~Review: Wowy-Wow-Wow-Wow!!! Wow. I was recommended this book by a friend and because of the amount of trust IOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: Wowy-Wow-Wow-Wow!!! Wow. I was recommended this book by a friend and because of the amount of trust I have in his choices, I was all for starting it. No questions asked. So, I downloaded the book and began reading. As I began reading I found out that it was an alien-post-apocalyptic book. Only one problem...I am NOT a huge alien book fan. I don't know why but the subjects of aliens in YA just don't please me. I don't like them very often. I have read one series that was about aliens and even though I liked it I didn't particularly care for it. So after telling my friend that I don't like alien books he told me to shut up and read the book ;P He claimed it was good and again because of my trust in his likes I continued to read. Not only that but after looking at my goodreads friend's reviews I decided it might be worth it...the worst that could happen is I hated it right? Right.
So, the question is...did I end up hating it? Uhm..hell no I didn't! I am so glad I continued to read it. This is one of those rare books that have genius written all over it. Rick Yancey is just that...a genius. It is true without a doubt. His writing is superb. Now this is a well written book. The way he wrote every character is outstanding! I immediately fell in love with Cassie's POV and then Ethan's (even though we only got one chapter from him! Total and only disappointment I had with this book) and her brother's and then well...I better not mention the other one since it is kind of a spoiler. Anyways, point is is that Rick Yancey puts a whole new definition to the word "talented". I am pretty sure that if you look the word "talented", "genius", "creative", and "unique" Rick Yancey's name would be under each and everyone of those.
I don't even know how to explain his writing. It is something that you have to read for yourself. Its not crazy philosophical or lyrical or anything like that. It is probably so enjoyable because of how true it is. His writing is realistic. The way he thinks it all out. His characters especially. I am sorry but I have a hard time believing that if a post-apocalyptic event like the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, wave happened no 16 year old girl would go out into the streets without any fear, full combat skills, or all that mumbo-jumbo. Its cool to read about those stuff but it makes the story that much more fictional and as enjoyable as that is it doesn't quite hook you like a more realistic fictional story does. If that makes any sense at all. Cassie is just one teen girl looking to survive for herself, her father and her little brother. She has to make life risking decisions and choices that have ultimate consequences. She is scared and frightened and she keeps this journal where she documents everything that has happened and the war going on in her mind. It was beautiful!
I think Cassie was a hell of a lot more enjoyable than Katniss! She was snarky and funny. Cassie is brave and strong in ways Katniss can never be. Seriously, Katniss and The Hunger Games better watch out. Rick Yancey has one hell of a series that is going to put both to shame! Sorry. The truth that Mr. Yancey puts behind every character's actions was what hooked me the most. At the end of the book I was left wondering how my actions might be different and how I may or may not be able to survive if something like this were to happen. So in case you haven't gotten the hint yet, The 5th Wave has different POVS. While I love when authors do this I also hate it. Only for one reason though. Reason being, they end each POV at the worst possible moment and I am left wanting to skip the next POV so that I can finish the one I was just reading. It is a torturous method.
While there was some great action in this book, it wasn't action at every corner. That being said, when there was action I about died every time. There at the end my feels were feeling too many feels that I think I might have almost passed out from the amount of hyperventilating I was doing. No. Joke. And then by the end of the book...this was my reaction (according to my last Goodreads update):
"FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you can't end a book like that!!!!! where the he'll is Evan!!!!?? I want me some Evan!!!!! DAMN IT!!!! Please tell me the sequel is out tomorrow...next week...o wouldn't even mind a month..."
Ya, I pretty much through an emotional ride hissy fit. ;P What can I say!? Its the effects of reading this wondrous book! There were so many great things in this book you can't even count them individually. You just have to wrap them all up in a pretty bow and call them The 5th Wave. Yes, because the entire book was awesomesauce. So wait? What about the whole alien bit? It didn't faze me? Nope. It was a different kind of alien lore. It was different enough for me to realize it was aliens but not feel as if they were aliens. I know, doesn't make sense. Basically I was able to look over the whole alien bit and enjoy the book for everything it was. I actually really enjoyed the alien bit! Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave was an exception to my "hate alien books" rule.
I can seriously not complain about one thing in The 5th Wave. It was incredible! I ate this book like it was my favorite pizza! I completely devoured it. I can't wait any longer for book two. I seriously need it ASAP! The way it ended...was cruel. I can't see where Rick takes this series. I am a HUGE Rick Yancey fan everyone. He is a true genius and now a huge favorite of mine! If you are a fan of The Hunger Games then be prepared to have your socks blown off. I honestly think that everyone should go out and buy a copy so they can read the thrilling adventure that is The 5th Wave. This is one of those 2013 books you NEED. If you are looking around and need a book to read this should be your first choice. Once I could put my alien book hate I was hooked. I didn't want to put it down. There is a reason this book is on my "need in order to breathe" shelf. Its one of those rare books I am going to keep around for as long as I live. One that I will snuggle with at night. One that I will re-read till its worn and falling apart. One that will follow me everywhere I go. It is a part of my heart now and it always will be! THAT my friends is where my love of this book exceeds and the amount of amazeballs it is. ;D
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Wow wow WOW!!!!! She has done it! Trisha Wolfe has managed to blow my mind and both capture and break my heartOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
Wow wow WOW!!!!! She has done it! Trisha Wolfe has managed to blow my mind and both capture and break my heart. I fell in love with Trisha Wolfes writing and stories when I read her first book in this companionship, Destinys Fire. One of the best steam punk books I have ever read! I wasn't really sure where it was going when she offered me to join this event. It was mainly the cover that through me off. It was all Egyptian an I was confused. I had completely forgot the main important things from Destinys Fire!!!! I seriously need to reread it now.
