I have to admit, I was drawn in initially by the cover of this book. I mean look at it! So fantastical and mesmerizing. Then when I read the descripti...moreI have to admit, I was drawn in initially by the cover of this book. I mean look at it! So fantastical and mesmerizing. Then when I read the description.. knowing that it was a book about mermaids.. I hesitated. Did I really want to dive into this book when so many other mermaid themed books left me drowning in frustration? But I braved the muddy waters of -what had been a lackluster theme for me- and came out pleasantly refreshed !
Through the first few chapters I could not help but compare Esmerine to Ariel in The Little Mermaid. The oddball of not only her family, but her village, for her unnatural interest in all things human. Most specifically Books and her Fardasee ( Winged race ) friend Alander. Other things that I felt were "Little Mermaid-esk" were the way her village engaged in theatrics and singing, I could picture King Trident Swimming up on his chariot waiting for his daughters to sing. Sigh... While at first these connections irked me, I grew to love it.
This is not a "modern day mermaid tale" in fact it is more of a historical. The author weaves a wonderful tale of a girl in search of his sister in the human world, only to be distracted by all the new wonders surrounding her. After spending your entire life with a fin, and swimming around topless, I'm sure I would have found the boning in the dresses of that time quite irritating as well. Not to mention the twist the author puts on a mermaids ability to transform her fin into human legs. They can do it at will, easy peasy, but they will endure pain with every step they take on their human feet. Most mermaids/mermen do not care for walking on land, but Esmerine and her sister Dosia embrace it so that they can interact with their new friend Alander as he brings them books and teaches them to read and write.
I enjoyed the fact that much of the story is spent on land as Esmerine learns of the Wonder and Quirks of the human world while searching for her sister, and learning what has become of her childhood friend. I have to say.. I did not like Alander one bit when Esmerine saw him again.. But you learn why he is the way he is, and you grow to understand and adore him, at least I did :)
The one thing I disliked most about this book was the ending. It all happened to fast! I won't give out spoilers.. I just wish the author had spent a little more time on the twist she gave at the end. It felt rushed. and while I don't think this book needs to be a series (it holds it's own as a stand alone novel), I wish she had taken an extra chapter or two to give a bit more added detail.
That being said.. I adored this book. I would say the reading age for this one is high Independent reader- low YA. But at the same time Older readers could appreciate it as well with the wonderful way it pulls us back to classic fairy tales.
It's not too often that a book can make she literally shiver from the "creeps" but this one gave me goosebumps all over!
For a debut author to succeed...moreIt's not too often that a book can make she literally shiver from the "creeps" but this one gave me goosebumps all over!
For a debut author to succeed they need to stand out in the crowd. They need to be different. And this Author is going to shine.
While there is a typical YA love triangle in this story, it is not the center of attention. All eyes on Delaney. You can really connect with her struggle to simply try and be "normal", all while dealing with a mother who now thinks she is anything but. A friend/love interest who can't decide if he wants to stay or go, and a deceptively endearing newcomer who connects with Delaney on a level no one else can.
The concept of this book will grip you. Making you wonder what you would do if you KNEW someone was going to die. What if they were your friend? A neighbor? A family member? Would you fight to save them? Would you tell them? Or would you try to help them suffer no longer?
I only have a few hesitations about this book #1 is the aforementioned love triangle. We need some stronger Female characters out there! No more of this " I know he is bad for me but I am going to keep letting him in." #2 is the characters random obsession with gaining weight.. sure it is a realistic idea. But it feels out of place and unneeded.
It's only the beginning for this debut author, she will definitely hold her own and not fall through the cracks!(less)
Some times the type Hype can be a new books downfall. The rave reviews from other authors or friends and family, the promise of a book you can't put d...moreSome times the type Hype can be a new books downfall. The rave reviews from other authors or friends and family, the promise of a book you can't put down. So you rush out to buy it, curl up in your book nook and dive in. You open it up and begin to take in all it has to offer... and then it.. well.. fizzles... let's you down, and it's heartbreaking.
Thankfully The unbecoming of Mara Dyer did in no way fizzle out.. instead sparks flew!
This book was refreshing, The characters real and original and breaking away from current popularity. Werewolves, Vampires, Fairies, Zombies; Do not expect these to come near this book.
Instead we get a High school girl, full of wit and smarts.. and just a touch of crazy ( ok. more than a touch.. she is seeing dead people after all ) A Boy that will make you swoon, scream in frustration and then swoon again! A rumored bad boy with a heart of gold; but the cliche works for him!
