I didn't enjoy this one as much as the other books. It's nice seeing things through Avalon's perspective, but the romance seemed to be the focus of thI didn't enjoy this one as much as the other books. It's nice seeing things through Avalon's perspective, but the romance seemed to be the focus of the book. The romance also a too cheesy and went a little too quickly for me. (view spoiler)[They literally marry each other by the end of the book (hide spoiler)]. Still, I liked seeing the characters again and the rebellion was interesting (though I wish there was more focus on this). I will be continuing the series....more
MY THOUGHTS This was a really quick and entertaining read! It's definitely not the best bookThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This was a really quick and entertaining read! It's definitely not the best book I ever read, but I did like it.
This book is about Althea, a 17 year old girl who has to marry in order to keep her castle. Her family (mother, baby brother, and two obnoxious stepsisters) are running low and money and are struggling to get by. The only way out of this is by Althea marrying into money. Thankfully, a new young Lord has come back to town and Althea sees them to be the perfect match, but her horrible cousin keeps getting in the way of things, so Althea has to do some more plotting in order for things to come together.
This book was utterly ridiculous and predictable, but that's honestly what makes it so enjoyable. It's an entertaining book that you can sit down and read in one sitting. And really, this book is supposed to be ridiculous! The main love interest is named Lord Boring! It only just made the book more entertaining! Overall, I felt like it had a charming fairy-tale like quality, with a historical setting.
I had issues with Althea. She isn't very likable. Not to say she's a horrible person, but she sometimes seems more wrapped up in herself. Throughout the book, she plots at how to get people, thinking she's helping them, but she's more wrapped up in just trying to fix herself up with Lord Boring. Even though, I didn't have much of a problem with her character. She was supposed to like this, it was intentional. I actually have more of a problem with how blind she was throughout the book to the romance.
Okay, so this book has a very complicated romance. I admit that even with all the drama involved, I still liked it, which is very unusual. So, from the get-go I knew that Althea would not end up with Lord Boring. Come on! Why would ever want to be in a relationship with Lord Boring! No, she's going to get with the obnoxious cousin. And no, that's not a spoiler. Like I said, it's very obvious. I liked it because I'm a sucker for hate-to-love relationships. I didn't like how long it was dragged out and the fact that there was no kissing. If I ship something, there needs to be kissing.
As for the end, I didn't like how things ended. For one, there was no kissing, but there is another reason. (view spoiler)[I felt like everything was tied up in a little bow. Oh, he was secret rich the whole time! BARF! Call me a romantic, but I kind of just wanted them to be together to be together, not for the money. Also, it made it seem like that's the only reason why Althea agreed! (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION This was a very entertaining, but quick read! It has a very fun and ridiculous quality to it, which only made it more enjoyable! The plot is incredibly predictable and the MC is a bit unlikable, but it's still a great read!...more
MY THOUGHTS After reading The Waiting Booth I was very excited to read this one! This book wThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS After reading The Waiting Booth I was very excited to read this one! This book was still very good, but it didn't amaze me as much as the first one.
Mia now gets to be a portal gatekeeper with Arizona and Regulus. She now has to keep up with training and school. She still needs to find her missing brother, Pete, and find Dr. Bleeker (one of the bad guys). All the while she's growing closer to her boyfriend Regulus and becoming torn about the IIA. Can she really trust the IIA?
I still loved this book and enjoyed reading it, but this book had middle-book syndrome. Not much really happens in this book. There's a lot of the team trying to find Pete and Dr, Bleeker, and they do get answers. The training and Mia dating Regulus takes out most of the book as well. The book does put up the pace closer to the end, with unexpected twists. The twist is very upsetting, but it makes me want to continue the series even more, to see if the wrongs can be fixed.
The plot of these books continue to be very interesting and unique. The characters are also still great, of course, and I am becoming even closer to all of them. I mentioned in my review for the last book how happy it made me that Mia told her friends what was going on (a rarity in YA) and her friends continue to be a big part of the series.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, while this book is a bit of a lull in the series, it does pick up speed near the end. I am enjoying this series so far and I an definitely reading the next book!...more
MY THOUGHTS I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. I decided to pick it up soleThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. I decided to pick it up solely based on the large amount of great things I've heard about it. I'm glad to say that this was a great book.
