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
Two months later and I'm finally finished haha I have not had as much time as I used to. And with college coming up I predict I will have even less tiTwo months later and I'm finally finished haha I have not had as much time as I used to. And with college coming up I predict I will have even less time so bare with me.
Anway, Cruel Beauty started off a little slow and had me rolling my eyes at first, but it soon caught my attention and had me not wanting to put the book down. It really makes you think and wonder and there were definitely a lot of shocking moments that came with complete surprise....more
After devouring this book in a number of hours I have gathered that there must be another book. This cannot be the end. This doesn't feel like an endiAfter devouring this book in a number of hours I have gathered that there must be another book. This cannot be the end. This doesn't feel like an ending, this feels like the beginning of so much more! A new Juliette, new Warner, new Adam.. A new world with a new leader!
I don't care if its a spinoff, just SOMETHING. Or I will die from withdrawal from this series!
Amazing amazing job Tahereh Mafi. I every much enjoyed this series and loved every minute I read of it. ...more
I had the same emotions I had during Beautiful Disaster except they were amplified. 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. ...more
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....more
-- 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. ...more
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....more
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....more
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....more
I missed Ashton's gorgeous, captivating writing, and the amazing characters she's created. I had such high expectations, and Everbound defi4.5/5 stars
I missed Ashton's gorgeous, captivating writing, and the amazing characters she's created. I had such high expectations, and Everbound definitely did not disappoint me.
This plot was full of action, deceit, and more greek mythology of course, that all just made one epic and fast-moving story. In Everneath, I was definitely all for Team Cole, although I still really liked Jack, but now, I'm just, torn. Cole, with his twisted and tragic soul, but love that ran so deep for Nikki, and Jack whose known Nikki forever and has done absolutely anything he could to keep her safe. And not to mention both are seriously hawt. ;] Whether you start off Team Jack or Cole, you'll end up loving both and being as torn as Nikki.
And what a plot twist ending! This book was nothing close to being predictable and I enjoyed the awesome surprises along the way. And after that ending, I am most definitely looking forward to book 3....more
Broken Illusions was a fantastic sequel to Shattered Dreams. It was just as fast-paced and addicting as the first. You may think this is just a story about psychics and mystery, but it was so much more complex than that. But so complex, that it did leave me to be confused at times. However, in the end, everything makes sense and was completely unexpected.
The characters were all realistic, just as they were in the first. Chase and Trinity’s romance was sweet and believable, although it did frustrate me how little trust Chase had for Trinity. Dylan confused me in the last book, but he has proved to be one heck of a swoon-worthy guy. His attraction to Trinity wasn’t as forced, and more believable this time. I could see how much he cared for her. Trinity might have been losing her sanity much more in this book than the last. And because of that, I still couldn’t get a feel of what her personality was like.
Broken Illusions has a dark and creepy mood throughout the book. I actually felt scared or creped out sometimes. The mystery added to the creepiness, and kept me fully engaged. There are a lot of twists in this book that you will not see coming, but maybe too many- adding to the confusion. I just think there was too much going on, and things could’ve been clearer if things slowed down a little.
Overall, Broken Illusions was just a roller coaster of different feelings and events. I loved the mystery, the romance and the outcome of everything. The only thing I didn’t like was how overwhelming things were, leaving me confused several times. But even though I was confused, I just could not put the book down. The ending was very satisfying. I seriously did not see any of it coming. I loved the concept and plot of Broken Illusions, I think if I read it a second time, I wouldn’t be as confused and it would be even more enjoyable....more