I think I have become a Sarah Dessen convert! I really enjoyed reading Keeping the Moon and was looking forward to trying something else by this talented author. And I'm very happy to say that The Truth About Forever did not disappoint.
Macy is such a dynamic main character, easy to relate to, and easy to love. I can sympathize from personal experience how devastating it is to lose a parent in your teen years and this book really hit home for me, but in a good way. I was pleased with how each event that Macy encountered gave her a new perspective to consider and forced her to really look at herself clearly. She went from striving to be perfect, "fine, just fine", to really being honest with herself and those around her and admitting that she wasn't perfect, or "fine, just fine".
It always amazes me how friends and peers can shape the way we, as individuals, view ourselves and how we should behave and respond. Macy discovered this, as she went from surrounding herself with 'perfect' people to surrounding herself with 'real' people. I loved the chaos that Wish Catering introduced into Macy's life and I really loved how Macy interacted with the different employees of the catering business.
As much as I enjoyed her interactions with Kristy, Delia, Monica, and Bert, I believe the best interactions were between her and Wes. I really liked how even though at the beginning she only saw Wes as a handsome teenage guy, when she really got to know him, she grew comfortable enough around him to look past that. He was intelligent, talented, and caring, and between their slowly developing friendship and their strange ongoing game of Truth, he was the one that finally pulled Macy completely out of her shell and showed her who she could really be.
Sarah Dessen definitely created another wonderful, heartfelt, lesson-learning journey with this novel. Now, I only wish I had gone with my initial gut instinct and bought all of her books that I'd found at my favorite used book store when I'd had the chance. Oh well, I'll keep my fingers crossed and hopefully when I go to the store again, they will still be there as I intend to give them a very good home! If you have not read any of her YA contemporary novels, I highly encourage you to do so...it is time well spent!(less)
At the beginning of this book, Gemma is introduced walking through a bizarre in India with her mother. It is the end of the 19th century, when corsets, petticoats, and dresses were in fashion, gentlemen tipped their hats to ladies, and ladies were expected to be docile and agreeable. Gemma begins as anything but. She is impetuous and rebellious, arguing with her mother to try and get her way. Their latest argument ends in Gemma running away and getting lost in the confusing streets and alleyways. Then, an unexpected vision overtakes her and she's forced to watch a horrible scene play out in front of her very eyes, unable to do anything to stop it.
Finally getting her wish but at a very steep cost to her and her family, Gemma finds herself in England where she is being transported to a ladies' finishing school. There, she will learn to become a proper, genteel lady in hopes of making a very suitable match one day. But, proper etiquette and correct place settings are far from Gemma's concerns as she is continuously plagued by her disturbing visions, not to mention being watched by a strange boy that she finds herself oddly attracted to. It is through various choices that Gemma unleashes a power that she doesn't fully understand and is not yet ready to control. And it is up to Gemma to make things right before a dark evil has a chance to enter the real world.
As stated before, Gemma begins the story as impetuous and rebellious, displaying what might be considered a normal degree of selfishness for a sixteen year old girl. But as the story progresses and she has to constantly live with the consequences of her selfish actions, she begins to regret a great many things. Humility and uncertainty take hold but are not completely overpowering. And she eventually begins to try and do the right thing, although she still makes mistakes and has to go back and try to correct those mistakes. Gemma turns out to be a very complex character with very real emotions and reactions to various events and circumstances, which makes her a very refreshing main character.
The other characters in this story, especially her three new friends (Felicity, Pippa, and Ann) are very well developed and bring their unique personalities into the group of four. Kartik is mysterious and I would have liked to have seen more interactions between him and Gemma, but maybe that will come in future books in this series.
The world that Gemma lives in is one of propriety, etiquette, and the careful maintenance of appearances. The author does a beautiful job of describing late-1800's England and India, giving the reader the ability to fully picture each scene as it unfolds. But what is real and what is an illusion? This is a question that Gemma has to struggle with a lot throughout the book and she's not always right, sometimes believing the illusion instead of the reality.
