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Rating Clarification: 5 / 5!
I admit that before I heard SO many raving reviews about this book, I thought it was some corny, cliché paranormal romance. Judging from my rating, TIGER LILY definitely wasn't. True, it was a love story, but it was also emotional, tragic, beautiful, and heartbreaking.
As I've mentioned many times before, I'm a huge fan of fairy tales! Personally, I really liked it that Tiger Lily, a character that has very little attention or screen time in adaptations (namely, the Disney one), had her own story. Admittedly, I don't know the tale very well, but the idea is something that I never really thought of, so I loved how Jodi Lynn Anderson portrayed Tiger Lily's story! Neverland and its other various creatures and tribes were also explored, in a sort of curious and dark but fantastical way ^__^
I also enjoyed Tiger Lily's character! In the story, so many bad things happen to her, but she still manages to be a generous person. A lot of times, a villager or group of natives might make bully or abuse her, although Tiger Lily ends up not doing anything in return. She's also a very forgiving person, and is willing to give, expecting almost nothing at all in return. Throughout the book, even though the sheer length is pretty short, you see aspects and details of her character that brought her out as both emotionally vulnerable at times, but still growing stronger to overcome her problems.
The side characters were also well characterized! Tik Tok was probably my favorite: he was eccentric in his own ways, but such a smart and caring character. Pine Sap was also adorable, and his friendship and constant support for Tiger Lily warmed my heart. Peter and the Lost Boys were predictable mischivous, but lovable. Even Giant (the monstrous guy Tiger Lily is supposed to marry) and the various "Aunts" in the village brought something to the story!
Peter & Tiger Lily's relationship was also well developed and well, sweet. I know in the original Peter tale there's not much of a romance, except for the thimble-kiss with Wendy, but I still felt like it added to the story. It's actually well drawn out throughout the beginning to middle of the story, but personally I liked it like that ^__^ Of course, because that the romance (and eventual end) don't really match with the original tale, readers looking for something that REALLY matches with the original might be disappointed.
And the ending! It just tore me up! TIGER LILY is actually the type of book that tells you from the beginning that there's not a happy ending, and as a reader you could probably also predict it. I knew I knew I knew it was coming, but it still made my heart hurt! And what added to that was that Tiger Lily eventually forgave Peter, which really showed her power to forgive, and that even love could be let go...
Overall, TIGER LILY was an instant favorite of mine, with a sweet romance and heartbreak at the end. The writing style, characters, and plot all made for a beautiful but bittersweet story. Fans of fantasy-romance would probably enjoy this book, although readers looking for a read that matches with the original tale might be disappointed. If you're thinking about checking this one out however, definitely do so - I think it's worth your time ^__^...more
In terms of enjoyment, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING definitely rates highly. I was immediately sucked into the world, the action, magic, and characters.In terms of enjoyment, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING definitely rates highly. I was immediately sucked into the world, the action, magic, and characters. There was one factor that I was slightly bothered by, but overall I completely fell in love with this book. In fact, afterwards, I might have, erm, been like this…
YOU'RE. JUST. GOING. TO. END. IT. LIKE THAT???
And then like this....
*wallows in self pity* I NEED NEXT BOOK NAO.
Anyways, *ahem* moving on…
GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING started off with a bang, with lots of excitement. There was immediately so much action thrown in the reader’s face (in a good way). The fantasy and world building also mesmerized me – it was purely magical, rich, and full of magical creatures. I was also refreshed by the book’s fantasy system centering around gnomes and goblins, since I haven’t really seen them as the focus of a fantasy book, although I have always thought of the two as small, always-happy garden creatures (erm, gnomes), and creepy, monster-like creatures of the night (erm, goblins).
Greta was also a kick-ass heroine! As a bounty hunter, she’s obviously a great fighter, and her sharp tongue is hilarious, even at the worst of times. There were so many action scenes, and she definitely dominated. There’s one scene where she’s attacked, and instead of stepping in the shadows or standing still, waiting for help, like many female characters might have done, she definitely takes charge. She takes so many sacrifices and is headstrong, always heading into danger. Combined with the explosive action scenes in the book, Greta was a near-perfect heroine for the setting!
The side characters also helped to add to the story. I especially liked the relationship that Greta eventually developed with the “Lost Boys” – there was a sort of friendship that definitely developed between them, like a family. I also liked Siona as a character, and hopefully we will see more of her and the boys in the next book!
My only complaint about this book was Isaac & Greta’s relationship. There were some serious eye rolls with some of the dialogue in the book. Die-hard fans of paranormal romance might enjoy their relationship, but the “We have chemistry OMG we are meant to be together YOU MUST BE MINE” is getting a little old for me :/ I know that they spent time with each other prior to the book, but I didn’t really see it develop, so it seemed a little like insta-love. Outside of dreams (you’ll see if you read the book), they really didn’t spend much time together either :/ Maybe others would dig their relationship, but unfortunately their seemingly quick progression kind of ruined my experience with the book.
On a side note, there did seem to be signs of a retelling of Hansel and Gretel…? I did like how the author retold the tale in subtle ways!
As a whole, I did enjoy the book! Unfortunately, it also ended in a huge cliffhanger (grr….), so I’m probably going to be reading the next book! Full of action and great fantasy, I recommend this to fans of YA PNR. (:...more
Do you guys every feel like the ending changes almost everything you previously thought about the book? FThis review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
Do you guys every feel like the ending changes almost everything you previously thought about the book? For my experience with Between by Jessica Warman, I felt like suddenly after a point late in the book, every word just became so much more meaningful to me, and I found myself almost loving the book.
At the beginning of the book, I wasn’t totally happy with how the plot was progressing. I found a lot of the characters to be naïve, and some of the plot was becoming predictable. I actually found Liz to be one of the most annoying, since her attitude was portrayed as if she was just so innocent. I get that she lost a lot of her memories, but I felt that her attitude just suddenly changed from her original personality. There are a lot of scenes that she saw her past self, and she just seemed so shocked. I suppose she was reborn in a way? I’m not really sure – I suppose right now I’m just reflecting, but the point is, her general nature bugged me, in a way :/
My other complaint was that the plot seemed a little transparent to me. For the most part, I could predict what was going to happen next, and was a little surprised that the characters couldn’t figure it out themselves. I do admit however that I did read through the book in a relatively quick time – although I thought the plot was easy to predict, it had what I adopt as “readability”, as I kept on flipping the pages.
Anyways, there was one point where I felt that the book became a lot… better I suppose? There was one huge twist that probably had a huge impact on me, and my eyes probably popped out of my head when it happened o___o At that point, I also felt that Liz’s character did develop enough for me to connect with her more. The side characters also seemed to grow more interesting traits and change, for the better, and start to let go and make better decisions. Some of the more interesting parts of the mystery were also revealed, and the criminal was finally revealed.
However, what really changed my experience was the last chapter. It was written amazingly, beautifully, with such prose… I’m not sure how else to describe it. It was all about emotions, letting go, and the future… it was just so lyrical! For me, the end was definitely the highlight of the read!
