It was a pretty boring day at work and l was in the mood for a light romantic read. After seaOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm RATING ★★★★ 1/2
It was a pretty boring day at work and l was in the mood for a light romantic read. After searching through my devices and TBR pile for a good pick, Ready for You immediately caught my attention. Never did it occur to me that this choice was very dangerous – dangerously good I mean.
Ready for You is a straight up romance story centered on two broken hearted person. This is a story about ex lovers and how they lost each other but had a second chance. The most amazing thing in Ready For You is not the concept because its not very original. How many movie and stories had this plot cemented through the years? Numerous authors and scriptwriters delved deep and brought us great hits as well as humiliating flops. Ready For You, for me, is one great hit – a complement that I do not easily give especially to romance novels. TBH, I was anticipating a disappointment in Ready For You (that is always the case for me with romance – less expectation, less disappointment) however it wasn’t the case. Ready for you was amazingly good and addictive that I’ve lost a day at work finishing this baby. :P and the best thing, I had no regrets.
As I said, Ready For You is not a creative master piece. It is not unique or fresh but what made Ready For You stand out is how the author wrote a very emotionally packed story that made me shed a tear or two. It was very raw. The dialogues did not came out as scripted. The dialogue were natural and intense. I felt all the angst, love, regrets as well as lust that Mia and Garrett had for each other. All the emotions are solid and heartbreaking but beautiful as well.
Mia and Garrett’s chemistry is electric and dangerous. There’s so much book couple around who became a success because they make the perfect pair and for me Mia and Garrett is one of those. Usually dual POV stories will have weaker chapters due to its characters, however it was not the case in this story. Both characters carried their chapters very well and the story was very fluid. Mia can come off as irritating at times with the her “pity me” attitude but as I came to know her, I realized that what she felt was warranted. It takes time to warm up to her but there’s nothing to hate. I sympathized with Mia’s pain and I admire her strength through her journey. Garrett on the other hand was definitely boy candy. A character worthy of all the swoons and fantasy. I think the only factor that influenced my decision to make this a 5 star review is the fact that Garrett came out as too good to be true. Granted that he loved Mia so much that he can forgive her of anything, but I think he let Mia off the hook too easily given the circumstances of their issues. It wasn’t just about Mia leaving, it was so much more (you need to read the book!!!). I wanted more from Garrett – emotion that matches the gravety of what happened.
Oooohhh I almost forgot, this book is suitable for mature readers (yep – bold and underlined). Emphasis on the mature because it has a lot of steamy and dangerous love making scenes that will make you break a sweat. Not to be considered erotica as it was tastefully done – just not suitable for readers who are uncomfortable with mature content. Watch out for the first time these two had sex. Boy oh boy!!!
I could not emphasize enough how much I enjoyed Ready For You. As I said, I lost a days worth of work because I finished this bad boy and it was all worth it. The fact that I couldn’t focused on work because I wanted to finish this badly gives you an idea of how good this is so you don’t need me to convince you further. This is the third in the series but can be read as stand alone. Haven’t read the first two but plan on doing it as soon as and hoping that its as good as this one....more
Sophie is an addict. It’s been nine months. Two weeks. Six days.
That’s how long Sophie has been free from drugs. But as Mina died, Sophie finds herself in a situation she didn’t once imagined. Her best friend is dead and everybody thinks its her fault. Sophie’s distraught of what happened to Mina eventually took a toll on Sophie’s mentality. No, she is not crazy but the questions around Mina’s murder eventually plagued Sophie beyond help. It has consumed her life especially when everybody blames her of what happened to her best friend. The killer is still out there and Sophie is the only person who has the determination to find the truth.
Far From You blew my mind of how insanely good it was. I love a good old fashion mystery but Sharpe made it more interesting. It’s no longer just a murder mystery but a story that digs deeper than just finding out who the killer is. Far From You gave me an explosive murder mystery, solid and well written story, highly developed and interesting characters plus a arc that is not one dimensional.
The story is narrated by Sophie with before flashbacks taking readers through the series of events. The flashbacks will also help readers understand and know the characters that completes the story. Sophie is the driving force in Far From You and I admire her courage and strength especially considering the trouble that she’s facing. In spite of the madness and difficulties, Sophie’s drive was what pushed her through the end and it was all worth it.
Sophie’s loyalty and love for Mina was one highlight for me and one that I loved in the story. It was raw and delicate – and though it wasn’t too obvious, you can see it here and there.
