This was such an interesting and completely new story! This was the kind of book that always kept you surprised. I didn't see anything coming! I lovedThis was such an interesting and completely new story! This was the kind of book that always kept you surprised. I didn't see anything coming! I loved how there's sea monsters in this book, and the whole First Ones ordeal was pretty amazing. Trespass Island is a dark place filled with secrets, but is also filled with love and friendship. I very much enjoyed reading Revel....more
WOWThe Dollhouse Asylum was such a sick, twisted, and beautiful story. It will leave you breathless and white-knuckled. I never knew what to expect, eWOWThe Dollhouse Asylum was such a sick, twisted, and beautiful story. It will leave you breathless and white-knuckled. I never knew what to expect, everything just came as a shock. I really hope there will be a second book. Amazing, Mary Gray!...more
If you read my Wake review you’d know that I just thought it was okay, but fortunately I ended up liking Lullaby more! It didn't completely blow my mind and make me fall head over heels in love with it or anything, but I found myself growing onto the characters more, and there was more suspense and things actually happening! Now, that wasn't exactly true for the first half of the story since at the time, I was convinced this was just gonna be some filler book, but it ended up picking up and I started to really enjoy it as the story progressed.
I loved Gemma already in Wake and that’s still the case in Lullaby. She was still her fun, up-beat and stubborn self, but this time, she’s a full on mermaid, and that was interesting to read about. Harper and Gemma end up having a lot on their shoulders in this book though. With Gemma struggling to control herself and fight her evil-siren ways trying to come out, and Harper stressing over finding Gemma and bringing her back home, there ended up being a lot of tense moments. In the last book, I honestly thought Harper’s chapters were dull and boring in comparison to Gemma’s, but now I found myself enjoying them more, especially since there tended to be more Daniel. ;) But anyway, Harper really grew on me in this book and proved to be one hell of a tough girl with her perseverance to do whatever it took to get her sister back.
Daniel and Alex didn’t really stand out to me in Wake, and while I’m still not crazy about them, I did find myself growing onto them. And I’m really talking about Daniel. Alex was sweet, cute and nerdy, but Daniel was the one who really got my attention. There was barley any kissing (Mainly because there always had to be someone cock-blocking >.<), but there were still some hot tension with him and Harper. And may I just say that Marcy was so friggen awesome? I didn't pay much attention to her in the last book, but I just loved her dry humor and all her sarcastic remarks throughout Lullaby.
One of the main focuses of this book I’d have to say though was the mythology. We got plenty of it in Wake, but in this book, Hocking gets deeper and we get to know even more about the curse, and it was all very interesting. And seeing Gemma struggle with her siren compulsions was interesting too. Gemma really had to fight hard against them and proved to be one strong willed girl in the process.
Overall, I ended up really enjoying Lullaby, but I still thought something was missing. I’m not sure what it is, but there was something that had me struggle to enjoy this more than I would've liked to. The events leading towards the ending, though, were really intense. This was where the suspense really kicked in and had my heart pounding. Although, the last few pages just pissed me off. Yeah, I get that it was the right thing to do and blah blah blah, but I just felt like it was done to stir up more problems for the next book. Even though I won’t be looking forward to that… there are still some questions and some strings not tied up just yet that I’m looking forward to in book 3.
You guys have no idea how excited I was to read Quicksilver, and fortunately, it did not disappoint. There’s mystery that’ll keep you oMore like 4.5/5
You guys have no idea how excited I was to read Quicksilver, and fortunately, it did not disappoint. There’s mystery that’ll keep you on your toes, an original and badass heroine, and twist after twist! There were a few things that bothered me, but overall, I ended up really liking it.
