I CAN'T… I JUST CAN'T… THE AWESOMENESS IS OVERWHELMING!
The tears of joy won't stop!
Infinite takes place (view spoiler)[right after Ana gets th...moreI CAN'T… I JUST CAN'T… THE AWESOMENESS IS OVERWHELMING!
The tears of joy won't stop!
Infinite takes place (view spoiler)[right after Ana gets the exile sentence (hide spoiler)] so there's no gap. Long story short Ana wants to stop Janan from descending because shit will go down if he does. What type of shit you ask? I can't tell you 'cause it's a spoiler. Just know that it will get BAD if he descends. Ana and her friends go out of Heart to find allies and creates a plan. By "creates a plan" I mean she literally guesses and has no idea what she's doing BUT it works so whatevs.
"-We are your army.-" - pg. 131 in ARC
Hey, if it works it works! I wouldn't have a better plan.
Let's start with Ana
Ana is still living with the prejudice of being a "new soul" (sadly) and takes it upon herself to save the babies who are currently new souls. She hasn't stopped her insecurities and it hurts her through out the book. She's easily breakable and it's difficult to read about it… my heart goes out to her.
Here gurl. Take my heart, it's bleeding for you.
Ana is brave, a leader, smart yet kind of dumb (view spoiler)[I mean going after dragons? GIRL YOU CRAY CRAY (hide spoiler)] - but then again being a leader is about taking risks for your team no matter how dumb it is. If your heart says it's the right thing to do then DO it. Through out the whole book I was cheering for her, she's such a likable character.
The steam, his touch, his kiss: they made me light-headed and giddy, in spite of everything that had happened not an hour ago. Safe in his arms, with only the sound of the shower running, I could forget about the outside world and the rest of our problems." - Ana, pg. 13 in ARC
Moving on to Sam
Oh Sam, how I love you. You're so calm, collective, smart, brave, sympathetic, empathetic, patient, cute, and can play the piano like a mad man. Be mine?
In this book Sam has many obstacles he has to face that he's never done before. He used to live a safe harmless life and now that world is being turned upside-down. Even though his character should already be developed (he's 5k years old, how much more growing can someone do?) you see him change into a different person. Not knowing what the future holds can be a scary thing - especially if you've had a constant routine for 5k years - so reading about Sam and his friends going through emotions they've never done before was surreal.
"Even when we think something's an unwise idea, that doesn't mean we've stopped believing in you. I will never stop believing in you. What I said about believing you can do anything, be anything - I still think that. I still admire that you don't let others' limitations stop you. I love that about you. I love you." - Sam, pg. 241 in ARC
The reason why I almost tackled the person who had this ARC is because the plot was just SO original. It has everything I want in a book: dragons, new creatures I've never heard of, romance, adventure, no love triangle (thank the LORD), characters I can relate with, exciting plot… the list goes on and on. Nothing felt slow, the writing was fantastic (nice editor Jodi *thumbs up*), there were twists and turns - some I DIDN'T LIKE 'CAUSE IT MADE ME TEAR UP!
You know it's a good story when you feel like crying for a character.
I was engaged the whole book. All around I give this a 5/5 stars and I can't wait to see what other books Jodi has up her sleeves. I want to thank the person who gave me this ARC… it's the best holiday present EVERZ. And now, I leave you with one of my favorite scenes:
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Oh my dear girl where do I begin? She's just a flat cha...moreLong story short: I skimmed like half this book.
Now onto the long story!
Let's start with Jenny:
Oh my dear girl where do I begin? She's just a flat character to me. I never felt like I could relate to her, the relationships she has made me feel a tad awkward, and she was just boring. Why did the relationships feel awkward, Rachel? Good question random person! The insta-love with Nikolai I can kind of understand since they're "soul mates" and destined to be with each other for the rest of their life times. Still, she trusts Nikolai so easily and she's in love with him knowing only a few dream scenes.
Through out the book I had a huge feeling there was going to be a love triangle with Ben. I was like "here we go… come on. Hit me with your best shot." but it NEVER came which made me happy. Sure, there was jealousy but no "who do I love?" on every page. All around she's just another boring, flat, emotionalist character.
