With most books I am given in exchange for a review it usually takes me a couple of chapters to really get into the book and decide if I am going to With most books I am given in exchange for a review it usually takes me a couple of chapters to really get into the book and decide if I am going to be able to sink my teeth into it, if it will drag on or ultimetly I just cant find myself enjoying. With this book that few chapters I usually allow faded away as I was snared within the first few pages. Allow me a moment to figure out exactly how to explain just how much I enjoyed this book and why. I think one of the best aspects of this book is that the love interest is not rushed. There was not this deep been in love forever attraction that could not be broken and is pretty unrealistic. In fact for the majority of the book the love interests are seperated. I was watching the percentage of the book ticking away, all the while the trio had yet to come together and while I was excited that this book was realistic in this aspect, I could hardly contain my excitement for it to happen. I like that you really get to involved with the characters of this book, you get so much back story and insight, some of it repeating, that you get to know the characters and you can't help but pick a side in everything. It is a pretty safe bet to say that I NEED the sequel to this book. I HAVE To know what happens and so will you. Love, intrigue, mythology, you name it and this book probably has it. Go Team Nick!...more
It was really easy for me to get lost in this book and forget that it was meant as middle grade reading. I am a huge fan of fairy tales and their ret It was really easy for me to get lost in this book and forget that it was meant as middle grade reading. I am a huge fan of fairy tales and their retelling in general, I am first to give them a try and I am first to recommend them to any one looking for a good read.
This book did not have a lot of the fairy tale aspect, there were hints of it here in there, as in the woman who lives in the shoe, the princess's snow white, rapunzel and cinderella. As well as their villains but otherwise this book was just like any other one. Which isn't a bad thing at all.
I enjoyed trying to piece the puzzles together to find out who was behind all of the nefarious activities that started popping up in the school.
I would love for this to become a Young Adult book just because I would like to see some love interests develop and spice things up because this has the makings of a great series. ...more
I love this book! It was a quick read for me but it was a fun one. Like all high school kids I wrote in a note book and passed it back and forth betw I love this book! It was a quick read for me but it was a fun one. Like all high school kids I wrote in a note book and passed it back and forth between my friends as we went from one class to the next so this book was one I could easily relate to,even as an adult.
Part of why I liked this book so much was the innocence in the book, even when they did the big IT, it stayed true to the characters personality and there was no details just that kinda awkward declaration that you are no longer a virgin.
I liked the music aspect as well, it fit right in with the story.
It was cute watching them struggle and discover the tricky world that is dating, especially in high school. I even rooted for the good guy and was glad that things went smoothly for him in the end. Normally I am all for the trick ending, woe is me, or the bad guys wins since those endings are never given but in this book the characters are so easy to relate to, it made me think they were real life friends and I wanted the best for them.
This is definitely the book I will recommend to my younger siblings who are still in high school....more
I actually thought that this book was really cute and sadly on spot on. The author was able to capture what it is like to be a tom boy n be caught in I actually thought that this book was really cute and sadly on spot on. The author was able to capture what it is like to be a tom boy n be caught in the middle of finally growing up and what happens when those best friends you have as guys start to realize that your parts really are different from theirs. I should know all about it since that was my life in a nut shell. This book brought back a lot of my fond memories of my tomboy antics and how hard it was to deal with the changing relationships that occurred as we grew and matured.
I like the way the author capture the awkwardness that comes with being a girl and not knowing where you fit when it comes to your skin, not knowing how to be girly when all you have known is the boyish ways you grew secure in.
It was fun to watch the love interests grow and bloom in this book, although the end was fairly predictable but that is normally the case when it comes to the romantic points.
This book also touched on the sensitive subject of loosing a parent and having to deal with the replacement of them. How the pain never leaves and how hard it can be to accept and bond with the new step parent. It will make you want to step back and re-asses the situations. ...more
This book was on the top of my birthday/Christmas list, this entire series has actually made it into my top favorite must have sections and I find thaThis book was on the top of my birthday/Christmas list, this entire series has actually made it into my top favorite must have sections and I find that I will always recommend it when someone asks me for something new to read.
