MY THOUGHTS This book is beloved by many and it included my favoriteThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS This book is beloved by many and it included my favorite trope, a girl dressing like a boy, so I decided to pick it up. I discovered a MG fantasy (though, I assume the series begins more YA as it goes along) and I'm interested to read the rest of the series!
Alanna is supposed to be sent to become a lady, while her twin brother Thom is going to be sent to be a knight. Alanna doesn't want to be a lady and has always been braver than Thom, so she brings up the idea of switching places. So, instead, Alanna begins Alan, Thom's younger twin and goes to become a knight, while Thom goes off to learn sorcery. This begins Alanna's long journey into knighthood.
My main problem with this book is that it covers a long period of time, so a majority of it is character growth. It starts out with 10 year-old Alanna and ends with 14 year-old Alanna. Not that it's horrible seeing Alanna grow. We get to see her navigate the trials of becoming a knight and keeping up her disguise and how much stronger she gets with time. We also get to see her friendships grow. Overall, though, this isn't really that eventful and not a whole lot happens until the end. Also, it bothered me that 4 years was basically covered in 200 pages.
Character-wise, Alanna is a great main character and she's pretty badass. She's stubborn and wants to make sure that she earns her place. As I mentioned, she does become stronger throughout the book. There are many side characters, some helping her along her way, some not, but they all help shape her.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I found the fantasy aspects and the plot very interesting, but it lacked the adventure and oomph that I wanted. I think this book was more MG than YA, so that may be some of my problems. I know Alanna will be older in the next book, so I will be expecting more. This is a very quick read and will appeal to fantasy fans everywhere. ...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
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
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 I will read basically anything YA, but I do tend to avoid books with teen pregnaThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I will read basically anything YA, but I do tend to avoid books with teen pregnancy or sports. Obviously this book focuses on the former. For awhile, I didn't bother to pick up this book, but for some reason I decided to go outside my comfort zone and I discovered this beautiful book.
This book is separated in before and after. Before, Reena has always had a crush on Sawyer, but it seems that he never really sees her, that he prefers her best friend instead. But one day he does and they develop a strong, but bumpy relationship, that leaves with Reena pregnant and Sawyer disappearing. Flash forward three years and Reena now has a beautiful daughter named Hannah. Reena is now used to her life and even has a boyfriend, when Sawyer comes back to town. Sawyer was completely unaware that Reena was pregnant and wants to fix what he broke, as well as get to know Hannah, but can Reena let him into her life again.
I think what makes this book really beautiful is how realistic it is. This book has very raw realism, but it only makes it more beautiful, if that makes any sense. This book is told via both before and after which only enhances this. It's very interesting because we already know what happened, from the after, but we only know the ending. Through the before, we learn so much more about the relationship and it makes everything more clear.
Reena is our main character and she's a great one at that. In the before chapters she has naive innocence, which does change as it goes on. In the after chapters, she's such a strong character. She's been through a lot in her young life, but she continues to take it. She loves her daughter and does a great job at raising her, as well as going to college classes and work. What's really frustrating is that nobody seems to see how strong she is, only her mistakes, and it takes awhile to get people to see this part of her.
I'm a bit torn on Sawyer. I liked after Sawyer, but before Sawyer was a bit of a jerk. He was a troublemaker and did drugs. Even though, it was obvious that he did love Reena. He just had his own issues. In the after, Sawyer has changed after traveling the country. He is no longer a troublemaker and he really is sweet. He really does want to fix things.
As for romance, I don't consider this a romance book. Yeah, it's about a couple falling in love, twice, but there's more to this book than that. This book is about how to love, but not only the romance variety. It is about family, bothe Reena's and Sawyer's, who distanced themselves after Hannah. It is also about Hannah. This book is also about being able to forgive and learning how to love again.
IN CONCLUSION Anyway, I'm getting a bit teary-eyed while writing this review. Overall, this was a very realistic, but beautiful read. I'm very glad that I reached out of my comfort zone and picked up this book! I already have Katie Cotugno's new book checked out from the library, so I hope to read that one soon!...more
MY THOUGHTS Yeah, I'm a bit late to this one aren't I? This book is a huge mark in the YA woThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Yeah, I'm a bit late to this one aren't I? This book is a huge mark in the YA world and it come out 15 years ago, so the fact that I didn't get to this one now is very unusual. At least I got to it, right?
