I think this might be one of my most favorite books ever. Like... Ever. WHY CAN'T THERE BE MORE!?!?!?!? Review to come, as soon as I can form coherentI think this might be one of my most favorite books ever. Like... Ever. WHY CAN'T THERE BE MORE!?!?!?!? Review to come, as soon as I can form coherent sentences again, because this book BLEW MY MIND. ...more
My Thoughts: Tiger's Curse was hard to get through at times, but has a lot of potential to be amazing.
I had very high expectations for this book. NotMy Thoughts: Tiger's Curse was hard to get through at times, but has a lot of potential to be amazing.
I had very high expectations for this book. Not gonna lie. I had heard nothing but raving reviews on it and thus expected it to be a fantastic, irresistible book. And yes, it had a lot going for it. But there was something about it that made me have to put it down and wait a day to read it, even though I was almost done. I'm a bit ambivalent about the book, because on one hand, I loved the story and plot, and all that it had going good for it. But on the other, I couldn't stand the protagonist, Kelsey. I found her to be too sarcastic, which is tough, because I'm a pretty sarcastic person, at times facetious, and just plain annoying. I actually did like her at first, but after about 150-200 pages, I couldn't take it any longer. She was really likeable at first, very intelligent and curious about everything. But then at one point she went from totally leading Ren on, to completely shutting him down! WHAT!? I so didn't get it. YOU LIKE HIM. You've even admitted to it! And so, why Kelsey, are you insisting on ignoring him and being extremely rude? I know us girls have very confusing mind sets, but what I didn't get is that she insisted on not being with Ren so that she wouldn't hurt him, except for the fact that she was hurting him in the process of ignoring him and shutting him down! I was so, completely bewildered at that point. I felt so terrible for Ren, didn't like Kelsey, and my head was pounding.
The thing I did like about this book was the fact that the plot and story was fantastic. It's unfathomable to me, how Ms. Houck came up with so much detail and information to create such a wonderful adventure. She did that amazingly, adding so much element. There was plenty of Hindi myth and culture, as well as her own imagination added in there to make this book very unique. If anything, it was the story that kept me reading, simply to see what would happen. I hate to be rude, but I couldn't care less about what happened to Kelsey. I just wanted to know Ren would be okay, as well as Mr. Kadam. They were really the only two characters I cared about, but that was enough. I liked Ren, I thought he was really cool. There was a very confident vibe about him, but he wasn't cocky, (all the time). I do understand some of Kelsey's intentions with cutting off their relationship, but I think she could have done it in a better fashion. Then there was Mr. Kadam, the "boss", you could say. He was a really great parental figure in the book, so sweet and grand-fatherly. Then there was Kishan, Ren's brother. Kishan was... interesting. He was very charming, and though I could like him, I sensed he wasn't all that great. I wish Houck had set in the love triangle a little bit clearer, because I was really confused at one point. I don't want Kelsey to be with Ren, just because I don't particularly like her, but I don't want her to be with Kishan, either. Conflict...
In the end, I think that if this book had gone through a lot more editing, it would have been an incredible story. But for now, it was just ok. I felt the writing could have used more emotion, and perhaps then I would have enjoyed the protagonist, Kelsey, more. I just didn't enjoy her dialogue, because I could never figure out what she was trying to say, in the sense of tone of voice. Was she being sarcastic? Literal? Who knows! The writing just seemed awkward to me. There were many times where I almost quit reading, but I hate not finishing a book. I did love the idea of the story, and I will be reading the next book, but I am not currently dying to read it. If I come across it, I'll probably pick it up, but I'm not going to go hunt it down, right now.
The only word I can use to describe this book would be creepy. So very, very creepy.
When the author first contacted me asking if I'd like 4.5 Stars:
The only word I can use to describe this book would be creepy. So very, very creepy.
When the author first contacted me asking if I'd like to review her book, I was hesitant, only because I have never really read any YA horror books. But as creepy as the cover is, it also drew me in and the synopsis sounded so intriguing. I am so glad I decided to read it. It was so.... creepy!