Overall, this is an incredible beginning to an intriguing series. I really enjoyed this book, especially a few of the plot twists that I definitely did not see coming, and will definitely be purchasing the rest in this series so I can see how things continue to unfold. If you like historical fiction with a twist of supernatural and a little bit of mystery to unravel, then definitely check out this book!(less)
Over the past couple of months, I have discovered a newfound love for all things zombies! But one thing I noticed that all the zombie books I’ve read so far have in common is that no one is safe, anyone could get bitten and turned, and all zombies love to eat flesh. Well, Daniel Waters decided to turn some of these common zombie aspects on their heads and came up with a unique contribution to the zombie genre: Generation Dead.
Several distinctions that separate out the zombies of this book from the typical flesh/brain eating zombies are: 1. The zombies in this book do not eat flesh or brains or anything for that matter; 2. Teenagers (American teenagers to be even more specific) are the only ones afflicted – when an American teenager dies, it’s very likely that they will come back; and 3. These zombies can actually talk and function like a normal humans, but not as well – speech is very slow and halting and movement can be very difficult for some.
These distinctions alone made this a very intriguing read. But then the author threw in the social and political aspects of teens dying and coming back to ‘life’. And he put all of this into a high school setting, where teen angst is typical and became even more escalated by the addition of ‘dead kids’ attending classes with ‘normal kids’. Racism and bullying played a large part throughout the book; acceptance came slowly on several of the characters’ parts; and actual child abandonment was also presented as another issue that these ‘zombies’, ‘dead kids’, or as one organization wanted to call them, ‘differently biotic’ beings had to deal with.
So, what I thought was going to be a light read turned out to have a lot of depth and layers to wade through. But the author wove all of these complex issues into the story so effortlessly, that it actually made sense and didn’t detract from the storyline itself but instead added to it. And how he had each of the main characters dealing with the various situations presented to them made the story feel real and believable.
Speaking of characters, all of them were very well developed and had me either cheering for them, feeling sympathy for them, or just plain loathing them from the very start. I connected really well with Phoebe and I loved Adam to death (no pun intended). Tommy, the unspoken leader of the zombies, and Karen, an eerily beautiful and highly functioning zombie, were both intriguing characters and I would have loved to have gotten inside their heads and seen how a differently biotic kids’ thought process worked. And Pete – ugh, I sooo wanted someone to knock him hard upside the head. He was pretty creepy and he wasn’t a zombie!
I think my one disappointment was that the perspectives were only from Phoebe, Adam, and Pete. I would have really liked to have seen some perspectives from Tommy and Karen. But, maybe I’ll get lucky and the next book in the series will remedy that. Like I said, a little disappointed, but not enough to actually affect my overall rating.
As for the end, it was a shock because I was expecting it to go a different way. But it definitely left me with the burning desire to run out and immediately buy the next book just to see how this series continues!
A side note: Most zombie books will give a particular theory as to why zombies came into existence. This book throws out all kinds of theories from the plausible to the ridiculous and doesn’t actually reveal what is causing this strange phenomenon amongst American teens. Maybe in the following books, a theory will surface that will stick, but for now, it’s anybody’s guess!
Overall, I absolutely loved this book and hope to continue with the series soon. I just loved the overall uniqueness, the depth of story and characters, and the political/social underpinnings woven throughout. So, if you like zombies but want a completely different twist to the traditional genre, then definitely check this book out! (less)
This was an ok read. There were several moments of humor that I really liked and the overall interactions between the characters was great. But the ju...moreThis was an ok read. There were several moments of humor that I really liked and the overall interactions between the characters was great. But the jumping from one perspective to another got a bit confusing at times and the ending was rushed. Still, not a bad book if you like a more comical twist to YA survival stories.(less)
A great sequel to Soulless and with an ending that was definitely unexpected. I'll be picking up Blameless as soon as I can to continue Alexia's adven...moreA great sequel to Soulless and with an ending that was definitely unexpected. I'll be picking up Blameless as soon as I can to continue Alexia's adventures.(less)
Ever since her mother disappeared when she was twelve, Avery James has done everything possible to control every aspect of her life. She's a straight-A student, involved in various school clubs, and is determined to be accepted at her top pick college in order to someday become a successful doctor. She has her sights set on being valedictorian for her graduating class but she's got some stiff competition in the form of her former best friend, Hannah Cohen. When Avery tells her new friend, Molly, that she still needs money for her trip to Costa Rica (she wants to volunteer with a medical team there so that it will look good on her college application and she has the hidden motive of wanting to find her mother), Hannah overhears and offers Avery a decent amount of money if she'll steal Zac Greeley, Hannah's boyfriend.
