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This book blew me away – probably because I wasn’t expecting to fall so thoroughly in love with iOriginally featured on yareads.com, reviewed by Kiona
This book blew me away – probably because I wasn’t expecting to fall so thoroughly in love with it. I went in thinking it was a ghost story, due to the summary on the back cover, but I was completely wrong. It’s a fantastic blend of paranormal and science fiction, at times reminding me of elements of Harry Potter and X-Men, both of which I love. Hourglass has so many great twists, some I saw coming and some that completely blind-sided me in the best possible way. This excellently crafted book is well-organized and completely absorbing, one of those I-really-shouldn’t-stay-up-until-2-because-I-have-class-in-the-morning-but-I-can’t-stop books.
But let me backtrack for a minute. Hourglass tells the story of Emerson Cole, a teenage girl who began seeing what she believes to be ghosts shortly before her parents died in a horrific accident. Since then, Emerson has spent her time at mental institutions and boarding school. But when her scholarship is pulled, she is forced to move back home with her brother and his wife. She has only one friend at home, Lily, who has stuck by Emerson throughout her entire ordeal. And then Emerson meets Michael – the handsome consultant her brother has hired – and he turns her world upside down.
The first thing I like about Hourglass was that Emerson confides in her brother and he actively tries to help her. There are so many books where the protagonist feels like they have to hide their “dark secret” because no one could ever possibly understand them. I just want to shake those protagonists and tell them to give their friends and family a little more credit. Of course, Emerson does spend some time in an asylum, but that’s realistic; she’s able to handle that and come out even stronger. Her brother, Thomas, is a wonderful character. He looks out for Emerson, doesn’t think she’s crazy, and continuously tries to help her. He’s also the perfect mix of cool-older-brother and authoritarian. I love his relationship with Emerson and even his rules regarding Michael. It’s easy to see how much he cares about his sister and how seriously he takes her predicament.
Emerson. One of my favorite protagonists. First of all, she has a great name (and I’m not just saying that because I go to Emerson College). She is one of the most three-dimensional characters I’ve seen in awhile. Her biting sarcasm is consistently hilarious; she can take care of herself, due to martial arts lessons; she doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do and only opens up to those she truly trusts; she gets jealous easily, is willing to put others before herself, and occasionally breaks all the rules. She has such a traumatic past and though she certainly draws strength from it, her past is also a source of pain and confusion; she hasn’t completely healed. In fact, by the end of the book she’s even further from healing than the beginning, which just allows the possibility for more growth.
I love the whole science fiction aspect of this book. The idea behind the Hourglass is so innovative and I was dying to know what it was from the beginning. Each character – especially members of the Hourglass – is fleshed out and serves a purpose. Myra McEntire is clearly a master at weaving intricate plots. She includes all the elements of great story-telling, including realistic characters with depth, witty dialogue, suspense, foreshadowing, and sizzling romance. Emerson’s emotions are so strongly conveyed that I felt them right along with her: her suspicion regarding Michael, confusion over Kaleb, anger at Ava, and love for Thomas and Dru. I like that Emerson doesn’t trust people easily. She has no reason to. So when certain characters finally gain Emerson’s trust, they also gained mine, which means I was just as shocked as Emerson by some of the final twists of Hourglass.
This book literally has everything and I really hope I won’t have to wait forever for a sequel. The ending is left open and there are so many questions I still have about this world and the characters. Hourglass is sure to be a hit in the YA scene and I look forward to seeing it receive the recognition it deserves....more
When I first started to listen to the audiobook of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie POriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
When I first started to listen to the audiobook of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, I hated it. The narrator, Shannon McManus, kept speaking in really choppy sentences. It seemed. More like. She was. Talking like this. It drove me bonkers. I actually thought that I was just going to have to return the tape without finishing it because it was that bad. Thankfully, the narrator quits speaking like that fairly soon and starts speaking like normal. After that, the book became awesome.
I loved Lola as a main character. She was spunky and had an unique and individual personality that I related to very well. She did whine a lot, which was pretty annoying, but other than that I was a big fan of her. The real star of the show, however, was Cricket Bell. Holy smokes was that boy to die for! Cricket was just the type of boy that every girl wants to end up with. Considerate, not too clingy, but not a bad boy either, handsome, and educated. He also cared for Lola, which was obvious from the very moment that he was introduced.
Another perk that this book had was that Anna and Etienne were in it! They were the main characters in Anna and the French Kiss. They actually had a fairly large role in this book. I loved the moments with Etienne! He just cracked me up. I also loved the chance to watch their relationship grow and to have it clarified that they were still together.
What I didn’t like about Lola and the Boy Next door was the fact that Lola was already in a relationship with her boyfriend Max. Stephanie Perkins has an annoying habit of making at least one of her main characters unavailable in her books, and I’m sick of it. It would have been different if that didn’t already happen in Anna and the French Kiss, but I didn’t want to read about it again. She also has an annoying habit of making those relationships last until almost the very end of the book. In her next book, I really want to see something different. Maybe an epic romance that starts at the beginning.
Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It had the perfect light romance feel to it, and I was able to visualize everything in my head. I don’t know if I would ever want to read or recommend the actual print copy of the book. I feel like the books themselves are pretty light and don’t go very many places. That’s not to say that it’s not an amazing book. I mean, I am giving it 5 stars! But….I just feel like it’s something that is better to listen to than to actually read....more
I have been waiting for Dean’s book FOREVER. Omg, and was it worth the wait or what?! I can’Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I have been waiting for Dean’s book FOREVER. Omg, and was it worth the wait or what?! I can’t even begin to tell you how steamylishish this book was. Holy hell on a cracker. I LOVED this book!
Dean was everything that I could have asked for. He was the total bad boy personification….if that’s the right phrase…I just adored him. And holy sexual heat….he had a whole bunch of that going on! Not to mention the fact that I LOVED him with Allie! Who would have known that they made such a perfect couple?
There were a couple of things that were a little off putting in this book. One, there’s something that happens toward the end of the book that I DID NOT LIKE. You’ll know when you read it. I thought that it was completely unnecessary. The second thing was that I really didn’t like Allie being in acting. Obviously, I have nothing against female actors, but I didn’t like ALLIE being in acting. I was only against it, because I wanted her with Dean 24/7.
Overall, I 100% adored this book. I seriously loved every single second. I spent an entire day doing absolutely nothing except for reading this book. I ignored blog work, I didn’t work on homework, and I didn’t clean the house. I literally just read this book from morning to evening…..late evening….and I finished it in less than 24 hours. 100% recommend! GO READ THIS ENTIRE SERIES!...more
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is absolutely, positively, undeniably one of the best books I’ve read for a good long while. If it werThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is absolutely, positively, undeniably one of the best books I’ve read for a good long while. If it were possible for a book to stop traffic, this would be the one to do it.
Arnold Spirit doesn’t want to end up like the rest of his community. He has big dreams for himself; he wants to leave the reservation and give life a good go. So he asks his parents if he can go to the rich, white school on the other side of the reservation border. When they say yes, Arnie’s life changes enormously.
Suddenly he doesn’t fit in anywhere. The kids on the reservation think he’s a traitor, and the kids at his new school think he’s an outsider. Arnie’s life is one complex day after another. But then things start to change. Penelope – the most popular girl in school – takes an interest in him, and suddenly he’s asked to try out for the basketball team. As it turns out, Arnie is a pretty good ball player, which does wonders for his popularity status. Then Arnie’s new team comes up against his old team for the show down of a lifetime. How will Arnie deal with the confrontation?
Although it does so in a highly entertaining and comedic way, this novel deals with some serious issues. On the reservation, Arnie is surrounded by family members and friends who all abuse alcohol and drugs. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian addresses the serious, life-changing consequences of such social problems. Although Arnie tends to trivialise these things through humor, the gravity and dangers associated with drug and alcohol abuse is certainly not lost within this story. I therefore insert my tear-jerker warning here. Tears from some readers are highly possible.
Ellen Forney’s illustrations add immeasurable worth to this story. They’re funny, descriptive, and provide an extra layer that words alone could never achieve. They’re definitely the icing on this already utterly hilarious cake.
Arnie’s voice is likeable and easily relatable. Even if you’re not a Native American Indian, even if you know nothing about Indian culture, I’m almost certain you will be able to find something of yourself in Arnie. If there were more kids like Arnie around, the world would be a better place.
You’ll laugh your hearts out; you’ll cry enough to fill a fish tank. Reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an emotional journey that everyone everywhere should experience. It’s a serious story told through a pair of not-so-serious eyes, making it easily digestible and readily accessible to all. This is definitely a book I can see myself coming back to over and over....more
The first 20% of this book was absolutely amazing. It was action packed and constantly keptOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The first 20% of this book was absolutely amazing. It was action packed and constantly kept me on my toes. There’s this really awesome bridge/troll scene that will just knock your socks off! So good!
