MY THOUGHTS I kind of just ended up with a copy of this book and decided to give it a try.This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I kind of just ended up with a copy of this book and decided to give it a try. I didn't really know much about it, just a quick glace at the synopsis, but I was in the mood for a fun contemporary. This book wasn't as fun as I expected. There was a lot more drama and the characters annoyed me, but the book does give a more realistic, and awkward, take on first love.
Hannah and Sam meet each other at a party, in the bathroom. After a witty, and short, conversation, the two are both convinced that the other is the one for them. But neither of them knows the other's name. Of course their story isn't over yet, after another chance meeting, misunderstandings, and drama, maybe their love story can actually start.
I have some issues with this book, but despite my issues, I must say that this book does have a realistic and honest feel to it. Now, I've never been in love, never really want to be, but I know that first love and love in general is not as picture perfect as the movies. First love is awkward and this book shows that (though there may be more misunderstandings and drama than some real-life situations...). The characters are also very awkward and felt like real teenagers, though they did annoy me at times.
I did have trouble with this book though. I felt like a majority of this book was just the two main characters whining about them still being virgins. I myself am a virgin and I'm older than the two of them, but these two are acting like everyone but them has had sex. Yeah, I understand that (most) teens think that, but it still bothered me. I admit that when I was their age, and still, I didn't care about being a virgin because I actually want to stay that way (and not for religious reasons. relationships just don't interest me). So, I couldn't relate to them and they just seemed like a bunch of whiners. Now, while I wasn't a fun of some of this, I do think it's great that this book does touch up on sex. I may not care about it, but, again, I know that it is a topic on a lot of teens minds and having a book that doesn't shy away from it is a good thing. (Yeah, I know I'm sending mix signals here. Sorry about that).
This book also has a lot of drama in it. I guess I figured there would be some, most contemporary books have some, but I didn't expect this much drama. I have such a hard time with drama in books. It's okay when there's some, but sometimes the drama is too much for me. Drama in books always causes me to be frustrated by all of the bad decisions the characters are making. This book really did push that, the characters would seem to be doing okay, but them they would turn around and ruin things. Blah.
IN CONCLUSION Honestly, this just wasn't my kind of book. I like fun contemporaries, but this book was not one. I do not think you should base whether you should pick up this book on my review (you never should). My problems with this book was mostly due to personal preference rather than quality. I don't like drama in books. The story did have "funny" moments, but it was not my kind of humor. The book did feel real in the way it touches on first love and the characters were also real, but I couldn't relate to it. At all. Anyway, this wasn't my cup of tea and I seem to be the black sheep. Bah. ...more
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MY THOUGHTS "Aliens" is a code word to me. If I see the word "aliens" in a synopsis, I'm going to want to read it. This book did not disappoint me! I thought this was a fantastic sci-fi!
Kora is queen of an alien territory, the first female ruler of her territory in awhile. Many of her people are rioting, seeing as unfit to rule, demanding her brother to be on her throne. But her brother is violent and cruel, Kora will never let her brother be on the throne. Eros is a half-blood, half human and half alien. For all his life he's lived in the deserts, with rebel humans. He's alienated because of his blood, but when alien soldiers raze his camp, he defends it. Only to be taken captive. Now he will either be killed or he will be turned into a bodyguard. But there's knowledge that even he didn't know about his blood that must be kept secret.
This book is from the point of view of both Kora and Eros. I liked seeing everything from both their perspectives and environments, the book wouldn't have worked otherwise. I liked both the characters. Both of them are strong, as their situations demand it, but in their own ways. I also liked how the seemed to grow and change as the book went, as all the crazy was going on.
The world-building in this book was fantastic. I felt like we got to know the culture on the planet, of both the humans and the aliens, though we got to see more of the alien life. I've read a lot of sci-fi books, but this book is different. As far as plot and pacing, this book was very fast-paced and action-packed!
My only main problem with this book is the ending. I felt like the ending was about abrupt and I hope there's a sequel.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I enjoyed reading this book! It had fantastic characters, world-building, plot, and ALIENS! I do kind of wish the ending was more resolved, so I hope there's a sequel in the future....more
MY THOUGHTS I've read many books by Susane Colasanti before, and enjoyed them. So, when I sThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I've read many books by Susane Colasanti before, and enjoyed them. So, when I saw this book at a used book sale, I picked it up without seeing what it was about. While I enjoyed her other books, this book was most definitely not for me. If I read the synopsis beforehand, I would've known that. This book was just way too cheesy.
