If you've ever been a bully and wondered if your words and actions really effected the person you bu...moreIf you have ever been bullied, pick this book up!
If you've ever been a bully and wondered if your words and actions really effected the person you bullied, pick this book up!
If you've ever thought bullying doesn't really effect anyone, than you REALLY need to pick this book up
If you're dealing with a bully or know someone who is, GO PICK THIS BOOK UP, because you will realize you are not alone! In fact, you're far from it. There's a whole slew of authors who know what you're going through and believe me, their stories will effect you one way or another. They'll do more than make you realize you do have a friend in all this, they'll inspire and empower you to rise above the crap you're having to deal with, and help you to realize you are far better than those who are or are trying to bring you down.
Normally when I read a book like this I like to talk a little about each author's story, but this book is different. There are so many stories that one, there's no way I could fit it all in one post, or even two, and two, this entire book is one that at times made me cry, made me smile, made me think, made re-count my middle grade years, and more. Dear Bully made me think of my bullying experiences and made me think of the things I've done to others that may have effected them in ways I was effected by a bully, not that I was a bully, but this book makes you realize that all the things we do and say no matter how big or how little effect someone.
You know the old saying, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words will never hurt me!" Well many of us know that words are far more powerful than that saying indicates and have a longer, lasting effect than a broken bone. The stories included in this book are real experiences these authors have had, and each of them made me reflect, but the two more powerful stories came from Ellen Hopkins, who's story is the first in the book and than Heather Brewer's story. If I could send Heather's message to every person I know who's been effected by bullying I would, but instead I'm going to close my review with a quote from her story that made me cry, and I'm not a crier:
"Bullying is a horrible thing. It sticks with you forever. It poisons you. But only if you let it. See, there's a secret that no one ever tells you when they're filling your head that this "will build character" or just completely go away when you're an adult. You have the power to decide what hurts you and what doesn't, what sticks with you, and what you use as fuel to pull yourself out of the muck. You can make the needed change in your life and give yourself happiness and joy, despite what the bullies have tried to instill in you. You can succeed at anything, at everything. But you can't let them see you cry. Instead, when they want to see those tears, when they're doing everything possible to break you down, I want you to smile and remember that they're just picking on you because they wish they were just like you, but they don't have the guts.
Remember that minion, because everyone deserves a happy ending"- pages 69 & 70
GO PICK THIS BOOK UP! Every tween, teen, teacher, parent and so forth NEEDS TO READ THIS! Bullying IS A PROBLEM and it's one that's not going away. It's at every grade level, in every school, in every town across the US (and through out the world) and it's time to change that. Thank you to each of 70 authors who not only shared their own experiences with bullying, but have now connected with their fans on a whole new level. This is a book that everyone needs to read. (less)
I love this series! It's captivating, thrilling, and leaves me wanting so much more. Jennifer Armentrout has created the perfect blend of action, susp...moreI love this series! It's captivating, thrilling, and leaves me wanting so much more. Jennifer Armentrout has created the perfect blend of action, suspense, twists, romance, and excitement that makes my heart race, and makes me wish I could turn the pages a little bit faster. I can't get enough of these characters. Each book in this series has gotten better and better. I'll admit, after Deity, I didn't think she could top all that happened in that book, but boy was I wrong.
Apollyon is an action packed, fast paced read that had me clinging to the pages, and holding my breathe for much of the story. There are shocking betrayals, fabulous twists, and those sweet moments I have loved since book one between Alex and Aiden. Don't worry, Seth is definitely ever present. The thing I wasn't excepting was to like a few characters that up until now, I didn't really care for. I like how things have changed in this book, some for the better, and some were surprising. Given all that has happened, things needed to change or else this story wouldn't be believable. What? Like you don't wish you had your own Apollyon or Sentinel? You know you do. *snickers*
I'm totally addicted to Jennifer Armentrout's writing. She has not only created this vivid world, but she writes these visually stunning, and beautiful moments between her characters. She creates these moments between her characters that are sensual and leave me breathless, and then a moment later she leaves me laughing over something snarky Alex has said. She throws in the right amount of danger that makes me heart race, and sneaks in these shocking twists that leave me on edge, while I try to decipher what's going to happen next. Aside from all that, this time around Jennifer takes readers deeper into her mesmerizing mythology, and treats us to a different side of her series. She introduces us to a different side of her Gods, and gives us more of her series's mythology. I loved it. The Underworld was fabulous!