Then we hit the next 40% of the books and encountered a huge problem. It got REALLY boring. Like, it was almost painful to read boring. I wasn’t interested in the characters, there was absolutely no action, and it was just…..stuffy. Yes, stuffy is the correct word to describe 20% through 60% of the book.
It started to look up around 60% of the book. There were these two new characters (a vampire and a Fae) that I really enjoyed. Honestly, I hope that they get their own separate series, because I loved them that much. And during that part, things started to look up. I thought that maybe, just maybe, the book was recovering and things would start to pick up. I was sort of right…for awhile.
The last 20% of the book was awful. I was so bored that I actually skimmed, which I’ve never done in this series. Sure, there was action at the end. I just think that I had just sort of reached my limit.
One of my major problems with this book was the lack of chemistry between the characters. Mercy and Adam felt like this super old couple who didn’t have any romance between them. Sure, these books don’t need a ton of romance……but even the flirting seemed heavy and weighed down. There needed to be some sweetness or lightness to counteract how heavy this book was. Another issues was the relationship with Mercy/Adam/Jesse. Their interactions didn’t work. Adam didn’t seem like a real dad to Jesse, because he just seemed so stiff and formal around her. I needed to see some more character development.
Another major problem was the lack of action and the heaviness. Sure, there were some action packed scenes that impressed the heck out of me. There were also a ton of boring scenes that made my eyes crossed. It needed a better balance.
Overall, I’m really disappointed in this book, especially since I loved the most recent Alpha and Omega book! It was just too heavy and stuffy. It makes me super nervous to continue this series....more
Yikes…just……yikes. I’ve read some of Sophie Jordan’s YA works, but this one was the first aOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Yikes…just……yikes. I’ve read some of Sophie Jordan’s YA works, but this one was the first adult book of hers that I’ve read. I was really looking forward to it, because I’ve heard such positive reviews over it. It also had a really good premise that I was really interested in reading about. Unfortunately, this one just fell flat….
The fist 22% of All Chained Up is really awkward and a little uncomfortable. It’s basically the same scenes over and over and over and over and on and on and on and on. Briar goes to work at the prison, Knox comes into the doctor’s unit at the prison to get looked at, Briar acts like a weak little mouse, they barely have any interaction, but yet they feel a huge magnetic pull. BLAH. They didn’t really have any special moments that really tied them together. So, it was super underwhelming when Knox eventually gets released from prison and they start up this relationship like they’re super in love. They didn’t have that chemistry in prison. I just didn’t get it.
I HATED Briar. Like….HATED. She was very timid, weak, quiet, non-confrontational, blah, blah, blah. Don’t get me wrong, I can read about submissive females in a book and love them. I wouldn’t really call Briar submissive, though, she was just plain. Like, if you had a box of fruit loops, she would be the random beige fruit loop in a bowl full of color. I just didn’t like her.
I. HATE. WHEN. BOOKS. PROMOTE. SEX. WITHOUT. CONDOMS. Ladies, please let me inform you that you need to have sex with a condom. I don’t care if it feels good. I don’t care if you “trust” the guy after knowing him for… a couple weeks? ESPECIALLY if he just came out of PRISON. When a guy says “I’m clean, do you trust me?” YOUR ANSWER IS NO. You put on the condom and you power through it. YOU GET TESTED. Not only do YOU make the GUY get tested, but YOU also get tested and show HIM your results. This is not something to be taken lightly. This is not a game. This is your life and his life and you treat it with care and respect. I’m getting really sick of books advocating sex without condoms and treating it like it’s totally normal. I’m not okay with it. Even if I really like the book, I do acknowledge when that happens, and I dock down the rating. I can’t stand it. You know, it’s perfectly A-Okay if you’re in a commited relationship and decide to make that choice as a couple. That is fine. But don’t advocate it for a couple that just starts sleeping together, whose not even in a relationship. THAT IS NOT OKAY.
Overall, this book was boring and lame. The characters and the plot were underdeveloped and not planned out very well. I thought that this book could have really gone places, it just wasn’t executed very well. Pass. ...more
Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah caOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability…before anyone else ends up dead!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer left off with Mara thinking she saw Jude, her ex boy-friend who supposedly died, and turning herself in to the police. The Evolution of Mara Dyer takes place right after that with Mara being committed into a mental hospital. Nobody believes that Jude is alive, which can only mean one thing…Mara has to be insane.
After convincing her family that she does not belong in a mental hospital, she agrees to drop out of school and join a day program for troubled teens. There she finds old friends, and her love, Noah. Noah is the only person who believes that Mara is telling the truth about Jude, and together they work to unravel the mystery and prove that Mara is not insane.
Let’s backtrack to the first book in the series, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I remember thinking that the book was good, but I was annoyed at how little was actually revealed during the book. I really didn’t understand what was going on with Mara. Was she insane or could she really do the things that she claimed to be able to do? There was no clarification in the first book, and it really put me off. I was really excited to read The Evolution of Mara Dyer, because I wanted those secrets to be revealed….or at least some of them. I wanted some sort of clarification to make the books worth it.
Unfortunately, The Evolution of Mara Dyer was even more confusing than the first book. I got about halfway through the book and then I stopped reading it because absolutely nothing was revealed. I am not going to invest almost 1,000 pages into a series when nothing is going to be explained or when no hints are going to be dropped my way. The whole purpose of reading a book like this is to get clues to figure out what the heck is going on with Mara Dyer.
I’m a person who craves romance and hot boys in my young adult books. Some authors do it well and some authors don’t. I can’t stand Noah. I liked him a little bit better in the first book, but I hated him in the second book. I found him to be kind of creepy and very controlling of Mara. Likewise, I didn’t like Mara’s character either. Granted, I wasn’t in love with Mara in the first book, but she annoyed the hell out of me in this book. Reading about someone who is deemed insane is a very uncomfortable thing to do because that person is going to be very awkward and timid around other people. Also, everyone is going to walk on eggshells around that person. So that was basically what was going on the first 300 pages of the book. I couldn’t stick with it. I tried so hard to finish the book, but it was just a waste of my time.
Because I wanted to know what happened at the end of the book, I asked for spoilers. Don’t worry…I’m not about to tell you guys anything! The ending is very shocking, and I’m really glad that I did not stick with the book. Also, it didn’t sound like anything was really revealed…and the ending is a MAJOR cliffhanger! Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I HATE cliffhangers. It’s part of the reason that I sometimes wait for an entire series to be out before I will read it. Michelle Hodkin is a fabulous author, but I can’t read an entire series that doesn’t let me in on what’s going on. I’m sure the third book will explain everything. But I’m also sure that a reader will have to invest about 1500 pages with no idea of what’s going on, only to be enlightened on the very last chapter. That’s not my kind of book.
There are a lot of fans of this series, so I would encourage everyone to look at other reviews before deciding that this review is reason enough not to read the book. Not to mention that I am extremely picky. Like I said before, Michelle Hodkins is an amazing writer. I only wish I could write as well as her. Unfortunately the series just was not for me.
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: : 2
Teaser Quote: “Don’t tempt me. Now, what are you wearing?” “A hoodie and drawstring pants too, I guess.”“Anything underneath?” “I don’t typically walk around without underwear.” “Typically?” “Only on special occasions.” “Christ. I meant under your hoodie”
“You will love him to ruins.”
“I hate that I never managed to persuade you to watch Buffy. It’s a flaw in you, Mara.” ...more
HOLY CRAPOLA. OH MY GOSH. I don't even know how to write this review. For real, I'm in suchOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
HOLY CRAPOLA. OH MY GOSH. I don't even know how to write this review. For real, I'm in such mourning right now. I honestly just picked up the book and reread the whole thing again right after finishing it. How the heck am I supposed to wait until 2017 to read the third book. How is that a possibility?! What was I thinking not waiting for all the books to be released for I started reading this series?! WHAT WAS I THINKING?! Seriously, I need some support right now. My heart is absolutely shattered that I've already finished this book.
Being totally honest, I hated like the first 70ish pages of this book. Let me try and explain without giving away any spoilers. Okay: I HATED what was done with some of the characters. While that opinion never changed throughout the book, it did finally reach a point where it kind of just moved on and I wasn't stuck in that rut anymore. And once it gets through that part, it's smooth sailing from there. Seriously, whenever I was reading this book, I was DEVOURING it. I couldn't even function properly when I was away from it. I would be away from the house, and I would just turn to whomever and say "I miss my book so much right now." For real, I'm a big gooey pile of a mess right now. My heart cannot take this one bit!
If you thought that A Court of Thorns and Roses was brilliant, then you haven't even started to realize the true definition of brilliance. The detail, the action, the romance, the character. HOLY. MOLY. Everything was so spot on and well written. This was like Harry Potter on crack. I need like ten more of these books RIGHT NOW.
There are several new characters introduced in this second book, and I loved every. single. one. of. them. Usually, there's a least one new character that you really can't stand. Nope. I'll take them all again. Everyone was so fantastic and spot on. I LOVED THEM ALL!
And Rhys. OMG. I'm 100% team Rhys. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. I can't even. THOSE SCENES. Who else is team Rhys!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?
