I felt like the story took too long to get where it was going. Also, Kate, to be former [spoiler] CIA is pretty much an idiot. I liked the story, it wI felt like the story took too long to get where it was going. Also, Kate, to be former [spoiler] CIA is pretty much an idiot. I liked the story, it was just too slow, too unrefined. And Pavone used the phrase "half-year" one too many times. I don't know anyone who says that instead of "six months."...more
Being as huge a fan as I am of Southern books, I was instantly drawn to this book. I liked the premise of the story, that it was YA, and that it seemeBeing as huge a fan as I am of Southern books, I was instantly drawn to this book. I liked the premise of the story, that it was YA, and that it seemed so very fun.
I couldn’t always relate to Casper. She seemed to be too much of a rebel without a cause. She was also too willing and eager to do whatever Cal said, just like a lost little puppy. Which she wasn’t. Remember, she was trying to be a rebel? What I could relate to was the her desire to know about Kythera (a secret society), why she was in Charleston surrounded by them, and what they wanted with her. I did not like Cal for nearly 99% of the book. He was too dark, too brooding, too malleable. His motives didn’t seem to have any clear direction or moral compass. He was too flexible for my tasted. The insta-love between them felt old and tired. Does anyone else feel that way? That it’s time to move beyond insta-attraction?
But I digress…
The story was interesting with a few twists and turns to keep you on your toes. A few things broke the mold, a few things fit right into the mold. Clayton has a very descriptive, lyrical writing style that I enjoyed reading. She made the minutest of details interesting. The way the words moved across the page was like a smoothly flowing river. They moved the story forward at a nice pace, providing just enough lulls in the story to allow mental rests when needed.
And then the ending! What a cliffhanger! I hate cliffhangers, but really, it was pretty great! And now I want to read the next book and see what happens with Casper, Cal, and Kythera!
So, if you’re a fan of YA, Southern books, secret-societies, and a little mystery, pick this book up, and read it!...more
I’ve had this book on my shelf for awhile. I think I won it sometime in 2012. Maybe. Could have been 2011. At this point, I’m not sure. Regardless, II’ve had this book on my shelf for awhile. I think I won it sometime in 2012. Maybe. Could have been 2011. At this point, I’m not sure. Regardless, I picked it up the other day and decided I needed to read it. Each time I’ve seen the cover or spine on my bookshelf I would think to myself, “that’s a crazy cover, I need to read that book.”
What I ended up reading is an intriguing book, with some frustrations thrown in. In all the zombie books I’ve read, I have not read one that was set on the compound of a sect of the Latter-Day Saints. That created such an interesting environment for the plot to unfold in.
Some of the frustrations lied with the main character. The Prophet (the spiritual leader/decision maker) decided that Elias would leave the compound and study to be a doctor. So, he’s pretty much the only one of the members that has been outside the compound...ever. Which means that he would have been exposed to popular culture, myths, legends, etc. Which means that Elias should have heard of zombies. And the fact that he couldn’t figure out what was going on was beyond...irritating.
He also had this habit of saying, “If I had to describe [subject here] in two words, I would probably use [adjective] and [adjective].” Way too often. It was too the point that when Krohn used it a funny way, I just rolled my eyes.
And there’s the sexual attraction between Elias and Keturah Dawn. I’m hoping that the Prophet dies and Keturah and Elias end up together. I really want to see what happen here.
I want the Prophet to die. A slow, horrible, painful, miserable, torturous death. Krohn did an amazing job at effortlessly writing the villain here. I really do hate him. Kevin, do you think you can arrange that epic death scene?
There is a lot of character introduction throughout the first 3/4 of the book. A lot of plot development. Most of the action really takes place during the last 1/4 of the book. And it moves at a break-neck pace. And it is awesome. And when things really get going, Krohn just stops writing, leaving us all hanging. Majorly. And now we have to wait until book two releases. And according to Krohn’s Twitter account, there is a book two coming “soon.” Um, I’m gonna need that faster than “soon.” [Hint. Hint.]
