On Net-Galley I recieved an ARC of Hades. Hades is the story of Kore, Demeter's Daughter. Kore is kidnapped by Hades and is to marry Hades. Kore changOn Net-Galley I recieved an ARC of Hades. Hades is the story of Kore, Demeter's Daughter. Kore is kidnapped by Hades and is to marry Hades. Kore changes her name to Persephone. Persephone eats 3 seeds and spends 3 months with Hades each year. When Persephone is with Demeter it is summer and spring when she isnt it is winter and fall. This graphic novel is illustrated very well, and the story is good also. I reccommend to fans of GREEK Mythology and books like Percy Jackson...more
I have been a fan of Ned Vizzini ever since I read It's Kind Of A Funny Story a couple years ago (If you haven't read this book yet, what are you waiting for? Stop reading this review immediately and get It's Kind Of A Funny Story. I know you'll thank me later). I have read everything by Vizzini except for Teen Angst? Naaah . . . which I need to read pronto. I even interviewed Mr. Vizzini back in the day when I was a noob blogger. Once I saw The House Of Secrets on Edelweiss, I immediately downloaded it.
Imagine if The Goonies had a baby with Inkheart, I think the result would be House Of Secrets. (I really loved The Goonies and Inkheart so this is my way of complimenting it). House of Secrets is one of the most entertaining middle-grade fantasy novels I have ever read. The thing about House Of Secrets is that it's not just for little kids. I'm a grumpy male teen and I just absolutely loved this book. Anyone can enjoy House of Secrets because it's chock full of action, adventure, and humor.
House Of Secrets is unlike any fantasy novel I've read recently. There's pirates, witches, magic houses, a WWI soldier, and just so much more. There's a lot going on in House Of Secrets plot-wise but Vizzini and Columbus manage to keep everything interesting. House of Secrets is well-written in a very cinematic way and I just kept imagining this book as a movie. This book actually started off as a movie script and Chris Columbus commented "I completed about 90 pages of the script, and realized that if I continued writing, this film would cost over $500 million dollars. " (from Chris Columbus's comments on House of Secrets).
House of Secrets was a nice reprieve from all the generic dystopian books I have read recently. I really loved the way Columbus & Vizzini manage to include a ton of humor into the action-packed plot. One thing that irritated at me at first was the constant product references but I realize that these references gave it a realistic feel. There was one pop culture reference that was absolutely perfect: "I can see him from up here! He looks like thar really skinny British guy on the cover of Dad's old CDs..Yeah he looks like Mick Jagger if Mick Jagger ate a whole truckful of Snickers." Only Vizzini could pull off comparing Mick Jagger to a Snickers-obsessed-giant with dandruff without it becoming ridiculous.
Usually when I read a book, the relationships between the siblings is just so fake but that's not the case in House of Secrets. (I kind am questioning how the Pevensie didn't really fight too much in The Chronicles of Narnia, maybe they were C.S. Lewis's ideal children.) The relationships between Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor was completely realistic. Their relationship kind of reminded me of my relationship with my two siblings. Besides the fact that the relationships between the characters were spot on, the characters themselves were realistic and extremely developed. Cordelia, Eleanor, and Brendan don't just sit around and mope that they are in the middle of a disaster. "Sometimes you can't get your life back. Sometiems you have to take it back." This is a fantastic quote from House of Secrets because not only does it describe the children's attitudes but it's also very applicable in life.
I would highly recommend reading House of Secrets for people of all ages. Fans of Spiderwick Chronicles, Inkheart, and Narnia will love this fun. action-packed novel. I really loved how even though House of Secrets was entertaining, it was still filled with valuable morals. Once you read House of Secrets you'll be begging for the sequel! ...more
Current opinion: This book wasn't really good as I said previously. I have read more zombie books recently and that really changed my opinion of this bCurrent opinion: This book wasn't really good as I said previously. I have read more zombie books recently and that really changed my opinion of this book. This book was a good, and entertaining read but it wasn't as great now that I have read more in the zombie genre. Previous Opinion: This book was really good. Okay I saw this book on netgalley and I only requested it because I thought that the cover was pretty darn cool. Anyway I'm glad I requested it because this book was really entertaining. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. Basically the story is about a town and a girl deals with a virus. It's better than it sounds trust me.. I recommend this book to everyone it's a good read and I can't wait for a sequel....more
Seen at Scott Reads It The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe is the follow-up to the Way We Fall. I have pretty mixed feelings about this book, one on hanSeen at Scott Reads It The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe is the follow-up to the Way We Fall. I have pretty mixed feelings about this book, one on hand I did enjoy reading but on the other hand it was very basic dystopian. In The Lives We Lost Kaelyn and her friends try to find someone to replicate a vaccine for the devastating "Friendly Flu".
The Lives We Lost is filled to the brim with action and romance. The action packed scenes were pretty intense and were definitely a treat to read. The action scenes in The Lives We Lost are realistic, brutal and they really caught my attention.
The problem is that the rising action that leads up to the intense action are just so basic. Between each action scene there is just a lot of romance and searching and searching. The gap between the action scenes wouldn't have been much of a problem but the romances between the characters were a bit dull. There was too much of that "I can't be with you" and "How can we experience joy and love when the world is in ruins?" in The Lives We Lost. Crewe tries to set up a love triangle scenario but in my opinion it didn't really work too well. The romance was way too sappy and cheesy for my liking.
