Have you ever read a book that left you speechless? Well, One Past Midnight had that effect on me when I finished it. I admit that I wasn’t really expHave you ever read a book that left you speechless? Well, One Past Midnight had that effect on me when I finished it. I admit that I wasn’t really expecting to love it as much as I did going on, only because I had never read anything by this author before and with it being parallel worlds, I was a little hesitant because it takes an amazing writer to pull that off. However, I’m happy to report that I was wrong, I was immediately sucked into the story and I didn’t want it to end and I really, really want to know what happens to Sabine, especially after THAT ending. I can only hope that Shirvington has plans for a sequel because if not…well, I don’t even want to think about that.
All her life Sabine has lived each day twice, every night at Midnight she ‘shifts’ over to her other world and everything except her name changes. In one world she has two brothers and a boyfriend and in the other she has a little sister and no boyfriend. Sabine has lived her lives carefully as anything physical to her body has always transferred over to the other life so she’s always been real careful about everything, not dying her hair in one world only to not have an explanation in the other. All of this changes when Sabine breaks her wrist in one world only to shift to the other that night and finding out that the break didn’t cross over. This sets something in motion for Sabine, she’s sets up a series of tests to try and find a way to have one life like everyone else. And she already knows which life she would chose, or at least she thinks she does.
Sabine was a unique character and she was different in both lives, but still kind of the same, if that makes sense. While I didn’t agree with some of her tactics in determining whether the break in her wrist was a fluke, I can understand why she would go to extreme lengths. I mean, here is a girl who has lived her entire eighteen years twice, she graduated high school twice, she has her period twice as long each month, and I’m sure us ladies can imagine the torture THAT WOULD BE. All she has ever wanted was to live one WHOLE life just like everyone else, and who’s to same that I wouldn’t have gone to the same lengths if I was in her position. Plus it lead her to Ethan ;)
Ahhh, Ethan. While I would love to devote this whole review to him, I can’t because that would spoil so much of the book so you’re just going to have to trust me when I say that Ethan everything a book boyfriend should be and you should definitely look forward to meeting him.
Overall, One Past Midnight is a wonderfully constructed and unique contemporary. You will laugh, you will cry and you will be stunned by the ending. ...more
Steelheart has been on my radar for quite a while but I always found myself putting it off because I wasn't sure whether or not I would like it. Thankfully I saw it on sale and decided to finally give it a try. While it wasn't my favorite, it was still a really good read.
Just a quick summary: Epics used to be ordinary people, until Calamity changed them. Now they have powers that normal people don't and along with power usually comes trouble. Epics are now ruling, and they aren't the nicest. They kill innocents without a second thought and everyone is too afraid to stand up and do something about it. Everyone except The Reckoners.
I really loved the idea behind this book. Often it seems that the people with extraordinary powers are superheroes that interfere to help save people, so it was nice to see a change in Steelheart. In this book, the ones with the powers are the bad guys. It was a nice change from usual 'people with power' books.
Where there are villains, there will be heroes.
I really liked the team of Reckoners, their banter and teamwork really stood out and I loved that they were so loyal to the cause. There's a moment, which I won't go into detail about, where David is willing to do the unthinkable for another team member, and as bad as the situation was, and as much as I hated it, I understood and I respected him so much for what he was willing to do.
Now, we HAVE to talk about the twists. There were SO MANY! I felt so blindsided by a few of them but looking back, they all made sense. I'm really excited to see what's next for the Reckoners.
My only reasons for putting this down 1.5 stars is due to fact that it seemed like there were areas in this book that dragged more than others. It started off with a bang, then in the middle I almost DNF'd. But, then it picked up again and it ended with another bang. In the end, I'm really glad that I stuck it out but it was touch and go there for a while.
Overall, Steelheart is a good read that leave you with your mind reeling from all the surprises.
I’m sure fans of the Disaster books were ecstatic to get their hands on another Maddox brother book and I was no exception. I had this book pre-ordereI’m sure fans of the Disaster books were ecstatic to get their hands on another Maddox brother book and I was no exception. I had this book pre-ordered a month before the release date and as soon as it came in the mail, I dropped everything to start reading it. I was expecting the same wild ride that we got in the Disaster books but it turns out that wasn’t the case. While Trenton is kind of man whore and has a bad temper, he’s much more controlled than Travis.