Not only did I order the print copy of this book but I found that I could not wait for it to arrive in my mail box and went ahead and ordered the e-book just so I could go ahead and sink my claws into the next part of Evie's story.
In Endless night we learned quite a bit about our mysterious would be villain who is not so bad as he seems. And lets face it, after learning the truth about Death and the trials he has face when it came to life and the fact that no matter what she did, or who he was he always fell for The Emperess, I found myself firmly on team Death's side. This book only strengthened my resolve. Seriously I wanted to shake some sense into Evie as she struggle with her choice of men.
Don't get me wrong I love the cajun but my love for Death is much more. The fact that he comes for Evie, lowers his walls and takes up arms with a man he despises all for her makes me want to just throw myself at him.
More arcana reveal themselves in this book, some of them fall, some of them disappear, and of course our heroes are forced with obstacles and choices that you cannot even begin to imagine. Kresley Cole takes you on a roller coaster ride that leaves you breathless and has your stomach churning after wards.
Evie is also recovering more of her memories of her past life and the atrocities she committed as she comes face to face with the Lovers and learns more truths then one could possibly bare.
I was dying to see how they rescued Jack and even Selena in this book. Kresley Cole provides enough love and action that I read through this book in five hours. You get just about everything you could ever want in this book and then some, from gore to love, horror's to inspiration. I was riveted and as I found myself coming to the end I wanted to scream.
I literally posted over social media my annoyance that I had to wait for another book because if you thought Endless Knight left off on a cliff hanger, honey you haven't seen anything yet to this whopper of an ending.
This was money well spent and all I can say is "PLEASE RELEASE #4 NOW!" ...more
I actually became consumed by this book, if I was not reading it, I was thinking about it and wondering what was next. Which is rare for me. This boo I actually became consumed by this book, if I was not reading it, I was thinking about it and wondering what was next. Which is rare for me. This book is still rough around the edges but there is enough suspense in the book that as I went about my daily going on's and being a mama, I could not help my wondering eye from going to my Kindle and trying to find more time to read a page or two.
I liked that it brought up the trauma that some kids deal with when their parents get a divorce and that it does not mean the end of the world, you just have to deal with it.
I like that King was such a sweet heart despite so many people looking down on him and his family, or thinking he was a weirdo.
I enjoyed that even though there was a happily ever after ending I saw coming a mile away, the events leading up to it where rocky and even though they were expected I was curious to see how the characters where going to get themselves out of the situations.
I actually expected the big secret surrounding the body would have to do with a cult more so then the actual reason, even if it was less dramatic. lol....more
I chose to ex this off of my T BR list for multiple reasons. The cover is breathtaking, it was discounted on amazon and I had requested to review theI chose to ex this off of my T BR list for multiple reasons. The cover is breathtaking, it was discounted on amazon and I had requested to review the second title in the series so I figured I had better read the first.
I am glad I did, because even though it is the typical two witches, one is good one is bad , twin sister vibe. I actually liked that what most people would consider the bad boy to be turned out to actually be the good guy.
I liked the foreshadowing to how crazy Charlene really was.
I thought it was clever to put into the story that only one soul could occupy the body, and that all magic had a price.
I figured out how Gray died before it was actually said, practically saw it coming in big neon letters really, but it was still interesting that she thought the best of her crazy twin until there was no room for error when it came to how crazy her sister really was. It really goes to show what the love of family will do for you.
I am actually looking forward to the next installment of this series because I want to see what Gray will do now that things have changed and how she will pull it all off. ...more
I am on the fence about this book, on one hand there was a lot of action and I liked the use of the wolf spirit vs. the normal werewolf action I see iI am on the fence about this book, on one hand there was a lot of action and I liked the use of the wolf spirit vs. the normal werewolf action I see in most paranormal books, but on the other hand I just found my self detached with this book. It did not flow smoothly for me and because of that I kind of struggled to finish the book. It was an ok read, I would recommend it more for the early teens vs. the later teens and YA crowd. I did like the cliff hanger, that was probably my favorite part of the book if only because cliff hangers tend to make me want to read the next book as soon as possible. I would buy the next installment of the series if I had nothing else to read but it would not be at the top of my list....more
I don't often read books of this genre but something about this book called to me, perhaps it was the eyes on the cover that lured me in like they didI don't often read books of this genre but something about this book called to me, perhaps it was the eyes on the cover that lured me in like they did so many a man that Bilqis(Sheba) came across.