The romance really slows down the pace of the book and just really frustrated me. If you have a potential vaccine, I would think you would rush to find someone to replicate it before it's too late. Kaelyn wastes a decent amount of time oogling, flirting and deciding who she truly loves. Girl, this is the end of the world as you know it and you're just wasting time flirting. I just can't comprehend how someone would place their love life in front of the needs of the entire world. I understand Kaelyn is only a teenage girl. Again and again she proves that she is capable of so much yet she lacks the common sense that her love life isn't a matter of life and death.
I truly did enjoy reading The Lives We Lost but the slow pace and romance were aspects of the book that I really loathed. The Lives We Lost is truly an interesting survival story but it was a bit ordinary. In almost every survival tale that I have read there is always a gang that tries to stop our protagonists, a colony that takes them in, and extreme weather. The Lives We Lost was entertaining but it didn't add anything I haven't seen before. I was a bit disappointed with the ending because I felt like nothing was resolved at all.
The Lives We Lost was a slightly better book than The Way We Fall. I really missed the diary format from The Way We Fall but I felt like I connected with the characters in this book. The Lives We Lost wasn't perfect but it still was an entertaining and enjoyable read. I will most certainly read the 3rd book!...more
Find this at Scott Reads It ***This review needs to be rewritten because it sounds extremely preposterous*** Slide was a good read, it wasn't great anFind this at Scott Reads It ***This review needs to be rewritten because it sounds extremely preposterous*** Slide was a good read, it wasn't great and it wasn't terrible. Slide is the story of Vee (Sylvia) who is diagnosed as a narcoleptic, but she really gets unconscious and slides into our people's bodies. She slide into a person's body just as they murdered her sister's best friend Sophie.
The whole idea of Sliding was very cool but it was very similar to [book:Wake|1661957. The pages flew by when I read Slide because of it's fast paced plot and skilled writing. I loved how it was a paranormal thriller and it really pulls the reader in.
The writing style was great and really pulled me in. Jill Hathaway is a writer that really writes characters well and their relationships. I couldn't connect with the characters at all because I couldn't relate to them. I love books when you feel like you could be in the character's situation but with Slide it wasn't like that. One of my favorite character relationship is Vee and her dad. Hathaway really nailed what a true father-daughter relationship is like. Vee's relationship with her dad and sister felt very realistic.
I didn't really like the love triangle at all because I felt like it was just a distraction from the action and mystery of Slide. Zane and Rollins just didn't cut it for me, they just were not that interesting. Rollins seemed to be pretty inconsistent with Vee and he really annoyed me at parts in the book. Zane seemed like he was pretty flawless for almost the entire book and that really annoyed me because nobody's perfect.
Slide is a great read for fans of The Lovely Bones and Wake. I kind hope in the sequel that the reason why Vee slides will be explained or maybe we will learn more about sliding. Hathway created an intricate story that is filled with surprises that readers will devour. Also I love the cover and the book trailer! I will definitely be reading the sequel Impostor! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdkdwg... **Thanks NetGalley and Balzer + Bray for providing me with an ARC**...more
Seen at Scott Reads It Tempest is one of those books that arrived on the market with alot of hype and publicity. The movie rights were snatched by SuSeen at Scott Reads It Tempest is one of those books that arrived on the market with alot of hype and publicity. The movie rights were snatched by Summit Entertainment, the studio that made Twilight and Ender's Game. Reviews raved about Tempest saying how fantastic it was and how they couldn't wait for the sequel. I enjoyed Tempest but I wasn't obsessed with the book like most reviewers are. I was a bit reluctant to read Vortex, the sequel to Tempest.
Vortex is in all aspects a better book than Tempest and I'm glad I gave it a chance. One of my major problems with Tempest was that it took way too long to reach the climatic action sequences that I craved. It wasn't until the very end of Tempest that those awesome time-travel action scenes came in and that really annoyed me. Vortex starts almost immediately with tons of action and adventure. One thing that really bothered me with Vortex was it's explanation of time travel. Every single time time travel was explained with a new concept, I felt even more lost. To make it even more confusing some of these explanations turn out to be false and are repudiated by the main character. It took 2 books (704 pages) but I think I finally know the difference between World A, World B and World C. I really do prefer the old cover of Vortex that my ARC has (the red-orange one) better than the current blue one.
Vortex gave me a chance to connect with the characters in Tempest. I wasn't a big fan of Tempest because I didn't really feel like I liked any of the characters. In Tempest I didn't really have a chance to get to know any of the characters and connect with them. After reading Tempest I really thought Jackson was just some lovelorn rich kid who could time travel. In Vortex we see a different side of Jackson that is vulnerable and troubled. Jackson is completely damaged from losing his friends Holly and Adam. I didn't like how Jackson spent the beginning of the book moping for Holly and trying to forget her with a relationship with Stewart. Using someone just to forget your ex-girlfriend who you can't be with is not cool. Jackson felt a bit like a child in the opening of this book but I am glad he shaped up. I really wanted to get to know Jackson's ex Holly better but we didn't get a chance to know her. The new batch of characters that we met were not groundbreaking but they were certainly interesting. Agent Stewart turned out to be one of my favorite characters in Vortex.
The plot of Vortex is easier to follow than Tempest's plot. There is none of the constant time-jumping that we saw in Tempest which took place almost every chapter. The time travel in Vortex is executed better because it isn't overwhelming and as constant. I really didn't see any of the plot twists coming at all and I was completely shocked at the end. With that intense cliffhanger at the end there is no way that I won't read book 3. Vortex is an intense high stakes sequel that you won't want to miss!
