Cousins Zoe and Jess have landed an internship at Fairyland Kingdom, a theme park fOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Cousins Zoe and Jess have landed an internship at Fairyland Kingdom, a theme park full of WOW, fairy tale characters, love and mystery. With Zoe struggling from her mother’s recent death and Jess’s financial problems, this is supposed to be summer of absolute bliss. Except it’s not. First, Jess gets cast as Little Red Riding Hood instead of her much desired Princess, and then Zoe gets stuck being the lady in waiting to the evil queen who runs the park! Now Zoe is waking up at the crack of dawn to serve her Majesty, taking care of a highly pampered dog, running off into the Forbidden Forest, and trying her best to do a million things at once.
It’s safe to say that Fairyland Kingdom is nothing at all like Zoe imagined, but it gets even weirder when some random prince saves her from sinking into oblivion in the middle of the Forbidden Forest! Now Zoe must struggle to maintain her duties, find the prince, and keep her job all at the same time!
You guys, I don’t understand my contemporary kick lately, but I thought that How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True was absolutely adorable! It had such cute characters, a witty and hilarious plot, and such a sweet romance! I can see how someone would find the book to be maybe a little too cheesy, but I had a very hard time setting this one down.
What I loved most about this book was the fun aspect to it. All of the interns had to play fairy tale roles, and it just brought this light and breezy quality to the book. There were a couple moments in the book were I raised my eyebrows at the slight cheese factor, but it didn’t really matter. The book was just too cute!
I LOVED Zoe’s character. I hate when I pick up a book and I can’t stand the main character, but that wasn’t the case at all with this one. I loved her from page one, and I was sad when I had to part with her at the end of the book. She was strong, hardheaded, brave, and loyal all in one tiny package. Likewise, I also really enjoyed most of the supporting characters, especially the evil queen. Everyone really got into their roles. It almost felt like I was in an episode of Once Upon a Time.
Did you see the most I added up there? Yeah….I didn’t really care for the guy that Zoe sort of ends up with. Actually, I didn’t really care for any of the guys in this book, which would have annoyed me more if I counted it more as a romance than a fun, fairytale, fantasy type of book. This isn’t anything that took away from the book, but I could have done without it.
Mystery and Suspense are all over this book even though it’s a light and fun read. I honestly thought I knew who the mystery prince was like two times, and then BOOM, I was wrong. I will say that my initial guess of the mystery prince was correct, so I give myself credit for that, but I loved not having everything just handed to me on a platter. I was forced to use my mind and really think about what was going on, and I love being wrong every now and then!
The ending of How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True was a slight disappointment for me, because it went in a different direction that I wanted it to. I would say that it starts deflating a little bit around the last 5 or so chapters, but it does pick up on the very last chapter. I wouldn’t let that deter you from reading the book, though, because it was well worth the read!
How Zoe Made Her Dreams Mostly Come True is a great Spring/Summer read that every contemporary fan needs to get their hands on. I sucked it down in a matter of days, and I’m still a little bit in mourning a week later.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was such a disappointing read for me for numerous reOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was such a disappointing read for me for numerous reasons, but most of all, I was upset because this is probably the book I was most looking forward to this year. The cover is GORGEOUS, the synopsis is intriguing, and I just knew that I was going to love it. Boy, was I wrong. The characters fell flat, the plot was confusing and silly, and I really didn’t end up feeling any real connection to the book. In one word, this book was a dud. Above all else, I didn’t finish this book because of the characters. Not only was every single character annoying as hell, but the male characters seemed to be very abusive and dangerous. They didn’t actually DO anything, but it seemed to be implied. The male characters made this book very uncomfortable to read, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect from them. Not only that, but the female characters were ANNOYING! OMG. They were either all over the boys, crying their little eyes out over a broken heart, or just being….weird. You know what? That’s the best word that can describe this book. Weird. The whole damn thing was weird. I made it about 130 pages into this book, and I had no idea what the hell was going on. Confusing much? I needed some kind of bone thrown my way! The weirdness of this book ties directly into the plot. It’s about Violet who lives with her brother (who seems very unstable and abusive might I add!), and she ends up letting this guy named River live in her guest house. Her parents don’t live with her. Instead, they’re out traveling, leaving their two minor children all alone (not to mention that they’re almost out of money and can’t get ahold of their parents!). There was the first major concern. That is SO unrealistic! In reality, CPS would have been called in a heartbeat. It made absolutely no sense that those kids were left unattended with no complaints or concerns. Anyways, all of a sudden the local children in their town start spouting stuff about devils and they end up camping out at a graveyard holding stakes in anticipation to kill the Devil. News people are called, police are called, parents are called, everyone is called, and STILL the kids won’t leave the graveyard. Are you still with me? If you are, congrats! Cause I’m not even with me. It made. no. sense. I was confused. Hell, I’m still confused. Which is a major reason why I stopped reading this book. I didn’t finish the book. Well, skimmed it, so it might have gotten better! I did read the last little bit at the end, though, and I still couldn’t stand it. Maybe if I would have liked the main characters, Violet and River, then that would have made up for it, but I’m honestly not sure which would I despised more. It was just….bad. I am so sad that I didn’t like this book. I was willing to beg, borrow, or steal for it….and this is what happened. I’ve talked to some people who liked the book, but I’ve always talked to people who share the exact same opinion as I do. I don’t think that I’ve ever been able to say that I didn’t know what the hell a book was about after reading it, but I sure can now.
Pages: 368 Publication Date: August 15th 201 Publisher: Dial Source: ARC provided by publisher Rating: : ★☆☆☆☆...more
All I Need is a book that I have been dying to read. Not only are the cover and synopsis gorOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
All I Need is a book that I have been dying to read. Not only are the cover and synopsis gorgeous, but it totally radiates a Spring/Summer feel. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the book. I’m not going to even rate the book, because I found it a little painful to read, and it’s not fair of me to judge it when I only got about 50 pages into it. But I am going to share my thoughts on it with all of you.