I love so much of this book, I don't think I have a single bad thing about this book that I could come up with other then I want more!
It was like reading the pages of the girls diary or being right there next to her and experiencing all the beauty her world had to offer and all the pain that hid behind their veils.
One of the things that will draw a reader to this book is a strong independent woman who is a ruler in a time when women where nothing more then cattle to be bartered off. They thought they were going to get a Queen they could manipulate and marry off easily and instead they got Bilqis. A strong woman who conquered men without revealing her face.
I love that the ending is both a happily ever after and a heart breaker. I didn't want to root for a happy ending because I get sick of always reading them but this ending was one that satisfied every part of my readers soul.
I like that they fell in love with their words before ever setting eyes on one another. And people think online dating is a new thing. HAH! Bilqis and Solomon where pro's.
Seriously one of the best books I have read in months and that surprised me but once you read it you will understand why this is a must have on your shelves....more
I had actually forgotten what this book was about, I just saw that it was on the most requested page on NetGalley and figured if it was in high demandI had actually forgotten what this book was about, I just saw that it was on the most requested page on NetGalley and figured if it was in high demand then the review would be as well. I have been trying to get my TBR pile down to at least a decent stack, a task I am afraid I shall never accomplish since I am constantly adding to it, but this was towards the top and this book became my choice for the day.
I actually binged read this book to the best of my abilities. If I was not taking care of my daughter you can bet your buns that I was reading this book and after looking back at the synopsis this quote reminds me why I chose the book in the first place.
"Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me."
That sentence truly is genius because it snags a reader and draws them in with questions that are quickly answered. Yes the book is a little raw in the writing form but the story itself is brilliant.
The new world is run by the Commander, a man who believes himself to be pure and above all runs it so that anyone caught committing one of the 7 deadly sins gets branded a color that represents their sins and is sent to the Hole, a concentration camp of sorts.
The bad thing is that I could totally see this happening in the distant future given how some people act with their religion. It is just as corrupt as the system we have in place now however, if you have money you can send an innocent person to jail or escape the charges yourself.
I like so much of this book, I like that Lexi, our main character was struggling with this deep dark secret and still found a light in the darkness that was the pit. I like that Cole was suppose to be this big bad guard who is not suppose to have feelings but instead has a big sloppy Dog named Zeus, who was my favorite out of the entire story by the way, and does nice things for dying girls.
I also disliked a lot of this book, it seemed like the love that Cole and Lexi had came along really fast. It happens in books alot and it tends to be a pet peeve of mine since I am a firm believer that you don't really love someone until you really know someone and to know someone takes time.
I also didn't like that one letter from her deceased father cleared up all the negative emotions Lexi has for her brother... it might just be because I hold a gold medal in holding a grudge and being vindictive but it just didn't sit right with me.
And sadly when the commander was revealed, I had already figured out who he was.
Still it is a worth the read but it is pretty fast paced....more
After reading the synopsis I figured that I would love this book considering it reminded me alot of one of my favorite television shows 'Veronica MarsAfter reading the synopsis I figured that I would love this book considering it reminded me alot of one of my favorite television shows 'Veronica Mars,' I mean their plots are so similar you can't help but compare the two just by reading the summary. One friend dies and the other goes on an investigation to find out the true killer, whats not to love?
Apparently I was mistaken.
This book fell short for me, perhaps it was because I went into this thinking like Veronica but this book was one that I found myself struggling through.
