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, e...moreWOWThe 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!(less)
I had the same emotions I had during Beautiful Disaster except they were amplified....more Can you love someone too much?
WOW. That was fucking brilliant.
I had the same emotions I had during Beautiful Disaster except they were amplified. Trevor was such a tragic and heart-broken MC that he had me bawling almost every chapter.
YES, this book was incredibly glossed over. And while it kinda bothered me at first, I ended up not really being bothered by it at it all. I feel like since there's already another book where the relationship between Travis and Abby are more developed, that we didn't really need to go over it again with this one.
That being said, even though this is pretty much the same story as Beautiful Disaster only through a different perspective, those who haven't read Beautiful Disaster obviously won't know what the hell is going on if they decide to read this book first.
And what a happy ending with the epilogue! I want more, but at the same time I feel that I have closure on this story.
This book deserves all the stars in the world. I’m not kidding. To think it couldn’t get better than the first, it definitely does. You get answers, more Noah Shaw, more perpetual mind-fucking, only to end with even more questions on another horrible cliffhanger. And guys, if you thought the first cliffhanger was torture, then just wait till this one. I am seriously going mad for book three, and I don’t know how many times I checked for more pages and finding none. This is probably going to be the shortest review in history, but I really don’t want to spoil anything. And to be truthful, my mind is just all over the place and I’m still going crazy from that “ending.”
If you thought The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was creepy, just wait till this one. There’s creepy dolls, raining dead crows (don’t ask) and much much more freaky stuff going on. And of course, there’s more of Noah Shaw. And the romance? Oh lordy, Noah had me melting and swooning all over the place. And we get to know him much more deeply, and it tore my heart apart.
If I were you, I would read this book at a time where nothing will interrupt you, because it’s going to be very hard to stop reading. There’s so many plot twists and just unexpected mind-boggling things going on that it’s just impossible to get your eyes off the pages. I know I probably didn’t give this book nowhere enough justice it deserves, but trust me when I say it’s good, and I mean really good. If you loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer then you will most definitely love The Evolution of Mara Dyer.(less)
Wings of the Wicked starts with a bang with an awesome action scene and doesn’t slow down until the very last page. I was a bit intimated by the size of this book, but there was never a slow moment and I never wanted it to end. Your eyes will be glued to the pages and you’ll be left wanting more when the last page is read.
Ellie kicked some serious reaper butt in this book and was just as kickass as she was in the last one. But she was still just a teenage girl. She went through a lot through this book and reacted in a more realistic and teen way than her responding the same way when she’s the Preliator. I love how Courtney made Ellie a kickass heroine, but still relatable and realistic.
I really enjoyed the romance between Ellie and Will much more in this book than I did in the last. In Angelfire it seemed a bit insta lovey and cliché to me, but in its sequel I actually could feel the spark and connection between them and we even get some background on their relationship over her reincarnations. There is a love triangle, but at the same time there’s not. There’s no angst or constant fighting and Ellie already knows who she wants to be with.
The plot was what really sealed the deal for me. It was epic and fact paced and had me on the edge of my seat! The action scenes had my heart pounding and my eyes glued to the page. There were some really close calls for these characters and Courtney really had me hanging in suspense.
Overall, Wings of the Wicked was even better than Angelfire with much more action, suspense and characters that ended up growing on me. And that cliffhanger was just torture and it’s making me anxious to read Shadows in the Silence. Re-reading my review I still don’t think I did this book enough justice of how amazing and utterly mind-blowing it was! But whenever you get the chance to read this book, you’ll understand what I mean. I recommend to fans of paranormal romance.(less)
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.(less)
Dreamless was just as captivating and engaging as Starcrossed, if not more! Unlike Starcrossed, the beginning wasn’t slow, but it was a bit confusing. Helen was popping in and out of the underworld without so much of an explanation. And I still feel like it was left unexplained. All that is said is that when she goes to sleep at night, she winds up in the underworld and Angelini leaves it at that. But this was my only complaint and the confusion soon wears off as the story progresses.
Ever since Daphne lied to the Delos family that Helen was their cousin, it’s been hard for Lucas and Helen to stay away from each other. It was so frustrating for it to cause a bunch of problems for the family and Helen when it was all just some big lie Daphne made up. And along with family and Lucas problems, Helen has to deal with the torturous Underworld every night. Helen probably had the worst to go through, but everyone else was too busy with their own minor problems to notice her suffering. That is, until Orion comes into the story.
Orion was charismatic, funny and charming so it was impossible not to like him. I can tell there was a bit of a love-triangle brewing, but I think it was very well done. Instead of focusing on the love-triangle and putting an unnecessary amount of drama into it, Angelini doesn’t make it the main focus like other novels do. Orion and Lucas aren’t constantly fighting over Helen, but are working together to help her and I think that’s what other YA guys should be doing. Sure, there were some times where Lucas was a little jealous when Helen spent time with Orion when he couldn’t, but it wasn’t like he punched Orion in the face over it or anything.
