This book is actually something very different from what l am reading at the moment, most are paranormal or some sort of dystopian so this book had th...moreThis book is actually something very different from what l am reading at the moment, most are paranormal or some sort of dystopian so this book had the potential to be a refreshing read for me. Wow it was. It left me speechless. The thing about this book is, for most of it, Stolen is set in the same place with the same two characters yet never in this book did l get bored of the characters or the story. Never. l was constantly holding out for the next line, the next chapter. Needing to find out what happens, needing to stay in the world alongside Gemma. I could never guess what was going to happen next and if l guessed a tiny bit of it, something bigger would surprise me. First off, what makes this so amazing is the emotions. Gemma truly feels like a real person, l bow down to Lucy and how she got the emotion so right! It was how l could imagine myself acting if l found myself in Gemma's situation. Gemma is such a likeable characters, not just a typical teenager but someone l really felt like l was there alongside her feeling the emotions she was feeling. Feelings which are explained in such a great way by Lucy. Ty, the captor is a very unique character, the perfect character for this book. Creepy but not too creepy to be kind of likeable. I have seen a few reviews where people have said they liked him and although it may sound strange if you haven't read this, l liked him too! Being honest, l can see some people may not enjoy this if the writing style isn't right for them but for me Lucy Christopher is a beautiful writer, she gets across the emotions in this book which are so important with this type of book. I think it shows that the writing is beautiful when you find yourself crying at the end of the book for the characters. Overall this is must read for everyone for me. Stolen is one of those rare books which makes you feel like your a different person in the writers world. l seriously don't think any review l write will show you how amazing this book is in every way. This is my favourite book of February and l am sure will be in my top 10 of the year. I will be looking out for more books by Lucy!(less)
When l started reading this book l really enjoyed it even though l definitely was more interested reading Jonah's chapters as l just felt he has a muc...moreWhen l started reading this book l really enjoyed it even though l definitely was more interested reading Jonah's chapters as l just felt he has a much stronger and complex character. Jenna kind of just annoyed me with her spoilt ways, well it was actually Charlie who acted like that (her real name). At the beginning it didn't annoy me which is probably why l enjoyed the first 100 pages more but after a while it started to drain me and l just wanted to say "Wake up, spoilt brat! Why are you 'snapping' that easily?". I always think if a character makes you feel this way they are written in a way which makes them feel real but l have to say, sadly, for Jenna it just didn't work. I felt she was just so spoilt and that was all that was for her. Jonah annoyed me at points but he also had a funny side and a very confident side to him which was interesting to read about. I think for me this was my first problem, Jenna/Charlie just wasn't explored enough, it just seemed to always be the same responses from her to Jonah. Characters in stories have to each be very unique and very explored and Jenna just wasn't explored enough for me. Moving on, the story is quite predictable but it's one of those that is but is still enjoyable. I think that's what makes predictable books good, the fact interactions between the characters are fun to read about. Another probelm for me though was how some conversations just didn't flow. It was like someone was having a conversation and kept just saying random things. It was kinda of fun and funny to read at some points but in others it's like "What are they talking about now?" or "That felt like a pointless sentence". At sometimes l kind of just got so confused by what they were talking about l didn't even know who was actually talking. Saying all that, l did like this book. At some points it had me laughing out loud, mostly in Jonah's chapters and l found it a nice read with a book which is focused in today's time instead of one with vampires or focused in a time 60 years from now! Overall it's a light read which will be good to read if your feeling distracted or a good relaxing read for the beach or bed time. l would recommend it to anyone who likes fun reads which has the little twist of the romance being filmed .. l think this added to the story a lot. (less)
http://www.booksforcompany.com/ l am going to start off by saying the few little things in this book which meant, for me, it’s a 4.5 and not a 5. My onl...morehttp://www.booksforcompany.com/ l am going to start off by saying the few little things in this book which meant, for me, it’s a 4.5 and not a 5. My only real 'complaint' of this book is a few things were repeated too much which gave me the impression some sentences were forced. The sentences which felt forced didn’t flow with what was happening, it kind of felt like déjà vu and l found myself thinking ‘Didn’t you just say/think/do that a second ago?’ For explain if a feeling was being described sometimes the same feeling would be described a paragraph down, not always in the same way but still something which has already been said. Minus my negative feelings, repeating things can sometimes be a good thing, at one point l didn’t understand what had happened but because it was kind of said again l then understood it. Saying that, like l said above, l felt for some feelings the reader already understood them and it didn’t need to be repeated. Ok, on a more positive note, l LOVED this book! First off the cover and inside of the book really stands out, the cover is sooo shiny and the page numbers etc are red as well as a picture of a few trees at the bottom of each page, l loved that! Apart from how appealing the book is to read its obviously not the most important thing, the writing inside is! Well let me tell you, Ivy has wrote an amazing debut book. The writing is great with an engrossing plot behind it that shows off Ivy’s writing and imagination skills. I don’t think it’s an action packed book because, like l said, some scenes and actions feel a bit repeated in this book. For me though that didn’t matter too much, l was engrossed by Avery’s struggles and discoveries and enjoyed following her journey. It felt like the ending of this book hinted towards a second to follow which would suit some people as l have heard some felt not too much happened in this book and was more developing of the characters. I can’t see this myself, l think this is a great book within itself and do feel relationships between the characters will be interesting to see how they grow and change and should be a big part of the second book, if there is one. Overall l would really recommend this book, it’s not a big book but is an enjoyable read and definitely a debut author of 2011 who will grab your attention!(less)