And that ending?!!?!? OH MY LANTA! I can't even. For real. I need to shut my mouth right now before I spoil anything for ya'll.
OK. I'm stopping. All I have to say is that this book is like crack and EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO READ THIS SERIES RIGHT NOW SO THEY CAN SUFFER THE SAME HEARTBREAK THAT I CURRENTLY AM EXPERIENCING AND MOURN WITH ME!!!!!!!!!!
First off, I would like to give a huge thanks to my Secret Sis for getting this book for me!Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
First off, I would like to give a huge thanks to my Secret Sis for getting this book for me! I know, I know. I'm really way behind the times with this series!
I've had it stuck in my head for a long time that I don't like retellings. I can only presume that this opinion stems from the fact that I'm really not the biggest fan of fairy tales to begin with. Why I thought that had anything to do with YA books is beyond me. Cinder is a YA Cinderella retelling and, let me tell you, I LOVED IT. I loved every single moment of it!
Even though I loved Cinder, it did take me a little bit to get into the book. This probably resulted from two different reasons: 1) The first so many chapters were a little slow moving. Nothing major and it didn't take very long for the story to pick up, but it was a little slow to progress into awesomeness. 2) I honestly just haven't read very many YA books this year. Cinder is probably like the second or third YA books that I've read in about seven months. Since I've read close to 60 books this year, you can probably see the gap. I've been so stuck on the NA and adult contemporary genres that YA hasn't really appealed to me. So, even when I decided that I loved this series, it was a little difficult to put my other amazing books down. I'm glad I did, though, because this book rocked!
Science fiction, dystopia, and steampunk genres don't often appeal to me. It's just a fact about me: I'm really not the biggest fan of those genres and usually avoid them. Honestly, that's probably why I didn't read this series when it first came out. The synopsis just didn't really appeal to me. After years of other bloggers and readers telling me how amazing this series is, though, I broke down. I put it on my wish list. Let me tell you, I'm glad I did! Even though the above listed genres are incorporated into this book, I would probably lump it more as a retelling with those subgenres. Retellings are a genre of their own, so that makes sense to me. My mom read this book before me and tried to tell me that it was high fantasy...........it's not. I think sometimes she forgets that, even though she's read some really cool high fantasy books in the past, I probably have several hundred books on her record. So, if someone tries to tell you that this is high fantasy, please just ignore them. This book is amazing in it's own right, but it is NOT high fantasy!
Cinder and Kai were amazing leads! I was a bit disappointed that their relationship was a bit cliché. Their moves and actions were fairly predictable. I also would have liked to see maybe some more character development and growth. Same goes for the supporting characters. Everyone kind of stayed at the same pace and not much growth happened from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. This really wasn't a major complaint for me throughout the book, but it was something that I definitely recognized.
On a more positive note, I really enjoyed some of the twists and turns that happened throughout Cinder. There were some things that happened that I just didn't see coming. In contrast, there were definitely some roll of the eye moments going on. Some times that happened were definitely a little too predictable for my taste.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am very excited to read the rest of the books in this series and to see how it progresses! ...more
fter serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crowfter serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. Wow. I almost can’t even put into words how much I adore Throne of Glass. To put it into perspective, it’s on par with my favorite series of all time. For most people, that’s the Harry Potter series. For me, it’s Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series. Throughout my life, I’ve loved hundreds of books, but nothing has ever surpassed my love for all things Tamora Pierce. And while I’m not saying Throne of Glass achieves that, I definitely feel the same way about this book as I do about Alanna’s adventures. Let’s start with our protagonist: Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s most feared and respected assassin. Celaena is extremely likable. She’s also witty, frightening, determined, loyal, and so, so very fierce. Celaena proves that even if you break a warrior’s body, you don’t necessarily break their spirit. She has an inner strength that is nearly unparalleled in literature. She also doesn’t make excuses for herself. It’s hard to call Celaena a role model when she’s also a murderer, so I won’t. But what I like about Throne of Glass is that everyone acknowledges that what Celaena does for a living is wrong.But they don’t immediately discredit her as a bad person. Instead, they try to understand, and while she can’t quite be forgiven for the deaths she’s caused, we at least get glimpses into her reasoning, glimpses that will turn into full-on explanations as the series progresses, I assume. Celaena is definitely a complicated character, someone with a hard past and multiple layers to her personality; someone who doesn’t deserve to be judged at face value. But Celaena isn’t the only shining star. Throne of Glass, as a whole, shines on its own. The setting of Adarlan is captivating and fresh. This world is beautifully wrought, the details fine-tuned and expertly crafted. Falling headfirst into this world is such a wonderful escape, one I’m already dying to experience again. There are castles made of glass, masked balls, all forms of combat, glittering gowns, and shudder-inducing punishments. There are thiefs, assassins, dashing princes, corrupt officials, and deadly princesses. Throne of Glass has literally everything I pray for in a book. Then there’s the plot, a plot that’s anything but predictable. The ups and downs, twists and turns kept me thoroughly on my toes. Plot twists are revealed all the way up to the very last page, promising an equally exciting sequel. The competition for the King’s Champion is thoroughly engaging without dragging. Maas doesn’t waste time introducing us to unimportant characters or detailing events that can be summed up succinctly. Instead, there’s more focus placed on characterization and world-building, when necessary. That’s not to say the action is lacking. There’s plenty of it, from Celaena’s training to her battles against the other would-be champions. Not to mention the action that comes along with dancing — literally dancing at balls and parties as well as the figurative dances that come along with court politics. Basically, there’s never a dull moment. Then there’s the romance. Romance is decidedly not the focus of this book. Instead, more of an emphasis is placed on forming relationships based in friendship and trust. Obviously, Celaena is a hard person to trust, nor does she trust others easily. It takes a long time for the characters in Throne of Glass to feel comfortable with and open up to each other. But watching their relationships grow is so fulfilling. While I expected more romance, or at least more of a love triangle, I am so glad that these expectations aren’t met. The relationships that do form are so much more gratifying and leave me with even more respect for Celaena. If I could give this book more than five stars, I absolutely would. As it stands, there’s nothing I dislike about Throne of Glass and I absolutely recommend it to everyone, no matter what your book preferences are. Throne of Glass is so worth every minute you spend reading it and rereading it and rereading it. Pages: 416 Publication Date: August 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Source: NetGalley Rating : 5 Teaser Quote: “After a too-long moment, the crown prince spoke. ‘I don’t quite comprehend why you’d force someone to bow when the purpose of the gesture is to display allegiance and respect.’ His words were coated with glorious boredom.“ ...more
The first thing I want to discuss about Atlantis Rising is the cover. I went into this bookOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The first thing I want to discuss about Atlantis Rising is the cover. I went into this book knowing that it wasn’t about mermaids, but the cover might be a little confusing to someone who hasn’t read the synopsis. So, this is your up front warning that Atlantis Rising is not about mermaids.
Atlantis Rising was a good read full of action, adventure, and a simmering romance. The characters were intriguing; I especially enjoyed Ian’s character [; Overall, the book always left me feeling curious as to what was going to happen next.
In terms of characters, I did enjoy them. However, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the main character, Alison. She was a little too strung tight and stressed out. Not that she didn’t have every right to be, it was just a little too much at times. I also didn’t overly care for her back and forthness with Ian. Sometimes, she wanted him. Other times, she couldn’t allow herself to be with him. I just wanted her to make up her mind already.
Another thing that slightly bothered me was the lack of plot settings. I felt like we kept jumping into the same scenes over and over again. They would be in class, Alison would be eating tofu lasagna, Alison would be putting a thought in someone’s head, they would be at Ian’s house or at the book store. Each time we revisited those settings, it felt like the same exact thing was happening as in the setting prior to it. I wanted more diversity of settings and occurrences.
The big showdown at the end of the book was action packed and interesting. I did feel like it was a little rushed and maybe leaned a bit more on the younger side of YA during that time. However, it built itself up nicely for the second book.
On a more positive side, Atlantis Rising was very easy to read. I demolished in just a couple days, which can sometimes be difficult for me. It had an intriguing storyline, as well as characters.
Overall, I thought that Atlantis Rising was a solid read. I feel like there’s probably some more room for improvement, but I’m betting that Atlantis Quest is going to start out with a bang. I would definitely recommend this to YA paranormal fans....more
I don’t tend to like to give out 1 or 2 star ratings very often. In fact, I’m more apt to DNOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I don’t tend to like to give out 1 or 2 star ratings very often. In fact, I’m more apt to DNF a book before I’ll rate a book that low. While I technically did DNF this book around the 70% mark, there’s no way that I couldn’t give this book a one star. I was so outraged and offended…..it pretty much deserved it.
First of all, I want to say how excited I was for this series. I thought that it was going to be similar to the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh, and the ratings were super high on Goodreads. It sounded awesome! It wasn’t.
