Okay... so Blackwell forced me to highlight (it's her fault, if she didn't have such an *awesome* narrative voice I wouldn't have to bother), so it jaOkay... so Blackwell forced me to highlight (it's her fault, if she didn't have such an *awesome* narrative voice I wouldn't have to bother), so it jacked up my review to 5-star category right away. When I highlight, it's automatically a five star. She is almost poetic in a few passages and I lingered over them, faithfully highlighting them for future reflection.
The best news about this book is the level of tension and intrigue. Blackwell masters that feel perfectly. It is not a full-blown mystery, she always stays firmly in the intrigue realm and it's fascinating to me. It's like that blow pop that melts in your mouth, you know what's at the end, but the wait is at once bearable and pleasurable, equally balanced. Speaking of endings, I've never read an ending that was a "soft" cliffhanger. I totally loved that finesse! I won't give it away but I was stoked for book three. I was hoping it would go in that direction and it did.
Things I loved: the intrigue and tension, from the fighting, to Scout's unravel in her new life. She's sort of pulled in all directions and this is showcased beautifully. Blackwell does a great job at characterization and fairly accurate teen dialogue, mixing in contemporary vernaculars along with her regional ones, is clever and grounds the work's prose (for me). Scout's sort of a porcupine, she's not the "helpless" female and is contrary in her manner. This is a unique take that is not used very much in YA and I liked Blackwell doing it.
Things I didn't like as much: See above where I say Scout's a porcupine? I don't really like her very much. She is difficult to connect with and seems selfish to me. I think Blackwell endeavors to mature her as the MC so I'm withholding judgement until book 3 but hope for more growth into the woman I see peeking out around the edges. Also, (see above), although the dialogue is spot-on for the most part, the absolute lack of profanity in the internal and external monologue is not reflective of most teens. The shying away from that in the writing made the dialogue have a false ring at certain points during the read. The converse of that is, of course, parents that are ultra-concerned about profanity or the relatives of that: gratuitous sex/drug reference, etc. will be more than pleased by its absence.
Overall, it's a fantastic read and one everyone should enjoy~
I've had this first book and the remainder of the series on my nightstand for A YEAR. All my sons read it and said it was pretty good. I'm such a papeI've had this first book and the remainder of the series on my nightstand for A YEAR. All my sons read it and said it was pretty good. I'm such a paperback snob now that it took my Kindle going on the fritz for me to bother. I'm glad I did, it's really a fun read. It is the perfect, upper middle grade level paranormal vamp book, super-short, witty with a nice thread of mystery and intriguing details about vampire lore throughout. Of course, as a female I dig the male POV, it's fresh and interesting.
Vladimir Tod is a dude that's not cool and gets harassed for it at school. He's also half-vampire. The book unflinchingly details the routine of Vlad's daily life and the struggles of hiding his true nature while trying to mainstream in eighth grade while he does. Trouble strikes when his English teacher goes missing and the substitute who replaces him seems a little *too* sharp for Vlad's comfort. Add in a girl that he likes that he's too shy to pursue and the bullies who won't stop bugging him, Vlad's vampirism almost takes a back seat.
Almost. The best part of this book is the last twenty pages when Brewer introduces action and pacing that was a lacking in the first two thirds. These fast reading, simple books are mildly addictive and I think I'll be reading the rest. I find I like Vlad and wonder what will happen to him in the future. The author left some unanswered questions that beg answering. People that enjoy middle grade fiction that's well-done with subtle humor and a male POV will really like this book. It may be too "young" for some adult readers and the inconsistent pacing of action may not be for all but I really liked it. Super clean too, for parents that are worried about gratuitous elements....more
This was a really good, clean YA read about an unlikely romance that develops between two people that are outwardly not suited to each other.
This bookThis was a really good, clean YA read about an unlikely romance that develops between two people that are outwardly not suited to each other.