This book is told in dual POV between Seth and Skye. The two meet over the summer for one night, but before they meet again, Seth unexpectedly leaves early. They both wonder if they will see each other again or if the other felt the same way about that night. When they do see each other, they'll try to make it work, but it is much harder than either of them expected.
This book wasn't bad, but it's just not my kind of book. It's hard to get me to like a romance, and this book had almost everything that I don't like in romance. First of all, I don't believe in the idea of soulmates. Since that seems to be what a majority of this book is about, it was hard for me to get into it. And as the two go hand and hand, there was insta-love. Not a fan of that.
To be honest, this book was just not Susane Colasanti's best. As I mentioned, I've read many of her books and this one is by far my least favorite. Again, this was mostly because of the romance, but the characters and story also just fell flat.
IN CONCLUSION I know I'm making this book sound horrible, but this really is just not my kind of book. If you believe in soulmates, this might be more of your cup of tea. It's a really quick contemporary read, it did have it's moments, but I couldn't look past the romance. This is definitely not my favorite book from Susane Colasanti....more
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Actual Rating; 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS This book takes off where after the cliffy in the last book. Urlick is imprisoned and Eyelet must travel to save him from potential death. And then a whole bunch of stuff happens...
Yeah, that's a terrible summary, you can read the synopsis and it basically gives away many of the crazy things and dangers these characters endure, which is a lot . If you're worried about middle book syndrome, don't be. Sure, the two main characters are separated, which is common in middle books, but A LOT happens. I couldn't have possibly have given this book a good synopsis without giving anything away. This book is very action-packed and just when you think that everyone's good, there's another danger. I will admit that because so much was going on, everything felt a bit jumbled and scattered. Throughout it all, though, we also learn a whole bunch of new information and there were plenty of surprises. Boy, were there surprises.
Like the last book, this book is from both Eyelet's and Urlick's perspective. This is pretty darn handy because they are separated a lot and we kind of need both sides of the story. Again, I didn't love them, but neither did I hate them. Their characters felt like normal YA characters, but they were both developed characters.
Now, the ending. It sucked. Jacqueline Garlick likes to torture us apparently because this book ends in another cliffhanger. And it's a horrible cliffhanger! The type of cliffhanger that messes with your emotions and causes you to stare at the page, as if another, new page will appear with the actual ending. Needless to say, I basically need the next book.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I thought that this was a great sequel. If you excuse the emotional trauma from the ending, I enjoyed it. I just need the next book now. Please?...more
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MY THOUGHTS After reading the synopsis, I had to read this book. This book spans only 54 horrifying minutes of a school shooting. I was very curious as to how this book would be put together and how it would tackle such a tough subject. I thought it handled everything really well and the book was very well written!
The way this book is written is very unique and I admit that I was also very intrigued by the formatting. Not only does this book's story last less than an hour, and even gives a time-stamp each 'chapter', but there were multiple different perspectives as well. We see the event through the eyes of Claire, Tomas, Autumn, and Sylv. I was a little thrown at first to have so many different perspectives, but the characters were so immensely different and so well-developed, that I was easily able to differentiate them. First I would like to mention that all the characters are very diverse! What I also liked was how we got to see the backgrounds of all four of the characters and how they all were somehow connected to the shooter.
I really liked this book and I thought it was very unique and harshly real, but for some reason I cannot bring myself to give this book a 5/5. I feel bad saying this, but for some reason this book didn't make me feel as strongly as I thought it should've made me feel. Did I feel anything at all? Yes! Of course! I'm not entirely heartless! But I didn't feel on the edge the whole time, with my heart being torn into shreds.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I thought this was a very stand-out debut novel! I was very impressed by it! The writing was fantastic, the characters were very well-developed, and the tough subject matter was handled very well. For some reason this book didn't make me as emotional as I expected from the subject, but I still liked this book. I will most definitely be reading any other books Marieke Nijkamp writes!...more
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MY THOUGHTS Going into this book, I didn't know what to expect. I've disliked books and enjoyed books by this author. The Firelight trilogy was meh to me, but I enjoyed Uninvited (the sequel is another series). I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I really liked it and I was close to giving it a full 5 stars!
