I honestly didn’t know if this book was YA or Adult but by the publisher, I was guessing adult. I was a bit thrown oReview posted at Step Into Fiction
I honestly didn’t know if this book was YA or Adult but by the publisher, I was guessing adult. I was a bit thrown off when we started the story and our main character is six years old. Then by the end of that chapter, she’s ten. Then in the next chapter, she’s fifteen. It was weird pacing of how she aged but I understand why this was necessary. You wanted to get her history without telling us; the author wanted to show us and for that, I’m grateful.
The pacing was a bit slow for the majority of the book but in this case, I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all. Not all books have to be so fast paced that you’re at the last chapter before you even realize it. It was satisfying and I was able to savor the details of this story a bit more. However, the last third of the book was impossible to put down. My vision was becoming blurry at that point and I didn’t care; I had to finish.
Daleina has been through a lot in her young life but her attitude and her presence is astonishing. She’s pleasant, fierce, strong, determined (especially so), loving, intelligent and realistic. She knows what she can do it and she accepts what she can’t. But sometimes, your weaknesses can become your strengths and I really wish she realized this more in the story.
Ven was interesting. I liked him a lot but there were times, when it involved Queen Fara, that I really thought he was stupid. Obviously, he was thinking with the wrong brain in those situations and he’s lucky it didn’t get him killed. He’s a fantastic teacher and really, a fantastic friend.
Healer Hamon was adorable. I was wondering, when he was introduced, what his role would be in this journey and I’m so glad he became a big part of it. He’s passionate, in both his job as a healer and those he cares about. He’s confident in his abilities. He’s loyal and he’s outspoken.
I was trying to think of why it’s an adult book, because the romance isn’t a major factor and when there are scenes, they kind of fade to black and the reader uses their imaginations on what went down. But then, scene after scene after scene, there’s blood and violence and destruction. This book is very violent. And the violence, in a lot of cases, is pretty detailed that you can clearly see it in your mind.
I can’t wait to see what the next book brings!
Thank you so much to Harper Collins for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
***I had this review written back in September when I read the book but I never posted it due to my lack of interest in blogging. I only blogged when I had scheduled obligations (ie: blog tours). I'm currently playing catch up from my really bad year in 2016...*** ...more
I wasn't sure I would like this book because of it being based around Rumpelstiltskin; I'veReview posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
I wasn't sure I would like this book because of it being based around Rumpelstiltskin; I've never been a fan of him or his story. However, I gave this book a shot anyway because of how much I loved the first book, The Shadow Queen. I'm glad I gave it a try because this book was so enjoyable.
I had a hard time in the beginning; I don't like reading from the villains point of view. Give me dual pov's of the two main characters and consider me a happy reader. Add the villain in the mix and I just get annoyed. While I wanted to skip Teague's chapters, I'm glad I didn't. He actually became fascinating the more I read but of course, because I'm a sucker for romance, really all I wanted to see was the growth of Sebastian and Arianna's relationship. Well, that's a lie; it's not ALL I wanted. I loved the story and I felt as hopeless as the characters. I was having a really hard time seeing how there could possibly be a somewhat happy ending to this story. Just when you think they have the upper hand they come across a roadblock. So many times, I felt gutted.
I feel like I really like all the characters in this story except for Sebastian's parents. His father is a . . . well, what I want to call him really isn't appropriate but he's the worst. I think I hate him more than Teague and he's our villain - so use your imagination on words I'd use to describe this man. I loathe his mom for being so weak. I know, that might make me sound like such a shitty person but she just stood by and let her children suffer. It was more than suffering. How can anyone just stand by and see this happen? I just don't get it.
Do you know who else I felt sorry for? Arianna's twin brother, Thad (which, by the way, I LOVE this name). We've all been desperate enough to wish for something so badly that we'd give up just about anything. That's what he did. He sacrificed himself and he's due to pay a terrible price for one thing. Love, it makes you do crazy, desperate things and this young man did just that. I admire him so so soooo much.
This is a retelling I don't think you'll want to miss. The world building is fantastic, the story is enticing and the characters are addicting and realistic. And did I mention, there's a short bit with certain characters from the first book?! It's from afar but they're there!
Thank you so much to Harper Collins for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
Listen, I can't really talk much about this book because there are spoilers that would ruin it. I would love to talkReview posted at Step Into Fiction
Listen, I can't really talk much about this book because there are spoilers that would ruin it. I would love to talk about the spoilers, don't get me wrong, because I'm internally screaming but I'm not that person. I won't ruin the experience for you. Just come find me when you're done and we can freak out together.
That being said, I want to say this . . . we may have had to wait over a year and a half for this book but it was one hundred percent worth the wait. It is actually up there with Endless Knight as my favorite book so far.
