Before reading The Disenchantments, I had heard of Nina LaCour in passing, but I hadn't read her other book. So I didn't really know what to expect whBefore reading The Disenchantments, I had heard of Nina LaCour in passing, but I hadn't read her other book. So I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading. All I can say now is that I was absolutely blown away by Nina LaCour and this book.
Since freshman year, Colby and Bec have been planning the year they will spend in Europe after they graduate high school. But before that happens, they will tour along the West Coast with Bev's band, The Disenchantments. As summer and the tour roll around, Bev becomes more and more distant and Colby can't seem to figure out why. That is until the day Bev tells him that she's going to college in the fall and won't be going to Europe with him after all. Now Colby isn't sure what he has to do anymore. The only thing he knows for sure is that the show has to go on and so he stays on the road with The Disenchantments. And somehow, along the way, things start to fall into place again and maybe Colby will find out what his next move should be.
At first, I didn't really think much of The Disenchantments. Don't get me wrong, it was an enjoyable read, but not necessarily one that was exceptional. But then something happend and I loved this book. All of a sudden I couldn't put the book down and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next. The Disenchantments, if nothing else, took me by surprise and I absolutely loved it for that. And a large part of that was Nina LaCour's writing. Even when the story was slower, what kept me reading was her writing. There was something about it that took me in and wouldn't let me go. Despite the book being a contemporary novel, it still somehow felt magical.
Nina LaCour definitely knows how to write characters. Every single one of them felt completely real, even the more secondary characters. But not only did they feel real, each of the characters was also incredibly unique. And more than anything I loved that, despite this being mostly Colby and Bev's story, I still got to know the other people in the story, especially Meg and Alexa. I loved reading about everyone's stories and seeing how in the end they all came together and ended up all being connected. Even now, about two weeks since I've finished reading the book, I can still remember these characters, even the more minor ones, very clearly. All this to say that Colby, Bev, Meg and Alexa are definitely characters that are going to stay with me for a while.
I fell in love with everything about The Disenchantments. It was a book that took me by surprise in the best possible way. Even two weeks later, I'm still thinking about it all. ...more
I have been hearing about Leigh Fallon and Carrier of the Mark for the longest time so I was really looking forward to being able to finally read it.I have been hearing about Leigh Fallon and Carrier of the Mark for the longest time so I was really looking forward to being able to finally read it. And at first, I really didn't think much about it, but the next thing I knew I couldn't put the book down.
Megan never really felt like she fit in at any of the schools she went to in America, but when she and her dad move to Ireland she began feeling at home right away. Right from day one, she made new friends and fit right in. But soon enough, weird things start happening everywhere Megan goes and she can't seem to find a logical explanation for any of it. And then there's the DeRis family. Any times one of them is around, those weird happenings just seem to follow. But Megan also feels strangely attracted to Adam DeRis, despite the fact that everyone keeps telling her that she should stay away. And as Megan gets closer and closer to Adam, she discovers that her destiny is much greater than she ever thought imaginable. And that maybe she shouldn't try so hard to resist her attraction to Adam.
I'm not being honest if I don't say that at first I didn't really think much of Carrier of the Mark. For about the first 50 pages or so I was wondering when stuff would happen and things would start picking up, I found myself having trouble putting the book down. It was like all of a sudden, everything was happening all at once and I started loving the story more and more. I can now say that Leigh Fallan wrote a really great story. I loved the Irish folklore in the book and found the way the four elements were included in the story very interesting. It was definitely something new and different.
Though there wasn't much action going on at first, I still liked Megan right from the start. I felt like I could really relate to her, especially when it comes to the whole moving around and changing schools often. But other than that, Megan still felt really real to me and I felt like I could really understand her. Adam DeRis sounded very dreamy and I could totally see why Megan was so attracted to him. But Adam was a lot more than just a dreamy exterior. He was fiercely loyal and more than willing to stand up for those he cared about and loved. Most importantly, I loved how much he cared about Megan and he was always there to protect her. As for the rest of the characters, I loved all the Irish expressions and traditions they had. And from what I know, Irish people tend to often be really great.