First off Tori. Can I just say that I love how her character is a machine-building-fanatic who can kick your ass in a heartbeat? Tori was so much more than the cliché, popular, girly girl I expected her to be and I’m so glad for that. She’s definitely a newly added favorite heroine of mine. Milo is a new character we’re introduced to and I really liked his character and how much he cared for Tori. There isn’t much romance at all between them since Tori is, as she calls herself, asexual, and literally is just not interested in having sexy times, but I did see some type of connection between them towards the ending that was a little more than friendship…
I had mixed emotions on the plot. At times it was crazy mind-boggling with twists and loads of mystery, and others I was waiting for something to happen. Not that it was slow or anything because trust me this book was crazy addicting, but there were still times where I felt like nothing was really happening at the time. And to add to that, the whole sci-fi and mechanical conversations were a little confusing for me. So at times I literally had no idea what everyone was talking about.
Overall, Quicksilver really surprised me with its greatness and I just can’t wait for the next book (hint hint RJ Anderson). The events leading toward the ending were in one word, EPIC. And the absolute ending was just so sweet. I definitely recommend this series if you’re wanting something very unique and original.
Eh… Uses for Boys honestly wasn’t really that special of a book for me. Sure it was sad, depressing and a somewhat moving story, but it just didn’t stick out with me.
I think the main problem I had with Uses for Boys was that it was boring and dull most of the time. It wasn’t slow at all, but I think just the way it was written didn’t really give it any life. Sure, the writing was lyrical and even sometimes beautiful, but it was that type of writing where you have the look between the lines instead of everything just written flat out for you. Some of you may actually enjoy this type of writing but it just wasn’t for me.
Anna was a very unique perspective to read from in a book. What her issues are, aren’t clearly told, but I still ended up sympathizing for her, even if couldn’t really connect to what caused her to behave this way. Really, Anna was just desperate for someone to love and fill her void of loneliness, and I was glad that she eventually found Toy as someone to relate to and even someone she could actually fall in love with. These characters weren’t as fleshed out as I wanted them to be, but I still felt for them and cared about them.
Overall, Uses for Boys wasn’t as great as I hoped it would be, but I still enjoyed it. It was a super fast and quick read, but still emotional. The ending did feel kind of abrupt, but at the same time I think there’s some hidden meaning to it that I just didn’t get. I still recommend you give Uses for Boys a try, because I really think there are others out there who will really love this.
I haven’t read anything by Darynda Jones. Now before you throw something at me know that I simply just do not read adult books. But after reading Death and the Girl Next Door I can definitely see why she’s such a hyped-about author. This book was addicting, the writing was beautiful, the characters were hilarious and I just could not stop reading. I’m pretty sure I could’ve devoured this in a matter of hours if I’d had more time. I did have some complaints that kept me from giving 5 stars, but other than that, this book was really something spectacular.
Firstly, I want to talk about the characters. I fell in love with Lorelei, Glitch and Brook from the start and I guarantee you will too. Sure, they had some qualities that would irk me, i.e. stubbornness, naivety etc… but that was what made them all the more real. Now I wouldn’t say they were all so-real-I-could-reach-inside-and-touch-them characters, but they did some things and reacted in ways I could see myself doing. And it didn’t hurt to add their quirky humor that pretty much had me laughing and smiling the whole entire time.
Now let’s talk about the boys. Darynda doesn’t just give you one hot and mysterious guy, but two. There was no good boy and nice boy, they actually were both pretty bad, and I love you Darynda for giving us that. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but from the synopsis I did expect a love-triangle, but there wasn’t one. I honestly wouldn’t have minded it and think Darynda could’ve pulled it off, but it worked out without one too. I was a little wary about Jared, the love interest in the beginning. He just seemed a little… off and strange. But then he proved to be one swoon-worthy hell of a guy and really had me melting. Cameron was the more broody and tortured-soul type with a lot of sarcastic remarks. And the constant brawls and arguing between the two of them had been always entertaining.
Death and the Girl Next Door did have some cliché aspects that got a little eye-rolley, but I was already expecting it. But it surprisingly wasn’t all that predictable. There was still an underlying mystery as to what someone was, or what was going on that had me guessing but never guessing correctly. The plot ended up going in a different direction than I expected and I really enjoyed the nice little surprises here and there. The main complaint I did have was that things seemed to move a little too fast. The love, the revelations being revealed; it just all made the story progress in a weird way and made it kind of… awkward. It did make the story more fast-paced and engaging, but I just wish there was more build-up.