Mine is wrapped up in Mina, magnified by her, defined by her, existing because of her.
It added depth to the story and the relationship of the characters strengthen through that. I do not want to give out spoilers but I’ll say this – it was not only a story about murder, it is also a story about love and friendship.
She’s the first thing I think of when I wake up, the last thing I think of when I go to sleep, and the only thing I think about in between.
The twist in the plot was not what I expected. I loved that this story kept me in my toes but those twist were like the cherry on top. The twists for me wasn’t written to sensationalize or sizzle the story because when you read it – it actually fits. The added elements worked overall and it was perfect. You’ll have that light bulb moment and understand Sophie better. It wasn’t predictable but it wasn’t an easy puzzle either.
I think the biggest factor why Far From You is a sensation is Tess Sharpe. Her skills in storytelling really brought it for readers. The moment you start reading, you are sucked into the story like glue. Sharpe wrote a love story that is both beautiful and sad. She did not only write a mystery that kept reader on their toes but also an explosive romance that fired through the pages. Sophie and Sharpe has touched my heart and I hope that it will do the same to you....more
Say What You Will is a story about two dysfunctional teens trying to make the most of what thOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm RATING ★★★★ 1/2
Say What You Will is a story about two dysfunctional teens trying to make the most of what they have. Amy, the girl with cerebral palsy, needs to be helped with everything everyday. Unable to walk or talk, Amy’s life seems to be shitty but Amy finds no reason of slowing down. Amy is her own island – she thinks differently and has enough will to succeed. Amy thinks she’s one of the most fortunate teens in school. On the other hand we have Matthew who has OCD and its making his life a mess. Complicated as it is, Matthew knows he has a problem but needs that extra nudge to do something about it. His issues is slowly making his life harder and harder. Then he met Amy. Two teens with complicated life’s became unexpected friends – what’s there to stop them now?
The moment I saw Say What You Will, I immediately knew I needed to read it. When Diane of Oops! I Read A Book Again told me she had a copy, I didn’t think twice when she offered it. It was one of those stories that was right up my alley – plus its highly marketed as a mixed of TFiOS and Eleanor & Park, two books I loved so what’s not to like? A no brainer. :)
This book is about friendship that slowly blossomed into something more. The way that Amy and Matthew helped each other with their issues was amazing and inspiring to say the least. Amy is such an honest girl, she’ll make you think twice on how you think about yourself. She knows her limitations but her view of it is refreshing. She isn’t bitter or mopey – she is a very funny and strong character. Her strength is very inspiring and the main reason why I enjoyed Say What You Will. It is easy to fall in love with Amy’s character. I have to say that it wasn’t the same with Matthew. I do love him but Matthew needs a little warming up to. He’s smart and quick on his feet but unlike Amy, Matthew is controlled by his condition. I am not judging him, but I just wish he had the same fight as Amy had given the circumstance. But I think Matthew is written that way with a purpose. I have to be honest though, I had a little issue at times with how Amy pushed Matthew. It just felt selfish and unfair of her to expect so much of Matthew immediately. Though they had different issues and circumstance, both burden are the same. They both had to struggle and for Amy to push and push was a bit disappointing. In the end, it did not matter though. It shows the great contrast between characters. Amy and Matthew both impacted each other greatly. Their journey from being friends to beyond was slow and sweet but epic. It was not hard to love these two and I have to admit that their dynamics was unique and interesting in every way.
A great factor why Say What You Will worked for me is how raw and honest it was written. It is not a sob story or a novel written for pity. It is about empowerment and finding strength in the most unfortunate situation. A message that despite your issues, those should not be the reason to stop you. The only factor that stops you from achieving anything is yourself. I love the sincerity of the story and how uniquely it is portrayed. I love how the characters had flaws. I enjoy seeing the growth in Amy and Matthew through their issues. It was a story that tugged my heart and made me smile.
Say What You Will is a winner. From the author who wrote a story so inspiring and amazing, to the message that is well heard and resounding, and to the characters who are simply memorable. Kudos!...more
Big Fat Disaster was one of those requested book that I was really interested and excited in reOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm RATING ★★ 1/2
Big Fat Disaster was one of those requested book that I was really interested and excited in reading but ended up being disappointed for various reasons. It was not a complete let down per se and I did finish the book but overall different things affected my feelings towards loving this book completely. I started reading this book early February and it took me this long to finish this book.
