MY THOUGHTS This isn't a new premise for me. I love ghosty books and I've read many where aThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This isn't a new premise for me. I love ghosty books and I've read many where a main character moved to a new home and falls for a ghost. In fact, I've read a few that have also taken place in Scotland. Many of these books have a cheese factor to them, but this one actually takes on the plot very well and I found it very enjoyable!
Ivy's mom just remarried and her new stepfather is some kind of Scottish Lord, so they're whisked off to the Scottish countryside. Ivy doesn't know how to feel about it, but she wants her mom to be happy, though it's hard when her new grandmother seems to hate Ivy's guts. If only that were the worst of her problems. Ivy suspects that her knew home is haunted. Her stuff is floating everywhere and a voice keeps telling her get out. When she actually comes in contact with the ghost, Logan, she realizes that there's nothing to fear from hi and despite herself, she grows close. But there is something going on and Lucas may be involved, and both of them are in danger.
This book ultimately surprised me. I admit that I was expecting cheesiness. I already mentioned that many other ghosty YA romances are a bit too cheesy for my taste, but the cover and the synopsis didn't help. This book was not cheesy, it was actually very interesting and made a very interesting ghost story. It was much more complex than other paranormal romances. This sounds vague, but this book is a lot more than a ghosty love story!
As for characters, I felt like Ivy was a great MC. She wasn't whiny like some MCs and I overall liked her character. She has a definite personality and she's strong, in the more helpful way, not badass way like most MCs. She's also a musician, while I'm not a musician myself, I always like it when characters have a strong interest of talent. It makes them for more real. There were also a few side characters, like Emma, some of the castle staff, and others. I loved how these guys were on Ivy's side and were willing to help her and believe her.
As for romance, it's not insta-love, so don't look so fearful. The romance also is strong, but not entirely overpowering. Granted, I didn't particularly want Ivy to fall for Logan, because falling for a ghost is pretty much a doomed relationship, but it was okay. First of all, I actually kind of liked Logan. He was actually a pretty nice guy and he really cared for Ivy
IN CONCLUSION I keep saying good things about this book, so you might be wondering "Why the low rating?" Well, to me, this is not a low rating. I liked this book, I enjoyed this book. It was an oddly fun ghosty mystery and I quickly breezed through! If you want to read a quick, but good, YA paranormal, this is a great book to pick up!...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 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
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MY THOUGHTS I loved NightfThis 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 I loved Nightfall Gardens, so I was quite happen to get into the next book right away!
This book takes place right where Nightfall Gardens left off. Lily is now the protector of the gardens and most prevent the terrors inside from unleashing into the world. Though, she's not alone. She has her brother, Sila, and her best friend, Cassandra, along with others to help her. Now the siblings and friends are finding more and more dangerous secrets about the gardens and their home. Even worse, her 14th birthday is coming closer and she has to face the Smiling Sisters in the Shadow Gardens. A challenge that many of her ancestors did not survive.
Many of my thoughts of the first book continue with this book.This book series is still incredibly imaginative and, again, love the world-building! What I really loved about this book is how we get more information about the gardens ans the creatures! We got a whole bunch of information, that I loved, in the first book. but with this book being focused strongly on one of the gardens, I felt like I was getting do much more info and it was absolutely interesting! Although, I have to say this: this series is still very very dark, and I loved it. Of course.
I loved the characters in the first book, but in this book I see this grow so much more. It's sad, how they are changing, due to the circumstances, but I loved how strong these characters become. Lily, who was described as vain in Nightfall Gardens, has changed so much since the beginning! She has to change, and I hate that, but she has become so strong! Silas is the same way! I also need to mention Cassandra! She's such a great friend!
IN CONCLUSION I am loving this series! It's such a dark, gothic, gory series, and I love it! While this was the 2nd book it a trilogy, it had no middle-book syndrome whatever and I am definitely looking forward to the conclusion!...more
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MY THOUGHTS I usually read YA books, but I also have a love for MG. This is a very very very dark MG book! But I loved it!
Lily and Silas Blackwood's family is constantly moving from place to place, running various 'pathetic' plays. When a mysterious uncle shows up, one Lily and Silas knew nothing about, wanting to take Lily away, things change completely. It turns out that the Blackwood family is related to Pandora and since she opened the box, all the females in the family have to watch over Nightfall gardens and the horrors Pandora unleashed. Now, their grandmother (that, again, they never knew) is dying and Lily has to take her place. The siblings now have to face the horrors of the gardens and prevent the horrors from making it out into the real world.
The world-building and imagination involved in creating this book is amazing and I was fully able to imagine this horrible environment! I also liked how there was somewhat of a basis of mythology from multiple cultures added into the book. And the gardens are so very very creepy!
