May contain some spoilers I read the first book, Reflection, for a blog tour (read the review here!), and guess what happened after I was finished? Like a good little stalker blogger I started stalking the author visited author's homepage and sent her a review request for the second book. I think it was 9 pm, and I should've went to bed, since I had to work next morning, but of course I was glued to my computer, hitting F5 over and over again. And then!, the author replied to my message AND sent me the second book! Which I started devouring right away and missed my good night sleep.
Anyhow, the first book ended with a huge cliffhanger (with the new girl and stuff, read the first book), and like the cover says, the dream is over and reality begins. Heather is released from the hospital and it's time to go on with the life. But how can you do that, when your boyfriend is engaged to someone else and you have no idea what to do with your life?
Luckily, Heather has Creed by her side all the way through. He was by her side the whole time she was in coma, and he even gets her a new place to live in. And it's obvious Creed wants more than just to be friends (especially when there's some lip contact going on), and I definitely would've have wanted to see more of that! Creed is always there for her, but she just doesn't like him that way. Darn! Definitely wanted more for these two!
Then there's Nick. Like said, he's now engaged to someone else and seems quite happy with his life. Then there's ups and downs, and guess how everything end? Of course it's pretty obvious how things end, but I just wished there was more emotional turmoil, so to speak. More cat fights, heat, you name it! Paige, Nick's bride to be, definitely should've been more active and fight for her guy. And Heather should've done the same, because that's entertainment! Not talking Jerry Springer- kind of stuff, but a little more drama and action would've been nice.
Aaaand there was one part I just so did not like. Just bugged the hell out of me:
After an unknown length of time, we were still cuddled on his bed, my lips swollen from his ministrations. Beats me how our clothes were still mostly in place with the hunger and lust and deeply moving love that accompanied our tumble in his bed. My virtue hung on a thread but it was still intact, as much as we pushed the limits. It would stay that way until I was legally and completely his. As contradicting as it may have seemed, it was a matter of our love and admiration for each other. He saw my innocence as beautiful and perfect, and he would take it with his promise to me. I saw his promises to love and cherish me forever as beautiful and perfect, and I would give him my innocence then, happily—and very enthusiastically…. The ambience in the little shed lent itself to magic and tenderness.
Holy shit, that's just.. bull. Both of these people are over 20 years old, there's really no need to lecture.
Overall, almost as enjoyable as the first book, that whole mini-lecture just bugged me so much, I just wanted to forget the whole book. Which is crazy, but what can you do?
May contain some spoilers Okay, so the beginning was little odd, since I was convinced Evie's going tMy rating: 5/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers Okay, so the beginning was little odd, since I was convinced Evie's going to be slaughtered right away and I thought well, that sucks and is kind of disappointing! Then we jump back in time and it's kind of slow at first. Evie thinks she's crazy and her mum thinks she's crazy, so she spent the summer in the nuthouse. When she goes back to school, she meets the new guy, Jackson, who just makes her mad.
After a while her visions come true and the apocalypse arrives! She manages to survive with her mother and then finds out Jackson is alive too and together they start the most eventful journey.
This was just.. This rocked, I don't know any other way to put it! Evie realises she's not completely "normal" and there's also other kids with weird abilities. They ran into at least to three of them, I especially enjoyed the part about the Bringer of the Doubt ;) There definitely was some doubt going on!
Evie and Jackson make the ultimate couple, even though Evie is the nice girl and Jack the bad boy, luckily that didn't bother me that much.
And the ending.. Torture, I tell you! Evie finally realises what she's capable of, and now I just want to know what happens with Jackson!!! I was absolutely awed with Evie and her powers, it was just so freaking awesome and original! And when Jackson sees Evie.. Damn, broke my heart!
May contain some spoilers The book starts with Heather leaving her small hometown, excited to start aMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers The book starts with Heather leaving her small hometown, excited to start a new life in a new place, even when it means leaving her best friend behind. After this we'll see a small glimpse of her new life; she's madly in love and ready to come clean about her past. But before she gets the chance to do that, she's in an accident that puts her in a coma. After that things get pretty interesting, because Heather doesn't really remember her past, just the things she's dreamed about while being in coma.
First I have to warn you: This book ends in a huge cliffhanger, and if you're anything like me, you'll end up harassing the author for the second book. Which she so kindly sent me almost right away, so I got to read the second book too (and the review is coming up in a few days)! But that's always a good sign, when after devouring the first book, I need to get the second one too.
But more about the plot now. So, in the beginning Heather wakes up from her coma, and starts telling her memories to the doctor. It stars pretty slow, so some people may stop reading at this point. I almost did, but I'm so glad I didn't. Trust me, just stick with it, and it gets just so interesting, you won't be able to stop reading. Heather tells her "memories", and like I said, it's pretty slow and normal, but then things get odd, when Heather starts noticing "glitches" here and there. Occasionally, she sees her best friend appear, until he vanishes in a blink of an eye. Sometimes, she hears people talking (even some medical stuff), when there isn't really anyone around. Some memories just doesn't really make sense to her. In the end of the book, we'll finally meet some "real" characters in real life, and things finally start making some sense. But then it's time for Heather to get back to normal life. That's when she learns that she's actually been in coma for ages, and some things just can't go back to the way they used to be.
