I hate series that never end, that just switch on to the next love story with another character. People better fucking LOVE this and demand that I rea...moreI hate series that never end, that just switch on to the next love story with another character. People better fucking LOVE this and demand that I read it for me to ever invest my time in it.(less)
The Characters - AJ was a great character, he is definitely the reason this book received three stars. He is the kind of guy that is dream worthy. I w...moreThe Characters - AJ was a great character, he is definitely the reason this book received three stars. He is the kind of guy that is dream worthy. I wish there were more men like AJ in the world, real-life and fiction. He has a lot of depth and is overall a great person. He is my favorite character in this whole novel and he is the main reason I want to read the next one in the series.
Nardia was likable enough. I wasn't a fan of her snarky attitude towards other women, even when mentioning you are just being objective it is still mentioning it and looking down on others. This didn't happen very much, but just enough to catch my notice.
Doctor Raegen was...he is really hard to describe. He was shy and reserved in the beginning and grew in his confidence and comfortability as he and Nardia grew closer. Honestly, in the beginning I didn't really care for him, but towards the end he turned it up a bit. I still don't love him like AJ, but I think he would be an alright friend. I didn't care for his taste in friends, nor his attitude towards Nardia after hearing rumors. But I did like that he stood behind her even when doubt clogged his mind.
The Plot - The story moved very slow and I didn't get the big climax I was hoping for, but it was paced evenly enough. I was confused on a few parts, regarding her daughter and what she decided in the end, so I am going to have to get that clarified in the next novel, but I assume these endings will be tied together later in the series. I would have liked more from this story, with all the build up we could have had a larger bang in the end. The idea behind this story is great, I love the healing quality and angels being brought to life. The forbidden nature of it all, it is magical and mysterious. The characters were real, they could be anyone around you, anyone you run into. Williams did a great job bringing real life characteristics into the novel.
My Outlook - This story is told to you. Never shown to you, it is all said through Nardia. There isn't one interaction we get to experience for ourselves through description. Just through narration. It was like Nardia was sitting in front of me telling me this story. So that was a big frustration, it is much more enjoyable to actually live the story with the character instead of just being told what is happening. The best way to describe this sensation is like if I was blind and watching a movie with only someone there to tell me what is happening. You get so much more connection and you feel more when you actually live it. I hope this improves for the next ones.
Summary - The cons in this novel were that the climax, wasn't climactic enough, we could have gotten more from this story. The story was told to us, we didn't live it.
The pros, AJ is the best. A great character to read and experience in a story. The premise and the outline of this story is very intriguing. I wanted more and I enjoyed what this book was about. Even for a paranormal type of book it was realistic and the characters were down to earth <- lol literally!(less)
Very disappointed in this book. I was supposed to feel sad and uplifted at the end, instead I was wondering why this was published by Sourcebooks Fire...moreVery disappointed in this book. I was supposed to feel sad and uplifted at the end, instead I was wondering why this was published by Sourcebooks Fire.
I don't know what is up with me reading such depressing books. When I picked them up they did not sound at all depressing, but low and behold, they left me feeling crap-tastic inside. All those pages of build up...for what? I am still unsure. I think I was supposed to be moved and feel powerful, because the author decided to throw us some bullshit out of left field (baseball analogy - meaning: suddenly, from an unexpected source of direction.) There was so much wrong with this book.
Maybe I hated it so much because it was character driven and not plot driven. We enter Mia's life as she returns to her cousins summer home in the Hampton's after three years. Only her cousin, Corinne (<--- lol that is my mom's name) has changed drastically. She is no longer the carefree child who used to go swimming and play all day long with Mia, she is now the "sophisticated" and "privileged" child of one of the Hampton's elite. She had always been this child, but now she is actually acting the part. So, Mia tries to fit in and do as the Romans do - or in this case the Hamptonians do.