My first major complaint with All I Need was the relationship between Seth and Skye. They meet in the first chapter and decide they're soul mates by the second. They knew each other for a whole two days, and then Seth goes off to college without saying goodbye. Any normal girl..or guy for that matter…would get. over. it. But, no. Skye is moping around 2 months later about a guy she knew for about 48 hours. Obviously Seth will come into her life probably a little later on in the book…but I honestly didn’t even make it that far. I didn’t find Skye..or Seth..to be very good role models. I wouldn’t want my kid reading this book and thinking that’s how they should act.
Another thing that bothered me is that I was really confused by how all of the teenagers acted and spoke to one another. I’ll be the first to admit that a lot of teenagers are freakin annoying. Not all of them! But some. It hasn’t been that long since I was a teenager…and trust me…I annoy myself thinking about it. But most teenagers don’t act the way that they are portrayed in this book. I thought that it was very exaggerated from an adults perspective.
I didn’t get very far in this book, so I cannot critique the middle or the ending. Things might have picked up later on, but I could not bring myself to finish. I think that younger teenagers may appreciate this book, but I would not recommend it to adults at all.
Carey and her little sister Jenessa have lived in the woods for as long as they can rememberOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Carey and her little sister Jenessa have lived in the woods for as long as they can remember. For Jenessa, it’s been her whole life. They’ve survived off beans and other canned foods, had no running water or electricity, shared a cot in a trailer, and were constantly abused by their meth-addict mother when she was actually around. But their mom has now been missing for two months, and food supplies are running low. Carey doesn’t know how much longer she and her sister can survive without their mom.
One afternoon a man and a woman appear in the woods, claiming that Carey’s mother sent them a letter claiming that she could no longer take care of the girls. It comes out that Carey’s mother kidnapped her when she was four-years-old, and now the man (her father) has found her and is going to take both the girls back to live with him and his family. There, Carey finds new clothes, and unhappy step-sister, a new life, a new school, and old and new friends who will forever stick by her side.
For all my life, at least throughout my teenage years up till now, I have loved kidnapping cases, murder cases, missing persons..everything along those lines. There are times that my DVR will be filled with those types of shows. Trust me, it drives my mother nuts. So when I read the back of If You Find Me, I knew that it was a book specifically for me. I had not doubt that I was going to love this book.
I fell in love with If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch after the first paragraph. Normally it takes me a few chapters to fall in love with a book, but not with this one. The first paragraph was all it took. That paragraph prepared me for an amazing read to come, and I knew that I was not going to be disappointed. This time I was right.
The main character, Carey, was so strong, heartbreaking, dedicated and loyal that she actually became a real person in my eyes. I was drawn to her character immediately, and it was amazing to have the chance to watch her growth throughout the book. I also fell in love with the younger sister, Jenessa, as I think all of the characters in the book did as well. At times, it was hard to read about a six-year old girl who went through everything that she did, but she was such a little trooper. In all honesty, this book would not have been nearly as good without her.
If You Find Me is so genuine, so….raw…it just feels so real. The writing was consistently amazing throughout the whole book. It never had downer moments or boring chunks. It was just perfection all the way through. I will say that this book left me emotionally exhausted when I finished it. I don’t think that I have ever read a book where I have cried so much. I was just a giant mess from the beginning to the end.
I loved watching the relationships in this story. There was Carey and her little sister Jenessa, who she raised from birth. Then there was the timid relationship between Carey and her father. It was heart wrenching to read about them together. Carey’s mom had told her such awful things about her dad, and she was afraid of him. I loved watching that fear slowly dissolve. Some of the best relationships in this book were between Carey and her step-sister, Delaney, and those of her and her newfound friends. Carey’s being forced into situations that she never thought she would have the chance to experience, and it warmed my heart to read about them.
A bit of warning, this book strongly discusses the topics of drugs and rape. If you can’t handle those topics, then do not read this book. Personally, I thought that those topics made the book stronger. Both Carey and Jenessa had to go through so much during their young lives, and the honesty and realistic quality of the book were well received on my end.
My few complaints with the book are very simple ones. First, the book needed to be longer. It’s only 256 pages, but it needed to be a lot longer, in my opinion. There was so much that wasn’t captured in this book that I was hoping to see. Secondly, I was hoping for some scenes that never happened. I wanted to see the girls in therapy, I wanted to see more of their time in school, and I wanted the mother to come back in the picture for a brief period later in the book. These things didn’t happen, so I feel that Carey’s story is very unfinished. I believe that If You Find Me is a standalone, but I would love to see more books from Emily Murdoch in the future, even if they just cover Jenessa or Delaney’s story. Finally, I really didn’t like how much of her childhood Carey actually remembered. I barely remember anything from when I was four. And, yes, it make sense that Carey remembered a thing here or there. But it was really weird to have someone mention something and her be like “Oh, yes! I remember that!” and then remember a bunch of scenes about it.
Guys….this book was so amazing. I cried, my heart broke, and then I cried some more. I was an emotional basket case from the very beginning. I want to recommend this book to each and every one of you. This is what great writing is. All of you need to go out and read Carey’s story.
If you’re looking for something similar to If You Find Me, I would suggest Nora Roberts Quinn Brothers of Chesapeake Bay series. It’s an adult series, but it is amazing, and I have read it way too many times to count.
Publication Date: March 26th, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Rating: : ★★★★★
Teaser Quote: “Beans ain’t free, but they’re on the cheap, and here in the Obed Wild and Scenic River National Park, dubbed ‘The Hundred Acre Wood,’ I must know close to one hundred ways to fix beans. From the dried, soaked-in-water variety to beans in the can-baked beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans….
It don’t sound important. It’s just beans, after all, the cause of square farts, as my sister used to say with a giggle on the end. But when you’re livin in the woods like Jenessa and me, with no runnin’ water or electricity, with Mama gone to town for long stretches of time, leavin’ you in charge of feedin’ a younger sister – nine years younger – with a stomach rumblin’ like a California earthquake , inventin’ new and interestin’ ways to fix beans becomes very important indeed.