When this books starts out, it appears that Avery is a typical teenager working at a hot dog establishment in order to raise money for a trip to Costa Rica. But as the story unfolds, Avery becomes anything but typical. She actually is extremely insecure and is constantly worried about letting anyone too close for fear that they will discover she's not as perfect as she portrays herself to be. Then, in a quirky twist of fate, Avery becomes business partners for an economics project with Zac Greeley, someone she deems as a complete slacker with no interest in being serious about anything.
Before she even begins her project, she's cornered by Hannah and bribed into making Zac break up with Hannah. At this point, it becomes pretty clear that Avery is completely self-absorbed and not really concerned about anyone getting hurt as long as she's able to make enough money to fund her trip. She takes on the job of stealing Hannah's boyfriend by viewing it as a scientific experiment, nothing more, since she's convinced that no one can truly love someone forever.
Then she begins hanging out more and more with Zac and discovers the real person beneath all the crazy antics and silliness. As she is forced to endure midnight comedy shows and slushie runs, her carefully planned and organized world begins to fall apart. Zac manages to do something that no one else has been able to in the four years since her mothers' disappearance: he's managed to get Avery to really take a good hard look at her life and to face some of the hard issues she's been hiding from for so long.
I really enjoyed the interactions between Zac and Avery and it was intriguing to watch Avery slowly lose control of everything around her. The way she handled each increasingly stressful situation was exactly how I would expect someone like her to react and even though I know it had to be hard for her to go through, it was actually good to see her face her demons for a change. By the end of the book, I actually was very proud of Avery for how she had come to terms with some difficult issues and emotions and how she went about trying to make amends for a lot of the selfish and insensitive things she'd done to various people in her life.
I had originally expected this book to be a light, fun contemporary read. But I discovered very quickly that there was a lot of depth hidden within the pages that made this book so much more. I didn't approve of some of the things Avery was doing throughout the book, but I couldn't help but like her and actually feel sorry for her as events unfolded. This book dealt a lot with peer pressure and how teens tend to be extremely conscious of their images and I feel that the author did a great job handling these tough issues. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in YA contemporary fiction and enjoys humor mixed in with hidden depth and meaning!(less)
Five children, all age ten, were taken in the middle of the night. Then five years later they reappear under the guardianship of their governess, Madame Nicola Vileroy. Four of the five have a special goal, something they yearn for so desperately that they will do anything to achieve it. This is the story of these five children, what lengths their willing to go in order to achieve their dreams, and the consequences they suffer for the deals they make.
Belle and Bicé are twins and used to be close. What Belle desired more than anything caused a rift between her and Bicé that widened over the years. As Belle determinedly pursued her desire, Bicé began to withdraw more and more from life, burying herself in her books and languages.
Christian came from an extremely impoverished life but has no recollection of it. His desires cause him to do things he's ashamed of and keeps him in a constant battle to do what is right instead of what he wants.
Valentin has a dramatic flare and takes pleasure in repeating things over and over until he gets it right. His desire is a complicated one that mixes many different versions of reality until it's hard to tell anymore which reality he's living.
Victoria is the most ambitious of the group and strives to be the very best any way she can, even if she has to cheat to get to the top. She's ruthless, cunning, and greedy and seems to be the only one that doesn't feel any pangs of guilt or remorse for the deals she's made.
The world throughout this book is one of competition, deception, and illusion. What seems real turns out to be an illusion and vice versa, making this a very challenging book to decipher at times. Nothing is what it seems and the characters, as well as the reader, has to question everything along the way, trying to decipher what each event or request means for future events. This is also a world of consequences, where every action is accounted for and the cost for each action could at some point be too high a price to pay.
This was a truly fascinating and intriguing read that had me constantly questioning just what Madame Vileroy was up to and how she was using these five children to accomplish her overall goal. With the Faustian take on things, the story gave a whole knew meaning to suffering the consequences of our actions and just how far humans will go to achieve their deepest desires.
The story was told from each of the childrens' perspectives as well as the governess and some of the supporting characters. Because of this, it didn't really allow for me to feel a strong connection with any of the characters, although I really did like Bicé the best. I think that is probably why I couldn't give it a complete five stars because I just couldn't truly connect with any one character and I want to connect with the characters when I'm reading.
