I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this book, what with the premise seeming like so many other young adult novels currently on the market. To mI wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this book, what with the premise seeming like so many other young adult novels currently on the market. To my surprise, C.C. Hunter’s first novel, Born at Midnight, was unlike any of those other novels-it had substance. Some things I really enjoyed: 1. Reading a story with so many different types of characters-both externally and internally. 2. Reading and watching as Kylie matures a little in regards to her relationship with her parents. Some minor issues I did have with this book include the following, though: 1. There are multiple editorial mistakes throughout, which makes it more than a little difficult to stay engrossed in the story. 2. Several phrases are overused-which, again, pulled me out of the story (e.g., “face it” or “but face it”). In addition to overusing some phrases, C.C. Hunter also uses some expressions that aren’t exactly age appropriate (e.g., “crappers” and “Hades”). 3. It wasn’t so much of a love “triangle” as a love “rectangle” (Kylie, Lucas, Derek, and Trey), which seemed, well, a little excessive. Overall, I look forward to reading the second book in the series, Awake at Dawn, this coming October. ...more
I know it is wrong to judge a book by its cover, but can we make an exception just this once? Because, well, it is an absolutely beautiful cover, andI know it is wrong to judge a book by its cover, but can we make an exception just this once? Because, well, it is an absolutely beautiful cover, and it does actually do the book justice. Camelia Miron Skiba is an extremely talented writer with an amazing literary voice and presence. Tessa Cosma, the protagonist, is an incredible character-one more people should be introducing us to in the literary world. Simply put, she is a strong, intelligent woman, while not being over the top (i.e. she is feminine and has some spunk-she has flaws and is, in laymen terms, as “human” as it gets when referring to a fictional character). In addition to all of these great things, at no time does Mrs. Skiba’s style appear anything but realistic. You will find yourself engrossed with this story until the very last page. Here is to hoping Mrs. Skiba writes many, many more stories! ...more
I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. In fact, it seemed like every other apocalyptic robotics book I have ever read. Like every othI was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. In fact, it seemed like every other apocalyptic robotics book I have ever read. Like every other book it was not, though. It is truly an original, action packed book that will keep you reading late into the night for many nights. Verdict: This new author and Robopocalypse are a must. ...more
Fallen by Lauren Kate is…simply phenomenal. It is truly an original, captivating story that will keep you reading late into the night. Luce and DanielFallen by Lauren Kate is…simply phenomenal. It is truly an original, captivating story that will keep you reading late into the night. Luce and Daniel’s timeless love story is hauntingly beautiful and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. The writing is superb; the characters enticing, charismatic, and well-developed; and the plot fast-paced and intriguing, making this book compulsively readable. Lauren Kate, after just three books, has secured her spot as one of my top five most revered authors of all time-don’t miss out on this book, it’s that good.
Is Holly Black amazing, or is Holly Black amazing? I mean, WOW. I started this book last night and finished it well under twenty-four hours. It grabbeIs Holly Black amazing, or is Holly Black amazing? I mean, WOW. I started this book last night and finished it well under twenty-four hours. It grabbed hold of me from the very first page and refused to let go. Within minutes, this book and the world Holly built began to feel real to me. The characters are different than most, but in a good way, a unique way. The plot is fast-paced, intriguing, and at times, gut wrenching. The abilities and lore Holly has created for her characters present a society that I would both love and be terrified to live in. Knowing that with one touch, one miscalculation, you could be killed or injured; your memories erased, blocked, and/or replaced with new memories, false memories; your body transformed into anything-living or not; your emotions altered-your body, mind, and heart ceasing to truly be your own. It is, well, both terrifying and thrilling to think about. However, this is not to say that all curse workers are bad, because they are not. In fact, some can provide you with luck and amulets to protect you from those who mean to do you harm (although, one should beware, because there are a lot of frauds out there, and after one time of protecting you an amulet ceases to work and must be replaced). The magic also does not come without consequences, and the more powerful the “curse” the more powerful the blowback the “worker” will face (this is, in some cases, deadly). Verdict: You will devour this book. Usually I would write a more detailed description about a book I felt this strongly about, but I’m not going to. Because, well, I want to go and buy RED GLOVE before my local bookstore closes....more
Aprilynne Pike is one of those rare, one of a kind writers who makes the next book you read seem disappointing. Seriously, seriously, disappointing. WAprilynne Pike is one of those rare, one of a kind writers who makes the next book you read seem disappointing. Seriously, seriously, disappointing. Wings, her debut novel, is a “must” for anyone looking for a story with a fresh, unique take on faeries. The mythology of her world is extraordinarily mesmerizing, and will leave you with a whole new outlook on faeries-from their origin, to an explanation for their alluring and always tempting appearances. Some have said that this story moves along at a slow place, only picking up at the very end-they’re wrong. This story is fast-paced, and at no time does Aprilynne Pike give you a chance to put it down. The writing is lovely, the dialogue believable, and the characters well-rounded and extremely likeable. Laurel, the main character, is someone you will immediately resonate with and want to get to know. She is not cut from a cookie cutter, like so many other characters these days are. She is sweet, brave, and caring, but at times over reacts, loses her temper, is conflicted, and does things she knows she should not-she is real. She is, basically, as real as it gets, and that is rare. Not many authors can achieve this feat. The love triangle between Laurel, David, and Tamani will leave you with mixed feelings. On the one hand, David is the perfect human-caring, understanding, smart, and an overall fun person to be around. On the other hand, Tamani is the perfect, um, nonhuman that I have ever read about. In the end, when his history with Laurel is revealed, you will be even more conflicted than before (although this may be what tips the scale for some of you). Overall, and what I am trying to say, is READ THIS BOOK! Ok, in a calmer way, this is seriously not a book you want to miss. ...more