Let me start off by talking about the amazing cover. From first glance I thought that it was absolutely beautiful! I have a thing for water covers. AfLet me start off by talking about the amazing cover. From first glance I thought that it was absolutely beautiful! I have a thing for water covers. After reading the book I can’t tell you just how fitting the cover really is. It is perfect!
The story follows Ashton who, after finding out about a death in the family, heads out on a road trip. In the beginning of the book I was slightly indifferent to Ashton. She seemed slightly selfish, but as the story progresses you learn a lot about why she is that way. I loved her growth as a character from the beginning to the end. As a matter of fact I really enjoyed all of the characters as a whole. She takes all these crazy changes in her life with complete stride.
There were so many twists and turns I could hardly keep up! Don’t get me wrong though, I love that in a story. I love it when I am kept guessing to the very last page and that is exactly how it is with this one. You can never be too sure of anything because on the next page something totally unexpected will happen. I think that is why I was so completely engrossed in this book and could not put it down. Everything flowed so well and it was perfectly paced.
The ending is left at a cliffhanger, but is also gives you slight resolve as well. I like not having to wait until the next book to have some of my questions answered so I think it ended perfectly to open up for the beginning of the next.
Overall I thought that this book was amazing. I loved the growth of the characters, the twists and turns that the story provided. I couldn’t recommend this more. I do, however, suggest that when you do read it you set aside enough time to read it in one sitting. I was pretty much glued to my seat until the last page!
It's hard to review this book story wise without giving things away so you will have to take my word for it and read this book! You won't regret it!...more
I can honestly say that I completely adored every single thing about this book. The setting, the story line and the amazing characters. Abbi did suchI can honestly say that I completely adored every single thing about this book. The setting, the story line and the amazing characters. Abbi did such a wonderful job of pulling me into the story and never letting me go.
Sadie has had to grow up ridiculously fast. Her mom, Jessica, moves on from guy to guy and from city to city. They never stay in one place for long. Sadie and her mom eventually end up in Alabama. Her mom is working as hired help at a mansion and one day, since she is pregnant, decides that she just can’t go anymore. Since Sadie has always had to be the responsible one, she takes it upon herself to fill her mothers job position so they don’t lose out on the money. She has no idea what she is in store for.
Sadie ends up working for Jax, a young rockstar. He has a house out in Alabama that he escapes to to get away from all the craziness that comes with a life of being famous. He and Sadie meet and they are instantly attracted to one another. While I am generally not a very big fan of insta love, I adored it in this book. It was wonderful and fitting and it made me smile A LOT. Sadie is an underdog. A sweet, independent and slightly clueless teenage girl. She has the world on her shoulders, but Jax makes her have fun. She knows that once the summer is over he will be out of her life, but she is willing to take that risk and so is he.
I loved so many of the characters in this book. Jax was charming and sweet. He is a rockstar, but is a completely grounded one. Marcus works and goes to school with Sadie. He is completely smitten with Sadie, but she unfortunately doesn’t feel the same for him. He is her shoulder to cry on and pretty much her best friend. He genuinely cares for her. He wants her to be happy, but he is so worried about her being heartbroken when the summer ends. He gets very upset with Jax for putting her in the position she is in. It was definitely easy to fall in love with him! He was, by far, one of my favorite characters in the book and, from what Abbi has mentioned, Marcus may just get a book of his own. This makes me ridiculously happy.
Even though this was a lot about the romance that blossoms between Sadie and Jax, it is also about all the trials and tribulations that Sadie has to go through in her life. She doesn’t get to be a normal teenager. She takes care of her mother as if the tables were turned. Jessica is completely oblivious at how to be an adult, much less a mother. Sadie has to work her butt off to keep them afloat and hide bill money from her mom so she doesn’t go off and blow it.