Overall, Between was a different type of contemporary ghost story, which some emotional developments and interesting surprises near the end. Again, it was very “readable” and was a relatively quick read for me, although I didn’t connect to the beginning. I would recommend looking at other reads, for others did love this book, and it has won a number of awards.
In a listy mood sooo... What I Will Gush (Slightly) About
1. The best aspect: Maggie Stiefvater’s vivid language. The scenes are described so dee4 Stars
In a listy mood sooo... What I Will Gush (Slightly) About
1. The best aspect: Maggie Stiefvater’s vivid language. The scenes are described so deeply, sometimes I can visualize myself standing next to the ocean (or is that dangerous...?)
2. The concept of the book: Water horses? Dystopias? (I’m a sucker for those, along with a little romance, which I also loved).
3. Sean and Puck’s relationships with their horses: Being a horse lover, back then and still now, I can understand why Sean feels the way he does about Corr and why Puck trusts Dove so much. I feel that Stiefvater was able to portray this accurately and beautifully.
4. The Ending: In a way. I feel that it was open ended enough, and not too happy, but not too sad. And again, CORR AND SEAN.
5. Sean and Puck as characters: I admired their personalities - they were brave, would do almost anything for the prize they need, and are willing to take risks. Especially Puck - she’s a young woman and technically has no responsibility to take care of Gabe or Sean.
What I Will Shake My Head (Slightly) At 1. The POVs: Part of the reason I liked both Sean and Puck was because their POVs sounded pretty similar. Sometimes, I would think it was Sean talking, when it was actually Puck, or vice versa.
2. The Pacing: The action didn't really start until page 180 or so. Before that mark, the book was filled with mostly meaningless conversations or thoughts.
Overall, this book was an unique and well-written book, with nice action-filled plot in the last half. I would recommend this book to people who like dystopian fictions, horses, or don't mind slower plot movement in the beginning....more
Disclaimer: The fact that the author provided me a free copy of Doll House in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating.
As someone whoDisclaimer: The fact that the author provided me a free copy of Doll House in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating.
As someone who doesn't read horror much (there's not much quality YA horror I've heard of...), this book was a unique read for me.
The best aspect of this book is the suspense it builds. You start of with the prologue where the main characters are stuck in a deep, dark, creepy place (I’m not sure how else to describe it without copying the author), when a door closes without them doing anything. They tell you Aisha has almost no chance of surviving so, when you read the first few chapters, as Aisha makes her journey through the woods, you know something bad will happen. Moreover, when Lacey, Cassie, and Ethan enter the “Doll House”, Allyn is able to create such artful prose, utilizing all five senses. I’m not sure how else to describe it, but to get to the point, this story can get really descriptive. ...more
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Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating. This review expresses my true opinions.
It's hard for me to rate this book on a scale of 5 stars. By definition, The Strings of the Violin should have been a book that I loved, because of it's similarity to other fairy tale-ish fantasies I've read. I'm not quite sure what went wrong in my reading experience - maybe the writing styles? The characters? I'm still not too sure.
The World: What I liked most about this novel was probably the world and the lore included. I liked how the author incorporated folktales of cultures not too well known, as well as some familiar but magical creatures. For me, it's always fun to see the all familiar fairy tales and creatures we know, as well as learning about some new ones(:
The Plot: The plot was pretty quick in moving and interesting enough that I could finish the book in a couple of sittings. The ending was pretty sweet, kind of resembling a fairy tale. However, I found that there wasn't much action, which was what I suppose I was expecting on a quest to save a magical world - instead, there was a lot more talking, which seemed a little repetitive, in my opinion. Even the climatic battle only lasted a handful of pages. I also found that it was pretty predictable and simplistic, since I could tell who was the traitor that was constantly mentioned about halfway through the book. Overall, it seems as if this book is suited for more of a middle grade audience...
The Characters: I suppose if I was to "grade" this as a YA novel, I honestly have to say, I would be expecting too much. Compared to some of my favorite characters in some YA author's novels, the characters in this book were kind of stereotypical and underdeveloped. Take Carrie, Lindsay, and Becca for example - in real life they would certainly be nice people - it's just that the qualities of these characters portrayed in this novel don't really make them stand out. Moreover, I found that the language Carrie and her friends used in their dialogue wasn't appropriate for teenagers (it was probably a little too eloquent for my tastes) Maybe I'm expecting too much out of characters? I'm not too sure.
The Writing Style: This part is probably mostly based off of my personal tastes, so it may not pertain to all readers. However, it was probably what bugged me the most. As I mentioned before, the way that Carrie and her friends speak seemed way too mature for their age. Moreover, the writing style in which the author used to describe the adventure bugged me a little, probably because of the repetitiveness of speech, simplistic-ness, and other little things :/ I'm not quite sure how to describe it - maybe I'm more accustomed to more snarky voices?
Overall, I would think that The Strings of the Violin is more suitable for a younger audience because of the writing style, plot, and fairy tale resemblance. I would recommend this for people looking for more of a story with lots of folklore, rather than battle scenes....more
While I do love the dystopian genre, I do admit that I've become a bit more picky about it. When somethinThis review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
While I do love the dystopian genre, I do admit that I've become a bit more picky about it. When something like There Comes a Prophet comes up, which is a fantasy-dystopia, I also admit that I was a little cautious about this book - after all, how realistic would it be if magical powers suddenly appeared in humans' futures? I was also cautious of the possible religious undertones in this book. Nevertheless, There Comes a Prophet turned out to be a great & unique read!
What I liked about this book best was its characters. During the book, you get to see Nathaniel, Thomas, and Orah grow as individuals, as well as a tight knit group of friends. They clearly showed their love and trust between each other, and they supported each other through thick & thin. I guess that's what made them appealing to me - I could relate to them, in a way! However, they also did seem a little distant from me as a reader, so I couldn't connect to them 100%, I suppose. I should also mention there are some hints of a romance, although they are very slight.
The world in the book is also pretty interesting. I know I said earlier that I was imagining the book to be more of a fantasy-dystopia, but the fantasy elements in the book are probably kept to a minimum. However, the author sets up the books' world in a way that makes you feel like it really is like a fantasy - technology is limited, people live in village and participate in festivals, etc. The religion tones that I was also afraid about also turned out to be another interesting aspect of the book - they worship the "light" and the "dark" rather than gods, but live under the rule of the vicars. Of course, it eventually changes, but for the sake of spoiling the book, I'll leave that to you guys to read this unique book :D
As for the plot, it's also pretty quick-paced and, as a whole, was interesting & unique. It also wasn't too predictable, which is good considering a lot of dystopias follow the same, old path. However, I have to admit there wasn't as much excitement as I might have wanted, being a huge action & fight-scene fan. Overall though, the plot was cute & entertaining!