What I can say is that while Arcana Rising does focus a lot on the romance aspect of the story (no complaints here), I do feel like there is a lot more action and a lot more game playing. Alliances are tightened, new arcana are met (ones you'll recognize from Day Zero, if you've read that) and new enemies are introduced. At this rate, it is one alliance versus another; I feel like I know the stronger one but only time will tell. I really enjoyed seeing a lot more things regarding the actual game come together. I loved seeing characters from Day Zero appear and even ones we haven't seen in awhile, too. The one that plays a pretty big part in the beginning and then end was probably my favorite. I absolutely loved him in Day Zero and was super excited to see him again here. And yes, I said him so that does narrow it down who I might be talking about...
Far warning, my friends, the ending of this book is insane and brutal and downright cruel. It's not as much of a cliffhanger as it is a ARE YOU SERIOUS?! moment. My mind is still reeling and I immediately started discussing things with my friend whose already read the book.
I will also say, for the the hype behind Evie's grandmother . . . I'm not sure I'm really a fan. This is not a negative thing toward Kresley, it's the character itself. I just don't think she's very likeable.
Thank you so much to Kresley Cole for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. <3...more
I meant to read this book earlier but I've been on a fantasy kick so I kept putting it off because I didn't want toReview posted at Step Into Fiction
I meant to read this book earlier but I've been on a fantasy kick so I kept putting it off because I didn't want to read contemporary but the other day, I finally felt I needed a break from fantasy and what book do I go for? This one. I'm so glad I did. I read it in less than a day and I really enjoyed it. Like . . . a lot.
I don't like Tristan. I'm starting off there with my review. I don't like him. I liked him once and that was when we saw a flashback of their first date and he was all sorts of cute then. That is the only time I ever liked him in this book. He's not the type I'd ever be attracted to (except I would notice how good looking he was but that doesn't mean anything except he's eye candy). He's kind of a jerk.
Then there's Owen, her best friend and all around great guy. I legit fell instantly for him. He's the guy I would be attracted to. He's got a personality, he's got the loyalty, he's got the heart - he's everything Tristan isn't.
I'm going to be honest, I wasn't sure if by a week of Mondays we were talking school day Mondays or a literal week so I was expecting a school week because, well, she's in school but that's not the case. It's a full week of the same day over and over and over again . . . until she finally gets it right. You'll know what's right way before she does but she finally does it's like a cheer erupts inside of you. IT'S ABOUT TIME.
I like Ellie. She's funny, she's intelligent, she's loyal and she's real. Or, she is most of the time. She has her hiccups along the way but we can't hold that against her.
I was wondering how this was going to be done. I was afraid I'd get bored reliving each day over and over again but they're so different that it doesn't always feel like a repeat. I liked that and mixed in with the repeat days we have flashbacks of her and Tristan. From the day they officially met to their first date to the Sunday before this book started. The big fight they had (the only fight they had).
This book was cute and refreshing and very enjoyable. If you're looking for something light and fun, this is definitely something you should consider.
My only negative thing about this book and most YA contemporaries is the end is too abrupt. I would like to be able to enjoy the HEA for a bit more than a few paragraphs. Let us enjoy what we've been waiting the whole book for. I have said it before with contemporary and I'll say it again, this is why I steer away . . . too many times we never get to really live and enjoy the endings because it happens to quickly.
Thank you so much to Macmillan for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I read this in less than 24 hours. I find I do this with certain contemporaries. Which makes me thing maybe I shouldReview posted at Step Into Fiction
I read this in less than 24 hours. I find I do this with certain contemporaries. Which makes me thing maybe I should read more of them but there aren't a whole lot that interest me. Which is why I stick with Fantasy because nine times out of ten, I will walk away loving that book. The chances for a contemporary are much, much lower. But not for this book. What hooked me in to reading this was when a friend said if I love Kasie West, I will love this. SOLD. Kasie West is one of the few YA contemporary authors who I will read, no questions asked. You could just hand me a book by her with no description or way of finding out what it's about and I wouldn't care. So to compare an author and her writing style to hers, stand back - I'm about to get my read on.
This book was cute and it was emotional. I will admit, I cried, quite a bit. It might seem weird but I connected, a lot, with Abby. The frustrations and the feelings she was feeling when Zeke wouldn't open up to her or shut her down, I went through the same things with my first boyfriend. I was a teenager and I was super shy (something she wasn't) but it made me feel so little and so unimportant that her feelings were identical to what I felt. That connection, that knowing made it feel like I was truly feeling them all over again. It was insane but I loved it. It made everything more real for me.
