The Duality Principle is a quick, fun and sexy romance that I enjoyed i**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Duality Principle is a quick, fun and sexy romance that I enjoyed immensely. The story centers around Gabby and Conner, who are both in their mid 20s. I think that is the perfect age for new adult books. Gabby is a graduate student writing her thesis, and I loved the way Rebecca Grace Allen actually worked Gabby's thesis into the story. It sounds like a great idea for a thesis first of all (too bad I am not math inclined in the slightest, unless it comes to taxes and estate planning.) , but the even cooler part what how her thesis related to her relationship and journey with Conner. It was my favorite part of the book. Along with the romance, of course.
Gabby and Conner are such an interesting mix. I love the nerdy side along with the more daring. They pull out the good and the bad in the other one. It turned out to be a perfect balance and was a lot of fun to read about. The book is told in dual narrative between Gabby and Conner, which worked out well. We got to see each of their likes and holdups about the relationship. And hearing about their own fantasies in their point of view chapters was also a lot of fun in the story.
The Duality Principle was a very quick read. The length was a little strange. I wasn't sure whether it was just a short quick full length novel, or a longer novella? I tend to wish that it was a bit longer. The characters were fleshed out well and the story flowed nicely, but it was a very quick read. I would have liked some more to the story at points. I never really felt like the story was lacking in any department, it was just over very quickly. Nevertheless, if you like fun and sexy new adult romances, The Duality Principle is one that I think you should check out.
This week is Holiday Novella week at Book Briefs. And it was unintentional. I guess it is just that time of year, and I was craving holiday novellas so much that I booked reviews of two of them for series that I have read and enjoyed, back to back. Yesterday I reviewed This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan, and in the review I talked about how the book surprised me with its' more somber beginning. So I didn't want to get any preconceived notions in my head before reading A Very Grey Christmas. But this book was just what I expected it to be- a fluffy, and cheesy fun holiday romantic read. I love Grey so much, as you can tell from my reviews of the first two books in the series, so I will always jump at a chance to read more about him and all his southern charm. I love any kind of holiday novella, but I think my favorite kind is getting to peek in on characters that I already know and love from a series that I have read. Just like the Kissing Eden series.
A Very Grey Christmas was a quick and super cute read. There is the perfect book for fans of the Kissing Eden series and for lovers of Christmas. There are decorations galore, caroling and Christmas plays. I love that Eden's family goes all out for the holiday. Her mom was hilarious. It makes me want to start decorating for Christmas right now.
I'm not sure if the next book is going to continue to focus on Grey and Eden or if it will shift over to Mason and Taylor, or maybe even a new couple. And I don't even know what I want it to do. I want to see more of Grey, that's for sure. It might be nice to see another couple get the spotlight, but I love Grey and Eden so much that I would love to see them get another book. I guess what I am trying to say is that Mrs. Foster will need to write many more books set in South Padre. I want more!
This Christmas is a follow up novella to the first book in the Thi**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 3.5/5
This Christmas is a follow up novella to the first book in the This Summer series, This Summer. I really enjoyed this summer, and I love holiday themed novellas, so I was super excited to get to check in with Hadley and Will for some holiday fun. This Christmas is a super quick read, and it surprised me because it didn't start out the way I expected. At all. I am not going to spoil anything, but I will say that I expected it to be some cute Christmas fluff, but it was a little heavier than that. I ended up loving this more realistic feeling tone. This Christmas wavers between Young Adult and New Adult. I think it ended up on more of the New Adult side.
Hadley and Will have been a couple for a couple of months now and something is up with them. I really liked what Katlyn Duncan did because it is something that I have seen couples do a million times. Girl notices something is up with boy. Girl thinks it has to do with thing "A" (which most of the time is something about Girl). When in actuality boy is upset about thing "B". Or "C", or "D". But you would have no idea at all, because he doesn't say anything. So when This Christmas started, I just kept thinking "What the heck is up with Will??" And that is all you are getting. Read the book and find out for yourself.
I loved how into all things Christmas Hadley was. And I don't blame her at all. If I was in New York City around the holidays, I would be at the Rockefeller center tree all the time too! She was beyond adorable in this book. Her excitement about Christmas was totally infectious and got me in the mood for the holidays.
This Christmas is a perfect follow up to This Summer. I love that it lets you peek back in on Will and Hadley, and I am super excited to see that the This Summer series will continue. I think I can see what the next book will center around. We got a little peak into some of the things coming up for Will and Hadley, and we met a new character so maybe she will make an appearance in the next book as well. If you like holiday novellas and you have read This Summer, This Christmas is a fun follow up read. You should read this one after reading This Summerthough for context on the characters.
Kissing Frogs is a modern day re imagining of the Frog Prince. I will a**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Kissing Frogs is a modern day re imagining of the Frog Prince. I will admit that I have never read the frog prince, and that I didn't even know it was a re-imagining until after I was done reading and I saw the final summary. I know the basic idea, but I am not familiar with the details of the story. I just thought that Kissing Frogs sounded like a cute book. So I can't tell you how close this rendition of the tale was, but I can say that Kissing Frogs was a cute read in a rich and beautiful setting.
The main character from kissing frogs, Jess, is a super brainy girl that wants to go to Berkeley, but you would never be able to tell because she reinvented herself between middle school and high school. She used to be teased a lot, and she went to great lengths to become one of the popular kids. Which was all good and well, but it made me sad that while she was doing this new version of herself that she felt like she had to hide the smart parts about herself. But she made up for it through the story because as time went on, you could see her becoming more and more interested in the things she used to love about learning. She called it letting her nerd out, but I just looked at it as herself re-learning what she loved about her brainy side.
My favorite part of the book was the Panama setting and the golden frogs. I loved learning about them and about the legend and lore that surrounded them. The school trip sounds like a blast. I would love to go on something like that. My girl scout troop in high school did a service trip to Mexico where we not only got to visit the country and explore, but we also did a service project for the community. It is such a rewarding experience and reading Kissing Frogs took me back to that time and those same feelings, which was great.