If you weren't a huge fan of Tempest, I'd still recommend reading Vortex. I enjoyed Vortex a lot due to it's new cast of characters and fast pace. The explanations of time travel are a bit choppy and confusing but in the end I actually had a very thorough understanding of it. One of my favorite components of Vortex is Cross's writing style which made Vortex a compelling read. Vortex is a rare example where the sequel is better than it's predecessor and I definitely recommend it....more
Starters is one of the best dystopian books ever written and so, Enders had a tough act to follow. I was also a bit worrie Check out Scott Reads It!
Starters is one of the best dystopian books ever written and so, Enders had a tough act to follow. I was also a bit worried because it had been so long since I had read Starters (I read it in Feb '12). Enders functions brilliantly as both a sequel and a series conclusion; I'm even 100% convinced that Enders is even better than Starters. I'm really going to miss reading the Starters And Enders series and I know I will be re-reading this series years from now.
Enders is incredibly intense, this sequel took everything I loved about Starters and expanded upon it. I loved watching Callie try to defeat the infamous Old Man and get rid of the chip inside her head. Personally I think the Old Man is even creepier in this book, I didn't even think this was possible. Another aspect of Enders, I really enjoyed was how Price took "body-renting" to a whole new level. The reader really never feels like the coast is clear during Enders because the threat of the Old Man appearing continues to loom. I was absolutely addicted to Enders because I physically and mentally needed to find out how this series would conclude.
Enders is one of all-time favorite endings to a series and it hit all the right spots. All of my favorite characters received the endings they truly deserved and I really like the note that Price ended on.This is the ending that fans have been waiting to read; Enders is the perfect ending to to an amazing series. It's really upsetting that I don't have any more Starters books to look forward to in the future, but I am extremely confident that Price's follow-up to Enders will be amazing. Enders was definitely worth the wait and I really was blown away the shocking conclusion! ...more
Words can't describe how much I loved this book. Shadow and Bone is a terrific book that is for fans of Harry Potter and Graceling. Shadow and Bone takes place in the land of Kavka, a world of magic and mystery. Kavka is ruled by the King and his mysterious Darkling his second in command. Alina is a orphan who becomes a cartographer in the army with her friend Mal. In the heat of the moment Alina displays a unique power that shows that she is a grisha. Grisha have the ability to do magic and are higher class citizens.
Shadow and Bone has been picked up for a film at Dreamworks and the producer of Harry Potter will be the producer for this movie. I can't tell why Dreamworks wants to make a movie because it is an excellent story of good vs. evil.
Leigh Bardugo created a world that is so original and unique. The world of Kavka is definitely one of the best settings for a book. The world building is very developed, and seems like an interesting world to live in. The descriptions for the Grand and Little Palaces were very vivid and life-like. I felt like I was standing in Kavka with Alina at any given moment in the novel.
The characters of Shadow and Bone were nothing short of spectacular. Alina was a heroine that wasn't annoying at all in a market full of Bella Swan-like annoying, and whiny protagonists. Alina was a protagonist that I really liked because she was smart, and she really kicked butt. Alina and Mal were a great couple and both were characters that I look forward to reading about.
The Darkling is a character like no other. In the beginning of the novel I found him to be fascinating my fascination didn't cease. I still am ruminating how awesome and horrible he is. You will love and hate the Darkling, he is that mysterious.
Shadow and Bone is like nothing I have ever read. This book amazed me with a fast paced plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. Shadow and Bone is a ground-breaking debut that is the next YA phenomenon. I expect great things from Leigh Bardugo and I need the sequel like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles need Pizza! Step aside J.K. Rowling, Leigh Bardugo is here with the next big magical adventure. Thank you Henry Holt and Co. for providing me with a digital ARC through Netgalley! 5/5 Stars Must Read ...more
Seen at my blog, Scott Reads It! Why did I wait so long to read Grave Mercy? I guess I was afraid of being let down because I had such high expectatioSeen at my blog, Scott Reads It! Why did I wait so long to read Grave Mercy? I guess I was afraid of being let down because I had such high expectations for this book. Also I was extremely intimidated by Grave Mercy's length, this book is nearly 550 pages long. The one good thing about waiting so long to read this book is that I don't have to wait for the sequel.
Nuns. Don't ever underestimate the power of a nun. The Forest Of Hands And Teeth taught me that a while ago and Grave Mercy has supported that concept. Nuns aren't merely religious women who serve a god, no sirree nuns kick major ass.
Ismae is one powerful woman. I truly admired Ismae's bravery and determination in serving Mortmain. I initially didn't like Duval but he definitely grew on me. I loved reading about Ismae's interactions with Duval with extremely interesting to read. They are definitely an odd duo but they are perfect for each other. I really want to read more about Sybella, I found it kind of odd that she kept cropping up for brief periods of time. (It makes sense though because Dark Triumph is about Sybella).
Robin LaFevers is very meticulous when it came to writing Grave Mercy. LaFevers describes everything flawlessly and painted a picture of what life was like in Brittany. Everything in Grave Mercy is extremely detailed and well-researched. I loved reading about all the different sorts of weapons that Ismae carried. The intricate details and well-researched plot really reminded me of another Historical Fiction book that I loved, The Diviners by Libba Bray.
I loved the political aspects of this book which for me is an extremely odd thing to say. I hate listening to people debate politics, and I just hate reading anything political. If you would have told me that I would love book focused on the politics of Brittany, I would have called you crazy. Robin LaFevers made the political aspects of this book extremely interesting to the reader and I actually craved reading about the politics of the duchy. The politics were interesting because they weren't cranky old politicians. I think the politics in Grave Mercy were interested me because it was intense (any political change could mean life or death for our characters).
