AFTER READING MY THOUGHTS I read an ARC copy of The Madness Underneath back in late 2012. Imagine the pain when I finished that book and came across oAFTER READING MY THOUGHTS I read an ARC copy of The Madness Underneath back in late 2012. Imagine the pain when I finished that book and came across one of the worst cliffhangers! Of course, it became even worse when the next book, this book, didn't come out until 2015. That felt like ages away to me! I was insanely happy to be able to finally pick up this book and get my answers!
This book takes place right after The Madness Underneath left off. Stephen has been pronounced dead and the entire team is searching everywhere for his ghost. Though, at the same time, they are trying to search for Charlotte, Rory's classmate, who has been kidnapped by Jane. Then, they begin to uncover secrets about a cult from forty years ago that included the disappearance and possible murder of many, and Jane was involved. The group has to find Stephen, Charlotte, and figure out what Jane is planning.
This book is definitely my favorite so far! I had issues in the beginning, as I realized that I really didn't remember anything about the previous book. I can vividly recall the ending, but other than that? Nope. Thankfully, I wasn't confused very long and a recap of the previous events was sprinkled in to help me!
The main reason why I love this book so much more than the others is probably because I felt like everything was finally becoming together! Also, so much happens in this book! I'm sorry if I'm being vague about this, but I really don't know how to explain everything that happens without spoiling things! But the entire book was very fast-paced and full of so many surprising!
As far as romance, there isn't much romance in this book, which isn't surprising. I kind of wish there was kissing, which is odd considering I usually think the opposite, but I actually was kind of disappointed by this. Oh well!
As for the ending, there is no horrible horrible cliffhanger! There is a bit of 'I need to know more!', but there is no cliffhanger like the last one! Yay!
IN CONCLUSION I am so happy that I finally got a chance to read this and it has turned out to be my favorite in the series! This book was full of so many twists and it was so fast-paced, I really can't wait for the next book!
BEFORE READING There is only one downside to reading ARCs... You have to wait even longer for the next book.
WHY MUST THERE BE A CLIFFHANGER! I HATE CLIFFHANGERS It's numeral uno for my list of pet peeves I NEED TO KNOW WHO THE GHOST WAS! I NEED IT MORE THAN WATWHY MUST THERE BE A CLIFFHANGER! I HATE CLIFFHANGERS It's numeral uno for my list of pet peeves I NEED TO KNOW WHO THE GHOST WAS! I NEED IT MORE THAN WATER! I NEED IT MORE THAN SHELTER! I NEED IT MORE THAN CHEESE!!! Okay maybe not that much but the point is.... I NEED TO KNOW! I read the excerpt and it doesn't say anything! Nothing. Nadda. Nyet. *Looks at the sky and raises arms* WHY WORLD?! WHY MUST YOU TORTURE ME SO?! *cries*
Why are so many awesome books coming out in October? Is it awesome book month or something?...more
AFTER READING: This book is most definitely the best book in the series! So much happens in this book, many questions do get answered, and,yes, we getAFTER READING: This book is most definitely the best book in the series! So much happens in this book, many questions do get answered, and,yes, we get to see are friends from Darkest Powers again! Was there anything I didn't like about this book? Not really, but there are some things that I wish we got to see more of.
1. Our friends from Darkest Powers. They only appeared during the last 1/4 of the book. While I don't like how they weren't in the book as often as I hoped, I understand. We have already heard their story and it is now Maya's turn. What I didn't like was how they were there but not mentioned, so you were left wondering if they were there or not (that probably didn't make sense...).
2. The powers. We obviously got a grip on Maya's powers, but I din't see many examples of powers. The powers were explained rather than told. Sure, we saw Daniel's and Corey's powers, but not often. The major problem I had is that Haley's and Nicole's powers weren't really shown.
Those were the only problems I had in this book. And now I must say goodbye to this series... and Darkest Powers...
BEFORE READING: One of my ultimate favorite series is The Darkest Powers Trilogy But I felt that it ended way too soon Then I heard rumors that in the new series Darkness Rising the two stories would merge... So I read The Gathering and got disappointed Then I read The Calling... and that's where the conflicting emotions come in The Calling ended in a way that definitely hinted that our friends from Darkest Powers might make a return! *crosses fingers* I literally cried of happiness when I read the ending (no joke) but then I realized.... THIS BOOK COMES OUT AFTER THE WORLD ENDS! *cries tears of sadness*
EDIT: IT SHOWS CHLOE ON THE CHARACTERS LIST!!!! *does happy dance*
EDIT: OH MY HOLY DONUTS!!!!! THERE'S A COVER!! AND A RELEASE DATE!!! *faints*...more
After Reading: It's difficult to say what I think about this book. I made it quite obvious that I am on Team Tucker. So if I start ranting and burstingAfter Reading: It's difficult to say what I think about this book. I made it quite obvious that I am on Team Tucker. So if I start ranting and bursting into tears (view spoiler)[Although I did burst into tears when Cynthia Hand almost pulled an Andrea Cremer (you probably have no idea what that is...) (hide spoiler)] you might assume that Clara chose Christian. If I get all bubbly and happy, you might assume that Clara chose Tucker. Let's just say that this book gave me all the feels. There were times of crying, times of ranting. There were times where I wanted to hug everyone, times of laughter. But it wasn't one or the other! I had all those feels!
This was an amazing series that I have a feeling that I will re-read again and again. Get all those feels again and again. Am I happy about how it ended? Maybe. Like I said, my feeling towards the end may tell you who Clara ends up with (and I don't want to ruin it for you!) But I am sad that it ended. There will be no more Unearthly books... but every series must end at some point and in a week or so I might get over this loss...maybe. But I thank you, Unearthly, for giving me the feels. And I thank you, Cynthia Hand, for writing such an amazing book. So, now I must say... Goodbye, Unearthly.
Before Reading: *Ahem* Clara, Tucker, you guys are really annoying me. stop with the whole breaking up thing and get back together (and excuse me for being cliche) but you guys belong together. And Clara, forget about Christian. You guys have nothing (no offence to "Team Christian") you just think you belong together because the big guy up there seems to be steering you in that direction. don't listen to him HE CAN'T TELL YOU WHAT TO DO!! *looks up at the sky* no offence big guy But Clara, the laws of the universe are clearly saying that you belong with Tucker and not Christian. THE LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE DO NOT LIE! You and Christian probably wouldn't be interested in each other if it weren't for your "purpose" (and yeah okay, the half angel thing might have something to do with it too but that's not the point!) Anywho.... Tucker not Christian
Oh and..... WHY MUST THIS COME OUT AFTER THE WORLD ENDS?!!! *cries*
That is all
P.S. I don't usually pick "Teams" so i'm also not usually like this...
