When I started Shiver, I was skeptical of this whole werewolf thing and was just hoping that the book didn't let me down too much. I had no idea thatWhen I started Shiver, I was skeptical of this whole werewolf thing and was just hoping that the book didn't let me down too much. I had no idea that I would fall in love with this story. It was one of those subtle loves; it crept up on me and before I knew it this love was full-blown. Next, I read Linger and I laughed with Grace - I cried with Sam - My heart went out to Isabel - and for the most part, I did not understand nor did I like Cole.
Then I read Forever. And in this heart-wrenching read, I found myself adoring Cole - crying with Isabel - and my heart going out to both Sam and Grace. Who knew that four very different characters could elicit so many emotions from me?
Maybe it was the way that Forever was written that made me feel so anxious and on-edge during the entire book. Some of the chapters are extremely short and you don't know exactly what's going on with that character and then it just cuts out. The next chapter switches POV and so you're left hanging as to what's happened with Cole, Grace, Sam, or Isabel. Things are happening simultaneously so I understand why it made sense to switch back and forth but at times I thought I was going to be ripped apart from the worry/anxiety.
Forever in 3 words? Heartbreaking. Love. SAM....more
My name is Sash but you can call me 'Team Best Friend'. I am, without a doubt, almost always pulling for the best friend in the loMore like 2.5 stars.
My name is Sash but you can call me 'Team Best Friend'. I am, without a doubt, almost always pulling for the best friend in the love triangle. Well, what do you do when BOTH boys are the best friend? You don't know which one to choose - that's what. Sigh, now that I've gotten my initial AHH moment out of the way, let me tell you about some of the great things that I really enjoyed about this novel.
The only child-ism of this novel. Yes, I realize that most of you reading this right now are, in fact, not only children; however, for me personally I could really identify with Laurel when she talked about the interactions between herself and her parents. Just saying, there is no one else to pass blame/attention onto in certain situations.
The easy-readness. If you're looking for a quick, easy and fun read - look no further. I picked up this book to read before going to bed and then looked up 3 hours later to find myself fully immersed in Wings!
The boys. David and Tam are very cute. Each in their own way. David is sturdy and real. Tam is exciting and kind of forbidden.
Even though there was a "bad guy" in this book, I felt like the story was more about Laurel and her recognition and acceptance that she is not who she thought she was....more
Let me sum up how I felt about this book in two words: LOVED IT.
I've been searching for some new books to read for a little while now and I guess my bLet me sum up how I felt about this book in two words: LOVED IT.
I've been searching for some new books to read for a little while now and I guess my biggest reservation about starting a new series is that it will let me down. But this was not the case for Shiver. I'd kept seeing it crop up here and there - on Twitter, GoodReads, etc. I'm not really a "werewolf kinda girl" - I mean I'm not necessarily a "vampire girl" either (Please don't get me started on Team Edward vs. Team Jacob..that is an entire post in and of itself). What I mean to say is that I initially shied away from Shiver because werewolves just weren't something I was interested in. But this isn't a werewolf story..this is a LOVE story. Beautiful and sad - just like Sam. Some people might find Sam a little..depressing? mopey? emo? Yes, he has more feelings than probably any boy that I know but that is what I love about him. So I prefer the term sensitive or maybe tender-hearted when it comes to Sam.
This book is so good for many reasons. First, much like Beth Revis' Across the Universe, I really enjoyed the dual perspectives of the protagonists Grace and Sam. I was able to really get a good feel for both of these characters, who they are when they're together and who they are when they're not. I don't think I would have understood how they felt about each other if it had just been one-sided. I might have thought that the other one was a little obsessed, as opposed to in love.
Also, the premise of the book is really unique. That werewolves don't change by the moon cycle but by the seasons. Wolf when it's cold and human when it's hot. Ingenious. And that eventually after a while, they stop shifting and become wolves forever..well you can see what the problem seems to be since Sam and Grace want to be together.
I also really liked the minor character development of Isabel. She seemed rather sketchy to be in the beginning but she has grown on me and her love for her brother Jack is something that though I don't understand much since I don't have a brother, is something that I can appreciate and admire. The lengths that she is willing to go for him proves to me how strong of a person she is. Especially since Jack is kind of a jerk. (I wish I had read this before last week's Top 10 Jerks because Jack would have definitely made my list.)
PS: the title of the book is very appropriate because after I read the last page, I had goosebumps. Oh, Maggie Stiefvater - how could you end a book like that?!...more
I have to admit that after after seeing an endless amount of Vampires, Werewolves, Fae, and other mythical creatures that it was nice to see somethingI have to admit that after after seeing an endless amount of Vampires, Werewolves, Fae, and other mythical creatures that it was nice to see something that I'm familiar with but not overly exposed to.
