MY THOUGHTS I was mainly interested in this book because I was curious about the spiritualismThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I was mainly interested in this book because I was curious about the spiritualism era and the time period, but I ended up enjoying this book much more than I expected.
This book takes place in 1918 and which the war and Spanish Influenza, death is very common and many people are turning to spirit photographers, desperate for comfort. Mary Shelley Black moves to San Diego with her aunt after her dad gets arrested for treason (letting boys escape the draft). At the same time, Stephen, Mary Shelley's first love and childhood friend was drafted into war. When Stephen dies and Mary has a new death experience, she becomes haunted by him. She then begins to question what really happened to Stephen and why is he haunting her.
What I like the best about this book is how real the setting is. I knew about the Spanish Influenza and World War I, but knowing about it is completely different than actually seeing it, which is how I felt while reading this book. The time period is so accurately presented. Now, I'm not a history major, but I absolutely feel like this is how 1918 might have been like in San Diego. It was a horrible period and filled with death, despair, and fear. The author portrayed all this so brilliantly that I can actually feel all of this while reading this book. I applaud the author for being able to write such a vivid setting!
I felt like this book was a mix of a bunch of different genres, if that makes any sense. This book felt so incredible realistic, due to both the settings and the characters, even with the paranormal elements. This book was also a mystery. A majority of the book is Mary trying to figure out why Stephen keeps talking about the blackbirds, and why he is haunting her. I, honestly, had a very hard time putting this book down.
While this book is so brilliant, it is also incredibly sad. That's obvious based on the setting, but the events in Mary's life, in the one's surrounding her are so horrible. Gosh, I can't really describe this without spoilers (view spoiler)[Poor Stephen! I feel like crying whenever I think about it! How could someone do such a thing????? (hide spoiler)] The romantic in me wants this book to be so much happier and I almost have this book a 4/5 instead of 5/5, but this book would not be so vivid and brilliant without it. I also accept the fact that not everything is butterflies and rainbows.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I really loved this book. This book was incredibly dark and sad, but this book was also very brilliant and new. I thought that the setting was done very well and while the plot has been done before, believe me when I say that this book is not like any other. After reading this book, I am definitely going to pick up more from Cat Winters. In fact, I've already added The Cure for Dreaming to my to-read list. This is not a book (or author) to pass up! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
MY THOUGHTS I love all of Lauren Oliver's other books, so I decided to pick up this book, desThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I love all of Lauren Oliver's other books, so I decided to pick up this book, despite my irrational fear of adult books. To be honest, this book isn't all that different that YA books. I read somewhere that the difference between YA and Adult books is just who it is written for and, yeah, this book was written for adults, but it's not all that different from YA. My point is that if you're worried about the fact that Lauren Oliver wrote an adult book and you usually stick to YA, don't worry.
Anyway, I am a bit disappointed in this book. Like I said, I love Lauren Oliver's books, so I was expecting my socks to be fully knocked on my feet. Sorry to say, my socks stayed firmly on my feet. I'm not even certain why I couldn't connect with this book, I just couldn't. Lauren Oliver is a wonderful writer and her beautiful writing is still evident in this book. My problem my dwell in the fact that this is more of a character-driven book. It's very slow-paced and has more of a literary feel. Do I like these kinds of books from time to time? Yeah, but they're not usually my thing.
If you're looking for a ghost story, turn around and search somewhere else. This is not a ghost story. The entire story focuses on multiple different characters, some living, some dead. All of these characters are incredibly real, by that I mean they all have flaws and they all have their own problems. And yeah, some of these characters aren't exactly likable. This book slowly introduces you to the characters and their lives all until we learn the secrets they've been hiding and the secrets that may have made them the way they are now. I think that's basically what Rooms is supposed to be about, the secrets we keep, and it is done very beautifully. It's just not my kind of book.
IN CONCLUSION The writing is very beautiful and well-done, but it's also very slow-paced and character-driven. If you enjoy those kind of books, yes, pick this up. I did actually like this book, it just didn't connect to me as much as I hoped.
BEFORE READING I want to read this. It sounds interesting and Lauren Oliver is amazing but... I have a fear of adult books. I don't know why, but I'm always afraid of reading adult books....more
MY THOUGHTS This was such an interestingly told book and even though I only gave it 3/5, I know it will stick with me.
This book is a brick at 600 dueMY THOUGHTS This was such an interestingly told book and even though I only gave it 3/5, I know it will stick with me.
