MY THOUGHTS This book just recently came to my attention. I'm going to a book convention soThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book just recently came to my attention. I'm going to a book convention soon and Ali Novak is on the list of authors attending. I haven't read any of her books, so I decided to pick this one up. I thought it sounded interesting and I enjoyed reading this book.
After Jackie's family dies in a car accident, Jackie is sent away to Colorado. There she will live with the Walters. The thing is, the Walters have twelve sons. Jackie has spent her life in New York, as a rich girl, in an all-girl's boarding school. She's not used to the chaos of the Walters family in Colorado and she doesn't know how to become a part of a new family, when she's still grieving hers.
This book begins sadly, but this book still seems like a feel-good read. My favorite thing about this book is the family relationships. The Walter family feels like an authentic family. I loved how chaotic they were and how close they still were and they just felt like a real family. Honestly, family is a major part of this book. Jackie has to move in with this family without really knowing any of them, except the mother. She's still grieving her family and now she has to deal with another family that's the opposite of hers. And, of course, not everyone is accepting of her at first and she slowly has to become a part of this family.
Jackie as a character is okay. She's not a bad character, but I can't say that she was amazing. You can definitely see her personality show, especially in the beginning. It was mentioned a few times that she was rich, but for some reason I didn't get that vibe. I guess I didn't feel like she acted like she had money, not that that's a bad thing. What I did like about Jackie was how she grew into the Walter family. It was a slow, and hard transition, but I loved seeing her interact and become part of the family. Yeah, I'll say it again, I loved the family aspect in this book.
And, of course, there's romance. I expected the romance. With twelve boys, she's got to develop feelings for at least one of them. But the romance was the main thing I disliked in this book. The boys weren't bad, but all of the drama! I hate drama in books, it always makes me frustrated, so I wasn't a fan of the drama, or how things were dragged out. Also, there's a bit of a love triangle.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I did like this book. This is a nice feel-good read and I really did love the Walter family. This book will be having a sequel and despite my issue with the romance, I will be reading it!...more
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
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for a honest review
MY THOUGHTS This book sounded really interesting, so I decided to pick it up! This book is a very interesting sci-fi, and wasn't what I expected, but still an interesting book. Some aspects of it fell short for me, but I still liked this book.
Kira is celebrating her birthday with her friends when a piece of the sky hits her. Literally. Now instead of dreams, Kira sleeps into another world. An odd one populated by only a handful of people, including a boy that Kira can't help but be interested in (despite her long crush on one of her friends). Kira quickly founds out that her dreams, and the boy, are real and that there's a real danger that she could be stuck in this other world. While Kira and her friends try to piece things together she will find more than she expected, including information on her father who went missing years ago.
I loved how interesting this book was! So much science and still so unique! I love the idea of parallel universes (pretty much my favorite thing to read in books, ever), while this was not about parallel worlds, it was very similar. The idea of the other worlds, black holes, and the dream factor was very interesting! Still, while I loved the idea, some parts I had a hard time believing. For example: (view spoiler)[While the other worlds like Earth idea is really cool, it was hard to believe that Kira was not from Earth. I can believe, in fact I do believe, that it's possible for humans to inhabit other planets, but I have a hard time believing that the societies and language will be so similar that you could assume for a majority of the book that Kira is from Earth. (hide spoiler)]
The characters in this book were great and I liked them. Though, they felt a bit like you're average YA characters to me, not that that's a bad thing. So, really, there's not much I can say about them. Though I did like how Kira didn't keep her friends in the dark, like most MCs in YA.
As for romance, it was just strange. I'm about confused by if there was a love triangle. I liked Zane, Kira's friend, and their romance felt entirely realistic. It was a cute friend to more relationship. Evan, the boy from the other world, confused me. I liked him and it seemed like there was supposed to be something there, but it fell flat. It was really unclear and ,honestly, a bit unbelievable.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I did like this book. Some factor fell flat, but this book has a very interesting and unique storyline. I'm curious to see where the rest of the series will go.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for a honest review
MY THOUGHTS This is a very interesting series, definitely unique among all the paranormal clones so I was excited to pick the conclusion to this series up. It took a bit for me to get into at first, due to book amnesia, but once I did, I found a very high-stakes conclusion!
Emma is just starting up at a new school, if only that were the worst of her problems. Someone she cares for could go to jail, an evil spirit is intent on revenge by destroying everything Emma loves, and there's a bully who isn't afraid to use dark magic. Emma wants to make sure that she, and all those that she loves, can survive this, but will she destroy her soul in her search for her own revenge?
This book immediately dives into the action, which is okay, but I was just very confused. I had difficulty remembering the events in the last book (due to my terrible memory), so I had no clue what was going on in the first few chapters. Thankfully, I was able to get my memory back and be able to fully understand what was going on. This book gives you enough details of the last books for you to understand things (if it's been awhile), but not too much info to annoy those that are binge-reading the series, so I'm thankful for that.
As for the plot, this book felt so different than the other books. Being the conclusion, there is a lot more going on. Emma basically has three different enemies in this one, which is not an easy thing to take care of. Thus, this book was a lot more action-packed than the previous book. It was so hard to put this book down, since I needed to know what would happen next! I also mentioned earlier how unique this series is among the YA paranormals. This entire series is about Hoodoo, the entire plot is just so different.
The setting of this book and the overall feeling is different from the other books too. The other books take place in the summer, while this one takes place during the start of school. This setting change actually dramatically changes things. This book also felt somewhat darker than the other books. The other books were dark, of course, but I felt like this book was entirely dark, if that makes any sense.
As for characters, Emma definitely does grow throughout the series. It's hard for me to recall what she was like in the beginning of the series, but it's hard for me to realize that Emma isn't even 15. Emma has had to grow up so much and she's become such a strong girl. This book also has a focus on Emma's character, since she has to fight the darkness in herself.
As for romance, there wasn't a whole lot of it, mostly due to the events of the last book. I'm torn on the romance. The romance of this series is more light than some other YA books, but I also don't like how in love they are. I guess I'm just a non-romantic, but I always have a hard time believing that high schoolers are that in love. Still, it doesn't distract at all from the story, so I won't complain too much.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I thought this was a fantastic conclusion to this series! This is actually my favorite out of the three! This book was action-packed, dark, and so very different than other books out there. I really think that more people should know about this series, meanwhile, I'll be waiting for more by Lea Nolan....more