Jaycee and Rachel are best friends, they decide to go to this old house one night where Rachel see's something and starts acting funny. She basically freezes Jaycee out and their friendship suffers because of it. They loose touch but six months later Jaycee gets a text message from Rachel asking for help but because they had not been talking she chooses to ignore it. The next morning she finds out that Rachel is dead. Feeling guilty for ignoring the text message, Jaycee goes on a hunt to find the real killer with help from the clues Rachel left her before she died.
Here is where my problems start off. I loved the way the setting's where created, the description's were fairly good until it came down to the actual character personalities. Jaycee is this shy quiet wallflower who is one that goes with the crowd, a follower if you will. So, when she gets this information that the murder was not gang related, why did she not go to the cops? Given she was told not to trust them, it didn't fit that shy, meek girl to go against that basic instinct and search for the truth.
Another thing that bothered me was the small town vibe. I originally liked it, being from a small town myself I figured it would be a setting that I could come to relate to and find myself enjoying but the racism that seemed to pop up was a little much. I think what really bothered me was that all the migrant workers didn't go to church and where bad or gang related vs. the Caucasian church goers where saintly angels.
I have known plenty of people that I will classify as evil who are church goer's. It also didn't make sense that it being such a small town and not knowing the names of everyone in the school. Especially a kid who goes missing for six months.
Sadly the twists and turns where extremely expected and I figured out the who done it before I was even halfway through the book.
It had the chance of being a very great book, I think it was just executed poorly. ...more
Anyone who knows me or who has stopped by my page before, knows that I am a huge fan of fairy tale re-telling. In fact I actually hope to be struck wiAnyone who knows me or who has stopped by my page before, knows that I am a huge fan of fairy tale re-telling. In fact I actually hope to be struck with the inspiration stick and create one myself. I have a tendency to snatch up any re-telling that I can get my hands on and devour it for better or for worse.
This one was definitely for better. I thought the timing for this Peter Pan type setting was perfect as a friend and I had broached a topic : What if Neverland was heaven and Peter Pan was a guardian angel who watched over children and escorted them to heaven, where the pirates were the demons trying to lead them astray and to hell.
I actually am in love with this version of Peter Pan. I loved the way the story rose and fell like a wave cresting on the ocean that the story took place on.
In this book John and Michael are young surfers who become lost at sea and presumed dead. Their sister Wendy believes otherwise and where no bodies where ever turned up, she starts on a mission to find them and goes to the beach looking for her lost brothers.
It is there she comes across Peter who teaches her how to surf, who takes her to an abandoned place called Kensington House I believe , where a bunch of other run a ways gather, Lost boys really, and Belle. I like how Tinker Belle was portrayed in this book. She was the jealous ex-girlfriend who is the only one who knows what happened to her brothers. True to her original character she is a snarky trouble maker who deep down is alright
In case you didn't catch that littler sign above because you are skimming through, the following contains spoilers mainly because it is my favorite part of this book. Readers beware.
Ignoring the rule that no boats where to go out on the water because of how bad a storm was crashing down on the beach, the group decides to go out. During this time they loose control over the boat and Belle gets hurt, Wendy goes over board and the boat is lost. Soon after Wendy wakes up in the hospital psych unit and is told that she was found on the Beach where her brother's boards had washed ashore originally. There was no sign of anyone else in the water. Belle, Peter, Jas, all of them where hallucinations caused by drugs or grief.
What floors me is that that really could be the case. That is a rational explanation for everything and a huge mind blowing twist that left me totally unprepared and questioning every word I experienced with Wendy.
I won't spoil any more of the book for you however, to find out if it was all real or a dream you will have to read this great book for yourself. ...more
Those are the first words that I read and immediately I found myself pausing and thinking about if I was th" You have five minutes of this life left."
Those are the first words that I read and immediately I found myself pausing and thinking about if I was the one hearing that sentence. Five minutes left with my daughter and husband, not being able to see them laugh and grow, believe me it definitely set the stage for the story.
This book was a post apocalyptic setting, the end came about with rain that never let up and dangerous sized hale. The storms flooded the world and what did not kill most people, the radiation spills from building collapsing did.
