May contain some spoilers If I start counting all the Greek mythology- related books I've read, itMy rating: 4.5/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers If I start counting all the Greek mythology- related books I've read, it would be.. alot. Probably the most used theme in my read- pile. Yet this book managed to surprise me! Don't you just love when that happens?? This brought something new and refreshing to this old and used category.
Helen's a teenager, but she's pretty sure she's not so normal, since she spends her nights wandering through deserts. And keep waking up covered in dust. That would be totally disgusting and I really love my clean sheets, just an FYI. And when she sees Lucas, she.. wants to rip his head off, and that's definitely something new! Definitely expected insta-love, not head-ripping. All of this is explained along the way, so you'll get at least some answers.
I absolutely adored the romance (yes, they start getting along!), and especially appreciated the cousin- twist. I know, it's not illegal to marry your cousin or anything, but for these two it seems to be some kind of turn-off. And when there's Greek gods related you would actually expect something like that..
Anyhow, adored this one, definitely going to re-read it SOON, since I have the second book also waiting in my bookshelf, poor thing.
May contain some spoilers As the synopsis tells us, Kate's mum is dying of cancer, and wants to moveMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers As the synopsis tells us, Kate's mum is dying of cancer, and wants to move her hometown, Eden. While waiting for her to die, Kate attends school and actually manages to find a friend, a boy called James with big ears. And of course, there's the queen bee Ava, who just wants to trick Kate, not actually be her friend. What a surprise! Well, that doesn't end up so well, but luckily Henry comes to rescue. And eventually Kate will be trying to pass the seven tests to become the queen of the Underworld.
I know, another book about Greek mythology! I've read few of those now, but I'm so happy that this also managed to have it's own voice, and wasn't just a copy of a copy of a copy. Phew.
I must warn you, if you wish to read a book about Greek mythology with 100% accuracy, I suggest you pass this one. This is more like Greek gods go carebear and Hades goes emo, but if you like good fiction with huge amounts of romance, you are in for a treat.
As a character, Kate's kind of annoying. She's the sweet little mother Theresa, so no wonder she bugs me sometimes! If asked, she would probably sacrifice herself for a butterfly, cause, you know, that butterfly is like so amazing and precious and deserves to live so much more than she does! But, she'll grow on you. Damn. Be warned. So in the end, I didn't hate her, just wanted things to go okay.
Before Goddess tests, Hades was married to Persephone, but that marriage hit the rocks. And that is how Hades became the moping emo. And that's what he does most of the time, mopes. And is being all stoic and stiff. So as a character, he's not the most likable. Hot, but not really raising any strong feelings. Except of course there's that little cavewoman screaming inside you "Oh, alfa male, ravish me!", but let's just forget about that..
And then the guy with the big ears! I think I fell in love with him! And I mean the second his big ears were mentioned. So, now I of course wish that he and Kate would have their happily ever after with some juicy triangle drama. ♥ Shame on me. He was just more alive and a little evil and he has some big ears. Gosh.
I'm fine with some carebear gods and moping Hades, I just want more of this!
May contain some spoilers Six months has passed and Kate is back from her "summer vacation". Which shMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Six months has passed and Kate is back from her "summer vacation". Which she spent with James *gasp*! So prepare yourself for some more moping Hades! Story begins with the revelation that the King of Titans is trying to break free, and thanks to that, we'll have lots and lots of action. And as mentioned, we'll be seeing Persephone! So Hades won't be the only one moping and filled jealousy.
And warning: If you can't stand main character who is feeling sorry for herself and is overreacting and all whiny and drives everyone crazy, don't read this! You'll just get angry.
But, if you're able to turn off that voice of reason, you'll love this! Believe me, since first I was thinking that she's really, really overreacting, but then I thought "What the hell!" and next thing I know, I was screaming "You go girl!!" and made a little happy dance. Cause, you know, this is a book. And it would be so fun to be all whiny little girl IRL, but there would be consequences, so this is a great way to bath in those emotions!
Okay, I have to admit that it was quite unreasonable for Kate to expect gazillion years old god to be a virgin. Especially when he's already been married once. And that marriage lasted quite a long time. But beside that, it was a fun ride.
The cliffhanger in the end was a little odd at first, I was just.. astonished! Seriously, my mouth was hanging open. But after little thinking, it made sense. Sort of. I just hate that kind of cliffhangers, I wanted to read the next book right away, but, as we all know, that's not gonna happen any time soon.
Overall, this was a great sequel, and I actually liked this little bit more than the first book. There was more action in every field and I especially loved how Persephone came back to picture and mixed things a little. And it was quite interesting finding out who's slept with whom in the past. I love dirty little secrets like that ;) And I wish we'll get to read more about those dirty little secrets soon! I have my fingers crossed that everything isn't over between James and Kate. And that Kate will be alive in the next book, that's quite important, I guess. So, hopefully we'll get more desperate moments and love triangles! :)
My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing the review copy!
May contain some spoilers Ordained is a book about vampires, but it really isn't your typical vampire story. Our main character is Abby, who is somewhat lunatic, if you wanna put it nicely. She definitely holds a grudge against the Order, but you can't really blame her, since the Order raised her to be a hunter in the most extreme ways. You could really call an experiment gone wrong. Little do they know she's the one who holds the key to their fate.
As mentioned, Abby is our main character. She's really complexed and if it wasn't for her husband, she'd probably be on a killing spree in a blink of an eye. The Order raised her to hunt vampires, but after living over two hundred years, she doesn't stop there, but hunts also demons. And as you probably guessed, she's vampire herself. There's even more to her than that, but I don't want to spoil it for you. Let's just say her parents weren't exactly ordinary either. Abby definitely is an interesting character, but she wasn't really my favorite.
Because my favorite is Emily! I actually thought at first Emily is the main character. I'm not sure why I made that assumption. Guess I just fell in love with her the second I met her. She has this fierce nature and she's stubborn and loyal and she's just so passionate. I suppose those are the qualities I appreciate in people. I was warned this book wouldn't be one of those romance-filled books, but I couldn't help hoping that Emily would meet someone. Especially when Abby's married to Noel, it just seems unfair! Pretty twisted logic there, but what can you do!