This book focuses on Melinda who just started high school and is a social outcast. She used to have friends, until Melinda called the cops on a party over the summer. Now, no one wants to talk to her. All the while Melinda is falling apart, trying to hide within herself what really happened.
The only thing I really knew about this book was that it's about rape. I think everyone in the book world already knew that about this book, since it's been out for 15 years, but just in case. I really do wish I could've gone into this book without knowing that, so I would be more shocked as I think that was the intent, but oh well.
I must admit, I was on the fringe on whether I should have given this 3 or 4 stars. I completely love the message behind this book and the writing is absolutely amazing. This book captures greatly how you can speak out about something and about depression as well. Really, this book does a great job at focusing on tough subjects. We need books like this out in the world!
It is very easy to feel for Melinda in this book, even without knowing what she went through. And, while I have never gone through what Melinda has gone through, she is relatable. My only issue with this book is just the pacing and overall non-existent happenings.This book is incredibly realistic and it captures Melinda's depression in an entire school year, and it makes for a slow book. Don't get me wrong, I really think this is perfect for the book, I just had some trouble with that.
IN CONCLUSION I can honestly see why this is practically considered a YA classic. It is a very sad book, and I hate thinking that girls (and some guys I guess, but mostly girls) have to go through this. The author did such a great job with creating such a realistic read with a tough subject....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
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MY THOUGHTS My knowledge oThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS My knowledge of Indian mythology is very limited. All my knowledge of Indian mythology basically comes from the Tiger's Curse series (To be honest, my knowledge of mythology from any culture comes from books). So, I really wanted to see more of a lot into this mythology and I ended up diving into a great book!
When Callie was a child in India, she was given a skull medallion. She didn't think anything of it and her family soon moved to America. When she encounters a demon and her family's lives become endangered, she realizes that she's not as normal as she thought. She's the reincarnation of Kali, a Hindu goddess, and she alone can prevent the end of the world. With the help of Shiv, one of the protectors of the goddess, she must find the Sword of Knowledge, which will help her save the world.
The whole entirety of this book was very unique and all the mythology was tied in very well with the story! At first glance, this seems like the usual teenage girl chosen to save the world and, yes, that is the major plot of the book, but there is so much more involved in the book! This book is very action-packed and has an overall adventure vibe. Also, the Indian mythology was very well explained and I was fully able to understand what was going on, even with my limited knowledge. It was also very interesting getting a look into Indian culture.
As far as romance, there was romance in this book, as to be expected. I'm a bit indifferent towards it. Sure, I want them to be together, but mostly because I expect it. Though, the romance does not distract from the plot and it is not annoying by any means!
The only thing that bothered me a little bit was the time. The pacing itself was very fast, but it made these happen far too quickly. A span of a month could happen in a few pages and I felt like some moments were brushed over far too quickly.
IN CONCLUSION This was a very great start of a new trilogy! The ideas are really interesting and very well-done! The entire book is very fast-paced, action-packed, and full of adventure! I had issues with how time was dealt with and I was indifferent towards the romance, but I still enjoyed this read! If you would like to read a great book involving Indian mythology, I definitely recommend this book!...more
MY THOUGHTS Ever since Jackie's family moved in with her aunt and uncle, Jackie has been carThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Ever since Jackie's family moved in with her aunt and uncle, Jackie has been carrying on a secret relationship with Marcus, her own cousin. Feeling guilty about their relationship, and the love she feels, she decides to break things off, which only makes her and Marcus more miserable. It's even worse when Marcus begins a relationship with the new girl in town, a girl that Jackie thinks is hiding something. Jackie believes that she has something to do with Ellie, her best friend that went missing, and she intends to find out.
Oddly enough, the romance didn't bother me, but what bothers me is how it takes up most of the book and what it did to the characters. This book is supposed to be a thriller/mystery with a forbidden romance added to it, but instead it was the opposite. I felt like the mystery was hardly mentioned then came up again in the last 50 pages. While the romance that took over was all angsty and I don't like angsty characters.
Besides the angst and how much the romance took over, I actually didn't have a problem with it. It sounds odd, as they are cousins, but I actually rooted for them. A big part of it is that I can see it from their perspective and how guilty they feel, how they know this is wrong. They try to stop, but these two really do love each other, they just have the misfortune of being cousins.
