Logan lives in Spokie, and is about to receive the Swipe. The Swipe is a way to pay for things, go anywhere and everywhere. Ever since David's sister...moreLogan lives in Spokie, and is about to receive the Swipe. The Swipe is a way to pay for things, go anywhere and everywhere. Ever since David's sister died after getting the Swipe, he's been paranoid thinking people are out to get him. He might not be wrong. With the help of the new girl Erin, he delves deeper into the mystery of the death of his sister. And what he finds out may be as dangerous as he thought it would be.
Logan is rather paranoid and his parents may actually think he's lying about someone following him. His paranoid delusions grow and in confidence he tells Erin. As soon as Erin appeared on the page, I thought, "Logan, don't trust her. She is completely loyal to the AU." I liked Logan. He was smart, but not when it came to Erin. Maybe boys get distracted by pretty girls. Erin was one character I didn't trust. She seemed too strong willed and intelligent to just be helping out Logan just because he's her friend. She had ulterior motives and she gave me warning bells the deeper I got into the book.
I happily devoured this book only because it was so exciting and the pacing was fast. I loved it. The world building had just enough detail, but I did wish there was more of it.I don't understand much about the American union. It was briefly explained. But what I do know is that they're planning something sinister. A selection process of sorts, and Logan is caught right in the middle of it. I can't wait until all the answers get unraveled. The mystery will finally be solved. That ending was definitely a cliff hanger and it just made me even more happy that I had the next book to read in the series. (less)
Logan Langly is on the run after DOME tried to Mark him. His only plan is to get to his sister Lily, who isn’t dead and is alive. After escaping, his...moreLogan Langly is on the run after DOME tried to Mark him. His only plan is to get to his sister Lily, who isn’t dead and is alive. After escaping, his Marker told him she’s being kept in Beacon city, and with the help of the Dust, he will find her.
What a thrilling journey these teens go through. And just like before they’re broken up into different viewpoints. There’s a lot of characters to remember, and a lot of plot and scenes to go through. Sometimes I would be confused as to what was happening because it would stop right in the middle and would be picked up later. Or the scene would miracously speed up to a couple of weeks later. I didn’t enjoy being yanked back and forth from scene to scene and sub plot to sub plot, it felt rather disorganized. Lots more action in this one. We’re kept in the dark for most of the book, but in the end there’s a lot of information to understand. Not just one twist but more than one. What I love was the secret journey that the Markless would have to endure before they get to Beacon. It was beautifully done and the symbols were just spot on. I absolutely loved the detail that was done for that part. I could easily see this series being made into a movie. Loved it. As for the goals of DOME and The Chancellor Cylis I felt that more could have been explained as to why he was doing this and I could only come up with the conclusion that he’s crazy power hungry.
Dystopia is a hard theme to write about. It’s one thing to write about, but writing it well is a whole different story.
Evan Angler writes so well, and I can’t wait until the final book comes out because I’ll definitely pick it up as soon as I can. I suggest you do too.(less)
Celaena is one heroione to look out for! Watch out Katniss Everdeen! Here’s a young woman who has trained under the King of the Assassins, who strikes...moreCelaena is one heroione to look out for! Watch out Katniss Everdeen! Here’s a young woman who has trained under the King of the Assassins, who strikes fear in people’s hearts, the most notorious assassin that Adarlan has ever seen. By receiving a pardon from her murderous crimes, the controlling King has asked her to participate in a competition to win her freedom. The Captain of the Guard keeps her in line, while the young handsome Prince Dorian teases her mercilessly, Celaena isn’t just battling for her freedom, she’s battling for her life. When all of a sudden, her competitors are showing up dead in such a gruesome and horrible way, she investigates to find the killer. She isn’t your average heroine, already led a very sinister life. Yet, she has the strength and fire to bring a tyrant down. Her many thoughts of taking a man down and ending his life is quite appalling, but I can just tell she has some anger issues that needs to be simmered down. Her playful banter with Prince Dorian is amusing and her arguments with The Captain are aggressive in a way that’s almost protective.