On to Nikolai:
Lemme just say that Nikolai is a kick ass name. When I first saw it I was like "yes, this is an acceptable name for my future son". Sadly he fell felt for me too. I don't know much about him the whole book except that he has undying love for Jenny. He's always like "I'm going to be there for you! JUST WAIT FOR ME WOMAN!" (not in those words but kind of close) and I'm just sitting at my computer - I read eBooks on my desktop - wondering if there's going to be any depth to him. At least give me his favorite color, Amanda Gray. Is it blue? I'm guessing blue.
Just like Jenny I felt nothing for Nikolai… except the reaction to the name. It's a REALLY good name.
Moving on to Ben:
Ben is the most likable character for me. He's pretty much an ass hole but warms up when we realize he doesn't have friends. I felt very sad for his circumstance and I want to give him a hug! I get a better understanding of who he is than any other character in the book.
The plot moved at a slow pace so I skimmed and skipped pages that were lacking in dialog. I liked the overall plot of the story, it just needed to be written better. At some points I rolled my eyes thinking "Mkay, let's move on now" - which was mostly the whole "I haven't even known you a whole day and am madly in love!" parts.
Plot: 2/5 Character development: 1/5 Mystery: 4/5 Romance: 3/5 (less)
Note: I read 50% of this book. The reason why I didn't finish it was because it's not something my watchers on my YouTube channel would want to see, n...moreNote: I read 50% of this book. The reason why I didn't finish it was because it's not something my watchers on my YouTube channel would want to see, not because I didn't like it! (copy given to me by NetGalley)
Loved how Watts portrayed Robyn! The art in between chapters were a little… revealing. When I saw the first pictures I was like "aw, she's so beauit- HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THOSE TITS!" I'm not a graphic novel expert, but I know those types of drawings are normal. Robyn having one eye that glows was awesome.
Look at dem titties. I SAID LOOK AT THEM DAMMIT!
I didn't get to know Robyn very well in this book but from what I saw she was really kick ass and that's what I admire in characters. She had a hard past and doesn't let that get her down. It's admirable seeing her fight with Will. Speaking of Will, if he were real I'd think he'd be hot. I mean, did you see those chiseled features? Dayum. Even though I only read half I still felt really bad for the characters. That doesn't happen with me; it usually takes a lot more time to be empathetic (I'm a heartless bastard, what can I say?). Robyn is someone you want to hug.
When reading reviews on Goodreads I saw a comment about how Robyn holds the bow. I agree that it's not the correct way, so maybe the author needs to do some more research. It's a fun light read and something you'll enjoy if you're into Robin Hood stories. I recommend this book for older teens to adults since the drawings are, once again, very revealing.
First off, I got through half the book before I put it down, so this review is based off 160 pages of the NetGalley eBook ARC.
Let's start with Jacey:
J...moreFirst off, I got through half the book before I put it down, so this review is based off 160 pages of the NetGalley eBook ARC.
Let's start with Jacey:
Jacey is needy, whiney, Cole wants us to think she stands tall but she doesn't, and is just like every other girl Dominic is so tired of. She has a hard past with a boyfriend and I totally get how she's "messed up", but it's executed so poorly that I didn't feel anything for her. Dominic treats her like complete crap through out the book and she's attracted to that? She wants more of the abuse he gives her? The only thing that's keeping her interest is Dominic's drop dead looks. If he looked like George from Seinfeld it would be a completely different story.
In honestly it just felt flat. Nothing screamed "this young woman can make it". I could not relate to her actions… I mean, getting tied up then the guy leaving and she thinks it's a fun game? Again, I haven't read the whole book but let me guess what happens: She falls for him, Dominic leaves her (because he warned her what would happen if there's love involved), she cries, they make up, the end.
Now the deep and dark character Dominic:
Again, we get that Dominic has a dark past like Jacey, but he acts out more than her. He's an abusive person who doesn't care about anyone but himself the whole time. I could never get a good grip on why he does the things he did, and I got really bored with guessing. My thoughts where "just tell me what happened to Emma already!"
He also fell flat for me. Nothing Dominic did or said won me over. I'm the type of girl who will ogle a really hot guy, but if he does what Dominic does I'd run the other direction. Am I a feminist? No. I just think guys needs to see the worth of their sexual partners.
I understand this is a New Adult romance, but my GOD there were so many f-bombs it felt like I was drowning in it. Every page had a swear word on it… I'm not going to lie to you: I totally swear all the time. But not like Cole does; in my opinion it was just too much. There were sentences where I felt the swearing was a tad forced. Like "shit" really didn't need to be in that sentence but it was because the book is New Adult.
