Unmarked is the sequel to Unbreakable. I waited a whole year for this sequel so my expectations were a bit high. I loved Unbreakable so much, you canUnmarked is the sequel to Unbreakable. I waited a whole year for this sequel so my expectations were a bit high. I loved Unbreakable so much, you can read my review here. It took me by surprise because I am not the biggest fan of paranormal books but I was instantly sold and fell in love. So I was a bit scared of Unmarked not being on the same level as Unbreakable. However, Unmarked was even better. It was so good, I couldn't put it down. This is fast becoming one of my favorite paranormal series for sure.
In Unmarked, the gang is all there, Kennedy, Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared. However we have a new addition, Kennedy's best friend Elle. I love this group's dynamic. Lukas and Jared are twins, Priest is a genius engineer and the youngest, Alara is kick butt, provides the funds, and always appears tough on the exterior, and lastly is Kennedy, our main protagonist who I've grown to like even more in this book. Of course there's Elle and she's Kennedy's cheerleader but also devil's advocate. In Unmarked, they're dealing with the consequences of what happened in Unbreakable (being vague so not to spoil anyone). There are so many gasp worthy reveals in Unmarked, my head was in a spin.
I love everything about Unmarked, from how gripping the plot is, to how logical and understandable every action by this group is made. I loved how they always stuck by each other, and I especially love their friendship. Good characters, plot, and flow are so important in books. Unmarked had all. These characters really hold a close place in my heart and I love them so much. Kami Garcia's writing is a perfect example of an enjoyable prose. The third book is definitely going on my most anticipated sequels of 2015. ...more
I had high hopes for Salt & Storm. Avery, the main protagonist, believes her destiny is to become the next monro witch. However her estranged mothI had high hopes for Salt & Storm. Avery, the main protagonist, believes her destiny is to become the next monro witch. However her estranged mother comes one day to where she lives with her grandmother and takes her away. Several years later, Avery is stuck with her mom and stepfather. Her mother put a binding spell on her that forbids her from looking and going to her grandmother. Avery also has another skill and that is interpreting dreams. One night, she has a dream that seals her very soon future with death. The first part of this book is Avery trying to break the spell, something she tries by seeking the help of Tane, mysterious tattooed sailor who knows a lot about magic.
I personally felt the plot went nowhere. I expected actual magic involved but got nothing. It is four hundred pages that could have been written in two hundred pages. The romance is insta-love of course so I will not even bother mentioning it. However I need to point out that there’s a difference between insta-crush and insta-love. Insta-crush is something I’m totally for if it’s written right and doesn’t immediately jump to insta-love.. However insta-love from the get go is a big no for me. That is one sure thing that will definitely turn me off a book.
I didn’t like the direction the author took with the plot and felt it really was a shame because so much could have been done with it. There is no way to redeem itself plot wise because this is a standalone. At some point I kept on reading just for the sake of reading. The whole book was her searching.. searching to break the spell, searching for her grandmother, searching for 100 other things. I’m just disappointed. If a book is being pitched as a witch/magic book.. it should contain that. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book and I was overall disappointed in everything about it, from the plot, character development, to the romance. ...more
The Walled City had a fantastic premise. I love the tagline for it "There are three rules to the Walled City. Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry youThe Walled City had a fantastic premise. I love the tagline for it "There are three rules to the Walled City. Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run."
Told from three different perspectives it follows a a girl, Jin, disguising herself as a boy in order to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, the lost sister that was sold to a brother by her own father, and Jin, the boy who found himself in the walled city, a filthy, dirty, and dangerous world unaccustomed to. I really liked how different each character was even though I am not the biggest fan of multiple POVs.
I have to admit though… the book slightly bored me. There wasn't enough action and character depth for me to invest in either one. I know all three have it tough for them, but I felt that an emotional connection between the reader and the characters was lacking, at least for me. I do love how Graudin created this chinese inspired dystopian world. I'm all for diverse cultural characters and settings. I wish we got to know more people outside of these three. It seemed somewhat ridiculous how only three characters set up the whole book with little to no exposure to other characters. I personally can't put my finger on why exactly I didn't enjoy this book as much as I hoped, but it comes down to me not being invested in the story as well as reading it for long periods of time.