Now even though I was confused at first it quickly explained the Kythan things I had forgotten and I was so hooked on Astartes Wrath I didn't want to put it down until I finished and I didn't. I happen to be a huge fan of the Egyptian times and Cleopatra. And even bigger a fan of Egyptian times DURING Cleopatras reign xD I can imagine how much research Wolfe had to do to finish this book. And may I just say that she did a flipping fantastic job!! She truly caught the time and culture perfectly. I am no history major of that time but everything she wrote gave enough to make you feel you were really there. She captured the Greek tragedy perfectly. Too perfectly might add *cries hysterically*
Astarte, Phoenix, Xarion....all the characters she created were wonderful. Even the bad guys. I really don't know how else to build this book up!! I'm at a loss of words for the amount of amazing Astartes Wrath contains! It was action packed. The first scene we open up to is a battle. There was tragedy interlaced to no end. There was romance like no other. Friendship. Loyalty. Betrayal. And it's the story of how it all started. I love this book to no end. Seriously I have no clue how else to express how great this book. From the characters to the writing to the plot to well everything. Every once of this book was wonderful. It had be heart broken to no end and full of joy at the same time. If you haven't read this series do so as soon as possible ok? Thank you so much Trisha for giving me a chance to read your genius!! ;D
This review was a part of the Astarte's Wrath Event hosted by the Tough Girl Legion!
~Review: I am going to start off by saying,..Don’t ever underestimate Trisha Wolfe. It will make you feel likeOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: I am going to start off by saying,..Don’t ever underestimate Trisha Wolfe. It will make you feel like a fool. Now, that being said, Trisha, I have never underestimated you. No. Not one bit. With every story of hers I am blown away. She has an incredible talent that I am glad she hasn’t let go to waste. I tend ti have the nasty habit of reading a books synopsis and then completely forgetting what it is about when I start it, jumping into a book without reading the synopsis, or skimming the synopsis and totally not understanding what the book is supposed to be about. I kind of like it though. I never do it on purpose but it always turns out for the better. Ok, well maybe not always but most of the time. Where am I going with this?
Yes, I skimmed the synopsis and had no clue what the heck I was getting into. All I knew was the author was Trisha Wolfe and the cover was really pretty xD Was it one of those books that turned out for the better because I didn’t read the synopsis? Well I wouldn’t say because of it but yes. It had positive results. I just find that I am pleasantly surprised when I do so. I did end up going back to Goodreads and reading the synopsis…but moral of the story: I am bad with synopsis’, Trisha Wolfe is amazing so I have full trust in her amazingness to not read the synopsis, Of Silver and Beasts has a pretty cover, and this book was really really good.
I don’t know how she does it but Trisha can take one of the most unusual plots and turn it into something magnificient. Seriously. Where did this book come from? Who would have thought of it? Not me that’s who! I can’t express how great this author is. Just how amazing her writing and stories are, so is she. Trisha is one of my most favorite authors. She is like a buddy-‘ol pall. ;D Knowing what a great person she is gives a positive feedback for her book. No, that does not mean this review is bias. I give credit to authors as authors and authors as people separately. I may love the author but dislike the book. I have sworn to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so don’t worry your little heads. ;D
One other thing Trisha has down pact is her tragedies. People, I can’t number the times her stories have ruined my swollen my heart with love and then completely deflated it because of her endings. She is one cruel mistress. The endings leave you wanting nothing but more and hanging on a thread because of the wait. Now, I feel as if I have been talking too much about my synopsis problems and Trisha’s book as a whole so I am going to get a bit more focused k? K.
Of Silver and Beasts is extremely unique. It kind of had that whole “Hunger Game” feel but…better. I liked how Trisha could take a huge world-wide plot and completely make it her own. So now that I have mentioned the Hunger Games, you may as well know that things get pretty intense, thrilling, action packed, and tragic. I felt pain for the characters that didn’t have any real part in the story. There is one part in particular that killed me. It was a pairing of blood (you will get that when you read it…hopefully). The reaction of the other killed. The devastation, anger and emotion that Trisha managed to get through was tragic. Tragic. That word will pop into your head a lot when you read it.
I can’t really say more for fear of too many spoilers but know this: Of Silver and Beasts is a spectacular book that seized my heart. I am highly anticipating book two. I think you all should read it! If you have never read anything by Mrs. Wolfe before might as well start now! The characters in this book were wonderful and I enjoyed reading from the protagonists point of view. She was a great heroine and the hero…DAMN! That boy is HOT ;D I love him to no end. Oh goodness….I can feel spoilers trying to pull themselves to the surface. I might as well go. Moral of this review: Read. Read. Read. Of Silver of Beasts and the author are amazing. There is no room for disappointment.
I was so pleasantly surprised with this book! I have been in a reading funk and I think it got me outOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
I was so pleasantly surprised with this book! I have been in a reading funk and I think it got me out of it. The writing was supurb, the story line was unique and intriguing and the characters were phenominal. I loved them all. Bad and good. I was with this book from the first page and stuck with it till the very last sentence...at 3:30 if I must add. ;D
I think one of the major things that made this book so unique was the meaning behind it. You could tell the author wanted to make a point. Faith. That was one major message twined in its pages. And it was not just faith in the almighty God. It was faith in yourself, your companions and faith in letting go and moving on. It actually opened my eyes a bit more. This series is inspiring.
Shannon is a wonderful writer! She has officially made me a huge fan of hers. Her story telling is amazing! I can't wait to find what happens in the next book. There is something about Dittemore's writing that just grabs you and keeps you turning the pages. I have no clue how many times I told myself "Just a few more pages. Ok just one more chapter." Obviously that didn't work out too well. It just kept getting better and better and the intensity rating shot through the roof not allowing me to put the book down. Her writing is smooth and effortless.
