From what I have heard (actually read) at different blogs, it seems that that there are some issues in books mostReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
From what I have heard (actually read) at different blogs, it seems that that there are some issues in books most of us dealt with. One of them is when you get a really interesting idea and storyline (despite it being not perfectly done), but the book lacks any sort of chemistry or emotions, or vice versa. Sadly it happens often to me and Sweet Unrest will have to go into that category.
It starts like a mystical story, where Lucy, our main character in the story, moves with her parents to another city where a lot of town mysteries surround them. Soon enough Lucy gets to see pieces of that mystery and realized that there are some things that need to be solved and her adventure begins. With a nice dose of voodoo and dark and twisted stories you get to enjoy this mystery and to turn pages quickly just to see what happens next.
While that aspect of this story is what I really enjoyed, lack of chemistry or any sort of emotions is what stopped me from enjoying this fully. I never connected with Lucy or actually any other character. Alex was a really mysterious guy, but then again I couldn't feel him. Another thing that slightly bothered me was this ending. I don't want to spoil things to you, but it felt rather forced to me.
This is one of those books that for me seemed to have a really great idea and everything, but somewhere in the process some strings got loose and the plot suffered from it as it felt rather dull at moments. But writing was neatly done, which I'll give the author credit for.
After reading the blurb for this story this book promises a really mysterious and rather dark story with a main cReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
After reading the blurb for this story this book promises a really mysterious and rather dark story with a main character that has a lot to deal with and I'm happy to say that it delivers. Not only that, but I found books that are somewhere in between reality and paranormal really interesting and they always turn into a great reads. Of Scars and Stardust did too.
It all starts in winter, one winter many years ago when Claire witnessed a really shocking moment in her life for which she blames herself. Now, many years and bad decisions later that moment is still hunting her and after her sister mysteriously vanishes it hunts her even more. It's time for her to go back and solve the mystery that's been occupying her thoughts for a very long. Upon coming back she will have to face her past and not only moments and memories, but also people. It's also a small town, that doesn't forget things that fast, and not everyone is willing to help.
Maybe my favorite part of this story was that it was divided into past and present. It was so good to see what happened that caused Clarie trauma and what was a cause of many sleepless nights in her life. She was a really believable character, with real fears and troubles. It was really easy to go through this story with her and hope that everything will end up without fatal consequences.
What I found problematic here was only the ending. I really wish it was clarified better. Maybe it was left for us to decide what we want to make out of this, but still sometimes I wish to have answers. Despite that it was a really strong and intriguing story....more
Before I start sorting out my feelings for this book I might first tell you that the blurb (the one you see hereReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Before I start sorting out my feelings for this book I might first tell you that the blurb (the one you see here or the one for The Vanishing Season - the same book just different title) are misleading. Yes this book has ghosts, mystery and serial killer, but this book is not only about that. Instead the focus of this book is on Maggie, her moving to different town and trying to fit it, meeting Pauline and Liam and the dynamic in relationships between them.
Like I said, Maggie our main character moves into a small down, due to financial issues her family is faced with. Grill Creek is a small, everyone-know-everyone town so when murders of young girls start it causes confusion and panic among the citizens. It creates fear, one you can feel while turning the pages of this book, but at the same time you can see that Maggie won't be burden by it. The story turn into a tale about friendship and growing up and trying to belong.
If I'm to describe Ms. Anderson's writing I'd say it hits all the right notes and created the symphony my ears what to hear. It's something I rarely experience but when I do I cherish it. Not only writing but characters are built so that they are real, Maggie was me and I was Maggie so many times. Both Pauline and Liam were there, and while I do not approve of some of their actions they were believable and something, when you think about it, you could expect. Then there is that ending, the one that I didn't see coming and the one that shook me to the core.
While reading and reviewing mostly, I come to realize that the degree of feelings you have for a book depend on how far you're ready to go to understand the story. How willing are you to think it through. Somehow I could find explanation for each and every decision in this book and that is also why not everyone will love this book as much as I did....more
We discussed this a great deal in the past so I guess that sadly I got another book to put on my "I like the idea buReview also posted Ja čitam, a ti?
We discussed this a great deal in the past so I guess that sadly I got another book to put on my "I like the idea but not the characters or vice versa" shelf, as Stray was just that. It gave me an insight into a really interesting and magical world but at the same time it gave me a main character I couldn't connect with.