Overall, Carrier of the Mark was a really great read and I loved discovering Leigh Fallon and her fantastic writing. And the way it ended, I can't wait for the next book to come out to find out what happens next....more
Books that are re-tellings are always a lot of fun but I don't read nearly as many of them as I would like to. Since I also really like Ancient historBooks that are re-tellings are always a lot of fun but I don't read nearly as many of them as I would like to. Since I also really like Ancient history and mythology, Dark of the Moon was right up my alley. The premise sounded really interesting and the book turned out to be just as interesting as it sounded.
Since childhood, Ariadne has been preparing to become a goddess of the moon, just like all the women in her family before her. That means she has been alone for most of her life with only old priestesses, her mother and her brother Asterion for company. But that never stopped Ariadne from sneaking out of the palace when the ships bearing the tributes arrive to Krete. This year, Ariadne takes notice of Theseus, the king of Athens' son, among the tributes and can't seem to stop thinking about him. But Theseus has come to Knossos with a mission, one that involves Ariadne's beloved brother Asterion. But Ariadne hopes that maybe Theseus won't be intimidated by a goddess-to-be like everyone else on the island is. And maybe Theseus will change his mind about his plan to rid the island of its monster, the Minotaur. Except the monster may not be who everyone thinks he is.
Like I've already said, I love books that are re-tellings and this one was no different. Also the fact that I love Ancient myths and history probably helped a lot too. Dark of the Moon is a re-telling of the myth of the Minotaur on the Greek island of Krete. Except the way the story is told, you don't really find out who the monster at the center of the maze is until well into the story. Just that made me want to keep reading so I could find out who the Minotaur was. I also liked how the story was told from two points of view, one that was familiar with the traditions of Krete and one that was a complete stranger. I just thought it was really interesting to see the two completely different perspectives.
Ariadne was a really interesting character. Even though she was a fifteen-year-old teenage girl, she was pretty much as far away from the image you would have of that person. Granted it might be because the story takes place in Ancient Greece, but still. At times I felt sorry for her though because she really didn't have a normal life. But I really liked the way things turned out for her in the end. Theseus was a great balance to Ariadne. What I liked most about him was the completely different perspective he had on everything that was happening. What I also really liked about Theseus was how he questioned everything and definitely wasn't afraid to stand up for himself when the time came to do so. Both of these characters were also the narrators of the book and I really don't think there could have been anyone better to tell this story.
Overall, Dark of the Moon was a great read and one that was somewhat different from what I normally read, but in a really good way. I will definitely look out for more books by Tracy Barrett in the future....more
After reading Leviathan last year, I was really looking forward to reading Behemoth, the sequel, but for a variety of reasons I unfortunately didn’t dAfter reading Leviathan last year, I was really looking forward to reading Behemoth, the sequel, but for a variety of reasons I unfortunately didn’t do so until quite recently. I really should have taken the time to read it sooner because it was an incredible book and it reminded me of why had loved the first book so much.
Now aboard the Leviathan and headed toward the Ottoman Empire, Alek finally feels like he belongs somewhere. But in order to not become a prisoner, he has to do everything in his power to hid his true identity, especially now that Austria-Hungary and Britain are officially at war with each other. Deryn has proven she is a good soldier but that still doesn’t mean she can tell everyone she is a girl disguised as a boy. If she did so, it would mean the end of her career in the British Air Service. But with her attraction to Alek growing, going on pretending to be a boy may be more difficult than she originally thought. But Alek and Deryn may have bigger things to worry about, as they find out when they arrive in Constantinople. Soon enough, they find themselves in way over their heads and they might just have the chance to change the entire course of the war.
