Anthologies are so hard to rate! I loved some stories and didn't care for others. And full disclosure, I'm not that much of a short story person to beAnthologies are so hard to rate! I loved some stories and didn't care for others. And full disclosure, I'm not that much of a short story person to begin with. I prefer to get to know my characters over a longer period of time; it's hard to win me over so quickly. I also felt like so many of the stories ended with the characters kissing, when for the most part they had only just met a few days (or hours) earlier. Just a bit too fast for my taste. But again, comes with the short story territory.
A few more thoughts on individual stories coming soon......more
This book sucked me in right away. Ezra is a great narrator, with a very enjoyable and readable voice, which I'm always pleased to find in3.5/5 stars
This book sucked me in right away. Ezra is a great narrator, with a very enjoyable and readable voice, which I'm always pleased to find in male narrators, since they're so much rarer than females. And I loved his story. I had so much trouble putting this book down.
Ezra's new groups of friends was a fun mix of people, but at times their quirkiness felt a bit forced, like it was almost too much. Not super over the top, but just enough that I could feel it. And I liked Cassidy, but in general she's a bit too manic pixie dream girl for my taste. That's a trope I'm generally not too fond of though, it's nothing against her specifically.
Overall I did really enjoy this, I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for future novels by Robin Schneider....more
THIS WAS SO PERFECT I AM CRYING. I just feel so happy and satisfied and I am sighing so giddily right now.
This was EXACTLY the closure that these bookTHIS WAS SO PERFECT I AM CRYING. I just feel so happy and satisfied and I am sighing so giddily right now.
This was EXACTLY the closure that these books needed, oh my goodness. I loved both Just One Day and Just One Year so so much, and I understand 100% that those books were more about the individual journeys of the characters during their time apart, but I'm not gonna lie, I was so bummed with where they both ended. The romantic in me wanted the REUNION! I wanted them to find out just how close they'd gotten during that year and how hard both of them had looked for each other.
AND THIS WAS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED. It's short and sweet, and at first I thought it felt a little rushed, but it ended up being the perfect length. And we got little snippets from everyone's points of view, which was so fun.
Just One Night is like the bow that ties the present together, the sprinkles on the cupcake, the perfect little conclusion to Allyson and Willem's story.
Do you NEED to read it to complete the story? No. BUT YOU WANT TO....more
I thought Destroy Me was a great bridge between the first and second books, but this one felt rather pointless. Adam seemed way out of character and rI thought Destroy Me was a great bridge between the first and second books, but this one felt rather pointless. Adam seemed way out of character and really the only thing reading this has accomplished is that I'm pretty pissed off at him and think that he deserves everything he's feeling by the end of it. I'm not sure what Tahereh Mafi was hoping to accomplish with this. Destroy Me was obviously supposed to humanize Warner, and it definitely succeeded, so I can't imagine that she doesn't know the reaction this one will cause. Makes me a little nervous for Ignite Me....more
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Let the Sky Fall has a wonderfully original paranormal twist. I’m a huge fan of paranormalReview will be posted on my blog closer to the release date.
Let the Sky Fall has a wonderfully original paranormal twist. I’m a huge fan of paranormal stories, but after a while it kind of starts to feel like you’re reading the same thing over and over again, so I was delighted that Let the Sky Fall was something new. Everything from the setting to the ability to communicate with the wind felt like a breath of fresh air (har har… sorry, couldn’t help it! :P).
Shannon Messenger is an amazing storyteller, and I could really feel everything coming alive from the pages. Her descriptions were absolutely fantastic and if you’ve ever had even the tiniest desire to have the ability to fly (and haven’t we all!), this book will definitely make you long for sylphs to be real.
My one issue with the book is that it seemed overly long and it kind of felt like not that much happened, considering the length. That said, I’m definitely looking forward to the next book (I’m assuming this is the beginning of a series!).
