This was so damn good. I didn't expect to love this so much. I loved Austin, how good of a dude he was. He made mistakes, said and did some shitty thiThis was so damn good. I didn't expect to love this so much. I loved Austin, how good of a dude he was. He made mistakes, said and did some shitty things, but he learned and grew. Marisa was the bom.com for real. She was so sweet and snarky and complex. She isn't a caricature of someone with depression, and she grows as well.
Damn this book got dark. Depression is a heavy and complex thing, and I think Michelle Smith handled it beautifully. I almost cried multiple times while reading this on my phone. Multiple. I haven't been that torn up about a book in months.
The ships were excellent, and the LGBTQ+ couple weren't caricatures either.
Just GAH. This book is beautiful and fluffy and poignant and wonderful and even if you're like me and don't like sports, READ IT. ...more
I inhale read this so fast. I started reading before I went to bed, then finished the entire thing on my 4 hour commute to class this morning. It wasI inhale read this so fast. I started reading before I went to bed, then finished the entire thing on my 4 hour commute to class this morning. It was so fucking good, I can't even. Ollie and Moritz's voices are so distinct and clear, and I fell in love with both of them. Their friendship is so beautiful, and I loved watching it progress. I particularly loved Moritz, he just resonated with me. I loved their interactions with each other and those physically around them. The more I read, the more I just wanted to get these boys in the same room somehow, just to hug it out and give each other comfort in person. Ugh, just read it please. And if the sequel is actually happening, I can't freaking wait....more
Goddamn, this was good. It was beyond all of my expectations, which were super high. As a Sherlock Holmes retelling, it was superb. I am a SherlockianGoddamn, this was good. It was beyond all of my expectations, which were super high. As a Sherlock Holmes retelling, it was superb. I am a Sherlockian, after all. Casually so, but still a Sherlockian all the same. I love anything to do with the good detective and Dr. Watson, have since I was a child. On a side note, I do find it hilarious that there are so many retellings right now, especially in YA, and Doyle did not even like his own creation. So much respect and love is given to the original stories and is shown in the retellings/adaptations, and Doyle did not give an ounce of a shit.
Anyway, this was brilliant. We've never seen a female Holmes before. Female Watson, yes, even female Moriarty. Not a female Holmes, though. Charlotte was wonderful, and her relationship with her Watson was beautiful. They were so like their ancestors, yet completely their own people. I loved how much they cared for each other, and yes, I ship it a bit. If I could have a whole novel in Charlotte's head, I would be in bliss. I also loved the hell out of Lena, and am dubiously interested in Milo, because let's be real, he's this story's Mycroft Holmes, and that character needs more exploration.
The mystery was interesting as hell, and the resolution delicious. I want to see more of a certain clan, as well as a member of that clan, because reasons that are spoilers, darling. I could not figure out whodunit, but when it was revealed, the clues became abundantly clear. I love when a good mystery does that.
Also, this book is just compulsively readable. I got it in the mail 3 days ago, and could not stop reading it once I picked it up on a whim yesterday. That shows the power of a good novel, when it pulls you in so much that you ignore everything else you're reading just to devour it. Kudos, Ms. Cavallaro, your writing is impeccable. And damn, Jaime was interesting to read, perspective-wise.
Holy shit. Look, I know this is a glorified romance novel with EXTREMELY wonky and poorly written sci-fi. I see all of the problems this book is riddlHoly shit. Look, I know this is a glorified romance novel with EXTREMELY wonky and poorly written sci-fi. I see all of the problems this book is riddled with, from the easy deterioration of various long held relationships to other things, but honestly, I still love it. I loved the writing, the story kept me extremely engaged (almost pulled an all nighter last night and almost finished the damned thing before work) and dammit, I adored the romance. Holy fuck, the romance is awesome. Slow burn, and the payoff was excellent. I cannot wait for the sequel!...more
This was really freaking good. Another one I basically finished in a day. Beth and Jennifer were a delight, their banter was so good, and their friendThis was really freaking good. Another one I basically finished in a day. Beth and Jennifer were a delight, their banter was so good, and their friendship the stuff of legends. I liked Lincoln much less. I hated how long it took for him to grow a spine, and I just did not enjoy him as much....more
THIS BOOK. I CANNOT BELIEVE THE WAY IT ENDED. GODDAMIT I HOPE PAIGE AND WARDEN............ PLEASE Samantha Shannon, please, you know what you are doinTHIS BOOK. I CANNOT BELIEVE THE WAY IT ENDED. GODDAMIT I HOPE PAIGE AND WARDEN............ PLEASE Samantha Shannon, please, you know what you are doing, and I hope to god you give them a HEA somehow.