As for characters, Jackie was okay, but she was a pretty average YA MC and her back-and-forth motion with Marcus was a bit annoying. Marcus, on one hand, was such a sweet guy! Will is another great guy who is in the book and his situation is a bit unusual, as he is very supportive of Jackie's relationship with her cousin and wants to help her. He's an awesome guy and a great friend!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I felt like the romance took main stage, while the mystery aspect was a bit neglected. The romance was angsty and a bit unusual, but I oddly rooted for it! If you are okay with forbidden romances and your mysteries being a bit less, then try this out. I think I'm mainly disappointed by the mystery and expected more, but I was really surprised by my feelings towards the romance. That factor caused me to like this book and I will look into more books by this author....more
MY THOUGHTS It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I did, I found a very interestThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I did, I found a very interesting read!
This book takes place in a dystopian/steampunk future. In this society, there are three different races: humans, Kantian, and Neumarian. The Neumarians have supernatural abilities and are enslaved. The world is taken over by a ruthless Queen, Semara's mother. As princess, Semara has to sacrifice a Neumarian on her birthday. When she comes face to face with Raeth, a childhood friend that she betrayed and thought dead. Raeth is also meant to be the sacrifice. Semara refuses and discovers that she has her own supernatural abilities. With the help of Ryder, Raeth's brother, Semara is able to escape. They have to figure out a way to stop the Queen, all the while a price is on their heads.
I had a hard time getting into this book at first. The story was a bit confusing at first and I had issues with Ryder. At the beginning, Ryder supposedly hates Semara for who she is. He also rescues her because of Raeth. But he is always saying, in the beginning, how much he hates her. Then, in the next paragraph, he would help her out. Yeah, I can sort of understand it, but it was very crazy having him have completely different feelings every other paragraph. Thankfully, this didn't last that long.
The further along I got into this book, the more I enjoyed it! The world-building was phenomenal! And the characters were also really great! I loved Raeth especially! She is much stronger than she looks and she is just such a great girl! She is loyal, and even though Semara did horrible things to her, Raeth still loves and forgives her! I absolutely loved her! I also loved how much Ryder would do to protect his sister and, eventually, Samara.
The romance was iffy for me. I loved them together, but I did think it was too fast. It wasn't insta-love, but I thought they were exchanging "I love yous" too soon.
IN CONCLUSION It was hard to get into this book at first, but I ended up finding an enjoyable read! If you would like to read an interesting dystopian, steampunk, and semi-fantasy book, this is the book for you! I do plan on continuing this series....more
MY THOUGHTS After the events in the first book, Mary Hades has moved backThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5
MY THOUGHTS After the events in the first book, Mary Hades has moved back home with her family only to have the bombshell dropped on her that the are essentially switching homes with another woman who wishes to live closer to the city. Their new home now rests out in the outskirts in a very large, old, and beautiful. A home with a history that no one will tell them. The previous owner is very jumpy, no one ever wants to come to their new home, and their odd new neighbor skirts around all questions. Mary knows something is wrong with the house, but cannot sense any ghosts. It's only her mom's strange behavior and a young girl's diary from long ago that she can begin connecting the dots.
What's interesting about this series is that each book focuses on another ghosty story and I actually very much enjoy that. It's recommended to read Mary Hades and even My Daylight Monsters, the prequel, will help you understand things, but you won't be entirely confused without the stories within them.
This book was very short and felt more like a novella than a full book. I felt like half this book was Mary and half this book was Liz, the girl from the 1800s. I thought that this was very interesting, that we got to see how the house affected the past and how it was affecting the present. I felt like a lot more was happening in Liz's parts, but the Mary timeline picks up the pace near the end. It was also interesting how history seemed to repeat itself.
As for the book itself, I wish I could've gotten more information, as I'm still confused about the house, but overall this was very frightening and dark. It brought up some very unexpected things as well. I felt like one of the strongest things in this book, though, was probably Mary and her mom's relationship. It goes through hardships in this book, but I really think it grows stronger.
For some reason, I just didn't enjoy it as much as book 1. This ghost story did have very scary aspects, but this book was very short and so it did feel a bit rushed to me.
