Don't be fooled by others telling you this book is not worth reading, because it is! I was instantly curious when I saw it was a modernized retellingDon't be fooled by others telling you this book is not worth reading, because it is! I was instantly curious when I saw it was a modernized retelling of one of the best books ever: Rebecca. But it's not just a straight up retelling, the author still manages to make Suspicion an unique story of its own.
First of all, there are definite similarities between the two books that will make fans of Daphne Du Maurier's book happy. Creepy English estate that seems to be hiding a secret, insecure main character, plotting hired help, and ghost sightings are all present and accounted for. But this version of Rebecca also has fun references to pop culture and a supernatural twist.
Many reviews don't seem to appreciate the characters, but I have to tell you, they really fit with the classic. In the original, the narrator is never confident. She's always questioning the love and intentions of her new husband, while feeling like a second rate citizen compared to the memory of his late first wife. What kind of retelling would change that? It only makes sense that Imogen is constantly feeling Lucia's presence surrounding her. And if your maid and head housekeeper keep telling you how awesome your cousin was, wouldn't you feel like a cheap replacement? Maybe she was a bit naive with her love of Sebastian (especially since she claims to have loved him all her life and she's only a teenager), but it still fits with the feel of the story.
My only complaint is that the supernatural element was not developed more. Imogen is pretty special, but we never get a real look into why and what she can do. That part of the plot really fell short. There were glimpses here and there of what made her unique, but they never went anywhere. Well, except to make the ending pretty dramatic, but that felt a bit odd and rushed.
All in all, though, I thought it was a great page turner. Suspicion kept all the key elements of the classic, Rebecca, while making the story fresh. I loved the modern twists and references, which kept it from feeling stiff and dated. ...more
Oh, this book. Man. The Elite was (not surprisingly) just as predictable as The Selection. However, there were a few surprises in this one. One characOh, this book. Man. The Elite was (not surprisingly) just as predictable as The Selection. However, there were a few surprises in this one. One character manages to find herself in a tough spot, and that did surprise me a bit. There was finally a depth to someone in the character to make them not seem as flat.
But Maxon and Aspen as still awful-- and America's constant flip flopping is not helping. Maxon wants America. That was established in The Selection, except even though he says he'll wait for her, he really won't. He's working on a back up plan. But don't worry. He tells America that and she's okay with it. Because, you know, everyone is okay with their future husband keeping his options open. As for Aspen, he's still being a pig. It just bothers me so much that he assumes America still wants him after how he acted. But then again, America doesn't really say she doesn't want him. Indecisive characters are so annoying.
I know how The One will end. Each books sets it up perfectly and does nothing to alter your expectations. Maybe they aren't meant to. I still keep reading. I have no idea what pulls me to these books, but I want to see them through until the end. ...more
What can I say about Mechanica? It exceeded all expectations. You can't tell from here, but that cover glows. It's beautifulThis book has everything!
What can I say about Mechanica? It exceeded all expectations. You can't tell from here, but that cover glows. It's beautiful and perfectly captures this tale.
Plus, a steampunk retelling of Cinderella with magic and fairy folk? AND a strong, determined heroine? OMGee.
Mechanica- or Nic- is great. She shares many similarities with the original, neglected and poorly treated Cinderella, but she is also unique. She's witty, brilliant with machines, and has a purpose for her life that she is working so hard to achieve. I love that. There will be no waiting around for a prince to save her (or will there be?).
I am not sure what it says about me to love Jules as much as I do. The way the author described him gave him so much personality that I imagined him like a real animal. I wanted a tiny pet horse for myself.
I loved the writing in Mechanica. Every page was filled with prose that created such an extraordinary world. I wanted to be sucked in to Nic's life and experience her world. The descriptions were rich and dripping with detail, but they weren't wordy. It was the perfect combination. I flew through this book because it had me captured from the start. I did not want to stop reading. From what I can tell, there might be a sequel? It sure ended that way and my hopes are high that we will get to revisit this land and characters soon....more
If you are a fan of sci-fi and adventure, this book is perfect for you.