This book is brilliant. You have to get through a hell of an info-dump, but it is so so so worth it. This book is simply brilliant....more
EDIT: The book is now out here in the US, but I am not getting a Nook copy, and certainly not another physical copy. BUT! There is an audiobook, whichEDIT: The book is now out here in the US, but I am not getting a Nook copy, and certainly not another physical copy. BUT! There is an audiobook, which I am going to POUNCE on like a tiger! Gah I can't wait!
WARNING: THERE WILL BE A LARGE AMOUNT OF CURSING IN THIS REVIEW. IF YOU DO NOT APPROVE OR LIKE CURSING, PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW, OR IGNORE THE WORDS. THANK YOU.
Oh. My. God. This book is fucking amazing. I'm sorry, but that's how I feel. language included. This book is fucking amazing, and I am so sorry it doesn't come out here in the US until next year. Thank God for buying stuff from out of the country, otherwise I'd have never read this gorgeous mindfuck of a book for a long time. So in a way, I have to thank Goodreads or messing up the release dates on this book's page, thanks GR!
So this book is insane, in the best possible sense of the word. It takes you on so many journeys, so many places and will mess with your mind. You'll think the story is going in one direction, then all of a sudden you read what's happen next, and you gasp aloud (true story! Happened a few times today). I LOVED this book! LOVE IT! I loved this tale of dystopian England, of Jenna and her struggles, her refusal to give up, and her entire journey. Admittedly, the world building was kind of shoddy, with large holes. For example, just how in the hell did this in-fucking-sane government exactly come into power? Why is England the IRB? There was little explanation, backstory or any true kind of fleshing out the world other than the parts given. And yet, I still love this world! ACID scared the shit out of me, and I felt just how terrifying it was to live in this world, to be living under ACID's control. I rooted the entire time for Jenna, and all of the twists and turns we encountered took my breath away. Except for one: The Romance. Yep, there's a romance in this book. I totally called it the minute I met him in the story, and I called how the arc of the romance played out. I knew from the minute Jenna and the love interest met up. It was pretty much instalove, because I felt their love came from out of nowhere, with Jenna all of a sudden regretting not kissing him during a particularly brutal scene (that's all I'll reveal). I mean I rooted for them as a couple, but hot damn, I would have loved some actual development of their mutual feelings.
Now lets talk about the girl on the cover, our main character Jenna Strong. Holy shit, Jenna is a bad ass chick. She is made of amazing, and I loved rooting for her the entire time I read this book. From chapter one, where she kicks major ass (from chapter one! That's fantastic!). She takes no crap, holds no prisoners, refuses to give up on what she wants or thinks is right, and I love her for it. I felt so bad for her every time a heartbreaking event or reveal occurred, and I just wanted to hug her. Despite Jenna's tough exterior, everything that happened to Jenna affected her deeply, and you could tell from reading her inner monologue. I just, I feel for this girl, and I just wanted her to be happy and safe and kick major ass. Yes, she made some questionable decisions, but I still love and root for her. It's going to be hard to talk about the supporting cast, because they are many, and going into any of them will bring spoilers into the mix, and I do not want to do that. Know that every single supporting character brought all the emotions out of me. ALL OF THEM! Every single one had depth and personality, although the head of ACID was a tad cardboard-ish. I will say I liked the love interest, despite disliking how predictable his and Jenna's love are. I love him and I loved his sweet yet determined personality, and his predictable yet understandable reaction to certain turn of events. God I loved everyone in this book.
