Let me say that I enjoyed this book tremendously. The world Carrie Ryan created in this post-modern reality is beautifully written and descriptive.
MyLet me say that I enjoyed this book tremendously. The world Carrie Ryan created in this post-modern reality is beautifully written and descriptive.
My heart broke over and over for Mary, I FELT her anguish. My initial reaction to this book was morbid fascination- and then it let up and morphed into mildly interested... then oh my god! oh my god! oh my god! I knew from the beginning this would be a dark read, but I'm a sucker for 'happily ever after' and I couldn't stop hoping everything would turn into sunshine and rainbows for this girl who lost everything she'd ever known.
The ending was wonderful- but not in a Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora type way... it was perfect for this particular story.
I do have to say that Mary irritated me several times throughout the book. Even when she got what she wanted she was unsatisfied and wanted more- she was an extremely selfish heroine. But let's be honest, I'd be whiny and self-absorbed if zombies were constantly trying to eat me too!
Gabrielle or 'Gabry' of The Dead Tossed Waves irked me although not as much as her mother in The Forrest of Hands and Teeth. The whole 'poor me' thingGabrielle or 'Gabry' of The Dead Tossed Waves irked me although not as much as her mother in The Forrest of Hands and Teeth. The whole 'poor me' thing is seriously a pebble in my path while wearing 4 inch stilettos! Was it just me or was it almost the exact replication of FoHT? Two awesome guys are hopelessly in love with Gabry and she just can't help but be drawn to both of them... all while running for her life from the Recruiters (the army basically).
Honestly dude, if I fear for my life enough to brave a forest full of brain eating zombies- the LAST thing I'm going to concern myself with is is which boy I like the most! Even when she found out that her mother wasn't her actual mother, that her best friend was trying to kill herself and she had a TWIN that was MIA... she was mostly concerned with how the men in her life were making her feel. Gabry=fail.
On the positive side (What? You mean to tell me you thought I was going to trash the book a little more?) The Dead Tossed Waves was so fabulously written, the thoughts and feelings (although entirely misplaced) were gut wrenchingly real and heart felt. Once Gabry makes the decision about who she loves, I was unable to put this book down!
Twists and turns are aplenty in this book that I was completely engrossed after they finally came to find her old village... and the few surprises that were awaiting her there... Carrie Ryan is so wonderful at putting me right there in the story as if I'm walking down the narrow, fenced path to my ultimate demise right along with them!
3.5 stars! Of course I'll be reading The Dark and Hallow Places, which is suppose to follow Gabry's twin sister Annah on her journey though the zombie infested wasteland... I have to know what happens to all these hopelessly romantic people!!! ...more
Kiss of Midnight started out a bit slow for me... Not for lack of exciting events or intriguing suspense, because it totally had both! I'm not sure whKiss of Midnight started out a bit slow for me... Not for lack of exciting events or intriguing suspense, because it totally had both! I'm not sure why, but it took me awhile to get into the story. *tears* I didn't get sucked in until page 100 (roughly), then I couldn't put it down!
I'm extremely choosy about my paranormal, testosterone ridden alpha males. I know right? Lucan was 'Oh my God' sexy and a vampire to top it off... but his 'species' was derived from... wait for it... aliens. *cringe* Not my cup of expensive coffee if you catch my drift.
I'll do zombies(although I can't take a zombie romance, I mean they are the BRAIN EATING, undead! I just can't get all swoon-y over that.), shifters, wolves, demons, faeries... basically anything paranormal- except aliens. I just can't see the appeal!