While reading Grave Mercy, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. This book was extremely addicting to read and it kept me begging for more. There is nothing predictable about Grave Mercy, every single plot twist completely caught me off guard. From early buzz, I've heard that Dark Triumph is even better than Grave Mercy. Now I have an overwhelming urge to read Dark Triumph but alas it's not out till tomorrow. ...more
Seen at Scott Reads It I have read so many Dystopian books this year that I thought the genre could no longer surprise me. So many books are bankingSeen at Scott Reads It I have read so many Dystopian books this year that I thought the genre could no longer surprise me. So many books are banking on the popularity of The Hunger Games and so the YA market has been overflowed with books about oppressive societies. When I started Monument 14 I thought that it was going to be a stereotypical and bland dystopian that I really wouldn't enjoy. Well color me surprised because I was very wrong.
A Bit of Background: Monument 14 takes place in the Greenway, a supermarket where teens and young children take refuge during a hailstorm. Natural disasters start happening all over the world because of a mega tsunami. Earthquakes start to happen, a chemical spill happens that leads to people being forced to stay indoors. The chemicals react differently based on the person's blood type, some will go crazy while others will become sterile. You would think that all this info in a few short chapters would feel like the author was dumping way too much information but it didn't feel like that at all.
Our lead character is Dean and he is the socially awkward kid who isn't good with girls. Dean was a likeable character and I liked how responsible he was with the kids in the Greenway. Honestly being trapped in a supermarket with 1st graders is on my list of things I would rather avoid along side being attacked by a shark. Anyway I really liked how maturely Dean handles all the obstacles thrown at him unlike Jake and Brayden. Personally I hope in the unlikely chance that there is the apocalypse I hope I would be able to take charge like Dean did.
I wasn't as fond of the other characters as I was of Dean. We have the typical athletic jocks, the girls every guy is pining for, and the smart gal. I didn't really understand why Dean was so enamored with Astrid, she didn't really seem so special in my opinion. I personally Dean should go solo because he is too good for Astrid. I didn't like Brayden or Jake too much because they handled the situations poorly. I did like how Dean kept trying to bond with his brother and it just made me like Dean even more. Alex was too smart to be hanging with Jake and Brayden. Plot:
Monument 14's plot is mostly character driven and it moves at a good pace. Monument 14 is mostly about how the teens handle being trapped in this Walmart-esque supermarket. We see the teens try to entertain the kids and themselves with games and other fun. Monument 14 is a bit more serious than I expected and I recommend it for older teens. There is sexual situations, drug use, and language that is definitely not suitable for younger readers. The plot focuses alot on the relationships between the characters especially Dean and his bro Alex.
Final Thoughts: Monument 14 was an enjoyable read that really stands out in the Dystopian Literature. Basically it's Lord of Flies meets Ashfall where kids are trapped in a supermarket. Monument 14 is a great emotional outlook at what would happen if an apocalypse took place. I really found Monument 14 to be an interesting and realistic read. I'd definitely recommend to my fellow Goodreadsers and I hope my friends enjoy it as much as I did (or more!) than I did. Monument 14 has been optioned for a motion picture recently and I think it would make a great movie. For more info on the movie click here!...more
How do you follow up one of the best books of 2012? The Eternity Cure was one of my most anticipated books of 2013 and I had huge expectations. The Eternity Cure is a rare sequel that is even better than it's predecessor!
Everything I loved about The Immortal Rules is present in this book. The Eternity Cure is just as action-packed and entertaining as the first book of the Blood Of Eden series. This book definitely has more character development and you really develop more of a connection with the characters in this book. Allison is more kick ass than ever in The Eternity Cure and I just couldn't help but obsess over her. Jackal is truly the star of The Eternity Cure and he added a ton of humor to this book. I laughed a few times during this book because of him.
"Go up past the wall, where all the scary vampires live? Maybe you want to pour some honey or barbeque sauce over yourself before we leave too."
"Why don't we rescue some orphaned kittens and put food out for stray puppies while we're are it." Jackal never ceases to amuse me."
Jackal may have irritated Allison so much but I found him so entertaining. I'll admit it. I didn't even remember who Jackal was when I started The Eternity Cure but now he is one of my all-time favorite characters.
I love reading about villains because there's something awfully interesting about despicable characters. Sarren is an extremely well-done character because he was extremely terrifying. Thanks to Julie Kagawa, I will never think of a "little bird" the same way. I really want to see more of Sarren in the book 3.
Besides being extremely entertaining, The Eternity Cure is also extremely thought provoking. The Eternity Cure is truly about friendship and what makes us human. I love reading any book that can truly make me reflect on myself and make me think who I am as a person.
The Eternity Cure is an extremely addicting book. Kagawa's writing entices the reader to keep on reading with tons of plot twists that will leave readers extremely emotional. All of the characters are developed extremely well and you will without a doubt form attachments to all of them. I applaud Kagawa for avoiding of all the dystopian and vampire cliches that I really hate. Even though I wasn't a huge fan of The Iron King, I have decided to continue the series because I enjoyed The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure so much! I would recommend reading The Eternity Cure without a doubt! (P.S. If you haven't read The Immortal Rules, what are you waiting for?)...more
Check out Bookish Antics for reviews, interviews, and giveaways! What happens when two of the best YA writers unite to write a novel? The result is ThCheck out Bookish Antics for reviews, interviews, and giveaways! What happens when two of the best YA writers unite to write a novel? The result is The Iron Trial, a magical fantasy that introduces a wonderful new world full of intrigue and mystery. In a letter I received with my advanced copy, the authors wrote that they wanted to write something that readers would feel as if they knew what was going to happen, but would quickly be proved wrong. Black and Clare definitely succeeded on their mission because The Iron Trial’s plot is filled with surprising twists and turns that will make readers want to read this book from start to finish.