She still feels left out and at times she cannot seem to stand even her own behavior (so why should we as the reader be appealed to this, no idea, because I really wasn't.) Then in comes Simon, with some cliche Gatsby references, and a friendship ensues. As time goes on, he is not only the friend, but he becomes the love interest as well. And that fact was never believable to me, I only ever saw them as friends, and I could not transition into relationship with them. It was just another one of those things that had to be thrown in there to, I don't know, appease YA literature and add romance. So a Summer of Skinny Dipping starts with these two and their budding romance.
Let me mention a few more problems with this book, Simon, is boring, I don't really like him as a person, nor as the character in the book. He is all over the place, not my kind of guy. I can never really get a steady read or emotion from him. So, I don't see how he is trustworthy like is so often mentioned. His father beats him up and then he has a moment with the police (unrelated) and after he feels powerful, because he could have told on his dad, but he didn't, how is this supposed to be positive and a character I can stand behind. Simple answer - I can't stand behind him. Every time they kissed I fought off a cringe. And what the heck was up with the light signals. When he never once declined her and she only did once, but then relented to seeing him anyways, that was just a pointless addition to the story. Her mother, cousins, aunt and uncle were so plain. They only seemed to care about a few things, and really not much else. Mia was not a concern of theirs, otherwise how else would she be able to sneak out every night without anyone's notice. Lastly, the ending. Probably one of the more important parts of the book and it was terrible. Talk about self-growth. Well if all of us in life could have a tragedy happen to us, I am sure we would all be better people for it, but what kind of crap is that. So random and a complete flop.
The only things I did like about, that allow me to give it two stars is the fact that the main character likes to spout facts about everything, and I like that, because I myself do it all the time. (My cousin calls me bing, because it is prettier than google) Anyways, I have a sickness to answer those arbitrary questions people ask, without every expecting someone to answer and so does Mia. Also, her dad was really cool. He was only present in a few scenes and was thought to be pretty blind to what was going on, but I liked that he was more aware than anyone gave him credit for.
So that is all there is to say about The Summer of Skinny Dipping. If you read it, I hope you like it more than I did. If you don't read it, I hope you spend your time reading something wonderful instead, and then be sure to tell me about it so I can read it too! (less)
My initial thoughts- This book is great! The story really draws you in and keeps you there. Such a sad story that really shakes you to the core. Writt...moreMy initial thoughts- This book is great! The story really draws you in and keeps you there. Such a sad story that really shakes you to the core. Written in diary format, the style is different than what I'm used to, but after only a few chapters I found myself immersed in Hannah's story. You feel her hurt and her want to just understand. If only she could grasp just a sliver of her sister Hope (<-- you see what I did there) she could realize what has happened and move forward.
This is a really fast read. I finished in only a few hours. As the story unfolds you just have to keep reading, you want to know what's going to happen next, and you need to know how Hannah is doing. Hoping that she is getting better and praying she will be able to move on. I have never had, nor lost a twin, so I can only imagine the pain it would cause to lose your other half, and I feel Nellenbach did an excellent representation of it in this story.
By the end my emotions were worked, from the end of one love, to the beginnning of a new/old one. Through the twisted lies and hidden secrets, Hannah emerges from the shadow of her lost sister and into her own light. She ends with a new beginning and an understanding of how little others show their true selves and how to trust again.
Characters- Hannah: Seeing as we are reading this story from her diary, I have to say she is an excellent story teller *wink,wink* Even though I don't have any actual experience with this kind of incident, Hannah was very relatable. The girl that lived in her sisters shadow, the girl that was always second best, or an add-on in everyone elses lives. Now she is the main focus, but they still only see her lost sister Hope. It would definitely suck to be identical twins and lose him/her, so that everyone that looks at you is clouded in pain of seeing a person they loved dearly, only it isn't your twin, it's you. I feel for Hannah, that would have been terrible. The story was told so well through her eyes. I feel her struggle.
Hope: I kind of hate her. She seemed to have everything she wanted, but she was depressed and sad underneath it all. Her character honestly seemed unrealistic to me, but then again that depth of depression is hard for me to even comprehend. Overall, I just feel for everyone that was a part of Hope's life, she was adored and loved by so many and she decided to take her life before it really even started.