Overall, There Comes a Prophet was a relatively short, but enjoyable & quick dystopian read! Dystopia fans might like this book, although romance junkies might not because of the lack of romance. Fantasy fans, however, might also enjoy this book, since the world and language still have a fantastical type of feel to it (:
*Thank you to David Litwack & CBB Book Promotions for providing me a copy of this book*...more
2 – 2.5 Stars The main thing about this book is that the first half is just so boring >__< The blurb tells you that Nerissa’s challenged to this2 – 2.5 Stars The main thing about this book is that the first half is just so boring >__< The blurb tells you that Nerissa’s challenged to this epic battle for her kingdom on the day that she comes of age. Well, that doesn’t happen until almost three quarters into the book. Instead, the story is basically Rissa making googly eyes at Lo (but, of course, not admitting that she likes him).
However, I admit that I liked the last fifty or so pages of the book. There’s much more action, and Rissa becomes a more dynamic character. We also get our first look of Waterfell, which was one of the main things I wanted to explore in this book. Though we don’t quite see it in the first book, there’s still potential in this series.
Nonetheless, for me, going through almost three hundred pages of virtually nothing happening wasn’t quite worth the last, more exciting fifty. I’m guessing that if you enjoyed most of the YA mermaid books that came out recently (Of Poseidon, Lies Beneath, etc.), you might enjoy this book. But for me, it didn’t quite deliver.
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As a book reviewer, I try to keep my ratings as un-subjective as possible. But really, sometimes I can't help it. There are some books that probably could have gotten a better rating if I read them at a different time, and vice versa. This is probably the case for The Wedding Cake Girl. Don't get me wrong though (I use that phrase a lot don't I...). I definitely enjoyed this book. What I'm trying to say is that at the time I was reading this book, I was probably looking for something short and sweet, and this book definitely fit my desire!
This book has what I adopted as "readability" - you turn the pages, and keep on turning, and eventually, you're just done! This usually applies to some light reads or just something I really enjoy! The language was pretty light, and most of the time, sweet!
For romance addicts, this book is great for you (I use that phrase a lot too, don't I...)! I would say there's a love triangle or square-resembling-thing-type at the end of the novel, but the relationships are portrayed pretty sweetly. I especially liked Jeremy's relationship with Alex - it was filled with a great friendship and a surprising twist! There's also a love interest introduced towards the end that seems like has potential, so that also ended on a positive note (:
I definitely sympathized with Alex. I wouldn't say her situation is the most relatable, but I did feel for her! There are times in my life that I feel like my effort is uncompensated for, and Alex's situation portrayed exactly that. My only complaint is her relationship with Zach. Personally, there were times where I wanted to slap both characters and yell at them to keep it straight :/ There were some dialogue and situations that I got so annoyed with since I suppose I could have seen how it would end. Still, as a whole Alex is a pretty nice & likable character!
Overall, The Wedding Cake Girl is a must read for romance fans, especially those looking for some cheap but short & sweet reads! Personally, I enjoyed it and hopefully you guys will too!...more
ARMORED HEARTS is an imaginative and engrossing tale, following the unexpectedly magical journey of a boy whoSee more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!
ARMORED HEARTS is an imaginative and engrossing tale, following the unexpectedly magical journey of a boy who can – literally – fly! Though it starts off with a slow beginning, ultimately I enjoyed the story’s creative inventions and fairy tale like magic!
The best part of the story is that it’s so imaginative! Garrett’s flying knight adventures, for example, reminded me a bit of a bedtime or children’s magic story. There was also an unexpected bit of Scottish and Fae lore, which I always love learning about. My favorite part of the world, though, was Tabitha and Jessamine’s “Bonnet” Club inventions. This is the more “realistic” or steampunk side to the story, with inventive automations that range from airships to factory machines to mechanical animals – all of which were invented by women, in a time where they definitely weren’t expected to even work!
Speaking of which, I also really enjoyed the female characters in the novel. They all had their own quirks, but when it came down to it, all strong and brave people. As expected, Jessamine was probably my favorite – she never cared about what others thought about her, was curious and innovative, and was always willing to go on an adventure! Despite Garrett’s attitude and the expectations of society, she was also never discouraged by anything. Tabitha, Garrett’s sister, was similar to Jessamine in her innovation and refusal to sit idle, but was also really sweet and understanding of Garrett.
Garrett, though, was one of the things in the book I had trouble with. On the bright side, his character does end up growing by the end of the novel and becomes a much kinder person. I also found myself quietly chuckling to myself with his occasional snark. But what really bothered me was his sexism, which doesn’t really change all through the novel. Here, you see all these strong heroines that constantly support Garrett. Yet, he doesn’t seem to acknowledge that they are his equals. Throughout the novel, he literally says that thinking too much is unhealthy for women, and that they should run away in the face of danger. I mean, I get that he cares for Tabitha and Jessamine, and that the world he lives in underestimates women. But I’d like to think by the end of his adventures, he would at least acknowledge them as equals.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed ARMORED HEARTS. It’s a novel that’s full of imagination and strong female characters, as well as a pretty exciting ending! Middle grade fantasy fans or readers looking for a short, steampunk-fantasy would probably enjoy this novel – its magic will enrapture them!
* A copy of the novel was provided for the tour. This did not influence my opinion of the book....more
Regarding WHERE SHE WENT, I really feel like the black sheep.For more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!
Rating Clarification: 3.5 / 5
Regarding WHERE SHE WENT, I really feel like the black sheep. Pretty much EVERYONE I know absolutely loved this book, even if they didn’t like IF I STAY as much. Me, on the other hand, fell in love with the first, and still liked the second, but not as much as others had.
On a positive note, many of things that I loved in IF I STAY were still there in WHERE SHE WENT: the complexity of characters & relationships, Mia & Adam’s love, and the passion for music. That’s not to say they were exactly the same though – instead of the sweeter, loving Adam you saw in the previous novel, he’s angrier and more destructive, using music as an escape of a sort. Mia & Adam’s love wasn’t as sweet either – it was more like a faraway memory that was both fond and painful. And of course, it still had some of that signature heartbreak and emotion.
I also did end up connecting with Adam’s POV. To an extent, I could understand why he was so angry and heartbroken, and I could feel his frustrations. There were even times where I felt like I wanted to scream! His lyrics were also, well, lyrical, flowed well and beautifully expressed his emotions.
But again, I just didn’t feel like I was completely heartbroken. I’m not even quite sure why. It was like my experience with THE PIPER’S SON by Melina Marchetta (another book people have been comparing to this one) – I couldn’t connect with the book at first, until, I ended up re-reading (and bawling for) THE PIPER’S SON after reading SAVING FRANCESCA for the first time. So I guess I might re-read it later and see how it goes…
Overall though, I still enjoyed the book. Fans of IF I STAY should definitely still check out WHERE SHE WENT, since I know many others enjoyed the second book more than the first. If you haven’t read the first yet though, I highly recommend it!
WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT is one of those books that is probably jFor more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!
Rating Clarification: 2.5 / 5
WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT is one of those books that is probably just not for me, especially considering what I was expecting and what I actually got out of my read. Overall, because of how jumbled I perceived the language to be and a lack of explanation or details, I felt like this was more of a “meh” read.
