Hooked is such a believable and real book. Nothing is sugar coated, nothing is too far of a stretch. It is all real life, and that is what I enjoyed mHooked is such a believable and real book. Nothing is sugar coated, nothing is too far of a stretch. It is all real life, and that is what I enjoyed most about it. I am not a huge fan of teenage pregnancy so I wasn't sure how much I was going to love Hooked, but Catherine Greenman does not try to glamorize pregnancy. But what she does accomplish is paint a very accurate picture of the situation and how it affects everyone. Hooked is the story of not just Thea and Will, but of their whole families.
Thea is a likable enough character. I went into the story ready to dislike Thea. I know that is awful, but I imagined her to just be one of those people that thinks pregnancy would never happen, so they don't take any kind of precaution against it. But that was not Thea at all. She was so strong, and moral and darn it, she even crocheted! She was adorable and I ended up really liking her.
Will was just kind of meh, for me. I was kind of indifferent to him, even before Thea got pregnant. I couldn't really see the appeal of him at all. And then after Ian was born, Will just started going downhill in my eyes. I am still undecided on my final verdict as far as he goes.
The real selling point for Hooked is the writing. It's so wonderfully written, that you just can't help but want to read more and more. Catherine does a great job describing everything, and she is awesome at developing her characters subtly. She doesn't just come right out and say every thought on every characters minds, she plays around with their body language and subtle cues to help get at what their feelings are, and I loved that so much! I think that is the mark of great writing, and Catherine has it down.
Hooked also has a really satisfying ending. Not everything is wrapped up, but hey that is real life. Things can't always be neatly wrapped up at the end of the day. Thea and Will and Ians journey is still ongoing, but I the ending of Hooked was just perfect. Any fan of contemporary and realistic fiction will really enjoy Hooked. ...more
This book is so Magical! I seriously could not stop smiling and laughing while I was reading it. I didn't want it to end at all. I loved that the chapThis book is so Magical! I seriously could not stop smiling and laughing while I was reading it. I didn't want it to end at all. I loved that the chapter titles were the bits of advice from the journal and I loved the Jane Austen Quotes. This books makes me want to pick up the Collected works of Jane Austen and rediscover their magic.
Nicola James is one of my favorite female main characters that I have read about in a long time. She is funny and quirky, awkward and geeky and I loved all of her off-beat traits. She is just so freaking adorable and I loved how awkward she was in most of the situations involving Sean. It made her so likable to me. Although I must say, I'm not sure I'm 100% sold on the kilt. (but if anyone could pull it off it would be Sean, that's for sure.)
Beck and Gabe are such great side characters too. I really enjoyed reading about them and Beck cracked me up! But the real start of this book was Sean. Oh boy, I need to get myself a Sean! I don't think they make them like him anymore. He has it all, a sexy accent, determined, super yummy, and best of all he is a sweet gentleman! How could you not like him? I was honestly shocked that Nic held out for as long as she did.
The Jane Austen journal was such a cute touch of magic to the book, and I loved learning about it. I will admit that I thought some of the older background entries were a bit too much, and I caught myself skimming some of the later ones. But other than that, the book was so awesome! I loved it. It is such a fun, cute read and the romance in it is excellently sweet! Check out this book ASAP. ...more
Oh. My. Goodness! I am going to try and keep my gushing down to a minimum but no promises. This is my favorite book of 2012 to date! Cold Fury is theOh. My. Goodness! I am going to try and keep my gushing down to a minimum but no promises. This is my favorite book of 2012 to date! Cold Fury is the kind of book that makes me wish that I had a rating higher than 5 gavels. It is in the superstar league that I reserve for Harry Potter and The Hunger Games (in my opinion). I felt like it was written specifically for me. It felt super personal and I absolutely loved every page, every word, and every second of reading it!