Julian: Swoon worthy man alert. Hannah and Julian used to be in a relationship, they were the IT couple. Everyone loved them together and I have to say I was loving them together as well. Julian is very supportive to Hannah, he is probably the closest person to her after she loses Hope, and the only one that can truly comfort her in this time of grieving and confusion. He is without a doubt a yummy hearthrob. Can't get enough of him! The book was too short, I need more Julian.
Doug: Is such a good older brother, so sweet. I really enjoyed his part in the book. He had a strong sense of family. He may not have known what to do to help, but he did the best he could.
Overall- Definitely worth the read! You will go through it fast, so if you were on the edge before you mind as well just dive on in! You really get a great story with good character development. The book has stayed with me long after the last page was turned. I look forward to reading more by this author.(less)
WARNING: Reading this book will cause random bouts of laughter. Extreme cravings of Vanilla Ice Cream...moreThis review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive
WARNING: Reading this book will cause random bouts of laughter. Extreme cravings of Vanilla Ice Cream with Rainbow Sprinkles (because they make the world go round) and may endanger Old Lady's walking along the street. Read at your own risk!
The warning is for your own good, I just had to warn you, it's in my nature of being such a wonderful person! This book was amazing and I loved every fun-filled second of it. Click to Subscribe had me with a big grin on my face one moment, to my eyes pooling out this strange salty liquid at the next, only to bring me back around to fits of laughter that can only be described as howling glee.
Told through the male POV of West Ryder, aka Sam Green to all his vlog followers, is just an ordinary teen with an extraordinary tolerance of sugar. He has been dealt a short stick in life, he was really close to his mother and is still mourning over loosing her. Luckily he has his best friend Cat to lend him a shoulder whenever he needs it. And mysterious girl vlog follower Harper to help take the edge off.
When one day they plan to meet, and it turns out that Harper and Cat are the same person. West has to learn to accept that the cyber-girl Harper, he was falling for, and his so-close-of-a-friend-she-is-more-like-a-sister Cat are one in the same. How can he risk loving someone so close to him like Cat? He is terrified of what loosing her would mean for his life if they didn't work out. Needless to say, West is going through a whole heck of a lot and be prepared for this stories epic and bumpy ride!
My only complaint is that I want more! It would have been awesome to read more about his vlog in the beginning, what he talks about and what other kinds of followers he has. He is obsessed with Harper, and that is really what drives the story so it is understandable that it revolves around their conversations, I would have just liked a little more West or his alias Sam Green, to add layers and depth to his character.
Anyways, I loved every minute of it. West is fun and refreshing a male main character with a sensitive side, and confident enough in himself to pull it off. He was such a relatable character. It was beautiful to be in the mind of West and to feel what he felt. I couldn't get enough of him. I felt so bad for what happened to his mom and how his life was crumbling apart. Yet he had such a light and refreshing personality that just kept me wanting more, page after page.
And lets face it, Cat is the BOMB. She is what females strive to be! Nice, beautiful, kind, forgiving, and knows how to go after what she wants. [beach scene ;) I know what you were trying to do Cat you naughty devil!] <--- forgive me, but you will understand once you read it! And that is exactly what you should do right now, go read it!
Thank you Sel from Bookcase to Heaven and L.M. Augustine for allowing me to be a part of the Click to Subscribe tour. The book was wonderful and I loved every minute of it!
^^^^ I had to add it! It's almost as good as the book!
Gahhh! A little to lovey but it was decent. Reminded me a lot of Dark Visions by L.J. Smith. The collection of people with powers. I love Armentrout a...moreGahhh! A little to lovey but it was decent. Reminded me a lot of Dark Visions by L.J. Smith. The collection of people with powers. I love Armentrout and will cowtow to her till the day I die, but this book was less than miraculous. Simply plain. There is a bit of choke-me insta-love brewed here that was sappy and sickening that rubbed me in all the wrong ways. Maybe I would have flown for it in the past, but after reading so many amazingly wonderful loves, I cannot accept this as even close to one of them.
