I was surprised by this book, since I was expecting a sequel, but this is actually a companio...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
I was surprised by this book, since I was expecting a sequel, but this is actually a companion novella. You can actually read this book without The Island, since they take place at the same time, just different points-of-view. The Waves follows Walt, who we were introduced to in The Island. In this novella we get to see his side of the story as well as what it's like at Hope Harbor. I actually enjoyed this book more than The Island. As the author was not on a word limit, there is more details and world-building in this book! I liked getting some questions answered as well as getting a deeper look into both sides of the island! Overall, this is turning out to be an interesting little dystopian novella series and I am definitely going to look into the next book, The Deep. And as far as recommendations go, I say give this series a try!(less)
THE RUN-DOWN When Chloe was a little girl, she was able to see ghosts. But her mother told he...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
THE RUN-DOWN When Chloe was a little girl, she was able to see ghosts. But her mother told her that if she told the ghosts to leave Chloe alone, then they would. And for the past ten years Chloe didn't see a single spirit. That is, until her mother's death. Suddenly, Chloe is seeing ghosts all over the place.
Chloe's grandmother then decides that Chloe and her brother need to take a trip to England with her to Grange Hall, and old house that she fixed up. And, of course, the house has ghosts. One of them is Alex, who is the very first ghost that Chloe can actually talk to and she has an undeniable attraction to. But not all ghosts are nice and Alex's past girlfriend does not like Chloe...
MY THOUGHTS I just want to come out and say that I have never read a book by Alexandra Adornetto before. And I haven't exactly heard good things about her Halo series. But I decided, kind of on a whim, to read this book. To be honest, I was hoping for a good ghost book. I love ghost stories and I love books with ghosts, I find them scary but interesting at the same time. I don't think I looked close enough at the synopsis. "Alexander Reade is 157 years dead." Gosh, you mean that our main character falls in love with a guy who happens to be in the triple digits (and dead)? Hmmmm, I've never read a book like that before!
Yeah, this book wasn't going to be a nice creepy ghost story, just a stereotypical paranormal teen book. It also doesn't help that the more I got into this book, the more it sounded almost exactly like another book I've read, The Deepest Cut(seriously, it's scary how similar these two books are).
I could probably deal with an unoriginal storyline, as long as it's entertaining, but I did have a major issue with this book. The romance was enormously cliché and full of, you guessed it, INSTA-LOVE. The romance was what I call the "Bella and Edward Romance" because, just like those in Twilight, our main couple would continuously profess love to one another and that's it. There was no thoughts that would let all believe it, no build-up, just a "BUT I LOVE HIM!" I didn't even know that Chloe was attracted to Alex until he talked about a previous girlfriend and then Chloe just gets all said thinking that she could never compete with her". Excuse me? But when did you all of a sudden what to date this guy? And you do know that he is dead, right?
I really wish that I could ignore the stupid romance, but it’s very hard to ignore. The focus of the book is on the psychotic ghost (which I'll say more about later), but Alex would always be popping up and suddenly BAM! cliché-ness!
I was actually okay with the book for a while in the beginning, but when the romance can in it just made be dislike more and more things about the book. I began to look at the characters in a lesser light for example. Chloe especially. I began to see her as an idiot, mostly because she thought that she could be in a relationship with a dead dude. But she also began to always call for Alex's help and just do idiotic things. I also noticed holes in the story. Like the fact that we are never told how Chloe's mom dies! This is an important fact, but all we get to know is that she died!
Now, there is one thing that I did actually liked about this book. I liked the psychotic ghost. I wanted a creepy ghost and I got some of that with this ghost. Granted, she was not exactly what I wanted for a ghost story, but she was definitely scary and that is what I want in a ghost book.
