Check out Scott Reads It! for reviews, giveaways, & more! Firebug is the first book in a paranormal duology by Lish McBride and follows Ava who c Check out Scott Reads It! for reviews, giveaways, & more! Firebug is the first book in a paranormal duology by Lish McBride and follows Ava who can starts fires with her mind. This novel had a bit of a rough start for me and the first half of this novel was a bit difficult to read, but the 2nd half was a vast improvement and I became hooked at this point. I think one of the most daunting aspects of this book was the fact that it seemed as though the romance would evolve into a love triangle, a horrifying possibility. Though the romance skirts near love-triangle antics, I was pretty satisfied with the endgame of the romance in this novel.
Ava is a Firebug, an extremely rare and powerful creature that is highly desirable to the Coterie, a paranormal mafia. The Coterie practically owns Ava and so, she has no choice but to act as the organization’s hit-man. When the organization targets one of Ava’s closest family friends, she decides that she’s had enough of the Coterie and refuses to do it. Refusing to obey the Coterie is a death wish for Ava and her friends.
It took me a while to warm up to Firebug and the beginning sections of this novel nearly made me want to DNF. Though this novel has an exciting start, some of the subsequent chapters poorly framed this novel and the plot, making it difficult for me to continue reading. In addition, the humor in this one takes a bit of getting used to to and it’s a very particular sense of humor that didn’t exactly settle with me initially. I warmed up to the humor after a few chapters and began to appreciate Firebug for its snarkiness.
Another thing that bothered me about Firebug was Ava’s romance with Ryan, a character that I really hated. It’s clear that readers aren’t supposed to like Ryan, but his character felt too one-dimensional and bland. There was not much to his character arc and it made it difficult for me to follow Ava around with Ryan on her heels like a puppy.
The Coterie is the magical, paranormal mafia that Ava is bound to and I absolutely loved reading about the head of this organization, Venus. She was such a frightening, intimidating figure and truly commanded my action every time she made an appearance on stage. It’s impossible not to hate her, but at the same time I wanted her center stage at any given opportunity. I also really liked the two other members of Ava’s little Coterie gang, Ezra and Loch who managed to add another layer of light-heartedness and humor to Firebug.
Though it took me a while to read the 1st half, I speedily read the second half of this novel in a sitting or two. The second halve of this novel was filled with action and was incredibly fast-paced. Any qualms I had with the opening of this novel had dissipated in the later sections of the novel and by the end, I was thoroughly entertained. I desperately need to read the sequel now and I can’t wait to see what happens next to Ava and her friends.
Firebug is a pretty entertaining paranormal romance and I really look forward to reading the sequel. It took a bit of time for me to get into this novel, but in the end Firebug impressed me with its fun, humorous dialogue and storyline. I’m so glad that I stuck with Firebug and I’ll definitely be sticking around to read more of McBride’s novels....more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! I'm far from the demographic that Everyday Angel: New Beginnings is targeted for, but I dCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! I'm far from the demographic that Everyday Angel: New Beginnings is targeted for, but I decided to read this book solely because Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite authors. New Beginnings surprised me in the best of ways and I truly never expected to begin to tear up while reading this middle-grade novel. Schwab's middle-grade debut is a poignant, deep novel that both parents and their children alike can enjoy and this is an important, meaningful novel. This a book that kids will enjoy reading and at the same time, I feel that they will leave this novel with so many important life messages.
Aria is Gabby's "guardian angel" and she has been sent to help Gabby whose brother is ill and has been hospitalized. Gabby's family has been forced to move to a new town and so, Gabby must start a new school this year where she knows no one. Gabby's mother has been so busy, worrying over her son that she hasn't paid much attention to her daughter and Gabby is struggling to be herself. She doesn't want people to pity her and she definitely doesn't want to be the girl whose brother is sick.
This novel really shows that people shouldn't let a disease define them and how devastating illnesses can be to friends and family members. I was touched by Aria and Gabby's friendship and seeing how Gabby was neglected by her mother brought tears to my eyes. Gabby needed Aria and the impact that Aria left on Gabby was absolutely incredible. Though I'm not sure if there are guardian angels in this world, I feel like everyone needs someone needs to have a good friend to watch over them and to be their rock in hard times.
New Beginnings was a heart-breaking book that made me grin and made me tear up in just a few pages. This is a perfect opening to a new series and this is a book that parents can read to their kids without worrying about the novel's content. Victoria Schwab has impressed me once again and has demonstrated why she is such a gifted writer; no matter what genre or topic she tackles she always manages to entertain readers and create memorable characters. ...more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Though Jessica Brody is known for her contemporary romances, she has joined the league ofCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Though Jessica Brody is known for her contemporary romances, she has joined the league of sci-fi writers with Unremembered. I'm so excited that Brody decided to write sci-fi because this is one of the most addicting books I've read in ages. I read Unremembered at an abnormally fast-pace and I truly fell in love with the story and characters. Though Unremembered features a lot of typical sci-fi elements, Brody does wonders with her relatable characters, sweet romance and intense action scenes.
Seraphina finds herself mysteriously in the wreckage of a plane crash and there's no other survivors but her. No one knows how Seraphina boarded the plane and her whole life is a complete mystery. The only problem is that Seraphina doesn't know who to trust or believe, should she trust the mysterious guy who claims to know her? Seraphina has a new family who has taken her in, but is better to leave the past behind?
Unremembered drew me in right from the start and Jessica Brody's prose is simple yet incredibly engaging. I immediately empathized with our heroine, Seraphina and I desperately wanted to find out what really happened in her past. Unremembered is filled with snarky humor (mostly from Seraphina's "little brother" Cody who is my favorite character in this book), action and sci-fi elements. This book is so fast-paced that I read the majority of it in a few hours and while it isn't the most complex sci-fi novel, I really enjoyed it. I saw what Seraphina was from the start and yet, I still was able to garner interest in the characters and plot.
The romance in Unremembered was well-written and thankfully, there isn't the workings of a love triangle in this novel. Zen was a mysterious, appealing character that I would love to know more about because we all know bits and pieces about his character. I do wish Seraphina had displayed a bit more caution around Zen because she has no recollection of him and he's a complete stranger to her.