The characters in this book grow on you. I had a few problems with Brielle. Sometimes should just plain out annoyed me. She came off whiney at first but I grew to love her throughout the books. She had reasons to be sad and depressed. I couldn't imagine going through what she went through. When she finally opened up she was a great character. I LOVED Jake. When we first meet him in the beginning of Angel Eyes, he instantly gives off great charisma. He is humorous and lively. Like I said I loved him. #CrushListWorthy (I am starting that trend ok??) There are other characters throughout the story are all charismatic to a point. I couldn't help but love hating Damien. He was a really good bad guy (too many contradictions hah?) ;D
If you haven't started this series yet I recommend you do. You might find yourself just as happy as I was. I honestly didn't know what to expect when starting this. There aren't too many angel books trending now-a-days but each one is different in someway. There are SO many ways you can write a story with angels/demons/fallen angels. You never know what your going to get. What you get with this one is great! Go out and get your copy! I think its worth it! :D
****This review was a part of the Broken Wings Blog Tour with YA Bound Tours.****
~Review: So this is another one that I don't understand all the low ratings. I will admit that it starts off raOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: So this is another one that I don't understand all the low ratings. I will admit that it starts off rather slow and at times I was confused and had to re-read but once it got into its own rhythm I was enjoying it! It isn't anything paranormal or in today's age. It is set back in the early 1900s and when it was unladylike to go to the university. When the rich ruled and the poor worked for them in the household. Frills, parties, manners, marrying into class and all that was in style. Where you were born into the work and there was no way out. Despite all those bad parts of the days I love that time. It wasn't all bad. There is just something so elegant and proper that draws me into that time. And then of course we are in the outskirts of London throughout the book.
I loved the writing of Mrs Browning. Again at first it took some getting used to and getting INto but it worked. She seemed to catch each girls emotions and turmoils really well. You felt compassion, sorrow, anger and love for them all. More anger towards Rowena but well get to the characters in a bit. Browning did a fantastic job with capturing the year too. I felt as I was in 1913. The scenery was drawn vividly. The social turmoil was laid down and explained well. I really enjoyed it. Not only that but what she delivers isn't a happy ending. That may sound terrible but sometimes I like my books to have that stone cold truth.
The characters were also real and true and honest well....except for Rowena. I hated Rowena. She was fake and allowed herd to be pushed around. She wasn't honest. She wasn't real and she didn't stand up for what she thought was right. She annoyed the absolute shit out off and I hated her. She was worse than her aunt and uncle. Now the other two, Victoria and Prudence were awesome characters. Victoria was the most delicate in everyone's eyes but in actuality she was the most strong. She was the most true and right and honest. She was a lovely character and I absolutely adored her!! I really wanted her and her man to go into more romantic levels but they stayed friends and I ended up really liking that. It was right. Prudence was probably the most delicate. She was wounded easily because of her history. She was the daughter of a governess but because she grew up in the home of Mr Buxton she was sort of saved from her title. Me Buxton treated her as his own daughter instead of a governess' daughter. So when he died and they all moved to Mr. Buxton's bothered her whole life changed. She was a ladies maid to Rowena and Victoria. She was no longer an equal and it was a tough transition and she handled it well. She stayed strong and did what she was told.
I came to like Rowena when she was with her guy. That was the only time I truly liked her when I could accept her and enjoy her character. She honestly meant no harm she just fell under the influence of class and pleasing people. She was also in a tough place. Of course, Victoria being my favorite, I enjoyed her all the time. And I enjoyed Prudence most of the time as well. I liked Victoria and Rowena's cousins and their friends. They were nice side characters. Then of course I fell in love with all the love interests ;P
This wasn't just a tale of a tougher age and the struggles of three different girls, one more different than the others. It had a mystery to solve. Who WAS Prudence truly? Why was she disrespected so bad? It wasn't just because of her mother was a governess....there was a secret ran deeper than all was let on. Well written and a good tale of the past I really liked Summerset Abbey. I'm looking forward to the next book and anything else by Mrs Browning. Again, this book has a lot of negative reviews when I started and I was surprised. There were some positive ones but I wasn't expecting that many negative ones. Advice: don't listen. Try it out for yourself. People now are rating a hell of a lot better than they were before. I believe it has 4 stars on goodreads??
Now I think you should give it a try because you may just find you didn't read the right book to start off with and this one is. It may start a new trend in your book readings it may not. Bottom line...try it. I really liked it and can't agree with those negative reviews. Oh and you Downton Abbey fans...read!!!! It's good! If you like true endings...read. If you like older settings....read!!! People... Just read ;D
~Review: First...is this book really 447 pages?? Well, I guess that's one way to start off a positive review...Originally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: First...is this book really 447 pages?? Well, I guess that's one way to start off a positive review...This book flew by so fast I had no clue!! I completely submerged in this book not paying attention to the pages (or i this case, percentage finished). I just kept reading until I was done or needed to fangirl or vent on goodreads through status. Second...look at that fantabulous cover!! I don't care what anyone says or thinks...this cover has blown my mind. Its absolutely stunning and fits the story so wonderfully. I mean...I want to BE that cover just so I can be that pretty haha xD
Now, when I started this book I was really really excited! This is one I have had my eye on forever. When I got it on Netgalley I did a little jig ;D Then I started reading and BA-BAM!!! I was hit with the love-bug again haha So here I am enjoying this amazing book when I go to Goodreads and...and see negative reviews. *Mind blown* Seriously. I couldn't wrap my brain around the fact that ANYONE would dislike this book. I mean it was SOOOO good! I fell hard for this book. I was literally lost in its pages and it was agony to stop reading it and do what I was supposed to do.