I hate that her best friend was abandoned and forgot her. It was so terribly and he could have added so much to the story. He was a great character one that if Armentrout would have kept him, could have kept the story to a four-star rating, but instead you get three. Oh so sad, but that is the truth of life. You cut out great characters, you only get a good book.
The fact that she couldn't be touched was very much like Shatter Me, in that if anyone touches her, they will die, except of course the love interest, because what fun would that be. The little sister was a good character but I thought her part was way overplayed. She was actually annoying in how much of an angel she was. Little kids are so bribed by sweets and toys that they cannot see real love if it smacked them in the face and that made me sad for Ember (which by the way is a cruel name for someone with red hair, even though it is an awesome name.)
Overall, the story could have been executed better. Too much mushy love, equals a less than happy Kelley. Not a waste of time, but I definitely could have waited to buy it. Oh, well. Hopefully I have helped you in your own reading decision! (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)
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a great book! I honestly don't have anything bad to say about it. This book moved me from the fi...moreThis review also appears on Reading To Stay Alive
What a great book! I honestly don't have anything bad to say about it. This book moved me from the first page to the very last. I am so very found of Katy, and although he is rough around the edges Daemon is a great character. He is a total blowhole but I can see clear reasoning to why he acts the way he does and how much of it is his teasing personality as well.
Before I started this novel I was surprised at how many people referenced Twilight but still gave it great ratings and reviews. I have to say I am now one of those people because I thought the overall flow of the novel was uncannily familiar to that of Twilight. (view spoiler)[From angry hot boy, to clumsy hospital prone, to vehicles almost crushing the life out of them. (hide spoiler)]
Even though it was so very similar this story displayed a tough, headstrong female character with added depth and capable of a multi-track mind. As a book reader it was great to get into the mind of someone who also loves books and even writes her own blog. I thank Armentrout for making Katy even more relatable than she would have been, even down to the weekly meme's and ARC tours.
Now, as you see me rant and rave about this book you might wonder why I am not giving it a full five stars, and to be honest there really isn't much more than the fact that I just have something invisible holding me back. I will tell you till your face turns blue that it was a great read and you definitely need to pick it up, I even immediately bought the second novel Onyx and started reading it. But I cannot help feel that something is missing that the story could have been better somehow. Oh, well. I apologize to Jennifer L. Armentrout for not giving you a five star rating. Maybe, Onyx will hold that last elusive star! Until then Happy Reading!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
So, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end. Unfortunately, there was no plot and absolutely...moreThis review can also be found on Reading to Stay Alive
So, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end. Unfortunately, there was no plot and absolutely zero character development.
I went into this novel with very high hope. I read Catching Jordan in the past and the book was so unbelievably epic that I just had to get my hands on this one for just a possible glimpse back into that world. Instead of a strong willed female lead, I received a shallow, boy obsessed, immature and petty teenage girl.
The story line was almost impossible to follow and every single guy seemed to fall at Whitney's feet the very second she decided to tryout for the football team. She ditched her best friend for her man, and before that she tried to date her best friends ex-boyfriend. Umm, what the heck is wrong with this picture.
Stepping away from the plot, the writing was absolutely amateur. I don't know what the record is for number of times and author can use the word "like" but Carly Syms is definitely int he running for the record. Reading this was painful, I forced myself to go through with it because I have an incessant need to finish what I have started.
All in all, this book was not worth the $2.99 I spent on it. I wish I could take the time back that it took to read. I felt like I was in the mind of a twelve year old when it came to the reasoning that took place here. If any of this sounds appealing to you, then by all means read the book. Simply put, it wasn't for me. Maybe it's for you.(less)
I hate this book, it embodies everything that is wrong with fiction. It has absolutely nothing to do with the genre. The horror that is this book sole...moreI hate this book, it embodies everything that is wrong with fiction. It has absolutely nothing to do with the genre. The horror that is this book solely relies on Abbi Glines and anyone that told her it was great. This is now the second novel by Glines I have attempted, only because I bought them at the same time and had no idea how terrible they both would turn out to be.
