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Since this review might be pretty long, I will provide two versions.
The Short Version: This bLet us start off with yet another freaking-out-OMG GIF:
Since this review might be pretty long, I will provide two versions.
The Short Version: This book was epic. Just full of awesomeness. EPIC. I loved the fantasy, the characters, the plot, the world – everything!
The Long Version:
Let’s start off with the characters. Emariya was pretty darn awesome. She’s not your typical kick-butt ninja-fighting heroine, but it’s clear that she’s a determined character and really cares about her country. The number of sacrifices she makes is extraordinary, and I admired her quick thinking and bravery throughout the novel. And even though she’s expected to be queen, there were still aspects of her character that I related to as a person, and I really connected to her (:
The love interest, Torian, is actually introduced pretty late into the novel, but I actually felt like he and Emariya had good chemistry. There was a bit of fantasy involved, but for the most part, their relationship did seem to have some depth. It also had its ups and downs, and hopefully I will see it develop more in the next book!
As for the side characters, like Jessa, Khane, Reece, and Garith, I felt like each had a pretty important role. They each had unique traits, which were shown throughout the novel. Jessa had a great friendship with Emariya, while Garith genuinely cared and loved Riya. I especially liked that Garith wasn’t too obsessive either, and there wasn’t an annoying love triangle. As for Khane and Reece, they each have pretty interesting and mysterious roles in the novel, and hopefully they will appear more later!
The general structure of the plot is actually pretty simplistic, but in the mix were a lot of magic, action, and mystery! As the first book in the series, there wasn’t as much fantasy as I might have wanted, but there seemed to be a lot more in the end. Still, the different lands enchanted me, with each custom and setting (:
However, there was one huge twist at the end that I didn’t suspect until very late in the book. It definitely shed new light onto a lot of the characters, and right now I’m probably still in shock because of it :o And of course, like most authors that I love, there’s a cliffhanger. It’s not as gaping as some, but it definitely left me hungering for more!
Overall, Cornerstone is absolutely fantastic! Full of magic, action, twists, and excitement, this is a must-read for any fantasy fan (: I will definitely be reading the next book!
*Thank you so so much to Kelly Walker for providing me a review copy of this book! The fact that I received a review copy has not affected my opinion.*...more
With great amounts of humor, cutesiness, romance, and geekiness, ANIMATE ME was a near-perfect contemporary romance! I did have some small issues with the book, but overall it was an enjoyable and satisfying read!
One of the things that originally attracted me to ANIMATE ME was the aspect of animation and comics. I'd like to think that I'm a pretty big fan of them, though I admit that I had almost no clue about how this process worked. That being said, I really liked that Clampett gives the reader a chance to look into that fascinating world! There's the little things in the setting, like the workplace, drawing board, meetings, the start of getting his comic book published etc., that truly made me curious and excited. Even Brooke and Nathan's conversations about animators made me chuckle (:
I also felt like Nathan and Brooke had great chemistry! There's plenty of instances where I find that the couple in a novel is really sweet and likable, but I can't feel their "connection". This might sound cheesy, but I really did think Nathan and Brooke had that connection and were great for each other. Both of them were such sweet characters with many similar traits, but also had many differences in their family life and goals. I really enjoyed learning about both of them and seeing them become close friends, and eventually lovers!
However, ANIMATE ME also shines with its side characters. Since this is mentioned in the blurb, I don't consider this a major spoiler, but there's an uprising of sorts against Arnauld, who's basically your big bad boss guy. Throughout this process, you see each of Nathan's family members and friends come together in their own unique ways, all to support this one person. I think the only way to really explain it is comparing it to those moments in movies where you see all the people a hero has made friends with along the way to help with a "final battle". Again, true, it may be cheesy. But it's heartwarming, and again, entertaining to read!
Another thing about this book is that it's a very readable and short read. This might be a good thing or a bad thing, but I found that the plot is just pure light, fun, and sweetness. Obviously, I personally really enjoyed this - the ending, though a bit predictable, was satisfying and warmed my heart, and the banter between the characters made me smile plenty of times! In my opinion, there's also a good deal of "cheesiness", like when you see Arnauld (literally) portrayed as an evil monkey man, and the mushy but adorable proclamations and acts of love. But again, I ended up really enjoying it, because it was so fun to read!
But I also found that ANIMATE ME was still more than just a sweet, fluffy read. For one, the different sketches you see throughout the book are great - not only do they look amazing, but they also add to my idea of Nathan's persona! And not to mention there are some, erm, let's just say "hotter" scenes too (;
ANIMATE ME is a contemporary story that entertained and delighted me from beginning to end, whether it be through its stunning sketches, literal laugh-out-loud humor, and downright adorable moments. Readers looking for a light, well-written adult or new adult contemporary romance should definitely check this on out ASAP!
* A copy of this book was provided for the blog tour. This did not affect my opinion of the book....more
Bittersweet and Magical: A Review of Tides by Betsy Cornwell Soon-to-be college student Noah Gallagher expects a boring summer with his sister and graBittersweet and Magical: A Review of Tides by Betsy Cornwell Soon-to-be college student Noah Gallagher expects a boring summer with his sister and grandmother and working a marine biology internship. Then he meets Mara, who’s beautiful, mysterious and shares a chemistry like never before, only to find out she’s a selkie like those in his grandmother’s tales. Soon, Noah embarks on a quest to save Mara’s kidnapped selkie sister.TIDES isn’t the most exciting or quick-paced book, but it’s definitely a beautifully written novel. The language flows extremely well and has a mellow, peaceful sort of feel that’s both pleasant sounding and intriguing. The world Cornwell creates is especially beautiful, making you feel as if you can actually feel and see the island and ocean! However, because of this the plot moves more slowly, focusing more on building the world and sweet romance. In fact, Noah actually doesn’t start investigating the kidnapping until after over half of the book. I was also a bit disappointed to see not as much focus on Lo’s bulimia, as it was resolved pretty easily.Still, TIDES is a very well-written story, complete with a heartbreaking and bittersweet ending. Cornwell's world and language is beautifully crafted, and definitely an author to watch out for! Younger fantasy readers or fans of selkie lore definitely should check this book out.
* I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. This did not affect my opinion of the book....more
Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating.
First of all, I would like tDisclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating.
First of all, I would like to thank the author for providing me with a free review copy. However, since this is an honest review, I apologize for my negative words, and am in no way trying to disrespect you.
I was really psyched by the description of this book – it’s pretty rare to have a contemporary YA book set in the Amazon. I suppose I was expecting something along the lines of naked natives in tents. To a degree, this is true, but unfortunately, the writing and plot style of this book wasn’t for me.
Let me start off with what I liked – mainly the setting of the book. As I said before, a contemporary YA book set in Amazon is pretty rare, and seeing a tribe there was unique and held some of my interest. I liked reading about the trees, tribes’ rituals, and beauty of nature!
However, the main thing that put me off was the fact that despite being away from the Amazon most of her life and knowing almost nothing about the Guardians or her heritage, Julia was able to master her abilities and be considered very powerful, very easily. I was hoping to see her struggle or grow a bit, but this did not happen.
Moreover, there was the dreaded triangle trap. I suppose I’m sick of it by now, but if used effectively, I might not have minded. However, Julia, Gabriel, and Yoji pretty much all fell to insta-love. I didn’t see much of their relationships developing; just a lot of heated cheeks, wistful or annoyed looks, and mind reading. But what really put me off was the fact that (view spoiler)[Julia was so repulsed at Gabriel because he was an alien =__= Maybe it’s because her relationship with him to begin with wasn’t that developed, but if she was really in love with him as she claimed to be, why wouldn’t she choose him? I remember in another YA PNR book, when the protagonist found out her love was an alien but couldn’t be with him because of the rules, she fought and became accepted into her society through her own will. That would be how you show your love. (hide spoiler)] Other than that, there wasn’t much chemistry between Julia and Yoji anyways (she even mentioned him being like an older brother…) – how could she consider him to be a suitable lover?