Callum Hunt has been taught by his father that the Magisterium is evil, that they are the reason for his mother’s death. Cal is told to fail his entrance exam to the Magisterium, but a series of strange events lead to Cal being picked despite his extremely poor score. Now Cal must perserve at his magical school, even though he has a disability that holds him back.
Cal is a protagonist that readers will absolutely love and will easily root for. It’s extremely important to have characters with disabilities in literature because there are so many disabled people in the world and they aren’t properly represented in novels. Though one of Cal’s legs doesn’t function properly and he can’t participate in physical activities alongside his classmates, he doesn’t let his leg hinder him. I found it amazing how Cal would find such clever ways to accomplish physical tests using other methods that were strictly logical and that didn’t require Cal to physically exert himself. Though there have been complaints that The Iron Trial sounds very “Harry Potter”-esque, this series opener sets it self apart from Rowling’s books. The beginning gave off a Potter vibe, but after the first couple of chapters The Iron Trial became its own distinct, wonderful novel. I am confident that readers of all ages will fall in love with Callum Hunt and his friends, in the same way that readers fell in love with Harry Potter. Pretty soon, a legion of readers will want to travel to the Magisterium for themselves!
The world of the Magisterium is filled with so much wonder and secrets; I’m so excited to get to further explore this world in the next 4 novels. I really want to know what else lurks inside this world and the authors do a thorough job of setting up this world. The way magic runs in this world is unlike anything readers have seen and the magic system in this book is more Avatar: The Last Airbender (the TV show, not the atrocious film) than the magic in your average fantasy novel. There is a more of a focus on the elements and controlling them than just transforming objects or making potions.
The Iron Trial has the same signature humor that is found in Clare’s Shadowhunter novels and Black’s Curseworkers series. The jokes are extremely on point in this novel and they add a lighter tone to some of the darker moments in Callum’s journey. Readers will absolutely love watching Callum and his friends interact because of the special relationship they share and the banter that comes out of their mouths. Readers will feel close to their little group and will embrace them despite their shortcomings and mistakes.
Readers will be bewitched by The Iron Trial and will feel compelled to continue this series, no magic necessary. Those who miss the adventure, humor and excitement of Harry Potter will find The Magisterium series to hit the spot and soothe their cravings for more magic. Black and Clare will surprise readers with the ending of book one and there is a cliffhanger that will fill readers with woe if they don’t have the sequel on hand. I’m ready to see more of the Magisterium and I just know that this will be an adventure that I won’t easily forget....more
Find this review at Scott Reads It What's Left of Me is a futuristic novel set in a society where people are born with two souls. One soul is dominantFind this review at Scott Reads It What's Left of Me is a futuristic novel set in a society where people are born with two souls. One soul is dominant over the other and eventually the other recessive soul will lose power and there will be one soul in control of the body. People with two souls that haven't settled are called Hybrids and have been eliminated by the futuristic USA. The USA has cut off all foreign contacts because of these Hybrid countries.
Right now you might be thinking: "Wow what an original concept!" or you might say "Is some sort of imitation of the Host?". The Host by Stephenie Meyer created the idea of a dominant and recessive soul in a body. In the beginning I was a bit reluctant to read because I had already read the Host and loved it and didn't think any novel could ever use the soul idea successfully. The more I read of Kat Zhang's debut the more I wanted to read. I applaud Kat Zhang for taking what I loved about the Host and spinning a fabulous new story with the idea. Most of the characters in this book were realistically written and I felt like I knew them. What's Left of Me isn't a generic dystopia with a female lead because it shines on it's own with a fast paced story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I have read so many dystopias lately because honestly the YA market has been flooded with them and this is one of the better dystopias. My only complaint is toward the end I got a bit bored and I think the book should have end with a cliffhanger because the ending felt a bit anticlimatic.
Recommended for fans of the Host, Uglies, Dystopias in general and Starters. 4/5 Stars P.S. *Thank you HarperCollins for providing me a digital ARC and a physical ARC! I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the 2nd installment of the Hybrid Chronicles*....more
Unsouled is definitely a worthy sequel to Unwholly, it delivers a thrilling story that is disturbing and absolutely engrossing. The story is a bit slower paced than the previous novels and this is definitely the most character driven of all of the Unwind books. Throughout the novel, readers will enthralled by the perfectly written dialogue and action scenes. Shusterman manages to alternate from the 3rd person point-of-view of more characters than ever; this also means that there are more converging storylines than before. Despite the numerous point-of-views and storylines, everything is neatly done and it never feels overwhelming. A lot of books lose a sense of poignancy when they are written in 3rd person, but Shusterman fills his writing with so much emotion and power.
In Unsouled, I lost so much respect for Lev and Connor, two characters who I used to love immensely. My perception of them dived during Unsouled and it's a bit disconcerting. Nevertheless Shusterman still manages to make his characters breathe and 3 dimensional, each in their own way. Though I'm no longer huge fans of Lev or Connor, it is extremely impressive how Shusterman juggles so many characters and manages to make each character completely distinct.