Raise your hand if you remember The Odyssey. If you never read the Odyssey and are over the age of 15, I'm pretty sure that you don't live Earth. But in any case, for those of you who don't know what a Siren is, it's a mythological creature in the form of a beautiful woman that lives in the ocean and lures men to their deaths (enter evil woman laugh here). In Homer's The Odyssey, Odysseus has his men tied down so that they don't go jumping off the ship toward these crazy ladies.
But while the story did have to do with Sirens, it was also a book about teenage girls finding out who they are. Both Justine and Vanessa come to terms with who they are and who they want to be/where they want to go in life. I think this is a good theme given the intended audience of this book. Justine isn't quite sure where she wants to go to college and feels the parental pressure of choosing Ivy League and Vanessa, I think, is trying to get out of her older sister's shadow and come into her own. This story could also been seen as focusing on the different types of relationships between siblings. Not only sisters - Justine and Vanessa, Paige and Zara, Siren Sisters - but also the bond between brothers - Simon and Caleb.
My one pet peeve is that it's really hard for me to imagine anyone's parents letting their 17 year old daughter drive unaccompanied to their beach house to "figure things out". Especially when their older daughter's body was just found on the shore of the beach town. Really? I'm sorry, this would just not happen in real life. But then again, I think this is more plausible than Sirens. :)
Overall, Vanessa was a likable character that I could see myself being friends with. :)...more
So, I think I'm still trying to figure out whether or not I liked this book. Let me list out some things that I liked about the book.
1. I liked that ISo, I think I'm still trying to figure out whether or not I liked this book. Let me list out some things that I liked about the book.
1. I liked that I was intrigued. I'm not familiar with "ghost stories" so it was a refreshing genre for me. 2. I actually liked the main character - Amelia. She wasn't over whiny, though sometimes she was..a little slow? I was figuring out things many pages before she was. 3. The lack of a love triangle. (Can't believe I just said that! But it just wouldn't have worked in this novel so I'm glad that Ms. Hudson didn't try to force something that wouldn't have gone well.)
Now onto somethings that I didn't particularly like about the book.
1. The instalove. Joshua and Amelia are drooling over each other waaay too soon. I realize that a "near death" experience can bring people closer, but..I just wasn't feeling it. 2. Alot of things were left unexplained at the ending. Things that I felt should have been explained. I'm sure I had the most confused look on my face. 3.The ending itself. The "realization" that Amelia comes to. I wanted to yell out "BULLCRAP!" at her.
If you're a big lover of Paranormal Romances, you'll enjoy this book....more
What is it like to feel different?weird? UNIQUE. Juliette is a girl; a girl who can't be touched by another human being without inflicting pain on thWhat is it like to feel different?weird? UNIQUE. Juliette is a girl; a girl who can't be touched by another human being without inflicting pain on them. And she has been locked up for this. Until one day, she's released - under the condition that she be used as a weapon. But she has plans of her own.
This book is about so much more than a girl who has supernatural powers. It's about what it's like to be considered "different" in society. And how you can overcome that feeling and find acceptance within yourself. It's about finding love and how that love can make anything possible. It can change the way you see yourself and the way you see the world.
Tahereh Mafi's debut novel blew me away. I finished it in one sitting and found myself begging for the more at the end. And while I felt like the first half of the book was more character driven (which I liked a lot!), I LOVED the action-packed second half of the novel.
If you loved The Hunger Games, you're going to gobble this one up! ...more
Woo hoo for me finally getting the time to finish this book (and by 'getting time', I mean staying up until 4AM this morning because once I had starteWoo hoo for me finally getting the time to finish this book (and by 'getting time', I mean staying up until 4AM this morning because once I had started it, I simply could not put it down). I had to know what was going to happen to Pierce and who the heck John was!
From the synopsis of the book (and maybe this is just me), I actually half-expected John to be a bad guy. The way that it was written - 'someone wants you back there' - was, for me, not a romantic idea as much as it was a SCARY one! (maybe I'm more like Pierce than I thought). However, as I progressed through the book I began to see more and more why John ISN'T a bad guy and how, in his own way, he actually means well. Is he a little scary? Sure. Does he ignore Pierce's wishes? Yeah. But his intentions are good. And that's what counts, right?
Speaking of John, can I just personally thank Meg Cabot for not making him the 'drop dead gorgeous - omg omg omg - every girl in school wants him - worship the ground he walks on' character. (Maybe she's saving that for Seth? haha) It was really refreshing to not have Pierce oogling over how perfect he was. I rather liked Pierce for noting that he was attractive but not putting him on some pedestal.