I like that the author mentioned that most of the survivors rescued in the start where children because of how resourceful they where. I found myself thinking about it and came to the understanding how right she was. With children's imagination and the will power to live, I could definitely see them being the survivors of a major catastrophe like that.
The setting went back and forth between two different lives, the past when it all started and the present where things where a system had been set in place and had worked successfully in most peoples eyes for generations. Sadly this took away from the book for me. It was hard to really get into the book when I had to switch mind sets back and forth. The alternating points of view made it very hard to connect with any of the characters.
It was still a well written book, I would have liked to have the book broken up into two different books instead of the different points of views. I would have loved to get more of the stories and really gotten to know the two instead of going back and forth. It was obvious I was reading their life not living it with them. ...more
I think I fell in love with this book before I even came to the first word. Any avid reader , or even a casual reader knows that part of the thrill thI think I fell in love with this book before I even came to the first word. Any avid reader , or even a casual reader knows that part of the thrill that comes with reading is getting lost in a world that is not your own. Reading becomes an escape from reality, where you can be someone other then yourself. I know of more then one person, myself included who would love for their beloved series to come to life like Chloe got to experience.
I think what was so appealing about this book was that the characters she read about where not what she expected them to be when she came face to face with them. Chloe may have known all about the little intimate details in their lives, some even they were not aware about, but she was treated like I imagine may people would be treated in real life when placed in the brother's shoes, as a threat.
Part of what makes me love this book so much is that the author wrote it in a compellingly believable way. I was so tempted to pick up one of my favorite series and see if I would be taken into the dimension they where created in.
Another great aspect of this book was that unlike many other books, the main characters where flawed. They where not the barbie and ken, drop dead gorgeous beauties that no one can really live up to like so many writers make their characters out to be. Lucien and Chloe had insecurities and scars just like an every day person would.
The only downfall about this book was that it made me wish that I could read the very books Chloe read about the brothers that made her fall in love with them all. Their stories seemed like they would be just as fascinating....more
So I read this book some time ago and sadly have just now gotten around to writing a review about it.
Just about everyone knows how the rumor mill ranSo I read this book some time ago and sadly have just now gotten around to writing a review about it.
Just about everyone knows how the rumor mill ran in high school. The He said She said nonsense can take a simple and innocent story and have it exaggerated so that so and so saved the school with one hand while eating a burrito and being pregnant, or in the case of The Truth About Alice, it can have the negative affects of things that are really no one's business.
And ok, so it is the typical high school story of that one girl who slept with two boys at a party and becomes an outcast. One of those boys dies, peoples lives are turned upside downs. I am sure you can find plenty of after school television shows about it and plenty of other story lines out there to read about it. The difference with this book that kept me invested even though it was pretty obvious where it was going was that the story was told through 4 different point of views. None of which are Alice.
The bullying in this book was a hard topic for me to not relate to, high school were not my best days and you could not make me redo them even if you paid me a million bucks. So it was easy to fall in with the characters, from the friends ditching to be cool, to the bullying. It all hit home for me and brought back memories I had tried to bury about high school.
