My review of The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee is based on an e-book that the author sent me for review. The following is my honest opinion of t...moreMy review of The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee is based on an e-book that the author sent me for review. The following is my honest opinion of the work.
What originally attracted me to this story was the premise; it seemed so original, something unique and just so different from what I was used to. I loved the idea of the world being painted into existence; there's just something so magical about it. Between my love of a good origin story and young adult paranormal romance it seemed like the perfect read for me and I was thrilled to be offered the chance to read it by the author.
What kept me attracted was the fact that instead of just summarizing, or giving snippets, of this spectacular origin story that she had created for her story of the world being painted by these brilliant Painters she actually told it through the characters giving glimpses through the various ones that the reader meets throughout the tale. It's such an original take.
Holly was your average teenage girl; fighting with her mother, trying to find her way, and just generally trying to survive high school. I really enjoyed this change of pace. Not every heroine has to be drop dead gorgeous, brilliant, or spectacular in every or any way for that matter. Holly was just a girl trying to find her niche, which is something that I think we can all relate to.
Theo was clueless. I adored him for this because not only was it cute it was so true to character. He was the painter of the Earth, not the people on it and therefore ignorant of their ways to some extent. It made for some interesting relations between him and Holly.
Another plus for the author was that it wasn't instant love, or the typical good girl meets a bad boy [which you all know I LOVE] but is so common in any supernatural tale, rather it comes across rather one-sided as often occurs in teenage romances. Or in any romance for that matter. I can see the groans now from those of you that read the story's summary as it says clearly that it is a Young Adult Supernatural ROMANCE and I just said it was one-sided. Confused yet? Mystified? All in good time, and all the more reason to pick up the book and find out where it comes in!
I'm giving The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee a four out of five stars review and cannot wait to read the sequel!(less)
My review of I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter is based on a paperback copy of the book that I purchased for myself...moreMy review of I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter is based on a paperback copy of the book that I purchased for myself. The following review is my honest opinion.
I'm a sucker for boarding school books; despite being a total homebody going to a boarding school has always been a secret little dream of mine. Would I ever really go to one? Probably not. Is it still fun to daydream about what it would have been like? DUH.
Cammie, otherwise known as The Chameleon, was such a great main character. I loved the balance of her personality; here she was this super genius spy, totally able to blend in wherever she went, yet when it came to having a social life including boys she was clueless. This aspect of her personality just felt so real to me; I mean, come on, it's just common sense that if you had been raised by spy parents to be a spy you wouldn't really know how to deal with "normal" society...you'd probably even crave that normalcy. And Cammie did.
At its roots this book is the story of a not-so-normal girl trying to reconcile her life with something just a bit, or maybe a lot, more normal one. It was the story of a girl trying to find herself in a world where she feels overshadowed, the kind of coming-of-age story where the girl doesn't completely find herself but she might just be beginning to recognize who she wanted to be...herself.
I had picked this book up for two reasons (1) I really enjoyed Heist Society and (2) I needed a lighter read. What I got was so much better than what I expected. The characters were fun, the plot was intriguing and there was just enough over-the-topness to make it an Ally Carter novel. I'm giving I'd Tell you I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter a four out of five stars review. (less)
My review of My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody is based on a hardcover copy of the book that I won in a giveaway. The following is my honest opinion...moreMy review of My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody is based on a hardcover copy of the book that I won in a giveaway. The following is my honest opinion of the book.
Life has been nothing but major drama for me lately so I needed something fun, a light read that would get me giggling and take my mind off of the insanity known as my life. As soon as I saw the premise for this book I knew I had to score a copy. Since becoming a book blogger, any and all books with anything to do with blogging catch my interest and Brooks use for her blog just sounded like an over the top good time.
In theory blogging about all of the conundrums you face in life and having others vote on them, essentially allowing others to make your decisions for you sounds like kind of a good idea. I mean, when I read the premise and gave it some thought I could easily slip into Brooks shoes. I can totally relate to feeling as if every decision I've made is the wrong one and that someone else could do a much better job of controlling my life, heck, I'm in that place now. I think we've all been there, in that place where it feels as if we are so very lost and incapable of doing anything right. It's human. So is Brooks. I really liked her as a heroine and I could see my high school self palling around with her.