I really enjoyed Unremembered and I think that this novel will work best for fans of Jessica Khoury's Origin and Vitro. I'm extremely excited to get my hands on the 2nd book in this series and I have a feeling that it's going to be one entertaining read. I do hope that Brody is planning to write another sci-fi series after the Unremembered trilogy! ...more
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! I didn't know what to expect from The Break-Up Artist, contemporary is a genre that I don'Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! I didn't know what to expect from The Break-Up Artist, contemporary is a genre that I don't usually enjoy and so, I kind of expected this to be just another contemporary book. Don't be mistaken, The Break-Up Artist is a novel that is simultaneously raw, honest and hilarious. This is a novel that will leave you smiling long after you've finished and it's nearly impossible not to laugh at Becca's snark. The Break-Up Artist is anything but ordinary, this is an extremely important coming-of-age story about life, love and the difficulties that follow suit.
Becca becomes the break-up artist after seeing how relationships have ruined her sister's life and the lives of so many of her class mates. When she is given the task of breaking up Steve and Huxley, the it couple in her school, she is up for the challenge. Never has Becca accomplished such a feat and she can't just use her ordinary tricks and tactics. To make things even more complicated, someone's out to expose her and ruin her life.
Even though Becca's career is an absolutely terrible way to spend time, readers will never hold it against her. After meeting her sister in the book, it becomes evident that Becca isn't doing it for the money; she honestly believes that she's doing this for a great cause. I absolutely loved Becca and I really felt for her throughout the book. She's been scarred for life about love and she has a vendetta that is deep and extremely personal.
I loved Becca because she's just so clever and hilarious; her tactics that she used to break up couples were absolutely ingenious. In a twisted kind of way, I really admired her for her elaborate schemes that she concocted to break up couples. Becca just always know what to do and just what to say to make readers laugh, she was an amazing three dimensional character.
The romance in The Break-Up Artist was well-done, but I wasn't so pleased with the lax way the author addressed cheating. I won't get into specifics, but the romance in this book is undeniably good but I just didn't feel as if Becca had it in her to fall in love with her best-friend's boy friend. After her sister was betrayed by her fiancee, I thought that Becca probably should've had more sense and been more honest with her best-friend, Val.
The Break-Up Artist is a brilliant, one-of-a-kind novel that is incredibly profound and just a ton of fun. I quickly devoured this book and I was so addicted to Becca's story that I couldn't bear to stop reading. I was so in love with this novel, but I wasn't a huge fan of the final few chapters and the way this novel was resolved. The romance's resolution was a bit of a let-down, but otherwise I really enjoyed this novel's conclusion.
I personally believe the entire novel was extremely effective, but I kind of wish this book was a stand-alone. The novel ends on an interesting note, but I don't think this book needs a sequel because I feel like the conclusion was satisfying enough. Yes, I would love to read more about Becca, but I feel as if I have closure and a sequel isn't warranted. The questions that the novel leaves reader with, I feel would best be explored by readers' imaginations and should be left open to interpretation. I will be reading the sequel, but a part of me feels like some of this novel's incredible magnetic charm was the fact that it's a stand-alone. I am a bit conflicted whether a sequel is necessary, but I will read it regardless of my skepticism.
The Break-Up Artist is an extremely intelligent, contemporary novel that really is a ton of fun and it will definitely capture the hearts of countless readers. Siegel's debut is sure to be a hit, you won't want to end your relationship with this book even days after finishing. Even if you're not a huge fan of contemporary novels, I'd still recommend giving The Break-Up Artist a try! ...more
Check out Scott Reads It for more reviews! It seems like every YA book is compared to The Hunger Games and Fire & Flood is no different. The thingCheck out Scott Reads It for more reviews! It seems like every YA book is compared to The Hunger Games and Fire & Flood is no different. The thing is that Fire & Flood shares few similarities with Suzanne Collins's novel except for the fact that the main character joins a competition to protect a sibling. In fact, Fire & Flood is not dystopian fiction, rather it is an unique blend of sci-fi and fantasy elements.
Fire & Flood is about the Brimstone Bleed, a competition in which competitors race for a cure for any illness. Tella wants to help save her brother from his illness and she joins this insanely odd competition, which begins with selecting an egg. The Brimstone Bleed takes readers on a deadly journey and readers will absolutely love reading about the rich environment that Scott has created.
Victoria Scott is gifted at writing humorous dialogue and helps make Fire & Flood a fun read. Tella is a protagonist who isn't afraid to be herself and I loved reading about her little quirks. At times, Tella flip-flopped from being extremely entertaining to a bit on the annoying side with her whole attitude. Tella was like that friend who you love being around, but if you spend too much time with them you'll get overwhelmed by them. I wasn't a fan of the way Tella was so concerned with the way her hair looked and other trivial things about her appearance when the stakes are so dire. Hearing her complain about her appearance was exhausting and it made me question why anybody wanted to team up with her. Also I couldn't fathom why the competitors didn't question the loyalty of those who they teamed up, it seemed that one second after meeting, teammates were willing to risk their lives for each other.
Tella's character is really fleshed out, but I wanted to see more of the other characters' personalities. The problem with F&F is that there are so many characters and so few pages in which their characters are explored. Scott helps readers understand each characters' motives, but we never really learn anything significant beyond that. I really wanted to know more about Tella's brother and the bond that they shared because I felt that too little time was devoted to this. Also what's up with Guy Chambers? Everytime I read his name I felt like his name sounded like a fancy term for the Mens' Room and I truly wished that we learned more about this enigmatic character. I understand that Guy is somewhat of a mystery, but I feel like holding back on info regarding him didn't work in Scott's favor.
The plot of Fire & Flood burns by at such a quick pace and the reader is quickly drawn into this tale. As with most action-packed thrillers, the character development is minimal and there is more of a focus on the Competition. The whole idea of the Competition feels a bit ridiculous, but in order to appreciate the plot, I just had to roll with it. I loved the way Scott made the competition so intense and high stakes for our main character, Tella. This is life or death and her brother's life hangs in the balance. I devoured Fire & Flood and the action scenes were completely engrossing, but the plot has quite a few illogical plot holes.