The writing style also didn’t suit me. When I was reading, I found that many of the “clues” the author left were so, so obvious – it was practically pointed out. There was almost no mystery for me – I predicted the ending a few chapters ahead of the “climax”. Quite a few spelling and grammar mistakes were also made – I might be being a tad picky because I just came back from an SAT English class, but the way I imagined Julia’s voice put me off, especially since some of her thoughts seemed to eloquent for a teenager.
Overall, this book wasn’t for me. If you’re sick of insta-love and love triangles, skip Swirls. However, if you don’t mind them and are looking for a PNR book with a unique setting, go ahead and read it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I think the best word to describe this book is mind blowing. This is my second book by David Estes I've read, the first one being Angel Evolution, whiI think the best word to describe this book is mind blowing. This is my second book by David Estes I've read, the first one being Angel Evolution, which I thought was good, but not ah-may-zing. However, The Moon Dwellers pretty much blew me away.
The best part about this book is probably the protagonist, Adele, and the kick-ass action in the plot. The book was definitely exciting from the start, and although Adele had some inner vulnerabilities, she remained an amazingly strong character throughout the book. I was amazed at her abilities to think and react quickly, as well has her willingness to sacrifice her own well-being for those that she cares about. Sure, these are the normal warrior girl archetype traits. However, I feel that Estes is able to show the reader through many, many examples.
The world building and dystopic setting were also well written. Unlike many of the current dystopian novels out there today, David tells you why and how the world became this way, and in a fairly realistic way, considering the corrupt powerful politicians in Congress today and the rapidly developing technology. The poor villages, caverns, and sub-chapters are also beautifully described, sometimes invoking pity, and sometimes invoking horror and a bit of hate towards some of the Sun Dwellers. My only complaint about this is that I wanted to see more of the Star Dwellers. I know that the Star Dwellers are poorer than the Moon Dwellers, but I haven't "seen" it yet. However, considering the sequel is titled The Star Dwellers, we will definitely be seeing more of it in the next book!
David's methods of implying suspense also added to the story. Many times in the novel, he adds phrases like "big mistake". Although these few words make it obvious something bad is going to happen, it kept me guessing and wanting to continue on and find out what happens. I also enjoyed the development or significance of the relationships between characters such as Roc and Tristan, Adele and her family, Cole and Tawni, Tawni and Adele... the list goes on and on. The only problem I had was the insta-love-ishk relationship between Adele and Tristan. I was hoping for more development when they finally met, but there wasn't much. Hopefully, there will be a little more in the next book.
Finally, I admire how David was able to invoke many, many emotions in me. As I said before, the Moon and Star Dweller's poverty but strong will to survive moved me, as well as (view spoiler)[ unfortunate departure of some characters :c (hide spoiler)]
I'll end my gushing for now - but the bottom line is, read this book! It was engaging and a little emotional for me, and I can't wait for more! (Now, if you will Mr. Estes, please hurry and release The Star Dwellers...)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I’m not much of a New Adult reader (though I’d love to read more!), so most of what I read from the NewCheck out more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!
I’m not much of a New Adult reader (though I’d love to read more!), so most of what I read from the New Adult genre happens to be contemporaries. And even by chance, if I do get to pick up a good New Adult fantasy novel, it’s usually an epic fantasy, not an urban fantasy. So when THE FORGOTTEN ONES came along, I was thrilled at the prospect of maybe getting to read one! That being said, I would probably say THE FORGOTTEN ONES ended up being an interesting and somewhat entertaining story, but not one that wowed me or had tons of New Adult-y content.
Part of the reason is because the first half or so of the novel read more like a contemporary romance, rather than a fantasy novel. Combined with the fact that the book itself isn’t very long, it made me feel like there wasn’t enough magic or fantasy in the story. And to be completely honest, though I thought the love interest and romance were sweet, I didn’t feel like there was much special about it either.
I was also iffy on the heroine, Allison. On the positive side, she’s strong in her own way by taking care of her schizophrenic mother and rescuing her comrades when they’re in need. However, sometimes I also found her point of view a bit dull, as I don’t feel like her character develops significantly. And this is more of a personal thing, but I’m also sick of the cliché that a heroine likes a guy, and the guy likes her back, but they can’t be together, especially since I think her excuse for not being with Ethan was a bit weak. But again, that might just be me.
One last, but more minor, thing that bothered me was that the story also seemed to follow some clichés. For example, you have that Allison isn’t actually completely human, since she’s actually part fairy. Realistically, how many times have we seen that scenario before?
And now to the positive stuff! I found that once Allison starts her adventure into another world, the story had a bit quicker pace and a more fantastical feel to it. Because of that, I, of course, was more engaged into the story. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but I’ll say there’s much more drama, magic (think beautiful fairy courts, spells, curses and creatures!), betrayals and secrets involved, which, erm, tends to attract my attention :p There were even a few small twists I didn’t expect, which I hope will develop more in the next installment!
Overall, though I’d say THE FORGOTTEN ONES didn’t turn out to be what I expected in the beginning, I still relatively enjoyed the story by the end. This novel would probably appeal to YA or NA fans looking for a quick read that’s not too complex in its fantasy world, as there are still contemporary elements, but still having some magical elements. NA contemporary fans might also enjoy this novel, since quite a bit of novel read just like a contemporary book.
* Thank you to the author & IFB Blog Tours for the review copy!...more
After the huuuuge cliffhanger in Demonglass, you could say I was pretty excited for this book. And, I suppose, my expectations were met.
Sp3.5 Stars c:
After the huuuuge cliffhanger in Demonglass, you could say I was pretty excited for this book. And, I suppose, my expectations were met.
Spell Bound is another humorous yet adventurous read! I still love Sophie's voice - always cracking sarcasm even in the worst of times (it kind of reminds me of The Simpsons Movie haha c:). Of course, her relationship with Jenna is still great, along with her exciting (sorry, teenage hormones reacting here...) relationship with Archer. I'm not sure how else to describe it - to me, it's another short and funny read, but certainly a memorable one.
The one problem I had was concerning the climax. The final battle was waaaay too short, and seemed way too easy. Moreover, I hated the fact that (view spoiler)[Cal died. He was a nice character, for one, and his death seemed unnecessary. Cal and Sophie already established their feelings for each other, and had decided to remain friends. Even Archer was cool with it. His death was kind of pointless, to me. Moreover, Sophie's grief lasts about two pages. For someone who has saved her true love's life many, many times, and also herself, I found this a little unbelievable (hide spoiler)].
That's about it. I'm not sure what else to say. But if you're looking for a funny urban fantasy read, pick up Hex Hall haha :D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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This is probably the type of book that would specifically appeal to readers like me. Before I read this book, I was quite obsessed with a medieval video game (which, by the way, happens to involve assassins) and pretty sick of the insta-love, mushy gushy YA PNR a lot of publishers spew nowadays. Thankfully, The Waiting Game was like a breath of fresh air.
I loved Shade! I know, he’s (mostly) ruthless, pretty mean, calculating, and definitely violent. But that’s what one would expect out of an assassin! He had his moments of heroism, as well as a lot of action. I also was fond of his cockiness – his search for a “worthy rival” is a theme throughout the book, and it was something that entertained and appealed to me. My only complaint (or, I suppose, more like a question) is that Shade seems like a godly, invincible opponent. I suppose as a Dark Elf, he has magic at his disposal, and as a world-class assassin, he definitely has skill. There was probably once battle in the book where Shade was even wounded, and even then he was greatly outnumbered. There’s no doubt he’s strong, although I’m curious about his power.
The action sequences were amazing in one word. I’m not really a world class gamer, although I would like to think of myself as a video game lover, but I was pretty impressed by the battles and their imagery. I could definitely imagine Shade doing handsprings and quietly slipping his blades out. To go along with them, my review copy also had illustrations that went perfectly along with the plot. They were a bit creepy, definitely dark, and portrayed the signature sneer Shade garnished excellently.