The story ARC in Unsouled never seems to fully take off and it seems to be stuck in one spot. Though I loved Unsouled, it feels as if something is missing because Unsouled is really apart of a larger picture. In order to have fully appreciated Unsouled, I feel like I needed to have read Undivided so I fully understood the grand schematics of the finale to Unwind. I personally believe Unsouled and Undivided would probably have worked better as one large novel so readers don't feel as if they're missing out on the complete story. Unsouled didn't work too well on it's own and I feel bad judging it based on that aspect.
Unsouled is a great novel, it's just a not-so great 1/2 of a conclusion to the Unwind Dystology. I loved where the story was going, it just ended way too soon and right when I was most engaged. I personally would recommend reading Unsouled and Undivided back-to-back instead of reading them separately. I wish I had waited to read Unsouled so I wouldn't have to wait so long to read a continuation of a story that I hold so dear to me. Unsouled is everything one would expect from Neal Shusterman and a sequel to Unwholly, it's just feels unfair to have an "unwound" book -- a book that is only bits and pieces of a larger body. ...more
Check out more of my reviews! I'm a huge fan of Beautiful Creatures and all of the other books in the Caster Chronicles series. When I heard of Icons,Check out more of my reviews! I'm a huge fan of Beautiful Creatures and all of the other books in the Caster Chronicles series. When I heard of Icons, I was extremely excited because I was so excited to see how Margaret Stohl would fare without Kami Garcia. Stohl blew me away with Icons and it exceeded any expectations I had.
It's so hard to express how much I loved Icons in one short review. Margaret Stohl tosses out all of the generic alien stories and creates her own original alien mythology. All of the world building and alien mythology is like nothing I've ever read about! The aliens (or should I say, The Lords) are not your typical aliens at all, they don't say "Take me to your leader" or hyperbeam people into their ships.
Icons is more of a dystopian novel than paranormal book even though it's about aliens. I would have liked to read more about Earth before the Day but otherwise I really enjoyed this book. I love how Stohl used documents, letters, and posters to help advance the story. I definitely didn't expect any of the plot twists and that left me completely shocked. Icons is a fast-paced, fantastic dystopian novel that will leave you desperate for the sequel.
Even though Stohl creates a sort-of love triangle, she doesn't overly emphasis the romance. The romance is definitely a component of Icon's plot but it doesn't slow down the plot in any way. The romance isn't overdone at all and it was done extremely well. (This is coming from someone who usually isn't a huge fan of romance in YA novels.) I just hope that in the sequel, the romance doesn't become too overwhelming. Don't make me choose between Ro and Lucas, seriously I like them both in different ways. Also I don't pick teams in YA books because I just hate all the "Team Edward" or "Team Gale" nonsense.
I really love all of the characters Stohl created, even the evil ones. I have such a strong connection to all the characters and I have such strong feelings for them. Al of the characters are so wonderfully developed that I felt like they are real people. Stohl brought her characters to life so beautifully that they are real and they live on in my mind.
I've said it then and I'll keep on saying it. Stohl is an extremely talented writer and her writing style is absolutely fantastic. I was so engaged by Stohl's beautiful writing and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It The pages flew by while reading Icons and by the end I desperately needed the sequel.
I can't recommend Icons enough! I am seriously in love with the world and characters that Stohl created. It's no surprise to me that Alcon swiftly optioned Icons to become a movie. I think Icons would make a terrific movie and I hope it becomes a movie soon! I am so excited for book #2 of Icons, I am legitimately desperate to find out what happens in book #2. Thank god, this didn't end on a cliffhanger otherwise I probably would have had a heartattack. (I know I'm dramatic but you get my point!). Icons is Margaret Stohl's brilliant solo debut and I look forward to reading more of her upcoming books. Now I have to cross my fingers that I get an ARC of Unbreakable by Kami Garcia....more
Seen at Scott Reads It! Keep in mind that I'm not a die-hard Marvel fanboy while reading this review. I love reading Marvel graphic novels and comicsSeen at Scott Reads It! Keep in mind that I'm not a die-hard Marvel fanboy while reading this review. I love reading Marvel graphic novels and comics but I don't really follow their story-lines. I also have seen numerous Marvel movies and I used to have a Spider-Man obsession when I was little. I really wasn't sure what to expect with Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.
Marvel Comics is an extremely detailed and interesting history of the world's most famous comic book company. Marvel Comics: The Untold Story essentially is Marvel's "The Social Network" because it really goes behind the scenes and shows the ugly aspects of the comic book business. Honestly before this book, I didn't know that Marvel is a company that is based on lies, stealing, and deceit. Marvel has been accused of stealing artist's rights to characters multiple times.
This book is filled with countless drama between Stan Lee and the other employees of Marvel. I would have liked to see how the creators came up with the characters and the story lines This book is extremely focused on the business of Marvel and how they survived through so many bankruptcies. It's amazing how Marvel is still around after all of it's financial troubles.
I was extremely engrossed in this book towards the beginning and the ending of this novel. During the middle segments, I wasn't so interested in the plot of this book and at times I was kind of bored. This book took me 8 days to read which is an extremely long time, I usually finish books in 3-4 days. This book doesn't have that "read-me" quality that makes you want to continue reading.
I felt like at times The Untold Story went on some random tangents. There were times when Sean Howe was explaining something and then he brought up something extremely irrelevant. The author would continue with the irrelevant topic and then he would cut himself off. There were a few things that I feel like the author never fully finished explaining to the reader. I definitely wanted to read more about the Marvel Films and Marvel's current state.
