I'm a fan of Frankenstein. Some of the YA adaptations that have come from the classic story. I love the series The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenste...more I'm a fan of Frankenstein. Some of the YA adaptations that have come from the classic story. I love the series The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Book lI, that Kenneth Oppel has written, and I even enjoyed a recent release, Hideous Love, which is about Mary Shelley. Both of these are fabulous adaptations. When I received this book, I was intrigued by it. I've never read anything of Gris's before, but I've heard good things about his work. This book, much like any other Frankenstein story has darker undertones and great themes in it, but this particular story didn't quite make the "I loved this book" grade with me.
Here's what I did like. As I mentioned above, I liked the themes in the story, I like that Frankenstein is seen as a slightly troubled, brilliantly minded character who after making his creation feels guilty for doing so, and in turn wants nothing to do with them. I liked his so called monster, and that Frankenstein's creation was a character I felt like I understood the motives behind his actions. I also liked some of the quotes in the book, and I liked how the story wrapped up. I liked feeling as though I understood both character's choices, and at times I felt both bad and hopeful for each one during various points of the story. I loved the hideous creation was a character I felt for.
What I didn't like was how the bulk of the story was told. I enjoyed the letter writing that starts the story off, but once the story is focused on the retelling I wasn't so much of a fan of how it was done. I felt some parts were a little less organized within the structure of the story. I get that this is a graphic novel, but some of the illustrations weren't my favorite. I think graphic novel fans are really going to dig the book's artwork. Over all, and this is where my classic side comes out, I personally don't feel classic stories and graphic novel illustrations go together. But, as I said before, I think graphic novel fans will enjoy this one. Over all it just wasn't my cup of tea.(less)
The Weight of Water was not a book I normally would have picked up, but it's one that was highly talked about at the Bloomsbury breakfast I attended w...moreThe Weight of Water was not a book I normally would have picked up, but it's one that was highly talked about at the Bloomsbury breakfast I attended while at BEA. That conversations really peaked my interest in this book, and it what made me sit down and read it after it arrived. Can I just say, this book is packed with emotions and moments I wasn't excerpting to get wrapped up in.
A delicious blend of sizzling character chemistry, pent up sexual tension, and plenty of do they or don't they love each other. Definitely, M...more4.5 stars
A delicious blend of sizzling character chemistry, pent up sexual tension, and plenty of do they or don't they love each other. Definitely, Maybe in Love is a fabulous new adult read. I enjoyed every moment I spent reading it.
I am a huge fan of well written retelling, and this book is definitely a well written modern day retelling of Pride & Prejudice all the way. Much like that beloved classic and the movie version staring our favorite Mr Darcy, Colin Firth, I found myself wanting to shove Ophelia's characters together as much as I wanted to shove Jane Austen's characters together and have them make out and do whatever to get their pent up tension out of the way and move on to being together. Only if things could be that simple. With stubborn, prideful characters, things could never go that easy.
I loved Spring and Henry. They are perfect for each other in every way. Sure they seem like opposites, and all know how opposites attract, but once the layers start to get pulled back little by little, I realized just how much these two are alike. Much like Darcy and Elizabeth, these two have that love/hate, but mostly love relationship. Like Darcy, Henry loves to push Spring's buttons, and like Elizabeth, Spring flies off the handle when he does. It's comical to say the least. There's also so much more to the two of them. I loved watching what I already knew from the moment they meant, their falling for each other, though neither of them will admit it for quite some time.
This book totally surprised me. It is another book that I normally wouldn't have picked up, but boy this became one of those hard to put down books. H...moreThis book totally surprised me. It is another book that I normally wouldn't have picked up, but boy this became one of those hard to put down books. How to Love is emotionally packed, has some incredible characters that I came to care about, and love story that's a breathe of fresh air. Katie's writing is beautiful and easy to get swept up in. What an incredible, beautifully written debut. I can't wait to read more of Katie's upcoming books.
I am a huge fan of this series. I loved being back in the Mephisto world, and getting to know more about one of my favorite Mephisto Brother's, Phoeni...moreI am a huge fan of this series. I loved being back in the Mephisto world, and getting to know more about one of my favorite Mephisto Brother's, Phoenix. One of the great things about this book is if you've not already picked up the series, you can still pick up this book, and read it and understand enough about the world, the history, and enjoy all the swoon worthy moments that happen, without being confused. Trinity does a great job at giving the reader everything that is needed to not feel lost if you've not read this series before, and if you have, she does a fabulous job at recapping things. I will note, this particular story, unlike the others, is New Adult. The first books in the series, The Mephisto Covenant, and The Mephisto Kiss are Young Adult.
