Say it isn't so! Another series I've really enjoyed reading is coming to an end (sobs). I know, I know. All good things come to an end, and it seems aSay it isn't so! Another series I've really enjoyed reading is coming to an end (sobs). I know, I know. All good things come to an end, and it seems as though 2013 is the year that many of my favorite series are ending. This is a series I've been a fan from the very beginning. I got wrapped up with the characters, the dangers of their world, and desperately wanted things to work out with Skye and Asher. A Beautiful Dark hooked me, A Fractured Light left me hanging and fearing for what was about to go down, and A Radiant Sky wrapped up everything perfectly.
A Fractured Light left readers hanging with that huge decision Skye made, and A Radiant Sky opened up with that scene. I'm really impressed with Skye. She became this heroine who no matter what it cost her, broken heart, losing friends, going to war, she stuck with what she felt was right. Jocelyn did a great job at letting the emotions flow with this book. I felt Skye's heartache with her decision making pertaining to her and Asher, her worry and fears over what the future held, her shock with some of the surprising revelations a couple characters make, and her yearning to fulfill the destiny her parents weren't able to do. She's got a lot on her shoulders, and an awesome support group around her.
I've anxiously awaited this series ending book for what feels like forever now. I've loved Peacock's wol4.5 Stars
An awesome ending to a great series.
I've anxiously awaited this series ending book for what feels like forever now. I've loved Peacock's wolves since I read Hemlock, the first book in her series. You can read my reviews for Hemlock and Thornhill. There are many things I've loved about this series, and while it's bitter sweet to say goodye to Mac, Kyle and all the characters I've enjoyed getting to know, I have loved the time I've spent reading this series. This series has had it all. There's romance, action, loyalty, an unbreakable friendship, betrayal, deadly secrets, cover ups, plot twists, and more. Most importantly, there are plenty of WOLVES!
I'm going to vague in my review, as to not give away any spoilers, because I can't really talk about specifics without giveaway anything away. What I can say, is this ending is all that I had hoped it would be, and then some. I liked the surprises, shocking twists, and turn of events that took place in WILLOWGROVE. I liked that some of the betrayals and surprising secrets that are revealed were things I didn't predict. I have enjoyed the characters of the Hemlock series. This book might of broken me a bit with what a couple of the characters go through/deal with. This ending is so bitter sweet for them. Romances and friendships get stronger, some friends and loved ones die, and some tough sacrifices are made that will forever change Mac and her friends. Don't worry, for all the heart break, and there are moments of sweetness, kissy scenes, and moments that made me snicker.
This is a book that surprised me due to the fact that I sat and read it in one sitting. For starters I'm not a huge fan of verse, which this book is wThis is a book that surprised me due to the fact that I sat and read it in one sitting. For starters I'm not a huge fan of verse, which this book is written in. The fact that it was done in verse, in my opinion, worked well for the story over all. I felt as though I was getting a glimpse into Mary's life, and reading snippet from her journal entries. Though I get she may have written some entries a bit more elegantly, I felt over all this style of writing made this book an interesting one to read. Second, I liked that this book was written differently than many YA books I've read. It's tone and wordage is one that makes it feel classic, and stayed, to what I felt, was true to that era. I loved the history that this story has in it, which also added to the book's classic feel.
I was fascinated by Mary Shelley's life and story. I LOVED and admired that she thought for herself, something that was not common during this time period. Much of that credit goes to her mother, Mary Wollstonercraft. Mary's mother was one of the first feminist writers, and her ideals shown through with Mary. Mary herself was very opinionated and unlike many of the women of her time, wasn't afraid to do things on her own and seriously think for herself (huge kudos to that). I greatly admired the fact that she was someone who didn't allow society to tell her what to do, though there were many times she was forced to make do with society's way. That didn't mean Mary didn't voice an opinion. Mary came across to me as someone who was very independent, strong willed, and at times stubborn. For her, these were traits that worked well in her favor and got her through some very difficult and dark times in her life.
I LOVED this book! I love getting behind the scenes glimpses and finding out the little details that go along with bringing a YA book to life, and thiI LOVED this book! I love getting behind the scenes glimpses and finding out the little details that go along with bringing a YA book to life, and this movie companion definitely has it all. Cast pictures, set pictures, quotes, behind the scenes notes, interviews with Cassie, and the brilliances that goes into creating a world that always has a huge, and extremely loyal fan base.
I felt like I was getting a backstage pass to the actual set while reading this book. Having been on the movie set for TMI, it was so awesome to see images of scenes they filmed when I was there, and other images for scenes they were putting together.
This book doesn't just feature a variety of movie set pictures, it also includes notes from the movie's director, Harald Zwart, how the movie came about, and an awesome in depth look into the making of a movie this caliber. I loved that the book also gives fans Cassie's story into what inspired her to write the story, and seeing from her point of view what it's like seeing her characters and world come to life.