Overall, Death and the Girl Next Door had its problems, but they were all minor. I ended up really enjoying this story and falling instantly in love with all of the characters. Darynda Jones really has a way with words as her writing was so mesmerizing and beautiful. And I am sooo ready for book two. Although the ending did feel a tad bit abrupt and I still have a bazillion questions. If you love bad boys, hilarious wit and an engaging plot, then read this, and it’s highly likely you’ll really enjoy it.
When We Wake had a very intriguing and unique premise, but unfortunately, it ended up just being an okay read for me. I think the main problem was tha When We Wake had a very intriguing and unique premise, but unfortunately, it ended up just being an okay read for me. I think the main problem was that it just didn’t pull me in. It seemed flat and I just didn’t feel as engaged in the story as I wanted to be. But other than that and a few other problems, there were also aspects I loved.
When we’re first introduced to Tegan Oglietti, I couldn’t decide if she was immature, or just determined. She did many things in the beginning of the book that had me seriously doubt if I’d like this girl or not, but in the end, I did. She proved to be strong, determined, stubborn and defiant and admired her for it. She could be immature and un-realistic at times, but her stronger aspects diminished that.
There isn’t much romance until the ending, and while some might see it as insta-love, I saw it more as out of desperation and sadness. Especially since there was absolutely no mention of love, it just showed that Tegan and Abdi really cared for the other. And as for Abdi, he was sort of just a flat character for me. In fact, not really any of the characters except Tegan stood out for me.
It took me some time to get used to the writing style of When We Wake, but I actually ended up really liking it. It was told as if Tegan was speaking directly to us, and in a sense, she kind of was. And while I do like to feel as if I am the character themselves, this surprisingly ended up working for me.
While the plot wasn’t particularly slow, there were still times where I was just bored and stopped reading to read other books. The beginning especially. It just seemed like it was dragging on an on when I just wanted it to get to the point. But even though it could be boring this was still a fairly fast read, especially since it’s only about 300 pages. And things do start to pick up and I started to get very invested and intrigued to know the secrets the government was keeping from Tegan.
Overall, When We Wake had its negative and positive aspects, but overall just ended up being an okay read for me. I did love the unique writing style and premise, and in my opinion the book ended just about perfectly. Even though I had some mixed feelings on Tegan I still cared for her and I don’t think I’ll ever forget her.
Throne of Glass was something very new to me. I hadn’t read many assassin books, if any, but now I want to read many more because of this book! There’s even magic and demons added in to make it even more intriguing!
Celaena was the ultimate kick-ass heroine. She was one of the most notorious assassins in her world, and she definitely proved that. She was witty, funny, a bit arrogant and total badass. She even reminded me of Rose from The Vampire Academy sometimes! But underneath that tough assassin skin, is still a girl, and it shined through sometimes. Especially around alluring boys.
Dorian and Chaol are the two potential love-interests in the stories, although it isn’t quite a love-triangle. The romance was very well done, and the bantering between the three was always entertaining. I don’t want to say too much about the romance because I think it’ll be better for you to experience firsthand.
There wasn’t as much action as I thought there’d be, but when there was, it was completely mesmerizing! I found myself re-reading the action scenes several times just to experience them again and again!
There wasn’t much that happened in Throne of Glass, but Maas still manages to grab your attention from the first page. With an entertaining main character, and mystery surrounding Wyrdmarks and a murderer, your eyes will still be glued to the pages. For me, the real excitement was the last few chapters. There was so much heart-wrenching tension and shocking twists, that I just could not stop until I was finished!
Overall, I thought Throne of Glass was full of suspense, heart-pounding action and mystery. It did get a tad bit confusing for me in the beginning with the historical dialect, but I soon got used to it. I recommend to fans of assassins and fantasy....more