Other than that, it had a very strong plot that kept me interested the entire time. I really liked the opening of each chapter, which began with a conversation or a quote from various famous people throughout history that were "influenced" by the governess. For anyone that is familiar with different people in history, some of the passages will have you guessing the identity of the person right away and makes you stop and think about how they really did achieve their successes!
As for the individual characters, the hardest one for me to follow was Valentin. I don't want to give away what his gift and his ability is, but by the end of the book, I was questioning whether he even knew what reality he was living anymore. I actually felt sorry for him and for Bicé too and what she ended up having to endure because of her sisters' desire.
Anyway, this was definitely an enjoyable escape and I look forward to reading Another Pan, the next book in this series. I'm a huge Peter Pan fan and can't wait to see how this dynamic duo of authors tackle that story! (less)
Okay, it's official...I am completely in love with J. R. Ward's books!!! Sheesh, this woman can tell a story and then some! If you have not read anyth...moreOkay, it's official...I am completely in love with J. R. Ward's books!!! Sheesh, this woman can tell a story and then some! If you have not read anything by J. R. Ward, then please do so and soon!
Anyway, Covet is an amazing beginning to what I am convinced will be another amazing series. I loved Jim in this book and I can't wait to find out what his next mission will be. And Devina...OMG she was freaky, but then she was supposed to be. I also loved that I wasn't able to figure out who Marie Therese's stalker was until it was time for him to be revealed...the author did a superb job of keeping me in the dark on that one.
So, yeah, awesome book! Check it out...you won't be disappointed. Oh, and on a side note, you don't have to be familiar with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series to read this series, but some of the characters from BDB actually make very brief appearances or are mentioned, so it's kind of cool if you're already familiar with BDB...another freakin' awesome series, btw! Yep, I'm just full of awesome tonight! lol(less)
Just to clarify things, books of this nature are not a typical read for me. I usually tend to avoid any kind of books that I consciously know are going to reduce me to tears. I'm the same way with movies. After watching My Girl (you know, the movie with the cute McCauley Culkin) when it first released (I was still in my early teens), I made a conscious effort to avoid movies, and subsequently books, that were similar in nature. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved My Girl, but to this day I can't even think about that movie without almost tearing up. And yes, I absolutely agree that if a movie (or book) can cause that kind of reaction, then it must be stellar!
So, I heard a lot of wonderful things about If I Stay, and against my better judgement, I decided to give it a try. And I'm proud to say that I actually managed to get most of the way through this book without crying, although at times it was difficult. And then the scene with just Gramps in the hospital room with Mia did me in. I think I wept for ten minutes straight and went through a couple of tissues before I could bring myself to take a deep breath and continue. I'm sure those of you who have actually read this book know which scene I'm referring to.
Anyway, I had to get that off my chest. This book was superbly written and I liked how seamlessly the author wove Mia's memories of past events into the events that were taking place in the present. Mia's reflections were a mixture of emotions: happy, sad, scared, uncertain, uncomfortable, wistful, but mostly happy. I couldn't imagine experiencing such traumatic events from such a perspective but the author handled it with gentle yet stark realisms and the journey of one day for Mia brought about so much for her to consider. But the bottom line was always the one question she had difficulty answering: should she stay or should she let go?
With all of that said, I am glad that I picked this book up and read it, even though I had a feeling I was going to be crying at some point. For anyone that likes heart-wrenching yet hopeful contemporary fiction, this is definitely a book that should be added to your collection. Just make sure you have that box of tissues handy because at some point in Mia's story, you'll need them. (less)
Other than some funny moments, this book really needed a lot of editing before I could even consider going beyond 2 stars with it. I think it had prom...moreOther than some funny moments, this book really needed a lot of editing before I could even consider going beyond 2 stars with it. I think it had promise, but there were just too many errors, mistakes, and abrupt transitions for me.(less)
I am so glad I finally got a chance to sit down and read this book. I had been kind of putting it off because I wasn't entirely sure I was fully prepared to dive into the true world of zombies. But the books I'd read up to this point and the fact that I have fallen in love with The Walking Dead TV series jolted me into picking up this book and finally giving it my full attention.
