MY THOUGHTS After reading The Waiting Booth I was very excited to read this one! This book waThis 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 solelThis 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 orThis 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
I'm going to recommend this book to everyone! Guys, these book has gotten awards for a reasonThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
I'm going to recommend this book to everyone! Guys, these book has gotten awards for a reason! Sure, I love pretty much every fantasy book, and while I loved the fantasy elements, that's not why I want to rave and rave about this book! This book has an amazing plot twist that you can both see coming, yet not see coming! That doesn't really make sense, but read the book ,and you'll know it's true. I love plot twists in books and this one is probably one of my all-time favorites. Of course, I liked pretty much everything about this book, not just the plot twist.
If you want a great fantasy with a mystery and a great plot twist, read this book! And, yes, it's technically middle-grade, but do not turn your nose up at it just for that fact!...more
This is such an interesting, new, and unique book! I've never really read magical realism books before and I now know that this will not be the last tThis is such an interesting, new, and unique book! I've never really read magical realism books before and I now know that this will not be the last time. This book is very well written and it is full of meaning! I definitely recommend this book to everyone!...more
I admit it, I picked up this book because of the hype. When I picked up this book all I knewThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
I admit it, I picked up this book because of the hype. When I picked up this book all I knew about it was that it was historical, had high ratings, and made a lot of people cry.
To be honest, it took me awhile to get into this book. The main reason why is that this book includes a lot of pilot talk that I just don't understand (as I am not a pilot), it was also very slow going. But once I got used to it, I found a beautiful and heartbreaking story about friendship. Although it was sad, I did not cry (since I was fully expecting it), but this was a really good book.
As far as reading Rose Under Fire, probably not. This was a really great book, but I really did have trouble with all the pilot talk and I don't really feel like going into another book like that. But maybe some day....more
This was such a beautiful book and by the end of it I was crying. I wasn't crying tears of saThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
This was such a beautiful book and by the end of it I was crying. I wasn't crying tears of sadness, but tears of joy. I can't stress this enough, how beautiful and life-changing this book is. This might be a middle-grade book, but this book is for ALL ages. Everyone needs to read this book. It will change how you look at people and make you a better person....more
THE RUN-DOWN Ever since her mother dies, Adeline has been able to time travel into the 1950s at random moments, and this doesn't change when her fatherTHE RUN-DOWN Ever since her mother dies, Adeline has been able to time travel into the 1950s at random moments, and this doesn't change when her father decides to move to Hollywood. In the 50s version of Hollywood, she meets Faye and Faye's super hot brother. But getting attached to the past is not the best thing...
MY OPINION I have loved all of the books in this series so far, and even though this book is a companion to the series (and doesn't follow Casey), I still loved it! One of my favorite things about this series is that they are all fun reads! (Even though there are some not-so-fun moments for the characters) And, like Casey's stories, Adeline's story is just as entertaining!
The only thing that bugged me about this book was some of Adeline's decisions (view spoiler)[One being her infatuation with Howard and the more major one being bringing Faye to the present. (hide spoiler)] But while I didn't agree with Adeline's decision's, it didn't ruin the book for me.
IN CONCLUSION This was a fun, quick read and I definitely recommend the series! (PSSSSST! The first book is FREE!) I'm also definitely looking into other books by this author!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more