Reaction What first comes into mind when I think about this book is the beauty the story actually holds. The characters are lovely and strange at the s...moreReaction What first comes into mind when I think about this book is the beauty the story actually holds. The characters are lovely and strange at the same time. This is one of the first times I've read a ghost story I've enjoyed so much, and it totally reminds me of a version of Twilight almost, but not in the same way
Characters: Amelia- A lost ghost who can't remember anything other than her own name, her age, and the fact that she's dead, until she sees Joshua fall into the river she floats in, and all she can think about is the need to keep him from death too. Joshua- Falls into a river and dies for a moment before coming back to life and begins to see things he couldn't before, like Amelia. Eli- The ghost that wants to take Amelia as his own and have her be his partner to steel lost souls for his masters.
Review This is one of the best ghost stories I have ever read.The confusion of the Main character in the beginning and then the emotion and realization of her past life really make this a good book for young readers. I recommend this book for fans of books such as Twilight, The House of Night series, or other paranormal/romance books.(less)
Review Praise: Unearthly is very well written, the charter, Clara is very understandable for young girls. The plot is followable and a good summer rea...moreReview Praise: Unearthly is very well written, the charter, Clara is very understandable for young girls. The plot is followable and a good summer read.
Critique: The book only really had one plot, there were no major barriers or extra problems added for the character to overcome before the main goal.(less)
Reaction: My first reaction to this book was how unique it really was. Most of the books I read are more fantasy than this, but this one was still a ve...moreReaction: My first reaction to this book was how unique it really was. Most of the books I read are more fantasy than this, but this one was still a very satisfying story.
Robin (Drew): Drew is the daughter of a cheese shop owner who's best friend is her pet rat Hum. She prefers to be with adults instead of kids her own age and hasn't had many friends her entire life until she meets a boy behind the cheese shop, Emmett. Emmett: The boy who takes the left over cheese that is left behind the Cheese shop every night. He befriends Drew after running into her while she was looking for her rat. Mom: Drew's mom, the owner of the cheese shop. Recently distant from Drew and often working late, making Drew suspicious of whether she really is staying late at the store, or not.
Review: This book is a quick and light friendship story between Drew and Emmett. It's a great story for someone who is looking for something different and likes a good, as the author Dana Reinhardt puts it "Coming of age" story. Recommended for fans of realistic books.(less)
Review What caught me about this book when I found it at the store was the teaser itself. I don't often read realistic fiction and this was one that ca...moreReview What caught me about this book when I found it at the store was the teaser itself. I don't often read realistic fiction and this was one that caught my eye right away.
Willow- Willow is the main character in the story. As the teaser tells you she was driving her parents home seven months ago when the car went out of control and she lost her parents. She moves in with her adult brother and his family and finds herself hiding her feelings from her family and herself, by cutting. Guy- Willow runs into Guy at the library she works at and keeps running into him, and soon it becomes much too hard to lie to herself, is he really just a guy, or something more. David- Willow's older brother who works at a local university. Ever since the death of their parents both Willow and her brother haven’t been able to speak of the deaths, making Willow even more isolated.
Reaction: This is one of my favorite realistic books of all time. The emotion fixed into it is so hooking and moving that I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended for both teens and adults(less)
Review: I felt this was the best of the three Fallen books so far. Lauren Kate does a wonderful job touching the readers with a bit of new information...moreReview: I felt this was the best of the three Fallen books so far. Lauren Kate does a wonderful job touching the readers with a bit of new information for the readers & fans to eat up and love. This was a very gripping story, the various settings make the story interesting and fun as Luce travels and learns more about herself each chapter. The way the story not only follows Luce, but Danial as well makes the story much more fun and interesting for the reader, and makes the overall outcome much more understandable.
Criticism: I had some trouble following some of the terms they used to describe some of the actions. I feel the story would have been easier to follow if there had been more explanation for the readers who may not understand all of the lingo.(less)
I'm going to write this as spoiler free as I possibly can.
This book seemed in ways worse than the first in the series, Halo, though I did read that a long time ago. This book just didn't cut it for me. It seemed very thrown together.
My first issue with the book is the title. The word Hades refers to the Greek god of the Underworld Hades, though in this book the characters use it as the name for the underworld instead of the name of god himself.
Throughout the book I felt that the description the wrong things at the wrong time, and at one point I believe I found a sentence that hadn't been completed thoroughly before starting the next sentence.
I loved the romance in the book, Bethany and Xavier, because they just seems so good for each other, but in the beginning I found my self wanting to yell at Bethany for her many mistakes that later contributed to the main conflict.
My last issue was the ending, which was very sudden and incomplete. (I'm avoiding spoilers, I'm sorry I'm being very vague.)
Overall I say if you liked Halo, you should feel free to try Hades out.(less)
Crossed is the second book in the very popular Matched trilogy. I read Matched a little while after it came out, which was before I had started bloggi...moreCrossed is the second book in the very popular Matched trilogy. I read Matched a little while after it came out, which was before I had started blogging and loved the book. Matched is a beautifully written romance that is very easy to see in your head.
