Middle grade readers will enjoy this exciting mystery, adventure book. Traveling to the heart of a Central American rain forest, sisters Mad and Roo,Middle grade readers will enjoy this exciting mystery, adventure book. Traveling to the heart of a Central American rain forest, sisters Mad and Roo, along with their mom and traveling companion, are on a mission to find out what's happened to Mad & Roo's father, who was offered a job to track and find rare birds. This lush jungle offers more than beauty, and the sisters find themselves face to face with villains, a mystery, and form an amazing bond during the process.
I love it when authors can write a book for kids that's full of adventure, danger and excitement by incorporating bites of realism with that of magic and a lot of imagination. This is a book I think young readers will really enjoy as they get to know more about Mad and Roo, and feel like they're right along side them on their mission to solve the mystery behind their father's absence and what's really going on within the canopies of this rain forest. I adored the relationship the two sisters have and form during this trip. While Mad is the more serious, insightful one, Roo is a little bit less uptight and a bit more fun. She brought the humor to all the right parts of the book. Together these two are fabulous. It's hard not to love them for who they are.
I thought this was a great read. I think it's one MG readers are going to enjoy. There are things they'll be able to relate to, other things they'll enjoy discovering, and over all it's a fun story to read about. I also liked the age appropriate crush that is woven into this story, the mystery, and the moments of danger and adventure this story has. It's one I'd recommend picking up....more
A fun, refreshing romantic comedy that will leave you wishing you could hop on a plane bound for London.
You know what makes a great book? When the autA fun, refreshing romantic comedy that will leave you wishing you could hop on a plane bound for London.
You know what makes a great book? When the author can pull you into their story without you even realizing you've been sucked in. It's until you laugh out loud, or suck in your breathe as you hold back the tears, or sit there and sigh over an extremely sweet moment between the two characters, do you realize just how invested you've become with the book. That's exactly what happened to me with this romantic, comedy of a story. Rarely do I say this, but I really hope this book turns into a movie, because I'd be the first in line to watch it.
This story follows that of two completely opposite characters and the trip that brought them together. London! Who doesn't want to go to London and fall in love. This was the perfect setting for this story. For someone who's always wanted to go there, I love the artsy trip the characters were on in London. I felt like I got a personal tour of a city I've always wanted to visit. I loved it! It also provided the person back drop for a few memorable moments. One I'll just say involves rain, mud, and field. *sigh* Just wait till you read it!
The Funny thing is, Jason and Julia don't have that much in common, at all. In fact you'd like these two couldn't stand each other, which is what made them so much fun to read about. They reminded me of my husband and I before we started dating. Julie and Jason have these moments where they just get on each other's nerves, but then something happens, and it leads into these other sweet moments. I loved how over the course of this book they got to know each other, and slowly began to fall for each other. Really it's more than that, but I can't talk about the little details for the sake of spoilers. I will say I've not laughed out loud, and sighed this much over a book in a while.
This story isn't all about romance, falling in love and kissy scenes. It's much more complicated than that. There's secret romantic text messages, Mark, jealousy, and an unforgettable goose chase around London to track down the mysterious Chris. After all, what happens when you believe in your Meant to Be, and discover your Meant to Be might be someone you never thought was meant for you.
I love this line out of the book: "But things work out, you know. Even if it doesn't feel okay for a long time, or even if it feels like things will never be okay again, everything works out in the end." (pg. 126-127)
Meant To Be is fabulous! It's one of those fun reads that you want to spend the day reading, but really end up not being able to put it down and before you know it you've finished the book. It's also one of those books you have to resist the urge to not immediately re-read it. That, and I'm still grinning after reading it. What a fabulously written debut! This is one book I'd definitely recommend picking up next week. It delivers on the character chemistry, the romance, the laughter, and is over all fantastic read! I can't wait to read more of Lauren's books. ...more
Survive is an intense, incredibly fast paced read that's full of triumph, tragedy, heartbreak, and will power. It's that will to survive that will aidSurvive is an intense, incredibly fast paced read that's full of triumph, tragedy, heartbreak, and will power. It's that will to survive that will aid Jane through the darkest moment of her life.... I'm not just talking about her desire to follow in her father's footstep to commit suicide. With all odds stacked against her, and the other survivor of a deadly plane crash in the middle of the mountains, Jane finds the hope, love and the strength to live. The book's title, SURVIVE has more than one meaning in this book, and I loved two different meanings it has in Jane's story.
