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
With Speechless’ tiny synopsis, I really had no idea what to expect. But that made me all the more intrigued and prone to something new. I’m gonna be honest, when I first started this, I thought it’d be some cheesy and cliché contemporary. And while it was cliché and a bit predictable, it was nowhere near cheesy. It was actually a very moving and captivating story that never failed to lose my attention.
I really loved Chelsea as a character. At first she seemed like a mindless snob that followed the popular crowd, but once she takes her vow of silence, she grows as a person and grows even more by the end of the book. Because of Chelsea’s lack of talking there isn’t much dialogue, but Chelsea’s sarcastic humor made up for that. There were several times where I broke into a smile or even wound up laughing. Chelsea got severely bullied in school and I really admired her for standing up for herself and not letting anyone just walk all over her. I’d honestly probably beg my mom to get me out of that school if I had to go through all she went through, but Chelsea stayed strong and I loved her because of that.
Even though Chelsea spends a lot more time in her head since she’s no longer talking, she still manages to make friends. Friends that were actual friends to her, unlike the ones she had before. Asha, Sam, Lou and Dex were all great additions to the story and were all very entertaining. I loved all of their bantering and loved how they were always there for Chelsea. Andy might’ve hated Chelsea at first, but he soon grew on to her and I ended up liking him too. There is some romance and while it wasn’t all that special, it was still cute and adorable and there was no insta love.
Overall, Speechless wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be, but then again, I didn’t expect much so I wasn’t exactly disappointed. It turned out to be enthralling and entertaining with a very likeable main character. I loved seeing Chelsea develop into a better person and learn from her mistakes. And I really loved how she didn’t take crap from the people who bullied her. I recommend to anyone wanting an intriguing new contemporary read.
My thoughts are scrambled. And I definitely don’t mean that in a bad way. So yeah, bOriginally posted on Bookworm Recommendations
My thoughts are scrambled. And I definitely don’t mean that in a bad way. So yeah, because of my shortage of words to describe The Archived, this review may seem a little choppy, but please just bare with it.
Guys, Victoria Schwab is a complete genius with a brilliant imagination and beautiful writing. This book just made me go through so many emotions. The mystery had me eager with the need to know, the romance made me swoon, the world building had me ‘ooh’ing and ahh’ing,’ the action had my heart racing, and the characters had me laughing, and then crying later (okay, I didn’t shed any actual tears, but there were some very heartbreaking scenes). The Archived was just a complete mix of different aspects that turned into something so amazing.
First, let’s talk about the world building, because the world Schwab has created was pretty epic.
“Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.”
This world of Keepers, Histories, Librarians and an Archive where the dead are kept was so complex and enthralling. I was intrigued from the start, and just wanted to learn more and more about it. The way Schwab described everything just made everything seem so vivid and beautiful and just made this world even more imaginative and fascinating than it already was. I love how we didn’t get a bundle of information in the beginning, and instead, are just thrown into everything and learning more and more about The Archived as the story progresses.
Our MC, Mackenzie, or Mac, was such a snarky and defiant character that I’ve come to love. Her dedication to her work as a Keeper of the dead, and her ability to still stay as strong as ever after losing her brother Ben and mentor Da was so admirable. She was awe-inspiring and brave and I ended up connecting with her deeply. And along with Mac, there’s Wesley. And he was so witty, charming, clever and just a load of fun. I seriously think I ended up falling for him faster than Mac. Owen was just an enigma from the start, and just became even more so as the story progressed. There is some romance, but there’s not really a love-triangle. But I’ll stop there so I won’t spoil anything.