Alex and Aiden. Alex and Seth. Alex and well Alex. Alex is a character whom I always thought was incredibly strong. Okay I've loved her for her snark and compassion, but I love that she's always held her own. This time around she battles herself, as much as she battles Seth. Seth..... I know I shouldn't want to like him, but like with Alex, he gets under my skin and I can't help it. I know. I know I shouldn't, but it's Seth. Don't get me wrong, I totally want to kick his butt as much as Alex does.
After reading the other three books in this series I didn't think I could love Aiden more than I did, and I swear I say this every time, but wow! Aiden seriously steps it up in this book, and I love what he does for Alex. The love Aiden and Alex have for each other is taken to a whole new level, and I loved it! I loved seeing how the sacrifices they've made for each other up to this point in the series come full circle. The way Jennifer has created their relationship is well, lovely. I know that sounds lame, but it is. I love that it's complicated and simplistic. Ooh those moments with these two in this book! I did say Jennifer writes sensual well didn't I?! She does.
I loved seeing some of my other favorite characters back in this book! I won't name names, but YAY for someone being in this book and the role they played in helping Alex. There are so many things I want to discuss about this book, but I can't. Like always, I do not want to spoil things for anyone. I am seriously in love with this series. I love that Jennifer keeps me on my toes with all that she throws into each of her books. Everything has a purpose in Jennifer's series. Her characters, her mythology, her scenes, the little things that have happened through out each book. Like always, Jennifer leaves me wishing her next book was already coming out, because I CAN NOT WAIT that long! I need more! If you're a fan of this series, I highly recommend that you pick it up TODAY! (less)
Take some really hot, sizzling character chemistry, two stubborn love interests who know how to push each other's buttons, and add in some awesome out...moreTake some really hot, sizzling character chemistry, two stubborn love interests who know how to push each other's buttons, and add in some awesome out of this world characters and you've got the makings for one fabulously written story. Jennifer Armentrout never fails to make me fall head over heals in love with her writing and her characters. How could I not? Her sizzling character chemistry, well written characters, and action packed books always leaving wanting more. Obsidian definitely does all that and more.
Talk about a refreshing, Obsidian will give readers a whole new take on aliens. What Jennifer did with this story was absolutely awesome! You do not need to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy it. Believe me, there's plenty of sparks and snarky come backs flying back and forth between Kat and Daemon, that fans of romance will love it. I loved the whole "boy next door" thing that happens between Kat and Daemon. Who ever thought you could live next door to an extremely hot alien? Certainly not Kat, and boy did I love every moment of her getting to know Daemon. If you guys loved Jace in City of Bones, just wait till you meet Daemon.
As a new comer to a small town Kat's in for a eye opening experience when she moves next door and meets Daemon, becomes best friends with his sister Dee, whom I completely loved and inadvertently gets mixed up into their world. What I love about Kat is that girl not only holds her own, she can dish it right back to Daemon. She's a stubborn, independent, resilient, character who doesn't take crap from anyone, and she can hold her own in some of the fabulous action packed scenes. Plus she's snarky and I love that.
To match her fiery character is Daemon, who takes everything up a notch and completely ruffles Kat's feathers, to say the least. Shoot, if I was Kat he would have ruffled my feathers too. Being a the big TMI fan that I am, I'm going to go out on a limb and say if Daemon and Jace where to battle it out, it would be a close call on which character would win. They both have a way for getting under the main characters skin as well as the readers, and yet you can't help but loving them. Not to be out done by her brother, Daemon's fabulous sister Dee really surprised me with how big of a role she plays in the story. I completely adored her! She's such an awesome, down to earth girls, and she's completely opposite of her brother. She's a well written loyal best friend to Kat.
If you're looking for a book that includes hot, alien boys, plenty of sarcasm, sizzling chemistry (which leads to one hot little scene), the right amount of laugh out loud moments and is over all is one of those books you can't get enough of, then I'd recommend picking up Obsidian! I think YA fans are going to fall in love with Daemon & Kat. There is some mild language found through out the book and one well written sensual scene.(less)
I'm so fascinated with this time period and really adore this series. In Bright Young Things I loved the way Anna brought the time period to life via...moreI'm so fascinated with this time period and really adore this series. In Bright Young Things I loved the way Anna brought the time period to life via the story of three bright young girls, Cordelia, Letty and Astrid. In this sequel, Anna does another fabulous job with keeping the feel of this era live with her richly detailed setting, her well written characters, surprising turn of events, great storyline and realistic character dialogue.