Overall I loved this book! It was a sweet YA love story. It is just about any teenage girls dream to have a rockstar or famous person fall in love with them. Sadie gets to live that that dream. If you are looking for a sweet romance then I highly recommend this one. It made me smile so many times out of the sheer sweetness of it all. I can’t wait for the other wonderful books that Abbi has in store for us! ...more
Anathema was a new and unique take on the paranormal genre. It had a wonderful mix of all the things that make a book unputdownable to me. Mystery, drAnathema was a new and unique take on the paranormal genre. It had a wonderful mix of all the things that make a book unputdownable to me. Mystery, drama, romance and some action. I like books that keep me captivated and this one definitely did that through out!
Evangeline is a loner. Not necessarily by choice. She is a sweet, trusting and kind hearted girl that tends to be quite gullible. Her mother died when she was younger and she has never really been close to anyone since. Then she meets Sofie. Sofie gives her more than she could ever dream of, but she soon learns that it doesn't come without a price.
I really got caught up in this story! This review is a hard one to write because there are so many twists and turns a lot can be given away. It was certainly action packed and incredibly addicting. There is so much secrecy and mystery that you really never do know what is going to happen next. This is one of the things that makes it so great in my opinion. I like when the author can keep me guessing about what will happen next.
In the beginning Evangeline did kind of bother me because she seemed so clueless and extremely gullible. As the story went on I did begin to feel for her and was able to connect with her pretty well. I liked the fact that she grew a lot as the story went on. The supporting cast was pretty fantastic as well. I love that almost all the characters were so mysterious and gave away very little!
Overall this was a fun and addicting book. I am very excited to see what happens as the story continues on. If you are looking for a new and unique take on the paranormal genre than this is definitely the one for you! You should also set aside a nice slot of time to read it because it wasn't easy to put down!...more
When Kimberly contacted me to review this for her I was all up for it. Faeries?? Heck yes! As soon as I received the book I decided to read a couple oWhen Kimberly contacted me to review this for her I was all up for it. Faeries?? Heck yes! As soon as I received the book I decided to read a couple of pages to see what it was like. Those couple of pages turned into reading the whole thing in one sitting. I realize that this is only a novella, but I could not get enough!
Spencer created these amazing characters. Jensen, the main character, is absolutely fantastic. She was the kind of girl you could totally see yourself being friends with. She was written so realistically. I loved Jensen's best friend Zoe. She had the most funny and sarcastic dialogue. Some of the things she said literally had me laughing out loud. An example being, "You kind of lose the right to bitch someone out when you're no longer slapping groins." Just typing that made me laugh again!
Jensen is a 16 year old high schooler and, as if being a 16 year old is awkward enough, she has to deal with a con artist sister who has them constantly moving from one place to the next. She also finds it strange that she is always being singled out by her teacher, Mr Tanner, who somehow always knows when she is lying. She is also busy trying to discover why Zoe's sister hates her so much and figuring out the mysterious boy who is suddenly interested in her.
After a number of events take place, which I won't elaborate on since I don't want to give anything away, Jensen's sister Lauren disappears. Suddenly Jensen is thrown into a faerie world she never knew existed and it's seems her sister may have known about all along. Shimmerspell, the ability to move between worlds, is missing and everyone thinks that Jensen is partially to blame. The plot was fun, fast and intense. We are talking life and death situations!
I also loved the dialogue. It a lot of the YA books I read the dialogue seems to old or young for the characters they are portraying, but I think her depiction was pretty spot on. I had so many quotes from this book that I loved.
Along with the brilliant characters and dialogue was the plot. It was interesting and totally original. It was such a fun read and I HIGHLY recommend it!
My only complaint about this one? It wasn't near long enough. I wanted more! I still do! She is currently working on the follow up, Limerick, and I can't wait for it. ...more
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 emoKrista 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! ...more
Sleight was unlike anything that I have ever read before. The story line, characters, basically everything was completely unique to me. Have you everSleight 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! :)...more
I don't think that I can say enough good things about this book! I could not put it down. I got so sucked into it that I paid no attention to anythingI don't think that I can say enough good things about this book! I could not put it down. I got so sucked into it that I paid no attention to anything going on around me and by the time I finished it it was WAY past my bedtime!