IN CONCLUSION Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of this book. It's just like every other YA paranormal book, with added cliché romance. If that's what you like, then you can give this a try. But if you're like me and want your ghost stories to be a little less romance and a lot more horror, then you should skip this one. I'm probably not going to continue this saga (It's a trilogy, but it's called a 'saga'? Really?), but I am curious to see if this book is going to go the same direction as The Deepest Cut (Guys, I'm not joking at how similar these books are) since it looks like it might be...(less)
THE RUN-DOWN Cassie has the gift of reading people. She can look at a...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
THE RUN-DOWN Cassie has the gift of reading people. She can look at a person and be able to tell who they are, the kind of life the live, and what they may possibly do next. When she catches the attention of an FBI group, she's asked to join. The group of Naturals, filled with other teenagers with natural gifts similar to Cassie's (one just like hers, another good with emotions, and the last good with statistics and numbers), are meant to solve cold cases. But when a current case, homicides targeting women with red hair and/or "psychic" abilities, may be related to her mother's murder, which was never solved, the situation gets even more serious.
MY THOUGHTS I really enjoyed reading this book, which surprised me since I wasn't actually planning on reading this book in the first place. I was actually invested in the story and breezed quickly through the book. But, I've read books like this before. There are a lot of mystery books that have either the same or very similar story line as The Naturals (the first one that comes to mind is The Body Finder series). And while I did enjoy reading this book, I can't give it a higher rating due to how the plot of the book is so common and the fact that there was a few things that were very predictable. (view spoiler)[ In every single mystery book I've read, involving killers, the killer ALWAYS comes after the main character! Always! Always! Always! So, I predicted that at some point, the killer would go after Cassie in some way, which did happen. This disappointed me since I hate it when books are predictable, but there was some redemption (which I'll talk about later) (hide spoiler)]
I also have to say a few things on the romance. You tried, romance, but you failed. The romance of this book basically an attempt at romance, and you could tell that there was supposed to be romance, but we didn't get any romance. Sure, there was some strange kissing scenes, but there was no hint of any feelings from Cassie for either of the boys (yes, there's two, but I would not consider it a love triangle. Mostly since I don't even consider it as romance.). I also had no idea what the two guys were feeling, so the entire romance was basically a few awkward-ish kisses. That's all. I'm glad that this book did not go the route of plot taking the back seat, while romance takes the front, but I also don't particularly like it when romance is thrown into a book for seemingly no reason. Maybe there's more to it in the next book? I don't know, but it's possible.
I know it seems that I was not a fan of this book, based on the fact that all I'm doing is complaining, but I actually did enjoy reading this book. While the romance was kind of stupid, it was only a very small part of the book. And the fact that the plot of this book is a common one did not mean that I didn't like it. There is a reason as to why I have read enough of these books that I recognize how common the plot is. I mentioned earlier that the book was a bit predictable, and yes, that's true, but only in some ways. As with most mystery books, there is something that is, well, a mystery. In this book the mystery surround the serial killer. I had no idea who the killer was. None. When the killer was revealed I was taken completely by surprise! And I loved this! This was not a case of "oh, the killer is actually this person", but there are absolutely no clues or hints that would lead up to that person. No, there were many hints throughout the book, very subtle ones that are not obvious until you know who the killer is. Looking back, I could the genius in this and, of course, I loved the fact that the book took me by surprise.
IN CONCLUSION This is a very quick read, barely 300 pages, and the story is when that you can quickly breeze through. It's a bit of a common serial killer mystery, which I have seen many times before, but while predictable at times, the book will take you by surprise. The "romance" is kind of unnecessary. In fact, I hesitate to call it a romance. But, all in all. I did like this book. It was very entertaining and I definitely plan on reading the next book in the series!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
MY THOUGHTS I felt as if I was on a teeter-totter the whole time I was reading this book. Whe...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I felt as if I was on a teeter-totter the whole time I was reading this book. Whenever I began to enjoy reading this book, I would be high up on the teeter-totter until something would happen in the book and bring me back to the ground. This would happen over and over again throughout the book, which makes me so sad! I wanted to enjoy this book! In fact, there were occasions that I was really close to enjoying it! But there was always something that would prevent that.
The Writing The writing was one of those somethings and it's what really makes me so sad about not liking this book. Lanie Bross is obviously a great writer! I could clearly picture what was happening and she has such a great imagination! But, oddly enough, I am not a fan of her writing style. The book is written in 3rd person which is not my favorite point-of-view. I can deal with it if it follows only one person or it alternating every chapter (with the character's name before the chapter). But this book did not follow one character and while it did alternate every chapter, there would occasionally be chapters where more than one chapter was followed. This just made it very hard for me to connect with the characters or even care about them. What made it worse, though, was the fact that the antagonist was a character that was followed and we would hear the thought of. This erased a lot of mystery in the book.