As for romance, THERE IS NONE! Hurray! What I liked about this is the fact that it proves that you can still have a great book without the romance!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a very creepy ghost story and it was told in a very unique manner, I just didn't enjoy it as much as book 1 (though this is still a great book!). This book is very short, around 170 pages, and very gripping, so you will get through this book very quickly! I very much like how each book has it's own ghost story while still having the same basic cast of characters! I am excited to see what creepiness will come next!...more
MY THOUGHTS This is a very interesting fantasy/dystopian series! I eThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS This is a very interesting fantasy/dystopian series! I enjoyed the first book and I enjoyed this one as well.
Reychel has been a slave all her life and now she's finally free. But is she really? There's a prophecy about a prophet that will save all their people, and Reychel is believed to be that prophet. Except she doesn't know how she can help. Every time she looks at the clouds she doesn't get any visions at all. And now she'd being pressured to deliver a false prophecy. How can she lie to everyone?
I thought this was a very good sequel and I applaud the author at her world-building and character development. I really think that Reychel has grown a lot since the first book and I can tell that she will be growing more as the series continues.
What is most interesting is how surprising this book is. There are many plot twists throughout this book, none of them expected.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I enjoyed this book as much as the first. It's a really quick read, under 200 pages. If you liked the first book, you should definitely pick this one up. As far as continuing the series, I hope to pick up the next book soon!...more
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I guess I have an odd soft spot for dystopian books. I think I read only the first sentence of the synopsis and immediately added it to my TBR list! A dystopian society on the moon? Yes please! And this was a good book.
Phaet lives in a Moon colony with her sister, brother, and mom. When her mom is taken into quarantine for having a fever, Phaet and her siblings are sent to live in Shelter. To avoid having her siblings live in that horrible environment, Phaet enlists in the Militia, despite her young age of 15. Phaet has to undergo brutal training in order to get to the top rankings, where she will make enough money to help her mother, who is now in jail.
I think my main problem in this book is just that it didn't catch my attention enough. I don't know. I felt like this book wasn't anything new in the dystopian genre. I've seen many books with plots similar to this, especially the Militia training scenes which reminded me of Tris training to be Dauntless in Divergent. I'm not accusing the author of copying or anything like that, Divergent wasn't the first book with this. And I still enjoyed the plot because I am a sucker for these dystopians. As far as world-building, it was nicely done. I did get a pretty good grab about what it was like in the Moon colony. I did have issues with how little I seemed to know about the war between Earth and the Moon. I felt like I was told about it, but I never saw anything that hinted about it. (view spoiler)[Which makes sense because there was no war. (hide spoiler)]
Characterization wise, the main character is a great one. Phaet is very loyal to her family and it's obvious that she loves them. I also applaud her dedication to helping her family. It's not easy to give up your future and them go through training that can potentially damage you. Then she has to compete against a bunch of 18 year olds. I really gave to give this girl props. I would also like to mention that her family and friends see her as changed because of the training. She disagrees with them, but I do think she changed just not in a bad way as her friends and family say. She became stronger.
This book also has no romance by the way. That may change in future books, but there was no annoying romance to distract the plot. If you are one who avoids books with romance, this is a book you can pick up!
This book is a bit slow-paced for the most part though. A majority of the book is the training, but near the end of the book there is a huge climax. A heaping load of events happen near the end and we find out about many important things. It takes a bit to get there, but it does get to be a very exciting book.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this isn't a new story. It's similar to other dystopians and it is a bit slow-paced, but the book really picks up near the end. I know I sound really nit-picky about this book, but I did like this book. It was very interesting with great characters and no romance! After the way this book ended, I am looking forward to the next book!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS Gosh, this book was amazing! It's a well known act, at least around my house, that I have an obsession with aliens. Whenever I see any hint of the world "alien" in a synopsis, it immediately gets put on my TBR list! Thankfully, this book exceeded my expectations!
This book takes place 30 years after most of humanity was wiped out by a biological disease. After a horrible event that left Jax comatose for awhile, Jax and her brother now live in a 'safe' human settlement. Jase, Jax's brother gets to be a hunter while Jax has to be a 'proper women': Wear dresses and wait until she's promised at 18, then pop out babies. Jax plans on persuading Jase to leave the settlement, but Jase ends up getting taken by aliens. Jax needs to find Jase, but the only way to find the alien city is to team up with an alien.
I love pretty much everything about this book! The world is so well-crafted! While I do wish that I could get more information on the Collapse, everything about the current world is really well-crafted. We especially get to know more info on the aliens.