My favorite part in this book was the fact that you could just tell that Heather was living in a "dream world". Dreams can be really weird and dirstorted, and that was Heather's life in the dream world. Like her communicating with other characters actually made me think that if they were "real" characters and the author was describing real life situations and interaction, it wouldn't work. But these characters were made for the dream world, and it worked out pretty amazingly. Their actions were distorted and in occasions exaggerated in such an interesting ways, you could just tell that they weren't "real". That was definitely brilliant job from the author.
Of course the romance was also something I enjoyed. There were rollercoasters, jealousy, fear and loath and everything in between, excactly the right ingredients for a great romance!
I could definitely recommend this to people who loved "Before I Fall" and "If I Stay", because this also gives a new point of view to the question "what's between life and death?". And has some great romance ;)
May contain some spoilers Metamorphosis is the second book in The Immortal Archives series, and even tMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Metamorphosis is the second book in The Immortal Archives series, and even though I enjoyed the first book, the second book definitely was more to my taste.
During the first book, Emily had a little "accident" with Abby's blood, and now she's transforming into something completely new. And the transformation isn't always easy, but little choice does Emily have. Luckily she has Noel and Abby on her side and they do their best to help Emily. Even when Abby has a little trouble of her own; her heart has not stopped beating, and in her case, it's a bad thing. And she's having some symptoms, like craving for junk food. Guessed already what's going on with her?
The writing reached a whole new level; in the first book everything felt kind of distant, but in this book I felt so connected with the characters, in spite of the third person POV. In the first book the story felt kind of limited because of this, but definitely not anymore!
My favorite character in the first book was Emily, and through this book I just fell more in love with her. You just have to love her personality! I also managed to feel more connected with Abby, who I didn't really manage to connect with earlier.
One of the main reasons why I liked this so much was because there's some hilarious dialogues going on. Noel, Abby and Emily form an amazing little group who have their own kind of humour, and you just have to love that. Even though you might end up not liking Noel so much in the ending. But I won't spoil that. This book definitely took this series to a completely new level, and left me craving for the third book, Catacombs, which should be out 2013!
Huge thanks to author for providing a review copy!
May contain some spoilers Valerie's mum's out of town, so what does a teenager do? Have a party, whatMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Valerie's mum's out of town, so what does a teenager do? Have a party, what else! And the party is kind of fine, never mind the fact she ends up throwing up. All over the guy she has a crush on. It isn't until the next day, when Valerie's life gets turned upside down. She ends up being raped, and is haunted by the fact she didn't fight back. But she said no, shouldn't that be enough?
First of all, the name is quite extreme. But that's definitely the first thing that caught my eye. It's provoking, but you definitely won't miss this book if you see it! And the title is quite accurate, since that's what Valerie ends up, a rape girl. She could've just let this whole thing go, but she decides to stand up for the truth, even when it means losing all her friends. But can you really call people who doesn't believe you friends? But at least she has her family, who believes her, no matter what. Together they try to fight for justice, but sometimes, there just isn't such a thing. So this also becomes a story about surviving, when there's no hope left and you just want to give up.
Valerie definitely grows up during the story, but what else can you expect? First she's this quite naive teenager, who decides to throw a party with her little sister sleeping upstairs (this was pretty horrible!) and drinks for the first time. And has her first hangover. But in the end, she's almost a grown up, who gives support to her mother and learns to live a life with a horrible unjustice. She ends up being a survivor.
The ending left me feeling quite conflicted. I always wish there was at least some kind of a happy ending to everyone, but I guess it just isn't possible to always have the happy ending. Even though the justice wasn't served, Valerie manages to make the best out of her situation, and ends up being stronger than ever. This book also gives the lesson that no matter what, you should speak up, since it may save someone else. And for that, I have to thank Alina, since this really ended up being very inspirational book.
Thanks to NetGalley and namelos for providing a review copy!
May contain some spoilers Pixies and pixie dust. First thing you think is Tinkerbell, right? And the sMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Pixies and pixie dust. First thing you think is Tinkerbell, right? And the story starts pretty much the bubbly and happy pixie way, but soon turn into something completely different. I did expect something pretty dark based on the synopsis, but I was still pretty surprised. Because.. Who would ever think about torturing Tinkerbell?! Well, Devon did, and I wasn't disappointed! In a good way ;) Rosalie lives her life somewhat happily, until someone takes her. She ends up enslaved by the faeries and her only purpose is to make pixie dust for them. But since she got some serious attitude, she ends up spending a lot of time in a prison. Where she meets Jack, surprisingly kind faerie. They bond and even though they know they can't be together, they can't really help how they feel.
I'm pretty sure this was my first pixie read and this wasn't what I expected! As I mentioned, this was pretty dark read. But thanks to Devon, you don't end up depressed but hopeful and happy, even under the circumstances. Characters and emotions were believable, and Devon did absolutely brilliant job at those!