No Explanation This isn't a big one, but there were words used that were never explained. Same thing with people. Names were brought up but it was never told who they were. It got very confusing at times.
The Romance The romance was what really drove me mad! I can deal with the writing, I can deal with no explanations, but the romance was constantly dragging me back down to the ground. I could be enjoying a scene and BOOM, here comes insta-love. Yes, there was insta-love. "Corinthe shook her head. She must have hit her head in the accident: he was human, and she could hardly even tell the difference between humans. But something about this boy seemed different." -Page 8 "He stared hard at her month and fought the intense desire to hear her whisper his name instead." -Page 65 Both of these quotes are from when they don't even know eachother! But it gets worse: "But he wanted to kiss her more than anything right that second. Press his lips against the soft curve of her neck." -Page 100 To set the scene: Corinthe is trying to kill him. This chick has a knife at this guy's throat and instead of think "Woah, this chick is trying to kill me! I need to fight back!" He's thinking about kissing her. And these ridiculous emotions cross the character's minds all throughout the book. Even more ridiculous, there wasn't even really a romance until the very very end.
But, as I said, there were parts that I actually enjoyed.
The Ideas I loved the premise to the story and all the imagination involved in the creation of it. The idea of fate in this book was enormously fascinating!
Fantasy Elements I can't go into full detail about this, because of spoilers, but there are other worlds in this story and made me super happy! This kind of thing in books is one of my favorite plot-like aspects to be found in books! The middle portion of this book, where this was, was my absolute favorite and I was really enjoying myself throughout it! Sucks that the romance ruined it.
The Ending I HATED the romance aspect to the ending, but other than that, I really liked the way things ended. It sounds really bad, though, if you know what happens. (view spoiler)[Corinthe basically sacrifices herself. She dies instead of Luc. It's really odd that I like this, but it shows how much Corinthe changes as a character. In the beginning, all she cared about was getting back home, enough so that she planned on killing the guy that she kind of liked. She was also very emotionless and inhuman in the beginning. But she ended up giving her home to let Luc's sister live and to save Luc. It also says a lot about fate in the fact that Luc killing Corinthe actually ended up happening in the end. (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION I have a weird relationship with this book. I enjoyed some parts--like the premise, the fantasy elements, and the ending--but was not a fan of the writing style or lack of explanations. But the romance was particularly irritating. I would like to think that the middle portion of the book would redeem it, but I can't get myself to give this book a higher rating. To be honest, the book isn't really that memorable. Maybe it's because of the fact that I never could connect with the characters, but I don't like I'll remember this story in the long-run. As for the next book, I won't read it. 1. I liked the ending of this book. 2. I have a feeling that book 2 might have more romance. But Lanie Bross is talented and if she ever writes anything else, I'll probably look into it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
MY THOUGHTS I, honestly, had no idea what to expect from this book. I knew that it was about...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I, honestly, had no idea what to expect from this book. I knew that it was about a road trip, but that's it. I was in the mood for a summer read and this looked like the perfect summer read! This was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a fun road trip book and I got this. This beautiful, unique monster that made me laugh but cry in the span of only a few hours. This book was much more than a road trip.
Reading this book, is like reading five short stories. This book is separated into five different parts: Hudson, Bree, Elliot, Sonia, and Leila. Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia are each going through their own problems. Each of them have never met each other and never do. But Leila meets every single one of them and changes each of their lives. You see, that's how this book feels like a collection of short stories. Each story is an adventure that Leila has with that particular character. Now, Leila... I'll get to her later. But I loved the unique way that this book's story was told. And I loved all of the characters. Yes, they had their flaws, but that's part of the reason way I loved them. The characters were REAL. They weren't perfect and they were facing problems that many people face.