What is the strongest in this book has to be the characters. Jax is a very strong, and stubborn character. She learns things about her brother that would cause most people to not help him, but she continues trying to save him. I loved Lir, the alien, but I can't quite figure out where he lies.
This book was also very surprising. I, honestly, didn't know what to expect from this book. I wasn't able to guess ahead of time what would happen, this book was anything but predictable.
IN CONCLUSION Amazing book! I strongly recommend this book! It has great characters, well-crafted world, and ALIENS! Oddly, this book reminded me of Angelfall, one of my all-time favorites. So, if you loved that book, this one is also a possibility! Now, I am very much anticipating the sequel!...more
MY THOUGHTS A dystopian book with a plot based on how no one reads the fine print, and now tThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS A dystopian book with a plot based on how no one reads the fine print, and now they either die or become assassins. Who reads the fine print, right? No one does, I don't, so a dystopian based on this is very interesting.
Thanks to some fine print with their credit cards, Valor Savings Bank has full permission to kill their customers or force them to become assassins. When Patsy's mom becomes in debt, they come to her house and threaten to kill her mother and burn their house down if Patsy doesn't kill people for them. She now has to kill ten people in less than a week and she quickly realizes that all ten of these people are somehow connected to her.
This book was very fast-paced and a lot happens in a short amount of time. This book spans in less than a week if that gives you any idea. I already mentioned how I find the premise very interesting and so unique and I do think that, at most parts it was done well. It was horrible what Patsy was going through, obviously, and with each person she changed and was affected deeply. As time goes on, she also grows more hatred towards Valor.
One thing that we get a hint of, but I wish there was more, was Valor's takeover. Valor took over the emergency numbers and who knows what else. I really want to know fully how Valor took over and how much control it has. Also, there is a hint of another company trying to similarly take control. This isn't really a big deal, neither of these are, since they both are most likely coming to play in the sequel.
A bigger issue that I tried to ignore was the romance. There's a bit of a teamwork/romance that Patsy gets with Wyatt. What I can't ignore is that Patsy not only killed his father, but is also supposed to kill his brother. I just think that this was just way too unbelievable and no one can forgive someone for that so quickly, no matter the circumstances.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a very original, fast-paced dystopian thriller. It kept my interest all the way through. I have issues with the romance in the time span, but that's the only major issue. I would like to know more about Valor and this horrible new world and I hope to get more answers in the sequel!...more
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Actual rating: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS It's kind of odd that I read two books with similar themes so very close to one another. I recently read What She Left Behind, which also revolves around an abusive father and a missing mother. But while both books have similar themes, the books are really different.
This book is about Edie who constantly has to move from place to place with her mother in order to escape her violet father, who will not let them go. This time, they move from Canada to London, where Edie's mom grew up, to see if they can finally escape the past. But when Edie's mother doesn't return home from work, Edie fears that the past has finally caught up with them. Edie has to keep up with school all the while she's living alone and trying to find her mother. She has a limited amount of money and will not ask the police for help, in fear that she may be put back in the hands of her father in absence of her mother.
This book, obviously, focuses on tough subjects and I believe that the author has done a great done with that. What I believe worked out the best for this book was Edie's characterization. She hasn't had an easy life and it's hard for her to later to keep up the pretense that her mother has not disappeared. I wished through it all that she would tell the police, but with her dad actually being a cop she knew that cops may believe him over her and I could understand that. What I really liked was how she grew more courage in the book and was eventually able to face the past.
Another character I liked was Jermaine. He had no reason to help Edie, but he did so anyway. I liked their friendship and their search for Edie's mother. I wasn't particularly fond of how it turned into a romance, I much preferred the friendship, but it wasn't bad.
I think my main problem with this book was the pacing. A majority of this book is very slow-paced. I understand that it may take awhile to find her mom, but the story was very slow-going for awhile. Then it was resolved very quickly and I felt like the end was a bit rushed.
IN CONCLUSION The story focuses on tough subjects, but the story was very well done. The characters were great, especially Edie, who grew during the story. I had issues with the pacing, but other than that this was a quick, emotional read. If you enjoy contemporary mysteries that touch on tough subjects, you might enjoy this one....more
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book via First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book via First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I honestly had no idea what this book was about. I just really wanted to read another book by Carrie Ryan! I'm glad to say that this was a very interesting read and completely different from Carrie Ryan's other books!