This book is more of a "4" star in the first half and a "5" on the latter. The first half has a rather plodding character development that was explored too much and was slightly redundant with the MC. The second half, having established the characterization, became an unveiling of Jaden finally deciding to stop being "safe" and choosing to live for herself instead of being a bottle in the ocean for others, a ship without a rudder. Her love interest, Parker, is the catalyst for her metamorphosis and it's great to read about.The thing that I loved about this book was the interesting twist in the end. It was riveting and played out like a movie scene. The entire book is worth reading to see how this ends up. I will be reading other works by Klein....more
This is a very different narrative twist and I loved the way the author shifted back and forth between the two perspectives of the dual-MC's. It was tThis is a very different narrative twist and I loved the way the author shifted back and forth between the two perspectives of the dual-MC's. It was truly riveting to see, fish-bowl style, their dysfunctional and tragic lives up close. What was really interesting is how much alike they were on the inside, regardless of gender.
Two kids that live next door to each other witness the systematic abuse of the other over their mutual childhood and find solace in each other...as friends. When graduations looms they ask themselves (both without the other knowing), if they can bridge the gap to romance. Sophie and Carter are terrified to trust...can they overcome their fear, left my circumstance, to achieve real joy?
I loved this books guts! (Read it and you'll see what I mean with that!)
The only small flaw ( and it really isn't one), I wanted MORE! This is a short read and I was left wanting to see what would evolve from the pair in the future...
I have never read anything like "Six Moon Summer." The narrative style is completely unique and that got a three star out of me just for its sheer difI have never read anything like "Six Moon Summer." The narrative style is completely unique and that got a three star out of me just for its sheer difference. It had a "diary" type feel to it. I really felt like I WAS Rylie, like I was seeing and feeling things through her eyes.
Rylie's character feels like a fifteen year old that's been dropped and has a small fissure that continues to "run" like a crack in the windshield that grows. Life for her has been challenging of late as she comes to terms with her parents split while being shuttled off to a summer camp.
Her loneliness is profound and she turns inward, spending a lot of time just wanting to be left alone. Rylie has unusual coloring and looks so she never is quite successful in her desire to remain incognito. The other girls are petty and never give her a break. I felt a lot of empathy for her. Eventually she is befriended by Seth who turns into a supportive friend. The author was really clever about "outing" people that were more-or-less a surprise and I really enjoyed the way she peppered werewolf legend throughout the book. It was interesting but not like I was being "educated."
Reine was brave and never shied away from violence or the rawness of how awful things can and do happen. I really dug that. The author must be a unique person to have written this, it's just such a different perspective than I'm used to reading and that was welcome. Sometimes the YA genre gets a "homogenized" feel that gets tiresome. This work is a fine example of a "break-out" feel that is really unique, as was the premise.
In all fairness I downloaded this book for free. It was not "billed" as a Christian read and I found the references throughout the book distracting anIn all fairness I downloaded this book for free. It was not "billed" as a Christian read and I found the references throughout the book distracting and tiresome. Two "less preachy" reads would be the following: "The Soulkeepers" and "Meant to Be." I am not against Christian books at all (Peretti is fantastic), but think the product description needs to give an inkling as to what genre it is.
This was well-written with a decent coming-of-age story that dealt with a myriad of different subjects with a deft hand. Maggie has a lot to cope with and has for some time. Her life is difficult and filled with a workload that is not typical or welcome. She's disciplined, moral and tenacious; all great qualities.
The pacing is rather slow and things take too much time to reveal themselves. The dialogue from the "older adults" didn't seem to wash ( it felt "affected" and didn't "read" naturally). Also, as a parent myself, I can't imagine enforcing and condoning the work load and responsibilities this girl has been given and allowed to shoulder. There also seems to be inconsistencies with the family's socioeconomic status as well. At first they are portrayed as poor and that goes back in forth in the details.