I also found the world Shade lived in to be extraordinary. There were so many types of creatures or men, as well as different worlds that each lived in or felt comfortable. I especially loved learning about the different types of creatures, like the “snake man”, Doulim (hope I spelled that right…), and Elves. Their magic and abilities were mystifying, and I can’t wait to see more of it in the next book!
Overall, The Waiting Game is a high action fantasy book that is recommended for readers wanting action and an intense plot. I might also recommend this to people who play action video games – although my skill is limited, I found that the scenes described might appeal to people who play fighting games similar to Shade’s battles....more
Disclaimer: The fact that the author provided me with a free copy of Neverdark in exchange for a review has not affected this review.
The experience IDisclaimer: The fact that the author provided me with a free copy of Neverdark in exchange for a review has not affected this review.
The experience I had in this book was fantastical. ln the middle grade fantasy genre, I know I can expect remarkable world building, charming characters, and entertaining plots. Combined with fairy tales (which I still may believe in), this book was definitely enjoyable for me.
The best part about this book is the world building and images. Sometimes I could imagine traveling the tree Fiera travels upon, watching them as they go on the adventure. I couldn't view the illustrations on my iPod Touch, although I was able to view them on my PC, and they helped further enhance the story (although the tale itself does not need any enhancing).
The plot was absolutely charming. I was reading this with my cousin, and my aunt was mad at me because she wouldn't go to bed and wanted me to keep reading. We literally had to drag her to bed, partially blindfolded, and then hide the Kindle and disconnect the PC for her to read. Hopefully that tells you how much children will enjoy this book.
I recommend this book to people who like fairy tales, or small children in need of a magical journey c:...more
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Rating Clarification: 3.5 / 5
I’m not quite sure what I expected out of A Bed of Knives in the beginning – a fluffy, happy chick-lit novel? A somber novel about death? It turns out, A Bed of Knives wasn’t the generic contemporary I thought it would be – instead, it presents a realistic view about four friends who eventually take on different paths.
A Bed of Knives focuses on four POVs, which usually I’m wary about because of the lack of distinction and character development. In this case though, I found that each character had a distinct personality and situation that developed quite nicely. Each side of the story was also pretty realistic; there was a good amount of emotion and individual thoughts in each, which gave me good insight as to what characters were thinking. My only complaint regarding this concerns Gina – when (view spoiler)[her aunt Kate dies, Gina’s concern before her death is apparent – however I think due to the format of the novel, her grief was probably glazed over. This isn’t as serious of an issue – it’s just that I suppose I wanted more emotion and conflict. I’m not sure if it’s necessarily a bad thing either – this is just personal taste. (hide spoiler)]
The format of the novel switches between the “present” and “five years earlier”, kind of like the “Now” and “Then” format in Pandemonium. For me, it was probably good and bad, if that makes sense. It was good in the way that if the novel had been written in chronological order, the relationship between certain moments in the present and past wouldn’t have been as apparent. Moreover, if the author had written out all five years in the book, the plot might have dragged on. However, I felt that some of the minor issues that could have added to the story were glazed over, like Gina’s emotions I mentioned in the spoiler above. However, I know that some people would prefer that the novels they read be in chronological order, so if you’re that type of reader, this book wouldn’t be for you.
The plot events were pretty realistic. Problems that had arisen before and along the characters’ journeys didn’t simply go away – they had to be worked out or ignored, like in Eddie’s scandals. Gina’s story was mostly pleasant, and I found her family and support of others to be heartwarming. Rose’s story focused mainly on her emotions, which I found were well flushed out and developed beautifully. As for Spider, I found that his story was the most compelling, because he had one of the most promising starts, which ended because of a (mostly) unfortunate incident, then falling even more, but then finally climbing back up towards success.
My complaint about the plot, however, is how easily the ending came to be. Sure, I like happy endings – they make me feel warm inside. However, it seemed as though Spider accepted Gina’s words as well as his fate in a matter of minutes, while Gina welcomed Spider with open arms, Rose accepting Eddie’s apologies in less than a year, and Eddie managing to convince Rose he was a good man, while keeping himself out of trouble. I suppose it could happen, although I felt it was a little rushed.
Overall, A Bed of Knives is a pretty good contemporary read, with realistic situations, emotions, and characters. If you’re picky about the order / chronology of the chapters, or value flushed out, detailed endings, you might not enjoy this book as much. However, I would still recommend it to those who want a more somber realistic piece.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
In all discretion, first of all I have to say that Adult Contemporary is not my normal genre to read and review. I'm interested in it, but I still maiIn all discretion, first of all I have to say that Adult Contemporary is not my normal genre to read and review. I'm interested in it, but I still mainly review YA fiction and Middle Grade fantasy. Still, I consider The Astrologer's Daughter to be a beautifully written novel, even though it's not one of the books I'd typically read.
I loved the characters in this book! Joanna's definitely a strong but emotional woman - after all, she was able to raise a teenage girl whose father rejected her and happens to be running for president. Getting to know her in the first half of the book was endearing, and I really fell in love with her character. I especially liked her astrology, and her view about that subject. Since astrology is a topic that not all people believed in, I liked that Joanna was okay with that, and that she understood that sometimes people couldn't change. Her success is also crystal clear - she publishes award winning books for crying out loud! Overall, I would say Joanna is a pretty successful and role model worthy character (:
Robert Sr., although not as strong as Joanna in my opinion, was still a complex character, although his flaws were more present in the story. Still, I felt that he still expressed a lot of emotion and seemed like a pretty real character! The actions that he takes to protect and mourn his family seemed intricately portrayed, and I liked that he showed instead of just telling people that he deeply loved and cared. He definitely wasn't perfect - but that's what I liked about him, because realistically, politicians, men, and human beings in general are not perfect.
As for Matt & Maya, they're definitely a cute couple! I felt that their relationship was a bit rushed, although don't take my word for it since I was definitely never involved in a situation like theirs. They really seemed to love each other, and I liked the fact that they were able to show their parents that social boundaries didn't really mean anything compared to true love.
Other elements that I feel like I should mention are the idea of fate & the romance itself. Seeing as how the title includes the word "astrologer", I think it's safe to say that astrology plays somewhat of a big role in this book. In a way, I kind of feel like fate had a strong role in this book. It wasn't particularly good or bad - I just felt like I should have pointed it out. The romance obviously occupied the entirety of the book, and in one word, I would just describe it as a "whirlwind". I'm not exactly sure how it would appeal to adults, but it did appeal to me, helping me enjoy this book.
Overall, The Astrologer's Daughter is an entertaining romance, full of excitement! I would recommend it to people who enjoy adult romances that are quick and fast paced(:...more
If there's one thing about PARIS LOVE MATCH, it's that it's an extremely readable story. I definitely had mySee more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!
If there's one thing about PARIS LOVE MATCH, it's that it's an extremely readable story. I definitely had my separate issues with the book, but ultimately I enjoyed the novel because it was so easy for me to continue reading!
The main thing in the book I had a problem with was Sidney. Maybe I misunderstood her in some way, but to me, she just seemed really shallow! Exhibit A: many times in the novel, instead of, I don't know, maybe trying to find out what the dead man stole or what the hell was going on, she wanted to smell nice and shop for new clothes. Seriously? Her life was at stake, and she cared about new clothes? That just seemed utterly ridiculous to me. Then there was the way that she treated Piers. Up until about three fourths into the novel, though Piers practically did everything Sidney wanted, she still acted like Piers only cared about himself. She literally told him that he didn't care about her, even though he went with her to buy clothes and everything.
Because of that, I also didn't really connect with the romance. First of all, I didn't really like Sidney's character and only got to tolerating her at the end of the book, so I couldn't really imagine her as a love interest. Moreover, there's not much romance until very late in the novel, and the change seemed very abrupt. Like, Piers would go from "I should try to survive and take care of Sidney so we don't die" to "Sidney is the most beautiful woman I've ever met and we need to be together forever". So, I didn't really feel the chemistry >__<
However, as much as I disliked Sidney, I loved Piers! He was such an adorable, considerate and sweet character. I really admired his bravery and selflessness, especially when Sidney was a b- he was faced with danger and trouble. And of course, he's smart but still able to take action when its needed. Who wouldn't love an adorkable geek who comes to your rescue?
