I must be in a contemporary/ romance sort of mood, because One of the Guys is the second contemporary book I've read in a row. I would classify this oI must be in a contemporary/ romance sort of mood, because One of the Guys is the second contemporary book I've read in a row. I would classify this one in the "beach read" category, though. It was a very quick read with a few moments of humor, but I really felt it lacked much else.
Within the first few pages, I could tell that Toni was all about Loch. It was so obvious. I felt the lake monster hunting was a bit lame for a group of teenagers going into senior year of high school, but I kept reading.
Toni was a fun character when she paired up with Emma Elizabeth. Their shenanigans at Winston Academy (and beyond) lead to some pretty interesting situations for all characters involved. On her own, however, was just so-so. She's definitely a tomboy, but it felt off. She is resistant to Winston Academy and everything it stands for, but then proclaims she wants to be a girly girl. I didn't really buy it. Nothing about her actions in this book made me think she wanted lipstick and skirts.
My favorite characters-- by far-- in the book are the boys. Each one is very different and has inner demons to overcome. You have super nervous boy that is head over heels with a girl he's scared to approach. Adorable. Then there is super angsty boy that blames everyone else for his problems. He's a bit annoying, but luckily he's minor in the plot overall. You just have to put up with his loathing and jerkiness at a few points in the story. Finally, you have mega nerd monster hunter boy that doesn't know he's pretty cute. He was pretty solid in his role of best-friend-that-happens-to-be-a-guy.
As I'm writing this, I wish I could come up with something that really stands out to me in this book. But I can't. One of the Guys reads more like a journal of a high school girl than a YA novel. There is nothing that indicates "diary" by any means, but there are some pretty large gaps that just get skipped over. That's what gives me the diary vibe. It's as if Toni is telling her story and leaving out anything that she doesn't want to discuss in detail.
I won't say I disliked it or that I'm sad I read it. It was ok, and I flew through the pages. It's a good book to read if you have it around and nothing else is speaking to you. Light and fluffy and nothing heavy in this one. But I would almost guarantee that teenage girls would eat this up, especially if they have crushes on their guy friends. ...more
I'm not sure why Breathe, Annie, Breathe caught my attention. I'm not a fan of contemporary fiction, so that couldn't be it. Maybe it's because I hateI'm not sure why Breathe, Annie, Breathe caught my attention. I'm not a fan of contemporary fiction, so that couldn't be it. Maybe it's because I hate running, and a character that feels the same way spoke to me? Regardless, I picked up Breathe, Annie, Breathe and ran with it.
Annie's voice is easy to relate to. She's devastated by the death of her long-term boyfriend, and absolutely racked with guilt. One unfortunate event has her thinking about the 'what ifs' and paralyzed by her sense of loss.
The start of the book mirrored the beginning of a running program: it has spurts of energy, then lagged to catch its breath. But like a good runner would do, I stuck with it. As soon as Jeremiah crossed Annie's path, I was hooked. He was a mystery and I wanted to discover his secrets right along with Annie.
To be very honest, I think Jeremiah's story was the most interesting for me. Annie took the role of a secondary character because I really didn't care about her running struggles. I wanted to know why Jeremiah was so broken and flighty. He had a lot more depth than Annie, in my opinion. But to be fair, when Annie and Jeremiah interacted with one another, there were sparks and the story seemed to merge into one fluid path. Both needed something but didn't know how to cross the red ribbon to find healing.
For me, the ending wrapped up too quickly. As soon as Annie graduated high school it was like BAM! college life. That could have been a separate book easily, but I do see what the author was doing. The linear time period wasn't defined by a school year or calendar; instead, it was paced based on the time it would take to train for and run a marathon.
Overall, Breathe, Annie, Breathe was a quick read that had some emotional parts to give you the feels. There was enough sarcasm between the main characters to make you smile and believe their attraction (and resistance to it). If you want a break from your genre of choice, Breath, Annie, Breathe is a nice way to deviate from your normal path. ...more
This book is both captivating and infuriating at the same time.
The cover drew me in right away. What a gorgeous way to grab my attention! As I starteThis book is both captivating and infuriating at the same time.
The cover drew me in right away. What a gorgeous way to grab my attention! As I started reading, I realized there is a good bit of mystery going on in The Winter People. It's pretty apparent that Salome is different from most kids her age. We are led to believe that it has to do with her fear of winter after a near death experience as a child, but the reader quickly realizes there is more to her story.
That's about where my captivation ended, unfortunately. The annoying qualities of the characters over took anything that I enjoyed. For starters, Salome is annoying. She jumps from one boy to the next without any hesitation. Not cool. I am glad that she realized the manipulation and potential abusive relationship with one boy, but she was the rebound queen. That made her relationships feel trivial, so I had a hard time believing when she found 'the one'. Her best friend wasn't much better. She was just as flighty in a very skanky sort of way. I won't say much about her, but these two girls were not good role models.