Can I say I love how she eats so much? Her appetite rivals any man! I’m guessing she wolfs down so much food due to her excessive exercise regimen. By the way did I mention she’s also an assassin? Yup, the eighteen year old young lady is the world’s most notorious assassin. Speaking of “assassin” this was the only smudge of annoyance in the entire book..the amount of the words, “the assassin.” I would have loved it even so, but I just got annoyed every time it appeared. We know she’s an assassin, we don’t have to be reminded every ten or so pages.
Sometimes a book has an amount of buzz that makes people sit up and take notice. That one book that lived up to all its hype has to be Throne of Glass! Why you may ask? Because quite simply put, it’s epic. Here is a book that brings you mystery, adventure, romance, and action all wound up in a pretty package. One of my ultimate favourite reads of 2012 by far.(less)
In a land where Elementia is secret, three kingdoms stand at the brink of war.
Jonas is intent to get back at his brother’s murderers. Living in Paelsi...moreIn a land where Elementia is secret, three kingdoms stand at the brink of war.
Jonas is intent to get back at his brother’s murderers. Living in Paelsia which was once a beautiful rich land with resources has turned into a wasteland. By stealing from others, he has kept his family healthy instead of starving. When princess Cleo of Auranois witnesses Aron murdering Jonas’ brother, he becomes hell bent on seeking his revenge. Cleo is on a quest to find magic to help her sick older sister before it’s too late. Along the way she seeks help from her best friend Nic, and her body guard Theon. Lucia and Magnus are sister and brother of the Limeros kingdom. Lucia finds the power within that can change their world forever.
The characters are so well laid out that I couldn’t help but cheer for them all. Cleo matured a lot throughout the novel, which I hoped she would. So did Magnus, and Jonas. But the villains in this book was what made the novel so darn interesting. King Gauis and his sadistic streak was just brutal. I can’t even imagine being in Magnus’ position. His character was definitely torn apart, and brutalized. Aron is a condescending manipulative character and I can’t help but cry out in pain whenever he appeared in the book. I wanted to punch him in several scenes.
I love the comparisons that depict First World, Second World and Third World countries as is our reality today. The fact that Auranois is the kingdom full of wealth and resources, whereas Paelsia is referred to as the barren wasteland. There’s always ties to the modern world which I found disconnecting. The switch from medieval tone to modern jargon is the just one of the annoyances I had with this particular novel. The second was the instant love that happened between characters. I didn’t understand it nor did I want to. The writing is easy to read and understand, and I loved the rich character development as well as the intricately laid out plot. Lots of blood and gore in this one, and some deaths may come as a shock. My favourite part of this book is the plot. It just kept going and going and never stopped.
Definitely a must-read for any fantasy fan who loves action, romance, and magic!
Characters Heros and heroines both on the moral and immoral sides and I just loved it.
Pacing So very fast. It didn’t stop moving!
Cover/Design Interesting, but I didn’t know who was on the cover.
Plot LOVED the story. Best part about it.
Overall Definitely a must-read for any fantasy fan who loves action, romance, and mystery!(less)
If you're looking for an action-packed novel, then you found it. Because where else would you be able to find teenagers who could shape-shift into ani...moreIf you're looking for an action-packed novel, then you found it. Because where else would you be able to find teenagers who could shape-shift into animals. From a mountain lion, to an otter, and even a rat! It was interesting to hear what the government knew about these kids, yet I didn’t fully trust what their intentions were.
There are enough characters in here that it made me feel like I was reading a Michael Grant novel. Sure it was a little hard to keep track of all the names and who did what, or whether they were a good or bad guy, but at least there were two developed characters.
As you read along, you are placed into Josh and Marina’s point of views, which is refreshing. I like reading through both a male and female’s perspectives, but in this case, Marina just acted like a love-sick fool which I guess she kind of is.
What sickened me were the methods the evil ones performed on the Wildlings, and I couldn’t stand reading some of the pages, I honestly skipped those detailed paragraphs. I did think there was a lot more dialogue than plot development, and there were some parts that could have been edited down, but other than it was a great urban fantasy read. I hope to read more about the Wildlings and where they came from and why they exist in the first place.
Quotes “Think too much and you tend to worry about life instead of living.” (less)
Warning: Swearing, mild sexual acts and violent scenes!
Humans and Darklings against each other, one from each side we meet Ash and Natalie. Bonded by...moreWarning: Swearing, mild sexual acts and violent scenes!