The mystery, I think, was what mostly pulled me in and hooked me in The Archived. At first, there starts to only be a few unusual occurrences that bring up a string of questions, but then things get even more unusual and there’s even more questions. My eyes were glued to the page and I just could not stop reading because it was so addicting! And the twist, I definitely did not see coming. I thought I knew exactly what would happen, but Schwab ended up pulling the rug from under me, sending me into a completely different path! Along with mystery, there’s also a surprisingly amount of action I wasn't expecting. Yes, our Mac can kick some ass. X)
Overall, if you’re wanting an insanely original dystopian/paranormal with beautiful writing, addicting mystery, and awesome characters, than I couldn’t recommend The Archived to you enough. I definitely consider myself a fan of Victoria Schwab after reading The Archived, and I’m definitely gonna read more from her, especially the sequel to this. Victoria is one of the few considerate authors that didn't give us a cliffhanger, but left us in a place where you’re still eager for book two. If you love just overall epic and breathtaking books, then read The Archived....more
Middle Ground didn’t start off too well for me at first, but then I started to really eOriginally posted on Bookworm Recommendations
Middle Ground didn’t start off too well for me at first, but then I started to really enjoy it just like I did in the first book. It was the same beautiful writing, strong and persistent characters, and realistic dystopian world. But this time, Maddie gets sent to a detention center and things gets darker.
The detention center reminded me of a mental institution. They had to wear hospital gowns, were drugged constantly, and locked in a room. It was bleak, and terrifying and I just couldn’t believe the lengths these people went to just to ensure kids follow the rules. I do have to admit, this darker turn was morbidly interesting. Things get freaky and mind-boggling, and you all should all know how I love books like that.
Even when stuck in this horrible place, Maddie still managed to be as strong as ever, and I admired her for that. She was determined not only to get out, but to also get all of the kids out who were suffering there and to shut the place down for good. I love her rebellious and bold attitude and how she didn’t take crap from anyone. There’s not as much romance in Middle Ground than there was in Awaken, but it was still there. And it was genuine and just perfection. I used to think Justin was just dull, but we find out there’s a lot more to him.
Like I said before, the beginning didn’t really start off too well for me. It just got a little too preachy for my tastes with Maddie trying to get everyone to go against digital school, and that did irk me a bit throughout the story. Another problem I had was the plot. Some of things that happened seemed forced in order for something else to occur and it just didn’t make the story flow naturally.
Katie Kacvinsky has graced us with her beautiful writing and innovative world in Middle Ground just like she did in the first book. The way she describes the world of people basically living their lives on a computer was so real, that I could honestly see this being our future. She really brought a message by showing how no one was really living, with having every aspect of their lives based off a computer. These people even had fake radiation for sunlight. And I loved how the resistance Maddie was involved in was determined for change, no matter what the cost.
Overall, even though I had some problems with Middle Ground, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. This book really makes you think about the way you’re living your life, and may even inspire you to change it. There’s no cliffhanger, but I am eager to find out what happens next in book two. If you love innovative worlds, beautiful writing and books that make you think, I recommend you try out this series.
The Stone Girl was a very distressing story dealing with the issues of eating disorders. I’ve only read one or two stories with eating disorders and I’m no expert on them, but I could relate to the MC, Sethie, on a personal note. There are some things about her I still don’t understand and I wouldn’t say I was as bad as she was, but I was definitely hoping she’d get better.
The plot of The Stone Girl was pretty bland for me. Nothing really shocked, amazed or just didn’t provoke many emotions out of me. The characters, with an exception of Sethie, fell flat. I couldn’t see any personality in them and the dialogues were all short and boring. I even considered DNF’ing it because of the lack of anything happening
Sethie was tragic and broken and had much more problems other than her eating disorder. She’s dependent on Shaw, her bastard of a boyfriend, uses drugs frequently and, in one part of the book, is depressed. Like I said before, Sethie was easy to sympathize for, but I’m not sure if that’s just because I could relate to what she was going through. I wouldn’t know if others that haven’t had some type of eating disorder could connect with her since I had a hard time doing that with the other characters. But the main reason I kept going with this book was to see if Sethie would be okay.
Overall, I'm not sure if others will enjoy this if they’re not able to connect with Sethie, because she was really the only reason I kept going. Just to read about her self-destruct like that was heart breaking. The ending felt kind of abrupt or rushed and I felt like there were still some loose ends. If you’re interested in reading about eating disorders, than give this book a try, but if you’re just looking for a contemporary, you should probably pass this one up....more
Wow. I’m still trying to organize my thoughts for this review. Right when I thought dystoOriginally posted on Bookworm Recommendationst.
