This is a book that I highly recommend to those of you who will be entering HS soon, those are just entering their Freshman year, and those of you who...moreThis is a book that I highly recommend to those of you who will be entering HS soon, those are just entering their Freshman year, and those of you who are even past their senior year (like me). There is a whole slew of issues hit in this book along with virginity, teen vendettas, birth control, first kisses, and death. Oh, and there is just so much more to this book then that!
The authors writting is able to capture the reader from early on in the book. She had me at the pencil sharpener! Louise Rozett also has the ability to make you feel about a character in many ways. It is a quick YA book but nontheless, I felt like I was on an emotional ride in a good way.
I should also mention the use of vocabulary words throughout the book. Rosie and her father loved words and the author uses them as chapter headings. I think this was a brilliant move!
This is a contemporary yet I do believe that some of you may want to know if there is someone to swoon over. Cue this books bad boy, Jamie. He barely says anything but he has you swooning over him nonetheless over his actions. He is not a guy that is all talk. You will be pleasantly pleased!
A cliffhanger! Now after say all those good things about Louise Rozett she slaps a cliffhanger at the end. I'm still unsure if it is a good thing or not. But let me just say this. I will be picking up the second book! Watch for Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend.
**Thanks to netgalley for the ability to read & review this book which has which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in right mind by the twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**(less)
I just completed a book review of Bite Me which had a Vampire Hunter/Slayer now I venture not far to Demon Hunter/Slayer. Contemporary, pft we can through that out the carriage and stomp on that right away!
Slayer books need something new. This books offers up the idea of demons and such creatures as being endangered species. Just like the bald eagle they are protected by the government. What is one called when they are against government rule? Terrorist. Kali D'Angelo is just that... Every Other Day.
Every Other Day she switches between a crude demon killer and young girl who attends high school and tries to cope with living with only her father who is not... a mom. Kali does not understand where and why she has power to kick supernatural derriere. When she is human we get to see how shrewd and intelligence during dangerous circumstances.
As one would expect our protagonist to be a misfit at school. Yet, she is faced with a decision to save one of her school mates. Wait, she is not power vixen at the moment. Will she do the right thing and risk her life?
One of the turn offs is her down and out attitude. Sympathy was to be had at first but it would not stop. However, I admit she did end up with a great band of misfits.
Overall, fast paced nonstop heroine action was packed around a complex scheme.
*Free ARC from NetGalley which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. * (less)
Concoction of a Review: Legend, is an action packed book set in future Los Angeles. The United States is not longer United... or better known as the Re...moreConcoction of a Review: Legend, is an action packed book set in future Los Angeles. The United States is not longer United... or better known as the Republic. The commander is cruel, lethal, and I would like to see where she fits into the story more with book two. I believe that if a country and it's government thinks they are amazing and doing right by all of their people I would have to say, "what is the catch?" I mean who doesn't love blackmail and corruption?!? *shakes head*
When the Republic is not busy being corrupt they are off at war with the Colonies.
The inky goodness here alternates between June & Day. I admit the Mad Scientist loved the gold lettering.
A 15 year old prodigy who had a perfect score on her trial. (Futuristic SAT basically.) She is also a serious kick-butt chick. June is excellence at military activities such as expertly handling guns & scaling building in record time, nonetheless, she has a feminine wardrobe that made me envious of our little hero.
She was a rich thing but very humble about it. How could you not enjoy her?
Her life is tossed upside down when Metias, her brother was murdered. She was pulled out of university to fulfill her military duties... Including the capture of the Republics worse criminal ---> Day. She was happy to take this job knowing that she could not let Metias's killer walk around.
Day had the Mad Scientist from the very beginning. Poor, caring, blue eyes, and well, just too interesting to not enjoy reading about him. Darn my little heart swooned for him and felt sad when the worst was going on. Why Day? *tear*
He was from the poor area of the Republic where things just were not kind. Illegal fights, starvation and plague was to be had on these streets. Yet our handsome 15 year old endeared without carrying one of those ugly chips on his shoulders.
He was very found of his family even if they thought he wad dead. He tried to protect them in every way possible... one day it meant doing the most incredible thing!