If you’re looking for something a little different in your paranormal novels, you definitely don’t want to miss Let the Sky Fall! ...more
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I loved Marie Lu’s debut novel Legend, so I was thrilled to4.5/5 Stars
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I loved Marie Lu’s debut novel Legend, so I was thrilled to get the chance to read the sequel. I’ll admit that I didn’t remember everything from the first book (it’s been a while since I’ve read it!), but Prodigy picks up pretty much right where Legend ended and it wasn’t hard at all to get absorbed into the story again. There’s something about this world that just completely sucks you in.
Prodigy continues the dual narration, which I really love. It’s so interesting to get to see both June and Day’s perspectives, especially considering what different backgrounds they come from. We also get to see a lot more of the society that Marie Lu has created, which was something I was definitely hoping for from Prodigy after finishing Legend. I feel like I have a much better sense of how the society came to be and what’s really going on, rather than just the vague feeling we got from the first book.
We also see a lot of familiar faces in Prodigy, as well as several new characters, who I can’t wait to get to know more in the third book. And Metias! God, I don’t know what it is about Metias, considering how early he dies in Legend (not a spoiler!), but I’ve always felt such a connection to him and I mourned for him SO HARD, which just continues with Prodigy. I don’t know how Marie Lu has made me care about him so much, but I love it. There were tears, I’ll tell you now.
Prodigy is such a fantastic second novel. It’s packed with action and surprises and teasers of things to come. And oh my goodness, that ending! Ack, my heart. It’s both heartbreaking but also oh so perfect and I am SO excited for the next book. I cannot wait to see how this story ends!...more
The Hunt was so different than I was expecting. For some reason I thought that the story would mainly be about the Hunt itself, but instead there’s a strong focus on the time leading up to the Hunt and Gene’s struggle to blend in and not expose himself as a heper. Which is crazy scary and intense.
I really appreciate how original and unique Andrew Fukuda has been in creating this world. In a market saturated with paranormal stories, it was awesome to read something that was so incredibly different. These creatures are barely recognizable as anything we’ve seen before (I’d probably call them an advanced breed of vampires, except instead of just blood they enjoy all parts of the human body. Ick.), and they are terrifying. Some of their habits are actually so weird that I felt like it worked against them just a bit, because I had no connection or familiarity with them and it was just like “What??” In particular, their version of making out was one of those things. But in general I liked the weirdness.
Oh, and what happens to them when they’re exposed to the sun is horrifically disturbing. There is no Buffy-style “dusting” of these vamps, nuh-uh. I’m pretty sure anyone who happened to see my face as I was reading would wonder what could possibly be so gross. But just wait. Unless your stomach is way stronger than mine, you’ll be cringing as you read too, I guarantee it.
I had some trouble connecting with Gene, and I think a lot of that was because he’s so conflicted about who he is himself. He wants to be one of them; he hates thinking of himself as “human” and is ashamed of his human behavior and needs. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how he develops in future books. There were also a few plot twists that I definitely saw coming, but I was pretty okay with this.
Overall, The Hunt is bizarre, disgusting, disturbing, addictive, and SO intense. The last fifty pages or so made my heart pound, and there’s a crazy cliffhanger that definitely makes me want to pick up the next book. If you’re tired of the same-old same-old vampire stories and are looking for a truly unique and creepy read, you should definitely check out The Hunt....more
Oh my goodness, I have SO MANY FEELINGS for this book. Reading it was such a whirlwind of emotion; these chaOriginally posted on my blog, From A to Z.
Oh my goodness, I have SO MANY FEELINGS for this book. Reading it was such a whirlwind of emotion; these characters just completely caught me up in their lives. Colby especially. It is really really rare that I connect so much with a male narrator, but oh man, I fell for Colby. I just love him. I want to squeeze him. I think I’m going to name my car after him.
And Bev. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about Bev. I spent a lot of the book kind of hating her, because she totally betrayed Colby and she’s really withdrawn throughout most of the book. She did grow on me enough by the end so that I didn’t want to chuck the book at the wall every time she appeared on the page, but MAN, she frustrated me. I don’t think that she herself is a bitch, she just did a very bitchy thing that I honestly still don’t really understand and I’m definitely not ready to forgive her for. BUT, even though I am still outraged on Colby’s behalf, I do completely understand his feelings and reactions to her.