Being honest, this was a book l wasn't too sure about. First off it's not something l would usually read, the female being the sort of 'hunter/law enf...moreBeing honest, this was a book l wasn't too sure about. First off it's not something l would usually read, the female being the sort of 'hunter/law enforcer' doesn't usually interest me. Anyway l wanted to start to try different things and give them a go, you never know what you might like! After finishing this book l am so glad l read it! Lindsay is a great writer, the story flows well and nothing seemed rushed which isn't always easy when you have such a fast paced book. As well as loving Lindsay's writing l also really liked the characters in this story, they are all very likeable and although this is a very engrossing story line with a great plot behind it l felt the characters made this book. The characters are developed really well to the point where you feel like you know them as a friend. They are all unique and l actually really liked every character in this story. Sicarius managed to be a likeable character (for me) in a very 'weird' way as he is actually quite a heartless character but he is one of those people who you like because of how they are! Amaranthe reminded me of myself in some ways, she is a very caring character who wants to be strong and often is but sometimes shows not all things are easy for her, this makes her more real for me. The interactions between the characters were also written in such a great way. I actually found myself laughing quite a lot while reading this, all the characters are so unique in their own ways but also are very funny with the things they will do or say. The book mainly made me laugh because of how the characters were with each other. The Emperor's Edge focuses a lot on doing things as a team and most of the time this was the focus so the interactions between the characters were really very important and could either 'make or break' this book. For me it really made it. Overall this is a great read. You will find yourself feeling all sort of emotions, one second you may me laughing and the next your eyes will be glued to the book and your heart beating fast while trying to read as quick as you can! Lindsay is a writer to look out for and l am sure when you read one of her books you will be wanting to read another!(less)
When l received this book (Thanks again Diana) l was shocked by how small the book is, it’s only 192 pages. You couldn't be blamed for thinking ‘Can this book be any good when it’s so small? Can it introduce the characters in time and get a good story line in?’ well in answer to that, yes. Yes it is a good book even though it is only 2/3 the size of most books, yes it does let you get to the know the characters well but still have a good story line behind it, yes the size of the book fits the story perfectly.
I was straight away drawn into the book even though the beginning is a bit confusing. When you understand it, it is very clever way to start the book and definitely makes you want to read on. More importantly, when it keeps you wanting to read more Memento Nora doesn’t feel rushed, you have the information you need to follow the story, probably not as much as any books but enough. I didn’t know the book is told from three peoples point of view but l enjoyed this, although sometimes l forgot to look who’s point of view the next chapter is fro. I felt by doing it from more than one persons point of view it meant the information you need is there as you are in three peoples 'minds'
This book is hard to write a review about without containing spoilers as everything happens quite quickly. l wouldn’t say there is ALOT going on in the book but it still keeps me engrrossed, mainly because l love the concept of this book about the pill which you can take. The differences between characters also interested me, l love how they interacted together when they are different (In ways l won’t say) Also like l mentioned above, the characters are still developed well even though everything happens quite quickly in this book. I felt l knew Nora as well as l know other characters that are in books that are 400 pages long, that shows the book is written well in my eyes!(less)
http://www.booksforcompany.com/ This cover never grabbed my attention but it’s one of those covers that when you look at it the more you start to like...morehttp://www.booksforcompany.com/ This cover never grabbed my attention but it’s one of those covers that when you look at it the more you start to like it, and l do like it now. I think it suits the book well and sometimes covers have nothing to do with a book so this is refreshing that this cover does. Saying that l don't love the colours which is why it's only a 3.5. Anyway onto the actual book and my opinion. The blurb tells you a lot about this book and l worried about how many more things could come up in this book which weren’t already told in the blurb. I do feel blurbs sometimes give so much away. Anyway just let me say, the blurb doesn’t tell you the HALF of it!!! I have to admit, 50 pages into this book l WAS enjoying it but found myself a bit nervous that it was going to be too much like other books and not stand out. Boarding school, girl with passed away family, secrets, the nerd at her old school. Then suddenly everything changed, the storyline took to a whole new level! As l got further into this book l was very pleasantly surprised, Kristi really made her unique thoughts and her take on the paranormal world known in this book. WOW was l nicely surprised. Things came from nowhere and twists on the paranormal world which l am so used