I love Ally Carter's series. While intended for younger audiences, I have always found her books witty, eventful, and a great representation of heroin...moreI love Ally Carter's series. While intended for younger audiences, I have always found her books witty, eventful, and a great representation of heroine's that respect themselves and those around them. Perfect role model characters. With how much I love her stories, I wish I could give this book more stars, but I found myself getting lackadaisical about 85% of the way through. I thought I was only halfway (I read the ebook and I wasn't paying attention to the total page number) and I just had to take a break from this story for a day. When I picked it back up, there was only 30 ebook pages left, so I finished it relatively fast.
The reason this didn't make it to 4 or 5 stars is because everything Kat planned was happening behind closed doors. We weren't a part of the decision making process, leaving us totally out of the loop kind of took away some of the excitement that was held in the past two books in this series. Not only were we kept out of the loop but so was Hale! What the heck was that about, he is her partner in crime, if anything is going down, he should know about it.
Lastly, the ending fell really flat. Everything changed so swiftly, and it never felt believable. I mean when the author knows she is going to pull a 180 sometimes they give these really obvious hints, and I think her hint might have been that she just didn't throw her gusto into the last few chapters. Kat became scarily serious and the fact that she was working alone made it so we couldn't pull that fun sense of humor out of her. She was trying to be the big bad wolf for a change and it really didn't suit her. She is the kind of person that plays the passive role, to let the other person think they are winning when really they are way underestimating her, she gives them a devilish smile that says she is smarter than you and cut scene. Big bad wolf role - is usually a failing role. It didn't fit her personality at all she is too smart to play devils advocate.
So, what did I like? I love con-artist stories, so basically the premise of the book is awesome. Kat is robin hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor only she steals from the thief and gives it back to the rightful owner. I still love the dialogue, when the crew is talking to one another it never stops being hilarious comments. Some of my favorite quotes...
"Cat in the Cradle?" Gabrielle said. "We don't have Hale,"Hamish said. "You could do it,"Gabrielle challenged. "Do I look like a classically trained violinist to you?" he asked, and Gabrielle didn't broach the subject again. "Then what about Ace's Wild?" Simon said. Angus scooted forward. "With a little Count of Monte Cristo?" "Exactly," Simon said, excited. - Page 62 of 219 (nook ebook) I love the names of the Con's Carter throws into these books. So funny.
"What?" He cut a grin at Kat when he saw the impressed look on her face. "Corporate espionage is my second great passion." "With your first being..." Kat prompted. "Gelato." Hale said and turned back to the group. -page 124 of 219 (nook ebook) - who doesn't love gelato???
"We can find Garrett, right? And he can't sell the prototype if he is...shall we say...tied up?" She gave a self-satisfied smirk. "Gabrielle!" Kat rolled her eyes. "What?" Her cousin looked as innocent as she could possibly be. "We could keep him somplace nice. It will be like a vacation. Or rehab. He might even thank us." "Yeah," Kat mocked. "Thank us...have us arrested for kidnapping...really, they're practically the same thing." - Page 126 of 219 (nook ebook)
"Dad doesn't hate you. He just...well, Dad doesn't hate you anymore than he would any boy who was...a boy." "He doesn't hate the Bagshaws." "The Bagshaws aren't boys. They are bombs with very colorful fuses." "Good to know." - Page 159 of 219 (nook ebook)
Anyways, If you have been reading this series, I think it is worth to read this book too. And I hope she writes a fourth book to this series as well. I want the con's to keep on coming. If you haven't read this series I would recommend it to you if you like the idea of some good old con-artist fun and witty characters.(less)
This book is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Realistic fiction that is actually bel...moreThis review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive
This book is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Realistic fiction that is actually believable. Samantha Reed is a heroine that you can be proud of. You understand her love, her trust and her pain when she is put in one of the most difficult situations I can imagine. She is honest, and brave, the kind of heroine you want to be like yourself.
Jase Garrett, probably one of the most adorable and handsome male leads of all time. He puts all the bad boys to shame by making them look exactly that, like boys. No girl could ever resist him, even if they are not into the good guy type. He is perfect, literally perfect in every way. Just the thought of him climbing up my terrace at night makes my heart flutter and skip a few beats.
The reason that their love is kept a secret at the start is because Sam's mom is very strict. She has looked over at her neighbors for the last ten years and seen constant mess. Sam's mother expects things to be held to a very high standard and the Garrett's fall far, far, far below that standard. So when their relationship starts Sam keeps it to herself, even hiding it from her so called best friend. Which you might be able to imagine is weird if you are a Garrett and everything is out in the open, and it is even acceptable to engage in mild PDA in front of your parents.
