This book was touch and go for me - maybe that's what I get for picking something random off the library shelf with no recommendation. I enjoyed the b...moreThis book was touch and go for me - maybe that's what I get for picking something random off the library shelf with no recommendation. I enjoyed the book, but spent a lot of it waiting for it to end. But the last page was so touching I cried and it made it worth it.(less)
I laughed so hard I almost threw up. I literally had to put the book down, walk away, and do the unthinkable... fold laundry. Five stars because it ma...moreI laughed so hard I almost threw up. I literally had to put the book down, walk away, and do the unthinkable... fold laundry. Five stars because it made me laugh, and forced me to do chores that otherwise would have remained undone.(less)
This book is so many things. First, it raises awareness to an important issue, revenge porn. It's an unfortunate, frustrating and devastating thing to...moreThis book is so many things. First, it raises awareness to an important issue, revenge porn. It's an unfortunate, frustrating and devastating thing to happen to anyone, but by following Caroline's story the reader really sees how horrible it is. But what I loved about Caroline is how mature she was for nineteen years old and how she came at this issue head on. It was wonderful to see her know this wasn't her fault even though everyone wanted to blame the victim here.
Two, this book is crazy sexy. I don't mean the porn part, but the relationship Caroline forms with West as she is trying to move on and trust again. Yes there are several steamy scenes in this book, but the author has a way of writing a mundane scene with two people with inedible sexual tension and chemistry that makes you feel like sex just happened when all they really did is talk. And bake bread. Hotdog. This book gets five stars from me because I didn't want to put it down! Can't wait for the next one.(less)
I really liked this one, even though I sometimes had a little trouble remembering who was who, especially after putting the book down for a day. And a...moreI really liked this one, even though I sometimes had a little trouble remembering who was who, especially after putting the book down for a day. And an old lady complaint… I wish the font size was larger, lol.(less)
Loving this series and can't wait for the next book! Independent Study didn't suffer from second book syndrome at all and even though it lagged just a...moreLoving this series and can't wait for the next book! Independent Study didn't suffer from second book syndrome at all and even though it lagged just a little in the middle, we learn a lot more about the bigger picture and it might have been even better than the first book.(less)
Corinthe has been exiled from her home in Pyralis and sent to the human world. There, under the guidance of her mentor, Miranda, she must complete sev...moreCorinthe has been exiled from her home in Pyralis and sent to the human world. There, under the guidance of her mentor, Miranda, she must complete several tasks before she can return home and be with her sisters. Her tasks involve making sure people's fate turns out as they are supposed to, including making sure they are in the right place at the right time for death. But her final task is new... she must actually kill. Problem is, she's feeling more and more human these days and she's starting to fall for her target, Lucas.
Not gonna lie, I was drawn in by the cover of this book. I was searching through NetGalley for something new and the blues and greens of this cover really drew me in. The description sounded like something I would like, so I requested it. Good job, Delacorte, for this gorgeous cover that's sure to draw readers in.
Fates really made me think about the question of choice versus fate. Do we have free will or is everything planned out for us? Sure we have choices, we make them every day, but are we really choosing or is the outcome already predetermined? These are fun things to ponder, especially if you're into Philosophy - it reminded me a lot of my PHL101 class in college. Although I spent time reflecting on this while reading, it wasn't something the author spent a lot of time on.
Like I said, Fates has a gorgeous cover, but a cover alone does not a good book make unfortunately, and I found more problems with this book than I found things to love. What stood out the most to me was the author's writing style - it seemed simplistic to me and I noticed it a lot more in the second half of the book. Also, I don't know if this was a formatting problem with my eGalley, but there didn't seem to be much of a distinction between scenes. That, combined with the fast paced nature of the book, made me feel like I was on a literary bullet train. I love fast paced novels, but it seems like the book lacked some detail that would have enriched the text.
Three stars. There were more downsides to this book for me, though ultimately I liked it enough to give it three stars. Fates might not have done it for me, but I can see a readership out there. I think fans of Aprilynne Pike's Wings series would adore Fates. If you're a fantasy or mythology fan, this one's for you.(less)
I spent most of the novel quite enthralled with the storyline. Twins Violet and Luke live in a huge, old mansion in a small town. Their parents are of...moreI spent most of the novel quite enthralled with the storyline. Twins Violet and Luke live in a huge, old mansion in a small town. Their parents are off painting who knows what in Europe. so they're left to their own devices for the summer. Violet is reading outside one day when River West, a complete stranger, shows up to rent her guesthouse. But soon things in town start getting strange; children claiming to have seen the devil, brandishing sticks in a cemetery; a man slits his throat and commits suicide right in the middle of town; a little girl goes missing... something's going very wrong and even though Violet thinks River has something to do with it, she's too in love to care.