This was a rare kind of book where I wasn’t necessarily rooting for the romance (although heck yes I wanted them to work things out!), but I was totally rooting for Colby. And if you know me then you know that I am ALL about the romance. So this is amazing. Nina LaCour is amazing. The fact that she’s made me love and understand this boy so much? I’m in awe.
There’s so much more I could say about the amazing music, the road trip, the people that they meet along the way, Colby’s art and Bev’s sculptures… but I’ll let you discover all of that for yourself. Hopefully all my Colby-gushing is enough to intrigue you. :)
This book is painful and beautiful and raw and I LOVED it. It made my chest tighten and my heart hurt, it made me laugh and get teary-eyed and grin uncontrollably. Books like this are why I love contemporary. <3...more
I’m not really sure exactly how to review this one. I actually went back and forth about whether I should evOriginally posted on my blog, From A to Z.
I’m not really sure exactly how to review this one. I actually went back and forth about whether I should even write a review or not, but I decided to at least put some thoughts down.
It’s not that this was a bad book, by any means. It’s just that it wasn’t really for me, mainly because the story has much more of a Christian slant than I had realized. There were hints in the title and the blurb, but since I hadn’t seen it marketed as Christian fiction anywhere I just didn’t realize how large a role it would play. I generally tend to stay away from faith-based books, simply because they're not really my thing.
However, now that that’s said, the story itself is well-written and I did enjoy reading it. I love road trip books, and it was fun watching them explore Route 66, especially with Matt’s unexpected detours. The locations are wonderfully described and it definitely intensified my ever-present wanderlust. I felt like the growth of the characters throughout the novel was also done really well. Thou Shalt Not Road Trip has a very unique and colorful cast, and I was intrigued by their personal journeys even if I didn’t really personally identify with any of them.
If you enjoy books that have more of a religious slant to them, I’d definitely recommend Thou Shalt Not Road Trip. Overall it was just an okay read for me, but I don’t think I’m necessarily the intended audience for this kind of story to begin with....more
Anna Dressed in Blood was so much more than I was expecting, and I absolutely loved it. Creepy and thRead this review and more on my blog From A to Z.
Anna Dressed in Blood was so much more than I was expecting, and I absolutely loved it. Creepy and thrilling, haunting and tragic, gothic and romantic, it is everything you could possibly want in a ghost story and everything you would never even think to ask for.
Cas has been hunting ghosts almost his whole life, ever since his father was murdered when he was just a kid. But there’s something different this time. Cas knows it from the moment he hears Anna’s name, and as he arrives in Thunder Bay and first meets Anna, he realizes this job is unlike anything he’s experienced before.
Cas is an incredibly relatable narrator, despite the fact that he hunts ghosts for a living. And he’s a boy! I love me a good male protagonist, it’s so refreshing to read. And Cas is suuuuch a boy. He’s a little overconfident and full of himself, but he’s also been through so much in his life and has a vulnerable side as well. It’s very endearing and the male perspective didn’t feel forced at all, which can occasionally happen with a female author. Not the case here.
I loved the development of the relationship between Cas and Anna. She’s absolutely terrifying and deadly, and yet we get the occasional glimpse of something else yearning to break through and be seen. This contrast between the scary, bloody Anna and softer side of the mortal girl she once was is riveting, and there are some really wonderful moments between Anna and Cas.
Anna is the first in a series, and I’m so eager to read more about Cas and his friends and their ghostly adventures. And at the same time, this is a completely satisfying stand-alone story. With so many novels these days ending on heartwrenching and jaw-dropping cliffhangers, it’s kind of awesome to have the first book in a series end on a conclusive note. Of course, having said that, I can’t wait for the next one. :)
Anna Dressed in Blood is a deliciously spooky and bloody ghost story, definitely one you don’t want to miss. It’s chilling and spine-tingling, managing to tug at your heartstrings and also completely freak you out at the same time. You might want to leave the lights on for this one.
*Thanks so much to Cindy from Around the World ARC Tours for letting me be a part of this tour. :)...more