There were so many things I loved about this story... the setting of the Himalayan mountains, the characters, being dropped into theFull of adventure!
There were so many things I loved about this story... the setting of the Himalayan mountains, the characters, being dropped into the lives of mountaineers, and the romance of childhood friends becoming more. I need more books like this! I can’t wait for what’s next from Megan Westfield!...more
I love that Catching Jordan is a story about a girl who loves football, and that Jordan is her high school team’s quarterback and captain. She’s a leaI love that Catching Jordan is a story about a girl who loves football, and that Jordan is her high school team’s quarterback and captain. She’s a leader trying to navigate a man’s world and fall in love. I rooted for her from the very start! I’m a sucker for childhood friendships that could potentially become more, so I ate up the friendship between Jordan and Henry. Though I wanted to strangle Sam Henry at times for all his shenanigans. Catching Jordan‘s premise was so different from anything I’d read at the time, that it was fresh to read! I really enjoyed this debut by Miranda Kenneally, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the companion novels in the series!...more
I love that Catching Jordan is a story about a girl who loves football, and that Jordan is her high school team’s quarterback and captain. She’s a leaI love that Catching Jordan is a story about a girl who loves football, and that Jordan is her high school team’s quarterback and captain. She’s a leader trying to navigate a man’s world and fall in love. I rooted for her from the very start! I’m a sucker for childhood friendships that could potentially become more, so I ate up the friendship between Jordan and Henry. Though I wanted to strangle Sam Henry at times for all his shenanigans. Catching Jordan‘s premise was so different from anything I’d read at the time, that it was fresh to read! I really enjoyed this debut by Miranda Kenneally, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the companion novels in the series!
I have loved everything I’ve read from Stephanie Fournet, and DRIVE did not disappoint! As usual, Fournet delivered great characters and an immersing,I have loved everything I’ve read from Stephanie Fournet, and DRIVE did not disappoint! As usual, Fournet delivered great characters and an immersing, heart-wrenching story. There’s so much to love, that I decided to make a list - check it out on the blog: http://bookandlatte.com/2017/10/drive....
DRIVE was a perfect escape read. As expected, I’m already anxiously waiting for Stephanie Fournet’s next book! ...more
READY PLAYER ONE absolutely blew me away, and took me by complete surprise. I was pretty sure that I would likOriginally posted on A Book and a Latte:
READY PLAYER ONE absolutely blew me away, and took me by complete surprise. I was pretty sure that I would like it, but I wasn’t expecting to LOVE it so much. It’s easily one of my favorite reads/listens of 2012, and is now on my favorites bookshelf. This book is full of fantastic nerdy-ness, and Cline’s world building is incredible! If you’re a fan of late 20th century pop culture, then this is THE book for you. I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic while listening to this audiobook, and loved every minute of it!
READY PLAYER ONE takes place in a dystopian future where essentially human kind has sucked the planet dry of natural resources. Their escape is the OASIS, a virtual world where as avatars they can work, play, go to school, socialize, and hunt for the “egg” in the game to win Halliday’s fortune – all while being completely anonymous.
It wasn’t much of a jump for me to think that our society could end up plugged into a virtual world in the not-so-distant future. I liked how there was emphasis on facing the world, meeting people in real life, and focusing on what is real. I love how Wade’s character started off as being completely isolated, then established true friendships, and even fell in love along his quest.
Whil Wheaton as the narrator was fantastic! I don’t think there could have been a more perfect narrator chosen for this book! I was a little surprised that Books on Tape didn’t use sound bytes for classic noises (Pac-Man, game over, etc.) but Wheaton did a pretty good job at making the sounds himself. It was probably safer to not include the actual sound, as it may have sounded cheesy or over the top.
READY PLAYER ONE is most definitely an adult/YA crossover title; though I’m not sure teens will be able to appreciate all the references. If you’re a fan of the 80s, dig pop culture from the mid-70s to present day, and enjoy a good quest, I think you’ll LOVE this book! I highly recommend READY PLAYER ONE, in print, and most definitely the audio version! ...more
What a captivating debut! I have to admit; I was skeptical about this book at first. I had read very mixed reviReview from my blog: A Book and a Latte
What a captivating debut! I have to admit; I was skeptical about this book at first. I had read very mixed reviews about Spellbound beforehand, and I wasn’t sure whether I would like it or not. I was very pleasantly surprised! I was gripped by the first chapter and really came to love the protagonist, Emma. The writing was smooth, and quickly absorbed me into the story. I prefer books written in the first person because I usually feel more connected with the characters, and this is a perfect example! I found myself searching for excuses to read, and staying up late just to read one more chapter.
