Libba Bray manages to use a teenage slacker diagnosed with a fatal disease, a germaphobic dwarf, a garden gnome that may or may not be the immortal viLibba Bray manages to use a teenage slacker diagnosed with a fatal disease, a germaphobic dwarf, a garden gnome that may or may not be the immortal viking god Balder, an angel who spray paints her wings, and one extremely random road trip to raise some seriously deep questions about life. I have no idea how she manages to tie all that awesomeness together in a way that manages to make sense, but any book that a gnome plays a part of is a epic book in my opinion.
I absolutely loved the characters. Everyone of them had their very own personality, and they were all super developed. My favorite character was somewhere between Dulcie the angel and Balder. The plot totally rocked! “Predictable” has the most utter North/South relationship with the plot I have ever read in my life. There were enough twists, turns, and loops to completely satisfy me and I hated to stop reading. I disliked all the cussing...for the first couple chapters. Honestly, the language contributes to the book as much as anything else, and I can’t imagine how the book would have ended up as without that extra little flavoring. Still, might I recommend a mature audience? There are also some naughty bedroom scenes, and one character ends up maturing into a controversial minority.
I would totally recommend this book to a friend!...more
Sometimes I enjoy opening a book with no idea what it’s about and, true to my sometimes-style, I began Kelly Keaton’s book Darkness Becomes Her half-iSometimes I enjoy opening a book with no idea what it’s about and, true to my sometimes-style, I began Kelly Keaton’s book Darkness Becomes Her half-interested and clueless to what a gem of a book I was reading. But the plot hit the ground running and within a few chapters I was eagerly following Ari on her quest to find her mother’s past.
I loved the Greek mythology in this book! Although not very apparent in the beginning, as the story progresses and more mysteries are uncovered the pieces fit together to create a wonderful story mixing urban and Greek legends and myths! With minimal spoilage, I can honestly say I’ve never before read a book where harpies are not depicted as antagonists, the Greek gods are not written about as a package deal, nor where the plot caused me to hate the mythical god in question with such passion. The originality of this piece was amazing, and definitely a huge reason why the story was so good!
Violet is my favorite character. I liked everything about the shy, mysterious girl who loved to dress up in masks and gowns, had a soft spot for reptilian creatures, and who stayed completely loyal to Ari no matter what. I feel that she has a lot of potential to be a very prominent character, and I expect we’ll be seeing more of her in the next book, especially as her fate was one of the big question marks looming in my mind after the last page.
I’ve already recommenced this story to many of my friends and I will undoubtedly continue to do so! The only negative part about this book is the amount of offensive language, and I do try to take that into consideration when recommending. However, there is still no doubt in my mind that I will read the next book in this series. This is absolutely a 5 out of 5 stars book!...more
This piece is well written, original, and I really enjoyed the parts written from Wolf’s view. The terminology when he is hunting and tracking is veryThis piece is well written, original, and I really enjoyed the parts written from Wolf’s view. The terminology when he is hunting and tracking is very descriptive, and just the way she writes it convinces me that Michelle did her research on this one! The characters developed throughout the story, and their emotions of fear, determination, and sadness felt real to me, as did the dialogue. The thing that really impressed me was the way the beginning was so quick to pull me in, and how much emotion I felt in the first couple chapters. The ending is bittersweet, and I didn’t expect that. I’m not really planning to read the rest of the series, although I might, but I will definitely read more books by this particular author! This book was great, but I did feel that it was targeted towards a younger audience. I did read that it was targeted for 9-12 range, so maybe it’s just the power of suggestion. I would recommend this book to younger readers, but also to some of the kids my age  because I know some who would enjoy this book!...more