Overall, I think Christian families that want a "clean" YA read that has a decent story with some intrigue and moral groundings will like this. (In my opinion)it is not contemporary enough in its dialogue to capture interest in the secular group. I could be wrong but I know it would not resonate with the teens I'm acquainted with....more
I really liked this book. Fans of "Ethereal" by Addison Moore and Amanda Hocking devotees may really like "Beckoning Light." BL has a really unique stI really liked this book. Fans of "Ethereal" by Addison Moore and Amanda Hocking devotees may really like "Beckoning Light." BL has a really unique story about a world inside a world. I haven't read anything quite like the premise of this novel and was pleased to read something fresh.
Charlotte finds herself shuttled to live with her Uncle in the south after her father is relocated to an arduous location far north of where they currently live in Alaska. Once there, she and her older brother Kevin (hunk-o-love, btw) quickly acclimate to their new surroundings. Where Kevin jumps right in and assimilates with the basketball team, Charlotte is more cautious in her relationships and proceeds accordingly. Charlotte as an MC is an interesting combination of shy and independent and I liked her "voice" in the narrative. I was not too keen on Kevin's voice in the narrative switch. He just didn't sound like he thought like a guy in his internal monologue, but plays the protective and concerned brother well, and I loved that Ivy chose to do the POV switch; it's "brave" and different and I like those things from a story teller. The first half of the book dealt with some back story and building the characters while they integrate into their new lives.
What really captured my attention about halfway through was a happen chance discovery made by Charlotte that forever changes her life. The book leaps up in interest and engagement at the point when she meets her love interest, Calvin. I love the way Ivy establishes the premise of their connection and Charlotte discovers her real origins. It's very creative and interesting. Fans of parallel worlds, fantasy, gifts of nature and medieval-toned works will really love "Beckoning Light." The sequel releases in 2012, "Perilous Light." Looking forward to it!...more
I really liked Spencer's first novella, "Shimmerspell," giving it 4.5 stars. But "Limerick" was just that much *better*. I cannot wait for novella 3!I really liked Spencer's first novella, "Shimmerspell," giving it 4.5 stars. But "Limerick" was just that much *better*. I cannot wait for novella 3! I have to know what happens! Limerick's got all the elements I liked: romantic tension, betrayal, mystery and the dialogue! I couldn't go four pages without laughing out loud, snickering, or at the very least a big grin. Spencer has a believable narrative voice and you can almost "hear" sassy Jensen giving her verbal, one-two punch. Love that!
Spencer picks up where she left off in Shimmerspell and the action ensues. Like Shimmerspell, this is a very-fast paced book. Since it is novella-length, that is something to get used to if you're accustomed to reading a full-length work. But I liked it. The reader feels dropped off in the middle and whisked away to get caught up with the MC. I like a book that rolls along and this one does. There's dragons and a new love interest developing, and we're still not sure about Jensen's potential. The author unveils this piece by piece as the story rockets along and we're left wondering about what Jensen will become and who she will be with? Who can she trust? Are they protecting her for the right reasons? The reasons she would want? I really enjoyed that element of intrigue. Totally fun read.
I hope this author does a full-length novel, it'd be tremendous!
Book 3 will come out soon and I've heard there may be a compilation of the trilogy into a paperback or eCopy format. With those book covers, that would be a great addition to the shelf!...more
I was completely surprised to read this and like it as much as I did. I really vacillated between a 4-5 star rating and this novella, at 22K words, waI was completely surprised to read this and like it as much as I did. I really vacillated between a 4-5 star rating and this novella, at 22K words, was short and had pacing to match. I am not used to reading something of this length so the entire feel of the read and what it delivered as far as information and action is decidedly different than say, a typical novel of 80 to 110K.
Jensen is a human that finds out she is a faerie by a series of clues and accidents that happen on her short journey of discovery. By far, the simplistic and realistic teen dialogue that is equal parts snappy/comedic/and not *too* contrived made for an enjoyable read that was easy-to-follow (it's not "spot-on" but she has great narrative flow and doesn't use words that smack "adult" and lose the teen flavor of the read). I love all the colors and descriptions of the different characters and feel sure that Spencer will offer more depth to all the different sub-species within the Fae as the continuation of the series progresses. I love the boy, Liam, that she's interested in and he smoldered and protected in a most satisfying way. I am confounded that some reviewers don't get this story(?) It is engaging and clear from the beginning.
