I’m pretty sure homosexuality in Iran isn’t a very common theme in books – I’m actually 100 % sure I have never seen a book about it before, which obvI’m pretty sure homosexuality in Iran isn’t a very common theme in books – I’m actually 100 % sure I have never seen a book about it before, which obviously triggered my curiosity. The story sounded so beautiful and I was expecting a somewhat tragic love story filled with deep and pure emotions and some sort of hunt for justice. I didn’t get any of that.
Two things don’t work for; Sahar’s love for Nasrin and the way Nasrin behaves. Nasrin is a spoiled little brat, who believes she can get the world to do whatever she wants – and very often she can! I seemed like she’s only interested in Sahar to get a self-esteem boost, because who doesn’t want to feel wanted. But really, it’s the traditional family (and the material goods) she wants. Nowhere in the story did I feel any love from her toward Sahar, that wasn’t friendly-love and I didn’t get why Sahar kept up with her behavior.
Sahar doesn’t seem to know why she loves Nasrin either. Maybe it’s because she can’t believe someone as amazing as Nasrin would ever want her. Maybe it’s because she’s trying to hold on to something since her entire life fell apart when her mother died and her father ended up with a depression. I don’t know. Either way, she complains about Nasrin A LOT. She complains about how childish and unfair Nasrin is (and I completely agree), but I just don’t know how you can claim to love someone, you don’t even like.
What does work for me is Sahar’s relationship with her dad. It feels so real and they act realistic toward each other. Also, the writing was really great – it made it easy to get into the story.
If You Could Be Mine could have been a beautiful love story, but ends up as a young woman’s search for herself. And that’s great, but that wasn’t what I was promised. It’s a great read, if you could redefine your expectations first. ...more
Mila was a great protagonist. Her emotions, doubts and sorrows seem more real than most teen's in YA literature which says a lot about how great an auMila was a great protagonist. Her emotions, doubts and sorrows seem more real than most teen's in YA literature which says a lot about how great an author Debra Driza really is. Making an android seem human and still never letting the reader forget that it is in fact an android is kind of awesome. Unfortunately, I had some problems with, well, almost all other characters in the book and their relationship with Mila.
The love interest in the story starts out great, but I never really got to know the boy, Hunter. Yet throughout the entire book Mila keeps obsessing about him and missing him. I kept hoping for him to have a bigger role and actually be part of the story, but alas! I assume it's because Mila tries to hang on to something normal and teenage love is certainly normal, but come on - she just found out she can't trust anything or anyone, but for some reason she trusts Hunter. It just isn't right.
The mother-daughter relationship is somewhat shallow and the evil guy is kind of cliché, although he is more cruel than most bad guys. The only character I like, except from Mila, is Lucas. He is interesting and quite adorable and I loved his relationship with Mila.
The story is very well written and I especially loved the fighting scenes - they were riveting and Mila kicks some serious ass! I loved reading about her thoughts and concerns about her humanity, particularly when she encounters Holland (the very bad-ass bad guy).
I adored the humor. Mila is very sarcastic and so funny and I laughed out loud several times! When is the next book published? I want to know what happens to Lucas!! Driza's debut novel is an amazing story about what makes a human and what doesn't and if you like reading about androids and awesome fighting scenes, you should really check it out. ...more
This had so much potential to be an amazing story but it fails miserably. The world building is lacking non-existing. I was so confused at first and iThis had so much potential to be an amazing story but it fails miserably. The world building is lacking non-existing. I was so confused at first and it just got worse through the book. More and more stuff is revealed but it didn’t help the world building and it seemed like a lot of great ideas that were only partly explored. It was such a shame and I wanted to know more without having my wish fulfilled. So many new words were introduced and used as if the reader knew all about it and since they are never fully explained, they didn't really matter – they are just fancy words.
The blurp makes it seem like the book is about Jordan. That is not correct. She is part of the story and actually rather important, but she is in no way the main character. No one is. There are several storylines and they are very different and could be interesting if it had felt like the story was going somewhere, but it felt like a long short story. An introduction before the real story could begin.