If were to pick one word to describe this book, it would be suspenseful. I knew Hannah Baker committed suicide, I knew she recorded tapes about her reIf were to pick one word to describe this book, it would be suspenseful. I knew Hannah Baker committed suicide, I knew she recorded tapes about her reasons. The big question throughout the story was “What are the reasons why?” and Jay does a great job of nurturing that mystery until the very end, and I stayed up late to get there. I loved the unusual format of the cassette tape recordings, but sometimes it was a little bit too much. I’d get deep into one of the stories, either Clay’s or Hannah’s, and forget to watch for the font change. It’d throw me off, and then I’d have to backtrack and read just the italics or just the regular typing until I found where I got messed up. It was annoying at times, but the story wouldn’t be the same if the different perspectives were in chapters each of their own. The characters felt real, Clay in particular. Hearing his reactions to Hannah’s story, or just the mundane things that he was thinking about during the tapes, endeared him to me. I was also able to picture what happened in each of Hannah’s ‘reasons’ based on her recordings. Jay did a good job writing from her perspective! I was sympathetic to Clay as he agonizes over her decision not to tell to him or anybody else exactly what she was going through, and sympathetic to Hannah as she finally explained to thirteen people what was going through her mind. The other characters were well developed and important to the story too. None of the emotions of the story felt fake. Not the anger, not the sadness, not the frustration or the confusion....more
This book made me cry. I was sitting in my big comfy orange reading chair, tears streaming down my cheeks, and my nose running. Not just feeling a litThis book made me cry. I was sitting in my big comfy orange reading chair, tears streaming down my cheeks, and my nose running. Not just feeling a little emotion, not tearing up a little bit, I had tears streaming. Todd Hewitt has the most unarguably life. Every freaking person Todd loved was taken from him. No one was spared. I died a little bit more inside every time someone left and he knew they weren't coming back. I hated/loved it, and it was my tears that catapulted this story to a Well-deserved 5 out of 5.
Everytime it seemed the worst part was over, it wasn’t. He’d beat one obstacle only to run right smack into another. It started out bad, and just kept getting worse. The antagonists were the idols of every antagonists; crazy, dangerous, hideous, and horribly persistent. Horribly! Throughout the story, this guy kept showing up over and over again. I was shocked, because he refused to die! I’d think ‘There’s no way he survived that’ or ‘That’s gotta be the last of him’, and then Boom! “TODD HEWITT!” The descriptions of the physical tortures that were inflicted on his person in his quest to get Todd made me shudder.
The plot was amazing. The originality is insane. I realized quickly how much I loved Patrick’s world, the Noise, the setting, the characters. This book is in a ball-park all of it’s own. One of the best parts was watching Todd and Viola’s relationship develop. And Todd’s attitude towards his dog he didn’t want. And his attitude towards his world and his history as he slowly, so slowly, uncovers the dark truths that have for so long been hidden. The very best part was the writing style and format. The writing style is written in a way befitting a dystopian society and has some intentional spelling errors like stayshun instead of station, yer instead of you and you’re, irragashun for irrigation and lots of run-on sentences. The format, also befitting someone who is more concerned with surviving that schoolwork, is all about building the tension. When an exiting scene comes the pages- are written in fragments like this- and let me tell you- this format totally compliments the writing style- of Patrick Ness. Sometimes he repeats sentences, sometimes he leaves extra spaces between the lines. I read most of the book with an index card, torturing myself with a s-l-o-w reveal of the next line. The last and worst/best part of the book, the Ending, in one word: Killer. In two: Epically Killer. 'Nuff said....more
"Floyd made his living by telling lies, and I made mine by being so ugly" The Charlatan's Boy. Grady is Floyd's partner in crime as they travel from v"Floyd made his living by telling lies, and I made mine by being so ugly" The Charlatan's Boy. Grady is Floyd's partner in crime as they travel from village to village putting on a show with Grady featuring as "The Wild Man of Feechiefen Swamp." But as less and less people actually believe in feechies, their show becomes less and less popular. For a while they drifted from scam to scam without much success until Floyd came up with an idea that was sure to make them rich.
The Charlatan's Boy is an original story filled with humor that had me laughing and looking forward to what happened next. The writing style was a unique blend of "I never spent no time in school" type writing and big words such as discombobulated, scrupulous, and robustious. The voice of Grady is realistic, allowing the reader to really sympathize with him, and made the story a pleasure to read.