Alex Morel did an awesome job with keeping his story's darker, and sometimes hard to write about subject deep, without going over board. Despite the fact I had a hard time connecting with Jane during the first part of the book, I loved her during the second half. Alex did a wonderful job at allowing me to see the changes in Jane. The first part of the book was spent on providing what Jane's agenda was (why she was flying home etc), how she got into the mental facility she's in, and her struggle to come to terms with all she's gone through, and why she's set on taking her life. Though Alex allowed me to understand why Jane was set on taking her life, I didn't connect with her during this time. I had a lot of issues with her reasoning behind wanting to do this. Despite that, it wasn't until the second half of the book, when the plane crashes did I start to connect with her.
Talk about gut wrenching, this story is brimming with emotion on a whole different level. I thought I was prepared with what to except with Jane's story, but this story entails way more than I was anticipating. During the second half of the story, which takes places during and after the plane crash, I felt that Jane completely transforms into a much stronger character, and was much more engaging for me. She all the sudden had this spark of life in her, and had this incredible desire to live, and over come all the odds stacked against her. I loved the role Paul, the snarky, broken boy who's also had his fair share of heartbreak, plays in Jane's life on the flight and especially after the crash. Though they had only met on their flight, he changed the way Jane felt, and how she viewed life. He pushed her like no one else had before.
WOW, Alex created an incredibly engaging, and realistic crash site. Every emotion and the danger that encompasses this part of the book felt real. I grew up loving Hatchet, and I know this story has been compared to a modern day, older version of that book. Normally I'm not a fan books being compared, but I definitely agree with that comparison. It's well written, fast paced book, with the right amount of length to hook you. I will warn you, there is an incredibly heartbreaking scene in this book that will leave you a little broken, but it's oh so worth picking up the book. You'll miss out on all that happens leading up to that point. One a side note, there is some minor language, and this book does talk about suicide, a lot, and in a very tasteful manner. If you're a fan of survival stories, you must pick this one up!
Be sure to visit the blog on Saturday when Alex Morel stops by to talk about his debut, and enter to win one of 3 copies I'll be giving away....more
A sequel rich in lore, embedded with deception, magic, danger and fueled by love, RIFT is a must have it, must read book! There's something to be saidA sequel rich in lore, embedded with deception, magic, danger and fueled by love, RIFT is a must have it, must read book! There's something to be said about an Andrea Cremer story, and that's that I LOVE her writing! I didn't think I'd love this series as much as I loved the Nightshade series, but Andrea proved me wrong with RIFT. Now with RISE all I can say is the same thing I did with RIFT, this is Andrea's best book yet! I am hopelessly in love with the way she creates her world, her incredibly enchanting, and yes dangerous world, and her characters.
There is something about the way Andrea writes her characters that just gets to me, and in a good way. In RISE as has been the case with the rest of Andrea's books I've read and fallen in love with, somewhere during the course of reading the story, her characters cross over from being fictional to becoming real. At least in my mind. I can easily not only visualize Andrea's stunning, and captivating world, but I can clearly picture the characters in their elements. I love that Andrea makes me fall for each of her characters, but I can't help but love them, even the ones I wish I could despise, because she allows me to understand them. She shows me what motivates them, what drives them to make the choices they do. Whether driven by love, devotion, greed, jealousy, the need for power or what ever it is. It's through those realistic emotions that makes each of her characters feel more real. I loved being able to see what motived and drove each of the characters on their quests and their downfalls.
My favorite part of this book was getting into the makings of what becomes the lore and back bone of the Nightshade series. This rich history was nothing less than incredibly enticing. I wanted more! Some things I started to figure out right as things were being revealed, and other things I was shocked by. There is plenty of deception, twists, and shocking discovery that fueled how addiction with this exciting storyline. What really drives this story is love. Andrea Cremer knows how to write sensual, and she does it well.
Yes, I'm a hopeless romantic and I can't get enough of Ember and Barrow. They have this truly dynamic, unbreakable bond that makes me believe in this story's true love (*sigh* who doesn't wnat to believe in true love?). These two are a perfect match for each other, at least in my eyes. Ember is ever the fierce, brave warrior I knew she'd be in this story. Barrow is the one that surprised me the most in this book. I LOVE that he embraces Ember for all she is. He helps her and is there to protect her and do anything for her, but I love that he also allows her to do things on her own, and doesn't smother nor does he try to change her. The two of them together could make me sigh, and laugh all within the same scene.
