I’ve read groundhog day-esque books before but there is something unique about Collide. It has an element of murder mystery, as Anna tries to figure oI’ve read groundhog day-esque books before but there is something unique about Collide. It has an element of murder mystery, as Anna tries to figure out who shot her at the dance. Also the characters are much more aware than you normally see.
Anna is brave, strong and dedicated to her studies. She desperately loves her best friend turned boyfriend Jake and is still haunted by her mother's death. When she is tossed into an alternate universe of her life where her mother is still alive. It throws her off kilter. The person Anna is today was greatly influenced by her mother’s death and now she is seeing what her life would have been like had it not happened. Annabelle is more carefree and finds happiness in different things and different friends.
I hate to say it but I liked Eric more than I liked Jake.I’m like stop chasing the boyfriend from the other universe!! Eric is great! He was so supportive of Annabelle through the whole thing from the minute when she told him what had happened. He is also more trustworthy and more willing to fight for her. I just felt like Jake might have been great in Anna’s world but in Annabelle’s, he seemed kind of like a dud. Ugh I just didn’t like him.
I loved how Anna is able to explore why her friendships fell apart in her world and why others stayed together. The differences between Claire and Marissa are obvious. I just thought that part was really interesting.
The book is fast paced. I read it in a day because I felt like how could you not. I needed to know what was going to happen! Plus that ending. Whhaaaattt! I’m still reeling. I really enjoyed the story though. ...more
Guardian of Secrets is the fast paced sequel to Thief of Lies. As the story continues and the battle of evil progresses we form a stronger bond with tGuardian of Secrets is the fast paced sequel to Thief of Lies. As the story continues and the battle of evil progresses we form a stronger bond with the characters.
I really like the focus on friendship. Gia and Nick’s friendship especially but I liked how Gia is not always hanging out with the same person. She often spends time with different Sentinels which allows the reader to get to know their personalities better. The plot is fast paced and there is no time for crying. Battles are happening around every corner, you are never sure who you are supposed to trust. Again the crazy events bring different characters together. Nick’s friendship with Gia, and the fact that she is the only that keeps him grounded as he deals with his adoption and his new powers. Jaran bonds with Gia over broken hearts and moving on. Kale, Lei and Gia learn to count on each other (She almost accidentally killed Kale in the first book) and have each others backs. Gia sees the things that she doesn’t have in common with Arik and realizes she doesn’t know everything about him. Bastien and her form a stronger connection. Of course there is Faith, Uncle Phillip, Nana, Pop, Edgar and so forth. They all have their moments. It’s amazing how it managed to all flawlessly fit together.
I really liked the love triangle in this book. I know people often shy away from them but this one made sense. It wasn’t a girl leading on two guys for a plot device. It felt very natural. As she grew apart from one boy she grew closer to the other and it didn’t happen overnight.
Gia shows character growth. She’s not the same girl that we saw first accidentally stumbled into another library. She is still stubborn and fiercely loyal. She is also growing up and understanding that head first without thinking is not always the best option. She is extremely brave and never backs down from a fight. She refuses to go down easily in any situation.
I still enjoy the magic and hierarchy of the mystik world. It’s always building and expanding as Gia searches for the missing keys. Plus her powers are always growing and changing as well.
Overall I really enjoyed this installment. I might have even enjoyed it more than the first story. I can’t wait to see how it continues in the next book.
Kasie West does a great job of delivering stories that are fun to read with swoon. By Your Side definitely had those super cute swoon-worthy moments bKasie West does a great job of delivering stories that are fun to read with swoon. By Your Side definitely had those super cute swoon-worthy moments but It does deal with some issues, especially mental health. Which I thought was executed well through the main character..
Autumn was one of those characters that I liked for most of the book but there was definitely times where she annoyed me. I was frustrated with the most towards the end of the book when I felt she should have more faith in her friends. I liked how Autumn’s anxiety is dealt with and shown. You really get an understanding of how she feels and how people who don’t know would perceive it.