I will admit that I did start to find Vanessa annoying towards the end. I was screaming at the book for her to grow some sense and freaking listen to what she was being told. Seriously...she pissed me off at times but from the beginning and all other times I really enjoyed her character. She was strong and determined, loyal. I liked her. I especially loved the side characters. I think they were extremely well developed. The story was clean. No profanity or any real steaminess. There is romance intermixed with this delicious mystery but nothing seriously sexy and where I do like things to heat up from time to mind I found it refreshing and it wasn't something that needed to be missed. The story and mystery filled everything up!
(People are crazy on Goodreads people. Do NOT listen to what they say..listen to me ;D hahaha If you like a good mystery, some creep factor, humor, and a unique story line then listen to me and give this book a chance. I found the writing well done despite what people have said. The story, again, was extremely enthralling and interesting. The whole concept was so unique. I was glued to Dance of Shadows' pages. A beautiful and wonderful debut. I am looking forward to book two. There is so much I am hoping for from it.
I loved this book to pieces. I seriously don't think I can stress the greatness of this book any further. After I finished I was determining whether or not to start another book but I decided against it because I wanted to think about everything I had just read all night long. I wanted to absorb it all. Dance of Shadows is a gorgeous, dangerous and hauntingly beautiful piece of work. I am so in love with (content must be kept secret for it could be vital to all the mystery) now. The end made me sure of my love for him. All my doubts were swept away. I highly and I mean HIGHLY recommend you give it a try no matter what others are thinking. Read the bad reviews. Proceed with caution but TRY IT!!! Please. *begs* ;P
~Rating: Now, I couldn't determine between a 4.5 and 5 after finishing this book and starting this review. Vanessa pissing me off in those few chapters would be the .5 deduction. I knew though whether it was 4.5 or 5 this book was a NEED book. But, while writing this review I got all these sparks back and all the genius and beauty it was came back and I finally made my decision (which is completely deserved).
~Review: Firsts....Jolene and Nyrae are two of my most favoritist indie authors of ALL time!!! I first fell inOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: Firsts....Jolene and Nyrae are two of my most favoritist indie authors of ALL time!!! I first fell in love with Nyrae when I fell in love with Sebastian! O. My. Word!! Dudes, she is a PRO when it comes to dreamy boys. I LOVE Sebastian and (What a Boy Wants) was absolutely amazing! I got giggly and goosebumpy and laughed my tooshy off!!! Pure. Genius!! And then I fell in love with Jolene when I read the story of Luke and Ronnie. It totally changed me and my thoughts. It (Knee Deep) was cute romantic and humorous and completely inspirational! If there are two Indie authors I will repeatedly recommend it would be these two! They are so talented and need more recognition!! I am so behind with their books because they keep popping them out like there is no tomorrow!! I mean seriously you guys...slow down!! I can't keep up these days!! It seems everyday there is a new one coming!! ;D (no, please don't ever stop writing!!) I need to read them all...so should you! ;)
Anyways!! Enough with their previous books. This is a review of Dizzy not the other two. Ok well..let me rant a bit more about these two lovely authors. Nyrae and her perfect boys + Jolene and her awesome, witty female leads= the perfect combo! This book was so good! I loved the play of back and forth with Ziah and Dylan's POV. Dylan was so charismatic and a complete hot head..an adorable, fun, funny, in-denial boy!! O gosh..I loved him. He was fun and witty. He was loving and confused. Ziah was a pain in the ahh...tushy. She was mean and mad and so freaking difficult! She was also loving and funny without knowing it. She had this charm that I just came to love. I love reading through alternating POV but the best is when the characters are so distinguishable but still the same where you don't feel like you are reading completely different books. Ziah and Dylan were one of the same. I loved how Ziah would end her turn thinking one thing and Dylan would pick up thinking the exact same thing. They were on the same page...they were the cutest couple ever.
Jolene and Nyrae's writing was just as amazing even though they were sharing the pages. I enjoyed getting to know each character and reading from their talented hands. It was a true gift. They created one of the best couples in the contemporary genre. I had no problems...well one. Their relationship status. So they kind of hated each other at first. They believed they were on completely different sides of the world but they were closer than they thought...and once they figured it out it was nothing but sparks. Gosh these two were so cute! They were funny, witty (my!! their banter was awesome!!), close, smexy (uhmm..there were some pretty steamy, blood pumping scenes I was very fond of reading). They tried to deny their attraction but they just...couldn't. They only tried to keep their distance because they had things of their pasts and recent situations which screwed them over to thinking love was impossible. I felt bad but they helped each other out. They worked..they just worked.
Wait...I thought you said you had a problem with their relationship status?....you may have just thought that question. Yes, you are right...I am getting there. Alas, my problem which semi-ruined my complete heart gushing over their little romance....Their siblings were getting married. That kinda makes them siblings...half...step siblings. Not by blood but by marriage. I just don't know I found it weird. They are siblings after the "I do". What?? Some people may not have a big deal with this...I didn't mind it too much it just kinda rubbed me the wrong way I'm afraid. I would have liked it if something was different but it kinda had to be to make their situation possible and the dislike they had with the wedding. Still...a little awkward for me but it didn't effect the rating so no worries!!
So besides the sibling relation....Dizzy had its own charisma. It was all sorts of fun and excitement! Nyrae and Jolene truly have a gift and make one hell of a power duo! More please? I enjoyed this book so! I was so excited when Jolene asked me if I wanted a review copy!! I really love these two authors and I can't wait to read more from them..together or standing alone! I totally recommend this book to everyone who loves those romantic comedies with a dash of self-discovery! I kinda really like the cover too..its quirky and cute! I loved the humor, the writing, the love, the drama, the..a lot of the book let's just say ;) Seriously! Once you have the chance check this book out a long with their other books! I can promise you their books will fill ya up on any sappy yet funny romance cravings you have! They have yet to disappoint me!
