So this book was absolutely raved about by some people I knew, so I went in with pretty good expectations. The Selection had so much promise, being piSo this book was absolutely raved about by some people I knew, so I went in with pretty good expectations. The Selection had so much promise, being pitched as a YA mix of The Bachelor and The Hunger Games. I could see the reality show aspect, but only the dystopian side of the HG. To be perfectly honest, this book was enjoyable to read, and I kept going hoping something exciting would happen. BUT, in saying that, the only character I really liked is Prince Maxon. America absolutely annoyed me the entire time, being as fickle as her feelings. The storyline was likeable yet predictable.
I'm not sure if I'll read the rest of the series, but my bets are on her choosing Prince Maxon over Aspen - there is no way this story could end any other way....more
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: 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 MY LORDY. THIS BOOK. THE FEELS. THE TEARS. So when I started reading this, it took me awhile to realise what the actual heck was goiWhat I Thought: OH MY LORDY. THIS BOOK. THE FEELS. THE TEARS. So when I started reading this, it took me awhile to realise what the actual heck was going on. This book is set into parts, then smaller chapters, switching between present and past, and can be confusing if you don't follow carefully. It has been said that it's best not to tell you anything about the books ending, and it's absolutely true. This is a book that you just need to dive in without knowing anything about it - that is what I did and the end just blew me away.
Cadence is part of a group called the Liars - three of them cousins and one a long time friend. Together they spend their summers on the family island, living the life of luxury that money provides. One summer, Cadence has an accident and can't remember what happened, and now it is time for her to regain her memories.
We Were Liars had a bit of trouble holding my interest in the start, and for a long while I couldn't figure out why everyone liked it so much. However the need to find out the ending was too strong and I had to finish it - and I'm so glad I did. Lockhart has written a cleverly hidden twist, to which I never saw coming. Not by a long shot, and that alone, makes this book completely worth it. I can't wait to reread it again, knowing the twist and seeing how well it was written into the story without my noticing.
All in all, a fantastic novel that everyone needs to read!
The Good: That twist ending!!
The Bad: It is a slow start, and a lot of it doesn't make sense for awhile.
What I Thought: Like almost every other girl who reads YA, I absolutely love the Bloodlines series. More than the Vampire Academy series to be honest.What I Thought: Like almost every other girl who reads YA, I absolutely love the Bloodlines series. More than the Vampire Academy series to be honest. This is, the first time however, with any of the books in this or the VA series, that I haven't given a full five stars. Why the heck not, you ask? Because it started off SLOW. Like, boring, pulling teeth kind of slow. And it just didn't do it for me. I can see why she did it, but just no.
Now, with that out of the way, we can talk about how much I did end up liking this novel, because Richelle Mead just has a way of making you want more. This is the fifth book in the series, and leads up to the final instalment, The Ruby Circle, due out February 2015 - then it will all be over folks. So of course Mead has to make the ending of this one some killer cliffhanger, and she certainly did that.
*Some Fiery Heart & Silver Shadows spoilers ahead* So at the end of Fiery heart, Sydney was being whisked away by the Alchemists towards a horrible fate of Re-education. This is (sort-of) where we pick back up. Sydney is with the Alchemists, Adrian is trying to find Sydney and they're both on a road heading no-where. Sydney goes through some horrible crap and Adrian gets depressed when he can't find Sydney, falling into a drunken stupor almost every day. And it gets worse. But of course, it has to get better for them at some point right? Yep, it (sort-of) does. It gets fun and exciting and even more dangerous. Then it leaves us desperately hanging with the 7 month wait for the last book.
If you love this series, then get to it ASAP! Be ready for those feels though.
The Good: More Sydney. More Adrian. More feels. How can you not love it?
What I Thought: THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK AND IT'S FEELS. I read this book in two sittings, in less than twenty-four hours. I couldn't put it down for anytWhat I Thought: THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK AND IT'S FEELS. I read this book in two sittings, in less than twenty-four hours. I couldn't put it down for anything except sleep - and I wouldn't have even done that if I could have stayed up longer. The Winner's Curse, a book set in a fantasy world, about a girl who buys a slave and gets more than she bargained for. A lot more. Arin and Kestrel aren't a typical love story, so if you think it's going to be all romance and longing then you are so wrong.
Kestrel is the daughter of the General of the Valorian army, one of the most fierce and powerful nations. By chance she stumbles upon a slave auction, and is intrigued by a young defiant looking man, and decides to buy him. In turn, the begin to learn about each other, taking some drastic measures for the other and in the end, having to deal with betrayal and love.
