I received a digital galley of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Harlequin Publishing
First of all, I must comment of the originality of this book...moreI received a digital galley of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Harlequin Publishing
First of all, I must comment of the originality of this book. For me, that is one of it's biggest selling points. I don't come across a lot of YA paranormal fiction set in Japan. Furthermore, the mythology involved in the story is one I have yet to encounter. So, obviously, this story was very refreshing.
I'm a big fan of Japanese culture. I love the aesthetics of their homes and landscapes. So, it was really pleases to have the book set there and to learn some new words, expressions and cultural behaviors.
I thoroughly enjoyed both Katie and Tomohiro. I thought they had great chemistry and I loved the back and forth between them in the beginning. I thought the storyline of this novel was wonderful. Good character dilemmas, a very interesting form of paranormalcy. I loved the visuals of the drawings and the idea of Kami.
All in all, I thought this book was terrific. I will definitely be looking out for more in the series and I will also be recommending this book to friends.(less)
A digital copy of this novel was given to me through Netgalley on behalf of All Night Reads
Not my favorite from the contemporary genre. Honestly, on t...moreA digital copy of this novel was given to me through Netgalley on behalf of All Night Reads
Not my favorite from the contemporary genre. Honestly, on the heels of books like Easy and Pushing the Limits, It's been hard for me to find a contemporary that comes together as seamlessly as those two. I thought Touching Melody put up a pretty good fight though. I enjoyed many of the elements to this story.
(view spoiler)[I loved that Melody's parents weren't just these helpless victims in the end. That would have been too typical. I liked that the dimensions to the plot weren't glaringly obvious...you thought they were, but the end took you for a bit of a twist. (hide spoiler)]
I thought that the characters were done well for the most part. On occasion, I felt like Maddie was a bit too passive. I thought some of her reactions didn't always fit with the way her character behaved throughout the book. And I though Evan, Kyle's cousin, was a little too villainous. Like he kinda morphed from a jerk to an arch villain a little too quickly.
Another thing I had minor issues with was the relationship between Kyle and Maddie. I wish it would have focused a little stronger on intimacy than always going strait to the physical part. The romance just felt a little too forced to me.
Overall, for a YA contemporary, it was okay. Would I read it again? Possibly. Would I buy it? Only if it was very cheap. This one just didn't have the wow factor for me, not in the characters or the story. But for the single read, it held my interest and good for what it was.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** First of all, a big THANK YOU to Netgalley and Harlequin UK publishers. I'm so grateful for the chance to read this early. For those...more**spoiler alert** First of all, a big THANK YOU to Netgalley and Harlequin UK publishers. I'm so grateful for the chance to read this early. For those who don't get to...it is worth the wait.
I want to give massive props to Katie McGarry-who knows how to write a book! I loved Pushing the limits. It was deep and emotional and real and in your face and just perfect. I can't say enough good things about it. I loved every single character. There was nothing useless in the story. Every person and every action worked towards making the book fuller and better. I loved book two, but Pushing the limits still remains the best, in my humble opinion. But enough about Noah and Echo...were here to talk about my girl: Beth!
First of all...I know we all assumed that Beth and Isaiah would get together and live dis-functionally ever after. But, alas, twas not the case. I was really surprised to start the book from the perspective of this RYAN person. I was like...wait a sec...there's a typo...you spelled Isaiah wrong. Come on people, let's get it together. Later I will have read a Q&A with the author where she addresses this and it makes perfect sense why Beth and Isaiah wouldn't work together, but at the time I was rather put out. But I gave Ryan a chance and guess what? It's IMPOSSIBLE not to like him! He's the good 'ol boy. The one next door. He's like this Hot teddy bear or something...I dunno. But, he works with Beth. And about that...
I LOVED seeing into Beth's life. I love her. I don't know how Katie does it, but her characters are so real to me that it's like I'm right there and I wanna be Beth's friend and hang out with Ryan and the boys. Beth is such an interesting character to me because of her imperfection. She so real and you can identify with her even if you don't share her particular struggles. You get it. You get her.