Tess was a poor girl that he ended up befriending. She was a medical wonder as well strong yet vulnerable at the same time. I adored her greatly. Day protected her and she looked after him just the same.
June was wondering about in the poor sector doing undercover work, looking for the murderer. Just so happens everyone thinks it is Day. She ended up getting into an unfortunate predicament when protective Day swooped in and saved her even though she was a stranger. He fell for her and she.... You will just have to read to find out *wink wink*
From then on their lives are woven together. From opposite sides of society and trying to make it in the world. -----
Overall, *Pops parasol* let me be honest here. Legend has scandal, murder & adventure. However, I did set this book down half way through for a day or two. I did not feel the desperate need to get back to it. Although, Day did bring me back. Curiousity will kill the Mad Scientist one day.
I also admit that I loved the second half of the book!! I'm so glad I did not forget to finish this one.
*Free ARC from BEA 2011 which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book and the very persistent young man inside. *
This book really had the premise to be a good book. However, I found myself really bored. I would fall asleep after reading a few pages. Not a book fo...moreThis book really had the premise to be a good book. However, I found myself really bored. I would fall asleep after reading a few pages. Not a book for me.
Concoction of a review: Alex Sanchez is the author. Suburbia is the place. Lance, Allie, Sergio and Kimiko are the teens. Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender is the genre. Mad Scientist is the reader.
This small group are maneuvering through high school while trying to figure out their sexual identities. The story starts to move along with best friend duos. Lance is on the swim team and very proud of being gay. Yes, he is way out of the closet. His best friend, Allie, has been in a long term relationship with her boyfriend and is starting to question their bond. Bisexual Sergio, just got out of a relationship with a girl and Kimiko is our part Japanese lesbian who hasn't had a real relationship. Oh la la...
Our first odd couple is Lance and Sergio. The relationship is on the edge of a rocky cliff from the start due to odd relationship baggage and different sexuality views. Lance believes that bisexuality is a cop out, yet he finds himself attracted to Sergio and learns more of the this type of sexuality.
Allie is a working out a way to talk to her intended on how she feels their relationship is lacking. Meanwhile, she meets Kimiko when she goes with Lance to meet Sergio on a mall date. The girls become friends immediately. However, Allie gets that weird feeling that maybe there is something deeper going on with her.
Alex Sanchez is not a writer for all. He hits a very hard subject which some will have a hard time digesting. His style of writing is unlike anything else. He has a rotating POV that changes within chapters and sometimes even within a conversation. If you do not pay attention reading this book I do believe you will look up and say "who just said that" to yourself. However, the Mad Scientist found herself liking this style. It proved to keep my wandering mind engaged on a heavy topic in a light way.
4.01 Blasts There was a great multi cultural cast of characters who were exploring their sexuality in a cute awkward believable way. (less)
Concoction of a Review: First of all, I'd like to say Deb was really brave to write about such a taboo subject, terror to healing. In this novel she takes the obsessive boyfriend that has been glorified in many YA books and shows the truth of the matter. Obsessive relationships are not loving, actually they are the opposite. However intense this book is, the writing is detailed and easy to read. Your heart might pump a bit from the suspense of this scary situation but that is a good thing. For the Mad Scientist at least!
This book has a rotating chapter setup; past and present.
Past: Instant attraction! Christian is pretty much literally crazy for Clara. Sure he was a wonderful charming guy in the beginning... until he became co-dependent on her. He does not have an assured self esteem which leads him to text, call, and follow Clara to no ends. She moved and reacted in a way to prevent hurting his feelings or to cause a problem she knew would arise. When you are put onto a pedestal you are slowly blinded because of the power "love". This so called love started to smother Clara into noticing how much she actually walked on egg shells for Christian, instead of being herself. Christian is inclined to different acts of desperation to get Clara to... Stay.
Present: The obsession became an escalated scary possible life threatening situation. Her father said enough was enough, he moved them away to a small coastal city where no one knew who they were. You could see their witty adorable banter and friendship. We follow Clara through her healing process as she works through what has happened to her.
