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.
I haven’t heard many things about The Dark Light, and the synopsis doesn’t reveal much either so I had no idea what to expect. I think me not having any idea what to expect was what made it more enjoyable for me since everything was just surprise after surprise, so I’ll try to be vague about some things for your benefit. While The Dark Light was a very enjoyable and fascinating read, it just failed to wow me or blow my mind, thus bringing my rating down to a 3 along with a few other problems.
I think what led The Dark Light to being surprising was its cover and synopsis being misleading. From the look at the cover, I thought this would be a PNR, and while there were some paranormal aspects, this was mostly a fantasy book. There’s magic and other-worldly creatures evolved into the story’s world and it just overall gave a more fantasy feel to it. And something else that was misleading was the very first line to the synopsis,
Mia is torn between two guys...
I'm not sure about you, but that speaks 'love triangle' to me and, at least in my book, there was no love triangle. Maybe a little in the beginning, but the other guy was more of a school crush that was easily forgotten by the end of the book. And Mia wasn't even torn. She was intrigued about Sol as soon as she saw him.
The main character, Mia, was an okay character to me. She is determined to find and bring back her brother Jay and will do anything to get him back and I found that to be an admirable quality to her. The only problem I had with her was her coming off as naïve and not even just to the new world she’s thrust into. But at the same time, Mia did have a kind heart and did anything she could to help and save others, even if the decisions she made weren’t thought through. The rest of the characters were also just, okay for me. The love-interest, Sol was your ordinary broody and dangerous guy and didn’t really have me knocked off my feet. The romance was just okay too, but at least it wasn’t insta-love.
While the plot did keep my attention most of the time, there were some times where it dragged or I was lost. This new world that Walsh has created ended up being very intriguing and fascinating and different from any other world I read about, which I loved, but it was sometimes confusing and hard to keep up with. Mia ends up thrown into this new world trying to find her brother, but there ends up being much more at stake than that. I loved how it was always action-packed and so unpredictable to the point where I couldn’t even see the tiniest thing coming.
Overall, everything about The Dark Light ended up just being okay for me. It wasn’t boring and it had its parts where I couldn’t look away from the page, but it just didn’t amaze me or blow my mind like I like a book to do. I’m not sure if this is a standalone or series, but the ending did wrap up nicely and had me satisfied so I can see this being a standalone. I also wouldn’t be disappointed with a series either since there are a couple questions I still have. If you like un-predictable plots and mixed genres then I think you’ll enjoy this one. (less)
Holy crap, Saving June turned out to be much more emotional and beautiful than I expected! After reading Speechless and hearing Saving June was much better, I did have higher expectations, and those expectations were definitely met. Going into Saving June, I was expecting a heavy grief story, but it doesn’t weigh you down on the grief and just brings out a whirlwind of emotions. I have to admit, it did take me some time to get into Saving June, but once I did, I just loved it more and more as the story progressed.
The characters were such a big part of this story and I loved them all so much. They were all so complex and real and distinct from any others I’ve read about. Harper was a very spunky and dry humored character that sometimes reminded me of myself. Sure, she could come off as selfish sometimes but I honestly didn’t care. It just made her all the more real and fleshed out. Laney was such an animated character that brought so much life to the sometimes gloomy pages. I loved how she was always there for Harper and such a loyal and great friend. Even though Jake could be an ass at times, I loved him and his passion for music. He had some sweet moments with Harper and really helped her along the way of grieving for her sister. Their romance really added to the story, and it built up nice and slow.
Hannah Harrington’s beautiful writing really shines through in Saving June. I found myself re-reading passages just to experience them again and again. The theme of music and grief really tied together and made something truly beautiful. While I haven’t heard of most of the songs that were mentioned, the way they were described and the effect they had on Harper and Jake made me look at them than so much more than just a song.
Overall, Hannah Harrington really surprised with her debut. It’s rare that I find an author’s debut better than their sophomore novel, but this was definitely the case here. Harper will always be a memorable character to me with all that she’s been through. I connected with her in a personal way, but even if there were some thing you couldn’t relate to, I’m sure you’ll still connect with the characters and story with no problem. I recommend to anyone who loves road trips and grieving stories.(less)
-- I have very mixed feelings on Lovely, Dark and Deep. Mostly because it just took me a while to grow on and get used to certain aspects of the book. Things I didn’t like in the beginning, I ended up enjoying at some other time. And there’s just things that I didn’t quite get with this book.
In the beginning, we get that Wren is depressed over her breakup and death of her ex Patrick. She was anxious, lost and lonely and struggled to move on. I could relate with having depression and anxiety so that caused me to easily connect and empathize with Wren, but there were some times where I couldn’t connect with her. And she did things that I couldn’t understand. But then, a little later on in the book, there’s a twist and we see that there’s a lot more to Wren’s sadness and distress so I ended up empathizing with her again.
There is romance, and while it wasn’t insta-love, it was still a little sudden for me. When Wren and Cal first meet, Wren claims her heart flutters, but then she wants nothing to do with him, and then at one point they randomly kiss and Cal says he’s wanted to kiss her ever since they first met. The reason I say this wasn’t insta-love and just sudden romance is because it wasn’t really love, it was just romance. But the romance just sorta came out of nowhere. But, as the story progressed, I did grow onto it and didn’t mind how fast they wanted to be together. Cal really livened Wren up and made her actually happy when they were together. And plus, Cal was just really sweet and thoughtful and just an overall great guy.
I’m not gonna lie, the beginning of Lovely, Dark and Deep was extremely boring and dull. Nothing really happened at all, and I swear it took me forever just to get through the first 50 pages, but then I started to really enjoy the story as it progressed. One of things I ended up really loving was Amy McNamara’s writing. At first I thought it was weird and choppy, but then I started to love it. It had a lyrical flow to it and caused things to get really emotional. And while I wasn’t bawling my eyes out or anything, it did cause my chest to ache a few times.
Overall, the good and the bad of Lovely, Dark and Deep just canceled each other out and made me feel neutral about everything. One thing that really disappointed me though was the ending. I thought it was abrupt and didn’t really have any closure to Wren’s story. Even though I didn’t completely fall in love with Lovely, Dark and Deep, it still ended up being a beautiful and sad story. I recommend if you want an emotional and deep grieving story.
A finished copy was provided by the publisher. (less)