Let me just say that Mark Tufo has created such a realistic world and truly believable characters in the Talbot family that I have a hard time putting into words how awesome this book really is. Every aspect was very well-imagined and developed with such care to make it seem so real, that I actually could seriously imagine something this catastrophic and scary happening in the real world. Add on top of that little hints here and there of something not yet understandable going on at the 'psychic' level and it has me begging 'please give me more'!
I loved the fact that Mike Talbot was not a perfect man and that he didn't suddenly become the great action hero that didn't let anything bother him. He was extremely protective and dedicated to his family but he made mistakes along the way that were so realistic that I could definitely see myself making the same mistakes if I were in those situations. And his sense of humor, which could be a bit juvenile at times, totally cracked me up at just the right moments to help lighten the overall nervous, scary feeling of the book. Seriously, I was laughing out loud several times during this book and one or two passages in particular still have me giggling at the oddest times (the thoughts will come out of nowhere and I'm grinning or snickering while my husband looks at me like I've lost my mind...thanks, Mr. Tufo).
As for the zombie chick that seems fascinated with Mike...OMG she's freaky and I would get chills everytime a scene with her in it came along. I so want to know what is going on with her and what her weird fascination with Mike Talbot is!
The rest of the characters were just as well-developed and realistic as Mike and I really can't wait to learn more about each of them in the future installments of this series. I especially can't wait to find out more about Tommy.
So, overall, this is such an amazing read that I can see why it's become a go-to classic for the zombie genre. If you want a real taste (pun intended!) of what awesome zombie storytelling is like, then get this book! I know I'm hooked and will definitely be purchasing the rest of the books in this series so I can continue on this scary, fascinating, sometimes humorous journey with the Talbots and their friends!(less)
I'm already a huge fan of Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series for young adults. So, I decided to check out her new adult series and truly enjoyed i...moreI'm already a huge fan of Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series for young adults. So, I decided to check out her new adult series and truly enjoyed it! Cam and Liv were awesome and I'm glad the author didn't get too in the weeds on the romance side of things. She concentrated on the story first and expertly wove the romance within, just as she did with Soul Screamers. Fantastic book and can't wait to read the next in this series! I'll probably also check out her Shifters series, since I've heard really good things about it too!(less)
I must say that I absolutely loved this book!! I believe this has become a favorite new series for me. And, I will admit that I do not have the proper...moreI must say that I absolutely loved this book!! I believe this has become a favorite new series for me. And, I will admit that I do not have the proper ability to give this book the kind of glowing review that it truly deserves. Suffice it to say, if you like regency romances and you like paranormal, this book combines both of these compelling genres beautifully and seamlessly! The interactions between Alexia and Lord Maccon are exquisite and I loved her internal musings throughout the book. And Lord Maccon....yummy, delicious, and positively scrumptious (if you read this, you'll understand why I'm using descriptors normally meant for food...hehe)! Anyway, I will eagerly be diving into the next book in this series as soon as I can get my greedy little hands on it! :)(less)
Hmmm...I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. It was different and it kept me turning the pages. Rose was interesting and I liked how she c...moreHmmm...I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. It was different and it kept me turning the pages. Rose was interesting and I liked how she connected with David and Charlie. I liked Charlie, didn't like David, but the overall feel I have now that I'm finished with this is uncertainty, as if I'm not entirely sure what I just read but at the same time, I know exactly what I was reading. Strange...(less)
Okay, take a deep breath and slowly let it out....WHEW, what an amazing escape!! Blood Rights and Kristen Painter have completely restored my faith in the vampire genre! The vampires were not sparkly, warm, fuzzy, daylight enjoying, or 'vegetarian'. These vampires were ruthless, cunning, human-blood consuming, night walkers that could be utterly terrifying when they put their minds to it. They were dangerous and alluring and powerful, which is how I love my vampires!
Okay, now for the characters. Chysabelle was total kick-ass amazing! And I loved the fact that she was not a whiny teenager or a clueless adult. She was mature, well-trained, and packed a very deadly set of daggers and sacres which she knew how to wield expertly. And even though she was not familiar with the human world, having been raised as a Comarré from birth (these particular humans have extremely pure blood which is in very high demand by the vampire nobles and there are other aspects that make them different from regular humans), she handled each situation she encountered with maturity and calmness, regardless of the uncertainty or confusion she was experiencing within. Confidence exuded out of every pore and she didn't leave anyone in doubt of her abilities for very long, regardless of the fact that she, at first glance, appeared so fragile and angelic.