That’s what I’m thinkin’ as I fell the scratchy cookin’ pot full of water from the chipped porcelain jug and turn on the dancin’ blue flame of the Bunsen burner: how I can make the beans taste new tonight, along with wishin’ we had butter for the last of the bread, which we don’t, because butter don’t keep well without refrigeration.” ...more
Aurora Sky started out really strong. It’s about a girl who gets into a fatal car crash, andOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Aurora Sky started out really strong. It’s about a girl who gets into a fatal car crash, and is revived on a military base. They renewed a lot of her important organs, but there was a catch. They also implanted a virus in her body. Now Aurora must get mandatory shots in order to stay alive. They put this virus in Aurora’s body so that her blood will be fatal to any vampire who bites her and sucks her blood. But Aurora doesn’t want this life. It’s something that she can’t get out of, and her life slowly starts to spin out of control. I was a big fan of the very beginning of Aurora Sky. I thought that it was well-written, the characters were interesting and relatable, and the idea of the book was eye-catching and fascinating. I find the concept of vampire hunters really interesting. This is something that the YA community really hasn’t gotten a chance to read about. We’ve read about vampires before, sure, but vampire hunters? That’s a new idea…and one that I like! The character of Aurora got on my nerves a little bit as the story progressed. Obviously she had some major changes happen to her, and she spiraled out of control. All of a sudden she was drinking, having sex, being a disrespectful little brat, and…well, she was just really upset. I don’t like reading about characters who are so out of control and depressed. This is just a personal thing though. I know that there are a lot of people out there who enjoy these types of characters. I was also a bit bothered by the amount of sex and romantic scenes included in the book. I would categorize Aurora Sky as a new adult book, so it was perfectly acceptable for that genre. However, I had to skim a lot of those scenes. I’m not opposed to romantic scenes, but it bugs me with high school students. I know they do stuff…I was a high school student once…but it’s a little uncomfortable for me to read about. The story itself was a little predictable, but I actually ended up really liking the storyline. Nikki Jefford’s is a very strong writer, and I found myself really drawn to the words that she created. I was also a BIG fan of Fane, the leading male character. He was SO gorgeous! I would recommend the book simply for him! You have to read about him! Overall, I thought that it was a great first book in the Vampire Hunter’s series. I didn’t fall head over heels in love with it, but it kept me interested. Again, this is a New Adult book, so there are some scenes maybe not so appropriate for the younger crowd. Other than that, I would recommend that fans of paranormal reads give this one a chance!...more
I know that there are a lot of Claudia Gray fans out there, but I just could not get into this one. For starters, there were wayyyy toDNF at page 178.
I know that there are a lot of Claudia Gray fans out there, but I just could not get into this one. For starters, there were wayyyy too many POVs. I think that were like 4...with a 5th one of a crow for one page.
The characters and the storyline were very bland. I couldn't stand Mateo, and I was not a big fan of either Nadia or Verlaine.
I love stories about witches, and while this book does surround witches, I expected a lot more magic and power involved in the book. There was also no mystery or suspense. I understood who the evil person was from the get go. There were no shocking or jaw dropping moments involved.
Claudia Gray can obviously write, but this book fell a little flat for me....more
Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret Until now. Because the last secret she shaOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Kiona.
Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed. Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse. But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself. Chelsea Knot is known as the school’s biggest gossip. Not only does she spread gossip like wildfire, but she does so vindictively to please her best friend, Kristen Courteau, their high school’s resident princess. During a New Year’s Eve party, Chelsea sees something she shouldn’t and quickly shares the news with Kristen and her boyfriend, Warren. But Warren and his basketball buddies react negatively to the gossip and, in sharing, Chelsea condemns another student to near-death. When Chelsea realizes the horrific effect her words have on people, she takes a vow of silence. Her old friends turn against her and finding new friends becomes nearly impossible when everyone hates or judges her. And now, Chelsea’s on the receiving end of Kristen’s bullying. This story is a lesson in learning just how hard doing the right thing can be. Oh. My. God. Breathtaking. I’d heard great things about Speechless for awhile and I enjoyed Hannah Harrington’s debut novel, Saving June, so I knew it was only a matter of time until I picked up her second book. But despite all the positive reviews, I still wasn’t prepared to fall as in love with Speechless as I did. Believe me when I say all of the hype is 100% justified. Even those of you who don’t particularly enjoy contemporaries will love Speechless for it’s message and it’s strong characters. I’m a dialogue-lover; a bad book can keep my attention until the very end if the dialogue is witty and realistic, so I was a little skeptical about picking up a book where the main character takes a vow of silence, but Harrington pulls this off flawlessly. I didn’t mind Chelsea’s speechlessness at all. In fact, I was riveted by her inner thoughts and self-reflection. Chelsea undergoes such a remarkable transformation; she learns so much about herself, the people around her, and the way our actions and words affect those around us. Every scene in Speechless is ridiculously emotionally potent. Harrington tackles tough, all-too-real topics. While in the middle of reading, I couldn’t help bringing Speechless into every day conversations. It breaks my heart that the events in this book actually take place in our world, though I know they do. But I commend Harrington for bringing attention to these topics and opening the floor for discussion. And I’m just so grateful to her for giving us Chelsea, a girl willing to stand up against what’s wrong and to make a change in her community. Chelsea is such an admirable character. I LOVE that she refuses to back down. My favorite moment of hers is when she confronts Lowell at the vending machine. I am so tired of passivity in books these days, and when Chelsea marched up to Lowell, I was rooting for her to punch him. Yeah, yeah, I know. Violence is never the answer. But some kids just really do need a good smack across the face. I definitely would’ve smacked him. But Chelsea displays remarkable control and maturity in her handling of the situation, and I was rooting for her the whole time. I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud of a YA heroine before, and that’s saying a lot, given my loyalty to Katniss, Caelina, Lena, and a host of others. Chelsea sticks up for herself and others with a poise I certainly didn’t possess in high school. She’s just fantastic. In addition, stick any of my favorite characters in a new job at one of the cool town locals and you’ve already ensured my undying love. This has always been one of my favorite aspects of any Sarah Dessen novel: getting to know the new coworkers that become your family at job that becomes a second-home. And Chelsea’s job as a dishwasher/busser at Rosie’s is no different. Harrington gives us a phenomenal cast of characters with Asha, Sam, Andy, Dex, and Lou. Doesn’t seeing all their names together like that just bring a smile to your face? You know that’s going to be a fun group of people. And these are good people. Loyal friends, friends with convictions and opinions instead of cookie-cutter, formulaic characters. Every character in this book simply shines. The amount of strength portrayed in this book is reason enough to pick it up. I was so thrilled that Chelsea had to strength to visit Noah and to seek closure with Kristen when everything was said and done. These are the scenes I often yearn for in YA novels, but never see. I think this book is so, so important for teens and adults alike to read. Plus, despite being unable to talk, Chelsea still manages a ton of sass and the romance Speechless is super sweet. It literally gave me butterflies. Speechless is a home-run and I can’t wait to see what Harrington comes up with next. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Kody Keplinger will be especially taken with this knock-out of a novel. Pages: 288 Publication Date: August 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Source: Edelweiss Rating : 5 Teaser Quote: “Listening to Eminem makes me feel like a badass. Or at least as though I have the potential for badassery. I mean, the way he sings, it’s like he’d probably punch out a puppy if it looked at him wrong. Obviously I’m not glorifying animal cruelty here, I’m just saying, I could use some of that attitude. It’s better than the attitude I have now of just letting everyone mess with me all the time.“...more
When high-school senior Noah Gallagher and his adopted teenage sister, Lo, go to live with tOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
When high-school senior Noah Gallagher and his adopted teenage sister, Lo, go to live with their grandmother in her island cottage for the summer, they don’t expect much in the way of adventure. Noah has landed a marine biology internship, and Lo wants to draw and paint, perhaps even to vanquish her struggles with bulimia. But then things take a dramatic turn for them both when Noah mistakenly tries to save a mysterious girl from drowning. This dreamlike, suspenseful story—deftly told from multiple points of view—dives deeply into selkie folklore while examining the fluid nature of love and family.