Emma Freaking Pass you guys. She is a boss author. She took me through an emotional mindfuck y'all. These twists and turns for the most part, were legitimate twists and turns. I gasped aloud in public numerous times, and my eyes went wide. Her words are incredible and I loved this story that she's created. I loved it so much that I can not wait until her next book. She definitely needed to work on the world building, but I think I've found a new addition to my favorite authors list.
Side note: This book is well put together! The book is split into many parts, with articles, reports/transcripts, letters and various other things peppered throughout the novel, revealing the story apart from reading just Jenna's perspective. Brilliant!
All in all, I ADORE this book, and feel it was well worth what I paid for it. I don't regret buying it at all, and wish it came out here sooner so more people could read this incredible story. ...more
There are so few words for this book, it will be hard to review it. I just loved this book so goddamn much, words are hard to come by. Emma Trevayne oThere are so few words for this book, it will be hard to review it. I just loved this book so goddamn much, words are hard to come by. Emma Trevayne on the other hand, seems to have them in spades, and spins them so beautifully, weaving a gorgeous tale of music, power, and all kinds of love.
This story is simply amazing. I can truly say that in the huge wave of dystopians that are currently out there, Coda stands out amongst the rest as a truly unique entity. NEVER have I ever seen a dystopia where music is the way the “evil” government controls the population. What an idea, to use music against us. I should say this now: Music is a HUGE part of my life. HUGE. I wrote my college essay about it even. I go nowhere without my headphones, have millions of songs, tons of cd’s, and it’s still never enough. Music enthralls me, soothes me, pumps me up, and engages me. To think that my beloved music could ever be used against me like this, well, that’s truly fucking frightening. This story is incredible, in its scope, and in its scary way of what it does, showing just how powerful music can be. I loved every minute of this book, to the point where I would sneak chapters in car rides, before bed, during work (On my breaks, don’t worry), anywhere I could, just to see what happened to Anthem and his crew next. I wanted to know if they took down the government, I gasped at every single twist, which rarely happens nowadays, and I was hooked, just like Anthem, on the music. I could hear the songs in my head, playing along with the words. This tale has dug deep, showing us what would happen if music became a drug, killing us while we enjoyed it. The story was tightly plotted, and my heart raced with every page turn.
Anthem, you poor poor boy. You have lost so much, gone through so much pain. I just wanted to hug this boy the entire novel. He knew what was going on, and was helpless at the same time. Aware of his addiction, Anthem wanted to protect his twin siblings at all costs. I loved that his primary motivation for trying to take down the government was is family, so they would never have to track (the term for listening to encoded music in this world). He made very few poor decisions, including some with Haven, but I rooted for him the entire time, wanting him to succeed at all costs. You poor boy. Haven was a fantastic love interest. No love triangles, instalove or instalust here my friends. The book starts out with Anthem and Haven already in love, but holding back from truly being together. Haven’s past is a mystery that unravels as the novel goes on, and when you find out, it’s shocking. I loved her as a character. She is so sweet and so caring, you want her to be happy, and to be happy with Anthem. All the shit she went through, especially in the end, dayum. Her and Anthem’s story is kind of like Uptown Girl, in the sense that Haven comes from a higher lot in the caste system in this world, yet she chooses her own pat in life, shunning her wealthy lifestyle. The chemistry she and Anthem shared sizzled off the page. I LOVE them as a couple, love them. Another character is Scope. I LOVE that Trevayne made him and Anthem exes, giving this book a subtle LGBTQ theme (Aside: I LOVE that there’s no big stink about it, Anthem’s just bi, has a history with one of his closest male friends, and that’s it. It wasn’t even hyped up as a special part of the book, it’s just there. Bravo!). Oh goddamn, Scope damn well broke my heart. I won’t spoil it, but fuck, his arc broke my heart y’all, broke. I loved that there was some lingering chemistry between him and Anthem, and you could tell he would do anything for him. All the characters were fleshed out so well, from Pixel to Tango, President Z, and everyone in between. I loved the dynamic between the band, it was bitchy, and yet you could tell they cared for each other, what they believed in.
Oh. My. God. Emma fucking Trevayne. She is fucking talented y’all. She made Coda like an incredibly long song, one that I will never forget the words to. She built her world incredibly well, I could envision every aspect of in my head. She created a story so amazing, I don’t know if the sequel will top it. I do know that she practically shits talent, and that I will read anything she writes.