Lets start with Colby. We all know that Colby is overweight and we know for a fact that she is different from her sisters being bigger like her dad but it came to a point that I was not comfortable with the situation anymore and kept asking why Colby did not do anything about it. I do not blame Colby in any way as I understand how she came to this point but the abuse she experienced was just too much. We can see immediately Colbys struggle towards her weight and how her family treats her badly because of this. The difficulty that Colby endures is no fun to read and it makes me cringe every time I read the stuff that comes out of her mother and sisters mouth. I wished that Colby found her voice sooner, it would have made a difference.
The other characters of the book were very irritating. I did not like any of them and they did not do any good to the story in any way. They maybe part of the story but there was nothing memorable or phenomenal about them. The adults got away with all the harshness and stupidity, Ryan who supposed to be sympathetic to Colby just gave her sh*t (and what happened to him afterwards was unnecessary drama in my opinion), and Colby’s family was a big disaster on their own and I hated every single one of them. I did not find any resolution nor answers to the issues that happened in the story.
Next would be the other stuff that makes up this book. This is not only about Colby’s weight issue but a mix of everything that you can think off: rape, emotional abuse, adultery, suicide, etc etc. I would have appreciated it if the author focused on her main topic and built the story around it. I see where the author was going with this but it was really difficulty focusing on Colby because of the those. I felt that it wasn’t executed as smoothly as the author planned but it does add volume to the story – more like a bad daytime drama.
I wanted Big Fat Disaster to become a story of empowerment and strength. A story wherein a girl found her voice and courage to stand for her own and fight her issues with head held up high. A story about rediscovery of self worth and the ability to be proud of oneself regardless the issue and the situation. But I ended up reading a book with a messy story, mediocre characters and a message that was not voiced out properly to convey its strong message. The negativity in this book weigh down all the potential it had. It makes me sad to rate books like this as I am rating now but it is what it is....more
I’ve read a Harbison book (Here Lies Bridget) before when I started blogging and it was fantastic. When I saOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
I’ve read a Harbison book (Here Lies Bridget) before when I started blogging and it was fantastic. When I saw this for a tour I was on the fence if I wanted to join because when it comes to YA, we all know that it’s always a hit and miss. I had warning signs from the very start (knowing what the story will be abut) but I persisted because I wanted to see how it was. Well I have finished the book and Anything to Have You has been an experience I couldn’t quite explain. It was a roller coaster ride and a ride I do not want to repeat. It was not a bad book per se, its just that the book was all over the place which I’ll explain in a bit.
The story is told in a dual narration between Natalie and Brooke. Teenage best friends who has been friends since they’ve met. Each girl is very different – Brooke is very outgoing, loud and has an in your face attitude while Natalie is the laid back and girl next door type. While Natalie enjoys a night with hot chocolate and a bowl of popcorn to enjoy her current flick, Brooke is the party animal who adores the limelight. Brooke loves the crowd while Natalie loves her privacy. Both girls are so different yet they understood each other – a friendship that they both cherish and respect. Everything changes in a night. A night that Natalie will forever remember.
The first few pages was smooth sailing. We get to meet Brooke and Natalie in their everyday lives. I was enjoying reading how these two girls operate in their own environment. With that said though, I disliked these girls and how the story went on from the frickin’ party that started this whole roller coaster ride. My initial disappointment was with Brooke and how she is portrayed in Natalie’s POV. She is insensitive, insecure, a huge attention seeker and a bigger narcissistic brat. I hate how she treated her boyfriend Aiden in spite being a great guy and I hated the fact that she kept on justifying her actions thinking that her actions are OK. Hated her more when it came to her part. Being inside her head was torture. I could not even give her a little sympathy and thought that she is a ticking time bomb and it’s all her fault. Surprise! Surprise! Oh the drama, seriously. Then we have Natalie. I thought Natalie was to root for but the moment she acted like a flirt like Brooke, I immediately was turn offed. When she flirted with Aiden, that was the oh-Oh moment and I knew instantly how this will all turn out. Aiden was no exemption either. My god! How can one let a girl think throughout differently thinking that it would work out for everyone in the end is something so stupid it hurts. He does sound such a great guy though which sucks given what happened to both parties.