Will I read the sequel, yeah. I gotta know what happens....more
All the King’s Men starts off with a bang. And stuff happens, which I can’t really talk about because it will ruin so much, but basically, Casper andAll the King’s Men starts off with a bang. And stuff happens, which I can’t really talk about because it will ruin so much, but basically, Casper and Cal are torn apart. And Casper does the angsty-teen-pining-over-lost-love thing. She goes to school, does her little social requirements; completely the opposite of Bella. Which is good. ‘Cause you all know how I feel about that codependent loser. Where I had my reservations about Casper in The Kings of Charleston, I began to fall in love with her in All the King’s Men. Rebecca and I had a long discussion about how teenage girls fall in love, etc. And I began to see Casper through a different light, and it gave me a little more understanding into her character, how she acted...basically, I liked her better in this installment. Her inner-strength and independence really shines and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for her in book 3!
I just wasn’t into the romance part of the story at all. It felt sort of forced to me. And even at the end, still felt a little one-dimensional. Maybe it’s because I have never been a teenage girl. Regardless, I was into everything else. The mystery and intrigue both had me in their grasp. What was going on with Casper’s mom? Would Casper be able to complete the task given to her by Kythera? What about this mysterious other group? How many people would have to die? [Yes, lots of people die in this book!]
We also meet some new characters, one who I hope reappears in the next book: The bodyguard Brandon. He was such a fun addition to the oh-so-serious cast of players. He and Casper had a great brother-sister kind of rapport and I really like their scenes together. It was natural and relaxed, removing some of the ever-building tension of the story.
The other new one is Dev. [I wrote these notes down while reading the book, as I often do; the answer to this is revealed by the end of the book! No, I’m not going to tell you…read the book!] I can’t wait to find out what is up with Dev. Is he CIA? FBI? A spy for a third group? Just a normal, sane high school guy? There’s something about his character that I like, beyond Cal or Brandon or Casper. I truly felt he was real and I connected with him and his story. Though, I did keep waiting for something bad to happen to him. And what happened shocked me just a little, though Clayton hints about it toward the end of the story. Just a little. I was like, “Hmmm, is that what’s going on?” But I wasn’t sure enough to settle on it. So it still caught me by surprise!
Oh, the ending to All the King’s Men! Kat, you outdid yourself! You had me hooked with The Kings, now I’m addicted! I want book 3 now! Not in the Fall! Wave your magic-word-wand that all authors have and whip this book out. ‘Cause I need it. I’m already going through withdrawal.
All the King’s Men has some blow-your-mind twists, turns I never saw coming, and punch-in-the-gut action. If you at all have thought about starting this series, DO IT!...more
I love when I finish reading a book and it makes me sigh. That leaves me completely satisfied and resolved. Heist Society is one of those books!
CarterI love when I finish reading a book and it makes me sigh. That leaves me completely satisfied and resolved. Heist Society is one of those books!
Carter crafted a tale that reminded me of The Italian Job, you know the movie with Mark Wahlberg. It was complete, the details were on track, and there was just enough mystery to keep you guessing up to the very end. I love that from page one I was hooked. That Carter’s simple prose wove through several different countries effortlessly, leading to a story that is real, believable, and entertaining.
As a fan of crime novels, I felt that this book was written for me. It captured my attention and held it to the end. I am excited about reading book 2!...more
One evening, while we were reading on the couch, Rebecca ask me what I was reading. I told her. She kinda snickered and said, “Do you ever wonder whyOne evening, while we were reading on the couch, Rebecca ask me what I was reading. I told her. She kinda snickered and said, “Do you ever wonder why you read so many girly books?” And I honestly don’t know, but what I do know is that I’m glad I read them, ‘cause if I didn’t, I would never have come across The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back!
This book is cliché in all the right ways. Imagine She’s All That, A Cinderella Story, and any other sappy, silly teen movie about the awkward-girl-gets-popular-guy, put them in a blender, sift out the dumb parts and you’re left with something that might be slightly less awesome than this book!
I have started and stopped this review several times trying to put down on screen just how awesome this book is. Y’all, it’s so much fun! I love the characters, although wanted to slap Mattie around a few times for being such a teenage girl.
I really like Wilson’s take on the Cinderella story. It was fresh and had an interesting voice. In a story that is somewhat overdone, Wilson got it right. I enjoyed every word of this story, it was entertaining and exactly what I needed. It was light and easy to read, but had depth, was very creative, and written well!
Prologues are generally little sparkling glimmers into what the rest of the book holds. Notes from Ghost Town blinds you with something sad and beautiPrologues are generally little sparkling glimmers into what the rest of the book holds. Notes from Ghost Town blinds you with something sad and beautiful. Gripping in its raw emotionality, it instantly pulls you in to the story. The striking difference between the scene Olivia is remembering and the mournful words she is writing is like pouring salt on a paper cut…it hurts.