Everything fans wanted to know about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie is included in this book. Speaking of fans, I love how much the studio paid attention to what the fans loved. They even mentioned it in this book. The only compliant I have, is it's too big of a book to sit on the shelf next to my other TMI books. Because I am one of those readers who likes to fit all my books on the shelf, I usually end up reading through movie companions at the store or library vs buying them, but I could not pass this one up. I HIGHLY recommend this book to fans of The Mortal Instruments City of Bones....more
The Shadowhunter's Guide is FABULOUS, quick and easy to read book! This book is for die hard fans as much as it for new fans. It covers all the basicsThe Shadowhunter's Guide is FABULOUS, quick and easy to read book! This book is for die hard fans as much as it for new fans. It covers all the basics you need to know about the movie, the setting, the storyline, the characters, the Shadowhunter background, the runes, weapons, the various places that the characters go and much more. This small in size book is jammed pack with everything fans love about this series.
If you're a fan of movie set pictures, this book is full of them. From the characters on set down to the weapons they use, and the places they frequent/live, everything that makes up this fascinating world is featured in this book. The book also offers a great telling/recap about the various characters, their roles in City of Bones, what the different runes mean, what the different weapons do, who the characters are, and how they relate, and the significance with some of the movie props, like the Mortal Cup.
This book is jammed back with everything fans have come to love with this series. I love that it's sized so that I can fit it on my bookshelf next to me the books in this series. If you're only able to get one TMI movie tie edition book, THIS is one I'd recommend getting....more
I have long been a fan of this era, and Katherine Longshore has done such a brilliant job at bringing it to life in Tarnish. Though I didn't know a loI have long been a fan of this era, and Katherine Longshore has done such a brilliant job at bringing it to life in Tarnish. Though I didn't know a lot about Anne Boleyn (except her fate) prior to reading this book, Katherine peeked my interest in her after reading Tarnish, that I went and read up about her. From all that I've read about her, I loved the way Katherine brought her to life. It's apparent in the way Katherine told Anne's story that she did a lot of research in the era and about Anne. Everything came to life in this book, so much so that I felt like I was getting a glimpse into the past.
An action packed, suspenseful read that kept me hooked from beginning to end. Fire & Flood kept my heart racing, and left me wishing book4.5 stars
An action packed, suspenseful read that kept me hooked from beginning to end. Fire & Flood kept my heart racing, and left me wishing book two was already in my hands. I need to know what happens next!!
I really enjoyed this book. At first, I was wondering what the heck Tella was getting into to, but it didn't take long for story's fast pace storyline to pick up, and it didn't slow down until the book ended. Sure, at first there were a lot of similarities to The Hunger Games, but not long after I thought that, I realized this may have some similarities, but it's definitely NOT The Hunger Games. This story quickly turns into something that is action packed, suspenseful and all it's own. Trust me, I wouldn't have read it other wise.
Yes, this book is about survival, and there's a race to get to the end, but that's where the similarities end. Forced into a race no one wants to be in, these competitors are left with limited supplies, an egg (yep you'll find out why this egg is so important) to aid them, and put in the middle of a jungle/desert, and are given two weeks to make it to base camp. First one to base camp wins a certain prize, and can decide if they want to go on competing to win the grand prize, or, walk away now. Remember that came capture the flag? Yeah I loved it as a kid. Well like that game, contenders are on the hunt to find a flag. Whom ever finds a flag first is on the right track to finding base camp, that is if you make it there alive. You never know what dangers are lurking in these dangerous settings.
Time travel, romance, and one heck of a thrilling plot that will mess with your mind, Cristin Terrill's All Our Yesterdays in an addicting debut you dTime travel, romance, and one heck of a thrilling plot that will mess with your mind, Cristin Terrill's All Our Yesterdays in an addicting debut you don't want to miss reading!
All Our Yesterdays is on heck of a debut! This is one of those reads that totally messed with my mind, hooked me from the moment I started reading it, and left me wanting more. I'm in awe that this is Cristin's debut. Her writing is flawless. Her story telling is exciting, addicting, and hooked from the get go. Not only does she create a thrilling plot line, but her plotting itself is tight. I love how unpredictable both her characters and the storyline were.
PROXY is this summer's new thrill ride. It's a fast paced, heart pounding, addictive read. This high stakes read is full of shocking twists, dangerousPROXY is this summer's new thrill ride. It's a fast paced, heart pounding, addictive read. This high stakes read is full of shocking twists, dangerous secrets, non stop action and friendship. This is one book you won't be able to put down until you get to the very end.
Go Get This Book! Frozen is an epic fantasy ripe with romance, suspense, and plenty of danger. I loved everything about this book! FROZEN was an addicGo Get This Book! Frozen is an epic fantasy ripe with romance, suspense, and plenty of danger. I loved everything about this book! FROZEN was an addicting read that I'm still thinking about. I didn't want to put it down even when I was done reading it. I wanted to sit and re-read it again. I love that when an author, or in this case, the authors, create a story that has it all. I HIGHLY recommend picking this one TODAY! You'll find this one at the top of 2013 Favorite Reads list at the end of the year!
A sexy, competitive YA romance that fans of Simone Elkeles will love. No one can blends the realism and grittiness of teenage life, love, angst and drA sexy, competitive YA romance that fans of Simone Elkeles will love. No one can blends the realism and grittiness of teenage life, love, angst and drama like Simone does. I loved that Wild Cards had football, snark and that fiery character chemistry Simone's characters are known for.
