Alright, so I first heard about this book through the Shrike Bikes (JA's fan group) and the subscriber newsletter. As soon I read the summary, I knewAlright, so I first heard about this book through the Shrike Bikes (JA's fan group) and the subscriber newsletter. As soon I read the summary, I knew that it was a book that I was going to have to read. I can't help it. I'm a sucker for taboo, forbidden romances. Especially when they're hot and steamy and romantic. I like to read about difficult relationships and ones that really make you think and question things.
Eighteen was definitely one of those books. I'd be lying if I told you that I read this entire book and was perfectly fine with every single thing in it. I definitely wasn't. There were times when Mateo creeped me out. There were times when their relationship was a little too one sided for me. Time when I was really uncomfortable with the things that were happening. But I can also tell you something else.
I dropped everything else I was reading to read this book. One paragraph and I was hooked. I read over half of the book in one sitting and the only reason I stopped was because I knew that it was way too late and I needed to go to sleep or I would regret it. And then I laid there in bed, unable to sleep because I couldn't think about anything but what was going to happen next. The next day, I finished it as soon as I possibly could.
I know it may seem a little off-putting, reading a book that makes you uncomfortable at times, but I think that sometimes the best ones are supposed to do that. Sometimes really good books make us question our morals and make us wonder what we like and don't like. And sometimes, a really good book does have things that you don't like or that you're not comfortable with. And that's okay because that's how life is. Sometimes it isn't easy. But it's damn well worth it. And Eighteen was worth it for me.
I loved this book. Very rarely do I finish a book as quickly as I did this one and that really does have some measure to it. I'm not a fast reader but if you give me a book that I can't let go of... well, I don't let go of it until I'm finished.
Shannon and Mateo's story was really interesting and the things that Shannon had to deal with honestly broke my heart on occasion. I've seen some things while growing up, not necessarily the same things that she dealt with, but it was easy for me to imagine how she felt in certain situations and it didn't take much for me to empathize with her. I really enjoyed Shannon's character because she did have flaws. She made mistakes and sometimes she made the wrong decisions. But she had conviction. She meant the things that she said and she didn't do anything that she didn't want to do. I respected her character for that.
I don't even know where to begin with this book. I honestly, truly don't. It isn't every day that you find a series that impacts you and your life inI don't even know where to begin with this book. I honestly, truly don't. It isn't every day that you find a series that impacts you and your life in such a way that you know you will be forever changed by it. The Hashtag series did that for me. It was the first (new) series in quite a long time that I found myself truly anxious and giddy about. When I would finish the current book, I would wait, rather impatiently, for the next to be released. These books are "drop everything and read" books for me. It never mattered what was going on in my life, if I had time to read or not, if I was already reading a book or had review books that I desperately needed to get to, none of that mattered. That may seem a little irresponsible of me but that's how good this series is. The short time between one book release and the next was way too long, especially when I couldn't help but read the books as soon as they were released.
#Heart was the one that I knew was going to get to me the most. I knew that it was going to be the most difficult to read and let go of because it was the end to a truly great series. I was tempted to put off reading it just suspend the ending. But I knew that I couldn't do that. I couldn't wait. I had to know the details behind the happily-ever-afters of the fairytales known as Romeo, Rimmel, Braeden and Ivy.
The major plot point of this book is a given considering the blurbs for it but there was so much more to #Heart that I didn't see coming. Cambria was not finished surprising us with this family and I am definitely impressed.
Just like all the ones before it, #Heart is full of raw emotion, action and heat. There are twists and turns that keep you on your feet and you never really know what's going to happen next. I absolutely loved that about this series. It kept us guessing in all the best ways.
This being the last book, it definitely made the entire series shine a bit brighter and brought us even closer to the characters that we've grown to love and care about. I'm really excited that Cambria will be releasing #Holiday, the companion novella to the series, this December because it will make the hurt of letting the Hashtag Series go just a little easier to bare (not). :)
I was so excited to read this book. I wanted to buy it as soon as it was published but I was not able to do so. My husband had to go away for a few weI was so excited to read this book. I wanted to buy it as soon as it was published but I was not able to do so. My husband had to go away for a few weeks for work so we decided to pause our nightly Harry Potter reading until he came home. Knowing we needed a new chapter book to read, I quickly snatched up the Goosebumps Movie Novel. My husband going away for so long also means that we won't be able to go see the movie together when it comes out in theaters. At least not right away, so this will hold me over until he can return home.
It was really easy to fall in love with this book. It was very much like the old Goosebumps stories and brought R.L. Stine's characters back to life with ease. The story itself was very simple and straightforward. It wasn't complicated and wasn't difficult to figure out.
The characters were easy to like and somewhat relate-able (the human characters, obviously). The monsters were cool and creepy and demented all at the same time. It was definitely cheesy at times but that just made it even more enjoyable.
This book was great and was a nice homage to our favorite children's books. I absolutely cannot wait to watch the movie and eventually add it to my collection.
As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, I knew that I had to read it. It sounded super interesting and that cover was gorgeous. I wasn't sure whAs soon as I read the synopsis for this book, I knew that I had to read it. It sounded super interesting and that cover was gorgeous. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started to read it but I was definitely surprised. I found myself instantly sucked into the story and was insanely curious about what the was really going on in the town of Devil's Vale.
I thought it was really interesting the way that D'Ann Burrow incorporated all of the history into the story. It's perfectly weaved with the modern day characters and as the story continues, it becomes extremely obvious that the town's history plays a larger role in the events that are occurring.
I do have to admit that I was a little bummed by the lack of spook in Here They Lie. I expected it to be a lot creepier and more on the horror side of things. With the exception of a couple little bumps in the night and one creepy ghostly stalker, there really wasn't much in the way of a scare-factor. I honestly went into this book thinking that it was going to creep me out but that moment never came.
Overall, though I was a little disappointed in the lack of creepiness, the story was very interesting and I really enjoyed the characters. I could definitely see myself reading the second in the series because the end of this book really started to set the rest of the series up. Not much happened in Here They Lie but the ending set up the future books for what I hope will be more action.