Wow. I’m still trying to organize my thoughts for this review. Right when I thought dystopias were starting to get cliché, Level 2 brings in a fresh and intriguing new world, and I loved it! And along with awesome world building, Appelhans doesn’t mind developing characters that’ll pull at your heartstrings. Level 2 was one hell of an adventure and I enjoyed every second of it.
The concept of re-living your memories in a sort of afterlife called ‘Level 2’ was something totally unique and definitely piqued my interest. But there’s not only that, but something more to this world, and that’s part of the whole underlying mystery to this book. Level 2’s world turned out to be so complex and enthralling and I just wanted to know more and more about it.
Felicia is our MC and, while I wasn’t too sure what to think of her at first, I ended up really liking her. She was such an admirable character because she was determined to save the people she loved no matter what. And she sure did have a temper. There were times where I really thought she’d kill someone. :D But I could understand why. She ended up in a situation where she, and I along with her truly had no idea who to trust, and thrust into a world she barley knows anything about.
Now let’s talk about boys. There’s Neil and Julian, but Neil’s the one that’s truly in Felecia’s heart. Julian was just a total mystery to me. He and Felicia had a rocky relationship before she died, and you could just never know what his intentions were. He was entertaining and charming, but I think one of the main people where he was hard to trust. And then there’s Neil. Neil isn't really in this book physically, but we do get to know him through Felicia’s memories. And he’s probably one of the sweetest, generous and just the nicest person you’ll ever ‘meet.’ Their relationship was so cute and you could just feel their love pouring out of them whenever they were together. I’m definitely looking forward to more Neil and Julian in book two.
Overall, Level 2 will capture you from page one, and won’t let you go until the last page. You’ll be craving to know what will happen to Felicia and these characters that you just won’t be able to tear your eyes from the page. Felicia re-visiting her memories made this story so realistic for me, and I really enjoyed getting to know Felicia, Neil and Julian through them. Although I do still have a few questions, Level 2 wrapped up beautifully and I’m really looking forward to book two.
The Sweetest Dark turned out to be something totally different than what I was expecting. Instead of a creepy, gothic and mysterious PNR, this was more of an unusual and magical fantasy. It starts off strong with our eccentric protagonist Lora claiming to hear songs and voices in her head, which definitely piqued my interest. But from there, things got even stranger and I started to get confused. My reaction during most of the book: “Whaaa…?” And it wasn’t the good confusion, where it’s all mind boggling and creepy. It was just… weird.
There wasn’t much romance like I expected there to be. It was there, but it was weird like the rest of this book. Jesse and Lora’s romance was, to say the least, very insta-love. Lora claimed that she felt like she knew him and Jesse kept saying he’s been waiting for her and all of this other nonsense. Jesse was an enigma for me and I still quite can’t figure him out. He always spoke in almost riddles and his attraction towards Lora was so quick that it just threw me off.
I actually liked Lora’s relationship with Armand. There’s sort of a love triangle, but there’s no drama or angst. Lora and Armand actually started off disliking each other and were always in arguments, but they did have their sweet moments. They didn’t flat out pine for each other or confess their love for each other or anything like that; it was like they were oblivious to their attraction, but me as the reader could feel their connection. I’d actually prefer Lora to be with Armand than Jesse.
I loved the historical England setting and their fancy dialect. It did take a bit to get used to for me, but I soon caught on. The war as the background was interesting too, and gave off a dreadful tone for some of the book. Abe’s writing also added to the story with her almost lyrical writing style.
Overall, The Sweetest Dark ended up being an eccentric and beautiful tale, but I couldn’t get into it like I would’ve liked to. Although I did feel like I was missing something and there was some hidden meaning throughout it all that probably could’ve made the story more enjoyable if I’d got it. The Sweetest Dark’s magical and mystical atmosphere definitely made this an enchanting read for me. And I loved the strong and abnormal Lora as our MC. She definitely stood out from the all of the other YA protagonists. This wasn’t the book for me, but If you love imaginative fantasies and historical fiction, I think you’d enjoy this one more than I did.
Burn For Burn really surprised me. It didn’t turn out to be a favorite or anything, but I didn’t expect to like it this much. After hearing that this was also a paranormal, I thought this would be something insanely fluffy and cheesy, but it wasn’t it all. This was nowhere near anything heavy or serious, but was strictly just for fun. And Han & Vivian managed to pull it off without making it corny. I didn’t like to read light books because they always ended up making me roll me eyes and cringe because of the cheesiness of it all, but Burn For Burn was nothing like those, and ended up being something I actually enjoyed reading.