I've always had such a problem with books about mermaids and selkies. I have found a few that were enjoyable, but I still have not found one that blew me out of the park. I really wanted to give Tides by Betsy Cornwell a shot because not only was the cover gorgeous, but the synopsis captivated me as well. Unfortunately, my hopes came crashing down with this one, as I was not as fascinated as I had hoped to be.
The first 40 or so pages of this book were absolutely brilliant. I loved the contemporary and fantasy genres mixed together. It gave the book a light and airy feel to it that was really attractive. However, I didn't like the selky aspect of the story, which is obviously a major part of it. I found that part of the storyline to be very slow and a little weird for my personal tastes.
I enjoy books with a single narrator, but I can occasionally handle books with two narrators. I counted at least 5 narrators in this book, and I found that to be a bit sloppy and excessive. I ended up skimming a big chunk of this book, so for all I know there could be even more than 5 narrators presented in the book. I would have preferred one narrator so that everything went more smoothly and stayed on track.
Because so many narrators were presented in this book, there wasn't a lot of time dedicated to a relationship between Noah and Mara. As I said before, I skimmed the last half of this book, so that may have progressed. But there was really no foundation laid down for Noah and Mara, and I wish that more groundwork would have been set between the two from the very getgo.
I also found it very confusing that the main characters were Noah and Mara. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin is a very popular series right now, and the two main characters are Noah and Mara. I found it to be a bit difficult to separate the two characters from the individual books. This may be something that many readers will have no complaint with, but it really bothered me.
For a big chunk of this book, I honestly thought that it was set in Ireland. I know that I preprogrammed myself to think this because Betsy Cornwell actually lives in Ireland, but it took me a long time to realize that her characters were not stationed there. It made it a bit confusing for the overline storyline.
I find it difficult to tell people whether or not to go out and buy this book, because it really comes down to this book just not being a book for me. I can see Tides being really popular with fans of water/mermaid/selky stories and contemporary fans. Tides is a really mellow, soft and soothing read that will captivate readers and make them feel as if they are truly in the story. However, the book was just not for me, and I ended up wanting to see a lot more progression in the story itself.
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Rating: [rating: 2]
Teaser Quote: "Noah saw a shadow move behind a jutting boulder. He pulled off his headphones. He heard a sharp splah, out of rhythm with the waves, and a crack like breaking bones. A deep cough followed, and a gurgling gasp.
He yanked off his shirt and scrambled down the rocks, scanning the water for the drowning person. He saw a whitish shape under a wave and lunged toward it. There - his arms closed on a soft, struggling form.
A girl slipped in Noah's grasp. She had cropped black hair and silvery pale skin, and - he realized with horror - she was completely naked. He pulled back instinctively and help up his hands to show his innocence.
She stood there glaring at him, fire in her eyes and seawater streaming over her body. ...more
I remember when I read Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein. I remember that it tugged at my heart anOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I remember when I read Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein. I remember that it tugged at my heart and threw me for an emotional roller coaster ride. The story, the writing, the characters…it was all just so beautiful, and I remember that I wanted more. I read about Amy, sure, but I wanted to know more about Lila and Cassie. So, I was thrilled when I learned that Lisa Burstein was writing Dear Cassie, and I was not above begging and pleading if I had to to be a part of the Dear Cassie Blog Tour over at Rockstar Book Tours. Thankfully, it didn’t quite come to that. Dear Cassie was so emotional and beautiful. It was so….raw. In Pretty Amy, we only got a small taste of Cassie. We learned that she had a horrible home life, she was emotionally screwed up, she did drugs, she didn’t really care about her life, and she had absolutely no taste in guys. Dear Cassie takes off right after Pretty Amy, and Cassie is sentenced to go to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp (somewhat of a boot camp) for 30 days. There she is forced to write about her troubles and her thoughts, interact with both friends and foes, do physical labor, suffer from poison ivy, and accept herself and her past. I loved Dear Cassie so much. As someone who doesn’t overly love contemporary books, I get so extremely excited when I find ones that I fall head over heels in love with. And that’s exactly what happened with Dear Cassie. Cassie’s character was strong but weak at the same time. I found so much inspiration and strength in her. And those times that she wanted to fall down, I just wanted to pick her right back up and set her on her feet. I haven’t loved a character as much as I loved Cassie in a very long time, and kudos to Lisa Burstein for giving life to her. This book does focus a lot on the topic of abortion, which could possibly offend some of you. I found it to be beautiful and heartbreaking. It’s not my place to say whether or not I agreed with Cassie’s decision, but it was a wonderful experience watching her come to terms with her decision. It was really hard, though, for me to read about her constantly punching her stomach (after the baby was already gone), because it was just too painful. I can’t imagine being in that type of position and it was just utterly heartbreaking. On a negative note, I hated Ben’s character. Ben is a guy at Turning Pines Wilderness Camp, and he develops this weird thing for Cassie. I kind of wanted to see her end up with noone. I didn’t even want a semi crush or relationship in the book, because I felt that Cassie really needed to learn that she could survive without a man in her life. I also found Ben to be very controlling, something that I can not stand in men. The ending of the book infuriated me. It’s not what I wanted or expected, and I’m hoping that maybe there will be another book about Cassie. Her story is really unfinished right now, and I hate when books end that way. Overall, I flat out adored this book. It was beautiful, romantic, sweet and heartbreaking. It discussed topics that were difficult to read but necessary for the story. Dear Cassie was such a realistic story, and I cannot wait to read more from Lisa Burstein in the future....more
