Inhuman by Kat Falls is a rare type of book. At first glance/blurb I was expecting some catastrophic disease to have spread turning everyone into the...more Inhuman by Kat Falls is a rare type of book. At first glance/blurb I was expecting some catastrophic disease to have spread turning everyone into the overdone and overhyped zombie that seems to. I was wrong. The Ferae virus was accidentally unleashed on the United States and spread like wildfire. It resulted in riots, quarantines, death, and eventually the U.S. was divided. Everything past the Mississippi has been abandoned and the Ferae virus and the humans who are infected call it home. Unforeseen circumstances send Lane across the divide in search of her father. Here she learns that the government hasn't quite been telling the truth, her father isn’t who she thinks he is, and most importantly she learns to be independent, and to trust and believe in herself.
Lane has always been a little different from her friends. While most of them cower and leave the divide alone she has always been curious about what is on the other side. A corrupt official sends her across the wall and a whole new world is opened. Yes, there are wild animals and crazy Ferae infected humans, but there is so much more. She enters a world of cut throat soldiers, amazingly beautiful and grotesque human/animal hybrids, and a whole new way of life. This book is so action packed with twists and turns that it is hard to describe without giving anything away. I will state that Inhuman has something that will appeal to all bookish types and both genders. Jam-packed with adventure, self-realization, crazy cool animals, cutthroat barbarians, violence, great friends, and potential love interests this book has everything you could ask for. One slight twinge of disatisfaction with Inhuman was that everything in the book was progressing toward a happily ever after and then it took a turn. I actually shed a couple of tears, but I have faith. In a book full of twists and turns most surprising was the ending. It wasn’t wrapped up in a pretty shiny bow with a happily ever after. The ending was satisfying, if a little sad and I desperately hope to see a sequel that will give my hope for happily ever after another shot! I give this book a 4 STAR rating.
*I received this book free of charge from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion. (less)
The idea of an 18 year old female assassin was the first and ultimate factor that drew me to this book. Then add in the potential for a love triangle...moreThe idea of an 18 year old female assassin was the first and ultimate factor that drew me to this book. Then add in the potential for a love triangle and I just couldn't resist. Celaena is an amazing heroine! She is strong, semi-moral (for the most part), skilled, smart, and resourceful. Her feats in the story absolutely thrilled me! She is like the Sydney Bristow of the fantasy world. I want to be her! Add in the competition against 23 men and the pressure of having the king hate her, you have one tough woman. The prince and guard captain were both great additions to the story. They are complete opposites and somehow balance each other out. I must admit that I was looking for a little more romance, but in the end I wasn't disappointed. Sarah J. Maas definitely knows what she is doing. In the next book I hope some of the relationships do develop a little more. The world created in Throne of Glass was amazing and somewhat unexpected all at the same time. The introduction of "magic" was a wonderful little shock for me. A new world is created with the slightest hints of mythology. If there was anything I would change it would be the names of some of these mythological people in Throne of Glass. They were too similar to some well known myths while still trying to be different (does this make sense?). At the end of the day I loved this book. The second one can't come soon enough and I hope that it will be more than a trilogy. Fingers crossed. I give this book a 4 1/2 STAR rating. (less)
The Car Thief by Theodore Weesner is a unique book in this day and age. Taking place in the late 1960s, Alex is a troubled young man set on survival a...moreThe Car Thief by Theodore Weesner is a unique book in this day and age. Taking place in the late 1960s, Alex is a troubled young man set on survival and nothing will hold him back. Through Alex's character readers are introduced to a very real way of life that some kids actually have to live. A broken home, addiction, crime, punishment, and the chance at redemption are just parts of the multifaceted gem that is The Car Thief. Alex is the "bad boy" who is much deeper and more complex than a lot of people give him credit for. He is the type of character that although clearly in the wrong readers will root for him in hopes of becoming the person they see inside. Alex isn't the only character who will resonate with readers. The inadequacies of a father and yearnings of a younger brother help explore the complex system that is the male relationship. This is the type of character and the type of book that are ageless in the literary world. One that in despite of taking place almost 50 years ago is still relevant today and will continue to be so. There isn't much to critique in The Car Thief. The beginning of the book might be a little confusing and hard to get into at first. Secondly the inner musings and descriptions also tend to drag at points and slow down the pace of the book. Overall, these few things do not detract too much from the story. The Car Thief by Theodore Weesner is a book that shouldn't be missed if you are at all interested in the human condition or the ability to overcome adversity. This book gets a 4 STAR rating. (less)
Molly O'Keefe creates characters whom many readers will connect to. Tara Jean Sweet, the heroine of the story, comes from a troubled past. She has dec...moreMolly O'Keefe creates characters whom many readers will connect to. Tara Jean Sweet, the heroine of the story, comes from a troubled past. She has decided to change her ways, but in the process does a complete 180. Tara is afraid to show her true self for fear of rejection and is on the run from her past. Although many of her past actions are extreme readers will be able to sympathize with the regret she feels for having wronged so many people. Luc is a man who needs help. After a horrible and abusive childhood he finally made something of himself only to be told he has to give it up. His character is hard headed and stubborn at times, but it is his way of protecting those he cares about the most.
