May contain some spoilers Probably the best day of this year so far was when I received ARC of Unravel Me! Of course I wanted to read it right away, and was glued to the book until the last page and I had to throw the book to the wall because it ended and needed to be punished for that. Okay, I know I should probably hug awesome books, but.. it's always so sad when a great book ends!
Back to the business! Remember how Shatter Me ended? Juliette and Adam finally got to safehaven underground and finally everything's gonna be alright! Juliette seems even happy! But nono, that can't go on. Juliette doesn't fit in, since nowadays everyone knows her secrets and about her abilities. So even though she's among "her people", they're acting like "normal" people and think Juliette's too dangerous, surprise. So there's only Adam for Juliette, but there's these insane rules about girls and boys living apart and then things get complicated and everything isn't so happyhappyjoyjoy. And eventually Warner shows up again!
Juliette is moody, wallowing, just throwing the pity party, and I'm loving it! She's throwing some crazy temper tantrums, too, and man.. Is there something wrong with me, because I think her temper tantrums are just awesome and would love to see them more? Probably.
The situation with Adam and Warner is also kinda crazy. In the first book it was pretty obvious who Juliette was going to end up with, but now.. I'm so confused!! I am just so in love with the psycho-Warner, and just want to see him happy! And I want to kick Juliette's butt for not choosing Warner right this second! And no, I don't think they should be together so Juliette could change him, but they should be together because Warner isn't trying to change Juliette. Like in Bridget Jones, he likes her just the way she is. Yup, been thinking about this!
I haven't read Destroy Me yet *gasp*, so Warner's father was a completely new character to me. Definitely not a fan, and if you happened to notice my GR update I made while reading this, you know I was very, very happy when he got shot. To both legs. I'm not sadistic or anything, but some people just deserve it. Warner's father also brings a little twist to the story, and when it was revealed, I was all "Of course!, why didn't I see that coming, that was like so obvious!", but still was a great twist.
What I didn't like? There wasn't much really. At some point I just got the feeling Juliette should do something else than just mope, but then again I sometimes wished she would mope even more, so what do I know! I just wish things worked out better for Warner, and I don't always appreciate how Juliette treats him. Warner rocks, so.. please don't hurt him! And sorry, I know this is going to be long, but.. I can't help myself!!
There was so many sweet moments with this book, but the absolute heaven for me was pages 392-405. I would love to quote all those pages, but I guess I should stick with something smaller. At least I try to keep it small.. ish.
Did you already notice there isn't any names mentioned? If you're curious, and just dying to know who is "he", click the next image. It's a spoiler, so.. Be careful! This also was a scene that made me hate Juliette for a while.
I so want to spoil this whole thing, but aaargh!, I can't! There was so many great mind blowing scenes, and I just want to spoil it all. Oh the agony.
Lately I’ve been thinking about “normal” and how there’s this fine line between being an average, ordMy rating: 4/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
Lately I’ve been thinking about “normal” and how there’s this fine line between being an average, ordinary person and being completely out-of-your-mind crazy.
“Normal” is all about perception. I mean, isn’t “normal” what the majority of people do? So what if suddenly ninety-nine people out of a hundred decide to walk their iguanas down the street while wearing a tutu? Wouldn’t the one guy who didn’t own an iguana and wear a tutu be the freak?
And isn’t it the ones who seem normal on the outside who, in actuality, know where the bodies are buried in the backyard or are secretly in love with their toaster?
After reading that I knew this was going to be my kind of book! Which was great, since I was on page 2. Totally have to agree with Stacy, especially with the part about those who seem normal. Yeah, I've never been "normal", so even the name was appealing to me.
Stacy is fifteen and in high school. And surprise: high school sucks! Her best friend decides she's just not cool enough anymore, and dumbs her. She's in love with a guy who turns out to be a complete jerk. And her best friend, who happens to be a guy, has a crush on her, and that just.. can't be good. Oh, and Stacy's sister is acting up a little strange, like cutting off her sleeves and stuff. And her dad is dead. So yeah, it's pretty sucky.
After realising Stacy is only 15, I was little iffy, thanks to situation with Confessions of an Angry Girl (too much steamy scenes for a little child!). I was so relieved when I kept reading and noticed this didn't have so much steam, but was a story of a girl who doesn't mind keeping her pants on. Sure, there's romantic situations, but they are sweet and fitting to a girl her age.