As someone who isn't a fan of baseball but used to be and used to play, it was fantastic. Now, I've never been in a family or around a family that is this obsessed with baseball (if anything, we're more a football family) but I can understand. I've known people who eat, breathe and live just one thing and it gets overwhelming and too much. To have your entire family and their lives based solely around baseball and specifically, one team, it's a lot. To be different and want something different has got to be harder than most people can imagine but Abby's doing it. She's found something she loves and that she's passionate about and she's going after it. Mad respect to her for that. Most people don't have the drive and determination that she has and especially for as young as she is.
Zeke is dreamy. He's the type of guy most people would have a crush on, whether you're in to jocks or not. He doesn't seem like one that's easy to trust but then you just play that off to him just being a jock because that's how jocks are, right? There's stereotypes for reason, aren't there? But he's surprising, good and bad, nearly every page you turn. There was literally a chapter where I was so happy with him and where things were going and literally, sentences later, I wanted to throttle him. It's like that song, two steps forward and one step back. That's his dance. That's how he is. You think you're progressing only to be take a step back time and time again.
Everything about this story was fantastic until the end. It was too abrupt. It was too much like what I hate in some books. It's probably one of my biggest pet peeves in reading and I'm grateful it hasn't happened in awhile but it made me so mad. I'm being honest and that is what made it lose an entire star, for me. That ending. I hated it. It felt unfinished to me.
Did it ruin the whole thing for me? No. But it definitely disappointed me. I knew, by the percentage at the bottom of my kindle, that it was getting close but I thought I had at least one more chapter to go.
Thank you so much to Harper Collins for allowing me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review....more
I've been trying to write a review for this book since I put it down. I can't. I'm trying but the words fail me. ThiReview posted at Step Into Fiction
I've been trying to write a review for this book since I put it down. I can't. I'm trying but the words fail me. This book was everything I didn't know I needed in a book. I wasn't sure what to expect but I just knew I had to read it because of Hannah from The Irish Banana Review kept gushing about it.
I know I instantly felt attracted (though, that's not the word I'm really looking for) to Rio and her storyline. She was instantly likeable and maybe it's because she was introduced first or maybe because of her personality - I really couldn't tell you but I craved her chapters over Rainy or Frangie. I also loved the romance mixed in to her storyline (y'all know I'm a sucker for romance).
I'm a big fan of Code Name Verity so, as the description says, this should be something I'd enjoy. I loved this more than that book.
It's a big book; I'm not going to lie but by the time you get to the end, you wish it wasn't over already. I'm actually terribly sadden I have to wait for more. This is far outside my box of books I normally read but every once in awhile, stepping outside that box is always nice and refreshing. You never know what gems you might find. I found one with this book. Maybe I should step outside my box more often . . .
Maybe I'll trying writing a more detailed review but I don't think I'd be successful. This might just have to do it for me.
Buy this book. Rent it from the library. Borrow it from a friend. I don't care. Just read it (and please, no illegal downloads - that's just rude)....more
I would've loved this book so much more had it not been for this love triangle. There was no need for a love triangle. Kashmir isFull review to come.
I would've loved this book so much more had it not been for this love triangle. There was no need for a love triangle. Kashmir is perfect, as a person and for Nix. I've never hated a love triangle like I do in this book. I can't even explain how it made me feel but it wasn't good. I'm hoping beyond all hope that it's not really a love triangle BUT I can't be sure and that scares me.
Listen. This was never originally on my radar until a few of my fellow YADCers were raving about it and basically told us all we had to read it. I caved and I read this. Mind you, one of these girls is Andye from Reading Teen. We don't see eye-to-eye on a lot of books so I was still hesitant. But I did it anyway. I can't say I loved this book but I didn't hate it either. I did hate the love triangle. It was unnecessary and it really makes me hate Blake, the second guy introduced because my love for Kashmir is out of this world. I didn't feel like we needed this interference and I still don't. It makes me nervous because the pattern I've seen in YA is most times our main character will end up with the second guy. It's so common that it terrifies me. It made me not enjoy this book as much as I think I could've.
I've never had a love triangle bother me like this before. I don't think I've ever latched on to a character as quickly as I had Kash, which might be why my hatred is so strong. It scares me. I rarely feel any physical sickness from reading a book but I felt it, in the pit of my stomach and I never want to feel that again.
If we put the awful love triangle aside, I can tell you how much I did enjoy this book. I was confused, at first, because I don't think it's really explained all that well how they can basically time travel and it left me scratching my head, wondering if I missed something. I didn't. It just comes throughout the book, the explanation of how this really works. I was confused but invested enough that I wanted to know more.
I enjoyed Nix a lot (and I freaking love her name). She's spunky, has a dazzling personality and is pretty independent. Her relationship with her dad is pretty strained in the beginning of the book but it grows and changes in ways I never expected throughout the story. Her shipmates are diverse (as is she) and a hoot to read about. The chemistry they all have together is perfection.