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multonomah Publishing Group for this review....more
This book was a really cute chick lit book, a pretty good page turner! I was somewhere between cheering for Joel and cheering Drew, but Drew was definThis book was a really cute chick lit book, a pretty good page turner! I was somewhere between cheering for Joel and cheering Drew, but Drew was definitely my fav character personality-wise, because he was so funny and always seemed to be there when Hailey needed someone. This was a bit out of my kick-butt action and adventure books, but I enjoyed it pretty well. Most of the characters have room to develop, the writing descriptive and beautifully written.
My only complaints are that some parts could have been a little cleaner *cough Mandy's tabloids cough*, and Hailey's Dad seemed really flat. Kind of like a cardboard cutout, and maybe that's the point, but I could never grunge up more than some minor annoyance for him. But still, a fun read.
I enjoyed it, the emotions felt real, and could read more novels like this someday....more
Written by two teens, this book truly lives up to the blurb on the back and the promise to be different than all the other books written for teens linWritten by two teens, this book truly lives up to the blurb on the back and the promise to be different than all the other books written for teens lining the bookshelves. The way the book is set up is simple; Part 1 Rethinking the Teen Years explains The Myth of Adolescence, how it effects us, and the Rebelution, which is a teenage rebellion against low expectations. Part 2 Five Kinds of Hard discusses five hard steps to take you out of your comfort zone, go beyond what’s expected, do things too big for just you, things that don’t pay off immediately, and things that go against the crowd. Part 3 Join The Rebelution gives many more examples of teens facing new beginnings, impossible challenges, and how to transform your own mission from a decision to a destiny.
This book inspired me, plain and simple. I loved the humor, the voice, and all the stories of what teens my age can accomplish. I loved the scripture that backed up their every word, and I loved the encouragement to go out and be your own Rebelution. I honestly did notice how nobody seemed to expect very much of me, and how getting an A in some of my classes was easier than it should have been, but I embraced it. I enjoyed not having to do as good a job as I could and get away with it. This book has been such an eye opener! Alex and Brett didn’t have to point a finger, the way they discussed this issue prompted me to point all the fingers myself, at myself.
I very highly recommend this book! It is an amazing resource for all teens to keep the flame of the Rebelution burning strong. I know for a fact that I will be buying copies of it for my friends, because mine will be firmly on my bedside table next to my Bible.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my honest review....more
Churched is a quick, light, and humorous story about a boy growing up in a fundamentalist baptist church. In this story, pastors give sermons with pleChurched is a quick, light, and humorous story about a boy growing up in a fundamentalist baptist church. In this story, pastors give sermons with plenty of hellfire and brimstone and their world is defined by plenty of do-and-don’t-s. The writing style is formatted as almost a memoir and the overall story is thought provoking.
Although I am not a fundamentalist baptist, I found a lot of the stories in this book to completely relate to my experience growing up in the church! All his stories had me laughing heartily. I remembered experiencing some, knew friends who experienced others, and completely believed the rest could have happened! I do have to admit that a lot of the stuff went right over my head, like many of the allusions to the personalities or looks of some apparently popular people.
Some of the parts that had me chuckling were the stereotypes to the different sections of faith, like the Catholic and Presbyterian, and the ways God and Jesus were used to influence Matthew to do so things. He had to have his hair cut short because “Jesus doesn’t like men having long hair,” always made sure to save Jesus a seat on the bus, and kissed the bible. These parts make me wonder what small superstitions I had about God when I was younger, and also if maybe the odd little things my sisters do are fueled by something of the kind.
I think I’d enjoy reading more of Matthew Paul Turner’s books, and I’ll definitely add this book to my bookshelf.
