Very dark and deliciously twisted, The Poison Diaries took me on a poisonous trip that I couldn't resist.
Let me start out by saying that I didn't know...moreVery dark and deliciously twisted, The Poison Diaries took me on a poisonous trip that I couldn't resist.
Let me start out by saying that I didn't know what to expect of this book. It looked dark, but I hadn't heard a single thing about it until I got a pitch for the second book in the series. I decided to pick it up, and I'm so glad I did. It proved to be much darker and more complex than I could have expected.
Jessamine lives quite isolated from people. She lives with her father in a cottage outside the village, and when one day a man brings a boy to their home, everything gets turned upside down. Weed, as the boy is called, turns out to have some talents of his own that might interest Jessamine's father, who has a garden with dangerous plants. Jessamine's father takes his interests so far that he deliberately makes his daughter ill, forcing Weed to fight for a cure.
The story is told from both Jessamine's and Weed's point of view, who takes over writing in the diary when Jessamine falls ill. I liked how the story turned around when she was unable to write anymore and we get to see how Weed experiences everything without her company. At first I thought he was a bit of a weird character, but he grew on me and I admired his loyalty and determination to find a cure.
While I wasn't expecting to like it so much, I really did enjoy reading their story. The ending left me with quite a few questions, so I hope they will be answered in the second book. I wonder what kind of explanation Jessamine will get, so I'll just have to keep reading..
My overall rating: 4-/5
A four minus for Jessamine and Weed - and I'll be back for Nightshade..
As one of my most anticipated releases of 2012, The Serpent's Shadow had a lot to live up to, and it did. While it wasn't as good as his series based...moreAs one of my most anticipated releases of 2012, The Serpent's Shadow had a lot to live up to, and it did. While it wasn't as good as his series based on Greek and Roman mythology, this third and final installment continues the tone Riordan set in the previous books perfectly.
Sadie and Carter are as funny as ever, and I loved meeting up with them this final time. Their chemistry is great and I love how that shows in their dialogue and the way they act around each other. While some aspects were very predictable, I thought The Serpent's Shadow was a great ending to the series. Fast paced, packed with Egyptian mythology and not to forget, plenty of adventure, we go out with a rollercoaster ride.
I'm not sure what more I can say about this book. I'd love to go into detail for parts I loved and hated, but I don't want to spoil it, so I'm just going to leave it at this: if you enjoyed the first two books in this series, you'll enjoy this one as well - I'm pretty sure every Rick Riordan fan will be satisfied. I, for one, can't wait to see what he's got on his sleeve for us next.
The latest arrival in my Sarah Dessen collection looked very promising. I'm starting to get used to the new covers, and this one is quite pretty, if I...moreThe latest arrival in my Sarah Dessen collection looked very promising. I'm starting to get used to the new covers, and this one is quite pretty, if I'm honest. However, I didn't like the inside as much as I was expecting.
McLean is a difficult character to relate to. She has moved around a lot, trying to start over every single time, and she has had to deal with a difficult family situation on top of that, so I guess that is what made her a bit distant. Because that was what she was. I couldn't relate to her, she felt so far away. While I can understand this being part of her situation, which made her into the McLean we see in this book, I never had this problem with any other Sarah Dessen protagonist before. And I don't like it.
The first 125 pages or so were very difficult to get into. Honestly, I was on the verge of putting the book away and DNF'ing it, but somehow I managed to push through and read it. After the first third of the book, the story picked up a bit, but it still didn't blow my mind. The storyline was predictable and that bothered me.
I think my main problem is that I've read so many Sarah Dessen books I loved, that one I don't love immediately feels like a disappointment. I know I'm not supposed to compare this book to her other novels, but I can't help myself. I really feel like she can write a better story than this one.
While that all sounds really negative, I actually enjoyed myself while I was reading this book. In terms of the other books, it feels a bit off because I didn't love it, but it won't keep me from reading any more SD books. I just hope she won't bring me any more characters like McLean, because I didn't like her so much.. But I'm sure other contemporary fans will enjoy this book :)
With a premise as fascinating as this one, it's easy to be let down - but Slated delivered!
At the beginning of the book we meet Kayla, a girl who has...moreWith a premise as fascinating as this one, it's easy to be let down - but Slated delivered!
At the beginning of the book we meet Kayla, a girl who has no memory of her past life, because she was slated. The government claims she was a terrorist, which gave them reason to 'reset' her. She has to build up an entire new life, with a new family, new friends, new school. And if that wasn't stressful enough, she has to make sure she stays calm, or she will be knocked out as a safety precaution to make sure she doesn't fall back in her old habits.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The plot is made out of several story lines, and not one of them is predictable. I really liked how all the plotlines made for an interesting story and at the end I had so many questions that I wanted answered! Who is on whose side, why was she slated, what's going to happen now? I guess I'll have to wait for book two to find out..
The writing is easy to read, which is a bliss with such a carefully woven together plot. I really liked Kyla. She was easy to relate to and I could totally understand her confusion, her hesitation and her insecurities because we are just as new to her situation as she is. The only tiny little thing I felt could have been better for me, was Kyla's relationship with Ben. I just didn't feel the connection between the two, although I could see his appeal. I'm hoping that will be explored a little bit more in the next book, but other than that, I really liked this book.
Slated is a great debut, packed with intrigue, mystery, and a fantastic plot and I would definitely recommend adding it to your list for the debut author challenge. I'll be picking up book two as soon as I can get my hands on it!
Note: I read a proof version of the manuscript. This is my opinion of the proof version, and things might differ in the finished copy of the book.
I ab...moreNote: I read a proof version of the manuscript. This is my opinion of the proof version, and things might differ in the finished copy of the book.