I really liked Dax. He is supposed to be the “bad guy” but it turns out that he was dropped into bad circumstances. None of his doing. He’s very calm and collected but I think it’s more because he doesn’t want to let anyone in. I wish there was a little more with his behind the scenes life. Only because of something that happens in the end of the book that I felt was a little unresolved.
I had mixed feelings about the Jeff situation. Not because of the love triangle or anything, just that it felt too easy. I’m not sure how to explain that really.
My favorite part of the book was Autumn and Dax being locked in the library. Ya I thought it was a little unrealistic that they couldn’t find a phone. Especially this day and age but I didn’t care. I thought all their interactions from beginning to end where great. They don’t become instant friends but being stuck together they find common ground. They start to feel close because they are seeing sides that nobody else sees. The relationship between Autumn and Dax is really what sold me on the book in it’s entirety. They just had such terrific chemistry.
I really loved Autumn’s group of friends. It was nice to have a book where people are not backstabbing you or turning on you because you have a problem. Dallin’s frustrations with Autumn are completely legit, even if he’s being a jerk before they work it out. I also like Autumn’s family and how close they are.
I would consider the book to pretty adorable. I really liked Autumn and Dax and their chemistry. It makes for a fun read. ...more
The circus has always been magical to me. When I was a kid we would go to Circus World in Wisconsin and even in the off season when the place was a ghThe circus has always been magical to me. When I was a kid we would go to Circus World in Wisconsin and even in the off season when the place was a ghost town. There was something about it. Caraval definitely captures the magic that I think of when I think of a circus but infuses it with also intrigue and suspense. I found myself flying through the pages until the very end.
At the root of the story is the two sister, Scarlet and Donatella. Both suffer the abuse of their horrid father who uses their love for one another as a weapon. Scarlet is the older and more cautious of the pairing. While Tella is more eccentric and risk taking. Although Scarlet sees her upcoming wedding as an escape, Tella sees it as moving from one prison to another.
Once they reach Caraval the story focuses around Scarlet as she searches for Donatella. You really see her character develop as she starts to let loose a little. Not to a crazy extent but she starts to really see even herself in a different way. The Caraval allows her to get a window to her own soul.
I loved the romance. It’s one of my favorite kind. I loved how the characters play off each other. I liked all of their interactions.
Caraval reminded me of Halloween. People use it as an excuse to throw common sense and propriety to the the wind. Everyone's true colors are on display because they believe there are no consequences for their actions. Which also makes it very unpredictable and exciting. You never know what is around the next corner. Good, bad or otherwise. I could see how people would be easily caught up in it...of course you have to remember it’s only a game.
I can’t wait for the next story. I had mixed feelings about the books ending. Not because of the writing and plot. I thought it was fantastic, it was more about the characters. I kind of felt like I was in Scarlett’s body going ohh hmm. So it will be exciting to see where it goes! ...more
I have a strange love of pirates, ever since I was a kid and watched Captain Blood. So the idea of a book of a girl pirate, my secret dream, is definiI have a strange love of pirates, ever since I was a kid and watched Captain Blood. So the idea of a book of a girl pirate, my secret dream, is definitely right up my alley. I loved the adventure and piracy of Daughter of the Pirate King.
The book captures what I love best about old pirate movies. Not only are they full of adventure but also have a lot of witty dialogue. At times Alosa is quite humorous, especially when she banters with Riden. It gave the book a little bit more of a light heartedness that I enjoyed.
Alosa is a spirited, fierce and quick witted. She has been trained by her father to be ruthless and tuck her emotions away. Although she doesn’t follow this all the time, she has great affection for her hand picked crew. Which predominantly consists of women. She is also very observant and she rewards kindness. She is by far a force to be reckoned. She does greatly seek her father’s approval which can sometimes dictate her actions.