There are a few other relationships in this book that brought out the emotions and also fueled the twists that take place. I was surprised that I felt that each relationship was not only believable, but just as in-depth as the characters are. Honestly, this story has it all. Strong well rounded characters, a rich history into what started it all, and incredible writing. You don't need to be a wolf fan to pick up this series. If you love magic, danger, adventure and romance than this is a book for you! I highly recommend picking it up! ...more
Picking up right where Heirs of Prophecy left off, Michael Rothman whisks readers right back into the Riverton's brother's world of magic, danger, susPicking up right where Heirs of Prophecy left off, Michael Rothman whisks readers right back into the Riverton's brother's world of magic, danger, suspense and adventure. Much of what I enjoyed with book one rings true with book two. The brothers are older teens, a bit more mature and very skilled in the ways of their new home, and in harnessing their unique powers. They're still young and still have a lot to learn, but I liked seeing how much they're grown and continue to grow and learn as the series continues. I love it when a series picks up right where the previous book leaves off, and cuts right to the chase with what's going on. Michael does a fabulous job at recapping some of the first book's events, and does so without spending doing so. It just enough to re-engage the reader incase they've forgotten what has happened previously.
In book one, more time was spent setting up the world, explaining the prophecy, and introducing the reader to the wide range of characters. In this book, more time was spent on the story itself, and I liked how the two books compliment each other in their progression in the over all story line. I also liked the direction this story goes in. It's a little bit darker, as there's more danger, and a lot more at stake with the epic battle that's about to take place. I liked seeing how each character has grown and continues to mature as this storyline goes on. The adults all change is ways I would except them to and the younger characters have all grown in ways I hoped they would. There's not one character in this book I enjoy over the other, as they important roles in telling this story. Normally I gravitate to one character, but with this series I've enjoyed reading about each of them, both good and bad. The other thing I liked was the romance that continues to grow. It's a little more mature, but still very much still a clean cut and age appropriate one.
Like Heirs of Prophecy, there were times the pacing and length of this book made it hard for met to stay invested with the storyline the entire time, but overall I liked the direction of the story and what takes place. There's plenty of action, a few twists, and some evil plots that are revealed that made this story an exciting one. Along with the action, there's a few new characters who get introduced into the series. With a cast full of wizards, elves, dragons, wolves, humans and more, this story's over all good vs evil battle just got a lot more exciting. As I said with book 1, if you're looking for a clean cut story that is full of fantasy, magic and adventure, I'd recommend picking this series up. ...more
An intriguing paranormal story with a mesmerizing secret. I don't know which made more excited to read this book, the cover or the synopsis. Based onAn intriguing paranormal story with a mesmerizing secret. I don't know which made more excited to read this book, the cover or the synopsis. Based on the synopsis alone I knew this was going to be paranormal read I was going to enjoy, and I did! Sara Walsh did not disappoint me. She created a story that wasn't at all what I was excepting. There is this enticing air of mystery surrounding the entire story that I loved. That one element alone is what kept me invested with the story. I wanted answers, and the deeper I got into the storyline the more I learned, and more I realized this was not a story I could even try to figure out what was going to happen next. Surprisingly, the more answers I got, the more questions I had.
Mia's small town in on edge. There are strange things happening, and with the mystery behind kids's disappearances, reports of weird lights, and other unexplainable things going on, that's understandable. Mia is an amazingly strong character. She's someone I felt bad for and admired all at the same time. She works hard to keep her family together, which basically means she does all she can to help and protect her younger brother. With no father or mother around (nor have they ever been around), she and her brother live with an Uncle who's hardly there at all. I love the bond Mia and her brother Jay have. She'd do anything for him, and it shows in all she does and ends up doing when she sets off to find him after he disappears.
I at first thought this was a story that had aliens in it. I know, I don't know what I was thinking, but I guess something about "mysterious lights" had me think space ships. Boy, was I wrong! This is far from crop circles and aliens abducting kids. I loved the world that Sara introduced me to with The Dark Light. The originality of the story is my favorite part of the book, because it's unlike anything I've read. I liked the mythology, learning about the history of the people who made up this world, and the surprising twists with some of those characters. I think this is the first time in a long time I wasn't able to figure out who anyone really was, and what was going to happen next. I loved that! Mia's journey is full of surprises, action, plenty of mystery, and a sweet romance that despite lacking that intensity I love about YA romances, was one I still enjoyed.