Basically, Mrs. Garrett and Mr. Garrett are the parents that you should have, the ones that love you for who you are and accept that teenagers will be teenagers. Another bonus is that this book had great length. Most realistic fiction, romance YA's top out around 300 pages but this one is almost to the 400's. It made it there without ramblings and drawn out thoughts. It was beautifully written and artfully crafted. The plot had me questioning what could possibly go wrong but not in a way that was unplanned and just thrown in there. There was a lot of depth and thought put into the steps each character will take that lead us straight through to the end.
The only thing that I was dissatisfied with was the last ten pages or so, because it was not as magnificent as the whole story. I felt I was left a little hanging on the ending, but that is my inner greediness asking for more and more. Because, truthfully, that is what you will be asking, you will want more of Sam and Jase, more of the assisting characters, George, Duff, Alice and especially Tim. Everyone played an important role and it was all purposeful not just thrown in as a space filler. I love this book and as I have to return this ARC I will be in Barnes and Noble on June 14th purchasing my own copy of My Life Next Door so I can read it for years and years to come.
I anticipate many great novels from Huntley Fitzpatrick. This was a beautiful debut and I hope I hear more about when her next novel will be released very soon. Her name is definitely a name to remember, and will certainly be on the best sellers list.(less)
There is so much to say about this wonderful novel. Jennifer Echols is non-stop give, she gave me a s...moreThis review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive
There is so much to say about this wonderful novel. Jennifer Echols is non-stop give, she gave me a story that I LOVE, and will LOVE for the rest of my days.
Now, in the beginning I have to tell you I was a little scared. Because the story starts out in fourteen year old Leah's brain. I was quite shocked at all the situations she had already been through as only a fourteen year old girl. This also made me uncomfortable to know this was a contemporary romance, so I was going to go through the romance of a child. But then I was very satisfied to learn that that is only temporary, it is a lead up so we know the characters at a young age, and get to know them on a more personal level. The story then flashes forward to eighteen year old Leah and stays there throughout the rest of the novel.
The boys...Grayson and Alec. Now, throughout this entire novel it is all Grayson all day for me always. After Mr. Hall dies, it is a very tragic hit to both the boys and Leah. To Leah, Mr. Hall was her key to the skies and her father figure. Without him, her dream seemed less of a reality. Grayson and Alec take on the task of running his fathers old flying company and hire Leah on to keep up with her job. Leah, never having trusted a male other than Mr. Hall is hesitant, because in her world men never give without wanting something in return, is that the case with Grayson and Alec? Don't let me tell you! You have to figure that one out for yourself! Just know this book is very excellent!
What I liked about this book the most is the descriptions and the internal thoughts of Leah. She has a very active brain, sometimes you just want to smack her and tell her to think straight, but she is very deliberate in everything she does and is very cautious, but also completely reckless. You may think that I need to make up my mind, but it is the truth. I felt she was a very diverse character in her actions. Very responsible and knows what she needs to do to make her goals and dreams come true. She doesn't like to depend on others but sometimes she just might have to learn to trust.
This is a book that will forever stay on my shelf, a much needed good read. You need to pre-order it or set your calendar so you know to pick it up on July 10th! (less)
Between the Lines. How to start...This story was very entertaining. I read the story at a very quick speed. The story alternates...moreReview to come. ----
Between the Lines. How to start...This story was very entertaining. I read the story at a very quick speed. The story alternates between the views of Ried and Emma. Now, after reading the description of the story it makes you feel like it is going to also be read through the eyes of Graham as well, but sadly that never happens.
So Emma, she is the girl next door type. Sweet and innocent, she lands the part of a lifetime with one of the worlds hottest upcoming actors. Pretty much, he is the equivalent of a slightly more manly Bieber of the acting world to these people. She gets to play Elizabeth (Lizbeth) to his Mr. Darcy (Will).
Ried is the hot and big-headed movie star, we all expect people like him to act like. He is in full belief that all women love him and no one could ever turn him down. Early on he sets his sights on Emma, he wants a little costar action that he has down to a science. He plays games with her and still has some rendezvous on the side while trying to keep Emma as his main goal. Ried gets threatened when he feel competition waging from an indie-actor Graham, who always seemed to be accompanied by Ried's ex Brooke (the star of a show that is supposed to be something like Miley Cyrus and Hannah Monatana or something without the singing *the impression I was given*) This makes him get suspicious of Emma and his "relationship" <-- That relationship is the only part that really makes me crinkle my forehead because it was the least believable part of the story, considering I felt that they had no merit upon to base their relationship. I guess nice girls fall into that trap to easily.