Originally posted at: Girls on YA Books ~Review: Starting this book I kind of forgot what it was about so everything that happened totally took me by sOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books ~Review: Starting this book I kind of forgot what it was about so everything that happened totally took me by surprise. Then I went to goodreads and found there weren't too many positive reviews...I don't see why. Lately I have been the black sheep. The books that haven't gotten great reviews I have really enjoyed! And I did just that...enjoyed Indigo Awakening. It was unique and totally off track anything I have ever read before which did it good!
I couldn't help but think it was really weird too but hell, weird worked! Magical and totally suspenseful this book worked. I am totally not kidding when I say this book had the suspense factor down to a "T". I think the main thing that made it so suspenseful was the many alternate POVS. The whole book was third person but it was kind of like a movie. It zoomed into one specific character when important, to give you that behind the scene look. Although I really really enjoyed this at times others I was kind of put off. Like, it wasn't chapter after chapter that the POV switched. Sometimes it would just randomly switch in the next paragraph. Again, while at times it worked and flowed very nicely, others I was like what!? and had to proceed to back-track to get a better idea on when the "camera" changed. It kind of made it piecey. And then I hated it because it would switch on very important parts (this one is giggly good hate) making me gasping at the horrid cruelness of Miss Dane ;D
I enjoyed each character we got to see into. Oh! Somewhere along the line we lost Mia...I don't know how I feel about that one...she just kind of dropped off. You can't do that sorry. If you bring a character into it and make her/him important enough to get insight from you can't simply drop them off like leftovers to your dog when you decided you were done. No. Sorry. Give us a reason to drop them off don't just randomly do it. Honestly, I didn't miss her because I truly loathed her but still...no matter the character you can't do that. I liked the other "villains" in the book. They were cool to hate. Then you have your main characters like Gabriel, Rayne, Lucas, Kendra, and Rafe that you truly. I think my favorites to read from were Rafe and Gabriel and not just because both were hot ;D They were truly interesting. They were the ones with the walls and the secrets so I liked to be able to see behind those walls and secrets!
Altogether Indigo Awakening was interesting and I enjoyed it, despite others. The creativity blew my mind. I wasn't sure how I felt when I finished but writing this review...I think I liked it a lot better thinking back on it than while reading it. I now get to look back and see the greatness that I took for granted. There is seriously so much creativity and imagination! You have to literally just sit back and admire the work put into this book. The ending was cruel and now, it feels like a sucker punch to my stomach. I saw the very last sentence coming but the last parts of goodbyes killed me. The ending was action packed and crazy! But the whole book was like that! *admires again*. I think this series has major potential and will most definitely will keep my eyes peeled for book two! I think readers should give it a chance..don't listen to the reviews...be your own reviewer. Did I enjoy it? Hell yes! Is it worth it, especially with all the bad hype? I think so! Now its not screaming you need me or anything but I think everyone should read it cause I have a feeling book two is going to be killer! When you get the chance read it!
This review was a part of the Indigo Awakening Blog Tour via YA Bound Tours.
~Review: Let me just start off with...I am totally Team Luke. So, maybe that totally makes me a wee-bit biased.Originally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: Let me just start off with...I am totally Team Luke. So, maybe that totally makes me a wee-bit biased. Just a wee bit.
Anyways, even though I totally love Luke...I still really like Hayden. Both boys are great but you know..lil 'ol be likes the mysterious bad boys...even though Luke isn't bad...just mysterious. Hayden is sweet and he totally loves Ana/Adriana. (so does Luke!!..ok I'll stop now) He is loyal and honest. There is not a doubt that he would do anything and everything for Ana and I loved seeing that play out more in this little novella. This book basically goes everything that happened in Hurricane just very much summarized....and from Hayden's POV of course. Ya, so everything that we read but shorter, skipping over some main events.
Obviously if it is from Hayden's POV there is going to be more behind the scenes and it will be shorter. And it was. But that is what a novella is for..to give some knowledge for in between books. But here is what I need to get at I guess...Yes, I like Hayden. It was kinda cool to see his point of view but...I didn't think it was all that necessary Again, novellas (.5's, 1.5's, 2.5's, etc) are meant to give knowledge to the readers about what was going on between certain scenes, before the book, in between books. This was just a summary of what we already read. The difference being it was shorter and from Hayden's POV. That was pretty much it. I
It was nothing we didn't already know. Even if it was intended for a more romantic take like Twilight being taken on by Edward, we had already saw his love and because he was such an open book pretty much with his feelings with Ana...I didn't see the necessity. What I would have enjoyed more was it being from Luke's POV (again..here is where some may think I am biased...oh wells.) I mean...bias aside...it would have made more sense. Luke's POV would have given needed knowledge. From the very beginning we knew that Hayden was infatuated with Ana. He may have been criptick and a bit reserved at times but through it all we as readers knew he still liked her a lot...there was just something that was holding him back but with Luke...He hated her. He wanted to kill her. He was focused on the goal and wasn't willing to let feelings get caught up in his mission. Then all of a sudden...BAM! He loves her to.
The novella from his POV would have let us in to his more mysterious character. We might have gotten to see the hurt behind his parents death...the need that drove him to kill Ana. When did the light switch on and he decided he loved her too? When did she become The One? I merely think (again bias totally aside) it would have filled a bigger purpose. We knew more about Hayden because Hurricane--in a sense--was Ana and his book. They were the main love interest. The plot revolved around Ana and Hayden's love. We got side swept with Luke's love. I mean...he hated her!! Was I the only one thrown off guard? I just don't know I really would have liked it from Luke's POV. To me it would have served a better purpose. Let you gain knowledge of the things we didn't know.