Mia's got a fabulous love interest in our mysterious hottie, Sol. If you love a guy with a tattoo that takes up his entire back (I loved finding out what the significance was with this), who's tall, dark and brooding, then you'll love Sol. Here's the thing with Sol, he's not like other guys. He's mysterious, not dangerous, but there's something about him that like Mia, had me wanting to find out about his secrets. He's commanding, sure of himself in a way that doesn't make his cocky, but it instead makes him come across as just different. The more I got to know Sol, the more I liked him! Trust me, Sol's got some pretty interesting secrets that make it hard not to love him.
My only compliant with this book is I felt it was a bit too long. At almost 500 pages in length, I felt there was a point between the middle and close to the end of the book that lost some of it's interest for me. I think if the book had been a just a little shorter that might not have happened. I didn't have any problems with the storyline until that point, and because I had already invested myself in the story I wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen, and I'm glad I did, because the scenes after that were great. Over all this was a book I enjoyed! With the way the story ended I'm really curious to find out if there will be a sequel. If there is, I'm totally picking it up. ...more
This is an unexpected read full of hope, despair and something that's a bit dark and a little beautiful all at the same time. Sarah Fine's well crafteThis is an unexpected read full of hope, despair and something that's a bit dark and a little beautiful all at the same time. Sarah Fine's well crafted story, and incredible world building really set the tone for this book. The imagine of Hell as a setting for a book would seem a little hard to create and make readers want to read about, but Sarah's detailed descriptions of the dark and dreary place where Lela goes to, to risk it all for her friend really added depth to her story. Journeying to hell is just as dangerous as it sounds, but while there something remarkable happens to Lela. Not only does she learn to conquer her own demons, and find that inner strength she needs to make out of this place, but she finds hope and for the first time in her life she gets a glimpse of love. It was this part of the story that made it hard for me to put down this fast paced, engaging read.
This book's world of hell is where those who committed suicide go. It was really interesting me to see how this complex world was made up. Many of those there are too hung up on themselves and the reason that drove them to commit suicide in the first place, that they don't pay any attention to anything going on around them, which also puts them in danger of not only really losing themselves, but losing their afterlife. To me that made sense to call it hell. It would be. It was interesting to me that Lela out of all people would the one to charge through the Suicide Gates to save her friend. I'll admit, Lela is someone I found to be incredibly brave, and strong, especially given all the hell this girl has gone through. Her voice was rich, and commanding, which made it easy for me to hear her. She also got on my nerves one too many times with her continuous self sacrificing ways. I can only read about that so often before I'm totally irked by a character who continues to make the same choices and rationalizations over and over again, despite knowing the grim out come of their actions.
Aside from Sarah's incredible writing, the thing I enjoyed more about this book is the relationship that is formed between Lela and Malachi. Wow was it intense, believable, slow burning, and hopeful. Malachi matched Lela perfectly. He's strong, broken like she is, smart, commanding and incredibly precise with his actions. I might have fallen for him and loved his character a bit more than I did Lela's. There was something about him that just grabbed me, and I can't even pin point what it was. I loved how the relationship between Malachi and Lela developed and grew. These two were broken in so many ways, and yet through each other they found the hope and that meaning to fight for something more. I felt that the way Sarah told their story, and created this world was incredibly engaging, because it struck a chord with me. There's so many meanings to what the characters go through, find in each other, and deal with in this dark world, yet together they become the light the other person needs, and wants. I liked the depth this story had.
This book however will not be for everyone. This may not be a book for those who are sensitive to the topic of suicide, as this plays a huge roll in the book. Lela recounts her failed attempt at suicide, her friend Nadia commits suicide and the world which Lela goes to, is the place those who commit suicide arrive to. I would also caution those who are sensitive to language, violence, and mentions of sex and sex abuse before picking up this book. There is a lot of language at the beginning of the book with the f-word, which honestly totally turned me off of the book and I almost stopped reading it. When you drop the f-word that often within the first 15 pages of the book it makes me feel that the author is trying too hard to make your main character seem "bad" or rough around the edges. Not only that, it's just excessive to me, and I personally didn't care for it. It felt out of character for Lela, or I should say I didn't buy into how often it's said. However I understood the use of the language used later on in the book.There is some violence, and mentions of sex abuse which isn't described in detail, but none the less conveys what happened to Lela.