The romance in Kissing Frogs was cute as well, but I wanted a little more backstory on Jess and Travis. We know that he used to poke fun at her when they were younger and he was easier to read, but I never really knew where she stood on him from before? Did she have a crush on him? Did she never like him like that? I thought it would have been better to have more of their back story established early on. It would have helped me with their current dynamic better, but I still enjoyed reading about Jess. Kissing Frogs will take you to a beautifully rich and exotic setting, and it is a cute story to boot.
By far, my favorite kind of movie is a comedy. Sure, I like other kinds**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
By far, my favorite kind of movie is a comedy. Sure, I like other kinds of movies too, but I always go back to comedies. They have this ability to make me not only feel better- a lot better, but they also allow me to forget my daily stresses for a while. But for some reason, I don't read nearly as many romantic comedy, or flat out humor books. And I have no idea why. I love them. The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (Not Croft) is flippin' hilarious. I have not had the pleasure of reading a book by Becky Wicks as of yet, but I have a feeling I will be changing that very soon. I have read a Sarah Alderson book and it was a suspense murder book. It couldn't have been more different than The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (Not Croft). It made me really impressed with her range of writing. I loved her suspense just as much as I loved her comedy. I loved the combination of their writing styles. It seemed liked they played off each other really well, and their writing melded flawlessly.
The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (Not Croft) was pure irreverent fun. Lara Craft literally travels around the world to try and find her place. And as you can imagine, funny situations follow her everywhere. I think there will be something humorous that almost all readers will enjoy and relate to with Lara Craft. Even though the book starts out with her kind of escaping a breakup, Lara is an eternal optimist. You have to admire her positive spin. She will not let anything get her down, and I loved that about her. This is a girl that I want as my friend. I found myself alternating between laughing out loud and smiling while reading for multiple pages before I even noticed my face had morphed into a smile. This book will leave you in perma smile- and that is never a bad thing in my book.
I loved how many movie and tv references there were. Those are kind of my thing. Plus, the romances in this book are awesomely steamy. Quirky book lovers, look no further. This is your book soul mate. The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (Not Croft) is so much fun. Get ready to go on an adventure with Lara that will have you laughing until the last page.
Yes! I have been hitting Urban Fantasy Jackpot gold lately. I loved Kar**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Yes! I have been hitting Urban Fantasy Jackpot gold lately. I loved Karma! I thought that the world Donna Augustine created was intriguing and addictive. I loved how mysterious and creative her working idea of the universe was. Even though I still have lots of questions, as does Camilla, I can't wait for the second book to try and figure some of them out. Just to give you a quick setup of this world, basically there are people assigned for each one of the forces of the universe. There is Murphy, as in Murphy's law, the cat lady responsible for sending the black cats, Karma, fate, cupid, santa. Everything and anything you have imagined. And they all take care to assure that their aspect of the world is balanced. Most of the people are like immortals and they have been doing their jobs forever, but every so often they get a transfer, which is a human that dies and takes on one of their roles. And that is where Camilla comes in and where our story takes off.
Camilla was an attorney in her lifetime. She was a public defender and I really admired what a spitfire she was. She is a stubborn little thing, but she never backs down. It was gutsy of her, and it could be annoying, but she somehow managed to even make her stubborn-ness seem charming. I guess that is because I feel like I would have been the same way in her situation. These people are not very big on the "why" or "how" when it comes to instructions. "Don't do this"- but they never say why. "do you job"- but they never say what that is or how to do it. It would drive me a little crazy.
Some of the story is focused on Camilla getting set up and used to everything in her new job, but most of the story is focused on finding who and what her murderer was. We found out the who, but we are still not exactly sure about the what. Like I said, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. But instead of annoying me, like that sometimes would, I am itching like crazy to get my hands on the next book. The unanswered questions did not stem from the author just leaving something by the wayside. This is a very complex organization and we learned a great many things about it and the people working there, but there are still many, many secrets to uncover. I have no idea when it will be out and that is killing me! This series has the potential to be a favorite of mine.
There is not a ton of romance in this book, but there are lots of heated exchanges between Karma and Fate. I wish we could have gotten some glimpses inside his head because he was a really hard one to read. But the book is told entirely from Karma's point of view. I am hoping to see a lot more of Fate and Karma in the next book. I just love them together. At least I think I would. I love the idea of them. They banter and bicker with the best of them.
I was super impressed with Karma, and I can't wait to read the next book. I really hope it is out soon. Fans of Urban Fantasy that love a good mystery to solve and don't mind a few unanswered questions will love this book.
The Last Changeling is the first book in the young adult series, the Fa**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Last Changeling is the first book in the young adult series, the Faerie Revolutions. I am a huge fan of faerie books, and what I especially loved about The Last Changeling is not only is it a great representation of Faerie lore, but it is also heavy on the romance. I really loved reading about the strong emotional connection between Elora and Taylor. That boy crushed hard on her and I ate it all up! Fans of faerie books will love this new series. It was so well done, and in addition to the heavy romance and paranormal elements, there was also some social issues mixed into the high school scene in the story. I only had one minor issue with that aspect of the story, but everything else was great.
The book is told in dual perspective between Taylor and Elora, or Lora as Taylor knows her. I loved this narration style for this book. I thought allowed us to get to know both main characters really well. I don't even know who I liked more. Those are my favorite kinds of books, where I connect with each of the main characters for different reasons. Taylor is dealing with some dark demons of his past. And I can't quite put my finger on it, but I always kind of felt this mysterious air surrounding him. I thought there might be a connection of him to the faerie world. I can't wait to see whether there is or not and see how that all unfolds in the next book.
Elora is trapped in the middle of a war, both a prisoner and an active participant. She is an enigma, and I loved watching her grow as a faerie and person, and watching her wage war within herself. Being around Taylor and his friends was a great aid to her personal growth. The Last Changeling is a pleasure to read. I don't know how else to say it. The pacing of this book is great and the words just seem to flow from the pages. There are many things competing within the story for the main theme of the story, but Chelsea Pitcher somehow makes all of the elements meld together flawlessly. The faerie lore mixes in perfectly with the strong romance. And at the same time there are very prominent secondary characters which bring a slew of teenage social issues into the story. There was bullying and gay/straight tensions, along with drug use. I really admired the way Chelsea Pitcher worked in such serious issues facing teens today, but I had a small issue with there being so many "issues" in play in the story. It almost felt like too much and I thought it took away from the main message about the bullying people for being different. I almost feel like if the drugging and drinking didn't come into play the bullying and identity message would have been stronger. That being said, I loved everything else about the story. I thought it was really well done a great setup for the series.
