Love that this will published now. Hopefully something I can add my bookshelf of faves. And as long as this novel is, I hope the ending gets a littleLove that this will published now. Hopefully something I can add my bookshelf of faves. And as long as this novel is, I hope the ending gets a little extended because I so want more of Dusty and Isabella. To see my review of the fan fiction piece, go here. ...more
Anne Merchant suddenly finds herself enrolled at one of the most hush-hush schools in the world, where everyone iSixth Sense meets Pretty Little Liars
Anne Merchant suddenly finds herself enrolled at one of the most hush-hush schools in the world, where everyone is vying to become the next valedictorian. Though a little weary of how her mortician father managed to pay for such a school, Anne feels obligated to fight to the be winner too, because it would ensure her a scholarship to Brown University and get her life headed a direction that didn't involve dead bodies on a daily basis. But the island is filled with mysteries that Anne just can't seem to wrap her head around. Like why she's forbidden to talk to the locals beyond the ridiculous red line, and for the love of God, why the valedictorian won't be chosen by good grades, but by her own ability to follow a personal mantra given to her by the letter.
Seriously, Anne was given a guardian when she first arrived at school, and it was his job to determine what her greatest strength was. Apparently, this creepy guy who knew nothing about her thought her sexuality was her best way to become valedictorian. I'm sure you can guess why he wanted her to become a slut since it was her duty to convince him to fight for her come judgement day. Eew. She basically tells him to go screw himself and to give her a new one. The next one seems even worse, which is to look more closely at things, which Anne took as constantly snooping and eavesdropping on everything and everyone. But it's because of this new purpose that Anne becomes to understand the island and what's truly at stake for not only the winner, but for all the losers.
I'm not going to lie. When I first began this novel, it took a while to really get into it. Everything seemed kind of silly, and I couldn't understand why Anne took this whole 'valedictorian' thing at face value, when the race was clearly about something entirely different. But as the story began to unfold and secrets finally unearthed, everything began to make sense. So all I can tell you is to not give up on this if you feel it's a bit too cheesy or weird for you in the beginning. I thought those things too, but now that I'm finished, I'm actually really curious to read the next installment. :)
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Dominic is simply spending time away from Hollywood by staying at his brother's house in Chicago, but the house is always abuzz with people and partieDominic is simply spending time away from Hollywood by staying at his brother's house in Chicago, but the house is always abuzz with people and parties because his two brothers are in a rock group. Jacey is simply just trying to survive her poor excuse for a life, working parties like those at the Kincaide's because it pays well for a part-time job while she goes to school. The two meeting was just chance, but when Dominic goes to give her a ride home one night, the police find a stash of pot inside his vehicle. Neither will admit it's theirs, so both get arrested and sentenced to three months community service. A beautiful start to any relationship, eh?
Needless to say, neither believe the other at first and their relationship is rocky even though there's an attraction on both sides. But both believe their damaged and can only accept the other in a certain way. Jacey can only do with guys who are good-souled and can go all in, but that's the exact opposite of what Dominic can give. The guy even refuses to have sex with any woman after the death of his high school sweet heart six years ago. Yeah, he's that messed up in the head. So what's a couple already in a love-hate relationship to do?
Wow. So Dominic is definitely a tortured soul, but I couldn't help but think if his stubborn ass would've just talked to someone about it, all the secrets wouldn't have weighed so heavily on his soul. And he's sort of responsible for making it worse than it needed to be by keeping to himself and shutting people out of his life. With Jacey, I sort of get where she's coming from, but we're not really given all the deats on her past because she got therapy and doesn't think too much about it. Her past simply guides her life on which type of people are okay to let into her life. But unfortunately, it doesn't keep her from going back and forth with Dominic - who most definitely doesn't fit under the acceptable column - making herself a combination of titillated and miserable. And having her family members constantly tell her she's in a bad way when she's hardly not, isn't helping her self-esteem any. Hell, she was so worried about being better for them she hardly took the time to see what was best for her.