In the cute coastal town Clara edged around mending her heart and creating a friendship with a local sailor, Finn. He was a wonderful cheerful lad who made me swoon for him just a bit. Yes, I admit it. However, I was surprised that the friendship started to blossom that had me shocked. Such little time did Clara have from coming out of a destructive relationship where she still feared Christian to entering unrealistically fast into a new one with Finn. I did enjoy Finn so. Nonetheless, I felt the message being relayed said a new guy helps take care of the old one. Hmm... I wholeheartedly disagree, I woman can be strong and amazing all on her own. Trust me! *wink wink*
Although, this story is tense and pulls on the heartstrings the footnotes that you find at the bottom are clearly quirky fun that are more then often going to make you laugh! The Mad Scientist oh so enjoyed them!
Overall, Deb Caletti has a very well written story that has the past and present interwoven perfectly so that they are soon one in the same at the end.
4.67 Blasts Truthful, intense & amazing! Engrossing & well written! Why wouldn't you want to pick up this novel? (less)
Concoction of a review: Oh, where do I begin with this one? Die For Me opens the story with a young girl so racked with grief over the loss of her pare...moreConcoction of a review: Oh, where do I begin with this one? Die For Me opens the story with a young girl so racked with grief over the loss of her parents that you could not help but to feel empathy for the dear. Her sister moves them both over to Paris to their grandparents to change the scenery and hopefully the Parisian air will help them heal.
I love how Plum has a mysterious dark stranger swoop into Kate's life. She may have noticed him but I was delighted at the fact that their first few encounters were less then wonderful, just awkward. Beyond that she believes he is not very virtuous assuming that this handsome soul is a criminal of all things. Unexplainable events unfolds around mystery boy and soon she finds out that Vincent is hardly normal, much less even alive.
We slowly learn about Vincent's supernatural state and that of his "family". Revenants are not exactly Zombies but they are walking dead. They pasted away saving others and are now chosen to reanimate so they can continue saving people, often by loosing their lives once again. Although, they do are unable to go to their afterlife destination due to regenerating in three days time. How interesting does this concept sound?! I was profoundly intrigued.
Now, so far this sound like a interesting but bland story. The Mad Scientist loves a good twist and Amy Plum does this by adding in the Numa. The offical bad boys of the Undead! Unlike the Revenants who died saving lives the Numa murdered and pilaged in the former life and they continue on this path. The war between Vincent and his kindred are at constant odds with the Numa, casualties are to be had.
The sweet romance between Kate and Vincent was lovely, there was no part where I felt it was forced. There was a connection between the two but I need to reinforce the fact that she does not jump into his arms immediately and fall so far in love that she races to him. Kate knows that her heart is not healed from her parents death. Due to this, she is a guarded soul who ends up leaving Vincent. The best part of Vincent that will make you swoon over him is when he decides to be a valiant and fight for their relationship. A true old soul.
Charlotte, a revenant, was a strong female who was about to do some series damage by kicking Numa butt but she was also a lone female in the house until Kate came along. Kate also bonded with most of Vincent's other kindred as well. However, there is one who did not approve of having a human of all things amongst them. It is chilling and spins the book in different directs when this character is in the scene.
Dislikes, of course I have a few minor issues. There are some elements that just make you want to sigh but then you realize it is found in nearly all YA. Melodramatic drama & a love that sounds like it will stand the test of time. Her grandparents are in the picture although, I was a tad upset that they let the girls do which ever they pleased. A bit more rules would of been more believable.
Overall, The Mad Scientist found this book to be a light reading with a few editing problems (it is an ARC afterall). It is not a profound piece of YA literature but it is a very entertaining story that does not completely follow closely down the same path as others.
I do believe that this book has laid out the groundwork and background for the idea of Revenants and the Numa. The next in the series has so much potenial to be amazing. The Mad Scientist is already waiting for it!(less)
Concoction of a Review: I picked up this book not knowing what to expect in the least. Ok, the wonderful cover and first lines gives a huge...moreRating 2.75
Concoction of a Review: I picked up this book not knowing what to expect in the least. Ok, the wonderful cover and first lines gives a huge part of the book away. Sheridan is a young awkward 15 year old known as Cake Girl, much to the obvious but she loves to decorate elaborate cakes. The cakes you can only dream up or see in articles. The premise was very intriguing…
Sheridan, blundering through adolescents and her trifling selfish decisions that she made throughout the story made it a tad bit of a long story. She spends much of her time working and decorating cakes in the bakery that her Nanny owned. She lives with her father, chef and owner of a splendid restaurant.
