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)
Okay J.L.A. I believe the rest of the world will agree with me. You need to put down all your other projects for one month and get out the final book...moreOkay J.L.A. I believe the rest of the world will agree with me. You need to put down all your other projects for one month and get out the final book to this series, I cannot wait! We all know it only takes you a month to write an amazing book, you turn them out like nobodies business, so please spit out the last one then resume your other amazing books! This one needs to take priority!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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)
My heart is still pumping...I need the next one now! It better not take as long this time either ( say very sternly) Thank you Susan Ee you rock my ev...moreMy heart is still pumping...I need the next one now! It better not take as long this time either ( say very sternly) Thank you Susan Ee you rock my ever-loving world.
I am speechless at the moment. Too many good things to say that I can't control my own brain right now. Review soon to come!
On my nook case the...moreI am speechless at the moment. Too many good things to say that I can't control my own brain right now. Review soon to come!
On my nook case there is a quote by Sir Christopher Wren. It says, "Choose an author as you choose a friend."
If that in fact is the case, Susan Ee is my very best friend of all. Her writing is magic. She had the undoubtable ability to wrap me in her web of graphic gore and hopeless odds against life and love.
Rather than being the all bearing and depressing post-apocalyptic world, like The Road, we find ourselves in the midst of an apocalypse of the angels. Six weeks after they have started their attack. All hope is lost, to Penryn, her schizophrenic mother and paralyzed from the waste down sister, Paige.
Penryn is the one that is keeping her family safe, her unique set of survival skills and unparalleled confidence have her moving through the night, during the time even the gangs are afraid to come out.
A single beautiful feather falls from the sky during Penryn's move to a new safe location. This feather does not leave Penryn feeling so positive, in fact it exults pure terror in her bones. It is an angel feather, and where there are angels, there is sure to be death.
Penryn witnesses five angels beat up an angel, Raffe, with beautiful snowy-white wings. She tries to assist in anyway she can, while her mother and sister make a run for it. Raffe's wings are cut from his back, and the sinister angel who cut them turns his rage on Penryn and kidnaps her little sister.
Seeing the dying angel, she decides to bargain him. She will act as a guide on earth, helping him survive on his feet, rather than his wings, and he will lead her to where the angel may have taken her little sister.
Two opposing sides, one epic story.
I am so eagerly awaiting the next one, that I am practically in fangirl giddiness for the next novel to be released. I am on the edge of my seat for what will happen next in this apocalyptic world, where angels are the thing of nightmares, and hell has encompassed the earth.
The only weird thing about this novel was the fact that I bought it in ebook format and it said it had 1457 pages, and whenever I turned one page it would say I flipped around twenty or so pages. This was all well and good until the very end when I thought I had fifty or so pages to go and I tried to flip the page and the story was over.
This book is well worth the buy. It was only $2.99 on my nook and I would have paid much more for it. Riveting, calculating, and unafraid to dive right into the depth of my soul and rip out some organs. This story will leave you wide awake contemplating what will be in store for you next.
Penryn is one of the most amazing characters to be inside the mind of. She is so bad ass, that she makes other bad ass heroines look not bad ass. *Sorry for my Adam Sandler humor*. Penryn has raised the bar and from now on she is the girl to beat.
Susan Ee, if you ever read this, please oh please get the new book out soon, and keep them coming! I am addicted to Penryn & The End of Days!(less)
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?
I love this novel. It takes you through so many twists and turns, one minute you are feeling pain, and misery and do not know how it could get any wor...moreI love this novel. It takes you through so many twists and turns, one minute you are feeling pain, and misery and do not know how it could get any worse, and the next you are elated and shouting for joy. This collection of 3 novels was written in 1995. The author Elizabeth Chandler wrote a 4th book in the series in 2010. I found this out recently and knew it would be great and worth a 15 year wait. I just re-read this book and am just as in Love with Tristan and Will as I ever have been.
Our main character, Ivy, starts out at a new school in the middle of her junior year of high school. Her mother is about to marry the wealthy president from a local college. This has brought her to this new school and also even getting her a new stepbrother. Ivy is the kind of character you refuse to hate. She is loyal to her friends and family, willing to protect them at all costs. She is stubborn, brave and strong and tries with all her strength even when she is terrified out of her mind. Throughout the novel some really sketchy things start to happen; her stepbrother's mom commits suicide, Ivy is in a car accident with Tristan, there is another suicide attempt, someone dies from a "drug overdose", and Ivy's poor kitten is showing up with mysterious cut marks on her paws and many more.
Other than Ivy this novel includes some great characters. Tristan: He is the strong and loving male lead that falls deep for Ivy, and refuses to stop loving her even after death. Gregory: Ivy's popular stepbrother. He is a hard one to figure out, is he on Ivy's side or does he have darker ideas brewing behind the scenes. Will: One of Gregory's friends that has also fallen for Ivy, but he is the "cool" guy so he takes a step back and admirers her from afar. Beth: One of Ivy's good friends that has a special talent hidden up her sleeve. Suzanne: One of Ivy's closest friends since they were 5 years old. However there is only one thing on her mind and that’s Gregory and not even Ivy can stop her from getting what she wants. Lacy: A comedic relief to the story, she is also an Angel who likes to cause a little more mess than happiness. She helps Tristan adjust to his new found way of life or death. Philip: Ivy's younger brother who is just as stubborn as she is, and won’t give up on the idea of Angels even after Ivy has.
Kissed by an Angel does not involve your average Love-triangle. Tristan is in love with Ivy and has even forgotten his player card just trying to get Ivy's attention. At first Ivy doesn't respond to him, even tries to avoid him because she thinks he is all brawn and no brain. Finally they connect, Ivy realizes how great of a guy Tristan really is and they begin dating. Their relationship takes off and is going great until, there is an accident...or was it an accident...that takes Tristan away from us, only to have him return as an Angel. We spend a good majority of the novel waiting for Tristan to finally break through to Ivy all over again. Tristan tries this in many ways by trying to talk through her best friend Beth and a secret admirer Will. Only Ivy gets mad every time they bring him up, like they are ripping open the wound that she is trying desperately to hold together. Tristan also spends a lot of his time trying to ignore how much he and Will have in common and jealous of how Will can be there for her in more ways than he can himself. Although Tristan has nothing to worry about because Ivy has closed herself off to love and she tries to keep her distance from Will for fear of what could happen between them.
This story is great! Better now than the last time I read it. I am very excited that there is even more to the story to read now. (less)