Right, so how can you not be drawn in by a plot like that? River was admittedly swoon-worthy when he's first introduced in the novel and even though it was obvious something was up with River, like Violet I just didn't care. Their romance is front and center at the beginning of the book, and while it was insta-love, it wasn't the kind so many readers roll their eyes at. Instead, their insta-love was an integral part of the plot because it was River who made it happen.
But soon it's not just Violet that's affected by River, it's practically the whole town and that's when I snapped out of my dreamy "I love this book because of the love!" and realized something was seriously wrong with River. The difficult part, however, was figuring out what was wrong with River. River is liar and it's hard to know when he's telling the truth. So it was a bit of a relief when one of this relatives showed up to clear things up. Meanwhile, people were dying and children were acting crazy.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a definite page turner. If it wasn't one thing then it was another that kept me turning the pages. Mixed in is a mystery surrounding Vi's deceased grandmother and their family history. And if you thought all I've mentioned so far sounds crazy, just you wait until the climax of the novel! I can't even... I was so concerned when I finished the book, I had to rush and find out if there was a planned sequel, and thank goodness there is.
Four stars! If you love creepy book, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a must read! It ended in such a fashion, I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel... in summer 2014. *gulp* What a long wait. (less)
I'll admit it up front, I've never read anything by A.S. King before, so I didn't really know what to except out of Reality Boy, except that its descr...moreI'll admit it up front, I've never read anything by A.S. King before, so I didn't really know what to except out of Reality Boy, except that its description on NetGalley really drew me in. I didn't get anything close to what I excepted though - I thought I was going to get a fluffy comedy piece about a kid who used to be on television and is now struggling with the after effects. I expected maybe a three star book filled with humor, instead I got a hard-hitting, honest book, filled with realistic, raw emotion... a five star read hands down and you should pick up a copy today.
Gerald was five when a camera crew came into his home to film some episodes for Network Nanny (think Super Nanny). Soon Gerald was known across the country as "The Crapper," the kid who crapped on the kitchen table, his sister's bed, and his parents' shoes. But now Gerald is seventeen and the world still knows him as "The Crapper." Gerald has anger issues and he desperately wants to escape his public persona, but how?
I immediately realized Reality Boy wasn't going to be fluffy at all, but that turned out to be for the best because what I did get was a book I couldn't put down. I was sucked into the story right away, which alternated between Gerald's present time and scenes from episodes. The stories unravel simultaneously and it becomes apparent quickly that Gerald isn't crapping on tables for a simple "behavior" problem. Instead, there are deeper family issues at work. But evidently deeper family issues don't sell interesting television, because for the entire book "Nanny"did not pay attention to what young Gerald or his siblings were trying to tell her. Instead, the shows were scripted and scenes were filmed repeatedly. The story the public saw was fake, so is it any wonder they thought Gerald was just some dumb kid who crapped on his family's things.
But I really and truly felt bad for Gerald for the emotional abuse his sister and mother put him though. As the novel continues both Gerald and the reader learn about what really happened and I was appalled at his mother. I don't want to spoil it, but I don't understand how any mother can act in the way she did and then try to get pity for herself. I certainly didn't give her any.
There's also a love connection in Reality Boy and while it was a significant part of the novel, it wasn't a love-y dove-y romance at all. In fact, Gerald's anger coach and told him repeated to not get involved with girls because eventually they would just do things that angered him. But when Gerald met Hannah and they started to fall for each other, I knew he had no choice but to give love a chance. Their relationship added a real balance to the story line and helped keep Gerald grounded. They had their cute romance moments, but it was clear that each of them needed the other for a little bit of saving.
And how incredibly poignant at this day in age, when "reality" television dominates the airwaves, the more dramatic the better for ratings, but who really thinks about what it does to people? How about the young children on these shows, what will their lives be like when they're teenagers? I was thinking about the Gosselin children the most as a I read this book - America was fascinated with their family and then there was all kinds of fallout regarding both of their parents. How will they grow up? Only time will tell, but maybe we should be using Reality Boy as a warning.
Oh, what a bummer. I absolutely loved The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, and I thought Magisterium was pretty good, too, so when I saw The Darkest Pa...moreOh, what a bummer. I absolutely loved The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, and I thought Magisterium was pretty good, too, so when I saw The Darkest Path on NetGalley I was like, "Hell yeah I want to read that!" I feel kind of deflated now and this review will probably be short because I hate writing bad reviews.
There's a civil war going on in the United States, or what's left of it anyway, and Callum and his younger brother are in the Glorious Path - a militant religious group slowly taking over the country. But Cal wants out, so he and his brother set out with a dog named Bear. His brother returns to the Glorious Path, but Cal continues on... battles, trouble, and convienient help ensue.
The Darkest Path is a boy book. Now before you get all up in arms about gender-izing books, let me tell you I'm the last person to believe in "boy books" and "girl books." Books are books if you like them, great, and if you don't, I don't think your gender has much to do with it. But as I read The Darkest Path, all I could think was that it was a boy book and it's hard to say why specifically. Perhaps it was the violence or the crummy romance story, but I've enjoyed plenty of other books filled with violence (Quarantine, for example) or crummy romances (hello, Twilight was my first book love).