I’ve been really excited to read Born of Illusion for quite some time now. Who doesn’t wantOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I’ve been really excited to read Born of Illusion for quite some time now. Who doesn’t want to read a book about magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920′s New York City? How cool! Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. If you follow my review, you know by now that I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction. This book was not an exception. While some of the magic was pretty cool, I found it to be just too boring for my taste. One thing that this book really has going for it is that the main character, Anna, is very likeable. Anna was the reason I was trying to make it through the book. She was strong, powerful, yet still a nervous child trying to make it in the world. The other characters in the story were also very likeable or interesting, but they weren’t enough to carry the story. Here was my thing with Born of Illusion: There wasn’t enough magic or spark to it. There was mystery…but not enough. I found myself not caring what was going to happen next. I didn’t care who Anna’s father was or what would happen to Anna’s mother. I didn’t care if anyone was killed off or if something bad happened. I just didn’t care. I only read half of Born of Illusion before I set it down, but there weren’t really any action scenes or “aha!” moments. There were a couple cool scenes involving magic, but nothing that really knocked my socks off. It was just kind of bland. Fans of The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd and Pantomime by Laura Lam should enjoy Born of Illusion....more
Not a Drop to Drink is about a girl named Lynn who lives with her mom in a dystopia type ofOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Not a Drop to Drink is about a girl named Lynn who lives with her mom in a dystopia type of world where water sources are (obviously) low. If people want access to water, then they need to live in the city where the government rules with an iron fist and people must pay for the water access. People like Lynn, though, live outside the city limits where water is scarce, and they must fight to protect what little water they have access to. Lynn and her mother have been shooting and killing anyone who comes near their little pond for years. But that all changes the day that Lynn’s mother is taken away from her and she must defend her pond and her home by herself. While on her own, Lynn starts to notice mysterious people and rumors of a militia around her territory. Through strangers and past acquaintances, Lynn must learn to love and trust when her mother has only taught her to do the exact opposite. But will love and trust help her survive or will it bury her in her grave like her mother always taught her? Not a Drop to Drink is one of the best dystopian books that I have had the pleasure to read. It is raw, intense, powerful, all of those colorful words that surround it. This is a pure, 100% dystopian, though. It’s not a love story about two teens coming together and finding themselves in one another. This is a power struggle for freedom, pretty much. It took me awhile to finish it. Not because it was bad, but because it was SO intense that I had to be in the perfect mood to read it. It’s really the type of book that you should read when it’s rainy and wet outside and you just want to be tucked in on the couch reading a book. For the most part there are not a bunch of major things that happen in this book. There’s are scenes toward the beginning, middle, and end that are very shocking and that made my heart pound at a million miles an hour. There are plenty of scenes that nothing major happens, but I didn’t really care when I was reading the book. No matter what happened, I still found myself interested in what was going on. I LOVED all of the characters so much that I didn’t care what they were doing. I just wanted to read about them. So when bad stuff happened to characters, my heart felt like it was being ripped in two. This book was so well-written, and the characters were so well-developed. I just….I loved it. The ending of this book is shocking to say the least. I actually had reached the point where I thought that the ending of this book was going to be very predictable. In a way, it was. I did guess part of it. But I didn’t guess all of it, and I was flabbergasted by a couple things that happened. When I was reading the final few chapters, my mouth was pretty much just handing open. It was…omg…It was just so good. The ending is what made this book. Holy smokes. You just…wow. You’ll love it! And the epilogue!? I thought that this book was going to end in such a different way. I was wrong, and I love that! Overall, I loved this book. Dystopian lovers are going to devour this book. Honestly, I want to see this one made into a movie. It was that good. Go. Read. This. Book!
Pages: 320 Publication Date: September 24th, 2013 Publisher: Harper Teen Rating: : ★★★★☆...more
Originally reviewed on www.yareads.com, guest reviewed by Nikki over at Fiction Freak
Well well well, Transparent. I really didn’t expect…you.
So goingOriginally reviewed on www.yareads.com, guest reviewed by Nikki over at Fiction Freak
Well well well, Transparent. I really didn’t expect…you.
So going straight into the review, I had a few issues with Fiona. She seemed a bit cynical and paranoid, but that’s understandable considering her background. While I do feel like her character wasn’t as developed as I’d hoped, she did grow on me throughout the book and I came to love her. She’s on the run from the only life she’s known and that made my heart hurt a little, every time she flinched away because of how she’d grown up. But she stayed strong and wouldn’t really let anything get to her.
Our side characters, though, were pretty awesome. Bea was an amazing best friend and I loved how she was always there for Fiona–she’s definitely someone you want to have behind your back! Seth and Brady were complete opposites, but I adored them in their own way. Of course Brady, with his sweet personality and his protectiveness was cute, but I’ve always been a fan of love/hate relationships, so I was almost immediately a fan of Seth! I will admit, Seth sometimes went a little overboard with his jokes/insults, but he had Fiona’s best interests at heart and he was definitely a hilarious character.
The plot was definitely amazing too! While Transparent has the feel of a light read to it, the plot is anything but. It’s a thrilling chase that had me on edge the entire read, wondering what would happen next. While a few things were predictable, there were still a number of twists I didn’t expect! Natalie Whipple cleverly uses her characters’ powers to enhance the plot and make it unique and completely surprising.
The romance was a bit iffy for me–though I did love who she ended up with, the romance between them seemed a bit rushed and sudden. Epiphany!