Third person was very helpful in the telling of this story, without it, and the short length, it may have fallen "flatter" for the reader. Although the love interest is small, the romantic tension runs high and that is key to capturing my continued interest in a series. A bunch of "making-out" will not do and I need to feel that hint of swirling romance in the air like a finely tuned wire, strung taut and unyielding to feel that connection and desire to read more. Spencer also included a minor mystery and I had an "ah-huh," moment at the end with a betrayal and some information that was plopped in my lap at the end.
I wish I had just succumbed earlier, paid the $1 to read this when I was first so taken with the cover! (Can I say the cover art is A-MA-ZING!) But I decided to download this for free and now can't wait to get it's sequel, "Limerick." I see from the rankings that the sequel is doing terrific because everyone, like me, got "Shimmerspell" and couldn't wait to get novella #2! Fun with Faeries, definitely!
Truly well-crafted. It's perfect for the Christian reader OR the non-Christian. It is rare in literature to finish a "ChThis is a Must Read YA book!!!
Truly well-crafted. It's perfect for the Christian reader OR the non-Christian. It is rare in literature to finish a "Christian" book and not feel preached at. This novel does that. I still cannot determine if this IS a Christian book, per se...but it was fascinating. There's just enough truth in all the elements that were used [in the book] that it smacks of plausibility...
The gist of the story is (male POV; gotta love that!) Jacob is propelled on a journey (not of his making), after a tragic accident leaves lingering questions about his mother's whereabouts. Disturbing dreams ensue that cause him to doubt his sanity while simultaneously navigating the new familial minefield he now finds himself in. Far from home and friendless, in grief over the loss of his parent and essentially orphaned, he discovers Malini. In her...he finds solace and new hope as they "walk" the journey together.
This book has some of the best pacing I've ever read! Wow! Never a dull moment but not frenetic either. The whole work is like a slow-spiral, clues dropping at the perfect time to wrench the readers' interest firmly into the story. I love a book where I constantly ask myself, "What will come next?"
Ching does a *fantastic* job with a mixed-genre (blended) work. In this book you'll find the following elements: urban fantasy, paranormal, sorcery, parallel travel, romance, angelic themes, action and mystery. It's cleanly executed but not homogenized...I can't wait for whatever else Ching produces. Buy it now!
First off, I absolutely ADORE the narrative voice this author uses! It has a conversational internal monologue and dialogue that makes the reader feelFirst off, I absolutely ADORE the narrative voice this author uses! It has a conversational internal monologue and dialogue that makes the reader feel like they're eavesdropping on the MC and her friends! "Destiny Binds," captures this essence and immediately engages the reader and you never pause to question the reality she's created; it's flat-out that good.
The premise is a little more mundane and centers around shifters but Blackwell's humorous dialogue and interesting characterization really help boost what might be a tired or overdone premise into something captivating. She has a thread of mystery woven throughout that centers reader interest and a slow revealing of many small surprises throughout that maintain it. The ending was climatic and left the reader hanging but not in an I-want-to-strangle-the-author-cliffhanger feel. More like a, "What's going to happen next? I'm dying to read the sequel!" The author is definitely clever and comedic and lets all that flow through the story in an edgy "out there" feel that I really enjoyed. The romantic inference for the next book is clear and I can't wait to find out who Scout will end up with!
*4.5 Stars* I really liked this novel. I bought it solely based on the strength of the first work I read by McGuire, "Beautiful Disaster", which I ado*4.5 Stars* I really liked this novel. I bought it solely based on the strength of the first work I read by McGuire, "Beautiful Disaster", which I adored and gave a six star on my blog. (I know, I know, there is no such thing...but it's my blog; lol!)