The Pandoras are these creatures that hatch from the eggs the competitors chose and they serve as companions. After reading Fire & Flood, I want my own Pandora immediately because they were incredibly epic. Who wouldn't want a pet that had all sorts of super-powers? Including the pandoras was an incredible move on Scott's part and I think that the pandoras shine more their human counterparts.
The romance in F&F was acceptable, but there wasn't anything that made it different from any other YA romance. It didn't interest me and frankly, I couldn't root for Guy and Tella at all. I didn't like either character enough to care, to even feign an interest in the romance.
Fire & Flood is a fast read with mediocre romance, character development, and a simple plot line. Victoria Scott's latest isn't the best fantasy read out there, but it's definitely a fun guilty-pleasure kind of read. I'm extremely excited for book #2, despite my ambivalent feelings regarding Fire & Flood and I'm curious to see what happens next. I hope there is more explanations regarding the Brimstone Bleed and that the romance and character arcs are better explored....more
Unlike most of my friends, I felt rather tepid toward The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer. Was it entertaining? Yes it was, but it wasn't as amazing as most of my friends had suggested. I was a bit skeptical about reading The Evolution Of Mara Dyer because I had such mixed feelings regarding the 1st book. Despite my skepticism, I really enjoyed The Evolution Of Mara Dyer and I definitely believe that this is a sequel that surpasses it's predecessor.
One of my major complaints with The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer was how scantily Hodkin spread the paranormal and horror aspects in her book. Immediately from the first few pages, Hodkin made good on her promise to deliver a compelling, paranormal novel. I can honestly say that I was utterly creeped out several times while reading this novel. All of the tense, ominous horror was absolutely perfect in this novel and was essential in keeping me turning the pages.
When I read The Unbecoming, I was so focused on Noah's snarky attitude and behaviour. Strangely this time around, I wasn't as amused by Noah's antics and I didn't find his demeanor to be humorous. Noah comes from an extremely affluent, wealthy family and so Noah has more money than he could ever spend. Throughout the novel, Noah spends money like there's no tomorrow trying to solve Mara's dilemmas. Whenever Noah and Mara got into a bind, it seemed as if all Noah had to was spread some cash around and everything was alright. This just isn't realistic; money can't buy everything! Sure, money can be used to purchase so many necessities, but it isn't the solution to every single problem that comes your way in life. I felt the fact that Noah and Mara were so reliant on money to solve their problems acted as a bad message to readers. I know Noah's wealth is part of who he is, but I wish Hodkin had toned down Noah's use of $ to solve problems. There were several instances where the plot could have been benefited by further conflicts, but instead Hodkin took the easy way out by having Noah bribing someone.
Mara has become such an interesting character to read about and she has truly evolved since book 1. I loved how Hodkin created such a conflicted, unreliable narrator that is shrouded in mystery. I really wanted to see what laid behind the peculiar aura that surrounded Mara. Reading about Mara's inner fight with reality and her perception of it was a strange, but extremely rewarding experience. Hodkin hit the nail on the head with writing an unreliable narrator and I went through periods of time, trying to decide whether Mara wasn't distorting the story. Even though I wasn't 100% on Mara's reliability, I empathized with her easily and almost immediately. This was such a change for me because I wasn't a huge fan of Mara in book #1.
I quickly read The Evolution Of Mara Dyer, even though it spans over 500 pages. I was compelled to read further in the novel due to an unbearable urge to find out what happened next. I loved the balance of horror, paranormal, and romance elements in this book; I think Hodkin used a terrific formula when crafting this novel. I couldn't bear to stop reading this book and I had to read this book sneakily while I was at work because I was so addicted. I am so impressed with The Evolution Of Mara Dyer and how quickly my opinion of this series has changed because of this engrossing installment. I am definitely one of the many people who are eagerly awaiting The Retribution Of Mara Dyer. I am extremely glad that I decided to pick up The Evolution Of Mara Dyer and I would even highly recommend it to people who were indifferent to The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer. ...more
Check out Scott Reads It! for reviews, giveaways, & more! I loved Throne Of Glass so much that I had to read Crown Of Midnight ASAP. Crown Of Mi Check out Scott Reads It! for reviews, giveaways, & more! I loved Throne Of Glass so much that I had to read Crown Of Midnight ASAP. Crown Of Midnight is an excellent followup to Throne Of Glass, but I wasn't 100% into the book. This is NOT Crown Of Midnight's fault nor is it Maas's fault, I was in a reading slump so that really marred my experience of reading CoM. I have a feeling that I'm going to need to re-read CoM before the 3rd book releases due to my self-inflicted, poor reading experience.
Crown Of Midnight is an epic, high-stakes, action-packed sequeled and is filled with scenes that will fill readers with adrenaline. Each page thrums with heart pounding actions and terrific dialogue that really showcases Maas's talent. The dialogue is humorous, and undeniably clever; Maas writes some of the best dialogue I have read in YA for sure.
The romance in Crown Of Midnight is top-notch and I can't believe how often I flip flopped between loving Chaol or Dorian. After book #1, I was 100% Team Chaol but CoM messed with my mind so much. One page I was annoyed by Dorian and rooting for Chaol and in the next moment my opinion shifted so radically. It takes skill to manipulate a reader so effectively and Maas proves herself completely with the romance. That has to be one of the strangest compliments I have ever given an author.
I have only love for Celaena and I completely love what Maas did with her character arc. I loved watching Celaena interacting with both old and new characters. I just love everything about Cel, whether it be her humor, her kick-ass attitude, or her insecurities. It really doesn't matter because I'm completely invested in Celaena's character and she is definitely one of my book girlfriends. Don't judge me--guys can totally have book girlfriends, if female readers can have fictional beaus.