And it continues to hurt. The emotions bleed off the page and sink into the core of your being. They manipulate you until you ache with Liv. Until her pain is as real to you as it is to her. But it’s all amazingly the voice of a teenager, dealing with things that teens should never have to face. Trying to find her own way through the sorrow that has been dealt to her. The scene at the beach with Stern resonates with a voice that is genuine. And a genuine heartache and longing.
There’s something about Liv’s unyielding belief in her mother’s innocence, that against all odds she believes in her mother. It’s the blind faith, that we as parents, want our children to have in us. I wanted to hold Liv, to comfort her, tell her it was all going to be alright. That we’d figure this out, find out the answers. It bothered me that her dad wrote her off so easily, that he didn’t fight harder. I appreciate that Ellison didn’t take this to a cheesy level, where Liv, Teen Detective, solves the case and proves her mother’s innocence without breaking a sweat, or a nail. I like that, aside from the ghost of Stern helping Liv, it was a right-place-right-time-fit-the-pieces-together unraveling of the truth.
Ellison wrote with such realism. And depth. And raw emotion. And you need to read this book....more
I was instantly drawn to this book by the cover. Then, I read the description and was sold. I have rarely found books these days that blatantly featurI was instantly drawn to this book by the cover. Then, I read the description and was sold. I have rarely found books these days that blatantly feature someone in their 30s, and that’s where I am, in my 30s, so this instantly sounding like something I should read.
The story is told only from Zoe’s perspective, with her insights, reactions, feelings, and thoughts. I like books that are told in the first-person point of view. I like that the readers doesn’t have to interpret how the person is feeling, it’s right there on the page. This was the right way to tell the story of White Horse.
What I didn’t appreciate was Adams’s writing style. It was a little choppy and disjointed. There were too many times when I had to reread a sentence, paragraph, or page because I wasn’t at the same place Adams was. Others bloggers have said they like the short, quick sentence structure, because that’s the way they think sometimes, but I felt more confused about what was going on than I should have. This was a very complex story with two different story lines (more on this later) and I had to focus a lot to keep pace. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, I just wasn’t convinced this was the most effective way to tell the story [of course I am not a writer, and Adams’s book was published, and the second in the series is coming out later this year, so does my opinion really matter? Probably not a whole lot.] And I don’t mind investing brain power in a story, but even with my extra effort, I had a hard time.
As I mentioned, there’s a lot going on here. The story takes place in two different time periods referred to as “Then” and “Now.” We don’t’ know when these actually are, so I viewed this through a modern perspective. We switch back and forth between Then and Now multiple times per chapter. This, coupled with the way Adams wrote (remember the paragraph above), often left me grasping at air trying to remember when I was reading in, especially if I had come back to the book after taking a break from reading. My savior was in the characters that differed between Then and Now. I like that a little about each time period was revealed in small chunks, but this too was trouble at times.
For much of the book I was trying to figure out what White Horse actually was, what it was doing, why the world was the way it was. As things unfold, I was able to put the puzzle together, but only after large chucks of story took place. I was around halfway or a little more through the book before Adams really told me what was up. And it was a humdinger. And I still had questions, even after it was revealed.
Another interesting part of the book is that there are some parallels to Greek Mythology. And honestly, if it weren’t for Rick Riordan and discussion questions at the end of White Horse, I wouldn’t have picked up on some of this. Some is very obvious, some isn’t. Mythology isn’t my thing. I get confused about who is who and what is what. But regardless, it was a nice addition. I also appreciated the Book of Revelation end-of-the-world tie-ins (which I didn’t catch until it was spelled out for me!).
There is a thing that takes place in Then, that defines, for the most part, Now and what Zoe does. This thing can’t really be talked about, but let me just say now, that I had a hard time believing what happened with this thing. I don’t think that, no matter how powerful or connected they are, that the thing could have actually happened. And this combined with another governmental thing put the world in the tailspin it’s in. I would have liked for Adams to camp out on the governmental thing a little more. I understand the story is about Zoe and her survival, but the little descriptions given on both things left me going, “Huh?” I’m not talking scientific research need-a-PhD-to-understand-it, just a little more fleshed out thoughts on these things.
