A fantastic read with moments of humor, heartbreak and a little bit of romance.
At first I was a little skeptical about reading this book, but...more4.5 stars
A fantastic read with moments of humor, heartbreak and a little bit of romance.
At first I was a little skeptical about reading this book, but my intrigue over whether or not Lexi can change won out in the end. I ended up really enjoying this book. In fact, I was really surprised with much I liked it. I mean the story after is about a billionaire's spoiled teenage daughter, and what she has to do to earn her $25 million trust fund, but the story is much more than that. Jessica Brody has written a well crafted story with a solid plot line, in-depth characters whom all grow and surprisingly change in many ways, and offers a realistic look into the lives of us every day hard working people vs those born into privilege. There's more to this story than just looks, I loved how Jessica was able to weave together a believable storyline and introduce me to a character I ended up loving.
Lexi starts off as your typical incredibly rich spoiled teenager who doesn't have a care in the world except for shopping, partying and hanging out with her friends. When I first met her she a total brat, lacked respect, and didn't care about her consequences. In reading between the lines with Lexi I knew there something else going on, and a reason for her acting out and it wasn't long before Jessica revealed what that was. It's that reasoning that hooked me with Lexi's story. I wanted to know what the cause was, how Lexi was going to fix it and is how she was going to change as a character over the course of her story. I have to say, I ended up loving this girl! There's so much more to her than meets the eye. She's a beautiful girl who's had her share of heartbreak, she's intelligent, and witty.
There is a fabulous group of characters in this book, and each one plays a roll in Lexi's life. It doesn't matter if they're rich or poor, or from the working class, every character had an effect on Lexi's life both good and bad, most of the time it was for the better. I admired her best friends who were loyal and there to help her out through thick and thin. I also enjoyed meeting Luke! I got why Lexi was so irritated at him first, and loved it when she started to see him in a different way. They both learned a lot about each other and from one another in working together. I really enjoyed seeing their relationship grow. Aside from Lexi, the character that surprised me the most was Lexi's father. At first it was easy for me to see why Lexi was doing what she did to get her father's attention. I ended up seeing Lexi's father the way she did. As Lexi finds out, there's more to him than just the way she's always seen him, and I loved how Jessica unraveled the complex relationship these two have had and the reasoning behind.
This book is fabulous! It's one that got better and better with each chapter. I loved the meaningful messages Jessica gives to her readers and the way she does it. She not only allows her readers to connect with Lexi, but we see how each job effects and changes her and the lessons she learns from those she works with. There's a lot of character growth in this book, and with that came some heartfelt moments, bitter sweet ones, heartbreaking ones, and moments that were down right hilarious. I emotionally connected to all of them. The bits of humor in this book are fabulous! This is a wonderful story and one I'd recommend picking up!(less)
What a fantastic series for young readers! As a parent, nothing is more satisfying than discovering a book you hope your child will pick up and enjoy...moreWhat a fantastic series for young readers! As a parent, nothing is more satisfying than discovering a book you hope your child will pick up and enjoy every moment they spend reading it like you did. This is one series my son is anxious to start reading this year, and I can't wait for him to start it. Jack Blank's adventures span three books, The Accidental Hero, The Secret War (the links go to my reviews for each book) and the final book in the series, The End of Infinity. What an awesome series this is! I have loved reading about Jack's journey, watching him grow as a character, and getting to be apart of his world. Everything about this series, it's characters and it's world building is simply amazing!
Through out the entire series Jack has been overlooked many times and told he'd never amount to anything. In reality this resilient young hero proves he can do more than anyone thought he could, especially in this book. Even when the whole world, both the Imagination and the real world are against him, he finds the strength within himself to do some incredible things. I loved that about him. One of the things I loved about this series is the messages found in each book. Some of my favorites messages in the series have come from a character whom I've compared to Yoda before, because of his inspirations messages and the good he sees in Jack. He's always giving advice to Jack, but it's also advice that readers can take to heart. This time my favorite message is from Jack, and in saying this I also feel like it shows readers just how much Jack has grown as a character.