Burn For Burn switched point of views between the main characters – Mary, Lillian and Kat. I honestly didn’t even need the chapters to guide me to who I was currently reading about, because they were all distinct enough for me to tell each a part. Mary was shy, sweet and a bit vulnerable, Lillian was nice, smart and sometimes snobby, and Kat was all tough and sassy. It did take some time to really get to know them all, but it doesn’t take long.
One of the main things I loved about this book was the drama. And there was a ton. Think Gossip Girl drama. The one that’s so ridiculous it’s sometimes annoying, but is so addicting you just can’t stop watching. (Or in this case, reading.) I just loved reading about the different schemes the three girls came up with to get revenge. And it was all just very dramatic! If you don’t like drama, then you’ll probably hate this book.
Overall, Burn For Burn turned out to be such a fast, fun and light read that I’ve come to love. I did get a little uneasy when I heard this book had some paranormal aspects, but there was very little of it, at least in this book. The ending was sort of cliffhanger-ish, but wasn’t abrupt and really had me pining for book two. I recommend to readers wanting a fun and light book with loads of drama.
I received this book for free but that doesn't affect my opinion of the story....more
Angel Eyes was an intriguing story with a fascinating plot. When we first meet Brielle, you could tell she’s depressed and upset about something but we don’t know why. All we know is that she’s moving back in with her father from Portland where she did ballet at a performing arts school. I was clueless as to what was going on, but that just made me want to keep reading.
Nothing really happens in the first half of the story. Brielle does ordinary thinks like go to school, eat and so on. But the mystery of what caused Brielle to be so upset kept me interested. Plus it was always interesting when Jake was with her. Jake is the new kid in town. He’s silly, sweet and funny, yet mysterious. And of course Brielle starts falling for him. I liked how she came out of her depression little by little when she was with him. She winds up being a funny and kind girl. And she even comes off as brave in the end.
Later in the story we start to understand what’s going on and a big twist comes and the pace speeds up. I found the celestial and terrestrial worlds very interesting. You could physically see fear, love or any other emotion in the celestial world, whereas you see things the ordinary way in the terrestrial world. Both worlds are different yet coexist. Humans are able to see the terrestrial world, and the celestial world is only visible through angel eyes.
I know this a terribly short review, but honestly, nothing really happened. And when it did, well, it’d be spoilers if I told you. I am curious to read the second book because of the ending. It wasn’t really a cliffhanger, but I’m sure you will too be curious enough to keep going with the series. ...more
Guys, if you completely fell in love with Embrace, I guarantee you will love its sequel too. I even loved this one a little bit more. I have to admit, while I read the first fifty pages I had the feeling this would be a fill-in book, but soon after things start to really pick up and just get epically amazing!
I think I may have fell in love with all the characters even more in Entice. Even though some got on my nerves and made some stupid decisions, they still shone and will be very hard to forget even months after you’re finished reading it. I usually get confused as to who’s who when reading a sequel, but I remembered EVERYONE. Even the ones I hated (*cough* Magda). And along with the wonderful characters in Embrace, there’s even a handful more of them in Entice. Zoe, Salvatore, Spence, Nyla and Rudyard were great additions to the story and were all distinct in their own ways. I have to say Spence was a favorite though. He wasn’t the nicest to Violet at first, but he gets over it and becomes such an entertaining character. He always had me smiling and broke the tension when things were getting heated. It’s gonna be hard to forget any of them after this.
The romance, specifically between Lincoln and Violet, was more enjoyable in its sequel. In Embrace, Phoenix and Lincoln stole my heard, but in Entice… Let’s just say Lincoln will have you melting inside. Phoenix only made about three appearances in Entice and is perceived as the bad guy so there weren’t many swoony moments with him. But I do think he still may have some underlying feelings for Violet… Guess we’ll just see in Emblaze. To be honest, I was rooting for Phoenix to be with Violet in the first installment and didn’t really see the connection with Lincoln, but in this book, I could feel Violet’s commitment and love to Lincoln and vice versa. So yeah, I’m pretty torn.
