WARNING: This review may contain, foul language, spoilers, general rantiness, and aThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
WARNING: This review may contain, foul language, spoilers, general rantiness, and an over use of angry gifs.
I really wanted to like this book. Truly, I did. But it pissed me off and I can’t say that I will be recommending it to anyone. In fact, I have already told several people to steer clear. Let’s do the basics first. Out Of Reach is the story of Rachel’s journey to find her wayward brother. She enlists the help of his bestie, Tyler to assist her and they head out to search in the areas she thinks he might be. A few weeks before, she received an anonymous email stating that her brother was in a lot of trouble and she should come and try to help. Why she thinks she will be able to find her brother by simply looking on street corners in a single day was beyond me, but hey, more fucking power to her misguided hope.
I started off really enjoying this novel. Rachel didn’t seem so bad and I was intrigued by Tyler. There was obvious chemistry between the two though Rachel does her best to deny it. Plus, I was hoping she would find her brother, bond with Tyler over the experience, and things would end more or less happily.
I know, it was a goddamn pipedream, but I try to start every novel from a happy place…..unless I’m reading it because I want to be depressed, but that is a different matter entirely. The further I got into this book, the more irritated I became. The more I read about Rachel, the more my dislike started to creep in. She gives these flashbacks from when they were younger and her and Micah (her brother) were just sssssoooo close. But here is what I don’t get, if you were so bonded and lied to your parents for each other and all this other shit, then why did you wait all goddamn summer to start searching for him?
Micah disappears at the very beginning of summer and you just write it off, knowing his a goddamn drug addict, because your parents assure you he is fine and you don’t think you should waste your time on it?!?!?!
And now you are all of a sudden worried because you got an email? Lady, I just can’t even begin to describe how much this angers me. This bitch ends up being one of the most self-center, egocentric, moronic heroines I have ever read about…and that statement includes Bella fucking Swan. Oh yeah, I went there. Anyway, a whole lot of shit goes down, they ask around drug dealers places and look on the beach and such, then Miss Whiny-pants car gets stolen. Well, geez, you leave a Honda Civic (one of the most stolen cars in the US) parked on the wrong side of town, what the hell did you think was going to happen?
Then there is the ending, which leaves a lot to fucking be desired. Rachel and Tyler end up finding her car and stealing it back, then head home, sans Micah who is still MIA. Then they kinda sorta discuss their feelings and it’s (lightly) implied that they’ll date soon. Rachel writes an email to Micah, which she doesn’t know if he’ll ever get and sends it out into the universe, basically saying that she isn’t going to worry about him anymore, she’s just going to live her life. Cold hearted bitch. You spent ONE DAY searching.
This novel really was just a whole lot of fuck ups. In retrospect, I realize that I guess the author was trying to write a “realistic” portrayal of the impacts drugs have on the lives of family and friends, but she should have picked a heroine who really cared about the drug-addled brother. I was expecting her to search for several days to find her brother and then drag him home or have him tell her to fuck off or SOMETHING. Whether it be dragging his ass back home for rehab or having an epic confrontation that ends in her leaving him to rot on the side of the street, I wanted something to happen. I would call the ending anti-climatic at best.
Despite all the complaints, I did like how much information the author gave us about meth addicts. It did seem like she did her research on that, but that just wasn’t enough. If that was all I wanted, I could have gotten a pamphlet from my local health department. All in all, don’t bother with this unless you want a big letdown. Do I recommend it to anyone at all? I'll let Cas answer that one for you. ...more
This book had my full attention as soon as I read the dThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
****MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS****
This book had my full attention as soon as I read the description. Finally! Someone who remembers that Romeo was all in love with someone else at the beginning of that horrid play!
What this awesome author does is take The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet and set it in modern times, telling the story from Rosaline’s perspective (the girl Romeo was all in love with until he set eyes on the wonderful Juliet and fulls in lust love with her). My excitement could not be contained when I saw that PulseIt had this novel up for the month of June. ::dies of happiness:: This novel starts with the romance just beginning between Rob (aka Romeo) & Rosaline. They have been neighbors and best friends for their entire lives and they are in that awkward stage between friendship and romance. Then Rosaline’s cousin moves back into town and it all goes to hell. Rob drops Rosaline like a hot potato to get next to Juliet without any explanation at all beyond “I didn’t expect to fall for her” which obviously upsets Rose.
I had mixed feelings about Rose. One minute, I could completely relate to her and the next, I was so annoyed at her for acting so stupid. The same goes for her friends, one minute I was so irritated at them for being so shallow and the next they are pulling together to help Rose in any way they can. In the beginning this novel reminded me a lot of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, especially the dynamic between the friends. But the difference is that when Rose starts changing, they don’t push her away, they support her like real friends should. It also reminded of that because I knew from the beginning that she would end up with the geeky guy they were making fun of, just like in Before I Fall (except Rose gets to live happily ever after whereas Sam dies at the end of Before I Fall which made me angry to no end, but I digress).
The one thing that truly shocked me about this book was my reaction to it. Going in, I knew this was a retelling of Romeo & Juliet, so I knew that R & J were going to die, right? Wrong!
Even though I should have, I didn’t see their deaths coming, at all. I was completely fucking blindsided by it. And I could completely understand Rose’s guilt over the deaths and how she kind of collapsed into herself after the fact. I was irritated at her for pushing everyone away and at the same time, I could completely see where she was coming from. That is when I really became impressed with her friends because they refused to back down. They stand by her throughout the whole catastrophe and in the end, they make her get out of her bed and continue on with life. I think this novel is as much about friendship as it is about love and loss. It’s a really great read and anyone else who wants to see a completely unique spin on Shakespeare’s worst most romantic play
Man, it feels like forever since I’ve posted a review. Life has just been hectic laThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Man, it feels like forever since I’ve posted a review. Life has just been hectic lately. But fear not, I will never give up reading/reviewing. I started this book because my baby sister has been singing its praises and quite honestly, I saw that the first one was free on Amazon and figured I had nothing to lose. I had seen this book before, but the cover didn’t really grab my attention and I don’t like downloading books I’m not sure I want to read. Well..that’s not entirely true, I download WAY too many free amazon books because I mean they are free and I’ll get around to them eventually, right? I’m one of those crazy people who searches the interwebs for lists of new free ebooks (but hey, I’ve gotten some great deals, I got Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey for free and many other things). But for what ever reason, this one just didn’t grab my attention. I’m glad I gave it a try though. This book is a rollercoaster ride wrapped in a mystery dipped in intrigue and romance. So what’s not to love?
Harper Madison has been deemed a troubled case. Given up for adoption at birth, she went into foster care and lived with her adopted family for 8 years…until a tragic fire that she accidentally started ruined everything. Since then, she has bounced from home to home always being thrown out for one reason or another. Shadowford Home for Girls in Peachville GA is her last chance. If she fucks this up, she’ll be put in juvenile detention until her 18th birthday. She’s trying to put her best face forward but when she ends up being connected to the murder of a classmate, things slide out of control.
I loved Harper instantly. She was quirky, troubled, and rebellious in her own ways. She had no desire to become a cheerleader and fall into the popular crowd. Instantly crushing on the incredibly hot Jackson who is by far the most interesting character in the book (and sadly you don’t get to see enough of him.) For the first half of the book, I was in love with all of it. The mystery of what was happening, who Harper’s birth mother really was, would she end up with Jackson, and what the hell was up with all the secrets. Then, almost at the midway point exactly, everything turns. Harper starts forgetting important things and completely changes. She starts hanging out with the popular cheerwhorecheerleaders, develops a crush the assholequarterback of the football team and looses every quality that I liked about her.
WHAT THE FUCK? I was equally tempted to stop reading out of sheer annoyance and continue reading to find out what the hell happened. Obviously the latter won out. Sadly, things are rocky from that point out. The oh so delicious relationship with Jackson goes out the window and no one will explain what is going on to her. You hear snippets from her eavesdropping, but no one will answer her questions outright. Then it ends brutally with a cliffhanger.
So why four stars?
Put simply, I couldn’t put it down. Once I got past the first few chapters, I had to keep going and now I desperately want to buy book 2. Yep, that’s right folks, queen of kindle freebies is going to actually buy a kindle edition. I realize it’s only a dollar, but it’s a big accomplishment for me to pay for a digital copy when I typically like to get something physical for my money. Another reason is that the story felt entirely unique. I’ve never read a story with similar to this and I didn’t see the twist coming at all, like not in my wildest dreams did I think it would end the way it did. Shock and awe, people, shock and awe.
I feel very proud after reading this, not only because I have gained a new author to follow, but I have officially read my first book by an indie author. That’s right Sarra, you are my first. I intend to read many many more indie books now. :)
For all those who read ebooks, I highly recommend this one. It’s the first in a series of six, I believe and it’s well worth your time. It’s free on amazon, barnes and noble, and smashwords, so what have you got to lose? ...more
Sorry, I’m just so fucking happy. I’ve been in a reading slump lately where I haveThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Sorry, I’m just so fucking happy. I’ve been in a reading slump lately where I have enjoyed a few novels, but I’ve not LOVED anything, you know? I’ve found some funny/wacky/amusing/heartful/insert positive adjective here novels lately, but nothing that has made me want to bow down in front of his magnificence. Well, ladies and gentleman, here it is. This novel has me groveling on my knees at its awesomeness and I can honestly say that I loved every minute of it (and am dying on the inside for the next installment).
Sophie Bloom is just your average teenager. Average looks, average grades, with an adoptive mother who saw to it that she was enrolled in a boarding school so she wouldn’t have to put up with her. Everything is quite ordinary…until she kisses a handsome stranger on Halloween and her world is turned upside down. What that oh-so-delicious kiss revealed was that Sophie isn’t average after all, she’s really Persephone, the Greek goddess of Spring. Wait, what?!? That’s right kiddies, Sophie is really a goddess and she is smack-dab in the middle of a war between Zeus and Hades who both want her dead. Then there is her ex, Kai, son of Hades (aka mysterious kissing stranger). Things between these two are complicated at best. So much for a semester of worrying about teenage drama and backstabbing, yoga-pants wearing bitches, Sophie’s off to fight the baddies, slay a dragon, and save humanity…if she can pull it off.
Where to start? I guess I’ll go for Sophie first. She is the absolute perfect heroine. Snarky and sarcastic, she was had me giggling and rolling my eyes at/with her within the first few pages of the novel. She’s that heroine that it is entirely too easy to sympathize with as she is dragged along on this thrill ride, whether she likes it or not. Then there is Sophie’s best friend, Hannah, who is one of the greatest supporting characters ever. She’s brainy and busty and over-protective, with just the right of amount of bossiness to keep Sophie in line. I loved the two of them together. I loved that when Sophie finds out that she’s a goddess, the first thing she does is demand to see Hannah to tell her about it. Not for one second did she contemplate leaving Hannah in the dark to “protect” her or some other such bullshit.
The only character I’m undecided about is Kai…and that’s probably the point. One minute I’m lusting away after him (just like Sophie) and the next I want to assist Sophie in the nailing the bastard to the wall while inflicting several thousand paper cuts along his body then dousing him in salt and lemon juice so they all feel like they are on fire. Apparently Kai and Persephone had some kind of epic romance, star-crossed lovers and all that. They defied everything to be together, but his royal Dickhead can’t seem to decide if he wants to help Sophie or just fuck with her head. Trying to figure out whether to root for the pair to work it out or to see them in a knock-down drag-out brawl was enough give me a headache.
I am quickly discovering that I one of the most important things for me in any story is the characters. I have to like (hopefully love) at least a few of them to become invested in the story. This novel succeeds not only on that front, but has all the things necessary for me to adore it. It has amazing characters, clever dialogue, just the right amount of humor to keep me smiling, and a plot that even kept me guessing. Even with all these amazing things, the one thing that stands out even more is Tellulah Darling’s writing style. She manages to flawlessly pull off the wholly believable voice of this teenage girl. It’s so utterly true to life. I absolutely adore it and I recommend it to everyone.
****Thank you to Te Da Media for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****...more
Annabel Wheaton is determined to marry a titled peer to get the respect she has alwThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Annabel Wheaton is determined to marry a titled peer to get the respect she has always deserved, so when the Earl of Rumsford proposes, she thinks her prays have been answered. She knows he is marrying her for her ample fortune and is completely okay with it because she is mainly marrying him for his title. A week before the wedding, everything is going divinely, save her uncle constantly nagging her to put more thought into this decision before she makes a big mistake, when Christian Du Quesne, Duke of Scarborough shows up and turns her world upside down. Not only does she feel an instant attraction to him but he starts planting doubts in her mind that weren’t there the week before. The morning of the wedding she must choose, follow the path to become a countess which she has worked so hard to achieve or call off the wedding for a tryst with Christian who is not the marrying kind of man. Sounds like a simple choice, right? But it never is.