Before We Fall will definitely drive you nuts with all the back and forth that barely has any give. You kinda wish they'd just shove themselves off and be done with it already, but you can't help but hope these two wrongs will in some way combine to make a very damaged right.
Lordy. Where to begin? A Breath of Frost begins with three cousins attending a party in historical society. Emma's mother had long gone mad, and foundLordy. Where to begin? A Breath of Frost begins with three cousins attending a party in historical society. Emma's mother had long gone mad, and found comfort pocketing an old perfume bottle of hers, which accidentally gets broken and unleashes a massive spell that was binding not only Emma's powers, but that of her two cousins. But apparently, it also opens several gateways to the Underworld that change locations every day, and out with them came the Greymalkin sisters, another trio of powerful witches who had already been banished by the Order. And with them come several witch deaths that Emma is drawn to - which is bad luck, because now the Order believes she's the one responsible for offing them so the Greymalkin sisters can steal their powers. The only way to get them temporarily off her back is to board at a finishing school for young witches, and to work with her cousins, a Madcap named Moira and her on-and-off love interest Cormack to figure out who is really behind the attack, and stop it before the Order permanently removes Emma as a threat to society.
A Breath of Frost was actually a bit refreshing. There were a lot of magical things going on that involved two powerful family lines living in historical London, with Emma being the reason everything becomes entwined. The cousins were delightfully entertaining as a trio, and young Cormac struggles constantly between his loyalty to the Order and his interest with Emma. This novel does start off a bit confusing, what with so many characters being introduced to you at once and the constant change in POV that isn't clearly defined. I'll admit it took at least a third of the novel for me to really fully understand who everyone was and their family trees. I did notice that in some situations, characters seemed privy to information I don't think they should've really known about. (view spoiler)[Like near the end of the novel when Emma had discovered the power of the person behind all the deaths. She knew, but when the POV changed to Cormac, it seemed this knowledge carried to him as if he were present in the room at the time, as he automatically knew it was her and not one of the three sisters. (hide spoiler)] But despite my frustration with these things, it did turn out to be a pretty interesting novel. In fact, if you're a fan of the Charmed series from ten years ago, this new trio of witches should be right up your alley.
ARC provided by Walker Childrens for honest review.
7/10/14: Did you know the little boy in Waiting on my Reason was inspired by my own toddler? Gotta love superheroes!
01/07/14: To the B*TCH VIRUS that7/10/14: Did you know the little boy in Waiting on my Reason was inspired by my own toddler? Gotta love superheroes!
01/07/14: To the B*TCH VIRUS that crashed my computer, made my operating system disappear as if I never had one, made me spend fifteen hours repairing and rewriting code for nothing, and eventually led me to wipe my computer for the second time in four months...
You timed your tirade perfectly, you monstrous bastard.
Not only was I in the middle of creating ARCs to send out for this novel, but I'm two weeks shy of my release date with lots to do. So yeah, that makes me a little bitchy.
And when I get bitchy, I get pissy. And when I get pissy, I tend to throw things.
It's not my fault life gave you the shitty end of the stick.
But it's okay. Cleansing breath... (literally - because you reek)
I will rise above it, because I am better than you, and I won't take my PMS issues out on other people. Because...
And because you obviously don't know how to get along well with others.
But like I said, it's okay. I've fixed it, said my peace, and now I'm ready to move on. So, first off... For those of you who signed up through AToMR to receive ARCS of Waiting on my Reason... Hugsies!
I'm up and running again, so you should have your copy by the end of the day.
Tessa has the uncanny ability of being able to transform into anyone she touches - so long as they're alive - sorry Elvis lovers. It's something she dTessa has the uncanny ability of being able to transform into anyone she touches - so long as they're alive - sorry Elvis lovers. It's something she doesn't mind too much, until the organization that employs and trains her tells her she needs to go to the hospital and touch a dying girl named Madison.