"A hero was someone who tried to make a difference, even when everyone else thought all hope was lost. Being a hero meant putting the needs of others before your own. Being a hero meant sacrifice." (pg. 321)
Jack proves he's a hero time and time again. Similar to two other beloved children's characters, Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker, Jack Blank is a character who has some incredible odds stacked against him, and when his journey is done he realizes his future is, and has always been in his hands. He determines his own outcome. Before you roll your eyes that I'm comparing him to these greats, I've it before in talking about this series, but I'll give you a few new reasons why here. Growing up these characters are deemed as your every day kid, and some would call them nerdy, but regardless, these three have this incredible inner strength, amazing will power and that goodness about them that make them all unlikely heroes, and beloved by both kids and adults like. They each do some pretty incredible things in their own way. Though they're guided by a wise friend, it's up to each of them to find their own way and become that great person their mentor sees in them. They're all destined for great things, and capture their reader's attention, and make us as readers cheer them one. Like Harry and Luke, Jack is a character readers will relate to in some form. We've either been in his shoes or been told we'd never amount to anything, or we've been that character who was bullied, or been put in situations were we wondered how in the world we would get through it. Similar to the other two beloved heroes, Jack Blank is a new unlikely hero young fans will be rooting for, will be inspired by and will fall in love with.
Now I know this is a middle grade series, and I'm a grown up who's raving about this book/series. Let me just say, great literature, especially children's literature doesn't have a cap of what age group reads it. This is a book and series adults will love just as much as kids. They're plenty of action and humor that readers of all ages will enjoy, and get. If you're looking for a fabulous book that the entire family can enjoy, I highly recommend picking this one up! You can be sure you'll see this on my top 10 favorite lists at the end of the year. (less)
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 aut...moreA 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. (less)
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 aid...moreSurvive 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.(less)
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 said...moreA 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! (less)
A well crafted story that's infused with elements of magic, science-fiction and given a dystopian feel, this is a book unlike any other I've read. Sky...moreA well crafted story that's infused with elements of magic, science-fiction and given a dystopian feel, this is a book unlike any other I've read. Skylark takes readers into a dark, dangerous world where magic exists, and nothing is as it seems.
Skylark follows the story of Lark, a young teenage girl who lives in a world that's been crafted around her. Lark's city was built and runs on the harvested power it takes from it's citizens, something that's deemed honorable. When Lark is finally chosen for her harvesting she not only finds out the shocking truth behind the harvesting, but what she really is and what she's capable of doing. Lark has an fascinating group of characters who make up her world, and throughout her story she'll discover some shocking truths about them, including her own brothers. There's plenty of betrayal, shocking revelations, and a few secrets that she'll uncover on her journey for answers.
Lark for me was a hard character to really love. Given her circumstances, the world she lives on and all that's going on around her, I had expected her to be a much tougher, and stronger character than she is. It's not bad to get through every tough situation she faced with the help of someone or something else, but I wanted to see her get out some her situations by herself. Had I been able to do that, I think I would have connected with her and liked her more than I did. Instead I found myself more fascinated in both Oren and Kris, the two guys who enter Lark's life, and who both have this air of mystery around them. I liked not knowing everything about them in this book. It kept the story interesting, and more engaging for me as I tried to uncover what it is both of them are hiding.
The world itself is fascinating and unlike anything I've read about before. I like the interesting use of magic, and the dystopian feel Meagan's world had about it. While I enjoyed some the scenes that took place and the elements that Meagan included in her story, there were a few things I felt didn't really fit in with the flow of the book. I won't say what they are to keep this review spoiler free, but, I felt these few minor things could have been excluded from the book or should have addressed a little bit more to make them feel like they fit in with what was going on. Or maybe it was just me and no one will else will be bothered by them at all.
Over all I felt like this was a good debut from Meagan and I'm interested to see what she does with her storyline. Skylark's ending makes me think they'll be a second book, which I think would be great, because Meagan definitely leaves a few things unanswered she could create another story line with. Either way, Skylark has a fast paced plot line, plenty of surprising twits, and an original plot, that I think YA fans will enjoy.(less)
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 on...moreAn 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. (less)
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 crafte...moreThis 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. (less)
This is a must have for fans of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series. I loved how each of these novellas ties individual stories together, as well as the ov...moreThis is a must have for fans of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series. I loved how each of these novellas ties individual stories together, as well as the over all series. I love that Harlequin Teen complied these incredibly engaging, fast paced short stories together and published them. As soon as I read the e-novellas I was itching to have these books on my shelf with the rest of the series. Sophie and I have loved each book in this series, and this collection of short stories is no different. If you're a fan of Julie's Iron Fey series, this is a MUST read. Here are our reviews for each novella:
WOW! Julie packs everything that I love in a good book, into less than 60 pages. Action, romance, and it has a wolf, which was the perfect paranormal character.