The story in Behemoth takes you on a crazy adventure to say the very least. The action starts right on the first page and doesn’t stop until the very last word. Once again, I was completely captivated by the story Scott Westerfeld told in this book. More than anything, I love the way he has re-imagined the events of World War One. The way the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance powers are presented as Darwinist and Clanker powers, respectively, sort of brings a new perspective to the whole thing. Like I said in my review of Leviathan, I more or less know the events of the First World War by heart and it’s a period of history I love studying. So the fact that the story is a retelling of those events only makes me love the book that much more.
As much as I thought Alek would be nothing more than a spoiled prince when I read Leviathan, in Behemoth my opinion of him completely changed. He definitely grew and really wasn’t afraid to do whatever it took to save himself and those he cared about. But more than anything, he was willing to do anything to stop the war, even when it meant revealing some of his more precious secrets. Personally, I liked Alek more and more with every page I turned. Once again, Deryn amused me to no end. She always seemed to find herself in the craziest situations and I couldn’t help but laugh at half of what came out of her mouth. now that she finally knew what her feelings for Alek were, I couldn’t help but feel for her. As much as I wanted her to tell Alek the truth about who she is, I could also understand that she couldn’t do that without throwing away her career in the British Air Service. In her position, I don’t know what I would have done.
Behemoth was an absolutely amazing book and Scott Westerfeld once again proved that is a truly fantastic writer. I now can’t wait to see how this incredible journey will come to an end in Goliath, the third and final book in this trilogy....more
Ever since it came out last fall, I have heard nothing but good things about Paranormalcy, so I don’t know why I waited so long to read it. What finalEver since it came out last fall, I have heard nothing but good things about Paranormalcy, so I don’t know why I waited so long to read it. What finally did convince me to read it was the fact that the second second book was coming out soon. At any rate, I am more than happy to have finally read it as it turned out to be just as amazing as everyone told me it was.
Life has never been quite normal for Evie. And how can it have it been when for as long as she can remember she has lived at and has been working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, or IPCA for short. The thing about Evie is that she has an ability that is quite unique, she can see through paranormal’s glamours and that makes her quite valuable to IPCA. Evie has always believed in what IPCA does but when mysterious Lend shows up and is placed in a containment cell, Evie starts to doubt what she’s been doing. And when something starts to kill paranormals, Evie doesn’t know what to do anymore. How is she supposed to solve this mystery and start a relationship with Lend, all the while continuing to look fabulous? What’s a girl supposed to do?
Kiersten White is quite simply an amazing writer. If I hadn’t know it, I never in a million years would have believed this was her first book. To be completely honest, there was not one thing I didn’t like about the book, that’s how amazing it was. Basically, Paranormalcy was unlike any other paranormal book I’ve read. The concept of an agency that deals with containing paranormal creatures is on that I never would have even considered, and that alone would have been enough to keep me reading. The absolutely amazing writing also kept me going. But most of all, what kept me turning page after page was Evie.
I don’t even know how to begin describing Evie. Saying she is unlike any other YA character out there is a gross understatement. She has an incredible voice and she was more than unique. To be honest, she didn’t really strike me as the type of person who would go out and fight paranormals for a living, but I guess with Tasey by her side and a great outfit Evie can do just about anything. I absolutely loved Lend. Despite the mystery that surrounded him at first, you could tell that he was a genuinely good person (or whatever being he actually is). Though I have to admit that the mystery abound him was a large part of why I liked him as much as I did. Plus, he was really good to Evie and you can’t go wrong with someone like that. Reth on the other hand sort of gave me the creeps and I didn’t find him likable at all. But at the same time, that story wouldn’t have worked as well without him.
Paranormalcy was a truly amazing book and established that Kiersten White is an absolutely fantastic writer. It took me on a thrilling ride and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the sequel, Supernaturally. ...more
After I finished Raised by Wolves, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Trial by Fire and start reading it. I was once again immediately hooked and theAfter I finished Raised by Wolves, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Trial by Fire and start reading it. I was once again immediately hooked and the book proved just as good if not better than the first one. It was fast paced and more than enjoyable.