Alosa’s romance with Riden is a slow burn. They are adversaries, friends and then teetering on something more. Riden is loyal to his brother, through thick and thin. It’s admirable and stems from what had happened in their past. I like how he challenges Alosa in ways she did not expect and that he chooses to use his wit rather than sword to get the information he needs.
I really enjoyed the plot. There were interesting aspects that you didn’t always see coming. At first you think of the world being confined to the one boat but as things unravel it because bigger than that.
Like I stated earlier I love a good pirate novel and add a female pirate, you’ve got an enjoyable tale. I can’t wait to see how the story continues and if you are looking for something when a strong lead and fun adventure. I can say this is the story for you....more
Allegedly is one of those books that you go wow, this is different. The minute I was reading, I was completely absorbed and Tiffany Jackson's writingAllegedly is one of those books that you go wow, this is different. The minute I was reading, I was completely absorbed and Tiffany Jackson's writing is definitely A+ for me. Wow. If you are a fan of shows like Making a Murderer, this book will blow you away.
I love the way the plot develops. I immediately feel for Mary. I don’t even care what she did, I just want to save her from her terrible conditions, which stops and makes me think. Wait of course I care what she did, allegedly!! It’s really interesting the way this book is able to play on different emotions. I also loved how Tiffany Jackson paired the present day narrative with different accounts and articles from when Mary was 9 and ALLEGEDLY committed her crime. As the story moves on we start to see more present day articles as well. Really this story is a rollercoaster of emotions. There were times that I thought one and times I thought the other. Little hints here and there to the real story that made you go hmmm. Some things I expected and some I did not but overall I couldn’t put the book down.
This is one of those books that I absolutely do not want to spoil anything but I can say that the relationship between Mary and her mother is definitely one of the many focuses. It’s interesting to see how the way their interactions and experiences shaped Mary. You despise her mother but there are also tidbits and hints about her as well. It builds the big picture in the end.
The reason Mary hooks up with someone is kind of similar to The Innocence Project is because she is now having a baby. She is concerned that they are going to take her baby away from her due to her past conviction and now she is going to do everything in her power to stop that from happening. This of course opens the can of worms that leads us down the rabbit hole of what is true and not true.
Of course we see the very ugly side of group homes as well. The other girls are all in there for different reason and it’s interesting to also see their stories as well. Especially New Girl.
So much I want to say! So much I can’t say! Ahh!
My mind is still turning over Allegedly. I’ve told all my friends to read it because I just want to talk about it. It’s one of those books, I can’t stop thinking about it still. It leaves a lasting impression. ...more
Wait for Me is a story about a small Scottish town that is experiencing the effects of World War II. The story takes place right before the war's offiWait for Me is a story about a small Scottish town that is experiencing the effects of World War II. The story takes place right before the war's official end.
There were so many different things I liked. I really enjoyed Lorna’s father. He is a strong and gruff man on the outside but extremely kind hearted. He reminded me of my dad and so I think that strengthened my bond to him. I like how he is quiet strength for Lorna.
I really liked the trials and tribulations of Lorna and Iris’s friendship. When you are young and you meet that first love of your life, sometimes you get lost in it. I was so mad at Iris at times but that is just what happens to friends. You always find your way back to each other.
I did enjoy the romance of Lorna and the POW Paul. It developed naturally and I thought the author note about these kind of relationships added to it. I like the idea of two people finding one another in the worst of circumstances but still forming a bond. I also liked that Paul is scarred. That sounds strange but I get tired of the flawless people in stories. Especially stories about war, this is what happens. People are injured and broken and have to find their way out of that.
Although Lorna’s brothers are not in the story for a long period of time. I liked how they both have different war experiences and how it affects them. Also Mrs. Murray is great character too to have, showing a mother’s grief at having your son be off at war. I would imagine it’s difficult to never know if you are going to lose someone. The emotions that run high with John Jo I thought showed that well.
I enjoyed the pacing of the book, there was a point that I was concerned I was about to hit a lull but it picked right back up. ...more