I liked Tempest. I enjoyed seeing Hayden's view. I am super duper excited for Aftermath!!! So, even though it may sound like I didn't enjoy this novella...and I am complaining...I am not. I enjoyed it. It was really good! A bit blotchy at times but again....it kinda had to be. It isn't absolutely necessary to read but it was fun to read...worth it! :) If you are a fan of Hurricane then definitely read it! And if you are TeamHayden then ya....you may want to really read it and maybe you will like it more than me hahaha but what can I say...I am a Luke kinda girl ;) So because the blotchy play and the fact I felt it unnecessary....nothing against the writing...or the series...!! It is still a good ranking I just wasnt completely thrilled with it :) SO can't wait for the next book though!! Please give me!! give me!! give me!! (oh and psst....it has a sneak peak to it!!...I skipped it cus..well I always do when there are ones....I like to be surprised...I feel more needy if I read them hahaha)
~Review: First off, I am a huge fan of Phantom of the Opera (the new one...what can I say? Gerald Butler!) andOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: First off, I am a huge fan of Phantom of the Opera (the new one...what can I say? Gerald Butler!) and re-tellings/inspirings! Seriously. I love! retellings and what not! Whether its movies (Snow White and the Huntsman, Once Upon a Time, and this coming 2104, Maleficent....the new Aurora movie!!!) books, tv shows, anything!! I love them! And this book...was no exception!
Like all re-tellings....its not going to be the same as the original. You will see the similarities at times, smile to yourself cus your thinking "hehe..I know whats next", gasp in surprise cus what you thought was going to happen did not happen, then fall in love with all the twists. Dudes, this book has major twists! I fell in love with this book hard. It was beautiful and enchanting, creepy and haunting, magical and heartbreaking! To be honest, I had no clue what I was going to read other than it was inspired by the Phantom of the Opera. Man, oh man....was I pleasantly surprised when I read this! Ien is the main character and while some chapters are told in his POV...others were told in third person. Weird combo right? Yes and no...It is a bit different but I really liked it! I would elaborate the story for you but I think its best if you know only what I knew...the mystery was my favorite part I think. The writing in this book is fantastic! It was smooth, gentle, then angry and crazy!! It kind of reminded me of a piano song. One that starts out slow then reaches a huge climax and is scary then smooths out then BAM! Back to the scary climax and better than ever! It reminded me of the song from the Phantom of the Opera! It was just amazing! And that ending...definitely a huge hill to climb!! CR-A-ZY!!! o.O and sooo sad! >.<
I fell for Ien and felt for him throughout the book. Yes, there were times I wanted to kill him...especially towards the end but even then I felt bad. Ien has a heart the size of the moon and he loves with every inch of his heart. After the terrible accident he is confused, hurt, angry. I wanted to help him but he had to help himself. I loved Jenna and *tears up* I...I just...sigh you guys are going to have to read it! I knew! I knew!! And was screaming at Ien to see it too but he was uhmmm a little late??
Fonseca has created a masterpiece that does not let the great name of the Phantom of the Opera down. Lets just say that if The Phantom of the Opera was a person and everything that was based off of it were its child....that momma would be a heck of a lotta proud of this prodigy! (I know weird but true no judge ;D) I am sooo happy I got to be a part of this tour to read this book!
Transcend is just too good to put into words. It is absolutely captivating! I couldn't put it down but I needed to so often cus of school! But when it came to finishing it...I was glued..then I was hyperventilating! haha What do I say? I say that if you are a fan of the Phantom of the Opera...you need to read this book! But be warned..not everything is what it seems.... *enter creepy music* ;b If you aren't a fan of the Phantom of the Opera but are a fan of a great story about love, hate, finding yourself with a creepy background....read it because it is just beautiful and enchanting and amazing and you will love it for the love, the tragedy ...the beautiful writing Fronseca creates this book with. I highly recommend this to you all to read but it might not be for everyone.
4 of 5 wonderful stars!! This review was a part of the Transcend Blog Tour
Thanks for stopping by you guys! Hope you enjoyed and have a great day! ~Jaiden...more
~Review: For starters...another absolutely stunning cover!! Like seriously...look at tOrginally posted at: Girls on YA Books along with other reviews!
~Review: For starters...another absolutely stunning cover!! Like seriously...look at that guys!! It has a major gorgeous factor there!! And its story...even more amazing and wonderful!!
Here is an honest confession for you guys...I am afraid to read vampire books. Yup!! Its true! But...not because the vampires scare me. No, its because I am afraid of the writing, the plot, the story line. I am a fan of the Twilight saga. I really am but...every vampire book is in need to copy them and make as big of a name. They try to hard and they end up being..not so good. So starting this book I was afraid that it might be another vampire flop...Dudes...I had no reason to be worried. This book was so flippin fantastic!! The vampire lore was a mix of different stories I had read from. The story line was unique and the writing was superb! Wynne Channing definitely has a gift. Her writing and her imagination! She is a new favorite author of mine! Plus...a million props to her for defining herself in the world of vampire books. That is exactly what she did with her book..she stands out and proves that not all vampire books have to be a sappy love story...they can be kick ass and still have a love story entwined but one that doesn't take up the entire book.
This book had me hooked and I couldn't put it down. It was intense and completely entrancing. Zee was one awesome character to stick with. She is smart and witty and totally kick ass...even if she doesn't know it. Zee was just a normal teen seeking a summer adventure in the land of Italy and maybe a little summer romance in a foreign city would be nice right? Ya, so that's when she meets a nice, handsome guy....a guy that leads her to her doom....almost literally. He, after trying to kill her (vampire folks!!) introduces her to the world of vampires. Again, after luring her with his charm...tries to kill her and ends up doing it...unintentionally. What!? Well, he planned sucking her dry but she ended up dying a different way...and then she returns..as a vampire...a vampire wanted by the vampire Monarchy..dead. And that is where are plot takes off!
