Sleight was unlike anything that I have ever read before. The story line, characters, basically everything was completely unique to me. Have you ever...moreSleight was unlike anything that I have ever read before. The story line, characters, basically everything was completely unique to me. Have you ever read something that you loved so much you didn't even know how to describe your love for it? Well it's kinda like that with for me with this one.
Let me start with the characters. First and foremost we have Gemma. She is troubled from the start considering, as the story begins, her mother, Delia has just committed suicide. Delia has been in and out of mental institutions for as long as Gemma can remember. Gemma can also she "shades". Shades are dead people, but they do not talk to her. They just show up in random place like part of the scenery. This is something that is kept between her and her guardians because she is afraid everyone else with think that she is crazy like Delia was. Gemma lives with Ted and Marlene who she considers her aunt and uncle. They are all part of a traveling circus.
The circus is one of my favorite aspects of the book. I have never read a book before when the circus has played such an intricate part in a story. It was really interesting to hear some of the behind the scenes things about it.
I fell in absolute love with the other chararcters too! Ted, Marlene, Uncle Irwin, Ash, Janie, Henry and Lucian. I love the name Lucian! What a perfect bad guy name right? Anyway they all played into the story and were all fabulous in the roles that they played. Jenn wrote each character so believably. She made me fall in love with just about every single one of them! I wanted Irwin to be my uncle too!
After some odd circumstances arise, the traveling circus ends up coming to a stop because of Lucian Dimitri. For the first time in her life Gemma will have to go to public school to finish out her last 4 months of her senior year. She is very unhappy about it. She loves the secluded life that she has been living with her circus family. It is at the high school that she meets Henry, the son of Lucian. She instantly has a connection with him and he, like her, has a special ability.
It's through Henry that all sorts of revelations come about and Gemma finds out who she really is, why she has the ability she does and who her "real" family is. This puts Gemma and her circus family in great danger.
I LOVED this book. Actually love is probably putting it lightly. I am slightly obsessed with the story. It was absolutely fascinating. We are left with quite a cliffhanger and I don't know how I am going to wait until this fall to find out what happens. I might have to Twitter stalk Jenn until she tells me all about it!
Overall I HIGHLY recommend this book to people who are interested in YA paranormal. It was a fantastic and quick read. Jenn is a fabulous author and I can't wait for the next installment
This is another one of those books that kept me up late into the night and then followed me to work the next day. There was no way that I could wait a whole 8 hour shift before picking it back up again. Shhhh don't tell my boss! :)(less)
Krista is not your average teenage girl. She is exceptionally intelligent and can feel the emotions of those around her. The ability to feel these emo...moreKrista is not your average teenage girl. She is exceptionally intelligent and can feel the emotions of those around her. The ability to feel these emotions make everyday life very difficult for her. She is unable to even read a sad story with out the emotion consuming her for days at a time. At times these feelings are so intense they make her become extremely ill. On top of that every night for her whole life she has dreamt of the same boy, on the same beach. She feels so connected to him and has yet to see his face. She feels a strong pull to Santa Cruz and, after her father dies, her mother decides that they will move there to start over after losing him.
Here she finally meets people she can relate to and be friends with. This is something that she has never had the capability of doing. Her life feels like it's making a turn for the better, especially when she finds out that these new friends seem to be able to relate to her more than she could have ever dreamed. These four friends will need each other more than they could ever have imagined.
This is a fantastic debut novel. The story line was amazing and very original. The detail was superb. I was easily able to picture every scene that I was in. I have never read anything quite like it. It was an extremely quick and enjoyable read. I also love that she left it open for a sequel! Yay! I love sequels! I highly recommend that you pick this one up! (less)
Die For Me ended up being a surprise read for me. I had seen a mix of reviews on it, but decided I would give it a shot anyone. A friend gifted me wit...moreDie For Me ended up being a surprise read for me. I had seen a mix of reviews on it, but decided I would give it a shot anyone. A friend gifted me with a copy and I dug right in. I ending up totally adoring this story.
Kate is living in Paris with her grandparents after the death of her mother and father. She is depressed and going through a very rough period after the loss. She separates herself from people and spends her time reading books so that she can escape the reality she is in. After some encouragement from her family she ends up spending some time in are cafes reading. They figure that it will at least get her out of the house. This is where she first spots Vincent. He is extremely attractive, mysterious and, she feels, completely out of her league.
The relationship that she had with Vincent progressed way more quickly then what I normally prefer. While insta love doesn't generally deter me from a book or the story, I do get a little tired of it. I like a book that actually builds the relationship with the characters. I like them to have more elements to the relationship rather than instant attraction to one another and nothing else to really base it on.
Overall, looking past the insta love, I really did enjoy the story itself. The whole aspect of the revenants that are a different kind of "zombie-like" character. Most of the supporting characters were extremely likable. I am looking forward to checking out the next in the series!(less)
I am generally really nervous about reviewing a book when it has been so hyped up. I am always so afraid of being disappointed, let down or wondering,...moreI am generally really nervous about reviewing a book when it has been so hyped up. I am always so afraid of being disappointed, let down or wondering, what the heck is wrong with me? If I don't end up liking it. All around the blogosphere for the last couple of months all I have been hearing about is the amazingness that is Divergent. Cue me and my nervousness. When I started the book I tried to keep my expectations for it low. I am so glad to say that there was no need for any of that. This book FAR exceeded the hype and any expectations I had ever had for it.
This world that author created was crazy. We are sent into the future in Chicago. There are four factions that make up the population.When you turn 16 you choose the faction that you believe best fits you. You are tested prior to choosing, however to see where you might best fit in. It is during this test that Beatrice finds out she might just be different than everyone else.
Beatrice, the lead character, is caught up in the turmoil of having to choose which faction she should go to. She wants to stay in the faction her parents and brother are in because she doesn't want to leave them, but she is also not sure if that is the right place for her. I am happy to say that I totally connected with her. I completely felt that I was along with her on the ride the entire time.
I loved Four. He was one of the instructors for the Dauntless. He was so amazing and complex. I kept feeling like I wasn't quite sure about him. You know the feeling? Like you are sort of in the middle because you expect some bombshell to be dropped involving the character that will make you love or hate them. That's exactly how I felt most of the time. In the end I just ended up being completely and totally in love with him myself.
I got completely lost in this novel. I wish I would have been able to read it and just not move until I was finished. When I had to put it down my mind was still on it wondering what would happen next. The suspense of it all kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I think there were times my stomach actually hurt from nerves. You fall in love with these characters. It's almost impossible not to.
This will going high up on my favorites list. I cannot say enough good things about it. It blows my mind that this is Veronica Roth's debut. Even after finishing it I still can't stop thinking about it. If you are avoiding reading this because of the hype I suggest that you listen to all that hype. It is well well deserved hype! (less)