The book started off in a way that would be expected for a horror story, slow and with lots of build up. Cassie and her mother, sister, step-father and step-sister are just moving into their new house when the story kicks off. Cassie and Ashleigh (step-sister) begin to notice strange things going on in the house, illusions and cryptic messages on walls, Andie, Cassie's little sister, goes wandering off in the woods and says that Cassie led her into the forest, when really she was waiting for her on the other side. Then they find out that a boy had drowned in the pond. Cassie, Ashleigh, and their new friends all become immersed in a mystery, trying to figure out who or what is haunting them. All they know is something is there, watching them, and waiting for one of them to venture out into the woods alone...
I made the mistake of trying to start reading this at around 1am... It was dark, everyone asleep, and my house is kind of creaky and likes to... settle, at night. Needless to say, after about 30 pages I had to put it down and read something happy, cause I was getting creeped out. But I picked it up the next day and couldn't put it down. I read it all in one sitting, because it was just so good! Knutson has a great talent for mysterious horrors, and making them feel real to the reader. Even though a lot of the things that happened were things we see in a lot of stories about hauntings, it felt unique and different. I really liked Cassie... She was very rational and I appreciated that she thought of all reasonable explanations before she could even think of something like ghosts. There were a lot of secondary characters in this book, but they all played a role and were never just there. We learn a bit about each of them, so that was nicely done. I never felt confused or wondered why the author wrote that, because it all went with the story, and that's how it's supposed to be, right? I loved Cassie's and Ashleigh's new friends and old friends alike. They were all great, as well as the two adults who helped them with the ghostly activities. Their parents were there too, and played a part, as well as the little sister, Andie. Everyone had a spot and a reason to be in the book. Which I loved.
I think any fan of something freaky would enjoy The Possession of Cassie Quinn. It was written well, with lots of suspense and detail. It was a quick read, and it left on such a huge cliffhanger, I was in shock. I am so excited to see what happens in the next book, which is being released June 2013. I'm sure it will be filled with creepiness and freakishness!
This is an incredible book. I am not normally a huge fan of books not in the YA genre, but this has got toMy Thoughts: Fantastic. Beautiful. Amazing.
This is an incredible book. I am not normally a huge fan of books not in the YA genre, but this has got to be one of my favorite books I've read in a while. It was so great, filled with a story that made me smile, cry, laugh. I loved the characters and the plot and everything in between. I devoured the book with ease... This is a very special book.
I have not read the first book in this series, Raising Gillian's Wolves, but I really didn't need to. There were a few details that I was unsure about in the beginning, but it was pretty easy to look past that, considering this is an entirely different story. I have no clue who Gillian is, other than the fact that she lives in Amsterdam and is Edward's best friend, but that doesn't matter. What does matter is this story! The book begins with partners Sam and Edward living together and happily, but Sam is wanting desperately to become a father. Edward, though hesitant, agrees and they take in Ginger as a foster child. Ginger's had a very, very terrible life and a past that is unimaginable. At twelve years old she knows how to seduce men, wears tons of makeup, and is completely, and utterly broken. She steals and lies, but she also worms herself into Edwards heart. Sam's, not so much. Edward and Sam begin having problems, as Ginger is so much to handle, and not what Sam was expecting. But Ginger is a smart girl and knows how to get Sam to warm up to her. But she's also a fragile, hurting little girl who has been abused in the past in a way that will bring tears to the reader's eyes. The book follows Sam, Edward and Ginger's journey to find family and love together, while all healing from their pasts... Especially Ginger.