My absolutely favorite part was the romance. When Rosalie ends up in prison, you just start hoping she'll get her prince in shining armor, and there he is! Not only were they sweet and adorable, but also funny, since there's some really humorous parts in the story. And the first thought after finishing this was.. O-M-G, this rocks, I want more! Now I've had some time to digest the story, and I actually start loving it even more. It's unique, funny and vivid and you can't help but fall in love with the characters. And don't be scared, there's so much more than just torturing Tinkerbel! ;)
Huge thanks to author for providing a review copy!
May contain some spoilers My expectations with this: "OMG!, I have to love this book, since the guy iMy rating: 2/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers My expectations with this: "OMG!, I have to love this book, since the guy is an assassin, for crying out loud! How awesome is that?!" And yeah, at first I liked the story, but then.. I just lost interested.
It's just Ronnie and her sister after their father dies. During his funeral, Ronnie sees Kalen, the notorious assassin boy! Though she doesn't know that, just that he's "trouble". And of course she's baffled by the fact that Kalen dares to show up to her father's funeral, especially since there shouldn't be any connection between them. Aaaand this is how their story begins.
At first, I really liked Ronnie. She's really nice and sweet and all that, but also quite tough, considering how she's handeling their father's death. But after time, I had to change my opinion about her. Because what first seemed like being nice and considerate, turns into her being a total pushover. Whether it's her sister or sister's ***k of a boyfriend, she just let's them walk over her. Grow some backbone! I don't know if it's because of Kalen, but after he comes to the picture, she just losts her ability to take care of herself or to stand up to herself. She's just not that tough anymore. And yeah, it's great if you can be tough yet vulnerable, but if you lose any kind of ability to make decisions for yourself.. BAD!
And Kalen is the complete opposite, meaning he's "being the man". Someone mouths off to your woman? You beat him up! Just "I'm a man. Me hunt meat for my woman. Me caveman. GRRRR." And do I remember wrong, or was there some part where the villagers were going to hunt Kalen down with torches and pitchforks, or was there just some moment that made me think of that scene??
Oh well. I didn't completely hate it. I liked the beginning, and I quite liked the ending, but wasn't a fan of the middle part. Which was basically most of the book.. Will I read the next book? I was convinced it would be another assassin's story (you know, the other guys hanging out with Kalen), so my answer was absolutety not. But after realising I was wrong, I may have to consider reading the second book too.
My thanks to author for providing a copy for review!
May contain some spoilers You know those days when you just know there's something wrong, but don't know how you know it? Well, Audrey's having that kind of day. Plus, she's seeing things. And accidentally doing some magical things she can't understand. Unfortunately her gut feeling is right, and there's definitely something going on with her mother, who just disappeared. Their cousin Sadie says she's just taking care of some family business, but something doesn't seem right. Not even with Sadie, who seems to have some special powers of her own. Like this isn't enough, Audrey also falls in love for the first time and also discovers that she is, in fact, a freaking witch! Who says it's easy being teenager?
First of all, the cover. I do love it, but it still scares me a little bit! I don't know what it is, but something just freaks me out in this. Maybe it has something to do with the girls posture, because sometimes it looks like I'm seeing her back and her head is in odd position and I start thinking about The Exorcist and spinning heads and just wanna hide under the bed. Maybe I do have too wild imagination..
Plot was really enjoyable, and not too predictable, which is always a pleasant surprise! There's also the instalove, but in this case it didn't annoy me, yay! There's so many books with instalove nowadays I sometimes get pretty fed up, but it's all about the execution and this time it really did work. There's also some explanation for this kind of phenomenon so it didn't bug me.
Almost the first thing in the book was Audrey putting some spells on a cheerleader. Who wouldn't love that?? Just priceless! And Audrey trying out her new powers lead to some comical situations, which really made me fall in love with this book. There's also some scary stuff going on, but luckily those parts weren't too scary, because then I wouldn't have been able to finish the book. And we also get the explanation for Audrey's power and that's bit of a shock, but I'm not gonna spoil it! ;) Oh, and I absolutely loved the delicious little detail with the recipes, definitely have to try them out!
There's also good variaty in characters and the author managed to give each of them their own voice. I loved Audrey, who is quite self-conscious and insecure, but I also liked Sadie, who also is one of the author's favorite characters (referring to the interview we had earlier)! And I also have to agree that Megan is quite bratty, but you still have to like her. Little sisters usually are pretty bratty and annoying, believe me, I know! ;)
Overall, this was really enjoyable read with humour and magical situations, and I can't wait to read the second book!
Huge thanks to Jody for providing a review copy, this definitely ended up to one of my favorites!
"Cherry Costello's life is about to change forever. She and Dad are moving to Somerset where a new mum and a bunch of brand-new sisters await. And on"Cherry Costello's life is about to change forever. She and Dad are moving to Somerset where a new mum and a bunch of brand-new sisters await. And on Cherry's first day there she meets Shay Fletcher - the kind of boy who should carry a government health warning.
But Shay already has a girlfriend, Cherry's new stepsister, Honey. Cherry knows her friendship with Shay is dangerous - it could destroy everything. But that doesn't mean she's going to stay away from him..."
