What I Thought: This book made me crazy. I did not figure out the twist until it was literally pointed out at the end of the novel, and I just could nWhat I Thought: This book made me crazy. I did not figure out the twist until it was literally pointed out at the end of the novel, and I just could not believe it. LIKE ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? I seriously just sat in bed, unsure what to do next. Like a lost little puppy.
Beautiful Oblivion is Cami and Trent's story, so of course you are going to fall in love with Trent, same as you did Travis. It runs (pretty much) parallel in time with Beautiful Disaster, and you will definitely have some overlaps in time. Cami is a very different kind of girl from Abby, and Trent is very different to his brother too - so don't expect to be reading the same sort of story.
Trent is in love with Cami, and has been for awhile. Cami has a boyfriend and knows well how the Maddox brothers work. So of course, they try to be friends. And of course, that never really quite works out how they expect. Cami's boyfriend (and for me, the mysterious job he works) is the secret that shakes up the story the entire way through, and if like me, you don't figure it out then, like me, you will be shocked.
Trent and Cami are completely adorable and lovable, and the few new characters we meet, you will love just as much. McGuire really has a unique way of telling stories, so if you loved Beautiful Disaster then you are certainly going to love this one too -and if you haven't read BD, then I suggest you give this one a crack anyway!
What I Thought: Panic is an exciting thrill adventure that kept me wanting to know what challenges the contestants of Panic were going to go through nWhat I Thought: Panic is an exciting thrill adventure that kept me wanting to know what challenges the contestants of Panic were going to go through next!
Carp is a small town with nothing to do, and the game of Panic was created. Each year, a bunch of seniors decide to participate for a whole lotta prize money, usually which can get the winner onto greener pastures than what they leave behind. For Heather, it's a chance to get herself and her sister away from her druggie mother and have a chance at a real life. For Dodge, it's a chance for revenge for his sister. For Nat, it's a ride to LA and the acting career she so desperately wants - but in the end, there is only one winner.
My problems with this beautiful story was the absolute fake characters - best friends lied to each other, deceived each other, stabbed each other in the back and then pretended like nothing ever happened. Between Heather, Nat, Bishop and Dodge, it happened countless times, and began to grate on my nerves a bit.
But what really did it for me, was the challenges of Panic. I didn't particularly care about the background, I wanted the action. What were they going to do next? Would they die? Most importantly, who would win? Of course all the answers came and they were extremely satisfying.
Panic is quite different to Oliver's Delirium series, which she is most famous for, but I would definitely say that Panic will give it a run for it's money!
The Good: Different concept that left me wanting to read without stopping - didn't want to put it down!
The Bad: The characters who I loved to hate most times, and some of the twists I figured out pretty early on.
What I Thought: OH MY LORDY. WHAT DID I JUST READ? Death. Zombies. Death. Betrayal. Death. Romance. Death. How could you do this to my feels ShowalterWhat I Thought: OH MY LORDY. WHAT DID I JUST READ? Death. Zombies. Death. Betrayal. Death. Romance. Death. How could you do this to my feels Showalter? Right now, I'm in a puddle of tears. This is the final book in the White Rabbit Chronicles trilogy. This is where it ends. It's either going to be Anima or Ali and her friends - and she is not going to let that happen. This is the fight to end all fights.
There is a new surprise in store - a woman that only Ali can see. Is she really trying to help or is she evil in disguise? You'll have to stay on your toes to figure it out. While you do that, you'll have to prepare yourself for some explosive secrets.
Now, I'm going to be honest - it's not going to be pretty. You are going to lose characters you love. So be prepared. But they aren't going to go down without a fight. There is a lot of action. There is typical Cole-Ali arguing/cold shouldering. There is hot and heavy Cole-Ali romance. This book seriously has it all. I absolutely loved it. I cried, I laughed, I cried some more.
Showalter delivers a epic conclusion to an amazing series, and it will stay with you. If you loved the first two books, you are going to love this one too. If you haven't read the others, then DO IT. You won't regret it, I promise!
The Good: Nothing was what I expected!
The Bad: That's it guys! No more Cole or Ali or any of the other crew :(
What I Thought: Oh boy. I have to start by saying I absolutely LOVED Stung. I was blown away by how much I actually loved it and it was one of my 5-stWhat I Thought: Oh boy. I have to start by saying I absolutely LOVED Stung. I was blown away by how much I actually loved it and it was one of my 5-star reads for 2013. Cured, however, was a much different story. I mean sure, it had a lot going on. It was exciting. Fiona, Jonah and Bowen are back. We meet some new characters. Yet it just didn't have the same magic as Stung did. Most likely, for me, because Jacqui annoyed the freaking crap out of me, the entire time.