Emma gets confused and pretty much a lack of communication between everyone is what makes things go wrong. If everyone would have just said what they were thinking this would not have been a story. Nevertheless I enjoyed this book and while it wasn't life altering it was an interesting story told through interesting perspectives. I would read this again when I was bored or looking for a light romance. I would never read this if I was looking for an in-depth love story or something completely heartwarming.
Reading it again immediately because it was that good!
I have finished reading it again. It was just as good as the first time, maybe better....moreReading it again immediately because it was that good!
I have finished reading it again. It was just as good as the first time, maybe better. Who knows. This is one of those stories that has you salivating at the mouth for more. I am dying to know what happens to them next. Unfortunately there is no direct sequel...yet. Only companion novels at the moment. I know we are all crossing our fingers hoping for Catching Jordan 2, or Caught Jordan, or Catching Michigan. Just me? Well that's because you have yet to read this masterpiece.
I love the language used in this story. Very real and fitting to the teenage "vocabulary" these days. We're not shying away from cuss words and sexual references because it's unladylike anymore. Shit no! The way the characters talk is very believable to their personalities.
In high school, I was simply a jock. Basketball, softball, BMX, you name it, I played it. The main character, Jordan, (That's right the title is not about catching a boy named Jordan, no sir-e-bob, it's about catching our lovely star.) Star and captain of the high school football team that is. I begged my mom to let me play football in the 8th grade. She turned me down though, so I feel this could have been my life. I wouldn't have been the quarterback, more like free safety, but man the dream was so close. Moving along...Jordan is the QB of her team, she has led them for two years now and even to the state championship her junior year, only to throw an interception at the end of the game and cause her team to lose. Now, it is the start of Senior year and she will do anything not to repeat last years mistakes.
Unfortunately for her, hot new Texas High School state champion QB just moved to town and he wants to be on the team too. Vying for her spot on the team and her heart, Jordan doesn't know what to do about Ty Green. Her best friends, Sam Henry, Carter and JJ are no help when it comes to love and her inexperience is seriously lacking when it comes to romance. Especially when you have your best friend, Sam Henry, sleep over all the time, in the same bed... What's a girl to do, she knows how to lead a team on the field, and she is well respected off the field. She is the best high school QB in all of Tennessee, but will it matter when she starts feeling the pressure of being recruited to a team that is only judging her based on her gender and not her talent.
Would it be settling to go to a school, or date the guy because your told it's the best choice, only to be used and controlled? Or will it be worth it to search for that true love, the real place you fit in, even if the idea is scary and it may be harder to find?
Knock, knock...enter a male POV, love story, that does not make me want to throw up. Yay! Take me there was an original. I got more of the bad boy fee...moreKnock, knock...enter a male POV, love story, that does not make me want to throw up. Yay! Take me there was an original. I got more of the bad boy feel that I read in the Perfect Chemistry series. With the sensitive, I am a softy underneath, loooooove connection. You see, Dylan's been loving Jess for forever. She has been a little piece of life in his shitty messed up world. A lot of people mention how they read this for the love story, that they wanted Jess, Jess and more Jess. She was there for a lot of it, but they are right this book does not move day and night with love story. There is more to it than that. It is largely based off of his father, and why he is the way he is.
I loved that this book did not follow the normal paradigm of YA. But I will not sing praises about it well "execution" (<--- if you read it you will get it.) There is a lot that could have been better about the story. For one, we could have had a major turn around on the ending. This is not your happy go lucky fairy tale, where the bad boy shits roses at the end of the tunnel. On the contrary this is a very real story about how the nice guy finishes last, and justice, is served... but poorly.
I would have loved to give this story five-stars but I just couldn't bring myself to do it, when the ending brought the novel down terribly. My recommendation is that you read this book. I really enjoyed it and I think it is worth it, it will be a change of pace for whatever you have been reading. Maybe, even make you appreciate what you have been reading a little more. Don't read this book if you only like happy endings where everything is peachy clear in the end, because in this novel Romeo certainly sucks his poison.
That is all I can really tell you without giving away anything. It was hard enough as it is. One thing that bothered me through this book is...was google not invented, because Dylan certainly could have figured out a lot about his dad if he had just bothered to type his name in a search engine. Anyways, carry on with your day. Reliving this book has me sad again and I need to go eat a Butterfinger or something.(less)
This book was very slow to get started. I caught myself wanting to give up quite a few times. But once I finished the first part of the story, the res...moreThis book was very slow to get started. I caught myself wanting to give up quite a few times. But once I finished the first part of the story, the rest really opened up. I know L.J. Smith is quite famous for her 20 year sequels and this one had an open ending, I do really hope to read more of this story in the future. I just can't seem to get the "bad guy" out of my head. They have so mush more depth than the love interests. So on this book I am "team enemy!"(less)