The Greek Mythology was also very enjoyable and not boring at all when it’s brought up in the story. It was a bit confusing to follow along, but I wasn’t completely lost. The third person also made it even more enjoyable as we get to see what else is going on. There was a lot more sub-character relationships developing and so much more going on that Helen doesn't knows about.
Overall, Dreamless was a successful sequel to Starcrossed. The complaints I had were minor and easily forgettable once I got into the story. The ending wasn’t a cliffhanger, but still managed to make me want more. Helen really grew from that extremely shy girl she was in Starcrossed, into a much more tough and strong heroine. If you have read Starcrossed and haven’t read Dreamless, what are you waiting for!? And if you still have yet to read Starcrossed, I totally recommend you try it.(less)
Insurgent starts right where it left off as if Divergent never ended. It continued having its fast pace, captivating writing and engaging and exciting plot! Insurgent was beyond amazing and is probably my favorite 2012 read thus far!
Tris isn’t as strong as she was in the Divergent, but what do you expect. Her parents died right in front of her and she killed her friend Will. But she still managed to surprise me after all that she went through in the last book, and even more in this one. All of the characters went through something in Divergent, but still manage to pull through. Tobias, or Four, was, as always, the epitome of badass. He and Tris did have some arguments and betrayals throughout the book that had me hoping it wasn’t over, but in the end, I wasn’t left disappointed.
Tris’s world has changed drastically since the first book. And so there are a lot more twists, turns and heart-wrenching moments throughout the whole book! Insurgent will not let your eyes leave the page until you’re done, and will then have you craving for more once it’s finished!
Overall, Insurgent not only met my expectations, but exceeded them! It wasn’t only just as exciting and captivating as Divergent, but much more! And you are going to be left with a huge cliffhanger at the end. It’s going to be hard waiting for the third book, especially since it won’t be released until fall 2013. But at least we know it will not disappoint since Veronica’s putting a lot of time and effort into it. It you haven’t read Insurgent, what are you doing? Go and buy it, borrow it or do anything to get your hands on a copy! And if you haven’t even started this series, I couldn’t recommend it to you enough.(less)
Ethan is such a broken character. He’s already been through so much while he’d been away from his family, and he still goes through a lot once he’s back. At first I blame this all on his brother Ethan. He seemed stubborn and selfish, but then a twist at the end changed my view of everyone.
Cami and Ethan were so cute together. Cami was thoughtful, sweet, understanding and always made Ethan feel better. She knew exactly what to say without making him feel uncomfortable, unlike everyone else. She was just what he needed to cope with what he was dealing with.
Another character that made Ethan feel better was his six year old sister, Gracie. Gracie was adorable, smart and reminded him of what he was like before he was abducted. It was as if he could relive the years he was gone with his family just by observing her.
Overall, Dead to You was a fast and quick read that I enjoyed very much. I read it in two days, but could’ve easily finished it in one if I’d have more time. It was a heartbreaking story with romance and even some amusing thoughts from Ethan. I recommend this to anyone wanting a quick, but not too light read.(less)
Everneath was everything I expected it to be. It was intriguing, interesting and had many unexpected events. I’m proud to finally join in all of the raved reviews about it!
Everneath has alternating chapters. Sometimes it’s the present, and sometimes it’s the past. The chapters all had the time left before she went back to the Everneath, or in the past’s case, went in for the first time. I thought this was a very unique and interesting concept. Although it was a little confusing since the story sort of starts off in the middle of things, but it just made me want to keep reading to find out what happened.
I loved Nikki’s character. She was always looking for things to do to make up for leaving her friends and family even though it wasn’t all her fault. She’s always hard on herself for leaving everyone behind, but was still strong after everything that has happened to her.
The talk of Greek Mythology isn’t boring at all. It was interesting reading about the different Greek Myths and how they connected to Nikki’s situation. I’m not too familiar with the Hades and Persephone myth, but the book explains enough of it for me and definitely was similar to Nikki’s story.
The love triangle between Nikki, Jack and Cole is well developed. I could see how they both were in love with her even though I didn’t experience all of the rising chemistry between them. Jack and Nikki were friends from the beginning, and she and Cole were stuck in the Everneath for a century, so it was practical for feelings to be developed.
I loved Cole and Jack, and I’m sure everyone will! Cole was sort of the bad boy in the story and Jack was the good one. Even though Jack was the quarter-back in football and had a sort of player reputation, I could still tell that he felt something more with Nikki. Cole was witty and mysterious with a lot of self-assurance, but it was obvious he had a deep connection with Nikki even though he doesn’t admit it and Nikki doesn’t believe it. Both boys are charming and will definitely have you swooning!
The ending was shocking! I did not see it coming! The very last pages made it seem like anything could happen in the next book. There wasn’t a cliffhanger, which I’m glad for since the release date for the sequel is so far away, but it still made me want more.
I enjoyed reading Everneath and all of its twists and turns. You may be confused at first, but the more you read the more things start to click together. The left out details just made me want to keep reading and reading! I recommend this to Greek Mythology and Paranormal lovers.(less)
The Iron Knight was an epic and mesmerizing conclusion to the Iron Fey series! I will be missing all of the lively characters and all of the crazy adventures they went on!