May contain some spoilers Little Hunger Games, some Divergent, a touch of Across the Universe, and voiMy rating: 2/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Little Hunger Games, some Divergent, a touch of Across the Universe, and voilà, we have The Forsaken! It wasn't bad, but it wasn't really anything special. I was pretty excited in the beginning, but after that it was sort of a roller coaster (and not the good kind of emotional roller coaster). My thoughts were something like "Okay, this seems interesting - Aaand now we have some Divergent here - Now this is something different! - oh, wait, that's Hunger Games - I'm not sure how to feel about this now - Can this book just end already?! - Where did I read something similar.. oh, Across the Universe! - what, it's still going on..."
The basic idea is the same with every dystopian book. But the great dystopian books have some unique elements that usually make them a hit. In this case, there's the government who wants to eliminate individuals and control everyone, the same old story. Teens are injected with some serume to diagnose something.. (now I have to cheat from someone) "to diagnose subversive tendencies". Yeah, couldn't remember that one. Those, who fail get sent to The Wheel - an island where all the unanchored souls are sent. And that's what happens to our main character. At first she's convinced there has to be a mistake, since she's not a lunatic or a criminal! But soon she realizes that that's just how the government rolls.
Many times, I avoid books that are referred as "the new Hunger Games!" or to fans of this and that. Because many times it means there's too many shared elements between those books, and the new book ends up just repeating the old one. I usually roll my eyes, thinking "Couldn't come up with something new". And I'm not saying this is the case every time, but sometimes. Like in this case. I ended up rolling my eyes so much I was actually afraid I might hurt myself. Not in the beginning so much, but towards the end. It felt as if the author was just dragging out the ending. In the last part of the book, characters' actions didn't make any sense to me. It was just so transparent! You could clearly see how author wanted to things go, but like I said, it didn't make any sense and ended up forced.
I expected the book to end 100 pages before it did, because those last 100 pages were just.. not so interesting. I also felt this should've been a standalone, since I know how the two other books are going to be, and the whole "let's-fight-the-government"- thing could've been on those 100 last pages. So I probably won't be rest of the trilogy. This was quite entertaining, but the ending ruined it for me.
May contain some spoilers This really wasn't what I expected! I haven't read anything from Picoult bMy rating: 3.5/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers This really wasn't what I expected! I haven't read anything from Picoult before, but got few of her books on my tbr- pile, and this definitely was something different. At first, I was quite shocked, 'cause I wasn't sure if the story was ever going to be anything but a sappy fairytale.
Luckily, this wasn't the case. We get to meet Delilah, a girl who spends her time reading books. Especially one particular book, over and over again, called "Between the Lines". She knows it's a book for little kids, but she's hooked to happily ever after. And she feels like the prince talks to her. Until one day, he actually does. After this begins an endless fight to free the prince from the story so he could have a happily ever after with Delilah.
This really was a cute story, and really unique! I especially loved the pictures! It's been a while since I read something with pictures, and it was quite refreshing and gave the feel of a real storybook, even when I was actually reading an ebook.
Every other chapter was from the storybook and every other told from Oliver's or Delilah's POV. I must admit I found myself skipping the storybook chapters, because I couldn't wait to find out what happens next with Oliver and Delilah! And I did prefer Oliver's POV. There's no one good reason why this happened, but it probably had something to do with the fact that Delilah seemed many times like a whackjob! If you have a magical talking storybook, you don't tell about it to anyone. Because you will look like a crazy person and end up in seeing some shrink. I just hate that kind of embarrasment.
I did like both character, but the suffering prince was more to my taste. He's been forced to be certain character for his whole life, when he clearly doesn't enjoy it and just wants to be free. Delilah does feel she's in the same situation, that she just doesn't belong to her life and is escaping to books. She's an outsider and doesn't really have friends. This does give certain hope to younger readers who feel like they're in the same situation. Just wait, you'll get your prince! ;)
I also love how this book suits to both younger and older readers (and I'm obviously quite a young reader. Just FYI.). I can't wait for this to be published in Finnish so I can get a copy for my little girl. Or we'll just have to wait until she can 1) read and 2) knows English. But I know she'll love the pictures when she's younger, and the story when she grows up.
Thanks to Simon Pulse for providing a review copy!
May contain some spoilers Remember my reaction to Thirteen Reasons Why? (No? Read here!) Overall, I wasn't very pleased with it, so when another book is compared to that, I feel pretty hesitant. Okay, nearly didn't pick up this book. But man, am I glad I did! The bad memory of TRW is nearly erased from my memory, cause this was nothing like it. This ended up being so emotional read, and I do admit I cried, a lot.
Ellie is a charismatic girl, who everyone feel drawned to. But like with so many other charismatic people, she has something dark inside her. Like there's a black cloud hanging above her head. She never trusts people enough to really give them anything about herself. The closest person for her is her big brother, Jake, who knows some of her secrets. But then he has to move away for school, and she's.. not taking it so well. And then.. Ellie's dead. Her friends and family are left behind, wondering what happened, everyone blaming themselves. And everyone has secrets, secrets that involve Ellie and mostly make them blame themselves even more. Through out the book we'll get to see what life is like after Ellie is gone, but also get to see glimpses of life with Ellie.
