OMG! For a short while, I was 20 years younger (I wish!!), in college and being the book nerd that I always have been! LOL. This, to me, was such a fuOMG! For a short while, I was 20 years younger (I wish!!), in college and being the book nerd that I always have been! LOL. This, to me, was such a fun book! I am so sorry that it had to end! Sequel, anyone?
This is about a girl named, Cath, who is starting her first year of college. She has a twin sister, Wren, who she is super close to. They did everything together growing up...they weren't just sisters they were best friends. But, Wren, who is more outgoing than her sister, wants to meet new people and have new experiences as most freshmen do. She even tells Cath that she doesn't want to room together at school. This devastates Cath, who is scared as it is. Cath is very shy and very bookish. She is obsessed with a series of books about Simon Snow (our Harry Potter) and even writes Simon Snow fanfiction. She is pretty obsessed (not that that is a bad thing. LOL).
The story follows her through her freshmen year; her classes, her hiding in her dorm room, dealing with a cynical roommate and her initially overbearing boyfriend, hiding in her dorm room, desperately trying to reconnect with her sister, a teacher who doesn't consider her fanfiction real literature...and did I mention the hiding in her dorm room? LOL. It's a lot for her to deal with.
I love Cath. I could relate so much to her character and all her insecurities. There are also so many other characters, who just jump off of the page with their personality! I got to know everyone so well, I felt like I was one of them. And her relationships with the people around her was great! The author really knows how to develop her characters.
And along with the story, we get snippets from the Simon Snow books, as well as snippets from Cath's fanfiction. You get so engrossed with all aspects of the story. I would definitely read those Simon Snow books, I want to so badly now!
And all the pop-culture, nerdy references were so much fun! There were times, I was like "Did they just say that?" LOL!
I enjoyed this book so much! And the romantic side of it was very sweet. I just have to say, I wish I was 19 again....I am so totally in love with (view spoiler)[Levi (hide spoiler)]!
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I want to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest revue. I probably would never have heard of it if he handn't, aI want to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest revue. I probably would never have heard of it if he handn't, and I am very happy that I did. This book is very original in it's content. I have read many paranormal romances and so many are so identical, you are lucky that the names are different. But in this case, I was very happily surprised. I had never read anything like this prior and am very excited for more.
This book tells the story of 17 year old, Wake, who has sold his soul to the devil in an attempt to save him mother's soul after her suicide. He becomes a soul collector for Satan, and is so good at what he does that Satan has an important mission for him. One that will affect the entire world and has Heaven and Hell on the brink of war.
If I am to be honest, I do have two critiques regarding the book. The first is the use of many cliches that had be groaning many times. In many cases, I wanted to scream "Are you kidding? People don't talk like that!" And the romance happened way too fast as to almost be unbelievable. That's fairly common in alot of paranormal romances, I admit, but this wasn't love at first sight....this was "I would die for you, kind of love." But in all fairness, when you are dealing with Heaven and Hell, maybe anything is possible. Despite these issues, I still feel this is a 5 star book. These issues frustrated me, but didn't effect my enjoyment of the book at all!
One other thing that isn't a critique, but more of a wish. I wish we had seen Wake a bit more before his humanity was beginning to return to him. We do get a taste of what his function was and how efficient he was at collecting souls, but more of that would have been interesting, in my opinion.
All in all, though, I hope there will be more books with Wake. Since he calls this #1, I think that's a fair bet. I will definitely looking for the next one!...more
I enjoyed this. This is pretty much a retelling of the first 2 books in this series told from the perspective of another person. The other books are tI enjoyed this. This is pretty much a retelling of the first 2 books in this series told from the perspective of another person. The other books are told through the eyes of Kate, a young girl who moves to Paris with her sister after the death of their parents. At first, I thought this book was going to be told by Vincent, the young man who is her romantic interest in the books. I figured that this was going to be this author's "Midnight Sun" (by Stephanie Meyer), but the interesting twist is that this version is told by Jules, Vincent's best friend. You get such a different take on this as well as Jule's feelings which totally complicate matters. Interesting twist. ...more
I absolutely loved this book!!!! This was a book that I didn't choose for myself, but was recommended this book from a friend. What a wonderful surpriI absolutely loved this book!!!! This was a book that I didn't choose for myself, but was recommended this book from a friend. What a wonderful surprise, I must say! I loved the characters so much! The main character is a teenaged girl named Hazel, who is basically dying from cancer. And even though that sounds so terribly sad, she is a spunky kid, who I don't feel sorry for at all. I am inspired by her straight-forward and honest nature, not only with herself, but with others. She meets a boy at her Survivor's Support Group and things are never the same again. This book will make you laugh, cheer, cry and make you very happy! At least that's what it did for me.