EDIT: YAY! There's a title now and an actual release date! (sorta) *jumps up and down with happiness*
EDIT: OH MY! OH MY! OH MY! That cover! It's so beautiful!! I'm actually having tears of joy from seeing this cover!! It's just so amazing!! and we're getting one step closer to the release!!
ANOTHER EDIT: FALSE ALARM!!! The world didn't end!
Come to me January!!!!!!!
EDIT NUMBER 3: Okay..okay...okay... I was going to buy this THE DAY IT CAME OUT BUT... Now i'm having seconds thoughts. I'm so so so scared of what might happen in this book! WHAT IF CLARA ENDS UP WITH CHRISTIAN?!!!!
I'M SERIOUS!!! I. AM. FREAKING. OUT. RIGHT. NOW. If Clara ends up with Christian I don't know if I can take it!!!! What would happen is that I will end out hating the book and continue my hate onwards to THE WHOLE SERIES!! I wouldn't be able to look at an Unearthly book without either glaring or bursting into tears!! Please please PLEASE don't choose Christian, Clara!!!!!!!!
Don't get me wrong, I'm still going to read the book. But i'm going to play it safe by checking it out of the library...
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I received an ecopy of this book via First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I've read almost every Sarah Dessen book and this one has to be one of my favorites! It was absolutely beautiful!
Sydney has always felt like she was in her older brother's shadow, but for the past few years her brother has been in and out of holding cells and escorted home by officers. Then her brother drives drunk and hits a teenager on a bike, paralyzing him for life. Now Sydney is known as the girl with the brother in jail. Sydney decides to move to a new school, away from the whispers, and ends up becoming friends with a girl, Layla, whose family works in a pizza shop. She gets introduced to Layla's brother and Layla's friends and Sydney begins to feel happy again. But her parents are too preoccupied to notice anything but Sydney's brother.
What I love so much about this book is how much depth is within it. This book has the usual coming of age tale that I expect from Sarah Dessen, but there's so much more to it. It has a strong aspect of family. Sydney's parents, especially her mom, become very controlling of Sydney in this book, as if she is her brother. They also see Peyton, Sydney's brother, as a victim and even act as if Peyton is away at school, not in jail. It is very infuriating the way they treat Sydney, but it's very realistic.
Sydney begins to live outside her brother's shadow. She's at a school where no one knows her brother's past and she has friends that like hanging out with her. It's hard for Sydney to have a life like this because of her parents who always seemed like they liked Peyton more, especially now. We really get into Sydney's life and point of view. Her character is very realistic! She has her flaws, but she's the girl that will always do the right thing and will always be there for her friends. Something her parents can't see. It's very beautiful, though, seeing Sydney change and grow throughout this book!
There is a romance, but this isn't a romance book. There is so much more to this book!
IN CONCLUSION I love this book so much! I was so engrossed in this book! It was absolutely beautiful and it was amazing seeing Sydney and her growth! Really, I recommend this book for everyone!...more
AFTER READING: OH MY CHEESE!!!!!! This book was even better than I expected!!
BEFORE READING: This book sounds so ABSOLUTLELY AMAZING!! XD First off itAFTER READING: OH MY CHEESE!!!!!! This book was even better than I expected!!
BEFORE READING: This book sounds so ABSOLUTLELY AMAZING!! XD First off it has aliens! ALIENS!! There are very few cool teen books with aliens in it I have only read 1 maybe 2 books with aliens in it ALIENS!! XD And it's also dystopian!! That's my favorite genre YAY! but here's the sad part..... ITS NOT OUT YET!!!!! *cries* Why? Why must I wait so long? come to me october! come to me soon! so I can read this O-mazing book! Come soon so me and the other readers may read this book!
P.S. I feel sorry for you poor souls who read my "reveiw"
EDIT: What?! WHAT?! WHY DOES IT SAY NOVEMBER?! IT WAS SUPPOSED TO COME OUT TODAY AND NOW IT SAYS NOVEMBER?!!!!!!! NOVEMBER?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MY THOUGHTS This was one of my most anticipated books of the year! I am so glad to say thatThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This was one of my most anticipated books of the year! I am so glad to say that this book exceeded my expectations! This was a wonderfully unique novel!
Madeline never leaves her house. She dreams of it, but Madeline has a rare disease in which she is allergic to everything and going outside can kill her. Madeline is used to staying indoors with only books, movies, and board games to keep her company, even if she wishes she could go outside. It's when a new family moves next door that her small world changes. She falls for the son, Olly, and they keep contact with each other, despite the fact that she much never leave her home. But meeting Olly makes Madeline realize that she's not living and more than anything, Madeline wants to live.
I really don't know how to talk about this book without full-on gushing! Everything (ha-ha) was perfect! I started this book late at night, I only meant to start it, but I had to keep going! I adored the writing, the characters, the story, everything. I picked up this book originally after reading the intriguing synopsis! A girl who is allergic to everything is certainly a new idea in the book and a perspective I wanted to see. Add the complicated relationship and I was curious to see how things would work out. The premise was very well-incorporated! It was precisely what I expected and more. The story was enormously realistic, in a new environment. I know I'm just gushing and repeating myself a lot, and I'm sorry for that.
I would also like to mention a nice surprise in the book. There are illustration, notes, and whatnot all throughout the pages. I'm a sucker for these things, so they made me very happy.
Now, Madeline is a fabulous MC. Also, she's a POC, which I feel weird mentioning, but it's so rare in YA and books in general that this just made me very happy. Anyway, Madeline is a very realistic character. Yeah, she has a rare disease, but she felt so real, as with her thoughts and actions. She also has her own flaws, like a normal human being. She makes many mistakes, but all of them are understandable is that makes any sense. It's interesting too, how this book is also a coming of age tale. She has lived a very sheltered life and the introduction to Olly gives her the realization that there's more to life and she's not really living it. I'm having a hard time describing more about her, but she's really a fabulous and strong character, and I love how real she is, while still being a character that stands out from other YA MCs.
As for romance, some people have described it as insta-love, but it's not. Keep in mind that Madeline hardly ever sees anyone and she's immediately interested in this odd boy moving in next door. This only escalates when Olly actually begins communicating with her and doesn't judge her for her disease. Also, their relationship starts as a friendship and then the feelings grow and instead of being cheesy, it's just real (there's that word again). Olly was also kind of adorable and just a fantastic guy!