So, as I said, I hated the love triangle and I hated Blake BUT I didn't, at the same time. As a character, as an individual, I liked him a lot. He was a great character, I just wish he had his sights on someone other than Nix. He's a gentleman, through and through and I love reading about the behaviors of gentleman (and ladies) from this time period (we're mostly in the late 1800's for most the book).
Kash. My darling, beautiful, stealthy, sexy, bubbly, intelligent, sexy . . . oh wait, I said that already? Anyway, My sweet, Kashmir, how I love thee so. This guy is everything. His personality shines through the pages. His skills tears through the words. What I wouldn't have given to had this book in his perspective.
Would I recommend this book? Yes. But again, I would research this. I went in without reading much about this (as I do with most of my books) and just looking at the description again, there's no hint of a love triangle. I'm hoping there actually isn't one BUT who knows. Once you read the book, you might understand the previous sentence a bit more by something that was said by Nix later in the book. Just go in to this book with an open mind regarding the romance (which, to be honest, there wasn't a whole lot physical romance...ie: kissing).
Thank you so much to Harper Collins for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. ...more
If you have NOT read Forever My Girl, My Everything, My Unexpected Forever, Finding My ForReview posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
If you have NOT read Forever My Girl, My Everything, My Unexpected Forever, Finding My Forever & Finding My Way please read with caution. There may be some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
I have fallen in love with these characters and I have envied the relationships they have. I'm not talking romantically (though they are amazing and what every girl truly dreams of) but I'm talking about the friendships. They are a family, not just a group of friends and to have a bond like that would be something truly special. I've said it in reviews regarding this series in the past and I stand firm about it. I'm jealous of their family. I want to be a part of that family. To feel as welcome and loved as all of them to do - it's truly something else.
This is a book that even though it's an ending to this series, it's kind of like a new beginning, too. Josie and Liam are truly getting a second chance at experiencing everything from the beginning. He may have missed everything with Josie and especially with Noah but things are changing. There's a lot of baggage that they still need to deal with and that's the main struggle you'll see in this book. Josie, as much as I loved her, I wanted to ring her neck. And it's hypocritical of me because I would probably behaving in the same way but seriously, this man loves you more than he loves anything in the world. You have to see that. Everyone else does.
This book is filled with surprises though. A character who I, along with many of the characters in this book, have hated for some time now show us their true selves and you can't help but feel pity for them. And you can help but respect them even though that's not something you ever expected to feel regarding them. What can I say...people surprise you when you least expect it.
This series shows the potential for the series regarding the children. I have been chomping at the bits just waiting for the next series to come from Beaumont. We've gotten the love stories of all these amazing characters and soon it will be the children's turn. And it's going to be amazing - I just know it. A few things were hinted at in this book and let me tell you, if it happens, I may be the happiest person alive. I'm just so excited thinking about what's to come. So damn excited.
This series has been very emotional from the first chapter of the first book to the very last page. You will feel every emotion imaginable and most times, you will feel it more than once while reading not just this book, but every book before it. These characters are real - I swear it . . . I just have yet to meet them. Until I do, I'm envious of them. Heidi McLaughlin has delivered yet another spectacular and memorable book. One you don't want to miss....more
This book was really good but I expected it. I haven't really come across many books of Jen's that I haven't liked (Review posted at Step Into Fiction
This book was really good but I expected it. I haven't really come across many books of Jen's that I haven't liked (with the exception of Every Last Breath). And maybe because I've read and loved so many of her books that my expectations are higher but I was expecting more. When I started, I thought for sure it would've been an emotional roller coaster; I was certain I was cry. I didn't. It wasn't what I was hoping it to be. Is it fair for me to judge the book based off the tears (or lack thereof) that it produces? I don't know but I can't give it all the stars because it didn't give me all the feels....more
So, I'm putting this book down for now. Granted, I didn't read much but none of the writing was really pulling me in. I had no desire to pick this booSo, I'm putting this book down for now. Granted, I didn't read much but none of the writing was really pulling me in. I had no desire to pick this book back up so I don't see myself getting back to it any time soon. I may try again but who knows when that'll be......more
Listen, I am kind of obsessed with Kasie West. She and Katie McGarry are my only two automatically read, no matter what, YA contemporary writers. I will drop whatever I’m doing or reading just to read their books. That is coming from one who rarely enjoys or craves contemporary stories.
That being said, I can’t say this was Kasie West’s best work. On the Fence happens to my favorite (besides Pivot Point but that’s not contemp so we’ll ignore that). I don’t even care that this wasn’t my favorite or as good as I’ve read from her, I still enjoyed the hell out of it. Something about her writing, her character’s appeal, her story telling that I’m in love with.
