MY THOUGHTS I picked up this up after hearing some raving reviews and reading the descriptiThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I picked up this up after hearing some raving reviews and reading the description! It sounded like a powerful contemporary with a little bit of mystery. This book was what I expected, and more. It had sad parts to it, but this was also a really cute book and I'm glad that I picked it up!
It has been two years since Jessie's mother died. Her father has married a women he met online and they moved LA to live with her family. Not only does her new stepbrother make her feel unwelcome in her new home, but she's friendless in her new school. That is, until she receives an email from Somebody Nobody (SN for short). SN become Jessie's friend, and tells her the ins and outs of her school. They begin to have many online conversations with one another, but Jessie doesn't know who SN is.
I read this book while on a road trip. Here's the thing about me: I have a hard time reading in cars. I don't know why, but I just feel too distracted to read and ,sometimes, I even get carsick. For some reason, that was not the case for this book. Once I started it, I read on until the last page. I couldn't help but get sucked into Jessie's story and the mystery surrounding SN.
As far as SN, I loved their relationship. Sure, it sounds a bit sketch that Jessie in a relationship with someone online, but in this book it actually works. They have such a fabulous online friendship. They're so snarky and witty with each other! There were so many times where their conversations made me smile. Though many of their conversations were fun, they also have more serious, heartfelt conversations.
The only thing that bothered me as how long it took for Jessie to figure out who SN was. I knew quite early on who SN was, it wasn't hard to figure it out, but it took until the very end of the book for her to figure it out. So I spent a large portion of the book yelling at Jessie while she kept making mistakes on who was SN. Though her mistakes did lead to some interesting circumstances. I can't really fault her for taking so long, it's hard to see what's right in front of you.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I enjoyed this book! It was realistic, both heartfelt and fun! I loved the relationships and, even though it took awhile, I loved the mystery! This is a great contemporary read and I do recommend it!...more
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MY THOUGHTS At first glance, this book seems like your usual run-of-the-mill dystopian. Though this book takes place in a dystopian society, it is very different from most dystopians I've read and is presented in a unique way.
Lyla is in school, trying to be successful enough to get into a university. In her society, those who do not get into the university, work in the mines, like her parents. When she makes one mistake, she's Marked as a criminal. Now, she will never make it into university and no one will hire her or be close to her, least they be associated with a criminal. When she's offered a chance to erase her mark, she jumps on it. In order for her mark to be erased, she has to spy on the Red Fist, a dangerous rebel organization. Not only is this extremely dangerous, but she also has to spy on her childhood friend.
It was hard for me to get into this book at first. Unknown words were thrown at me and I was thrust into a world without fully understanding it. Thankfully, it didn't take me very long to understand things and I began to enjoy the book. I'll admit that lately I've been getting tired of dystopians, but this book is a bit different. It doesn't have an entirely unusual concept, the world is similar to other dystopian books, but the government and rebel concept is very different. In most dystopians, the badass girl joins the rebellion and kicks the corrupt government in the butt. In this book, though, the rebellion, really is horrible. They really are full of criminals who would kill without a thought, to make a point or a profit. Other dystopians show rebellions are "the right way", but this book shows the both the rebels and the government negatively and I thought it was interesting.
I was not aware of this until I started the book,, but this book actually includes illustrations and comics. I thought it was a very interesting idea, but I had a love/meh relationship with them. Sometimes I enjoyed the illustrations, but other times they didn't seem to really correlate with the story. The art was not final in the copy I was reading, so I do wonder if the pictures will be different in the finished copy. Still, I thought it was an interesting inclusion.
As for romance, there was some, but it was very slow, but there. I wasn't shipping things, but I was thankful for the fact that the romance didn't take the wheel and the plot was the focus of the book.