What I really loved in this book was the emotions. They were real, and like I've said many times before, I usually fell in love with that kind of books. They're real, in all the ugliness and beauty of life. Characters were also that, both beautiful and ugly, sometimes kind, sometimes awful to each other, but that's just life. So the raw emotions were definitely the strong point in this book. And of course, where there's emotions, there's relationships. Every person had their own kind of relationship with Ellie, but my favorite was with Jess. It was so beautiful, innocent, real, what ever the word you want to use. It was also the most heartbreaking part of the book, and I cried nearly in every scene they had together. And I ended up heart broken myself because of them, because what happened to them was just awful.
There wasn't that many things I didn't like, but I did have sometimes little trouble with following all the characters, since there was several POV's AND we jumped back and forth in time. After few chapters I did get the hang of it, but usually I strougle with so many changes. I was also a little disappointed when there wasn't any "let's-gather-and-reveal-all-of-our-secrets!"- moments in the end. I'm kind of a fan of those kind of scenes, so I felt a little empty in the end, since there was still so many secrets left uncovered.
But, this was believable story about broken people and how they deal with the lost of their loved one. It was heartbreaking and painful, but I'm so glad I didn't miss it, since it was all worth it.
Thanks to Simon Pulse for providing a review copy!
May contain some spoilers First of all.. Don't you just love the cover?! I absolutely fell in love with it the moment I saw it! And I was glad to notice this isn't book with just a pretty cover, but with amazing story inside. This author has definitely interesting style of writing; we get to read about the time before Mary ran away and time after that.
This is Mary's story. She's only twelve, but she's suffering. Her big sister, Gwen, rules the household. She tortures Mary and emotionally blackmails their parents. Everyone's on edge and Mary gets the most of it. Time after time people tell her to just shut up. Mary's family is poor, since her father lost his job. That probably would be tolerable if only their family wasn't so disfunctional emotionally. In the past, Gwen was a normal, happy kid, until something happened. She tried to tell her parents about it, but they didn't believe her. That was the turning point. After that Gwen has been bitter and unhappy and she's testing the limits nonstop. She has an awful boyfriend, who gets her pregnant time after time. Yeah, he really is a creep. Especially when he shows some sick interest in Mary, who's only 12! And it's pretty obvious Gwen notices this too, why else would she act so jealous and mean when ever she caughts The Creep and Mary hanging together?
This really is a sad story. There's bunch of unhappy and twisted people just living their lives, without thinking the consequences. Mary gets the blame most of the time, even though she's just a kid. In the end, Mary's parents stand up and try to fix things by standing up to Gwen, but is it too little, too late? They can't really blame Gwen for everything, either. They let Gwen rebel and do what ever she wants, but they still were the parents. Gwen got pregnant when she was 17. She was just a kid, too. A kid who would do anything to get the attention she craves, but you can only blame the parents for letting things get so out of hands. And a 17 year old really shouldn't have to make that big decisions! Her parents should've stand up a long time before she got pregnant. But when the parents really aren't involved in their childrens lives, things happen.
I was really glad when things got better for Mary. Though I'm pretty sure things may get harder at times, I'm sure she can handle them. She survived from years of bullying, so she can survive from anything. And she really was one of those characters you wish all the happiness world can give.
Huge thanks to Anne for providing a reviewcopy, and for writing this amazing story!
May contain some spoilers Meet Rose, a fourteen year old freshman, aka. "The Angry Girl".
And why is she angry? Well, she lost her father, her mother isn't exactly "emotionally available", her brother left them for college (and a girl) and her best friend is kidnapped by the aliens, I mean, the cheerleaders. And of course, there's the hottie/bad boy of the school. Who has a girlfriend but still kind of made out with Rose..
No wonder she's pissed off.
No surprise, I really enjoyed this one, since I'm the number one fan of the rollercoasteremotions! And believe me, there's lots of that, since Rose is having problems basically with everyone in her life. Her mother, as mentioned, isn't emotionally available, since she lost her husband. And it's understandable to be devastated, but she kinda takes it over the top and basically starts ignoring her children and doesn't really know what to do with Rose. Which is almost funny, since she's a therapist. Then there's Rose's brother, who left for college. They still talk in the phone all the time, until he decides it's time to move on and start living like a student, meaning partying and a girlfriend. And after he starts skipping homevisits, Rose can't really stand him.
Rose doesn't really have anyone beside her family, except her best friend Tracy, who has lost her mind and doesn't really think about anything else but losing her virginity and cheerleading. And since Rose isn't dating anyone, she doesn't really get all the fuss! And she's suspicious about Tracy's boyfriend and what his motives really are, so there's some really big clouds over their friendship. Tracy is quite irritating best friend, she just want to be so awesome, but is just.. clueless. And irritating.