Then there's the Order. They're training vampire hunters, but there's something so off about them! This book paints them as the bad guy, and I think that's pretty fair. And there was so many questions left open in the end. Especially the question.. there's only few hunters, why not train them properly and why not send them out in groups?!
I was quite surprised when I noticed the story was told from several point of views. I have to admit, it took me a while to really get into it. I was actually half way through the book until I finally got it. Before that I felt kind of distant to the story and the characters, but then the action really started and I couldn't stop reading. And there really is a lot of action and that's probably why I had so much trouble to focus in the story. I usually prefer books concentrated on people's thoughts and emotions, and want to know every little detail behind their actions. But in the end I did manage to get lost in the story mainly because some of the secrets were revealed and there's even more action! There's also some funny moments, and since I really appreciate a good laugh, I enjoyed the book even more.
So, whether you're an action lover or an emotion dweller (it definitely is a word!), you definitely should check this out!
May contain some spoilers After receiving this book, it only took me few hours to read it. I was neMy rating: 4.5/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers After receiving this book, it only took me few hours to read it. I was nearly finished when I realized that this will be the end for Sophie! I'm not sure if I already knew that and just blocked it from my memory, or if this really was news to me. Either way, I had to stop reading for a while and go through the five stages of grief:
* What, it's over?! It can't be over! I don't believe you, there will be another book, no matter what you say! * Seriously, it's over?! *throws book in the wall* Who can I beat up? * If I beg and cry and pray and be a good girl, will you write another Hex Hall book, please Rachel! * No. It can't be over, but it does seem so *sobbing in bed* * Okay, it's over. At least I have these three books I can read over and over again.
Luckily, I just went through these stages in my head, I didn't send begging-/hatemail to Rachel, so no worries! Though I do feel I might have regress back to anger. Except now it's aimed at the plot. So I may not be thinking all that clear right now.
Okay, first to things I loved. What I loved the most is the same as with the other two books: quick and witty dialogues! And here's the reason why I try to read alone: I don't have pokerface. So you can see from my face what's going on in the book. And the witty dialogues? I always "act" them. My mouth moves and my facial expressions changes with the subject. Luckily, this only happens when there's really good dialogues going on! But when there is (good dialogues going on), I can't stop myself. So it's quite embarrassing to read good book in public. But at least it's easy to spot good dialogues ;)
I also loved the love triangle (when don't I)! Though not the end, but I'll get to that later. But the beginning was awesome, you had to love the jealousy and Elodie's meddling! ;)
Then, what I didn't like.. Well, there wasn't really much of that and maybe it was only because I was so upset after realizing this is the end. But I did get the feeling that everything just ended so abruptly. I wished there were extra 200 pages so we could've slowly just ease into it. Now it just always felt sudden. Like "oh no, I like two boys, I can't choose", few pages later "I'm enlightened, now I know who I want!" and "I missed the bad guy, but we will find out more about their plans soon! And they will pay!" and then it was just "Oh, things sorted out". Not exactly like that, but it was just as abrupt.
Also, the love triangle and how it ends.. Well, I'm not going to spoil anything, but I was so not happy. Both guys had their pros and cons, but I was actually starting to like Cal more. Don't read too much into this, I'm not hinting anything. Or am I?
Well, guess you just have to find out yourself! ;)
Overall, Rachel Hawkins didn't let me down and managed to live up to my expectations. Though of course I'm still heart broken, because I really don't want to say goodbye to Hex Hall. I hope we'll see more adventures located there, hopefully including Sophie!
Love you, Hex Hall. You'll be missed. And now I'll crab a box of chocolates and head to bed, probably cry myself to sleep.
May contain some spoilers Now I've read this twice, but for some reason I didn't manage to write the review on the first round. But apparently I did make some notes back then! So, I shall quote myself:
my problem: reason why Nikki chose to leave with Cole. Weird how people reacted to her after she came back; where's the police? Her dad's just mad and thinks she's been involved with drugs? How come he didn't ask more about her whereabouts?? Her relationship with her "family" was quite odd, nothing like her and Jack's.
Okay, so I suck at making notes, since even I can't understand half of that. But it's weird how those things bothering me back then didn't even cross my mind this time, and it's also nice to see that even though I'm thinking about different things, I'm still going to give the same rating I gave back then. But I have no idea what I was thinking when writing those notes. Note to self: MAKE BETTER NOTES.
The book starts with Nikki surviving The Feed in Everneath. It's been a century in Everneath, six months on the human world. Everyone thinks she just took off and has being doing drugs this whole time, and you can't really blame them, since Nikki looks like.. well, like she's been doing drugs for the past six months. But the truth is, she's lucky to even remotely look like her old self, since that's not what usually happens to humen during The Feed.
Okay, I have to agree little to my earlier thoughts, it is a little odd how everyone's just assuming something and really don't care about the truth. Except Jack, but that's no surprise, since they're like soulmates or something. But then again, I would be pissed off too, if my daughter just disappeared for six months. Enough of that.
It took me a while to realise the whole Hades and Persephone- thing going on. And usually I'm a huge fan, since I love retellings, but for some reason not this time. Probably cause they aren't Hades and Persephone, living the myth for the first time, but merely telling about a myth that may have happened. Yeah, not such a huge fan of that part, guess I just was expecting something else completely.