As for the plot, it was simply easy to read and fun! I can honestly say it's not the type of thing I could find myself entangled with, but it was definitely entertaining. It's a bit crazy, really - there's exiled dictators, stolen paintings, diamonds, trained killers, car chases and some pretty intense diving scenes. Surprisingly, Blackwell also kept me guessing - I couldn't figure out what exactly was happening until a decent amount into the novel. It's kind of like an action movie - totally easy to watch (or in this case, read), entertaining, a bit flashy, maybe not totally memorable, but enjoyable.
The bottom line? I was iffy on the romance and Sidney, loved Piers, and completely gobbled up the plot. I'd also say that it's different from a lot of the NA contemporaries you read, as there's not as much romance or emotion, but much more action. If you're looking for a quick and unique NA read definitely put this on your TBR!
* I received a review copy of this book for the blog tour. This did not affect my opinion....more
Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating.Rating Clarification: 4 / 5
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 honest opinions.
As a mostly-YA reader, I think it’s safe to say my stereotypical view of vampires and shapeshifters are of Robert Pattison and Taylor Lautner, or of Sam from Shiver, who personally I find creepy because he sneaks up as a wolf to watch nearly naked female crushes.
Um, yeah. Just kidding. NO.
In Lash however, shapeshifters aren’t just werewolves anymore – sure, they’re probably still super strong and amazingly beautiful, but now there are were snakes. I think that’s suffice to say that Lash is a pretty unique book.
*Slight Spoilers Ahead*
Let me tell you that if you’re offended by drugs and sex, or are looking for a light read, this book is definitely not for you. Tryst had to go through so, so much in order to finally get to a more hopeful position, which, in my opinion, is a pretty positive ending, although it’s not fairy-tale happy. Most of the people Tryst care about either (view spoiler)[end up dead, end up betraying Tryst in the end, also eventually leading to death or just end up hating him. (hide spoiler)]
Throughout his struggle, there’s a lot of sex (not really “making love”), rape, alcohol, violence, and death. It’s almost as if the author first gives Tryst a glimmer of hope or happiness, than makes him miserable again. There’s one chapter that particularly stood out to me – (view spoiler)[Tryst’s brother finds a wife and decides to return home for a visit. Then, after a few weeks, Tryst and is father are sent his brother’s head stuffed with cow meat. (hide spoiler)]. Not only was the image completely gross and horrific – it also showed that Tryst’s family had a very small chance of living a peaceful life. It made me so sad that someone so close to Tryst had to go through that, and that Tryst and the rest of his family had to go through that trouble as well. However, Tryst obviously perseveres, and his internal strength as well as his loyalty towards his family is heartwarming, although sometimes futile.
The side characters definitely added to the story. There were probably three types of them in this story – the ones that always support Tryst and warm your heart, the ones that are downright mean and that your root for Tryst to go kill them, and the ones that make you sad because of their betrayals or misunderstandings. Each was essential to the story and invoked emotions inside of me. They were probably also the main aspect of the plot, since it’s basically Tryst trying to find means of love, trust, and supporting his family. There’s also a mystery factor in some of the characters, since I always wonder what’s going on in their heads. Take Danial and Devlin for example – they’re definitely complex characters who both care and hate each other. Hopefully, in the next book I’ll be able to see more of them!
Overall, Lash is a gritty, dark, and image / emotion evoking book, full of struggle, emotion, and most of all, hope. This book is not for the easily squeamish – however, if you’re looking for a dark urban fantasy book, I would highly recommend this one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
THE HARVESTING is really what I expected out of an Adult Urban Fantasy – a strong, kick-ass heroine, a sprinkle of fun fantasy, some humor to tickle mTHE HARVESTING is really what I expected out of an Adult Urban Fantasy – a strong, kick-ass heroine, a sprinkle of fun fantasy, some humor to tickle my fancy, and just enough romance to keep me satisfied! Overall, combined with its own creepy take on zombies, as well as a surprising addition of another paranormal creature, the book was a great read!
Layla wasn't just a strong heroine; in fact, in a way she defines being kick-ass! Throughout the book, it didn't seem like there was a single moment where she was weak. Even before the apocalypse, she taught students to fight with swords, and owned her own shashka, a Russian sabre. Whenever she was engaged in battle, she didn't run away or think of herself either - she always was selfless and thought of others, while making sure she won her battles, or die trying.
Of course, the one down side to this is that sometimes Layla seemed a bit too invincible regarding to her fighting skills, but she does show some emotional vulnerability when it came to the romance in this book. Admittedly, I'm not much of a romance fan if it's not written well, but for me, in THE HARVESTING, there was just enough to keep me satisfied, but not too much for it to go over the top. I'm also glad there wasn't an love triangle, when the author could have easily wrote one in. Overall, the romance aspect was cute enough (except for, erm, some hotter scenes) and well done.
Personally though, one of my favorite parts was the world building in the book. From the author's bio, you could probably tell she's a fan of zombies and The Walking Dead, and it shows in the book. For one, at some points they were pretty creepy. The eventual world that you have is also well described, but realistic enough. In a way, the world did remind me a bit of TWD, which was great since I love the show :D
And finally, the plot was fantastic! Combined with a series of action-packed fight scenes and some romance, you also have some really, really unexpected twists along the way, which brought in a whole new set of paranormal creatures, worlds, and mysteries. The overall pace of the book was also well written - I was never bored for a second, and I ended up staying up in order to finish the book! One of the best parts though, in my opinion, was that there wasn't that big of a cliffhanger - this volume's problems were mostly resolved, but there was still enough mystery for me to hunger for more (:
Overall, THE HARVESTING was a great horror/fantasy read, great for almost any paranormal fan! Even if horror isn't your usual genre, this book would probably still appeal to your tastes, with its action, romance, and, erm, other paranormal elements (I don't want to give spoilers D:) Fans of The Walking Dead may also enjoy the novel because of the similar setting and fun (erm, fun?) fight scenes it contains.
*Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this novel as part of a blog tour hosted by the Bookish Brunette. This did not affect my rating. The thoughts expressed in this review are my honest opinion.*...more
FRACTION OF STONE is one of those books that might not have a ton of action, but, to me, was still a fascinating read, mainly because I loved the characters and the different issues it dealt with. By the end of the book, I fell in love with the world and characters, and was left wanting more!
I'm the type of reader who, for some reason, loves reading about broken characters. Their pain, development, and eventually, redemption is just so moving for me to read. In this case, I feel like Kelley Lynn portrays this difficult journey and the associated emotions perfectly. Rydan, for example, is forced to make a decision between staying in his life of luxury, but not really connecting with anyone, or to save the one person who he could ever relate to. He also had to deal with the fact that while Rydan was learning from a teacher and being pampered, Akara was ruthlessly whipped, starved, and absued by her captors. Akara, on the other hand, learns the value of life and the company of others, while trying to forget her painful past. And to top it off, both also have to deal with exhaustion after running and using their magic, as well as being hunted fugitives. Yet, though both Rydan and Akara are distinctly different, the two characters are able to stay strong and selfless, as well as to heal each other, survive, and eventually, save the world.
While reading, I also enjoyed exploring the world in the book! I especially liked the different settings of the world, like the Sutaka village, Drier Forest, old Namaqua village, and Distarkant Forest (I mean, no sunlight - imagine that!). The concept of the Gia Stone, and how its magic was vital for the world to survive, as well as learning the history between the Tarmack, Liasam, and Namaqua was also really interesting! Hopefully these ideas will also be explored in the next book!
And I'm not sure if this was on purpose or not, but the author also made me think. It was like my experience with THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER - there were just really heavy issues which occasionally made me put down my Kindle, and just sit and ponder. Specifically, who would be "worth" saving in the world, especially if it seems like everyone is hunting you down? And is it worth sacrificing a few people in order to save a lot more? Personally, I felt like this showed me that the book wasn't shallow at all - it made me think, while tugging at my heart.