Jacqui has been living as a boy since she was thirteen years old - fair enough, it must be pretty damn horrible what she went through, and I'd be pretty upset too if I had to look like a boy while Fiona waltzes around accidentally flaunting all her womanly features. Yet Jacqui knows it is for her safety, and somehow still she is like a rollercoaster, up and down and who can't figure out whether she wants to be Arthur or Martha (quite almost literally though!).
Jacqui is in search of her brother which leads her to Fiona, Bowden and Jonah. They end up running from the raiders, hiding with a random named Kevin, and all the while hiding the cure. A lot certainly goes on, and while I can see why this one needed to be from Jacqui's point of view, it didn't make it any easier to get through.
If you've read Stung, I still suggest reading Cured because it was a good conclusion to the story, and I know I certainly needed the closure!
The Good: Very interesting ending to the duology!
The Bad: JACQUI STOP YOUR JEALOUS WHINGING, please.
So of course, being a John Green novel I had extremely high expectations. Looking for Alaska is a strong debut novel, and I can see the instant appealSo of course, being a John Green novel I had extremely high expectations. Looking for Alaska is a strong debut novel, and I can see the instant appeal for John Green and his poetic words. To be perfectly honest, my first JG book was The Fault in Our Stars, which I think, by far, trumps all his other novels, so I think I definitely may have enjoyed this one more if I hadn't read TFiOS.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading from the point of view of Pudge, and learning about Alaska, and watching all the characters grow and change. I definitely didn't expect, well, the major thing that happens in the novel - apart from that twist however, the novel was fairly predictable, while still being quite likable....more
What I Thought: As many of you will probably know by now, I absolutely freaking love the Boys of Summer series by CJ Duggan, and That One Summer, theWhat I Thought: As many of you will probably know by now, I absolutely freaking love the Boys of Summer series by CJ Duggan, and That One Summer, the third book in the series, is no different. Duggan brought the same strength and force to this novel as she has done in her previous two.
In this one, we see the story of Tammy and Chris unfold - I know, totally not who you expected to get together right?! Actually, I thought Chris was going to forever alone, because he has been so broody in the past. However, this time we get to see a different, more softer, more god-damn sexy side to him - and believe me when I say, you will never look at him the same way again. We also get to learn a lot more about Tammy, who has only been a small side character in the past, but you can't help love Tammy just as much as all the other characters. Of course, all your secondary favourite characters are back as well - so you get to see how Tess and Toby, and Sean and Amy are doing, as well as Stan, Ringer, Adam and Ellie too.
That One Summer centres around a roadtrip before New Years Eve. All the gang are going, and Tammy and Chris get stuck in a car together. What starts as awkward, ends up being another beautifully crafted romance. Duggan has also given us some steamy moments that you'll want to devour over and over and over again. Well, at least I did...
If you love The Boys of Summer and An Endless Summer, then you are going to love That One Summer too! If you haven't read the previous two yet - then freaking get onto it already, because you are missing out my friend!!
The Good: I love the steamy, yet beautiful romances that Duggan keeps giving us - and keeps us wanting more!
What I thought: There are so many Holmes-esque things out there these days - BBC's Sherlock, CBS's Elementary, the two Robert Downey Jnr. films, AnthoWhat I thought: There are so many Holmes-esque things out there these days - BBC's Sherlock, CBS's Elementary, the two Robert Downey Jnr. films, Anthony Horowitz's new Sherlock story - and now we have a Young Adult adaptation, which doesn't do too badly. Personally, I can't get enough of Sherlock Holmes and all the different adaptations out there, and now Ellie Marney's series can be adding to my list. Sure, some of it is quite unrealistic, but if you look past that, Every Breath is a really enjoyable story. Rachel Watts has moved from the country to the big city of Melbourne and despite the friends she's made, she doesn't like it at all. She longs to be back on her old farm, doing manual labour that would make any girl cry. James Mycroft is an eccentric genius, with a tragic past and throughout the book there is plenty of references to Holmes and Watson.
There adventure is full of danger and gruesome work, but the dynamic duo have their mind set on solving a murder case, and nothing can get in their way. Plus it must be easy work when you have a genius with amazing observational skills by your side.
James and Rachel's detective work is reasonable, and logical, and doesn't stretch the boundaries of realism too much. But my most favourite part of this story is the fact that Watts and Mycroft have a really strong attraction - about damn in my opinion! What's even better is Marney giving us a series of books rather than just a stand-alone, and I for one cannot wait!
The Good: The Watts/Mycroft romance trumped all for me!
The Bad: A few parts left me shaking my head, thinking that wouldn't really happen.