Christian is almost out of options. His brother died unexpectedly leaving him to take over as Duke, a job he is far from suitable for, and as soon as the title is changed he learns that they are completely run into the ground. Every property not entailed is mortgaged and the rest don’t earn enough to break even annually much less pay off massive debts. Determined never again to marry for money as he did 12 years ago, he goes to America to try to make his fortune because that seems to be where all men make it big but having no capital to invest in new ventures, he cannot really do much. So when Arthur, Annabel’s uncle, offers him half a million dollars to dissuade his niece from marrying that pompous ass, he accepts immediately. A week before the wedding his insinuates himself into Annabel’s life and starts covertly planting doubts in her mind and mocking her intended.
All this culminates in a passionate kiss the night before the wedding leaving them both off balance. Annabel’s marches on and still makes it to her nuptials fully intending to become the Countess of Rumsford despite Christian’s best efforts and then he shows up and objects to the wedding in the middle of the ceremony, implying that something has happened between Annabel and himself. So what happens next? How do they salvage her possibly ruined reputation? Well, that is one spoiler I won’t give away, and no it isn’t the simple she marries the duke immediately to avoid the scandal approach.
I seriously must be going to a phase of some sort because it seems like I am drooling over every male character I read right now.
…wait, he is fictional and I am married….fuck…ANYWAY, he is the perfect historical romance hero.
Annabel was pretty good too, stubborn and hard headed and kind of the typical American Heiress which I am good with.
I have yet again proven to myself that historical romance novels (written by the proper authors, naturally) are the balm to my soul and I strive to read more of them. Especially when so many YA novels right now end with horrid cliffhangers and have stupid love triangles and have idiot heroines that anger me to the point where.....
.....well you get the picture.....
But that’s a bit off topic. This novel is well written and will definitely make you laugh and probably cry and hope the happily ever after that seems impossible. It was nearly perfect. My only real complaint is that the ending felt rushed. I could have used an extra chapter (or even few paragraphs) to see that they were settled properly before finishing the novel. ...more
I was actually planning of waiting to read this until after at least the second novThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
I was actually planning of waiting to read this until after at least the second novel came out because I was sure it would have a cliffhanger, but when a friend won an ebook copy and sent it to me, I couldn’t say no. I was right though, it does have a cliffhanger. Don’t ask me how bad of a cliffhanger it is because I honestly don’t know. When I was about midway through, I started looking at reviews online and almost all of them said that it had one of the worst cliffhangers they had ever read. I really didn’t think it was that bad. I don’t know if it is because I was preparing for the worst or if I am just (sadly) getting more accustomed to cliffhangers, but I thought the ending could have been way worse. I guess I could see how people would think it is so bad, but I didn’t think it was nearly as bad as the ending of Nevermore or Daughter Of Smoke And Bone. This one just ends with (for a not too spoiler-y explanation) (view spoiler)[the heroine in prison trying to figure out a way to escape and the hero in shock after finally learning what Cinder is (hide spoiler)]. Then again, I didn’t think the ending of The Hunger Games was too bad and I had friends who were completely outraged. All in all, though I am really excited to read the next novel, it isn’t one that I am willing to murder my own parents to get my hands on at this very moment.
I would summarize, but I really suck at it, so if you want a summary, please refer to other reviews or the book blurb. Thank you for your cooperation. I really loved this book. I swear, the more dystopian I read, the more I find to love. The only way I can really describe this book is take the Disney film Cinderella, combine it with the 20th Century Fox film Anastasia and set it in iRobot. Except the robots are called androids and they don’t try to take over the human race. My only real complaint is that it was a bit predictable. (view spoiler)[I knew the minute they mention the missing Princess Selene that Cinder was her. In fact, you can check my reading updates and there is a prediction for it. I also knew that the moment Cinder got home after being basically dragged out of the medical center that Iko would be dismantled already. (hide spoiler)]
Things I loved: -The fact that it was love triangle free. -I loved the characters. Cinder, Iko, Kai, and Peony especially. Cinder was completely believable and even though her actions weren’t always the right ones, I could always see where she was coming from. Iko was probably my favorite character. Come on, how do you not love a sarcastic android?!?! Peony was a sweet girl who doesn’t deserve her fate. And then there was Kai. He just didn’t come off as the typical prince character to me. He was charming and flirty and sarcastic and incredible resentful of the position he was in. But he also loved his people deeply and spent a good deal of his time worrying about them and was willing to sacrifice everything for them. That description sounds like a typical prince, but he just doesn’t feel like one to me. -The world. This is a book I would love to see turned into a film just to see the atmosphere it occurs in. Maybe it is just me, but I love sinking into a world completely different than my own…maybe that is why I love romance novels so much. The buildings and the hovercrafts and the androids and geez, I wanna live there!
Things I wasn’t so fond of: -The cliffhanger. Even though I didn’t think it was too bad, I think cliffhangers in general are bad and shouldn’t be allowed in stories. -The predictability of the story. I didn’t see everything coming, but the main plot points, I saw them coming a mile away.
This really is an amazing novel. I am truly blown away by it and I recommend it to everyone. Great story, amazing writing, good characters. It really has it all. ...more
I'll admit that I didn't understand why everyone was so hyped about this book. CalThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
I'll admit that I didn't understand why everyone was so hyped about this book. Call me shallow, but I definitely judge a book by it's cover and neither the original one nor the one they finally settled on really grabs my attention. They are both so bland to me. However, I'm glad I did let the lackluster cover prevent me from reading it because it's so much better than it's boring cover. I understand the cover choices after reading it and think it matches the story well, but it's still not something that screams READ ME!
When you meet Hope, her life is a shitstorm. She's dealing with the loss of her mother, her father's new girlfriend, and then she's shipped off to her unknown relatives. That just seemed a bit inconsiderate. I mean, I get that her dad wanted a trip with his new girl, but you could have given Hope just a bit more warning. I mean, it's not like Hope is a normal girl who can just hop on a plane with no problems. She's never been able to even board a plane before without a serious freak-out and you expect her to just jump on a plane and fly halfway across the world to spend time with the aunt she's never met? I get the enticement of getting to know more of her mom's past, but that was just mean. You could have should have warned her sooner. Seriously, dude, not cool. Hope handles it all about as well as to be expected. Actually, she did a bit better than the average teenager I think, but still. It was almost like losing both parents in one shot. She was a pretty enjoyable character to see from. She's a bit of a know it all, but it's hard not to be with an eidetic memory. I liked how well she handled the family secret. "Oh, by the way, we're time travelers and you're mom is stuck in the past!" Really? Cool. Obviously there was a bit more to it than that, but she doesn't handle it really well.
The setting is really the main star here. Taylor does a fantastic job creating the medieval realm for us. Everything felt so realistic and dangerous. The wrong move, the wrong phrase and they could be done for. It's clear that Taylor did her research on this time period and even things as simple as what words or phrases were in use at the time. That seems like a trivial detail, but it's not. Saying a word that wasn't invented yet or widely used could catch the attention of the wrong people or just change history.
Beyond Hope and the setting, we get a few more interesting characters. I really enjoyed all of them....especially a particular love interest. I won't say much about that except it's pretty obvious from moment one where that is going to go. The predictability didn't stop me from enjoying it. From moment one, that is exactly where I wanted it to go.
This is getting a lot of comparisons to Outlander. I can't speak on that front because I have not read it or watched the show (though I want to on both counts). However, what this really reminded me of was the 2003 Paul Walker movie Timeline. I never read the book counterpart to that (though, again, I want to), but I adore the movie and this just had me flashing back to scenes in that. I mean, you have the time-travel aspect, the parent stuck in the past bit, and another plot point that I can't mention because.....reasons. Okay fine, I can't mention it because of spoilers, but it was more fun to say it the other way.
Basically, I really enjoyed this. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of time-travel or historical novels. Though it doesn't end on a life-altering cliffhanger, I'm very excited to see what happens in book 2!
Audio Notes: I may have just been blown away by the epic Scottish accent, but I think Amanda Ronconi did a fantastic job. As mentioned, she reads in a Scottish accent for all the Scottish characters, as well as American for Hope and British for...other people. I was very impressed. And I hope she narrators book 2 or I'll be sorely disappointed. I'll definitely be checking out her work in the future, but for now, I'd recommend audio-booking this over reading the traditional way because Amanda's accents are spot-on and add an extra bit of magic to this world.
****Thank you to Esther Bochner at Audible for providing me with an audio copy in exchange for an honest review****
I believe the term book hangover was invented for this moment. I don't know what IThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
I believe the term book hangover was invented for this moment. I don't know what I'm supposed to read now. I want more from this world, but it's over and I don't want these tormented characters to be put through anymore drama so I don't really want more. But I just can't believe this story was over so quickly. Maybe I shouldn't have devoured the audiobooks quite as quickly so the experience would last longer, but I couldn't help it. The whole series is written in that way that you just need 10 more minutes. Just a little longer to find out what happens next. Anyway, enough fangirling, let's get down to business (to defeat the Huns).
We start off pretty closely to where Firefight left off. Prof has gone rogue and David might have figured out to defeat the darkness that is associated with the epic powers. He is determined to bring Prof back to his former self and take down Calamity. Because taking down Calamity will solve all their problems...hopefully. I love how his character has grown. Then, I also love how his character has stayed the same. I found his relationships, I use that term lightly, with his rifles to be highly amusing throughout the entire series. And I love (LOVE) his relationship with Megan. They are so adorably cute together and I love how she teases him.
I also just love Megan. She's strong and independent. She's a pretty kick-ass character in general. I love how she hates to accept help and wants to do everything on her own. I love that she's the exception to the rule. She has such a fascinating power. Alternate realities and all the things that could have been if one small decision or fact of birth was changed. That's an idea that's easy to get lost in.
The trek to find Prof was bittersweet. On one hand, we want them to find him and fix him, but is that possible? Is Prof redeemable at this point? He has already committed so many atrocities in his short time as a full epic so would he even be able to live with himself it he came back to his senses? And then there are the bigger questions? Who the hell is Calamity? Why is he/she here? What do they want? What causes the darkness? Is this horrible world redeemable?
So what do you need to know? This is an incredible end to one of my new favorite series. It's a satisfying conclusion that I have no complaints with. Just keep the faith. You get to a point where you are pretty close to the end and things STILL haven't wrapped up. You start to wonder if it's really going to wrap up or just leave you on one of those evil ambiguous endings. Rest assured that we get the resolution we deserve. Though, beware, there is a heartbreaking character death. The fact that I gave this 5 stars even after taking that fact into consideration should speak volumes.
Audio Notes: MacLeod Andrews is just as awesome as he always is. I feel like I'm repeating myself, but he's absolutely fantastic. I truly believe that with the right direction, this man could read the phone book and I would listen to it. Just sayin'! But seriously, he's amazing and I look forward to listening to more of his work in the future!
****Thank you to Esther Bochner at Audible for providing me with an audio copy in exchange for an honest review****
***If you have not read Obsidian, this will give away spoilers***
Onyx picks up right where Obsidian left off. Daemon turns on the charm to try to win Katy over while she fights with her hormones to resist him. All the while, they are trying to figure out the freaky alien connection that has opened up between them since he healed her after the epic battle. Katy dear is still stupidly denying that she feels anything for him and then a new guy shows up in town and suddenly Katy has a new date. You can imagine how Daemon feels about that. But when Katy starts moving things with her mind, we come to learn that Blake (the new kid) is just like her and can train her to control these new abilities, things get intense pretty quickly. Chaos, tension, intrigue, and mayhem are all ingredients in this installment of The Lux series.
As completely in love with this series as I am, I spend the better part of this book screaming at Katy. If she were a real person, I probably would have hunted her down just to smack her in the face and scream “WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?” at her. Though this book doesn’t feature a love triangle, she does date 2 different guys in this book. She is still doing that flirty dance around Daemon, but she also goes on several dates with Blake, much to Daemon’s irritation. While I understand the thrill of someone liking her and the frustration of Daemon trying to tell her what to do, this is unacceptable. Lady, you have DAEMON pouring his heart out to you, what the fuck are you even hesitating for?!?!?!? When you walked away from him saying that you couldn’t excuse his dickheaded-ness, he started trying to….well the word “woo” doesn’t seem to suit Daemon, but it’s the only word that comes to mind, so he started to woo you in earnest. You finally get to see more of the guy beneath the ass, the one who is nice and thoughtful and downright sweet. How can you say no to that? How can you even think of another guy, much less date him when Daemon is offering to defy his very species to be with you? You can’t, you just can’t. So you Katy-bug get an epic fail for this book. You do the wrong thing, the exact wrong thing. The whole time Daemon is telling you that he doesn’t trust Blake and you assume it’s nothing more than jealousy, but you are wrong.