This is the first book in a trilogy and centers around a rich Brown University girl named Nina Grey who has recently lost her father. She immediately meets a mysterious young man in the most odd and random encounters then becomes enthralled with him, even though he remains elusive for a portion of the book. There is a secret he is keeping from her which is ultimately revealed. This is perfect for a reader who enjoys the alpha-male/protector romantic lead (this is the only type I like). There is an ongoing mystery sub-plot and interesting supporting characters. I especially enjoyed Kim and hope she is fleshed out in the next installment, "Requiem."
In comparing this work with BD I found the pacing to be a little sporadic and not doled out in nice little chunks. BD really kept me on edge the entire read...I really loved that. "Providence" became a little "soft" or boggy in some spots but not a problem, I ran right out and purchased book 2. This book will receive a 4.5 on my blog (it is such a strong 4). Unfortunately, the half-star option is not available here! I am liking "Requiem" even more which starts out with a bang and keeps that edgy intensity McGuire is so capable [of] and great with.
I like the angelic themes that are running so strong in YA lit presently. The caveat is: they must be well-done, with new plot twists and such. This book is well-done and if you like this book, Forgotten Souls, by Tiffany King offers another angle that is different enough to be interesting yet encompasses all the dynamics that were so terrific in this work....more
This is really a 4.5 star and that will be reflected when I submit my review for: www.seldoviagazette.com. I did not want to denigrate this book by roThis is really a 4.5 star and that will be reflected when I submit my review for: www.seldoviagazette.com. I did not want to denigrate this book by rounding "down" in stars.
This is a book that keeps the mystery at a high fever pitch until the very end ( maybe too long). I loved the tension but the unveiling came a little too late [in the novel's progression] and felt "anti-climatic." I also never got a real "fix" on the mother-daughter relationship. I felt that the mom's behavior was inconsistent as the novel progressed. Those are my main gripe(s) that kept it from being a "5."
I really like King's writing style, I found myself emotionally involved with the story at the end; really unusual for me. There is a smoothness of transition and story-telling that reminded me of Karen McQuestion. That's what she'll be in a few more books. King drew me in to feeling for, rooting for, caring for the characters. I loved her premise and the roles the respective characters played. Finally, an "alpha" male lead in a YA paranormal romance I could "sink my teeth into!" Sometimes, the males are written to be "wimpy," and it doesn't resonate for me. Mark was a real dude and should feel that way to chicks that read it.
I *loved* the ending with the action and violence! I wish YA's were written with more of this contrary interaction. So many are too sappy and slow-paced to get a reader's blood pumping! The ending more-than-made up for the slow start!
I will definitely be purchasing any future installments. Keep writing, Tiffany!...more
The author invites the reader at the end of "Demon Kissed" to read the first chapter of the sequel, "Cursed," if we "can't wait" to read the next bookThe author invites the reader at the end of "Demon Kissed" to read the first chapter of the sequel, "Cursed," if we "can't wait" to read the next book.
I CAN'T WAIT! There's a reason this book is so popular. Ward's got it all goin' on here: suspense, romantic tension, intrigue throughout, not much not to love in this novel! This is the 5th book I've read with some kind of spin on angelic/demon themes and it is the very best. Tight prose and superb pacing make this an I-can't-put-it-down. Go ahead, I dare you, it was that *fantastic*. I read all but the last three percent (I know,I know, but I fell asleep on the last part and the Kindle hit my face...that happens sometimes). I finished the ending today and wOw~!
Sophia has a guy she's great friends with that's a lady's man and it's just the way she likes it; "safe." Relationships have been a sore spot in the past and keeping everyone at arms' length really appeals. When Collin tries to get closer, she pulls away. In steps Eric, her lab partner, and he is the perfect foil for the relationship progressing toward intimacy. Soon, Sophia discovers who she really is and more importantly, what her purpose is. The entire novel pokes a dirty stick at trust in relationships, constantly forcing the MC to analyze her decisions at every turn. This alone made the novel a tense, page-turner. The premise was very unique in a sea of "sameness" in this little sub-genre and I was so pleased to try and figure out all the information and how the author tied it together.