There was a huge crush going on, and suddenly she’s in love with another guy? It seemed weird to me, but their relationship was justFictionFreakClear2 so cute and adorable and fun and and and…well, I loved it! So of course I let it go. The way they acted around each other made me squeal so many times, and seeing how much they cared for each other just…well, it’s a pretty perfect romance.
Transparent’s world was unique to say the least! The way that all these powers evolved were new and seeing what kind of powers each of these kids had was super fun and I loved seeing how they would contribute to the story! At first, I was a bit confused, since I had no idea that the whole world had supernatural traits, but it really did make the book stand out more!
Natalie Whipple’s debut is really the perfect book for anyone looking for a light read with a splash of thrilling mixed in! It feels like a fluffy read at times, but the plot twists and on-the-chase storyline keeps you in your seat, pushing for more. (It doesn’t hurt that the cover is pretty kickass too!)...more
WHY have I waited so long to read anything by Kasie West? Man, have I been out of tOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
WHY have I waited so long to read anything by Kasie West? Man, have I been out of the loop or what? And the annoying thing is that I have WORKED with Kasie at least a couple times in the last year. And it’s taken me THIS LONG?! Seriously?! What was is wrong with me?! I have heard nothing but raves over all of her books. Let me be the first to say that I feel like a moron for taking so long to read Pivot Point. Because you know what? This book was great! I really enjoyed it!
Pivot Point is about a girl named Addie who has the ability to see into her own future. And at the beginning of the book Addie is faced with a major decision that leads her to Search to see which direction she should choose. The rest of the book is dedicated to going back and forth to see what would happen in each path that she would take. I thought that that would bother me a lot, but I actually found it to be really cool. I also loved how both paths kind of intersected a lot you could see that reality was going to happen either way. It was just a really cool concept.
A wasn’t the biggest fan of the love triangle thing going on…if you can even call it that. In both paths, Addie had a different boy that she was interested in. While I liked both boys, the growth of both relationships failed a little bit because of the layout of the book. I was a huge fan of Trevor, though, and I’m really excited to see him in the second book.
I loved the concept of mind powers in the Compound. However, I was a little disappointed that there weren’t any MAJOR powers going on. The author was obviously trying to make a big power as the mystery, but I wanted to see more. I feel like Pivot Point would have succeeded a bit more as a superhero type book. I would have liked to see flying, teleportation, and other magical powers that instantly come to the mind. I thought that it was a little lame that everyone in the Compound were pretty much the same. It was still fun to read about, but I was able to identify what would have made it a great book.
The ending of the book was a little disappointing and a little predictable. I started to get a little bored and disappointed there at the end. I just wanted a little bit more. I also didn’t like how there really wasn’t any suspense or suspicion there at the end. It was laid out for the reader what was going on and who did what…and I was pretty annoyed that I didn’t have the opportunity to really second guess myself at least once.
Another thing that was a little annoying was that Pivot Point seemed to be more of a mystery contemporary YA book than a Paranormal type book. I don’t feel that those genres really intersect well. I would have liked this to be more of a Paranormal book than anything else. I did enjoy it…I just wanted a little more suspense and clarification if this was supposed to be a mystery book.
Overall, I did like this one a lot. I’m excited to pick up Split Second and see what’s next for Addie and Trevor (hopefully!) It’s a book that I think that everyone should read!...more
Elissa's world for the past three years has been a nightmare. She's experienced horrific paOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Elissa's world for the past three years has been a nightmare. She's experienced horrific pain, random bruising all over her body, blackouts, nausea, and numerous other symptoms that have beat up her body and left her feeling close to death. Over the past three years, Elissa has seen doctor after doctor, and they finally found a cure: brain surgery. The doctors have guaranteed Elissa that this surgery will remove all of the symptoms she's been experiencing and give her back her normal life. And they've given her all of four days notice.
Having just convinced herself that she can go through with the surgery, Elissa has a horrible vision of a girl in trouble. She soon discovers that this girl is her twin sister removed from her family at birth. And the even weirder side of the puzzle? They're linked. Now Elissa must fight to keep both herself and her twin alive, even if that means evading her planet's officials and racing off to somewhere that no one will ever be able to reach them.
Linked by Imogen Howson threw surprise after surprise after surprise my way. Going into it, I knew that it was a dystopia/paranormal type book, but it's really more Sci-fi than anything. I haven't read very many amazing Sci-fi books out there, so I got a little worried when that aspect of the book started peeking through, but it was amazing! The world that Imogen Howson created was beautiful, startling, well thought out, and just brilliant.
The first part of the book focuses more on the dystopia aspect of the book. This is probably the part of the book that I enjoyed the most, but we'll get into that further on in the review. It was really obvious that this was not planet Earth. People could drive on rooftops, every door, everywhere, had locking mechanisms that were very different from what we experience today. Oh, and they had a government spacecraft that they used to communicate with other active planets. In the first half of the book, Elissa and her twin are trying to run from all of these people that are after them and trying to find a safe place to catch their bearings. So many things happen in this part of the books. They're learning who to and who to not trust, more about the twin and their link together, changing their appearances, and really making the big decisions on where to go from there. This first half was really upbeat, fast paced, and a little bit stressful (in a good way.)
The second half of the book focuses more on the Sci-fi aspect of the book. Please be warned that this paragraph may be very spoilery. This half of the book focuses on the girls travelling in space to another planet. Here, we get to meet the crew, the captain and the co-captain, witness how the space ship works. And there's lots of action going on in this section of the book. There's a lot going on with Elissa's twin and people are after them. This means that a bunch of other space ships are attacking them in the middle of space. It's really cool, and it's like no other YA book that I've read before. And the book is really well written, which it makes it that much more fascinating. The only complaint that I have is that their time in space got a little repetitive. I wish that it would have been cut down a little bit.
There's not really that much romance in this book. There is a slight one, but it really doesn't develop until like the last 3 chapters of the book. It was really awkward for me, because the characters basically hated each other throughout the whole book. There was no subtle flirting or touching. It was really just a "I don't like you" kind of thing. And it was really awkward for me to have those two characters latch on and profess their love for each other at the end of the book. Where did that come from? I was fine with their being no romance in the book, and I would have preferred that it stayed that way rather than have that awkwardness.