This book actually started out really good. It seemed like the two main characters had a lot of chemistry and would really work out together. I really enjoyed how Sara seemed to be having a reaction to Zach that would eventually lead to their mating. Pretty soon, though, she was acting like she hated him, which was SO WEIRD because she was acting like she couldn’t resist him for most of the book. And then all of a sudden she could & she didn’t like him and blah blah blah? Where did that fit in?
My absolute biggest 100% complaint with this book was the complete disrespect to females. There was such slut shaming going on in this book….mostly between the females. Okay, sometimes it’s not that big of a deal for friends to jokingly call each other names. That being said, Sara DID NOT LIKE being called a whore or a slut. THAT IS NOT OKAY. If you’re friend obviously doesn’t like it, DON’T DO IT. I wanted to punch those girls. And THEN, they acted like she was completely overreacting by getting upset. Like it SHOULDN’T bother you to be called those names. THAT IS NOT OKAY. I am OUTRAGED.
And it wasn’t just the females who were slut shaming, it was also the males slut shaming the females. And, for real? If Zach called Sara a bitch ONE. MORE. TIME. I was going to lose my shit. Don’t let your man talk to you like that! What the hell? And guys? Don’t let females talk to you the way that Sara talked to Zach. Seriously….there was NO RESPECT in this book.
Another thing that really bothered me in this book was the absolute cheesy storyline and sarcastic writing. It’s like the author was trying to be funny 100% of the time, and it ruined any seriousness that the book could have existed. And since the writing was like that 100% of the time, all of the characters blended together and had no uniqueness or individual personalities. PASS.
Overall, I’m really disappointed and disgusted in this book. I will NOT be continuing this series!...more
I faced a bit of a dilemma once I finished this book.
How could I describe how I felt about it? How could I say I liked it without that sounding sadistI faced a bit of a dilemma once I finished this book.
How could I describe how I felt about it? How could I say I liked it without that sounding sadistic? How could I say I enjoyed it when it left me constantly on the verge of tears?
So instead I will say that Lina’s story of survival, her spirit, her love and her hope were completely inspiring.
As we learn from the blurb, Lina and her family are forcibly removed from their home in Lithuania by the NKVD (the Russian secret police, later known as the KGB) in 1941, two years into WWII, and shoved into a truck with other innocent citizens who have been deemed criminals by the Soviets, destined for deportation. Already completely terrified, they find themselves at a train station filled with other Lithuanians and mass hysteria. The family struggle to stick together as they’re thrust into cattle trains that will be the beginning of a horrifying ordeal where they will suffer through labour camps, disease, starvation, indignity and injustice.
The story in Between Shades of Gray has two sides. One is the side that illustrates the harrowing journey faced by victims of the Soviet’s invasion of Eastern Europe, while the other side presents a story of strength and hope.
I feel like I’m repeating what many reviewers have already noted so far (but I’ll say it anyway) – most stories from WWII focus on Germany and the Jewish genocide, with not many touching on the invasion of Eastern Europe (which includes Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland). Till this book came alone I didn’t actually know anything about it at all. So in that way, this book was very eye opening.
Reading this novel, when it came to just how much these people suffered, I felt this intense pain grip my heart, similar to how I feel every time I read a story about the Jewish genocide, you just can’t fathom how people could be so cruel to one another. What makes it even worse is that these stories are based on true accounts.
However, even though Ruta Sepetys shows us the brutal side of humanity, she also shows how people can come together even in the most horrid circumstances. It was amazing to see people risk their lives to defy their captors and bring a piece of hope to another deportee whether it be in the form of news about a loved one, or extra food. It was these points of light in the book that lifted the story and made it more than just a tragedy.
Our main character Lina was such a star. Her defiance and strength in the face of such hardship should be admired. Intermixed in the story are her memories of her father, cousin Joanna and life before the deportation which both added to the story and lightened it. Her mother and brother were also so brave, especially her mother who held herself together not just for her family but for the other people in the camp. I also really loved Andrius….you’ll find out why.
Between Shades of Gray is a beautiful, compelling and emotional read. Ruta Sepetys bring to light a not often spoken about time in history and shows us that even in the worst circumstances there is still hope and there is still love....more
At the tender age of 27, Merit became a swoOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.
At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal —tested like never before.
It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.
I have been such a huge fan of the Chicagoland Vampires series for several years now. I remember sucking down the first three books in a matter of days, and it has been a struggle to wait for the new releases ever since then. I cannot even being to tell you guys how much I love this series and how excited I was for this book to release. Unfortunately, I didn't like it, and I'm going to find it really difficult to write this review.
I noticed in the last book, Biting Cold, that the series was starting to develop a sort of slowness. It took about a quarter of the way through for me to get interested in Biting Cold. Once I did, though, I fell in LOVE with the book. House Rules started out exactly like Biting Cold. It was really slow, but this time it started to edge on borderline boring. Unlike Biting Cold, House Rules just did not pick up. I ended up skimming the very last half of the book, because it just got too painful to read.
Ethan and Merit are still as adorable as ever, but I feel like there's nothing really to latch on to now that they're officially a couple. In previous books, we got to see the hunky, snarky, masculine side of Ethan, but now he seems pretty tame. Likewise, Merit has also changed. I have always liked Merit's character, but I couldn't stand her in House Rules. I felt like she had a total personality change. I cannot really put into words how she was different, but she was.
One thing that really bugged me was that I had a really difficult time finding individual voices for all of the characters. Some of you may know what I am talking about when I say that I can see the characters in my head and hear them speaking when I am reading a book. This time, though, everyone sounded like Merit. Another way to put it is that everyone sounded like Chloe Neill. I was reading the words, I was staring at the characters, but nobody really stood out to me. It kind of felt a little bland to me.
I'm starting to fear that this series is going on too long. I love these books, and I want to read about Ethan and Merit forever, but the books are no longer holding my interest. They are lacking the spark that the first three or four books have, and I want that spark back! But I did not feel that spark in House Rules, and I am unsure if I will be continuing the series.
Publisher: NAL Penguin
Source: Finished copy provided by the publisher
Publication Date: February 5th, 2013
Rating: [rating: 2]
Teaser Quote: "But is like Twilight in real life!" Berna protested. "Sparkles!"
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then theOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, Reviewed by Nichole.
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.
Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.
Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.
Oh my gosh, guys, I loved this book SO. MUCH! It's a dystopia about robots who basically take over the world. Some people escaped to the woods when the robots first took over, and they lived in secret communities. Revolution 19 focuses on three teens in particular, Cass, Kevin and Nick. After their community is destroyed, the three teens take off to the city to find their parents.
Once they arrive in the city, the teens realize they have a much bigger problem than they first realized. They've never seen money, they don't know how to pay at restaurants...they basically don't know the rules. All they know is that every single person that lives in the city has direct communication to the robots...and the robots are swarming the streets.
Thankfully, Lexi, another teen who lives in the city, realizes what their problem is and who they are. She takes them under her wing and lets them stay in her house with her family. From there, relationships bloom, lives are put in jeopardy, and the teens must stick together while they try and find a way to save their parents and destory the robots.
First I want to start out with the world and the characters. Rosenblum created such a unique world (honestly, it kind of reminded me of I-Robot with Will Smith), and I was blown away with how much dedication and detail he put into the book. Robots are not something that I have read much about, and I was impressed that they actually scared me! The robots weren't friendly little creatures. They were intense bullies who would zap you into oblivion without a second thought.
The characters were amazing and supported the story line very well. I especially loved Cass and Farryn. Let me say it again....I LOVED THEM! Farryn was oh so gorgeous, and Cass just delivered the spunk and uniterest when it came to him. I cannot wait to see more from them in the second book.
The brothers, Nick and Kevin were also amazing, but I really loved Nick's time in reeducation. I felt that that section of the book really developed the story. I have to say that I was a little nervous that Revolution 19 wouldn't have the correct amout of fear and action, but I was wrong. Revolution 19 was packed with so many twists and turns that it left my head reeling.
I would honestly encourage everyone to go read Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum. It was an action packed page-turner that I will not forget for quite some time. Gregg Rosenblum produced an outstanding debut, and I cannot wait to see more from him in the future!
Publication Date: January 8th, 2012
Teaser Quote: "Piece of cake," said Kevin. "Nick was the muscle, I was the brains, and Cass played dodgeball." ...more
What’s really funny about reading this book is that I didn’t realize I’ve already read it…….Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
What’s really funny about reading this book is that I didn’t realize I’ve already read it…….AND DNF’D IT! Honestly, I feel like such a waffle right now. I read my previous review of this…….oh my dear lord. It must have been an age thing. I’m sorry for anyone who read my previous review and had to suffer through that. GOOD LORD.
I did like this book a lot…to the point that I’ve bought the first 3 books in the series already. Was it my FAVORITE adult paranormal book/series? No, but it has potential. A lot of potential! There were definitely some rather cheesy moments to the book that I could have mayyyyyyyybe done without…but that’s okay. We all know that I don’t have much of a sense of humor so nobody can really be all that shocked.