It has been so long since I have read a good magical fantasy book that**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
It has been so long since I have read a good magical fantasy book that reminded me of Harry Potter. But not a Harry Potter rip-off. That is key. I loved the magical school atmosphere and I loved that it was mixed in with the stories of king Arthur and Camelot. Henge is the start of what I am sure is going to be a very loved series. There is something for every fantasy and magic lover. Awesome magic, a fantastic plot line that is detailed and twisty as they come, and a dark and suspenseful characters and storyline that will have you guessing who the bad guy is and just what exactly is going on until the last page. I loved Henge. I am not ini love with the cover, but don't let that distract you from the gem of a story found within its' pages.
Morgan is one of my favorite female main characters that I have had the pleasure of meeting in a while. She is so perceptive. I loved how shrewd, but still kind she was. She knew when to be distrustful of people, even when she didn't want to be. You could tell that she longed for some real friends, but because of events in her life she has always been kind of isolated. She is so powerful, but I can't wait to learn more about her powers. Specifically, how her powers interact with her emotions. They seem to feed off of the more negative emotions and I want to learn why that is.
Merlin, Gwen and the whole secondary cast also captured my attention. I was bummed when one of them deceived me, but I soon learned to follow Morgan's instincts. She was almost always dead on, even when she didn't know why or didn't want to be. She got it wrong a few times, but overall she was so impressive in her ability to read people and pick up on subtle clues.
The elemental magic in Henge was great. I loved watching the water and fire users. I am still unsure of just what my feelings are on magic and camelot and Mordred but I look forward to finding out more about all three in the next book. The setup is all there for this to be an amazing series, and Henge was an epic first installment. If you liked Harry Potter and want another magical story that is not just a cheap imitation, but rather has a life of its' own, you need to check out Henge!
I loved Caged in Winter so much. And I didn't even realize until**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
I loved Caged in Winter so much. And I didn't even realize until I was done with the book that the title involved both of the two main characters names, Cade and Winter. I knew Winter, sure but I thought the title was about the cage that Winter put up around herself to keep herself from a distance from everyone else. And now I feel silly that I completely missed Cade in it. He was totally encased by Winter. He couldn't escape her either. Caged in Winter is an emotional ride and I loved every single up and down. Cade and Winter are magical together. And Brighton Walsh did a fantastic job telling each of their stories.
I haven't met two young people so mature and so forced into becoming adults in a while. Their situations were so similar. The details were different, but the end result was the same. They were on their own forced to grow up and take care of themselves at a very young age. (and take care of others in Cade's situation) I admired the heck out them. Both of them. And I loved how persistent Cade was with Winter. She certainly did not make it easy. I have no idea how she went along this long completely on her own. I mean, I understand why she didn't want to depend on anyone else, but she could have had some friends in her classes or something. I can't even begin to imagine how lonely she must have felt. I really liked how strong Winter was. I wish she would have given into Cade sooner because it was so clear to me how wonderful of a guy he was, but that is what made their story interesting.
I love Cade. This guy is book boyfriend material. He is protective, and so sweet, and patient, and so there for you. Always. I loved how White Knight complex as Winter called it. Plus, he cooks. He can test his meals out for me anytime he wants. One of the things that I enjoyed the most about Caged in Winter was that it didn't follow the typical new adult story arc. It took subtle twists and turns and went in unexpected directions. It was a pleasure to read and discover what Brighton Walsh had in store for Cade and Winter. I loved every minute of this book. It is one that I would recommend to anyone that loves a good romance. And I can't even tell you how excited I am that this is the first book in a series. I know the second book is going to focus on Cade's sister, but I am really hoping that we get to see more of Cade and Winter.
I noticed a lot of reviews for Blood Entwines saying that the main char**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
I noticed a lot of reviews for Blood Entwines saying that the main character annoyed them and that they were bored or confused while reading, so I was a bit disheartened heading into the story. But the premise just sounded so interesting to me, so I was still optimistic to see how I felt about the book. I mean, a blood infusion that leaves the main character Kara feeling DIFFERENT after, not to mention a hot guy battling a demon within him. Literally. It just sounds so cool and different. Right? So I picked up the book and decided to plow in and hope that I fared better than some people did while reading. And at the very start of the book, I did see what some people meant. It was a little slow, and there was a lot of jumping around because many things were happening to different characters at the same time that it was a lot to get thrown at you. It was jarring at times, but this is a book that builds as it goes on. You have to stick with Blood Entwines, because it was really good! I really liked how the author handled the plot line. There is a reason that the start of the book was kind of confusing.
I really liked Kara. I thought she was an intriguing main character. Even though the situations she found herself in would have made a lot of people feel overwhelmed and in over their heads, but I think she handled herself admirably. There are a lot of questions surrounding Jack, and Kara. I loved the mysterious atmosphere that Caroline Healy created in Blood Entwines. It keeps you guessing right until the end, and the writing was so vivid that I felt like I was watching the scenes unfold on a movie screen instead of just reading about them.
Some of the secondary characters play roles where you hate them so much that you almost love to hate them. If you have read the book, you know exactly who I am talking about. I wanted to wring Kara's "friend" Ashleigh's neck. I couldn' stand the girl, but I couldn't help but admire the character that Caroline Healy created in her. In a weird way.
I think there will be another book in the Blood Entwines series. This book didn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger, but there are still many things unanswered. Blood Entwines is meant to be a mysterious book that will keep you guessing, and the author employs a very unique story telling method that involves jumping between characters and plotlines, so at times it can be a bit confusing, but I promise everything comes together in the end. You just need to stick with the book. If you are a fan of original Young Adult paranormal books with multiple perspectives, I think you would really enjoy Blood Entwines. I am interested to see what is going to happen in the next book.