Now, Lara Adrian absolutely does NOT focus on this small aspect of history at all. It's not even a large part of the story, but every time 'Gen One' was referred to I was reminded. I totally just pretended that I missed that page. Totally skipped over it I tell you! ;)
Kiss of Midnight was full of hotter than hot alpha males, complete with a strong leading lady and steamy sex. Why yes... all of my very favorite things! ...more
I couldn't even bring myself to finish this book! The story line had such promise and I was so anticipating a great book... I thought Ann (the heroineI couldn't even bring myself to finish this book! The story line had such promise and I was so anticipating a great book... I thought Ann (the heroine) was a bubble headed idiot. Like I said, the beginning held sooooo much promise! But Ann evolved from a MILDLY likable character to a chick that I could barely stand to listen to! ...more
I was completely fascinated with Numbers from the beginning. The writing is superb and the characters are magnetic in their realty! There's no sugar cI was completely fascinated with Numbers from the beginning. The writing is superb and the characters are magnetic in their realty! There's no sugar coating in this book... Jem is completely and irrefutably PERFECT in her imperfections.
Jem's life sucks. Period. She's an outcast, passed from foster home to foster home throughout her 15 years. Jem tries not to look people in the eye, for if she does- she sees the date of their death.
This book was over-flowing with irresistible characters, each one with a uniqueness all their own. I especially liked Spider's 'Nan', while she didn't play a huge part in the story I felt her presence was huge!
Jem and Spider had the sweetest romance ever... tainted by the little fact that she knew the exact date of his impending doom.
These kids have absolutely nothing to lose- except each other. Heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, and action packed are just a few of the things I could say about this book. I laughed, I cried, I pounded my fists in frustration! Ward gets you standing behind Jem and Spider, rooting for them the every step of the way....more
Dear God pleeeease just lock me in a room with the boys of BDB for a week and I can die a happy woman. *must remember to breath... in... out... in...Dear God pleeeease just lock me in a room with the boys of BDB for a week and I can die a happy woman. *must remember to breath... in... out... in... out...*
The ninth installment of BDB was phenomenal! More than phenomenal... like mind-blowing perfection! There is something about Ward's BDB series that completely consumes me and keeps me reading even though there is laundry to be done and dinner to cook. And I know that bathing would be much more convenient if I wasn't holding the book at arms length, washing my hair and panting over one of the brothers (or-Blay & Qhuinn).
I was a teensy tiny bit freaked out at the very beginning... I mean really, 30 pages about Manny's damn horse? Like I care... WHERE ARE MY GUYS?
But of course, I realize the significance of the horse situation now. Is it just me or did Manny get so much sexier in this book? I wasn't extremely fond of him before... maybe it's because V got all up in arms about him and Jane. Regardless, Manny completely won me over in this book!
Many of you already know how crazy in love I am with Blay & Qhuinn... but you know Butch (my very favorite brother) and Vishous completely rock my world and make my toes tingle... *sigh*
"I'm sorry," Butch croaked. "Oh God, I'm so sorry..." V put his arm out and curled it around the cop. Pulling the male close to his chest, he laid his head down on his buddy's. "It's okay," He said roughly. "It's all right. It's okay...You did the right thing..."
Theirs is a relationship so deep that I could drown in it... And I can't even begin on Qhuinn & Blay or I won't stop... I have an entire post coming up on them soon.
Okay, sorry! Back to Manny... I freaking LOVED how he stood up to V and could talk trash to Butch. I've had an affinity toward Payne since she first made her appearance in the BDB series and after she helped Wrath after he went completely blind!
I cannot say enough about this book, it was fast-paced, sexy, romantic, tragic, beautiful... ...more
Oh where do I begin? In middle school, I ate up the Sweet Valley Twins series... In high school, I devoured Sweet Valley High... and I read a few SVUOh where do I begin? In middle school, I ate up the Sweet Valley Twins series... In high school, I devoured Sweet Valley High... and I read a few SVU books, but not enough for them to have made a lasting impression.
I feel a deep connection with the Wakefield twins (cheesy much?). In all seriousness it's as if we grew up together! So you can imagine my absolute enthusiasm, bordering hysteria (it's the anxiety) when I found out about this new installment of the legacy that is Sweet Valley.
Reading this book was a bit surreal for me. I idolized Elizabeth and Jessica throughout my childhood,trying to see them as adults was difficult.
