MADE FOR YOU is an exciting and riveting young adult thriller. Melissa Marr is not afraid to tackle the sensitive stuff. It is not unknown that people of the south tend to be more religious focused than those in other parts of the country. Marr uses common stereotype, the Bible Belt, to craft her psychological drama in a way that is truly horrific.
Eva and her friends live in North Carolina a place where status, manners, and religion still matter more than happiness and success. Who you are, who you talk to, and how you act is the most important thing in Jessup, and Eva is one of the prestige. While this is a contemporary young adult, I felt like, at times, I was reading something from the mid 1900s with computers, cellphones and cars thrown in. That is how extreme this town is. The killer, who has dubbed himself Judge (via the saying judge, jury, and executioner), is focused on what he believes God wants him to do. When he tries to kill Eva, his love, for being one of Them and she survives, he believes that this is the Lord sparing her like the did Issac for Abraham and that he must teach her a lesson so that he can be with her.
Let me just say I was sufficiently creeped out and horrified. The way Judge thinks is beyond needing to go to the crazy house. He is a nutter. This psychological thriller uses multiple perspectives so that readers can really understand what is going on. The chapters where we see what Judge is thinking and understand his motivations are some of the most captivating and disturbing. For a young adult novel, Marr does not skimp in the delusions of her killer.
My one and only complaint was the gift Eva gets after she survives the car crash. She went from normal to being able to see people's deaths when she touched them. First of all, how did this happen. We get no reason other than it did, it isn't medical, now let me use it to find a killer. I think I would have enjoyed this more if Marr had left out this supernatural detail. This is such a superb thriller, that the fantasy element took me out of the story I was becoming invested in. It seemed like the "easy way" for Eva to discover who was doing the killings, and I would have liked she and her friends to figure it out a different way.
This is an excellent psychological drama. The killer is warped, seriously warped, and I loved it. I was able to really get his motivations however sick they were, and it pulled me even further into the story. My only complaint was a minor one really since I knew about Eva's new gift from the synopsis, but still it annoyed me just a tiny bit every time it came up.
If you are a fan of drama, delusional and crazy killers, mystery, romance, and action then this book is for you. Aside from being written through mostly Eva, a teenager's, point of view, there was nothing young adult about this story. I think people of any age would find it appealing. Read this review on Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading(less)
Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com There were so many things wrong with this love story. Unfortunately it is beca...moreBibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com There were so many things wrong with this love story. Unfortunately it is because Colleen writes very human characters, and humans create messy love. While certain aspects of the story may have bothered some readers, I found it more realistic than many of us would like to admit.
Tate and Miles meet under awkward circumstances to say the least. Miles is sloppy drunk, and all Tate knows about him is that he is passed out and blocking her door. This doesn't stop the attraction, but quite the opposite because pretty soon the two have formed an agreement that is no strings sex. No questions and no feelings allowed.
Miles is a broken man; his past has taught him love is ugly, and he isn't willing to ever endure that again. So from the get go, he tells Tate that he isn't interested in a relationship, just sex. How many times have you had a guy tell you this ladies? At least once probably. Of course he is smokin' hot and Tate is insanely attracted to him so she agrees. See where this is going?
Even though Miles tells her up front their relationship is only sex, Tate stays because she is hoping for more. Because she can be the one to make him love again. This is where some readers had a problem. "But he told her from the get go! It is really annoying that she thinks she can be the girl that changes him," and I agree. Unfortunately, like I said, Hoover writes flawed, realistic characters, and I have seen too many girls make this same mistake. They get too invested, so of course they want to be the one!
Because the present story is told only from Tate's point of view, it makes this aspect a little more prominent. Instead of seeing the spiral, we are in the spiral down with her. In some cases, Tate comes across as whiny and aggravating. I had a hard time connecting with her, and I think it was due to her poor pitiful me attitude toward Miles' lack of loving her.
We also get Miles' back story in pieces through flashbacks six years prior. These are the only spots where Miles narrates. I really enjoyed the way I got to know Miles and his past piece by piece, so it added to the intrigue of the present. I did not, however, enjoy how his point of view was written. In almost poetry like prose, Miles tells us about his life with his girlfriend Rachel. I have a brother, and have encountered many men in my life, but not a single one talks like this. It is more like short sentences that don't tell you much of what they are thinking unless directly asked. His entire point of view is written in this style, and while powerful, just isn't realistic.