to reading about were changed. Simple things about the different ‘paranormal’ creatures which are common in lots of paranormal books were twisted and changed in this book to make a new world. That alone made me fall in love with this book. It’s so refreshing, Kristi ideas are truly amazing! This book is not just a refreshing read but a very fast paced book with great characters in which are developed the more you get into the book. Even though it’s around 400 pages this isn't too long at all, the pages really whizzed by because Kristi constantly brings something new into the story. In some places it will mention about a character going to do something but then will skip forward in time and explain what happened in a few sentences. This may sound stupid but l always think these are thought out books to have so much going on and to make something which could be a chapter long into a few lines! Over-all l would strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal, its a fast paced book with great twists. Kristi is really an author to watch out for and l will be excited to read any books which she releases in the future.(less)
This book never really stuck out and made me really want to read it, it doesn’t have my sort of cover and the blurb doesn’t grab my attention a lot but this book is amazing. I feel rather lucky this year because the amount of amazing books l have read already! I have no idea how l will choose my top ten of 2011. Be a lot harder than the top 10 for 2010! Anyway on to my thoughts. This book pretty much has something going on from the beginning, the main story line is introduced within the first 30 or so pages. This is good but l did feel one thing happened a bit too fast and l was like “would it really happen that quick?” In fact there were a few scenes where l was thinking “what who’s that character again? Are they related to them or them? Are they good? Evil?” l just got a bit confused which ruined some scenes for me which could have been good and more gripping. Most of the time my confusion was answered by Kelly as she did well to go over things but there are a lot of characters. When a story has a lot of characters you can sometimes struggle to get to know them enough but Kelly a few main characters so you could grow a bond with them. Ari is a character that has had a few problems in life and wants to try and put to rest some of them. Sometimes she annoys me a bit with what l felt was overreacting in some cases, being a really angry sort of person and being a wimp in some ways but then really strong with other things. For example in one scene l would of been really scared but she wasn’t and then in a scene a less big thing is happening and she is scared! Saying that l think Kelly did an amazing job of putting forward Ari’s feelings to the readers and her thoughts. It really made her feel real. One of the only ‘negative’ thing l thought about Darkness Becomes Her while reading this was totally random sentences. E.g. - ‘l could look at him forever. But there was something he would never ever know’. L can see how this makes sense but l think it just needs to be explained a little bit more, like what she’s feeling when looking at him. Rest of Review Here - http://www.booksforcompany.com/2011/0...(less)
I had seen lots of very positive reviews on this book but it still didn’t grab me as a must read. To be honest l read it next because l only had 8 days left to read it and it’s a short story (240 ish pages). BUT l am VERY glad l read this and chose to read it next!!! Wow. From the start this book is very interesting because of Kendall and how much of a unique character she is, she suffers from OCD which plays a big part in this story and is brought up a lot in the book and follows her struggle. Also because she lives in a small town it makes for very interesting relationships with characters, how these change as the story goes on and the things which she comes to realise about her relationships with people around her (Explained on my blog in the review). I did really like Kendall, l thought she was a very normal girl who l would get on with myself if she was a real person. She pretty much kept herself to herself and enjoyed doing normal things. I had been told this was a creepy book and l am a bit of a wimp so l was scared l wouldn’t enjoy it as it would freak me out too much but being honest, if you read this in the day you will be fine! Yes it’s creepy but in the good way which keeps your heart beating fast and desperate to find out more! It’s definitely one of those books where you wish you could skip a few lines or read faster just to find out what’s going to happen! With a book which is built up so much around one thing and finding out about the one thing, eg who is causing something, the answer to your BIG and main/only question throughout the whole book has to be a good one. I have read a few books which are so intriguing but when you read the end its kinda like, Oh. Is that it? This WASN’T one of those books! I loved the whole story behind it and felt the story is nicely wrapped up and answered all the questions which l had throughout the book. Overall I can’t say l was bored at any point in this story and the pages whizzed by. I am glad Lisa didn’t try to force anything else in the story just to make the book big, l sometimes feel like authors do this and some books could be half the size. You get to know each character just enough and the plot is just gripping. SO worth a read! (less)