The ending, though, was a bit odd. There was a twist that I wasn't expecting, but its still made sense and gave the book a very satisfactory ending.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I strongly recommend this book! Everything is amazing about this book! If you want to read a new contemporary that is wonderfully unique, then pick up this book! As for me, I'm looking forward to more books by Nicola Yoon! ...more
MY THOUGHTS This book is about Aya, who has been living in the wilds her whole life with theThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book is about Aya, who has been living in the wilds her whole life with the rest of her family. So far, they have been able to evade capture, but one day their luck runs out and Aya is taken. In this society, women are property that are sold to the highest bidder. The owners can even throw away their new 'properties' once they get enough use out of them, get tired of them. etc. Basically, women cannot have a life in this society and are solely used to make more males and 'entertain' the males. In fact, in this society that can't possibly have too many females, so many female babies are simply just killed so that the female population won't grow. Yeah, this is a horrible society. Anyway, Aya now has to be kept with the other girls who are waiting to be bought. Many of these girls are even excited for this prospect, as they were raised for it. Aya just wants to escape and be free again in the wild, something the other girls don't understand, but each escape attempt gets her nowhere and causes the chains to constrict her further.
Wow, that was one rambling synopsis from me... First of all, this book is definitely feminist. I have no problem with that, as I am feminist, but books like this always upset me. Why? Because of how horribly the women are treated, which is probably the point. The plot of girls being sold to men like this is not a prospect I haven't seen before, but it's still horrible to see. What's interesting about this book is that the pacing isn't exactly fast and a majority is Aya planning things, this book still has so much going on! That probably doesn't make much sense, but that's precisely how I felt in this book.
As mentioned in my own synopsis, the other girls were all giggly over the prospect of being sold. They also made fun of Aya for being from the wild and they would brag about men being interested in them (in the buying them sense). Really, this is horrible. It's horrible that they would want this life, but they grew up with knowing and planning for this, so this is the only thing they knew. Aya, on the other hand, knew true freedom and she looks at them in the same way we do, disgusted that the girls ended up like this and don't know true freedom, and that the men turned them to this. I also would like to mention that the men are the same way. All of the men are portrayed horribly, because they were raised to believe that the women are just their property. There's a little boy in this book that already has started acting like a little demon because that's just how he was told to act. Anyway, these aren't really important to the book, but I just think it says a lot.
There actually aren't a whole lot of major characters in this book, throughout most of it. There are a lot of side characters, but the only main ones seem to be Aya, Brax, and Kiram. I liked Aya strength in this book. She knows freedom, as I already mentioned too much, and wants to get back to that as much as she can, She also worries about her family and wants to make sure that they are okay. She does get close to giving up, but she always tries to come up with ideas to escape as well as take advantage of any opportunity. Brax is a wolf friend that Aya makes, when the wolf was a pup. I loved their relationship, though I admit I have a soft spot for animals. Lastly, is Kiram. There relationship was very interesting because Kiram couldn't talk. It also took awhile for Aya to trust him, but Kiram obviously did care for Aya and wanted to help her (even if Aya couldn't see that for awhile). It's very interesting how Aya's too main friends couldn't talk to her...
As for romance, there isn't a whole lot. Really, there aren't a whole lot of romantic opportunities in this book. Not only is Aya trying to escape, but she lives in a horrible society. It makes me very happy that the book is focused on those things, rather than any romance. Though, there is a budding romance, which is probably obvious to anyone who reads YA (we are adept and figuring out who the love interest is very quickly).
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this book has a very horrible subject matter, in terms that it's very disturbing, but it was also very important. I liked this book and enjoyed reading this! Also, this book is a standalone and it tied up very nicely! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a dark, standalone dystopian!...more
I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS This was such a beautiful book and it brought tears in my eyes, but it wasn't just sad tears, there were tears of happiness in there as well.
Oakley's brother, Lucas, just passed away from cancer. Lucas wasn't just Oakley's brother, but her best friend as well, so the loss of him is hurting her and she doesn't know how she will ever get over it or if she ever should. Her mother decides that she and Oakley should go to California and live for Aunt Jo for awhile. While there, Oakley finds comfort from a notebook full of letters Lucas wrote to Oakley during his last days, but she finds other surprising in California. She ends up befriending a surfer named Carson who helps her heal, but does she deserve happiness? When Lucas can't anymore? And how can she get close to someone again, when she's eventually going to leave?
There are numerous books out there focusing on grief, but death is something that happens in the real world all too often and the grief that comes with it is very raw. This book features this so realistically. Honestly, this book is entirely about Oakley trying to live her own life again after Lucas's death, which is much harder than it sounds. She doesn't want to forget Lucas and she doesn't feel like she could live happily anymore. This was dealt with so well and, honestly, even I almost cried while reading this book (I was at work, so I couldn't full-out cry without raising a few questions).
The character development was spot-on. Oakley grows so much throughout this book. She was fearful of being happy, but she was also very fearful of growing close to anyone. This causes her to make some dumb decisions throughout this book regarding relationships. She closes herself off and distances herself from not only perspective friends, but her family. She does eventually grow to realize what she's doing wrong and that Lucas would want her to be happy, but it's such a tragically beautiful growth.
There is a romance in this book, but it's very slow and realistic. Carson, our love interest, is such a great guy and he's very sweet. He understands Oakley and does his best to help her. He honestly does care about her, something that takes Oakley awhile to realize. Also, the romance is not the bigger picture in this book, this book is entirely about Oakley and Lucas which makes the book even better.
IN CONCLUSION This was a very beautiful book about grief. This book did remind me very much of Sarah Dessen's style, with her coming of age tales and very raw books, but Chantele Sedgwick obviously has her own voice and she is a wonderful writer. I very much look forward to reading anything else she will write in the future!...more
MY THOUGHTS I admit, The Selection series is one of my guilty pleasures, so I was excited toThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I admit, The Selection series is one of my guilty pleasures, so I was excited to read this spin-off. It wasn't as amazing as The Selection series, mostly because I can't ship anything yet, but this was a really great start to another series!
This book is set roughly twenty years after the events of The Selection. Eadlyn has been raised knowing that she will one day be Queen. A rise in rebellion and Eadlyn's life is change when her parents decide that the citizens need a distraction. The perfect distraction being another Selection. Eadlyn wants nothing to do with The Selection, but she has to put up with all of these boys with the idea that she might marry one of them. Romance is the furthest thing from her mind.
What I find very interesting about this book is I just loved getting to see the selection from the selector's point of view. It would've been interesting from a guy's perspective, but it may be even more interesting seeing things from a female perspective, when the Selection has never been female run.
Kiera Cass seems to write unlikeable female characters. America wasn't very popular and Eadlyn also has her flaws. I saw her as very spoiled and a bit of a brat. This is understandable, considering that she was raised as royalty and raised to be Queen, but it was a bit annoying. Though, based on how other characters saw her, it seems that Eadlyn is supposed to come off as a brat, so it doesn't bother me too much. I also strongly believe that she will change throughout the series, so I look forward to that.