I buy the sequel to books that have a series about half the time. Many times I'll read the first in a series but if it's pretty good or mediocre, I won't buy the second. I will be RACING out to buy "Cursed" ASAP. If you like a fast-paced, action-driven novel with an interesting premise, this is the one for you~! People that liked the novel, "The Soulkeepers," will love this.
Brooks is obviously very bright and throughout the story that intelligence gleams like a pearl in the writing; constantly weaving comedic references aBrooks is obviously very bright and throughout the story that intelligence gleams like a pearl in the writing; constantly weaving comedic references and metaphors in its entirety. Although I understand why some would get confused, the complexity and plot twists are what make this book greater than a three star for me from the onset. I don't want to be bored, I don't want "dumbed down." I don't think Brooks could deliver something like that, she's not capable.
Be warned: this is not a "light appetizer" read that one zips through and says, "whatever," when through. It's a main entree that needs to be taken a dose-at-at-time. The main character, Syd, is an in-your-face brash and abrasive person. I had a tough time trying to see through that to like her at all. She was wordy and contrary but...I am still thinking about her, wanting to know more of the "why." She got under my skin! Ugh! The character switch and regressions that take place later were fascinating and really added to my interest in the story; I felt for Syd's heartache when she comes to realize more of why she is who she is. Good protagonist characterization.
What I thought could be fine-tuned were the emotions of Beau. He seemed ambivalent in his role for Syd to me. Sometimes, in the first third of the book I wanted to cover my ears to stop Syd's constant barrage of vocabulary, it was a siege for me...maybe this was what Brooks was going for to establish her evolution as the novel progresses(?). It was too much for me, but so different in its rawness...that still, I kept reading. Someone less talented could have never wielded the vehicle of this novel as expertly. This will not be for everyone, but it stays with you...and that, to me, is the hallmark of something that is unique and special.
Not suited for people under sixteen (more of a YA crossover IMHO).
This debut novel from Independent, “Indie” author Addison Moore has an ingenious premise and excludes all the “tired” vampire and shifters that have rThis debut novel from Independent, “Indie” author Addison Moore has an ingenious premise and excludes all the “tired” vampire and shifters that have run amuck from book publishing in all formats of late.
Moore draws us in with a teenage girl named aptly, Skyla Messenger, who discovers she's of angelic descent(and she is not the only one)!The book revolves around this sub-species of extraordinary humans which possess extraordinary traits. The novel has all the telltale Young Adult regulars: love triangle, stressed familial relationship, new town and angst, but Moore manages what could have been a mediocre read with true teen dialogue and a character that is not one-dimensional. She's especially adept at showing teen girl pettiness (sorry girls, this really rung true!) while doing a fair turn of comedic dialogue.
For readers that need a lot of action, this will not do, it evolves to include some action but is not an “action” book.
Fans of Twilight and Amanda Hocking's work (My Blood Approves and Switched) may enjoy this read. Book two in the Celestra Series is Tremble, available now on Amazon.com.
Now, if you're like me, the excessive press and saturation of media-hype surrounding this work has been an initial hurdle to reading it.
This unique noNow, if you're like me, the excessive press and saturation of media-hype surrounding this work has been an initial hurdle to reading it.
This unique novel is worth giving a try! As an adult with children, I do read quite a bit of YA material; these authors are quite good and know how to entertain regardless of reader-age and should not be dismissed.
Twilight exactly captures teen angst as seventeen-year old Bella moves to the small, rainy town of Forks, Washington, to finish her last two years of high school after moving in with her father. She soon finds that there are vampires in her midst and becomes enraptured in their “lives.” What sets this apart from other paranormal genre books is the unique way these vampires “eat.” No spoilers here! This special theme of the book runs throughout the entire four-book series.
Good characterization and a believable protagonist underscore excellent dialog, making this book a solid read. Although there has been great female response to this book, male readers will enjoy the decent alpha-male characters in their varying forms as well. There is an “ethereal” quality to this book that makes it a standout, one can almost “feel” the mist and see the moss growing on the trees, Meyer's descriptive voice is that good.