Carina is a senior at NYU working towards her degree in journalism. For the past couple of years she has been swooning over a guy from afar. A guy that is so attractive to her that she is sure she has no chance with him. When he comes into the coffee shop that she works at, and the moment presents itself, she takes a chance at getting to know him. They end up hitting it off right away and, within a few months, he takes her to meet his family. On the way home from the family get together everything gets thrown for a loop!
This story was so full of suspense and romance. So suspenseful, I might add, that I had a hard time not flipping pages ahead just to find out what happened because I could barely wait. I can't say too much about the story without giving away anything, but I will say that where the story went was not at all what I expected. That is a good thing too because if far exceeded my expectations. The twists and turns of the plot were incredible and unexpected. The ending literally took my breath away.
More than anything, to me anyway, this book to me was about love. The things you do, risks you take, the lengths you are willing to go just to be with, and protect, the person that you love. Some people might think that the love Jared had for Carina was kind of crazy and I think it was too, but in a good way.
I can't speak highly enough about this book and I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for suspenseful, romantic YA read! It was truly fantastic!...more
Wow people! Rusty Fischer has officially become one of my favorite authors! Zombies Don't Cry was such a fun, hilarious take on a zombie world. If I hWow people! Rusty Fischer has officially become one of my favorite authors! Zombies Don't Cry was such a fun, hilarious take on a zombie world. If I had been able, I would have totally read this in one sitting. I carried it with me everywhere and read it every single second I got even if it was only a page!
A few chapters into the book we find out that zombies are "created" after some sort of electrical shock. Such is the case for Maddy when she is struck by lightning. The thing is that they are pretty much just like you and me except, of course, they are the undead and they need to eat brains. When a zombie is turned by another zombie though, they are know as "Zerkers". These are the crazy zombies that want to run around eating people and giving those good zombies a bad name!
After being turned Maddy finds out that there are all sorts of rules to being a zombie. For example, she can't date a Normal even though she has being eying the new kicker for the football team, Stamp. There is even a book on how to be a zombie, appropriately titled, The Guide to the Proper Care and Feeding of Zombies, 24th Edition.
Maddy has to be one of the most hilarious main characters I have ever read in a book. She was funny and witty and completely sarcastic. Who doesn't love a hilariously sarcastic character? She also had an awesome comeback to anything that was thrown at her and she was a tough girl to boot. She is someone that I would totally want as a best friend!
This was a total laugh out loud read for me. I absolutely love those kind. I know you know what I mean. Like when you are sitting in the waiting room at your doctors office and totally laughing, then you notice everyone is staring at you like you are a crazy person because you didn't realize you were really laughing out loud? Yeah, that kind. That was totally me the other day.
Rusty Fischer is one heck of an amazing author and I will be grabbing up any books that he puts out in the future. This one will definitely be sitting my "favorites" section of my bookshelf and I will also be leaving a spot open for his next book, Vamplayers, which comes February 2012.
Overall this was a brilliant book. It was full of amazingness! Zombies, comedy, action and a dash of romance! I can't ask for a whole lot more!...more
Before my love of YA took over, I was obsessed with romance books. All kinds of them. Mystery romance, historical romance, contemporary, you name it aBefore my love of YA took over, I was obsessed with romance books. All kinds of them. Mystery romance, historical romance, contemporary, you name it and I loved it! Although I have been reading a ton of awesome YA books lately, I decided that it was time for me to throw in an adult book. It wasn't hard to decide which one because A. I love Lori Foster's books, B. This is a new series and C. Look at that cover! Holy swoon!
Dare Macintosh is a mercenary and out to help a friend. When his friend Trace's little sister gets kidnapped and is about to be sold in Tijuana, Dare is there to rescue her. He also finds that she is not the only one. After several of the girls get away he is left with Molly Alexander and this turns into a not so simple job after all.
I so loved this book. Not only because it was a romance, because I would have loved it for that alone, but there was action and mystery. Besides the romance we are brought into the mystery of finding out who had Molly kidnapped and why. There are still people out to get her and Dare will do whatever he can to make sure that she is safe. All the while, of course, completely falling for her and she with him.