While the ending of the first book left me feeling a bit heart broken for each of the girls, Beautiful Days leaves me feeling both hopeful and cautious for them. There's a turn of events that leads each of the girls down a different path and in essence changes them, not necessary for the better or for worse, but they've each made decisions that I'm afraid will have disastrous consequences for one of them. I really do adore each of the characters. They each add something unique to the storyline.
Cordelia is trying to get over a broken heart, and help her brother run a new family venture, and in the process of all this she's trying to figure out her feelings for Max Darby, the pilot she saves at the end of Bright Young Things. There's of course complication as she's now the latest gossip in every newspaper around town. Not to mention that there's stuff going down between her family and the Hale Family. Did I mention Thom Hale is still in the picture. Anna definitely does a great job at stringing me along as I try to figure out Max and Thom's motives are. There's something about the two of them I can't quite figure out....
Speaking of figuring people out, Cordelia's brother Charlie is turning out to be quite the twisted character. There's definitely something about him that's alluring and a little off setting at the same time. Astrid and Charlie's relationship isn't as peachy as I was hoping it would be. In fact, it's a bit more volatile, which gave me a hint of that rage that seems to be simmering just below his surface. He's not abusive to her, but there's just something about him that puts me on guard.
Letty is the character my heart broke for the most. This poor girl is trying to juggle following her dreams of making it on broadway and her friendships with Cordelia and Astrid. Both girls are so pre-occupied with their own issues that they often times without meaning to brush Letty aside. I felt so bad that things between her and Grady didn't turn out the way I had hoped they would, and I'm really hoping there's more of him in the next book. Letty definitely deserves someone who can treat her right.
This is a great series. I really enjoy being whisked away into this swinging time period, and feeling like I'm apart of each of these girl's lives. I enjoy the way the character's stories are told. It's not hard to fall in love with them and feel like I'm apart of their lives as they learn to deal with the different turn of events and circumstances that are changing who they are. I'm really exited to read the next installment in this series. I think Anna's going to be throwing a few more curve balls into this series' plot line.(less)
Picking up not long after Tempest Rising ends, readers will be thrust back into the vibrant under water world, rich mermaid mythology and be...more4.5 stars
Picking up not long after Tempest Rising ends, readers will be thrust back into the vibrant under water world, rich mermaid mythology and be re-introduced to some incredibly intriguing characters. Tempest battles her inner war with wanting to be back with her family on land and claiming her rightful position in her mother's clan. If that wasn't enough, Tempest must choice between two fabulous guys she loves, Kona or Mark, and her choice might leave a few fans a little surprised by her choice. I loved Tempest Rising, and I thoroughly enjoyed Tempest Unleashed. It wasn't just the swoon worthy chemistry, the impending war, and Tempest coming into her powers, which made for a great fight scene, that held my interest with this book. Tempest herself kept me hooked with her story.
Tempest is a character I felt like I really understood in this book. Her being torn about finding her place and where she fit in with the two worlds she's now apart of made sense, as did her heart being torn on Kona and Mark. I liked how Tracy Deebs was able to allow me to understand the reasoning with Tempest's confusion and following her heart. There's time in YA books I feel like I don't understand why a character makes the choices they do, but with Tempest, Tracy puts it all out there through out the entire book, so I understood every little thing Tempest agonizes over. When the time came for her to make her choice on who she's going to be with and what she's going to do, it didn't really surprise me as much as I thought it would. I will say if Tempest reasonings hadn't been spelled out so to speak, than I would have been frustrated, but I got why she made her choice and why.
There's some fabulous character chemistry in this book! I loved the little moments that Tempest got with both Kona and Mark. I'll admit, I've been team Kona, but Mark steps it up a bit in this book. Having both guys fight over Tempest was both comical and a little swoon worthy all at the same time. I again found myself torn on which guy I adore more for Tempest, Kona or Mark. Tempest being the strong willed girl she is and not one to let others tell her what to do, does a great job at holding her own in this book. I admire her bravery and strength to protect those she loves, both on land and below the surface.