I found that it had elements of intrigue and end-of-the-world chaos that wouldIf you are a fan of sci-fi and adventure, this book is perfect for you.
I found that it had elements of intrigue and end-of-the-world chaos that would appeal to Divergent fans. But would I consider this a dystopian? No.
I found Tabula Rasa to be an extremely quick read-- I finished it in a few hours. From the start, it was a page turner and that helped keep me reading. There were several twists along the way that I enjoyed, too.
My only complaints are fairly minor. First,, the author delivers the perfect outcome, which I find to be annoying. I feel there are some books that need to have the unconventional ending to be whole, and this is one of them. Also, I am not too keen on stretching concepts to use at a later point just so the plot can wrap up smoothly. I felt that Tabula Rasa did this on several occasions, which disappointed me.
The concept was interesting and I felt original. The plot felt a bit abrupt at places, which enhanced the iffy-ness I have about the love relationship between the two characters. I just can't say I bought into it. Because of the abrupt nature and piecing together of seemingly unimportant elements, there were a lot of unanswered questions about who/why Angel gets help. The author tried to fill the reader in, but that attempt turned into a massive info dump.
Overall, I can see Tabula Rasa appealing to a certain type of reader. I'm a bit picky when I read outside of my preferred genre, so it was okay for me, but not one that I'm going to praise for years to come. ...more
Morgan Rhodes is going to make me bankrupt. First she starts with a 6 part series that I love, and now there is a spin off series that is just as goodMorgan Rhodes is going to make me bankrupt. First she starts with a 6 part series that I love, and now there is a spin off series that is just as good.
This series keeps the magic elements I loved from the Falling Kingdoms books, and amps it up a bit. Not only do we get a glimpse into Mytica pre-Falling Kingdoms, but we also get a dose of the modern world and a new set of characters.
These characters are also full of surprises. I loved them all! It's so hard to pick a side, because character is unique. I am always skeptical of alternating points of view, because I fear the characters will sound the same. But that is never the case with Morgan Rhodes' writing. Every character has a unique voice and personality. The chapters tell a part of the story that is unique to that character. Then, when you begin to wonder how it all comes together, BAM. Every plot line mingles together and becomes one incredibly brilliant plot twist. Morgan Rhodes has never been afraid to kill off favorite characters, so there are plenty of shock factors in ABOSAT.
Of course, also in typical Morgan Rhodes fashion the ending is left wide open for the next book (The Darkest Magic) and we have to wait until June 2016 for it. ...more
I had high hopes for this one. Such high, high hopes. Unfortunately, I was left a bit disappointed.
I have mixed feelings on the characters. I like CarI had high hopes for this one. Such high, high hopes. Unfortunately, I was left a bit disappointed.
I have mixed feelings on the characters. I like Carter. Robin is ok. Some people might like Robin but she just didn't mesh with me for some reason. There really isn't anything wrong with Robin per se but I just did not like her much at all in some parts of the book. The musical references were over the top, even for someone that "loves music more than life". And this, is what probably put me over the edge. I get it; music is that thing they can't really share in the same way. It's like the line in the sand that they have to overcome (and really it's Robin). But even with her deep love of music all the references were too much. I don't keep current on pop culture, so most of them were lost on me anyway. But I was proud of myself for getting the Emmylou reference by First Aid Kit.
Now, Carter was unique. I felt the author did a great job capturing his personality and making him believable. She was on point when she wrote Carter, no doubt. His story was a very interesting look into what it's like being deaf and how people treat you. I do not know anyone that is considered deaf, but I would imagine his reactions were realistic. The only thing that left me wondering more about was how he was able to ride the motorcycle. I know there was an explanation thrown in there, but I guess it didn't make much sense to me? For whatever reason, it didn't stick.
So, I was pretty crazy in love with this book until the end. Everything mentioned so far was minor and didn't bother me too terribly much. Not enough for me just to say it was so-so anyway. But then the ending happened. I was infuriated by the ending! No sense of closure at all. I know life doesn't always give you closure, especially in the summer romance department, but this was crazy. You're left to speculate what might happen. Maybe I'm being overly critical, but I feel those kind of endings are a bit of an escape for authors to write. (Then again, some people love imagining their own version of happily ever after.)