Supposedly there is a love triangle in this book, in theory anyway. I say in theory because I never really saw "Rhett Butler" or Hunter as he is really known as a contender. He was almost too cookie cutter bad boy, so despite his bad-ness and the fact that Brooks nicknamed him after one of the most swoon-worthy fictional southern men in existence he just never did it for me. I was Team Brian from the beginning. He was adorable! So smart, cute and just plain REAL. Loved him!
This was exactly what the doctor ordered. A fun, young adult romp that tells it just like it is...if your young adult reality is run by an anonymous blog. I'm giving My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody a four out of five stars review. I’m so glad that I gave Jessica Brody a chance and will definitely be looking into her other young adult books.(less)
My review of The Maze Runner by James Dashner is based on a paperback copy of the book that I purchased for myself through the Random Buzzer website....moreMy review of The Maze Runner by James Dashner is based on a paperback copy of the book that I purchased for myself through the Random Buzzer website. The following review is my honest opinion.
I'm not a fan of male narrators, just wanted to get that out there. Ninety percent of the time I stick to reading books that are narrated by females simply because I relate to them better, I mean, after all I am female myself. Boy books just don't usually appeal to me. So despite all of the hype that this trilogy received I was reluctant to pick it up for myself. I figured I'd probably just end up borrowing it from the library at some point when my own TBR pile had shrunk a little. Than I joined Random Buzzers. After racking up quite a few points I spotted in the store, decided what the heck, and placed the order. I'm so glad that I did.
The first couple of chapters were iffy for me, I wasn't at all sure that I was going to like what I was reading. It seemed as if there was an awful lot of slang being used that I didn't understand, a lot of general confusion as to what was going on, and did I mention there was a male narrator? About page fifty or so I found myself invested, things were starting to get good, the majority of the slang had been explained and my opinion of male narrators was starting to shift.
Like I said, I was really surprised by Thomas as being the sole narrator of The Maze Runner; I thought it would be an automatic dislike for me, a strike against the book but I really enjoyed his perspective. I especially loved the way that his mind worked, the way that he would think outside of the box and go against the previously established norm. He had such compassion for the other guys and was willing to do whatever it took to make life better for his fellow Gladers. He definitely would make my top ten list of male heroes.
Despite changing my mind about having a male narrator, and an almost entirely male cast, I was thankful for the arrival of Teresa. Even more so when it was proven that she could hang with the boys. There really should be more female characters like her in literature. In a world where there are so many "heroines" that are constantly playing damsel and needing to be rescued by her male counterparts she was a welcome change.
I would definitely recommend this one to fans of The Hunger Games as it has a similar feel. It was a great dystopian venture. I'm giving The Maze Runner by James Dashner a four out of five stars review. I'm already scouring the internet for a deal on the second book, The Scorch Trials, because I can't wait to see what Dashner has written next for Thomas and the gang. (less)
My copy of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is based on a paperback copy of the book that I purchased for myself. The following i...moreMy copy of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is based on a paperback copy of the book that I purchased for myself. The following is my honest review of the work.
In the interest of complete honesty I'll begin by saying this book was slow going. I normally can devour books in a few hours, at the most a few days; this book took me about a week. The book proceeded in this manner until the last fifty or so pages when all of a sudden I was flipping pages so fast, devouring story so quickly I didn't even notice the pacing difference.
I'm a big fan of witches, aside from the fey they happen to be my absolute favorite of the paranormal/supernatural bunch. I think that's what initially drew me to this book; the concept on the cover that reads "Some loves are meant to be...Others are cursed" combined with the fact that it is about Casters, a play on the witches typically found in fiction.
Something that stood out to me in this particular story was the growth of the main characters; the fact that you could see them evolving throughout the book, torn between being who they were meant to be versus the teenagers that they actually were. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl did a brilliant job at creating two characters that felt completely realistic in a world that is so unlike, yet so similar to our own. I loved Ethan and Lena.