Then there's the boys. In the right corner, we have Jack: The loyal puppy with his brown eyes (I'm pretty sure his eyes are brown?). And in the left corner we got Cole: The charismatic bad boy who plays in a band and lured Nikki to Everneath. Yet underneath everything that may actually be some sort of heart that beats for Nikki. Guess who I like more? That's no pickle, I'm definitely fan of Cole. Yeah, he took Nikki to Everneath, but Nikki was willing. Though he may have manipulated her a little, but hey, Nikki herself expected the worst and took off with Cole. I think that was a sign that she should stay with Cole. They were together for 100 years and didn't get bored to each other, doesn't that count for something?! That's a lot more you can say about Jack's and Nikki's relationship ;)
When I finished reading this, I nearly threw my phone to the wall, cause I had no idea there was going to be more books and there was a huge cliffhanger and I was just so mad when this was over! Guess that's a pretty good indicator for how much I enjoyed reading this book :)
May contain some spoilers Violet is in love with her best friend. And she can "hear" dead bodies. IsnMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Violet is in love with her best friend. And she can "hear" dead bodies. Isn't that intriguing or what? I've never heard a story exactly like this before, so I was beyond excited to read this. And I really wasn't disappointed. Kimberly Derting managed to tell a sweet and innocent love story of two best friends falling in love. That was one of the two main plots. The other one scared me speechless. Since there's insane serial killer killing off young girls.
The most terrifying part in this book was when author wrote from the serial killer's point of view. Because she really did a good job, and I really didn't like to be inside killers head! It was really scary. Few times my phone rang during these parts and I nearly peed my pants! I was seriously scared in few occasions. And it was kind of thrilling, since nowadays I avoid scary books on purpose. But because of the supernatural elements and young love, I didn't find this book too scary. By the way, this was the first time I've read about two best friends falling in love, and I absolutely loved it. I had a suspicion it might be boring, since they've known each other always etc., but I was glad to see I was proven wrong, and I actually want to read more books containing this little twist.
As mentioned earlier, what makes Violet so special is her ability to hear dead bodies, especially those who's been murdered. No surprise, she doesn't think her "talent" is an actual talent, or useful in any way. So it's nice to see how she starts using her abilities for the "greater good", but it's still quite creepy and scary as hell! It's creepy enough how she starts digging up bodies, but when she goes after the killer, I was actually physically terrified.
I don't do scary books, so I was surprised to find this a great read. So, if you're up to be scared speechless and don't have any heart condition, feel free to grab yourself a copy! I just received the second book from the series and the third, The Last Echo is released in few days, so I'm all giddy now!
May contain some spoilers Hate List will leave you stunned, that I can most certainly guarantee. I wishMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Hate List will leave you stunned, that I can most certainly guarantee. I wish this book was mandatory to read in school, because this is such a realistic portrayal of a such a difficult subject. I loved how the author didn't try to sensationalize the school shooting or try to idolize the shooter. She manages to describe the life after shooting so lifelike you wouldn't believe it. This is a heartbreaking story you wish you'll never have to witness, but just to read about.
Do you remember those freaks in your school, those who used to be bullied, but they just give you the finger like they couldn't care less? The ones with the black clothes and all, so they really must be freaks? Well, this is story about those freaks. And bullying. And what it's like after everything goes horribly wrong.
Nick and Val are perfectly happy. Or so Val believed, before Nick came to school with a gun and started shooting people. The people from their hate list. After that, Val was left behind to face the consequences. Even though she didn't do anything wrong, just got shot herself while saving an enemy.
This book was so horrible, in a good way though. It was awful to see how Val was treated, given that she's just been shot and she lost love of her life. And everyone thinks she's a murderer, which really doesn't help! Of course, it's understandable, but it's still not fair.
I don't want to spoil this book, because you definitely need to read this yourself. It's a hard book to read, but it's definitely worth it. And like I mentioned earlier, I wish that every parent and every kid would read this.
This book will make you think about those days you were in school, whether you were a cheerleader or a freak. I was one of those freaks in black clothes. I was one of those who had to stand bullying every day for years. I was also one of those freaks who wrote hate lists. But there's a difference between freaks too, some of them write hate lists, some of them act on it. I don't know any school shooters, but I know many people, who hurt themselves. One 13 year old boy got so sick and tired of bullying that he rather shoot himself than go to school ever again. Most of the guys I dated as a teenager had at least once considered shooting themselves.
Even Finland has school shootings. And school stabbings. And school-add-any-violent-action. I remember one time, when that "freak in black clothes" started shooting in school. In Finland. Everyone were shocked and started blaming his parents and how he played too much games (WoW and CoD are classics in this kind of scenario) and he listened to heavy metal and those were the reasons he did what he did. People all over the country started sending hate mail to his parents, telling they should've been tougher parents and not some stupid ass hippies. After little while, they moved away somewhere, nobody really knows. I get that people are angry, and if the shooter is dead, you can't really blame him. But people also should realize that shooters do have families, friends etc., and they also lost someone in the shooting. And the shooters should also stop being selfish and think about the guilt and anger they leave for their close ones to deal with.
I know, I know, this isn't much of a review anymore. But this is the reason why I loved this book. Maybe it can give some idiot bully reason not to bully someone anymore. Or stop a bullied from doing anything stupid. Everyone just stop being stupid :) Because there definitely is a life after high school, you just have to believe it. I told myself everyday that it can't get worse than this, soon I'll graduate and get the hell out of this hillbilly village. And I was right! :) I know, it sounds lame and time goes slow. But while waiting graduating, read this book and think about the consequences.
And now it's out of my system, to happier thoughts! :)
May contain some spoilers Someone described this book with a term "housewife porn"; there's no need fMy rating: 1/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Someone described this book with a term "housewife porn"; there's no need for a plot just as long as there's lots and lots of porn. Yeah, that's pretty much it. Erotic? There's hardly anything erotic with two people just going at it like rabbits. Amusing? Naaaah. Deeply moving.. What book are they talking about?!
I wanted to stop reading this half way through, because that's when author ran out of ideas. But I continued, because the first half was at least some what entertaining. Definitely not believable, but vaguely entertaining. I kept going, but as said, author ran out of ideas. And guess what she does? Writes two more books.