I won’t spoil what happens, but I will say that there were some things that went down that I do not approve of. That being said, it was still an emotional rollercoaster ride and I loved every minute of it. That’s the mark of a good writer is that even when I hated Katy, I still couldn’t stop reading. I was still rooting for her to fix her stupid mistakes (view spoiler)[which she doesn’t, she just keeps being stupid and not trusting Daemon enough to tell him the truth and then Blake finally shows his true colors and Adam ends up dead just when things were starting to get good between him and Dee. Which really fucking sucks. I was not amused at all, I may have actually cried (hide spoiler)].
Finishing this book left me in whatever the opposite of a book high is. Book depression? Book melancholy? I rushed through these two novels because they were so good that I couldn’t get enough and even though I know the journey isn’t completely over because Opal will be release in December, I still can’t bring myself to feel anything but incredible sadness. I can’t believe it’s over. I can’t stop thinking about this story. It’s been all I could do all day not to go back and start re-reading it….I might have even read a chapter of Onyx to refresh my memory which is absurd considering that I just fucking finished it at 10 last night. I had to physically stop myself from reading. To add impact to that statement, I don’t really re-read many things because I feel like I have too much to read and can’t justify revisiting a story I already know, which the exception of a few scant things that I just can’t help but go back to and I think these novels are going to be added to that list. ...more
Bryn Aven has spent her life training to be a member of the Högdragen (an elite grThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Bryn Aven has spent her life training to be a member of the Högdragen (an elite group of royal guards). Right now she’s a successful, if somewhat outcast, tracker who has yet to lose a changeling. She is determined to not let anything stand in the way of her goal, certainly not a starcrossed affair with Ridley Dresden, her hot boss. Her plans get derailed when Konstantin Black, a former Hogdragon member and current outlaw, starts kidnapping changelings. Bryn is assign to a team to help protect the changelings and put a stop to him, by any means necessary. Can she succeed and gain entry into her dream job or will she fail and watch it all collapse?
I really enjoyed Hocking’s Trylle series, so when I heard she’s was writing a spin-off series, I knew I’d have to read it. Same world, but different tribe of trolls? Bring it on! Sadly, we don’t get much of Loki, just a small glimpse, but we do get to see Finn and Tove. Tove, oh Tove. Le sigh.
I didn’t love Bryn immediately, but she does grow on you…like a fungus. In the first chapter of this, I wanted to slap her. She goes on and on about how in love she is with Konstantin and she’s all dreamy eyed and I really wanted to shake her. Luckily for us, that only lasts for a chapter because Konstantin goes all outlaw and tries to kill her dad. From that point on, Bryn’s only focus is getting on the Hogdagon. It was her goal before and she worked hard as hell towards it, but afterwards, she refuses to even entertain the idea of romance. Sure, she has had boyfriends, but nothing serious. Revenge drives her to be the best tracker she can be. She ignores the growing attraction to her boss, Ridley. They both know nothing could come of a relationship, so she suppresses her feelings and focuses on bringing home changelings and training her body to the brink of exhaustion. When Konstantin reappears, she knows she should kill him. He tried to kill her father and has been evading capture for YEARS. But something about this whole situation feels off and she wonders if Konstantin is really as bad as everyone believes or if someone else is pulling his puppet strings. Her avoidance of emotional relationships both confused and fascinated me. From a very young age, I was obsessed with the concept of love. I spent my high school career with my nose buried in historical romance novels, so reading about someone so adverse to falling in love threw me for a bit of a loop.
Ridley…I…he…He’s no Loki, okay? He’s smart and attractive and it’s obvious he has a thing for Bryn. That’s a little on the creepy side because he’s older and he is her boss, but he quickly wipes the creep factor out with his loyalty. He also doesn’t act on his feelings. He makes a conscience effort to avoid that not just because of the threat to his job, but also because he knows Bryn well enough to know how it would affect her. That had me smiling a bit. He’s backstory confuses me because it shows how he despises playboy’s, yet Bryn portrays him as a bit of a playboy. Regardless, he was a character I enjoyed and that tension between him and Bryn is perfect.
I will admit that it has been a LONG time since I read the Trylle series. In fact, Kandice is currently plowing through the final book and not particularly enjoying it. It made me wonder if maybe my reading tastes have changed on the past few years. After reading this, I tend to doubt it. This felt a great deal like that, but told from an entirely different perspective. We don’t get the changeling, struggling to understand the truth and learn an entirely new culture. We get an outcast. A half-breed who isn’t really accepted anywhere, but neither can she be cast out. I think anyone who loved the trylle series will enjoy this. It’s a bit slow to start, but it hooks you in pretty quickly and it wholly entertaining. It does end on a horrid cliffhanger, but that’s really to be expected at this point, right?
Audio Notes: This is the third….forth Eileen Stevens book I’ve listened to now. The jury is still out on my opinion of her. In the first two, both novel’s from Krystal Wade’s Darkness Falls series, I wasn’t impressed. That could be contributed to the fact that I just didn’t really like the story, so I don’t hold that against her. Then it was Devil In Denim by Melanie Scott and she was pretty great in that. Here she was okay? Her accent is a little…off? Once you get into the story and Bryn describes how her people talk, it makes a bit more sense, but it was still a bit off-putting in the start. She also says Konstantin different than I imagined it to be said. This isn’t the first time a narrator and I have disagreed on how a name should be pronounced and I have no idea if Hocking was consulted on the proper pronunciation, but it looks like the name Constantine, right? I would think it would be pronounced the same. They just changed the name and dropped the “e,” which doesn’t make much of a difference. But she says it CON-STAN-TEN. Ten, like a ten dollar bill, instead of teen. Now, this could all just be me, but every time she said his name, I cringed. Beyond that, she was a great as I remember from last time. She has good pacing and does a great job with differentiating who is speaking. I would say I enjoyed her overall performance, despite my nit-picky-ness.
****Thank you to Esther Bochner at Audible for providing me with an audio copy in exchange for an honest review****...more
You would think that after all they went through in Darker Still, Natalie StewartThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
You would think that after all they went through in Darker Still, Natalie Stewart and Jonathan Whitby, Lord Denbury, had earned a reprieve from the dastardly spirits that wish them harm. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Their plan to get away from the negative magic, taking a vacation of sorts with Jonathan's old friends turns out badly when they realize that Samuel, Jonathan's pal, is unwittingly involved in the society that trapped Jonathan in that painting. So now, our dear Lord Denbury is back to London to do some investigating and Natalie is going back home to deal with a very upset father. It's obvious something new is afoot and that the old demon is not yet finished with out lovely couple. Can they finally defeat this foe or will their inevitable doom come sooner rather than later?
Natalie is a feisty heroine determined to save Jonathan (and herself), regardless of the cost. She has finally regained her ability to speak, though her voice does still desert her on occasion, but she's lost a bit of her fire. She's still haven't the clairvoyant dreams, predicting things she hopes never come to pass, and she's terrified they'll never be free of this mess. All she wants is to have a normal(ish) courtship with Jonathan, then marry and have that happily ever after that we all dream about. But the demon that possess Jonathan is still haunting her, along with the new nightmares about resurrection.
Jonathan was just as charming as all the British lords in historical romances normally are. Proper, with a hint of the rake hiding beneath the surface. It's hard to not feel sympathy for him, after being locked in a painting for years and now having to impersonate the monster who trapped him there, it's a miracle he doesn't lose his mind. He's obvious affection for Natalie is so cute. I adore him. He's definitely on my list of swoon-worthy males.
The side characters are all interesting in their own right. Mrs. Northe with her paranormal abilities and saving the day tendencies is a character I'd love to know more about. Her life with her late husband, her youth, and all things past because I feel that would be an intriguing tale. Rachel, who can't speak or hear people, but hears spirits speaking to her, is also fascinating. This poor girl gets tormented in these pages, but they'll sort it out. Then there is Nathaniel Veil. ::swoons:: He's plagued with melancholy. He is an actor and playwright, starring in a play about the sadder things in life, doing versions of Poe and the like. He's so flirty! If Denbury wasn't perfect for Natalie, I'd be throwing myself onto Team Nathaniel straight-away!
What this novel really excels at is the luscious writing. Hieber is a master of this beautiful style of writing that captivates you. Maybe I'm biased because I spent my teenage years devouring historical romance novels, but there is just something magical about this time period and Hieber always manages to do it justice. The novels only real fault is I feel like it was trying to tackle too much in just one short book. We've got the Natalie/Jonathan romance, then Jonathan impersonating a demon, Rachel being used for nefarious purposes, demonic possession, resurrection, and more. I feel like we should have focused a bit more on the resurrection than trying to look at the larger picture just yet. Also, it seemed like this one was just a tad more religious than the previous one. It didn't feel pushy, just Natalie's Christian faith was more prevalent than before.
It does suffer just a bit from middle book syndrome, not quite living up to Darker Still's awesomeness, but it's still completely enjoyable. Jonathan makes it worth it, not to mention meeting Nathaniel. This isn't exactly what I was expecting, but a bit more. It contains that mystical quality that I loved in the first one. It has love, adventure, and a bit of humor, what more can you want?
This whole ranty review is written on the presumption that this novel is a standalone. If I find out that it has a sequel, I **might*** bump the star rating up one, but that won’t be much improvement. On the whole, I was disappointed in this novel. The gorgeous cover promised a good mermaid story and it just didn’t deliver. Miranda has a wonderful life on the island of Whym until a tragic boating accident kills four of her friends and leaves her boyfriend in a coma. After this accident, everyone turns against her. They all blame her because it was her boat and she was driving. This was hard to believe. When I say everyone, I do mean the entire town save her grandmother and her little brother. It’s like they had secret town meetings on how best to humiliate her. I just find it hard to believe that so many rational adults would shun a teenager who is by all rights recovering from her own injuries and grieving the loss of her friends.
Putting that aside, Miranda is saved during the accident by Christian, a betwixted man (a form of merman), who sees her drowning and is so drawn to her that he can’t let her die. After this, the ruler of the merpeople, Sephie, claims that she wanted all the souls and demands Christian kill Miranda and bring back her soul. As you can guess, enter the starcrossed lovers scenario. Christian goes Up Above to attempt to kill Miranda, but just can’t bring himself to do it. The two are instantly attracted to one another and Miranda spends every possible moment with him. This whole thing culminates with Sephie luring the town to her boat for a gala where she plans on killing Miranda and Christian as well as the other survivors from the wreck. Somehow Miranda manages to light Sephie’s boat on fire and the sea witch supposedly burns to death.
This all powerful sea witch is taken down by a miniscule teenager? I don’t buy it. Beyond that, Miranda’s grandmother has staged an intervention where they basically tell her that she has gotten out of control and they are shipping her to boarding school. Seriously? Give the girl some time to breathe and heal! All the relationships just seem twisted and unrealistic to me. I was very disappointed.
To make matters worse, it has a terrible ending. Christian was only allowed to roam freely on land to claim Miranda’s soul for Sephie and now must return to the ocean or die. So that’s how it ends, Christian returns to the water and Miranda is off to boarding school in Arizona…far away from the ocean. The fucking end. Yeah, see this face? It’s not a happy gnome face! ...more
You know how there are books that you are desperate to read? Books you’d sell you’This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
You know how there are books that you are desperate to read? Books you’d sell you’re first born child for? This was that book for me. This was the one book slated for release this year that I was most looking forward to. One of the perks for being on the Liars Inc street team was getting to read a small excerpt from this midway through last year. From that point on, this was all I really wanted to read. I know this will sound like bullshit, but that little excerpt put me in a book hangover. I would move on and read other things because I couldn’t just sit and pine over a book that wasn’t even finished yet, but if my mind wondered at all, it went right back to this story. Why wasn’t I reading that story about the bad luck? OH, RIGHT! It’s not out yet. When it was uploaded onto Edelweiss, I promptly downloaded it and devoured it. And then avoided writing this review because words are hard. How do I review a book I loved so intensely? Well, here’s my best attempt!