The twist was very predictable and I somehow wanted to DNF this halfway but thought otherwise. The story is bad in the first half, worse in the middle and a complete let down in the end. While the author tried to make a happy ending in the last few chapters, it just did not work. The story was irreparable. I was beyond the point of caring to even concentrate on the ending. I was just happy to finish the ride. If Anything to Have You was delivered differently with a more substantial story line then maybe it could work....more
OMG! OMG! OMG! Let me compose myself for a little bit. This book (series rather) has blown my mind and the mOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
OMG! OMG! OMG! Let me compose myself for a little bit. This book (series rather) has blown my mind and the minute I finished reading it, I wanted to re-read it all over again just so I can relive the experience. I am left with a mix of emotions that I can't sort out right now. I warn you, I will praise this book because it deserves it and more! I was fully entertained with the characters and their hilarious dialogues, enjoyed an adventure that I was not expecting and was left with a eagerness and craving like an addict in withdrawal. Tellulah had me high with so much awesomeness and I knew I needed the last book, My Life From Hell, that instant. Ohhhh the wait! But enough gushing, let's list down the major points of how insanely good My Date From Hell is.
WHY MY DATE FROM HELL ROCKED:
First and foremost reason why My Date From Hell and the series as a whole is fantastic is because of how well the characters are written. I love characters that has spunk and can kick ass. I love character who stands out. Not only is there Sophie and Kai, the driving force of this adventure, but even the secondary characters rocked. That does not happen often. I love Theo and Hannah even before but the additional of Festos is really the cherry on top. These guys were pure entertainment. Sophie + Theo + Hannah = will make you laugh 'til your tummy ache, Sophie + Kai = makes your insides tingly and your heart race, Theo + Festos = all the mush and gush in a good way, and put them all together = AHSKSOGERFSLBDGNPGERG!!!! No words. Seriously, no words.
Story. If you have started the series from the first book, My Ex From Hell, you already know that Sophie/Persephone is in deep trouble as both Zeus and Hades team up to kill our star. Both head huncho does not want our dear hero to remember everything as Persephone thus the never ending torment and danger in Sophie's life. Now in My Date From Hell, the story picked up right were the first book ended and progressed as we uncover the secrets to finding the truth about Sophie's life as Persephone. She does not remember and the journey of uncovering those is wicked. We are given answers to questions that we were eager to ask. And so much more.
Ending/Twist. OMG! I have to state that there were no cliffhangers so all of you who hates that can simmer down. Immersed as I was with the trilogy, I did not expect and imagined that twist in the end. I love were the story is heading and I can't wait to finally read how this story will end. HA!
Pacing. So let e give you an idea. I started reading this book immediately after I finished work. I was planning to read a couple of chapters but ended up finishing it. This bad boy did not let me sleep a wink. I stayed up all night and worked right after - feeling energized and giddy. It was like me whenever I had 2 cups of coffee in 3 hours. It was all worth it!
Sophie + Kai.OMG! OMG! OMG! Oh all the feels! Anybody who reads my review know that I am not a fan of romantic stories especially in YA. YA books tends to make romance the selling point regardless the connection of it to the plot. I hate that fact. I want a romance in its purest form. A romance that feels right. It needs chemistry, it needs the right partnership between the peeps involved. It needs to feel normal without sounding script-y. You know what I mean. Sophie and Kai may not be the most romantic and would not be my number one choice if asked the question BUT their relationship is one that I enjoyed the most. It was mushy in the right places, the chemistry between these two is insane and both characters complemented each other.
Tellulah Darling. The series will not be a hit without the ability of this fantastic writer. After reading the first book, I immediately knew that this series will rock but Tellulah exceeded all my expectations and more with My Date From Hell. I knew that I would enjoy it but I was not expecting this much. As I said earlier, I immediately wanted to re-read the series all over again and grab a copy of My Life From Hell right there and then. But I am kind of afraid for the final book as Tellulah needs to really write an explosive ending. High expectations and all that. Anyway, thank you Tellulah from writing such an entertaining read that became one of my favorites for 2014.
WHY MY DATE FROM HELL SUCKED:
Yup that's right! there is not a single thing to hate about this book unless you hate mythology, anything teen related, or you just don't like to laugh. -.- or to wait.