Let's start with Sarah Jane. Not only is Cold Fury my favorite book of 2012 so far- Sarah Jane is my favorite heroine ever. That’s right- I said EVER. She is just so cool! I instantly connected with her. Her critical skepticism and starkly realistic view of the world made her a girl after my own heart. Plus she is a fighter- both literally and figuratively. She's literally a boxer, and figuratively she never gives up. This is a girl I want on my side all the time. But the awesome thing is that she was so well rounded, but not perfect. She is pretty but she has an Italian nose. (which is a nice way of saying big nose. But I am allowed to say that because I too am an Italian with the same prominent facial feature) There are just so many quotes and lines from this book that I loved and completely captured my thoughts and emotions. I could honestly made a really cool composite of Cold Fury words of wisdom and quotes and hang it up in my room.
Sarah Jane isn't the only cool character. Willy is hilarious and Sarah's brother is so smart. Cold Fury is full of mystery, intrigue and tons of kick ass action and fighting. It deals with the Chicago mafia, and that aspect of it kind of reminded me of Mob Wives Chicago. Some of the stuff they say is hilarious. "once a rat, always a rat!" (I can't be the only one to watch that reality show! Such a guilty pleasure)
Cold Fury has you running through the streets of Chicago and through secret doors all over the place! And the way that background information and "mafia history" is flawlessly incorporated into the story had me engrossed from cover to cover. The writing is excellent, the story line even better and the characters are three dimensional and magnificent. This is going to be a hard book to top for me. Run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore on July 24th to snag a copy of Cold Fury. You won't be sorry, I promise!...more
I really liked the concept of this book. Sirens are fascinating and I have not read very much about them at all. Keridan finds out that she is half SiI really liked the concept of this book. Sirens are fascinating and I have not read very much about them at all. Keridan finds out that she is half Siren right at the beginning of the book. While it is not a unique I idea to find out during your teenage years/early 20s that you are really some sort of mythical creature, it is a plot line that I love. So I was really excited to dive right into this book.
I loved the mystery surrounding Keridan's heritage, but it all seemed a little rushed to me. I was ok with the sudden-ness of her mom's death and her dad showing up out of no where after because it was required that way in his world, but then the other things did not have nearly as good of reasons. For example, Keridan's dad mentioned that Keridan should meet her aunts (that she had never heard of before) and then one page later, without any explanation or description, Keridan was rushing home to confide in her aunt's who had suddenly moved into her house. It was just a little rushed for me. I would have liked for a bit more foundation to have been laid in the earlier stages of the story.
I really liked the guys in Keridan's life. Her best friend was awesome and I totally wanted her to show some sort of interest in him. I just felt bad because he was such a good friend and so nice. Sahaj was a really interesting character and he was probably the best developed character in the whole book. He was the only one we got any sort of real backstory on. I enjoyed finding out about his past. For most of the book, I was wondering if he actually liked Keridan or if it was because of her Siren powers. It just all came on so suddenly.
Overall, I really liked the initial concept of the book but the execution of it fell short of my expectations. The elements of a good story are there- cool idea, and a good love interest element, and good mystery surrounding it all but it was not well developed as I had hoped. It was a little rushed and didn't hold my interest. I had a hard time finishing this book. However, the love story is something that people might really enjoy. So if you read this book and had a different opinion of it, or if you have a glowing review let me know in the comments and Ill put a link to it. :)...more
I really loved the first book in this series, Stork. So I was super excited about Frost. Frost didn't let me down at all but it didn't meet the very hI really loved the first book in this series, Stork. So I was super excited about Frost. Frost didn't let me down at all but it didn't meet the very high bar that Stork set for me. I just didn't enjoy it as the first book. My favorite part of Frost and Stork are the legends and myths that are worked into the storyline. It really adds something special to the books.
Kat is just as awesome as she was in the first book. I love how confident she seems to be in trusting her intuition and following her gut. It really seems like she is growing into herself as a stork. I really felt for her for pretty much this whole book. It just seems like it stunk to be her. Jack was being so standoffish for so much of the story and it really bugged me. Once I figured out what was going on (even though I had an inkling early on) I accepted the reason why and I guess that excuses him but I still wanted to see him do more. I thought he was kind of a jerk up until the end of the greenland trip and then even after he didn't do much to make it up to Kat. I just wanted to see some more of the Jack that I saw and loved in Stork.
The best part about Frost was the story of the Snow Queen. I thought it was super interesting and I loved seeing all the icelandic legends. If you enjoy mythology or legends, especially norse ones you should check out the Stork trilogy.