But the plot twist in the end did help save the story. It wasn't a surprise but it was delivered well. I did like Salome's choice, so at least I was left with a happy ending....more
I live in a house full of boys that are crazy about super heroes. I live and breathe Marvel and DC Comics. I even have Wonder Woman socks. I considerI live in a house full of boys that are crazy about super heroes. I live and breathe Marvel and DC Comics. I even have Wonder Woman socks. I consider myself well-versed in all things superhero. While browsing the aisles at Barnes and Noble over the summer, we instantly gravitated to the graphic novels (which are next to the YA section). I refused to buy another graphic novel for my oldest son, so he picked up Hero Worship by Christopher Long; I picked up V is for Villain by Peter Moore... and our superhero reading showdown began.
I thought I had a highly original book in my hands when I started V is for Villain. In some respects, I did because every book is unique even when it shares many similarities with another. The story is fun with a likeable narrator. I liked that Brad showed no aptitudes to make him "great"-- or great by hero standards. It was rather funny at times to feel like you were poking a big stick at how small minded some of the characters could be. There was also a pretty major twist at the end that you may or may not see coming, but certainly put things in an interesting light.
But I guess what kind of nagged at me along the way was how similar V is for Villain was to Hero Worship. I seriously doubt it was intentional (Hero Worship came out 5 months before V is for Villain) but it was still obvious at times. In each book you have kids that have special powers that they aren't able to use, a school for developing special powers/heroes, and a corrupt society. Yes, very generic themes but still similar.
Add that to the super annoying footnotes littering the pages and I became a bit frustrated while reading. I cannot begin to say how obnoxious a paragraph long foot note is. Maybe it was supposed to add to the effect of reading Brad's after the big event diary or something. I dunno. It was lost on me.
My son didn't seem interested in V is for Villain at the store, so I never pushed it on him afterwards. It was okay, but not a favorite. I also felt like it was marketed to younger readers but had very mature themes (lots of talk about female anatomy and sex). Both of those would not go over well for my very naive child. Overall, it held my interest for about 2 days, then I found myself rushing to finish before the library's deadline. I was hoping for more, oh well. ...more
I think I need a shelf for "barely finished" because this one belongs there. It took a lot of effort!
Thank goodness for twists, otherwise I would haveI think I need a shelf for "barely finished" because this one belongs there. It took a lot of effort!
Thank goodness for twists, otherwise I would have been really annoyed with this book. It just kept going on and on. Too much time spent on Bryn feeling sorry for herself. Her constant paranoia and whining drove me nuts. I really started scanning through things just to see if things would get better. At some point I even considered making this a DNFer. I just didn't know if I wanted to put the effort into something that I felt was mediocre. But I did finish and this is what I found:
Best character was Evan. He was funny and conflicted. I liked his pushy, call it like it is nature. He brought humor and insight into an otherwise drab group of characters. The rest of the characters were annoying. Bryn felt flat. She never developed into anything more than a whining mess. There was also not enough Teddy for me to believe any hint of a romance between the two. He had potential, but it was never developed. Same for the supporting characters. There was a great deal of effort spent making the reader feel suspicious, but it was not executed well. I felt like I was left hanging on many things.
If I could describe how I felt while reading Huntress, it would be best described as a light, steady rain. The kind that is constant enough to eventuaIf I could describe how I felt while reading Huntress, it would be best described as a light, steady rain. The kind that is constant enough to eventually make wet spots appear on concrete, but never heavy enough to soak the ground.
I know, weird description for a book, but that's how it feels. It was a steady, complete story but it never really saturated my senses. I never had that moment where I felt lost in the story.
The author did a great job of creating the setting. At times I did feel as if I were seeing things from the characters' eyes. I also really liked the characters: Kaede, Con, and Taisin. Each character felt unique and had a different outlook. Con was probably the character that did not have as much sway in the story, but I still liked him. The idea of love was also different. I didn't know what to expect with this book, but it was good. It felt complete and believable. It didn't feel forced or fake.
One thing that started to gnaw at me as I read, though, was how the story seemed to drag on after a point. Then, suddenly, it shifted and ended. I was a bit annoyed by that, but I also see its purpose. I think I would have preferred if other parts of the story were cut and the ending developed a bit more.
It's hard for me to put into words how I felt about Huntress overall. I was proud of myself for branching out and reading a book with a LGBT main character. But it just didn't astound me. It was good, but I don't know if I see what all the hype was about.
I'm not going to pretend and say this is the type of book I like to read. I'm a big baby with a very active imagination. It does not take much to workI'm not going to pretend and say this is the type of book I like to read. I'm a big baby with a very active imagination. It does not take much to work me up into a gigantic ball of crazy. Sleepless nights aside, I love this series!
The Naturals had me on the edge of my seat with every turn of the page. The twist at the end left me speechless. When I saw that book two was on its way, I knew I had to read it. I had very high hopes for Killer Instinct, and I was not disappointed (much).