I absolutely loved that this was told from Ash’s perspective. You get so much more depth on him and his past and what is actually going on in his head, and there is a lot. He may come off as emotionless, but there are a lot of strong emotions going through him. Puck and Grimalkin’s company just made the journey even more entertaining! Puck was his normal jokester self and Grimalkin was the same nonchalant cat sith that I loved! There are also a couple others that may come off as a spoiler so you’ll have to read the book to find out…
There is still tension between Puck and Ash throughout the book; whether it’s serious or playful. There were some times when I seriously thought one of them were going to kill the other, but other than that, their bantering was always entertaining. Oh and those action scenes. Those two were made to be a team! I was always smiling in triumph whenever they defeated someone or something working together. There were sometimes when it seemed almost impossible for them to get out alive, but in the end they did, and it was always an epic kick-butt victory!
As always, Julie’s writing is captivating and descriptive, making it easy for me to picture in my head. Her writing also made the story more realistic, despite the paranormal genre. Being inside Ash’s head, I could feel everything he felt. He goes through so much to be by Megan’s side, and you could just feel how much he truly loves her. He turned out to be a very admirable character in the end, and you could even tell from the short appearances Megan made that she has evolved into a much stronger young woman.
Overall, I loved The Iron Knight and all of the Iron Fey series! These were my first faerie books, and I’m glad they were. And I highly recommend you read them if you haven’t already.(less)
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.(less)
Awaken had a very interesting world, one that I could actually see happening in the future. The year is 2060, and basically everything you do is done through a computer. The main protagonist, Madeleine, was a very admirable character and I loved her! She was smart, defiant, brave but sometimes stubborn. Madeline feels trapped in her digital life. She tried to make a change before, but she got caught and basically got on probation for the rest of her life She's also lost her father's trust; the man who came up with the idea of making everything digital. She keeps all of her rebellious thoughts to herself and attempts to comfortably live her life, until she meets Justin.
Justin was mysterious and strange when we first meet him, but he ends up being admirable and intelligent. He did what he believed in and didn’t care what anyone thought. He affected Madeliene’s life in a huge and positive way. She looks at life in a new way because of him and he even brought out a whole different side to her. There was a lot of romantic tension between them since he wasn’t very keen on relationships. And I just thought it was so cute how he wasn’t conceited nor had no idea how hot and alluring he was!
Awaken isn’t the type of book that is full with exciting scenes or action or anything, but it still manages to grab your attention and keep it there. Katie’s writing is captivating and will alone keep you reading! She is definitely going to be the type of author I read everything from. And all of the characters were admirable and lovable! There’s also a big twist somewhere in the middle that lead the plot in a completely different direction!
Overall, I loved Awaken and recommend it to anyone wanting a different kind of dystopian, or even a different novel period.(less)
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. (less)
Never Eighteen was a sad and inspiring story about a boy named Austin. Austin knows he’s about to die, and he never denies it. He wanting to help others live their lives made him to be a very admirable character. Kaylee was another main character and I loved her. She was silly, sarcastic and has been a great friend to Austin since the third grade. She always made Austin smile even though he knew he was going to die soon.
I absolutely loved how realistic Bostic’s writing made the story feel. I felt like I was experiencing Austin and Kaylee’s journey along with them! And all of the characters were realistic with problems that could relate to others. There were people with depression, were abused or bullied and much more that Austin tried to help with.
I also loved how you go into reading Never Eighteen not knowing why Austin is dying until the end. I actually did know what was causing him to die from the beginning, but I think you’ll have a better experience with this book not knowing so I won’t spoil for you.
Overall, Never Eighteen was a fairly quick read that makes you take a minute and think about your life. I think it could be life changing to others who may be dealing with the same things some of these characters are dealing with. I recommend this to anyone wanting a quick, refreshing and real story.
Pushing the Limits was one of the most emotional and realistic books I’ve read. It was gritty and raw with emotions on every page. The characters were real and the situations they were in were real, making it easy to connect and care for them.
Echo and Noah were two completely opposite characters yet had so much in common. Echo was the only one who understood what Noah was going through and vice versa. And they were there for each other when no one else was. These characters went through hell and I just wanted to reach out and help them and be there for them. Once you know that you have characters that literally make your heart ache for them, you know you have a great story, and that’s exactly what happened in Pushing the Limits.
The romantic tension in Pushing the Limits was hot at steamy and got even hotter and steamier once the actual romance was developed. Echo and Noah literally needed each other, and I could feel them hurting when they were a part. I really really liked Echo and found her to be such an admirable character. I don’t know how I would cope if I had to go through what she went through. I also really liked Noah. He might seem arrogant and snarky, but he actually is a very sweet and caring person and has a vulnerable side to him. It was impossible not to love either of them.
Overall, Pushing the Limits made me truly care what happened to Echo and Noah They’ve been through so much but still managed to grow from their mistakes in the end. The writing, characters and story overall were beautiful and heartbreaking. I recommend to fans of realistic fiction and romance.(less)