My only issue with the book was with the plot. Though the general story was interesting, I felt like at times, the story could drag. The basic story structure was also pretty basic, as I felt like the book focused more on Akara & Rydan's character development and thinking.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed FRACTION OF STONE! At times the story might have dragged, but I was still entirely immersed in the characters, world and different questions I had in my head. This is a book that will appeal to many fantasy readers, as well as people looking for a book that's a bit darker and heavier. Definitely read this book soon if it's on your TBR, or if it looks like something you'd enjoy!
* A review copy of this book was provided by the author for the blog tour. This did not influence my opinion of the book....more
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For me, reading Normalish was kind of like eating chocolate. It was sweet, relatively short, and once I started, it’s a difficult to stop! (I happen to like chocolate… a lot) Of course, afterwards I felt like I wanted a bit more…
Of course, one look at the cover should tell you that the book should be sweet, maybe warm and fuzzy. In a way, it is. During the book, you follow the story of high school freshman Stacy York, who goes through the usual – parties, boyfriends, ex-boyfriends, best friends, ex-best friends, dances, sloppy kisses… you get the idea. Throughout her journey, her humor and sarcasm stands out, although there are times where she is just as vulnerable as any teenage girl could be. I should tell you there is a happy ending, which of course, was short, sweet, and satisfying for the end of the novel.
That’s not to say that Stacy didn’t have her share of troubles, either. There was a darker side to the novel that dealt with dealing with death and her mentally ill sister. Surprisingly, I found that I eventually became attached to many of the characters, and when a certain character was forced to make a departure, my heart did hurt a little. Her voice during those times also stayed realistic, but still portrayed a certain degree of emotion. Eventually, I felt like I was able to connect with Stacy’s character, and sympathize with or gleefully hope for her at the appropriate times.
My one qualm about the novel was that some of the problems Stacy dealt with seemed a little skimmed over. For example, in the beginning you learn that Stacy becomes ex-best friends with Summer. but it seemed like Stacy was mostly nonchalant. It seemed like she was okay with it, since Summer was a social butterfly and was friends with everybody, but I suppose she didn’t show a lot of emotion.
More (and better) examples, with slight spoilers, if you want to read –> (view spoiler)[When Stacy and Summer finally became best friends again, it seemed a bit too easy, considering the type of person Summer was described to be in the beginning. It might be different for others, but in my experience, it could take years to rebuild a friendship, especially to the “best friend” level. Chad’s eventual hook-up with Stacy also happened pretty quickly, although I suppose it’s reasonable, to a point. (hide spoiler)]
And on a last note, I loved a lot of the side characters! Rose and Bethany were pretty awesome friends to Stacy, even if they weren’t as close as they could have been. Becca, Roman, and Bobby were each also very unique characters, but their friendship and loyalty to Stacy were also clear. And her relationship with her Mom and sister Jill was pretty tight, and I’m glad that the author didn’t rely on the reluctant and ignorant parent or sibling cliché.
Overall, Normalish was enjoyable read for me because if its combination of sweetness, seriousness when appropriate, emotion, and characters! Contemporary fans of weekend-style books just talking about life in a comical but entertaining way may enjoy this novel (:
*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours & the author Margaret Lesh for providing me a review copy of this novel. In all discretion, I was also part of this book’s blog tour. However, this did not change my opinion of the novel.*["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley (thanks!) has not affected my rating. This review expresses my honest opinion.
Confessions of an Angry Girl is not a book for everyone. It will appeal to a lot of teenage readers, as well as some YA contemporary lovers. Obviously, it appealed to me, but whether or not you like it or not depends on this: Mean Girls.
This book seriously reminded me of Mean Girls. As a former Tumblr addict (I still may be one now…), I was faced with countless Mean Girl GIFs, and as a high school student, I’ve watched it countless times at sleepovers and bus rides to marching band competitions, so it’s safe to say that I know quite a lot about that movie. There was some classic high school drama (To give or not to give my virginity…), blonde (and bitchy…) cheerleaders, and cute guys for our lovable and geeky heroine to crush on, but who also happen to be dating the alpha girl. But that’s not all – the mean girl’s name is Regina and there’s the classic three-member mean girl squad (Regina, Lena, and Susan).
That being said, this book isn’t totally like Mean Girls, although the two definitely share similar qualities. For one, the heroine isn’t the new girl, and she does start out with some friends and a decent possible love interest. Rose is also a completely different heroine – instead of the bold infiltrator of the Plastics in Mean Girls, Rose is much more quiet (well, most of the time) and supportive of her maybe-friends, and probably has a bit more of a morale. I actually admired Rose a lot - even when Tracy ditched her countless times, Rose still stood by her whenever she needed her. Moreover, she was strong enough to stand up to more popular people, even when it was clearly the more unpopular choice, and her efforts were mostly ignored. Still, her emotions were realistic enough – when Peter tells her upsetting news, I would have reacted the same way she had, or maybe even worse. I understood her pent-up emotions, urges to just scream, and feelings of loneliness, and there are situations in the book where I found myself in the same situation as Rose. Her character is pretty realistic, overall.
The plot moves quickly and is quite entertaining, although it’s quite cliché. This element is probably the biggest reason why I found myself thinking of Mean Girls (well, other than the reason than the name “Regina”.) But again, it was pretty entertaining, so I enjoyed it, although not all people would. Therefore, as I will state again, I recommend thinking about this book as a novelized version of a high school drama – classic blonde cheerleader stereotype, alcohol and smoking parties, mean-girl’s-cute-and-nice-boyfriend stereotype, etc. If that doesn’t appeal to you, than this book probably wouldn’t appeal to you.
Overall, Confessions of an Angry Girl is an entertaining weekend-distraction type of book for me, kind of like brain candy. I would recommend this book to people who obviously like high-school-drama types of books, because then this book would appeal to you. ...more
Still not sure what I feel about this book. Sure, the plot had some action, drama, and incest romance (maybe?). It had its moments, es2.5 - 3 Stars….?
Still not sure what I feel about this book. Sure, the plot had some action, drama, and incest romance (maybe?). It had its moments, especially with some action scenes. But then again, why do I have so many problems with it?
Problem 1: The constant switching of POV. This has been pointed out many times before – although the majority of the book is supposed to be told from Clary’s POV, sometimes she switches to Jace, and sometimes to Simon and Maia. I didn’t see the point in this, and sometimes it made me feel confused. It just didn’t seem necessary.
Problem 2: Clary. Clary. CLARY. She wasn’t as strong of a heroine I hoped she would be. Sure, she draws some runes that makes Jace/Alec “fearless”. But she doesn’t kick butt or fight like I expected her to, as a Shadowhunter. Moreover, there’s no explanations as to how runes work, how they can be created, why in the world such an unexperienced Shadowhunter can create them, etc. But back to the point, it doesn’t seem like she does anything. And for Pete’s sake, she (view spoiler)[uses Simon because she can’t have Jace. Boohoo. Then she feels bad for herself when Simon breaks up with her because he knows Clary doesn’t love him. Boohoo again. (hide spoiler)].
Problem 3: None of the “main” characters seem to be able to die. Who dies? (view spoiler)[The Inquisitor and Malik (who in case you have forgotten, is some other random Shadowhunter who tried to chase down Jace but was “under orders”) (hide spoiler)]. Not (view spoiler)[Simon or Maia. Honestly, when Clare made Simon bask in the sunlight, I was sure that Simon wouldn’t die. Why? Jace “brought him back to life” after all the blood was drained out of him (hide spoiler)]. Why even bother putting your characters in mortal danger if they’re just going to come back to life again?