Full review to come soon. I feel confident to say now that this is the worst book I have ever read, and hopefully will ever read. If there is a book worse than this, I feel for whoever has read it.(less)
Wow, where to start. This book was a wonderful surprise. From reading others reviews about it and als...moreThis review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive
Wow, where to start. This book was a wonderful surprise. From reading others reviews about it and also it's high ratings, I expected this to be an entertaining story, but never did I expect something quite like what I found.
The story is gripping and brings a whole new twist on supernatural powers combined with a futuristic world. Talia, herself, has an exceptionally extraordinary power, making her special, and making her stand out. Her powers are unbelievable and I can't wait to learn what else she can do in the second novel. Sophie Davis really spun an interesting web of life, in a world that I would really love to live in. Davis makes me believe it is possible to have powers and did a wonderful job incorporating them into the everyday life of a teenager.
The dystopian world in which they live is also very realistic. It was not too extreme and unrealistic. This was a world that was highly plausible and I am going to say it again. I really want to be a Talent!
For picky readers, this is a self published book. There are some weird errors, but the novel is exceptionally well written, and the errors are few and far between. Honestly, the only thing keeping this book from perfect is an editor and a literary agent and this book would be vanishing from the book shelves of any store. I can't believe it has stayed so unknown up to this point!
This is a true hidden gem. I recommend reading it as soon as you get a chance and for only $2.99 how could you pass it up!(less)
After reading this novel, I took it upon myself to actually read the blurb, and I found I would have...moreThis review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive
After reading this novel, I took it upon myself to actually read the blurb, and I found I would have been duly warned about this novel before I read it, had I been thorough when I requested this on Netgalley. So, it is my fault, I put the blame on myself. To be honest when I first read the blurb I skimmed the first paragraph so quickly that I thought we were talking about a girl named Danny who has been to juvi, and I was like "Heck yes, B.A. girl in the house." Well the story is the complete opposite of that.
Danny is the tough guy, and has fallen into the enforcer gig for his uncle's bookie business. He is all business, money, sex, and alcohol. Told from alternating perspectives, Lauren is the goodie-goodie to the EXTREME. She recently moved from a small po-dunk town in Illinois to Cali, where she plans on reinventing herself so she can become popular and be a cheerleader. (You know, every girls dream!) Well when they first spot each other across the quad, it is love at first sight. Danny catches one glimpse of her and he is ready to throw his wild lifestyle of girls and money away, without ever even talking to her. Luckily for Lauren, she has a few cheerleaders right next to her and they warn her away from the bad apple that is making eyes at her. Still she is intrigued, but she wants the perfect life just like her mother and father, (you know what I mean, the one where her father cheats on her mom, and her mom commits a felony by burning down their home, she wants that.)
So, instead of going with her love at first sight, insta-love, she goes after the wide-receiver of the football team, yummy, handsome Josh. *wiggles eyebrows* But it just so happens that Danny's sister dated Josh way back when and he broke her heart, so instead of telling Lauren about the upsets that Josh is sure to cause her, we let this play out and let Lauren learn her mistakes for herself.
I was upset that the author seemed to take the easy way out on this one. Danny was a love struck little boy, who was literally obsessed with Lauren. If she would have given Lauren more of a back-bone and let her be slightly intelligent and have some thoughts of her own, and given Danny more of a personality, instead of it being a personality solely revolved around Lauren, then this could have the setting of a very good book. Come on, I mean bad boy wants to be good for good girl, it is a concept that I am a sucker for.
So the entire book Danny is chasing after Lauren, trying to make himself better for her, when he isn't insisting he doesn't like her. Lauren has her little moments with Danny, but then she goes right back to Josh, because he is the good boy, the one who would never do anything to hurt her.
Now, the end is where I have to shake my head a little bit. I mean, we were all set up for the grand finale...when, it ended very abruptly on an awkward cliff hanger. I feel like I was halfway off the edge, but for some reason, I still haven't fallen yet. This is when I find out the author has planned to make this book a series, the next one is called Losing Lauren, and it comes out in January 2013.