There was a TON going on in SVC, it's been TEN years- what do you expect? Initially, I was thoroughly disgusted with Jessica for the choices she'd made and the woman she'd become. Then as per Sweet Valley tradition she redeemed herself little by little.
I can't give too many details, because every detail matters and I'll spoil the whole book for everyone! I'm not sure if readers new to Sweet Valley will be taken with this book... because I know that if it wasn't for my insane overt loyalty to this series and feeling like I was the long lost BRUNETTE triplet... I would've been breaking for over-priced coffee and a trip to the shoe store.
I truly did love this book, but I can't honestly say that I would have loved it as much without all the history behind it. Does that make sense????
That about sums it up doesn't it? This book was amazing... yet utterly horrifying. I swear, I held my breath for the entire 358 pages (ha! And I dWow.
That about sums it up doesn't it? This book was amazing... yet utterly horrifying. I swear, I held my breath for the entire 358 pages (ha! And I didn't pass out... that should so be some sort of record right?) Fine! I felt like I held my breath the entire time!
Lauren DeStefano created a dystopian nightmare, in the form of a beautifully written novel. Can you imagine being stolen, forced to marry and then BREED? *shudder*
Rhine continuously broke my heart with the stories of her youth, then having her horrifyingly short 'adult' life stolen from her... and not only by her sadistic father-in-law, but by a horrendous genetic disease that causes you to die at 20!
I couldn't help but feel sorry for Linden... in all his ignorance, but I'm Team Gabriel ALL THE WAY.
I cannot wait for the second installment of The Chemical Garden Trilogy... Where do Rhine & Gabriel go? Does Rhine find her brother? What kind of state will he be in IF she finds him? Will her and Gabriel get to be together?
I have this really foreboding feeling that something bad is going to happen to Gabriel......more
I cannot even tell you how many time Holly Black was recommended to me... And in my typical procrastinatory way, I kept putting it off!
What was I thinI cannot even tell you how many time Holly Black was recommended to me... And in my typical procrastinatory way, I kept putting it off!
What was I thinking???
I instantly loved Kaye. From the FIRST page when she stuck her cigarette into her mother's beer bottle! (what? So I'm a tad on the spiteful side...) The characters in this book are hard to rival, Roiben... well I was instantly taken with him (even though he can be quite tough to handle). Kaye's childhood faerie friends: Spike, Gristle and Lutie-Loo (Um Lutie-Loo? WIN!) actually I can't go into them much, because I'll give away too much of the story... But I loved their names!
The entire faerie world that Black created is crazy amazing and magical! I could picture each and every detail of the pixies, dwarfs (dwarves?) and fae. Every place, battle and situation was so beautifully descriptive that I was enthralled (enthralled I tell you!) from beginning to end!
I read this in the span of a few hours, I stayed up until like 2 am because I could NOT tear myself away from this book! ...more
First- I have to mention some of the crazy fabulous chapter titles of this book!
Chapter 6- You Might Be A Zombie If... ChapterEpic awesomeness. Epic.
First- I have to mention some of the crazy fabulous chapter titles of this book!
Chapter 6- You Might Be A Zombie If... Chapter 10- The Proper Care and Feeding of Zombies Chapter 11- The Zombie Pledge Chapter 17- Jock Blocked Chapter 30- A Pimp Called Death
A Pimp Called Death? WIN. I mean really... It just doesn't get any more badass than that okay?
Maddy Swift is the epitome of freaking spectacular. She is delightfully witty and entertaining, she is filled to the brim with raw teenage appeal! I LOVED her.
There is one (try 900, but I'm trying NOT to overwhelm everyone) part that I have to mention because I absolutely reveled in this particular detail!
*possible minor spoiler* After Maddy gets taken to her Zombie initiation ceremony (YES! I swear... a ceremony!) Dane, Chloe and her are driving back to town and Dane is patiently explaining the difference between a Zombie and a Zerker (the bad Zombies- oh yes... there's a difference). Maddy makes a comment about vampires and Dane looks at her all nuts and says,
"Are you crazy? Vampires aren't real! That's pure fiction!"