I love the gender bender theme in The Walled City, with Jin disguising herself as a guy, but I wish Graudin played more with the idea, used it to better the book. It just seemed as a convenient placement in the book to allow Jin to search for her sister, I wish it had more of a purpose. As for the romance.. I did not like it. It does involve Dai but which of the sisters? I can't say without spooling. All I can say is that I disliked the direction Graudin did and hoped with all my heart, while halfway through the book, it wouldn't go that way but alas.. it did.
The action scenes though, when they appeared, were fantastic, especially Jin and her quick thinking and smart execution. I really did like Jin and wished she led the show. I would look forward to her chapters as opposed to Mei Yee… who I somehow didn't really like or care for. One thing to note is that Graudin painted a harsh world, but it was very realistic. I dislike how sometimes YA books gloss horrific events and situations in our world and I appreciated Graudin for not shying away from giving us as realistic of a picture as possible. I did end up liking The Walled City, I just wish I liked it more. My emotional disconnection with the characters was the main reason why I didn't enjoy it. So if you think you could connect with these characters, then I suggest you pick up The Walled City. ...more
I went into Midnight Thief thinking it is historical and heavy on the politics, assassination, revolution. The main protagonist is a thief.. she stealI went into Midnight Thief thinking it is historical and heavy on the politics, assassination, revolution. The main protagonist is a thief.. she steals for a living. One day someone approaches her, the leader of the Assassin's Guild and basically hires her. I got so so excited because I thought I would be a part of the conspiracies and the planning and revolutionizing. I thought this book would be epic in the sense that the main protagonist will turn into an assassin (thinking of Throne of Glass) and because kick butt and overthrow the current oppressive ruling. Unfortunately, I was completely wrong. Midnight Thief might have started at that, but it took a totally different direction and through in supernatural elements that I just wasn't that fond of.
Kyra and Tristam.. the two POVs in this book. I just.. I liked Kyra and I actually thought it was just told from her POV but a couple of chapters in, Tristam's POV emerges.. I thought it was a bit too late and I just was already partially invested in Kyra. Also the way he was introduced.. and come to think of it, the way the whole plot and world were introduced was so sudden and without much background information, something I've started to need in order to really enjoy my books. So while I felt the author didn't deliver as much in that perspective, I have to say I loved Kyra's relationship with the kids. Being an orphan herself, she always looked out for the orphan kids on the street and it really warmed my heart.
Also, Midnight Thief was hard to stay interested in.. I felt the writing wasn't as engaging and, I agreed with someone's review when they wrote that there's a lot of telling and very little showing in the book. It was a bit of a let down because I expected this to be fantastic and I didn't like the direction the author took with the plot, as I mentioned earlier. So point is, don't expect an epic fantasy when you read this. I did and was disappointed. I have to give the author props for going completely off course with the plot but I just didn't want that or like it. Even though I had some issues with this book, I still enjoyed it, hence the 3 star rating. I might pick up the sequel because I want to know the direction the author will take but this all depends on the next book's synopsis for me. ...more
I am so surprised by Love, Lucy. Several days later and I'm still thinking about it. I loved everything about this book. It is set in Italy4.5/5 stars
I am so surprised by Love, Lucy. Several days later and I'm still thinking about it. I loved everything about this book. It is set in Italy (at least over half of it), and the main protagonist is so likable. I truly loved the whole contemporary and wanderlust feel of it. By the end of the book I had the traveling itch so bad. Love, Lucy is the story of Lucy, who gave up her dream of acting for enrolling in business school at her father's alma mater. It isn't that simple, trust me. However as an appeasing gift, her parents send her on a month or two long european trip. The book doesn't cover the whole trip, but only once she arrives to her last destination, Italy.
Italy holds a special place for me relative to all the other european countries. That is mainly because of all the stories I heard about it from both my parents when they visited it often as kids. Being only two hours away and living on the Mediterranean made it quite easy to go to Italy from time to time. Unfortunately I never went there so I experienced everything Lucy described for the first time.. from the streets, the people, the food, to the culture. One thing I could relate to Lucy is the need to get lost in a foreign country. I love just going where the path takes you, especially when traveling to foreign countries. It really is as serene and beautiful as Lucy described it. I truly felt how realistic the experience was for Lucy, it was like April Lindner actually walked the steps that Lucy walked, went through the same emotions as she did, and I love this authenticity in writing.