As for characters, there is a large handful. Lily and Silas are obviously the main characters and we get to switch every so often. Sometimes we see Lily in the mansion and sometimes we see Silas in the garden (as the men in the family are not allowed to be at the mansion). The two have their own flaws and, as siblings, do have points when they act as if they dislike each other, but they obviously do care about each other. There is also a large amount of supporting characters--some good, some not--but all fit well into the story!
IN CONCLUSION Very dark but great start to a new series! If you enjoy dark, gothic books then I strongly suggest picking this book up!...more
MY THOUGHTS I enjoyed the first book, so I decided to pick this one up! Let me say this: theThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I enjoyed the first book, so I decided to pick this one up! Let me say this: there is no middle book syndrome here!
This book ends where book one left off, with Tristan and his friends searching for the trident, in order to gain the crown. I mentioned in my last review for book one that it was more of an introduction to the world and that's mainly because I already read this book when I wrote that review. All of the things happen in this book! This book is very fast-paced and much more dangerous! Not only does Tristan have to try and win against others in the quest, but he has to evade the sea witch and her savage creatures!
I had issues with Tristan in book one and, while I still having problems with him, he's becoming much more admirable. I must say, though, that his voice is incredibly realistic and I love his sarcasm. He does come off as a jerk at some points, but less so than book one!
Last thing: There is a very shocking discovery in this book! It was something that I was kind of questioning through this book if it were possible, but it was still very shocking!
IN CONCLUSION This was a really great sequel and I even liked it more than the first book! It is very fast paced and I actually loved seeing Tristan on his quest! I do definitely plan on reading the next book!...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
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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
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MY THOUGHTThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I was a little unsure about reading this at first. Not because I thought I wouldn't like it, but because of what it's about. The book takes place in a world where guys, who are all warlocks, are in control and see women as possessions and little more than baby makers for more warlocks. I always have a hard time with books that feature women treated this way. I almost always give them high ratings, but they always make me so angry that people could treat others this way, especially when I realize that in history, things like this were not uncommon.
Thankfully, while this book did make me angry, I did end up liking this as much as I expected. The world-building in this book was fabulously made. The world is horrible, but it was painted so vividly that you can imagine the horribleness so clearly. This book has so much more to the world than how the women are treated as property. It's a major point, yes, but there are many other things that make up the world. One major aspect that pops up is the tarnished, who are low-class and used as unpaid servants. They are all either men without magic (they become tarnished as a toddler) or women who are being punished for pretty much anything. They are all balb and tattooed and they must live like this their entire life. See, the book is like a mix of fantasy and dystopian. I already explained most of the dystopian, but this book also takes place in a fantasy-like world. Most of the fantasy aspect are the warlocks and the magic but there are also numerous countries that give off the vibe. One country, the one that Senera's people considered barbarians (which is very funny) is very similar to modern day and most importantly: the women are free. We never get to see this country, but you do hear a lot about it.
Now, Senera is such a brilliant character. She follows the rules, for the most part, and it did frustrate me how hard it was to get her out of the idea that she would be punished for every little thing (though, I do understand). But she always believes that what's happening to the women and the tarnished is wrong and I see her and a strong character because of that. She also is very loving and protective towards her sisters, which she has a lot of. She is a great character overall.
I wish I could say more about the book, but it's probably better if you read it yourself. The only issue I had with the book was that it was slow at times, but that's not too bad.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, a really great read! The world-building is amazing and the main character is great! If you enjoy dystopian books with hints of fantasy, try this one out!...more
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ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 Stars MY THOUGHTS I was very doubtful when I first say this book. It looked very interesting, but it sounded very similar to another book I read, The Lost Girl. I enjoyed reading both of these books, but they are completely different. Sure, they have the same basic idea, but they each take a different direction.
This book revolves around Ven, who is, essentially, a clone. Her entire purpose in life is to, eventually step into the life of her Authentic, Raven, who is the daughter of the "inventor" of the clones. But Raven's life is being threatened, so Ven is pulled out of Twig City (the home of the clones) and it's her time to be Raven, which is much harder than it sounds, since she's a rich snob with an evil father, who isn't against ending the life of a "product". And, of course, Ven is to be the bait for those who are making an attempt on Raven's life, as it doesn't matter if a "product" dies.
I find the idea of clones fascinating and am always interested in books about them. One of the most interesting factors of this book is how much Ven changes. In the beginning she is out of her element in the Authentic world and still believe that she's a product that's only purpose is for the Authentics. She even believes that she's incapable of feeling! But as the book goes on she begins to realize that she is a person and is worth it!