In a nutshell, it was a pretty good read. It's certainly different, which is refreshing. I don't rank it as a favorite like I hope, but it's certainly something I would recommend.
Let me start by saying that this cover is even more beautiful in person than you can imagine. I just saw it yesterday at Barnes and Noble and instantlLet me start by saying that this cover is even more beautiful in person than you can imagine. I just saw it yesterday at Barnes and Noble and instantly swooned.
I am also extremely happy to learn that this is not the end of the series! The whole time I was reading I thought I would be saying goodbye to the characters, but I was pleasantly surprised at the end. Unfortunately, I have to wait another year for the final book. On a side note-- any guess for the final cover? Doon and Destined for Doon featured one of the girls each, while Shades of Doon has them together. Perhaps book 4 will add those delicious fellas into the mix as well?
I am in love with just about everything in this series. Those darn MacCrae boys have me flipping the pages faster than I can read at times. My only complaint is Jamie and Veronica were too over the top sappy at times. I was very close to gagging from the saccharine sweet exchanges on a few occasions. Luckily, some of the minor characters and Kenna's personality help cut down on the sweetness.
I enjoyed the modern setting for the majority of the novel this time around. Learning more about Veronica's home life gave her even more depth. I still think Kenna has too easy of an escape route, but this is a series I read for fun so I'm not picking it apart too much. I can still proclaim my love of all things Doon. And, like the other books before it, Shades of Doon has a great cliffhanger ending that leaves you yearning for more. ...more
I can't even give this book a rating because I cannot decide if this is a realistic portrayal of immature high school freshmen (tragic for our futureI can't even give this book a rating because I cannot decide if this is a realistic portrayal of immature high school freshmen (tragic for our future if so) or the biggest waste of anyone's time. These characters were annoying! I fought with the desire to stop reading many times. Since I am flip flopping on my opinion of this book, I'm going to just say what was good about it and what was less than desirable. You can decide from there. The good: I'll get back to you on this.Okay, there is one glimmer of something positive I could find for Forever For a Year. Let it serve as a lesson on unprotected sex and unplanned for pregnancy in children that think they are ready to be adults. Trevor and Carolina had a quick realization of how being careless can change your entire future. That's a pretty good lesson to learn. The bad:The characters. Are children really this obnoxious? I swear I don't remember being so bad when I was this age. Carolina is the worst. Trevor isn't much better, but he has a slight edge through most of the book. Trevor is supposed to be a year older than Carolina (15ish) but he's an immature trying to pretend to be mature 15. Caroline thinks she's older than 14 and most people treat her like she is. But do not forget that these are kids, and Carolina is just a baby. You can't pretend away age. Forever For a Year might have been better if the characters were a bit older. They found themselves with an awful lot of freedom and lack of parental supervision for such a young age. In fact, the majority of their time together felt more like the interactions between 16/17 year olds and not kids that could barely drive. That right there made this very unbelievable for me. Then, you add in their inner voices and I wanted to just slap them both. Carolina was the most annoying character I think I have ever encountered. I just cannot express my extreme dislike for her enough. She was needy, whiny and had to rehash everything in her head a million times before we could move on. It takes a certain level of patience as a reader to get through that. If that isn't bad enough, these characters fell deeply in love in the matter of sentences. Not pages, sentences. The rest of the book from that point on (and it was early in the book) was all about how they were soul mates and how much they loved one another. I rolled my eyes many times. Many, many times. The friendships in this book are pretty silly as well. Peggy drifts away from prudish Carolina pretty quickly, which makes me think they weren't that great of friends to begin with. But, unfortunately, that is fairly believable because people do change. Carolina also spends a lot of time commenting on the actions of others, but does not recognize she's doing the same things. The disguise of "love" totally justifies everything she does. Honestly, Carolina really comes across as a bit pathetic and very needy. She doesn't even try to understand what's going on with Peggy. Instead, she jumps to other girls. One of which loans her a dress for a party and suddenly the she-devil is the most interesting girl in school that she wants to get to know and be friends with? Lame. I guess there are more things in the bad category than the good. This book had potential, but it was so poorly executed. I think I deserve an award for actually finishing it (and thank goodness it only took a few hours to read). I'd be pretty mad if I wasted days on this books instead of a few hours, even though those hours could have been better spent reading something else....more
This book was absolutely hysterical and the perfect modernized ugly duckling story.