I didn't really like the characters, because they were just repeating the same thing over and over again, they had no personality and they really were just dull. I usually dislike male characters who say things women wants them to say. Like you can imagine there's this lady playing with Barbie and Ken, imitating male voice and she's grunting
"oh baby, you're so hot! You make me hot. I'm on fire", says Ken. High-pitched Barbie continues "But.. I've never been touched before." Ken grunts, again "You're.. a virgin? OMG." High-pitched "Yeah." Ken is like "Wow. That's awesome. I wanna fuck you." High-pitched "Yeah." Ken is like "Show me how you touch yourself." Barbie, high-pitched and shocked: "I would never do that! Don't you see I'm all innocent and even though I'm 45, I've never touched myself before?! Because only you make me hot." Ken, like "WOW. Like AWESOME. Like you're so awesome I come like now."
Oh, except in this case dirty- Barbie and -Ken sound British, even though they are American. What's the deal with that?! Don't get me even started with the freaking twitching palm, inner goddess, schizophrenic behavior, red room of pain.. This sucked so bad. And now I have headache, apparently even thinking about this book makes my hurt.
May contain some spoilers Oh my gosh. I just finished this book and I need to breath in a brown papMy rating: 4.5/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Oh my gosh. I just finished this book and I need to breath in a brown paper bag probably rest of the day, at least. And I'm still crying a little.
I have to admit, I was kind of iffy with the synopsis, my mind went instantly to some toothless hillbilly- action, but boy, was I wrong. As the synopsis already mentioned, this is a story of a boy and a girl falling in love. Too bad they're brother and sister. They have sh*tty mother, who doesn't even deserve to be called that. She's partying like a teenager and forgets that she even has kids. That's why Maya and Lochan take care of their siblings and act like they're parents. They have their own little universe to take care of, so it's no wonder they basically act like mother and father.
Throughout the story I just waited for the moment when their sh*tty mum is drunk enough and tells them that Lochan is adopted. I waited and waited, but no such luck. (Something I hoped for, that way they would've had even a little chance to be together!) So we just have to stand by and wait for the tragedy to happen. Believe me, you will need a box of tissues, I was bawling my eyes out in the end. This book leaves you sobbing, heartbroken and speechless. It's really hard to form real sentences right now, all I can think about is "holy s**t" and "that's rough". So forgive me, if here's some incoherent stuff flying around!
This is so beautifully written love story that you forget it's about incest. In reality, I probably wouldn't enjoy if my neighbor told about something like this, but that's the beauty. You don't have to support incest to enjoy this book.
But as said, there's no happy ending, no matter how much you yell at the book (been there, done that), so finish this book while lying in bed, that way it's easier to curl up into fetal position.
May contain some spoilers In the beginning we beet Clay. Clay seems like a sweet guy who had a crushMy rating: 2/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers In the beginning we beet Clay. Clay seems like a sweet guy who had a crush on Hannah, a girl who killed herself. But before her suicide she recorded 13 tapes; tapes, that will tell you why she killed herself.
Really love the sound of it, right? I did, so I just couldn't wait to read it! I had just read Hate List and Speak and was expecting something as amazing!
Unfortunately, this book just wasn't worth the hype. I was waiting for something huge, a great book dealing with difficult subject with some suspence. But that really wasn't what I got.
First of all, there's two POVs; Clays, and Hannah reading her tapes. It was really confusing! It seems like a great idea, but these two were mixed so completely it was hard to know who's POV I was reading. So sometimes it took me two pages before I realized I was reading Hannah's POV, not Clays! And had to read it all over again. That was quite annoying. But otherwise the writing was okay.
What can I say about the characters.. Well, Clay really is a sweet boy, who had a crush on Hannah. And that was actually his only mistake. Having a crush on her, I mean. Because of that, he becomes one of Hannah's victims. You might think that since he's on the tapes, he must have done something horrible to Hannah, right? Well, not exactly. So I just feel bad for the poor boy! But at least Clay's character was believable and likable.
But Hannah.. Oh, Hannah. I was waiting this tortured soul, a depressed teenager who had horrible life and that's why she ended it. But.. Yeah, it just didn't work! I know, this book was suppose to be about how everyone should think about their actions because they might effect other people. But I didn't learn that kind of lesson from the book. All I learned was that Hannah really is a b*tch! First she kills herself because she feels like it. But that wasn't enough! She records tapes where she blames other people for her own actions. Well, at least she acts like a stupid teenager! So guess that part is actually believable. She's one of those weak characters who just likes to blame other people all the time. And now she haunts them from the grave! How wrong is that. Yeah, there was like two people who actually deserved to receive the tapes and who actually did something wrong. All the others were stuff like "omg, he said my ass is the best looking evö, i so wanna die now!". WTH? Sure, everyone's different, but if that is your biggest problem.. And who is she to blame anyone else, when she did nothing when she should've? Like witnessing a rape and doing nothing. She's just acting all passive bystander, who can do nothing. And that is why I hate her so much. Because I don't like people who act like victim all the time. They complain and then.. do nothing. Hello, ever heard of something like "the police"??
When I read the book, tape by tape, I was waiting for some huge revelation. I mean, since she killed herself, there must be a reason. Something had to be the last straw that finally made her decide "today I'm going to kill myself". If that's something you'd like to read about, don't read this book. Seriously. Because you wait and you wait, but you'll never get the huge revelation. Also, if you're one of those readers who like to cry because the book is so emotional, again, avoid this book. No matter how much I tried, I couldn't shed a tear. And believe me, I tried! There was this one scene where Hannah was all devastated and crying and you know it's suppose to be all emotional and you're suppose to be crying, but no matter how much I tried, I couldn't cry. Because it wasn't actually that sad scene, it was just silly girl making a fuss.
So, this really sounded like a great book, but really.. wasn't. I expected something awesome and meaningful, but it really wasn't believable. I did like Clay, so that's why I gave two cupcakes instead of just one.
May contain some spoilers I don't know what it is with me and the cheerleaders! In general, I can't sMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers I don't know what it is with me and the cheerleaders! In general, I can't stand them, but they usually do bring some (quality) action to books, so I find them irresistable. And when cheerleader dies and becomes a ghost, well, that's just the book I have to read!