I adore this! Usually in a paranormal type book, once you find out that one species of supernatural is real... then we find out that every myth we've ever heard is reality. Not so in Zombies Don't Cry- Another WIN, to make this book completely unique!
Let's talk about Stamp... He's the new guy in school, a jock, and super hot- and he totally has a thing for Maddy! He likes her pre-Zombie and post-Zombie crisis *Awwwww* There's one problem... Zombies can't date Normals. Hey! It's in the handbook and I didn't make the rules! Zombie Law #1 people. Learn it.
Oh my gosh, how I love Stamp! Is that totally creepy since he's like 17 and I'm 27? *tears* Stamp is just 'that guy' you know what I mean! He's yummy times 2, but also sweet and nice and uuuum totally built. When Maddy turns him down for the Fall Formal (ahem! Zombie Law #1 remember?) I thought I was going to die. DIE, I tell you! I'm thinking,
"Pick me! Pick me! I'll go with you Stamp!"
Pathetic? Entirely possibly. I'm okay with that.
I'm almost done, I SWEAR! One of my main 'issues' with zombie romance is the whole "I'm going to eat you alive." situation... HOW exactly does that say I love you? That's just ONE MORE thing that makes Fischer's ZDC absolute perfection to me. Maddy wasn't bitten and turned... she was struck by lightening and she's living on lamb brains- seasoned with thyme and garlic, smothered in soy sauce and chilled over ice!
By the end of the book I still loved Stamp... but I was totally Team Dane! Everyone MUST read this right now so we can chat about it!!!! ...more
Enclave was FANTASTIC like you can't believe if you haven't already read it! (WHY haven't you read it?)
IOh. My. God.
I mean really, what else is there?
Enclave was FANTASTIC like you can't believe if you haven't already read it! (WHY haven't you read it?)
It seemed to me to be a cross between The Hunger Games and the Chaos Walking series with maybe a little, teensy tiny bit of The Maze Runner thrown in the mix. Since I freaking LOVED all those books... Well, for lack of anything better- WIN.
Deuce was an amazing heroine! She is fierce, brave and completely confident in her role as a Huntress. She was flat out breath-taking, and probably my favorite heroine of the year!
Then there was Fade... Ahhhh, Fade.
I rarely quote in my reviews, but I MUST quote Fade here,
"I never belonged anywhere until I met you."
MAJOR *SWOON* for Fade. I loved seeing Fade and Deuce together... then they are forced topside and they meet a few interesting people. I'm sorry, but when Stalker kisses Deuce in the woods... I almost, ALMOST forgot Fade. It was smokin' hot.
I loved so many things about this book, but one thing just made it all round FIVE stars... there were zombies!!!! YES!...more
I honestly don't know what to say about Entangled. I liked it... I did. This book definitely was not what I was expecting! Something was missing.
GraceI honestly don't know what to say about Entangled. I liked it... I did. This book definitely was not what I was expecting! Something was missing.
Grace was totally intense and radiated raw emotion. Her thoughts and feelings were so incredibly touching and I completely connected with her on an emotional level.
To me, the synopsis said:
Hey, here's this crazy chick that we locked in a padded room with nothing but her thoughts to keep her company. Let's see what happens.
There once was a girl and she knew something... something she shouldn't know. One day THEY came and took her away.
Maybe that's just me, and I'm warped. Maybe? ;)
In reality, Grace is just a depressed teenager with a few destructive habits. The whole Ethan thing really bugged me and it took me freaking forever to figure out how he played into things! Then when I DID finally understand, it left me completely wanting more!
(Sorry to be cryptic, but if I explain Ethan then I give away the entire story line!)
Gushing is so not enough for this book! I absolutely LOVED it! Hands down, it was a fabulous read. Vance and Portia completely blew me away. They wereGushing is so not enough for this book! I absolutely LOVED it! Hands down, it was a fabulous read. Vance and Portia completely blew me away. They were spellbinding in their undeniable connection! Their love literally jumped off the page, and don't even get me started on Vance *kill me twice...SWOON* There are entire fan pages dedicated to Vance- that's how scrumptious he is.