The juiciest, and worst part, about this book was the love triangle. This time we get a guy with two girls, which was quite refreshing (I'll get to the worst part soon). The first girl is, of course, Rose. And the second? Who other than the queen bee of the school and ultimate bully Regina. This creates some complications, no surprise, and some exciting moments! But then to the worst part. As mentioned earlier, Rose is fourteen. Sorry, I meant FOURTEEN. After this realization, I struckled. A lot. I couldn't stop thinking that these kids are just that. KIDS. I'm double her age, but I still can clearly remember the time when I was fourteen and there's a huge difference if you're fourteen, or sixteen, or even seventeen! But fourteen year old girl trying to sleep with her boyfriend and drinking and partying and being the other woman? Hell no! I usually adore love triangles, but when there's a fourteen year old little girl involved, I can't really enjoy it. Call me old fashioned, but a fourteen year old girl really shouldn't be doing those things. I draw the line in sixteen years, since that's the time I really started partying and doing all the "boy-stuff". But I was old enough to know my limits, or at least I was much wiser than age fourteen. Or stupider, but yeah. That's the "don't-drink-or-sleep-with-anyone-before-this-age"- line for me, apparently. I think I was playing with my dolls when I was fourteen!
But this still was really enjoyable read! And since Rose is older in the next book, I suspect I won't be having that much trouble with the age issue then!
Huge thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for providing a review copy!
May contain some spoilers Florence is invisible. Well, not really, but she feels like it and tries toMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Florence is invisible. Well, not really, but she feels like it and tries to stay unnoticed. Even when she's been in her school for ages nobody knows or even recognizes her. So when she's kidnapped to Niemela, the mer world, she's not really devastated. For the first time ever she can be seen. And for the first time someone gets interested in her. Actually, there's two someones; brothers Kiren and Rolan. But can she really trust neither of them? Or will she just end up losing her soul?
The book starts with Florence heading to class trip and telling her backstory. And it was a really strong start! You are sucked to the story right away and like always, I loved the whole "loner-of-the-school"- thing going on. Soon after Florence is sucked to the Niemela and I struckled little with my reading. Mostly because I like to get along with the plot quickly and I'm fine with little knowledge about the surroundings. That leaves more room for my own imagination. But now I felt like the description of surroundings went on and on, so I started to skim. Otherwise I might have gotten overwhelmed with the information and stop reading altogether.
After this the plot picked up pretty slowly, but not too slowly. We get to meet bunch of mermaids, including the king and his sons, Kiren and Rolan. They're quite the opposites: Kiren is fun and outgoing, Rolan pretty closed up and even hostile towards Florence. Kiren is the younger brother, but soon to be king, since Rolan doesn't want the crown. And everyone's convinced Kiren is the right choice, even Florence. Until his connection with the monsters become public. And when Florence learns about Kiren's darker side, she turns to his brother, Rolan. Who also isn't what he seemed to be. No surprise, I really enjoyed the romance part of the book, since I'm a sucker for the love triangles and the deception etc., but you know that already ;)
Overall, I really liked the story and can't wait to read more! Especially when there's so many questions left open: What happens to Kiren? How did Florence understand Niemela's language? I'm pretty sure there's some secret regarding her parents, but what is it? See, so many questions left open, it drives me crazy! But I'll try to hold to my sanity and see if there's going to be a second book that hopefully answers to all these questions!
Huge thanks to author for providing the review copy!
May contain some spoilers I smack into him as if shoved from behind. He doesn't budge, not an inch. JMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers I smack into him as if shoved from behind. He doesn't budge, not an inch. Just holds my shoulders and waits. Maybe he's waiting for me to find my balance. Maybe he's waiting for me to gather my pride. I hope he's got all day.
I hear people passing on the boardwalk and imagine them staring. Best-case scenario, they think I know this guy, that we're hugging. Worst-case scenario, they saw me totter like an intoxicated walrus into this complete stranger because I was looking down for a place to park our beach stuff.
Either way, he knows what happened. He knows my cheek is plastered to his bare chest. And there is definite humiliation waiting when I get around to looking up at him.
Sounds like a great start, right? It took me a while to form a picture of this scene in my head, but after I managed to do that, I had to laugh out a little. And seriously, it doesn't get easier for Emma! Especially when the guy in the scene no. 1 moves to same place with her and for some weird reason starts in her school, too! Galen's convinced Emma has "the gift", that she can communicate with the fish. They become quite close, but there's just one problem.. If Emma really has the gift, she's suppose to marry Galen's brother.
After the funny start, things get quite gruesome, when shark attacks Emma's best friend. And the best friend dies. Galen's convinced Emma's a mermaid - sorry, syrena - but when she doesn't change during the shark attack, he's baffled. So he follows her to her hometown. Which is quite creepy and stalker-like. If you want to think things realistically. But since this is a book, you don't have to! And don't, 'cause otherwise you'll start feeling like Galen's a chauvinistic stalker.
Galen's pretty annoying sometimes, if you don't like that "I'm-man-and-tell-what-you-can-do"- stuff. IRL, I don't, and have had quite a few battles with hubby about that subject (yeah, he's wise enough and doesn't tell me what to do..), since I'm maybe even overly sensitive about it. But I'm an escapist and everything's possible in books. I just get some guilty pleasure about that kind of male characters. Maybe he did went little overboard in occasions, like attacking other guys when you're jealouse, but I still didn't hate him ;)
Emma's a quite odd character, maybe? I don't really know how to describe her! She's suppose to be this sweet and cute and shy little girl, but it's pretty hard to picture her that way! Because she does act sometimes quite.. umh.. b*tchy. And she attacked Galen's sister! That was the WTH- moment of the book. But I do like when she's teasing Galen!