Everything that is mentioned in this book plays a role in who the characters are, why they fight so hard to escape their hell, and in who they become. This book has dark, gritty world, with an unexpected engaging storyline. It's one that I'm surprised I liked as much as I did, and I credit Sarah Fine's writing for that reasoning. I'm looking forward to finding out what's in store for Malachi and Lela next. ...more
Burning Blue is one part thriller one part realistic contemporary. It's a complex story that connects the lives of two teens who are both dea3.5 stars
Burning Blue is one part thriller one part realistic contemporary. It's a complex story that connects the lives of two teens who are both dealing with some interesting situations, Jay and Nicole. Coming from two totally different back grounds, these two connect on a level that brings them both closer together, and allows them to slowly open up and confide in each other in a way that leaves them both exposed and vulnerable. Paul Griffin's writing is amazing! Not only does he weave together this incredible story of two teen's lives who suffered from life changing moments, but he creates this intense mystery surrounding Nicole's acid attack. Everyone is a suspect and when the real attacker is exposed it is down right insane, as in, I can't believe that's who was behind it, and I never saw that one coming.
This is story that is filled with suspense, fueled by an intense mystery, and in turn is given an intriguing storyline I couldn't stop reading. Written in a way that tells the story from the main character's POV of, Jay, along with the victims journal entries, Nicole, and from the point of view of one of the psychologists Nicole sees, made for an interesting read. I liked getting to see the story from so many points of views. It not only gave me an inside look behind these three characters, it allowed me to understand them a little more. At the same time is also created and deepened the story's complex mystery regarding the acid attack on Nicole. It's the type mystery that left me completely hooked, and I couldn't stop reading the book until I knew who did it. Believe me, you'll be shocked when you find out the who in the who dun it is.
Jay is a kid who once seemed like he fit in well with everyone at school, well for the most part, and suffers from seizures. After having one at school exposed the embarrassing after math of what can happen from the an attack, and having it posted on youtube made him withdrawal from school to be homeschooled. Despite having a father who's often times lost to his work, a mother who passed away when he was young, Jay often times is by himself. Jay doesn't hail from money. He's kid who seems like he has a pretty good head on his shoulders, and I admire him for doing things he things are right. Though he shouldn't get involved, Jay finds himself in the middle of trying to solve the shocking who done it case of beauty queen and fellow student Nicole's acid attack that let's her scared, exposed, and extremely vulnerable. Nicole is someone who most people would find themselves envious of. She's that drop dead gorgeous girl with the flawless skin, wears the trendy clothes, comes from money, and is dating the hottest guy at school. What I loved about Nicole is how grounded, and nice she is. Like the type of girl who's nice to everyone. Her beauty/looks also have her slated to be the new Miss New Jersey. That is until someone squirts acid on her at school.
In a story about beauty, infused with love, and given a jealous twit, Burning Blue will leave readers hooked until the last page. Paul Griffin's writing is one that I really liked, and I'm definitely picking up more of his book. I really like the way he unraveled everything that happens in Burning Blue. The way Jay and Nicole meet, the way they slowly start opening up to each other, and the twists into the attack were well written, and believable. I liked how everyone was a suspect and the way the real suspect was weeded out. I also liked that though Jay tries to solve the mystery himself, he does some not so legal things to solve it, and in the process has a few consequences he deals with because of it. I understood his motivation to solve the case, and why he does what he does, but I also like that he has consequences for those actions. Over all I felt like this was a good read. There is some mild language and a sexual reference in this book, making this one that may not be suitable for younger readers. If you're looking for a thrilling YA read I'd recommend picking this one up. ...more
A historical journey filled with adventure, danger, catastrophic events, and plenty of mystery, James Dashner's A Mutiny In Time is an awesome, jam paA historical journey filled with adventure, danger, catastrophic events, and plenty of mystery, James Dashner's A Mutiny In Time is an awesome, jam packed read that younger kids will devour. Set in a future America that is constantly plagued by natural disasters, the world which we live in now is much simpler compared to the one best friends Dak and Sera live in. If the deadly earthquakes, freak storms, and volcanic eruptions weren't enough, Dak's parents are now missing, and Dak and Sera are thrown into a secret society and world they never nothing about, until now.