I know that yesterday I said I was pushing Island of the Sequined Love Nun on you all, but please, please please please please, PLEASE. Please, read this book. It will change you for the better. It will carve out a place in your heart, and you will sing the words to yourself. I know I do.
WARNING: If you are uncomfortable with excessive language, namely the word fuck being used a lot, don’t read this.
God I love this book. It has officially become a comfort book. I just recently listened to it while on vacation, and it felt good to hear these wordsGod I love this book. It has officially become a comfort book. I just recently listened to it while on vacation, and it felt good to hear these words again. This story is beautiful. It has fantastic characters, a well developed world, villains you love to hate, and amazing character growth. It doesn't hurt that the romance is awesome. A best friends romance, gotta love it. While I don't get all of the 80's trivia references, you don't necessarily need to. I will always love this book, always.
I also love that Wil Wheaton narrates the book. He's perfect as Wade. I could listen to him read the phonebook. What makes it funny, is the metaness where Wil reads the part where he is name checked. That will always crack me up, always. If you get a chance, read this book. It is a love letter to nerds, geeks, fandom, and the 80's....more
This book turned out amazing, especially for a book written by a music video director. I mean holy crap it was fantastical. If you've seen my goodreads updates then you know how much this book captured my attention I loved the riff on celebrityism, how people obsess over said celebrities and how the celebrities live. That analogy plus a great mystery and a swoon-worthy romance made this book one of the best I've read this year. The story was excellent, and kept me sucked in the entire time. It came to the point where I was compulsively reading, using any opportunity I could to read more pages. I mean holy shit, this book is so freaking good. The pacing was excellent, and the story itself moved perfectly. Each moment made me smile or shocked or swoon. And holy crap those twists shocked the hell out of me. At one point I was in a car with my parents and a friend when I read a huge plot twist. My gasp of shock was so loud my friend and my mom asked me if I was ok. Yes, I was that shocked. Although when I went back in my mind to various parts of the book prior to said twist, it all made such sense. This book is so good I am ITCHING for the next one.
Maddy was an excellent heroine. She was so awesome, I can't find any other word for her. She is just so strong and resilient, although a bit broody sometimes. I was rooting for her the entire time, as well as for her and Jackson to be together. Speaking of Jackson, oh man is he sexy. He is smoking hot and also a great character. Both he and Maddy got excellent development, and I admired him so much sometimes. Although I did get angry at him for caring so much what people thought sometimes. I mean honestly. But he was an excellent hero, and I was also rooting for him to stick it to his stepfather and the Council. I also loved Gwen and Kevin and all of the side characters, even the villains. Everyone was interesting in some capacity, making the book even better. I especially adored Maddy's relationship with her Uncle Kevin. There was so much love between them, it made me smile.
Like I said, for a music video director/media person, Scott Speer delivered an excellent debut. His writing style was excellent and fast paced. He knows his way around a character arc and created such a rich alternate world that I wanted to swim in it for a while. I can not wait to see what he comes up with next. And I can not wait for the sequel, because the way Mr. Speer ended the novel, he has set up something amazing....more
This book is amazing! Very well written, fantastic characters, and an amazing romance. I wanted to hit certain characters, but I'll let you read to fiThis book is amazing! Very well written, fantastic characters, and an amazing romance. I wanted to hit certain characters, but I'll let you read to find out who. Amazing book....more
Wow, this book really pulls at your heartstrings and emotions. This is for sure one of the most beautiful books I have ever read in my life.I can't even fully describe how this book makes me feel. It's such an emotional roller coaster. The story itself was wonderful. I loved reading this journey that the characters go on. You root for them and want so badly for them to succeed. That ending definitely threw me for a loop.