The Swiss, I hope you hate him as much as I did. I wanted him to be hit by karmic bus the instant I met him. Of all the unbelievable stuff, he was the most unbelievable. Very much a caricature of a misogynistic man. Even knowing what all he had gone through to get to where he was, I just didn’t buy into him.
Then the final chapters of the book, when redemption is found, was too…gosh, how do I say this without sounding too negative. With all that White Horse did to humanity, I find it highly unlikely that what happened in the end would have happened. Call me a skeptic if you must, but I’m just not buying it. There was too much feel-good at the end, and this is not a feel-good kind of book. And I can’t talk about it any more because this would be a big spoiler for you all.
Overall, White Horse is very dark, very depressing, even from the get-go. The more you know, the more you root for Zoe, but the darker and more depressing the book gets. It’s a very unique apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic story. There were parts that felt like other stories or TV shows [ever watch The Walking Dead?] that lend some credibility to Adam’s take on dystopian.
For all the questions that weren’t answered in full, for the parts that I didn’t like, for the writing style that didn't speak to me, for all it’s shortcomings, for all the Hate-orade I drank before writing this review, I still really enjoyed this story. This is the first of a trilogy, so I might read Red Horse when it comes out at the end of the summer. Fans of dystopian/apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic should give this a shot....more
Rebecca got an email from Kathy at I’m a Reader not a Writer looking for hosts for this tour, and knowing my love for all things Percy Jackson, she toRebecca got an email from Kathy at I’m a Reader not a Writer looking for hosts for this tour, and knowing my love for all things Percy Jackson, she told me I should sign up. I am SO glad I did! Jack Templar, Monster Hunter is so much fun!
I was immediately drawn into the story. Gunhus’s writing style is entertaining and real.
It was the first sense of what has now become part of my everyday life. People want help when they are in danger, but after the danger has passed, people fear you if you’re different. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just rescued them from a bully or just saved their lives by skewering a werewolf with a sward right in front of them. Fear beats appreciation. Every time. [Kindle location 243 of 1643]
He told Jack’s story in a way that made me want to read. Like nonstop. I had to find out what happened next. The story flowed so effortlessly, moved so quickly that it took no time at all to read Jack Templar. There was so much going on that when it ended, it felt hard and abrupt. Then there’s a little bit of a epilogue of sorts that will serve as a transition into the next book, which I CANNOT wait to read [hint, hint, Mr. Gunhus!].
This read like a middle-grade version of the Iron Druid Chronicles, which y’all know I love! The heroes are quirky, clever, awesome, and genuine. I was invested and cared about them. I rooted for them and mourned with them. I championed their cause!
I want to continue this series and see what happens next to Jack and crew. My one complaint is that the book ended so quickly!
If you love action-packed, slightly irreverent, books written for boys or know someone who does, Jack Templar, Monster Hunter is for you!...more
Being Henry David is one of those books that hits you hard right where it hurts. It grabs your emotions and rips them from you until there is nothingBeing Henry David is one of those books that hits you hard right where it hurts. It grabs your emotions and rips them from you until there is nothing but pain left. But it’s worth the pain. Being Henry David is beautiful. It’s sad. It’s redemptive.
I got this as a free download from Amazon. And I read it over the course of a few days, sneaking little bits here and there, whenever I could. I was eI got this as a free download from Amazon. And I read it over the course of a few days, sneaking little bits here and there, whenever I could. I was engrossed in the story, yet surprisingly detached from it. I’ve spent the past couple days trying to remember what the book was about. It was interesting, yet strangely forgettable. Some of my favorite bloggers raved over this book. Maybe it just wasn’t for me.
I was very curious about this book from the cover. Then read the description and thought I’d love this book. Guess what? The cover actually has relevance to the story line! What? It actually does? Yay! I get annoyed when a book has a beautiful cover, that has nothing to do with the story. So major props to the person who designed the cover.
The story itself was well written, with mostly-believable characters. The connection/attraction/longing between Nara and Ethan was a little much for me. It seemed to add a “been there done that” quality to the book. I did like that they both had each other’s best interests at heart in their decision making. Things got hot and steamy between them, and I’m glad that they didn’t go all the way. It was very endearing. Aunt Sage seemed a little too cliché, the “cool new-age artsy aunt.” I didn’t really get why she was such a big part of the book.
I felt like it took way too long for Nara and Ethan to figure out what was going on. I kinda had a clue before they did. And even though they were dealing with things, it just seemed like they should have caught on sooner. And her reluctance to call her dad even after she found out about his own things was irritating.