Game On is the third book in the New Adult sports romance series,**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Game On is the third book in the New Adult sports romance series, Night Games. The series each focuses on a different player on the baseball team, the New York Kings. I was already half in love with Jilly before I started Game On. I really liked him in Game Changer, and I was super excited that he was going to be getting his own book. And once I found out a bit more of his story, that he always seems to be the ones women are leaving- for who knows what reason, seriously, why??- I felt for him even more. He is such a sweetheart. He might not be the most expressive guy in the world, but he doesn't play any games. He doesn't hold any punches with the people that he cares about.
It is so clear to see that Jilly is crazy about Hailey. She is the one that got away from high school. And while she drove me kind of batty at times, I liked how happy she made Jilly. I have no idea why she self sabotaged everything with her and Jilly, and if she were my friend I would have shook some sense into within the first couple of chapters, but she eventually has her "light bulb moment" about her behavior, and she tried to change. So I was pleased with her growth. Because of my holdups with Hailey, I didn't love this book as much as I loved Sasha and Brooks story, but I really really love Jilly so it was a close call.
Something that I really loved about Game On was that Hailey was writing a series of books about the players under a pen name. I liked to imagine that the books she was writing were in fact the night games series that I was reading right now. It made it all really fun. Like looking in a window and seeing yourself looking in a window within the story. I still have to read the first book in the series, and getting to see a little more of Chase and Grey makes me even more excited to finally get around to reading their story. You won't be lost if you read this series out of order, but if you have the choice, I would pick reading them in order. Fans of sports romances and contemporary romances will love the night games series. And wait until you meet Jilly. You will love him too. I wanted to be the one to nurse him back to health with his injury. (Chase knew what he was talking about when he mentioned women wanting to do that. )
Bittersweet is a standalone New Adult contemporary Romance from Sunday**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Bittersweet is a standalone New Adult contemporary Romance from Sunday James. It was an interesting read. At times I felt like there was too much going on for me to really start loving the story, but I did end up liking the overall flow of the storyline. It was a quick read that worked well as a standalone. I loved the small town setting. The writing was very atmospheric and rich with detail. The setting and the quaint feelings that the descriptions of the town of dogwood evoked were my favorite part of Bittersweet.
Cathy was great. I liked how wonderful she was to her dad and brother, and I loved that she loved her town so much. Sure, she had plans to get out and go away to college, but her father's health kept her in town and kept her helping out the family business. I liked Greg well enough, but Cathy was the real star of the book for me. I don't know if I just related to her more, or if it was because the book was told entirely by her point of view. I also really liked Cathy's best friend and roommate, Max. That girl is a true friend. And feisty as heck! She needs her own story.
Greg was a nice guy. He actually had these moments of such sweetness. I loved the start of the story, when he kept seeing all these things Cathy and him had in common, and he was almost in disbelief. He would say things to that effect and get so embarrassed. It was super cute. But my problem with Greg was that he held his cards so close to his chest all the time. I could never tell where his head was at. He was hot and then cold. And when he was cold or angry he was very angry. And that extreme anger never really got addressed the way I wanted it to. We did learn some things about him and his past, I just felt like we 90% of the way with him and didn't get a chance to connect that last little 10%.
I liked the tv filming aspect of the story too. It was cool to see the way filming was done on a location, and the whole Bethany aspect added intrigue to the story. Bittersweet will appeal to fans of standalone contemporary romances. It is an interesting story that you can knock out in one afternoon, and while I had a few issues with it, I did enjoy Bittersweet. Fans of small town atmospheres will love Dogwood.
#Nerd is the first book in the #hastag Series, which is a n**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
#Nerd is the first book in the #hastag Series, which is a new adult series that mostly focuses on the same couple! Do you even know how exciting that is? I don't have to say goodbye to Rimmel and Romeo just yet. They have at least two more books about them. I love that. The books are told in dual narrative between Rimmel and Romeo. I love the name Rimmel, by the way. Romeo is the star football player, and Rimmel is a scholarship girl who seems to only study and volunteer at the animal shelter. She is forced to tutor him and he is forced to go to tutoring three days a week. Throw in a secret fraternity initiation challenge for Romeo where he has to use Rimmel in some way, and it looks like you have a typical new adult "bet" story. But I would implore you to look past that, because I normally find those books enjoyable, but very predictable. #Nerd was not like that. It handles the situation in a very different way, and I really liked that.
The hashtag series idea is so great, and I am honestly surprised this is the first time we are seeing it. (or at least the first time I am) There is a campus wide app that every student seems to have to get school updates and info called Alpha Buzz. But there is one person called the Buzz Boss that seemed like gossip girl. They were always texting the latest gossip and the hastags they used were so funny. There are little #AlphaBuzz texts at the start of each chapter. It was a great addition to the story. If anything, the texts showed me just how popular Romeo was to this school. Everyone seemed to know everything about him, and most of the buzz boss' texts seem to center around him. I wish we found out who the buzz boss was.
Rimmel is a great girl. I felt so bad for her that she really didn't have anyone. She moved from out of state, so she didn't have her father, and between studying, and her animal shelter work she didn't make any time to make any friends. Her roommate actually ended up pleasantly surprising me. Rimmel is shy, and you know she is haunted by something in her past, but we don't find out just what for a while. It was nice to see her finally get close to someone and slowly let her guard down. Romeo really took the time and effort to get to know her. And to me, it never really was about the initiation. I'm not telling you more than that, you just have to read and experience it for yourself.
Romeo was a breath of fresh air for me. He has this gooey marshmellow center that I love so much when it came to Rimmel. I loved that she brought out his tender side without either of them really even noticing. It was effortless between the two of them, and I am so excited that this is only the start of their story. I really liked Heven and Hell series by Cambria Hebert and now that I have gotten a taste of what her new adult contemporary is like, I really, really want to read her take it off series. If you like new adult, you will really enjoy the hashtag series. #IKnowIt #ReadItLoveIt
HOLY SMOKES! What a moving, powerful book. How did this one elude my gr**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
HOLY SMOKES! What a moving, powerful book. How did this one elude my grasp for so long?? The Sea of Tranquility has been classified both as Young Adult and New Adult. I could see it going either way, but I think it is closer to upper Young Adult. Especially since both of the main characters are in high school. Even though they are each wise beyond their years. I really don't know how to write a review that does this book justice. I have read a lot of really fantastic books, but the Sea of Tranquility will always stick out in my mind because of how much it moved me. This is a powerful book. It reminded me of the raw emotional power like in the books Lost and Found by Nadia Simonenko. And anyone that knows me, or has read my reviews of those new adult books, know just how high of praise that is.