There's more action, a few surprises and a great twists that Tracy includes with this book. There is plenty more at stake in this sequel and I'm just talking about the lurking danger. Hearts will get broken, lives will be lost, and love will be the underlying thing that drives Tempest to do the things she does. I loved diving back into Tempest world and I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series. (less)
I finally know what all the hype surrounding Eve is all about. This was such a fun, fast paced, exciting read and it didn't take me long to get sucked...moreI finally know what all the hype surrounding Eve is all about. This was such a fun, fast paced, exciting read and it didn't take me long to get sucked right into Eve's world. Eve's setting is one that mixes together standard dystopian elements, as well as a few new ones. The world has lost most all of it's population from a plague caused by vaccinations, keeps it's small group of boys and girls completely separate (as in different parts of the now untamed country), has resistant groups dotted through out the country, an inhumane government controls what everyone does, as well as feeds it's citizens lies, and the country itself is ruled by an equally inhumane King, known as the King of New America. Oh wait, I left out that all kids become orphans at least in Eve's school and the school raises the kids and preps them aka "nurtures" them to how they see fit. Did I mention the school and the government work together? This story wouldn't be complete without a character journey, and Eve's journey is one that is eye opening and starts to change the way she views the world around her.
Eve herself is one of those fabulously written characters who's independent, extremely intelligent, beautiful, and I loved that she embraces her femininity, something that's rarely seen with dystopian heroines. While there's still much to learn about Eve and her world, I enjoyed taking her journey with her. She grew from someone who questioned what she was brought learning and what she was now being told by someone she didn't quite trust in the beginning of the book, to uncovering secrets and lies that were kept from her. She become someone who was able to take charge and she found the courage she needed to fall in love, trust in others, choose her own path, defend her honor and when all else felt lost, she found the strength to carry on. Above all, she made the choice to choose her freedom vs embrace the civic duty her was raised to carry out, which she learned more about right before she escaped.
This story also includes a love story that leaves me wanting more. I loved the way the relationship between Eve and Caleb is written. Eve was raised to think boys were bad. Her school taught her that all men are extremely dangerous, as they have no self control. So when Eve meets her knight and shinning armor, who rescues her from a bear attacking her, she struggles with realizing that this guy is not like the guys she was taught about. The first thing she says to him is absolutely hysterical. I won't spoil it for you guys. Their forbidden love story made the story that much more exciting for me. They're both fugitives on the run and while harboring Eve puts Caleb in more danger, he doesn't wavier on his loyalty to her and I loved that about him. I like that they both learn to trust each other.
The ending leaves me wishing I already had the sequel in my hands. I'm eager to learn more about Eve, her world, her friends and those that get left behind. Anna did a great job at introducing me to Eve and the world around her without giving me everything I wanted to know. Being the first book in the series I understand why she didn't give everything way. I think this is a world that will continue to be built upon as the series continues. Which I like, because that keeps me invested with the storyline and has me wanting to read more. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in Eve's series. Eve for me was a really fun, engaging read and it's one I'd recommend to reads 13 years and older. (less)
Fracture's one of those books that's been on my radar for months. I've been really intrigued with the story that revolves around Delaney, the story's...more
Fracture's one of those books that's been on my radar for months. I've been really intrigued with the story that revolves around Delaney, the story's main character who was under water for 11 minutes, pronounced dead, and yet is now very much alive, or is she. Delaney's story is unheard of, both in the real world and in the YA world. I've not yet read another story like hers. Fracture is a book that definitely captured my curiosity on what Delaney's story would entail long before I picked it up to read it.
Delaney for me was a tough character to get to know. She's often times rough around the edges, but then has her few minutes where I felt like I got to see a different side of her. After her accident I felt like she became more distant to me as a reader, as well as to those around her. It's not like I can blame her for that, and that aspect of her personality felt realistic. She has very real side effects from the trauma she suffered, and though it was confusing at times to follow her random out bursts, I felt like Megan did an amazing job at capturing what it would really be like to be around Delaney or even in her shoes during this time. Delaney has some great love interests in her life, but I was a bit confused by her relationships with Decker and Troy.
Decker is a guy who I really wanted to love, but I found myself getting really irritated with him and Delaney. They're extremely close, have a great chemistry and it's obvious at how much they love each other and care for each other, but yet they get mad when the other one starts dating someone else. I felt like one minute they're warm towards each other and the next they act cold, and that left wanting so much more from the two of them. Then there's Troy. Wow, Troy is definitely one crazy character who's hard not to like despite the fact this guy is seriously a bit out there. He knows how to be charming when he needs to be, but he's got this other fearsome side to him that made me want to cower in the corner. I understood the draw that Delaney had to him. They bonded over something that no one else understood except the two of them, but I didn't get why if Delaney was so scared of him after a certain scene she went looking for him again. I got so frustrated at her for doing that for so many reasons.