And I warn you....the ending took my breath away. I love this book so much!...more
This is so not my normal genre. But I admit to re-reading interesting parts of books from time to time, I'm human. lol. I really enjoyed this and woulThis is so not my normal genre. But I admit to re-reading interesting parts of books from time to time, I'm human. lol. I really enjoyed this and would possibly even go 3.5 stars where this is concerned. There was alot more story in this than what little I know of the genre (which isn't much, and probably not fair to even say). And I have to say, I liked it enough to buy the other 3 books in the series as soon as I finished it last night. :)...more
This book took me awhile, but it's not entirely the book's fault. I started reading it between my 2 back surgeries back in April. After the 2nd surgerThis book took me awhile, but it's not entirely the book's fault. I started reading it between my 2 back surgeries back in April. After the 2nd surgery, my recovery was so difficult I just couldn't read for a few months. I just couldn't focus. That unfortunately dragged this book out for me, even after my "reading" came back to me. I got to the point where I just wanted to finish this book already and I feel bad about that. I'm going to have to go back and reread this at some point to be able to judge this book more fairly.
Storywise, we are back with Vincent & Kate, who are trying very hard to make this work, dispite their differences. They are each working on their own theories on how they can have a "normal" life together. This is where I felt the most "dragging" that I mentioned before...I was like "come on, already!" But in the ending, it all came together. Now I'm hooked and am dying for the next book to come out to find out what happened? Will Vincent survive? Will Kate & Vincent have a "Happily Ever After"? Yeah, I'm a hopeless romantic, I admit it.
So, all in all, this book did it's job. I will be anxiously waiting till next year! Talk about a cliffhanger! ...more
I really liked this series, but I have to say I loved the last book! What a way to finish it off! I never saw it coming! For a series, that I admit, fI really liked this series, but I have to say I loved the last book! What a way to finish it off! I never saw it coming! For a series, that I admit, followed the "Twilight" formula in the beginning...it ends on it's own two feet and stands alone. I look forward to reading more books by Amy Plum!...more
I grabbed this book, because I was needing something light and fun at a time when I found myself in the hospital and absolutely miserable. I did likeI grabbed this book, because I was needing something light and fun at a time when I found myself in the hospital and absolutely miserable. I did like the Twilight books, though, I by no means, consider myself a "twi-hard". But having enjoyed it, and this book, is definitely trying to channel that vein, I gave it a try. I needed something very light! I did like it, but it is a watered-down facsimilie.
I liked the characters, they were very endearing. I liked the setting, our heroine, 17-year old, Katie finds herself in Paris with her sister after her parents are killed tragically and sudddenly. They are now living w/ their grandparents, who are way too cool and understanding than grandparents should be, but that's me. She spends her time hiding out in small cafe's, hidden in corners reading her books. Yeah, I know that was one of the first things that caught my attention when flipping through this, I admit, I'm a dork. lol. She meets Vincent, who is unique, shall we say. He is definitely not your typical "boy next door". She not only has to ask herself if she's ready for love, let alone letting Vincent and his world into her own.
Ok, sappy, sweet, but just what I needed at the moment. A solid 3.5, and I will most likely watch for book 2 next year, I admit. Sometimes books just find you at the the right time, like this one. It served it's purpose and I'm grateful....more
I read this book the first time when I was somewhere between 11-13 and all that I remember about it were the "good" parts. Rereading it now as an adulI read this book the first time when I was somewhere between 11-13 and all that I remember about it were the "good" parts. Rereading it now as an adult, there was so much I didn't remember. It is such a touching love story. Judy Blume did a brilliant job at capturing a first love, first time......more
What can I say. This story is a classic. I had already read it once in school and just knew the story from movies and other cultural references. ThisWhat can I say. This story is a classic. I had already read it once in school and just knew the story from movies and other cultural references. This time around I was reading this for my son. Since I read whatever my boys read in school, this book was read by his class towards the end of the year, but unfortunately a series of migraines caused me to get behind. This is not an easy read, that is why this time around I found this version w/ notes and references on the left side to increase understanding, so I would get more out of it. Definitely a beautiful story, however unreal. I had forgotten how flaky Romeo was. He was at first in love w/ Rosaline (who also was a Capulet...oh, the drama! lol), who wouldn't give him the time of day, before he declared his love for Juliet. Oh, well, it still stands the test of time....more
Ok, so here goes. This book was for my Circle of Friends for January. The first story, Forever And The Night, although it kept me wanting to know moreOk, so here goes. This book was for my Circle of Friends for January. The first story, Forever And The Night, although it kept me wanting to know more (which is a good thing) was also a bit cheesy. There's nothing wrong with "love at first sight", but this was very unbelievable. The ending helped out because it was very unique for a vampire story. This story I could only give 3 stars. The second story, For All Eternity, was much better. The drama built throughout and I really liked the characters. The expected war with the vampires against the angels, was exciting. And to imagine yourself rooting for the vampires over the angels was funny. If the first book in this omnibus was the author's first, it would totally make sense that she got better as she went along. I just don't know. I am curious to read more, though......more