Madison was just your typical teenage girl with secrets, trying to survive high school long enough to move on. Unfortunately, a serial killer took that all away. Being the only victim to survive, Tessa knows taking on Madison's life will be risky. But with the bad comes the good - the chance to have a real family, friends, even possible love interests. But as motives begin to surface, she realizes the serial killer could be any of these people, and suddenly Tessa doesn't feel so safe anymore.
Imposters was a pretty good fish out of water story. Tessa has her own romantic issues to deal with, and becoming Madison and having to deal with hers, only escalates the ones Tessa has. Not to mention all the distractions of trying to learn everything about Madison and trying to figure out if she was just a random victim of coincidence or intentionally targeted. And when the investigation uncovers some unnatural commonalities between the deaths, the fear that maybe another Variant like Tessa was responsible for the killings becomes an issue. Because really, facing off against a human was one thing, but facing off against another Variant with unknown powers, could prove deadly if Tessa doesn't figure out the puzzle fast.
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Do you heart that? It's the theme song to the X-Files. And you might think twice about capturing fireflies from now on.
Kyra had everything going forDo you heart that? It's the theme song to the X-Files. And you might think twice about capturing fireflies from now on.
Kyra had everything going for her. Perfect boyfriend, awesome best friend, happy family and college scouts lining up to watch her pitch. But with a flash of bright white, it all goes away. It's suddenly five years later and Kyra wakes up next to a dumpster with the same dingy softball uniform on and a charge on her out of service cell phone. There's a strange man living in her house with her mom, a new kid brother, her boyfriend is now living the life they planned with her best friend, and her father, who witnessed her little disappearing act, is totally whackado. Oddly enough, the only comfort she finds is in her ex-boyfriend's little brother Tyler, whose all grown up now and technically a year older than she is now. But if Kyra thought she could just come back and try to reclaim her life, she was sadly mistaken. An NSA agent is constantly hounding her, a strange guy is following her everywhere she goes, and weird things are beginning to happen her physically - things that aren't humanly possible. She needs to run, to disappear, but can she really let go of what tiny happiness she's managed to scrape together in a world without Tyler?
Oh, I loved this. Yeah, you could argue that the she abandons the thought of loving her ex and moving on to his brother rather quickly, but hell, when your world's that messed up, you need someone who'll treat you as if you never disappeared,who'll hold you and make you feel safe. Tyler's that person for Kyra, so I felt their budding romance was rather appropriate. And if I came back to a boyfriend who was now in love with my best friend, but wanted to drag out that nightmare by being friends - ugh! - I'd have no scruples over dating his little brother either.
If you like science fiction and alien abductions with a sweet romance, this one's worth picking up.
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Jessica Sweet doesn't want to go home for the summer and be under the constant scrutiny of her parents, who are the head of her church organization. SJessica Sweet doesn't want to go home for the summer and be under the constant scrutiny of her parents, who are the head of her church organization. She wants to just stay behind and work, so she tells a little white lie about volunteering to build houses for the less fortunate. Off the hook for the summer, Jessica just needs to find a place to crash for a week until her new place becomes available. Unfortunately, the only one who can step up and help her is Riley, her friend's brother, who she thought didn't even like her. But beggars can't be choosers, and she soon finds herself alone in the house with Riley. Trying to thank him for taking her in, she gets it in her head that she can do a little charity work after all - by helping Riley clean up the house in time for the social worker's inspection, who's deciding whether or not to place Riley's youngest brother into social services. And along the way, she realizes that Riley didn't quite hate her after all, and that maybe, just maybe, she's seeing him in a different light as well.