Nick is a great leading character. He has his moments, but he is so real and flawed and just a fully realized and developed character. You feel his pain, feel his anger, everything. Then there's Jaycee. I loved her character. She's sarcastic, witty, funny, but also vulnerable and sweet. I connected with her immediately. Plus we share an odd sense of style :).She comes off as the cool, collected and sort of mysterious girl with all the answers. But like I said, she's also vulnerable and sweet, genuinely caring about Scooter and Nick. Scooter was also great. I loved him and was so so sad about him. Plus his role at the ending was a pretty cool twist. The other characters, such as Nick's brother, didn't have much development, save for Nick's Dad.
Wow, just wow. For a debut novel, it feels like Ms. Polisner has been around forever. She weaves the characters together beautifully, tackles the tougher subjects with tenderness and grace, and is just a really good writer. She describes things with such beauty. I can't wait so see what she comes up with next....more
Holy crap, this book is amazing! I can't believe how good it is. I mean I fell in love when I first saw the premise, but oh my god, this book is fantastical in the highest degree! Pure action and romance and just oh my... This story was just so freaking good I can't even. To be honest though, the religion aspect played a bigger role than I expected, but it worked, and it didn't really bother me too much. I loved this story, Mia's journey from the beginning to end had me hooked instantly. I loved the idea of people with Spark, the two warring groups fascinated me, especially the Seekers. Mia's dramas fueled the story and kept me interested. Also there was a twist that I guessed about, but I was still shocked with it nonetheless. I mean this book is GOOD. If you are bothered by lots of religion mentions, this book might not be for you.
Mia was an EXCELLENT character. I could feel how damaged she was, how broken she was. I felt so much for her. I just wanted her to be happy, and cheered for her and Jeremy. Her character, with the lightning addiction and her family issues, all culminated into excellent development. Plus she had some excellent lines :) Now about Jeremy. A good chunk of the time he bothered me with his stalker behavior, but in the end he won me over with how much he cared about Mia, and his sweetness once the stalkerness melted away. I felt for him as well, his pain and his issues. They made him flawed and sexy. I also liked Katrina, despite all of her flaws. She was interesting and funny, also determined and kickass. Others like Mr. Kale, Mia's brother, and every side character had something interesting about them, a hidden history discovered while reading. But the villain, Prophet, scared the shit out of me. I mean holy crap, he literally sent chills down my spine, that's how scary he is. O.O
Kudos to Ms. Bosworth, she wrote an amazing book. Her writing style kept me hooked and yelling on this wild ride. She build up her world so well, created such interesting characters with great dialogue. I can't even describe how fantastic she is. Ms. Bosworth, you have my respect :) Can't wait for book two :)...more
This was a wonderful book. I loved its pacing, and the story in general was pretty cool. It wasn't super-amazing, but still great. I loved this book even more when Deuce and Fade were up Topside. That's where the story really took off. I loved every moment, addicted to the next page.
Deuce reminded me a bit of Katniss from The Hunger Games, in a good way. Fade was sexy as hell, also well developed. ...more
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Oh my, I love this book so freaking much! I adore it in a way that can't be explained. I'm honestly shocked that I read it as quickly as I did. I loved the gripping, fast paced way about this book. It was addictive and hooking! The romance was beautiful and sweet, making your heart flutter and longing for one of your own. I do admit one thing that docked some points, the time travel aspect. I don't know, the time travel aspect was a bit confusing most of the time. At some points, I couldn't tell what time Jackson, the main protagonist is in. For being a major aspect of the novel, and eventual trilogy, I thought it should have been simplistic or at least better developed/explained. Other than that, I love this book!
Jackson is one of the only male protagonists that I've read in YA. I loved his snarky attitude, his loyalty to those he loved, his complexity, and his all around sexiness. *Sigh* Oh Jackson. The best thing is if here were somehow real, we're the same age so it wouldn't be weird! I know, I'm a very odd person, and damn proud of it! Adam was also very swoon-worthy, snarky in his own right, caring and sweet, smart as hell. He'd be my awesome genius boy! Holly was wonderful. She stood on her own, wasn't one-note and had real development. I feel like we'd be friends in real life.
I loved Julie Cross' writing style. She knows what she's talking about (time travel aside) She hooks you in from page one on. I loved the way the book was formatted too, made it feel like I was there. :)
Pick this up when it comes out in January! I will definitely be buying the next book when it comes out, which will probably be a long time from now :(...more