Reading Crown Of Midnight is a must for fans of Kristin Cashore and R.L. LaFevers. This is one of the few sequels that is just as amazing as it's predecessor. The last quarter of this book was absolute perfection and the ending made me tear up. Honestly that ending is absolutely cruel and yet so well done--it's just too much for me. Crown Of Midnight ends on a cliffhanger that will make you lust for the sequel desperately. This is a book you won't want to miss out on! ...more
I really had no idea what to expect from Hereafter, considering that I loved Shadowlands so much. Shadowlands ended on one of the most painful and most surprising cliffhangers that I've ever read. Sadly, Hereafter never fully commits to the unexpected turn of events that occurred at the end of Shadowlands. Hereafter relies way too heavily on Shadowlands' cliffhanger to move the plot ahead which led to an extremely slow-paced plot.
Hereafter continues just where Shadowlands left off and the plot is simple, but entertaining. Kate Brian introduces a bunch of paranormal concepts, but they felt like takeoffs of Greek mythology. It seemed like Brian just stuck on a new name and rebranded these Greek concepts as her own. Calling a creature a "lifer" doesn't really excuse the fact that she is borrowing the entire concept of Charon (the ferryman in the Underworld). I would have been fine with this borrowing if Brian had expanded these ideas, but Brian seemed to take the easy route with the lifers.
I had a lot of fun reading Shadowlands, but Hereafter wasn't nearly as entertaining. Hereafter has a bit of a darker tone than Shadowlands and something seemed to be missing from Hereafter. The romance is nothing special at all and is extremely formulaic. I read Hereafter in less than a day, but I felt like I had to force myself to continue reading it. It lacked the addictive, page-turner quality that Shadowlands seemed to possess. I also really felt like barely anything occurred in this entire novel; I could probably summarize this whole book in two sentences and cover almost the book's entire plotline.
I didn't mind Rory in book #1, but she definitely annoyed me while reading Hereafter. It seemed that she was so oblivious to the looming danger that was quite obvious. She also seemed a bit selfish in my opinion because she didn't want her father and sister to move on without her. Rory easily could have averted all of the danger if she wasn't so concerned with Tristan and falling in love with him. Maybe I'm being a bit too harsh because I'm annoyed with her lack of action! Instead of complaining how everything was going wrong, she could have tried to do something more than whine.
Hereafter suffers from "Middle-Book syndrome" for sure and it lacks almost everything I loved about Shadowlands. Shadowlands was an intense thriller, but Hereafter feels like a simple lackluster paranormal romance. Hereafter is nothing like what I expect and I'm beginning to think that maybe my expectations were too high. I am extremely disappointed by Hereafter and I can only hope that book 3 redeems this series. ...more
I have avoided writing this review for a couple of days and I am finally going to review it. For me the most difficult reviewsSeen at Scott Reads It
I have avoided writing this review for a couple of days and I am finally going to review it. For me the most difficult reviews to write are for 5 Star books. I tremendously enjoyed Shadowlands and I doubt any review could do this book justice. There are no spoilers for Shadowlands.
From the first chapter of Shadowlands I was immediately hooked into this intriguing mystery. Kate Brian starts off Shadowlands with a bang. Our protagonist Rory is being attacked by serial killer Steven Nell but she manages to escape his clutches. Rory's family moves to a vacation town called Juniper Landing. Juniper Landing seems like such a wonderful and relaxing place until one of Rory's new friends goes missing. Could Steve Nell be the cause of this disappearance?
This is my first time reading a book by Kate Brian and this definitely won't be the last time I read a book of hers. Shadowlands was extremely addicting to read and I couldn't bear to stop reading even for short periods of time. One of my favorite components of Shadowlands are the short chapters from Nell's point of view. It was seriously chilling to read about an attempted murder from a serial killer's point view. Juniper Landing was a terrific setting and Brian did a wonderful job with making a vacation town seem so strange and dark. Who ever thought a vacation place could be so grim and ghastly?
So many reviewers have stated that they found Shadowlands very predictable but I completely disagree. From the start of Shadowlands I had a bunch of predictions but they all turned out to be wrong. Just when I thought the book was going in a certain direction, Kate Brian threw in a gut wrenching plot twist. The ending of Shadowlands was just mindblowing and I honestly never saw it coming.
Once or twice I felt like some of the characters lacked a bit of common sense. It's kind of common sense to me that if a serial killer is looking for you, you shouldn't walk around alone. I understand that Darcy doesn't want Steven Nell to ruin her social life but what's more important your social life or avoiding a serial killer?I am not sure if the characters were acting a bit ridiculous or if I was just over thinking everything like I always do.
Shadowlands is more than just your average thriller. Kate Brian daftly created a mind blowing tale that exceeded all of my expectations. Shadowlands ended on such an interesting note and I'm really curious to see how Brian follows up with the sequel. ...more
I'll be honest Mila 2.0 didn't exactly live up to my expectations but I still enjoyed reading it nevertheless. Mila 2.0 definiSeen at Scott Reads It
I'll be honest Mila 2.0 didn't exactly live up to my expectations but I still enjoyed reading it nevertheless. Mila 2.0 definitely has the potential to be a spectacular TV Show and I'll definitely be tuning to see it. Mila 2.0 was an action packed and original debut but it lacked a bit in the character and romance departments.
The plot of Mila 2.0 is very straight forward and interesting. Mila thinks she is an ordinary girl but in truth she is an android made by the government. Now she is the run with her mother and trying to escape the clutches of the government Mila 2.0 is a Sci-Fi thriller that is unlike anything I have ever read. The plot was definitely interesting to read and it caught my interest. Mila 2.0's plot isn't anything groundbreaking but it was definitely entertaining and interesting to read.
One of my favorite aspects of Mila 2.0 are the action scenes because they were well-written and thrilling. While reading Mila 2.0's action scenes I kept telling myself: "Just one more chapter." One chapter turned into 5 or 6 chapters and I finished Mila 2.0 alot faster than I expected. The action scenes of Mila 2.0 were just perfect and I can't wait to see them on the future TV Show.