I was completely immersed in this book. It was one that had my emotions on a huge roller coaster ride. I laughed, I cried tears of joy, and tears of sadness. I had moments where I wanted to scream and rip my hair out because of the cruelty in this world, as well as moments where I couldn't stop smiling because of how incredible this little family's story was. Ginger was a little girl with a horrific past that makes me tense up in anger each time I even think about it. She will always hold a place in my heart now, for she is a very special character. She is clever and cunning, sad and hurt, and just doesn't really know how to be a twelve year old. But Edward and Sam help her with that and she learns to trust them and love them. I loved all of the characters. Sam and Edward were both a delight. They each had pasts that were a bit traumatic but they had no clue what it would be like to take in Ginger. Edward was probably my favorite character, just because he was so likeable. He was rational and loving and cared so much for both Sam and Ginger. He would do anything to keep the three of them together.
Another thing I loved about this novel was the fact that the story had so many different aspects to it, but it was never confusing, really. It was just a book about two men, trying to raise their new, twelve year old daughter. Sam and Edward were not a fairytale couple. They had fights and disagreed and they were just a normal, everyday couple. It wasn't all fluffed up. The story was about how their lives went on with Ginger now in it. They had to adjust work and social lives, what with it being summer, she had no school. So she went and worked with a woman in the lab at the university Sam works at, working with rats. Edward continued with his photography, trying to get a book published. They had their synagogue and Sam teaching Hebrew to people for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Ginger had to adjust to being in a Jewish family and making friends with Ora, one of Sam's students. It was just a normal book, about normal people with a daughter that came from a traumatic past. I loved all of the characters in this book, with the small town feeling not too dramatic, but there enough to feel it.
I could continue about this book, but I shan't considering I need to get to sleep. I loved Raising Wild Ginger. It was a fantastic read and I wish everyone could read it. It's a great book about family, healing, love and parenting. If you come across it, please check it out! I'd love to hear what you thought of it, or Woolpy's first novel! If you've read Releasing Gillian's Wolves, let me know what you thought of it! ...more
My Thoughts: ASIJBADLKGNOISBJOFNOG!!!! Words cannot even describe my feelings for Richelle Mead's books about the Moroi and Strigoi.
You may or may notMy Thoughts: ASIJBADLKGNOISBJOFNOG!!!! Words cannot even describe my feelings for Richelle Mead's books about the Moroi and Strigoi.
You may or may not know that I originally had a page on this blog dedicated to a countdown to this book. To say I was excited for this book is an understatement. Richelle Mead's writing has a way of drawing you in and keeping you immersed in her world. It's extremely hard to resurface from the story until you're done.
First of all, I'll start with the characters. I know the big question with the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines books is Team Dimitri or Team Adrian. Well, in my opinion, Dimitri will always be for Rose and Adrian has to be with Sydney. I love Adrian a a character. He's funny and charming and an all around likeable guy. Then there's Sydney, whom I adore. I relate with her so much more than I did Rose, so reading these books are extremely enjoyable. The rest of the characters are all amazing as well. I adore Eddie. He is a character filled with emotion and he's extremely complex. Then there's Jill who is very loveable. That's really the only word you can use to describe her. And then DIMITRI! We actually don't see a lot of him in this book, but boy, what we do see of him had me longing for more. He's still that protective western-loving Dimitri that we fans of VA know and love.
The story in this book was, of course, really well done. Richelle Mead has such a great imagination. There's a huge new twist that will definitely change a lot in the upcoming books. I've always loved books set in boarding schools, so I'm so glad that Richelle has continued that aspect in this series. TGL is no different. It is also really nice that Sydney is able to drive around town so that we are not stuck on campus the whole story. One of the reasons that I love Richelle Mead's stories is that she always plans everything out so well and everything fits. There's never loose ends hanging that you know won't be resolved in later books, unless they absolutely need to be left unsolved. I'm excited to see more of what Sydney can do with the magic her teacher is forcing her to learn, as well as what will happen between Eddie, Angeline and Jill. Plus, of course I'm so anxious to see if Sydney and Adrian will end up together or not! PLEASE RICHELLE MEAD!