This isn't just Cole. Many newer New Adult authors are having this problem. It's a big turn off… if I wanted to experience so many crude words in the same paragraph I'd turn on the T.V. show Jerry Springer. The plot moved at a really slow pace; that's why I couldn't finish it. If this was a quick novella it would be better, but there was too much angst without explanation. (less)
This dystopian-type book is about three friends Em (aka Marina), James, and Finn. James is a genius and figures out a way to create a time mac...moreThe plot
This dystopian-type book is about three friends Em (aka Marina), James, and Finn. James is a genius and figures out a way to create a time machine. He basically turns into an evil psychopath and tortures Em and Finn for something Em stole. Em finds a way to escape with Finn and jumps into the past to kill James in order for the dystopian future world to be moot.
Let's start with Em & Marina
The point of views are of Marina (known as Em in the future) as a 16 year old and 20 year old. Marina is desperately in love with James. They're childhood friends and she'll go to the depths of the earth to follow him. She's very weak minded and unsure of herself; it's stated by Em that Marina doesn't like who she is at that point in her life. Em on the other hand is strong-willed and cold. She was on the run from James and in that time lost her playfulness, youth, and innocents. It was very hard to read about how and why she became a disturbed adult. When Em is out of her cell and on the run with Finn it's her goal to kill younger James in order to stop the horrible future.
James (aka Doctor) - Marina's love interest
James is a very awkward individual. He has feelings for Marina but we don't really understand what kind. His big brother, who raised him, gets killed in the middle of a crowd and we see James turn into a confused boy, which eventually will turn into the Doctor. The Doctor is a nickname Em gives James when he starts torturing her for information. I really wanted to hate James for all of the stuff he did to Em, but when you take a look at younger James you can see his innocents. I'm on the fence about him. Sometimes I really loved him, and when he turns into the Doctor you just want to squeeze his guts out. *grunts*
Finn - Em's love interest
Once James goes rouge Finn and Em are hunted. Both of them flee together and a relationship starts to grow. I really liked Finn because of his background. He's very poor - Marina and James are a part of politician houses so they're rich - and tries to make the best of things. He gets as wounded as Em and that brings both of them closer.
Everything moved at a really fast pace; this is the type of book I like. It was hard for me to grasp that Em was Marina since it wasn't explained, but it would have been nice to know which is why I put it in this review. In this type of book I would think the romance would be forced, but it flowed very nicely. If you were to say "which team are you on?" I'd say Finn because he's the jokester and carefree type. James is uptight and doesn't really know how to act around people. Terrill was very good at writing both past and future together so it wasn't confusing or too much. Once Em is reunited with James it's easy to see the love she had for him; it can never be lost. I loved this book and recommend it!(less)
Alyssa has her mother back but is having a difficult time with her overprotectiveness. She starts drawing dark paintings without meaning to an...moreThe plot
Alyssa has her mother back but is having a difficult time with her overprotectiveness. She starts drawing dark paintings without meaning to and hides them from her family and friends. Jeb is obsessed with getting money to move to London. She feels a tad left out but loves him and knows he'll always be there for her. Alyssa meets up with Morpheus and finds out (view spoiler)[Red has gone missing to the real world (hide spoiler)]. He takes up a body that's not his in order to help Alyssa fight for her world.
Let's start with Alyssa
After fighting in Wonderland the world has left it's mark on her. She wants to be there but denies it because it will mean she's going "mad". The creepiness hasn't left in this book. It's a tad scary in some moments but still interesting to see how Wonderland is flowing with our world. Alyssa is stronger now but still has insecurities about herself. Jeb - who still has lost memories - fights for Alyssa and wants the best for her. Morpheus is pulling himself closer to her and it's harder and harder for her to resist him even though there's a definite attraction.
Jeb - Alyssa's boyfriend
Jeb wants to get money so he can go to London with Alyssa. Sadly he's pushing her away (unknowingly) in order for him to gain that money. We don't really know what's going on with him through out most of the book. You can tell he loves Alyssa with all of his heart and she returns the emotion, but the distance is putting a strain on their relationship. When things get tough Jeb once again pulls through and does what he can for Alyssa. He's still the rock she leans on when she believes she has no one else, and it's so touching to see them together. It's hard for Alyssa to act normal around him since (view spoiler)[he lost his memory (hide spoiler)] but she pulls through. Tension gets high when Morpheus comes into the plot again but he holds in own.