Jorden is a pain in the ass, quite frankly. She is stupid, arrogant and naïve and all she worries about is her reputation, her clothes and shoes and who is going to rescue her. I disliked her so much that I considered skipping her chapters. Rowen is a weird character. I didn’t understand him one bit and it seemed to me that he changes his way the second Jordan gets taken away. Then there are some other random storylines that are mildly interesting, but so weird that I stopped caring. Lastly there is Bran. He is kind of cool at first, but by the end I just thought he was stupid as well. And the ending – OMG. So weird, confusing and fast. Everything has to happen within the last 5 pages so it seems rushed and not at all well done. Such a shame! I liked the writing, though, and the story had its funny moments. Mostly weird-funny or ‘stupid-funny’, but funny nonetheless.
The thing about this book is that the premise is brilliant. The idea that witches are being exploited and used as slaves is fascinating. Especially because we get to see it from different points of view. But the lack of world building, the annoying characters and the confusing story almost completely destroys it. I do, however, still have a fragment of hope that the story will pick up and become amazing which is why I’m going to give the second installment, Stormbringer, a chance to blow me away. ...more
When I read Pushing the Limits my feelings toward Beth was something like this:
So obviously, my hopes weren't high when I figured out she was the MC iWhen I read Pushing the Limits my feelings toward Beth was something like this:
So obviously, my hopes weren't high when I figured out she was the MC in Dare you to. Still, I had to read it - after all, it is written by the amazing Katie McGarry which means it deserves a chance. And I'm so glad I read it, cause boy, oh boy was it amazing!
Beth is easier to understand and endure when you're inside her head. She really surprised me and even though she acts like an annoying, crazy teen most of the time, she shows that there is more to her. She is loyal, stubborn, understanding and even nice at times! Her life is far from easy and she has some tough choices to make. Instead of making me insane, she made me feel like this most of the times:
(view spoiler)[Especially about the Isaiah-situation. I mean, OMG - that was heart wrenching! I didn't care for him one bit during Pushing the Limits but when Beth told him, she loved him as a friend, she broke my heart. Poor Isaiah! (hide spoiler)]
Uh, and Ryan. Hot damn, I'd like me some of that! I loved how he had to win everything, I loved his relationship with his friends, I loved his charm, his looks and his personality. And I really liked how Katie McGarry gave him real issues and not just 'rich-boy-issues'. Ryan is everything a girl like me a girl like Beth needs!
The storyline is very intriguing and so intense! I've read a lot of reviews saying that the start was slow, but I didn't feel that - I liked getting to know Ryan before he met Beth and I liked how their relationship develops slowly and realistic. The writing (and the story!) is so seducing and I was unable to put it down.
It was both heartbreaking and reassuring. I drew me in and the rest of the World was lost on me. I can't wait for the final installment about Isaiah - he deserves a happy ending!
Katie McGarry's books are awesome and you should all read them! Now!
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Red was without a doubt one of the most superficial books I’ve ever read! I think the story is supposed to be somewhat of a satire, but it never reallRed was without a doubt one of the most superficial books I’ve ever read! I think the story is supposed to be somewhat of a satire, but it never really succeeds. Felicity is an absolute drag as a main character. How can I sympathize with a character, when I believe her to be such a push-over and beyond stupid? She does nothing because she wants to. It’s all because she’s forced to do it; the pageant, the thing with the boyfriend, the routine, the rebellion – none of it is her, it’s all being forced on her some way or the other.
The story generally lacks interesting characters. I liked Jonathan, Ivy and Mrs. Kellogg, but that was about it. The rest are stereotypes and they seem like dolls instead of living characters – they lack development and they are ALL very unlikeable.
The story is so shallow and boring and utterly unbelievable. And entire city where red heads are treated as royalty and everybody else has to bow down to them? Come on, every adult with another hair color would move away from that city, not stay there to be bullied and let their kids be bullied! Unfortunately, I can’t even get worked up about that because I really don’t care! I don’t care about the characters, the horrible ending, or the shitty town. I just don’t care.