Ever since darkness fell across her kingdom, Luna has been in her tower. She's only ever really known two people and she's hardly ever left her tower, as the outside is too dangerous. Until one day, she does, and she comes across a group of three surviving in the wilds. After saving them, she leads them back to the tower. But when her tower gets attacked, she must leave, with one of the strangers she just found. In a world of darkness there are many dangers, especially when your the lost princess.
I loved this book! It was completely unique! This has some fairy-tale aspects, but all-in -all this is a very dark fantasy, and it was epic. The world-building was great! I felt like I was sucked into this dark world! And, best of all, there were plot twists! I adore plot twists! Some I saw coming, but still, I loved them!
I liked the characters in this book. This book is from the point of view of both Luna and Fowler. Luna doesn't seem like a strong person at first, due to how sheltered she is and the decision she makes of going outside, even though she's been told how dangerous it is. But Luna actually is very strong, especially when you realize more about her situation (I don't want to give too much away). She's also very kind. Fowler is from a completely different situation than Luna. He has learned how to survive in the darkness. The two have an interesting dynamic, both distrusting one another but thrown together due to circumstance. Although, of course you know right off that they will eventually grow to like each other, this is a YA book.
Fair warning: There is a bit of a cliffhanger.
IN CONCLUSION I really enjoyed reading this book! Despite my earlier misgivings, I was very pleasantly surprised by this book! This was a such an interesting and unique fantasy book! The world-building was strong and dark and the cast of characters was interesting! I do recommend this book, but expect plot twists and a cliffhanger!...more
MY THOUGHTS This was a very quick and easy read with charming fun! In fact, I enjoyed it a bThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This was a very quick and easy read with charming fun! In fact, I enjoyed it a bit more than Keeping the Castle, which this is technically a companion to.
This book follows a multiple cast of characters, including 8 girls of The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy. The school is supposed to teach them to be ladies so they can find a husband. The problem: there are no eligible gentlemen in Lesser Ho.
I need to first mention that this book IS NOT A SEQUEL! This is a companion to Keeping the Castle, since it takes place in the same place, but the major characters are different. The characters of Keeping the Castle do make appearances, though, so fans can look forward to that.
It took a bit to get onto the book. This book focuses a lot of characters, and I mean a lot. There are the girls, the gentlemen, the inhabitant of Lesser Ho, as well as others. The book kind of jumps around from character to character and takes some getting used to. eventually, though, I was very entertained by the strange cast of characters and the multiple events afoot!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was quite an enjoyable read! If you're looking for a quick, fun read, this would be a great place to look!...more
MY THOUGHTS This book focuses on a group of ex-friends: Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe. After JoyThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book focuses on a group of ex-friends: Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe. After Joy moved without explanation, the friends drifted apart. It's when the summer camp they used to attend has a reunion that the girls see eachother again and end up accidentally transporting 2 years into the part. To their last summer as friends. The girls have to recreate their past, and their last photo, in order to get back to the present. But how can they live in the past when their older now? And what if they change things?
I was actually surprised by this book. For some reason I thought they metaphorically transported in time, so I was expecting a full-on contemporary. I was pleasantly surprised by the time travel aspect. Yet, this book is still very realistic. I think a praise on the book "Sisterhood of the (Time) Traveling Pants" is an accurate way to describe this book. The friendship and the summertime feeling to this book reminded me of the Traveling Pants book, though there are definitely differences.
There is the fact that this book is very very slow-paced. It makes sense considering the plot, but most of the book is the friends doing their separate things. Not that it was dull or anything. It was interesting seeing the girls try to recreate their summer, and not really recreate it. I actually really did end up liking seeing their different stories. This book is mostly about friendship and second chances, so there is hope and lots of drama in this.
This book also follows each of the girls individually. It's in third person, but it's like we're seeing the POV from each girl. I'm not a big fan of third person and some might find the switches confusing, but I think this worked out for this book! I really can't see how we could've gotten the story in any other way. Now, I did have issues with the girls. They seemed much younger. In fact, it seemed like they completely took over their roles of being 15 again, which kind of bothered me. It's not a huge problem, but I kind of wish that they seemed more their age. Besides this, though, these characters did grow so much throughout this book, learning about things about themselves and their past.
As for romance, some of the girls have their romances in the book, but I don't think that's important. This book is, again, about friendship. Whether it's a past friendship or a current one.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a great book with magical realism. I had issues with the characters and pacing, at first, but I grew into liking this book. I think this is a great summer read abouts second chances and friendship! I recommend this to fans of contemporary friendship reads!...more