Overall: I had originally checked this book out by mistake. (I thought it was Shut Out by Kody Keplinger) It turned out to be a happy mistake. I really...moreOverall: I had originally checked this book out by mistake. (I thought it was Shut Out by Kody Keplinger) It turned out to be a happy mistake. I really enjoyed Burnout. From the characters to the plot, I was fully entertained. I don’t understand why I haven’t heard about this book anywhere else. I found it to be an interesting and thrilling portrayal of a girl struggling to find the strength to look into her past. I give it 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction. It’s also a great lighter Halloween read, as it takes place the day after Halloween.
Characters: Archer was kind of brooding and pessimistic, yet also naïve in an endearing way. My heart really went out to him. I love that even though...moreCharacters: Archer was kind of brooding and pessimistic, yet also naïve in an endearing way. My heart really went out to him. I love that even though Archer has killed 3 people, I still felt overwhelming sympathy for him. I had to continually remind myself that he was the murderer. Though, I thought that his character waivered on the “lost puppy” side just a little too much, especially when he was with Evan.
I really liked Evan. He was optimistic, compassionate and understanding, kind and caring, and completely loyal. He’s probably the most perfect of all perfect characters ever written. His character is unrealistic, but he just seems so genuine that I really didn’t mind.
Now I have never gotten into the whole “favorite couples from books” thing, but I think that Evan & Archer have to be my favorites I’ve yet read. They are the definition of “opposites attract”.
Plot and Story: Hushed starts out with a huge attention getter. (A murder made to look like an accident.) After I read the first chapter, I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down. It was very fast paced, and it didn’t feel rushed at all. Not an easy feat for a 224 page book. (The finished version is 260 pages, and I wasn’t able to get a copy of the book in time for the review, so I’m not sure what changes were made.)
Overall: I want to recommend this book to everyone I meet! I loved Hushed! It’s one of those books that you’ll never forget. I’m giving 5 of 5 stars to an awesome LGBT thriller. I don’t think that there’s much more to be said. I can’t wait to see what Kelley York writes next. (less)
Overall: I really liked this book. It was kind of hard to understand for the first 80 pages or so, but it was well worth sticking with. The fictional s...moreOverall: I really liked this book. It was kind of hard to understand for the first 80 pages or so, but it was well worth sticking with. The fictional story paired with photographs created a really unique reading experience. I’m giving Every You, Every Me 4 of 5 stars! It was a truly great read.
I first, like many, heard about the Pretty Little Liars series because of the hype of the ABC family television show. I still have yet to see the show...moreI first, like many, heard about the Pretty Little Liars series because of the hype of the ABC family television show. I still have yet to see the show because of my personal rule of reading before watching. When beginning the book, I was turned off by the constant talk of clothes, brands, and other petty things. Books about who’s dating who, wearing what, and finding a special cliché message at the end are not for me. But I journeyed on and was somewhat surprised. Although in the first book you must read farther in that usual to find interesting tid bits that brought the book its fame. The book reads with five young girls (Aria, Hannah, Emily, Spencer, and Ali) being best friends, having a sleepover. When a small dispute causes Ali to leave, never to be seen again. We come back four years later where the four girls have grown apart. One by one, the girls receive text messages and emails signed “A”, threatening to reveal secrets. Secrets that only Ali, presumed dead, knew. This book is weighted down with a lot of rich girl drama related to clothes and other (in my opinion) stupid things. However, as the plot thickens the book does get better. Reader be warned, you will not find the answer to the big question in this book and will need to be in it for the long haul (12 books planned so far). As of yet, I am only on the third book and am anxious to find answers. This book is worth reading, but continuing with sequels depends on your patience level. (less)