Sheridan was abandoned by her mother and it has been years since she has heard from her mother besides from a few birthday cards and broken promises. For some reason she can't let her mother go thinking that she knows that her mother still loves her. She spends much of her time looking for her mother with the help of a best friend, Jack.
The relationship between her and her father is not strong at all. It seems like just coexistence instead of a family relationship. She moans about her father not acting fatherly & lovey at all but to me I didn't see her reach out to him any way as well. Now that her father is on his way to getting his own TV show on a food network channel that would take them to New York City. She feels hurt and like she would be abandoning her hometown, her life & friends, and would most likely miss her mother coming to find her if she left. Everyone in town is so happy and proud that her father is about to become famous. Except… Sheridan.
What would this little tryst of a young adult novel be without a romance? It seems that she was never seen before but all of a sudden the "hottest" guy at school, Ethan, now has eyes for her. Sheridan turns into melted piles of goo when he kisses her and it seems like most of her common sense also is lacking. The Mad Scientist seen right through his motivation. Grr… I wanted to climb into the book and shake that girl out of her knee shaken boy coma. Of course, the new common occurrence including a twist of having to choose between another has not passed up this book. Her beloved best friend Jack has a crush on her which has just recently come to her attention. She is completely confused in this department. Her friend of all friends now wants more & the most popular guy is now her boyfriend.
Overall, the book was cute in a sweet kind of way. Sheridan didn't develop much throughout the book but towards the end you could see the life light bulb turn on in her head. It will take some time to warm up to Sheridan. I only wish that I could have seen some of those cakes that Sheridan spent so much time decorating. The imagery was good on that part but I'm not a cake person so my images are probably way off.
Rating: 2.75 The selfish decisions and narcissist attitude made for a longer read then needed.(less)
Concoction of a Review: I've never read a Fablehaven book. *Gasps* Sorry, it is true but that might have to change. Brandon Mull's A World Without Heroes: Beyonders is the first installment of his next series. If you decide to skip down to the rating... All you should know is that I will be picking up the rest of the series as it comes out!
Our young hero, Jason, started off as just a average boy trying to be suave for a girl he was pining for. Then during a fateful but uniquely odd event involving a hippo (Yes, I said Hippo!) where he landed in another world. Ever so quickly he manages to get himself in as much trouble as possible. I mean his face was about to be plastered all over wanted signs through out the lands of Maldor, an evil tyrant of wizard. *tsk tsk* The Mad Scientist doesn't even think she could of managed such a great feat!
The beginning seemed a tad bit slow, at least for me. Quickly, there was action on nearly every page... so keep flipping if you get discouraged. You warm up to Jason as he starts out on this quest for a magic word. He wants to go home because he doesn't think he is a hero or nearly the type of person who could pull of a quest of this magnitude. However, the Mad Scientist was secretly cheering him on through the dangerous tasks that such a perilous quest demands of him.
I think I may be leading you down the wrong path. Jason did have some help, major help. There were a few tasks that he couldn't of completed without the help of Rachel. Another, Beyounder who also found herself stuck in such an unusual world. Just goes to show that Men no matter how much you think you can... you just can't do everything by yourselves. Women are just too amazing! You need us! There were so many fun fantasy elements that came with this world. A talking head, a race who was able to remove and reattach body parts, huge killer frogs, an evil wizard. Brandon Mull did not use an element more then once it seemed like. There was something new around every corner for our hero to encounter. Finding humor scattered between the risky parts had me giggling to myself. (Yes, I said Giggle!)