Some things in the book were a little confusing at times. This didn't happen very often, though. I think what the issue was is that this was a whole different world. Not to mention that there were surrounding planets and moons, AND there was a space ship that we had to learn about. It's really a book that you need to concentrate on or you're going to get lost.
One thing that did bug me was that the chapters were verrrry long. I'm a pretty fast reader, but there were a couple chapters in the book that took me about 45 minutes to an hour to read. I'm a person who prefers stopping points in my books, so it was a bit annoying, but not anything major.
The ending of the book was really enjoyable. There are no cliffhangers, which I LOVED! I can't stress to you guys how much I hate cliffhangers. I understand why authors do it, but it's really just annoying. The ending of Linked sets it up really nicely for a second book. I'm not sure if this will become a series or if it's a standalone. I almost think that Howson has to create a second book with how she set it up, but a bunch of questions that arise in the beginning of the book are answered in the last two chapters.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's a really heavy read, though, and made me want to read something very light right after it. It's intense, it kept me on my toes, and it left me craving more. Linked is 100x better than I thought it would be, and I'm really interested in reading more by Imogen Howson.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Source: ARC provided by the publisher
Rating: [rating: 4]
Teaser Quote: She was elsewhere. In someone else’s body, looking through someone else’s eyes.
There was the cold, gritty feel of dried mud and grass beneath her curled-up legs, the taste of dust and metal in her mouth. All around the night pressed against her, thick, hot and full of noise. Something thundered over the bridge above her head, then faded into the distance; not the quiet rattle of a beetle-car, but the rumble belonging to a heavy-goods vehicle....more
Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl whOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.
I have been dying for Mila 2.0 for months now. I love dystopia/sci fi types of books..not to mention that the cover of Mila 2.0 is so freakin cool! The book is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Mila. She lives in the middle of nowhere on a ranch with her mom. Her dad just died in a horrible fire, and she is now the new girl at school. But soon there is an accident that reveals that Mila is not exactly human.
Now Mila and her mom are on the run from the government, who actually created Mila. At the same time, Mila is having a really hard time coming to terms with the fact that she is an android, especially when she feels so human. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book that force Mila to accept the fact that is she an android, but still having to embrace the humanity in her as well.
There are four parts to Mila 2.0. The first part starts off a little bit slowly. That's where most of the foundation is laid. That's where we learn about Mila's fake life...and then we slowly start to learn that Mila is different. But it's during the second, third and fourth parts that Mila 2.0 is a jaw dropper.
I had a really hard time putting this book down, because it was so action packed. During the last quarter of part 1 the action starts, and then it. never. stops. So many twists and turns and "woah" moments are thrown at you in this book. I swear it like put my blood pressure way higher than it needed to be. My heart pounded, my palms sweated, and I was just in complete and utter awe.
Those of you who are way into books that have hot and heavy romances will be a little disappointed with Mila 2.0. There were two potential love interests that were introduced, Hunter and Lucas, but there was really no real romance or love triangle going on in the book. Hunter is only in the book for a very brief period of time, and Lucas plays a bigger role during the last half of the book, but there was no real attraction between him and Mila. I'm expecting that the second book will be a lot more focused on the romance factor, but it just didn't happen in this one.
What I loved about Mila 2.0 is that I never could guess anything that was going to happen. In most books, the action scene is toward the end and predictions are made way in advance, but Mila 2.0 has a million action scenes. So many things are happening in this book, and there are so many twists and turns, that I just never knew what to expect. There were even a couple things that I guessed in the beginning of the book that never even happened. I was always on my toes, and I loved it.
I did have a slight problem with the torture scenes that are introduced when Mila is brought to the government facility. Don't worry...there's no gore or nastiness that happens during this book, but I really didn't know what to expect with those scenes. I really wanted to skim those pages, because I was so flippin nervous, but I forced myself to sit through them...even if my eyes were scrunched up a little bit.
I also had a problem with Mila's obsession with Hunter, because he really wasn't in the book for that long. I know that he played a small part in the first few chapters, but then he just wasn't around for like over 300 pages. And Mila was just always going on about him, and I was like seriously? You met this guy for like 2 days. Big whoop. So I did have a slight problem with that. I also didn't fall in love with Lucas. Hopefully that changes in the second book.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza. I'm obsessed over this book and this series, and I just want more. I'm actually pretty devastated that I read Mila 2.0 already, because now I probably have to wait like a year for the second one. My advice to readers who pick up this book is to just push throughthe first so many chapters when she doesn't really know about herself yet. Once you get through that, things pick up pretty quickly and never stop. Go read this book. It's out in stores already, so no excuses!
Publication Date: March 12th, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: [rating: 4]
Teaser Quote: “The room was a small square of hopelessness. A flash of red. And then: Dimensions: 10 ft. by 9 ft. I swallowed a horrific giggle. Perfect. And now I knew the exact measurements of hopelessness.”
I love stories about pregnancies, babies, and just teen parenthood in general. It’s not someOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I love stories about pregnancies, babies, and just teen parenthood in general. It’s not something that I necessarily support or encourage, but those types of stories, whether it be a book or a movie, interest me to no end. I could read them nonstop. So, when I learned that Jamie Blair’s debut was about a teenager who steals her moms baby and takes off to raise it on her own, I was instantly hooked. I had to read it. I just…I had to. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Leap of Faith very much. The writing itself was great, but I didn’t like any of the characters, nor did I enjoy how the story took off.
The very beginning of Leap of Faith was actually really good. I really enjoyed seeing Faith’s initial living environment. I wish, though, that there would have been maybe a bit more connection between Faith and the baby and more time dedicated to Faith planning to steal the baby. It seemed kind of rushed to me. Yeah, Faith took the baby because she wanted it to have a better home life, but there was no initial buildup to their connection. So what if the baby was her sister? So what if she wanted it to have a better home life? I mean…that’s great! But….it just felt very rushed. All of that seemed to happen in like 4 chapters and most of that time wasn’t even dedicated to Faith’s thoughts on the baby. Most of it was dedicated to her relationship with her mom and other sister, Hope. I just wish that there would have been more buildup.