There were some way HOT scences in this book! Like literally take my breath away hotness! Foster can tell such an amazing story and have the perfect amount of swoonworthy romance. It wasn't hard to fall in love with Dare just a few pages in. He's not only a big, tough mercenary, but he is also sweet and gentle when the time calls for it.
I always enjoy how the characters from one of Fosters books flow into the next. The follow up to When You Dare is Trace of Fever, which features Trace from this book. Along with getting to learn more about a supporting character from When You Dare, we still get little tidbits of the current characters lives.
Overall this book was insanely good! It makes me miss all those romances that I had been reading prior to my obsession with YA! This book kept me up late into the night. I seriously ate it right up and I could not put it down! It was that good. If you are looking for an excellent romance with a little toss of mystery and action then this book is totally for you! ...more
Mia and her family are driving in a car when there is an accident. She awakens at the wreckage only to find that she is outside of her battered body bMia and her family are driving in a car when there is an accident. She awakens at the wreckage only to find that she is outside of her battered body barely clinging to life. She watches as paramedics come and take her family away and she follows her body to the hospital to see if she can be saved.
The story is told through Mia's eyes as she faces current events and past events that have brought her to where she is today. You see snippets of her past before her brother Teddy was born. The transformations that her parents take as they grow older. We learn how she met and fell in love with her boyfriend Adam. We also learn of her love for music.
All the while that this is happening Mia is trying to decide whether or not she should stay. What does she have left to live for if she does wake up from her coma. What will she lose should she decide just to let go.
She is there as her grandparents, best friend and boyfriend all try and convince her to hold on. That she does in fact have things to live for. How much they all love her. It was so heartbreaking. Her boyfriend Adam telling her he will do anything she asks if she just holds on. Just thinking about it now makes me want to cry like a big baby!
This has to be one of the most emotional books that I have ever read. I can't imagine being in an accident so severe you are in a coma and then having to see all of your loved ones in so much pain. This is a book that will haunt me for a long time to come. ...more
Once in a while I come across a book that is so good I don't know how to put it into words. The Goddess Test is definitely one of those books. It wasOnce in a while I come across a book that is so good I don't know how to put it into words. The Goddess Test is definitely one of those books. It was absolutely incredible. From the first words on the first page I was hooked. The words just flowed throughout the entire thing and I was finished before I knew it!
The story centers around Kate, a high school student whose mother is dying from cancer. They come from New York to Michigan because that is where her mother wants to spend her last days. All Kate wants to do is care for her mother. Once Kate starts school she instantly makes enemies with the popular girl Ava and, reluctantly, friends with the outcast James. When Ava tries to pull a prank on Kate, things go terribly wrong, and Kate and Ava's lives are changed forever. In order to save Ava, Kate has to make an agreement with Henry, a mysterious stranger who promises to bring Ava back to life. Kate reluctantly agrees and thinks that nothing will come of it.
It eventually becomes clear to Kate that she will have to abide by her agreement. She will have to live 6 months of every year with Henry. First though, she has to pass seven tests, but she has no idea what they are and she will not know until she has either passed or failed them.
There were so many shocking twists to the story that it kept me on the edge of my seat to find out just what was going to happen next.
On top of the already creative and fantastic story line the characters were incredibly well written. I really loved Kate as a whole. The way that she cared for her mother felt so real and genuine. It was so painful at times feeling what Kate was going through knowing that she was going to lose her mother. I was instantly drawn into her character. The feelings she had about moving to a new place and going to a new school were easy for any teenager to relate to.
Greek mythology has never been something that I really have had any interest in. This book changed that. It incorporates a lot of mythology into it and it I really enjoyed that aspect of it. The story is partially based on the story of Persephone and Hades, the god of the Underworld and his wife.
It was all around fantastic and book 2, The Goddess, Interrupted is scheduled for release in 2012. I am counting down the days!
If you haven't already, I suggest you hurry up and pre order this book NOW! ...more