This is a love story, but it is also a story about Lucy finding herself. It isn't about Lucy ditching everything and everyone and going after what she wants, but it is about making the best out of her situation and trying to turn hit into something she recognizes as her own. This realistic aspect of the book resonated with me. So many of us end up doing things to please the parents or to complete an obligation.. but not all of us get to have that movie happy ending where everything gets resolved and you get exactly what you wanted from the beginning. It's all about compromising and again, Lindner really wrote it superbly.
I've been burnt quite often with abroad romance novels but I actually thought the romance in Love, Lucy was super cute, natural, and really fit well with the whole book. The guy didn't become Lucy's everything, and everything transitioned so well. The conflict was well played out and I really liked the love interest. This is not something I say often when it comes to this type of romance. I am so glad I gave Love, Lucy a chance because I ended up loving it so much. Bravo Lindner! ...more
Whatever you do, don't bother reading the synopsis of The Ring and the Crown because it has nothing to do with the book.. at all. Throughout the wholeWhatever you do, don't bother reading the synopsis of The Ring and the Crown because it has nothing to do with the book.. at all. Throughout the whole book I was waiting for when whatever was written in the synopsis and it never happened. Only 10% of the synopsis happened.. 250 pages IN THE NOVEL. I'm sorry but whoever wrote the synopsis must have read a different book because all I got from the novel was girls obsessing about getting married.. that is all. The magic was just a quick backdrop for the world so as not to label it a contemporary. There was so much cheating and obsessing and sleeping around.. and they were all 16 years or younger! The synopsis promised a prophecy.. a conspiracy.. magic.. power! but we truly got none of that until the last 20 pages where everything went even more downhill.. at least before that I could understand the direction of the novel.. but that ending? I was so furious and seriously thought I wasted my time reading it. I don't know what Melissa De La Cruz was trying to convey with this novel because I got nothing.. nada.. zero. This is not a memorable book and one I would like to forget.. it wasn't a great reading experience and it is truly a shame because the cover of The Ring and the Crown is one of my favorite covers of 2014. ...more
Unbreakable was my last try at reading anything by the Beautiful Creatures author duo. I've tried Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia &4.5/5 stars
Unbreakable was my last try at reading anything by the Beautiful Creatures author duo. I've tried Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margret Stohl as well as ICONS by Margret Stohl but really disliked both. Which is why I was a bit hesitant in starting Unbreakable, especially with the "twin brothers" plot line which obviously involved a love triangle… *sigh*..
I LOVED Unbreakable. It got me out of a reading slump and I somehow managed to make time to read it in a couple of days, which is an ACHIEVEMENT with my current responsibilities.
Some books have the most fascinating plots but the storytelling is what is lacking, however Kami Garcia's way of writing is engaging and keeps you going. I would aim to read a chapter but end up reading a couple more. This book centers around ghosts.. I KNOW.. I am not a big fan of these paranormal novels but I honestly felt like I was watching a movie. I was able to visualize everything (also, the some symbols, devices are actually drawn in the book), as well as feel like I was part of the action. The main protagonist, Kennedy, just lost her mom and apparently she wasn't the only one. A group of kids her age rescue her and she ends up entangled in this "legion" business. The legion was established by 5 families and each one of the kids are a descendent. I loved the action with the ghosts and how Priest, a 14 year old, creates the most epic weapons out of the most useless objects.
Other than the plot, I think he characters were definitely part of the reason of me loving Unbreakable. I loved Kennedy, she didn't take any crap from anyone. However I loved Jared. He was the brooding twin to Lukas, who is always a ray of sunshine. Lastly is Alara, who you all might think is the pain in the butt jealous character who is out to get our main protagonist, but surprisingly she wasn't like that. Along with Priest, they all felt like such a family, especially since they lived and traveled together. We don't get a ton of background history on each character and I must admit Alara and Luke felt a bit flat to me but Jared and Priest won me over.