It wasn't just Pierce and John that got me into the book though. I think the idea of the book was a great one. There haven't been much Underworld-esque books (atleast that I've come across) and it was nice to get away from the Vamps and Weres for a little while. And I especially enjoyed the quotes from The Inferno at the beginning of every chapter. One thing that I'm a little confused on is exactly why Pierce isn't familiar with the Furies and the Underworld in general. She's in 12th grade, right? I thought that by then high school English classes had read Dante's Divine Comedy, no? It was on my 10th grade reading list. I guess it helps that I read the Inferno in 3 English classes in college, so maybe that's why I'm a little more familiar it. (My college professors would be so proud.) I feel like Mr. Smith right now - "What do they teach you children in school these days?!".
I'm pretty anxious for the next installment - Underworld - because there are alot of things of my mind at the end of this book. What is up with Alex? Who's Pierce's mom's ex-beau? Do the birds have anything to do with anything? How is Pierce going to handle her situation? So many unanswered questions!...more
I was in for a rude awakening with this book! I thought I knew exactly where this was going. But I didn't! And now that I have read it, I understand tI was in for a rude awakening with this book! I thought I knew exactly where this was going. But I didn't! And now that I have read it, I understand the cover - red dress and black roses.
I liked that Theia is English because it gave room for the some cute nicknames (English) and some interesting jargon that she uses. And I think it explains for the most part why she and Haden can talk the way that they do. I'm not sure the typical American teenager would have been so keen on him using the archetypal words that he did.
For the most part though, it was just an okay read for me. Haden seemed like a genuine jerk (not "the guy who just pretends to be a jerk") and bordered on the creepy side i.e. he flat out told her that he was obsessed with her. Not be to mean or anything, but other than her innocence..what is he attracted to? Her ability to lose herself in her violin? I found her a little lacking in the interesting department and nothing to be head-over-heels about.
You'll like this book if you're a super hardcore paranormal fan.
I loved just about everything about this book. It had everything I was wanting. Witty and hilarious main characteA Polynesian Jewish girl? Yes please.
I loved just about everything about this book. It had everything I was wanting. Witty and hilarious main character? Uh huh. Interesting plot? Mmhmm. Mythology? Yep.
I think one of the things that I really enjoyed about this book was the diversity of all of the characters. The group dynamic was spot on. Each character was unique and brought something different to the table. Some people might think that there are "too many" backgrounds, but I couldn't disagree more! I thought that was what made it interesting and for me, drove home the idea that all religions and types of people can and do co-exist. Plus, I think this gave every reader out there a character that they could identify with.
I especially liked the flashbacks to explain everyone's background (what happened to them before they came to Blackwood Academy). I don't usually like it when POVs hop around but this was a great way to explain where they came from (and foreshadow what god/goddess they were) without getting mushy or unrealistic (because honestly, what teenager is like "yes, I don't know you but I'm going to tell you about my awful past." Answer? None.)
Of course I can't review this book without talking about Eve. Is she good? Is she bad? Is she just playing devil's advocate? Eve is Ash's sister but what does "sisterly love" mean? As an only child, this is hard for me to understand, but I'd like to think it's similar to how I feel about my best friends! Eve was tricky and though I didn't quite understand her, for the majority of the book I did feel sorry for her. Also, can I just say..that tennis match scene was one of the best scenes I've read in a while. I was loving it.
Ultimately for me, Wildefire was about a teenage girl believing in herself and finding out what she was made of and who she was. And I loved it....more
The FINAL book in The Curse Worker’s Series! What will happen to Cassel? What will happen to Lila? I NEEDED TO KNOW. And I found out.
Black Heart was aThe FINAL book in The Curse Worker’s Series! What will happen to Cassel? What will happen to Lila? I NEEDED TO KNOW. And I found out.
Black Heart was a great ending to the story of Cassel, Lila, and the crew. Loose ends were tied up and people, essentially, got what was coming to them. Did I like it as much as the first two? No, but that’s because it felt like not enough stuff was going on. It wasn’t as thrilling as the first two and I guess that usually happens in the final book of a series. I wanted more from Black Heart but let me be clear that I still loved this book.
Cassel really comes into his own in this book. I don’t know quite how to describe it but he goes from being “baby bird brother” to a REAL MAN. And I’ve enjoyed watching him learn and grown over this series.