Stray takes you to another world, which has some elements you are familiar with but still combines them in the interesting manner and with that creating an equally interesting world. It's a world where girls are bound to follow the Path or they will go Stray and with that rejected from the society. One of the rules of the Path is not to use your magic abilities aka "Conceal don't feel. Don't let them see" but some rules are there to be broken.
So there is Aislynn our main character here, whom I cannot but describe as boring most of the times. She really didn't have anything that appealed to me. She was just a pawn that told us the story. There was no connection between us, or actually between me or any other character. Sometimes I felt like that was the role they played and it fits their position, but at other times it bored me.
Another trouble here is the whole point of all this. This story offers you so much of everything, but when you think of it at the end you know nothing. I have holes in my brain about this world, about some characters and their point in this whole world. Also just a side note: you cannot give a wolf that name, just no! It bothered me to no end.
Not to be completely negative, in Stray you'll find a nice romance. It's actually how I like them in fantasy stories. It's there and you can see it develop but at the same time it never shadows the plot or the world. It just follows it and never takes over.
Still the official Goodreads page promises us more books that are set in this world, and with that I truly believe that at least one character I'll be able to connect with. Till then....more
You've all seen this pretty cover around. You have, haven't you? Well, we did and it was hard not to press that rReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
You've all seen this pretty cover around. You have, haven't you? Well, we did and it was hard not to press that request button at Edelweiss. It might have been better if we did not. But not everything is that bad, at least we were part of an amazing read-a-long, with even more amazing Emma and Rashika. The have already posted their reviews and you can find them here: Rashika's review at The Social Potato and Emma's review at Never Judge a Book by Its Cover. And now, it's time for us to answer those questions!
How did you feel about Valentina as a character? Tanja: I was devoid of any feelings for her. Basically annoyance was there at the start but as soon as I got to be in her head for some time, I lost interest. I couldn't care less for that spoiled brat. Even though you could find justifications for her behavior as she is raised as that, it was hard to understand that during her so-called exile. Basically she was lacking logic and often compassion for others. Not to mention her blind love for certain someone. I never felt any character growth either. That and her lack of feelings for any sort of justice, bothered me the most.
Glass: I honestly do not remember last time when one of the young adult characters made me want to scream out of complete frustration like Valentina. She wants to be a child and the gown up at the same time. She thinks that the whole world owes her something (but pretends that she is selfless and different from other little snobs). Daddy's little girl. Spoiled brat. Miss Know It All. I didn't like her at all.
Was the plot well developed and believable? Tanja: No and NO! About the development, basically the first half of the book was at times even too slow and then everything started going places and in the meantime creating plenty of loop-holes. About this story being believable - it's a bit complex. Yes the whole idea was there and something existing in this world. It's something I can see happening, but the problem is that non of the characters fit the role they play. They are too young and with all that too naive for everything that's going on. So they don't tell the story in believable way.
Glass: Kiss Kill Vanish was based on great idea, but unfortunately it failed to deliver equally great story. As Tanja said, it is probably because characters are too young, but maybe that wouldn't be such a big problem if the whole thing wasn't told from perspective of one character. I wanted to know much more about her father and sisters, I felt like they didn't get enough attention and a lot of plot holes would have been explained if we got to hear their side of the story too.
Was the romance more than a plot device? Glass: In my opinion, no. There were few scenes that were kind of romantic, but they failed to make me feel anything other than one short swoon-moment and that is that. Things are going too slow in one minute and in the other way too fast. I had a feeling like I missed something because of the way characters were portrayed at the beginning and the middle of the book.
Tanja: Depends which one, as yes this book also has some sort of love triangle. One is definitely just a plot device. It was without feelings and utterly emotionless, at least from my side. The one I refer to is with how I like to call him - Valentina's puppy. The other one was a plot device but it's the point of it. But still in any case, the answer is no.
Describe Emilo in one word. Glass: Frustrating.
Tanja: Mysterious. (I wanted to say Rashika totally has a crush on him, but that's more than one word. Did I just say that? OOPS!)
To sum up? Tanja: If right now you're asking yourself "Where the heck did she find that one star?" here's the answer - writing. That and page-turning. Let me put it this way - the writing was nothing extraordinary or something you'll remember the rest of your life, but it was to the point and neatly done. I see that Ms. Martinez has the talent but with characters as this it's not enough.
Glass: I believe that a lot of YA fans will enjoy this book, especially younger readers. Jessica Martinez has captivating writing style and I loved her previous novels, but unfortunately, this one didn't work out for me. On the plus side, Kiss Kill Vanish is fun and quick read despite all of the things I didn't like.