I actually looked up whether Unbreakable had a sequel while I was still reading it and was relieved when I found out it IS part of a series. Usually you expect the opposite, but for Unbreakable I was happy that it isn't a standalone. I recommend it to all YA fans since I feel that it'll appeal to everyone, but since it IS October, you should definitely pick it up, especially with that cover! ...more
Three girls, two guys, and five big secrets. That was what the novel promised, unfortunately, as you can tell from the title of this post, PretendersThree girls, two guys, and five big secrets. That was what the novel promised, unfortunately, as you can tell from the title of this post, Pretenders failed to deliver. I am so disappointed in how misleading the synopsis is. I feel pretty bad because if the synopsis was written differently, I would have known that Pretenders isn't the type of book I would usual read because 1) It is very immature. The five characters are high school freshmen and their story is told in diary entry form (5 different POVs). Their mentalities felt like ones belonging to preschoolers. I really disliked how shallow they were, how 5 micrometer deep their personalities and how unmemorable their stories were. 2. The supposed "five big secrets" don't exist. I kept on reading and reading… and reading but I just couldn't figure out what they were. Yes I read some supposed unmemorable 'revelation' but it just wasn't worth all the hype. 3. A couple of hours after finishing the book, even if you offer me a large sum of money, I seriously won't be able to tell the difference between the characters and their corresponding story… What is worse is that the book didn't even wrap up but there is a sequel to it. What happened in this whole book could be summarized in a couple of pages so I seriously don't understand the need for prolonging such a story into more than ONE book. I would only recommend this book to kids between the ages of 9 to 11. ...more
Rules of Summer is a similar but much better read than The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz. Both books are similar in the sense that an ave3.5/5 stars
Rules of Summer is a similar but much better read than The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz. Both books are similar in the sense that an average, if not poor, girl ends up working for a rich family, this one living in the Hamptons. What is also similar is that there is a switching POV however this one is only between two girls, Rory, the girl staying at the house for the summer in exchange for being the errand girl, and Isabel Rule, the girl from the rich family that Rory is working for. At the beginning, I felt there would be a bit of cattiness coming from Isabel, however Isabel was a pleasant surprise. She just came back from a full year at a high school in California (her parents sent her there because of her rebelliousness) and now she hates her old life, from the fake friends who are snobs to anyone who isn't rich, the Goergica, the exclusive club that makes these rich people's heads grow bigger, to her family that is trying to find any excuse to point out how big of a screw up she is.
I do know the synopsis hints at a big mystery.. well it more like says it "long-hidden family secrets" isn't much of a hint, however that never really becomes a big part of the novel.. only towards the end is the secret revealed and you go like "ohh.. yea the synopsis did mention there is a secret or something." This doesn't mean that the book wasn't good, but if you are going into it for that, I say to change your expectations. Now for Rory.. I really tried loving her as a female protagonist but I just couldn't get past the "tolerable enough" state. She gets love struck immediately by Isabel's brother and somehow her world started revolving around him. I hate girls who act like that and can not relate to them at all. In all honesty I didn't enjoy the romance that went on in both Isabel and Rory's lives.. what I did enjoy is their growing friendship and following through their arc and seeing how two girls from two different worlds were able to become friends.
I can't promise you depth or substance.. this book is a fluffy rummer read. I personally enjoyed the first half more than the second because the full on love fest didn't sit well with me. when two people say "I love you" to each other when they've only been seeing each other for a month.... that makes me roll my eyes.. hard. One thing I must point out is that this is apparently a series (well.. goodreads says it is) so I am not sure what I feel about that. The ending did feel a tiiiiiny bit open ended, in the sense that their journey promises more, but I didn't expect that. I am looking forward to the sequel and hoping that is when we see more depth and complexity from the characters and the plot. All in all Rules of Summer is perfect for a beach read and fans of summer/contemporary reads! ...more
I have read Smith's previous two books, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This is What Happy Looks Like. I personally liked the fI have read Smith's previous two books, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This is What Happy Looks Like. I personally liked the first more than the second but even then, both books didn't wow me. I am a huge contemporary fan so I read a ton of contemporaries and I felt I was missing the wow factor. However, I wanted to read The Geography of You and Me because I wanted to give her writing another try and because of the intriguing synopsis. While I also wasn't wowed by this book, I can point out that this would be many people's cup of tea. I ended up giving it 3 stars which is a rating that means I liked the book but I did have a couple of issues with it. So the synopsis, have I mentioned how awesome it is? I like books told in 24 hours or we witness the lives of the main protagonists at a slower pace than we're used to. Also the whole idea of getting stuck with a hot stranger in an elevator made it sound exciting. However, I just felt that the author didn't grasp the full potential of such a setting. The whole elevator scene was short, as well as the night they spent exploring Manhattan. I wished we got more. I feel that I always say that for Smith's books. I wanted more exploring, more adventure, activities, and more emotions.