If you've read The Iron King, you'll know that Megan gave her word to Ash, that she would return to the Winter Court with him. If you've read The Iron Daughter, then you know she does return with him. If you haven't read it, I promise I'm not spoiling anything by saying that. If you loved both of these books, just wait till you read Winter's Passage. Mix the adventure, action and chemistry from The Iron King and The Iron Daughter and BAM! You've got a hot little book called Winter's Passage, which starts when Ash comes for Megan and they journey back to the Winter Court.
There's a few little surprise along the way, as Puck makes a brief appearance and Grim (love Grim), is there for part of their journey. The Wolf, known as The Hunter is after Megan and Ash. Megan and Ash's scene are fantastic. I won't give away why I love them or what scenes they are. You just need to read it!! I have to say it will have you going, YES, it will pull at your heart strings and may even have you sighing. If you're like us, you may find yourself reading Winter's Passage a few times.
I really enjoyed how Julie kept her characters true to themselves, while introducing a new one with a twist. We all know the big bad wolf from nursery rhymes and childhood stories, but there's more to him than that. I seriously love his character. Winter's Passage is my favorite in Julie's The Iron Fey series.
Per Sophie's review: Puck and Ash are two of my favorite literary BFFs/frenemies/buddies. I can't even put a label on them but, I adore reading their banter. Here's a sample from the very beginning of Summer's Crossing:
"So," I said brightly, " falling into step behind the brooding prince, "Grimalkin. We're going to find him, right?" "Yes." "Any idea where he is?" "No." "Any idea where to start looking?" "No." "You do realize that doesn't constitute much of a plan, right ice-boy?" He turned to glare at me, which I considered a small triumph. Ash usually ignored my goading. Anytime I could poke through his icy indifference was a victory. Of course, when poking at the Winter prince, one had to proceed with caution. There was a fine line between irritation and having icicles hurled at your face.
I loved this story because it provides a perfect pause between the two larger plot-lines in The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight. In Summer's Crossing, our two heroes get sidetracked by a small favor which is called in by a certain person neither one can refuse. The mini-quest they go on is full of action and witty conversations but most of all, it's filled with insights into Ash's and Puck's long-standing friendship. And with the two of them, the threat of betrayal is always strong, leaving the reader unsure of what will happen next.
My only complaint is that I wanted more.
This is another fabulous novella that ties together the entire series perfectly. There's not much I can say about this story without dropping some major spoilers for those who haven't read the series yet, aside from what the synopsis has already revealed. I will say I enjoyed this story!
I loved getting to see Ash and Meghan together, as husband & wife, Knight and Queen. Despite this book being rather short, Julie throws in some great kissy scenes with these two. I love seeing how much Ash has changed. I mean he's the same old Ash, but he's so different as well. I'm really looking forward to seeing him as a father. I'm completely intrigued with what the future holds for their child, and them as a family. Based on what the Oracle told Meghan, and what she showed her, I'd say have a lot to prepare though, this quote from Ash has given me hope that maybe the Oracle's predictions aren't exact, when Ash said,
"Nothing is certain. The future is constantly changing, and no one can predict what happens next. We have the power to change our destiny, because fate is not set in stone, and we are always free to make a choice." (pg 202)
This story would have felt incomplete had it not had Puck and of our course my other favorite character, Grimalkin in it. Having everyone back together again was the perfect way to wrap up this fantastic fey series. Even though I want more stories about Meghan, Ash and Puck, I'm really looking forward to the other fey stories Julie is working on. (less)
Melissa Marr has done it again! Carnival of Souls is an absolutely awesome read full of enchantment, magic, lore, and plenty of action. Everything wi...more Melissa Marr has done it again! Carnival of Souls is an absolutely awesome read full of enchantment, magic, lore, and plenty of action. Everything with this story came together perfectly. The fantasy and paranormal elements, the strong characters, incredible world building, and the exciting storyline made this one engaging book I picked up and starting reading the moment it arrived at my door (yesterday afternoon) and didn't put it down until I finished it. There's something about Melissa's writing and story telling that completely hooks me. I love getting lost within the world she's created, especially with this book.
Based on the book's synopsis and book trailer I knew it was going to be a gripping read, I just wasn't excepting this book to be as addicting as it was for me. From the fight scenes to the unraveling of the secrets, plot twits and the motives behind the characters choices, everything about this book captivated me. I felt like I couldn't devour the pages fast enough. One of the things that really pulled me into the book were the characters. Each character brings something different to the story. Their purpose and placements in the story were well defined, and created. I loved watching their relationships build, and change as the story progressed. Above all, I loved the sense of family that some of them had. The need to love and protect those they love is the underlying decision maker for the decisions each of the characters make, and it's something that I really connected with as a reader.