One of the things that bothered me was that XP wasn’t explained with tons of details. This is probably personal taste, but I wanted to know more details@ Sure, you get the general gist of the disease, but how did it come to be? There’s a series of short explanations, but again, I wanted to know more! Also, what type of light affected them? It’s mentioned that places (specifically, the ice rink) were lighted, so XP children couldn’t step into there, but it wasn’t natural sunlight, and in the blurb & the rest of the book, only natural light was mentioned. It also seemed like to me, XP wasn’t as explored or as involved in the story – instead, exploring XP was more like a plot device. Considering it was also mentioned in the blurb, I was hoping there was more sci-fi-ish stuff involved. Again, maybe it was just me, but overall I was still confused about the specifics of XP and was hoping it would be more involved in the story.
I also found that the characters were a bit flat and undeveloped. It was like my issue with XP – you’re able to understand the character’s general personality and characteristics, but you don’t really get to see the details or complexities in their minds. Some of the lesser characters also seemed like a sort of plot device. For example, there’s a part where one of Allie’s classmates is killed. Prior to her death, she’s mentioned for a few paragraphs, and Allie and her friend have a sort of happy moment, but I didn’t see a lot of emotion or relationship. To me, she was there to die and provoke Allie into doing what she eventually did.
Allie’s mind, to me, was also a jumbled mess. At one point, she might have been thinking of Juliet, then her next appointment, then her mom, then suddenly super emotional. I suppose I thought her mind moved a bit too quickly, and again, with a lack of detail or exploration.
The plot, however, was probably mostly what motivated me to keep on reading. It did have a good amount of mystery and twists, and at some points I was excited by the suspense! Allie and her friends also participated in Parkour, an extreme sport of a sort, which I also found to be interesting.
Overall though, I found that WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT was a mostly disappointing read :/ While I found an amount of suspense and mystery in the plot, the undeveloped characters, jumbled language, and lack of detail brought my experience down. Fans of Jacqueline Mitchard’s previous works might end up enjoying the novel, but personally I wouldn’t move this one to the top of your TBR.
* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. This did not influence my thoughts on the book. No monetary transaction took place. Thanks! *...more
I know it's pretty short, but it's a pretty good read for someone who's a fan of the Birthmarked series. Seeing a guys' POV is pretty rare in YA nowadI know it's pretty short, but it's a pretty good read for someone who's a fan of the Birthmarked series. Seeing a guys' POV is pretty rare in YA nowadays - especially one who's actually nice from the beginning. I was also curious to see what had happened between the events that Gaia herself mentioned - this book certainly helped to bridge that. However, what I liked the most was that Leon was so loyal to both his family, Gaia, and Gaia's friends & relatives. It's really shown, not just told in this book!
Overall, if you have a bit of time on your hands & are a fan of the Birthmarked series, I recommend Tortured - it gives you a lot more insight as to Leon's perspective and left me feeling more satisfied....more
I’m pretty confused about my own thoughts about this book.There were definitely aspects of the book thatThis review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
I’m pretty confused about my own thoughts about this book.There were definitely aspects of the book that I enjoyed, but I did feel like it could be so much better.
One thing that I really have to commend Gretchen for is for her writing style. It really is smooth, and at times really spooky. I have to admit I wasn’t as creeped out in Possess as I was in Ten, but it had a generally spooky feel to it. One of the reasons why I was able to finish this book in such a quick time, and was motivated to keep on reading was because I loved her writing style!
I also loved Gretchen’s take on exorcisms and demons. The subject itself is pretty interesting to me, so I loved learning about its mythology. I wish this aspect was actually explored a bit more, but for the most part, I enjoyed the mythological part of Possess!
The plot was pretty fast paced, although only a bit predictable. There weren’t any particularly large twists or turns, but I did like the exorcisms that took place. There was also bits of romance (some cliché, unfortunately…), typical (but hilarious!) high school experiences, and some mystery involved!
However, like in Ten, it’s the characters that disappointed me. There was the typical love interest, the snarky but beautiful and unpopular heroine, the best gay guy friend, and the other guy that loves the girl, even though the girl wasn’t really interested in him. I felt like in general I just didn’t connect with the characters, especially Bridget (the main character). I commend Gretchen for making her half-Asian, but she didn’t seem Chinese at all. Her physical traits were described so that she seemed more Irish, and there’s even a line in the beginning where she remarks, “Were you expecting someone more Chinese?” In general, I felt that Gretchen was making an attempt to diversify her character, but nothing really stood out in her that made her Chinese, especially since I’m an ABC (American Born Chinese) myself.
Overall, Possess was a relatively quick and mysterious read, with spooky exorcism fantasy and a fast-paced plot! Unfortunately however, the characters & romance didn’t appeal to me. I recommend this book to PNR fans, since this type of heroine, plot, and romance would appeal to fans of the genre ^__^ I will probably check out the next book in the series out of curiosity, although I am unlikely to buy a copy, nor will it be on the top of my TBR list....more
Pre-Review Thoughts - I was wondering if I should really write a review for this book - it’s a classic, and my thoughts about classics aren’t as refinPre-Review Thoughts - I was wondering if I should really write a review for this book - it’s a classic, and my thoughts about classics aren’t as refined as everyone else’s. But, I suppose, why not?
The world that Ray Bradbury is able to create mirrors our own exceptionally well. Keep in mind he wrote this in the 1950’s - but somehow, his interpretations of Seashells (earbuds), Jet Cars (really fast sport cars), Mechanical Hounds (trackers/droids), Sleep Lozenges (sleeping pills), and addictions to technology are almost dead-on. (No books?! What shall I do?)
But what really affected me were my thoughts after the book. To be honest, part of it was because I was also reading this for my freshman literature class. However, the thought that such a society could exist and it was very possible that the US, along with other very industrialized places of the world, may become like this. It scares me a little, although as Bradbury tells you, like the phoenix, which burns itself and is reborn in the fire, destruction will result in creation, although mankind will probably make the mistakes again.
And maybe this book has flaws (as another reviewer points out, paper burns at 451 degrees Celsius, not Fahrenheit), but that’s not the point. What makes this book outstanding for me is that it is able to provoke my thoughts about what’s messed up with the society and its future. After all, that’s the point of dystopian fiction.
Overall, Fahrenheit 451 is a must-read for young adults or adults, to provoke your thoughts (and maybe change...?)...more
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Before I get through the gist of this review, let me just say that I loved this book. AndCheck out my tour stop for the book here to read an excerpt!
Before I get through the gist of this review, let me just say that I loved this book. And that anything I might continue to say may sound like complete gibberish. Because holy geez, Of Silver and Beasts was amazing! So many feels, magic, action - everything I love!
Let's start off with the plot! Like most YA fantasy or adventure stories I like, there's action, fight scenes, magic, etc. Basically the quick, readable, entertaining stuff that usually keeps me reading. What I didn't expect though, was how the novel really hooked me in, keeping me past midnight to finish. Sure, usually the action in any novel will maintain my interest, but the different feels in the novel also captivated me. For the sake of not spoiling the plot, let's just say "bad things" happen. Though I hated that bad things had to happen, these things do keep me reading! It seemed like every time something devastating happened, I just had to find out what happens next, in hope that Kal somehow will save the day. Eventually, she would do something to help out, only to have something else happen to someone she cares about. Of course this cycle went on and on until the book ends, while I cry for more.
