Wow! That's all I keep saying in my head when I think about this book. I thought I loved The Demon Trapper's Daughter, and I do, but it's sequel definitely knocked it out of the ball park. A lot of people debate whether or not sequels are better than the first, in some cases they aren't, but in this one it is! If you haven't read the first book, you should definitely go do it now. I can't stress that enough. You don't want to miss out on this series. It's unique, has a kick ass female protagonist, and just so fun to read. The writing is awesome, Jana Oliver definitely knows how to write. She pulls you in on the first page and doesn't let you off the ride until the last page. But then you're still hooked! You can't get it out of your head. It's embedded into your mind and you have to get your hands on the next book or you suffer the consequences. Withdrawels! I just finished this book last night, and boy am I suffering from withdrawels. They planned this! Have the first two awesome books come out in the same year, and then wait until Winter 2012 for the third to come out. Torture! But anyway, on to the characters. Amazing! They are very well developed. Real. They have problems, they aren't perfect. Just the way I like them! And Riley, poor girl just can't get a break! I'm not going to go further into that because I don't want to give away any spoilers. But god, I feel for her. And hmm, Beck. I'm so team Beck. I realllyyy hope to see some Beck and Riley action in the third book. If I don't, I think I'm going to cry. Please?! The other guys can just go to hell. Literally. Overall, if you haven't figured it out now, this book was amazing. Definitely on my top favorite series list and Jana is definitely on my author watch list. The cover is so pretty. I thought I loved the first book's cover, but this one is my favorite so far. Love the blue and the cemetery background. The model on the cover makes the perfect Riley! ...more
You can tell Sophie has grown a lot since the first book, she's through a lot since arriving at Hecate (a.k.a Hex Hall). There was a lot more action, which I totally loved. Also, a bit of a "which side should I be on in this sort-of love triangle?" which I loved as well, believe it or not. I mean, it annoyed me a little bit at times, but other times I loved it. Though at some points I couldn't figure out which guy I was rooting for more. And after finishing, I still am not completely sure if I'm Team Archer or Team Cal.
The characters are great. I really love Sophie as the main character/protagonist. She's snarky, fun and just an overall great and real character. I also really love Jenna, I'm glad Sophie has her. She's a great character and really adds to the story. Well, actually, all the characters have something pretty interesting about them.
Overall, the writing drags you in and holds you just as the first one did. Hawkins really knows how to write. I can't see what she comes up with for the third book in the series. Also, I'm really glad you get to learn more about demons in the sequel. The only thing I really that bugged me at times was I could predict a few things would happen, though it didn't take away from the story. =)
The cover is really cool. I love how it shows kind of a mirror image. Love both book covers in this series. ...more
Never Cry Werewolf is a short, fun read. It is pretty fast paced, but enjoyable. Shelby was a good character, but at the same time I didn't really connect with her full-heartily. All the characters were lacking a bit of depth, they were fun to read about, but didn't seem completely real.
Shelby's step-mother really annoyed me, sometimes she seemed like she really cared, but then others you could tell it was mostly fake. She just wanted Shelby out of her and her new husband's life. I could tell Shelby really missed her mom. I felt really bad for her.
She really annoyed me with the camp thing, I mean, to me it didn't sound too bad. I mean, it was a little annoying but it was a lot better than the desert camp her step-mother was wanting her to go to. So I really wish she wouldn't have been so whiny. Austin sounded hot! Seriously, hot accent, seemed kind of rocker boy style and he had a rocker dad! Awesome! I knew from the beginning about his dark secret, everything was a bit predictable.
Overall, I don't really have much to say about this book other than it was an enjoyable read. It left me wanting to know more about what happened to Shelby and Austin after camp. There is a novella sequel on eBook called Sometimes By Moonlight. I might check it out when I can, I'm sad that she had to self publish it on eBook, it's only 92 pages! Oh well, maybe Harperteen will let her re-publish it through them on hardcopy and maybe she'll write a longer sequel. =)
The cover is pretty, it fits the story well. ...more
Oh. My. God! I can't believe I went through this book so fast! I mean, back in the old days when I really had nothing better to do (Ah, sometimes I miss those days where I could sit around and read all day and night! *sigh*) I would of finished this in about 2 hours or less, but now I can't do that. I have to split up times. But this went by surprisingly fast!
I love the TV show, and you know, the TV show does go by the books surprisingly well. I love reading through the book and reading the details of it--even though I saw it on TV--and going "Omg, I remember that!". But you know, like all book to movie/show adaptions there are some parts that are majorly different. Like something that happened in this book that certainly has not happened in the show and I really hope it doesn't or I'm going to cry! I'm not going to tell what, though!
The details are awesome and so is the writing. Sara Shepard is awesome. End of story! The book is in different points-of-view, if you've watched the TV show, you know which four girls it is. =P If not, then Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily. Most of the time I absolutely hate switching points-of-view, but in Pretty Little Liars I don't. I LOVE it!
I'll finish a chapter super fast and then can't wait to get back to a certain someone's chapter, depending on what happened in her chapter. If that makes sense at all!