This may be my inner masochist coming out, but I actually want to read Losing Lauren, I want to read it like right now. Because, I actually liked Danny, other than his obsessiveness over Lauren, he was the basis of the kind of character I like. So, I actually want to know what happens next. This may not have been the best books ever, and it may have also been annoying with a female character that is selfish, petty, and materialistic, but Danny was pretty cool. So I gotta find out what happens next. This is my guiltiest of pleasures.
* Received from Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an honest review.
In the world of Glitch, the people are closer resembled to robots, or drones than actual human beings. The only ones capable of glitching are children and teens. The ones who have yet to get their permanent v-chip installed. Our main character Zoel, better known to her glitching friends as Zoe, is glitching big time. But not only that, she has a secret, a secret power. She can move things with her mind.
This is a dangerous power and an even more dangerous secret. When she is not glitching, she is in the link, a perfect follower, no different from anyone else. Seeing only in gray, and even contemplating turning herself in as a glitcher, to keep the community running in perfect order. That is what she should do, what she is programmed to do. But when she glitches, she is able to feel emotions she doesn’t even know how to describe. Emotions that existed long before the community had to move below the surface of the earth because of the Nuclear Holocaust, emotions that brought on it's very own destruction.
Glitch explores a wide range of emotion. The descriptions in the novel were very well received. I felt as if I was experiencing these emotions with Zoe for the first time myself. Sweet and innocent, Zoe goes on an adventure and later cannot recall what has happened. So much is out of her own control and in the hands of the Uppers, the ones that try to catch glitchers and either fix them or deactivate them.
On her quest to figure out what happened during her memory lapse and her newfound urge to escape, she finds out a boy she knows very well is also a glitcher. This boy is Max, now Max is exactly what I would expect him to be. A teenage boy, who has never once experienced emotions and has to absorb them all at once. He is pushy, needy, and clingy; basically he is the boy that just wants sex, magnified about one thousand times. He can’t control his emotions and that makes him dangerous. He goes on and on about the passions Zoe, not understanding what he is asking, complies. She lets him in her world, but is always cautious of his incessant need.
Not only is their Max but there is also Adrien, that is right fellow readers, another lovely Adrien. He might just have had that in his favor that there is already a lovable Adrian out there in book land that I could associate him with. He is in control to the extreme. The exact opposite of Max, but he has some secrets of his own. Deadly games are played with these two boys involved in Zoe's life. But she can't leave anyone behind, now that she can see the world through her own eyes. Everyone has to play their role if they want to escape this world of computer chip control. Zoe has to figure out who to trust, and if she can learn to trust her own emotions, even though they are so new to her.
One of my favorite things about this book is that nothing is left unexplained. There is so much information that is perfectly laid out for us to gather along the way. There is a deeper exploration of love, and passion. Even getting into the interesting idea that love is a reaction of not just the mind, but the body as well. Anastasiu knew exactly what she was doing when she created each of these characters. She had a well thought out plan for Max, Adrien and Zoe. This book kept me in tune and had my heart pumping for what could possibly happen next. I look forward to reading the sequel!(less)
Eona was all I expected and more. It is rare that you hear such good things about a novel, and a sequ...moreThis review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive
Eona was all I expected and more. It is rare that you hear such good things about a novel, and a sequel at that, and it turns out to be as epic as they said. The conclusion to Eona’s story was a heart pounding end to the journey that was Eon and Eona. My compliments go out to Goodman, who managed to end the story without going into too many specifics, but allowed us to get to know our characters so well that we actually have a clear image of what becomes of them after the words stopped.
Eona is more, everything, than Eon was. I hope it was due to the pure fact that she was embracing her inner self, instead of hiding behind a mask that was created. Eona deals with many of the same problems in Eon, but this time she has more fight to her fury. Beautifully depicted and full of wonderful imagery. It was very different from Eon, when I felt the descriptions were sometimes lacking in holding my interest. I was drawn in by every single word written in Eona, flipping the pages so quickly, I gave myself paper cuts.