As for the plot and setting of the story...I loved it. Who wouldn't admire an author who can combine, Canada, Texas, ranching, leather fashion, a sexy hockey player, and bad girl? The romance/sexual tension in this book is not only HOT, but also believable. This is something I often find missing in many romance novels. Molly O'Keefe adds the perfect combination of action, stumbling blocks, and one dastardly villain who will have readers wanting to punch him in the face sprinkled between the romance. Can't Buy Me Love is more than just a romance novel. This is a book about a woman who comest to terms with the mistakes of her past and learns that even though she made mistakes she is worthy of a future and worthy of being loved.
**I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review(less)
Going into reading Dark Eyes by William Richter I was a little leery. This book isn't my normal type and once I started to read realized it isn't a ty...moreGoing into reading Dark Eyes by William Richter I was a little leery. This book isn't my normal type and once I started to read realized it isn't a typical YA novel either. Wally is one tough girl! Adopted from Russia at a young age, taken in by a wealthy American family who splits up, and Wally decides that she likes living on the streets better. You would think this was enough drama for one girl, but no. Wally is searching for her birth mother, dealing with the death of a close friend, and being tracked by Russian killers. These events make for one action packed book! This is a story that will appeal to action fans of both sexes. William Richter's writing allows you to feel as if you are there in the battle moment and allows you to connect to Wally and experience her self imposed isolation and inexplicable need to belong. I really liked all of the characters in the story with the exception of Wally's three crew members. There is just something irritatingly overly needy about them. The only other thing that botherd me in was I couldn't quite nail down/ understand why Wally would want to live in the streets. I just didn't get it. Dark Eyes is a book with crazy plot twists that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Although I'm not sure this is my type of book I greatly enjoyed the wild ride it took me on. (less)
From the cover of The Disenchantments I was expecting a light, fluffy, fun summer novel. That is not the case. Instead I got a wonderfully different...more From the cover of The Disenchantments I was expecting a light, fluffy, fun summer novel. That is not the case. Instead I got a wonderfully different surprise. The Disenchantments is one of those hard to describe books. It's a story about growing up, growing apart, realizing some childhood dreams are just dreams, and that sometimes you need to follow your own path. This book is both happy and sad all at the same time, but most of all it is real. Nina LaCour brings to life heartache, pain, fun, and first love in the pages of The Disenchantments.
The male perspective of Colby, his love for Bev, and their relationships with Meg and Alexa were amazing. Colby is an idealistic dreamer who actually follows through with his plans. Bev...Bev is an enigma, a mystery that I spent the whole book trying to figure out, and in the end she had the simplest explanation. Meg is the tough girl hiding a broken enterior and Alexa is a lot like Colby. She's an innocent dreamer who believes in the good and sees the brighter side. (After Colby, Alexa was my favorite character) The adventure that they had is something that I wish I could experience. Throughout this supposed happy time of their life, there was a constant sense of sadness, of finality. I believe that we all feel this at one point in our lives. That moment when we are transitioning from childhood to adulthood, that moment that we have all longed for, and when it finally comes we put it off until it catches us.
Colby and The Disenchantments went on one of the most epic road trips ever and in the end came out different, they grew up. The Disenchantments made me angry, happy, and sad all at the same time. I simply loved it. ***I received an Advanced Readers Copy through LibraryThing Early Reviewers(less)