The characterization in Mila 2.0 was seriously lacking. Driza characterized Mila well and she was definitely a well-developed and interesting character. Mila was the only character in the entire book that I actually cared about. Hunter is Mila's love interest but the reader doesn't really get a chance to know him because his part in Mila 2.0 is very short. Hunter only appears in the beginning of the book and Mila instantly is obsessed with everything about him. Mila's infatuation with Hunter carried throughout the entire novel and it kind of annoyed me. Mila mentions the fact that Hunter has a lopsided grin 7 times in Mila 2.0 and I just didn't get Mila's obsession with lopsided things. We don't really know much about Hunter besides the fact that he lives in Mila's town and has a lopsided grin.
"I had a sudden yearning to trace that lopsided top lip with my finger"
I really wanted to know more about Hunter because he seemed like a pretty cool guy. I felt like Driza rushed our meeting with Hunter and I hope we get to know him better in the next book. Lucas is the other character that Mila has a bit of a crush on. Lucas has a lopsided gait and he is a student from MIT who works with Holland (Mila 2.0's antagonist). Lucas was more developed than Hunter but he is also lacking in character development.
Another character that I wanted to know more about was Holland. I wanted to be terrified of Holland but he just was such a typical villain. Holland was just your average villain and he is just nothing special at all. He does the usual villain methods and I wanted to see more psychotic behavior from him. Mila described him as psychotic person so I really wanted to see Holland to act more insane.
"Lucas's lopsided gait was more noticeable than usual in the empty hallway..."
Even though there isn't much romance in Mila 2.0, it's quite obvious Driza is setting up a future love triangle. Mila only had a brief relationship with Hunter in this book but I know that Lucas will become a love interest. Maybe it's the lopsided gait that's clueing me into the obvious future love triangle. I am just kidding but it really annoyed me how Driza consistently used the word lopsided. Mila 2.0 could have used a little romance because it was a bit ridiculous how Driza sets up a love triangle, yet she doesn't even utilize it.
Personally I enjoyed Mila 2.0 even though it didn't meet my expectations. I am still questioning what's up with that "cliffhanger ending" and the comparion with I Am Number Four. According to the description there is a breath-taking cliffhanger but there was nothing of the sort. The ending of Mila 2.0 wasn't fabulous but it was pretty decent. I am not sure who wrote this blurb because it sounds like they didn't even read Mila 2.0. Mila 2.0 is nothing at all like I Am Number Four and it really confuses me how you can compare two books that are different in every way. I would definitely recommend Mila 2.0 and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel and seeing the TV Show....more
"Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books."
The Archived is one of those books that you know you'll love from the first page. I am so glad that I went with my instincts and picked up this book up. From the first few pages I realized that this book is one of the most original and best paranormal books I have ever read. The Archived immediately caught my attention and I just couldn't stop reading. I got just what I was looking for, a creepy paranormal book that really left me speechless.
Mackenzie is a Keeper, someone who is charged with stopping Histories (dead people who remain in the Archive). Histories rest on shelves like books and librarians can read their stories. Mackenzie has lost her granddad and brother recently so dealing with Histories provides a distraction. Soon she realizes that everything isn't what it seems in the Archive and someone seems to be tampering with the Histories. The Archive is on the verge of collapse unless Mackenzie can solve this mystery before it's too late.
In The Archived everything is just brilliantly executed as evidenced by the fact that this review will probably have endless compliments. Victoria Schwab's writing is superb and it complements The Archived's creepy and engaging plot line. Schwab's prose was simply engaging and I felt immersed in the hauntingly strange world of the Archive.
The plot of The Archived is complex and developed in an interesting way with a bunch of plot twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I'll admit it in the beginning of The Archived I was a bit disinterested because I felt like there was a bit of info dumping. The explanation of the Archived was too much too handle in such few pages and I was a bit perplexed. All it took was a few more pages and all of my confusion was cleared and I was completely engaged in the Archived. The plot moved at a brisk pace and I was
Mackenzie was our female protagonist and she was just beyond awesome. I loved reading about Mackenzie's relationship with Da and it was just so moving. I really connected with the characters that Victoria Schwab created and I really empathized with them. All of the characters were extremely developed in a realistic and emotional way. Mackenzie is not just strong physically but her mental strength is really admirable. I also liked how Schwab's characters are flawed (I know it sounds like a weird thing to say!). I truly hate when a book's characters are just drop dead perfect because I just can't connect or really like the characters because they are just unrealistic.
In The Archived characters are realistically done and the relationships between the characters are really touching. Wesley was one of my favorite characters because he was just so different from a lot of male love interests. He wasn't one of those typical creepy stalkerish male characters that I loathe. Wesley was a charming protagonist with a great sense of humor and he wore lots of guy-liner. Never have I ever read a book where a male character wears guy-liner but Wesley totally owned it. I wasn't a huge fan of Owen at all from the first second we met him and I totally disapproved of his short fling with Mackenzie. I really felt like their fling was kind of unnecessary and ridiculous because it really was beyond creepy (like a necrophiliac kind of creepy). The romance with Owen was my least favorite of The Archived because it was kind of pointless and it just added a love triangle.
The Archived features one of the creepiest and most peculiar settings I have read. The world building in The Archived is simply strange but it adds a perfectly chilling atmosphere. I have never ever read a book with a setting like this and I just can't stop thinking about the Archives and the Narrows. Of all dystopian settings I have read about the Archives takes the cake for being the most original one. The only dystopian setting that is comparable to the Archives is Level 2. It's really hard to explain how I loved the Archives and how creepy it was.
Basically The Archived is one of the best dystopian books ever written. I would highly recommend due to it's fantastic characters, setting, and plot. I am so excited for the next book in The Archived series and I can't wait to read The Near Witch soon. Victoria Schwab has some of the best prose I have ever read because it was just so addicting. After reading The Archived I will read anything Victoria Schwab writes because The Archived was that good. To all you reading this review right now, I urge you to pick up The Archived immediately. ...more
Everything about Falling Kingdom made me desperately want to read it. Falling Kingdoms has received fantastic reviews, it hasSeen at Scott Reads It
Everything about Falling Kingdom made me desperately want to read it. Falling Kingdoms has received fantastic reviews, it has been compared to LOTR and Game of Thrones, and it is a magical high fantasy. I am seriously convinced that Morgan Rhodes (a.k.a Michelle Rowen) wrote this book for me exclusively (I am only kidding!). Everything I love in a book makes an appearance one way or another in Falling Kingdoms.