Corssed is told in two perspectives, Ky's and Cassia's. I felt like I connected with Ky's character much more than I did Cassia's in this story because she really doesn't seem to know what she wants or what she is getting herself into. Ky however has a much stronger minded character and he seems easier to connect with.
The story that the book told was fairly uneventful and seemed to drag out much longer than it should have. Most of the book was the characters traveling and there really wasn't much story to be told for either character.
The romance seemed pretty fake in most of the book. The only time I really felt like the characters where meant to be together was when the see each other for the first time and then afterwards the romance falls apart. It seems like they really had no time to know each other before coming across their obstetricals and now their connection isn't as strong as the characters thought it was.
The ending was fairly disappointing, it felt a lot like the end of the first book and there really wasn't a whole lot accomplished in the story. (less)
This story begins with Number Four, Number Six, and Sam. All three are on the run from the government, and most o...moreAlso seen on rescuereads.blogspot.com
This story begins with Number Four, Number Six, and Sam. All three are on the run from the government, and most of all the ones who are trying to hunt them down.
I don't read much Science Fiction but this series is one of my favorites. The Power of six is a really hard book to review, because I really can't find much I can criticize. This books is in two points of view, Four's and Seven's, which puts the book together really well, but there were many cliff hangers at the ends of chapters and then changes in point of view, and I often found myself skipping ahead a little before having to stop myself. I did find myself wanting to yell at one character to another and getting angry and now I'm not sure who to like.
I was really frustrated at the end of the book when there was a very uncertain ending. But I cannot wait for the next book to be out. (less)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a very Unique and realistically written story about a girl who wakes up in the hos...moreAlso seen on rescuereads.blogspot.com
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a very Unique and realistically written story about a girl who wakes up in the hospital to be told that she had been the only survivor in an accident that killed her best friends, and two others. To get away she and her family move to Florida and she tries to make a fresh start in at her new school.The problem is that the after the accident she has begun seeing things she couldn't have been seeing, and that's only the beginning of her unraveling.
My favorite character in the entire book is Noah, who is one of Mara's only friends after moving. He's the one who keep Mara sane, and he seems to have a very noticeable personality in the story.
The character of Jamie seems much to brief in the story and there was no conclusion to what happened to him in the end.
The way this story was written really does reflect how the main character, Mara is going crazy. It is carefully written so at some points the reader couldn't figure out the difference between what was real and was was false.
The ending of the story was very hard to follow plot wise. There were many points that were hard to understand and difficult to figure out what was going on for several minutes and there was little explanation for some events.
The wrap of the story was rushed and also confusing though did reflect on the stability of Mara's sanity.(less)
Also seen on Rescuereads.blogspot.com This is an exciting, well written story with a very powerful hidden meaning that makes you think about popular cu...moreAlso seen on Rescuereads.blogspot.com This is an exciting, well written story with a very powerful hidden meaning that makes you think about popular culture as a whole.
The story takes place in a future world were everyone gets a surgery to become pretty at the age of 16, leading them to a life of beauty and happiness. Tally can't wait until her birthday when she can finally join her best friends in New Pretty Town. When her new friend Shay shares that she is going to run away to a city were you don't have to turn pretty the government forces her to use her knowledge of where Shay is to find and locate the town so it can once and for all be destroyed.
One of my favorite parts of this story is the growth of Tally and how she begins to learn the truth of the pretty way of life. I also love the description of the world outside of the Pretty and Ugly towns, such as the town that Tally sets out to find, the Smoke, and the old Rusty towns (The remains of how we live presently) and how the adventure the characters take is presented.(less)
I, being a fan of the Fallen series found the beginning of this book to be a little slower and less gripping than I would have hoped. New characters a...moreI, being a fan of the Fallen series found the beginning of this book to be a little slower and less gripping than I would have hoped. New characters are introduced, which added to the feel of the book. I liked the character of Shelby, who changes drastically throughout the book. The author, Lauren Kate does a good job focusing on Luce's emotions, which is where I felt it became slower. Once I got deeper into the plot it began to quicken and become more gripping as twists in the story come and the characters begin to become familiar. The end of the book was hard to follow if you didn't pull your entire focus toward the story. Things become complex, and action packed, adding to the action of the story.(less)
Paranormalcy is the cute, fun, and exciting story of Evie, a girl who can see though paranormal glamors and catch the bad ones before they hurt anybod...moreParanormalcy is the cute, fun, and exciting story of Evie, a girl who can see though paranormal glamors and catch the bad ones before they hurt anybody. When I first picked up this book I didn't quite know what to expect though I had heard some amazing things about this book, and believe me when I say they are very true.
Evie is a very strong main character who is very isolated from the real world most teenagers know. Evie is a hilarious girl with an amazing sense of style and all she wants is some freedom into the real world. I really love Evie's character because, even when things become difficult she seems to always stay strong and I would just love to meet someone like her. Lend, another character in the story is a paranormal that Evie has never encountered before with the strange ability to mimic the form of any human he wishes. After capturing Lend Evie slowly becomes friends with Lend as Evie comes to terms with her isolation. The story is very well written with very good detail and humor. I really enjoyed the story and the plot which was very well done.
Overall the story was very well done with good writing and character development. I very much look forward to reading the other books in the series to continue Evie's story. (less)