“The ugly parts of love can’t lift you up. They bring you D O W N. They hold you under. Drown you. You look up and think, I wish I was up there. But you’re not. Ugly love becomes you. Consumes you. Makes you hate it all. Makes you realize that all the beautiful parts aren’t even worth it. Without the beautiful, you’ll never risk feeling this. You’ll never risk feeling the ugly. So you give it up. You give it all up. You never want love again, no matter what kind it is, because no type of love will ever be worth living through the ugly love again. I’ll never let myself love anyone again, Rachel. Ever.”
UGLY LOVE has flaws, but I think that is part of the charm. It is not what I am used to seeing from Colleen (she typically does the slow falling in love, tumbling downward thing instead of jumping right into the sex), but I still enjoyed it. A well written story that does not skimp on the ugly stuff, fans of Hoover and new adult romance will be sure to love this book.
Grace Grant and Deacon Lee do a fantastic job narrating. Grace is able to capture Tate's voice and emotion in a captivating way. Deacon Lee narrates only the parts told from Miles point of view, and while the way it is written does not seem like the natural voice for a guy's thoughts, Lee translates from the page expertly and smoothly. I will definitely be listening to other books read by these two. Read this review on Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading(less)
Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com I really loved this book despite the fact I thought it was going to be like ev...moreBibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com I really loved this book despite the fact I thought it was going to be like every other virus/ quarantine novel I’d read. What really helped me enjoy it was the way it was written, as a letter to a friend the entire way through, recounting what happened AS it happened. Kaelyn’s daily writing to her friend Leo begins as any normal 15 year old girl would be writing to her friend who has gone to live somewhere else, but soon turns to daily accounts of what’s happening on the island she lives on as things start to take a turn for the worse.
First, Kaelyn’s friend Rachel’s father starts acting strangely, and is rushed to the hospital. Then Rachel is missing from school a few days later. Kaelyn’s father admits that there are a few “odd” cases he’s been working on. Kaelyn writes in her journal to Leo about the symptoms : first an itch that won’t go away, then sneezing, then acting very sociable and outgoing, lastly, delusional. The final symptom? Death.
Things start to go a bit sideways for Kaelyn, and the rest of the island around her, when she finds out that both Rachel and her father have died. The government start quarantining the island from the mainland, which incites some people in her community to riot. Kaelyn begins to watch herself, and those around her, carefully for any signs of the illness. Suddenly her mother is sick, and Kaelyn has to hold on to the belief that it WILL get better in order to get through day to day.
I found Kaelyn’s voice in this book to be so unique. It was a really refreshing way of telling a tale. Kaelyn is also a strong, confident, and sometimes stubborn girl; she refuses to lose hope even when the circumstances are the most dire. She tries to help out in any way no matter how small a task, whether it’s helping out at the hospital with the sick or watching out for her younger cousin Meredith. She is also quick to action when it comes to defending what’s hers or what she thinks is right.
And then there is Gav. He shows up amongst a ragtag group of guys whom Kaelyn thinks is stealing food to stockpile for themselves, when in all actuality he and his friend organize a way of distributing the food to the entire island for the people who are in need. He’s a generous, independent guy who Kaelyn can’t help falling for, and I’m glad she does. It will be so interesting to see where their relationship goes in the next few books.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s fast paced, dangerous at times, and exactly what one would want in a first in a series. The ending keeps you wanting more, guessing what could possibly happen next. Megan Crewe really has a winner on her hands!
Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com When I heard that Jamie McGuire was going to be revisiting her Beautiful serie...moreBibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com When I heard that Jamie McGuire was going to be revisiting her Beautiful series with a new Maddox brother, I was ecstatic. I loved BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, read it in one sitting, and I was very hopeful to experience that book love again. I was a little disappointed. I really enjoyed this book, don't get me wrong, but there were so many aggravating factors that had me rolling my eyes or asking "really?" in a sarcastic tone.
Let's start with what I did enjoy shall we? Like BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, I really enjoy the way McGuire tells a story. She has a knack for drawing readers in and creating feelings through her writers. She can build suspense, sorrow, mystery, joy, and love with ease. I liked Trenton a lot. He is definitely a Maddox boy! Confident and sexy, I want to take him home with me please!
MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!! A few points that really bugged me in this book created a less than fan girl review for me.
I really wasn't a huge fan of Cami. She keeps Trenton at arms length for who? A guy who lives across the country and won't give her the time of day. She is "fiercely independent" according to the synopsis. Isn't that the truth! She won't move in with Trenton or take a key because she wants her own space. Let's just forget the fact that she had planned to move to California with her other boyfriend TJ after they had been dating a third of the time she's known Trent. I just couldn't connect with her.