Even though high school was a huge part of the story, it also revolved a lot around Stacy's sister Becca and her getting better. Stacy ends up spending a lot of time in the nuthouse. And of course there's a guy involved. A guy who happens to look like a pirate and is named Bobby. Man, I just fell in love with that guy! Of course I hoped things would go right for him and Stacy, and I was devastated after.. you know what. Bobby and Stacy just made me laugh and cry, and then I was crying really hard, and then there was some funny parts and I ended up snorting and sounded like a pig and started laughing harder while crying.. So, thanks for that, my husband already thought I'm not completely sane, definitely didn't lessen his suspicions ;)
This was the first book I read this year, and I'm so glad about it. It only took me a day to read this, since I just couldn't stop reading. I definitely recommend this if you're a fan of YA. And you can definitely try this even if you weren't!
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 This book continues where Under the Never Sky left. In the first book we saw Aria who had lived her whole life in Reverie and wouldn't have survive without help. Now both Perry and Aria have gone through huge changes; Aria was a scared little girl, but now an experienced hunter and traveler. Perry's new position as The Tides leader isn't what he thought, thanks to worsening Aether storms and harder living conditions. He tries his best but just can't seem to live up to his brother. The world is in near chaos and their only hope is to find Still Blue, where the sky really is still blue without any Aether storms.
If I remember correctly, this series is going to be a trilogy. And many times the second book is nothing but some "filling" and everyone just waits for the third book. But luckily this ended up being just as good as the first one! I loved the first book and I loved this just as much.
In the end, I had very little to complain about. Yeah, I know, that's rare! I actually had only two complaints: First was about how there wasn't really any recap in the beginning. It had been a while since I read the first book, so it was kind of hard to dive into the story when I had absolutely no idea what happened in the first book! Minor detail, but bugged me a little. The second problem was with the translation. I was reading Finnish edition and mostly it was perfectly translated and original. There was just two incidents, where the translator decided to use English words. One word was "ignore" and the second "stalk". Believe me, if everything else is perfect Finnish, it's pretty weird to stumble on some English words used as they are! I know Finnish is hard sometimes, especially when the perfect word doesn't exist. But I cried only little over this, so no harm done!
And now.. We'll just wait another year for another book. So the usual problem.
My thanks to Adlibris.com for providing the 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!
"..And since Rose is older in the next book, I suspect I won't be having that much trouble with the age issue then!"
So that's how I ended the first books review. How stupid of me, that was clearly a jinx. But more on that later, because the main thing is.. This definitely ends up being one of my this years favorite books, and is just as brilliant as the first one!
Things are pretty much the same with Rose, meaning everything is f'ed up and she's kind of angry. Not as angry as before, but somewhat. So she spends a lot of time in therapy with her mother, because why wouldn't that be fun? Her brother is just as absent as before and has some pretty dark secrets. Her best friends seem to have their own things and then there's Jamie Forta, who is even more of a mystery than before! I would be annoyed, too.
Rose manages to surprise my yet again. Even though she's angry and feels betrayed by everyone, she manages to make the best of it. Just like that she finds her true calling and starts to grow up (fast)! She doesn't let anyone else define her, but starts to trust herself and her good heart and.. she just amazes me, again. She's an inspiring main character and I just can't get enough of her! But this time, I wasn't really impressed with Jamie Forta. Or with any other character, really. They made me feel annoyed and basically the same feelings as Rose. And the feminist inside me was all hooray! when Rose finally realized Jamie Forta isn't the answer! Yay! (But why do I keep writing "Jamie Forta"? Can't I just use one name?! Guess he's just one of those guys..)
Then there's the one, and only, but. This is the reason why there's half a cupcake missing, and is the same reason I didn't completely fell in love with the first book. The age thing. I know, Rose is older and wiser, but, again, it's just too much. She's supposed to be 15. How many of you found their true calling at the age of fifteen? How many of you weren't an awkward blob most of the time? And here I'm waving my hand, because I remember what it was like to be fifteen. I was the most awkward girl on my class and just tried to fit in, and so did pretty much everyone else. We were just ridiculous and thinking back to those days just makes me want to cry most of the time. We were childish and so extremely ridiculous and yes, now I'm definitely crying. It was just.. horrible. Nothing like Rose's life, which really makes me envy her.
Huge thanks for the review copy, this was definitely a pleasure!
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!
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!
Another book that made me wonder: "WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG BEFORE I READ THIS!??!?!" Still wondering that, but the main point is, I read this and loved it. I know, there's the whiny MC with somewhat instalove and really weird lovetriangle, but.. Hey, heart wants what it wants!
Sooo... Juliette's been in the nuthouse (hey, another one!) for almost a year, until one day she gets a roommate! And it's a boy! And soon Juliette realises that she knows that boy and kind of feels betrayed, until it's revealed he's on her side. Now all they have to do is break free from her prison, where she's hold as a prisoner by Warner, a dude who has some mummy issues.