Harriet has to be one of the best main characters of alLOVE!
This book was absolutely hysterical and the perfect modernized ugly duckling story.
Harriet has to be one of the best main characters of all time. She was hysterical. Living inside of her head felt like my daily life, except she has more adventures.
I am so glad I decided to buy this one when it was a Kindle Daily Deal. I don't think I would have known about it otherwise, and I would have certainly missed out. The plot is quick and full of all kinds of antics. I never stopped laughing. I need to get the rest of these ASAP so I can see what happens to Ms. Manners and the swoon worthy bloke she keeps running into.
Some books linger with you longer after the last page, while others were good for a more "in the moment" experience. Kissing Ted Callahan and Other BoSome books linger with you longer after the last page, while others were good for a more "in the moment" experience. Kissing Ted Callahan and Other Boys is certainly one for the moment and not much else.
If I had to make a quick list of what I liked about the book, this would be it:
Reid was funny. I liked him. The hilarity of losing the Manifest was good even if predictable. Not really memorable because I don't remember much about it a few weeks after reading it. Quick, light read. Good banter between friends.
I don't really get what's so great about Ted Callahan, but whatever. It added an element of complication to the story. I feel bad writing such a short and not very insightful review of the book, but there isn't a whole lot to say. Reid is by far the best character in the book. If you read the book, you'll find the majority of the plot is very predictable, but it's still a cute read-- perfect for when you want something light and fun. ...more
When I started this book, I made it about 2 pages. Then I stopped and it sat on my Kindle for well over a month. In fact, iDo not give up on this one!
When I started this book, I made it about 2 pages. Then I stopped and it sat on my Kindle for well over a month. In fact, it sat untouched for so long, it disappeared off Netgalley. I almost didn't go back to it, but I decided to give it a try with fresh eyes. I am so glad I did!
A Breath of Frost ended up being very good! I'm not really sure what I thought it would be about, but I was pleasantly surprised by the message of sticking by family that I found. The unlikely heroines had some major road blocks to overcome, but they did it together. Each character had a unique role, but when they were in the scenes together the story became so much richer.
I have to mention the setting too. One of my favorite time periods for a book! That was a huge plus. Also a plus, was the way the multiple POVs were handled. Usually, I'm not a big fan of this technique because the voices all end up sounding the same. But, it was done really well in A Breath of Frost.
I highly recommend this one for fans of paranormal books. Alyxandra Harvey has done a fabulous job of creating a unique setting with surprising characters during a time period that seems to be overflowing with potential enchantment.
I've said it before and I will say it again: I love retellings. Spelled was a great addition to the genre. It has everything a good retelling should hI've said it before and I will say it again: I love retellings. Spelled was a great addition to the genre. It has everything a good retelling should have: new characters, familiar characters, humor, and pizzazz.
It should go without saying that Spelled is a fun read! It's overflowing with word play humor, which I adore. It also has quirky humor and interesting characters. I enjoyed reading through the novel and finding essential Oz items, and then finding them revisited in very original ways. (LOVED the Hans Christian Louboutin shoe reference.)
While there were "familiars", Oz was still retold in a fresh way. So, don't go into the book thinking you know what will happen. I guarantee you will find many surprising elements you did not expect. That is one of the things that makes Spelled unique on its own, even if it wasn't a retelling.
Also, for fans of plot twists, get ready. There are plenty! Lessons are learned, hearts are broken, narrow escapes made-- all the elements needed for a perfectly delightful summer read! ...more
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