http://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com Check out the link above for ratings. I have so much to say about this book, l have a whole list of notes written...morehttp://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com Check out the link above for ratings. I have so much to say about this book, l have a whole list of notes written that l started to write after l had read the first chapter. Before l start my review l have to say l didn't expect much from this book, the cover doesn't grab me at all BUT this book was a nice surprise. Even if l didn't always enjoy the concept of it, its a thought out book! Oh and also before l start, just to get it out the way, l was often annoyed but the constant exclamations being used. Yes l use them lots but in a story they seem totally out of place being used so much. I did warn you, l have a lot to say about it. ~ I haven't read a book in awhile that l have had a strong love and hate relationship with it and not known which one l side with the most. First and foremost l should let you know this book is set ahead of time, around 2086 l think it said somewhere in the book. I think this is always daring because you need try to guess how advanced we are going to be by then. I think Hilari got it right most of the time and l loved nearly all of the things which she added to the world which Kelsa lives in. ~ Now for my thoughts. This book actually started off as a great surprise as l was enjoying it a lot, l liked how the characters were introduced and Raven had great character at the beginning and l really warmed to him. Kelsa on the other hand l felt myself getting annoyed at her, she is rather mean to her mother and as l am very close to my mother l didn't get how she could be like that. A bit spoilt she came across in a few chapters. Anyway at least they had their personality's at the beginning because suddenly as the story went on the l felt the two characters lost their personality and become flat. This may have been because Hilari seemed to focus so much on the plot that the building of their characters seemed abandoned. Stuff was being repeated as well as finding myself totally lost in a few sections and not understanding what was happening at all. ~ The plot itself is the main thing which l am struggling on deciding if l loved it or hated it. It's confusing, interesting, frustrating, repetitive .. as you can see, its a lot of things! I truly don't know, l wasn't bored by the plot and its certainly a unique concept which Hilari had obviously thought into but l felt in some ways it was just too .. strange. Sometimes l connected with it and other times l didn't and its the times when l didn't connect with it when l am thinking "Please make Raven and Kelsa a bit complex!'. I honestly still don't know where l stand, l actually feel confused! ~ I guess at the end of the day my final verdict comes down to if l will read the next in the series. Yes. Just because l want to find out what happens as l am a nosey person but l won't be a rush to read the next one. Being honest though l would probably be satisfied with reading someone's review which tells me what happens next.(less)
http://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ I brought this book to read as l had the second book to review called Always a Witch (Not yet released). l never...morehttp://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ I brought this book to read as l had the second book to review called Always a Witch (Not yet released). l never like to read a book which is second in the series before having read the first book because l hate missing out on a good book and would never read the first book after reading the 2nd already. Anyway, my thoughts - Carolyn is a new author for me and l am glad l have found her, l love the way she writes, her writing style makes the book constantly interesting and great to read. This book is also one of my first (if not my first .. can't remember) book which l have read that focuses so much on the magic that the characters hold. I was a bit nervous this would be too unrealistic but actually you quickly get dragged into the world which is created and start to believe this world really exists. I love how the book started off and Tasmin introduced me to her world and that she felt a very normal girl. The characters and their relationships are fun to read about, l especially loved the relationship between Tamsin and her sister. It is so similar to real sister relationships out there (mine included with my sister!) but has the added factor of the magic in the family which makes it very funny to read about. You find the characters themselves and the relationship between other characters changing as the story goes on and bonds between characters are quite out of the blue! The complex connections and ties between different people in this book makes for an interesting 'community' within the book and more so because of the different opinions with the characters hold about their family. As well as many of the bonds between the characters coming as a surprise the main storyline within this book was not expected. I thought l had a idea of how this book would turn out but l was totally wrong with new twists coming up in this book constantly. It really is a book which you can't get bored reading. The talents which Carolyn included in this book was great, l loved every single one of them and some were a very clever idea . I was excited to start the second book, Carolyn really leaves you with a cliffhanger in this book and l would very much recommend it, it's so close to being a 4.5.(less)
http://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ I loved Once a Witch but l loved Always a Witch even more!!! All the new characters which are brought into this b...morehttp://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ I loved Once a Witch but l loved Always a Witch even more!!! All the new characters which are brought into this book are unique, interesting characters which all have a real meaning within the story meaning none feel out of place or just 'there' which l find can happen in 2nd books in a series. Tasmin is developed even more within this story and l felt her character stayed the same which is a good thing when you liked her character in the previous book. I have seem numerous of reviews where the characters have just changed too much in the second book, l felt the complete opposite of this! The plot is even faster paced than in Once a Witch (which was pretty fast paced) and you can't stop at any place within this book and not find yourself wondering what's going to happen next until you pick the book up next. Even when you get to the next chapter there is always a cliffhanger making you want to read more! The ending was nearly a disappointment but then l got to the last 5% (Kindle) and it totally turned around, WOW! It's not a big cliffhanger if there is going to be a third book and being honest it would be a good ending to the whole series as l feel satisfied with the ending, its one of those books you put down and are left with a book smile on your face. At some points l did find myself confused because the times changing but most of the time l came to understand the thing l was confused about. The concept of the time seemed very thought out at all times and it was actually very interesting sitting there trying to figure it out then being like "Oh yes, thats very clever!" Overall l loved this book, its a fun read which leaves you laughing in some places but also totally gripped in others. The interactions between the characters are great to read, even more so with the new characters and the good/evil traits. (less)