What really helps her along the way is the romance! Yep, there's romance, but I actually loved it. 1. It didn't steal the show. The plot of the book still revolved around the clones. 2. No insta-love! 3. Our love interest is a great guy! He's one that you, honestly, can't help but like!
This book also surprised me! Not just the book in general, but the turns it took! There were so many things in this book I wasn't expecting! I'm sorry if I'm being vague, but trust me when I say that this book is a surprising read.
I loved so many things about this book, but for some reason, I can't say that I loved it. Did I like it? Yes! But it didn't have enough for me to say that I absolutely loved it. One of my issues may have been that I wanted more answers and I felt like some aspects of the clones didn't add up. I was also a bit turned away by the fact that the ending felt a bit abrupt.
IN CONCLUSION This was a very interesting sci-fi. It's face-paced, with great characters, romance, and a surprising story! Overall, I enjoyed this book and will most definitely be continuing the series!...more
MY THOUGHTS I was mainly interested in this book because I was curious about the spiritualisThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I was mainly interested in this book because I was curious about the spiritualism era and the time period, but I ended up enjoying this book much more than I expected.
This book takes place in 1918 and which the war and Spanish Influenza, death is very common and many people are turning to spirit photographers, desperate for comfort. Mary Shelley Black moves to San Diego with her aunt after her dad gets arrested for treason (letting boys escape the draft). At the same time, Stephen, Mary Shelley's first love and childhood friend was drafted into war. When Stephen dies and Mary has a new death experience, she becomes haunted by him. She then begins to question what really happened to Stephen and why is he haunting her.
What I like the best about this book is how real the setting is. I knew about the Spanish Influenza and World War I, but knowing about it is completely different than actually seeing it, which is how I felt while reading this book. The time period is so accurately presented. Now, I'm not a history major, but I absolutely feel like this is how 1918 might have been like in San Diego. It was a horrible period and filled with death, despair, and fear. The author portrayed all this so brilliantly that I can actually feel all of this while reading this book. I applaud the author for being able to write such a vivid setting!
I felt like this book was a mix of a bunch of different genres, if that makes any sense. This book felt so incredible realistic, due to both the settings and the characters, even with the paranormal elements. This book was also a mystery. A majority of the book is Mary trying to figure out why Stephen keeps talking about the blackbirds, and why he is haunting her. I, honestly, had a very hard time putting this book down.
While this book is so brilliant, it is also incredibly sad. That's obvious based on the setting, but the events in Mary's life, in the one's surrounding her are so horrible. Gosh, I can't really describe this without spoilers (view spoiler)[Poor Stephen! I feel like crying whenever I think about it! How could someone do such a thing????? (hide spoiler)] The romantic in me wants this book to be so much happier and I almost have this book a 4/5 instead of 5/5, but this book would not be so vivid and brilliant without it. I also accept the fact that not everything is butterflies and rainbows.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I really loved this book. This book was incredibly dark and sad, but this book was also very brilliant and new. I thought that the setting was done very well and while the plot has been done before, believe me when I say that this book is not like any other. After reading this book, I am definitely going to pick up more from Cat Winters. In fact, I've already added The Cure for Dreaming to my to-read list. This is not a book (or author) to pass up! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
MY THOUGHTS A glimpse at the synopsis, and one might think that this is just like every otheThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS A glimpse at the synopsis, and one might think that this is just like every other YA book. While this book can be predictable at times, it's actually a very unique and enjoyable read!
This book focuses on Becca, a very smart 17-year old girl. In fact, she graduated high school at 15. Becca is very protective of her younger brother, Ryland, who is constantly made fun of for the voices that he hears. It's not uncommon for people to recommend 'help' or try to give 'help' to Ryland in the form of mental institutions. But one day, their family is approached by representatives from a school in Ireland. At first, Becca thinks this school is just another mental institution trying to 'help' her brother and is enraged. It turns out that Ryland isn't as crazy as everyone seems to think, he just has a special ability to read minds with no way to control it. Becca ends up agreeing with sending Ryland to the school (her mom already agreed, but we all know that Becca is as much in control when it comes to Ryland's life), but there's one condition: she must come too.
Becca is such an amazing character. What most defines her is her loyalty. She really loves her brother and will do anything to protect him. She also has always believed in her brother, never believing that he was crazy. Becca is just such an admirable character. She also has to learn in this book too. She's so used to being with her brother, always protecting him, that she has to learn that Ryland doesn't always need his big sister around and that's hard for her to come into terms with.
The world-building in this book was amazing! We get a full history of the Holders, along with other general info, but I never felt like I was being info-dumped. I was getting the info just as Becca was coming to learn them. Overall, the whole idea of the Holders was very creative. The book was also very fast-paced! I had a very hard time putting it down!