This book grabbed me from the start and I just enjoyed the beautiful word-building so much that I couldn't put it down. Yes, there are some parts that seem unnecessary, but as the novel progresses, you realise they are actually quite important to the plotline. Of course, this novel does too have a cliffhanger ending and the thought of waiting until March for the next one makes me want to cry. So if that isn't an indication of how good this book is, then there isn't really much more I can say to convince you. You'll just have to trust my word for it, so go out and grab this book now.
The Good: This book kept me on the edge of my seat, I literally only put it down to sleep (because it was already so late!) so I definitely count that as a big win!
The Bad: The wait for the next novel! Give it to me NOW!!
What I Thought: Emma, Galen and friends are back in the final novel in the Syrena Legacy series. This time Emma and Galen are on a road trip together,What I Thought: Emma, Galen and friends are back in the final novel in the Syrena Legacy series. This time Emma and Galen are on a road trip together, and thanks to some hints from King Adonis, they end up in a little town called Neptune - where half-breeds live. This is a major revelation for Emma, who has just been accepted in the Syrena fold. Galen, however, is not as equally thrilled. Fighting ensues, Galen leaves and it's a bit of a whirlwind adventure from there.
To be honest, Emma annoyed me so much in this novel. I have always loved her attitude, her passion, her strength - but not this time. Yes, I understand that she's found a place she fits in, and Galen is gone, and Reed is like her - BUT I honestly never took her to be that selfish. Which of course, is all figured out by the end of the novel.
Reed is a great new character, making waves in character development. The little town of Neptune gives us a bit more insight into the history of the Syrena and the half-breeds, which is very interesting.
If you loved the previous novels, then of course you are going to love this one too so hurry up and get reading!
The Good: Of Neptune was nothing like I expected at all, and it was amazing!
The Bad: I'd love to know more about Galen and Emma after their ceremony! Why did this have to be the end?!
What I Thought: The Break-Up Artist is a story about love and heartbreak and how we can navigate these treacherous waters. Becca's sister Diane was heWhat I Thought: The Break-Up Artist is a story about love and heartbreak and how we can navigate these treacherous waters. Becca's sister Diane was heartbroken, left 6 hours before her wedding, and her best friend left her behind for her boyfriend and popularity - so Becca knows love is a terrible dangerous thing, and she wants nothing to do with it. So much so, that she starts her own little nifty business as The Break-Up artists, being paid to break up couples at school. Becca is good at what she does, and even gets asked to break up her schools hot couple. But of course not everything is as it seems and Becca has a lot to learn on a subject she clearly doesn't fully comprehend.
The Break-Up Artist has a good strong start and I desperately rushed through the story, wanting to know what would happen. And yet. About two-thirds of the way through, I hit a wall. I could see the characters were on the edge of being emotional, mental changes but I was at the point where I didn't even care any more. The story became a bit too predictable for my liking and I seriously struggled to even finish it.
This is a fun light read, sure to give you some laughs - and a different view to love and relationships.
The Good: Becca was so sneaky, and quite clever as the Break-Up Artist, and I couldn't help laugh at some of her ideas, they were so clever!
What I Thought: Side Effects May Vary, for how you feel after reading this book. You may laugh. You may cry. You may scream and shout and pull out youWhat I Thought: Side Effects May Vary, for how you feel after reading this book. You may laugh. You may cry. You may scream and shout and pull out your hair. You may be satisfied, or you may not. Side Effects May Vary, in my opinion, is not a book about a girl with cancer. It is not a story about the things she does to get revenge on the enemies in her life. It's not even really about her dealing with the consequences once she finds out she's gone into remission. This is a love story, pure and simple. Yes, it has all of the above stated things, but they are minor parts of a major love story. Had I known that when I started, I may have loved it a lot more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it was a fantastic story, but when I picked it up, expecting a cancer story or a revenge story and got a love story instead, I was kind of disappointed.
Alice is a normal teenage girl, with very normal dramatic teenage problems. Except one day she finds out she has leukaemia, and her life changes. She decides to write a list, a bucket list of sorts, and revenge is at the top of her list. However, she eventually finds out she is in remission, and life starts to go back to normal again - where she has to deal with the consequences of her actions.
Side Effects May Vary is a raw and powerful book, that shows us that every action has a consequence, and that love can be an extremely powerful and haunting force in life. This novel was definitely not what I expected, and not what I hoped for either, but I definitely still think it is one of those YA novels that needs to be read by everyone.