I sympathized with Maguire almost immediately. It’s easy to see why she believed she was bad luck for everyone around her. With so many bad things that have happened in her past, her belief becomes easy to understand. Even though I’m a relatively logical person who doesn’t necessarily believe in luck, I could completely see where she was coming from. It was more of the fact that she always came out unscathed than anything that really seemed to fuel this notion of bad luck. She just wants to keep everyone around her safe and the easiest way to do that is to refuse to interact with the outside world as much as possible.
This could have easily been a light-hearted novel that doesn’t delve too deep into anything substantial. I would have been fine with reading that, but Paula gives us so much more than that. She goes so much deeper than just a silly girl’s notion that she is bad luck. Maguire has real psychological problems that have to be addressed and dealt with. Maguire’s sessions with her therapist were what hooked me into this story so many months ago and it’s still what stays with me. Watching Maguire work through her problems is both hopeful and heartbreaking. There are so many simple tasks that it takes all her self-control to face. I applaud her for all the work she put in. Recovery from psychological disorders is not easy and it’s something to always be admired.
Then you have the romance, which is the perfect balance of sweet, ansty, and swoony. Jordy’s whole first interaction with Maguire had me shipping them. The way he tries to help her and encourages her just had me melting into a swoony puddle.
Basically, I loved this novel. Love does not even seem like a strong enough word, but it’s all I’ve got. I did’t think Stokes could do better than The Art Of Lainey. I adored that novel, but this one is even better. This novel makes me want to re-read it over and over again. Considering that I very rarely ever re-read anything, that should say it all!
****Thank you to Harper Teen for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****...more
Cinder is in a bit of a mess. She's in prison awaiting transport to Luna, where QuThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Cinder is in a bit of a mess. She's in prison awaiting transport to Luna, where Queen Levana will surely execute her. Given that she just learned that she is the lost princess Selene, she cannot allow this to happen and busts out of jail, using another prisoner to help. Now they are on the run and Cinder tries to determine her next move and avoid recapture. Everyone assumes that if they can just discover the identity of the lost princess and find her, all will be saved. Cinder doesn't know how to save everyone, but the worse things get in the kingdom, the more she realizes she will need to find a way. On the other side of the world, Scarlet Benoit is searching for her grandmother. Everyone assumes the old woman ran away, but Scarlet knows she'd never abandon her like that. When she finds Wolf, a fighter with information on her grandmother's whereabouts, she'll stop at nothing to rescue the old woman, even if it costs her life. Meanwhile, Prince Kai is trying to find a way to avoid marrying Queen Levana and that may lead to more problems than any of them are ready to handle.
I was a little nervous to start this. I adored Cinder (both the novel and the character) and I wasn't very keen on the idea of changing perspectives. I've read books before where that has went disastrously. Shifts in perspective have caused me to abandon series before or make it very difficult to finish because I hate the new voice. The forth Vampire Diaries book by LJ Smith is the best example of that. I had a very difficult time getting through that because, regardless of how much I loved the characters and the story, Bonnie's voice was dull. Luckily, that is NOT the case here. Scarlet voice is strong and clear and intense. She's a very different character than Cinder, but just as enjoyable.
Cinder is the same character we remember from the novel of the same name. She's smart and snarky and determined to stay out of Levana's grasp. Her cyborg/lunar combination makes her a very unique character. She's very interesting to watch and easy sympathize with. How can you not? She's been forced into servitude her entire life and now that she is finally out from underneath her Step-Mom's thumb, she is on the run, and learns that she must find a way to save the planet from her evil aunt. As if having an evil step-mom and step-sister wasn't bad enough, she has to deal with evil blood relatives. And the loss of Peony still weighs heavy on her mind, as does the loss of Iko. Never fear, though, because she finds a new "body" for Iko. Iko, by the way, is probably my favorite character. The "malfunctioning" operating chip has such spunk and personality that you cannot help but love her. Her obsession with Prince Kai is comical all around, as is her desire to be pretty.
Kai is another character that I cannot help by feel sorry for. He's caught in a no win situation. If he marries Levana, he knows he'll basically be handing her the Common Wealth on a platter and that she'll assassinate him quickly after her coronation. But the longer he refuses, the angry she gets and that could lead to a slaughter that no one is ready for. Not to mention the fact that she has the antidote to Letimoses (spelling? I listened to this entire thing on audio) and that could say billions of people with the terminal illness. Then he learns that he girl he likes is actually a cyborg? A Lunar cyborg? Was she lying to him the whole time? What, if anything, of their interactions was real? The doubt swirling around his head and her and his own ability to lead this country had me wanting to hug the poor guy.
We get quite a few new characters in this installment. My favorite new addition is Carswell Thorne. He is the prisoner Cinder escapes with. He might remind me just a bit of a certain pirate.
He's very cocky and sarcastic and maybe a bit more heroic than he wants to let on. Carswell and Iko are definitely the two comic relief characters and, as such, they both have a special place in my heart. I thought for a moment a love triangle would be set up between him and Cinder and Kai, but Meyer steers clear of that, thank goodness.
Then we have Scarlet and Wolf. I was unsure of both characters initially, but they grow on your. Scarlet is so feisty and determined to save her grandma that you cannot help but root for here. Even if you know her cause isn't going to go how she plans, you want her to succeed. Wolf was harder to pin down. It's pretty clear that he is hiding something and I was hoping my gut was wrong on that that was. It wasn't, but things still turn out well enough for them.
In this adventurous installment of The Lunar Chronicles, we get everything we feel in love with in Cinder plus much more. I was more than a little irritated when I learned that Scarlet would be told via a new perspective. Can't we just stay with Cinder? WHY CAN'T WE JUST STAY WITH CINDER? And I'll admit that for first 100 pages or so, I was happier when the focus shifted back to Cinder, but Scarlet's journey was just as interesting. Meyer gives us what we didn't know we needed, a fuller, more rounded story that I couldn't help but love as much as the first one.
It took me a while to get through this. I forced encouraged my husband to listen with me as I revived my memory of what happened in Cinder. He quickly become addicted and wouldn't let me listen to any of Cinder without his presence. The instant it was over, he demanded we start Scarlet. My normal plan of listening my way through my audiobooks during my lunch hour and occasionally at breakfast went out the window quickly. Every time we were in a car for more than 10 minutes, it was Scarlet. We made excuses to run extra errands or take unnecessary trips just to get a few more minutes of the story. It is as addictive as Cinder was, if not more so, and I cannot wait to get started on Cress!
Audio Notes: Rebecca Soler does a pretty awesome job of narrating this. Though her name sounds familiar, I don't think I've listened to her work before. She does a wonderful job of creating new voices for each characters, even giving Scarlet the proper French accent she should have. Sometimes the male characters can get confusing, but Rebecca does a good job of cluing us in on who is speaking. I only had one issue with her. She says the name Nancy weird. It almost feels like she has a natural southern accent and it shines through on that one word, despite her efforts. Every time she said the name, I couldn't help but snicker. ...more
Damn....dayum...just fucking wow. I....it was....how do I......I think my brain jusThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Damn....dayum...just fucking wow. I....it was....how do I......I think my brain just exploded into a puddle of pure joy.
Far warning with this review, it's gonna be a hell of a lot of fangirling and might be a bit rambly because it's killing me to wait the tinsy bit of time it takes to write this to read Onyx.
I was beginning to think I was too damn picky to love anything these days. It seems like every book I pick up is good but not great. Amusing but not hilarious, I like it but it could be better. And this was just perfect. One word people, just one, Daemon. He's hot as hell and he fucking knows it. Oh, and he's an alien. He's also a dick to Katy for the majority of the book, but she doesn't just roll over and take it. Nope, she tells him to back the fuck off and mind his own business.
...Okay people, I am truly sorry, but I can't review this book. Seriously, all that is pouring out of my mind is rabid fangirling which can only carry the review so far. Just know that this book is amazing and if you like fantasy, paranormal romance, aliens, and kickass heroines, this is for you. SO GO READ IT NOW. (I'll try to review it again in a few days when the fangirling has (hopefully) subsided).
Alrighty, let me try this again. I started this book because over half the blogs I follow are rabid fans of this series and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. To be quite honest, I’ve been rather disappointed with most of the books I’ve read recently. Everything has been irritating me. They have love triangles or cliffhangers or mediocre writing and I’ve been getting rather frustrated. I don’t know if I’ve become more picky or maybe I’ve just had a bad streak of book choosing but either way, I was hoping with all the blogger hype, this would be the great book I’ve been searching for. And fuck, it really was. I should also preface this by stating that I was a huge fan of the tv series Roswell, so I have a huge soft spot for aliens when they are done right.
We follow Katy in her move from Florida to West Virginia. She is less than thrilled about the move, even though she understands her moms reasons for uprooting them, she still misses her life in Florida. After a few days of pushing from her mom, she finally ventures out into the world, walking next door to ask the neighbor for directions. But when Daemon Black answers the door in nothing but a pair of jeans, she is floored because Daemon has more muscles on him than any seventeen year old boy has the right to. He also has a smoking face, with high cheekbones, full totally kissable lips, and gorgeous green eyes. She is completely enraptured by him….until he opens his mouth. He goes from completely date-able to the lowest level of scrum within a few scant seconds with his bad attitude from hell. After leaving His Royal Dickhead, she goes in search of the grocery store with his begrudgingly give directions and runs right into his twin sister. Dee profusely apologizes for Daemon and soon the two become fast friends, which seems to piss Daemon off. Katy doesn’t know what he’s problem is, but he keeps trying to blatantly push her away from Dee. Like hell, Katy isn’t going to let some overbearing, overprotective dickhead keep her from a being friends with Dee. But it’s obvious that Dee is keeping something from her. She doesn’t want to pry, but she can’t help but question why Daemon keeps saying Dee doesn’t need “friends like her”. Then she accidentally walks out in front of a truck and Daemon stops time to keep her from becoming road kill. Why? How can he do that? Because they are aliens. And things just get weirder from there.
Now, before any of you run screaming with the whole “I don’t do science fiction, no aliens for me!” bit, let me just say that this isn’t really scifi. It comes off as paranormal YA and for those of you who think aliens can’t be sexy, just watch one episode of Roswell and tell that you don’t want Max Evans saving your life! This series has so much to love and I think people who won’t try it simply because it’s aliens are really missing out.
I’ll start with Katy. I loved Katy, like really loved her. She starts off shy and quiet, but working to overcome it. She also is a book blogger with I found highly entertaining. I’ve read so many books where it’s mentioned in the beginning that they love to read, but you never actually see them pickup a book or show interest in them and that’s so not the case here. This lovely heroine would rather spend her days lounging in her living room reading and reviewing books than anything else and that doesn’t change when Daemon and Dee start making her life a three ring circus. I love that she stands up to Daemon and doesn’t let him push her around. In fact, she typically does the opposite of what he wants. He tells her to stay and she goes, he tells her to be quiet and she rattles on just out of spite. I loved that she was fowl-mouthed as well. Not super bad, but she calls Daemon a dickhead on more than one occasion (and he usually deserves it).
I also really loved the dynamic between these two. It’s one of those “I hate you, but I’m attracted to you” things and damn does it work for them. There are times when I’m not sure which would be better, watching them finally get together or watching them kill each other with insults. It’s obvious to everyone that they are head over heels for each other, everyone that is, except Katy who refuses to admit she likes him. She’s in denial so deep I’m not sure she’ll ever figure out the truth.
I loved almost all the characters in this, especially Katy’s mom. In most YA’s, the parents are absent without a legitimate reason, but bless Jennifer Armentrout because she explains it all before I could even ask. Katy has always been a good girl and since her father died, mommy dearest works extra nursing shifts to make ends meet and have extra money. So when Katy’s off running around with Daemon and getting in trouble, we know why her mom isn’t popping up with questions.
Now, on to the fangirling bits. I will state that you can skip the rest of this review without missing anything of substance, just me raving about how awesome Daemon is. Where to start? Let’s start with appearance. Tall, with wavy brown hair and bright green eyes, not to mention the muscles…..::swoons:: With his penchant for answering the door shirtless, can he just move next to me? I can deal with the foul mouth, in fact he doesn’t need to speak at all….anyway, when he does speak, he’s arrogant, stubborn, cocky, and sarcastic as hell. That’s right, he knows he’s awesome and he knows you think so too. And he doesn’t want Katy anywhere near his world. It’s not safe and he doesn’t want her involved. So, he’s a total dick, doing things to purposely piss her off, but he always gets unexpected results. When he tells her that he doesn’t want her sitting at the lunch table with him and his sister, that she is unwanted, he expects her to walk away with her tail tucked between her legs. So when she dumps her tray of food on his head, he is surprised to say the least and he can’t help but admire her. Underneath the asshat, hides a sweet guy who is just trying to make the best of a bad situation. He must protect his sister at all costs and that means pushing everyone who could present a danger away. So yeah, it’s a bit of the typical, “I’m only pushing you away because I want to protect you, but secretly I want you so hard it hurts” thing, but it’s so believable coming from him that it’s okay. Besides, he really does get a kick out of pissing Katy off. If you don’t fall in love with this guy from the story, there is an extra scene at the end from his perspective that will change your mind. And I think the cover model they got for him was beyond perfect. Have you seen the cover for Opal?