Like I said before the beginning felt kind of like a fill-in book, but it does soon pick up and turns out to be an alluring, impossible-to-take-your-eyes-off-the-pages sort of book. There are secrets being kept and a traitor under everyone’s radar. Violet’s learns more about her mother and who she truly is and it was all just irresistibly interesting. Though some of it could be predictable, it didn’t make it any less enjoyable. There’s loads of mesmerizing action, a beautiful romance and amazing un-forgettable characters. I started this one day, went to bed, woke up, read some more and finished pretty much all in one setting. And after that cliffhanger, I am dying to read the next book. I definitely recommend this series. Anyone wanting a unique angel paranormal romance will really enjoy this.
I did receive Entice for free, but that doesn't affect my opinion of the story....more
While Crewel wasn’t perfect, it was still so insanely original and mind-blowing. Okay, well, the world was. Every time they talked about Crewelers, or Splinters, and weaving time, I was blown away and immensely intrigued. Gennifer Albin has a wild imagination, and one that had reasoning behind it and made sense.
The world Albin created was awesome, but it did take me some time to understand it all. And when I say time, I mean it took half the book. Although I’m not sure if that’s just me and my slow mind… I just feel like the world-building moved a little too fast. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t like spending half the book having almost no clue what they’re talking about. So that did take a little of the enjoyment out of reading this for me. But once I started to understand everything, my mouth was hanging open. It was almost as if I had an epiphany how things started to go all together and make sense all of a sudden.
The characters in this book were awesome, and I’m mainly talking about Adelice. Adelice was so snarky, witty, defiant, clever and badass; she was pretty much everything I want in a character. And don’t you just love the name Adelice?! She didn’t cower and submit to all the “bad guys” in this book, she stood up to them and challenged them, and I very much admired her for that. And she had such a big heart. She did everything she could to keep everyone she loved safe. She’s definitely one of the main reasons I’m looking forward to book two.
The love triangle in Crewel was just… bleh. There was seriously nothing special about. I felt no spark, it was pretty much insta love, and it all just seemed forced just for the hell of some drama to happen. And the two guys, Erik and Jost, were just flat. The only thing I got from Jost was that he was a jackass, (well, at least when he and Adelice first meet), and Erik was just an arrogant pretty boy. Nothing else really made them stick out or made me love them.
Overall, Crewel’s creative and complex world, and loveable MC was what really made me succumb to this book. And that ending just made everything tie up for me. Adelice’s badassery really shows and there’re hints at a world outside of their own ready to be explored. And I am so ready to dive into that. If you want a story with a jaw-dropping world and kickass heroine, then Crewel is the book for you. An ARC was provided from the publisher....more
The Unquiet was a unique and unsettling ghost story that will get you truly creeped out. The first half actually read like any normal contemporary or chick-lit, with a few cheesy scenes, but then things start to get creepy and you feel the paranormal vibe.
I have mixed feelings about the MC, Rinn. She seemed a bit naïve in the beginning of the story and didn’t make very good decisions, but then she turned out to be sarcastic, admirable and a bit snarky. The situations she gets in at her new school were relatable and I liked how she decided to handle things. In the end, I ended up liking her and found her to be a complex and intriguing character.
Rinn’s bipolar disorder and her “killing her grandma” (I personally don’t think it was her fault), was a very interesting aspect of the story. I’m no expert on bipolar disorder or anything, so I can’t tell you if her behavior was believable or not, but it was convincing. Rinn has constant guilt of what she’s done to her grandma and has been through so much in her past that you easily connect and sympathize for her and understand her actions.
Like I said before, the first half reads like any normal contemporary and Rinn is quick to make friends and snag a potential boyfriend. I found them all to be very realistic and interesting characters. Then her friends start to act a bit strange, and soon her boyfriend Nate and mom start to too. I love the mysteriousness to ghost stories and this one had me engaged and eager to keep going and figure everything out.