Let's wrap this up. BEWARE of My Date From Hell. It causes serious troubles to those who has read it. So far I have experienced uncontrollable laughter from remembering Sophie's antics. Stomach aches from forgetting to eat because I can't stop reading. Lack of sleep for eagerness to finish the book. Euphoria and tingling sensation from the feels of Sophie and Kai (and the other one, well three - hopefully). And a major hungover. I can't seem to pickup and read any book after reading My Date From Hell. Geeez! I may somewhere in this review sounded insane but seriously, if you can't see how much I loved this book then I don' know how to explain it anymore. Not only are you getting a well thought and written story with characters that rocked but you'll also enjoy endless entertainment that you will remember day, months and even years from now. This is one of those books that you'll want to read because it is that good!...more
Amery has been in a government controlled program since birth. Why? Well she is special and she is an alien.Originally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Amery has been in a government controlled program since birth. Why? Well she is special and she is an alien. She knows the important and there is no exception. She has to play by the rules and Amery is repeatedly reminded of the importance of the project and her cooperation. Everything gets complicated when Lola is kidnapped by a group of people who wants to stop the program. To Amery, it's not about following the rules anymore, she has to do whatever it takes to save Lola and continue with the program that her people is depending on.
Unite is a very intriguing read. While I have not read a lot of books concerning aliens, I was excited to pick this up. Honestly, Unite has a few major issues that causes major gaps for the readers and may cause a few facepalms but there are a number of factors that does redeem the story. May not come at par but close enough. Entertaining as it may, if the story was polished (focusing on the plot itself and the development) then this would b a phenomenal read.
What I loved:
Plot. Aliens + female lead (who is also an alien) + action. That is an instant wow for me especially since I haven't read a lot of books about aliens. I am very eager to read these types of books out of curiosity. The idea of an alien integration in out planet was really the hook for me. I wanted to see how the author would do that and make it work.
It was a fast read. Though Unite lacked the back story that I wanted, it did not hinder how fast I turned each page. The writing was awesome and delivery of each scene was swift. Half of the book was a slow intro between the characters and the story but the later part of the book was all action. Not the kind of action that has full pow but enough to make it interesting.
Lola and Lochie. I love Lola. She seems like an awesome sidekick and a kickass bestie. She's described as emo but she's freakin' sweet and laid back. Lochie on the other hand sounds like a great guy. I love how he interacts with Avery but still has that mysterious effect to him.
Curiosity. I may have listed major issues below about Unite, but I still want to see what happens next. I want to read how Campbell continues the story. I am eager to read more about Amery, the project and the danger that awaits them. Its the reader in me that wants to check if the book gets better with its sequel.
There were holes in the story. Granted that this is the first book in the series, I had more questions than resolution by the end of the book. I would have expected a solid intro to the series given that we are dealing with a whole new race in the mix but nope, we only get to met Amery and know she's an alien somewhere. A little more info about the planet, the project, etc would have been appreciated.
In relation to the holes, there were parts that are unrealistic and off. One example is how did Lochie and Amery escaped from a well organized group without a scratch. It was a major huh moment. Sometimes I felt like I skipped a paragraph or something. I won't dig deeper as to avoid major spoilers but as I said, after finishing the book I had more questions than answers.
Romance. I just do not approve of how the author introduced the readers to this twist. The revelation from Lochie was unexpected and when Amery somehow realizes that she felt the same way, I was just not feeling it. There was too much "I hate that guy" for me to believe that she has feelings for him. It was an out of the blue realization. I felt like it was a twist added thinking it'll make a difference or impact to the reader. Well it did to me and not in a good way. I just felt like the author included a romance thinking that the readers would invest or like the series more which I totally disagree. Give us a solid story with likable characters - more than enough reason to continue reading.
As I said, if the author focused on the development of the story and its characters this would be a phenomenal and unstoppable read. It showed great potential and I am indeed curious as to what will happen in the next book but those major issues really bugs me. Hoping that by the next book, I'll be able to understand Amery more and have a better grasp about her background but for now, i'd say this is a so - so read....more
There’s no doubt that in the near future, social media will consume our lives more than it is affecting us nOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
There’s no doubt that in the near future, social media will consume our lives more than it is affecting us now. The amount of time that people dedicate in updating their accounts is crazy – whether it be Facebook Twitter, Instagram or whatever. I myself am guilty of this habit because it is indeed addicting. Every activity, every destination, every thought is being “broadcast” with every click. And there is no limit as to what you can learn through the web in every search. Imagine being able to have that resource in a single chip implanted to a person. A chip that has the ability to connect one to a vast network of users – a hive of information readily available to dispense in whatever way possible.