As for romance, there wasn't really any. This book mainly introduces us to all the potential suitors, so there isn't yet a romance. There are a few people that I might try to ship, but I can't really have an actually ship quite yet. Though, I do like Henri! He's not really shippable, but he's probably one of my favorite characters!
Lastly, and this is why I am disappointed with this book, the ending sucked. The ending, while it will be important for the next books, felt like it was just placed there just to have a cliffhanger ending. It doesn't fit in with the rest of the book and it was completely upsetting.
IN CONCLUSION Despite some of my misgivings, I did enjoy this book! I like many of the suitors and, mostly, I can't wait to start shipping! Eadlyn is a bit of a brat, but I expect her character to grow as the series goes on. The ending sucked and it really hurt my thoughts on this book. I might just recommend readers to wait to read this until the next book comes out, unless that one ends in an equally awful cliffhanger......more
MY THOUGHTS This was such a fantastic read! I was expecting awesomeness, based on the synopsThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This was such a fantastic read! I was expecting awesomeness, based on the synopsis, but I wasn't expecting it to be this amazing!
This book takes place in a society where the Church runs everything. After demons destroyed life as their knew it a century ago, the Church was the savior and now they dictate people's lives. Nina has to protect her sister and make sure that the Church doesn't know how little their drug addict mother cares for her. One day, though, Nina faces a demon attack by a boy in a hoodie. A boy with the ability to exorcise demons. It's when Nina's sister is threatened by her own secret and Nina discovers truths about herself, but her reality begins to explode.
In a world where all dystopians merge into the same story, comes a book that's entirely unique! Not only is this book a dystopian, but it's also paranormal with hints of fantasy. This merging might seem odd, but instead it was absolutely stunning! The society and world-building is fantastic, horrifying, but fantastic. The idea of a demon apocalypse and a Church takeover was interesting and I was able to get the complete history. Don't even get me started on the exorcism and Finn.
I really liked Nina. She's our MC and she's a very strong characters and obviously cares for her sister. She also has the proper reaction to what's going on. Really, you'd be surprised at some of the MC's in YA. Sure, she has her flaws, but they only made her more real and I get the feeling that she will only grow stronger as the series goes on.
As for romance, it was unusual. I didn't like how quick it happened. It wasn't insta-love, as Nina was not attracted to him at first glance, but I was very thrown when the first kiss happened. I just wasn't expecting it to happens so soon. Now, the rest of the romance was very interesting. I can't give details, but trust me that you've never seen a romance like this before.
IN CONCLUSION I ADORED this book! It's such a unique dystopian with paranormal elements, great characters, and overall fantastic! I had such a hard time putting this down! Now, if only I didn't have to wait for the next book......more
AFTER READING I absolutely adored this book and basically the series in general, but I need to make a few comments about this book. These things didn'tAFTER READING I absolutely adored this book and basically the series in general, but I need to make a few comments about this book. These things didn't really bother me, but they may bother others. -Almost the entire book focuses on the drama Juliette's love life. I didn't mind this, but if you want the non-romantic kind of action, you won't get much. -It's a bit ant-climatic We get to the action at the very very end, in the last 20 pages, and it happens very quickly. -Your team You may love or hate this book based on what "Team" you're on.
That's all I can think of that people may have an issue with. I, honestly, loved this book. I did want more action, but the book was still amazing. The writing is still absolutely beautiful, Juliette has become such a strong character since we were first introduced to her, and I got to see some of my favorite characters again!
Now that the series is over with, I am sad. I began this series back in 2011 when book one was first released and I fell in love with the series. I since read Shatter Me 3 different times, Unravel Me 2 times and I get the feeling that I'll reread the books again at some point. I love this series and if you haven't started it yet, what are you waiting for! READ THEM!
BEFORE READING *Now entering depression mode until February 2014*
MY THOUGHTS I adore Jodi Meadows' Incarnate series, so I was excited to find out that she waThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I adore Jodi Meadows' Incarnate series, so I was excited to find out that she was writing a fantasy! I am happy to say that this book exceeded my expectations!
Wil's parents, along with many other adults, were all killed in her country when she was a child. Now, ten years later, Wil and the other orphan have been living in poverty. It is now finally time for Wil to reclaim her country, and she starts by masquerading as a noble refugee.The threat of the wraiths is becoming more and more apparent, and Wil begins getting involved in an odd relationship with the vigilante Black Knife. Before long, Wil's spying days is becoming more and more dangerous and she can't figure out who to trust. Also, the threat of the wraiths is becoming more and more apparent.
This book was absolutely fantastic and I couldn't see anything in this book I dislike (except the end, but I'll get to that later). The entire world was crafted so brilliantly. At first glance, this seems like your basic fantasy world with different kingdoms and royalty, but the idea of wraiths was completely unique and very interesting. As for plot, I was worried that this would be another "I didn't know I was royal" book, but Wil knew she was royal, which made things so much more interesting. Also, I love it when there's the aspect of spying, where no one knows who you truly are. This was with no only Wil and her orphan friends, but the Black Knife as well. Don't even get me started on him!
Wil also really made the book, in fact, most of the book was all her. She's very strong, and she has to be. She's grown up in a harsh life, knowing the enemies that took her family, her country, and the life she should've had. Despite some of her doubts, I think that she would make a wonderful queen.
As for romance, there is some, though not enough to distract from any major plots. Also, the romance is fantastic and perfectly shippable!
Lastly, there's a cliffhanger and it's a doozy. So, be prepared to be destroyed. And for a long wait...
IN CONCLUSION Yeah, my review is a big gushing mess, but I LOVED this book! It's a perfect fantasy, with great characters and an engaging plot. Every fantasy fan needs to read this book! While I'll be here, waiting for the next one......more
MY THOUGHTS I've been wanting to read this book for awhile, so I felt like I hit the jackpotThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I've been wanting to read this book for awhile, so I felt like I hit the jackpot when I found this book and it's sequel at my local used bookstore! Overall, this book did not disappoint!
This book take place in a futuristic/dystopian New York City. There are two ruling families, the Roses and the Fosters, and everyone in the city has to choose sides between them. Aria has just 'recovered' after ODing off of Stix (a drug) and is now to marry Thomas Foster, whom she supposedly loves and had a great affair with. The problem is that she has no memory of being with Thomas and has no love for him. She ends of meeting Hunter, a mysterious illegal mystic (has magical abilities). She knows that with he she will be able to recall her memories, but what she will unlock will change everything.
This entire plot was just so interesting! I like the whole idea behind the two families and the mystics. It's horrible how they treat the mystics, they drain their powers, but I thought the idea of adding magical elements to a dystopian society very unique. This book has the common theme of everything I was told is a lie, but it's so well done. The element of memory loss is not something you see entirely too often with that idea either.