But the story wouldn't be this captivating without the feels. SO. MANY. FEELS. As I said before, there are some pretty bad things that happened, but there was one particular thing in the end that I just hated. And of course by that, I also mean that I loved it, however much sense that makes. Admittedly, you can somewhat predict it would happen, but still, it's so devastating! Again, however much this might make sense, in my head it was like, how-could-you-do-this-to-me-argh-why-why-why-where's-the-next-book-how-dare-you-end-it-this-way-but-wait-i-love-you.
And of course there's the characters! Kal initially came off as a bit cold of a character, but definitely a strong one. However, I liked that eventually you get to see her more vulnerable side, when her loved ones are faced in terribly dangerous situations. I also admired her undying loyalty towards the Queen and her duty - I can't imagine doing something like that myself! The rest of the Nactue Guard was also admirable, though I'd love to see more of them! (Or *slight spoiler*what's left of them dun dun dun...)
Like the one in Astarte's Wrath, the romance here in Of Silver and Beasts was also slowly developed, but just as sweet, intense, and delicious. Unlike Astarte's Wrath or many other fantasy-romance novels, however, the romance isn't so much the center of the story, or very obvious from the beginning. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the development of the romance and the love interest himself. Trust me, the romance is definitely swoonworthy and full of chemistry.
One more thing I feel like I should mention is the world. The part of the world you see in the majority of the novel is much darker than I expected, with a gladiator ring and ferocious beasts of sorts. Mercury, technology and different gods also plays a vital part in the world, though I'm hoping there's more of that explained in the next book. Overall, though, I thought the world Trisha Wolfe built here was solid and intriguing!
Clearly, Of Silver and Beasts is a novel that I just can't stop fangirling about! I enjoyed everything in the novel, and was immensely swayed by the different emotions and characters. If you're looking for a NA fantasy, dark fantasy-romance, or paranormal romance, pick this one up ASAP - you won't be disappointed!
* Thank you to Trisha Wolfe & the Tuff Girl Legion for the review copy!...more
Essentially, I think that Peregrine Harker and the Black Death is a book that’s like your typical middle grSee more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!
Essentially, I think that Peregrine Harker and the Black Death is a book that’s like your typical middle grade adventure. First, Peregrine – he’s all kinds of intelligent, adventurous, brave and selfless, and never hesitated to snoop especially even if it wasn’t the best idea. I couldn’t help but root him on in his adventures! Speaking of which, his story was exciting and so much fun to read. There was so much action and creativity around every corner, whether Peregrine was trapped in, escaping an exploding building or, literally, running for his life.
However, this novel also suffers in its lack of complexity. The novel’s classified as Young Adult on Goodreads and NetGalley, but as I’ve mentioned, it’s really like a middle grade novel. The plot, despite enjoyable and fun, was predictable. When compared to a lot of YA mysteries I’ve read, the underlying mystery of the book was extremely easy for me, and possibly many others, to solve. The characters, though likable, were also undeveloped. Even our main character Peregrine didn’t really show much complexity.
Though perhaps simple, Peregrine Harker and the Black Death was a novel that I ultimately enjoyed. I especially recommend this book for middle grade fans or readers looking for a simply fun story – this read is pure fun!
* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley. This did not affect my opinion of the book....more
Finding Mia is one of those books that just really connected with me, kind of on an emotioFor more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!
Finding Mia is one of those books that just really connected with me, kind of on an emotional level. I have to admit that the writing style wasn’t absolutely fantastic - some of the transitions seemed kind of awkward, and some things could have been worded a bit better - but I found that Mia was great to relate to, in some aspects.
The teenagers in this book were, on a certain level, really easy to relate to. When Mia feels frustrated at her parents, you really could see both sides of the story - on one hand, as a teenager, I would have reacted the same way as Mia might have, even though I clearly did something wrong. On the other hand, as you also get to see from Mia’s father & Suzanne’s point of view, that they really did try to care about her, but didn’t know how to. As the story went on, I loved the emotions that were portrayed, which is the one of the main reasons why I enjoyed the story (:
The author is also able to portray all the characters in such a way that kind of makes my heart break. Even the supporting characters had different but very important roles in the story. Mia's father & Suzanne, although adults, still had some mystery and a lot of emotion behind their roles. Gretchen, one of Mia's new friends, is a popular, beautiful, and rich girl, but is also ignored by her parents for the most part, and also holds complexity. Throughout the story, every character you meet somehow attaches him or herself to you, eventually intertwining each of their side stories into one gigantic beautiful novel (:
However, to me, the writing style isn’t the best. Although the words and sentences themselves were great, sometimes it felt like the story and writing was just jumping back and forth. Specifically, I felt like the transitions between some of the diary entries and actual story seemed... awkward I suppose? It might just be me, but those are my thoughts.The ending also ended abruptly, and although there was a sense of satisfaction, it just... ended, I suppose.
Overall, Finding Mia was an emotional and realistic contemporary YA read. With the perfect balance of sorrow, hope, romance, and shock, I really fell in love with the characters & story. This book is a must read for YA contemporary fans!
*Thank to you the author for providing me a review copy with this book*...more
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Rating Clarification: 1.5 / 5
At first glance, the blurb definitely gives a sense of mystery, especially one around Tink. It seemed to me that Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You would be a touching story, full of emotion. While the stories presented in the book, to an extent, touched me, I found that the writing did not appeal to my tastes...
The book is mainly divided into three parts, covering the stories of Merissa, Tink, and Nadia. Honestly, I found it extremely hard to get through Merissa's part of the story - her voice just didn't click with me, and she seemed detached. You learn that she's naturally beautiful, skinny, and popular, but is under a lot of pressure and cuts. For one, her "reason" for cutting didn't make sense to me. I might have understood this wrong, but apparently she can't have an eating disorder since she's already pretty skinny, so cutting is... better?
Her voice also jumped around a lot, which made for a lot of confusion on my part. Reading Merissa's story at that point seemed taxing to me, considering her attitude. At one point, she calls Nadia "flabby", when she's only 119 pounds, which is probably one of the reasons Nadia eventually developed an eating disorder. Her mom, who clearly loved Merissa, was always being put down in Merissa's head. The way that she interacted with other guys in school just made her seem like an ice queen.
There's also not really an ending to Merissa's story... it just stops. I was hoping that there was some kind of ending which wrapped everything up, but we just moved on towards Tink's story. Then when we encounter Merissa again in Nadia's story, she seems well and is interested in another boy. The transition just seemed awkward, I suppose.
In Tink's story, you get to learn more details about what happened in the past, as well as what kind of person Tink was. This part was much less confusing for me, but I still felt like the narrator's voice was detached. However, after reading Tink's part of the story, however interesting it was, I felt like each parts of the story didn't really relate - they read more like three short stories in the same world, rather than one whole novel. Personally, that type of writing didn't appeal to me, but other readers might think differently.
