I had been hearing about this book for a long time before I actually read it. My process of reading reviews is weird. Maybe I'm obsessive compulsive,I had been hearing about this book for a long time before I actually read it. My process of reading reviews is weird. Maybe I'm obsessive compulsive, but I always read the 5 stars, then the 1 star then the 3 stars. It's more out of curiosity than buying decision really, and whoa, the reviews for this book were all over the place, which meant I HAD TO read it.
I don't know if this is a review as much as it is my proclamation that I want to be president of Jamie's fan club. I feel so obligated to defend Jamie's story (I don't know her and she doesn't know anything about this review) for many, many reasons. This is the story that was in her heart that she wanted to write. She took a huge risk and I will always champion writers for doing that. Right. Wrong. It is what it is. This book is loved and hated because Jamie took serious risk. "Risky" is the story you read twice. "Risky" is the story that keeps you up at night. It pisses you off. It makes you want to throw it across the room. It will make you write a long ass review. I'm sorry, but hate is still an emotion, like it or not. I don't ever want to read a book the mirrors my life, I'm boring (not a bad thing). I want the drama and disasters in my tv shows and my books, where they should be. I want to appreciate my life after I read.
Look, this book terrified me (TERRIFIED ME, like not kidding) and I actually loved it. I've read it twice. I loved the four main characters a lot. They're flawed in a very real way. I love flawed characters. You know those characters everyone calls really stupid or annoying or frustrating? I LOVE THEM because, well, perfectly loveable smart people are boring in books, IMO. Anyway, when you're young, you're reckless, you're hot-tempered, you're turned on by everyone and everything lol... I don't condone it, I'm not saying it isn't dangerous and crazy, but it doesn't make it less true. Mare, Shep, Abby and Travis are a mess, and they're great. You know these people or you did or you are these people. I adored the friendship between these four. I also really loved the build up between Travis and Abby a lot. I loved their friendship and how it developed into something more. I think Jamie did a fantastic job of driving me crazy as I waited for them to finally get down and dirty.
Ok, on to Travis Maddox. What can I say about this character? I know for a fact that I would NEVER want this guy anywhere near me, but damn is he fun to read (in a very "i can't stop looking at the train wreck" way. Clearly he's a fine ass train wreck though). He loves hard, he fucks hard, he fights hard, he hurts hard. He's a mess, he's impulsive, he's emotional, he's possessive, he's damaged...whew. Travis is a well-written character. He's way too much for me. You don't have to condone him to understand that. He's a good character. I don't want to date him, ever, but he's a great, memorable character. I haven't been able to stop thinking about TRAVIS FUCKING MADDOX.
I didn't feel like the story was long at all (although, first half and second half almost felt like two different stories. Second half made me want to read about Abby's back story...hint, hint, Jamie). When I originally saw the number of pages, I *did* do a double take, but as I neared the end, I never wanted it to end, honestly. Jamie could've kept writing and I would've been right there with her.
Take the book for what it is. I'm not someone who cares about messages from books (again, past my impressionable years), but I can see how people might not want to their teens or younger children to read it. All in all, this book was addictive, emotionally-gripping, scary, made me panic sometimes, lovely and I could go on and on. But I won't. This was long enough as it is. The end....more
The theme song to this book should be Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." It's a great story about finding yourself, finding yourself through love and findiThe theme song to this book should be Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." It's a great story about finding yourself, finding yourself through love and finding love.
Oliver is an amazing storyteller. I loved the premise, it's realistic, just pushed to an extreme. Love as a treatable and curable disease. People fearing it. Great. Awesome. I'm all about this.
Sometimes, her prose would be stuck in my head for days. I'm not really a reader who cares if a writer can "write" well (by this I mean the prose). Are your characters cool? The story? Okay. That's all I care about. But Oliver's prose made me feel things. I don't get dramatic over books...okay that's not true. Rarely does it happen though.
And I felt so invested in Lena (and more so in Alex) and everything about her life. I felt trapped as I read.