This book is a brick at 600 due to the fact that this book is two books in one. There's Darcy, who wrote her book Afterworlds during NaNoWriMo (it was never mentioned as NaNoWriMo, but it was written in 30 days in the month of November, so I'm assuming). Her book gets sold to a publisher in a two book deal and she decides to put off college for a year and move to New York to meet authors and work on her book. Then there's Lizzie. After a terrorist attack in an airport, Lizzie survives my accidentally transporting herself to the Afterworld. What do this two have in common? Lizzie is the main character in Darcy's book. What's interesting about this book is that we get to hear what's going on in Darcy's life as well as actually get to read the story that is changing her life. To be honest, this book wouldn't be able to work without both stories. Darcy's book is a huge part of her life and we can't fully understand her life without it.
Darcy It's odd that I mainly wanted to read this book because of her book, but I ended up enjoying Darcy's life more than Lizzie's. I am very interested in the world of publishing and the life of an author, with is harder than it seems (Like every other booknerd, I plan on working in publishing and am currently writing a book). I thought it was very interesting to see this. What I liked the most was how real it was. Darcy's new start is not that easy and it's not skipped off. The romance also was very real and, surprisingly, it was a lesbian romance which made me very happy! There's not enough of those in YA! Darcy's story is also a bit of a coming of ago story. It shows how much Darcy grows and turns into an adult. My only issue was that I questioned how much an average reader would understand. ARCs, BEA, TBR, and other things from the blogging and publishing world are thrown around. I understand these because I'm so immersed in the blogging world and Goodreads, but would an average reader who doesn't ever follow a blog or have a Goodreads account?
Lizzie I had issues with Lizzie's story. It sounded like my kind of thing, as I love books with the afterlife, but it feel flat. It began greatly, but the characters didn't seem well-developed (especially Yama) and the entire story seemed to be going everywhere. It could be the fact that it's a paranormal romance and I'm not a fan of those anymore, but I just couldn't connect with the story. There was, supposedly, a romance, but it was, again, undeveloped. Yama was just a random hot guy, thousands of years old, who popped up at random moments to give Lizzie answers and kiss. They loved each other, apparently, but I never got that vibe off them. The story was okay, but if I read Darcy's book, it would only get 2 stars from me.
IN CONCLUSION This was a very interesting read and while it did take awhile to get through, I do think it was worth it, at least to hear Darcy's story. I didn't particularly enjoy Lizzie's story, but I loved hearing how Darcy was becoming an author! If you are curious about publishing and writing books, then this book is worth a chance!...more
MY THOUGHTS I read My Daylight Monsters awhile ago and loved it! It was great as a novella, bThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I read My Daylight Monsters awhile ago and loved it! It was great as a novella, but I still have a few unanswered questions. So, I was ecstatic when I found out that it will be expanded into a series! And it did not disappoint! (Just so you know, it is not necessary to read My Daylight Monsters before reading this book, but if you get a chance to read it, go for it! It is a really great novella!)
Mary Hades sees creatures whenever something bad is about to happen and death seems to follow her. Seeing these caused Mary to be put in a mental ward, then it turns out that one of the doctors was killing patients (and killed her friend there, who now 'haunts' Mary in ghost form). After this event, Mary's parents decide that a holiday in a small village will be perfect for recovery. Until a little boy jumps off a building and dies. It turns out that there's a ghost in the village, one that likes to kill men and grows more powerful with each kill. Mary needs to find a way to stop this ghost, especially when her new friend, maybe boyfriend, may be the next target.
I love ghost stories. Sure, they scare the hell out of me, but I find them so very interesting! This book is very similar to other ghost mysterious, but I still loved it! The ghost was very creepy and the tone of the book was dark. I actually loved the creepiness, I think it's a must for any ghost story.
The characters are really great in this book. Mary is a great main character. She has a very abnormal life, with seeing creatures, a dead best friend, and death following her everywhere. Oddly enough, I was able to connect with her. She is very strong-willed and , while she wishes she could be normal, she won't stand back and let a ghost destroy lives. All the other characters are really great as well. She makes new friends in this book and they help her with stopping the ghost. They even believe her when she talks about ghosts!
The romance was a nice addition, but more of a just there kind of thing if that makes any sense. It was just a little romance, but while it was nice, it wasn't long lasting. I did like the love interest though. And while the romance was small, I did like it. It didn't distract the plot and it wasn't annoying
IN CONCLUSION This is a very good beginning to a new ghost mystery series. I get the feeling that each book will focus on a different ghost and I am actually very excited to see that! If you enjoy reading ghost stories, then this is your book!...more
MY THOUGHTS I loved all of the Shadow Falls books and the first book in this spin-of series,This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I loved all of the Shadow Falls books and the first book in this spin-of series, Reborn, so I wasn't surprised that I loved this book just as much!