Overall, The Brightest Kind of Darkness was fun, I just didn’t connect with it the way I felt like I should have. I realize this is a series, and I know y’all are going to roll your eyes, but there was no closure for me. I don’t feel like I have a good grasp on what happened or on what is yet to come....more
This book has been...difficult to review. I liked it, but it frustrated me too.
The cover is so pretty. I’m not usually one to gush over a cover, but lThis book has been...difficult to review. I liked it, but it frustrated me too.
The cover is so pretty. I’m not usually one to gush over a cover, but look at that jpeg up there!
The prose was disjointed at times. It felt jumpy, like the thoughts were incomplete. Kinda like you’re inside Cassie’s head, participating in the moment with her. Which isn’t a bad thing, I just didn’t work for me. With this book.
I didn’t care a thing for Cassie. She wavered too much, sometimes embracing her role as heroine, and others just collapsing in on herself unable to cope with all that’s going on. I realize she’s only 15, and there’s a lot of things to deal with, that the “dark secret” is a lot to deal with, but she never seemed vulnerable, just weak. Her strength coming too little too late. AND, she’s American, but speaks in phrases and using words that are distinctly Australian. That created a little disparity for me—that’s a major detail to get wrong.
I got this book from Amazon for Kindle, and it was free (it’s not anymore). Even free/inexpensive books should be completely edited. This wasn’t. Blatantly under-edited. I don’t like reading final-print books that are poorly edited. It’s frustrating.
The story itself was pretty good. I was completely drawn in and read it on my iPhone any chance I could find, even staying up late into the night finish it. I liked where the story was headed, we just had some trouble getting there. Allyn left too many questions unanswered for me, too many holes that have yet to be filled. And just when things have reached a boiling point, and the pot’s about to explode all over the place, the story ends. It just ends! Leaving me reeling, disoriented, and very confused. To find out what happens, you have to read the next book! What?!? I like a little more resolution than that.
And here’s where my biggest issue of all is...am I invested enough to pay $3.99 for the next book in the series? I just don’t know.
For now I’m just going to pull a Cassie and waiver....more
When I was asked to review One Little Christmas Tree, I immediately noted that Rusty Fischer helped on this project…which immediately peaked my intereWhen I was asked to review One Little Christmas Tree, I immediately noted that Rusty Fischer helped on this project…which immediately peaked my interest seeing as how I know him mostly for his zombie/vampire/werewolf/paranormal kinda stuff. Next, I realized that my kids would have to be involved in this!
So, this is the review they created:
Question #1: What was One Little Christmas Tree about?
Kid #1 [age 7]: It was about, um, what are you putting everything I say, hey, stop [laughing and giggling] It was about little Alfred and he never got picked to be a Christmas tree and his tree friend Mr. Phipps told him all about being a big Christmas tree and making families happy. Kid #2 [age 6]: Alfred. Um, Christmas trees. Mr. Phipps and Alfred. And the little boy and Alfred. And Alfred got picked. Kid #3 [age 3]: A man with no friends. A little girl wanted a Christmas tree at her house. Little Susie was happy.
Question #2: What was your favorite part of One Little Christmas Tree?
#1: When Alfred got picked to be a Christmas tree. #2: Um, when um, Little Susie picked a Christmas Tree. #3: Um, um, Ms. Little Susie got picked out.
Question #3: At the end, Elmer and Alfred found the true meaning of Christmas. What do you think the true meaning of Christmas is?
#1: Don’t just think about the, uh, uh, um, uh [giggles] presents. Think about God and pick the best Christmas tree, even if it’s fake. #2: Christmas presents and Christmas trees. Elmer found the right Christmas tree. Find the right Christmas tree. #3: That Little Ms. Susie got picked out and put ornaments on the Christmas tree.
And there you have it folks. I tried to write down exactly what they said. Whether it related to the question or not. As you can see, things got a little lost in translation.
All joking aside, One Little Christmas Tree is a cute read. It’s a good story with a nice, easy flow. There’s nothing religious or anti-religious. But, has a moral that everyone can learn from—that it’s not about what we want, but what we can do for others. The true meaning of Christmas in the story is open ended and you can add your own twist. It may be open-ended since there are two more books in the series, which I am really excited about reading! I want to see what happens next with Alfred and Elmer!...more