It's hard to describe this series, I mean, it's light and fluffy but at the same time it's sooo mysterious! I'm always trying to figure out who A is. It drives me nuts! But I know once I do figure it out, I'm going to hate it and be really sad. Do any of y'all think that we know who A is, and maybe have it in the back of your brain somewhere, but just really can't spit it out? That's how I am. Especially with the last message A left for the next novel. Ahh!!
Overall, I'm really loving this series. Book AND TV show. If you are a huge fan of the TV show, fill in the times between episodes by reading the books! Holds back your lust a little bit. Just a little bit, ha-ha. ...more
This is my first book by Mlynowski. I have been wanting to read a book by her for a while, I have always heard great things about her books including this one. So when I found it at the library I happily grabbed it and brought it home with me. When I finally got around to reading it, it didn't disappoint me.
Ten Things We Did absolutely rocks. It was a very fun and cute book and the writing kept you flying through the pages. When I first read the summary, I thought "How cool would that of been when I was a teen?!" I would have LOVED to live with a friend, have no parents around, and have money deposited into my account at the beginning of each month. I mean, what teenager doesn't? That's the ultimate dream, right?
The characters were really developed and fun to read about. April was a really fun main character. I think the only person who bugged me and I didn't really connect with or care much about was Noah. I would take Hudson's side any day. Loved how he was always there when April needed him. *swoon*
Overall, this was a very fun book to read. If you want something light and fun to read this is definitely a book for you. I greatly enjoyed this book and will be looking forward to reading it again in the future. I'll be checking out more of Mlynowski's books soon.
And isn't that cover gorgeous?! Would love to have it on my shelf. =)...more
A Need So Beautiful was really interesting and very unique. I’ve never heard of something like it before, which is awesome! I HATE reading the same thing over and over again. The thought of someone being put on earth for a short period of time, without knowing it, and having the need to help people is beautiful. I like how Suzanne threw in the idea of it in the first chapter. Showing the need take ahold of Charlotte without Charlotte really knowing why she has that need. You get to learn why she has the need to help people right along with her.
Charlotte was a good protagonist. She was unique and really nice. She wanted to help people, but you could see she had trouble with the fact she would have to say goodbye to everyone she loves after she’s done her duty on earth.
This book brought out a lot of emotions and I admit, it made me cry near the end. And omg, Harlin. What can I say about him? Other than he is HOT. Harlin was a great boyfriend and I can really say that I didn’t see that coming in the end. Though sometimes I did suspect, but I didn’t really think anything would come out of it. Which I’m not going to say because it will ruin some of it! Sorry! All I can say is you should definitely read it.
I will definitely be picking up some more of Suzanne’s novels soon. And I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel!...more
Here is another really good dystopian debut novel. It is told in three point-of-views; Nora, Micah, and Winter. All have their own hopes to change something through a comic strip they decide to distribute. It's mostly Nora and Micah's idea because Micah draws the comic strip and Nora adds the story to it, based off their own stories with the TFC (To Forget Cares.) and the little white pill that they take when they go to the TFC to erase the memories of the traumatic events they may have happened to them. And some go to the TFC to take the pill just to simply forget.
They name their comic strip Memento, which is a strong word to them in this new futuristic world. To them, memento doesn't mean a small object kept as a reminder of a person or an event, it's to remember the past. To remember EVERYTHING that the government would want you to forget.
Don't let the compact size of the actual book, or the amount of pages fool you. This may be a short read, but a lot happens throughout its pages. A lot that you won't soon forget.
The writing was really good and the characters were believable. I really liked Micah. Micah and Nora worked well together. I liked each of Nora, Micah and Winter's stories.
Overall, this was simply a good read. It was a fun and fast read. I can't wait to see what happens next! The ending DEFINITELY has be anxiously awaiting the next installment. ...more
I hadn't read anything by Sara Shepard yet, but I'd become obsessed with watching the Pretty Little LiAlso reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm.
I hadn't read anything by Sara Shepard yet, but I'd become obsessed with watching the Pretty Little Liars tv show every Monday, which for those of you who don't know are based of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars book series. I haven't read those yet, but I plan to very soon. I'm even more excited to read the Pretty Little Liars series now that I've read this book, a great start to her new series.
I happened to sign up for Netgalley a little while ago and I wanted to try it out, even though I hate reading books on the computer. I'd much rather have the actual book in my hands, curled up in a blanket reading it and being able to smell the awesome smell fresh new book pages give off. I know it may sound weird, but I love it. But either way, I decided to try it. And when I saw The Lying Game on the list, I decided to use it as my guinea pig and read it on my computer.
At first, I couldn't get fully into it, but I think that's mostly because I'm not use to reading books on my computer. But once I got past a couple of chapters I got really drawn into it and couldn't stop reading it. I admit, though, I had to go back and read over a couple of things because they were completely crazy. In a good way.
I can't count how many times I went, "Are you freaking kidding me?" while reading it. Sara really knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat and wonder what is going to happen next. The things that happened in this book was beyond insane.
Sometimes it confused me when it switched between Emma and Sutton, so I had to go back and read it. But other than that I didn't have much problems with it.
It was a great read and I am looking forward to reading the second installment in the series, Never Have I Ever.