Don’t get me wrong, Trent is a Maddox so of course he flies off the handle, but he seems to be able to reign in back in fairly easy. Cami is the opposite, she isn’t really the type to let her temper rule her, she’s much more level headed, which is exactly what Trent needs.
Going into this book I didn’t know that Beautiful Oblivion follows the same timeline as BD, while I was expecting this to take place after, it really didn’t bother me that much. I really liked the fact that we get the Pigeon tattoo scene in this book, I can’t believe I didn’t know that Trent was the one who gave Travis the tattoo…I either missed that little tidbit in BD and WD or I’ve forgotten more than I thought about those books.
I really loved the secondary characters in this book too, Hazel cracked me up and Raegan was an amazing friend to Cami, even though she was going through some boy troubles of her own. I really like the family vibe that Red and Skin Deep had. You could feel the love and respect that they had for one another and that’s extremely rare now days.
Overall, Beautiful Oblivion was just as compelling and unputdownable as BD and WD. I’m sure fans of the Disaster books will fall in love with Trent just as much as they did Travis. ...more
I’ve heard such amazing things about In the Shadows of Blackbirds but not being a huge historical fiction fan, I’ve put off reading it for***3.5 stars
I’ve heard such amazing things about In the Shadows of Blackbirds but not being a huge historical fiction fan, I’ve put off reading it for a while. I’m glad that I finally decided to give it a go though, because it’s such a unique story.
Mary Shelley Black lives in a time of war and disease, it’s the fall of 1918 and the Spanish Influenza is in full swing taking the lives of most people who are unlucky enough to catch it. With people dying from the flu and soldiers dying in combat everyone is turning towards séances and spirit photographers.
However, Mary Shelley doesn’t believe in all that stuff, until it comes knocking on her door in the form of her first love, Stephen. But the things that Stephen is telling her and the things she discovers doesn’t add up with what she told about his death, and it’s up to her to figure out what happened to Stephen so he can finally get the peace he deserves.
Like I said above, this story is incredibly unique and I don’t think I’ve read a ghost story quite like this one before as this was the first time I’ve ever even heard of spiritualist photographers. And while I may be just as skeptical as Mary Shelley when it comes to those type of photographers, I can see how in times of death, people would flock to them, searching for any shred of hope of life after death.
Mary Shelley was an interesting character, I loved how stubborn she was and the fact that she would fight for what she thought was right, no matter the cost to her. I wish we could’ve gotten more of Stephen as I feel like it would have made his death more devastating for the reader, but alas we can’t always have what we want.
In the Shadows of Blackbirds was a unique read and while I enjoyed Mary Shelley’s story, this book didn’t blow me away like I was hoping based on all of the amazing reviews that I’ve seen but that could be because I’m not big on historical fiction, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. ...more
Where do I even start with my review for this book? I actually finished it a few days ago but when I sat down to write my review, I had so much troublWhere do I even start with my review for this book? I actually finished it a few days ago but when I sat down to write my review, I had so much trouble putting my thoughts together that there was no way I could write them out and have them sound somewhat coherent. But, now I feel like I’ve had enough time to process the mind-f*ck that is The Merciless. I don’t know what I was expecting going in, but it definitely wasn’t that.
There was quite a few things that I liked about this book, first I liked that you never knew what was going to happen next. The books that can keep me guessing are often among my favorites. While I wouldn’t class this one as a “favorite” I really did enjoy it. I also liked Sophia, she ‘seemed’ (you will understand once you read it) like a caring girl, she comes home every day after school to take care of her sick grandmother and when things start taking a turn towards the dark side, she immediately tries to get herself out of the equation. But if I’ve learned anything in my years of reading, it’s that everything and everyone aren’t as they seem.
If you’ve read any of the reviews then I’m sure you’ve seen the ones that say that there is quite a bit of similarities between this book and the movie Mean Girls. While that is true and I did see some resemblances it wasn’t enough to overshadow the plot of the book so it didn’t bother me that much. My only real downfall was that there was enough character development for me, I would have liked to have gotten to know Brooklyn a little more before the whole basement thing. I feel like it would have made the whole torture thing more intense. Not to say that everything they were doing wasn’t intense, but I guess it didn’t hit me as much as it would have had I gotten to know Brooklyn better beforehand, does that make sense?