Falling Kingdoms has a really complex story line so I am no going to bother to explain the plot. There are 3 kingdoms called Paelsia, Limeros, and Auranos; a war is brewing between the kingdoms. The story switches from the perspective from 4 characters who are unrelated in the beginning but in the end their fates intertwined beyond measure.
I think the most remarkable thing about Falling Kingdoms is not the plot but the characters. All the characters in Falling Kingdoms are extremely well developed and believable. In the beginning I had a bit of trouble remembering who was who and what kingdom they were from. Once I found the character sheet, differentiating between the characters became a cinch. Trust me in the first few pages the character sheet will be an invaluable tool ! I really liked the way Rhodes portrays the antagonists because they aren't viewed as purely evil. The antagonists are not depicted as wholly evil and they are described as having a "kernel of good". To most people this may not seem like a big deal but I hate when villains are portrayed as being evil to the point where they are completely inhumane. In my opinion even the most evil of people have even the tiniest bit of good in me. When characters are solely evil, it becomes harder to connect and empathize with them.
Of all the characters in Falling Kingdoms my favorite was Princess Cleoina without a doubt. Through thick and thin Cleo proved herself to be a true heroine and I just loved everything about her. Even when Cleo managed to screw up royally, I couldn't help but continue to root for her. Cleoina is one of my favorite female protagonists due to many factors. First of all Cleo is completely believable everything about her felt so raw and genuine. Cleo wasn't perfect but her flaws never bothered her once. Unlike a bunch of female protagonists, she wasn't insecure and she didn't complain how she isn't drop dead gorgeous.
The way Rhodes manages to pull of the switching of perspective is quite brilliant because I really enjoyed seeing the story from so many different perspectives because you really get a sense of what living in all 3 kingdoms is truly like. I didn't think this technique would work so well because I thought the alternating perspectives would become convoluted and confusing.
Why do people find incest so fascinating? Honestly between Flowers In The Attic, Star Wars, Mortal Instruments and A Game Of Thrones I feel that the world has enough incest. Incest isn't something I enjoy reading about at all yet in Falling Kingdoms I feel the incest aspect was executed phenomenally. Even though I don't approve of incest at all, I really liked Magnus's character dynamic. His "romance" with Lucia adds a lot of tension, suspense, and plot twists. Even though incest creeps me out, I can't really imagine Falling Kingdoms without it because it feels essential to the story.
The mythology of the 3 kingdoms is truly spellbinding and intriguing. It amazes me how Rhodes managed to create such complex yet interesting myths. Falling Kingdoms just wouldn't have been the same without all the tales of the Watchers. Were-Hawks anyone? The incorporations of these myths into the main plot line kept me on the edge of my seat through out the novel. The complex mythology was not original but it also was executed well.
I could go on and on describing my fan boy love of Falling Kingdoms. Where can you go wrong with a fast paced plot, a complex plot-line numerous plot twists, and tons of magic? Falling Kingdoms has made me realize that it's been too long since I have read high fantasy. I look forward to the next installment in the Falling Kingdom series immensely. I hope Rebel Spring has all the gory battle scenes, magic, high stakes tension, and fantastic character development that made me love Falling Kingdoms. I hope to get to read A Game of Thrones this year but it's length is very intimidating. I highly recommend Falling Kingdoms without a doubt in the world to all fans of fantasy!...more
Who doesn't love a well-done fairy tale retelling? Recently I became a huge fan of this genre because of books like Cinder andSeen at Scott Reads It
Who doesn't love a well-done fairy tale retelling? Recently I became a huge fan of this genre because of books like Cinder and Scarlet. In my effort to read more retellings, I had requested Strands Of Bronze and Gold from NetGalley. I would like to thank Knopf for sending me an e-Galley of this book in exchange for a honest review. Strands Of Bronze And Gold was truly a pleasant surprise!
Strands Of Bronze And Gold is a retelling of Bluebeard that takes place in good ole Mississippi before the civil war. Jane Nickerson deftly uses the setting to her advantage and creates such an atmospheric gothic retelling. I loved the Southern feel of this novel and using the South as the setting for this book was an extremely effective tactic.
If you would have told me that I would love a Southern retelling of Bluebeard this much a couple of weeks ago, I probably would have laughed at you. Despite my uncertainty, I really really enjoyed reading Strands. This book definitely started off a little bit slow as it helped establish the plot and setting. I actually stayed up until 1 or 2ish in the morning so I could find out what happened in this book. I couldn't bear to stop reading because Strands Of Bronze And Gold was that fantastic and addicting. I can't honestly remember the last time a book kept me up this late turning the pages like Strands did. Strands Of Bronze And Gold is a fantastic Gothic retelling of Blue Beard because it maintains the same creepy, gothic tone that was evident in the original fairy tale. Even though I knew how the story was going to pan out, I still couldn't stop reading this book. Nickerson definitely knows how to write a compelling tale that readers of all ages will love. There's nothing like a Southern Gothic, no sirree.
I really enjoyed reading about the characters Jane Nickerson created and I really hope Sophia makes some sort of cameo in The Mirk And Midnight Hour. It would be so cool if all 3 companion books were connected in a way besides the fact that they take place in the same universe. The 2nd book, The Mirk And Midnight Hour comes out in March 2014, I don't know how I will be able to wait that long!
Another one of my favorite things about Strands is the writing style. Strands Of Bronze And Golden is written in such a hauntingly beautiful way that immerses the reader in the world of the South. Nickerson's descriptions were a delight and vividly painted a picture of the Southern world of Strands. An author's writing style can really make or break a book, in this case Nickerson's writing style makes Strands an even more enjoyable read.