Look at it! Look at him. Not only am I head over heels for the character, but also for the amazing looking Pepe Toth, the model. Damn…just fucking damn. That admiration is only depended by the fact that Pepe is total and completely in love with his co-cover model, Sztella Tziotziosz. But seriously, look at them:
[image error] [image error] [image error] ::drools:: how can you not love them?...sorry, they are just so gorgeous, I want to share it with the world.
When it comes down to it, I recommend this book to everyone. It is so amazing and keeps you begging for more. This is easily the best book I’ve read all year and it’s clear that it will be one that I go back to over and over again when I’m looking for something to make my heart race with excitement. ...more
Layla will never be normal, no matter how much she wishes she was. She's half gargThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Layla will never be normal, no matter how much she wishes she was. She's half gargoyle, half demon, an unheard of combination considering it's the Gargoyle's duty to destroy demons on-sight. But that doesn't make her existence any less real. All she wants is to be normal and to be with Zayne, the insanely hot Warden (aka Gargoyle) who she's had a crush on since he walked into her life at 7. But there's one problem, besides her despicable demon blood, and that's she will take his soul if they kiss. She's can't kiss anyone with a soul without relieving them of that particular asset. But then she meets Roth, the gorgeous tattooed demon who keeps saving her ass. Trusting him could mean the end of life as she knows it and would be seen as betrayal by her Warden family. But there is something about Roth that she can't resist. Would she happily follow him to her doom or will he be the savoir no one expects?
One day, I will read a JLA book and not be surprised by how awesome it is. That day is not today. I know I spend a portion of any review of her book raving about how epic she is, but really, I've yet to read something written by her that wasn't awesome and this is no exception. Armentrout tackles this particular brand of supernatural creature as beautiful as she does everything else. This is everything I expect it to be and more, just as addictive as the Lux series.
Layla (love her name, by the way) is that misfit I think we can all relate to, taken to a whole new level. Not only is she the odd man out at school, but her very DNA prevents her from fitting in even among her adoptive family. Though she has forged a close bond with a few members of the Warden family, she's still dislike by many and downright hated by some. She copes with it all rather well, all things considered, and is content (sorta) to spend her days in school, her afternoons tagging demons, and her nights lost in conversation with Zayne. Zayne, the ultimate crush she can never have. Even if it was possible to have a physical relationship with him, her demon blood would taint the Warden line, something the other Warden's wouldn't stand for. So when Roth enters the picture, she knows she should walk away and report the activity, but she can't make herself do it. Roth is intriguing and doesn't look down on her "bad" blood...and he's gloriously soulless, meaning she doesn't have to deal with that pesky soul-eating temptation she has to fight around everyone else.
Roth, oh dear Roth. You'd think that I'd get tired of JLA strolling out cocky bad-boy types by now, but it's just not the case. What's that phrase Katy uses, holy alien babies? That sounds about right. Roth is a self-serving demon with a sinfully hot body, a smart mouth, and several powerful abilities. He's just...::drools:: He's awesomesauce, k? He's so damned confident that it's impossible to even think he'll fail at whatever he puts his mind to. And when he puts his mind to convincing Layla to trust him....damn. He succeeds with flying colors. I'm definitely team Roth, just so we're clear.
Then there is Zayne, the other corner of this infuriating love triangle. Zayne is Roth's polar opposite. He's good and righteous and caring and equally as hot. The fact that a love affair would be impossible between him and Layla, along with the clairvoyant knowledge that he'll end up with Danika, makes it impossible for me to root for him. I know Layla's had it bad for him forever, but it's just not meant to happen. Not to mention the major letdowns here. In many ways he fails Layla in this novel, forgetting her or downright ignoring her when she needs him. She does some bad things too, but never anything to deliberately hurt him.
Can I comment on JLA's genius-ness again? This woman is quickly becoming my favorite author, with her ability to wow me in everything she writes. Here she shines with the Gargoyle lure, the badass demon, and the plot twists that I didn't anticipate. She shines because I love this book in spite of the love triangle and the awful, horrid cliffhanger. That end and Roth and the revelations about her parentage and holy fucking cow, I feel traumatized. I can't even....
So yeah, if you aren't overly fond of cliffhangers or not knowing if a particular character is dead for good (AND THAT CHARACTER BETTER NOT BE! I'm just sayin', putting that out there because that will make me angry and you won't like me when I'm angry), then you might wanna wait until book 2 (and probably 3, because let's face it, 2 will probably have a cliffhanger too) is out because the ending it's the rainbows and sunshine I'd been dreaming of.
This novel is everything you'd expect from JLA, with cocky male leads, a sassy heroine, and enough romance and turmoil to keep you enraptured. The romance between the characters ranges from hot to sweet, managing to give you just the right amount of smut for a YA novel without going overboard. Even those who prefer smut-free novels should be fine with this. I keep trying to figure out the best way to summarize this review, but it really comes down to a simple statement: It's JLA. I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait for the next one. Seriously, I may sell my first born child to get my hands on it if I can get any takers for that offer. Oh, and before I forget, there is an exclusive excerpt at the end of the novel from Roth's point of view that will only be available in the print version, so if you're planning on buying it, there's a little extra incentive to get it in print. Trust me, it's totally worth it. It makes you love Roth even more, if such a thing were possible.
****A huge thank you Lisa Wray and all the people Harlequin Teen for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****
Tella Holloway's brother is sick. He's deathly ill and the docs say they don't knoThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Tella Holloway's brother is sick. He's deathly ill and the docs say they don't know what's wrong or how to fix. Despite their rather smack-talk filled relationship, she loves him to death and can't imagine life without him, so when a mysterious blue box appears offering her a chance to compete in a competition for the ultimate cure, she doesn't hesitate. The Brimstone Bleed is a treacherous competition where competitors must fight their way to survive over four different equally deadly planes and every single competitor is out for someone they love. With little to no survival skills, Tella knows her chances of winning aren't likely, but she has to try. Can she overcome the odds?
I was excited and terrified to start this. Scott claims it's wildly different than The Collector and I wasn't sure how accurate that was. I enjoyed The Collector, but it wasn't my favorite thing in the world and I was expecting this to be about on the same level, great, but not stay-up-all-night-reading amazing. I couldn't have been more wrong. This is the adventure I was desperately needing without actively seeking it out. On VC's website she has a blurb by Kendare Blake (If you don't know who that is, we've got problems, k?) that says "“If The Hunger Games and X-Men and some Pokemon had a baby, it might turn out almost as awesome as this. But probably not. Read this book!" and that's so accurate that it renders me nearly speechless. POKEMON! Perfect, just fucking perfect. I really can't say anything that lives up to that succinct description, but I'll do my best to provide something entertaining anyway.
Tella is the best kind of heroine. Initially I sympathized with her while finding her a tad bit annoying. Her parents literally drag her away from her life and then ban any form of electronics...cell phones, tablets, laptops, the works. Being a reviewer and a blogger and active aficiando of wasting hours on the interwebs, I can understand the massive frustration that would entail. I'll be the first to admit that it would be heaven at first, having an inordinate amount of free time to spend entangled in the magical world that is fiction, but at some point your going to need something else, anything else. Any task gets monotonous after months of doing it repeatedly. But her fashionista-ness was out of my league of interest. After the games start, though, she's my kind of heroine. Any chick who can manage to maintain her snark even in deadly situations will win my heart. She reminds me a bit of Sophie from Tellulah Darling's Blooming Goddess Trilogy and that's a high compliment indeed. Her ability to roll with the punches and still be so fiercely protective of her new adopted family was beyond endearing. Her defense of the Pandoras was another thing that had me loving her to bits. Animal cruelty and abuse is something I cannot tolerate and her determination to protect these creatures and me cheering her on like nobodies business.
Speaking of Pandoras.....
They are like Pokemon, but possibly cooler. They all have different abilities and are fiercely protective of their owner, well as long as their owner isn't a psychotic abusive asshat. Tella's fox, Madox is probably the most powerful of the bunch and DAMN. Can I have him? I can't even come up with adequate adjectives to describe their awesomeness.
The other characters are all equally interesting, especially Guy (though he could probably use a better name), who gets to have that whole strong silent type thing going on. Harper had the whole big sister vibe down, and then there was Caroline who I won't even really comment on because I can't decide how I feel about her. The later addition of Jaxon provided a great amount of comic relief. He's quirky and amusing and adorable, following Harper like a lost puppy.
Something else I liked (and maybe disliked, depending on when you ask me) is the brutality of this race. Scott doesn't shy away from the violent edge a competition like this would inspire. Some contenders are down-right evil, twisted in ways that are shocking and grotesque. Death is also something that has to be dealt with here because conditions like the jungle and desert are difficult to traverse if you don't know what you are doing. Even if you do, the elements and predators still may catch you off guard. Scott does a great job of straddling the line of cruelty without going so far as to make us feel overwhelmed. Or maybe she makes use feel just the right level of overwhelmed because there is a particular scene where extreme measures must be taken to combat a snake bite and that was overwhelming but somehow it worked well in the setting.
Scott manages to make me adore this even though it has quite a few character deaths. If you follow my reviews at all, you know I hate character death, so that's quite the accomplishment. She really pushes the questions of how far you would go to save your loved ones. That is the best motivation that you could give and she really pushes the envelope a bit here with just the right level of savagery. This novel has something for everyone, for anyone brave enough to give it a try. It's got snarky comments galore, a quiet romance, adventure aplenty, and a plot that will surprise most. As with Scott's The Collector, it's gloriously free of love triangles and cliffhangers, which would make me love it even if it wasn't as awesome. But it is! And if you aren't afraid to get your proverbial hands dirty, definitely give this a read!
****Thank you to Scholastic Press for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****
I’ve made no secret of my love for all things Katie McGarry. I mean, I made the drThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
I’ve made no secret of my love for all things Katie McGarry. I mean, I made the drive to Kentucky (a 6+ hour drive one-way) twice to meet her and it was worth it both times. She is so sweet and amazing in general. Add to that her ability to write heart-breakingly amazing contemporary YA romances and I’m surprised I didn’t swoon the first time I met her. So my excitement over her newest novel should be no surprise. I love Pushing The Limits. It’s might just be my favorite contemporary YA ever. It showcases McGarry’s ability to draw you into her world. It is the best of that series, in my humble opinion. So having a similar experience, having Katie draw me into a new world with a new set of characters had a pretty high bar to reach. But she does it….not that I thought she would fail. That’s enough rambling, let’s get to the book, shall we?
Emily was a character that I liked immediately, but I didn’t love. I understood her reasoning for not wanting to get close to her biological father. Her stepdad, her adoptive father, is the best father anyone could ask for and curiosity for her biological dad seems like a betrayal of that bond with her Dad. I could get that, but I was so curious about her biological background that it was hard to not want to shake her when she refused to admit curiosity. Dammit girl! I want to know and you have to find out for me to know, that’s how this reader/character relationship works! The further into the novel we get, the more I found myself liking her.
The character I loved immediately was…..her Dad. Emily’s adoptive father was just swoon-worthy from moment one. I’m not generally into older guys, but the way this man steps up for her just had me all warm and fuzzy. The further into it you get, the more you see exactly how awesome this man is. Katie does so much more than give us the typical absentee parenting we get constantly in YA. She gives us real parents who are there and who don’t always have the right answer, but who loves our heroine and does what they think is best. Her bio-dad is pretty great too, but I just don’t think he compares to Dad.
Now, what you’ve been waiting for. My opinion on Oz. Well, he’s no Noah Hutchins, but he’ll do! He’s loyal to a fault, so that’s admirable. He’s trying to get in with the Motorcycle club his family’s involved in mostly because he wants it, but also because it will help his family. He has that big and tough on the outside, but gooey soft on the inside thing going for him. He and Emily have that “I hate you until I like you” thing going on in the beginning which I’m a complete sucker for.