Sara's writing is fast-paced, straight to the point, with just the right amount of details and suspense to keep you reading. I really liked Emma, though I'm not entirely sure why. She bugged me at times, but not as bad as some characters in books do. I really liked Ethan, too. I liked it straight from the beginning and nothing disappointed me. :) He seemed like someone I wouldn't mind having as a friend to hang out with.
Throughout the whole book Emma and Sutton both mention who they think killed Sutton, but there are so many suspects that it keeps you tied up and in questioning.
Overall, this was a great read and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good teen-angst/drama mixed in with suspense and mystery....more
Entice was another great installment to the series, but wasn't as amazing as the first book or as good as the second. Which is usually how it works. It picks up right where Captivate left off. With Zara, now a pixie queen, going to the high school winter ball with her friends. She goes just to make them happy, which is what I always love about Zara. Even though so much has changed throughout the series so far, she still stays true to what she believes in. She grows a lot and learns a lot during the series, but she is still the same old Zara. Even if she has turned into a pixie, which everyone thinks are all bad.
I'm not sure anymore if I'm team Nick or Team Astley. I was IN LOVE with Nick before this book, and now I have fallen in love with Astley as well. Maybe the next book will clear things up for me. :)
I love the world that Jones' has created! She describes things so beautifully! I sometimes read very slow just to take in all the descriptions.
I absolutely adore this series, and Jones' writing, and I can't wait for the next installment! ...more
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) First off, don't be deceived by the cover. It's beautiful, but it maAlso reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) First off, don't be deceived by the cover. It's beautiful, but it makes it look like this story is all about love. It's not. I mean, don't think I don't love a good love story, because I do. But sometimes I like more than just a love story. There was some romance in this book, but it wasn't all that it was about. It was kind of the side part of it. I've been waiting to read this ever since seeing it on the Debut Author Challenge list. I looked it up and it sounded really good. When I was able to snag this at the library, I was very ecstatic and started reading it right away because I wanted a good, short contemporary to read. And it was great! I mean, I really liked it, but I didn't love, love it. If that makes sense. I mean, it kept you reading and you were done with 100 pages in a snap of a finger. You were sucked into Corrine's new life. The only thing that annoyed me to death was Corrine. She was such a brat! The way she treated people just made me want to smack her. I mean, yeah, it had to be really hard to move from New York city where you grew up all your life being rich (Must be nice!) and then in a short period being shipped to Texas to live with your grandparents and being put in public school, but still. She didn't have to be such a brat about it. I hated her constant whining about how her life sucked SO badly. But at least she grew up a bit by the end of the novel. She changed a lot for the better. I really liked the new Corrine. I really liked Kitsy, too. She was a really nice, fun person. I'd love to have a friend like her! And I really liked Bubby and Hands, they were funny. Rider, on the other hand, ugh! That is all I will say about that, I can just say I could tell how he was from the start. I really liked Corrine's Grandma and Grandpa too, they were fun and I wish I had grandparents like them. Overall, it was a fun book to read. The writing was good and I can't wait to read more from Heasley. I was on her website, like I always do after finishing a book, and I saw she is writing a story about Kitsy! I'm ecstatic over that! I mean, I really wish there was a sequel to this one, but reading with Kitsy as the main character will be really fun. ...more
Even though Queen of the Dead wasn't as good as The Ghost and the Goth, I really liked jumping back into Will and Alona's world! They are, as always, fighting, but you can really tell they are really starting to care about each other and set aside their differences. They find out that they really depend on being around each other all the time now.
I really love how there is romance in this book, but it isn't all what it's about. There is a big story around it, with just the romance bit thrown in there. It is VERY entertaining to read and I really hope there is a third one. If not I think I will seriously cry! The first book had me wanting more, but I could live if there wasn't a second book. But now it has left me wanting more with hoping VERY desperately there is another book to add to this series.
It is a very fast and cute read. I love that about this series. You can read it within a couple of hours, about 2, and it entertain you greatly.
I don't like the new character that was thrown in here. She just reallys bugs me. And Alona, ha ha! Even though Alona isn't the type of girl I'd hang out with. Actually, I would be trying to stay as far away from her as possible if I came upon a girl like her. Which is a huge surprise to me since she is one of my favorite characters. Funny how that works isn't it?
I just love her attitude! And I love how much she's grown since the beginning of the series. I guess death has done her a lot of good!
Even though Will and Alona are complete opposites and they bicker back in forth a lot and sometimes try to outdo themselves with annoying the other, I think they are meant for each other!
Overall, there better be a third book. This series is just too entertaining for this to be the end! So please Stacey Kade, write a third book! =) ...more
First of all, I have to say, that I haven't read anything by Caletti before reading this. I have heard many things about her being a great writer and have a lot of her books on my to-read list, but I've never actually read anything by her until now. And I have to say that I will DEFINITELY be reading more from her in the future. Preferably sometime very soon.
You can tell straight off from the summary that this book is intense. But you don't get the full impact until you start the book. It starts off with the chapters alternating back and forth between the present Clara, and the before Clara when she was dating Christian. After reading the first chapter I seriously wondered why the hell she was even with Christian. How had she gotten to the point she was now? I would of left Christian a LONG ago if it were me. But after reading the chapters of when she was with him, you really start to understand why she couldn't let go of him. It wasn't JUST his controlling nature, it was of her own reasons as well.