The Sea of Tranquility starts off feeling very mysterious. It took me a couple of chapters to get my bearings because I didn't know what had happened to Nastya. Could she not talk? Or did she chose not to? I really didn't know for a good part of the start of the story. Plus, why did everyone give Josh such a wide berth. It takes a little while for you to get the answers, but once you do, you fall into an easy pattern in the book. I loved the day to day that Nastya and Josh fell into. It was weird, sure, but it was beautiful. Each of them is so deeply wounded. But watching them with each other was equal parts fascinating and heart wrenching. I fell in love with them a million times over. When Nastya left cookies for Josh I fell in love. When Josh made a chair for Nastya, I fell in love. The characters were not without faults, but their faults are what made them interesting. I wanted Nastya to open up to Josh. It seemed like she was never going to. And at first I thought Josh would be the one that was more closed off, but it ended up being her that wouldn't take a leap of faith.
I can't imagine going through what either of them has gone through. And they each had their own coping mechanisms. I am not in a position to judge how either of them dealt with it. There was one point in the story where I almost started crying because of what Nastya chose to do, and how it affected her and Josh. I was shocked. Sure, events and deaths in books have made me cry before, but I have never teared up just by reading about a choice that a character made. That was when I knew this book had really gotten to me. I have recommended this book to so many people already. There are plenty of books that I read and think, "this book would be great for fans of contemporary romance" or "for fans of new adult" or "fans of horror", etc, but no. The Sea of Tranquility is something that I think EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ. It is the most moving book that I have read all year. Hands down.
Diamonds in the Rough is the perfect follow up to The Secret Diamond Si**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Diamonds in the Rough is the perfect follow up to The Secret Diamond Sisters. It is just as gossip girl-y, fun, and scandalous as the first book. I really liked that we got to know each of the sisters a lot better. As well as Madison and the whole cast of secondary characters. Just like the first book, Diamonds in the Rough is told in multiple points of views between the Diamond sisters and Madison. Each of the chapters was clearly labeled and it was really easy follow along. It was cool to read the book this way, because Michelle Madow's writing style and voice changes with each of the sisters. It added to their very distinct personalities. Madison stereotyped the sisters and dubbed them as follows: Peyton- the slut, Courtney- the goody two shoes and Savannah- the wannabe. And I have to say, at first glance, I can see why she put them in those categories, but throughout the course of the story I watched each of the sisters grow and disprove their stereotypes. I loved that.
Courtney is still my favorite. I just have a soft spot for her. I like Savannah and Peyton too, and I like them each a lot more than I did by the end of the first book, but Courtney is the closest to me, so I think that I relate to her the easiest. When I read The Secret Diamond Sisters, I thought Peyton had a bit too much of a bad attitude and that Savannah acted a little too old. Diamonds in the rough turned these opinions around completely. I loved how Savannah conducted herself. I still like Nick, but Damien wormed his way into my heart too. He really seemed to be there for Savannah and care about her. I am still a little wary, but I might just be overprotective of her. Peyton showed another side of herself too. She mellowed out a bit, and I think she is starting to trust Adrian and Rebecca. And she should. I absolutely love how awesome Rebecca is with the girls. There are far too many books with "evil" step-parents. But Rebecca is so genuine and nice and there for the girls. It was great to see.
Diamonds in the Rough is such a fun read. Since there are multiple main characters, we only got snippets of romance from each of them. It was a pretty romance light book actually, but there is so many other things going on that it never felt like it was lacking in the romance department. We got to see each of the girls romantic interests and some of them made progress and some of the girls took a couple of steps backwards, but each of them are not set up for an interesting romance in the next book.
I wanted to grab some snacks and sit down and enjoy this book like my favorite shows. It is addictive and chock full of rumors, and drama in the best way. If you like Gossip Girl or the A-List books, these books are perfect for you. I can easily see them being made into a tv series. I am actually kind of surprised that it hasn't been picked up for one yet. I would watch it in a heartbeat. And I love the writing. It is fun and Michelle Madow incorporates many different story telling techniques that really work with the tone of the book. I love the way she works in posts from the anonymous high school forum website. Not only are they fun to read, but they aren't just fluff and filler; they actually advance the storyline. It was a really cool way to weave certain facts into the story, without us simply being told what was happening in a chapter. I also loved the numerous pop culture references, and the names she used for the celebrities. Not to mention all the soap opera level secrets throughout the story. Some of the bombs dropped were crazy! I can't wait to see what is going to happen next.
Love's Last Call is the first in a new adult series called the Lad**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Love's Last Call is the first in a new adult series called the Ladies of jezebel's. Jezebel's is a bar that both of the main characters work at. I had no idea when I started reading the story that this would be a series about some of the various secondary characters, but now that I know that I am super excited. I can't wait for Ronnie's story. We didn't get to really know any of the other shot girls, but I can't wait to get to know them too. Love's Last Call was a classic New Adult story. Told in Dual Narrative between Norm and Lucy. It was a secret romance, because shot girls and bouncers are NOT allowed to date. It is pretty much the only rule the bar has.
Norm and Lucy each have to keep their job for various reasons and because of that, they didn't rush into a relationship. I really liked that because it gave me, as the reader, a chance to watch them interact a bunch and get to know each other before they acted on their attraction for one another. Even so, Norm was more invested than Lucy. I felt for him. It was always her pushing to keep them a secret. You could tell that she genuinely cared for him, but I don't think she got how much she was hurting him. I just wanted to hug him.
But what I loved about Love's Last Call was how their inner geek-dom brought the two of them together. They love comic books and science fiction, and everytime Lucy brought up something else "nerdy" that she liked, Norm swooned a bit. I 100% approve bonding with other people over your nerdy loves. It makes me swoon a little too. Beth Matthews did a great job with the writing in Love's Last Call. I do wish the chapters were labeled with whose point of view they were, but it was easy enough to follow along. I loved Norman and I really liked Lucy, even though she was the thickheaded one most of the time. But when she came to that realization after meeting Norm's father, I started to love her. It is always great when a character has a breakthrough about themselves.