This book was highly predictable. Like, I knew the outcome from the first chapter but I felt like that didn’t matter. So, you wouldn’t be surprised when she finds out who this mysterious guy because you never saw it coming but you just wonder what she’s going to do after she finds out. That’s what’s most exciting.
I may have really appreciated when the title was finally used in the book. I may have squealed because it was perfect timing, perfect placement and just absolutely necessary for that scene to really pop. It was perfection. I have never been so excited to see a title appear in a book as I had in this one.
I really enjoyed Lily’s relationship with her best friend and I also liked the family aspect brought in to the story. More Lily’s family, whose absolutely nuts in the best way possible but also the guy’s very different family aspect. It added another depth to the story that I really enjoyed.
Listen, let’s just be honest. Kasie West can do no wrong.
Thank you so much to Scholastic for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. ...more
I had one issue with it. Zero romance. I need something in my books. If there had been romance, this would've easily been a five star book. While I reI had one issue with it. Zero romance. I need something in my books. If there had been romance, this would've easily been a five star book. While I really, really enjoyed the BFF relationship between Magnolia and Astrid - I needed that romance.
Take away that detail - this book was fantastic, thrilling and extremely enjoyable. Devoured it in a day and I'm not even sorry.
Listen, if I would've done my research before reading this book I would've known there was no romance. But I didn't and I was disappointed. The romance doesn't have to be the focus of the book but I need romance in a book I read. I find myself missing something when there isn't any. Would I have read this book had I researched a little bit more? I don't know. I think so, because it sounded interesting but I would've had different expectations. But I feel a little misled, after reading what she wanted to focus on. One of them was family - I don't think there was a lot of focus on the family. Friendships, absolutely. Family? It was kind of like an afterthought. There were scenes and there were issues but it was always in the background.
I loved the relationship between Astrid and Magnolia. I always love reading a strong female friendship in books because I don't feel there are too many. There are friendships, true but not ones that are so close they're like sisters. Not everyone has friends like that and so I don't expect to read about that in every book so it is nice to see it when I do. I also really enjoyed the relationships she formed with her 'team'. Especially Rags, he was a hoot.
What I didn't like (and I wouldn't have expected anything had I known about zero romance before) was there was this focus on this guy, Hart, and there were times when you thought maybe it would turn in to something else and then once you got to a certain point, you realized how pointless he was, as a character. It was really weird and confusing. What was the point of him? I don't know.
The story. The idea behind the story. Brilliant. I devoured it. The idea of riding mechanical horses is fascinating. The fact that Astrid is riding a different horse from everyone else. A horse who has emotions and feelings and basically, is like a real horse without, ya know, a heart and blood and stuff. It was really well done and really addicting to read.
Because of the story and because of the relationships we did have, I still enjoyed this book. Had there been a romance of some sort, I would've probably given this five stars. It just felt like it was missing something for me and I was little disappointed because of this. But I wouldn't persuade you not to read this, even if you're like me and a sucker for romances in any book you read. I'm certain you'll still enjoy it.
Thank you so much to Scholastic for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
If you have NOT read An Ember in the Ashes please read with caution. There may be some spoilers that were unavoidablReview posted at Step Into Fiction
If you have NOT read An Ember in the Ashes please read with caution. There may be some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
My friend read this before me and she told me it was good but nowhere near as good as Ember so I went in already thinking bad thoughts but you know what? I think I might have loved it more than Ember. It’s close because they’re both amazing but this one . . . it did more to me emotionally.
There is one thing vastly different from the first book or at least, it felt different. It was very dark and very depressing. A good half, if not two thirds of this book was talking about death and dying and just depressing things. It was really bringing me down which is probably why it took me so long to read this book (that and life). You can only read so much about death before you have to put it down and go do something happy.
There are things that happen in this book that I wasn’t happy about but I wasn’t also mad about either. I was indifferent but then later, I was furious. Like, I would punch a certain character right below the belt, if I was in this book (and still alive, of course). But since it’s a book and I can’t punch anyone anywhere, I’ll just give the book the middle finger instead. It makes me feel better, like maybe they saw it and knew it was directed at them.
I love Laia, I really do. When she loves, she loves fiercely. I’m still in awe of her determination and devotion to her brother. It feels, a lot in this book, that she’s fighting a losing battle.
We find out something and me, as the reader, my heart shattered. I literally felt it breaking inside of me. But then, BUT THEN a few chapters later, hope is breathed back in to us. That feeling I got when I read that chapter. It felt like weight was lifted from my chest and I could breathe again. I’m telling you, this book really made me feel things; things I don’t remember feeling in the first book.
Elisa. I love him. I’ve loved him and I will continue to love him. He’s something special. To be raised as a Mask and to have the demon mother he has – well, I’ve got nothing but love and respect for him.