And of course, there was Alex, what to say about Alex? LOVED him. He was my favorite character by far, and at times when he wasn't on the page, I wanted him to be. But often, he seemed a little too perfect. He did no wrong through out this book. None.
Overall, it was enjoyable. A little ashamed to admit that I would long to read it when I wasn't. LOL....more
First, this might be hard to believe, but I never go into a book with specific expectations because I think it's unfair to the author for me to imposeFirst, this might be hard to believe, but I never go into a book with specific expectations because I think it's unfair to the author for me to impose my thoughts on him or her. Second, I only review/judge books on story development and progression, characters (usually just the main one) and verisimilitude of the ending based on the story of a whole. I like to think I can stay objective that way, especially if it's not a genre that I lean toward normally.
Meant to Be is a paranormal YA romance by Tiffany King, and it tells the story of Krista, a girl who experiences intense emotions and who is plagued by dreams of a boy she has a close connection with. Following the death of her father, she moves with her mother to Santa Cruz (which she is drawn to) only to discover that the boy of her dreams does indeed exist.
She also befriends Sam and Shawn, who share the same connection in their dreams as Krista and her boy. Her dreams are tranquil at first but begin to change over time. Why are any of them having these dreams in the first place? What is the connection that all these people share? Why have Krista's turned into nightmares?
Who The Target Audience is: Anyone who enjoys romances. The romance between Krista and her dream boy is pretty intense, so while the novel overall is G-rated, I think the nature of the romance is best for ages 13 or 14 and up.
Story Progression and Development: From the get-go, I was intrigued because I love stories about dreams. I was immediately drawn in, trying to figure out why she was having these dreams. Clearly this is the centerpiece of the story.
By the middle of the book, I became torn about pacing. It might have been because I was anxious to know, but it felt incredibly slow at times, especially once the characters realized their similarities and as Krista's dreams became more terrifying. I expected things to become more imminent, but the pace remained the same for quite awhile. It lost a bit of the tension established in the beginning, for me at least. I don't think a story has to always be full-on action on every page, but it seemed like there was a lot of down time. It does eventually pick back up quite nicely in last third of the book.
Also, I think King has set up a great new mythology and a twist surrounding popular supernatural creatures (I hate calling them creatures because they're totally not that at all) for the rest of the series. And given what we know by the end of the novel, it's only going to get more exciting going forward. I'm adding Forgotten Souls (the next book in the series) to my "to read" pile for sure.
Character Development: I really liked the cast of characters because they felt like regular people, like I would know them. I appreciated and related to their anxieties, insecurities, hopefulness and uncertainties. (NOTE: this does NOT mean average or that they didn't stand out).
I loved Krista. Again, she felt real to me. I liked that she was jittery and anxious about her dream boy kissing her, she's good to her friends and she has a great relationship with her mom. I could tell that this was a pretty cool, kind girl. I kept thinking, This is a teenager. It felt like the most accurate portrayal I had read in quite some time.
Saw some complaints that Krista's feelings for the dream boy were "unhealthy" or "too intense" or "it happened too fast." This is fiction, for one, and two, I think based on Krista's emotional state in general, it's perfectly understandable the way she reacts when she's in love. It's nothing different from how her emotions play out in the whole novel. Plus, teenagers tend to feel everything intensely anyway.
Verisimilitude of the End Given the Story As A Whole: It seemed to me that the enemy arrived pretty suddenly after being dormant for much of the novel, but said enemy's arrival did provide a lot of the answers and wrapped things up nicely. I think the way the novel ended was highly probable, but I do wonder what would've happened had the enemy appeared earlier.
Some questions were answered and others were raised (That's a good thing. I believe authors should raise questions going forward). ...more
The thing I love about Addison Moore is that she does whatever the f**k she wants in her books. She always takes the most ridiculously awesome turns aThe thing I love about Addison Moore is that she does whatever the f**k she wants in her books. She always takes the most ridiculously awesome turns and I always have to stop and say, "This woman has the most amazing imagination ever." It's crazy, it's unexpected, it's absolutely perfect because it ALWAYS works. Writing should be about risks and Addison should be championed for that.