BONES. HOLY. EFFING. BONES. CAN I JUST SIT HERE AND TYPE IN CAPS THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE SECTION ABOUT BONES?! BECAUSE B.O.N.E.S OKAY. I NOW HAVE A NEW CRUSH IN LIFE.
Is there really anything else to say about him?!
I didn’t love Cat as much as I loved Bones. She might have to grow on me a little bit. I noticed in my old hideous review that I HATED her. I didn’t hate her now, but I definitely wasn’t a huge fan. I’m hoping I see more progress from her as the series continues.
I’ve read one other book from this author. I stick with my previous statement that she writes weird action scenes. Like…they EXIST…and they’re COOL….but they’re weirdly spaced. She tends to do this really big action scene that makes you think it’s the end of the book…but then it ends up not being the ACTUAL ending action scene. It’s really strange. It doesn’t really detract from the book…but it’s definitely weird.
The sexy scenes were ON POINT. Way more than I expected in an adult paranormal, because they tend to like to leave you hanging for a few books. I appreciated that! *wink wink*
This book is super insta-lovey. Again, as with the previous book I read, I don’t like insta-lovey. I would have much preferred it if Cat and Bones were enemies for a few books and then got together. Instead, they were together ASAP which was SUPER ANNOYING.
Overall, I enjoyed it. I’m excited to read the second book!
How can you talk about something you can’t remember? Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old CassOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Kiona.
How can you talk about something you can’t remember? Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy was a cheerleader (at the bottom of the pyramid, but still…), a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she’s thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid—including a lock of her perfect red curls—and she can’t remember any of it. Back home and unable to relate to her old friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey “The Living Stoner” Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect… or so she thinks. Cassidy “Sid” Murphy isn’t exactly popular, despite being a cheerleader, and she’s never really received positive attention from guys. So when a local college guy takes an interest in her during a school ski trip, Sid can’t resist going off to meet him alone. Unfortunately, the last thing she remembers is talking with him in his kitchen before waking up alone in his bed and dealing with the ramifications of having sneaked out. It’s clear to Sid what her mystery guy has taken from her: her virginity, along with a lock of her springy red curls. But she can’t tell anyone and so she develops a reputation: some classmates see her as a rebellious hero, while others label her a slut. Her inability to confide in anyone causes her to lose her true friends. In an effort to distance herself even further, she signs up for A/V, where she spends an entire period with only Corey “the Living Stoner” Livingston for company. Slowly, Sid finds out that there’s more to Corey than meets the eye; he’s surprisingly easy to get along with and he doesn’t seem to judge Sid. The two start spending more time together, but Sid’s not sure how far their relationship can go without Corey realizing Sid’s hiding a major secret.
I was tentative about starting What Happens Next. Rape is a big, intense subject and it’s easy for authors to deal with it badly or unrealistically. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed What Happens Next. It’s a book about rape, without being a book about rape, if that makes sense. The title probably comes closest to explaining what I mean; this is a book about what happens after a traumatic event. And by that I don’t mean the police investigations and broken family situations. Sid chooses to keep her secret and try to move on with her life, a decidedly atypical reaction that makes her a fascinating character to read about. Sid makes a lot of irrational choices, all the while understanding that her choices are irrational and that she’s probably doing the wrong thing, without being able to stop herself. But still, the point of this book is joining Sid on her journey as she tries to get back control of her life. We watch as she transforms into a different person and root for her to show her attacker that while he may have taken something precious from her, he can’t take her life away.
So what sets this book apart? As soon as Sid first makes the decision to lie instead of telling the truth, we essentially stop hearing about “the event.” Instead, we focus on Sid’s inner thoughts and psychological dissection of herself. I love Sid. I can’t stress enough how utterly stupid a lot of female characters in YA are and Sid is the exact opposite of that. She’s so, so smart. Her thoughts are so real that they mirror the thoughts of the reader as you’re reading. Throughout the book, Sid struggles with obsessive thoughts and bulimia. She questions why she’s forcing herself to purge, only to remember, “Well, I know why I’m doing it. I just don’t know how to stop.” One of my absolute favorite things about Sid is how self-aware she is. She watches herself to terrible things and she questions those things, but she is so broken that she’s unable to stop herself. This is possibly the most real depiction of coping with a traumatic event that I’ve seen in YA literature and though, hopefully, many of us can’t claim to relate to Sid’s situation directly, her feelings of self-doubt and helplessness are definitely relatable, which make the story that much more powerful.
Of course, this book is also a love-story, though there are definitely two love-stories at play; we have Sid’s relationship with Corey, and then Sid’s relationship with herself. Sid and Corey’s relationship simmers slowly and boils into something incredibly sweet. Corey is not at all what I expected and a thousand times better. He is so very real, the guy that every girl wants but forgets to give a chance. And he’s a baker! What more could you ask for? Oh, I know, a revelatory transformation on the part of our main character. Because, in essence, Sid learns to love herself, which turns out to be the most satisfying journey of the entire novel.
The only problem with What Happens Next is that the conclusion leaves the book feeling a bit unresolved. Not that I need or want some big, dramatic confrontation with Sid and her attacker — I much prefer the emotional poignancy of the confrontation between Sid and Corey, which is beautifully, believably done. I get that this story is all about characterization, which I love. The ending just doesn’t feel like a complete ending for me, though it’s clear that it is. But that’s the only reason I’m knocking off half a heart, rating-wise. Otherwise, What Happens Next is a beautiful and moving story of a traumatized girl overcoming the most awful of circumstances and finding her inner strength....more
If I Stay is without a doubt one of the most powerful books you’ll ever read. At just 17 years old, Mia’s life is only just beginning. She has a beautIf I Stay is without a doubt one of the most powerful books you’ll ever read. At just 17 years old, Mia’s life is only just beginning. She has a beautiful and loving family, a great boyfriend, a caring best friend, as well as being a talented cellist who is on the verge of being accepted into the prestigious Julliard. On a day that started out as an innocent family outing, a car accident brings her life to a grinding halt as just about everything she cares about is taken away from her.
Stuck in a limbo state, her spirit looks on as doctors struggle to put the pieces of her battered body together. With only the ability to helplessly look on as the news of the accident gets around, Mia is left with one choice: should she live or die?
To say this book is a page turner or unputdownable is not really enough. This book is both heartbreaking and moving, but above all, beautiful. It’s one of those stories that has the unique ability to transcend above the YA category to speak to readers of all ages.
If I Stay reveals human nature when it’s struck by one of the most crippling emotions: grief. It shows how grief affects people differently and can bring people together when your world has been taken apart. This grief is demonstrated by two sides – by Mia as she comes to terms what has happened to her family, as well as when she contemplates death, she grieves for her own life and the possibilities that seem lost to her now. Grief and worry is also shown by Mia’s relatives, some are reduced to tears, others stay strong while some opt for distraction and denial.
The story is skillfully written, really gripping you with Mia’s progress while also taking you back to Mia’s memories and we slowly get to know more about her and how much she’d be leaving behind if she decides to go.
All the themes and issues in If I Stay all come back to one main point – love, in its many forms. The love between family, the love Mia has for her boyfriend, best friend and the love she has for music. This love is what makes the difference when deciding on choosing life – can you still love after you’ve lost? Is it enough and is there love in places and in people right there where you never thought to look? On top of all this, not once do you feel the story is getting melodramatic or sappy.
The characters are incredible in If I Stay and what makes some of them so powerful is their subtleties in the way they convey their thoughts and emotions. One of the stand out was Mia’s Grandpa, he was a strong silent man but in a few lines and simple gestures he could melt your heart. Mia’s brother Teddy had a sweetness that only comes with being so young while her parents and boyfriend, Adam showed depth not only in their love for Mia but also in their way of thinking. Her best friend Kim had such great wit and humor that helped to lighten the story.
Can I say anything bad about this book? Not really, other than it’ll make you cry, no, ball your eyes out, so I’d suggest arming yourself with a box of tissues.
If I Stay is the type of book that will linger in your heart and long after you turn the last page it will make you ask, if you had the choice, would you stay?...more
There are so many different ways to promote books these days. The one way that I completely trust is when everyone (Originally featured on yareads.com
There are so many different ways to promote books these days. The one way that I completely trust is when everyone (with nothing to gain for doing so) is buzzing about a book as enthusiastically as they were for Other Words For Love. So after I checked it out myself, I completely loved it.
The characters in this book were incredible. Each character was unique, complex, so well fleshed out and had these realistic personalities with both virtues and flaws. Some characters you’ll completely hate and others you’ll grow to understand. Some of them were even quite cruel at times like Evelyn and Summer, who would say certain things that would make me go – GAAAAAASPPPPPPPPPPP! OHHHHH, she did not just say that! I wanted to dive into the pages, step beside Ari and serve them a swift kick to head for how they acted. This just goes to show how invested you become in these characters and Ari’s story.