Let me get off of that topic though and give you some real reasons The Darkest Path didn't do it for me. The plot didn't hold my attention - that's number one. I kept putting the book down and picking it up days later. Number two - it was a bit confusing. Every time I picked the book back up, I had to remind myself which side was which and who was winning. And thirdly, the romance. As I mentioned before, it was pretty crummy and didn't do much for me, which is fine I guess because the romance was the main point of the story.
On the positive side, I do think the book has a serious and important political message. But I hate talking about politics in public places, so it's up to you to read and figure that one out for yourself.
Augh, I just don't know, but this one gets only two stars, unfortunately. But if you're a dude, pick this up and give it a try. Maybe I should make my husband read it and tell me what he thinks... (less)
as soon as I put Burn for Burn down, I picked up Fire with Fire and started reading. Thankfully, the story picked up right where Burn for Burn left of...moreas soon as I put Burn for Burn down, I picked up Fire with Fire and started reading. Thankfully, the story picked up right where Burn for Burn left off and I was immediately plummeted back into the story. I'm going to do my best here to not give away the dramatic ending from Burn for Burn, but be warned this review definitely contain spoilers from Burn for Burn.
So after said dramatic ending, the girls start to question their plans for revenge. Have they gone too far? Well, they must not have been too concerned with this since they continue on, focusing more on revenge for Mary, who was taunted by Reeve in middle school. They come up with the perfect plan for Mary's revenge - since Reeve is in Lillia's group of friends, Lillia will reel him in and trap him in a fake romance, then dump him in front of everyone so he can experience at least some of the heartbreak that he made Mary feel a few years ago.
Sounds foolproof, right? Ha! Things start going wrong all over the place and over the five hundred plus pages, Lillia struggles to capture Reeve's romantic attention and when she does have it they fight frequently. Will Mary get the revenge she's been dreaming of? That's all I'm going to say except you really should pick up this series.
Speaking of Mary, at the end of the first book I wasn't sure whether or not there was something paranormal going on with her, but there definitely is and I was surprised to see it happen, but at the same time the book still didn't feel paranormal to me. It felt just as realistic as the first book. Mary's powers grow stronger as the book goes on and she's trying to figure out exactly what they are, why she has them, all while dealing with family issues like her increasingly unhinged auth and completely absent parents. The ending of the book brings a HUGE revelation about Mary. I was completely and utterly shocked - did not see that one coming and that one moment at the end of book two makes the whole entire thing worth it (not that it wasn't worth it before, bur you know that I mean!)
Four stars! The book would have gotten five, and it should with that ending, but the book was so long and dragged a little in the middle. Nevertheless, I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait to read the next book, Ashes to Ashes, when it comes out next year. Such a long wait...
Why, oh why, did I wait so long to read this book? I had heard great things about it, purchased it, and yet there it sat on my shelf for nearly a year...moreWhy, oh why, did I wait so long to read this book? I had heard great things about it, purchased it, and yet there it sat on my shelf for nearly a year before I picked it up. Well, I'm so glad I did because Burn for Burn was a fantastic book and the start of a really wonderful series.
Burn for Burn is told from the point of view of three different girls. Lillia and Kat used to be friends in middle school, but drifted apart in high school thanks to their "friend" Rennie. The third point of view is from Mary, a girl who has switched schools for the school year. What's fantastic about these alternating points of view is they're diverse - each girl has a different personality and is coming from a different place. I think Mary's point of view was the most interesting to me because she's the outsider and has such a traumatizing past, but what I really loved was that despite their differences, Lillia and Kat both took Mary under their wings and befriended her. The three girls are a motley crew, but they have each other's backs. Love it!
I'm not going to lie, despite the great reviews I had read about this book, I was afraid that Burn for Burn would be a stereotypical novel about high school girls bullying other high school girls. Far from it, there wasn't much about this book that was stereotypical at all, starting off with Lillia, who was Asian. I can't remember the last time I read a YA novel with a prominent Asian character and it was refreshing. Also, much to my relief, Burn for Burn went far beyond the reaches of high school bullying. We learn a lot about Mary's backstory, for instance, which is centered around her being bullied in middle school, but when the three girls come together, they aren't out to bully back... they're out for revenge. And so begins their quest to ruin the lives of those who have hurt them the most.
There was one strange part to Burn for Burn though... it read like a contemporary novel straight through the end, but hinted very slightly at the paranormal. When the book ended I still wasn't sure whether or not it was 100% contemporary. I really think it could go either way and while I really wouldn't classify Burn for Burn as a horror novel in the least, fans of Carrie will love it, as will contemporary fans who enjoy the occasional book about difficult topics or strong friendships. Five stars!(less)