Overall, The Unquiet had a very interesting concept and managed to be an enjoyable read, but I think it could’ve been much more compelling. It was a fast read; despite it being 400 pages, but I still feel like something was missing that could’ve made it better. I didn’t find it amazing, but I also didn’t think it was terrible either. I liked Rinn’s unique and intriguing background, the mystery, and it did manage to creep me out to the point that I didn’t want to read it at night. I recommend to fans of ghosts and contemporary.
Oh God, I am tearing up as I type this. This was such a tragic, twisted and beautiful retelling of Peter Pan. But god it was heart breaking to read. IOh God, I am tearing up as I type this. This was such a tragic, twisted and beautiful retelling of Peter Pan. But god it was heart breaking to read. I loved this book, but I'll probably stick to the more happy disney movie ending to this tale. :D
Amazingly done. Im definitely reading more from this author.
Rachel Carter’s debut is one of a kind with conspiracy theories, mystery, time-travel and romance all in one fantastic book! I honestly had no idea what to expect since I’m new to books involving time travel, but it certainly did not disappoint.
Lydia was a very caring and defiant character that I have come to love and connect with. She fought hard for the people she loved even if it threatened her life. There were some decisions she made that I didn’t agree with, but she did what she had to do for the people she cared about. I also really liked Wes’s character and wished there was more of him. I’m not saying he was barley present because there was already plenty of him, but I wanted more! He was so mysterious and swoony and caring for Lydia, and at the same time was hiding something big from her and us readers. The romance was kind of insta lovey – this book was only set in a week – but I honestly didn’t mind this one.
Traveling back to 1944 with Lydia and Wes was one heck of an adventure. It’s starts off as an accident, but then Lydia gets to meet her great grandparents at a young age and find out more about the Montauk Project – and trust me, it’s all very shocking. This adventure was filled with suspense, action and meeting great characters – or I should rather say Lydia’s great grandparents – like bubbly and vibrant Mary and sweet Lucas!
Overall, So Close to You has opened my eyes to more time travel books that I’ve been missing out on! It was so different from what I’ve normally read, that it pulled me in and never let go until the end. It was such a fast read, I read it in one sitting! And after that horrendous cliffhanger, I am literally craving the sequel! I recommend to fans of time travel, mystery and romance. ...more
Stopped on page 188. Those characters were just horrible. And I don't mean the way they were developed, but they just literally had me wanting to riDNF
Stopped on page 188. Those characters were just horrible. And I don't mean the way they were developed, but they just literally had me wanting to rip my hair out and slap them silly. The mystery didn't really hook me either. Shame cus it really had an intriguing premise.
Going into Innocent Darkness, I had no idea what to expect. I’d never read a steampunk novel before and the synopsis didn’t reveal much. But it turned out to be a very fascinating and mesmerizing story! I honestly didn’t see many steampunk elements in Innocent Darkness, but a mixture of historical fiction and fairies! There were some steampunk elements, but I found this to mostly be a fairy story.
Noli was a very naïve and troublesome main character, but she wasn’t meant to be a heroine. Her father died six years ago and her brother left for work leaving her and her mother in poverty. She’s been sheltered her whole life, resulting in her being so innocent. But at the same time, there were several points in the book where she seemed very smart and sharp-minded. She loved making things and gardening and she was just such a vibrant and free-spirited character!
The plot in Innocent Darkness was very unique and captivating! Because of Noli’s troublesome behavior, she gets sent to a boarding school where they turn vibrant girls like her into “ladies.” When really, it was a very terrible and bleak place where they abused the girls there into behaving. I sympathized for Noli and her new friend Charlotte when they were there. I couldn’t imagine living somewhere like that. Later on, Noli finds herself in the Otherworld, which was a truly fascinating and magical place. There isn’t much world-building on it at first, but everything is explained later on.
There is a love-triangle in this book and even though I didn’t like the way it was done, I did like the romance. It was hot and steamy and oh so swoony. Kevighn was such a swoon worthy character even though he was dangerous and manipulative. V has been best friends with Noli for pretty much forever and he was so sweet and caring towards her.
Overall, Innocent Darkness was something entirely new to me and something I wasn’t expecting. It was pretty predictable since it is told in third person, but I liked seeing through everyone’s eyes. There was also sometimes where the story dragged for me. Not in a boring way, but I just thought that there were some scenes that could’ve been shortened. This was the first book in a series and even though I think this could’ve been fine as a standalone, I am curious to read the sequel. I recommend to fans of paranormal, historical fiction and romance.