What really hit me was just how authentic I felt the emotions expressed in the book were. Everything Ari felt, from her elation at being with Blake, to her eventual heartbreak just felt so so real. Her feelings in the end might seem dramatic but if you’ve ever been heartbroken that’s exactly what it’s like – the colors fade to gray, food seems pointless and you’re stuck in a rut you don’t bother to get out of. I loved how the way Ari felt meant that she perceived the statue of Saint Anne differently – it was very clever and so true.
The part that particular struck me the most me while Ari’s world was falling apart, she felt like all the hard work she’d done up to that point, not just in school but in life, had counted for nothing because of a slip up right at the finish line. For me that was the part where I raised my hand and said “Oh I have been there” Which I think a lot of girls will feel the same about quite a few sections of the book.
If there was a flaw in this book I can only say it was the blurb – it gives too much away. The last paragraph of the blurb basically gives half the story away and I was able to have a good guess about what would happen in the rest. BUT! Despite that, the story’s execution was superb and even though I’d already been told what would happen it didn’t make it any less interesting or heartbreaking or amazing, which proves just how great this book is.
Ari’s life in New York in the 1980s was completely fascinating to read about, in particular to note what has changed and what is still the same. Even after finishing it I couldn’t stop thinking about this story for days after. I was so proud of Ari and what she managed to accomplish in the end, her experiences made her so much stronger. Sign me up for every Lorraine Zago Rosenthal writes next. Highly, highly, highly, recommend it....more
Wow……just wow. It has been a LONG time since I’ve visited Morganville. It’s probably been eiOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Wow……just wow. It has been a LONG time since I’ve visited Morganville. It’s probably been eight or nine years since I first started reading this series. Not to make myself sound old or anything…
With it being SO long since I’ve read the Morganville books, I will admit that some of these stories confused me. I didn’t automatically remember who everyone was and what was going on. If that’s something that’s really going to bother you, I would highly suggest either re-reading the books or at least skimming over them. Some of you probably remember everything that happened and who everyone was. Others are going to have a slight problem remembering where everything left off and who everyone is.
Another thing that needs to be mentioned is that not every story in the book is equal. Some of the stories I really loved. Other stories, I was bored out of my mind. However, I will say that I mostly really liked and enjoyed this book. It was really the stories about the older vampires that were really tough to get through. I skimmed over Myrnin’s story, because I didn’t like it at all. I also had a really tough time getting through Amelie’s stories. I might just have butchered their names. Sorry, MV fans!
One thing that I really enjoyed about this collection of stories was how it really embraced stories from before the start of MV and during the beginning books. Those stories really made me remember how much I love the Morganville Vamps series and how much I enjoyed those four main characters. I also didn’t need a refresher for those stories. I remembered everything I needed to. I wasn’t confused at all!
On the bright side, for me, I didn’t read any free stories that Rachel Caine featured on her website or any of the stories in previous anthologies. So, all of these stories were 100% new to me. Some of you may have already read some of them, though. That being said, half of this book is completely new stories. So, if you’re feeling hesitant for that reason, just know that there is a huge chunk of new material in this book.
I’m usually not one for re-reading books or series. My TBR pile is larger than life at all times. I have library books, a ton of books in my room, Netgalley & Edelweiss books, plus review requests coming in daily. So, I never re-read books. I just don’t have the time. That being said, this book has made me want to re-read the Morganville Vampires series. And I will. I have every intention of re-reading this whole series this year. I just need to find the time for it. Not to mention that I never actually FINISHED Morganville. So, I have a ton to catch up on and to remember! I’ve very excited to reread this series & share all new reviews with you all!
OH! Another thing…I totally forgot to mention it. The romance between Shane & Claire and Michael & Eve was BEAUTIFUL in this book. I loved the opportunity to read those stories and to share in their romance. Some of those stories were SO CUTE! So worth it!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint was that some of the stories were difficult for me since I haven’t read the MV books in SO LONG. I also thought some of the stories could have been a little more entertaining. The majority of this book, though, was just like old times!...more
Gena Showalter seems to be a household name in regards to the bookish community. Even if you hOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Pavan.
Gena Showalter seems to be a household name in regards to the bookish community. Even if you haven’t read a book by her, you’ve probably heard of at least one of her series. I have only read a few of Gena Showalter’s novels, however the premise (and cover) of Firstlife drew my in straight away! However, I just wasn’t a fan of this one.
I want to start off by noting that the cover for Firstlife is gorgeous! If I was casually walking through a bookstore (or book aisle) I definitely would stop and pick up Firstlife just by the cover alone! They really hit the nail with this one. The colouring is beautiful and I think the two worlds showcased in the hourglass frame worked extremely well.
Unfortunately, the cover was one of the very few things I liked about Firstlife. I found this novel to be lacking in basically everything except world building. As with any book that is trying to detail a new world/worlds there is a fair amount of world building involved. Gena was able to create these very interesting type of ‘second life’ which was explored thoroughly throughout the book. The premise of these second lives was quite interesting.
The characters were an extreme let down for me. I just could not connect with any of them! I found Ten, the main character, quite annoying at times. I just did not understand why she was adamantly against choosing a side. Also her snark seemed a bit much, like she was trying too hard to be the feisty girl. I did think that her use of numbers could have been explored better, rather than have it shoved at us throughout the novel for the sake of it.
There was certainly romance within Firstlife. Killian and Archer are possible love interests, but once again I couldn’t connect with either character enough to actually ship him and Ten together. They both seemed to become infatuated with Ten pretty fast, though.
I found the writing style in Firstlife another reason why I couldn’t get into the story more. The pacing seemed a bit weird, with choppy scenes at one point then long winded explanations at another.
Overall, Firstlife had such great potential to be an amazing book, however in the end it fell a bit flat. I doubt I’ll be picking up the next book. However if you are a huge fan of Gena Showalter still give Firstlife a shot, you may end up liking more than I did!
Thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion....more
I would like to know what YOU think a size 10 looks like. Do you picture fatOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Dear Ms. Aleo,
I would like to know what YOU think a size 10 looks like. Do you picture fat rolls hanging out the sides of this 600 lb woman? News flash: As a size 12, I'm small. I'm no size 2, as your main character believed was the only size that could attract a man, but I do just fine. As someone who body shames herself (as most woman do,) I didn't need your input on how I was thick and almost plus sized. No, I'm sorry. That was said for a size TEN. I don't even want to know what you think of me as a size 12. To say I was highly offended is an understatement. I don't want other females reading this book and thinking that's appropriate to say to others or to feel like utter crap. Please learn what is appropriate and what needs to stay quiet.
The characters in this book were beyond underdeveloped. The dialogue and interactions seemed like something you would witness in a movie with a D-rated cast. Nobody had their own personality, the characters fell in love within 2 seconds of laying eyes on each other, everyone was super bubbly and hyperactive, the main female SUCKED, and there was just no glue to stick the pages together. I swear to God, if somebody giggled in this book one more time, I was going to lose it.
The main female character in this book was AWFUL. I'm sorry, awful isn't even a strong enough word. She SUCKED DONKEY YOU KNOW WHAT. Obviously, I'm BEYOND offended over this female lead. She had issues all over the place. She had weight issues, personality issues, she didn't think she was good enough for any man EVER. Of course, at a size 10, she was a freaking hippo....so OF COURSE SHE WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR ANY MAN OR WOMAN EVER. THANKS FOR THAT. Basically, she stayed a weak little mouse with her eyes downcast because she thought she was fat and ugly and mattered nothing to the world and could never be loved. I HATED HER. I don't even care that she falls in love and BLAH BLAH BLAH. I HATED HER. I HATED the messages in this book. Seriously, I just want to claw my eyes out right now. Or hers.
Honestly, I don't even care if the other books are better than this one. I will NEVER read anything by this author again. Realistically, I understand that no harm was probably meant. I get it. Writing a story, your character has issues. I get it. That doesn't mean I respect it. As a woman, I am SO beyond offended. I'm literally sitting here SEETHING mad. You don't even know. Do not create stories or characters that body shame. Do not create weak females who matter little to the world. We get it. Females (and males) know we already have body issues (whether real or mental.) We don't need you to point it out to us. NO THANKS. ...more
Breathtaking. Heart pounding. Tear Jerking. Gorgeous. Phenomenal. Outstanding. Blood PressurOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Breathtaking. Heart pounding. Tear Jerking. Gorgeous. Phenomenal. Outstanding. Blood Pressure Rising. All the Feels. These are key words to describe how I felt about A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. By far, one of the best books that I have read in 2016, if not in my whole life. This book.....there's not enough words to describe how I feel about this book. I'm sure that I cannot accurately explain how much I loved this book. I'm already in mourning, just from finishing the first book, because I know that I only have one left. And, I sit here, writing this review, trying to figure out how I can accurately describe and explain my love for this book; how I can convince all of you readers to go out and buy this book. Buy, borrow, trade, beg. Whatever you have to do to get this book in your hands. Because this? This was a work of art.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a Beauty and the Beast retelling by Sarah J Maas. It features Feyre, a human girl whose family fell from riches to poor. Feyre's family now lives in a run down cottage. She lives with her crippled father, two selfish sisters, and Feyre is responsible for them all. Due to that responsibility, Feyre ends up owing a debt to the Fae and must now spend the rest of her life in their world. From there, Feyre experiences love, betrayal, pride, and what it really means to fight for what you believe in.