This book starts with Frances being rescued after being stranded at sea for a week. She was on the cruise ship Persephone when it was attacked, everyone on the ship was murdered. Frances escaped with her friend Libby, but Libby sadly didn't survive the days lost at sea. Turns out that The Senator and his son--Frances' first love--also survived, but tell the media that the ship was taken by a rogue wave. Frances ends up taking up Libby's identity , to help Libby's father and to also have a home. For four years she lives overseas to hide from the media and those who know Libby, the real Libby, until, at 18, she comes back with a plan. She wants to find out the truth of what happened, and unleash the truth. And she will do anything to make it happen.
The entire idea behind this book is fascinating. First of all, the idea of taking someone else's identity was done so well here. Frances has been Libby for four years and has long since buried Frances. What's really interesting is that she is neither Frances or Libby. She has completely taken over Libby's identity, doing what she believe Libby would do, but she could never truly be Libby and all of her ideals have been morphed by revenge. The mystery aspect of this book, as well as the revenge, but I really think Frances/Libby as a character is also very important. This entire book focuses on her getting over her past and realizing who she really is.
Still, I loved the mystery aspect. The book is slowly-paced, but there is so much suspense that I couldn't help turning the pages to find out what happened to the ship and what Frances would do to get her revenge. I was a bit disappointed when I found out what actually happened, it wasn't as big as I thought it would be (not big enough to have so many people killed) and it just felt odd, but I still loved how everything came together in the end.
Lastly, there was romance, but there wasn't. The romance is a complete mess in this book because it starts out as revenge and then there's the whole Frances/Libby thing. Really, it's hard to explain. There are feelings in the romance, but there is more focus on Frances and the entire ship mystery.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I'm so glad that I picked up this new book by Carrie Ryan! It is completely different from her zombie horror, but this is not a big to be missed by fans of mystery and revenge! I hope to be able to read more from her in the future!...more
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MY THOUGHTS This was such an interesting book. This book takes place in a future where hypercanes (super-hurricanes that last years) devastates the Earth. So, the Earth's population lives underground. Jasin has always wanted to see the surface and the sky, but it has always been deemed unsafe. When her parents decide to go on a retreat to the surface, it's a surprise to Jasin. But when the island her and her family is vacationing at gets attacked, she begins to question everything she was raised to know.
What I really loved about this book was how much Jasin changed throughout the book. I loved seeing how her perceptions changed throughout the book and I loved seeing her interactions with the surface dwellers.
The plot, while similar to many dystopian books, brings many new ideas and the overall plot is very different than any other dystopian. This book is full of twists-and-turns and questions, that kept me wanting to turn the page. I did have issues that I didn't feel like everything got resolved, but that was my only issues.
As far as romance, as this is a YA book, it was great. There was very little romance in this book. Enough to make me happy and want to ship it, but not too much to distract from the plot.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this book was thrilling, fast-paced, with lots of twists. The plot, characters, and romance were all great. I had issues with how much was unresolved, so I wish this was a series, not a stand-alone. Otherwise, this was a really great read!...more
MY THOUGHTS I literally had no idea what this book was about, besides the fact that it had sThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I literally had no idea what this book was about, besides the fact that it had something to do with dreams. Now, I am quite thankful for that as this book took me completely by surprise!
Hudson and Mariella have one thing in common: They both dream of Paradise. A dream world in which is absolutely perfect and the only way to live there is to give something up. Hudson gave up fighting. Mariella gave up her voice. When Hudson runs into a gang that wants revenge on him, Hudson tries to break the rules to protect his 4 year-old brother. He's frozen into place and has to watch his little brother die. Hudson realizes that Paradise is dangerous and is run by demons. He breaks his hold off of Paradise and chases after visions of two girls and fire... Mariella hasn't spoken in four years. She's in love with Paradise and Orane, the man who lives there. In order to protect Paradise, she has given a vow of silence. When Orane says that soon, Mariella can live there forever, she's ecstatic. But her new neighbor keeps trying to put doubts in her head. And her memory is not the way it used to be...
My favorite aspect of this book is the dream world! The idea of a paradise world that you could be taken to in your dreams is a fantastic idea by itself, but what if it isn't really a paradise? That is the idea that this book brings up and it is so unique and original!