Hmm... I kinda wish I had done this review a little earlier. It's only been a week since I read it, but I had to reread the synopsis just to remember what this story was even about. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad novel by any means, but it didn't stick with me once I finished it. I can say that her parents were a real turn off for me, because it was hard to imagine that a family of God who preached love and forgiveness would be so quick to cast out and shun their daughter simply because she was dishonest about what she was doing for the summer. Just saying... We're also never given a real reason for why her brother dislikes her so much and is willing to throw her under the bus and that didn't sit well with me either. There's always a reason, even if it's as simple as jealousy.
However, I did enjoy seeing Jessica and Riley slowly learn to accept one another and the love that developed from there. I did find it ironic that Riley was the one trying to push off the sex and not the girl who grew up with such a religious background, but maybe having it shoved down her throat instead of allowing her to decide if it was right for her made all the difference in her current beliefs. Sweet was a cute, easy read, and if that's what you're needing right now, I suggest you give this one a try.
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In this dystopian novel, Kitty is one of many Does in society, a child born after the first whose parents couldn't afford the fine to keep her. If beiIn this dystopian novel, Kitty is one of many Does in society, a child born after the first whose parents couldn't afford the fine to keep her. If being taken away from her family and orphaned wasn't enough, everyone is forced to take the same test to determine their place in society - I through VI, with VII being reserved for the family who leads their people. Unfortunately, Kitty bombs her test. Her new number: III, a level that will afford her enough to survive, but she'll have to move to Chicago for her assigned job in the lovely sewage industry. Not wanting to leave her boyfriend before he takes his test in one month's time, she sucks it up and decides to work at one of the many girlie clubs until then.
As luck would have it, Kitty gets more than she expects with her first client. Offered the chance to become a VII, she accepts without considering the consequences, and finds herself a different person upon waking. But not just any person. Lila Hart of the ruling family. Unfortunately, taking on her new identity is way more trouble than it's worth, especially once Kitty discovers Lila was the one secretly leading the rebellion against her family's rule.
HEADS WILL ROLL... I read the first two Goddess novels by Miss Carter and they really weren't my cup of tea, but I was pleasantly surprised by Pawn. It kept me intrigued and flipping pages well into the night. And I can honestly say that for a clean YA novel, it kept me glued to the kindle - something that usually only happens with those new adult novels I love so much. :)
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One Sloane Jacobs is having trouble landing her triple spin, another Sloane Jacobs is having trouble shooting the puck. Both are having personal problOne Sloane Jacobs is having trouble landing her triple spin, another Sloane Jacobs is having trouble shooting the puck. Both are having personal problems and neither are fond of going to Montreal for a month long camp in their respective sports. So when they literally bump into one another at the hotel, it occurs to them that they could each take a break from their lives for a bit. Sure, they'd have to pick up a new sport rather quickly, but neither of them want to face their real issues at the moment.
Being Sloane Jacobs was a rather cute YA read. Since this was a fish-out-of-water / freaky-Friday combo, I sort of wished the two girls had more of a personality clash, because their voices were incredibly similar. I'm not going to lie, even once I finished the novel, I couldn't tell you which one was Sloane Emily vs. Sloan Devon. Even though the chapters are labeled with their name, I had to rely on the secondary characters and the camp to know who was speaking to me. Regardless, it was a light, sweet read with blossoming friendships and boyfriends and learning to overcome whatever's bring you down, so if that's what you need right now, you should pick this up.
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Solid 4.5. This was everything I love. Raw, angsty and passionate...but then towards the end it went all sunshine, daisies aAXEL =
Solid 4.5. This was everything I love. Raw, angsty and passionate...but then towards the end it went all sunshine, daisies and puppy dogs on me, hence the 4.5. I don't know why authors find it necessary to add 1) a proposal, 2) a wedding, 3) a pregnancy and/or 4) a birth; I don't need these things to believe a couple will end happily ever after. And God help me when they add all four! I'm not saying which of these were present, but it completely changed the mood of the book for me.
I don't want Axel all puppy dog. I want him dirty and possessive. End of story. ...and lickable. Lickable's good. ...more