I started this book having seen lots of great reviews on it and can’t remember seeing one bad review. This often makes me nervous about a book because at times books which have a lot of great reviews don’t live up to my expectations. This book did! More than anything else l love about this book, its unique. Cynthia has come up with her own ideas and made her own little world. Never have l read a book and been interested in the environment which the characters live in. Mostly l am so focused on getting to know the characters l don’t care much for the detail of their surroundings. In this book l did because Cynthia put across the image in my head of what Clara was seeing and l became interested. This book is very fast paced and l could see it easily being made bigger (and l believe the released book is.. l got the ARC} For example Cynthia skips a whole section which l feel could of had it’s own chapter. I didn’t feel this was a bad thing as it made the book even more engrossing and still gave you a ‘round up’ of what had happened. I love Clara, she is a lovely character which although with her ‘powers’ she is a very nervous person with not a lot of confidence and l felt sorry for her in some parts of this book. In fact l loved all the characters in this book. They were all developed well and very different from each other. I also loved the relationships in this book, especially the relationship between Clara and her mother. It was very real, with their ups and downs and her mother trying to look after her/protect her but Clara disliking her mother for doing so. This book constantly keeps you thinking and throws more things at you. What l loved about this book is how you never knew what Clara was going to do and l felt a lot of the things she did other authors have ‘stopped’ their characters from doing this even though they have hinted to it and the characters have had to choose, they have always chose the other option. (Explained below .. in SPOLIER section) I really recommend this book to any paranormal lovers, its a great read and well worth the time spent reading it!(less)
http://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ Ok l want to start this review by saying there isn't anything really terrible with this book, there just isn't a...morehttp://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ Ok l want to start this review by saying there isn't anything really terrible with this book, there just isn't anything amazing and at no point was l struggling to put this down. It's just not that sort of book and after the blurb you kind of expect a bit more than what you get! Saying that I am glad l have read this but can't help feeling if l read it a few years back when l was younger (l am 18) then l would of enjoyed this even more. The writing isn't amazing, its pretty simple and at some points l would say its quite poor with very simple sentences which ruins the communication between two characters. For instance you know when you feel a sentence could be written in such a better way? l felt that many times. Likewise a few things this book deals with would be perfect for someone younger but for me how they were written in the book felt very emotionless, towards the end the way it was written got to me so l found the things which should be quite sad and should of made the reader feel something, didn't make me feel anything. At sometimes this book contradicted itself, at one point a character was mean't to be a person who Dante got on with then 5 minutes later they are having a heart to heart, l just didn't get it! Once this had happened l was more fussy and picked up on other things which got to me. The unrealistic parts in this book annoyed me. If a life changing thing happened would you just carry on like nothing happened? Well characters in this book did and seemed to with ease. I then got a bit frustrated with how the baby (l think around 2) seemed to be able to talk so well and understand a lot, the things the baby said l felt they wouldn't ever say. It's definitely a book that you could read if you find your distracted a lot and need an easy read as its quite easy to put down and come back to whenever. Overall - I wouldn't buy this book and probably won't read another by this author but l found this book ok and wouldn't want to have left it unfinished! (less)
I already know this is going to be in my top 10 reads of 2011. You know when you love a book, its a 5 star rating .. but there is always that list of extra special books which really made you stop and think 'Wow', immediately make an impact on you and the way you think. You find yourself taking a few minutes to get back into the real world after putting the book down, thinking of the book randomly and starting to feel the things the characters are.. This book did all of that. The concept behind this book is scary and very sad, after reading the blurb l wondered how it would be written and the personality of the characters. I did enjoy Lauren's 'Before l fall' but l have to say this book was on another level, the writing was so much better and everything was much more believable. Everything was perfect and written so well in a powerful way, the quotes are amazing and really make you think! Lena is such an innocent and angelic character l straight away loved her. I actually felt very lucky to see into her world and see how she grows and changes in this book, l felt like a proud best friend! Hana her best friend is also a great character in the book, l loved the friendship between them, how they have known each other for a very long time and how both girls just follow the path which the government set out for them. I feel this makes the book real, l mean if your born into that world you don't question it if you know the results if you do question society are things such as death? I don't really want to spoil it by saying who she does the 'unthinkable' with but l also really loved this character. They all bring something special to the book and their relationships. The ending was a shock to me and this is what totally made this book that bit more special than most other 5 star rating books. l found myself frustrated the book had ended (in a good way) it was a total shock how it ended and l have NO idea how its all going to turn out in the next book. I will be thinking about this book for weeks to come!(less)