As mentioned, Alona dies, becomes a ghost and since Will is some sort of "ghost whisperer", for the first time ever they have to actually talk to each other.
Will thinks Alona is the typical cheerleader; perfect on the outside, b*tch in the inside. And Alona thinks just as nice things about Will; some freakish goth lurking in the corners.
But after getting to know each other, they are both proven wrong. I think this was the best part of the book, when they actually get to know each other and learn their deepest and darkest secrets. I'm in love with their relationship, since it progress so naturally. Well, if you can call a relationship between a living boy and a dead girl natural, of course.
We also have some "bad guys" hanging around, good stories usually have! Just so our main characters can join together in united front and eventually have some makeout sessions.. Me, a fan of makeout sessions, no way! ;)
Overall, if you want some good entertainment, this is right book for you! It's exciting with some humorous moments and romantic scenes between living boy and dead girl (may sound disgusting, but it's quite sweet, actually), and leaves you craving for more :)
May contain some spoilers Ismae is a kick-ass heroine. That pretty much sums it up! She's been abusedMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Ismae is a kick-ass heroine. That pretty much sums it up! She's been abused by men through her life, until suddenly she's saved. After that some kick-ass nuns will teach her how to become an assassin. You just have to love the sound of that. It's nearly poetic! Even my husband found that intriguing.
Not long after her first assignment Ismae is sent to high court with mysterious man (yes, there's always a mysterious man!), Duval. After a while, she manages to get over her hate for men (at least somewhat) and starts having romantic feelings about Duval.
First of all, I loved the romance. It wasn't instant love-at-first-sight, but you could sense there's some kind of attraction and I just loved how it was described step by step, slowly increasing into something real. It was just.. lovely. Beautiful. Some may not like when every little detail was described, but I love details like that. It just makes it feel more real.
Wanna guess my least favorite part? Oh, the politics! I hate them in real life, and I hate to read about them. Yet it didn't bother me as much as I expected. Though it might have something to do with the fact that the politicians were dropping dead left and right! Something I miss about those days ;)
I loved the ending, I love happily-ever-afters, as we all know. And I was so excited when the book ended and I just wanted to know how Ismae's story continues, since I expected the second book to be about her too. Unfortunately, it was revealed that the second book won't be about Ismae! Damn! But about her loony friend. For some reason, I wasn't that thrilled anymore. I presumed we would see more about Ismae and what her life will be like, but instead we'll get story about another nunchaku-nun (sort of), who will undoubtedly also find true love etc. Somehow, I just feel like it cheapens this book. Since this was such a great book and I want to see more Ismae! And I don't want this to be one of those stereotypical "ah-how-my-loins-ache!"- historical romance novel series. It's hard to explain this feeling. Guess I just want to only see Ismae, since she's one of a kind and that makes her important.
If I won't hear more about Ismae, my heart will break a little, because she's just lovely. And kick-ass. Which makes a great heroine!
Huge thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for this book, I just loved it! :)
May contain some spoilers There is so much beauty in just existing. In being alive. I don't want to misMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers There is so much beauty in just existing. In being alive. I don't want to miss a second.
One of my favorite sentences in this book. And yeah, I know, this review should've been out yesterday, but since this was such an inspirational book, I spent few nights listing up my favorite songs from the 60's and the 70's, aka. My Saving June soundtrack.
My Saving June soundtrack (check out the post in my blog, there's links to videos, too!)
Uriah Heep - Lady in Black Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water Animals - House of the Rising Sun The Doors - Riders On The Storm The Mamas & The Papas - California Dreamin' Scott McKenzie - San Francisco Eagles - Hotel California Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody Blondie - Heart of Glass Aerosmith - Dream On Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven The Beatles - Yesterday Percy Mayfield - Hit the Road Jack America - A Horse With No Name
My dad was one of those tortured artistic souls, who was young at 70's, so at least I got to listen some good music! When I was around 7yo, my favorite songs were House of the Rising Sun, Hotel California, California Dreamin', San Francisco, Heart of Glass, Dream On and Hit the Road Jack. So this book ended up as my own little trip down the memory lane. Guess that shows how inspirational this book was. Yeah, I got little sidetracked here, so back to business!
Harper's sister, June, is dead. She was intelligent, beautiful, just perfect in every way possible. That's why it's even harder for everyone to understand how someone that perfect could take her own life. Harper wants to honor her sister's wish, and starts a road trip, destination California, June's dreamland. Of course her best friend leaves with her, but along comes also Jake, mystery guy, who somehow knew June. Was there something between Jake and June, or what is going on? That's the question Harper ends up thinking more and more.
I already used the word "inspirational" from this book, so I'm not going to say that again. But really, that's pretty accurate word for this. It's also really romantic, occasionally funny and exciting, sometimes really sad. It describes families, friendships, suicide, hope, lost.. The list goes on and on, so yeah, you should just read it.
So why only four cupcakes? The ending. First you read one of the most amazing books, and then there's the same old ending that just says "I need to wrap this up, so let's just give them happily ever after, they ride in the sunset and that's it". This was exceptional book, so where's the exceptional ending?? And I'm the one who always wants happilyeverafters, but it just didn't work. But this is still something worth checking out, now I totally get the hype!
Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin UK for providing a review copy!
Nice read, but there's not much to say. I ended comparing this to the movie nonstop, since I've watched the movie like million and one times! And I muNice read, but there's not much to say. I ended comparing this to the movie nonstop, since I've watched the movie like million and one times! And I must admit, both have pros and cons. Book had less embarrassing moments, when the movie was filled with embarrassment. But the movie had more scenes with Darcy and Daniel, which I missed in the book. I think I like the movie better, since I'm going to watch it yet again this Christmas (because you just have to watch it when it's Christmas!), but I don't see myself reading this again.