On a mission to find his parents and fix what's been broken, Dak, Sera and Riq are armed with a ring that gives the power to travel back in time to fix/prevent things from happening that might change what we know history to be today. In the process Dak will discover some pretty interesting things about his parents. With this particular story, I liked how history and the future are tied together, and how these three characters had to not only work together, but trust in each other, and trust in what they have learned in order to make their mission a successful one. Kids are resilient and it was great seeing that resilience in action with The Infinity Ring. Plus the history buff in me loved the fact they could travel back into the past, and in this case they travel back in time to prevent something horrific that's to happen on board Christopher Columbus's ship.
One of the things I love have come to admire about Dashner's writing, is his storytelling. He doesn't just write a story, he tells it. He brings it to life. He creates these worlds that become real, and introduces readers to unforgettable characters, and takes us on these incredible journeys. James Dashner makes reading fun and exciting. Though this book is small size wise compared to the size of his YA books, it's the perfect size for MG readers. I think this is one book Dasher fans of all ages are going to love. This is a book I'd definitely recommend picking up. It's the first book in a series that promises to be action packed, engaging, and unforgettable. Fans of The 39 Clues have a whole new series to fall in love with!
The Infinity Ring series schedule:
Book 1 by James Dashner, released on 8/28/12 Book 2 by Carrie Ryan, to be released on 11/6/12 Book 3 by Lisa McMann, to be released on 2/5/13 Book 4 by Matt de la Pena, to be released on 6/4/13 Book 5 by Matthew Kirby, to be released on 9/3/13 Book 6 by Jennifer A. Nielsen, to be released on 12/3/13 Book 7 by James Dashner, to be released on 3/4/14...more
An edgy, true to life, gritty contemporary, Pushing The Limits quickly pulls you into it's story and both of the characters live's and leaves4.5 stars
An edgy, true to life, gritty contemporary, Pushing The Limits quickly pulls you into it's story and both of the characters live's and leaves you thinking about them long after you've closed the book. It's a story that's full of triumph, heartbreak, swoon worthy character chemistry and is one heck of an emotional roller ride. Both Echo and Noah have had their fair share of crap (and I say that nicely) to deal with in their young lives. Each one is trying to piece back certain parts of their lives that were tragically ripped away from them and have now put them on paths they never thought they'd be on. One is trying to remember the night she received her horrendous scares that now mars their body and the other is trying to fight a system that not only ripped his family apart, but abused him in the process. Brought together in their quest for truth, and hope, and a case worker/counselor who won't give up on either of them, both of their lives are about to get a lot more crazy as they both push each other to the limits of love, letting go, and moving on.
Told from alternating points of views, Katie McGarry ROCKED her story telling and the male POV! Not many authors have been able to pull off that point of view, let alone two points of view, but Katie just blew the few who have risen to both challenges out of the water. She nailed Noah's voice perfectly. He's the broken boy who acts like he's from the wrong side of the tracks, but there's so much more to him than meets the eye. I loved that Echo was the one who changed his bad boy ways. Oh yes, Noah is "that" bad boy in ever sense of the way, but you understand why, and you get why he doesn't care what those rumors say about him. Echo on the other hand is an emotional wreck, and and it was so heartbreaking to read her story, and to understand why she became that way. I loved how Katie allowed me to get inside both her and Noah's minds to understand their stories, their motives, fears, desires, and needs.
I love a sizzling character chemistry and well developed romance, wow, does Katie ever deliver on that one! Noah knows how to say all the right words and do all the right things, but Echo throws him off his game a bit. I LOVED that Echo isn't one to give up anything in a moment of weakness. She's someone I really came to admire, because of her strength. I loved that Katie created a relationship between Echo and Noah that is layered, and at times it's simplified and other times it's complex. Katie's intense and raw writing made it incredibly easy for me to not only feel like I connected with these characters on a deeper level than I excepted to, she also made me understand them, sympathize with them and at other times she made the mama bear side of me want to protect them from those who have done so much to hurt them. They're vulnerable, deeply scared, looking for answers, in need of love, hope. In each other they find trust, and understanding, as well a future outside of all the stuff they're dealing with now. Being that they both turn 18 and are about to graduate from HS, I liked getting to see the possibilities that Echo and Noah saw before them.