Often times I have a favorite character, but in this case I seriously loved them all for various reasons. Aya is a ruthless character with high standing, she's someone who I felt like I got from the moment I met her. I understood her quest for independence, and protecting the secrets she holds. I loved getting to meet Belias. He and Aya have this long history together and complex relationship that left me yearning for more, and at the same time it's complexity is one I understood given the various circumstances that govern their society. Mallory and Kaleb.... First off I loved Kaleb. This guy has literally been through hell and back, but his devotion to Mallory is unwavering and the romantic in me seriously loved him for what he does, and vows to do. True he makes some stupid choices, but given his circumstances I got why makes them. Mallory is someone I liked right off the bat. She's someone I sympathized with and she grew into the person I hoped she would have. I really enjoyed how their lives all end up interconnecting.
Along with these four characters are some great supporting characters who's presence in the story added more depth to the plot line and the story's secrets. The world in which the story is set is fabulous! It's mesmerizing, dark and dangerous. Getting to see the world through the eyes of each of the characters was fascinating. It was interesting for me to see the good and the bad from their points of views. I liked how the two totally different worlds that make up this story are connected, and how the characters are able to reside in both the human world and The City. Carnival of Souls is an exciting read and one I really enjoyed! It's a story that has it's moments of darkness, heartbreak, romance, danger, and a little bit of humor that has placed this book on my favorites shelf.
On a side note, I just want to say I didn't find this book to be as dark as I was told it was. Everything that is said and done is perfectly fitting for the time period and worlds this book is set in. There's violence by way of the fight scenes that take place, but you see one of those scenes in the book trailer. There is mentions of sex, but it's done is such a well written way and one that's fitting for a society who's set on upper class women being married and made to have heirs. Language wise, it's clean cut except for the one word I read, but even then it was fitting for the scene. Over all, this is a book I'd recommend to fans of Melissa Marr, and to readers who love magic, paranormal elements and enjoy a well written book. I am a huge fan of Melissa's fey series, but this is by far my favorite Marr book and I can not wait for the sequel!(less)
Mothership isn't normally one of those books I'd pick up and read, but between the book's synopsis and the cover there was something about...more2.5-3 stars
Mothership isn't normally one of those books I'd pick up and read, but between the book's synopsis and the cover there was something about it that cried "read me". In all honestly, this book surprised me a bit, because in those moments where I wanted to put this book down, there was something about it that kept me reading it. It's a mix of humor, sci-fi and action. This book has a mix of teenage moms to be, aliens and an out of this world future setting in outer-space. See, right there you know there will be plenty of humor infused in this book.
Putting aside the whole aliens and having a school for pregnant teens that floats around in space, the fact this book's main characters are teenage moms is interesting. I like that the authors kept a realistic dialogue that stays true to how teens interact with each other complete with crushes, archenemies, and how expecting moms would react to their growing baby bumps. I loved that the main character Elvie is a tough cookie with plenty of sarcasm that kept me laughing while reading about her story. Being weeks from her due date makes her a bit moody, which also adds to humor in some of the things she deals like a cheerleading archenemy, a flakey almost boyfriend that ditched after he found she was pregnant and oh yeah, this poor girl is plain clumsy. But she's got spunk and it made her a fun character to read about.
What I didn't like about the story is all the comedy that centered around pregnant teenagers. I get that it's comical to be pregnant while floating around in outer-space on a school made for pregnant teens, complete with an alien invasion, and baby aliens, but aside from all the humor, I felt that the comedy and teenage pregnancy didn't go hand in hand. That's what fell short in the book for me. I get it is a little hard to take all this seriously when you consider the humor of the entire plot line, but for me the mix of humor and the reality of teenage pregnancies didn't mix well.
As I mentioned before there is plenty of humor, some action (as in some hot commandos who hijack the ship aka school, and some very pregnant teens who at first attempt to make a run for it or fight back until they realize who the guys really are) a few touching moments, an emotional scene or two, and plenty of laugh out loud lines and scenes! This is definitely not like anything I've read before and though it wasn't a book for me, I think YA readers will enjoy this book's authentic storyline. There is some mild language in this book and some brief mentions of sex. (less)
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but it definitely wasn't what I got. Deborah Harkness wowed me with her debut. It was si...moreI'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but it definitely wasn't what I got. Deborah Harkness wowed me with her debut. It was simply one of those fabulous reads that I wanted to devour, but instead found myself savoring everything that was going on. It's a story that's part adventure, part mystery and one part a uniquely crafted paranormal historical read. I loved the story's fascinating mix of intrigue, rich history, exciting paranormal elements and it's good old fashion romance.