If you're looking for a twist, you'll find it. This one had a bit more complications along the way than its predecessor. Although, I figured out the grand mystery before the big reveal. (To be honest, I was led astray once THEN figured it out.)
You'll also find a good sprinkling of gore. It's not over the top, but it made me read a bit quicker at times. (Super wuss, I am) My only complaint with this book is the on and off romance triangle. Jennifer Lynn Barnes did such a fantastic job of making both love interests so darn likeable that I just couldn't choose. I'm still conflicted. To be honest, I want an alternate ending so I can have both-- just in case I change my mind later on. I wasn't completely satisfied with the end result because it felt like one of those "not an option, option". Kind of like how Katniss ends up with Peeta because there is no one else for Peeta and Gale turned into a creep. Not really an option there.
The romance factor didn't distract from the book much, luckily. Cassie can be a bit wishy washy, but her role in the book still focuses on solving mysteries before she gets killed. It makes for a very fast-paced read!
Aside from a stellar cover, what can you expect from Hit? The answer to the story is both simple and complicated. On the basic level, you have a prettAside from a stellar cover, what can you expect from Hit? The answer to the story is both simple and complicated. On the basic level, you have a pretty horrific accident that wrecks havoc on the lives of a family. Sarah is a senior with everything going for her. She's beautiful and talented. Unfortunately for her, she develops feelings for the student teacher visiting from the local college, Mr. Haddings. The reader never really gets a clear picture of whether or not these feelings were reciprocated, but something is certainly afoot. There is a lot-- and I mean a lot-- of ambiguity in this area. When Haddings realizes he's hit Sarah, it's not just his windsheild that shatters. This man finds himself knee deep in a mess that he will never escape. Sarah's best friend Cyndi is quick to paint a less than ideal image of Hadding's motivation to hit Sarah. But it's left up to the reader to decide whether she's right or not. I liked the story itself. It was certainly gripping enough to keep me turning the pages. You can tell the author did a great deal of research to make Sarah's experience in the hospital as realistic as possible. At times, it was pretty gruesome for my weak stomached self. The story alternates between Sarah and Haddings' points of view. While Sarah spends a large part of her time unconscious in the beginning, she seems to be the one with the most insight. Haddings had a small part to play upfront but then his character seemed to fade away. He just wasn't as strong as I'd expect him to be. The two characters that really stood out to me were the parents. I don't think they were meant to be the focus, but it ended up that way for me. The mom has issues, obviously. I would think for a parent facing her children growing up and moving on, there is some struggle with the "empty nest syndrome". It would have to be a hard adjustment to make to see the person you've spent the majority of your life taking care of move on without you. That's where Sarah's mom finds herself until suddenly she's given that second chance to take care of Sarah. You see a very vulnerable side to the needs of a parent struggling to find a place outside of her child. Then there is the dad. I think I liked him the most of all because he was dealing out the life lessons. He's a man of faith that is struggling with forgiveness, and rightfully so. I really liked his lines about hope and forgiveness. There were some powerful messages coming from his character. Overall, I enjoyed Hit. It was a very quick read that kept me reading from the start. I felt like some of the characterization for Haddings could have been fleshed out a bit more, but I chose to focus more on the secondary characters as I read. I think this enhanced my reading experience, and kept me from focusing on things that I would have wanted to see changed...more
I really don't know how/why it's getting 4 star reviews on Goodreads. The idea is beyond my understanding.This. Book. Really, it should be 2.5 stars.
I really don't know how/why it's getting 4 star reviews on Goodreads. The idea is beyond my understanding. I really felt like I was being generous with 3 stars at times.
Let me start by saying that the flow of the plot held me back from loving this book. I was around 60% complete before something "good" started to happen. Something that made me go "oh, hey now" instead of mindlessly reading. Needless to say, it was super slow at times.
With that being said, I can mention the characters. Annabelle just annoyed me for some reason. I cannot exactly put my finger on it, but she did not impress me at all. In fact, she was a bit annoying. The idea behind Dream Boy is highly original, so I can say it's fresh. But I just wasn't buying the whole "let me love the boy from my (literal) dreams from day one" thing. Maybe I'm crazy, but if lover boy showed up to my school from my dreams, my first reaction would be WTFizzle just happened. It would NOT be hey boy, remember that dreamy kiss? Let's do it again. So Annabelle gets a big wah wah from me, and Martin/Josh gets a super wah wah wah (cue cheesy game show sounds). If you told me Martin/Josh was an alien, I would totally buy that based on how he acted. His speech patterns and way of explaining things were definitely weird. I was not impressed.
I was also not impressed with the setting. Dream Boy takes place in a small town somewhere, and it really could be Anywhere, USA. There was nothing descriptive or even tangible to hold on to. It felt under developed and lacking.
The one thing I did enjoy was the best friend, Will. The banter between Annabelle and Will was believable and I adored it. There should have been more. He was the character that kept me reading.
So, this is going to be another book that you will either love or dismiss. It's going to be up to the reader to form his/her own opinion. This girl, however, was unmoved....more