Kudos to Megan for pulling my emotional strings with her debut. While there were parts of Fracture I enjoyed and other parts I had a hard time connecting with, Megan didn't fall short with pulling me into her story emotionally. Her writing is fabulous, and her ability to get me as a reader inside the mind of Delaney after her accident was mesmerizing. That part of the story felt completely realistic to me. It's not just Delaney who's mind Megan allowed me to see into, but also Troy's. His mind is by far more complex as Megan delicately and realistically shows what it's like to be in the mind of someone who's mentally unstable. It's heartbreaking, it's scary and complex.
Fracture is definitely a story that covers a variety of elements both realistically and paranormally. It's a book that includes romance, mystery, suspense, and a little bit of the "unknown". The wanting to know more is what kept me invested with reading this book. Overall I feel like this is a good read, it's just not one I loved as much as I really wanted to. In the end I needed a few things to be a little bit more resolved for me to really love the book. Having said that I think the realistic side of this story is one that a lot of YA readers will enjoy. There is some mild language, a few f-bombs, and an underage drinking scene in the book. (less)
What an enchanting debut! I love being swept away in a well written historical that has magic, romance, and paranormal elements in it, all of...more4.5 stars
What an enchanting debut! I love being swept away in a well written historical that has magic, romance, and paranormal elements in it, all of which Born Wicked has. Jessica's solid world building, well written characters and flawless plot line also added to my love of this book. Not to mention a strong protagonist, her forbidden romance (sold), and the dangers of living in a society that fear witches. Sounds intriguing right? I was totally addicted to Cate's story.
I really liked Cate and the relationship she has with her sisters. It felt real and genuine, and to me that goes a long way in a book. I felt like I was able to understand and being an older sister, connect with her on some level. With her mother's passing, everything Cate does revolves around her ability to take care of her sisters like her mother asked her to do. It's why she's overly protective about who knows the secrets she and her sister's harbor, why she and her sister's can't openly practice their magic, and why she must carefully choose who she can trust. In her quest for more answers from her mother's cryptic journal entries to her, Cate is also faced with a tough choice, follow her heart, follow the easier path, or join the Sisterhood.
No matter what Cate does, her every movement is being watched. It's like she's being hunted by the Brotherhood who are out to cleanse their society of Witches. Despite a society that frowns upon well educated women, I loved that, that doesn't deter Cate from being a strong, independent and knowledgeable women. Though I give her kudos for acting other wise when she needs to, to protect herself and her sisters. I liked that she thinks before she acts, and often times as hard as it is, she puts her sister's before herself. The one thing I loved that the did for herself, was who she choose to give her heart to. I have to say I loved both romantic interests- Paul the guy she grew up with and is able to have so much fun with, or Finn, the guy who's accepting of her no matter how proper or improper she may act at times.
A lot is at stake for Cate who only has a few weeks to declare who she's going to marry, or give herself over to the Sisterhood, who also harbor their own secrets. Her decision at the end totally surprised me, and I can't wait to the sequel. I really enjoyed Born Wicked. It's a wonderful, clean cut debut to sit and spend the afternoon reading. It's a book that has a timeless feel to it and one I'm looking forward to reading again. I think this is the first book in what's going to be a fabulous series. If you're a fan of magic, witches, forbidden romance and historical settings I highly recommend picking this one up. (less)
Cinder is a fabulously written creative twist on the beloved fairy tale, Cinderella. Though Cinder's story is no fairy tale, Marissa Meyer's...more4.5 stars
Cinder is a fabulously written creative twist on the beloved fairy tale, Cinderella. Though Cinder's story is no fairy tale, Marissa Meyer's debut has an incredibly engaging plot line, a dreamy Prince, a fascinating futuristic setting, and a character I really enjoyed reading about. Right off the bat it's obvious what Cinder is, and aspect of the book is what fueled my intrigue. I wanted to know more about Cinder, her world, and what it was that drove her.