This book was intense and crazy! Along the way she meets Noel, Jerome, and Lucas. But things go down and I can't say much more without ruining the entire book for you. Mrs. Channing is also not a amateur when it comes to the fighting scenes....and yes, this book has tons of action packed fighting! Like I said...intense and crazy! The characters were so well written and the story was too making it feel like you are right there with Lucas and Zee the entire time! Lucas!! My goodness!! Lucas!! I loved him from the beginning! Well..to be honest I thought Zee and Jerome were going to be the love interest but..it ended up being Lucas and I am SO SO greatfull!! Lucas has his scars. He doesn't smile often and s often broody and as far as first impressions go...jerk status!! But there is so much more to him. You have to be pretty special for him to go out of his way protecting you. Him and Zee are major pains in the asses....so combine them and...ya, they pair up perfectly! I love how their love was a slow progression. They hated each other...slowly made it to tolerate each other....made friends...then they loved each other...but didn't act on it but when they did...SPARKS!!!! They were awesome together. They learned to have fun and they had their witty banter that just ended up defining them. I love Lucas!! He is definitely up there in my favorite boy crushes!!!! Omg....what happened..their first kiss...so awesome! It was just perfect. They were perfect!!
This book was perfect!!! I can't even write a nice, semi-sophisticated review for this one! I am too busy fan girling over here!What Kills Me caught me completely off-guard sadly...I should have had full faith in it but I think that is what made it even better for me! The ending was magnificent and has me begging for more! What Kills Me is enticing and full out fantastic! You will fall head-over-heels in love with this book. From the writing, love, kick-ass fighting and characters and the vampire lore this book will knock you out! It has everything a perfect book has! I suggest every single one of you go pick up a copy ASAP! You do NOT want to miss out on this book! It deserves so much more hype and everyone should read it! I had planned on saying so much more but...starting to write this review...I lost all train of thought to the gushy love I have for it! I say this every time but it is true...I have tried to hold back on the five star hand outs because I wanted the big 5 star award to have more meaning to it...5 stars should only be given if the book is absolutely amazing....an obsession...a book that sinks its claws into your little heart....one that will forever leave footprints....and this book you guys...has everything needed to claim a 5 star ranking so.....
5 of 5 wonderful stars!!!!!! <3 Buy. it. Now!!!...more
~Review: Ok....look at that cover...its gorgeous you guys! I know, I know...I start off like this 9 times outOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: Ok....look at that cover...its gorgeous you guys! I know, I know...I start off like this 9 times out of 10 but hey! You have to give credit when credits are due....and this is due...And it totally has meaning to the story. I love the color scheme and the font and ya the whole thing is just unique and lovely!
Now, on to the review actually for the book and not the cover. At first I was confused and I blame the synopsis. I hate the synopsis for only one reason. It gives way too much away and then you end up focusing on that one piece of information and it ruins the element of surprise....it ruins the building plot. Wait, I forgot to mention the part I mean? Oh! *slaps forehead* silly me! I mean the very beginning and I quote..."Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all. " I think they should totally delete that part. Mentioning that this book is a modern spin on Frankenstein completely ruins the book and the readers mind/thoughts going into this book.
For one...when the story actually develops into a rendition of Frankenstein...I already saw it coming. There was no gasping and horror for me. Two...I was so focused on the Frankenstein part that I was pointing out things that related to Frankenstein and I was unable to just sit back and enjoy the developing plot. Ya, so...I hate that part of the synopsis and I wish they would have never put it on there. I wish I could have read this book over again with no knowledge of its relation to Frankenstein.
Anyways!!! Other than my little rant on the synopsis...this book was good...no. It was better than good. It was great! I loved this book a lot. I was very pleasantly surprised. In fact, I have been "pleasantly surprised" with a lot of books lately. I don't know if it is because I don't read the synopsis right before and so I have forgotten what the book is about or cus I have become more untrustworthy in some ways. I don't know. This book wasn't at all what I was expecting. It chilled me more than I thought it would. I knew it was going to be semi-creepy because of the whole Frankenstein thing but I didn't think it would have this creepy fog hovering over it the entire book. It was like having those gloomy thunderstorm clouds with the lightening cackling every now and then. It gave me goosebumps I will admit. It also had my heart squeezing and flipping.
If it wasn't for Frankenstein's gloomy storm hovering over the pages then I would have taken it as any other contemporary read. A girl loses her love to a tragic accident and along comes a boy who fixes her heart. Again any other mending-the-broken-heart contemporary book except...this was no ordinary contemporary book. It was so much more. Again this book would have been so much more fun if I hadn't known it was a modern spin on Frankenstein. I would have loved playing the guessing game. It would have added to the mystery, suspense, and creep factor. This book was all sorts of amazing. It totally peaked my interest in gothic novels and movies...the old ones. I want the originals baby! ;)
Now, let me talk about Alex for a moment shall I? I mean, what kinda fictional-boy-obsessor would I be if I didn't set aside a paragraph to talk about the love interest?? Ok, so Alex is plain out gorgeous you guys! Tall, lean, hazel eyes, dark hair with natural highlights. He has scars and a wicked rumor about his past following him around like a ghost. He is mysterious, bad-boy-repped and a total charmer! And did I mention he was totally and completely smexy!? O my. I fell for Alex hard not only for his looks but his heart and words. Again, total charmer and complete eye candy. The makes of a perfect boy. His past is terrible and his father worse. He would do anything for Emma and looks at her as if she is a dream come true every..single...time. *swoon!*
This book is very much well written. Rought has one heck of a writing hand. She damn well knows what she is doing, wants to do and how to fulfill that all to us readers. She had me feeling the creep factor, love factor, sick factor, every factor in this book. Haunting, emotional, and beautiful...those are the words that come to mind when thinking of Broken. I really did enjoy this book. Started off a bit slow but it didn't take long to get me hooked! Happy with the way it ended! ^-^ Sad too though... :( Dudes, that ending was crazy! I totally recommend this to anyone who loves gothic novels. Then to those who enjoy romance with the paranormal/gothic twist. SO good! All I got to say! Rought has officially made a fan out of me and I will be looking forward to future books from her! :D...more
~Review: Woah. Just woah. I kinda new what to expect when I agreed to do the Vengeance Bound Tour. I saw the coOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: Woah. Just woah. I kinda new what to expect when I agreed to do the Vengeance Bound Tour. I saw the cover and read the premise. It seemed interesting enough so I went ahead and agreed and signed up. Now when I started reading it I totally forgot what it was about and was kind of caught off guard.