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is an interesting book but it doesn't really have a page-turning quality. I had to force myself to continue reading some segments and I just decided to skim some pages because I was so bored. I would definitely recommend reading this book for die-hard Marvel and comic book fans. If you're not a die-hard comic book aficionado, I'd probably only recommend this book for a report or a research paper. ...more
Find this review at Scott Reads It I think I'm going to scream out of happiness! I just got a signed ARC of Through The Ever Night in the mail and VeroFind this review at Scott Reads It I think I'm going to scream out of happiness! I just got a signed ARC of Through The Ever Night in the mail and Veronica Rossi sent me a signed bookmark. Time to freak out!
Words can't express how much I loved this book. No review can justify the awesomeness of Veronica Rossi's latest book in her Under The Never Sky Trilogy. Aria is finally reunited with Perry and what a reunion it was. Perry is having difficulty being Blood Lord and finding the Still Blue. I am trying to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible.
You know a book is great when you can't stop reading it and when it's over you feel like the book left an impact on you. When Through the Ever Night there was the biggest smile on my face because I really loved this book.
Enough about me, Through the Ever Night was definitely one of my favorite books of the year. In my opinion Through the Ever Night surpassed Under the Never Sky which is an incredible feat. Through the Ever Night was incredibly fast paced and I was so engrossed that nothing else mattered. I really love Perry and Aria! I loved how much action, adventure, and romance Rossi packed into this book. I was never bored at all while reading Through The Ever Night due to it's fast paced plot.
The world building in Rossi's books is really something else. The World of Reverie and the world outside the pods were just so original. I really would love to know how Rossi comes up with such a unique world. Veronica Rossi creates such vivid descriptions that you really feel like you are in Reverie. The concept of the Realms is ridiculously awesome.
If you loved Under the Never Sky then you must read Through the Ever Night. I really hope Warner Brothers makes Under the Never Sky a movie soon because I really can't wait! Through the Ever Night is a magical, heart-breaking adventure that you won't ever forget....more
**Thank you to Greenwillow Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
Breathe had a lot of promise in my opinion but it really disappointed me. Imagine a world where people live inside a dome and outside is pretty much ruins (Under The Never Sky) then imagine that inside the dome people need oxygen masks to survive (Masque of the Red Death). Breathe takes in place in a dome ruled by a government called Breathe.
This book is told from the POV of three different characters (1 male, and 2 females). The POV was a bit of a problem for me because Alina and Bea sounded pretty similar and I had to flip back to see who was talking. I like books where the characters have distinct voices but this wasn't the case with Breathe.
All the characters in Breathe weren't too likeable in my opinion. Be warned there is a cliche and typical love triangle! Quinn is in love with Alina even though he doesn't really know her. Alina doesn't really love anybody and Bea is obsessed with Quinn. Why is Quinn too blind to see that Bea has liked him since they were little? I'll tell you why! It's a stereotypical generic love triangle that we have seen so often in media. The male best friend always falls in love with someone new and foreign to him. He never opens his eyes and sees that his best friend loves him more than a friend.
I am not a big fan of Breathe but it was a decent read. It had action and adventure along with romance. It was in my opinion, a typical dystopia even though the plot sounded original. Breathe in my opinion was pretty cliche and was very predictable!! I don't recommend this book at all but I'm clearly the minority here. I definitely won't be reading the sequel to Breathe. If you're in the mood for a great dystopian read Under The Never Sky instead!!!...more
Seen at City of Books After reading countless YA paranormal books, I thought the genre had nothing new to offer. Something Strange and Deadly reallySeen at City of Books After reading countless YA paranormal books, I thought the genre had nothing new to offer. Something Strange and Deadly really caught me off guard with it's fantastic combination of Steampunk and Zombies. From the first page I knew I would love reading Something Strange and Deadly and now I can't get over the fact that I have to wait till July for the next book. Even though the wait will probably kill me, I am so glad I read this book.
Eleanor's life isn't working out too well. A necromancer is on loose and has reanimated all the dead bodies in her local cemetery. In addition Eleanor's brother has been kidnapped by the necromancer and to make matters worse, her family is in financial ruin. Her mother only seems to care about social status and reputation so she wants Eleanor to marry Clarence, a rich eligible bachelor. Eleanor tries to enlist the help of Spirit Hunters to save her brother.
I'm not gonna lie Something Strange and Deadly has a lot going but Dennard managed to execute everything wonderfully. Usually in books with a bunch of plot lines everything gets too entangled and the pacing suffers. This was not the case with Something Strange and Deadly at all because the plot moved at a brisk pace. I really liked how balanced everything in Something Strange and Deadly is; there is the perfect amount of action, romance, and zombies. The zombies in this book were not your average brain-munching walking dead which I enjoyed. The best part about Something Strange and Deadly is not the awesome intriguing plot but the extremely well done characters.
Eleanor is everything a female protagonist should be. A lot of books that I have read usually suffer from female protagonists that are annoying to the point where I felt like throwing the book at a wall or giving up. Eleanor is smart, witty, and fun protagonist that I really enjoyed reading about. I loved how strong and dedicated she was in her search for her brother. Eleanor really reminded me of one of my favorite characters, Mary from The Forest Of Hands And Teeth. (By the way if you haven't read Carrie Ryan's zombie trilogy, you're really missing out on an awesome trilogy.) Eleanor had that strong will and kick-ass personality that I really loved about Mary. Eleanor is more awesome because honestly I love her witty nature and parasol abilities.