Overall, I didn't expect this book to be wonderful. With that being said Brandon Mull blew me away and I loved to hit a good book so expectantly. It is a book that will be loved by young and old, male or female! Although, I would have to step back and say not too young. Some vocab is challenging for my 8 year old and just a few for my 10 year old. I encourage them looking up words. Also, the violence was pretty detailed. I would not allow my boys to read this until at least 12 due to the description of death and killing.
*I received this free eGalley via from publisher Aladdin via Simon and Schuster Galley Grab in exchange for my honest review. * (less)
First Lines: I wait. They keep us in the dark for so long that we lose sense of our eyelids.
Concoction of a Review:
A dystopian novel like nothing the...moreFirst Lines: I wait. They keep us in the dark for so long that we lose sense of our eyelids.
Concoction of a Review:
A dystopian novel like nothing the Mad Scientist has encountered. Admittedly, I had to think about this book for a bit before I could sit down and write about it. Ok... I started the review and forgot about it. So.... now I finish in a vain attempt at reviewing such a wonderful book.
Rhine lives in a world where genetic engineering has made the offspring of the "first generation" live until 25 for males and 20 for females. It is a scary time to be alive and for such a short period of time. Not only were smart enough to make a perfect being they managed to blow up the whole world. Of course, excluding North America. How original? Blah. America is so much better and humans are stupid. Not a seller for me as you can tell.
In this world young girls look over their shoulder in fear of being abducted for prostiution or to be sold off as a bride. Any reader should shiver at this idea. I did.
Rhine is a spirited soul who was tricked and captured. Waking up states away from her brother she starts to search for a way to free herself. She did not want her last four years to go by being stuck as one of a series of wives to Linden. Yes, polygamy! She is even willing to risk everything to be free. To be with her twin once again.
What would you risk to save yourself???
"Eventually I realize that I am holding him just as tight as he holds on to me. And here we are: two small dying things, as the world ends around us like falling autumn leaves."
*Free ARC from NetGalley which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. *
4 Blasts ---> Most Desirable A novel that makes you think and fear what the future may bring. (less)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was just a utterly beautiful read. I do believe it rivals my blood red silver tipped parasol and that is something!
I admit that it is going to be rather hard to review this twisted tale without revealing too much of the goodness. I LOVED the book so I have to gush about it. Just a tad.
The best thing about this book... It is full of Crazy!!
Mara is a dark haired beauty who has hallucinations, hears voices of her dead friends, and unexpected things are happening to her. *Sips tea* Mara? What can the Mad Scientist say? She is just a little on the psychotic side. Why? Her best friend, boyfriend and a friend all went to the great beyond when the abandoned asylum collapsed on them while they were searching for paranormal activity.
How did the building just collapse? What if she is the only one who knows what happened? What if she cannot remember what really happened?
Would you want to remember?
Mara's family moves to Florida to get away from what happened. Attempting at at normal life did not work out so well for her. She becomes the new target for the snotty prep queen of the school, Anna. *Grr...* Leave Mara alone! Psychotic episodes start to happen. She does not know what is real or not. Neither did I! I LOVED it!
Time to swoon! *Fans self* Yes, even deeply troubled girls deserve some European tousled hair hunk to look at. Noah Shaw is just the lad for this! He is an arrogant ASS who happens to just be about the most sexy thing described lately. He is a rumpled sight who just rolls out of bed. Gorgeous tousled messy hair. His contemptuous presumptuous ASS did not turn me away.
Lucky for the reader there is NO love at first sight! The romance builds up very slowly. The sexual tension even had me on edge! I loved how Mara brushed him off like he was NOT a swoonworthy mess! I must say... it is strong of her to be cautious instead of flouncing to his side like a ninny.
Michelle Hodkin's story had the Mad Scientist at every page. What an amazing debut and I am trying not to be torn because I want book two now! The story had me sending mental hugs to Mara and dreaming of dear Noah. Plus all of the other characters were so well developed that I truly enjoyed them all. Even her overprotective brother. The story was sprinkled with Mara's snark which broke up the seriousness of this suspense novel.
Overall, it is safe to say that The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is easily going to be my favorite read of the year. Best Suspense Novel of 2011!!
5 Blasts This book is out now. Go buy it because the Mad Scientist could sum them book up with three letters. WOW!(less)