Similar to Simone's Perfect Chemistry series, Wild Cards felt more like I was reading about real people and watching their story unfold in front of me vs reading a book about two fictional characters. I think part of that has to do with the fact that Simone doesn't sugar coat anything in her books. She gives you characters with real emotions, and real problems, and I immediately want to know more about them. Not only that, Simone makes me root on her characters. She does a fabulous job with making me love her underdog.
Ashtyn Parker is a girl I would have loved hanging out with high school. She's tough of nails, and proves to every girl who's ever wanted to play sports with the guys, that you can do it. Being the only girl on the guys high school football team, let alone the captain her senior isn't easy. Luckily she's a dedicated girl, a tough player and does all she can to prove herself. Ashtyn's a girl who proves she belongs there, despite the hurdles that are always in her way. Her biggest hurdle named Landon, aka also known as "the boyfriend" just walked away with her heart, and the dreams of her team.
Enter the love interest Derek Fitzpatrick, also known as Cowboy as Ashtyn likes to call him. I seriously love how these two ruffle each other's feathers. This southern hot football star is running from his past, and ends up living in Chicago, because Ashtyn's sister is the Derek's stepmother. Oh yeah, be prepared from some fabulously written banter, tense moments, and plenty of sizzling character chemistry between both Derek and Ashtyn. Derek has snark, an attitude, and plenty of rebellion. But his rebellion isn't that real bad boy kind of way. Once you learn more about his past you understand why he is, the way he is.
Unlike any YA books I've recently read, The Beautiful and the Cursed is a spellbinding YA fantasy rich in Gothic lore, fueled by forbidden ro4.5 stars
Unlike any YA books I've recently read, The Beautiful and the Cursed is a spellbinding YA fantasy rich in Gothic lore, fueled by forbidden romance, and given an original mythology that kept me turning pages and left me wanting more. I was hooked from the moment I found out this story would introduce me to a gargoyle, the modern British girl he would protect, their forbidden romance, and the ever romantic turn of the century Paris setting. Now throw in some more great characters, the dark twists, and some sizzling character chemistry and you have my kind of book!
I love it when a book blurs the lines between reality and the exciting "what if". Daisy Whitney has done just that with Starry Nights. Her story blendI love it when a book blurs the lines between reality and the exciting "what if". Daisy Whitney has done just that with Starry Nights. Her story blends real life with something extraordinary, and unbelievable to create something that bloomed to life while reading her book. I love that when authors do that. While reading Starry Nights I began to feel not so weird for the times I've stared at a painting secret;u waiting for something, anything to happen within it. Not to mention the times I have thought that if I just stare at it hard enough it just might come to life. Well seventeen year old Julien doesn't need to worry about wishing, or starring too hard at a painting for them to come to life. He has a gift that allows him to see them come to life all on their own.
I don't know what's more romantic, that the setting is in Paris, or the fact that Julien falls in love with the girl from the painting his mother's museum has finally secured. This painting isn't just any painting, and the girl isn't just any girl. The painting is the highly sought after The Girl in the Garden painted by Renoir, who was friends with Monet and also an admirer of the girl. The painting disappeared after it was exhibited in 1885, and mystery surrounding it's disappearance and resurfacing was well told in this story. Julien this is huge. Not only does he need to make sure this painting stays protected, he has to keep the girl within the painting protected as well, and that won't be easy. I love how the painting and Julien's ability played such a large part of the story's suspense and magically elements.
One of the most beautifully written books I've yet read. This is a book that speaks volumes. It's eye opening, it's one that evoked a wide arrange ofOne of the most beautifully written books I've yet read. This is a book that speaks volumes. It's eye opening, it's one that evoked a wide arrange of emotions from me, and a book that changed me for the better. If this book doesn't win some sort of award, I'm going to be shocked.
Being a huge fan of Rachel's Hex Hall series, I was really looking forward to reading her spin off, School Spirits. I loved Rachel's writing3.5 stars
Being a huge fan of Rachel's Hex Hall series, I was really looking forward to reading her spin off, School Spirits. I loved Rachel's writing style in that series. The wit, snarkiness, and the chemistry between Archer and Sophie was awesome. School Spirits introduces fans to Isolde (Izzy) and that boy she talks to in the mirror, Torin, we first met in Sophie's story. After all Sophie and Izzy are cousins. Though Sophie and Archer are briefly mentioned in the story, this book follows Izzy's story.
Izzy and her mother hail from the well respected Brannick family. The family of female Prodigium hunters. Struggling to come to grips with her sister's disappearance, Izzy almost meets her fate in a vampire job she takes as the story opens up. Now suddenly her mom is making them move to Mississippi where Izzy can get back on her feet by taking on a ghost haunting job, but Izzy for the first time ever gets a taste of what it's like to be a real teenager. Going to high school and learning to blend in is much harder for Izzy than it is hunting down a ghost, now through falling in love for the first time, and we've got a story rip with Rachel Hawkins awesomeness.