I flew through the chapters so fast, and not JUST because of how great the writing was and that it flowed so well, but the fact that when I was reading each chapter, I wanted to read through it so fast to get to the next chapter. When I was reading a chapter about Clara from the past when she was dating Christian, I desperately wanted to get back to the present Clara. And the other way around. I never wanted to put this book down!
My heart went through so many different emotions as the story progressed and switched between past and present Clara. I felt everything she did. My heart pounded with each chapter, wondering what Christian would do next in her story of the past.
Caletti's writing is just so beautiful and descriptive, and I LOVED her footnotes in this book. She had a lot of them and they were all in Clara's voice so it just added to the affect.
And her characters. Oh my gosh, I loved all of them. All of them were so different and had a story of their own it seemed. The only character I didn't like, that you got to know, was Christian. Of course. I just seriously want to slap him and shake him asking him what the hell is wrong with him and to just FREAKING LET GO!
Throughout the novel you really see Clara grow up, which I'm very glad for. She went through something horrible and really had to learn her lesson. She is a great character with a great voice. Her and her story will forever be in my heart.
It's a tie with my second favorite character. Finn, and Clara's dad. Finn was such a sweetheart and someone she REALLY needed after such a horrible break-up. And her dad, oh my gosh her dad. He was hilarious and he was just such an amazing father. He knew how to balance being a best friend towards her, and being her father. It all depended on what she needed at the time. He was such a cool dad. Clara is so lucky. :P
Overall, this was a great read. I already want to go back and re-read it. Stay is brilliantly honest and hits a subject that is very serious and maybe not EVERYONE can relate to it, but it makes it all the more special to the women who have been through the same thing Clara has. It is a very enjoyable read, even if you haven't been through something like this. Just makes you very grateful for not having to deal with such a subject.
Oh. My. God. That is all I can say ever since reading this book. I finished this book way over an hour ago and the ending is still stuck in my head. The ending was completely unexpected and completely slaps you in the face.
Throughout this whole book, I have really liked it. But the ending just freaking throws the book from a 3 to 4 star book to a freaking 5 star book. You NEVER expect it. At least I never did. I expected something different to happen. I thought I had it figured out, but then the ending happens (Sorry, can't tell you!) and completely changes that.
Zoe, Cara's "best friend", was creepy. She gave me the chills straight from the start. Not going to say anything further about her. Cara was a really good character. I liked her. She did certain things that made you want to know more. To really see her push herself.
The characters were really greatly developed in this book. Sometimes it may seem like Cara isn't really developed that well to be the age she is, but at the end of the book you really see why that is.
The writing really flowed well in this book and it was great to have read it in the perspective that it is. It is what made the secret at the end stay just that. A secret. Until Wood's wanted to reveal it. And boy did she did! Out of no where! Can't get over that!
This is a GREAT debut. I think everyone should read it. It's creepy, and now I understand why everyone was saying that about this book. From reading the summary it never sounded creepy to me. But now I totally understand why. It is just one of those things you have to experience yourself to understand, I guess.
I think this would make a fantastic movie. It would be one of those creeper type movies that aren't really scary, it's just creepy in a sense of mystery. I think if they ever did make it into a movie, it would be one of the ones where you really have to pay attention to understand the story.
It may not seem that way at first, but later on you'll totally understand why.
I think that everyone should give this book a try. No matter their genre. This has a lot in it; normal girly friendship issues, normal teen issues, and a bit of mystery. Plus a lot of other things added to the mix.
Overall, it may seem like it is pretty short and that nothing much happens throughout the book, but it was still very good. I just don't really know what to say about this book, other than WOW! ...more
After reading the summary for this book so many months ago, I was dying to read it. I requested it for my library and when they got it in I put it on hold to make sure I'd get to read it. When I finally got my hands on it I started reading it and was hooked from the start. It has definitely lived up to my expectations. Though when I first started reading it, I thought if might become a bit predictable, but it didn't! I was never able to figure out what was going to happen next.
Sinda changes so much from the beginning of the novel. She has lived her whole live believing she was the princess named Nalia, but then she finds out her real name is Sinda and is cast away from the palace and has to learn who she is all over again. But this time, she finds out who she really is. After feeling as though she never fit in her whole life.
Sinda annoyed me at some points, but she was a great main character and she really grew on me. I really loved Kiernan, I wanted him and Sinda to get together throughout the whole book! He is one of those guys that you find in books that you wish real guys would be like. Anyone know what I mean?
I don't really know what else to say about this book, sadly. I'm sorry this isn't much of a review. All I can really say was I loved it and hope to read it again someday. :)
I recommend this to anyone who would love a fun, light read with a bit of mystery. ...more
Angelfire was just wow. It was very unique and completely different from most young adult books. I mean, Angels have been making it's way to the top lately in the young adult publishing industry, but this is more than just angels! There are grim reapers! And not your typical creepy guy in a black hooded cloak with a scythe. Moulton completely created her own version of the grim reapers, making them all types of creepy creatures that go bump in the night.
