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 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. ...more
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 triangleThe 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. ...more
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 aThe 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. ...more
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 decMolly 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...more
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 tyGoing 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. ...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 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...more
The Hunt was a refreshing new take on the vampire story. Normally I am not a fan of books written in the male perspective, but The Hunt was extremelyThe Hunt was a refreshing new take on the vampire story. Normally I am not a fan of books written in the male perspective, but The Hunt was extremely well done. In fact it has one of if not my favorite male point of views. Gene is intelligent, thoughtful, and resourceful. He has had to live his entire life hiding that he is a human and pretending to be the very thing that has almost wiped out his species. One of the things I found most interesting about this is that Gene sees himself differently from the humans/hepers that are in captivity. He more so identifies with the vampires and sees the humans as them/the others. In this The Hunt presents a very complex view of how we see ourselves and will make you wonder what you would do in his situation. Gene's female counterpart Ashley June intrigued me from the very beginning and kept it up throughout the whole book. Readers will constantly wonder is she a blood thirsty vampire or maybe she is a vamp with a heart. There is one part in the book where she describes what she wants from Gene and it was absolutely beautiful. I can't think of any book that describes what someone with a one sided love wants more. This book has so many wonderful components it is hard to describe them all. If you are someone who likes their vamps mean this is the book for you! They are superior, dirty, and as blood thirsty as ever! The only negative or part of The Hunt that threw me for a loop was the "armpit" thing, but I'll let you discover that for yourself. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda is a must read for 2012! If you liked the movie Daybreakers you should give this a try. ***I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion through the Goodreads First Reads program ...more
Noelle is a girl who has had a tough break in life. Her father is an addict who left when she was young, her mother simply doesn't care, she is poor,Noelle is a girl who has had a tough break in life. Her father is an addict who left when she was young, her mother simply doesn't care, she is poor, malnourished,has low self esteem, a hidden relationship, and very few friends. Susane Colasanti has created a character that you can't help but feel sorry for and wish you were there to be her friend. That said, this short book packed in a little too much. On top of everything listed above Keep Holding On also touches on rape, tons of bullying, teen suicide and has the classic most-popular-boy-falls-for-outcast-girl senario happening. It seemed as if the author was trying to pack in every negative experience and cliche someone could have in high shool in a little over 200 pages. The way everything was tidely wrapped up in the end was also slightly unbelievable. The conflicts were resolved, the "bad guys" were a little deeper than we thought and got "theirs" in the end, and the "good guys" lived happily ever after. After having said all of this the book wasn't horrible. Keep Holding On touches many harmful aspects that go ignored everyday, that if someone would take the time to care about could be solved. Although the characters in the book are older teens this would probably appeal more to those in the 12 to 15 year old range. Keep Holding On is a book that makes you examine the way you treat/ed others in school and look to see what you could/ve done differently. I give this book a (just made it)3 STAR rating.
**I was provided this book by the publisher via LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more
What did I think of it ? I just couldn't get into it, but it did have some redeeming qualities. Time travel isn't something I have ever read about on What did I think of it ? I just couldn't get into it, but it did have some redeeming qualities. Time travel isn't something I have ever read about on the YA level. I have only experienced it in romance novels. As far as the time travel aspect I haven't ran into anything like other than a movie that only shares small similarities (Jumper). Tempest is completely original and told from the male perspective, something rarely seen in this genre. The beginning of the book through the first 200 pages was boring and slightly confused me. There was just an overall lack of action. There were several times I contemplated not finishing the book, but it's my job. I am glad that I did.
The second half of the book was exponentially better in my opinion. Not only was it packed with action, but I began to feel a connection with the characters. The scenes with Jackson and Courtney, his sister, were amazing. They were so heartbreaking and in one scene in particular there may have been a stray tear shed. The interaction with the EOTs (Enemies of Time) were pretty awesome too. I feel a new super villain has been born. The last thing about the second half that must be addressed is the ending. And what an ending it was! Never in a million years would I have pictured it turning out like that. Now come the question of will I be reading the rest of the series? The answer is I don't know. ** I must be honest before I give my rating. Time travel isn't a subject I particularly enjoy. To make up for any bias on my part I am adding 1/2 star to my rating. ...more
Campbell is sarcastic, cynical, and dying. She has accepted it, she just wishes her mother and sister would. She has stage four cancer and there is noCampbell is sarcastic, cynical, and dying. She has accepted it, she just wishes her mother and sister would. She has stage four cancer and there is no more chemo, no more trials, no hope, nothing. In a last ditch effort her mother takes advice from the family pot smoking hippie friend and heads to Promise, Maine. The land of hope lies in a town you couldn't find on a map with a magnifying glass. Promise is the home to everlasting sunsets, purple dandelions, and miracles. Cam doesn't believe in God and she certainly doesn't believe some tiny town is going to provide her with a cure. She believes in science. Everything boils down to a probability, and just maybe, Promise, Maine has a higher probability of miracles. She has a list to complete, a hot neighbor to deal with, and a family who will have to go on without her. This is the summer Cam learned to live.
This isn't normally the type of book I read. I like supernatural and paranormal stories where possibilities are endless. Every now and then we need a dose of real life, with real people, and real problems. The Probability of Miracles delivers just that. I laughed out loud, I got angry, and I cried right along with Cam. This is a story about finding hope and accepting and living life to the fullest. I can only hope that I will live as much in my lifetime as Cam did in this book. *I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers Group...more