Yeah, there could've been so much for me to hate. Like some strike-throughs, lot of metaphors (okay, I didn't get them all!), weird lovetriangles etc., but when you combined those elements, they just worked. And what I mean by weird lovetriangle.. There's Adam, which is understandable, but then there's also Warner, who wants to own Juliette. I just find it disgusting yet so awesome. There isn't really anything romantic in their "relationship", it's actually revolting, but it really doesn't take any romance to have the hots. Seriously, you don't have to like each other, you can find each other awful and disgusting, but still can have the hots.
"Warner grips my hips and allows his hands to conquer my body. He tastes like peppermint, smells like gardenias. His arms are strong around me, his lips soft, almost sweet against my skin. There’s an electric charge between us I hadn’t anticipated."
My point exactly.
I also should've been bothered by the fact that nearly every guy around found Juliette attractive. But.. there isn't exactly that many girls around (like none), and probably even ugly girls start looking hot at some point. So I'm not sure she's actually that attractive ;D Yeah, she probably is, but.. Yeah. Aaaand Juliette is pretty insecure and miserable and blames herself for things not her fault, but what can you expect after miserable life where no one's ever been nice to you?? It would be rational to say "it's not my fault that stalker is doing that", but people many times act irrational, so, again, didn't bother me.
Now I just have to wait for the second book, hopefully I'll be getting it ASAP! Only like over a month to go.. *sigh.*
May contain some spoilers My expectations for this: the usual dystopian, something like Divergent.My rating: 4.5/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers My expectations for this: the usual dystopian, something like Divergent. I wasn't that excited, since even though I liked Divergent etc., I'm not the number one fan. So imagine my surprise when this turn out to be one of my favorites!
First of all I have to mention that what I read was a Finnish translation I borrowed from the library. And like so many time, I'm having trouble with writing about this, since first I have translate everything to English *le sigh*. And like so many times, I was convinced I was missing something because of the translation, especially in the beginning. Even the name of the book is translated oddly, since it's something like "under the buck naked sky" or something in Finnish translation. I usually have problems with the translations, BUT after reading a while, I was able to forget about the differences and enjoy the story itself. Now my disease ridden brain just have to write something about it..
I'M SORRY! But like I said, disease ridden brain. You can't expect quality with that.
Our main characters are two teenagers from two completely different worlds that life suddenly throws together. Everything starts when Aria tries to find out what's going on with her mother, who's disappeared. Things doesn't really go like planned, and her friends turn into maniacs. After these events she gets thrown out of the Reverie and that should mean certain death for her. Lucky for her, she survives and eventually joins forces with a Savage called Perry and they start a journey together. At first, they can hardly stand each other, but little by little they start to understand each other better and that turns into one of my favorite book romances!
At first I was pretty lost with the Aether storms and Smarteyes and people living completely in virtual worlds. Plus, like I've mentioned earlier, I hate when all people do in a book is travel! Yet I loved it. Weird, huh? My favorite part was probably the romance, since there's obstacles and they're complete opposites. What's not to love? And even though this is (I think?) a YA book, it's still completely suitable for adults too. Though of course I'm young and everything! This wasn't preachy and there was some action too, I'm always happy about that.
Overall, I'm so happy I read this! This ended up being one of my this year's favorites, and I absolutely can't wait to read the second book. And I probably should read the first book as an English edition. Even the Finnish edition blew my mind, I don't even want to know what the English edition does.
May contain some spoilers Can you believe this is the first book I've ever read from Julie Kagawa? IMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Can you believe this is the first book I've ever read from Julie Kagawa? I know I can't, I've meant to read Iron Fey series for ages, but as many readers know, there just isn't enough time! Well, I wasn't disappointed! Even though I was expecting lots and lots of romance, there actually wasn't that much. But thanks to good plot, it didn't bother me :)
In the beginning, Allie is just a scavenger, trying to survive in a world ruled by vampires. But after one unfortunate incident, she becomes a vampire herself. This obviously isn't easy for her, since she's hated vampires all her life and considers them monsters. And it doesn't get easier when she's forced to flee her city. But even though she considers herself a monster, she's doing everything she can to hold on to her humanity.
I really liked Allie as a character. She's stubborn and cute and she's a born leader. I just love how she doubts herself, but still does everything she can to live. She's a fighter, and I just love that! Though it was heartbreaking to see how she trusts people who aren't worth it.