Oh, and I was all confused when there was all this talk about answering machines etc.! Then I had to check out when this came out, and realized I was only about 10 years old back then, and cellphones came few years later, so no wonder they didn't have cellphones.. But huge plus for the fact that this was written ages ago, yet still didn't feel outdated. Except for the part about answering machines....more
May contain some spoilers Like with everyone else, the cover was the first thing I noticed. It's justMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Like with everyone else, the cover was the first thing I noticed. It's just amazing! Even the Elvis-hair. So, of course I had to see if the story was as good as the cover, and I was thrilled to find amazing story inside amazing covers!
We get straight to action when Sam is approached by her longtime crush. And he doesn't hold back! That's when Sam gets the most intriguing kiss ever. Though it's not such a good thing, cause that's when she losts her soul. Wasn't worth it, right? Not long after that, Sam meets Bishop. A crazy streetkid, or that's what she thinks at first. Not long after we'll find out there's demons and angels involved, and that's never a good omen!
I really liked Sam as a character. She's genuine and loyal and still has something dark inside her. Though I must admit that I was occasionally annoyed by her saintness. You can be good without being naive. But it wasn't that bad, and I do admit that I'm hard to please! Sometimes I call female lead heartless, sometimes whiny and stupid. Sam was pretty well in balance, so I still was able to enjoy her part in the story. I was little put off by the fact that everyone thinks Sam is something special. Okay, maybe not ordinary people, but every single supernatural she meets is like "Oooh, you so special!" the minute they see her. After a while it got kind of old, and I started to think "yeah, we got it, you're freaking special. Get over it!!".
Then there's the crazy, yet so hot, streetkid. Who isn't actually a streetkid, and since there's angels and demons involved.. Well, try guessing which he is ;) Anyhow, I did like Bishop's (that's the crazy dude) character, but sometimes he just was missing.. character. Yeah. He's one of those stoic warriors, so guess that's traditional or something. But he's a fine guy, I guess. Though I didn't really get the whole destined-to-be-together-thing with Sam and Bishop. You know, the mysteriuos connection which gives Bishop some sanity and makes them so drawn to each others. We'll probably find out the reason for this at some point, but it still bothers me a bit. Yeah, I love it, but they don't even know each other. Nearly forgot that Bishop lost some points in the end of the book, when we'll find out the reason why he became an angel (or a demon, you don't know that yet!).
My favorite secondary character was without doubt Kraven! And there was some hint about a lovetriangle, and I actually wish Kraven gets the girl! Because, like I mentioned earlier, Bishop did lack some character, when Kraven has twice as much. He's snarky and sarcastic and all evil, but actually quite a puppy and you just wanna cuddle him and let him sleep in your bed and.. *drooool* Yeah, I may have a thing for him.
This was definitely an entertaining read and it did have a little twist of its own, so it wasn't a replay of Hush, hush. I especially enjoyed the idea of angels and demons joining their forces! I know, that was a secret I wanted to keep, but it was one of this books original twists, so I couldn't hide it ;) Hope you'll get your copy soon and start reading ASAP!
Huge thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing a reviewcopy!
May contain some spoilers Okay. I have to say that I'm probably not the right person to read short stMy rating: 3/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Okay. I have to say that I'm probably not the right person to read short stories. There's usually not enough time for the character development or to concentrate on the plot. And that's pretty much why I didn't like so much about this book. I just wish there had been more to the plot, so I really wasn't left satisfied. No matter how much "action" in the book. That's why I'm having trouble with writing a review, because these stories left me kind of empty. So I will be writing only about the first story.
Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London (SweetBlood #2.5)
There's basically two main characters, Trace and Charlotte. They were involved, but Trace wiped Charlotte's memory, because he's about to start his job in a vampire council. And because his dad told him not to do people. Then they meet again, and they get involved, again.
That's about everything there happened. I actually did like the beginning, when Trace saved Charlotte from the trouble, but after that it was just.. white noise. Nothing really happened. As I said, this whole book left me kind of empty, so.. there's nothing really to say. Which is sad, 'cause I really liked the idea of vampires mixing with Christmas, but it didn't work out so well.
May contain some spoilers Did you know there really is magic among us? Or that's what I believe afterMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Did you know there really is magic among us? Or that's what I believe after reading this book. There's two kids, Celia and Marco, who are chosen to be part of some silly competition between Celia's father and Marco's trainer. They don't know the rules, they don't know the game, they just know they have to practise nonstop, so when the time comes, they're ready. Then the circus comes. Circus filled with magic. And your life is changed forever.
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "breathtaking". Beautiful. Seductive. But I do feel conflicted. This book is amazingly visual, if you can say that about a book. There was just this magnificent beauty I can't get over with. And I must admit, I've never read anything like this. Author manages to paint the picture through words, and that is absolutely amazing talent (who can count "amazing"s in this review?). I just wanted to pick a brush and some paint and start painting the circus all over our appartment. I mean, how cool would that be?! Especially since I'm such a fan of black and white (if I could, I'd be wearing this dress nonstop!). Not only does this author paint a vivid picture, but also manages to feed all the senses. Which you would think is impossible, but apparently not. All the smells and tastes are described so vividly, you can't help but get sucked into the story and picture it all. Actually, live it all.
And then to why I felt conflicted. At first I had some trouble with the Lemony Snicket- kind of voice, especially since I kept hearing the narrator from the movie. So that gave me some trouble, but after the first 50 pages I got over it. Then there's the competition. I usually have trouble since I'm so curious, and this was the problem this time too. I did realize the basic idea of the competition, but it's really hard to follow competition where there really is no guidelines. What is the goal, when can you say the game is over (well, we did get the answer for that..), what is the point in this competition, what are the rules in magic etc. There just was so many questions and not enough answers.
I also did enjoy the romance, especially the few romantic moments there was. But I still felt like there was something missing, even though they were starcrossed lovers and I absolutely adored them. Guess the ending just kind of bugs me, and just makes me feel lost. I'm not sure if this was happy ending, or bad ending, or just a little satisfying ending or what. I'm officially confused. But still kind of awed most of the time.
May contain some spoilers Finally! It only took me ages to read this, but now I finally made it! AndMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Finally! It only took me ages to read this, but now I finally made it! And I wasn't disappointed. I do get the the hype around this book, even though this isn't that different from all the other dystopian books. So there's not that much originality, but at least it's an entertaining package!