There is only one complaint that I have about Eona and that is a certain point near the end, there is a situation that seems unrealistic to me. Goodman did such an amazing job creating her characters that when one of them does a one-eighty for a family member, it unsettled me as very out of characteristic for them. I do not want to give out any specific details, because then I would have to haul out the spoiler warning, but I believe you will know what I mean if/when you read it. And I highly recommend you do.
Everything else about Eona was perfect. The writing that I grew to love in Eon pulled me deeper in Eona. Eona was much more regal in this novel, coming to terms with being a woman after hiding for so long. She embraces her status as Dragoneye, and learns more about the wonder and art that binds her to her Dragon. Never again will I be cautious about a novel with dragons in it. This is a book that will stay with me for many days to come, thinking back on the wonderful and majestic world that I held in my fingertips.
My recommendation is that you go to your local bookstore and grab a copy of both Eon and Eona, turn off your phone or computer and settle in for an adventurous ride. My world has changed dramatically after reading this. I feel myself thinking like Eona, deliberating and trying to find her cunning ability when I face certain situations. One thing that I learned for certain while reading, is even in a world that men rule, women will conquer.(less)
Let me explain the Sapp-o-Meter Reader, before I get on to my review. These are all books that involve romance and when romance is done correctly, wi...more
Let me explain the Sapp-o-Meter Reader, before I get on to my review. These are all books that involve romance and when romance is done correctly, without being overdone, it gets a zero, hence Angelfall. Now, when a book has overdone the romance to the highest possible extent it gets a ten, so there we have Hereafter.
In my opinion a book should never, and I mean NEVER, have to go above a zero, but sometimes, it happens, and we live with it. This book, scored a 4.5 on my Sapp-o-Meter because of it's over-dramatics and world revolving love.
In overall ranking I would give this book a solid 2.5 My reason for this is because it was better than okay, but it wasn't something I would be out there demanding people to read it because I liked it. That is too strong of a word. It was by far an enjoyable book to read, and I read it all in one afternoon.
Jessie, one of our main characters, is an innocent girl who has been home schooled all her life, and never so much as stepped a foot towards the small town of Bitterroot Crossing. When social services has come after her mother died, demanding that she goes to public school, her grandmother is terrified.
You see, Bitterroot Crossing is a ghost town. 150 years ago Zedekiah Crush, and his Crush gang were hung. Zedekiah Crush was in love with Jessie's great-great-great grandmother, Rebecca, and in a stand off with the towns lawman, over more things than the law. They were both in love with Rebecca, who was said to have the most beautiful face that ever graced the earth. Well, that and one leg shorter than the other. The day Zedekiah was hung, he was in a draw with the lawman, and after Zedekiah pulled the trigger, Rebecca jumped in front of the bullet, he killed her instead of him. After that he willingly took death by hanging. The lawman took care of him and his whole gang, and left the bodies there, over the land, to someday be consumed by the swamp, and to haunt the townspeople forever.
Now, her grandmother is terrified because Jessie looks exactly like Rebecca, at least in all the pictures, she has even inherited her great-great-great grandmothers short leg. So now her Nana is worried that the Crush Gang and Zedekiah will rise from their swamp and start to wreak havoc on her granddaughter.
Jessie is beautiful, innocent, and she walks with a bit of a limp. How much trouble could she cause? Well in the small town of haunted Bitterroot Crossing, a lot. On her first day of school she meets Nick Crush, oh yeah, Zedekiah Crush's great-great-great grandson.
Nick is immediately drawn to Jessie's beauty, but so is Zedekiah's ghost. This is a love triangle, that can survive across the centuries. With both Nick and Zedekiah going head to head against one another for Jessie's love.
Now, the reason why this book doesn't get completely thrown out the window, is because the stories concept was actually exciting, and the action started immediately. There was no waiting around we just jumped right in.