I think one of my favorite aspects of this novel was the relationship between Ethan and Lena. There was such strength to it; the love between them was timeless yet at the same time it felt true to the fact that they were sixteen year old kids. It was the perfect balance.
This was a beautifully written novel, with captivating characters and an irresistible story. I'm giving Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl a four out of five stars review and looking forward to the time when I get to start in on Beautiful Darkness. (less)
My review of Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins is based on a hardcover copy of the book that I won in a giveaway. The following review is my honest opinion...moreMy review of Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins is based on a hardcover copy of the book that I won in a giveaway. The following review is my honest opinion of the work.
So I was reading along happily, giggling at the snarkiness that is Sophie, when all of a sudden out of nowhere...WHAM-O! And I'm not talking about an infomercial. I'm talking about a plot twist that was like...well, picture yourself on a rollercoaster, just cruising along and enjoying yourself, when all of a sudden it plunges down the steepest drop in the universe. WHAM-O! That's the second chapter of this book, yes, you read right...THE SECOND CHAPTER. I'll admit it kind of gave me a Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana moment..."Crazy old warlock say WHAT?!"
And the surprises just kept on coming. Rachel Hawkins takes her readers on a wild, supernatural ride in her newest Hex Hall volume. Finally readers get to explore the political aspects of the world that Sophie has been thrust into, courtesy of her father and the Council. Unfortunately I wasn't given as much information on this as I would have liked; but that could just be me. I'm always super interested in an author's interpretation of supernatural politics, I mean so much of it is race relations only a little different than what we deal to in our own day to day lives. And so much more interesting than any government class I ever sat through.
I absolutely adored Sophie in this one. She was fun in Hex Hall but I found myself preferring Jenna, but in Demonglass Sophie completely won me over with her sarcasm and general snarkiness. I mean, sometimes that's all you can do when everything is crashing down around you, toss out a sarcastic comment and hope for the best, right? Or maybe that's just my kind of solution. Either way I loved this girl.
Archer is back and badder than ever. And you know my weakness for bad boys, hence me falling for the bad boy in almost every single book that I have ever read. But now Cal has come up from behind with a sneaky little twist by Rachel Hawkins. He's kind of turning into the charming, old-fashioned prince charming that makes every girl a little swoon-y and let me tell you I am not at all immune. Unfortunately, despite minor hints to the contrary, I'm not seeing much hope for a love triangle but that could very well just be my thoughts. You might see things differently. But no matter what Sophie thinks or feels, here are two very yummy boys for readers to drool over.
Demonglass totally surpassed my expectations after having read Hex Hall, it's the best of the series so far without a doubt. I'm giving Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins a five out of five stars review and very much looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Spell Bound.(less)
My review of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins is based on an ARC that I won in a giveaway from Angela of Reading Angel. The following r...moreMy review of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins is based on an ARC that I won in a giveaway from Angela of Reading Angel. The following review is my honest opinion.
Lola, Lola, Lola...what can I say about Lola? I wish I had half this girl's confidence, just half! She's not afraid to be herself, to dress however she feels, to be whoever she feels like being that day all the while being Lola. She's fun, clever, and adorable.
Oh, Cricket. He was absolutely adorable. He was smart, shy, and just a tad bit awkward. Cricket was the kind of YA boy that you could really see moving into the house beside you, perfectly attainable. I adored him.
One thing about this novel that might bother certain readers is the fact that Lola has two Dads, and I don't mean this in the sense that her parents divorced and remarried, I mean she literally has two fathers. Her Dad is G-A-Y. I haven't seen this before in any of the YA that I've read and I love that Stephanie Perkins was able to work this in and make it so normal. Because it is normal. And love is love. Rather David Levithan of her. So...BRAVO!
Though Lola and the Boy Next door might come across as a romance, an absolutely lovely romance, it's also a coming of age story of Lola...of a girl finding herself and staying true to herself. I'm giving Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins a five out of five stars review. This was an amazing read, just as wonderful in all the right ways as Anna...and in some ways better. I'm thrilled to discover that there's a third companion novel coming out next year, I can't wait to read it!(less)