Beatrice turns sixteen, which means she has to choose between five factions, and like said before, each faction represents a virtue (Honesty, selflessness, intelligence, bravery, peacefulness). After some complications, she decides to choose Dauntless, who are the brave ones. This did confuse me a little. Like, the selfless ones can also be honest and peaceful. And they should want to be those things. So how come there's so small amount of divergents? Or did I miss something? Maybe I did, but luckily this didn't bother me that much.
Anyhow, back to business. So, Beatrice, aka. Tris becomes Dauntles. And their "brave" means actually stupid brave, meaning jumping from moving things and high places. Doing everything that can get yourself killed! Why wouldn't that be fun.. There Tris meets Four, who is her instructor. And finally they fell in love. But then everything goes down the hill, since of course there's always a bad guy, who wants to rule the kingdom.
I have to admit that Tris isn't my favorite main character of all time. There's must something about her that's a little off. It's really hard to explain! I just didn't always like her, guess that's the problem. But, I still didn't hate her and in some occasions I thought she was pretty kick ass. Maybe just little too heartless sometimes.
Then there's Four. And the romance. Of course, I loved it! Especially when Tris is in trouble and Four, the knight in shining armour, runs to her help. Mmmmmmm, love it! Though there could have been more of that "he loves me- no, he hates me- no, loves - hates - etc.", but I'm happy there was even little of it. There was huge, I mean gigantic, amount of action. I would've trade some of it to romance in a minute, because I just felt dizzy! There was no relaxed moments, which was quite exhausting. Though all the action guaranteed I couldn't put the book down. And that's why I need to start reading Insurgent ASAP. So don't worry, you know what I'll be doing if it gets quiet around here!
May contain some spoilers Calliope is kind of a loner and she likes to write stories. She's kind of gMy rating: 5/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Calliope is kind of a loner and she likes to write stories. She's kind of geeky, and it certainly doesn't help that she'll need glasses. That's when her sort of fairy godmother steps in, and that's when Callie receives her magical glasses. And they're magical because they let her see people's hidden thoughts. And she realizes that nothing's like she thought it was.
I really don't want to spoil too much, because this is such a wonderful story to read! Basically she learns that nothing's what it seems and everyone has hidden secrets, even the friends you think you know the best. Or your parents. And the one you think is the bad guy, isn't always. The motives behind people's actions might not be what you think they are. And, the most important thing I should've known when I was growing up: What ever you think about yourself, it may not be what the others thinks.
I have to say that I absolutely adore the picture of Jenny the 7th grader (can be found on her homepage)! It's about excactly the same as mine! I'm few years younger than Jenny, so in my 7th grade picture I'm not wearing polo shirt, but a flanel shirt. Orange. And brown. And my glasses were a little smaller, since it was year.. umm.. seriously, I can't remember and I'm too lazy to count. But anyway. I was the girl with the frizzy hair (I do have frizzy hair still, but now I know how to use straightening iron...). I was also 10 cm's (4 inches) taller than any other boy or girl in my class. So yeah, I feel the pain.
I also had louzy best friend, who made me and this other girl compete for her attention, until she found a boyfriend, and me and the other girl became friends. So it was kind of painful to read this book, but painful only because it reminds us, the girls with frizzy hair, what it was like to be that age. Especially when you didn't have magical glasses! Just ordinary ones. And nearly braces *shudder* It's nice to see how someone excactly like you, or me, survives it.
This is the book for all those frizzy haired girls who survived, or will survive, their lives even without the magical glasses!
May contain some spoilers Louise is a seventh grader, living with her grandparents. She wants to be cMy rating: 3/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Louise is a seventh grader, living with her grandparents. She wants to be called Thumbelina, because she's just as tiny. She has a best friend, Reni, who has huge crush on Justin Bieber. Yeah, I don't get it either. Reni has a brother, Henderson, who is smart and also a friend of Louise. One day, boy called Benny brings a pizza to Louise and she can't shake this feeling that there's something special about this boy. Her friend Reni is convinced that Louise has a crush on Benny, and since Louise is receiving notes from a secret admirer, they're convinced that Benny likes her back.
This book did have a lot of potential, but I just didn't really connect with it. Through out the story you'll get little glimpses where you suspect that everything isn't what it looks like, but it's just too little information. And it's really, really weird to constantly mention Justin Bieber and that Louise is convinced she has a crush on someone just because her friend tells her so. I mean, come on, wouldn't you know if you had crush on someone?! Especially since the feelings Louise has towards Benny aren't really that positive. It's just weird.
I actually thought this would be more about romance and young love than anything else. And I was nearly finished with the book when I realized that Oh, this is about some sort of trauma! It was pretty hard to figure this out, since nothing huge wasn't revealed until I was nearly finished with the book. And I really did like the ending, since there was some real emotions. I actually did cry little, which is the main reason I didn't completely hate this book. I did consider few times that I would stop reading without finishing this book, but since the best part was in the end, I'm glad I finished this. Though I still feel that you shouldn't just write a good ending, since some people might stop reading before that since the ride isn't just that nice.
Overall, a nice read. An okay read. And that's only because the ending was great, which somewhat balances the not-so-great parts. Maybe I'm just too old for this, and the Justin Bieber- references really didn't help. And it won't take long time before nobody remembers who the hell is Justin Bieber, so it probably would have been smarter to leave his name out altogether.
May contain some spoilers I really don't know what to say about this. This wasn't bad. But there reallMy rating: 2/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers I really don't know what to say about this. This wasn't bad. But there really isn't anything remarkable about this either. I had high expactations, since this was the first mermaid story with evil mermaids. I wanted to hate and love these creatures, but instead I ended up just blah. Blah = I didn't hate or love anything. I actually can't even remember most of the story! And I had some hard times reading this, since I ended up bored so many times. It wasn't badly written, but there was just something missing. I didn't feel the rush and didn't have the urge to finish the book right away. That ended up being a total reading-blah, meaning I didn't get to read anything since I decided I should finish this first.