Rating: We need to say that after the reading we book gave this book 3 starts, but after our discussion we counted pros and cons and it turned out to be not so good. So our rating at the end is: 2 stars. ...more
It's not new that I love reading books with issues, and honestly that's the only type of contemporary books thatReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It's not new that I love reading books with issues, and honestly that's the only type of contemporary books that I still enjoy. So when I saw Kiss of the Broken Glass for the first time it was hard not to be intrigued by it. I'm happy to inform you that this book was everything I hoped it would be.
Kenna, our main character in this story is a teen girl who when looked from the outside had a really normal teen life. What many parents ignore is that school highly influences kids and their behavior as schoolmates put the worst kind of pressure on you - peer pressure. Which is hard to ignore especially as that critical age is when kids wish to belong most of everything. So when her friends started cutting Kenna didn't feel like having a choice. Only what happens when cutting becomes much more than just some game and it turns into competition and serious issue.
It was while in psychiatric watch that we get to meet Kenna better and when we get to see her story. It was really easy for me to feel for her, even though she is not really an optimistic character. At some moments she reminded me of Hazel from The Fault in Our Starts with her views and feelings. That's why this book felt real to me, as neither the author nor Kenna didn't feel like sugarcoating the situation.
Now we come to the writing. When you read the blurb you can see it's written in verse and that kind of writing usually works for me. I shall say that not only I liked the verses but I also liked how writing changed throughout the story. It stopped when Kenna did and it changed as her thoughts did. Some might not like the chopped verses, but they correspond with Kenna which made me feel really connected with her.
Lastly, kudos to whomever created this title, as it really is poetic and it fits the story....more
"A darkly humorous and imaginative story" are probably the best words to describe this story, as it was just thatReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
"A darkly humorous and imaginative story" are probably the best words to describe this story, as it was just that. Story at first seems childish with the names like "The Terrible Thing" and "The Something Coming" but in reality this story deals with really tough and dark life story.
At the start we meet Easter, our main character of this story. While running away from The Terrible Thing she finds herself in The Woods, looking for her sister Julia. Only suddenly something terrible happens and her legs get crushed. She knows she has a little time left but still she is not alone. While unwrapping her memories and remembering all terrible things that happened to her she knows that she is being stalked. She is not sure if it's a friend or enemy. Is this her end or just beginning.
This book is a really tough one to review. It is a sad and really dark story. But it is also a story that deals with tough issues and the one that will try to tell a really shocking story in a different way. I liked to put pieces together here and even now after reading this book I'm not sure I've got all of them. Somehow it is hard to wrap your mind around this story, but it stays with you for quite some time after your finish it.
Now I have to pull that old trick from the hat and say that the reason I didn't enjoy this story as much is actually me, not the book. This book, for sure, will find its readers and people who will love and praise it. I'm happy for it and this book deserve it. But I won't be one of them. Many things about this book were hard for me to comprehend and therefore to enjoy this story, even though this story might not be written to be enjoyed. It was confusing and at moments I felt uncomfortable with it.
Simply, there was too much darkness for me to embrace. But this book was unique, that for sure....more
Taking away human emotions is something I have seen before in dystopian stories, but non of these stories was so darkReview posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Taking away human emotions is something I have seen before in dystopian stories, but non of these stories was so dark and intriguing as Fury. Which made this story even more interesting to me is that I'm hardly ever furious, so seeing Josi explode in the nights of the full moon is how I sometimes feel to.
But let's go from the start. Josephine, our main character here is living in an dystopian world where the government has taken negative emotions out of people. They turned them basically into drones, without giving them opportunity to stand up and fight. But Josi is different, every year in time when blood moon is full she loses her memories and that night is always a mystery to her. Her secret stays with her until there is Luke. A guy who seems like any other drone but still different somehow. Josi must be careful as she knows that the government wouldn't be free if they knew her secret.
Beside interesting character and plot I really like the way this story was written. With constant switch from past to present and discovering story bit by bit I really couldn't put it down. Only thing that bothered me was that we get a part of the story which Josi tells to someone and in that part we have Luke's POV included. It wasn't a bad thing but I really had troubles with that as he was not around. It seems illogical to me and while I did like that we had his POV I couldn't get read of the weirdness.
All in all, I really expect this story to become something even more interesting.
