How would you feel if you were forced to leave every part that made you yourself behind? From the beginning, Jacinda Jones knew her mother was doing tHow would you feel if you were forced to leave every part that made you yourself behind? From the beginning, Jacinda Jones knew her mother was doing the right thing by taking her and twin sister Tamra from their hidden world after an incident involving Jacinda’s foolishness and a handsome Draki hunter named Will letting her go, and moving them miles away to the town of Chaparral. But, that doesn’t mean Jacinda is okay with the move. It WAS her fault they had to flee, but how could she leave her people, the only ones like her, behind? The Draki, descendants of Dragons. She is the last of the fire-breathing Draki, who has been selected by the King himself to mate with gorgeous prince Cassian. Soon, when Will enters the picture again, Jacinda is faced with the toughest question of all. Should she choose dynasty and her own kind? Or should she choose the handsome boy who’s been trained all of his life to kill beings like her?
Sophie Jordan does a wonderful job at showing the dryness and heat Jacinda feels in the city of Chaparral. That unquenchable thirst. I found myself having to have water at my side when reading. The thing that kept this book from scoring a perfect five from me was when Jacinda frequently teeter-totters on the edge of loving and hating Will. This did not fare well with me in Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick and it did not fare well here either. Once is perfectly understandable, twice is pushing it but still okay, more than that and it becomes a bit of a stretch. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed FIRELIGHT and look forward to reading VANISH soon.
The world was inventive, the different types of Draki were interesting, and I look forward to reading more about them in the next book. As far as Team Will or Team Cassian, I have to admit that I am somewhere between both. Will is sweet and romantic, but Cassian is that dangerous sexy, that protective one, it’s kind of hard not to end up liking both. ;)...more
I can say that most people are turned away from the fact that this noveOriginally Posted at RJ Does Books
IF YOU ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT READING THIS BOOK
I can say that most people are turned away from the fact that this novel involves a passionate love shared between a brother and sister. I, being someone who's read the book and was turned away at first too, can say that I am glad I decided to pick this novel up. It is more than that and you will know exactly what I am talking about when you give this novel a try. I highly recommend you do. Do NOT let that keep you from reading this novel!
I decided to write a review on this book minutes after turning the last page and setting Forbidden back on my shelf. Then—I deleted it. I decided that in order for me to give my FULL honest review, I should let it “marinate” for at least an hour or two and that is what I did, and why the following review is entirely honest.
Lochan and Maya never really thought of themselves as brother and sister. Yes, biologically they are siblings, but they’ve always felt more like friends, and so much more. To Maya, Lochan has been the foundation to her world. Always keeping her safe and grounded, the reasoning for her waking up each day with a smile. To Lochan, Maya was that person he could confide in when times grew tough. The only person who could understand him and comfort him when he’d break down from time to time when the world put too much pressure on his shoulders. Both provided the tender love and care a mother and father can give to their other younger siblings. Raising them and caring for them in the way parents do while their no-good, idiotic, and horrible excuse of a mother just drinks her cares away and spends time chasing after a man—while even disowning her family from time to time just to be with him.
To be frank, their mother is what really bothered me. Not so much the love shared between these two siblings. For as the quote at the beginning of the novel says, “You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” And that is exactly what you read. About two people who undeniably love each other so much, who are unfortunately related to one another and have to deal with the devastating things that spawn from this forbidden love shunned upon by society. This novel is nothing but beautiful and heartbreaking—not disgusting and/or disturbing. The intensity of their love was so immense, I couldn't help but find myself rooting them on. "How could something so wrong, feel so right?"
The only thing that bothered me the slightest bit at first was the fact that there were some pieces of dialogue that were too outdated for teenagers to be speaking. Too Shakespearean for a modern day novel. But, it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. In fact, I think it showed the intensity of their love, and yes, while a little over the top at times, was just right.
I cried like a baby after finishing this novel. That’s something that is very hard to admit. As a guy, I know there is no shame in crying, but to be moved in such a way is just—indescribable. To literally shed tears for something fictional is something strong. The feelings that I invested with both the main characters and this whole novel in general just shook me. The characters were so well-developed I find it hard to believe the novel is over. They seemed so real, like friends. It was very difficult to say good-bye to this book and turn the last page. Lochan and Maya are characters that have me thinking of them long after I set Forbidden back on my shelf. And for that, I applaud Tabitha Suzuma for crafting a novel that made me fall in love, and then broke my heart, but still left a lingering feeling of hope. It is very hard for a novel to make me convey those emotions, and that is why Forbidden is now one of my favorite reads of all time.
Could you love someone who dies, only to return three days later? Kate Mercier has to come to terms with thReview originally posted at: RJ Does Books!
Could you love someone who dies, only to return three days later? Kate Mercier has to come to terms with that fate when she falls for incredibly alluring revenant, Vincent in the city of Paris. Macarons, Coffee, and Hot Revenants, OH MY! A Revenant, can be either good or bad. Some die in place of others, others kill. Nevertheless, they are a fascinating form of zombies or as Wikipedia puts it “visible ghosts or animated corpses”, that are not entirely dead—well unless they’re dormant, of course—but aren’t alive either. They can age, but once they die in place of someone they revert back to the age they originally died in—the first time. As to not give spoilers as to how they conduct their deeds or function, I will leave off on details now, so you have something, aside from the steamy romance to look forward to if you have not yet read this book.