Now the alpha of her own pack, Bryn has a lot more on her plate than she ever wanted. And just when everything is going well and everyone is finally getting settled, a wolf from another pack shows up on Bryn’s doorstep. And that can only mean trouble is brewing. But the new wolf may not be the only new threat in town. What on the surface may only appear to be a family of humans with special powers might end up being the greater of the two threats. Now Bryn has to navigate her way through wolf politics as well as deal with the impending danger of a family of psychics attacking her pack. All the while figuring out her relationship with Chase, going to school and figuring out how to be the human alpha to a pack of young wolves.
If I thought the action started early on in Raised by Wolves, it was nothing compared to Trial by Fire. Right from the start we are thrown into the action and there was never a dull moment from then on. This is one of the things I like about the second book in a series, there is less of a need for setting the stage and we can jump right in to what’s important. I have to admit that I liked the story in this book better than the story in the first. It wasn’t quite as slow to start and I liked that it wasn’t only about werewolves. The psychics added something to the story and were the reason behind more than one plot twist. All this to say that the story was quite and interesting and captivating one to say the very least.
Bryn was as lovable this time around and I absolutely loved getting to know her better. One thing I can definitely say about her is that she really doesn’t have it easy. For starters, being one of only two humans and the alpha in a pack of young wolves can hardly be a piece of cake and that’s only the beginning with her. I loved that we got to see more of Ali in this book. For someone who’s a human constantly surrounded by wolves she really knew how to stand her ground and in my opinion, she’s one of the best mother figures in YA, especially considering her situation. Devon was still as great a character this time around and still seems an unlikely candidate to be a wolf. As for Chase, I think he’s the perfect person for Bryn, he really balances her out perfectly. Finally, I really liked Lake, mostly because for someone who spend the majority of her life surrounded by male wolves, she really stood up for herself and didn’t let herself get bullied.
Trial by Fire was a most excellent book, one that I highly enjoyed and left me wanting more. Now I can’t wait to find out what happens next in this series....more
Dystopians are well on their way to becoming my favorite genre, especially within YA. I had already read Lauren Oliver’s debut Before I Fall and thougDystopians are well on their way to becoming my favorite genre, especially within YA. I had already read Lauren Oliver’s debut Before I Fall and thought it was amazing. Now after having read Delirium, I am even more blown away by this fantastic author and her books.
Lena has always been told that love is dangerous, a disease that can result in destruction. She saw what it did to her mother and then to her sister, but the cure makes it all better. Now Lena is counting down the days until she gets the cure and then start the peaceful life that comes with being cured. But just weeks before Lena was supposed to receive the cure, she meets Alex. Now Lena questions everything she has ever been told about love and a day she was looking for has become one she dreads. But what should Lena do when she realizes she has been lied to her whole life. Will she give up everything she ever wanted all for love?
Lauren Oliver is a phenomenal writer and knows how to write a story that will really move her readers. Delirium was no different. Right from the beginning, I was riding an emotional roller-coaster and it was a ride I didn’t get off of until I read the last page. As for the world without love Oliver created, it was at the same time amazing and terrifying. Personally, I don’t think I would be able to live in a world without love because that means there are basically no other emotions, and for me that’s quite terrifying. And that leaves the ending. I didn’t see it coming and it left me crying like a baby. It was amazing.
I love Lena. She is an amazing character and one that grew and developed in the best way possible. She was a completely different at the end of the book. I loved the way she went from a good girl who followed all the rules to someone who broke out of her chains and stood up for what she believed in. A lot of the change in Lena came from her relationship with Alex. Normally I am opposed to a girl losing her head over a boy but in this case it was just perfect. And Alex was the best boy to do that over. I don’t know how to explain Alex other than to say he was a genuinely good guy and there was never a doubt in my mind that he loved Lena. The relationship between these two made the book for me.
Delirium was absolutely incredible and just reinforces that Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer. I can’t wait to see where she takes the story next in Pandemonium. Waiting until next February will be difficult....more
Need just happens to be another one of those books that I had been hearing so much about but had yet to pick up. I recently gave in and read it and foNeed just happens to be another one of those books that I had been hearing so much about but had yet to pick up. I recently gave in and read it and found out why so many people love this series. There was something different about the story but at the same time it also felt familiar and I highly enjoyed it.