Malkolm, or Mal, was so complex that sometimes he was amazing, sometimes he was scary, and sometimes he was just plain sexy. He was not a perfect hero and there were many times where he was actually hopeful that his life as a vampire would soon come to an end. But, I believe this had more to do with his curse than with him being a vampire. Even though he had started out as a deadly and ruthless killer, events occurred that had him pulling back from that lifestyle. This is a character that I wanted to hate and love and just give a big old hug to and these reactions towards him carried on throughout most of the book. But as his situation became more clear to me and to Chrysabelle, the hatred or dislike or disgust gradually turned to understanding and left me, at least, with the overwhelming hope that he would someday have his curse lifted from him and his anguish and despair finally relieved.
Now, Tatiana was a vampire noble and also the villain of this story. And man did she play her part to the hilt. I truly hated this woman and wanted to see her destroyed by Chrysabelle and Mal. Tatiana was sick and twisted and sadistic, not to mention power hungry and very sloppy with her food (i.e. humans). The only true feeling or love she ever showed was towards her cobra, Nehebkau, and that was bordering on a different level of psychotic. The author truly put the villain back into the proper place in stories by inventing Tatiana and I give total props to the author for achieving this and actually making me hate the villain like I'm supposed to.
The supporting characters were just as well developed as the main characters and had me loving them just as much as I loved Chrysabelle and, for the most part, Mal. Doc and Fi especially were wonderful characters to learn about and I really enjoyed glimpses into their strange but loving relationship.
As for the world-building, geez it was just as well developed as the characters and their interactions with one another. I wasn't confused during any part of the story and loved learning bits and pieces here and there about the Comarré and the vampire hierarchy, as well as the intricacies to these two factions' pasts and how they came to be. Plus, the world is set in the future, so there was an interesting twist to the new names for familiar places around the world, such as New Florida. It's a world that is on the brink of turmoil and chaos, and the author paints each scene spectacularly, whether the scene is an intense battle or a night club or the home of one of the characters. I felt as if I was within the pages and experiencing the story as it moved along and that is a feeling that is so hard to capture with most books.
So, I guess I don't have to convince anyone that I absolutely loved this book! It's an excellent beginning to a very compelling new series and I can't wait to find out what happens next with Chrysabelle and Mal and the others. With that in mind, I better end this review and get my hands on Flesh and Blood, book two in this amazing series! (less)
Jordan Woods lives and breathes football. She's the starting quarterback for her high school football team and she dreams of getting to play for the University of Alabama. So, she doesn't have time for boys (unless its hanging out with her fellow teammates) or crushes. But all of that changes when Ty Green shows up. Not only is he gorgeous, but he's also a quarterback, loves football as much as she does, and is definitely showing an interest in her. But as Jordan begins to navigate the unfamiliar territory of teenage crushes and dating, she realizes that her choices and dreams may not be what is best for her and has to figure out if she has the courage to follow where her heart is telling her to go.
Jordan Woods is spunky, independent, and confident and her entire world revolves around football. She loves being the quarterback, is grateful for the respect that her teammates show her, and is driven to be the best at what she does so she can win a full ride to her dream school, the University of Alabama. She's not without her faults or insecurities, though, as she struggles with a pro football father that doesn't want her involved in the rough and sometimes dangerous sport and refuses to support her. As the book progresses, Jordan is tested in many different ways, both emotionally and physically, and eventually grows into a more mature character.
The story takes place both on and off the high school football field. It's a world full of typical teen angst and uncertainties. The story is full of emotional ups and downs and really gives the reader a great feel for what is happening in Jordan's life and how she handles each situation that comes about.
This was a very enjoyable book and I loved that the author put the lead character into a male-dominated world and helped her shine! Jordan was snarky and able to hold her own with the guys and the interactions between her and her teammates gave a sense of easy friendship. Her friendship and interactions with her best friend, Sam Henry, were sweet and wonderful in the beginning, harsh and uncomfortable in the middle, and sweet and wonderful again in the end. And her thoughts and encounters with Ty Green were cute and awkward at times, giving off a real sense of that first true crush. There were many parts in this book that had me laughing or grinning and some parts that had me wanting to reach through the pages and knock Jordan upside the head for being so dense or stubborn. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a light but very impressionable chick lit read. It's well worth it! (less)
Tara Godfrey thought that breaking up with her boyfriend was going to be the most di...moreThis review can also be found at my blog: Dirty Blood Review.