Trinity's writing is fabulous! Each story, and especially this one has a distinct voice, and I love that this story is told from both Mariah and Phoenix's point of views. The writing in this book is spot on, the storyline flows beautifully, and the pacing is perfect. Really this book is one that once I sat down to read it, there was no stopping until I was done. It's incredibly easy for me to get wrapped up in Trinity's series. The romance, the characters, the world building, the story arc, everything is crafted together perfectly, and I loved it. There's a little bit of everything. There's plenty of sizzling romance, there's heartbreak, action, love, friendship, danger, intrigue, and choices. Not to mention some incredible characters.
I'm going to be frank, this is not a book for everyone. It deals with rape, and the after math it has on the victim, her family, friends and boyfriend...moreI'm going to be frank, this is not a book for everyone. It deals with rape, and the after math it has on the victim, her family, friends and boyfriend. Why did I read this? Because I feel that one, this isn't a topic that is addressed often enough. The topic of date rape, and what rape really is. Two, maybe someone reading this review will realize they're not alone. The author is not only a rape survivor, but she herself is also an advocate for rape victims. She doesn't sugar coat anything, and she gets right to the point. This book is direct, and though it was hard to read about some things, it needed to be. Rape is a serious topic, and it's not something that should ever be brushed off.
I put this book down quite a few times. I had a hard time reading it. Not only is this out of my comfort level, and what I enjoy reading, this book felt real to me. I felt like I was reading a page out of this character's life. Not only did my heart break for her, but it was so sad and painful to watch how Ani's rape effected her so much, it changed her. That's not something that should be taken lightly, nor was in this book. The interesting thing about this book though, is that it's not written from the victims or the attackers point of view, but the boyfriend of the victim.
All too often I feel when rape is discussed no one ever talks about the victims boyfriends or husbands. In this case Ben, the boyfriend is the one telling the story of how he not only wasn't there when the attack occurred, but he had to watch his girlfriend's life spiral out of control as she dwelt with her rape. It would have been great if Ben had some sort of super power that could have fixed his girlfriend up and made her back to how she used to, but Ben is just Ben. He's your average teen guy, who does what he can to help fix his girlfriend. I can't fault him for taking on the world himself to try and help her. His anger to those who attacked her, and what is happening, and his sense of helplessness as he watches the changes and the choices she makes, and it's downright heartbreaking. What's worse is his sense of not being back to do a thing, as the changes effect him and their relationship as well. No matter what Ben did or didn't do, nothing helped, and in the end it results into a heartbreaking decision. That decision is one I understood. I'd be a liar if I said it wasn't an emotional one, because it was.
As I said before, this is not a book I'd recommend to everyone. It's not light and fluffy. It's gritty, dark and realistic. I admire the author for writing this, because there are readers who are going to relate to this book, which is horrifying to think about. No one should ever have to deal with rape. Ever. I also admire the author for not being afraid to talk about rape as being rape. Regardless of what someone wears, what others may have heard they do or don't do, rape is rape, and Fault Line is direct about that. I know how hard it was for me to read this book, and I can only image how hard it must have been for the author to write it. More importantly, I can not imagine what victims go through. The courage it takes to fight back, to try to pick up the pieces and move on with your life and go on. I feel like the after math of what happens doesn't get talked about much, and this book addresses it, and it does in this book.
Now, the things I didn't like. I had a huge issue with, and was was extremely disturbed at the student/teacher relations that took place in this book. This book could have gotten it's point across and been completely fine without those sexually relationships in this book. That's not something I can even over look and not mention. The other thing I have to say, is while my heart broke for Ani, I also had a hard time with her continued streak of doing things to self destructive. I'm not saying I blame her for that, but she needed help, and I wish she had gotten that help during this book. Like real help. Same with Ben. Ben put everything on hold for her, which wasn't helping nor was it healthy for either of them. I'm just going to say this.... the ending of this book is horrible. That was not an ending. The book should have ended long before that scene. I know it shouldn't, but that bugs me the most with the book. Like really bugs me. I don't know, maybe there's a different ending in the published book compared to the arc I read, but since I read the arc for review purposes, that's the end ending I have to go off of. Aside from the subject matter, there were a few minor things within the story and it's development that needed to be a bit stronger for me.
This book has a lot of sexual context, a rape, and language. This is a book who's subject matter is best suited for mature readers. (less)
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 a...moreSay 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.
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 w...moreThis 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 thi...moreI 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.(less)
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 basics...moreThe 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.(less)
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 lo...moreI 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.
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 d...moreTime 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, dangerous...morePROXY 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 addic...moreGo 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 dr...moreA 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 ro...more4.5 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 blend...moreI 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.