Lucy and Owen meet up for that half day then each are whisked into their own lives. Lucy has to move across the atlantic ocean while Owen's dad is going traveling across the US in hopes of getting a job. There was some great background with both their families and just emotional depth but I just wasn't invested. I honestly don't know if it's a "it's me, not you" thing with Smith's books. I can never fully enjoy them while so many people do. I did start getting interested when Lucy and Owen started building up their own lives alone.. but then I get pushed right out of the caring circle because of their obsession for each other. They've only known each other for 24 hours, at least a third of that was spend on them asleep so I just don't get how they just couldn't move on from this. They both get a girlfriend/boyfriend but all their thoughts are on each other. I just found that really crappy of both of them and unfair to their partners. I wished there was more at stake, a better root for their love towards each other.. because no matter what, they were infatuated by each other and that doesn't logically result in them spending months thinking and obsessing over each other. Maybe i'm a cynic, but I just can't wrap my head around it. I do have to point out that I love how the relationship between Lucy and her parents got better in a nondramatic way. It was all because of lack of communicating their thoughts and feelings to each other and I liked how they were able to get past that.
Basically if you were a fan of Smith's previous two books then this is for you. Also if you don't mind insta-love contemporary books then you would also enjoy this. I did enjoy it, hence the 3 star rating, but it isn't a book that I will remember a couple of months from now....more
Armentrout has done it again. Proven she can tackle a completely different genre (contemporary mystery) and still manage to make it an addicting, mystArmentrout has done it again. Proven she can tackle a completely different genre (contemporary mystery) and still manage to make it an addicting, mysterious, head scratch inducing, romantic, and favorite read. I devoured Don’t Look Back in a day because I read it everywhere. I couldn’t guess the mystery and I thought the main protagonist has a really good voice.
So Samantha finds herself walking in the middle of the road, the cops stop her, identify her and she finds out she has been missing for some time.. and not just her, but also her best friend. Samantha doesn’t remember a single thing a couple of weeks before her missing period as well as her missing period. We know nothing, and I just found the way the mystery was introduced to be so addicting. So her best friend is missing and everyone has hope once again that they might find her. However, Samantha discovers some weird things about her old self, for one she’s the meanest of the mean girls, treats her family like crap, and parties hard, the clichéd rich kid wrecking their car because she was drinking, and right down to having fake best friends. So yea, if you’re not intrigued now, maybe the next part will make you want to pick it up?
Enter Carson Ortiz, Samantha’s brother’s friend and the help’s son. Of course she used to treat him like crap, including her parents. As soon as Samantha sees him, she gets that feeling when you see a guy and you immediately crush on him? He is of course wary of her because of how she treated him. Still, Samantha starts to become super aware of Carson even with her constant reminding that she already has a boyfriend that she’s been with for several years. I just thought the romance was deliciously done and I really really love Carson. He is filed under “Guys that allow me to have hope for our male species”. He was a friend she really needed and was very honest and truthful and was always there for her even when no one else believed her. Their relationship was one I was rooting for from the start. Also, I liked Samantha’s brother and how protective he was of his sister. I feel there are a ton of secondary characters worth mentioning but it’ll end up being too long of a review. This proves how talented JLA is because I read this book over a month ago but I still remember everything.