Tara Godfrey thought that breaking up with her boyfriend was going to be the most difficult part of the evening. Then she encountered, fought, and killed a girl that had actually turned into a wolf before attacking her. Now she's in a whole new world that she never knew existed and discovering her heritage as a Hunter. But before she has a chance to learn too much about her abilities, a shocking secret is revealed that changes everything. And now someone or something is stalking her who wants her dead. Difficult and complicated doesn't even begin to describe Tara's new life or the role she is destined to play, but she's determined to learn what she can in order to survive and protect those she loves most.
Tara Godfrey is an average teenage girl that discovers she has extraordinary abilities. She has uncertainties about her new life and the people in it. But she's determined to do whatever it takes to be able to defend herself and her loved ones, regardless of what others may think of her.
Tara's world is split into the world of typical high school angst and the world of dangerous werewolves. She is introduced to a group made up of a mix of Hunters and Werewolves that are trying to slowly bring peace between the two races who have hated each other for centuries. She's intrigued by the more peaceful message this group is delivering but finds out that sometimes violence has to ensue to protect the members and their families and their cause. Mix in her ex-boyfriend constantly harrassing her about them getting back together and her occasional interactions with her normal, non-supernatural best friends, and things get complicated. And then there's her relationship (sort of) with Wes. It all amounts to a complex and somewhat frustrating world for Tara.
This was an enjoyable read with a lot of action. But I think it was lacking in more developed interactions amongst the various characters. The interactions between Tara and Wes, especially, were mediocre at best. It was kind of a hot/cold relationship (mostly cold from Wes) but then at literally the half-way mark in the book, it was suddenly intense and deep and meaningful. And then cold again. That actually annoyed me more than anything else about this book and prevented me from giving this book a higher rating. I did like the action sequences though and would have liked to have seen more development in the interactions between Tara and her trainer, Jack, and his wife, Fee. Tara's actual training and her learning about Hunters got glossed over, which was kind of a shame since that was a huge part of what she was needing. Hopefully the next book will remedy that, since she is supposed to be attending a private school for Hunters. So, as a whole, this was a good book and I'll definitely be checking out the next book, Cold Blood. (less)
From the very beginning, Possess had me intrigued and I kept saying to myself ‘just a little bit more’ or ‘I just want to find out what happens next’. And before too long, I was through the entire book!
Bridget was a good main character that believed she could deal with anything and not have to lean on anyone for support. But, she had her vulnerabilities, which gave her a more realistic feel. She seemed a bit older in some respects than her age of fifteen but that might have to do with the fact that she’d lost her father (he’d been murdered) and she was dealing with strange abilities that were more scary than fascinating.
What were her abilities? Well, she was able to hear demons and she was in the process of being trained on how to banish them, hence the 5 rules in the book description. Each scene that was described as she banished demons from rooms, people, and inanimate objects were exceedingly creepy and I could appreciate why Bridget really didn’t want these abilities to begin with. The porcelain doll scene had to be the creepiest though and even though I used to collect these dolls and really do like them, I can totally appreciate how creepy they actually can be. So, putting them in a possessed state just added more to their eerieness!
Bridget’s interactions with her friends and especially with Matt Quinn were great! I loved her snarky, sarcastic attitude which came out even when she was just thinking things and not necessarily speaking out loud. And I loved that she was so protective of her little brother, Sammy. I actually wished there had been some more scenes between the two of them.
With all of these wonderful pieces making up such a great story, I still wasn’t able to give it the full 5-stars. There were several scenes where Bridget was portrayed as being completely clueless as to what was happening. But I couldn’t for a minute believe that since she had already shown herself to be very astute in similar situations in other scenes. Also, there really wasn’t any surprise/shock factor for me when the real bad guy was revealed towards the end. I had already figured this out about 30-40 percent into the book and had it confirmed when Bridget paid her first visit to her father’s murderer.
