****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
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! The Hunger Games is totally my type of entertainment! It has the sum up all the ingredients I love in a good, fun reaI LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! The Hunger Games is totally my type of entertainment! It has the sum up all the ingredients I love in a good, fun read...romance, intrigue, interesting characters, action, even a bit of humor amongst the horror...I could go on and on. I read this book from cover to cover in under 3 hours. I couldn't put it down! Now I am dying in anticipation for the sequel. ...more
I have a read this book 3 times....this is something I rarely do. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! I laughed so hard! I have recommI have a read this book 3 times....this is something I rarely do. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! I laughed so hard! I have recommended this book to my mother, sisters, aunts, cousins and even my grandma and they all loved it! It is a little like Brigitte Jones, but not so raunchy....there are a few swear words however. I have read all of the Sophie Kinesella books and this is my favorite. I enjoyed the crazy tactics of the main character and appreciated the fact that everyone has silly secrets! Enjoy!...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!
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
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
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
4 1/2 Stars! So once upon a time I was a romance novel junkie; I'm still a book junkie, but my tastes are all over the place, science fiction, dystopi4 1/2 Stars! So once upon a time I was a romance novel junkie; I'm still a book junkie, but my tastes are all over the place, science fiction, dystopian, YA, you name it! Every year during the holidays, I devour a handful or two of romance novels, but the rest of the year it's hit or miss. I became disenchanted with romance authors because the envelope has been pushed way too far for me with deviance & erotica or I've grown completely bored with sappy, clean, Christian type romance novels. That's why I'm so excited that I won a copy of See Jane Fall from Katy Regnery because her writing is the perfect mix of what I love in romance. Katy writes about family relationships, dynamic characters and real life heart pounding problems! Best of all, it has renewed my interest in this genre. I loved See Jane Fall and I'm looking forward to catching up on the other novels in this series. ...more
I really enjoyed this book and the way the author constructed the story. It was fascinating following the "life" of this book and the people who savedI really enjoyed this book and the way the author constructed the story. It was fascinating following the "life" of this book and the people who saved it from extinction. The short stories that surround each moment of this book's history were full of courage and resilience. I really loved the fact that a modern day story was woven throughout the book and that the main character uncovers clues that lead to the telling of each short story. Very clever! This is a 4 1/2 star book for me!...more
4 1/2 Stars! Kate is a sixteen year old girl living in an isolated matriarchal tribe that has survived the apocalyptic "fall." The survival of the vil4 1/2 Stars! Kate is a sixteen year old girl living in an isolated matriarchal tribe that has survived the apocalyptic "fall." The survival of the village is ruled by fate and the alignment of the stars. Kate has been deemed a "breeder" and therefore must enter "the pit" a prison filled with male breeding stock in order to conceive. The only problem is, Kate has a rebellious nature and refuses her role as a breeder; she does not believe in fate and desires a life of free agency, the ability to choose her path. Mona, the village leader and tyrant, uses physical force and fear to manipulate Kate and the women of the village. When Kate enters the pit for the first time and meets her mate, she discovers a whole new way to see the world and it is contrary to the beliefs she has been raised by. These revelations cause a cascade of events in the village with Kate constantly at the epicenter.
I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. I read a ton and I primarily read YA apocalyptic and dystopian novels, so I have a wealth of background in these genres. Breeder, although it has many of the themes I frequently find in these books, is a true gem! This story is uniquely told with rich, poignant relationship building that takes this story to a new level. I actually cried when a tertiary character was killed...no not a primary or secondary character, but a character with a minuscule role. That alone speaks volumes to Casey Hay's talent.
Ian, Kate's assigned mate, is incorrigible and flawed, which I like (with the exception of that one slap...I know, I know, he lashed out as a caged animal, but I still don't like it!) The romance between Kate and Ian was not as important as their real friendship and I respect that greatly because it's real life and lasting. Despite Kate's initial naïveté, she has a ferocity and desire for change that drives the story and she's the kind of heroine you want to give a standing ovation to. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel as there is definitely some major foreshadowing hinted at and I'm sure an amazing adventure on the horizon. ...more