This book is from the point of view of Aristotle, who goes by Ari. He's a bit of a loner and doesn't really have any friends. That is until he meets Dante at the pool one summer. Ari and Dante don't have much in common, but they become the best of friends.
This was a very slow-paced story and that's my only major problem with this book. Although, the pacing makes sense. This book is entirely real. The characters are flawed and their lives, in general, are very realistic. The writing and the narrative is also very real and might bother some people, but I loved how real it was.
This book is a friendship story, a coming of age story, and a love story. I think the first two is most prominent in this book. It's a beautiful story about friendship and growing up. The love story involved is, again, very real. It is slowly added into the mix. It was one that I expected, as I knew that this book featured a gay romance, yet was still shocked by. I knew it would happen, but Ari never even hints at playing on that team. The love story portion does not come until the very end and it made me so happy when it did! I also have to mention how much I loved how the parents were very supportive of their sons. In fact, Ari's parents knew about it before Ari himself did.
This book also has a theme with family as well. Ari's brother is in jail and Ari doesn't even know why because his parents never mention him. There isn't even a single picture of his brother in the house. Throughout the book, Ari continues to question about his brother. There is also a little bit about Ari's dad, who hardly ever talks. In this book, Ari also grows closer to his family.
IN CONCLUSION This was a really great book. It was beautiful and very realistic. I loved the friendship and the eventual love story! I recommend this book for pretty much anyone, especially if you love contemporary. ...more
MY THOUGHTS I'm ashamed to say this, but I almost gave up on this book. The first 70 pages oThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I'm ashamed to say this, but I almost gave up on this book. The first 70 pages or so just wouldn't click with me. The book alternated time periods, some chapters took place in the present while other took place in the 1870's. What bothered me about this was that, well, nothing was really happening. Add the fact that the two time periods seemed to have no connection with each other, I just wasn't really into the book. Then I got my Chaos in the mail and just pushed Monstrous Beauty to the side. And it sat there for more than a week. I didn't want to pick it up again, but I checked Goodreads and I noticed very positive reviews, so I decided to give the book another chance. And I am glad that I gave it another chance. The book was completely different the second time I picked it up. It was so much more interesting and I actually began to like the alternating time periods. Most surprisingly, this book was not only about mermaids. In fact, I would hardly call it a mermaid book. This book is more like a very intriguing paranormal mystery with both the past and the present. I was so into the last half of the book that it was enormously difficult for me to put it down. My only issue with the last half was that there was the addition of insta-love, one of my biggest pet peeves. And it wasn't easy to ignore.
IN CONCLUSION The first 70 pages are pretty dull, but it picks up speed fast after that! I enjoying reading this book and I would've given it a 4 if it weren't for the slow beginning and the insta-love. If you want a very surprising mystery with paranormal elements this is your book! This author is a great writer and I can't wait to read more from her!...more
MY THOUGHTS Part of what drew me to this book was the fact that this is a mermaid book fromThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Part of what drew me to this book was the fact that this is a mermaid book from a guy part of view. I'm a bit disappointed, even though I still liked it, because I was expected the sea people to be vicious for some reason...
When lifeguarding, Tristan gets caught up in a wave. It only lasted a few seconds for him, but it turns out that he has been missing for three days. All he can 'recall' is a nightmare of a silver, sharp teethed mermaid. Soon, Tristan goes through strange changes and finds out that he's actually part mer creature. Not only that, but here's also the heir to an underwater kingdom. Tristan has to face what he now is along with discovering the meaning behind his nightmares.
This book, in the beginning kind of reminded me of that one Disney Channel movie, The Thirteenth Year, as both feature a dude turning into a mermaid (merman?). This book is immensely different, but I couldn't help thinking about it.
No, this book goes into much more than 'guy is half mermaid'! I really enjoyed seeing how the world of the sea people worked and all of it was very well detailed! I mentioned earlier that I expected the sea people to be vicious and while the main sea people weren't, there is a lot of danger in this book!
I did have issues with Tristian. He did have the distant guy voice, which was great, and I loved his sarcasm, but he really did come off as a jerk sometimes. This especially irritated me when it came to Layla. Tristan has a crush on Layla and says he loves her (in his head), but he acts like a complete jerk to her! No wonder she doesn't really like him!