http://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ Unique, engrossing, real, entertaining, all words which came to mind everytime l picked this book up. This is one...morehttp://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ Unique, engrossing, real, entertaining, all words which came to mind everytime l picked this book up. This is one of those books l find hard to pick a single fault with. The characters felt very real which is such a big thing for me, often with the characters just haven’t felt real which has meant l struggled to get into the book. This book was the total opposite, Calla is stuck between her mind and heart many times in this book and you are constantly wondering which one she is going to listen to. Her feelings felt very genuine, her confusion, her thoughts and actions are all which l can imagine doing in her situation. I don’t think l have read a book like this in a while, the complete mystery about this book makes it so engrossing, only once did l guess what was going to happen next and it was right before it happened so it wasn’t that predictable! It’s quite a big book, over 400 but yet the book was constantly keeping you gripped with more and more action in every chapter which seems to come from nowhere. This book was totally unique; the world which Andrea has created is breath taking. New things were coming out throughout this book and its pure genius as well as realistic. The writing is fantastic and although l found myself confused at some points everything was explained to me (the reader) at the right time. This is a definite read and totally recommend it to any paranormal fans, it’s a must read and l am sure you find it a very unique book to read and be dragged into the world which is created in this book. (less)
http://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ This isn’t a book l would usually pick up from looking at the cover but after seeing this around a few blogs and...morehttp://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ This isn’t a book l would usually pick up from looking at the cover but after seeing this around a few blogs and reading the blurb l was straight away drawn to this book. It sounds like an unique read but l did feel it could go wrong if it got too unrealistic. I didn’t feel this book got too unrealistic in the way of how things are in the future but l did feel some interactions between the characters felt ‘fake’. For example l felt some relationships grew too quickly for how things really would, especially for people who are meant to never have face to face conversations. That said, l did really enjoy this book. I wouldn’t say this is a fast paced book but the story line was very intriguing, never knowing what was going to happen next with the characters relationships with each other and also where the story line was going. This book introduces you to a whole new world which feels very real, the author has done a great job of putting in things which already exist in this world mixed which things that don’t. This makes it all much more believable and gives you the chance to make your own opinion on the things which the author seems to ‘discuss’ with the reader. My over all opinion of this book is it’s a great read with a unique story line, l enjoyed reading about the different characters. I found Justin a very interesting character and wished his point of view could of been included. (less)
For me when l started this book it was important Jenny explored the characters as much as she did in her previous book 'Before l die', even the charac...moreFor me when l started this book it was important Jenny explored the characters as much as she did in her previous book 'Before l die', even the characters which weren't in 'Before l die' much were explored and you felt like you knew them. This book is exactly the same, every character has their own personality and feelings which makes you feel like you are getting to know people as you read this book. l fell in love with Mikey who just wanted to do the best he could. Jenny's writing style is very unique and this writing style continues into 'You Against Me', some sentences are written in a very relaxed, simple way but this seem to suit the book. It's hard to explain unless you have read it yourself! The ending is left quite open l guess but l think this was actually very clever as the main storyline within this book changes as the book gets further in and l felt as a reader the end included the most important part for me. I loved how the relationships changed as the book went on and the choices which the different characters had to make. l felt it was all very 'real' and never did l feel 'That's unrealistic and wouldn't happen at all'. Jenny dealt with very intense situations in this book but because of how they were written l felt this book was suitable for younger readers such as 12/13 even though the topic which is wrote about. (less)
http://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ Ahhh, l love the feeling you get when you finish a book you LOVED! A feeling of satisfaction and over-all happin...morehttp://jodiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/ Ahhh, l love the feeling you get when you finish a book you LOVED! A feeling of satisfaction and over-all happiness. Right from the first page l fell in love with Graf, his such a typical male but you start to see the different personality's in a male which you see when you get to know him. When you first get to know a guy you often feel like they have no feelings with their macho act but then you start to see different sides to them. I felt like this with Graf, l honestly felt like l was getting to know a real person. I have never read a book by Jennifer before but if all her books are written like this with such great characters l am a future reader of her books. Graf is a funny, sarcastic character who made me laugh out loud lots of times, l wonder if he is based on a real person which the author knows? This story is refreshing, even though Graf has the typical Vampire 'traits' like not being able to go out in the sun etc etc he still felt very unique. The story line itself is as unique as Graf, well at least l haven't read a book like this. Never in the book (until the author wanted you to know) did l know the answer to my many questions and Jennifer left just the right amount of time to reveal these questions. The right timing of revealing things for me, as the reader, kept me interested all the way through the book. This book has swearing and quite a 'strong' sex scene in so l would say this is for 15/16 and over. Overall l would be very happy if l spent money on this book, which l think is the ultimate test, when lm not rich!, Jennifer created a great character which lm sure any reader would fall in love with, l know l did (just don't tell my boyfriend ;]) I already miss Graf now this book has finished. (less)