After her father’s death, Zara is sent to live in the middle of nowhere Maine to live with her grandmother. Zara is not expecting anything exciting to happen but almost as soon as she arrives, weird things start happening. Young boys start disappearing and a strange man appears to be following her around. With the help of some new friends, Zara soon discovers that the man following her may not be a man after all, but actually a pixie trying to make Zara his queen. But pixies may not be the only supernatural creatures living in this small town in Maine.
I’ve read books with just about every supernatural and paranormal creatures imaginable in them but pixies were among the few that I hadn’t read about. I really enjoyed getting to know this new world that involved pixies and other paranormal creatures, but I don’t want to give too much away about that. Carrie Jones is a fantastic writer. She had me falling in love with her story more and more with every page that I turned. The story completely drew me in and I never really knew what to expect as the story moved forward. It kept me interested the whole way through and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next to Zara and her group of friends.
I really liked Zara and I particularly loved that she didn’t just accept that pixies and other paranormal creatures exist. She didn’t really believe in them until she more or less had proof and even then she had some doubts. I really liked Issie and Devyn. Issie was always so happy and I loved the relationship she had with Devyn was so fun to read about. They were really cute together and I can only hope that their relationship will grow. As far as Nick is concerned, I wasn’t entire sure about him at first but the more I saw him and got to know him, the more I started to like him. By the end of the book, I totally understood why Zara fell for him.
Need was a great book and Carrie Jones wrote a fantastic story that was captivating. Now I just need to get myself a copy of Captivate in order to find out what happens next....more
The Dark Divine is one of those books that I had been hearing about but I hadn’t actually taken the time to read it. Now that I’ve read it, I can seeThe Dark Divine is one of those books that I had been hearing about but I hadn’t actually taken the time to read it. Now that I’ve read it, I can see why so many people were raving about it and I have to say that I would agree with all of it.
Grace never really understood what happened on the night that Daniel disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood. From that day on, no one talked about that night and Daniel’s name was never mentioned again. Except that now, Daniel is back in town and Grace finds herself drawn to him, despite everyone’s warnings that he is dangerous and she should stay away from him. As Grace gets closer and closer to Daniel, strange things start happening. Some things about Daniel just don’t seem to add up and Jude’s behavior seems to be changing drastically. Will Grace be able to figure out everything that’s going on around her?
To be honest, it took me a while to get into the book and got to thinking that maybe it wasn’t for me. But then something happened and I had trouble putting the book down, the story sort of crept up on me and all of a sudden I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I had a few pages before. Bree Despain wrote a captivating story that kept me guessing for the longest time. I’ll be honest and say that it really took me a while to figure it all out and understand who was what and even who was the bad guy and who was the good guy.
As far as the characters are concerned, I liked Grace and seeing her grow and develop. While there were some parts of her I had more trouble understanding there were others that I could completely relate to. At first I really liked Jude and wasn’t sure what to make of Daniel. But then as the story moved forward, my opinion of the two changed. I found myself liking Daniel more and more and liking Jude less and less. Though by the end of the book I could understand why Jude was acting the way he was, I still liked Daniel better, if only for the way he was with Grace.
Overall, The Dark Divine is a book I greatly enjoyed and regret not having picked it up sooner. Bree Despain wrote a great story that I look forward to continue reading in The Lost Saint....more
It’s been two years since I read the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series so I was really looking forward to jumping back in with City oIt’s been two years since I read the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series so I was really looking forward to jumping back in with City of Fallen Angels. I loved being back with all those characters I had fallen in love with the first time around. If anything, I love Cassandra Clare and her writing even more now that I’m done reading her latest book.