Rhegan shares similar qualities to Cami. She dumps a great guy for the douche that took her virginity. Even though she is extremely unhappy she is determined to chase the asshole that got away.
I wasn't a huge fan of the way this storyline overlapped Abby and Travis' story. It has been a while since I read it, but I felt like in doing this, McGuire added elements to a story that were never there. Like Travis confiding in Cami about his relationship woes with Abby. I don't remember that happening in BEAUTIFUL DISASTER.
THE BIG SECRET! This could not have been any more of a let down. Throughout the entire book we are teased with TJ's mysterious job and secret that Cami cannot tell. We know that his job keeps him away most of the time and that the secret would seemingly destroy Cami and Trent's relationship if he found out. I don't recall ever finding out what the job was, and the big secret was only revealed in the last line. It wasn't even that big of a deal! If you are going to have this shocking twist you wait until the end to reveal make it shocking!
The end overall kind of killed the magic for me. The beginning and middle of the story is build up for Cami and Trent to be together and them working out the kinks. I liked this. They took it slow, and readers really get to know the characters and how they interact. The end, however, was one big action after another. First there was the (view spoiler)[ fire at Travis' fight that could have killed Trent (hide spoiler)] followed VERY quickly by Cami and Trent (view spoiler)[ getting in a car accident and put in the hospital. (hide spoiler)] After all this happened, we get about 20 minutes (since I listened to this book) of them once again dancing around the secret, and revealing it in the last line. The characters don't even talk about it!
Okay... Seems like I have more bad points than good. Really, I didn't hate this story. The beginning and the middle, for the most part, I really enjoyed. They take their relationship slow. There are some sweet moments, some heated moments, and some humor. I loved the way Trent and Cami interact with the little girl he babysits. It is so sweet! If you liked BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, please give this one a shot. I know lots of people that absolutely loved it. Just for me there were several aggravating issues I couldn't completely overlook.
At first I really didn't like Pheobe Strole as the narrator. I thought she seemed a little to young and innocent to be portraying characters in their twenties. After about an hour ,though, I got used to her interpretation, and I really enjoyed it! She did a great job of differentiating between characters, male and female. I liked her as Cami the more I got to know the character. I'm not sure if she would be an auto buy narrator, but I would definitely listen to her narrate again. I think she would make a great young adult narrator as well. Read this review on Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com I have greatly enjoyed every book in this series. I binge read the whole thing...moreBibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com I have greatly enjoyed every book in this series. I binge read the whole thing in a week, and now I'm like, "what do I read next??" Nothing I don't think can compare to the action packed, romantic thrill ride that Armentrout took her readers on. I recently saw an interview with her at Vilma's Book Blog where she said she almost didn't write the Lux series! Can you believe that we almost never met Daemon?! All book fans applaud you Jennifer for taking the leap into aliens in high school. We have loved the journey.
OPPOSITION is the perfect title for this series ender. There is so much action that it is almost hard to take it all in. I was reading the pages faster and faster (probably too fast) because I couldn't wait to find out how each battle ended. No one is safe, and even though I was thinking several times "surely she wouldn't kill [insert any character name]," she continually kept me guessing. I never knew what would happen and no one was safe.
Even with all of the action and the sadness and death that often followed these battles, Jennifer still manages to keep a lightness. Readers will still enjoy Daemon's smart ass remarks often at the worst of times, and his sweetness toward Kat. Their romance is simply swoon worthy. (I have GOT to find me a Daemon!)
This series is a show stopper. A series that you won't stop reading until there is nothing left, and then you'll probably turn around and reread it again! There is never a dull moment with Kat, Daemon, Dee and the crew. Each character has their own personality and reasons that we love them. OPPOSITION gave me a serious book hangover. It was so good I don't know what to read next!
And to Jennifer who I know has used the lovely Jensen Ackles to express her feels in the past. He and I salute you.
Tella enters the Brimstone Bleed for her brother, who is dying of a mystery illness; and soon finds out she's in for more than she bargained for from the get go. From choosing her Pandora companion-egg to being drugged and left in the rainforest for the first part of the race, Tella must rely on her instincts to get her through until she meets a group of fellow racers that allow her to travel with them.