I recommend this series to all readers, especially if you’re looking for something VERY unique and yet, can be paralleled with our world today....more
Overall 2.5 stars which is saying that it felt somewhere between "okay" and "good". 2.5 does not mean that I didn't like it. It just means it was middOverall 2.5 stars which is saying that it felt somewhere between "okay" and "good". 2.5 does not mean that I didn't like it. It just means it was middle of the road for me. The last 50-75 pages = 3.5 stars.
As you all may or may not know, Insurgent is the extremely highly anticipated sequel to last’s years Divergent. I LOVED Divergent. I found Tris to be an equal of any other great fictional heroine; she didn’t take anything from anyone. She was tough, brave, and yet caring. With main and minor characters that I adored, a thrilling plot, and more than one bad guy to watch out for, I couldn’t have been more excited than when I started to read Insurgent – I just KNEW that I was going to LOVE it.
Except, I didn’t.
The writing was choppy. I felt like I was being thrown from place to place and jerked around wildly on what seemed like a wild goose chase for Tris and Four. They’re going to Amity, they’re going here, they’re going there. It felt like the plot was being forced to move along and didn’t have that organic feeling to it. At least not until 50-75 pages until the ending. That’s when the writing really started to flow and I felt like things were happening smoothly. Those last 50-75 pages really saved me from disliking the book altogether.
So many things just didn’t work for me in Insurgent. Both Tris and Four were acting extremely whiny and annoying. Four was complaining all the time and Tris was crying all the time and they just didn’t seem to connect with me like they did when I read Divergent. I didn’t feel like they grew as characters, but more regressed back into shells of their former selves.
Also, with Insurgent taking place outside of the Dauntless compound, I was hoping that there would be more world building and while we do get to experience more of the other faction compounds and see into some of their customs and people, it didn’t feel like enough. (Though it was nice to see Amity! WOOHOO! I’m definitely Amity, through and through.) For me, it was merely a sketch of what I thought should have been a full painting. I wanted to know more than what colors they wear and how they wear their hair. It was nice to see a few of the customs, but it didn’t feel like enough as far as world building goes.
I will say that some of my questions were answered and that the last page of the book is definitely worthy of a good ending but in making that “good ending”, even MORE questions arose and now everything is going to have to be wrapped up in the last book, which based on the length of both Divergent and Insurgent, will be around 500 pages. Veronica Roth had better change her name to Lucy, because she’s got some s’plaining to do!
Overall, a VERY VERY readable book (I finished this book in less than a day) and I’m pretty much the only one of my friends who didn’t absolutely L-O-V-E it. I wanted to love this one so so badly. It hurts to say that I didn’t. Maybe I went in with unachievable expectations? I don’t know, it just didn’t jive with me like the first one did.
PS – I have heard rumors that there were changes to the final copy, so I will definitely be reading a finished copy to see if that’s true!...more
So, Rhine and Gabriel are on the run. Rhine is desperate to get back to New York City and reunite with her brother, Rowan. Fever is the journey that RSo, Rhine and Gabriel are on the run. Rhine is desperate to get back to New York City and reunite with her brother, Rowan. Fever is the journey that Rhine and Gabriel make to try and get to New York City. Will they be successful and even if they are, what will happen once they get there?
I was a little bit afraid that Fever was going to be too much of a “middle novel”, with nothing but fluff in the middle and the “boring” stuff that happens in the second book in a trilogy. But, boy, was I wrong. This book is an intense ride that will have the reader on the edge of their seats wondering who can be trusted and what will happen next. Where Wither was a little more of getting to know Rhine, Gabriel, and all of the other characters – a little bit slower with the pacing, Fever is the perfect pace and you get to see Rhine in a different light than you saw her in Wither. She’s stronger and I grew to like her more and more as Fever progressed.
Surprisingly, the “love interest” took a backseat to her trying to find Rowan (for me atleast). In the first novel, I wondered “Linden vs. Gabriel”, but in Fever all I wanted was for Rhine to find Rowan. This is a sign of true character development on Ms. DeStefano’s part. I cared about the main character independent from anything and anyone else.
The ending was good but I find myself not caring what happens in the next book....more
The Death Cure is the final book in The Maze Runner series. Thomas, our main character, has been through so much in the first two books and now WICKEDThe Death Cure is the final book in The Maze Runner series. Thomas, our main character, has been through so much in the first two books and now WICKED says that it's time to finally find the death cure. But Thomas doesn't trust them and I can't say that I blame him.
I spent the majority of this book in anticipation of finally knowing it all! Waiting, and waiting, and waiting. And while this book is about 97% action and 3% resolution, I was happy with it. Did it end the way I wanted it to? Not really, especially since I had SO MANY unanswered questions at the end, but I can see how some people would think that it was the "perfect" ending.