I wasn't a big fan of the ending. The pacing was a bit slow and I felt like it was leading to something, but instead it lead to a quick ending that just felt too short. I didn't feel entirely satisfied. Though, there was a little comic at the end and I thought it was a nice way to close the book.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I liked this book. Despite some of my early troubles, the pacing, and the end, I thought that this was a nice standalone dystopian. It was a bit unusual than most dystopians out there! ...more
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Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS One year after her death, Breezy wakes up and digs out of her own grave. She doesn't remember how she died and she has no idea why she alive again. What she does know is killers. She's now able to tell who has murders someone and she has the ability to quickly kill them. Traveling away from her home, Breezy soon finds out that there others out there who aren't quite human and a cult intent and ridding the world of them.
I didn't know what to expect from this book, besides some creepiness. I make it a rule not to read the synopsis of a book right before reading the book, since sometimes spoilers are included. I thought that the beginning was very interesting. I was expecting the book to be about Breezy killing various murderers. As weird as it sounds, I though that was pretty darn interesting. I was thrown when the cult was thrown in and then the book felt less creepy dead girl thriller, but weird paranormal. For some reason, the introduction of other paranormals didn't do it for me. I later grew to like it and found a lot of it interesting, but it took a bit for me to get used to the new topic.
As for writing, Kali Wallace is a wonderful writer. I liked how the story moved and how there were flashbacks intertwined within the story. This wasn't really a mystery, but there was a mystery underneath about what happened to Breezy and I liked how that flowed. And as weird and dark as the story was, I did like it.
Breezy as a character was hard to connect to. Partly because she's dead and doesn't remember what happened to her. She can also easily kill people. You know, not really something you can easily relate to. She also felt oddly older, which shouldn't be the case. She's dead, not an immortal being that has lived centuries. Another thing I would like to mention is that Breezy is bisexual. What I liked about that in this book was that it was never made a big deal of, it just was.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I did like this book. It wasn't what I expected, but it was a very interesting and dark read. This book won't become a favorite of mine, but Kali Wallace can definitely write and if she writes any more YA, I will pick it up. If you're a fan of dark, paranormal reads that are definitely strange....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
At first I wasn't exactly expecting a whole lot from this book. When I saw the word werewolves I literally groaned. Lately werewolves have been overpl
At first I wasn't exactly expecting a whole lot from this book. When I saw the word werewolves I literally groaned. Lately werewolves have been overplayed, only second to vampires. But the thing is that this book was completely original. Its different than those cliche werewolf novels that have been going around lately.
Let me explain The book begins when Makenzie's (or Mac as she is usually called)best friend, Amy, is murdered by a white werewolf that has killed 3 other people and injured others giving them Lupine Syndrome.
What is Lupine Syndrome? It is a virus passed on by a werewolf by a scratch or a bite. If you get scratched or bitten by a werewolf you get Lupine Syndrome(or LS for short)after about 30 days you eventually are able to shift into a wolf.
This all started about 12 years before the book begins when werewolves were found to actually exist causing paranoia and hysteria. Werewolves are thought to be entirely evil and dangerous. And that's where the Trackers come in. The Trackers are like vampire slayers only with werewolves. Although their job isn't exactly to terminate them but they do kill them if they don't "cooperate". No, their job is to take them to the rehab for werewolves which they will live their whole lives away from regs or regular people. Basically this book reminds me of racism on steroids
Anyway... Back to the main story Amy's grandpa (who happens to be a senator) calls for the Trackers for them to look for the werewolf that killed Amy. But Mac doesn't trust the Trackers and decides to search for the truth herself. Discovering more truths than she ever thought she was going to find....
The only things I did not like this book was the few cliches (I hate cliches) for example: the jealous girlfriend, and goodbye note
But I literally jumped with joy throughout the book because I didn't find any love triangles! HOORAY! But sadly I feel that there will be a dreaded love triangle in the next book. :( DUN! DUN! DUN! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Another thing I need to mention is the ending It's not exactly a cliffhanger (and I absolutely hate cliffhangers!) but it's very close to one. But it's not like all the main character's fiends are trapped in a burning building with demons on the loose and no magic (if you know what book i'm talking about CONGRATS!) So that's a relief