Jane Nickerson is a definitely an author to watch out for! Strands Of Bronze And Gold is definitely a debut you won't want to miss out on reading. I am super excited to read the sequel and I have got my fingers crossed that I get an ARC. I'd highly recommend reading Strands, you can thank me later! ...more
There are so many series that I feel that I would've enjoyed if they weren't so hyped and acclaimed. In The False Prince's case, I definitely believe this book is extremely underrated and that it deserves more attention. I know that this book is a NYT bestseller, but The False Prince is one of the fantasy books I've ever read. I haven't had this much fun reading a book in ages and The False Prince really captured my attention full heartedly.
Sage is an orphan and he becomes apart of a scheme to restore balance in a kingdom on the verge of civil war. Sage and two other orphans, Tobias and Roden, are competing for the prince's throne and the competition is fierce. Sage's life is at stake if he doesn't win the trust of Conner and become his princely puppet.
Sage is one of my all-time favorite protagonists because he is so clever and incredibly loyal. I never knew truly what to expect from Sage, due to the fact that he always had some tricks up his sleeves. I really wish I had even half the resourcefulness and wit that Sage possessed. It's nearly impossible not to like Sage because even though, he is a smart aleck, he also has a huge heart and is extremely compassionate.
I loved reading about the competition and the different areas of training that Sage, Roden, and Tobias had to endured to win the competition. Each area of training was high-stakes and extremely tense because all 3 boys' lives were hanging in the balance. I was constantly on the edge of my seat and I absolutely loved the sword fights. It was interesting to see the different tactics each boy used to try to ensure that they would be chosen by Connor to become prince. I was rooting for Sage throughout the entire novel, and with each obstacle Nielsen threw in his way, I became even more confident in Sage's skill.
Though The False Prince revolves a deadly competition, it's an extremely humorous and fun novel. Sage's wit is always pristine and he always manages to make even the most dire of situations feel hopeful and light. There were so times when I was getting too exhilarated and having too much fun during a competition where the whole kingdom is at stake. Readers of all ages will have so much fun reading The False Prince and will be enthralled from start to finish.
Jennifer A. Nielsen has written such an incredible novel and I applaud her for writing a middle-grade novel that truly will appeal to all readers. The False Prince is strong on character development and plot, I am so impressed with this book and I'm extremely eager to start the sequel ASAP. The False Prince is the type of book that will keep reluctant readers hooked and transform them into avid readers. The False Prince is a must-read for all readers, especially those who love Game Of Thrones. ...more
Thank you Sandy Klein Bernstein for providing me a copy of The Door In The Sky in exchange for a honest review. First of all when Sandy approached me on Goodreads about her book The Door in the Sky I was very skeptical because I don't usually read books like this. Anyway I decided I would go against my judgment and I'm happy I did.
The Door in the Sky is a book that readers of all ages will enjoy. It's a heartwarming, fun, and quick read that will convert reluctant readers into avid readers. Yes it's that good! The adventure begins when Ricky gets a message from the stars saying: "Come back here at midnight, Ricky" at a show in the Chicago Star Museum. Soon Ricky, and his sister are cast into the kingdom of Gladoren.
This is a book that will lure you in from the first sentence and you won't be able to stop reading. Sandy Klein Bernstein expertly creates a debut that is original as it is entertaining and funny. There were many moments while reading that I just couldn't stop smiling. I truly fell in love with Gladoren and I really wish the sequel was out already.
What really surprised me about The Door in the Sky is that it's self published? I think every publisher would clamoring to secure the rights to this series once they read The Door in the Sky. I really wish this book got more publicity because it really deserves alot more attention.
The Door in the Sky was a spellbinding and magical read that really engrossed me. Clear your To-Read lists and make The Door in the Sky your next read. I just couldn't bare to stop reading this at all. The Door in the Sky is a witty and original adventure that fans of Narnia and Harry Potter will immediately devour. I really liked how The Door in the Sky wrapped up nicely but still left opportunity for a sequel. I definitely want to read the sequel and I can't wait! The Door in the Sky is a solid debut that I'd definitely recommend....more
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I really didn't know what to expect going to Pure. The reviews for Pure are pretty mixed and I wasn't sure if I would actually enjoy this book. As soon as I started Pure, I was swept into a disturbing but beautiful tale of hope in a grim world. Pure exceeded all my expectations and it really blew me away.
Julianna Baggott doesn't hold back ever. Pure is an extremely dark novel that follows Pressia who has a doll head as a hand. After the Detonations people started to fuse to objects that were near them when these detonations occurred. Despite the fact that Pressia is such a bad enviroment, she is always so optimistic and hopeful. I know that I wouldn't be able to be as positive and hopeful as Pressia. It was admirable how Pressia managed to see the silver lining and how she never gave up even when all hope seemed to be lost.
The alternating perspective is such an effective tactic in Pure. I love reading from El Capitan, Pressia, Patridge, and Lydia's point of view. Despite that fact that the story switches perspective so often, Pure wasn't confusing at all. The alternating perspective was a great technique because it gave the reader an idea of what's really going on the world. We find out what's going on inside and outside the dome from these 4 characters. All of the main characters are extremely distinct and interesting to read about. My favorite characters were definitely Pressia and Partridge because of their boundless determination.
Pure is an extremely detailed and beautifully written book. The author, Julianna Baggott has written such an atmospheric and vivid environment in Pure. It was so extremely easy to picture the beasts and the other creatures from Pure due to the extremely intricate descriptions. There is definitely a theme in this book about how hope will always exist even in dark times. In a few pages, I went from being extremely terrified to being extremely hopeful.
Pure isn't like anything I've read before. This is one powerful dystopian book that you don't want to miss. The last time I was this terrified by a book was when I read 1984 by George Orwell. I know the movie rights have been sold already and I know that if it's done right, Pure would make an extremely poignant and powerful movie. Hollywood please don't ruin this book! The world building in this book is probably the best that I've ever read in a dystopian book. Unlike most authors Baggott doesn't leave any of your questions left unanswered about their book's world.