Humans and Darklings against each other, one from each side we meet Ash and Natalie. Bonded by an unknown force, they fall in love and struggle to keep their forbidden love a secret. With a race against time, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that could change the very life they've ever known.
Loved the characters in this one. They were so developed and so emotional that you couldn't help but feel for both of them. Especially when you're reading from both their point of views. I did enjoy how strong their connection was because I feel the chemistry between Natalie and Ash was genuine and real. Fast-paced, with crazy soap opera-like twists and turns, be ready for a non-stop read. This book has great world building, character development and dramatic story lines that will have you itching for the next installment! I know I'm dying for the next one!
Black City is one heart stopping, jaw-dropping debut that will surely keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page!
“Don't be afraid to do what's right.”—Polly (33)
Ash: “Are you allergic to clothes?” Beetle: “It's how Mother Nature intended us to be, man.” (40)
“I know what it's like to have people be cruel to the person you love.”—Ana (69)
“It's not my fault your gigantic Darkling body gets in everyone's way. You should come with hazard lights or something.” (75)
“It feels good to be respected, but it's a bittersweet emotion. I shouldn't have to go to these extremes to get respect.”—Ash (147)
“I can't bear this world. It's so full of anger and hate. There's death everywhere you look.”—Natalie (244) (less)
Sloane who is this passive aggressive sweet teenage girl who is mourning the loss of her best friend Billy. Her family who supports her, her best frie...moreSloane who is this passive aggressive sweet teenage girl who is mourning the loss of her best friend Billy. Her family who supports her, her best friends Gordy, Lily and Dana are always there for her when she needs them, her future is set on attending Columbia University. Then there's Maggie, the complete opposite of Sloane. A young teenage actress who navigates the alligator infested waters of the Hollywood scene. She's an actress with a mother who cares more about herself than her two daughters. Maggie promptly takes care of her younger sister and in doing so, has no time for a social life. When Sloane falls asleep, she dreams of Maggie's life, and vice versa. But once these very different girls fall in love, everything is on the line, including their hearts. Are they going insane or is one going to just disappear?
I almost stopped reading this. The beginning is so long. It dragged on and on about the lives of these two girls. So different, yet so alike at the same time. There was so much detail. SO much. I believe I didn't need to know everything that was going on in the two characters lives, but maybe the authors wanted me to know what was going on. Well I'm glad to say that I didn't stop, and I'm glad I kept going because the twist at the end was worth it.
Completely thought provoking, with twists and turns that doesn't seem to end, I was confused the ENTIRE TIME reading this. The mind twists start at the 200+ page so make sure you pay close attention to the last few hundred pages. This book would end up as a great movie. A thriller drama that will keep the audience from guessing. I STILL don't know what happened at the end. I'm still confused, but maybe a re-read is in order to better understand it.
Well done Adrienne and Ron, you kept this lady from guessing the real truth. I love that you twisted my mind into a pretzel. Definitely a must-read for any contemporary fan.(less)
Melanie is seen as a chubby, slow witted, bookworm who lives in the poor section with her mother. One...moreThank you razOrbill Canada for the signed copy!!
Melanie is seen as a chubby, slow witted, bookworm who lives in the poor section with her mother. One day she she comes home and finds her mother has disappeared. She gets a phone call from a man on the phone telling her to go through a door in a tunnel so she can save her mother who is being held by him. Her mother is in another Realm called Half World. With help from her friend Mrs. Wei she for through the door and into Half World. Melanie finds herself in a world devoid of colour trying to find her mother in the process.
Melanie encounters people with animal body such as a woman with eels for arms, and a man with a bird's head. Talk about not being in the Flesh World anymore! Her strength and tenacity to get back home was admirable and I quite liked her character. In the end she believes in herself. She reunited the realms without using evil means.
The illustrations sprinkled within the chapters are beautiful made the story more enjoyable. I love seeing some of the scenes brought to life. Any person reading Half World will love this quick simple fantasy and will want more! Luckily there's a sequel :)
The book drew me in right from the beginning. A clear goal, a little bit of adventure, and a need for the main character to prove to herself she is different and can overcome her problems. This felt similar fo the movie Spirited Away so if you ever have the chance, go check it out!