You guys know how much I love well crafted, intriguing, complex characters. Deborah's protagonists, Doctor Diana Bishop and centuries old vampire/renowned scientist Matthew Clairmount fit that bill perfectly! These two took intrigue and complex to a whole new level. The fact that these two were so highly intelligent added to their over all character appeal for me. They weren't intelligent in the "I have no idea what you're talking about" way, but in the wow, Deborah really had her work cut out with these guys. They were times I felt like I was sitting in on their conversations vs reading about them. It was refreshing for me to read about characters who have intellect, as well as history smarts.
Witches, Vampires, and Demons oh my! There's a lively cast of paranormal favorites here, or more like classic paranormal favorites. I felt like Deborah really did her homework on these characters and I enjoyed the own unique spin she gave each of them, which made for some authentic characters. Each character gave something back to the story. It also added some fabulous tension between Diana, who's a witch and the vampire Matthew. We all know witches and vampires don't go round holding hands and hanging out all the time together, but there's something these two offer each other aside from help and looking for answers they're both in need of. I loved the chemistry these two have. It's hot, complex and sometimes a little comical.
Aside from the characters I really loved this story's setting. Oxford was the perfect setting for this book, and I felt like it fueled some of the story's overall appeal for me. I also enjoyed this story's over all plot line. It was highly engaging and kept the over all story entertaining and engaging for me. Sure there's a few moments where it's a little slow, but the majority of the story just flows. One of the things I loved about Deborah's writing was how descriptive it was. Normally I would have said it was a little over done, but it really worked with this book, because there's so much to this story's rich history and historical setting. I felt Deborah's attention to details, both little and big went along way in this book. I can only imagine how much time she spent on researching.
A Discovery of Witches is an adult book with a ton of appeal for us "adult" YA readers who love a well crafted story with plenty of paranormal elements, historical references, fabulous character chemistry, adventure and a good mystery. It's one I'd highly recommend picking up!(less)
Being a huge Beatles fan, I was really intrigued with this book's storyline and the role music played in it. It's not often you come across a...more3.5 stars
Being a huge Beatles fan, I was really intrigued with this book's storyline and the role music played in it. It's not often you come across a YA book that is centered on music, and incorporates the music of one of the best musical groups of all times. Not only that, I love that this book is a modern day contemporary with a good male voice and is set in London. I enjoyed the authenticity of the story, and reading about that UK slang I've heard so much about. For me, the musical element of this story is what sold me on reading this book, and I think it's going to be a key element in getting teen readers to pick this book up, as they'll be able to relate to the huge role that music plays in the characters's lives, as well as their own.
I Am (Not) The Walrus is the story of Toby, a teen who's recently moved from London to another party England in hopes of his struggling, single mom finding a better job. I liked the role Toby's Mum played in his life. She wasn't an absentee parent, but someone who worked hard to provide for her son, and treated him with the respect he deserved. I liked their relationship, as it is an open and honest one. It was refreshing for me to read about their relationship and to have a parent have a good presence in this story. With is older brother away in the military, Toby takes full advantage of his deployment and uses his bass and other musical equipment he's left behind. This bass ultimately leads him on a crazy adventure that includes a valuable lesson in friendship, and of course the inspiration from a few Beatles songs.
When Toby discovers a note in his brother's bass, it leads him on a wild adventure to find who the bass belongs to, that is, if the note claiming it was stolen is indeed true. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book's storyline, and dialogue. It wasn't a fast paced read, but one that just flowed perfectly, and kept me invested in the story the entire time. It's seriously one of those fun reads that you can't help, but laugh out loud numerous times while reading it. Plus how can you not love a guy who has a few mishaps and makes you cheer for him in hopes that he can get the girl, and get to the bottom of the bass mystery. I also enjoyed getting to read about Toby's loyal friend and fellow bandmate, Zach. These two have a fabulous chemistry that's witty, hysterical and real. These two kept me entertained the entire time I read this book. I loved how their differences made their friendship that much stronger.
With a mix of friendship, a tiny bit of romance and a lot of music, I Am (Not) The Walrus is a good read I'd recommend picking up! (less)