One of the things I love about Cinder how smart she is. She thinks for herself, which I love. I also liked that bit of a stubborn streak she has. It's that stubbornness that gets her through some tough situations, and her a strong character. This poor girl has had a crappy upbringing, and even though I might have wanted to curse out her "wicked" stepmother, Marissa wrote her in a way that against my will, I might have felt sorry for her, even if was for a brief moment. I understood her stepmother's pain, and her bitterness, even though I didn't like that she directed it at Cinder, I got why she did. It's through her mom's horrid treatment of her that I got to see Cinder's vulnerability, and how she carefully crafted her own wall of self worth up around herself.
This setting is crazy awesome. I loved the concept of a "New" Beijing. I don't recall reading another YA book that has this kind of setting, nor are there many books I've read that have Asian characters who play such a huge role in the book, especially in a fantasy book. I loved this book's diversity! It was well written, and beautifully crafted. I love it when the setting and characters I'm reading about, are ones I can easily picture in my mind. Marissa's vivid details and vibrant imagination poured off the pages for me, and hooked me. Okay well the romance hooked me too. I LOVE there is no instana love in this book. Though Prince Kai might have made me swoon as much as he made Cinder swoon, I adored that their relationship is one that slowly developed over the course of the book. I of course loved their back and forth bantering. It's comical to say the least, and I loved that even though she wants to give to Prince Kai, Cinder stands her ground.
Prince Kai! I don't even know how I can say about him. I loved him from the moment he appears in the book, which is very early on. While he might have wowed me a bit, he also does something that made me a bit ticked at him. Like Cinder, I have hope that there is a true reason behind his action, and gah! I really need to know what that reasoning is. One of the things I enjoyed about this book are the layered little twists that get unraveled as the story continues, and the complex characters that are apart of Cinder's world. All of the characters, including the evil ones, had motives and reasons for their actions that were understandable. Seeing these actions, and reasoning made them more dimensional, and not just these filler characters.
If you're a fan of well written fairytale retellings, intrigued by a futuristic Asian setting, well crafted characters, and great character chemistry, then I highly recommend picking this book up! Just prepared that when you finish this one, you'll wish you had the sequel, Scarlet, in your hands. (less)
What a stunning debut! I really wasn't prepared to be totally swept off my feet with this book like I was. Veronica's writing is brilliant and it didn...moreWhat a stunning debut! I really wasn't prepared to be totally swept off my feet with this book like I was. Veronica's writing is brilliant and it didn't take me long at all to totally fall in love with her amazing story. I LOVED the feel of this book. For me it felt like a blend of fantasy, dystopian and a little bit of sci-fi, which worked beautifully for this book. Along with the fascinating world that Veronica's created are some unforgettable characters. I really enjoyed the journey I took with Aria and Perry, so much so that I kept turning the blank pages of the ARC hoping to find just a little bit more of the story. I didn't want to leave the world or the characters just yet, and I'm sure I'll have the same longing feeling even with this series ends, and it's just beginning.
Aria is one of those beautiful characters who truly grows so much through out this story. I liked her from the moment the story opens, but I really feel in love with the person she becomes. Her story begins when she's banished from her home and left to "survive" on her own in a world she knows nothing about, except for the scary stories she's been told. Someone like her isn't made to survive in the "wild", or so she thinks. Aria isn't one to sit back and accept her fate, she's a fighter and a survivor, and she's also has the help of Perry, a Savage. These two have such an awesome chemistry together! I loved every moment I spent reading about them.
They both start having these preconceived prejudices against each other, but during the course of their journey things start to change between them as they learn more about each other and their abilities. I really enjoy watching the two of them change and grow closer together as they learn to trust in each other. Veronica does such a beautiful job at unraveling their relationship little by little. Their relationship really comes full circle during their journey, and that ending...*sigh* The world they're surrounded by is enticing, wild and totally dangerous, and I really liked that Veronica created characters who were able to adapt to this world, and in Aria's case learn to adapt in it. Aside from Perry and Aria, I absolutely adored Roar! He totally brings the humor into this story and at all the right moments too. He's the best sidekick for Perry and Aria, and I loved the history he and Perry have together. There's some hilarious moments between the three of them. He's someone I seriously wanted to spend more time with in this story.
