MY THOUGHTS Let's get one thing straight: I did not like this book. Yes, I gave it a high rati...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Let's get one thing straight: I did not like this book. Yes, I gave it a high rating, but to tell you the truth, this is not a book that you can like. A book I like would not screw up my mind, confuse the hell out of me, and leave me crying in a QuickTrip parking lot. Point being: This is not an enjoyable read. For the most part, this book is slow and a bit dull. I was curious all throughout the book, since I've heard so many thing about THAT ENDING and there was an aura of mystery, but not a whole lot happens.
But the writing in this book is beautiful. Some people hate the choppy style of writing (an example is shown in the synopsis), but I think it works brilliantly with the story, as our main character isn't exactly all there.
The turning point for me, though, was the ending. I cannot tell you the ending, it's much better if you go into this book without knowing anything, but the ending screwed me up. I was not expecting that ending, even though I look back and see that there are so many clues to it in the book! But it's not something that you would easily guess! The ending destroyed me, but it was beautiful, tragically so, but it was still beautiful.
IN CONCLUSION I originally picked up this book because I heard so many things about the ending. In fact, I picked up this book just because of my curiosity. The ending screwed me up, yes, but I still believe this book to be unique and beautiful. I do think that people should pick up this book just to read the end, but I know that the ending will not have the same affect to others. You will either love this book thanks to the ending or completely hate it. It's all up to you. (less)
This is one of the few books that I have ever read that have really affected me. I was comple...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
This is one of the few books that I have ever read that have really affected me. I was completely unaware of the events of this book and, yeah, this book is fiction, but it is based on true events, people were in very similar situations to Lina and her family.
All in all, this is not a very enjoyable book as this book focuses on very hard topics, but it is an extremely powerful, beautiful, and emotional read that is guaranteed to change you. I highly recommend it!(less)
THE RUN-DOWN Cassie has the gift of reading people. She can look at a...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
THE RUN-DOWN Cassie has the gift of reading people. She can look at a person and be able to tell who they are, the kind of life the live, and what they may possibly do next. When she catches the attention of an FBI group, she's asked to join. The group of Naturals, filled with other teenagers with natural gifts similar to Cassie's (one just like hers, another good with emotions, and the last good with statistics and numbers), are meant to solve cold cases. But when a current case, homicides targeting women with red hair and/or "psychic" abilities, may be related to her mother's murder, which was never solved, the situation gets even more serious.
MY THOUGHTS I really enjoyed reading this book, which surprised me since I wasn't actually planning on reading this book in the first place. I was actually invested in the story and breezed quickly through the book. But, I've read books like this before. There are a lot of mystery books that have either the same or very similar story line as The Naturals (the first one that comes to mind is The Body Finder series). And while I did enjoy reading this book, I can't give it a higher rating due to how the plot of the book is so common and the fact that there was a few things that were very predictable. (view spoiler)[ In every single mystery book I've read, involving killers, the killer ALWAYS comes after the main character! Always! Always! Always! So, I predicted that at some point, the killer would go after Cassie in some way, which did happen. This disappointed me since I hate it when books are predictable, but there was some redemption (which I'll talk about later) (hide spoiler)]
I also have to say a few things on the romance. You tried, romance, but you failed. The romance of this book basically an attempt at romance, and you could tell that there was supposed to be romance, but we didn't get any romance. Sure, there was some strange kissing scenes, but there was no hint of any feelings from Cassie for either of the boys (yes, there's two, but I would not consider it a love triangle. Mostly since I don't even consider it as romance.). I also had no idea what the two guys were feeling, so the entire romance was basically a few awkward-ish kisses. That's all. I'm glad that this book did not go the route of plot taking the back seat, while romance takes the front, but I also don't particularly like it when romance is thrown into a book for seemingly no reason. Maybe there's more to it in the next book? I don't know, but it's possible.
I know it seems that I was not a fan of this book, based on the fact that all I'm doing is complaining, but I actually did enjoy reading this book. While the romance was kind of stupid, it was only a very small part of the book. And the fact that the plot of this book is a common one did not mean that I didn't like it. There is a reason as to why I have read enough of these books that I recognize how common the plot is. I mentioned earlier that the book was a bit predictable, and yes, that's true, but only in some ways. As with most mystery books, there is something that is, well, a mystery. In this book the mystery surround the serial killer. I had no idea who the killer was. None. When the killer was revealed I was taken completely by surprise! And I loved this! This was not a case of "oh, the killer is actually this person", but there are absolutely no clues or hints that would lead up to that person. No, there were many hints throughout the book, very subtle ones that are not obvious until you know who the killer is. Looking back, I could the genius in this and, of course, I loved the fact that the book took me by surprise.