Everyone is back in New York and recovering from the events that took place in Idris. Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend and not be afraid, Luke and Jocelyn are planning their wedding, Alec and Magnus are on a romantic trip together and Simon is dealing with having two girlfriends. But of course all the peace didn’t last very long. Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle are turning up dead all over town and the cause of their deaths could not be more mysterious. On top of everything else, Jace starts acting mysteriously and no one, not even Clary, can seem to figure out what’s going on with him. With a new enemy in town, the stakes are higher for everyone.
Cassandra Clare is a master storyteller. The way she writes the story is just absolutely wonderful and magical and I absolutely cannot get enough. No matter how tired I am or what else I have to do I just kept on turning page after page, until there were none left to turn. The Shadowhunter world she created is also absolutely amazing. There are so many layers to it and there’s always something new to learn. I read a lot of books and there aren’t that many that have a world so well built and a story that is so superbly written. My only problem with the book was the ending, not because it was bad but because it was amazing and left me totally hanging.
Not only does Cassandra Clare write incredible stories but she also creates incredible characters. And it’s not just one character that stands out, it’s all of them. As much as I love Clary and Jace, I loved being able to see more of the other characters. It was great to get scenes told from Isabelle’s, Alec’s and Magnus’s points of view. What I particularly liked what how much of the story was told from Simon’s point of view and getting to know so much more about him. As for Clary and Jace, I really enjoyed seeing Clary grow and develop as a Shadowhunter and how she dealt with her relationship with Jace. Speaking of Jace, he is still as great as ever. He has his dark moments but I can’t bring myself to dislike him one little bit. Much like with the story, with what happened to the characters at the end, I can’t wait to know what happens next.
I’ve already said it but Cassandra Clare is a master of her craft. She writes incredible stories with even more incredible characters. I can’t wait to find out what comes next in both her Mortal Instruments series and her Infernal Devices series....more
I loved Hush, Hush when I read it last fall so I couldn’t wait to get around to reading Crescendo. While it drew me in completely and I highly enjoyedI loved Hush, Hush when I read it last fall so I couldn’t wait to get around to reading Crescendo. While it drew me in completely and I highly enjoyed reading it, there were some aspects of the book that felt forced and that I didn’t particularly like. But overall, and despite those things, it was a book I really enjoyed.
Nora is alive and now she has Patch as her guardian angel. When everything should be going well, strange things start happening and the relationship between Nora and Patch suffers from it all. Now Nora is having weird dreams, visions of her father and Patch is too busy with someone else to help her make sense of it all. Nora doesn’t know who to turn to as she finds herself in more danger than ever before. The only thing she needs to figure out now is who she can trust and who she should run from.
As much as I liked Nora and could relate to her in the previous book, this time she got on my nerves a little. I still like her, I was just annoyed with how she was reacting to what was going on with Patch, it wasn’t the reaction I was expecting from her. Patch was still as infuriating as ever and I still wanted to punch him half the time. Even after two books, I still don’t really understand him or figure out how sincere he really is. And then there were new characters that I didn’t really know what to make of. Between Scott and Rixon, I had a lot of trouble figuring out who was the good guy and who was the bad guy, and even now I’m still not entirely sure.
The story I had a little trouble with. There were some parts that felt forced, like Patch and Nora’s breakup, but at the same time there wouldn’t have been a story without it. Despite that, I was still completely drawn in to the story, it had me captivated from beginning to end. It was action-packed and full of twists. I didn’t really understand what was happening until the very end and even now I still have doubts about what I think happened. If is doesn’t do anything else, this is a story that will draw you in and entertain you for at least a few hours.
Overall, Crescendo was an entertaining and enjoyable read that drew me in right from the start. I can’t wait to see how Becca Fitzpatrick will bring it all to an end in Silence, the final book in the series....more
I absolutely love the TV show Bones, so when I saw that Kathy Reichs was writing a YA book, I figured I had to read it. It turned out to be a fun, actI absolutely love the TV show Bones, so when I saw that Kathy Reichs was writing a YA book, I figured I had to read it. It turned out to be a fun, action packed and fast paced story that I could not have enjoyed more.