I did receive a copy for free but that doesn’t affect my opinion of the story....more
Before I start this review, let me just say that I haven’t read Catching Jordan so Stealing Parker was my first Miranda Kenneally book. I’m not sure if that would’ve somehow affected my reading experience or not, but I just wanted to let you all know since I’m sure most of you have already read Catching Jordan. From all of the glowing reviews of Catching Jordan and amazing things said about Miranda Kenneally, I had really high hopes for this book, and it did sort of disappoint me. It wasn’t horrible and I still enjoyed it, but I just expected it to be better.
What I really loved about Stealing Parker were its characters, well mostly just Parker. She was just such a flawed and fleshed out character that had more to her than what met the eye. The rest of the characters I honestly can’t say the same. There were so many names that I did sometimes get confuse as to who’s who, and they just weren’t distinct enough for me to put a name to a face. Other than those characters, I actually really liked Parker’s two love-interests. Brian and Will, or Corndog, were just as flawed and realistic as Parker and I really liked the romance between both. Parker clicked and connected with both boys and I and I found myself having trouble with who to root for.
While the plot to Stealing Parker was a bit predictable, it wasn’t overly so and still made the read enjoyable. This wasn’t just a book about Parker falling for an older guy, but much more. Parker deals with issues that I think lots of teens could relate to, because I sure did find myself relating to some. Although, there were sometimes, more towards the end, where I think Kenneally just made problems just for the hell of it and just ended up making things too angsty for my tastes. While that did annoy me, Miranda does really write beautifully and I can now see why everyone loves her as a writer so much. I definitely will be reading her other two books.
Overall, while Stealing Parker wasn’t amazing or anything, I still enjoyed it. It was a very quick, fast read and while it could be a little easily forgettable, it was still worth the time to read. I loved all of Parker’s problems coming to an end and seeing her grow at the end. And Miranda sure does know how to make her readers swoon with the romance. There is a lot of talk of religion, but was not preachy at all and really added more to Parker’s character. And while I’m not much of a sports person, I loved it being evolved into the story and loved how baseball made Parker happy. I recommend to anyone wanting a cute, quick and easy read.
I did receive Stealing Parker for free, but that doesn’t affect my opinion of the story....more
I loved and adored Andrea’s Nightshade series. And with Rift being its prequel, I expected it to be something similar except in historical time, but it ended up being something entirely different. This almost didn’t seem like a paranormal book, but more of just historical fiction. There were no werewolves, at least not yet, but there is the start of the Witches War which is also in her Nightshade series.
I really liked the Rift’s MC, Ember. She was different from your average girl living in the 1400’s. Instead of getting married off to some random man of her father’s choosing, she wants to fight. And I found her determination and persistence to fight admirable. Ember didn’t seem like a kickass heroine to me, but she also was no damsel in distress. She was fierce, a bit stubborn and strong-willed. The sub characters were also likeable. Alliester was a great friend to Ember and always had her back. Ember’s mentor, Barrow, was very intriguing. He didn’t share much about himself and I found myself paying the most attention when he was on the pages. There is some romance, but it wasn’t the main point and it developed slowly. And it had that spark and connection that made it believable and enjoyable.
The pacing of Rift wasn’t exactly slow since I did read this pretty quickly in two days, but it did drag and confused me about half the book. There were some parts were I actually zoned out or something confused me to the point that I had to go back and re-read. And like I said before, there were no werewolves. The paranormal creatures in Rift were like actual monsters you’d hear from a myth. Although there was magic, and wraiths, if you remember from the Nightshade trilogy, and even a character from the trilogy, but I’m not gonna spoil.
Overall, I think the main problem for me was the way the story dragged and confused me from time to time. There are lots kickass action scenes and the characters were all very enjoyable, but Rift just didn’t amaze me like I wanted it do. It definitely wasn’t ordinary, but it didn’t blow my mind either. You don’t have to read the Nightshade trilogy before this one in case you haven’t. I recommend Rift to fans of historical fiction and magic. 3/5 stars ...more
I definitely did not expect Lucid to be so touching, achingly beautiful, and just so heartbreaking, but it was. I have so many mixed feelings for this book, but that ending just made everything click and had tears running down my face and I ended up loving it. I’m not going to rate this book because of the mixed feelings I had, but I will say that this was definitely a favorite.