I'm going to sound generic when I say this, but I seriously loved everything about this book. I swear I was completely mesmerized by it. Veronica's writing is one that just hooks me. It's clear, it's beautiful, it's inviting and she makes me feel as though I'm right there experiencing everything her characters are. Under the Never Sky's world is truly unique and completely fascinating. I love a book that makes me wish I could hang out in it's world for just a little bit longer. The characters are brilliant! They're detailed, realistic and so easy to just love. Plus there's this little bit of history we get to learn about with both Perry and Roar's tribes, and the complex world they all live in. I really liked the attention to detail that Veronica gives with Perry's people, also known as the Outsiders. While there are still things that I'm curious to know more about in the next book, I really liked how Veronica wrapped up everything up with the first book. It felt complete even though I know there's a lot more to come.
There are so many more things I want to say about this book, but I don't know what else I can say that won't be a spoiler. I seriously highly recommend picking up this book! It's definitely being added to my shelf of all time favorites. I'm blown away this is only Veronica's debut book. I'm eagerly waiting the rest of this series to be released. (less)
Embrace is an exciting new debut and the first book in what promises to be one enticing series. It's filled with romance, danger, a captivati...more4.5 stars
Embrace is an exciting new debut and the first book in what promises to be one enticing series. It's filled with romance, danger, a captivating angel-lore, and plenty of twists that will keep readers hooked to till the last page. This is one of those books that literally drew me in the moment I sat down to read it, and I found it nearly impossible to put down.
Violet Eden is a character I connected with on many levels, and she's also one I at times got frustrated with. I liked that she's a character who's flawed, struggles with seeing the truth vs seeing what she sometimes wants to see, makes mistakes, is strong and she's someone who's not afraid of taking chances. I love that she's someone who ultimately isn't afraid to make sacrifices, especially when it comes to saving those she loves. She definitely has some tough choices when it comes to love and following her heart.
The romance in this book is HOT! Let just say wow! I adored Lincoln from the moment he's introduced into the story. He's not the perfect guy, which is a huge reason why I love him, but boy does he love and respect Violet and that was enough to hook me. He's one of those extremely patient guys, even when you don't want him to be. If you've read the book you'll know what I mean. He's extremely understanding, loyal, but he's also secretive. He does reveal some of his secrets in Embrace which of course does have some horrible consequences, but I having a feeling there's a lot more he's hiding. I love the friendship and chemistry he and Violet have. That scene between the two of them on her birthday is AWESOME!!
Then there's Phoenix. Seriously, this guy is bad and mysterious, and yet there's something about him that is alluring. He does some things (a lot of things) that just peeve me off. I started out wondering what Violet even saw in him, but then there were parts of the story I was giving him the benefit out of the doubt and I wanted him to be better than he was. Ultimately he shows his true colors though I'm sure we've only gotten to know a tiny bit of the real Phoenix in this book. Kudos to Jessica for writing both of these love interests the way she did. There's so much about them that's revealed and yet there's so much more that I'm hoping I'll found out about them in the sequel.
Jessica does such a great job at creating scenes in this book that grabbed me emotionally. She allowed me to understand and sympathize with her characters, sigh with them, get mad at them and be happy for them. I love it when an author allows me to connect with their story on that level. There's a lot of twists that are unraveled by the end of this story and a lot of things that are also kept secret. I liked the way Jessica wrapped everything up at the end of the book and still left plenty for me to wonder about. I'm extremely curious about what will happen with the guys and Violet in ENTICE. So many choices that were made in this book I fear will have some serious consequences in the next book and the rest of the series to come.
This is a great read and one I really enjoyed. I like that it's part paranormal, part urban fantasy. If you're looking for a new YA series to pick up, I'd recommend picking up EMBRACE when it's out next month. There is some minor language and a couple tastefully written sensual scenes in this book.(less)
Immortal City is definitely not your average angel book. Scott Speer does a fabulous job at creating a world unlike any I've read in YA angel...more3.5 stars
Immortal City is definitely not your average angel book. Scott Speer does a fabulous job at creating a world unlike any I've read in YA angel lore. I loved the gritty feel this story has to it. Angels in this book can be hired out to protect humans, and these angels don't hide who they are. If you're one of the lucky Angels, you're chosen to be a Guardian, as in a Guardian Angel. The Angles in this book are a class of beings unlike any other, and in this world people can't get enough of them. They're celebrities. They're wealthy, beautiful, and in high demand. If you're Maddy, you could care less about them.