Brendan, Emma's love interest is endearing, protective (not in a creepy way), and completely swoon-worthy with naturally messy black hair and emerald green eyes *sigh*. I did find the bully character, Anthony, a bit over the top and half expected him to become a paranormal monster of some kind. Some scenes were a bit melodramatic but it didn't matter because I was so wrapped up in the story. I also loved both Cisco, Emma's gay best friend, and Angelique, her witchy outcast friend. They were both interesting and dynamic and I wanted to see more of them in the story.
I loved reading Spellbound. It's a great summer read -- romantic and magical. You need to add this to your summer reading list!...more
Pushing the Limits is a heart-wrenching story about family, love, and mental illness, told in alternating poinOriginally posted on A Book and a Latte:
Pushing the Limits is a heart-wrenching story about family, love, and mental illness, told in alternating points of view between Echo and Noah. I could not put this book down! I stayed up until 3AM to finish and soaked my pillow. Yeah, I cried. A lot.
Echo is missing an entire day from her memory. She can’t remember what happened the day/night she got the scars on her arms. The scars she hides with long sleeved t-shirts and gloves in the middle of summer. She went from being a social butterfly – dance team, art competitions, dating the “right guy”, to a social recluse.
Then, through her therapist/social worker she meets Noah – a stoner whose reputation with the girls “walks down the hall before he does” – just as she’s trying to get her life to some resemblance of normal. Her ex-boyfriend is interested again, and he might just put her back on the acceptable social list… but Noah doesn’t cringe at the sight of her scars.
Noah’s family was torn apart by tragedy, and he was separated from his brothers in the foster care system. He’s been abused by the system, and in his anger and frustration he became the “bad boy”. But Noah’s determined to get his brothers back, and Echo might be able help him.
I really liked the dual narration, and appreciated getting to know both Echo and Noah from their perspectives. Katie McGarry did a great job with writing in a male POV; I was impressed how she was able to get inside a teenage guy’s head. I also loved how Noah’s family was his best friends Isaiah and Beth, and how they took care of each other.
Pushing the Limits is a fantastic debut by Katie Garry! I can’t wait to read more from her, and I’m looking forward to her next book, Dare You To, which tells Beth’s story....more
The Beginning of After follows Laurel’s journey of grief and learning to move on after losing her parents and brother in a tragic car wreck. I was gripped from page one. I lost my mother at the age of 16, and though my story is completely different, I could relate with a lot of the aspects of grief in this novel. The Beginning of After is possibly the best depiction of grief I’ve read in YA. I wish I had this book as a teenager.
I felt that Laurel’s emotions and actions were right-on. She moves through shock and denial to out-right anger and sadness. Jennifer Castle did an excellent job of capturing the intricate parts of grief… from the random details and images she remembers of her family and life before, to how her grief impacted her relationships. Also, how she didn’t want to be pitied, but at the same time feared not being pitied.
Laurel’s relationship with David was complicated and realistic in how it developed and changed over the years – from being childhood friends to not friends at all – and how they were brought together again by the tragedy. I absolutely LOVED Masher, David’s dog, and how he was such a source of comfort. Really, I appreciated every character in this novel, and felt they were all well written.
Though the story is sad, I felt a sense of hope at the end, and I’m still wondering about the characters! The Beginning of After is an emotional journey, and an excellent debut for Jennifer Castle. ...more
I devoured this book in less than 3 hours; I just couldn’t put it down. The Statistical ProbabilityOriginally posted on my blog, A Book and a Latte:
I devoured this book in less than 3 hours; I just couldn’t put it down. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight spans 24 hours, and is shock full of lovey goodness. It’s a story about love, family relationships, coincidences, and yes, fate.
The day starts with Hadley dreading being in her father’s wedding to a woman she’s never met. She’s angry with her father and resents his wife-to-be that broke up their family. She misses her flight to London by 4 minutes. Four measly minutes that completely alters her day, and her life… because she meets Oliver while waiting for a later flight.