This book started out amazing, stayed consistent with that amazingness, and ended on an even more amazing note. There is not one negative thing to say about this book. It was absolute perfection. I don't even know how someone can WRITE that well! This may be my most powerful statement ever, but it's true: This book is on the Harry Potter level.
The whole Fae realm was realistic, imaginative, colorful, vivid, and beautiful. I was able to picture each scene, each character, and every feeling and emotion inside of my head. It was like watching a movie, the words blending into pictures inside of my head. Sarah J Maas' writing is on a level of it's own and she brought breath to those words.
Readers who enjoy a good romance will get a thrill out of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand were the real stars of the show and are currently fighting to own my heart. Don't worry: I wouldn't really say that this book has a love triangle going on! Although, that could possibly happen in the following books. It doesn't even matter, though. Each one of these studs is so amazing. So breathtaking, hunky, arrogant, strong, powerful. There aren't enough words to describe them. I don't even know who to choose. I wonder if you will. The best part is that even though there is a powerful romantic theme throughout this book, it doesn't dominate the entire book. It's very well done!
I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses so much, but what I really want to talk to you about is the action scenes. OH. MY. LORD. Those scenes! I have to watch myself here, because I don't want to spoil anything for you, but HOLY COW! THOSE SCENES! First of all, there is so much going on in this book. For real, you might think you know what's going to happen, but you don't. You really don't. Trust me, this book is LONG, strong, and it's got it going on. There is so much that happens. It is so flipping strong and action packed throughout the whole thing. And those scenes?! I pictured every single one of those sings in my head. I devoured every single word, sometimes rereading passages to relive the moment. PERFECTION!
Feyre. I haven't bragged about Feyre, yet, have I? Feyre is such a strong and powerful female lead. She had a heart and she loves fiercely, but she's also very proud and independent. She knows how to take care of herself and get things done. She knows how to fight for what she believes in. She is, by far, one of the best female leads that I have ever read about. I loved her so much. Every female needs to read Feyre's story.
One thing that I will say is that Bloomsbury marketed this book incorrectly. For some reason, they are marketing this book as a Young Adult Book. This is DEFINITELY a New Adult book and could even be considered an adult high fantasy. There are some sexual scenes and encounters. Nothing overly graphic, but those scenes to exist. My mom read this book first and had absolutely no idea that this was marketed under the YA category and was super confused why this wouldn't be in the adult fantasy section.
I feel like there's so much more that I can say, but I don't want to slip and mess anything up for anyone. I don't want to take away this story from anyone. So, on my last note, I will tell readers once again that this book is amazing. It is a must read! ...more
I don’t read very many middle grade books. At almost 30 (yes, I just cringed a little bit oOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I don’t read very many middle grade books. At almost 30 (yes, I just cringed a little bit on the inside….and the outside!) I just don’t find that middle grade books and I are very relatable. I do, however, have a thing for poetry writing, such as Ellen Hopkins’ style. That is what essentially got me started on The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton, and I do not regret a second of it.
The Lonely Ones was a hauntingly beautiful book full of so much emotion that my heart literally felt like it was breaking in half. Sutton’s writing was so on point and so powerful….I’m honestly just surprised that I didn’t turn into a blubbering mess. This book was SO GOOD.
I absolutely loved the fact that The Lonely Ones is written in poetry/verse sentences. First of all, that made the book go by pretty quickly. Secondly, it created that much more of an impact for what was being read. I also really enjoyed how it switched to different scenes and a fairly rapid pace. That way I wasn’t stuck in one scene for too long. Instead, I was being shown to several different parts of Fain’s world. I really enjoyed that!
As an elementary school teacher, I highly recommend The Lonely Ones for every classroom, child, and household. This is a book that I can see myself implementing into my own curriculum. Not only does it help teach children about poetry (especially the fact that not all poetry rhymes,) but it also focuses on real life issues that a lot of kids are facing today. That’s just it…this book was SO REAL. That’s probably why my heart broke in several different scenes……this wasn’t an unrealistic book. The Lonely Ones focuses on the real and the now and it tears you up into little bitty pieces. I loved it.
The Darkest Lie focuses on Gideon, demon of wrath, an Scarlet, demon of nightmares. We met SOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The Darkest Lie focuses on Gideon, demon of wrath, an Scarlet, demon of nightmares. We met Scarlet in the previous book in the series. If you've followed this series (which you should be reading them in order,) then you know that Scarlet dropped the bomb on Gideon that they were married. I don't know about you, but that one took me for a bit of a loop. I was definitely caught off guard. It did the trick, though, because I definitely wanted to know more about their story!
I've been dreading Gideon's story since the very first book in this series, because I had a very bad feeling that I was going to hate decoding every word he said. While I did really enjoy this series, I was correct in that assumption. This book gave me such a headache. Since Gideon is possessed by the demon of Wrath, he can't speak any truths. Honestly, I think the author took that concept way too far. Gideon can't even say someone's real name since his demon considers that a truth and would have to call Scarlet demon instead of angel. That didn't make any sense to me. A like is saying that you want broccoli when you really don't. A lie isn't calling someone by their name or calling someone demon instead of angel, especially when they're not even an angel. I guess that would have made sense if it would have been Gwen, since she really is an Angel. I don't know. I just thought that the author took that whole lying concept a step too far.
There were several places in this book that I just wanted to give up and skip to the next book in the series. That's really difficult with this series, though, because there's a constant storyline that continues throughout each book in the series. If you skip one book, you're going to miss a lot. It was really difficult for me, though, because I was constantly having to translate what Gideon was saying. Sometimes, I couldn't figure out what he was saying, and then that author would dedicate a whole paragraph to translate what he said in the true form. I felt like that was a huge waste of space and time. It was just.....ugh. I definitely will never be reading Gideon's book again.
On a more positive note, I LOVED how much stuff happened in this book. There was so much going on, so many twists and turns. I was mind blown. I also loved that I would think one thing, and the something else entirely would happen. I'm normally very good about predicting twists and turns, so I was pleasantly surprised!
And can I just say Gilliam?! WOAH, BABY! I need more of these two STAT! They better not get one scene per book. I need more of them ASAP!
I am getting a bit annoyed that the past couples in this series don't get any face time since their own individual stories. Anya wasn't in this book AT ALL, which was super annoying, and I don't think that Maddox and Ashlyn have had a scene of just the two of them since book 1. Come ON! Seriously? We fall in love with the couples in their own book, and then we still want to see some scenes of them in the future books.
Another thing that I was a little disappointed in, and have continued to be in this series, were the sexy scenes. Not all men are the same. They each have their own likes and dislikes, perks and quirks, things that make them unique or nerdy. While we did get to see a little bit about Gideon's differences and preferences in this book, I feel like the sexy scenes are all just kind of blending together. Just doing the deed is not very sexy. Where is the spontaneity or the out of the blue, sexy scene. Or just the cuteness that couples can have every now and then? The author is continuously making these scenes almost exactly the same in every single book. It's quite annoying.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book. Mostly, though, that was because of the huge story plot and not because of Gideon and Scarlet. I probably would have enjoyed them as a couple more if I wasn't having to decode every single thing that came out of Gideon's mouth. It was very time tasking! So, I definitely would recommend this book only because it's essential to continue out this amazing paranormal romance series. Be prepared, though, to be very annoyed with every word that comes out of Gid's mouth. ...more
Definitely one of the best picture books around! My Story Time kids LOVED this book! Not onlOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Definitely one of the best picture books around! My Story Time kids LOVED this book! Not only did they love it the first time, but then they demanded that I read it right over again! They stayed just as engaged and interactive the second time around - if not more so!
I loved the rhyming words in this book! Everything blended really well together, and it was super fun! The story stayed consistent throughout the whole book and the kids were constantly able to tell me what was going on.
The illustrations in this book were amazing!!! The kids were constantly pointing out everything and asking me questions about the book. Very well illustrated!
I read this to kids ages 1-4 (almost 5) and each and every one of them stayed very engaged throughout the whole book. They added in their own ninja moves and LOVED IT! Such a cute story! ...more
Ok…I have so many thoughts and feels over this book, I don’t really know where to begin. MyOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Ok…I have so many thoughts and feels over this book, I don’t really know where to begin. My overall thought? I thought that The Secret to Letting Go was a solid contemporary read that had a few quirks that bugged me.
The number one thing that I want to talk about is the dual POVs between Clover and Daniel. I absolutely adored the first POV (Daniels,) and I was super excited that we had another YA book with a male perspective. They don’t really exist in the bookosphere. I was completely stunned, though, when it switched over to Clover’s POV. I have a bad habit of not reading synopsis’, so I don’t know if that was in there, but I didn’t see it coming. And then it happened several more times! I’m not a reader who enjoys having the POV switch around like that. While I understand that some readers will enjoy hearing from both main characters, it rubbed me wrong.
