When I got the request for the blog tour my first thought was ” Boarding school? Ghosts? .. YES PLEASE!” It helped that the cover was just stunning and intriguing and I could not pass it up. That decision was the best one I could have made!
Liv, Forever sucked me in right from the start. I could easily relate to the Main Character Liv, and her love of art. She would mention things like ink being permanently stuck under her fingernails, or charcoal dusting her hands constantly. Every time one of those things were mentioned I was just like ” I UNDERSTAND.” I also loved the references to different artists and their paintings. After Gabe tells Liv about seeing ghosts she begins to wonder what they look like to him.
” Did it look like a Francis Bacon Painting, distorted and ethereal? Or Tortured, like Munch’s The Scream? Was a ghost more like the chubby cherubs of Titian or the Horrific devils of Hieronymous Bosh?” PicMonkey Collage
They ended up not really looking like any of those. But I loved the descriptions and the way they made me think!
So many parts in the story were like that. Not like they made me think and want to go do research exactly. Amy Talkington just has such a way with words and the imagery was amazing. It sucked me in and had me lost in the pages.
This story was so interesting. Parts of it read like a contemporary thriller. But then it gets darker, and as you get deeper into the story you learn more about the paranormal aspect of it. This is part of the description so it’s not a spoiler but when Liv dies the story just took this completely different turn and became even more interesting! .. and becoming MORE interesting is saying alot!.. Can you tell yet that I loved this book?
The main character was Liv, but there were more like 3 of them.. Liv, Malcom and Gabe. I loved them all in different ways. Malcom I was kind of unsure about… there is always something just a bit.. off. You will learn why though. Gabe was shy and quirky. Didn’t help that everyone thought he was just a crazy guy with mental issues. But they all grow and change adding new layers to the story.
One of my favorite aspects of the story was that you got to read a small story from each of the ghosts perspectives on how they died. They each had such a unique voice and it really gave ” life” to them as they came into play into other parts of the story.
Basically. I cannot recommend this book enough. I didn’t want to put it down for a moment, and when I did have to I didn’t stop thinking about it. So many different readers will enjoy this story. Fans of mysteries and thrillers, Horror, drama and romance. It also has a historical feel that many will enjoy. Not to mention the Boarding School setting which I have always had a fondness for. Art and music are also a big part of the story and were huge bonus points for me!
More of a 3.5? I actually really enjoyed it! But I feel like the cover and the description focuse more on the Romance/ sexy aspect of the story when r...moreMore of a 3.5? I actually really enjoyed it! But I feel like the cover and the description focuse more on the Romance/ sexy aspect of the story when really the parts that I enjoyed the most were how focused on her job and her family Aubrey was! It was also really fun to read about the geeky side of Henry :) - very sweet read. Hope we get to read more about these characters in the future. - Full review to come (less)
Reading Counting to D was an experience that I could not have predicted.
Basically, I loved it all. I cannot think of one thing that I would change about this story. The main character is Dyslexic, She is a Math genius who excels in almost all of her classes despite the fact that she is illiterate and has problems with spelling and reading the simplest words, ” Of ” for example. Reading the story from Sam’s POV was kind of mind boggling at times. When she describes how she learned to read I just let it all kinda.. settle into my brain.. just how difficult that has to be. The English language is hard enough as it is.. I mean really.. if you think about it it is honestly ridiculous. I got frustrated right along with her!
The additional cast of characters was perfect. Kate Scott didn’t create fake characters, some loved her and encouraged her, some made fun of and belittled her. They were all unique and added something to the story that needed to be there. Nate is adorable and the weirdest perfect fit I could have wanted for Sam as a reader. Sometimes I just wanted to shake him, and her for that matter. But I can’t deny how perfect it was. The characters in the story are not all what they appear to be at first glance. They all have layers to them that slowly get peeled away as the story goes on and Sam learns that she isn’t the only one hiding a bit of themselves.
This was a story about accepting who you are. About inner strength as well as understanding that it is ok to accept help. Kate Scott puts you inside the mind of a person with dyslexia and tries to show readers just how complicated it is. There were moments where I just had to pause and think ” ok, wow… how would you process that!?” It was a topic that I haven’t come across in YA before, i’m not saying there are no other books out there- I just hadn’t read any. I think it is a brilliant way to teach readers what this kind of situation would be like without it feeling like you are reading a textbook.