She kept Ellie's world much like our own, but added a world that co-existed with the world called the Grim. Humans (Unless they were special psychics, or Ellie.) couldn't see the Grim or any of Grim's creatures.
And speaking of those Grim creatures, there are some awesome fight scenes in this book. Moulton really knows how to write a kick-ass fight scene! Plus, her description is just amazing anyway.
I had a few issues reading this book, but it isn't Moulton's fault. It's just because I read this on Netgalley and I'm still not entirely use to reading books on the computer. I like having an actual copy in my hands. I can enjoy them a lot more and I know I would have been in love with this book more than I already am if I had read it through a physical copy. This is my second-ever book that I've read on the computer.
I have a love/hate relationship with Ellie's character. She's awesome and kick-ass, but at the same time she's annoying. The bad thing is, I can't really explain the full reason of why she's annoying. I guess you'd have to read it for yourself and see if you find her annoying as well. It didn't take away from the fact, though, that she's a pretty strong character and seemed real to me. I really felt bad for her about her bad luck with her car and then her dad issues. He was a real jerk!
I also really, really, really loved Will! (How can you not? Seriously?) The only thing that bugged me was that he'd do completely ANYTHING for Ellie. I mean, yeah, I like guys who car enough about the girl they love that they'd do anything for them. But there is a line you have to draw somewhere. When he said some of the things he did, he just sounded downright pitiful and unbelievable. But other than those little moments, I loved him. If there was a way to ever see him, I'd so run up to him and give him a hug. Then I'd go cuddle with my husband, ha ha.
I also really liked what Moulton did with the romance in this book. :) You can see the attraction and love Ellie and Will have for each other, but they don't really do anything about it for a long, long time. :) Which really bugged me while reading it because I really wanted them to get together and the moments where it looked like they were, and didn't, it drove me NUTS! But it bugged me/drove me nuts in a good way.
This kind of reminded me a little of the anime show Blood Plus. Don't ask me how, it just did. For some strange reason. It's nothing really alike. But I love Blood Plus, so it's cool. :)
I guess you would just have to watch the show to maybe kind of understand. I don't know.
But overall, this was a great debut book! Major brownie points for Moulton! This was a great start to a new series and I can't wait until the sequel comes out! I'll be eagerly counting down the days to the release date. Which at the moment all I know of the release date is that it will be published in 2012. Boo!...more
Wow. I think I may have actually liked Red Glove more than it's predecessor, White Cat. I can't really choose. I loved them both, but there was just something about Red Glove. Hmm. These two books have everything; a great storyline, magic, romance, mystery, and the mafia! Holly Black is bloody brilliant!
I've been trying and trying and trying to talk my husband into reading White Cat, but I guess he's still mad about how I got him to read the Twilight series and he really liked it, but Breaking Dawn killed it. He IS reading the Vampire Diaries series right now (Score!), but that's only because I got him hooked on the show.
But anyway, back to Red Glove, ha ha! This series is awesome. I love Cassel! He is a great character. All the characters in here are pretty cool, even the mobsters! Ha! They are all really developed, along with the amazing world they are in. I mean, who wouldn't want to be a curseworker? I mean, I know there are some drawbacks, but isn't there always drawbacks to awesome things like this?
Overall, I'm not really sure what else to say about this book other than it is completely awesome and I love this series and can't wait for the next book. I didn't really have any complaints that I can remember other than the fact it freaking ended and I don't have the next book!
If you haven't read the first book in the series, do it now! This is an awesome series and definitely among my favorites. It's definitely a fresh storyline. VERY unique!
The cover is awesome! Just like the first book's cover. Though I think I definitely like White Cat's cover better. Love the covers in this series. ...more
White Cat was not what I expected. I had heard some things about it, but I don't think that I fully knew what I was getting myself into with this book. I picked this book up because I kept seeing it everywhere. I couldn't find a bad review.
I didn't know that it was told in the point-of-view of a male! Ha ha! I probably should of read more on it, but I'm kind of glad I didn't because I'm afraid it may have taken me longer to finally pick it up and start reading it. I'm weird like that. =/ But I think with all the awesome books with male points-of-view I'm reading lately, I'll have to pick up more.
It took me a few minutes to get into this, but the beginning was hilarious! It opens with Cassel, the main character, standing on top of a roof in only his boxers, dreaming that he was chasing a white cat who stole his tongue!
I loved Cassel. Yes, he annoyed me at times, which I usually find about a lot of main characters I read about. But he was really witty and a nice guy. Though he kind confusing at times because of what happens to him without his knowledge throughout the book.
I didn't really bond with any of the other characters, though. But I did like them. All of the characters have stayed with me and I think I will always remember them when someone brings up the book, but Cassel was my absolute favorite.
The world Black created was amazing. She hit the high points in originality here. I haven't read a YA book like it! Nor have I heard of any. Mobsters/conmen meets the magical world! I really love that the world knows about the curse workers. Even though most people are against them and sometimes its dangerous to be a curse worker.
Something else I really loved about this book was that I never really knew what was coming next. I kept trying to guess, but was always hit with something completely different and jaw-dropping.