Another thing that I want to discuss is the two main characters, Clover and Daniel. On one hand, I adored Daniel. I thought that he was an awesome male lead. Seriously, I could have read about him all day long. On the other hand, I couldn’t stand Clover…..for several different reasons, really. I thought she went on and on and on and ON about her secret for 65% of the book (probably because she did,) and it was just so DRAMATIC! I like suspense as much as the next person, but COME ONE, ALREADY! I needed it to get to the point a lot faster than it did! I was also really put off by how needy she was. Toward the end of the book, she begged Daniel several times to stay with her and to say her loved her and blah, blah, BLAH. I don’t like the message that females should resort to begging in their relationships. That was a big no, no for me.
What I did really like about this book were the twists and turns. Some of them I didn’t even see coming from a mile away! It was very suspenseful and kept me on my toes. So, kudos for that!
The Secret to Letting Go seemed to have a bit of an identity issue when it came to a genre/age range. Technically, this is a YA book. However, the main characters are 18 (college aged.) For me, I was lost in a YA book that technically should have drifted over into the NA range. 18-year-olds have sex. It happens. You can’t deny it. While attraction was addressed in this book, I thought that it was very PG for the ages addressed in this book.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was a bit more dramatic than my reading tastes tend to prefer and there were some issues that bothered me in the book. Overall, though, I thought that it was a solid contemporary read that YA contemp/suspense/lovey readers will really enjoy!...more
My Sister Rosa is the first book I have read by author Justine Larbalestier, but now it certaiOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Pavan.
My Sister Rosa is the first book I have read by author Justine Larbalestier, but now it certainly won’t be the last! This book kept my on the edge of my seat until the very end-I just couldn’t get enough of the story.
Che, our narrator, is an amazing character. I haven’t read many books with a male only POV, however I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Rosa and the other characters through Che’s eyes. I felt such sympathy for him, especially since Rosa is his sister and he has always had to look out for her. It also doesn’t help that his own parents refuse to see the ‘real’ Rosa, or that some of his friends are even taken by her. What can Che do? Author Justine has created an amazingly complex character in Che.
“I like being loved. It makes it easier to get them to do what I want.”
I want to state that Rosa is scary AF!! As in I was constantly in a state of shock and fear over what I think Rosa could and would do next. Justine has created a huge fan in me with that alone. I have definitely not read about a 10 year old character like Rosa before. The way Justine has written about all the manipulation and both emotional and mental that Rosa inflicts onto others is insane! It is wonderful to see how authentic all the characters are within MSR-they don’t just have labels but their actions actively reflect their persona.
“I’m never going to stop bothering you, Che”
The reason why MSR wasn’t a 5 star read was due to the pacing. It took me quite a while to get into the story as I found the beginning to be quite slow. I found myself continuously putting the book down in favour of doing something else, until I reached about half way through. Once I hit that mark I was thoroughly engrossed in MSR and could not put it down!
Justine’s writing style is fantastic, I loved how this book (for me) was very much character based, as in the interaction between different characters made the plot even more interesting. I don’t know if I would have enjoyed the story as much if all the characters didn’t POP the way they did individually. This aspect isn’t only for the main characters but all the side characters as well. Che’s friends where an awesome, diverse bunch, and each of them had a distinct persona that added a new element to the story.
Overall My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier was an amazing read. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a thrilling read!
I would like to thank Dymocks and Allen and Unwin for this review copy in exchange for my honest review....more
Let me straight up with right now and tell you that I loved this book from the very first seOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Let me straight up with right now and tell you that I loved this book from the very first sentence. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful and powerful this book is. My heart feels like it grew 20 sizes, and I just want to cry all of my feelings into my pillow. I don’t even know how to fully express my love for this book.
The characters in this book were SO REALISTIC. I felt like I was with Jessie on her entire journey. Honestly, for most of the book, I just wanted to squeeze her tight and tell her how special she was. That, and I wanted to punch people out for being hideously rude to her. And the side characters? I mean it when I say that EVERYONE was perfection. I just….I can’t even.
I may gripe about her a lot, but my mom is my favorite person in the entire world. She is the most important person to me, and I would shank anyone who ever threatened her or our relationship. So….I was a total basketcase whenever Jessie’s mom was mentioned or when Jessie started missing her mom…..cause I can’t even imagine a world without mine. I don’t even think that I would survive it. There were so many quotes in this book that tore my heart to shreds and then threw it back in the blender for extra measures. This book was just way too beautiful.
I struggled with rating this book a 4 or a 5 based off of SN’s identity. I didn’t feel like it was that big of a shocker. Honestly, I figured out who SN was right away. There were a few moments that made me second guess myself, but I did know who it was and there were only a couple moments that made me question it. While I thought the ending reveal was tricky and a nice move on the author’s part, I would have liked to see a little more secrecy in SN’s identity. There was no part of me that went “OH MY GOD! THAT’S WHO SN IS!?” at the end of the book. I was more like “Called it. Knew it all along.”
I also loved how romantic this book was, as well as how much reality it included. I loved the fact that this book represented true aspects of high school life. As a female, I can admit that females are assholes…especially high school females. We can be catty, sneaky, mean, and vicious. Not that we can’t be nice, but there is NOTHING worse than female high school drama. Speaking from experience here. I just really liked the reality in this book.
Another thing that I sorta kinda struggled with were the adult figures in Jessie’s house. My initial instinct was to straight up hate both of them right away. It took a LONG TIME for me to accept and forgive them and acknowledge that they, also, are human beings. lol. Does that makes sense? At the end of the book, I really appreciated those scenes. However, I did have a lot of anger going on in some of their scenes.
Overall, I flat out adored this book. I can’t tell you how much you need to go preorder this book. It is so beautiful and romantic and real. It’s just….perfection. And at the end of the day, I give this baby 5 stars!...more
This book is so stinkin’ adorable! It was just like a breath of fresh air. I loved the charaOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
This book is so stinkin’ adorable! It was just like a breath of fresh air. I loved the characters, the plot. I loved EVERYTHING about this book. I’ve just recently started listening to audiobooks and this is the very first one that I listened to all the way through. It was just so adorable. I loved it!
Before I go into the story itself, I want to give a big shout out to the speaker of this book, Kim Mai Guest. I’ve had some difficulties with speakers before, but I LOVED Kim! Her voice is very relaxing and very easy to listen to. She also does a really good job capturing individual voices for each character. She didn’t even bother me when she was doing the male parts. I really enjoyed her as a speaker, and I would highly recommend people listen to the audiobooks that she narrates.
Anna is the main character in Anna and the French Kiss. She’s recently been sent to a new school in Paris by her father so that she can get a more rounded education and get into better colleges the next year. Of course, she doesn’t speak any French and is completely lost from the get go. And to top it all off, she already has enemies within the first few days of being in Paris. But Anna quickly finds her own little group of people to hang out with and a really hot guy who she is majorly crushing on, St. Clair. And, of course, he is taken by Ellie. Figures.
Personally, I loved Anna. I thought that she was a great main character. Actually, I was a big fan of all of the characters. It’s hard for me to say if that’s the case in the actual book, because I didn’t read it. I listened to it. So maybe I’m just so infatuated with all of the characters because I loved the speaker. But the point is that I loved following Anna on all of her adventures.
There were a few sections in the book were I was like UGH…this is so DRAMA FILLED! I’m not really into a bunch of drama. I do wish that that would have been toned down maybe just a little bit. I was also a little annoyed with the relationship between Anna and St. Clair. I felt that that was dragged on and on and on and on. Over and over and over again. *spoiler alert* Anna and St. Clair don’t even progress until like the very last couple chapters. THERE ARE OVER 40 CHAPTERS IN THIS BOOK. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! That was my reaction when listening to this book. It was just moving a little too slowly for my taste.
Even though things moved very slowly, I do have to admit that this is an EPIC love story. Yes, I do wish that things maybe happened a bit more quickly, but I loved the romance and the power that came from this book. Anna and St. Clair were ADORABLE (Man, I’ve been saying that word a lot.) Just….ah! ADORABLE. There I go again. I just…..I want them to have their own movie. They were so stickin, yes, adorable!
While I was listening to this book, I kept asking myself the same question. Would I like this book if I was reading it instead of listening to it? And my answer? Probably not. Well, let me be more clear. I think that I would think that the book was cute…but just okay. Contemporary really isn’t my genre, and I think that the lack of progression would have bugged me a lot more than it did when I was just listening to it. So, I wouldn’t personally read this book. I also would recommend that readers who don’t enjoy contemporary very much at least try and listen to it. It’s actually really adorable on tape.
I really enjoyed listening to this on my way to storytime and to work. It was great to listen to! I really enjoyed it! Right now I’m currently listening to Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, and I adore it already. I don’t like the narrator as much, but I’m enjoying the story! Maybe this is how I need to get my contemporary books in!
I would highly recommend this book to all contemporary lovers, and I would recommend this audiobook to EVERYONE!...more