After her mom’s death, Tory Brennan is forced to move to Morris Island, South Carolina to live with a father she didn’t even know she had. There she meets three boys who share her interest in science and mysteries. With them, Tory explores Loggerhead Island where something strange may just be happening. After rescuing a wolfdog pup from a secret lab at the research institute on the island, things become even more strange for the four teenagers. With strange new powers developing, Tory and her friends may just have what it takes to solve a forty-year-old murder case that has long gone cold.
This was such a fun story to read and for once, one that wasn’t driven by romance and love. I cannot even begin to tell you how refreshing it was to read a book where a girl didn’t fall in love with a supernatural creature or where there was a love triangle of some sort. What was even better was that it didn’t feel like anything was missing without the romance in the story. Aside from that, I loved the mystery and action that was present throughout the story. It was written in a way that made it so I didn’t put it all together until it was all laid out for me to see. If anything, the story reminded me of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books I used to read when I was younger. Despite all the similarities I found, it didn’t fell like the story had been done before. It was really a great story, one that I really enjoyed.
Tory Brennan is a bit like a young Temperance Brennan (who just happens to be her aunt). She is a smart, quick witted and adventurous girl who pretty much won’t let anyone or anything stand in her way. Granted she has some reckless tendencies but that’s what made her that much more fun to read about. And her friends weren’t any less interesting. Hiram pretty much had me smiling or laughing anytime he said anything. Shelton also had me smiling a lot and of the four teenagers he seemed to be the one who questioned Tory’s ideas the most. Ben I had more trouble figuring out but once I did I really liked him. The combination of the four of them together created some interesting dynamics that only served to make the story that much more interesting.
Overall, Virals was a great and fun read, one I was completely drawn into. I can only hope that Kathy Reichs will write more books featuring Tory and her friends....more
When I read Playing Hurt I discovered an amazing writer. This may only be Holly Schindler’s second book, but already she has made a name for herself.When I read Playing Hurt I discovered an amazing writer. This may only be Holly Schindler’s second book, but already she has made a name for herself. In this book, she wrote a powerful and touching story, one that many readers will easily be able to relate to.
Chelsea is slowly recovering from a hip injury that put an end to her dream of having a professional basketball career. In the hope of getting her mood up, Chelsea’s dad gives her a three week “boot camp” program at a resort in Minnesota. There, Chelsea meets Clint, her trainer, who has plenty of issues of his own. Both Clint and Chelsea are immediately drawn to each other but both have something hold them back, in the form of a dead ex-girlfriend and a boyfriend waiting at home. Together they discover new feelings, some they thought they would never feel again. What could cause Chelsea and Clint even more pain might just be what they need in order to heal.
Under normal circumstances I would be against a story about a girl who goes away for the summer and cheats on the boyfriend she left back home. However, I fell completely in love with Holly Schindler’s version of this story. The way the story is written makes it so that it’s not about cheating but more about falling in love and coming to terms with the past. The alternating points of view only worked to make the story more powerful and touching, showing how each of the characters struggled and came to terms with their feelings. If the story as a whole wasn’t amazing enough, I absolutely loved the ending. For once it wasn’t a case of “and they all lived happily ever after” but everyone was still happy. There was closure but not enough for all doors to have been completely closed. It was, in my opinion, the perfect ending.
I absolutely loved Chelsea in spite of the whole cheating thing. If you ask me, Gabe wasn’t all that great anyway. I loved seeing her grow and come out of her shell. She started out hiding, not really opening herself up to anyone, to being someone who did things she never thought she would do and standing up for herself. In the end Chelsea was able to come to terms with what had happened to her. Clint had a similar evolution. At the beginning of the book he was afraid to open himself up to anyone, especially romantically, but then Chelsea came along. My favorite part though, was seeing the relationship between them develop and blossom. In my opinion Chelsea and Clint were exactly what the other needed.
Playing Hurt was an incredible book. I am so happy to have discovered Holly Schindler and I will definitely go back and read her first novel, A Blue So Dark, and whatever comes next from her....more