This book takes place not too long after the events in Reborn and I was a bit rusty on my memory of that book. Thankfully, it was very easy for me to get into this book. I jumped into this book very smoothly and my memory was quickly refreshed! Della is now bonded with Chase, which isn't very easy for her. Chase is still very mysterious and never answers any of Della's questions, though Della is still attracted to him (if asked she will deny it). We do still have a bit of a love triangle with Chase and Steve. Steve is Della's boyfriend and we see less of him in this book. Chase is in the book much more mostly due to the fact that Chase and Della are working together on a case. Frankly, I can't decide between the two...
This time Della sees yet another ghost and has another mystery to solve. This ghost is constantly telling Della to "find Natasha". She ends up getting sucked into visions of this girl, Natasha, and a boy, Liam, both vampires trapped and waiting to die. Not unusual except that Della isn't the only one sucked in the vision, Chase is too. The two also firmly believe that Natasha and Liam are still alive and need to be saved, despite the fact that everyone else (Holiday, Burnett, and Kylie) believes that they are dead. Della and Chase have to find out where the two are being held along with going along with what the FRU and Vampire Council are wanting them to do (though, they go against the rules quite a few times of course).
I just need to sit back and just talk about Della. Della is a completely different MC than most YA books. If you have read the Shadow Falls books and Eternal, than you should be very familiar with Della's unique personality. She's badass with a snarky sense of humor and an attitude. It's very interesting to see these books from her point of view.
It's also very interesting and unexpected how much Della's family was involved in this book and the series as a whole. Della looks deeper and finds out things that she has never known about her family and begins to learn more about her father's dark past.
IN CONCLUSION This was a great next installment in the series! I loved the mystery and it was far from predictable. The book ended in a little mini-cliffhanger, which makes want to read the next book even more!...more
MY THOUGHTS I'm ashamed to say this, but I almost gave up on this book. The first 70 pages orThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I'm ashamed to say this, but I almost gave up on this book. The first 70 pages or so just wouldn't click with me. The book alternated time periods, some chapters took place in the present while other took place in the 1870's. What bothered me about this was that, well, nothing was really happening. Add the fact that the two time periods seemed to have no connection with each other, I just wasn't really into the book. Then I got my Chaos in the mail and just pushed Monstrous Beauty to the side. And it sat there for more than a week. I didn't want to pick it up again, but I checked Goodreads and I noticed very positive reviews, so I decided to give the book another chance. And I am glad that I gave it another chance. The book was completely different the second time I picked it up. It was so much more interesting and I actually began to like the alternating time periods. Most surprisingly, this book was not only about mermaids. In fact, I would hardly call it a mermaid book. This book is more like a very intriguing paranormal mystery with both the past and the present. I was so into the last half of the book that it was enormously difficult for me to put it down. My only issue with the last half was that there was the addition of insta-love, one of my biggest pet peeves. And it wasn't easy to ignore.
IN CONCLUSION The first 70 pages are pretty dull, but it picks up speed fast after that! I enjoying reading this book and I would've given it a 4 if it weren't for the slow beginning and the insta-love. If you want a very surprising mystery with paranormal elements this is your book! This author is a great writer and I can't wait to read more from her!...more
MY THOUGHTS It's been awhile since I've read Unbreakable, so I was very worried that I wouldnThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS It's been awhile since I've read Unbreakable, so I was very worried that I wouldn't be able to get into this book. Thankfully, it was actually very easy to get back into the series. This book slowly references to events in the first book and my brain easily was able to recall them. Characters were also introduced again, but simply. This book actually was better than the first book, which is rare for sequels.
In Unbreakable, Kennedy actually set a dangerous demon free. A demon who is intent on opening up the gates of hell. The world is in havoc. People are dying in odd deaths, the weather is acting funky, and everyday a girl disappears, girls who look a lot like Kennedy. The Legion is currently trying to find a way to destroy the demon along with trying to find the fifth member of The Legion. Along the way, their lives will be at risk and Kennedy will find out even more secrets that her family kept.
The book was actually darker than book one if you can believe it! It's hard to explain fully without spoilers, but all the demonic activity is very creepy and scary. A lot also happens in this book! As I mentioned, Kennedy learns a lot more about her family, which is well deserved. We also see the Illuminati in this book, which was interesting. I was a bit overwhelmed with all the stuff I learned though.
The romance was much better in this book. It wasn't overwhelming and I could honestly feel for Kennedy and Jared. I know some people were worried about a love triangle being introduced in this book, but there is no love triangle at all! So, no worries!