Finally, in Nadia's story, you learn about a crush on a teacher she has, as well as her eating disorder. I felt like the half of her story where she talks about being called a "slut" and her eating disorder were interesting, realistic, and touching to an extent. However, how her eventual crush turned out was unrealistic - honestly, who would start a petition to get that teacher back, and would it really work? In my mind, it couldn't happen. At that point, Nadia also seemed so naive - her teacher obviously didn't like her back, and she was doing something that was unnecessary and stupid...
Overall, Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You was a disappointing read :/ The different voices of the characters, jumbled-ness of the writing, and realistic-ness of the book didn't appeal to me. I'm not too sure who to recommend it to - maybe fans of Oates' other YA novels?
Compared to its prequel, REFLECTION, REACTION definitely has a different feel to it. WhilThis review first appeared as a tour stop on Moosubi Reviews!
Compared to its prequel, REFLECTION, REACTION definitely has a different feel to it. While the first book really developed Heather and Nick’s relationship, REACTION doesn’t start happily, but with a lot of raw emotion. Even though the two books were different, I definitely still enjoyed REACTION!
One of the best things about Jessica Roberts’ works is her ability to really connect me to her characters. There was a lot of emotion and realistic-ness in her writing, and I could definitely relate to Heather’s feelings. Throughout the novel, I definitely felt bad for her, and had a slight feeling of satisfaction whenever she made a cynical remark. The language was just so beautiful!
You also really get to see Heather’s relationships with some new people (Jerry, Bob, Doc, etc.) and some older relationships really develop (like Creed, Liz, etc.) It was amazing to see everyone support each other no matter what, and I admired the strength of their bonds. I especially liked her relationship with Creed and Liz as it developed into something more.
The plot also brings some surprising new developments, some very surprising but refreshing and intriguing, and some just so… beautiful (I’m not sure how else to describe it!) There’s one scene that Heather finally visits someone she hasn’t seen for such a long time, and their reunion is great!
As for Heather and Nick… they’re the type of people that fans of the series just want to get together again. I was always rooting for them, and there were moments where I literally screamed in my head, “Aaaawwww!” The eventual ending seemed a bit rushed, but still satisfying (:
Overall, REACTION was an emotion filled read, and a great sequel to Reflection! Some new characters are introduced, and the old are still well developed, and it truly is a beautiful story (: I recommend this book to fans of the first book, and to fans of contemporary romance! ...more
First of all, like I said earlier in the post, although I would classify this book as a New AdulFor more reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!
First of all, like I said earlier in the post, although I would classify this book as a New Adult book, I would say it holds YA appeal. There's no explicit or mature content of the source (no sex or swearing, as far as I can remember), but there is some cutesy romance that many YA readers would probably enjoy. The language is also flowy and easy to read, perfect for a weekend read (:
In this book, Paige has "glimmers" into the past, where she experiences another person's memories by touching their possessions. Throughout the book, she goes through three of these "glimmers", that kind of read like short stories. The stories' plot and content themselves were interesting - I would say they were mostly of the romance genre, but they developed in a cute and innocent type of way. It wasn't insta-love, but more written in a Sarah Dessen type of way, so I did enjoy them for the most part. My only complaint is that the transitions between the present and Paige's glimmers seemed a little awkward - Paige would touch the object, she would think there's a glimmer coming up, and the glimmer would come. Apart from that though, I loved the author's story!
Barbara Brooke's writing style is also easy to read, making this a quick weekend read for me! My curiosity of what would happen next kept me turning pages for a long time, until the sweet ending. Each of the character's voices was also engaging and relatable, especially for a teenager like me ^__^ My only complaint is that because this book was such a light, easy, and fun read, some parts of the book seemed a bit rushed, but not too much. The ending was also a bit predictable, but again, it was fulfilling and sweet!
Overall, Glimmers was a short and sweet romance read, one that would probably appeal to YA and Adult readers of romance alike! This book is also the first part in a series, the second being Beyond Glimmers, but it could also be read as a stand alone (: If you're looking for a fulfilling but short, sweet and cheap read, I highly recommend this book to you!
*Thank you to CBB Book Promotions & Barbara Brooke for providing me a review copy of this book*...more
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Rating Clarification: 3.5 / 5
WISH I COULD HAVE SAID GOODBYE was a perfect mix of sadness and joy. While it could have thrived as an very depressing book, its combination of sorrowful moments and romantic, but sweet and happy times will appeal to many readers, as it did to me! (:
Marcella, more commonly known as Mello, isn’t the strongest, prettiest, or smartest heroine, but she definitely was a memorable and believable one. At times, she’s vulnerable and decides to lie or run away from tough situations, but realistically, who wouldn’t? Her emotions were well flushed out, believable, and beautiful, and for that reason, I was able to connect with her character. For example, she had a pretty complex, but maybe common, relationship with her parents. On one hand, her parents wanted to shelter Mello and overreacted a lot, as an attempt to hold onto their last child. On the other hand, Mello needed space and freedom, in order to experience more out of life and grow. I felt like I really felt Mello’s frustrations and, to an extent, I understood what she was going through.
The side characters also added more to the story! Along with Mello’s parents, I also adored Howie (he was so sweet & cute!), her best friend Anna, and Francesca’s boyfriend, Donny. I liked that Anna and Mello’s relationship wasn’t cliché – their friendship wasn’t perfect, but at the end, they were still supportive of each other. Donny also brought another very different perspective to the story, and his breakdown and eventual recovery were almost as heartbreaking but also as joyful as Mello’s.
As for Howie, he really was the source of sunshine in Mello’s world. He’s the type of guy you might have wanted to date in high school: cute, nice, and totally understanding of you. I felt like their relationship not only was cute and enjoyable to read about, but also held chemistry, too. (Almost) mostly importantly for me, it also didn’t feel like Howie was simply a plot device, or an excuse to write in a romance, since it seems like in YA, many authors add romance, where it didn’t belong or didn’t feel necessary.
Overall, WISH I COULD HAVE SAID GOODBYE was a fast, emotional and beautifully written read, with perfect amounts of both heartbreak and smiles. Fans of authors like Hannah Harrington (I found that I had a similar experience with Saving June), Deb Caletti, or YA Contemporary in general will devour this book!
* I received a free copy of this book for the blog tour for review purposes. This did not affect my opinion of the book. No monetary transaction was made. Thanks! *...more
Usually when you think zombies, you probably think something along the lines of The Walking Dead or a gory horror movie. The Grave Winner, on the other hand, is more of a fantasy-zombie hybrid, with both enchanting magic and romance you might expect from a fantasy novel, kick-butt action and creeps you might expect from a zombie novel, and strong characters and storyline a reader would want from any story!
As a whole, I really enjoyed the characters! Leigh is your classic kick-ass heroine, whether she’s fighting off evil witches, zombies, or cheerleaders. But at the same time, she’s also a loving, normal girl who cares for her best friend, father, and cute little sister. I personally admired her ability to keep a clear head and put her family and friends’ well-being before her own, especially when there were zombies, her mother’s death, and high school drama to deal with. By the end of the novel, her character really grew on me!