There are just so many plot twists in Pure, the thing is I didn't see any of them coming. Thankfully this book didn't have a love triangle, despite the fact that I thought there would be one in the beginning. When you read Pure it will never cease to surprise you. This is by far one of the most imaginative and creative books that I've read.
I'd highly highly recommend reading Pure and I have to get my hands on Fuse ASAP. Pure is truly a book like no other and it is now one of my all-time favorite dystopian books. This book is truly a must read for fans of 1984 and other dystopian books.
Check out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Of Poseidon was definitely a guilty pleasure of mine and so I was really excited to startCheck out Scott Reads It for reviews, giveaways & more! Of Poseidon was definitely a guilty pleasure of mine and so I was really excited to start Of Triton. Numerous friends of mine have told me that Of Triton was so much better than Of Poseidon. I'm clearly going against the majority here but I think Of Triton is a much weaker novel than Of Poseidon. Of Triton lacks the humor and the excitement that was extremely evident in OP. There will be no spoilers for both Of Poseidon and Of Triton in this review.
Of Triton continues right where Of Poseidon left off and Of Triton doesn't hesitate to jump right into the action. The pacing in this book is extremely fast-paced yet I wasn't really that eager to continue reading. This book mostly focused on Syrena politics and the consequences of breaking Syrena law. There is very little romance between Emma and Galen and the two of them only have a few interactions throughout the book. I loved reading the banter between Emma and Galen in OP but in Of Triton we never really get the banter I love.
Emma is still an extremely likeable character but she definitely kind of annoyed me in OT. I'm don't think she really acts like a teenager and there were times when she acted like she was in her 20's. I didn't really find Emma's snarky attitude funny in this book like I did when I read OP. She kind of got on my nerves with her constant complaining about her mother. Give the woman a break, she's gone through hell and she doesn't need you to throw more on her plate.
Even though Of Triton was a short read, I had to motivate myself to keep on reading. The ending definitely packs a real punch and is the part of this entire book. I'm going to read book #3 in hopes that is as fun and light as OP was. I guess this is all my fault for reading this during finals week, I wanted a light book but this didn't fit the bill. Alot of the things that I really loved about OP were really lacking in Of Triton: the humor, the romance, the banter, the excitement, and the lightness. When did this series shift from being such a light read to serious Syrena politics? I was definitely disappointed with Of Triton, maybe my expectations were too high....more
Seen at City of Books Writing a review for Crewel is a daunting task because it's hard to express how much I enjoyed this book in just one short review Seen at City of Books Writing a review for Crewel is a daunting task because it's hard to express how much I enjoyed this book in just one short review. If you are on Goodreads and you've never heard of Crewel then I think you maybe Patrick Star. What I mean is that you've probably been living under a rock if you've haven't heard of Crewel. Crewel has been extremely hyped and has divided much of the Goodreads community. I was really unsure coming into Crewel because I had extremely high expectations. Crewel is one of those books that live up to the hype and was just simply brilliant. Crewel really reminded of Lois Lowry's Giver but that's not a bad thing considering I LOVE The Giver beyond words. Crewel like Lowry's Giver is an extremely original read that is very thought-provoking.
Crewel is the story of Adelice who has been trained to hide her gift of being able to weave time. Her parents are trying to avoid her inevitable fate of becoming a Spinster, one of the elite and most powerful women in all of Arras. Spinsters are basically the equivalent of becoming a movie star in Arras because it seems like every little girl wants to be a Spinster. Becoming a Spinster is not the opulent and fabulous life style most people think it to be. Adelice is swept into a conflict she wold have ever seen coming and a *drum roll* love triangle.
Spinsters don't need to rely on a man unlike the other women in Arras. A woman is required to have a husband at merely 18 and the government controls all reproduction. I really found Arras to be a horrifyingly beautiful society. Crewel had fan-freaking-tastic world building that really added an unique feel to Gennifer Albin's society. I liked how Gennifer Albin didn't just info-dump Arras on us instead she slowly eases the world building to the plot. I didn't feel immediately overwhelmed by this strangely beautiful world unlike in most Dystopias. I also really enjoyed how Crewel's Arras isn't like most Dystopian societies. In most Dystopias the setting is just merely a setting and nothing more. Similar to in Beautiful Creatures Arras isn't just a mere background to the plot and I know this may sound incoherent but Arras is like a vital character in Crewel. Arras is a surreal and brilliantly done setting that surpasses all Dystopian societies in every aspect.
The characters in Crewel are not your average characters. Adelice is definitely one of my favorite heroines in YA literature because of her tough but likeable personality. Adelice never took no for an answer and she was extremely determined. Her love interests Erik and Jost were both complex but developed characters. Basically the characters in Crewel are the cream of the crop of characters in YA literature and I know you'll form a connection with these characters/
I like reading books that you can tell the authors really put a lot of effort and devotion into. Crewel is simply one of those books that you can tell Albin really enjoyed writing. Crewel is not one of those books where a great premise is poorly executed Albin has the perfect formula of action, romance, adventure and humor. Another thing that I really appreciated is that Crewel's love triangle is well-done in the fact that it didn't make me roll my eyes like most love triangles. If you read my reviews frequently enough you'll know that at this point love triangles are my kryptonite. I usually can't love triangles at all due to the fact that almost every single book features one. Gennifer Albin made the love triangle a realistic but not overwhelming component of Crewel. It appears that the love triangle was solved in the end of Crewel but who knows? I honestly wouldn't care if the triangle continued in Crewel's 2nd book.
Crewel is a book that gives me confidence that there is still some originality left in the YA market. Albin's debut is nothing short of spectacular and it will make you beg for a sequel. Despite having a love triangle it didn't give me the typical cringing and eye-rolling. I'll admit it that despite hating love triangles I really enjoyed the romance between Erik, Adelice and Jost. All of the characters in Crewel are extremely likeable and I immediately rooted for them. Crewel was a fast-paced original book that I couldn't stop reading for one second and I know that as soon as I can get book 2 I will devour it. Crewel is the cream of the crop when it comes to YA literature and it left me utterly speechless. ...more