Then there's the whole "I-like-you-but-you-have-to-marry-my-brother-for-the-greater-good"- thing.. I do like how it was an obstacle on Emma's and Galens' way, but.. it was pretty extreme! I would've been okay with some smaller obstacle, like a lovetriangle. It sort of was, yes, but I can't really appreciate it, when there's no feelings involved.
It may sound like I hated this book, but I actually enjoyed it a lot, believe it or not! Because somehow the things I just complained about are also the things I enjoyed. Not the beatings, but the whole idea behind it. The jealousy, deception, heartache.. You know, my usual guilty pleasures ;)
If there hadn't been violence, this probably would have received at least four and a half cupcakes! But it was pretty great as it was, and definitely a mermaid story worth reading!
Huge thanks to NetGalley and Feiwel & Friends for providing a reviewcopy!
May contain some spoilers Big girl don't cry.. they get even.
How amazing is that?! I dreamed about something like that even when I was a little girl! Seriously, who doesn't dream about getting your sweet, sweet revenge? So this definitely was a book I wanted to read!
Three girls, Kat, Lillia and Mary, feel they've been treated wrong. But thanks to Kat's great idea, they decide to get even. And that's why I just love Kat! She drinks and smokes and is pretty much considered white trash. She has a big mouth and has some huge problems with the popular kids, but she has a heart in the right place. Her mother has passed away, so it's just her brother and father, so no wonder she acts like one of the guys! All I wish for her is to be happy. And no surprize, I wish things would work out with her and the guy she was hooking up with, no matter how complicated things are.
Lillia.. meh. Just a bit. She's a princess everyone loves and her life is filled with unicorns and puppies. Okay, not really, but her main problem is a bad best friend.
And then there's Mary. Everything else, even Lillia, fits the book perfectly. Together they create a great story about revenge. That idea I loved. But then Mary came along and.. I'm convinced she must be crazy, because there's no other way she fits the story. That's why I couldn't give this 4 cupcakes, like I originally thought. It's as if one author wrote everything else, and the second one wrote things about Mary. She just doesn't fit. Especially, since there's the whole paranormal thing going on. That's the main reason why I think she's just plain crazy. She definitely had some mental issues in the past, so I think that's the best, and only, explanation.
My thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing a copy for review!
May contain some spoilers Obviously, I got excited with Divergent (read the review here) so I couldn't wait to get my hands on Insurgent! *grin* And I'm happy to tell I wasn't disappointed!
Insurgent continues where Divergent left. Tris is somewhat on the run and everything is in chaos. And you would think that since we know who the bad guy is, it's gonna be an easy ride. Well, not exactly.. And you would think it's obvious who's the friend and who's the foe, but again, no! Tris and pals will be travelling alot and thanks to that, we'll get to meet people from Amity, Candor, Erudite and Factionless.
At one point, I liked this more than Divergent. I especially liked the part where Tris is held as a captive. Call me sadist if you like, I just really liked that part for some reason! But then I was getting pretty annoyed because of the fighting (by Tris and Four). Believe me, I love good fights, especially when there's a third wheel involved (and when I'm not doing the fighting), but they were fighting over nothing! Over and over again! It just wasn't that believable. There was some sweet moments that I liked, but those were pretty shortly described, which was a shame, since I love the details.
Tris is her usual self, and she just isn't my favorite person. She makes some pretty extreme choices and you're just like.. what the hell are you doing?? I do like her little better after reading Insurgent, but she still seems quite, you know, emotionless and cold. I'd like to see her as a damsel in distress more often. Luckily, we get to see some of that in Insurgent. And Peter is involved! I'm really starting to like that asshat! And now I just hope we'll get a lovetriangle which Peter is part of!! Call me crazy.
Many people told me Insurgent has more action than Divergent, and they were right. And I was convinced that I'll hate Insurgent because of that. But I was proven wrong; Divergent did have action, but that was mostly just Dauntles acting crazy. But in Divergent all the action is for a cause. And apparently I like that kind of action, just didn't realize it before. Oh, the things you learn about yourself when reading! Beside action, book is also filled with lies and betrayal. And it ends with a huge cliffhanger, which why you just have to read the third book! Despite my doubts, I really enjoyed this book and can recommend it to everyone who's not afraid of some action!
First I have to introduce Mind Games' UK cover, though I'm sure this is no news to anyone.
I really can't say which cover and title I like more, cause they're just so different and both suitable on their own way.
I didn't really know what to expect from this book when I first heard about it, except of course some sort of epic awesomeness, thanks to author. We have two narratives, Fia and Annie. They're sisters, but that's probably all they have in common. Annie is blind, but sometimes she has visions. But due to her blindness she's also pretty helpless and that makes her an easy prey. And that's the best way to control Fia; threaten Annie. Since Fia has the flawless instincts, she makes a great assassin (hint, the UK name!).