Other than Leigh, I also really enjoyed Jo’s character. She was a really quirky and happy character, which I always adored and always added light to the story. And just like how Leigh stuck by Jo through thick and thin, Jo also stuck by Leigh. In a way, Jo even reminded me of Jenna in Rachel Hawkin’s Hex Hall series, by always making me smile even in the most serious (and maybe inappropriate) situations.
I think the only character I had trouble connecting with was Callum, mostly because I found the other love interest Tram to be much more swoonworthy. Usually love triangles don’t work for me since I find myself liking one interest much more than the other, and unfortunately, this one is the same case. In my opinion, Tram was much sweeter, a lot more loyal, and just all around a great guy. And as much as I like the friend-turned-lover path, Callum didn’t appeal to me as much since he always seemed to change his mind about Leigh. Nevertheless, I did admire his loyalty to Leigh. Hopefully more of his relationship with her, not only as a lover, but also as a friend, will develop in the next book!
Which brings me to the rest of the storyline! What I think makes it so appealing is that there’s something that might appeal to every kind of YA reader. For fantasy readers, there are the powers, rituals, witches and spells. For the romance fans, there’s, of course, the love triangle (though, again, I’m Team Tram all the way :D). For action fans, the quick pace and large number of fight scenes will definitely satisfy them. Even for contemporary fans, the different relationships between characters and classic high school drama might appeal to them. I personally enjoyed this combination of action, magic, and character, as it just made me even more engrossed in the story.
Above all, The Grave Winner was a book that I immensely enjoyed. Though I had issues with the love triangle, its quick paced storyline definitely compensated. I’d recommend it to fans of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, as they would probably devour the magic and action as I did! Otherwise, I’d suggest it if you’re looking for a quick, action-filled fantasy read!
* Thank you to the author for providing me a review copy of this book!...more
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This book was just fun! I'm not how else to describe it - after all, I had fun reading it, the language was easy and fun to go along with, and the story was a joy to follow along - and just fun haha ^__^
The language is extremely easy to get hooked on, especially if you're in the mood for something along the lines of a fantasy-adventure. The style of writing was light and humorous, something that of a fourteen year old like Matt Archer. There was also a good amount of humor in the book, along with non stop action (Monster-Killing! Fight scenes!) and a bit of mystery. Because that, this type of book might also appeal to an older MG reader, especially guys, considering that the romance portion of the book was kept to a minimum, but the action and language may appeal to that specific age group.
Matt was also a great character, perfect for the setting of the story. In the fantastical element of the book, he definitely grew a lot as a person and as a warrior. Being a high school student myself, there were also certain aspects of his character that I found exactly like resembling that of a younger high school student. His troubles with his older brother, his crush, algebra (ewww), and monsters all in all made him an endearing character to follow along in his journey.
Other than that, I also liked his relationships with his family and best friend, as well as the fantasy elements of the book. As I mentioned before, I liked the elements of realism in this book, despite the fantasy genre. His close relationship with his uncle and best friend, but not-so-close bond with his siblings, were nicely portrayed. The main fantasy element of the book, monsters, was also an interesting topic. Eventually, Matt finds out about the origin of the them, which for me was actually quite unexpected. Exploring their mythology and being was intriguing for me, but I think it's important to note that there are small religious aspects of their origin. Personally, I didn't mind it, but it may be a small problem to a certain group of readers.
Overall, Matt Archer: Monster Hunter was a quick and enjoyable read! The magic and mystery of the monsters as well as the realisticness of the characters would make this a great read for a male readers, even in the older MG age group (:...more
If you know me well enough as a reader, it's no secret that (well-written) fantasy is my favorite genre.This review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
If you know me well enough as a reader, it's no secret that (well-written) fantasy is my favorite genre. I love everything about the genre - the magic, the world, the different characters, the adventure - whatever you can think of! That being said, as a fantasy fan, Broken Aro satisfied my need of a good fantasy read.
Aro is the type of character that I could relate to, in a way. I do have older siblings, although we don't share the same types of relationships as Aro and her brothers did, but I could understand her feelings of helplessness, and just wanting to break down. Throughout the book, there were times where Aro wasn't the strongest character - in fact, she completely broke down. But that's what made me like her - if she's too strong, she's not believable, and there's no struggle. Eventually, she does become a stronger and promising character, and hopefully throughout the rest of the series, we get to see her character grow even more.
The writing style was fluent and vivid, and immediately sucked me in. Usually in epic fantasy, the action or adventure and fantastical elements are written beautifully, but it's the characters and world building / style that really add to my experience. I felt that the book overall wasn't long enough for the world building to really develop (you already get an idea of how this world works though), but the novel was written in such a way that I was able to read through it quickly, but enjoyably!
As for the romance, there might be a romance brewing, and there's definitely some romantically-tense moments in the book, although I can't exactly see how it would turn out in the end. There's a large emphasis on familial relationships, which I really admired! Hopefully in the next book, this trend will continue ^__^
My only complaint is that the book seemed too short! One of my issues with the plot is that there didn't seem to be largely developed struggles, but part of the reason was that the book itself wasn't very long. The "climax" was a bit anti-climatic too, although there still is a lot of action, and the ending is open-ended. Still, I definitely enjoyed this short read!
Overall, Broken Aro was a quick, enjoyable, and fun fantasy read. I definitely recommend this book to YA Fantasy fans, and even to romance fans, although the romance isn't concrete! I will be reading the next book - hopefully it will be as good as the first (:
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First of all, I would like to thank the author for providing a free copy of this book c:
The best thing about this book is its originality – most angel and demon books I’ve read are very clear – demons are bad, angels are good. This book questions those beliefs, and does so in a unique fashion. Taylor’s role is also different from most books – she’s not an angel, demon, or a simple love interest, but instead is (view spoiler)[ similar to an enemy (hide spoiler)].
The plot is mildly engaging – it is interesting enough for you to want to keep reading, although it isn’t as suspenseful as it could be. However, there are points in the book where you think afterwards, Wow... I can't believed that happened" or something along the lines of that.
The main problem I had with the book is the lack of characterization and relationship development. Taylor and Gabriel’s relationship seemed rather flat, and is the classic “love at first sight tale”, without as much charm, as did Sam and Chris’s. Moreover, I found there wasn’t really anything interesting about Taylor (aside from her gifts), who seemed like the classic college girl and Sam (aside from the fact that she has a relationship with a demon), who seems like the classic prom-queen-cheerleader-pretty-good-at-everything-but-best-friends-with-the-normal-girl. Hopefully, there will be more of that in the rest of the trilogy (which I plan to read because the idea itself is so interesting).
Overall, a book of this nature and price is worth reading, especially if you’re looking for a light, paranormal romance and aren’t picky with characters (unlike me, most of the time).
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OUR SONG starts off with an extremely slow beginning. There’s not much for me to say, because, well, not muchSee more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!