As for plot,some parts of this book were very predictable. I was able to figure most of the plot early on, though I won't hate on Aria for taking so long to figure things out, as it probably comes from reading so many dystopian novels. Even though, I still very thrown by a few plot twists near the end! The pacing of the book was also fast-paced. You wouldn't expect that with a book featuring memory loss, but there were always things happening and Aria did not just wait around for her memories to come back!
The romance was very different, in some ways. It seems like there would be a love triangle in this book, but there really isn't, since Aria doesn't really love one of them. If you are one of those people who avoids books with two guy names in the synopsis, expecting the dreaded triangle, you'll be safe reading this book! As for everything else in the romance, I liked it, though it didn't wow me.
IN CONCLUSION This is a great read with a very interesting premise and it's done very well! It's a bit predictable at times, but I didn't let that stop my enjoyment of the book and there were still some surprises along the way! I recommend this book to those who would like to read a dystopian with a hint of fantasy, meanwhile, I'll be reading the next book!...more
I didn't hate this book, I just thought "it was okay". This book just felt like it had no point. The book just seemed like this: Present time Flashback FlaI didn't hate this book, I just thought "it was okay". This book just felt like it had no point. The book just seemed like this: Present time Flashback Flashback Present Flashback Present Flashback Flashback Flashback
I understand that this was supposed to be the whole "life flashes before your eyes" thing but... 1. I'm not a serious person so I don't do well with serious stuff. 2. I'm okay with flashbacks but an overabundance of them makes it seem like there's no plot and hurts my tiny brain...
I kind of feel like i'm missing something... This is the book that got a ton of awards. This is the book that everyone's talking about! But when I read it, all I can do is say "meh"
**spoiler alert** I didn't really understand the point of this book. Nothing really happened until the end and even then it didn't really have a point!**spoiler alert** I didn't really understand the point of this book. Nothing really happened until the end and even then it didn't really have a point! It wasn't a boring book, it just didn't have a point! I understand that this is the middle book in a trilogy though and in all honesty, nothing much ever happens in the middle book so i'm okay with the whole pointless thing I guess.
But here's what I was not okay with... Skye. Skye annoyed me in this book. I was okay with her in book one but for some reason I didn't like her in this book. 1. I couldn't understand why she kept going back to Devin. Devin is cool and all (I actually like him better than Asher) but he tried to kill her! I don't know about you but if someone tried to kill me, I would avoid them!
And she would be wanting to talk to him and then do a 180 and tell him "YOU TRIED TO KILL ME! GET THE HELL AWAY FROM ME!" (Okay, she didn't exactly say that...)
I'm sorry, Skye. But you seem to be putting off mixed signals.
2. Whenever someone didn't like Asher, Skye would become suspicious. "Asher is charming. Even the teachers like him." Skye seemed to think that people were seeing something that she couldn't see in Asher. Like people not liking Asher is some kind of foreshadowing. No, Skye, there just isn't anyone that everyone likes! Some people are going to have to dislike him! Apparently, she did have a reason to be suspicious but I still find it ridiculous! Can't someone not like Asher without it being suspicious!
I'll end my rant here... but this was an okay book. I'm tempted to give it only 2 stars though :( I'll still read the 3rd book, when it comes out......more
MY THOUGHTS I was kind of upset about this book coming out at first. Not because of the bookThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I was kind of upset about this book coming out at first. Not because of the book itself, but because of the timing. I wanted Winter to come out instead (I'm still in denial that i have to wait until frexing November!). I was dead set against not reading this book just out of spite, but I can't resist more Lunar Chronicles.
This is a very short book, around 200 pages, but it's from Levana's perspective before the events in Cinder. It starts out from a 15 year-old Levana and goes onward. While this is a prequel, it does have a few spoilers for the other books in the series. Though, you may not notice them if you haven't read the other books. If that makes any sense.
It was very horrible reading the mind of Levana. She's not as horrible in the very beginning as she is in Cinder and other books (still horrible), but, oh, does she grow to be more and more horrible as the book goes on. It was also very interesting to see into her mind and I can understand, even though it's no excuse, why she became so horrible. Her parents, who just died, never loved her and her sister is a horrible being (much like Levana, but I believe Levana actually grows to be worse).
Because she's never been loved, she doesn't really know what love is. She has had a crush on a guard, for a while now, even though he is much older and married. She obviously hates his wife, too much to be considered normal, and she sees his friendship as love. She fully believes that he loves her and wants to be with her and she actually ends up using magic to get him, still believing that this is love. It is all so very very horrible and I really felt sorry for Evert, the guard, at how horrible he was being treated.
Really, this book is very tragic. If you read the other books, then you know what will eventually happen and it is absolutely awful seeing them from Levana's perspective. Seeing how she see nothing wrong with what she was doing.
IN CONCLUSION This book isn't really necessary for the series, but I do strongly recommend it. It was very interesting to get both Levana's backstory and a look into her mind. It was horrible and tragic, but it was still a very great read....more
MY THOUGHTS I actually enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would! I liked the TryllThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I actually enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would! I liked the Trylle trilogy, but I only gave the books three stars each. I don't know if my tastes have changed or if this book was just awesomer than the Trylle trilogy!
This spin-off series focuses on Bryn who is part of the Kanin troll tribe. Bryn is an outcast in the tribe due to the fact that she is only half Kanin, a fact that is obvious thanks to her blond. She dreams of being a part of the King's Guard and does her best to prove herself to everyone that she is Kanin. When young changelings, about to be taken back to their Kanin families, keep getting kidnapped, things take a turn for the worse. It doesn't help that the man kidnapping them once tried to kill Bryn's father and was once Bryn's idol.
I really liked seeing the world from the Trylle trilogy expanded from just seeing the trylles. In this book, we get more insight on the other tribes, not just the Kanin tribe. It really goes without saying, that Amanda Hocking really knows how to create a world! Not only is the idea of the different troll tribes done brilliantly (and I applaud the originality!), but we also get a complete backstory and history.
Also, characters of the trylle trilogy sneak in from time to time! Not enough to confuse those who have not read the other series, but still enough to make past fans happy!
Our main character, Bryn, is definitely a strong character! Obviously, as she is a tracker and dreams of being part of the Guard, both of which takes strength! She does have her moments when she may not make the smartest decisions, but she still shows strength. And she also obviously works very hard and is good at what she does!
I have mixed feelings on the romance. The romance between Bryn and Ridley was there, but it wasn't a big romance. They shared a kiss and there was feelings, but they didn't become a couple. Big reason: Ridley has a girlfriend. The fact that there was cheating irritated me. I'm also worried that there might be a love triangle eventually.