If you have not yet read the Vampire Academy books, go do that now. They are incredible and now this follow up series is just as amazing. I know some people may be reluctant to read them because of the vampire aspect, but it's so much more than that. VA is one of my top ten series I've ever read. So then if you read VA, you can read Bloodlines!!! I'm so so so excited to read The Indigo Spell now! I, once again, threw the book on the ground when I finished it because I really don't want to wait another year... But I know it will be worth the wait! ...more
My Thoughts: Silver Knight was fast paced and captivating.
Caron Rider's book was great. It was relatively well written and had a really great story liMy Thoughts: Silver Knight was fast paced and captivating.
Caron Rider's book was great. It was relatively well written and had a really great story line. Diana was a very loveable protagonist. She was strong willed and confident and a great role model. There were so many paranormal creatures in this book and so much going on. It all happens very quickly and save for the occasional akward sentences, it was a great read. The historical aspects were all really neat as well, and they made this book even more so enjoyable to me, being a bit of a history buff.
I love books about reincarnation, but this one was unlike any I've ever read. The author most definitely succeeded in making it unique, in both good ways and bad. Though I understand the need for the flash backs, they were disorientating and pulled me out of my rhythm plenty of times. There were a lot of times where I was unsure of which time period Diana or whichever other character it was, was in. Perhaps if there had been a different formatting with these flash backs, in that they were each their own chapters, they would have been much easier to interpret and enjoy. There was also the fact that the author sometimes randomly threw in a chapter that was from the first person perspective of a different character. Yes, it says at the beginning of the chapter if it isn't Diana, but that was really confusing at some points.
But other than some formatting and jumping around, I really did enjoy this book quite a book. It just wasn't the simplest read in the world. I loved the fact that some of the warriors had actually been in their 'past lives' great historical figures we all know, like per say, Helen of Troy. I loved the fact that Ms. Rider took so much history and put it into this book. There was plenty to learn from this book, that's for sure. The story left on such an incredible cliff hanger that I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. This was a book that kept me thinking and I enjoyed it for sure. It's a book full of mixed genres and it works well. If you're into books filled with action, this book would be a great choice for you. ...more
My Thoughts: Had such a 'second book syndrome' in the beginning... But then it got better.
Crescendo starts off where Hush, Hush began, with Nora and PMy Thoughts: Had such a 'second book syndrome' in the beginning... But then it got better.
Crescendo starts off where Hush, Hush began, with Nora and Patch happy together and 'safe'. But Nora and Patch start having some problems that include Marcie and their relationship starts going downhill. Honestly, I think Nora had a very huge part in all their fights. Patch has his reasons for spending time with Marcie, and Nora's level of jealousy was a little over the top in my opinion. I really thought Nora was a great character in the first book, but in this one she seemed more immature and whiny. Not as likeable, which made me kind of sad. The fact that her and Patch weren't as together as they were before made me sort of mad because it seems like in so many book series, the second book is always the one where the couple are fighting and of course, the other guy steps in. Yup, there's another guy. Scott Parnell. I don't like Scott. He's just... Not my type. He was rude and arrogant and not-so great. I was rooting for Patch the whole way through.
So that's kind of the first half... But then, it got so much better. I won't say all that happens because of spoilers, but I'll just say that it was really good. There was a lot of action and crazy, unexpected stuff happens that blew my mind. The 'bad guy' in this one... I had no idea. I didn't expect it for a second. Plus, a whole bunch of stuff that happens with Marcie and her dad... Nuts. I was really pleased about how this half redeemed the entire book. What started off as a slow, lagging story became fast-paced and unputdownable. When it ended I was almost in tears. The cliffhanger made me want to scream. I was in Social Studies, the class silent with people trying to finish taking notes. I finished the last page and I kind of, maybe, let out a whispered-scream "What???!!!" The class all turned their heads and looked at me... But then I held up the book and they nodded in understanding. I think my socials class is used to my reactions to books. :P The Hush, Hush series is absolutely worth the read. It is a really good story, with twists and turns that will have you reading it nonstop.