I really enjoyed seeing them get to know each other and get over the first impressions. I enjoyed watching Emily get to know her family, the one she knows nothing about. I really enjoyed the whole dynamic there.
You know, there is a reason Katie writes contemporary YA novels that are 500 pages when most other authors just let them go at 300. And that reason is she gets so in-depth with the world. I think most writers in this genre just think “well, contemporary is our own world, so we don’t need any set up for that!” It’s not that they are wrong, it’s that giving it a little more set up can make all the difference in the world. Katie’s book draw you a picture of the world as it is, but with aspects most haven’t experienced. In the Pushing The Limits series, it was the world of foster kids in very bad homes. Here, it’s a motorcycle club, but it’s not the way the average American views it. It’s the real thing and it’s addictive. I’m not typical a settings or plot person. I’m here for the characters. Plot is great, but if I don’t care about the people, it doesn’t mean shit. But in that extra step in Katie’s books just brings me that much closer to these characters that I love.
Basically, Katie McGarry is a writing god and I plan to read everything she ever writes. She is amazing at drawing you into her world and keeping you there. I will say that there is a moment where I was unsure how this was going to end with the life of a particular character. All I will say is that this gets a five star rating from me. That should say all there that needs to be said.
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Catherine Summer Carlson lives her life as two separate people. At home, with theThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Catherine Summer Carlson lives her life as two separate people. At home, with the parents, she's Catherine. Catherine is the bright straight-A student on track to be the next big shot lawyer in her family. But elsewhere, she's Summer. Summer is a music junkie who excels at managing bands and has no interest in being a lawyer. She's recently been dumped by her band, Postcards From Ariel, due to an actual record label picking them up. She's on a mission to find a new group to manage and she knows she's hit gold when she finds Caleb Daniels singing and convinces him to start a new one. Falling for Caleb is the number one wrong thing to do as a manager but she can't help herself. Then Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father and things get really interesting. Suddenly she's right in the middle of some else's mystery. She knows that she needs to be on her professional best, but sometimes ignoring your heart is difficult to do and you're head will just have to live with the consequences. Can Summer sort out her life (as well as the band's) or is everyone doomed to failure?
I'll be completely honest. A big reason I downloaded this was because of the pretty cover. I read the synopsis and it sounded great (I love books about music), but it was that gorgeous, simplistic cover that really grabbed me. I also loved the idea of a male author writing a female perspective. In YA, it's mostly girls. Female authors writing mostly female characters. Female authors sometimes writing male characters, which is always a crapshoot because some female authors can't capture that male voice. It's always fascinating to read a male writing as a female because it's like "so, this is what they think of us, huh?" kinda vibes. I have to say that Emerson did a great job capturing the female voice. Many times when authors write outside their gender, it feels like a female trying to do a male voice or vice versa, but Emerson is not guilty of this.
Summer is a complex character. It's easy to sympathize with her because her band literally abandoned her after they signed with a record label and that includes her boyfriend, the frontman. Her love for music was something I could instantly relate to. I'll never be in the music business, but I totally get that need to disappear into the perfect song. She's smart and driven and completely determined to live out her dreams in the music industry, even if she can't bring herself to tell her parents that piece of information. She's also unfailingly human, making judgement errors and having insane moments of jealousy when other girls come on to Caleb. It really rooted her down to Earth.
I liked Caleb a lot, but sometimes I wasn't exactly a huge fan. He does some stupid things and treats Summer badly at moments when she really doesn't deserve it. I get that the guy is going through a lot and he's having a difficult time, but there are moments when other girls are blatantly flirting with him in front of Summer and he does nothing to reassure this girl who has already been dumped by one rocker boy who gained fame. He also shuts her out sometimes and that bugged me too. It was clear that he was a good guy, but his inner asshole shone through more often than I would like and the older I get, the more anti-asshole I become.
This was a compulsive read, with that just-one-more chapter addictive quality that we all look for in a book. I only had a few issues with it. The first one being that the dynamic between Summer & Caleb was very insta-lovey. They meet and then they are dating and serious almost immediately afterwards. It kinda throws you off. I do think that attraction happens immediately, but there was no dating period, just an immediate this is my girlfriend and the manager of the band I'm going to create thing. Then there was the fact that Summer feel into a similar situation that she has already been in. She was already the girlfriend/manager of a band and that didn't end well. Why would she jump back into the same situation? She has a few reservations, but she didn't really even hesitate before dating Caleb.
All things considered, this novel is pretty awesome, and I am impatiently awaiting it's sequel. Summer is a pretty awesome heroine, especially because of her imperfections. The plot and writing keep you going and wondering how exactly the light mystery will play out and if Caleb's band will be successful. If you love contemporary YA, books centered around music, or even just YA fiction, this is for you. Give it a try and you won't regret it!
****Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****
Yeah, it’s not really a question, is it? I’ll go ahead and warn you now. If you are a huge fan of this series, on Team Lincoln, easily offended by bad language and derogatory comments (then why the hell do you read my reviews?), then this might upset you and you should probably skip it. If none of that bothers you (ie only my little sister will probably be reading this), then read on.
Okay, let’s try to summarize before I go all rageface on you. Violet Eden has finally completely embraced her Grigori side, though she still has major issues with it, she and the other Grigori are trying to find the scripture, which I think is a list of all of the possible Grigori, but I’m not sure. It never really says in this book. It did in book one, but I just don’t fucking remember clearly. Either way, this sends her and the others on a journey to find them before the exiles do, or rather before Phoenix’s group of exiles do. ::breathes:: nope, hold it in, don’t rage yet. Anyway, while all this is searching is going on, Lincoln is facing his own set of issues. The exile who is responsible for the death of his mother has resurfaced and he can think of nothing but revenge. When I say “nothing but revenge”, I mean nothing, he is even ignoring Violet which she is not too keen on.
This novel does just a few things right. It’s just as damn addictive as the first book. Once I got into the story, I couldn’t stop reading. Where they going to find the scripture in time? What the hell was up with Phoenix? Are Violet and Lincoln soul mates? Is that really enough to get them around the whole “Grigori partners are incompatible” bit? I just had to keep reading to find out. Other characters also shine through in this one. Steph, for one, seemed to have a much bigger role in this one. Can I just say that is something else I loved? The normal, human best friend doesn’t just get pushed to the side in favor of new people to “protect” them, but instead is told about all of it and brought along for the ride. A few new characters where introduced, one of which I loved. His name is Spence and he’s just a cocky, sarcastic, funny, over-exuberant guy…who is interested in Vi in friends only zone.
But, unfortunately, he brings me to my rant. The role Spence plays in this book is hauntingly similar to the one Phoenix played in book one (well except for the part where Spence is only a friend and Phoenix was clearly more). He hangs out with Vi, helping her through shit while Lincoln is off gallivanting around doing God knows what and keeping his many secrets from Violet. Once again, my rant will probably bring about many spoilers, so proceed only if you dare. (view spoiler)[WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH PHOENIX?!?!?!? Seriously, in book one, he had his issues but he was there for Violet in whatever capacity she needed him, friend, lover, protector, guide, whatever and now, he is just a dick. Let me rephrase that, the scant few times he shows up, he is a dick. The first time Violet comes across him in this book, he makes her make out Spence, right in front of Lincoln, and then proceeds to reopen the fatal wound she received in book one after Lincoln has stormed out. Yeah, you remember when he healed her in book one from the stab in the stomach? Apparently that wound is permanently bonded to him and he can reopen it whenever he so chooses. What the fuck, right? There are a few moments when his feelings show through to Violet, making her remember that he did once care. And this, in and of itself, is what pisses me off. Phoenix does love her. I know it and that makes it hard for me to believe his transformation. I read somewhere in an interview with the author that since he is a “dark” exile, that darkness is a part of himself that he can’t overcome, no matter how much he wants to.
Really lady? I don’t fucking buy it. The “bad” guys overcome their darksides all the time, mostly in fiction as opposed to real life, but this is a PARANORMAL romance, so I don’t think realism is what we are going for. Look at Patch in Hush Hush. I mean if he can do it, so can Phoenix. But that would take the will of the author and it seems clear that she is Team Lincoln. Which I don’t understand because even if I didn’t have that proclivity for bad guys (who become redeemed enough to deserve the heroine, of course), I still wouldn’t like Lincoln because he keeps lying and keeping things from Violet, not to mention running to Magda for help which is just beyond understanding. Plus, he keeps telling Violet over and over that they can’t be together and yet he gets angry if she tries to move on. Okay, so maybe her and Spence making out isn’t considered “moving on” since it was against both their wills, but the point is that if he loves her as much as he claims, he should want her to be happy, no? Pining over his useless ass definitely isn’t making her happy. For those of you who are Team Lincoln and have dealt with this rant this far, let me just say that they won’t get their happy ending here either. They find out they are soul mates which invalidates the grigori restrictions, but they see a one soul mate get killed in front of the other and refuse to accept that is what will happen to each other if one dies. They won’t take that risk ,which is bullshit because we all know in the next book (which they are going to be five of at the moment) they’ll be back to pushing the boundaries because they are so in wuv.
(hide spoiler)] If you read that, you know how angry this book made me. If not, well let’s just say that unsatisfied is an understatement. With all that being said, do I plan on reading the rest of this series? At the particularly moment, yes I do because even though I really know that things aren’t going to go the way I want them to, I am still mildly curious to where it does go and I have that need to finish series. Besides, I want more glimpses of my awesome Phoenix (assuming is normal personality comes back). But I will not be recommending this series to anyone else until I finish it. This has made me too mad to want to condemn others to suffer it unless I know it’s worth it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Oh whoa....that was intense. Steelheart was an interesting ride from start to finiThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Oh whoa....that was intense. Steelheart was an interesting ride from start to finish, but this was more...better. This has none of that middle book syndrome that happens so often. Sanderson doesn't just rest on his success of the first novel, he adds to it. He gives us new characters and new mysterious while still trying to solve the unsolved problems of Steelheart. Now I'll admit that I missed some of book 1's characters, but I fell for the new crew pretty quickly.
I know I shipped Megan and David a lot in book 1, but I REALLY shipped them in this installment.
Seriously, all the feels. David is so adorable and sweet. Megan is so badass and awesome. Together they just work so well. I just...they just...I just ship it a lot, k?
I really love Mizzy in this. She's quirky and fun and almost like a female version of David. I am eternally grateful to Sanderson for not dragging us through the dreaded love triangle territory. It could easily have went down that road, but thankfully David's feelings for Mizzy stay solidly in the platonic field. And Prof...poor Prof. He's a hero and I hope it can remain that way. I can't say much because SPOILERS, but let's just say I'm very interested to say where Calamity goes.
Basically all you need to know is that if you like Steelheart, you'll love this. Sanderson using the book answer a few more questions while introducing a truckload more and still moving the story forward. I highly enjoyed it and I want more.
Audio Notes: It's MacLeod Andrews! Seriously, if you don't know how amazing he is by now, you really need to remedy that. He's hands-down, my favorite narrator and I've listened to a A LOT of audiobooks. Enough said.
****Thank you to Esther Bochner at Audible for providing me with an audio copy in exchange for an honest review****
Josie Peters thinks she has everything she needs, a decent boyfriend, good friends,The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Josie Peters thinks she has everything she needs, a decent boyfriend, good friends, and the drive to make sure her BMX skills are always improving. Then her boyfriend dumps her just before prom and she learns her friends are all going away for the summer and she is forced to find other means of distraction which leads her to connect with a few other BMX girls and sets her on the journey to compete in more than one tournament this summer.
This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Josie is a strong heroine who keeps pushing for what she wants despite the opposition and her own fears. She isn’t perfect, she makes mistakes, but she continues to pick herself up and try again. I think YA especially needs more heroines just like Josie. No Bella Swan syndrome here, Josie is beyond basing who she is off the guy she’s with and doesn’t sit around whining when things don’t go her way. When she wipes out completely, ended up with a badly bruised face and a sprained wrist, she lets her friend post the video online and instead of bitching about needed a new frame for her bike, she goes out and makes a plan to try to get a local bike shop to sponsor her or at least give her a discount and succeeds.
The writing was done so well with the perfect balance of realism and humor. I just can’t stress enough what a great character Josie is, breathing life into this story in a way that was completely relatable. I’m happy to say that though this could have easily fallen into love triangle land with the multitude of hot males, it doesn’t. This book is more about Josie’s path to BMX tournaments than her endless need to find her next boyfriend, though there is definitely a bit of romance mixed in. It’s a stand-alone, so no worrying about the dreaded cliffhangers and it has my favorite kind of ending, a happy but realistic one. Josie definitely doesn’t get everything she wants, but what she does get is enough and it was perfect. Her triumphs outweighing her failures and all that jazz.