Despite some of the horrible things Noah and Echo come to terms with, there are also these fabulous moments of triumph that made me throw my fist up in the air and yell yes, and other moments that made me laugh out loud. Katie truly wrapped up so much into this one story, and did so in away that made her story realistic, and relatable. She made me feel every range of emotions while reading her book, and she layered her story perfectly. I laughed, I swooned, I got a little teary eyed and I felt anger. There are characters in this book who will make you wish you should go shadowhunter on them, because of the things they either do or have done prior to this story starting. But for the few horrible characters, there are also fabulous characters who bring light into some of the darkness, like Noah's brothers. I appreciated the fact that Katie allowed me to see this story from so many different angles. Through Noah's brothers we get to see that just, because Noah thought one thing about his brothers and their foster parents doesn't mean that was necessarily right. That's saying something without giving anything away. That was one of the bitter sweet moments in the book for me.
If you're looking for one of those contemporaries that makes me you fall in love with it's characters, provides you with the right amount of sexual tension that makes the pages sizzle, and leaves you wanting more, than you need to pick up Pushing the Limits. On a note caution, this is not a story I'd recommend to everyone, but it's one that I think a lot of readers will take something away from it. There are some sensual scenes, under age drinking, drug use, mentions of sex and abuse in this story, and a lot language. It's a true to life story that doesn't sugar coat the crap that happens when a system fails to protect those most vulnerable, and when a parent does more than just try to take their own. It's a story that reveals the selfishness of one set of parents and a self absorbed step parent, the love a set of foster parents has, and learning to trust in someone you think has it out for you, but really they help you find the voice you never thought you had. At the heart of this story are two teens who learn to love and trust again, and make something of the lives they can once again start living. ...more
I totally admit I wanted to read The Indigo Spell for Adrian. Well, that I also wanted to find out what Sydney was going to do. She about killed me atI totally admit I wanted to read The Indigo Spell for Adrian. Well, that I also wanted to find out what Sydney was going to do. She about killed me at the end of The Golden Lily, which I recently reviewed here. She more than made up for it with the ending of this book! *fist bumps the air* This storyline takes us deeper into the history of all that Sydney has been taught. Let's just say, nothing is what it is seems. Sydney has to decide where she wants to stand once all of the lies and betrayals that are finally uncovered. This plot line was definitely a lot more twisted than the previous two books, and it was fantastic! There's shocking betrayals, HOT character chemistry, and plenty of action that had me reading this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down.
I'll be honest, I had a rough time with Sydney through out this entire book. While I didn't have any issues w/ her in The Golden Lily, other than the fact I wanted her to just admit her loved Adrian, this time around her indecision was too dragged out for me, and really got on my nerves to the point I felt bad for Adrian and wanted him to move on (okay not really). Thankfully Adrian's a very patient guy. Why yes, I am an extremely impatient person, and I wanted to see Adrian and Sydney together, but that's beside the point. I felt like Sydney toyed with his emotions a little too much, BUT, I also got why Sydney was so torn. I admire her for looking for truths and answers with what she was raised to believe, how she really really felt about Adrian, and what she discovers from all that Marcus tells her. It's a lot to take in. I loved how Adrian slowly but surely broke down her tight control. All I can say is Richelle rewarded my patience with a holy hotness batman scene and plenty of moments in between with Adrian and Sydney that kept me turning the pages. I love the character chemistry these two have.
Oh Adrian! I didn't think I was going to love his character anymore than I already did from The Golden Lily, but he really surprised me in this book. He made me love him even more. He grows even more as a character, which I didn't think it was possible to do. What really made me fall even harder for him, was the way he was with Sydney. He lets her think he's backed off from invading her life, and making her fall for him, because let's face it, Sydney's been in love with Adrian for as long as Adrian has been in love with her. While it irked me to end that Sydney kept on pushing him away, and kept on telling him it wouldn't work, and then would turn to him and ask for help, I loved that Adrian stayed very much apart of her life. When that one HOT scene FINALLY happens, she too knows she can not deny what's between them. Adrian, Adrian, Adrian! What's not to love about him? What I loved about Adrian is how protective he is of Sydney, that he allows her to work out her own issues and patiently waits for her to admit she loves him. He's loyal, always there for her, wants to be a better person/vampire for her, and who could resist a character like that? Plus, he's funny. That scores even more points in my book.
This is a must read for fans of this series! I can not wait to read more Adrian and Sydney. Judging by that shocking twist at the end of the book, I have a feeling things are going to become much more complicated for the two of them....more
A fast paced, exciting dystopian that's loaded with action, shocking discoveries, and non-stop surprises, FORSAKEN is a debut unl3.5 It's a good read!
