****FIVE STARS ALERT! Everyone else's life is easier or better than yours...or is it? The Breakup Mix explores the imperfect lives of five lifelong fri****FIVE STARS ALERT! Everyone else's life is easier or better than yours...or is it? The Breakup Mix explores the imperfect lives of five lifelong friends each with their own trials, each searching for happiness. I love this quote from the opening page, "Happiness may be able to elude me in my personal life, but dammit, I can slap it across interior walls in two days flat." Of course I love the deep bond of friendship shared by these amazing and completely different women, but what I love most of all is the ease at which Carter takes us from a poignant, teary moment to one where you are dying of laughter. This book is laugh-out-loud, grab your aching sides funny. I found myself pulling my hair out in frustration, sobbing uncontrollably and cheering for these vibrant, yet relatable characters. The dialogue is brilliant, the characters are flawed and real, there's romance and heartbreak-what more could you ask for? As for me, I'm asking for more from TK Carter. I'll beg if I have to. I'm just say'in. ...more
As an avid reader and lover of dystopian fiction, I'm constantly on the hunt for something original, thought-provoking and emotionally moving, BUT I sAs an avid reader and lover of dystopian fiction, I'm constantly on the hunt for something original, thought-provoking and emotionally moving, BUT I still want to be entertained. It's a tall order to fill, but John Hancock's ROOF has achieved that in spades. This is the book folks-the one that makes your heart bleed and stays with you forever!
Peter Harkness is a young, overlooked genius toiling away at his corporate job in a world where the human workforce is quickly being replaced by robots. Peter's world is vanishing as the greed of the Corporation strives to annihilate humanity; yet Peter forms an unlikely friendship with a robot named Robbie. The story of this friendship set amidst a raging war is one that makes you contemplate what it means to be human and to have a soul.
ROOF is an easy and quick read, with tension that will drive you all the way to the end. Although classic dystopian themes are at the forefront of the story, it's not stuffy or pretentious and best of all it leaves you with a heart warming, meaningful message. So did I cry? Oh yeah, I bawled like a baby at the end and that for me equals 5 stars every single day of the week. I highly recommend this book to both teens and adults. ...more
5 Stars! I'm totally blown away by the beauty of Drew's writing and I'm seriously so impressed and moved....yep, I cried at the end. This book only to5 Stars! I'm totally blown away by the beauty of Drew's writing and I'm seriously so impressed and moved....yep, I cried at the end. This book only took me ten minutes to read, but it immediately swept me up into a sci-Fi/paranormal world that mesmerized me. When it was over, I felt like I had just opened my eyes after a deep sleep. This is a special story and it's about faith and belief in a Higher Power. I'm off to buy more Drew Avera books immediately! ...more
5 STARS! Lauren Taylor knows exactly what her readers need and I for one NEEDED this novella! After reading (and loving) all four books in The Woodlan5 STARS! Lauren Taylor knows exactly what her readers need and I for one NEEDED this novella! After reading (and loving) all four books in The Woodlands Series, I found I did have some lingering questions that are beautifully answered in The Willful. Lauren takes us back to the time of Rosa's birth and early years and gives us a glimpse into the life and love of Rosa's parents Esther and Pelo. Misperceptions abound, images shattered and an unsung hero is unearthed in this poignant and telling novella. I highly recommend this story, as well as the entire Woodlands Series to lovers of YA dystopian and to readers looking for complex characters and exceptional story telling. I'll read anything and everything by this exceptionally talented author!
FIVE STARS EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK AND THEN SOME! Strikers manages to capture every element that is important to me in YA dystopia and I've beenFIVE STARS EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK AND THEN SOME! Strikers manages to capture every element that is important to me in YA dystopia and I've been known to be picky when it comes to my favorite genre. Striker has rich characters that instantly come alive and truly embody actual teenagers and I would know as the mom of three teens myself. I love Karas, the protagonist, as well as her friends Conner and Cassi and then there's Jovan the handsome elite boy thrown into the chaos of Karas' life, love him! I value a great journey, an odyssey, instead of a stagnant plot, and Strikers doesn't disappoint. This book is fast-paced and exciting and I highly recommend it to everyone. ...more
FIVE STARS AND THEN SOME! I loved the Sovereign Series and all of the rich, complex characters, not just the main characters, but the supporting charaFIVE STARS AND THEN SOME! I loved the Sovereign Series and all of the rich, complex characters, not just the main characters, but the supporting characters and even the ones you love to hate. I've been dying to know the backstory to some of the supporting characters, so I was so excited when I heard that author ER Arroyo was writing a trio of short stories to answer these burning character questions of mine. Transgression is the perfect companion to the Sovereign Series; it is the missing piece I've been searching for in this literary puzzle.