Speaking of respect, Helene or the Blood Shrike, as we know her now . . . I dreaded her chapters. I almost skipped them because I never cared for her in Ember and I really didn’t care to read her chapters but I knew they’d be important to the story so I tore through those as quick as possible so I could get back to Elias or Laia chapters. Let me tell you though; I may not like her (still) but I understand her and I have so much respect for her. I like her a bit more but she’s still a character I could without. But her chapters became easier, her personality became less annoying and her story engrossed me. So kudos to the author for nearly turning me around on a character I had wished dead in Ember.
I can’t wait for more because this book was everything....more
I'm sad. I was looking forward to this one but right now, it's gong to my DNF shelf (with the intention of maybe trying it again). It's just, I'm 50 pI'm sad. I was looking forward to this one but right now, it's gong to my DNF shelf (with the intention of maybe trying it again). It's just, I'm 50 pages in and none of the characters interest me, the story doesn't interest me & honestly, the writing is just 'meh' for me. Usually by this point, at least one character, even if it's a supporting character, has grabbed my attention. Here? Not the case in the slightest. Her little sister, Mia, is probably the most interesting out of everyone.
Maybe when I pick it up again, I will let myself at least get to the first dream sequence to see how that is. I don't know. For now, I'm closing the book on this one......more
First off, this cover is simply amazing. If this doesn't catch your attention when you walk past it on aReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
First off, this cover is simply amazing. If this doesn't catch your attention when you walk past it on a bookshelf, I don't know what would, honestly. I'm dying to see a finished copy, to see if it's even more spectacular than the ARC (which is pretty awesome).
This book was so unique. Not necessarily the story but how the book was put together. There are notes in there, pictures that Madeline draws and then gmail chat conversations. I don't think I've read a book where there were so many other things besides just text since I was a kid. It kind of brought me back to that time but obviously with a more mature story. This is also what makes the book such a quick read.
The best thing, hands down, about this book is the relationship between Olly and Madeline. Everything about this and them is perfection. They are both snarky, both have their own issues they try to keep from each other and are both just great people. The attraction is fast, fierce and real. The build up of these two isn't rushed and it feels real.
The story, where Madeline is allergic to the world and basically trapped in her sterile home for the rest of her life, is great. You can't help but pity her as she's missing out on so much. Just something as fresh air that we take for granted. Always being able to look outside and see the world, free as a bird, while you never get to experience any of it. That's depressing.
While I found this book to be rather predictable, it still made for a very enjoyable read. The characters, especially Madeline and Olly, made the story what it was. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll worry and you'll get angry. In the end, you'll smile.
Thank you so much to Random House for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I was excited about this book because I love fantasy and it sounded brilliant. Sadly, it wasn't. The characters wereReview posted at Step Into Fiction
I was excited about this book because I love fantasy and it sounded brilliant. Sadly, it wasn't. The characters were fabulous and I loved them, a lot. The world was fascinating but there were holes. I feel like certain things needed more explanation and there wasn't any. It left me kind of just hanging there and scratching my head. I will read the next book because I do like the story, the characters and the struggles they're in but I just hope it's a little bit more solid than this book. ...more
I had so much faith in this book but I had so many issues with this book. I will firstly sReview posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
I had so much faith in this book but I had so many issues with this book. I will firstly say that I am not a history buff and that was always my least favorite subject in school. It bored me (now I'm older, I have more appreciation for it). My biggest issue with this book was too many points of views. Way too many. And I really only cared for a handful of the stories. I don't mind having that many characters in a story but I do mind hearing about their stories from each individual character. It was just too much. ...more
If you have NOT read The Return please read with caution. There may be some spoilers that were unavoidable. ProceedReview posted at Step Into Fiction
If you have NOT read The Return please read with caution. There may be some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
The Power definitely ramped up the sex. It ramped up a lot of things. We see personal battles, Titan battles, Daimon battles, Pures vs Half-Blood battles – all kinds of battles. Some don’t have happy endings while some make you optimistic. You’ll laugh (a lot), you’ll cry (a few times), you’ll cheer (a few times, as well) and you’ll become depressed (on more than one occasion) but one thing this book does is it certainly entertains the hell out of you. I’m just trying to decide if I liked it more than the Return or not.
Here’s what I did like. Deacon and Luke. As a couple and as individual’s – these two are my favorites. They are two I would want to be friends and really, out of all the characters, these are the two I’d really want by my side. Anything happens to either of them and my heart will be shattered in to a million pieces. JLA – don’t do it. Please. I liked the return of Alex and Aiden though I’m not the biggest fans of theirs. I wasn’t in their books and that hasn’t changed. Seth has been my guy since he was introduced. That hasn’t changed either but I like the dynamics they bring. The relationship between Josie and Seth is a rough one. Things are all over the place with them but one thing we know for sure – it doesn’t take much to get him in hard in regards to her. Damn, the amount of boners he has – I should re-read it and keep count. It’s ridiculously hilarious.