OUR SONG starts off with an extremely slow beginning. There’s not much for me to say, because, well, not much really happened. I’d say for the first thirty of forty percent of the book, basically Olive goes to school, talks about her parents, Amie, and Derek, and sulks a bit. So, yeah. I got a bit bored :/ But once Nick came in the picture, things definitely got moving faster, and the book becomes more like your typical sweet YA story. They go on some really, really cute dates (think wide, flowery fields and rainy days!), and of course I did some serious swooning. After all, how can I resist a sweet, smart and British-accented guy? (;
I also eventually came to really enjoy Olive’s character. She’s really just your normal teenage girl, who’s a bit naïve at the beginning, but really sweet at heart. I couldn’t help but sympathize with her pain, and eventually root for her to succeed! Her character also really grows by the end of novel. By the end, Olive is much more independent, less afraid and in general, much more free-spirited. It was also really encouraging to see that she could get up by herself, especially after all the things that happened to her. She simply becomes her own person and discovers her own identity.
Amie was also a great character! She’s a bit weirder and more outgoing than Olive, which is part of the reason I loved her character. From the beginning, she was never afraid to be herself, and always supported Olive in whatever she chose to do. When she thought Olive was making a mistake, Amie also didn’t hesitate to tell her so. I also liked that she didn’t follow many of the best friend clichés – she wasn’t overly sarcastic or the classic beautiful best friend that the main heroine was jealous of.
However, what really set OUR SONG apart from most other YA contemporaries is the “song” Olive always heard in her head (after her accident, Olive has vivid memories of a song, and hears it in her head almost everywhere she goes). The song itself was intriguing and somewhat haunting. But its existence and part in the plot were what really pulled me in! Whenever Olive was having a flashback, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the beauty and mystery of the song. And when what truly happened was revealed, all of the emotions, mystery and beauty of the song really came together!
OUR SONG, though slow in the beginning, was still a well-written and enjoyable story, as its realistic characters and lyrical scenes really pulled me in. I recommend this to contemporary fans or previous readers of Jordanna Fraiberg – they’ll swoon for Nick, root for Olive and be haunted by its song just as I did!
* A copy of the novel was provided for the blog tour. This did not affect my opinion of the book – this review expresses my honest opinions....more
I’m not exactly sure why, but Indigo Awakening just wasn’t for me. Theoretically, I should have fell in love with the book – there was an aweso[2/5]
I’m not exactly sure why, but Indigo Awakening just wasn’t for me. Theoretically, I should have fell in love with the book – there was an awesome concept, the plot was quick-moving, and there was a lot of action. Still, probably because of the romance between Rayne & Gabriel, I found it hard to finish and enjoy the book, especially at the beginning.
The most glaring issue, for me, was Rayne & Gabriel’s initial relationship. It might have been just me, but am I the only one who thinks these quotes just reek of insta-love? If not, they still had me rolling my eyes…*
“Rayne still felt under the influence of her hyped adrenaline, and getting saved had made her plenty grateful, but one thought took root when she looked at him again. He looked… beautiful. Seeing him in the sahdows, looking up at her, did a number on her heart – a reaction she fought against.”
“Gabriel touching her face felt like the most natural thing. Rayne had a connection to him that she couldn’t explain.”
“Epic cuteness. Rayne smiled. She felt closer to Gabriel than she ever had before.” (This was about 1/3 into the book, and they had met about 15% through, and there were other POVs introduced. My main question was if they were really that close before? Maybe I’m just being picky.)
And this one might not totally be insta-love, but I was still doing eye-rolls afterwards…
“Her eyes triggered something in him – a need. The years of him running hiding, not trusting anyone – they had come at a price that she made him feel”.
* I am quoting from the eARC I received through NetGalley.
Apart from that, I found that Dane’s writing style was a bit… irkish for me, I suppose. There are some awkward transitions between the text, as well as some misused words here and there. Sometimes Rayne also refers to Gabriel (or vice versa) in strange ways. For example: (and again, I’m quoting from the eARC I received on NetGalley, so this might have been corrected)
“Her bike carried good memories and she needed the positive karma.” (Karma is good fate you get for doing good things, not for good memories)
“When Rayne shook her head, the guy named for an angel hit her with a slow smile, another weapon in his arsenal.” (For me, the language “named for an angel” and “another weapon in his arsenal” was just awkward :/)
“The whole scene looked like a disaster flick in a cheesy movie.” (So it looked like a disaster movie… in a cheesy movie?)
“With tears stinging her eyes, she winced at the kinetic energy that jolted through her body.” (Considering the actual physics definition, the use of “kinetic energy was a bit strange.)
Again, these language issues might just be me, and they might have been corrected in the final draft of the book, but this was based on my experience of reading the eARC I received.
There were also a lot of POVs to keep track of, three of them belonging to the villains of the story. I didn’t really feel the need to go into the minds of that many villains, and some of the transitions (again, maybe because of the formatting of the eARC) were awkward. I did enjoy Rafe’s POV though – the small sneak peak of the next book was actually written mostly in his POV, and I was definitely intrigued!
Despite it all, the plot was still filled with action and was quick-paced (well, when Rayne and Gabriel weren’t gazing into each other’s amber & grey eyes). Rafe & Benny were also adorable characters, and I loved their clever voices and banter. The last 10 or 15 percent or so of the book was also probably my favorite part – there was a lot of action, at a non-stop pace, and the Indigos’ abilities were well portrayed and intriguing, although I wish some of the backstory was delved into.
And on a side note, the last line of the book, “_______________ is my ______”…
4 Stars! (Or if I wanted to be specific, 3.979999…)
As a whole, this book was relatively short, but enjoyable.
Knowing that I’m one that loves fairy tal4 Stars! (Or if I wanted to be specific, 3.979999…)
As a whole, this book was relatively short, but enjoyable.
Knowing that I’m one that loves fairy tales, seeing as how I’ve attended all twenty-four of my brother’s plays that involved them (one of them being “The Princess and the Pea”, I knew I was going to enjoy this book (which by the way, I did).
The fact that Violet was different and wasn’t afraid to show it was the main reason I enjoyed this book. On one hand, Violet is a likeable character – she’s pretty, nice, friendly, etc. – who you would expect to be the princess in a fairy tale. On the other hand, she was raised in a farm, and is therefore different from the rest of the princesses competing. For example, the first test was to feel which piece of cloth was silk, and which was cotton. (view spoiler)[Although they were all silk (hide spoiler)], Violet was at a disadvantage since unlike the other princesses, she was taught to cook and farm, not to embroider soft silk.
Additionally, I liked how the author changed the story. It was kind of strange to me that the princess had to show her worth through her sensitivity to a pea under the mattress. But the author puts a good twist on it by (view spoiler)[making the "sensitivity test" a fluke, but actually about personality (hide spoiler)].
The only problems I had with this book (and I’m sure it’s the same for many other fairy tail retellings) are the large coincidental factor, the simplicity of the antagonist, and how easily characters fall in love. For example, why was it that Richard happened to be sick at the home of a former princess? Why couldn’t it have happened to be another girl? Is Cecilia’s character as simple as hating Violet? And how had Richard fallen in love with Violet so easily, and vice versa? Perhaps I don’t understand love well enough, but this is always something I think of when I’m reading romance novels.
But despite those few problems, I would recommend this book to people who like fairy tales, because the book brought back sweet memories of the many plays and bedtime stories I experienced years ago. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more