This first book in the FIRE AND FLOOD series takes us through jungle and desert; with bloodshed, and deception running rampant through the story. It's fast-paced, keeping the reader glued to each page with all the adventure and mayhem. This is probably my favourite thing about the book, as it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I love Tella's tenacity, wit, and refusal to conform to the way her fellow contenders are playing the game. For instance, she gives her Pandora a name, when everyone else refuses to. She maintains her humanity in some dire situations and things hit the skids. Read this review on Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading(less)
Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com As fast paced an thrilling as each one before, ORIGNS is an excellent addition...moreBibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com As fast paced an thrilling as each one before, ORIGNS is an excellent addition to the Lux series. Katy has been taken by the DOD, and Daemon will do anything to get her back. And he won't regret a single thing. Answers to long asked question are finally revealed, more questions are brought up, and the suspense just won't let go.
In the fourth installment, readers get both Daemon and Katy's points of view. While this was necessary to keep the story moving, I didn't really see any huge distinctions in their chapters. I would have liked a bit more of the signature Daemon personality showing through in his points of view.
ORIGINS is packed with a little bit of everything: romance, action, humor, even some disturbing moments. Armentrout does not hold back on some of the more gruesome scenes involving the lengths the DOD is willing to go to understand the Luxen and hybrids. Even though this is a young adult book, I was seriously horrified at some of the things they inflicted on their subjects.
This is an excellent addition to the series. Moving forward at breakneck speeds, ORIGINS is exactly what I was hoping for and more. Once again, ending on a serious cliffhanger, I can't be more grateful that OPPOSITION is already on my bookshelf. As a matter of fact, I couldn't resist starting it before even sitting down to write this review. If you haven't read this series yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. Aliens can be seriously hot! Trust me!
Some things about the series can be a little corny. For example, the Luxen and hybrids call on The Source when using their powers. Can anyone shout Star Wars for me?! Also, the aliens were assimilated at area 51. Yes, area 51. Not super original things going on her. Fortunately, the story is so good, the characters so likable, and the relationships so hot that it really doesn't matter how cheesy calling it the Source is. Read this review on Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading(less)
Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com OPAL was even more action packed than ONYX. I am enjoying the thrill ride this...moreBibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading http://www.bibliolatryme.com OPAL was even more action packed than ONYX. I am enjoying the thrill ride this series offers more than I ever thought I would. I'll be honest. When everyone was shouting "Ohhh Daemon Black! I LOVE YOU!" from the rooftops, I was like "say whaa?" But now I get it. I totally get it.
Once again I will say, Daemon is the full bad boy/ every girl's dream package. A total ass with the ability to be a romantic sweetheart to his lady and his lady alone. What he does for Katy after prom is a serious melt your heart moment, especially considering what was to come. Katy is getting more headstrong by the book. Thankfully she is also growing in maturity. Her decisions, while sometimes questionable, are always relatable. She is trying to do what is best for those she loves. Even if it doesn't work out the way she or Daemon plan..
I really enjoyed the depth in Dee's character introduced (view spoiler)[ after Adam died (hide spoiler)]. It was hard to read about her going through that and shutting out her friends, but it is the human reaction, and I appreciate Armentrout not taking the easy road out. Dawson coming back was also a great addition. He adds a lot of depth and really makes Daemon work to succeed at his overprotectiveness. His character brought balance for me.
This is a great addition to the series. Full of the action, betrayal, and twists we want, but also plenty of romance and humor to keep the book from becoming too down. Beware, though, that the book ends on a cliffhanger. Lucky for us, the series just finished so we don't have to wait to find out what happens next! Read this review on Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
After the disaster that was listening to book one, I decided to read ONYX. So. Much. Better. I was really able to fall in love with these characters and get sucked into the story instead of being disoriented by Eyre's tone of voice. Now I understand why everyone loves Daemon so much. I'm a little in love myself!
Daemon is the epitome of the bad boy everyone lusts after. He is a smart ass, cocky, and has a serious temper, but his ego is one of his most charming qualities. Go figure. Daemon is the type of guy that is sickeningly good at everything he does, and he does everything with serious attitude. However, he is learning to step back, apologize (who knew!), and be a caring person. He has always been protective of his sister, and now we see that protectiveness envelope Katy. It really is too sweet. I liked Katy a lot better in this book as well. She has developed from a whiny girl with some serious sass, to starting to take care of and stand up for herself. She has grown and is now a really strong female lead I can really enjoy!
Whereas OBSIDIAN focused more on the relationship (hate/ hate) between Daemon and Katy and her growing friendships first, Arum attacks second. ONYX brings the action and romance to the front. Katy and Daemon are still a little prickly, but you can tell he's growing on her. I really liked where Armetrout took the plot in ONYX, and I am really excited to see how everything continues to play out in OPAL (book 3). Read this review on Bibliolatry Me | One Obsessed With Reading(less)