I feel like i’m only focusing on the learning aspect of the story.. really there is just so much more. It is a wonderful story of friendship, it has humor and just a bit of romance. I cannot express enough how much I recommend this story! Just to readers in general. It’s not just for YA readers, or contemporary fans, I think the uniqueness of it will appeal to a vast array of readers.
Another factoid that I love about Counting to D is that it is printed using a font that is specially designed to be easier to read for dyslexics.
Because I enjoyed this story so much I will be purchasing a copy for myself that I can share with family and friends. Therefor I am going to Give away the ARC copy that was provided to me! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter. If you are not interested in it for yourself but know someone who may like it please send them over so they can enter! ( Unfortunately because this is a physical copy I cannot ship outside of The US. I will offer up 1 Ebook Copy for a NON-US resident to win – will be sent after release date – February 11th )
***********Original review ***** There was nothing that I didn't love about this story. It had a unique MC that I fell in love with, an honest voice that I could relate to, surrounding characters that added to the story in their own way and just... An overall feel to the story that kept me interested and immersed. Full review to come very soon!!***(less)
“What is a Dark-Hunter? Is it like the Vampire Slayer? (Amanda) Yes, I'm a small, emaciated teenage girl who struts around fighting vampires in earrin...more“What is a Dark-Hunter? Is it like the Vampire Slayer? (Amanda) Yes, I'm a small, emaciated teenage girl who struts around fighting vampires in earrings they would rip out of my ears and shove up my ass. (Kyrian)” ― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Night Pleasures
Even on probably my 5th re read.. it did not disappoint. I just love this series! I also love Buffy the Vampire Slayer.. But ya can't deny the truth in Kyrian's words lol.(less)
The idea of multiple authors for one story really threw me for a loop, I won't deny that. How would it work? Would it feel disconnected and confusing?...moreThe idea of multiple authors for one story really threw me for a loop, I won't deny that. How would it work? Would it feel disconnected and confusing? Would I find myself wondering who wrote what part? well... I still Wonder that.. I'm going to have to go ask the authors.. as for the rest. It worked wonderfully!
The story is told in 3 different POV's. Usually, I am not a fan of multiple POV's. If you read other reviews of mine with the same element you will find that usually I feel like the characters didn't have a separate voice, that they blended together and got lost in the shuffle. Or that I constantly found myself wanting to know more about one character than the other. In Alchemy, each character's POV was written by a different author, each had a completely unique voice and personality that made it to where I could easily tell them apart. Their stories are told through journal entries, and while sometimes the inner monologue style irritated me, for the most part I found it interesting and entertaining.
The world of Alchemy was very interesting and had it's own unique take on magic. Magic is like a disease and one can be infected, while it is recognized that Mages can be very helpful to society with what they can do, for the most part they are feared, called freaks and disgusting. Like any group of people there are good and bad sides, some of the infected turn crazy and go on rampages that further scare the masses.
Ok. This tore my heart out. One of the reasons I used to avoid contemporaries is because I can get really emotional... And this book just pulled it ou...moreOk. This tore my heart out. One of the reasons I used to avoid contemporaries is because I can get really emotional... And this book just pulled it out og me. Sometimes you need a good cry though. The story was amazing. And the ending.. While somewhat predictable, was just right... Also . I totally book binged this... Read in a few hours... Preparing for hangover in the morning.(less)
My only real complaint is that i feel like the ending happened too fast. Too much worked into too small a space. The rest of it? **swoon** and wow!! F...moreMy only real complaint is that i feel like the ending happened too fast. Too much worked into too small a space. The rest of it? **swoon** and wow!! Full review to come.(less)
Salvage was not at all what I was expecting. After pushing past a bumpy start -the voice/mannerisms of the characters got to me a bit- I became hooked...moreSalvage was not at all what I was expecting. After pushing past a bumpy start -the voice/mannerisms of the characters got to me a bit- I became hooked on the story and thoroughly enjoyed it! Full review to come.(less)