Love's Last Call was great. It wasn't incredibly different than many new adults out there, but it was a good quality book. If a book is well done and it is a formula that I like, I don't mind it when a book is a little predictable. And this one had all the elements that I love. And like I was saying earlier, I am very excited to read Ronnie's story. I know Lucy said her and Ronnie had a love hate relationship and that Ronnie liked to cause trouble and sit back and watch, but when it came to Lucy's friendship, I didn't see the hate. Only love. Ronnie was great towards Lucy. I can't wait to see her get her happy ending, hopefully in the next book.
Audrey Bell sold me on The Fall of January Cooper. I read her fir**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Audrey Bell sold me on The Fall of January Cooper. I read her first novel, Love Show, and I can't even say how much I loved it. I would recommend it to fans of new adult everywhere. So I knew that I couldn't pass up The Fall of January Cooper. And when Audrey had me tearing up within the first two chapters of the book, I knew I was dealing with a powerful story. The romance aspect was a little tame compared to a lot of new adult, but the emotional slow burn reluctant romance between January and Christian was fantastic.
January starts the story out as a rich harvard student. Everyone painted her out to being this huge B**ch, but that wasn't exactly what I saw. I saw someone who was stuck up, yes, but not really a complete mean girl. I know that is what her friends described her as, but to be honest that only made me believe it less, because her friends were all beyond awful. I would hate to be associated with their group. Even if you disagree with me, and you do think she is a raging B, you will feel for this girl. There is no way that you can't. Her world crumbles around her overnight. Her and Christian have that in common. Everything in their lives took an awful turn in a split second.
Christian and his brother were both college hockey players. They got into a fatal car crash as they were arguing about Sam feeling inadequate to Christian, who is the star player. Sam died and Christian had a career ending injury. (and no I didn't spoil anything, this all happens within the first two chapters) It was so heartbreaking. I hate that his brother died while they were fighting, and it was such a guilt inducing fight too. The story moves forward by having January and Christian meet at and working at the bar in town. I loved watching the two of them interact with each other. It was different from each of their perspectives. For Christian, January got under his skin and was really the only new person in his life that could get him outside of his head. He didn't really interact with anyone, and the few that he did were very surface. I loved watching January edge her way under his skin. Even if they were bickering for most of the time. It was cute.
And January was ostracized when news of her father got out. I would say I wanted to punch her father, but what he did, didn't even shock me. I know that is kind of awful and jaded, but I have seen it happen more frequently than I would care to. (Think Joe Guidice from real housewives of new jersey.) These two are put through the ringer. The story is told in dual narrative between January and Christian, and each of them is really battling their own demons. I really didn't have much to complain about with this book, other than the fact that I wanted more story. I just wanted the story to keep going. I thought for about 60% of the book, the story was pretty evenly split between January and Christian's issued and I loved that about the story. But from there on, the main focus was on January and Christian helping her, which I loved, but I kept wanting to go back to Christian's family and see more of him and their issues dealt with.
I also wanted a little bit more of a steamy romance with them. I felt like we were tiptoeing around that for a lot of the book, and the slow burn romance was great. I loved the story, but when we finally did get to the romance, there was so little of the story left. I want another book about them. Maybe focusing on Christian's injury. Please Audrey! Give me more January and Christian. I love them!
Her Perfect Game is the second book in the new adult Hot & Nerdy tr**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Her Perfect Game is the second book in the new adult Hot & Nerdy trilogy by Shannyn Schroeder. I knew after I read the first book, Her Best Shot, that this was a series formula that I was going to love. Her Perfect Game starts out at the same time that Her Best Shot starts out, but from a different friend's point of view. This is Charlie's story and I loved her and her hacking con even more than I loved Layla. I have always had such appreciation for people that know their way around computers. I am decent myself, but some of the things people can do just blow my mind. Plus, I have a bit of a nerdy streak in me when it comes to computer games as well. So this was the perfect storyline for me to get into.
Her Perfect Game was almost completely about Charlie, Win, and Jonah. Her friends only showed up in phone call cameo's and she still never told them her secret- that she had dropped out of college. I kind of wish that got addressed more. The book was split between a con and hacking convention, both of which took place in Chicago over the same weekend. I loved that you had to passed a series of secret tests and challenges before you were even invited to participate in the hacking competition. Charlie is good. Really good. It was so cool to get a little insight into the things that she could do. I have no idea if these types of conventions exist for hackers, but I am so hoping that they do. And the fact that companies send people to scout them for jobs, is so freakin' awesome!
I love how Shannyn Schroeder has created the perfect blend between a shorter story that reads really fast, and enough detail to make the story feel full and complete. This one felt more fleshed out than Her Best Shot. I am super excited to read the next book, but I don't want the series to be done yet. I am really hoping for a fourth book that has all the girls together. Maybe the can finally go on that trip together that they always wanted. Or maybe it could be an NSA/computer security issue that Charlie, Layla and Jonah need to tackle. I just want more. If you like new adult, this is a series that you should be reading. The Hot and Nerdy series is such a great premise and I love how it was executed. I want to read 50 more books like these.
Compulsion is one heck of a read. I can see this book, and trilogy, app**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Compulsion is one heck of a read. I can see this book, and trilogy, appealing to so many different kinds of readers. It will appeal to fans of romance, mystery, as well as fans of creepy/dark books. It is labeled as a southern gothic. I can't say that I have had too much experience in this particular genre, but if they are all like Compulsion, I need to start reading more of them. Compulsion was great. It had so many layers and such a depth to its' story.
You really had to pay attention or you would miss something. Compulsion really builds and builds so read each page carefully. A few times I felt myself getting swept up in the story and reading quicker and quicker to find out what was going to happen next and then before I knew it I felt a little lost, like I had missed something. The book actually started out that way for me. The name Mark was thrown around by the main character for like two or three chapters before I actually had any idea what his relation to Barrie was. But I think the author made some details and story aspects obscure on purpose to add to the mysterious atmosphere of the book. Once I got a couple of chapters in, knew who Mark was and found Barrie describing the pull she felt towards finding "lost" things, I knew this book was a keeper. I was hooked from that point on.