I loved the romance. I admit it, I thought they were perfect together and you can tell that they honestly did like each other. There was no insta-love in this book. Becca does have a bit of an insta-attraction, but I have no problem with those, because you're bound to have a crush on a cute, but sweet guy shortly after meeting. (view spoiler)[There was a bit of a soulmates thing thrown in, which I usually hate, but it oddly didn't bother me. (hide spoiler)] I still felt like the romance was done well.
IN CONCLUSION Frankly, I loved almost everything about this book! The only issue that I can think of is the fact that there was a few typos. Other than that? Everything! This was such a great book! A very strong, loyal, yet realistic main character. A very interesting and well-developed plot. And a great romance! I definitely recommend this book and I will certainly be reading the sequel soon!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
MY THOUGHTS This book both surprised me, yet didn't surprise me. I was expecting to like thiThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book both surprised me, yet didn't surprise me. I was expecting to like this book. It has a lot of high ratings and, call me morbid, but I found a book with a main character that eats souls very fascinating. What I wasn't expecting was how much fun this book was! This book looks and sounds dark, and it is dark, but it's the perfect combination of dark and fun!
What really made the book was Meda. She is so different than all the other heroines in YA. All the other heroines in YA have voices that merge together, they seem like different variations of the same person, but not Meda. She has her own distinct voice! And she's not a goody-goody, she is a monster and she knows it, she doesn't even try to pretend that she's not. Until she has to...
Another thing I really liked: I liked seeing her try to fit in with the "good guys" and pretending to be, well, not a monster. This is an odd little trope that I really like seeing in books. I loved seeing it in The Immortal Rules, I loved seeing it in this book. I also loved seeing how much idea grows and changes throughout the book!
There was also a very large lack of romance! In fact, there wasn't any (at least towards Meda)! I am not a big fan of romances dominated a book, so this made me very happy. What this book did have, was friendship! I really liked the odd, unexpected, friendship that Meda makes in the book, I won't say who, but it's such a great, amusing, friendship and it's a really good fit.
IN CONCLUSION I pretty much loved everything about this book and I know you're probably tired of me going on and on about that. Don't get me wrong, though, this book is definitely not all fun and games, it is also very dark, with lots of blood and gore! This book is very exciting with a great, and different, main character and a very original story! I strongly recommend it and I am very glad that I don't have to wait very long for the sequel! ...more
I was surprised by this book, since I was expecting a sequel, but this is actually a companioThis 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!...more
THE RUN-DOWN Cassie has the gift of reading people. She can look atThis 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"]>...more
MY THOUGHTS Summer has the ability to foresee deaths. Ever since sheThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS Summer has the ability to foresee deaths. Ever since she foresaw her own mother's death, unable to stop, Summer has hated her gift. Now, an Angel of Death comes to her and tells her that people with her ability have a name. They are Ciphers and they are meant to help those who are about to die finish what needs to be done. Apparently, a girl named Ashlyn at Summer's school is about to die and Summer needs to befriend her and fix Ashlyn's relationship with her mother. Easier said than done. Not only does Ashlyn want nothing to do with her, but how can she fix a mother daughter relationship when the mother is constantly criticizing the daughter's weight? And when Summer is able to break through Ashlyn's walls, how can she sit and watch her new best friend die?
I've seen the idea of someone foreseeing deaths before, but this one had an interesting new take. I've never come across one where the MC has to help the person before they die. Usually books have ghosts with unfinished business, but this is pretty much the opposite. Another interesting thing would be how this book has a very contemporary feel. Yeah, the whole plot revolves around Ashlyn future death, but the book has a large focus on the growing friendship between Summer and Ashlyn, as well as family dynamics. In fact, this book had a very realistic feel to it.
Character wise, Summer is a great MC and she grows a lot throughout this book. In the beginning, Summer was with the popular, shallow girls and saw them as their best friends. It took Ashlyn for her to see that those girls were not her real friends and what she has with Ashlyn is a real, fun friendship and it's absolutely fantastic. It's amazing how close these girls become in such a short amount of time. Ashlyn is also an amazing friend and she's such a fun girl! This is really the kind of friendship you want to have!
For issues, I didn't have any huge problems. In the beginning, I found the appearance of the Angel of Death kind of oddly placed. I don't know how to word that, but I felt like things went along too quickly. It could've have also been the fact that this felt like a contemporary book except for her random appearances. Another picky thing I have is that the pacing was a bit slow, but that's not that bad because I enjoyed seeing their friendship grow.
IN CONCLUSION This book was very different with a fun friendship, yet it was still sad. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoy paranormal books with realistic contemporary elements and I do plan on continuing with this series!...more