"There are never guarantees in Life. But for those who strive, who dream and believe, live with an open heart, and dare to love, it is aost certain that joy will come to you."—Gao Zhen Xi (205)(less)
Thank you to Brannon Hollingsworth for the copy. Received for a honest review with no compensation provided.
Kate is workaholic, driven to succeed and...moreThank you to Brannon Hollingsworth for the copy. Received for a honest review with no compensation provided.
Kate is workaholic, driven to succeed and also dating her boss Xavier. While cleaning some fish for her special roll sushi she faints and ends up having visions. The visions don't stop since it happens to be triggered by water. She ends up missing important projects and presentations at work because her mind is occupied by her avoidance of water and her sheet determination for some answers to her visions. Her life spirals into despair, having only a friend she has met online to support her.
Kate is just like anyone really. A person who thinks they have committed a sin so badly that they pick up their life and move far away to start anew. Which doesn't always work. And in Kate 's case someone is reaching out to her. To help her forgive herself.
What this book did well was the sheer fact that an unbeliever started to believe after she accepted Jesus into her life. Now I'm not one to be a preacher, my family is Catholic, as I am myself. I don't try to condemn people who don't believe in anything. To each their own! The clear message in this book is this: if you need help and guidance, you need only ask. Simple as that.
Boyd and Hollingsworth's writing is fluid (hah get it?) and dynamic. Kate's memories and thoughts were so scrambled together, it was a little messy written that way but I can garner what was happening at its best. Also the beginning was a tad slow, and I wished to know more about who the other people were. The people who also had similar problems. I guess that was the only hole in the book.
Quotes “Sonetimes you have to pay a steep pricedor something or someone you love.”—Grandpa (207)
“He will show you the way. And He'll nfbdf test you beyond your ability to endure.”—John (211)
“It's okay, Kate. I didn't mean to make you uncomfortable, but I also don't like labels. They separate people. They build walls. I want to tear down, to get people together.”—John (237) (less)
Colby and Bev have been best friend since they were just 7 years old. High school is almost over for them both and they're ready to hit the road and g...moreColby and Bev have been best friend since they were just 7 years old. High school is almost over for them both and they're ready to hit the road and go to Europe on the trip of their lifetime.
While on tour with the all-girl band called The Disenchantments, Bev tells Colby she has applied to college and won't be going with him. The sudden change in plans make Colby question his relationship with his best friend.
Road trips are always so much fun an this book achieved many of the usual problems that would ensue if one went on one. Colby meets a lot of interesting haracters on the way and finds the truth about himself, Bev and even his parents. You can say the book is about growing up. It sure felt like he learned a few things.
I really enjoyed this book. It was cute, witty and a fun read!
The book was provided by the publisher razOrbill Canada for an honest review with no compensation provided.
Gee is all grown up now and he has felt dif...moreThe book was provided by the publisher razOrbill Canada for an honest review with no compensation provided.
Gee is all grown up now and he has felt different than anyone. His sister is gone and his grandma who is always there for him is feeble and starts to get sick she says something mysterious about Half World. His parents are there. Together with a new friend he finds along the way, they land in Half World where everything is well dead.
This is definitely a different theme from Half World. Gee struggles to be good when so many osbstacles get in his way. Hiromi Goto’s world building is clearly epic. I felt like I was transported in a dark place with no hope, no love and no life.
Darkest Light was definitely more creepy. For example anyone read about homicidal cannibal children? The struggles these souls had in life was so horrible and I can understand why they’re still stuck in Half World and can’t move into the Spirit world.
I wonder if there’s any interest in a movie? I’d love to see it on the big screen!
Quotes “Emptiness was good. Emptiness meant there was nothing inside that would break and shatter.”—Gee (75)(less)
Gemma grew up most of her life without ever feeling any emotion and one day she feels a prickling sensation in the back of her neck, then miraculously...moreGemma grew up most of her life without ever feeling any emotion and one day she feels a prickling sensation in the back of her neck, then miraculously she feels it. Feels sadness, anger, jealousy and all the other emotions she was denied of when age was born.
In comes dark haired, green-eyed gorgeous new guy Alex. From the moment they meet there is electricity literally cracking between them.