I feel the need to clarify that though this book entails love at first sight, instant connections, and is a bit predictable… it is beautifully orchestrated. It doesn’t feel like instant love, and it’s not cheesy. Jennifer E. Smith is an amazing storyteller! The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is perfectly paced, and so well written that you are immediately drawn into the story that doesn’t let you go. All the characters are solid, and the chemistry between Hadley and Oliver is fantastic. I was able to relate with Hadley, sympathize with both her parents, fall in love with Oliver, and even like wife-to-be Charlotte.
I absolutely loved this story. The only negative thing I can think of to say is that it's too short! I was sad when it ended; I just wanted it to keep going. If you can’t tell by this review, I highly recommend this book! ...more
Holy crow, Veronica Roth has blown my mind… again! My mind is still reeling!
Insurgent starts right where Divergent ends and immediately grabs you. I had a really hard time keeping myself from jumping ahead or skimming parts to find out something and then going back and reading it properly (I only did this twice, but still). I usually never want to do this… but I just had to KNOW; I couldn’t help myself. I nearly inhaled Insurgent but I made myself slow down and savor it (OK, expect for the 2 times)… because I knew that I’d have to wait a year for the last book, the conclusion to the trilogy.
What I loved about Insurgent is that you really get to know the different factions and how they think and work, including the factionless. The factions divide their society by personality traits, but in Insurgent they are in pieces... it was great seeing how characters from different factions worked together using their strengths. I really enjoyed seeing inside each faction’s headquarters, meeting their leaders, and understanding their views.
Tris and Four (I’m sticking with calling him Four) are such a fantastic literary couple! Their relationship is constantly tested, and yet they are loyal and steadfast. I was a little frustrated with the secrets they kept from each other at times (I’m all for open communication), but it made sense for their characters. Seriously, this diverse cast of characters is exceptional; each character has a purpose and they are all deliciously flawed with their own strengths and weaknesses.
Insurgent is fast paced, heart wrenching, action packed, and brilliantly executed. There are some seriously jaw-dropping moments, and plot/character twists that I never saw coming. There’s danger, betrayal, romance, secrets, more betrayal, and the factions are in utter chaos. Divergent fans will not be disappointed. This series is amazing!...more
I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I read the synopsis, but I gotReview from my blog: A Book and a Latte
Dark. Thrilling. A fantastic debut!
I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I read the synopsis, but I got way more than I bargained for with Bloodspell! Amalie Howard turned a now seemingly common topic of vampires and witches and made it extraordinary. The mythology that she weaves into the story is fantastic. The plot is complex, full of action, and does not shy away from the dark aspects of vampires and magic.
To my delight, Bloodspell did not read like a typical Young Adult novel. When Tori turns 17 she learns that she is a powerful witch, and struggles to control her powers before they take control of her. Due to events that occur during her "metamorphosis", she has to change schools. Tori ends up going to a private high school adjacent to a college campus, and living in an apartment on her own. Tori meets her match in Christian... but their love is forbidden by law centuries old, and the danger of them severely hurting each other makes their relationship near impossible.
I have to admit... I wanted more intimate scenes with Tori and Christian. Time would pass between paragraphs/chapters and their closeness was eluded to, but I wanted to witness more of those moments and the dialogue. Granted, if I got my wish, the book would probably have been two or three times as long! I think the reason I felt this way is because I read this while there was a lot going on personally, so I kept having to put the book down instead of devouring it in a couple of days. Oh well, I will just have to re-read it :).
Bloodspell is incomparable to other vampire and witch stories - I highly recommend it! I'm really looking forward to seeing what Amalie Howard has in store for the series! Thank you to Marissa Decuir and Amalie for donating this signed ARC as an Armchair BEA prize so I could win it :)....more
Delirium was one of my favorite reads of 2011, and I was thrilled to get my hands on Pandemonium! This installment shocked me (in a good way). It’s so different from Delirium in both tone and setting, and nothing like what I was expecting. The story is told from Lena's perspective, but the chapters alternate between "Then" and "Now". It took a few chapters for me to adjust to the flow, but for Lena’s story, I think this format is brilliant.
In Pandemonium, Lena is grieving and angry… she’s no longer the innocent, somewhat naïve girl we came to know in Delirium. She’s defiant and courageous – a fighter. By alternating between her present and past, the reader is able to see, and understand why Lena has so drastically changed.
Pandemonium is much darker, and more intense than Delirium. In comparison, Delirium seems light and romantic! This installment has new characters, and a fantastic plot that grips you and doesn’t let go. Lauren Oliver’s writing is so vivid and beautiful… immersing you in her world, and making you feel each of Lena’s emotions.