The Good: It has some hilarious moments.
The Bad: As explained in the first paragraph above, it was not what I expected.
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: Razorhurst is fast, thrilling, dark and dangerous, and it will leave you wanting more than just the one book. Razorhurst is about gangsWhat I Thought: Razorhurst is fast, thrilling, dark and dangerous, and it will leave you wanting more than just the one book. Razorhurst is about gangs and life in an Australian town in the 1930's. It follows the POV's of two girls - Kelpie and Dymphna. Kelpie is a a dirty, malnourished girl who lives on the streets, and can see ghosts. Dymphna is a gorgeous girl who lives a lavish life, and who can also see ghosts. They come together by fate, over a dead body, each already knowing who the other is, and starting on a whirlwind journey over a twenty-four hour period.
Yes, this 365-page novel takes course over a twenty-four hour period, and you won't even realise because Larbalestier does such a damn good job of disguising that fact. We get to see behind the curtains of gang life with competing mob bosses, and watch the two girls try and figure out how to stay alive, and out of gaol.
Larbalestier also gives us intermittent chapters that give us flashes into each of the characters lives, how they lead up to this point, and how the town and the mob bosses came to be. At first, it was semi-confusing trying to keep up with it all, but once you get into the rhythm of the story, you'll be flying through it like there's no tomorrow.
The Good: I loved the background stories, and how everything manages to fit together.
The Bad: Both main characters annoyed me at one point, I seriously wanted to strangle them both.
What I Thought: When life hands you any sort of Pride and Prejudice remake, sequel or any of version of the sort, you have to grab on to this opportunWhat I Thought: When life hands you any sort of Pride and Prejudice remake, sequel or any of version of the sort, you have to grab on to this opportunity with both hands. Especially when it is as amazing as the Lizzie Bennet Diaries web series was. And then Bernie Su gave us the Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet - an even further insiders look into Lizzie Bennets life while she was filming - and it is FRICKING INCREDIBLE.
I kid you not, fellow readers, this book is just what any Austen/Lizzie Bennet fan needs to satisfy their hunger for more. It follows along side the videos, but gives us a different perspective to what is going on - no, it doesn't just repeat everything that happened and was said in the videos - this gives us Lizzie Bennets complete inner-most thoughts. It is a fantastic accompaniment to the web series, and yet it would be great as a stand alone book too! (Although there are plenty of references to the web series so you'd probably end up having to watch them any way!)
If you have watched the series, love Austen and P&P then this is your next favourite read, guaranteed! It's certainly become mine!
The Good: If, like me, you were left wanting more Darcy and Lizzie and have already rewatched the series more times than you can count, then this will be perfect for you - plus it's a modern version of P&P for those who don't want to read that (but why?).
The Bad: Make it longer, and extremely detailed, with pictures and and and and make it never end okay.
What I Thought: Every Word is the sequel to Every Breath, and picks up 8 weeks later. Mycroft has been following a case of the theft of Shakespeare'sWhat I Thought: Every Word is the sequel to Every Breath, and picks up 8 weeks later. Mycroft has been following a case of the theft of Shakespeare's Folio - a book worth six million pounds. This leads to the discovery of a dead librarian in a carjacking similar to that of his parents, causing him to travel to London alongside Professor Walsh to investigate. Rachel, being worried about her new boyfriend's past, decides to jump on a plane and follow him. This, of course, leads to plenty of drama and action and a rather terrifying situation, again.
I don't even understand how Mycroft and Watts end up in these situations, and even though I find it quite realistic, I enjoyed almost every second reading these stories. Ellie Marney has given us a fantastic YA version of Shelock Holmes and somehow, with her tremendous writing, she manages to pull it off astoundingly well. Mycroft opens up to Watts about his past, his parents and his problems and Rachel has to figure out how exactly to tread these newfound waters. Plus, they are a couple now, and are thinking sexy couple things which certainly brings new heat to the story.
Every Word was an amazing sequel, with a killer ending that left me desperate for the final book, Every Move. BRING ON MARCH 2015!! So if you haven't read Every Word yet, make sure you do, because this one may (definitely) leave you a bit breathless.
The Good: Things heat up to whole new levels between Mycroft and Watts, and it's freaking awesome.
The Bad: While I love the way these stories go, I can't help but read them with with this constant niggling feeling that likes to remind me how unrealistic some of the situations actually are. Like, shut up brain, who cares right.