A lot happens in this book, yet there is so much more to come. It's very odd, but not much is accomplished in this book. The ending, though, makes it obvious that stuff is going down in the next book! It's not a cliffhanger, but it made me feel like I was left hanging.
IN CONCLUSION This was an amazing sequel! I highly encourage people to continue with this series! If you enjoy dark books with demons and ghosts this is a really great series for you! I know for sure that I will continue reading this series!...more
MY THOUGHTS This book both surprised me, yet didn't surprise me. I was expecting to like thisThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book both surprised me, yet didn't surprise me. I was expecting to like this book. It has a lot of high ratings and, call me morbid, but I found a book with a main character that eats souls very fascinating. What I wasn't expecting was how much fun this book was! This book looks and sounds dark, and it is dark, but it's the perfect combination of dark and fun!
What really made the book was Meda. She is so different than all the other heroines in YA. All the other heroines in YA have voices that merge together, they seem like different variations of the same person, but not Meda. She has her own distinct voice! And she's not a goody-goody, she is a monster and she knows it, she doesn't even try to pretend that she's not. Until she has to...
Another thing I really liked: I liked seeing her try to fit in with the "good guys" and pretending to be, well, not a monster. This is an odd little trope that I really like seeing in books. I loved seeing it in The Immortal Rules, I loved seeing it in this book. I also loved seeing how much idea grows and changes throughout the book!
There was also a very large lack of romance! In fact, there wasn't any (at least towards Meda)! I am not a big fan of romances dominated a book, so this made me very happy. What this book did have, was friendship! I really liked the odd, unexpected, friendship that Meda makes in the book, I won't say who, but it's such a great, amusing, friendship and it's a really good fit.
IN CONCLUSION I pretty much loved everything about this book and I know you're probably tired of me going on and on about that. Don't get me wrong, though, this book is definitely not all fun and games, it is also very dark, with lots of blood and gore! This book is very exciting with a great, and different, main character and a very original story! I strongly recommend it and I am very glad that I don't have to wait very long for the sequel! ...more
MY THOUGHTS I'm not very familiar with the story that this book is based off of, but you don'This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I'm not very familiar with the story that this book is based off of, but you don't necessarily have to be in order to enjoy this book! This book was disturbing, creepy, and I loved it!
One of my favorite aspects of this book was the POV. The POV is mostly from Okiku's perspective. Okiku is a very interesting perspective because she's, well, a vengeful spirit which makes her a very interesting narrator. Her perspective is also interesting because she, since she's a ghost, she is oftentimes (when she's not killing anyone) just floating around in the background, telling up the events happening in front of her. It's kind of a perspective I don't see very often in books, reminded me of Tiger Lily, only because of the narration.
I also, of course, loved the creepiness of the book. I love ghost stories, they scare the hell out of me, but I find ghosts stories very intriguing! This book was no different! I loved how creepy this book was and I was very interested to figure out what exactly was going on. Yes, I read this book in one sitting.
And now, something I was very happy to find out about this book: THERE WAS NO ROMANCE! Yes! While I can sometimes be a romantic, romance usually annoys me in books and I was so glad that I found a book where there was no stupid, pathetic romance to distract the characters and the reader (me) from the actual plot.
So, I keep raving about this book, what problems did I have with it? It's odd, but some of the things I loved about this book, I also didn't like. I loved the unique narration, but it made me feel disconnected from the story. I loved the creepiness, but it wasn't creepy enough for me (which is odd, since this was a very creepy book). These "issues" are very small and are not really a big problem. Overall, I still loved this book.
IN CONCLUSION If you're looking for a fact-paced, horror-filled YA book with NO ROMANCE! Yes, you definitely need to pick up this book, you will not want to put it down. I am definitely looking forward to more from Rin Chupeco.
MY THOUGHTS This book was completely unexpected! Based on the title and the synopsis, I was eThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book was completely unexpected! Based on the title and the synopsis, I was expecting a girl who was unfaithful before she died, which didn't sound like my kind of story. But I have a very odd fascination with the afterlife, so I decided to read this anyway. It was nothing like thought it would be! Maybe I didn't look at the synopsis closely enough, but this book is more of a murder mystery, expect from the point-of-view of the victim who is, of course, dead.
Yes, kissing is involved in this book, but the book is devoted to Cassidy trying to remember what happened on her last day to cause her death. Not really the kind of afterlife I expected, but I still found it interesting. A ghost trying to find his/her murderer is a common theme in books and movies but usually, said ghost remembers what happened at least partially and a living person is trying to figure this out. But this book is told entirely from Cassidy's perspective. Sure, she did get some help from the living with is my only issue with this book.