This is a must read for fans of Delirium! It will shock you, but you will love it. Pandemonium’s ending left me with my jaw hanging open and dying for Requim (book 3)! I love this series; if you haven’t read Delirium yet, get to it, pronto.
I pretty much knew before reading Fracture that I would enjoy it, but what I didn’t expect was howOriginally posted on my blog, A Book and a Latte:
I pretty much knew before reading Fracture that I would enjoy it, but what I didn’t expect was how much I would love it. I immediately (on page one) connected with Delaney, the protagonist… she was such a real teenage character, and my teenage self could identify with her in so many ways. I was quickly gripped by the story and I had a hard time putting it down!
What starts out as a fun afternoon with friends quickly turns to horror when Delaney slips and falls through the ice, to what everyone thinks is her death. She is trapped under the ice for 11 minutes until her best friend Decker is able to pull her out. She should be dead, but miraculously she survives seemingly fine. There is no explanation for her walking, talking wellness since by all medical standards she should have been brain dead after 8 minutes. However, Delaney doesn’t feel exactly fine, and she slowly realizes that she is drawn to death. She is relieved when she meets mysterious and “dreamy” Troy, who has her same abilities.
My favorite thing about this novel is the relationship between Delaney and Decker. They’re neighbors and grew up together as best friends, the kind that knows each other inside and out. I loved the push and pull between them as they realize their feelings for each other. OK, I admit it. I might have a little huge crush on Decker! Their relationship was complicated, and you didn’t know what would happen to them until the very end… and it was delicious to read!
I truly enjoyed this contemporary that has a bit of mystery/suspense and a paranormal twist. Fracture is well written with fantastic characters, and great pacing. I highly recommend that you pick this up now!...more
I absolutely LOVED this book. It is easily one of my favorite reads of 2011. Immediately after I finished, I wanted to re-read it all over again… but instead I went back and re-read my favorite parts. Afterwards, I stalked the book’s website which didn’t really help me move on from the book because Jessica Park has posted chapter tidbits there! They just made me want to re-read it even more! I’ve been struggling with writing this review for quite a while, mainly because I’m afraid I will not do this book justice.
The characterization is outstanding. The characters quickly drew me into the story, and once I was hooked, I couldn’t put this book down. Park has created some unforgettable characters. I just loved Julie, nerdy lovable Matt, quirky and endearing Celeste, and of course adventurous and gorgeous Finn. I’m a little sad this is a stand-alone novel because I MISS these characters.
Flat-Out Love takes place in Boston, and this story made me fall in love with the city all over again! I really enjoyed seeing Boston through Julie’s eyes as she traveled around the city looking for an apartment. Also, I have to say this book left me with a serious craving for Dunkin’ Donuts (sadly there isn’t one near me). I also really liked how Park incorporated Facebook statuses and messaging into Flat-Out Love, they made the story current, relatable, and entertaining!
I know this will sound cheesy, but Flat-Out Love is the first book in a long, long time that has touched me this deeply. I could relate to so many aspects of this book. I felt that Park did an excellent job of delicately capturing the aspects of dysfunctional families while tackling some difficult issues. This is a story about love and loss, family and tragedy.
Flat-Out love is a memorable and fantastically romantic story that I know I’ll be reading again and again. I highly recommend this book!...more
What a fantastic read, as expected from Jennifer Echols! I practically read this in one sitting... my onlyFrom my blog: A Book and a Latte
What a fantastic read, as expected from Jennifer Echols! I practically read this in one sitting... my only break was to make dinner and eat. I was quickly pulled into this story by Echols' realistic characters, their chemistry, and the beautiful settings of Kentucky horse country and the city of New York.
What I loved most about Love Story, besides the steamy chemistry between Erin and Hunter, was that it takes place during their freshman year of college. It was a nice break from most YA novels that take place in high school. I loved the dynamics between the roommates, friends, and classmates... and the insight into their college experience. It made me feel nostalgic and want to go back to my college days and do it all over again.
I also really enjoyed reading the stories written between Erin and Hunter. They were almost like a bonus to the main story itself. Though about 3/4 of the way through I was so anxious about the main characters that I admit I groaned a bit to read them because I wanted to go straight to the parts where they interacted with each other. The chemistry is that good!
Love Story comes out a week from today - July 19th - so add this to your summer reading list!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more