Vance is a very powerful warlock and the son of a very bad man... Vance has been on the run since he was 5 and if his father ever catches him...The consequences will be dire.
Vance sees Portia from across the school yard and knows she's his... One problem- he's not even allowed to TALK her because he's promised her father (the leader of their coven) that he will not have anything to do with her until she comes into her powers at 16.
Vance waits TWO YEARS for her and the day she turns 16...
Reading is subjective, we all know that... And I have to make it clear how much I HATE giving bad reviews (seriously dude.) even more than I hate giviReading is subjective, we all know that... And I have to make it clear how much I HATE giving bad reviews (seriously dude.) even more than I hate giving negative reviews... I HATE not finishing a book. It's like going out of town, but not taking my red stilettos in case of an emergency. Unacceptable.
That being said- I had my first DNF of 2011. *sad face* It also happened to be my very first ARC. *epic sad face*
I don't enjoy books that HINT around things, it's like turning in circles until you eventually get so dizzy you fall down (or puke... whatevs) It's one thing if I'm getting a bunch of details and facts, then it's my job to string them all together and figure out what's going on (genre=mystery) but otherwise I'm extremely irritated.
The entire first chapter (20 pages) was a big 'HUH?'! I kept waiting for something (anything) to make sense... It didn't. So I went back and RE-READ the first chapter thinking,
"Okay lady, you're a freak and must've missed something insanely vital."
I didn't. The first 10 pages drone on and on about this reservoir and how RUBY says Chloe can swim it... How RUBY says that there is a hidden town at the bottom... If RUBY says it, then it is absolutely true... RUBY would never let anything happen... RUBY says Chloe could swim the ocean and back...
Dear God! I GET it... You're an awesome swimmer and the reservoir's creepy. Move on! Were you as tired of reading Ruby's name as I was of typing it?
By page 50, basically ALL we've learned is that Ruby is flipping amazing. She's perfect, she's beautiful, no one would dare tell Ruby no, the corner store only sells her shade of lipstick to her... blah, blah, Ruby-blah. Ooookay, so Ruby is famous is a small town. Awesome- I got that by page 10, I surely didn't need another 40 pages to convince me.
I only got 90 pages in before finally giving up on this book... I think I gave it an ample chance don't you??? I honestly tried.
Here's a 'mini' synopsis of the sub-plot- you know when we weren't hearing about Ruby that is.
Chloe is swimming in the reservoir during some party and finds a dead chick in a boat. Apparently this particular chick was depressed and sat in the back of Chloe's French class. They weren't friends... they never really even spoke.
Chloe leaves. What? Why? I get that finding a dead body isn't exactly a positive situation... but to leave you sister (RUBY), who is like heaven on Earth and the only family you've got- to live with your dad that ran out on you when you were like 2? I see no reason for it, it's ridiculous.
I could see if Chloe hated her life, or if she even knew the dead chick... or at the very least had some sort of relationship with her dad for God's sake. Nope, she did it just for the sake of the story apparently.
Fast forward 2 years (4 pages) and Ruby mysteriously shows up at Chloe's dad's house demanding that he let her return home with her. TWO years later. No phone calls. No letters. A few texts though. What?
Chloe runs away 3 weeks later to go to Ruby. Her dad won't put two and two together or what? She gets to town, texts Ruby and nothing. Ruby doesn't answer, but sends an ex-boyfriend to pick Chloe up from the station. They go to a party and guess who is there... the dead girl all alive and well.
Are you kidding me? Really? Then why didn't Ruby just freaking SAY something and save everyone all this trouble. So she didn't die... And? People 'almost' die all the time. Over-doses, strokes, heart attacks, drowning... I mean, it's not that huge of a thing.
This is where I quit because I couldn't take it anymore. I tried to detail WHY I didn't like it so it wasn't like I randomly said,
"Epic fail to this one!"
I can totally see why this may appeal to a lot of people, sadly I'm not one of them. ...more