The story is crazy good, and it just keeps unfolding. Right when you think there couldn't possibly be any more, there is. I loved learning about the three plantation families, and the curse of the fire carrier. I loved seeing the Watson and Beaufort gift. I want Eight's gift more than Barrie's, that's for sure. The romance between Barrie and Eight is great as well. There are a lot of character in Compulsion, and I feel like there will only be more as the story continues, so there are a lot to keep track of. When you throw in spirits and all of the family tree members of the three families, it was a little hard to keep track of them all the time. Especially with how intertwined the three families are. Can anyone say drama and scandal galore? I ate it all up.
The characters are fantastic. I wasn't crazy about Barrie's name. It took me a while to get used to the main girl as a Barrie. But once you move past that, there are a whole cast of characters for you to either love or hate. I loved most of them. I had a love/hate relationship with Barrie's cousin, Cassie. But no matter which side you turn up on with her, there is no denying that she is an excellent addition to the story. Overall, I was so impressed with Martina Boone's creation in Compulsion. I loved the mixture of magic, curses, romance and just plain creepiness. It is a book that has left an impression on me, and I can't wait to see what she will bring us next.
Priya In Heels is a standalone title from Entangled Embrace's new adult**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Priya In Heels is a standalone title from Entangled Embrace's new adult line. I have said it before, and I will say it again- I love that Entangled has multiple different lines of books because it allows the reader to really have a good idea of what they are getting when they choose a book. Priya In Heels is a great example of a well done new adult book. It was fresh, romantic, ton of feeling and emotion and it took the readers on one heck of a journey. Holy cow, the author is not afraid to torment her characters a bit, or a lot. She puts them through the ringer.
Priya is indian and I loved how culture filled both her and her family and the book were. I feel like I got a lesson on Indian culture and the way it meshes, or doesn't mesh in some cases, with american culture. Old school v. New school. Priya never wants to disappoint her parents. I loved how close she was with them, although that turned out to be a large source of the conflict in the book. I really felt for her. I have felt that pull of wanting to appease both yourself and your parents. And it must have been 100 times harder for Priya because of the cultural divide. As Tyler likes to point out Priya has lived in America her whole life. She is American just as much as she is Indian.
Speaking of Tyler. There are so many things that I loved about Tyler. I loved that he never gave up on Priya. (even though I might have a time or two) and I loved how sweet and determined he was. The reasons that he left her were the cutest thing ever. I want those little reason cards littering my place. I loved how much he was willing to do for her. He really is a gem of a guy. I have no idea how Priya didn't wake up and see this way, way sooner. They were so cute together, but they have one heck of a bumpy road. At times you will have no idea how it is going to work out for them, but this book is on the longer side so there is plenty of time to ride out the ups and downs with Priya and Tyler.
Ayesha Patel has done a wonderful job creating a novel with a strong and unique voice. I really enjoyed how cultural this book was, but at the same time how accessible it was to me as a reader, who didn't know too much about Indian culture and especially religion. It was woven into the story in a way that made you feel knowledgeable but never lost. I had minor issues with Priya herself. I really liked her as a character, but I wanted to shake her and have her come to her senses a few times. And there was one scene where she was antagonizing over what to do and then all at once in the same night she makes this huge decision (for her). I felt like that was a little rushed. If it was this big of a deal for her, I thought she shouldn't have rushed into it as quickly as she did. But other than that, she was likable and I really felt the pressure she was under. It was so palpable throughout the story and it helped me relate to her. Priya in Heels is so worth a read.
A Week in New York is the first novella in a romance trilogy by Loui**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 4.5
A Week in New York is the first novella in a romance trilogy by Louise Bay. This is the first book that I have read by Louise and I can already tell I am hooked on her writing. I want to read all of her other books immediately. Her author bio says that she writes the kind of romances that she likes to read- sexy and fun. That is a perfect match for me. I also really like that these are novellas. It is kind of like a romance serial but each of the books is longer. More pages to enjoy. I loved A Week in New York. I am so glad that I signed up to be a part of the second leg of the blog tour too because I already know waiting until December or January to buy the book will be too long for me. I need to know what happens next with Anna and Ethan.
What I liked about Ethan was how he didn't even bat an eye about losing his rules for Anna. She is the girl that got under his skin and made him want more. He is a very casual guy, and normally that is enough for him, but the more time he spent around Anna you could see a shift in his behavior. Technically it happened rather quickly in the book since the whole novella is only 112 pages, but it didn't feel too quick. I thought Louise Bay did a fantastic job with her character progression and pacing. The whole thing felt very natural.
Anna has been burned in the past- although she never really told Ethan what exactly happened with her ex- and so all she is looking for right now is casual. She was more determined to stick to that than Ethan was, which I found funny. This story kind of reminded me of Elisabeth Grace's Indiscretion series, which I absolutely loved. I want to get a little more into Anna's romantic past in the next installment. I want Ethan to be able to pull it out of her, but that is the only minor complaint I had about the book. It was the perfect story to get lost in for a quick romantic fix. Once all three books are out, I can easily see myself going back and re-reading them all right after another. They are that good.
I had heard such amazing things about Karen Ann Hopkins before and I ha**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
I had heard such amazing things about Karen Ann Hopkins before and I have always wanted to try one of her books, but I didn't think I should start with the Amish series Temptation because I wasn't sure that would be my thing. As soon as I saw Embers though, I knew I had to get in on that book. The cover grabbed my eye instantly, and the fact that Embers was said to be a dark and gritty paranormal was more than enough to make me super excited about it. And now I can say that I know what everyone was talking about. Not only was Embers a great story, but Karen Ann Hopkins is a phenomenal writer. Her writing really makes a story, and especially the character jump right off the page.
Embers is first and foremost a story about Angels. But I am super happy to report that Karen's angels are her own. This was unlike other angel books that I have tried. The line between good and evil was not always so clear, and it made the story so unique and interesting. Ember herself was a treat. And this is also where Karen Ann Hopkins writing started to really impress me. You can tell so much thought and planning went into the character development for all of the characters. Ember was so fleshed out and real. She could have walked right off the page, which might have freaked me out a bit considering the world she was coming from. Just sayin'. But I would like to meet someone with her power. She has an afinity for fire and the things she can do are wicked cool.