The mystery aspect of the novel was also magnificently written. I honestly couldn’t guess who the perpetrator was at all. It came as such a big shock when it was revealed. I had a lot of theories and I am usually good at predicting them but for this one I couldn’t for the life of me figure it out. I really really recommend this novel so hard for contemporary mystery fans.. even just contemporary fans or just YA fans in general. I was blown away by Don’t Look Back and I am really excited to read any new book she writes in this genre. ...more
ICONS started off in a weird way, but it still kept me interested. I just felt like a person who was dropped in the middMore reviews on Maji Bookshelf
ICONS started off in a weird way, but it still kept me interested. I just felt like a person who was dropped in the middle of a story, someone's life, without any clue on what the hell is going on. See, this could go both ways, either it makes the readers excited and want to read more to figure out what's going on, or the reader loses interest. Fortunately, the first half of the novel managed to keep me interested. I am not one to give up easily, especially when it comes to dystopian novels. However the second half.. and especially towards the end, I started to grow restless and praying for when the book would just end.
Even now, I just don't really get the whole point behind the Icon's children. Dol, the main protagonist, along with Ro, Tima, and Lucas each have a specific powerful feeling they can tap into or channel. I personally don't know the point of the whole feelings.. it does not contribute one bit to the plot or make them any special. Yes, these traits make them have some powers, but why did the author make us read countless pages about their feelings when the feelings themselves don't contribute to the plot? I know there is the possibility of Dol's use of sorrow that can allow her to read people's minds, but she never really uses it, also the author doesn't really explore that point. Something I also have to point out is the mislabeling of the novel, yes the alien invasion mark it as sci-fi or post-apocalyptic, but possessing power obviously puts it under fantasy at least right? or paranormal? I don't like being mislead by the genre categorization.
This is another one of those hefty books I've been reading lately, and it is also a book that would have been better off reducing the page numbers by at least 100. Almost 450 pages is a bit too long for a book I could personally explain in a page or two. There were too many unnecessary things that made the whole plot slow down. Also the romance, while it barely took up much space in the plot, was a bit too insta-love for me but with a side of angst because of Dol's friend Ro. To wrap this up, this book didn't impress me in the slightest bit. I have tried reading Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures but also found the same slow pacing problem there. It seems that Stohl's writing doesn't appeal to me. However, I do recommend you guys to at least pick it up and try reading it, especially fans of her previous work. ...more
The Originals is the first book I have read by Cat Patrick, and it will also not be the last. In this book,You can find more reviews on Maji Bookshelf
The Originals is the first book I have read by Cat Patrick, and it will also not be the last. In this book, Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take shifts impersonating Elizabeth. See they are identical in how they look, however they are not identical triplets but clones, from an original. Their mother, a genetic scientist, implanted them in her womb and ran away with them. Now, almost 17 years later, they have been at this for several years. You all wonder why they don't just act as triplets? it is because the top secret project that is them was actually leaked and triplets are looked at with a bit too much interest by the government.
This book, if it wasn't for the whole cloning, would have been marked as a contemporary. All three girls divide the day three way, Lizze and Ellie divide their school time halfway while Betsey goes to their part time job and night class at the local college. I loved the high school setting, since this is told from Lizzie's POV only, and also that there is none of the cliche high schooler plots, evil cheerleaders or douchey jocks. Actually, "Elizabeth" is part of the cheerleading squad! The story really kicks off when Lizze and Ellie start liking two different guys and have to find a way to be able to date them, even though in everyone else's eyes, they are just one person. Because the girls started becoming impatient and fed up with the way they're living, and also due to a coincidence, they find out that their mother has been lying to them, and hiding a few things that could change their lives. Lizzie starts snooping, while at the same time trying to see Sean without him seeing Ellie with her guy and thinking it's her. I loved the contemporary elements intertwined with the science fiction ones. We have a mystery of what really happened to make their mother leave her work and hide as well as for how long is she planning on keeping them on lockdown. I loved that the girls had the best friendship together, they each were so different and had their own unique personality. I really enjoyed that.
