author was emphasizing the fact that nobody is perfect. Jaden lives in a drafty, leaky, old house. Her "perfect" boyfriend isn't, well, as perfect as you might think. It's a good message. :)
There are many references to other novels in this one, because both Jaden and Parker are bookworms. (Another plus.) Thanks to Ms. Klein, I went ahead and got Wuthering Heights for my Kindle. I hope to tackle it soon.
Parker was amazing. Why are authors just so... amazing at creating ultimate boy characters? I wish they have the ability to make them real, too. Parker is dark, mysterious, and lonely. But really, he's a brilliant student with a troubled past. Or is he more than he looks? Yep, I just threw a monkey wrench.
While kind of cliche and an obvious HEA novel, it was a good read and made me finish with a sigh. A happy sigh. The ending was handled perfectly. Would I recommend this book? Romance lovers, read to your heart's content. I am definitely looking forward to future and other novels from Katie Klein....more
As the first NetGalley of the year, and my second yet-to-be-published review novel of the year, thiRead the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.
As the first NetGalley of the year, and my second yet-to-be-published review novel of the year, this book made me really, really excited for this year in publishing because it was just fantastic. I loved it. At first, all I got out of Bria was that she was kind of whiny, and I'm pretty sure her jerk ex-boyfriend was mentioned in every single chapter (when really this entire trip was for her to get over it, so it was kind of annoying.) I really don't want to ruin the book for you, so I'll keep this review short and sweet. I'm recommending it for pretty much anybody. If you like to read, you'll like this. Heck, if you don't like to read, I still say you should try this.
So this book involves backpacking in Latin America, something that sounds really adventurous and fun, but probably not something I would really like to try out. I like my indoor plumbing, okay? Either way, this book was adventurous and fun, and I loved reading about each place and the beautiful imagery. Hubbard's writing is quirky and funny, and she threaded words together in a way that made me able to live what was going on in the story. (Meaning she's a good writer. I just wanted it to sound fancier.) It felt real. (I mean, some of this is based off of her own experiences, right? How much more real can you get?)
I love to read contemporary novels, and I was so glad to find that this one was not all about romance. (Well, at first.) It was about a girl finding her place in the world, even if she had to travel all over it to do it. (But Rowan was a pretty cool guy. Bonus points.) Picture Mayan ruins, a gorgeous sunset and the feeling of being at the top of the world. That's what the book made me feel like at the end. Breathless.
Would I recommend this book? Um, yes!! Hubbard's sophomore novel really stood out to me, and I am looking forward to future installments from her. I have yet to read Like Mandarin, but I hope to pick it up soon!...more
Honestly, I didn't pay enough attention in class to really form an opinion about this... but I do recall being angry/amused at Falstaff at the same tiHonestly, I didn't pay enough attention in class to really form an opinion about this... but I do recall being angry/amused at Falstaff at the same time, and liking Prince Hal. He turned out to be pretty awesome in the end. In the BBC version of this play, Hotspur is really ugly. Just saying....more
While reading the premise for this book, I already started gathering an idea about how the story woRead the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.
While reading the premise for this book, I already started gathering an idea about how the story would end. I mean, how else would a relationship—in which one-half of it dies—end? The other half would either die from heartbreak or get over it and move on. Colt was an interesting character (and a bit of a jerk). He was the poor farm boy. Julia was the rich girl with a perfect life and a perfect boyfriend. The whole time, I couldn't really figure out what their relationship was. Colt didn't even seem to know. On the blurb of the book, it says "How do you get over someone who was never really yours to begin with?" and that makes me think that this was more of a "friends with benefits" situation than anything else, especially not love.
Julia was scared and insecure and a bit selfish. If she truly loved Colt, it obviously wasn't enough. Colt was also a little lost throughout the story. There was so much sex in this book. It covered such a huge portion, and was slightly disturbing. Can't this kid find something better to do? This book is definitely not for a young teen's eyes.
I suppose that Colt was aiming to get over his loss of Julia and move on with his life, but so many side stories and problems cut in through the novel that it became a little confusing. Many questions were left unanswered and the ending was a little too rushed for me.
Needless to say, this book was an enjoyable read, although not particularly a memorable one. It had a The Outsiders feel to it, with the rich/poor side of town and the time period and setting, which I liked. My satisfied feelings with this book and Hubbard's obvious talent for writing are making me willing to give another book from this author a try....more
Holy poop. Wooooooowwwwwwie. This book was amazing. This entire series was awesome, fantastic, remaRead the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.
Holy poop. Wooooooowwwwwwie. This book was amazing. This entire series was awesome, fantastic, remarkable, outstanding, marvelous, superb, and every other good thing you can say about something. Jenny B. Jones is definitely the latest of my favorite authors. She is one to look out for, guys.
Now that I've used all those adjectives, I'm not really sure how to go on. "Her writing was fantastic... wait I already used that word. Dang it." Well, I loved her writing. It was quirky and out-of-this-world LOL hilarious. (Not LOL hilarious, but laugh out loud hilarious.) Bella is an awesome (there I go again, reusing words) main character. She's strong and super funny. Maybe not kick-butt like those fighter heroines, but she's strong-willed, stubborn, intelligent, and knows how to pull those sarcastic one-liners. It's great. And all the other supporting characters? They each had their one definitive personalities and they made a *racks brain for new adjective* sensational cast. Sorry. That was the best I could come up with.
The romance? If you like hot, buff nerds, then Luke Sullivan is your guy. Dark hair, laser blue eyes? Muscular, tall form? Snarky intelligence? Is your heart a-pounding? And the best part was that Ms. Jones didn't overdo it. You know how I hate drama (if you don't, well, now you do). But this book. This book didn't have those OHMIGOSH I CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT HIM BUT I DON'T-I CAN'T-BE WITH HIM BECAUSE I'M AFRAID HE'LL BREAK MY HEART LIKE THE FIVE MILLION OTHER GUYS I'VE LOVED super long mind-paragraphs where the MC just rambles on and on and I just want to bang my head on the wall again and again... Drama is to a minimum, just the way Lucia likes.
I loved everything about this book. The writing, the characters, the plot... You know what, just go and get one of this lady's books. And me? I'm going onto Amazon and buying the rest of hers....more