The story unfolded so beautifully and it was so humorous. I found myself laughing so hard several times. Just the idea of hard core Beth with a baseball jock. Priceless. I definitely think this book was funnier than the first, but it was also less intense. I really can't express how great these books are. They are just great. And I cannot wait for Isaiah's story. I think I'm more excited for book three than I am about the others. I really want Isaiah's happily ever after. And we get a little sneak peak at the end of book two. HELLO Fast and the Furious. We've got drag racing and hot cars. Oh, and Rachel who has four scary brothers...I cannot wait for them to meet Isaiah. Oh man, it is gonna be so much fun. Thank you Katie for not making us wait forever for the next book.(less)
I'm not rating this because I didn't finish. I will probably come back to it in the future. What I read of it was really intriguing and I think it wil...moreI'm not rating this because I didn't finish. I will probably come back to it in the future. What I read of it was really intriguing and I think it will be a good series.(less)
I received a digital ARC of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Rapunzel Untangled was a fun and exciting twist to the classic tale...moreI received a digital ARC of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Rapunzel Untangled was a fun and exciting twist to the classic tale. Set in the present time, with a lot more technology and a lot less magic and sword fighting, this novel tells the story of Rapunzel in a whole new light.
Rapunzel is locked in a tower. Every day she does the same things. She eats, she braids her fifteen foot long mass of hair, she does her schoolwork and then at night, she brushes her hair before bed. Her life is not exciting, but it's the only life she knows; so she doesn't question it.
That is until she discovers Facebook one day while in the middle of an internet search. Facebook opens her eyes up to a whole new world and one thing that she has always craved: friendship. She quickly discovers Fane, a boy who goes to the local high school. As Fane and Rapunzel begin to develop both friendship and...other feelings, they begin to explore Rapunzel's life and search for the truth about the rumors that surround her home. What they find is some frightening truths about who Rapunzel is and the reasons for her forced lifestyle. Together she and Fane must find a way to free Rapunzel from her tower and save her from a horrifying fate.
This novel was fun, heartwarming, funny, creative and exciting. Cindy Bennett has truly crafted a wonderful modern retelling of Rapunzel. I usually expect these modern re-tellings to feel silly and even cheesy, but I truly didn't feel that way about this novel. I was able to take it seriously, which speaks highly of Bennett's ability to weave a believable and relevant fantasy novel. I was very taken with this book and I would put it on par with the works of authors like Alex Flinn. (less)
I received a digital ARC of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Harlequin Enterprises Australia
Hooked is the story about Fred, a Native American gi...moreI received a digital ARC of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Harlequin Enterprises Australia
Hooked is the story about Fred, a Native American girl living in a place that is largely populated by wealthy white people. When she is asked to play on the boy's golf team, it sparks changes in her life. Fred now struggles with unwanted attention and derision from her peers. On the team she is paired up with Ryan; a white boy from a wealthy family whose best friend was kicked off the team to make way for Fred. But, even though Ryan tries to dislike her, he finds that he wants to be around her more and more. As their relationship changes and tempers among Ryan's friends come to a boiling point, Ryan and Fred must figure out not only what they want, but who they are. And who they are together. Fred must stand strong and be proud of who she is and where she comes from, while Ryan struggles with the morality of his actions and choices. But in the end, they'll both get a wake up call that may be just what it takes for them to realize what things in life are most important.
Told from both the perspectives of Ryan and Fred, Hooked takes you on a journey of self discovery, courage and love.(less)
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley on behalf of Cedar Fort Publishing
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem was a wonderfully imagined re-telli...moreI received a copy of this book from Netgalley on behalf of Cedar Fort Publishing
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem was a wonderfully imagined re-telling of the classic fairy tale Snow White.
What I loved best about this book was the narration. I thought it was very interesting that the story was told from the POV of the mirror. And I also love that the plot did not stick totally and completely to the traditional story. There were many things that were different and they only added to make the novel more fun. I thought Melissa Lemon created wonderful characters and great twists to the story.
I will say that the book didn't blow me away. It was on the lighter side of things. Even though the Queen did terrible things, those things were glanced over and not really brought to the forefront of the story. I think, for me personally, I would have enjoyed a little bit of a heavier, darker feel to the whole book. But, it was by no means bad. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would definitely recommend it to others. (less)
I received a copy of this book through Netgalley on behalf of NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC.
Alternity was an exciting and intriguing story. Skye Br...moreI received a copy of this book through Netgalley on behalf of NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC.
Alternity was an exciting and intriguing story. Skye Brown is just your average NYU student. She goes to school, hangs out at clubs with her DJ boyfriend and goes to work as a beta tester for RPG games. Her life is everything she could wish for.