The ending ruined what little affection I had for the book. Felicity learns NOTHING from what she has been going through. The only thing I really liked about this book was the writing – it was easy to understand and I read the book quite fast. Red is one of those books you will forget the minute you finish it – and you will be thankful for it!...more
Ray is an interesting protagonist due to her constantly battling herself. She has spent several years of psychotherapy trying to convince herself thatRay is an interesting protagonist due to her constantly battling herself. She has spent several years of psychotherapy trying to convince herself that angels aren’t real and she’s only imagining them. So when she starts at a new school and sees a guy with bright wings and shortly after sees another guy with dark wings, she starts to wonder if she really is imagining them. She has a lot of conflicts with her family and yet somehow finds the strength to fight for what she believes. A strong protagonist who has spent to long thinking she was crazy and weak! I love it. Even though it may seem like there is going to be a to-guys-one-girl-triangle, there is a very important thing, that makes it seems less cheesy and boring.
"Cam would probably Fall to protect me. That was an option I could live with. And Kade? He was enten hot or cold, starting trouble or being sweet. I did not even know som he really was. Except damn annoying . "(p. 284) Cam annoys me throughout the entire story. He is such a do-gooder (yeah, yeah, he’s an angel – it’s his job. But come on, it get old real quick). He always puts his job before Ray and generally I just don’t like him! Kade on the other hand – uh, he is great! He’s a Fallen, unpredictable and always puts himself first. He’s story is very interesting and I would love to know more about him!
There are a few times where the story didn’t work for me, for instant: 'He might look my age, but sometimes, da han said weird things like that, I could not shake the feeling he was much older.' (p. 85) This thought of Rays happens the first time she talks to Cam – it makes no sense since she hasn’t heard him say weird things earlier. Despite my few issues A Shimmer of Angels is a really great story. Even if the plot is not the most inventive, I got a few surprises along the way. A great debut from Lisa M. Basso...more
I was so looking forward to reading Pretty Dark Nothing. The blurp sounded amazing and the cover is gorgeous!
Unfortunately, Quinn is far from the idea I was so looking forward to reading Pretty Dark Nothing. The blurp sounded amazing and the cover is gorgeous!
Unfortunately, Quinn is far from the ideal protagonist for me. She obviously has issues; both her father and her boyfriend left her and she is being chased by demons and shadows in her dreams. It’s a great premise for a book, but it gives the author a choice; either the protagonist is going to be a whiny child-like girl or she is going to be an amazingly strong protagonist. Frankly, Quinn is the first kind! She is so overwhelmed by everything that happens to her, that she just give up - she just lets things happen without trying very hard to change them and she lets other people make her choices. I really hated that! And it’s such a shame because her problems, thoughts and feelings are so well described and I understood most of her actions, but at some point she just ruins everything!
Aaron is an entirely different story. He’s amazing; sweet, genuine and completely infatuated with Quinn! The POV changes between Aaron and Quinn, which means the reader gets to know Aaron so well - I adore him! He was the reason I kept reading and he made the teen drama seem plausible and real.
Heather L. Reid is an amazing writer and she kept up a nice balance between creepy passages and funny ones. The funny is mostly contained of Reese and Marcus and I especially liked Marcus’ kind of humor.
"I've never seen someone so determined to stay at school." She squinted at Quinn, deciding her fate. "I'm still calling your mother; she needs to know. But I won't send you home if you come to my office for some orange juice and cookies." "You're not going to share your liver and onions with a starving girl, Mrs. C?" Marcus asked. "Shameful. And you're supposed to be a health professional." She scrowled at him. "That's enough from you, Mr. Woods. The three of you should get to class. I'll take it from here." "What? I'm just trying to make the girl laugh. They say laughter is the best medicine. You're a nurse. You should know that."