A free copy of this book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for review purposes....more
Jennifer Hampton’s self-published ebook is a quick read with a creative storyline and interesting characters. Leigha’s emotions were easy to connect wJennifer Hampton’s self-published ebook is a quick read with a creative storyline and interesting characters. Leigha’s emotions were easy to connect with as she struggled to understand the new world she lived in and I think she handled all the situations well, even if she did roll her eyes and groan a lot. Prince Alexander Sommers is probably my favorite character. He’s every girl’s hot, brown eyed dream guy, and completely in love with Leigha to boot. I enjoyed reading about how she dealt with his other-worldliness, and the cliff-hanger ending was good as well. The only negative aspect were the few technical errors in the writing. The errors aren’t major and don’t really affect the story, they’re just minor enough to be distracting. I found I was able to ignore them well enough. Overall I really enjoyed this book. I received this book for free for this honest review....more
Since I really loved Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard by James Patterson, I decided to give this series a read. I didn’t like it. Daniel wasn’t the kSince I really loved Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard by James Patterson, I decided to give this series a read. I didn’t like it. Daniel wasn’t the kind character I could sympathize with, and the villains didn’t seem real to me, just kinda cardboard cutouts of creepy aliens. It seemed like the descriptions of them were limited to making them disgusting and pathetic than attempting to create any type of actual character. The way he defeated Seth is not my idea of hero behavior, and I’m not a fan of his method of defeating him. This book is more for kids in middle-school and younger....more
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants is another really cute Chick Lit book for a day on the beach. I found the bonds of friendship between the four gThe Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants is another really cute Chick Lit book for a day on the beach. I found the bonds of friendship between the four girls real, and their situations ranged from comical to bittersweet. Each of their stories are told in different chapters with quotes and letters they wrote to each in between to add some more thoughts. Their stories are distinct and relate-able. Although I did enjoy the book I probably won’t be reading the rest of the series....more
The Bad Girls of The Bible And What We Can Learn From Them by Liz Curtis Higgs is a wonderful devotional, and the title says it all. The book takes anThe Bad Girls of The Bible And What We Can Learn From Them by Liz Curtis Higgs is a wonderful devotional, and the title says it all. The book takes an in-depth look at ten of the Bible’s women; Eve, Potifar’s Wife, Lot’s wife, the woman at the well, Delilah, Sapphira, Rahab, Jezebel, Michal, and the sinful woman, separating them into the categories Bad to the Bone, Bad for a Moment, and Bad for a Season, but Not Forever. Each chapter discusses a different woman, opening with a fictional story set in present-day with the plot of the original story, goes into a verse-by-verse look at the story, and closes with the Lessons We Can Learn and Good Girl Thoughts Worth Considering.
I absolutely loved reading this book. Liz is so thorough in her evaluation of each woman’s account! She explains what is really happening, the deeper meanings of things, translations, the customs of that day, and reads between the lines of the dialogue. I never knew what a lot of their names meant, how symbolic the meanings are, and I certainly never really understood what went on in the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well until I read this book!
She also looks at the actions of others in the stories, how their actions showed their true selves, and how or if those actions influenced the woman’s overall decision making. Liz also relates things to modern days, whether to tell a story about her own life, to use someone well known today to compare with a biblical figure on ability or looks, to show how satan still uses a certain misled idea in our culture, or to get the reader to consider questions asked in Good Girl Thoughts Worth Considering. In addition to doing all that, the whole book is just completely full of clean, tasteful humor and written in a way that gives it a light and enjoyable read, even as the messages of the stories left me with tears in my eyes. This book has my heart felt recommendation, and a 5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group....more
The Tenth Justice is my first legal thriller, and I must confess that it was legally thrilling. Ok, bad joke, but I really did enjoy reading this bookThe Tenth Justice is my first legal thriller, and I must confess that it was legally thrilling. Ok, bad joke, but I really did enjoy reading this book! The dialogue was completely realistic and humorous (if a bit mature) and the plot was uber mysterious. I stayed up late reading it! The twists and turns had me suspecting every one of the characters at some point. The characters themselves were so well developed it made reading a special treat. I didn’t once think that Ben’s, Nathan’s, or any other character’s reactions were fake, or questioned whether they would act a particular way. Even though it’s a legal thriller, there wasn’t a lot of confusing references to laws, and the cases were usually explained easily enough to undestand. This coming from a girl who regularly confuses the democratic and republican parties, mind.
My favorite character is Ober. He is the clown of the four close friends/roommates but he has a sensitive side. His quotes are the funniest, like when he was discussing the Batman Theory, which is basically his opinion that people’s lives can be completely changed by one traumatic event. Think Catwoman, Joker, and other comic book characters. The lessons I learned from this book are 1) If you take an oath not to talk about something, don’t talk about it! 2) Treat your friends with respect, you never know what favors you might need to call in. The negatives of this book are the language, sex and sex-related humor....more