IN CONCLUSION This is a great start to a new series! If you're a fan of the Trylle trilogy, you definitely want to pick this one up! Even if you haven't read the Trylle trilogy, you can still enjoy this book! I admit, most of this book leads into the next books and the romance is kind of meh, but this book was still very entertaining! I'm quite glad that there isn't a long wait for the next one!...more
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I admit that I picked this book up just because I enjoyed the author's previous book. I didn't really know what this book was about going into it, which is precisely how I like it. I love to be surprised and I was surprised by this book. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, yet I still very much liked this book and it was quite different than other contemporary book I've read!
Arden is considered to be recklessly loyal. So much so, that there was a doll named after her. She does everything for her friends and family, because she loves them, but she realizes that she nothing is ever done for her. After a spontaneous Google search, Arden finds a blog titled "Tonight the Streets Are Ours", which is a journal of a teenage boy, Peter, in New York City. Arden becomes immersed in the entries and Peter's life. After Peter posts about his girlfriend dumping him, Arden and her best friend travel to New York City, but Peter isn't what Arden expected, but this trip will change everything.
The book begins with the lines, "Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story." This book is a love story, but it's not like your normal love story. This book is about a girl who loves, maybe too much. Arden as a character is a different, yet very real character. Different because selfless characters are uncommon in YA, and real because her character was not the cheesy kind of selfless that you see when there are characters like this in YA novels. Arden has many flaws and her being "recklessly loyal" is one of them. That's what most of this book is about, Arden discovering that she may love too much and it's hurting her in the long-run. I think one of my favorite things about this book would be the growth that Arden had!
This book is a bit slow-paced, though, which isn't really that uncommon for contemporary books. The first half is spent with Arden questioning things and reading blog posts. It's necessary, but it's not all that interesting. Then the book picks up when they travel to New York City. There was a lot more going on here and the book was even leading up to that moment (the book began with what was going to happen in New York, in a not much detail kind of way). I also liked how this book surprised me, as things happened that I really wasn't expecting, but it all worked!
Lastly, I have to mention that despite the line in the beginning, there isn't really any romance. There are a few relationships, Arden has a boyfriend, Peter obviously had a girlfriend, etc., but none of those were deeply involved in the plot of the book, which I really liked!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this is a great, new contemporary read that is a love story, but not a love story (if that makes any sense). I really do recommend this book, as well as This Song Will Save Your Life, for all fans of realistic YA novels!...more
MY THOUGHTS I read the last book a year ago, but I remember really enjoying it. Sadly, I didn't like this book as much and, rACTUAL RATING: 2.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS I read the last book a year ago, but I remember really enjoying it. Sadly, I didn't like this book as much and, really, it didn't feel like it was even the same series.
Davy and her friends have escaped their horrible imprisonment and are making their way to a safe camp down in Mexico. Things go awry along the way, though, and Davy ends up getting separated from her friends. Dying, Davy is saved by a man and taken to a hidden rebel camp. There, she will have to decide whether to stay there and fight or go back to her friends.
This book was a big disappointment. It wasn't too bad for awhile, but looking back at the book, I really have less than stellar thoughts on it. First of all, nothing really happens. The Goodreads synopsis describes this book as action-packed. It is that way in the very beginning and there is some deadly things going on in the rebel camp (which ended up being stupid. More on that later), but other than that? Nope. Most of it was Davy ever changing her made. Did she want to stay? Go? I don't know! I swear she changed her mind every chapter! Also, the romance took up a lot of the book. She kept fighting off her feelings for Caden.
That's right. Caden. Not Sean. Caden. Caden is a guy that Davy meets at the rebel camp and she is attracted to him, despite the fact that she was still technically with Sean. Sean, by the way, is hardly in this book. He's in the first few chapters, but that's really it. It wasn't really the fact that she liked the other guy that bothered me, because it's been so long since I've read Uninvited so I don't really have strong feelings for Sean. What bothered me is the fact that another love interest in introduced in the sequel! This is a huge pet peeve of mine! I also felt like they became close way too quickly.
I didn't really have huge problems with this book until closer to the end. All the action-y things ended into a 'twist' that only made the book ridiculous. I will hide due to spoilers. (view spoiler)[Okay. So, there was a spy in the rebel camp who unleashed secrets and caused the death of many rebels. Turns out, that it was all done by some chick who only did those things to get rid of the girls Caden liked, so she could be with him. What. The. Hell. Nonononononononono! This makes zero sense at all and I was done by this point! Honestly, this 'twist' ruined the book for me completely and opened my eyes to all the other ridiculous events in this book. (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION This book was a big disappoint. I really was too nice with my rating, but I gave the 'higher' rating because of the previous book. But really, this book didn't even feel like the sequel to Uninvited. It had different characters, setting, and even Davy acted differently. The carrier gene only seemed like background noise as well. Anyway, if you are a fan of the first book, you may want to skip this one. Especially if you liked Sean.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
MY THOUGHTS I really wanted to read this book because of it's very unique idea! And I did reThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I really wanted to read this book because of it's very unique idea! And I did really end up enjoying this book!
After a fight, Sterling's brother, Phin, runs into the swamp. No one ever goes into the swamp, with good reason. Phin never comes out, but a girl named Lenora May does. Soon, Lenora May takes over Phin's life. Everyone, except Sterling has forgotten about Phin and believes that Lenora May is her sister. Even Sterling has memories of Lenora May that she knows never happened. Sterling has to figure out how to get Phin back and it's becoming difficult to convince people that she has a brother, not a sister. Though, a boy in her class knows exactly what she's going through, as his friend was forgotten as well, and together they might be able to figure it out.
I love, love, love the premise of this story! There are a lot of books centered around rescuing the MC's sibling, which actually is a good thing as it shows the importance of family, but this book twisted it around in an entirely different way. Not only does Sterling's brother go missing, but someone else takes his place and everyone forgets about her brother. This would be extremely hard, and it is for Sterling. She knows she has a brother and everyone has forgotten about him, even her parents and his best friends. Honestly, it's very sad and frightening.
The premise with the swamp goes further and further as the book goes on. Basically, it gets weirder and weirder. I don't know how I feel about it. I love the weirdness, but there were points when it just got a bit confusing. All in all, the weirdness did add a lot more uniqueness to the book.
Sterling, our main character, is your pretty average YA heroine, so I don't really have that much to say about her. She does stay strong in this book and continues to remember her brother, which is very difficult. She makes some reckless decisions, but that is to be expected. Heath helps her out in this book. Without Heath, she would have probably continued to tell people that she doesn't have a sister, which is what she was doing before Heath.