Overall, The Merciless is a disturbing and shocking horror book. If you have a pretty weak stomach then you might want to steer clear of this but if you’re like me and love horror stories, then you should definitely give this one a go. ...more
I Want it That Way was the 4th Ann Aguirre book that I’ve read and she doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it just adds to my belief of when I pick up one ofI Want it That Way was the 4th Ann Aguirre book that I’ve read and she doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it just adds to my belief of when I pick up one of her books, I’m going to get a gripping and well written story that will leave me breathless.
Nadia is just your average 21 year old college student, working her ass off to achieve her dreams of becoming a teacher. She also works part time at a day care to fuel the cost of moving off campus to an apartment with her friends. On moving day, Nadia meets the hot but seemingly cold guy that lives downstairs and for her it was instant attraction. But there’s more to Ty than meets the eye. He’s also a single dad that pushes everyone away. But Nadia isn’t one to give up easy and since she can’t get the hot guy downstairs off her mind, things get interesting, to say the least.
I love the fact that this book is so character driven, and the characters are written so realistically that it was so easy to put yourself in their shoes. Nadia was such an easy character to relate to, she was smart, strong and so determined to follow her dreams, whether it be teaching or a certain someone downstairs. She’s not the type of person to take no for an answer when she wants something. I really LOVED Ty also, I mean a dad that will put himself on the back burner so he can do right by his son? Yeah, that’s someone to hold on to. Plus he’s really kind and considerate, not to mention the things we learn about him from the sex scenes *fans self*
The supporting characters were really amazing as well, I loved Lauren, Sam, Angus and even Max. And there are also PARENTS. Yep, even though this is a NA book, we still get to meet Nadia’s parents…more than once! And they were amazing.
Overall, I Want it That Way is a wonderful start to what I’m sure will be an amazing trilogy. If you’re a fan of the NA genre then you should definitely pick this one up....more
Wow! What can I say about this book that will do it justice? Probably nothing, but I’m going to try anyway, so here goes…
Before Sam’s brother, Amos, kWow! What can I say about this book that will do it justice? Probably nothing, but I’m going to try anyway, so here goes…
Before Sam’s brother, Amos, killed himself he dared her to go to a military academy, and Sam’s not one to back down from a dare, especially one she made to her deceased brother so she takes every ounce of hatred that comes her way and uses it to make herself stronger. She’s not going to let anyone get in her way and I absolutely loved that about her.
However, it isn’t long before Sam realizes that she’s getting treated so much worse than anyone else there and before long, things start getting way out of control and she knows that something has to change or any other new girls coming in will be treated the exact same way that she has been and Sam is determined to not let that happen.
Sam is SUCH a strong character and I fell in love with her personality and strength very early on. She’s determined to prove that she’s just as good as the guys and strong enough to take whatever comes her way. I also loved so many of the side characters in this book, Jax, Rev, Drill, Tim, Nix, Huff, Ritchie. They all cared about Sam and were willing to help her in any way that they could.
Rites of Passage was so different that what I thought it would be when I first started reading it. Yeah, I knew that it was about the first girl to go to a military school and I figured that the boys there would pick on her. But, this went soooo much deeper than the hazing that normal recruits go through, this was more like full on bullying. Some of the things they did to Sam was horrible and I wanted so badly to jump in a punch those assholes for treating her the way that they did.
Overall, Rites of Passage is a very touching book that will bring out a ton of emotions in you. This book made me laugh, cry and get mad as hell multiple times throughout. Hensley is definitely an author to look out for. ...more
Please note that this review is based only on what I read, I DNF’d at 40%.
This book was not what I was expecting….AT ALL. When I read the summary forPlease note that this review is based only on what I read, I DNF’d at 40%.
This book was not what I was expecting….AT ALL. When I read the summary for this book, I was expecting some creepy mysterious ghost story, unfortunately that’s not what I got. I didn’t really care about the characters at all, the plot was too lacking for my taste and I really didn’t understand the whole ghost POV thing.
I hate to say this, but I had a hard time reading this book from the very beginning. Everything was just moving way toooooo slow and I wasn’t getting invested. BUT, I hung in there because I’ve come across books that started out slow like this before and absolutely loved them by the end. However, this just wasn’t the case when it came to this book. I held in there until 40% and I just couldn’t take anymore.
Like I said above I really didn’t care about the characters at all, and since there seemed to be basically no plot, it wasn’t enough to keep me reading. If you’re looking for a thrilling ghost story, then you should probably look somewhere else, because this book isn’t it. But if you’ve read and enjoyed this author’s work before, then you should probably give it a try because you may like it better than I did. ...more