The reason why this book does not get a topnotch rating from me is because this story is told in alternating perspectives, and while that rocks, I absolutely love alternating pov's, the characters started to completely mesh together towards the end. I would forget who is who towards the end and their voices were exactly the same. Plus, there is the sapp-o-meter rating of 4.5, this book is pure, what a woman wants to hear kind of thing. No realistic qualities to the story, even besides the stuff with the ghosts, it just wasn't real, and the solution was found way to easy.
In all I say this is an excellent fluff read for those bored and lonely days. Just curl up by the fireplace, get a cozy blanket, grab your comfort food and buckle in for a few hours of sappy love entertainment. (less)
There is something so poetic about this cover, so fitting to the novel it embraces. A simple foot tes...moreThis review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive
There is something so poetic about this cover, so fitting to the novel it embraces. A simple foot testing the water, shy and reserved. Just like our main character, Maggie.
McBride wastes no time getting the story started. Six best friends, all together enjoying each others company. Maggie is dared to jump off the cliff into the gorge below. She is terrified of heights, but is determined to do it this time, with her boyfriend, Joey, right by her side. Her and Joey have been together for two years, and when they make it to the top of the cliff, they share some sweet moments together. Then it comes time to jump, a moment of hesitation causes Joey to tumble off the cliff in a very wrong way. Turning six seemingly perfect lives turn into five broken fragments of life.
Joey's gone and he leaves a handful of questions in his wake. To top it all off, Maggie can't remember what happened at the top of that cliff, those last moments gone from shock. As she struggles to remember what happened up there, she uncovers secrets that threaten to shatter the perfect image of the Joey she has known and loved.
Overall, I was interrupted by the novel and the concept of dealing with the boy who once stood so high on the pedestal that you turn blind to all their faults. This story brings us down to our own human nature, exploring the lines of love, betrayal, friendship and trust.
There are a few problems that I came across while reading this novel. To start the story seemed unrealistic. Another issue was the fact that the novel was very predictable, which I wish it had less of because this is the kind of story that could have really surprised you along the way without all of the hints. The last thing I will pick on is the fact that that their always has to be the fairy-tale perfect ending, where the protagonist can do no wrong and she gets to walk away with the prince in the end.
To conclude I did very much enjoy this story as a quick breezy read. I liked that all the questions were answered in the end. I wasn't left wanting or feeling cheated. Another positive is that the book took very little time to read, no more than three hours. I give credit to McBride who knew her point and made it without lagging behind.
Three words to describe One Moment-Capturing, fast-paced, and genuine.(less)
This book was really not what I would have expected. I did enjoy the story, don't get me wrong, I mea...moreThis review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive
This book was really not what I would have expected. I did enjoy the story, don't get me wrong, I mean the characters are writers in the book, so it pretty much sums up what I love. However, the development of interest between Hunter and Erin didn't really fit for me. I never was really able to believe that they had a mutual connection in one another before their English class ever began.
I really loved Jennifer Echols Such a Rush, and to me, this one just was not up there at the same level. This book was still really good, and I recommend it. But something about it, just did not fit with me. >
The positives...I loved the idea of a former rich girl actually working to make her living. From the sounds of it she really worked extremely hard to get her paycheck. Also, when she went back home to visit she took care of her own horse, got it ready to ride and everything, that was really cool, it kind of enforced that she did things herself even when she was a rich girl. Another positive, Hunter had a great personality, I loved his sarcastic, smarter than though approach. Lastly, one of my favorite positives was the American Indian man in class, that particularly hated everything that Erin wrote, he was hilarious and I loved it. I am sorry I do not remember his name, but I remember it was kind of long and I believe it started with an S, anyways when you read the story you will know EXACTLY who I am talking about.
The Negatives, I think I have done a pretty good job covering these, I just really did not believe the relationship between Hunter and Erin. Even when they went back home, it just seemed unrealistic to me.
Overall, I would like to say that this was a good book, with great characters, and plot development. Echols certainly knows how to write a book, she even knows how to write books within a book. I very much enjoyed all the aspects and twists this story had to offer. One thing that might have pushed this book over the top for me and made it really spectacular is if this book had been told in alternating perspectives. I think this would have been the kind of story that really benefited from that.(less)