The only thing I disliked about this novel was the lack of explanation about the world Gemma is pushed into. Where did Keepers come from? Why do tattoos appear when one becomes a Keeper or Foreseer? How did Vampires and Faeries come about? There is a lot of questions that need to be answered. Gemma is kept in the dark and so is the reader.
The writing was sub-par. I mean there could have been soo many scenes where I would cut down. I know the author wanted the two to develop a relationship over time, but I found it tedious and a tad dry. As for the characters, urrrhh I have to be honest, Gemma was your typical teenage girl, and sure she had some remarkable qualities like having a star's power radiate within herself, but did she really have to gush over Alex EVERY time he was near? I know hormones are insane at that age and I don't blame her for wanting to jump him, but if she did then THAT would have made it SO much more interesting.
QUOTES “I faked a smile, pretending like it wasn't a big deal. That I didn't feel like I was going to throw up. That heart didn't feel like it was breaking. That a guy I barely knew, who hated me, wasn't tearing me apart. But it was. It really, really was.”—Gemma (page 27)
“You guys may think it's okay to do it, but it's not. Yes it may have to be don't to save the world, but it's still horrible because, aside from what you guys may think, I'm not just something carrying around a star inside if me. I'm human too. Or ar at least part human.”—Gemma (page 380) (less)
When we left off in Divergent, Tris was escaping the power hungry clutches of the Erudite faction. Together with Tobias, Marcus, Caleb and Susan they...more When we left off in Divergent, Tris was escaping the power hungry clutches of the Erudite faction. Together with Tobias, Marcus, Caleb and Susan they seek solace in the headquarters of Amity. I very much enjoyed the look behind the different factions and what their main purpose was. I'm sure that most people will like that part as well. There's a lot of information that is held within the books and I couldn't help. It applaud Veronica Roth for adding more to this dystopian society that has me gripped.
Tris breaks alliances, forges new ones, makes new friends and most of all keeps true to herself. There is a lot of teen angst in this one and I really tried not to kick Four in the head. He seemed so douchy! But I guess their relationship is strained just because of their curren situation. A war is brewing and I'm hoping that the rebel forces will ultimately attack and take them down. Tris keeps getting nightmares about killing Will and I couldn't help but shudder every time she did.
Oh and that ending. Seriously! I wanted to know more. Cliffhanger endings seem to be trending in YA novels and I can't help but love it. I enjoyed Insurgent better than Divergent but I'm also hoping the last and final book in this trilogy will blow us away.
"She isn't your little anything."—Tobias
"People just want to be happy, even if it's not real."—Tobias
"I am not the kind of person who just sits back and lets other people take all the risks."—Trish
"People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know then, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them."—Trish(less)
It's 1996, Emma and Josh are best friends and have been for a while until Josh started to crush on Emma. It changed their relationship and made things...moreIt's 1996, Emma and Josh are best friends and have been for a while until Josh started to crush on Emma. It changed their relationship and made things awkward, until Josh gives Emma an AOL CD. Rember those? They came in the mail and you would sign up for a free trial to get on the Internet through your phone line? The authors definitely wrote it well describing how the Internet worked back then.
Once Emma signs on she gets a link to a web site called Facebook where she sees herself 15 years in the future. This is where the story starts. Emma confides in Josh and she tells him what has happened.
I definitely loved Josh's character over Emma. He is kind, and an all-around good guy. Emma on the other hand, well I have no idea why she likes to date around other than the fact that they're all “gorgeous.” she wasn't a character I enjoyed reading about just because I find the things she did were downright selfish. Once she finds she's unhappy in the future, she changed it. Changed her husband, her job, where she lived. I found it all too nauseating to comprehend why she wanted such a perfect life for the future.
The writing is well done, and the backflash to the beginning of the Internet was quite fun to read. I do remember having to use a pay phone when I needed to call so that was also pretty fun to read about. I definitely enjoyed the concept of the story, but I also wished the authors would write about why it happened in the first place. The two main charcters are so busy trying to change the future that they weren't even curious as to why it happened in the first place. I definitely liked the reaction Emma and Josh had when they first realized what Facebook was about. If you really think about it, why do we own profile pages and post information for everyone to see?
QUOTES “Why does it say she has three hundred and twenty friends?” Josh asks. “Who has that many friends?”—page 31 (less)