Once upon a time there was a family and in that family were four Liars. They grew up in a kingdom of private islaReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Once upon a time there was a family and in that family were four Liars. They grew up in a kingdom of private island surrounded by tormented seas. During the year they spent some time away, taking care of boring things, like school, life and etc, but every summer they went back to their kingdom where life was everything but boring.
But once upon a time there was an evil force, strong and powerful which occupied this world. That force ruined families and their bonds. It's a force little kids knew nothing about and it terrified them. It was ruining their childhood and everything they thought was unbreakable. They needed to fight and they needed to find a way. That's what they did.
Once upon a time there was a story, a story that was wonderfully written and that captured you from the start. That same story will make you laugh, cry and invite you to its world. But be careful, that story will give you much and you must give it something in return. Piece of your heart, perhaps. But worry not, that same story will keep it and take care of it. That story will also take a day of your time which you'll have to give to it, but in return it'll stay with you forever. It'll give you its eternity.
That same story is this story and it's a story you should read. Without thinking much about it and without excuses. Go on, chase it down and thank me later.
Comparing a book with some mainstream concepts such as Sherlock or Doctor Who is not something I look forward whiReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Comparing a book with some mainstream concepts such as Sherlock or Doctor Who is not something I look forward while reading a book. Yes, it can do wonders for marketing, but it can also create false expectations. Beware of that! As you can see the blurb for this book did just that but I cannot tell you if it's for the better or worse as I didn't read the blurb before reading the book, so I didn't have those kind of expectations.
One thing is sure you can draw parallels between the three. Jackaby is weird detective in town who has unusual way with investigating crimes and resolving mysterious cases. He is not praised by police or other townsfolk but at the end of the day it's the best they have got. When Abigail finds herself in little town called New Fiddleham she couldn't dream that she would find herself in the middle of serial killings which got stranger and stranger. In desperate need of job she finds an open position as Jackaby's assistant and slowly starts to change her views on the world.
When I started this book it sounded like a story of mystery and killings, but paranormal elements here surprised me. Everything sounded so real and touchable that I though it would be more Sherlock than Doctor Who like. But at the same time I was impressed how the author managed to put folktales and legends and shape them so they fit the story. It was really well done and I really enjoyed it.
Despite the references this book had everything I wanted. It was funny, interesting and nicely packed together. I'm sure that many will enjoy it as much as I did. Only things that I can put as con here would be the predictability. But nothing scary, I assure you....more
How many times have you seen this cover and just stopped and stared for a few minutes? I stopped counting after sReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
How many times have you seen this cover and just stopped and stared for a few minutes? I stopped counting after some time but despite the fact that I never rate the book solely by its cover, in this case it was hard not to be grabbed by it. So I was thrilled to see the inside of it once I have got a chance.
I'll be frank with you and tell you that of course I haven't read the blurb before reading the book, so when I figured out that this book dealt with parallel universes I was over the moon. That idea for me is even more interesting than time traveling itself. And here it was amazingly developed and constructed. When Marguerite decided to go and chase after Paul I couldn't dream of all the places we'll get to visit. Traveling from past to present and then from one side of the world to another and with all that all the words were so detailed and imaginable. With every new jump Marguerite got to meet herself better and with that to construct all thousand pieces of herself and others around her, those that have always been part of her life.
I was lucky enough to connect with Meg right away and while I was annoyed but one thing she kept thinking about still it was amazing how she got to meet herself through different self. It was as if she discovered layers of herself she never knew about. Not only herself but those of Paul and Theo as well. So as you see there are two boys so yes we can say that this book sadly has that monster called love-triangle, still it was pretty clear from the start who is going to win this battle, which is actually the only thing that bothered me in this book.
Everything aside I loved how it was a really slow-building/burning romance here and I know I have found another book boyfriend in this book (I won't tell you who it is, though. Read it!). At the end, I'm happy to inform you that love triangle didn't ruin this one for me! Just keep trying, you monster! ...more
With this book being actually the second retelling of my favorite childhood story about Peter Pan and portrayingReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
With this book being actually the second retelling of my favorite childhood story about Peter Pan and portraying him like a bad character I though that this time it won't suit my ideas about Peter. But once again, I found myself believing the story and actually rooting for my last favorite childhood character, Mr. Hook.
"The Neverland must have its wildness, its terrors," she tells me. "Here, children must find not only their happiest fantasies, but their most violent and terrible nightmares. They must face their demons and laugh at them. That is the key to growing up."