I do believe this would be a great required reading book in high school because it might help kids get out of their own heads and stop listening to the whispers that go from ear to ear and realize that there really is three sides to a story. His Side, Her Side and then the Truth. That you really ought to look at the person spreading the rumors in order to see if they are hurting like the characters in The Truth About Alice where and pushing it on someone else instead of facing their problems and handling them accordingly....more
I was actually hooked with this book right from the get go. There is just something about the author's way of writing that drew me in and kept me submI was actually hooked with this book right from the get go. There is just something about the author's way of writing that drew me in and kept me submerged in the world she had created. I love the romance aspect that occurred within the pages of my kindle. It was the type of romance you know could be your downfall yet you find yourself helpless to it even though you start fighting with every thing you have. It is that type of attraction that calls to people even though they know better. Torin is that bad boy that all girls drool over and secretly wish to be with and despite his bad boy looks and actions turns out to be a sweet hero. I liked the use of Runes in the book, it looked like a lot of research went into them and how they could be used. So that was a huge plus in my book because I cannot stand when a writer writes about something they have no clue about. It becomes a pet peeve of mine if I find that and I tend to shy away from their works after that. I love that the type of mythology used in this book was not one of the popular generic kinds. Instead she dabbled in a mythology that most people know little to nothing about. *SPOILER* My only problem with the book was the way it seemed to just twist so there was a happy ending. I would have liked to see Torin stuck in the land of the mist and Raine have to go get him, or for her to have been unable to save her friends. I didn't like how just about everything came together towards the end wrapped up in a pretty little bow. I also would like to know what had really happened to her Father. Otherwise though this was a really good read, and normally I would have had this read within a day but being a new mom it took longer then expected. Gotta love those kids lol....more
I am not sure if I liked this book better then the first or not. It is definitely a good book and I won't lie, i just about died from happiness when II am not sure if I liked this book better then the first or not. It is definitely a good book and I won't lie, i just about died from happiness when I got approved to review the book early because I had been dying to find out what happens next in the young mafia members life. This time the story was told from the point of views of the males, three to be precise, between Phoenix,who I had come to hate due to the first book, all the way to Chase in the love triangle he had been forced into for the most part. So I am going to take it piece by piece with my thoughts on characters.
Starting out with Phoenix, his point of view was usually a few pages, keeping it short and simple but it definitely got it directly to the point, yet it gives such an insight into his thoughts and brings up the quote that you never can judge a book by its cover. It is so easy to hate a character without really knowing what is really going on behind the scens in their head so I loved that it gave a peek into how his life had been, I actually started to feel bad for him towards the end of the book.
Chase, oh what can I say for my man Chase. I have been on team Chase from the beginning, I loved him being a smart ass, he was that comedic relief the book needed. This time around however I found myself sighing and rolling my eyes when it came to his points, he was just so sappy and love sick as he tried to figure out where he and Trace stood in the love life.
Nixon, he just stopped seeming like such a bad ass, he was so consumed with this girl it seemed to take away from him. I did like how smart he was when searching for the answers and finding proof that he wanted .
The plot twist in this book was seen a mile away, which did not bother me because I loved how they went about finding the proof to support the plot twist. It was not just thrown in there it was actually dug up and we got to go along as piece by piece of dirt was uncovered and lives where changed.
The only thing I hated about this book was how consumed everyone seemed to be with Trace, It was like she was the air that they breathed. Even in real life I can't stand when people are like that.
I loved the new girl Mil though, she makes me happy and I look forward to reading more of her story....more
I was a little nervous about reading this book due to all the reviews I had read on amazon that talked about how much gang rape their was. Honestly t I was a little nervous about reading this book due to all the reviews I had read on amazon that talked about how much gang rape their was. Honestly they made it seem like Kenyon was going into sordid detail of such horrid crimes and that they covered every single page. Thankfully that was not the case. Yes this book should be read with caution because there is a lot of sexual content but what do you expect when you have such delicious man candy content. :p I actually loved this book because it re-enforces the issue that there are three sides to every story. My side, his side and then the truth. Reading Archeron's story from Ash's point of view I hated Styxx, I was appalled by how he treated his family. It was only after reading the story about Styxx that you come to understand why Styxx behaved the way he did and that Ryssa and Acheron where not as good as everyone made them out to be. My heart broke for the twin boys who had to put up with so much misery but I think after reading Styxx my heart broke more for the misunderstood brother. Especially where Bethany was concerned. I read this book as I was pregnant with my first child so to say I was emotional was an understatement but it really hit a soft spot with me, having lost children in miscarriages of my own. I loved that Kenyon made this a book you could read alone or right after reading Acheron, that there were scene's from both books where you could watch it like a movie and get both points of views. I loved the plot twist that really took so many books to have it happen and it makes me wonder if the author had it planned all along or if like in my writing it just fell into place before me when my characters were ready to reveal their plots. It really is a must have on your book shelf. A perfect love story with ton's of action, romance and treachery. ...more