I also liked Zeke and Kanin. Zeke is suppose to become a leader, but he's still not too tough or rude or anything like that. A little too nice, so nice that he'll just gets himself hurt. Like Allie often tells him. Kanin is a stoic mentor with awful past. A past he's tormented by, and can't move on. We'll probably see more of him in the next book (which will be next year, OMG, poor guy will be tortured for a whole year! *sob*), or let's just say hopefully.
Can you guess my least favorite character? If you guessed Stick, you're right! I just can't stand that kind of characters (or people!), who doesn't have any kind of backbone and who are willing to stab their best friend (who sacrificed themselves for that a$$!) in the back. That kind of people just suck so bad. I wish he'll face the most horrible kind of death. Nice, aren't I? :)
BTW, a fair warning: prepare yourself to some serious walking! I'm not kidding, this whole book is filled with walking. And I don't know what's my problem with walking, I just don't really like that kind of books. Maybe I'm just so freaking lazy, that I prefer reading books where MC just sits on her/his ass and thinks. How lazy can a person be?? Even though there was lots of walking, I didn't end up hating this book. Hooray for that! :) Because I just loved Allie, the katana swinging cutie, she just made my day! I can definitely recommend this to anyone looking for some serious ass kicking with some sweet romance! :)
My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for providing a review copy! :)
May contain some spoilers Quinn lives in a small town where everyone is somehow involved with the miliMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Quinn lives in a small town where everyone is somehow involved with the military. So when she presumably cheats the town hero, Carey, she's labeled as the town slut. Like her mother was! Things quiet down, until Carey goes missing. Nobody knows what happened to him. This starts a new wave of bullying and Quinn has no one to turn to. And time after time Quinn wants to come clean and share the secret she's keeping, but it's not hers to tell. Now all she can do is wait for Carey to show up.
I'm definitely not a military fan, almost the opposite, so I could've been fine without the military part in the story. Despite this fact, I was able to push my feelings aside and enjoy the story, thanks to fluent writing and believable characters. This book also deserves some extra brownie points for making me bawl like a baby more than once. Or more than five times.. Mostly in the scenes including George, the old guy. I loved the chemistry between him and Quinn, those scenes were very real and you could sense they really are family.
Quinn herself isn't always the most likeable character, mainly because she just doesn't speak up. She's been tortured for months, but she still won't say anything and she ends up miserable and alone. I get that she doesn't want to tell the truth to complete strangers, but hey, what about Blake? She wouldn't even have to tell the whole truth, but at least something! Things might have gone pretty differently.
There isn't much I didn't like in this book, mainly the military and things related to it. And I figured out Careys huge secret almost the moment I started reading this book. It's actually not anything huge. Though when you live in an isolated small town where everyone is somehow related to a small minded organization, it can feel huge. I was also pretty disappointed how the book ends, things were kind of left open, especially romantic kind of things.. And you know how that pisses me off.
But are any of these enough a reason to not to read this book? Definitely not. This was beautifully written story and I'm glad I read it. And now we'll just hope for a sequel.
Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for providing a review copy!
May contain some spoilers I know, it took me ages to write this review. But you know what? I've notMy rating: 4.5/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers I know, it took me ages to write this review. But you know what? I've noticed that if the book is really good, it's hard to write a review. Because I can't just make a list about the good things. Or I don't want to. But I'll try to write something that makes sense.
I think my first thought might have been "vampire and werewolf fighting over a girl, where I've heard that before?". If you thought of that, don't let that stop you from reading this book!
Seriously, you have to read this.
Especially if you love love triangles, steamy moments and heartache, this is the book for you!
Before this I read a book where was this whole "in-love-with-my-best-friend"- situation, and I just loved it! So I was glad when the book started with the same situation. But, then enters the mysteryman! And we'll get some huge twists and turns and you just want more! You just can't get enough. I'm always happy when you don't know what's going to happen next, and that's the main reasons why I fell in love with this book. Book starts with some what common settings, but prepare yourself for some surprises!
Also, prepare yourself for the sobbing. It was quite embarrassing, since I was visiting my father-in-law, and I tried to hide behind laptop and sob there in silence, otherwise it could've been quite awkward.. Especially since towards the end the sobbing just increased.
I also appreciated fluent writing and functional dialogues. Author also managed to describe characters' life outside dialogues, which was refreshing. For example, I think I've never met a character who lives in a trailer. Ander's life was also quite exceptional, and I was happy to see this part of him, even though this part especially will break your heart in the end. Anyway, this brought certain depth to the characters, and was a big part of character development. Again, job well done!