I loved Hudson! I loved how much he loved his younger brother and I hated how much pain Hudson had to go through. What is really great about Hudson is how much he wants to save others from going through what he went through. He travels to a town he has never been to before to save a complete stranger. He's also a really great guy in general and it was amazing how he never gave up on saving Mariella, even when she wouldn't believe what he said.
Mariella, on the other hand, did annoy me, but I can't fault her for it. It bothered me how much she loved Orane and how she would believe him (the demon!) over Hudson. But I can see why. She loves Orane and Hudson is a guy she doesn't really know. Also, she really sees Paradise as a paradise and anyone would want to live in a paradise. I did really feel for her, though. She has given up so much and she has gone through so much without even realizing it.
Another person I would like to mention is K.T. She's a minor character, but she helps Hudson and Mariella so much in the book. She was Mariella's childhood friend and, despite the fact that Mariella doesn't remember her, she helps out. And she does know what is really going on! Her sister also is in a coma, thanks to the demons (if you stay in Paradise, you get in a coma).
IN CONCLUSION This is such a new, amazing book! If you would like to read a book with a unique, dark take on dreamworlds, then you don't want to miss this one! I am definitely planning on reading the next one!...more
MY THOUGHTS I loved Ruta Sepetys' Between Shades of Gray, as heartbreaking as it was! So, IThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I loved Ruta Sepetys' Between Shades of Gray, as heartbreaking as it was! So, I wanted to see if this book would be just as beautiful! This book is still dark, but definitely not as dark as the author's previous book!
This book takes place in 1950's New Orleans. Josie's mother is a prostitute and doesn't care for Josie at all. Josie just wants to leave New Orleans and go to college, but her lack of money makes that very hard for her. After a man is mysteriously murdered, Josie wants to know who this man was and what exactly happened to him. To make matters worse, Cincinnati, a guy in the mafia, has returned. Josie's mom is, apparently, in love with this man even though he beats her. Josie has to struggle with trying to find the murderer, prevent Cincinnati from causing more damage, along with finding a way to get into a good college.
A misdemeanor of historical fiction is that they are slow-paced. This book was definitely not slow-paced! There is event after event after event and it is very thrilling but also very upsetting, as none of it goes very well for Josie. Still, the whole vibe behind this book, even though all the action, is just how vividly realistic this book is. All the characters and the world are so very real and full of flaws. Honestly, Ruta Sepetys is very talented at created raw and real stories.
As for Josie, she is a very great main character! It's very easy to connect with her. She has had such a hard life and she is such a strong character. I especially loved how much she wanted to stick to her dreams and how she would continue to go after them!
There wasn't really a romance in this book per say, even though there was an odd love triangle. I say there wasn't really a romance because of how realistic it was and how this book is not a romance. The focus of the book is on, really, everything else and the little romance there was just hovered in the background. I, honestly, think this was perfect for the story.
IN CONCLUSION I didn't like this as much as Between Shades of Gray, but this is still a really great read. This book is incredibly real and fast-paced! Ruta Sepetys is a wonderful author and I am definitely reading anything else she writes!...more
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MY THOUGHTS This book has an idea that is very common in YA books (a teenage girl being able to see through glamour), but it was executed so well, and I loved it!
The book focuses on Gabi, who runs into a hideous shoplifting monster at work. Later, the same monster followed her home and she sees a boy fighting said monster. Turns out that the boy, Rafe, is a demon hunter and just saved her life, but is surprised to find out that Gabi has the Sight. Gabi is able to see through a demon's glamour, which is very uncommon for those who are not demon hunters. Rafe needs Gabi's help to hunt down demons.
I had issues with Gabi at first. I didn't particularly like her voice and I thought she was a bit immature. It also bothered me how long it took her to put together what was going on. As the book went on, I began to like Gabi and her voice. It still bothered me how long it took her to put things together, though.
As far as romance, I thought it was great! It didn't take up the entire plot and it wasn't an insta-love. Rafe is such a great character and I really like Gabi and his relationship.
The plot, while I've read many books with the general plot, became much more and surprised me. The book became very fact-paced once Gabi and Rafe met, and it was very thrilling!
IN CONCLUSION This was a really great read! I had a few issues in the beginning, but I eventually grew to love both the plot and the characters! I'm definitely continuing the series! In fact, I have an ecopy of the next book waiting for me on my ereader!...more