The witty repartee between the two characters will leave you laughing, and their growing romance will leave you jealous!
The one downside I had with this book was the ending. But not just because it was over and I wanted more. While this book is considered Paranormal fiction.. you don't really get into the nitty gritty of the "paranormal activity" until the last few chapters. And it may leave you wondering.. umm.. huh? Where did that come from? Thankfully this is a trilogy to come, so lets hope the author lets us in on a bit more of a back story and really lets us in on how all of this crazyness came to be.. unfortunately.. we have to wait far too long for #2!
Grab this book as soon as you can and prepare for an all-nighter ! (less)
I had actually found this book as a free download at B&N weeks before stumbling upon Born at midnight. and to be honest.. didn't make the connecti...moreI had actually found this book as a free download at B&N weeks before stumbling upon Born at midnight. and to be honest.. didn't make the connection until part way through B.A.M !! It was fate. After Finishing C.C. Hunter's first book in the Shadow Falls series I HAD to have more, and lucky me I had this to fall back on!
With the same lighthearted and fun feel that we get from Born at Midnight C.C. let's us in on Della's tale of how she was turned into a vampire and made her way to Shadow fall's camp.
I can only hope that C.C. Hunter continues with the short stories, set aside on their own, or mixed into the rest of the stories. I loved getting more incite into a character I loved and want more!
Even if you don't have an e-reader you can download this story to your computer or mobile device from B&N or other sources. And I recommend that you do... like.. now?!.... After reading Born at Midnight of course :) (less)
The quirky characters in this book will keep you chuckling to yourself and craving more. I will say this book is YA at it's best; lighthearted and eas...more The quirky characters in this book will keep you chuckling to yourself and craving more. I will say this book is YA at it's best; lighthearted and easy to follow. If you enjoy books about the supernatural, and want something to relax with this is a book for you!(less)
This book threw me in confusion at times, and captivated me at others. Intriguing and compelling, UTNS takes us through the story of someone who has n...moreThis book threw me in confusion at times, and captivated me at others. Intriguing and compelling, UTNS takes us through the story of someone who has never knows true fear, pain, love, or real life in general. Then is suddenly thrust "outside" to fend for herself. In the back of my mind I think of this as a unique blend of stories, reminiscent of the uglies series, Graceling and A little bit of the TV show Caprica mixed in. Note the word "Unique" while the idea still lingers, I never felt like it was overpowering.
Full of Adventure and action this book tugged at me until I turned the last page. I found myself connecting with each character in a different way and feeling for them as they traversed the dangerous outside world together.
I can't lie; At times the ideas confused me. Felt complicated. But. Overall it still held my attention, and that won it over for me.
Shatter me did just that, it shattered me; it blew my mind!
Right from the get go I knew I was in for a whirlwind of emotions. Tahereh Mafi's writing...more Shatter me did just that, it shattered me; it blew my mind!
Right from the get go I knew I was in for a whirlwind of emotions. Tahereh Mafi's writing is poetic and intense. Her beautiful descriptions mixed with the way her character Juliette crosses out her thoughts, both literally on paper and figuratively in her mind allowed me to really connect with this book!
“I always wonder about raindrops.
I wonder how they're always falling down, tripping over their feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It's like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn't seem to care where the contents fall, doesn't seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors.
I am a raindrop.”
The story is one filled with intrigue, action and romance ... expect a bumpy ride, not everything is black and white in the world Tahreh Mafi created.
Filled with much push and pull Shatter Me will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next. Will Adam- Juliette's new cellmate / childhood friend be her savior, or the beginning to her end? Will he shatter her heart more, or help piece it back together? Will Warner- The man who wants to use Juliette as a weapon ever leave her in peace? Or force her compliance at any cost? And as for Juliette herself... will she ever be able to truly touch someone again? Or will she constantly have to keep her distance?
Juliette: My heart ached for her, rooted for her, and cheered as she kicked Ass! Butt !
Adam: Prepare to eat your heart out. I wanted to hug him, smack him, and kiss him all at the same time! A very dynamic character.
Warner: .... One of those characters I love to hate. and hate, and hate. Want more!? Read the first Chapter by clicking HERE and selecting "Read first Chapter free" underneath the cover ...... you know you want to ;)
“Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I'm so delirious I actually dare to believe it.”
Cannot wait for book #2 to see what madness Juliette gets herself into next! (less)