As the story progressed, I began to dislike Faith (Leah) more and more. Her character became very whiny, and I HATED so many decisions that she made. I mean come on. She slept in her car overnight with a newborn baby to prove a point, and THEN she leaves the baby at a fitness daycare while she goes to work. In a way, it was a bit offensive to read about some of the decisions that Faith made. I don’t have kids, and I know that if all of a sudden I was stuck with one I would know how to take care of it. Faith never reached that level like most women would. She relied on others to help her and teach her, but she never really grasped how to take care of Addy. Even as a new “mom” that stuff would have started to become natural to her, especially after 2 months. It was really annoying to not watch that “click” sort of happen.
As far as characters go, I really didn’t like anyone. I especially didn’t like the love interest between Faith and Chris. I thought that Chris was a selfish, juvenile asshole, and I really detested every second that he appeared in Leap of Faith. The supporting characters were very unrealistic and bland. On top of not liking Faith’s character, it was just too much.
One of my biggest problems with this book was that it was so unrealistic. Goodreads has it listed as contemporary realistic fiction, bit it’s not. I’m sorry, but there is just no way that a seventeen-year-old girl with only $1000 to her name could kidnap her moms baby from the hospital and run off to Florida. Then, she ends up living with Chris and his dad for absolutely no rent and gets people to care for and watch Addy for free. Thennnn she gets a job asap because Chris’s grandma can do that for me. Then boom! She falls in love with Chris at a drop of a hat! Not only that, but cops inevitably start looking for her, and what happened there is SO unrealistic! The ending….no. That’s not at ALL how that would have ended. I was just so annoyed by what transpired in this book. This would never happen! I really didn’t like the message that this book was sending out to young girls. I was just annoyed all over the place.
I feel like I’ve sat here and completely trashed this book. I will say that Jamie Blair’s writing is really good, but this story just was not for me. I would be willing to try out other books by Jamie Blair, but I will by staying far, far away from any more books in this series (if it is a series.)
This is going to be a really quick review, because I did not finish this book. I will not beOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
This is going to be a really quick review, because I did not finish this book. I will not be rating this book. I am just giving my opinion on this book for fans and potential readers of Richelle Mead:
Gameboard of the Gods had a lot of potential, but it fell flat for me. I got about 100 pages into it, and I was dying by that point. Richelle Mead created an awesome world and an amazing concept for a book, but it stayed at one level consistently. There was no action, character development, etc.
A huge part of the problem with Gameboard of the Gods were the two main characters, Justin and Mae. First of all, Justin was a very sleazy character to read about, and he never got better. It ended up being very difficult to read about a character that I didn’t like. There was nothing really wrong with Mae, but she was pretty boring to read about. I just had a really hard time putting the two of them together in my head.
On a positive note, the world that Richelle Mead created in Gameboard of the Gods was awesome. I give her that. It takes talent to create the type of world that she created, and that alone will draw readers in. Unfortunately, the book fell flat, and the world she created was not enough to make it better.
It breaks my heart that I was unable to finish this book, because I am such a HUGE Richelle Mead fan. I’ve noticed recently, though, that her books just are not as good as they usually are. The Last Vampire Academy book was a snore, I cannot get into the Bloodlines novels, and now I had to put down Gameboard of the Gods. Will I continue to read her books? Yes, but I probably won’t be buying any more of them…
I know that there are a ton of you who are excited for Gameboards of the Gods. Some of you have waited for months for this book…maybe even a year. And while I would love to just tell you about the awesome books I read, I also think that it’s my job to tell you about the books that I didn’t like quite so much..or at all. Just because I didn’t like this book, doesn’t mean that you’re not going to like this book. Keep researching opinions! But now you have mine.
I don't believe in the end of the world or the zombie apocalypse. It's all gibberish to me.Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I don't believe in the end of the world or the zombie apocalypse. It's all gibberish to me. And, no, I don't really believe in aliens either. But there was something rather spooky reading about aliens invading the world and killing off 95% of the population. I guess it's because life really could exist in outer space. We're not going to die and turn in to zombies, but there could always be another life force out there wanting to eliminate all of us. It was a really spooky, yet addicting concept. Not only was the plot of The 5th Wave addicting, but the writing was fantastic. Every single time that I opened up the book, I was instantly glued to the pages, and I only came up for air once every few hours. I devoured this thing. It was absolute torture trying to tear myself away from it.
Some people are going to have some problems with The 5th Wave, because the synopsis leads you to believe that there is only one point of view. It's really confusing at first, because it seems like there are like 6 or 7 points of view, but there are actually only four POVS. So, it's a little confusing in the beginning. I spent a lot of time wondering who was who and how they tied into the book, but they do. You're going to have a lot of questions during the first half of the book, but everything gets answered by the end of the book, and all the characters make sense by then.
What really made this book was that there were no unlikeable characters. Sure, there were the evil characters who you're supposed to not like, but all of the main characters were super well done. I especially loved Cassie's character. I found her so strong and brave. Cassie was definitely the type of female character that I love to read about. I loved reading about the two main guys, as well, though I had a slight problem reading about the 4th MC, Cassie's five-year-old brother. I loved Sammy, but one of the parts of the book is in his POV, and it was a little awkward reading about a five-year-old POV. Other than that, I loved everyone.
The 5th Wave is not a romance book, but there is some romance in it. It's not a dominate aspect of the book, because that's not really what the book is about, but it does exist. Evan and Cassie have this sweet, hesitant, kinda weird quality to their relationship. They're not a couple...it's really hard to explain what they are, but I loved them. And I loved them more by the end of the book. Ben and Ringer are another relationship that sort of starts to bloom, but I'm expecting that we're going to see a lot more of that couple in the second book. So, there is some romance, but in a way it's almost nonexistent. It just depends on how you look at it while you're reading the book.
This book was off the charts amazing. I loved it. It was fresh. It was catchy. It was all around brilliant, and major kudos to Rick Yancey for creating a read so wonderful, gritty and captivating. The 5th Wave is full of action, grief and loss, and love and loyalty that will burn you to the core. This book really details what family is all about, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second one. I would recommend that everyone go and get this book as soon as it comes out.
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Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Rating: [rating: 5]
Teaser Quote: "My head falls back against the rough bark of the tree. The bare branches overhead are hard-edged against the bright blue sky. I suck in a lungful of air, and it comes back out as a laugh. "Well, this is a tragic love story, isn't it? Alien invader falls for human ...more