Glaze explores the idea of using social media to help a society be connected to maintain a peaceful life. The idea is to provide a sense of security from being part of a family that is interconnected throughout the system. Information tailored to your liking and readily available whenever you need it. Being connected to everybody anywhere. There is a catch though – Glaze does not allow anybody younger than 16 and criminals. And that is the ultimate dilemma of our young heroine Petri. Petri Quinn is not on Glaze despite being the daughter of the Creative Director of Glaze and with her latest altercation with the law, it seems like Petri will forever be an outsider. Petri wanted to be part of Glaze so badly that she’ll do whatever it takes, regardless the consequence just to be chipped. Now Petri is chipped but it seems like Glaze is not what she thought it was. What will she do?
The idea of Glaze is not far fetched, and I personally do see the possibility in the future which to be honest is both a good and bad thing. To have information and data at a blink of the eyes is tempting but imagine the danger of this potential for one person having all that information for disposal. You can never be safe – privacy will no longer exist. Exposed and powerless. This is what Curran wanted to portray in the story. Regardless of how sweet the idea is there will always be a bigger drawback that will affect everybody gravely.
This is my first Curran book so I am not familiar with her other works but I have to say that I enjoyed Glaze immensely. Sci-fi is not very appealing to me or dystopian so I had second thoughts but all those disappeared the moment I was sucked into the story. I particularly love Curran’s take on social media and how the story rang very true most of the time. Curran has an ability to develop a story that does not only have substance but also characters that are well rounded and interesting. The world of Glaze is very intriguing and though the story did end up quicker than expected, it was a story done very well that it makes up of all the issues that one may think off. Glaze is an ultimate page turner – a story that I not only enjoy but highly recommend....more
Witches and magic are always a fascination to me. Haven’t read or owned a lot of books focusedoriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm Rating: ★★ 1/2
Witches and magic are always a fascination to me. Haven’t read or owned a lot of books focused on witches but it definitely is one of those reads that will satisfy my bookish feelings. I love anything magical so I was too excited to find copy of this book in my local bookstore. :)
Half Bad is the first in the series and I don’t know how I feel about it. It was not horrible but it wasn’t great either. Maybe I had such high expectations seeing that a lot of readers enjoyed this one but to be honest it was really dry and needed more work.
The book started very confusing – I think that was the main issue. I read through it blind – all I knew was that our lead character Nathan is a half witch and there’s a lot of focus on him because his dad is a famous black witch and the fact that he will eventually be a main part in the story in the trilogy. That’s it. There’s more question that resolution. No solid information to the readers which makes it harder to really connect with the characters or the story.
We sort through pages of Nathans life, narrated by him, – mostly torture – with no real development at all. The first part is actually good. The part where we read about his torturous life in the cage and through his childhood was really captivating but then came the half part of the book and it came downhill from there. I patiently waited but it came to a point that I wanted to stop out of boredom because the pacing of the story was reallllly slow. And I am a patient reader. I wanted magic, I wanted action, I wanted development but all I got was a sad narrative of Nathan’s journey of search and survival. Ooooh there’s a love interest as well which for me was a hindrance. There was no chemistry nor did I like Annalise. She was dull and clueless as a board. Her character in the book is forgettable and I wished so bad that the author wouldn’t invest the time developing this. Focus on the magic!!!
I really wanted to love this book. I wanted to love it so bad but nothing was appealing to me which is really disappointing. It is not a horrible book, it was just too slow and under developed for my taste. Nevertheless, I’ll still pick up the next book. Still have hope, this is the first book after all....more
Ariane is out! Finally, Ariane has escaped GTX facility with the help of her dad and Zane. They are on the rOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Ariane is out! Finally, Ariane has escaped GTX facility with the help of her dad and Zane. They are on the run and Ariane needs to consider everything and everyone if she really wants to have her freedom. She is now taking all the risk for a chance to be completely free and she is not alone to do so. Little did Ariane know, the other parties involve in the integration experiment has plans of their own and they would do anything just to succeed. With new knowledge at hand, what will Ariane do? Will she run or will she fight?
The Hunt picks up right where The Rules left off. As I expected, the second installment in the series is as explosive as the first book. Story continues with Ariane after her escape from the facility she’s been all her life and the problems are just getting started. Once outside, Ariane is faced with more problems than solution and she needs all the facts if she plans to survive. Together with Zane, she meets with Mara (who apparently is Zane’s mom) and discovers some secrets of Dr. Laughlin of Laughlin Integrated Enterprises. With a plan thought out, Ariane will try to outsmart the bad guys and hopefully have the freedom she deserves.