Problem 4: The stupidity of some characters/the predictability of most of the book. For example, in the Seelie Court, after being told countless times, Clary still eats the Fae's food. Really? REALLY? And after reading some of the book, I knew that was going to happen. (I could go on about the infinite number of times I felt this way, or I can stop and make my review much shorter than it would be)
So yeah. But honestly, I know I'm going to read the next book, as I always do. Why? Maybe I'm curious. Maybe inside, I want more of The Mortal Instrumentsor pain. I recommend this book for strong fans of TMI or City of Bones["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Hmm. To be honest, I’m not really sure how to review and rate Unchanged. Compared to a lot of YA PNR Kindle freebies I’ve been reading, Unchanged is probably one of the better of the batch. Still, I didn’t love it, although I would say I still enjoyed the writing…
Unchanged revolves around two lovers – one immortal, one that keeps on dying but reincarnating every one hundred years. Similar to Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn, Unchanged has that theme that love is immortal, and cannot be stopped even through death. Although there was a definite attraction and liking between Ahaziel and Lilly, I suppose I couldn’t see their “true love”. To me, there was instant attraction, and although it didn’t bother me as it usually does, this factor probably downplayed the “love factor” for me.
Lilly, however, was a great heroine! She was definitely flawed, but also a strong and relatable character. After all, there are always times when teenagers feel less-than-perfect. Although, as I mentioned before, there is insta-love, she didn’t immediately fall into Ahaziel’s arms – instead, she was cautious and was careful in weighing her options. She was also a fighter, although not to reckless or too generous to be unrealistic. Overall, she was a smart, realistic, and likable heroine!
The side characters, however, felt a little underdeveloped for me. They seemed one-sided, and not too interesting. Part of this is because a certain portion of the book is dedicated to exploring past lives, but this still bothered me. Moreover, I felt that the final battle passed too quickly – I suppose I was looking for more of a struggle? I have to admit that Lilly’s strategy and solution to the problem was smart though – I was definitely impressed with that.
Overall, Unchanged is a pretty interesting contribution to the YA PNR genre. I also happened to get it as a Kindle Freebie, so as a free weekend read (and contribution to my challenge!), I would say I got a pretty good deal. I would recommend this book to those who are in need of a short and satisfying romance, or are interested in the idea of reincarnation. ...more
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Before I start my review, I want to point out what literally my face looked like when I was reading the last pages of the book.
Wait. What. Just. Happened. *mind blown*
Dragon’s Teeth is a perfect testimony as to why I sometimes venture into the more “Adult” side of fiction – although there’s more death, violence, and only a bit more explicit content, there’s so much more action and twists I wouldn’t expect.
This book is split into three parts – the present, where Detective Cyrus is hired to find the biological parents of a businessman named Benji MacDowell, scenes from 37 years ago that gives a lot more back story, and the present again, where a lot of truth and twists are revealed. Usually I find this format pretty frustrating, especially since a lot of content in the middle may have been skipped. However, in this case, I think this format particularly suits Dragon’s Teeth, and isn’t too confusing because of a different set of characters and setting. It also helped develop a lot of characters and implant a certain ending that I definitely didn’t expect.
The ending, which I keep on mentioning, is actually one of the biggest reasons why I rated this book so highly. I definitely didn’t see it coming, and after looking back, there were slight clues that could have led to it. The eventual loss at the end was also pretty sad for me, since the character really grew on to me, with his personality and huge sacrifices. It was as if once the truth came out, all the pieces of the puzzle came together, and practically exploded in my head. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but as I’m writing this review right now, that was how I felt.
The plot for me was a little slow in the beginning, but it definitely picked up near the middle / late portion of the first part. The mystery and science part of the book was well integrated, and it showed great signs of a dystopic world, which is always a must for me in dystopic fiction, although it's often forgotten. In the second part, there was a lot of action and emotion as well as sympathy on my part. Since it rewinds to thirty-seven years ago, you're introduced to a mostly new set of characters, although I felt I really connected to them as they developed and eventually connected to the "present" of the story.
Overall, The Dragon's Tooth is a fast-paced, cyberpunk novel that may start off slow, but will definitely pick up and shock you in the end. I would highly recommend it to sci-fi fans! ...more
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Even though there have been so many second books that have proved me wrong, I still can't help but go into a second book apprehensively. And just having read INBETWEEN about a month ago and finding that it's one of the only paranormal books I really enjoyed, I initially was really apprehensive of BLURRED. And of course, Tara Fuller has proven me wrong again, creating an even greater story!
Anaya was such a sweet and loyal character, and I absolutely loved her! Despite the fact that Anaya is viewed as this sassy, beautiful and strong reaper, throughout the book you see her struggle between following the rules to get what she has wanted for years, or following what she thinks is right. Well, we all know that usually the righteous heroine has to follow her heart, because that's just what's the "right thing" and how YA paranormal books work, right? Here, though, I think Anaya's struggle made her an even more endearing and believable character. After all, realistically Anaya's conflict made sense, and she was still an extremely kind person at heart. And eventually, through it all, her struggle seemed to make her a wiser and stronger person.
I also loved Cash! If you've read INBETWEEN, you probably remember that unfortunate body jacking incident. At that time, as much as I'd liked Finn, I felt horrible for Cash. Hopefully this isn't too much of a spoiler, but it became obvious then that Cash had ended up being on the unlucky end of a sort-of love triangle. So now, you see him try to deal with being stuck there, on top of being, well, almost dead. However, though Cash becomes a much more standoffish character, I couldn't help sympathizing with him and rooting for him, too. Through the book, he goes through so much, and you see him struggle with trying to stay on the "good" side and try to figure out what's going on. At the same time, he sees Emma with Finn, but still tries to save her. Yes, he's broken and sometimes a bit rude. But he's also unbelievably sweet and definitely a swoonworthy hero <3
Did I mention how good Anaya and Cash were together? In BLURRED, the romance is definitely one of the central themes of the story, but like in the first book, I found that I didn't mind as much. I wouldn't say the romance is exactly like insta-love, though there is an unexplained gravity between them (it is explained later, though). There is an obvious chemistry between them, and I loved seeing them together. Just like how Emma and Finn supported each other, Anaya and Cash supported each other too, and I loved that!
I was also happy to see Finn again! At first things are pretty awkward with Cash, and they're cold to each other. But eventually, you see them work together not only for Emma, but also for each other, as friends. It was really encouraging to see them support each other! However, for some reason I found Emma a bit more annoying than when I read INBETWEEN. Especially when we were in Cash's POV, sometimes I found her character to be unrealistically "good". I also felt like she never really acknowledged that Cash was previously in love with her.
BLURRED was overall a novel that was sweet, intensely romantic and definitely enjoyable. If you're a fan of INBETWEEN, fear not - "Sequel Syndrome" has definitely not struck this one! In fact, I'd even say that BLURRED was even better than INBETWEEN! If you didn't enjoy the first book as much because of Emma, I'd also still say to check this out at a library or something, since I enjoyed Anaya even more than Emma, and found that there's a lot more danger, twists and excitement than I had expected. And if you haven't started this years and are a fan of paranormal romance, you need to pick this up - you definitely won't regret it!
* A copy of the novel was provided from the publisher. This did not affect my opinion of the book – this review expresses my honest opinions....more
So I started this book knowing that someone will die, like what pretty much all cancer books do. I swear that I prepared myself, but guess what?
In casSo I started this book knowing that someone will die, like what pretty much all cancer books do. I swear that I prepared myself, but guess what?
In case it's not clear enough, I cried. Bawled, even!
Anyways, onto the actual review. To be honest, I've always stayed away from cancer books. I always had the impression that they're very, very depressing, so depressing that the next thing I feel like I don't want to live in this world anymore. But after this book got so much hype, combined with me being a huge John Green fan, I finally gave in and read this book. So obviously, the book wasn't as depressing as I thought, and my view on the world is as positive as it was before (although it wasn't much to start with...)