The writing for this novel flows very well and I could easily read through a lot of pages without realizing, which you will hear in every review that I write that has that type of writing in the book because it is one of my favorite things and I always like to mention it. I was always able to picture the world and characters and what was going on. Sometimes I got so into it I thought I was watching a movie.
Overall, I can't really find anything I didn't like about this book. Other than the fact that at times it confused me because of the memory work that a certain memory worker did. Not going to name any names! It would be a spoiler. I am now VERY excited for Red Glove and can't wait for it's release date on the 5th of April. ...more
Mercy was a little hard to get into at first, but around chapter two I really got into it. It's a great start to a new series, and very different from most of the angel books I've come across and read.
Mercy, who named herself because her real name is unknown, is a great character. She kind of annoyed me at first, but grew on me by the end of the book. I also really liked Ryan, I didn't think I would at first, but as soon as Mercy and him started really talking I started to like him.
This book was originally published in Australia! What is it about these Australian authors? They know how to write some good books. :)
I can't wait to get my hands on the second book, Exile. I'm really sad to see Ryan go because of Mercy's situation, but I'm looking forward to reading more about Mercy.
I recommend this to any angel lovers who want a new unique story. ...more
I've been wanting to read The Ghost and the Goth for a while, I had heard lots of things about it being a cute, short, light read. I chose to read it exactly for that reason. I wanted to read a book that was cute and not very serious like a lot of the books I've been reading lately.
And that's exactly what I got! :) It was cute, funny, very-light, and a very short read. I loved the writing style and everything flowed very nicely together. I was always happy to dive into Alona and Will's world.
I love how it is almost a normal high school teen story, but has a light supernatural element to it. Also, switching between Alona and Will's perspectives were really fun. They are completely different, and I love that. I really love when an author can create these two completely different characters and get into both of their heads with no trouble.
Usually Alona's type of character would bug me; perfect, popular, blonde cheerleader who thinks she can do whatever she wants. But even though Alona might of been that way when she was alive, she still had a whole different side to her that no one, even her best friend, knew about. She tried to keep this perfect image so no one would know what really went on at her house.
I really liked Will's sarcastic, moody voice. He always made me laugh. He's the one who left the lasting impression. He had a lot more character to him, and you just really want to know more about his ability to see and communicate with the spirits. I really hope to see that in the sequel, Queen of the Dead. Which will be coming out June 7th!
I really can't wait to dive into more of their story. I am content at the way The Ghost and the Goth ended, but at the same time I want to read more. It's just so much of a fun, light read.
I really don't know what else to say about this book, other than read it. It's not very long and doesn't have very much depth to it, but it is a really cute book. It may be cute, but it's not one of those books that is way too cute and girly to read. It has a perfect balance between cute and supernatural element. ...more
First off, Glimmerglass was amazing. I liked it a lot more than I originally thought I would. Don't you just love when that happens? I kept hearing amazing things about this book, the cover was gorgeous and the summary sounded like something I'd like. I love books with Fae in them, and this is not your typical fae book! Black created her own, unique world.
I was sucked straight into the story and Dana's world from page one. Black's writing flowed well and I easily read through twenty pages without even realizing. I started this book before bed, which was a mistake. I told myself I was only going to read the Prologue, just to get a feel for the book and then I'd turn out the light and go to bed. I started to do that, but then I kept thinking about Dana. So I had to turn the light back on and read another chapter, and then another, and then another. I finally forced myself to stop at chapter five! Ha ha!
I found myself thinking about Dana and Avalon while doing other things. I couldn't stop. I couldn't shut off my thoughts. I was always thinking about the world that Black had created and wondering what would happen next.
I kept thinking a romance would unfold throughout the novel, but it never really did. There were a few kisses here and there, and some flirting, but never really an actual love story. But it does show a possibility of a love triangle. Maybe in Shadowspell?
I really like Ethan, but I like Keane more. He's a major moody, bad-ass, hottie! I liked him from the start! :)
Dana was a really good protagonist. I didn't really have any issues with her. I liked reading through her perspective. She was easy to relate to and realistic. She was spunky, and overall a fun character. She was a bit whiny and childish at times, but she knew how she was being and either stopped herself or just kept doing it anyway.
I really loved how open Dana's world was. Where both the fae and humans knew about each other. It was different from the normal part where the supernatural creature was suppose to just be a fairytale.
Overall, the only real issue I had in this book was the fact that in the beginning you didn't really learn much about what it meant for Dana being a faeriewalker. Other than that this was a great start to a new fae series....more
A Touch Mortal blew me away. I mean, I had heard it was a great debut, and it was backed up with a bad-ass cover, but I honestly didn't know it would be this good. It greatly exceeded my expectations. I mean, at times it was kind of confusing, but it was a great read! Leah Clifford did an amazing job and she has definitely added her name to my overgrowing list of authors to stalk, er, I mean watch out for! Ha, ha!
This book is packed with characters, but they all have their own personalities and their own purpose adding to the story. (I mean, c'mon, Kristen anyone? She was severely insane, but awesome!)
This book was so strange, but not a bad strange. It was the type of strange you are very curious about. I couldn't put this book down, and if I absolutely had to, I was thinking about it and trying to process everything in my head. I finished this book about a month ago, I think?, and I still can't stop thinking about it. I'm sorry I can't give a great review, but it's just something I can't really put into words. All I can say is this is definitely a book you want to have on your to-read list, and hopefully it's near the top of your list! You'll be very sorry if it's not. I can't wait for the sequel, I hate how it's so far away!!