Romance was okay. It didn't distract from the main plot, which I love, but it didn't really evoke any feeling from me.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a very strange book that I oddly liked! The premise was very new and interesting and was treated well. If you want to read a unique paranormal standalone, this is a great book!...more
MY THOUGHTS This book was very fast-paced with a very dark plot! I really enjoyed reading this book!
Vee is not usually the kind of giACTUAL RATING: 3.5
MY THOUGHTS This book was very fast-paced with a very dark plot! I really enjoyed reading this book!
Vee is not usually the kind of girl who does daring things, her best friend is the one who usually is in the spotlight. One day Vee decides to not be herself and does a dare for NERVE, and online daring game. Her dare ends in a disaster and she vows not to do it again, but when they offer up prizes for doing more dares, she can't resist. She begins to do dare after dare, but as the prizes get more interesting, the game gets deadlier. The game is affecting her relationships, but it also may take her life.
This book is one of those books that are so very uncomfortable to read. If you're like me, you cringe whenever a character has an embarrassing moment. Read a book where a character has to complete dares and you'll cringe the whole way. Yet, I kept reading. I knew that things were going to go so very very wrong, but I had to watch. This book is very interesting in that way. At first the dares just seem ridiculous, then the dares escalate, from dumping water on herself to possible death. While I knew it would get to that point, when we got to the end I was shocked at how horrible things were! Right along with Vee!
I think this book also tells us a lot about our society. In the game, when it gets bad, Vee tries to tell people to call 911 (her dares are being filmed!), but everyone assumes or part of the game or just don't care! It ridiculous! But people aren't going to believe it. Also, Vee's fellow players are more than willing to do whatever it takes to get their prizes. Honestly, Vee was like that up to a point. It brings up the idea on what are you willing to risk for prizes? It sucks to admit, but many people would risk a lot for some stuff.
There is some romance. It won't be a surprise that Ian and Vee get together. You read the synopsis and you know that's what will happen. I was very meh on the romance. This book takes place in a short period of time, so I didn't really see how they could be so close so fast. Bonding other dares? Anyway, it wasn't to bothersome as it didn't distract from the plot, I just wasn't that wild about it.
Lastly, the ending. Fair warning: this book has an open-ended ending.
IN CONCLUSION I'm aware that my review is a mess and I'm sorry for that. Overall, I thought this book was very fast-paced with very interesting elements! This book was very nerve-wracking (har har) and I felt like I was doing the dares along with Vee. The romance was meh and the ending was just too open, but I overall enjoyed this book!...more
MY THOUGHTS I've had this book on my TBR since what feels like foreverThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
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MY THOUGHTS I've had this book on my TBR since what feels like forever. I'm sad to say that I am very disappointed and this book wasn't at all what I was expecting.
This book focuses on Mercy, who never is in her own body. She constantly occupies the space of a singer named Cameron. Mercy doesn't remember who she is and even has trouble remember the previous girls she occupies, but a man appears in her dreams warning her of danger. Then there's the fact that she ends up getting wrapped in a mystery of a missing girl.
The back of my book says "A fallen angel haunted by her past. Yearning for her immortal beloved." This is the fact misleading and spoiler-y tag. It is NEVER mentioned that Mercy is a fallen angel. NEVER! I prefer not to read the synopsis of books, because of spoilers, so I was confused by this book. I wanted answers as to why Mercy lives like this, who she is, who these people are that are hunting her, but I get none of this.
In fact, I felt like this book was such a bore. I wanted to know more about Mercy, her dream visitor, and those hunting her, but instead I get a dull mystery. The entire book was spent looking for Lauren with Lauren's brother and choir practice. In fact, the choir practice took up more time than the mystery. Don't get me wrong, I'm fine with singing (though I have no talent), but watching her practice over and over again? No.
I also felt like everything was told rather than shown. We weren't really shown the dreams that much. There are also other ideas like how Ryan was able to connect with his sister, which wasn't really explained fully, so it didn't really make much sense.
Lastly, there is no romance. I think there's was supposed to be, but I didn't see any. I guess there was supposed to be something with Ryan, but they never did anything together exact look for his sister. Luc, the guy from the dream, is, by my guess, the immortal beloved, but we hardly see him.
Yeah, I keep bashing this book. I'm very tempted to lower my rating, but I just can't put myself to do that. The author obviously can write, but I just feel like this book had so much potential. I love the premise, a fallen angel living lives of others, and I want to read that. Instead, this book focused on the wrong things.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I'm not a fan of this book and I really need to stop typing because it's just making me dislike it more. This book has so much potential, but it ended up being dull and down-right confusing. I own the next book, but I'm not going to put myself through this again. I have hopes that I would get actual answers, but I gt absolutely nothing out of this one. I can see the possibility of people liking this book, if I read it years ago I might have liked it, but I'm not a fan....more
MY THOUGHTS After reading White Hot Kiss, I needed to read this book immediately! I was notThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS After reading White Hot Kiss, I needed to read this book immediately! I was not disappointed! This book is just as fantastic as the first!!
Layla is trying to recover from the crazy events from the last book, but, of course, things aren't over. Layla's powers have been changing and she can't even see souls any more. Add in the fact that mysterious things kept happening when she's around and her classmates are acting more crazy than usually, and something is happening. Along with this, Layla and Zayne's relationship seems to be turning beyond friendship, despite how forbidden it is. Then, the return of Roth adds more questions, but he also carries answers to an evil that has been unleashed from hell. Now, they have to find out who is causing all of this to happen, but they may be closer to the truth than they think...
One of the 'issues' that I had with this book was that I absolutely couldn't put it down. I would think "I really need to start my homework after this chapter", then I finish the chapter and it ends in a way that I can't possibly stop!! I MUST KNOW MORE!! Friends, that is a mark of an amazing book. So much happens, the characters are so frexing amazing, and the entire book is edge-of-your-seat. Don't even get me started on the last hundred so pages. Boy, do things get nuts.
Now, the romance gets more pointy in this book. Last book had a more Roth focus, this one starts to have a focus on Zayne. Let me say that I have absolutely no problem with the love triangle. It's done well and let's face it, both guys are hot and swoon-worthy. I honestly can't pick a side!
Lastly, the ending? I mentioned how fantastic the plot is and how the ending really takes thing up a notch, which brings me to the end... Yep, there's a cliffhanger. You've been warned.
IN CONCLUSION I know this review is all of the place, but my excuses are that this book was so mind-numbingly amazing, that I don't know how to use words and I want you guys to to be as surprised in this book as I was. Overall, this was a fantastic sequel and I'm impatiently waiting for the next book!...more
MY THOUGHTS This isn't a new premise for me. I love ghosty books and I've read many where aThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This isn't a new premise for me. I love ghosty books and I've read many where a main character moved to a new home and falls for a ghost. In fact, I've read a few that have also taken place in Scotland. Many of these books have a cheese factor to them, but this one actually takes on the plot very well and I found it very enjoyable!