Still, this was a great read that I’m definitely glad I had a chance to read in October because I totally relate this month with spookiness, eerieness, and chilling-type scenarios. Possess definitely falls into this realm and is an excellent read for the October/Halloween season! So, if you like demon possessions and exorcisms alongside your teen angst, then check this book out! (less)
Sunshine and Rayne are identical twin sisters but their personalities are completely opposite. Sunshine is more of the good girl while Rayne is more likely to get into trouble. So, when Rayne talks Sunny into going to Club Fang with her, Sunny's not too thrilled. But then she meets Magnus...tall, dark, and dreamy...and follows him out to the parking lot. Then a bad case of mistaken identity takes place and suddenly Sunny is made aware of a world she never knew existed: vampires are real and if she doesn't find a way to stop the transformation, she'll become one of them within the week.
Sunshine MacDonald is a fun-loving teenager whose biggest wish is to be asked to prom by Jake Wilder, a.k.a Sex God, the most popular and handsome boy in school. But she's pretty convinced that he doesn't know she exists. But, when she gets bitten, she begins to go through transformations that suddenly have people noticing her that would not normally give her the time of day. As the transformation progresses, Sunny actually begins to develop more confidence in herself and also begins taking more risks. She learns a lot about herself over the stressful week and begins to reconsider what is really important in her life. She's a fun character that I could relate to really well.
Magnus is a thousand-year-old vampire who has been waiting for about that long to be assigned a blood mate. He starts off being a little arrogant and stand-offish, but as the week progresses, events unfold, and he and Sunny spend more time together, he begins to loosen up and shows the more charming, caring, and chivalrous side of himself.
The author has created two worlds within this book; the daytime world that Sunny is struggling to hold on to and the nighttime world that she will become a member of if she can't reverse the vampire transformation. The daytime world is the typical world of high school drama and the nighttime world is one full of luxury and decadence but also danger. Throughout the entire book, pros and cons are laid out for each of these worlds, forcing Sunny to really think hard about her decision to reverse the transformation.
This was a fun, enjoyable book to escape into for a while. Sunny was an amusing character to follow and there were many times throughout the book that I was smiling or laughing at something she said or did. Magnus was a delicious treat and I really enjoyed his interactions with Sunny throughout the entire book. And Rayne was an interesting supporting character that worked well within the story. Overall, this is a really good book if you're looking for something more light-hearted and fun in the YA vampire genre. I'll definitely be checking out the second book to see what happens next, especially with the way this book ended! (less)
With this being my first foray into the true genre of zombies (I don't count Die for Me by Amy Plum as a true zombie novel), I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. Well, I was expecting grotesque descriptions of bloated, disfigured bodies related to plague-type events. And that certainly didn't disappoint. In fact, I'm rather pleased with the entire experience and am glad I started with this book before jumping into some of the more 'intense' zombie books out there, such as Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout series or Jonathon Maberry's Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura series), both of which I've heard are fantastic if one wants a true zombie-reading experience.
Anyway, I absolutely loved Remy and her total kick-a$$ attitude. This girl will not let anything deter her from her one specific mission: find and protect her eight-year-old brother, Max. From the very beginning, she showed strength, courage, and determination, but also managed to show compassion in her own way by allowing others to tag along with her on her perilous journey. And even though she tried to be strong and not emotionally connect with any of those in her group, she still ended up caring for them and protecting them in the only way she knew how: by totally kicking some major zombie butts and making sure none of her eclectic group were killed or infected along the way.
I loved the interactions between Remy and Lazlo, especially, and enjoyed the group dynamics of Blue and Harlow thrown in the mix. And Ripley was an awesome touch to the already strange group. I mean, how bada$$ is it that a freakin' lioness not only joins the group, but completely obliterates any zombies in sight?! I loved it!
As for the world in which Remy and the others found themselves traveling through - it was desolate, marred with death, blood, and body parts, and completely eerie, especially the trip through Las Vegas. The author did a fantastic job of describing this world in such a way that I had no problems picturing each scene and each place clearly in my mind.
This was a pretty fast read with the writing and plot flowing smoothly. The action scenes were great and some of the weapons that Remy found herself having to use in order to fight the various zombie hordes were interesting, to say the least! I would definitely recommend this book for anyone that is kind of curious about the zombie genre but not entirely sure if they want to dive headfirst into it. This book kind of breaks readers in more gently, or at least it did for me. And for those who are already fans of the genre, I believe it's worth the read! (less)