...Gah! I loved this book so much! (*Hugs book*) I loved the new take on the Persephone myth as well as the other hints at mythology that intersperse...Gah! I loved this book so much! (*Hugs book*) I loved the new take on the Persephone myth as well as the other hints at mythology that intersperse the plot and I think Brodi Ashton did a fantastic job reconceptualizing that. There are lots of other YA mythological retellings on the market right now, but this one did it right. Not only that, but the writing is beautiful. Before Nikki was taken to Everneath, she was a typical high school girl, but now her life is infinitely more complicated and though it's not necessarily a happy story, it's gorgeously written and told.
Besides the awesome plot, I loved the characters. I felt they were all well-rounded, even the secondary characters, although I would have liked to have learned more about Nikki's best friend Jules. The one thing that really struck me was what happened to Nikki's mom. It was a sad event, yet I found myself wondering about it. I don't want to give too much away, but I felt like there was a point where Nikki could have made a decision and as a result would have been able to see her mother again, and I'm not sure why that didn't occur to her.
The themes of the novel went deep and the story is really about how decisions made in the moment can really affect your future in ways you never anticipated. And it's true! A lot of young adults don't realize the decisions they make on a daily basis can really affect their futures. We all need to slow down and think a little more, but when Nikki didn't do that and it created this wonderful story, I can't fault her for it.
Have a I mentioned I loved this book?
Five stars! This is definitely one of my most favorite books of the year so far and I'm eagerly awaiting next January for the release of its sequel, Everbound. If you haven't read Everneath yet, it's really time you get around to it, you won't be disappointed.
If you know me, you know I don't generally enjoy fantasy novels but I had to give this one a try because the cover just drew me in. I mean look at thaIf you know me, you know I don't generally enjoy fantasy novels but I had to give this one a try because the cover just drew me in. I mean look at that, it's just gorgeous. Thankfully, it wasn't just a gorgeous cover; it was a fantastic plot that drew me in from page one. I read the Prologue the other night right before my husband and I were about to go out, I was actually whining that I wanted to keep reading - I knew it was going to be a fantastic novel.
The world building Carey does in this novel is fantastic. Even though I generally wouldn't want to travel to the year 1192 (I love indoor plumbing much too much to ever leave it) I would love to visit the world Tess lives in. To have a magical forest in practically my backyard and to be able to see fey and dragons there would be just amazing.
Speaking of dragons, I think they were my favorite part of the whole novel. They were really personified dragons and I loved their human emotions and attributes. I'm sure if this were real life instead of a novel, you would be able to see their emotions in their eyes. They were so huge, but also very tender. I can't recall ever reading a novel with dragons before, but if there are more out there with dragons like this I would gladly give it a go again.
Four stars! I really loved this novel from page one, but by the last seventy or so pages I was ready to move on. It's a great standalone novel and fantasy lovers of any age are sure to love it even more than I did.
Warning - this is a gush worthy book and my review will probably reflect that.
Hadley is four minutes late to catch her flight to London for her fatherWarning - this is a gush worthy book and my review will probably reflect that.
Hadley is four minutes late to catch her flight to London for her father's wedding. Because of that, she has to catch the next flight and ends up meeting Oliver, who is on the same flight. You can pretty much tell from the title of the book what happens after that.
How much did I love this book? I picked it up from the library just this very afternoon and I'm already done with it. Unfortunately, I had to put it down to eat dinner with my husband, but cumulatively it only took me two hours to read. And I loved every second of that two hours. I wish it lasted longer, but the book was perfect as is.
The romance itself was swoon-worthy and innocent. Yes, Hadley and Oliver fell in love instantaneously, but it wasn't forced and over the top like in some YA paranormal romance books. Instead, their contemporary romance was adorable and sweet and certainly not too fast. I loved the concept that the book took place over twenty-four hours. Yes, they were in love at the end of the book, but those twenty-four hours seemed like a lot longer considering everything they went though.
Despite the short amount of time we have with the characters, I still felt like they were well-round real people. They're both dealing with real and raw family issues and Hadley has a panic disorder. As someone who suffers from panic attacks myself, I really related to this aspect of Hadley's character. I know exactly what she was going through and that made this book really great for me.
If you loved Anna and the French Kiss, I think you'll also love The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. It was just adorable and I loved every second. I will definitely be looking into some of the author's other works.