I recommend this to all dark, angel loving, immortal loving, strange loving, readers out there! If that even possibly makes sense!
XVI wasn't what I expected--at all. I mean, I heard it was a really good debut. But I didn't know it was going to be this good! At first when I heard about the whole dystopian genre, I wasn't very interested. But after realizing that Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series (Which has been one of my favorite oldie series for a long time.) was dystopian, I knew I had to read more. Then I read the Hunger Games and was sold on dystopian. So when I saw this on the debut author challenge list, I knew I needed to read it, no matter how weird it sounded. This is a scary book. And not in the scary horror way, but in a way that makes you afraid of what the future is going to be like. The things you read in dystopian could really come true in the future. Not all of us may see any of it, but our legacy will!
The whole "sex-teen" thing was scary. I mean, I remember the time when I couldn't wait to be sixteen. That's a few years behind me now, thank God. But how Nina's world is with turning sixteen is just WRONG. I mean, how is it alright for someone to turn sixteen, and then somebody can just go up and rape you and get away with it?!
I'm going to stop talking about that now, or I'm going to keep rambling on about how Nina's government infuriated me. I love the kind of books that evoke emotions out of you. That's when you really know when a book is great. When it evokes the type of emotions out of you that something in the book infuriates you, like a government or something that infuriates the protagonist. If that makes any sense at all.
I loved Nina. She was a good strong protagonist. Sal creeped me out at times, but he was a great character. He only creeped me out when he was meant to. When Nina was. And Sandy, wow, I'm not going to get to into her character. She annoyed the CRAP out of me. Every time I saw her name on the page I would roll my eyes and be very tempted to skip some of the paragraphs. She was so naive and I just don't understand how Nina put up with her.
Wei was just.. wow. I loved her! Period.
Julia's writing is great and flows well. I was done with XVI pretty fast. I would of been able to read it in one sitting if I didn't have stuff that I had to drop the book for. I NEVER wanted to drop it. I wanted to just keep reading and reading and reading, but sadly, I couldn't.
I was sad when the book ended. I thought it was THE end, but when I got on Goodreads to mark it as read, I realized there is a sequel! I canNOT wait! I want it NOW! =(
Overall, this is definitely a book to add to your reading list!
Between Here and Forever was a bit different. This is the second book I've read by her, and I have to say she is a fantastic writer. I didn't like this one as much as I loved the other novel I read by her, Perfect You, but it was really good.
Abby kind of annoyed me. A lot. But at the same time I really liked her. I loved how devoted to her sister was and how much she wanted her to wake up. But she did it all for the wrong reasons! Which I won't get into.
I LOVED Eli! Abby and him are perfect for each other! I love the relationship they have in this book and I love how Eli helps her deal with Tess and helps her grow by the end of the book, and she helps Eli grow as well! I also love Clement!
The situation with Claire and Tess was a great addition to the book, though I kind of guessed about them after a little while.
This book was a pretty light and fast read, which I loved. I was able to read it within a couple of days, if I was able to sit there for a bit I would of been able to finish it in one day. The chapters were short.
The ending really made me want to know more, it almost didn't seem like a standalone novel. Elizabeth's writing really keeps you reading and wanting to know more after each chapter.
I'm not really sure of what to write about this book. I seem lost for words for reviews lately.
Overall, I really liked this book. There were a few things that really irked me, but not enough to make me give it a bad review. Elizabeth Scott is a really good writer and I plan on reading more of her books soon....more
Unearthly is the perfect title for this book. And not just because this book is about angels. But because, in my opinion, this book IS just unearthly. It completely took my breath away!
When I first started hearing about this book, I thought it might be a book about a girl finding out she was an angel, and I was a bit worried about that. There are way too many books out there nowadays where someone finds out that they are a certain person, or being, and not enough of ones that already KNOW they are a certain something, but are just learning how to control it. But despite some of the summaries going around the internet of this book, it isn't a book about someone finding out what they are. It's about a teenage girl, named Clara, who already knows she is an angel and is just trying to learn HOW to be what she is.
And I really love the fact that her mother and brother know about her being an angel, because they are angels too!
I really loved the characters in this book. You seem to really get to know them. I loved the main character, Clara. She seems like just a normal teenager from the outside, and she is, she just has a little bit of angel thoughts running around in her head. Nothing really bothered me about her at all.
I really liked Christian, but I have to say that I LOVED Tucker. I was rooting for Christian at first, until towards the end of the book when you start getting to know Tucker better. Love his country gentlemanly charm!
Hand's writing in this book was magnificent as well. It's one of those types of books that I love talking about so much that you feel as if you've only read a few pages, but you are already 50 pages past where you thought you were. It's awesome!
Everything just flows so well and I love that element in a book.
There were many times in this book that something was thrown into the mix that just made me go "Are you serious?!". I didn't see them coming! Especially the end. Whew! I bet I scared my husband with my random jaw droppage and gasp, ha ha!