I absolutely LOVED (yes, in capitals!) this book. It made me laugh, it made me sad, it had everything to make it an amazing contemporary, and it is - an awesome book.
Jeane is adorkable - a bit of a weirdo in her school of hipsters, as she walks around in mustard yellow tights and an assortment of weirdly combined patterns in her clothes, with her own Adorkable blog which has over a million followers. When the school's biggest hipster, Michael Lee, tells her about his suspicions that his girlfriend and her boyfriend are hitting on eachother, she dismisses it. But when he turns out to be right, everything happens really quickly. She hates everything about Michael Lee; his mohawk, his converses and his stupid Abercombie & Fitch shirt. But somehow, it's impossible to stay away.
I la-la-loved this book. Michael made for an amazing character who was able to lure Jeane out of her shell. Jeane, who appears to be a tough cookie, turns out not to be so touch and I loved seeing how she tried to deal with it, even though it was quite sad to witness. I loved how their relationship developed. They are total opposites, completely different and yet they are so perfect together.
Jeane was quite obnoxious in a couple of scenes, but it only made me love her more. She wasn't perfect. Not everything worked out the way she wanted. She had a hard time dealing with the fact that her entire family lives outside the country, even though she tried to hide it. When she finally gives in to her sadness, it's heartbreaking.
I cannot rave enough about this book. I don't know what I was expecting when I picked this one up, but whatever it was, it turned out to be better. It was absolutely fantastic, funny and touching and I can't wait to grab me a finished copy and experience Jeane's and Michael's story all over again.
ALL the stars for ADORKABLE! - And I have nothing to declare but my dorkiness. Amen.
After reading Halfway to the Grave all the way back in 2011, I knew I *had* to read One Foot in the Grave asap. While it has taken me a while to actua...moreAfter reading Halfway to the Grave all the way back in 2011, I knew I *had* to read One Foot in the Grave asap. While it has taken me a while to actually get to it, it didn't take away from my love for the first book, something that I was a bit afraid of. But this sequel is just as easy to read and addicting as the first book.
The chemistry between Bones and Cat is amazing. It's sizzling and realistic -- as far as realistic goes when you're talking about vampire relationships. I loved it. While Bones is a little too controlling in some cases, it doesn't really bother me all that much. It annoys me a bit in places, but because it fits his character, and the story, I don't mind. Bones is a fantastic character and I love him to bits.
The story isn't really that super special, if you ask me. The whole book rests solely on the relationship between Cat and Bones and that works brilliantly. They bicker, they make up.. And they have some steamy scenes between them. I don't usually use gifs in reviews, but this one was so fitting I couldn't pass this opportunity up.
Would I say no to Bones? Hell no.
But enough of that. I really liked the introduction of the new characters in this book, though some of them were pretty bloody annoying. The plot was fast paced and the story itself had plenty of action and I looooooove those kinds of books.
To be honest, there's not much for me to dislike. The only reason it's not getting a 5 star review is because I didn't love it and it didn't blow my socks off. But I will definitely be picking up At Grave's End and I'll even make sure not to wait two years before I do so. Definitely recommended to adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance lovers!
I had seen this one around a lot, and the blurb sounded interesting.. So when I got it for review recently, I was very excited. And I still am, becaus...moreI had seen this one around a lot, and the blurb sounded interesting.. So when I got it for review recently, I was very excited. And I still am, because Strange Angels proves to be the beginning of a fact paced, awesome series.
While Dru was a bit annoying in the beginning, she definitely grew on me while the story continued. I get it, her dad gets turned into a zombie, so that's enough to make a girl a bit whiny. But she grew as a character, and I really liked the characterisation of Dru. She wasn't unbreakable, but she did her best to be strong and tried to make the best of the situation that was at hand.
The thing I loved most, besides the excitement and how fast paced this book was, was Graves. He isn't your average goodlooking guy who sweeps a heroine off her feet, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. I loved his humor and most of all I loved the chemistry between Dru and Graves. They make a great duo, and I can't wait to read more about them. Actually, I found the chemistry between Dru, Graves, and Christophe to be pretty awesome as well. I loved how they had distinct personalities and I knew who was saying what without reading who said it (does that make sense?). The characters are just very well developed and fleshed out and I loved that they felt so real in between all the supernatural violence going on around them.
Strange Angels was fast paced and took me from one exciting situation to the next. It definitely made me excited to pick up Betrayals, which I will do as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.
The first half of it, I felt disconnected from the story while Kyla tried to figure stuff out. But I have to say, this last 15-20% of the...moreMaybe 3.5ish?
The first half of it, I felt disconnected from the story while Kyla tried to figure stuff out. But I have to say, this last 15-20% of the book must be the best ending to a book I've read in a long time.
In an adventerous story, Lexi and her brother Kevin find themselves in the middle of investigating a jewel theft instead of spending their time in day...moreIn an adventerous story, Lexi and her brother Kevin find themselves in the middle of investigating a jewel theft instead of spending their time in day camp. With a very annoying, yet very smart journalist-to-be, they set off to follow up on the clues they found. Fueled with intrigue and humor, Bonk has written a story that sucked me in and will appeal to even the most reluctant reader.
I really liked this book! It was a really cute story, and a great middlegrade adventure without adding all sorts of paranormal elements. Lexi was a nice character to follow around and I especially liked Kevin's smartass-ery. Kim was obnoxious, yet very refreshing while following Lexi's thoughts.
The story was a bit predictable, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable. I was thoroughly entertained while I flipped the pages to see what would happen next. I've never been to New York, but I would love to be able to check out the Whispering Corner one day!
I really liked reading this one and will be checking out more of Bonk's work in the future, which will hopefully be just as good as this book!