The quote from above tells you a lot about this story. This is not a fairy tale we all grew to love, but rather a different take on the story. Different take about Hook and his life. While reading this story you find out why Peter and Hook are really enemies and what actually happened to Hook to be the only adult in the Neverland. Or at least what he though before we meet Stella, a woman who is not Wendy but still is in Neverland. "How is that possible?" he wondered.
Hook cannot answer that question but he knows one thing and one thing only. He must save her from Peter who will do everything to make her life miserable like he made his. But he never dreamed that she will be what he was waiting for. What will keep him sane in the never-ending cycles of his life which is cursed to last forever.
"That is everything," she rebukes me gently, dark eyes glittery in the firelight. "Kindness freely offered that asks for no reward, love that values another above yourself, the wisdom to live without fear. That is the best of life."
This is not only a story about Hook and Stella, even mostly it is just that. But it's also a different take on Peter and the Lost Boys and even Wendy. But this story despite being dark and mysterious is also romantic and vivid. It's about redemption and finding oneself in hopeless situations.
Surprisingly, I did enjoy this story very much. I loved the writing and the whole world-building. Neverland seems closer than ever now. However, it took me some time to get into this story and actually start to like Hook. It was a bit slow at the start.
Needless to say, this book has one of the prettiest endings out there. I loved it how the author left us some space to imagine how everything went on, but at the same time there are no doubts in your mind.
P.S. Hook, you are a great character and all, but sorry, Peter has my heart and some part of it will always be his.
**Quotes have been taken from the uncorrected proof. They might change in the final version of the book....more
Like you could see from my review, which was posted yesterday, Assured Destruction is a series very appealing toReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Like you could see from my review, which was posted yesterday, Assured Destruction is a series very appealing to me. Being in the world of coding and hacking is a true experience and while I did have some issues with Jan in the first book, Script Kiddiechanged some things.
After being pulled through hell and back Jan still feels consequences of everything that happened in Assured Destruction. She now has to balance her work for the police with school, business and helping her mother, which turns out to be impossible. As Jan is someone who doesn't give up and fights even when battle seems to be over she puts all her strength into discovering the crime and with all that helping one of her friends. With new hacking world opened to her she is on the role.
I said in my review yesterday that while I admired Jan's abilities as hacker still outside that world she never was that close to me. Gladly, that changed in this book as Jan is more involved in the world around her and now she is able to do good things with her knowledge. I felt closer to her as she felt more human and I was happy to discover some things about her. Another thing is that this book was such a fast read without drags and unnecessary moments, which made my reading much faster. Still there are moments when I felt like too much things are happening at once, but it's good thing that author knew how to wrap-up this story.
All in all, everything in this series is improving, from characters, writing to the emotional part (which still is not perfect, but much better than in the first book). I cannot wait to see how things end up in With Zombies! ...more
There is something in dystopian settings which seem so real and possible that lure me in. This is one of them. WiReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
There is something in dystopian settings which seem so real and possible that lure me in. This is one of them. With huge climate-changes happening all over the planet it's really not hard to imagine that the weather will change drastically and that humans won't be able to live in the surface any longer. Well, this book offers you a solution - underground cities. I really hope you're not claustrophobic.
Jansin Nordqvist is a sixteen-year-old cadet living in one of the underground cities within the society highly controlled and divided. As in Utopia everyone knows its place and what one should or should not do. This order is what was a result of people's moving from underground after the hypercanes destroyed any possibility of living on the surface. So now, the government has organized the society and Jansin knows her place. Traveling to surface is something rich members of society get a chance to so the scientist can observe things on the land. Once Jansin gets a chance to travel up she is happily obliges. Only what she's about to learn there is not what the government hoped.
Now we're moving onto a tricky territory as I really don't want to spoil things. You can assume that the government kept many secrets and that Jansin has got to reveal some of them. She discovers life among the rage of hypercanes and her life changes.
Like I said I hope you're not claustrophobic as I really don't know how would I survive under the ground without seeing stars and sky everyday. It's something that people there are used to and how the cities are created under there really blow me away. It's maybe hard to imagine but if you think of it the world builds in your imagination. When it comes to Jansin, she was a great character most of the time, strong, capable and most of all human. But at moments she was too perfect and way too lucky near the end of the story.
What fascinated me here the most was the writing style. Kat Ross really did a great research and all characters possessed the right and suitable voice. And there is also romance which was so sweet and loving to me. It's also action packed and it kept me turning the pages like a madman....more