(view spoiler)[Ethan, Cassidy's boyfriend when alive, was the only one who could see or hear. I found it very unbelievable that her boyfriend was the only one who could see or hear her. It was never really explained why either. (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION This is a great, suspenseful stand-alone! I had such a hard time putting it down! It was such an unexpected read and I actually ended up enjoying it. I recommend this book to those who enjoy mysteries and/or suspense with a few unusual elements.
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THE RUN-DOWN When Chloe was a little girl, she was able to see ghosts. But her mother told heThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
THE RUN-DOWN When Chloe was a little girl, she was able to see ghosts. But her mother told her that if she told the ghosts to leave Chloe alone, then they would. And for the past ten years Chloe didn't see a single spirit. That is, until her mother's death. Suddenly, Chloe is seeing ghosts all over the place.
Chloe's grandmother then decides that Chloe and her brother need to take a trip to England with her to Grange Hall, and old house that she fixed up. And, of course, the house has ghosts. One of them is Alex, who is the very first ghost that Chloe can actually talk to and she has an undeniable attraction to. But not all ghosts are nice and Alex's past girlfriend does not like Chloe...
MY THOUGHTS I just want to come out and say that I have never read a book by Alexandra Adornetto before. And I haven't exactly heard good things about her Halo series. But I decided, kind of on a whim, to read this book. To be honest, I was hoping for a good ghost book. I love ghost stories and I love books with ghosts, I find them scary but interesting at the same time. I don't think I looked close enough at the synopsis. "Alexander Reade is 157 years dead." Gosh, you mean that our main character falls in love with a guy who happens to be in the triple digits (and dead)? Hmmmm, I've never read a book like that before!
Yeah, this book wasn't going to be a nice creepy ghost story, just a stereotypical paranormal teen book. It also doesn't help that the more I got into this book, the more it sounded almost exactly like another book I've read, The Deepest Cut(seriously, it's scary how similar these two books are).
I could probably deal with an unoriginal storyline, as long as it's entertaining, but I did have a major issue with this book. The romance was enormously cliché and full of, you guessed it, INSTA-LOVE. The romance was what I call the "Bella and Edward Romance" because, just like those in Twilight, our main couple would continuously profess love to one another and that's it. There was no thoughts that would let all believe it, no build-up, just a "BUT I LOVE HIM!" I didn't even know that Chloe was attracted to Alex until he talked about a previous girlfriend and then Chloe just gets all said thinking that she could never compete with her". Excuse me? But when did you all of a sudden what to date this guy? And you do know that he is dead, right?
I really wish that I could ignore the stupid romance, but it’s very hard to ignore. The focus of the book is on the psychotic ghost (which I'll say more about later), but Alex would always be popping up and suddenly BAM! cliché-ness!
I was actually okay with the book for a while in the beginning, but when the romance can in it just made be dislike more and more things about the book. I began to look at the characters in a lesser light for example. Chloe especially. I began to see her as an idiot, mostly because she thought that she could be in a relationship with a dead dude. But she also began to always call for Alex's help and just do idiotic things. I also noticed holes in the story. Like the fact that we are never told how Chloe's mom dies! This is an important fact, but all we get to know is that she died!
Now, there is one thing that I did actually liked about this book. I liked the psychotic ghost. I wanted a creepy ghost and I got some of that with this ghost. Granted, she was not exactly what I wanted for a ghost story, but she was definitely scary and that is what I want in a ghost book.
IN CONCLUSION Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of this book. It's just like every other YA paranormal book, with added cliché romance. If that's what you like, then you can give this a try. But if you're like me and want your ghost stories to be a little less romance and a lot more horror, then you should skip this one. I'm probably not going to continue this saga (It's a trilogy, but it's called a 'saga'? Really?), but I am curious to see if this book is going to go the same direction as The Deepest Cut (Guys, I'm not joking at how similar these books are) since it looks like it might be......more
I LOVED the Shadow Falls series, so I, of course, was excited when I found out about this booThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
I LOVED the Shadow Falls series, so I, of course, was excited when I found out about this book! I enjoyed coming back to Shadow Falls and seeing all of my favorite characters again! While I did kind of miss reading from Kylie's perspective, I loved hearing from Della! It was completely different reading from Della's perspective, as she is has a different sense of humor and pulls off a complete badass vibe. My point in all this blabbing: This is a really great new spin-off series! If you love the Shadow Falls series, you really need to check this out! If you haven't read the Shadow Falls series, what are you waiting for?...more