No surprise, I don't have much to say about the characters. I did like Calder, mostly because there was something humane in him. Though the stalking creeped even me out! Usually I don't mind a little stalking, but this was totally over the top. It was creepy. Other characters.. I have hard time even remembering them.
The plot was very predictable, and that's probably the main reason why I ended up being bored. And usually I'm a fan of clichés! I don't get it either. So this wasn't the best read of all times. It was occasionally entertaining, but I doubt I'll be reading the second book. Though I did hear it's from Lily's POV, so maybe I'll give it a shot after all. That might just add more personality to the story and make it more interesting.
Thanks to NetGalley and Delacorte Books for Young Readers for providing a review copy!
May contain some spoilers Amelia and Adam are twins. They're also orphans, bounced from foster home tMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Amelia and Adam are twins. They're also orphans, bounced from foster home to foster home, but now they're doing better as a scholarship students in college. Even though they're twins, they aren't excactly identical, since the other one, Amelia has the the brain, and Adam the social skills. Along the way they meet some mean people, but in the end, they have their lucky break.
Okay, first of all: Amelia makes me feel like I'm a total zero! That's sad. Yes, she's all awkward and I love her and everything, but man, do I hate her brain! Hell, where's my lucky break!? But at least she gave me a hell of a boost and I started actually doing something. I did got over this envy-why-i-suck-so-bad- phase and in the end, I really liked her. She's a brilliant girl with a sence of justice and I couldn't stop reading this story! Mainly because of Amelia.
In the beginning I actually cheered for Adam since he's sort of an underdog; he has no special skills, except getting along with people, but the only way he goes to Silicon Valley is because of his sister, not really because of himself. Which kinda sucks. On the other hand it feels like Adam is taking advantage of Amelia's talent and it did bother me occasionally. But like with Amelia's huge brain, I got over this too. Even though it did feel sometimes like there's people who can do it, and there's people who are bathing in your light, so to say. But hey!, it doesn't bother Amelia, so let's forget about it!
This story did remind me of one book series I've read: Gossip Girl. Except I couldn't stop reading this one, and I had to force myself into reading Gossip Girl (6 books, then I started to feel like I was losing my will to live. But I do love the TV show! Okay, let's move on). These two series share some similar quality, but The Start-Up has more depth and action and man, did I love the action! It was quite exciting, I can tell you that.
The story was quite short, but since I had the second part of this series already on my computer, I didn't mind. Though it kept me up too long, I should've been sleeping, but I couldn't stop reading. So prepare yourself ;) And WARNING, get the second part before reading this, because there's huge cliffhangers.
May contain some spoilers Three months has passed. In the end of the first book Adam received a verMy rating: 4.5/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Three months has passed. In the end of the first book Adam received a very mysterious and ominous call. Luckily, we get explonation to it right away in the beginning. Adam and Amelia are blackmailed, but I'm not gonna spoil the fun, so who's the blackmailer, that's something you have find out yourself!
When it comes to business, everything is looking bright and heading up for Adam and Amelia! Though our very dr. evil, aka T.J.'s daddy, tries his best to ruin everything. We'll also find out if T.J. is trustworthy.
We'll also see more of Patty, who is somewhat outsider in Adam's and Amelia's story, but I enjoyed her storyline what so ever. We start to understand her more, and we'll also see more of her and Chad (remember, her sisters fiance, him and Patty and some steamy moments..). Which leads to one of my favorite topics, meaning romance! Adam is going out with Lisa, only problem is they never actually go out. As if Lisa would be sneaking behind someone's back? No, it can't be!
And Amealia, oh Amelia! She has a crush! I'm so touched and happy and feel all pink and cuddly! But, there's some trouble in her paradise. And this trouble will be The Cliffhanger. Just aargh! But Amelia will be making some friends, yay!
I enjoyed this as much as the first book, actually even a little bit more, since we got to see Amelia growing as a person and taking chances outside her comfort zone. That made me really fell in love with her!
It took me about two hours to read this, and I was so sad when it was over. Especially since I didn't have the third book! I nearly cried. And the huge cliffhanger in the end DID-NOT-HELP. Geez Sadie, you're killing us with your cliffhangers! :D
May contain some spoilers When I first saw the cover, I just.. fell in love. It's obviously steamy, bMy rating: 5/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers When I first saw the cover, I just.. fell in love. It's obviously steamy, but there's also something unique in it. It just got that something, the "IT" factor that makes you want to read the book immediately. And after I finished the book, all I could think was.. Finally! It's been so long when I last read a book that made me ball my eyes out! This definitely did the trick. Though, unfortunately when I was finishing this, I was also doing my make-up for work, so I had to fix it like three times. But man, it was so worth it!
At first, when I started reading the book, I was little scared. Because I was pretty sure this was going to be one of those stories where bad boy gets the good girl and bad boy turns good birl I mean boy, you know the usual story! So when I noticed this was something completely different, I was over the moon. Yes, there is a bad boy, Noah. Or that's how it seems from the outside. And there's a good girl. Or a girl who used to be The Good Girl of the school, but after Echo's disappearance, everything changed for her. Now there's just two broken people who seek comfort, and find it from the least expected.
What I love the most in this book is.. emotions. And how the author managed to make them so real. You get to cry, hate, love and laugh throughout the book and it's just amazing. And even though, or maybe because, the story is so filled with emotions, it's believable, realistic. As an author, Katie McGarry is like a puppet master, controlling reader's emotions through amazing scenes. That is something truly unique.
Through this book, you'll get to know what it's like to be a girl, who's life has fallen apart. You'll get to feel her sorrow for losing her family. Hate and jealousy for his father marrying her baby sitter. And you'll get to know what it's like to be the bad boy. When people know you as a troublemaker and girl-user, but when you're actually a boy, who lost his family and just wants to survive. If you want true emotions, read this.
HUGE thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for providing a review copy!