The first half of the book is actually pretty happy and cute. Augustus is probably my new crush for a book boyfriend, and it makes we wonder if there's actually a guy like Gus in the world. He's confident, hilarious, smart, and so kind in so many ways. The way that he always stood up for Hazel really warmed my heart and was just plain adorable! Hazel was also an amazingly strong character, and although I don't know any 17 year old girls with cancer, she definitely seemed real. Her emotions were depicted vividly, and I admired Hazel for her strength and will to go on, despite the fact that so many people discriminate her and that she's "going to die anyways". She did a lot of things I would have gave up on doing, so in a way, she's like a role model to me. But anyways, the bottom line is that I thought both Augustus & Hazel were wonderful characters!
On a side note, the use of Peter van Houten also interested me. I don't want to give anything away, but his role especially at the end of the story was probably one of the reasons why I upped my rating from 4.5 to 5. Just. So. Freaking. Perfect.
And the end. *sniffles* As I mentioned before, I tried to prepare myself, but I still ended up bawling anyways. I actually started crying about 60% in, then stopped, then started again, then stopped, then started again, etc. I'm not exactly sure why - I probably calmed down a little, thinking, Rachael, stop crying, you're not done and if you keep on crying you're going to get tear stains on the book, then read some excruciatingly beautiful or sad scene, then started crying again. I just couldn't stop myself! There were so many emotions and beautiful things despite the sad ending and everything was so perfect asdkfad;lkjfdkjf.
Anyways, now that I'm done spazzing, let me just tell you this - The Fault In Our Stars was amazing. I know that not everybody will fall in love with it - but I would still recommend you at least pick up a copy from the library and give it a try.
*Disclosure: I actually have only read the first,To see more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!
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*Disclosure: I actually have only read the first, third, and fifth book of the series, the fifth being Nine Lives. I realize I skipped some parts of the story as well as finding some spoilers I was supposed to cover before. Even though I understood the context of the story, I still recommend a reader to read all four books before reading Nine Lives. This review will cover my thoughts and opinions on the fifth book, Nine Lives.*
Frankly, I didn’t enjoy the first book as much as I enjoyed Nine Lives. There were various issues in there that personally I didn’t particularly enjoy, but they were either not mentioned or a big factor of my reading experience of this book, so I definitely enjoyed this installment much more. There was a lot more action, less romance (good for me!), and an ending that actually made me a bit sad. However, I would not recommend for a reader to skip the first four books in the series, since there is some background context I grasped from the first books.
One of the biggest factors in this book was the fact that “insta-love” wasn’t as omnipresent in this book. At this point, Kerry & Xavier’s relationship had already progressed enough to “true love”, although there are struggles that made this book less focused on romance. Kerry especially suffers a lot, and I empathized with her for quite a bit, but also admired her for not completely breaking down for the whole novel. The relationships and friendships within Kerry’s friends, families, and acquaintances were more focused on, and I was quite attached to some of the characters. I felt that in this book, the author was able to influence my emotions the way she wanted them, compared to the first novel where I didn’t empathize with Mairin as much. There were times where I seriously wanted to rip the head off of some of the characters, since I was so frustrated at them! I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing, since this reaction is probably what it’s meant to be.
(On a side note, there is a pretty cute and romantic scene in the beginning which, as a teenager, I guiltily admit that I enjoyed. It was cutesy, maybe vomit-in-mouth cutesy, but it’s definitely a treat for romance fans!)
I also liked the hierarchy and world that the author created. The concept of the maker and child, as well as “the pride”, were-animals, and angels had an interesting take on the supernatural world. This is a factor that may be a bit confusing if a reader has not read the previous books, since there are characters from there that have special positions. Still, I feel like once explored, this world is actually quite intriguing.
And the ending.
(And Tom Hiddleston who plays Loki - woohoo!)
I don’t want to give too much away, but that’s what I looked like o___o The ending was pretty quick and full of action, but definitely eventful and full of emotion.
I’m usually not a huge fan of novellas, because usually I feel like they’re much too short and need more development. Sunbolt, though, was clearly an exception. Not only was Sunbolt extremely exciting to read, but it felt as though there was a lot more depth in the story.
As usual, our heroine was absolutely fun to follow and kicked butt! Hitomi was feisty, brave, sneaky and determined – everything you’d want in a heroine. Throughout the story, Hitomi was captured, stabbed, tortured and ridiculed. Yet despite it all, somehow she always kept her head focused and was able to find a solution to whatever problems the world threw her into. I also admired her ability to keep her emotions in control. There were so many times in the story when Hitomi could have threw a tantrum or have a mental breakdown. But, again, she was able to keep her main goals and the greater good in mind.
The side characters were well-written. First you have the Shadow League, with two of Hitomi’s loyal friends and companions. I really admired not only their bravery, but also the fact that the two of them weren’t involved in this awkward love triangle. Though a bit cliché and predictable, the princess and prince were also interesting characters and definitely have potential to grow in the next installment. My favorite, though, was by far a creepier character you meet near the end of the novel – he really has a fascinating history and a personality I’d love to know more about. Hopefully we see all of these characters in the next book!
My favorite part of the story, though, was the world. To put it simply, Sunbolt is set in this fantasy-dystopia type of world. The more dystopic side stems from the controlling government and lords and the opposing and defiant rebel group. Meanwhile, on the more fantastical side, there’s all sorts of spells, magic, creatures and vampires. There’s definitely a lot of potential in this world, and I can’t wait to see what the author does with it!
Thrilling and captivating, Sunbolt is by far one of the best novellas I’ve read. I highly recommend this for fantasy fans – you’ll be enchanted by the book’s mysterious world and strong characters!
* A review copy of this novella was provided by the author. This did not affect my opinion of the book....more
If there was one word that could describe this book, it would be:
I know that might be inconsiderate,This review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
If there was one word that could describe this book, it would be:
I know that might be inconsiderate, considering the pain the characters went through during the story, but the likable characters, creepy ghouls, fantasy, and actions just made my reading experience a bunch of fun! ^__^ The most enjoyable part of this book, for me, was probably the great combination of fantasy and action! The fighting scenes were written remarkably, and kind of reminded me of a comic book! They were pretty graphic and kept me on my seat. The book was just filled with these fantastic scenes, especially at the end, and I just loved it! The fantasy aspect worked well with this aspect, since the six characters' "powers" definitely worked well with each other, and they were well described & entertaining. Again, this book's scenes kind of remind me of a comic book since the Setti seem like a great group of superheroes!
The plot was a bit slow moving in the beginning, although the mystery definitely picked up after a few chapters. There are also some twists and turns as the plot starts moving faster, eventually whirl-winding into a bunch of excitement! My only complaint is that at some parts of the plot, it seemed like the events went by too fast, or were skimmed over. There were some battles for example, that I felt could have been more described in depth. Of course, this comes hand-in-hand with the action I loved - with the lovable amount of action described in the book, I probably expected that in every scene, which might have been a bit unrealistic. Still, the plot overall was pretty exciting!
The characters were probably the biggest downfall for me. I'm not sure if I'm being too picky, but especially at the beginning of the book, I found that the characters were a bit lacking. They seemed like the typical high school students, and their personalities were a bit undeveloped. Eventually you get to see their relationships grow, which I liked, although I still felt that the characters still weren't very complex. The plot mostly made up for this since I devoured the action, but if you're the type of reader that values characters over plot, this book might not be a favorite, but still enjoyable.
Overall, Rising is an exciting and enjoyable book, full of excitement and fun! The action scenes and fantasy elements were portrayed fantastically, and I definitely recommend it to paranormal romance or YA fantasy fans! I will definitely be reading the next book, Resistance!
Source: Review copy provided by author - thanks!...more
Disclaimer: The fact that I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley has not affected my rating. This review expresses my honest opinions.
The Demon Catchers of Milan is a book that was more… “meh” for me. I was probably expecting a lot more action than I got, although there were some fantastic gothic elements that kept my attention.
My main issue with the book was the fact that I was expecting more action, especially from the first few pages that I read. During the middle, especially when the author was describing Milanese culture or family gatherings, although it was beautiful, it didn’t hold my interest for a long time. I did read through it, although to be frank, I was a little bored. Don’t get me wrong – I loved the setting and the factors dealing with exorcism, but I did wish there was more action.