Parasols are practically the holy grail in Something Strange and Deadly. Who knew that a parasol to the knees of a zombie would be so effective? I will never be able to look at an umbrella the same ever again thanks to Susan Dennard. If there is ever a zombie apocalypse, screw guns because my weapon of choice will be a parasol. Even Kirby and Princess Peach are embracing the parasol way of life. [image error] Disclaimer: Scott Reads It and Susan Dennard are not responsible if a parasol isn't an effective weapon during the zombie apocalypse. Use a parasol at your own risk.
Something Strange and Deadly has romance yet it was a smallish part of the book. For once in a Young Adult novel there is no love triangle of some sort. Eleanor's love interest Daniel was an interesting character and the reader first gets the impression that he's sort of a grouchy person. On the inside I think that Daniel was just a sensitive character who was just being protective of Eleanor. He really reminded me of Will, one of the protagonists and love interests in Cassie Clare's Infernal Devices. Both characters had similar personalities. The other characters in the book were well-developed and unique in their own ways. I really would like to get to know the other Spirit Hunter, Joseph better because I really would like to know more about his connection to Daniel. Jie is one of the most awesome and kick-ass female characters and I hope she makes an appearance in book 2.
Something Strange And Deadly was a nice respite from generic dystopian books. I loved the humor and wit that Dennard wrote because it provided some nice comic relief. The way that Dennard combined two of my favorite genres (Steampunk & Zombies) was pretty spectacular. Kudos to whoever designs these covers because they are stunning. I would love to see more parasol-bashing zombie action in A Darkness Strange And Lovely and I'm really glad there was no cliffhanger in this book. If there was a cliff hanger the wait for A Darkness Strange And Lovely would be even more excruciating. Something Strange And Deadly is a solid and fun debut and is one of the best zombie books i have ever read....more
Find this review at Scott Reads It When I received an ARC of Crash I was really excited to read it because I really enjoy McMann's other books. ManyFind this review at Scott Reads It When I received an ARC of Crash I was really excited to read it because I really enjoy McMann's other books. Many readers have criticized Wake and claimed it was a horrible book but I think it was a really good and original read. Anyway I really like Lisa McMann's writing style in general so it's not much of a surprise that I really enjoyed Crash.
Crash is one of the best and most original Paranormal Romances of the year hands down. Jules keeps seeing visions of a crash and 3 people die in the crash, one of which she knows. Soon Jules starts seeing this vision everywhere including on TV commercials, billboards, and windows. Can Jules how to stop the crash from taking place and save lives?
Crash was an extremely fast-paced and compelling read that I didn't want to end. There is tons of humor in Crash and at times I caught myself laughing. I really enjoyed the romance and family rival aspects of Crash. Crash features a star-crossed lovers plotline that was enticing to read about after reading so many mediocre books. Basically Crash is Romeo and Juilet meets True Blood in such an interesting manner that you'll want to set aside everything else.
Everything in Crash was so well-executed and realistic. All of the characters in Crash weren't one dimensional at all like in most YA reads. The characters in Crash were well-developed and with interesting personalities. Not often do I read a book where I actually really like most of the characters. The only character I didn't like was Jule's dad, but I don't think I was supposed to like a psychotic hoarder like him.
Crash was just one of those books that grabs your attention immediately. Lisa McMann has written a sure-fire hit that readers will devour immediately. Honestly Lisa McMann hasn't disappointed yet and this is one of those books you won't want to miss. I recommend this book for fans of Wake and Hex Hall. Crash will leave readers clamoring for more with that shocking cliffhanger. ...more
Seen at Scott Reads It! Prior to reading Collateral, I had only read one Ellen Hopkins book. I'm not a fan of realistic fiction but I'd rather be in sSeen at Scott Reads It! Prior to reading Collateral, I had only read one Ellen Hopkins book. I'm not a fan of realistic fiction but I'd rather be in some fantastic paranormal or sci-fi world. Reality is way too harsh and I'd rather read something unrealistic. Collateral is the story of Ashley who falls in love with a soldier named Cole. Collateral may not be for everyone as there are a few sex scenes, scenes in which the characters curse, and tons of heartbreaking moments.
Collateral is an poignant novel that will break your heart a thousand times. Ashley's love story isn't sugarcoated at all and it is extremely realistic. Her story perfectly captures the hardships that military wives have to deal with on a daily basis. I'm not a military wife; I'm about as far as you can get from one (I'm just a teenage guy!) but I have a feeling that this is a pretty accurate book.
Ellen Hopkins's prose is truly something spectacular and it perfectly embodies all the emotion and tension within Ashley. Hopkins's writing is extremely fluid and easy to read yet it is so thought-provoking. Never in my life would I have thought that I would enjoy a book about military wives yet Hopkins made me form connections with her characters. The only character that I felt that was pretty flat was Cole, I didn't really get a sense of who he was enough. The reader never truly gets a chance to understand how he feels except for a few short emails.
Collateral is an extremely well-done novel but I definitely it could have been edited better. At 512 pages, Collateral is a pretty daunting book that could have been shortened. There were some moments in Collateral where I felt like the same thing kept on recurring, I felt like sometimes the plot was a bit stagnant. The pacing in Collateral felt a bit sluggish to me; I'm not sure if it was just me or if it's just really slow-paced. I'm not used to reading such depressing books and I had to put this book aside multiple times.
After reading Collateral, I'm definitely interested in reading more of Ellen Hopkins's books. Collateral is a gut-wrenching book that is filled with an emotional punch. This is not a book you will be able to easily forget due to the immense, poignant emotion that Hopkins is famous for. Thank you to Atria Books for an ARC of Collateral in exchange for a honest review.