I understand people are like "BOOO JEB DISSED ALYSSA" but lemme tell you something: He figures it out his mistake pretty quickly. What does Morpheus do? Lie and manipulate her over and over to get his way. (Team Jeb all the way!)
Morpheus - Alyssa's second love interest
Oh Morpheus… do I hate you or like you? I don't know. On one hand he's still a liar, thief, manipulator, aloof, and all around someone I wouldn't want to be around. On the other hand he's kind (when he wants to be), let's her be her own person (when she's about to die), and… okay. I guess I really just don't like him. He adds to the plot and I like him in the story, just not for Alyssa. Morpheus's heart is in the wrong place… I can see from his point of view how it's different for him, but it's still misguided. All around he's a tad pain in the ass when it comes to Jeb and Alyssa, but fun to read about because he mixes the plot up. Without Morpheus the book would be boring. The madness is what makes Splintered/Unhinged a really great book. I'm not into his characteristics but my heart has a soft spot towards him nonetheless.
This isn't as fast pace as Splintered. Everything was explained in the first book so you get the gist of the rules in this plot. (technically there aren't rules in Wonderland, but you know what's going on). The mystery aspect was written very well. I never knew what was going to happen next. Some parts of the book were slow but they picked up quickly. All of the characters clicked very well, at first I felt this love triangle was forced, but now it flows better. The ending was great! It leaves you with a "WHY IS IT ENDING?" response and that always makes me giddy. I give this book 5/5 stars and can't wait to read Ensnared (out in 2015).
The books starts with Alyssa ignoring the talking bugs. You heard me: bugs. They talk to her and she thinks she's going crazy like her mother...moreThe plot
The books starts with Alyssa ignoring the talking bugs. You heard me: bugs. They talk to her and she thinks she's going crazy like her mother who's in an insane asylum. She realizes her mother is acting insane in order to protect her and stumbles into wonderland to save her. Jeb - her next door neighbor and crush - ends up going with her. They meet characters in the original Wonderland story but with a dark twist. It's literally madness and mayhem all over the world. She teams up with Morpheus who was her childhood friend to save her mother.
Let's start with Alyssa
What I love about Alyssa is how strong she is. Her childhood is a bit of a blur but she holds on to her sanity and follows her heart. She's scared in Wonderland (who wouldn't be? I mean, it's seriously a dark place) but Jeb keeps her in a reality check. At first, she's confused about everything and unsure of herself. After a while she grows into what she was born to do - save Wonderland - and you see the transformation in her. It's always fun to see characters change through out the book! When she meets Morpheus the love interest flips and she's confused about who her heart belongs to.
Jeb - Alyssa's neighbor and love interest
Jeb is very strong and reliable. Through out the book you can see how much he cares for Alyssa; it's adorable! He's the rock Alyssa leans on when she's in trouble emotionally and physically. Some people who are on team Morpheus say that Jeb is too overprotective and controlling. I don't believe this… Alyssa is strong enough to be on her own, Jeb is there to help her. He can get bossy sometimes but it's not insanely pushy and it's for Alyssa's own good. Jeb has a kind heart and he's perfect for her!
He had a hard childhood; his father was very abusive to him. It's heartbreaking what he had to go through, but Alyssa was there to keep him company. They have a lot of history together and it's nice to see a relationship like that. (TEAM JEB <3)
Morpheus - Member of Wonderland and Alyssa's other love interest
Morpheus is a fun character to read about. He always has ulterior motives and you never know what going on in his head. You can't trust him; he's a willy one. Alyssa also grew up with Morpheus but didn't realize it until she saw him. She was visiting him in her dreams and they talked about Wonderland. I'm sitting here trying to think what to say about him but it's hard since he's so complex. Like Jeb he cares for Alyssa greatly, it's harder to see it because he's so aloof. I believe Alyssa is only attracted to him because he's a part of the madness and mayhem and she's getting addicted to that (and doesn't like that part about herself). It's hard… he does care for her but he's also selfish and vain. I can't get a good grip on him.
My GOD the world building was amazing! Wonderland is, again, very dark and twisted. Characters are kind of freaky looking and I know if I stumbled in Wonderland I'd RUN AWAY because it's like nightmares! The characters were written with passion; my feelings towards them were deep. All the emotions going through Alyssa's head and her actions where well thought out. I never felt like she was stupid for making a decision. The book cover represents the plot very well. Splintered is definitely one of my favorite books this year! PICK IT UP!