I'm sorry I haven't been posting in the past few days... I've had a ton of projects for school due and with finals coming up in a couple weeks, I've been studying like a madman. I really haven't gotten out of the house... But, I'm back and I'll be scheduling some reviews so that if I do go off the radar for a bit, at least I'll still be updating! So tell me, what's your opinion on angel books? I used to absolutely hate them, then they were just okay, but now? I've been reading a few that are incredible! I'm actually really enjoying them. Let me know what you think in the comments below!...more
My Thoughts: Very impressive second novel. Just as good as the first.
Though this is the second book in The Body Finder series, it's a different story.My Thoughts: Very impressive second novel. Just as good as the first.
Though this is the second book in The Body Finder series, it's a different story. Meaning, the plot and everything in the book is a lot different from The Body Finder.The FBI are after Violet for some information and there's someone leaving her morbid messages and dead animals. There was no serial killer, but it was still a murder mystery. Jay and Violet were still in love, but there were some things that weren't quite right.
Considering I read the three books in two days, I can't really say it took me longer to get through this one, but it seemed like it. There was no real gripping mystery. No "Who dunnit?" questions floating around everywhere. It was clear who the provoker was in the beginning and that made me reluctant to continue. But I did, and oh I am glad. The twists and turns at the end made my feelings for this book go from 'mehh' to 'WOW'. It was still a little predictable, but either way, fantastic. There were a lot more supporting characters in this one, especially Chelsea. I loved her character. She's hilarious! Then there's Mike, who though we don't get a lot out of, he was still a great character.
The two mains? Well they're a different story. I still love Jay. He's still PERFECT and totally in love with Violet. He's very protective of her and still would do anything to keep her safe. Then, we have Violet. I felt that while Jay's character growth went up, Violet's went down. She was insensible and childlike in her decisions, choosing to keep stupid secrets from Jay instead of telling him the truth. I never understood why she wouldn't tell him about the threats. Their relationship was still adorable and romantic, but it hit some rocky edges for sure. Then there's the question of the new guy, Rafe. He works with the FBI agent who is trying to get to Violet and is very mysterious. I couldn't help but silently plead that this doesn't turn into another love-triangle.
Derting does an excellent job of mixing mystery and paranormal with a beautiful romance. Her books are enthralling and unputdownable. Though I felt that less with this book than the other, the feeling was still there and I was dying to read the next installment. If you haven't already read The Body Finder and like a good murder-mystery with a paranormal twist and epic romance, this is the series for you!...more
My Thoughts: Wonderfully crafted and extremely romantic...
The Body Finder follows Violet. Guess what she can do? Find dead bodies! The prologue startsMy Thoughts: Wonderfully crafted and extremely romantic...
The Body Finder follows Violet. Guess what she can do? Find dead bodies! The prologue starts off with the first time Violet found a murdered girl. She was eight years old. Morbid? I think yes. But it was a really impressive start to the book. Quite a lot of the book is actually not about the murders. It's about Violet's relationship with Jay, her longtime best friend. She's suddenly developed strong feelings for him and doesn't know quite how to handle it. I loved this aspect to the story. Violet's so confused as to why she's suddenly crushing on Jay that she doesn't see what's right in front of her... He likes her too. The romance was super cute and made me smile the whole way through.
Derting's style of writing was unusually enjoyable. It was vague, in the sense that she didn't over-explain unnecessary things. With that, it was a pretty easy read. I whizzed through it, because of the simple, clear writing, and also, the gripping story. The murder mystery had me hooked. The author inserted random chapters in which we were reading from the serial killer's point of view, instead of Violet and that was extremely chilling. I loved it. There wasn't anything too gory or graphic, but the author still gives that creepy sensation where you feel the need to check behind your back multiple times.
I also really enjoyed the fact that the ending was... The end. There was no huge cliffhanger, but the author did make it so that you were craving more. You know who the murderer is, that plot-line is finished, but there's still so much more that can be added. I wanted to know more about Violet's body finding ability, and of course read more about her and Jay's relationship. But if you for some reason or another decided not to read the next book, you won't be dissatisfied that you won't know how it ends. I'm assuming the next books have other murder mysteries for Violet to try and solve, which I'm totally looking forward to....more
It's always been a dream of mine to have grown up in Paris. Or even just have some of my childhood/teen yearsMy Thoughts: So romantic and suspenseful!