Going in, I must say that I was a bit skeptical as to how I would like it. Usually in YA novels the parents fall under one of as I like to call it the “4 Ds” (or: Dead, Divorced, Desperate, or Dreadful.) This case is the first D, which is how Kate ends up in Paris in the first place—living with her grandparents and her sister. The romance happens fairly quick in the story, yet feels as though it spans across years. I don’t know how, but Amy Plum managed to fit such depth and connection between the two in such a small amount of time, and I think that is amazing. To have such great chemistry between characters distinguished early on made the rest of the novel both exciting and painful (in a good way) for having to wait for that moment I knew was going to come. That specific moment that is dipped in passion and sprinkled with delicious flakes of romance.
Die From Me includes many elements from cover to cover. Gritty and epic scenes linger around in the pages, waiting for the perfect moment to strike and draw you in. Ominous Suspense, keeps watch from afar, making itself apparent every now and then but never stepping in the way of the immaculate Passion and Love that claim the majority of the novel for themselves. I finished Die For Me in two days. (Which for me, is pretty fast; at least in my standards) I loved the romance, I loved Vincent and his clan—I loved this book in general. I cannot wait for UNTIL I DIE, but for the mean time, I’ll try to keep from dying myself to make sure that come May, I can buy myself a copy....more
Anatomy of a Boyfriend is about Dom, who never really allowed herself to fall victim to love—that is, until she meets Wes at a football game. Immedi Anatomy of a Boyfriend is about Dom, who never really allowed herself to fall victim to love—that is, until she meets Wes at a football game. Immediately things change as they begin e-mailing each other and start up a little relationship. Which causes Dom to grow increasingly curious about trying something else with the handsome stud—sex. What follows is the journey of a girl and a guy experiencing many “firsts” together and seeing where it will take them when the time comes to leave for college.
This was a very cute read, that definitely packed a pretty powerful punch in some parts—for me, mostly with the sex scenes. First love, first kiss, first , first time having sex—It’s a book of firsts for the main character. I must say that since this novel was told through the POV of Dom, I would have loved to have felt a little more alongside her. Maybe then, I would have felt why Wes was so special and why she felt the need to borderline obsess over him. (Which, is sometimes the case with many high school crushes. We’ve all had those feelings at one time or another, so in a way, I did end up understanding Dom about a little more than midway through the novel.) I really wanted to be able to understand her feelings and exactly what drew her to him and only him. At the beginning, I had a difficult time accepting she was 17 with the way she was acting. It was a little too middle-school-ish, rather than senior in high-school-ish.
I must say the author did a great job writing a very realistic curious and head-over-heels love-almost-instantly teen relationship. Let’s face it, in high school, we all had that crush. The one we thought of constantly, and sometimes even fantasized about. (Don't lie, you know that was SO you too.) The same person you’d hope would one day talk to you or just say your name, and then possibly—if your wishes/dreams came true—would sweep you off your feet. Or have them let you sweep them off their feet. ;D
Overall, this makes for a good realistic novel, with some pretty entertaining scenes here and there, that I’m sure will resonate better with other readers. You definitely have to be in the mood for a realistic novel. (No riding off into the sunset here.) I’m sure there are tons of other readers who love this book a little more than I did. I’m sure Daria Snadowsky has great projects planned for the future, and I can’t wait to see what they are!...more
Ah yes, the book that led me to develop a craving for romance in other books, how on earth could I have forgotten to review you?? lolRead back in '08.
Ah yes, the book that led me to develop a craving for romance in other books, how on earth could I have forgotten to review you?? lol xP Can't really say much but: I devoured it, Loved it and still have the little tattered book on my bookcase haha. I really wish there was a sequel, or companion novel. :]
Don't judge. Everyone needs a light, steamy read once in a while! xP haha. ...more
It all begins with the drop of a hand and the selection of a name. Primrose Everdeen is the name thatHow many days are left until the movie again?? ;)
It all begins with the drop of a hand and the selection of a name. Primrose Everdeen is the name that is called as the crowd falls silent. Primrose Everdeen is the innocent girl everyone loves, and at only twelve years of age, it is a shame she is the one who has been selected to compete in the annual Hunger Games where the prize for winning is the promise of a great life, and the price of losing is an unfortunate death at the hands of another tribute from another district. This news does not sit right with older sister Katniss, who, in a heat of the moment, uses her voice and volunteers herself instead. Suddenly she and boy tribute Peeta Mellark are thrust into a new world, fed foods of the luxurious kind, polished, and treated as royalty as they are transported to the Capitol where they will train until the countdown runs down and the Games begin. Then the bloodshed begins, as all twenty-four tributes have to face the wrath of nature and man until one tribute remains standing as victor.
In what is, quite possibly, one of the rawest, goriest novels I’ve read, Suzanne Collins has created a fantastic dystopian world with an interesting premise, and amazing execution. It includes a romance, that even though it isn’t the main focus of the story, is great enough for me to enjoy. All of the characters were unique in each of their ways, and the descriptions and character building were sublime. Now I know why people love this series so much and I am glad I bought the box set of all three two years ago. Had I known such awesomeness was sitting on my shelf all of this time, I would have picked it up sooner. After reading, I am DEFINITELY Team Peeta ;)...more
Awesome story! Combines elements of Romance, Comedy, horror, and suspense into one with shockingly realistic characters/events! :D Definitely lookingAwesome story! Combines elements of Romance, Comedy, horror, and suspense into one with shockingly realistic characters/events! :D Definitely looking forward to the sequel! ...more