Who would have thought that a story about nasty Nathan Burke would be so intriguing? I was completely captivated by his story which is set in the hours right before the apocalyptic curtain opens and ends with his entrance into his new bunkered world. A glimpse into the developing tyrannical madness of Nathan's mind is evident in this short story and I felt myself feeling sympathy for him one moment, kind of liking him another and finally returning to my original disgust. He is truly mad and his insanity is cleverly revealed by Arroyo's masterful writing.
It is an amazing thing when a talented author produces great work, but when the author's writing grows and develops into genius, masterful work, well that's just the icing on the cake. Transgression is one of those books I'll never forget and I simply cannot wait to read the next short story (I'm hoping it's Titus' story). I highly recommend the Sovereign Series to all of my friends and I know you'll enjoy it as much as I do. ...more
I love zombie books, so I was excited to read Red Hill as it just won the UtopYA award for Best Dystopia. I realize Red Hill is a departure from JamieI love zombie books, so I was excited to read Red Hill as it just won the UtopYA award for Best Dystopia. I realize Red Hill is a departure from Jamie's usual genre of YA romance and I think she did a fine job with this book. The story follows a familiar zombie apocalyptic formula: outbreak, infection and run for your lives. It also uses several POVs which also is popular for this genre. Jamie's characters are well developed, but I had a difficult time liking, caring or even mourning their deaths. Scarlett, the main protagonist, is the fierce mother bear with a psychotic determination to find her two daughters. As a mother myself, I understand her desperation, but often it bordered on a selfish disregard for others and I found her lack of sympathy for those who sacrificed their lives to help her, well just pitiful. The tragedy and the triumph of this story is believable and yet the one thing really bothered me was how abruptly the main characters were snuffed out once infected. It was sudden and harsh. I know it was meant to be merciful, but more heartfelt drama came from the long goodbye between Skeeter and Jill, as well as other secondary characters. I understand Jamie's appeal as an author of YA books and I really enjoyed this one, but having read a ton of PA and dystopia, I find that I'm not blown away. Was it good? Yes! Was it award worthy? Not for me, but still worth reading. ...more
CeCe is on her way to Nashville with her walker hound, Hank Junior, to try her hand at being a country singer, but as luck would have it, her beater cCeCe is on her way to Nashville with her walker hound, Hank Junior, to try her hand at being a country singer, but as luck would have it, her beater car blows up and leaves her stranded with nothing more than her hound and her guitar. She is rescued by Thomas and Holden who share a similar dream, making it big in Nashville. Despite Holden's reluctance to help CeCe, the join forces and a mutual attraction forms between them. The only problem, Holden has a girlfriend back home. Nashville is a cute story and only the beginning of what is sure to be a lively series. I'm looking forward to reading more. ...more
4 1/2 Stars! Lately I've been really enjoying serialised novels, but this one seems to have real potential as a dystopian NA novella series with some4 1/2 Stars! Lately I've been really enjoying serialised novels, but this one seems to have real potential as a dystopian NA novella series with some serious kick! The beginning is so dark and depressing and the setting is bland and at the same time utterly vile that I could see, hear, taste and definitely feel the dystopian creepiness oozing on everything. This novella has all the ingredients that dystopian fans crave: a fierce heroine from a mysterious, infamous family, the bad boy love interest with a secret past, dystopian themes of control (and forced lobotomies) and a rebellious band of misfits that are struggling against a corrupt government.
I love the fact that the author, Lila Felix, alternates the POV's between Petra and Law (love the names) and the romantic attraction between them is real, straight forward and without any pretense. The supporting characters thus far are shaping up to be complicated, likeable and at times comical. Felix does an excellent job of writing in a way that the settings are tangible and the words spark an abundance of sensory reactions. I'm going to rush right into the next novella for sure. I guess my general feeling about Phase 1...it's just a plain cool read. ...more