I loved this book! Let me start out by saying that it's not just a fluffy contemporary novel, The List really has some depth and the character developI loved this book! Let me start out by saying that it's not just a fluffy contemporary novel, The List really has some depth and the character development is amazing. We really get to know each of the eight girls in the 332 pages of the book; they were all unique and reacted to their placement on the list differently. I think it's great that Siobhan Vivian was able to come up with eight unique personalities and let the reader get to know them all equally - it's a feat I couldn't accomplish! Anyway, you would think the "ugly" girls would get all depressed and the "pretty" girls would be ecstatic, but that really wasn't the way it worked out and that took this book to the next level; from stereotypical fluff to realistic contemporary.
The character that stuck out to me the most was Sarah. For some reason I kept picturing her like Janice Ian from Mean Girls but more hardcore. (And no, I'm not going to compare the novel to Mean Girls because it's nothing like Mean Girls.) I understand why she acted the way she did, strangely enough I really do, but I do think that hints at the need for therapy. Perhaps all eight girls could benefit from a dose of therapy. The fact that the list existed at all is unfortunate.
Five stars! This is a really unique YA contemporary standalone that is not at all too fluffy. I think The List would make for a great book club book, I could see a lot of discussion occurring based on the different girls' reactions. This book is a must read!
As with The Confession, I really enjoyed the "Englisher" side of the story, but I was really intrigued as Katherine started taking on more Amish waysAs with The Confession, I really enjoyed the "Englisher" side of the story, but I was really intrigued as Katherine started taking on more Amish ways of life and introducing them to her friends and staff. I thought the volunteer work she did was fantastic and I loved the way she started a quilting group and even invited some Amish neighbors to join in.
The characters were great in this book, though I did think it had a few too many subplots. I was happy to see Katherine's friend Mary finally get married but other than that, I didn't care about any of the other character's plots.
All in all, I thought this was a good conclusion to the series, though The Confession remains my favorite book of all three. What I wanted to have happen didn't, but I think the ending was a good compromise for the entire series. I should also add that this is probably my favorite series I've read so far by Beverly Lewis.
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.
I really wanted to read this book because it seemed like it would be a great adult fae bookI won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.
I really wanted to read this book because it seemed like it would be a great adult fae book as an alternative to all the YA far books. The book started out good and I liked the way it presented. A lot of times in YA you have your heroine who is very excited to be a part of this new fae world, usually she has some sort of gift to provide the far and she loves their world and when the book ends there is a happy ending. It seemed to me this would be the adult book that follows that - what happens to that heroine when she reaches adulthood and doesn't want to be apart of that world anymore, she wants to be normal, which is exactly was McKenzie wants. She's about to "retire" from the far world, taking her shadow reading talents with her, and return to a normal life. But before she can do that she's sucked into one last epic battle.
But after I started reading this book I kept putting it down and finding excuses to not pick it up again. It just didn't hold my interest. There was a lot of dramatics and I couldn't keep all the far names/phrases straight. I thought I would be able to give this book four stars after the first couple chapters, but now it's getting two from me.
I think maybe there is a niche audience out there who would really love this book, though. So don't be put off just because I didn't like it....more
Kate and Vincent are so in love, but they still have to come to terms with the fact that Kate is human and Vincent is a revenant. Vincent thinks he caKate and Vincent are so in love, but they still have to come to terms with the fact that Kate is human and Vincent is a revenant. Vincent thinks he can resist the urge to die so they can age together and whats more, he thinks he has a solution to solve just that problem. But that solution leaves him increasingly weakened and that worries Kate and their friends.
I loved that Until I Die brought us right back to the world of the revenants in beautiful France and that it started out with a very lavish party. I really did miss this series while I was waiting to get my hands on this book. Vincent and Kate face a pretty typical YA paranormal problem in this installment - they want to be together but they know they can't be together forever. Oh, and the revenants have some enemies that are getting closer and closer. Until I Die was fast paced like Die for Me, but I did feel there were couple points in the middle of the novel that moved too slow or lacked action.
That is, until the end of the novel! Holy plot twist, Batman! I totally didn't see that coming! It was really two plot twists, I think, because the very ending of the book threw me for a loop as well. We'll have to see how it wraps up in the third book, If I Should Die, due out May 7th.
Four stars! I really enjoyed getting back into this world Amy Plum has created and even though I felt some parts lacked or lagged, the surprise ending absolutely made up for it plus some. If you haven't started this unique series about revenants yet, you should definitely give it a look if you love paranormals. ...more
I can't decide how I feel about Jillian Michaels - sometimes I love her, sometimes I hate her. I had this book, Unlimited, on my wishlist when it firsI can't decide how I feel about Jillian Michaels - sometimes I love her, sometimes I hate her. I had this book, Unlimited, on my wishlist when it first came out, then took it off. Then when I found it at Borders 90% off, I thought, what the hell, I'll give it a go.