http://www.booksforcompany.com/ I loved Evernight but l have to say, l loved Stargazer even more! In Evernight a lot of the book is focused on characte...morehttp://www.booksforcompany.com/ I loved Evernight but l have to say, l loved Stargazer even more! In Evernight a lot of the book is focused on character building, like a lot of first books in the series. This book is action packed and very fast paced! This is actually my first book of 2011 where a vampire is the main character, how is that possible?! Bianca’s character is even more developed in this story aswell as a few other characters which weren’t that explored in Evernight. What l love so much is how every character has a meaning in the book and even ones which aren’t that involved in the book still feel like they are real and explored enough. Stargazer is so much less confusing, it feels much more explained and easier to follow but in an interesting way which keeps you engrossed. I did love Evernight but a lot l didn’t understand and in some scenes l just wanted to skip them as l just didn’t follow it at all. Stargazer actually has more going on at once but like l said, its just put in a less confusing way and the information isn’t just thrown at you The ending is a really cliff hanger with so many different ‘roads’ left open with what Claudia could write next. It made me want to get Hourglass right there and then and l am planning on getting it from the library next week and reading it as soon as possible. Overall I really enjoyed this book, l regret leaving it so long till l got to it and l definitely won’t be doing it with Hourglass! It’s a totally unique book which really stands out on its own. The characters are fun to read about with many different sort of personalities and things going on at once. Stargazer is a fun, gripping read which has something for everyone. READ IT! If you haven’t already you are really missing out.(less)
This book is one which pretty much grips you right from the beginning with the scene being introduced quickly as well as the main character, Bianca. A...moreThis book is one which pretty much grips you right from the beginning with the scene being introduced quickly as well as the main character, Bianca. Along with Bianca every character in this book is interesting, unique and brings up a lot of questions in your mind about them as characters and what their role is going to be in this book. l find with dark paranormal books a lot really does depend on the characters and how the author makes them come across to the reader. Claudia has done such a great job with this, making the reader unearth so many questions for each character. You find yourself really wanting to find more out about each character and their life's... this makes the book a whole lot more interesting to read! Even though having all these characters in the book really does make you engrossed at the beginning l found it hard to keep track of all the characters, sometimes getting confused with who was who and what l knew about them so far. I have to say, even though it's such a small thing, l found it annoying how every chapter's first line started in block capitals. It just got to me because most authors use capitals to emphasize something. I think with such a small thing getting to me in the book and it being the only negative thing in this book it shows how much l enjoyed it and what a great read it is. Claudia has done a great job of putting her 'stamp' on the world of paranormal books, l didn't in any way find this repetitive from what l have read in other books and loved many of Claudia's ideas for this book. l hope it continues into Stargazer. If you haven't started reading this series then all l have to say is .. You should! I am excited to start the next one but have so many books to review this one will have to wait(less)
Looking at my rating it looks like l hated this book, l didn't quite hate it, at the beginning l even enjoyed it and l liked how this book was written...moreLooking at my rating it looks like l hated this book, l didn't quite hate it, at the beginning l even enjoyed it and l liked how this book was written. But in the end, even with how short this book is, l just found myself a bit bored and thinking that anyone could write a simple plot line like this about their life. I think Corinne has potential to be a good writer, her writing style is good and interacts with the reader and makes the characters real. Maybe with a good story line her books could be really good. At the beginning of the book some questions are put into your mind, where is she going and why? This are the sort of things in a story which keep you wanting to read more but this soon faded out. Things were repeated, the story line was predictable and it honestly felt like the book could be about any ordinary person. Through the whole book l wondered when a twist was going to come up in the book, when something was going to happen but even when it did it wasn't a big shocker. Half way through the book l sort of felt 'cheated', looking at the front cover you get the idea she is a lot older than she actually is. The author doesn't make this clear, sometimes she sounds really young and other times she does things older children would do. Being honest, if l knew how young she was l probably wouldn't have bothered. Over-all l wouldn't want to pay for this book, its a quick, simple read with no real main story line to it. Maybe for young people to read ... 13/14. I probably would of gave up on it if it was any longer but because it's so short it wasn't that bad. I said l didn't hate it and l didn't but l didn't enjoy it either. (less)