The romance was a little light for my liking, but there was so many other things going on that you don't even really notice that it was on the lighter side until you are done with the book. I was so drawn into this world, I want the next book in my hands right now. (and I also want some more romance in the next one, but with all of the solid foundation work she did here, I think that will happen as the series unfolds.) I know angel books are hit or miss for a lot of people, myself included. I have read some that worked for me and some not so much. But Embers was a hit! Even if you are not a fan of angels, I would urge you to try Embers. There are tons of twists and turns to keep you guessing, the take on angels is different and the book really did feel dark and gritty, like it was pitched to be. It was such an interesting mixture. I can't wait to see what comes next in the Wings of War series.
Oh how I needed to read Prophecy. I haven't given a book 5 star in so l**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Oh how I needed to read Prophecy. I haven't given a book 5 star in so long. I have read some meh books and a lot of good books. But there is a difference between a good book, or even a great book and a book that just warms you up from the inside out. One that you want to hug and start reading from the beginning again. That was Prophecy for me. I LOVED this book! I was excited when I read the summary and saw that it had something to do with Mythology, because that is a big hit with me. And then I read the authors foreword and she mentioned all the myths coming out and playing and mixing together and my excitement shot up a couple of levels. It was so cool to see the greek and roman gods mixing in with the norse gods. The end result was pure magic.
We knew Callie was something special right from the start, but Julie Anne Lindsey does a great job keeping exactly what a mystery for most of the book. We get hints and clues here and there, but it is hard to guess exactly what. And that was not for lack of trying on my part. I know a good amount about mythology and I couldn't even place her until just a little bit before the reveal. But you do know that Liam and his brother Oliver are something right from the start. They show up in town and live in the "haunted" Hale manor. Plus, they are super hot, so they attract a lot of attention. So much of the story is focused on Liam and Callie that we didn't get too see too much of Oliver until the second half of the book. I am hoping that we see more of him in the next book, but I am wary to say that I want him to get his whole own novel because I loved Liam and Callie so much. It might be selfish of me, but I want the two of them to be the focus of more books. I could not get enough of these two. They gave me constant butterflies. The book is bracketed as young adult. I think it is upper young adult with some new adult crossover.
Not only is the romance slow burning and fan-freakin-tastic, but the action and plot of this story kicks some serious gods booty. I really liked how Julie Anne Lindsey took a bunch of myths, put them in a blender, gave them a whirl and out came her awesome conglomeration. Why can't all the myths come and play together?? I think it is s brilliant idea. Prophecy seriously has it all, it has an intriguing plotline, hot vikings, a fiery heroine, and one heck of a romance. I want more from the Calypso series right now. It is already on my favorites list.
Just Desserts is a really sweet story about finding love in the afterma**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Just Desserts is a really sweet story about finding love in the aftermath of a loss. Quinn comes into Sadie, and her fathers' lives at the perfect time. They are sturggling to tread water both emotionally and financially. Sadie's mom passed away and left her husband and daughter her popular healthy diner. And they are both trying so hard to make it live up to her name in her mother's honor. She seemed like such an amazing woman and it was clear to see that she meant so much to both of them. But Sadie's dad wants to sell the diner because he knows that it is downhill for them. Quinn does fabulous restoration work and he promises to keep the integrity of the diner. I know that I just gave you a lot of back ground type information but one of the things that I loved the most about this story was the setup the author did. I thought this adorably sweet romance had a great plot to jump off of.
Quinn didn't want to step of Sadie's toes, and at the start of the story they were a bit too much ping ponging between extremes for the two of them, especially on Sadie's end. They were cold, they were hot and they were back to cold again so fast you could hardly keep up. But I cut her some slack because her emotions were all over the place with everything she had on her plate. (ha, another thing I loved was how they used food references at innuendo. I thought that was too funny.) After a while, they fell into a better routine around each other and that was when I really felt their connection and romance started to build.
I really liked how protective Quinn was over Sadie. He really looked out for her. Sadie had more demons to overcome in the story, so she had more character growth an Quinn, I felt like. She blamed her mother for leaving her and she just had so many negative emotions rolling around inside of her. Just Desserts is a great book for people looking for quick cute reads, and for people who like love after loss books. Just Desserts is a quick read that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Sweet Unrest is a standalone read that will appeal to fans of reads**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Sweet Unrest is a standalone read that will appeal to fans of reads that feel eerie, and have a healthy mixture of ghost story and voodoo magic. I loved the plantation setting that author Lisa Maxwell chose for Sweet Unrest. It was the perfect place for this tale to take place. I'm going to do my best to not give anything away because that is half the fun of this mystery. There are so many different layers and unknowns that come to light throughout the story, and I loved watching everything unfold bit by bit for the main character, Lucy.
The cast of characters were as rich and complex as was the scenery and landscape of New Orleans. I loved Mama Legba, Chloe, Piers and Alex. Lucy's family kind of faded into the background for me, but I didn't dislike them. They just weren't really the focus of this story. The focus came through Lucy's dreams and her trying to piece together the puzzle they presented.
Past and Present swirl together in Sweet Unrest. Sometimes it came in predictable ways and sometimes things were totally unpredictable. I loved it because it was always just enough to keep me on my toes. There were a couple of little snafus that I still don't understand, or wish were explained a little better and that was all that was holding me back from a higher rating. (like with a certain character that shows up at the end to help and suddenly knows everything that has been going on. If you have read the book, let me know and we can talk.)
The romance was sweet and heartbreaking all at the same time. It just was never the focal point for me as a reader. I was way more wrapped up in the mystery. I liked the romance and I think the ending was very fitting, but Sweet Unrest was a lot more for me than just a simple romance. (even though there really was nothing simple about Lucy and Alex.) Sweet Unrest is all about the story. I really appreciated the research that the author did on Voodoo. I thought it really added a level of authority to her writing. I want to meet Mama Legba and have her read me. Voodoo + a chilling New Orleans setting that grows in the creep factor as the story goes on + a fresh and interesting mystery = a complex book that is sure to delight ya readers.