Then come the nightmares; vivid dreams of another place called Terra, another life, one where she doesn't know who she is. In these dreams, people call her Mariah and seem to be in awe of her. And there's Dawn. He's handsome and fierce, but he also believes she is Mariah. He also belives Mariah is a traitor.
When Skye enters Terra, and truths begin unravelling, she quickly realizes that the life she thought she had may not be true and this new world she has woken up in will take her further down the rabbit hole than she could have ever imagined. Along with a band of rebel called the Eclipsers, Skye and Dawn fight to bring the truth about her life to light and bring down their corrupt leaders.
This book was a wonderfully imagined post-apocalyptic thrill ride. It kept you reading, guessing and dying to find out the truth. (less)
I was given a copy of this book from netgalley on behalf of Curiosity Quills Press and author A.K. Morgen.
I am terribly sorry to say that I did not en...moreI was given a copy of this book from netgalley on behalf of Curiosity Quills Press and author A.K. Morgen.
I am terribly sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book. In truth, I didn't finish this book. I don't think I even made it to the half way point. Because I have two kids and reading time is precious, I have become extremely severe and picky when it comes to what I read. And I must say that no matter how wonderful and ending a book might come to have, there is just no possible way I will love a book when I despise the first half of it. This is sadly where I found myself with Fade. Now, I'm not opposed to authors trying a new twist on an old favorite. I love werewolves and vampires, I will never tire of the paranormal genre so long as it is done well. This book just didn't seem to do it for me. It was difficult to even read as much as I did because I was honestly kind of bored. I felt that there was no originality to the story. All the things that should have been mysterious in order to induce your interest, were obvious and the characters fell a little flat for me. I also wasn't a huge fan of the primal instincts that our MCs were experiencing, such as urges to 'do it right here against this tree' type stuff. Honestly the author lost me from the get go with Arionna. I just couldn't get with her. I have a hard time connecting to a novel if the main character completely eludes me, thus was the case with Fade.
I hate to give these kind of reviews, especially when I didn't finish the book. SO, keep that in mind. My review is more of a partial one. But needless to say I just wasn't swept of my feet by this story. (less)
I received an arc of this book from Netgalley on behalf of Harlequin.
First of all, I didn't finish the Iron Knight. I know, I know. Please refrain fro...moreI received an arc of this book from Netgalley on behalf of Harlequin.
First of all, I didn't finish the Iron Knight. I know, I know. Please refrain from throwing things at my head! When I finally got around to starting The Iron Knight, I was just in a funk. So I got to the river and that was about it. I had a friend tell me the rest. Now, had I known that J.K. was planning on this spin off, it might have spurred me on to finish The Iron Knight. But, I didn't know about The Lost Prince and when I saw the title on Netgalley, I was a bit dumbfounded. BUT SO EXCITED! I was thrilled that she chose to write a series for Ethan. And I loved the character she made him become.
Now, because I didn't read all of the Iron Knight, there were things in this book that completely knocked me on my bum. Like Keirran, for instance. Didn't see that one coming. I did, however realize who the forgotten were based on my friends description of the ghostly fey that you encounter in the Iron Knight.
All in all this was a very strong book. Definitely strong enough to be a part of the Iron Fey series. SO, if you asked yourself, 'will Julie Kagawa be able to pull this off?' The answer is most definitely YES!
This book was wonderful in that it combined new and old characters. Those who love the Iron Fey can enjoy appearances by all your favorites, including the Iron Queen, Ash, Puck and Grimalkin. And it was great to see them all again. We also get to meet some new characters, which makes the book that much better.
The story was wonderful. There was lots of excitement, romantic tension and sword fights.
I enjoyed Ethan's narration so much. He's very funny and snarky, but he can be so sweet and at the core he's really a wonderful guy. His and Mackenzie's relationship was really cute and paced well. It was interesting to pick up with him as a young man when we hadn't seen him for so long. And of course you barely recognize him as the little boy whose sister rescued him from the Nevernever. But his journey is a great one and we get to see him grow and strengthen and learn a lot about himself along the way.
This is a great start up to this Iron Fey spin off. It was strong and a joy to read and it sets up for a wonderful new series. I would definitely recommend it and I'll be waiting impatiently for The Traitor Son.(less)