It was hard to put this book down, for the most part. Most things were predictable but it was still enjoyable. Josie has definitely grown, in more than one area, since we first met her. She’s got quite a bit more bite than she used to.
There are a few new characters introduced, including some demigods, one who a hoot and annoying as all hell at the same time. You’ll understand. Trust me.
Is there a cliffhanger? Absolutely. Is it bad? Not really. I mean, it leaves us hanging but I don’t think it’s close to being as bad as most other series books I read. It’ll make you want more, which is their purpose but it doesn’t leave you stressing too badly.
The first book wasn’t nearly as adult as this book so I do caution younger readers to reading this. There are some pretty explicit scenes, detailed, in this book.
Thank you so much to Spencer Hill Press, InkSlinger PR and Jennifer L. Armentrout for allowing the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
Amy Tintera has a new book and I might have rejoiced. Seriously loved her Reboot duology and I've been anxiously waiting for more writing from her. IAmy Tintera has a new book and I might have rejoiced. Seriously loved her Reboot duology and I've been anxiously waiting for more writing from her. I read this book in one sitting. I do not recommend being like me; starting this at 2:30 am. You will stay up until the sun comes up (7 am to be exact) to finish it. You will only pause to use the restroom and you'll be right back at it.
I wanted to put this book off since it doesn't come out until May but this is the year of me reading what I want, when I want and dammit, I read it now. I don't regret a thing.
Obviously, full review will be here in a few months . . .
Until then, add this book to your TBR especially if you love Fantasy or you love Amy Tintera. If you love both, we should be friends.
I love Amy Tintera and I believe she's going to be an author who doesn't let me down when it comes to her storytelling. This book was amazing. My friend kept raving about it so I read it months ago, just to see what all her hype was about. OMG the hype was worth it because it might just very well be my favorite book by her. Everything about it was what I needed (and I didn't even know I needed it). I need more and I need more nooooooow!...more
Lailah is badass. There's really no other way you can describe her. She absolutely blew myReview posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
Lailah is badass. There's really no other way you can describe her. She absolutely blew my mind in this book. Maybe not at first but man, by the three quarters mark, she was fierce. This is not someone you want on your bad side; trust me.
I came in to this book absolutely on team Gabriel. I left this book firmly on team Jonah. It's not that I don't like Gabriel because I do but there's just something missing with him, when it comes to Lailah. It's sad because I was really rooting for him. But he was a creep in this book. Especially for the first quarter of the book. I mean, he reminded me of Edward Cullen from Twilight and that's not a good sing (hello, Team Jacob here). Overprotective. Way overprotective. Gabe, my man, you were really starting to creep me out. Don't worry - he took a chill pill and relaxed some. But gone is the Gabriel from the first book.
But gone are all the characters from the first book. They've all grown up, matured and gotten fiercer (is that even a word? It is now).
Jonah. You were dark, mysterious and sexy in the first book but I'm not a sucker for the 'bad boys'. I'm a sucker for the good guys, boy next doors, boys you can bring home to mama - those types. So please, don't take any offense to me boarding the Jonah express a little late. You weren't my cup of tea. But man, were you everything I wanted in this book. Even when Gabe was creeping me out I was still unsure about you. It took quite a bit of convincing but by midway through, you had me - hook line and sinker. You broke my heart in this book, though. And I'm pretty sure you know when.
The story gets darker, more dangerous and more risky, as all things do. Lailah has a pretty epic moment with someone from the first book. One that is very deserving and one I had to try my hardest to not to whoop aloud for.
If you loved Lailah, there is no reason you won't love this book. If you loved Gabriel, like me, there's no reason you won't love this book and there's no reason you won't still love him (I still do). If you loved Jonah, well - brace yourselves. He's dreamy.
Thank you so much to Macmillan for allowing me the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to FFBC for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour....more
You GUYS! I don't know what I want to rate this book. I loved it. I loved the story. I certainly loved the characters. And I love the emotions it madeYou GUYS! I don't know what I want to rate this book. I loved it. I loved the story. I certainly loved the characters. And I love the emotions it made you feel. And this might be shitty of me BUT I was expecting to lose my shit a few times & bawl. I never once did. I teared up once or twice. That left me . . . disappointed. I wanted to cry. That's pretty ridiculous . . . riiiiiiight?
I am so glad I gave this book a chance. I know I repeat myself often but I rarely like YA contemp. It's not gritty enough for me but I'm starting to see that it's not the case anymore. I've come across more and more YA contemps that appeal to me. Not saying a lot, just more. This is one of them. It's a love story, which I am on board with, duh, but it's also not filled with butterflies and rainbows. It's darker, it's emotional and the entire book is one big struggle. It's what I like to read. There's no fluff but instead there's real issues with some dark backgrounds.