Ivy's mom just remarried and her new stepfather is some kind of Scottish Lord, so they're whisked off to the Scottish countryside. Ivy doesn't know how to feel about it, but she wants her mom to be happy, though it's hard when her new grandmother seems to hate Ivy's guts. If only that were the worst of her problems. Ivy suspects that her knew home is haunted. Her stuff is floating everywhere and a voice keeps telling her get out. When she actually comes in contact with the ghost, Logan, she realizes that there's nothing to fear from hi and despite herself, she grows close. But there is something going on and Lucas may be involved, and both of them are in danger.
This book ultimately surprised me. I admit that I was expecting cheesiness. I already mentioned that many other ghosty YA romances are a bit too cheesy for my taste, but the cover and the synopsis didn't help. This book was not cheesy, it was actually very interesting and made a very interesting ghost story. It was much more complex than other paranormal romances. This sounds vague, but this book is a lot more than a ghosty love story!
As for characters, I felt like Ivy was a great MC. She wasn't whiny like some MCs and I overall liked her character. She has a definite personality and she's strong, in the more helpful way, not badass way like most MCs. She's also a musician, while I'm not a musician myself, I always like it when characters have a strong interest of talent. It makes them for more real. There were also a few side characters, like Emma, some of the castle staff, and others. I loved how these guys were on Ivy's side and were willing to help her and believe her.
As for romance, it's not insta-love, so don't look so fearful. The romance also is strong, but not entirely overpowering. Granted, I didn't particularly want Ivy to fall for Logan, because falling for a ghost is pretty much a doomed relationship, but it was okay. First of all, I actually kind of liked Logan. He was actually a pretty nice guy and he really cared for Ivy
IN CONCLUSION I keep saying good things about this book, so you might be wondering "Why the low rating?" Well, to me, this is not a low rating. I liked this book, I enjoyed this book. It was an oddly fun ghosty mystery and I quickly breezed through! If you want to read a quick, but good, YA paranormal, this is a great book to pick up!...more
MY THOUGHTS I was mainly interested in this book because I was curious about the spiritualisThis 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 Wow. I actually read an adult book. For those who don't know me, which is probably everyone, I love to read Young Adult books. In fact, I'MY THOUGHTS Wow. I actually read an adult book. For those who don't know me, which is probably everyone, I love to read Young Adult books. In fact, I've read maybe 5 adult books in my life, out of over 1,000 YA books. So, yeah, I see this as an accomplishment.
Anyway, I unlikely was not planning to read this book. I saw the movie a few months ago. I usually hate watching the movie before the book, but it was my roommate's choice of movie so I just went with it. It wasn't until just recently when my local library had a challenge going on to read 5 books to either take place or were published in 5 different decades from the past hundred years (you could do this up to 4 times). I only had one more book to go to finish all 4 tickets and I had nothing in my stuffed bookshelf that would work. So, I asked my roommate, and she gave me this.
This book took me what felt like forever to read, but I do think this was a beautiful book. This book tells the story of Chiyo/Sayuri. At the age of nine, she and her sisters are taken, separated, and sold. Chiyo, as her name is at the time, ends up in a geisha home (there is a word for it, but I don't remember how to spell it). This book chronicles her life as she begins to train as a geisha and as she eventually becomes one.
The big interesting factor of this book, according to many reviews, is all of the Japanese culture. I really did like this aspect as well and it was obvious that the author did a lot of extensive research. Though, I felt like most of the culture in this book was the culture of those within the geisha lifestyle of those whom surrounded themselves with such. Also, the history within this book is particularly interesting. It details what it was like, for a geisha at least, in the years before World War 2 and after. The Depression was also a very defining factor.
If you have a problem with slow-pacing, then this book is definitely not for you. As I already mentioned, this book spans decades of this woman's life. The years from age nine to around her thirties are very detailed. The pacing did bother me a little bit, as I'm not used to books like that, but it makes perfect sense considering. This book is about Chiyo/Sayuri and her life, which can not be told in a very fast way. I actually do think it worked for the story.
My only actual issue with this book was the whole Chairman thing. The Chairman helps Chiyo/Sayuri with a very small act of kindness and after that, she kind of becomes obsessed with him. I could understand why, but it was particularly irritating since he never really paid any attention to her. He was also thirty years older and had a wife, but that didn't actually bother me as much just because of the fact that Chiyo/Sayuri wanted to, basically, be his mistress. Still disturbing though.
IN CONCLUSION Despite the whole Chairman thing, I loved almost everything else about this book. Sure, the pacing is a bit slow, but it does work with the book. This book is very realistic, historistic, and beautiful. I do recommend it to those who enjoy looks on different cultures and historical fiction.
I will say that, based on what I remember from the movie, it does follow the book :) ...more
MY THOUGHTS This was such a beautiful and brilliant book that I easily finished in one nightThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This was such a beautiful and brilliant book that I easily finished in one night!
Aysel currently lives with her mother and stepfamily in a depression. She has a mediocre job, she feels like her stepfamily doesn't want her there, her mother doesn't seem to care for her, and everyone judges her for what her father did to end up in jail. Aysel wants to commit suicide. She's been constantly planning her death and has been using the website Smooth Passages for ideas. The website has a thing called Suicide Partners where two people partner up and commit suicide together. This has never interested Aysel until a user called FrozenRobot asks for a partner and happens to live nearby. He only asks that they commit suicide on a specific day.
What I really love about this book is how realistic and relatable it is. I love how many books about suicide are coming out! That sounds bad, but suicide is, sadly, a very often occurrence and we need these books! I myself have thought about suicide before, many people have, and books like these do help. This book also showed depression very realistically. I could feel the characters' depression seeping off the pages and I was able to be fully immersed into how they felt and way they would want to end their lives.
This book also has so much beauty in it. Aysel and Roman (FrozenRobert) become close to each other during their time waiting for 'the end' and they eventually tell each other why they decided to do this. Aysel begins to actually care for Roman and her odd friendship actually helps her out of her depression. Even more, she doesn't want Roman to go through with it. It's so beautiful seeing the change in Aysel and seeing her slowly start to recover from her depression.
Also, this book is not a romance. I guess you can say that there is a bit of a romance, but that's not the point of the book. This book is about so much more!
IN CONCLUSION Really, this book has so many layers within it. It's about depression, but it's also about relationships and family becomes especially important. This book was horribly, beautiful and I strongly recommend this book to anyone!...more