I was really surprised when I finished the book. I didn't expect that kind of outcome, especially since I didn't realize this was just the first book in the series! So after I was finished, I googled like crazy. And was so happy when I found out there will be another book! Seriously, nearly had heartattack. And why is there half of cupcake missing? Guess I feel little confused about the ending. Otherwise the writing felt really personal and intimate, but not so much in the ending. Luckily, it was only prief moment, but then the book was over and I still felt confused and nearly cried again. But now I'm just excited, I can't wait for the second book!
Now, get yourself a copy and prepare yourself for some heavy crying! And after finishing the book, cry some more, because this book leaves you craving for more! But the second book hasn't been published yet, so you'll just have to wait :)
May contain some spoilers As said, Kaylee's year has been really rough, since she's lost her best friMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers As said, Kaylee's year has been really rough, since she's lost her best friend in a car accident she feels responsible for. So her family packs their bags and moves to Florida. Into a creepy old house. Yay. Everything's still quite crappy, but then she meets Zeke. Who isn't exactly what he looks like. And after that, along comes Nick! They are absolute opposites, Zeke full of light and goodness, Nick the devilish bad boy. No surprise, we'll have some intriguing moments with lovetriangle and all the mysterious going around..
As said, Kaylee's year has been really rough, since she's lost her best friend in a car accident she feels responsible for. So her family packs their bags and moves to Florida. In a creepy old house. Yay. Everything's still quite crappy, but then she meets Zeke. Who isn't exactly what he looks like. And then along comes Nick! They are absolute opposites, Zeke full of light and goodness, Nick the devilish bad boy. No surprise, we'll have some intriguing moments with lovetriangle and all the mysteries going around!
First I was little confused, when the story mostly concentrated on horses. Basically nothing really happened before their move to Florida. But luckily things really starts going after that. Kaylee goes to new school, where she meets Zeke. Blond guy who looks like he just dropped down from heaven. Just *swoon*! He's full of light and goodness and you just have to love him! Which Kaylee does, nearly at first sight. I know, not a fan of "love-at-first-sight", but it didn't bother me. Probably because I fell in love with Zeke too ;)
But since their relationship doesn't really get forward, Kaylee gets tempted when a dark and handsome guy named Nick walks up to her door. Another swoon! He's the total opposite from Zeke. Just as Zeke is full of light and blond and stuff, Nick is full of darkness with dark appearance. He's all devil and physical and you just want to rip his clothes off.
Soon scary stuff starts happen. I mean scary. I had some trouble reading in occasions. Cause I'm such a wuss. After these events we'll find out the truth behind everything. Just a hint, there might be some angels and demons involved.. And we'll also find out what or who really is The Keeper!
I absolutely loved this book! After the slow beginning things really sped up and when Zeke and Nick came to the picture, I couldn't get my hands away from this book! I was quite happy with the ending, though there was some unfinished business. Which made me wonder.. When will the second book come out, or will there ever be one? Because I sure hope so!
Thank you so much Jessica for sharing your story! :) Hopefully we get to hear more about Kaylee!
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!
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 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.
I wasn't a big fan of the cover, so I wasn't that excited to start reading this book. I mean, there'sMy rating: 5/5 stars! Check my review here, too!
I wasn't a big fan of the cover, so I wasn't that excited to start reading this book. I mean, there's just some blond girl in a dress, with a barbie-arm, hanging in some hay. Yay.
Then I ran into this in library, and borrowed it, and I was surprised, when I noticed how good the book was! It was the same feeling I had when I first read Hex Hall #1. And the same thing happened, meaning I ordered book #1 and #2 right away! Now I'm just waiting for them to arrive..
It's really hard to start separating things I most liked in this book. I guess the best part was that the world in this book was unique, and haven't seen something exactly like that before! It's always so refreshing. And the humor. I'm sucker for it, as seen with the Hex Hall series.
Main character, Evie, was interesting and believable. She's working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, but she's still just a normal teenager, or at least that's what she thinks.. Well, anyway, I liked her! She's cute and want to do normal teenage stuff, like go to high school and have her own locker! And I could totally adopt her pink taser. Yeah, I have a lot of pink, so those pink things really weren't a problem for me, just made me like this book more!
I liked Lend's and Evie's relationship. It's cute. And apparently I like cute things..
Why I truly fell in love with this book was because of the plot. I didn't know what will happen in the end! That's the greatest part. I've read so many books that are basically all the same, there's no new thinking, no new kind of anything, so this was refreshing. It's rare to find really, really good books when there's so many books in the world! So I'm happy find this one, and can't wait for the second book!
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 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 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 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!