http://www.booksforcompany.com/ I SO wanted to read this and after winning £7 to spend at book depository l chose this straight away. I loved the conce...morehttp://www.booksforcompany.com/ I SO wanted to read this and after winning £7 to spend at book depository l chose this straight away. I loved the concept behind it, l knew it would be a bit like other books such as Delirium in the sense where it’s in the future and the government strongly control things but l felt it could stand out as a great story by itself. It did. I wouldn’t say this book is perfect but it is a GREAT read, it was never either 4.5 or 5 but instead either 4/5 or 4.5/5 just because of a few things mentioned here. The concept behind it is a very strong one and like Delirium quite a thought provoking book. The only reason l would say it isn’t perfect is because l feel like it started slow although not in a boring way at all. It pretty much explains Nina’s situation and introduces the people around her. Although l didn’t find this boring,for some reason l didn’t connect with the characters straight away. I don’t know if it’s because the story needs to get going before l do start to connect with them. This may have been the case because after around 50 pages l started to really like this story and connected with the characters. . Nina has a really hard life in many ways and has a lot of things going on around her which she is unsure about. I felt sorry for her as she finds herself in hard situations but always has someone else to think of. After saying that and taking into consideration her problems in life l still felt in some ways she quite randomly would go in a ‘mood’ with the guy and l was kind of confused as to why once or twice and wanted to say to her to stop being silly.. its more her fault! I think the blurb is a good one for this story, it doesn’t mention the guys name which could change things for her or even hint towards how he could do this and l really enjoyed this. Being a bit unsure as to who the guy is, although l don’t think it’s the hardest thing to guess but l liked the mystery for a while. Although l am glad l never read this blurb as its different from the one on the book because of how it mentions about her mum. . One of the only things which didn't work for me was her calling her mum by her name, Ginnie. I was a bit confused as to why but then in the middle of the book it does state why but considering calling your mum 'mum' is the only thing l know l just felt it didn’t work for me, the connection between them was lost in my eyes. . Overall this book is one which stands out by itself without resembling that much to the other sort of books out like this. The world which Nina lives in felt real and l could actually link it back to now and how things are, l think that makes it feel more real. XVI was rounded up nicely but it could easily also be part of a series because of how it ends. Julia definitely has the right ideas with how to write a great book and l would recommend this!!(less)
This book was my first mermaid book l have read, since now l have never been interested in reading one so this book was kind of make and break for me...moreThis book was my first mermaid book l have read, since now l have never been interested in reading one so this book was kind of make and break for me as to whether l would be reading more mermaid books in the future. My first thought when l picked up this book was ‘Oh no, they are using the same name for the main character as a book l have read recently’ (Fallen) This can be really distracting and you can find yourself thinking back to the other book and characters, especially if that book was a fantastic read for you. Therefore this book really needed to make Luce unique so in my mind a new individual character was created. It wasn’t long till this happened, the book quickly introduces you to Luce and shows the reader Luce’s world and feelings. This book interested me in a number of different ways and l was able to enjoy this book because half the time l forgot they were mermaids. The friendships in this book really keeps you gripped, reading how they develop or in other cases go the opposite way of developing. Even when the life’s of the mermaids were described in detail (some bits l struggled to connect with) the world which Luce lives in starts to feel real. Another thing l love about this book is how both the title and cover relate so much to the book, the title ‘Lost voices’ really starts to mean something. It was a shame when l got to the end of this book, not only because the book was finished but l found the ending the biggest disappointment of the book, it really didn’t do the book any justice. I thought if this book was a ‘stand alone book’ you would be left feeling very disappointed and as a book with an upcoming sequel (l believe) it really didn’t leave you desperate to read it. The end result for me was an enjoyable read with the possibility of reading more mermaid books in the future. (less)
The rating is actually 3.5/5. Please check my blog for individual ratings.
When l got this book on Netgalley l had the impression it would be a very sim...moreThe rating is actually 3.5/5. Please check my blog for individual ratings.
When l got this book on Netgalley l had the impression it would be a very simple,easy and relaxing book to read with a straight forward storyline, a nice change from paranormal which l enjoy every now and then. Well l was wrong, even though this book doesn't have the most complex story line and it is quite a easy read this book does tackle many difficult situations and problems which many teenage girls go through day to day. This book for me was a great success because of the great character that Ashley created, without Marisa this story could of been totally the opposite of a success for me. The great way which Lauren wrote this enabled me to interact with the books which made it easy to feel feelings such as sympathy towards Marisa as she felt so real, at some points it felt like l was reading my best friends diary. This book also didn't drag out a description of feelings or the surroundings, instead these feelings were found out as the book went along, providing you with enough information to understand how difficult things are for Marisa at that time. I don't really have anything negative to say about this book, the only reason its 3.5 rating is because it's not a book full of different things going in but this isn't the sort of book which should be. Enjoyable, quick read. (less)