Maddy for me was a character I went back and forth on liking through out this story. I liked that she was completely secure in who she was and with what she had. Since her parents died when she was little, she's been raised by her Uncle who also own a popular diner where Maddy helps out before and after school. Not having a lot of money, Maddy's a character who's grateful for what she has and doesn't let not having the finer things in life get to her. One of the things that started to bug me about Maddy was the fact she kept pushing Jackson away through out the entire story, even after the fact she knows he likes her and she likes him. It made sense the first two times she does it given what's going during those scenes, some of their differences that forbids them to fall in love, and the way she feels about Angels, but when it kept happening it killed the flow of the story for me and started to really annoy me.
Luckily Jackson is a persistent character. I really enjoyed Jackson, because there's so much more to him than his drop dead gorgeous looks, being the "it" Angel and having money. He wasn't some shallow character. He had depth to him and I felt like his feelings and attraction to Maddy were genuine. Plus I loved that their relationship wasn't forced. Their attraction to each other and their chemistry made sense. I love that fell for someone who saw him for who he was, and didn't care about all the money and fame. While this story has some good romance and character chemistry, I loved the suspense, danger and the murder mystery that fueled my intrigue with this story.
Not everyone in this story cares about the Angels, and someone's out to kill the best of the best off. The suspense, the who done it part of the story surrounding who was responsible for killing the Angels and the danger that Jackson and Maddy found themselves apart of was well written. I had my hunches about who was responsible for the killings, but Scott kept throwing in some great twists that would leave me second guessing myself. I thought Scott did a great job with the pacing of his story. He kept me invested with the over all story, even though there were parts that I wasn't a huge fan of. Though one of the big mysteries is solved, I have a feeling there's a lot more twists and shocking revelations to come. With the abrupt way the story ended I hope there's going to be a sequel.
Over all Immortal City was a good, entertaining read and I'm looking forward to finding answers to my unanswered questions in the next book.(less)
A gripping, psychological thriller that's hard to put down. This debut is as terrifying as it is fascinating. Sara did a masterful job at cre...more3.5 stars
A gripping, psychological thriller that's hard to put down. This debut is as terrifying as it is fascinating. Sara did a masterful job at creating a story that will make the reader feel just as insane as her main character Faye. Getting inside the head of Faye made it hard to distinguish what was real and what was an figment of her imagination. I have to say, that really made for an interesting read, because it was impossible for me to figure out what was really going on. This is one of those story's that similar to the writings of Nova Ren Suma and Michelle Hodkin's where you spend the entire time trying to piece everything that's going on together, only to get to the end of the book and realize that it was an impossible task to do.
Faye is one of those characters you root for when they become rebellious. How could I not? She basically gets dumped at Holbrook Academy, is forced to take pills to "feel normal", has to deal with the crocked Dr. Mordoch, deal with takers who treat her like an animal and the rest of the residents there, and essential have her individuality taken away from her. I give Faye props for trying to escape. Shoot, I would have done the same thing. Even solitary confinement can't break her spirit, but some of the strange things going on at the Academy can. There's plenty of secrets, betrayals and plot twists that keep on coming until the very end. Not to mention a hot little romance on the side.
Faye's story is a bit confusing at times, but that's what kept me reading. I know that sounds weird and there's very few authors who have been able to hold my attention during a confusing plot, but there's something about Sara's writing that captures your attention. Really, there's so much that's going that it was hard to put the book down. The characters, and the setting really help paint the picture of the disturbing things that happen. Like Faye, I had a hard time trying to figure out what were lies, who I could really trust and what was really the reasoning behind Faye's terrifying visions. When the plot twists unravel and Faye's secrets are revealed all I can say is hold on tight for one wild crazy ending that I never saw coming. It's during this time that I had my "oh that totally makes sense" moment.
Again, Sara's writing is crafted so well that by the end of the book when she unravels everything neatly, I was able to look back and see the hints she had dropped, but with out knowing the outcome there is no way I would have been able to pick up on them. Sounds confusing doesn't it? Believe me when you read it you'll know what I mean by that. The other thing that I was fascinated by is Sara's notes at the end of the book (ARC), where she talks about her inspiration for the story. I loved how she was able to take a little bit of fact and history and create a whole fictional story around that. Overall I felt this was a Good Read. There's nothing I can pin point that I didn't like, it's just no a book I loved, but I liked reading it. There is some mild language, and darker undertones in the book making it one I'd recommend to older YA readers.(less)