IN CONCLUSION I felt like a lot of this book was introducing us to a new series and, really, this was a really great start! I enjoyed reading this book and I have already read the sequel! I do intend on finishing up this series....more
MY THOUGHTS This book was actually my first audiobook and it was a pretty nice start.
This book focuses on Brielle, who has just moved back to her small town after living in the city. Returning home is not a happy occasion, as her best friend has just died and Brielle blames herself for it. A new guy at school, Jake, becomes close to her and helps bring her out of her depression. After Jake heals her during a storm, Brielle finds out that there's a bigger picture involved. Both Brielle and Jake are involved in a war between angels and demons.
This book was really slow-going. It could be because of the audiobook, as I read much faster than the audiobook, but the first half of this book was very uneventful. It's just Brielle being enormously depressed and Jake trying to talk to her. That's it. There's a few scenes from the point of view of a demon and, I believe, a few angel points of view, but I just found those confusing in the beginning. Also, what happened to Brielle's friend is never mentioned in the beginning, along with why she was in the big city. So, it was a bit infuriating not knowing what happened. The story does eventual pick up the pace, though. And my questions do get answered! In fact, the entire last few chapters are very eventful!
Brielle was an okay character. At first, it was hard to fully connect with her. Her mind is very depressed in the beginning, which I can understand. When Jake began to talk to her, Brielle became a much more likeable character. It was very nice when chapters came along with Brielle having happier moments, mostly thanks to Jake (then she would feel guilty for feeling happy, which made me sad again for Brielle. I may not have known what happened to her friend, but Brielle deserves to be happy!). As for Jake, he is such a sweet guy! I loved how much he wanted Brielle to be happy again and how he kept trying to make her happy!
There is a romance in this book. As expected, it's between Brielle and Jake. I liked their relationship and I did think it was sweet. It wasn't insta-love, so that's a plus. Though, I'm a bit meh on it. It didn't knock my socks off or give me butterflies. It was just there.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I liked this book. The pacing is a bit slow and the romance is okay, but the characters and action-packed ending make up for it. I'm a little bit unsure about reading the next book, only because my library does not have a copy. If you are a fan of angel books, then you should give this book a try!...more
MY THOUGHTS I piked this book up sort of impulsively at a cheap used book sale. I didn't reaThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I piked this book up sort of impulsively at a cheap used book sale. I didn't really know much about this book except that it's a thriller. I was a bit disappointed, it wasn't as actiony as I expected, but it was very interesting!
Sara Jane thought her family was normal. They're a bunch of bakers, that's all. Then she comes home to find her family missing and her home ransacked. Turns out her family is part of the Chicago Outfit, basically a long-running mob. Now, Sara Jane is the keeper of the notebook, full of the Outfit's secrets, and must prevent it from getting in the wrong hands, as well as trying to survive, and find her family.
My main problem with this book is that it takes forever for things to happen. The first 150 pages is mostly just backstory. It isn't until then that her family disappears, though Sara Jane alludes to it in the very beginning. I was expecting a thriller, but the first half was a bit dull and just was leading up to the family disappearance, which it took way too long to get to. The second half was much more action packed, with made me happier. I finally got to know what was going on, though was some info-dump but that's okay mostly because Sara Jane didn't know what was going on either. I ended up finding the whole Outfit interesting as well as how everything was organized!
As a main character, Sara Jane is a great one. She's tough and smart. Many others in her situation wouldn't know what to do, but she was able to keep it together and figure things out. Still, she felt real. The other characters in the book didn't feel so real, they felt like there were just there, but most of them were necessary so...
As for romance, there is supposed to be some, but it's hardly there and it just felt so important. Sara Jane kind of has a crush on a boy, but nothing really happens with him. I also really didn't care about him because he was really flat. Good news: the romance didn't distract from the plot.
IN CONCLUSION I sound like I'm just complaining, but I did like this book. It had a compelling plot and a great MC, it just was slow-paced for a thriller and the other characters felt too flat. I don't know if I'll read the next book or not, mostly because I've heard the the second book is a bit of a slump. Maybe I'll read it if I come across it, but otherwise I might pass....more