The plot was pretty fast paced, The Originals is around 300 pages but it felt so short because I was flipping the pages like crazy. Sean isn't just a love interest here but he actually was a big supporter for Lizzie. I appreciated the progression of their relationship and how it didn't feel insta love for me. The plot twist was actually very surprising for me and the ending was even more shocking. It was bittersweet but also very heartbreaking, an ending that made me close the book and just think about it for a minute or two. I would definitely recommend The Originals to Contemporary and Sci-Fi fans, as well as fans of Cat Patrick....more
Nantucket Blue was so much more than a romantic beach contemporary. From the start, something tragic happens to Cricket's best friend's family. JulesNantucket Blue was so much more than a romantic beach contemporary. From the start, something tragic happens to Cricket's best friend's family. Jules immediately starts to grow distant and the invitation to Nantucket Blue that Cricket was so excited about was taken back by Jules. It was decided that Jules's family will deal with the tragedy alone. However because Cricket didn't want to spend another summer at home trying to cheer up her mother who has become depressed ever since the divorce as well as fight for her father's attention between her and his new wife and her adopted son, Cricket decides that she will go to Nantucket. Unfortunately the job she secures ends up falling apart and she wanders until she finds a job working as a house cleaner at an inn. However we soon find out that Jules isn't all that happy that Cricket is here for her. This is when the drama begins.
I hate Jules!!!! phew, ok that is out of the way. Yes, something tragic happens, yes we have to be more sympathetic. But that doesn't mean that when your own best friend screws you over by tattletaling to your crush as well as embarrassing you in front of her Nantucket friends and basically telling you to "get lost" you'll still give her excuses and stick around right? I am SO glad Cricket isn't like the typical protagonists that still come for more hurt and embarrassment. Cricket stays well clear of Jules but starts spending more time with her younger brother Zach. He is a year younger than her, and be prepared, he is also a potential love interest. To be honest I was pretty annoyed at the beginning by this introduction, especially since she already has a crush on a guy from a school back home who started lifeguarding at Nantucket for this summer. Overtime, I have to say that Zach won me over. I am glad Howland didn't take the path of making Zach the goofy younger guy. He basically filled the void that Jules left behind in Cricket's heart. I loved their scenes together and the transition from friends to more was done really well.
I personally think Nantucket was such an enjoyable book because of all the great characters in the story. We have George, the writer who Cricket starts interning for. He was such a funny guy and I would have totally shipped him with Cricket's mom, if only he wasn't married. There is also Liz, who also works at the inn. They definitely made Cricket's summer more bearable. I have to point out, if you are expecting a book that is spent on the beach and is all about the summer romance, then you better adjust your expectations. This book is about a girl whose life decides to tip over her balance and let her find a way to adjust to all the changes that happened. Cricket was such a great protagonist with a voice that never bored me. I finished Nantucket Blue in a day and was actually sad to see it end. I would recommend it to all contemporary YA fans. ...more
Izzy is a Brannick, this name holds a certain weight, in that her family is the only family with some powers that enable them to hunt down Prodigium,Izzy is a Brannick, this name holds a certain weight, in that her family is the only family with some powers that enable them to hunt down Prodigium, which are paranormal creatures, as in vampires (preferably not the sparkly ones), werewolves, ghosts, and any others that defy the council that governs them. School Spirits was an adventure. It brought me back to the adventure novels I used to read and I ended up really enjoying it.
Izzy moves to a new town and starts attending school in order to hunt down the ghost that seems to haunt that school. I found a ton of parts funny, especially ones where Izzy experiences things for the first time, such as going to the mall, pep rallies, and even watching mindless, yet fun, tv shows! By the end of the novel I was seriously invested in the lives of Leslie and Everton on Ivy Springs (think Gossip Girl). I honestly thought this book was full of fun, add in Torin, the warlock stuck in the mirror who pops up whenever, which results in back and forth banter between him and Izzy, you have a book that will make you laugh at least once for sure.
As for the friends, Izzy instantly finds them in Dex, Romy and Anderson. I found that to be a little bit absurd because we all remember how hard it is for the new kid, whether you were one recently or you've seen the new kids. It is tough ladies and gentlemen. Kids these days are vicious and never leave the comfort of their circle of friends, so to make friends on literally the first and second day? yea, I couldn't buy that. However the friendship between them was pretty awesome. As for the romance with Dex, while it was a tiny part of the plot, was cute. However I probably would have loved the possibility of Torin to be there; Izzy does say he looks like an 18 year old, so why not? I am sure a sequel would include that however it seems that Rachel Hawkins isn't writing one.