Wicked is not my favorite Celestra book, but that says nothing about it as an enjoyable book.
Story Progression and Development: I'll tell you why it's not my favorite book: We got a lot of important information in the last book, and it was made to feel like a big deal. While there was tension since Skyla is now in possession of the knowledge she has, I never really felt like anything was immediate because of that information. (I'm being super vague because I don't want to spoil LOL). A lot of it was anti-climactic. Still, I understand that she is telling a story over several books, and I have never seen the necessity in having sub-plot finality in each book.
My fear (and love) of Chloe and what she had under her maniacal little sleeve kept me clenched for much of the book. I am Team Chloe because of her puppet master ways. She is the Queen B. It's her world, and we're just lucky enough to get Day Passes.
Character Development: Skyla really hasn't grown as a person since Ethereal and for some reason it works. She's still kind of bratty, fiesty, torn, loving, funny, bitchy and kind of crazy. Maybe I just felt this way, but I really like that Skyla seems to be leaning toward one boy. Or is that just my hope?
I struggled with her situation with Marshall because I never really understood it to begin with.
I can't tell if this is completely intentional on Addison's part or if it just comes off that way, but Skyla is really sociopathic sometimes. Self-preservation is one thing, but not reacting when doing really, really bad things (even if it's done to bad people)or when really, really bad things happen is another.
Verisimilitude of the Ending Given the Story as a Whole: After I read the ending, I let it simmer for a bit. It took a long time to get here, but I do think it's something we've been building up to for a long time. I think it's the only way that it could've ended really. Yikes! Can't wait to see how Addison works through this mess we're in!
I never read any of The Pretty Little Liars books, so I came into this book completely unbiased in terms of Shepard's writing, but I was watching theI never read any of The Pretty Little Liars books, so I came into this book completely unbiased in terms of Shepard's writing, but I was watching the tv show and that's what made me pick this up. It's a pretty easy and addictive read, I have to admit.
I really liked Emma, but I was torn between whether she was just street smart or way too apathetic for the way she seamlessly slipped into her sister's life without having a mental breakdown all the time. And I guess she's in shock and thinks it's a game for awhile, but I would be freaked out. And sometimes she just seemed too well-adjusted for the situation. I would need a Xanax, personally.
The only scene that made me suspend my disbelief a bit was the scene at Charlotte's house when Emma is in the kitchen and you know which one I mean. I just didn't believe that scene at all. Not in the least bit. Come to think of it, even the scene with Nisha in the locker room, I was kind of like "hmmmm..."
But this is niche writing (chick-lit mystery) and I think Shepard excels at pulling you in a story and making you jump out of your skin as you try to figure out what's going to happen next. I really loved the last chapter of the book. Can't wait to read the next one!...more
I loved the cover of this book for starters. Well done on going with such a fantastic, eye-catching cover, Sophia.
I think Sharp will be a voice to waI loved the cover of this book for starters. Well done on going with such a fantastic, eye-catching cover, Sophia.
I think Sharp will be a voice to watch over the course of the next few years. I was really intrigued by the way she created the dream world (the rules Logan told Laura about).
I thought the pacing moved a little too quickly and I had a hard time believing that the main characters would connect that quickly. I'm a big fan of character psychology more so than action, so I wish I knew more about what motivates Laura, especially for me to understand the choices that she makes during the book's climax. Because of this, I didn't really connect to her. Whenever I'm reading (or writing for that matter) a book,I ask myself one question: 1) Why should I (or the reader) care about the MC/narrator?
I never got an answer. Laura is a clay character. She's molded by what's going on and she's too easily shaped, influenced, changeable, etc. Logan, on the other hand, I really liked and kind of wish the story had been told from his perspective. I loved his background and the folklore there.
I think there is too much dialogue. Too many things are explained and not shown. It's pages and pages of it, but I'm interested to see what Sophia Sharp has up her sleeve in Destined....more