IN CONCLUSION This is a very quick read, barely 300 pages, and the story is when that you can quickly breeze through. It's a bit of a common serial killer mystery, which I have seen many times before, but while predictable at times, the book will take you by surprise. The "romance" is kind of unnecessary. In fact, I hesitate to call it a romance. But, all in all. I did like this book. It was very entertaining and I definitely plan on reading the next book in the series!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
MY THOUGHTS I, honestly, had no idea what to expect from this book. I knew that it was about...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I, honestly, had no idea what to expect from this book. I knew that it was about a road trip, but that's it. I was in the mood for a summer read and this looked like the perfect summer read! This was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a fun road trip book and I got this. This beautiful, unique monster that made me laugh but cry in the span of only a few hours. This book was much more than a road trip.
Reading this book, is like reading five short stories. This book is separated into five different parts: Hudson, Bree, Elliot, Sonia, and Leila. Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia are each going through their own problems. Each of them have never met each other and never do. But Leila meets every single one of them and changes each of their lives. You see, that's how this book feels like a collection of short stories. Each story is an adventure that Leila has with that particular character. Now, Leila... I'll get to her later. But I loved the unique way that this book's story was told. And I loved all of the characters. Yes, they had their flaws, but that's part of the reason way I loved them. The characters were REAL. They weren't perfect and they were facing problems that many people face.
This did not feel like a serious book for the most part. The adventures that all of the characters have with Leila are oftentimes fun, ridiculous, and absolutely hilarious. Sure, the characters change after the adventure and while that gets more serious, the adventures in the book are more of the fun variety.
Now that I talked about the first four characters, I can talk about Leila. Leila is probably my favorite character, but it's really hard to talk about her without spoiling things. I loved what she did for these complete strangers that she meets on her road trip to the Northern Lights. These strangers don't want to face their problems or change, but Leila won't take that and helps them out in these crazy adventures and I just love her for that. Throughout the book you will become curious about Leila. You will notice that she never gives any information about herself and when she does, it will change in every part. So, by the end, you will really want to hear Leila's story and I have to start talking here...
IN CONCLUSION This is a uniquely told story. I loved the separate little adventures and all of the characters that went with them. This book will make you laugh. Not only are the characters funny, but the situations they get into are hilarious. But this book will also break your heart. I definitely recommend this book!(less)
I admit it, I picked up this book because of the hype. When I picked up this book all I knew...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
I admit it, I picked up this book because of the hype. When I picked up this book all I knew about it was that it was historical, had high ratings, and made a lot of people cry.
To be honest, it took me awhile to get into this book. The main reason why is that this book includes a lot of pilot talk that I just don't understand (as I am not a pilot), it was also very slow going. But once I got used to it, I found a beautiful and heartbreaking story about friendship. Although it was sad, I did not cry (since I was fully expecting it), but this was a really good book.
As far as reading Rose Under Fire, probably not. This was a really great book, but I really did have trouble with all the pilot talk and I don't really feel like going into another book like that. But maybe some day.(less)
This was such a cute, fun book! I hardly every laugh-out-loud while reading a book and this wa...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
This was such a cute, fun book! I hardly every laugh-out-loud while reading a book and this was one of those book that you could hear me laughing constantly! If you want to read a book that's unique, funny, and just a cute contemporary I highly recommend this book! It will put a smile on your face and you won't want to stop reading!
And, by the way, you don't have to read the first book before this one. This book is technically a sequel, but it'[s a companion book and you won't be confused. I didn't read the first book and I was perfectly fine!(less)
THE RUN-DOWN Heart has no interest in romance and plans to spend prom with her friends as the...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Pychotic Nerd
THE RUN-DOWN Heart has no interest in romance and plans to spend prom with her friends as the No Prom-A Drama Crew. But she suddenly gets two surprising invites to prom and can't decide on who she should go with. The simple solution is to flip a coin. Heads she goes with one, Tails with the other. Told in alternating narratives, Heads and Tails, we get to see what happens if Heart were to choose either of the guys.
MY OPINION When I first saw this book, I wasn't very interested. Since the book takes place at prom, I thought that the book would be too girly. I thought that this would not be my kind of book.
Yeah, I was wrong. Thanks to the raving reviews from bloggers, I decided to pick this book up and I definitely ended up liking it! Let me start out by saying this: This was an adorable, fluffy read!
It was so much fun and entertaining to read this book! Not only because of the random shenanigans and whatnot that are found throughout the book, but the characters are amazing! Our main character, Heart, is hilarious! She definitely has a personality that shows up in the book! Schroeder (A.K.A. Chase) was also a great character and, to be honest, Heart and Schroeder's relationship was one of the reasons why I loved this book! Their bantering was hilarious and the nicknames for each other were also fun (Schroeder calling Heart names of other organs, Heart calling him Schroeder after the Peanuts character). (view spoiler)[I was shipping them so hard throughout the book!!! (hide spoiler)] In fact, everyone in the No Prom-A Drama Crew were amazing! Heart is lucky to have such great friends!
You might be wondering, why did I not give this book 5 stars if all I'm doing is raving about it? There was absolutely nothing that I did not like in this book, but I couldn't give the book more than 4 stars because, while I really really liked it, it did not knock my socks off enough for me to up the rating.
IN CONCLUSION This was an adorable read, mostly thanks to the great characters in the book. I definitely recommend this book!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)