What I didn't like about the book was how casually written it was, as if Jillian were speaking to a group of friends. Her casual tone didn't give much authority to what she said and most of what she said seemed to be pulled out of her ass, without much fact or study backing it up.
She did have a few good pieces of advice though, so I don't feel like I completely wasted my time on it....more
Once again Jackson Pearce does a wonderful job taking a classic fairy tale and turning into a modern story with a quick, tense plot. After reading SisOnce again Jackson Pearce does a wonderful job taking a classic fairy tale and turning into a modern story with a quick, tense plot. After reading Sisters Red earlier this week I was excited to see how she would spin the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel and to see her take on witches. Sadly for me, the book didn't contain much in the way of witches after the first few chapters.
Still, it was a great story that contained a lot of the details of the classic tale, particularly a house that looks like it's made of candy. Oh the candy! There were so many delicious sounding treats in the book, I probably gained five pounds just reading it. Chocolate covered Oreos and potato chips come to mind...
Sorry, got distracted by the yummy. Anyway, Sweetly was a great retelling, just like its predecessor and I recommend. I took a course in college about fairy tales, so retellings always interest me and I'll be on the lookout if Jackson Pearce comes out with another one....more
Sisters Red is a retelling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood - but it's so different from the classic story you heard as a child. Rosie and ScarlSisters Red is a retelling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood - but it's so different from the classic story you heard as a child. Rosie and Scarlett are sisters. When they were very young, their grandmother was attacked and killed by a werewolf; the attack left Scarlett with horrible scars and minus one eye. Since then, the sisters have been out with their friend Silas, baiting werewolves with their good looks and bright red capes, and then killing them to save the lives of other innocent girls. When the wolves all meet in Atlanta to find a new wolf, they follow hoping for massive slaughter.
What I liked about this book was that it screams girl power, but I think it would also appeal to boys because of the the violent werewolf aspect. There was some definite blood and guts in this book. I also loved how loyal Rosie and Scarlett were to each other, straight through to the end of the book. If I had a sister, I think that's what sisterhood would be all about. Finally, aside from all the wolf-butt-kicking-girl power, I also really enjoyed the softer side of the book, that is the budding romance between Rosie and Silas. It was so innocent and cute, and really balanced out the rest of the book.
I was really drawn into this book. It had that little something special that I can't describe that good books have. But what I can put into words is tI was really drawn into this book. It had that little something special that I can't describe that good books have. But what I can put into words is this: the characters were great, from Savannah and Tristan right through to Savannah's father and her mother and grandmother. They were all unique with different perspectives. The plot was super: who doesn't love a little forbidden romance? I thought the way Tristan found a way for them to spend time together away from the watchful eye of the vampire community was cute and romantic.
I really loved Savannah - her character was definitely realistic, aside from her supernatural abilities. She was a high-school girl who just wanted to fit in, had some great friends who missed her when she started hanging out with her new boyfriend; she had extracurricular actives, the whole she-bang. She was just a lovable, well-rounded character and I'm looking forward to see how she deals with her new life plot-twist in the next book in the series.
Now, I know every book gets compared to Twilight these days, but I really think if you loved the Twilight series, you're also going to love Craved. Check it out! Harlequin Teen has another hit on their hands.
This book was so powerful and there were so many things to like about. First of all, it's very realistic. The emotions all three of the main characterThis book was so powerful and there were so many things to like about. First of all, it's very realistic. The emotions all three of the main characters feel on their road trip is realistic, as is their dialogue- they sound like real teenagers. The book deals with a heavy topic, but it also has humorous moments that made me giggle out loud. And of course there was the developing relationship between Harper and Jake to like. They had a real sexual tension that definitely kept me clicking through the pages late last night.
Harper, Jake, and Laney take several detours during their trip, which really added to the plot. They stopped at everything from "Fridgehenge" (it's exactly what you think it is) to an anti-war protest, to a hardcore concert complete with mosh pit.
Music played a huge rule in this book, which I liked since so many teenagers look to music as a life source. It was nice to see Jake not just like whatever was playing on the radio, he had a very definitive kind of music he liked and related to. When I was in high school I knew a guy just like that. There are even some "soundtracks" listed at the end of the book so you can look it up for yourself, which I thought was great. ...more