I think this is a book for everyone, especially teen girls showing that with enough determination, you really can achieve your goals. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do what you want, period. I think that’s the biggest lesson this is trying to teach and it succeeds.
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Update JUST A FEW MORE DAYS! I'm going nuts with excitement!
....okay, so maybe the last one was unnecessary, but come on! It's Robert Di Niro dancing in a corset and a dress!
Can you summarize the plot? This book is the first in the Hunger Games series, and it follows Katniss Everdeen on her journey to try to win the hunger games. The hunger games is a contest held every year in which 2 people (a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18) is chosen to compete in a fight to the death for the entertainment of the rest of the Panem society. That’s as basic as I can put it.
What were your initial thoughts going into the book? I was a little scared that I might hate it. Despite having read many (many, many, many, many) amazing reviews on this book and truly wanting to see the film, I was scared the writing would be too dull or horrific to hold my attention. I also have a penchant for good endings and well, with a summery like the one above, you know a lot of people are going to die and I wasn’t sure if I would be pleased with that.
What were your initial thoughts after finishing the novel? I was a bit speechless. I loved it. Honestly, I really do like reading a bit of gore, it just makes happy endings hard to come by. I genuinely love Peeta (yeah, I am definitely team Peeta) and I wanted to see where their relationship went. This book drew me in pretty quickly and it was hard to put down.
What did you like about this book? I liked that it was written in first person because I really liked Katniss’ no nonsense way of narrating. I loved most of the characters ::coughs:: especially Peeta ::clears thoat:: The world it is set in is so different and excited and I just needed to know more and more about it. I am a bit of an sucker for dystopian novels right now. I also really loved the gore and the way Suzanne Collins didn’t shy away from that or make it too easy on Katniss. She gets serious injuries and has to really fight to stay alive.
What did you dislike about this book? I didn’t like the love triangle. This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine because almost every YA novel right now has a love triangle and I hate it. I hate it for several reasons, but one of the main ones is that it takes a male character (because it is always one girl between two guys) that I could adore and makes me dislike him for trying to break up the main love interest which I typically like. It also makes the heroine seem…um…Bella-esque? It gives them that quality that Bella Swan had where she feels ridiculously unattractive but every guy hits on her. Stupid, I guess would be the only word coming to mind that comes close. If you have a better word, please comment and let me know. Regardless, Katniss is anything but stupid so I hate that she was given that quality.
Who was your favorite character? Oooo…hard one….::thinks:: oh yeah, PEETA! I also really love Caesar Flickerman.
Does it have a love triangle? …whoops, please refer to the “What do you dislike about this book” question.
Does it have a cliffhanger ending? Yes, but not a massive one. It is one of those small cliffhangers you can deal with.
Closing thoughts? Just one: I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE MOVIE! March 23 please get here faster!
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Nova's life used to be full of joy and hope....until tragedy strikes. Now, she's aThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Nova's life used to be full of joy and hope....until tragedy strikes. Now, she's a shell of her former self, just trying to get by without falling apart again. Then Quinton enters the picture and she can't help but be drawn to him, with his honey-brown eyes that remind her so much of someone she used to know. Quinton knows he isn't worthy of Nova's attention, but he can't seem to resist her sweetness. She manages to make him smile, which is something he hasn't done in longer than he can remember. Can these two live in the present for long enough to make it work or will the past catch up to them?
Nova is that sweet girl who has witnessed death a time too many. She doesn't know how to move on after her boyfriend passes on. She loved him so much and she just can't tolerate the idea that his beautiful face and artistic abilities no longer grace this world. And when Quinton walks in with nearly identical honey brown eyes containing the same sadness she always saw in Landon's, she becomes a bit enraptured with this boy. She knows he isn't Landon, but the pull to know him and erase that sadness is more than she can resist. Her journey into the drug world is a bit unsettling. Her pull to achieve that numbing inner silence both drew me in and horrified me. I'm not a fan of drugs, I can't even tolerate cigarettes, so I don't think I'll ever understand Mary Jane's call to Nova, but it fascinated me nonetheless.
Quinton is sweet and such a fucking idiot. He's the epitome of grieving idiot. He's desire to protect Nova from this dark and dirty world was admirable, but I just wanted to slap some sense into the boy. It's obvious to everyone that the terrible car accident was not his fault. He was the only sober one in the the car wearing a seatbelt for fucks sake. But he's determined to deny himself any of the joys of life and spend his time killing himself one drug filled hit at a time. There just aren't words for that. I sympathize with him because I blame myself for everything, but this isn't the answer!
Then there is the ghost of Landon. Don't misread this, Landon does not appear here in ghost form, it's just a metaphor for his memories haunting Nova. Landon is a character I'm not a fan of. If you have sensitive opinions about depression and suicide, please stop reading here because you won't like my opinion. The last time I posted a review with negative opinions about depression, it got lots of bad comments, so I'm hesitant to do it again. But this is my blog, putting out my opinion, and I did warn you, right? WHAT THE FUCK, DUDE? You have a life full of people who love you and would bend over backwards to help you and instead of making the tinsy effort to tell them something is wrong so they can get you help, you just end it? Not. Fucking. Cool. I have been depressed, sometimes I think I still suffer from it a bit, so don't tell me I don't understand what he's going through, though mine wasn't nearly as severe. Giving up is never the goddamn answer. Did you even seriously consider for a moment what it would do to your family? Nova? How they will always blame themselves? You claim to love Nova ssssoooo much, but not enough to even try to stay with her? Not enough to even attempt anti-depressants and counselling all that nonsense? I mean, it's one thing if you have exhausted all your resources to find something that makes it better and nothing works, but for you to not even try? I just....there aren't any words or gifs adequate to describe my feelings about that.
There is also the idiotic character that is Delilah. Nova's "best friend" who slowly pushes her into the world of drugs. The idiot who stays with her abusive drug-dealing boyfriend despite every sign she should run. And she should run. I've read the next book, things get infinitely worse for her. Grow a goddamn brain. I'm so sick of seeing this, both in literature and real life. What the fuck does he have that is so goddamn special that you just can't live without him? Money? Nope, he's always going broke because of the drugs? Good looks? Nope, druggies aren't attractive. Charming personality? No, rage monkeys aren't charming. I get that you apparently have no self-worth but, seriously? This is what you think you deserve? This is where you want your life to be? Once again, there just aren't words for that. Grow a fucking backbone and step out on your own. Sure, it'll be lonely, but that's a fuckload better than the abuse your are receiving.
This is something different than we normally get from Sorensen. Instead of a tale about two people find each other and helping each other improve, it's much more about Nova's journey to improve herself. Sure, she spirals down into the drug world for a short while, but she eventually wakes up and realizes what she wants...and this isn't it. Sure, there is the obvious attraction between her and Quinton and a handful of smutty scenes between the two, but this isn't Quinton coming to his senses and rescuing Nova. It was a refreshing change, to see her realize she really is above all this drama and she deserves better.
This deserves five stars if for no other reason than it managed to elicit a full range of emotions from me. Sorensen has proven to be talented at not only creating twisted characters, but pulling you along for the ride. You feel everything they feel, whether you really want to or not. You rejoice when their happy and cry when their sad and ache when they hurt. It's completely amazing, and maybe a tad annoying. I don't read to get sad, I read to get happy, but the ride would have been more than a little just one sided if it was always happy and part of why I love Jessica is that she is brave enough to go into the darker side of things. It's a dark and thrilling tale of a young girls journey back to the self she lost long ago. It's so much more than I was expecting and I loved every second of it.
A heartbeat is the only thing keeping Emma's mom alive. She's brain dead with no cThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
A heartbeat is the only thing keeping Emma's mom alive. She's brain dead with no chance of recovery. She's only being kept "alive" to support the life of the infant growing within her. This was Dan, Emma's stepdad's decision, and Emma is beyond angry at him and the rest of the world for this. She just wants to talk to her mother. She knows her mom could help her sort out her emotions, but that's never going to happen. Then she notices Caleb Harrison. He's the town bad boy and the old Emma never would have cared. The new Emma notices something familiar in his eyes, a grief that no one else seems to understand. And being with Caleb makes her feel alive again, finally. She doesn't spend every second with him consumed by the longing to discuss her issues with her mom again. As they days tick by and the countdown to her dead mother's c-section continues, Emma has some hard decisions to make and some terrible realities to come to terms with. Can she make the best of it or will she continue on her downward spiral?
I don't know that I could handle Emma's situation as well as she does. She is incredibly close to her mom and her step-dad and then her mom dies and suddenly all Dan (her step-dad) cares about is his unborn child. Emma is no longer a consideration where her baby brother is concerned and her opinion is unwanted and unnecessary. And she's forced to go and see her dead mother every single day. Every day she has to look at her dead mother's corpse as she incubates a tiny life inside her. A life that Emma can't help but resent. This little thing is responsible for her mother's death. Her mother was a high risk pregnancy because of her age. Her mother only got pregnant again because Dan wanted a baby and it killed her. So how is she taking it? Not well, as you can imagine. This former straight-A, goodie two shoes suddenly doesn't care about anything. She doesn't do her school work or even pay attention in class and she spends her afternoons staring at her ceiling grieving the loss of her mother and Dan's betrayal. She flat-out ignores Dan and his attempts to fix the situation. This irritated me at first. It seems childish. But the further in you get, the more you can't help but side with her. Dan is doing his best, that is true, but sometimes you're best isn't enough, is it? The further in you get, the more you realize that he doesn't chase after her when she walks away. He doesn't beat down the door she locks him is face. He tries, but he isn't giving it his all and Emma knows that more than anyone.
I loved Caleb almost instantly. He completely understands Emma's plight and his own might be worse. His little sister died a few years back and his parents credit it as his fault. It isn't really. She got hit by a car while riding a bike and she wasn't wearing a helmet so she was gone instantly. How they believe it was his fault is beyond me. He wasn't driving the car that hit her and he certainly didn't encourage her to ride in the road with no helmet, but they act like pushed her in front of the car. They are downright cruel to him. He lashes out in the only way he knows how, drugs and crime sprees. That's how he got that bad boy reputation. He's incredibly sweet to Emma and they connect in a way that neither of them expect. He is there for her in a way that no one else is. Even Emma's best friend, who sticks by her despite the drastic personality change, doesn't quite understand what she's going through. But Caleb does and he makes a point to be there for her when she needs him.
This heartbreaking story had me from minute one. It's written in short chapters that I flew through to find out what happened next. You want to see that confrontation between Emma and Dan. When you get there, trust me, it's better and worse than you imagined. You just want things to work out for her and we know they want. I know we are all secretly thinking that this is fiction and her mom can wake up, right? But she can't. She won't. Her mom is truly dead and the baby is the only reason she is on life support. This little baby, the one Emma was so excited for, is suddenly the enemy. Emma can't see how this could possibly be what her mom would want. Dan can't see how Emma would believe her mom would want them to do anything less. And their perspectives can't seem to mesh. Emma is steadfast in her beliefs and so is Dan, but something has to give. The ending is bittersweet and fits the novel perfectly.
This is my first Elizabeth Scott novel. I can honestly say I'll be grabbing any and all of her books that I come across for cheap. This was heartbreakingly amazing. While you see all the reasons she should get over it and move on and love her baby brother, you can't help but sympathize with Emma. This poor girl just can't seem to go back to who she was before. If you are looking for a happy, snarky novel, this isn't it. What you get here is so much deeper and more raw. It's a captivating story and one I'm glad I got the chance to read!
****Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****
So, I'm a pretty crappy review writer, but I'm trying to write more of them, so herThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
So, I'm a pretty crappy review writer, but I'm trying to write more of them, so here it goes. I really enjoyed this book. It's a modern twist on a classic tale, written in first person with perfect moments of humor and seriousness. Prety easy read, simple story with perfect fairy tale ending. Though I will admit, it ended a little too well and played off that whole last minute rescue thing, it was still highly enjoyable. Liked: The chatroom sessions sparesly spread through the story, the fact that the heorine isn't a stunning beauty Disliked: the almost too perfect ending
I am truly excited to see the movie version of this set to come out next year....more
This is it, the final showdown is a week away and Sophie must prepare to forever win the battle and be humanity's savior or die trying...and take everyone on the planet with her when she fails. No pressure, right? Add the stress of that on top of trying to heal from psycho Bethany's stab wound, trying to get Kai to talk through his feelings, and working through the revelation that Felicity is actually Demeter (AKA Persephone's mom) in disguise and this poor girl is literally developing stress rashes. Can she get it together and save the world or is humanity doomed?