This is one GREAT debut novel that you will not want to miss. It's been hours since I finished this book and I still can't stop thinking about the ending of the book and what will happen in the next book. This is a great start to a new series and I am DYING to get a hold of the second book to devour it.
But I guess we'll all have to wait until 2012 to see it! :(...more
Okay, I have to admit that the first time I saw these books around the young adult fiction world; I wasn’t planning on reading them. Do you want to know why? The covers! You should never judge a book by its cover, I know, but I just was really put off by the Barbie doll looking covers.
When they first aired the trailer for the TV show, I was very intrigued and after the first episode, I was hooked! So I made it a goal to start the series as soon as possible this year.
Now I can’t wait to continue the series and can’t wait for season 2 to air! ABC Family really did a great job at following the books. I mean, of course there is a lot of stuff that is in the books that aren’t in the show, and vice versa, but the first book was amazing and the tv show is awesome!
But now I’m going to try and stop talking about the TV show now and continue on with my review of the first book in the series, ha ha.
Sara Shepard is a very good writer. I don’t know how she has so many main characters without getting confused! I’m a writer myself and I normally only have one main character perspective in my novels, sometimes two. But never four! And all four have very different personalities! So kudos to her!
Pretty Little Liars is also a very easy and short read. It’s another one of those awesome books that you can get through very fast because the words flow so well together.
I love the mix of drama and mystery. I know some people nearly consider them as part of the same genre, but not always. There can be a drama-mystery or just a plain mystery that just lurks on the mystery at hand and not a whole bunch of drama, if that makes sense at all.
I can’t wait to pick up the second book in the series, I am definitely ready to speed through it to and catch up with the books. I’m a bit worried, though, too. I don’t want to read the book and have an idea of what might happen in the show. It’s so complicated! Ha ha.
Overall, this is a really good read. If you love the TV show, definitely pick the books up! ...more
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) At first all the different names for characters, such as theiAlso reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) At first all the different names for characters, such as their nicknames were confusing. The characters would be called by their real name one time, and then the next sentence would be their nickname by a certain person. But still, after a couple of pages the story really pulls you in. Heck, I was very curious within the first paragraph (As you can see above!)
I'm starting to get into the zombie hype (You know, just like the werewolf, vampire, fairy, angels, etc. hype?), there are a lot of books with them through YA nowadays. This may be an older YA book, but it is very good and unique! I mean, c'mon, have you ever heard of american teenagers (No one else. Not parents, or dogs, or anything. Just teenagers.) coming back to life after they die? And I mean coming back to life and going right back to their daily lives, almost as if nothing happened. I mean, of course they have their faults. They're a little slower, a little quiet, a little more zombie-like? Ha, ha!
They don't try and eat people, they don't eat blood (Or anything else for that matter.), they just go to school. Seriously. It's awesome. Most people don't like it, but they have to deal. And I mean some people REALLY don't like it. Not going to get anymore into that because I don't want to ruin the story by telling those of you who haven't read it yet.
The writing was good and really funny at times, it flowed well and had me hooked. The characters were cool, I mean, Margi annoyed me a little, but other than that she was pretty cool. Adam was awesome! He was a jock, but really sweet and was one of Phoebe's best friends. Have you ever heard of a goth girl being best friends with a football player? Or a football player being in love with that said goth girl? Ah, said way too much already.
Tommy, and the other 'living-impaired' students were pretty cool. I still don't know the full deal on how him and a few other dead characters can move and talk a little faster than the other 'living-impaired', but hopefully I will find out in the next installment. Which I will be trying to fit into my reading pile soon! *Looks over at insanely high tbr stack and glares*
Tommy was really sweet and I liked Phoebe and him together, but at the same time they didn't click right.
Overall, it was good. That's all I have to say. If you're a fan of zombies, or maybe even if you aren't a fan of zombies, pick it up! It's unique and fun. ...more
Oh my! This was so unique and refreshing. I can't believe I took so long to read this. Now I'm dying to read book 2! And sadly, I don't have it. So I'll have to put a hold on it at the library to get it sent to my library. I wish I could have it in my hands RIGHT NOW.
But anyway, I should of known this would be a great series. I've read the first two books in Vincent's Adult Urban Fantasy Shifter series. If you haven't read them or heard of that series yet, you should definitely look it up. They are good.
This is a great start to this series. The character's are well developed. I really liked Kaylee and Nash. Those were my two favorites characters. Wait, I can't forget Tod! I haven't decided who I like better yet, Nash or Tod. Hmm.
Kaylee seemed like a normal teenager, except for the whole knowing someone is going to die a few minutes before they do. So that was really good. I love when writer's can do that, make someone seem really normal without knowing their secret and when you do it comes as a surprise. You know what I mean?
I was hooked from the first chapter, and the writing kept me reading and reading and reading. Ha!
Overall, very, very interesting read! I was sad to see the first book end, especially without having the second. I'll definitely be trying to get my hands on the second book very, very soon. Vincen't has made it to my author's to look out for list. I'm really interested in checking out her other adult series as well.
I really like the cover for this book. But I can't figure out if I like the US cover better or the UK version better. I like how dark the US covers for this series are, but then again I like how bright the UK ones are. *sigh* ...more