There is a major plot line that wasn't resolved because Hawkins wrote this book thinking it would have a sequel, so now I guess we'll never know. I have to say, I loved the adventurous feel of this novel, while it feels a bit more MG than YA, I still found myself sucked into the world every time I pick it up to continue reading. I really enjoyed this novel and actually went and ordered the full Hex Hall trilogy! I am really excited to start them now. I would definitely recommend this novel to all adventure/paranormal fans who want a kick butt female protagonist and a ton of fun! ...more
I have to be honest and say that I started Altered with very low expectations. When I read the synopsis, I was intrigued, but I was wary that the romaI have to be honest and say that I started Altered with very low expectations. When I read the synopsis, I was intrigued, but I was wary that the romance plot line would overtake, be rushed, and to put it bluntly, get me gagging and rolling my eyes. But Altered? Damn, this book was one HELL of a ride! It was exhilarating, exciting, action packed, and fast paced; I was scrambling to catch up with the characters and plot and I loved EVERY single minute of it!
The story begins with giving a brief history of how four boys ended up in Anna's basement. Anna, who is our main protagonist, lives with her single scientist father and helps him in everyday testing and charting of the four boys. What I found to be rather odd was that she did not question the ethicality of imprisoning the boys as if they were experimental lab rats. Still, I was soon sucked into the different and interesting personalities and characters of each of the boys. We find out that the reason for them being a science experiment is that they seem to have enhanced human skills and powers. However, what I loved was that this book didn't really get into their powers and the conspiracy, but we were given the time to get to know each character and actually invest in them and care about their outcome.
The plot was so skillfully constructed that I found myself holding my breath countless times during the countless action scenes. The lovely Rush wasn't afraid to trick her readers and manipulate their emotions, and I am so glad. Lately not many books were able to captivate me emotionally and I am happy that Altered was able to accomplish that. The ending was spectacular but was also a cliffhanger to keep the readers anticipating and needing the second installment. I have read Altered a couple of weeks ago and I still remember everything. What comes down to rating a book is how much the reader enjoyed it, and I couldn't have enjoyed Altered more. This book will be getting a reread in the future, that is for sure....more
Historical fiction and I are known to be best friends. Fantasy and I are really close friends. But why didn’t I get along with The Diviners by Libba BHistorical fiction and I are known to be best friends. Fantasy and I are really close friends. But why didn’t I get along with The Diviners by Libba Bray? I wasn’t even able to play nice and to at least be on friendly terms with it. The Diviners and I are not only NOT close, but we have become mortal enemies as my journey with it continued. At one point I thought we might be able to mend the failed friendship, to maybe even have a frenemies relationship, but unfortunately, I couldn’t, or maybe I wouldn’t; I’ll never know who is at fault. However I am sure when I say that The Diviners was an experience I never want to repeat again.
The Diviners is 608 pages. I’ve read long books that I wished were even LONGER (think Harry Potter, The Host, and Divergent). I’ve also read books that are short that I wished were shorter, but they were a fairly quick and harmless failed attempt at getting to know a book during a coffee date so in the end I left feeling slightly disappointed, but moved on quickly. However what I had with The Diviners? It was a three-day supposed vacation where I got stuck with the new acquaintance that not only messed up my vacation but also my judgment towards who ever was able to get along with it. I was restless, whiny, and a pain in the butt to everyone who was around me while reading this book. I could not stop complaining about how boring, how long, how over the top descriptive it is and how there was over 10 POVs in this book. I almost quit several times but told myself I had to at least finish 50% of it, then on 49% of the book, I catch a glimpse of maybe something more. Maybe the book and I started off on the wrong foot and we just needed some warming up. So I read a little more, another 100 pages of disappointed, then that darn glimpse of something more. This was how the book was for me until the end.
The ending of The Diviners, oh how clichéd it was. With a book that centered so much about naughty john and the murders and sacrifices and powers, to end it with a kiss between the girl and the love interest that popped up only in the last 50 pages? No, I.. no. No. I am so disappointed in The Diviners. The story behind this book could have been creepy, scary, and just so entertaining. But none of that happened. The main protagonist was so frivolous, so childish, and just so selfish I just couldn’t like her. Some of the POVs include Thea, Sam, Memphis, Mable, Will, Gabe, and others. This doesn’t include the characters that do appear but don’t have a chapter for their POV. In all honesty, I was drowning in this book and what kept me going was the hope of finally reaching the surface and ending the struggle I was in for the past six days....more