I wasn't a huge fan of Annie. She's blind, but sometimes I got the feeling she really is using her sister. Fia wouldn't have gone to that school if it wasn't for Annie. Fia wouldn't be used, if it wasn't for Annie. And it takes Annie years to realise this. I just feel she uses her sister sometimes too. But Fia.. I have a total girl crush! And I haven't have one of those in a long time. She's absolutely kickass yet.. she's in her breaking point. She just wants out, but there really isn't way. Until she comes up with a hopefully awesome plan. There's also some romantic action; the whole story starts when Fia doesn't kill Adam, and she hopes there could be something there, but there probably won't be. And then there's James, who is presented as a villain, but Fia actually really cares about him, even when she knows she shouldn't. And in the end, we might have been wrong about him all along.
Why I chose this to be the first review of this year is because this was one of my most anticipated books coming out in 2013, and I was so happy when I got to read this in 2012! I absolutely loved Kiersten's Paranormal series (and absolutely adored Evie), and couldn't wait to read more from her. But I must say I was completely taken by surprise when I realised how different Mind Games was from Paranormalcy! Paranormalcy was mostly just absolutely hilarious, so of course I was expecting more of that. But Mind Games.. it's nothing like Paranormalcy. It's dark and sad and even awful sometimes, yet it's amazing. Kiersten has her unique style of writing which captures you from the first page and keeps you glued to the book until you're finished. And then lefts you wishing you already had the second book. And the cliffhanger really doesn't help with that.
May contain some spoilers I inhaled this book, meaning my every waking moment was spent reading this,My rating: 4/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers I inhaled this book, meaning my every waking moment was spent reading this, it was just impossible to put down! That probably should mean I absolutely love this book etc., but unfortunately no, in the end, I didn't love this, I was just pretty pissed.
Okay, I liked Becca, had strong feelings toward Chris and absolutely loved Hunter, so what could possibly go wrong? Well, like I said, I loved Hunter and definitely wished Becca would end up with him. And I was like "yeah, at least the second book is coming out soon, so I can read more about Becca etc.!", and when I started to check out the blurb.. I notice it's not about them. I'm beyong loyal when it comes to main characters, I want to stick with them, I can't read about some other dudes! I WANT HUNTER! What I don't want to read is three, SORRY, EIGHT!! other books just to see how the author is pimping the other brothers!
That's why I won't be reading the other book, no matter how good the first was. Ignore my cupcakes, they're just making fun of me now! (my 4 cupcakes say "gotta get some more". Not right now)
May contain some spoilers Earlier I read Veronica's Something Witchy This Way Comes and A Bite's TaleMy rating: 3/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Earlier I read Veronica's Something Witchy This Way Comes and A Bite's Tale: A Furry Fable and since this is my third book from her, guess you could say I'm officially a fan!
Like with her other books, Veronica manages to write some effortless dialogues, and guess you could say that really is her specialty. The story is full of action and full of romance (though no dirty scenes, so younger audience can read this too) and it just keeps you hooked.
Since this is a novella, it is quite short. That was probably the reason why I occasionally felt like things were moving too fast and there was just a little too much action. I'm the biggest fan of an emotional rollercoaster, but because of the length, there had to be emotions flying around nonstop. So I wouldn't have mind if there hadn't been that many up and downs so fast, but it still didn't stop me from reading, and enjoying, this! It took me two hours and I was finished, since I couldn't stop reading!
Shelby and Logan were enjoyable and interesting characters, even though Logan was quite The Hunk and occasionally liked himself a little too much ;) And Shelby's so called BFF just bugged me soooo much, I just wanted to kick her butt! Though, of course, things might have gone differently if she hadn't been forcing these two together, but still. She was just kind of annoying.
The romance was so sweet and cute, and there really wasn't anything besides kissing, so even though this isn't exactly YA book, things stay decent.
Overall, this really was a fun and cute read! Maybe just a little too quick, since in the end you just wanted more to read! Give it a go, you won't be disappointed!
Again, my thanks to Veronica, you didn't let me down! :)
May contain some spoilers In the beginning, I had some trouble with getting in to the story. Violet iMy rating: 4/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers In the beginning, I had some trouble with getting in to the story. Violet is suddenly working for the FBI nonstop, so goodbye familiar scenes and familiar faces! It was actually pretty odd! She barely went to school, almost never talked to her friends and barely ever saw Jay! Suddenly she's living someone else's life, and I just couldn't understand it. Or couldn't understand how her parents would allow that. They did get pretty pissed off like twice, but still. They hardly saw their daughter anymore!
Okay, so that really bugged me, if you didn't get it already. And opposite to everyone else, what DIDN'T bother me.. RAFE. I am going to be so happy if something (more) happens between those two! I know, I know, I'm one sick b*stard and lightning should strike me, but what can you do.
I still wasn't overly excited about the FBI involvement, and I'm sorry to say this: TOLD YOU SO. And what do I mean by that? Well, I was convinced there was something fishy going on, and the end of this book proves I WAS RIGHT. And not happy about it.
Overall, I eventually managed to get into the story and started liking this, but something was still little off. That's why I wasn't able to enjoy this as much as I did the first two books. I blame the FBI.