I intentionally read this slowly trying to make it last longer. As excited as I was to get my hands on it, I was equally sad because I don't really want Sophie's journey to come to an end. Well...I do because a longer journey means more conflict and poor Soph has been through enough, but I know I will miss her wit and her charm and her massive amounts of snark. Yes, I can (and probably will) re-read the novels, but it's not the same, you know? I'm going to try to keep my weepy, maudlin-ness to a minimum, because it won't do the book justice, but I suspect it might creep in here and there.
If we thought Sophie had been put through the ringer before, we were sorely mistaken. Here, Sophie more or less gets shoved into Persephone's last week of life and the fall out from having to see Kai loving her or Demeter actually showing affection should be enough to send her over the deep end. Add that to the stress that she still must figure out a way to save humanity and I'm surprised she never seriously contemplated suicide. Not our Soph, though, because she's too determined and resilient to give up. She'll save the world or die trying, and force her friends to help, even if they can't remember who she is.
The Kai we get is a mash-up between book 1 dickhead Kai and book 2 charming and swoony Kai. He's obviously still not recovered from the knowledge that Persephone planned to betray him and takes a good bit of that frustration out on our undeserving Sophie. He gets better, though, and he's good-guy side takes over once again. You know all those banners up right now that say "I sigh for Kai" for Wendy Higgins Sweet Evil Trilogy? Well I want one, but for this trilogy because this Kai is beyond sigh-worthy. That speech he makes to Sophie at the end?
The rest of the gang is all present, though we don't get as much of Hannah and her nerdiness as I would have liked. Theo and Festos are the most adorable couple ever and Hannah's new found obsession with Pierce is lovable, even if it does make her into one of those girls who is more interested in her boyfriend than anything else. Poor Hannah actually is as human as the rest of us, with hormones and imperfections.
There was a point while reading this when I panicked. Though I won't say who, someone dies. An important character dies. I HATE character death and I instantly went into a tailspin. I'm going to have to write a negative review. How can I write an negative review about one of Tellulah's books?!?!? I love her and all her work. I think I even started hyperventilating at the prospect of putting negative thoughts out about an otherwise amazing series. But I hate character death and I can't not mention it, right? I can't write a review without being completely honest and I can't love something where a favorite character bites the dust. Luckily for me (and all of you) this character doesn't stay permanently dead. We get a perfectly acceptable loophole for him to be...not dead.
Though I am sad to see it end, the ending itself is perfect. I loved the way Sophie saves the world and the uplifting message that leaves you with. I can't say much more than that without spoilers, but more novels should end with that particular moral in mind. This is everything I wanted when I started it. You get deep emotional drama and trauma along with Sophie's signature level of snark. You get Kai's swooniness (though it takes a bit of time to manifest). You get to see all your favorite characters get the happy ending they deserve. The only thing it's missing is comeuppance for Bethany, but it's okay because the way the last scene with her is written is better. I can't express how thrilled I am to have had the opportunity to read this amazing series and how utterly sad I am to see it end. I feel the textbook definition of a book hangover. What am I supposed to do now?
When all is said and done, I truly recommend not only this book and this series, but anything Tellulah Darling plans to write. She will surprise you with her ability to make you laugh and cry. Her ability to write in a realistic teenage voice never fails to surprise. She writes in a way that truly reminds me of Jennifer L Armentrout and that is a compliment of the highest order. Seriously, pick up My Ex From Hell if you haven't already because it's exactly what you didn't know you were looking for and you'll thank me later.
****Thank you to Tellulah Darling/Te De Media for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****
Cynthia has a secret that she has hid from everyone she knows. Despite the fact thThis review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
Cynthia has a secret that she has hid from everyone she knows. Despite the fact that they were taught from birth that it is impossible for women to do magic, she can do it. She is fascinated by the colored spells even as she quivers away from her father’s hexes. Now that Serena has won the right to be independent, Cynthia is finally free of her father’s hexes. That freedom doesn’t last because soon she must be sold off the a warlock, put in the exact situation that she just came out of. Though she willing enters into this arrangement to protect her sisters, she soon learns that this will either be the best decision she has ever made or the worst. You’ll have to read to find out which!
I’ll be honest here. I did not like Cynthia in You Are Mine. I found her annoying and more than a little infuriating. How can you be boy-crazy in a world where men actively abuse women and are applauded for it? Where women are mere objects to be used and abused? We finally see behind the mask here and it was a bit more understandable why she put on that facade. How else would she learn about magic? What else could she say? “Oh, I don’t care about the boys, I just want to study that spell so I can emulate it”? That would not have worked out well. She would have been killed. With that insight, it was easy to be more sympathetic towards her. She still irked me somewhat, with immature behavior at times and a lack of ability to plan ahead. Pretty early on she finds herself stranded in town with no money and no food. That could have easily been prevented with a little forethought, but that isn’t how Cynthia works. It ends up working out well and she is just a teenager, so I tried not to fault her too terribly for that. Despite her faults, she is strong and brave and smart.
I feel like talking about the other characters is a bit of a spoilery thing to do. The official synopsis of this doesn’t really hint at how this whole thing it going to turn out, so I’m trying to keep quiet. I will say that I like the love interest a good bit. I will also say that we get a good deal of Serena and Zade and even a bit of Katherine. I also liked seeing the rest of the siblings and the new characters.
Things really heat up here, with Cynthia trying to show her family that she can do magic without revealing her secret to too many people. If the council finds out, they will kill her. But Cynthia’s family needs to know that women can do magic and Cynthia needs to share the burden of her secret with someone. The world needs to know to, but she must wait for the opportune moment to reveal that. She keeps trying to improve her spelling abilities and watching her train with a certain someone was enrapturing. Falor nailed that will they or won’t they chemistry perfectly.
The one big failing here is the appearance of a cliffhanger. You Are Mine wraps up pretty well, with everything taken care of. A few loose strands hang and obvious the whole set free the woman movement is far from finished, but Serena was free and her family was safe and things were looking up. That isn’t what you get here. I won’t say exactly what happens, but again, cliffhanger ahead. That always irks me when the first book in a series lulls you into a false sense of security because you assume if the author was nice enough to wrap things up for us there, they will continue to do so with the rest of the series. Then you read book two and are slammed with an unresolved ending. It’s almost like you can hear the author cackling (because what other way would you describe it?) at that shocked look on your face and you’re need to know more.
Beyond the cliffhanger, this was a very entertaining story and I loved seeing yet another different perspective. I want to get another angle on this. Can we see one from a male point of view? Maybe not Zade (because really, that would cause way too much swooning), but someone like him? OOOO…or that guy Zade’s sister has at thing for? That would be awesome. Or Zade’s sister herself could be interesting. Either way, I’m excited to see where this series goes!
Audio notes: I feel rather ambivalent about Caitlin Kelly’s narrative abilities. She wasn’t bad, but she wasn’t great either. She walked that mediocre line pretty tightly. She’s has decent pacing and varies her voice a little for different characters, but has nowhere near the mastery I’m used too. ::coughs:: MacLeod Andrews ::coughs:: I will definitely check out more of her stuff in the future to see if she improves, but she’s isn’t someone I’m going to go out of my way to listen to.
****Thank you to Janeal Falor for providing me with a digital copy in exchange for an honest review****...more
A decade after graduating high school, Veronica Mars is back to her old self. She'sThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
A decade after graduating high school, Veronica Mars is back to her old self. She's taken the PI gig back up, despite Keith's wishes, and she's determined to keep Mars Investigations going while Keith recovers from near fatal car crash injuries. So when a girl goes missing during spring break, Veronica is more than willing to do her part in finding her. What starts as a simple disappearance turns into anything but. This case could go so many different directions and it's up to Veronica to untangle the web before it's too late.
For those of you who follow me regularly, you may know that a mystery novel isn't exactly my cup of tea and you would be entirely correct. I'm not really the murder-mystery type. Someone always ends up dead in those and Noir novels rarely have happy endings. What you might not know is that I'm a big time Marshmallow. I've been a VMars fan since the shows second season, so there was no question for me when this was announced. I knew I'd have to read it, period. I can't miss the possibility of more Veronica/Logan action (and Veronica's smarts and snark). Then it was released on audio.....narrated by Kristen Bell....
I borrowed a copy as soon as humanly possible and began listening with my husband (who is also a rabid fan). Because we only listened when we were together, it took a while for us to get through it, but man, it was perfect. Before I even get into the plot or the writing, I just wanna give Kristen props. She does an amazing job narrating this thing. She knows each character so well and she is amazing at imitating Keith's verbal mannerism, if that makes any sense. What I'm trying to say is she's amazing...as if we didn't already know that.
Now, as to everything else. First off is always character. What can I say about the characters of this novel? Most of them I already know and love. You get a peak of everyone in the VMars cast that you could want.
Veronica is a character I feel like I grew up with and have always admired. She has her faults, but she's so fiercely loyal that I have a hard time faulting her for them. She's so damn smart and cocky and awesome. I just don't have the words to do her justice. She's the queen of sarcasm, something I can relate to entirely.
Then we have Logan Echolls. [image error] Logan is a character that I would hate in real life. That image is probably not what you'd get if this novel is your first foray into the VMars world. Here, Logan is stable and strong. He's sweet and caring and exactly who we all knew he was capable of being. But earlier in the series, he was Neptune's obligatory psychotic jackass. He was cruel and careless and it would be easy to hate him. In real life, that's how it would have stayed. He wouldn't have changed. But the magic of fiction means anything is possible, so Logan and Veronica grow closer and closer and closer and he's constantly saving her ass. For me, it was always Veronica and Logan. I was never a Duncan fan (a character we have yet to see reappear) or a Troy fan and just FUCK Piz. I could see her staying with Leo, but it was always always Logan. He was such a tortured character with a twisted backstory and so much potential.
ANYWAY...enough of my fangirling. As Logan pertains to this novel, we don't get nearly enough of him. He's deploy as an Airman (I think? I'm pretty shitty at keeping up with the different divisions of the armed forces), so we get a handful of skyped conversations between him and Veronica. Unfortunately he isn't actually present for the duration of this novel, but have no fear! He is in a good bit of the next one (I'm a reliable source for that info 'cuz I've already read it). Logan's just a character I can't help loving. The fact that he seems to understand Veronica on a level no one else does makes it all the better.
Then we have Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie!
She was one of my favorite characters in the show and I'm so psyched about her having a big presence in the novels. She's probably smarter than Veronica and a computer genius. She gave up a high paying job at Kane Software to work the PI gig with Veronica and even though the money isn't as good, she is obviously so much happier with this job. She gets to hang with Veronica and put her computer skills to the test finding the missing details that just might help solve the case.
Everyone else you'd expect to find shows up sooner or later. Weevil, Keith (of course), Cliff, Leo, Wallace, Dick, the whole gang. Hell, Veronica's mom even puts in a game-changing appearance. I, personally, cannot get enough of Cliff McCormack. He's just so funny! I love him. That doesn't really add much to the review, does it?
Writing and plot-wise, this was interesting and perfect. Veronica solves the crime and saves the day, but it doesn't necessarily go where you expect it to and there are some pretty great twists and turns. I don't know if it was because of the fact that I listened to this on audio with Kristen or if it really was perfect, but this had that Veronica Mars feel that you can't find anywhere else. The thing with the world of Veronica Mars is that even though the show wasn't extraordinarily long (3 seasons and a movie), you still had an undeniable understanding of each character. I'm in it for the characters. I have to connect with them, to want to take this journey with them and I would follow Veronica's story to the ends of the Earth, but it's not just Veronica. Every single character is well-rounded and fleshed out completely. They feel like old friends....I'm getting a bit off topic again, aren't I? See, this is why I've been avoiding this review for months. I knew I wouldn't be able to write it objectively. My opinion of VMars will always be colored by my love of the show.
All you really need to know is this: If you're a Marshmallow, this won't disappoint you. The biggest difference between this and the show is that now they aren't on TV and can use a bit more language. If don't know much about the show, then I'd suggest you start there. This seems to written with enough background given that you can just jump in and make sense of it, but I feel like you won't have that deep abiding love for it if you read it cold. Go forth and familiarize yourself with all things Neptune, California and then come back and prepare to be amazing. Also, be glad that you are just now coming into the fandom, not forced to wait ten years between the show and the movie when the show ended at the worst possible moment. TEAM LOGAN FOREVER!...more