However, I found that the parts where there were actual demons and exorcisms to be pretty engaging. These scenes were pretty vivid and I was definitely hooked! The Della Torres’ explanations of methods, and some of the history were pretty intriguing and added to the gothic setting and atmosphere of the book. I especially was interested in Mia’s possession at the beginning – it scared me a bit, and if I saw someone who was possessed by a demon, I think he or she would look exactly like Mia o___o
The characters were, I suppose, just… okay. To be honest, I didn’t find Mia to be particularly interesting, although her personality traits were admirable. I didn’t feel like I got to see other characters develop either, until there was more of a “feel-good” moment at the end in the Christmas scene. Overall, the characters weren’t too bad… but they weren’t spectacular either.
Overall, The Demon Catchers of Milan presents some creepy aspects of exorcism and demons, with some moments of great action and vividly described scenes, although sometimes I felt a bit bored :/ If you’re interested in urban fantasy that’s not too mainstream, or exorcism, or something of the sort, this book would be for you. ...more
5 Stars (Although I must admit, that rating doesn’t do this book justice).
Excuse me while I hail Melina Marchetta as the golden goddess of YA fiction.5 Stars (Although I must admit, that rating doesn’t do this book justice).
Excuse me while I hail Melina Marchetta as the golden goddess of YA fiction.
After reading On the Jellicoe Road and The Piper's Son, I was completely engrossed with her writing. There’s something special in her books that makes everything come together – the relationships between every character (even the side characters), every turn of the plot, every remark made. I swear, this book had me bawling at least five times at midnight, when I’m supposed to be studying for finals.
The balance between genres/themes worked out well, too – there is a perfect blend of romance, friendship, family, fantasy, and adventure. There wasn’t an element that overpowered the other, making the book enjoyable in all aspects. However, I notice that Melina Marchetta particularly has a gift to write books about coming home or family, since a lot of her books revolve around that.
ONTO THE BOOK (which was perfect in so many ways). I liked LOVED the relationships between the Guard, Finnkin and Trevonian, Finnikin and Evanjalin, Froi, Finnikin, and Evanjalin, Perri and Trevonian, Lucian and Finnikin… the list goes on. For example, Finnkin and Trevonian show how raw and true father-son love can be. The great part is, (this is kind of cliché, but whatever) they really show it, instead of just saying “I’d do anything for him” or “I love him”. Another example is the Guard’s unwavering loyalty to each other, their captain, and (kind of spoiler) (view spoiler)[their queen (hide spoiler)]. You can tell by Perri’s reactions that he takes his oaths seriously, and how much he trusts and is bonded to Trevonian and (again, kind-of spoiler), (view spoiler)[the queen (hide spoiler)].
Another aspect I admired was the women’s role in the book. For example, (view spoiler)[when the cloister decides to poison the “impostor king”, they do it themselves – no help from the men – and do it because they were angry, not through their husbands’ orders (hide spoiler)]. Another example is Evanjalin (view spoiler)[or Isaboe, I guess. The fact that she was Isaboe and decided to embark on this journey was remarkable (hide spoiler)]. In addition to the previous spoiler, she’s also very cunning and a decent fighter. Of course she has her weak points, but her abilities of persuasion, collection information, and simply to survive make up for it (not that there is anything to make up for).
Now, I could go on gushing about how wonderful this book is, or you can read it yourself (which I highly suggest). Now I’m off to sulk because I don’t have a copy of Froi of the Exiles on hand.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Being a nerdy teenager, I can't say I know what it would feel like to be "Popular Parker". However, I do understand the feeling she gets when she's unBeing a nerdy teenager, I can't say I know what it would feel like to be "Popular Parker". However, I do understand the feeling she gets when she's under pressure or the guilt she feels for a deed she may not have directly caused.
What I liked best about this book is the fact that it was so realistic, but also emotional and rich at the same time. There's no surprise happy ending popping up in the end (thank God). There's no easy way out. After all, every one must pay for their mistakes, no matter if they were intentional or not.
I liked seeing Parker grow. As Tatiana's review says, Parker isn't that likable in the beginning. And some girls might have thought, Why did she give up everything for nothing? Some of Parker's snarky comments and unwise decisions didn't make her the nicest kid in the neighborhood. However, again, watching her grow, admit her mistakes, and confront others was refreshing.
Another thing I liked was that Parker wasn't head over heels in love with Jake. Most "chick-lit" follow this story line "Boy meets girl --> Girl's in love --> Girl gets rejected/in confused with feelings although guy actually is in love with girl --> Girl and boy are in love --> Something bad happens --> They break up. --> Something else happens --> They make up --> Happily ever after". Definitely not this book. I'm not sure how many times Parker says no to Jake (view spoiler)[until the end, when their relationship is endearing yet complex (hide spoiler)], so she definitely wasn't a week heroine.
Overall, if you're a teenager girl about to enter/in high school, and are looking for a short-ish realistic fiction read, read Cracked Up To Be (or any Courtney Summers book, for the matter)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm sure you all know this, but especially with self-publishing, there are a lot of novels out there. And when there's a lot of a certain product, there's a lot of similar or even the same type of product. So as a book lover and blogger how important is originality to me? That's the thing about THE CULLING - I liked the grittiness and darkness of the book, and stayed up for a while to finish it, but I can't ignore the fact that it's so similar to THE HUNGER GAMES. Nevertheless, it's a book that I still think about from time to time, and one that I really enjoyed.
The best thing about this book has to be its combination of emotion and creeps. Maybe it was because I was reading about shooting people's mothers at midnight, but there were times where I was thoroughly shocked and scared. In case you didn't catch it, I read about people shooting their own families. Not only is that emotionally wrenching, but to have to make the choice and do it? That's really scary. And the thing is, that's not the only scary thing. Throughout the book, there's a point where the characters had to go through a field of corpses, and only "save" one, while the rest were exterminated. It really sickened and horrified me, which, however messed up this sounds, just made me more addicted to the book.
There was also plenty of action! Even before the Trials, you're immediately thrown into the desolate world, and the means at which Lucky is forced to go through in order to survive. Afterwards, you're faced with plenty of fight scenes, simulations, bombs, weapons, technology, etc. In fact, this is probably what reminded me of The Hunger Games the most - there was a "game" of a sort where eventually only one victor was left and "Imposed". I guess even if it is a little original, the action was fun to read.
The characterization of Lucky, though, was probably a weak point in the novel. Lucky is a strong and likable heroine, but it felt like whenever someone died, he was devastated for a moment, then almost forgot about it. And after the entire course of the book, I still felt like I didn't know that much about his character, except for a general description.
On the other hand, I thought the side characters were great. Each had their own painful story, and a chance for redemption of sorts at the Trials. Cypress, for example, has a hard exterior, though you later learn she has a complicated family issue. Gideon also surprised me; at first, you think he's one of the nicest characters in the book, but by the end, you also see how much damage had been done to him, and what affect that had on him. You also see how the society in the book made Ophelia spiral downwards from a more innocent and nice girl to someone who you probably wouldn't pick as a friend.
As for Digory, the last participant in the Trials, I ended up having mixed feelings about him. He's a really sweet and brave character, and he ended up developing a really sweet romance with Lucky. The thing was, though, that I felt like the author spent more time developing the horrors in the world of the book, rather than the LGBT aspect. In fact, it felt like if you replaced Lucky or Digory with a female character, it would be the same type of romantic relationship you'd see in most YA novels. And though the fact that gay relationships were okay in the community, I felt like the way the romance was portrayed didn't make it into anything... special.
Ultimately, though, THE CULLING is a book that captured me from beginning to end. It's a book with scenes that still haunt me, and probably will continue to stay in my memory. If you're looking for a more original story, or one that's special because of the LGBT elements, I'd probably look for something different. However, if you're looking for a book that's full of horror, creeps, or action, definitely pick up this book!
* An eARC was provided through NetGalley. Thanks! ...more