This book was really really good. I was a bit iffy of how I would feel about it but in the end I really really liked it. I finished it in about 6 hours (spread over the course of two days). I didn't even know I was reading so much till I looked and saw the percentage I was at. The writing style of Justina Ireland is just so smooth. It was like riding a floaty tube in the lazy pool. Once you get into the rhythm and get comfortable you are surprised by how many trips you have made around and around again. I enjoyed we writing style very much. Justina has definitely got a talent and I'm looking forward to more books from her!
The story was very interesting. Talk about some chics out for guys blood! Along with Amelie/Cory's help the two Furies (one hawk woman and one serpent woman who frankly reminds me of Medusa) go around serving justice by killing the men who have done injustice among women. It really was pretty cool but also terrible. It was vicious and terrible how blood thirsty the Furies were! This book was action packed of sorts. When Cory went on her runs it could get pretty serious. I definitely would be shaking in my bots if I ever can across them.
An awesome story line, mythology recreated for today's age and great writing equaled one great book! I would totally suggest this to everyone who is fond of mythology romance with a little bit of blood and vengeance put into the mix ;D Holy crap the romance dudes!!! I am in love with Niko!! I want one ;) haha I liked how Justina made each character important. I kind of saw the end coming but just the one part of the ending. The ending was killer and absolutely terrible! Then of course absolutely amazing!! Buy it borrow it, I don't care just give it a chance when you can ok? Trust me it's good! :)
***This review was a part of the Vengeance Bound Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Tours.***
~Review: This is another book where I didn't get what I was expecting. The cover is cute and it portrays a good humored, sexy kind of book and...it's not. Hooked sort of failed me if I may say so. It sort of disappointed me. I don't mean to be harsh--never my intention--it just wasn't what I wanted and hoped.
The characters weren't developed enough. Ryan was supposed to be somewhat broken. The rich teen that got whatever he wanted but his home life was kind of messed up. Too much pressure and not enough love. He was expected to get the good grades and be perfect. He was probably the only character I really felt pulled through with the authors inventions but even that wasn't a 100% feeling. He was a total ass hat from the beginning and didnt prove he had enough soft side to make me love him. He was just one or the other. It kind of gave a bipolar feel to him. I liked Fred every now and then. I appreciate her for going out and doing what everyone said she couldn't do. She was strong in that way. She didnt let what people say intimidate her into quitting and running away with her tail between her legs.
I guess now that I think about it I liked both characters...individually....just not together. I didn't feel there love. It was just sudden. One minute they hate each other and all of a sudden they feel love?? No ease into it people!! There is immediate attractions and then there is warming up and of course hatred. Immediate and hatred don't go together. Give us a reason they fell In love. Something true and a bit more deep then "oh well I guess she/he is cute, maybe ill like him then" I don't know I just wasn't feeling it.
Liz is a great writer I can tell. I think she just needs to work out her few kinks. This could have been great if we were shown more depth. More history more something!! I really wanted to love this book but I couldn't. It was good but not great. It was missing those little details that make a book great. Hooked is a good fluff book. It was worth the short little read. If you need a filler book go ahead and give it a shot but I'm not going to jump up and down egging you to read this. Go on and give it a chance. Ill be giving a chance with book two!
~Review: Where to start? One, I wish I had the guts to do what Mallory did...going vintage. I am so in love withOriginally posted at:Girls on YA Books
~Review: Where to start? One, I wish I had the guts to do what Mallory did...going vintage. I am so in love with the 50's/60's and would do anything to take a trip back in time. I loved Mallory. She was strong in her own way. She wasn't a kick butt heroine who fearlessly took on a whole army with nothing but a twig but she was strong in heart. She wasn't going to sit around broken hearted...she was going to do something. Mallory was going to find a cure for cheating boyfriends and evil technology. Personally, I feel why they broke up was kind of a little silly but in some ways I can still see her point. Yes, he may have not cheated on her in real life but he still cheated. He wasn't honest with her and that hurts.
I loved Mrs. Leavitt's writing style. It was easy and fun to fall into. It was one of my "fluff" reads (good fluff..like cotton candy. Light, fun, and sweet.) The idea behind the list and going vintage was cute and unique. Again, I wish I could have Mallory's guts. Major props to her! Not only was Mallory awesome but I loved the side characters too. Her sister was awesome and super easy to fall in love with no matter how much a pain in the butt she was. I liked the relationship of they're parents. To me that's true love. Being able to fight and argue and still love each other to no end. They have their rough patches but they fix them right up. They don;t give up no matter how hard. Too many people give up...the going gets tough and they quit ending in divorce. I wish more people had the strength of Mallory's parents. Its either they give up or jump in too quickly. Its rather sad.
Anyways! Do you know what else I loved?...Oliver. Right from the beginning! Goodness did I love him. He was so quirky and honest. He was himself and he didn't give a hoot to what people thought. He brought out the best in Mallory and they were really adorable. Then the ending...*swoon*!!! I want that..bad ;D
Going Vintage is one of those books you will just devour and feel full after. It will make your smile and walking away with happy feelings. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading anything and everything else by Lindsey Leavitt. She has a true talent in contemporary sweetness. It was innocent and charming. A book I could recommend to anyone looking for something light-hearted and enjoyable! Would I read it again...I believe I would!