The story does develop and I love the idea Kade did with The Hunt. It was a total game changer and every scene is packed with so much awesomeness it was hard to put this book down. It was pow after pow so expect that once you reach that peak in the story, it would not stop until you reach the last page. For a reader who does not favor stories with aliens, I really enjoy this series more than I expected. Like the previous book, the dual POV in The Hunt is actually something that you’ll appreciate because we all know that its had to connect with Ariane. She is still confused and naive at some point. She is a little bit insecure and fragile here and there so the balance of Zane’s POV did help because he is positive and a very strong character. I love how the readers can distinguish the human from the part human because that’s what the story is really about. It remains true to its intent and Kade did a very amazing job achieving that. Though there is romance, there is very little. It was an awwww moment to see how Ariane and Zane slowly falls for each other – not mushy, not rushed. The romance is not unnoticeable but the story does not depend on the romantic plot between the main characters. Another yey for me!
So overall, The Hunt is an amazing sequel. I enjoyed every bit of the story with gusto. Kade did a fantastic job and it will be hard to top The Hunt so good luck on the next installment. I do hope it wows us as much as the first two books. The ending of The Hunt is very promising and definitely made me super excited for the next installment. From reading the latter part of the book, the readers should look forward to what will happen to both Ariane and Zane. I know I am....more
First of all, let me thank Dianne from Oops! I Read a Book Again for giving me the heads up once this baby aOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
First of all, let me thank Dianne from Oops! I Read a Book Again for giving me the heads up once this baby appeared in Netgalley. I immediately texted her when I finished reading My Date From Hell and gushed all over that conversation. Haha! She sent me a message a soon as My Life From Hell was up for requests so thank you D for reminding me – much love to you dear.
I will not to humiliate myself with too much fangirling over the series – I will try, but no promises. As I said from my review of My Date From Hell, this trilogy is a complete packages oozing with so much awesomeness unlike any other. It is not a tearjerker that will change your life, nor will it give you clarify and peace. It is also not a breakthrough story that you have not read before. My Life From Hell, and the series as a whole, is a YA read about a about Sophie and her adventures after finding out that she is Persephone but without the confidence, power or her memories. Imagine everything goddess and bottle that inside a teenager – that can only mean disaster. It is a YA with mythology centered plots so expect too much emotion, ego and power trip, drama and romantic plots to it but done right.
I super love Sophie in My Life From Hell because if you thought that she was badass in the first two books, then you’ll surely appreciate her in the final book. She is pushed beyond her limits – physically, emotionally and mentally – yet her determination and strength only became stronger than ever. She is glorious and definitely showed everyone what she is capable off. I saw Sophie’s vulnerability here – and the moment she overcame those fears was epic and she kicked ass while doing it. If you think that Kai was swoon worthy before – then you have not read My Life From Hell yet. Though Kai loved Persephone before and it is evident in the story, he is definitely inlove with Sophie. Two different things. Though Sophie may not trust it – the readers do and we have been rooting for Kai ever since that kiss. I don’t believe that he was attracted to Sophie because she is Persephone – Sophie is a different league on her own. And as I have been saying over and over again – the chemistry between these two is insane. The main characters rocks (obviously) but what I enjoyed also in the series is how Tellulah incorporated everybody in the story and no one was left out. Everyone was connected and I thank Tellulah for creating an intricate stories that does not only revolve around the main characters – I cannot imagine the series without Hannah, Theo, Fee and even the Zeus and the other baddies. The trilogy was never one dimensional. It had a lot of twist and turns and I enjoyed everything. Everyone grew on me and I love every single one of them regardless their involvement.
What more can I say? I think I covered everything in my previous review. Questions are answered with clarity. We have resolution and revelation and I was not expecting a trilogy with so much depth. As the character grew, the story developed deeper than one anticipate. The ending was perfect – and as sad as the thought that the series came to its end, I love the fact that Tellulah will leave the readers with the satisfaction that they deserve. She has not only earned a spot in my bookshelf, Tellulah has earned my respect as a reader and earned the recognition she deserves as a writer. My Life From Hell is the final installment of the trilogy and I have to say that Tellulah Darling outdid herself in writing a fantastic ending to a wondrous trilogy that was quite enjoyable and addicting....more