Honestly, the first half of this book had me thinking I was gonna rate it a 3, meaning the first half was just, okay. It actually read like any other normal contemporary. Maggie and Sloane have two completely different and normal lives, except for the fact that they dream into each other’s lives when they fall asleep. And while that was all incredibly intriguing and interesting, the main problems with the first half were the characters and the romance. These two girls both click and connect with love-interests of their own, but it just seemed too insta-love for my tastes and I just felt no spark. And Maggie and Sloane themselves were a problem for me. I felt like I didn’t know them deeply enough or just couldn’t really connect with them, but of course you soon do once all the puzzle pieces start to fit together.
The second half is what did it for me. If you’re going to read this book and get bored with the first half like me, just keep going because it gets sooo much better. Everything starts to click and things start to get mind boggling and your mind will just be blown. There is some confusion and just outright crazy things happening, but things do start to get clear and make sense and it was all just incredibly beautiful. I’m not sure if the reason I was so torn with this book was because it had two different authors or what, but it was still definitely worth it.
You will be intrigued from page one with the need to know how all this dreaming into a different life problem is all working out. I just wish I was more drawn into the story and clutching the book sooner instead of halfway through. Maggie and Sloane did soon grow onto to me though and the love-interests made sense once I actually figured everything out.
Overall, even though I didn’t love the first half as much as the second, I am so glad I decided to pick this up and read it. Maggie and Sloane dreaming about each other have a much more underlying meaning that gives out a very meaningful message. Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass have such creative and innovative imaginations, and I definitely will be reading more from them. I still can’t stop thinking about this book and come close to tears every time I think of that heart-felting ending. I think fans of romance and people who like plotlines similar to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will fall in love with Lucid.
I did receive Lucid for free, but that doesn’t affect my opinion of the story....more
I love it when there are no reviews to read from a book because then I have no idea what to expect except from what’s in the synopsis. And I think that made reading Valkyrie Rising all the more better for me, so I’ll try to make this review as vague as possible so I don’t ruin anything for you. From the very first page, Valkyrie Rising had me intrigued. It was so hard to put this one down because I wanted to know what would happen. Paulson truly has written one fresh and compelling story with Valkyrie Rising.
Ellie really changes from the beginning of the book to the end. At first she’s a normal teenage girl that hates being in the shadow of her older brother Graham. But then as the story progresses, and when Ellie starts to find out who she really is, she quickly starts turning into a kickass heroine. Even though she did have a lot of badass moments, she still got her ass kicked, specifically by Astrid, but I think the title says it all. In this book, she’s rising to become who she’s meant to be, she’s just not there yet. But she was still brave, strong and determined to get her brother back.
Along with Ellie getting her brother back, is Graham’s charming and witty friend, Tucker, as a companion. Tucker really lightened the tense moments with his jokes and easy going attitude. And the teasing and bantering between him and Ellie was always entertaining. It’s not so hard to guess that he’ll be Ellie’s love-interest with his constant flirting. And his feelings for her and vice versa were all very real. I could already feel their connection quickly from their long - sort of - friendship before this book.
I haven’t heard of Valkyrie Mythology until reading this book, and it is definitely something different. We get thrown into this world along with Ellie and learn about this myth and where Ellie stands in it and it was all very interesting. I don’t recommend you researching it before reading this though because it might ruin the story for you. Even though this was all something completely new to me, I did find myself figuring things out before Ellie and that kinda bothered me. Although it wasn’t all predictable, as they were many secrets a certain someone was hiding that I had no idea about until said person came clean.
Overall, this was such a refreshing and unique story that you will have you eagerly flipping the pages. The characters, plot and mythology all made this story amazing to read for me. No cliffhanger at the end, so go ahead and celebrate, but I am still eagerly waiting book two. (There better be a book two or I’m gonna cry. D;) Anyone wanting a refreshing mythology with a fast-moving plot and great characters will love this.