The creepy parts are mostly at the beginning and are executed with fogs, voiced and shadows. It was pretty scary, but when the demons became more real and started having wings and hissed at Quinn the scary wore off. The ending was the worst part of the book. It changed the entire story and, even though there had been a few vague hinters, it totally surprised me - but not in a good way. Despite my rating I’m not sure I’m going to continue this series - it just got too weird for my taste....more
I can’t quite decide what I think about Blaze (the character, not the entire book). She is incredibly naïve and doesn’t listen to anybody, even if thoI can’t quite decide what I think about Blaze (the character, not the entire book). She is incredibly naïve and doesn’t listen to anybody, even if those people only want what’s good for her. She doesn’t know how to say no to Mark and she lets him cross her lines over and over again. I just don’t get it! But then again – she is a teen trying to find her boundaries and she has been an outsider forever and suddenly a very hot guy gives her a lot of attention – she is probably bound to be confused. I just get a little tired of her jumping through hoops for him and suspecting nothing.
I HATE Blazes friends. Well, I hate Amanda and dislike Terri. Amanda is absolutely awful! She doesn’t care for anyone but herself and she is so mean toward Blaze (Seriously, who takes a picture of a friend in sexy lingerie and send it to that persons crush? That should end a friendship!) I don’t really care for Blazes mom either. She is so immature and she shouldn’t be blaming Blaze for her husband leaving her. I’m very glad she isn’t a bigger part of the story!
I adore Josh and his friends, the soccer cretins. They are so much fun and typical young teenage boys. They are partly the reason for the last star. The other part of the reason is the humor. This book is so much fun! The comic book references fit perfectly and Blaze, Josh and the soccer cretins are hilarious.
Blaze grows a lot through the book, but it takes a long time. It isn’t till the end that she learns something. The book is about trusting yourself and knowing your identity but it is also about bullying both online and in person. It was a great read and I’m sure I will enjoy more books from Laurie Boyle Crompton in the future! I read an ARC and therefor didn’t have the pleasure of seeing the drawings which will be in the finished copy. I did see some of them on other blogs and they were great! ...more
I didn't read a single review before I started The Sweetest Dark which means I had no idea what kind of magic I was about to witness - and I'm so gladI didn't read a single review before I started The Sweetest Dark which means I had no idea what kind of magic I was about to witness - and I'm so glad I didn't! I'll make sure this review contains no spoilers of any kind, including the essence of the magic.
Those nights, in the sweetest dark, we shared our dreams.
It took me a while to get into the story, mainly because I didn't like Lora - She is a vicious bitch most of the time She's just not a very pleasant person. She did grow on me, however, and the more she got involved with the other characters, the more I liked her; she stopped being annoying for the purpose of being annoying and started defending herself only when necessary. Her past is revealed bits by bits and shows a strong and determined girl whose distrust is easily understood.
I completely and utterly adore Jesse - he is amazing and his music is so beautifully described, I can hear it every time I think of him. I like Armand too, but it took me a while longer to care for him. Even though the summary makes it seem like there is going to be a classic love triangle - this is not the case! The feelings between the characters are slowly developed, they seem realistic and at the same time they seem unbelievable. It's so beautiful and captivating.
The ending is perfect, yet heartbreaking and left me both wanting to read the next book right away and rereading this book all over. The writing is absolutely stunning! It's poetic at times, compelling and hauntingly beautiful. I loved every second I spent reading this book and I felt like I was right there with Lora, being a part of everything she went through.
I could smell the coming summer still, just as I had my first evening here, as I'd stepped from the train. It was warmer and lusher now, less a tinge in the air than a sultry blossoming. It traveled across the sea and laced through these woods. It slipped up my arms and neck and face and kissed me with the faintest hint of bitter salt.
Let's talk about the magic! It's unlike anything I have ever read about and I felt like I once again was a part of times gone by; back when someone read fairy tales out loud to me and I could dream away to the soothing voice. It was beautiful, amazing and quite an adventure. Being able to mix WWI, boarding schools, class differences, magic and love without ever making it seem unnatural or weird is some achievement. Shana Abé is a brilliant story teller and I can't wait to read the next in this series. The Sweetest Dark has my highest praises! ...more