This did not feel like a serious book for the most part. The adventures that all of the characters have with Leila are oftentimes fun, ridiculous, and absolutely hilarious. Sure, the characters change after the adventure and while that gets more serious, the adventures in the book are more of the fun variety.
Now that I talked about the first four characters, I can talk about Leila. Leila is probably my favorite character, but it's really hard to talk about her without spoiling things. I loved what she did for these complete strangers that she meets on her road trip to the Northern Lights. These strangers don't want to face their problems or change, but Leila won't take that and helps them out in these crazy adventures and I just love her for that. Throughout the book you will become curious about Leila. You will notice that she never gives any information about herself and when she does, it will change in every part. So, by the end, you will really want to hear Leila's story and I have to start talking here...
IN CONCLUSION This is a uniquely told story. I loved the separate little adventures and all of the characters that went with them. This book will make you laugh. Not only are the characters funny, but the situations they get into are hilarious. But this book will also break your heart. I definitely recommend this book!(less)
MY THOUGHTS I feel so awkward. The average rating for this book on Goodreads is 3.27. Almost ev...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I feel so awkward. The average rating for this book on Goodreads is 3.27. Almost every review I see for this book is a negative review. But I absolutely loved this book. When I was reading this book, I was very confused by this. I kept seeing this amazing and imaginative book, while a majority of people would see the opposite. Sometimes, when this happens, a seed of doubt plants in my brain and I begin thinking that the book wasn't as great as I thought. But this time, I'm sticking to my original thoughts and feelings on the book. I remember how much I enjoyed reading this and seeing bad reviews shouldn't change that. Anyway, just wanted to get that out of the way.
I originally wanted to read this book due to multiple reasons.
-The awesome cover -Gender-bending -The fact that the author is young -The awesome sci-fi premise This book was actually better than I expected (mostly because I had very low expectations due to the ratings). I thought this book was very imaginative! This book was not only a sci-fi, but a fantasy as well. The author had to come up with the fantasy world as well as the sci-fi elements and the imagination involved in that is astounding! And I was incredibly engrossed in this book. There was so much happening and I was really interested in what was going on. Sure, some parts were slow, but that oddly didn't bother me. And, of course, I also loved the gender-bending (although I wished it lasted longer!)
The only issue I had was the ending. I hated the ending. I hated the last chapter because of a certain thing that happened (view spoiler)[Did Fox really have to die?!?! (hide spoiler)] But my main issue is the Epilogue. I felt that it was pointless, unnecessary, and honestly didn't fit in with the rest of the book. I also pretty much already knew that what happened in the epilogue would eventually happen, so I didn't really see the point in spelling it out for everyone. I was also under the impression that this would be a series and the epilogue hurt any chance of that (unless there's a companion book). But, to be honest, I generally hate epilogues.
IN CONCLUSION I'm in the minority here, but I really did enjoy this book. The idea was interesting, imagination, and a little bit strange. I basically liked everything about this book except the ending. I just can't stand the ending. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I kind of hate myself. This series was the thing when I was in elementary school, but I, of co...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
I kind of hate myself. This series was the thing when I was in elementary school, but I, of course, though it was lame. Now I, as an 18 year-old reads this book and while I didn't love it, I did somewhat like it. But little 4th/5th grade me would have enjoyed this book! She would have went ahead and read all of the books in a row! But no, they were too lame for childhood Jessica. So, let me rephrase my first sentence: I kind of hate my 4th/5th grade self.
Now, the reason as to why I didn't fully enjoy this book is mainly due to the fact that I am no longer in the target audience. Childhood Jessica would be, but sort-of-adult Jessica is not. One thing about this book that I had difficulty with was that, occasionally, the narrator would butt in and say the definition of a word. This was very insulting to me! I know what that word means, thank you very much! But, again, this book was geared towards elementary maybe middle school kids, not high school graduates.
This book also wasn't very exciting to me. I felt like I was being told a story, not like I'm actually within the world of the story (which I prefer). Basically, there was a lot more telling than showing. The characters were also very flat and underdeveloped. Both of these things made me a bit bored while reading the book. I did like this story, in a way, but I do not particularly like the way it is written. But I can see the appeal that this book would have to those who are in the actual age range.(less)