A fast paced, exciting dystopian that's loaded with action, shocking discoveries, and non-stop surprises, FORSAKEN is a debut unlike any other book I've read so far this year. It felt similar to the likes of Lords of the Flies, the TV show LOST, and The Hunger Games. I'm by no means comparing this book to those classic and the tv show, because this book is an entirely different book and stands out on it's own. But, each of these books/tv show, along with FORSAKEN all have this similar feeling to them, and over all theme, which is this quest/will for survival, and this need to defy whoever/whatever it is that's controlling them.
There was something about FORSAKEN that made it hard for me to put it down, which is also the very thing that I despised about the book, it's government. I don't know what it is about this book's corrupt government that I found intriguing, because it was repulsive at how it treats and abuses it's people. At the same time, this is the very thing that kept me glued to the book. I wanted this certain group of outcasts to win, and to find the answers they were seeking. Their search also became my obsession with this book, because I wanted the same answers they did. I had to know what was really going on. WOW! Talk about shocking revelations. Lisa Stasse did a fabulous job at keeping me in the dark with the surprising secrets, and unpredictable plot twists she reveals during the second part of her book and at the end.
Aside from her well crafted storyline, and imaginative dystopian world, Lisa introduced me to some pretty interesting characters. I wasn't a huge fan of the main character, Alenna, because I needed her to be a little bit stronger than she was during the first half of the book. Given all the goes on, I felt like she relied too heavily on others to protect her. Given the island she finds herself on, I had expected her to step into the role of trying to survive a little more than she did. I also had a very hard time believing the romance in this book, even though I enjoyed the character chemistry. The romance isn't a huge part of the story, but it's still apart of the story non the less, and one I wanted to fall in love with more than I did. Liam, the love interest is definitely a character who's hard not to like, and I can see why Alenna was immediately smitten with him. I got their attraction to each other, but the insta-love thing isn't something I'm a fan of, though I did like how Lisa explained that connection the two felt later on in the story.
There's also a great cast of secondary characters whom all help tell Alenna's story. Each of these characters kept the story entertaining, as they each added a different element to it. They each had a purpose both within the story, and in their savage society. I liked that while some of their reasons for being in the story are still not revealed, the twists with a few of the characters were ones I didn't see coming. If you're a fan of dystopians, lots of action, survival, a subtle romance, and plenty of plot twists I'd recommend picking this one up! I'm looking forward to seeing what lies in store for Alenna, Liam and the rest of the cast with book 2! ...more
A thrilling, on the edge of your seat thriller with the perfect blend of Armentrout swoon worthy character chemistry.
I've come to realize th4.5 stars
A thrilling, on the edge of your seat thriller with the perfect blend of Armentrout swoon worthy character chemistry.
I've come to realize there's nothing that Jennifer Armentrout can't write. This book is definitely one that's an exciting thrill ride of a read, as much as it is a great murder mystery. The cover alone has that creepy, yet intriguing look to it. I had to know what the heck this story was all about. Everything surrounding Samantha's accident and disappearance is a mystery. What happened to her? Where's her best friend/frenemy? To make matters worse, Samantha (Sam) doesn't remember a thing. At first, she doesn't even know who she is. Normally I'd be rolling my eyes with the amnesia part of this story, because too often in the books I've read where this was part of the story, it wasn't well executed. Luckily that's far from the case with Don't Look Back. It's extremely well done, and plays a huge part in not only the book's plot twist, the over all mystery of the story, as well as with Samantha's character development.
Samantha is a character I was really intrigued with. She's not someone I connected with as much as I had wanted to, but instead she was a character I really enjoyed reading about. She has no recollection of anything. Not who she is, who she was before the accident, or who anyone in her family is. She's thrust into a world where she's at the top of the social ladder, lives in the upper class of society, and as it would seem, has it all. The more Samantha tries to remember and figure out just who she really is, the more her brother, and her friends tell her, and the more she digs around in trying to remember things, the more she realizes just how horrible of a person she was. I think she would give Mean Girls a run for their money. The thing about Sam, and I loved how Armentrout showed this other side of her during her dealing with amnesia, is that she is a great girl. She's got a huge heart, and for some reason she acted differently and was incredibly mean to everyone. Though that same sweet girl was still there, buried deep inside, with out her memories, she's able to be that girl again. Thankfully Samantha's amnesia has given her a second chance.