It's always been a dream of mine to have grown up in Paris. Or even just have some of my childhood/teen years living there. So to think that I didn't know about this book until I heard about the sequel, Until I Die, seems crazy. But it's true. Die For Me is a beautifully romantic story with a twist to it that left me thinking about it for days. I admit, I was kind of scared Vincent would end up being a vampire, but when I found out he wasn't... WHOO!
I read this book in a matter of a few hours. It was another simple, quick read which was a nice break from the heavy reading I've been doing for school. Plum's voice is clear and alluring. I was captivated by the romance of Vincent and Kate and also the information we learn about the revenants.The revenants are a unique and wonderful twist on the paranormal genre and I was so enthralled by the way the author has made them exist in her book world. I loved the fact that Vincent was good and he wasn't a terrifying monster that eats people. No. He is actually someone who saves people. Yay, Vincent!
His and Kate's relationship was sweet and hesitant and wonderful. The fact that Kate got over the whole 'no I can't be with him, he's not good for me' act and them avoiding each other with a strain in their romance in this book, instead of the next, (hopefully) made me so happy. Their first kiss was one of those moments where you cannot help but say "awwwww" and the rest of their love within Die For Me is like that as well. WHICH IS AWESOME. I really enjoyed the fact that Jules, Vincent's friend/fellow revenant was so flirty with Kate and clearly liked her, but it didn't turn into a love triangle situation. Once again... Yay!
The action in this story is kind of, sort of MIND BLOWING. It's all BOOM KICK KAPOWEE! Crazy stuff, man. The evil revenant guys are seriously creepo and the way they fight the good revenants is... Woah. I loved everything about the 'battle' scenes. I wasn't confused and overwhelmed as I usually am while reading things like that and I could clearly 'see' what was going on. For that, I applaud Ms. Plum. *claps*
If you're into books filled with everything from swoony romance to kick-butt action scenes, plus crazy awesome paranormal good guys, Die For Me is probably a good choice. It was simply written but not in a juvenile way. Easy to follow along and to fall in love with. Until I Die is probably going to be incredible and I can't wait to read it!
My Thoughts: I was kind of disappointed by this book. I liked it, but I didn't love it.
Purity was another contemporary that fell short for me. I wasMy Thoughts: I was kind of disappointed by this book. I liked it, but I didn't love it.
Purity was another contemporary that fell short for me. I was looking for something light and enjoyable to start summer off with, and what I got was a funny story that was all too predictable. By the end of the first few chapters, I could already see where the entire book was headed. This book doesn't have that many pages, but it took me a lot longer than it should have for me to finish.
I have nothing to complain about the author's writing. It was solid, it was funny, it was light. The characters were realistic. I actually enjoyed reading from Shelby's POV, as most of her thought process was funny and made me laugh. (In a good way.) But what got me was that I felt no emotional connection to any of the characters. I read it, it was good, now I'll probably never think about Shelby again. (Well, other than this review, of course!) I found Shelby to be funny, yes, but also cold and stiff. The other characters, I felt as if we don't get a lot from them. I thought the idea of this book was great, but because I couldn't connect with the characters, it wasn't as great as I would have liked. This is definitely a book that teaches a big lesson, but it could have perhaps happened in a better fashion. There was a lot of focus on family and faith in the story, which was nice, but I honestly found Sheby's whole mindset on the Promises a bit unbelievable.
In the end, my verdict on this book was that it was too rushed. I think the author could have drawn it out a little bit longer to help us connect with the characters better. I would have liked to learn more about each of them. Perhaps that would have helped me enjoy it more. I found the conclusion to this story much too cliched and predictable, but I don't regret reading Purity. If you're looking for an easy read to relax with, this is a great book for that....more