I wanted to give this book 5 stars so badly. And this may be me being a bit too harsh on this book but there is one reason I couldn't give it a perfect rating. Do you want to know why this is? It didn't make me cry. Sure, I teared up a few times but I was expecting and waiting for that moment (or moments, really) that would just gut me and make me loose my shit. It never came. Emotionally, this book drained me (in the best way possible, trust me) but the tears never came. I wanted to cry; I know, weird, right? But I wanted it and I never got it and it makes me so sad. It makes me want to cry for not being able to cry which is weirder to begin with.
I will say, if there is one contemporary book you should read this year, it's this one. I don't even care that it's the beginning of 2015, this is one you need to read. Also, this is coming from someone whose obsessed with fantasy and tends to cringe when contemporary is mentioned. That should show you how series I am about reading this book. I've already preordered it because I need it in hardcover. I also saw American Sniper after reading I'll Meet You There and some of Chris Kyle's reactions when he's home from war reminds me entirely of scenes with Josh from the book. So many things just brought this book more to life with seeing this movie - I don't know if it's just me.
I'm not sure which character killed me the most but both Sky and Josh were equally intriguing and difficult and down right hard to read at times. Josh, whose recently come back from the military but certainly not the same guy who left to go to war. Sure, he's still there but then you add everything he went through during his tour and it's just a mess (rightfully so). Then there's Sky, whose about to be one of the few who get out of this small town but her family life is anything but solid. Her father is dead and her mother is on the verge of another breakdown - it's enough to have her questioning whether she should put off school and stay back. Which is the last thing she needs.
There is not one negative thing about the book (me not crying is a personal thing, which is sad, but nothing against the book). It was everything I was hoping it to be and then some. Then so much more, really. The supporting characters are fantastic; their stories are unique in itself and not like anything you really read about in other YA books. Unless, of course, they're those contemps I stay away from. I can't even go in to detail about this book without wanting to talk about EVERYTHING so I'm opting for a vague review so I don't risk the urge.
All you need to know is this is a book you need to read. If it's not now, please put it on your list to read some time this year or as soon as you can. What I wouldn't give for more from these characters - alas, why I also steer away from standalone's. One book with characters I love is never enough for satisfy me.
Thank you so much to Macmillan for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I'm putting this one down for the time being. It's not that it's bad - it's just too slow for it to hold my attention this moment. I might try to comeI'm putting this one down for the time being. It's not that it's bad - it's just too slow for it to hold my attention this moment. I might try to come back to it because I do like Fletcher and I do like the concept. We shall see...
Sadly, too many books to read, not enough time....more
This book was epic. Hands down, my favorite Jodi Meadows book to date. Everything about this was what I wanted (and more). From the cover (which I canThis book was epic. Hands down, my favorite Jodi Meadows book to date. Everything about this was what I wanted (and more). From the cover (which I can't stop staring at) to each and every word.
I will say, out of all the lines in the book, I still feel like the very first line of the book is my favorite. It's powerful. It's dangerous. It's enough to stop your heart with aniticipation and even worry.
A full review will come closer to the release date but this is definitely a book you want to pick up in 2016. Read the Orphan Queen, if you haven't already because you don't want to miss this.
My only complaint is that I wish there were an epilogue. I really wish there was one.
This review is going to be short, it's going to be sweet and it's going to get to the point. There is not much I can say about this book without spoiling it so I'd rather not say much at all. I want each and every one of you to experience this book the way I did; clear minded with excitement, anticipation and most importantly, the unknown. We all know that the cliffhanger was brutal and this book dives right in where The Orphan Queen left off. The first line of this book says a lot; it's probably one of my favorite lines from the entire book.
There is so much growth in Wil in this book; we saw some of it in The Orphan Queen but the way she matures in this book is astonishing. I feel for her, I respect her and more importantly, I support her. Fictional character or not, she feels real and the feelings you have toward her, toward her goal of ruling Aecor are real; there's no denying this.
James. He's one of the my favorite people and favorite things about this book. Hell, he's one of my favorite people of this entire series. He is a true and loyal friend through and through. Another person who surprised me was the wraith boy. He's fascinating in so many ways; terrifying, as well.
This book is filled to the brim with action, tension, drama and moments that make your heart hurt. This book is everything I'd want in a fantasy book (and some aspects, more than I could've hoped for).
My only negative thing about this book is I wish there were a few more chapters or at least, if anything, an Epilogue. I really feel like it was missing that and especially with how popular epilogues are - I was disappointed the ending was so abrupt. This, out of the entire book, was my only complaint.
Thank you so much to Harper Collins for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more